The curtain-raiser to the new Premier League season takes place at Wembley on Sunday, as Premier League champions Chelsea take on FA Cup winners Arsenal.
The Gunners’ new goalkeeper, Petr Cech, faces his old club in the traditional friendly at the national stadium, as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho looks to add more silverware to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet.
Arsenal are looking to retain the title they won 12 months previous, defeating then EPL champions Manchester City 3-0.
Here is how you can watch this intriguing encounter, with streaming and TV information, and the latest pre-season form guide for both sides:
TV Info:BT Sport 2 and HD (UK only); FOX Sports 1 (USA Only)
Pre-Season Form Guide
Chelsea opted for a much reduced pre-season after suffering with exhaustion in the final months of the season. Mourinho kept his squad tight—using minimal variations throughout the year—and it appeared to affect his side at the tail end of the campaign.
The Blues have become the penalty kings on their tour of the USA, defeating both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona on spot kicks after draws in their friendly matches. The 5-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls means the Blues have failed to win any of their tour games in normal time, but they have still produced a good overall performance value.
Eden Hazard has undoubtedly impressed in the past couple of weeks, taking off from where he left at the end of last year, and he will once again be the fulcrum of the Special One’s attack.
Phil Lythell of ESPNFC.co.uk waxed lyrical about the tricky Belgian talent, comparing his skills to that of Lionel Messi:
The locals might have been disappointed that Lionel Messi was rested by the Catalans, but in Eden Hazard they saw a magician playing to a similar level to the Argentinian genius. The Belgian mesmerised both the crowd and the Barcelona defenders, with the crowning moment his spellbinding goal when he beat a host of players before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. It was one of those nights when he was simply unstoppable and he led the opposition on a merry dance for the 68 minutes that he was on the pitch.
Hazard will be Arsenal’s main problem at Wembley, with the attacking midfielder growing in stature with every passing month. Chelsea might wonder how long they can hold on to their little genius—if the Spanish superclubs come calling—but for now, he will be the player to lead the cavalry charge.
The 24-year-old’s record was impeccable in 2014-15, scoring 14 times in 38 EPL games, per WhoScored.com, and also providing his team-mates with nine assists. It could be argued Hazard can further improve these stats, but as long as Chelsea are winning, Mourinho will be more than satisfied.
Arsenal have gone a long way to plugging their defence with the capture of Petr Cech from their London rivals. Cech saw his Chelsea career evaporate last season—after the loan return of Thibaut Courtois—and the Czech Republic goalkeeper needed a fresh challenge.
The Gunners have craved a top goalkeeper for many years and have never really replaced David Seaman, who departed the club 12 years ago.
For Chelsea, the game plan will not deviate too much, with Mourinho looking to play his controlled style of football, filtered through the likes of midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic. Cech will be kept busy by the presence of Hazard and Diego Costa, with new signing RadamelFalcao also likely to get minutes on Sunday.
Arsenal have been in great goalscoring form during their pre-season, hitting the back of the net on no fewer than 14 times in their four matches. The return to full fitness of Theo Walcott will give ArseneWenger a different dimension in his attack, especially with the niggling injuries sustained by Danny Welbeck in recent times.
Arsenal will be missing Copa America winner Alexis Sanchez, as reported by Nick Wright of Sky Sports, but the pre-season form of MesutOzil will enthuse Wenger, who needs the German to perform at his best this year.
However, it is Cech who is the key as to where the Community Shield ends up, and the former Blues player will be desperate to prove to Mourinho he chose the wrong goalkeeper to take the club forward.
Thursday night the Dr. Zoe Today show hosted Keith Webb, known from E! Entertainment’s Men Of The Strip and now recently joining Chippendales Las Vegas and International. With an episode titled “The Real MAGIC… Life As A Male Stripper”, Dr. Zoe continues to keep her listeners on the edge of their seats.
Host, Dr. Zoe Shuster is renowned for creating an at-home atmosphere with her guests, ensuring her interviews are authentic, unfiltered and uncut. She also gives props where props are due, telling Keith Webb his black & Italian heritage is working well for him. Keith spared no details during his opportunity on the show. Being open about working at gay bars as well as male revues he admitted, “I make a lot more in the gay community than I do with women but women are more fun so it’s worth the pay cut.” He made it clear that male strippers often provide sexual favors for cash just as female strippers do.
When a listener asked if any of Men of the Strip was scripted, Keith states it was “90% real” and that “reality TV is an over exaggeration of who we are”. Dr. Zoe added that different networks have approached her about doing a reality show, one being completely scripted that she rejected and is in talks with others, seeking out an opportunity where she will have more creative control. Dr. Zoe Today has featured numerous reality television stars from MTV, Bravo, TruTV, TLC, Oxygen and E! Entertainment.
A prominent topic in this interview was Webb’s attraction to larger women (BBW). Wanting to make it clear that this was not something started as a reality television tactic for Men of the Strip he said, “One of the main reasons why they cast me for the show was because I was attracted to bigger women.” Thinking back he stated, “I remember the first time I saw a naked woman on the cable channel and I was like ‘Wow this is awesome!’. Then I remember the first time I saw my first big girl naked, I was like ‘Whoa, this is even better!’. And I never went back.” Keith even went into detail about several sexual encounters as well as his open relationship with his latina BBW porn star girlfriend, Julia Juggs. He freely shared a recent experience at BBW CON where he had sex with a foursome of BBW porn industry workers, to which Dr. Zoe of course quipped, “You literally had a ton on your d*ck that night, didn’t you?”. Keith claims many more men are attracted to bigger women than they are willing to admit, they are just too afraid of what other people think to act on their desires.
BBW sex positions, steamy rendezvous with fans, steroids in the male revue scene, threesomes and more were all covered in this dirty but oh-so-addicting ear candy.
While Dr. Zoe states that her show supports people’s individual sexual preferences, it’s so important that there is clear communication and boundaries regardless if the relationship is open or monogamous.
Connect with Dr. Zoe on Twitter and Instagram @zoenfriends, her Facebook Fan Page and DrZoeToday on snapchat.
The show will be featured all week and will continue to be available in the show archives found in the free “Dr. Zoe Today” app available on the App Store and Google Play or at DrZoeToday.com.
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The singers were just catching up and enjoying their delicious dinner together, when things got goofy.
The British beauty posted a video to Instagram of Jason attempting to speak in an English accent, but it didn’t take long before the Want To Want Me singer couldn’t contain his laughter! Ch-ch-check it out (below)!
The BB&T Atlanta Open semifinals are set for both the singles and doubles tournament after six matches on Friday.
Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, the biggest pairing of the Atlanta Open, competed for their chance among the last four as their match was the cherry on top of the day in the Peach State.
Here is a look at Friday’s results and a look ahead at Saturday’s schedule.
Roddick and Fish were eliminated from the Atlanta Open on the final match of Friday night, losing to Eric Butorac and Artem Sitak 7-5, 6-2.
The loss ends the unexpected pair’s tournament run. Roddick came out of retirement to join Fish, who will be retiring after the U.S. Open, which begins on August 31.
Butorac and Sitak did well against both the Fish and Roddick serves, winning 20 of 53 return points to help them dominate all facets of the match, including a 79 percent success rate on their first-service opportunities.
The man who beat Fish in the first round of the singles competition at the Atlanta Open, Dudi Sela, is out after Denis Kudla handed him a straight-sets quarterfinal defeat, 7-5, 6-0.
With Kudla performing well on his first serve, winning 75 percent of those opportunities, his return game was up to snuff, too. Kudla won 16 of 33 first-return points and 13 of 23 second-return points.
Kudla will face the tournament’s top seed John Isner, who defeated Ricardas Berankis in straight sets 7-6, 6-4. The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg pointed out that the tournament is ensured a heavy American influence in the semifinals:
The Isner-Berankis match was dominated by the serve, as the two combined for 29 aces—Isner with 19 and Berankis with 10. Both players won over 84 percent of their first-service points, as the match boiled down to who could fare better on the return.
And that man was Isner, not by much, though, as he won 22 percent of his return points, compared to Berankis’ 20. As noted earlier, Isner will take on Kudla in Saturday’s second match of the afternoon, with play beginning at 2 p.m. With four matches on the day’s slate, the Atlanta Open will find out its finalists by Saturday’s end.
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