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Serie A : Siena - Milan
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Milan can secure their place in next season's UEFA Champions League if they take victory in their final game at relegated Siena.
Massimiliano Allegri's men sit third in the Serie A table, two points ahead of Fiorentina, who play Pescara in their final outing, and know that a slip-up could be catastrophic in their quest to ensure a spot in Europe's top club competition.

Milan head into this one in good form having lost just one of their last six outings in the league, scoring four goals in two of their last four matches.

However, they will have to try to seal a top-three berth without midfielder Sulley Muntari after he was suspended following an altercation with the referee in th ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 580 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 22:32

Premier League : Southampton - Stoke City
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With safety assured the pressure is off Southampton and Stoke City when they meet in the final game of the Premier League season.
The two are separated by one point and three places in the Premier League and if either side picks up three points they will finish above the other.

Southampton's first season back in the top flight since 2005 has had its ups and downs, they struggled at the start of the season but from December they moved out of the bottom three and have pulled themselves away from trouble.

They have won six games at home this season, including victories over Manchester City and Liverpool, and when they recorded three consecutive victories in mid-March they lo ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 425 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 22:31

Ancelotti denies Real contact
Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied he has been in contact with Real Madrid about taking over at the Bernabeu.
The Italian has long been linked with the role in the Spanish capital, with Jose Mourinho widely expected to leave and rejoin Chelsea.

However, Ancelotti, who has guided PSG to their first French league title since 1994 and came close to knocking out Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, insisted there have been no negotiations between himself and the deposed La Liga champions.

"I am honoured of the job I have done here. A manager in general has big responsibility. When you achieve a result you have to be honoured," Ancelotti said.

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Category: News Views: 551 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 22:29

Balotelli warned against walk-off protest
Mario Balotelli faces dismissal if he walks off in protest at racist chanting, the head of the Italian Referees Association has declared.
The Milan striker said earlier in the week that he would walk off the pitch if he was subjected to racist abuse from opposing fans.

Balotelli has been the target of chants from fans of Roma and Inter among others, but the head of referees in Italy confirmed the former Manchester City striker would be dismissed if he carried out his threat to exit the field of play.

He told Italian news service SkyTG24: "Everyone is free to express their own opinions but there are rules. Whoever leaves the field to make a protest, without warning the referee or without being substituted will be sent off." ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 444 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 22:28

Serie A : Inter Milan - Udinese
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Udinese will aim to seal a European spot with a win over Inter Milan on the final day of the Serie A season on Sunday.
With one match remaining, Udinese sit two points clear of Lazio in fifth - the last UEFA Europa League place in Italy.

Francesco Guidolin's men have won seven straight matches and visit an Inter side who have been in disappointing form.

Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni is under increasing pressure with his outfit ninth and unable to finish any higher than eighth.

With just one win from their past eight encounters in all competitions, Inter are likely to again find it difficult.
Category: News Views: 580 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:56

Premier League: West Brom - Manchester United
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Manchester United head to West Brom on Sunday knowing the club will never be the same again once the final whistle sounds.
While there is nothing riding on the match, United's players will undoubtedly be desperate for victory to give outgoing manager Alex Ferguson a fitting send-off in his 1,500th, and final, game in charge.

Ferguson stunned the football world when he announced his retirement last week and following Sunday's Premier League game, the club he is synonymous with will begin a new chapter under David Moyes.

West Brom will give Ferguson a guard of honour before the game kicks off at The Hawthorns, although the home side's manager Steve Clarke insists it will no ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 416 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:54

Premier League : West Ham - Reading
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West Ham midfielder Jack Collison has urged his team-mates to finish the Premier League season on a high against relegated Reading.
Collison, who has played a part in West Ham's past 11 Premier League matches to take his season tally to 16 games, has called on the east London club to ensure a top-half finish with victory against Reading on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Welsh midfielder feels the final match of the season is an opportunity to celebrate "a magnificent season".

"We're really looking forward to the Reading game, back at home, in front of our fans and hopefully we'll have reasons to celebrate," Collison told the club's official website. 
Category: News Views: 514 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:52

Premier League : Tottenham - Sunderland
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Emmanuel Adebayor could cap off an amazing transformation on Sundayunday as he looks to be the key to Tottenham's UEFA Champions League bid.
Tottenham will host Sunderland at White Hart Lane on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League, knowing victory is their only option if they are to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal.

With 90 minutes remaining in this campaign, Tottenham sit fifth in the table with 69 points and plus 19 goal difference, while Arsenal (70 points, plus 34) hold fourth spot and its accompanying berth in the qualifying stages of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham must defeat 17th-placed Sunderland on ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 416 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:50

Premier League : Liverpool - QPR
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Queens Park Rangers will bid farewell to the Premier League at Anfield when they visit Liverpool on Sunday.
The only achievement possible for Harry Redknapp's charges heading into the final day is a minor chance of escaping bottom spot - as a win over Brendan Rodgers' team, combined with a Reading loss to West Ham, would see them into 19th spot and avoid the dreaded last place.

It would be mere consolation, of course, given the body blow of relegation - confirmed three games ago when they drew with fellow Championship side-to-be Reading - will still be felt at Loftus Road for some time to come.

Liverpool can gain nothing from the season finale - nor can they suffer - in t ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 457 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:48

Premier League : Swansea - Fulham
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Fulham's visit to Swansea on Sunday is of little consequence in the Premier League, but Martin Jol's men will want to avoid another defeat.
Jol's men can - mathematically - finish in the top 10, albeit requiring multiple results to fall their way.

And the one result that hasn't gone Fulham's way of late is their own - they haven't won in seven matches, losing six of them.

It seems once the west Londoners hit 40 points - they did so with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa - they took their foot off the gas, as they fell to Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Reading and Liverpool.

While four of those five are top-seven clu ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 421 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:47

Premier League : Newcastle - Arsenal
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Arsenal will be looking for a rare win at St James' Park against Newcastle to secure a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.
With fourth position in the English Premier League yet to be decided heading into the final day of the season, Arsenal need a victory on Sunday to be assured of a top-four finish ahead of arch-rivals Tottenham, who host Sunderland.

Arsenal sit fourth on the Premier League table with 70 points and plus 34 goal difference, while Tottenham (69, plus 19) are in fifth position.

To wrap up a spot in the qualifying stages of next season's UEFA Champions League, Arsenal will need to achieve something they have only managed once since 2004 - win at St ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 431 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:43

Podolski focused on UEFA Champions League qualification
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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is eager to secure UEFA Champions League qualification with a win at Newcastle on Sunday.
The Germany international moved to the Emirates Stadium in July 2012, scoring 11 goals in his debut season, and now wants to finish the season on a high by helping Arsenal to finish in the top four for the 16th consecutive season.

Victory over Wigan on Tuesday but the club in pole position to finish above Tottenham, and they know that three points will guarantee they end the 2012-13 campaign in fourth.

Podolski scored twice in the win over Roberton Martinez's men, but admitted the result was more important to him than personal achievements, and is ful ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 456 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:42

Lewandowski coy on next move
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski says his future will be revealed at the end of the season.
The Poland international signalled his intention not to sign a new contract at the club earlier this term but Dortmund have insisted they are prepared to hold him to the last year of his existing deal, which expires at the end of next season.

Bayern Munich and Manchester United reportedly have a strong interest in the 24-year-old.

"I have only one thing on my mind," he told TVN 24, referring to the Champions League final between Dortmund and Bayern on May 25.

"A transfer is not the issue for me at the moment. You have to wait until the end of the season. I ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 400 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 16:40

Xavi slams Mourinho treatment of Casillas
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has accused Real Madrid manager of treating his international team-mate Iker Casillas as "deadwood".
Casillas has not figured for Real since January when he fractured his hand in a game against Valencia, making just 29 appearances in all competitions this season and playing second fiddle to former Villarreal and Sevilla keeper Diego Lopez.

33-year-old Xavi has won two UEFA European Championships and a FIFA World Cup under the captaincy of Casillas in the Spain national team, and was eager to criticise Mourinho's decision to drop the stopper from his side.

"In September, they were touting him for the Ballon d'Or. Now it's like he's dead wood," Xavi said.
Category: News Views: 469 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 03:57

Premier League: Chelsea - Everton
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Rafael Benitez and David Moyes bid farewell to their respective clubs on Sunday and will look to end their tenures on a high.
Chelsea are looking for a victory at Stamford Bridge to avoid the prospect of a play-off with Arsenal for third place in the Premier League.

Benitez's side know three points will guarantee them third place but if they draw 0-0 and Arsenal beat Newcastle United by more than one goal, Arsene Wenger's men would overhaul them.

If Chelsea were to draw 0-0 and Arsenal win 2-1 the two teams will be level on points, goal difference and goals scored which would mean a third-place play-off match for the first time in Premier League history.
Category: News Views: 508 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 03:53

Bundesliga : Dortmund - Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim will travel to the Westfalenstadion on Saturday looking to preserve their Bundesliga status.
A win for Markus Gisdol's men, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, could see second-bottom Hoffenheim finish in either the relegation play-off spot, or completely out of the relegation places.

However, Hoffenheim are in poor form, having won just twice in six games, and come into the match with off the back of a 4-1 defeat against Hamburg. 

They also face a Dortmund side who are guaranteed second place in this year's Bundesliga and are unbeaten in eight league matches. 

Jurgen Klopp's men w ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 509 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 03:50

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich - Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach will look to keep their UEFA Europa League hopes alive when they welcome champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Lucien Favre's men sit in eighth place, three points and two positions off Eintracht Frankfurt, who occupy the last UEFA Europa League spot.

A win for Monchengladbach could prove vital in their bid to secure European football next season, as seventh-place Hamburg host Bayer Leverkusen while Freiburg look to retain their grip on fifth spot when they meet Schalke.

Monchengladbach have been in patchy form of late, winning just three of their last six games, these victories coming against already relegated Greuther Furth, Augsburg and Mainz. < ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 490 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 03:47

Martinez not looking to sell
premier leagueWigan manager Roberto Martinez believes the club are in no need to sell players despite their relegation from the Premier League.
The FA Cup winners will be playing Championship football next season after their demotion was confirmed following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday.

Wigan's fall into the second tier has led to increased speculation regarding the future of a number of their first-team, with likes of James McCarthy and Callum McManaman linked with moves away from the DW Stadium.

However, Martinez, whose future is another said to be in doubt, insisted Wigan have no need to start selling prized assets and will get a fair price for their players if they do wish ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 422 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 03:44

Beckham: I wanted to go out on top
David Beckham has put his decision to retire down to a desire to leave the game at the very top.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder will retire from professional football at the end of the season and said it was always his intention to bow out on a high, with the French side having just clinched the Ligue 1 title.

Speaking on Thursday to former England and Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville on Sky Sports News, Beckham said: "I always secretly said to myself I wanted to go out at the top. 

"If you had said to me eight months ago that I'd have been playing in the French league, winning the French Cup and the league, finishing like this, I would have said absolutely no chance. I just feel now is the time."
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Category: News Views: 416 Added: Sky Date: 17.05.2013 - 03:39

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid - Betting Tip
copa del rayThe Spanish Cup football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid kicks off on 17 May 2013.

Real Madrid has played 18 Spain Primera Division matches this season on Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. On home ground Real Madrid has won 16, drawn 2 and lost 0 matches. This ranks Los Galacticos 2nd in home team performance in the Spain Primera Division.

Atletico Madrid has played 18 Spain Primera Division matches this season away from home. On away ground Atletico Madrid has won 8, drawn 5 and lost 5 matches. This ranks the Los Colchoneros 3rd in away team performance in the Spain Primera Division.
Category: Betting Tips Views: 886 Added: Better Date: 17.05.2013 - 02:25

Mourinho: We will all miss Ferguson
barclaysThe Real Madrid coach pays tribute to the retiring Manchester United manager, remembering the Scot's graciousness when the Red Devils were beaten by his Porto side

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says that "we will all miss" Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scot retires.

The Portuguese is in awe of the Red Devils boss and the length of time for which he was in charge of the club but is not surprised by how well he did.

Mourinho told The Offisde Rule podcast: "We will all miss him and, for me, it will be difficult to go to Old Trafford, especially for the first time, to play against Manchester United without such a figure ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 537 Added: Better Date: 17.05.2013 - 00:35

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