Sunday, August 23, 2015

West Brom vs Chelsea
Competition: English Premier League
Match date: 23 August 2015
Kick Off Time: 13:30 BST
Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich 

West Brom currently occupy the final relegation spot with just one point themselves - following three-goal loss to City and then a 0-0 draw with Watford. They are still looking for their first goal of the new season and have signed Salomon Rondon to improve their offensive production. It remains to be seen whether Berahino will remain at the club.
Salomon Rondon made his debut from the bench last time out and will be pushing for a start. Elsewhere in the midfield, Daren Fletcher, Claudio Yacob, James Morrison and Craig Gardner look likely starters, with James McLean and Connor McManaman alternative options. Serge Gnabry is still short of match fitness.
Chelsea team have collected just a single point from their opening two top-flight fixtures nd go into the game on the back of last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Man City after a 2-2 home draw agains Swansea City in their league opening match. They cannot afford another lacklustre display on a weekend that could potentially see them fall eight points behind City in the title race.
The Blues are set to name their strongest possible starting XI and Mourinho could decide to give to new signings Baba Rahman and Pedro the first start with the Blues' shirt. Thibaut Courtois could return from suspension though Victor Moses and Oscar are out injured. Ramires could retain his role on the right, with Willian tucked on behind Diego Costa again.
West Brom inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Chelsea towards the end of last season. The Blueshave failed to win on each of their last three visits to this ground but they haven't failed to win any of their first three league matches of a season since the 1998/99 campaign.

West Brom last 5 matches:
28/07/15 Walsall 0 – 2 West Brom
31/07/15 Bristol Rovers 0 – 4 West Brom
31/07/15 Bristol City – West Brom
10/08/15 West Brom 0 – 3 Man City
15/08/15 Watford 0 – 0 West Brom

Chelsea last 5 matches:
29/07/15 Chelsea P 2 – 2 Barcelona
02/08/15 Arsenal 1 – 0 Chelsea
05/08/15 Chelsea 0 – 1 Fiorentina
08/08/15 Chelsea 2 – 2 Swansea
16/08/15 Man City 3 – 0 Chelsea

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

Read More

Montpellier vs PSG
Competition: French League 1
Match date: 21 August 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:30 BST
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

Matuidi scores in back to back league games as his PSG side edge Montpellier. Montpellier vs Paris Saint Germain match ended with 0-1 scoreline in French Ligue 1 2015.

Montpellier 0-1 Paris-Saint Germain:
61' 0-1 Matuidi B.

Read More

Friday, August 14, 2015

Aston Villa vs Manchester United
Competition: Premier League
Match date: 14 August 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham, England)

Aston Villa team triumphed 1-0 on the opening day away to promoted side Bournemouth thanks to a debut goal from Rudy Gestede in the second half. Villa's pre-season results would also have pleased the club's supporters, with just one defeat from six matches.
Tim Sherwood is  unlikely to make many changes. Rudy Gestede should start for the first time. Jores Okore could miss out for Villa but Jack Grealish has a chance of being fit. Gary Gardner and Jose Angel Crespo could be back in contention while Carlos Sanchez is also pushing for a return and could take the place of Ashley Westwood.
Louis van Gaal's men began the season with an unconvincing 1-0 win at home agaist Spurs on Saturday thanks to Kyle Walker’s own goal in the first-half. They didn’t create an awful lot and were hanging on at the end with goalkeeper Sergio Romero making some vital saves.
Van Gaal could opt for an unchanged team. Marouane Fellaini is still suspended and Phil Jones out and Marcos Rojo still lacking fitness. Bastian Schweinsteiger will hope to come into contention but may have to make do with a place on the bench once again. Daley Blind is likely to continue in central defence alongside Chris Smalling while Romero is expected to keep out David de Gea following an impressive debut last time out.
Manchester United have scored at least 3 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against  Aston Villa in all competitions. Aston Villa have won just one of their last 39 EPL games against Man United losing an incredible 28 times in the process. Anyway, they did hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park last term. The Red Devils haven't won their first two matches of a season since beginning 2011-12 with five straight victories

Aston Villa last 5 matches:
17/07/15 Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sporting Braga
21/07/15 Swindon Town 0 – 2 Aston Villa
25/07/15 Walsall 1 – 1 Aston Villa
28/07/15 Wolves 2 – 2 Aston Villa
01/08/15 Nottingham Forest 3 – 3 Aston Villa

Manchester United last 5 matches:
24/05/15 Hull City 0 – 0 Man United
18/07/15 América 0 – 1 Manchester United
22/07/15 Manchester United 3 – 1 Earthquakes
25/07/15 Barcelona 1 – 3 Manchester United
30/07/15 Man United 0 – 2 PSG

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

Read More

Monday, August 10, 2015

West Brom vs Manchester City - Competition: English Premier League

WBA finished last season very impressively after Tony Pulis succeeded David Irvine in the dug-out on New Year’s Day. The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss led the side to 7 wins, 5 draws and 6 defeats in their final 18 league matches of the season, finishing comfortably in 13th. The Baggies, who lost only 1 of their last 6 league games of the season, have spent £12.5m on three summer signings including James Chester, Rickie Lambert, James McClean and Callum McManaman. Plus, they have signed Serge Gnabry, on loan from Arsenal.
Ben Foster misses out for the hosts and Myhill is expected to start in between the sticks. Gareth McAuley and Joleon Lescott are doubts in defense while Claudio Yacob and James Morrison could be battling for a place alongside Fletcher in midfield. Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino are likely to lead the line.
Man City have been in Australia where they drew 2-2 with Roma and lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the ICC Cup. Their most recent friendly saw them thrashed 4-2 at Stuttgart where they were 4-0 down in 37 minutes despite fielding a number of regular players. The Citizen have welcome Fabian Delph, Patrick Roberts and club record signing Raheem Sterling this summer.
David Silva has recovered from illness, whilst Samir Nasri is expected to be available. Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Gael Clichy are doubts while South Americans players as Zabaleta, Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis are not 100% fit to start the season. Raheem Sterling looks set to be handed his City debut with Wilfried Bony ready to replace Aguero should El Kun miss the match.
Manchester City have won their last 4 English Premier League openers in a row and both EPL meetings against WBA last season. The Citizen have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches against West Brom in all competitions.

Match date: 10 August 2015
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich 

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

Read More

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Barcelona vs AS Roma Gamper Trophy - 05-08-2015

FC Barcelona vs AS Roma
Competition: Joan Gamper Trophy 
Match date: Wednesday, 5th Aug. 2015 - 20:15 GMT 
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

FC Barcelona has not enjoyed a particularly profitable pre-season as they only managed to beat LA Galaxy before recording a loss on penalties to Chelsea and clear defeats against Man United and Fiorentina. Despite the throwaway nature of preseason fixtures, conceding an average of two goals a game never bodes well for a side that conceded only nineteen goals in the league last season. 
Messi and Neymar return to the squad after having received an extended break following the Copa America but Luis Enrique will not have access to new signings Aleix Vidal or Arda Turan until January owing to a transfer embargo. Douglas worked with the physios and will miss the match, whilst Adriano worked with the group, though he is yet to receive the medical okay to play.
AS Roma team opened the 2015/16 pre-season with a penalty-shootout win over Real Madrid in Melbourne (0:0 after 90 minutes) but lost on penalties against Man City and recently suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon.
The Giallorossi have secured the services of Wojciech Szczesny on loan and look on the verge of signing Edin Dzeko from Manchester City. The former Arsenal goalkeeper is likely to start while there could also be space in the match squad for former Barcelona youth teamers, Iago Falque and Antonio Sanabria during the 2nd half. Doumbia, Totti and Gervinho wil probably lead the line.

Probable lineups:
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Bravo; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
AS Roma (4-3-3): Szczesny; Maicon, Leandro Castan, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cole; De Rossi, Nainggolan, Ucan; Doumbia, Totti, Gervinho.

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

Read More