Chelsea Starting XI Prediction vs Arsenal (UEFA Europa League Final)

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has seen his job status intensively speculated upon all season long, so why should that change now with one game to play? The Italian, who is still looking for the first major trophy of his coaching career, says that he would quit the club if his job hinged on the Europa League final against Arsenal next week.

It would seem very odd, his getting the sack if they lose at the Baku Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night. After all, he’s already secured UEFA Champions League qualification for Chelsea next season (the expected goal for the season), regardless of the result here.

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Arsenal Starting XI Prediction vs Chelsea: UEFA Europa League Final


Just two points and one place in the table separated Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League table this past season. These two London rivals are very evenly matched to say the least, and they’ll get one more shot at each other, this time with a trophy on the line.

They’ll meet Wednesday night in the UEFA Europa League Final, staged at Baku Olympic Stadium. Due to high political tensions between the host country of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the birth country of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Gunners will be without the services of the winger they acquired from Manchester United in January of 2018.

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Chelsea vs Arsenal UEL Final Injury Report: Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Rudiger


It’s a London derby Europa League Final, as Chelsea and Arsenal, two teams very familiar with their opponents’ tactics and capabilities, will square off in Baku. The stakes are very high as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is aiming to win his first major trophy in coaching.

For Arsenal, it’s win or you’re back in the Europa League again next season. With reports circulating that their top transfer targets are concerned about the opportunity to play Champions League football next season, the Gunners could see a very negative chain reaction here with a loss whilst a win could incite some positive momentum.

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The Author of The Sports Bank Has a New Book Out

The Owner/Writer/Editor/Webmaster of The Sports Bank and The Bank.News has authored a book

No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry

You can get it on Amazon right here in paperback!

And in E-book format as well!

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Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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A decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield.

My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more settings- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the neighborhood boasting the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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Indianapolis 500 Ramps Up Extreme Nationalism, Over the Top Jingoism

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Make no mistake about it, my favorite color is a three way tie between red, white and blue. Just look at the colors of this website. Take a look at the photo below to see how I dressed to attend the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. See the American flag emoji in my Twitter profile too.

However, there is patriotism, and then there is nationalism, and then there is patriotism and nationalism combined, on steroids and multiplied to the 10th power, which we usually call jingoism. This is a very hot topic right now, as the NFL decided last week to take the Star Spangled Banner issue and go full on #MAGA #AmericaFirst with it. The National Football League decided to completely pander to the lowest common denominator.

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Indy 500 Podcast: The Best (Okay, Really the Worst) People Watching

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Sunday brings us the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, and with that, our first ever podcast at the Indy 500. If you want to talk about the drivers and the race itself, well then you are in the wrong place right now. This Indy 500 podcast is about the worst of the worst (so, actually the best) in people watching.

It’s about the hijinks and weirdness, Broadripple and the Little 500. It’s about the kind of stuff that is featured in my new book “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned from a Life in the Sports Media Industry.”

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Man United Transfer Talk: Moussa Dembele, Sean Longstaff, Marcos Rojo

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The rebuild of Manchester United could definitely take some time, so get ready and dig your heels in for that. The upshot is that we’ll have a summer transfer window filled with many comings and goings.

And with Manchester United linked to approximately 97,324 players already, the time is right for some Red Devils transfer talk. In this edition, we cover one player from every outfield position group.

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Edurne, David de Gea’s Girlfriend, Talks Goalkeeper’s Future Amid PSG Rumors

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Talking David de Gea transfer rumors in the summer window can certainly be repetitive at best, overly tedious at worst, but when it involves Edurne Garcia, it’s a much more enjoyable process. The Spanish model and pop music star is De Gea’s significant other, and often finds herself being asked by media outlets about her boyfriend’s future whenever there is talk of the goalkeeper leaving Manchester United.

Garcia, who is better known by her stage name of simply Edurne, once said that the city of Manchester looks like the back of a refrigerator, and also once shut down an interview, designed to plug her music, when talk turned towards De Gea transfer rumors.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Matthijs De Ligt


The rebuild of Manchester United could definitely take some time, so get ready and dig your heels in for that. The upshot is that we’ll have a summer transfer window filled with many comings and goings.

And with Manchester United linked to approximately 97,324 players already, the time is right for some Red Devils transfer talk. We begin with Antoine Griezmann, who in previous summer transfer windows, had been deemed United’s top transfer target; supposedly.

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Mauricio Pochettino Gives Harry Kane Injury Update Ahead of UCL Final

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently doing the media rounds in Spain, and during his media opportunities he’s had a lot to say. First off, he confirmed that Tottenham talisman Harry Kane is back in training, having recovered from an ankle injury that he suffered on April 9.

Pochettino believes Kane will feature, and possibly start in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid against Liverpool on June 1.

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How Chicago Fire Soccer Can Rebrand the Right Way

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If you follow the Chicago Fire, then you know quite well about the club’s plans to potentially rebrand. Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez recently held a media round table, and during the session he said that the Chicago Fire have been working with Major League Soccer, and also holding focus groups about refreshing their brand identity.

The process needs to be accelerated, Rodriguez believed, and brought to a conclusion. No decision has been made in terms of badge/logo/name or team colors change. It’s all up for debate, and we talked about it this week on CLTV Sports Feed with Jarrett Payton.

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