Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: Team news & TV

first_imgPrimera División Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 02:25 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Real Sociedad v Barcelona Real Sociedad The Blaugrana travel north-west to San Sebastian as they look to move even further clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid Barcelona will be aiming to restore their La Liga lead over Atletico Madrid when they take on Real Sociedad in San Sebastian on Sunday.The gap between the teams was reduced to six points following Atletico’s win over Eibar on Saturday, but Barca will hope to move further clear again by extending their unbeaten run.There is a further reward for Ernesto Valverde’s men should they win on Sunday after Real Madrid suffered a shock home defeat to Villarreal, meaning they can potentially move 19 points ahead of their floundering rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 14 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Ousmane Dembele Barcelona LevanteIn the United States (US),  the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream BeIN Sports  fuboTV In the United Kingdom (UK) the game is being shown live on television on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Sociedad players Goalkeepers Rulli, T. Ramirez, Garrancho Defenders C. Martinez, Odriozola, Aritz, Raul Navas, Llorente, I. Martinez, De la Bella, Rodrigues, Gorosabel Midfielders Prieto, Pardo, Zubelda, Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Canales, Guridi, Januzaj Forwards Juanmi, Agirretxe, Bautista, Willian Jose, Oyarzabal There are doubts over the fitness of defensive duo Inigo Martinez and Carlos Martinez but they have been included in the matchday squad nonetheless.Potential Real Sociedad starting XI: Rulli; Navas, I. Martinez, Llorente, Odriozola; Illarramendi, Zurutza, Prieto, Canales; Oyarzabal, Willian Jose. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Mascherano, Digne, Alba, Vermaelen, Vidal Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Dembele,  Nelson Semedo was forced to withdraw from the 18-man squad due to tonsillitis, with Aleix Vidal replacing him.New signing Yerry Mina trained with the squad over the weekend, but is not included in the matchday panel, while Philippe Coutinho remains injured.Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Gomes, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Dembele, L. Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaBarcelona are 2/5 favourites to win the match according to dabblebet, with Real Sociedad rated at 6/1. A draw is available at 17/4.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Lionel Messi Jordi Alba Barcelona Copa del Rey 11012018Barcelona will attempt to stretch their unbeaten run to 29 games when they take to the field in the Basque Country on Sunday and they come into the game buoyed by an emphatic Copa del Rey win over Celta Vigo.The Catalan outfit are in sensational form and their magnificent on-field displays have been complemented by their business in the transfer market, with reinforcements Yerry Mina and Philippe Coutinho both arriving during the week.Having drawn their first match of the year two weeks ago, Barca are beginning to build momentum (scoring eight goals in their last two games) but Valverde may opt to rotate his squad slightly, particularly with a derby clash against Espanyol to come in the Copa del Rey quarter-final in three days time.Real Sociedad are enduring a difficult season and find themselves struggling in the bottom half of the table, but they did manage to beat Sevilla before the turn of the year and qualified for the last-32 of the Europa League, so Barca cannot afford to take their foot of the pedal.last_img read more

Adebayor explains why he hates Arsenal

first_imgArsenal Adebayor exposes Wenger lie which made him hate Arsenal Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:30 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emmanuel Adebayor Manchester City GettyImages Arsenal Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Arsène Wenger African All Stars The outspoken Togolese forward left the Emirates Stadium for Manchester City under a cloud, but he maintains that he was forced out of north London Emmanuel Adebayor admits to feeling “hate” for Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger’s actions responsible for those emotions.The Togolese striker joined the Gunners from Monaco in January 2006, but despite enjoying a productive three-and-a-half year stint in north London, left for Manchester City under a cloud.Adebayor faced accusations of chasing money at the time, with those at the Etihad Stadium benefitting from the investment of Sheikh Mansour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 33-year-old is adamant, however, that he was forced out of Arsenal and that his treatment by Wenger is to blame for his lack of fondness towards a former employer.Adebayor told Beyond The Game on his Emirates Stadium exit: “I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he didn’t see my future anymore in Arsenal.”So I didn’t have any other choice than joining Man City, who I was very happy to join.”And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.”Disappointed at how his time with the Gunners came to a close and how he had been portrayed as the villain of the piece, Adebayor sought revenge during a Premier League fixture in September 2009.He sparked controversy by celebrating a goal for City in front of the Arsenal support, earning him a £25,000 fine, but he stands by his actions and has no regrets.Quizzed on the incident, Adebayor added: “What was going through my head? A prisoner is out. A prisoner is free.”I played for the club for three-and-a-half years, you bought me for £3m, I still have five years of my contract and you let me go for £20m more and you are telling me I am the one leaving for money and abusing me.”I am not taking that so it was just to show them that the person you are insulting still has something in his locker.”Adebayor further irked the Arsenal support by joining arch-rivals Tottenham in 2011, but he is now playing his football outside of England at Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic hints at Sweden World Cup return

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović ‘So far they win nothing and I know how to win’ – Ibrahimovic hints at Sweden World Cup return Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:39 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden Sweden v South Korea World Cup LA Galaxy MLS LA Galaxy v Los Angeles Despite being in international retirement for the last two years, the new LA Galaxy striker alluded to a sensational return Zlatan Ibrahimovic has again suggested he wants to come out of international retirement and play for Sweden at the World Cup.Ibrahimovic retired from international duty following Sweden’s group stage exit at Euro 2016, walking away as his country’s record goalscorer.But the 36-year-old has regularly indicated he would be keen to be part of Sweden’s World Cup squad, despite playing no part in their qualification and making zero club appearances in 2018 due to injury. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At his LA Galaxy unveiling on Friday after moving to MLS from Manchester United, Ibrahimovic suggested once more he wants to go to Russia.”Let me first enjoy it here,” Ibrahimovic told reporters at a news conference. “What happens here, we take it further, but my focus is on Galaxy.”[I want to] prepare well and be available to help my coach and my team. World Cup is another question.”I said it before, nobody needs to call anybody – if I want to go I’m there, this is how it is.”Let’s keep them on their toes, let’s see.”They’re talking about whether I should go, they have it good, but so far they win nothing and I know how to win, so let’s see.”#zLAtan. pic.twitter.com/iuPAlxuEFE— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 30, 2018Sweden start their World Cup campaign against South Korea on June 18 before facing world champions Germany and Mexico in Group F.Ibrahimovic is in line to make his Galaxy debut against rivals Los Angeles FC on Saturday after confirming he is available for coach Sigi Schmid.last_img read more

NEW SOUTH WALES JUNIOR STATE CUP SET TO SIZZLE

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) will host the 13th Annual Junior State Cup (JSC) of Touch Football this weekend from the 16-17 February 2008 at the Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong.The showcase event on the NSWTA calendar is the largest participant Touch Football event in the world featuring over 290 teams across 10 highly competitive divisions.Over 5000 players, coaches, referees, administrators, staff, and spectators are expected to converge on the picturesque Illawarra regional venue.Teams from 50 different affiliates will compete in age groups from Under 10 – Under 18 in Boys and Girls divisions in a non-stop weekend of fast and furious action featuring the brightest and best of New South Wales junior Touch football talent.Competition is expected to be fierce for the duration of the 2-day event that will consist of a marathon 260 games on 26 fields.2007’s JSC Club Champions Manly are again expected to be a force, along with Wagga Wagga, who contested six divisional finals last year, and traditional junior Touch Football powerhouses Penrith who will be looking to claim their share of crowns.The tournament commences at 8.00am Saturday 16 February from 8.00am-5.00pm.Games continue from 8.00am on Sunday 17 February 2008 with Finals commencing from 2.30pm –5.00pm.last_img read more

AMRI Module 10 – Disciplinary Regulations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to continue an initiative introduced in 2011 to support affiliate volunteers in the area of competition management. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI) has been developed with the goal of creating suggested procedures, templates or guidelines for competition management.TFA within the 2011-2015 Strategic Cycle has an objective to ‘Provide Best Practice Administration at all levels’. More specifically we aim to deliver results for Target 4.b. Core Strategies developed to professionalise the delivery of events/competitions for participants. A full outline of the Strategic Plan can be downloaded from the website – www.austouch.com.au. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative has progressed significantly through the research and development phase of 2012. The sheets are designed to save volunteer time and offer ideas, with the opportunity to create a better experience for the end participant of the sport. Within a competitive sports industry, as a sport, we need to look for an edge over our competitors recruiting and retaining membersThe eighth module to be released is Module 10: Disciplinary Regulations. The module provides further information to support the latest Disciplinary Regulations. It briefly summarises the Disciplinary Regulations Manual and how unacceptable conduct is managed within Touch Football. Examples of the information you may receive from this process, include the following;1. How to deal with unacceptable behaviour.2. How the system works and the Reporting Process.3. Definitions and Tribunal guidelines.4. Grading of offences and penalties5. Templates for Tribunal witnesses, members, chairpersons and officials to use before, during and after a hearing.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Other AMRI modules can be found in the ‘Clubhouse’ section of the TFA website, which can be located by clicking on the following link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=1193Related Files1-_introduction_to_module_10-pdfRelated LinksAMRI Module 10last_img read more

NSW Premier becomes patron of MWTA

first_imgNew South Wales Premier, Mike Baird has accepted an invitation to become a patron of the Manly Warringah Touch Association (MWTA). Mr Baird was presented with a framed MWTA representative jersey by Manly’s Premier League captains and Australian representatives, Sarah Peattie and Sam Brisby (seen above) recently.Mr Baird is also the State Member for Manly and was appointed as New South Wales Premier in April this year. Mr Baird was present at the Vawdon Cup double header in Manly last year and has also spoken to the affiliate’s representative teams in the past as well. MWTA would like to thank Mr Baird for his acceptance as Patron and look forward to Mr Baird’s further participation with the club for years to come.Peattie to join Eagles AngelsAustralian Women’s Open representative, Sarah Peattie is set to join the Eagles Angels this Monday evening during the NRL’s Women in League round. The Eagles Angels have supported the NRL Sea Eagles for over 10 years and the ladies are a high profile group of women who excel in their chosen field.  High profile members of the Eagles Angels include seven-time ASP World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley, Comedienne and Radio Personality Wendy Harmer, newsreader Tracey Spicer, athlete Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and swimmer Brooke Hanson.  The inclusion of Sarah into this high profile group is another fantastic example of the partnership between Touch Football Australia and the National Rugby League.  Sarah has been in the Australian Open contingent since 2011, representing Australia in the Mixed Open division at the 2011 World Cup and 2012 Trans Tasman before joining the Australian Women’s Open team for the 2013 and 2014 Trans Tasman events. Sarah is also the Manly Women’s Premier League captain and a member of the New South Wales Women’s Open team. Sarah will officially join the Eagles Angels on Monday evening during the NRL Sea Eagles vs Knights game at Brookvale Oval.  Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Manly Warringah Touch Association and Sarah Peattie on these achievements. Related LinksBaird MWTA Patronlast_img read more

TFA thanks its volunteers

first_img2014 marks the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, with Touch Football Australia taking the opportunity to thank its wonderful volunteers. Monday, 12 May to Sunday, 17 May marks this year’s National Volunteer Week, with more than six million people volunteering annually in Australia each year. TFA would like to take this opportunity to thank its hard working volunteers for their time, contribution and dedication to the sport of Touch Football across the country. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, says that National Volunteer Week is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the work of the sport’s volunteers, who do so much for the sport of Touch Football across the country. “Our sport is indebted to volunteers at so many levels. Touch Football has a heavy reliance on volunteer infrastructure to not only steer the organisation at Board level but also the technical delivery and right down to the actual delivery of our product on a weekly basis,” Maguire said. “Without this amazing contribution of time and dedicated service from so many people, our sport would not have developed into what it is today.”“On behalf of the TFA Board, staff and indeed participants I thank all the people that afford time to our sport on a volunteer basis.  We truly value your contribution.” For more information on National Volunteer Week, please visit the following website: www.volunteeringaustralia.org For more information on how you can get involved volunteering in Touch Football, please contact your local affiliate. Related LinksTFA Says Thankslast_img read more

10 months agoShearer full of praise for Man City’s 2-goal Gabriel Jesus

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer full of praise for Man City’s 2-goal Gabriel Jesusby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer was impressed by Gabriel Jesus for Manchester City’s win over Everton.Gabriel struck twice for the 3-1 win.Shearer said, “I’m a big fan of his. I like the way he plays, his aggression. He’s got a lot to his game. He makes it very difficult for defenders in between the centre-halves. Centre-halves hate that. “The goal is a brilliant finish and a superb run. He slots it past Pickford with superb confidence.”Every time he goes out onto the pitch he knows he has to perform because he’s got Aguero on the bench.” last_img

a month ago​Hodgson pleased with Crystal Palace despite Wolves draw

first_img​Hodgson pleased with Crystal Palace despite Wolves drawby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodsgon was delighted with his side’s draw against Wolves in the Premier League.Despite Palace being up a goal and a man, Wolves were able to steal a point at the death of the clash.But Hodsgon was not too disappointed in the result, as he preferred to look at the positives of a five match unbeaten run.Speaking in his post-match press conference, Hodgson said: “I thought that we did more than enough in the second half of the game to win it. It was a very good second half performance.”Perhaps we should have taken one or two of those very good chances that we created or those situations apart from the obvious chances that we created around the penalty area, then maybe we wouldn’t have been concerned about the last minute of the game and a cross coming into our box. But we didn’t.”We weren’t able unfortunately to manage those last five minutes by preventing them from getting any sniff at our goal or any balls in our penalty area and as a result they took the chance.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​West Ham defender Fredericks: Man Utd clean sheet was team effort

first_img​West Ham defender Fredericks: Man Utd clean sheet was team effortby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks believes that it took a team effort to get a clean sheet against Manchester United.The Hammers were impressive 2-0 winners at home against United, which moved them above the Red Devils in the Premier League table.And Fredericks was especially happy they were able to shut out United, a feat he believes every player deserves credit for.United did have a couple of chances to score, but the Hammers were rock solid at the back for a significant part of the game.”We always know we can score goals so by keeping it tight at the back, we’re going to keep on winning games,” Fredericks told whufc.com afterwards.”We’re working hard with the manager, doing a lot of team shape work. For the lads it might not always be the most fun thing to do, but as defenders that’s our main job.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoSalah delighted for Liverpool teammate Robertson: He finally scored!

first_imgSalah delighted for Liverpool teammate Robertson: He finally scored!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMohamed Salah says Liverpool’s squad were all happy for Andy Robertson after he scored against RB Salzburg on Wednesday night.The Scotland international turned in a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold to score only his second goal for the club in 89 appearances.It was Liverpool’s second goal of a match than eventually ended in a 4-3 victory.Salah told BT Sport: “He finally scored!””He doesn’t score a lot but he works so hard for the team and we’re all really happy for him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

22 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers denies his Liverpool over-relied on Suarez

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers denies his Liverpool over-relied on Suarezby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has rejected the public perception that his 2013/14 Liverpool title challenging team was The Luis Suarez show.Suarez was the Premier League’s top scorer during his final season at Liverpool, when the Reds missed out on the title by just two points. But Rodgers, who was sacked by the club in 2015 and is now in charge of a high-flying Leicester who travel to Anfield on Saturday, believes it was unjust criticism that the Reds were labelled a one-man team. “It was unfair on every player,” he told The Telegraph ahead of his return to his former employers this weekend.”The strikers obviously get the goals and Luis was also the one who started the press for us, set our intensity level, but he needed players around him.“Look, his quality and imagination in the final third was amazing. When I came in I saw the strengths of him. He had been playing off big Andy [Carroll] in a 4-4-2 and people were telling me then he needed too many chances to score.”We just tried to set up the team to get him in the right areas centrally with numbers around him.“It was the team that flourished. I have a memory of the home game against Arsenal in 2014 when five minutes before half-time the stadium stood up to give the players a standing ovation.”That was not for one player. As a young manager stood on the touchline – getting that warmth from a crowd that knows its football – it was a big moment, which told me we were on the right way.” last_img read more

Video: Kentucky’s Alex Poythress Has Monster Block At End Of 1st Half vs. Louisville

first_imgAlex Poythress blocks Matz Stockman.Twitter/@mattstonephotog Kentucky and Louisville has been as fun as promised so far. Both teams have had big runs, both coaches have gotten hit with technical fouls, and at the half, Kentucky holds a 44-36 lead. With under two minutes left in the half, with UK up one, veteran forward Alex Poythress came up with a huge rejection of seven-foot center Matz Stockman at the rim.Kentucky-Louisville is getting serious https://t.co/wmc57STGHo— Ricky O’Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) December 26, 2015Louisville’s Matz Stockman tries to get past Kentucky’s Alex Poythress. #battleofthegargantuas #bbn #l1c4 pic.twitter.com/2IOPwz7WyS— Matt Stone (@mattstonephotog) December 26, 2015AP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) December 26, 2015That play gave UK a lift. The Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 9-2 in the last 1:40, and head to halftime with a lot of momentum. Both teams should be pretty fired up for the second half. This one should have an excellent finish.last_img read more

Emery refuses to blame referee for Liverpool thrashing

first_imgUnai Emery refused to blame referee Michael Oliver following two contentious penalty calls in Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool.Emery’s side were battered at Anfield , with Liverpool comprehensive winners – Roberto Firmino scoring three, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got one each.But the two goals which came from the penalty spot – Salah’s effort and Firmino’s third – were both somewhat controversial. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The first was won by Salah, as he went to ground under pressure from Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while the second was awarded when Sead Kolasinac appeared to nudge Dejan Lovren over.Emery was under no illusion that the referee was not the one to blame, however, even if he suggested VAR would have worked in Arsenal’s favour.”The two last goals, two penalties, I think it’s a lot for us,” Emery told reporters. “I think VAR is important – it’s coming next year, because I think it’s going to help the referees to take better decisions.”The result is clear. It’s not [because of] the referee. There were some positives on the pitch – for example, Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] played as right winger and scored, working well.”Also [Alex] Iwobi, after some matches not playing very well, today he played 90 minutes with a good performance, but defensively we need to be stronger, to work.”Our defensive moments in our box, it’s my responsibility and then we need the balance. We need to keep the balance in the middle.”We lost 5-1, we need to keep the balance in the middle, be serious and continue on Tuesday with a big match at the Emirates.”We need to show our supporters there we are standing up after the result.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Liverpool win will have hurt Man City – Owen

first_imgLiverpool’s ability to grind out results will have “hurt” Manchester City, says Michael Owen, with Jurgen Klopp’s side edging Brighton 1-0 in their latest fixture.The Reds prevailed over the Seagulls courtesy of a penalty won and converted by Mohamed Salah.Despite enduring something of a defensive injury crisis, another clean sheet was collected on the south coast. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A narrow success has lifted Liverpool seven points clear of City once more, with the defending Premier League champions not in action until Monday.Former Reds striker Owen believes Pep Guardiola will have been pained at seeing title rivals get the job done, with Klopp’s side offering a positive response to their early wobble in 2019.The ex-England international told Premier League Productions: “1-0s, 1-0s, 1-0s, they hurt the opposition.“When Manchester City are watching, ok if Liverpool go and win four or five then fine, they’ve won. But when it’s 1-0 it just hurts that little bit more.“They will have been watching the results coming in all day today and I think that’s hurt them.”While City will have been left disappointed at seeing Liverpool get back to winning ways, they have been in decent form themselves of late.Having suffered an uncharacteristic blip during the festive period, Guardiola’s side have been back to their fearsome best in recent outings.They have collected four successive victories across all competitions, with Liverpool one of their victims – in a game which brought the Reds’ unbeaten record to an end.Their last two games have come against lower league opposition, but morale-boosting performances have been put in against Rotherham and Burton.The former were crushed 7-0 in the FA Cup third round, while the latter saw nine goals put past them in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Monaco vs Nice: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWednesday’s Cote d’Azur derby between Monaco and Nice will be no ordinary affair. In the dugouts of the respective clubs will be coaches Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, long-time team-mates for Arsenal and France, and fellow ‘Invincibles’.Life back in France has not started too smoothly for either, with Henry’s Monaco still in the relegation zone, partly due to incredible injury problems for the duration of the season, and Vieira’s Nice having struggled to eighth but now troubled by boardroom issues.Monaco picked up a good draw against Marseille away from home on Sunday, while Nice come into this fixture off the back of a 1-0 win over Bordeaux. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Monaco v Nice Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 6:00pm GMT /1:00pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. US TV channel Online stream N/A beIN SPORTS CONNECT In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 3 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Monaco players Goalkeepers Benaglio, Subasic, Sy, L. Badiashile Defenders Barreca, B. Badiashile, Biancone, Glik, Henrichs, Jemerson, Panzo, Serrano, Sidibe Midfielders Ait-Bennasser, Diop, Faivre, Golovin, Grandsir, Massengo, Lopes, Pele, Navarro, Tielemans, Thuram Forwards Falcao, Sylla Thierry Henry will be without 16 players for the match. New signings Cesc Fabregas, Naldo, Fode Ballo-Toure and William Vainqueur are all ineligible.An astonishing 12 members of his squad remain laid up through injury, including Jean-Eudes Aholou, Nacer Chadli and Stevan Jovetic.In addition to these issues, Radamel Falcao has had a virus and is a doubt. Djibril Sidibe may be fit to return, though.Possible Monaco starting XI: Benaglio; Glik, Jemerson, B. Badiashile; Sidibe, Ait-Bennasser, Tielemans, Henrichs; Lopes, Sylla, Golovin Position Nice players Goalkeepers Benitez, Clementia Defenders Sarr, Burner, Dante, Coly, Pelmard, Atal, Jallet Midfielders Walter, Cyprien, Tameze, Makengo, Danilo Forwards Saint-Maximin, Ganago, Sacko, Sylvestre Nice will have to do without centre-back Christophe Herelle, who has a one-match suspension to serve.Meanwhile, midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou is missing due to injury along with striker Myziane Maolida.Mario Balotelli continues to be frozen out and has not been named in the squad.Possible Nice starting XI: Benitez; Atal, Jallet, Dante, Sarr; Tameze, Cyprien; Sylvestre, Walter, Saint-Maximin ; SackoBetting & Match Odds Thierry Henry’s Monaco are priced as 13/10 favourites by bet365. A draw is priced at 11/5 while Nice can be backed at 23/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Youri Tielemans Marseille Monaco Ligue 1 13012019The reunion between Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira was initially scheduled for before Christmas, yet security concerns over the ‘gilet jaune’ protests saw that encounter pushed back.If anything, it has done a favour to Monaco, whose fitness concerns are not quite what they were before the winter break, with star man Rony Lopes now back in the fold after a long period on the sidelines.It has been a turgid season for the men from the principality thus far, and they go into the midweek fixture in the relegation zone and seeking a first home Ligue 1 victory of the season.While signs of improvement have been evident, most notably thanks to a positive January transfer campaign to date, Henry will have to cope without his new arrivals, who are not eligible for this fixture as they were not on the club’s books when the original match was pencilled in.Cesc Fabregas and Fode Ballo-Toure both gave fine displays in Marseille at the weekend and will be missed.Henry, meanwhile, is looking forward to locking horns with an old colleague.“He is a friend of mine and he is a guy that I admire,” he said.“Not only for the player, but also for the man, and the game will not change that.“But it is Monaco versus Nice which is the most important thing, and for a little bit, we are not going to like each other.”Vieira, meanwhile, has organised his Nice side impressively this season so that they do not concede many goals. However, they have problems going the other way.He is also looking forward to the midweek encounter.“It will be our first time facing each other as coaches,” he said. “It will be a moving moment. We shared a lot of things together, but all of this will be forgotten.“It’s strange to be like that, facing each other on a bench. We began our careers here, he in Monaco and me in Cannes, it is a situation that excites us both. I never imagined for a second that we would end up on the benches like that in such a derby.”last_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Is At Tonight’s World Series Game, Wearing Cubs Hat

first_imgJim Harbaugh in attendance at the Cubs game wearing a hat and glove.Twitter/@JohnAdamsLATMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is everywhere.One day after leading his team to a rivalry win over Michigan State, Jim Harbaugh is at tonight’s World Series Game 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.Harbaugh is wearing a Michigan hoodie, of course, and a Cubs hat. He’s sitting with his dad Jack and he also brought a glove to the game.Jim Harbaugh wears cleats while coaching and brings a glove to the World Series! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/pYbquswBar— JohnAdams LATimes (@JohnAdamsLAT) October 31, 2016Of course Jim Harbaugh is wearing a glove at the game. pic.twitter.com/rt3IcTPAPq— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 31, 2016Of course he brought a glove. After all, this is the guy who coached first base in full uniform for a Detroit Tigers’ spring training game this year.Apparently, the crowd at Wrigley booed Harbaugh when he was shown on the Jumbotron. The stadium organist also played “The Victors.”Jim Harbaugh just got booed at Wrigley. …— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 31, 2016Organist plays “Hail to the Victors” as scoreboard shows Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in Wrigley crowd. He is booed.— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) October 31, 2016Guess there are either a lot of Northwestern and Illinois fans in the crowd. Or maybe it is just a bunch of disgruntled Bears fans who weren’t happy with how Harbaugh played during his seven-year stint in Chicago.Either way, Jim Harbaugh has it pretty good right now.The Cubs, however, aren’t doing so well. Chicago is down 3-1 in the series and trails Cleveland 1-0 in the top of the third, thanks to a Jose Ramirez home run.If the Indians win, it will be the franchise’s first World Series title in nearly 70 years.last_img read more

‘I’m delighted!’ – Solskjaer defends transfer policy after fan backlash

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his “relief” after the closing of this summer’s transfer window, insisting that he is happy with Manchester United’s business despite concern from supporters.United were tipped to make major changes after finishing sixth in the Premier League last term, with Solskjaer outlining a new transfer policy focusing on talented, young homegrown players as soon as the market opened.Welsh winger Daniel James was the first new arrival at Old Trafford in June, completing a £15 million ($18m) switch from Championship outfit Swansea City. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Aaron Wan-Bissaka was next through the door later that month, joining for a £50 million ($61m) fee after an impressive 2018-19 campaign at Crystal Palace.United concluded their business with the record-breaking £80 million ($97m) signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City at the start of August, but a couple of high-profile departures have also affected the shape of Solskjaer’s squad.Romelu Lukaku joined Serie A giants Inter on deadline day, while combative midfielder Ander Herrera was allowed to leave Manchester on a free transfer, ending up at Paris Saint Germain.United fans have reacted angrily to the lack of extra reinforcements, but Solskjaer has been quick to defend the club’s transfer activity over the summer months.Ahead of a Premier League opener against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, Solskjaer told a press conference: “I think when the transfer window closes it’s a great feeling of relief. Now that it’s done we know who we’re looking forward with and I’m delighted with the three we’ve signed.”The United boss went on to respond to questions over a backlash from supporters and a perceived negative mood around the Theatre of Dreams, adding: “Well that’s not the feeling inside the club and the fans I’ve met are excited with the signings we’ve had.”There are always going to be fans out there wanting to sign players, that’s part and parcel of being here. The players are here now and have been shown that trust and we believe in them.”Of course we want to put [fan frustration] right and the only way we can silence any doubts is by playing good football, showing the team we want to be, the style we want to play, and our fans – when they see that intention – have always been supportive of the team.”But within the team and the club, we’re feeling very confident and don’t feel that negativity you’re talking about.”Solskjaer also claimed that a complete overhaul at Old Trafford will take time, before hinting that players could still be offloaded over the next few weeks.Spain, France and Germany all close their transfer windows on August 31, while Italy’s slams shut on the 18th.Solskjaer continued: “As I said earlier last season as well, it’s not about a quick fix, it’s a long rebuild. It’s about having the right players and the right people in and it’s not about suddenly changing when you haven’t got the right ones. But there is money available when the right players are available.”There might be [more departures] but the thing is it’s not about who we don’t want here, it’s about who we do want here and you’re going to see that in the team selections and who’s with us in the long run.”last_img read more