Sunday, May 28, 2017

PSG - Angers
Competition: Coupe de France

Paris Saint Germain made a great success as they defeated Angers and became the Champion in the Coupe de France final at Stade de France. The match ended with the score 1-0. 

PSG 1-0 Angers (Coupe de France Final)
90' Issa Cissokho (o.g.) 0-1

Date: 27 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
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Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves // Competition: Copa del Rey Final
Date: 27 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:30 GMT
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid.

At Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, was the Copa del Rey Final bewteen Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves. The match was difficult for Alaves and they lost the game. The final score was 3-1.

Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves:
30' Lionel Messi 1-0 // 33' Theo Hernandez 1-1 // 45' Neymar 2-1 // 45' Francisco Alcacer 3-1

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arsenal vs Chelsea 
Competition: English FA Cup Final

Arsenal FC team won at the beginning of the season, when they were at the top of Premier League, but, later on, they paid a high price for playing in Europe. On top of it came already traditional problems with injuries and at one point it was questionable whether Arsenal FC will play in Europe next year or not. However, Arsenal kicked into higher gear in the finish of the season when the team won five matches in a row, but it was too late to reach some of the positions that lead to the UEFA Champions League and they reached just the Europe League being the fifth in the table.
Arsenal have ended the season having just one point fewer than fourth-placed Liverpool so they definitely have something to be sorry about, especially as everyone got used to see them in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League. However, coach, Wenger, players must leave all that behind themselves as they have to focus on the final of FA Cup, where will face Chelsea team. In the semi-final, Arsenal eliminated Manchester City after extra time. Let’s add that Saturday’s match will skip suspended stopper Koscielny, while besides injured Paulista, Cazorla and Perez, who will not play for sure. And for midfielder Oxlade-Chamerlain is questionable as he hasn’t fully recovered.
Unlike Arsenal FC for which the FA Cup is in fact the only chance to save the season, their city rival Chelsea team, will try to verify its dominance from the English Premier League on Saturday in the FA Cup, especially as they have no problems with injuries before the final match at Wembley Stadium, London.  Besides, Chelsea’s winning streak is longer than of Arsenal, it is seven-game long, six in the league and one in the FA Cup semi-final over another city rival, Tottenham.
In the end of season, the Spurs, were their only rivals in the race to the title of English Champion, but, coach Conte's players, were maximally focused in each and every game and didn’t care too much about reputation of their opponents. In the last two rounds, regardless of having no result imperative, they won Watford and Sunderland and scored nine goals in the process. Those are all good news for Conte ahead of this face-off with Arsenal’s very vulnerable defence.

Probable lineups:
Arsenal FC: Cech – Holding, Mustafi, Monreal – Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs – Ozil, Sanchez – Welbeck
Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill – Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso – Pedro, Costa, Hazard

Date: 27 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 17:30 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London.

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PSG - Angers Finale Coupe de France 27-05-2017

PSG vs Angers - Competition: Final Coupe de France
Date: 27 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Stade de France, Paris.

If PSG, the title defender of the French Cup, could have chosen its opponent in the final, it probably wouldn’t chose an easier team than it is SCO Angers team, given that this season PSG team routinely defeated it two times by 2-0. However, all what it counts now is this final match that decided who wins the title. Angers team could recently only dream being in such situation so PSG team must be very careful and maximally focused if they want to win their third title in a row in the French national Cup on Saturday evening.
That would, alongside title won in the League Cup, be a partial satisfaction for the title lost in the league. PSG team lost it to its rival Monaco, which had 08 more in the end. PSG defeated FC Monaco in the final of League Cup by 4-1, while it did the same in the semi-final of the national Cup as it won by even 5-0. It has to be added to this that FC Monaco played with reserve team that match due to obligations in the UEFA Champions League. Regarding the team that PSG will field against Angers team it should be said that due to injuries out of action are: defenders Meunier and Kurzawa, midfielder Krychowiak and forward Ben Arfa, while not fully recovered midfielder, Verratti, is questionable.
Since the game will take place at the national stadium, Stade de France, Paris, everyone in Angers ranks is very much aware that must play the best ever this season if the team want to stay on pair with PSG. It was encouraging for Angers coach, Moulin, that his team won last two league games: away against Nice and at home against Montpellier, despite that Angers was safe in the middle of table.
Angers team achieved this historic success, to play in the final of major competition, after it eliminated at home even three Ligue 1 teams which are: Caen, Bordeaux and Guingamp, while in earlier phases it won away lower-league: Granville and Bastia. This means that Angers way toward the final was far easier than of PSG team. Regarding situation with the team, still out of action are: injured defenders, Andreu and Martinez, midfielder, Saihi, and forward, Ketkeophomphone.

Probable lineups:

PSG: Areola – Aurier, Marquinhos, Silva, Maxwell – Rabiot, Motta, Matuidi – di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
SCO Angers: Letellier – Cissokho, Traore, Thomas, Manceau – Ndoye, Santamaria, Mangani – Pepe, Diedhiou, Toko Ekambi

PSG last 5 matches:
26/04/17 PSG 5 – 0 Monaco
30/04/17 Nice 3 – 1 PSG
06/05/17 PSG 5 – 0 Bastia
14/05/17 Saint-Étienne 0 – 5 PSG
20/05/17 PSG 1 – 1 Caen

Angers last 5 matches:
25/04/17 Angers 2 – 0 Guingamp
28/04/17 Angers 1 – 2 Lyon
06/05/17 Lorient 1 – 1 Angers
14/05/17 Nice 0 – 2 Angers
20/05/17 Angers 2 – 0 Montpellier

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Olympique Lyon vs Ajax Amsterdam
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 11 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Because the second leg will be played in Lyon, it was a reason for high hopes in Olympique Lyon ranks, however, they played so badly in the first game in Amsterdam that the second one is almost a formality. For sure, it is not impossible annul three-goal advantage especially as they scored away but Olympique Lyon still needs a victory of 3-0 or higher, which will not be an easy thing to do against Ajax Amsterdam team. Even if the opponent, Ajax, is a weaker it would be very hard to achieve something like that. The first leg showed that Ajax Amsterdam team is in great shape, and capable to win even in Lyon.
Followers will agree that cause for heavy defeat in the first leg was fact that the coach, Genesio, had left on the bench the team’s first scorer, Lacazette, who was not fully recovered, but it could be seen last weekend when Olympique Lyon faced Nantes in the French Ligue 1, that he is not in particularly good shape. Player, Cornet, scored two out of Lyon’s three goals, who is Lacazette’s replacement, and Valbuena came off the bench. There were many other changes, while now some other players are questionable because of injuries. However, all of them will probably be in the team as they secured a place in the UEFA Europa League next season through the French championship and this is the last important match of the season, unless a miracle happens and they reach the final.
Ajax Amsterdam team is on verge to reach the final of the UEFA Europa League and suddenly is in the race for the title in the Dutch championship, although they don’t decide alone about their fate. It can turn out in the end that 2016/2017 is a super successful season for the team if they win both titles, however, it will not be that easy to win either of them. Ajax Amsterdam had already dropped from the race to the title but last weekend they outclassed at home Go Ahead Eagles by 4-0 despite playing with reserve team, and leading Feyenoord team lost away to Excelsior, so Ajax Amsterdam backlog now is just one point.
However, just one round is left and Feyenoord team plays at home where it must lose or draw, while Ajax team must win Willem II in order to dethrone Feyenoord. It is not impossible but it is not probably either, just like it is not impossible to drop such huge advantage against Olympique Lyon. 1/4 final match against Schalke team 04 should be a warning as they nearly dropped advantage of 2-0 from the first leg. They know better now and have three goals more. On top of it, the team is complete compared to the first match as players Veltman and Viergever are back in the line-up

Probable lineups: 
Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Jallet, Mammana, Diakhaby, Morel – Tousard, Gonalons – Cornet, Tolisso, Valbuena – Lacazette (Fekir)
Ajax Amsterdam:  Onana – Veltman, Sanchez, Viergever, Riedewald – Schone, Klaassen, Ziyech – B. Traore, Dolberg, Younes

Olympique Lyon last 5 matches results:
20/04/17 Besiktas 2 – 1 P Lyon
23/04/17 Lyon 1 – 2 Monaco
28/04/17 Angers SCO 1 – 2 Lyon
03/05/17 Ajax 4 – 1 Lyon
07/05/17 Lyon – Nantes
Ajax Amsterdam last 5 matches results:
16/04/17 Ajax 5 – 1 Heerenveen
20/04/17 Schalke E 3 – 2 Ajax
23/04/17 PSV 1 – 0 Ajax
03/05/17 Ajax 4 – 1 Lyon
07/05/17 Ajax – Go Ahead Eagles

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 10 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain.

Atletico Madrid played very well against Real Madrid and they won the game 2-1. However, it was Real Madrid that qualified for the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid 01-02 Atletico Madrid: 
12' Saul Niguez 1-0 // 16' Antoine Griezmann (pen.) 2-0 // 42' Isco 2-1

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monacovs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 9 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Torino

The first semi-final match between the AS Monaco FC and Juventus FC, that was played six days ago had ended with a win for Juventus 2-0, which means that Juventus has an easy job in its attempt to again eliminate Monaco from the UEFA Champions League. On top of it, Juventus FC plays much better at home this season than away and it has practically secured its 6th consecutive title of Italian champion given that 03 rounds before the end Juventus has even 07 points more than second-placed Roma, that will meet next weekend in Rome.
Right because of that advantage Juventus FC played more easily 02 last rounds and it should be surprising that it drew with the teams: Atalanta and Torino. On the other hand they were up to the task in Monaco, where they made huge advantage due to goals of Higuain prior to the second-leg. However, their coach Allegri, is still cautions as he is well aware that his players shouldn’t relax yet and consequently he plans to send the same team on the pitch like he did in the first-leg. Only in the midfield returnee, Khedir should get advantage over Marchisi, while regarding problems with absences out of action are only injured stopper Rugani and forward Pjaca.
Unlike Juventus FC, which did a great job six days ago, AS Monaco FC team practically has mission impossible in Turin given that it needs victory of three goals or at least to win by 2-0 and take the match into the extra time. To do something like that coach, Jardim, must play much better primarily in attack, and especially in the finish of it, while at the same time the defence shouldn’t make mistakes like it did in the first semi-final match with Juvenuts FC, when it conceded even two goals.
AS Monaco FC is on the best path to finally dethrone so far untouchable PSG team in the French Ligue 1, as two rounds before the end of season it has 03 points more than they and have played one match fewer than PSG, so they shouldn’t have too much trouble to keep the leading positing by the end of season. Before that Monaco will give its best in this semi-final match of the Champions League and we expect now their far more aggressive and offensive approach than six days ago as they have nothing to lose. Out of action for this game are: defenders Toure and Mendy, and midfielder Boschilia.

Probable lineups:
AS Monaco FC: (4-4-2): Subasic; Dirar, Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson; Bakayoko, Fabinho, Lemar, B. Silva; Mbappe, Falcao
Juventus FC:  (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini; Khedira, Pjanic; Dybala, Mandzukic, Cuadrado; Higuain
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Nice vs PSG
Competition: French League 1
Date: April, 30th, 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France.

In this game, the luck was not by the side of PSG team, as they lose against their opponent, Nice team. Mario Balotelli scored the first goal against PSG, and the final score of the game was 3-1. 

PSG 1--3 Nice: 
26' Mario Balotelli 1-0 /// 48' Ricardo Pereira 2-0 /// 64' Marquinhos 2-1 /// 90' Anastasios Donis 3-1

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