Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow: Match Preview and Predicted Lineup

Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Anfield.

Liverpool and Spartak Moscow have everything to play for on matchday six as it is a triangular race in Group E for the knockout qualification.

Liverpool sit at the top of the table with 9 points, Sevilla with 8 and Spartak on 6. The fourth side Maribor are eliminated from Europe have 2 points in their bag.

The Reds can qualify with a draw, but they must equal Sevilla’s result to do this as group winners. Spartak must win to qualify, but this will eliminate Liverpool if Sevilla win theirs against Maribor.

Liverpool’s both win in the competition has come against Maribor, while they drew Sevilla twice and Spartak.

Meantime, Spartak managed just 1 win from their 5 matches so far, drew 3 and lost once. The win came at home turf by a massive margin against Sevilla, while the defeat came in the reverse leg against the same team by a 2-1 margin. While, they drew twice against Spartak and once with Liverpool at home.

Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head

The reverse of the corresponding fixture ended in a 1-1 draw.

Overall, the teams share 2 wins and 1 draw from their 5 meetings in UEFA competitions.

The most recent was in the 2002/03 Champions League when Liverpool won both home and away – 5-0 & 3-1.

While, Spartak did the doubt in their meeting in 1992 Cup Winners’ Cup – 4-2 at Moscow, 2-1 at Anfield.

Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction

Form-wise, Liverpool are on a roll lately having picked up 6 wins and 2 draws from their last 8 matches in all competition. They scored 25 goals in the process, at least 3 goals in 7 of those.

Spartak’s domestic form is fairly good, but they do come with a down-and-out record in Champions League away night. Their win-less streak stand at 6 games and lost 4 of those.

On current form, Liverpool must snatch an easy victory on Tuesday.

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Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow: Match Preview and Predicted Lineup

Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).

The narrow defeat at the Basel on matchday 5 set the stage for Manchester United needing at least a point from their final group game against CSKA Moscow to qualify as group winners.

Meantime, the Russians need to better the result of Basel to qualify as runner-up, or a massive win to grab the top spot in the table.

CSKA and Basel are locked on 9 points, but the Swiss team have a better head-to-head record. United sit on top of the log with 12 points, while Benfica are eliminated after losing all their 5 games so far.

United had defeated Benfica and Basel in their previous two home games on the group phase, both wins came with clean sheets. Besides, they boast a 100% win record from 10 games in all competitions this season and average 2.9 goals per game.

Meantime, CSKA bagged wins in both their away games of the campaign, the same 2-1 score-line against Basel and Benfica. They had to wait till matchday 5 for the first home win of the campaign which came by a comfortable 2-0 margin against Benfica.

Manchester United vs CSKA: Head-to-head

The Red Devils won 4-1 when the teams met in the opening group game.

United are unbeaten in the 5 meetings with CSKA, 3 wins and 2 draws.

At Old Trafford, the record is 1 win and 1 draw – 1-1 in 2015 and 3-3 in 2009.

United’s overall record against Russian sides is 4 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss from 12 games. They are unbeaten at home with the five matches producing 2 wins and 3 draws. The lone defeat came against FC Zenit in the Super Cup Final in a neutral venue at Monaco.

CSKA lost 10 of their 18 games against English clubs, won 3 and drew 5. One of those wins came during their 8 visits to England, 3 draws and 4 losses.

Manchester United vs CSKA: Prediction

The pressure is on CSKA and they must win here in-order to qualify for the round of 16. But, Manchester United are bullet-proofed at home and it is hard to see any visitor leaving with 3 points from Old Trafford.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Match Preview and Predicted Starting Lineup

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid is undoubtedly the clash to look out for in match-day six of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage.

The Blues have already qualified for the knockout phase, but they still need a win over the La Liga giants to confirm the top position in the table.

Atletico on the other hand can only qualify with a win, but their scenario is directly dependent to Roma’s result against Qarabag.

If Roma wins against Qarabag, the Spanish team will be eliminated even with a win.

However, if Qarabag manage to hold Roma to a draw, it will be Atletico who progress to the round of 16. The 2-0 win in the previous round put the Spanish giants upfront in the head-to-head with their first meeting ending in a goal-less stalemate.

Qarabag are eliminated from Europe after managing just 2 points from their 5 matches so far.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head

  • Michy Batshuayi scored the winner late in the injury time to hand Chelsea a 2-1 win when the teams met at Madrid on matchday 1.
  • Now the teams share 2 wins, draws and losses from their 6 meetings in UEFA competitions.
  • Four of the six meetings between the sides have seen both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
  • Atleti did beat Chelsea in their last visit to Stamford Bridge by a convincing 3-1 margin having lost the previous fixture at the stadium by a whooping 4-0 margin.
  • Chelsea’s overall record against Spanish clubs: 35 matches – 15W-12D-8L. At home – 9W-4D-2L from 15 matches.
  • Atletico Madrid versus English teams: 10W-10D-6D from 26 games. In English soil – 2W-5D-4L from 11 games.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Predictions

Both teams have struggled in all competitions at the start of the campaign, but they found fluidity in recent weeks.

Since the defeat at Roma by a 3-0 margin on matchday 4 of the Champions League, Chelsea are unbeaten in 6 games with wins in 5 since then, keeping 4 clean sheets in the process. The form of Eden Hazard is excellent, while Alvaro Morata has also started to repay the faith shown by Conte. Hazard and Morata scored 8 of the 14 goals the team scored during the period.

Meanwhile, Atletico’s 2-0 win against Roma on matchday 5 served as a confidence booster that turned their fortunes. The team won another three games on the bounce since then. Scoring goals has been the problem for this team, but things have changed with the team netting 12 times in the last four matches.

The biggest boost to Simeone is a rejuvenated Antoine Griezmann who scored 5 goals in his last appearances, after firing blanks in previous 8 matches in all competitions.

Arsenal vs Red Star – [3-4-2-1] Giroud, Wilshere, Nketiah & Iwobi START!

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Arsenal vs Red Star Belgrade: Head-to-head

Prior to the reverse leg of the corresponding fixture, Arsenal and Red Star met during the 1978 Uefa Cup third round. The Serbian side edged a narrow 2-1 aggregate win on the back of a 1-0 win at Belgrade after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Highbury.

Arsenal vs Red Star Belgrade: Predictions

It is already confirmed that Wenger will rest his key players as he had done in the first three rounds of the competitions. But this is not going to make an adverse effect on the London club’s credentials as the players like Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud looking hungry to impress the manager.

Red Star did well in the first leg and are unlucky to have lost by a late goal. But we do not expect a similar performance from them at the Emirates on Thursday.

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[3-4-2-1] Wilshere, Giroud, Nketiah & Iwobi Start in Arsenal vs Red Star

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Arsenal vs Red Star Belgrade
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 2nd November 2017
Kick-off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).

With a 100% win record in the three matches so far, Arsenal can qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League with a win against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

A late goal from Olivier Giroud was the difference when the teams meat at Belgrade two weeks ago. The Gunners bagged their third win on the bounce to go top of the group, while Red Star suffered their first defeat of the group stage.

Arsenal can qualify for the knockout stage with a win or a draw if Bate fail to beat Koln. Red Star are level on 4 points with BATE and occupy the second and third spots while Koln are rock bottom losing all their three games so far.

The Gunners are coming on the back of a hard earned 2-1 win against Swansea on the weekend, which stretched their winning streak to four matches in all competitions. The home form is particularly good as they are won in all 8 matches so far this season.

Meanwhile, Red Star bagged three wins on the bounce after the 1-0 home loss to Arsenal, all in the Serbian Super Liga. However, our focus is on their away record in Europa League over the past couple of months. They did pick a narrow win at Koln on match-day 2. But that is only their second win in 10 road games in the competition. So, we have to understand that they are not a team that enjoy the away nights.

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Wenger Makes Huge Statement Ahead Of Thursday Europa Home Clash

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Arsene Wenger has revealed he wants to win the Europa League, however he won’t make the competition a priority.

In recent seasons the Europa League has been modified that it is now one of the routes to get to the Champions League.

Arsenal have won of all its game in the competition this season. but in the Premier League, our fortunes have been different, we have lost three league games already this season, leaving us sixth on the league table.

This has led to some fans suggesting we should concentrate on the Europa League even though it means falling behind our rivals on the league table.

Wenger has now revealed he wants to win the competition in other to get into the Champions League next season but he won’t give up on other routes

“For us it’s a trophy to potentially win. We want to do well in all the competitions,” reports the Daily Star.

“In six days this week we play Europa League, the Premier League and the League Cup – we want to fight in every competition. It’s one of the routes but it’s not the only one for us.”

Manchester United took advantage of the competition and qualified for the UCL despite finishing 6th last season.

Personally, I think Arsenal have enough quality to win the Europa League and it will be a good idea to take it seriously. We also have the quality to field a two different squads strong enough to challenge for both the cup competition and the Premier League, so there shouldn’t be any fear of falling behind our rivals on the league table.

[Player Ratings] Red Star 0 vs 1 Arsenal: Man of the Match & Flop of the Match

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Arsenal managed to grind out a 1 – 0 victory against Red Star Belgrade to secure their place in the next round of the Europa League and here is how we rate the Gunners, with Cech and Wilshere the Men Of The Match for their wonderful display, while Walcott earned himself the Flop Of The Match after his wastefulness in front of goal on the night.

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Champions League Odds, Favourites And Who To Watch Out For

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When it comes to the Champion’s League, it’s all to play for and everyone’s got their own idea for who’s going to win.

So why not put your money where your mouth is and have a flutter with some football betting? If you’re not sure how the groups are looking then don’t worry, we’ve prepared this handy infographic that gives you the odds on the teams going in.

Make sure you keep an eye on PSG, they’ve had a productive summer by signing Neymar and upping the odds on them winning the cup to 13/2. Of course, the favourite for top scorer is still Ronaldo, but how could it not be?

He’s been the top scorer 6 times and the last 5 were all in a row, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t keep an eye out for some of the up and comers, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are both looking good to take Ronaldo’s crown and, of course, we have Neymar.

One thing’s for sure, it’s still everything to play for- why not take a look at the odds and make up your own mind?

Arsene Wenger Makes Surprising Statement On His Commitment This Season

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Arsene Wenger has hinted he would prioritize the Premier League over the Europa League this season.

For the first time in twenty one years, Wenger failed to qualify Arsenal for the Champions League and getting back to the competition next season has become a priority.

Prior to our first Europa League game in over two decades, against Koln on Thursday, Wenger was asked if he would utilize the chance of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League, he responded:

“We don’t calculate that this is a way to qualify for the Champions League. It is not the best chance but one of the opportunities. I came out many times saying the best way to do it is the top four of the Premier League,” reports the Daily Cannon.

While I agree with Wenger that this isn’t the best chance to qualify for the UCL because of the tricky nature cup matches, I think it is also as important as qualifying via the league.

The Europa league also gives you the extra bonus of winning a title as you can only win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.

Focusing on the league may be safer because it offers you the opportunity to redeem yourself after a bad game or series of bad games but being realistic, the EL could be our best bet.

The level of competition between the Premier League’s big seven has made finishing in the top four even more difficult. Not trying to sound pessimistic but taking the EL serious as much as the league will be a wise thing to do.

Wenger Told By Ex Arsenal Star To follow Mourinho’s footsteps by doing this…

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Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has warned that Arsenal must take the Europa League serious if it wants to get back to the Champions League next season.

The second tier European competition has been modified in a way that the winner of the competition automatically qualifies for the Champions League.

Manchester United made the most of this opportunity last season, despite finishing sixth on the Premier League table, they qualified for the UCL by virtue of winning the EL.

Arsene Wenger recently hinted he would focus on qualifying for the Champions League via the league table, meaning he could take the EL for granted but Hartson has warned we must take the competition serious.

The former striker says we are likely to miss out on the top four again, as a result focusing on the Europa League is important.

Hartson told the Daily Star as quoted by Goal: “I think a top-four place is a big ask for Arsenal, I really do think that. What with Manchester City spending so big, Liverpool as well.

“Chelsea, and Manchester United under Jose Mourinho of course, are a lot of people’s favourites for the title.

“But Arsenal can adopt Manchester United’s attitude to the Europa League last season.

“Mourinho said from the outset he thought it was the best way in for United – he was almost telepathic how he called that.

“Ajax hadn’t won an away game all the way through the competition, so it was almost as if United absolutely breezed the final it in a strange type of way.

“United had a couple of tricky away games, but they won it at a canter. I think Arsenal have to take it seriously.

“In the Europa League, they’re probably favourites to win it behind AC Milan.”

I can’t help but agree with Hartson as regards taking the Europa League serious.

We obviously have enough quality to challenge for a place in the top four, but the level of competition in the Premier League has made it even more difficult to finish in the top four. It will be too risky to put all our eggs in one basket.