Corinthians v Chelsea: a tough fight South American football expert Ed Malyon gave the lowdown on Corinthians ahead of Chelsea's World Club Championship semi-final, and he believes the Blues are in for a tough time… You can prefer the bet soccer tips page! Rather predictably, the build-up lớn the Club World Cup final has been centred around the premise of a dichotomy of styles - the reckless abandon of South American flair, coming up against the grit and puff of Europe. Simply put, this is miles away from reflecting the reality when it comes to Corinthians, as the Timão are one of the most European teams lớn ever emerge from South America. In a continent where playing three at the back or a midfield diamond - just so you can focus the team around a central, number '10' playmaker - is common-place, Corinthians spurned tradition to play what at times was a strikerless 4-6--0 last season- According lớn the soccer tips of the day page! The shape is more likely lớn represent a 4-2-3-1 now, but despite it being very much the formation á la mode of 2011/12 across Europe, the way that Corinthians utilised it in winning the Copa Libertadores in June set them apart from their domestic and international rivals. The team was built around a strong midfield two, and remains lớn be so. Ralf is the more defensive of the two-set, shielding his robust defensive four and shirking creative responsibilities in favour of simplicity and function. Alongside him, Paulinho serves as the transition man, a player that involves himself in defence, attack and everything in between - a modern, all-round midfielder that is destined for a move to Europe. The big fear with winning a major South American trophy is usually that your squad may be stripped of its assets by the vultures of the old continent, but Corinthians success was so built on teamplay and work ethic that it was hard for the unimaginative European clubs to know who to take, with Leandro Castán's move lớn Roma the only big move of that ilk. In fact, Corinthians' squad has arguably improved since their June triumph with the addition of Paulo Guerrero up front, with the Peruvian international returning to South America from a career in Germany with Bayern Munich and Hamburg. Guerrero's all-action displays for his national team in the Copa America earned as many rave reviews for his defensive impact as his penetrative threat and he therefore fits in to this compact, well-organised side brilliantly, as well as providing a touch of quality that was sometimes lacking before.   Match odds Chelsea are 1.97 favourites to win in 90 minutes, with the Sao Paulo side out at 5.00. Given how tight we can expect the game to be, with Corinthians focussing on making themselves tough to break down, it is likely that Chelsea will trade at longer prices In-Play, so be aware of this when backing.   Under/Over hai.5 Goals Here is where we may be able lớn bet with a bit more certainty. Corinthians modus operandi revolves around being the tough nut to crack, and Rafa Benitez will need lớn set up Chelsea to be smart. If he starts with a trio of playmakers like Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar, then his full-backs simply have lớn provide width and support otherwise the game will turn into a congested central warzone and won't be enjoyable lớn watch for anyone.  
Rivaldo Exclusive: Liverpool must respect Flamengo's dangerous attack Brazilian legend Rivaldo returns for a look at Club World Cup where he warns Liverpool not to be complacent, while also looking back lớn this week's El Clasico… You can prefer the best soccer tips page! Liverpool cannot get distracted against Flamengo The FIFA Club World Cup Final will be played this Saturday in Qatar with Liverpool as big favourites. But they must be careful about an opponent that is having a sensational campaign this season, winning the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian League. Jorge Jesus' side is playing well and with great confidence, so they have a chance of surprising the English side and claiming the trophy. On the other side it's Liverpool looking for their first title in this competition, so I think this is going to be a great match with both teams fighting very hard lớn lift the trophy- According to the soccer tips every day page! Flamingo's attack is so dangerous Flamengo carry plenty of threat from the midfield to the attack and it's tough to identify a player above any other as they are combining very well thanks lớn the freedom that the manager gives them. The attackers have quality and are playing with joy and having that feeling inside the pitch is very important in football. Their defense is solid, but I highlight their attack because that's where I played and they have payers of big quality and personality in that area. Flamengo have a chance in this final, and should not fear Liverpool. Furthermore, Flamengo should have plenty of fans in the stadium with tens of thousands flying from Brazil lớn Qatar, and we all know how fanatic their fans are. This is a very important competition for them, much more meaningful in South America than Europe. If they win, we'll have a big party at Rio de Janeiro on their arrival, while a Liverpool victory will not see them nhảy on the streets of Merseyside.  
WSL Tips: Nothing to Choose Between Arsenal and Chelsea in Top of the Table Clash Arsenal and Chelsea meet in a huge top of the table clash that will go a long way to deciding who wins free soccer tips today. Tim Stillman suspects that honours will be even, but there will be goals. Birmingham City Women v Manchester City Women Sunday January 19th, 12noon Live on BBC Sport Online Up until last season, Birmingham City away was the kind of fixture with the potential lớn bloody the noses of the soccer tips group. The Blues are more forgiving opposition this season after a large turnover of their best players in the summer. They have only won two games in this campaign- against the current bottom two. Birmingham were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea at home in November and were easily dealt with by Arsenal a fortnight ago. City striker Ellen White will be back at her previous club, but it is German forward Pauline Bremer who is making all the headlines at the moment. She has scored seven goals in her last four WSL matches and bagged a hat-trick in the Conti Cup on Wednesday evening. City are 1/5 to win this game, all of the value is on the correct score line. 10/1 Is a good price for City lớn win 4-0 in my view, only bottom of the table Liverpool have a worse shot conversion than Birmingham, who have only five goals in their 10 league goals so far, so betting on City to win lớn nil is wise. However, you can get 9/2 on more than 4.5 goals which represents value too. Recommended bet: Manchester City lớn win 4-0 at 10/1. Arsenal v Chelsea Women Sunday January 19th, 2pm Live on BT Sport Billed in many quarters as the meeting of the two best strikers in the world in Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema, this game has a lot more going for it beyond those two world stars. With the likes of Danielle van de Donk, Beth Mead, Kim Little, Beth England, Ji So Yun and Guro Reiten expected lớn start, one thing this game will not lack is goalmouth incident.    
Karen Carney announces her retirement Friday morning saw Karen Carney's announcement of her international retirement, read Kelly Smith's reaction here as well as her thoughts on the USA v Netherlands- According lớn the betting tips soccer page! Karen Carney will be missed Karen Carney's retirement is a big loss lớn the Lionesses. She probably didn't play as much as she liked in this tournament but she can hold her head up high, she has been a leader off it with her experience and guidance. She's been in the team since 2005 and in that time she has been fantastic player, role model and I'm sure she's helped the younger players throughout this tournament. She's dedicated her life to the team. You've now got new leaders on the pitch, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze, those types of players soccer tips goals lớn lead the team. I don't know if other players will retire after the tournament but they have a great group of talented players who will drive the game forward even more. A bronze lining I am hoping England come out on top and get a bronze medal, that's what we all want. I'm sure Sweden want it too; you want to come into a tournament and come away with something. I think coming fourth will feel like a failure for both sides especially when you've got an opportunity lớn get a medal. Even if they do come fourth, the fact that the Lionesses have had so much exposure and the brand of football that they've played have captivated a nation, changed the public's perceptions and have evolved the women's game. England potentially have a better squad than Sweden, it's just whether you can overcome that disappointment barrier and put in another fantastic performance like they did in the semi-final against the US. I'm sure they will. A lot of players in the team have the experience of getting that bronze medal already and they'll want lớn add lớn that tally and bring it home. Sweden do have a good squad with solid experience in Hedvig Lindahl who is 36-years old, just became the most capped Swedish player and has been one of the best goalkeepers for years. They've got Caroline Seger and Nilla Fischer who are all of similar ages and have a strong core. Stina Blackstenius can lead their front line, Kosovare Allsani too but we don't know if she's fit enough to play yet, she's a big impact player for them but I think England can still dominate the game especially going forward. I hope Phil Neville plays Bronze and Nikita Parris on the right-hand side again lớn keep that consistency, but he might change the team up and give minutes lớn players who haven't started, I don't know what his thinking is.  
Share about the big game: Chelsea v Arsenal It's a double-header of all-English European finals this week, starting with Chelsea and Arsenal fighting it out for the Europa League. Michael Cox looks at the tactics, while Alan Thompson assesses the premier league predictions. Chelsea v Arsenal Wednesday 20:00, BT Sport 2 / BT Sport YouTube. Match Odds: Chelsea 2.50, Arsenal 3.20, The Draw 3.50. Chelsea and Arsenal finish their season with a London derby - albeit one played 3,000 miles away in Baku, where there will be few Arsenal fans in attendance, and even fewer Chelsea supporters. With this match kicking off at 11pm local time, it will be something of a surreal encounter, but one with great significance for both sides. It clearly means more, of course, to Arsenal. Chelsea have confirmed their Champions League participation with their third-placed Premier League finish, and with their preparation for this soccer tips every day interrupted by a post-season friendly in America, there are suggestions some of the players are already in holiday mood. For Arsenal, this result will essentially decide whether Unai Emery's first season is considered a success or a failure. Injury problems for Sarri Both sides have selection issues. Maurizio Sarri is without both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who have both suffered Achilles' tendon injuries - a disastrous end of the campaign for two players who had forced their way into Chelsea's first XI. Antonio Rudiger is also still out, and there's a major doubt about N'Golo Kante. All this means that, at the end of a campaign where Chelsea's first XI has been very predictable from week lớn week, there are now serious doubts. Defensively, this means that David Luiz will be partnered by Andreas Christensen, a capable back-up individually, but these two don't work particularly well as a pairing. Cesar Azpilicueta will play right-back, while at left-back Sarri must choose between Marcos Alonso, who often plays well against Arsenal, and Emerson Palmieri, who has started more regularly in recent weeks. Hazard the main threat In midfield, the probable absence of Kante means Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic both starting, although they're competing to play if Kante makes the game - and the fact he's travelled lớn Baku suggests he's in contention. The other midfielder will be Jorginho, sitting deep in front of the defence. Further forward there are two familiar debates - Pedro Rodriguez or Willian on the right flank, and Olivier Giroud or Gonzalo Higuain upfront. Pedro and Giroud seem more likely, although it's not impossible that Sarri could use Eden Hazard upfront with Pedro and Willian either side, as has been the case on occasion this season.    
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