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Another El-Clasico beckons (Barcelona vs Real Madrid)

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Spanish Super Cup
Date: Sun, 13 Aug, 17 @9pm
Venue: ​Camp Nou Stadium

It is Barcelona against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup for the year 2017

Another El-Clasico clash beckons as Barcelona play host to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

The game between the two bitter and eternal rivals is set to hold at Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday night.

This is also a traditional fixture between both the winners of the La Liga title and Copa del Rey trophy.

Los Blancos picked up the Spanish league title last season while the Catalans carted home the Copa del Rey diadem.

Meanwhile, the El-Clasico also happens to be the greatest club football match in the whole world, according to concrete findings.

And the whole world is set to be at a standstill when the two biggest Spanish clubs clash on Sunday.

There is usually no love lost between the supporters of both clubs and there will be lots of hostility.

This particular trophy which is at stake also happens to be the first opportunity for a diadem this new season.

And that is the situation as the Galacticos travel to the Camp Nou to do battle with bitter rivals, Barca.

For the first time in five seasons, the two teams will square up against each other in the curtain-raising tie.

And both will hopeful of drawing the first blood prior to what should be another entertaining and highly enthralling season.

Barca, however, have a new manager, Ernesto Valverde in charge of the club, ushering in a new era in Catalonia.

And the Spanish tactician alongside Barca fans will be hoping his tenure proves just as successful as his immediate predecessors.

Barca will, however, face a Madrid side and manager, Zinedine Zidane who just won the European Super Cup last Tuesday.

Match Build-up

The duo of midfielder, Andre Gomes and defender, Thomas Vermaelen are likely to return for the Supercopa de Espana clash.

In the absence of a world-class player to partner Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, Valverde will likely use Gerard Deulofeu.

The Spanish international should be fit enough, though, despite limping off last time out.

Meanwhile, the only absentee for Zidane is Jesus Vallejo, although, it is not certain if talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo will start.

Luka Modric is out because of a red card he got against Atletico Madrid in this competition three years ago.

But the Madrid midfielder is free to feature in the second leg which comes up next Wednesday at the Bernabeu.

Match Facts

Ernesto Valverde (Left) and Zinedine Zidane (Right) are familiar foes from their playing days

These great football rivals have so far, so good clashed with each other on 267 previous occasions across all competitions.

This dates back to the first outing in 1929 when Madrid came out on top 2-1 in the La Liga.

Barca have the better record overall, however, recording 111 victories to Los Blancos’ 97.

This includes a dramatic 3-2 win the last time the two rivals tangoed at the Bernabeu Stadium in April.

And Lionel Messi, not for the first time in this famous match-up was the game-winner in that very league game.

Barca and Madrid have so far met each other twelve times in this very competition, meanwhile.

Madrid have won six of those while losing four with Barca failing to record an away victory in the process.

Los Blancos have not kept a clean sheet against Barcelona since the Copa del Rey final in the 2010/11 season.

Barca are the most successful club in the Spanish Super Cup, winning it twelve times and finishing runners-up nine times.

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches

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Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw

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With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »

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Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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