We’re nearly half way through the season and what a season it has been. Who would have thought Birmingham would be challenging for European places, England would have received an easy World Cup Draw and Liverpool would have already been knocked out of the Champions League? It’s like the Twilight Zone.

Perhaps the biggest shock is just one managerial casualty with Paul Hart being sacked from Portsmouth. By January 2009, six Premiership clubs had changed managers so fair play to Premiership chairmen this season for being much calmer about losing streaks and not firing a manager after losing one match.

We can’t mention manager casualties without talking about Liverpool’s disastrous season. They’ve been knocked out of two cups, in particular the Champions League, and also made a very sluggish start to the Premiership season which means it is an uphill struggle to even qualify for Champions League football next season. That would be a financial disaster for the already cash strapped club and the only thing stopping them from sacking Rafa Benitez is the massive compensation payout which would have to follow.

It may still seem a long way away with half a Premiership season left but every football fan, has one eye firmly set on South Africa 2010. England have been dealt a hugely favourable draw by coming up against USA, Algeria and Slovenia. Not only that but if they are to face Spain or Brazil, the only two teams given a better chance of winning by the bookies, it wont be until the semi final meaning England can have their best tournament in twenty years! It has been a long time coming!

Of course every fan has their own views about what should happen at Liverpool and how England will get on at the World Cup. To discuss more Football matters you can visit the busy Football Betting Forum over at OLBG. You can discuss all the news and view about your favourite side as well as the best bets of the week.

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