France vs Norway

France vs Norway Preview: Les Bleues must tighten the screw

Someone asked if 2019 World Cup hosts France would get off to a good start on Matchday one against Korea Republic. They certainly did, with an emphatic 4-0 victory. But Les Bleues must now tighten the screw on their lead in Group A against an equally resolute Norway side who picked apart Nigeria in a 3-0 demolition.

$400 million was competed for by 32 teams at the men’s World Cup in Russia last year. France won the showpiece and took home $38 million. In contrast, only $30 million is up for grabs in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Once again, France are poised to gobble up the $4 million that goes to the eventual winners.

Despite the glaring gender disparity in football, the improvement of the women’s game is getting more pronounced by the day. Total prize money for the Women’s World Cup has risen by 100% and is set to go higher. For the 2019 edition, one question pundits are asking is, will France hold two categories of senior world cup titles come July 7th? This much points to the terrifying quality of Corinne Diacre’s French side. Read More

Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town

Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town preview: Tough London trip for the Terriers

Huddersfield Town began this Premier League campaign in the worst way possible. Match day one spelled defeat as David Wagner and his wards were soundly beaten 3-0 in front of their home crowd. Chelsea did the inflicting. For match day 24, the Terriers travel to west London to face the same foe. For more reasons than one, this isn’t a trip that sparks excitement for the west Yorkshire side. More likely the exact opposite.

If Huddersfield could pick and choose fixtures to play at this moment, they surely wouldn’t choose to play a top-six Premier League side, desperate for a top-four finish. Confidence levels in Jan Siewert’s side are at an all-time low.

Since the start of the season, the Terriers have looked a shadow of themselves from last term. At this point in 2017/18, they were 14th in the League with a real chance of beating the drop, which they did. They’re currently bottom of the league without a glimmer of hope of staying in the top-tier beyond May 2019. Read More

Chelsea vs Southampton

Chelsea vs Southampton Preview: Can Saints keep out injury-hit Blues?

Chelsea laboured to a one-nil win away at Crystal Palace in their last match. In the aftermath of that win, the Blues were left with six first-team players injured.

If you saw the game, you’d have noticed Olivier Giroud hobbling off with an ankle problem in the 76th minute. Maurizio Sarri said his side suffered three injuries in 10 minutes to Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater a day prior to the Palace trip.

With injury concerns to Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Sarri opined his team is in trouble with the January fixture pile-up. Read More

Chelsea vs Leicester

Chelsea vs Leicester Preview: Good times for Blues, pressure on Foxes

After losing 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates, Leicester City embarked on a six-game unbeaten run. It ensured they remained inside the Premier League top 10 up until match day 15. But two consecutive defeats have sent the Foxes reeling. They’re now 12th in the table and could sink further with another defeat here.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are beginning to breathe some fresh air. They got hounded by Wolves on match day 15 but bounced back remarkably to end Manchester City’s unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory. It was followed by a trip to Brighton that saw them return with all three points.

Leicester must know what to expect when they travel to Stamford Bridge: they won’t see the ball too often. Maurizio Sarri’s system depends on steady buildup and smooth passing. It’s why the Blues are second behind Manchester City in terms of passes completed, with 11,718 passes, and why five Chelsea players are among the Premier League’s top 10 passers so far. Read More

Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea vs Fulham Preview: Cottagers will find Spurs hard to imitate

The fixture-laden December period is finally upon us. Chelsea begin theirs by welcoming Fulham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea’s unbeaten run ended in smoke when they visited Tottenham at Wembley last weekend. Apparently, Mauricio Pochettino had all the answers for Sarri-ball.

It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what happens next; as much as possible, the Blues will try to bounce back. Maurizio Sarri can see daylight appearing quickly between his side and table-toppers Manchester City – they’re now seven points adrift. Read More