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English Premier League, Week 5 Game of the Week

22 Sep

Recap: Down a man, Frank Lampard scored in the final minutes against his old club for Manchester City. The 1-1 draw was an outstanding result for the Citizens as home, because it was Chelsea who dominated much of the game, and are currently the league leaders. This is a game City can look to build upon.

This Week:

Chelsea FC vs Aston Villa FC

Chelsea FC vs Aston Villa FC

Saturday, September 27th, 9am (CST) Stamford Bridge

Why This Game is Intriguing: 2 games, 2 draws for Chelsea. First against against Schalke at home in what was frantic, come from behind effort on the part of the Germans in the Champions League, and second at the Etihad in a hard fought, emotional game against Manchester City. Chelsea will look to bounce back from those results, and that shouldn’t be too hard considering they have the top goal scorer in the Premier League in Diego Costa (7), and the top assist man in Cesc Fabregas (6). As is typical with Jose Mourinho managed teams, this Chelsea squad is compact defensively, dangerous and attacking on the wings when on the counter, but not as poised or intelligent when it comes to possession. Against Schalke, unless Chelsea were on the counter, they seemed lost just passing the ball around, without much flair going towards the net.

Other Reasons to Watch this Game: Aston Villa is currently in 3rd place, having won 3 games, drawn once, and lost once. The lone loss was a blowout at home to Arsenal, the lone draw was at home to winless Newcastle, and the 3 victories came at Liverpool, at Stoke, and at home to Hull City. Gabriel Agbonglahor is a real threat going forward, as is Austrian Andreas Weiman. Fabian Delph is an incredibly athletic and intelligent midfielder, who recently made his first international appearance with the English National team. Anchoring the defense is Aly Cissokho, formerly of Liverpool, Valencia, and Lyon. American Brad Guzan is one of the best goal keepers in the Premier League, and has played sensationally thus far in the early season. Aston Villa was in real danger of being relegated last season, but already this season the club looks to be much improved.

Soccahaus Prediction: Chelsea 4, Aston Villa 1

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La Liga, Week 5 Game of the Week

21 Sep

Recap of Last Week: I incorrectly predicted a Real Madrid romp over Sevilla, but Real Madrid continued to slide in the standings as they lost 0-1 off a ‘2 goal by Piotr Trochowski. While Sevilla is considered one of the better teams in Spain, in no way was a result like this expected. Real Madrid bounced back in dramatic fashion a few days later to win their Champions League opener against Manchester City by a score of 3-2.

This Week:

RCD Mallorca vs Valencia CF

Sunday September 23rd, 5:00 AM (CST), Iberostar Estadio

Why this Game is Intriguing:While still early, I believe Mallorca is already out to make a statement against one of the top clubs in Spain. Currently in 3rd place in La Liga, Mallorca might be a team to challenge for a Champions League spot. With 2 wins and 2 draws, Mallorca has looked sharp thus far. Valencia will be looking to turn things around after a resounding 2-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Valencia was outclassed in that match, as they were outshot 17-5, and out-possessed 63%-37%. Valencia is typically recognized as the 3rd best team in Spain behind giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, and on many occasions have competed in the Champions League. Mallorca seeks to usurp Valencia and perhaps take over this spot for this season. A win against the team that beat Real Madrid already and currently competes against the best in the world in the Champions League would do wonders for Mallorca.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Tomer Hemed, the Israeli striker who plays for Mallorca. In just 4 La Liga games, he is tied for 2nd in the league with 4 goals scored- only Lionel Messi has more (6). The 25 year old Maccabi Haifa product has been one of the stories of the league this year, and has been unstoppable thus far in the season. Mallorca will rely on him, along with fellow striker Emilio Nsue (who has 3 assists), to carry the load against one of the toughest back lines in the league anchored by Aly Cissokho, Jeremy Mathieu, and Joao Pereira. Is Mallorca ready to take the next step at home? This is a big test.

Soccahaus Prediction: Mallorca 2, Valencia 1.

Other Games this Week Worth Watching: Celta de Vigo vs Getafe, Real Betis vs Espanyol, FC Barcelona vs Granada, Atletico Madrid vs Valladolid, Athletic Bilbao vs Malaga, Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid