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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Soccer: Manchester City vs. Tottenham

tottenham-manchester-city-harry-kane-nicolas-otamendiManchester City F.C. vs. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. – Premier League

Manchester City was beaten last Saturday by Leicester City by a score of 3-1. The Citizens is left reeling, and it has a match with Tottenham, which is another top flight team coming to Manchester on Sunday. The Totterham Hotspur has won six straight matches to leap into second place in the Premier League. The Spurs have been buoyed by a successful campaign in the FA Cup, and that parlayed with success in the Europa League have them thinking about the possibility of it being a banner year at White Hart Lane. The matchup between Manchester City and Tottenham is set up for Sunday, February 14, 2016, at 11:15 a.m. ET at Ethiad Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

The match at Manchester City on Sunday should give a strong indication of Spurs’s title credentials.  Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino claims Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is at the same level as Sergio Aguero. Kane scored twice in Tuesday’s win at Norwich to take his tally to 15 goals in the Premier League this season. Aguero has long been regarded as one of the world’s best strikers. When Aguero put Spurs to the sword last season, Kane could not even get into the team. Now Kane is one of the most-feared forwards in English football.

Manchester City lost to Leicester City over the weekend and have dropped 12 possible points in nine EPL matches since just before Christmas. The Premier League is truly so wide open this year. Manchester City could lose this one once again. Leicester City exploited the lack of speed at the back, and Harry Kane could end up doing the same thing. The Tottenham Spurs scored four in a span of just 35 minutes against Manchester City back in September at White Hart Lane, and could end up doing something similar here as well.

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