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Chelsea Roundup: Deal in principle agreed for defender, club president was in London last week

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:26:57 +0000

Chelsea Roundup: Deal in principle agreed for defender, club president was in London last week - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic could be on his way out of Chelsea in January. Ivanovic recently signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017. Given his current form and role under Antonio Conte, it is highly unlikely that the Premier League champions will retain him beyond that. The 32-year-old is not a key part of Conte’s plans and has hardly featured this season. Although he is not good enough to start for Chelsea anymore, the Serbian can still do a job for other clubs around Europe. According to the latest report from

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Man Utd Roundup: Attacker close to January move; Woodward approves Mourinho transfer request

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:33:33 +0000

Man Utd Roundup: Attacker close to January move; Woodward approves Mourinho transfer request - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford recently. The Dutch winger has struggled to hold down a regular first team place under Jose Mourinho and could leave in January if a suitable offer comes in. According to the Italian media, Roma are close to sealing a January loan deal for the former PSV star. The report also adds that Roma could make the switch permanent in the summer for a fee of £21m. Manchester United signed him for  £25m and will be happy to recoup most of it if the transfer happens. Depay

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Newcastle United's 'blip' should not be worried about just yet

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:28:53 +0000

Newcastle United's 'blip' should not be worried about just yet - originally posted on Sportslens.com

This time last week, Championship table-toppers Newcastle United were in their best form since Kevin Keegan’s reign. They boasted a 9-game winning streak, which stretched all the way back to the 28th September, where they dramatically fought back to beat Norwich City 4-3. It all came crashing down to earth last Saturday. Strugglers Blackburn Rovers spent all game frustrating The Magpies, who caused a shock at St James’ Park. Charlie Mulgrew’s late header ensured the Lancashire club took home 3 vital points. An EFL cup quarter-final clash away to Hull City followed where Rafa Benitez’ side mostly dominated. 120 minutes

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4-3-3 v Bournemouth: Liverpool without 3 top quality attackers for Sunday's away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:05:05 +0000

4-3-3 v Bournemouth: Liverpool without 3 top quality attackers for Sunday's away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Bournemouth vs Liverpool Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream info ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.  Bournemouth vs Liverpool English Premier League 2016/17 4th December, 13:30 pm BST Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth Live Stream: Watch Bournemouth vs Liverpool live on Sky Sports 1 Bournemouth Team News & Preview Bournemouth host Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend and the Cherries will be looking to address their inconsistencies with a positive result. Eddie Howe’s side have lost three of their last four Premier League matches and will need to turn things around if they want to stay outside the relegation zone.

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Arsenal's Southampton loss reflects broader issues of stadium switch

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:00:17 +0000

Arsenal's Southampton loss reflects broader issues of stadium switch - originally posted on Sportslens.com

As I watched Arsenal succumbing to a second-string Southampton side at a dreary and sparsely populated Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, my mind drifted back to a League Cup game from a decade ago. It was a mid-week fixture between Arsenal and Wigan and it was freezing but the stadium was packed (aside from empty seats in the Wigan end) and the atmosphere frenzied. Wigan scored in the last minute of extra-time and Arsenal got knocked out. But it was fun. We saw a Van Persie pearler, an Henry header, Wigan fans almost storming the pitch and dejected Arsenal players slumped to

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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo - The definitive Clasico statistics

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:12:56 +0000

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo - The definitive Clasico statistics - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Spain’s El Clasico fixture between age-old rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid is undoubtedly the biggest game in world football, with the global spectacle to take centre stage once more on Saturday. It makes sense that the world’s biggest game should have the two best players on the planet on opposite sides, with perennial rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo set to renew their personal battle at Camp Nou. Over the years there has been a difference in ideology between both teams and their star players. Barcelona’s Més que un club moniker, More than a Club, has acted as an ideology

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Arsenal will beat West Ham on Saturday because of these five vital reasons

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:39:36 +0000

Arsenal will beat West Ham on Saturday because of these five vital reasons - originally posted on Sportslens.com

There will be no Andy Carroll (in the starting 11 at least). The pony-tailed party-loving poacher is, as is often the case, not fully fit. This is good news for Arsenal. Last time out, he bagged a quick-fire hat-trick against the Gunners. The Geordie Juggernaut liked scoring against Arsenal when he played for Newcastle, too. Gooners will be hoping his rustiness limits his playing time. The Olympic Stadium. The Hammers have had a terrible time at their new home. Fights between fans, inability to attract a sponsor and dire on-field results (just one Premier League win there all season) have

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El Clasico Infographic: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Key Stats, Possible Lineups and Records

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:49:37 +0000

El Clasico Infographic: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Key Stats, Possible Lineups and Records - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Barcelona v Real Madrid, often known as El Clasico, is not only one of the biggest footballing events, but one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Just behind the UEFA Champions League Final in terms of occasion, every edition of El Clasico is watched by record numbers, with Spanish football’s two heavyweights set to lock horns once again this Saturday at the Camp Nou – and Sportslens has created the perfect guide in the form of a packed infographic. The 232nd El Clasico, and the 173rd in La Liga, will feature the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel

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4-3-3 vs Real Madrid: Luis Enrique's strongest possible Barcelona lineup for tomorrow's Clasico; Injury Updates & Predicted Lineups

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:46:09 +0000

4-3-3 vs Real Madrid: Luis Enrique's strongest possible Barcelona lineup for tomorrow's Clasico; Injury Updates & Predicted Lineups - originally posted on Sportslens.com

The first El Clasico of this season is almost upon us and both Real Madrid and Barcelona will be looking to get one over the other when the two sides meet on Saturday. This is a must win game for Barcelona as the Spanish champions are already six points behind league leaders Real Madrid. On the other hand, if Los Blancos can win this game, they will have a massive edge in the title race. Here at Sportslens, we look at how the two sides could shape up tomorrow especially with all the injuries to their key players. Read: Barcelona vs

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4-2-3-1 v West Ham: Wenger without 6 Arsenal first team players for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:50:12 +0000

4-2-3-1 v West Ham: Wenger without 6 Arsenal first team players for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham vs Arsenal Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream info ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.  West Ham vs Arsenal Premier League 2016/17 3rd December, 17:30 BST Olympic Stadium, London Live Stream: Watch West Ham vs Arsenal live on BT Sport 1 West Ham Team News & Preview West Ham host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend and the Hammers will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 thrashing against Manchester United during the midweek. Slaven Bilic’s side have had a terrible start to the season so far and will be under a lot of pressure

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Gianluigi Donnarumma: Italy’s hottest prospect could become the best keeper in the world

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:18:16 +0000

Gianluigi Donnarumma: Italy’s hottest prospect could become the best keeper in the world - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Standing at 6 foot 5 and at the age of 17 years old, Gianluigi Donnarumma has already broken into AC Milan‘s first team line-up and has become one of the most highly regarded goalkeepers in the world as well as one of Italy’s hottest prospects. After being signed from Milan from Napoli for €250,000, he was placed in the Rossoneri youth academy, where due to his ability, he was always placed in the age group above him. In February 2015 he was called up to the first team by then manager Filippo Inzaghi and placed on the bench for a Serie A match against Cesena. Due to

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4-2-3-1 v Everton: Mourinho without 4 Man Utd first team stars for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:12:56 +0000

4-2-3-1 v Everton: Mourinho without 4 Man Utd first team stars for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream info ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.  Everton vs Manchester United Premier League 2016/17 4th December, 16:00 BST Goodison Park, Liverpool Live Stream: Watch Everton vs Manchester United live on Sky Sports 1 Everton Team News & Preview Everton host Manchester United in the Premier league this weekend and the Toffees will be looking to get their season back on track with a morale-boosting win over Jose Mourinho‘s men. Everton have a history of doing well against the Old Trafford outfit and Ronald Koeman will be hoping to motivate his team into another

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3-4-3 v Man City: Antonio Conte without experiened Chelsea defender for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:07:26 +0000

3-4-3 v Man City: Antonio Conte without experiened Chelsea defender for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream info ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture. Manchester City vs Chelsea English Premier League 2016/17 3rd December, 12:30 pm BST Etihad, Manchester Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Chelsea live on Sky Sports 1/HD UK  Manchester City Team News & Preview Manchester City host Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend and it should be a fascinating contest between two of best tacticians in the league. Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola have both done well in the Premier League so far and are rightly sitting towards the top end

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3 major reasons why Manchester United have struggled this season

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:16:18 +0000

3 major reasons why Manchester United have struggled this season - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United started off the season with a bang, winning four matches in a row, including their first three Premier League games. It all went downhill for them since that 2-1 defeat at home to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in their fourth game of the Premier League season. Since then, United have recorded losses against Feyenoord, Watford, Chelsea and Fenerbahce in all competitions, whilst dropping points against Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley, Stoke and West Ham. Here, we investigate 3 key factors which have played a part in their recent slump. The Europa League             Evidently,

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Man Utd star suspended; Attacker will miss this weekend's crunch clash against Everton

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:06:36 +0000

Man Utd star suspended; Attacker will miss this weekend's crunch clash against Everton - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney will be suspended for United’s match against his boyhood club Everton this weekend after picking up his fifth booking of the season. England’s all-time top scorer was shown the yellow card for dissent in the 54th minute of United’s EFL League Cup quarter-final against West Ham last evening when he reacted impatiently after being penalised by referee Mike Jones for a foul on West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes. This means that Rooney will miss out on a return to Goodison Park as well as the opportunity to equal Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record of 249

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4-3-3 vs Barcelona: Real Madrid without 3 top class players for Saturday's El Clasico; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:11:02 +0000

4-3-3 vs Barcelona: Real Madrid without 3 top class players for Saturday's El Clasico; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture. Barcelona vs Real Madrid Liga BBVA 2016/17 3rd December, 15:15 pm BST Camp Nou, Barcelona Live Stream: Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live on fuboTV Barcelona Team News & Preview Barcelona host Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season this weekend. The Spanish champions are six points behind Real Madrid in the league table and this is a must-win game for them. Luis Enrique’s men cannot afford to fall further behind in the title race. The last time

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Chelsea forced to pull out of midfielder transfer after this threat from Tottenham

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:33:35 +0000

Chelsea forced to pull out of midfielder transfer after this threat from Tottenham - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea decided to pull out of a deal for the highly-rated Tottenham midfielder, Nya Kirby, after being accused of tapping the player up. According to The Times, Tottenham threatened to report the Blues to the Premier League for making an illegal approach to sign the England youth star. Chelsea were keen to avoid legal trouble, and therefore decided not to sign the player. Kirby was keen on joining Spurs’ London rivals, Chelsea, but was forced to spend the last few months on trial at other clubs after his dream move was cancelled. Kirby is an England Under-16 international, and was very highly rated

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Mourinho reject set to feature tonight; Senior Man Utd figures impressed with player's attitude

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:21:00 +0000

Mourinho reject set to feature tonight; Senior Man Utd figures impressed with player's attitude - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is set to feature against West Ham United in the EFL Cup tonight if recent reports are to be believed. Sky Sports are claiming that senior figures at the club are impressed with Schweinsteiger’s mentality and attitude, despite being banished from the first team. The former Bayern Munich star has been overlooked by Mourinho, and was even asked to train away from the first-team squad. However, the World Cup winner was recalled to first team training last week, and he was named on the bench during United’s last Premier League outing as well. With Paul Pogba

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Man Utd defender disappointed, Mourinho's personal grudge suspected as reason behind mistreatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:06:23 +0000

Man Utd defender disappointed, Mourinho's personal grudge suspected as reason behind mistreatment - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Luke Shaw was expected to establish himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League when he joined Manchester United in the summer of 2014. However, things have not quite gone according to plan for the former Southampton left-back. The 21-year-old picked up a season-ending injury against PSV last season, and has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under Mourinho this season. According to the latest report from The Times, Mourinho has not given Shaw a fair chance this season because of a personal grudge. Apparently, people close to the player suspect that Mourinho is unhappy

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World class star regrets Arsenal transfer, Player has already offered himself to former club

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:51:37 +0000

World class star regrets Arsenal transfer, Player has already offered himself to former club - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil, is looking to return to Real Madrid if recent reports are to be believed. Spanish publication Marca are reporting that Ozil and the PSG winger, Di Maria, have both offered their services to Real Madrid, and have informed Los Blancos how much they enjoyed playing for the Spanish giants during their time at the club. There is no doubt that both players played their best football at Real Madrid, but Marca‘s report makes very little sense. Ozil seems to have recaptured his Madrid form at Arsenal this season, and is apparently negotiating a new deal with the Gunners.

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