Preview: Barcelona tries to get back to winning ways against Bilbao
Mathematically it will not be possible for Atlhetic Bilbao to reach the top three, but they will at least have a chance of getting very close. Sunday they make a trip Camp Nou, where they take on a frustrated Barcelona squad.
After their elimination from the Champions League against Atletico Madrid, Barcelona was defeated in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. They are now seven points back of the league leaders, but with a game in hand.
Barcelona’s defeat mid-week against Real Madrid was their third consecutive defeat, which is the first time in 11 years.
Preview: Can United put a dent into Everton’s Champions League ambitions?
Under David Moyes, Everton was the overachiever of the league; they were the team which always managed a top eight finish despite their meager resources. Under Roberto Martinez, they have become a delightful outfit to watch. They have given all the giants a run for their money, beating Arsenal recently. Having gained control of fourth place last week, they relinquished it in midweek after they surprisingly went down against the run of play to Crystal Palace, 2-3. A win against United is absolutely vital to their Champions League hopes.
Preview: Hull City welcomes Arsenal in an FA Cup Final preview
The difference between the Champions League and the Europa League is significant. With just one point separating them from that line, Arsenal need to earn as many points as possible in their remaining fixtures.
A victory over West Ham mid-week was enough to move them back into the top four, with Everton losing to Crystal Palace. The Gunners now have their fate in their own hands, and will need to be at their best down the stretch.
Sunday’s match against Hull City will be a preview of the FA Cup Final, where both these sides will go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium.
Preview: Suarez poised to shine as Reds face Norwich
The Uruguayan international is the league’s top scorer having scored 29 goals so far and considering his goal scoring antics against his counterparts on Sunday, the former Ajax man could verily overtake Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo as the player to have scored the most goals in a single season in a 38 match Premier League format.
The 27 year old has scored 11 times against the canaries in just four appearances and should he score a hat-trick against the Yellows at Carrow Road, it will be his third successive at the stadium.
Preview: Hosts Juventus hope to move closer to another Scudetto against relegation-threatened Bologna
Although Juventus currently lead Roma by eight points, it is still not enough for La Vecchia Signora to take their foot off the gas in the Scudetto race. Any potential slip-up by the reigning title holders, coupled with a positive result for the Giallorossi and they could find themselves in a very uncomfortable position with just five league matches remaining.
And naturally, Bologna, who rests in an uncomfortable 17th place with just 28 points earned, will try to make the Bianconeri's task as hard as possible. The Rossoblu have had a torrid time this season, with their highest place--15th--coming back on matchday two. However, they have spent the vast majority of their domestic campaign either in the drop zone or uncomfortably hovering above it.
Preview: Sunderland hoping to cause another upset
The Black Cats pulled off a stunning upset as they held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw last time out, thereby putting the Citizen’s title challenge in jeopardy. Fernandinho opened up the scoring for the home side in the second minute and City seemed likely to grab all three points until a quick double fire from young Connor Wickham put Sunderland in the lead.
Gus Poyet’s men held the lead well until Vito Mannone’s howler gifted Man City a very important point which should come in handy by the end of the season.
Preview: Rossoneri look to keep up winning momentum against relegation candidates Livorno
Last weekend, Milan achieved something that they have not done all season: win four consecutive matches. In teams from past seasons, this would not be anything worthy of note, but given how the Diavolo have floundered during much of this year's domestic campaign, any positive result is something that will definitely make fans a tad less disgruntled and take a bit of pressure off new manager Clarence Seedorf.
However, it is also important to recognize that Seedorf's troops really struggled against basement-dwellers Catania, despite having a man advantage and only were able to earn all three points thanks to Riccardo Montolivo's long range strike in the first half. That is certainly not something that is encouraging to the team's fans nor management, and the rumour floating around Italy is that the Rossoneri hierarchy have demanded a fifth place finish to secure European football for next season.
Felix Magath was hired to save Fulham from relegation. Initially, things were rocky. Currently, Fulham find themselves very close to pulling off a “great escape”. A 1-0 victory over Norwich, which could have easily been so different (this was reflected…
The Premier League has offered some spectacular moments this season but nothing quite beats a festival of the best goals of the season.
There have been some long range screamers, some ticky-tacky one-touch displays and some goals scored that barely escape the training-pitch. However, as the talent in the Premier League has grown of late so have the range of varying strikes.
So here it goes, LiveSoccerTV presents the top 10 goal of the campaign…
It’s always a big occasion when these two clubs lock horns, especially when it’s a cup final. Historically this fixture has arguably provided football fans with more exhilaration than any other match in Spain and the game between the two sides always lives up to the expectations.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have already met twice this season and on both occasions the match has ended in favour of the Catalans. However things might turn out to be different this time around with Barcelona on a disappointing run which has seen them loose both of their last two matches.
Preview: Has a successful title defense caused Bayern unforeseen problems?
Bayern last secured a victory in the league when they played Hertha Berlin. Incidentally, that was the day they completed a successful defense of their Bundesliga title. Since then, Bayern has played five games and recorded a grand total of one victory. In that victory, Bayern only played to a high level for roughly half an hour after falling behind. It seems Bayern cannot be bothered to turn up these days. Pep Guardiola took the blame of the recent 0-3 defeat on his shoulders. While Dortmund was excellent, Bayern’s poor and almost apathetic approach cannot be ignored.
Preview: City looking to respond following Anfield heartache
A scintillating encounter between title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City ended in a 3-2 victory for the Merseyside outfit as the Reds capitalized on a mistake by mister reliable, Vincent Kompany. The Citizens were met by a resounding Anfield, as the kop faithful made themselves heard putting the Man City players under pressure.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the home side with a well composed finish which was followed by a thumping header from Skrtel to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Preview: On the verge of winning the league, Benfica has to overturn a one goal deficit
Benfica took another step towards the Portuguese League title on Sunday, with a 0-2 victory over Arouca. Jorge Jesus’ side can now claim their 33rd league championship on Sunday, when they host Olhanense at the Estádio da Luz.
First, they will need to turn a negative result against rivals Porto in the Taça de Portugal.
The Águias have won this competition a record 24 times, but the last time they raised the trophy was in 2004. In a matter of a few days, they will have a chance to book a place in the final, as well as claim the Portuguese League.
The second Clasico of 2014: The Copa del Rey Final will be played at the neutral ground of the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.
The Spanish Cup Final - El Clasico - will air on April 16th, 2014 at 3PM EST / 12 noon PST. The match will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN (english), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio (spanish). You can also tune into the match online in both English and Spanish languages on WatchESPN (authenticated users only).
El Clasico always attracts global attention due to the intense Spanish rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. This match is even more signficant since Barcelona have just recently been kicked out of the UEFA Champions League and have very likely just seen their La Liga title hopes slip away with their most recent loss this past weekend, leaving them in third place behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. This might be Barca's only chance at silverware this season as well as Carlo Ancelotti's first chance for silverware with Los Blancos. The world will be watching. See broadcast details below for US television, radio and online coverage of El Clasico 2014, the second of the year:
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Preview: After FA Cup victory, Arsenal now focus on a top four finish
Arsenal will host West Ham, after a long a grueling match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners came away with a shoot-out victory over Wigan, which helped them book their spot in the FA Cup final.
They now turn their attention to the Premier League, where they are once again in a battle for a top four spot.
Everton have a two point lead on the Gunners, but a victory over West Ham could put Arsene Wenger’s squad back into a Champions League spot. The Toffees will host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, so Arsenal will want to put pressure on Roberto Martinez’s men heading into that match.
Preview: Can Wolfsburg go one better this season?
Last season, VfL Wolfsburg overcame many tough opponents en route to the Pokal semifinals. However, once there, they were undone by Jupp Heynckes’ all conquering, high-flying Bayern, 6-1. This time, they have been drawn in the opposite half, away from Bayern. However, their opponents recently beat the Bavarians 0-3. Dortmund will be coming into this match on the back of a very spirited and satisfying performance against the title winners. More importantly, the result helped keep Dortmund in second ahead of Schalke in third in the Bundesliga.
Season falling apart for Barcelona
After being tactically outclassed in the second leg of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderón, Barcelona suffered another heart-ache as Yacine Brahimi’s solitary goal of the match subjected the Blaugrana to their second successive loss on Saturday against Granada.
In the course of the two matches, Barcelona have been knocked out of the Champions League a competition they have fared well in recently having made it to the semi-finals in each of the last six seasons.
Unlike ahead of the first Clasico of the year 2014, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not in top form. Leo has gone missing lately while CR7 is out injured. So which players will leave a mark on the game?
Two stars under pressure to perform are Neymar and Gareth Bale. Both completely rocked the 2013 summer transfer window and are expected to justify their astronomical price tags. Indeed, the stage has been set for Neymar and Bale to strengthen their rivalry and overshadow, at least for a day, the mouth-watering Messi-Ronaldo clash which cannot take place in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Preview: The Bianconeri resume their Scudetto challenge against the Zebrette
On Thursday, Juventus moved one step closer to the Europa League final in Turin by defeating Lyon 2-1 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate. Yet, while the score-line may look like a straightforward win for the side that has yet to lose a game at home, Bianconeri midfielder Claudio Marchisio admitted that his side were fortunate to have secured their position in the semi-finals.
"It wasn't easy. We started off well tonight, but then Lyon equalized and fortunately I was able to score a goal...but it was really lucky," the 28-year-old remarked to Mediaset following the game. Nonetheless, the team is still on course to lift two trophies in May, but will be keen on staying far ahead of second-placed Roma with a win later this evening.
Preview: Les Parisiens hope to wrap up title race against Les Gones
On Tuesday, despite holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, PSG were dumped out of the Champions League by a resurgent Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Two days later, Lyon saw their European dreams go up in smoke after being defeated in the second leg of their clash with Juventus.
Hence, both sides will be eager to put this week's disappointments behind them as they turn their attention towards the domestic campaign. For hosts Lyon, they are just four points behind fourth-placed Saint-Etienne who occupt the last European football spot--albeit whichever team makes it will have to secure a spot in the Europa League via the playoffs. As for PSG, Laurent Blanc's troops can clinch the league title should they win--and should Rennes do them a favour by beating second-placed Monaco.