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Sporting Braga will try to make the decisive move towards the 1/16-final in the Europa League when he meets Hoffenheim on Thursday evening 23.11.2107. The duel opposes the second against the third in group “C”.
Braga’s team has two wins, one draw and one loss so far in the group stage. The only defeat of the team was 1: 2 at home from leader Ludogorets. In the last round, the Portuguese team won a point in the Ludogorets Arena and has three points ahead of the second Hoffenheim, who made 1: 1 on the pitch of Basaksehir in their last tournament appearance.
Hoffenheim’s team has no alternative but the win in the upcoming match. They have a difficult host of Ludogorets in the last round, so their situation is pretty tough. More was expected from the German team, who made a strong season in the Bundesliga. Currently, they rank sixth in the league. Over the weekend Hoffenheim made 1: 1 against Eintracht Frankfurt home and had only one win in its last five matches in all the tournaments.
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Manchester United is visiting Basel. This is the fifth round of Group A in the Champions League. The match is on Wednesday, 22.11.2107 at “St Jakob – Park” stadium.

The hosts of Basel are in the game for the second place and hope they will qualify for the 1/8-finals. Their rival for the second position is Russia’s CSKA Moscow as both teams have six points, while Benfica seems to be eliminated after being out of stock. Expected master in this group A is Manchester United, who set the pace and with a 12-point asset, secure the participation of direct eliminations early.
The Swiss champion was pointed out for an outsider in the Champions League before the start of the campaign, but with just two remaining matches, they are in excellent position in their quest to qualify for the 1/8-finals. In their last match in the tournament, they scored a home win over CSKA Moscow with 2: 1, but now they face the unbeaten Manchester United team who beat them 3-0 at Old Trafford. They will know that their chances to score points on Wednesday are few, but they will probably have fun on the pitch and will play without tension.
Manchester United suffered several defeats in the last month, but on Saturday they played a strong game and beat Newcastle 4-1 at home, and fans of the Red Devils saw the return of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These two players who are backing up will give a huge boost to Jose Mourinho, who only needs a point on Wednesday to secure his first place.

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APOEL Nicosia host the European Champion: Real Madrid at a 5th round of Group ”H” in the Champions League. The duel is on Nov. 21, Tuesday, in Nicosia.

The hosts won two points so far and made two draws against Borussia Dortmund. APOEL won a point even at Signal Iduna Park, so they may be happy with their Champions League participation so far. Real Madrid is second in the 7-point group after losing Tottenham in the last round by 1: 3 and allowing the English team to pull three points on the top. APOEL pulled the short stick into a heavyweight group, but they were not the outsiders they supposed to be. The Champion of Cyprus has an equal number of points with Borussia Dortmund and with a bit of luck until the end of the group stage can finish third. However, they should not lose with great result from Real Madrid because their goal difference can be important.

Real Madrid, who became the first team in the Champions League to defend his trophy last season, has been shocked during this campaign. They lost two points home after a 1: 1 draw against Tottenham in October, and this result was followed by an unexpected 1: 3 defeat at Wembley. On Saturday Real Madrid failed to beat Atlético Madrid in the derby and won just one of his last three league games, with the race for the title in La Liga fast moving towards Barcelona. Now the “white ballet” is ten points behind the Catalonians and they are even six less than Valencia so they will turn their attention to the Champions League and expect to make a convincing success in the upcoming match.

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The teams Watford – West Ham face each other in a match of the 12th round of the Premier League. The match is today on “Vicarage Road”. Watford make a flying start to their 2017/18 campaign in the Premier League under new manager Marco Silva, but in the last month suffered a lot of disappointments and will now have to get out of a losing streak. “Hornet” lost 2: 3 away to Everton before the international break and made three consecutive defeats before that gave Stoke and Chelsea. The last time they beat Arsenal 2: 1 at home and now precisely “Vicarage Road” will try to get back to winning ways.
In upcoming match, former manager of Everton and Manchester United David Moyes will debut at the helm of West Ham. That he will definitely be hoping his side can rears its head after the terrible start to the campaign. The last time they lost 1: 4 at home to Liverpool, a result which finally brought the dismissal of Slaven Bilic. In their last six matches in all competitions “hammers” have 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, including an impressive victory with 3: 2 over Tottenham in the League Cup. West Ham have big problems in defense as they have conceded 23 goals in 11 games in the “Premier League”. Watford did one of these resulting teams in the Premier League in their meetings have fallen a total of 38 goals, which is impressive for 11 games.

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Liverpool welcomes Southampton in a clash from the 12th round of the English Premier League. The game is going to be played at the legendary Anfield Stadium in Liverpool.

After 11 rounds being played, Liverpool are currently 5th in the Premier League standings with 19 points won. They have a record of five wins, four draws and two losses since the start of the new season. The Reds are not performing in the way their fans probably desire, but they still have time to stabilize their performance and reach some of their goals.

Liverpool won their last two games against Huddersfield and West Ham, which was a good move in the right direction for the club. The manager Jurgen Klopp remains under a huge criticism by a lot of Liverpool’s fans and he really needs some massive improvement of the team’s results, if he wants to ease the pressure.

Now The Reds are hosting Southampton at home. The Saints are currently 13th in the league standings with 13 points won so far. Their record is three wins, four draws and four losses. They have won just one of their last five matches – against West Bromwich Albion. In their last game Southampton suffered a home defeat against Burnley.

Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson are doubtful for Liverpool, while Adam Lallana is once again fit and ready to play.

Meanwhile Southampton could be without Mario Lemina and Matthew Targett, who are still plagued by injuries.

Liverpool are the favourites here, especially at home ground. Klopp’s team is having some serious problems since the start of the new season, but in their last two games Liverpool showed some improvement. Now they will have the chance to enjoy a third win in a row, doing it at the Anfield. That’s exacty what their fans would like to see.
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Tuesday 14.11.2017 Germany meet France in the most interesting international friendly match this week at the Rhein Energy Stadion.

Germany did not make a very strong comeback at Wembley on Friday as they made 0: 0 against the inexperienced English team. Still, they are world champions. Equality against England put an end to the series of seven consecutive wins. Germany has not lost yet since the Euro 2016 when it dropped out of France in the semifinals. Now the German team has a great chance to take revenge. The hosts won all of their seven home games after Euro 2016 and will be looking for another victory on Tuesday night.

France will hope to take advantage of its terrible attacking team. They have talents such as Kilian Mabe, Alexander Lakatse, Antoine Grisan, Olivier Girush and Anthony Marsial, and German defense can have many problems in the upcoming match. The guests defeated Wales 2-0 at home on Friday to score fifth in their last six games. Far from home, the French team has four wins, one draw and one defeat after the Euro 2016 when they lost to Portugal in the final.
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Today 13.11.2017 Italy will seek success when Sweden meet in the second match between the two teams that will determine which two countries will reach the World Cup 2018. The Swedes have advance after success with 1:0 in the first leg in Stockholm, but everything will be decided tonight on “San Siro” in Milan. Italy faces the prospect to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958 if it fails to overcome Sweden Monday night. Giampiero Ventura’s team failed to score a goal of “Friends Arena” even better second half and will need a victory to win their place in Russia 2018. As for Sweden, they know that the Italians will have to score three goals if they can score as they did in the first game.
The match on Monday at the “San Siro” could be the last game of the captain of the Italian national team Dzhanluidzhi Byufon if Italy fails to qualify for the World Cup. The goalkeeper of Juventus recently confirmed he would retire at the end of the season, if Italy miss World Cup 2018. Many important player who will be missing for Ventura will be midfielder Marco Verratti. PSG midfielder received a yellow card in the first match and is suspended for the second leg. So footballer Napoli Lorenzo INSI will likely start in his place. Italy should start strong meeting and to apply pressure as unlikely to wait late in the game to commemorate hit. As for Sweden, Jane Anderson has a very strong team and will probably choose the same starting formation. Star RB Leipzig Emil Forsberg will start on the right wing and can play a key role for the Swedes, who will try to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

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