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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Predictions

Toronto FC Preview

Currently, Toronto FC is at the basement of the Eastern Conference rankings. The team so far, has a total of 10 points with sixteen games. Out of the sixteen games already played this season, Toronto has only two wins with ten losses and four draws. The good news, they’re going up against Philadelphia Union this Sunday, July 8. Why the good news? Well, the Union is not too far ahead of Toronto in record performance this year meaning they can catch up. Toronto hasn't lost in five straight, enjoying a noticeable upgrade in form under new coach Paul Mariner.

Philadelphia Union Preview

With a total of 14 points from fifteen games played which has a current record of four wins, nine losses and two draws, the Union is in a way, equal against their up-coming opponents Toronto FC. What the Union has where Toronto is lacking however, is the defense the team possess. Looking at the currents stats of the Eastern Conference teams, Philly has a better defensive record, even against the current top players, DC United.

Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Predictions: 1-1 Draw

Predicting a draw goes to show how closely similar both teams are when it comes to their statistics. Although Toronto seemed to show more promise now than let’s say, five games ago, both teams are still on the equal.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Chicago Fire vs Los Angeles Galaxy Predictions

Chicago Fire Preview

The Fire seems to be on the right track disregarding the draw against Houston last July 3rd. In the Eastern conference, they have a number 4 ranking with eight wins, five losses and four ties tallying a total of 28 points. Being in the top five can prove a lot for any time even if being pitted against a group from the Western counterpart. Their most recent loss came about on June 2 against New England but the preceding matches were in Chicago’s favour as they beat then number 1 New York Bulls.

Los Angeles Galaxy Preview

The LA Galaxy, as of now are ranked at number 6 in the Western Conference with six wins, ten losses, and two draws raking in a total of 20 points. In the beginning of the season despite some challenges, things seemed pretty much promising for Beckham and the boys. But after two losses in a row, the latest being against Philadelphia with 1-2 on the Fourth of July and before that was with San Jose with 4-3 and was dubbed one of the greatest games of the season, LA is obviously have some trouble and might be headed for a downward spiral. Now, LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was given a one-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount by the Disciplinary Committee for his provocative behaviour following the Galaxy’s 4-3 loss to San Jose on June 30.

Chicago Fire vs Los Angeles Galaxy Predictions: Chicago Fire wins 1-0

Sure, the Galaxy is strong in both areas, defense and attack. But the Fire as an ace up their sleeve in the form of Marco Pappa. If he is able to continue his exceptional form in midfield, the Fire should rebound on Sunday.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls Predictions

New England Revolution Preview

While the Revs will take the two points collected after scoring two 94th minute equalizers in 2-2 draws against Toronto FC and Seattle over the past fortnight, they would like to secure a win in a more simplistic manner against the Red Bulls, according to midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

New York Red Bulls Preview

The Red Bulls will certainly provide a stiff test at the back with its preference to operate through the wide areas and its potent attacking options, but the internal emphasis on cutting out those mistakes at the back must take precedence, according to Heaps.

New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls Predictions: New York wins 2-1

Home or away the Red Bulls show why they are the better team. New York’s pressure and attack on the defense will continue to be a problem for New England. New England’s injuries will also hinder them from even getting a chance to get the victory over New York.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew Predictions

Montreal Impact Preview

The Impact is coming off three straight losses. In that span, Jesse Marsch's side has been outscored 9-1. Montreal's lone goal of that tough stretch came in Wednesday night's 3-1 loss at Stade Saputo to Sporting KC.

"Hopefully we come out strong. It's something we did well (against RSL on 6/30)," Gaven said. "We'll try to get all over them early and hopefully if we do that, it will kind of kill their spirit a little bit and we'll score a few goals. We're just going to try to build off what we did last game and hopefully do the same thing up there."

Columbus Crew Preview

The Crew could have up to 26 players available for selection on Sunday as Chad Marshall, Dilly Duka, and Carlos Mendes have all participated in training this week as they hope to return from injuries. In addition, new signing Jairo Arrieta will make his debut in Black & Gold against the Impact.

The added bodies in training have sparked competition amonst the team as players fight for spots in the starting XI.

Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew Predictions: 1-1 Draw

If it weren’t for the injuries of Columbus I would have it 2-1 for the Crew. But, with the combination of injuries and the poor play of Montreal this goes down as a tie.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Columbus Crew vs Sporting KC Predictions

Sporting KC will visit Columbus Stadium July 14. Both teams will go into this one with something to prove. For Columbus if they can bounce back from their disappointing loss to Montreal and for KC if they can maintain 1st place in the MLS standings.

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Columbus Crew Preview

The Crew came off of a 2-1 loss to the Impact last Sunday. They have been plagued with some key injuries Crew captain Chad Marshall returned after missing eight games because of a concussion. Columbus won four and lost three without Marshall, who had not played since he was hit on the head by a ball in practice on May 4. The Crew is staggering on offense no doubt about it. "We’re missing a little creativity up front,” defender Josh Williams said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m just trying to do my job and let the coaches and forwards figure that out."

It had better come soon as the Crew begin a run of four straight games against the top two clubs in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting KC Preview

The Wiz Sporting went from the lowest point of their season to – so far – the highest.And they did it in the same stadium, against the same team.The difference was in the defense. K.C is sitting pretty in the power rankings with a 9-3-1 record. They have really come into their own and found their groove coming off of a 0-0 against 1st place Houston. The injury list looks pretty similar and simple this week. Bobby Convey is still listed as probable for his calf strain, and Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture), Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture), and Lawrence Olum (L groin strain) are still out. There was some speculation Bobby Convey would return for this game, but if he's available to play, I'd bet we see him as a sub.

Columbus Crew Vs Sporting KC Predictions: Columbus Crew wins 2-0

Good teams have a way of punishing bad teams and in this case Sporting News will be all over Columbus. I see with KC’s stellar defense and offensive pressure will be too much for the Crew.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew Predictions

Montreal Impact Preview

The Impact is coming off three straight losses. In that span, Jesse Marsch's side has been outscored 9-1. Montreal's lone goal of that tough stretch came in Wednesday night's 3-1 loss at Stade Saputo to Sporting KC.

"Hopefully we come out strong. It's something we did well (against RSL on 6/30)," Gaven said. "We'll try to get all over them early and hopefully if we do that, it will kind of kill their spirit a little bit and we'll score a few goals. We're just going to try to build off what we did last game and hopefully do the same thing up there."

"We can get an idea of how they want to play us and how they play at home from video of the game they played last night," echoed Gruenebaum.

Columbus Crew Preview

The Crew could have up to 26 players available for selection on Sunday as Chad Marshall, Dilly Duka, and Carlos Mendes have all participated in training this week as they hope to return from injuries. In addition, new signing Jairo Arrieta will make his debut in Black & Gold against the Impact.

The added bodies in training have sparked competition amonst the team as players fight for spots in the starting XI.

"(Competition) is always going to make us better. Everybody is fighting for spots, Gaven explained. "We've got some guys coming back from injury. It's going to push everybody harder, which is going to make our team better as a whole."

Added Gruenebaum, "When you breed competition in training, it makes everything better. It makes everybody's decision harder as a coaching staff to pick the starting XI."

The man in charge of choosing that starting XI, head coach Robert Warzycha, says his lineup will depend on what combination he feels will be most effective against this week's opponent, the Montreal Impact.

"We're going to play a little bit (in training) and figure out what's best against Montreal," Warzycha said. "Sometimes, the team that you play against determines who you're going to put on the field. The best matchup is going to be key to the match."

Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew Predictions: 1-1 Draw

If it weren’t for the injuries of Columbus I would have it 2-1 for the Crew. But, with the combination of injuries and the poor play of Montreal this goes down as a tie.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Houston Dynamo vs Washington DC United Predictions

As the Houston Dynamo look to kick off their second-half push, the club is looking to strike a long sought-after balance between attack and defense.

Throughout the first half of the season, the Dynamo have been strong in either defense or attack, but have struggled to put together complete performances on a consistent basis. Houston have pitched six shutouts in 2012, but have scored just three goals in those matches. Conversely, in games where Houston have scored two or more goals, the club has a record of 2-2-3, giving up 16 goals in the process. A recent shift in formation has translated into back-to-back clean sheets for the Dynamo, who are on a shutout streak that currently stands at 223 minutes. Now the goal is to build on the offensive side of the ball to complement their renewed defensive form.

“We know we’re not exactly lighting the scoreboard up, but we were unbeaten last week [0-0 tie at Sporting] and that’s a positive,” Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear

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Houston Dynamo Preview

As the Houston Dynamo look to kick off their second-half push, the club is looking to strike a long sought-after balance between attack and defense.

Throughout the first half of the season, the Dynamo have been strong in either defense or attack, but have struggled to put together complete performances on a consistent basis. Houston have pitched six shutouts in 2012, but have scored just three goals in those matches. Conversely, in games where Houston have scored two or more goals, the club has a record of 2-2-3, giving up 16 goals in the process. A recent shift in formation has translated into back-to-back clean sheets for the Dynamo, who are on a shutout streak that currently stands at 223 minutes. Now the goal is to build on the offensive side of the ball to complement their renewed defensive form.

“We know we’re not exactly lighting the scoreboard up, but we were unbeaten last week [0-0 tie at Sporting] and that’s a positive,” Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear.

Washington DC United Preview

DC United made a statement beating the Impact in their last game keeping them in 1st place in the Eastern Conference D.C. United put three unanswered goals past the Montreal Impact to open up a sliver of daylight at the Eastern Conference summit. A goal just before the interval from Chris Pontius was joined by second-half strikes from Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi.

The win puts D.C. top of the East again with 33 points, after New York's draw against Toronto briefly saw the Red Bulls take pole position by a single point.

Houston Dynamo vs Washington DC United Predictions: 2-1 United over Houston

Even if United come in as the visitors. They will come with their usual aggressive attack. Houston’s defense isn’t strong enough to withstand United’s attack.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake Predictions

Earthquakes and RSL will clash on the 14th of July, Buck Shaw Stadium as the two teams vie for Western Domination. Catch real time updates on your favorite Major League Soccer 2012 Match.

San Jose Earthquakes Preview

San Jose is currently at the top of the Western Conference list with eleven wins, four losses and four draws tallying a total of 37 points, only one point ahead of Western second placers, Real Salt Lake, the team they will be entertaining on the 14th at the Buck Shaw Stadium. They’ve just concluded their two-game road trip playing to a scoreless draw with FC Dallas on Saturday evening in San Francisco.

There are some notable individuals that play for the Quakes, one is Chris Wondolowskiwho once again is leading Major League Soccer in goals scored with a total of 14 points, and then you have the late match miracle man in Alan Gordon. The two mentioned are just some of the few adding to SJ’s firepower.

Real Salt Lake Preview

Although one rank below San Jose, RSL are just as equally dominating. Even when in times of uncertainty RSL always seem find their way through like when they recently broke out of their four-game winless run in emphatic fashion, achieving a 3-0 win against the Portland Timbers last Saturday at the Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake currently sits in second place in the Western Conference with 36 points from 20 games. Like the Earthquakes, they are one of the few teams in the league to display consistency throughout a full season.

However, there is a reason why RSL are almost always one step behind SJ in rankings, that reason lie within the power of attack. San Jose is absolutely the biggest scoring team in both conferences.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake Predictions: San Jose Earthquakes 4-1

San Jose is simply the most dominant offensive team in Major League Soccer.Their 36 goals in 19 matches equals out to 1.89 per match which is the best in the league. Another factor is that in over fifty percent of their matches, they have scored multiple goals and only twice this season have they been held without scoring a goal, and perhaps the most impressive thing is their +16 goal differential over the last 30 minutes of matches where they have scored 22 goals and allowed just 6.

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas Predictions

Two old Western rivals meet in Colorado at ****’s Sporting Goods Park on July 14 as each team look to turn their own luck around. Catch real time updates on your favorite Major League Soccer 2012 Match.

Colorado Rapids Preview

The Colorado Rapids lost for the second time in as many matches, dropping a 2-1 decision to Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday evening. The Rapids are in sixth place in the Western Conference with 22 points from 18 games precisely with seven wins, ten losses and one draw. But compared to FC Dallas however, the Rapids seem to be faring somewhat better being three places higher up the rank ladder with six more points at a total of 22 points. During their last five matches, Colorado has achieved only one victory. That is a very alarming pattern, needless to say.

The Colorado Rapids do have their hopes up and it’s in the form of newcomer, Tyson Wahl, a naturally left footed defender who stands at a height of 6 foot 2. Recently Acquired from Montreal for a 2014 international roster spot, Wahl has won the faith of Rapid’s technical director, Paul Bravo.

“We’re excited to be able to add such an experienced player without compromising our roster flexibility as we move into the second half of the season.”, stated Bravo on Tyson Wahl’s migration to the team.

FC Dallas Preview

The boys from FC Dallas are on a desperate position therefor they are looking to reverse there current struggles. Dallas stands at the very bottom in the Western Conference. There have been victories for Dallas during the last five matches. Out of the nineteen games played, Dallas has acquired only three wins and seven draws.

But the trade for midfielder Julian de Guzman can help increase FC Dallas’ scoring opportunitieswith his offensive tactics. There defensive strengh has shown a steady progress to fine tuning but attack mode is what they are lacking on at the moment considering Dallas’ leading scorer is out at the moment.

FC Dallas saw their long winless streak continue, but played to a third consecutive draw, this time a scoreless result with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening in Frisco. FCD is in ninth place in the Western Conference with 16 points from 19 matches.

Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas Predictions: Colorado Rapids win 1-0

This prediction is in all its essence, very tentative. Looking at the circumstances from different angles, both teams have shown an equal build-up in strength. What else should bottom teams do? They can’t stay where they currently are and expect to move forward, for one, Dallas is trying hard to avoid its first five game losing streak. But Dallas has demonstrated an improvement in its defences and putting de Guzman in the roster might add to their power of attack. But records all point to the Rapids as the favourite and it’s really hard to avoid numbers and follow one’s personal observation. Numbers have shown that Colorado has maintained their consistency better than Dallas.


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UEFA Champions League 2012

UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Flora Tallin vs FC Basel Predictions

FC Basel starts next Champions League campaign in Estonia against Flora Tallinn on July 17. Catch real time updates on your favorite UEFA Champions League 2012 Match.

FC Basel Preview

Basel, the football club from Switzerland and one of the best performers of the last season in the Champions League will begin their journey early, in the second preliminary round against FC Flora Tallin from Estonia, and they are clearly the favorites to advance in the next round of the competition.

Basel managed to get 4 points out of 2 games against Manchester United in the Group C of Champions League last season and they are in a good position to qualify this year as well for the group stage. They will have to go through two preliminary rounds and then through the play-off to enter the grop stage, but they proved they are a stong team and they could qualify.

Flora Tallin Preview

An Estonian football club founded in 1990 are a multiple winner of the Meistriliiga title and the Estonian Cup. They have for years been raising the most number of players for the national team. Flora Tallinn clinched the Estonian Meistriliiga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at home to JK NõmmeKalju. Flora now have a four-point lead over second-placed FC Levadia Tallinn, who have only one game to go. This type of explosive attack driven play will definitely be effective against a team like the Swiss Basel.

Flora Tallin vs FC Basel Predictions: Flora Tallin wins 2-1


Regardless of how impressive of a record that FC Basel may hold, Flora Tallinn, with their power of attack will most likely prevail on the 17th of July. At home the Estonian team holds a very impressive record and have been blessed with a number of today’s top players. Last season seemed positive for FC Basel but this season will most likely hold a different story.


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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Flora Tallin vs FC Basel Predictions

FC Basel starts next Champions League campaign in Estonia against Flora Tallinn on July 17. Catch real time updates on your favorite UEFA Champions League 2012 Match.

FC Basel Preview

Basel, the football club from Switzerland and one of the best performers of the last season in the Champions League will begin their journey early, in the second preliminary round against FC Flora Tallin from Estonia, and they are clearly the favorites to advance in the next round of the competition.

Basel managed to get 4 points out of 2 games against Manchester United in the Group C of Champions League last season and they are in a good position to qualify this year as well for the group stage. They will have to go through two preliminary rounds and then through the play-off to enter the grop stage, but they proved they are a stong team and they could qualify.

Flora Tallin Preview

An Estonian football club founded in 1990 are a multiple winner of the Meistriliiga title and the Estonian Cup. They have for years been raising the most number of players for the national team. Flora Tallinn clinched the Estonian Meistriliiga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at home to JK NõmmeKalju. Flora now have a four-point lead over second-placed FC Levadia Tallinn, who have only one game to go. This type of explosive attack driven play will definitely be effective against a team like the Swiss Basel.

Flora Tallin vs FC Basel Predictions: Flora Tallin wins 2-1


Regardless of how impressive of a record that FC Basel may hold, Flora Tallinn, with their power of attack will most likely prevail on the 17th of July. At home the Estonian team holds a very impressive record and have been blessed with a number of today’s top players. Last season seemed positive for FC Basel but this season will most likely hold a different story.


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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Slovan-Liberec vs FC Shakhter Karagandy Predictions

Slovan Liberec faces FC Shakther Karagandy on July 18 in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Rounds. Catch real time updates on your favorite UEFA Champions League 2012 Match.

Slovan-Liberec Preview

Liberec based on its performance on previous years, may not be the strongest team of the Czech Republic. It can be argued that for the last season, they only capitalized on a failed Sparta Praha’s performance (the team with the most championships) and Victoria Plzen’s distraction while targeting the EU cups. They won the Czech championship for only the third time in club’s history.

Slovan Liberec though did not lose in their last six matches, managing to only draw in two of them. Their scoring average was 2.17 for the 6 games.

FC Shakhter Karagandy Preview

FC Shakhter Karagandy was a member of the Kazakhstan Premier League since its founding in 1995. Before winning their first championship in 2011 (the reason while they are in UEFA Champions today), they have only reached third place two times (1995 and 2007).

Shakhter Karagandy lost two of their last six matches. Their scoring average was 2.33 for the 6 games.

Slovan-Liberec vs FC Shakhter Karagandy Predictions: Slovan Liberec wins 2-1

The recent performance will tell us – Slovan Liberec will take this game, but it will be a close one. Shakhter Karagandy may have had a higher average score, but these were due to extreme values on wins they had.


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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: MSK Zilina vs Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Predictions

MSK Zilina faces Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona on July 18 in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Rounds. Catch real time updates on your favorite UEFA Champions League 2012 Match.

MSK Zilina Preview

MSK Zilina is probably the strongest team in the Slovakian Corgon Liga. It’s currently tied with another favorite, Slovan Bratislava, for most titles held in history (six each), but leads the latter on all-time points made. Together with their rival, they were there since the start of the league.

MSK Zilina though only lost one in their last six matches, also managing to only draw in one of them. They won all the other four games.

Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Preview

The current Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona was founded in 2000. However, they only became a member of the Israeli Premier League since 2007. This is their first championship (the reason while they are in UEFA Champions today). Their championship, though a hardly fought one, was the first to be won by a team outside the three major cities (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa) for almost 30 years.

With the difficulty in facing the main city giants, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona only managed to win two of their last six matches. They lost the other 4.

MSK Zilina vs Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Predictions: MSK Zilina wins 2-1

The recent performance will tell us – MSK Zilina will surely dominate, and it will be a possible 2-0 win.


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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Buducnost Podgorica vs Slask Wroclaw Predictions

Buducnost Podgorica of Montenegro will be matched against Polish champions Slask Wroclaw on July 19 in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Rounds. Catch real time updates on your favorite UEFA Champions League 2012 Match.

Buducnost Podgorica Preview

Buducnost Podgorica is the current winner of the First League of Montenegro, a young football league established in 2006 in the wake of the Yugoslav First League / Serbia and Montenegro First League. Throughout its recent existence, the team has been one of the league’s best, tying with Mogren of number of titles held (2 championships each).

Buducnost Podgorica has one loss and two draws in their last six matches. Of the last twelve matches, they have a total of 2 losses.

Slask Wroclaw Preview

Slask Wroclaw, is a Polish football club currently playing in the top-tier Ekstraklasa. They have only two championships, the first one in 1977, and the present one that allowed them to qualify to the UEFA Champions league.

Slask Wroclaw has won four of their last six matches, the others were draws. Of the last twelve matches, they have a total of 4 losses.

Buducnost Podgorica vs Slask Wroclaw Predictions: Buducnost Podgorica wins 2-1

Seems like a match but I have to give this one to Buducnost Podgorica, though admittedly this is close.


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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Ludogorets Razgrad vs Dinamo Zagreb Predictions

Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad will meet Croatians Dinamo Zagreb on July 19 in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Rounds. Catch real time updates on your favorite UEFA Champions League 2012 Match.

Ludogorets Razgrad Preview

Ludogorets Razgrad was founded in 1945, as a result of a merger between five different clubs from Razgrad. The team has played mostly in the second-tier and third-tier division during its 65 year existence.

In season 2009/10 the club finished 2nd in the the third tier of the Bulgarian football league system and won a promotion to professional football. After Ivaylo Petev was appointed as manager, and the club was purchased by the businessman Kiril Domuschiev, this was immediately followed by bids for high profile players.

Ludogorets was able to acquire players Emil Gargorov, Alexandre Barthe, Stanislav Genchev, Svetoslav Dyakov, Uroš Golubovic,Lubomír Guldan, Marcelinho, and Ivan Stoyanov. The now powerful team won their first top-tier championship.

Ludogorets Razgrad has won all their last six matches. Of their last 12 matches, they only have one loss.

Dinamo Zagreb Preview

Dinamo Zagreb, known as Modri (the Blues), is a longtime member of the Croatian Max Priva Liga. The team is also considered to be the most powerful team in the league, boasting a total of 14 championships, including the present one that allowed them to qualify to the UEFA Champions league.

Dinamo Zagreb has won four of their last six matches, the others were draws. Of their last 12 matches, they only have wins and draws – no losses at all.

Ludogorets Razgrad vs Dinamo Zagreb Predictions: Draw 1-1


This match might be one of the greatest matches in the Champions league. Both teams are on fire.



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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Morrocco U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions

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Honduras Preview

Catrachos comes into Hampden Park with a 4-2 recored in the qualifying rounds having impressive wins over Nicaragua(5-0) and 3-0 over Panama.. This is Honduras’ third time at the Olympics and they qualified after winning three and losing two games at the Concacaf U23 Championships, the key match being the 3-2 victory against El Salvador in the semi-finals before losing to Mexico in the final. Their attack is led by Roger Rojas and Eddie Hernandez.Honduras is known for their relentless attack on offense and boast a pretty decent defense.

Morocco Preview

Atlas Lions have made it to this stage on six previous occasions but have only once got past the group stage. They qualified this time by reaching the final of last year’s CAF African U23 Championship, where they lost to Gabon. Morocco is led by striker Abderrazak Hamdallah and Captain and mid fielder Driss Fettouhi. Coach Verbeek also spoke of his team's readiness for the competition admitting that there is an added element of the crowd to spur on Morocco and while this is positive the attention and pressure from media

Morrocco U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions: Honduras 3-0

Honduras will be too much to handle for Morocco to deal with. I look for Honduras to staying aggressive throughout the match. Morocco doesn’t have much of an attack after witnessing a draw against a weak Belarus back in May



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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Mexico U23 vs Korea Republic U23 Predictions

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Mexico U23 Preview

What more can we say about this powerhouse team. El Tri is packed with talent led by scoring machine Mexico’s is Marco Fabian. His speed is treacherous, his shot rockets, and his hunger will be displayed throughout the tournament. Mexico enters the tournament by making a statement out of Turkey 3-0 back in May. Mexico also boast a stingy defense defense with stay well-organized in the back, a line of five assembled. This brought Miguel Ponce and Javier Aquino back to unite with the three central defenders – Nestor Vidrio, Jorge "Chatón" Enriquez, and Nestor Araujo.

Korea Republic U23 Preview

Korea Republic enters the tournament with a 3-1 record in the qualifier with impressive wins over Lebanon(3-0) and 4-2 over 4-1 over Qatar. Korea Republic has a sound offensive attack led by Kim Bo-Kyung and FW Park Chu-Young who are Korea’s premier threats on offense. Korea’splayers are rightfully famous for their stamina and our relentless chasers, always challenging their opponents’ possession. Despite being undersized, they are capable of playing a tough, physical game.

Mexico U23 vs Korea Republic U23 Predictions: Mexico 3-1

This will be a great game to watch with 2 teams that are blessed with speed and scoring ability but, with that said Mexico is just on a different level with a much better offensive punch and solid defense Mexico will walk away with an easy victory over Korea Republic



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London Olympics Football Games 2012

London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Brazil U23 vs Egypt U23 Predictions

Brazil will face Egypt in the first game of the 2012 London Olympic Games men’s football Group C branch at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Wednesday, July 26. Group C is comprised of Brazil, along with Egypt, New Zealand and Belarus. Catch real time updates on your favorite London Olympic Games. Catch real time updates on your favorite London Olympic Games 2012 Match.

Brazil Preview

Brazil is the favorites to win Group C, and is most likely to eventually overcome any resistance from the Egyptians. Looking at Brazil, the squad is very much a powerhouse with Alexander Pato, Neymar, and Hulk in the position of striker and in midfield yet again that the contents of the Ganso, Sandro.

Brazil is always one of the world's toughest sides to eliminate, and their current elite roster is far unlikely to disappoint any fan or foe.

Egypt Preview

Egypt is expected to give a fierce resistance against Brazil in this opening match. Egypt is struggling to qualify for the quarterfinals, and everyone knows how desperation can push anyone.

Egypt's absence from Olympic action makes them a very definite underdog in this contest. They have nothing to lose, though, and that can be very dangerous to the favorite.

Brazil U23 vs Egypt U23 Predictions: Brazil U23 wins 2-0

I don't expect Brazil to lose, but Egypt will hang around longer than expected, and will fight with what’s left of them. Any chance for an upset is very slim.



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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Belarus U23 vs New Zealand U23 Predictions

The “Oly-Whites” square off against Belarus Olympic at Coventry’s City of Coventry Stadium on July 27 as part of the Group C leg of the tournament. Catch real time updates on your favorite London Olympic Games 2012 Match.

Belarus U23 Preview

Belarus ahs yet to appear in a final leg of a major tournament since it’s team formation in 1991 after the country gained it’s independence from the now defunct Soviet Union. During the qualifications at the group stage of the UEFA European U-21 Championship 2011, Belarus squeezed into the semi-finals thanks to a victory over Iceland, and a better goal difference in the head-to-head record between the three teams tied on points for second place. This shows that the Eastern European team has every reason to look into the tournament with optimism since its current players like EgorFilipenko and Andrei Voronkov belong to a new generation.

New Zealand U23 Preview

The “Oly Whites” had an impressive run during the qualifying campaign being side short of several key players but scoring a total of 15 goals in their four matches, although ten came in the group match against Tonga. The Kiwis won three of three matches by a single goal. The New Zealand team made their Olympic debut during the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening with a 1-1 draw against China denying the Kiwis victory thanks only to an equaliser two minutes from time, followed by a 5-0 capitulation against Brazil, but with the New Zealanders displaying trademark spirit to bounce back in their final match against Belgium, only to suffer a 1-0 defeat against the eventual semi-finalists.

The recent matches played however showed a lacking in attacking and scoring power and this can fall into the Kiwis’ disadvantage against teams like Belarus or Uruguay.

Belarus U23 vs New Zealand U23 Predictions: Belarus 2-1

With a line up of strong key players and a much more impressive goal record, the Eastern European team look set to win this match up against the Kiwis.


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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Great Britain U23 vs Senegal U23 Predictions

Team GB squares off against Senegal Olympic Manchester’s Old Trafford on July 27 for the Group A Olympic Preliminaries. Catch real time updates on your favorite London Olympic Games 2012 Match.

Great Brittain U23 Preview

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic football team entered the Olympic tournament automatically by way of being the host country. Nevertheless, team GB is packing a power punch in the form of players like Gareth Bale, Fraizer Campbell, Jack Rodwell, Marc Albrighton, and Jordan Rhodes.

However, it’s been a good 52 years since Great Britain entered an Olympic tournament. Another factor that can prove detrimental to Great Britain was their previous performance during last year’s UEFA U-21 Championship where they failed to win a game. But even though England was lacklustre at the UEFA U-21 Championships of 2011, Great Britaincan call on some of the stars from those games.

Senegal U23 Preview

Senegal Olympic will enter the tournament’s football championship for the first time since it’s formation. During the qualifying stint of the African U-23 Championships, Senegal lost their opening to Algeria, but then recovered to be considered one of the tournament favourites by defeating Nigeria 2-1 and Morocco 1-0. But after gaining momentum from topping the table ahead of the Moroccan hosts, Senegalwere surprised by Gabon in the semi-final 1-0 and lost the play-off for third place against Egypt 2-0.

Consistently has been lacking on the part of the Senegalese team and they need to make a change in their formation in order to beat Great Britain as well as the other teams during the Olympic games. Their line-up has proven competent but their game play needs some improvising.

Great Britain U23 vs Senegal Predictions: Great Britain 2-1

Great Britain has a much stronger line up than Senegal and their formations and gameplays have proven more consistent and reliable. One thing the Senegalese can do is to amp up their power of attack in order to overwhelm the British at the onset of the match but that is very lest likely to happen.


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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: United Arab Emirates U23 vs Uruguay U23 Predictions

United Arab Emirates squares off against Uruguay at Manchester’s Old Trafford on July 27. Catch real time updates on your favorite London Olympic Games 2012 Match.

United Arab Emirates U23 Preview

The boys from the UAE started offstrong in the international field despite a first game draw against Hong Kong and the People’s Democratic Republic of Koreaplus a 1-0 loss to Japan during the Asian Games. So the team’s record to date in the Asian games is at five wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. UAE turned out consistent performances throughout, including victories over AFC heavyweights Australia and Uzbekistan.UAE qualified for London 2012 after a gruelling campaign that began on 8 March 2011 and finished on 14 March this year. Over this period they played a total of ten games, winning seven and drawing three.

However, this is the very first Olympic tournament which the Middle Eastern team has qualified in since being established in the 1971. The Olympics has a different curriculum at hand and this factor might prove to be a hardship for the UAE

Uruguay U23 Preview

The Uruguay Olympic Football team also known as Uruguay Under 23 has a pretty impressive Olympic record. The Men’s Olympic Football Tournament holds special significance for Uruguayans. Even before the advent of the FIFA World Cup™, the country won consecutive gold medals at the two tournaments it played in. With leading scorer was Adrian Luna with three goals, followed by Pablo Capellini and Diego Polenta with two apiece during the continental championships in Peru, the Uruguayan team seems ready for the real deal.

But it has actually been 84 years that passed since Uruguay last appeared in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, at Amsterdam 1928, when they won their second gold medal in their second successive appearance. The national team coach Oscar Tabarez, who will be taking charge of the side in London, is anxious to dampen any euphoria

United Arab Emirates U23 vs Uruguay U23 Predictions: Uruguay 3-1

Uruguay, without a doubt, packs a stronger attack. The UAE team will most probably be on the defensive throughout the game if they do not assert control at the onset.


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Major League Soccer 2012 Pedictions and Preview

Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Real Salt Lake Vs Vancouver White Caps Predictions

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Real Salt Lake Preview

Led by a last minute replacement midfielder Yordany Álvarez looked possessed out there. Álvarez’s full contributions may not show up on the stat sheet, where he had two shots, two fouls committed and a foul suffered. But they are there for the most important stat: the 2-0 score line.

“I feel more confident, more confident with the ball, and I thought I played good,” Álvarez said. “I think I played my best game [with RSL].” With Beckerman eligible to play this Friday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Álvarez will almost certainly return to the bench. But it is comforting for the team to know the Cuban is ready and able to fill in when called upon.

“I thought he was very solid, won some tackles for us,” said midfielder Will Johnson. “It’s great when he can step in for Kyle to do a great job like that. … He stepped in and made a difference.” RSL was sound as usual on the defensive side as well. Stopping the Colorado offense, Alvarez was also significantly better at linking the defense with the offense.

Vancouver Preview

The 3rd place Whitecaps come into this match looking to make some noise and a push into Rio Tinto Stadium. Whitecaps (9-6-7) snapped a four-match winless streak, as it defeated San Jose for the second time in three meetings this season. The Whitecaps defeated the Earthquakes, 2-1, at BC Place on May 5. San Jose won at home on April 7, 3-1. Newly acquisition Dane Richards scored his first goal for Vancouver in the 20th minute and Alan Gordon equalized before halftime for San Jose, but Robson made no mistake from the spot for his second goal in as many games.

Real Salt Lake Vs Vancouver White Caps Predictions: RSL 2-1 Over Vancouver

This will be a great match to watch as the number 2 and 3 teams clash. But, RSL at home will be tough to beat. Look for RSL’s Alavarez to put on another show as he goes head up with Whitecaps Dane Richards . In the end I see RSL controlling this match .It will be low scoring but great tempo.


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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Houston Dynamo vs Washington DC United Predictions

As the Houston Dynamo look to kick off their second-half push, the club is looking to strike a long sought-after balance between attack and defense.

Throughout the first half of the season, the Dynamo have been strong in either defense or attack, but have struggled to put together complete performances on a consistent basis. Houston have pitched six shutouts in 2012, but have scored just three goals in those matches. Conversely, in games where Houston have scored two or more goals, the club has a record of 2-2-3, giving up 16 goals in the process. A recent shift in formation has translated into back-to-back clean sheets for the Dynamo, who are on a shutout streak that currently stands at 223 minutes. Now the goal is to build on the offensive side of the ball to complement their renewed defensive form.

“We know we’re not exactly lighting the scoreboard up, but we were unbeaten last week [0-0 tie at Sporting] and that’s a positive,” Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear

Catch real time updates on your favorite Major League Soccer 2012 Match.

Houston Dynamo Preview

As the Houston Dynamo look to kick off their second-half push, the club is looking to strike a long sought-after balance between attack and defense.

Throughout the first half of the season, the Dynamo have been strong in either defense or attack, but have struggled to put together complete performances on a consistent basis. Houston have pitched six shutouts in 2012, but have scored just three goals in those matches. Conversely, in games where Houston have scored two or more goals, the club has a record of 2-2-3, giving up 16 goals in the process. A recent shift in formation has translated into back-to-back clean sheets for the Dynamo, who are on a shutout streak that currently stands at 223 minutes. Now the goal is to build on the offensive side of the ball to complement their renewed defensive form.

“We know we’re not exactly lighting the scoreboard up, but we were unbeaten last week [0-0 tie at Sporting] and that’s a positive,” Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear.

Washington DC United Preview

DC United made a statement beating the Impact in their last game keeping them in 1st place in the Eastern Conference D.C. United put three unanswered goals past the Montreal Impact to open up a sliver of daylight at the Eastern Conference summit. A goal just before the interval from Chris Pontius was joined by second-half strikes from Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi.

The win puts D.C. top of the East again with 33 points, after New York's draw against Toronto briefly saw the Red Bulls take pole position by a single point.

Houston Dynamo vs Washington DC United Predictions: 2-1 United over Houston

Even if United come in as the visitors. They will come with their usual aggressive attack. Houston’s defense isn’t strong enough to withstand United’s attack.


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