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Euro 2016 draw and national team analysis

Euro 2016 draw and teams analysis

Euro 2016 – Group A

ALBANIA

Against all predictions, Albania managed to ensure their participation in Euro 2016 draw. This is a major tournament for the first time in their history. Based on their appearances in Euro qualifying 2016 stage, they deserved the direct ticket to the final of EURO 2016. Consistency, good chemistry as a team and of course the title of a clear underdog played a key role on their way. They loaded with anxiety rival teams such as Denmark, Serbia. Their main advantages are that they are a tough team with passion, with many runs and overlaps. There is no player for the Balkans that could take the team on his shoulders.

FRANCE

The hostess, France will try to return to the top of European football. They have as ally the power of playing at home and the quality roster that is available. Been complete into midfield and solid defensively, the team of Didier Deschamps is undoubtedly one of the favorites to go far in the final stage of Euro 2016. They need to find the right chemistry in the attack. While we write this text, Olivier Giroud makes excellent performances with Arsenal’s shirt. With the facts so far it would be unfair to the molded attacker to be on the bench. The French coach will have to shuffle the deck and go to a formation with two strikers. He has several players who can keep the ball and feed with passes the attacking line.

ROMANIA

They managed to ensure the participation in Euro easily as they remained unbeaten. They had trouble in the second half of the preliminary stage having several ups and downs in their performance. A typical example is the four consecutive draws, where they only scored one goal. That was the time when they actually lost the lead in the group. The great weapon of the Balkans is their good defensive function with several support from the midfield. On the other hand, They have a problem on the attacking part as no player can put the ball easily into the keeper’s nets. Simultaneously compared to past teams, there is lack of a big star (Hagi – Mutu). The second one is gathering chances to be included in the squad.

SWITZERLAND

They are now a considerable force on the European scene. In the recent years, they have managed to create a highly competitive team, having appearances in the biggest football appointments. They may not have the absolute star, but there are players who have several experiences of the top leagues in Europe. Some of them stand out with their good performances. Shaqiri, Drmic and Lichtsteiner are the pillars for the “rossocrociati”. Switzerland will try to qualify for the first time in their history of the group stages. This goal is within to their capacities as the other groups, except the hostess (France), are not much better than them.

 

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Euro 2016 – Group B

ENGLAND

The excellent performances in the qualifying phase raise high expectations for the entire nation. This is the first time they show seriousness and stability. They passed Euro 2016 qualification easily. England gained 10 wins in 10 games. This is something that fills with expectations the English federation. Although it has not been clearly stated, the team has great possibilities to reach the top of European football. They remain the only traditional power that has failed to take the title and this summer may be a first class opportunity for that. The only question mark is the consecutive games that the key players play in the Premier League. Frequent injuries and also homogeneity are the two most important factors. National teams that have reached the highest rung at national level had as an advantage that selections of the respective coaches were from two clubs that starred in the domestic league. 

RUSSIA

Continuous coaching changes have a negative impact since the infrastructures exist. Unfortunately stability lacks mainly over the years for Russia. They are capable of the best but also the worst. Russia suffered a huge debacle during World Cup of 2014 in the stadiums of Brazil when they failed to continue in a quite passable group. They secured the ticket to the final phase for the fourth consecutive time without been particularly convincing with their appearances. In games against the two most powerful opponents they had big troubles. The talent exists but they have to try harder this time to make the extra step. The fact that they will host the World Cup 2018 could be the key to qualification at least to the next phase.

SLOVAKIA

For the first time in their history as an independent country, Slovakia will participate in the final phase of Euro. They have already failed five times before. In recent years they have made significant progress. Highlight is their presence in the World Cup 2010 in the stadiums of N.Africa where they actually progressed from the group stages. Undoubtedly they cannot face longer-range teams. Based on some good players they have, they are able to do the damage to anyone underestimates them. The group is based primarily on technique but lacks alot in running, experience and power. Marek Hamsik is the key player that pulls the entire burden in Narodny.

WALES

Huge football personalities of the past, such as Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes, did not manage to achieve the feat that only two great players in the global scene did. Reference is made about Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey who took Wales by the hand. They led it for the first time in its history in the final stage of a major event. They was flanked by players who perform more than their actual capacity. Wales is a compact group with its main weapon to be the speed but also the great running. The last factor gives the opportunity to the “fire” duo to exploit every opportunity they can.

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Euro 2016 – Group C

GERMANY

The World Champions will start in this competition, as the number one favorite to win the Euro 2016. They have the most complete roster than any other national team taking part in the tournament next summer. They have improved noticeably compared to previous competitions. Germany has class players but many of them are forced to be on the bench. This is a sample of the number of options available for Joachim Low. On the positive side for the “Panzer”, apart from anything else, is their homogeneity. Their basic starting lineup plays in Bayern Munich. The end of Bundesliga for one month provides valuable breaths and keeps players fresh.

NORTHERN IRELAND

For the first time in their history they will take part in the final phase of Euro, after 14 consecutive failed attempts. N.Ireland managed to ensure their participation with ease, finishing first in group F of the preliminary phase. They have as main weapons cohesion as a team and also the fighting spirit of all the players who play. The truth is that they are one of the weakest teams that will take part in the tournament next summer. They do not have players with great quality and technical training. They are based primarily on the excellent form of Kyle Lafferty. It will be too difficult for them to qualify to the next stage, but all these should be seen on the field since even nowadays football miracles can happen…

POLAND

Significant progress in recent years on the European scene for Poland. They will be found for third consecutive time in a final phase in EURO and now they are called to prove that they have matured greatly. Coach Adam Nawalka has managed to create a highly competitive team. Poland is primarily based on its superstar Robert Lewandowski, one of the leading strikers currently on the planet. They have players with performances in the top leagues in Europe. The major disadvantage of Biale Orly is that they the lack of personalities. With limited exceptions all the burden falls, as expected, on Bayern Munich’s striker.

UKRAINE

This is only their second participation in a final phase. The first one was in 2012 when they co-hosted Euro along with Poland. They managed to get the ticket via the barrage procedure, playing double games against Slovenia. The biggest weapon for Ukraine is their defense. They conceded only four goals in the preliminaries. This is the second best performance of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying groups that will be found in the stadiums of France next summer. Fomenko’s team will have to change a number of things in its game if they want to hope to qualify to the next stage. They struggle to score easy goals despite having enough quality attacking midfielders.

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Euro 2016 – Group D

CROATIA

For the fourth time (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012) in history they will participate in a final phase. This time they aim to make the extra step, since the talent exists for the team of Ante Cacic. They have players with performances in the top leagues in Europe and in the qualifying phase they showed quite stable. This is something that was missing in the previous years. It is a well made team with its midfielder line to be the big gun. Only few teams in the tournament have players with individual characteristics of Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic and Kovacic. The biggest bet is whether the team can keep its homogeneity during the tournament. It is not that difficult for all the effort to be thrown in the air after the first negative result which might not be in the schedule.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Having one winning Euro back in 1976 as Czechoslovakia and 8 appearances in a final phase, Czech Republic have lost much of its old splendor. It has a compact and high-quality team, fact that was indisputably demonstrated in the qualifying phase. The team of Pavel Vrba managed to finish in the first place leaving behind teams like Netherlands. Next summer they will try to get the ticket for the knockout matches. The group they participate is far from looking prohibitive. In its ranks there are players who have experience in European leagues. Unfortunately, excluding Petr Cech none of the others is considered to play at top level.

SPAIN

The holder of the last two Euros and totally three times winner (1964, 2008, 2012) will seek to prove that they still remain one of the major forces in European football after the great failure in World Cup. They have an excellent squad with superiority in midfield. For example, players like Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla, have to stay on the bench many times. The only drawback, compared to the other lines, is the lack of an aggressive striker. Diego Costa cannot lift the full weight in the attacking line, mainly due to speed reasons and the way Iberians like to play. Along with Germany, they are the two big favorites based on roster, quality and experience to win the tournament.

TURKEY

With three (1996, 2000, 2008) participations in a EURO final phase, they will attempt to make the extra step this summer. The group of opponents is not prohibitive for Turkey. They managed to get the ticket as the third best team of all groups in the qualifying round. They have some prominent players on the European scene who can make the difference. Talent exists for Fatih Terim’s team. Under his guidance, the team was able to claim the Euro 2016 qualification to the next phase. The group of teams, apart from Spain, remains open to any prediction regarding the 2nd position.

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Euro 2016 – Group E

BELGIUM

Undoubtedly, the rising power in European football will try to confirm the high expectations with parchment the success in World Cup 2014. That time, they reached the quarterfinals and were eliminated by the subsequent finalist Argentina. They feature a roster of world-class players who play a key role in the jersey of the clubs they play for. Their big advantage is the fact that there are several alternatives coming from the bench. Hazard, De Bruyne, Kompany, Courtois and Lukaku is a sample of the quality of “Red Devils”. In addition, the only drawback so far are the many injuries afflicting the leader and pillar of the defense Vincent Kompany. He has played in few games this season with the shirt of Manchester City.

ITALY

Although they have lost big part from the glamour of the past, they will try for a similar appearance to that in 2012. They reached the final that year. However, the successive failures to qualify from the group stage in the World Cup attest that they need new blood. After the imminent retirement of Andrea Pirlo from the national team, the only one left from the old team is Gigi Buffon. He will try with his experience and along with 3-4 players to convey to young players the spirit of winning. The superstar is probably missing, but the team of Antonio Conte is compact with excellent defensive line, which mainly consists of players of Juventus.

IRELAND

The fact that this is only the third time they will participate in a final phase of EURO is a huge success for Ireland. Ireland is one of the weakest theoretical teams that secured the ticket in the stadiums of France next summer. They have a well-trained team. Their great advantages are good defending and passion. They lack in quality, technical training and top class footballers on the field. The group, of the identifiable coach Martin O’Neill, will try with the experience of Robbie Keane to oppose, as much as possible, the other Euro 2016 groups. It will be very difficult to accomplish anything more than to finish in the last position of the group.

SWEDEN

Without distinctions, except this back in 1992 when they reached the semifinals, Sweden will try to “break” the favorite duo, Belgium and Italy. They will also try to qualify in the next stage. They got the Euro 2016 qualification ticket in the process of barrage, leaving out Denmark in the Scandinavian derby. Now everyone’s mind is in next summer’s tournament, where having the superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the forefront, Eric Hamren’s team will try to make the excess. They have a lot of players who play in the major European leagues. The lack of first-class players in several positions and the absence of a quality bench makes the task of “Blagult” resemble extremely difficult.

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Euro 2016 – Group F

AUSTRIA

Without any doubt they have been the pleasant surprise of the preliminary phase. Furthermore, not only they got the qualification easily (winner in their group), but also with the appearances they performed they disproved all forecasts. Austria scored 9 victories and had only one draw in a total of ten games. They left behind teams like Russia and Sweden. The team of Marcel Koller had the second best harvest of points after England. If we consider the teams British faced, we can easily understand the size of the success for “Unsere Burschen”. In recent years, they have managed to find players like David Alaba and Marco Arnautovic. Both of them make their presence felt in the top European leagues. They also have one of the most promising players, Kevin Wimmer, who belongs to the roster of Tottenham.

HUNGARY

The glory of the past decades (1950s and 1960s) has gone for Hungary. World-class players are absent from the roster that will take part in the final stage next summer. It is a huge success to qualify to the stadiums of France, since this will be only their third (1964, 1972) participation. They will endeavor to compete in a group where they have another clear disadvantage in quality compared to other teams. Storck’s team is very hard to get any good position in this group of teams. So, in case they are underestimated they are capable of doing some surprises.

ICELAND

This will be the first participation in the final stage of the European Championship. In the beginning of the Euro 2016 draw few were those who were giving qualifying hopes to Iceland. Under the guidance of Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson, the” Strakarnir okkar” made excellent performances during the qualifying phase. They left behind teams like Netherlands. They also forced Turkey to wait until the final day to ensure the “third good” ticket that gave direct qualification. The superstar may be absent from this team, but as they proved, they are based on teamwork, passion and the will of the players for distinction.

PORTUGAL

First of all, they have in the starting lineup the top player who will take part in the biggest football event of this summer. Portugal will try in another big tournament to make the extra step. The truth is that if someone looks up in the recent past, he can ascertain that almost all the eliminations of the Iberians in the knockout phase were judged in the details. In many cases they were unlucky. The team of Fernando Santos has quality players. A great disadvantage for several years is the fact that the team lacks of a leading striker to release the superstar of Real Madrid. If they had a first class striker, they would automatically become one of the favorites for winning the tournament. Portugal had a very easy euro 2016 qualification group.

Champions League semi-finals

Champions League semi-finals 2016: The big battles

City will play against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.


That means Manchester City could face incoming manager Pep Guardiola in the final. Bayern were drawn against Atletico in the other match for the Champions League semi-finals.

Guardiola will replace current City coach Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.

The first match will take place in England at Etihad Stadium on 26 April. The second one will take place in Madrid on 4 of May.

“It is a difficult draw,” said ex Real Madrid coach Pellegrini. “It doesn’t matter which team we played. The chances seems to be similar.”

“I always like to play the second match at our stadium but that is not the most significant thing.”

The notable final game will take place at San Siro Stadium on the 28th of May 2016.

Champions League semi-finalsPellegrini was head coach at Real Madrid from 2009 to 2010. During that period Cristiano Ronaldo was transferred from Manchester United for £80m. Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema also signed during this period.

However, Pellegrini left after only one season. Mourinho took his place at the bench. This was a result of the early elimination from the Champions League and the loss of the domestic title in Spain from Barcelona.

The ex United’s striker, Ronaldo, is the leading scorer in this year’s Champions League. He has scored 16 goals.

Ronaldo is also Champions League’s all-time record goalscorer, with 93 in 125 matches. He scored a hat-trick as Real overturned a 2-0 defeat against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals.

What happens if City and Liverpool become European champions in 2016?

Winners of the Champions League and Europa League are for sure ready for next year’s Champions League. A maximum of five teams per country are allowed to take part in the Champions League.
So Manchester City and Liverpool could win the European titles but finish outside the top four. In UK, only top three teams qualify for the Champions League. A possible European title for both Manchester City and Liverpool would mean Manchester United or West Ham fail to be in the Champions League even if they finish fourth in the Premiership. In this senario, England would not get an extra spot in the Champions League if Manchester City or Liverpool win their European competitions and finish in the top four teams in Premier League.

Repeat of 2014 final match?

Friday’s draw means that there is also a possibility of a repeat of 2014 final between Real and Atletico Madrid. That was when Real scored three times in extra-time to win their city rivals.

Atletico reached the last four by winning last champions, Barcelona, in the quarter-finals.

Bayern, top of the Bundesliga table, have won the biggest European title five times but their last success was in 2013.

This draw means that four Spanish clubs could contest both the Champions League and Europa League finals after Sevilla and Villarreal lost in the Europa League semi-finals.

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed suggestions from the Spanish media that facing Manchester City represents another good draw for his side after they avoided Atletico and Bayern Munich.

The 10-time European champions knocked out Roma in the last 16, before beating Wolfsburg with difficulty – currently eighth in the German Bundesliga – to be in the semi finals.

“I don’t agree that our knockout ties are always the easiest,” was Zidane words. “You’ve already seen us losing 2-0 in the first leg against Wolfsburg. So I don’t want to hear this. Everyone we’ve faced so far has been strong: Roma, Wolfsburg and Manchester City. It will be a very difficult round. The only positive thing is that we play the second leg at home. I’m certain that it will be a real battle.”

European championsGuardiola and Simeone is possible to meet in Champions League semi-finals.

Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola and Atletico’s coach Diego Simeone will meet again later this month.
Bayern’s ex Barcelona’s coach, Pep Guardiola, will try to win Atletico’s, Diego Simeone. Two teams will meet again in the semi-final.

Teams play at Atletico’s stadium on 27 April. The return match will take place at the Allianz Arena on 3 of May.

“I know the Spanish league very well and that Atletico is very strong team,” said Guardiola.

“They know exactly what they have to do. It is always too difficult to play against them. We need 90 minutes of full concentration.”

“Diego Simeone is one of the best coaches in the world. He changed the club. Atletico have reached a new level over the last five years.”

Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer added: “Atletico are monsters of passion. They are honest and authentic.”

One thing is for sure: We gonna see very quality Champions League semi-finals.

Premier League Standings review

Premier League standings review 2015/2016

We are going to take a close look at the teams based on the English Premier League latest results. We have a good sample and we are judging their performance until now. Of course many thinks can change until the end of the season.

Premier League Standings review

premier league standingsManchester City stands at the top of the table having the best attacking line in Barclays Premier League table. They score about 2.4 goals per match and this is something that counts a lot. Aguero and Silva are the key players in the team. They are the big favorite for the title for 2015/16 season. They must improve their appearances in away matches where they lose a lot of their offensive strength. They are very strong in creating chances through individual skill and when attacking down the wings. They have played too many games until now as they have to play for Champions League too.

Arsenal FCArsenal is at the top of the Barclays Premier League results table too, along with Manchester City. They are in great form this period and they have 5 consecutive wins in the league. Alex Sanchez (been one of La Liga standings top scorers), Cazorla and Ozil do the hard work for Arsenal. The team has a very stable defensive line and one of the best in Premier League till now. Having top class strikers, as Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, it is easy to score against any defense in the championship. Arsenal is very strong in creating scoring chances but they have to improve their defense against long shots and to avoid individual errors.

LeicesterLeicester is the big surprise of Premier League standings till now. They are standing just 3 points from the top. They have a very good attacking line as they have scored 23 goals, just 3 less than Manchester City. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are Premier League Top Scorers and key players of the team. Leicester is very strong in finishing their scoring chances but very poor when defending set pieces. That’s why they have conceded 19 goals till now although many of them were in particular game (5 against Arsenal). Leicester has only one defeat till now and this proves that they fight hard every match they play.

What happens in the middle of Barclays Premier League table

Manchester UnitedManchester United stand at the fourth position of the English Premier League table but they are not in a good form as their fans were expecting. They have one of the best defenses till now, having conceded only 8 goals. The problem is in the attacking line where goal does not come easily. They have scored 15 goals (same as Norwich who stand in the 16th position of the table) and scoring is something that they have to improve for sure. Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are the key players of the team but there is not enough help from Wayne Rooney. The good think for the team is that they can protect the lead as the team includes many experienced players.

TOTTENHAMTottenham has one of the best defenses in Premier League. They have only defeated once and this happpened in the first match of the season against Manchester United. They are very strong in creating scoring chances but they need to be more careful when they attack in order to avoid offside. Harry Cane is the key man of Tottenham. Whenever he plays well, Tottenham wins and most of the times easily. Team seems to be in good form and the only think that they have to focus is the big number of games the team has to play for UEFA Europa League too.

english premier league standingsWest Ham has managed to be just 5 points from the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Although they have won the brand names of Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea) they have also lost from clubs that are not bigger than them (Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford). Their performances till now are not bad but they have to be very serious in all matches. Dimitri Payet along with Cheikhou Kouyate are the key players of the team till now. The team is very strong in finishing their scoring chances but they have to avoid individual errors. If they keep scoring they have a lot of chances to be in the top 5 teams in Premier League.

english premier league standingsSouthampton began the season having only 2 points after 3 matches but they managed to improve their Barclays Premier League results and now they stand just below the top 5 teams of the table. The crazy statistic about Southampton is that they remain undefeated when playing away. They have 1 win and 4 draws. Their 2 defeats were at home against Everton and Manchester United. Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic are the most important players for the team. Southampton are very strong in aerial duels but very poor when defending counter attacks. They must be more careful when playing at home and try to protect the lead when they score first.

LiverpoolLiverpool seems to be in their worst form ever. They score with great difficulty and they do many mistakes when the team has the possession of the ball. Christian Benteke is trying to keep the team in the upper positions of the Barclays Premier League table but this is not enough. Klopp came to change the bad situation in the club but this will not be done in days or even weeks. Many players have left the team and the newcomers are not able to keep the team’s standards as high as their fans expect. I believe the team has to try more in finishing their scoring chances.

Everton_FCEverton have great difficulty to win any of the top 5 teams in Premier League standings. This happens every year with few exceptions. They lost against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. They did not manage to win even Watford or Swansea, so they must be happy with their position till now. Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone are the key players for Everton till now. The good think about Everton is that they can protect the lead. The bad think is that they cannot stop their opponents from creating chances and that they are very weak in aerial duels. Team’s form is normal in my opinion.

Crystal Palace FCCrystal Palace stand in the middle of the Barclays Premier League table and this is something not bad for the team. They have avoided relegation problems until now and they can attend the future more optimistically. They have the same number of wins and defeats (five) but their problem is scoring. They have failed to score in 4 of their matches till now. On the other hand they have kept the clean sheet only in 3 games. Yohan Cabaye is the “heart” of Crystal Palace and he is supported in some matches by Bakary Sako. The team is very weak when defending against skillful players.

WatfordWatford started the season with only 3 points after 4 matches but they improved after that. They lost against Manchester City and Arsenal (which is normal) but lost also against Crystal Palace, a match that they could have done better. Odion Ighalo is the only one who scores steadily in the team and one of the Barclays Premier League top scorers. He has scored 7 of the total 10 goals of his team. Watford mostly play with the same 11 players with few changes. They attack through the middle and down the left and mostly play the offside trap. They have conceded only 10 goals and this is pretty good for a team with few scoring solutions.

West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion stands in the 12th position of the table, 7 points above the relegation zone. They have poor attacking line with only 10 goals and it is remarkable that they have scored more than once only in 3 matches. Rondon, Berahino and Morrison are doing the hard work for West Brom. The team has big problem in keeping the possession of the ball and protecting the lead. They play with width and they are very good in aerial duels. They must focus in finishing their scoring chances. Future will be hard for the team as they face Manchester United and Arsenal in their next 2 matches in Premier League.

Swansea CitySwansea has failed to win in 6 of their last 7 matches in Premier League. Having only 3 wins after 11 matches is not a satisfying review. Team will fight to stay in Premier League until the end of the season. They have kept a clean sheet only in 2 of these 11 games although most of the times they lose to one goal difference. Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis are holding the dreams of Swansea for something good in the future. The team is very weak in avoiding offside and avoiding fouling in dangerous areas. They need some wins to get better psychology for the upcoming matches.

Stoke CityStoke City had only collected 3 points after their first 6 matches which a terrible start. The team’s problem is scoring. They have scored 9 goals in the first 11 matches and only 3 wins in total. All of the wins were with one goal difference which shows the big difficulty for the team to score. M.B. Diouf and Marko Arnautovic are the hope for something better for Stoke City. The team is very weak in avoiding offside and stopping their opponents from creating chances. I believe that they will fight hard to stay in Premier League next season. They have to try harder in finishing their chances as they have scored the fewest goals along with Aston Villa who stand at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

english premier league standingsChelsea is in the worst condition of the last years even with Mourinho at their bench. The top team in Premium League table 2014 2015 has conceded 22 goals in 11 matches and that means exactly 2 goals per match on average. They have big problem when defending against attacks down the wings and they seem unable to stop their opponents from creating chances for goal. All big well-paid players are below their standards and this is the explanation for the poor position of Chelsea this season. If this situation continues until Christmas Mourinho and some big names in the team must think of their future far away from London.

Bottom positions in english premier league standings

Norwich CityNorwich stand in the 16th position of the table with only 2 wins after 11 matches. They have conceded 23 goals in these matches and this means more than 2 goals per match on average. The team is very weak in defending counter attacks. They usually take long shots and they often attempt crosses. Nathan Redmond and Russell Martin are the key players for Norwich but they need more support. Team has 4 consecutive defeats and psychology is very bad for sure. Next matches are crucial as the team is only 2 points above the relegation zone. More goals needed and better defense from midfielders.

BournemouthBournemouth is coming from English Championship last year and they have to try hard to avoid relegation. Having 7 defeats in 11 matches is for sure a very poor review. The team has great problem in avoiding individual errors. This has cost many goals to Bournemouth. They are also very weak in defending against skillful players. The team play with short passes and players take long shots. Callum Wilson is what i can pick from the roster of Bournemouth. They have failed to keep the clean sheet in 10 of their 11 matches in the Premier League. I believe that unfortunately Bournemouth will not avoid relegation.

Barclays Premier League tableNewcastle United stand in the 18th position of the Barclays Premier League table and of course in the relegation zone. They have managed to win only once in these 11 matches until now and of course they could expect something more than this poor position. Newcastle has failed to score in 6 of these 11 matches and they have conceded 22 goals till now which means 2 goals per match on average. Team is very weak in defending against long shots and in aerial duels. Georginio Wijnaldum is the only one who tries enough and he has managed to score half of his team’s goals this season. The upcoming matches are not that difficult for the historic team and wins are one-way road for Newcastle.

SunderlandSunderland stands in the relegation zone and i cannot see a way for the team to stay in Premier League. They have only won once after 11 matches and this win was against Newcastle who is also in the relegation zone. The team has lost 7 matches, one less than Aston Villa which stands at the bottom of the English Premier League standings. Sunderland’s players are usually fouling in dangerous areas and they have huge problem when defending. They are shooting from direct free kicks and these chances are few. Steven Fletcher and Jermain Defoe are the two players who fight hard to keep Sunderland alive.

Barclays Premier League tableAston Villa is in their worst condition ever as they have only won once till now. They won Bournemouth in the first match of the season and from then they have failed to win. The team has serious problem when defending against through ball attacks and to protect the lead. Aston Villa plays mostly with width and the coach does many changes to the starting eleven every time. Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew are doing their best but this is not enough. Aston Villa has to focus in the defending style. The team will have problem until the end of the season and will fight hard to avoid relegation.

Conclusion based on current Premier League Standings

Our final conclusion based on the current England League table is that Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are going to fight hard for the title.
Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle and Bournemouth are the teams that are going to fight to avoid relegation. Teams in the last positions may change until the end of the season of Barclays Premier League table.

English championship

English Championship Predictions for 2014-2015

English Championship title

Championship PredictionsThe English Championship is the second tier of football in the country. Features the teams fighting it out for a place in the Premiership. The top two at the end of the season earn automatic promotion. The four teams below them enter the end of season play-offs. The winner of this also takes place in the Premiership the following year. The competitive nature of the league makes it one of the most exciting in English football. The NPower Championship predictions for promotion usually includes a number of teams. This is no different for 2014-15.

Derby County has been improving in recent times under the guidance of former England manager, Steve McClaren. They should be competing for the title. Their early season form has shown this to be the case and they are one of the clubs leading. Middlesbrough made some decent summer signings, including the capture of Kike from Real Murcia and they have also enjoyed a bright start to the season that should see them challenging for the top spot.

English Championship challengers

Other teams that are likely to be in the hunt for a top two place at the end of the season include Bournemouth, who just missed out on a play off spot last year, and Ipswich, who have experienced manager Mick McCarthy at the helm. Of the teams relegated to the Championship last season, Norwich seem best equipped to make a challenge for a top two spot. The signing of striker Lewis Grabban could get them the goals to fire them back up.

Fulham also relegated last year. Their big money signing of Ross McCormack was a sign of their ambitions to get back to the top straight away. However, their start to the season has been indifferent and they already sit well off the pace. They should challenge for a play off spot though. A Championship prediction for other teams expected to be in the hunt for English Championship playoffs spots is that this will include Watford, Cardiff City, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Who will leave the English Championship?

In addition, at the bottom of the Football League Championship table, the odds on Championship predictions is that Blackpool will be bottom at the end of the season. Early season form bears this out and they already fell to the foot of the English Championship table. They will likely only fall further behind the other teams, with relegation the outcome to their season. Three teams in all are also relegated from the English Championship and clubs likely to be fighting to avoid this include Birmingham City, Rotherham United, Millwall, and Huddersfield Town. The other two relegation spots are likely to be filled by two of these four teams.

English Championship: The most interesting league

The chance to claim a lucrative spot in the Premiership makes the Championship an exciting league and the 2014-15 season is shaping up to be another great season. The top of the table will be closely contested, with some great games in prospect for supporters to enjoy.

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German Bundesliga Predictions for the 2014-15 Season

German BundesligaThe 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil ended with Germany celebrating its fourth victory in the tournament and this brought the country back to the pinnacle of international football. Its premier domestic competition is the German Bundesliga and this has always been one of the strongest leagues in Europe. It is certainly one of the best supported, with average crowds of around 45,000 fans watching the games each week. Many of the superstars of word football play in the league and with German football on a high after its World Cup success, the 2014-15 Bundesliga season is one to look forward to.

German Bundesliga Predictions for the Champion

When it comes to Bundesliga predictions for the champions each year, one team tends to dominate and with good reason. Bayern Munich has always been the biggest team in German domestic football and they have a record of success that is second to none. The league was originally established in 1963, which means it has now been running for just over 50 years, and in this time Bayern have been champions a total of 23 times. This puts them way ahead of any of the other teams that regularly compete in the German Bundesliga standings. In the last couple of years they have been particularly dominant, winning the German Bundesliga by a massive 25 points in the 2012-13 season and an almost as impressive 19 points in 2013-14. They have a number of the recent World Cup winners in their ranks and this includes Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Other star players include Arjen Robben of Holland and Franck Ribery of France. This gives them an extremely strong squad that is used to success and it is difficult to see them being anywhere but on top of the league at the end of the season.
The team that has been the closest challenger to Bayern Munich in recent years is Borussia Dortmund. This rise to prominence has been guided by manager Jurgen Klopp, with the club being German Bundesliga champions in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as ending the last two seasons as runners up. While they were expected to run Bayern closer this year, their start to the 2014-15 season has been poor and they recorded as many losses in their opening 11 games as they did in the whole of last season. With quality players in their squad such as Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter, and Adrian Ramos, they should improve although it already seems unlikely they will repeat their success of recent years. The challenge for the title is more likely to come from teams such as Vfl Wolfsburg, Schalke 04, and Bayern Leverkusen although Bayern already lead the way in the league and its hard to see past them being crowned champions for the third year in a row.

Bundesliga Predictions for European Spots

German soccer predictions for European spots are more difficult to pin down, with a number of teams in with a shot. The top three teams at the end of the season qualify for the Champions League group stage, with the fourth placed team having to successfully negotiate a play-off round if they want to earn a place in one of the Champions League groups. The team in fifth place goes straight into the Europa League group stage and finishing sixth earns a spot in the Europa League qualifying round. So which teams are likely to be filling these places come the end of the season? The big four in German football in recent years has been Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and Bayern Leverkusen. Schalke and Leverkusen have had decent starts to their seasons and it is likely they will be vying for a top four spot again. As already stated, Dortmund have been on a run of poor form although over the season they should pick up and there is every chance they will finish in the top six. Other teams likely to put in a strong challenge for a European spot include Vfl Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, both of which started the season in impressive form. While Bayern are head and shoulders above the competition at the moment, the other teams are fairly evenly matched and any of the teams mentioned above has a decent chance of grabbing a Champions League spot. Teams with an outside chance of making it in to one of the Europa League places are considered to be 1899 Hoffenheim and Hannover 96.

German Bundesliga Relegation

The bottom two teams are relegated each year, with the clubs that come up from the second division generally being the prime candidates to drop back down again. FC Koln and SC Paderborn were the two clubs that stepped up to the German Bundesliga for the 2014-15 season. Both have shown decent early season form to sit mid-table although they are likely to be there or thereabouts when relegation is decided at the end of the season. The third bottom team enters a play off against the third top team in the second division, with the winners of this earning the right to play in the top league. Hamburger SV ended up third from bottom last season and narrowly avoided relegation by taking victory in the play off game. They have started the season poorly and are more than likely to be fighting to avoid relegation again. Other teams that might struggle include SC Freiburg and Hertha BSC. When it comes to German Bundesliga tips, Paderborn is a likely candidate to fill one of the two automatic relegation places. This is their first time ever in the Bundesliga and they are a small team that does not really have the resources to survive. The second automatic relegation place and play-off spot are likely to be fought out by the other four teams mentioned above.
So there you have some Bundesliga predictions for the 2014-15 season, which is already underway and shaping up to be a great year of football. The odds-on forecast is that Bayern Munich will make it title number 24, with the only question being how close the challengers can get to them. The race for European places is likely to involve a number of clubs and this is also true for relegation. This should provide some exciting action for those who love betting on German Bundesliga.

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Soccer Predictions about Premier League – The key

premier leagueAre you looking for reliable and trusted Premier League predictions that glow with pride? Is your quest on the best Premier League predictions? Reading through the rest part of this article will help you to discover Premier League predictions that count. Starting with the big hit of Chelsea vs. West Brom, the matchday is fixed for the 22nd November 2014. Chelsea presently is leading the Premier League with 29 points will host West Brom. On the other hand, West Brom is just having 13 points and away far from Chelsea. West Brom is known for giving you a fight when it matters most. Nevertheless, experts have predicted that the match will be in favor of the blues 3-1. With another storm from Everton vs. West Ham on the 22nd, November same day with the Chelsea match, a surprise is also going to be unleashed. Everton is presently occupying 10th position in the English Premier League latest table with 14 points. West Ham may not be found on the high list, but sports enthusiasts have mentioned that the fight will be strong. Even while Everton will host West Ham at Goodison Park, a surprise may still be noticed in the match. However, the fight has been ruled in favor of Everton winning slightly at 2-1.

Leicester vs. Sunderland is another shock on the 22nd, November, 2014. While Leicester is about to move to the relegation level in the league, hopes may still be found if they win the match again Sunderland. Sunderland is known for humiliating big teams, but with the annoyance of Leicester moving away from the prominent part of the FA Premier League table, new scores may still be noticed. Nevertheless, the match has been ruled to settle for a 1-1 draw. Man City vs. Swansea is going to be the clash of the titans. Without much deliberation, Man City is just three points above Swansea and this bet will be an outstanding one of the season. Swansea has started well this season without giving up the fight. A win from Man City will get them back on with the Premier League. Nevertheless, the match held in Etihad Stadium will finally end in a 2-2 draw. Still, on the 22nd, November, an angry match will be held in St. James’ Park involving Newcastle vs QPR. With no doubt, this is going to be a war. No EPL predictions can be found for this match. If you can cast back your mind on QPR vs. Chelsea, then the picture is clear as this. Newcastle will host QPR, but this should be with care. QPR is always known for its strong fighting spirit when it comes to issues concerning the big horns. However, experts mention that the war will still favor Newcastle slight with a 2-1 win.

Right in Britannia Stadium on the 22nd, November a scroll will be settled with one great team that is about going relegated with another strong-looking club called Stoke. Even while Stoke hosts the fight, Burnley will not come there for a joke says the football experts. Stoke is just beneath Newcastle and above Everton while Burnley is least on the Premier League table 2015. This is going to be another hot game that many calls indecisive one. Above all odds, the match has been seen by the experts to end in favor of Stoke 2-1. If there is a match not to miss on the 22nd, November 2014, Arsenal vs. Man Utd should be the catch. Just a point difference is the main scroll to be settled. With Arsenal looking belligerent to host Man Utd, this time, it is going to be a big fight. Even will Man Utd have been experiencing several issues this season, experts claimed that the match will end up a 2-2 draw. This is simply because Man Utd will want to claim an opportunity to stand out while Arsenal will fight back. However, this will keep the match at an equal pace ending 2-2.

The battle for the Premier League continues…

Sunday, 23rd, November 2014, another great fight will be noticed by a match that was formerly scheduled for 22nd. In Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool will be another great feeling for the fans. With Liverpool ahead of Palace five points, it is never going to be easy as well. From ramifications of surveys, the experts mention that Palace will claim their three points with a 2-1 win. Liverpool still on the brag mention that the worst will be a draw. If Palace can take up their lead in the first 45 minutes of the match, then peradventure that the scores end up as predicted. Still, on the same day, Hull will be hosting Spurs at The KC Stadium. Spurs with a great dream to reign, but Hull supporters claim the fight will be settled amicably. Amicably in the sense that Hull will claim their victory over the strong Spurs. However, match experts have finally placed a 1-1 for the Hull vs. Spurs game.

On the 24th, November, 2014, Aston Villa vs. Southampton is another exciting match to watch out for. Though, the match was formerly scheduled for 22nd, November, but will finally be played on the 24th. Southampton is a great team to watch out for in the Premier League this season. This is a fire-for-fire team with promising outcome of their matches. With all clamors about Aston Villa good attackers, match experts claim they will finally end up with a 2-2 draw.

So, what are the final Premier League predictions 2014?

The deal about the Premier League this season is really great. Excitement has been the order of the day because several teams are showing up different looks and Barclays Premier League picks are not easy. It is no longer an affair of the big horns as any team could defeat its counterpart cheaply. Nevertheless, Chelsea, Southampton, Man City and West Ham have occupied the first four positions clearly. There are several matches ahead before anyone can claim supremacy over other teams. If things continue to remain this way, it is clear that Chelsea may emerge the champions. Jose Mourinho is not allowing a chance to be lost based on his good preparation for the season. However, other teams in the Premier League may spark up at the later end of the season. Premier League’s picture is a clear evidence of how teams have been prepared before time. More excitement will continue to reign in the Premier League table this season.

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Sports betting strategies and tips about football

Sports betting strategies and tips

Online football betting is increasing in popularity. There is also emergence in betting markets, sports betting strategies that can be utilized to make a huge profit margin. This is especially true in the long-run since punter wants to make profit at the end of the league. There are a number of new betting techniques that emerge in the betting industry every so often. Every once in a while, everybody online requires better expert advice in order to increase his chances of winning.

Sports betting strategiesIt is why soccer tips came to increase you chances of winning are a very helpful resource. Players who are new to the world of betting can hugely benefit from good management of their betting funds. More experienced betting players can also benefit immensely from betting tips. Their experience coupled with new betting strategies can go a long way in increasing their chances of winning. Some of these useful free betting tips include spread betting or even betting exchanges. These have the effect of increasing your chances of winning while at the same time reducing the risk when betting.

More betting techniques

Betting tips help to point out special features, popular betting strategies and the best betting techniques that if paid attention to, will significantly increase your winnings. Every once in a while, taking on a different style of betting can be profitable if what you are currently doing isn’t working for you. We have betting experts who are ready to offer you expert advice if you require this to move forward. Our experts have thorough knowledge on every betting style and technique in the market. They know the best way to make a positive impact on your winnings.

Important betting strategies

It is also important to note that even if you have all the expert betting sites and soccer tips, nobody guarantees long-term profits even if you closely follow every winning strategy. There is always the element of luck that is present in every soccer bet and all you can do is to increase your chances of winning. One of the best sports betting systems is to carefully consider all the points that you agree with and apply these to your bets. Football betting tips are for both amateurs and professionals and every sport betting technique that work always has a helpful tip that you can utilize.

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Football betting tips: Easy tricks that can help

How To have Successful Football Betting Tips

If you are a football fan, then you know how important that weekend match is. You know that you will do everything possible to watch that game. It doesn’t matter whether it is your team playing or not. All that matters is that you watch that beautiful game. Deep inside, though, you always predict results. Through the experience you’ve had in the past, you can easily predict the team that is going to win. Why don’t you use your football betting tips to earn money? You can do this by simply betting on the best betting sites. A good way is to test on a pice of paper any new system you have in mind. This way you will not have to pay anything in advance but only to test it. In order to be successful, you need to use the best free betting advice for betting.

Free football picks will not only help you bet wisely, but also get your prediction right. you have to carefully judge everything you hear. Remember, in betting what matters is your opinion. If your opinion is right, you win a lot of money. If your prediction is not right, you will lose money. When you use football betting tips available, you simply increase your chances of winning.

Previous matches: Crucial factor in our prediction

One of the ways to ensure that you bet wisely is by looking into the history of the teams playing. History has a way of repeating itself, although sometimes it is rewritten. Looking into the past results, therefore, can help you make right choice. The good thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for this information. On your preferred soccer betting site, you will get this information for free. All you need is to go through the information before making the final decision.

football betting tipsAnother thing to look at is recent statistics of the teams playing. You need to look at how the two teams playing have been performing in their recent matches. Through those statistics, you can always predict whether a team is likely to win or not. If for instance a team has been winning most of its recent matches, you may conclude that it will win its next match. This will depend on other factors, though. For instance, it may depend on the strength of its next opponent.

Tricks for accurate football tips

Other football betting tips for betting to use is home and away matches. Most teams tend to be dangerous when playing at home. This is because home fans demand more from them. Because of this, most teams are energized whenever in front of home fans. Away matches are not always easy. Teams playing away are always intimidated by fans. Before betting, therefore, it is good to establish the team that is playing away and home. Be careful, though, not to use this as the only determinant. You also need to look at the strength of the team before concluding. For instance, if Barcelona is playing Granada away, Barcelona is likely to win because of its strength. On the other hand, if Granada is playing against Almeria at home, Granada will have an upper hand since they are almost at the same level.

Think before you select your football tips

From the above, you can understand that football tips for betting are the ones you know. You only need to look further into them before making decisions. You don’t need to rush. Take your time to balance all the crucial factors before you decide. If you use these tips to make football picks, you will reap handsomely from your efforts. So stop being just a football fan and start reaping from it. You will see that football betting can easily pay your bills.

Botafogo vs Palmeiras – Brazil Serie A

Botafogo vs Palmeiras

Botafogo vs Palmeiras

Botafogo Brazil news

The three-day crisis ended with a defeat in El Salvador by Vitoria. Botafogo were down due to a silly penalty in 52′, equalized after a mistake of the opponent’s defense in 68′, but in 74′ they conceded a second goal, losing the match fairly.

This was the second consecutive defeat for the “fogao”, who fell in the penultimate position, paying the many out-field problems.

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Having Valdivia in the lineup, as he was vindicated in the appeal on the day of the match, Palmeiras found themselves losing in 41′ to Chapecoense, but in the second half they were excellent and scored four goals from 50′ to 70′. The opponent reduced in 92′.

They take advantage of their home in the last games, a development that took them out of the hot zone, however the defensive weaknesses are more noticeable than ever.

It will be a difficult match against Botafogo and Palmeiras know that.