Mercedes Releases New F1 Car for 2019

The Mercedes Formula One car, known as the W10, has recently hit the track for the very first time at the popular Silverstone racetrack. The Mercedes W10 is the F1 car that Lewis Hamilton will use to potentially defend his world championship in 2019. It is also the F1 car that the Mercedes team will hope to deliver a 6th consecutive constructors championship that will equal the record held by Ferrari for successive victories.

The dominance by Mercedes in F1 since the last major regulation to engine change during 2014 has witnessed them winning the past five championships and a total of 74 races from 100. Along with Toro Rosso and Red Bull, the W10 will be the first car to test around the Silverstone racetrack as the team dedicated one of the filing days to a phenomenal shakedown of the new W10. Valtteri Bottas will have the first go before he hands it over the Hamilton. The two racers will only have 100km to test the new car according to filing regulations. Once testing is completed, it will go to Barcelona for the official pre-season testing during the opening day on Monday.

Comments from the Mercedes Team

“A new set of challenges will be presented for all of us during the 2019 season,” Toto Wolff stated. “There have been a few significant changes to the regulations this year. Therefore, we need to start from scratch which means we need to prove our worth once again against our competitors and against our own expectations. The season starts with zero points and therefore we will take nothing for granted which means there’s no feeling of entitlement to be in pole position. Due to the new regulations, each team will have a shot at the title and we see each of them as a potential threat.”

Hamilton also commented, stating: “This will be my 7th year with the Mercedes team and the determination and energy in the team is truly inspiring. The atmosphere truly starts at the beginning of a new season once you see how the car comes together. After that, you get to the shakedown and get the opportunity to drive the car. Believe me, its something that never gets old.”

The New Regulations in 2019

The new season will bring a brand-new set of changes to regulations in 2019. This includes revisions to the brake ducts, barge boards, rear and front wings in an attempt to improve overtaking. These changes have the potential to truly upset the order. However, James Allison, the technical director for Mercedes, is hopeful that these changes could also present the perfect opportunity for the team to finally cement their position at the top of the adrenaline-infused sport.

The W10 is a major improvement over the idiosyncratic W08. The Mercedes team were quite competitive when it came to the track which also plagued them in recent years. However, thanks to the improvements within the new W10, the team feels that they can be far more competitive this time around.

Liverpool Needs to Improve to Boost Hopes for Title

Fabinho has recently told reporters that the Liverpool football club needs to find solutions to overcome deep-defending clubs after their recent dip in performance. The Reds’ push for the title in the Premier League has slowed down by successive draws, with Manchester City as the reigning champions only three points behind them.

Leicester City and West Ham United have both managed to frustrate Liverpool within a space of a week. It is for this reason that Fabinho stated that certain adjustments are required to maintain their lead in the Premier League.

Fabinho’s Comments on Liverpool

“We have loads of confidence,” the right-back for Liverpool stated. “We enjoyed a sensational December that was near perfect, but we are currently experiencing a dip that needs to be rectified.

“It’s nearly impossible to explain how this happened to us. I think the teams we are playing against now are sitting extremely deep. Therefore, we need to do things differently, and perhaps we aren’t achieving this at the moment as we are unable to find the necessary spaces.

“Usually, we want to attack through the middle, and this becomes quite a problem against defensive and physically strong clubs. We seriously need to find solutions, but in the last few matches, we haven’t.”

Liverpool in the Premier League

Manchester City managed to return to the top of the league after they beat Everton in a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night. However, the Reds have a game in hand as they will host Bournemouth on Saturday at Anfield.

“We want to be more superior when it comes to football every single day. However, this is not currently happening at the moment,” Fabinho stated. “We are well aware of our quality, but we are also aware that we can do much better.

“If we can improve on our quality, we will maintain our lead in the Premier League. However, talking about it and actually implementing it are two different things. Personally, I’m not too stressed about it. However, we understand that we have to give more in our next game to succeed.

“Defeating Bournemouth is vital if we wish to maintain our 3-point lead. We are only looking at the next match, and we have our eyes set on beating Bournemouth.

“After this weekend, there are loads of difficult matches we need to conquer. Fortunately, we will have a few key players back, allowing the manager more options during these games.”

James Milner has also stated that Liverpool should actually enjoy their time at the top of the table instead of seeing it as a burden. Milner, who has claimed two league winner medals when he was at Manchester City is well aware of the pressure that goes with a title race in the Premier League.

Obviously, there’s still a long way to go before the season comes to an end. However, if Liverpool can make the necessary changes to their squad, they should be able to win this year.

Super Bowl 53 – What to Look For

The Conference Championship that took place on Sunday saw huge upsets in both the AFC and NFC divisions, leaving us with a glorious Super Bowl 53 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams from Atlanta on 3 February 2019.

Don’t you think the conference championship on Sunday was the greatest ever? Both matches went into overtime which is actually the first time that this has ever happened. For the 4th time since the merger occurred, both road teams managed to win. Therefore, we have the New England Patriots facing the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 from Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to look forward to. This will also be the third time that the NFL title will be hosted in Atlanta.

Super Bowl 53 Betting Analysis

Super Bowl 53 is essentially a rematch. The Bill Belichick/Tom Brady dynasty with the New England Patriots started on 3 February 2002, in Super Bowl 36 as Brady was leading a 20-17 upset against the favoured St. Louis Rams. This will be the 9th Super Bowl appearance for Belichick and Tom Brady and the third consecutive Super Bowl which is kind of absurd. Only the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills have reached at least three consecutive Super Bowls.

The Rams and Patriots last played in 2016 during the regular season where the Patriots won an easy 26-10 at home. However, the Rams back then were awful and were still coached by Jeff Fisher.

New England Patriots

Brady and the Patriots looked extremely mortal during the regular season this year, but that all changed during the playoffs. The Patriots didn’t have any issues during the Divisional Round when they faced the Los Angeles Chargers and managed to upset the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. Sony Michel played a big role during the Chiefs game, accumulating 113 rushing yards and two scores. He currently has five rushing touchdowns in the postseason. Fans also shouldn’t be surprised if this is the last game for Rob Gronkowski.

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are home during Super Bowl 53. They are incredibly lucky to be here following one of the worst calls in the history of the league on a pass interference that managed to benefit the Rams when they played against the Saints. If that was called, and the league admitted that it should have been, the New Orleans Saints would have won due to a field goal during the final seconds of the match. Instead, the Los Angeles Rams managed to tie the game on a late field goal and managed to win it on a field goal during overtime thanks to Greg Zuerlein. The Rams are currently the best NFL team on the road with a 14-3 record over the past two seasons which includes playoffs.

Super Bowl 53 Predictions – New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams

Before the 2018/19 NFL season, the Patriots and the Rams were trendy selections to reach Super Bowl 53 for completely different reasons. The Los Angeles Rams were the up-and-coming bully in the NFC with a fresh new roster, while the New England Patriots were considered an established team that was reloaded with AFC power after appearing in Super Bowls for two consecutive seasons.

Why the Rams Could Win Super Bowl 53

Super Bowl 53, in some ways, features contrast in Atlanta. In others, the Patriots and the Rams are more similar than fans might believe. Bill Belichick from New England and Sean McVay from the Rams are the longest-tenured and youngest coaches within the NFL, respectively. However, both of them are widely respected. A huge chunk of the key starters for the Rams were acquired during 2018 through free agency or trades versus just a handful for the Patriots. However, the number of players for the Rams who were drafted is 28, while that number is 29 for the Patriots.

Obviously, some of those acquisitions that were made by the Rams is the primary reason why they will have the edge over the Patriots when Super Bowl 53 rolls around. Les Snead, the general manager for the Rams, had a clear mission to improve the overall defense of the team to complement the potent offense the team already had. The key players that were used to achieve that mission included Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and Ndamukong Suh.

Los Angeles Rams Defense

Some might argue that the defense of the Rams underachieved during the regular season as they managed to allow 24 points on an average per match which placed them 20th in the league. However, that defense of the Rams managed to hold the Saints to 23 points and 290 total yards which included overtime, during the NFC championship match.

On the other hand, the defense of the Patriots that were ranked 7th in the league with a 20.3 point average per match during the regular season managed to slip during the postseason against the Chiefs and Chargers. The 29.5 point average that the Patriots allowed in both those matches is the most out of all teams in the playoffs.

However, Sony Michel, the running back for the Patriots, has been the league’s most productive rusher by far during the postseason. That is exactly why Suh is considered such an important player when it comes to the Super Bowl.

The Patriots will see a Rams run defense that managed to rank 23rd in the league who will most likely produce another run-heavy game plan which will be a similar approach to what they faced during their games against the Chiefs and Chargers. However, New England haven’t faced the Donald and Suh defense duo before which might be a huge problem for them.

The Rams will have the best player on their side in Donald and due to their timely roster-stuffing, they certainly have the best team on the field when they face New England.

The Importance of Penalty Kicks in the Fantasy Premier League

Mohamed Salah managed to score his 14th goal in the 2018/19 season during Liverpool’s 1-0 victory against Brighton. He is currently tied with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane for the league lead. His goal was scored through a penalty kick, while his previous two goals were also scored from this spot, against Newcastle and Arsenal.

Mohamed Salah is enjoying another tremendous season and is currently the league leader in both expected assists and expected goals, and has almost caught up with Eden Hazard when it comes to fantasy points for the league lead. However, Salah’s success recently from penalty kicks could allow him to run away in the competition when it comes to the Fantasy Premier League. The only question that remains is, will Salah continue to score on penalty kicks going forward?

Fantasy Premier League Penalty Kicks

James Milner was absent from the matches against Newcastle and Arsenal and was benched when Salah managed to score while playing against Brighton. However, Milner was appointed the penalty kicker for Liverpool at the start of the season where he scored the first one on 20 August 2018 against Crystal Palace.

Milner also managed to handle the two penalties in the Champions League that were given when he was on the pitch against PSG on two occasions. However, it looks like Milner will return to the Liverpool line-up after Trent-Alexander-Arnold suffered a knee injury which will see him on the bench for several weeks. Although he is considered one of the best midfielders for Liverpool, he can also full fullback which he has done before and Klopp doesn’t have loads of other options in this regard either.

Milner is a brilliant penalty-kicker, so there will be no surprise if he continues this role once he returns. However, Salah is currently in a tight race to claim the Golden Boot for two consecutive seasons and might want to take the penalties even if Milner returns. So, we highly recommend that you keep an eye on Liverpool’s next penalty kicker, cause if Salah continues, he is going to raise even higher in fantasy value.

Stay Up-To-Date With Penalty Kickers

Ensure that you are well-aware of who handles penalty kicks in the Premier League as there have already been more than 60 penalties this season where 48 were covered. Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and Manchester United have been awarded the most with six each. Brighton, Southampton, Leicester City, and Liverpool have each been rewarded with five penalties.

When it comes to individual players, please keep in mind that Luka Milivojevic has taken a total of 6 penalties for Crystal Palace and converted 5. He managed to lead the league with penalty kicks in the previous season as well. His penalty kicks were a big reason for landing 14th overall when it came to penalty points. Therefore, its vital that you know which player is taking the penalties as this plays a significant role in points in the Fantasy league.

Pogba and Rashford Key Beneficiaries for Manchester United

During his playing career, Solskjaer became known as a ‘super-sub’ as he had the ability to come off the bench and change a match to devastating effect. In fact, he was considered three elite football players in one. He was good enough to enjoy long stretches as both a playmaker and a starting striker from the right flank.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that Manchester United’s immense improvement since he arrived as a caretaker has been based on attack which included the three roles he once played with the best distinction. The forwards in the United squad have been the primary beneficiaries for Solskjaer, placing immense pressure on the ball as well as a desire to push the ball forward whenever possible. The supporters at Old Trafford that have wanted the team to attack has finally been answered.

Manchester United’s Recent Victories

Some will say that United’s six consecutive victories, five in the Premier League and one in the third round of the FA Cup, occurred against inferior teams, including Reading, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, and Cardiff. However, those people must realize that the manner in which United swept through these teams, where they scored 16 goals and only conceded three, is what is expected from a top-tier squad.

Thanks to Solskjaer, the Manchester United squad instantly look like a team that can finish in the top 4 by the end of the Premier League season. The current caretaker has emphasised that he is more interested than just the attack and is well aware that the defence also needs to be improved. However, it’s the forward areas where the team has the best natural ability.

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba

The best development in the Manchester United team is undoubtedly Marcus Rashford. He is an England international that the country hasn’t seen in a very long time. He has the ability to play as a lone striker through the middle and has the footwork and acceleration of a phenomenal winger. This blend of attributes can make him the most dangerous forward in the Premier League and after scoring a much-needed goal against Tottenham this past weekend, it looks like he will become that player this season. Solskjaer trusts Rashford when it comes to delivering in dead-ball situations and staying calm in front of the box.

Another key player in the Manchester United team is certainly Paul Pogba. Since Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford, Pogba has managed to score four times and offered three assists. You can even see that his energy levels have improved greatly since Mourinho left the squad. Pogba suddenly has the necessary movement to play at his best and he is making far better decisions on the pitch of late. Solskjaer has given Pogba more freedom on the pitch and it’s certainly working to his advantage as Pogba is playing like never before in the 2018/19 season. Although the future is still uncertain for Manchester United, it’s certainly brighter than before thanks to the forwards.

Christian Pulisic’s Transfer to Chelsea

Christian Pulisic’s transfer to Chelsea is filled with mixed emotions. Firstly, in case you’ve been missing from the hyperconnected world, here is a rundown of the facts. Chelsea will play Borussia Dortmund, the current Bundesliga leaders, a fee of around €73 million for the U.S international, which is approximately triple the previous record for a football player from the U.S.

The previous record was set by John Brooks when he was transferred from Hertha to Wolfsburg before the 2017/18 season for around $22 million. This will also be the third-highest transfer fee by Chelsea. Although the transfer is finalised, Pulisic will stay at Dortmund on loan for the current campaign while BVB pursues their title in the Bundesliga.

So will the shiny new U.S international perform for his brand-new club that is consistent with his high price tag? Will Pulisic break down as he has done several times during the season? Or will he be considered a brand-new toy for Chelsea that will only be used on rare occasions to show off? As it usually goes with high profile moves, the transfer is fraught with possible rewards and obviously with loads of risk.

Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

The conflicting emotions start with Pulisic’s club choice. Stylistically, this doesn’t seem to be a fit when it comes to Maurizio Sarri as the manager of the club as he enjoys his squads to attack quickly while extensively utilizing the wings. Obviously, Eden Hazard has managed to thrive in this system. However, given the familiarity of the position, the speed of the ball, and the technique that comes with Pulisic, it seems like the perfect place for the U.S international.

However, Chelsea is not known as a club where patience with young players or managers is a prized virtue. Once the club starts to struggle in any way under Sarri, there’s no doubt that the axe will fall on Pulisic first. Chelsea is not regarded as a place where young players are brought through the system and nurtured either. Simply ask Mohamed Salah or Kevin De Bruyne who both managed to move on to better and bigger things after receiving almost nothing while playing for the club. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are more recent examples when it comes to young players that find it difficult to break through on a constant basis.

Even if Chelsea was considered a club where young players could develop themselves, cracking the line up of the team is still going to be quite a challenge for Pulisic. Most of the focus has been around Hazard and if the world-class football star will remain at the club. However, players like Pedro and Willian offer brilliant competition as well and both are over 30 years old. Both these players have a contract until 2020 and the club might decide to opt in for some cash this summer by trading at least one of them. Should this occur, the U.S international will have a far better opening at the club going forward too.

Ole Gunnar Is Experiencing A Great Time At Manchester United

After overseeing Manchester United’s 3-1 victory against Huddersfield on 26 December 2018, Old Gunnar enjoyed his second victory as the Man Utd caretaker manager in 4 days. However, Old Gunnar did admit that there hasn’t been a lot of changes made to the team since he took over from Jose Mourinho.

The chaotic holiday schedule did not allow much in terms of training and spending quality time with the team, but most can already see a different squad since he took up the new role at Manchester United. How long this will last is very uncertain at the moment, but he has been given a decent selection of games to start his charge. Whether his charge will be to make it into the top four of the Premier League standings is too early to tell.

However, for now, its more than enough that the brand-new manager made the matches more enjoyable, giving fans a much-needed Christmas present which they are truly excited about. A demand for more ticket sales clearly proves this as well.

Solskjaer’s Changes

Old Gunnar insists that he was only able to change the mindsets of his Manchester United players since he arrived at the club. Whatever he managed to do, it certainly worked as the team managed to score 8 goals in two games thanks to 6 different scorers. However, there are plenty of old problems that still remain at the club and his players have promised a clean sheet following Huddersfield and Cardiff consolation goals. The team is also still struggling to successfully defend set pieces, but the changes made on the other side of the pitch is definitely noticeable since he arrived.

For the first half of the game on Wednesday, Old Gunnar stood next to the sideline pointing forward and the overall message was certainly clear enough. Obviously, there were times when Old Gunnar simply pointed at Huddersfield’s goal, bringing with it an all too familiar chant of ‘attack!’ from the sidelines. However, it wasn’t considered a plea as it was during the times when Mourinho was in control. By the end of the game, Old Trafford was demanding waves for Old Gunnar which Mourinho stopped receiving a very long time ago.

The biggest roar in the stadium that afternoon occurred before kickoff took place when the announcer of the stadium welcomed back Old Gunnar to the stadium where 76,000 supporters quickly answered with “Ole, Ole, Ole”. If Old Gunnar first job was to bring smiles back, he certainly succeeded.

Old Gunnar stated last week that is was extremely special but that he managed to stay calm. Gunner added,

“I believe my guys have settled me in extremely fast. You trust the squad you put out. It’s quite special hearing the crowd sing my song, but this time round they start chanting when the match begins. It made me feel extremely proud and it’s a day I will never forget.”

Top NBA Players of All Time

Ranking the best basketball players of all time is no easy task. The list needs to include legendary old school players along with the present class of greatness. It goes without saying that the players on this list come from different generations that had different technologies and rules while they reigned supreme. It’s essentially a matter of opinions and perspective at the end of the day. With our list, we attempted to compile the superstars that featured a decent mix of every aspect of the game, both on and off the court. Let’s take a look at the best NBA players of all time.

Michael Jordan

It should come as no surprise that Michael Jordan is at the top of our list. His wagging tongue, high-flying dunks, aggressive nature, and winning mindset makes him a legend in the world of basketball. During the 1988 season, Jordan managed to win the scoring title, Defensive player of the year, and NBA MVP. He is more than an icon in basketball, he is a legend in the world of sports.

LeBron James

LeBron James constantly builds a case to become the Greatest of All Time and he can easily cement a place in the Top 3 basketball players on any list. His three MVP finals and 4 regular seasons indicate how valuable he can be to any team, making him one of the best players in the NBA at the moment.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem boast with a total of 6 NBA Championships. He was also the inventor of the devastating and famous sky hook shot. He managed to score the most points in the history of the NBA and was the most regular season MVP, with a total of 6. During the 1970’s, he was the best NBA player at the time and thanks to his longevity and decorated career, no one can match him in the currently league.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is undoubtedly the flashiest player in the history of the sport. The best point guard of all time managed to dazzle fans across the globe with his vibrant playing style when he played for the Showtime Lakers. Magic Johnson was the leader of the Dream Team and his passing ability remains unmatched.

Bill Russell

With a total of 11 NBA titles from only 13 seasons, no one can argue the greatness of Bill Russell. He was the inventor of defensive sequences and ensured that the defense was just as important in an attack league. He is considered the best defensive player in the history of the sport and boasts with a total of 5 MVP awards.

Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain makes out list due to the fact that he averaged 50 points in a regular season and averaged over 22 rebounds throughout his entire career. Claiming 4 MVP honors and 2 NBA Championships, his 100-point game and other sensational numbers definitely gives him a place on our list. He was considered the most dominant player the sport has ever seen, statistically.

The Best MLB Players of 2018

The 2018 MLB season is still far from over as we’re still patiently waiting to see who claims World Series glory. However, in reality, several organizations are enjoying the off season and are preparing for the next couple of months as we head to March. Some MLB players are relieved the regular season is behind them, but most will take the time to look back on the last 6 months, hoping they can continue their momentum during 2019.

Baseball is essentially a game which is defined by valleys and peaks and the primary objective is to maximize peaks while also minimizing valleys as much as possible. Most MLB players had loads of opportunities to make a significant impact this season. However, some took way more advantage of it when compared to others. The following players have managed to separate themselves from the rest in a very big way.

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is yet again at the top of another list. During Opening Day, most fans wondered if the young MLB outfielder could further improve on his discipline. While his strikeout rate of 20.4% managed to increase for the first time since late 2014, his walk rate of 20.1% managed to improve for the 4th successive year, which led the qualified hitters in the MLB league.

Mookie Betts

Mike Trout might have won the battle, but Mookie Betts certainly won the war. After he flirted with it in both 2016 and 2017, the outfielder for the Boston Red Sox finally managed to join the 30-30 club due to his 30 stolen bases and 32 dingers. A major role to his outstanding success can be attributed to hard-hit rate of 44.5%, soft-hit rate of 12.2%, pull rate of 47.2%, and line-drive rate of 231.2%.

J.D Martinez

J.D Martinez was an enormous hit during his initial year at Beantown. Boasting with a second successive 40-homer season under his belt, Martinez has now slugged 88 homers in a total of 1,138 appearances on the plate since the start of the 2017 season. His slugging percentage of .655 from 2017 is leading everyone in baseball. Mike Trout is currently in second position with .629. In fact, there’s only two MLB players with a mark of more than .600.

Christian Yelich

Christian Yelich is a front runner for the National League MVP and receives additional dap for the only player on this list from the Senior Circuit. The most obvious reason is certainly his 36 homers which he accomplished with only 655 appearances on the plate, but required 1,354 journeys to the place between 2016 and 2017 in order to hit 39 dingers while playing for the Miami Marlins. It’s also worth mentioning that the only month Yelich recorded a hard-hit rate under 45% was during May.

Alex Bregman

If the American League was so flooded, Alex Bregman will undoubtedly receive more MVP love. However, whatever love he does receive is well deserved. His lowest wRC+ was a mere 123, against the cutter and none of the other players fell under 150.