Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea take on Bournemouth at the Stamford Bridge looking to reach the semifinals of the League Cup. This quarter-final match is unlikely to be an entertainer in terms of goals, as Maurizio Sarri is likely to warn his team about a stern action after giving him some now is time in the recent win over Brighton. Despite dominating for most of the game, the blues had to hold on for a victory against the Seagulls during the weekend. Bournemouth have the capability to score goals and that this will be on the minds of Chelsea, who like to dictate possession. However, Chelsea have yet to hit the heights of last season.
Even though Chelsea have suffered some disappointing results in away matches under Maurizio Sarri, the blues remain unbeaten under the Italian at Stamford Bridge. It is not surprising that Chelsea are given a price of just 5/18 in order to reach the semifinals with an half-time. The blues were able to get a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth earlier in the campaign and this victory came on Stamford Bridge’s pitch. It is not a surprise that Bournemouth are given a longer price of 33/4 in order to get a victory over Chelsea inside normal time. Theodds of 17/4 for a penalty shootout is quite attractive.
The final round of UEFA Champions’ League group stage games take place this week with plenty still to play for in a number of groups.
Manchester United and their City rivals have already booked their places in the last 16, but Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur still need results to follow suit. Europa League places are also still to be decided in some groups.
Ernesto Valverde admitted that Barcelona gave PSV Eindhoven a few more goal-scoring chances than they would have liked to in the recent European game, but he stressed that Eindhoven had the services of somebody like Luuk de Jong who is a very dangerous player in the offensive line and it’s always tricky to contain him.
Valverde felt that Barcelona was pretty tight in the middle part of the game, but in the initial stages and in the latter parts, Eindhoven showed a bit more energy and threatened the goal on a few occasions, but the good thing was that Barcelona managed to come out of the difficult moments unscratched and without any damage and had three points to their name at the end of the night. Continue reading
Wales entertain Spain in an international friendly at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday night. The Euro 2016 finalists witnessed a mixed run of results during the previous international break w where a maiden win over Republic of Ireland was combined with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Denmark – both of which came in the Nations League.
Compared to them, La Roja had no such concerns as they started their Nations League campaign with a clean sweep of results. The 2014 World Cup champions begun their competition with a close 2-1 triumph over England but they thereafter came into their own against Croatia, whom they humbled by a comfortable 6-0 scoreline.
Bohemians are involved in a bottom half clash with Sligo Rovers during the weekend. The two teams are rather close to the relegation zone and will be concerned about the potential possibility of dropping down a division. Only two points separate the two teams coming into the match.Bohemians were able to register a couple of points in recent matches but they have still been unable to pull away from the relegation places. SinceBohemians have a two-point advantage, they will be able to stretch the advantage to 5 points with the victory. Back when the two teams met each other in May,Bohemians were able to overcome the opposition by scoring two goals in the second half.
However, the meeting was characterised by a lack of goalmouth action in great numbers. The two teams may have been quite satisfied with the draw, but the manner in whichBohemians claimed a victory would be difficult to repeat this time around. In the last six matches,Sligo Rovers have been able to go through a decent run of form. They will be looking to get the advantage overBohemians owing to this good form but it is difficult to expect a lot of goalmouth action in this game. Majority of the recent matches for both teams have witnessed less than 2.5 goals. There is a great possibility of choosing this option at 8/13.
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in talks with French soccer giants Paris St. Germain over the transfer of Lucas Moura. The winger will cost Spurs at least £23 million to acquire on a permanent basis, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports believes that both sides are close to agreeing a deal for the player, who would arrive this January. Moura is confident that Coach Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to work under at Spurs and that Tottenham are the right move for his career. Continue reading
A few years ago, Ac.Milan was one of the titans of Europe as the Italian outfit could consistently compete in the top competitions around the globe. The last time that Ac.Milan was able to lift a truly prestigious piece of silverware was the Serie A which they won during the season of 2010-11 and fast-forward to the present; it’s a completely different story.
Ac.Milan are struggling just to keep hold of a manager. Vincenzo Montella failed to last 2 years at the helm of the club as he was sacked due to a string of poor results. Continue reading
The Champions League Round of 16 is set to begin next week as teams vie for the top soccer title on the continent. Some games promise excitement like back to back defending champions Real Madrid set to face big money spenders Paris St-Germain.
After their embarrassment in the hands of Barcelona, of which Neymar played a huge role, the French side signed the Brazilian for a world record. The Ligue 1 side are keen on raising their profile in Europe and they stand a decent chance with their current squad and morale. With Real Madrid having an underwhelming seasons, PSG have a good chance of knocking them out. Continue reading
For a team that managed to win the 2016-17 season of the English Premier League in such a dominating fashion as Chelsea did, it’s fairly surprising to find out that the head coach of that same club considers his squad to have a very evident weakness.
According to Antonio Conte, one of the main fragilities of his team is involving how they are managed as the Italian manager said that its difficult for them to adapt to certain kinds of situations in matches.