Announcing The Sweeper

Announcing The Sweeper

FotMob is proud to present a new and inclusive European football podcast that will explore all of the lovable, and often overlooked leagues, across the continent.


Named “The Sweeper”, the new monthly show will be hosted by Vienna-based journalists Tom Middler and Lee Wingate, who you might already know from the Austrian football podcast “The Other Bundesliga”.

With the help of an esteemed list of local experts, Tom and Lee will be taking their listeners on an audio journey across all 55 UEFA countries – from Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Poland, and Scotland to Serbia – bringing you all the interesting and exciting stories you wouldn’t usually hear about elsewhere.

The first full episode will be released on Monday 3rd May and will be available from all the usual platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts & many more.

In the meantime, you can follow “The Sweeper” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & YouTube for regular audio updates on all the European leagues from a team of journalists and contributors.

Posted by Curt Baker
This Weekend: El Clásico, Spurs vs. United, European rivalries

This Weekend: El Clásico, Spurs vs. United, European rivalries

The best action to follow this weekend


Saturday

🇪🇸 The main event this weekend is undoubtedly Saturday evening’s El Clásico. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have made their way back into the title hunt, and there’s the possibility that this could be Messi’s final appearance in the famous rivalry.

Real enter the match undefeated in 12 games across all competitions, while Barça are undefeated in 9. However, with both Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane ruled out for Real Madrid, it could be Barcelona who add another tally to their undefeated run.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The Premier League serves up three fixtures on Saturday featuring the three English sides still left in the Champions League (for now). In the early kickoff, Man City host a Leeds side who have only scored four goals in their last five matches. Then, ninth-place Aston Villa visit seventh-place Liverpool, with the hosts three points off the Champions League places. And the evening kickoff sees Chelsea away to Crystal Palace with the Blues on a run of eight away games unbeaten.

🇩🇪 Saturday’s Bundesliga action brings us third versus fourth as Wolfsburg visit Frankfurt with both sides looking to cement a spot in next year’s Champions League. Frankfurt have scored the second-most goals in the league this season, with Portuguese forward André Silva scoring 22 in 25 matches.

Elsewhere, Bayern face Union Berlin, who earned a 1-1 draw against the current league leaders in their last meeting in December, while Dortmund, coming off a loss to Frankfurt, visit a Stuttgart side who sit just four points behind them.

🇺🇸 Soccer returns in the US this weekend with the NWSL kicking off its season with the Challenge Cup. The USWNT are also in action, as they face Sweden on Saturday in a friendly.

🇸🇪 The Swedish Allsvenskan also begins its 2021 season on Saturday, with a tasty matchup between Malmö and Hammarby to start, followed by Örebro hosting a new-look IFK Göteborg side that picked up Marek Hamsik (!!!) in the transfer window. Hamsik has been recovering from an injury, but a Göteborg supporter has already released a tribute track.

🇦🇷 In Argentina, it’s the Clásico de Avellaneda, a derby between two clubs that share the same street in Buenos Aires, Racing and Independiente. If you want to dive in, the folks over at These Football Times have the backstory.


Sunday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 In the EPL’s headline match of the weekend, José Mourinho hosts his former employers as United visit Spurs. Their last meeting in October ended in a 6-1 win for Spurs, who now sit two points off of European places.

In an unexpected battle to secure Champions League spots for next season, Leicester are away to West Ham. The Hammers are unbeaten in four home games, a run which includes a 3-3 draw with Arsenal and a 2-1 win over Spurs.

🇪🇸 Atletico Madrid could kick-off against Real Betis in second place, depending on the result of Saturday’s El Clásico, while Betis sit in a Europa Conference League spot and will hope to leapfrog Real Sociedad into fifth, a Europa League spot.

🇧🇷 Someone will be lifting a trophy in Brazil on Sunday, as the Super Cup takes place with league winners Flamengo facing cup-winners Palmeiras.

🇪🇺 Across Europe, we’ll be treated to a number of heated rivalries on Sunday.

In Austria, the nation’s most popular club, Rapid Wien, play league leaders Salzburg who are in the hunt for their eighth straight title. Despite being Salzburg’s closest challengers, Rapid have suffered some nasty defeats to Salzburg in recent years, including a 6-2 loss in the cup in December and a 7-2 loss last June.

Belgium’s two biggest clubs face off as Anderlecht visit Club Brugge, who are walking to the title with a 19-point lead over second-place Royal Antwerp.

In the Danish Superliga, Brøndby are a point off top and host Denmark’s most successful club, FC København, who are seven points back but still hoping to make their mark on the title race.

And in Greece, we get perhaps the best-named derby of all — The Derby of Eternal Enemies or better yet, The Mother of All Battles — Olympiacos vs. Panathinaikos.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

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Live xG data is now in FotMob

Live xG data is now in FotMob

Our latest release brings you live Expected Goals data


Our latest app update incorporates live xG data as a part of our redesign of match pages. If you’re unfamiliar with the stat, Expected Goals (xG for short) is the likelihood that a shot will result in a goal. In other words, it is a measurement of how good the chance was.

Simon Rolfes, Bayern Leverkusen’s Sporting Director described the value of xG on Bundesliga.com, “We always look at our xG as it provides good feedback on how our attacking play is developing. Basically, it’s good for us to have a high xG in comparison to our opponents, because it means we’ve taken a lot of chances. For fans, xG is a good reflection of how a game is going, something other stats such as possession, shots on goal, and duels won perhaps don’t always do quite so well.”

In our new update, you’ll see xG incorporated in matches in the new mini-stat section in the Facts tab, as well as deeper xG data in the Stats tab. Plus, you can see the xG and xA (expected assists) of individual players by tapping on them in the Lineup tab.

Furthermore, you’ll find xG numbers on Team pages as well as Player pages. The data is available for 23 different competitions.

Below, we’ve collected various screens where you can find the data today, with more to come in future updates. We’re excited to hear what you think, please let us know by sending us a tweet or emailing us at support@fotmob.com.

Posted by Curt Baker
This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

Club football returns this weekend so now is the perfect time to check your FotMob app is up to date and you’re running the latest version.

We say this because you’ll notice a whole host of improvements to the match experience and in particular, if stats are your thing, you may be pleased to hear that xG is here! We have xG for all of the top leagues, with live data during each game and for every player.

Below, we preview the best of the action on offer this weekend.


🍽 Friday Night

🇬🇧 It being a Bank Holiday ahead of the Easter Weekend in the UK, there is almost a full slate of EFL action including games for the majority of the movers and shakers in the Championship title race.

Leaders Norwich City will already be playing by the time you read this but later this evening, there are still two games of interest. Firstly, in-form Barnsley (5th) take on Reading (6th) in a battle between play-off rivals and then Swansea City (3rd) go to Birmingham City, where new manager Lee Bowyer will be hoping to inspire a turnaround in fortunes to lift the club out of relegation danger.

🇪🇸 In Spain, the regular late Friday kick-off is between Levante and Huesca. The visitors remain bottom of La Liga but could jump two places with a win, and move within a point of Elche, the side currently sitting just outside the relegation zone and who they play next weekend.


🔥 Saturday

🏆 Tomorrow, we get the 2020 final of the Spanish Copa del Rey as rivals Athletic Club and Real Sociedad finally get to meet in the first Basque Derby ever to take place at this stage in a competition that has been running since 1903.

And in one of the great quirks of post-pandemic football, Athletic Club have to do it all again in two weeks time having also reached the final of this season’s Copa! That one will be against Barcelona, who are somewhat rejuvenated since Athletic beat them in the Supercopa back in January. Which Athletic wouldn’t even have normally been playing in until after last season’s cup final had taken place. 🤯

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The Premier League offers up four fixtures, all with some significant interest. Chelsea play West Brom first up, before the Yorkshire Derby between Leeds United and Sheffield United fills the afternoon slot.

Later, champions-elect Manchester City face third-placed Leicester City. And to close off proceedings, there’s the heavyweight clash between Arsenal and Liverpool which for reasons far too long to debate here, is this season a meeting between the sides ninth and seventh in the table.

🇩🇪 The Bundesliga looks a little harder to call, but the headline game on Saturday should go some way to confirming if Bayern are to win a ninth straight title. They are on the road against RB Leipzig, the side sitting just four points behind them in second. The last three meetings between the sides have all been draws, with the latest a dramatic 3-3 thriller back in December.

🇫🇷 First and second also meet in Ligue 1, with PSG hosting LOSC (aka Lille). Only goal difference separates the two as Paris have gradually caught up with this season’s most consistent side. We got a little taste of what is to come in this one though, with the teams meeting in the Coupe De France just prior to the international break, a game PSG won convincingly by three goals to nil.

🇮🇹 In Serie A, there is a full round of games taking place on Saturday due, again to scheduling around Easter. And we’ll get to see how that brand new Inter crest is looking on the club’s shirts as they play away at Bologna. That game is the late kick-off so before that, Milan will get the chance to cut Inter’s six-point gap at the top, with Sampdoria visiting the San Siro. And for Juventus, there’s the small matter of the Derby della Mole against city-rivals, Torino. The Old Lady have not lost one of these derbies since April 2015, a run totalling 13 games.


🛌 Sunday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 To close the weekend, and last of four Sunday games in the Premier League – Manchester United go up against Brighton and Hove Albion, a team that are no stranger to debates about the use of xG data in the game this season!

That is also the case for two clubs who meet earlier in the day, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. That one will be a real test for our new app features!

🇩🇪 The German capital provides a big game in the Bundesliga, with Berlin rivals Union and Hertha going toe-to-toe. The two, separated for so long by the Wall and then by divisions meet in the top flight for just the fourth occasion. Hertha won the last meeting back in December, somewhat against the odds with Union performing better in the league this season. They go in to this one seven places and 14 points better off than their historically more illustrious rivals.

🇪🇸 In La Liga, leaders Atlético face another stiff test of their credentials with a match at fourth placed Sevilla. Neither Real Madrid (playing Saturday) or Barcelona (in action on Monday) can catch Atleti in this round of games but Diego Simeone’s side can’t rest on their laurels. They must keep on grinding out the results if they are to lift their first title since 2014.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

Posted by Bill Biss
🇮🇹 The FotMob Serie A TOTW

🇮🇹 The FotMob Serie A TOTW

Zlatan returns


Zlatan was back on the scoresheet as Milan came from behind to beat Fiorentina 3-2, with Simon Kjær providing two assists (highlights). Meanwhile, Dries Mertens scored twice as Napoli beat Roma to stay ahead of them in fifth place.

Let us know who was your top performer this week in the comments on Twitter.

Posted by Curt Baker
🇩🇪 The FotMob Bundesliga TOTW

🇩🇪 The FotMob Bundesliga TOTW

Lewandowski cannot be stopped


Star Man: Robert Lewandowski bagged a 9.57, thanks to his 22 minute hat-trick against Stuttgart. In German terms, that’s the only kind of hat-trick that counts – with all goals coming in one half.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the replies on Twitter.

Posted by Curt Baker
This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

Whether you’re looking for a tasty looking tie to watch in one of Europe’s top leagues or fancy following something more obscure, we’re here every Friday, selecting the best games FotMob has to offer over the weekend.


🍽 Friday Night

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Europe’s big five once again provide us with some early action to start the weekend. And from the Premier League we get the fixture between two of the divisions more unpredictable sides; Fulham and Leeds United.

🇩🇪 In Germany, we’ll see how struggling Armenia hold up against second placed RB Leipzig. The Red Bull side sit six points clear of Wolfsburg below them but four points down on leaders Bayern so a win on the road would keep their slim hopes of a first ever Bundesliga title alive for a while longer.

🇪🇺 To wrap up proceedings elsewhere – Real Betis host Levante in La Liga and Serie A offers up relegation-threatened Parma and their game against Genoa. And in Ligue 1, Niko Kovač’s Monaco will be looking for a win at Saint Etienne that would take them within a point of the two sides directly above them – Lyon and PSG as they look to make the title battle a four-horse race.


🔥 Saturday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Just one game to tell you about in the Premier League tomorrow and that’s a relegation six-pointer; Brighton vs. Newcastle. The gap in the schedule is because it’s FA Cup weekend, a competition where we’ve reached the quarter-finals stage.

Two of the four games take place on Saturday with Bournemouth, the last remaining team from outside the top flight playing regional rivals Southampton and Pep Guardiola’s quadruple chasing City go to Everton.

🇩🇪 The Bundesliga looks a little busier, with five fixtures due to take place. Bayern, fresh from their safe passage through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League feature against Stuttgart. Third placed Wolfsburg are at Werder Bremen and Dortmund are also on the road, at FC Köln.

🚨 And just because everybody loves a game with a bit of edge, here’s a selection of three derby, or national level rivalries taking place tomorrow:

🇦🇷 Banfield play Lanús in Argentina’s Clásico del Sur, a battle between two suburbs south of Buenos Aires.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Swansea City clash with Cardiff City as the two biggest Welsh sides fight for position in the EFL Championship.

🇦🇺 And the A League provides ‘the Big Blue’ between Sydney and Melbourne Victory. The name stems from the clubs representing Australia’s largest two cities both wearing blue with their respective state colours also including the colour and in Australian English, blue can be used to describe a fight!


🛌 Sunday

🇫🇷 Going back to that exciting title race in Ligue 1, PSG and Lyon – the two sides locked together level on points behind Lille in the table go head-to-head. You could bill this game as the first of two successive title deciders for PSG as straight after they deal with the challenge of Lyon, they go on to face Lille in next weekend’s round of games.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FA Cup continues on Sunday with two all-Premier League affairs – Europa League quarter-finalists Manchester United take on Leicester City whilst Chelsea go up against Sheffield United, who are one of only two sides to have scored against the Londoners since Thomas Tuchel took over back in January.

Not to be outdone, England’s two other representatives in Europa League Thursday both play in the Premier League. Arsenal make the short trip east to face West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur will need to pick themselves up after the shock of defeat in Zagreb with a game at Aston Villa.

🇪🇸 In Spain, the top two are in action with Atlético Madrid hosting Deportivo Alavés and Barcelona facing a tough trip to Real Sociedad. Barça may have slipped to third by the time the game is played, what with Real Madrid playing on Saturday but you can rest assured that if either Madrid club slip up, the Catalans will be looking to capitalise.

🇮🇹 As is tradition, Sunday is the busy day in Serie A – especially with the news that league leaders Inter have postponed their Saturday fixture with Sassuolo due to positive coronavirus tests in their camp. Their nearest rivals, Milan face Fiorentina and Juventus will be in action against Filippo Inzaghi’s Benevento.

The game of the day though, comes slightly further down the table as 5th plays 6th – Napoli vs. Roma.

🚨 And trialing our rivalries section once more – Sunday offers these big games:

🇿🇦 The Soweto Derby takes place in the South African Premier League, with Kaizer Chiefs hosting Orlando Pirates. The Chiefs are well off the pace in the league, whilst the Pirates sit five points behind current leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

🇲🇦 Africa’s biggest club derby does however take place elsewhere on Sunday, with Wydad and Raja going at it in Casablanca. We’re only 10 games in to the new season in Morocco but these two are locked together at the top of the table, with Raja unbeaten so far.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Celtic may have already conceded the Scottish title to Rangers but that probably only intensifies the rivalry going in to Sunday’s game between the two Glasgow giants, with Celtic looking to restore some pride on their own ground.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

Posted by Bill Biss
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FotMob EPL TOTW

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FotMob EPL TOTW

We’re still thinking about that Dwight McNeil hit.


Leicester City’s in-form Nigerian hitman Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 5 in his last 3 and the hat-trick he bagged in the Foxes demolition of Sheffield United was well worth the top rating this week.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the replies on Twitter.

Posted by Curt Baker