Sunday, January 26, 2014

FA Cup: Chelsea vs Stoke City Match Preview, Sunday 26th January 2014

Chelsea vs Stoke City Match FA Cup Preview 26/01/2014

Match info:

Kick off: January 26, 2014 3:30 p.m. GMT

VENUE: Stamford Bridge — London

Referee:‬ Chris Foy‎

TV/: The match will be telecast live on ESPN Australia in Australia, Sportsnet World in Canada, Supersport 3 Africa in African continent, Star Sports 4/HD 2 in India, beIN Sports Arabia in UAE, ITV 1/HD in UK, Fox Sports 2 in USA.

Follow coverage of the FA Cup as Chelsea host Stoke at Stamford Bridge to conclude the weekend's fourth round action.

The Blues are favourites to triumph in the round's only all-Premier League clash as Jose Mourinho's team aim to protect their unbeaten domestic home record this term.

Mark Hughes will have eyes on recording a second victory over the Premier League title chasers though, having defeated Mourinho's outfit 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium last month.


Chelsea will also be without striker Fernando Torres after he suffered a knee injury in the victory over United last weekend, meaning Demba Ba is in line to start.

Frank Lampard could also return to the starting line-up after being named among the substitutes for the United game following an injury lay-off, but Marco van Ginkel [knee] remains a long-term absentee.

Chelsea have been in fine form in recent weeks, winning their last six games in all competitions and conceding only two goals in the process.

Stoke City Team News:

Stoke City have been suffering without their number one keeper Asmir Begovic but he could play on Sunday after recovering from a broken finger. Mark Hughes could be set to start striker Kenwyne Jones after being dropped against Crystal Palace after he refused to play in the loss to Liverpool the week before. We could see Manchester City loan player John Guidetti feature after his debut went okay against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea v Stoke in the FA Cup:

5th round, 17 February 1934, Victoria Ground
Stoke....…...…………….3 Chelsea……….…………..1
Matthews 2                        Oakton (pen)
                     Att: 42,219

5th round, 12 February 1969, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea……….….……….3 Stoke……………………...2
Birchenall 17                        Burrows 53
Osgood 32, 68                     Dobing 71
                     Att: 39,191

5th round, 16 February 2003, Britannia Stadium
Stoke....…...…………….0 Chelsea……….…………..2
                                          Hasselbaink 52
                                          Gronkjaer 76
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chelsea vs Manchester United: English Premier League Preview 19.01.2014

Match Chelsea vs Manchester United: English Premier League Preview

Match Info :
Date: January 19, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Barclays Premier League

TV: beIN SPORTS HD 1, NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Live Extra (US); Sky Sports 1/HD, Sky Go, Sky Sports 3D, Sky Sports 1 Ireland, MUTV Online, NOW TV (UK)

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea plays its first home game of 2014 when it hosts Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in what looks to be the game of the week in the English Premier League.

Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea rekindles memories of numerous feisty contests over the years when both teams were fighting for the title. United seemingly appear out of the title race this season after falling 11 points behind Arsenal, but this fixture has lost none of its excitement.

Only five men - Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, David Moyes, Rafael Benitez and Gerard Houllier - have previously overseen 100 wins with a single Premier League team

A win for Chelsea will represent Mourinho’s 100th in the Premier League. Despite United’s recent form, three points from this encounter is easier said than done. United have been poor at home, but their away form has been decent with just one defeat in the last five.


Manchester United have won more games than Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with 30 wins to Chelsea's 22.
The last fixture at Stamford Bridge saw United win 3-2 against Chelsea's nine men in October 2012.
Jose Mourinho has never lost a home game against Manchester United in two spells as Chelsea manager.
There have been four red cards in as many seasons in fixtures between the two clubs.

Team News:

Fellow midfielder Frank Lampard could return from a calf problem for Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Right-back Branislav Ivanovic only returned to training on Friday following a knee problem and is unlikely to figure.

New signing Nemanja Matic has been added to the squad but boss Jose Mourinho has said he will not start.

Meanwhile, United strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will again be missing.

Rooney has at least started running again, whilst Van Persie should return to training on Monday after nearly six weeks on the sidelines.

United are looking for their sixth win out of seven in the Premier League but Moyes has never won a head-to-head meeting with Jose Mourinho.

Probable lineups:

Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole ; Matic, Ramires ; Willian, Oscar, Hazard ; Torres

Manchester United:
De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Cleverley, Carrick; Valencia, Welbeck, Januzaj, Hernandez

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Arsenal vs Chelsea English Premier League match preview December 23, 2013

Arsenal vs Chelsea 23-12-2013 match english premier league

 Arsenal – Chelsea – Fixtures for Monday brings us the last match of the 17th round of the English Premier League, which is at the same time the derby of the round since in it will play currently leading Arsenal and third-placed Chelsea, who has two points less. These two teams played in the League Cup two months ago and then Chelsea at this very stadium won with 2-0, which was just a continuation of the tradition from the last season when it won both of their championship matches.

 match info :
Football : English Premier League
Date: Monday, December 23, 2013
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT.
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Referee: Mike Dean

      Arsenal                                                                  Chelsea
Arsenal Chelsea

Monday Night Football and we have a great London derby in store as Arsenal welcomes Chelsea to The Emirates Stadium. It waits to be seen if Arsenal can still hold on to their top spot after this match. They were beaten by Manchester City 6-3 in their last match and if they suffer another defeat here they could lose the top spot to Chelsea by a point



Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is ruled out because of a cut to his knee.

Jack Wilshere begins a two-game ban for misconduct, but Lukas Podolski is available to make his comeback from a hamstring injury.

Possible lineups: Szeczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Walcott, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla; Ozil; Giroud.
Out: Wilshere (suspended), Miyaichi (hamstring), Sanogo (back), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby (both knee).
Test: Koscielny (knee)


Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic returns from suspension, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta reverts to left-back and Ashley Cole will drop to the bench.

Michael Essien serves a one-game ban after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Sunderland.

Possible lineups: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Hazard; Oscar, Torres.
Out: Essien (suspended), Bertrand (knock), Van Ginkel (knee).

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Bayern Munich - Manchester City December 10, 2013 | Group D Champions League Preview

Bayern Munich will be playing host to Man City in Champions League action on Tuesday, December 10th.

match info:
Date: December 10, 2013
Time: 7:45 PM GMT
Stadium: Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ David Fernández
Competition: UEFA Champions league 2013-14

The top two in Group D meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, having already reached the last 16, and City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he will look to utilise some of his squad players with Saturday's clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal in mind.

Bayern Munich:

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side that Manchester City will be dangerous opponents.
City face the reigning European champions tomorrow evening in Germany, and Guardiola is wary about the quality of City’s squad.

He said: “Tomorrow will be a very dangerous team and game. Manchester (City) have unbelievable players.
“Within ten minutes they can get three or four chances without any problems. We have to really lookout for that.
“My players have to really concentrate and be aware of this situation.
“We have a big chance to be first in the group and this obviously would be very good for us in the knockout phase because of the home match. And that is what we have to aim for.”

Team News: Arjen Robben is unavailable because of a knee injury, while Philipp Lahm (thigh) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (ankle) missed out against Bremen. However, Franck Ribéry and Claudio Pizarro returned to action and Xherdan Shaqiri was named as a substitute for the first time since early October. Mario Götze picked up a knock in Bremen but Guardiola is optimistic he will be available.

Manchester City:

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is preparing for tonight's UEFA Champions League Group D match at Bayern Munich with thoughts of the Premier League meeting with Arsenal that follows it very much in mind.

Pellegrini said: "Tomorrow, we will see the XI that starts.
"Of course, it was one of the most important things to achieve – qualifying for the next round already and not deciding that here in Munich. So we will see tomorrow.
"Of course we are thinking about both things – firstly to do a very good game tomorrow, which is very important for us, and also what will happen in the tough game we have against Arsenal on Saturday."

Team News: Matija Nastasić and Stevan Jovetić are sidelined with calf injuries, while Gaël Clichy has not travelled to Munich due to a minor foot problem. Yaya Touré is suspended.
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Galatasaray - Juventus | Group B UEFA Champions League Preview 10-12-2013

Galatasaray vs Juventus - 10 Dec 2013 | Champions League

Galatasaray v Juventus info match:

competition: European Champions League
Date: Tuesday 10 December 2013 -
Kick Off :  7:45pm
Venue: Türk Telekom Arena — Istanbul
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎

Youtube video Preview:
Galatasaray v Juventus 10.12.13 | Group B Champions League Match Preview 2013

Galatasaray welcomes Juventus to Turk Telekom Arena Tuesday night. Antonio Conte's men have signed a win in five matches in Group B so far, with three draws on the clock, but the Serie A champions are second qualifying spot behind Real Madrid, with two ahead of their hosts points, which means that a draw would be a good deal for the Bianconeri

Further the Italians are on an impressive series confirming their return to form, with nine matches in all competitions without any setbacks. However, this shift will not be easy to address for the Old Lady in the boiling atmosphere of the Turkish cave.

Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini - Juventus fan as a child - has supported the Turkish champions for the first leg on October 2 . He has a record of five wins, nine draws and five defeats against the Old Lady as a coach. This first leg between the two teams had resulted in a dramatic 2-2, with Didier Drogba 's opener before Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella reverses the situation and believe give three points to Juve - but it was without counting on Umut Bulut who snatched a draw in stride.

Drogba has a history when it comes to eliminating Juventus Champions League , he scored in both maches where Chelsea eliminated the Serie A club 3-2 on two runs in the fourth round of the edition 2008-09 . One of the most penalizing elements for the Bianconeri is without their playmaker Andrea Pirlo , who should return to the land that next month after a knee ligament injury , but Galatasaray will also Hamit Altintop private absent of long duration .

Speaking after the 4-1 defeat of his team against Madrid, there a fortnight , Mancini spoke of the importance of support from fans for this confrontation against Juve : " We will certainly need the support of our fans (...) They must support us until the final whistle and we are sure it will be like that. We will try to get the three points with the famous pressure that our fans know Galatasaray create . " The stage is set .

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Premier League match preview between Arsenal and Everton 08-12-2013

match preview of the Premier League game between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium on December 8, 2013

Arsenal can do no wrong at the moment managing six wins in their last eight matches in the Premiership and are still holding a four point lead at the top of the standings. Everton after beating Manchester United in their last match will be coming here to get another surprise result, but Arsenal will still start as favorites.

                        Match info :
           Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013
           Kickoff time: 4:00 PM GMT
           Venue:Emirates Stadium — London
           Referee:‬ Howard Webb‎
           English Premier League

TV: Sky Sports 1, Al Jazeera Sports - HD 1, Al Jazeera Sports +9, BBC ONE .

 Team News:

Arsène Wenger will be tempted to recall the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud while Theo Walcott could start for the first time since September.
But Bacary Sagna is rated by Wenger as short of fintess and will not return.

Meanwhile,Roberto Martinez  also has no new injury or suspension woes, and will take his full compliment to the Emirates, minus Leighton Baines, who is unfortunately out until the new year.  Everton will certainly look to exploit the void left by the experienced Sagna at right-back, as Carl Jenkinson is not yet the finished article by any means; with the new boys Gerard Deulofeu and Bryan Oviedo adding spark to Everton side, Martinez should feel confident in his side providing the creativity to unlock the stubborn Arsenal rear-guard.

Probable lineups:

Probable lineups Arsenal: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini; Walcott, Özil, Ramsey; Giroud.
Out: Sanogo (back), Sagna, Podolski (both hamstring), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby .

Probable lineups Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar; Lukaku.
Out: Baines (toe), Koné, Gibson .
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Napoli vs Udinese preview match of the 15th round of the Italian Serie A

Napoli vs Udinese match of the 15th round of the Italian Serie A

Napoli will be hoping to maintain the pressure at the top of the Serie A table when they welcome Udinese to the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday evening.

A few days before the biggest game of his early season against Arsenal, Napoli will certainly not have his wits Udinese and choices Rafa Benitez will go in the direction of a quick turnover. Despite this, the three points at stake will be important not to let slip the victorious last night in Bologna and already 9 on Partenopei Juventus . Several ballotages for Wednesday so with the possible beginnings of Rafael , the young Brazilian goalkeeper , instead of Reina and the former Lyon Reveillere at left- back. Fernandez should replace Britos , suspended in central defense and Pandev take place again Marek Hamsik injured in support of Gonzalo Higuain . Badge should see him again prefer the Belgian Mertens . Udinese his side will try to take advantage of the situation and achieve the feat barely caressed last Sunday on the lawn of the Juventus Stadium. To do this, Guidolin has , however , serious problems in attack as Di Natale has withdrawn as Muriel and Ranégie . Place Nico Lopez has finally the opportunity to prove his status as a future crack with Zielinski, another young talent ready to replace him . For the rest , no surprises with a three-man defense before Brkic , middle and five behind Fernandes El Conejito . The last success at the San Paolo Friulians dates back to the 2010-11 season, a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Inler and Denis .


Probable lineups:


Maggio Fernandez Albiol Reveillere

Dzemaili Inler

Callejon Pandev Mertens


Substitutes: Reina, Colombo, Uvini, Cannavaro, Armero, Behrami, Insignia, Radosevic, Zapata

Unavailable (s): Zuniga, Hamsik, Mesto

Suspended (s):

Under the threat of a suspension:


Probable lineups:


Heurtaux Danilo Domizzi

Basta Pereyra Allan G. Lazzari Silva


N. Lopez

Substitutes: Kelava, Scuffet, Douglas, Naldo, Widmer, Mlinar, Badu, Jadson, Merkel Pinzi, Maicosuel, Zielinski

Unavailable (s): Di Natale, Muriel, Ranégie, Bubnjic

Suspended (s): /

Under the threat of a suspension: Danilo, Domizzi
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