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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Juventus vs Fiorentina
Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 20 September 2017   
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Torino 
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Juventus won the last three home matches with Fiorentina in the Serie A, and it is expected that it will get 3 new points from their match. Juventus triumphed in the first four rounds of the Serie A but was defeat at the very start of the new season by Lazio 3-2 in the Italian Super Cup. Juventus also lost away last week in the first round of the UEFA Champions League to Barcelona 3-0.
However, the team routinely did the job in next league game away with Sassuolo and due to goals scored by Dybala won by sound 3-1. Before that Juventus won Genoa away by 4-2, while they defeated at home by 3-0 Cagliari and Chievo, which altogether indicates that will play offensively against Fiorentina from the first minute with an objective to win three new points. Because of injuries still out of action are: defenders de Sciglio and Howedes, midfielders Khedir and Marchisio, and forward Pjaca.
On the other side, Fiorentina was defeated in the first two rounds, by Inter Milan away and Sampdoria at home, but in the next two matches, they won maximal six points, after winning away Verona by even 5-0 and Bologna at home 2-1. For sure, the atmosphere in the locker room is much better after the two last games. 
Fiorentina underwent numerous changes this summer, including new coach, Pioli.
Surely, that is one of the reasons why Fiorentina did play a bit weaker at the start of the new season but some things have obviously found their place later on. The team will probably play against Juventus in a similar way like in the two previous rounds and without much pressure. Regarding the team, not too many changes are expected compared to the two previous matches, especially as out of action is only from before: injured midfielder, Saponara.

Probable lineups:
Juventus: Buffon – Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Benatia, Asamoah – Pjanic, Matuidi – Bernardeschi, Dybala, Douglas Costa – Higu
Fiorentina: Sportiello – Gaspar, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi – Badelj, Veretout – Chiesa, Benassi, Dias – Simeone

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Manchester United vs Everton
Competition: Premier League @@ Date: 17 September 2017
Kick-off Time: 16:00 GMT @@ Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester 

It was a big defeat for Everton yesterday at Old Trafford, Manchester, when they faced Manchester United. Manchester United won by 4-0. 

Manchester United 4-0 Everton: English Premier League:
4' Antonio Valencia 1-0 // 84' Henrik Mkhitaryan 2-0 // 90' Romelu Lukaku 3-0 // 90' Anthony Martial (pen.) 4-0

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Arsenal vs Koln
Competition: UEFA Europa League

Arsenal played a good match at Emirates Stadium, London, when it faced Koln. The match ended with the score  3-1 and Arsenal was the winner.

Arsenal 3-1 Koln (UEFA Europa League): 
9' Jhon Cordoba 0-1 // 49' Sead Kolasinac 1-1 // 67' Alexis Sanchez 2-1 // 82' Hector Bellerin 3-1 

Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London 
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