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Category: Academy

Ben Chilwell set for Chelsea return after draining season

Signed as one of the many young players brought in by Frank Lampard as part of his UK revolution at Chelsea, Ben Chilwell enjoyed a tough first season at Chelsea. The player started well under Frank Lampard, before enduring a tough drop-off in form prior to the former Blues manager being sacked. The arrival of Thomas Tuchel seen Chilwell adopt his spot as a left-sided wing-back, but the player has not been seen a single time so far this season.

Atalanta set to keep hold of Slovenian playmaker Josip Ilicic

As one of the most underrated players in Europe, Josip Ilicic is a player with a growing fanbase. The player has played for various clubs in Serie A, but has shone spectacularly for both Fiorentina and Atalanta. His time in Bergamo, though, is arguably the most impressive peak of his career. The Slovene has been one of the best playmakers in the Italian game for several years, and dovetailed perfectly with Alejandro Gomez and Duvan Zapata. However, for much of the last year, there has been talk that Ilicic would leave.

NHL set for change to draft lottery system

For years, the National Hockey League has been looking for ways to further change up the drafting process. Drafting is a major part of the NHL, and has become a key way for teams to pick up the stars of today and tomorrow. However, talk has been ongoing for a significant change to the way that the NHL Board of Governors could organise the draft system. This looks set to happen now, with the BoG deciding to approve a comprehensive change to how the draft lottery format is going to work moving forward.

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Ashleigh Barty shocked in Australian Open exit

Having been rated as one of the favourites for the tournament, Ashleigh Barty arrived in Australia ready to dominate. The up-and-comer had made a strong career run in recent times, playing excellent tennis and really establishing herself as a tournament favourite. However, her potenatil run to the Final is all but over after a shock loss to Karolina Muchova in the Quarter Final stage of the tournament. As one of a few favourites to head home early, the final four looks set to be even more competitive than many assumed.

Barty was stunned in the match-up, with her No. 1 status giving her favourable ratings ahead of the game. Seen as an easy pick for her compared to the other players in the last eight, the 25th seed gave it everything to overcome one of the elite players in the WTA game at the moment. Muchova has been a steady improver, but few seen her being able to overcome a regular top player like Barty in a high stakes Quarter Final. Now, though, she can add a proper giant-killing to her list of tremendous achievements.

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What Does Each Way Betting mean?

Almost every other day, pundits and gamblers are always looking for new ways to beat the bookmakers. One such popular betting strategy is that of each-way betting.

So what does each way bet means?

Each way bet explained

One thing that users need to note is the fact that whenever they opt for each way betting, the bet is deemed as being two separate bets. Let me explain by taking the example of a horse race. If one plays each way bet in a horse race, for example, this would mean two things;

• The main bet is for a particular horse to win – if that horse ends up winning, then the individual’s bet would win.

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Why acknowledging the halo effect and availability heuristic can help you become a better bettor

The vast majority of people who bet on sports are first and foremost fans of the particular sport in question. They are likely to have accumulated knowledge about tennis, football, rugby or athletics long before they sought to make money from their predictions about it. It is partly for this reason that many sports bettors rely on their intuition when it comes to backing their forecasts with money.

Relying on instant reactions or gut feelings can be useful when you are trying to work out if someone is annoyed with you. However, it is not an ideal tool to rely on in the world of sports betting – in part because of a phenomenon known as the halo effect. This term refers to a cognitive bias in which our (often incomplete) impression of a person affects what we think about their character. For instance, we are more likely to associate positive characteristics with a photograph of a good-looking, smiling individual in a magazine than someone who is scruffily dressed and scowling, even though we do not know anything at all about the personalities of the people in question.

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How to bet on local football derbies to increase your chances of success

There is nothing quite like a local derby in football. No matter which club he or she supports, the first thing a fan will check when the season’s fixtures are released is when their team is scheduled to face its local rival.

Top-level European football is a globalised affair these days, and it is increasingly common for classic derbies such as Roma vs Lazio, Manchester City vs Manchester United and Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid to feature very few players born anywhere near the city in which the match is taking place. Yet despite this, these games continue to matter more than any other, with players and coaches quickly getting on board with the supporters’ passion.

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