Betfred teams with Racing Post to offer key football content

first_imgShare Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share Submit Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Betfred are to partner with Racing Post to offer mobile customers an “innovative” new digital football content package, becoming the first high street bookmaker to provide the service.Customers can benefit from a variety of football markets alongside the Racing Post football data content package, which includes match verdicts, keys stats for a variety of markets and latest team form for 28 worldwide leagues and competitions.  Lewis McMillan, Head of Digital Sportsbook at Betfred, said: “We’re delighted to have launched Racing Post’s industry leading football data package on our mobile product. “Delivering the best possible betting experience to our customer base is absolutely vital, and the data-rich football content now being delivered directly to their fingertips is a huge step in the right direction.”As part of the service is a predicted line-up view, which is available up to three days before a game and features integrated goalscorer markets, giving punters a “seamless betting experience” directly from the page.The independent pre-match betting focused analysis and tips are all handwritten by Racing Post’s team of football experts and are designed to engage punters, offering access to key information without having to leave the app.Eugene Delaney, B2B Director at Racing Post, added: “We’re really excited to partner with a brand like Betfred to launch a product that gives punters access to vital stats and verdicts to help them make an informed football bet. “With access to our expert content, combined with a slick betting journey, Betfred really have created a product that really engages the football betting audience.” The digital football content package is live on the latest Betfred mobile and tablet apps, which are available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Related Articleslast_img read more

FIBA Women’s EuroBasket: Top 5 Players

first_imgThe FIBA Women’s EuroBasket All-Star Five of Temi Fagbenle, Astou Ndour, Marta Xargay, Sonja Petrovic and Sandrine Gruda will quite rightly receive all the plaudits from FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, but there are players behind their respective country’s successes that sometimes go overlooked. While the games might have ended in Serbia after a successful tournament, there are players whose performances will be remembered, even if they are not mentioned by the history books in the same way as the aforementioned talents. During her early years in the British program, the team need Joey Leedham-Warner to be a scorer.  She is perfectly able, and helped the likes of CCC Polkowice to a Polish league title last season while scoring 9 points per game with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Even at EuroBasket this year, she managed 11 points per game, but her worth comes from being the “whatever-it-takes” leader that this British unit needs.The roster sometimes struggled against taller teams and Leedham-Warner took on point guard duties in some line-ups. As a consequence, she averaged 4.7 assists during the tournament and always she out-bodied some of the scariest rebounders in EuroBasket tonfinish in the top 10 in rebounding at 7.7 per game.It was her heart that earned Leedham-Warner a place with this selection team. When her team was looking deflated during a frustrating second-half blowout in the bronze medal game against France, the British captain came off the bench and shouted “come on” while stepping on to the court and got her teammates to pick up their heads and go down fighting. Diving on the floor for loose balls, getting steals that led to fast-break layups, beating out bigger players for rebounds, Leedham-Warner showed exactly the kind of heart that helped her nation rise beyond expectations. Forward: Jelena Brooks – Serbia The good-stats-bad-team players sometimes go overlooked in basketball culture, but when someone puts up the great numbers that Alina Iagupova managed for Ukraine – not a terrible team but in a difficult group comprising Spain, Britain and Latvia – you have to take notice. In the first of her country’s three games in the opening round, Iagupova poured in 38 points against the elite defensive unit of Spain – a team that kept Russia’s Maria Vadeeva to 6 points in the quarterfinals. But it’s not just scoring. In the game against Latvia, Iagupova scored 28, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 7 assists in a tough loss. She followed this up with 21 and 7 against Britain to finish with averages of 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists as well as 3.3 steals. It’s a shame we couldn’t see more of Ukraine, but EuroLeague fans can see her in Turkey with Cukurova Basketbol where she led the team in scoring and assists last season. Point guard: Olivia Epoupa – France Small she may be, but she be fierce. Olivia Epoupa refused to be overlooked despite her diminutive stature at EuroBasket. Standing at just 5’5, the French point guard was almost always the shortest player on the court, but she made up for it in speed, strength and leaping ability – often out-jumping opposition centers and even her own elite rebounding teammate Sandrine Gruda.Her physicality helped a young France team compete further in the tournament than some had previously expected, and while she struggled during the final against an elite Spanish defense that had likely scouted her, the 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Serbia will have put the 25-year-old on the map for bigger contracts and maybe in stronger leagues – especially for those WNBA fans and scouts who tuned in to France’s games to watch Bria Hartley and Marine Johannes of the New York Liberty. Center: Emma Meesseman – Belgium While the concerns of Serbia going into the camp as the host nation ahead of EuroBasket were well known, the heart the team played with during the final stages is something to be marvelled at.Just three months after giving birth, somehow Jelena Brooks managed to get herself back into shape and on the floor at a major international tournament. Her teammate Ana Dabovic often gets the most love during pre-game introductions and Sonja Petrovic might have earned a spot in FIBA’s All-Star Five for the tournament, but the strength Brooks showed in returning to the team to put her body on the line and help lead Serbia to a bronze medal will be remembered for a long time in their home country.Her numbers aren’t gaudy – 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game – but the good coaching rotations of Marina Maljkovic meant that her top three scorers could keep the team chugging away throughout the game with key support from some unexpected players who hadn’t been with the program for several years but had stepped up due to injury replacement.center_img The ever-dependable Emma Meesseman just finds ways to win. This Belgium program that was built around Ann Wauters 20 years ago is being handed over to the Washington Mystics’ forward/center, and as a result it has achieved two unprecedented achievements in consecutive years at different international tournaments.She gives her all to her country. Seeing her after games looks like a mixed martial arts fighter after going the distance. There are scratches, bruises and chunks of her body left on the floor.While she led the Belgian Cats in points and rebounds at EuroBasket, her willingness to work within a system makes her a valuable asset for a team that (aside from Julie Allemand) has an array of middle-tier talent – any one of whom can step up in any game or situation. By the end of the game, Meesseman has referred to her teammates and let the offense develop, and while she might have had a post-up here and there, you are often surprised to look up at the scoreboard and see 20 points and 9 rebounds, plus a handful of assists, blocks and a steal or two. Yet it happens, nearly every night. It also means she is the perfect player to slot in next to some players that need the ball in their hands on her WNBA team.Her importance to the team showed in no greater example than against France when she fouled out. The restrictive French defense turned to all its efforts to stopping Allemand, and with no other elite offensive threat on the floor, Belgium struggled in overtime. Against Hungary, Meesseman struggled in the first half but managed to turn the screws on defense to nearly shut out Belgium’s opponents in the second quarter. Meesseman played a big role and despite missing several easy shots under the rim, she found a way to win – just like she always does. Shooting guard: Joey Leedham-Warner – Great Britain Forward: Alina Iagupova – Ukrainelast_img read more