FST’s Summer Survival Guide
For us football fans that period between the end of May and the middle of August seems to take forever as we (im)patiently wait for the return of Europe’s top leagues. It makes it even worse when there is a complete absence of World Cup or European Championship action, which happens to be the case this year. However, there is plenty of football for you to dig your teeth in if you’re willing to look for it, and you might even end up watching more live football than you do during the regular season!
Fortunately for you, here at Free Super Tips we’ve put the work in so you don’t have to and we’ve put together this handy summer survival guide for all you football fanatics:
14th June – Premier League Fixtures Announced
For many Premier League fans the announcement of next season’s fixtures marks a concrete end to last season’s successes and failures and allows you to look forward to the next campaign. Make sure to clear any distant plans for the big derbies and plan the festive season well in advance!
You can check out our guide to next season’s Premier League Fixtures here.
16th June – 2nd July – International Football
There’s plenty of football to sink your teeth into for a few weeks at the end of June, with two fairly big international tournaments plugging the gap between Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.
UEFA Under 21 European Championship – England U20s have already sealed an incredibly impressive victory in the World Cup this summer, and now we turn to their slightly older counterparts in the U21 Euros, kicking off on the 16th June and featuring some of Europe’s finest young players it’s bound to unearth the next superstar in world football. Who’s taking bets on how much Real Madrid will pay for the standout player?
Confederations Cup – Just a day after the U21 European Championships kick off the pocket sizes tournament of the Confederations Cup gets underway in Russia. The hosts of next year’s World Cup are obviously in action, with the likes of Germany, Chile, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Cameroon all present too.
2017/18 Champions League – The first qualifying round of the most prestigious club competition in the world start at the end of June, with minnow teams hoping to progress far enough to draw a potentially lucrative tie against one of the bigger teams on the continent. As usual, we’ll be covering this in our Football Previews so you can keep up to date with all the best betting tips!
18th July – 6th August
International Champions Cup – The rapidly growing pre-season tournament is into it’s third year now and the lineups get more and more impressive. Here we get to see the likes of PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs, Roma, and Juventus in action – And that’s just in one of the three continents it’s played on! The two Milan based sides and Germany’s big two are also in action, whilst Chelsea and Arsenal make cameo appearances too. Keep checking back for our pre-tournament tips and previews!
Women’s European Championships – Back to potential international glory in mid-July, when England ladies visit Holland for the Women’s Euro 2017 tournament. They finished 3rd in the 2015 World Cup and will be hoping to build on that here. We’ll have all the pre-tournament tips live with plenty of time for you to back them.
6th August – FA Community Shield
By this point in time we’ll have sat through 71 days of alternative football since Arsenal and Chelsea met at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Final. The Community Shield may not be quite as important as that trophy, but it serves as a good benchmark for the upcoming Premier League season. Arsenal and Chelsea meet again at Wembley looking for the first silverware at the dawn of a new campaign!
12th August – Premier League Football
It’s finally back! Arsene Wenger begins another campaign of undoubtedly being slated by the Emirates faithful when his Arsenal side host Leicester, whilst Chelsea begin their title defence at home to a Burnley side who won just one away game last year. Newly promoted Huddersfield face a trip to Selhurst Park whilst their fellow promoted teams Brighton and Newcastle face tough home games against Manchester City and Spurs respectively. Put the date in your calendars and don’t miss out!
Alternative Football Leagues
You don’t have to limit yourselves to just one-off tournaments this summer. We cover a wide array of leagues that run through the summer months, including all of Scandinavia, the MLS, the South American leagues, and the Republic of Ireland Premier Division. Many of these games are shown live on bet365 and we provide detailed previews and betting tips for many of them. These leagues tend to be absolutely jam packed with goals, so there is plenty of entertainment to be had throughout the week!
Source: Football News