Fulham find themselves in a commanding position in their Championship play-off semi-final against Cardiff City. The west London outfit were without Aleksandar Mitrovic due to injury, but they still managed to register a 2-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium after goals from Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano.
Ahead of the second leg at Craven Cottage, Fulham have control of their own destiny and the Bluebirds must score at least twice to give themselves a chance of reaching the final. Hence, we are anticipating an open contest between the clubs, given Neil Harris’ side have nothing to lose and must play on the front foot to make up the deficit.
West Ham United are scheduled to host Chelsea in their forthcoming Premier League game. The London derby has been intriguing over the past few years whether the Hammers have picked up valuable points over the Blues and manager David Moyes will be hoping for more of the same when the teams meet at the London stadium.
The reverse meeting between the sides saw the Hammers pick up a victory. Aaron Cresswell’s left-footed strike in the 48th minute was the difference between the sides. Since that victory, the east London outfit have won just three more league games and that has dropped them on the cusp of the relegation places.
Bayern Munich have little to no recovery time before the club takes on Fortuna Dusseldorf this weekend. Hansi Flick is expected to rotate his team in order to keep them fresh as they seek a fourth consecutive victory since football resumed in Germany in the middle of May. Bayern Munich have a slender seven-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund and the club will be looking to retain this advantage going into the weekend. However, Bayern have had little trouble of late and the club managed to pick up a 1-0 victory over Dortmund in the midweek action.
In the previous fixture between Bayern and Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hansi Flick’s men were able to pick up a comprehensive 4-0 victory with four different scorers managing to destroy the opposition with ease. Three of those goals came in the first half as Bayern dominated the encounter. A home match against the team in the bottom three could be no different. Fortuna Dusseldorf are just three points away from safety, but the team might struggle to get anything out of this encounter. Uwe Rosler’s team are without a victory since February when the team beat Freiburg 2-0.
Newcastle Unite manager Steve Bruce has heaped praise on Allan Saint-Maximin, who scored the winning goal against Southampton on Saturday. The Magpies were handed with an early advantage in the game with the sending off for Moussa Djenepo but they could not capitalise with Matt Ritchie failing to score from the penalty spot.
It appeared that the Tyneside outfit would go winless for the sixth league game on the bounce but that was not the case with Saint-Maximin finding the net in the 79th minute. That eventually helped to seal a 1-0 win on the south Coast and Bruce was delighted with the impact from the former Nice man.
West Ham have a difficult assignment when they take on Tottenham in the North London Derby this weekend. The match is just after the international break and it makes it difficult for both teams to pick up pieces. Both teams have struggled a lot this season and they find themselves just a few points above the relegation zone. Spurs would have been expected to be challenging for the top four places, but they are now just one point ahead of West Ham in a very difficult campaign for Mauricio Pochettino. There have been signs of improvement from Spurs with the team picking up wins over their Champions League opponents Crvena Zvezda. However, they had to hang on for a 1-1 home draw against Sheffield United.
West Ham are not in a better position after
having lost 3-0 against Burnley before going into the international break. This
was the fourth defeat in five games for the hammers. Manuel Pellegrini’s men
have been going through a horror show with only two points picked up from the
last six league encounters. The international break has come at a time for both
teams. West Ham could be in a higher position if not for the defensive woes,
but Spurs are likely to have better confidence coming into this match. Even
with players like Ryan Sessegnon and Christian Eriksen providing problems
within the squad, there is enough quality within Spurs to pick up a victory.
The break would have suited many Spurs players extremely well.
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has said that Tammy Abraham has been assured of a spot with the England national side and that should end the speculation of him switching his allegiance to the Super Eagles. The 22-year-old has been a revelation for the Blues since making the breakthrough under manager Frank Lampard this term and he has already bagged eight goals across all competitions for the club.
result, Abraham seems on the cusp of earning his competitive debut with the
Three Lions this month and the same has been confirmed by Super Eagles boss
Rohr. He told in a press conference on Wednesday: “It is also significant to
note that Abraham has been assured that he will be in the England squad.”
kickstarted their season last weekend where they recorded a 2-0 win over
Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium. The South Coast outfit saw the
hosts down to 10 men after just half an hour into the game and thereafter, they
managed to control the proceedings with second half goals from Moussa Djenepo
and Nathan Redmond.
next challenge comes in the form of Manchester United at St Mary’s and they can
anticipate a difficult test on their hands. Still, they should go into the game
with some level of optimism, considering Manchester United have produced a
mixed run of form during the opening three Premier League matches.
Liverpool and Manchester City were the two standout sides in the
English Premier League last season and the bookmakers anticipate that they will
once again be battling it out for the title during the forthcoming campaign.
Prior to that, the team will size each other up through the
Community Shield clash on August 4 and the game promises to be an entertaining
contest despite many considering the clash as a glorified friendly ahead of
There was little to choose between the sides during the previous
campaign, with Pep Guardiola’s side winning the unprecedented domestic treble
while Liverpool, who finished a point behind them in the league standings, went
on to lift the Champions League crown.
The two clubs have had
some excellent meetings over the past few years and we should anticipate a few
goals being scored in the Shield, even if Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are
prepared to experiment with their teams ahead of the new Premier League season.
Meanwhile, some of the
South American and African stars could be afforded a rest following their
exploits at the Copa America and African Cup of Nations this summer, and the
likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Sadio Mane and Roberto
Firmino could be among the players missing out.
With the Community Shield, there remains a potential risk when it comes to determining the goalscorer, considering the teams are permitted to make as many as six substitutes and that may change the complexion of the game.
Therefore, it seems
viable to bet on the potential goals scored for the encounter and we are backing
more than 2.5 Goals as both teams like to play on the front foot. Manchester
City and Liverpool scored 95 and 89 goals respectively in the Premier League last
term and we are predicting an open game.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.91 with bet365
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is aiming to create history with the Citizens when the campaign comes to a close. The Mancunian giants have already secured the League Cup crown this term and they are presently favourites to win the Premier League and FA Cup title to celebrate their maiden domestic treble.
This would create history with none of the English teams having previously managed the feat and Guardiola is looking forward to realising the moment. Speaking in a press conference, Guardiola was asked to compare with his treble at Barcelona 10 years ago to which he replied: “We are out of the Champions League and at Barcelona we were in.
Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal has said that Los Blancos don’t require a summer overhaul of players despite the average form displayed through the season. Los Blancos recently decided to re-appoint Zinedine Zidane at the helm after the poor showing from Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari and the Frenchman is now expected to be handed funds for a summer spending spree.
Speaking to Goal.com, Carvajal admitted that the team have not experienced the best of seasons but that does not necessarily meant that the club requires a revolution, he said: “I’m not the one to decide that [who leaves. Those who work on that should look at what the team needs and who from outside the club can help us. I do not think there needs to be a revolution. In recent years the team has not changed much and we have been European champions for 1,000 days.”