Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Special: Isco can steal the spotlight at the Bernabeu

Having lost 3-1 at home in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid on Sunday night there is both good news and bad news for Barcelona.

The bad news is that they need to score at least three goals in the second leg to keep alive their hopes of lifting the first piece of silverware of the season. The good news is that the Catalans have scored at least three times in three of their last four visits to the Bernabeu and recent Clasicos in the Spanish capital have been enthralling spectacles.

The most recent meeting came back in April when Lionel Messi scored an injury time winner in a 3-2 victory for the Blaugrana and the Argentine will once more be relied on for goals.

Lionel Messi Casemiro Real Madrid Barcelona ICC

Messi is the top scorer in the history of this fixture and offer him at a the tempting price of evens (2.00) to add to his tally of goals against Barca’s eternal rival. His strike partner Luis Suarez is offered at the same price, while Messi is available at 7/2 (4.50) to open the scoring and Suarez can be backed at 9/2 (5.50).

One of Barcelona’s problems is that apart from their front two, their starting line-up seems devoid of other goal threats, with the departure of Neymar underlining the dependence on their two main forwards. Ivan Rakitic scored a beautiful strike in the Catalans’ last visit to the capital and is offered at 5/2 (3.50) while Sergio Busquets missed a great chance in the first leg and is priced at 10/1 (11.00)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be missing following his first leg sending off of course, yet Los Blancos seem to have more players likely to score than their opponents. Already this season the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio and Casemiro have all found the back of the net, and having goal threats all over the pitch is one of the reasons why Zinedine Zidane’s team have scored in 67 consecutive matches.


At the Camp Nou, Benzema and Bale started up front for Madrid with the Frenchman priced at evens (2.00) to score at anytime on Wednesday and Bale available at 11/10 (2.10).

More tempting perhaps is the price of 7/4 (2.75) for Isco to score at anytime with the Spain international also available at 7/1 (8.00) to break the deadlock. Having scored in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United and put in a sensational performance at the Camp Nou, the 25 year old has begun the current campaign in the same impressive fashion with which he finished the previous season and looks a decent price to net once more. 

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Tottenham vs Chelsea London derby: History, games & players who played for both clubs

Tottenham welcome London rivals Chelsea to Wembley on Sunday in what will be the first Premier League game played at the famed venue.

As well as being a historic occasion in its own right, the match is a battle between last season’s champions and runners-up as they look to assert superiority in the race for the 2017-18 title. Spurs are looking to make it two wins from two, having defeated Newcastle United on the opening weekend, while Chelsea will attempt to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to Burnley.

Crucially, however, it is also a meeting of close rivals, meaning that the game will possess a unique dynamic that is absent from other encounters. Ahead of the game, Goal takes a closer look at the rivalry between Tottenham and Chelsea.


Gianfranco Zola Chelsea John Scales Tottenham 1997

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Tottenham and Chelsea are based in different areas of London so they are not considered immediate local adversaries, even though just over 10 miles separates their stadiums. However, the clubs have, nevertheless, developed an intriguing rivalry through the years.

They have met a total of 158 times in all competitions, with Chelsea comfortably the more successful team having secured 67 wins to Spurs’ 51, while they have drawn 40 times.

Games played Chelsea wins Draws Tottenham wins
158 67 40 51

First meeting

Tottenham and Chelsea first met in a competitive fixture on December 18, 1909 when they faced off in the 1909-10 First Division at Stamford Bridge. The Blues won 2-1 thanks to goals from James Bradshaw and Jimmy Windridge, with William Minter scoring for Spurs.

One game that is said to have particularly intensified the hostility between the London outfits and their fans is the 1967 FA Cup final, which was the first time the famous trophy was contested by two teams from the English capital.

While the rivalry between Tottenham and Chelsea is not quite as rancorous as that between north London foes Spurs and Arsenal, it has become more of a spectacle as both sides find themselves seriously competing for honours.

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In the Premier League, John Terry holds the record for most appearances in the Tottenham-Chelsea derby, having played 26 times for the Blues against Spurs. Out of current players, Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill and Jan Vertonghen have each featured 10 times.

With 10 goals, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has scored the most of any player to feature in the derby, followed by Frank Lampard and Teddy Sheringham, who each scored six times in matches between the teams. Of those still playing, Hazard has scored four times against Tottenham, while Harry Kane has scored three times against Chelsea.


Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea (1967 FA Cup final)

The first all-London FA Cup final was won by Tottenham in front of around 100,000 fans at Wembley. Spurs, then managed by the legendary Bill Nicholson, triumphed 2-1 at the national stadium, with goals from Jimmy Robertson and Frank Saul proving enough, as Bobby Tambling scored a late consolation goal for Tommy Docherty’s Blues.

Rubbing salt in the Chelsea wounds somewhat, Tottenham boasted two former Blues stars in their ranks for the game, with Jimmy Greaves and Terry Venables winning a trophy they both failed to lift while at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham starting XI: Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Mackay, Robertson, Greaves, Gilzean, Venables, Saul.

Chelsea starting XI: Bonetti, Harris, McCreadie, Hollins, Hinton, Harris, Cooke, Baldwin, Hateley, Tambling, Boyle.

Mark Nicholls Tor Andre Flo Chelsea 1997

Tottenham 1-6 Chelsea (1997-8 Premier League)

Chelsea recorded their biggest win over Tottenham during the reign of Ruud Gullit and, even more frustratingly for Spurs fans, it came at White Hart Lane.

Norwegian striker Tor Andre Flo scored a hat-trick in the rout, with Roberto Di Matteo, Dan Petrescu and Mark Nicholls also getting on the scoresheet. Ramon Vega scored for Spurs just before half-time, but Gullit’s men stormed to victory in the second half.

Tottenham starting XI: Walker, Carr, Calderwood, Scales (Allen), Vega, Wilson, Fox, Ginola, Nielsen (Anderton), Sinton (Edinburgh), Ferdinand. 

Chelsea starting XI: De Goey, Duberry, LeBoeuf, Sinclair, Petrescu, Babayaro (Nicholls), Le Saux, Di Matteo, Wise, Flo, Zola.

Eric Dier Tottenham Diego Costa Chelsea League Cup final 2015

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham (2015 League Cup final)

The rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham has become much more pronounced in recent years as the two teams vie for the top prizes in English and European football. In 2015, the sides came up against each other in the final of the League Cup, with the Blues emerging victorious.

John Terry and Diego Costa got the goals for Chelsea as they defeated Mauricio Pochettino’s men 2-0 and handed Jose Mourinho his first piece of silverware in his second stint at the helm of the Blues.

Chelsea starting XI: Cech, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Fabregas (Oscar), Hazard, Ramires, Willian (Cuadrado), Costa (Drogba).

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Rose, Vertonghen, Bentaleb, Chadli (Soldado), Eriksen, Mason (Lamela), Townsend (Dembele), Kane


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Over the years, a number of high-profile players have featured for both Chelsea and Tottenham, to varying degrees of success. There are some interesting narrative threads running through the careers of certain individuals and Goal has taken a look at five of the most fascinating examples of footballers who lined up in both blue and white.

William Gallas

Former France international William Gallas won two Premier Leagues and a League Cup in five seasons at Chelsea before joining their rivals Arsenal in 2006 as part of a deal to bring Ashley Cole in the opposite direction. After four seasons at Arsenal, Gallas then signed for the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham, where he spent three seasons and wore the captain’s armband, before being released in 2013.

Glenn Hoddle

Not only did Glenn Hoddle play for both Tottenham and Chelsea, the former midfielder also managed both clubs during his career. Considered a Spurs legend, Hoddle spent 12 successful seasons at White Hart Lane, winning two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup before joining Monaco. On his return to England, he served as player-manager at Swindon Town and later assumed the same role at Chelsea in 1993. Stints as manager of England and Southampton followed before Hoddle took the reins at Spurs in 2001. However, he lasted just two seasons at the helm.

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet enjoyed a successful four years at Chelsea before concluding his career with Tottenham. The former Uruguay international joined the Blues on a free transfer in 1997 and, during his time at Stamford Bridge, he won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup. He departed Stamford Bridge in 2001, joining Spurs for a reported fee of £2.2 million but he did not win a trophy at White Hart Lane.

Terry Venables

Terry Venables began his career at Chelsea and won the League Cup with the Blues in 1965 before signing for Tottenham in 1966. The former midfielder spent three seasons in north London and was part of the Spurs team that defeated Chelsea in the 1967 FA Cup final. Venables’ time at Tottenham was relatively short, but he returned to manage the club in 1987, having previously managed Barcelona. He spent just over five years at the helm, winning the FA Cup in 1991.

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Jimmy Greaves

Like Terry Venables, Jimmy Greaves began his career with Chelsea before moving on to Tottenham. One of the finest goalscorers in the history of English football, Greaves scored on his First Division debut for Chelsea against Spurs. After starring for the Blues, the striker had a brief stint at AC Milan before returning to England to sign for Tottenham in December 1961. Greaves established himself as a hero at White Hart Lane, helping the club to two FA Cups and a Cup Winners’ Cup. 


Orlando City disagrees with Kaka red card but accepts suspension

Orlando City has issued a statement addressing Kaka’s controversial red card against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, saying the club disagrees with the decision but will accept the Brazilian star’s one-game suspension.

Kaka earned a straight red card following a scuffle in second-half stoppage time of Orlando’s 3-1 loss at the Red Bulls after the referee analyzed footage as part of a video review.

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While the 35-year-old playmaker put his hands on the face of New York defender Aurlien Collin, the gesture was clearly done in jest, with Kaka and Collin — former teammates at Orlando — both seen laughing.

Following the red card, Collin pleaded with the referee for leniency on Kaka’s behalf to no avail.

MLS clubs can appeal red cards to an independent panel but are only allowed two unsuccessful appeals per season, including the playoffs. Orlando has not filed a red card appeal in 2017.

Here is Orlando’s full statement:

“In the closing minutes of Saturday’s match between Orlando City and the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, Orlando City captain Kaka was issued a straight red card following a playful interaction with former teammate Aurelien Collin.

“Immediately following the Video Review of the incident, several Orlando City players and Collin approached the referee to explain the friendly nature of the situation.

“After much deliberation, which included conversations about the global attention this incident is receiving from fans and media alike, the Club will respect the decision made by the Video Assistant Referee, the Professional Referee Organization and Major League Soccer to avoid further unjustified consequences that may come from appealing the decision made on the field.

“Though Orlando City SC fully supports MLS, PRO and the new Video Review system, the Club does not support the notion that Kaka — a role model known around the world for his upstanding character and demeanor — is guilty of violent conduct, defined as an attempt to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball. Moreover, we also do not believe he deliberately ‘struck’ an opponent or any other person on the head or face with his hand or arm during the match.

“Kaka has only received two straight red cards in his illustrious club career, both of them in MLS.

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“The Captain will accept the one-game suspension and help our Club and fans focus on the next task — the first home game in nearly a month for the Lions against a strong Eastern Conference opponent, Columbus Crew SC, at Orlando City Stadium this Saturday.”


Mendy trains with Man City for first time after £52m move

Benjamin Mendy trained with Manchester City for the first time after his £52 million signing.

The left-back became the most expensive defender in history when he joined from Monaco this summer, but is yet to feature for Pep Guardiola’s side due to a thigh injury.

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He was City’s only big new signing to miss out on a Premier League debut appearance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

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The 23-year-old took a step towards making his first appearance when he started working with his team-mates on Monday during their training camp in Catalonia. 

City are set to take on newly-promoted La Liga side Girona in a friendly on Tuesday.

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Mendy signed a six-year contract with City when he joined from Monaco, having made 39 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions.


Klopp full of praise for ‘young horse’ Nagelsmann

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann as “a young horse” with an extremely bright future.

Nagelsmann became the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history when he was appointed at the age of 28 in October 2015 and has won admirers across the country for his work over the last two years.

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Klopp hailed Nagelsmann as a shining example of Germany’s promising coaching talent and expects a difficult task when Liverpool face Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League play-off on Tuesday.

“I’m really happy for my friend and agent because I’m the old horse in the stable and there’s a young horse already!” Klopp told a news conference.

“He’s a big, big coaching talent. We don’t know each other very well but I’ve followed his way because I like good football.

“He’s not the only one but he’s a good example of a lot of really good young managers in Germany.

“We’re looking forward to the game, knowing about the quality of the opponent. It’s just good to be here and have the chance, even when you know it’s really hard.

“They are strong, we are strong. That’s how it should be.”

Liverpool last played a Champions League match against Basel in the group stage of the 2014-15 season but the five-time European champions are the favourites to progress from the tie.

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Klopp, however, does not believe his side’s level of experience compared to Hoffenheim’s will be an advantage.

“I’m not really interested in the experience an opponent has,” he said. “We’ve been together for 20 months, I think, we always try to give good analysis for our players.

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“We show them images of the opponent and they speak for themselves. We have an opponent who are very strong, aggressive, who use tactical fouls. We know about their quality and what they do on the pitch and we know it will be difficult like it always is in the Champions League.”