DraftStreet promotion

June 11, 2013
DraftStreet promotion

ZM has teamed up with Draft Street for the World Cup.

Draft Street offers a twist on the usual Fantasy Team games – this is a one-day contest. You have a $100,000 salary cap, and select a goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forward and a ‘flex’, who can be from any position.

The entry fee is just $2, with the top 150 teams ensuring a return. There’s a $2,000 total prize pool and a top prize of $320.

If you sign up from ZM and are a first time depositor, you’ll receive a 100% bonus, up to $200.

Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund take control with good pressing, but Robben moves upfront to make the difference

May 26, 2013
Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund take control with good pressing, but Robben moves upfront to make the difference

Bayern initially struggled to get into the game, but eventually emerged victorious after a strong second half performance.

Jupp Heynckes selected Jerome Boateng rather than Daniel van Buyten at the back – the only real selection decision either manager had to make.

Jurgen Klopp named his expected XI.

Dortmund started the game excellently, pinning Bayern back and attempting six shots before Bayern had managed one – but eventually their pressing dropped, and Bayern continually exploited the space in behind the Dortmund defence. Read more »

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: European Cup final tactical preview

May 25, 2013
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: European Cup final tactical preview

This will be the tenth time Dortmund and Bayern have met in the last three seasons.

It’s relatively rare for two sides from the same country to meet in the final – and rarely has a European Cup final been contested by two sides who know each others’ systems so well.

The head-to-head record between these two sides is interesting – for a while Dortmund had an impressive hold over Bayern, winning five consecutive matches, culminating in an astonishing 5-2 victory in last year’s German Cup final. That was a great demonstration of Dortmund’s strategy – they tracked opposition runners before springing past on the counter-attack, exposing the gaps Bayern left when pushing men forward. Read more »

Freiburg 1-2 Schalke: Schalke advance to the Champions League qualifiers

May 21, 2013
Freiburg 1-2 Schalke: Schalke advance to the Champions League qualifiers

This was a direct play-off for fourth place in the Bundesliga – Freiburg dominated, but Schalke were more dangerous in the final third.

Freiburg had left-winger Daniel Caligiuri suspended, so Christian Streich handed a debut to 19-year-old Sebastian Kerk.

Jens Keller brought back Julian Draxler on the left in place of Michel Bastos, and also recalled Roman Neustadter and Sead Kolasinac.

Freiburg dominated possession throughout – but what looked like a nervous Schalke start was actually evidence of a well-judged and efficient counter-attacking system. Read more »

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid: Atletico win the Copa del Rey in extra-time

May 19, 2013
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid: Atletico win the Copa del Rey in extra-time

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid triumphed at the Bernabeu in a hard-fought, scrappy contest.

Simeone brought Diego Costa back into the Atletico side and turned to a three-man central midfield, with Falcao upfront alone.

Jose Mourinho used Mesut Ozil out on the right flank and Luka Modric in a three-man midfield, while Karim Benzema got the nod over Gonzalo Higuain upfront.

Atletico rode their luck – with Real hitting the woodwork three times. Read more »

Chelsea 2-1 Benfica: Chelsea outplayed in the first half, but improve after the break

May 16, 2013
Chelsea 2-1 Benfica: Chelsea outplayed in the first half, but improve after the break

Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s stoppage time header.

From the side that lost to Porto at the weekend, Jorge Jesus left out Lima and Ola John, bringing back Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo to the starting line-up. Lorenzo Malgarejo replaced for the suspended Maxi Pereira, with Andre Almeida switching flanks.

Rafael Benitez was without Eden Hazard, so used Ramires in a wide position, with Frank Lampard and David Luiz in the centre of midfield.

Benfica were better in terms of pressing and passing, outplaying Chelsea for long periods – but they wasted some excellent first-half opportunities. Read more »