Copa Del Rey Final - Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

The most popular and top Spanish clubs have qualified for the finals of Copa Del Rey. The battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the finals gives both teams a great opportunity to win the trophy and make a mark. Both of them had close failures last season, 2011, played in Valencia.

On 23rd March, the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona was didn’t get enough attention amidst the La Liga in Spain. However, consecutive goals by Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi spelled the doom for Real Madrid and they went down for 3-4 against the Catalan rivals. This match has been amidst many hot disputes and threw up numerous talking points and the only way to put an end to the discussion was a re-match. Surprisingly, the re-match is to happen exactly as it was placed 3 years ago amidst the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia.

Leo Messi, the star striker will also be the key player from Barcelona. He also has been the leading scorer in the tournament so far. Messi is the only striker to score 5 goals in 2014 Copa Del Rey and to top it off, Cesc Fabregas, Messi’s teammate is in the second spot scoring 4 goals in the tournament so far.

This will be the 111th time that the event has reached the finals since the tournament was established. In this year’s semi finals Real Madrid was victorious against their arch rivals, Atletico Madrid with 3-0 and 2-0 on the board. Barcelona had entered the finals by defeating Real Sociedad with scores of 3-1, 2-0 and 1-1. The Vikings have already faced defeat in Camp Nou. This puts both the teams on the favorites list and fans can expect a really grueling match.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid had faced tuff fates throughout 2014 Champions League. It is also fair to assume that Carlo Ancelotti’s team will have a psychological edge over their counterparts as they enter the finals. However, one must also remember the fact that the last two times these teams met on the field, it was Barcelona that emerged as champions.

The match on 16th April really fits the brand “Clasico” as we are expecting a thrilling and intense 90 minutes. In 2011, Real Madrid has made it to the finals but was embarrassingly defeated by Atletico Madrid in their own backyards. La Mestalla Stadium is a neutral venue for both teams but it did brings backs the memories, especially for the fans of Cristiano Ronaldo.

This brings us to an important question whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to go into the match on 16th April, 2014. He has missed the last 2 fixtures to a knee injury. Barcelona however is no man short. They have the best players on board and ready to take on the opponents. The only exception could be Victor Valdes, their goalkeeper who is undergoing treatment for ACL tear.

The match broadcast will start from 1.00 am IST (17th April). The GMT schedule is 16th April, 7.30 pm.

Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City 13 April, 2014

The reds will really be looking forward to bounce back after the initial humbling. Now that the reigning champions move to Anfield and without their top gun, Sergio Aguero, they will want to continue their winning streak for an eighth Premier League Title.

Date: Sunday 13th April 2014 Time: 13:37 (BST-UK) Venue: Anfield - Liverpool
Result: LFC 3-2 MCFC
06' 1-0 Sterling
26' 2-0 Skrtel
51' 2-1 Silva
63' 2-2 Johnson (o.g)
78' 3-2 Coutinho

Manchester City will be playing with the likes of: Hart Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Yaya Toure, Clichy Rodwell, Silva Balotelli and Tevez and. For Liverpool, the lineup would be Reina, Enrique Gerrard, Allen Borini, Lucas, Downing, Suarez, Skrtel and Carragher.

Brendan Rodgers rested several of the key players for the Europa League match on Thursday against the Hearts. He had anticipated that the Premier League Champions will be visiting. Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard need to be recalled to the Red Team to make a winning XI. Even John Enrique could be put back in contention after he had missed the opening match of this season due to an injury during training. Further Daniel Agger could be facing a one-match suspension after he received the red card in the match against West Brom. Joe Cole and Andy Carroll are already undergoing treatment for their hamstring and will not be able to make the match.

Some Manchester City vs. Liverpool facts in place
  • Liverpool has never lost a game home against Manchester City since 2003.
  • Manchester City’s loss against Wes Brom (3-0) was their worst opening ever in the Premier League.
  • Last time that Liverpool scored off a penalty was on January 25 this year and was helped by Steven Gerrard.
  • Manchester City has won seven Premier League matches after the bounce
Only time will tell how everything turns out. Till then we have Liverpool as the favorites.

Chelsea vs Arsenal 6-0 - Match Preview

Clash of the Giants : Chelsea vs Arsenal the London Derby

Venue: Stamford Bridge - London
Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014
Time: 12:45 (BST-UK) 8:45 AM (ET-USA)
Live On TV: BT Sport 1, beIN Sports 11, StarSports 4
Result: CHE 6-0 ARS
1-0 Eto'o 05'
2-0 Schuerrle 07'
3-0 Hazard 17'
4-0 Oscar 42'
5-0 Oscar 66'
6-0 Salah 71'

Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge this Saturday for a clash with league leaders Chelsea Fc. This match will be Arsene Wenger`s 1000th competitive match as coach of Arsenal.Arsenal is the only team to win more often at Stamford Bridge but in Mourinho`s era they have never won from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge infact no one till now has been able to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.

Last weeks result may effect Chelsea ss they lost to Aston villa 1-0 their confidence may be low but this Tuesdays victory over Galatasaray must have boosted their morale while Arsenal is on a smooth run of victories in last match they won 0-1 to spurs but at Home under Jose Mourinho no one is able to beat them

Current Form:


Players to watch:

Chelsea: Eden Hazard (Chelsea`s top scorer with ability to tear any defense apart ),Oscar (young and creative),Nemanja Matic (since his arrival at Stamford bridge this winter he has been solid for Chelsea),Salah (he is yet to play a full match for Chelsea fc but we all know he is a great tallent with great pace and likes to run behind defense ) Eto (although Chelsea`s strikers are not scoring as much goals as other teams but currently Sameul Eto has been in best form Scoring hat trick vs Man utd and helping Chelsea in win vs Galatasary we think he has earned his place in starting lineup vs Arsenal)

Arsenal: Rosicky (since the start of season he has been in top form producing top quality goals and assists ) Mertesacker and Koscielny (partnership of these two players has played vital role in Arsenals hold on in top 3 spot ) Cazorla ( spanish midfielder who can produce top quality stuff at any time )

Key Stats : In previous 4 meetings at Stamford bridge Chelsea has won 3 while Arsenal has managed to win only one of the four meeting but they are yet to win against Mourinho at Bridge . when the two clubs met last time at Stamford bridge on 20th january 2013 Chelsea won 2-1 with Lampard and Mata scoring for Chelsea and Walcott scoring for Arsenal.

Predicted Lineups:

Blues: Cech ; Azpilicueta , Terry , Cahill , Ivanovic ; Luiz , Matic ; Hazard , Oscar  Schurrle ; Eto’o.

RED: Szczesny ; Sagna , Mertesacker , Koscielny , Gibbs ; Flamini , Arteta ; Podolski , Cazorla , Rosicky ; Giroud.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 2-2 La Liga

Real and Atletico Madrid will lock horns this weekend on the LaLiga El Derbi madrileño game this Sunday. It is astonishing to see both the teams just three points separate looking at their recent performances and history. Real Madrid has been enjoying a high time for the last few days, as their win over Elche last weekend also brought with it some defeats for their rivals, Atletico and Barcelona. Hence no doubt that the team was deemed to get to the top of their division.

This will be the fourth Madrid Derby this season and this will be a great time for such a match a Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to the coach for this clash. The Ballon d’Or winner didn’t play the last three domestic games for the team due to his red card he earned at the 1-1 draw to Atletico Bilbao.

Things have changed a lot after the 1-0 defeat to Real at home last September and after that, Real gave their rivals a tough aggregate win in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey this month. Butnow that the Portuguese captain, Ronaldo, has returned, the team will get quite a boost. However, Jese will not be playing this match and Modric will still be serving his one-match ban.

Match Details
Competition: LIGA BBVA
Date: Sunday 2nd March 2014
Time: 16:00 (BST) 17:00 (CET) 11:00 AM (ET)
Venue: Vicente Calderón Stadium
Result: AT 2-2 RM
03' 0-1 Benzema
28' Koke 1-1
45' Fernández 2-1
82' 2-2 Ronaldo

On the other hand, Atletico isn’t in as such a good position as they might have been earlier into the season. The last six games only include four wins for this side which is a major setback to the manager and the whole team. Atletico however does not loose faith so easily and they will be looking forward to bounce back from the defeat ti Osasuna last week. There could be some major changes in the squad as many players return to the bench which include Miranda, Koke, Turan and Raul Garcia.

This match is tough for both the sides as this will certainly decide many aspects of the LaLiga Championship. Real has won 8 out of their last 9 matches whereas Atletico will only be looking to get back at Real as per derby expected, so this will still be a good match even of it ends in a draw.

Goals Highlights Dailymotion HD

Arsenal vs Liverpool 2-1 FA Cup 15-02-2014

Arsenal and Liverpool will be facing each other this Sunday and both the sides will be quite excited to get to the top of the table. Arsenal comes into the match after a 5-1 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday and will be looking to leap forward by getting the most out of this one. But things don’t seem too good for the Gunners as the last time Liverpool and Arsenal met, Liverpool gave a good 5-1 beating to the Arsenal. This was probably the worst defeat of the season for Arsenal so Arsene Wenger will be needing a definite victory to overcome the loss he has acquired.

On the other hand Liverpool is yet to taste defeat this year. This is quite astonishing as the Reds have been able to keep clean sheets for a long time now. Brendan Rodgers’ players have come a long way to come onto this position of the FA Cup. They come into the field after hammering Oldham Athletic and Bournemouth.

Team news for Liverpool indicates that their Defender Daniel Agger may be making his debut after recovering from his calf injury and might start against Arsenal this weekend. KoloToure however, although not injured but might be replaced as the center-back as in the last couple ofgames things didn’t turnout the way they were meant to be. Moreover, this match is way too early for Full-back Glen Johnson who has been suffering from groin and ankle injury.

He might be able to start next week whereas Joao Carlos Teixeira won’t be present at this game however he might be able to make it to Wednesday’s game against Fulham. On the other hand, Arsenal might not be playing to its fullest as the manager Arsene Wenger has the upcoming match against Bayern Munich in mind. Hecould be resting the striker Oliver Giroud and goalkeeper WojciechSzczesny.

Moreover, the injury list for the Gunners also goes a long way as Thomas Vemaelen and Aaron Ramsey will not befeaturing in this game.  Other than that, Kim Kallstrom will also not be fit to play this weekend. However, Theo Walcott and AbouDiaby will remain long term absentees with their knee injuries still not recovered.

Venue: Emirates Stadium - London
Kick-off time: 11:00 AM (ET) 04:00 PM (BST)
Competition: FA Cup 5th Round
Result: AFC 2-1 LFC
Oxlade-Chamberlain 6'
Podolski 47'
Gerrard 59'


Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea 19 January, 2014

Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Stamford Bridge - London
Kick-off: 04:00 PM (BST) 11:00 AM (ET)
Date: Sunday 19th January 2014
Result: Chelsea 3-1 Man Utd

Preview: Super Sunday sees David Moyes’ inconsistent side visit high flying Chelsea who are just behind Arsenal by 2 points at the top of the table. Manchester United meanwhile have struggled this season and are in 7th place and 5 points behind 4th placed Liverpool in the race for Champions League spot.

The reverse fixture saw a blunt 0-0 draw play out at Old Trafford earlier this season but this game is expected to have a few goals in it. Chelsea come in to this game as favorites have conceded just 2 goals since December 7th having won 5 games and drawn just one. Manchester United meanwhile have won 4 of their last 5 games but have been unconvincing this season.

Star players Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have been ruled out due to injuries for the Champions while left back Patrice Evra is also a big doubt.

Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones are expected to make a return from injuries.
Frank Lampard is back in contention for Chelsea confirmed by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho also confirmed that new signing Nemanja Matic will not start game and will be on the bench.

Fernando Torres who scored in two consecutive away games is expected to start.

Eden Hazard vs Chris Smalling | Rafael Pereira
The Belgian has been in sublime form of late and it will tall order for the Manchester United defense to keep in check. Rafael would be a more suitable choice to counter Hazard but he will also need to curb his attacking tendencies in order to shut out Hazard.

Adnan Januzaj vs Ashley Cole
The England International had a tough time last weekend against El-Mohamady but will likely find it harder this week against the Manchester United wonder kid. Chelsea will need to be wary with Januzaj lurking and if Cole can successfully shut him out it would make life much easier for the Chelsea defense.


Expect Chelsea to win this one comfortably. The most depleted Man Utd of recent times will have a very tough visit to Stamford Bridge and as it stands it is Jose Mourinho who will have the last laugh.