Man City topped Tottenham on the way to the 16th consecutive win
Manchester City definitely beat and beat the Tottenham 4: 1 Tottenham at Etihad Stadium, recording 16 consecutive successes in the Premier League. Ilkay Gundogan (14 ‘), Kevin de Bourget (70’) and Rahim Stirling (80 ‘and 90’) scored for the “citizens”, and Christian Eriksen (93 ‘) realized the honorary shot of the Spurs. Josep Guardiola’s selection could have been much more convincing, but Gabriel Jesse hit the penalty bar, and Stirling made three absurdities in addition. Hugo Loris was also reported with several good rescues.
Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, and Lorey Sane replaced Daniello, Bernardo Silva and David Silva in the starting lineup of City. Keuron Tripier, Musa Dembele and Dele Ali started for Tottenham.
City’s prosperity in the first part was pretty tangible, but “citizens” managed to reach just one goal. It was realized by Ilkay Gundogan in the 14th minute. The German was thrown into the penalty area and Sene’s head was right in the corner. In the 25th minute Ederson found Sane with a 50-meter pass. The German went on to Aguero, who shot from a small angle, but Loris was killed. Stirling added an add-on but sent the ball over the beam. Shortly thereafter, Tottenham’s guards shot another dangerous blow to Gundogan. In the 30th minute De Deorene found a very good Sane, who went on to Aguero, whose shot was blocked by Danny Rose.
Only in the 35th minute and the guests created something dangerous. Harry Kain received from Eriksen and shot at 20 meters, but the ball went off the far beam.
In the added time of the first part, Loris rescued another Gundogan shot.
The start of the second half was filled with several pretty gross violations. Delph and Kane were given yellow cards, and Tottenham’s attacker could even be expelled as he was late and went roughly to Stirling’s feet.
In the 56th minute, Ederson had to intervene decisively for the first time and did so, saving a very dangerous Kane shot of 20 meters. In the 67th minute Sane fired well into a penalty box and fired, but Loris slaughtered. Stirling got a chance to make an add-on, but a few meters away sent the ball over the door.
Three minutes later, CRAIG POWON regained Tottenham for the second time after showing only a yellow card to Dele Ali for a very rude entry into De Bodeyn’s ankle. The Belgian had to get medical help, but then he got to his feet and seconds later he doubled the host’s advance. De Bourne was on the left and decided to finish alone. Lorenz touched the ball, but she went into his door – 2: 0.
A few minutes later, Verdhoenne stumbled upon De Broeing in the penalty area, penalty for City. Gabriel Jezus fired, but the ball rattled to the left. Stirling again got a chance to add, but for the third time he sent the ball over the door from a clean position. In the 80th minute, Stirling was scored after receiving a 3: 0 goal from Sane. The English national also reached a second goal at the very end after taking advantage of Eric Dyer’s fatal mistake in defense. Sterling pushed the ball between Loris’ feet and made 4: 0. In the added time, Christian Erikensen scored the visitors’ corner with a nice shot from the border of the penalty area.
Manchester City already has 52 points – 14 more than Manchester United, who plays tomorrow, and Chelsea. Tottenham is in seventh position with 31 points.
“The Golden Ball” is not for Ronaldo
Surprisingly Luka Modric was chosen as the No. 1 player in the World Club Championship. Cristiano Ronaldo’s expectations were to win the award for his goal in the final match against Gremio and because of his 1/2-final against Al Jazeera.
Ronaldo shared a tournament winner with Romarineo (Al Jazeera) and Mauriceio Antonio (Urawa Red Diamonds). All three have two goals.
New failure for Valencia
Valencia’s team suffered a 1: 2 defeat in their visit to Aubar in a 16th round of the Spanish championship. All three hits were made after the break, Takashi Inuy giving Adar an advance in the 49th minute. In the 57th Santa Mina with a shot in the immediate vicinity equalized, and three minutes before the end, Joan Jordan brought the home win with a head shot.
Ebbar is seventh in the standings with 21 points, while Valencia is second with 33, but tonight the “bats” can be overtaken by Atletico Madrid, who accepts Alayes. Leader Barcelona, who is 39 points, will receive Deportivo La Coruña tomorrow.
Schucker without competition for the head of the Croatian Football Union
The current president of the Croatian Football Union (HFU), Davor Schuker, is the only candidate for a new term in office, the headquarters election committee said. The Croatian Football Congress will be held on December 22nd, and the elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are being conducted in a different way than known.
In football terms, Croatia is divided into 20 regions, with regions eligible to broadcast a candidate. Before a regional representative is elected, the clubs hold internal elections there. Thus, the Zagreb Regional Football Council has promoted Schucker’s candidacy and it is the only one that meets the requirements of the Federation’s Statute, HINA wrote. Another 16 regional federations have expressed their clear support for Davor Schucker. Regional federations that do not support it are the Split-Dalmatian Union, the Dada Union and the Dubrovka-Neretva Union.
“There have been talks and rumors that Dario Simic, a former defender of Inter, Milan and Monaco, will also run in. But his papers have not been submitted at all, so there was nothing to consider, the election commission said. of Croatian football on 22 December will also be elected members of the local executive committee, which is a member of 16. There is no right for a regional alliance to broadcast more than one candidate for a post in a performance.
Ex former Juvenile player misses the clash with Bayern
The Stuttgart team will be without attacker Anastasios Donis in the match against Bayern Munich on Saturday, the club said. The Greek national has a sore musculoskeletal trauma during the day’s training session with Hoffenheim. He still started the match but the boys returned and he came out in the first half.
Donnis, who was owned by Juventus by summer, will have to rest in the next 3 weeks, which means he will not play in the Mainz 05 match for the German Cup next week.
The good news from the Stuttgart camp is improving the health of Shadrak Akolo. Ifollo hit the riffs in the Hoffenheim match and also came out forcing, but his condition would likely allow him to play against Bayern on Saturday.
Zuma misses the West Hamm game
Defender Kurt Zuma will miss the Stoke City match against West Ham on Saturday because he is not fully recovered from a groin injury, said Mark Hughes, manager of potters.
“Unfortunately, Kurt will not be available during the weekend, and that’s a great disappointment for us, and the good news is he will not be absent for a long time,” Hughes told a press conference.
The specialist can not count on Defender Bruno Martins Indian, who is also traumatized.
Stoke City is ranked 15th in the Premier League.
Lukaku was for a red card, complaining about Bournemouth
Manchester United striker Rommel Lukaku deserves to be evicted in the previous match against Bournemouth, says guest manager Eddie Haw. This is the situation in the first half in which the Belgian entered the Nathan Ake’s legs. Referee Graham Scott left Lukaku’s unification without any consequences, but later in the game he did pick up a yellow card for another offense.
“Romwell has been lucky to stay on the pitch for all 90 minutes,” Haw said. “I talked to the fourth judge about his entry to Ake, and I thought it was an official warning. Then there was a clear yellow card and hence it had to be removed. ”
The manager of the “cherries” is convinced that the judge has injured his team not only with this. “I do not want to talk about the arbitrators again, but you (journalists) are making me do it. The referees left a few dangerous hits of the hosts, and then at the first he immediately showed a yellow card, “the coach said.
United won the 1-0 match against Lukaku in the 25th minute.
Real made fun of Al Jazeera goalkeeper
The author of Real Madrid’s winning streak yesterday – Gareth Bale, admitted he and his teammates have laughed at Al Jazeera goalie Ali Haseyf at the start of the game. The guard closed their mouths with an impressive first half in which he reflected a dozen strikes against his door. In the 51st minute he left the field with a 1-0 injury to the Arab team.
“He was certainly a good goalkeeper, though we were rubbing his back on the bench. But he showed he was good, “Bale told the mix after the Abu Dhabi match. “In the final we will score more goals. Today (yesterday yesterday) we missed quite a lot, “Welsh said.
West Ham has hardly taken Arsenal’s scalp
West Ham and Arsenal finished 0-0 in a match from the Premier League’s mid-17th round. “Gunners” were the more active team on the pitch, but they failed to materialize their superiority, and at the end they could lose after Chicharito sent the ball into the crossbar.
The “hammers” scored a second positive result under David Moyes after winning 1-0 against Chelsea in the previous round.
Meanwhile, Arsenal has failed to return to a winning streak, and is down to Southampton.
West Ham United manager David Moyes bet on the same starting 11 of the Chelsea match. His colleague, Wenger, released for the first time in the season Jack Wilshire and Olivier Girush. The duel began fairly equally, with both teams playing offensive. In the 15th minute the “hammers” came to a goal after Arnautovich detected a centering in the net but was canceled due to ambush.
Arsenal gradually mastered the initiative and created several good opportunities, but on two occasions Ziru just failed to reach the ball after centering in the penalty area, and Alex Iubi’s shot in the 29th minute. The Hammers also did not stop, but they did not go to clean positions. In the 36th minute the hosts were given the opportunity to execute a foul in front of the penalty area, but goalkeeper Chek came out and boxed.
In the 39th minute, the Referee could charge a penalty for West Ham after Jacka pushed Lansini into the penalty area. In the attack, Girus hardly injures Creswell when he strikes his head with an acrobatic ball.
The second part started with a great pass for hosts after Arnautovich failed to hit the ball well and it went over the door.
After this first opportunity for West Ham, Arsenal pressed his opponent firmly. In the 56th minute Arsenal came to a good chance, but Iosil sent the ball out of the door. The ring around the hammer’s door continued to tighten, and the hosts seldom passed the center.
In the 69th minute, Wilshire defeated the West Ham door after close-ups of the ball.
In the 74th minute Wilshire was fired near the penalty area, but Adrian’s knock-on guard reflected the shock of Oswald. “The gunners” made a corner shot, but nothing followed. In the final minutes, the game moved almost entirely to the West Ham door.
With the approach of the end of the match both teams activated their action in the 90th entered as a reserve. Chicharito shook the crossbar behind Cech, but the ball thumped in front of the goal. Arsenal replied with another action that had passed through Girush, but nothing was dangerous. The last opportunity for “gunners” was a direct free kick of about 30 meters. Iosil sent the ball out and the referee played the match.
Arsenal has 30 points and goes 7th in the standings. West Ham stopped his fall, but he is still the 19th but he has 14 points, as West Bromwich and Crystal Palace are ahead of him.
West Ham: Adrian, Sabaleta, Reed, Ogbona, Creswell, Masuacu, Obiyang, Noble, Lansini, Arnautovich, Antonio.
Arsenal: Chek, Bayerin, Kosielen, Maitland-Nils, Montreal, Wilshire, Jack, Sanchez, Yosil, Yubi, Girush.
Herta has some peace of mind
Hertha (Berlin), who was only 3 points out of the danger zone today, has managed Hanover 96 in the 16th round of the Bundesliga and will make the winter break a little quieter. Stolichani won 3: 1 in a match that could finish and with the victory of the guests.
The positions at the two doors were plentiful, but Hertha’s players showed more ingenuity.
Already in the third minute, Ixhibu Bebout looked up with Rune Yorkstein, but the guard saved.
By the end of the half-time, the Berliners drew 2: 0 after two goals by Salomon Kalou (18 ‘, 45’) and that was to ensure their success.
Bebo, however, found a way to score and in the 65th minute the difference was just one shot.
The intrigue kept up until the 83rd when the young Jordan Torunariga caught the ball and headline technology reported that she had crossed the line before Philip Tschunner succeeded in killing her.
Hertha and Hanover 96 are already neighbors in the standings and will play their final games for the next 2017 in the coming weekend.
AC Milan’s defense director defended Donaruma and attacked Rayolas
Milan’s sports director Massimiliano Mirabell has touched on the hot topic for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donaruma’s future at San Siro. Earlier in the week it became clear that the player’s agent had sent a letter to the Rosoneri leadership, signed by Donaurora’s lawyers, insisting that the contract he signed in the summer would be canceled. In their motives, they insist that the contract came after psychological pressure and moral violence.
In the last match against Verona for the Italian Cup, fans of Milan stretched a banner against Donaruma, who was also insulted. The young goalkeeper took a heavy gesture and cried. He had to be reassured by his teammates, and coach Gennaro Gattuso said it was wrong to compare Jijo with a monster. Mirabelle agreed that it is not normal for fans to spark players from their own team and blame the agent Rayolas, whom he described as a showman.
“I spoke to Donarum and he did not tell me he wanted to leave. We understand the disappointment of the fans, but what is happening is not his fault. We know where everything comes from and we will react. I have no plans to meet Rayolas. There is nothing to say to him. Donorama has a contract until 2021.
We do not intend to sell it. He loves the club. We have to protect him from a gentleman who is trying to destroy us. One day Jijo will find out who was the good guy and the bad guy, “said Mirabella. However, he did not deny the possibility in Milan to look for a bid for Donaurra if one comes, but it has to meet the expectations of the Rosoner.
Guardiola: Were we winning the derby, expecting not to celebrate?
Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola has categorically rejected the accusations that his players have overdue their Old Trafford celebrations after winning the United derby. The Spaniard himself admits he has encouraged his players to rejoice, but behind the dressing room door, with all due respect to the rival. Pep refused to reveal more details about the mall in the Old Trafford corridor.
“No, we definitely did not go too far in the celebrations, everyone was struggling to make that victory, and after the game we were celebrating with the fans, then we went back to the dressing room and we were happy to win, we won a derby. If we were to win, and they would celebrate We did it at the right time We were celebrating in Napoli because that’s got to be done But it gotta go inside the dressing room I’m the man , which encourages players to do so, but, of course, inside in the dressing room, with the necessary respect for the opponent We did what happened Then happened what happened I hope that such things will not happen I will not go into details nor will I comment We have already expressed our opinion to FA ” said Guardiola.
Klop: Moreno misses the match with West Bromwich
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klop still does not know how long Alberto Moreno will be out of the box. The left end defender suffered an ankle injury in a 7: 0 victory against Spartak (Moscow) in the Champions League a week ago.
Moreno is certainly not going to play in the upcoming Liverpool home game against West Bromwich on Wednesday. Adam Lalana and Joel Mathip are questioned.
“Moreno is not ready for this match, he does not have a chance to play, we send him to various doctors to know a little more, but I’m not sure when he will be able to play again,” said Clap at a press conference today.
The manager also commented on the forthcoming meeting with West Bromwich. “When Alan Pardeus took over the team, he said he wanted to play offensive football, but they can not change everything overnight, they need points, they are not in a good position, and in the last match against Swansees they played with three assailants. “added Jurgen Klop.
West Bromwich is ranked 17th, Liverpool is in fourth place and has not lost in its last 10 matches in all of the tournaments.
The RB (Leipzig) did not win again
Bayern Munich’s pursuers continue to make the wrong moves that help the Bavarian Grand Prize win the top spot. The Leipzig scored a third consecutive game without a win after finishing 1: 1 on his Wolfsburg visit and lagging behind 7 points from Jup Hainkes, but given the fact that Bayern takes Tomorrow’s total outsider Cologne, the difference is most likely will become two-digit.
Paul Werhaach opened a penalty kick for Wolfsburg in the 15th minute, but Marcel Haltensberg equalized for the visitors at the start of the second half. The Leipzig team stayed less in the added time when Dyokankule Upamekano was expelled.
The beginning was better for the “wolves” who received a penalty after a quarter hour of play. The culprit for the criminal offense was Ibrahima Konate, who unnecessarily fouled Joshua Gilavoagi. Behind the ball came veteran Werhaach and his precise shot sent Peter Gulaci in the opposite corner – 1: 0.
After Wolfsburg’s goal, the Wolfsburg team began to act more tightly, and there was no surprise in the visitors’ attacks. The break came without Ralf Hahnhuttle’s footballers having created a clear position at the door of Cohen Castells. Leipzig, however, leveled off in the 52nd minute when Jusuf Paulsen found Haltenberg in a great way, and after his blow, the ball departed from the bar and fell into the net. The guests were more offensive by the end of the game but could not make a complete turn. They took just 2 points from their last 3 games and in the next round they will take Hertha (Berlin). For Wolfsburg, the tie was 10th during the season and the team kept its 13th position on the table.
A convincing victory gripped Chelsea for Manchester United
Chelsea’s team quickly returned to the winning streak in the Premier League. Tonight, the Londoners played with a convincing 3: 1 Huddersfield in their mid-17th round match and scored points in the second Manchester United tie, but with a smaller game. Thieme Bakayoko opened the score in the 23rd minute and Villian doubled in the 43rd. Pedro Rodriguez was the third shot to score in the 50th minute of the match. For the hosts, the honor goal was played by Laurent Depot in the 93rd minute.
Huddersfield bet in this match of Steve Muni in an attack, and on the wings were Thomas Ins and Elias Kachunga.
For Chelsea, manager Antonio Conte had decided to set up a no-show central striker, with Eden Azar acting as a fake ninety. The Belgian was supported by Perdo Rodriguez and Villian in front.
Chelsea could find the result as early as the 6th minute when Pedro sent the ball to the opponent’s goal but the shot was canceled due to an ambush.
In the 23rd minute, the guests still took the lead. Goalkeeper Leesle slipped in an attempt to kick the ball, fell into a Chelsea player, followed by a lightning strike with a touch, Villian brought Thieme Bacayoko to the penalty area and he scored 0-1.
In the 37th minute, N’Goolo Canté made an inaccurate stroke toward Huddersfield’s door. Three years later, Baccayo did not manage to score a good position with a head after a free kick.
In the 43rd minute the result was doubled in favor of Londoners. Marcos Alonso was able to draw the ball in the volley of the net to score for Vilian as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
In the 45th minute goalkeeper Loessel saved a certain third goal in his goal. His teammates were mistaken in defeating the ball, and Pedro was put in a shooting position, with only the brilliant Danish intervention interfering with the classic score for the guests.
At the beginning of the second half, the Londoners seemed to have finally killed the intrigue with a third goal. He has evolved in the likeness of the second, with Alonso again centered on Villian in the poll, but this time the Brazilian did not make a hit, but back to the uncovered Pedro, who with a loud jerk made the score classic.
In the 59th minute, Chelsea set off another good attack, ending with a heavy blow to Victor Moses, but by the door. A minute later Azar glanced at the goalie and tried to push the ball through his legs, but Lossel did not allow it to happen.
One of the few things about Huddersfield came in the 61st minute when Tom Ins came out in the box but did not manage to overcome Tibor Courtoa. A minute later, Zanka made a pretty good shot from a distance that passed over the door.
Chelsea, however, kept having fun, and in the 68th minute Pedro was put in a great position in the ball as his shot went off the door.
In the last minute of the game the hosts could reach a goal. Williams made a distant blow that ricocheted in his teammate and passed near the beam but still out. A minute later, Tibor Courtoa had to make a great rescue after a new hit by Williams. In the added time, Huddersfield still grew his fans with a shot at the door of the Londoners. Floran Haderigoya is centered on Depoatter, who put his ball into the net for the final 1: 3.
That’s how Chelsea gathered an asset of 35 points and is in third place in the rankings with equal points with the second Man United. Huddersfield remains at 12th place with 18 points earned so far.
Mourinho backed Slutskie, Abramovich invited him to Chelsea
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho commented on the dismissal of Leonid Sulcki of Hull City. The leadership of the “tigers” freed the former CSKA (Moscow) mentor for the weak results of the team in the Championship. On the eve of a match between United and CSKA in the Champions League, Russian journalists were interested in Mourinho’s opinion on the subject.
“This is life, and the best in the world were layoffs, even England’s champions,” Mourinho said, referring to himself. “If I’m not wrong, since the beginning of the season, five Premier League managers have lost their jobs. When he came to England, Leonid must have been aware that such an outcome was possible if the results were not good. Coaches rarely receive a great credit of confidence. In this regard, Championship is no exception. “At the same time, it was likely that Chelsea’s boss Roman Abramovich was likely to invite Slutskii to the club and is expected to replace Michael Emelalo as a sports director.
Abramovich and Slutskii have been friends for many years, and this is another prerequisite for the Russian specialist to start work at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal is ready to sell Walcott in the winter
Arsenal is ready to sell British national Tio Walcott in the winter with a suitable offer, says Sun. The 28-year-old lost his seat in the squad, with only three appearances in the Premier League season and as a reserve, and Arsene Wenger’s manager uses it mainly in the Europa League and the England League Cup, where Londoners play with most of the reserves.
Interest in the wing is from his native club Southampton and West Ham.
Wenger also wants to sell the unnecessary Mathieu Debussy, Carl Jenkinson and Khalum Chambers in January to raise funds for newcomers.
Everton returns N’zonzi to England
Everton’s new manager Sam Allardy wants to win Sevilla midfielder Stevan N’zonzi. The Caramels are ready to offer 28 million euros to the Frenchman in the January transfer window.
Alardais knew Ozzy very well, because he brought him to Blackburn in 2009. Later, the Frenchman also played in Stoke City, and from 2015 he was in Seville.
Another player who can boost Everton is Troy Deey. The captain of Watford lost his seat in the current season and would be happy to accept a bid from Merseyside.
Company compliments “great teacher” Pep Guardiola
Manchester City captain Vansan Compani believes manager Josep Guardiola has helped players believe in themselves, which is the basis for the club’s progress. Guardiola took over City in 2016 and led the team to third place in the Premier League last season, but ended the campaign without trophies.
In the second season, under his leadership, “citizens” still have no losses and are a sole leader in the 8-point against United. “He is a great teacher, and I have to be honest because he has made me realize how important it is for managers to be real teachers, regardless of the level of the player,” said Sky Sports Company.
“It is sometimes taken for granted that the big pros know all they have to do, but in fact it is the opposite.” Although super cautious, I see progress in the team, but until we win trophies, that will not be enough. , that we are showing as weak as last season but we understand what he wants a bit better If you enter the dressing room you will feel that everything is calm and focused We all have felt how to win nothing and do not want it happened again, “added Companies.
Ivelin Popov entered and Spartak came to victory
Spartak (Moscow) with Ivelin Popov scored in a row with a 1-0 draw in a visit to Arsenal (Tula) in a match of the 19th round of the Russian elite. Dennis Glushakov was right after Luis Adriano’s filing. This victory climbed the champions to third place at the expense of Zenith, which however is less a match.
Poppeto started the match on the bench but appeared on the pitch for the last quarter of an hour. Among the reserves was also Arsenal’s Mikhail Alexandrov at the beginning and he came into play shortly after his compatriot.
This success of Spartak, however, did not reach for second place, because at the same time CSKA (Moscow) defeated the newcomer Tosno with 6: 0 tonight. Georgi Milanov did not take part in the match because of an injury.
Leader is Lokomotiv (Moscow) with 4 points more than CSKA and less.
Porto returned to the top in Portugal
The Porto team came top of the list in Portugal after finishing 0: 0 with their big rival Benfica at home in a 13th round match at the Primera Liga.
Dragons coach Sergio Consessao is definitely not happy with this result, as at the end of the match the hosts missed their best chance. Mali National Mussa Majorca missed his head from an excellent position after Ottaviano’s center but did not find the door again.
The guests finished less after a Serbian midfielder Andria Zivkovic was expelled in the 82nd minute. Thus Porto gained 33 points and returned to the top, having an equal number of points with Sporting. Benfica is 3rd with 30.
Globe Soccer Awards nominations are clear, there is no player from England
Candidates for this year’s Globe Soccer Awards, which distinguish the best players for the past year, have become clear. Sedmina will fight for the prize, with no Premier League footballer or Bundesliga player. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo is the big favorite.
Lionel Messi, Neimar, Paulo Diballa, Kilian Mabé, Gianluigi Buffon and Sergio Ramos also participate in the race for the individual trophy. The prize giving ceremony will be in late December.
Farfan has no competition … in the literal sense
The last few weeks have been very successful for Lokomotiv (Moscow). The team has established itself as a leader in the Russian Championship and in Europe Europe is very close to the standings for the direct elimination phase. In all successful matches the big figure was Jefferson Farfan. The Peruvian is in an incredible form, and from the official website of the “railroaders” appreciated his performance by dignity, nominating him alone in the survey for the best footballer in November.
“We usually offer a choice of five players, but Farfan was unstoppable in the last month, and there was simply no competition,” Lokomotiv said. The statistics of former Schalke 04 are really impressive – a goal against Sheriff, an assault against CSKA (Moscow), two goals against FC Copenhagen and a goal against SKA-Khabarovsk. Meanwhile, the wing also marked an important victory for Peru, with whom the “Incas” had been ranked World Championship for the first time in 36 years.
Officially: David Silva re-signed
Manchester City’s Spanish playmaker David Silva officially extended his contract with the club for a further 12 months. The new agreement will keep the Spaniard of Etihad until the summer of 2020. If he realizes his contract to the end, it will mean that Silva’s career in City will continue for exactly 10 years.
“I am very happy to tie my future with City and I am extremely proud of what I have achieved here in the last 7.5 years.” With Pep’s presence in the club I feel we are in a great position to win new trophies this season and then “It is a pleasure to be part of a team that practices such a style of play,” said Silva, 31 years old Silva.
Villarreal corrects the mistake of the first match, Alayes and Espanyol also continue for the King’s Cup
With two goals from Cedric Bakamby and one from Carlos Boca Villarreal, he defeated Pontevedra with a 3: 0 victory and qualified for the 1/8-finals in the King’s Cup. The first match ended with a surprising 1-0 success for the Segunda Division, but El Madrigal was the difference in class. Even though the result was equal to the rest, immediately after her, Bacamby found the yellow submarine, and again he climbed to 2-0 in the 62nd minute. A point in the dispute put Baka in the 64th minute when he technically eliminated the defender of the guests and with a precise shot did not leave chances to the goalkeeper of Ponferradena.
Alayes had a minimal lead of one goal against Getafe, and in the offshoot on his own pitch, he shattered the team from the Madrid suburb by 3: 0. Barcelona players Muniir El Hadadi and Boyan Krkic were at the heart of victory. Munir made the first goal in the 3rd minute, and by the time Kirkich doubled with a nice shot from a small angle. The guests missed a few positions and in the 69th minute El Hadadi was drawn into the penalty area and did not make a mistake, shaping the final result.
The most interesting was the match between Espanyol and Tenerife. After 0: 0 in the first match, Espanyol made a 3: 2 lead and also continued in the tournament. The guests were led by Brian Acosta, but Gerard Moreno equalized with a penalty kick. Esteban Gernaro made 2: 1 for the “parrot” and in the 90th minute Sergio Garcia added a third goal. In the aftermath of regular time, Juan Carlos reduced to Tenerife.
Neymar took things in his own hands and sent PSG to ten points in front of the rest
Paris Saint-Germain’s team is confident of going back to the French title. Parisians took advantage of the wrong footsteps of their main contenders – Monaco and Lyon – after defeating Troyes 2-0 with a 15th round of League One and having ten points ahead of the top. Success came harder than expected after the 73-minute result was 0: 0, but Neymar took the matter into his hands and brought the victory with a goal and assists to Essonne Cavani.
SSG Coach Unai Emery had made several shifts in his line-up, giving a break to Alfonso Areola, Danny Alves and Kilian Mabape. Chance to win is midfielder Giovanni Lo Selso. In the first part, Troy worked in defense and almost did not allow PSG to get to the dangers of the door. Still, the hosts were close to opening the score five minutes before the break when they were allowed a penalty. Karim Azamoum detained in the Cavani Penalty Field and the Judge pointed to the white point. Behind the ball stood the Uruguayan, but Mamadou Samasha reflected his shot.
In the second part, the situation on the pitch did not change much, and Troy was steadfastly in defense. Still, in the 73rd minute, Neimar took over the guests’ fortress. The Brazilian received the ball at the border of the penalty area and with a powerful kick with his left leg pierced the net. At the very end of the game, Nei received the ball on the left wing and after advancing into the penalty area found Cavani, who made a strong 2-0 strike.
In this way, PSG already has ten points to the top of the ranking. Parisians have 41 points, while Marseille has 31 points. Lyon and Monaco have 29 points. Cavani has already 17 hits on his account while Nimar is nine. Troy, for his part, is 13th with 18 points.
Fernando Torres has flown with first goals at the “Metropolitano”
Atlético fans of Madrid, Fernando Torres, scored two goals for the victory over Elche 3-0, which ranked Diego Simeone’s team in the eighth finals of the King’s Cup tournament. The kid was scored once in each of the times, making it the first hits of Wanda Metropolitano. He is the first two-goal player in the new Stage of the “Duschekchiite” and the last one to be scored twice at Vicente Calderón. Before that, Jose Jimenez opened the score in the 31st minute, and Torres and Luciano Viete’s numerous oversights saved guests from a real pogrom.
The first match ended 1: 1 and today Simeone bets to a rather strong lineup. Antoine Grizzman stayed on the bench, but Torres, Viento, Yannik Ferreira Carasco and Nicholas Gaitan tried to prove to the Argentine mentor that they deserve to play more often. Vito was very active today, but again he did not score a goal. The first situation in the game was found in front of him, but the lack of confidence is evident and Atletes striker twice missed a shot.
In the 25th minute the ball hit the bar after a strong kick by Coke, and then no one from Atletico took advantage of the shuffle in the penalty area and ultimately defender of Elche cleared. Centering after the corners led to a new confusion for the guests, but Vio shoots again.
Atletico took the lead in the 31st minute after a new corner kick and an unpredictable exit to Elce Gileromo Weyhoho goalkeeper, which Gimenez punished. Two minutes later, Waieho knocked the ball after Carrasco, but Torres was close and elegantly raised to 2-0.
In the second half, Elche played more openly, but it only helped Atletico to score goals in a few minutes. Carrasco flashed wildly after Fernando Torres’s great pass and El Nino did the same thing in the 65th minute when he looked up with Vaieho of the Violet. However, Torres rejoiced the fans of “robinbalos” again at the next dangerous attack of the hosts. Submission was on reserve Shime Vursalko, and the experienced striker skillfully shot under the beam for 3: 0. By the end, the hosts made a few more misses, and Torres missed a hat-trick. The Elche goalkeeper, who after the break showed an impressive reflection, was also worth mentioning.
Arsenal is losing Manchester United to the Manchester derby derby
Arsenal striker Alexander Lacasett will miss the derby with Manchester United at the weekend. The Frenchman suffered an injury in the groin during last night’s play with Huddersfield (5: 0). He opened the score in the match, but was then forced to replace the break.
“He may be away for some time,” said Arsene Wenger, the manager after the match.
It is still unclear how serious the injury is, but at this point it seems that Lakazet will miss at least the clash with Manchester United. Most likely, his place in an attack on the Red Devils will be taken by Olive Girush. Another option for Arsene Wenger is to bet Danny Welbeck.
Lyon snapped against Lille’s scandal
Lyon’s team, who has been in a great form lately, has broken against Lille in a league match of the 15th round of League One. The Kids expected an easy home win against Marcello Bielsa’s team scandals around the team. Lille, but eventually lost by 1: 2.
The result was found by Tiago Mendes in the 21st minute after Kevin Malkey’s pass. 15 minutes later, however, Mariano Diaz leveled off as he caught the head of Tangi Nodbele’s passport. The attack also involved Judge Jerome Migueljiri, who accidentally prevented the guests from clearing a ball. Lille, however, soon reached a new goal. Maluku centering perfectly to Essejel Ponce and the striker headed 2: 1. In the second part, Lyon made a lot of omissions, with the Nubil Fekir penalty shot in the 56th minute. Lil, anyway, congratulated him with a little anticipated victory at Stade de Lumière.
Thus, Lyon had an excellent opportunity to stand alone in second place in League One and so far remains third in 29 points. The second Olympic Marseille has 29. Lille, for its part, took a very important breath of air in its struggle for survival. The team is now 15 points in 18th place. The situation around Marcello Bielsa is still unclear as the Argentinean is expected to be fired for an unregulated departure from the club and a trip to Chile.
Former Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar left Benfica
Brazil’s Benfica club leadership has canceled the contract of former Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar by mutual agreement.
The club has released a video today that Cesar is saying goodbye to the rest of the team. The 38-year-old Brazilian said that “a trip ends here,” but he did not say whether he would end his football career. Cesar has been part of Benfica’s team for the past three and a half years and has had a contract by the end of the season.
With the Brazilian national team he won Copa America in 2004 and the Confederations Cup in 2009 and 2013. Cesar played at three world championships in his career – in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Serie A team kicked Cagliari out of the Italian Cup, Inter wins hands
Third-placed Pordenone surprises the elite Cagliari and defeated him 2-1 as a guest in a match of the fourth round of the Italian Cup. In this way, Pordenone qualified for the eighth finals, where he will face the Inter Grand Prix at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan. Thus, the chances of a 1/4-finals Milan derby are rising even more. Milan’s city rival, Milan, will play at San Siro on the 1/8-finals with the winner of the derby between Kievo and Verona.
Pordenone’s modest team is now fourth in the B-Series in the C Series. Cagliari is 13th in the “A” Series.
Spanish midfielder Miguel Anhel brought Pordenone ahead of the score in the 8th minute, surprise the Cagliari goalie with a shot away from the penalty area. Ten minutes later, Sardinian hosts leveled through Daniele Desenna, who missed the visitors’ defense in the penal field of the third division, but in the 62nd minute Alessandro Basolli brought Portenane with a corner kick after a corner kick.
Celta and Levante won the first-round battles
The teams of Celta and Levante reached the 1/8-finals for the King’s Cup. The Gallic team took home 1: 0 over Aibar and dumped the Basques with a total score of 3: 1. At Balaidos, Jagos Aspas was just off the penalty 90 minutes. Guests from the Basque Country did not show enough ambition but had to win to go ahead.
Cueat de Valencia “blue-red” reached 1: 1 against Girona and scored the same result. Mohika brought the Catalonians with a goal in the 33rd minute, but Jose Morales scorched their hopes for a quarter hour before the end.
Chinelli: In Series A, the best defense means a title, and the best assault is simply statistics
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini gave the recipe for success in Serie A on the eve of the match against Napoli on Dec. 1. Chietiini missed the match with Croton from the 14th round but hopes he will be in line for the battle with the leader of Naples.
“It will be an important match. We realize that we are not in the best position right now. We respect Napoli, but we will try to show them that we are fit to be on top in May.
Whatever happens, the season will not end this Friday, though a loss is difficult to swallow. We do not even want to think about it and we have to go out and show great football.
In 90% of the time, the Serie A champion becomes the team with the best defense. The best attack is simply statistics. It is very important not to let a San Paolo goal, however difficult it is. One of the toughest season trials is coming, “Chielenini said.
Stoke chases Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam
Stoke manager Mark Hughes is ready to part with Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam in January. They will be another seasoned footballer who will leave the club. In the summer the potters parted with Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan and Phil Bardsley.
33-year-old Johnson did not fit into the group for Stoke’s last four matches but still receives a fairly high salary that the club wants to release. Scottish national Adam will also have to think about his future. He has two minutes played in the Premier League since the start of the season.
In contrast, Peter Krauch remains in the club. The 36-year-old striker today signed a new contract by the summer of 2019.
Real Madrid with a surprise move in January – David Lewis
Real Madrid’s management plans to strengthen its defense through the January transfer window. According to Radio Monte Carlo, the royal club has contacted David Lewis’ agent. Although the Brazilian defender can not play for the “white” in the Champions League this season, Zinedine Zidane wants him for the matches in the Primera and the King’s Cup.
The slimy footballer will compete with Sergio Ramos, Rafael Varan and Nacho Fernandez. The South American did not have the best time at Stamford Bridge, and manager Antonio Conte clearly said that Luis “must work hard.” The price of the Brazilian is about 30 million euros.
Espanyol caught Getafe
Espanyol continues to play strongly at home and in the third consecutive match of “RCD Stadium” did not score goal. Kicke Sanchez Flores made a 1-0 win over Getafe and climbed in the middle of the table. The two teams have 16 points, but Getafe has a better goal difference.
Defender Mario Hermoso hit the bar in the 10th minute, and with the addition, Sergio Garcia shoots high in the off. Shortly afterwards, the goal of Espanyol’s striker was canceled for an offense in the attack. Getafe made an excellent counter in the 19th minute, and Jorge Molina was defeated by Pau Lopez himself, but a defender defeated the ball from the goal.
At the beginning of the second part, Gerard Moreno was uncluttered after a foul centering and found himself in favor of the hosts. Espanyol dominated by the end of the game, and deservedly congratulated himself on the three points.
“The Parrots” will be looking for their first victory away from home during the Aibar visit on December 3rd, while Getafe will host Valencia.
Hamsik: Champion will become the best defense team
Napoli’s leader Marek Hamshik is eagerly awaiting the Juventus derby this Friday. “Heavenly” have a 4-point lead in front of the champions and are ambitious to increase it. According to Hamshik, the apparent improvement in the defense team’s game may be of great importance on the way to the title.
“It will be a great game, we are going against one of the strongest teams. We are more compact this season, we have fewer goals, and this is important because the defense will decide who will become a champion, “Hamshik said.
“It’s a big derby for me. We are very strong in the attack, and if we do not score, I’m sure we will win. We are already in a series of 25 games without loss in the championship and I want to congratulate all my teammates, “added the Slovak national.
Former Chelsea Sports Director went to Monaco
Former sports director Chelsea Michael Emelalo was appointed to the same post in Monaco. Yesterday he was officially presented to the media.
“I am very glad that they have been given the opportunity to become part of this ambitious project. Monaco has been constantly evolving for several seasons. I am convinced that the club is waiting for a good future, “Emmenalo told the Monegasque website.
Enamello spent Chelsea for 10 years but left three weeks ago.
Newcastle – Bournemouth
Newcastle hosts Bournemouth in a match from the 11th round of the English Premier League. We will examine that clash and give you our soccer betting predictions for today.
Newcastle are among the newcomers in the Premier League this season and so far they are moving decently. They are 9th in the league standings at the moment, which is a solid position for a team with their potential. They have 14 points won so far and a record of four wins, two draws and four losses.
But if we talk about current form, things are not looking great for Rafael Benitez’ team. Newcastle have won just one of their last five matches – against Crystal Palace, which is not really a good stat for them in the last few weeks. But even with this kind of form, they are still place in the middle of the table.
As for Bournemouth, they are not doing great at all. Bournemouth are currently 19th in the Premier League standings, having won just 7 points so far. Their record is two wins, one draw and seven losses. They could have some real problems, if they continue to perform like this in the next few months. It’s clear that their main goal this season is surviving, but they’d need a better performance if they want to achieve it.
Just like Newcastle, Bournemouth have won just one game in their last five, beating Stoke City away from home. Their situation is still not hopeless, because there are other teams with problems, too, but they really need to find better consistency.
These are our soccer betting predictions for today for the match between Newcastle and Bournemouth. It’s a tricky game to bet on, because both teams are not in their best shape. But whatever you have decide, we wish you good luck!
Valencia – Leganes
Valencia hosts Leganes in a match from the 11th round of the Spanish La Liga. We are about to offer you our soccer betting predictions for today for this clash at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia.
Valencia are doing just great since the start of the new season. Los Che are currently 2nd in La Liga, being just behind the leader Barcelona. They are in a run of five consecutive wins in the league and they are the only team in the country, alongside Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who is still unbeaten.
This is refreshing from Valencia, especially after the difficult last season and the mediocre performance of the team just an year ago. Now they look like a solid contender for the Top 4 and qualification for the next edition of the Champions League.
In its last match Valencia enjoyed a 2-1 away win over Deportivo Alaves. They are in a terrific form at the moment and it’s safe to say that they are major favourites against Leganes.
Leganes on the other hand are also doing very well since the start of the new season. They are currently 6th after the first ten rounds, which is probably better than they have ever expected. They have a record of five wins, two draws and three losses since the start of the new season. In their last game they suffered a defeat from Sevilla, but before that they had three wins from four matches. They are a decent team and a team to respect this season.
Valencia can’t use the injured Javier Jimenez, while Neto and Geoffrey Kondogbia are doubtful for the game. Robert Ibanez is now fit and ready to play.
Leganes will be without the injured Jon Ander Serantes, while Nordin Amrabat, Omar Ramos and Ezequiel Munoz are doubtful.
These were our soccer betting predictions for today for the match between Valencia and Leganes. Good luck!
Southampton – Burnley
Southampton hosts Burnley in a match from the 11th round of the English Premier League. We will examine this match and offer you our soccer betting predictions for today for it.
Southampton are moving as a decent team in the Premier League this season. Under the guidance of their new manager Mauricio Pelegrino, The Saints are currently 10th in the league standings with 13 points won so far. Their record so far is three wins, four draws and three losses.
They have won just one in the last five rounds – against West Bromwich Albion, but they are also unbeaten in their last three games. This is the type of consistency they would look for in the next weeks and months as well. They may not win every game, but they are hardly losing any. This should be enough for them to reach survival this season.
Burnley on the other hand are doing even a better job. They are currently 7th in the Premier League, having won 16 points so far. In their last game they enjoyed their 4th win since the start of the season, beating Newcastle United at home.
This is an interesting clash, because both teams look pretty much even in terms of their ability. Yes – Burnley have more points and a better position in the standings, but Southampton have the home ground advantage and a nice streak of consecutive matches being unbeaten.
Let’s take a look at the team news before the game.
Southampton can’t use the injured Mario Lemina, while Charlie Austin, Jeremy Pied and Matthew Robert Targett are doubtful for The Saints.
Burnley will be without the injured Jonathan Walters and Tom Heaton, while Chris Wood is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
These are our soccer betting predictions for today for the match between Southampton and Burnley.
CSKA Moscow – Ufa
CSKA Moscow hosts Ufa in a match from the 13th round of the Russian Premier League. Here is our football bets winner for this clash in the Russian capital.
CSKA are currently 4th in the league standings with 20 points won and a record of 6 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. They are on 7 points behind the leader Zenit and they know very well what’s the main reason for that – their inconsistency. CSKA must start win on a more regular basis and avoid losing points, if they want to be a contender for the title.
During the week CSKA had a tough game with Manchester United in the Champions League group stages, so some of the team’s top players could be a little bit tired against Ufa. Don’t be surprised to see the manager Victor Goncharenko making some shifts in his team and rotating the squad for some more freshness. Maybe some of CSKA’s backup players will get a chance to shine in the next match.
In their last Premier League match, CSKA Moscow made a 0-0 draw in the Moscow derby against Dinamo Moscow.
As for Ufa, they are currently 12th in the Premier League with 13 points won so far. They have a record of 3 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. In the last round Ufa enjoyed a 1-0 win over Arsenal Tula, which stopped the team’s run of three consecutive losses in the league.
These two teams have very different ambitions. CSKA are aiming for the title, while Ufa’s main goal is remaining in the league. Especially at Moscow, CSKA is the clear favourite here. But how we said, they had a Champions League match during the week, so be careful here.
This is our football bets winner for the match between CSKA and Ufa. Good luck!
Brugge – Gent
Club Brugge hosts Gent in a match from the 9th round of the Belgian First Division A. Here’s our football bets winner for this game.
Brugge are the current leader in the First Division A. They have won 21 points from 8 games so far, having a nearly perfect record of 7 wins and just one loss – against Royal Excel Mouscron. They also have the best goal difference in the league – 20:6. Although they are on just one point above Sporting Charleroi (but with a game less), Club Brugge are the main favourite for the title, based on performances.
Gent on the other hand are currently 14th in the league with just 6 points won so far. Their record is one win, three draws and four losses. Gent are usually one of the best teams in Belgium, but they are having a terrible season so far. There are just two teams who are doing worse than them so far – Oostende and Eupen.
Gent must do something to improve and they must do it fast. It would be a pure tragegy for them to lose their place in the league or to finish at a position like their current.
But next match is not easy for Gent. They have to travel to Brugge and face the leader. It’s a tough game in a tough moment for them. Can they stood back on their feet and surprise everyone with a positive result in Brugges? We shall wait and see.
Brugge won four of their last five games in the league, with the only exception being the loss against Royal Excel Mouscron, which we already mentioned. They are the big favourites in this match as well.
Gent won just one of their last five matches – against Oostende. They also suffered two defeats and made two draws.
This is our football bets winner for the match between Club Brugge and Gent. Who do you got?
Benevento – Inter
Benevento hosts Inter in a match from the 7th round of the Italian Serie A. Stay with us and see our football bets winner for this clash.
The newcomers Benevento are not doing very well since their promotion. They are the only team in the Serie A so far who have not won a single point. They have 0 points and a record of six losses from six games played so far. Their goal difference is also far from impressive – 1:16. Arguably the worst team in the league by far.
Now they will have another tough test, because the in-form Inter is coming to face them.
Inter are enjoying some great performances under the guidance of their new manager Luciano Spalletti. The former Roma manager made Inter relevant again in the Serie A. At the moment they are 3rd in the Serie A with 16 points and a record of five wins and one draw. This is a huge improvement, compared to the last season and they way how Inter started it.
Inter’s only wrong step so far became during the 1-1 draw with Bologna. Aside of this, they have been flawless so far in the league.
Inter are just two points away from the top and most surely they will challenge for the title. If they can’t win it, then they would try to return to the Champions League. They have a good enough squad to reach their goals. Especially if they keep this kind of consistency until the end of the season.
For Benevento, what we can we say? Right now it looks like only a miracle could save them this season. If they want to survive, they have to make some quick changes. And hope for the best.
This was our football bets winner for the game between Benevento and Inter in the Serie A.
Bayern M – Mainz
The champion Bayern Munich hosts Mainz 05 in a match from the fourth round of the German Bundesliga. Here we are going to offer you our soccer betting tips for this clash.
Bayern are currently 6th in the Bundesliga standings, after suffering their first defeat for the season against Hoffenheim. Before that they started their campaign with two consecutive wins, before losing away from home. You can bet that now they are going to be very motivated to beat Mainz and get back on the winning way.
They already did that in Europe. The Bavarians started well their Champions League campaign, beating Anderlecht with 3-0 at home. It was a fine performance by Carlo Ancelotti’s team, which told us that the loss against Hoffenheim have not shaken the team much. Everybody loses at some point, even if your name is Bayern Munich.
Mainz on the other hand finally won in the last round, after starting the season with two consecutive losses. After losing against Hannover and Stuttgart in the first two rounds, Mainz finally managed to win its first points against Bayer Leverkusen with a 3-1 win at home. But now they will have a much more difficult test, visiting Bayern at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern Munich can’t use the injured David Alaba and Juan Bernat for this match, while Franck Ribery is doubtful because of a slight injury. It won’t be surprising if Carlo Ancelotti fives the Frenchman a rest for this game.
Meanwhile Mainz will be without the injured Jannik Huth and Alexander Hack, while Marin Sverko, Danny Latza, Kenan Kodro and Phillipp Klement are all doubtful for the trip to Munich. The good news are that Gaetan Bussman is now fit and ready to play.
These were our soccer betting tips for the game between Bayern Munich and Mainz 05. Are you ready with your pick?
Napoli – Juventus
Napoli welcomes Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples in the big derby of the 30th round of the Italian Serie A.
Despite of Juventus being almost unbeatable at the moment, this could be the final chance of Napoli to keep their slight chances of being champions alive. If the Azzurri win the game, the difference between the two sides is going to be 7 points.
The more realistic goal for Napoli seems to be beating Roma for the second place in the league, which guarantees a direct qualification for the Champions League. Right now Napoli are just two points behind Roma.
As for Juventus, nobody believes that Max Allegri’s team could be stopped to clinch another Serie A title. The Bianconeri are arguably the best team in the country, so seeing them winning another title seems to be absolutely normal at this moment.
But still, we should expect a great football game at the Stadio San Paolo between two very good sides. Both Napoli and Juve have a lot to play for until the end of the season, so their motivation should be high.
Both teams are showing good form in the league lately, winning four of their last give matches,
Napoli’s manager Maurizio Sarri has the luck to rely on a healthy squad, with only Pepe Reina and Elseid Hysaj being doubtful for the game because of injuries. Everyone else is healthy and fit to play against the Old Lady.
Max Allegri on the other hand still doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to use some of his players for the visit to Naples. Mehdi Benatia, Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca are still recovering from injuries, although their conditions are not serious.
Even if the title race in Italy seems to be almost over, this is one spectacular game at Stadio San Paolo, which will offer us good football and a lot of emotions.
Malmo – Goteborg
The Swedish Allsvenskan is about to start for yet another season. And we have a big derby in the first round. One of the main contenders for the title IFK Göteborg hosts the champion Malmö FF at the Nya Ullevi stadium in Göteborg.
Last year Göteborg finished 4th in the league, but now they are motivated to fight for the gold medals or at least an European qualification.
In same time Malmö will try to defend the title they won in 2016, when they managed to finish above AIK and Norrköping.
Jörgen Lennartsson is about to start his third season as manager of IFK Göteborg. He’s a former manager of Sweden’s U-21 team and he also managed teams like BK Hacken, Stabæk and IF Elfsborg. This year his main goal is going to be improving Göteborg’s position in the table, compared to last season.
Defending the crown – this is Malmö’s main ambition for the 2017 season in the Allsvenskan. This club won the title four times in the last six years, proving itself to be a dominant force in Swedish football. This is also going to be a debut season for the manager Magnus Pehrsson in the club. After leading the national team of Estonia for three years, now the 40-years old tactician returns to the city he was born in, taking the reigns of the champion.
It’s not surprising that Malmö are once again the big favourites to win the title in the Allsvenskan, taking into account how they dominate Swedish football in the last years. But in same time teams like Göteborg are ready to fight back and prove their worth, also stating their ambition to fight for the gold. This game is a very good test for both teams, which are about to check their current levels in the first round of the campaign.
Leverkusen – Wolfsburg
Bayer Leverkusen hosts Wolfsburg in a game from the 26th round of the German Bundesliga.
We could easily say that both teams are underperforming this season, despite always being ambitious and filled with good players. Leverkusen are currently 11th in the league, while Wolfsburg are 15th, being just two points above Hamburger and the relegation play-off in the Bundesliga.
It’s absolutely unexplainable why two teams with such potential are performing in such a manner, but their shocking dip in form this season is a fact.
Bayer Leverkusen didn’t win neither one of their last four matches in the Bundesliga. For the last time they have won against Augsburg, but after that they were unable to take the three points against Mainz, Borussia Dortmund, Werder and Hoffenheim, losing three of these games. The 2-6 defeat against Dortmund even led to the sacking of the manager Roger Schmidt.
Wolfsburg on the other hand showed some improvement in its last two games, winning against RB Leipzig and Darmstadt. This allowed The Wolves to leave the relegation play-off zone and boost their chances of survival in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen won’t be able to use the services of the suspended Hakan Calhanoglu, while Julian Baumgartlinger, Javier Hernandez and Lars Bender are doubtful for the game because of injuries. The good news come from the recovery of Jonathan Tah, who is once again fit and ready to play.
Wolfsburg will be without five of its players, who are injured. These are Paul-Georges N’Tep, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jeffrey Bruma, Victor Osimhen and Ismail Azzaoui. Daniel Didavi and Ashkan Dejagah are doubtful and their participation in the match at BayArena is under a question.
Despite being 11th in the standings, Bayer Leverkusen is still not absolutely safe from relegation this season. Both teams still have a lot to play for until the end of the campaign, so we expect a competitive game between these two sides.
Sevilla – Sporting Gijon
It’s already clear what is the main goal in front of Sevilla until the end of the season in La Liga – beating Atletico Madrid for the third spot and achieving a direct qualification for the Champions League. Now Jorge Sampaoli’s team is about to host Sporting Gijon at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pisjuan in a game from the 29th round of the league.
We can’t say that Sevilla are in a good form lately. The Rojiblancos didn’t win neither one of their last three games against Deportivo Alaves, Leganes and Atletico Madrid, winning just two points out of nine. Obviously there’s some dip in form in Sampaoli’s team, but now they have a good chance to recover and once again start winning.
Their next opponents Sporting Gijon continue to fight against relegation to the Segunda Division. Sporting are currently 18th in the standings, falling 5 points behind the 17th Leganes and the safety zone. They need as much points as possible until the end of the campaign, but can they take something from a strong team like Sevilla?
Sevilla’s manager Jorge Sampaoli will be without the services of the suspended Sergio Escudero, while Adil Rami, Gabriel Ivan Mercado, Stevan Jovetic and Benoit Tremoulinas are all injured. Nicolas Pareja and Carlos Fernández Luna are still doubtful, but Ganso, David Solis and Michael Krohn-Dehli are recovered from their injuries.
Sporting Gijon won’t be able to use the suspended Pereira Dos Santos Douglas and Jorge Mere, while Borja Viguera is injured. Moises Gomez Bordonado and Nacho Cases are under a doubt, but Victor Romero Rodriguez has recovered from his ankle injury.
This is a great chance for Sevilla to stop its bad run of results in La Liga lately. The Rojiblancos must start winning once again, if they want to win the battle for the third spot in the league. As for Gijon, they will need a really strong run of results if they want to keep their place in the league.
Villareal – Eibar
Villarreal hosts Eibar in a game from the 29th round of the Spanish La Liga. The match will be played at the Estadio El Madrigal in Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine is currently 5th in the standings, falling with 7 points behind the 4th Atletico Madrid and the Champions League zone in La Liga. They also have the same amount of points with the 6th Real Sociedad, so the battle for Europa League qualification continues as well.
As for Eibar, the team performs surprisingly good this season. Eibar is 8th in the La Liga standings, being just 7 points behind the Europa League places. Even if they don’t qualify for Europe, they could be absolutely satisfied with their season so far.
Villarreal were enjoying a run of three consecutive wins in La Liga, before losing the visit to Las Palmas in the last round. Fran Escriba’s team remains one of the strongest sides in Spain, so Villarreal will try to secure at least an Europa League qualification for next season.
Eibar already achieved their main goal for the season – survival, so now they could finish the season, enjoying their football.
Villarreal’s manager Fran Escriba have some problems before the game. The Russian international Denis Cheryshev and Sergio Asenjo are injured, while the striker Roberto Soldado is doubtful for the game. The same could be said about Adrian and Jose Angel.
Eibar’s Nano is missing the game at the El Madrigal because of an injury, while Imanol Sarriegi and Fran Rico are doubtful.
Villarreal are the clear favourite to win this game. They are the better team of the two and they will also have the advantage of playing at home. Eibar are showing good football this season, but they do not have a lot to play for until the end of the campaign.
Lazio – Udinese
Lazio continues the battle for Europa League qualification. The team from the capital hosts Udinese in a game from the 26th round of the Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
In a certain time of the season Lazio was even a contender for a place in the Champions League, but Simone Inzaghi’s team lost its momentum. Lazio won just two of its last five games, which made them lose some of their positions in the standings.
Udinese on the other hand don’t have much to play for until the end of the campaign. The team from Udine looks secure for its Serie A place this season, but they don’t have chances for something important in the league as well. Luigi Delneri’s team is just waiting for the season to end and hope for something better next year.
Simone Inzaghi will be without the services of the Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, who is suspended for the game. Luis Alberto’s participation remains doubtful because of a knee injury.
Udinese’s manager Luigi Delneri can’t use Assane Demoya Gnoukouri, while Marco Davide Faraoni is doubtful.
Europa League remains a realistic goal for Lazio until the end of the campaign. The Biancocelesti are just one point behind the 5th Atalanta, so at the Stadio Olimpico they still have high hopes to play some European football next season.
In the last round of Serie A Lazio achieved a difficult win away from home against Empoli, thanks to the goals of Ciro Immobile and Balde Keita, who overturned a goal deficit.
Udinese on the other hand lost their last two games against Fiorentina and Sassuolo. Delneri’s team is without a win in three consecutive games. For the last time they beat Milan at the Dacia Arena at the end of January. Udinese conceded 5 goals in its last two games, so Luigi Delneri probably had a lot of talk with his defenders since then.
Bayern Munchen – Hamburger
Bayern Munich will aim to make just another step towards the Bundesliga crown, hosting Hamburger SV at the Allianz Arena in Munich. The Bavarian giants are currently leading the standings with 5 points ahead the sensation RB Leipzig, although Bayern lost points in two of its last three games in the league.
In the last round Carlo Ancelotti’s team shared the points with Hertha in Berlin, which allowed RB Leipzig to move closer to the leader. Bayern remains a heavy favourite for the title, of course, but they need to continue winning on a regular basis, if they want to clinch the Bundesliga crown without worrying of a possible surprise.
Hamburger SV on the other hand continue to fight against relegation. The former European champions are currently just a point above the relegation play-off spot, which is currently being held by another one of the traditional German clubs – Werder Bremen. The two wins against Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig allowed HSV to move closer to survival, although in the last round they were unable to use their home advantage against Freiburg.
Carlo Ancelotti is lucky enough to have a fit squad in this stage of the season. The youngster Julian Green is having some problems with an injury, but all of the key players are healthy. This could be said about Jerome Boateng and Franck Ribery as well, as they are once again fit and ready to play.
There are much more problems for Hamburger’s manager Markus Gisdol. Albin Ekdal, Tom Mickel and Dennis Diekmeier are doubtful for the game because of a flu, while Aaron Hunt, Nicolai Müller, Bobby Shou Wood, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Nabil Bahoui are also having some problems. In same time Finn-Dominik Porath and Andreas Hirzel are recovered from their last injuries and they are once again ready for action.
Dortmund – Bayern Munchen
When Borussia Dortmund are playing against Bayern Munich, it’s not just the whole Germany that starts watching. It’s the whole world, because this is one of the biggest football derbies on the Earth at this moment.
We had to wait until the 11th round of the Bundesliga, before seeing these two teams facing each other. Right now Bayern are the team in a better position from the two. The Bavarians are on the top of the league, while Dortmund are currently 5th with six points behind their biggest rival. But now they will have a perfect chance to reduce the gap.
This will also be Carlo Ancelotti’s first big derby against Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. The Italian manager of Bayern Munich is facing some troubles in the league lately, with Bayern winning just two of their last five Bundesliga matches. The team is still above everyone else in the standings, though.
For Borussia Dortmund it was a period of a serious crisis. They went through four consecutive games without a win, before finally beating Hamburger in the last round. Scoring five goals in the game as well. If they were more consistent in the last five matches, now they could have been even on the top of the league.
There are some good news for Dortmund’s manager Thomas Tuchel, as some important players like Marco Reus, Neven Subotic, Sven Bender and Marcel Schmelzer are back in training. Sebastian Rode is still not fit to play, though.
Carlo Ancelotti will be without the injured Kingsley Coman, while players like Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben are facing some troubles as well. The good news come from Franck Ribery’s condition. The former French international is ready to play once again, so don’t be surprised if you see him in action against Dortmund
Udinese – Napoli
Udinese are hosting Napoli in a game from the 13th round of the Italian Serie A. Both teams don’t have a win in their last two games in the league, so now they will try to get back on the winning track.
Labeled as title contenders before the start of the new season, Napoli are now 9 points behind the champion and current leader Juventus. The Azzurri won just a single point in their last two matches, losing the big derby against Juve and being unable to beat Lazio at home ground as well. For Maurizio Sarri’s team it’s absolutely mandatory to start winning games as soon as possible, if they want to keep their hopes for finishing in the Top 3 of the Serie A alive.
Udinese is not a team with Napoli’s high ambitions, but they are still a traditional club which always try to perform as good as possible. We should note that Udinese, led by the veteran manager Luigi Delneri, didn’t lose neither once in its last four matches. This allowed them to move away from the relegation zone in the Serie A and to start breathe more freely now.
This game is surely more important for Napoli than it is for the home team. For the Azzurri it would be a huge failure if they don’t qualify for the Champions League. And this will certainly not happen, if Sarri’s boys continue to lose points so often. They need to find a solid consistency, if they want to fight with teams like Roma, Milan and Lazio for the Champions League places.
Arkadiusz Milik is the player who will miss a lot of games for Napoli in the coming months. Maurizio Sarri’s other problems come from the condition of Raul Albiol, Manolo Gabbiadini, Faouzi Ghoulam and Marek Hamsik, who have light injuries and are doubtful for the game.
The same could be said about Udinese’s Sven Kums, Emil Hallfredsson and Jakub Jantko, who are also under a question for the clash.
Crystal Palace – Man City
Whoever thought that after starting the new season in the Premier League in a such a brilliant manner, now Manchester City would have won just one of their last five games in the league? But this happened and now Pep Guardiola’s team will try to bounce back during the visit of Crystal Palace in London.
City’s last Premier League game offered a huge dissapointment to all of the club’s fans, as The Citizens showed themselves being unable to beat Middlesbrough at home. A late equalizer meant that Boro will take a point away from the Ettihad Stadium and Manchester City will drop from first to third place in the standings.
City’s only win in the last five rounds is agains West Bromwich and now Josep Guardiola will have to find a way to improve his team’s performances. The Citizens lost too many points in the last five rounds and they can’t afford to lose anymore, because the rivalry for the league title looks incredibly fierce this season. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are showing that they will fight for the gold medals until the very end and teams like Tottenham and Manchester United still haven’t said their final words.
Winning against Crystal Palace is a must for Manchester City and we shall see them fighting for the win until the very end. Simply because they don’t have any other options right now.
As for Crystal Palace, the Londoners are just one point away from the relegation zone of the Premier League. Palace are in a terrible run of four consecutive losses in the Premier League, which is obviously not a very good sign before playing a team like Manchester City. This is why The Citizens are labeled as a favourite to win the game, but do not forget that it was the same against Middlesbrough as well.
Everton – West Hamm
Four games in a row without a win. Things are not looking good for Everton lately. Ronald Koeman’s team started very well the new season in the English Premier League, but now The Toffeemen are dealing with a serious dip in form. Everton are still just five points away from the top though, so there’s nothing lost for them yet. Now they are about to welcome West Ham United at home and it’s a good opportunity for them to record a first win for this month.
West Ham are enjoying a much better moment than Everton right now. Recently The Hammers were placed in the relegation zone of the Premier League, but two consecutive wins against Crystal Palace and Sunderland allowed them to improve their position in the table a little bit.
This improvement also allowed West Ham’s manager Slaven Bilic to keep his position at the club, after he was seriously threatened with a sack, if the bad results of the team have continued.
The last time when Everton and West Ham met in the Premier League was once again at the Goodison Park in Liverpool. In March West Ham managed to beat the home team with 3-2, after the first game between the two sides in London finished with a 1-1 draw.
Ronald Koeman will be without the services of the injured James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Tyias Browning and Matthew Pennington.
For West Ham there will be also some missing players. Slaven Bilic can’t rely on Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram, Arthur Masuaku, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, who are all sidelined with injuries.
It’s curious to note that two of the most effective strikers in the Premier League at the moment play for these two clubs. Romelu Lukaku scored six goals for Everton since the start of the season, while Michail Antonio scored five times for West Ham so far.
Grasshooper – Basel
The champion and convincing leader of the Swiss Super League Basel travels to Zurich to face Grasshopper in a game from the 13th round of the championship.
Just as it was expected, Basel are clearly dominating all other teams in Switzerland at the moment. Basel are twelve points ahead of Sion at the top of the league and they already look like huge favourites to win another title in the Super League. For now it doesn’t look that anyboby can stop Urs Fischer’s team from celebrating the gold at the end of the campaign.
Certainly it doesn’t look like Grasshopper is the team do it. Grasshopper is curently 7th in the standings and the difference between them and Basel is 17 points. They even lost their last two games in the Super League – against Sion and Young Boys, conceding eight goals in these two matches. This is something which tells us that Grasshopper’s defense is a pure mess in the moment, which is not a good sign before playing a team with Basel’s qualities and talent.
Basel on the other hand lost two points in the visit to Lugano, but they are still comfortably alone on the top. It’s safe to say that the Swiss league is not much of a challenge for this club, who is also participating in the Champions League group stage. Most probably Basel will play this game, thinking more about its performance in the Champions League.
Even in this way, we could hardly see Grasshopper taking something from this clash. The difference in the two teams’ level is just too big. Basel made a wrong step against Lugano, but it’s hard to think that they are going to do it in two consecutive times. Most probably they will take what belongs to them in this game, underlining their domination in the Super League.
Juventus – Napoli
The champion and current leader in the Italian Serie A Juventus hosts Napoli in the most interesting game of the 11th round of the league.
Juve are the expected leader in the Serie A, having two points advantage in front of Roma and four points in front of Napoli. This is a good chance for Napoli to reduce the margin, but it will be a difficult task for them to do it at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, where it’s very hard to win even a single point. It would be also curious to see Juventus’ striker Gonzalo Higuain playing against his former club.
Juventus won four of their last five games in the Serie A, with their only misstep being the loss they suffered in the derby against Milan at the San Siro. During the week Juve fixed their mistake and won comfortably against Sampdoria at home, scoring four goals in front of their own fans.
Napoli won its last two games in the league, which helped them to get back into the Top 3 of the Serie A. The Azzurri won against Crotone and Empoli, after they have lost two times in a row before that.
Juventus will be without the injured Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca, while Patrice Evra also remains sidleined with a calf injury.
Napoli will be without the injured Raul Albiol and Arkadiusz Milik, while Manolo Gabbiadini is suspended for the game.
Last season Juventus won against Napoli at home, avenging the loss they suffered during their visit to Naples. Now the Old Lady is once again a big favourite to take all of the three points, especially when playing at home ground. Even if they allow themselves to lose points away from home, Juventus are almost unbeatable when playing at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
Betis – Real Madrid
Three draws in a row. Three consecutive games without a win. Things are not looking good for Real Madrid in La Liga right now. The Los Blancos are not on the top of the league anymore, although they are on equal points with the new leader Atletico Madrid.
This weekend Real Madrid will have to travel to Seville to meet Real Betis. The Los Blancos’ manager Zinedine Zidane is fully aware that he can’t allow a fourth consecutive game without a win, so everybody expects to see Real Madrid finally snatching its fifth win in La Liga since the start of the new season. But what could Real Betis do to stop the reigning European champions?
The Seville team is not performing very convincing since the start of the new season. Betis is currently just two tops above the relegation zone of La Liga, having won 8 points in the first seven rounds. They lost two of their last three games – against Sevilla and Real Sociedad, but won against Malaga at home.
Marcelo and James Rodriguez are back in training for Real Madrid, after healing successfully from their last injuries. The problems for Zinedine Zidane come from the condition of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos, who are not at his disposal at the moment.
Real Betis’ manager Gus Poyet could be without the goalkeeper Antonio Adan, but Jonas Martin, Antonio Sanabria, Rafa Navarro and Alissa Mandi are all back in training.
Real Madrid are the clear favourite to win this one, but remember that it was the same against Villarreal, Las Palmas and Eibar as well. The Los Blancos are clearly far away from their best form at the moment, but they know that the win against Betis is “a must” after three consecutive games without three points.
Elfsborg – Helsingborg
Elfsborg and Helsingborg are about to meet in a game from the 26th round of the Swedish Allsvenskan.
Elfsborg are comfortably sitting at the middle of the table and their season looks over, while Helsingborg is still leading a hard battle against relegation. Henrik Larsson’s team is currently placed at the relegation play-off place, falling six points behind the 13th GIF Sundsvall and the hope for salvation.
This is a really disastrous season for Helsingborg. Led by the legendary Henrik Larsson, The Reds won just 6 of their 25 games in the Allsvenskan this season, losing 15 of them. Last year Helsingborg finished in the middle of the table, but now everything looks much worse for them for some unknown reason.
Elfsborg is currently enjoying what Helsingborg enjoyed last season – a comfortable existence in the middle of the table. They have won 35 points so far and they are completely safe, without any chances for European qualification as well. It’s safe to say that Elfsborg is just waiting for the season to end, because they do not have anything to play for in the remaining games. Except for their own reputation.
Helsingborg still have a slight chance to avoid playing in the relegation play-off. They are six points behind GIF Sundsvall, but they are going to need a really good run until the end of the season, if they want to move above in the table. But do they have the qualities needed for this? We shall see against Elfsborg this weekend. They also have to be careful to not move a place downwards, because this would be fatal for them. Henrik Larsson’s team is just six points above the 15th Gefle, so they are going to need a few more points to feel more secured about their destiny
Norrkoping – Malmo
Norrköping and Malmo FF are facing each other in one of the most important games of the Swedish Allsvenskan for this season. These two teams are the big favourites for the gold medals in the league and there are just four points that separate them from each other. For now Malmo are leading the standings with 57 points, but a win for Norrköping would mean shortening this difference to just one point.
Just a few weeks ago Norrköping was leading the table in Sweden, but two consecutive losses allowed Malmo to get on the top. This was a very bad moment for Norrköping to allow a dip in the team’s form, especially when the league is nearing it’s big finale, but they still have their chances to win the gold medals. Winning against Malmo is “a must”, though.
Malmo on the other hand gladly accepted the gifts they recieved from Norrköping. Allan Kuhn’s team won four of its last five games in the league, which allowed them to occupy the first spot. Now everything is in their own hands and everybody at Malmo knows how important is to not lose the visit to Norrköping.
Malmo’s biggest weapon comes from Iceland and is called Vidhar Kjartansson. The Icelandic stiker is currently leading the Allsvenskan’s topscorers table, having scored 14 goals in the league so far.
Norrköping’s answer to Kjartansson is called Sebastian Andersson, who scored 11 goals since the start of the 2016 campaign. He’s currently the third most profilic striker in the Swedish league.
This a very important game in the Allsvenskan, because it could either decide almost everything or make the league very complicated in the last few rounds. A win for Malmo could be decisive and the price could be the gold medals, but if Norrköping manages to snatch the three points, then everythings starts once again.
LIVERPOOL – HULL CITY
Liverpool are hosting Hull City at the legendary Anfield Road in a game from the sixth round of the English Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is showing some really solid form in the last two weeks, having won two consecutive times against the champions Leicester City and especially against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge. This kind of performances reminded us why Jurgen Klopp is labeled as one of the best managers in the world right now and cemented Liverpool’s status as a legit contender for the title.
Hull City on the other hand are not doing too well lately. The Tigres won just one point from their last three Premier League games, so it’s not all stars and rainbows for the manager Mike Phelan right now. They started the new season winning two consecutive times, but right now they are far away from this kind of performances in the league.
Jurgen Klopp won’t be able to rely on four of his players, who are still injured. These are the striker Daniel Sturridge, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez. Sadio Mane is still also healing a knee injury.
Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Moses Odubajo, Michael Dawson and Gregory Roland Luer are all out for Hull City, while the central defender Jake Livermore was sent off during the 1-4 loss against Arsenal at the KCOM Stadium last week.
Liverpool are looking like one of the dark horses in the title run this season and winning away from home against Arsenal and Chelsea is proving that. It’s clear that Jurgen Klopp’s team is doing really well against the big teams in the league, but it’s even more important for them how consistent they are going to be against the so called “lesser teams”. The game against Hull City is a good chance for them to show us that.
LAS PALMAS – REAL MADRID
Real Madrid made a wrong step against Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu during the week, but now Zinedine Zidane’s team will have the chance to redeem itself against Las Palmas in a game from the sixth round of La Liga.
It was a bad game for the Los Blancos against the Yellow Submarine just a few days ago. Sergio Ramos’ scored the only goal for the 1-1 draw, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale being unable to show their worth. And we perfectly saw that when these three players perform under their usual level, the whole team underperforms as well.
But even losing two points against Villarreal, Real Madrid is still on the top of the table with 13 points won from the first five games. They were also happy from the result between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou, with both of their main rivals for the gold medals losing two points after another 1-1 draw.
Las Palmas is performing in a solid way since the start of the new campaing. Quique Setien’s boys are among the first five teams in the table, having won three of their first two games in the league. It remains to be seen if they are able to keep this kind of performance up in the coming weeks or months, but it’s definitely a very good start for them. The team is showing inspiration and spirit, even with losing its last game against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta. Kevin-Prince Boateng being sent off after just 21 minutes of play was a serious reason for that, though.
It’s a rare thing to see Real Madrid making two wrong steps in a row, so let’s see how they are going to react after surprisingly losing two points against Villarreal at home.
BESIKTAS – GALATASARAY
It’s going to be really hot in Turkish football this weekend, because Besiktas and Galatasaray will once again offer us an unforgetable show from the Süper Lig. These are two of the biggest Turkish clubs in history, so everytime when they face each other it’s really interesting.
Besiktas won the title in the Süper Lig last season and now the Black Eagles started the new campaign in a good way, too. Senol Güneş’ team won three of its four games in the league, only losing two points against Konyaspor in the second round. With ten points in the first four games, Besiktas is just behind the surprising leader Istanbul BB.
The same could be said about Galatasaray as well. The team is, which led by the Dutch manager Jan Olde Riekerink, won three of its first four games in the league, being unable to win only against Kayserispor away from home. In the last round Galatasaray beat Rizespor 2-0 at the Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul with the Swiss international Eren Derdiyok scoring two times for the winners. It was a good game for Wesley Sneijder as well, with Real Madrid and Inter’s former player giving two assists to his teammate.
There are two players from the both teams who have scored four goals since the start of the season. Cenk Tosun is Besiktas’ most profilic forward right now, while Eren Derdiyok is looking deadly in front of the goal for Galatasaray. It will be interesting to follow their performance in the derby as well.
This is one of the greatest rivalries in Turkish football, so everytime when Besiktas and Galatasaray face each other, it’s a moment of big excitement for everyone who loves football in the country. This time it won’t be different, so you should expect a nice football show in the beautiful Istanbul.
ARSENAL – CHELSEA
It’s time for another one big Premier League derby clash, because Arsenal are hosting Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London. Both teams are in a similar position in the table after the first five rounds, so one of them could get ahead of the other with a good result.
Even if Arsenal and Chelsea are in a similar position in the table, having won 10 points since the start of the campaign, their current form is different. Arsenal won consecutive games in the league after a difficult start of the season. The Gunners didn’t begin very well the new campaign, winning just one point against Liverpool and Leicester City, but winning against Watford, Southampton and Hull City have put them in a good position to attack the top once again.
Chelsea on the other hand started the new season in a brilliant way, winning three games in a row, but in the last two matches Antonio Conte’s team was unable to win against Swansea and Liverpool – something that made them seriously fall behind the leader Manchester City.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger used Alexis Sanchez as a striker in the game against Hull City and the Chilean star scored two goals for his team. It remains to be seen if the French manager is about to use these tactics again or we are about to see Olivier Giroud coming back in the team from his latest injury.
Chelsea will once again rely on the Spanish international Diego Costa, who is showing a fine form under Antonio Conte’s guidance. The former Atletico Madrid striker scored five goals since the start of the season, which makes him the most profilic player in the Premier League so far, alongside West Ham’s Michail Antonio.
It’s a great game at the Emirates between two teams who can’t afford to lose any points at the moment. This is also going to be the first duel between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte in the Premier League.