The men’s Olympic football gets underway today with Team GB taking on Senegal as Paddy Power announce plenty of support on their free bets offer and money back special of a refund if the game finishes 0-0, as football fans around the world look to Manchester.
Team GB play their first match on home soil when they take on Senegal at Old Trafford, in a game which should attract plenty of attention and a sellout crowd.
Looking at Team GB to begin with, Stuart Pearce will be hopeful that his side can take the gold medal at the Games this year, but knows they will have to improve from their performance in the friendly against Brazil last week.
It was the first time the team had played together though so you would back them to improve as the tournament goes on.
However, in tournament football, you need to get off to a good start to keep your hopes of qualifying alive.
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Pearce will be relying on his captain Ryan Giggs to lead by example and help the younger players not get overwhelmed by the occasion. Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are the other two senior players in the squad and will need to be at their best.
There is then the array of young talent that will be hoping to show what they can do. It is the chance for these men to prove they can cope with the demands of tournament football.
As for Senegal, although they will know they are the underdogs in this encounter, they will not be coming to just make up the numbers.
The Senegalese have a number of players that could cause the home side problems. Mohammad Diame and Magaye Gueye are two names that stand out. Both play in the Premier League so will know all about their opponents.
Senegal are entering their football team for the first time in their Olympic history so they will be relishing the opportunity to win a medal.
It is sure to be a cracking atmosphere at Old Trafford as it is the first chance for fans to see this side in competitive action. It all gets underway from 7.45pm.