Can Mark Schwarzer become Australia's greatest EPL player?

December 20th 2015, 9:36pm, By: admin

Leicester City's incredible start to the 2015/16 English Premier League season has defied all expectations anyone might have had of Claudio Ranieri's team.

When the Italian boss, who managed Chelsea with mixed results between 2000 and 2004, took over at the King Power Stadium in July 2015, even the most optimistic Leicester fans wouldn’t have anticipated seeing their side competing for the top spot in the division along with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United by Christmas time.

But here we are, approaching the end of the year, and it is Ranieri's new side who are right in amongst it at the very top echelons of English football. Meanwhile, his old side are suffering something of a crisis under Jose Mourinho, with bookmakers seeing more action on Chelsea going down than getting anywhere near the title this season.

Leicester's ascent to the top has brought Ranieri plenty of plaudits, and there has been no shortage of hyperbole hurled in the direction of his star striker. Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record for goals in consecutive matches, netting 11 back-to-back games to take that title away from former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Foxes' form and consistency is forcing the hand of online betting destinations like Iron Bet, where odds on Ranieri's men qualifying for the Champions League - or even winning the Premier League title itself - are getting shorter with each week that goes by.

If they do succeed in securing a finish amongst the top league positions, there will be plenty to celebrate for an Australian who might not be grabbing the headlines but is nevertheless playing a role in Leicester's campaign.

Mark Schwarzer is, at 43 years of age, one of the oldest players ever to ply his trade in English football's top division. If Leicester finish first or second this season, he will be the first Australian soccer player to have finished as an EPL winner or runner-up since fellow goalkeeper Mark Bosnich. Bosnich had his critics but lifted the trophy with Manchester United back in 1999/2000.

To clinch a medal in what must be one of his final seasons in English football would be a just reward for Schwarzer, who has carved out a stellar career for himself in England since arriving at Bradford City back in 1996.

This season marks Schwarzer's 20th in English football, and only one of those has been spent outside the top flight. In 1998, he was part of the Middlesbrough side that bounced back into the Premier League. He then spent 10 seasons at the Riverside Stadium before securing a switch to Fulham, where he was a permanent fixture between the sticks for five successful years.

In the twilight of his career he has played a bit-part role, making just four appearances in a brief spell at Chelsea before joining Leicester last season and making six league appearances and two outings in the FA Cup.

But, regardless of the opportunities he gets between now and the end of this season, it looks likely that he is going to have another remarkable chapter to add to his long and illustrious career.


ESports Betting Tips: CS:GO CS Summit

Six professional CS:GO teams will converge on the Summit House in Los Angeles to compete for a $150,000 prize pool in the fourth annual cs_summit! Catch our preview and tips for the event here read more

Australian Betting Sign Up Bonuses Ending Soon!

The end of an era in Australian online sports betting is fast approaching! As of the 26th of May, Australian bookmakers will no longer be allowed to offer sign up bonuses to new customers! Take advantage of the offers that are still available here. read more

Bendigo Racing Tips: Sunday May 19th

Sunday horse racing sees us head to Bendigo for a big eight-race card. Check out our racing preview and betting tips for every race here! read more

2019 AFL: Round 9 Sunday Preview & Betting Tips

Great little three game slate to look forward to this Sunday in the AFL, headlined by a big clash between the Hawks and Tigers at the MCG! Catch our preview and tips for all three games here read more


Major Harness Races in Australasia

There are approximately 90 Group 1 level harness races in Australia and New Zealand each year; we've highlighted some of most high profile races on the annual racing calendar here. read more

Harness racing form: what are the most important things to consider

Harness racing form can be daunting to punters that are new to the sport and form analysis for the trots is certainly different to that of the gallops or greyhounds. We've listed what we think the most important factors to consider are when studying the form for a trots race. read more

Harness Racing Barrier Draws

Barrier draws are crucial in racing and they are especially important in harness racing. We've explained why barriers are such a key part of harness racing form study and their importance to determining a horse's chances here. read more

Harness Racing Glossary

There are many common terms used in harness racing that may not make sense to those new to the sport. Our harness racing glossary will help you understand what some of the key terminology means. read more


2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 9

Our 2019 Brownlow Medal leader was the only contender to pick up votes during Round 9 according to our vote predictions. Do we have it right? Check out our thoughts for each AFL match here. read more

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 8

We have nine players within three votes of the leader in the race for the 2019 Brownlow Medal after Round 8 of the AFL season. Check out where our votes went and who the big movers are here: read more

2019 AFL Round 9 Odds

We're up to Round 9 of the 2019 AFL season, with the action kicking off on Friday night with West Coast hosting Melbourne. Here's the Round 9 betting odds and lines for every match of the round, with thanks to BetEasy. read more

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Schedule

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be held from England starting on the 30th of May! If you're a bit like us and find it tenuous to convert the starting times in your head, we have you covered with the full tournament schedule in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) right here! read more

Ladbrokes Bonus