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Old 07-13-2012, 02:39 PM
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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions

The USA Major League Soccer football match between Chicago Fire (8th) and Vancouver Whitecaps (6th) kicks off on 15 July 2012.

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The Fire has played 9 USA Major League Soccer matches this season on Toyota Park. On home ground Chicago Fire has won 5, drawn 2 and lost 2 matches. This ranks the Fire 11th in home team performance in the USA Major League Soccer. When looking at Chicago Fire home performance in league points, Chicago Fire’s performance is greatest when looking at opponents in the bottom 6 with an average of 3 points per game.

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Whitecaps has played 9 USA Major League Soccer matches this season away from home. On away ground Vancouver Whitecaps has won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3 matches. This ranks Vancouver Whitecaps 5th in away team performance in the USA Major League Soccer. The Whitecaps away performance in league points, Vancouver Whitecaps’s performance is greatest when looking at opponents in the bottom 6 with an average of 1.71 points per game. Against opponent such as Chicago Fire who is currently placed in the mid 7 of the USA Major League Soccer Vancouver Whitecaps has managed to collect an average of 1.33 points in 3 matches this season. When looking at matches played away against the mid 7 this season Vancouver Whitecaps has collected 0 points on average in 1 match.

Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions: Chicago 2-0 over Vancouver

Key stat when Chicago plays at home against the bottom 6 teams(Whitecaps 8th place) they win by 3 goals.I see it that Chicago will dominate Vancouver in this one.

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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.

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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Old 07-15-2012, 03:21 AM
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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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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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Old 07-15-2012, 03:22 AM
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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.

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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.

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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 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 14 as each team look to turn their own luck around.

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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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Old 07-16-2012, 09:03 AM
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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Sheriff Tiraspol vs Ulisses Yerevan Predictions

Moldovan Sheriff Tiraspol will meetArmenian Ulisses for the first time on the 17th of July in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Rounds.

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The Armenian team based in Yerevan and formally named Dinamothis season has, when compared to Tiraspol, been on a downtrend. The last six games provided three wins, one draw and two losses. FC Ulysses is currently in the Premier League table placed at number 6. The team scored in the current Premier League Season an average of 1.3 goals per game to date which Is much lower than upcoming opponents, Tiraspol with a score average of 2.5.

By this factor, Ulisses Yerevan needs to push their attack form in order to gain control early on in the game. If this is not put into effect , the Armenian team will most likely lose the first and second leg to the Moldovan Tiraspol.

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The uniquely named Sheriff Tiraspol is based in Moldova specifically the city of Tiraspol and DiviziaNaţionala the top division in Moldovan football and are currently placed at number 2. FC Sheriff are currently considered to be in an uptrend. The last six games the Moldovan team has won two, drew two and loss two games, not much of a promising record at first view.

However, in the DivizaNationala, the team has an average of 2.5 goals per game and on games home, the team scored an average of 5 goals. This indicates that Sheriff Tiraspol’s strength lies in their offensive and this can be a deciding factor during their match against Ulisses this coming July 17.

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Ulisses Yerevan Predictions: Sheriff Tiraspol 3-0

The numbers say it all, Sheriff Tiraspol has a much higher average when it comes to scoring goals. The defensive side for both teams is not too impressive but an advantage goes to the Moldovans when it comes to attack. The downtrend for FC Ulisses Yerevan is another clear indicator.

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Old 07-16-2012, 09:10 AM
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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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: 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.

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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 Golubović,Ľubomír 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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