Arsenal will open the 2014-15 English Premier League season by hosting Crystal Palace at the Emirates. Both teams come into this season with a bit of optimism. Arsenal won the FA Cup and improved the squad with a group of signings led by Alexis Sanchez. Crystal Palace, who looked like favorites for relegation at early in the 2013-14 season, turned their fortunes around by hiring Tony Pulis and changing their playing style. With Palace under Pulis unlikely to have to fight a relegation battle, this match means more for Arsenal as they attempt to compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for the league title.

BRAZIL V COLOMBIA EstA?dio CastelA?o, Fortaleza Friday, July 4th, 20:00 GMT *** Fridayai??i??s World Cup quarter-final match, between Brazil and Colombia, pits two teams on the opposite ends of the spectrum with respect to form. Brazil come into this match having survived against Chile, winning on penalties. Outside of their second half against Cameroon, the host nation has failed to dominate any of their opponents, and at worst have looked the lesser side in large stretches of these matches. If they continue their poor performance at this World Cup, they look poised to exit the tournament against their neighbors to the northwest. On the other hand, Colombia come into this quarterfinal as one of the best performers in the tournament. Colombia have won all four of their matches in the tournament, scoring 11 goals, and only conceding two. Led by player of tournament James Rodriguez, Colombia had little trouble eliminating a Luis Suarez-less Uruguay side to reach this quarter-final match. […]

Brazil defeated Chile on penalties after drawing 1-1, to move to the quarterfinals of World Cup 2014. While Brazil may have won, it was Chile’s style that dominated the proceedings. For Brazil, it was another poor performance that calls into question the principles of this particular side. A Game of Intensity and Pressing (A Game in Chileai??i??s Image) While Chile have a philosophy based on pressing, the Brazilians have also shown an ability to press teams. For Chile, high pressing plays a key role in attack. Pressing allows them to win the ball back closer to their oppositionai??i??s goal and with fewer defenders in front of the play. For Brazil, pressing served as their plan when they lost possession. With fullbacks who go forward freely, Chileai??i??s wide forwards and Chileai??i??s direct style had the potential to quickly and effectively exploit the space vacated by Dani Alves and Marcelo. Brazilai??i??s solution called for them to press the Chileans once possession was […]