SoccerLens Archives for January 2016

Swansea v Liverpool tactical preview: Swans to flood midfield to stop in-form Reds

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Liverpool take on Swansea City on Saturday in a lunchtime kickoff as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds look to keep their momentum going following a string of high-scoring wins. Swansea, meanwhile, are down in the bottom reaches of the table having lost four of their first six games into the 2016/17 season.

Francesco Guidolin is seeking to stop the rot that has set in at Swansea after a spirited performance at home to Manchester City only resulted in a defeat.

Football Manager Touch 2017: Release Date, Features and Buying Info

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Football Manager 2017 is set to be launched officially on 04 November 2016, and Football Manager Touch 2017 will be available at the same time.

Sports Interactive have announced that every user will receive a copy of the Football Manager Touch 2017 when they buy the game, whether it is a FM 17 pre-order or just a delayed purchase.

Early Premier League Title and Relegation Favorites

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The Premier League season is well under way and teams have been establishing themselves over these first six weeks. After just over a month, it is already clear what teams have had a great start and will contend for the title. On the other end of the spectrum, there are teams that have not been up to par and have gotten out of the starting blocks rather slowly.

4-2-3-1 v Burnley: Wenger's strongest Arsenal lineup without 6 first team players; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Burnley vs Arsenal Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Burnley vs Arsenal
English Premier League 2016/17
2nd October 2016, 16:30 pm BST
Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley Team News & Preview

Burnley host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend and Sean Dyche’s side will be looking to build on their impressive 2-0 win over Watford in their last game.

4-3-3 v Celta: Luis Enrique without two key Barcelona stars for vital away clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
LIGA BBVA 2016/17
2nd October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Balaidos, Coia

Celta Vigo Team News & Preview

Celta Vigo host Spanish champions Barcelona in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be hoping to continue their recent run of form with a positive result here.

4-3-3 v Eibar: Zidane without two key Real Madrid stars for must win home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid v Eibar Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Eibar
Liga BBVA 2016/17
2nd October 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid host Eibar in La Liga this weekend and Los Blancos will be hoping to recover from their recent dip in form with a comfortable win here.

4-3-3 v Swansea: Klopp without tricky Liverpool attacker for vital away clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Swansea vs Liverpool Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Swansea vs Liverpool
English Premier League 2016/17
1st October 2016, 12:30 pm BST
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Liverpool Team News & Preview

Liverpool travel to Swansea in the Premier League this weekend and the Reds will look to continue their splendid form with a win over the Welsh side.

4-2-3-1 v Stoke: Mourinho set to drop key Man Utd star from Sunday's lineup; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs Stoke City Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Manchester United vs Stoke City
English Premier League 2016/17
2nd October 2016, 12:00 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United host Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend.

4-1-4-1 v Spurs: Guardiola without 3 first team stars for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Tottenham vs Manchester City Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Tottenham vs Manchester City
English Premier League 2016/17
2nd October 2016, 14:15 pm BST
White Hart Lane, London

Tottenham Team News & Preview

Tottenham host Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend and the Londoners will be hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Spurs vs Man City: 3 Key battles that could decide the outcome of Sunday's Premier League game

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The Manchester City team faces Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, in a battle of the unbeaten teams in the Premier League. While Manchester City have won 6 out of 6 of their Premier League matches, Spurs have won 4 games, and drawn the other two.

In fact, City could have equalled Spurs’ record of 11 consecutive wins had they won against Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, but Brendan Rodgers’ side did the unthinkable and held the City to a 3-3 draw.

4-1-4-1 v Hull: Antonio Conte's strongest Chelsea lineup for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Hull City vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Hull City vs Chelsea
English Premier League 2016/17
1st October 2016, 15:00 pm BST
KCOM Stadium, Hull

Hull City Team News & Preview

Hull City host Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend and the tigers will be looking to get their season back on track with a positive result.

Football Shirt Numbers History, retired shirts, the most famous / worst shirt numbers

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Football shirt numbers have always been an integral part of the game over the years.

Some of them have become famous because of the legendary footballers who picked them and others were downright strange.

In the earlier days shirt numbers were used to simply identify the player on the pitch.

Sam Allardyce departs: 3 potential candidates for next England manager

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Sam Allardyce contract with The FA as the England manager has been terminated by mutual consent.

The 61-year-old was appointed as the national team manager in July and he has spent 67 days in his “dream job” and managed just one game for his nation, against Slovakia.

The search for the new England manager is set to begin soon and in the meantime, Gareth Southgate will be in charge of the senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain.

4-2-3-1 v Zorya: Mourinho without top class star for Man Utd's Europa League clash; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs Zorya Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Europa league fixture.

Manchester United vs Zorya
UEFA Europa League 2016/17
29th September 2016, 20:05 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
Europa League Live Streaming

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United host Zorya in the Europa League this week.

Chelsea plotting £25m bid for top quality defender; Former Man Utd player wants to play CL football

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Michael Keane has attracted a lot of interest with his solid displays at the heart of Burnley’s defence over the past 12 months.

The former Manchester United defender was a target for Premier League champions Leicester City in the summer. The Foxes even submitted a 15 million pound bid for the 23-year-old.

Arsenal close to sealing deal with World class midfielder; Star wants Emirates fan favourite's shirt number

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is set to sign a long-term contract at the London club according to latest reports in Germany.

Sportbild journalist Henning Feindt has confirmed that a deal is close to being signed and the German international will also change his shirt number.

Ozil and Sanchez were both expected to sign new deals at the club during the summer and it seems that the Premier League giants have agreed on a mega-money contract with Ozil already.

Abramovich ready to solve Chelsea's problems by signing these 3 top class stars in January

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Chelsea have had a poor start to the season by their standards and Antonio Conte is reportedly looking to improve his squad in the January transfer window.

The Italian manager spent 140 million Euros this summer and signed the likes of N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso and David Luiz.

4-3-3 vs Monchengladbach: Barcelona without world class star and key defender for UCL clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
28th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Borussia-Park

Borussia Monchengladbach Team News & Preview

Borussia Monchengladbach host Barcelona in the Champions League this week.

Kevin De Bruyne is Manchester City’s Undisputed Leader

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On the heels of hearing the news that Kevin De Bruyne will be out at least a month with a hamstring injury, it is important to point out how significant of an injury this is to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. By our count, De Bruyne has been involved in 10 of Manchester City’s 17 goals (59%) in league play thus far.

Arsenal dominate the Premier League Team of the Week for Matchday 6

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Another week of Premier League action, another fascinating round of matches. Chelsea’s defensive frailties were on show again in their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, and Liverpool made the most of Ahmed Elmohamady’s red card to beat Hull City 5-1 at Anfield. These are the 11 players who made the biggest impact on matchday six.

4-2-3-1 v Basel: Arsenal without 6 first team players for UCL clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Basel Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Arsenal vs Basel
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
28th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Emirates, London

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Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich Prediction, Team News, Key Stats & Preview

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Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
28th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Vicente Calderon, Madrid

Atletico Madrid Team News & Preview

Atletico Madrid host Bayern Munich in the Champions league this week.

No more racism in football according to Fifa who disbands task force

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In an incredibly strange move, Fifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring that their work is complete. This act comes as a surprise given the corners surrounding the next World Cup in Russia.

Fifa has written to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and at this moment dissolved and no longer in operation.

Euro 2020: Hosts, Logo and Qualification Process

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UEFA launched the Euro 2020 logo earlier this month.

The European championship will be without a single host for the first time in its history.

Instead of just one country hosting all the games, the EURO 2020 will be held across 13 different European cities in the summer of 2020.

Other changes in the tournament include the omission of automatic qualification rule for the hosts.

4-3-3 v Dortmund: Zidane without key midfielder for vital UCL clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
27th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund Team News & Preview

Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow.

Burnley vs Watford: Preview, Prediction, Key Stats, Team News and Possible Lineups

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Burnley vs Watford Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of today’s Premier League fixture.

Burnley vs Watford
English Premier League 2016/17
26th September 2016, 20:00 pm BST
Turf Moor, Burnley

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Paul Pogba Is The Right Man At The Wrong Time For Manchester United

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Paul Pogba has become one of the world’s top midfield players and has many admirers none less so than Thierry Henry who said he can go on to become one of the best midfielders in history. Such high praise for Pogba from a player of Henry’s stature tells us all how good a player Pogba could become for Man Utd over the next 5-10 years.

Arsenal On The Rise But Major Test Lies Ahead

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In every league match since the Liverpool fiasco on the opening day of the season, Arsenal’s performances have improved steadily with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin being particularly impressive. But Saturday evening’s game against Chelsea is Arsenal’s first real test since then.

Manchester City could be next in line to face transfer ban

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Manchester City could find themselves in a tight spot as they were reported to Fifa for an alleged ‘trafficking’ of Benjamin Garre. The club apparently beat Manchester United and Barcelona to the youngster’s signature.

A formal complaint was lodged against the side by Argentine club Velez Sarsfield.

VIDEO: Dimitri Payet 2016 Freekicks

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West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet is regarded as one of the best free-kick takers in world football, something League Two Accrington Stanley can attest to after the Frenchman’s 96th minute set-piece sent the Hammers into the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

A curling effort from the right, up and over the Accrington wall and into the bottom left corner of the keeper’s net; Payet’s latest was his seventh successful free-kick for club and country since joining West Ham in 2015, for a measly £10.

3-4-3 v Gijon: Major injury blow for Luis Enrique, Barcelona without world class star for away game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Sporting Gijon vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Sporting Gijon vs Barcelona
Liga BBVA 2016/17
24th September 2016, 15:15 pm BST
El Molinón, Gijon

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4-1-4-1 v Arsenal: Conte could be without his best defenders for derby; Injury boost for Wenger; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Arsenal vs Chelsea
English Premier League 2016/17
24th September 2016, 17:30 pm BST
Emirates, London

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4-3-3 v Hull: Klopp's strongest possible Liverpool lineup for home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool vs Hull City Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Liverpool vs Hull City
English Premier League 2016/17
24th September 2016, 15:00 pm BST
Anfield, Liverpool

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4-2-3-1 v Leicester: Mourinho without 3 Man Utd first team players for vital clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs Leicester City Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Manchester United vs Leicester City
English Premier League 2016/17
24th September 2016, 12:30 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester

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5 reasons why Manchester United can still win the title

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Manchester United are going through a sticky phase in the Premier League having suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford. While the recent losses have set them back by six points in the title race, the league is still a long way from being over with 33 more rounds of games yet to be played.

4-3-3 v Las Palmas: Injury blow for Zidane, Real Madrid without 4 first team stars for away clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Las Palmas vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Liga BBVA 2016/17
24th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas

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Man Utd vs Leicester: Five key battles that could shape the game

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As Manchester United prepare to take on Leicester City, Neither of the two sides would be jubilant with the season they have had so far. While United began their season in a promising fashion under new boss José Mourinho, the Portuguese suffered three consecutive defeats for the first time since 2002 following losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford.

Weekend Tips: Manchester United to draw, Tottenham to win?

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After some EFL Cup action midweek the Premier League weekends with some big matches up and down the league.

Manchester United ended their three-game losing streak versus Northampton Town midweek but will be wanting to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host champions Leicester City in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.

FIFA 17 Ultimate Team: News, Web App, Coins & Team Packs

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FIFA has built a cult following around FIFA Ultimate Team and this year’s much anticipated FIFA 17 release is no different – along with the clamour for the new game, fans are also looking for more information about the FIFA 17 Ulimate Team.

FIFA 17 is all set for its official worldwide launch next Thursday (September 29th).

Why Football Needs Video Replays

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Football has definitely had its advances, from uniforms to training facilities, team tactics to new cleat and ball designs. One piece of technology that the highest levels of professional football have incorporated into the game is goal line technology. Installing advanced cameras in the frame of the goal notifies the center referee when the ball has crossed the line via his watch.

3 reasons why Antonio Conte must start Cesc Fabregas against Arsenal

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There’s no better feeling than proving people wrong and that’s exactly what Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas did with distinction on Tuesday night. After being dropped in all of the 5 Premier League games thus far, the Spaniard was given his chance from the start against Leicester City in the EFL Cup third round.

Fantasy Premier League Nightmares – Etienne Capoue

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Etienne Capoue is edging his name into Fantasy Premier League folklore. The 28 year old is better known for his defensive capabilities rather than for his attacking returns. Yet, he continues to deliver at the other end of the pitch for Watford this season (4 goals and 1 assist).

Capoue has given fantasy managers nightmares in the opening 5 weeks of the season.

The Hammer Head – Michail Antonio

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Heading Heroics

Fresh from hammering home his 5th header of the season, Michail Antonio, is fast becoming the head Hammer, at London’s Olympic Stadium. The mercurial winger has now scored 5 goals this season, all of which have come from his head. His scintillating form has resulted in him scoring in 4 Premier League games on the trot.

Agent: Pep Guardiola told this world class star in 2010 that Man City were a S*** team

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure’s future at the club remains uncertain as his agent Dimitri Selcuk continues his war of words with Pep Guardiola.

The 33-year-old midfielder was left out of Manchester City’s Champions League squad earlier this month.

Angered by Guardiola’s decision, Toure’s agent Selcuk admitted to the media that the former Bayern Munich manager has humiliated his client.

Premier League Team of the Week: Matchday 4

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So the Premier League continues to be as unpredictable as ever. Defeat to Watford completed a dreadful week for Manchester United, while Liverpool picked up victory at Stamford Bridge over a disappointing Chelsea side. Manchester City kept up their excellent start to the season, while it continues to be a torrid start for Stoke City and Sunderland.

4-3-3 v Atletico Madrid: Luis Enrique's strongest possible Barcelona lineup for vital clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Liga BBVA 2016/17
21st September 2016, 21:00 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
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Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in La Liga this week and both sides will be looking to close the gap with league leaders and bitter rivals Real Madrid.

4-3-3 v Villarreal: Zidane's strongest Real Madrid lineup after double injury blow; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Villarreal Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal
Liga BBVA 2016/17
21st September 2016, 19:00 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
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Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid will look to continue their excellent start to the season with a win when they face Villarreal at home this week.

Five-a-Side Football: Rules, Tactics and Where To Play

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Arguably the most popular of the many variations of football, five-a-side is played with two teams of five players (four outfield players and a goalkeeper) on a smaller pitch, with smaller goals and with a reduced game time.

5-a-side matches can be played indoors or outdoors (the latter on AstroTurf or artificial grass pitches), which are often inside cages or surrounded by barriers to prevent the ball from leaving the playing area, thereby keeping the game flowing at a fast pace without the need for throw-ins or corners.

La Liga competes with English Premier League by launching in India

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India is a growing market for football. Popularly termed the “sleeping giants” of football, European leagues and clubs have made massive inroads in India in the last few years. The aim is to popularise the sport in India further and tap into a resourceful market.

On Thursday, the La Liga officially launched the league in India.

‘The Special One’ Needs to Find Some of That Mourhino Magic

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After three defeats in a week for the Manchester side, the doubt that shadowed Jose Mourhino’s last few months as Chelsea boss has returned.

Last Saturday, against their City rivals, United were given their first real test in the Mourinho era. Manchester City asked questions of Manchester United, and United failed to answer them.

Manchester United in crisis as Mourinho struggles to balance attack and defence

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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United slumped to a third defeat in as many games following a 3-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road.

The latest loss leaves the Red Devils seventh in the standings, six points behind leaders and local rivals Manchester City.

Mourinho’s teams are generally known for their defensive solidity but at a club that demand a more open, attacking approach, the Portuguese has been found wanting in a bid to balance attack and defence in these early days.

Real Madrid equal Barcelona record without Ronaldo and Bale

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Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for their trip to Espanyol but that didn’t stop them from equalling the Periquitos’ local rivals Barcelona’s league record of 16 consecutive wins.

Goals from James Rodriguez-his first for the club in five months-and Karim Benzema made sure los Blancos head into mid-week’s clash against Villarreal with one eye on breaking a record held by their fierce rivals.

4-1-4-1 v Leicester: Chelsea without two key defenders for must win clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Leicester City vs Chelsea Prediction, Bettings Tips and Preview ahead of this week’s League Cup fixture.

Leicester City vs Chelsea
League Cup 2016/17
20th September 2016, 19:45 pm
King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester City Team News & Preview

Leicester City hosts Chelsea in the third round of the League cup on Tuesday.

4-3-3 v Derby: Klopp's strongest possible lineup for League Cup clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Derby vs Liverpool Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of this week’s League Cup fixture.

Derby vs Liverpool
English League Cup 2016/17
20th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Pride Park Stadium, Derby

Derby Team News & Preview

Derby County host Liverpool in the third round of the English League cup tomorrow night.

4-2-3-1 v Nottingham: Wenger without 5 first team players for vital League cup clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of this week’s League cup fixture.

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
English League Cup 2016/17
20th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
City Ground, Nottingham

Nottingham Forest Team News & Preview

Nottingham Forest host Arsenal in the third round of the English League Cup tomorrow and the Championship outfit will fancy their chances of an upset win here.

4-2-3-1 v Northampton: Mourinho without 3 Man Utd first team players for must win clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Northampton vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of this week’s League Cup fixture.

Northampton vs Manchester United
English League Cup 2016/17
21st September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton

Northampton Team News & Preview

Northampton host Manchester United in the third round of the English League cup on Wednesday.

Is Gary Cahill on borrowed time at Chelsea?

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Chelsea’s dream start to the new Premier League season has faced a harsh dose of reality in the last seven days, with the Blues losing their first game of the Antonio Conte era on Friday night.

Liverpool claimed a 2-1 victory over the London outfit at Stamford Bridge and were good value for their win, meaning the hosts will need to go back to the drawing board.

Tottenham Hotpsur’s Champions League introduction and the Wembley factor

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Tottenham Hotspur and the Champions League have a very special relationship – despite the fact that the North London club are entering only their second campaign in Europe’s top tournament in its current format.

The elite competition has offered up both delight and misery to the White Hart Lane supporters over the years.

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Reds dynamic in attack and other talking points

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Stamford Bridge played witness to Antonio Conte’s first defeat as Chelsea manager as Liverpool secured another impressive win on the road. Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson gave the Reds a 2-0 first half lead but Diego Costa’s 60th minute strike was not enough to inspire a Chelsea comeback.

Passive Chelsea

It was a surprise to see Chelsea start the game off with none of their usual energy and impetus on display.

4-2-3-1 v Sunderland: Pochettino without key Spurs defender for home game; Key Stats, Team News, Score Prediction & Possible Lineups

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Tottenham vs Sunderland Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Tottenham vs Sunderland
English Premier League
18th September 2016, 18:30 pm BST
White Hart Lane, London

Tottenham Team News & Preview

Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Monaco in the Champions League during the midweek.

4-3-3 v Espanyol: Zidane's strongest Real Madrid lineup after 3 first team injuries; Key Stats, Team News, Score Prediction & Possible Lineups

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Espanyol vs Real Madrid prediction, betting tips and preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Espanyol vs Barcelona
Liga BBVA
18th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
RCDE Stadium, Espanyol

Espanyol Team News & Preview

Espanyol takes on Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be looking to pick up their first win of the season.

Premier League Weekend Predictions: Liverpool and Arsenal to win away from home?

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The football season is in full flow with European action this midweek – how will it affect teams in the Premier League this weekend?

Here’s a look at the best bets for this weekend’s Premier League action:

Chelsea vs Liverpool

A heavyweight Premier League clash on Friday night sees Liverpool travel to the capital to take on a Chelsea side who failed to put Swansea City away in a game they dominated, drawing 2-2.

4-2-3-1 v Watford: Mourinho's strongest possible lineup for vital away clash; Team News, Key Stats, Score Prediction & Possible Lineups

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Watford vs Manchester United predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this week’s Premier League fixture.

Watford vs Manchester United
English Premier League
18th September 2016, 12:00 pm BST
Vicarage Road, Watford

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against arch rivals Manchester City when they take on Watford this weekend.

4-2-3-1 v Hull City: Wenger without 5 first team players for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News, Score Prediction & Possible Lineups

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Hull City vs Arsenal predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this week’s Premier League fixture.

Hull City vs Arsenal
English Premier League
17th September 2016, 15:00 pm BST
KC Stadium, Hull

Hull City Team News & Preview

Hull City welcomes Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

4-3-3 v Leganes: Enrique's strongest Barcelona lineup for away game; Key Stats, Team News, Score Prediction & Possible lineups

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Leganes vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting tips, Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Leganes vs Barcelona
Liga BBVA
17th September 2016, 12:00 pm BST
Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona faces Leganes in their next La Liga fixture this weekend and the Spanish champions will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Alaves in their previous league game.

Manchester United underwhelming in Europa League loss as Mourinho demands more

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De Kuip was under-capacity for Feyenoord’s first group stage game of the Europa League but what it lacked in numbers was made up for by a famous continental win over Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho was right to admit post-match that United didn’t play well over the course of the 90 minutes and now has his work cut out to restore the morale of his players after back-to-back losses against Manchester City in the league and now in Europe.

Conte hints top class Chelsea star will not start unless he does this; Player could miss Liverpool clash

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Cesc Fabregas will need to improve the defensive aspects of the game if he wants to be a part of the Italian’s first team plans.

In addition to that, Conte also rubbished rumours that Fabregas is not in the manager’s plans right now.

The Italian assured that the Spanish international remains in Chelsea’s plans for now but will only get into the starting lineup once he has worked on the defensive side of his game like Oscar.

Champions League Roundup: Feast for strikers but Arsenal and Juventus stumble

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The Champions League group stages kicked off across Europe this week and while it was a resumption of regular duties for some teams, harsh reality befell some others.

16 matchday one games saw 50 goals, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund accounting for 22 of those 50 goals.

4-1-4-1 v Liverpool: Conte without two of Chelsea's best defenders for vital clash; Team News, Key Stats, Score Prediction & Possible Lineups

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Chelsea vs Liverpool predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this week’s Premier League fixture.

Chelsea vs Liverpool
English Premier League
16th September 2016, 20:00 pm BST
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea Team News & Preview

Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Friday and the Blues will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing draw against Swansea last weekend.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Five Key Battles

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On the face of it, Chelsea vs Liverpool is a game between the sides that finished 8th and 10th last season. But in actuality, it is an absolute slobber-knocker. Jurgen Klopp leads his troops to Stamford Bridge on Friday night in what promises to be a fascinating battle of tactical wits with Antonio Conte.

4-2-3-1 v Feyenoord: Mourinho to start attacker with 'big personality', Key defender injured; Team News, Key Stats and Predicted Lineups

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Feyenoord vs Manchester United predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this week’s Europa League fixture.

Feyenoord vs Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Kick-off Time: 18:00 pm BST, 15th September 2016
Venue: De Kuip, Rotterdam

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United begin their Europa league campaign against the Dutch outfit Feyenoord on Thursday.

PSG 1-1 Arsenal: 4 talking points from the Champions League clash

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Arsenal drew PSG 1-1 in Paris, earning a valuable point, in the first round of the Champions League. A point away against PSG is a good result in any scenario. The Gunners would be happy with getting the crucial away goal, but would feel, their performance should have been better. Arsene Wenger has received some criticism for his team selection and tactics.

Man Utd plot January transfer; Mourinho wants Euro 2016 star who could partner Pogba

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Manchester United have reportedly identified the Sporting midfielder William Carvalho as a January transfer target.

Jose Mourinho is thought to be an admirer of the Portuguese defensive midfielder and Caliomercato are claiming that the Premier League giants will make their move for Carvalho when the January transfer window opens.

Europa League 2016-17: Group Stage Fixtures, Preview & Score predictions

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The Europa League 2016/17 campaign begins on Thursday and several European clubs will be eyeing their way back into the Champions League by doing well in this competition.

Defending champions Sevilla are not a part of the competition this year. Los Nervionenses have qualified for this season’s Champions League automatically after winning the Europa League last season.

Eden Hazard Is Premier Again

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4 matchdays are down in the English Premier League and the early results in the Most Valuable Offensive Payers’ (MVOP) rankings suggest that the EPL is back to its status quo. The likes of Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa are raking in the points for their sides. This isn’t a situation we came across often last season.

Rangers complain of “disgusting behaviour” by Celtic fans in the Old Firm Derby

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The rivalry between Glasgow clubs Rangers and Celtic, popularly known the “Old Firm” is historically tied up in religion and subsequently politics. Sectarianism in Glasgow takes these forms, and the fierce rivalry between Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C. only reinforces the same.

Celtic was founded by Catholic immigrants, while Rangers has always been perceived as the “Protestant club”.

New UEFA boss will face tough start as President with European football split over Champions League

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For the uninformed, UEFA will be choosing a new president on Wednesday, whose primary task will be to stop what European authorities say is an inflexible slide towards a breakaway football Super League open just to richer clubs, like Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, a legal advisor from Slovenia, and Dutchman Michael van Praag, an accomplished football director, are the men seeking election to replace the disgraced Michel Platini.

FIFA 17: Player Ratings – A Complete Guide

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and here at Soccerlens we have put together a complete guide regarding the player ratings from the latest version of the game.

The demo version of the game will be available for download from the 13th of September and the full version comes out approximately two weeks later (27th September in US and 29th September in the UK).

Football Manager 2017: New Features & Latest News

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Football Manager 2017 is all set for its official launch later this year.

Sports Interactive have announced earlier that Football Manager 2017 will be released on 04 November 2016.

One of the most popular football games around, Football Manager 17 can be pre-ordered from the official Football Manager website or from Steam now.

Can one of Man City, Juventus and PSG win the Champions League?

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The UEFA Champions League is one of the most-watched club football tournaments in the world, and when you look at the teams competing in this season’s competition it is easy to see why.

Barcelona are the pre-tournament favourites (+300 to win the Champions League), closely followed by Germany’s Bayern Munich (+350), and Barcelona’s Spanish arch-rivals Real Madrid (+500).

Former Chelsea stars drive teams to emphatic wins while Liverpool thump the champions

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It was another intriguing round of Premier League football after a fortnight off for the international break. Pep Guardiola beat Jose Mourinho in what was the most highly anticipated game of the weekend, while Watford came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2 at the London Stadium. Below are the 11 players who shone the brightest in the Premier League this weekend.

FIFA 17 Wonderkids – the best young players in FIFA 17

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The FIFA 17 demo is all set to be released later today and the full version of the game comes out on the 29th of September worldwide (27th in the US).

The hugely popular football game comes with improved Career mode features this year and the trailers are already earning rave reviews.

One of the best things about FIFA is the opportunity to pick your club, develop the team and build a dynasty with your preferred footballers.

Champions League 2016/17, Group Stage: Fixtures, Preview & Score predictions

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This season’s Champions League campaign kicks off later today and the European heavyweights will be looking to make a bright start.

The likes of Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona will be fired up after a disappointing European campaign last season. Atletico Madrid will look end their poor run of form in the finals and win the trophy this year.

Football Manager 2017: Release Date, Demo & Pre-Order

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Football Manager has been one of the most popular football games over the last few years alongside the likes of FIFA and Pro Evolution.

It’s unique experience and the detailed interface has attracted millions of football fans across the globe.

Sports Interactive announced last month that Football Manager 2017 will be launched in the first week of November this year.

FIFA 17: Career Mode, Frostbite and Gameplay

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo which comes out early next week.

FIFA 17 is one of the most anticipated video games of the year and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The official release date of the full version of FIFA 17 is on Thursday, 29th September (The UK and worldwide).

An in-form Diego Costa could fire Chelsea to the title

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It’s difficult to describe Diego Costa without using the word ‘controversial’. Every time he plays it seems that he is involved in some sort of incident with an opposition player. However, the Spaniard has proved that when it comes to football, he is one ofthe top strikers in the Premier League, and he could be the man to fire Chelsea to the title this season.

4-3-3 v PSG: Arsenal without five first team players for vital UCL clash; Team News, Key Stats and Predicted Lineups

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Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this weekend’s Champions League fixture.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Kick-off Time: 19:45 pm BST, 13th September 2016
Venue: Parc Des Princes

Arsenal’s Team News & Preview

Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

How will Chelsea’s new signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso fit in?

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The Chelsea fans’ plea for defensive reinforcements in the transfer window was answered by the club on deadline day, with the signings of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz from Fiorentina and Paris Saint-Germain respectively. The Blues paid over £50 million combined for the duo. While Alonso had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for a while, the coup of Luiz came as an absolute shocker.

Why Paul Pogba hasn’t fit in yet at Manchester United

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In August, Paul Pogba became the most expensive player in football history when Manchester United paid nearly £90 million to bring him back to the club after four years at Juventus. He was seen as the final piece of Jose Mourinho’s puzzle, but after a difficult start to his time at Old Trafford, it seems like the Special One may need to find another way to fit the midfielder into his team.

Barcelona vs Alaves Prediction, Team News & Preview

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Barcelona vs Alaves predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Alaves
Competition: Liga BBVA
Kick-off Time: 19:30 pm BST, Saturday
10th September 2016
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona will look to continue their excellent start to the season with a win when they take on Alaves later today.

Chelsea: Is N’Golo Kante really better than Claude Makelele?

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This summer, after France’s opening day win over Romania at Euro 2016, midfield legend Claude Makelele announced that N’Golo Kante was good enough to play for French champions PSG.

“For me, he has a great deal he can improve on,” said Makelele.

“If he continues like this, to work hard, he will become a key player in a big European team.

An American Hero Returns: Landon Donovan is Back

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The summer before 11th grade, I had to read a book for school titled 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America. To my disappointment, the book left out what was arguably the most unexpected, most impactful moment in American history: June 23, 2010. For those of you that don’t remember, this happened.

Real Madrid vs Osasuna Prediction, Team News & Preview

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Real Madrid vs Osasuna predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Osasuna
Competition: Liga BBVA
Kick-off Time: 15:00 pm BST, Saturday
10th September 2016
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid have won both of their opening games against Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad this season and will look to continue their winning run against Osasuna this weekend.

Jose Mourinho: Key Manchester United players fit for crucial City clash

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are fit to face Manchester City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Armenian international joined the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund earlier in the summer transfer window.

Celtic vs Rangers: Prediction, Team News & Preview

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Celtic vs Rangers predictions, betting tips, team news and stats ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Premier League fixture.

Fixture: Celtic vs Rangers
Competition: Scottish Premier League
Kick-off Time: 12:00 pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2016
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow

CELTIC TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Celtic will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season when they take on Rangers this weekend.

Fans of former Premier League champions take their fight to India

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Supporters of former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers are planning to take protesting to a whole new level as they try to save their beleaguered club.

Fan groups say they will fly to India in January in a bid to force a meeting with controversial club owners Venky’s.

A protest during a one-day international cricket match between India and England has also been suggested, while the club’s leading all-time goalscorer is also lending his support to the fans’ efforts.

Manchester Derby: Zlatan Ibrahimovic v Sergio Aguero – Who Would You Have?

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The Premier League is back with a bang on Saturday with Manchester United vs Manchester City kicking things off at 12:30 at Old Trafford. Its Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola in the first round of the battle of Manchester – but without one key ingredient.

City striker Sergio Aguero, banned for three domestic matches for a nasty elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid, will sit out the clash of the English titans, with fans deprived of the Argentine starting a personal dual with United front-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Why Chelsea can win the Premier League by playing 3-5-2

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With the new Premier League season three games in, there are clear signs that Chelsea are looking like a side with a point to prove, with Swansea next to come.

Although the Blues are yet to play their best football and perhaps have been slightly fortuitous to record maximum points to date, Antonio Conte has undoubtedly restored the feel-good factor at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid lose FIFA appeals against one-year transfer bans

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Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have lost their appeals against transfer bans. The bans were imposed on them for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players; FIFA announced on Thursday.

The statement on Fifa’s official website read: The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.

Charlton Athletic fans in mutiny against owner Roland Duchatelet

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Looking at the recent alumni of Charlton Athletic Football Club, it is clear to see that The Valley is a breeding ground for players destined for the Premier League.

Jonjo Shelvey, Carl Jenkinson and Joe Gomez have all left the London club to sign for elite teams in the recent past, while Ademola Lookman appears to be the next gem to be snapped up by a top-flight side.

Zlatan vs Guardiola : Saturday’s derby comes with an enticing sub-plot

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There is always a lot of build-up and a lot of reason for excitement when the two Manchester clubs take each other on. Perhaps this has faded a little in recent years with Manchester United struggling a fair bit after Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club. This season, however, things look to get back to the same zesty level with the two clubs under fierce rivals José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

Get Used to Christian Pulisic – USMNT needs him

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I’ve always compared watching the United States Men’s National Team to riding a rollercoaster of emotions. If you’ve watched the USMNT, you know exactly how boring the ride is yet how occasionally exciting it can be. The consistent mediocrity of pretty much everyone on the field makes you want to change the channel.

Swansea vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview

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Swansea vs Chelsea predictions, betting tips, team news and stats ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Fixture: Swansea vs Chelsea
Competition: English Premier League
Kick-off Time: 16:00 pm BST, Sunday 11th September 2016
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea Team News & Preview

Swansea will be hoping to get their season back on track when they face Chelsea this Sunday.

The Cristiano Ronaldo museum in Funchal – an ode to CR7

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The Cristiano Ronaldo museum in Funchal, Portugal is an ode to best Portuguese footballer in a generation and quite likely one of the best footballers of all time.

It takes a very special player for a museum to be constructed in his honour, but Cristiano Ronaldo is in that illustrious bracket as one of the world’s best footballers.

Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s best striker – but he must prove it

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With a summer of recruitment and a host of new faces, Jurgen Klopp will have high hopes for just how far he can take his Liverpool team in 2016-17.

The former Borussia Dortmund trainer’s footballing ideologies are starting to sink into the Reds squad, with no shortage of talent at his disposal.

Arsenal: Could Eddie Howe win over contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil?

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The papers yesterday were awash with the rumour that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is being ‘seriously considered’ by the Arsenal hierarchy to replace long-serving manager Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

Wenger, who has been at the club since 1996, has endured a difficult last decade with many fans calling for the 66-year-old to retire and allow Arsenal to be taken forward by a fresh pair of hands.

Female referee stops game after being told to “wash the dishes”

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A female referee suspended a lower-division match in Spain to remove an abusive fan from the ground, according to AS.

Marta Galego, who was refereeing the game between UE Valls and Cambrils Unió, brought play to a halt after hearing a spectator in the stands ask her to “go wash the dishes”.

Liverpool v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

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Liverpool vs Leicester City predictions, betting tips, team news and stats ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Fixture: Liverpool vs Leicester City
Competition: English Premier League
Kick-off Time: 17:30 pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2016
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool Team News & Preview

Liverpool will play their first home game of the season this weekend and will look to start off with a victory.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: A new-age big-money battle

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After both sides won all three of their first Premier League games of 2016-17, the derby clash between Manchester United and City this weekend is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the modern era.

A host of interesting subplots will captivate supporters on both sides of the divide, with both teams having ambitions of being heavily embroiled in the battle for the Premier League title come May.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Squad Comparison

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Manchester United will entertain Manchester City at Old Trafford in a Premier League tie on Saturday in what would be a clash of egos, personalities, and of course, ex-colleagues. This top of the table match will perhaps define the course of the Premier League season as managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola prepare to get one over each other.

Pep Guardiola v Jose Mourinho: Head to Head Stats

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Manchester United host Manchester City in the first Manchester derby of the season this Saturday at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho will take on Pep Guardiola for the 17th time in his career and the Portuguese manager will be hoping to improve his tally against the former Bayern Munich manager with a win this week.

Manchester United vs Manchester City tactical preview: How will Guardiola and Mourinho line up their teams?

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Manchester United take on Manchester City in the first Manchester Derby of the season at Old Trafford later this week.

While there are a number of reasons why this fixture is a highly anticipated one, the most important is perhaps the clash of Mourinho and Guardiola.

Once friends, the two managers are not exactly on great terms now.

Manchester United v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

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Manchester United vs Manchester City predictions, betting tips, team news and stats ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Fixture: Manchester United vs Manchester City
Competition: English Premier League
Kick-off Time: 12:30 pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2016
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United have made a fantastic start to the season, winning all three of their matches so far.

Arsenal vs Southampton Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview

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Arsenal vs Southampton predictions, betting tips, team news, and stats ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Fixture: Arsenal vs Southampton
Competition: English Premier League
Kick-off Time: 15:00 pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2016
Venue: Emirates, London

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal picked up their first win of the new season against Watford in their last game.

World Cup qualifiers review

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The summer’s Euro 2016 and the Copa America action already seem like a distant memory, with international football’s gaze now shifting to the forthcoming World Cup in two years’ time.

The qualifying campaign for the competition in Russia is in full swing, with nations the world over looking to build momentum ahead of the tournament and book their place at the global showcase.

FIFA 17: Demo, Release Date & Pre-Order Info

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month, but all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo next week when it launches on 13 September.

The latest iteration of FIFA is powered by the ultra modern graphics engine Frostbite. EA Sports promises to transform the playing experience with the sophistication of a new game engine and complete innovation.

FIFA 17: Trailer, Cover Stars and Release Date

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and EA Sports are looking to provide a unique and unparalleled gaming experience this year.

FIFA 17 is available to pre-order on the EA Sports official website and the FIFA 17 demo will be launched next week.

Find out about the release details of FIFA 17 and its cover stars below.

USWNT World Cup Winner Lauren Holiday faces brain surgery, yet she is still defined as a WAG

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28-year-old Lauren Holiday is a midfielder who retired from the US soccer team in 2015. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. One would think that her sparkling CV would be enough to get her respect during a particularly tough time in her life.

Holiday has unfortunately been diagnosed with a brain tumour while eight months pregnant.

David Luiz: Why the new Michael Essien needs to be let off the leash

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David Luiz’ return to Stamford Bridge for £34m this summer has been met with an equal amount of delight and disdain, both from neutrals and Chelsea fans alike. The 29-year-old left the Premier League on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, becoming the world’s most expensive defender as PSG shelled out £50m for the centre-back.

El Salvador football team share recording of a man offering money to fix match

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El Salvador football players shocked the football world as they claimed at a Monday night press conference at their Vancouver hotel that they had been offered money if they manage one of three specific results in Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match vs. Canada at BC Place Stadium.

Tuesday’s game between Canada and El Salvador is being played simultaneously along with Mexico vs.

Vincent Janssen’s impact on Harry Kane and the Tottenham attack

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After being left with Harry Kane as the club’s only recognised centre forward last season, it was little surprise to see Tottenham Hotspur splash out on a new striker over the summer to add strength in depth to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.

Netherlands international Vincent Janssen was added to the Spurs contingent following a goal-laden campaign in the Eredivisie and offers the White Hart Lane outfit an extra option in leading the line.

The People's Elbow (and Headlock): Watch Bayern's star tangling with Kazakhastan players

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s aggression raised eyebrows last night when Poland took on Kazakhstan in their opening game of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

Usually, a calm and collected presence on the field, Robert Lewandowski’s swinging elbow caught the Kazakhstan defender Yeldos Ahmetov and left him with a bloody nose.

Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem on Sunday night, before the Seattle Reign’s game against the Chicago Red Stars, “in a little nod” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers quarterback last week said that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour”.

How the new Arsenal transfers fit into Wenger’s tactics

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After years of disappointment in the transfer window, Arsene Wenger has finally managed to add a top quality spine to his squad.

With an outlay close to £100m, Arsenal have strengthened all across the pitch this summer.

Over the last few years, Arsenal have failed to take the next step in Europe as well as in the domestic league.

Lucas Perez is a calculated gamble for Arsenal, but one which could be the difference

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After seasons of Arsenal fans begging Arsene Wenger to sign another striker, the Frenchman finally satisfied the fans by signing Deportivo man Lucas Perez. His signing does give the Gunners some much-needed depth. Danny Welbeck has struggled with injuries in recent years and his move from Manchester United doesn’t look as good as it did two years back.

Manchester United: Transformations under Jose Mourinho & Key Players responsible

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When Jose Mourinho joined Manchester United in May the Portuguese manager was expected to transform the Premier league giants immediately.

The expectations of a messianic restoration increased after a few high profile signings.

Mourinho added a world class spine to his squad with the signings of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

China’s spending spree is “no guarantee” of international success; just look at England, warns Ki

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Chinese spending in the football market hasn’t gone unnoticed. Many are under the impression that the Chinese’ massive investment will help clubs strike gold in the future. Very recently, Liverpool Football Club has garnered the interest of Chinese investors. A Chinese-backed investment group are looking at buying a stake in Liverpool, with the club reportedly being valued at £1 billion.

Crystal Palace chasing after free agent Mathieu Flamini

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Former French international and Arsenal star, Mathieu Flamini, has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League outsiders Crystal Palace. Flamini’s contract with Arsenal was not renewed by coach Wenger following the rather disappointing second-place finish of the Gunners last season. Flamini is well-known in the footballing world for his successful spells at Marseille, Arsenal and Milan; surprisingly, no club has ever paid a transfer fee to acquire his services.

Diego Costa and the Spanish press

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa feels he has been harshly treated by Spanish media because he doesn’t play for Barcelona or Real Madrid or was not born in Spain.

The 27-year-old former Atletico Madrid striker took aim at the press following Spain’s 2-0 win over Belgium on Wednesday.

“Yourselves, the journalists, you should assess my performance in this friendly, but I felt I did well,” said Costa.

The 5 Best Pieces of Business Done in the Transfer Window

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As the transfer window closes behind us, I think it’s worth taking a look at the 5 best transfers made in the window.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Cost: Free

We all thought Ibrahimovic could be a Premier League legend, however questions were raised about his age and ability to adapt to the physical style that we see in the English game.

How ‘second-choice’ David Luiz can be a major asset for Chelsea

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Chelsea completed the £30m purchase of David Luiz on the transfer deadline day.

The Blues were linked with several defenders along the course of the summer but nobody would have expected them to end up with one of their former players.

David Luiz was a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge before he completed a £50m transfer to Paris Saint-German two years ago.

5 reasons why Sadio Mane could be the best Liverpool signing since Suarez

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When Sadio Mane signed for Liverpool in June for a fee of £34 million, a lot of eyebrows were raised by the fans and pundits.

The Senegal international’s quality was never in doubt. He had already proven himself to be one of the best goal-scoring wingers in the Premier League with Southampton.

Pre-Match Rituals & Superstitions: The Madness of the Modern Day Footballer

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Superstition and pre-match rituals are very much part and parcel of the footballer’s daily life. From the bizarre to the obsessive; these rituals have been around since the first pig’s bladder was kicked, and they’ll be around long after the game goes intergalactic.

Music choices, car park spots, breakfast and accessories; the list really is endless, and even the most well-known of footballers boast some of the weirdest superstitions – take Chelsea captain John Terry for instance.

Slovakia vs England Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

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Slovakia v England predictions, betting tips, team news and stats ahead of this weekend’s World Cup qualifying fixture.

Fixture: Slovakia vs England
Competition: World Cup qualifying
Kick-off Time: 17:00, Sunday 4th September 2016
Venue: City Arena, Trnava

England Team News & Preview

England begin their World Cup qualification campaign against Slovakia on Sunday and new manager Sam Allardyce will be hoping for a strong start.

The £1 billion Transfer Window: How The Premier League broke all Transfer Records

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A record-breaking transfer window came to its conclusion last night as Premier League clubs managed to smash the £1 billion mark in terms of transfer expenditure, shattering last year’s record of £870m.

14 out of 20 Premier League clubs managed to break their own transfer record as spending reached a new high this summer.