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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday’s pre-season clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, including team news and predicted lineups. Manchester United will be looking for their fourth straight pre-season win when they take on Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the International Champions Cup on Thursday. United have overcome Perth Glory, Leeds United and Inter Milan in their three friendly games this summer, while Spurs started their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a 3-2 win over Juventus. Tottenham © Reuters It would be fair to say that managers do not place too much importance on pre-season results, but there is no question that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will have been encouraged by his team’s 3-2 success over Juve. Mauricio Sarri sent a very s...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Tuesday morning’s pre-season friendly between Barcelona and Chelsea. Although there has been many an epic contest between Chelsea and Barcelona in recent years, the modern trend for individual players to steal the attention should be abundantly evident when these old foes meet again before the season proper has even begun. With Antoine Griezmann ready to represent Barca for the first time and Frank Lampard shuffling a pack that now includes potential new talisman Christian Pulisic, plenty of intrigue surrounds this far-flung warm-up. The scale of the excitement Japanese fans feel about the glamour tie is underlined by the venue. Built for the 2002 World Cup, in which it hosted Japan’s opening match, the sle...

Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday night’s pre-season friendly between Sporting Lisbon and Liverpool. Liverpool head into the final fixture of their US tour against Sporting Lisbon looking to avoid a third successive defeat across the pond. Sporting square off against the European champions on Wednesday night having failed to win any of their three games during pre-season. Sporting Lisbon © Reuters The future of Bruno Fernandes continues to dominant the headlines at Sporting at a time when the club are struggling to produce any notable form ahead of the new campaign. During a period when Manchester United are said to have remained interested in the playmaker, the Portuguese outfit have failed to register a win against either Rapperswil-J...

Preview: Kitchee vs. Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s pre-season clash between Kitchee and Manchester City, including team news and predicted lineups. Manchester City will continue their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a pre-season friendly against Hong Kong outfit Kitchee on Wednesday. City lost on penalties to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday and will be looking to return to winning ways at the Hong Kong Stadium. Kitchee © Reuters Kitchee will be looking to give a good account of themselves when they welcome the Premier League champions for Wednesday’s pre-season friendly. Not too much will be expected from Blaz Sliskovic‘s side, but they have previous when it comes to taking on English opposition. Indeed, Tottenham Hotspur, Manch...

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the International Champions Cup clash between Real Madrid and Arsenal, including team news and predicted lineups. Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich last time out when they face Arsenal in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday night. Madrid opened their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a defeat to the German champions, but Arsenal have overcome Colorado Rapids, Bayern and Fiorentina in their three friendly games this summer. Real Madrid © Reuters There is no question that it is performances and fitness rather than results that matter most at this stage of pre-season, and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have been encouraged by aspects of his team’s display against Bayern on Saturday night despite a disap...

Preview: Sevilla vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s pre-season friendly between Sevilla and Liverpool. Liverpool continue their preparations for the new campaign on Sunday night when they take on Sevilla in an International Champions Cup fixture. The Spanish outfit head into the game in Boston having registered wins over Reading and FC Dallas over the past week. Sevilla © Reuters A sixth-placed finish in La Liga last season means that new boss Julen Lopetegui has it all to do in his first year in charge at Sevilla, although there are already signs that the Spaniard could prove to be an astute appointment. Over half-a-dozen first-team additions have already been made as Lopetegui looks to both the present and future at a time when a number of high-profile ...

Preview: Manchester United vs. Inter Milan – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides a full preview of Manchester United’s pre-season clash with Inter Milan, including team news and predicted lineups. Manchester United will continue their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a clash against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup on Saturday. United have beaten Perth Glory and Leeds United in their two pre-season matches thus far, while Inter recorded a 2-1 win over Lugano in their first friendly of the summer last weekend. Manchester United © Reuters It is difficult to read too much into pre-season results, but there is no question that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been pleased with what he has seen from his team in their two matches this summer. Pre-season started with a 2-0 win over Perth Glory last weekend, before t...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Thursday’s pre-season friendly between Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Thursday on the back of a 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids. The German outfit will be playing their first game of pre-season having recently made the trip to Los Angeles. Arsenal © Reuters Unai Emery is having to contend with a number of issues away from the pitch right now as a result of a limited transfer budget and the unhappiness of club captain Laurent Koscielny. That probably left the Spaniard feeling relieved when his side returned to the pitch on Tuesday to register a convincing win over their opponents from the MLS. Emery took the opportunity to field a young team from kic...

Preview: Manchester City vs. West Ham United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the pre-season clash between Manchester City and West Ham United, including team news and predicted lineups. Manchester City will kick off their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a clash against fellow English side West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Wednesday. West Ham opened their pre-season with a 3-2 win against Rheindorf Altach on Thursday. However, Wednesday’s clash will represent City’s first fixture since the FA Cup final almost two months ago. Manchester City © Reuters City’s preparations for Wednesday’s match have been far from ideal when considering that the Premier League champions saw their plane grounded for two consecutive days as they attempted to fly to China. Indeed, their game against West Ham was see...

Preview: Tunisia vs. Nigeria – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations third-place playoff between Tunisia and Nigeria, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. The circumstances of Nigeria and Tunisia‘s late semi-final defeats in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations could be telling when the two tangle for one last hurrah at the tournament. Games for third place rarely seem a thrill for the teams involved, although younger squad members on both sides will be hoping for a chance to shine in Cairo, while their more match-worn teammates will presumably wish they were on the next flight home. On the face of it, Tunisia are 20 places above Nigeria in the FIFA world rankings, sitting 25th, and had a slightly less agonising form of AFCON heartbreak in that they did not lose to t...

Preview: Colorado Rapids vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole looks ahead to Arsenal’s opening pre-season friendly against Colorado Rapids, including predictions, teams news and a full match preview. Arsenal will begin their pre-season tour of the United States in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they face the Stan Kroenke-owned Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Gunners are gearing up for the second season under Unai Emery, with Tuesday’s match kicking off a four-stop tour in the States. Colorado Rapids © Reuters Whereas Arsenal are just beginning their preparations for a new campaign, Tuesday’s match comes in the middle of Colorado Rapids’ MLS season. It is a season which has not gone particularly well for Conor Casey‘s side so far, though, with the Rapids sitting 11th in the We...

Preview: Bradford City vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the pre-season friendly between Bradford City and Liverpool at Valley Parade, including team news and predicted lineups. Liverpool‘s pre-season campaign continues with a friendly against League Two side Bradford City at Valley Parade on Sunday afternoon. The Reds made a good start to their summer programme with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers and will be looking to build on that emphatic victory in West Yorkshire this weekend. Bradford City © Reuters A dismal 2018-19 campaign saw Bradford slip into the fourth tier of English football after a six-season stay in League One. The Bantams’ relegation was confirmed with a 2-0 loss to Coventry City on April 19 – their seventh straight defeat. Their form did improve in the final few games of the campaign as th...

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