MLS – Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy

Portland Timbers vs LA GalaxyLA Galaxy coming to Providence Park to take on Portland Timbers on Saturday

The Los Angeles Galaxy are coming to the Portland Timbers turf and Portland needs a win in order to help its chances to make the playoffs. The Timbers has been one of the best teams at home this season. The Galaxy have had a hard time in Portland, only winning one time on the Timbers home turf in their history. The fixture between the Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. ET at Providence Park in Portland, OR. The matchup will be televised on ESPN.

The LA Galaxy are in good form and have recently gone five straight matches without a defeat. The LA Galaxy have the best goal differential of any team is allowing less than a goal a game.  The goalkeeper Brian Rowe has been in great form. He has now gone three games without allowing a goal. LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard is one of the best set-up men in the league. He has seven assists in the MLS this season and is now tied for fourth.  LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has recently returned from Euro 2016 and scored two goals in the three games he played in. He has led in scoring in every season since 2012.

The Portland Timbers have been in good form this season  and they are 7-2-2 at home. The Timbers forward Fanendo Adi is the leading goal scorer with 10 goals to his name. Adi has the strength and size to give him the ability to be a tough player to defend, and opposing teams sometimes overplay him. The Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri is also another great goal scorer. Valeri will take lots of shots to the net from anywhere on the pitch. The Galaxy will have to defend against him when he’s making a run, or else he will shoot all game long. Best Sports Site Blog believes both Portland and LA have been in good form playing as of late and have been playing extremely well. The Timbers has an unbeaten streak now at nine.  We think Portland will be difficult to beat at home and extend their unbeaten streak to 10.

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United States vs. Colombia in Copa America

United States vs.Colombia in Copa America 3rd place gameUnited States vs. Colombia in Copa America 3rd place game

The United States Men’s National Team started the Copa America Centenario three weeks ago facing off with Colombia. The tournament started as a big disappointment for the United States. The fear is there that they’ll end with that same disappointment in this third place match. The Colombians are the slight favorites so far in this one. The fixture between the United States and Colombia is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET at University of Phoenix Stadium. This matchup will be broadcast on FX.

Colombia has headed in the wrong direction ever since its opening win against the Americans. Los Cafeteros did good in their second match against Paraguay. Since then they were beaten by Costa Rica with half of a side on the pitch.  They were also pushed to penalties in a scoreless draw by Peru. The Colombians were blitzed in the opening 15 minutes against Chile falling behind 2-0.  They never recovered against Chile to find the back of the net.

The USMNT looked to be headed in the right direction before losing to Argentina  4-0 in the semifinal. The United States did win over teams like Costa Rica, Paraguay and Ecuador but that doesn’t seem so impressive right now. The question for this fixture is what is the Lineup selection for both of these teams? For the Americans, will we see Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe in the lineup. If Jurgen Klinsmann uses the senior squad, they already proved it couldn’t play with Colombia. Best Sports Site Blog thinks if the young lineup is on the field for the Americans, it can get the job done and win this match. If both teams go with similar lineups that met up in the opener three weeks ago, Colombia should win.

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Real Madrid CF vs. Atletico Madrid

Atletico-Madrid-v-Real-Madrid-CFReal Madrid CF vs Atletico Madrid In The Champions League Final

Spanish teams have dominated European soccer as of late. Real Madrid will play Atletico Madrid for a claim to European glory in the Champions League Final on Saturday night. Real Madrid is the slight favorite to get the job done in normal time. The matchup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 2:45 p.m. ET at the San Siro Stadium. The fixture will be broadcast on FOX.

If Real Madrid is playing good with Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez up front, there may be some real problems for Atletico Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is going to play in this match for Los Galacticos, however he’s been dealing with injuries at the end of the season and may not be 100 percent yet. Los Galacticos does have other options. If Ronaldo is not that capable of going off, midfielder Gareth Bale has saved his best play for the end of the season, and forward Karim Benzema is a dangerous third option scorer for Real Madrid.

Atletico Madrid would like to slow down this match and possess the ball for at least 50 minutes or so in normal time. If the Atleti do this they’ll have a shot to win this match. Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is the only real big shooter up front. He has been in great form and has seven goals in this tournament, however he’s really going to be alone against Real Madrid’s back line. In the La Liga match last February,  Atleti was able to go on the road and get the 1-0 victory at Real Madrid. Best Sports Site Blog believes this Atletico Madrid team is much better suited to win this match than it was three years ago. This fixture could go into extra time, but Antoine Griezmann could go off at any given time, and that might end up being the difference.

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LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Soccer

LA Galaxy vs San Jose EarthquakesLA Galaxy host their in-state rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes, at the StubHub Center

The LA Galaxy play their rivalry the San Jose Earthquakes at home on Sunday. The Galaxy continue to play great at home where they’re 4-1-0 this season. Their only weakness that seems to be keeping them from the top of the chart in the Western Conference is their bad form on the road. The game between the LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the StubHub Center. The fixture will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

The LA Galaxy at home have recently beat New England 4-2 and Real Salt Lake 5-2. The Galaxy haven’t lost since March 12, however they do have a 1-2-0 record on the road. The team doesn’t have a lot of injuries right now. Forward Alan Gordon is out of the fold with a groin injury. He probably won’t start, but may be able to play 10 or 20 minutes in this upcoming match.

The San Jose Earthquakes don’t have good form on the road. All three losses that they have this year were on the road against Western Conference contenders. Their record on the road this season is 0-2-3. That may pose a problem in this match against the Galaxy. The Quakes have a number of injuries. Midfielder Marc Pelosi is out and struggling with tendinitis in the knee. Midfielder Cordell Cato is out with a hamstring injury. Defender Clarence Goodson and Forward Mark Sherrod are both out as well. Forward Quincy Amarikwa has a right hamstring injury and is questionable for this match.

Best Sports Site Blog has noticed that the home team has won each of the last four battles in this rivalry. The LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes  who scored twice in the first match of the year, could find himself in a lot of favorable positions again in this one. The Quakes defense is going to be really tested and we think it isn’t going to have the answers for all of the options LA is going to bring to this match.

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Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund will meet Bayern Munich in the final of the DFB-Pokal

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are rivals that meet in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday for a DFB Pokal Final. Neither one of these teams have really had any problems getting to the final. Borussia Dortmund won all of its matches by multiple goals, including a 3-0 victory against Hertha Berlin in the semifinals. Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Round of 16 making it look easy as well.  They beat out Werder Bremen 2-0 in the semifinals and its been 270 minutes since Bayern gave up the 90th minute goal to Andre Schurrle of Wolfsburg. The match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. ET at Olympiastadion. The fixture will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes.

Bayern Munich did win 5-1 over Dortmund at home. When these two teams met in March, the Bayern Munich midfielder, Arjen Robben was injured and it ended up in a scoreless draw. Arjen Robben is battling an adductor injury and hasn’t played since March 5 for Bayern Munich. Robben doesn’t have anything else to play for since the Netherlands didn’t qualify for Euro 2016. Best Sports Site Blog think the Reds may give him a go even if he isn’t totally fit. The Reds will be doing much more attacking in this fixture, and forwards Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller will be hard to stop.

Dortmund has had a nice run to get here. Stuttgart, FC Augsburg, SC Paderborn and Chemnitzer FC were the other clubs that fell to the wayside thanks to the men in yellow and black. Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan might end up winning the Golden Shoe of the tournament with his five goals to lead the way, but we have to give the edge to the Reds and think Dortmund will loose the title in this match.

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Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Orlando City

kansas-city-at-orlando-mls-soccerOrlando City travel to Kansas to take on a reeling Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City has been a big disappointment so far this 2016 MLS season. Getting into the playoffs to challenge for the Major League Soccer Cup this year is more difficult than it should be for SKC. Sporting Kansas City right now is three points back with more matches played than any other team in the conference. This makes this upcoming game at home against Orlando City very important. Sporting is a strong team at home and is favored in this fixture. The matchup between Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Children’s Mercy Park. The fixture will be broadcast on ESPN.

Sporting Kansas City is not in good form right now. Goals have been far and few between and maybe forward Dom Dwyer will be able to score a goal after a slow last month. Sporting recently has a 1-0 loss to Colorado and a 2-0 loss at Houston, and it has gone seven matches in a row without a victory. This year SKC has just two wins out of five matches at home and that is a big concern.  Sporting only has one injury concern at the moment. Defender Kevin Ellis is out for this match with groin injury.

Orlando City started the year in good form, but are starting to loose that form as of late. Orlando City had draws against New York and New England in consecutive weeks.  Before that they lost 3-2 on the road to the Red Bulls. The real issue for the Lions right now comes from suspensions and not from injuries. The Lions midfielder Cristian Higuita has been suspended in this match for a red card he picked up against the Red Bulls. The Lions coach Adrian Heath has been suspended this week as well for complaining to an official during the draw at home against the Red Bulls. Best Sports Site Blog believes the Lions have the edge to win this match. Midfielder Kevin Molino is in good form right now with goals in consecutive matches.

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Sunderland vs. Chelsea

Sunderland-v-ChelseaSunderland face Chelsea with the relegation-threatened Black Cats needing to win

Sunderland enters this week a point behind Newcastle with a match with Chelsea for the last spot in the league. Norwich City is still in this fight as well, but Sunderland certainly has the look of the best of the three teams hoping to survive for one more season in the top flight. Chelsea is just stuck in the middle of the table however the Blues are slight favorites in this fixture. The duel between Sunderland and Chelsea is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Stadium of Light. The matchup will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

Chelsea wasn’t the better team on the pitch against Tottenham on Monday in the 2-2 draw. The Blues celebrated as if they won the Premier League when they knocked the Spurs out from contention and Leicester City was handed the title. Chelsea does have a 4-1 road win at Bournemouth to its credit, but aside from that, the results are pretty bad at the end of the campaign.

Sunderland has draws in six of its last nine matches. During that stretch the 3-0 win against Norwich City will probably end up being the difference separating these teams at the end of the campaign. The Black Cats have drawn two straight against Stoke City and Arsenal. The Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce knows that this is the game his team has to have to shake free of Norwich and Newcastle. The defense of the Black Cats has been in good form as of late. The defenders Patrick Van Aanholt, John O’Shea and the rest at the back have played fantastic.  Also, goalkeeper Vito Mannone is playing great at shutting the door in the box . Best Sports Site Blog thinks that Chelsea could be stymied from the defensive play of Sunderland and would give the edge to the Black Cats in this one.

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Chelsea FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC

Chelsea-v-Tottenham-Hotspur-Premier-LeagueChelsea FC to host Tottenham Hotspur FC – Premier League

Tottenham will be hoping that Leicester City will not claim all three points at Manchester United on Sunday. That would mean that the Spurs would still have a chance at the Premier League championship by the time it gets on the field on Monday night. If  Leicester succeeds to claim all three points then the Spurs can  focus on locking up a spot in the Champions League next year. The matchup between Chelsea and Tottenham will take place on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. ET at Stamford Bridge. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Tottenham has overachieved this season and has held the second position on the table for quite some time. They have gotten 15 results from 17 away matches so far.  They are missing some key players for this match. A versatile defensive player, Eric Dier is out with a concussion and is unlikely to be cleared for this one. Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is still probably a week or two away from returning from his knee injury. Midfielder Dele Alli has also been charged by the FA and is likely to be suspended for this fixture.

This year the Chelsea team is  just 5-7-5 at home and is playing uninspired ball right in the middle of the EPL table. Chelsea was definitely better against Bournemouth last weekend with a 4-1 away win. Prior to that win, the Blues lost to Manchester City 3-0, and lost 1-0 on the road at Swansea before that. Chelsea has a long list of injuries. Centre back Gary Cahill is out with the flu and still isn’t back in training as of Wednesday. Forward Loic Remy, centre backs John Terry and Kurt Zouma are all out of the fold for now. One of the best goalkeepers of his generation,  Thibaut Courtois is out serving a two match suspension against Tottenham.  Best Sports Site Blog thinks the Blues have done a nice job incorporating some of the younger members of the team in some games which were relatively meaningless. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy and Matt Miazga, all of which are 20 years old or younger, have shown plenty of signs of improvement. We believe that the Spurs could reasonably have nothing left to play for this year themselves, and would give the edge in this match to the Blues.

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Soccer: Swansea City vs. Liverpool

Liverpool FC at Swansea City AFCSwansea City AFC clash with Liverpool FC in Premier League

Swansea City plays at home this Sunday afternoon against Liverpool. Swansea City has been good at home this year, but is an underdog on its home turf. Liverpool is in seventh place and is still being lined as if it’s one of the best teams in the league. The Swans need three points to ensure safety for next season in the Premier League.  Liverpool will need three in order to have any sort of shot of claiming a spot in European soccer next season. The matchup between Swansea City and Liverpool will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. ET at Liberty Stadium. The soccer game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Liverpool did pick up big wins against Bournemouth and Everton in recent weeks, and a 2-2 draw against Newcastle.  Liverpool has a lot of injuries this year. Forward Christian Benteke is likely out for the rest of the year from an injury he suffered playing for the Belgian national team. Central misfielder Emre Can is out for this campaign, also. Forward Danny Ings and midfielder Jordan Henderson are both out with injuries, also.

Swansea really hasn’t played inspired ball of late. The Swans have no major injuries but has been beaten by Newcastle and Sunderland in consecutive matches by a combined score of 7-0. The Swans are going through new ownership and a new coaching staff set to come in for next year.  The team is going to be rebuilt so there isn’t a lot for these players to play for. Best Sports Site Blog is concerned that both of these teams will lack of motivation. Liverpool has its sights set on greater goals, and Swansea is more or less just playing this season out. This matchup could look like a organized friendly fixture more than a competitive duel in the Premier League. We’re not sold that the Reds will be able to finish this game off against the home field Swansea City. This match between the Reds and Swans could end up being a draw.

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Soccer Match: Southampton vs Chelsea

Southampton host ChelseaSouthampton host Chelsea this Saturday – Premier League

Southampton is the only team in England which has allowed a single goal since the middle of January.  The Saints have made a nice run and they’re on the verge of competing for a spot in the Europa League next year. A win over Chelsea at home would be massive on Saturday. The soccer match between Southampton and Chelsea will be played on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ET at St. Mary’s Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Southampton has been playing to at least a draw in six straight matches. The team hasn’t allowed a goal in that run, and it is 3-0-0 at home in its last three against West Ham, West Brom and Watford. Striker Shane Long has been in awesome form for the Saints, as has goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The Saints were dominant back in October when these two last met, a clinical 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge before we really knew that everything was falling apart for the Blues.

Chelsea is starting to look more promising. The Blues blasted Man City in the FA Cup last weekend 5-1, and though the match earlier that week against PSG was lost, the 2-1 defeat at least kept them alive for the second leg. Prior to that, Chelsea blew out Newcastle 5-1 and escaped a potential failure at home against Manchester United to get a point. Chelsea might be in better form at the moment, but for our money, Southampton is the better of these two clubs. The Saints were dominant back in October when these two last met, a clinical 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge before we really knew that everything was falling apart for the Blues. Chelsea might be in better form at the moment, but for our money, Southampton is the better of these two clubs.

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