As the month of March comes a close we say goodbye to an amazing month of football. We had gorgeous goals, amazing games, and the casual Arsenal implosion. We have four awards to give out that will perfectly round up this month in the league.
Manager of The Month
It was a strange month for the Premier League; some teams played only two games this month due to the FA Cup, so it was hard to pick one of the managers in the Top Tier of the table. Eddie Howe and Bournemouth were slipping down the table until this month as they got seven out of a possible nine points as they drew with Manchester United, Beat West Ham 3-2, and beat Swansea 2-0. In a month where so many massive stories happened Howe may have gone under the radar but now its safe to say, Bournemouth is safe for another year.
Goal Of The Month
Just wow, what a goal from Eden Hazard. This is what makes him so deadly, and he missed this last year, he can just pick up the ball and quickly spread it around his teammates and against a West Ham team who are frankly shit at defending, he made it looks very easy. If I were to grade this goal it would be an A+, and that finish is world class, he made Darren Randolph look like a chump. This goal is the epitome of why Chelsea will win the league; they are cutthroat, dangerous and just play so fucking well together.
The Alan Pardew Memorial Award
I never thought I would say this, but Congrats to Arsène Wenger for winning the Worst Manager of the Month Award! In all of his years of managing, this may be his most prestigious trophy won. It was a TERRIBLE Month for Arsenal, they dropped down to sixth place, they lost 3-1 to both Liverpool and West Brom and now they look like real outsiders for the Top Four (which would probably mean Alexis Sánchez would leave). Also, let's not forget the plane incident as the fans are rioting and doing marches to get him out of the club. I know Wenger usually escapes these issues, but it doesn't seem like he can now.
Player Of The Month
It was another amazing month for Everton's Romelu Lukaku as he took the top spot in the race for the Golden Boot as he tallied four goals and even got two assist with an average match rating of 8.62. With Harry Kane out for another two weeks, I see Lukaku keeping on scoring and most likely winning the Golden Boot. I can guarantee one thing; it's going to take a fucking army to keep him at Everton this summer.
Another month and another amazing bunch of moments and plays. Also, this past month has been monumental for the blog, and that's thanks to all of you. To anyone who reads or goes on the site thank you, whether you went on once or you read our stuff daily. You are all part of the DST Family. Much Love.
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After a long and boring International Break, we are back with the Premier League as we only have eight more matchdays to go. We have a huge weekend as we have Derbies, a battle between two of the top six and relegation scraps. No matter who you support, get ready because the Premier League is back and it's ready to cause some fucking MAYHEM (Luckily you have us to Preview and tell you how to make money off it).
Everton F.C. @ Liverpool F.C.
This weekend is the Merseyside Derby, and oh boy, this game is going to have goals! We have Everton on amazing form as they try to make a final push for fifth or even the fourth spot with the hottest player in the league, Romelu Lukaku. Then we have Liverpool, who are trying to fight off Arsenal and Manchester United for their spot in the top four with their high powered offense but inconsistent defense. Even though Liverpool are amazing at home on paper Everton are just playing better as they have the best striker in the league at the moment. This will be a fast and quick match, but there won't be a winner, it will end 2-2. But if you want to a bet a winner, I would go Everton.
Crystal Palace F.C. @ Chelsea F.C.
Crystal Palace: [+975]
Chelsea host Crystal Palace in a London Derby that has massive implications on both ends of the Premier League table. Chelsea is still waiting on news if Eden Hazard will play, but the news seems to be positive as it seems like the Belgian will be fit to play. Chelsea at home are just so dominant, and Crystal Palace are an incredibly poor side, and I don't think they can get anywhere near this Chelsea team at full strength. Chelsea will win 3-0.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Burnley F.C.
This is a tough game to call, Tottenham is a great team, but even in second in the Premier League table, they drop down to sixth in the away form table with 13 goals conceded and twenty scored. Even though this is good, it's still significantly worse than their home record so they can slip up in this game. Burnley are the exact opposite, they are terrible away from home, but at Turf Moor they are sixth in Home Form this season with 27 goals scored. The only issue is in their last five games they have three points (three draws and two loses). I see this being a close and tight game, but I see Spurs just edging as they need to keep their momentum going. 1-0 win for Tottenham.
Sunderland A.F.C. @ Watford F.C.
It's do or die time for Sunderland, they are seven points off safety, and if they want to make a last minute push to stay up, they NEED to win this match. They are on awful form, but at least they have Jermain Defoe as he is coming off a goal for England as he is back in the conversation for who should be going to the World Cup. Watford isn't so great either, even though they seem safe from relegation, they have lost three of their last four matches with six goals conceded in those three. Defoe is just so good at the moment I think they could win this game and fuck it, I am calling it. Sunderland will win this match 1-0 from a Defoe goal.
West Ham United F.C. @ Hull City A.F.C.
West Ham: [+202]
Hull City: [+145]
West Ham United and Hull City clash in a match that is a must win for Hull City if they want to climb the table and stay up. This game is surprisingly close, West Ham has lost three games in a row and has only two points in their last five as they look AWFUL. Hull City are 14th in a home form which is a pretty decent as they even beat Liverpool this season at KCOM Stadium. I think this will be a close game and it will be a dull 1-1 draw.
A.F.C. Bournemouth @ Southampton F.C.
Good news for Southampton as Manolo Gabbiadini seems like he is fit for their match against Bournemouth which is massive since Bournemouth have a leaky defense. In this game, there are two key players, Manolo Gabbiadini and Joshua King. King has been one of the hottest players in the league as he has four goals and one assist in the month of March. Southampton looked great in the second half against Spurs but just couldn't do enough to get the point. Both of these teams are decent going forward but can be leaky at the back. This game will be close, but I am going with a Southampton win (2-1).
West Bromwich Albion F.C. @ Manchester United F.C.
West Brom: [+885]
Manchester United: [-265]
West Brom (even though a huge underdog) should feel confident going to Old Trafford this weekend against a Zlatan-less Manchester United. WBA is coming off a huge win over Arsenal (that we predicted) and once again showed their class from corners and set pieces. I think they have a chance in this game; Manchester United usually have trouble scoring when they can't be saved by Ibra and against a Tony Pulis team that is a good defensive team, they could have trouble. This game will be close, and it will end in a stalemate. 1-1 Draw.
Stoke City F.C. @ Leicester City F.C.
Stoke City: [+293]
Leicester City: [+102]
Leicester City keeps turning their season around as with a win; they can pretty much get out of the scrap that is the relegation fight. Now they host the inconsistent Stoke City but besides the Spurs match their defense has been looking decent as they held Manchester City and only lost 2-1 to Chelsea. Leicester though, has scored nine goals in three games and just look too dangerous to stop right now. I hate Leicester, so honestly, I hope they lose but they won't. Foxes will win 2-0.
Manchester City F.C. @ Arsenal F.C.
Manchester City: [+130]
In DST's Game of The Week, we have a match that can drastically change up the Top Four hunt as Arsenal need to win this game as they slid down to sixth place (with a game in hand). Arsenal is in awful form, they have lost four out of their last five games as Planes are being flown over their games and Robbie from ArsenalfanTV keeps wracking up that Youtube money. Manchester City, on the other hand, have 11 points out of a possible 15 in their last five with only two goals conceded. I just can't trust Arsenal to do anything right now, let the free fall continue! Manchester City to win 3-1.
Middlesbrough F.C. @ Swansea City A.F.C.
This game is fucking YUGE. This relegation six-pointer is going to be an awesome match as the Swans try to keep their good form going as they try to escape relegation. Boro seemed doomed, even though many people said they were going to be a surprise team this season, and wow, they were wrong. They are so bad going forward and I can't trust them ever to score. Swansea gets goals from their defense, midfield, and attack and just are so much better than Boro. This is simple, Swansea will win 2-0.
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Mirror -- Harry Kane is set to hand Tottenham a massive boost by returning early from injury. England striker Kane has a chance of playing a part in the Premier League home game against Bournemouth on April 15 — which comes a week before an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea. Spurs are understood not to be ruling anything out in relation to his return. Kane, scorer of 24 goals in all competitions this season, damaged ankle ligaments in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall on March 12.Initial fears suggested he could be out for all but the last few games of the campaign. The injury was later found, however, to be not as “severe” as a similar setback last September, which kept Kane out for seven weeks. Should he return in time for the Bournemouth game, it would give Mauricio Pochettino’s squad a huge lift. The Argentine saw his men beat Southampton without their main goal threat before the international break, but they face tough trips to Burnley — the Clarets have won 29 of their 32 points at Turf Moor — this weekend and relegation-candidates Swansea on Wednesday night. Those matches are followed by a home game against Watford on April 8 ahead of that trip to the south coast. Spurs' England left-back Danny Rose , meanwhile, remains on course for an April return. The 26-year-old - for whom Wales defender Ben Davies has deputised impressively - has been out since January with damaged medial knee ligaments.
Well, this changes EVERYTHING. Since this news came out I don't know what to think, do people understand how much and how many teams/players this effects? Well firstly, it obviously affects the race for the Top Four, even though Spurs are an excellent team and have players like Son, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen who can score they are just completely different with Kane's presence on the field. Also, we can't forget about the MASSIVE London Derby at Wembley Stadium the week after the Bournemouth clash to see who plays either Arsenal or Manchester City in the final of the F.A. Cup. Another factor that can't be overlooked is the Golden Boot race, even though Romelu Lukaku is in amazing form and doesn't seem like stopping, Kane is only two goals behind him in the race. If Kane was to in fact win the scoring title, does this effect Lukaku's price as this summer, it seems like he will try to leave Everton for a bigger club in the Champions League. Obviously, Harry Kane is becoming a world class striker, and you don't need me to tell you this, the numbers speak for themselves, but with this news, Spurs are now back on track to easily finish in second. Let's also not forget this will also give Spurs the confidence to win the FA Cup (and I believe the winner of Spurs v Chelsea will win the Cup) and try for back to back Golden Boot titles. If Kane can somehow to pull all of this off with missing eight games less than the other strikers it will 100% cement him around World Football as in the same category as Luis Suárez, Robert Lewandowski, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as one of the world's most deadliest strikers.
Of course, I would love to hear your opinions, IF Kane is back on April 15, how will Tottenham's season end? Who will win the Golden Boot? Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us at DST_Tweets! And don't forget to come back tomorrow for our preview of this Premier League weekend! Thank you for the support.
Independent - They were heady, historic days in the sporting history of Iceland. A small Nordic nation of 300,000 people toppling World Cup winners and footballing lawmakers England in a major tournament doesn't happen every week. Not yet, at least. And it would appear that those on the litter of volcanic islands scattered in the North Atlantic Ocean ensured they celebrated that famous win. For nine months on from that 2-1 victory on the French riviera, local newspaper Visir reports a record-breaking amount of births in Iceland. Indeed, the weekend of March 25-26 saw the highest-ever amount of epidurals administered to patients in Icelandic hospitals - for those unfamiliar, that is a painkilling injection into the spinal cord, common during childbirth.How many of those newborns will be named after the Euro 2016 heroes is, as yet, unknown.
Well, Well. Iceland.. firstly congrats on the sex. But seriously, congrats to Iceland, this may be their biggest sporting achievement since Mighty Ducks Two. This is a perfect situation, do you know who is from Iceland? Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, that's the mountain, the fact that we may have more giants on this earth is keeping me a lot more sane as we have Aliens watching us and the impending Robot takeover. I'm glad for Iceland and how well they did and yeah, good for them for having sex. I can pretty much guarantee Iceland will never have a run like they did at last summer's UEFA European Championship again. I want to keep this short but yeah, good job Iceland. Keep doing your viking claps and of course, having intercourse.
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We are back with some NHL Picks Tonight as we have two games stretching from West and East Coast in what is bound to be a fantastic night of hockey. When these bets hit, don't thank us just follow us on Twitter at DST_Tweets!
New York Rangers @ San Jose Sharks - [+109]
It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Sharks, they have lost six in a row, and now they go up against the best away team in the NHL, The New York Rangers, who are looking to clinch a playoff spot tonight. The Rangers are coming off a loss to the Ducks, but I would still be confident if I were a Ranger fan due to they're stellar away record against Western Conference teams which is 11-2. They are also ranked number one in away goals per game with 3.21 and fourth on the Power Play. Defensively they are also great as they are first in goals against average with an average of 2.29 goals conceded per game. The Sharks are 23rd in goals per game at home which could be the issue if they are looking to keep up with this high powered Rangers offense. With how badly the Sharks have been looking and now Logan Couture looking like he won't play, I have to take the Rangers in this game.
Fun Fact: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 6 games when playing San Jose
Nashville Predators @ Boston Bruins - [+135]
The Nashville Predators go to Boston tonight to try to get back to back wins against Eastern Conference teams, and they should be extremely confident. The Boston Bruins are AWFUL at home against Western Conference teams this season as they have a record of 5-7. The Predators also have a better away/home goals per game by .03 which may not seem like a lot but is extremely significant. Tuukka Rask is having a tough month as he has a save percentage under .900 and has a record of 3-6. I keep saying this, but for some reason, the Bruins SUCK at home and can never be trusted. It will be close, but the Predators will win this game.
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This summer will be a pretty interesting one when it comes to transfers. Without a major International Competiton, it will be all about one thing, the transfer window. Major newspapers have been talking about players like Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and even Neymar getting to come to the Premier League but trust me, one player that SHOULD and probably is on many club's radars is ex-Manchester United player, Michael Keane.
Current Club: Burnley F.C.
Date of Birth: January 11th, 1993
Born: Stockport, England
Height: 6 Foot 2 Inches
Weight: 181 Pounds
Michael Keane was deemed not good enough for Manchester United, and now he has been called up to the Senior Squad of England and looks like he is in for a busy summer as Everton have already inquired about the centre-back. Keane this season has two goals, one assist with an average match rating of 7.13 in the Premier League with a solid average of 4.2 aerial duels won per game. He has been playing so well for the newly promoted side, even Rio Ferdinand has said his praises for the defender as he said he was right to leave Manchester United and is destined to be a top English centre-back for years to come.
How Desirable Is He?
I would say very, with Everton already lining up a bid for him and with Liverpool and Manchester United having defensive issues, I 100% see those teams battling hard to get him. I also see Spurs being a team that can bid for the player as it seems Kevin Wimmer is not favored by Mauricio Pochettino and I think many people believe Eric Dier should move to a Midfield role even if Spurs want to play with three centre-backs. This summer two defenders will be fought over, and that's him and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. Both are still young and are great but the fact that Keane is English and a bit quicker I see him only going to another club in England, and I can see Virgil maybe going abroad.
How Much Is He Worth?
I see Keane going for between 15-20 Million this summer due to his age, being English and more importantly, Burnley will stay up which means they can get more out of him as I don't think the player will be rushing to leave the club.
Obviously, there are so many factors that will come into play about this young players future, but I am sure he will be a player to watch as it seems like England has another promising player coming through the ranks. Lastly, would you sign him to your club? How much would you pay? Let me know by dropping a comment or tweeting us at DST_Tweets.
I know it's not Sunday, but yesterday we had some complications, so we are here for a Monday pick of the day! Today we focus on the NHL as we have so many exciting games to chose from, but the one we will preview is a battle between Eastern Conference teams the Detroit Red Wings against the Carolina Hurricanes! So sit back, relax and enjoy the cash!
Detroit Red Wings @ Carolina Hurricanes
Hurricanes : [-185]
Red Wings: [+166]
Game Props (5.5)
I never thought in a million years I would be excited for a clash between these two teams but tonight this a must watch game. The Hurricanes host the Red Wings as the home team is one of the hottest teams in the NHL with a record of 7-0-3 in their last ten with a winning streak of three. The Red Wings (who do have a better record in this matchup) are on worse form as they are 4-5-1 and 2-3 away from home in that time. The real scare for me, if I was a Wings fan, is that their defense has been awful away from home as they average 3.24 goals conceded per game on their travels. Which will be a challenge as the Hurricanes are 13th places higher in Away/Home Goals Against with an average of 2.57 conceded. The main player to watch out for in this game will be Jeff Skinner. The 24 Year Old has nine goals in his last ten games, and I see him getting another one tonight. Everything seems to be going the Hurricanes way, from their star players to their second ranked penalty kill I just can't see the Wings winning this game. I see the Hurricanes winning by a score of 3-1.
I consider myself a pretty calm person, but I am the complete opposite when it comes to FIFA. This game could be the most confusing thing on this earth to me. This game is played by millions, makes so much money, and it's still a shit show. And yes, before I have people tell me "Hey shut up, it's better than PES" yes, I know it's the best game out there but there is still so much wrong with this game, and it needs to change.
3. Online Seasons
This year was a pretty monumental year for FIFA Ultimate Team, with FUT Champs becoming such a massive part we finally have something else to play when we are sick and tired of divisions. The only issue is all this has done is show how insufferably terrible divisions is. Firstly, the connection sucks, every FUT Champs game I play is completely and utterly perfect and I can't remember the last time a divisions matchup went according to plan without a speed lag, Disconnect or anything along those lines. Secondly, the teams, oh god the teams! Everyone has the same one. If I see one more Smalling - Bailly - Butland combination I might blow my brains out! This is called ultimate team not "Do whatever your favorite Youtuber likes." I would be happy if I never had to touch that gross wasteland that is Divisions again.
I know this one may get SOME hate because of course, you want the best players to be rare and when you do pack them it is a special moment but that's not what I'm (and others) are upset about. Let's not kid ourselves, even though you buy FIFA for $60; they still run a "Freemium" style game. Unless you are the luckiest man in the world, you won't pack players like Ronaldo, Messi and get walk-outs if you don't spend money on FIFA Points. Now with FUT Champs, it may have decreased this idea, but it is still based on the theory that "the more you spend, the better your team will be." But when you take buying coins out of the game (which was one of the best things EA has ever done) now you take the $40-$100 dollars you would spend on coins on packs. Then you break your heart when you have to have to open those shit Premier Gold Packs that are TERRIBLE and those jokes of a promo packs in the Jumbo Premium Gold Pack which is exactly like taking your hard earned money, burning it and getting shit on your doorstep. I don't want the feeling of packing a rare player to go away but if EA is going to have Special Packs don't lie and give us these shit ones. Give us the ones that ACTUALLY give you good stuff. So, if you have this issue aswell of spending too much of your money on packs, down below, I will give you a list of the pack that are worth spending money on.
Mega Pack (Consumables but decent.
Prime Gold Players Pack (Packed Ronaldo and Mostly all my good players in these)
Rare Mega Pack
Jumbo Rare Players Pack (Never Had Luck but always worth giving them a go)
I can understand the other ones not being fixed, and if this one is, I will 100% happy with the next FIFA. Listen, I'm not going to sugar coat it, I'm a shit defender. So, I decided to go out and get Inform Walker, De Gea, Legend Desailly and others to fix that issue. Sadly, spending 100k DOESN'T DO SHIT. This game is filled with rebounds, bad bounces, bad punches and miskicks when it comes to goalkeepers. FIFA has literally tuned into "who is going to score more" and not who is the better player. I have played with at least every 10 Premier League keepers; I can't tell you to know is better between Butland, De Gea or even Begović. Isn't that a huge problem? Yes, it is but every single year EA puts a shot in this game that makes goalies turn into six-year-olds. If you don't believe record all of your the goals that you concede. If you favorite club's goalie conceded or had this bad of rebound control you would want a new starter. Like fix this shit EA, it's not rocket science. Or at least fix the shooting then. Do something.
What's your least favorite thing about this game? And what's your favorite? I would love to hear all your opinions on this game and most importantly, what's your favorite team to run for divisions or FUT Champs? Lastly, thank you again for the support and don't forget to follow us on Twitter at DST_Tweets.
As you know, today is Red Nose Day by Comic Relief if you guys don't know what that is here's a quick definition "Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organized by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and fundraise – celebrities included! It culminates in a night of cutting edge comedy and moving documentary films on BBC One." Firstly, if you want to donate, I'll put a link in right here. One of the big fundraising ideas that was thrown around is that if the charity raised enough money, Piers Morgan (who is an Arsenal Fan) would have to wear a Spurs shirt. To try to spread the message Spurs striker, Harry Kane thought he would join the party by tweeting "I'll donate to help reach the @comicrelief target. I'll double my contribution if @PiersMorgan kisses the Spurs badge on live TV." In traditional Arsenal fan fashion, Piers wouldn't let Spurs get the last laugh as he thought he won by tweeting THIS at Mr. Harry Kane:
This photo is used by many Arsenal fans, even though Harry Kane has scored more than 100 goals for Spurs, says he loves the club and has openly said he wants to stay at the club for years they still believe Kane isn't "fully Spurs." Sadly, Kane isn't the type to respond to this the type of hate, but FINALLY, he did. With a Tweet that will once and for all end this "Harry Kane Gooner" jokes.
BOOM! Harry Kane did it! Wow! Even when injured Kane torments Arsenal fans as he makes the Red part of North London's month even worse. You have to love this, whatever team you support, for Kane to shit on one of Arsenal's most famous supporters is such a great moment and hopefully this will be the start of more athletes shooting shit with fans. Just WOW, what a week for Kane, he went from out for the season to only out three to four weeks, killed Arsenal and his team is flying high. When it comes to Twitter moments about Football this season this is up there with the Red Bulls killing Lampard.
I need to hold my hand up. I dropped the ball the last time we did picks, but today I am sure it will be different. Instead of doing two games I decided tonight to do with one with also parlaying the over in the game. Yes, I know it's unconventional, but I am an unconventional guy so sit back, relax and let's get hot again.
Dallas Stars @ Chicago Blackhawks (-1.5) - [+136]
The Chicago Blackhawks have been red hot and flying high since clinching a playoff spot as they are 8-2 in their last ten (4-1 at home). Firstly, we need to talk about the over, you would be an idiot not to take it in this game, in Chicago's last 12 home games, the game has gone the over eight times. Now going up against the Stars who have the second worst goals against in the league I wouldn't bet on that not happening for the 9th time in that span. Another fact is that nine out of the last ten home games against the Stars have also gone the over so the over in this game is out DST Pick of the Week. On to the actual game, the Blackhawks have a great record against the spread in their last 20 as they are 14-6 which is a huge factor why I have gone with Chicago -1.5. Also, the Stars have the worst goals against average away from home this season. I think the Stars are skillful enough to score, but I just can't see Dallas being able to stop the Blackhawks offense. It is going to be a GOALFEST.
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