Champions League Preview 26th – 27th November

With Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona safely through to the round of 16, there are many other sides across Europe with ambitions to join them after Matchday 5. The likes of Real Madrid, PSG and Arsenal are almost certain to go through and will be looking to secure qualification in the next few days against Galatasaray, Olympiakos and Marseille respectively. The pick of the bunch are:

Group F

This group is undoubtedly the tightest of the qualifying groups, with 3 out of 4 teams still in contention. Arsenal top the group at the moment but are anything but guaranteed qualification, with not even 12 points able to guarantee qualification. Napoli sit in 2nd and Borussia Dortmund sit in third, 3 points behind Napoli. It is a big shock that Jurgen Klopp’s side are only in 3rd place but they will be looking to gain a place in the Knockout Rounds no matter what.

AC Milan vs Celtic

AC Milan will secure a place in the round of 16 with a win at Celtic Park, but the trip to Glasgow will be anything but comfortable for the Rossoneri, with Celtic having won eight of their last 11 European home games.

Group B

Real Madrid have pretty much guaranteed qualification but the 2nd place spot is far from secure. Galatasaray, Juventus and Copenhagen are all separated by just 1 point and all hungry for a place in the Round of 16. Juventus find themselves bottom with 3 points from 4 games but Copenhagen and Galatasaray are both within touching distance of Vecchia Signora.

These are the most highly anticipated games of Matchday 5, but this doesn’t mean that the others will lack any more entertainment. A full list of fixtures is below:

Tuesday 26th November

Group E

Basel vs Chelsea

Steaua Bucharest vs Schalke

Group F

Dortmund vs Napoli

Arsenal vs Marseille

Group G

Zenit vs Atletico Madrid

Porto vs Austria Wien

Group H

Ajax vs Barcelona

AC Milan vs Celtic

Wednesday 27th November

Group A

Bayer Leverkusen vs Man Utd

Shaktar Donetsk vs Real Sociedad

Group B

Juventus vs Copenhagen

Real Madrid vs Galatasaray

Group C

PSG vs Olympiakos

Anderlecht vs Benfica

Group D

Man City vs Victoria Plzen

Bayern Munich vs CSKA Moscow

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Premier League Results and Table 23 – 25 November

Gameweek 12 – 23 Nov 11:30
Everton Everton 3:3 Liverpool Liverpool
 
Arsenal Arsenal 2:0 Southampton Southampton
 
Fulham Fulham 1:2 Swansea Swansea
 
Hull City Hull City 0:1 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
Newcastle Newcastle 2:1 Norwich Norwich
Stoke City Stoke City 2:0 Sunderland Sunderland
West Ham West Ham 0:3 Chelsea Chelsea
 
Man City Man City 6:0 Tottenham Tottenham
 
Cardiff City Cardiff City 2:2 Man Utd Man Utd
 
West Brom West Brom 2:2 Aston Villa Aston Villa

 BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Pos

Team

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1
Arsenal
12
9
1
2
24
10
14
28
2
Liverpool
12
7
3
2
24
13
11
24
3
Chelsea
12
7
3
2
21
10
11
24
4
Man City
12
7
1
4
34
12
22
22
5
Southampton
12
6
4
2
15
7
8
22
6
Man United
12
6
3
3
20
15
5
21
7
Everton
12
5
6
1
17
13
4
21
8
Newcastle
12
6
2
4
17
17
0
20
9
Tottenham
12
6
2
4
9
12
-3
20
10
Swansea City
12
4
3
5
17
16
1
15
11
West Brom
12
3
6
3
14
14
0
15
12
Aston Villa
12
4
3
5
13
14
-1
15
13
Hull City
12
4
2
6
9
15
-6
14
14
Stoke City
12
3
4
5
12
14
-2
13
15
Cardiff City
12
3
4
5
11
17
-6
13
16
Norwich City
12
3
2
7
10
23
-13
11
17
West Ham
12
2
4
6
9
14
-5
10
18
Fulham
12
3
1
8
11
21
-10
10
19
Crystal Palace
12
2
1
9
7
21
-14
7
20
Sunderland
12
2
1
9
8
24
-16
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Premier League Preview 23/11/2013

 

After what many view as an unsuccessful international break for England, the Barclays Premier League is back and what a game to start it all up again. The early kick off is none other than the Merseyside derby, Liverpool vs Everton. Liverpool will travel to Goodison Park to face rivals Everton at 12:45. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has described the game as, “as good as a game of football can get.” Whilst Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers spoke about the derby saying that,”Both teams are up there and it’s credit to the players and the staff.” Everton have received eight red cards in the last 12 Goodison derbies meanwhile Liverpool have only received one. Liverpool normally come off better in these matches however it wouldn’t be a shock result if Everton won.

Predicted Everton Line up: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/2802383/

Predicted Liverpool Line up: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/2802973/

My predicted score is: Everton 1-1 Liverpool

I think that as good as SAS are, Everton are an extremely difficult team to beat, especially at Goodison Park so I think that Everton will concede first but then score and stay solid afterwards to hold out for a draw.

Teams                               Time                      Predicted Score

  • Everton v Liverpool                  12:45pm                     1-1
  • Arsenal v Southampton           15:00pm                     2-1
  • Fulham v Swansea                   15:00pm                     0-2
  • Hull v Crystal Palace                15:00pm                     3-1
  • Newcastle v Norwich               15:00pm                     4-1
  • Stoke v Sunderland                  15:00pm                     2-2
  • West Ham v Chelsea                 17:30pm                    2-3 

-SJ

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FIFA World Cup 2014: All 32 Qualified Nations

Finally, qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has come to a close, as all 32 places available for the competition have been taken by 4 Asian teams, 13 European teams, 4 North American teams, 6 South American teams, and 5 African teams. A few moments ago Uruguay secured their qualification with a 5-0 aggregate win over Jordan to take up the final place and book their tickets to Brazil. We know how many teams have qualified, but who is actually there? Below is a break-down of who managed to make it through to next year’s competition

Africa

Qualified: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon

The first African side to secure qualification was Nigeria, who managed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopia. Then followed Ivory Coast and Cameroon, both scoring 4 goals overall to see off Senegal and Tunisia respectively. Tuesday 19th November saw Algeria and Ghana qualify when Algeria went through on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw with Burkina Faso, and Ghana win 7-3 on aggregate to defeat Egypt. There is much doubt already that these teams will cause too much trouble, but come 12th June 2014 the West African nations will not be letting anyone have it easy.

Asia

Qualified: Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea

All Asian teams had qualified by June 2013, ages before the rest. Japan became the first nation to qualify for the World Cup (apart from hosts Brazil) after they won their group rather easily. Then followed Iran, Australia and South Korea. Jordan defeated Uzbekistan in a play-off, but were easily defeated by Uruguay and did not progress to Brazil 2014.

Europe

Qualified: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Spain, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Portugal, Croatia, Greece

This confederation has the largest number of teams qualified with 13 nations representing Europe at the World Cup. The biggest shock is the fact that Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified, but with the likes of Edin Dzeko it was never impossible. The Netherlands and Italy were the first European nations to qualify for the World Cup after securing top spot in their groups by 10th September. After them Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia, England and Spain qualified when they won their groups. Portugal overcame Sweden in a tense 4-2 aggregate win while France, Greece and Croatia won their play-offs to put those 4 sides through.

North & Central America and Caribbean

Qualified: Costa Rica, United States, Honduras, Mexico

The USA, Costa Rica and Honduras all qualified as the top three of the final CONCACAF group. America and Costa Rica both secured 1st and 2nd on 10th September leaving Mexico and Honduras battling out for third. After a 2-2 draw with Jamaica Honduras took the final automatic qualification spot and therefore Mexico needed to play an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand. A whooping 9-3 aggregate win was more than enough to send El Tricolor through to Brazil 2014.

Oceania

Qualified: None

New Zealand completed the Oceanic qualifying stages with no real difficulty but needed to face a tough Mexico side in an intercontinental play-off. This Mexico side really did turn out to be tough and the scoreline suggested this: 9-3 on aggregate. Sadly, no one will be representing Oceania at the World Cup next year.

South America

Qualified: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Chile

4 years before qualifying even started, Brazil were announced as the first team to ‘qualify’ for the World Cup as they were chosen as hosts. 6 years and a couple months later Argentina were guaranteed a top 4 finish in the CONMEBOL group and with this came tickets to World Cup 2014. Few weeks later Colombia, Chile and Ecuador qualified, leaving Uruguay out of the top four. This meant that they would face Jordan in an intercontinental play-off, much like how New Zealand had to face Mexico. The match ended a few moments ago with Uruguay securing qualification and tickets for the very short trip to Brazil much to the despair of the Jordan team.

So there we have a roundup of who’s qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and some of the unfortunate nations who were knocked out. 207 teams from 6 FIFA Confederations took part in a total of 816 games and finally it has been narrowed down to the last 32. 203 days await the start of the tournament; a time to cut down teams and pin down the best tactics and players. It will be a nervy 7 months for both the managers and the players but until 12th June 2014 all we can do is wait and wait and wait….

-VE

World Cup Qualifying Results/Fixtures 16th – 20th November

Date

Venue

   

Fixture

 
16/11/13 15:00 Calabar   Nigeria 2-0 (4-1 agg) Ethiopia
16/11/13 19:00 Casablanca   Senegal 1-1 (2-4 agg) Ivory Coast
17/11/13 14:00 Yaounde   Cameroon 4-1 (4-1 agg) Tunisia
19/11/13 16:00 Cairo   Egypt 2-1 (3-7 agg) Ghana
19/11/13 18:15 Blida   Algeria 1-0 (3-3 agg) Burkina Faso
19/11/13 19:15 Zagreb   Croatia 2-0 (2-0 agg) Iceland
19/11/13 19:45 Solna   Sweden 2-3 (2-4 agg) Portugal
19/11/13 20:00 Saint-Denis   France 3-0 (3-2 agg) Ukraine
19/11/13 19:00 Bucharest   Romania 1-1 (4-2 agg) Greece
20/11/13 06:00 Wellington   New Zealand 2-4 (3-9 agg) Mexico
21/11/13 23:00 Montevideo   Uruguay VS Jordan

My predictions are:

  • Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia
  • Senegal 1-2 Ivory Coast
  • Cameroon 1-0 Tunisia
  • Egypt 1-3 Ghana
  • Algeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
  • Croatia 1-0 Iceland
  • Sweden 1-1 Portugal
  • France 2-1 Ukraine
  • Romania 1-1 Greece
  • New Zealand 0-2 Mexico
  • Uruguay 4-0 Jordan

-VE

International Fixtures 19th November

Tonight the second legs of 6 World Cup Qualifiers will be played whilst many other international friendlies will be held. Stand out ties include England vs Germany where the Three Lions looking to bounce back after a shock 2-0 loss against Chile; Netherlands vs Colombia in which two high profile countries will look for a good result heading into next years World Cup; and Brazil vs Chile where the 11th and 12th ranked teams will face off in an all South American tie. Along with the World Cup Qualifiers and International Friendlies, a few Continental Qualifiers will take place in Asia as fourteen teams begin their AFC Asian Cup qualification. The highest ranked teams taking part are Iran and Uzbekistan. Yesterday four International Friendlies were held, with the most prominent game seeing Italy held to  a shock 2-2 draw with Nigeria. A full list of fixtures taking part tonight can be found below:

International Friendlies

Liechtenstein vs Estonia

Kyrgyzstan vs Azerbaijan

Austria vs USA

South Africa vs Spain

Norway vs Scotland

England vs Germany

India vs Nepal

Poland vs Republic of Ireland

Brazil vs Chile

Honduras vs Ecuador

Australia vs Costa Rica

Malta vs Faroe Islands

Slovenia vs Canada

Russia vs South Korea

Turkey vs Belarus

Namibia vs Mozambique

Trinidad and Tobago vs Jamaica

Tanzania vs Zimbabwe

Netherlands vs Colombia

Belgium vs Japan

Continental Qualifiers

Syria vs Oman

Lebanon vs Iran

Bahrain vs Yemen

Kuwait vs Thailand

UAE vs Vietnam

Hong Kong vs Uzbekistan

Malaysia vs Qatar

 

World Cup Qualifiers

Egypt vs Ghana

Algeria vs Burkina Faso

Croatia vs Iceland

Sweden vs Portugal

France vs Ukraine

Romania vs Greece

England vs Chile Preview 15/11/2013

England will face Chile in as they start preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, England are probably one of the favourites along with Brazil, Spain, Germany and a few others, Brazil obviously topping the lot. As much as it would be a shock for England to win, it wouldn’t be impossible. Here’s my predicted England line up against Chile:

  1. Hart
  2. Walker
  3. Jagielka
  4. Cahill
  5. Baines
  6. Townsend
  7. Gerrard
  8. Lampard
  9. Rooney
  10. Sturridge
  11. Welbeck

A strong line up as England try to get into a rhythm playing together again as they prepare to play Germany the next week.

-SJ

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