Premier League Predictions: Week 10 – 2nd vs 3rd as Man Utd take on Spurs, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool expected to win

Premier League Predictions: Week 10 – The Premier League weekend kicks off with an absolutely huge clash. It’s 2nd versus 3rd as Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford. Expect plenty of goals across the ten fixtures this week, while there is the potential for upsets in must-win games for the top sides.

The three o’clock action comes thick and fast after the early kickoff. Struggling Crystal Palace face off against West Ham in the only London Derby of the weekend. Pace-setting Manchester City travel to West Brom, while Arsenal and Liverpool have home ties. Chelsea complete Saturday’s action with the late kickoff away at Bournemouth.

Sunday has a couple of interesting fixtures, Brighton welcome Southampton, before Claude Puel begins his reign as Leicester City manager at home to Everton, who have recently sacked Ronald Koeman. The weekend’s action is completed with Monday Night Football as Newcastle visit Burnley.

Read on for all of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 10 will be an interesting one…

Manchester United 2-2 Tottenham 

Easily the biggest fixture of the weekend. Man Utd vs Spurs has provided some classic fixtures through the years. Both sides are coming into this one needing to bounce back. United’s loss at Huddersfield last weekend was a shock result and Jose Mourinho needs a reaction like his side showed in their midweek Carabao Cup clash. Spurs were emphatic last time out in the league. Their 4-1 win over Liverpool sent out a message to the rest of the league, however their dismal loss against West Ham in midweek was unforgivable and they owe it to their fans to pick up a positive result here. Expect goals as Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku go head-to-head.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham

This is a big game. Make no mistake about that. Some reports suggested that failure to win this one would result in the sacking of Slaven Bilic as West Ham manager. However, Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Spurs may change that. Either way, Premier League points are the priority for both. Palace have struggled but did win their last home game. Another home win here would be a major boost. However, they haven’t scored in 9 of their last 10 games, losing each. West Ham haven’t been much better, failing to win 11 of their last 12 away games. Don’t expect this to be pretty.

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West Brom 0-3 Manchester City

Tony Pulis, like every West Brom fan was devastated not to have picked up at least a point last weekend. However, they have to hold their hands up to accept losing at the hands of one of the goals of the season. West Brom are sitting in and around mid table but they won’t be looking forward to a visit from league leading Man City. Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t have it all their own way in midweek, yet they sealed their place in the next round of the Carabao Cup, despite his displeasure of the ball. Normal service resumes with a ‘normal ball’ here and we expect City to continue their early title charge.

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Watford 2-0 Stoke

They might have lost 4-2 at Chelsea last weekend but Watford are undoubtedly this season’s surprise package so far. The Hornets are enjoying their best ever start to a season in the top flight. They beat Arsenal in their most recent home fixture and should prove too strong for Stoke here. The visitors are in trouble. Last week’s home loss to Bournemouth left them down in 17th. They’ve not won away from home yet this season. Don’t expect that to change here.

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Arsenal 3-0 Swansea

Arsene Wenger & co. have reason to be in high spirits. They took apart a very sorry Everton side last weekend keeping them at pace with the top four. Following up from that a much changed side secured progression in the cup in midweek. Arsenal should be looking to take three points in what has the makings of a routine home game this weekend. Swansea are sitting 15th but are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. They cannot afford to take a drumming here as we all know how important goal difference can be in the Premier League. A win to ‘nil looks likely for the hosts.

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Liverpool 2-1 Huddersfield

The fact that Liverpool come into this game just one point ahead of Huddersfield tells you all you need to know. The Reds have been inconsistent and have not solved their defensive problems. Last week’s 4-1 loss to Spurs further highlighted their vulnerabilities and they now need to bounce back. They will fancy their chances at home, but the visitors are riding high in confidence. Their 2-1 win over Man Utd was arguably the shock result of the season so far. Don’t rule out another surprise result at Anfield, although Liverpool should edge it.

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Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth remain in the bottom three. They picked up a much needed win last weekend away against Stoke and made it a week with plenty to cheer about having progressed in the cup. This is going to be another big test for them but they’ll be relishing a visit from Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s side are coming through a rough patch with promise. Despite being a way off the top of the Premier League their squad depth stood the test of three games in a week. Last weekend’s win at home to Watford showed they have the resilience to fight back and if they go behind here, don’t expect them to let it phase them. Narrow victory for the Champions.

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Brighton 2-2 Southampton

Neither of these sides have really set the world alight yet this season. They have showed some signs of promise but inconsistency has prevented either side from making a statement. Brighton will be pleased with their start to life in the top flight. They are unbeaten in three-straight home league games and will now hope to keep that form going. The Saints picked up a first league win in four last weekend. It’s hard to tell which Southampton side will turn up. But goals could be on the cards here.

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Leicester City 1-1 Everton

The battle two sides who have recently sacked their managers. Leicester have acted promptly to replace Craig Shakespeare with Claude Puel. They picked up an impressive win away at Swansea last weekend and also reached the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup in midweek so things are on the up. Everton’s woes continue, they sacked Ronald Koeman after being demolished by Arsenal last weekend and were knocked out the cup by Chelsea on Wednesday evening. Their poor run of form has to come to an end soon, but we don’t expect them to win here. Score draw.

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Burnley 1-1 Newcastle

The weekend is rounded off with an intriguing matchup. Burnley have been a better side away from home so far but will still see Monday’s game as one they should be winning. Their only home win so far this term came against Palace. For Newcastle, they’ll be looking to keep picking up points. They’ve only lost one of their last seven and look like they’re all pulling in the same direction as Rafa Benitez. It might not be the most entertaining game, but expect it to be interesting.

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MLS UK TV Schedule: May 2017 – 12 live games in four weeks

We’re nine weeks into the 2017 MLS season and it’s already proven to be as unpredictable as ever. The likes of Orlando City and Portland Timbers are flying, while LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union are in danger of being left behind after slow starts.

May will see a total of 52 MLS games played across the league and UK fans will be able to catch 12 of the games live on Sky Sports. Seattle, Atlanta and NYCFC fans will be able to watch their teams play three times each this month, with 14 of the league’s 22 sides live on Sky at least once over the next four weeks.

Saturday, May 6th

Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC – 20:00 BST – Sky Sports Mix

DC United vs Montreal Impact – 23:00 BST – Sky Sports Mix

Sunday, May 7th

Minnesota United vs Sporting Kansas City – 18:30 BST – Sky Sports Mix

New York City FC vs Atlanta United – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Saturday, May 13th

Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew – 22:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Sunday, May 14th

Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

NY Red Bulls vs LA Galaxy – 23:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

Saturday, May 20th

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake – 22:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

Sunday, May 21st

Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy – 22:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

Orlando City vs New York City FC – 00:00* BST – Sky Sports 2

*This game is officially listed as Monday, May 22nd but will take place late on the Sunday evening.

Saturday, May 27th

Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers – 20:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Sunday, May 28th

Atlanta United vs New York City FC – 22:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

MLS UK TV Schedule: April 2017 – 14 games to be shown live over next 5 weeks

The 2017 MLS season has got off to a flyer, with 99 goals scored in the first 35 games of the new season – an average of 2.83 per game. Atlanta United have taken to the league without any real struggle, while fellow expansion side Minnesota United have been conceding goals for fun. They have shipped 18 in just four matches, accounting for 18% of the league’s goals in March.

April is now upon us and with some form now in the books, plenty of teams will be heading into the first full month of the season with varying degrees of optimism. There are 55 MLS games to enjoy over the next five weeks and UK viewers will be able to enjoy 14 of them live on Sky Sports. More games could be added to the TV listings as the month goes on and they will be added to the list below when confirmed.

 

17 of the league’s 22 sides will play at least once on UK television in April, with Orlando City fans set to see their team play all five of their fixtures on Sky Sports over the next month.

Saturday, April 1st

New York City FC vs San Jose Earthquakes – 19:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Columbus Crew SC vs Orlando City – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Saturday, April 8th

Toronto FC vs Atlanta United – *00:30 BST – Sky Sports 3

*This game is officially listed as Sunday, April 9th but will take place late on the Saturday evening.

Sunday, April 9th

Orlando City vs New York Red Bulls – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Saturday, April 15th

Orlando City vs LA Galaxy – 20:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution – 22:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Saturday, April 22nd

Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact – 18:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Sunday, April 23rd

New York City FC vs Orlando City – 18:30 BST – Sky Sports 3

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Saturday, April 29th

Orlando City vs Colorado Rapids – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports Mix

New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire – *00:30 BST – Sky Sports 2

*This game officially takes place on Sunday, April 30th but will be played late on the Saturday evening.

Sunday, April 30th

Atlanta United vs DC United – 20:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

Chelsea still on course to be the greatest Premier League champions of all time

Chelsea took another huge step towards the Premier League title with an important win away at West Ham on Monday evening. The Blues are ten points clear once again after their title rivals closed the gap at the weekend, making the three points gained all the more impressive. With 11 games remaining are they on course to break the record for highest number of points reached in one season?

Back in the 2004/05 season, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea swept all before them and reached an astonishing 95 points, losing only one game and conceding just 15 goals. The Blues are currently on 66 points and with 33 points left to play for they could actually end the season on 99 points.

Remaining Premier League fixtures

Stoke (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester City (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Manchester United (A)
Southampton (H)
Everton (A)
Middlesborough (H)
West Brom (A)
Sunderland (H)
Watford (H) (TBA)

Chelsea’s run in is far kinder than some of their title rivals. They have played all of their away London Derbies and their toughest trip on the road will be Man Utd. The standout fixture is City at home, but there are no guarantees they will win every game. We can expect every side to be out to cause Chelsea immense difficulty, while they face some fixtures against teams who will be fighting against relegation.

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Conte’s squad

Antonio Conte has just 11 different starting lineups this season, the lowest of any Premier League side and the consistency is there for all to see. Every player has been a top performer and it’s easy to see why the squad are enjoying themselves so much. Diego Costa netted his 17th league goal of the season against West Ham and Eden Hazard added his 11th in the league – the pair have been scoring freely. But a mention has to go to Pedro, who completes the attacking spearhead, his Premier League contribution has been seven goals and seven assists.

N’Golo Kante

Kante looks set to win back-to-back Premier League titles and, given his impact on a side, there aren’t really any surprises. There is nothing else to say about the Frenchman that hasn’t already been said, but he will no doubt be the key player if Chelsea are to rack up eleven more wins this season and break their record.

No European fixtures

Chelsea have benefitted from not having European fixtures all season, their rivals in the title race have had more games. The Blues have their full attention on the games against City and United, while the two have Europe as a distraction. Conte’s side are still in the FA Cup but extra fixtures have rarely interrupted their domestic campaign.

Can they do it?

Given their performance levels this season Chelsea are more than capable of winning every game until the end of the season. It is a huge task for any side to go on an unbeaten run, let alone a winning one, so while it would be nice for the fans, chances are they will not be too worried if they don’t break the record, considering it’s theirs anyway.

Will Chelsea reach 99 points?

Will Manchester City hang on to secure a top four finish in the Premier League?

Manchester City are enduring a rough patch of Premier League form with just one win from their last six domestic outings and with some key games coming up, are they at risk of finishing outside of the top four? Lewis Addley explores…

The Premier League title race looks all but out of Manchester City‘s reach now as they trail leaders Leicester City by a huge 15 points. Recent form has seen City pick up just four points in their last six games and they are struggling to hold onto fourth place, let alone challenge at the summit.

After another poor performance at the weekend in their 1-0 loss against rivals Manchester United the gap has narrowed even more. They are now in the uncomfortable position of having to look over their shoulders at the chasing pack of Champions League hunters – fuelling talk among fans and pundits alike that they could slip out of the top four.

Current Premier League top six standings

Current Premier League standings – top six 

As we can see City are just two points ahead of West Ham United and Manchester United as we enter the international break. Over the previous six games City have dropped from second place to fourth and the gap has closed between them and fifth place by six points.

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When looking at Manchester City’s remaining league fixtures, a fair argument could be made that they have to deal with one of the trickiest run-ins out of any club.

Manchester City's remaining fixtures and previous league results

Manchester City’s remaining Premier League fixtures and corresponding results

By using the theory of mirroring their previous results this season against the sides they face in the run-in, Manchester City would finish this season on 69 points, picking up six more wins and adding 18 points to their current tally of 51.

While we aren’t suggesting those results will mirror exactly, it does give some good grounding to provide a potential final league points tally for City.

Wedged within these fixtures are City’s two season-defining ties against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, so the pressure will be on Manuel Pellegrini to ensure his squad priority is right when resting players for those games.

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So lets have a look at how this potential tally of 69 points compares to the number of points required to finish in the top four over the last five Premier League campaigns.

Points required to finish in the top four in the last five seasons

Points required to finish in the top four – last five seasons

As we can see, over the last three seasons 69 points would not have been enough to finish in the top four, but it would have secured Champions League football in the 2010/11 and 2011/2012 seasons.

City fans will be concerned about their league position as they will not want to be without Champions League football next season, especially with the imminent arrival of new boss Pep Guardiola. Playing in Europe’s top competition can certainly influence potential transfers and with a squad overhaul expected to take place, Guardiola will want to be able to lure some of the world’s top talents to the Etihad Stadium.

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It’s now time for the current City squad to step up and prove any doubters wrong by winning as many of their remaining fixtures as possible to ensure they finish in the top four. They do also have the potential pathway into the Champions League by winning the competition this term as they head towards that huge quarterfinal tie against PSG.

City have finished in the top three of the Premier League in each of the past five seasons and lifted the title at the end of the 2011/12 and 2013/14 campaigns.

Do you think Manchester City will finish in the top four this season?

Full list of 2015 MLS Preseason Schedules

The 2015 MLS season in almost upon us but clubs must first get through preseason in order to pick up match fitness in time for the season kickoff in March.

Most clubs have released full details of their preseason plans but some have yet to confirm their upcoming friendlies, while others will expect to announce more in upcoming weeks.

All the announced preseason fixtures ahead of the 2015 MLS season are as follows:

Chicago Fire

Thursday February 5: Norwich City vs. Chicago Fire – England

Thursday February 12: Queens Park Rangers vs. Chicago Fire – England

Sunday February 22: Chicago Fire vs. Stabaek – Providence Park, Portland (2015 Simple Invitational)

Wednesday February 25: Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire – Providence Park, Portland (2015 Simple Invitational)

Saturday February 28: Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Providence Park, Portland (2015 Simple Invitational)

Colorado Rapids

Sunday February 15: Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Las Vegas

Wednesday February 18: Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 21: Colorado Rapids vs New England Revolution – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Wednesday February 25: FC Tucson vs. Colorado Rapids – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 28: Colorado Rapids vs. TBD – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

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Columbus Crew

Friday February 13: Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas – ATX Pro Challenge, Texas

Sunday February 15: Columbus Crew vs. Austin Aztex/DC United – ATX Pro Challenge, Texas

DC United

Friday February 13: Austin Aztex vs. DC United – ATX Pro Challenge, Texas

Sunday February 15: DC United vs. Columbus Crew/FC Dallas – ATX Pro Challenge, Texas

Friday February 20: FC Dallas vs. DC United – Toyota Stadium, Texas

Thursday February 26: Alajuelense vs. DC United – CONCACAF Champions League, Costa Rica

Wednesday March 4: DC United vs. Alajuelense – CONCACAF Champions League, RFK Stadium

ATX Pro Challenge

FC Dallas

Friday February 13: FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew – ATX Pro Challenge, Texas

Sunday February 15: FC Dallas vs. Austin Aztex/DC United – ATX Pro Challenge, Texas

Friday February 20: FC Dallas vs. DC United – Toyota Stadium, Texas

Houston Dynamo

Wednesday February 4: Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo – Arizona

Saturday February 7: Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers – Arizona

Saturday February 21: Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Wednesday February 25: Houston Dynamo vs. New York City FC – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Saturday February 28: Houston Dynamo vs. Orlando City SC – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

LA Galaxy

Monday February 16: Hammarby vs. LA Galaxy – Stockholm, Sweden

Saturday February 21: Shamrock Rovers vs. LA Galaxy – Ireland

Montreal Impact

Tuesday February 24: Pachuca vs. Montreal Impact – CONCACAF Champions League, Mexico

Tuesday March 3: Montreal Impact vs. Pachuca – CONCACAF Champions League, Olympic Stadium

New England Revolution

Wednesday February 18: New England Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 21: New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Wednesday February 25: New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 28: New England Revolution vs. TBD – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

New York City FC

Tuesday February 10: New York City FC vs. St. Mirren – Manchester

Sunday February 15: New York City FC vs. Brondby – Manchester

Saturday February 21: New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Wednesday February 25: New York City FC vs. Houston Dynamo – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Saturday February 28: Charleston Battery vs. New York City FC – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

New York City FC and Orlando City SC

New York Red Bulls

Sunday February 1: New York Red Bulls vs. USF – Behind closer doors, Orlando

Thursday February 5: New York Red Bulls vs. Jacksonville Armada FC – Behind closed doors, Florida

Wednesday February 18: New York Red Bulls vs. HB Koge – IMG Tournament, Florida

Saturday February 21: New York Red Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Energy – IMG Tournament, Florida

Wednesday February 25:New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC – IMG Tournament, Florida

Saturday February 28: New York Red Bulls vs. TBD – IMG Tournament, Florida

Orlando City SC

Saturday February 21: Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Wednesday February 25: Charleston Battery vs. Orlando City SC – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Saturday February 28: Orlando City SC vs. Houston Dynamo – Carolina Challenge Cup, South Carolina

Philadelphia Union

Friday February 7: Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Philadelphia Union – Florida

Portland Timbers

Saturday January 31: Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City – Arizona

Saturday February 7: Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo – Arizona

Sunday February 22: Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Providence Park (2015 Simple Invitational)

Wednesday February 25: Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire – Providence Park (2015 Simple Invitational)

Saturday February 28: Portland Timbers vs. Stabaek – Providence Park (2015 Simple Invitational)

2015 Simple Invitational Portland

Real Salt Lake

Thursday February 12: Real Salt Lake vs. TBD – California

Wednesday February 18: Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 21: Real Salt Lake vs. Montreal Impact – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Wednesday February 25: Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 28: Real Salt Lake vs. TBD – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

San Jose Earthquakes

Saturday February 7: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Arizona

Sunday February 15: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids – Las Vegas

Saturday February 21: Sacramento Republic vs. San Jose Earthquakes – California

Seattle Sounders

Wednesday February 18: FC Tucson vs. Seattle Sounders – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 21: Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Wednesday February 25: Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 28: Seattle Sounders vs. TBD – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Sporting Kansas City

Saturday January 31: Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers – Arizona

Wednesday February 4: Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo – Arizona

Monday February 9: Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Arizona

Wednesday February 18: Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 21: Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Wednesday February 25: Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Saturday February 28: Sporting Kansas City vs. TBD – FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Arizona

Toronto FC

Wednesday February 18: Toronto FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC – IMG Tournament, Florida

Saturday February 21: Toronto FCvs. HB Koge – IMG Tournament, Florida

Wednesday February 25: Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls – IMG Tournament, Florida

Saturday February 28: Toronto FC vs. TBD – IMG Tournament, Florida

Vancouver Whitecaps

Wednesday February 4: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. New England Revolution – Arizona

Saturday February 7: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Arizona

Tuesday February 10: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo – Arizona

Sunday February 22: Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Providence Park (2015 Simple Invitational)

Wednesday February 25: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Stabaek – Providence Park (2015 Simple Invitational)

Saturday February 28: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Chicago Fire – Providence Park (2015 Simple Invitational)

Could Aston Villa’s Christmas curse drag them into relegation scrap?

Aston Villa are currently 13th in the Premier League table and sitting five points above the relegation zone as we approach the traditional busy Christmas period of fixtures.

Having gone on a six-game losing run between September and the beginning of November, Villa have turned it around slightly and have lost just one of their last six, picking up two wins and three draws.

However, a look at their form over Christmas in the last five years makes for a worrying read to those affiliated with the Midlands side.

Aston Villa’s Christmas fixtures in the last 5 years:

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They’ve managed just two wins in the festive period in the last five years, and with the one game they had postponed against Wigan in 2010, that makes for a record of two wins from 14 games.

Perhaps even more concerning for Villa is the recent end of year results, as the last two seasons has seen them gain just one point from those six games and they’ve lost the rest.

If the history since 2009 repeats itself then Aston Villa will find themselves very much in a fight to beat the drop once again.

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Paul Lambert’s side welcome the in-form Manchester United to Villa Park at the weekend before a trip to Wales to face Swansea City on Boxing Day, and then they host Sunderland in their last game of 2014.

Will Aston Villa comfortably survive relegation this season?