Sunday, January 14, 2018

Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelone Spanish Primera Division 14-01-2018

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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Date: 14 January 2018
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta
No much things to make Real Sociedad optimistic about its ranks before this duel with Barcelona and the only thing on their side is the tradition of their mutual duels. It does not have to mean much, but, psychologically speaking, this duel will help Real Sociedad who is in a pretty bad shape and they were eliminated from the Cup when it was not expected, while they have only one triumph in the previous 07 rounds of the championship.
In two rounds ago, Real Sociedad defeated Sevilla in their field with 3-1 after a solid draw in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao, but in the last defeat by Leganes. Coach, Eusebio, kept the same lineup against Sevilla and only Oyarzabal replaced Januzaj, who was injued, but it did not help. Player, Januzaj, is now back, while I.Martinez is injured.

As usuall, FC Barcelona is again dominating the Spanish football, and as things stand now, the team's goal is to get both domestic titles. The championship is practically already won because the second-ranked Athletic Bilbao has 09 points less. Barcelona reached the quarterfinals in the Cup in a very convincing way, after two matches with Celta Vigo. In Vigo, Barcelona played in a combined team and ended with 1-1, but when they played with a much stronger team on Nou Camp, where they defeated Celta Vigo with 5-0. In the championship they made a series of 04 victories in which they scored 12 goals and kept their net clean.
In addition to having the most efficient attack, FC Barcelona also has the best defence in the league. A couple of days ago, the team also reinforced their defence by bringing the Colombian center-back Mina, but the real boost was the arrival of player, Coutinho, who is still injured and will not be able to play. The center-back, Umtiti, is also injured , but while Dembele is fully recovered and Busquets returns after the suspension, so he would try to play a good match against Real Sociedad.

Probable Lineups:
Real Sociedad: Rulli – Odriozola, Raul Navas, D.Llorente, Rodrigues – Zurutuza, Illarramendi, Xabi Prieto – Oyarzabal, Willian Jose, Januzaj
Barcelona: ter Stegen – S.Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, J.Alba – Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta – Messi, L.Suarez, Dembele

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal English Premier League 28/12/2017

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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Competition: Premier League
Date: 28 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Selhurst Park, London
Crystal Palace currently has 16 points less than Arsenal, but it should be mentiond that the last season’s triumph of the team with as much as 3-0, because they have thus ended a series of seven defeats and one draw in duels with Arsenal. The current form of Crystal Palace is at a high level because they are in the series of three championship wins and five draws series, which, among other things, led the team to their long-awaited escape from the relegation zone.
All thanks are given to their coach, Hodgson, who brilliantly succeeded to find the extra strength in his players, both in defence and in the attack, since, in the last four games,they scored an average of two goals. However, Crystal Palace is still only 02 points away from the 18th Bournemouth, so it is expected that the team will try to stay undefeated against Arsenal. The defenders Fosu-Mensah, Ward, Sakho and Delaney and striker Wickham will be absent for this match.
Arsenal on the other side had a good match with Liverpool, in which they managed to return from the minus of 02 goals in six minutes, and then when they had a 3-2 lead, they received the third goal and eventually had to contend with just one point. And since it is their 3rd draw in the last four rounds, then it was quite logical to break the placement on the table so Arsenal currently occupy the 6th position, but with the same number of points as fifth Tottenham and one less than the fourth Reds.
As a result, Arsenal now will try to defeat Crystal Palace in this dual, which on the other hand plays very good lately, so, coach Wenger’s players, will have to play well to get to all the three points. Besides that, Arsenal's defence has shown a lot of weaknesses in the game with Liverpool, so coach, Wenger is expected to makes several changes in the starting lineup. The injured playrers are: defender Monreal, midfielders Ramsey and Cazorla, and striker Giroud.

Crystal Palace last 5 matches:
02/12/17 West Brom 0 – 0 Crystal Palace
09/12/17 Crystal Palace 2 – 2 Bournemouth
12/12/17 Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Watford
16/12/17 Leicester City 0 – 3 Crystal Palace
23/12/17 Swansea City – Crystal Palace

Arsenal last 5 matches:
10/12/17 Southampton 1 – 1 Arsenal
13/12/17 West Ham 0 – 0 Arsenal
16/12/17 Arsenal 1 – 0 Newcastle
19/12/17 Arsenal 1 – 0 West Ham
22/12/17 Arsenal – Liverpool

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

PSG 3-1 Caen Highlights 20-12-2017 French League 1

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PSG vs Caen
Competition: French League 1
Date: 20 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:50 GMT
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris

Caen faced Paris Saint Germain PSG at Parc des Princes Stadium yesterday night in a match that eneded with a big win for PSG. The final score was 3-1.

PSG 3-1 Caen Goals, French League 1: 
21' Edinson Cavani 1-0 // 57' Kylian Mbappe 2-0 // 81' Yuri Berchiche 3-0 // 90' Ivan Santini (pen.) 3-1 

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Eibar vs FC Girona La Liga 21-12-2017

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Eibar vs FC Girona 
Competition: Primeira Liga
Date: 21 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:30 GMT
Venue: Ipurua Municipal Stadium
Eibar team had much strugle this season and it seemed that they could finish their adventure in Primeira Liga, but,suddenly, they started playing much better and their positive series is still on going. Eibar negative series lasted for seven games, out of which they lost 05 times and received many goals in that period. The last time they lost a game was at the beginning of November against Real Sociedad, and then starts the series which is currently at five matches with 04 wins and no defeat.
Eibar easily defeated Real Betis and then Espanyol on their field, and in the last round, they defeated also Valencia with 2-1, and before Valencia also Getafe, with the proviso that Jordan missed the penalty.
FC Girona, on the other side, had their own crisis at the very beginning when they had 06 matches without a win and were then at the edge of the relegation zone, but they also managed to recover and had three consecutive wins, of which once against Real Madrid which help them get in the middle of the table, and with the new two wins in the previous two rounds the team also got at the upper part. It is quite interesting that FC Girona made the all six wins with minimal difference, so three times it was 1-0 and 2-1.
After a defeat by Deportivo Alaves three rounds ago, when they managed to drop the lead with 2-0, they managed to consolidate their ranks and celebrate against Espanyol with 1-0 away, as well as against Getafe on their field in the last round. Girona is having more problems with cards than with injuries lately, so Pere Pons paused in the last round, while Granella will not be in the team due to yellow cards. 

Probable lineups for this match:
Eibar: Dmitrovic – Capa, P.Oliveira, Arbilla, Jose Angel – Alejo, Jordan, D.Garcia, Inui – Charles, S.Enrichs
FC Girona: Bono – Espinosa, Ramalho, Juanpe – Maffeo, Pons, Timor, Mojica – Portu, Stuani, Borja

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Friday, December 15, 2017

AS Saint-Etienne vs AS Monaco French Ligue 1 15-12-2017

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AS Saint-Etienne vs AS Monaco  
Competition: French Ligue 1
Date: 15 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:45 GMT
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Saint-Etienne team need to play best to remain undefeated in this game with the current champions. The replacement of Garcia did not help the team too much, who was otherwise fired after a shocking home defeat of 5-0 in the match with Olympique Lyon, because the team, under the baton of new coach Sable, only made two home draws and three guest defeats.The last defeat was inflicted by Olympique Marseille at Velodrome Stadium, with a score of 3:0, while they in the same way ended their previous performance at Bordeaux. St. Etienne managed to avoid defeat in their last two appearances, but now against Monaco, they must be even more aggressive if they want to get a positive result. Defenders Perrin and Silva are out of action due to injuries, and striker Hamoum, while defender Pierre-Gabriel is also unable to perform.
For to the current French rivals, AS Monaco, it is now quite certain that they will not be able to defend that title, because they have nine points less after 17 rounds than the leading Paris Saint Germain, which recently defeated them in Monaco with 2-1. After that coach, Jardim’s players, were defeated by Nantes, while they were a little better in the next two games and they were defeated at home with 1-0 by Angers and last weekend with 3-2 by Troyes.Nevertheless, Monaco made a routine victory of 2-0 at home against Caen, while they had to leave the UEFA Champions League in the worst possible way because they were defeated by RP Leipzig and FC Porto in the last two rounds and they ended up in the last place in their group. However, this is good thing in some way, because they can now fully dedicate themselves to their domestic championship and the struggle for placement in the Champions League. Injured midfielders Tielemans and Traore and striker Jovetic will not be able to play this match.

Probable lineups:
AS Saint-Etienne: Ruffier – Janko, Theophile-Catherine, Lacroix, M'Bengue – Dabo, Selnaes, Pajot – Bamba, Diony, Cabella
AS Monaco: Subasic – Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge – Fabinho, Moutinho – Ghezzal, Lemar, Keita – Falcao
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Friday, December 1, 2017

FC Porto vs Benfica Primeira Liga 01/12/2017

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Porto vs Benfica
Competition: Primeira Liga
 Date: 1 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:30 GMT
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao, Porto
FC Porto was behind their big rival from Lisbon, so the team's only goal this season was to end this four-year rule of Benfica in the Primeira Liga. Currently, everything is going well for the team, since they, after 12 rounds played, are holding the 1st place on the table, while, with a victory in this great derby, they will have six points more than the current champions.
However, Sporting is in the race for the very top, and they have only two points less than FC Porto, after the championship leader last weekend only played a draw 1-1 against Deportivo Aves. Previously, coach Conceicao’s players, have with the same result played away against Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League, so now, Porto needs any kind of victory in the last round when they are welcoming the already written off Monaco.The only absence for Benfica in this game is the suspended striker, Corona.
On the contrary, Benfica's players have long lost all hope for placement in the round of sixteen of the UEFA Champions League, so it is no surprise that they were recently defeated by CSKA Moscow away with 2-0. Benfica, the current Portuguese champions, have experienced the same fate in the previous four rounds, which means that they no longer have any chance to win placement in the UEFA Europa league as the third ranked team, because they have 09 points less than Basel and CSKA Moscow before this last round.
However, after the fifth consecutive defeat in the Champions League, coach Rui Vitorie's players, made a convincing home win of 6-0 over Setubal, so they are now in a better mood awaiting the match with the leader Porto. But, because of these three points less, it would not be a good thing for Benfica to lose at Dragao Stadium. The injured players are: goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, and center-back, Dias.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Manchester United vs Watford English Premier League 28/11/2017

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Watford vs Manchester United
Competition: Premier League
Date: 28 November 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford
Watford team are aware that now is far more difficult task given that the guests from Manchester occupy at the moment the second place in the table and every point is very important in the race for the top. Manchester United come to Watford after three consecutive defeats away, which is a chance for coach Silva players especially, as in two previous rounds, won West Ham at home 2-0 and Newcastle away 3-0 last weekend.
Player, Troy Deeney, is present for this after serving a three-game ban while, Miguel Britos and Kiko Femenia, are both doubts for this game. Coach, Marvin Zeegelaar's probable lineups, may keep Jose Holebas out, with in-form Will Hughes also expected to retain his starting berth in midfield alongside Aboulaye Doucourè and Roberto Pereyra. In the up front, striker Andrè Gray should continue to lead the line, with Richarlison tucked behind him. In defense, Sebastian Prodl, Christian Kabasele and Adrian Mariappa are expected  to defend Heurelho Gomes' posts. While player: Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart, Tommie Hoban, Isaac Success, and Nathaniel Chalobah are all remaining injured.
The guests from Manchester made a good record of 10 wins out of 10 at Old Trafford on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brighton. A win is a win though, and it kept Manchester Uinted in the second place in the Premier League table. Anyway, the team have tasted defeat in three of their last four road trips in all competitions, including their last two Premier League away matches at Huddersfield and Chelsea as well as an UEFA Champions League clash in Basel, Switzerland. The Red Devils have won 9 of their last 10 games against Watford in all competitions but lost by 3-1 in this corresponding fixture last season. Centre-backs, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, are still doubtful of attending this match, which means that coach, Josè Mourinho, could play with a three main backline formed by players: Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof. Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind are likely to start as wing backs of the 3-5-1-1 system, meaning that Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia will stay on the bench. Coach, Mourinho,may make major changes  up front, where Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are likely to be rested, allowing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata or Zlatan Ibrahimovic to support a struggling Romelu Lukaku in attack. Ander Herrera, Pual Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are expected to start in the middle of the match, with player, Nemanja Matic, as further option. 
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