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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...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United, Sports Mole selects its combined XI from both squads. English football’s biggest rivalry will enter its latest chapter on Sunday when Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield. The Reds know that victory will take them back to the top of the table, while they are also currently on their joint-longest unbeaten run in the Premier League era and so could make another slice of history this weekend. However, for all of their success this season it is now eight matches since they beat United in the league and Jose Mourinho would relish the chance to dent Liverpool’s title hopes in their own back yard. Here, Sports Mole selects its combined XI from the two squads, using only players available...

Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Manchester City, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from the two star-studded squads. The big matches continue to come thick and fast in December, and this weekend it is the turn of Chelsea and Manchester City to do battle at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea looked like possible title challengers a few short weeks ago, but a dip in form coupled with Man City’s relentless run of victories means that a 10-point gap now separates the two sides. Maurizio Sarri‘s side are still unbeaten at home this season, though, and know that they could claw themselves back into a potential title race by inflicting a first defeat of the campaign on Pep Guardiola‘s men. Here, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from both squads, usin...

Combined XI: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea ahead of this weekend’s huge showdown between the two clubs. Third takes on fourth in the Premier League on Saturday as Chelsea make the short trip to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the pick of this weekend’s top-flight matches. The Blues may sit a point better off than their opponents, but Spurs have been in better form over the past couple of months and have momentum on their side. There is therefore plenty on the line in the English capital on Saturday evening, with Tottenham attempting to pick up back-to-back wins against Chelsea for the first time ever in the Premier League. Ahead of the much-anticipated clash, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both teams using those expec...

Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Man City and Man Utd. One of the most eagerly-anticipated matches of the season will take place on Sunday afternoon when champions and leaders Manchester City welcome near neighbours Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium. City are still unbeaten after 11 games of the campaign and go into this match in blistering goalscoring form, having racked up six-goal hauls in each of their last two outings. United have endured a much more tumultuous campaign than their local rivals, but did pull off a famous victory away to Juventus in midweek and will be hoping for a similarly sizeable shock on Sunday. Here, Sports Mole selects its combined XI from both squads, using only...

Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Sports Mole selects its combined XI from the Arsenal and Liverpool squads ahead of Saturday’s top-four showdown between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium. Two of the top four go head to head on Saturday evening when Arsenal welcome unbeaten Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium. The match will pit two impressive records against each other as Arsenal look to extend a run of 13 games without defeat – including 12 wins – while Liverpool bid to make it 11 games unbeaten at the start of a Premier League campaign for only the second time. Jurgen Klopp‘s side go into the weekend sitting level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table, whereas Arsenal are two places and four points further back. Here, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from both squads, only usi...

Combined XI: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

Ahead of Monday’s Premier League meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both teams. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City face off at Wembley Stadium in the pick of matchday 10’s Premier League fixtures, separated by just two points. The Lilywhites have made their best start to a Premier League campaign by winning seven out of nine so far, but they still find themselves four places below a near-perfect Man City side. Both managers have been full of praise for one another in the build-up to Monday evening’s clash, which pits together some of the best players the world has to offer. Here, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both teams using those expected to be available. Out: Eliaquim Mangala...

Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Sports Mole selects a combined XI using both squads. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 18:56 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 18:56 UK Under-fire Jose Mourinho will return to his old stomping ground on Saturday lunchtime when he takes his Manchester United side to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Red Devils already find themselves seven points off the early-season pace, but returned to winning ways in rousing fashion before the international break. Chelsea, on the other hand, have seemingly emerged as genuine title contenders after hitting the ground running under new boss Maurizio Sarri, and go into the game level on points wi...

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