Di Canio: I’m not worried by start

first_img Di Canio’s men head into Saturday’s clash with Arsenal having picked up just one point from their first three games – and also have fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United soon to come. But Di Canio is adamant he has seen enough encouraging signs to shrug off suggestions that he could start feeling the pressure if his side slump to another defeat against the Gunners. Di Canio said: “I never feel pressure. Even in 20 games’ time if we still had one point I would feel responsible but not under pressure – it is different. “After three games I am not worried. I know by December we will be nearly in the middle of the table. I’m sure about that. In December, January, February we will win many games and take off. “I’m sure about my strategy and philosophy and methodology. But it is difficult because in football there is panic, the players sometimes don’t believe in things. You have to believe that in 20 games’ time you will be in a different position.” Di Canio believes a lack of communication has proved a crucial part in his side’s sluggish start, having signed 13 foreign players – including deadline-day buys Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena – over the summer. And he has demanded his new boys take it upon themselves to learn English as he seeks to cut out the kind of silly errors which sent them to defeat at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. Di Canio added: “I can help but I can’t become a school teacher for the foreign players every single moment. They have to think they have decided to come to England so they have to speak English. “If you are intelligent and you really want to gel with the others you have to think one day I will learn five or 10 key words for the match. It takes five minutes, and it is their responsibility. “The communication is crucial because it helps you react in time. We must communicate on the field otherwise we will pay a price.” Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has launched a staunch defence of his start at the Stadium of Light and vowed he will lead the Black Cats to a comfortable mid-table position by Christmas. Di Canio could be tempted to start with a brand new strike force against Arsene Wenger’s men, with Borini set for his debut and Steven Fletcher pushing for his first start of the season. Fletcher got off the bench to score at Selhurst Park and while Di Canio doubts if the Scot will be fit enough to play a full match after his long-term ankle injury, he is convinced he can make a big difference. “We will see during the game if he gets 50 or 60 minutes,” added Di Canio. “It is very difficult for me to see him getting 90 minutes at the level I want to see from my players. “But he is fit enough to score a goal and cause problems for our opponents, and give more belief to my players – give them more energy and motivation to push forward and give him the ball.” Di Canio is set to keep faith in Jack Colback at left-back after singing the Academy product’s praises this week. John O’Shea is suspended after his sending-off against Palace. Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Recalled to team because of my experience of playing Tests in England: Wahab

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Karachi: Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz on Tuesday attributed his inclusion in the World Cup squad, despite not being a part of the ODI squad in the last couple of years, to his experience of playing Test cricket in England. Wahab, 33, said it is a dream come true to get a chance to play his third successive World Cup.”It is a responsibility now because I have been recalled because of my experience. I have not played too many ODIs in England but playing in Test matches there has helped me a lot and I know the conditions and pitches well now,” Wahab told the reporters in Lahore.Wahab and another experienced left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir won unexpected call to the national team for the World Cup on Monday with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq admitting that the decision was taken considering Pakistan’s poor performance in the one-day series against England in England recently. “I am confident that I can live up to the expectations and do the job given to me. I have become a mentally and physically stronger bowler now after playing a lot of domestic cricket and I hope that my team can benefit from my experience in the mega-event,” he said.While Aamir was with the team in England, though he did not play, Wahab was not even named in the provisional squad of 23 players for the tournament.Wahab has been ignored by the national selectors since he last appeared in the match against India in the Champions Trophy 2017 when he went for 87 runs without a wicket and had to limp off with an injury.”I had a dream a few days back that Inzamam-ul-Haq called me up and told me about my selection with the warning that this is your last chance. The dream has come true and I very happy because my late father always wanted me to play in the maximum number of World Cups for my country,” he said.Wahab said he was looking forward to the World Cup as the pitches were expected to be dry in England and that would help him reverse swing the ball.He felt Pakistan were whitewashed in the recent ODI series against England because of poor fielding.”Fielders need to support their bowlers especially on pitches where conditions favour the batsmen.” last_img read more

SBC Bookies Corner: Grab’em by the Midterms

first_img Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Billed as the most important midterm elections in modern US history, this 6 November US states decide their representatives for the House & Senate. Can the Democrats secure their much desired ‘Blue Wave’, or have polls underestimated President Trump yet again? Furthermore, will Midterms 2018 showcase the lead cast for the US  2020 General Election… SBC gets the bookies lowdown!  __________________Katie Baylis – BetfairSBC: The majority of midterm polls indicate a ‘Democrat blue wave’. How confident can Democrats be of flipping the House and Senate, or will history simply repeat 2016 proceedings?  Katie Baylis (UK & Europe PR Lead Betfair): With polls indicating the Democrats are on target for a majority in the House of Representatives, it’s no surprise that punters on Betfair Exchange see it that way as well. A Democrat Majority is currently at odds of 4/9 or a 69% chance, with a Republican Majority at 2/1 or a 31% chance.The battle of the Senate is a tougher proposition for the Democrats of course and they are a long shot at 13/1 to or just a 7% chance of gaining a majority, but if they can take the House of Representatives then we are set for fireworks over the next term with President Trump’s plans sure to be blocked and delayed at every turn, leading to an even more tumultuous pollical climate in the States than ever before.Sarbjit Bakhshi – SmarketsSBC: At a market-level, what are the most hotly contested 2018 gubernatorial races. What states should political punters be monitoring?Sarbjit Bakhshi – Smarkets (Head of Politics – Smarkets): At a state-level, Smarkets sees three intriguing gubernatorial races, which pitch Republican Trump-MAGA stalwarts against fresh Democrat faces.First up,  the Florida Governor Election has been regarded as a toss-up race between two partisan contenders for the Senate, Congressman Ron DeSantis (Republican) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (Democrat).Our market has Gillum last traded at 68%, which indicates that the black Democrat backed by Bernie Sanders will take the seat. DeSantis is strongly aligned with Trump and his ‘Make America Great Again’ programme.Meanwhile, the Georgia race between Stacey Abrams (Democrat) versus Brian Kemp (Republican) is particularly intriguing. If Abrams wins, she will be the first female African-American Governor in US history. At present Smarkets,  has Abrams at 44% against Kemp, but this race is regarded as a toss-up by most political commentators even if Democrats haven’t won a major statewide office in Georgia since 2000.Finally, Nevada is just too close to call, who will replace outgoing Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.At present we are leaning to the Democrats, as Adam Laxalt (Republican) last traded at 49% against Steve Sisolak (Democrat) at 56%. There is another deep ideological split in this race with Laxalt garnering the support of Trump and Sisolak wanting to support the marijuana industry in the StateMatt Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: Will the midterms reveal US 2020’s Presidential Candidates for both the Democrat and Republican parties. Which US runner has caught the public’s attention?Matt Shaddick (Head of Politics – Ladbrokes): Whilst these midterm elections look likely to be the biggest ever in terms of betting interest, they probably won’t impact the 2020 Presidential race all that much.Even if the Republicans do much worse than expected, there doesn’t seem all that much danger to Trump being the nominee.On the Democrat side, the one new runner to emerge has been Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz’s opponent in Texas. A narrow loss might be the best scenario for those who got on the Beto 2020 bandwagon early and at big prices.Joe Lee – Paddy PowerSBC: Does a Republican loss of the House & Senate, necessarily lead to a Trump impeachment and resignation? Is this Democrat wishful thinking… Has President Trump been underestimated yet again?Joe Lee (Head of Trump Betting – Paddy Power): A few weeks out from midterm madness, the words ‘Trump’ and ‘Impeachment’ are forced back together like an aged boyband trying to rekindle glories past.The balance of power in both the House and the Senate are back up for grabs which some believe will pave the way for Trump to be impeached. The US Constitution allows for Impeachment of a sitting President when the House of Representatives votes in favour by a majority followed by a trail in the Senate. If the individual is found guilty in the Senate by two-thirds or more, then they are removed from office.Currently, Paddy Power bet 4/11 (73%) that the Democrats hold a House majority after these midterms. That could be step one in pushing an impeachment case to the Senate where things may come a cropper.The Democrats are seen as 9/1 underdogs (10%) to hold control of the Senate. You’re looking at some fancy prices to have both of these happen couples with an Impeachment, which means the Democrats are most likely going to continue to be Trumped for now…at least until 2020! Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020last_img read more

The Players Championship PGA DFS picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgUnderstanding how the depth of the field impacts optimal PGA DFS lineup construction is crucial to success in golf GPPs. In a stacked field such as this week’s Players Championship, you can gain a significant strategic advantage by prioritizing balance in your daily fantasy golf lineups, thereby leveraging elite players who will see both a price and ownership discount simply due to the appeal of the players priced above them.Consider golfers such as Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama, and Paul Casey, just to name a few. These are elite golfers in excellent form all priced around average salary across the industry. This is a rare opportunity to pack so many elite golfers into your lineup without paying up for them, and you should take advantage. Although there is obviously merit to playing golfers at the top end of the price spectrum, the difference between my projections for these golfers and the golfers in the middle of the pricing scale this week isn’t significant enough to justify the premium. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | TPC betting adviceForgoing a studs-and-duds approach this week in favor of balance allows you to build lineups with a higher probability of getting all six golfers through the cut line without sacrificing elite tournament winning upside.*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.The Players Championship picks and PGA DFS strategyContrarian OptionsThe volatility of golf results highlights the importance of leveraging ownership in GPPs. Finding quality contrarian plays is an essential component of a strong strategy. In golf contests, I often like to look toward the top end of the pricing spectrum for players that may be going overlooked. Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are my favorite contrarian plays this week.Coming off their withdrawals from the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, Woods and Day will see heavily reduced interest from DFS players for The Players Championship. Most DFS players will be hesitant to invest in relatively high-priced players with health concerns when there are so many other elite options available that will be perceived as safer.Last year at the Masters, Tony Finau dislocated his ankle the day before the tournament and still finished tied for 10th. Suffice it to say, it’s more than possible for an elite golfer to bounce back from an injury with authority. Despite their respective injuries, Woods and Day are still being given 3.4-percent and 2.4-percent Vegas odds, respectively, to win the tournament. These are two of the premier golfers in the world who were playing outstanding golf before their injuries and will likely go largely overlooked. Don’t be scared off by their bumps and bruises – leverage them.For a player of his talent level, Spieth has been in an almost inconceivably long slump. Perhaps the best thing about slumps, however, is that they don’t last forever. Spieth is simply too good not to break out of his cold streak, and it wasn’t all that long ago that DFS players couldn’t get enough of him. His price continues to sit too low for his upside, and he will put four rounds together sooner rather than later. The best players always bounce back, and this is undeniably one of the best players in the world. Spieth is one of the best leverage plays this week from both a price and ownership standpoint.FadesIdentifying players that the market may be overinvested in is critical, as these may be players to strongly consider limiting exposure to or fading entirely. Recent results can be an immensely persuasive statistic when it comes to ownership and often can lead to players receiving more attention than they deserve. Francesco Molinari, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Matt Wallace are all likely to see heavy ownership this week. They all share something else in common: Recent success. In last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Molinari, Fitzpatrick and Wallace placed first, second, and six, respectively. Although these golfers are all in strong form and have solid odds per their prices, a week’s worth of results simply isn’t a big enough sample size for me to justify the resulting expected boost in ownership.One of the best ways to outsmart the golf DFS market is by weighing long-term results more heavily than recent hot streaks. Limiting your exposure to players like Molinari, Fitzpatrick and Wallace is an example of how to execute on that strategy.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings.last_img read more