A highly-anticipated encounter between top-four hopefuls Atalanta and AC Milan is perhaps the fitting way to sign off Sunday’s feisty Serie A fixtures. Juventus and Inter Milan were both given a much greater chance of finishing top of the table. While things seem to be heading in the right direction for AC Milan, the contrary appears to be happening to Atalanta. AC Milan played out a tight 1-1 draw with then out-of-form Atalanta back in August. Papu Gomez, Josip Ilicic, Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata, and others reached all dizzying heights under the former Inter Milan coach’s tutelage.
The Hard Tackle looks at three key players to watch out for in the Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle United. On the other hand, Eddie Howe has steered Newcastle United to the upper echelons of English football. The Brazilian international has been excellent throughout the season, fortifying the Manchester United midfield with his presence. Like Casemiro at Manchester United, he has galvanised Newcastle United since his arrival last year while capturing the attention of Real Madrid. All in all, the Manchester United skipper will be one of the go-to players for Erik ten Hag.22 days ago TheHardTackle.com
Real Madrid will host Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the latest instalment of the Madrid Derby on Saturday. The Santiago Bernabeu will play host to the high-voltage rivalry between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. They were 2-0 down within the first 20 minutes but managed to bounce back and put five past the Premier League team. On the other hand, the visitors Atletico Madrid will be eager to get one better against their rivals. Real Madrid have lost only out of their last 11 meetings against Atletico Madrid.24 days ago TheHardTackle.com
The Hard Tackle looks at three key players to watch out for in the much-awaited game between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Tuesday. Conversely, Real Madrid are not at their imperious best, as Carlo Ancelotti continues to oversee an inconsistent season. And now, he has made a timely return, right before the big clash against Real Madrid. Real Madrid have an accomplished set of players in their ranks, particularly in the offensive unit. Vinicius will have a key role to play for Real Madrid, especially as Karim Benzema has been struggling with fitness issues.27 days ago TheHardTackle.com
Manchester United will aim to keep pace with Arsenal and Manchester City when they welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford on Saturday. But ten Hag has overseen a dramatic change in fortunes, with Manchester United only five points behind Arsenal and Manchester City on the table. With Arsenal and Manchester City dropping points, Manchester United might be in the hunt for the title. The reverse fixture saw Manchester United eke out a 1-0 win over Leicester City, with Jadon Sancho scoring the match-winner. PredictionManchester United 3-1 Leicester CityManchester United and Leicester City usually produce engrossing affairs when they clash.1 month ago TheHardTackle.com
The Reds are in atrocious form coming into this game and they have failed to win their last four league matches. Meanwhile, Everton are 18th in the league table and only Southampton have picked up fewer points than them in the league. In the Liverpool midfield, Fabinho will operate as the defensive midfielder and he will look to break up the Everton play. Everton are unbeaten in 4 of their last 6 matches against Liverpool in all competitions. The most common result of matches between Liverpool FC and Everton FC is 0-0.1 month ago TheHardTackle.com
The Hard Tackle looks at three key players to watch out for in the highly-anticipated game between Tottenham and Manchester City. Last season Tottenham proved they were the bogey team for Manchester City. Moreover, Manchester City have a great chance to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal after Mikel Arteta’s side lost to Everton on Saturday. Away from all that, Haaland’s most potent weapon is scoring goals, and he will be the most important player for Manchester City in this aspect. Harry KaneKane has a more significant role for Tottenham than Haaland for Manchester City.1 month ago TheHardTackle.com
The Hard Tackle analyses the business conducted by Tottenham Hotspur and gives its verdict on their performance in the January transfer window. Of course, Tottenham have had a quiet January transfer window compared to last season. It was not a very exciting window for Spurs fans, but they stepped up in the final days of the transfer window to get some deals over the line. Coming into the window, Spurs fans will have told you that their biggest weakness in the starting eleven was at right wing-back. This deadlock resulted in a mixed bag in the winter transfer window.1 month ago TheHardTackle.com