Chelsea and Manchester United Face-Off in Heated Clash of Storied Clubs in
“Game Before The Game” Sunday at 10:30 AM ET
WhatIfSports.com Predicts Patriots Super Bowl Victory
CHELSEA HOSTS MAN U LIVE ON FOX – Super Bowl Sunday kicks off on FOX with live Barclays Premier League coverage of Chelsea hosting Manchester United at Stamford Bridge Sunday, Feb. 5 at 10:30 AM ET on FOX. The match marks the second live Barclays Premier League game in two weeks on U.S. broadcast television. On Jan. 22, FOX drew 1.3 million viewers nationwide when Manchester United defeated Arsenal 2-1; the most-watched live BPL match on broadcast or cable television.
Coverage on FOX begins from Studio A in Los Angeles with Rob Stone alongside FOX Soccer analyst and former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Eric Wynalda and CNN talk show host and soccer enthusiast Piers Morgan.
This matchup features the two clubs that have dominated the Premier League in the 21st Century. Stars Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba of Chelsea and Ryan Giggs and the expected return of Wayne Rooney highlight a United side that are tied with local rivals Manchester City, atop the Premier League Standings.
The day begins on FOX Soccer, America’s premier soccer destination, with coverage of Newcastle v Aston Villa at 8:25 AM ET. Goals On Sunday at 1:00 PM ET features highlights from both matches.
Viewers can join the social conversation on Twitter surrounding the matches by using #GameB4Game, and by visiting https://twitter.com/foxsoccer, www.facebook.com/foxsoccer, and www.facebook.com/foxsports
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LYNCH’S DEFENSIVE KEYS TO THE SUPER BOWL: NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch weighs in on what the Giant and Patriot defenses need to do in the Super Bowl to stop the potent offenses led by Tom Brady and Eli Manning.
Keys for the Giants defense:
“You’ve got to earn the right to rush the passer. On first and second down, you’ve got to take care of business so that when you get to those second and third and longs, you can cut it loose and they do that as well as anybody. The great equalizer in this day and age where everything is set up for the offense to have success is the ability to get after the quarterback and it’s really a luxury to be able to do it with your front four.”
Keys for the Patriots defense:
“The Patriots have done a tremendous job, but there are still weaknesses on that defense. It’s been bend but don’t break. So long as they tackle after the catch and don’t give up those big plays and limit the effectiveness of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, then it comes down to a red zone game. Can the Patriots keep the Giants out of the end zone? That’s going to be critical for them.”
UFC TITLE CONTENDER RASHAD EVANS JOINS FUEL TV WEIGH-IN SHOW FOR UFC 143: DIAZ VS CONDIT: FUEL TV kicks off the upcoming action for UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit on Friday, February 3 (7:00 PM ET) with the live UFC 143 Weigh-in Show, hosted by John Anik with analysis from UFC Light Heavyweight Title Contender Rashad Evans, from The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Two-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani joins Anik and Evans with backstage fighter interviews.
FLORIAN: DIAZ’s BOXING SKILLS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN UFC 143: DIAZ VS CONDIT: FUEL TV’s UFC analyst Kenny Florian believes Nick Diaz will win the interim Welterweight Title contest versus Carlos Condit. “Diaz will take this. His boxing skills will make the difference. Diaz has tremendous boxing skills, he lands punches in bunches. He’ll go upstairs and downstairs.” FUEL TV will telecast the UFC 143: Postfight Show live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, Feb. 5 (1:00 AM ET). Jay Glazer hosts the one-hour recap, with UFC Light Heavyweight Title Contender Rashad Evans’ analysis and Ariel Helwani conducting backstage interviews.
WHATIFSPORTS.COM PREDICTS PATRIOTS 27, GIANTS 25 – WhatIfSports.com, a unit of Fox Sports Interactive Media, simulated Sunday’s Patriots vs. Giants Super Bowl XLVI grudge match and the results are in! Through thousands of statistical inputs and simulation, the site determined that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will defeat Eli Manning and the New York Giants with a final score of 27 to 25. NFL games are simulated based on rigorous analysis of each team's roster, depth chart and statistically based player ranking. Roster modifications have been made for injuries and suspensions and those players are not part of their team's game simulation.