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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Iceland vs Czech Republic
Competition: Friendly
Date: 8 November 2017
Kick-off Time: 14:45 GMT
Venue: Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium
 
Iceland played well in qualifications and it won the first place in very demanding group shared with Croatia,  Turkey and Ukraine. At some point, Icelnad seemed that they cannot reach even the 2nd place as they allowed themselves a luxury to lose to Finland but, in the meantime, they defeated Ukraine and Turkey, which was the key moment, away by sound 3-0. At the end, the Icelanders defeated Kosovo and ended up at first place with three victories and clean sheet. This is the first historic qualification for the FIFA World Cup and it follows first participation at UEFA European championship last year.
Facing Czech Republic is a good starting preparation for the World Cup and it will also face Qatar. Coach, Hallgrimsson, has problems to gather the team and he invited several players later on as a plan B. Players, Sigurdarson and Saevarsson, haven’t recovered yet.
Czech Republic won the last two qualification matches, but didn’t bring any good to the Czechs since they ruined their chance to qualify for the FIFA World Cup much earlier. They might have done something close to the end if they defeated Norway and Northern Ireland away and Germany at home, but they won just one point from those three games. Czech Republic hoped after qualifying for the final tournament of European Championship, where they didn’t make a name for themselves, to repeat the success and qualify for another major competition.
Their qualifying group wasn’t too difficult and the second place seemed to be theirs but, unfortunately, they didn’t play well. Several older players left the national team after the European Championship in France, which was felt in the team’s performance. The Czechs want to keep a good record after victories over Azerbeijan and San Marino, but, coach Jarolim, doesn’t have at disposal all players that he would like to see in the team. There are no defenders Kaderabek and Gebre Selassie, and midfielder Darida, while Dockal, Krejci and Zmrhal are injured. Young forward player, Schick, is also out of action, so the starting line-up will be truly a mixed team.

Probable lineups:
Iceland: Halldorsson – Ingason, R. Sigurdsson, Arnason, Skulason – Sigurjonsson, Gunnarsson – Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson – Finnbogason
Czech Republic: Pavlenka – Boril, Brabec, Suchy, Novak – Soucek, Jankto – Kopic, Barak, Husbauer – Krmencik



 
 
 
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Real Madrid *@* Las Palmas
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Date: 5 November 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Easy win for Real Madrid at Bernabeu yesterday night over Las Palmas. Real Madrid kept their net clean and the game ended with the score 3-0.

Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palms /La Liga/:
41' Casemiro 1-0 // 56' Marco Asensio 2-0 // 74' Isco 3-0 





 
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Olympique Marseille ----- PSG
Competition: French League 1
Date: 22 October 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Stade Velodrome, Marseille 

The big match between Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint Germain at Stade Velodrome yesterday night ended with a draw. The final score of the watch was 2-2.

 Marseille 2-2 PSG French Ligue 1: 

16' Luiz Gustavo 1-0 // 33' Neymar 1-1 // 78' Florian Thauvin 2-1 // 90' Edinson Cavani 2-2

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

AS Monaco vs Besiktas
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 17 October 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stade Louis II 
 
For AS Monaco, the match with Besiktas team comes in a bad moment, taking into account that they cannot reach the desired form and at the same time must win due to the situation in standings. AS Monaco, in first two rounds of the UEFA Champions League, have won just two points after away draw with Leipzig 1-1, while after that it lost at home to Porto by 3-0, and right now it has 02 points fewer than them and 05 less than leading Besiktas.
After the defeat by Porto, everything went downslope for AS Monaco in the French championship as it firstly drew at home with Montpellier, while last weekend the team was defeat away by Olympique Lyon 3-2. Even though, AS Monaco still occupies the second place in the French Ligue 1 but now it has even six points fewer than Paris Saint Germain, which is definitely not good for their self-confidence ahead of match with Besiktas. The suspended defender, Sidibe, and injured forward, Jovetic, are supposed to miss the game.
On the other side, reigning champion of Turkey, Besiktas, is under far lesser pressure ahead of the 3rd round of UEFA Champions League given it triumphed in the first two rounds and fully deservedly occupies leading position in the Group G at the moment. For sure, Besiktas away triumph over Porto 3-1 was a great result, while after it Besiktas routinely defeated at home debutant in the UEFA Champions League, Leipzig, by 2-0.
Besides that, problems in the Turkish championship are piling up and Besiktas won just 01 point from last three rounds when it drew at home with Trabzonspor, while it was defeated away by Fenerbahce and Genclerbirligi. All that led to Besiktas downfall at 6th place in the table, where they have eight points fewer than leading Galatasaray, but just two than second-placed Goztepe. Stopper Nukan and forward Tore will skip the match because of injuries, while defender Erkin is suspended.

Probable lineups:
AS Monaco: Subasic – Toure, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge – Lopes, Fabinho, Moutinho, Lemar – Falcao, Keita
Besiktas: Fabricio – Gonul, Pepe, Tosic, Adriano – Hutchinson, Ozyakup – Quaresma, Talisca, Babel – Tosun

AS Monaco last 5 matches:
16/09/17 Monaco 3 – 0 Strasbourg
22/09/17 Lille 0 – 4 Monaco
26/09/17 Monaco 0 – 3 Porto
29/09/17 Monaco 1 – 1 Montpellier
13/10/17 Lyon 3 – 2 Monaco

Besiktas last 5 matches:
18/09/17 Besiktas 2 – 0 Konyaspor
23/09/17 Fenerbahce 2 – 1 Besiktas
26/09/17 Besiktas 2 – 0 Leipzig
01/10/17 Besiktas 2 – 2 Trabzonspor
13/10/17 Genclerbirligi 2 – 1 Besiktas

 
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT 
Date: 14 October 2017
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid 
 
Atletico Madrid has been defeated only once, however, the team cannot be satisfied at the beginning of the new season. There are too many draws in some of the games in which, the team was absolute favourit, such as the match with Girona in the first round and Leganes in the last round. A draw with Valencia is still acceptable, as well as the one in the UEFA Champions League when they played 0-0 with Roma.
The problem is that Atletico Madrid has been defeated at home by Chelsea and with one point in two rounds, the team is in a big trouble. Because of the construction of a new stadium, they were the hosts only twice in the Lioga BBVA, and they have resolved those duels in their favour and without any goals received, but now this effect will be endangered. Coach Simeone is not changing the starting lineup too much although they are playing on two fronts.
The best start of the season for FC Barcelona is still on going, with the proviso that this amazing performance will now probably be at great test. Barcelona has seven wins in the championship, but the looking at the names of their opponents, it can be seen how such an effect could be expected from one of the most serious candidates for the championship title. The most difficult opponents on the paper have been Betis and Espanyol so far, and Barcelona played against them at home. In the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona already had a serious rival, which is Juventus, but they also welcomed them at Nou Camp Stadium and defeated them with 3-0.
FC Barcelona also defeated Sporting in Lisbon with 1-0, so the team is doing good in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona is certainly the most efficient in La Liga and with only 02 goals scored. Coach, Valverde, manages to rest players in some matches, so Rakitic, Iniesta, Semedo and Umtiti did not play against Las Palmas, and they still celebrated with 3-0.



 
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Netherlands +++ Sweden
Competition: 2018 WC Qualification Europe.
Date: 10 October 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA
 
It was a very good start for Netherlands at the beginning of this qualification, but after eight rounds in which they won 05 matches and lost 03, Netherlands needs an incredible victory over the Sweden of seven goals given their much worse goal-difference. On the other hand, leading Franch team has already unreachable four points more, and they also inflicted to the Dutch two out of three so far suffered defeats.
The third one took place in Bulgaria, which was the key mishap in the Dutch misery. The team played a bit better in the last two games and defeated by 3-1 the Bulgarians at home and Belarus away three days ago. Right because of that, the Dutch stress that will give their best in order to defeat Sweden, regardless that their potential success will be most likely a Pyrrhic victory in the end. As a result, coac,h Advocaat, should send on the pitch almost the same team as he did against the Belarusians.
Unlike Netherlands, whixh has only a theoretical chance to reach the 2018 World Cup, Sweden had made probably the key step for retaining the 2nd place, when they defeated Luxembourg by 8-0. The second place will take the Swedes to the play-off although they still have chance to directly qualify for the World Cup in Russia as they have just one point fewer than leading France. Nevertheless, it is hard to expect that the Dutch will slip in the last round when they face already written-off Belarus at home, while on the other hand the Swedes have this difficult away match with Netherlands.
Despite that, as long as there is even a most miniscule hope, coach Andersson players will give their maximum in attempt to win all 03 points in Amsterdam, while they anyway cannot affect outcome of the match in Paris. Sweden right back player, Lustig, got injured in the match with Luxembourg and this time that position will be covered by player, young Krafth, while the rest of starting line-up should stay the same like three days ago in Stockholm.

Probable lineups:
Netherlands: Cillessen – Janmaat, van Dijk, Hoedt, Blind – Vilhena, Wijnaldum – Robben, Propper, Babel – Janssen
Sweden: Olsen – Krafth, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson – Claesson, Larsson, Johansson, Forsberg – Berg, Toivonen

Netherlands last 5 matches:
31/05/17 Morocco 1 – 2 Netherlands
04/06/17 Netherlands 5 – 0 Cote d’Ivoire
09/06/17 Netherlands 5 – 0 Luxembour
31/08/17 France 4 – 0 Netherlands
03/09/17 Netherlands 3 – 1 Bulgaria

Sweden last 5 matches:
28/03/17 Portugal 2 – 3 Sweden
09/06/17 Sweden 2 – 1 France
13/06/17 Norway 1 – 1 Sweden
31/08/17 Bulgaria 3 – 2 Sweden
03/09/17 Belarus 0 – 4 Sweden




 
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Real Madrid *vs* Espanyol
Competition: Spanish Primera Division 

Real Madrid faced Espanyol on Sunday, October, 1st, in the Spanish Primera Division, at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. The match ended with a win for Real Madrid and the final score was 2-0.

Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol "Spanish Primera Disision:" 
30' Isco 1-0 // 71' Isco 2-0


Date: 1 October 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
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