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
7

Premier League Results and Table 9th – 10th November

Gameweek 11 – 09-10 November
09 Nov Aston Villa Aston Villa 2:0 Cardiff City Cardiff City
09 Nov Chelsea Chelsea 2:2 West Brom West Brom
09 Nov Crystal Palace Crystal Palace 0:0 Everton Everton
09 Nov Liverpool Liverpool 4:1 Fulham Fulham
09 Nov Southampton Southampton 4:1 Hull City Hull City
09 Nov Norwich Norwich 3:1 West Ham West Ham
10 Nov Tottenham Tottenham 0:1 Newcastle Newcastle
10 Nov Sunderland Sunderland 1:0 Man City Man City
10 Nov Man United Man Utd 1:0 Arsenal Arsenal
10 Nov Swansea Swansea 3:3 Stoke City Stoke City

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 10 OCT 2013

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PTS
1
Arsenal
11
8
1
2
22
10
12
25
2
Liverpool
11
7
2
2
21
10
11
23
3
Southampton
11
6
4
1
15
5
10
22
4
Chelsea
11
6
3
2
18
10
8
21
5
Man United
11
6
2
3
18
13
5
20
6
Everton
11
5
5
1
14
10
4
20
7
Tottenham
11
6
2
3
9
6
3
20
8
Man City
11
6
1
4
28
12
16
19
9
Newcastle
11
5
2
4
15
16
-1
17
10
West Brom
11
3
5
3
12
12
0
14
11
Aston Villa
11
4
2
5
11
12
-1
14
12
Hull City
11
4
2
5
9
14
-5
14
13
Swansea City
11
3
3
5
15
15
0
12
14
Cardiff City
11
3
3
5
9
15
-6
12
15
Norwich City
11
3
2
6
9
21
-12
11
16
West Ham
11
2
4
5
9
11
-2
10
17
Stoke City
11
2
4
5
10
14
-4
10
18
Fulham
11
3
1
7
10
19
-9
10
19
Sunderland
11
2
1
8
8
22
-14
7
20
Crystal Palace
11
1
1
9
6
21
-15
4

Premier League Preview: Sunday 10/11/2013

Sunday sees four absolute screamers take place with struggling to score Tottenham taking on in-form Newcastle. Relegation zone Sunderland take on under-achieving Man City. 1st place Arsenal take on 8th place Man Utd. Out-of-form Swansea host Stoke who are now playing football instead of rugby. The weekend should tell us a lot about the teams in the Premier League. Can Manchester United finally pull off a big win in the league? Will Arsenal continue their great form?Can Sunderland shock City? Can City continue their recent form to enter a Champions League spot? Can Tottenham score a goal from anywhere other than the penalty spot? Can Newcastle continue their great run? Can Swansea bounce back from Sunday’s Welsh derby? Can Stoke continue playing football on the ground? Here’s my score predictions:

  1. Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle
  2. Sunderland 1-4 Man City
  3. Man Utd 1-3 Arsenal
  4. Swansea 2-2 Stoke

Tottenham vs Newcastle will definitely be a close one. Tottenham are struggling for goals at White Hart Lane but are still looking solid defensively. Newcastle on the other hand look good on the attack and defensively. If it was at St. James’ Park, I would predict a Newcastle win but as Tottenham are at home, I predict a 1-1 draw.

Sunderland are looking better under Poyet than they did under Di Canio but I think that Manchester City will still be too good for them. City have started to look really good under Pellegrini, even though they aren’t yet in a Champions League spot, I still think they’ll win, I predict a 4-1 City win.

Manchester United may be at home but they look like a very average team this season with a few world-class players. Arsenal on the other hand look like this could be their year. Not an easy one to call but I still predict a 3-1 win to Arsenal who look astonishingly good at the moment. I must however note that I think Van Persie will score United’s goal.

Swansea look out of form and Stoke look in-form. That probably levels up the playing field. Its a close one to call and it could go either way but I think it’ll go neither way with a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

All in all, an immense day of football to round off what should be an immense weekend of football, whatever happens, Arsenal will finish top and Sunderland and Crystal Palace will stay in the relegation zone, the rest can all change.

-SJ 

Arsenal FC vs Manchester United

Premier League Results and Table 19th-21st October

Gameweek 8 – 19-21 October
19 Oct 12:45 Newcastle Newcastle 2:2 Liverpool Liverpool
19 Oct 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal 4:1 Norwich Norwich
19 Oct 15:00 Chelsea Chelsea 4:1 Cardiff City Cardiff City
19 Oct 15:00 Everton Everton 2:1 Hull City Hull City
19 Oct 15:00 Man Utd Man Utd 1:1 Southampton Southampton
19 Oct 15:00 Stoke City Stoke City 0:0 West Brom West Brom
19 Oct 15:00 Swansea Swansea 4:0 Sunderland Sunderland
19 Oct 17:30 West Ham West Ham 1:3 Man City Man City
20 Oct 16:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa 0:2 Tottenham Tottenham
21 Oct 20:00 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace 1:4 Fulham Fulham

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 21 OCT 2013

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PTS
1.
Arsenal
8
6
1
1
18
9
9
19
2.
Chelsea
8
5
2
1
14
5
9
17
3.
Liverpool
8
5
2
1
13
7
6
17
4.
Man City
8
5
1
2
20
9
11
16
5.
Tottenham
8
5
1
2
8
5
3
16
6.
Southampton
8
4
3
1
8
3
5
15
7.
Everton
8
4
3
1
12
10
2
15
8.
Man United
8
3
2
3
11
10
1
11
9.
Hull City
8
3
2
3
7
9
-2
11
10.
Newcastle
8
3
2
3
11
14
-3
11
11.
Swansea City
8
3
1
4
12
11
1
10
12.
West Brom
8
2
4
2
7
6
1
10
13.
Aston Villa
8
3
1
4
9
10
-1
10
14.
Fulham
8
3
1
4
9
10
-1
10
15.
West Ham
8
2
2
4
8
8
0
8
16.
Stoke City
8
2
2
4
4
7
-3
8
17.
Cardiff City
8
2
2
4
8
13
-5
8
18.
Norwich City
8
2
1
5
6
13
-7
7
19.
Crystal Palace
8
1
0
7
6
17
-11
3
20.
Sunderland
8
0
1
7
5
20
-15
1

Premier League Fixtures 19 – 21 October

Gameweek 8 – 19 Oct 11:30
19 Oct 12:45 Newcastle Newcastle v Liverpool Liverpool
19 Oct 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal v Norwich Norwich
19 Oct 15:00 Chelsea Chelsea v Cardiff City Cardiff City
19 Oct 15:00 Everton Everton v Hull City Hull City
19 Oct 15:00 Man Utd Man Utd v Southampton Southampton
19 Oct 15:00 Stoke City Stoke City v West Brom West Brom
19 Oct 15:00 Swansea Swansea v Sunderland Sunderland
19 Oct 17:30 West Ham West Ham v Man City Man City
20 Oct 16:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa v Tottenham Tottenham
21 Oct 20:00 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Fulham Fulham

Match of the Day 28th September

Today seemed like a routine day in the Premier League, with the two Manchester clubs presented with what appeared to be ‘easy’ fixtures. Man U had a home fixture against West Brom and with the strength and depth of the club, they should have comfortably taken the 3 points. Furthermore, City had a game against 13th placed Aston Villa and you wouldn’t have been blamed for putting money on Pellegrini’s side to come out on top.

However things were way more different than expected. Man Utd ended up going home with no points at all after losing 2-1 courtesy of goals from Amalfitano and Berahino. The Red Devils now sit in 12th place, but this could worsen by the end of the weekend. West Brom on the other hand, have moved up to mid-table and are placed in 10th.

But the game which i think was the most enthralling of today had to be Villa vs Man City. It surpassed any other game today in drama, goals and surprises but also was a great display of football.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side had taken just one point from a possible six prior to travelling to Villa but a first away win looked promising for the visitors as they dominated early on.

The home side’s 3-5-2 formation was leaving them defensively fragile on the flanks and City repeatedly found spaces, with James Milner shooting wide while Samir Nasri’s deflected shot flew just wide of the upright.

Villa couldn’t create many chances and Joe Hart had very little to do. The closest they came to scoring was when a freekick by El Ahmadi narrowly sailed over the bar.

City on the other hand, were not to be kept out any longer and on the brink of half time Yaya Toure latched onto a volley after Nasri’s cross had been headed away from goal.

5 minutes after the break Villa were level. Bacuna, 22, slipped a smart ball to send El Ahmadi clear and though the Morocco international appeared offside, the flag stayed down as he fired past Hart to equalise.

Edin Dzeko quickly quietened Villa’s celebrations as the tall Bosnian got on the end of Samir Nasri’s corner to put City back in front and move them on course for that first away win.

But Villa weren’t down and out yet. Captain Ron Vlaar volleyed into the hands of Hart from Vincent Kompany’s poor clearance before the hosts were presented an even better chance to equalise when they were awarded a 73rd minute free-kick 25 yards out. They took full advantage as Bacuna confidently stepped up to curl a sublime effort that gave Hart no chance.

2 minutes later, Weimann completed the comeback after Kompany and Matija Nastasic allowed Guzan’s delivery to bounce and, racing towards goal, he tapped the ball into the net to secure a memorable victory over the title contenders. This win brings Paul Lambert’s side up to 9th in the table and leaves Pellegrini wondering what will be made of his side’s performance today.

All in all, this game was fast-paced, lively and dramatic – All aspects of the Premier League. Also it leaves us wondering who will win the League this year. Arsenal are very good contenders and may be in with a chance of winning a trophy after a long long wait. Well actually, lets not get too ahead of ourselves here…

-VE