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Ukraine vs England – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published July 21, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Date: Tuesday, September 10 Venue: Olympic Stadium K/o: 19:45

England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping Rickie Lambert rescues him from his striking crisis against Ukraine in tonight’s Group H World Cup qualifier.

Team News

The Three Lions will be without Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck for tonight’s clash in Kiev.

Hodgson will make only one change however to the side that won 4-0 at home to Moldova last Friday, meaning midfielder Frank Lampard will earn his 100th cap.

Manchester City’s James Milner is expected to replace the suspended Welbeck.

Ukraine are set to start with striker Marko Devic, while Yevhen Konoplyanka is set to keep his place on the left flank and Andriy Yarmolenko on the right in a 4-4-2 formation.

The home side are coming into this game in superb form having previously thumped San Marino 9-0.

(source: BBC)

Key Stats

Ukraine’s 9-0 win over San Marino last Friday was the biggest win in their history.

England top Group H on goal difference and with a game-in-hand on second placed Montenegro, but can be overtaken by Ukraine tonight with a defeat.

The last time these sides met was the first stage of this World Cup qualifier double header, with the game ending 1-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Of the last six encounters, dating back to 2000, the Three Lions have been victorious four times, with one defeat and a draw.

Likely Line-Ups

Pyatov, Khacheridi, Shevchuk, Fedetskiy, Rakitskiy, Tymoshchuk, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Edmar, Seleznyov, Devic


Hart, Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole, Lampard, Gerrard, Wilshere, Milner, Walcott, Lambert

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Kerry v Cavan: All-Ireland Football Championship 2013 – Quarter-Final Preview

Published May 26, 2014 by gossipzoo

Can Cavan upset the odds this Sunday?

Can Cavan upset the odds this Sunday?

As the football championship is finally begins to heat up, one of the most intriguing clashes of Quarter-Final weekend is the meeting of Kerry and Cavan this Sunday. The most successful counties in Munster and Ulster respectively, in somewhat of a revival mode after some years in the doldrums.

By their own high standards, Kerry, the county with the most All-Ireland titles (36) by a country mile, have been in somewhat of a dry spell – no All-Ireland title since 2009, and their team appearing to be in transition, with a slew of recent retirements. And yet, things looked an awful lot worse in March after they’d lost their opening 4 matches of the National League, with relegation looking more like a reality than a possibility.

However, Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men dragged 3 wins from their last 3 games, and an unlikely sequence of events saw them narrowly escape relegation at the expense of All-Ireland champions Donegal. Their Championship campaign has been comfortable, if not impressive; a trouncing of witless Waterford in the opening round, a comfortable victory over toothless Tipperary in the semi’s, and a hard-fought win against bitter rivals Cork in the Munster final. New players have emerged through the ranks to impress, and Anthony Maher has continued to develop into an outstanding midfielder for the Kingdom alongside hard-man Johnny Buckley. Colm Cooper is as omni-present as ever in attack, and his contribution will be vital to the Southerners on Sunday.

For Cavan, it’s been an outstanding Championship 2013. Given their 6th place finish in Division 3 of the National League, little was expected of the most successful county in Ulster football. However, a surprise win over Division 2 outfit Armagh, followed by a narrow victory over Fermanagh set the Breffni county up nicely for an Ulster semi-final clash with Monaghan, where they were beaten by the narrowest of margins; 1-10 to 0-12. Monaghan then went on to defeat All-Ireland champions Donegal in the Ulster final, a mark perhaps of how good Cavan are at the moment?

Cavan were hurtled into Round 3 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, where they drew fellow Ulstermen Derry. A high scoring game in Celtic Park in Derry saw them triumph 1-22 to 0-20. The Round 4 draw was kind to Cavan, drawing them against surprise Connacht finalists London, whom they easily dispatched 1-17 to 1-8 to set up this tie against the Kingdom.

In a sense, this is the best draw for both teams. Cavan have done well so far in their five matches, but they have played four Ulster teams and then London. They’ve yet to encounter a Division 1 team, and Armagh on the first day out were their only Division 2 opposition to date. By League rankings, they barely enter the Top 20 counties in Ireland, and most Division 1 and 2 teams should make light work of them. However, don’t rule out a shock return to the All-Ireland Semi-Final stage for the northerners for the first time since 1997, where Kerry squeezed them out on their way to the title.

On the other hand, Kerry are thought by most to be among the weakest of the 4 provincial champions. Monaghan have defeated All-Ireland champions Donegal to get to the quarter-finals, Dublin have been imperious all year, Mayo likewise in the west. They scraped past Cork in the Munster final, and for many, this is a team in transition. However, the Donaghy-Cooper combination in attack has won them 4 All-Irelands in the past 10 years, and with “Star” and “Gooch” both fit again, a slew of promising new talent supporting an experienced attack, and their midfield gelling nicely, there are an increasingly loud clamour of voices predicting glory for the Kingdom in 2013. It’s hard to see them being beaten at this stage anyway.

Prediction: Kerry by 8 points

Kerry: 1.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin); 2.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes); 3.Marc S (An Gaeltacht) 4.Shane Enright (Tarbert); 5.Tom s S (An Gaeltacht) 6.Killian Young (Renard); 7.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers) 8.Anthony Maher (Duagh); 9.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes) 10.Paul Galvin (Finuge); 11.Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)(Capt) 12.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane); 13.Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses) 14.Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks); 15.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

Cavan: 1. Alan O’Mara (Bailieborough Shamrocks); 2. Thomas Corr (Denn); 3. Rory Dunne (Redhills); 4. Killian Clarke (Shercock); 5. Jason McLoughlin (Shannon Gaels); 6. Alan Clarke (Kingscourt) Captain; 7. Ronan Flanagan (Castlerahan); 8. Damien O’Reilly (Belturbet); 9. David Givney (Mountnugent); 10. Cian Mackey (Castlerahan); 11. Jack Brady (Ramor United); 12. Feargal Flanagan (Butlersbridge); 13. Martin Reilly (Killygary); 14. Martin Dunne (Cavan Gaels); 15. Eugene Keating (Saint Sylvesters)

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Southampton vs Man City – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published February 11, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Date: Saturday, December 7 Venue: St Mary’s Stadium Kick-Off: 15:00

Can Manchester City avenge their 3-1 defeat in this corresponding fixture last season when they travel to Southampton in the Premier League?

Team News

Southampton’s injury crisis has worsened after Victor Wanyama suffered a hairline fracture of the leg and Nathaniel Clyne injured his pelvis in the midweek defeat to Aston Villa.

Jose Fonte is a doubt though Gaston Ramirez is back in contention after recovering from illness.

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany should retain his place in the starting XI after returning from injury on Wednesday but Matija Nastasic, David Silva and Stevan Jovetic are all sidelined with calf injuries.

Key Stats

Southampton’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the corresponding fixture last season was Mauricio Pochettino’s first win in charge.

City are on a run of three consecutive victories, their best run under Manuel Pellegrini.

Southampton are on a run of three consecutive defeats, their worst run under Pochettino.

Pellegrini’s side have won just two matches away from home in this season’s Premier League (W2, D1, L4).

Likely Line-Ups

Gazzaniga, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw, Yoshida, Lallana, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Ramirez, Lambert, Rodriguez

Man City
Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Aguero, Negredo

Match Preview

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As Southampton approached a hectic winter schedule, their most recent run of fixtures always looked difficult on paper, and were perhaps a test of their credentials to finish in the top 5 this season.

Unfortunately for the previously-high-flying Saints, they failed that test with three consecutive defeats to Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa, which has taken the wind out of Mauricio Pochettino’s sails somewhat.

Now they face City and are in real danger of making it four defeats out of four on Saturday.

Pochettino’s men will take some comfort however from the fact they beat their visitors in this corresponding fixture 3-1 last season and will certainly show the pluck that made them so difficult to break down against Arsenal.

But a devastating run of injuries hasn’t helped and a side that once boasted the best defensive record in Europe has now conceded eight in three games.

Against a City team who have scored 10 more goals than any other side in the division and 12 in their last three league games, I’m backing the Saints’ losing run to continue.


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Crystal Palace vs Everton – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published January 17, 2014 by gossipzoo

Venue: Selhurst Park Referee: Craig Pawson Date: 9th of November

The Eagles are viewed as the Premier League whipping boys this season. With how newly-promoted compatriots Cardiff & Hull City have performed early on this campaign, Palace won’t want to be the only side going straight back down in the Championship. However, with their main striker Marouna Chamakh making just two shots in the 10 games he’s featured in, it certainly highlights what a difficult task the side has to stay in the division.

On the flipside, Everton are pushing for the Europa League places in the league, and finally look to have settled under manager Roberto Martinez. Striker Romelu Lukaku has been to thank for their bright start, as the Belgian striker has five goals in as many league starts for the Toffees this season.

Team News

Crystal Palace have a number of absentees. Adlene Guedioura and Johnathan Williams are out of action, while Patrick McCarthy, Glenn Murray, and Jack Hunt are yet to kick a ball for the Eagles this season.

Everton have Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, and Antolin Alcaraz unavailable. Romelu Lukaku is doubtful but could start, while Johhny Heitinga is likely to miss out.

Recent Form

Palace’s recent 2-0 defeat to West Brom was the Eagles’ seventh consecutive league defeat. The side haven’t won since August, and have only scored twice in their last seven outings.

Everton are boasting good form of late. The Toffees are three games unbeaten, winning two – in which time they’ve only conceded one goal. Also the Merseyside outfit have lost just once all season.

Likely Lineup

  • Crystal Palace (4-5-1) – GK: Julian Speroni, DL: Dean Moxey, DC: Damien Delaney & Daniel Gabbidon, DR: Joel Ward, ML: Jerome Thomas, MC: Barry Bannan, Miles Jedinak & Kagisho Dikgacoi, MR: Jason Puncheon, ST: Marouane Chamakh
  • Everton (4-2-3-1) – GK: Tim Howard, DL: Leighton Baines, DC: Sylvain Distin & Phil Jagielka, DR: Seamus Coleman, MC: Gareth Barry & James McCarthy, AML: Steven Pienaar, AMC: Ross Barkley, AMR: Kevin Mirallas, ST: Romelu Lukaku

source – bbc football

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Chelsea Vs West Brom – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published January 16, 2014 by gossipzoo

Venue: Stamford Bridge Referee: Lee Probert Date: 9th November

While the absence of the in-form Fernando Torres would be a problem for the Blues, Samuel Eto’o has performed well when deputising. Manager Jose Mourinho looks to be finally getting the best out of the striker and as a result it lifts the burden off the Chelsea midfield to be getting all the goals.

West Brom know all about the threat of Chelsea and how they’ll play, as manager Steve Clarke has long been a friend and former work colleague of Mourinho. He will name his side to nullify to threat of the Blues on the break, and will hope he can spring a counter at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Chelsea will be without Marco Van Ginkel, Fernando Torres, and Ryan Bertrand. Manager Jose Mourinho revealed dropped midfielder Eden hazard will play against West Brom this weekend.

West Brom have a number of absentees a doubt for this weekend. Zoltan Gera, Ben Foster, George Thorne, and Billy Jones are ruled out, while Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe, Scott Sinclair, and Boaz Myhill are all doubts.

Recent Form

Chelsea recently lost away to Newcastle in the Premier League, but enjoyed an emphatic victory in the Champions League against Schalke, so Mourinho’s men will be buoyed by the European win in midweek. They are 2nd in the table, five points behind Arsenal after 10 games.

West Brom recently enjoyed a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace which ended a three-game run without a league victory. The Baggies have won just once on their travels in the league this season – against Manchester United.

Likely Lineups

  • Chelsea (4-2-3-1) – GK: Petr Cech, DL: Ashley Cole, DC: John Terry & Gary Cahill, DR: Branislav Ivanovic, MC: Frank Lampard & Ramires, AML: Eden Hazard, AMC: Oscar, AMR: Juan Mata, ST: Samuel Eto’o
  • West Brom (4-2-3-1) – GK: Boaz Myhill, DL: Liam Ridgewell, DC: Jonas Olsson & Gareth McAuley, DR: Steven Reid, MC: Youssouf Mulumbu & Claudio Yacob, AML: Chris Brunt, AMC: Stephane Sessegnon, AMR: Morgan Amalfitano, ST: Shane Long

Source: BBC Football

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Man City vs Norwich – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published January 1, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Date: Saturday, November 2 Venue: Etihad Stadium Kick-Off: 15:00

Can Manchester City continue their revival with another much-needed win against Norwich City on Saturday?

Team News

Manchester City could be without striker Stevan Jovetic and defender Vincent Kompany for the visit of Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jovetic picked up a knock in the mid-week win over Newcastle in the Capital One Cup, while Kompany faces a race against time to prove his match fitness having missed the last two games with a thigh injury.

Norwich are sweating over the availability of Nathan Redmond and Robert Snodgrass, who picked up knocks against Manchester United midweek.

Alex Tettey, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Elliot Bennett are slight doubts for the trip to the Etihad.


Key Stats

Sergio Ag ero has scored four goals in three Premier League starts against Norwich.

Norwich are the only team yet to score a goal in the first half hour of a Premier League game this season.

Norwich are the last away team to taste victory in the Barclays Premier League at the Etihad, winning 3-2 on the final day of the 2012-13 season.

The Citizens have scored in each of their last 54 Premier League home games.


Likely Line-Ups

Man City
Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Negredo, Aguero

Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Fer, Redmond, Elmander, Pilkington, Wolfswinkel

Match Preview

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Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Chelsea in their last Premier League game when they play host to struggling Norwich.

City have made a slow start to their league campaign, currently sitting in seventh place, having won three of their last six matches in the league.

They lost their last game thanks to a dreadful mistake from Joe Hart, who might well find himself dropped for this clash, with No.2 Costel Pantilimon impressing against Newcastle in the League Cup midweek.

Things are hardly much better for Norwich, either, with the Canaries managing to win only two of their first nine league matches so far this season.

Manager Chris Hughton will be feeling the pressure with his side occupying one of the relegation spots, and I’m tipping them to stay there this weekend following a thumping City win.

I expect a backlash here.


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Man Utd vs Chelsea – Live On Sky Sports

Published September 23, 2013 by gossipzoo

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The first game at Old Trafford of the 2013-14 season could hardly be a more tantalising one.

There have been managerial changes at both clubs over the Summer, but there is only one player that has dominated the column inches when it comes to these two sides; Wayne Rooney. The England striker came on as a 62nd minute substitute in the Red Devils’ 4-1 opening day victory against Swansea last weekend, and it remains to be seen if David Moyes will include him in his starting line-up later today.

Rafael is sidelined for up to a month with a hamstring injury, along with Nani (groin), Ashley Young (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (hamstring).

David Luiz is a doubt for the blues after picking up a hamstring problem, and Mourinho may opt to start Romelu Lukaku in attack.

Past Meetings

If there is one thing you can come to expect from a match between these two sides, it’s goals. In the 42 Premier League matches between the two clubs, there have only been three goalless draws (April 1995; December 1998; May 2007). Last season, United ran out 3-2 victors at Stamford Bridge, whereas Chelsea claimed all three points at Old Trafford with a 1-0 scoreline. Manchester United have only won one of their last six games against Chelsea.

Neither side will want to lose this game, despite it being so early in the season. David Moyes undoubtedly has something to prove, and the way he conducts himself when pitted against the charm and bravado of Mourinho will define his managerial style, and show the world that he is ready to step out of the enormous shadow left by Sir Alex. Chelsea’s public pursuit of Rooney also adds a little extra spice to a fixture that was already red hot.

Probable line-ups

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Zaha, Van Persie, Rooney.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry,Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Ba.

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