About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STATS STUNNER: Pogba dominates Man Utd victory over Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba dominated the match stats for victory over Huddersfield.Pogba scored twice for the 3-1 win on Wednesday.He managed a game-high of 90 passes in total, with 61 of these coming in the opposition half – again, more than any other player on the pitch. In total, he had 117 touches of the ball which was way clear of the next best in this category – team-mate Luke Shaw.Nobody in a red shirt made more than his two tackles and he gained possession 10 times, which was the most for the home side. There were seven sprints during the 10.73 km he covered in distance as he was hugely influential in the middle of the pitch.In attack, he mustered five shots in total, four of which were on target, with one effort blocked.
Summer moves didn’t address Man City’s glaring issues and it now showsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the love- The following is a sponsored articleLooking just a week ago everything was supposed to be rosy in the Etihad garden. Man City are in the mix to live up to the expectations of bookmakers and land two-in-a-row in the Premier League and the club are also making strides on the continent, blasting their way into the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League.They have a squad jam-packed full of talent, a manager in Pep Guardiola who has been to the very top of the game and is determined to make a return, and a board always happy to stick their hand in their pocket and shell-out for expensive new signings.Fans are happy with the direction the club are taking these days, after suffering years of watching their heroes toil. Everything is near perfect and it’s a great time to be associated with Manchester City, but there are a few glaring issue the club can’t get away from and as we head towards what will be a crucial 2019, they need addressing.The best Premier League betting sites and offers (based on www.top-betting-sites.co.uk) have reacted and have City removed from favourites for a second consecutive title win, mainly after 3 losses in their last five games – without putting the results aside here are some glaring issues:Lack of firepower. Now, it may seem preposterous to suggest The Cityzens lack weight up top, especially after watching them score 54 league goals in their first 20 games (league best), but we saw in December’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge an old worry resurface.Despite millions of pounds spent during the summer transfer window, Man City still have only two natural strikers in their main squad and that isn’t enough to see them hold off all challengers domestically over the course of a season and drive at the major places in European football’s elite club competition.Sergio Aguero is one of those strikers and although when fully fit and in the mood there’s few more talented at created chances and scoring important goals, his recent history shows the Argentinian has suffered from lengthy lay-offs in the past. At 30-years-old and in the thick of a hectic schedule it’s surely only a matter of time before he checks in for more time on the treatment table. If that does happen it would leave a massive hole in the City attack. Who would fill the gap?Gabriel Jesus is the natural replacement, but the Brazilian is returning from what was a poor showing at the World Cup in Russia where his Samba Boys were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium, following a 2-1 defeat. Jesus appears to be struggling with the lack of a proper rest and has scored just 3 goals (two of them against Everton) and chipped in with two assists so far in the league. Compare that to the nine and seven of Aguero and the stats prove he’d be little help in times of crisis.Further back the pitch and Pep has more to keep him awake at night with defender Benjamin Mendy out injured for another month. That couldn’t have come at a worse time for the club heading towards the non-stop festive period and there’s little doubt the talented Frenchman will be a huge miss to his teammates. He’s another beginning to show the signs of a punishing year.Elsewhere, and Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Zinchenko hasn’t really set the heather alight as was expected of him so far and he appears to lack the dominance and consistency needed to force himself into the limelight. When the chips were down, he hasn’t shown he is the kind of player who could turn a game in his favour although netting an assist the last game against Southampton – his only second 90 minutes game this year.Finally, what’s the latest on the blockbuster signing of the summer, Riyad Mahrez? The winger has had no trouble settling in to his new surrounding and has already played a big part in his team’s title defence. He is a player who could win games for his employers in the blink of an eye and he appears to be getting stronger with the passing of each match. He’ll be key to any success City have during 2019 and that was proven when he scored the winner against Watford at Vicarage Road recently, adding to a Sane first-half opener.Putting in a man of the match performance against The Hornets, the City faithful will be hoping the Algerian internationalist can get an extended run in the team and stay injury free. His attackers could certainly do with the help.Manchester City start the new year with a home match against main title rivals Liverpool on Thursday 3 January in an 8.00pm kick-off which presents a chance to narrow the gap, before welcoming Wolves to town on Monday 14. A trip to Huddersfield shouldn’t pose too many problems six days later and they wind up the opening month on the calendar at St James Park on Tuesday 29. TagsSponsoredAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Zabaleta welcomes ex-Man City teammate Nasri to West Hamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Zabaleta has welcomed former Manchester City teammate Samir Nasri to West Ham.Nasri enjoyed some of the best football of his career under Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini’s guidance in City’s 2013/14 Premier League title-winning season.Zabaleta told the Daily Star, “He’s ready. “We know that obviously he will need some game time to build up his fitness level. He’s been working with us for a month and a half. “Of course then in a game it’s different, but I hope he can have his chance soon, because he’s one of those players who can probably bring some creativity into the team because it seems like some part of the games we need to keep the ball better, the final pass, keep more possession. “At the moment, especially in the last two games, we’ve given the ball away so cheaply, so a player with his class of course will bring this.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@NickDolleIs the Southeastern Conference the best college football league in the country top-to-bottom? Last week, it seemed that the answer was obvious. This week? Not so much. Arkansas, as you probably know, lost to Toledo at home. Auburn needed overtime to get by FCS-level Jacksonville State. And Missouri trails Arkansas State at halftime. ESPN’s Desmond Howard is taking notice, and has a message for fans who think the SEC reigns above all others.Really hard to make the “BEST from top to bottom” claim when you step out of the conf and lose to Toledo (at home) and need OT to beat JVST.— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) September 13, 2015It’s a long season, so it’s best not to make judgements quite yet. But perhaps the playing field across the country is more level than previously thought.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Desmond Howard can now add “peacemaker” to his resume. The former Heisman Trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst visited Nick Saban at Alabama today. Of course, the head coach of Howard’s alma mater, Jim Harbaugh, has been feuding a bit with the Crimson Tide coach. Harbaugh called Saban “hypocritical” for his criticism of satellite camps, which the Wolverines’ coach has helped make popular. Howard posted on Twitter a picture of himself and Saban, asking why we all can’t just get along. Enjoyed my time at Alabama today with Nick. #Peacemaker #CantWeAllJustGetAlong #RollTide #GoBlue! pic.twitter.com/G2LFqQbCBz— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) June 8, 2016Howard got Saban to smile. Maybe he really does have a future in mediation.
Tottenham Hotspur will host Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final as they look to lift their first trophy since 2008, and their first piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.Maurizio Sarri’s side lost to the North Londoners 3-1 in the Premier League in November that ended their unbeaten run and will be out for revenge.The winner of the two-legged will go on to face either Burton Albion or Manchester City in the final of the competition. 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 Tottenham vs Chelsea Date Tuesday, January 8 Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In 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 N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and livestreamed on Sky GO Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky GO Extra Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta Midfielders Jorginho, Kante, Hazard, Barkley, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, Willian Forwards Morata, Giroud Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are priced at odds of winning 9/4 according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 13/5. A win for Spurs is priced at 5/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview The home side have been given one of the most rigorous routes to the semi-final having been handed three successive ties against Premier League opponents, but a win over their London rivals will put them in prime position to lift their first trophy in over a decade.Wins over Watford, West Ham and Arsenal have sent them to the last four of the competition and they will head into the fixture with major momentum following their 7-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday.Pochettino will likely view the EFL Cup as one of his outside goals in a campaign where Spurs are unlikely title challengers – his side potentially favouring their chances in the FA Cup and Champions League – but Tuesday’s clash is the manager’s best opportunity to bring some long-awaited silverware back to the club.The North Londoners have been in flying form, registering 14 wins from 17 matches in all competitions, though will need to clear their minds following a shock loss against newly-promoted Wolves in their last match at Wembley.Meanwhile, Sarri now has the chance to lift silverware in his first season at Stamford Bridge should he overcome Pochettino’s side with a win at Wembley. The Blues already suffered a loss to Spurs at the end of November and will be eager to avenge their defeat, though a number of forward players are still recovering from injury.Chelsea have suffered from inconsistent form during the festive period, losing to Leicester and drawing with Southampton in the Premier League, though registering a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.The future of Alvaro Morata is still uncertain despite the Spaniard netting twice in the FA Cup, with his status as a Chelsea player likely to remain in doubt until the end of the January transfer window amid poor form and low confidence.
Lucas Vazquez believes Real Madrid deserved more from their Clasico draw with Barcelona in the opening leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals.Vazquez opened the scoring in Madrid’s 1-1 draw away to bitter rivals and La Liga champions Barca at Camp Nou on Wednesday.AdChoices广告Madrid took the lead in the sixth minute when Vazquez flicked the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen, though Malcom equalised in the second half to earn a draw for Barca. 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 semi-final tie is now evenly poised heading to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return fixture on February 27 and Madrid forward Vazquez was not completely satisfied after the match.”It’s a bittersweet feeling because the team deserved more,” Vazquez told reporters. “I’m thrilled to have got the goal and helped the team but we lacked that little bit to go on and win it.”I’ll take away our efforts for 90 minutes because everyone ran hard and worked with real intensity, both up front and at the back, and that’s the secret to this group. We have to keep it up.”We’d planned a match where we’d press high up and win the ball back in their half, and we did just that, especially before half-time. Every player is extremely committed, we’re all pulling in the same direction.”Towards the end we had a couple of great chances to make it 1-2 but it wasn’t to be. The tie is wide open and it’ll be a hard-fought game next time out. We will be going all out for a win at the Bernabeu in front of our fans. All together we’ll push to seal a place in the final.”Goalkeeper Keylor Navas was in Madrid’s starting XI midweek as number one Thibaut Courtois dropped to the bench.Navas, who impressed against Barca, added: “Both sides had chances, we both took control of the game for different spells. Ultimately 1-1 doesn’t feel so great because we wanted to win it but it’s a fair result from what was a tight game. “I thank God for giving me the strength, desire and motivation. I always say it’s my friends, my wife and my kids who make me come out, enjoy myself and give it my all for this shirt. It’s a privilege to be out on the pitch and I have to make the most of it.”We knew we had to score, to win you have to score goals. We got one and we hope it’s enough, if we keep a clean sheet at home, we could be in the final. It’ll not be easy.”
Screencap/ESPNCollege GameDay video: LSU and Auburn families cultivate an unlikely relationship as tragedy puts sports rivalries into perspective.LSU and Auburn are bitter SEC rivals, but at the end of the day, sports are nothing more than a triviality when it comes to the livelihood of family.Enter the Boswell family, steadfast Auburn fans, whose infant son Davis was suffering from a rare virus that attacked his heart. They were told by doctors that he’d need a heart transplant, but it’s rare for that to happen; the organ has to match perfectly. They’d be stuck waiting until a proper donor became available.Four hundred miles away in Louisiana, the Perry family, lifelong LSU fans, had just welcomed the birth of two twins, Ella and John Clarke. After just six months, though, John Clarke developed an extremely high fever, which doctors told the Perry’s was the result of a brain bleed, and John Clarke passed as a result.Weeks of agonizing waiting went by when the Boswell’s finally got the call that a donor heart was available for their son. It was John Clarke’s.As fate would have it, John Clarke’s heart was a perfect match for Davis, and Davis is now a happy and healthy boy.The Boswells and the Perrys now plan on meeting for every Auburn-LSU game, as a way of celebrating life and the legacy of John Clarke, whose heart continues to beat on in Davis.Watch the College GameDay video in its entirety below: LSU and Auburn play Saturday at 6 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that Raheem Sterling can score 30 goals across all competitions this season.The England winger managed 25 last term, hitting 17 in the Premier League as City won a domestic treble.But despite those impressive statistics, Guardiola thinks Sterling can do even better. Article continues below 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? “Yeah, hopefully [he can score 30]. It will be good for him and for the team,” Guardiola said.“When he’s in front of the goal, he puts it in the net. So, he can do it, yeah. He scored 25 last season, and 25 to 30 is only five goals. So he can do it. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“But I don’t know. I never spoke with Sergio Aguero, or Gabriel Jesus, or Raheem, with any of the people up front, about what are their dreams and targets, so I don’t know, honestly.“I think they’re happy when they are scoring goals, like all the people who play in the front line.“So, hopefully, he can score goals. I think goals are a consequence of the way we play – their mood, how the team’s playing, no injuries. I wouldn’t judge him if he scored 30 goals, 35 or 20.“When he scores goals, I’m happy. But if he does what he has to do for him and the team, then it’s enough.”The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach also took the time to praise City’s title rivals this season, particularly Saturday’s opponents Tottenham.“How good are [Tottenham]? My words and my opinion on them? They are the second-best team in Europe. For me, that’s enough.“Since I came here to England, every season they were a real contender.“In my first season, they finished second. In the last two seasons, they didn’t win it, but always they were tough, tough games.“I said from the first day, when we played at White Hart Lane and lost 2-0, about the capacity, quality and possibilities of this team, the manager and the club.“They are a strong team, a good team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa is responsible for this year’s Alabama team being, maybe, Nick Saban’s best ever, and there are many who doubt that there’s another college football team with a chance of beating them. Las Vegas seems to agree, revealing the Crimson Tide would be double-digit favorites against every team in the country.So, there are probably a lot of college football fans out there that don’t like Alabama’s star quarterback. It’s understandable considering how good he.Tagovailoa has won a lot of college football fans over with his latest tweet, though.Alabama’s sophomore QB wants EA Sports to bring NCAA Football back.Bring back NCAA FOOTBALL @EASPORTS— Tua. T ?? (@Tuaamann_) September 24, 2018That’s an idea that everyone can agree on.Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon.