Saturday, March 17, 2018

Leicester City vs Chelsea - Competition: English FA Cup
Date: 18 March 2018 - Kick-off Time: 16:30 GMT - 17:30 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester City have only lost two of their last 13 matches in all competitions and brought an end to a four match run without a win when they beat West Brom 4-1 last weekend. The Foxes are only three points away from Burnley in the Premier League table and could qualify for next year's Europa League. They have the advantage of coming into this match fresher than Chelsea team and will hope to get a revenge over Chelsea as they suffered a 2-1 league defeat at the King Power Stadium earlier this season. Their route in the English FA Cup has seen them beat Fleetwood, Peterborough and Sheffield United so far.
Kelechi Iheanacho should get the nod over Shinji Okazaki and start behind the lone striker Jamie Vardy. Aleksander Dragovic and Marc Albrighton could also come into contention for recalls. Vicente Iborra and Wilfred Ndidi are likely to anchor the midfield while Christian Fuchs should be restored as left back, with Danny Simpson on the other flank. Daniel Amartey will not return from his hamstring injury until after the international break.

Chelsea tem went down 3-0 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in UCL and the English FA Cup remain their last chance to win silverware this season. They are currenly outside the top four in Premier League having suffered consecutive defeat to Manchester City and Manchester United (both away) before to narrowly beat Crystal Palace 2-1 last weekend. Antonio Conte's men have coasted through in the FA Cup, beating Norwich, Newcastle and Hull so far. The Blues have won 12 of their last 15 matches against Leicester in all competitions (D2 L1) but failed to beat the Foxes back in January at Stamford Bridge as the match ended in a goalless draw.
Antonio Conte has rotated his options in previous rounds and could yet choose Willy Caballero as goalkeeper. Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line while Pedro and Willian are in contention for a starting berth as offensive midfielder, alongside Eden Hazard. In midfield, Tiemouè Bakayoko is expected to partner N'Golo Kantè, while Davide Zappacosta should replace Victor Moses as right wing-back. The likes of Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta should form the three man backline. Defender David Luiz and midfielder Ross Barkley are out remain sidelined.

Leicester City last 5 matches:
10/02/18 Man City 5 – 1 Leicester
16/02/18 Leicester City 1 – 0 Sheffield United
24/02/18 Leicester City 1 – 1 Stoke City
03/03/18 Leicester City 1 – 1 Bournemouth
10/03/18 West Brom 1 – 4 Leicester

Chelsea last 5 matches:
20/02/18 Chelsea 1 – 1 Barcelona
25/02/18 Man United 2 – 1 Chelsea
04/03/18 Manchester City 1 – 0 Chelsea
10/03/18 Chelsea 2 – 1 Crystal Palace
14/03/18 Barcelona 3 – 0 Chelsea 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Manchester United vs Sevilla
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 13 March 2018
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United team crash out of the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat by Sevilla in the last 16 second leg at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE):
74' Wissam Ben Yedder 0-1 // 78' Wissam Ben Yedder 0-2 // 84' Romelu Lukaku 1-2

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Inter vs Napoli - Competition: Italian Serie A

After five consecutive draws in the Serie A, Inter team have won two of their last three fixtures while last weekend's Derby della Madonnina against AC Milan has been postponed. They beat Bologna (2-1) and Benevento (2-0) both at home, with a 2-0 away loss to Genoa between these two victores. The Nerazzurri currently sit 4th in the standings, but they were top of the table in late December. They have won just two of their last 13 matches inside 90 minutes but are undefeated in 25 of their last 28 league matches. In the reverse match, Luciano Spalletti's men recorded a goalless draw in Naples, a good result considering how it is hard to take points at the Stadio San Paolo.
Boss Luciano Spalletti has only an injury concern as Andrea Ranocchia is out with a muscle problem. Mauro Icardi is ready to spearhead the attack after a month on the sidelines. The Argentine will be supported by Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva on the wings, while Rafinha and Marcelo Brozovic are in contention for the number 10 role. Borja Valero and Matias Vecino will be the playmaker in midfield, with Roberto Gagliardini as main alternative. In difense, Joao Miranda will partner Milan Skriniar as centre back, while Joao Cancelo and Danilo D'Ambrosio are expected to start as right and left-back.

SSC Napoli team may have blown their chance to win Italian Serie A after losing 2-4 at home to Roma last weekend, only their second loss in the league this season. That loss ended a run of eleven games unbeaten in Serie A. Maurizio Sarri's men are still the table toppers, but Juventus come just a point behind and have a game in hand. The Partenopei went all of 2017 unbeaten on the road and haven't lost away from home in the league since in 26 matches. They have won all but one of their games away from Naples this season.
Maurizio Sarri will keep faith in his usual starting XI. Captain Marek Hamsik has recovered from his injury and will start in midfield alongside Allan and Jorginho. In defense, Mario Rui is likely to get the nod over Christian Maggio depsite his poor performance against Roma. Elseid Hysaj, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raul Albio will retain their starting berth while Faouzi Ghoulam and Vlad Chiriches are still out through injury. Up front, the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Josè Callejon will feature from the off.

Date: 11 March 2018
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan  


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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Napoli vs Roma Serie A - March 3, 2018

Napoli vs Roma - Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 3 March 2018 - Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stadio San Paolo, Napoli 
SSC Napoli team have won ten straight Serie A matches to go into this one topping the table and have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 league matches. Juventus sit 4 points below but they have a game in hand. The Partenopei come into the match on the back of a 0-5 win over Cagliari and a three-match winning streak across competitions. Anyway, their 2-0 victory at Leipzig was not enough to progress in UEL, as the german outfit won 3-1 the first leg in Naples.
Maurizio Sarri has only a fresh injury concern as captain Marek Hamsik did not train with the squad because of illness. Should the Slovakian miss out, Piotr Zielinski is expected to replace him and join Allan and Jorginho in the middle of the park. No changes are expect up front, where Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Josè Callejon will lead the line. The back four is also likely to remain unchanged as Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui and Elseid Hisay should all feature from the off. Faouzi Ghoulam and Vlad Chiriches remain sidelined, while Arkadiusz Milik is closing in on a return to first-team action.

AS Roma team sit fifth after an inconsistent season. After a run of three wins in a row, the Giallorossi have suffered losses to Shakhtar Donetsk in UCL (2-1 in Ukraine) and Milan in Serie A (0-2 at home) last week. As a result, Eusebio Di Francesco's men slipped out of the top-four in Serie A and desperately need to earn points here. As to direct encounters, Roma fell to a 1-0 defeat last time the sides met in October but caused an upset at this ground  last season in October 2016 (1-3).
Boss Eusebio Di Francesco also has an injury concern in midfield as Lorenzo Pellegrini is a major doubt. As consequence, the starting trio will include Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan. Up front, the youngster Cengiz Under should retain his starting berth, as well as the central striker Edin Dzeko. The likes of Diego Perotti and Stephan El Shaarawy are in contention for the left winger spot. In defense, Federico Fazio should partner Kostas Manolas at the heart, with Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandr Kolarov playing as full backs. Juan Jesus and Bruno Peres provide further options.
SSC Napoli last 5 matches:
10/02/18 Napoli 4 – 1 Lazio
15/02/18 Napoli 1 – 3 Leipzig
18/02/18 Napoli 1 – 0 SPAL
22/02/18 Leipzig 0 – 2 SSC Napoli
26/02/18 Cagliari 0 – 5 Napoli

Roma last 5 matches:
04/02/18 Verona 0 – 1 AS Roma
11/02/18 Roma 5 – 2 Benevento
17/02/18 Udinese 0 – 2 Roma
21/02/18 Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Roma
25/02/18 Roma 0 – 2 Milan


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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Manchester United vs Chelsea - Competition: Premier League

Goals from Romelu Lukaku, his first in a game involving Chelsea, and substitute Jesse Lingard help Man United team down Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
32' Willian 0-1 // 39' Romelu Lukaku 1-1 // 75' Jesse Lingard 2-1

Date: 25 February 2018
Kick-off Time: 14:05 GMT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bayern Munchen vs Besiktas
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 20 February 2018 - Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munchen

Domagoj Vida’s early red card costs Besiktas team as Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski score two each at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
43' Thomas Mueller 1-0 // 53' Kingsley Coman 2-0 // 66' Thomas Mueller 3-0 // 79' Robert Lewandowski 4-0 // 88' Robert Lewandowski 5-0 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Betis vs Real Madrid - Competition: Spanish Primera Division

Marco Asensio nets twice as Real Madrid down Real Betis 5-3 in this eight goal thriller of the Liga.

Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid
11' Marco Asensio 0-1 // 33' Aissa Mandi 1-1 // 37' Nacho Fernandez (o.g.) 2-1 // 50' Sergio Ramos 2-2 // 59' Marco Asensio 2-3 // 66' Cristiano Ronaldo 2-4 // 85' Sergio Leon 3-4 // 90' Karim Benzema 3-5
Date: 18 February 2018
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin, Sevilla
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