Preview: Merseyside Reds poised to extend unbeaten run in 2014
Buoyed by their massive triumph at Old Trafford last weekend, the soldiers of Brendan Rodgers will be expecting to pass today’s challenge in Wales. By the time a ball will get kicked, Liverpool may find themselves in third position – that is if Arsenal avoid defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off.
In any case, the chase for the English Premier League title is right on for the Merseyside Reds. The flattering idea of finally putting their hands on this trophy for the first time ever is having a positive effect on captain Steven Gerrard and his team mates.
Preview: Can Bayern win the Bundesliga title in March?
Saturday is usually the day the ugly salad bowl is handed over to the champion-elect. What is unusual is a title deciding game could be held on a Saturday in the middle of March. Bayern has dominated the Bundesliga; they are 25 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. In order for the Bavarians to officially clinch the title, they need other results to go their way and they need to win their match. In other words, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke must drop points. Jürgen Klopp’s side might end up doing exactly that against Hannover but Schalke is less likely to do so against Braunschweig.
Preview: Can Fulham pull off a shocking victory against one of the favorites for the Premier League title?
Manchester City has three games in hand; they sit only six points behind league leaders Chelsea. Following a shocking elimination at the hands of Wigan in the FA Cup, City has only one competition to play for. This gives them a head start on all their opponents for the title aside from Liverpool. Also, Roberto Mancini’s reign came to an end following a defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini has been brought in to improve on Mancini’s results. Mancini did not win the league last season; he can improve on his predecessor’s 2012-13 record by handing the Barclays Premier League trophy to the fans.
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The previous meeting ended 2-1 in favour of Barca. Messi and Ronaldo’s presence was overshadowed by Neymar’s dream debut in El Clasico and Alexis Sanchez’s wonderful long-range strike.
PSG, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich qualified first. They were joined by Chelsea, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. The Last 8 line-up is a mouth-watering one. Who are the favourites to reach the semis?
Round of 16 results – how it happened
Les Parisiens gave Bayer Leverkusen no chance in the Round of 16, thus underlining their ambition to seat at the table of giants on the European scene. One of PSG’s targets is to clinch the giant UEFA Champions League trophy. With on-fire Zlatan Ibrahimovic, few may underestimate the chances of the French team to progress into the Last 4.
Preview: Atmosphere in the Stadio Sao Paolo could make the difference
A second half goal from Jackson Martinez gave Porto a one-goal lead to take with them to Italy. Now playing at home in the intimidating Stadio Sao Paolo, Rafa Benitez is hoping that can play a big factor.
Napoli has won all four of their Europa League matches in Italy, and they would love to make it five out of five on Thursday. To do that, they will need to overcome the current Portuguese Champions, who are coming off a defeat in Lisbon against Sporting.
Preview: Injuries are a big concern for Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Lisbon to take on the current Portuguese League leaders. After a 1-3 defeat at home against the Eagles, the English side are in desperate need of a miracle.
Adding to Tim Sherwood’s problems are a number of injuries that will put Tottenham against the wall on Thursday evening.
Jan Vertonghen is suspended for this match after picking up a yellow card in the first leg. Younes Kaboul also picked up an injury at the weekend against Arsenal, which has ruled him out of the match in Lisbon. With Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches already out, Sherwood has no central defenders at his disposal.
It is likely that Brazilian midfielder Sandro will be forced to fill in at the back, alongside Belgian defender Zeki Fryers, who is naturally a fullback.
Preview: Viola will be hoping to get the best of the Bianconeri in their third consecutive meeting
Only one side in Serie A has defeated Juventus all season--Fiorentina--back on mach day eight on 20th October. And this feat was accomplished at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, something that will be on the back of the players' minds as they attempt to keep their European campaign alive against a side that will be keen to knock them out of the competition once and for all.
Of course, heading into the match, Juventus coach Antonio Conte attempted to diffuse any pressure on the league leaders, noting that, "there's no pressure on us to win the Europa League because our real place is in the Champions League." But with the final set to be in Turin this May, obviously the reigning Scudetto champions would very much like to be one of those sides contesting the trophy in front of their own fans.
Preview: Moyes and United desperate for qualification to the last eight
Moyes’s maiden season in charge of the Red Devils has been one of United’s worst in recent years. When he took over the reins from departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson it was unfathomable that the defending champions will be struggling for a place in the top four. However with the season almost about to end top four seems like a distant dream and the only way United can participate in next year’s Champions League is if they win the competition this time around something which seems increasingly unlikely.
Luciano Spalletti has built quite a few famous teams but Zenit is not set to be one of them. Filled with experienced Russian internationals and expensive recruits, the team has just not gelled on the pitch. Borussia Dortmund took apart the Russian outfit…
Wenger was appointed the head coach of Arsenal at a time foreign managers had no place in the country. The popular belief was that managers from abroad were unsuited to the English game and this along with his anonymous identity resulted in him being greeted with ‘Arsene Who” headlines in the English press.
It was unfathomable that 18 years later Wenger would be celebrating his 1000th game with the club and appointing foreign managers in England will be common practice. The Frenchman has been the cornerstone towards the club’s success and its transformation and here we highlight just how influential the former Monaco tactician has been during his 18 years.
Real Madrid has an atrocious record in Germany; before this year, they had recorded only a solitary victory in Germany. A few weeks ago, they met Schalke 04 and absolutely hammered them in front of their fans. Rarely does a team as talented as Schalke concede six. Real…
Preview: Chelsea looking to make amends for weekend defeat
The Blues suffered their first defeat in the league this year, after losing out 1-0 to Aston Villa at the Villa Park on Saturday courtesy of a phenomenal goal from Fabian Delph. The defeat puts Chelsea’s top spot in jeopardy with both Arsenal and Liverpool with the advantage of a match in hand and yet to play Jose Mourinho’s side in the league this season. The match also saw Brazilian midfielders Ramires and Willian receive their marching orders as a result of which the duo will miss the important match against Arsenal next week.
Stating that the 2013-2014 season is a rough time to be a Milan supporter would be merely an understatement.
After last season’s miraculous turnaround that saw the Rossoneri move from flirting to relegation to qualifying for the Champions League, fans could not be blamed for, well, thinking that the roller coaster ride had finally stopped and smoother sailing was on the horizon.
After Massimiliano Allegri’s dismissal following the Diavolo’s embarrassing 4-3 reversal to Serie A newbies Sassuolo, in came ex-midfielder Clarence Seedorf in a decision that had many observers scratching their heads. After all, the former Dutch international had zero managerial experience and was just coming off a stint wrapping up his storied career at Brazilian side Botafogo.
Preview: After watching Sporting win on Sunday, Benfica is now under pressure
Sunday’s result between Sporting and Porto will apply some pressure to Benfica on Monday. The current league leaders are four points clear of their Lisbon rivals, but could move back to seven points with a victory against Nacional.
Jorge Jesus’ squad has been in impressive form this season, despite their slow start to the 2013/14 campaign.
Undefeated in their last 24 matches across all competitions, Benfica will try to make it 25. Their last defeat was in Greece against Olympiakos, in a match that could well have been won, had it not been for a stellar performance from the Greek’s goalkeeper.
Preview: Roma set to welcome Francesco Totti back to the squad
The talismanic captain is set to feature during Monday’s encounter after missing out for over a month due to an injury he suffered in the Rome derby against Lazio back on the 9th of February.
The Italian’s timely return will be a major boost to Roma and Rudi Garcia has claimed that his captain’s return will allow the team to be more dangerous in the attacking third.
Preview: The Grifone look to cause the Bianconeri problems at their home stadium
Although flying high in Serie A, Juventus's European ambitions hit yet another snag as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on Thursday evening. With the Scudetto pretty much already wrapped up, they head to Genoa to take on a potentially tricky opponent as the Grifone have lost just one in ten of their home fixtures.
And despite the fact that the Bianconeri hold a 37-point advantage, more than the 35 points Gian Piero Gasperini's men have accumulated this season, the hosts are still hopeful to cause an upset in front of their own fans.
Preview: This fixture looks for its first goal in three meetings
A meeting between Sporting and Porto is always a heated affair. Both sides will meet on Sunday in their 105th meeting at the Estádio de Alvalada, with the hosts having the upper hand at home.
Sporting came into the new season in fascinating form, but they have lost some of that consistency as of late.
Currently 2nd in the Portuguese League, they trail leaders Benfica by seven points, but could cut it to four, with their Lisbon rivals only taking the pitch on Monday. A victory over Porto would also allow the Lions to distance themselves from Porto, who are third, two points back.
Preview: Both teams looking for vital three points
Arsenal and Tottenham will leave no stone unturned when they face each other on Sunday. The two clubs share an intense rivalry which has escalated over the years and at White Hart Lane we will see two teams giving in their all not just to earn a better position in the league table but also for the bragging rights.
For Arsenal this represents a good opportunity to cut the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea, after the Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Preview: Osasuna will try to distance themselves from the relegation zone
A mid-week victory over Manchester City should propel Barcelona to a positive result on Sunday. The Blaugrana were beginning to come under fire, but their performance on Wednesday will have silenced even a few of their doubters.
They will take the pitch on Sunday with a seven-point gap between themselves and league leaders Real Madrid.
Second placed Atletico Madrid also won their match on Saturday, putting them four points adrift of the Catalans. It will now be Barcelona’s job to cut that lead down with a victory over Osasuna at the Nou Camp.