Previews

Italy Vs Rep Ireland

The Republic of Ireland will take on Italy in their final group match on Wednesday night at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille. Having drawn with Sweden and suffered a 3-0 humiliation at the hands of an invigorated Belgium side, Ireland will hope to register their first victory in the UEFA European Championship against the confirmed toppers of Group E.
 
The Ireland fans will rest all their hopes on Sweden as only a Swedish win against Belgium will hand them a chance of furthering in the Europe’s most coveted international tournament.

England Va Wales - Preview

England go up against Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens in search of their first win in the European Championship finals. After conceding a late equalizer against Russia in the opener, Roy Hodgson will hope to defeat long-term rivals Wales as failing to win will put their prospect of progressing to the knockout stages in jeopardy.
 
Wales, on the other hand, vanquished Slovakia 2-1, with Robson-Kanu grabbing a late winner.

European Championship: England's opener against Russia

England face Russia, who sit 18 spots behind them in FIFA rankings, in their European Championship opener at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. With only three games deciding the country’s progress in the most-coveted international tournament in the continent, coach Roy Hodgson will hope to start England’s Euro ’16 campaign with a win.
 
With Wales and Slovakia being the other two teams in Group B, the Three Lions are branded as the clear favourites to top the group. Although the current England squad lacks international experience, they can proceed to book a place in the knockout stages easily, having enjoyed an unprecedented run in the qualifying rounds.
 
Russian national team, on the other hand, boast abundant experience.

Euro 2016 - Preview

After a few weeks’ hiatus, the football season resumes on June 10 when France lock horns with Romania at Stade de France to kick off the UEFA European Championship. The excitement that comes with cup tournaments in football partly relies on the unpredictability of the outcome and, with no clear-cut favourites, Euro 2016 is certain to double the thrill.
 
Favourites
 
One can be forgiven for branding a handful of nations as favourites as many teams boast fantastic record going into the tournament, let alone their admirable talent pools.

Champions League Final

With the European Championship kicking off next month, Champions League final marks the final club game of the 2015/16 campaign. Local rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be locking horns with each other for the third time this season at the San Siro in Milan on Saturday night for the biggest prize in European football.

Atletico have overcome the odds this season, beating European juggernauts in Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to the final. On the other hand, although Real were lucky to draw comparatively weaker opponents in AS Roma, Wolfsburg, and Manchester City, the path to the final was never a bed of roses as the latter two almost managed to eliminate them.

With Barcelona winning the La Liga and Copa del Rey, winning on Saturday night is suddenly imperative for either club as they would otherwise end their campaigns trophyless.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United face off against Crystal Palace in the Football Association Cup final on Saturday evening as manager Louis van Gaal hopes to end his Old Trafford stay on a high or perhaps, give Ed Woodward a reason to not axe him. They entered the 2015/16 campaign with third-placed finish — and automatic Champions League qualification — as the minimum requirement, but thanks to the wrath of injuries and poor managerial decisions, they are now relegated to Europa League football next season; an FA Cup victory might salvage what has been an average campaign so far.
 
On the other hand, Crystal Palaceenjoyed a glorious start to their Premier League campaign, defeating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, but their dismal second half of the season meant they finished 15th, just five points off the relegation spots.

FA Cup Final - Man Utd vs C Palace

Manchester United face off against Crystal Palace in the Football Association Cup final on Saturday evening as manager Louis van Gaal hopes to end his Old Trafford stay on a high or perhaps, give Ed Woodward a reason to not axe him. They entered the 2015/16 campaign with third-placed finish — and automatic Champions League qualification — as the minimum requirement, but thanks to the wrath of injuries and poor managerial decisions, they are now relegated to Europa League football next season; an FA Cup victory might salvage what has been an average campaign so far.
 
On the other hand, Crystal Palace enjoyed a glorious start to their Premier League campaign, defeating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, but their dismal second half of the season meant they finished 15th, just five points off the relegation spots.

Liverpool Vs Sevilla

With Liverpool's Champions League participation at stake, Jurgen Klopp takes his side to Basel for the Europa League final against Sevilla, who also need a victory on Wednesday night to make the group stages of the elite European tournament next season.
 
The Liverpool manager will hope to avoid a defeat as he has now lost four cup finals in a row, with the League Cup defeat to Manchester City being the latest installment. On the other hand, Unai Emery will aspire to gift his club their third straight Europa League final victory.
 
Both sides have been in poor form of late, with Sevilla registering just a single victory in the past five outings and Liverpool failing to win in three of the last five games.

Chelsea vs Leicester City

Having already wrapped up the Premier League title, Leicester City travel to Chelsea for their final league game of the campaign. With 10 points currently separating them and second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, they will hope to maintain that with an away victory over the outgoing English champions, thereby finishing anincredible season on a high note.
 
On the other hand, ninth-placed Chelsea have endured an appalling campaign and are heading into the high-profile clash at the back of three winless league games.

Newcastle vs Tottenham

Newcastle United welcome second-placed Tottenham Hotspur as they look to register a consolation victory after Sunderland's shock 3-0 victory over underperforming Everton confirmed their relegation to Championship next season. On the other hand, the Sunday's game is doubtless the biggest match in over 20 years for Tottenham as them losing at St James' Park could give their bitter rivals the opportunity to leapfrog them and ultimately finish above them for thetwentieth consecutive season. With the Gunners playing another relegated soulless club in Aston Villa, the Lilywhites cannot afford to lose.
 
Team news: Top performers sidelined for Tottenham
 
The Magpies have major injury concerns as both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are on the sidelines, nursing their knees; Karl Darlow will again guard the Newcastle goal on Sunday evening.

Norwich vs Man Utd

Norwich City play host to fifth-placed Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime as they look to beat the drop despite having only nine points to fight for between now and the end of the season. The hosts are coming off three successive defeats; another defeat this weekend would offer Sunderland and Newcastle United the much-needed impetus in their battle for survival.
 
As for the visitors, dropping points at Carrow Road would prove costly as that would not only dent their Champions League aspirations but also aid West Ham United in leapfrogging them, thereby depriving them of even Europa League football next season. However, an Arsenal victory at Etihad Stadium and a win at Norwich would boost their UCL chances as they have a game in hand.
 
Managers' quotes:
Louis van Gaal: "It is always difficult to fight against a team who fights to maintain their place in the Premier League - that is always very difficult.

Man City Vs Arsenal

Arsenal travel to Manchester City on Sunday evening and will hope to grab all three points as doing so could move them level on points with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Stoke City Vs Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Stoke City on Monday night and will aim at replicating their result against Manchester United though Louis van Gaal takes as much credit as the Spurs goalscorers for the result. With only five games left, they cannot afford to drop points as doing so would not only gift Leicester City their maiden Premier League title but also help the Gunners finish above them yet again.
 
Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the White Hart Lane club into a threatening force and credible title contenders from mere moneybags by injecting desire into the youngsters. Leicester's magic has offered only a little time for the English football enthusiasts to appreciate Tottenham's miraculous run.

Leicester City vs West Ham United

Deserving leaders Leicester City play host to West Ham United on Sunday afternoon as they look to open a fresh 10-point lead over religious chasers in Tottenham Hotspur. With both sides defying the odds to challenge for the most-coveted title in world football and qualification to the prestigious cup competition in Europe, the match will likely exemplify heart and determination as the managers of either club have invested less money and more time into instilling the fighting spirit in the team.
 
The Foxes are heading into Sunday's game having thrashed five teams in a trot without conceding a single goal. Given they need only three more wins to etch their name on the Premier League title, they will likely envisage the game as a cup final.

Chelsea vs Man city

Outgoing champions Chelsea welcome under-performing Manchester City this weekend as they hope to swiftly bounce back after a Gylfi Sigurdsson-inspired Swansea City side ended their 16-match unbeaten run in the Premier League last weekend. The Citizens, on the other hand, coming off a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over minnows West Bromwich Albion, will hope to keep their Champions League aspirations alive with an away victory.
 
Chelsea have typified chaos this season, with the players turning on the manager, and world-class players striving to rediscover their best form even after the departure of Jose Mourinho. Although the arrival of Guus Hiddink has restored some glory, Stamford Bridge looks set to be bereft of European action next season, with the Blues languishing at the bottom of the top half of the league table.

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