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All-Star Musicians Tapped For NOLA Crawfish Festival Between Jazz Fest Weekends

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first_imgNOLA Crawfish King and Live for Live Music are thrilled to present the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival, bringing together some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, food, and craft beer at a brand new home of Central City BBQ. Taking place in the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3, NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom. Featuring some of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Crescent City along with national favorites, this year’s talent includes George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and many more in various unique supergroup formations.The festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, live music, and beer the city has to offer. The full roster of artists includes George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Eric Krasno, John “Papa” Gros, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall, June Yamagishi, Corey Henry, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Raymond Weber, Cris Jacobs, Raw Oyster Cult, Terence Higgins, Khris Royal, Boukou Groove, Eric Lindell, Simon Lott, Joe Ashlar and Organ Freeman. Anticipate various super jams, exciting collaborations and surprise sit-ins, all in true New Orleans fashion.The festival will run from 3 PM to 10 PM each day. Attendees can enjoy over 5,000 pounds of hot boiled crawfish prepared on-site by Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Crawfish King staff, ice-cold beer from NOLA Brewing Company, and critically acclaimed barbecue from Central City BBQ. The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges.General admission includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish, complete with all the fixings. BBQ dishes will also be available for purchase. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of Super VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience that you will never forget.A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The CAN’d Aid Foundation‘s “Send Me A Friend“ program, which was launched in partnership with Anders Osborne to provide newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals a support network to enable them to get back to work.More information and tickets are available here. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. This event is rain or shine.Daily Breakdowns5/1:Khris Royal & Dark Matter + special guestsGood Enough For Good Times (Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Simon Lott & Joe Ashlar)Eric LindellNeville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade)5/2:Boukou GrooveAlvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory With Luther DickinsonMVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins & Raymond Weber)NCF Funk Squad (Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., John Medeski & Terence Higgins)5/3:Organ FreemanRaw Oyster CultCorey Henry & The Treme FunktetCrawfish Fest All Stars (George Porter Jr., John “Papa” Gros, June Yamagishi, Terence Higgins) + special guests TicketsGA Includes:-Music-2 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-1 specialty brew per day (21+)VIP Single-Day Includes:-Music-5 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-3 specialty brews per day (21+)-1 BBQ platter each day-Limited edition event poster-Private outdoor VIP hang area with bar access-No-wait VIP entrance-VIP viewing area (at one stage)VIP Three-Day Includes:-Music-5 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-4 specialty brews per day (21+)-1 BBQ platter each day-Free signed limited edition event poster-Private outdoor VIP Hang Area W/ Bar access-No-wait VIP entrance-VIP Viewing Area (at one stage)-Artist Meet ‘n’ Greet each day W/Headliner-1 free Ticket to Nola Crawfish Kings 17th Annual Jazz Fest Crawfish Bash W/Erica Falls on May 7th Just outside the gates of Jazz Fest-1 Free Ticket to All 3 NCF after showsSuper VIP Includes:-Everything from VIP 3 Day Pass-Open bar all 3 days-BBQ Platter each day-Backstage Access-Personal concierge service-1 free Ticket to Nola Crawfish Kings 17th Annual Jazz Fest Crawfish Bash W/Erica Falls on May 7th Just outside the gates of Jazz Fest-1 Free Ticket to All 3 NCF after showsMore info/tickets available here.last_img read more

Gary Lineker mocks Arsenal after Liverpool’s unbeaten run is ended by Watford

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first_img 1/1 Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles remain the only team to go an entire Premier League season unbeaten (Picture: AP/Getty)Gary Lineker joked that Arsenal enjoyed their ‘best result of the season’ after Watford ended Liverpool’s unbeaten run with a stunning 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.Liverpool have had an imperious start to the campaign and were threatening to match Arsene Wenger’s 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ team after going 44 games without suffering a single defeat in the Premier League.But Jurgen Klopp’s men produced a strangely lacklustre performance against a spirited Watford side on Saturday who came out all guns blazing with a dominant second-half performance.An inspired Ismaila Sarr scored a quickfire double to put the Hornets in the driving seat before Troy Deeney capitalised on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s misplaced backpass to put the hosts out of sight with 20 minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Mar 2020 12:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Skip Full Screen Top articles View 3 comments Advertisement / Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More PLAY Read More About Connatix V67539 Mikel Arteta previews Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Portsmouth after crashing out of Europa LeagueTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57FullscreenMikel Arteta previews Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Portsmouth after crashing out of Europa Leaguehttps://metro.co.uk/video/mikel-arteta-previews-arsenals-fa-cup-clash-portsmouth-crashing-europa-league-2120986/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Klopp speculated that Liverpool’s defeat could prove to be a positive for his players as they will no longer be worrying about their unbeaten record.‘The most important thing is congratulations to Watford, well deserved,’ the German said.‘In the first half there were football things that didn’t work out for us and overall we didn’t create enough and that’s what leads to a defeat but it’s just one football game and we have to admit that Watford was the better team.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked whether he cared that Liverpool could no longer repeat Arsenal’s feat of 2003/04, he replied: ‘Not really, because I don’t think you can break records because you want to break records.‘You break records because you are 100 per cent focused on each step.‘It was clear that at some time we would lose a game. We didn’t wait for it but it was clear that it would happen. Tonight it happened.‘I see it rather positive. Because from now on we can play free football again. We don’t have to defend or try to get the record we just can try to win football games again.’AdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Frank Lampard accused of making mistake at Chelsea with record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga Sarr scored a six-minute brace for Watford at the start of the second half (Picture: Getty)Later of Match of the Day, Lineker said: ‘Great performance [from Watford], no question about that. As good as Watford were, though, Liverpool had an off day.‘But it’s not very often that everybody has an off day!‘They’re still miles clear, 22 points clear. It’s a blip, a gentle little reminder perhaps that football ain’t that easy.’ Read Morecenter_img 1 min. story Read More Watford 3-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:23FullscreenWatford 3-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/watford-3-0-liverpool-jurgen-klopp-press-conference-2121254/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal’s official Twitter account sent a classy message to Liverpool shortly after Watford’s victory, congratulating their rivals on a phenomenal run of results in the English top flight.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Liverpool’s defeat will undoubtedly come as a relief to many Arsenal fans who will still be reeling from their Europa League elimination at the hands of Olympiacos but can now celebrate the fact they still remain the only team to go an entire season unbeaten.Former Tottenham and England star Lineker chimed in with his own take on Twitter, hailing Watford’s win as Arsenal’s standout result of the campaign.‘Definitely Arsenal’s best result of the season. #invincibles,’ he told his 7.5 million followers. Definitely @Arsenal’s best result of the season. #invincibles— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 29, 2020 Coming Next SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Advertisement Read More Video Settings Skip Ad Gary Lineker mocks Arsenal after Liverpool’s unbeaten run is ended by Watford Klopp believes the defeat could ease the pressure on Liverpool’s players (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer added: ‘They had the attitude today that they can just turn up to a game and it’s gonna happen.‘That’s never the attitude to have in football because you’ll get turned over as they did today.‘It’s a bad day at the office but they will be back.’last_img read more

Igokea and Siroki in the Final of the Basketball Cup BiH

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first_imgBasketball teams Igokea and Siroki will play in the final Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the first semifinal match of the final tournament in Sarajevo, Igokea overcame the team Zrinjski with the result 96:51, while Siroki was better than Sparsa with 66:63.Heslip with 32 points, Kantic with 14 and Milosevic with 10 points were the most efficient while the most effective player in the team Zrinjski was Princ with 12 points.In the team of Siroki, Toni Katic scored 18 points, while for Sparsa, the most effective were Nedim Buza with 16 points and Mirza Bulic with 12 points.The final match will be played on Saturday at 17:00 o’clock.Semifinal Results:Igokea – Zrinjski 96:51Siroki – Spars 66:63(Source: Radiosarajevo/ photo portal24)last_img read more

Manchester United look lacklustre in final pre-season friendly against Bayern

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first_imgManchester United failed to impress as they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly.Jose Mourinho’s side were on the back foot for the vast majority of the game and a Javi Martinez header saw them slump to defeat. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? boost RANKED smart causal Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arjen Robben looked to have added a late second, but it was quickly ruled out for offside.Lee Grant played the final 15 minutes for Manchester United and Mourinho fielded multiple youngsters, including 17-year-old James Garner.United will kick-off their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester on Friday night. possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED IN DEMAND Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade center_img The clash of two European giants produced an uneventful first half and both teams headed into the second period on equal footing.To United’s credit, they made themselves a tough nut to crack at the Allianz, but Bayern ultimately did make the breakthrough on 59 minutes.Thiago’s corner found Javi Martinez and the Spaniard nodded past David de Gea with a simple headed finish from inside the six-yard box. Latest Manchester United News Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Chris Smalling battled Robert Lewandowski deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder last_img read more

Juventus vs Roma headlines Serie A week 17

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first_img Tags: Italian Serie Atop Lazio vs CagliariStadio Olimpico, RomeSaturday, 22-12-2018 @02:30pmBoth Lazio and Cagliari are desperate to end their lengthy winless streaks, but the pressure is building on Simone Inzaghi. The Biancocelesti are without a victory in their last seven games in all competitions and haven’t won in Serie A since a 4-1 win at home over SPAL on November 4. That poor run of form has seen them fall off the pace in the race for the Champions League places and a win here will be vital for Simone Inzaghi’s men to remain in the hunt over the Christmas period. The Aquile’s last match was a 1-0 loss away to Atalanta in Bergamo, where Duvan Zapata’s 58-second goal sealed the three points. Inzaghi’s boys huffed and puffed their way through that match and thought they had equalised late on when Francesco Acerbi turned in from close range, but after the celebrations died down the goal was chalked off correctly by VAR for a marginal offside. The Capital outfit have won just four games at home in the league this season, while drawing twice and losing the other two, and they will need to start to pick up home wins soon if they hope to qualify for the Champions League. Inzaghi will have to do without the services of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who is a long-term injury absentee, while Valon Berisha has returned to training after his injury problems.The Sardinians meanwhile are on a similar run of poor form, going six Serie A rounds without a win. However, they have only lost twice in their last nine games, while drawing the other five proving that they are a resilient and resolute side under Rolando Maran. Their last outing was a narrow 1-0 loss at home to Napoli in which Arkadiusz Milik’s excellent free kick in injury time gave three points to the Partenopei. Top scorer Leonardo Pavoletti is again missing through injury and he is joined on the side-lines by Greek defender Charalambos Lykogiannis and midfielder Lucas Castro. Meanwhile Luca Ceppitelli and Darijo Srna are still suspended after their red cards in the 2-2 draw with Roma.Cagliari haven’t won against Lazio in Rome since 2009, losing all seven visits on the bounce, conceding 18 goals.Empoli vs SampdoriaStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmEmpoli are seeking their fourth consecutive home victory, but host a Sampdoria side rediscovering their form and unbeaten in four. Samp haven’t lost in the league since their 4-1 defeat away to Roma in the middle of November and will be a tough test for 14th-placed Empoli. The home side themselves are in great form coming into Week 17, winning three and drawing one ahead of last weekend’s Tuscan Derby loss to Fiorentina. Empoli won the Serie B title last season and are enjoying their time in the top flight, sitting five points clear of the drop zone. A win for Beppe Iachini’s men would only move them up one place in the table to 13th, but would take the pressure off going into Christmas.As for Sampdoria, they will be hoping to enter the festive period in the European places and victory could lift them as high as fourth.The home side have four players at risk of suspension going into the game, with Domenico Maietta, Leonardo Capezzi, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Ismaël Bennacer all holding four yellow cards. Rade Krunic does sit out a one-match ban in midfield.Gianluca Caprari scored his third Serie A goal of the season for Sampdoria last time out against Parma and he’ll be looking to continue his form in front of goal. Bartosz Bereszynski is still out of action, so Jacopo Sala again takes on the role of full-back. Marco Giampaolo will be desperate to finish the first half of the season in the top six, and a win against a plucky Empoli side should help him do just that.Sampdoria are unbeaten against Empoli in Serie A since January 2007, emerging with four wins and as many draws.Genoa vs AtalantaStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmStruggling Genoa will be hoping to pick up their first win under Cesare Prandelli, as the Grifone welcome a high-flying Atlanta side to Marassi on Saturday afternoon. Genoa are now under the tutelage of their third manager, and it is not even the halfway point of the season. Croatian tactician Ivan Juric was again sacked after losing to third-tier Virtus Entella in the Coppa Italia, thus marking the end of his third spell in charge of the club he once featured for as a player. Juric’s hiring did raise some major eyebrows, especially after Davide Ballardini had seemingly done no wrong in leading the team to a strong start. At the time of his abrupt dismissal, the team under Ballardini were sitting in sixth place, and had slipped to 11th following a 3-1 defeat to Parma. By the time Juric left, they had tumbled even further down the table into 14th. Currently now in 16th place – which sees them just four points clear of the drop zone – Prandelli clearly has a lot of work to do. So far, they have picked up one point from their first two games under the ex-Fiorentina and Azzurri manager’s tenure. However, despite losing 3-2 to Roma last round, Genoa put in a good shift and that improvement will give them some hope as they take on an Atalanta side for whom things seem to be finally clicking after a rough start to the season.Domenico Criscito returns to wear the captain’s armband after his suspension, but Luca Mazzitelli is out of action. Genoa have conceded in each of their last 11 Serie A games, so 12 would be their worst clean sheet run since March 2012. La Dea come into this game having beaten Lazio 1-0, and that further solidifies their chances for a push not just for a Europa League spot, but even for the Champions League. With Milan and Lazio both floundering, Atalanta certainly are in a great position to pip both sides in the battle for fourth, and it has been an impressive turnaround for a team that was in freefall after the Europa League preliminary round exit. At one point, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were in 17th place, with just one win all season. Week 9 arguably was their big turnaround point, as since then, Atalanta have managed to win six of their last eight Serie A fixtures. Notably, during that run they ended Inter’s seven-game winning streak in the league thanks to a stunning 4-1 victory. In addition, La Dea have bounced back well from two defeats to Empoli and Napoli – which ended their four-game winning streak – to pick up back-to-back victories against Udinese, and most recently, Lazio.Atalanta have won their last three away fixtures against Genoa. Should they win again this Saturday, it will mark the first time in their top-flight history that La Dea have beaten the same opponent four times in a row on the road.AC Milan vs FiorentianStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmJust five points separate Champions League-chasing Milan in fourth and Europa League hopefuls Fiorentina, but the Rossoneri are forced to revamp their midfield. It has been a forgettable couple of weeks for Milan and their boss Gennaro Gattuso. A goalless draw against Torino was followed by an embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Olympiacos and that was topped off by another 0-0, this time away at lowly Bologna on Tuesday night. However, despite injuries and recent inconsistencies, Milan have maintained that all important fourth spot and sit two points ahead of Lazio. While fans of the Rossoneri were left ruing that midweek draw and the opportunity to create a gap between them and the chasing pack, focus quickly switches to the visit of Fiorentina. Player availability continues to haunt Gattuso. Boosted by the return of captain Alessio Romagnoli against Bologna, ‘Rino’ was dealt a fresh blow elsewhere. Midfield pair Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie are missing through suspension for this one, meaning Jose Mauri and former Viola captain Riccardo Montolivo are likely to be the replacements. Il Diavolo are expected to retain their 4-4-2 with Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone in attack. Milan will be desperate to get back amongst the goals after consecutive blanks in Serie A and will be facing their favourite victims in the Italian top flight. Milan have scored a total of 245 goals against Fiorentina, more than against any other team.Fiorentina’s 3-1 over Empoli last weekend in the Tuscan derby broke a run of eight games without a win for La Viola and has kept them in touching distance of the European places. It was a welcome win for Stefano Pioli’s side after struggling to a series of draws in recent weeks. Goals had been a problem in that run, but Fiorentina have now bagged six in their last two outings and will be relieved to see striker Giovanni Simone back on the scoresheet. With confidence returning, the visitors will be relishing this chance to cause an upset and decrease the gap to their Milanese counterparts to two-points in the process. Coach Pioli’s switch to 3-5-2 last week proved successful and it would be no surprise to see that kept in place for Saturday. That change of formation was somewhat forced by suspensions to key defender Nikola Milenkovic and midfield regulars Jordan Veretout and Edimilson Fernandes. Milenkovic is likely to return to the starting XI at the expense of Federico Ceccherini, while Veretout is expected to slot back into central midfield in place of Christian Norgaard. Italian midfielder Marco Benassi will play an important role for his team. The 24-year old is Fiorentina’s top scorer with six and excluding two own goals, he is responsible for three of the six goals La Viola have notched away from Florence.Milan have won three of their last five Serie A games against Fiorentina after having previously only one once in the nine meetings before. The Rossoneri have the chance to make it four consecutive wins over La Viola at San Siro on Saturday, a feat they last achieved back in 1997.Napoli vs SPALStadio San Paolo, NaplesSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmNapoli will host SPAL this Saturday as they continue to find their footing following their Champions League exit. For much of their 1-0 win over Cagliari, the Partenopei seemed like a shell of their former self. They lacked their usual attacking prowess, and as a unit, Carlo Ancelotti’s side lacked any type of cohesion. They entered half-time visibly frustrated, but after the break there was a massive switch in mentality for Ancelotti’s side.The Partenopei began putting together fluid attacking movement, but the breakthrough was yet to come. Toward the end of the match, it seemed as if Napoli’s season was about to start flying off the rails, and with a 10-point deficit waiting for them come the final whistle, something had to give for the Partenopei. Arkadiusz Milik came to the rescue for his side, giving them all three points with a beautiful free kick in stoppage time. Milik has been on a hot streak as of late, and he’ll look to continue that streak against a weak SPAL side. The Spallini currently sit in 15th place in Serie A and it’s likely they’ll fall further down the table by the end of matchweek 17. Leonardo Semplici’s side hasn’t won a game since October 20, when they upset Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Their two-month long winless run looks set to continue this Saturday unless they can come up with the same magic that saw them defeat Roma. In SPAL’s last Serie A run out, they drew 0-0 with Chievo Verona at the Stadio Paolo Mazza. Veteran striker Sergio Floccari almost won it at the death for his side, but his shot cannoned off the crossbar to deny the Italian his winner.Napoli hasn’t lost at home since March of this year, so the likelihood of them losing at the Stadio San Paolo to a relegation side such as SPAL is unlikely.SPAL have lost each of their last nine Serie A meetings with Napoli, home and away.Sassoulo vs TorinoMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmiliaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmOnly two points separate Sassuolo and Torino going into this head-to-head for Europa League ambitions. The intense festive schedule forms a good barometer to see how they will fair for the rest of the season in 2019. For Sassuolo, who currently occupy eighth spot in the Serie A table and are just a point off the Europa League places, this will be a good opportunity to get an important result under their belt before going up against both Roma and Atalanta in the next seven days, two direct rivals for the fifth and sixth spots. Their 2-0 away win against Frosinone ended a run of four games without a win and put them back within touching distance of their target, but the victory is desperately needed against Torino to keep the team on their toes and with some breathing room ahead of their huge clashes coming up.However, despite their recent win, the form sheet and history at home against Torino may throw up a different story, as their last three wins in the league have all come away from home (Frosinone, Chievo and SPAL), they’ve never beaten Torino in front of their own fans. Torino need the three points just as much, because while they sit in mid-table and are coming into this game off the back of a defeat and a draw, some context is needed to fully see why this game is rather important to Walter Mazzarri’s side.Their last results came at San Siro, where the tried and trusted Mazzarri 3-5-2 kept Milan at bay and got Torino a 0-0 draw for their troubles. The loss came last weekend in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Turin rivals Juventus, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty with just 20 minutes left on the clock.By no means were these results terrible and if they were being 100% honest, Torino probably prepared themselves for this kind of situation. The Granata remain just two points behind Sassuolo and the Europa League places going into the Mapei Stadium. With Empoli at home and a trip to Lazio to round off 2019, Toro will see this as the perfect opportunity to set themselves up for a push for European football.Salvatore Sirigu is increasingly unlikely to recover in time after a knock to his back forced him off during the Turin Derby, while Iago Falque missed that game entirely, but should be available again as partner to Andrea Belotti.Filip Djuricic continues his suspension, with Kevin-Prince Boateng, Claud Adjapong and Jeremie Boga still injured.Torino are unbeaten at the Mapei Stadium in Serie A, emerging with a 2-0 win in 1994 and four draws.Udinese vs FrosinoneDacia Arena, UdineSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmFrosinone make their debut under new Coach Marco Baroni in this relegation six-pointer with stuttering Udinese. The home side have the advantage in the table as of now, in 17th place with 13 points from 16 games. Their opponents are currently languishing with the bottom two with a mere eight points. Udinese are a difficult team to figure out. Whilst season-to-season they struggle with the amount of personnel changes, there’s also no doubt this team should be a lot higher than 17th. There have been improvements since Davide Nicola replaced Julio Velazquez, beating Roma and drawing with Sassuolo, while performances in defeats to Atalanta and Inter were at least plucky.Considering their budget, Serie A is always about survival for Frosinone. Moreno Longo took them to promotion via the Serie B play-offs, but the 2-0 home defeat to Sassuolo proved the final straw. He was fired this week and replaced by ex-Benevento boss Baroni, whose Serie A career tally is one point from 12 games. For the Friuliani, the source of their troubles this season is having the ball. With just 13 goals scored, and almost half of those coming from Rodrigo de Paul, they are the third least prolific side in the division. On the defensive side of the ball, they rank a more respectable eighth worst, a lot higher than the other relegation candidates. However, Frosinone boast both the worst attack and defence in Serie A, managing only one win all season.Neither of these sides will gain a predicted advantage from playing home or away. Udinese have seven points from eight home games, whilst Frosinone have four points from eight away games.In terms of team news, Ignacio Pussetto and Valon Behrami were both doubts, but should make the Udinese starting XI. However, Brazilian defender Samir is out for around three months. Lukasz Teodorczyk, Emmanuel Badu and Svante Ingelsson remain long-term absentees. For Frosinone, Joel Campbell and Daniel Ciofani were doubts, but will reportedly recover in time to feature. Luca Paganini, Emil Hallfredsson and Federico Dionisi won’t be seen again in 2018.Frosinone have fired blanks in 10 out of 16 games this season, more than any other Serie A side.Chievo vs Inter MilanStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @08:00pmInter aim to get their festive celebrations going 72 hours early as they travel to relegation candidates Chievo Verona on Saturday. Chievo were undoubtedly the basket case of calcio for the better part of this season so far. They began the season with a three-point handicap after being found guilty of false accounting. They are yet to register a single win this campaign, and have drawn seven times with nine losses. The Flying Donkeys have scored just 12 goals so far this year – only Frosinone have scored fewer – while conceding a whopping 32 times thus far – again, only the Canarini have conceded more. However, new Coach Domenico Di Carlo was encouraged by last week’s 0-0 with SPAL and finds his team interestingly on an unbeaten run of five matches in Serie A. During that stretch, they have also snatched points off the likes of Scudetto hopefuls Napoli and top-four contenders Lazio, with the side seemingly brimming with confidence leading into Saturday’s encounter at the Bentegodi. Another positive result against a strong opponent could very well be what Di Carlo’s side need if they are to spark a push for Serie A survival. However, should they do that on Saturday, they will need to do so without Nenad Tomovic, Fabrizio Cacciatore and Joel Obi, who all miss out through injury, and also Ivan Radovanovic after the Serbian midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in last week’s draw.Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti’s Inter are aiming for consecutive wins after a 76th-minute Mauro Icardi penalty was enough to see off a resilient Udinese outfit at San Siro last weekend. Spalletti will be hoping to see his side rediscover their early form from earlier in the season after they were bundled out of the Champions League following their disappointing 1-1 draw with PSV. This is a vital game for the Nerazzurri, as they are currently six points behind second-placed Napoli. They face the Partenopei next Wednesday in a massive Boxing Day clash, so this week could be used to gain some ground on Carlo Ancelotti’s boys. Dalbert and Matias Vecino are still injured, plus Kwadwo Asamoah sitting out a one-match ban. Even Radja Nainggolan could be back in the starting XI.Four out of five of Chievo’s wins in Serie A against Inter have been at the Bentegodi, but the most recent was in August 2016.Parma vs BolognaStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @08:00pmPippo Inzaghi just about kept his Bologna job with a draw against Milan, but visits a Parma side with surprising European ambitions in the Emilia-Romagna Derby. Bologna managed to get a point from their last game against an improved Milan side on Tuesday. The Rossoblu will be looking to build on that performance this Saturday against their revitalised local rivals.Parma suffered a defeat on the road to Sampdoria and will fancy their chances against a fragile Bologna side who are currently in the drop zone. Surprisingly, the Ducali have struggled to beat two of the bottom clubs in the League, Chievo Verona and Frosinone. This bodes well for Inzaghi’s team, who are 18th in the league with just 12 points. A win for Parma will push them into the top half of the table, but they are only three points off sixth place Atalanta. The good news for Parma is that Gervinho is back in training and should be on the bench, but Roberto Inglese will lead the way with support most likely from Jonathan Biabiany and Luca Siligardi, although Antonio Di Gaudio is pushing for a spot. Francisco Sierralta and Alberto Grassi are all long-term absentees.Bologna are still without injured Erick Pulgar, but there are big choices to be made on the wings of Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation. Riccardo Orsolini, Blerim Dzemaili and Mattias Svanberg are all challenging for the role on the right, while Ibrahima Mbaye, Ladislav Krejci and Mitchell Dijks (who has now recovered from a bout of flu) are options on the left.Bologna have not won a Serie A away fixture in 2018, managing five draws and 13 defeats. They conceded at least two goals in each of the last six.  Juventus vs RomaAllianz Stadium, TorinoSunday, 22-12-2018 @10:30pmEusebio Di Francesco only earned a Roma reprieve, but has the toughest fixture of all against runaway leaders Juventus. After earning a narrow 1-0 victory against Torino last week, the Bianconeri have now won seven consecutive Serie A games, since drawing 1-1 against Genoa at home in October. Juve’s clean sheet in the Derby della Mole means the Old Lady has now kept opponents at bay in five consecutive rounds.However, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were far from perfect against Toro, as the Granata’s physicality and aggression caused them major problems and prevented Juventus from controlling the game the way they are used to. Luckily for the Bianconeri, Simone Zaza’s error resulted in the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo converted, winning a game they hardly deserved to. The win against the Granata means that Juventus managed to keep their healthy eight-point advantage over Napoli, before the toughest part of the season. The clashes against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League will require the Bianconeri’s full attention in February, as the Spanish club was arguably the worst possible draw for Juventus, alongside Liverpool.On the other hand, Di Francesco went through the nine circles of hell, after seeing Roma trailing twice before eventually beating Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last week. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen made two terrible howlers, but luckily for Roma just one of them was punished, as VAR disallowed a goal after his second one. The victory means Di Francesco will live to fight another day, but the ex-Sassuolo Coach knows well that a heavy loss against Juventus on Saturday might still result in his sacking. Roma currently occupy seventh place, sitting just three points behind Milan in fourth. However, prior to their win against Genoa, La Magica had failed to win each of their last five games in all competitions. What is even more disturbing than Roma’s results, is their performance, as the Giallorossi looked lost and shapeless for long periods. Roma’s chances on Saturday will be boosted by the return of Edin Dzeko, who is expected to start against the Bianconeri. The Giallorossi have sorely lacked leadership in the absence of both Dzeko and Daniele De Rossi, as the younger players have shown that they are still not ready to step into the veteran pair’s boots. Cengiz Under, Nicolò Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert, who scored his first Serie A goal against Genoa, are expected to start alongside Dzeko and it will be interesting to see if the combination between experience and youth will manage to trouble Juve’s backline. The game promises to be a fascinating one and with Roma finally getting closer to fourth place, the visitors will be extremely motivated to come home with a result. However, despite some lapses in concentration lately, Juventus is still a much more solid side at the moment and have both more quality and more experience in their ranks.The Bianconeri will try to pin Roma back from the start and if that happens, the visitors’ chances would be very slim, as the Giallorossi have the joint-worst defence in the top half of the table with 22 goals conceded. Sami Khedira, Emre Can and Leonardo Spinazzola have all recovered from their injuries and are once again at Allegri’s disposal. However, Juve will still have to do without Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli and Joao Cancelo, who is recovering from a knee surgery.De Rossi is slowly recovering from his own fitness issues, but still probably not in any condition to play, with Stephan El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini in the stands.Roma have lost all eight gamesthey have played at the Juventus Allianz Stadium in Turin since the venue was opened in 2011. Juve have scored 20 and conceded just three goals during that stretch.Bet on these games here: Bunga BetComments last_img read more