What are the chances of Chelsea making a major challenge for the Premier League title this season?According to some of the best casinos inspired by football, Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City are likely to be the two frontrunners again. But UK casinos aren’t writing off Chelsea, who have looked impressive during pre-season.The latest win under new boss Frank Lampard came in Austria, where they beat RB Salzburg 5-3. Two of the goals were scored by Christian Pulisic, whose recent performances have been encouraging.Life after HazardReplacing talisman Hazard following his summer move to Real Madrid is an unenviable task, but Pulisic is rated as one of the best young players in the game and Chelsea will be hoping he can hit the ground running. The American playmaker has obvious ability and potential. The question is whether he can quickly adapt to the pace and physicality of English football. If he can, then Hazard might not be so badly missed after all.Midfield optionsChelsea’s strength definitely appears to be in midfield, where Lampard has some outstanding options. The new boss will surely move N’Golo Kante back to his preferred defensive midfield role, with the Frenchman having been controversially deployed in a more attacking position under Lampard’s predecessor Maurizio Sarri. It will be like a new signing for the Blues.In terms of more attacking midfield options, there are plenty. Ross Barkley has looked great in pre-season, as has young Mason Mount, who was on loan at Derby County under Lampard last season. Jorginho, Sarri’s flagship signing last summer, has not followed his old boss back to Italy and will be hoping to prove a point in his second season at Stamford Bridge. Mateo Kovacic has been signed on a permanent deal from Real Madrid and of course there’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is recovering from an Achilles injury.Giving youth a chanceLampard’s determination to give home-grown talent a chance to flourish is a great chance for Loftus-Cheek to establish himself – and he’s not alone. It looks like being a big season for Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is also recovering from an Achilles injury, while Mount looks like a brilliant prospect. Find best guide about online casinos. If the youngsters can step up and prove themselves, and if Lampard can stamp out the kind of defensive shortcomings which plagued Chelsea under Sarri, then they could well give City and Liverpool a run for their money. Many casinos realise this, but others are underestimating Chelsea’s chances.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It takes a meteorologist to predict the rain and cold weather slated to soak the Hayward area Saturday night.It doesn’t take a genius to predict what the Warriors will do — and that’s run the ball.No. 2 Del Norte will face No. 1 Encinal Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a North Coast Section Division 5 championship on the line. Saturday will mark the first time Del Norte has competed in a section title game in program history.A soggy field and a stout defense await the Warriors at Hayward High, …
The BJP-led coalition government in Assam has purchased biographies of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya worth ₹1.6 crore after coming to power in May 2016.Replying to a question by Congress MLA Debabrata Saikia in the 126-member Assembly on Wednesday, Cultural Affairs Minister Keshab Mahanta said the government bought 4,000 copies of the 15-volume Hindi biography for libraries across the State. The total number of books works out to 60,000. The Directorate of Libraries spent ₹1.6 crore for the purchase on the advice of Cultural Affairs Department, he added.Delhi-based publisher The biography has been brought out by a Delhi-based publisher, the Minister said.“We have not purchased biographies of any iconic person other than Deen Dayal Upadhyaya,” Mr. Mahanta, who represents the BJP’s regional ally Asom Gana Parishad, said.The AGP, ironically, has been vocal about the BJP’s bid to “impose” anything related to RSS and Hindutva on the “people of Assam”. The party had opposed the Sarbananda Sonowal government’s decision to name 12 new colleges in the State after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya in August last year.
An explosion that killed seven people and caused panic in the Pakistani city of Lahore was caused by a gas leak and not a bomb as police had earlier stated, according to officials 24 February. AFPPakistani officials on Friday said a blast that killed 10 people at a shopping centre in the eastern city of Lahore was most probably an accident caused by a gas leak, not a bomb, as initially described.Panic gripped the city on Thursday after the blast at an upscale market, which also wounded 32 people.Soon after, a burst tyre in another commercial district prompted police to clear the area and rumours of another blast began to spread.”Yesterday’s blast was not an act of terrorism,” Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters.”It took place by accident. There is no evidence of explosive materials. There were gas cylinders present at the site and there is a strong possibility that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.”Speaking to Reuters on Friday, Punjab government spokesman Malik Mohammad Ahmed Khan revised his statement the previous day that the initial blast had been caused by a planted bomb.”Confusion was caused because the evidence was buried under the rubble, but it is now clear that this was not a bomb blast,” Khan said. “It was a gas cylinder explosion.”The injuries suffered by victims were not consistent with a bomb explosion, he added, while no militant group had claimed the blast.Pakistan has been hit by a wave of militant attacks in recent weeks that have killed at least 130 people. One attack at a Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province killed 90 people.