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The Betting Corner: Can Mario Balotelli Really Make A Difference?

The Betting Corner

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This week we look at Europe's most interesting coaches and at Mario Balotelli's new adventure in England's Premier League. Can "Super Mario" lead Liverpool to the title?

These Five Coaches Make Every Game Exciting

At Bookiesmash, we love football, but what we love even more is the drama behind the game. A lot of that drama is created by coaches who, through their strength of character, can get that extra bit of effort out of their players, or get the players to raise their game by getting them to think smarter.

Many of the coaches in this week's countdown do that... but some don't, as you'll see. It's all good fun - football is, after all, a game of opinions. Discover who are Europe's five most interesting coaches.

Real Problems for Madrid

Real Madrid, champions of Europe, are struggling. Maybe it's just early-season nerves, maybe it's the problem of again having to integrate so many new players, but they don't look like the dominant team of last season.

To go from two goals up against Real Sociedad to losing the match was incredible - and possibly means the fight at the top of La Liga will be more intense than ever. Next up, after the international players return from their matches, they've got some even scarier opponents to worry about.

Meanwhile, we look at Barcelona's perfect start, and why they might have something to worry about now that Lionel Messi is injured. Atletico Madrid have made another great signing, and we run the rule over last season's surprise champions, who seem to have further strengthened their side this time around. Atletico are 22/5 with Betfair to win next Saturday. Read more about Spain's La Liga.

Unbelievable Scenes in the Premier League

There were a few shocks in England last week - from Manchester United continuing their winless run to Mario Balotelli joining a new team and behaving himself.

United really need to turn their season around; they have signed Radamel Falcao on loan, but is he a panic signing, or a matchwinner for them? The same could be asked of Balotelli - a ticking timebomb, some say, who will cause Brendan Rodgers more problems than he is worth.

The Liverpool manager, of course, did a good job of keeping Luis Suarez (one bite aside) under control - but Balotelli is a whole different player and man. We explain why the signs from his debut at White Hart Lane against Tottenham were promising.

The Reds next have to cope with Aston Villa. We explore why Paul Lambert and Roy Keane, against all odds and expectations, including our own, have turned Villa into a team that no one wants to face on current form.

Consequently, a good bet is a 1-1 draw, 12/1 with Bet365. Meanwhile, United step on to QPR, where Harry Redknapp believes, in Rio Ferdinand, he has the man to foil Louis van Gaal's attacking plans.

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