Southampton vs Burnely Preview (EPL)

It will be challenging for Burnley to secure a decent result on St Mary’s, however, not improbable. Even if Burnley has experienced very poor outcomes currently, Southampton is not really doing good, also.

The match has to be a hard one for both squads, with even odds for both squads. It is possible that Southampton fans might help their own football team be successful, however, the situation is no longer good at St Mary’s given that the poor results have increased.

Both of those clubs are rather cozy scattered in the middle of the standings, hence there is not a great deal of fascination with the current match. Southampton is currently ranked 13th on EPL, whereas Burnley is relaxing in the 11th position.

The favorite within the match Southampton against Burnley is obviously Southampton. Even if Burnley carries a hypothetical chance for success and also a shock isn’t ruled out, the fixture is likely to be claimed by Southampton. For sure, Burnley will give Southampton several problems, but in general, the success looks like it’s on Southampton’s side.

Amongst Burnley and Southampton, there is a straightforward class contrast, which will be outlined on the final result of the matchup. The present form of Southampton is a superb one and Burnley is actually not likely to break it. Also, the squads of the two groups are very different in value, which actually inclines the balance in favour of Southampton.

Championship: Barnsley vs Birmingham City Preview

Considering the advantage of their own turf, Barnsley needs to emerge from the black moment when the team has gained hardly any points. The progression regarding Barnsley leaves a sour flavor for both supporters and management of the group.

It won’t be in the slightest unusual in the event that Birmingham City is the winner of the game versus Barnsley. Birmingham City played very well this season and is also anticipated to carry on with the positive results within the game against Barnsley. For Birmingham City, the only issue within this game may be the ambiance in the ground, where supporters of Barnsley will explode.

Unfortunately, both of those teams haven’t got a very honorable goal but instead attempting to escape relegation. However, Barnsley and also Birmingham City should provide you with an excellent match, as both desire to be in Championship. It is actually straightforward that Barnsley gets the benefit on this match, yet Birmingham City might cause a surprise.

The favourite within the game Birmingham City versus Barnsley is definitely Birmingham City. Even if Barnsley possesses a presumed possibility at the win and then a surprise is just not excluded, the game might be claimed by Birmingham City. Of course, Barnsley can give Birmingham City several difficulties, but on the whole, the success seems to be on Birmingham City’s part.

Regarding Barnsley and Birmingham City there exists a very clear class distinction, which can be underlined in the outcome of the matchup. The actual shape of Birmingham City is an excellent one and then Barnsley is really extremely unlikely to stop it. Additionally, the players of the groups are distinct in skills, which unfortunately inclines the balance in favor of Birmingham City.

Liverpool vs Chelsea – 14 April 2019

As the number of games that Liverpool will play becomes smaller and smaller so does the pressure of delivering a good result rise.  The pressure will be sky high when Chelsea come to town in a clash were the home team can’t allow themselves to drop any more points. Another team who can’t allow themselves any mistakes are Chelsea who is 3rd currently but are closely followed 3 teams who would like to unseat them from that position.

Liverpool is in good form as they have won four in a row but last time they played they only secured the victory very late in a match where they showed signs of weakness. It was a match where the end result doesn’t paint the full picture. This time they will face a team who has a lot of issues but they have been heating up lately. Learn how to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea, a crucial match for both teams.

Chelsea won three in a row and have been playing pretty good football mostly because Hazard has been exceptional. If rumours are true and he is set to leave after the season it’s quite interesting to see what Chelsea will look like after losing a player whose dominated ever since he came to Chelsea. 

When it comes to this match the premise of it promises to make it one of the best this year. Both teams desperately need a victory and both teams are playing good football. Liverpool is the home team which should give them a slight advantage because their fans are one of the best in the world. They will need all the support they can get because when it comes to form, Chelsea is actually in a better form and have played better lately.

Will Liverpool lose the title or not? Hard question but I’d say no, I believe they will win.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ready to host the first official match

The Spurs fans have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of the date of the opening of their new stadium but the proposed move has been further delayed until at least March. Now, it looks like the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is ready and will host the EPL match against Crystal Palace, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

The grand opening date, which had been earlier scheduled for September 2018 was postponed because of continual building delays. The north London side had been hoping to play their first game in their new White Hart Lane stadium but it was not to be. Tottenham, in order to generate more income, submitted a proposal to construct 330 new homes outside the White Hart Lane railway station but the Haringey’s council delay in making a decision affected their plans to move into their new Stadium in September.

Now, the move has hit further delay which will extend their temporary stay at Wembley.  The building contractors say the recent delays is due to building delays and also necessary extra testing needed to pass the new White Hart Lane stadium has fit to be opened.

Daniel Levy, the club’s chairman spoke to the press on behalf of the club: 

“I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience. The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional experience for everyone.

We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.”

In addition, Spurs’ home Premier League fixtures against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester including their UEFA Champions League home match against Borussia Dortmund will all be played at Wembley. Their next FA Cup match could also be played at Wembley if Tottenham qualify for the next round.

Tottenham had moved into Wembley since the 2017/2018 season and the club and their fans will be looking forward to hosting games in their new £800 million stadium.

No additions for Manchester City in January

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola is not expecting any additions to be made to his squad in the currently open January transfer window. 

Even though he would not mind having new signings to be able to fully rotate the squad because of the tight game fixtures, he has confessed that the players he would have loved to sign are often not available in the January window.

Guardiola said, “No, no. In January, no window. We are not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad. People are coming back, so no.” 

Even though the Blues side brought in Aymeric Laporte last January, Guardiola suggested that January is not his preferred window for transfer business. He said, “It’s much better (not to buy in January). When we created the squad at the beginning of the season it was not to go to the January (transfer window) except we have problems.”

This would mean that Riyad Mahrez, brought in from Leicester city is the only addition City has made to their title winning team since last summer.

Pep Guardiola has now spent a more than £530 million on new signings since he took managerial position in 2016. With the club’s huge financial backing, Guardiola has assembled a team of quality footballers, even their bench is an envy among top Europe clubs. Top players players like Ederson, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane, John Stones, Illkay Gundogan among many others make for a mouth-watering prospect.

The huge investment seems to be paying off having won two trophies at the Etihad (excluding the Community Shield) and still in contention in all competitions in the current season.

Pep Guardiola will hope the team’s trophy overhaul continues this season in order to keep justifying the club’s huge spending so far.

Burnley: Sean Dyche might get sacked soon

Sean Dyche, the manager of Burnley, irrespective of his achievements says he is not immune to getting sacked. “My position is not set in stone” he says.

Dyche’s team are fortunate to sit three points adrift of safety in 18th place on the Premier League table with a total of 12 points—which is 20 fewer than they had at the same stage last season. Wednesday’s 5-1 home defeat to Everton ended with negative reactions from the stands and voices questioning Dyche’s future. Although, the voices clamoring for change are few, they have begun to grow louder and louder.

Dyche who happens to be the fourth longest-serving manager across the Premier and football league took charge of the Clarets (Burnley F.C) over six years ago and executed the work properly. Even the Club’s relegation in the year 2015—which didn’t cause the club not to stick with him, doesn’t demean the quality of work he has done.
“I think there is a bit of reality from the outside for the people looking in. Don’t for one minute think I think I’m set in stone here. I’m not. Eventually, people want change. I’ve said it for years here. Eventually, they will want change; for good or bad reasons. Either I go somewhere else if we’ve been very successful, or we haven’t, and I still have to leave”, the 47-year old coach said.

“It’s not something that concerns me. I know the work we put in here and I’m quite pleased. Not with results, but the general work—the amount of work my staff and I put in, and the players. If people do question it, that’s the way it goes. People question results, not workload. I think the fans have been patient. They have been excellent actually. They know the journey of the club. We’ve got probably 12,000 who were here when I got here and have seen it radically change in six or so months”, Dyche said further. He also explained that his team had to perform better irrespective of the odds and they could not afford to rely on any past achievements.

Hazard’s move to Real Madrid still doubtful

Speaking about the speculation whether or not Hazard would be staying in Stamford, Sarri has urged both the player and Chelsea to end the speculations and find a solution to the problem before he exhausts the remaining one year and a half left on his Chelsea contract.

Eden Hazard, while discussing his future recently confessed that a transfer to Real Madrid would be a dream move and a good career choice. He would be willing to wait until the end of the season before making a move though. After the 2 to 1 win in favour of the blues at the Watford stadium on Wednesday, Sarri confessed he doesn’t want that to happen. Since Hazard was so concerned about the future, Sarri insists that they find a solution to the problem at hand. He was quoted as saying: “I think we have to solve the problem. If we want to plan for the future, we have to solve this problem”.

After scoring his hundredth goal for Chelsea, Sarri says he’s not surprised by Hazard’s improved goal scoring abilities; “I was really confident because he is a great player— one of the most important in Chelsea’s history. So I was really confident that he is able to score more.”

Sarri plans to keep Hazard playing for Chelsea and in a more central role. He declares he is comfortable with Hazard’s present position though. “I don’t know if he prefers to play as a winger or as a striker, but if he is able to play like the last match in the centre, it is not a problem for me to put him there”, he said.

Hazard is probably one of Sarri’s best and favourite player. He believes there would be no problem placing Hazard at central since he had once played as a false nine and ended up scoring three goals and creating two assists. Sarri further revealed that the team could someday play with Hazard and one other striker to make them even more solid.

Hazard has been linked for some time to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: No Mind Games From Emery, Klopp Says

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool FC has debunked stories that Arsenal’s head coach is playing mind games ahead of the showdown on Saturday. The Reds are six points clear at the top of the table going into the weekend and are yet to be beaten in the Premier League this season. According to Emery, he believes Liverpool would be able to emulate the 2003 to 2004 Arsenal’s invincibles.

Klopp, when asked if Emery was piling up the pressure on Liverpool in preparation for the match said, “That is not how I know Unai Emery”. He further said, “I don’t think they will have the white flag and say ‘no chance’. It will be a really tough game because they are good. That is all I am interested in and all the rest is a nice little game where people respond to your questions and you make stories of the answers. We are focused on ourselves and that is all”.

Klopp was later asked what it would take for Liverpool to actually beat Arsenal and not play out a 1-1 draw like their previous showdown. He replied saying, “Play much better than we did at Arsenal, for example – that would be a good idea because, especially defending wise, we weren’t as good as we can be, or we were after that. I think it was a period where we didn’t do too well. They are strong, good with the ball and very lively. Their counter-attacks are crazy quick—Aubameyang and Lacazette are an outstanding striker couple up front. It will be difficult”. Klopp has called for an improvement this weekend in the next showdown against Arsenal so as to avoid the Arsenal-Liverpool previous stalemate.

Although Liverpool is six points clear and at the top of the table, Jurgën Klopp says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Sarri: I like to play in the Christmas days

Sarri says he relishes the English Premier League winter fixtures.

The Premier League fixtures are coming thick and fast irrespective of the fact that other leagues such as the Bundesliga and La Liga are taking a winter break.
Chelsea is halfway through a run of four league matches in twelve days and Sarri (who has never managed out of Italy) says it is fantastic and he relishes the Premier League winter fixtures. In his exact words, Sarri says, “I like to play in the Christmas days. I think it is very difficult to play every three days. This season, we had a very unusual pre-season of which I have never experienced its kind. After it, we had three weeks of working, then from the end of August, we started to play every three days. So we have no time for training, we have no time for improving the team, we have no time for improving single players. So I think it’s very difficult to play here, but I also think it’s fantastic.”

Chelsea went all the way to Selhurst Park to go up against Crystal Palace on the first day of the week and Sarri does not deny having doubts because of the Eagles’ recent victory against Manchester City. He said, “They are really very dangerous because in the last three matches at home, they have not conceded a goal to the opponents. They are very dangerous on the counter-attacks, so for us, they are a very dangerous team.”

When asked if he would consider changing his plans for Crystal Palace due to their trend of not conceding goals, he said, “Maybe. For the first time against City, they played 4-5-1. Usually, they play with a 4-4-2. I think we can repeat the 4-5-1 they played against City”.

During the interview, he acknowledged boss Roy Hodgson, who previously worked in Serie A with Inter Milan, saying he was and still is a very good coach: “I remember very well and he was a very good coach. I saw his team during the season and they are improving a lot I think”, Sarri said.

Gambling on Football: Daniel Sturridge faces severe punishment

One thing is very well known in the world of football: if you are a professional player, you do not bet on football. It seems, however, that betting fever does not take account of the trade. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool’s striker, was caught betting on football and is now waiting for his punishment, which may be a drastic one. It seems like the English international has placed a number of unknown bets on the transfers from the winter of 2017.

This is somewhat similar to “insider trading” cases at the Stock Exchange, as Sturridge held confidential information that was inaccessible to the general public. Sturridge vehemently denied that he was betting on football, but the Football Association’s charges are still standing. The player has time until November 20 to answer the accusations.

The FA accuses Sturridge of transmitting confidential information to a third party, which placed the bets of his behalf. We do not know yet what are the incriminating bets. It is speculated that the time when the bets on transfers were made is when Sturridge signed with West Brom (a surprise move), when everyone was waiting for him to join Newcastle.

As for the punishment that awaits Sturridge, it will surely be a severe one. Similar cases in the past were Joey Barton, suspended 18 months for over 1,000 football bets made, and Martin Demichelis, fined £22,000 for 29 football bets. However, if it turns out that Daniel Sturridge has used confidential information for material gains from betting, the penalty may be much higher.