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Brazil vs. Croatia

The first matchup to kick off the 2014 World Cup will be between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday. Brazil enters this game as the heavy favorite for many reasons. One, they are the hosting the World Cup this year, which means it’s always going to give Brazil the home field advantage with thousands of screaming fans in their favor. Croatia also enters this game a little shorthanded, as its best striker in Mario Mandzukic will not be participating due to a red card he received in a qualifying match. When you combine those two points and add the fact that Brazil was already the better and deeper team, Croatia simply isn’t expected by many to win this matchup. However, the odds are simply insane in favor of Brazil. You can get Croatia anywhere from +900 to +1000 depending on where you look. That makes taking the Brazil moneyline an absolute Read More

Liverpool vs. Stoke City

The first English Premier League game of the season see’s Stoke City travel to Anfield to take on mighty Liverpool. Stoke City appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager during the off season and the former Manchester City manager has a tough opener with a trip to Anfield. Stoke City’s squad, though, is realtively unchanged and are a physically imposing team with a center half partnership of Huth and Shawcross being particularly impressive. Stoke with Peter Crouch up front and Johnaton Walters playing just off the big man will play a compact game when they dont have the ball and try to shut down Liverpool’s passing game with hard graft and lots of sweat. When they do have the ball, it will be a simple game plan of get it down the wings and try to use Crouch’s height. Set pieces will again be a vital part of Stoke City’s Read More

FC Porto vs. FC Barcelona

The winners of last seasons UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League get set to clash, as Spanish giants FC Barcelona take on Portuguese kings FC Porto in the annual UEFA Super Cup at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. 
  
   Barcelona come into this match fresh off their two-legged Spanish Super Cup triumph over rivals Real Madrid and are now looking to claim their second piece of silverware before their domestic campaign even kicks off, and with said domestic season currently on strike this team may not have full match sharpness. Barca have made some key signings in the transfer market, as coach Josep Guardiola has brought in Chilean superstar forward Alexis Sánchez as well as the long awaited and drawn out return of midfielder Cesc Fàbregas to the Catalan outfit. The team has also promoted youngsters Thiago Alcântara and Andreu Fontàs from the Barcelona B side, however Read More

Manchester United vs. Tottenham

Sir Alex Ferguson has a couple of injury problems this week with captain Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand ruled out through injury it will be United’s new boys Chris Smalling and Phil JOnes to take the center of the defence. With David De Gea new to united’s backline as well Tottenham couldnt ask for a better time to face United in Old Trafford. A new look Manchester United had the brilliance of Ashely Young and Wayne Rooney to thank for last weekends hard fought victory away to West Brom. Young in particular looks a superb buy from Villa and fitted into the side very well and looked a costant threat, with Nani on the other wing and the return of Chicarito Hernandez imminent, the future looks young and bright at Old Trafford. Harry Redknapps men are coming off a five goal win against Hearts in a qualifying round for the Read More

Mexico vs. United States

Mexico won the Gold Cup in emphatic style when beating the US by four goals to two back in June and since then a few things have happened for boths squads. Firstly the US dismissed Bob Bradley as coach and then hired the former German manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann had a brief tenure in Germany and took the team to the World Cup semi – final in 2006 where they were defeated by eventual winners Italy. Klinsmann has been living in America for 14 years and knows the MLS and the american system. To me it seems a good match but his ability as a manager has not really been proven as of yet as he took over a very talented German side that were playing at home in a World Cup and he only last six months with Bayern Munich before a fallign out with the board of directors Read More

United States vs. Japan

The final is set in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as Japan looking to win their first trophy takes on two-time champions USA at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Japan comes into this match on a massive high, not only taking out the hosts and two-time defending champions Germany in the Quarterfinals but following it up with a dominating 3-1 win over Sweden. Before the tournament started most just glossed over Japan as a team that would get out of their group but probably go no further, this team flew under the radar until they beat Germany and even then weren’t expected to beat Sweden so convincingly. Prior to this tournament the farthest this team ever went was the Quarterfinal stages back in 1995, in fact it was the USA they meet in the Quarterfinal match, which ultimately ended in a 4-0 defeat. The other meeting they had in the World Read More

Sweden vs. France

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is coming to end with the final already set, however this match is the third place game between Sweden and France at Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany. Sweden comes into this match off a 3-1 loss to Japan in the Quarterfinals, they managed to get the opening goal within the first ten minutes but were subsequently outplayed by the passing, movement and compact nature of the Asian outfit. The Swedes will face something similar in this match against France and will need to figure it out, taking advantage of set pieces, using their overwhelming size and making the match physical will be key for them. Coach Thomas Dennerby will need wingbacks Sara Thunebro and Sara Larsson to be on top of their game, as both will have the responsibility of marking wide players Gaëtane Thiney and Camille Abily as well as not leaving any gaps for Read More

United States vs. France

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is now down to the final four, the first Semifinal will see France take on USA at Borussia-Park in Monchengladbach, Germany for a place in the final with the loser resigned to the third place game. France was very impressive in their Quarterfinal match against England, they dominated the majority of the match and even when they went down a goal Les Bleues fought back and leveled the match in stunning fashion through Élise Bussaglia. The game eventually went to penalties where France won 4-3 and are now one step from reaching the Women’s World Cup Final, after not qualifying for four of the six Women’s World Cups this is by far their best run. What makes this team so successful is their work in the midfield; the play of Louisa Necib, Camille Abily and forward/midfielder Gaëtane Thiney has been nothing short of impressive. It’s Read More

Japan vs. Sweden

The field has now been cut from eight to four, as the FIFA Women’s World Cup moves to the Semifinal stage. This match sees Japan and Sweden battle it out at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany for a place in the Final, the loser will be relegated to the third place match. Japan have turned themselves into something of a giant killer, defeating the hosts and two time defending champions Germany by a 1-0 score line in extra time. This team knew going into that match they were undersized but used their technique, passing and movement to level the playing field, they hung in with the spectators against them and in the 108 th min substitute Karina Maruyama scored what would be the winning goal. Coach Norio Sasaki will have liked the way his team played and will want them to emulate that performance against Sweden, who like Germany has a Read More

United States vs. Brazil

The last Quarterfinal match is arguably the most an anticipated one, as Brazil face off against USA at Glücksgas Stadium in Dresden, Germany. Brazil comes into this match as winners of Group D and are in good form winning their last two matches by 3-0 score lines, they have scored seven goals without conceding and have looked better and better with every match. However this will be by far their biggest test in the competition so far and from this point forward the competition only gets more difficult, if Brazil want to make it to the final they will need similarly impressive and efficient performances. Coach Kleiton Lima will feel like his team is rounding into shape over the last two matches, Marta showed her skill and finishing ability in their match against Norway while “partner in crime” Cristiane was the focal point of their last match against Equatorial Guinea. Read More