Saturday, March 17, 2018

Liverpool vs Watford Premier League - 17 March, 2018

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Liverpool vs Watford - Competition: Premier League

Liverpool team fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Man United in their last game but remain 4th in the EPL table, with a 4 points margin over 5th-placed Chelsea. Prior to that, the Reds secured their qualification to the Champions League quarter finals thanks to a goalless draw at Anfield Road against FC porto (the first leg in Portugal saw Jurgen Klopp's men win 5-0). After 15 league games at home, Liverpool are yet to lose, and they have won nine times.
Nathaniel Clyne is the only reported injury concern for Liverpool this weekend. Jurgen Klopp may decide to hand recalls to Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip for this clash. The former should replace either James Milner or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in central midfield while the latter is an alternative to Dejan Lovren at centre-back. No changes are expected up front where Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man+ are expected to feature from the off.
Watford team are closing on on securing their English Premier League status for another season. They sit 10th in the table, with a 9 points margin over Crystal Palace and Stoke City in 18th and only eight games remaining. The Hornets have a strong home record with 13 points earned in the last 5 outings at Vicarage Road but their away record is pretty poor. They put in a rather uninspiring performance against Arsenal team as they were hammered 3-0 at Emirates last weekend. The Hornets have lost 7 of their last 8 away matches in EPL and failed to scored in the last 4 on the travel.
New Hornets' manager Javi Gracia will be without eight players for the trip to Anfield. Kiko Femenía may continue in an advanced position on the right flank at the expense of Andre Carrillo. Richarlison will be moved to a central role, with Roberto Pereyra stationed on the left wing. Troy Deeney should keep his place as central striker. Younes Kaboul, Molla Wague, Tom Cleverley and Christian Kabasele all remain sidelined, while Nathaniel Chalobah and Gerard Deulofeu are long-term absentees.

Date: 17 March 2018
Kick-off Time: 17:30 GMT
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool  

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid 06-03-2018 Champions League

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PSG vs Real Madrid - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 March 2018 - Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT - 20:45 CET
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
Paris Saint-Germain team unsurprisingly sit top of the Ligue 1 table with a 14 point gap over AS Monaco and their home record comprises of 14 straight league wins with 54 goals scored and 9 conceded.. They were defeated by a 3-1 score-line in the reverse leg at Bernabeu, conceding two goals in the last 7 minutes of the match. Since the first leg meeting PSG have won Ligue 1 fixtures at home to Strasbourg (5-2), Marseille (3-0) and most recently 2-0 at Troyes. Unay Emery's men boast a strong home record in Europe - they are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League matches in Paris and scored 15 goals in 3 home games in the group stage this season including a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich team.
Star player Neymar is out for at least two months while Kylian Mbappe can recover from an ankle injury in time to play on Tuesday. Neymar's injury should present Ángel Di Maria with an opportunity to prove a point against his former club, as the Argentine is expected to lead the line alongside Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani. Thiago Silva is expected to make a return to the lineup after missing the first leg. Marquinho is also a doubt with a thigh problem but Dani Alves is expected to make a return. In midfield, Marco Verratti will be the playmaker, wit Adrien Rabiot and Lo Celso on his flanks. Timothy Weah, the son of Liberia president and ex-PSG and AC Milan team striker George Weah, could play at some stage.

After a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol, Real Madrid team returned to winning wins with a 3-1 victory at home to Getafe at the weekend, to remain in third place in La Liga behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. This result makes it six wins from their last seven games, with them scoring an impressive 23 goals in that period. In the group stage matches in UCL, the Blancos won both at Dortmund (3-1) and Apoel (6-0) either side of a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. The defense remains a concern as Zinedine Zidane's men have kept only a clean sheet in the last 11 games in all competitions.
Zinedine Zidane has had to do without Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in recent weeks, and while both men returned to training on Sunday, this game will surely come too soon for either to start. Mateo Kovacic should start alongside Casemiro and Isco in the middle of the park.Marcelo also returned to training with the first-team but Theo Hernandez is expected to get the nod as left-back. Gareth Bale played in the last fixture against Getafe and is fit enough to lead the line alongside Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.
Probable lineups:
Paris Saint-Germain: Areola – Dani Alves, T. Silva, Kimpembe, Kurzawa – Verratti, Rabiot, Draxler – di Maria, Cavani, Mbappe (Pastore)
Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, T. Kroos, Modric – Ronaldo, Bale, Asensio.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid 25-02-2018 Highlights 2-5 La Liga

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Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid - Competition: Spanish Primera Division

 Griezmann scores a hat trick as Atletico Madrid team beat Sevilla 5-2 to stay on Barcelona’s heels.

Sevilla 2-5 Atletico Madrid:
29' Diego Costa 0-1 // 42' Antoine Griezmann 0-2 // 51' Antoine Griezmann (pen.) 0-3 // 65' Koke 0-4 // 81' Antoine Griezmann 0-5 // 85' Pablo Sarabia 1-5 // 90' Nolito 2-5 

Date: 25 February 2018
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Porto vs Liverpool Champions League - 14-02-2018

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Porto vs Liverpool - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 14 February 2018 - Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT - 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao, Porto

FC Porto team are flying high domestically this season. The Dragoes are setting the pace in the Portuguese Liga, with a 2 points advantage over Benfica despite they have a game in hand. They maintained their fine form with a 4-0 win at Chaves over the weekend and have dropped points on just four occasions this season. FC Porto have already bagged 53 goals in 21 Primeira Liga matches. Furthermore, their defence has been solid of late, conceding just two goals in their last seven matches across all competitions. As to the UCL, Sergio Conceiçao's men needed a 5-2 victory over AS Monaco in their final game to book their spot in the knockout phase as Group G runners-up behind Besiktas.
Sergio Conceicao is without the suspended Felipe while the likes of Ivan Marcano, Vincent Aboubakar, Danilo Pereira and Andre Andre are all doubtful. He may start his side in a 4-4-2 formation here, with Moussa Marega and Tiquinho Soares upfront. Yacine Brahimi and Jesus Corona will start out wide, while Oliveira and Hector Herrera will anchor the midfield. The like of Ricardo Pereira and Alex Telles will play as right and left back.

Liverpool team enter this clash on the back of a 2-0 away win at Southampton. Prior to that, they drew 2-2 at home against Tottenham and trashed 3-0 Huddersfield on the travel. The Reds now sit 3rd in the English Premier League, 2 points shy of 2nd placed Manchester United. As to the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s team was one of just four to emerge from the group stage without tasting defeat. They topped their group unbeaten with 3 wins and 3 draws to finish 3 points clear of Sevilla, with Maribor and Spartak Moscow eliminated.  Away from home they drew 1-1 in Moscow, hammered Maribor 7-0 and then let a 3 goal lead slip in a 3-3 draw at Sevilla.
Jordan Henderson should come in for the suspended Emre Can, while Adam Lallana is getting close to a starting place after coming on for the last 10 minutes of the win at St Mary's. Joe Gomez is a doubt for the visitors, while Nathaniel Clyne is unlikely to feature. As a result, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will play as full back, with Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk expected to be paired at the heart of the back. The likes of Sadio Manè, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salh will continue to play up front, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke primary back-up options.

Probable lineups:
FC Porto: Jose Sa – R. Pereira, Reyes, Marcano, Telles – Corona, Herrera, Oliveira, Brahimi – Marega, Soares.
Liverpool: Karius – Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum – Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool Highlights EPL - 11-02-2018

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Southampton vs Liverpool
Competition: Premier League
Date: 11 February 2018
Kick-off Time: 16:30 GMT
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino score one and assist for the other as they beat Southampton 2-0 in English Premier League.

Livarpool: 6' Roberto Firmino 0-1 // 42' Mohamed Salah 0-2 

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tottenham vs Arsenal Premier League - February 10, 2018

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Tottenham vs Arsenal - Competition: English Premier League
Tottenham team enter this match on the back of a 2-0 victory over Newport County in English FA Cup last Wednesday. As to the Premier League, they clawed their way back to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw last weekend. Spurs now sit a place and four points above Arsenal coming into the match and are enjoying a 12 match unbeaten run. Mauricio Pochettino's men are are unbeaten in their last three North London derbies at home against Arsenal in the league, winning two.
Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Winks all returned from injury to start in midweek but they are all expected to make the bench. Lucas Moura is also available for Tottenham after he was forced to miss the FA Cup last time out. Anyway, Mauricio Pochettino will keep faith in his usual attack, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung Min supporting the lone striker Harry Kane upfront. Serge Aurier played the full 90 minutes in midweek, so Kieran Tripper looks poised to start at right-back. Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies will complete the back four while Eric Dier and Mousa Dembelè are likely to anchor the midfield, with Victor Wanyama providing cover.
Arsenal were in blistering form against Everton last time out and triumphed 5-1, with new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mhkitaryan in impressive form. Arsene Wenger's side is one of the best home team in the top flight but their away record is very poor. The Gunners have won only one of their last eight competitive games on the road, and have lost back to back games on the travels against Swansea and Bournemouth. In terms of direct matches, Arsenal defeated Tottenham 2-0 when these two met in November at the Emirates Stadium
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Petr Cech is a doubt for the North London Derby, so we will probably see David Ospina defending the Gunners' goal. The Gunners boss may decide to switch from a 4-2-3-1 formation to a slightly more defensive 4-3-3. That would see Jack Wilshere joining Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park. Up front, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are expected to start in advanced midfield positions behind striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette provide further options. In defense, Nacho Monreal looks set to be in contention following illness, with Ainsley Maitland Niles and Sead Kolasinac viable alternatives.
Tottenham last 5 matches:
21/01/18 Southampton 1 – 1 Tottenham
27/01/18 Newport County 1 – 1 Tottenham
31/01/18 Tottenham 2 – 0 Man United
04/02/18 Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham
07/02/18 Tottenham – Newport County

Arsenal last 5 matches:
14/01/18 Bournemouth 2 – 1 Arsenal
20/01/18 Arsenal 4 – 1 Crystal Palace
24/01/18 Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea
30/01/18 Swansea City 3 – 1 Arsenal
03/02/18 Arsenal 5 – 1 Everton
Date: 10 February 2018
Kick-off Time: 12:30 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
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Monday, January 29, 2018

AS Roma vs Sampdoria 2018 0-1 Goal Highlights - Seria A

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Roma vs Sampdoria - Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 28 January 2018 - Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Roma

Zapata’s late winner sees AS Roma’s torrid run continue as they go down at home to Sampdoria- the latter’s first away league win since early November.

Roma 0-1 Sampdoria:
80' Duvan Zapata 0-1

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