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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal : Match Preview

Arsenal face a daunting trip to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. The Gunners have not gone beyond the last 16 for the last six years and when this draw was made, that streak was envisaged to continue.Bayern edge the 10 previous matches between the two sides with 5 victories while Arsenal have come on top three times. In that time, 28 goals have been scored with Bayern scoring 17 of those. Their current league form paints a similar picture with Bayern having won 4 of their last 5 matches with 1 draw while Arsenal have lost twice and won thrice in the same period. If recent history prevails, Arsenal will have a tough task ahead in Germany.Bayern will be without Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng who are both expected to miss out due to injury. There are also injury c...

PSG v Barcelona Match Preview

Paris Saint-Germain host Barcelona at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday as they bid to overcome the Catalan giants and progress to the next round. Luis Enrique rested the likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets at the weekend but Barca still romped to a 6-0 win over Alaves. Barcelona have won their last 3 matches against PSG in all competitions and have won 4 of their last six matches with 18 goals in their last six. This fixture has seen at least four goals scored in each of the last four and there should be plenty of goals in this fixture with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez both in devastating form coming into this fixture. Aleix Vidal dislocated his ankle at the weekend and is out for the weekend while Javier Mascherano out until the end of the month. To think that Barca...

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview

It’s a battle of the nearly men as Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s late kickoff. In many ways this is a must-win game for both clubs as Tottenham chase Chelsea and Liverpool struggle to keep in touch with the top four.Liverpool are yet to win a Premier League game in 2017 and Jurgen Klopp is facing his biggest test since taking over at Liverpool. In fact, Klopp and his predecessor Brendan Rodgers have the exact same record of Klopp and Rodgers share a run of 26 wins, 16 draws and 12 defeats in their first 54 league matches in charge at Anfield. His stars who brought him success in the early stages his tenure have found it hard to get going after the turn of the new year. One such player is Adam Lallana who is said to have been earmarked for a spot on the bench this weekend a...

Match Preview : Liverpool vs Chelsea

By all accounts, Liverpool have had a horrible start to the year 2017and Chelsea will be looking to make sure their month ends on an even more miserable note. In their last six matches in all competitions, Liverpool have won just once. That sole victory was a 1-0 victory against Plymouth Argyle who they were trying to beat at the second attempt. With three losses on the bounce and being knocked out of two cup competitions in the last in the last four days, Liverpool will be desperate for a win. Liverpool lie in 4th position with 45 points, 10 points below their visitors Chelsea and are in real danger of being knocked out of the title race at this rate. Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the mood on Merseyside has suffered after losses to Swansea, Southampton and Wolves. “This is still a very g...

Manchester City v Tottenham : Match Preview

Manchester City’s problems could get a whole lot worse come the weekend as they gear up to host Tottenham who are currently the on-form team in the Premier League. Man City are currently sitting 5th on the league table after an unconvincing run of poor form that has seen them pick up just half of the available points from their last 8 games. Spurs, on the other hand, have won all 6 of their recent league games and will be hopping to make it 7 from 7 come Saturday night. Spurs have been the better side in the last few meetings between the 2 teams having won 3 out of 3 with Man City not managing to pick up any points from the fixture since 2015. The top 6, however, is rather close and 5th placed City are sitting just 3 points behind 2nd placed Spurs. Tottenham are now just 7 points adrift of...

AFCON 2017 Matchday One Review

There were 12 goals scored by 11 different goal-scorers as the first round of games in AFCON 2017 got of to an exciting start.It’s always great when the pre-tournament super stars show up and this edition of the tournament has delivered on that front. No player in AFCON history has scored the opening goal for his country more times than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, having done so in 2012, 2015 and 2017. The Gabon star, together with Algeria’s  Riyad Mahrez, Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Senegal’s Sadio Mane were tipped to shine and they have all scored. Another to watch has been Zezinho who lived up to his billing as a key man for Guinea Bissau, dictating play against a lackluster Gabonese side.Tunisia dominated their encounter with Senegal but suffered the first defeat of the competition. The lack...

Loris Karius, Liverpool’s David De Gea?

Loris Karius has had a tremendously difficult start to his Liverpool career. The 23 year old signed from Mainz has made a number of mistakes which have cost Liverpool in recent games.As a supporter of another club that dons red colors, I wouldn’t be blamed for ripping him to shreds and saying how rubbish he is, but I won’t. To the contrary, I see a little bit of our own keeper in Karius. David De Gea had an equally tough start to his time at Man United. He was scrawny and struggled under the high ball but he had undoubted quality as a shot-stopper. Sir Alex could see it and instead of hanging his young keeper out to dry, Sir Alex continued to play him and shielded him from the harsh criticism of the press. Fast forward a few years and David DeGea is arguably the best keeper in England one ...

Man United v Spurs Match Preview

Man United host Spurs in the biggest clash of the Premier League weekend with both teams looking to make up ground in the battle for top 4 places. Man United v Spurs betting odds suggest that United will win but the facts suggest it could be another draw at Old trafford. Placed 5th and 6th on the log with six points between them, both clubs will be desperate for a win. The home side have been boosted by the return of Eric Bailly who played a full 90 minutes in their 2-0 Europa League victory over Zorya Luhansk. He is expected to start in the heart of defense alongside Phil Jones. Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial should also return to the starting line-up while Mourinho will have a selection headache in midfield with Henrikh Mkhitaryan forcing Mourinho to play him with ...

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Match Preview

Real Madrid look to extend their 33 game unbeaten run when they host Borussia Dortmund in tonight’s Champions’ League Group F fixture.Borussia Dortmund have a number of injury concerns with Mario Gotze, Shinji Kagawa and Nuri Sahin all sidelined. Marco Reus was a doubt after having fallen ill but is expected to play while Marcel Schmelzer and Eric Durm are also doubtful. Confounding their worries is their poor form away from home which sees them having won just two of their last five away games in the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel will be hoping that his star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues his sparkling form which has seen him score 18 goals in 18 competitive games. Statistically the odds are against Dortmund. Madrid have scored at least two goals in their last four home mat...

Arsenal v PSG : Match Preview And Key Facts

Arsenal host PSG in the Champions League in what is a Group A decider at the Emirates with the teams currently tied on 10 points.With their place in the knockout stages confirmed, Arsene Wenger hopes his players can go all the way and finish top. “I believe that the two teams have done the job until now,” he said. “We have done what was expected and we have done it away from home, now we can finish the job at home.” Arsenal have often lost their round of 16 fixtures due to not winning their group and it will be imperative that they get it right this time round. The draw against United was Arsenals 11th game without defeat in all competitions and they’ll be hoping to continue that run. Olivier Giroud who scored in the United draw will be hoping for more of a st...

Frisking the Mids – Worlds top Midfielders

Eden Hazard is seeming like a man reborn under Alberto Conte. Chelsea are currently looking like genuine title contenders and that is largely owing to the persistent Belgian who has already bagged 7 league goals this term and has walked away as man of the match on 5 occasions. Hazard suffered through a difficult 2015/16 season but it would have been a long shot to write off a player with seemingly unlimited talent. Hazard is once more an absolute joy to watch and we have no doubt his impressive form will continue throughout the season.Liverpool have gotten themselves off to a flying start with a midfield and attack that have been absolutely prolific. At the centre of that attack lies Philippe Coutinho who seems to be on a mission to prove his worth. The young Brazilian has scored 5, assist...

Liverpool On Fire vs Watford

Liverpool thrashed Watford 6-1 on Sunday leaving them top of the Premier League standings for the first time since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival. Klopp seems to have finally found his footing and if Liverpool can keep up their impressive form, the prospect of ultimately lifting the title at the end of the season is a realistic one. Klopp’s seems to have finally gotten it right for Liverpool in the transfer market Senegalese winger. Sadio Mane, who scored the first goal against Watford with an acrobatic header, is showing no signs of slowing down since his move to Merseyside. Mane went on to bag a second in the second half which has upped his tally to six. Furthermore, Mane has started every league game with his presence having an astonishing effect on the prolific Liverpool strike force. Sunday w...

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