SportsNet - December 2012
5) Edin Dzeko – The Bosnian international striker scored two goals in Manchester City’s 3-4 win over Norwich City. Every time I mention Dzeko in the top 5, the same phrase appears; “Dzeko isn’t always a first team player for City”. It’s a shame that he’s still being classed as a super sub as his quality is clear to see and he is up there with his teammates Balotelli and Aguero. However unlike Aguero and Tevez, he lacks constancy. You can’t always rely on Dzeko to score week-in-week-out. His goals come in spells and Roberto Mancini seems to know when his spells will occur.
Eric Dickerson made it perfectly clear in an interview with the NFL Network's Scott Hanson that he doesn't want Adrian Peterson to break his single season rushing record this year. Both Peterson and Dickerson have high admiration for one another, and have been professional in interviews about the record. Peterson currently has 1,898 yards for the 2012 season with one more game remaining against the Green Bay Packers. The record that Dickerson set in 1984, is 2,105. Peterson has shown that he can break the 200-yard barrier more than once this season, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that by the end of Sunday evening the record could be his.
The big showdown of the day resides in the NFC East. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys take on Robert Griffin III for the division crown, and all eyes will be watching. Let's take a closer look at the betting angles.
Last week, Vegas didn't have a look-ahead line for this game thanks to the unknown status of Robert Griffin III. In fact, we didn't see a point spread for this game until late this week either. Not many quarterbacks have meant as much to their team as RG3, so his health is going to single-handedly swing a lot of money by kickoff. The interesting aspect of the opening line is that the sportsbook made it clear which team they thought had the edge when they made the Redskisn -3.5 point favorites. Since then money has come in on the Cowboys and right now the number sits between -3.5 and -3 (odds from SBRforum). You can grab the favorable number for each side by paying a little extra juice.
With New Year’s Day fast approaching and 2013 just around the corner, all twenty clubs in the Premier League will be hoping for bigger and better results. Just what they need differs from team to team but every manager knows who or what they want.
And with a New Year, comes New Year’s resolutions. Welcome to Part Three.
Queens Park Rangers – I promise to win another game at least and try and be only the second team in history to avoid relegation after being bottom at Christmas.
QPR have had a horrible starting half to the season and with only one win from twenty games, The Hoops are heading headfirst into the Championship. Mark Hughes promised to leave the club no worse than the previous season, where they finished 17th. Half a year on, they sit bottom of the league and level on points with the team above them, Reading.
West Bromwich Albion, who are the only team to survive after being bottom in December, ended that season with 34 points, a target that looks desperately far from reality. Now under the helm of old reliable Harry Redknapp, their form has picked up but they are still a far cry from a Premier League team.
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez looks to have a whole host of names on his January sale shopping list, with The Blues already said to be in talks with Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, they are also looking at further options in the shape of Spanish international Fernando Llorente.
The striker has confirmed on Sunday that he will be leaving his Serie A club Athletic Bilbao and it has been reported by a number of media sources that Chelsea are showing a great interest in the 27-year-old front man.
Llorente refused to talk about his next club but he did confirm that his next move was in the hands of his representatives. It is alleged that he is keen to play in the English Premier League, putting on alert a number of clubs as well as Chelsea, including Liverpool and Arsenal.
Under fire Blues striker Fernando Torres is an international team mate of Llorente and the strikers have often replaced each other in the Spanish line up. The two could well be also swapping places in their domestic clubs come January.