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The FA Cup 2013/14

FA Cup’s first five game weeks has been finished. Now it’s time for game-week six, where Premier League teams will join. The draw has also completed. Matches have been scheduled in 4 January to 7 January, 2014.

Several big matches will be played in week six. Arsenal will host Tottenham in 4th January, which could be the biggest match for betting. If love to bet and want to win, you must need to learn several things of betting like where to bet, how to bet etc. There are several free betting options are available. You have to follow the news and articles about free betting tips to learn free betting.

Tottenham will face Manchester United in Premier League before facing Arsenal in FA Cup. It will be a hard job for Tottenham to travel Emirates Stadium after travelling Old Trafford. On the other hand, Tottenham is not also having a good time. Their Head coach Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last week due to bad performance. Tottenham appointed Tim Sherwood as the new head coach. Midfielder Paulinho will back against Stoke City after restriction.

Arsenal has comparatively easy fixture to Tottenham. They will play against Cardiff City in 1st January at home before the Tottenham clash. Theo Walcott, Arsenal midfielder, who was out of the field due to injury for many days, is back and playing very well. Arsenal’s defenders are also doing great job. Although Ramsey was ruled out for 3 weeks, Arsenal has several replacements.

Before today’s match against Newcastle, Arsenal is in the second position in the league table. If they win the match, they will get back the first position. On the other side, Tottenham is in the middle of the table.

Finally, a big battle is expected, but the chance of winning for Arsenal is more. 75% possibility of winning for Arsenal, 15% possibility for Tottenham and 10% Chances of drawn.

It is incredible to think that it was only several years ago that Swansea were plying their trade in the bottom division of English football. Several years on and the Swans are regarded as a solid force in the Premiership, with their recent League Cup victory providing them with even more credibility.

Following their victory in that competition, rumours are starting to intensify about manager Michael Laudrup. After taking over from Brendan Rodgers last year, Laudrup’s stock has risen incredibly and some sources are claiming that he is on the radar as the next Real Madrid manager. On the subject of this, it might be worth checking to take advantage of a bonus offer as Laudrup’s odds for the Real position fluctuate.

Laudrup is not the only man to taste success at the Liberty Stadium though, with the club having a habit of picking some very successful managers over the years. We’ll now take a look at the last four, which should at least provide their fans hope if Laudrup does end up departing.

Roberto Martinez
This was unquestionably the start of success for Swansea, with Martinez hauling the club out of the depths of League One following a comprehensive title win in 2008. He was a fans favourite prior to his appointment, having been a player for the club in the past, yet his reputation soared as he continued his groundwork by establishing the Swans in the second tier of English football. It was at this point where the club adopted their fluent, total football approach - which has stayed with them to the day.
Several clubs courted Martinez during his time at Swansea and he eventually bit the bullet and joined Wigan in 2009. He has managed to instil the same brand of football with the Latics, while he has also defied the odds and helped them retain their Premier League status on numerous occasions.

Paulo Sousa
There were several raised eyebrows when the Swans appointed Paulo Sousa, as his time at previous club QPR was hardly sparkling. However, the former Portuguese midfielder built on Martinez’s work, carrying on the special football that his predecessor had drilled into the team. This eventually helped the club finish in their highest position for nearly three decades, after finishing in 7th in the Championship.
Sousa’s reign was not to last long though and he left the post after just one season in charge. Leicester came calling and dragged him away, although in hindsight he may regret the switch after lasting just a few months at the King Power Stadium before being dismissed.

Brendan Rodgers
The Swans were not to be deterred though and soon turned to Brendan Rodgers. Again, this was a surprise appointment after Rodgers had fared poorly with another Championship outfit in Reading. However, he was able to once again take the club to the next level, masterminding an incredible promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs. Not stopping there, he made the Swans into a formidable top flight outfit and not once were they looking over their shoulders.
Such work alerted Liverpool and despite initially rebuffing their approach, Rodgers eventually caved in and joined the Reds. Nevertheless, he left Swansea in their best ever position, and also earned them around £5m in compensation.

Michael Laudrup
The appointment of Michael Laudrup was again surprising - although again a masterstroke by Hugh Jenkins. Laudrup hit the ground running with some excellent early season form and at the time of writing, the club sit in 9th position. Following victory in the League Cup, it’s no surprise to see that most are speculating that it will just be a matter of time before he is another man prized away from the Liberty Stadium. Considering all of their success in relation to managers over the years, there will surely be a queue of impressive candidates if the post does become available though.

Atlanta Hawks is now getting more importance as a team as they have won the match against Oklahoma City Thunder with a good margin of 104-95. It was no doubt a thrilling match as there was a neck to neck fight in all the quarters. However, on the fourth quarter Atlanta Hawks performed impressively well and thus won the encounter.

In the middle of the fourth quarter Lou Williams did a jumper of 24 foot and he scored a 3 pointer. As a result of it, Atlanta Hawks went ahead and finally when he made two free throws at 4:44 time remaining in the match Atlanta was 91-84 ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lou Williams scored 19 points in total 10 of which were scored in the last quarter. Williams finally scored 14 points in total in the fourth quarter. Al Horford also played extremely well as he scored 23 points. With all these good performances, Atlanta Hawks has won the match confidently.

It was really a special performance from them as there were a lot of new faces in the team. DeShawn Stevenson said, “We have some new faces in the team. However, they have believed in themselves. We have all the capabilities to reach the final of Western Conference.”

They have played without the forward Josh Smith but they handled the situation quite well.

Kevin Martin  scored 28 points but still could not win the encounter. Kevin Durant also scored 22 points but that was not enough to avoid the defeat for his team.

Thunder made 21 turnovers and Atlanta scored 31 points from it. In the first quarter the Atlanta Hawks got the lead at the end by hitting 11 points consecutively. However, there was a twist in the game as again Oklahoma City Thunder went ahead in the second quarter by a margin of 57-49. However, the last half actually changed all the calculations.

At the fourth quarter when only 1:28 was remaining to play, they got a lead of 100-91 and Oklahoma City Thunder could not cover it by any means.

Durant was bit disappointed with the result. He said, “We have not played consistently well in this match. We could not set up our authority in the game rather we provide them the opportunity to play in the way they wanted to control the match. Finally, they got the required confidence in the fourth quarter.”


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