Chelsea-Arsenal-Tottenham battle for Champions League spots boils up; Jamie Carragher and Alex Ferguson feature in their last respective games; watch live games of EPL’s Week 38
Miami Beach, Florida (May 18, 2013) – Everything is set for the English Premier League’s very final week of the 2012/13 season. All ten matches will kick off simultaneously at 11:00am EST/15:00GMT/16:00 local time on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The fate of many teams has already been decided but there is still much to play for and the biggest sports networks across the planet are geared up for this mammoth day!
It is time to know where to watch every single match of your choice live online or on television come May 19. Finding answers to that can be a hard and time consuming task. Today, Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) shows you all the information you need right in one place through a combination of TV channels lined up for the following fixtures:
Judging by their past meetings at the Mata Real, Paços de Ferreira is at a clear disadvantage. But, will their best campaign in club history play into Sunday's match?
Paços de Ferreira fans have enjoyed the most successful season in their club's history. On Sunday, a week after claiming a spot in the qualification round of the Champions League next season, Paços will get a chance to spoil the anticipated title party for Porto.
A last minute victory over Benfica on Saturday will not only have the Porto players full of confidence, but they now only depend on themselves to reclaim the title. Is Vítor Pereira's side going to be able to handle the euphoria heading into the Mata Real, or will this season's surprise team make things interesting?
We will take a look at their previous meetings and any potential patterns that could have any influence on the match come Sunday afternoon.
The Rossoneri will be hoping to pick up maximum points on their visit to Siena to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.
An in-form AC Milan will be desperate to clinch a spot in the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League when they travel to the Montepaschi Arena to take on an already relegated Siena.
Milan, who beat Siena 2-1 earlier in the season, have been in electrifying form in recent weeks and will be looking to put on a memorable display in the final game of the Serie A season.
David Beckham plays his final football match as PSG take on Brest; Milan look to seal final Champions League spot at stake; Barcelona prepare for glamorous title celebrations
Miami Beach, Florida (May 18, 2013) – Two matches highlight beIN Sports’ incredible live soccer coverage this Sunday. Before that, though, beIN Sports followers will be able to witness all the emotion surrounding David Beckham’s very final game as a footballer. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) reminds you not to miss PSG vs Brest, Siena vs Milan, FC Barcelona vs Real Valladolid or any of beIN Sports live telecasts this weekend.
In Italy, Milan’s battle away to relegated Siena will capture wide attention as the Rossoneri aim to secure the third and final UEFA Champions League spot in the Serie A. Last weekend, Milan played out a goalless draw away to Roma in an encounter that was marred by boos – identified as racist chants – from the crowd.
With the last week of the season coming up, it will be that time of the year when fantasy managers make those last minute changes to their sides.
It’s that time of the year again, the last weekend of the season for all you FPL managers to show your game in your mini-leagues. In this article, we analyse the goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers who could make or break your final weekend.
The obvious choice for a goalkeeper this weekend is Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, who will face QPR at home. Priced at an affordable 5.8m, Reina has been excellent this season keeping 13 clean sheets with an average of 4.17 saves per match.
Another option could be the ever-reliable Joe Hart as Manchester City will host Norwich to the Emirates this weekend. Hart is the more expensive option at 6.9m, but has been on top of his game the entire season.
Two heartbreaking defeats in the 92nd minute have left Jorge Jesus' side on the verge of coming up empty handed in a matter of a week.
Despite a last ditch goal at the Estádio do Dragão from Porto's Kelvin, Benfica fans thought they had seen it all. How much worst could it really get? After Wednesday's match in Amsterdam, things got much worst for the Lisbon giants.
Taking a look back at their season, Jorge Jesus looked destined to claim at least one title, if not maybe two, but after their last two matches, even their Taça de Portugal match against Guimarães does not look promising.
Fans will ask how it is possible to concede two decisive goals in the final minute of a match, and while there is not a specific answer to that question, lack of experience and focus may well have been a main contributor.
For the first time in the history of the Premier League, the third place might be decided as a result of a play off should Arsenal and Chelsea end the season level on points, goal difference and goals scored.
The aforementioned situation is very much possible and should it happen the London duo will battle it out on the 26th of May at the Villa Park. Arsenal currently stand fourth with 70 points whereas their London counterparts are third with 72 points. Should Arsenal win their match on Sunday and if Chelsea are to draw their match against Everton, the two sides will be at level points.
However Chelsea have a slender advantage over Arsenal in terms of goal difference and goals scored. For the unique situation to arise Arsenal must defeat Newcastle by a one goal advantage and also score two more goals than Chelsea, the Blues on the other hand will have to be held to a draw at the Stamford Bridge where they play Everton.
The top four drama will finally reach its conclusion this Sunday as North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham battle one last time to guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League.
Arsenal pay a visit to St James’ Park where they face a Newcastle side who have something to celebrate for after they guaranteed their survival in England’s top tier football for another season. The Magpies however have had a very disappointing season especially considering their antics in last season’s edition of the Barclays Premier League, when they nearly broke in the top four and finished the season just five points shy of a top four finish.
The Newcastle side which was expected to grow from strength to strength instead suffered a peculiar decline and after repeatedly flirting with relegation this season, the Toons finally confirmed their stay in England’s top flight football by defeating Queens Park Rangers last week.
Paços de Ferreira vs Porto and Benfica vs Moreirense highlight the very final week of this season’s Portuguese League campaign; follow all matches live on Sunday, May 19
Miami Beach, Florida (May 18, 2013) – FC Porto and Benfica are in a fierce contest to win the 2012/13 Portuguese Primeira Liga title. Only one of these two teams will be crowned champions when the final whistle blows all over Portugal this Sunday. At exactly 13:30 EST / 17:30 GMT / 19:30 CET, all eight final fixtures will kick off.
Paços de Ferreira vs Porto and Benfica vs Moreirense are the two encounters that will dominate viewership. Live Soccer TV reminds viewers in the United States to watch both fixtures on ESPN3 this Sunday. In addition to going live on ESPN3 in USA, the Pacos de Ferreira vs Porto match will also enjoy live broadcast on RTP Internacional and Sport TV Americas in Canada.
Champions United will feature for the last time in their history under manager Sir Alex Ferguson when they step out to take on eighth placed West Bromwich Albion.
Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are both injured for West Brom. Marc-Antoine Fortune is suspended. Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Darren Fletcher are all out for Manchester United. Rafael is suspended.
Whether Sir Alex has the heart to form a game plan has to be questioned. One…
Tottenham knows their Champions League future lies in the hands of Arsenal; nothing but a win will do against a Sunderland side which escaped relegation by the thinnest of margins.
Sandro, Younes Kaboul and William Gallas are out for Spurs. Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher are out for Sunderland. Craig Gardner and Stephan Sessegnon are both suspended. Danny Rose is ineligible due to Spurs connections.
Recent encounters between these two sides…
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.
Despite proclaiming itself to be one of the leading countries in European football, Italian football has been unable to stamp down racism which players of African descent in AC Milan have felt more than once for a number of years
One of the biggest let downs of modern day football is the constant abuse players receive from a section of the crowd solely based on their skin colour. A wide variety of racial slurs have been experienced by players in many leagues in Europe. Try they might, but the local governing bodies have so far been unable to cut this weed out of the root.
As a trend that surely forces football to take one step backwards after going so far, racism continues to haunt Italian football which is a shame for a country that in past, boasted so many players of African origin who made a name for themselves at their respective clubs.
With just one game left to play for in the current Italian Serie A campaign, AC Milan should not slip up against already-relegated Siena in a bid to seal a top three place.
After a 0-0 draw with AS Roma, a game that made highlights for all the wrong reasons, Milan know that they have to turn deaf on whatever that happens outside the white lines when they take on Siena at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
As things stand, AC Milan are in third and the final place of Champions League qualification and just two points ahead of Fiorentina who play already relegated side US Pescara. A win against Giuseppe Lachini’s for Milan side will mean Champions League football for next season and any sort of slip-up could see the Milanese club play in the Europa League next season.
Can Benfica's streak of misfortune come to an end on Sunday, or will they have to watch their rivals celebrate yet another Portuguese League title?
Three negative results in all competitions has Benfica on the verge of throwing away a second title in a week. With one point separating them from the top spot in the Portuguese League, the Águias will not only need to win their match, but they will also need a positive result at the Mata Real Stadium.
Needing the full three points at home against Moreirense is a given for the Benfica players, but what is not a given is the actual victory.
The last two league matches for the Lisbon side have not been all that impressive, although the final result may not tell the full story of the match.
Newcastle guaranteed a spot in the Premier League next year with their win over QPR last week. With nothing to play for, the Magpies could put a dent in Arsenal's Champions League hopes.
Newcastle was up against the ropes for a few weeks, knowing that relegation was a serious possibility if they did not get their act together. A win against QPR last week saved the Magpies from relegation, making Sunday's match less important for the hosts.
Although the Newcastle players will not have any significant pressure on them, their performance could potentially dictate if Arsenal finishes in the top four or not.
The Gunners have once again left things late, just as they have done many times in the past. Failure to claim the full three points at St. James Park could really cause all sorts of trouble for Arsene Wenger's side for the 2013/14 campaign. A potential Europa League spot could be waiting for the Gunners if they are unable to pull together and continue their great form as of late.
A top four finish is just three points away for North London side Arsenal, and a win on Sunday will guarantee the Gunners a Champions League spot next season.
For the eighth consecutive season Arsenal will end the season without any silverware in their trophy cabinet. However, with their upcoming encounter against Newcastle United at Saint James’ Park on the horizon, Arsenal know that they must register a win in order to guarantee themselves a place in the qualification round for next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.
The Gunners have been an ever-present side alongside Manchester United in the Champions League for the past 17 years and should they miss out on the competition, it will seal the final disappointment in a season that has already been filled with a lot of disappointments for Arsenal fans.
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…
The race for fourth place will reach its conclusion in the heart of the Black Forest. The rich and mighty Schalke will be playing the brave Freiburg.
Freiburg’s win last weekend over Greuther Fürth proved invaluable. While few had seen this coming, Schalke managed to break down against Stuttgart, going down at home, 1-2. Stuttgart has nothing to play for aside from the DFB Pokal this season. Yet, the Royal Blues managed to lose! This loss came at the worst possible time; Schalke had just tied down Julian Draxler to a contract extension.
This weekend, this clash will form the basis of the futures of both the clubs. This Schalke side is greatly talented. Missing out on the Champions League will hurt this club, considering the manner in which they exit the competition earlier in the season. For Freiburg, a ticket to the Champions League qualifiers will book them a ticket to the Europa League at least. Those who are lovers of the league will hope Schalke comes through for the sake of the Bundesliga.