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Saturday, January 13, 2018


Chelsea vs Leicester City - Competition: English Premier League
 
Chelsea team enter this match on the back of a 0-0 League Cup draw against Arsenal on Wednesday. That was their third stalemate in a row after a 0-0 at Norwich in English FA Cup and a 2-2 against the Gunners at Emirates in Premier League. They have scored nine goals in their past three league matches and currently sit 3rd in the table standings, one point below 2nd placed Manchester UTD. The Blues boast an impressive home form, having recorded nine victories and no defeats to their name in the last 12 fixtures in front of their own fans. Furthermore, the Londoners have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Leicester in all competitions.
The hosts have no fresh injury concerns but they will be overly fatigued following a hectic schedule over the festive period. New Ross Barkley could be available for Antonio Conte but the former Everton talent is expected to sit on the bench at maximum. The Italian manager is expected to field a 3-5-1-1 formation and keep faith in his best XI. Gary Cahill and Tiemoue Bakayoko may come in for Antonio Rudiger and Danny Drinkwater from the XI that started in midweek while Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata will start upfront. Victor Moses should get the nod over Davide Zappacosta for the right wing back position. Charly Musonda is the only sidelined player for the Blues.
Leicester's form has dipped in recent weeks. Their only victory in the last 7 games was a 3-0 success at home to Huddersfield on New Year’s Day. They are 8th  in the EPL standings, nine points adrift of 6th placed Arsenal and  just eight wins from their opening 22 fixtures. Away from King Power Stadium, Claude Puel's men have lost 2-1 against both Watford and Liverpool since Christmas, putting an end to their seven match unbeaten run on the road. The Foxes also need another shot at reaching the English FA Cup fourth round because last weekend's tie at Fleetwood ended goalless too.
The Foxes have a defensive emergency underway. Danny Simpson is ruled out, which means Daniel Amartey should continue at right-back, Christian Fuchs is a major doubt while Wes Morgan and Robert Huth both miss out. Yohan Benalouane should partner Harry Maguire as centre back while Ben Chilwell will start at left back. Up front, Jamie Vardy is available this weekend and will lead the line, with Shinji Okazaki or Mahrez tucked behind him. Should the Algerian play as number ten, Demaray Gray will start as right winger, with Mark Albrighton on the other side. Wilfred Ndidi and Vicente Iborra are likely to start in the middle of the park, while Adrien Silva may have to settle for a place on the bench. 

Chelsea last 5 matches:
26/12/17 Chelsea 2 – 0 Brighton
30/12/17 Chelsea 5 – 0 Stoke City
03/01/18 Arsenal 2 – 2 Chelsea
06/01/18 Norwich City 0 – 0 Chelsea
10/01/18 Chelsea – Arsenal

Leicester City last 5 matches:
23/12/17 Leicester City 2 – 2 Manchester United
26/12/17 Watford 2 – 1 Leicester City
30/12/17 Liverpool 2 – 1 Leicester City
01/01/18 Leicester City 3 – 0 Huddersfield
06/01/18 Fleetwood Town 0 – 0 Leicester City
 
Date: 13 January 2018
Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, January 12, 2018

RC Strasbourg vs EA Guingamp
Competition: French Ligue 1
Date: 12 January 2018
Venue: Stade de la Meinau
Kick-off Time: 20:45 GMT

RC Strasbourg players will do their best to celebrate at home, where they made 03 wins and 01 draw in the championship, while, after overtime, they defeated Dijon with 3-2. Otherwise, one of these championship victories was made in early December and it was over the leading Paris Saint Germain, which later revenged to them in the League Cup when they were defeated as guests with 4-2.
Strasbourg was defeated away By Metz with 3-0, while, before that, they made three wins, so they are still at the top of the 11th place on the table and have 05 points more of the teams that are in the relegation zone.  Defenders, Ndour and Corgnet, are both still out of action due to injuries, while the striker Terriera is also questionable for Saturday.
Guingamp, on the other side, are welcoming this duel with Strasbourg in the best form since the beginning of the season, taken into account that they made 03 wins and 01 draw in the championship, while, six days ago in the National Cup, they routinely celebrated with 1-0 at home over Niort. These brilliant performances have brought them the escape from the relegation zone, so they currently occupy the 8th place on the table and have 07 points over the 18th Lille.
On the other hand, EA Guingamp is 12th points behind the positions that lead to European competitions, which means that their main goal in the continuation of the season will be to further consolidate their ranks in the middle of the table and, thus, secure their place in the elite rank, while they will certainly look for their chance for placement in Europe through the French Cup. The experienced midfielder Didot and striker Camara are the only ones out of action, while the presence of the injured defender Pereire is also very questionable.

Probable lineups:
Strasbourg: Oukidja – Lala, Mangane, Kone, Seka – Martin, Aholou, Grimm, Lienard – da Costa, Bahoken
Guingamp: Johnsson – Ikoko, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Tabanou – Deaux, Diallo – Salibur, Blas, Coco – Briand


 
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lazio vs Fiorentina
Competition: Coppa Italia
Date: 26 December 2017
 
 
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Roma
 
Lazio Rome played well this season as it reached the knockout phase of UEFA Europa League,ranked fifth in the Serie A table and is quarter-finalist in the Italian Cup. Lately, Lazio way of playing was changing, without longer series and instead victory comes after defeat, than the team drew and lose. After losing to Roma, Lazio drew with AC Fiorentina and won Sampdoria.
Than, unexpectedly, they lost to Torino at home after which it drew with Atalanta in Bergamo, while in the previous round they defeated Crotone by 4-0. In between, they made a victory in the round of 16 of the Italian Cup over Cittadelle and were defeated by Waregem in the UEFA Europa League, which didn’t cost them much. Coach, Inzaghi, constantly combines the starting line-up and is expected to make new changes even though there are no serious problems with injuries.
AC Fiorentina seems to be different now are very difficult to defeat. The last time they received a defeat was at the beginning of November, to Roma and after that they either win or draw, which is more often. Fiorentina has a six-match unbeaten streak in the league of two wins and four draws. Unlike Lazio Rome Fiorentina’s defence is much better and more solid and is conceded just 02 goals in those six rounds, while it received two goals in the duel with Sampdoria although Fiorentina scored 03 goals and won the match.
In the previous four rounds, Fiorentina kept their net clean and the best result is goalless away draw with Napoli. Coach, Pioli, had used different teams for both the league and Cup matches, but right now te team should be a combination.

Probable lineups Coppa Italia:
Lazio Rome: Starkosha – De Vrij, Patric, Wallace – F. Anderson, Murgia, Parolo, Lulic – Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic – Immobile
AC Fiorentina: Dragowski – B. Gaspar, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi – Benassi, Veretout, Badelj – Chiesa, Simeone, Babacar



 
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Date: 23 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 13:00 GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
This Clasico is very important to Real Madrid that in the case of a defeat, the team can surrender the trophy of the Spain’s champions to FC Barcelona to take it with them. Real Madrid is 11 points behind, or, to be realistic, eight, because it has one match less, but it will play away against Leganes.
Real Madrid failed to win the last two away derbies in their favour and they did not even scored Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid, but at the same time the team is encouraged that only Malaga has managed to score against them in the previous five rounds. It is also encouraging that Real Madrid celebrated with a convincing 5-0 against Seville FC, and won the new title of the world club champion, and this is already a whole series of trophies in just over a year. It is also important that the team is complete and that it doesn't have any injured players.
Unlike Real Madrid, FC Barcelona could not have played more relaxed in El Clasico as they can now, before this holiday break. The team has made big advantage over their biggest rival but also over Atletico Madrid and Valencia so it is clear that they can get a lot from this match and not lose too much. The last defeats that FC Barcelona experienced were from Real Madrid in the Super Cup and it was when the Catalans did not seem to have anything to look for in the new season, but it all turned in the meantime and Barcelona is not losing in any of the 03 competitions they are playing.
Barcelona's players can only blame themselves for that home draw with Celta Vigo a few rounds ago, after which they made three wins, and routinely confirmed the 1st place in their group of the UEFA Champions League and they have not received any goals in the 03 mentioned games. Along with Atletico Madrid Barcelona has the best defence in the league and the most efficient attack, but unlike their host, they have some injuries in the team. For the time being, Umtiti’s absence was not felt much in its game, however, it could happen in this duel, while Deulofeu and P.Alcacer are out of action.

Probable Lineups for this EL Clasico:
Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – T.Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco – Ronaldo, Benzema
FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – S.Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, J.Alba – Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitić, Paulinho – Messi, L.Suarez




 
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Everton vs Swansea City
Competition: Premier League
Date: 18 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
 
The negative series of Everton in duels with Swansea were extended to four draws and three defeats, so, in this match, Everton certainly have a lot of motives to try to get all three points. Everton's way of playing improved considerably after the arrival of the new coach, Allardyce, so the team, in the last five matches, made four wins and one draw against their city rival Liverpool.
However, the 3-0 triumph against Apollon on the side had no significance because Everton had lost all the chances for placement in the knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League, but it is obvious that it is very welcome to restore their confidence. Otherwise, Everton has with these 10  points won took the 10th place in the first on the English Premier League table. Not counted for this match are the injured defenders Coleman, Funes Mori and Baines, midfielders McCarthy and Barkley and striker, Bolasie.

Results of Everton's last 5 matches:
29/11/17 Everton 4 – 0 West Ham
02/12/17 Everton 2 – 0 Huddersfield
07/12/17 Apollon 0 – 3 Everton
10/12/17 Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton
13/12/17 Newcastle 0 – 1 Everton

On the other side, the guests from Wales, are awaiting this duel at Goodison park Stadium after a convincing home defeat (0-4) from Manchester City, but before that with 1-0 Swansea City managed to defeat West Bromwich on their field, so now they are only two points behind Crystal Palace and West Ham. And since the other teams from the bottom of the table do not have a particularly high point advantage, then the last ranked Swansea City still has a real chance to survive in the elite rank.
However, for something like that , Swansea City urgently need to fix their game at home, where they have made five defeats, while they are now expecting a clash with a team that has prepared well, so it will be very interesting to see what tactics coach, Clement, will choose for Goodison.Tthe return of the experienced Fernandez in the last line as well as the young Abraham at the top of the attack is expected, while center-back, Bartley and wing striker Routledge will miss this match due to injuries.

Results of Swansea City last 5 matches:
25/11/17 Swansea City 0 – 0 Bournemouth
29/11/17 Chelsea 1 – 0 Swansea City
02/12/17 Stoke City 2 – 1 Swansea City
09/12/17 Swansea City 1 – 0 West Brom
13/12/17 Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester City
 
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Lazio Rome vs FC Torino   
Competition: Italian Serie A  
Date: 10 December 2017
Kick-off Time: 21:00 GMT
Venue: Olimpico Stadium, Rome



Lazio Rome team believe that the time has come to defeat FC Torino and win all three points, especially as they start to losing pace with the leading teams in the Serie A. After seven-game winning streak, coach Inzaghi players, had played two not so good games in the league. Firstly Lazio lost the city derby to Roma 2-1, while after that they merely drew at home with Fiorentina 1-1.
Nevertheless, last weekend Lazio difficultly won away match with Sampdoria 2-1, and now the team again stand behind fifth-placed Roma for just two points, while third-positioned Juventus, which played one match more, currently has five points more than Lazio. On the other hand, after five rounds of the group phase Lazio Rome qualified for the knockout phase and last week’s defeat away by Waragme from Belgium 3-2 didn’t do any harm. Still out of action are only injured midfielder, di Gennaro and forward Nani.
For Torino, it is very important to say that this away match with Lazio Rome comes for them after 06 matches in which they were not defeated, although in the same period Lazio won only at home against Cagliari and second-division Carpi in the Coppa Italia. Torino has series of four consecutive draws in the league, where matches mostly ended with 1-1 result, while two rounds ago they played a goalless drew with AS Milan.
Because of injuries defender Ansaldi, midfielder Obi and forward Niang are questionable for this match.

Probable Lineups:
Lazio Rome: Strakosha – Bastos, de Vrij, Radu – Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic – Luis Alberto – Immobile
FC Torino: Sirigu – de Silvestri, N'Koulou, Burdisso, Barreca – Acquah, Rincon, Baselli – Falque, Belotti, Ljajic


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Benevento vs AC Milan
Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 3 December 2017

AC Milan faced Benevento in a match that ended with a draw at Sadio Ciro Vigorito. The final score of the game was 2-2.
 Benevento 2-2 Milan (Serie A) 
38' Giacomo Bonaventura 0-1 // 50' George Puscas 1-1 // 57' Nikola Kalinic 1-2 // 90' Alberto Brignoli 2-2

 


Kick-off Time: 11:30 GMT
Venue: Stadio Ciro Vigorito, Benevento
 
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