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Aston Villa whip Liverpool to reach League Cup semi-finals

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first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Aston Villa beat Liverpool’s youngest ever side 5-0 with a double by Jonathan Kodjia helping them into the League Cup semi-finals on a strange night at Villa Park on Tuesday. With the English Premier League leaders Liverpool playing in FIFA’s Club World Cup 24 hours later in Doha, they fielded a starting line-up consisting mainly of reserves and youth team players. The team was with an average age of 19.4, a club record. In spite of their inexperience, Liverpool’s youngsters acquitted themselves well and matched the Aston Villa side. It was a side showing 10 changes from their weekend Premier League defeat by Sheffield United, for much of a game that did not reflect well on the League Cup. Liverpool’s senior players and manager Juergen Klopp, watching on TV in Qatar, would have been impressed with the way they started with 16-year-old Harvey Elliott catching the eye. But Aston Villa went ahead in the 14th minute through Conor Hourihane’s free kick, with Kodjia just failing to get a touch. Morgan Boyes, one of five Liverpool debutants, deflected Ahmed Elmohamady’s free-kick up and over his own goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher three minutes later. Then, 30-year-old Kodjia ran through to slot home his side’s third goal in the 37th. Kodjia made it 4-0 just before half-time to end the match as a contest, although Liverpool carved out several good chances after the break. Aston Villa added a fifth goal in stoppage time with record signing Wesley steering home after coming off the bench. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoollast_img read more

Jacob Lopez Curciel – OPTIMA – Developing an In Play horse racing product to capture the eye

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first_img Last month, SBC Events marked a landmark year in horse racing with a dedicated full day conference track at Betting on Sports, held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.Jacob Lopez Curciel, OptimaAs part of the ‘Betting on Racing’ track, the ‘After the off – Opportunities in live betting’ session facilitated a high-level discussion around the opportunity to engage new punters with an in play horse racing product.Just a few weeks after the event, we caught up with Jacob Lopez Curciel, CEO at OPTIMA and a key speaker from this session, to build on the insight he delivered to a packed room of delegates at #boscon2017.SBC: Do you think the horse racing industry is missing an opportunity to engage punters with live betting products?JLC: The horse racing industry, as any other, needs innovation to keep the business interest up and to continue attracting new customers. Live betting and the user experience around the live betting will attract the interest of existing and new customers. If the user experience is good, the customers will use the services.SBC: Do you share the opinion that the speed and accuracy of live data represents the biggest obstacle to its successful adoption?JLC: Not the biggest, and not the only.First the customer experience, how do we drive enjoyment and eliminate frustration completely from the user journey to play “real time betting” on horse racing. What plus is the customer going to get in his experience to capture his eye and his time. A challenge that each operator has to shape and evolve, probably iteratively.Speed and consistency, both together, between data and video streaming, which requires systems and resources that are now becoming available at consumer level and in previous years were not readily available, a challenge that definitely we have the technology to resolve now.SBC: From an integrity perspective, do you think there is any chance of varied in-race markets such as first to fall or leader after first furlong?JLC: Transparency is the key. If parameters can be monitored in real time, it is more likely that competitiveness and integrity will be better and those markets could have a chance, some of them I doubt will be possibly suitable for betting without full transparency in real time, however I don’t think In Play betting must be thought only around new markets as it is often the case, In Play betting is more about the user experience and extending the times for betting than adding new markets.SBC: What can horse racing learn from in play betting on other sports?JLC: Only very low % of all markets offered get bets, quality more important than amountReal time data is equally or more important than live streaming for the customer to enjoy and for the operator to maximize the product quality and profitability.Technology used must be the right one, proven and stable, or In Play betting could cause serious damage to a business and its reputation.SBC: Can you trade in play horse racing algorithmically from the data? Or does there need to be a human influence too?JLC: A hybrid is required. 80/20 automated vs human interaction.There are many situations still that cannot be properly assessed and processed specially in situations of low liquidity no matter how much data you can process in real time. Submit Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more