Tottenham take on Real Madrid

Will Kane be fit enough to play?

There is still a chance that Tottenham star Harry Kane could be fit to play against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Tottenham Hotspur are 11/5 to defeat European Champions Real Madrid 6/5 [odds correct as of 12:00 GMT Tuesday October 31] at their new home, Wembley stadium. Kane has a minor hamstring injury and Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino will want to allow him as much chance to recover as possible before making any decision.

Both teams come into the game hot on the heels of defeat. Tottenham lost to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday by the narrowest of margins. Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat to Girona on Sunday which led their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, to question Zinedine Zidane’s tactics.

Walk in the Park for Liverpool?

Liverpool 1/20 should not face too much in the way of opposition against Slovenian side, NK Maribor 37/1 [odds correct as of 12:00 GMT Tuesday October 31]. Maribor who are bottom of Group E with just one point from their first three games, could be on the receiving end of yet another history making score line, like that that was inflicted upon them by Liverpool just two weeks ago. Liverpool beat NK Maribor 7-0 in the away fixture.

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Atomic Cocktails and a Bad Case of Craps

The Gambling Capital of the World is…

Ask most westerners to name the ‘gambling capital of the world’, and chances are they’ll say ‘Las Vegas.’ But, while Vegas is a major player in global gaming, the true ‘gambling capital of the world’ is the former Portuguese colony, and now Chinese ‘Special Administrative Region,’ of Macau.

Despite covering a mere 115.3 km2 (of which 73.7% is water), this incredibly densely populated urban territory (21,411/km2 – to put that in perspective, Greater London has a population density of 5,590/km2), grossed almost $30 billion in gambling revenue in 2016, compared to the entire state of Nevada’s total of just over $11 billion for the same period. Mind you, Vegas may be back in the game, as Macau’s revenues have been falling over recent years, whereas Nevada’s have been increasing.

Class Wars

Ever wondered why we use specific imagery on playing cards? It all comes down to class. Right from the very first playing cards, dating back to 9th century Imperial China, the iconography of cards has represented the prevailing social order – with royalty, aristocracy and working classes represented.

The suits we use today are, of course, divided into three face cards and numbered ‘pip’ cards. According to gaming historians, this system dates way back to 13th century Mamluk Egypt (to which playing cards had spread via India and Persia). Over time, and as cards spread into Europe via Italy and Iberia, symbols became standardised, often consisting of cups, to represent the clergy, coins to represent the merchant class, clubs for peasants, and swords, for the nobility.

The familiar hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades, still in use today, originated in 15th century France – though even now, playing cards suites can still be roughly grouped into French, Latin and German styles, with only the French version still maintaining the 52-card deck of the Mamluk era.

Princess Caroline Poops on the Parade

Monaco, the tiny 2.02 km2 principality, hemmed in by France on the Mediterranean coast, is famous the world over for its casinos, and one in particular – the iconic Monte Carlo Casino. So, you might think that Monacans (or Monégasque, if you want to sound posh) who like to gamble, are in heaven… but you’d be wrong.

You see, way back in the 1800s, Princess Caroline of Monaco had an epiphany (or maybe just a bad losing streak) and decided to make it illegal for her countrymen to play at the casino. Of course, she had no problem with foreigners gambling, and generating huge revenues for the national coffers! But, it wasn’t all bad for the locals, because it made their government so rich that citizens didn’t have to pay any tax.

 

Sweet Justice, Tribal Style

Ever ponder why casinos are associated so closely with native American Indian lands? It all started back in 1979 when the Seminole tribe, in Florida, set up a small bingo hall in Hollywood, FL. With winnings of up to $2,000 available (significantly breaching the state limit) the authorities in Tallahassee weren’t happy.

The case went to court, and the Seminole tribe won. Indian land was legally confirmed as sovereign territory, and as such, they could set their own laws regarding gambling. Very quickly casinos sprung up on reservation land all over America, and today they are a major source of income for the native American nations.

Though not all native Americans are passionate supporters of gambling, there is a certain justice in this. When allocating land for tribal reservations, the US government has historically given them less than prime locations, often with few natural resources, which for years kept them from prospering financially. The development of casino resorts on many of the 326 reservations, has enabled many tribes to generate sizable revenues, and massively increase investment in their communities.

The Atomic Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is famous for its bright lights and energy, but way back in the 1950’s it had a whole lot more energy – of the atomic variety! Why? Because back then, the powers that be thought it was a smart idea to detonate more than a thousand nuclear devices less than 70 miles away from a highly populated city (mind you, back then, they also thought it was a great idea to spray schools and whole neighbourhoods with the highly carcinogenic DDT pesticide)!

Yep. As inconceivable as it is to us now, in our more environmentally aware culture, the US government put on regular free-to-view open-air shows involving mushroom clouds and ‘turning night into day’ – without the slightest concern for the health of either locals or the increasing number of tourists that Vegas was attracting! In fact, in true Vegas-style, local casinos and other businesses were soon embracing the atomic events as prime money-making opportunities, offering A-bomb parties, beauty pageants, cocktails and merchandise!

Americans, you gotta’ love em’.

A Bad Case of Craps

Ever wonder why the American casino dice game Craps is called Craps? I mean, it does kind of sound like a nasty infestation… “I’ve got a nasty case of craps, but the doctor gave me some cream.”

Well, today’s Craps evolved from a British dice game called Hazard, in which rolling ‘snake eyes’ was referred to as rolling ‘crabs’ (quite why remains a mystery). The game was popular with settlers in New Orleans in the mid-1700’s, but as the years ‘rolled by’, forgive the pun, the combination of liquor, beer and a mingling of French and English settlers, caused the ‘b’ to become a ‘p’, and viola, Craps’ was born!

Orient Rescue Point With Late Equalizer

A goal from Mark Ellis five minutes before the end of normal play ensured Leyton Orient came away from north Wales with a hard earned hard fought point at Wrexham.

The match at the Racecourse Ground (a ground that in it’s day hosted many Wales international football games) saw a decent advert for the National League as both teams came out to play football and the 4,432 attendance were rewarded with a half decent football match that saw the Londoners come back twice from a goal down to draw the game 2-2.

In the overall scheme of things the other teams around them closed the gap on Orient who remain in 19th place in the league despite the draw. Wins for Guiseley and Barrow below them did the O’s no favours at all and with 18 games of the season completed and seriously they could be in a relegation battle.

With the pressure growing on Steve Davis ahead of the match in Wales with various pundits saying the time to go for Davis is now, his team put in a dogged display to halt their two game losing run in the National League.

A point in Wrexham was a decent point against the third placed team high on confidence but lacking the cutting edge that has seen them tear many a visiting team to pieces this season.

Yet it all started dismally for Leyton Orient as the hosts were ahead within a minute. To be precise the O’s remained on level terms for only 44 seconds when Chris Holroyd headed into an open goal from Paul Rutherford’s cross that took a deflection.

It was all one way traffic in the first twenty minutes as the hosts dominated and the O’s found themselves in a cul de sac with nowhere to go. To give Orient their due they clung on not to go a further goal behind which would have undoubtedly finished the game as a contest and Macauley Bonne equalised when his left foot cross deceived goalkeeper Chris Dunn to find the net in the 22nd minute against the run of play.

There were changes galore for the visitors as Steve Davis once again shuffled the pack to hopefully bring about that elusive win that the East Londoners require so badly. There were four changes to the Orient side beaten 2-0 at home to Gateshead on Tuesday night.

Joe Widdowson was out with a hamstring problem and Jobi McAnuff suspended so Jamie Sendles-White and James Dayton started so two changes Davis had no choice but to make. Zain Westbrooke made his full debut for the O’s while Rommy Boco returned to the side with Craig Clay and Myles Judd making way.

Bonne thought he had scored after ten minutes but the referee called a foul. Then Wrexham nearly made it 2-0 in the 19th minute when James Jennings glanced towards goal from a corner, but Mark Ellis was well placed to defend well.

Two minutes later and Orient should have found the net when Sendles-White had a header cleared off the line and then in the 23rd minute O’s did equalize in bizarre fashion as Bonne’s cross blew into the top corner.

Wrexham nearly retook the lead in the 27th minute when Shaun Pearson headed wide and after that up to the break it all end to end stuff with neither team managing a goal.

The second half saw the home team in the ascendancy but make nothing of considerable note and it was Orient who provided the next chance as David Mooney won a free kick for the away side just outside the penalty area. Dan Happe stepped up, but saw his effort deflected wide and the chance was gone but still the O’s came forward and were unlucky four minutes later when the dangerous James Dayton unleashed a shot against the crossbar.

Wrexham retook the lead with Holroyd with 19 minutes left to play as the visitors had a period of domination and Paul Rutherford turned provider for the home team.

Orient pressed for an equaliser in the latter stages and Jake Caprice’s cross in the 82nd minute was nearly deflected in by a Wrexham player, but home goalkeeper Chris Dunn managed to get out a hand to save. Yet Orient did score three minutes later.

Mark Ellis powered home a header at the far post and it was enough to earn O’s a valuable point. Now to start winning!

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England Win the World Cup!

And Crystal Palace Don’t Lose

What a great weekend of football we just witnessed here at EnergyWorld. England win a world cup, Crystal Palace save themselves from further embarrassment with a last gasp equaliser, and Liverpool celebrate Christmas eight weeks early.

Roy Hodgson Breathes Sigh of Relief

West Ham denied a precious victory thanks to a 96th minute equaliser by Wilfred Zaha. With both sides really needing the points this may have been a fair result, but it came about due to a rookie mistake by West Ham’s Michail Antonio. With 60 seconds on the clock and needing only to hold the ball in the opposition corner, Antonio needlessly played the ball to the Palace keeper who immediately launched it back down field leading to Zaha’s goal.

Jurgen Klopp Gets the Mince Pies In

Liverpool bounce back from humiliation at the hands of Tottenham with three goals, three points and a clean sheet against Huddersfield.
The manager said that “it feels like Christmas” following the win. He was later seen in his local Waitrose buying two packets of mince pies for the lads.

England Are Under 17 World Champions

England are the new U17 world champions following a stunning 5-2 victory over European Champions, Spain.
Goals from Rhian Brewster, Morgan Gibbs-White, Phil Foden x2 and Marc Guehi mean that England have now won two world championships in a year at youth level, a feat only previously achieved by Brazil.

Millwall Leave Wales With A Point In Dismal Affair

Cardiff and Millwall slugged out a bore draw in a dreadful encounter in Wales as the game disintegrated into a 0-0 scoreline come the end of a woeful 90 minutes of play.

The South Londoners will be the happier of the two teams coming back to the capital with a point but no one who actually witnessed the game will remember very much of a balloon leaden outing that failed to ignite in any way.

The fact that Millwall keeper Jordan Archer was man of the match tells you all you need to know as Millwall stay in 15th thanks to their dreary point. Where Cardiff City were in this duel is anyone’s guess as never in a month of Sundays would you fathom that the Bluebirds were aiming at an automatic promotion place to the Premiership. Despite the lack of thought, intuition and desire they remain in 3rd place. It’s hard to believe but the Welsh team could have gone top with a victory.

Of the few positives to come from this match Millwall kept a clean sheet by setting out their stall from the off, barricading themselves in at the back and in the centre of midfield. Meanwhile Cardiff’s lack of urgency and ability to strike through the Lion’s den meant this was always going to be a low scoring encounter with few opportunities for both teams as they simply cancelled each other out.

To put it in a nutshell the first half was dire with no player from either side putting his foot on the ball and directing play. It was almost park football with girls as goalposts as the Londoners stood back and let their Welsh opponents come to them. The problem was that Cardiff couldn’t hold onto the ball and there were one or two passages of play whereby you could have been mistaken for thinking it was pinball. You have the ball, no you have it, no I insist.

At least Jordan Archer in the visitors’ goal earned his pay packet as he denied first Danny Ward with the first effort of the game coming after 30 minutes. A low shot was parried away well by the Millwall shot stopper.

The fact that there have now been just four goals in the last seven meetings between these two speaks volumes of War and Peace proportions. How Millwall got over the Severn Bridge is totally up for discussion s they could barely get over the halfway line in this game.

Just as the home side looked to be on the up, they almost gifted Millwall a goal when a dreadful back pass by Sol Bamba was seized upon by former Wales international Steve Morison, but one on one with Neil Etheridge it was the Bluebirds’ goalkeeper who blocked the shot. Morison could and should have done better and the whole passage of play epitomised the first half.

Seven minutes before the break and Lions goalkeeper Jordan had to be alert again to stop Hoilett’s fierce volley with a half decent save.

The best thing to come from the game were the half time sausage rolls and a warming cup of soup. To be fair the second half was better but not by much.

It was a little more end to end in the second half as Millwall suddenly realised that Cardiff were looking anything but promotional material. In fact the Bluebirds could have been down to 10 men early on when Sean Morrison looked to have impeded Lee Gregory when he was through on goal, but even the referee didn’t appear to be to bothered to get in on the action and nothing was given..

Gregory almost got his own back with a well hit effort but Etheridge was up to it in goal for the home team and saved well within his capabilities.

In stoppage time, the Bluebirds might have had a penalty when it seemed defender Morrison was hauled down in the Millwall box but again the referee gave nothing and that was the end of the game. Neither manager was particularly happy with the refereeing of Steve Martin to put it mildly.

Millwall manager Neil Harris on his side’s penalty claim said: “It’s a definite penalty. When you’ve got 20,000 people in a stadium and the only person who doesn’t think it is is the referee: someone’s got to be wrong. He got it completely wrong.

“Clearly today the four of them (referee and officials) weren’t up to it. A penalty there could have changed the game and it should have been three points to us. I’m very disappointed. Overall I thought the referee was playing catch-up. Steve is a decent bloke, honest and a good referee, but overall I don’t think it was one of his better games today. In the second half it was scrappy, even ugly at times.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said: “I pointed to the stand and asked if he (referee Steve Martin) enjoyed the applause. I thought they were playing opposites at one stage: there was a corner and he gave a goal-kick, there was a goal-kick and he gave a corner, a free-kick for them when it should have been ours.

“He was consistently poor: he started off bad and fell away.”

There were only 6 shots on target in the entire game from both sides and the fact the home team enjoyed 57% means absolutely nothing as they couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

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Was Pep Guardiola right about Tottenham?

Spurs falter in London derby without talisman Kane

Bet you didn’t see that one coming! High flying Tottenham beaten 3-2 at home by low lying West Ham in the Carabao cup. Spurs 2-0 up after 37 minutes as well! Never mind, Spurs get to focus on the league and Slaven Bilic gets to keep his job for another week so it’s all good.

Meanwhile…

Championship side Bristol City thump Crystal Palace 4-1. The Bristolians currently seventh in the Championship are now the only team from outside the Premier League left in the EFL cup. Of the other teams hoping to make it through to the quarter-finals, Leeds were beaten 3-1 by Leicester City (who at the time of writing this have just appointed ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as manager) and Wolverhampton Wanderers lost out on penalties to Manchester City.

Wolves did an amazing job of holding off the free scoring Sky Blues for 120 minutes at the Etihad before losing out in a penalty shoot-out. The team from the Midlands showed that it is possible to stop City from scoring, and may have won had it not been for the magnificence of Claudio Bravo.

As expected a changed Manchester United coasted to a comfortable victory over Swansea and Arsenal and Chelsea both progressed too, with victories over Norwich and Everton respectively.

Who’s Your Team of the Week?

Following their magnificent performance against the Premier League leaders most people’s team of the week (bear in mind it’s only Thursday!) would surely have been Wolverhampton Wanderers.

However, this week has seen another team produce a display so awesome that it eclipses even that of the Wolves.

That team of course is England U17’s, who produced a phenomenal display in Kolkata, India in front of an amazing 64,000 spectators. England defeated Brazil 3-1 thanks to a hat trick by 17-year old Rhian Brewster. This was Rhian’s second successive hat trick in the competition and puts him in contention for the golden boot.

What this means in effect is that….

England are now the U20 World Champions. England U17’s having been European Championship finalists earlier in the year, narrowly losing out to Spain on penalties, are now World Championship finalists where they will once again come up against Spain.

The England senior team on the other hand failed to get out of the group stages at Euro 2016 including losing to Iceland whose only other claim to fame is Bjork!

If you would like to watch England v Spain in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup final it will be streamed LIVE on BBC2 at 15:30 BST from the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, India.

 

EnergyPartners Shortlisted for SBC Awards 2017

EnergyPartners, the ground-breaking official affiliate program representing EnergyBet and EnergyCasino, has been short-listed for one of the sports betting industry’s most prestigious annual accolades; the SBC Awards 2017.

For EnergyPartners to be nominated in the Best Affiliate Partner Scheme category, alongside such respected brands as Mr Green and Kindred Affiliates, is already an honour in itself, but the Energy team’s fingers are crossed for a well-deserved win on 5th December, at the HAC Artillery Garden, London.

The SBC Awards recognise the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across the industry, and are always a fantastic opportunity to network and party with the most influential movers and shakers from around the world.

This year the event will embrace the pre-Internet decades of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with a disco theme, and even real dodgems, whilst former Sky Sports presenter Matt Lorenzo, and 2005 Liverpool Champions League winner Luis Garcia, will be announcing 28 prize winners (11 Operator/Affiliate awards, and 17 Supplier awards).

Last year, EnergyBet scooped the SBC Award in the Rising Star in Sports Betting category, so another win for the Energy family would be phenomenal. Of course, if EnergyPartners brings home the bacon, we’ll let you know right here at EnergyWorld, so watch this space!

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Manchester City Play two Midlands Teams in a Week

Can Tony Pulis’s West Brom do a Wolves?

West Bromwich Albion (9/1) take on the mighty Manchester City (2/7) at the Hawthorns this weekend hoping to emulate the recent heroics of neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves held City to a draw in the Carabao cup on Tuesday, only losing out on penalties. Tony Pulis’s men will want to use this result as a benchmark.

The weekends EPL action though, kicks-off with a tasty encounter between Manchester United (6/5) and Tottenham Hotspur (12/5). The morning game sees United who progressed through to the next round in this week’s Carabao cup hoping to stamp their authority over Tottenham who didn’t. This game will go a long way to establishing who are best placed to challenge Manchester City for the title.

Liverpool (6/25) who, it is fair to say, are having a mixed season up till now, will want to get back on track with victory over Huddersfield Town (11/1). Huddersfield though, recently defeated Manchester United for the first time in 86 years and look like a great punt for those 11/1 odds.

[Incidentally a £10 accumulator with both City and United to draw and Huddersfield to win would give you a return of £2220.78!]

Crystal Palace (5/4) will be looking to pick up some more points against West Ham United (23/10) even though they will still be bottom come Monday. Slaven Bilic’s team will be feeling quite confident after defeating Spurs midweek, and will want to build upon this impressive victory.

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NEW: Planet of the Apes Slot

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Some movies are so ingrained in our collective consciousness that they seem to exist every bit as firmly as the reality we live in, even if their storylines are very definitely ‘out there’ – and no movie franchise illustrates this better than Planet of the Apes!

Including original 1960’s and 1970’s films, there have been no fewer than 9 feature film instalments of this epic saga (Planet of the Apes, 1968, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1970, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, 1971, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, 1972, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1973, Planet of the Apes, 2001, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 2014, and War for the Planet of the Apes, 2017), plus two television series between 1974 and 1976, and three video games! So, it is perhaps only surprising that it has taken this long for an official Planet of the Apes video slot to be released!

But, the wait has been worth it, because NetEnt, in association with 20th Century Fox, has created an instant classic! Interestingly, the slot is based on two movies at once, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with a split, dual-reel screen that immerses players in both periods of the life of Caesar, the Ape Army leader!

The Rise and Dawn areas both have 5-reels, 3-rows, and 20-lines (fixed) each, and the games is packed with exciting features including Rise and Dawn Free Spins, Bonus symbols, Scatter symbols, Wild substitutions, a Stacked Wild feature, a Dual feature and special Rise and Dawn Bonus features.

Boasting genuine movie footage in the intro, rich graphics, immersive sounds, and iconic characters like Caesar, Koba, Will Rodman (James Franco), Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), Charles Rodman (John Lithgow), Malcolm (Jason Clarke), Drefus (Gary Oldman), and Ellie (Keri Russell), the Planet of the Apes slot is impressively authentic and captures the dramatic atmosphere of the movies beautifully.

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Liverpool Suffer at the Hands of Kane

Or should That be Feet?

Wow! What a weekend of football that was. Harry Kane, who is on course for a European Golden Boot, demolished Liverpool, whose defenders looked like they were all wearing concrete boots.

Liverpool fresh from an impressive win over an admittedly poor Maribor side midweek simply had no answer to the enigma that is Harry Kane. Kane added another brace to take his tally to 8 from the first nine games. With his shots to goal ratio now being the highest in Europe (better even than Ronaldo or Messi!) it is surely a matter of time before he bangs four or five in against some poor unfortunate EPL team. Return fixture perhaps?

Contrasting Fortunes in Manchester

Manchester United lost to Huddersfield. Yes, I will just repeat that. Manchester United lost to Huddersfield who last defeated the mighty reds 86 years ago!

Manchester City won at home 3-0 against a spirited Burnley side who were still in the game up until the 73rd minute. Admittedly my prediction of a draw for this game seems a little silly now, but this game was a testament to just how good this current Manchester city side is right now.

Are Chelsea Back on Track?

Chelsea win 4-2 at home against one of the teams of the season so far, Watford. Watford were 2-1 up for much of the game and poised to create yet another upset until substitute Michy Batshuayi came on and bagged himself a brace in the last twenty minutes. This result sees Chelsea go fourth.

Koeman Sacked as Everton Manager

Ronald Koeman beats Slaven Bilic in the battle to be the next EPL manager to qualify for jobseeker’s allowance. Neither manager has been able to halt the inevitable slide into obscurity that their respective teams have been going through. However, it was the Dutchman who will be first in the queue at the local Jobcentre Plus.

Rafa Benitez to Get £500 Million War chest?

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle meanwhile are at the other end of the fortune scale having secured a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. They now move into 6th place in the league. If the rumours prove to be true and Newcastle get taken over by a consortium of investors prepared to make significant funds available to the Spaniard, then that would be a massive boost for the North East.

 

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Millwall’s Second Half Display Sends Birmingham to defeat

Two second half goals from Millwall sent Birmingham City back to the Midlands empty handed as Ryan Tunnicliffe’s winner helped Millwall gain a valuable three points at the New Den.

Birmingham without Harry Redknapp but now with new manager Steve Cotterill saw Cotterill experience his first defeat as the Birmingham manager as Millwall put up a stout display to propel them slightly further away from the danger zone.

It wasn’t breathtaking, it wasn’t exhilarating but it was a hard earned win following a workmanlike performance from the Londoners.

Birmingham City can count themselves slightly unfortunate when Blues defender Maxime Colin turned Steve Morison’s cross into the back of his own net two minutes after the half time break before Ryan Tunnicliffe notched the second for the home team on the rebound after Tomasz Kuszczak shut out Tom Elliott’s effort.

Birmingham City have taken only one point from their seven away games this season. They remain 4th from bottom of the table only 1 point above Burton in the relegation places. They need more impetus,  a better strike force and a stable defence and they don’t have any of those attributes at the current time.

Millwall on the other hand needed this win and moved up to 15th after responding to successive league defeats with their fourth Championship win of the season.

The stats don’t really show how the game went for once with both teams enjoying 50% of the possession each and yet Millwall seemed to do more with the ball and were more creative following a couple of agricultural displays earlier in the month, i.e. boot it up to the main striker and see if he can do anything with it.

Millwall it has to be said are not looking assured but they provided a bit of spark that city were unable to match and a little bit of self confidence would have helped a treat for the next few games if they can keep themselves around the mid table positions.

There were a total of 30 shots in the game but it wasn’t that good a match but Millwall’s resilience paid off and despite it being a stop and start bitty game (28 fouls from the 2 teams in total they man handled themselves over the line for victory. Millwall only had three of those shots on target while the visitors only managed four on target. Millwall won the corner count 6-3 but seemed devoid of intent with each one.

This was Millwall’s fourth league victory of the season and they needed it because as a team they don’t travel well. All four of those victories were at The Den.

It was a funny first half with both teams running their socks off but getting nowhere with any efforts few and far between. If the first half were a school report it would have been 8 out of 10 for effort and 3 out of 10 for achievement.

Lee Gregory spun on a Morison knockdown to strike his shot wide while the Lions skipper produced a left-footed strike which narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Then O’Brien flicked over the top after Jake Cooper had headed George Saville’s diagonal free kick into the danger area but it wasn’t all one way traffic as Birmingham did have a good chance just before the break. Isaac Vassell burst into the penalty area, sped past a sliding Cooper and fired a low effort just past Jordan Archer’s far post.

Nil – nil at the break and just about right too so it was a surprise when Millwall took the lead only 90 seconds into the second half as the clever Morison setting up Millwall’s first goal. The striker nicked the ball past Michael Morrison and his low cross was turned into his own net by Maxime Colin.

City woke up and in the Millwall goal Jordan Archer needed to make a stop to deny Che Adams before Birmingham themselves needed their man Tomasz Kuszczak to stop them going further behind, producing a one handed save from the superb Morison’s angled shot in the 73rd minute.

Cotterill’s managerial reign for Birmingham began with a home win over high flying Cardiff City eight days previously but it was to end in his second game in charge as Ryan Tunnicliffe’s first goal for Millwall since his summer move confirmed a deserved victory.

Substitute Elliott had an immediate impact on the game as his run and cut inside saw him unleash a shot which Kuszczak could only push back out to the lurking Tunnicliffe, who kept his composure to find the back of the net.

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Millwall Hospitality Doesn’t Disappoint

Over two thousand Birmingham City fans travelled down to the Den full of hope and expectation at the weekend. The majority returned to the Midlands full of lager and meat pies and very little else. I say the majority because I happened to meet a group of Birmingham City supporters on the train back from Marylebone who had lost three of their mates somewhere in Soho. All three had subsequently missed the last train home. To be fair though, if your team has just been beaten in London there is no better place to get lost. Although I doubt their wives will see it that way. Brummies huh!

Twitter competition winners Elliott and Felicity on the other hand had a happier journey home. They had just seen their team defeat Birmingham 2-0 courtesy of EnergyBet. The young couple, fresh from University and avid Millwall fans, were treated to a VIP hospitality experience complete with a tour of the stadium.

Felicity mentioned before the kick-off that she was a recent convert to Millwall fandom. She joined the Millwall family due to her boyfriend Elliott being such a keen supporter.  She also told me that every time she had travelled to the Den thus far to watch a home game, Millwall had been victorious. So, with that thought in mind we all got stuck into the soup!

A Man Called Odd!

Millwall is truly a family club. The welcome you receive as you enter the executive area to begin your hospitality experience is always warm and friendly. The staff here do a tremendous job. The best part of the hospitality experience at the Den though is the opportunity to meet other fans and learn about their experiences.

Sharing our table were four guys from Norway who had travelled to England for a weekend of pure football. The previous day they had gone to watch West Ham lose to Brighton at the Olympic stadium and it is probably fair to say they were less than impressed. The big game for these guys though was the Sunday game between Tottenham and Liverpool. The organiser of the trip whose name was Odd (no, that was his name, really!) was a massive Tottenham fan. He had travelled with his brother and nephew who were both Liverpool supporters to visit Wembley and take in the game.

I think it is fair to say that Odd must have been the most satisfied with the eventual result. As for his brother and nephew? Well, they maybe got lost in Soho together with the Brummies for all I know, but for sure they will all have had a memorable experience. The highlight being their trip to the Den, obviously!

100% Record Maintained

All in all, it was another great day at the Den. Delicious meal, superb wine, entertaining company, great football, and Felicity’s 100% home record was maintained. What more could you ask for?

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