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Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium. The second of three matches between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the space of 11 days takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening as the sides face off for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Tottenham won last week’s quarter-final first leg 1-0 in North London and are now within 90 minutes of creating some personal history. City, who also welcome Spurs to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18 points better off than their opponents in the Premier League and had won three in a row against the Lilywhites prior to last Tuesday’s meeting. Ahead of this latest tussle betwe...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Barcelona and Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie. Barcelona and Manchester United meet at Camp Nou on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. It will be the 13th time the heavyweight clubs have faced off in a competitive fixture, with Barca winning five and losing three of those. The Catalan giants have come out on top in each of the last three encounters, though, including a 1-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Arguably the toughest choice of all to make is in goal. David de Gea is widely considered by many to be the best goalkeep...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides. The biggest game in the Premier League this weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday as title challengers Liverpool face top-four chasing Chelsea. Both teams have some momentum on their side heading into the heavyweight tussle, as the Reds have won six matches in a row and the Blues are on a four-match winning streak. There is no doubt that Liverpool have had the better season of the two sides, boasting 16 points more than their opponents, but how many of Chelsea’s players would make it into Jurgen Klopp‘s side? With that question in mind, Sports Mole has selected a combined XI from both squads, using only players available f...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester United and Barcelona ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between the two sides. Two titans of European football go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United launched an unforgettable comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate in the last 16, and will be hoping for a similarly-sized upset over two legs against the La Liga leaders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have lost three of their last four outings, though, whereas Barcelona boast a 16-match unbeaten streak that has taken them to the brink of a second successive domestic title and kept them on course for the treble. Here, Spor...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, Sports Mole selects a strongest combined XI from both squads. Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday afternoon in this weekend’s standout Premier League fixture. The Reds are 15 points better off than their opponents, having played a game more, and they have lost just one of their last 24 home Premier League games against Spurs. Only title favourites Manchester city (19) have won more points than Liverpool (13) in top-flight meetings between the big six this season, meanwhile, and Manchester United (six) are the only side with fewer points than Tottenham (seven) in such matches. Spurs still have a number of world-class talents in their ranks, but how many of them would make it in...

Combined XI: Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool

Ahead of the Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Liverpool, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI using players from both sides. Plenty of drama can be expected on Wednesday evening when Bayern Munich play host to Liverpool at the Allianz Arena for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Nothing could separate the two five-time champions at Anfield three weeks ago, meaning that it is finely poised for this second leg. Bayern are the side in better overall form, having put together a winning run to overtake Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, in comparison to Liverpool – without back-to-back league wins in two months – who have slipped from first to second in the Premier League since the sides last met. Ahead of Wednesday’s c...

Combined XI: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United

Ahead of the Champions League showdown between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both sides. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United face off once again at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. PSG were 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on February 12 – the first time the European heavyweights have met in a competitive fixture. United have been in terrific form over the past two-and-a-half months, but they make the trip to the French capital with as many as 10 first-team players absent through injury and suspension, including key man Paul Pogba. The hosts are also expected to be without two star attackers in Neymar and Edinson Cavani, though the l...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Sports Mole selects a combined XI ahead of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, using only players available for Wednesday’s clash. Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. Barca have won the competition in each of the last four years and have been present in all but one of the last eight finals. The Spanish champions will enter the match off the back of a 2-2 draw with Valencia in the league on Saturday, while Madrid continued their impressive run of form with a 3-0 home success over Alaves. Both teams have some injury concerns heading into the match, but some of the world’s biggest stars will be on display at Camp Nou. Here, Sports Mole has selected the best team from both squads, u...

Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects a combined XI from those expected to be available for Friday’s FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Manchester United. The FA Cup‘s two most successful sides collide at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening as Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. Only Arsenal (13) have lifted the famous cup on more occasions than United (12), with at least one of the sides reaching the final in each of the last five seasons. With the teams well out of the Premier League title race and seemingly competing for a top-four spot, the FA Cup has taken on added importance this season. Ahead of this latest high-profile tussle between the English heavyweights, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both teams using only the players expected to be avai...

Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Ahead of Thursday’s EFL Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Sports Mole selects a strongest combined XI from the two squads. Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip to face Chelsea in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final having already moved closer to an appearance in the final. A first-half penalty from Harry Kane earned Spurs a 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium earlier this month, and Mauricio Pochettino is effectively just two wins away from lifting the club’s first trophy since 2008. Pochettino’s opposite number Maurizio Sarri finds himself in a similar position having never won silverware as the senior man in the dugout, but the Italian has claimed in the media that he is struggling to get the best out of his talented squad. Here, Sports Mole selec...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal, Sports Mole selects a strongest combined XI from the two squads. The final round of Premier League matches in 2018 contains a top-five battle on Saturday as unbeaten league leaders Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield. Results have fallen very kindly for Jurgen Klopp‘s side over the Christmas period, leaving them six points clear at the top of the table halfway through the season. However, Arsenal are one of only three teams they have failed to beat so far this season and the Gunners will be looking to bounce back from a run of just one win in four games. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads, using only players available for this weekend’s match. Liverpool boast the best d...

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