Manchester City vs Arsenal: Who Has Better Defense?

Manchester City vs Arsenal: Who Has Better Defense?

Both teams will finally meet again on this Sunday’s match, February 25th. So far, both Arsenal and City have collected plenty of goals, thanks to their excellent strikers. However, it is not their strikers we are going to discuss in this article. We are more interested in their defense. They might have some of the best strikers in Europe, but do they have strong enough defense to hold the attacks? Who has better defense? Arsenal or Manchester City?

Would Arsenal Rise Again?

Before the upcoming match against City, Arsenal has played in several matches before. However, we do believe that we have not seen their best performance yet. Their last encounter against Chelsea, for example, ended with a draw. For us, it means one thing. Arsenal has not changed for good.

Jamie Carragher, a retired Liverpool footballer also believes this. Arsenal has a serious problem with their defense. It is so basic and poor. They might have tried to strengthen their defense by adding Jonny Evans to the team, but it doesn’t work so far.

Arsenal might be good with their classic 4 back defense. However, we also know that as good as that strategy might look, the Gunners are still not used to it. They once used this trick against Tottenham, but it only lasted for the first half. They were lucky not lose the game by 2 points or more when Spurs blasted their defense in the second half. During this season in Premier League, they have conceded 36 goals and only kept 9 clean sheets.

The positives

Arsenal is not completely out of luck, especially when they come to Wembley. That’s the good news. The stadium seems to be quite friendly to them. It is one among so few places where they can beat their opponent with ease. They once brought down Chelsea by 2-1 last May in FA Cup final. They even won a match against Manchester City in a semi-final.

If we count it right, Arsenal has won 9 games at Wembley. That’s such an extraordinary number amidst their series of defeat.

What about City?

When those two meet this Sunday, Arsenal should be ready for the worst. Unlike the Gunners, City’s defense has improved significantly. Their defense has grown stronger thanks to Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, and few other players they have brought in. The power of money, perhaps?

Thanks to their defense, City has only conceded 4 goals on 6 occasions they have this season. Their goals are even far beyond. Their excellent attacks have made 20 goals so far in Premier League only.

Interestingly, most of those goals are scored without Vincent Kompany, who many people believe would be City’s key to win this season. His comeback to Carabao Cup is set to change everything.

Is City’s defense flawless?

Not actually. There are still some weaknesses and chinks, according to Shay Given, a former City goalkeeper. He believes that everything will be revealed once we watch the game this Sunday.

As for the center of defense, he believes Guardiola would place Otamendi with Aymeric Laporte or Stones these.

If there is any chance for Arsenal to beat City, they should learn it first from City’s last match against Liverpool. Liverpool’s agressive pressing successfully provoked City’s players to make so many mistakes throughout the game, including 33 misplaced passes.

Who Owns Premier League TV Rights?

Who Owns Premier League TV Rights?

Five out of seven Premier League streaming rights have been sold to Sky Sports and BT Sport. After paying £3.579 billion, Sky Sports are now eligible to stream 128 Premier League games, while BT Sport only has rights to 32 games.

Even though there are still 2 tranches left to be sold, this year’s Premier League’s deal is expected to much expensive than last year’s £5.14 billion deal.

Upon purchasing the rights, Sky executive chairman, Richard Scudamore said, “To have achieved this investment with two packages remaining to sell is a testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs.”

After paying £3.579 billion, Sky Sports audiences will now have the chance to enjoy every weekend match as well as Saturday night fixtures.

What does this deal mean?

This time, the bidding process comprised 200 live Premier League matches a season. All of them are spread into 7 different fixtures, which broadcasters have to bid. Five fixtures contain 32 matches per season, while the other two only have 20 matches.

However, there are also some changes made to this year’s bidding process. They include 8 live individual games available only in an exclusive Saturday night slot, 3 rounds of live 10-midweek matches, and 1 set of the usual bank holiday games.

What about the remaining 2 packages?

Most likely, the bidding process will continue to find the owner of the last 2 tranches. BT Sports is reported to be on a discussion about getting their hands on the deal. However, the broadcasting company may have to compete with Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, and even Twitter to finally win the right.

Many people believe that one of these US tech giants would enter the bidding process. Amazon, for example, has shown great interest in purchasing sports streaming rights. They are on the way purchasing other TV rights after winning UK rights for ATP Tour tennis rights and US Open tennis rights.

Facebook, at the other hand, will not back easily. The company is reported to have interest in ICC’s Champions Tropcy cricket matches in June. They are also in discussion with UEFA to stream the Champions League games in the future.

We still do not have information from Netflix or Twitter about this issue. However, learning the fact that both Amazon and Facebook are on their way, at least Netflix will not stand idle. With millions of loyal customers, Netflix can easily make money once they have purchased the rights to these Premier League streaming rights. The only question is, how far would the company willing to take? Will take they both tranches or just one of them?

 

Giorgio Chiellini Has Agreed to Extend His Contract with Juventus

Giorgio Chiellini currently revealed that he has no plan to move to another club in the future as he is preparing to extend his contract with Juventus.

His contract will eventually end this summer, and until today, people were speculating about his transfer to Chelsea. It was not entirely baseless because he once fought with the Blues and he knows Antonio Conte very well. However, upon delivering this news, we know that he will stay in Juventus.

During an interview with Sky Sport Italia, Chiellini told the media that they are in the process of renewing his contract. According to their current plan, they should be able to sign the contract in February or March 2018. The transfer market still leaves the management with homework, so they agreed to complete it by the next month.

This month is also crucial for another Juventus player, Gianluigi Buffon. Like Chiellini, Buffon’s contract will end in summer. However, we still have no information about him extending the contract. It is most likely because Buffon still has doubts about his retirement plan.

When some media tried to reach Chiellini for his comments, he believed Buffon should be free to decide his future. Whatever decision the 40-year-old player make, everyone should respect it.

From his point of view, Chiellini believes that Buffon has the power to stop time. After spending some years playing alongside this legend, he explicitly said that almost nothing has changed in him. Buffon is still the same person with the same or even better skills from the man we had in 5 – 6 years ago. He always has the power to convince people that he will not retire just because he is in his 40.

His excellence performance on the field should be able to grant him a prosperous career. Chiellini said that Gigi should only be honest with himself and find the right path for his life. It is the best way to resolve his cause. He even believed that if in the future, Buffon finally decided to retire, it will be long after his retirement.

Both Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are precious assets for Juventus. They are the aces who keep the club at its top performances. Juve surely still needs them to grant victory from the upcoming matches, including their future encounter with Napoli.

All Juventus players and management have been waiting for this match. It is not something anyone can predict. No one can tell who will win because it will be a fierce battle. Players from both sides are ready and waiting for it. Both teams need to use their best strategies and players to win the game. It is because this game is mostly about honor. The future of Juventus will not end after their encounter with Napoli. It will lie far beyond that point and every player, as Chiellini said, will fight with their best to make sure they will stand as the winner.

Fall Season Kickoff 2011

The Derby League Fall session has finally kicked-off and some great games were had last friday. This session has 6 teams with both new and returning teams from the inaugural Summer session. Returning teams include Central FC, Drew Street Elite and Wellington Cup Champs: East Side Rovers. The Summer champs (Halton North End) had to unfortunately pass on the Fall and Winter sessions but will be back in full force in Summer of 2012. New teams include Galt FC, Tri-City Blues and the County Wanderers.

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The first game of the night were newcomers Galt FC v Tri-City Blues. It was an even match as the Blues controlled a lot of the game with short, concise passing, followed with some deadly strikes. However, Galt FC had some great pace and was saved a few times by Captain, Goalkeeper and Drew Street Elite Alumni Josh Wood resulting in a 3-1 victory for GFC.

The second game of the evening was Central United FC v County Wanderers and was another cracker of a game.  It was a tight game until the very end where Central gave up 2 tough goals resulting in a 4-2 win for new guys County Wanderers. Wanderers Captain Dennis Bochkov made an impressive debut tallying 2 of the Wanderers 4 goals.

Finally the last game of the night saw a repeat of the Wellington Cup Semi-final and had Drew Street Elite face off against the East Side Rovers. Drew Street was clearly out for revenge and jumped ahead with 2 early goals, including a well-timed header from striker Paul Barros. The first half also saw a game changing diving save from DSE keeper Cory Pitcher and continuous pressure from the Rovers. An early second-half goal from the Rovers made it 2-1, before Drew Street widened the gap to 3-1 shortly after. Continuous bombardment from the Rovers saw them get within one with an unlucky deflection with a minute to go, but unfortunately it was too little too late and Drew Street held on for a 3-2 victory.

All-in-all it was a great first week with lots of exciting games, which is setting the foundation for what is surely to be a great sophomore season for Derby League Soccer Club!

Metrostars vs Kansas Preview. Does Anyone Care? Will anyone Show?

Tonight at 7pm at Giants Stadium the Metrostars take on fellow strugglers Kansas. Coach Bob Gansler brings in a team almost as bad as the Metrostars. I say almost as bad, but let’s remember Kansas did beat the Metros 6-0 earlier in the season.

At least the announced crowd will not be at an all time low as it was on Wednesday. According to Marketing VP Jim Leahy, about 15,000 tickets have been distributed for this game. The real question will be, how many people will actually bother to turn up and watch the game?

According to pregame reports, all four of the Metrostars foreigners will be starting. How exciting!

Surcic is still likely to be unfit, Zambrano appears totally lost, while Hurtado’s skills and appetite for the game have completley deserted him. Only the Iranian defender,Khakpour, appearss worthy of a place on this truly awful team.

Ramos is, as usual injured, as is Kelly, Villegas, Chung and Lozzano.

Kansas, with the likes of Preki and Mo Johnston and Alexi Lalas, probably fancy their chances tonight. That may be just the spark that is needed to make this game interesting.

The only bit of interest I can see in the game is that Alex Prus, the scheduled referee, and Matt Lawlor, an assistant referee, are both from New Jersey. Looks like the VCR will be in action tonight.

Me? I’m off to Sportsfriends in Wayne NJ to watch their summer festival – three senior games of soccer – scheduled at 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9pm. Bet the crowd size will not that different from Giants Stadium!