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Champions League : Barcelona - Bayern Munich
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Barcelona are set to welcome back Lionel Messi for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich.
The Spanish giants are expected to be bolstered by the return of playmaker Messi, who has missed their last two La Liga fixtures, against Real Zaragoza and Levante, with a hamstring injury.

Messi suffered the injury in the first half of Barca's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentinian sat out their next fixture against Mallorca but came off the bench to help them through to the last four of Europe's premier club competition, courtesy of a 3-3 win on away goals.
Category: News Views: 520 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 22:11

Champions League : Real Madrid - Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp insists that his team is ready and raring to go for their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Dortmund scraped through to the last four of Europe's most prestigious club competition after scoring two late goals to beat Malaga 3-2 and they were far from at their best against Mainz at the weekend, despite running out 2-0 winners.

But Klopp says that Dortmund, who have failed to defend their Bundesliga title this season, are ready for the first leg at the Westfalenstadion.

"We're playing against the biggest club in the world, we will be ready for Real and ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 441 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 22:09

Europa League : Basel - Chelsea
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Chelsea will be flying the flag for England when they go away to Basel in their UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday.
English Premier League teams Tottenham and Newcastle United both bowed out at the quarter-final stage, leaving Chelsea as the country's sole representative in the last four.

Chelsea were not entirely convincing as they advanced to the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-4 aggregate win over Russia's Rubin Kazan.

With Chelsea out of contention in the Premier League, UEFA's second-tier competition is their only chance to claim silverware this season.

And if Rafael Benitez's men overco ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 428 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 22:04

Europa League: Fenerbahce - Benfica
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Fenerbahce head coach Aykut Kocaman will be hoping his side refocus quickly ahead of their UEFA Europa League semi-final versus Benfica.
Kocaman's team lost for the first time in 11 matches in all competitions on Sunday when they went down 2-0 away to Genclerbirligi in the Turkish Super Lig and have just four days to recover before they take on Benfica in Istanbul in their semi-final first leg.

Thursday's match will be Fenerbahce's first appearance in the final four of a European continental competition and Kocaman will be stressing the importance of winning their home leg.

In the 12 UEFA Europa League semi-final matches since the competition's name was changed fr ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 431 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 22:02

2 Bundesliga: Duisburg Vs Koln - Betting Tip
The German 2 Bundesliga football match between MSV Duisburg (11th) and FC Koln (4th) kicks off on 22 April 2013.

MSV Duisburg has played 14 German 2 Bundesliga matches this season on MSV-Arena. On home ground MSV Duisburg has won 5, drawn 3 and lost 6 matches. This ranks the Zebras 11th in home team performance in the German 2 Bundesliga.

FC Koln has played 14 German 2 Bundesliga matches this season away from home. On away ground FC Koln has won 5, drawn 4 and lost 5 matches. This ranks Die Geißbocke (The Billy Goats) 7th in away team performance in the German 2 Bundesliga.

When looking at MSV Duisburg home performance in league points, MSV Duisburg’s performance is greatest when look ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 1182 Added: Better Date: 22.04.2013 - 16:49

Premier League: Manchester United Vs Aston Villa - Betting Tip
premier leagueThe Red Devils' 12-game unbeaten league run came to a halt in midweek and they will be aiming to get their title push back on track by beating Alex McLeish’s side

Manchester United v Aston Villa
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 20.00 BST.
TV: Live Sky Sports 1.

Manchester United (Possible, 4-2-3-1): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Jones; Kagawa, Rooney, 
Wellbeck; Van Persie.
Out: Fletcher (illness), W Keane (knee), Scholes (knee), Young (ankle).

Aston Villa ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 1164 Added: Better Date: 22.04.2013 - 13:34

Alves hails magical Messi
Dani Alves has stressed that Lionel Messi has 'magical' importance to Barcelona and is key to the Catalans' chances of success.
The Spanish giants were heading for a Champions League exit against Paris Saint-Germain a fortnight ago before Messi came off the bench and proved instrumental in Tito Vilanova's side progressing to the semi-finals.

The Argentina international has missed the Blaugrana's past three La Liga games, however, but has been included in the squad to face Bayern Munich on Tuesday and Alves made no attempts in playing down his importance to the cause.

"Messi knows he is the best player in the world and the power he has to change a game around just with his presence out on the pitch," the Brazilian full-back to ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 583 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:20

PSG inconsistency stumps Ancelotti
Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti said he is at a loss to explain his side's inconsistency, after their 3-0 win over Nice.
The Ligue 1 leaders slumped to a penalties defeat in the Coupe de France against minnows Evian TG but bounced back in style - with goals from Jeremy Menez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Clement Chantome ensuring a handsome victory at Parc des Princes on Sunday.

"We saw a lot of intensity and aggression. It was tough tonight," Ancelotti told Canal+. 

"The key was there. I don't know why the team can play as well as they did tonight and as badly as they did against Evian.

"Anyway, it happened. We are happy with how we did tonight." ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 565 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:16

Benfica claim local bragging rights
League leaders Benfica maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win over Sporting in the Lisbon derby on Sunday.
Goals from Eduardo Salvio and Lima earned bragging rights for Benfica at the Estadio da Luz, while also extending their undefeated run to 26 matches. 

Benfica had won six games in succession heading into the derby and they were on track to continue that fine run of form when Salvio pounced on a Nicolas Gaitan pass to open the scoring on 36 minutes.

Lima sealed the result for the hosts' with 15 minutes remaining, sending a volley past helpless goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Benfica remain four points clear of defending champions Porto at the summ ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 598 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:14

Boateng subject of racist abuse again
AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was subjected to racist abuse before Sunday's Serie A clash with Juventus in Turin.
The Ghanaian was targeted by certain sections of the home support during the warm-up and responded to the insults by putting his finger over his lips in a silencing motion. 

However, it was not until the stadium announcer intervened, calling for those aiming slurs at Boateng to desist, that order was finally restored.

Juventus supporters also displayed a banner during the game which read: "No to racism; yes to jumping", which was a reference to a previous slogan about another Milan player, Mario Balotelli: "If you jump, Balotelli dies".

Category: News Views: 592 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:13

Dogged Melgar down Sporting Cristal
Melgar earned their third win of the Peruvian Primera Division season on Sunday, beating Sporting Cristal 3-0.
Edson Aubert struck a brace for the victors, with his first coming from the spot, before Bosco Frontan sealed it with a third.

Melgar's celebrations were put on hold momentarily, as a dog took to the pitch late on in the contest at the Estadio Mariano Melgar.

But they posted a win that took them to 12 points - five from league leaders Real Garcilaso.

Sporting, meanwhile, remain level with the league pacesetters, although have played two more matches.

In the league's other clash, Ce ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 708 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:11

Neymar set to join Barcelona, says Ronaldo
Brazil icon Ronaldo has strongly hinted Santos starlet Neymar is bound for Barcelona.
Neymar, 21, has been repeatedly linked with Barca and will reportedly hold talks with the club in July.

Discussing his compatriot's chances of establishing himself as a modern great, Ronaldo appears to have suggested Neymar's rumoured switch to Barca is a done deal.

"He has the potential (to become one of the world's best)," the now-retired striker told Tuttosport. 

"But we have to assess his impact on European football when he arrives at Barcelona.

"The first year will be difficult for him, but I'm c ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 529 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:10

Premier League: Liverpool 2:2 Chelsea
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Luis Suarez was both the hero and villain as his last-gasp header salvaged Liverpool a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.
In an enthralling affair, Eden Hazard scored what had looked to be the 58th-minute winner from the penalty spot after Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Oscar's first-half header.

But Suarez headed in Sturridge's cross in the seventh minute of added time, just as Chelsea appeared to have secured the three points.

Despite playing a role in both of Liverpool's goals, the occasion will be remembered for the less savoury side of Suarez.

The Liverpool forward appeared to bite Bran ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 512 Added: Sky Date: 22.04.2013 - 08:08

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