When the football season comes to an end, online casino websites report that they see a sudden increase in their customer base.
Hardly surprising; all those football bettors need something to while away the time until next season. That is also a possible reason why so many football themed slots games have appeared over recent years.
News that Neymar has agreed in principle to join Barcelona after the 2013 Confederations Cup this summer means even more pressure is on the striker to perform in a Brazil shirt.
Neymar reportedly agreed to join Barcelona last Wednesday after much resistance, with many surprised sports betting fans assuming he would stay in South America until after the 2014 World Cup before transferring to Europe.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says the club will do all they can to sign Andy Carroll as he believes the striker is key to their chances of moving to the next level.
The Hammers finished off their season in fine style on Sunday, with skipper Kevin Nolan netting a hat-trick as they beat relegated Reading 4-2 at Upton Park, to confirm their position in the top half of the table.
With the managerial merry-go-round going on at full speed in the Premier League at the moment, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted he has no plans to leave the Emirates any time soon.
The Frenchman is now by far the longest standing manager in the English top flight, having seen Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson decide he will retire at the end of the season after over 26 years at the helm at Old Trafford.
Chelsea's Europa League title success is just reward for a gruelling season that saw a surprise managerial change-around midway through the campaign and the club play in eight different competitions.
As we near the final day of the Premier League season, Blues fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Last weekend saw a number of European football clubs crowned champions of their domestic leagues, securing historic titles and Champions League football for next season.
While the English and German title races ended long ago, there was still much to play for across the continent heading into the weekend.
Manchester United were able to reclaim the Premier League title this season with the minimum of fuss, easily seeing off the underwhelming challenge from last year's champions, Manchester City.
It has been a disappointing campaign in general for City, but they have a chance to redeem themselves somewhat when they tackle unfancied Wigan in the FA Cup final - and the Latics must surely be bracing themselves for an onslaught from a side desperate to prove they have what it takes to bounce back from this season's woes.
Everton manager David Moyes has admitted his side's chances of finishing in the top four are now all but over following Saturday's defeat to Sunderland.
After a brilliant start to the campaign, the Toffees have struggled for results in recent months and the defeat at the Stadium of Light means they have now won just once in their last four league outings.
Manchester United have joined rivals, Arsenal, in preparing for new Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations after agreeing a deal to sell the naming rights of their training ground for a whopping £120m.
The deal breaks down to a £15m, eight-year agreement with current shirt sponsor AON to display the insurance firm's name on training kits, pre-season tour campaigns and the name of United's Carrington training facility.
Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, believes that Luis Suarez's form this season has been good enough to see him earn the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Uruguayan has once again been pivotal for Liverpool this term and currently tops the Premier League's scoring charts heading into the final weeks of the season.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is confident his side can recover from their recent troubles and get back to winning ways when they return from the international break.
After going over three months without defeat in the league, Spurs have suffered consecutive losses to Liverpool and Fulham in their last two outings, a run that has seen them drop to fourth in the table behind Chelsea.
Leeds United are to begin their search for a new manager after current boss, Neil Warnock, confirmed at the weekend that he won't stay at the club unless they achieve a miraculous promotion to the Premier League.
With Leeds currently languishing 10th in the Championship and without a win in four games, the chances of them clawing back a seven-point deficit over sixth-place Leicester to make the playoffs is highly unlikely and the new owners are already looking at next season for the big push.
Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, has not given up hope of progressing to the Champions League quarterfinals despite entering next week's second leg against AC Milan in a perilous position.
The Catalan giants go into Tuesday's clash at the Nou Camp with it all to do after falling to a shock 2-0 defeat in Italy.
In the build-up to Everton's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Wigan last weekend, pundits, punters and pub landlords up and down the country were once again praising the genius of David Moyes.
This apparent saint of the English game, who somehow miraculously keeps afloat poor little Everton despite the frugal, conservative financial restrictions of their owner, ranks among one of the biggest sob stories of the modern game.
Tottenham's reward for their stoppage-time win over Lyon in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 is a two-legged tie with Internazionale, which begins this week at White Hart Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas' side are in good form of late and football betting news pundits believe that they can make the top four this season, earn safe passage to the Champions League group stage and do battle with the best teams Europe has to offer.