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Rafael Benitez exited Santiago Bernabeu, following the frustrating result against Valencia. Replacing him was the French football icon, Zinedine Zidane. Prior to the Valencia match, speculations about the ex-Napoli’s sacking cropped out. But this was confirmed when Real Madrid was forced to settle for an even steven finish against Valencia. The match ended in 2-2 and left the Los Blancos on the 3rd spot and four points behind the new league leader, Atletico Madrid. The squad’s decreasing possibilities of lifting the silverware triggered the sacking. Yet, the Valencia draw was not the sole reason behind Benitez’s exit. It was a…

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2015-2016 Serie A Match Prediction (Match 18) Lazio vs. Carpi Match Venue: Stadio Olimpico Match Date: 6 January 2016 Struggle continues as Carpi remain on the relegation zone with only a total of 10 successful goals on their 17 matches in Serie A. Team Analysis Lazio The team had a victorious win against the Inter before the winter break, ending the game with a final score of 2-1. Their momentum win on their last game have excited a lot of football enthusiast since the Inter are on top of the league table. Lazio have a total of 23 points and…

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2015-2016 Serie A Match Prediction (Match 18) Genoa vs. Sampdoria Match Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris Match Date: 5 January 2016 Both teams is hungry for a win, Genoa continuously struggle after a four losing streak while Sampdoria did secured a win on their last match. Team Analysis Genoa Genoa has failed to score on their last three matches in Serie A, giving them a total of 16points on their 17matches. They are only 2points away from the relegation zone which is the primary reason why they should work hard on their upcoming games. Meanwhile, Diego Perotti’s will miss three of…

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Hertha Berlin vs. Augsburg Match Venue: Olympiastadion Match Date: 23 January 2016 Team Analysis Hertha Berlin The team secured the third spot on the league table after having their third winning streak against the Mainz. The two of the star players in the team have sealed the goal, Salomon Kalou was declared as the “man of the match.” Hertha hold the possession in the game, which makes it hard for their previous opponent to create a goal. Their strength on the protecting the lead shows up in every rally that they have. The consistency of their first eleven players will…

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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI Date: 26th December 2015 Start Time: 1100AM (Local Time), 2200PM (GMT) Series Info: Five Match ODI Series Venue: Christchurch After the 0-2 battering in the Test series, Sri Lanka will look to turn around the tables in the limited overs format. Sri Lanka are best in this format and with a series of injuries in the New Zealand camp, the visitors are definitely up for it. For New Zealand, the Test series win should give them a good psychological advantage but the price of being complacent would be too big to pay for.…

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South Africa vs England, 4th Test Date: 26th to 30th December 2015 Start Time: 1000AM (local time), 0800AM (GMT) Series Info: Four Match Test Series Venue: Durban England have arrived in South Africa with lots of hopes and aspirations. Odds are against them but England Captain Alastair Cook has left no stone unturned in his quest to take the bull by its horns. The Bull, i.e. South Africa, will be wary of this fact and will be in no mood to spare anybody who challenges them in their backyard. Can England pull down the No. 1 Test team in the…

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Match Venue: Estadio El Madrigal Match Date: 31 December 2015 Team Analysis Villarreal Villarreal have won on the 8 out of 10 home matches, a bigger chance for them to win on their upcoming match is a guarantee. A three streak winning game happened after beating Real Sociedad ending the rally with 2-0 run. Denis Suarez was considered as the hero of the game. Villarreal way on protecting the lead has always been their advantage in securing a win against their rival. Counter attack also works for them, and the creation of long shot goal usually gives them the momentum…

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Match Date: 30 December 2015 (local time) Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Team Analysis Real Madrid Despite clinching a 10-2 win against Rayo Vallecano, the Los Blancos still cannot feel the love from its roster of supporters. Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular cannot help but express his disappointment over the jeers and taunts of their very own crowd. Real Madrid (temporarily) fell out of the title race after experiencing a series of unfortunate events in its last six matches. Currently, they occupy the 3rd spot of the league table and trails Barcelona and Atletico Madrid by two points. Although the fight is still…

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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI Date: 25th December 2015 Series Info: Five Match ODI Series Venue: Sharjah We haven’t seen much of Team Afghanistan at the International stage. While unfortunately the country has been in midst of war and other turbulent phases but that hasn’t affected the spirits of the players. Expect some fireworks from Team Afghanistan. Zimbabwe on the other hand, would take this series very seriously as they need to clock some wins in their International calendar. What else would be better than taking the inexperienced Afghanistan team for a ride? TEAM ANALYSIS Afghanistan For them they have…

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West Indies’ Tour of Australia 2015 The Boxing Day Test is like an excitement of its own. Played traditionally in Australia, this time it’s West Indies who have the series on stake for them. They lost the first Test badly and are now looking for a sweet revenge. Can they end their tour on a high? EVENT Game: Australia vs. West Indies, 2nd Test Date: 26th to 30th December 2015 Series Info: Australia lead by 1-0 Venue: Melbourne TEAM ANALYSIS AUSTRALIA- With Steven Smith injured, Australia need not press the panic button. Their bowlers are doing well and batsman even…

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