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Manchester United player ratings vs Bayern – Carrick poor, Welbeck determined

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Manchester United player ratings vs Bayern Carrick poor, Welbeck determined - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich bore the look of a sleeping bear, waiting to be poked. They had been unusually flat but characteristically superior in possession, but after Evra's stunning effort, beating Manuel Neuer with a flying strike, Bayern immediately upgraded.

Five Observations from Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Stoke City

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Five Observations from Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Stoke City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mourinho claimed Chelsea's title challenge was over following needless defeats at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, but a performance of speed, purpose and quality reignited fading hopes as the Blues returned to the Premier League summit, crowned with goals from Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and a beauty from Willian.

Chelsea: Three dismissals won’t derail title challenge

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Chelsea: Three dismissals won't derail title challenge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Visiting Villa Park has never been one of Jose Mourinho's most productive activities, and on Saturday, the truth of that was illustrated once again.

Not only did the Birmingham club become only the third Premier League team to beat Mourinho's Chelsea more than once, the defeat also saw Keith Foy issue three red cards to the Blues, including one to the Chelsea manager himself.

Liverpool: Did Luis Suarez ever want to go to Arsenal?

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Liverpool: Did Luis Suarez ever want to go to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Back in the summer, Arsenal were the subject of ridicule following the infamous £40m + £1 offer made for Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Arsenal were clearly under the impression that any bid exceeding the £40m mark would be enough to trigger a release clause in Suarez's contract, and set the transfer wheels in motion.

‘Footbe’: Statistical football betting made easy

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'Footbe': Statistical football betting made easy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The world of footballing betting is wide and expansive; hard work for the seasoned pro, and a daunting abyss for beginners. Wouldn't it be great if all your football betting needs were catered for by one, all-encompassing app?

149 passes, 97% accuracy – How €40m Manchester United target destroyed Arsenal

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149 passes, 97% accuracy How €40m Manchester United target destroyed Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the second time in a couple of days one of the Premier League's top clubs was humbled at home by a club from Europe's highest echelon. But the similarities don't end there.

Revenge Accomplished – Resilient Arsenal see off Liverpool in Style

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Revenge Accomplished Resilient Arsenal see off Liverpool in Style - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yesterday's pulsating FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool saw the Gunners take revenge for their humiliating reverse at Anfield recently. Although the game was certainly not as one-sided as the previous encounter, Arsene Wenger will draw no little satisfaction from it.

Manchester United’s revenue up, but their league position is down. Which is more important to the Glaziers?

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Manchester United's revenue up, but their league position is down. Which is more important to the Glaziers? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have reported an increase in revenues of some 11.6% for the second quarter of the club's financial year. Despite United declaring that its income had been boosted by strong growth in commercial and broadcasting sales however, fans will not be too impressed by the data as the Reds remain in an unimpressive mid table position and in serious danger of missing out on Champions' League football for next season.

After taking a beating at Real Madrid, what now for Atletico?

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After taking a beating at Real Madrid, what now for Atletico? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The midweek Copa del Rey beating that Atletico Madrid suffered at the hands of their city rivals in the Bernabeu was probably the first real jolt that they have had in a season that sees them sitting three points clear at the top of La Liga, ahead of both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s deficiencies should not be masked by West Ham’s resilience

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Chelsea's deficiencies should not be masked by West Ham's resilience - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The frustrating 0-0 draw against West Ham will surely have cemented in Jose Mourinho's mind, the simple fact that all Blues' fans have been aware of since the season got under way. That is, despite having an immensely creative three midfield players, without a regular goal-scoring striker, any challenge for a major trophy is going to be compromised.

PHOTO: Chelsea – Three Special Moments of 2013

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PHOTO: Chelsea Three Special Moments of 2013 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea football club is an ever changing beast, chock full of some of the most enigmatic, controversial figures in the world game, and in true fashion, the year 2013 heralded an abundance of unique events that served to either elate or devastate the Blues faithful.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Swansea – Ivanovic impressive

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Swansea Ivanovic impressive - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea earned three points on Boxing Day with a lackluster 1-0 win over Swansea that served to further highlight the goal-scoring crisis at the club.

Eden Hazard scored the winner for Jose Mourinho's men, who despite putting their opponents under pressure for long periods of the game, couldn't translate their dominance into further goals.

Liverpool vs Cardiff: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Liverpool vs Cardiff: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will take on Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday lunch time in the Premier League where the Reds can go to the top should they earn full three points.

It will be the last match of the year at Anfield and with tough games – away trips to Manchester City and Chelsea – coming on their way during the busy festive period, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for yet another home victory.

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction

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Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Liverpool in the Premier League at the White Hart Lane, where both the team will be looking to earn full three points and give their title chance a major boost.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction

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Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, looking to get their title defence back on track.

The task is easier said than done.

Man Utd Player Ratings vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Phil Jones to the rescue

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Man Utd Player Ratings vs Shakhtar Donetsk Phil Jones to the rescue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd qualified for the knockout round of the Champions League on Wednesday, as a Phil Jones thunderbolt gave them a hard-fought 1-0 win over an excellent Shakhtar Donetsk outfit.

The result has duel meanings for Utd manager David Moyes, who avoided a third straight home defeat as well as guiding his side through to the last 16 of Europe's premier competition as group winners.

How Much Pressure Are West Brom Really Under?

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How Much Pressure Are West Brom Really Under? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, West Bromwich Albion have only picked up one win in nine games, slipping to 15th in the process, two points above the relegation zone. Fans are beginning to worry whether their side will be dragged into another relegation dog fight after so many in the past, but how much danger are The Baggies really in?

Manchester United vs Shakhtar: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Manchester United vs Shakhtar: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After back to back defeats in the Premier League, Manchester United will look to return to winning ways at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

The Red Devils have already qualified to the knock out phase of the competition, but David Moyes would be looking for nothing less than a victory tomorrow at the Old Trafford.

Chelsea’s Leaky Defence: Analysing the Last Seven Goals Conceded

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Chelsea's Leaky Defence: Analysing the Last Seven Goals Conceded - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Upon the Portuguese pitching up once more at Stamford Bridge, everyone expected Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to return to the days of impenetrable rearguards, and record-breaking defensive solidarity.

Stoke vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Stoke vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium, where Blues manager Jose Mourinho would be looking for nothing less than full three points.

Southampton vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Southampton vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Southampton suffered their fourth defeat in the midweek, when they lost 2-3 at the hands of Aston Villa. It was incidentally their first defeat at home but most worryingly, it was their third consecutive defeat in the Premier League.

Five Arsenal Players Who Are Leading The Gunners to Glory

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Five Arsenal Players Who Are Leading The Gunners to Glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Life has not been easy for the Gunners faithful this past decade. Bitter discontent and perennial frustration have been ever-present; with the years since Arsenal won a piece of silverware continuing to increase.

Manchester United vs Newcastle: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Manchester United vs Newcastle: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pressure is mounting on the shoulders of David Moyes. After 14 games in the Premier League, the Red Devils find themselves in an awkward position – 9th in the league table, 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Manchester United vs Everton: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Manchester United vs Everton: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This must be a very special occasion for David Moyes much more than just a battle for a three pointer. Manchester United will take on Everton at the Old Trafford on Wednesday, where for the first time Moyes will face his old club, since he left Goodison Park in the summer.

Chelsea Rant: Mata delivers and Now Mourinho needs to trust him

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Chelsea Rant: Mata delivers and Now Mourinho needs to trust him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea moved second in the Premier League after the Blues earned an emphatic 3-1 victory over Southampton at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho included Juan Mata into the side for this tie.

Tottenham vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction

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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League at the White Hart Lane where Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to bounce back strongly in the league, following their 6-0 humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend.

Newcastle vs West Brom: Preview, Team News & Prediction

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Newcastle vs West Brom: Preview, Team News & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United will take on West Brom at the St James' Park on Saturday, where Alan Pardew would be looking to register fourth straight wins in the Premier League.

This has been a strange season indeed.

Cardiff vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction

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Cardiff vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Cardiff City on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium, where the league leaders will be looking to extend their lead at the top in the Premier League.

Everton vs Stoke: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction

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Everton vs Stoke: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Evertonwill take onStoke Cityon Saturday at theGoodison Parkwhere Toffees boss Roberto Martinez will be looking to avoid fourth successive draws in thePremier League.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Man Utd Preview: Team News, Likely Line-up & Prediction

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Man Utd Preview: Team News, Likely Line-up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Match Day 5, Group A tie at the Bay Arena on Wednesday where a victory for the visitors will guarantee a spot in the next round of this competition.

Basel vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Basel vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Switzerland to face FC Basel in the Champions League Group E tie, where a victory will almost guarantee a place in the knock out phases for Jose Mourinho's side.

Arsenal vs Marseille: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Arsenal vs Marseille: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Marseille in the Champions League Group F tie at the Emirates on Tuesday, where a victory for the Gunners will put them in a strong position to qualify to the next round.

Liverpool player ratings against Everton – Mignolet, Suarez outstanding

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Liverpool player ratings against Everton Mignolet, Suarez outstanding - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

First, what a match! What a derby! Incredible and breathtaking stuff! It had everything a derby needed to be – drama, passion, controversy, goals, talking points – everything.

The scoreline read 3-3 but it could have easily been any margin given the amount of chances both the teams created and missed.

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Admiring managers watch another Terry ‘tour de force’ performance!

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Admiring managers watch another Terry 'tour de force' performance! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Under the guise of at least two – if not three – admiring managers, John terry turned in another performance of organisation, grit and determination last night against Galatasaray. He did of course err to allow the Turkish champions a second-half equaliser, but that to one side, he must have impressed each of those managers.

Is Moyes’s tactical approach to blame for United’s poor performances?

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Is Moyes's tactical approach to blame for United's poor performances? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As if the result against Fulham on Sunday wasn't galling enough for Manchester United supporters, hearing the opposition manager and a novice opponent voicing the same criticism that many of them have been hurling at manager David Moyes for most of the season, really is rubbing salt into very open wounds.

No ‘parking the bus’ at City for Chelsea’s first class coach!

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No 'parking the bus' at City for Chelsea's first class coach! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Manchester City juggernaut was brought to a shuddeing halt last night as Chelsea ripped up the Eastland's club 100% home league record. Many had seen this game as a clash between the maverick goal-getters of City and the pragmatic approach of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Injury to Lukaku could derail Everton’s season

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Injury to Lukaku could derail Everton's season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just when everything was looking rosy in Roberto Martinez's Everton garden, the capricious fates of football take a hand. As if losing the Merseyside derby wasn't bad enough, an injury to on-loan Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku may mean that the Chelsea player may have kicked his last ball for the Toffees.

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Review: A Proper Pillow

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The way you feel while you're awake depends in great part on what happens while you're asleep.

Make money on Spurs using Close Bet

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As we are all well aware, Tottenham games can be extremely volatile. Although we tend to come from behind under Andre Villas Boas, there have also been instances during this campaign when Spurs have thrown a lead away. As a fan, this is frustrating enough, but from a betting perspective, it can also be very costly indeed.

Oh Dear

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I didn't expect us to get anything at the Etihad yesterday. I would have been reasonably satisfied with a spirited one or two nil defeat but after thirty seconds, the writing was very much on the wall. A disastrous clearance from the usually reliable Hugo Lloris gave Jesus Navas an opportunity which he converted via a sublime chip.