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Patriots wide receiver veteran is set to miss Sunday’s game

The New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman had an embattled start to the 2020 season, riddled with knee troubles. Now, sources indicate that the 34-year-old wide receiver has undergone a knee procedure and will likely miss Sunday’s game.

Edelman is an 11-year NFL veteran, having spent his entire career with the Patriots. Reports of Edelman’s procedure come in the wake of his reduced participation in Wednesday practice. He also missed the Thursday team practice altogether.

At the moment, Edelman is leading the Pats’ offense with 21 receptions and 315 yards. The same sources believe that Edelman may be facing significant downtime after the procedure. His absence is likely to affect the NFL sportsbook betting odds for the New England team.

UK sports betting news

Vertonghen Thinks Tottenham’s Pochettino Is Headed For The Premier League

Mauricio Pochettino became one of the Premier League’s most respected coaches while at the helm of Tottenham Hotspur. However, despite taking the team to the Champions League on four occasions and securing a runners-up medal in the competition in 2019, Pochettino was sacked last November.

Almost a full year later, the Argentinian coach is often named in shortlists for top-tier teams across the world. Now, Benfica’s Jan Vertonguen—a former player in Pochettino’s era at Spurs—has weighed in on what the future holds for his ex-boss.

Many clubs have been speculatively linked with Pochettino, ranging from Zenit St. Petersburg to Real Madrid. However, for Vertonghen, his former manager is best suited for the Premier League, and likely impatient to find a post there.

Vertonghen mentions there are only two or three teams big enough for Pochettino to manage. These likely include Manchester United, Man City, and Liverpool. The Argentinian has ruled out coaching Chelsea or Arsenal due to their long-running rivalries with the Spurs.

Africa sports betting news

The Kaizer Chiefs Losing Six Players To International Duty

After the Kaizer Chiefs lost their FIFA transfer ban appeal this week, the team will now almost certainly be in a tight spot as they will be playing without six players over the next month. It’s unclear if coach Gavin Hunt will be able to make things work for the Naturena-based South African club.

With the new season having started in full force, the situation could cost the Chiefs precious momentum. Reeve Frosler, Lebogang Manyama, and Itumeleng Khune will all be representing South Africa in AFCON qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Anthony Akumu, Daniel Akpeyi, and Khama Billiat are all off for qualifiers with their respective national teams. Hunt, a four-time league champion coach, will have to scrape the bottom of the roster’s barrel. The team won’t be able to sign any new players until March 2021.

Europe sports betting news

Barcelona Best Juventus In Pirlo’s First Defeat As Coach In Turin

Barcelona prevailed 2-0 in their hotly-anticipated heavyweight UEFA Champions League Group G match against Juventus on Wednesday evening. Barça really impressed as they dominated for large swathes of the game despite playing on the road. It marked the first defeat with Juventues for Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.

An early goal from Ousmane Dembele on 14’ gave Barcelona an edge for much of the match. A late penalty from Lionel Messi in the 91st minute cemented Barça’s victory which was all but assured following Merih Demiral’s red card in the 85th minute. It was a painful defeat for Juventus, who were without Cristiano Ronaldo due to yet another positive COVID test.

While Juve have not been quite at their best this season with two wins and three draws in five in the league, they would have gone into this one fairly confident but, despite this, Barcelona were the bookmaker favorite. Alvaro Morata managed to score three goals for Juve, only for each to be ruled out as offside.

South America sports betting news

Liga MX’s Pumas Set To Exercise Option To Buy Favio Álvarez

Argentinian soccer player Favio Álvarez has been on loan with the Pumas for almost a year now. With the agreement expiring in December, the team is reportedly seeking to purchase the player outright. The loan agreement included an option to buy, which UNAM is planning on activating.

Álvarez has proven his worth as an attacking midfielder, and the buy option seems reasonably priced. The team are likely to exercise Alejandro Mayorga’s buy option as well. The two moves will cost them slightly north of $5 million.

27-year-old Álvarez is currently on loan from Atlético Tucumán. In 19 appearances with the Pumas, he’s scored three goals. He was previously loaned out to LA Galaxy for the 2019 season. Back then, he scored three goals over 18 appearances.

Australia sports betting news

Melbourne Welcomes Back Mass Sports With Australia-India Boxing Day Test

The long winter without sports in Melbourne has finally come to an end. It’s been almost nine months since Melbourne’s last major sporting event, a Wonder’s T20 World Cup with 86,000 spectators. Now, the city celebrates a symbolic return to normality, with the Australia-India Boxing Day Test.

The match will be played in the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with an audience of 25,000 people. However, controversy has surrounded the allotment of those seats. More than 80,000 people would usually be present for the highly popular event, with betting for the Boxing Day Test often quite hectic.

MCC Members and subscribers, the public, and corporate interests are all competing over limited seating. Much hype is building around the event, particularly in Melbourne. Australian betting sites are seizing the chance to offer markets for a high-profile cricket event.

New Zealand sports betting news

Wallabies Gunning For All Blacks’ Golden Rookie Caleb Clarke

After the first two tests of the Bledisloe Cup, many players have shown impressive performances, however, a rookie that’s turning heads all over the place is Caleb Clarke. The 21-year-old All Blacks winger has been a revelation, with a 70-meter dash after half-time against the Aussies that wowed many.

Now, the Wallabies are sending a clear message to Clarke ahead of Saturday’s match which quite simply says “we’re gunning for you”. Wallabies wing Filipo Daugunu admitted as much in a recent interview. Daugunu is the player tasked with defending Clarke.

“Our aim is to kick to him and to contest – for him to catch so we can smash him,” said Daugunu. The 25-year-old Fijian player readily agreed that for Clarke, “there’s a target on his head.”

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