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Team News: Sergio Aguero benched for FA Cup final

Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho both miss out on the Manchester City starting lineup for the FA Cup final against Watford as Riyad Mahrez starts. Manchester City top-scorer Sergio Aguero has only been named on the bench for this afternoon’s FA Cup final against Watford at Wembley. The Argentine has scored more FA Cup goals than any other player since the start of the 2011-12 season, but despite netting 32 times across all competitions this term he misses out to Gabriel Jesus in Pep Guardiola‘s starting XI. Aguero is one of a number of big names to miss out for the treble-chasing English champions, with Kevin De Bruyne only on the bench and the injured Fernandinho absent altogether. Riyad Mahrez retains his starting role for Guardiola following his starring role in the title-cli...

Preview: Juventus vs. Atalanta BC – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Serie A clash between Juventus and Atalanta BC, including team news and predicted lineups. Champions Juventus will host top-four hopefuls Atalanta BC on the penultimate weekend of the 2018-19 Serie A season. The Old Lady have comfortably won their eighth straight Serie A crown and sit 13 points clear of second-placed Napoli ahead of this weekend’s set of fixtures. Atalanta, however, have plenty to play for in Turin as they currently occupy fourth position in the table. Juventus © Reuters Juve will enter this match fresh from the news that Massimiliano Allegri will not be in charge of the team next season. Indeed, the Italian giants revealed via their official website that the head coach would be departing, which has seemingly been on the cards for ...

Preview: Eibar vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s La Liga clash between Eibar and Barcelona, including team news and predicted lineups. Champions Barcelona will be looking to round off their 2018-19 La Liga campaign in style when they travel to Eibar on Sunday afternoon. Barca have once again proved to be the best team that Spain have to offer, with a total of 86 points leaving them 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid heading into the final weekend. Eibar © Reuters With a stadium that holds little over 7,000 spectators, it is still difficult to believe that Eibar can compete at this level of football. Until Huesca qualified for the top flight last term, the Basque outfit were widely regarded as the smallest club to have played in La Liga. This is actually Eibar’s fifth straight campai...

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt, including team news and predicted lineups. Bayern Munich will be looking to seal their seventh straight Bundesliga title when they welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon. Bayern lead second-placed Borussia Dortmund by two points heading into the final matchday, while a significantly superior goal difference means that a point would be good enough for the Munich giants. Bayern Munich © Reuters Bayern had the chance to clinch the title last weekend, but third-placed RB Leipzig held the reigning champions to a draw. It is still very much in the hands of Niko Kovac‘s side, but any slip would open the door for Dortmund. Dortmund head to Borussia Monchenglad...

Preview: Gladbach vs. Dortmund – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Bundesliga clash between Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund, including team news and predicted lineups. Borussia Dortmund will face Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday afternoon knowing that they need to win at Borussia-Park and hope that Bayern Munich lose against Eintracht Frankfurt in order to win the Bundesliga title. Indeed, Bayern lead second-placed Dortmund by two points heading into the final weekend, while the reigning champions also have a significantly better goal difference. Borussia Monchengladbach © Reuters Sixteen wins, seven draws and 10 defeats – that is how Gladbach have performed in the Bundesliga this season. A total of 55 points from their 33 matches has left them in fourth position, but they could technically st...

Preview: Manchester City vs. Watford – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the 138th FA Cup final, including team news and predicted lineups, as Manchester City go in search of a treble against Watford. The 138th FA Cup final takes place on Saturday evening as treble-chasing Manchester City take on underdogs Watford at Wembley Stadium. City have already won the EFL Cup at the national stadium this season, followed up by lifting the Premier League, and now only the Hornets stand between them and a place in history. Man City © Reuters Since the introduction of the EFL Cup in 1960, no English side has ever managed to win a clean sweep of major honours on offer in a single season. After beating Chelsea in February’s EFL Cup final and finishing a point above Liverpool in a thrilling title race, City are on the verge of crossing off another i...

Preview: Leeds United vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Leeds United and Derby County, including team news and predicted lineups. Leeds United are in control of their Championship playoff semi-final against Derby County as they take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal 55 minutes into the controversial first leg in the East Midlands to leave Leeds’ destiny in their own hands. Leeds © Reuters As witnessed in the Champions League last week, and indeed in the other playoff semi-final between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, a one-goal lead is hardly enough to be comfortable. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted as much after Saturday’s match, pointing out that there are still 90 more minutes to play in...

Andrew Robertson: ‘We will be a better team next season’

Defender Andy Robertson believes the “tight-knit” nature of the Liverpool squad will keep them together for years to come as they seek to overcome title rivals Manchester City. The Scotland captain warned the back-to-back champions the Reds are “here to stay” when it comes to contesting domestic honours, and believes the group Jurgen Klopp has assembled can remain united as they attempt to do that. “We are a tight-knit group, a young group, so hopefully we will be here for many years and we will be a better team in terms of maturity and experience next year,” said the left-back. .@andrewrobertso5 struck a defiant tone in response to finishing second after a relentless title challenge. 🤜🔴🤛 pic.twitter.com/KRqlOf05kV — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2019 R...

PL Team of the Week – Mane, Aubameyang, Zaha

Sports Mole selects its final Premier League team of the week from a memorable 2018-19 campaign, including Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wilfried Zaha. The curtain came down on the 2018-19 Premier League season this Sunday, with Manchester City being crowned champions ahead of Liverpool. The Reds ensured that they finished on 97 points with their win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Man City came from behind against Brighton & Hove Albion to become the first team in a decade to retain the trophy. Tottenham Hotspur secured the final Champions League spot still mathematically up for grabs courtesy of their draw at home to Everton, with Arsenal unable to enjoy the unlikely set of results needed to leapfrog their London rivals despite beating Burnley. Manchester United‘s...

Preview: Atalanta BC vs. Lazio – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the 2019 Coppa Italia final between Lazio and Atalanta BC, including team news and predicted lineups. Atalanta BC and Lazio will go head-to-head in the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night. Atalanta recorded a 5-4 win over Fiorentina in the semi-finals, while Lazio – six-time winners of the trophy – beat AC Milan to set up what looks set to be a fascinating final. Atalanta BC © Reuters Atalanta have not won the Coppa Italia since 1963, while they have only reached two further finals, with the last coming back in 1996, which is an indication of what Wednesday night will mean for La Dea. Atalanta have been no strangers to success this season, though. Indeed, a total of 65 points from 36 matches has left them in third position in Serie ...

Eden Hazard: ‘Chelsea are the best team in London’

Eden Hazard admits only winning the Europa League will make Chelsea‘s season passable as he looks likely to leave this summer. The forward has told the Blues of his decision, although has not revealed it publicly, with Real Madrid strongly linked with a move. Hazard suggested his future will become clear after the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku on May 29. Eden Hazard could have just one more game to play for Chelsea (Ian Walton/PA) Chelsea finished third in the Premier League – a huge 26 points behind champions Manchester City – and the Belgium international knows a successful season hinges on victory in Azerbaijan. When asked to give Chelsea’s season a rating out of 10, he said: “Now it’s like six-and-a-half. If we win in Baku, it is going to be maybe ...

Barcelona team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Eibar

Sports Mole rounds up Barcelona’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Sunday’s final La Liga clash of the season against Eibar. Barcelona conclude their La Liga campaign with a trip to Eibar on Sunday, aiming to make it back-to-back wins ahead of the Copa del Rey final. The Catalan giants just about got their shock 4-0 loss to Liverpool out of the system with Sunday’s 2-0 home win against Getafe, taking them to 86 points for the season. With back-to-back titles already wrapped up, and the cup final showdown with Valencia pencilled in for May 24, Ernesto Valverde may use this weekend’s trip to Eibar as a chance to rotate his side. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Barcelona. BARCELONA’S INJURY LIST © Reuters Status: Ou...

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