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Macintosh: Who can stop Chelsea?

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 By Tim Vickery
about an hour ago

Neymar thriving under the tutelage of Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Santi Solari gives his take on the partnership between Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Barcelona could unleash their all-South American forward line in Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid -- Luis Suarez showed few signs of ring rust when he tuned out for Uruguay recently. The logic behind his signing would seem to lie in a recognition that, at the age of 27, Lionel Messi may be coming to the end of or even past his athletic peak. Rather than being the goal scorer, in the future his fabulous technical ability is likely to mean that he operates a little deeper, threading through...

 By James Dall
6 hours ago

Manchester United out to avoid public humiliation against Chelsea

Chelsea expect Didier Drogba to lead their attack at Old Trafford as Diego Costa sustained another injury while on international duty and Loic Remy suffered a strained groin in their Champions League clash with Maribor.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday
West Ham vs. Man City
Liverpool vs. Hull
Southampton vs. Stoke
Sunderland vs. Arsenal
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace
Swansea vs. Leicester

Sunday
Burnley vs. Everton
Tottenham vs. Newcastle
Man Utd vs. Chelsea

Monday
QPR vs. Aston Villa

Weekend battle: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

There is an apparent inevitability that Manchester United will be shamed at Old Trafford (not for first time in the past year) in Sunday's match against Chelsea. Things could indeed get ugly, for the bigger the club, the harder they fall. It comes down to just how cruel Jose Mourinho wants to be -- certainly,...

16 hours ago

Power Rankings: Bayern Munich leapfrog Chelsea into top spot

See whether you agree with Shaka's picks this week.

The Power Rankings return after a well-earned week off, and the latest edition features a new leader.

1. Bayern Munich (+3)

After a week in which they scored 13 goals in two wins, how could Pep Guardiola's men not top my list? Every superlative they got for winning in Rome on Tuesday was deserved. Quite simply, Bayern were magnificent.

2. Chelsea (-1)

It's a bit harsh to drop the Blues out of first place after they won twice -- scoring eight goals in the process -- but Jose Mourinho's men fall more...

22 hours ago

Flawlessly constructed Chelsea confident ahead of Man United match

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa and Loic Remy are expected to miss their match against Manchester United.

If you were looking for reasons Chelsea won't win the title, their midweek clash with Maribor was not a good place to start the search. It wasn't the scoreline that should chill the rest of the Premier League, it was the manner in which it was secured.

Chelsea aren't just a good team, they're a driven team. They are fully committed, utterly professional and they have very few weaknesses. Manchester United supporters should be rather concerned ahead of this weekend's big game.

Maribor, of course,...

23 hours ago

MLS Eastern Conference analysis: Under-the-radar players to watch

MLS commissioner Don Garber explains that the competition in the professional divisions of the United States is heading in the right direction, but he still sees areas for improvement.

If last weekend's playoff teaser between the L.A. Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders reminded us of one thing, it was that it's not always the marquee players who make the headlines.

Yes, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey were in typically lively form, but the score sheet also bore the names of Baggio Husidic, Marcelo Sarvas and Lamar Neagle -- all players who have turned out to be key at times for their team this year, if often unheralded beyond their local markets.

With the playoffs beginning next...

 By Sid Lowe
1 day ago

Barca manager Luis Enrique doesn't have fond memories of Real Madrid

The ESPN FC crew and Santi Solari give their predictions for El Clasico.

No. 8. LUIS ENRIQUE Martinez Garcia. Gijon 08-05-70. Height: 1.80. Weight 73. MIDFIELDER. Real Madrid.

Looks good, huh? Not according to Luis Enrique, it doesn't. "Every time I see myself in stickers or on the television, I think I look weird in white," the current Barcelona manager famously said, not long after leaving Real Madrid for FC Barcelona as a player. "I recognise myself in white. I think blue-and-claret suits me better." The sticker is from the 1995-96 season, and it's yours for a single...