A long-standing tradition of English football has been the Boxing Day games, a very intense period that usually is the make or break of the ambitions teams had for the season. Continue reading It’s almost the festive rush in the Premiership
Here is a look at the predicted FC Bayern lineup to take on Chelsea in the Champions League tonight, courtesy well known German newspaper Bild. With two German teams bowing out of the Europa League, Bayern will be keen to ensure there is more than one Bundesliga representative in the last eight of the Champions League- they will join Leipzig in the QF’s here if they see off Chelsea.
Thomas Muller could equal Philipp Lahm’s record for most Champions League appearances by a German player if he features against the Blues.
The Bundesliga was reduced to a single representative in the Europa League in the form of Bayer Leverkusen after Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt both bowed out of the competition at the Round of 16 stage.
Frankfurt were always up against it having lost the first leg 3:0 to Swiss side Basel, and were beaten 1:0 as they were soundly beaten 4:0 on aggregate.
Wolfsburg had slender hopes having lost the first leg 1:2 at home, and the reverse tie in Ukraine was goalless till virtually the last minute before Shakhtar unleashed a triple whammy, winning 3:0 and progressing 5:1 on aggregate.
Leverkusen had one foot in the quarters with a 3:1 first leg victory over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, and confirmed their spot with a 1:0 triumph in the second leg. However Bayer’s reward for this is a tough tie against Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.
One of Fulham and Brentford will join Leeds and West Brom in the Premier League next season when the West London neighbours do battle in the Championship playoff final later this evening.
Both sides beat Welsh opposition in the semi-final to set up this clash. Brentford lost the first leg of their tie 1-0 to Swansea, but overwhelmed their opponents with a vastly improved attacking display at Griffin Park to win 3-1 and take the tie 3-2 on aggregate. Continue reading Fulham or Brentford? Who will join Leeds and Albion in the Premier League next season?