Wingman’s Match Day 28 Premier League predictions

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It was one of those days for Manchester United, who were unable to score in their second straight away match on Sunday.

United lost to Newcastle 1-0, who won their first home match in about four months. The Toon army were full value for the win, although United missed three or four golden scoring opportunities.

Jose Mourinho after the game said it was one of those games where his side could have played for 10 hours without scoring. He’ll get no argument from the Wingman about that obvious assessment.

Mourinho, Aka the Boring One, can’t seem to get his personnel decisions, or tactics, right. Paul Pogba needs to be let off his leash, with either Nemanja Matić or Ander Herrera sliding in as the side’s the sole defensive midfielder.

Until Mourinho contradicts his very nature,  United won’t ascend to the heights many people expect, even with an excess of star power and overpaid talent.

Who will win on Match Day 28

The Wingman was a missed Charlie Adam penalty away from predicting another correct parlay last week. Regardless, he has still correctly predicted seven of his last nine picks and is looking to improve his winning percentage on Match Day 28.

Coming off the big victory at home, Newcastle travel to Bournemouth in an important match on the south coast. The Wingman likes Newcastle for the win, even with the Toon Army sitting at massive +275 underdogs. After a great run of form, Bournemouth got thrashed by Huddersfield on the weekend and will experience a slight dip in form, which includes impending defeat to Rafa Benítez’s side.

For his second pick, the Wingman focusses his attention on the match between Burnley and Southampton.

Both sides are struggling dearly, completely devoid of confidence. This match has draw written all over it, as both teams cannot afford to lose, particularly as the plot thickens at the foot of the Premier League table.

Wingman’s Match Day 27 Premier League predictions

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The Wingman has predicted correctly six of his recent seven Premier League picks and he looks to continue the momentum into Match Day 27, where he chooses a tasty two-game parlay.

But first, if you haven’t seen the Liverpool vs. Tottenham match, do yourself a favour and watch the highlights.

It was one of the wildest finishes to a Premier League game you’ll ever have the joy of witnessing. You won’t get much joy watching the highlights if you’re a Spurs or Reds supporter, though, as it was as unnerving as it was suspenseful.

The Wingman discusses some perplexing moments from the grand finale, including the contentious first penalty decision.

Harry Kane, while in an offside position, was played onside when Reds’ centre back Dejan Lovren touched the ball on his attempted clearance.

Wingman picks Tottenham and Stoke

The first comes from Wembley, where Tottenham host Arsenal in another highly anticipated North London Derby. Pick the home side to win this match, particularly due to Arsenal’s woeful away form this season. Contrastingly, Spurs are firing on all cylinders after bossing Manchester United and Liverpool off the pitch.

In the second game, the Wingman backs Stoke to take all three points in their home match against Brighton.

Paul Lambert recently took the helm at Stoke, and has somewhat steadied the ship. He has a lot of work to do for Stoke to climb out of the perilous situation they currently find themselves in.

 

 

NHL Back to the Futures: Wingman discusses the Jets’ Cup chances

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The Winnipeg Jets are ascending to new heights in the Western Conference, currently sitting in second place behind the upstart Las Vegas Golden Knights.

They sit atop the Central Division, ahead of the 2016-17 Stanley Cup finalist Nashville Predators. And all this without their first-line centre Mark Scheifele, who has been out of the lineup for over a month with an upper body injury.

Blake Wheeler has dominated in Scheifele’s absence, the American transitioning to centre seamlessly. He is 11th in league scoring and is the most integral member of this high-flying Jets unit.

Wheeler bullied the Flames last week in a 2-1, the sturdy centre scoring the shootout winner in Calgary on a dandy deke which wrong-footed Mike Smith.

Patrik Laine is also playing well, but maybe the most pleasantly surprising factor to the Jets’ success is the play of Connor Hellebuyck. The American netminder is seventh in the league with a .924 save percentage.

Bodog currently has the Jets pegged at +1600 to win the Stanley Cup and are the most likely Canadian team to win it all this season. Watch out for the Jets, who are dominant on home ice, once they get Scheifele back on the ice.

No wonder opposing players hate travelling to Winnipeg. It’s not just the cold, bitter weather that is unwelcoming in Manitoba’s capital.

Nathan MacKinnon: Canadian of the Week (COW)

The Canadian of the Week, #COW, goes to Nathan MacKinnon, who helped the Avalanche to a nine-game winning streak, the best in the league this season. He scored two game-winning goals and has been instrumental in Colorado’s unlikely success story. The Canadian is second in league scoring and has benefited massively from the departure of Matt Duchene, who is enduring an endless real-life nightmare since going to Ottawa.

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Where would Manchester United be in the standings without David de Gea?

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David de Gea is the top flight’s most overworked goalkeeper, and one of the main reasons Manchester United is second place in the the Premier League.

He has the third most saves in the League, behind only Jordan Pickford and Łukasz Fabiański. The other goalkeepers on the top five teams face far fewer shots, which is what you’d expect from elite teams.

Is that down to the boring, defence-first system Jose Mourinho employs on a weekly basis?

de Gea deserves all the credit in the world for keeping United within striking distance of Man City, though they would need a miracle to overhaul the runaway leaders. Could Alexis Sanchez be the miracle United are searching for?

At the very least, Sanchez’s presence in the attacking third should help increase United’s possession statistics, which could correlate into a lighter workload for de Gea.

So, where would the Red Devils be positioned devoid of their world-class goalkeeper? Rather than sitting pretty in second place, I wager to guess they’d be on the outside of the top four looking in.

It’s not a particularly farfetched presumption, especially considering de Gea’s consistent heroics. One match that springs immediately to mind is United’s 3-1 away win at Arsenal: de Gea was magisterial, making a number of otherworldly saves to secure all three points.

Premier League match day 25 predictions

The Wingman gives Everton one more chance to redeem themselves after drawing West Brom at home, with the Toffees looking to win their first in six against Leicester at Goodison.

Elsewhere, West Ham host Crystal Palace in a crucial London derby. Separated by a single point in the standings, neither team can afford to lose this match. Back the draw in this one, and expect a low-scoring, somewhat cagey affair.

 

Lambasting Arsenal is good for Spurs’ supporters souls

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The only thing comparable to watching Tottenham dismantle Everton on Saturday occurred the very next day, when Arsenal walked away from Bournemouth dejected and despondent. 

Maybe you most enjoyed watching Granit Xhaka, Arsenal’s supposed defensive central midfielder, mosey back on Bournemouth’s winner, altogether losing his mark and disregarding his responsibilities.

Or did you find the most gratifying aspect of the match watching Arsene Wenger stew on the sideline?

Or, perhaps seeing Alexis Sanchez withdrawn from the Gunners’ lineup sent you into a state of euphoria. How about Alexandre Lacazette not scoring for over 10 hours?

Regardless of which Arsenal calamity brings you the most joy, it was an all-round joyous weekend of Premier League football as far as Tottenham are concerned.

Sure, Spurs supporters would have loved to see Manchester United trip up against Stoke or Liverpool throw away a three-goal lead, but Arsenal’s catastrophic display on the south coast provided enough cause for celebration.

Wenger’s is in disarray yet again, and the Wingman doesn’t mince his words about the club’s current state of disrepair. If it feels like you’ve heard that before, you assuredly have, but never to this abject level. Arsenal are ensnared in a state of free fall, evinced by their locker room unrest and dismal away results. The Gunners have taken 13 points from 12 away matches, their lowest return in over a decade, since 2005-2006.

Their lack of guile and toughness in midfield is laughable, factors that guarantee perpetual road misery.

Oh, and if you haven’t heard, Sánchez is booking his one-way ticket out of the Emirates. No player is bigger than a club, but Sánchez is unarguably Arsenal’s best player. The Gunners have lost three in a row without the diminutive, petulant Chilean.

And what’s more reinforcing for Tottenham is knowing things are going to get a lot worse at Arsenal. Some say Wenger has lost the locker room. I believe it by the discernible and disrespectful lack of commitment Wenger’s side play with.

Not usually one to harbour malevolent feelings or wish ill-will toward an opponent, I’m amenable to making an exception in Arsenal’s case.

That’s what 22 consecutive years of inferiority will do to a man.

However, those years are well and truly behind us, as either side of North London couldn’t be on more opposite trajectories.

(This piece originally featured on Tottenham HQ. Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Wingman’s NHL Back to the Futures: Calgary Flames odds to win the Stanley Cup

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In Canada Sports Betting’s second NHL Back to the Futures segment, the Wingman focusses on Canadian ongoings, with a particular focus on the Calgary Flames. 

The Wingman also presents the first award for Canadian of the Week, or #COW. The Canadian of the Week is a prize given to our home and native land’s most recent standout performer.

You’ll have to watch the segment to find out who wins the first award of its kind, but Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Bernier are all in the running after exceptional weeks.

The Wingman then delves into which Canadian teams have a viable shot of winning the 2018 Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, four Canadian outfits – Canucks, Oilers, Senators, Canadiens – are all but out of futures contention.

That leaves the Maple Leafs, Jets and Flames vying for the Holy Grail, and Canadian supremacy. Headlining Calgary for this edition, the Wingman goes into what chance the Flames have of making a playoff run, where they’ve been successful and what needs to improve in the latter stages of the season.

Are the Flames viable Stanley Cup underdog picks?

He surmises that the Flames are a superb underdog futures pick if Mike Smith continues standing on his head, particularly in unfriendly confines. Calgary’s number one has the best save percentage (.945) on the road in the NHL and was just named one of the league’s stars of the week.

Teammate Johnny Gaudreau, who led the league with eight points in four games, also earned the plaudit, joining Smith as a star of the week.

Defenceman Dougie Hamilton is tearing through the opposition like a sharp skate rips apart soft ice. A major part of Calgary’s recent success, Hamilton has scored three game winners during the current winning streak.

If Hamilton and Gaudreau, both of whom endured a miserable series against Anaheim in the 2016-17 playoffs, maintain their current level of play, Calgary is an excellent outsider pick going into the postseason.

Even more important, though, is Smith’s performances between the pipes. Brian Elliott failed the organization by conceding suspect goals at the most inopportune times in the four-game Anaheim sweep.

Smith was acquired from Phoenix to ensure stability at the most important position, and the veteran is thus far exceeding expectations.

He could turn out to be the piece of the puzzle Calgary has been searching for since Miikka Kiprusoff retired in 2013.

If so, the Flames could make an improbable run, one that resembles their 2004 journey to the Stanley Cup Final, hopefully though with an altogether different outcome.

 

Wingman match day 23 Premier League predictions: Premier League recap

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After a brief holiday hiatus, the Wingman is back with his December Premier League recap along with a prediction for this week’s top flight matches.

December in retrsopect

He hits on many of the main talking points from December while also focussing on the best pick of the week for match day 23. Mark Hughes joined the litany of other managers – Paul Clement, Ronald Koeman, Slaven Bilic, Frank De Boer – who have been given the cold shoulder by their clubs this season.

In other news, Manchester City actually dropped points, to Crystal Palace of all teams. While there is little doubt as to where the Premier League title will end up at season’s end, it’s nice to see the indomitable Manchester side aren’t completely unflappable.

Oh, and Jose Mourinho, like a severely wounded cat, is still whining, this time saying Manchester United need to spend more money to win their first Premier League title since 2013.  Mourinho has splurged £300 million since arriving at Old Trafford, underpinning how unwarranted his outrageous claim is.

He’ll get absolutely no sympathy from me.

We’ve become more accustomed to watching Harry Kane’s celebration than watching Donald Trump make up words, and that’s saying something. Kane is the hottest property in world football, touted to be worth about £300 million on the transfer market.

Only a few teams –  Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, PSG – have the financial clout to afford that kind of astronomical sum.

Premier League prediction of the week

Swansea travel to Newcastle with the Welsh outfit hoping to get back to winning ways. The odds are stacked against them, though, with Newcastle pegged as sizeable favourites in the build up to the match. Take a look at what the Wingman thinks and place your bets accordingly.

 

This weekly YouTube segment is based on tangential marketing, an all-inclusive marketing strategy.

The animated character, dubbed the Wingman, stars in this series, Premier League Pick of the Week, and another related legacy series, entitled NHL Back to the Futures.

Wingman’s NHL Back to the Futures & Stanley Cup Odds

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The Wingman, in Canada Sports Betting’s first Back to the Futures segment, focusses on the biggest movers and shakers over the past five weeks in the NHL.

The Wingman highlights the teams who, in the sportsbooks’ eyes, have a chance at making the playoffs while making the most impressive strides since the latter stages of November.

Those five teams, in randomized order, are: The Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Las Vegas Golden Knights, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

You’ll have to watch Canada Sports Betting’s first ever Back to the Futures segment to find out which of those teams have made the most meteoric rise in a five-week span.

Back to the Futures will focus on the shifting NHL futures lines, with a focus on Canadian teams. The Wingman will offer his expertise on where your Stanley Cup money should go in the lead up to the most exciting time of the year, the Stanley Cup playoffs.

If you enjoy these type of videos, visit Canada Sports Betting’s YouTube channel. There you’ll find the Wingman taking centre stage, chatting specifically about the Premier League, Super Bowl and NHL.

Start the conversation by commenting below and Newagejourno will be sure to respond to all of your valued feedback.

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The animated YouTube series highlighted in this article was created by Newagejourno. I developed the idea, created the series and write the scripts for NHL Back to the Futures and Premier League Pick of the Week. LTD EDN Productions is responsible for the technical side, including all edits.

Tangential Marketing

The animated series is a part of an all-inclusive marketing strategy, based primarily on the theory of tangential marketing. The premise, at its most basic and fundamental, is to create content that appeals to the largest demographic possible, while ensuring the niche audience is never alienated.

In October 2017, Hilborn Digital produced a compelling piece about the advantages of tangential marketing.

It’s a strategy for forward-thinking marketeers, those willing to take calculated risks to garner optimal exposure for a brand. It’s not for the faint of heart, or those content with the status quo.

This technique works best for companies who have a niche following but are not universally prominent.

I highly recommend the strategy, particularly when attempting to penetrate the mainstream.

What are your thoughts on tangential marketing, a relatively new strategy whose gaining prominence is mostly due to the ascendency of social media?

Newagejourno is back and better than ever: Top social media, SEO and news sites

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Just in time for the turn of the new year, Newagejourno has been completely overhauled, revitalized and refreshed so he can spout off on a slick, aesthetically pleasing platform. 

Offering opinion based on perception and fact, Newagejourno won’t hold back with his viewpoints of the world.

Got a topic you’d like to read about? Send a comment so Newagejourno can analyze and retort accordingly.

News sites

Newagejourno covers most topics, but he prefers to delve into sports, travel, opinion, or anything that is in trend-setting or in the news. The New York Times, Guardian, BBC and Al Jazeera are some of his go-to news outlets, while he consumes sports-related information on Sports Illustrated, SB Nation and Fansided, among many others.

SEO & content marketing sites

For SEO-related news and information, Newagejourno frequents the following blogs: Ahrefs, Moz, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Round Table, Search Engine Journal, SEO By The Sea, Marketing Pilgrim, Dave Naylor, SEO All Top, Search Engine Journal, Copy Blogger and Neil Patel.

Social Media sites

Let’s not forget about the social media buzz. Here are some sites Newagejourno peruses for his social media needs:

QuoraSocial Media Today, Social Media Examiner, Reddit, Stumble Upon, PopURLs, Hootsuite, Marketing Land and, while it’s not wholly social-specific, Mashable offers cutting-edge online information along with particularly advantageous tech news.

While the aforementioned sites are just a drop in the vast internet ocean, they provide a superb platform to pole vault off of.

Newagejourno tirelessly consumes sound, factually based content to increase his knowledge base.

He finds the mere mention of fake news abhorrent, and believes strongly in standing up for reputable, reliable journalism, no matter the form. Fake news needs to be eradicated for the main tenets and principles of journalism to prevail.

Training rigorously, Newagejourno writes continuously to avoid carpal tunnel. Everything in moderation is an important adage to follow, just not when you’re chasing your dreams.

Super Bowl underdogs & favourites: History of Super Bowl Betting

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Since 2002, the Super Bowl has been dominated by underdogs. Underdogs have won 8 of 15 big games, covering in 11 of 15.

The exact opposite was true before 2002, with favourites ruling the Super Bowl roost. Canada Sports Betting takes a look at the stark contrast between both eras of dominance.

Will favourites start redeeming themselves in forthcoming Super Bowls or have underdogs figured out how to consistently beat their supposed superiors?

Our latest Learn to Earn segment also dives into why underdogs are doing so well in the last 15 years.

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