27/12/2023 Football

27/12/2023 Football – plenty of games are being played today. In the Premier League, there are games, including Everton vs. Manchester City.


27/12/2023 Football – Premier League – Brentford v Wolves

  • Brentford Team Challenges:
    • Defender Ben Mee starts a three-game suspension after a red card against Aston Villa.
    • Frank Onyeka out due to accumulating five yellow cards.
    • Brentford could miss up to 10 players due to suspension or injury.
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Concerns:
    • Craig Dawson’s fitness is uncertain after a knee injury against Chelsea.
    • Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Boubacar Traore, and Fabio Silva are doubtful because of illness.
    • Pedro Neto is nearing a return from a hamstring strain and might play.
  • Match Facts and Statistics:
    • Brentford’s only recent win against Wolves was in September 2021.
    • Brentford’s struggle at home against Wolves, winless in their last four home league fixtures.
    • The Bees’ risk of losing four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since early 2022.
    • Brentford’s issue with dropping points from winning positions, the highest in the top-flight.
    • Wolves’ challenge in London, winless in 14 Premier League matches.
    • Wolves’ poor away record, with only one clean sheet in 24 away league fixtures.
    • Matheus Cunha’s notable performance, scoring four goals in his last seven Premier League away appearances.

27/12/2023 Football – Premier League – Chelsea v Crystal Palace

  • Chelsea Team News:
    • Moises Caicedo might recover from illness in time for the match.
    • Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer are suspended.
    • Enzo Fernandez and Lesley Ugochukwu are injured and unavailable.
  • Crystal Palace Updates:
    • Forward Odsonne Edouard could return from a knee injury.
    • The team is without Sam Johnstone, Joel Ward, Rob Holding, Cheick Doucoure, and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi due to injuries.
  • Match Facts and Statistics:
    • Crystal Palace’s 11 consecutive league defeats against Chelsea, their longest losing streak against any opponent.
    • Chelsea’s recent improvement at home, winning consecutive league matches.
    • Chelsea’s challenge in London derbies, winless in four Premier League home London derbies since beating Crystal Palace in January.
    • The possibility of Chelsea’s 24th competitive defeat in 2023, the most since 1978.
    • Chelsea’s record of not trailing at half time in any Premier League game this season.
    • Mauricio Pochettino’s past success against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, winning all five Premier League fixtures.
    • Crystal Palace’s struggle in recent league fixtures, with only one win in their past 11 league games.
    • Crystal Palace’s poor performance in midweek Premier League matches in 2023, winless in all six.
    • Odsonne Edouard’s performance, scoring six goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season.

27/12/2023 Football – Premier League – Everton v Manchester City

  • Everton Team News:
    • Idrissa Gueye’s fitness is being monitored after an early exit in the match against Tottenham.
    • Ashley Young and Seamus Coleman are fitness doubts.
    • Abdoulaye Doucoure is set to miss out again.
  • Manchester City Updates:
    • Midfielder Rodri hopeful of being fit after an injury in the Fifa Club World Cup final.
    • Top scorer Erling Haaland likely to be unavailable due to a foot problem.
    • Kevin de Bruyne and Jeremy Doku have resumed training but might not be ready for this match.
  • Match Facts and Statistics:
    • Manchester City’s pursuit of an eighth consecutive away win against Everton.
    • Everton’s struggle against City, with 11 losses in their past 12 league and cup matches.
    • Everton’s aim for a ninth league win of the season, surpassing their total in 2022-23.
    • Everton’s attempt to win three consecutive Premier League home games, last achieved in September 2021.
    • Everton’s winless streak in Premier League fixtures against reigning champions since 2012.
    • Sean Dyche’s record of not winning any of his 16 league and cup fixtures against Pep Guardiola.
    • Seamus Coleman approaching a club record of 354 Premier League appearances for Everton.
    • Manchester City’s recent league form, with only one victory in their past six league fixtures.
    • City’s challenge in maintaining a clean sheet, currently on a seven-match streak without one.
    • Jack Grealish’s achievement of scoring in three consecutive top-flight appearances for the first time in his career.
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  • Edinburgh Derby Anticipation:
    • Described as “hectic” and “unpredictable”, the Edinburgh derby is a highly anticipated fixture.
    • The last meeting between Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian ended in a dramatic draw after Hibs staged a comeback from a 2-0 deficit.
  • Current Standings and Stakes:
    • Hearts are currently third in the league, five points and three places above Hibs.
    • Hibs have finished below Hearts in the past two seasons, adding pressure to reverse this trend.
  • Hibernian’s Perspective:
    • Hibs goalkeeper David Marshall emphasizes the importance of the derby, noting it’s not a defining game but a significant one for setting up the second half of the season.
    • Marshall highlights the desire to give fans a good feeling heading into the winter break.
  • Heart of Midlothian’s Outlook:
    • Hearts striker and captain Lawrence Shankland, who has scored 16 goals this season, speaks about the unpredictable nature of derby matches.
    • Shankland looks forward to the game, especially with it being a night fixture under floodlights.
    • Hearts aim to rectify the outcome of the last derby, coming off two good results.
  • Match Details:
    • The match is set to take place at Easter Road, Edinburgh.
    • Scheduled for Wednesday, 27 December, with a kick-off at 20:00 GMT.

27/12/2023 Football – Other Games


10:00am UK / 5:00am ET
FOOTBALL – LaLiga Futures
UK – Viaplay Online / LaLiga TV
South Africa – Supersport LaLiga

2:30pm UK / 9:30am ET
INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE – Mohun Bagan v Karala Blasters
UK – OneFootball
India – Sports18

4:30pm UK / 11:30am ET
FOOTBALL – LaLiga Futures
UK – Viaplay Online / LaLiga TV
South Africa – Supersport LaLiga

5:30pm UK / 12:30pm ET
South Africa – Supersport PSL

7:45pm UK / 2:45pm ET
BELGIAN PRO LEAGUE – Anderlecht v Cercle Brugge
Canada – DAZN
South Africa – ESPN Africa

27/12/2023 Football Gossip & News

  • Manchester City’s New Signing:
    • Close to signing Argentine midfielder Claudio Echeverri from River Plate.
    • The 17-year-old is likely to be loaned back to River Plate until the end of the Premier League season. (Source: ESPN)
  • Arsenal’s Transfer Target:
    • Best positioned to sign 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio.
    • Inacio, who has a 60m euro release clause, is also of interest to Liverpool. (Source: A Bola)
  • Sporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres:
    • Linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, but the 25-year-old Sweden international intends to stay with Sporting Lisbon for the rest of the season. (Source: Record via 90 Min)
  • Tottenham’s Potential Acquisition:
    • Ready to pay £25m for 18-year-old Belgium midfielder Arthur Vermeeren from Royal Antwerp.
    • The deal includes a significant upfront fee and a loan back agreement for the rest of the season. (Source: Sun)
  • Jesse Lingard’s Next Move:
    • Offered as a free agent to Ligue 1 side Lille.
    • Brexit regulations could impact his move due to limits on non-EU state player signings. (Source: Mirror)
  • Manchester United’s Interest in Joshua Zirkzee:
    • Considering a move for the £26m-rated Netherlands striker, who has scored seven goals in 17 games for Serie A side Bologna. (Source: Sport1 via Metro)
  • Inter Milan’s Transfer Options:
    • Keen on Iran international Mehdi Taremi from Porto.
    • Alternatives include Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Chelsea’s Armando Broja. (Source: Gazzetta dello Sport)
  • Atletico Madrid and Juventus:
    • Atletico Madrid rejected Juventus’ approach for Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. (Source: Mundo Deportivo)
  • Paris Saint-Germain’s New Signing:
    • Agreed on a deal worth 20m euros for 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Moscardo from Corinthians. (Source: Fabrizio Romano)
  • Raphael Varane’s Potential Return to Lens:
    • The former France defender is open to leaving Manchester United to return to his starting club, Lens. (Source: L’Equipe)
  • Vitor Roque’s Move to Barcelona:
    • The 18-year-old former Athletico Paranaense forward has begun his contract at Barcelona after signing a seven-year deal in July. (Source: Fabrizio Romano)

Wednesday’s gossip: Echeverri, Inacio, Gyokeres, Vermeeren, Lingard, Taremi – BBC Sport

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