Gambling on Football: Daniel Sturridge faces severe punishment

One thing is very well known in the world of football: if you are a professional player, you do not bet on football. It seems, however, that betting fever does not take account of the trade. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool’s striker, was caught betting on football and is now waiting for his punishment, which may be a drastic one. It seems like the English international has placed a number of unknown bets on the transfers from the winter of 2017.

This is somewhat similar to “insider trading” cases at the Stock Exchange, as Sturridge held confidential information that was inaccessible to the general public. Sturridge vehemently denied that he was betting on football, but the Football Association’s charges are still standing. The player has time until November 20 to answer the accusations.

The FA accuses Sturridge of transmitting confidential information to a third party, which placed the bets of his behalf. We do not know yet what are the incriminating bets. It is speculated that the time when the bets on transfers were made is when Sturridge signed with West Brom (a surprise move), when everyone was waiting for him to join Newcastle.

As for the punishment that awaits Sturridge, it will surely be a severe one. Similar cases in the past were Joey Barton, suspended 18 months for over 1,000 football bets made, and Martin Demichelis, fined £22,000 for 29 football bets. However, if it turns out that Daniel Sturridge has used confidential information for material gains from betting, the penalty may be much higher.

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Burnley vs Manchester City
Manchester City hope to become the latest team to get a positive result at Turf Moor. Burnley have been extremely strong at home in the 1st half of the season, but the recent run of defeats has led to the club facing an uncertain 2nd half of the campaign. Meanwhile, Manchester City are racing towards the Premier League title and the midweek results have only confirmed the same. City have been an incredible attacking force and will be looking to score more than a couple of goals at this ground, which has largely witnessed strong defensive teams. Strangely, City are aiming only for their 3rd consecutive league victory.

Bournemouth vs Stoke City
Bournemouth will be looking to build on the impressive victory over Chelsea when they host Stoke City at the Vitality Stadium this weekend. Bournemouth have been able to claim 2 wins in the last 3 games against this opponent. It is a strong set of results, but Stoke have not been unable to get away wins over this opponent. One has to go back to only February 2016 in order to witness a victory for Stoke at the Vitality Stadium. The managerial change at Stoke has not brought about an impressive set of results and Bournemouth will be the team to beat in this game after having just secured a big victory in the Premier league.

Brighton vs West Ham
Brighton and West Ham are looking to shake off a string of stalemate in recent weeks. Both clubs have been involved in plenty of draws – 3 in the case of Brighton and 4 in the case of West Ham. The London outfit come into the game after having just drawn with Crystal Palace. Manager David Moyes is keen on getting the club to a string of victories once again, as he will be available the products of the same compared with a lower points return from the draws. West Ham suffered a big defeat against Brighton earlier in the campaign.

Leicester City vs Swansea City
Leicester City will be taking on a resurgent Swansea city at the end of the stadium hoping to prevent the Carlos Carvalhal outfit from adding yet another scalp in the Premier League. The impressive victory over Arsenal will lead to increased expectation from Swansea in the coming matches. However, the priority for the club will be to avoid relegation and they can do this by getting out of the bottom 3. On the basis of the current run of form, it would be difficult to do not Swansea to making the great escape. Swansea have been in extraordinary form since the arrival of Carlos Carvalhal.

Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town
Manchester United will be looking to quickly recovered from the surprise defeat against Tottenham in the latest league outing. After managing 5 consecutive wins, United last against Tottenham in the midweek action. Jose Mourinho has effectively ruled out the possibility of winning the Premier league now, as Manchester City have been able to open up a huge advantage in the Premier league table. Huddersfield Town, meanwhile, fell to a loss against Liverpool despite playing well. Huddersfield are starting to become as clear favourites for relegation from the top division. It remains to be seen if the big defeat against Liverpool propels Huddersfield to a positive result.

West Brom vs Southampton
West Brom were able to claim a major scalp in the FA Cup against Liverpool, but Alan Pardew and his men will be looking to recover from a defeat against Manchester City in the recent league match. A home game against Southampton, who are not the strongest outfit when it comes to beating opponents, bodes well for West Brom in their efforts to climb up the table. Since Southampton and West Brom are both in the bottom 3 places of the league table, this match can be best described as a six-pointer. The 2 clubs will be trying to get out of the position.

Arsenal vs Everton
Everton travel to the Emirates stadium looking to avoid yet another disappointing result in this fixture. Everton have struggled when it comes to matters against Arsenal, and this game has the potential to go around the same route. Everton have been able to claim a 1st victory in a couple of matches during the midweek action. Even though Arsenal endured the disappointment of a defeat against Swansea, the gunners have the potential to bounce back straight away. Manager Arsene Wenger has made some interesting signings in the January transfer window, while also allowing a couple of players to leave. The success of the signings remains to be seen.

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United
Crystal Palace prepared to become the latest London outfit to try and claim a victory over Newcastle United, who are obsessed with the same throughout his days. Palace were able to come away with a decent showing. Newcastle United will be confident after the recent set of results but they have been taken aback by the poor form when it comes to visit is to London. Recent defeats at the Emirates stadium and to Stamford Bridge are factors expected to bring about a cautious approach from Newcastle. Palace have the potential to win by the odd goal with Christian Benteke on good form.

Liverpool vs Tottenham
Liverpool are hoping to extend Tottenham’s miserable run of results at Anfield, but it will be easier said than done. Liverpool have been able to claim 5 wins in recent games against Tottenham, who may have picked up a victory over Manchester United in the recent game but an away performance against Liverpool at Anfield is a different proposition. Liverpool have been scoring goals for fun while Tottenham also poses of the strongest centre forwards in recent times. Even though Spurs will huff and puff in this game, Liverpool have the potential to get an easy victory.

Watford vs Chelsea

After the price loss against Bournemouth, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back quickly. The club has had a strong away record this season. Watford have been going through a terrible time and date has not been able to raise up even after the arrival of cars year. Antonio Conte refuses to get carried away with goals unlike. The Italian appears to be heading for an exit from Chelsea – less than 2 years since coming to the club. Watford will be hoping that this home match sparks the comeback from the team and avoid relegation at the end of the campaign.

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Burnley vs Everton
Burnley have been going through a disastrous run of form for a long time and it looks highly unlikely that the team will be able to get to finish in the seventh place. Everton may have a very poor away record, but it is only down to a couple of big defeats against London teams. Otherwise, Sam Allardyce has managed to keep his team in a strong run of form. It is unlikely that the Evertonians will be suffering a big defeat in this game considering that Burnley have only managed 22 goals this season. Everton are not great when it comes to scoring away goals.

Leicester City vs Bournemouth
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