Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 19:45 GMT
Emirates Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Arsenal team sit 2nd in this group, 5 points behind Dortmund, with two wins and one draw in four games. The only defeat came at the hands of the German team as the Gunners lost their opening match 2-0 in Dortmund. Last time out they were leading Anderlecht 3-0 just before the hour mark but an extraordinary collapse saw the game finish 3-3. Furthermore, Arsenal have lost their last two domestic matched against Swansea City and the struggling Manchester United, both by 1-2.
Damian Martinez may be forced to play in goal with David Ospina out and Wojciech Szczesny a doubt. Olivier Giroud is ineligible but Wenger has no more injury concerns. Danny Welbeck will lead the attack once again while Laurent Koscielny could make a surprise return to action.
Borussia Dortmund are currently at top of the group having won all the four matches so far. After the win over Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp’s side won 3-0 at Anderlecht and 4-0 at Galatasaray. They also beat Gala 4-1 in Dortmund on Matchday 4. But Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently struggling on the domestic front and are hovering just above the relegation places. At the weekend, though, Borussia Dortmund disappointed their fans once again, with the team dropping a two-goal advantage in the match against newcomers Paderborn.
Key player Marco Reus suffered an injury during that game and he will be out for a couple of months. Ciro Immobile is widely expected to lead the line while Hummels, Sven Bender, Kirch, Sokratis, Blaszczykowski and Nuri Sahin are all doubtful.
Arsenal have only managed to keep the two clean sheets in their last eleven matches played in all competitions now while Dortmund have won five and lost one of their last six away games in the UCL.

Probable lineups:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Gibbs, Monreal, Mertesacker, Chambers; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Welbeck.
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Durm, Subotic, Ginter; Kehl, Gundogan; Aubameyang, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan; Immobile.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

AC Milan vs Inter Milan - Competition: Italian Serie A

AC Milan team have seen their bid to return to UEFA Champions League  football seriously damaged by recent results. After starting the season hot with 14 points from their first 7 league games, the hosts have now picked up just 3 from their last 4 after failing to capitalize on very winnable games against Cagliari and Palermo. Poor defence has seen them concede in every match this season but one, with the lone clean sheet coming against 18th place Chievo. That must change if they hope to win against an Inter team possessing the likes of Icardi and Palacio, and centre-back pairing Mexes and Rami certainly have the ability to do so but must be more consistent throughout the full 90 minutes. However, the Rossoneri do possess a high-powered attack led by French attacker Jeremy Menez and Japanese winger Keisuke Honda. The former has 4 goals on the season, and his goal last time out to salvage a draw with Sampdoria was well-taken and could provide him with the confidence he needs to push on. The latter, on the other hand, has arguably been Milan’s finest player this season, scoring a team-leading 6 goals in league play and adding 2 assists to his tally. With so much firepower in attack, it’s hard to see Milan losing this derby match.
Inter team have been vast disappointments under manager Walter Mazzarri this season. While it wasn’t expected entering the new term for them to give a proper challenge for the top 3, a current 9th place standing will have the fans up in arms. However, help is on the way, as Mazzarri has been shown the exit door and in steps former manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian won 3 league titles with the Nerazzurri back in 2006-2008, and club loyalists will be ecstatic to see their potential savior return to the fold. He has much work to do though, not least of which is getting their top goalscorer from the past 2 seasons (41 goals in all competitions) in Rodrigo Palacio firing again. The Argentine forward has not scored in 743 minutes of play this season, missing a few sitters and a penalty to boot. While young phenom Mauro Icardi has been firing on all cylinders and shows real promise as an up-and-coming talent, he can’t do it all by himself. His dejected look as he was subbed off last time out following a late blown lead to Hellas Verona said it all, and help must come from Palacio or Osvaldo. The latter has been in the medical room for much of the season, but when he has been on the field Inter have scored 13 of their 17 Serie A goals this season. Fortunately for the “visitors,” Osvaldo is back and at full fitness.

AC Milan last 5 matches:
26/10/14 Milan 1 – 1 Fiorentina
29/10/14 Cagliari 1 – 1 Milan
02/11/14 Milan 0 – 2 Palermo
05/11/14 Milan 2 – 0 San Lorenzo
08/11/14 Sampdoria 2 – 2 Milan

Inter Milan last 5 matches:
26/10/14 Cesena 0 – 1 Inter
29/10/14 Inter 1 – 0 Sampdoria
01/11/14 Parma 2 – 0 Inter
06/11/14 Saint-Étienne 1 – 1 Inter
09/11/14 Inter 2 – 2 Hellas Verona

Match date: 23 November 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wembley Stadium, London - 15 November, 2014 - Saturday- European qualifying - 17.00 UK KO

England 3-1 Slovenia (Group E)
57' 0-1 (o.g.) Jordan Henderson // 59' Wayne Rooney (pen.) 1-1 // 65' Danny Welbeck 2-1 // 72' Danny Welbeck 3-1

England won by 03 - 01 against Slovenia on Euro Championship 2016 qualifying match. First half of this match was goal zero draw and a coincidence own goal by English Mid fielder Jordan Henderson on 57′ keep ahead Slovenia by 1 – 0. Just after this goal fortunately England got a penalty on 59′ and that shots by Man United forward Rooney and make the score level. Next 2 goal within 13 minutes scored by Danny Welbeck. Good football by England again in Qualifying matches. Still now England played 4 matches in this event and won in every one of them.

England starting lineup vs Slovenia 2014:- Hart, Clyne, Gibbs, Cahill, Jagielka, Henderson, Wilshere, Lallana, Welbeck, Rooney, Sterling.

Slovenia starting lineup vs England 2014:- Handanovic, Cesar, Ilic, Brecko, Andraz Struna, Birsa, Mertelj, Kampl, Kurtic, Novakovic, Kirm

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Belgium vs Iceland - Competition: International Friendly
Match date: 12 November 2014
Kick Off Time: 18:45 BST
Venue: Stade Roi Baudouin 

Belgium team want to test themselves with a strong opponent before the qualification match with Wales. They are currently on the 3rd place in group B, but they played just 2 games, while Wales, who are leading, played 3 matches already. After a successful World Cup in Brazil, they have risen to a 4th place in the FIFA World Ranking which is their best standing ever. They lost just one game in the whole year 2014, in the WC quarter-final to Argentina. From other 11 games in 2014, they won 9 and drew twice. Chadli, Hazard and Lukaku are in good scoring form in their BPL teams.
Iceland started the qualifications for Euro 2016 very well, they won all 3 matches and are group A leaders. The match with Belgium will be a great test for them, before the important qualification game with the Czech Republic. Sigurðsson is in great form and just last weekend, he scored an extraordinary goal from a free-kick. He also scored 4 goals in the last 3 matches for his National Team. Iceland won their last 4 international games and kept clean sheets in all of them. Still, they lost all 8 games played versus Belgium so far and Iceland are currently ranked on the 28th position in the Fifa World Ranking.

Belgium last 5 matches:
01/07/14 Belgium E 2 – 1 United States
05/07/14 Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium
04/09/14 Belgium 2 – 0 Australia
10/10/14 Belgium 6 – 0 Andorra
13/10/14 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 – 1 Belgium

Iceland last 5 matches:
30/05/14 Austria 1 – 1 Iceland
04/06/14 Iceland 1 – 0 Estonia
09/09/14 Iceland 3 – 0 Turkey
10/10/14 Latvia 0 – 3 Iceland
13/10/14 Iceland 2 – 0 Netherlands

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Arsenal vs Anderlecht
Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group D
Match date: 4 November 2014
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London 

Arsenal throw away a three goal lead with half an hour to play in the match of Champions League, with Mitrovic scoring a last minute equaliser for Anderlecht.

Arsenal – Mikel Arteta (pen) 25' // Alexis Sanchez 29' // Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 58'
Anderlecht Anthony Vanden Borre 61' // Anthony Vanden Borre (pen) 73' // Aleksandar Mitrovic 90'

Arsenal starting lineup vs RSCA CL 2014:- Szczesny, Chambers, Monreal, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Ox, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck.

Anderlecht starting XI vs Arsenal 2014:- Proto, Van den Borre, Mbemba Mangulu, Deschacht, Acheampong, Kljestan, Tielemans , Najar , Praet, Contre, Cyriac.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Manchester City vs Manchester United
Competition: English Premier League
Match date: 2 November 2014
Kick Off Time: 13:30 BST
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Man City team are coming off an embarrassing 0-2 Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle at home. That said we are still talking about one of the most imposing teams in the world at this point. They should have rested everyone but instead gathered injuries to stars David Silva and Yaya Toure leaving their statuses up in the air for Sunday’s clash in the Etihad. Also they managed to lose to West Ham in Upton Park 1-2 in their previous EPL game. Both these factors should help change the momentum a bit in United’s favor. But, despite this recent humiliation, City boast a top level club sitting in 3rd place of the Premier League, winning 5 of 9 league games played. Led by defensive captain Vincent Kompany and incredible goal scoring talent in Kun Aguero, who has put away a sexy 9 goals in 9 appearances, City will look to utilize these stars in the absence of Silva, Toure to help rebound off recent losses against their hated in-city rivals. If they can manage to control United’s counter attacking game, which they have struggled with this season, Manchester City should gather all 3 points here on their safe return into the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United have never started an Premier League season as poorly as they have this season. New transfers and mainly a new managing regime led to early problems with finding a team identity. Louis Van Gaal’s tactics are starting to reveal themselves more so recently as United have managed an impressive 1-1 draw at home against the seemingly best club in world football, Chelsea. Going unbeaten with 2 wins in their last 4 is a promising sign for many United fans worldwide. Decisive free kicks and smart, quick turning counters have opened up the creativeness of this team that is starting to gel with each other after the poor start to the new season. They will need more of the same as they travel to play their hated inner city rivals on Sunday as they haven’t managed to beat Man City since late 2012. But, this promising turnaround has many supporters believing a point is within reach if United can manage to keep a cool head against the imposing City team they are about to face. Led by star Dutchman Robin Van Persie, who has been working desperately to get back in form, netting a fine goal to tie Chelsea late in the game last week, as well as the ever loved Wayne Rooney back from suspension, should help United enter the Etihad Stadium on Sunday with dreams of glory and redemption.

Manchester City last 5 matches:
04/10/14 Aston Villa 0 – 2 Manchester City
18/10/14 Manchester City 4 – 1 Tottenham
21/10/14 CSKA Moskva 2 – 2 Manchester City
25/10/14 West Ham 2 – 1 Manchester City
29/10/14 Manchester City 0 – 2 Newcastle

Manchester United last 5 matches:
21/09/14 Leicester City 5 – 3 Manchester United
27/09/14 Manchester United 2 – 1 West Ham
05/10/14 Manchester United 2 – 1 Everton
20/10/14 West Brom 2 – 2 Manchester United
26/10/14 Manchester United 1 – 1 Chelsea

Probable lineups:
Manchester City: Hart – Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy – Milner, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Nasri – Aguero, Dzeko.
Manchester United: de Gea – Rafael, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw – Blind, Herrera – di Maria, Rooney, Januzaj – van Persie.

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