While the second half of the Frenchman’s stint in charge has been less fruitful than the first nine years, Arsenal’s fortunes finally look to be on the up. They are just a point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with 12 matches remaining, and set up an FA Cup quarter-final with Everton after overcoming Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday with a performance that led Flamini to liken the current playing pool to the victorious side of 2005. “What I will say about this season is that I see a great commitment, I see everyone working very hard on the pitch and helping each other,” said the midfielder, who played for the club between 2004 and 2008, before returning last summer for a second spell. “I think it is what we had when I was here and we won the FA Cup because against Liverpool it was a difficult game, from the first to the last minute everyone worked very hard, even the players playing up front. “We asked them to defend and to help the team and they did it very well, which is very important for us. It was important to show some character on the pitch, some solidarity.” Not only are Arsenal fighting for success on the domestic front, but they also remain in the hunt for continental glory. Having navigated their way through a tough Champions League group, the north Londoners now face the unenviable task of overcoming reigning champions Bayern Munich in the last 16. The Bundesliga giants eliminated the Gunners at the same stage last term, but midfielder Flamini believes this season they can secure a shock and progress. Mathieu Flamini has likened the strength and spirit of the current Arsenal squad to the club’s last trophy-winning side of nearly nine years ago. Few would have foreseen the drought that has followed the FA Cup final penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United in May 2005. It was the fourth FA Cup success of manager Arsene Wenger’s reign, complementing the three Premier League titles also collected following his arrival in 1996. “We know it won’t be an easy game because Bayern are a very strong team, but we are Arsenal, we have big ambitions,” the Frenchman said ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at the Emirates Stadium. “If we want to qualify, we have to get a good result against Bayern. “This year, Arsenal have a lot of ambition and are fighting for the league title. We have qualified in the FA Cup and we will do everything to qualify in the Champions League. “We know it will be a difficult game and now it is important to recover very well because we had so many games. Today, we will start thinking about Bayern.” Liverpool have no such European concerns and, with just four points separating them and leaders Chelsea, the FA Cup exit means they can focus on maintaining their late title bid. Brendan Rodgers and his players were left feeling hard done by after the defeat to Arsenal, having dominated large chunks of the match and been on the wrong end of decisions by referee Howard Webb that might have gone their way on another day. Steven Gerrard spoke of that underlying frustration after the 2-1 defeat, but is sure the result will not derail their season. “Obviously we’re going away really disappointed with the result but we can’t be disappointed with how we played,” the Liverpool and England skipper told the Liverpool Echo. “The least we deserved was a replay. Going out of the cup is a blow but the effort, the attitude and the character was excellent. “We created enough chances and really took the game to Arsenal in the second half, but big moments went against us. “There is nothing to be down about. Sometimes you just don’t get what you deserve from games and this was an example of that. “We have to move on, dust ourselves off and go again against Swansea next Sunday.” Press Association
There’s just one double-digit spread (Ravens vs. Browns) featured on the Week 16 NFL slate, and there are a lot of exciting spots for bettors to attack this week. Six different spreads are between one and three points and seven more are between six and eight points. Playoff implications are at stake across the league, and the second-to-last week of the regular season is sure to be action-packed! Let’s check out some edges to capitalize on, be it on the moneyline, against the spread, or on the over/under total. BetQL can help you identify edges on every slate! Our subscribers can view BetQL’s NFL best bets and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. WEEK 16 FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekBills (+6.5) at Patriots The Bills have gone 6-0-1 ATS on the road this season, and, while the Patriots have gone 5-1 at home, they’ve gone just 3-3 ATS. Earlier this year, New England took down the Bills 16-10 in Buffalo. Since then, both teams have been trending in different directions. Although the Patriots defense has relatively maintained its elite status (with the exception of two ugly losses against mobile quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson), New England’s offense has not resembled the dominant units that have graced Foxborough throughout Tom Brady’s tenure.Whether Brady’s regression is real or not, it’s clear that New England’s defense has carried the Pats to an 11-3 record. Meanwhile, the Bills have proved their doubters wrong all season and have played their best football away from Buffalo. Since this game has a slate-low 37.5 point total, it’s easy to assume that points will be hard to come by for both teams. Expect this one to come down to the wire, especially since the Bills are in the hunt for their first AFC East title since 1995. A Buffalo win in this game wouldn’t guarantee that, but it’s a necessary step toward dethroning the Patriots, who have won the division every year of the last decade.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekSaints (-145) at Titans The Saints have gone 5-1 on the road this season and are coming off of a dominant 34-7 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, the Titans have gone 4-3 at home and are coming off of a 24-21 loss to the Texans. There are some trends working in New Orleans’ favor in this matchup. In their past 57 games against good offensive teams (who average 24-plus points per game), the Saints have gone 43-14. In their past 31 games against excellent passing teams (that average 7.5 or more yards per attempt), New Orleans has gone 22-9. Further, in their last 102 games against poor passing defenses (that allow a completion percentage of 61% or worse), the Saints have gone 75-27. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard as of Wednesday afternoon, 70 percent of the total bets and 93 percent of the total money has been wagered on the Saints’ moneyline. MORE WEEK 16 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekTexans at Buccaneers OVER 49.5Death, taxes and Buccaneers games hitting the OVER — those are the only certainties in life. While that’s a bit hyperbolic, 11 of the past 12 Bucs games have gone OVER the total, and five of their six home games have gone OVER. Jameis Winston has thrown for 914 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions over the past two games, which has led to 73 and 55 point totals. Right now, he’s clearly being given the freedom to throw the ball all over the field and leads the NFL in passing yards as a result. But, due to his uncanny ability to turn the ball over, offenses have capitalized from beneficial field positions all year long against Tampa Bay, who have allowed 276.8 passing yards per game (30th) as they tend to sell out against the run. That could play right into Deshaun Watson’s favor this week, as DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should be able to run wild. Hammer the OVER!Via BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, 62 percent of public bets have supported the over, but pro bettors haven’t quite agreed. Find out what percentage of total money has been wagered on the over!
With a double from Lewandowski and an absolute beauty from Kingsley Coman, Bayern Munich completed the German double vs RB Leipzig.The DFB Pokal final last season was a total nightmare for Bayern Munich, they lost the match but they had the chance to get revenge against RB Leipzig.It has been a very complicated season for the German giants, many legends have decided to leave the institution after a long spell at the club.This will certainly give Bayern Munich the chance to reconstruct itself with a new generation of talents, but they still had this DFB Pokal final to play against RB Leipzig.The match started with a great set of appearances from Manuel Neuer, he made a specific save at around the 10th minute after a header from a Leipzig player.Manu made the save and it hit the bar, this was the first of many interventions from the German goalkeeper that saved his squad from certain defeat.It took the Bayern players nearly half an hour to get what they wanted, the first goal of the evening was the most difficult to score and it came from Robert Lewandowski’s header.The Polish striker connected a perfect cross from David Alaba from the left and scored the goal that allowed Bayern to control the rest of the match.The Bavarian squad knew that they had Manuel Neuer on goal, who saved several attempts from RB Leipzig.Great finish by Lewandowski!pic.twitter.com/2ETkuVfNS3— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) May 25, 2019The second half gave us many more saves from Neuer, Bayern struggled to find that second goal and they had to wait until the final 15 minutes to get it.The German goalkeeper would’ve been the MVP of the match if it hadn’t been for Robert Lewandowski, the Polish striker was on point this evening.But Leipzig played a very competitive second half, they became a real problem for the German giants until a moment of genius appeared.French winger Kingsley Coman produced a beautiful solo goal that made everybody in Berlin stand up and clap.The youngster made a turn around that nobody expected and finished with his left foot, this goal is beautiful enough to watch on a loop for hours.With only 13 minutes left on the clock, Bayern Munich finally scored that second goal that allowed them to breathe.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).However, Lewandowski was the player who felt the need to leave his mark on this final.The Polish striker kept looking for his double until he eventually got it, Lewandowski celebrated that second goal with no regrets by taking off his shirt because he knew that the 2019 Pokal was on Bayern Munich’s side.What a touch and what a goal by Coman!pic.twitter.com/5QT39VB5xu— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) May 25, 2019With only a few minutes left on the clock, Joshua Kimmich provided a fantastic assist from his side of the pitch.Lewandowski ran the whole field in order to get this ball with an advantage in front of the goalkeeper, the striker was able to get rid of his marker.When he stood in front of the Leipzig goalie, Robert released a dink over the goalkeeper that allowed him to score his brace and celebrate as we previously mentioned.Needless to say, Lewandowski did receive the MVP of the match award after the final whistle.Bayern Munich didn’t start the season well under manager Niko Kovac but they were able to recover in time.The German giants won the domestic double despite the poor performances they offered at the very start of the season.This is a fitting final match for legendary players such as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Rafinha.After a good season in German football, it is time for this squad to begin their transfer revolution during the summer.We will bring all the news about the biggest movements that Bayern Munich makes over the next three months, we expect them to spend big as many other European clubs will.Goal machine 💪#LewanGOALski #RBLFCB pic.twitter.com/GRFPAoUsNS— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 25, 2019How would you grade Bayern Munich’s season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.