Tag Archives: Tottenham Hotspur

Champions League last 16 draw – mixed results for English sides

Embed from Getty Images

The Champions League draw for the knockout phase has been made, and will see some of the five English teams come up against some of the favourites for the title.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have arguably the hardest draws, facing Barcelona and Juventus respectively.

The three remaining English teams have, on paper, less tricky ties. Liverpool will play Portugese side Porto, Manchester United have drawn Sevilla, and Manchester City come up against Basel of Switzerland.

Of the other ties, the most eye-catching sees two of the tournament favourites face off as Real Madrid take on Paris St-Germain.

The draw in full – dates ties will be played in brackets:

• Juventus v Tottenham (13 February and 7 March)
• Basel v Manchester City (13 February and 7 March)
• Porto v Liverpool (14 February and 6 March)
• Sevilla v Manchester United (21 February and 13 March)
• Real Madrid v PSG (14 February and 6 March)
• Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma (21 February and 13 March)
• Chelsea v Barcelona (20 February and 14 March)
• Bayern Munich v Besiktas (20 February and 14 March)

All the factz on December 9th’s 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

Embed from Getty Images

There are five matches in the Premier League that kick off at 3pm today, with some crucial face-offs at the bottom of the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v Watford

* Burnley won this fixture 2-0 last season. Watford won the return 2-1.
* Watford haven’t won at Turf Moor since 2004.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest: there have only been 8 goals scored in PL matches at Turf Moor so far this season.
* Watford’s away form is good – 13 points from 7 matches – more than they won in the whole of last season.
* There have been 5 draws in the last 10 meetings between the sides, with Burnley winning 3 of the others.

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth

* This fixture ended 1-1 last season, with Palace taking a 0-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
* Palace are unbeaten in 4 matches, although they’ve only won one of those.
* In their last 6 matches, Bournemouth have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2.
* Palace, along with Swansea are joint lowest scorers in the division – just 8 from 15 games.
* Bournemouth games have resulted in 30 goals this season, only Swansea matches have seen fewer (26).

Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion

* The Terriers won this fixture 3-1 last season. Brighton had won 1-0 at the Amex earlier in the season.
* After winning their first two matches, Huddersfield have won just of their next 13.
* Brighton have won half of their 8 away games this season, losing just one.
* Only Crystal Palace and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Huddersfield’s 9.
* Lewis Dunk has scored 3 own goals this season – just one behind former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s unwanted record of 4.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

* Swansea won this fixture 2-1 last season, revenge for the Baggies’ 3-1 win at the Hawthorns earlier in the season.
* Swansea have lost 6 of their last 7 PL matches, and have only won 1 of their last 12.
* But Albion are on similarly terrible run – no wins and 6 defeats in their last 13.
* This match won’t be a goal-fest: Swansea have scored 8 this season and West Brom 12.
* Swansea have won just once at home this season and lost 5.

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

* Spurs hammered Stoke 4-0 on both meetings last season. They also beat them 4-0 in 2015/16 as well.
* However, Spurs aren’t in form: they have won 1 of their last 6 PL matches, and lost 3.
* Stoke are consistently inconsistent: 2 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws in their last 6 matches.
* But the Potters aren’t good away from home – 2 wins and 9 defeats in their last 15 on the road.
* Harry Kane has scored 6 goals in his last 3 appearances against Stoke. He has scored 31 goals so far this year.

Get all the factz you need on today’s 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

Embed from Getty Images

There are 6 matches that kick off at 3pm in the Premier League today – here are the factz you need to know on each game:

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 1983. They most recently met in the FA Cup in 2012.
* Brighton have lost just 1 of their last 7 matches, winning 2.
* Liverpool have won 4 of their last 5 matches, drawing the other.
* Liverpool’s Mohammad Salah is the current PL top scorer, with 12 goals – including 7 in his last 4 matches.
* Brighton have scored 13 goals so far this season and Pascal Gross has been involved in 8 of them – 3 goals and 5 assists.

Everton v Huddersfield Town

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since April 1972, and in any competition since a league cup meeting in 2010.
* Everton have lost just one of their last 4, including thrashing West Ham 4-0 last time out.
* The Terriers have won just 2 of their last 12 PL matches.
* Everton’s clean sheet last time out was their first since the opening day of the season.
* Only Swansea and Crystal Palace have scored fewer than Huddersfield’s 9 goals.

Leicester City v Burnley

* Leicester beat Burnley 3-0 in this fixture last season. Burnley won 1-0 at Turf Moor.
* The Foxes have picked up 11 points from their last 6 matches since they sacked Craig Shakespeare as manager.
* Burnley have won 4 away matches this season – they won just one in the whole of the 2016/17 season.
* If Jamie Vardy scores today, it will be his 50th in the PL.
* Burnley’s success this season has been built on defence – only 11 goals conceded. Only the Manchester clubs have a better record.

Stoke City v Swansea City

* Stoke won this fixture 3-1 last season. Swansea won the return 2-1.
* Stoke have won just one of their last 7 PL matches, losing 4.
* Swansea are also in poor form – winning 1 of their last 11 and losing 8.
* Stoke’s problems are in defence – 29 goals conceded. Only West Ham have let in more.
* Meanwhile Swansea’s problems are at the other end – they haven’t scored in their last 4 matches.

Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

* Spurs did the double over Watford last season, winning 1-4 at Vicarage Road and 4-0 at White Hart Lane.
* Watford have lost 4 of their last 6 PL matches.
* Spurs have lost their last 3 matches on the road.
* Vicarage Road hasn’t been a fortress for the Hornets – just 2 wins in 7 matches and 3 defeats.
* Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in his last 8 away matches.

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

* Palace took all 3 points on their last visit to the Hawthorns, winning 0-2. This was revenge for the Baggies’ 0-1 win at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.
* Albion haven’t won in the PL since August – losing 6 of their 12 matches since.
* Palace have picked up 1 point away from home – thanks to their draw at Brighton in midweek.
* The Baggies have not kept a clean sheet in their last 9 matches.
* But the Eagles haven’t scored in their last 9 away matches. Something has to give today.

Andre Villas-Boas quits as Shanghai SIPG manager to compete in Dakar Rally

Embed from Getty Images

Sports stars trying their hand at another sport are nothing new, but Andre Villas-Boas is taking it to an extreme: quitting his job as manager of Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League in order to take up a drive at the forthcoming Dakar Rally.

Villas-Boas will compete in a Toyota Hilux in the car category of the legendary rally, which begins in Peru on January 6.

The Dakar Rally is known as one of the toughest motorsport competitions in the world, where drivers race over various terrains, including off-road, sand dunes, mud, camel grass and rocks, among others. Drivers can cover up to 500 miles per day.

Villas-Boas is a well-known motorsport fan – he’s attended Formula 1 races on numerous occasions – and it is in his blood as his uncle competed in the 1982 edition of the event, which was then known as the Paris-Dakar Rally.

He had initially wanted to compete in the motorbikes category, but switched to cars when he learned that it would take a year’s preparation in order to do it.

Whether the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager will return to football management in the future, or if he sees this as a permanent career change.

Good luck to him.

Get all the factz you need on tonight’s Premier League matches

Embed from Getty Images

There are 4 matches in the Premier League tonight – here are the factz you need to know.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)
• This will be the first derby between the sides since the 2013 play-off semi-finals. In that 2-legged affair, the Eagles downed the Seagulls, winning 0-2 at the Amex Stadium after a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
• Brighton are unbeaten in 5 at home, although they have draw the last 3.
• Palace are awful away from home – they have lost all 6 away matches this season and have failed to score in any of those matches.
• The Eagles are also the only club in the Premier League to not keep a clean sheet so far this season.
• Brighton haven’t got a good record against Palace, winning just two of their last 12 meetings in all competitions. The Eagles have won 7 of those meetings.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (7.45pm)
• When Spurs visited the King Power Stadium last season, they thrashed the Foxes 1-6, with Harry Kane scoring 4 of those goals.
• Leicester have lost just two of their last 9 PL matches – but they’ve only won 2 as well.
• Leicester have lost 3 matches at home so far this season – although they were against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
• Spurs have stumbled in the PL recently – 1 win and 2 defeats in their last 4, having won their previous 4.
• Harry Kane likes playing against Leicester – he’s scored 10 goals in 9 games against them – including one while he was playing on loan at Millwall.

Watford v Manchester United (8pm)
• Watford beat Manchester United 3-1 in this fixture last season – halting a run of 11 successive wins in all competitions for the Red Devils over the Hornets. United resumed normal service in February with a 2-0 over Watford at Old Trafford.
• Watford have won their last two PL games, keeping a clean sheet in both matches.
• Meanwhile United have lost their last 2 PL matches away from home – against Huddersfield Town and Chelsea – failing to score in either.
• However, Vicarage Road isn’t a fortress for the Hornets – only two wins their in their last 8 PL matches.
• United have the most miserly defence in the league – just 6 goals conceded in 13 games.

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (8pm)
• Managerless West Brom could move ahead of their opponents in the table tonight if they win by 2 clear goals or more, while a win for the Magpies could propel them into the top half.
• The Baggies have won just once at home this season – on the opening day against Bournemouth.
• West Brom won their first two matches of the season, but haven’t won any of their subsequent 11 matches, losing 6.
• Newcastle are also out of form, having lost their last 4 PL matches on the spin.
• The Magpies’ only away win in 6 matches this season so far has come against Swansea City – they have lost four and drawn one.