We’re confident that both teams will score on Sunday and we have predicted a final scoreline of 2-1 in favour of the visitors. Sporting are the favourites for this game even though Gil Vicente haven’t lost at home in the league, as the visitors have outperformed their hosts and head into the match as the clear form favourites. We’re expecting a close and competitive ninety minutes this Sunday but believe Sporting’s extra quality on the ball will see them through to victory.
Atalanta, who have scored 19 goals more than any other side in Italy's top flight this season, twice appeared on course to move up to second in the table with a 10th straight win. Alejandro Gomez's clever turn and pass released Zapata to open the scoring - with the Colombia forward fending off Matthijs de Ligt and then sliding his shot past Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Marten de Roon's handball presented Ronaldo with his first goal of the evening from the penalty spot but Malinovskiy's low drive saw Gian Piero Gasperini's side regain the initiative.
Of course, much of their success stems from Chris Wilder’s fantastic tactical awareness and their defensive organisation, but they aren’t shy going forward either. In fact, they have scored in all but one of their Premier League away days this term, and on Sunday they face a Man City side that have conceded in six of their nine home matches.
Freddie Ljungberg will remain on the backroom staff at Arsenal, new head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed. Ljungberg, who played for Arsenal between 1998 and 2007, was caretaker boss before Arteta's arrival but they only won once in his six games in charge. The Swede had been assistant to Unai Emery, who was sacked in November. Spaniard Arteta takes charge of the first game of his managerial career at Bournemouth on 26 December.
Assisted by Marco Reus. Posted at 69' Attempt missed. Levin Öztunali (1. FSV Mainz 05) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Goal!Posted at 66' Goal! 1. FSV Mainz 05 0, Borussia Dortmund 2. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Instead, he’s become an icon of unhappiness in a Spurs squad that is sapped of smiles. And all for what? A handful of 4/10 performances and, according to reports this morning, an incoming £8. Inter Milan. Daniel Levy remains the shrewdest of negotiators but his summer valuation of Eriksen has backfired spectacularly.
'Correct Score' punters can try a 2-0 win for the hosts. As tough as Napoli are to get at, they've not set the world alight offensively in this group, so plumping for an overly high-scoring win doesn't really appeal. Napoli will be keen to keep things tight, while they average 1.4 goals for per game, so a solid, but ultimately low-scoring win for the hosts appears to be the way to go.
Even with their domestic wobbles acknowledged, it's extremely rare to see City priced so generously to win any individual game, and we recommend taking the opportunity to back them at the odds quoted this week.
Under 2.5 goals at around 8/15 should be seriously looked at for this encounter based on the fact that 23 of these sides' 32 games this season have produced that outcome, with the same also applying to four of the last five meetings between the pair.
Liverpool have lost four of their last six matches in all competitions. Everton have not beaten Liverpool in any competition since 2010. Everton are unbeaten at home since Carlo Ancelotti took charge. Everton host Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday with the opportunity for a first win over their rivals in any competition since 2010 at the forefront of their minds.
That’s all it takes. One slightly over excited fan. And now Newcastle United, a club with a proud and grand 127-year history, are Helicopter & Windmill FC. HAT TIP Are Barcelona in crisis? Has Eric Abidal ruined everything? Is Leo Messi going to leave and join Dulwich Hamlet on a free? (He’s always been a big Erhun Oztumer fan.
This week we are asking you to pick XIs for Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea - the only multiple Premier League winners. It was Arsenal yesterday, with Manchester City and Chelsea still to come, before we ask you to choose an ultimate combined XI from each team's winning selections on Friday. Your selections will only be counted until 20:00 BST on Tuesday and the results will be revealed on Friday.
Serie A to resume on 20 JuneItalian FA boss hopes fans could return to grounds this seasonSuspension and resumptionAs one of the European countries initially worst hit by coronavirus, Italy were one of the first to enact measures in football to try and combat the disease's spread. Six Serie A matches were played behind closed doors, including SPAL's 1-0 victory at Parma, which kicked off 75 minutes late after Italy's sports minister requested the league be suspended.
Chelsea are winless in their last five Champions League games at Stamford Bridge (D4 L1), their longest run without a win in the competition on home soil. Chelsea have had eight different goalscorers in the Champions League this season - excluding own goals, no team have had more than the Blues coming into this final group game. Willian has scored 10 goals for Chelsea in the Champions League. A goal in this game would make him their outright fourth highest scorer in the competition, behind Didier Drogba (36), Frank Lampard (23) and Nicolas Anelka (12).
Jamie Shackleton replaces Stuart Dallas because of an injury. Posted at 90'+2' Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Posted at 89' Offside, Leeds United. Ben White tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside. Posted at 88' Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Four of the last seven encounters between these two clubs have seen both teams score, while three of Stevenage’s and four of Port Vale’s last six outings have also produced goals at both ends of the pitch. The visitors do edge the form guide, but only just, with one win, three draws, and two defeats from their last six matches.
Motherwell comes into this game following two consecutive defeats in the league on to Celtic and Hibs. However, the Steelmen have won 3 of their last 4 home ties and are hoping to keep up their good form at Fir Park.
THURSDAY’S BIG STORIES Breaking: No Liverpool game today The Warm-Up was just getting used to it. A new festive tradition, perhaps: advent calendar in the morning — oh, hey, a little chocolate Santa — and then, come the evening, a Liverpool game. Anyway, hopefully this strange experiment in back-to-back football is gone, and never to be repeated.
Yet eras come and go in football. Whenever Guardiola goes, City would have had a rebuilding job to do and that will not change, even if signing players might be slightly more difficult. The bigger issue is the damage to City's reputation. Ever since the badly handled dismissal of Mark Hughes in 2009, City have prided themselves on doing things the right way. They believe, with some justification, they have a good reputation.
Villa stay on track for a merry Christmas Meanwhile in the Championship, Aston Villa remained on track to head into Christmas unbeaten as they beat London Bees 2-1 at The Hive. It's now eight wins from nine games this season from Gemma Davies' side, who have a three-point lead over Sheffield United at the top of the table, with visits from Leicester and London City Lionesses remaining this year.