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Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur keen to build on positive Real Madrid display with win against Liverpool

Tottenham will look to build on their midweek positive result against Real Madrid when they meet another European heavyweights Liverpool in a crunch Premier League clash at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have been making all the right noises in London, with their finishing above Arsenal for only the first time in over two decades last season. On Tuesday night in Champions League, they showed they can hang with the big dogs when they produced yet another display their supporters can be proud of when they drew 1-1 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Having claimed Borussia Dortmund’s scalp in the competition previously, salvaging a point against the La Liga and Champions League holders meant they’d most likely find themselves in the knockout stages.

CL Preview : Real Madrid vs Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur eye crucial points at Real Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur are now in Madrid to play Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in a must-see Champions League clash on Tuesday night, as they look to earn a reputation as a decent continental side.

On the back of Argentine gaffer Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival, Tottenham have been making great strides in Premier League, but they have largely underperformed in the European tournaments, with group stages in Champions League being their best finish under him.

Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Struggling Liverpool host title favourites Manchester United in tasty Premier League clash

Form goes out the window when perennial nemeses Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns with each other, and it won’t be any different on October 14, when the latter drop by at Anfield.

As losing points even at this stage of the season would prove costly, United, despite the injuries, will look to secure their third league win at Anfield in four seasons – having defeated Liverpool there 0-1 and 1-2 before drawing 0-0 – as failing to do so will result in their falling behind Manchester City, who play Stoke City on the same day. The Saturday’s clash also marks their first real test as they’ve only faced less-than-stellar opponents so far, so they now need to prove they haven’t been lucky to be where they are.

Chelsea and Man City headline this weekends fixtures

Chelsea and Manchester City do battle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, as the Premier League hopefuls look to gain an edge over the other, with the season still in its infancy.

Chelsea were surprisingly written off after their opening day defeat to Burnley, especially in light of their underwhelming performance in the summer transfer market. Antonio Conte’s men, however, have managed to turn things around, winning seven out of their last eight games, including wins against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Their recent statement victory over Atletico Madrid in Spain has only cemented their credence, and they’ll be raring to go up against a rampant City side this weekend. Chelsea’s home form in the league, however, isn’t on their side, as they have won only against punching bags Everton this season, drawing with a resilient Arsenal and losing to a more resilient Burnley.

CL Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Chelsea eye second big Champions League win, against Atletico Madrid
 
Chelsea turn their attention to Champions League on Wednesday night as they play away at Atletico Madrid in their second Group C fixture.
 
The Blues shrugged off doubts to become serious title contenders in Premier League having won four out of the five recent games after losing at home to Burnley. They managed to complete the turn-around with huge wins over Qarabag FK and Nottingham Forest. In Atletico, however, they have an opponent who will prove their biggest test so far.
 
Los Rojiblancos had an underwhelming result in their opening Champions League fixture as they drew 0-0 with third-placed AS Roma. Their La Liga campaign, on the other hand, has been significantly better as they sit second – behind Barcelona – having never lost a game until now.

Preview: Man United vs Everton

Manchester United look to retain top spot with win against Everton
 
Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as they look to retain the top spot in the Premier League table.
 
Jose Mourinho took one full season, but he’s finally concocted a team capable of lifting the English top-flight title. Signing Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku and retaining Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he has shown that he means business. Their sitting atop the table bears testimony to their strength.
 
The Red Devils will look to avoid a draw or loss, with the chasing pack – Manchester City and Chelsea – locking horns with Watford and Arsenal, respectively.

Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea host Arsenal in tasty London-derby Premier League clash
 
Chelsea host Arsenal in a lunch-time kick off on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, with either side looking to find their feet in the nascent Premier League season.
 
On the back of an embarrassing opening day defeat to Burnley, Chelsea were written off by many pundits, especially given the madness in the summer transfer market. However, they have managed to turn things around, with back-to-back victories over European hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Leicester City.
 
The wins have helped them to the third position in the league table, but Antonio Conte still needs to iron a few issues out.

Arsenal look for two in a row against Stoke City amid transfer headache

Arsenal face off against Stoke City away at Bet365 Stadium in what should be a tasty Premier League fixture later today as they look to keep up their mini running streak.

The Gunners nearly went off to a bad start to their campaign yet again when they went 3-2 down to Leicester City at Emirates Stadium last Friday. However, late resurgence and the energy injected by second-half substitutes meant they secured all there points in the seven-goal thriller.

Away at the Stanley Mathews Way stadium, though, they’ll likely be facing a bigger threat, given their performance history against them. With Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United all registering wins themselves, they should win at all costs to remain title contenders in what’s been pencilled in to be a close season.

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.

Final Preview: Ajax vs Man United

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.

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