Leeds vs Chelsea Rivalry, Probable Lineups, Formation Chart, Match Facts

19 December 2012 | Capital One Cup | Elland Road | Kick Off – 19.45


Leeds United and Chelsea share one of the nastiest rivalry in the history of the game and is all set to be reignited as both the teams meet after a break of more than 8 years. Last time these two clubs met was way back in 2004 when Chelsea beat Leeds 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea a London club and Leeds, the powerhouse from Yorkshire, are known for their fierce battles. Both the camps are filled with hatred for each other. Everything started after the notorious 1970 FA Cup final. A wrestling match of sorts as challenges went flying.

Back then Leeds’ football firm called as the Service Crew had regular fights with Chelsea’s Headhunters. Of course. Leeds’ rivalry with Manchester United is known worldwide but with Chelsea it’s like an underground affair. The differnce between the two sides currently is bit too much as Chelsea are vying for the Premier League with Leeds not even in the picture for the Championship title.

The current Chelsea side, will know little of this rivalry so Rafa Benitez has given the squad a lesson of sorts about it. Frank Lampard will know of the importance of this fixture and should be a definite start for the match.

Probable Starting Lineups

Leeds United (4-3-3): Kenny, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Drury, Austin, White, Brown, Diouf, Becchio, McCormack
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Lampard, Mikel, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Torres

Formation Chart

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Match Facts & Stats

  • Chelsea have never lost a match against Leeds in League Cup matches.
  • Leeds United have been tremendous this season, when it comes to clean sheets as their defence has only leaked one goal in the competition.
  • At Elland Road, two Premier League clubs in Southampton and Everton have already been knocked out.
  • Chelsea have lost twice previously at the same stage they find themselves now.
  • Last Championship side to knock out Chelsea was Burnely.
  • Chelsea have scored goals at will in their last two Capital One Cup matches against Man Utd and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Suso Fined by FA for a Tweet, A Friendly Banter Costs Liverpool Yougster £10,000

Liverpool’s rising star Suso was fined £10,000 and warned about his future conduct by FA today for an apparent homophobic tweet where he referred ot his fellow team mate Jose Enrique as ‘gay’. 

The tweet took place a few days ago and read, “What f*** is he doing? This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.” The player later deleted the tweet and replaced it with the following, “”I dunno what to say…”.

In Suso’s defence the picture of Jose Enrique along with the tweet was crazy and it demanded something obnoxious. But the FA don’t take lightly to these things and imposed a hefty fine.

Here is the FA statement, “The charge, which the player admitted and requested a paper hearing, was that he acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute in that the comment was posted on his Twitter account and included a reference to a person’s sexual orientation and/or disability.”

We are guessing Jose Enrique to pay a share of the fine as the photo was absolutely bonkers.


Reading vs Arsenal 2-5 Highlights & Goals (Video) | Premier League

17 Decmber 2012 | Madejski Stadium

Theo Walcott made a rare start to the Arsenal lineup as the gunners smashed 5 past a terrible Reading defence. It did look like that the comeback might be on when Reading pulled 2 goals back with Le Fondre and Kebe goals but Walcott scored the 5th to put the game to the rest. Podolski started the rout with a fine finish after that it was a Santi Cazorla show as he hit a perfect hat trick. Left foot, right foot and a diving header.

Arsene Wenger can breath a sigh of relief, at least till the next match.


Reading – Adam Le Fondre goal vs Arsenal (66′), Jimmy Kebe goal vs Arsenal (71′)
Arsenal – Lukas Podolski goal vs Reading (14′), Santi Cazorla goals vs Reading (32′, 35′, 60′), Theo Walcott goal vs Reading (80′)

Reading Starting Lineup –  Federici, Cummings, Shorey, Gorkss, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Tabb, Kebe, McAnuff, Hunt, Pogrebnyak
Arsenal Starting Lineup – Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Podolski

Watch all the highlights below.

Arsenal Set to Move for Fernando Llorente in the January Transfer Window

Arsenal Transfer News | 17 Dec 12

Arsene Wenger is perhaps looking at his most busiest January transfer window with his critics growing in number very rapidly. The failure of Gervinho up front means that Arsenal will definitely be strenghthening that department. The gunners are strongly linked with Schalke’s Dutch striker Huntelaar but Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente looks like the number one target.

Llorente has fallen out with Bilbao is not really a news to anyone and a striker of such ability will be good for any team. Hence Arsenal will face a tough test with other clubs also eyeing up the player. But their have been rumors that Santi Cazorla is pushing his fellow Spaniard to make a move to the London side.

Llorente’s contract with Bilbao ends this coming summer and a transfer is most likely to be agreed in January. The Spaniard has just started one game for Bilbao this season and is not the most favorite of the crowd hence a move right now makes a lot of sense for the striker. It remains to be seen where he would land up as clubs like Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Juventus and Arsenal all want him.

Best Football Movies Ever Made! A Top 10 List of Best Soccer Action in Films

We do movies and we do football, so it was kind of about time this list made its presence felt here. We bring you the 10 best football movies ever made. Its about Football as in Futbol and not American Football. The term Soccer had been added so that our American readers don’t confuse it with the other sport.

In most of the movies, football is the center of attraction but in some of them the sport plays a important role if not the main role.

In no particular order, here is the list of best football movies ever made.

10) Mean Machine (2001)

The movie stars hard man and former footballer Vinnie Jones in the lead role and is directed by Barry Skolnick. The movie is about a group of inmates, lead by Vinnie Jones take on the prison guards in a match of football. We all know what happens next.

9) Pelada (2010)

A 2010 documentary about pick-up games, which is directed by  Luke Boughen , Rebekah Fergusson & Gwendolyn Oxenham. Boughen & Oxenham travel to about 25 countries and play the local versions of the game. Football lovers will definitely dig this.

8) Green Street Hooligans (2005)

The movie focuses purely on hooliganism involved in football. Maybe it has died down in the past few years but nobody can ignore that it used to be a big part of the games. The movie stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunman.

7) Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

The movie got famous as a number of familiar faces made appearances. Players such as Zidane, Beckham, Gerrard and even Titus Bramble.

6) A Shot at Glory (2000)

Robert Duvall is perhaps the most recognizable Hollywood face which can be associated with football. In the movie Duvall manages a made up Scottish club known as Kilnockie whose main strike is played by professional player Ally McCoist.

5) United (2011)

United is a tv movie directed by James Strong which focuses on Manchester United’s famous Busby Babes and also on the Munich disaster.

4) Will (2011)

It is a movie about a boy who travels to Istanbul for the Champions League final between AC Milan and Liverpool. Quite well done.

3) Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Directed by Gurinder Chandha, it stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley & Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Quite hilarious at times.

2) Escape to Victory (1981)

It is one of the best football movies ever made. Its about a group of prisoners in a German Prison camp, coached by Michael Caine who plays as an ex West Ham player. It also stars Sylvester Stallone and also features legends like Bobby Moore and Pele.

1) The Damned United (2009)

Directed by Tom Hooper, The Damned United features Michael Sheen as Brian Clough and his tenure as the manager of Leeds United. Michael Sheen is great in the movie.

Ravindra Jadeja Bowls the Worst Ball in the History of Cricket (Video)

England wrapped up the series against India few hours ago but something happened in the 4th day of the match which was quite hilarious. Ravindra Jadeja bowled an absolute mockery of a ball in the 2nd innings of the test match. Jonathan Trott was the batsman who took advantage of the ridiculous ball and dispatched it to the boundary. The ball was rolling on the ground till the time it reach Trott or when Trott reached the ball.

Watch Ravindra Jadeja’s ridiculous ball vs England below.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 4-1 Highlights & Goals (Video) | La Liga

16 December 2012 | Camp Nou

Barcelona thrashed their closest rivals this season in terms of the league table, Atletico Madrid, 4-1. Messi scored a brace, Busquets one and Adriano scoring an absolute screamer.


Barcelona – Adriano (36′), Sergio Busquets (45′), Lionel Messi (57′, 88′)
Atletico Madrid – Radamel Falcao (31′)

Barcelona Starting Lineup – Valdes, Adriano, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Messi, Pedro
Atletico Madrid Starting Lineup –  Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Koke, Mario Suarez, Gabi, Arda, Diego Costa, Falcao

Watch the highlights below.

FC Barcelona 4 Atlético de Madrid 1 by acosart