FIFA 15 Predicts: Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Chelsea host Manchester City in a crucial match in the Premier League that could go a long way to deciding where the title will be heading come the end of the season.

Both teams go into the game in poor form as far as their high standards are concerned and Chelsea could have to cope without star striker Diego Costa, who is facing an FA charge for a stamp on Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final game with Liverpool on Tuesday night.

The game looks set to be a close one but EA Sports’ FIFA 15 has had a crack at predicting the outcome of this huge clash.

Find out the result below:

What do you think the outcome of the Chelsea vs. Manchester City game will be?

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VIDEO: FIFA 15 Predicts Sunday’s huge clash between Liverpool and Arsenal

Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday in what should be another thrilling encounter between the two sides.

This fixture last season saw one of the most shocking results of the season as Liverpool thumped the Gunners 5-1 and Arsene Wenger’s men will be out to correct that this weekend.

Arsenal come into the game five points ahead of Liverpool and have won three of their last four.

It’s not so good for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has seen his side win just two of their last eight. A 3-0 loss at Manchester United last time out means they need to turn things around quickly.

It’s a tough one to call but we put EA Sports’ FIFA 15 to the test and it predicts that we’ll see goals, as is usually the case between these two.

Watch to see what FIFA 15 is predicting the outcome of the game will be between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday:

What do you think the score will be on Sunday?

USA progress further than England at the World Cup: What does this mean for US Soccer?

The USA qualified from the ‘Group of Death’ on Thursday and with that excellent achievement progressed into the last 16 of the World Cup for the second successive tournament.

This marks the first time that the USA have gone further than the English at the World Cup, so what does this mean for US Soccer?

Well firstly it means that the World should start taking US soccer seriously. Major League Soccer is constantly improving, and as a result the national team’s standard is too.

USA arguably had a more difficult group than England but looked more than comfortable defending against Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

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Going into the tournament, the majority of international fans wouldn’t have known who Matt Besler and Kyle Beckerman were, but they sure do now after stellar performances from both, as with most of the USA roster.

The success stems from the philosophy set by coach Jurgen Klinsmann who has put emphasis on developing soccer in the US throughout all levels of the game.

A plan has been put in place by Klinsmann to use an experience-filled team in order to set a platform for younger players to adhere and adapt to.

So far the younger players have added to the squad when called upon with John Brooks scoring the crucial winner against Ghana and DeAndre Yedlin causing problems off the bench in the last two games.

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England lack direction at the moment and therefore USA are in a better position going forward.

The work of Jurgen Klinsmann is somewhat going unnoticed on a global scale and that can mask the master plan he is conjuring stateside, with his role in US soccer being seen as more than just a coaching role, but also as a head of soccer development.

As for England, there is no way of knowing where their standard will be come the next World Cup in Russia.

Whereas the USA have promise going forward and with the ever-expanding MLS behind them, the depth of US soccer will only increase.

The current crop are grinding out great results and look to be in excellent shape going forward, and as such have looked a far better footballing nation than England in Brazil.

What can the USMNT expect from Portugal?

The USMNT play Portugal in Manaus on Sunday night in a game which could settle the second qualifying spot in Group G.

On paper this Portugal team is superior to USA, but recent performances leave the USA with a very strong chance of winning.

The USA go into the game coming off the back of a resolute performance in a 2-1 win against Ghana, while the Portuguese were sub-standard against the Germans, and were thumped 4-0.

Portugal will be without Pepe who is suspended after picking up a red card in the defeat to Germany, and will be significantly weaker defensively.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also a major doubt as he is struggling to overcome a knee injury and his World Cup could be over.

The Ballon d’Or winner has been suffering with injuries to his knee and thigh for some time now and has been told to rest up for at least 2 months.

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However, the USA are missing a big name too in Jozy Altidore, another who’s World Cup could be over after he pulled up in the game against Ghana with a hamstring injury just 20 minutes in.

Portugal are likely to still play with a 4-3-3, whether Ronaldo plays or not, in a system that will provide width and freedom for their wide men.

We expect that Portugal will dominate possession with the likes of Joao Moutinho and Raul Meireles in midfield. But with the likes of Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones protecting the back four, the USA are more than capable of suppressing the Portuguese advances.

Key Man: Nani

Should Ronaldo not be able to play, Nani will need to step up and perform. The Manchester United man has had one of his worst seasons in England this year, and Portugal will hope he can lead them to victory.

Prediction: USA 2- 1 Portugal

We believe USA is more than capable of beating this Portugal side if they perform as they did against Ghana, but they will have to work hard to do so. Another strong defensive performance is needed to win here and a victory will seal their place in the next round.

USA to host FIFA World Cup?

FIFA have told The United States Soccer Federation to prepare to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Through fresh corruption allegations surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the event, FIFA are seriously considering reselection, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter describing the allocation a ‘mistake’.

Should the event be hosted by Qatar in 2022, it brings about other issues such as the climate, and it has also been suggested the event could be moved to the winter.

Should the USA host the World Cup it would only improve the quality of soccer in America, as well as improving popularity of Major League Soccer across the globe.

Previously hosting the tournament in 1994, America has all the resources to host the games, including some of the best stadiums in the world.

Although there are several soccer specific stadiums now in use in the USA, a World Cup would see American football stadiums used by NFL teams due to the need for high capacity.

With the growth of MLS, and with David Beckham’s Miami franchise set to be up and running by the time the 2022 World Cup come round, this World Cup could be the boost MLS needs.

We expect soccer to take off in America and the USMNT will naturally become stronger because of this.

There is even the possibility of the USA winning the World Cup soon, and where better to do it than on home soil?

Preview: USA vs. Azerbaijan

The USMNT take on Azerbaijan tonight in the first of their World Cup warm-up friendlies, and we take a look at the things we expect to see.

First of all, reports coming out of the camp are that Fabian Johnson has been almost exclusively training as a right-back. This comes as a surprise that the left-footed Johnson will assumingly be preferred to natural right-sided fullbacks in Deandre Yedlin and Timothy Chandler.

Another surprise is that Jurgen Klinsmann believes that Geoff Cameron’s (another player who can operate at full back) best position is centre-half.

Due to a recent injury to Omar Gonzalez, it’s no surprise that Klinsmann would want to see who could fill in. But Cameron has only played once there for Stoke City this term, and all his other appearances were at right-back.

In a squad that boasts the talents of both Matt Besler and John Anthony Brooks, it seems strange that Geoff Cameron is being thrust into centre back at such a late stage.

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With only 16 days until the world cup, we should assume that Klinsmann knows his team, but trying players out in obscure positions at such a late date, is something the fans will be concerned about.

They should however comfortably beat an Azerbaijan team that is ranked 85th in the world, and should use this game to gel players together.

Expect a comfortable win for the USMNT, whichever team is put out, and with the next warm-up game against Turkey on the 1st June, we can assume that Klinsmann may be saving his ‘best’ team for then.

Prediction: 4-0 – USA to win at least 3 – Expect a very aggressive approach, as well as domination of the possession stats.

One to Watch: Jozy Altidore – Following a poor season with Sunderland, the powerful striker will be looking to get on the score sheet tonight, and prove why he has made the squad.