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06/08/2023 Football

06/08/2023 Football – There are plenty of games today. There are games in the Women’s World Cup, the Championship and the Community Shield.

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Women's World Cup

06/08/2023 Football – Women’s World Cup – Sweden v USA

The United States drew 0-0 with Portugal in the Women’s World Cup and is facing criticism for their underwhelming performance. They will now face Sweden in a tough last-16 match.

Facts

  • โšฝ๏ธ The United States drew 0-0 with Portugal in their recent Women’s World Cup fixture.
  • ๐ŸŒ The Women’s World Cup 2023 is being hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August.
  • ๐Ÿ“บ Coverage is available live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sounds, and the BBC Sport website & app.
  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA finished second in their group, drawing two out of three games.
  • ๐Ÿง  Manager Vlatko Andonovski defends his team’s mindset and rejects criticisms.
  • ๐Ÿ† The USA is the defending world champion, but they were fortunate to finish second in their group.
  • ๐Ÿค The USA will face Sweden in the last-16 match, their sixth successive World Cup meeting.
  • ๐Ÿ—ฃ Striker Alex Morgan acknowledges the high standards expected from the team but points out the increasing competitiveness in women’s football.
  • ๐Ÿ“Š Key stats include their past World Cup meetings and the USA’s defensive record in the current tournament.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Predictions favour Sweden to win the match against the USA.

06/08/2023 Football – Charity Shield – Arsenal v Manchester City

Manchester City won the Premier League last season, finishing five points ahead of Arsenal. They face off in the Community Shield, with Arsenal aiming to challenge for the title. Arsenal made significant signings, including Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber. Manchester City signed Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol. City’s Erling Haaland is a crucial factor, having scored a record number of goals last season.

Facts

  • Manchester City won the Premier League, finishing five points ahead of Arsenal last season.
  • The Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester City is set to kick off on Sunday, 6 August, at Wembley.
  • Arsenal aims to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
  • Arsenal signed Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber in the summer transfer window.
  • Manchester City signed Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol during the transfer window.
  • Erling Haaland’s outstanding goal-scoring record is a crucial advantage for Manchester City.
  • Pep Guardiola’s team started pre-season late due to their late finish last season, but they are still considered strong contenders for more trophies.
  • Arsenal, with their revamped squad and significant signings, will face a tough test against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
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06/08/2023 Football – Championship – Leicester v Coventry

Leicester and Coventry are set to face off in their opening weekend clash, with Leicester aiming for Championship promotion and Coventry strengthening their squad after a heartbreak in the play-off final.

Facts

  • ๐Ÿ“‹ Leicester is likely to play in a 4-3-3 system, missing key players like Conor Coady, Wout Faes, Jamie Vardy, and James Justin.
  • ๐Ÿงค Coventry’s first-choice goalkeeper, Ben Wilson, is doubtful, and Brad Collins may debut. Gustavo Hamer’s future is uncertain, and several players could make their debuts.
  • ๐ŸฆŠ Leicester faced relegation from the Premier League last season and looks to motivate their star-studded squad for a promotion push in the Championship.
  • ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Coventry suffered heartbreak in the play-off final but reinvested smartly to strengthen their squad in various positions.
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06/08/2023 Football – Championship – Leeds v Cardiff

  • Probable Lineups:
    • Leeds (4-3-3): Meslier, Struijk, Cooper, Cresswell, Ayling, Shackleton, Gyabi, Ampadu, Summerville, Gnonto, James.
    • Cardiff (4-2-3-1): Alnwick, Bagan, Goutas, Ng, Romeo, Ramsey, Ralls, Meite, Colwill, Bowler, Grant.
  • Missing Players:
    • Leeds: Stuart Dallas, Tyler Adams, Sam Greenwood, Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford, Cody Drameh, Georginio Rutter, Junior Firpo.
    • Cardiff: Ryan Allsop, Mark McGuinness, Romaine Sawyers.
  • Team News:
    • Leeds is short on midfielders, with new signing Ethan Ampadu expected to play further up.
    • Cardiff’s manager will be without several first-team players, but Joe Ralls, Rubin Colwill, and Yakou Meite are available.
    • Erol Bulut will call upon Jak Alnwick with Ryan Allsop sidelined for the trip to Elland Road.
  • Match Facts:
    • Leeds have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 14 matches (Championship).
    • Leeds have won their last 6 matches (Championship).
    • Cardiff have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches against Leeds in all competitions.
  • Prediction:
    • Leeds’ recruitment gambles failed last season, but they are in a strong place to fight for a return to the top flight.
    • Cardiff announced the signing of Aaron Ramsey but remain light on quality at the back.
    • Prediction: Leeds 1, Cardiff 0.
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06/08/2023 Football – Championship – Sunderland v Ipswich

  • Probable Lineups:
    • Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Patterson, Cirkin, O’Nien, Batth, Hume, Ekwah, Neil, Clarke, Bellingham, Pritchard, Roberts.
    • Ipswich (4-2-3-1): Hladky, Davis, Edmundson, Burgess, Woolfenden, Taylor, Morsy, Hutchinson, Chaplin, Burns, Hirst.
  • Missing Players:
    • Sunderland: Jenson Seelt, Elliot Embleton, Corry Evans, Dan Ballard, Ross Stewart, Bradley Dack (Doubtful).
    • Ipswich: Harry Clarke, Christian Walton (Doubtful), Nathan Broadhead (Doubtful), Massimo Luongo (Doubtful).
  • Team News:
    • Sunderland’s star striker Ross Stewart is sidelined, so Patrick Roberts may deputise up front.
    • Ipswich’s first-choice ‘keeper Christian Walton is doubtful, so Vaclav Hladky may start.
    • Wing-back Harry Clarke is suspended for Ipswich.
  • Match Facts:
    • Sunderland have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Ipswich.
    • Sunderland have won 9 of their last 10 home matches against Ipswich.
    • Sunderland have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Ipswich.
  • Prediction:
    • Sunderland marked their return to the Championship with a top-six finish and are strong promotion contenders.
    • Ipswich scored 101 goals on their way to promotion and should be fighting in the top half of the Championship.
    • Prediction: Sunderland 2, Ipswich 2.
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06/08/2023 Football – Other Games

OTHER FOOTBALL – SUNDAY 6 AUGUST

12:00am UK SUN / 7:00pm ET SAT
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE โ€“ Atletico Ottawa v York
Canada โ€“ OneSoccer
Caribbean โ€“ Flow Sports
USA โ€“ Fox Sports 2

12:30am UK SUN / 7:30pm ET SAT
USA NWSL CHALLENGE CUP โ€“ Gotham v North Carolina
International โ€“ Watch NWSL
South Africa โ€“ W-Sport
USA โ€“ Paramount+

12:30am UK SUN / 7:30pm ET SAT
USA NWSL CHALLENGE CUP โ€“ San Diego v Angel City
International โ€“ Watch NWSL
USA โ€“ Paramount+

1:00am UK SUN / 8:00pm ET SAT
BRAZILIAN SERIE A โ€“ Fluminese v Palmeiras
UK โ€“ OneFootball
USA โ€“ Paramount+

1:00am UK SUN / 8:00pm ET SAT
USA NWSL CHALLENGE CUP โ€“ Chicago v Houston
International โ€“ Watch NWSL
USA โ€“ Paramount+

1:00am UK SUN / 8:00pm ET SAT
USA NWSL CHALLENGE CUP โ€“ Kansas v Louisville
Canada โ€“ TSN+
International โ€“ Watch NWSL
USA โ€“ Paramount+

12:30pm UK / 7:30am ET
BELGIAN PRO LEAGUE โ€“ Anderlecht v Antwerp
Canada โ€“ DAZN
South Africa โ€“ ESPN Africa
USA โ€“ ESPN+

2:00pm UK / 9:00am ET
FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND โ€“ Welling v Cobham
UK โ€“ Recast

2:00pm UK / 9:00am ET
SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERSHIP โ€“ Chiefs v Chippa
South Africa โ€“ Supersport PSL

2:00pm UK / 9:00am ET
SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERSHIP โ€“ Galaxy v Cape Town Spurs
South Africa โ€“ Supersport OTT 2

4:15pm UK / 11:15am ET
SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERSHIP โ€“ Cape Town City v Polokwane
South Africa โ€“ Supersport PSL

5:00pm UK / 12:00pm ET
IRISH PREMIER DIVISION โ€“ Dundalk v Shelbourne
International โ€“ LOITV

5:30pm UK / 12:30pm ET
BELGIAN PRO LEAGUE โ€“ Westerlo v Club Brugge
Canada โ€“ DAZN
South Africa โ€“ ESPN Africa
USA โ€“ ESPN+

6:00pm UK / 1:00pm ET
IRISH PREMIER DIVISION โ€“ Shamrock Rovers v Cork City
International โ€“ LOITV

8:00pm UK / 3:00pm ET
BRAZILIAN SERIE A โ€“ Sao Paulo v Atletico MG
UK โ€“ OneFootball
USA โ€“ Paramount+

8:00pm UK / 3:00pm ET
BRAZILIAN SERIE A โ€“ Vasco de Gama v Gremio
USA โ€“ Paramount+

10:00pm UK / 5:00pm ET
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE โ€“ Vancouver v Valour
Canada โ€“ OneSoccer
Caribbean โ€“ Flow Sports
USA โ€“ Fox Soccer Plus

10:30pm UK / 5:30pm ET
BRAZILIAN SERIE A โ€“ Bahia v America MG
USA โ€“ Paramount+

10:30pm UK / 5:30pm ET
BRAZILIAN SERIE A โ€“ Coritiba v Bragantino
USA โ€“ Paramount+

10:30pm UK / 5:30pm ET
BRAZILIAN SERIE A โ€“ Cruzeiro v Botafogo
UK โ€“ OneFootball
USA โ€“ Paramount+

11:00pm UK / 6:00pm ET
USA NWSL CHALLENGE CUP โ€“ OL Reign v Portland
Canada โ€“ TSN+
International โ€“ Watch NWSL
USA โ€“ Paramount+

06/08/2023 Football Gossip & News

  • Brighton’s Deal with Kudus: Brighton has reached an agreement in principle for Ajax’s Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus, 23, for around ยฃ34.5m.
  • Manchester City’s Targets: Pep Guardiola is eyeing Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma, 26, and plans to sell Spain defender Aymeric Laporte, 29, after signing Croatian centre-back Josko Gvardiol, 21.
  • Tottenham’s Kane Situation: Chairman Daniel Levy has not responded to Bayern Munich’s ยฃ86m bid deadline for England striker Harry Kane, 30.
  • Liverpool Eyes Villa’s Winger: Aston Villa’s English winger Jaden Philogene, 21, is a target for Liverpool.
  • Newcastle’s Interest in Zaniolo: Newcastle has contacted the agent of Galatasaray forward Nicolo Zaniolo, 24, but faces competition from AC Milan and Juventus.
  • Qatari Club Approaches Coutinho: An unnamed Qatari club has inquired about Aston Villa’s Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 31.
  • Tottenham’s Defensive Plans: Tottenham has shifted focus from Burkina Faso defender Edmond Tapsoba, 24, to Wolfsburg’s Dutch centre-back Micky van de Ven, 22.
  • Chelsea’s Agreement with Olise: Chelsea has agreed to personal terms with French winger Michael Olise, 21, for ยฃ26m.
  • Crystal Palace’s Transfer Activities: Palace is keen on England U-21 defender Lewis Hall, 18, and Scotland striker Che Adams, 27, while French forward Jean-Philippe Mateta, 26, may exit.
  • Nottingham Forest Eyes Schmeichel: Nottingham Forest is in talks with Nice for Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 36.
  • Inter Milan’s Interest in Balogun: Inter Milan is eyeing Arsenal’s USA striker Folarin Balogun, 22.
  • Chalobah Monitored by Clubs: Everton, West Ham, and Crystal Palace are watching English defender Trevoh Chalobah, 24.
  • Sheffield United’s Bid for O’Brien: Sheffield United must pay ยฃ10m for English midfielder Lewis O’Brien, 24, from Nottingham Forest.
  • Burnley’s Loan Deal with Daramy: Burnley has agreed to a loan deal with an obligation to buy Ajax’s Denmark forward Mohamed Daramy, 21.
  • Burnley’s Interest in Ramsey: England U-20 midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 20, is targeted by Burnley for ยฃ12m.
  • West Ham’s Pursuit of McTominay: West Ham must pay ยฃ40m to sign Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay, 26, from Manchester United.
  • Celtic vs. Wolves for Doyle: Celtic and Wolves are competing for Manchester City’s England U-21 midfielder Tommy Doyle, 21.

Sunday’s gossip: Kudus, Mitoma, Kane, Olise, Balogun, Coutinho, Van de Ven, Schmeichel – BBC Sport

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