TOP-5 MIDWEEK Clashes you should NOT miss
Holidays are over, and we are all back to our duties, however, our beloved football world is still holding our hands not letting us to fall into post-holiday depression. Here we present a couple of awesome games that will color up your weekdays. Manchester United vs Hull City English League Cup, Semifinals January 10, 20:00 UTC Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Referee: Kevin Friend After defeating West Ham and Newcastle United in the quarterfinals, Hull City and Manchester United are here to decide who will be the first finalist of English League Cup. Taking into account how the recent forms of these teams differ from each other, one might think of a possibility of seeing Jose Mourinho’s first final as the Red Devils’ head. The Manchester side are undefeated in their last 14 games in all competitions, having won the vast majority of it. Hull City, on contrast, have won only two clashes out of their last 10 games. The head-to-head statistics of these teams are not giving hope to Hull City either. There have no wins against Red Devils with only one draw and eight losses in last nine face-to-face encounters. However, League Cup has always been keen on surprising the fans, and the weekend win against Swansea (2-0) might be a big push for Hull City enthusiasm. League Cup final might be one of the only chances to shine in the current season. Missing Players Manchester United: Rojo (injured), Bailly (out of squad) Hull City: Bruce, Will Keane, Luer, Odubajo, Davies (all injured), Elmohamady, Mbokani (out of squad) Southampton vs Liverpool English League Cup, Semifinals January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England Referee: Neil Swarbrick Liverpool being in the second semifinals of the League Cup brings the fans hope to witness the historic English battle Manchester United vs Liverpool… But still there is a chance of having final Hull City vs Southampton, which, to be honest, does not seem a realistic scenario. Why? Southampton, as well as Hull City, are not having their best season. Three out of the last five games have been lost, last four games bringing no wins to the Saints. Head-to-head statistics against Liverpool, however, are not that bad for Southampton. Last two games have been home clashes with no loss, as the Saints won (3-2) and drew (0-0) last two face-to-face encounters. Missing Players Southampton: Austin, Boufal, Hesketh, Mccarthy, Targett, Pied, Fonte (all injured) Liverpool: Ings, Henderson (both injured), Matip (unfit), Mane (out of squad) Barcelona vs Athletic January 11, 20:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Cam Nou, Barcelona, Spain Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano, Spain If the top-5 clashes of the midweek were not sorted by dates in this selection, this would be first game as measured by the importance of the matches. Athletic Bilbao managed to win the first leg clash (2-1) and a simple draw will help Athletic to proceed the defending champions. Barcelona, in turn, are not experiencing their best season. Failing to win against Villarreal during the weekend, Luis Enrique side went down the league table and are now occupying the third position. The football fans expect Athletic to “park the bus”, while Barcelona squad will be furious in their attempt to prove all the critics wrong. I am certainly not missing the clash. Missing players Barcelona: Cillessen (injured) Athletic Bilbao: Aketxe, De Marcos, Yeray (all injured) Juventus vs Atalanta Coppa Italia, Round of 16 January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy Referee: Piero Giacomelli Juventus vs Atalanta is one of the clashes in Coppa Italia Round of 16 which really needs attention. This is the game of the first and sixth teams of Serie A, which is at least worth a glance. Despite the fact Massimiliano Allegri’s team is not expected to feature with their first team, they are still the obvious favorites of the opposition. Sevilla vs Real Madrid January 12, 21:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain The result of this two-leg clash has been predetermined in the first-leg. Zinedine Zidane’s unstoppable machine went through Sevilla (3-0), despite the fact that the latter show pretty decent football in the current season and are even above Barcelona in Spanish La Liga league table. They are now occupying the second place. However, the actual game flow was is not obvious from the score. The referee of the clash (Mateu Lahoz) has been criticized recently for numerous mistakes, all in favor of the Madrid side. Will Sevilla be able to revive the intrigue of the clash if the arbitrage is fairer? Less likely, as Los Blancos look incredible in any case. But one thing is sure: Jorge Sampaoli side will try to correct their mistakes, and their try is worth watching.
Jovetic close to joining Sevilla
Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is closing in on a loan move to Sevilla, according to Corriere dello Sport. The Montenegro forward has made just five Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season and is edging towards the San Siro exit door. Having rejected offers from China, it is understood Jovetic has reached an agreement with Sevilla over a short-term loan. The Spanish side will also have the option to sign the 27-year-old permanently at the end of the season.
Barcelona have highest wage average
The wage bill average of Barcelona players is revealed to be the highest among La Liga teams, AS reports. The Spanish magazine published the list of average wages with accordance to La Liga teams, with the Catalan team heading it. Barcelona players receive on average €7.13 million, while the second in row Real Madrid have an average of €6.38 million wage bill. Atletico Madrid (€3.27m), Valencia (€2.22m) and Sevilla (€2.04m) alongside with the top Grands for the top-5 of the list. Alaves (€377k), Las Palmas (€345k) and Leganes (€344k) form the lowest fraction of the list.
Martial close to joining Sevilla
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is considering a temporary switch to Sevilla, his agent has revealed. Philippe Lamboley admitted the La Liga club offer an attractive option for his 21-year-old client. "We are studying the Sevilla option in detail," Lamboley told ABCdeSevilla. "Sevilla are a very good club, are in a good position in La Liga, play in the Champions League and have a great coach. That's all I can tell you."
Sevilla eye Manchester United striker
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial may be moving to Spanish La Liga despite early reports suggesting West Ham making an offer for the Frenchman. The 20-year-old player has grabbed Sevilla's attention which will be looking to loan the player in January. Sevilla sporting director Ramon Monchi has already contacted the English club to discuss the possible transfer. Earlier this month Jose Mourinho has hinted that he is not thinking of letting Martial go.
Copa del Rey round of 16 clashes revealed
Copa del Rey (Spanish Super Cup) has revealed the clashes for the round of 16. All grand including Barcelona and Real Madrid came to know their rivals for the stage. The holistic list of clashes looks as follows: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid vs Sevilla Las Palmas vs Atletico Madrid Alcorcon vs Cordoba Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Deportivo la Coruna vs Deportivo Alaves Valencia vs Celta Osasuna vs Eibar The first-leg clashes of the stage will take place on January 4th, the second-leg, accordingly, in a week (January 11th).
Copa del Rey. Barcelona trash Hercules 7 goals to 0, Other results [Highlights]
6 matches have been played in Copa del Rey in Spain. Barcelona easily overcame Hercules after having drawn in the first leg match, while Sevilla didn't even notice Formentera. An interesting fact: All 6 games saw home teams winning their matches and qualifying for the final of 16. Barcelona 7-0 Hercules (8-1 AGG) Sevilla 9-1 Formentera (14-2 AGG) Eibar 3-1 Sporting Gijon (5-2 AGG) Valencia 2-1 Leganes (5-2 AGG) Osasuna 2-0 Granada (2-1 AGG) Deportivo la Coruna 3-1 Betis (3-2 AGG)
Champions League. All teams which made it to Round of 16
Champions League group stage is finished and we know the names of all 16 clubs that will continue their way in the competition. We introduce all the teams which have qualified for the Round of 16. Also, you can find the names of teams which will move to Europa League. Qualified from the first place Arsenal Napoli Barcelona Atletico Madrid Monaco Borussia Dortmund Leicester City Juventus Qualified from the second place Paris Saint-Germain Benfica Manchester City Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen Real Madrid Porto Sevilla Qualified for Europa League Ludogorets Razgrad Besiktas Borussia Monchengladbach Rostov Tottenham Legia Warsaw Copenhagen Olympique Lyonnais The draws for Champions League Round of 16 and Europa League Round of 32 will take place on Monday in Nyon and will start at 12:00 CET.
Champions League, Round 6, Day 2. Full highlights
We present the full highlights of all matches that were played in Champions league group stage round 6 yesterday. Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Monaco Tottenham 3-1 CSKA Moscow Real Madrid 2-2 Borussia Dortmund Legia Warsaw 1-0 Sporting CP Porto 5-0 Leicester City Club Brugge 0-2 Copenhagen Juventus 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb Lyon 0-0 Sevilla
Champions league, Round 6, Day 2. Who’s out, who can advance?
Champions league will bring 8 more matches today where the final arrangement in the standings will be decided. The positioning is determined in neither of the groups. So let's discuss each group one by one. Group E Monaco have guaranteed the promotion from the first place. The French side have 11 points in stock and are unreachable for the opponents.They play with Bayer Leverkusen today. The German side will finish second regardless of the result. CSKA need to defeat Tottenham to finish above them in third in Group E. Any other outcome will see Tottenham playing in Europa League. Group F Borussia Dortmund are the first with 13 points, while Real Madrid have only 11 in stock. The two sides will meet at Santiago Bernabeu tonight to decide the group leadership. Third-placed Sporting CP need only avoid defeat to secure their entry into the UEFA Europa League. If Legia win, the Polish side will qualify for Europa League. Group G Leicester have it all safe as Claudio Ranieri's side have already booked their place in the playoffs from the first spot. Porto and Copenhagen will chase the second place. The Portuguese side are now ahead of Copenhagen with 8 points against 6 and have to face Leicester today. Copenhagen will visit Belgium to play with Club Brugge, which have lost all the chances to keep on playing in Europe. København have a head-to-head advantage over Porto on away goals so will come second if they win and Porto do not, so the draw is not acceptable for Porto. Group H Juventus and Sevilla will try to occupy the first place. The Italian side are ahead of their Andalusian rivals with one point. If the Old Lady defeat Dinamo Zagreb, they will be the first regardless of the result of Lyon - Sevilla match. Lyon must defeat Sevilla by two goals or more to grab second place ahead of their opponents. All other outcomes is in Sevilla's favour.