January 4, 2013 by Gabriel Sutton
Brighton v Newcastle
I can really see an odds upset here. Brighton have had longer to prepare for this and are off the back of a 3-0 win at Ipswich, whereas Newcastle may have hard time against Everton on Wednesday and have had a lot of injuries. A brave shout to open with I know, but: 2-0 Brighton.
Aldershot v Rotherham
An all League 2 clash. With promotion far from in the bag for the Millers (that’s Rotherham by the way), they’ll have their league form at the forefront of their minds, whereas Aldershot are at home and are far enough from relegation to afford a run in the cup. 1-0 the Shots.
July 1, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”
The mighty La Roja will be taking on the rejuvenated Azzurris at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv tonight for that ‘colored ribbon’ and will be hoping to defend their European crown and leave behind lasting legacies. Although it’s not exactly the final everyone expected to see at the start of the tournament, it’s fair to say that both the teams have deservedly earned their place in the finals of the showpiece event.
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June 28, 2012 by Sean Charles
This game will kick-off tonight at 19:45 GMT.
Team News and Formation:
There was an element of surprise in Lowe’s selection choice for the quarter-final match against Greece by benching Podolski, Muller and Gomez. For this reason it is difficult to fully know what he will do tonight but I expect Podolski to come back in to the starting line-up as Schurlle did not impress against the Greeks. Reus on the other hand had a very strong performance so there is a chance he could retain his place ahead of Muller on the right. Klose still didn’t look fully match fit so it is likely Gomez will come back and regain his place in the team.
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June 27, 2012 by Kyle Brod
In the quarterfinals, Portugal was pushed into the semis by a late header from Cristiano Ronaldo. On the other side, Spain’s Xabi Alonso was at the double to take out a dangerous French team. As the two neighbors prepare to square off, the expectations for both are slightly different. But the optimism and hopefulness of the players and fans will be through the roof.
Possible Spain Lineup (4-6-0):
Casillas, Ramos, Piqué, Alba, Arbeloa, Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Fábregas, Silva
Possible Portugal Lineup (4-3-3):
Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fábio Coentrão, João Pereira, Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Hugo Almeida
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June 24, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
Venue – NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev
Kick off – 19:45 BST
England (4-4-1-1): Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young, Rooney, Carroll.
Italy (4-1-3-2): Buffon, Abate, Bonucci, Barzagli, Balzaretti, Marchisio, Pirlo, De Rossi, Motta, Cassano, Balotelli.
The three lions come face to face with the Azzurris in a thrilling quarter final clash in Kiev tonight. Roy Hodgson’s England will looking to put an end to their quarterfinal jinx as the Italians will hoping to put their poor track record in major tournaments off late behind them.
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June 21, 2012 by Adam Gray
How the teams got to this stage
Czech Republic have recovered from their opening day humiliation to Russia where they were beaten 4-1, to become one of the more impressive units in the group stages. Boss Mikael Bilek restored midfield lynchpin David Hubschmann to the starting line-up after he was left out of the first game and it was his cultured passing that earned a 2-1 win over Greece, before Petr Jiracek’s goal edged a nervy encounter with Poland that eliminated the hosts and sent a promising Czech side into the quarter finals from group A.
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