Andrew McDermott

Fixture difficulty: Which clubs have the toughest - and easiest - start to the new season?

Fixture difficulty: Which clubs have the toughest – and easiest – start to the new season?

The ‘big five’ European leagues have released their schedules for the 2021-22 season so we have analysed the fixture difficulty for them all. While every team has to play everyone else at some point, timing can be everything. A tough start can easily undermine a positive pre-season, while a gentle run of opening fixtures can provide the momentum necessary for a successful campaign.

Costa Rica vs Canada: Value with underdogs

Costa Rica vs Canada: Value with underdogs

Canada were one of the most impressive teams during the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and may feel aggrieved to be seen as the underdogs for their quarter-final in the eyes of the bookmakers. The Reds enjoyed two comfortable victories before a narrow loss denied them top spot in their group, although it should be noted Costa Rica were one of only two teams to progress with three wins out of three.

Team GB odds: Brits can triumph in Tokyo

Team GB odds: Brits can triumph in Tokyo

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics get under way on July 23 and we are assessing the Team GB odds heading into the Games. The Olympics have been delayed by a year but are still due to take place amid a state of emergency caused by rising coronavirus rates in the Japanese capital.

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