Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:26

Russia Premier Liga Table Season 2017 - 2018

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1Lokomotiv Moskva3018664121+2060
2Previous rank: 3CSKA Moskva3017764923+2658
3Previous rank: 2Spartak Moskva3016865132+1956
4Previous rank: 5Krasnodar3016684630+1654
5Previous rank: 4Zenit30141154621+2553
7Arsenal Tula30126123541-642
8Previous rank: 12Dinamo Moskva301010102930-140
9Previous rank: 10Akhmat Grozny30109113034-439
10Previous rank: 9Rubin Kazan30911103225+738
12Previous rank: 8Ural3081393132-137
13Amkar Perm3098132030-1035
16SKA Khabarovsk3027211655-3913

Friday, 16 December 2016 19:03

EPL Season 2016 - 2017 - Week xvi Review

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English Premier League is bracing up to the festive season with some midweek clashes. We go straight into the action review.

Everton 2 – 1 Arsenal

Arsenal missed their chance to go top of the table as Everton came from behind to secure a 2-1 win. For Ronald Koeman’s side, this is their first victory since October and a much needed one! Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners an early lead but Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams gave the Toffees a crucial win. Phil Jagielka was sent off in the dying minutes but the hosts held on.

Chelsea produced evidence of why they are strong candidates to be Champions this season when they capped a brilliant comeback to defeat direct rivals Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Gary Cahill’s own goal gave the hosts an advantage in this crucial clash but goals from Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard shocked the home supporters into silence.

MAcn City v Chelsea and End-to-end action game

Antonio Conte recalled Cesc Fabregas to the line-up as Chelsea tried to cement their spot at the top of the Premier League. The match started on expected lines as end-to-end action saw both sides keep the spectators on the edge of the seat. There were chances at both ends as the two title hopefuls gave glimpses of their attacking intent which took them to the top of the league.

But it was an own goal that opened the scoring. A Jesus Navas cross was acrobatically volleyed into the net by Cahill – a wonderful goal in a wrong net. It was a cruel end to the first half but that was just the beginning of things for the Blues.

A transformed second half!

Chelsea came quick off the blocks after the break and it was that magical Fabregas-Costa combination that brought them back on level terms. Starting a match for just the second time this season, the Spaniard played a stunning long ball helping Costa score his 11th goal of the campaign.

City tried to restore their lead but the midfield of Chelsea is one of the best this season. The frustrations of the home side got bigger when the Blues went ahead 20 minutes from time through a counter-attack. Willian – who replaced Pedro – scored a beautiful goal to put the visitors into lead.

A fiery end to a great match

Hazard added gloss to the score line for the Blues as he scored from another counter attack to put the game beyond City. There were dramatic scenes to end the fiery contest though as a high lunge from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz was bad enough to get him a red card. That resulted in an ugly skirmish which saw Fernandinho get a red card too.

The reactions from City were probably from a tackle earlier in the game from Luiz on Aguero but that incident shouldn’t take anything away from what was a wonderful game from the Blues. It’s still early days but on current form – against Tottenham and now against City – they look Champion material!

Thursday, 08 December 2016 07:35

La Liga 2016 - 2017 Table

Premier League Table 2016 - 2017
1Previous rank: 2 Real Madrid38296310641+6593W W W W W
2Previous rank: 1 Barcelona38286411637+7990W W W W W
3 Atlético Madrid3823967027+4378W D W W L
4 Sevilla3821986949+2072W L D L W
5 Villarreal38191095633+2367W D L W W
6Previous rank: 7 Real Sociedad38197125953+664D D D W W
7Previous rank: 6 Athletic Club38196135343+1063L D L W W
8Previous rank: 9 Espanyol381511124950-156W L W L D
9Previous rank: 10 Deportivo Alavés381413114143-255D W W W D
10Previous rank: 8 Eibar38159145651+554L L L W D
11 Málaga381210164955-646L D W W W
12Previous rank: 13 Valencia38137185665-946L W W L L
13Previous rank: 12 Celta de Vigo38136195369-1645D L L L L
14 Las Palmas38109195374-2139L L L L L
15 Real Betis38109194164-2339D D L L L
16Previous rank: 17 Deportivo La C…38812184361-1836W D L D L
17Previous rank: 16 Leganés38811193655-1935D D W L W
18 Sporting Gijón38710214272-3031D W W L D
19Previous rank: 20 Osasuna38410244094-5422L W L D L
20Previous rank: 19 Granada3848263082-5220L L L L L

Thursday, 08 December 2016 06:57

EPL Season 2016 - 2017 - Week XIIII Review

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What a weekend we had in English Premier League – tight games, touch matches, late goals, dropped points…there was so much action everywhere. We look back at what transpired on Matchday 14.

Manchester City 1 – 3 Chelsea

In a clash of the top, Chelsea underlined its growing ascendancy by condemning Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to a 3-1 loss at home. It was a feisty encounter which ended with City receiving two red cards – Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho. The Blues now look huge favorites to win the title while City have a lot to look at.

The first El Clasico of the 2016-17 season ended in a 1-1 stalemate when a late Sergio Ramos goal helped Real Madrid share the honors after Luis Suarez fired the hosts into lead. The point helped Real maintain their six-point advantage at the top over their fierce rivals and keeps them unbeaten this season. For Barcelona, it’s a case of another missed chance to close the gap.

Real Madrid enjoyed a better start

Real started the game on the front foot and were the better side in the first-half. Barcelona looked tentative and their midfield in the absence of Andreas Iniesta looked very ordinary. Luka Modric ran the show from the midfield for Madrid and was at the centre of all their attacks.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:30

LA LIGA - Season 2016 - 2017 - Week 14 - Review

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It was a great weekend for Real Madrid as they consolidated their lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga standings as their nearest competitors faltered. El Clasico ended in a draw leaving Madrid as the real winners while Sevilla and Atletico Madrid too dropped points gifting them a huge advantage. We look back at matchday 14 action.

Barcelona 1 – 1 Real Madrid

It was a cagey affair at the Nou Camp – a tale of two halves. First half was completely dominated by Real Madrid but remained goal less at the break. Second half started with Barcelona dominating the play and taking the lead through Louis Suarez. It looked to end that way until Sergio Ramos headed late in the half to earn the spoils. It was a well-deserved point for Madrid as they continue to hold their six pojnt advantage over Barcelona at the top of the standings. For the Catalans, it was a game of missed chances – one they may end up ruing at the end of the season.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 08:25

LA LIGA - Season 2016 - 2017 - Week 13 - Review

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Real Madrid increased their lead at the top of Spanish La Liga to six points while Barcelona continued to struggle. Sevilla showed once again that they are serious contenders to gatecrash the top three while Atletico Madrid are trying hard to stay relevant. We look back at some of the action from Spain.

Real Madrid 2 – 1 Sporting Gijon

Real Madrid rode on a brilliant brace from Cristiano Ronaldo but the hosts needed some luck to overcome the gritty visitors. Ronaldo opened the scoring from a penalty and then doubled the lead. Carlos Carmona pulled one back for Sporting who had a golden chance to level things late in the second half. But Duje Cop missed a penalty with 13 minutes left in the game and Madrid had a narrow escape. The win boosts the morale of Zinedine Zidane’s men who now will get into El Clasico next week with a six-point advantage.

Chelsea versus Tottenham hotspur

There is something about Chelsea and Antonio Conte this season. After a tough initiation and a change of formation to back-three, the Blues have gone from strength to strength. And this weekend they added another scalp to return to the top of the table. The 2-1 win for Chelsea is the first loss this season for Tottenham although it also meant a first goal conceded by the Blues after 601 minutes.

Remarkable turnaround!

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