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Ajax are scheduled to tackle Chelsea in Wednesday’s Champions League meeting at the Amsterdam Arena. The Dutch champions have made an impressive beginning to their European campaign and they have accumulated the perfect tally of six points from the opening two group stage games. In comparison, the Blues have managed just one victory in the same period and they are currently third behind Ajax and Valencia, though the latter are only ahead of them on the head-to-head record.
League Form:
Similarly to their European campaign, Ajax are unbeaten through the opening 10 …

The Champions League gets underway shortly after the current international break and there should be plenty of excitement in store with some of the high-profile clubs facing each other. However, one particular group in H should gather the most attention with Europa League holders Chelsea pitted against Lille, Valencia and last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax.
Here is a preview on each of the teams..
Chelsea – Premier League: Chelsea have gone through a period of transition following the departure of their talisman in Eden Hazard. Their year-long transfer ban has meant that …

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool meet in Madrid on Saturday, June 1, hoping to round off the season by clinching the prestigious Champions League trophy.
Both sides seemed unlikely finalists during their respective last four ties, but showed tremendous character to make it through.
Punters using the bet365 bonus code to wager on the final can back Liverpool at odds of 1/2 to lift the trophy, while Spurs are priced at 13/8.
Liverpool are almost at full strength for the game, with midfielder Naby Keita the only first team regular who has definitely been …

Chelsea and Arsenal go head-to-head in Azerbaijan, on Wednesday, May 29, aiming to finish off the season by claiming the Europa League trophy.
The game has added significance for both sides, with neither having secured any other silverware during the current campaign.
Chelsea are slight favourites with NetBet to beat Arsenal, although there is little to choose between the two sides in the betting.
Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has been handed a massive injury blow ahead of the game after Ruben Loftus-Cheek limped off during a 3-0 friendly win against New England Revolution …

At the start of the season I made my predictions for the Champions League Group Stage, and 14 out of 16 teams tipped to qualify were correct, with Schalke getting through instead of Galatasaray (Group D), and Lyon ahead of Shakthar Donetsk (Group F). So now it is time for the knockout stages, let us have a look at who will advance to the Quarter Finals.
Champions League Round of 16
Legs to be played on 12th February & 6th March
Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain
This tie could not come about …

“The challenge is opening the club’s mind enough to go some way to keep up (with the rest of the Premier League), because the whole of the football business is saying ‘all the best with that, we’re going up here’”, (Source: independent.co.uk), these are the words of Burnley manager Sean Dyche in pre season on the clubs financial limitations. Dyche led Burnley to seventh place in the Premier league last season; this gained the club qualification for the Europa League, their first dose of European football for 51 years. Fans …

Another Champions League season is upon us, with some interesting groups being drawn and various betting promo codes you can use to back potential winners. But which teams will advance to the knockout stages from their respective groups and which teams will finish third and go on to play in the knockout stages of the Europa League? Here are my predictions…
Group A
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco & Club Brugge
Europa League winners Atletico have had a rather awkward start to their domestic league season, but will still qualify from this …

With Chelsea expected to be in the title running again in the Premier League – you can use this William hill promo code for new customers to bet on the title race – it’s likely that Chelsea won’t have space to give young players an extended run in the first team.
Bournemouth star Nathan Ake has advised Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek to consider leaving Stamford Bridge. Loftus-Cheek was one of the breakout stars of the Premier League last season as he starred while helping Crystal Palace to avoid relegation while on …

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has effectively retired from international football. The 31-year-old Vardy was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and served as back-up to Harry Kane in the forwards department.
Vardy had notified Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate that he was considering retiring from international football and it now appears that he will not play during the UEFA Nation League games against Spain and Switzerland.
Vardy broke into the England team at the late age of 28 during the 2015-16 season. This …

Former Arsenal and Manchester City star Emmanuel Adebayor believes that Joe Hart’s move to Burnley can help the 31-year-old to return to his best.
Hart’s career hit a low following the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in 2016. After arriving at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola deemed Hart surplus to requirements as he prefers ball playing goalkeepers. Hart subsequently went on to have loan spells with Torino in Italy and West Ham last season where he struggles to find consistency.
He however did remain first-choice goalkeeper for England till late last …