Portugal v France | The Final Preview

Portugal v France | The Final Preview

France lock horns with Portugal in the capital in a bid to win the prestigious European Championships in home soil for the second time in their history. Didier Deschamps' Blues have so far been riding on a wave of support from a nation with a long and rich history of footballing tradition, more recently suffered two national tragedies involving incidents of terror. The national team however as been a source of pride for the fans giving them a sense of …
Louis Van Gaal Looks To Sign Fantastic Four

Louis Van Gaal Looks To Sign Fantastic Four

Manchester United are willing to splurge 150 million euros on strengthening the team's core by adding the likes of Bastien Schweinsteiger, Jasper Cillessen, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema. Louis Van Gaal's determination to win the title this upcoming season is quite evident as he is ready to shell out millions to procure players as mentioned. Apparently, Van Gaal has maintained that he wants these four players in his team at all costs. Cillessen would be looking to replace David de …
Chelsea vs Sporting CP Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Chelsea vs Sporting CP Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea finally lost their first game this season against Newcastle United, after a run of 23 matches unbeaten in all competitions. Having already qualified for the round of 16 in the Champions League, as winners of Group G, they face a Sporting Lisbon side in their final group game that need at least a point to ensure progress themselves lest they let Schalke 04 condemn them to Europa League with a win in Slovenia against Maribor. The Portuguese …
Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea | Champions League Preview

Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea | Champions League Preview

Premier League leaders Chelsea travel to Lisbon to resume their Champions League campaign after a comprehensive 3-0 home win over Aston Villa. The Blues will have been disappointed to have dropped 2 points after a 1-1 draw against Schalke at home in their previous Champions League game and should be determined to get their first victory come Tuesday. History suggests they could do so, as Chelsea managed to win the last 6 games against Portuguese sides and all by a …
Manchester United: What's changed? Player Performance Analysis v 12/13

Manchester United: What's changed? Player Performance Analysis v 12/13

My statistical prediction model of EPL results did something a little unexpected this week. With some caveats around van Persie and whether or not he was fit, its odds gave a high likelihood of Newcastle beating Manchester United at Old Trafford. We all know how the game turned out and that Manchester United - by their usual standards - have had a very poor start to the season. For this post I want to see if we can find some …
Manchester United 3 Stoke City 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 3 Stoke City 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United clinched a much needed 3 points against Stoke at Old Trafford on Saturday, coming back from 1-0 and then 2-1 down with two late headers from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. Stoke started the game positively, soaking up United pressure and then countering through the wide areas, taking advantage of a very poor back four performance. Despite Van Persie getting the seemingly inevitable goal just before half-time, Stoke were still able to nip back in front straight away …
Sunderland 1 Manchester United 2 | Tactical Analysis

Sunderland 1 Manchester United 2 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United started in their usual 4-4-2 formation. Carrick and Cleverley played in midfield, Nani and Januzaj on the wings and Rooney and Van Persie up front. Sunderland played a 4-3-3 system, headed by Jozy Altidore who was supported by Giaccherini and Johnson in the wide areas. Gardner and Ki were the two highest midfielders, with Cattermole as the single pivot behind them. Sunderland's game plan disrupts United's in the first half Sunderland's plan was clear right from the start. …
Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

They’re among the most highly-paid sportspeople on the planet, but what do footballers do with their spare cash? They could get plenty with their huge wages - a portfolio of properties, holidays abroad every summer break, and fancy new hairdos. Some of the big names in football will probably choose to buy a few luxury cars, especially the top ones. As one of the most highly-paid players of all, it’s no surprise to see that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo …
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