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Two points separate two London giants going into the final day of the season. With David Moyes’ help, Arsenal can avoid the playoff spot altogether.
Chelsea is two points ahead of Arsenal while Spurs is one point behind Arsenal. Hence, the Gunners have to keep one eye behind them and one eye ahead of them going into the final weekend. Moyes is departing Everton after eleven long years; he could turn out to help Arsenal in his final game in charge at Merseyside inadvertently.
Rafael Benitez came to Chelsea to bear nothing but abuse from the fans. He turned his back on them, got on with his job, won the admiration of the players and allowed them to enjoy the company of three great European clubs.
After Bayern München, Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus, Chelsea became the fourth team to hold all the European trophies on offer. Benitez successfully guided them to a top four finish in the league and the Europa League.
Chelsea’s interim managers have done wonderfully at the club; however, none have been more underappreciated by the fans. When Jose Mourinho left, the fans were in pain but supported Avram Grant nonetheless. When Andre Villas Boas was sacked, despite the poor results in the league, the fans stood by Roberto Di Matteo. However, due to his Liverpool connections and some words he formerly said about Chelsea, the Blues fans simply refused to accept Rafa as a coach.
Throughout this Europa League journey, Benitez has proved his worth. Chelsea came into this competition via the Champions League; motivating a Champions League side to perform to their best in the sister competition is definitely a thankless job. English teams last season did not give their all in this competition. Chelsea was in it to win it from the first second.
David Moyes will play the Blues from London in his last season as coach in Merseyside; Rafa Benitez will tip his hat to the fans and sign off, having guided the team to a Europa League win and a top four finish.
Eden Hazard and Oriol Romeu are out for Chelsea. Ramires is suspended. John Terry is doubtful as is John Obi Mikel. Philip Neville is out for Everton.
Chelsea can guarantee third place in the league with a win over an Everton side which will be emotional on the day. David Moyes’ journey with the Merseyside…
Benfica and Chelsea eye the UEFA Europa League trophy; extensive TV listings available to know where to watch Benfica vs Chelsea live on May 15
Miami Beach, Florida (May 14, 2013) – Football fans worldwide will be treated to their first taste of a European Cup final this year. The 2012/13 UEFA Europa League final showdown will hit millions of screens around the globe as some of the biggest names in the sport come head to head in Amsterdam, Holland. Check where to watch Benfica vs Chelsea live on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Live Soccer TV provides you with an unrivalled packed list of TV channels lined up to broadcast the UEFA Europa League final across the globe.
Champions will be crowned in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Benfica of Portugal and Chelsea of England are vying to succeed Atletico Madrid as UEFA Europa League winners. It has been a long road for both sides.
From player experience, managerial decisions and even history, we take a look at a few things that could decide Wednesday's match.
Amsterdam will welcome Chelsea and Benfica on Wednesday night for a match that many will assume the English side as favorites. Without a specific way to actually prove that, what we can do is take a look at some deciding factors that could potentially change the match.
Regardless of how much he is disliked at Stamford Bridge, Rafael Benitez boasts an excellent record when it comes to Cup finals especially those in Europe.
Ever since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo as the manager of Chelsea, Rafael Benitez has faced the ire of the club’s supporters largely due to his past love affair with Liverpool and his rivalry with Chelsea favourite Jose Mourinho.
However, with the Europa League final drawing closer, Chelsea fans should be hopeful of some silverware at the end of the season as in the Spaniard, they have a manager who has been very successful in cup competitions and has done especially well in Europe.
Moreover, since establishing his reputation at Valencia all those years ago, Benitez has managed to win a trophy at every club he has been at, which only bodes well for Chelsea who are keen on drawing curtains to the current campaign on a high.
Chelsea is out to claim a second European title after last season's Champions League triumph, while Benfica is up against some history.
Wednesday's match will bring together two clubs that started the 2012/13 campaign in the Champions League, but inconsistent performances led them to the knockout stage of the Europa League. After eliminating Bayer Leverkusen, Bordeaux, Newcastle, Fenerbahce, Sparta Prague, Steaua, Rubin Kazan and Basel along the way, Benfica and Chelsea will now meet at the Amsterdam Arena to decide the ultimate prize.
The journey to Amsterdam was not easy for either side, but after 16 matches, 29 goals scored, 16 conceded, three cleansheets, 11 victories, two draws and three defeats, these two sides will be more than ready to leave it all on the pitch for the Europa League title.
Competing for three different titles (Taça de Portugal, Portuguese League & Europa League), it all looked like Benfica was heading for a historic finish to their 2012/13 campaign.
Just when everything seemed to be heading in the right direction for Jorge Jesus and his side, it now appears ready to fall apart right before his eyes. Could Benfica potentially lose out on two of the three titles they are chasing within a week?
A hard fought victory over Maritimo had Benfica well on their way to winning a 33rd league title. The players came together in the middle of the pitch at the Estádio dos Barreiros to celebrate what many believed to be a crucial match for the Lisbon side. Little did they know that things were about to get really interesting.
Their match at home against Estoril was by no means a guaranteed victory, but having kept their lead at four points over Porto, it was extremely difficult to imagine Benfica dropping points at home, with just three matches remaining.
He may have come in leaps and bounds but when Chelsea take on the field at the Amsterdam Arena, they will be looking up to David Luiz to get one over his former employers in Benfica in the Europa League final
There is hardly any player who has divided opinion the way Brazil international David Luiz has. Some say that the player is way too attacking for his position while others feel that he is not really a centre-back given his dedication to attacking instincts. Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, even went as far as labelling the Chelsea man as a “Playstation footballer”.
This season has however seen David Luiz develop as a much more responsible player and has contributed positively towards the success of the club.
The appointment of Rafa Benitez has seen the Brazilian performing a dual role in the side. While being a centre back by trade, he has also been deployed in an unorthodox position in the midfield and surprisingly the Ex-Benfica man has been a useful outlet when played as a defensive midfielder.
After yet another match-winning performance for Chelsea at the expense of Aston Villa, Frank Lampard has once again shown just why he deserves a stay at the club regardless of his age
Yesterday’s early kick-off between Aston Villa and Chelsea turned out to be a Barclays Premier League encounter that was littered with a multitude of incidents – a goal-line controversy that was screaming for technology, two red cards and three goals, with the last of those turning out to be a late winner.
However, these events should not overshadow the achievement of one player who has been the heart and soul of a club that should consider this season as a stepping stone for better days to come. Frank Lampard finally broke Bobby Tambling’s club goal-scoring record by scoring both goals for his side. The number of goals the England international has scored for the club now stands at 203 and it will not be wrong to assume that it would take some time for another player in future to break such an amazing feat.
Everything is still to play for at the top and the bottom of the Premier League and Aston Villa would be looking to make sure that the 8-0 mauling they suffered at the hands of Chelsea, does not happen again
With 40 points from 36 games and five points away from 18th placed Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa are definitely in a great position to survive relegation, which just a few weeks back, was a looming possibility. A 6-0 win over Sunderland and a 2-1 win over Norwich City saw Paul Lambert’s side move away from the clutches of the relegation zone.
However, with a home game against Chelsea set to take place tomorrow, the Villans know that they are still not out of the woods and any sort of complacency would put them back into the fire, such is the sheer feistiness of the bottom half of the table.
The London club will look to confirm their spot in next season’s Champions League by beating an Aston Villa side which has virtually nothing to play for at the moment other than pride.
The young Aston Villa side has given plenty of joy to their fans in the past two games. However, their injury problems really have not ceased. Chris Herd, youngster Marc Albrighton and hard man Richard Dunne are all out for the Birmingham side. Ciaran Clark, Karim El Ahmadi and Matthew Lowton are slightly doubtful; they should make it…
With the season rapidly coming to an end, both Tottenham and Chelsea know that they cannot afford any further slip-ups as they gear up to face each other at the Stamford Bridge later tonight
With just three games left to play for in the 2012/2013 Barclays Premier League campaign, Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League encounter where a win would further clear the picture as to which two teams could possibly finish third and fourth.
As things stand, it is Chelsea who are occupying the third place in the league table with 68 points from 35 games, one ahead of fourth placed Arsenal and three ahead of Spurs who languish in fifth place.
Arsenal currently occupy the last Champions League berth and lead their north London rivals by just two points. However, with Spurs still with a game in hand, victory over the Blues in tonight’s encounter will see them overhaul Arsenal in fourth place.
London derby sees Chelsea host Spurs on Wednesday, May 8, 2013; More fire to the already-tense top-four race in the English Premier League; watch Chelsea-Spurs live
Miami Beach, Florida (May 6, 2013) – This Wednesday, where else to fix your eyes but at Stamford Bridge? The fight for UEFA Champions League tickets is as tense as ever. With only a few games left in the 2012/13 English Premier League season, the clash between Rafael Benitez’s Blues and AVB’s Spurs promises to create fireworks. LiveSoccerTV.com feeds you with information on where to watch Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur live on TV or online on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Kick-off time is at 14:45 EST / 18:45 GMT / 20:45 CET.
Only three points separate the Blues from Spurs. Both teams have a game in hand while close top-four race rivals Arsenal have played 36 matches already. Wednesday’s London derby is set to capture a wide audience as Chelsea and Tottenham enter the battle in top form.
Touted as the next “special one” Chelsea fans were aroused by the appointment of AVB in the summer of 2011, many predicted that Chelsea will once again embark on a golden age which was previously led by Jose Mourinho.
There were many reasons for Chelsea fans to be excited by his arrival, owing to the similarities he shared with Chelsea favorite Jose Mourinho. Both managers had led Porto to European titles, AVB had also previously served his compatriot as his assistant manager during his spell at Chelsea.
However eight months from his appointment, things looked bleak for the London side, not did they just miserably fail to challenge the Manchester clubs for the title, they even fell short of finishing in the top four and needed a dramatic Champions League victory to guarantee a spot in Europe’s most illustrious competition.
After a second half of the season peppered with inconsistency and over-reliance on Gareth Bale, Andre Villas-Boas must find a way to see his side work as a team for victories in the remaining games.
With just three games left in the 2012/2013 Barclays Premier League campaign, Tottenham Hotspur know that they hold their fate in their own hands. As things stand, Spurs lie in fifth place in the league standings with 65 points, two points behind fourth placed Arsenal and with a game in hand.
In their next game, Spurs make a short trip to take on Europa League finalists, Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge. In their last two games against Wigan Athletic and Southampton, Spurs have not impressed at all and had only star player Gareth Bale to thank for saving the manager’s blushes.
The battle for a top four spot is truly on in the Premier League; Chelsea will look to beat Spurs to consolidate their position in third place in the table.
Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel both face late fitness tests ahead of this one. Oriol Romeu is out for this season due to an ACL knee injury.
Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele are both suffering from muscle problems for Spurs. Scott Parker has a foot injury while Sandro Ranieri has an ACL knee injury. William Gallas will…
Premier League fans will witness yet another episode of the fierce rivalry between two of Premier League’s finest tacticians, as Ferguson’s United take on Benitez’s Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The duo will clash on Sunday night, when Chelsea enter Old Trafford hoping for a victory which will put them one point above Arsenal in third place. A victory will surely put the Blues in the driving seat for the Champions League spot and they will be eager to avoid the embarrassment of having to play in the Europa League next season.
The Red Devils will however have stern instructions from their Scottish manager to make life miserable for the Champions League hopefuls and even though the title is already in the bag, Ferguson will want to make the victory even sweeter by scoring a win against one of his bitter rivals.
This Sunday, the Blues take their top-four hunt to Old Trafford while Everton plot a collapse of Liverpool at Anfield
Miami Beach, Florida (May 3, 2013) – Another matchday in the English Premier League will see all 20 teams engage in interesting battles. Two fixtures, in particular, stand out: Liverpool vs Everton and Manchester United vs Chelsea are scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) gives you all the live stream and TV schedules information you could need.
Liverpool’s chances of achieving the top-four target they set at the beginning of the campaign is gone. Mathematically, there is no way the Merseyside Reds can afford a spot in next year’s UEFA Champions League competition.
The top four battle takes centre stage this week, as all three London clubs continue their quest of a Champions League spot next season.
With the title race already sealed and the fate of two out of three clubs to be relegated to the second tier of English football already decided, it still remains to be seen as to which clubs will occupy the third and the fourth positions in the Barclays Premier League this season and in doing so earn a Champions League spot.
Out of the three London giants, it is the West London side Chelsea who have the most challenging fixtures. The Blues, for a second consecutive season secured a place in a European competition final, after they defeated Swiss Champions Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the semi-final of the Europa League yesterday.