Club Brugge will welcome SL Benfica to the Jan Breydel Stadium Stadium for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday. Benfica are not the strongest side in the competition, and the draw is largely a favourable one for Brugge. Brugge are likely to deploy in a 4-3-3 formation with former Champions League winner Simon Mignolet in goal. Club Brugge have won three games in the Champions League this season. He has secured seven goals and made three assists in 24 games this season, of which two were in the Champions League.
PSG will be keen to sign off for the World Cup with yet another win, this time against Auxerre at the Parc des Princes. Auxerre will have to pull out all stops to upset the applecart and arrive in the French capital as massive underdogs. A strong finish to the 2021/22 campaign saw Auxerre secure promotion to the top flight last season. PSG do not just have a 28-game unbeaten run at home to protect, but also a 12-year run of avoiding defeat to newly promoted sides. It is the longest unbeaten run of that category across Europe’s top five leagues.4 months ago TheHardTackle.com
The group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 ends on Friday, with Brazil vs Cameroon and Serbia vs Switzerland scheduled to be played simultaneously. Argentina reached the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup 2022 the hard way. pic.twitter.com/JlmvAZNcaA — Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) December 2, 2022Lionel Scaloni does not have any new injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the game against Australia. Enzo Fernandez has been in good touch at the World Cup and should start ahead of Leandro Paredes. A solid showing in the middle will set the base for Lionel Messi to express himself further up the pitch.3 months ago TheHardTackle.com
Newcastle United will face a stern test of their top-four credentials when they host Fulham at St. James’ Park on Sunday. Newcastle United will continue their UEFA Champions League dream when they welcome surprise package Fulham to St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Miguel Almiron has been in fantastic form for Newcastle this season, leading the team in Premier League goals with nine. And they will want to carry that positive winning momentum into Sunday’s encounter, which would make it an entertaining contest at St. James’ Park. For those reasons, The Hard Tackle backs Eddie Howe’s men to keep the atmosphere rocking at St. James’ Park with a confident 2-0 win on Sunday.2 months ago TheHardTackle.com
Ligue 1’s two best sides will go head to head when PSG travel to Estadio Bollaert-Delelis to face Lens on New Year’s Day. Defending champions PSG face a stern test when they take on high-flying Lens at Estadio Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday. It is fair to say that Lens will face their litmus test at the back on New Years’ day. Lens have not lost to PSG at home since securing promotion back to the French top flight in 2020/21. Since their return to the French top flight in 2020/21, Lens are yet to lose to PSG at home.2 months ago TheHardTackle.com
La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to continue their dominance when they face Quique Setien’s Villarreal away from home. The Yellow Submarine are the first team to lose to Los Franjiverdes in this edition. But, they do have a chance to bounce back, a win against the best in La Liga can surely set the tempo right. While the Yellow Submarine are currently sixth, they can easily slip with 10th-placed Mallorca just four points behind them. Once again, Xavi will bank on the forward to get the job done against the Yellow Submarine.1 month ago TheHardTackle.com
Manchester City will aim to get back to winning ways when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. With Arsenal not involved until Sunday, Manchester City can reduce the gap to the table toppers with a victory here. But John Stones has resumed training and should be included in the Manchester City matchday squad to take on Brighton & Hove Albion. Meanwhile, Levi Colwill is a major doubt for Brighton & Hove Albion for the game against Manchester City. Brighton & Hove Albion do not seem to have the ability to withstand the hosts’ attacking might and could surrender haplessly.5 months ago TheHardTackle.com
Manchester City resumed their normal service as Pep Guardiola’s men cruised to another victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at Etihad Stadium. A brace from Erling Haaland and a scorcher from Kevin De Bruyne were enough as City bounced back from their disappointing defeat at Anfield in sumptuous style. Brighton did put one back through Leandro Trossard but the Seagulls will be disappointed with their display as they are yet to lodge a win under their new manager Roberto De Zerbi. But an error saw him conceding a very rare goal at his near post as Leandro Trossard reduced the deficit for the visitors. Erling Haaland: 8/10Compensated with two goals as the Norwegian is back to his best after a dull game against Liverpool.5 months ago TheHardTackle.com