The contenders for this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for the best player of 2015 and for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2015 Award have been announced.
Leo Messi, one of the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015.
The nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona) and Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona). Meanwhile, Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash), Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle), and Célia Šašić (Germany/1. FFC Frankfurt) are the contenders for the women’s award.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the award last year, though Messi is considered the favorite this year.
The candidates for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football and FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football awards have also been announced. They are: Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique Martínez (Spain/FC Barcelona), Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chilean national team) for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football award; and Jill Ellis (USA/USA national team), Mark Sampson (Wales/English national team) and Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japanese national team) for the Pkv Dominoqq FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football award.
The three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award for the “most beautiful goal of the year” were also announced. The three final goals are: Alessandro Florenzi – 16.09.2015, AS Roma – FC Barcelona, UEFA Champions League / Wendell Lira – 11.03.2015, Atletico-GO – Goianesia, Campeonato Goiano (Brazil) / Lionel Messi – 30.05.2015, Athletic Bilbao – FC Barcelona, Copa del Rey (Spain).
All of the awards will be presented at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on 11 January 2016 during a televised show to be streamed live on FIFA.com and FIFA on YouTube.
George’s Premiership Predictions
The Premiership is about a third of the way in and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this season’s title race. Things could get a bit clearer after this weekend’s round of fixtures.
Second place Manchester United are away at leaders Leicester with Jamie Vardy hoping to beat Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record by scoring in his 11th consecutive game. The league’s meanest defence with Chris “Mike” Smalling is excellent form will be out to stop him. Elsewhere Spurs face Chelsea in an important London derby as Tottenham push for a top four spot and Chelsea hope to get their season back on track.
Saturday, 28 November 2015
Aston Villa 1 v Watford 0
Bournemouth 1 v Everton 3
Crystal Palace 2 v Newcastle 1
Man City 2 v Southampton 1
Sunderland 1 v Stoke 1
Leicester 0 v Man Utd 2
Sunday, 29 November 2015
Tottenham 2 v Chelsea 0
West Ham 1 v West Brom 1
Liverpool 2 v Swansea 1
Norwich 1 v Arsenal 2
Brummie Deeney 11/2 To Give The Holte End The Blues
Birmingham City fan Troy Deeney is 11/2 to score in front of the Holte End on Saturday as Watford visit bottom of the table Aston Villa.
The striker is also 13/2 to outscore Villa by himself, 100/1 to bag a hat-trick, 40/1 to score another own goal and 33/1 to see red at Villa Park this weekend.
The Lions, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League with 5 points, are bet365’s 2/7 favourites to be relegated with Watford quoted at 10/1.
Aston Villa v Watford 28th Nov
90 Minutes Betting
Aston Villa 17/10 Draw 21/10 Watford 9/5
Troy Deeney Specials v Aston Villa
Score in front of Holte End 11/2
Score 2+ 18/1
Score an Own Goal 40/1
Sent Off 33/1
90 Minute Goals Match Bet – Who Will Score More Goals
Aston Villa 8/15 Tie 9/4 Troy Deeney 13/2
(Deeney must start)
Troy Deeney To Make England Euro 2016 Squad 16/1
2015/16 Premier League – To Be Relegated
Aston Villa 2/7 5/2
Sunderland 2/5 7/4
Bournemouth 8/11 Evs
Newcastle 5/4 4/7
Norwich 2/1 4/11
Swansea 8/1 1/14
Watford 10/1 1/20
Soccer – Baines return on Martinez’s mind
Manager Roberto Martinez is considering handing fit-again England left-back Leighton Baines a first Everton appearance of the season at Bournemouth. Baines has been sidelined by an ankle injury sustained on the eve of the new campaign, but he is back to the sort of fitness needed to feature for the Toffees, who travel to the South Coast on Saturday. However, Martinez remains cautious about the reintroduction of Baines, fearing that another setback could see his player’s season ended prematurely. He told reporters: “Physically he is fine from a medical point of view. Now it’s about giving him the right sort of introduction. “It’s about giving him exactly what he needs, not rushing him back and losing him for the rest of the campaign.” Everton currently lie in seventh place in the Premier League table, having taken seven points from a possible nine in their last three games, with striker Romelu Lukaku netting four goals in those three matches. The Belgium international can be backed at 13/10 with bet365 to score at any time against the Cherries on Saturday.
Soccer – City duo unlikely to feature
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini expects to be without both Vincent Kompany and David Silva for the visit of Southampton this weekend. The pair missed the 1-0 midweek Champions League defeat at Juventus and Pellegrini believes that the clash with the Saints at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday will come too soon for both players. He said after the loss to Juve: “Vincent doesn’t have any chance to play this week because he’s not started running already, so he has two weeks more. “David improved a little bit more the last two days. He’s working with the physio in Manchester. “We will see. We don’t have many days until Saturday, but when we arrive in Manchester we will have a look.” Pellegrini also has Pablo Zabaleta, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala out of action, while goalkeeper Joe Hart suffered a hamstring problem during the loss in Turin, leaving the Citizens 5/4 with bet365 to keep a clean sheet on Saturday.
Soccer – United boss expects to progress
Louis van Gaal remains confident that Manchester United will qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, with the Red Devils 8/11 with bet365 to progress from Group B. A goalless draw at home to PSV Eindhoven left United in second place in their group with one round of fixtures left to play, with United heading to Germany to take on leaders Wolfsburg. PSV, who are just a point behind the men from Manchester, host CSKA Moscow, meaning that United must win in Germany to ensure they progress. However, a typically bullish Van Gaal has backed his players to get the job done, referencing the 2-1 home win over Wolfsburg earlier on in the group stage. He told reporters: “Going out to Germany is always tough, but we have to believe in ourselves and have the confidence in ourselves to do that. “It’s not the way we wanted it to be, but that’s the way it is and we believe we’re good enough to go out there and get the three points. We won our home game against them, so why can we not win away?”