VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04: Team news, Facts And Prediction

  VfL Wolfsburg v FC Schalke 04 Volkswagen Arena Sunday 19th April, 16:30 GMT *** Title challengers Wolfsburg take on Schalke today in a game that could heap even more pressure on Roberto Di Matteo as his side are now sixth after unfavourable results elsewhere. Schalke fans are hopeful of a Champions league berth for next season, but that looks really bleak at the moment as their side are 13 points behind Borussia Monchengladbach who occupy the final Champions League spot. A win will reduce the gap to ten points, but they’ll have to be at their best to beat Dieter Hecking’s side who will be hurting after their poor Europa League showing against Napoli. Although Schalke have a good head to head record against Wolfsburg, they will start as underdogs for the game. Team news and tactics Wolfsburg With Bayern Munich running away with the title, Dieter Hecking will want to ensure a second place finish. Bayer Leverkusen are […] Read more »

VfL Wolfsburg - SSC Napoli

Analysis: Emphatic Napoli Secure Decisive Away Win Against A Poor Wolfsburg Side

Rafael Benitez’s Napoli all but booked their place in the Europa League semifinals with a stunning 4-1 win over Wolfsburg in Germany on Thursday night. Gonzalo Higuain’s half-volley, two crisp finishes from Marek Hamsik and Manolo Gabbiadini’s header put the Italians on the verge of the last four. Nicklas Bendtner grabbed a late consolation for the hosts, but they looked a completely different side to the one which brushed aside Inter Milan in the last round. The Germans had already eliminated Inter in the last round and the Partenopei had never won a competitive game in Germany, managing just five draws from 10 attempts. Juan Camilo Zuniga missed out with no room on the bench for Duvan Zapata or Jonathan de Guzman. Naldo returned from suspension, but Aaron Hunt had a knee injury.Benitez has previously won the competition with Chelsea and Valencia and, with this season’s victors qualifying for the Champions League, may need to lift the trophy again if […] Read more »

FC Porto vs Bayern Munich

Dante’s ski boots, Casemiro’s ‘Heart’felt Delight and Other Talking Points of Bayern’s Shocking Defeat to Porto

FC Porto stunned Bayern Munich with a 3-1 victory in the 1st leg of quarterfinals at the Estadio da Dragao on Wednesday. Ricardo Quaresma scored twice under the first ten minutes with Thiago pulling one back for the visitors, before Jackson Martinez adding one more in the second half giving Porto a great chance to progress to the semifinals. Pep Guardiola’s men paid price for their sluggish start when Xabi Alonso lost the ball in a dangerous area to Jackson Martinez who was brought down by Manuel Neuer in the box prompting the referee to point to the spot. Ricardo Quaresma then put the spot kick into the net giving Porto a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute. Quaresma once again pressurised Dante forcing an error from the Brazilian then racing forward to slot past Neuer to double the lead under 10 minutes. Bayern then had a brief spell of possession but found it difficult to move the ball around […] Read more »


Wolfsburg V Napoli – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Predictions

WOLFSBURG v NAPOLI Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg Thursday 16th April, 2015, 19:05 GMT  *** Wolfsburg and Napoli continue their Europa League campaigns on Thursday when they meet at the Volkswagen Arena in the first leg of the quarter-finals. The Germans saw off Inter Milan in the last round, while the Italians defeated Dynamo Moscow to seal their progress. Napoli will have their greatest test so far in this season’s Europa League when they play against Wolfsburg on Thursday night. The Partenopei will travel to Germany for the first leg of the quarter finals on the 55th birthday of their coach Rafa Benitez, but it won’t be easy for his team to make it one to remember. Napoli have not played against strong opposition so far and they will be facing an in-form Wolfsburg team. On the other hand, the Neapolitans shouldn’t be written off too quickly. Benitez’s team have scored three times or more in a match on five occasions in the […] Read more »

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Borussia Dortmund: Three Players That Could Leave Following Klopp’s Exit

According to reports, Borussia Dortmund are set to lose the services of manager Jurgen Klopp as the coach has asked CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke to release him from his contract at the end of the season. Klopp’s contract runs till 2018, but after enduring a disaster campaign this season, Klopp has decided to exit the club after the end of the season. Dortmund have had to endure a terrible season as the club was close to relegation at one point of time. However, things have changed and Dortmund will manage to finish mid-table. But that does not seem to be enough for Klopp as the manager has decided to step down and leave the club. With a highly successful manager like Klopp deciding to leave the club, it can safely be predicted that a few Borussia Dortmund stars will want to do the same in search of Champions League football. Mats Hummels Germany international, Mats Hummels was heavily linked with a […] Read more »