MAKING CHANGES

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has already made significant changes to the squad since taking over at the club in the summer.

The financial difficulties of the Merseyside outfit are well-documented, but it has not prevented the Spaniard from bringing in quality players at least on a loan deal.

Players like Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry have been influential in the season so far, and they have been bought on loan deals. They would more than repay the loan fees if Everton finished in the top four and qualify for the Champions league.

CLEAN SHEETS

The 34 years old goalkeeper of Everton and USA, Tim Howard has been in sensational form and this can be seen by the last 3 clean sheets kept for Everton in the Premier League but the event worth remembering was the penalty he saved when facing Aston Villa back in October.

In Everton’s match against Aston Villa, Christian Benteke was awarded with a penalty kick that was denied by Tim Howard and following the match the veteran goalkeeper said in a comedic fashion that his beard made the difference.
Tim Howard joked: ‘I think I’ve gained most of my strength from the beard.

DRAWS FOLLOW MARTINEZ

The arrival of new manager Roberto Martinez has been followed by three consecutive draws in the Premier league for Everton. This is primarily because of the different tactics adopted by the former Wigan manager, who is a fan of passing football.

Former manager David Moyes, though, was more towards getting the results and it primarily involved playing direct football more often than not. This change in management has seen Everton struggle to score goals at the start of the season. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has been at the club for almost a decade, is staying confident.

EVERTON NEED GOALIES

Everton are likely to be in the transfer market for a new goalkeeper after releasing Jan Mucha last season. American International Tim Howard is the recognised first-team goalkeeper at the club.

After the arrival of Roberto Martinez as the new manager at Goodison Park, there could be possible changes in several areas of the pitch. Everton could go out and sign a replacement goalkeeper, who could provide a real competition for Howard. The former Manchester United man, though, has said that he is intent on keeping his first-team spot under Martinez as well.

BARCA WILL FIGHT

Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva has said that he expects Barcelona to be at their best when they face each other in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night. He has said that his team should expect the unexpected when facing the four-time European champions.

This will be one of the stern tests for PSG in their efforts to reach the semifinals of the competition. This is the first time they have been in the quarter-finals after more than 18 years.

HAMMERS LOSE TO WONDER GOAL

West Ham United has been defeated by Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match played at the Boleyn Ground on Monday. It was a close game and the Spurs won it by 3-2. With the help of this win, the Spurs have now gone ahead of Chelsea in the points table.

Before this match, they were at no. 4, but, now, they have moved up one position and they are at no. 3 with 51 points in 27 matches. However, Chelsea is not too far behind them. The Blues have 49 point in 27 matches.

ADD SOME EXCITEMENT

In a perfect world, football betting would always be two things – fun and lucrative. Nothing's perfect, of course, but when you punt on football that should still be your aim – to enjoy yourself and to make money (not necessarily in that order but, to borrow another sports phrase, those two goals should run neck and neck).

For many football lovers, just watching the game and cheering for their favourite team is enough; and that's fine for millions of football fans the world over.

CANADA YET TO EARN A POINT

Canada are waiting to get their first point in the U17 World Cup being recently. In five trips to the under-17 world soccer championship, Canada has yet to earn a point and has been outscored 45-3.

This Canadian side did not deserve to be lumped onto that ugly history. The Canadians showed flair against a well-organized South American side and had their chances but, as in pre-tournament friendlies, paid for their mistakes.

Two late goals made the scoreline seemed harsher that the game deserved.

CANADIAN GAME POSTPONED

Due to inclement weather, a game between the Toronto and Vancouver FC have been postponed. Now Vancouver's goal will be erased and the clock reset to zero when the Whitecaps and Toronto FC meet again July 2 to finish what they started.

Canadian Soccer Association officials announced Thursday they'd postponed the Nutrilite Canadian Championship final after Wednesday night's game was abandoned due to lightning and rain.

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