The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

“La BBC contra el Muro Amarillo,” ran Tuesday’s front page headline in Madrid’s football newspaper, Marca. Translated as, “the BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) against the Yellow Wall,” the paper focused on the challenge posed to Real Madrid’s superstars at Signal-Iduna Park in Westphalia, Germany. The Yellow Wall describes the 25,000 capacity grandstand behind the goal…

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The Big Analysis: Burnley vs Watford

Monday night saw Sean Dyche take on his former team in Watford. Watford have been in fine form in recent weeks, impressing against a poor Manchester United side and beating West Ham in extraordinary circumstances – coming back from 2-0 down to win 4-2. So the 1,400 travelling Watford fans were in high spirits before…

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The Big Analysis: Napoli vs Chievo

Last season was one of immense promise but little satisfaction for the residents of Naples. The overwhelming majority of them are die hard supporters of Napoli, and as we have seen so often in recent years, their club flattered to deceive. Maurizio Sarri was an unheralded appointment when he took charge as he came to…

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The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Darmstadt

There are few clubs in European football that added more young talent to their squad over the course of the transfer window than Borussia Dortmund. Emre Mor, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembélé, Mikel Merino and Raphaël Guerreiro joined established domestic players Mario Götze, Sebastien Rode and André Schürrle in becoming part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Harnessing…

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The Big Analysis: Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia

Last season couldn’t have been more contrasting for Athletic Bilbao and Valencia. Valencia showed promise following a whole host of talented signings, including the likes of Álvaro Negredo, Matthew Ryan, André Gomes and Rodrigo, however their season was derailed with four managerial appointments and many results going against them – including a 7-0 thrashing by…

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The Big Analysis: Inter vs Juventus

The Derby d’Italia was the standout fixture in Serie A last weekend as champions Juventus visited the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to face Inter. The Old Lady of Turin were heavy favourites coming into the match with a 100 percent record in their opening three league matches. Meanwhile Inter coach Frank de Boer was under pressure…

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The Big Analysis: Fiorentina vs Roma

It’s still early days in the race for the Seria A title, however the implications of this particular match may prove influential down the line for both clubs. Roma entered this season looking to build upon their standing as a perennial challenger, with Fiorentina looking to turn their playing style into a winning formula that…

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The Big Analysis: Juventus vs Sevilla

The first round of Champions League group stage fixtures produced one of the most intriguing tactical match-ups of the season so far as Juventus hosted Europa League holders Sevilla. The match would provide an interesting insight into the progress being made by new Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli as he looks to implement his unique football…

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The Big Analysis: Celtic vs Rangers

The anticipation and fanfare that surrounds the Old Firm game creates an allure that football fans around the world find infectious. The rivalry between the two clubs stretches back over a century, with their recent past only serving to stoke up this competitiveness further. Despite the sides’ meeting in both domestic cup competitions in the…

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