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Brazil vs. England

In Football, International Friendly on November 10, 2009 at 15:08

By Joe,

Terry scored a late goal last time England met Brazil and drew 1-1.

Both teams have qualified for the World Cup so this friendly match will serve as a warm up match before the prestige summer tournament nears. This match is taken place in the desert of Qatar in the newly built stadium of Doha. This will be the first time that both nations will play a match in the Middle East and the venue set in a warm condition in winter season. The 50,000 seated Khalifa International Stadium will play host for the first time in their history to two future contenders for the World Cup.

Brazil Head Coach Dunga will not be taking this match lightly as he named a strong 24-man party to face England. He has taken a number of Brazil’s English-based players like Manchester City Robinho, Liverpool’s duo Fabio Aurelio and Luca while the several star players like Kaka, Daniel Alves, Luis Fabiano, Lucio, Diego and Hulk. Dunga has given a call up to Palermo Fabio Simplicio to replace thigh injury Benfica Rameries. Brazil is also contesting with Roma to release injured pair Doni and Juan.

Coach Fabio Capello has taken the opportunity to call up Sunderland striker, Darren Bent, Stephen Warnock and Tom Huddlestone to replace injured players to Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Aaron Lennon and Carlton Cole. Another name missing from the English squad is David Beckham as he will miss the friendly after his team, LA Galaxy, reached the Major League Soccer Western Conference Final. Surprisingly, Capello have decided not to include former Liverpool players, Michael Owen and David James for the trip to Doha. Frank Lampard, Ashely Cole and Glen Johnsen have also withdrawn from the squad.

Many Managers, in the Premier League, are puzzled over the decision for England to play Brazil in a meaningless friendly in Doha affecting their player’s fitness. Never the less, the scene is set for a glorious matchup between two of the greatest football nations in the world. Their last meeting ended up 1-1 in the premiere of the Wembley Stadium. Brazil looks to be the stronger side of the two in this occasion.

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Premier League: Chelsea vs Liverpool

In Barclays Premiership League, Football on October 1, 2009 at 12:52

By Joe,

One of the best strikers and defender in the Premiership will go haed to head this weekend. Who will come out on top?

One of the best strikers and defender in the Premiership will go haed to head this weekend. Who will come out on top?

Two contenders for the Premier League title and both sides are also gunning for the Champions League trophy too. Liverpool in the past have dominated the ties in the Champions League match up while Chelsea have the upper hand in the Premier League. However, last season, things changed, Liverpool beat Chelsea twice both home and away in the Premiership, while Chelsea knockout Liverpool in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Chelsea ended their six consecutive victories in the Premiership at Wigan last week with a 3-1 defeat. That match revealed that Chelsea have vulnerable moments in the defense and that was fixed against Apoel Nicosia with a 1-0 away in the Champions League. Both matches showed that Chelsea did not play their best and Italian Coach Carlo Ancelotti will make sure they put out their best against Liverpool. Chelsea will be without goal keeper, Petr Cech, as he will start serving his three match suspension.

Rafa Benitez needs a reaction from his squad after losing 2-0 in their Champions League match against Fiorentina away from home in the midweek. It was Liverpool’s worse outing for some time and it was something that Benitez angered ahead of the titanic clash on Sunday. The reds made one change in the midweek where Albert Riera replaced by Brazilian Fabio Aurelio in the starting lineup. Javier Mascherano pulled his hamstring in the midweek and is ruled doubtful traveling to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Liverpool faces each other more than just the two scheduled matches in the Premiership, they are usually paired up in the latter stages in the Champions League or one of the English domestic cups. So both teams know each other inside out and this will certainly be a tight affair. Rafa Benitez have never beaten Ancoletti in the 90 minutes and that could prove a bit of a disadvantage for the away team.  Check out Betsson as they are offering odds at 3.20 for a draw.

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World Cup Qualifer: England vs. Croatia

In Football, World Cup 2010 on September 6, 2009 at 21:53

By Joe,

Rooney and co. is looking forward to secure their spot in next year's World Cup tournament in South Africa.

Rooney and co. is looking forward to secure their spot in next year's World Cup tournament in South Africa.

England could start booking their hotel for next summer in South Africa once they have beat Croatia this Wednesday evening. A win here for the three lions will extend their undefeated run in Group 6 to 8 wins out of 8 games played. Croatia will be putting up a fight to give themselves some hope in gaining the automatic qualifying spot for the World Cup. They must win to keep their hopes alive.

Coach Fabio Capello has an impeccable status in current World Cup campaign. He has guided the team to a 7 wins out of 7 matches played and looks to continue against Croatia in Wembley. He will have the same 24-man squad available to him that beat Slovenia in an unimpressed 2-1 win last weekend. He will have John Terry return  back to the starting lineup after receiving a knock during training. The Italian maestro gave goal keeper  Rob Green a rare outing between the sticks but David James look to return against Croatia. Jermain Defoe is giving Capello a selection dilemma as he continues his goal scoring form against Slovenia, although Emile Heskey is preferred to start.

Two years ago Croatia ended England’s road to the European Championship 2008, they could repeat this feature if they were to win again at Wembley. Croatia beat Belarus 1-0 in the World Cup qualifier match and that will take them into  2nd place in the group with 8 games played and 17 points. Coach Slaven Bilic must thank goal keeper Vedran Runje for pulling out some great saves during the game. Bilic will be without veteran Vedran Corluka, as he was sent off against Belarus, and Luka Modric. Croatia will have to dig deeper if they want a win at Wembley this time round.

Both teams won their respectful matches last weekend. This should be an interesting match and the top 2 teams in group five. Last time they met in Zagreb, England brushed Croatia aside with a 4-1 win so it will be interesting to see what Croatia will come up with. England are favorites and check out Betsson as they are offering 1.62 for a home win.

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England vs. Slovenia

In Football, International Friendly on September 3, 2009 at 09:33

By Joe,

The partnership between Capello and Rooney have been flourishing and Slovenia could be the next victim.

The partnership between Capello and Rooney have been flourishing and Slovenia could be the next victim.

Slovenia will travel to Wembley to face England in a friendly game before their World Cup qualification ties next Wednesday. England needs this game to test a few players out before their crucial World Cup match against Croatia. Fabio Capello is eager to see some of his drafted players to put on a good show at Wembley and David Beckham could get a rare start.

Coach Fabio Capello named his 24-man squad for the games against Slovenia and Croatia last week. He gave call ups to goal keeper Ben Foster, Aaron Lennon, West Brown and Peter Crouch while there is no Michael Owen in the squad. Capello could be resting Wes Brown, John Terry and goal keeper Paul Robinson as they suffered knocks during training. Therefore, the Italian has drafted Bolton’s Gary Cahill as cover for the central defender role. England will have either Carlton Cole or Jermain Defoe partnering up with Wayne Rooney leading the attack.

Slovenia will provide England a stern test. They have played 7 games in their World Cup qualifier group stage and won 3 games, lost 2 and drawn 2. They sit firmly third in the group with 11 points and a chance to make it to the World Cup. The Slovenia team will bring around 3,000 fans to London and hopefully creating a friendly atmosphere.

England will be taking this game lightly as they will want their squad to be fully fit for Wednesday’s game against Croatia. Capello will make 6 changes during the game so expect a few adjustments along the way. In this case, Slovenia could benefit from England tactical changes and a draw on the night can’t be ruled out. Check Betsson as they are offering 6.10 for a draw.

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