Monday, April 23, 2018

Manchester City vs Swansea City
Competition: Premier League
Date: 22 April 2018
Kick-off Time: 16:30 BST
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Five different scorers for Pep Guardiola’s Man City as they thump Swansea City team 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City:
12' David Silva 1-0 // 16' Raheem Sterling 2-0 // 54' Kevin De Bruyne 3-0 // 64' Bernardo Silva 4-0 // 88' Gabriel Jesus 5-0 

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Juventus vs Sampdoria - Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 15 April 2018 - Kick-off Time: 17:00 BST
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Torino

Juventus team extend their lead in Italy to six points as they beat Sampadoria 3-0 in Italian Serie A.

Juventus: 45' Mario Mandzukic 1-0 // 60' Benedikt Hoewedes 2-0 // 75' Sami Khedira 3-0

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Manchester City vs Liverpool - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 10 April 2018 - Kick-off Time: 19:45 BST - 20:45 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester 
Man City team face an uphill battle to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Anfield Road in last week's first leg match. Since then, the Citizens suffered a further blow, losing a Premier League match 3-2 at home to Manchester United on Saturday, a game they led 2-0 at half time. It means that Man City have lost successive matches for the first time under Pep Guardiola and conceded three goals in each game. Anyway, Man City have scored three or more goals in over half of their 23 home games so far and have already beaten Liverpool 5-0 earlier this season.
Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker will return to the starting XI after being rested in the Manchester Derby. Sergio Aguero returned from his knee injury at the end of that match and is expected to lead the line, with Leroy Sanè and Raheem Sterling on his flanks. In defense, Fabian Delph and Danilo are in contention to start after Aymeric Laporte failed to impress in the first-leg. Kevin De Bruyne will replace Ilkay Gundogan in midfield, despite the German scored a goal in the derby. David Silva and Fernandinho will retain their starting berth in the middle of the park.

Since the first leg Liverpool team drew a league game 0-0 away at Everton and they remain third in the standings, 10 points clear of fifth placed Chelsea. The Reds have won three and lost none of their five away matches in Champions League this year. Jurgen Klopp's men have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 European matches. Furthermore, only four teams have stopped the Reds scoring away from home so far. Manchester City need to win by 4 goals should Liverpool find the back of the net at Etihad Stadium.
Adam Lallana and Emre Can are out through injury while Jordan Henderson is suspended. As a result, Jurgen Klopp can only rely upon Georgino Wijnaldum, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. Mohammed Salah was not risked in the Merseyside derby but the Egyptian is expected to recover in time from a groin injury suffered in last week's first leg. Sadio Manè and Roberto Firmino will complete the front trio, with Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings as backup options. Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will also return to the starting defensive pack, play at each side of the central pair formed by Dejan Lovren and Virgil Van Dijk. The likes of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are sidelined while Alberto Moreno is a major doubt.
Probable lineups:
Manchester City: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph – de Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva – Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Karius – Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Wijnaldum – Salah, Firmino, Mane.
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Real Madrid team come from  two consecutive 3-0 victories, overcoming both Las Palmas in Spanish La Liga last weekend and Juventus in the Champions League in midweek. While they already have one foot in the UCL semifinals, the Blancos sit 3rd in La Liga standings, trailing league leaders FC Barcelona by a whopping 13 points. The Galacticos have rediscovered form at the right time, having won 11 of their last 12 competitive games. The reverse match at the Wanda Metropolitano back in November ended goalless as the two sides managed just four shots on target between them. Zidane declared to the Spanish media he has no new injury concerns ahead of the derby. The Frenchman remain without the injured Nacho Fernandez and may also choose to rest Raphael Varane, giving Jesus Vallejo a rare start as centre-back. Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are likely to come into the starting XI for Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic is also tipped to feature from the off, alongside Casemiro in a 4-4-2 starting system.

Atletico team  go into the game in second place in the table and four points clear of their local rivals. After a bloody 2-1 defeat at the hands of Villarreal in the league, the Colchoneros returned to winning ways by beating Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 in front of their own fans and managed to win their Europa League quarter final match over Sporting CP on Thursday (2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano). Atleti possess La Liga’s strongest defence whilst Real are the joint top scorers. As to direct matches, Diego Simeone's men have won three and drawn one of their last four league visits to Bernabeu.
Jose Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko are both expected to miss the game through injury while Filipe Luis is out of the rest of the season for the visitors. The likes of Juanfran, Godin, Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernandez are the only four fully fit defenders and are expected to form the four man backline. Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann should lead the line with Koke and Saul Niguez out wide. Thomas Partey and veteran Gabi should anchor the midfield. 

Real Madrid last 5 matches:
06/03/18 PSG 1 – 2 Real Madrid
10/03/18 Eibar 1 – 2 Real Madrid
18/03/18 Real Madrid 6 – 3 Girona
31/03/18 Las Palmas 0 – 3 Real Madrid
03/04/18 Juventus 0 – 3 Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid last 5 matches:
11/03/18 Atletico Madrid 3 – 0 Celta
15/03/18 Lokomotiv Moskva 1 – 5 Atletico Madrid
18/03/18 Villarreal 2 – 1 Atletico Madrid
01/04/18 Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Deportivo
05/04/18 Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sporting CP
Date: 8 April 2018
Kick-off Time: 15:15 BST
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Juventus vs Real Madrid - Champions League 2017-18
Date: Tuesday, April 03 2018
Kick-off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

Juventus team booked their quarter final ticket with a 4-3 aggregate win over Tottenham. They drew the first leg 2-2 in Turin, but managed to beat Spurs 2-1 in the reverse match at Wembley. In Serie A, the Bianconeri top the table with a 4 point gap over second placed Napoli. They beat AC Milan 3-1 in an entertaining match last Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri's men have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 13 home matches in all competitions. Juventus last met Real in UCL final at the Millennium Stadium in Wales last May, when the Old Lady suffered a 4-1 defeat against the Spanish Giants, altough they took an early lead. Juventus have not lost at home in the Champions League since a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich five years ago.
Giorgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira and Alex Sandro are not 100% fit but they are expected to feature from the off while Medhi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic will miss the match due to suspension. Juan Cuadrado, who scored the 2-1 goal agains AC Milan last weekend, is likely to join Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa i nthe offensive midfield trio behind the lone striker Gonzalo Higuain. Few chances to make the starting XI for Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic, who both missed out last match.

In the last-16 round of the UCL, Real Madrid team won both legs against PSG, taking a 3-1 first leg lead in Madrid and finishing the job with a 2-1 victory in Paris. The Blancos warmed up for this match with a 3-0 win away at Las Palmas. Zinedine Zidane's men have won 11 of their last 13 in all competitions but remain 13 points below FC Barcelona in La Liga table.  They have won 9 of their 15 league road trips, drawing 4 and losing 2 with 32 goals and 16 conceded. Real Madrid have a worse record in the head-to-head with Juventus, having lost six of the previous 12 meetings, drawing two and winning four.
Cristiano will return to first-team action after being rested at the weekend. Benzema is likely to partner the Portuguese up front wit Isco playing as number 10. Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale provide further attacking options. In midfield, the like of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will flank Casemiro. In defense, Sergio Ramos will be partnered by Raphael Varane at the heart of the back with Marcelo and Dani Carvajal as left and right back respectively. Nacho is a major doubt after coming off in the first half on Saturday. 

Probable lineups:
Juventus: Buffon – de Sciglio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Khedira, Matuidi – Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa – Higuain.
Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Isco – Benzema, Ronaldo.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sweden vs Chile - Competition: Friendly
Date: 24 March 2018 - Kick-off Time: 17:00 GMT
Venue: Friends Arena, Solna

Ola Toivonen finishes off a great team goal from Sweden team but Chile run out winners thanks to Marcos Bolados’ late strike.

Sweden 1-2 Chile (FRIENDLY):
22' Arturo Vidal 0-1 // 23' Ola Toivonen 1-1 // 90' Marcos Bolados 1-2

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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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