Away Days Poll Nov 12

  • Maidstone vs Wrexham (34%, 70 Votes)
  • Grimsby town vs Crawley Town (30%, 61 Votes)
  • Boreham Wood vs Ebbsfleet United (21%, 44 Votes)
  • Swindon Town vs Carlisle United (15%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 206

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đź”® Previews and predictions for a massive weekend

đź”® Previews and predictions for a massive weekend

Manchester Derby is another huge test for United’s mini-revival
Mourinho has his mojo back just in time as his United squad head to the Etihad. They enter the match as clear underdogs (a role Mourinho is always keen to embrace) against a City side that have scored 23 and conceded 2 in their last 6 matches. United are coming off of two momentum-boosting late wins, but their actual performances suggest that a more ruthless City side will be capable of overcoming United’s newfound grit. Of course, the last Manchester Derby was perhaps the best half of football for United under Mourinho, as they stormed back from 2-0 down at half to win 3-2 and delay City’s title. United have momentum, but City’s attack will be too much for Smalling and Lindelof to contain, we predict a 2-1 City win.

Bayern can turn around tough start with Der Klassiker win
Despite the crisis in Munich last month, as Bayern went four matches in all competitions with out a win, they’re still just four points behind league leaders Dortmund. Yet, last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg won’t do much to inspire confidence. Dortmund had a tough midweek matchup against Atletico Madrid, losing 2-0, but remain undefeated in the Bundesliga as they’ve scored 30 goals in 10 matches, 7 more than any other team. With Dortmund playing at home in front of the yellow wall, we think they’ll come out on top as 3-1 winners.

What else to watch for
Juve travel to Milan where Gonzalo Higuain is racing to be fit against his former club. There’s extra motivation as he asserted Juve kicked him out for Ronaldo’s arrival. Milan are 10 points behind undefeated Juve and we see a 2-1 Juve win Sunday in Milan.

PSG head to Monaco as Thierry Henry attempts to turn around a Monaco side that has won just once in all competitions this season and are a massive 29 points behind PSG. This won’t be the weekend for a revival – we predict a comfortable 3-0 win for PSG.

The Copa Libertadores final will at last feature South America’s (and perhaps the world’s) ultimate derby as Boca Juniors host River Plate in the first leg on Saturday. River won the last matchup in September 2-0, but we think Boca will manage a 1-0 win at home this time.

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🔥 Who made the Champions League Team of the Week?

🔥 Who made the Champions League Team of the Week?

City scored six as Gabriel Jesus nabbed a hat-trick, Harry Kane scored two after the 78th minute to seal Spurs’ comeback, and Toni Kroos had a goal and two assists as Real Madrid strolled to a 5-0 victory.

Who was your standout player this week? Let us know on Twitter.

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See who made the FotMob EPL Team of the Week!

See who made the FotMob EPL Team of the Week!

The Egyptian King returned to form, Mane and Wilson got a brace, while Ross Barkley had a man of the match performance with a goal and two assists against Burnley.

Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know on Twitter.

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See who made the FotMob EPL Team of the Week!

See who made the FotMob EPL Team of the Week!

Mesut Ozil’s Monday night magic, Anthony Martial’s double at the Bridge, and Jordan Pickford’s Palace penalty kick denial were a few of the special performances that earned a spot in our team of the week.

Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know on Twitter.

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Weekend Preview: United head to Stamford Bridge, 1st vs. 2nd in La Liga

Weekend Preview: United head to Stamford Bridge, 1st vs. 2nd in La Liga

Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea chase title
United’s emphatic 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle before the break was their first in four attempts, but disguised another inconsistent performance. They open the EPL weekend against sneaky title-challengers Chelsea, who are even on points with City and Liverpool. Their fellow undefeated teams will have wins marked down, as Liverpool head to Huddersfield and City host Burnley – so Chelsea need three points to keep up with the title pace. Eden Hazard (who already has seven EPL goals) could quickly end United’s spark of optimism, although Mourinho has famously deployed Ander Herrera to bully him out of matches in the past.

Are Arsenal, Bournemouth, and Wolves for real?
The trio of Arsenal, Bournemouth, and Wolves are off to an unexpectedly bright start. Arsenal haven’t lost since their first two fixtures (against City and Chelsea), Bournemouth sit in sixth with more goals scored than Liverpool and Spurs, and Wolves are undefeated in all competitions since August 18.

Their positive start should continue this weekend as all three sides play at home this weekend as favourites. Arsenal host Leicester on Monday, who have had a mixed start to the season. Wolves have conceded just six goals so far and will welcome Watford to the Molineux. While Bournemouth face Saints who have scored just six goals in eight matches.

This weekend may not seem to be a litmus test of their credentials, but winning fixtures like these are what separates challengers for European places from the also-rans.

Sevilla head to Camp Nou as La Liga leaders
Sevilla have been the beneficiaries of Barca and Real Madrid’s early stumbles and find themselves sitting one point above Barcelona in first, despite two losses. Portuguese striker Andre Silva has been their primary catalyst, scoring seven goals in eight matches, including two in their 3-0 win over Real. Should they manage a historic victory at Camp Nou (where they haven’t won in 15 La Liga matches), they’ll have to be taken seriously as title contenders.

Real Madrid are on their worst scoring run in 33 years, going goalless in four consecutive matches. They take on Levante at home in a must-win match for manager Julen Lopetegui. Gareth Bale returned to full training on Thursday and should be available.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are even with Barcelona on points and could go top with a win away to Villareal on Saturday and a Barca-Sevilla draw.

Pressure mounts at Bayern
Bayern look like a squad in need of an overhaul as their aging stars have scored just one goal in their last three Bundesliga matches. They’re four points off the top in sixth and travel to face Wolfsburg on Saturday, who have had a mixed start.

Meanwhile, league leaders Dortmund travel to face bottom of the table Stuttgart.

Thierry Henry debuts as Monaco manager
Monaco haven’t won since August 11, giving Thierry Henry an opportunity to make an instant impact Saturday away to Strasbourg.



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Away Days Poll October 3

  • Peterborough United vs Barnsley (33%, 53 Votes)
  • Maidstone United vs Bromley (24%, 38 Votes)
  • Maidenhead United vs Leyton Orient (23%, 37 Votes)
  • Shrewsbury Town vs Accrington (20%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 160

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Weekend Preview: Liverpool vs. Chelsea, Madrid Derby, Juve vs. Napoli

Weekend Preview: Liverpool vs. Chelsea, Madrid Derby, Juve vs. Napoli



England | Liverpool get an early chance for revenge

Chelsea vs. Liverpool – Liverpool were perhaps unlucky to be knocked out of the EFL Cup by Chelsea midweek, but have an early chance for revenge Saturday at Stamford Bridge. The Reds still have a perfect record so far in the EPL, but Eden Hazard’s blistering early season form could have Chelsea knock them out of first with a win. Clearly the match to watch this weekend in the EPL, with the added bonus of an aesthetically pleasing red vs. blue matchup.

West Ham vs. Man United– United’s dramatic start to the season continued with their midweek loss to Derby County in the EFL Cup. And with just 10 points from 6 Premier League matches so far, they cannot afford to slip up away to West Ham on Saturday. History is on their side, as West Ham have only managed to beat United once in their last 19 tries, but this one certainly feels like a draw, doesn’t it?

Arsenal vs. Watford – This season’s early surprise Watford are occupying the Gunners’ once-familiar fourth place spot, a point above Arsenal. Not since 1984 have these two sides met with Watford sitting above Arsenal in the table. Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas have been standout performers for the Hornets this season with three goals and four assists, respectively. Meanwhile, Arsenal have won six straight matches in all competitions, granted with an easy fixture list.

Spain | Madrid Derby

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – On Wednesday, Real Madrid went down 3-0 to Sevilla within 39 minutes as both Real and Barca lost in the same match day for the first time in 141 rounds. This provides an opening for Atletico Madrid, who could jump into second with a win (or first should Barca lose again). After an uneven start, Atleti won three matches in eight days and haven’t lost to Real in the last four meetings.

Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao – Barca lost to Leganes for the first time ever on Wednesday night, conceding twice in two minutes as they lost 2-1 at Leganes’ 12,450 seat Estadio Municipal de Butarque. They return to Camp Nou on Saturday to face Athletic Bilbao, who managed a draw against Real Madrid two weeks ago.s.

Italy | Napoli visit Turin

Juventus vs. Napoli –  This weekend gives us an early look at whether Napoli can put in another serious title challenge this season as Serie A is off to a familiar start with Juve in first and Napoli following behind. They traded 1-0 wins last year as Napoli eventually fell four points short of Juve’s title pace and now Italy’s premier matchup in recent years gets the added star power of Ronaldo.

Roma vs. Lazio – The Rome Derby has been incredibly even in recent years with Lazio winning five, Roma winning seven, plus four draws in their last 16 meetings. Lazio enter the match on a five game winning streak across all competitions, while Roma have won just two of their opening six Serie A matches.

Germany | Bayern take on early surprise Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich – Bayern’s trip to Berlin on Friday is a fascinating start to the weekend as these two sides have drawn their last three meetings. Hertha have made a surprise strong start to the Bundesliga season, just three points off first place Bayern, who drew 1-1 at home to Augsburg on Tuesday. The home side also boasts the league’s top scorer in 23-year-old Andrej Duda.


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