Arsenal look to complete a pre-season treble

Arsenal do battle with fellow Londoners Chelsea on Sunday evening in the English football season curtain raiser, Community Shield, in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup finals.
The Gunners, the FA Cup winners, head into the Wembley Stadium showdown on the back of lifting two pre-season trophies, including International Champions Cup and Emirates Cup. Completing a treble before their Premier League opener against Leicester City is certain to act as a platform they can build on, as they head into a campaign that can save or break Arsene Wenger’s legacy.
The French manager has done decent business in the transfer market, bringing in a top-class fullback and striker in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, respectively.

Champions League Final: Juventus vs Real Madrid

Champions League Final: Juventus vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid look to successfully defend Champions League trophy against Juventus.

Champions League holders Real Madrid on Saturday night go head to head with Juventus at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in UEFA Champions League finals.

Real Madrid, having already claimed La Liga title, will hope to complete a double by claiming Juventus’ scalp on Saturday night. The Italians, on the other hand, are not inferior to them in any way as they head into the showdown on the heels of lifting their sixth consecutive Serie A title.

The weekend’s high-profile clash will see sides with contrasting ideologies and playing styles do battle, with the Spaniards banking heavily on their frontline as Juventus’ defensive record being more detrimental than their goal-scoring record.

FA Cup Final Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea

FA Cup Final Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Premier League winners Chelsea lock horns with Arsenal in an all-London Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Blues, having already lifted England’s most-coveted club trophy, will look to make the second most prestigious silverware theirs, thereby becoming only the third club to win a double, after Manchester United and Arsenal.

Antonio Conte overcame the odds to lift the English title in his first season at Stamford Bridge, so even a loss this weekend will not tarnish what he has accomplished. However, having never a cup final as a manager, he will be desperate to claim Arsenal’s scalp.

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Europa League: Manchester United set sights on Champions League qualification

Manchester United will look to return to UEFA Champions League with a victory over Ajax Amsterdam in UEFA Europa League finals on Wednesday night.

The prospect of winning a European title ought to seduce United but, as only lifting the trophy will guarantee them a place in the Champions League, Jose Mourinho and co. will be desperate to emerge victors at The Friends Arena in Stockholm.

United have embarked on a bizarre season, lifting Community Shield and EFL Cup, finishing six points behind fifth-placed Arsenal in sixth, going 25 games unbeaten in the Premier League, having the third worst scoring record amongst the top-half sides, and boasting the second best defensive record in the division. In spite of these, winning the Europa League would further Jose Mourinho’s credentials as a pragmatist.

Preview: Arsenal vs Everton

Premier League: Arsenal’s Champions League qualification at stake against Everton

Arsenal’s Champions League qualification will be on the line when they welcome Everton to Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.

Sitting one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool, they head into matchday 38, hoping to secure a top-four finish against all odds like they did last season. They need Manchester City, who play Watford, or Liverpool, who host relegated Middlesbrough, to drop points besides three points against the Toffees.

Arsenal have never finished outside top four under Arsene Wenger and, with his managerial acumen now under serious scrutiny, his repute is at stake. Despite his downplaying the effects of finishing out of Champions League places, the Gunners’ finally finishing below local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and missing out on Europe’s elite cup competition will only aggravate the Wenger Out movement.

Tottenham keen to end White Hart Lane stay with a win over Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur will host a Premier League side at White Hart Lane for the last time on Sunday evening when they welcome Manchester United to London.

As the Lilywhites will be playing their home games at Wembley Stadium next season, Mauricio Pochettino and co. will look to give the Lane a fitting farewell by defeating the most successful English club.

Despite the match holding high emotional significance and seeing two English heavyweights locking horns with each other, the outcome of the game will not have any effect on how the league table will look after matchday 38. Tottenham have all but cemented second place while Jose Mourinho seems happy finishing sixth.

Liverpool desperate to beat West Ham United to keep Champions League hopes alive

Liverpool travel to West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, knowing a loss can deal a serious blow to their UEFA Champions League aspirations.

Coming off a frustrating goalless stalemate with Southampton, the Reds will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways having played one game more than every top-four rivals.

However, given their inconsistency, Arsenal and the Manchester clubs will hope for a result that makes Liverpool’s participation in Champions League implausible. Liverpool’s suffering a loss in London can see Manchester City leapfrog them while Arsenal may also reduce the gap to a solitary point.

Atletico Madrid keen to overcome the odds against Real Madrid

Real Madrid make a cross-city trip to Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night for the second leg of UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid, with one foot already in the finals.

Zinedine Zidane’s men vanquished their local rivals 3-0 in the first leg at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving the Wednesday’s hosts with little to no chance of overturning the deficit. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick past neutrals’ favourite Jan Oblak to give his side the three-goal cushion.

Juventus set to confirm Champions League Final participation

Juventus welcome AS Monaco to Turin on Tuesday night as they hope to secure a place in the Champions League finals.

The first leg at the principality club ended 2-0, with the Italians taking home a crucial two-goal lead. While the focus was on Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao heading into the clash, Gonzalo Higuain came out on top, scoring goals in either half to all but confirm the Old Lady’s participation in the Cardiff final.

Monaco need four points from their next three Ligue 1 games to finally draw the curtain upon Paris Saint-Germain’s monopoly in France. However, the past four weeks have brought them minor miseries, with the club losing the Coupe de la Ligue final 4-1 to PSG before succumbing to a 5-0 loss to them in the league. Their recent 3-0 win at AS Nancy Lorraine should offer them the motivation to overturn their first-leg two-goal deficit in Italy.

Arsenal battle Manchester United over Champions League qualification

Arsenal welcome top-four rivals Manchester United to Emirates Stadium on Sunday night as they hope to bounce back after losing 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s stock continues to plummet as he has finally let fierce rivals Tottenham finish above his side this season. With Champions League qualification now an uncertainty, his position has never been under more scrutiny. Sitting six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, he knows a win is a must to keep his side’s European hopes alive.

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Europa League: Manchester United eye win against Celta Vigo to boost Champions League chances

Jose Mourinho takes his side to Spain where they lock horns with Celta de Vigo at Estadio Balaidos. With the Wednesday’s fixture being the first of the two-legged Europa League semi-finals, he will look to secure a win to ease the pressure off his men’s shoulder.

Manchester United have looked a baffling side this season, being consistently average. High-profile signings have failed to make the desired impact as they continue to rack up draws. With the frontline lacking killer instincts, they have found UEFA Champions League qualification an uncertainty, especially with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City also fighting for top four finishes in the Premier League.

CL Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Champions League: Madrid clubs eye tickets to Cardiff

UEFA Champions League action resumes when Real Madrid host local rivals Atletico Madrid in the first of the two-leg semi-finals at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night.

The hosts banked heavily on luck to see off Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals as poor refereeing decision acted in their favour.  However, on the back of three wins – and a home loss in El Clasico – Zinedine Zidane will be keen to secure a deserving win this time out.

Despite being level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona, their defensive record looks far from impressive as they have conceded more goals than every other top six club barring only Sevilla. Diego Simeone’s men, who boast the third best goalscoring record in Spain will look to capitalize on their frailty at the back to buck the trend that sees them fall short to Los Blancos on the European soil.

CL Preview: Monaco vs Juventus

Champions League: High-flying Monaco look to oust Juventus

AS Monaco host Juventus at Stade Louis II on Wednesday night as they look to extend their fairytale run in UEFA Champions League.

With Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao forming a lethal partnership upfront, Monaco have proved a stronger side than Paris Saint-Germain, as evidenced by Ligue 1 standings. Sitting three points adrift of second-placed PSG and with a game in hand, Monaco have all but broken the Paris club’s monopoly in France. However, on Wednesday, they will look to further their prominence in Europe with a positive display against their Serie A counterparts in Juventus.

Juventus have all but sealed their sixth consecutive Serie A title as they now sit nine points off second-placed Roma with just four games left. However, the domestic title ought to now feel a routine, with their focus tipped to turn to the most-coveted trophy in club football.

Arsenal look to spoil Tottenham Hotspur’s party

Arsenal will look to crush Tottenham Hotspur’s title ambitions in what has been billed as the last North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday evening.

Sixth-placed Arsenal have been embarking on what looks the worst campaign under Arsene Wenger despite their progress in the Emirates FA Cup. Tottenham look set to finally finish above Arsenal after being in their shadow for 22 years, but both managers have promised to not let the local rivalry come in the way of achieving their respective season targets.

The Lilywhites have set their sights on their first Premier League title since 1961. Sitting just four points behind leaders Chelsea, who play at Everton earlier that day, they can be hopeful of toppling Chelsea in the event of securing a positive result at home on Sunday.

Everton eye home points against runaway champions Chelsea

Everton will look to keep their Europa League hopes alive when they host runaway Premier League champions Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Under Ronald Koeman, the Toffees have restored some lost pride as they find themselves wrestling with Arsenal and Manchester United for European spots. However, sitting seventh, they can end up squandering their early season laurels to finish the season empty-handed as they can only eke out 12 points from their remaining league fixtures.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are looking to bring the English title back to Stamford Bridge in Antonio Conte’s first season at helm. With only Tottenham Hotspur, who sit four points behind them, challenging them for the title, they have all but wrapped up the title already.  They will not be overconfident, though, with their 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace acting as a timely wake-up call.