Fisht Stadium

Fisht Stadium

Located in Sochi
Openedin 2014
41,220 capacity

Fisht Stadium was built in 2014 for the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. It will host one quarter final match, a round of 16 match, and Germany v Sweden, Portugal v Spain, Australia v Peru, and Belgium v Panama in the group stage.

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Volgograd Arena

Volgograd Arena

Located in Volgograd
Opened in 2018
45,568 capacity
Home of FC Rotor Volgograd

Volgograd Arena is located on the banks of the Volga River in Volgograd, a city home to over one million people. It will host Saudi Arabia v Egypt, Nigeria v Iceland, Japan v Poland, and Tunisia v England in the group stage.

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Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad Stadium

Located in Kaliningrad
Opened in 2018
35,212 capacity
Home of FC Baltika Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad Stadium is located on Oktyabrsky Island and was newly built for the World Cup. It is situated just 45 km from the Polish border and is the furthest-west World Cup venue. It will host Croatia v Nigeria, Serbia v Switzerland, England v Belgium, and Spain v Morocco in the group stage.

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Weekend Brief: El Clásico, relegation fights, and Champions League qualification

Weekend Brief: El Clásico, relegation fights, and Champions League qualification

What to Watch for this Weekend

England | Promotion hopes and relegation fears. West Brom’s relegation is all but certain, despite a resurgence under caretaker manager Darren Moore. If they fail to beat Spurs on Saturday, relegation will be official. Joining them will likely be Stoke City as a loss against Crystal Palace on Saturday would mathematically send them down to the Championship. That would realistically leave West Ham, Huddersfield, Swansea, and Southampton fighting to avoid the final relegation spot.

In the race for the final Champions League spots, Chelsea almost certainly need to beat Liverpool on Sunday to keep their hopes alive. A loss against Liverpool and a Spurs win would confirm they miss out – with the final top four being Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Spurs.

We’ll know one more future EPL team on Sunday, as the final regular season matches in the Championship kickoff simultaneously at 12:30 CET. A win for Cardiff City against Reading would see them capture the second automatic promotion spot after Wolves. However, a loss or draw, with a Fulham victory against Birmingham City would see Fulham grab the automatic promotion spot and send Cardiff City into the four team promotion playoffs. Promotion to the EPL is estimated to be worth at least £200m.

Spain | El Clásico closes out the weekend. Barcelona have already wrapped up the title, but they’re still chasing the first undefeated season in La Liga history. Real Madrid will relish a chance to end that dream on Sunday.

Germany | Dortmund look to book Champions League spot. Borussia Dortmund never came close to putting in a title challenge this year (they’re 26 points behind Bayern), but a win on Saturday against Mainz would confirm their spot in the Champions League and allow them to begin focusing on next season.

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Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg Arena

Located in Ekaterinburg
Opened in 1953
35,696 capacity
Home of FC Ural

Ekaterinburg is Russia’s fourth most populous city and the eastern-most host city for the World Cup. Its namesake arena will host Egypt v Uruguay, France v Peru, Japan v Senegal, and Mexico v Sweden in the group stage.

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Detailed stats now available in Brazil Serie A!

Detailed stats now available in Brazil Serie A!

 

If you’re a fan of the Brazil Serie A you’ll notice this weekend that we’ve added deeper stats for live matches. These include:

  • Player ratings
  • Detailed match statistics for players (including passing, dribbles, shots, duels, and more)
  • Detailed match statistics for teams (including possession, distribution, top passers in each match, and more)

You can find these on the Lineup page and on the Stats tab within each match.

Also we now have news in Portuguese Brazil for most of the teams in Serie A so check them out and enable your news alerts.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Send us a tweet at @fotmob or message us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Brief: Wenger visits Old Trafford, Serie A gets serious, Barcelona title looms

Weekend Brief: Wenger visits Old Trafford, Serie A gets serious, Barcelona title looms

What to Watch for this Weekend

England | Wenger farewell tour visits Old Trafford. Manchester United’s home has been the scene for some of Arsene Wenger’s most memorable moments (the image of him being sent to the stands miming “Where do I go?” is certainly among them). Sunday will be his last visit as Arsenal manager and the first opportunity for Alexis to face his former club.

The EPL could confirm its first relegated club of the season on Saturday, with West Brom going down if they fail to beat Newcastle. At the opposite end of the table, Man City could reach 100 goals if they score two against West Ham on Sunday, becoming the fourth squad to do so in the modern Premier League. More milestones could be reached as Mo Salah’s next goal would set the record for most goals in a 38 game EPL season. Liverpool play Stoke City (who’ve allowed the most goals in the league) on Saturday.

Italy | Derby d’Italia has title implications. Napoli’s 90th minute winner away to Juventus last weekend has made Serie A the league to watch to the finish line. With Juve’s lead down to a single point, their trip to face Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday has new importance. A loss, and they could be down two points to Napoli with a trip to face Roma still to come. Napoli’s run-in is simpler, with their toughest test coming on Sunday away to Fiorentina, who have kept clean sheets in four of their last five home games (but conceded four to Lazio in the fifth).

 

Spain | Barcelona could be crowned as champions. Barca need just a draw on Sunday against Deportivo La Coruña to confirm their cup and league double. It would mark their seventh title in ten seasons as they look to complete the first unbeaten season in La Liga history.

Scotland | A potentially historic Old Firm Derby. Celtic could clinch their seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title at home to eternal rivals Rangers on Sunday. Manager Brendan Rodgers hasn’t lost in 10 meetings with Rangers.

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Detailed stats now in more leagues

Detailed stats now in more leagues

 

If you’re a fan of the Dutch Eredivisie, Portuguese Primeira Liga, German 2. Bundesliga, Swedish Allsvenskan, or Norwegian Eliteserien, you’ll notice this weekend that we’ve added deeper stats for live matches. These include:

  • Player ratings
  • Detailed match statistics for players (including passing, dribbles, shots, duels, and more)
  • Detailed match statistics for teams (including possession, distribution, top passers in each match, and more)

You can find these on the Lineup page and on the Stats tab within each match.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Send us a tweet at @fotmob or message us on Facebook.

 

 

 

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Get ready for this weekend’s action

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FA Cup semis, Italian title race, Copa del Rey Final, Bundesliga top four

 

England | FA Cup semi-finals provide a moment of opportunity. While Tottenham can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus, manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t have a trophy to vindicate his project. But, if Spurs beat Manchester United this Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals, they would be one step closer to their biggest trophy since they won the FA Cup in 1991. Opposite him, José Mourinho will be looking for an opportunity to put a positive spin on an up-and-down season for United fans.

In the other semi-final, Saints will take on Chelsea, who appear set for a term in the Europa League and could likewise use something to cheer about. While Southampton look to be on their way to relegation, they could find some redemption in mimicking the 2012-13 Wigan side that won the FA Cup the same season they were relegated.

Italy | Juve and Napoli go head-to-head in title race. As recently as a few weeks ago, it seemed like Napoli may break Juve’s six year stint as champions. Napoli have now fallen four points behind Juventus, but could close that gap to a single point if they can beat Juve in Turin this Sunday. The current league leaders would then have to visit Inter and Roma in the run-in, which could leave the title open until the final day of the season.

Germany | Clashes for Champions League places. With four matches to go in the Bundesliga campaign, any of the teams from third to seventh could realistically swap places as they look to secure a spot in the Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund occupy fourth, the final Champions League place. On Saturday they have an opportunity to reinforce their position as they host Bayer Leverkusen, who are in third (but level on points with Dortmund). Chasing them, RB Leipzig sit four points off the Champions League places in fifth, and face sixth place Hoffenheim, who are five points off the top four.

Spain | Copa del Rey Final. Atlético Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano will be the stage for the Spanish cup final. Barcelona would set themselves up for a league and cup double with a win, while their opponents Sevilla could make it their fourth major trophy in five seasons.

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What to Watch For This Weekend

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Football never sleeps. After a frenetic midweek in the Champions League, the weekend is already here and is packed with high-stakes fixtures.

The best drama remains in Italy. After their heartbreaking near-comeback against Real Madrid, the week could get worse for Juventus. They’re four points clear of Napoli at the top of Serie A, but host Sampdoria on Sunday, who beat them 3-2 in November. In-pursuit Napoli will need to travel to the San Siro and beat AC Milan to keep the pressure on. Then to cap the weekend off, midweek heroes Roma face Lazio in the Rome Derby with the two sides level on points, with goal difference putting Lazio in third and Roma in fourth.

Relegation worries and promotion hopes headline England. With just a handful of matches remaining, there are realistically eight teams fighting for EPL survival: Brighton, West Ham, Swansea, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Stoke, and West Brom. Two of those squads go head-to-head this weekend as Crystal Palace host Brighton to begin a difficult run-in for the Seagulls. Below them in the Championship, Wolves could seal promotion to the EPL this weekend with a win over Birmingham City, should Fulham drop points against Brentford.

Back at the top, champions-elect Manchester City will look to stop a slide in which they’ve lost three massive matches in a row as they visit Spurs.

Barcelona could claim the first undefeated season in La Liga history. They’ll risk that record this weekend as third place Valencia travel to Camp Nou. A win would put Valencia level on points with second place Atletico Madrid.

Schalke are chasing a runners-up finish in the Bundesliga. At just 32 years old, manager Domenico Tedesco has them one point above Dortmund, who they’ll welcome to the Veltins-Arena on Sunday.

Portugal is home to the tightest title race in Europe. FC Porto are one point behind Benfica as they two sides face off on Sunday. Benfica have won the last four Primeira Liga titles.

Paris is the scene for first vs. second in France. But with PSG holding a 14 point lead over Monaco, it’s simply for bragging rights.

Holland also features a top of the table matchup. PSV hold a seven point lead over Ajax in the Eredivisie title race, as Mexican winger Hirving Lozano had led them with 15 goals and 8 assists.

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