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Arsenal vs Koln
UEFA Europe League Group-stage – Season 2017/2018
Date: 14th September 2017
Kick off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal sits in a group where the first place is practically reserved for them. For their opening match of the group stage, they are hosting Koln at Emirates Stadium.
After 17 years, Arsenal failed to enter the most prestigious competition. They took the step down and are now starting the Europe League campaign in the group stage where they are the favourites for finishing as the first-ranked.
They got off to a rather bad start of their domestic campaign. They lost two of the four matches in the Premier League, where they are the eleventh-ranked at the moment. In the two matches they won, they played at home. Most recently, they won with clean sheets against AFC Bournemouth.
Their team has recently been left without Oxlade-Chamberlain who was transferred to Liverpool for € 38M.
Koln are starting UEFA Europe League in the group stage.
They are coming from a 3 – 0 loss away in the Bundesliga. They started their domestic campaign pretty bad. After three weeks they have three losses, and only one goal scored. Currently, they are the bottom-ranked team in Germany.
No. 5 : Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2, February 2012
No.4 : Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2, March 1987
No.3 : Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2, April 2004
No.2 : Tottenham 0 Arsenal 5, December 1978
No.1 : Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1, May 1971
Real Sociedad vs Villareal preview :
Spanish Copa Del Rey 1st Leg action on Thursday Night comes from the Anoeta Stadium where Villarreal travels Real Sociedad.
Real Sociedad having been in excellent form and with the club currently on a four game winning streak, the players and fans are undoubtedly confident of obtaining the right result in this important 1st leg affair.
Real Sociedad have been playing well recently and will be looking for their 5th straight victory on the bounce in this game having home advantage commanding on the recent form with managing to win 4 of their previous 5 matches played. Esteban Granero being unavailable for the hosts, manager Jagoba Arrasate will use Agirretxe for leading the attack up front with support in behind being provided by Vela, Prieto and Griezmann.
Villarreal heading into the game having only managed to win one of their last five games, this coming in the last round of this competition when beating Elche 1-0 away from home in the 2nd leg, but with their league form having also taken a dip in form of late Marcelino’s side will have to be at their very best to avoid defeat in this game, while managed to secure just 2 victories from their previous 5 games played They will have had their confidence restored having won their last game 2-5 away to Rayo Vallecano.
No major injuries or suspensions reported for the visitors so manager Marcelino to play his strongest line-up available here in what looks likely to be a 4-2-3-1 formation with Perbet leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Uche, Gomez and Perez.
Real Madrid vs Osasuna preview :
Round 16 of Copa Del Rey cup commences this week as Spanish Giants welcome Javi Gracia’s Osasuna at Santiago Bernabéu on Thursday evening.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side is in tremendous form with 14 unbeaten games in all competition. Real Madrid is more likely to with start Iker Casillas in goal where Alvaro Morata could start up front, while Karim Benzema is expected to be rested. Gareth Bale, who came on as a substitute in Monday’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, may start on the right side of attack. As going with facts Real Madrid has won their last 7 home matches against Osasuna in all competitions while they are undefeated in their last 8 matches in the Copa Del Rey.
Javi Gracia’s Osasuna is likely to go with the same approach they displayed back in 2013 when both the teams last met, by defending tight and looking to hit on the counter-attack. Garcia could bring in Raoul Loe into central midfield to give a rest to Lolo. Sisi is sidelined through injury, while Emiliano Armenteros and Manuel Omwu are doubts for Osasuna.
Match Predictions by pundits are no doubt in Real Madrid’s favor with 3-1 win over Osasuna.
Real Madrid is probably forming with 4-2-3-1 by Iker Casillas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata
Whereas Osasuna also goes with 4-2-3-1
All of Spain is getting ready for this season’s first Classico as third place Real Madrid travel’s to the Nou Camp on Saturday to take on league leaders Barcelona.
Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this season having only dropped two points drawing against Atletico Madrid, and last weekend against Osasuna in Pamplona.
Midweek the Blaugrana faced AC Milan in the San Siro for the first leg of their Champions’ League group match coming away from Italy with a 1-1 draw.
At home the Catalans have yet to drop any points winning all four games while finding the back of the net an amazing 18 times, while only conceding an average of one goal per game that does not bode well for the visitors.
Messi is of course at the heart of the team while Alex Sanchez and Pedro have all contributed to the wins.
As for the Brazilian wonder kid Neymar he has yet to make a significant impact on the team, but will be eager to shine during his first ever Classico.
Real Madrid have the opportunity to go level with Barcelona should they win, and history is certainly on the side of los Blancos beating Barcelona three times and drawing twice in their last five meetings.
Real Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu at the weekend, and downed Juventus Wednesday night 2-1 thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo in what proved to be a very hard fought match.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti had the team out today at the Real Madrid City, but left the players who took part in last night’s match to train indoors.
Madrid’s new signing Gareth Bale will also be playing like Neymar in his first ever Classico so it will be interesting to access which club made the better purchase.
One thing is for sure we will not be witnessing a goalless game, and while Barcelona have only produced one goal in their last two games they still remain unbeaten at the Nou Camp in 19 consecutive games with Real Madrid being the last team to win there back in October of 2012.
Classico’s are such tough matches to predict as the players themselves know that everyone in the country will be rooting for one side or another which makes me think that a draw is the most likely outcome, and if I was to have a bet it would be for the inform Cristiano Ronaldo to score at any time with odds of even money currently available.
Saturday, October 26, 6:00 PM
Rayo Vellecano vs Real Madrid preview:
After finishing Champions League duty, Real Madrid is returned for La Liga matches. The table situation is bad position for defending La Liga Champions and Rayo Vallecano in decent position, but Madrid is six points behindRayo. This will be an important match for Real Madrid to secure their Championship. Rayo Vellencano is also looking to move forward in points table.
Rayo Vellecano is in sixth position in table and they have very good league record in new season so far. They have lost in last five match against Real Madrid, but now the entire scenario is different and they have the mental confident to beat Champions. Rayo didn’t win a major title yet.
Brazilian is top scorer in Vellecano and he will make his mark with Real Madrid without doubt. Midfielders Nicki Bille and Javi Fuego are supporting very well for a balancing game.
Midfielder Piti hopes this match will help them to change their name.
“We have been working one way for the whole pre-season and just because Real Madrid are coming we are not going to change. It is a good moment to continue with our philosophy and to battle against whoever comes.”
Jose Mourinho’s side is in 12th position in points table; they are behind Barcelona, who is in top of points table, with eight points. Real Madrid won one match so far in competition and they have to start a quality game to defend their title. The Champions League result will change their game in league matches.
Real Madrid has very good record against Rayo and Real Madrid won the last head-to-head match with this team. Striker Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated his goal against Manchester City so his sadness comes to an end. He will show his original game this time. Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain will play some part of the games and their contribution with Ronaldo will make a difference in match.
Defender Alvaro Arbeloa has delivered confident talk about this match.
“We hope from now on we’ll get to see the Real Madrid we all want to see.We are in a delicate situation and we cannot afford any more slip-ups.”
Real Madrid won the last match against Rayo Vellecano by 1-0 in last season.
When we see both teams result in La Liga so far, Rayo is having better winning percentage. Real Madrid has very effective line up and they never lost against Rayo. Mourinho side has more confident because of their Champions League win. Rayo have to play a pressure game, Real Madrid have to play a challenging game.
Real Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vellecano