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Buffalo Bills To Face New York Jets in Week 7 Matchup

The New York Jets take on the Buffalo Bills at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The week seven fixture sees the Jets trying to improve on their results from week one, where they lost to the Bills by ten points.

Currently, Buffalo leads the AFC East division with four wins and two losses. The Bills’ biggest issue is their ground game, shown last week when they played the Kansas City Chiefs. While Quarterback Josh Allen began the season strong, his recent form lacks the precision the team needs.

The Jets have struggled so far this season, losing all six games and most recently against the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Joe Flacco, who filled in for Sam Donald, ended the game with a 50% pass rating. The Jets offense shows plenty of weaknesses, allowing eighteen sacks so far in the season; only four other teams have allowed more.

Although the Bills sit in a better position, both teams desperately need a win. All the US sportsbook sites are favoring Buffalo in this matchup.

United Kingdom sports betting news

England Scheduled to Play the Republic of Ireland at Wembley

A friendly match between national football teams of England and the Republic of Ireland is set for November at the Wembley Stadium. The game is scheduled before Gareth Southgate’s team takes on Belgium and Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.

Initially, the English crew planned a friendly against New Zealand, but the Kiwis withdrew. The withdrawal is reportedly due to player availability and travel complications created by the pandemic.

The game sees the Republic of Ireland return to Wembley for the first time since 2013, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw. What’s more, the teams haven’t played one another in five years, with the last game resulting in a goalless draw.

Stephen Kenny hasn’t won his last five matches after replacing Mick McCarthy as the Republic of Ireland’s manager. These results will unquestionably go against the squad’s odds at popular United Kingdom betting sites.

Africa sports betting news

Ghana Take on Sudan in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

The next fixture for the Group C leaders sees them face Sudan at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana. After winning their most recent game, Ghana appears to be the stronger team by far, remaining unbeaten.

Sudan started its campaign on a high, beating São Tomé and Príncipe 4-0. However, they lost their second game to South Africa, damaging their confidence. Sudan now sits third on the table with just three points.

Ghanaian forward Asamoah Gyan will undoubtedly try to put his team in front, especially after not scoring in the last two games. If you look at the competition statistics, it’s fair to say Sudan seems the likely underdog for this matchup, which is scheduled for the 11th of November.

Europe sports betting news

Football Fans Return to Stadiums in Spain

For the first time since March this year, soccer supporters made an appearance at stadiums in Spain. While many have questioned the decision due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, others embraced it.

Clubs continue to take precautions by limiting ticket sales. Deportivo’s stadium has a capacity of 34,899, but now only allows 3,400 fans to enter. Even though there was a sea of empty seats, the supporters’ chants filled the arena, breaking the silence for the first time in months.

Top-flight clubs continue to play matches behind closed doors, financially sustained by broadcasting rights. However, for Deportivo and other lower-tier teams, the lack of fans continues to wreak financial havoc. Without the local supporters, many clubs will have to close up shop.

South America sports betting news

Luciano Figueroa Retires as JDT Manager

Luciano Figueroa told the Argentinian press that his time as manager of Johor Darul Ta’zim, commonly known as JDT, has ended. He said that he must resign from his role due to family commitments, thanking fans for their support.

Figueroa joined the squad in 2014 as a player, netting 43 goals in 71 games before ending his career as a player in 2018. He became the group’s manager in August 2018, leading the club to two charity shield wins. What’s more, he helped JDT win the league title in 2019, confirming many supporters’ Super League betting predictions.

The competent Benjamin Mora takes over as the newest JDT coach, hoping to continue Figueroa’s success. The club has also announced that it plans to name a section of its home stadium in honor of Luciano.

Australia sports betting news

Quarantine Creating Issues Ahead of Australia Open

The Australian government and tennis authorities continue to plan for the Australian Open after restrictions in Victoria slowly ease. Tourism, Sport and Events minister, Martin Pakula, said that although there’s a lot of work still ahead, he’s confident the Open will occur.

The current issues include the limitation of fans allowed inside Melbourne Park and athletes arriving from overseas. Officials continue to ask for permission to allow athletes to practice and train ahead of the event instead of sitting in a hotel room for fourteen days.

The question remains whether organizers will allow build-up matches to occur throughout Australia or if all athletes need to go straight to Melbourne.

New Zealand sports betting news

New Zealand Set to Host the West Indies for T20 Tour

The Kiwis begin preparing for their next three games against the West Indies for the upcoming T20 cricket tour. The first match takes place at Eden Park, Auckland, on the 27th of November. New Zealand started the year off poorly, losing to India over the five day T20 series.

Meanwhile, the West Indies struggle to remain consistent, recently losing a five-day test to England. They’ll want to start the next tour on a positive note with captain Jason Holder at the helm. Overall, New Zealand appears to be the stronger group and the favorites, having won seven out of twelve matches played against the West Indies.

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