Mexico How will Mexico line up against Germany? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 10:19 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup What is El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio planning to do in a game he’s had months to prepare for? Click here for the confirmed starting XIsYou don’t have to know much about Mexico to know manager Juan Carlos Osorio is a planner. In May, he said he’d decided on his starting XI for this game after the March friendlies.However, injuries that forced Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes out of the World Cup derailed those plans, and now the manager has to deal with a group he’s lined up for only the past two weeks. Who has stood out in training? Are there any fringe players who have won his confidence? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move As we do before every Mexico match, Goal is projecting three possible lineups for El Tri. Let’s take a look at how Mexico could line up in the biggest match in four years.Vela in free roleOsorio didn’t bring Jesus Molina to Russia, even though he knew Reyes was an injury doubt. Yet, he knows he needs more force in the midfield than he did when his squad faced Germany in the Confederations Cup. That’s why he could have both Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado sit back and hand a free role to a player like Carlos Vela.Vela can drop behind Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and play as a number 10 or overload the left side of defense where the left-footer already enjoys playing. This lineup seems like the most probable, with Hector Moreno and Miguel Layun playing on the left side of defense against a strong Germany attack.There are subtle tweaks that could be made here, though. Hugo Ayala could come in as the right center back and push Carlos Salcedo to right back with Edson Alvarez dropping to the bench. Or this could end up playing in a standard 4-3-3. Vela has played as an interior midfielder for El Tri before.Layun in the middleLayun is an incredibly versatile player, and his talents almost feel wasted at left back. Osorio has looked to get Layun into the midfield, playing him there in Mexico’s send-off friendly against Scotland, and said he could compete for a job there.The issue, then, is who takes over at left back, with the answer being Jesus Gallardo. The converted winger has adapted well to life as a defender and had decent showings in recent friendly games. However, he’s still a question mark there, and with the option to play Layun against a team as strong as Germany, it might be a risk Osorio isn’t willing to take.If he does take it, it could be a bridge too far to also play 20-year-old Alvarez, so Ayala steps in with Salcedo moving to the right in this projection.Up front, Jesus Corona loses his spot to Vela despite “Tecatito” playing the best of any Mexico player over the course of three pre-World Cup friendly matches.Trust in AlvarezOsorio also could total surprise with a roster like this one, putting Alvarez straight into the starting XI as the central midfielder. That would free up Herrera to do more going forward, but it would be a tough for the Club America man to see his World Cup debut come against the reigning world champion. Alvarez did play better in midfield than he did in defense during the friendly matches ahead of the tournament, so it’s not out of the question. If he’s blown the coaching staff away in training, it would allow for an experienced back four with Guardado and Herrera getting more freedom to attack – something Osorio made clear in Saturday’s news conference that he wants to do.
The 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup commenced Friday night 20 July 2007 at the Tempe and Bankstown venues across 10 highly competitive divisions.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League was fast and furious with some high quality clashes punctuating opening night in Sydney’s elite affiliate based competition.In the Men’s Premier League, Easts Roosters and the Parramatta Eels played out a gritty 1-1 draw at Bankstown at 7.00pm.Both teams were understandably rusty with the combatants trading blows without being able to land the knockout punch to swing the game in their favour.The return of Troy Malcolm was a big boost to the Eels and the gifted playmaker was Paramatta’s best along with Daniel Barton.Chris Hill gave his all for Easts who settled for a share of the competition points with a promise of better things to come.In the 7.50pm clash, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs flexed their muscles in a 6-3 victory over a committed Manly Sea Eagles combination that never stopped trying.The Doggies raced to a 2-0 lead at half time and kicked on to go 4-0 up midway through the second half before Manly got on the board.Harry Berryman and veteran Brett Gillard were best for a Manly side that found some late combination to breath respectability back into the scoreline.2007 Australian World Cup Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby was in cracking form for the Dogs having a hand in four touchdowns, whilst winger Nick Athas, and debutant Michael Petrie set a great foundation for Canterbury’s victory.In the match-up of the round at 8.40pm, new kids on the block the Hornsby Lions, got their season off to the best possible start with a 6-4 win, shocking 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith Panthers at Bankstown.The experienced Dave Roberts guided the Lions around the park and the mercurial Dylan Hennessey provided the knockout blows, terrorizing the Panthers’ defence close to the line. In the nightcap game at 9.30pm, 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies got home with a hard fought 6-4 triumph over a very willing Cronulla Sharks outfit at Tempe.The two clubs battle annually for the Mc Donald-Russell Shield and there was a lot of emotion surrounding the season opener. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence for former Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager Matthew Essey who lost a brave battle with cancer in May 2007. The inspired Magpies came out on fire, crossing for a touchdown after only 35 seconds for a 1-0 lead.Both sides struggled to find rhythm, but settled down to business and traded touchdowns without either team really consolidating decisively.Cronulla hit the front 4-3 midway through the second half, courtesy of some great work from Australian Mixed Open general Matt Tope who was leaving it all out on the park for the Sharkies. With an upset looming, Wests’ Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Daniel Rushworth and Jason Stanton stepped up their game and combined to put on 3 unanswered touchdowns, providing Wests with a 6-4 victory, the McDonald-Russell shield, and a fitting tribute to Matthew Essey.In opening round action in the Women’s Premier League, perennial big guns the Canterbury Bulldogs sent an ominous warning out to the rest of the competition with a 9-1 pasting of Manly Sea Eagles at 7.00pm at Tempe.Bulldogs Australian Women’s Open star Kelly Woods began the Vawdon Cup season with three slashing touchdowns for the 2006 State Cup champions.Louise Winchester showed the sort of form that swept her to the 2006 NSWTA Women’s Player of the Year at the Blues Dinner on Saturday night, and kid sister Clare and Kate Fitzsimmons chimed in to help engineer the 9-1 demolition.2006 Premiers Easts Roosters opened their title defence with a comfortable 5-2 win over competition newcomers, the Wollongong Devils.Easts were wary of the worthy challenge that the speedy Wollongong young guns would provide and were on their game to avert the potential threat.The Tri-colours produced a solid team effort punctuated by some star turns from 4-time World Cup winners Amanda and Kristy Judd who controlled the game as only they can.2007 Australian Mixed Open gun Stephanie Sorrensen and Nadina Teskera also performed well for Easts, whilst Mel Mc Call and Rachael Beck showed the way for the Devils. The young pups from Wollongong had their opportunities and acquitted themselves well against the benchmark team of the competition and will give the competition a real nudge when they find their feet and adjust to the step up of speed and standard as the season unfolds.In the 8.40pm clash at Tempe, Wests Magpies got their season off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-1 win over Cronulla Sharks.Jess Howe tried hard to lift a rusty Cronulla, but Wests had too much fire power with standout Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Nicky Albery carving up the Sharkies to spearhead her team to a comfortable victory.In the 9.30pm battle at Bankstown, the Central Coast Dolphins had a tidy 3-0 win over Penrith Panthers to complete the first round of games in season 2007.This week in the Men’s Premier League, Cronulla will take on a chastened defending premiers Penrith at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Easts Roosters will battle with Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Tempe.Hornsby Lions will look to continue on their winning way against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 8.40pm, and the Canterbury Bulldogs will square off against the Parramatta Eels at Tempe at 9.30pm.In Women’s Premier League games Cronulla, looking for a better second up performance meet Penrith at 7.00pm at Bankstown. Premiers Easts Roosters will clash with Wests Magpies at Tempe at 7.00pm.The red hot Canterbury Bulldogs will have a tougher time against the young Wollongong Devils line-up at Tempe at 8.40pm, and the Central Coast Dolphins will test their mettle against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 9.30pm.Second round action in Division 1 and 2 Men’s and Women’s, Mixed 1 and 2, and Men’s Seniors and Masters will continue as teams look to shake off opening night jitters and settle into the ten week competition which promises to increase in quality right across the board as the season progresses.TFA will bring you all the news and views from Round Two of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.
Many of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles. The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land). The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team. The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training? It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover. For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April). The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared. Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training. Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg! These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back. We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in. We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water. Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles. But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience. They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!! And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before. By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community. The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend! And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.
Spurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking has made it clear he doesn’t want Thorgan Hazard sold next month.The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Thorgan is a target for Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Sevilla as he enjoys career best form this season. Chelsea also boast a buy-back option.But Hecking has told Gladbach chief Max Eberl he doesn’t want to lose the midfielder in January.The coach stated: “Max knows exactly how I think with this question …”Hazard is tied to Gladbach until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Juventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to setup a swap deal with Juventus for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales midfielder has already agreed Bosman terms with the Bianconeri, though could move to Juve immediately for the right deal.La Stampa says that could include Morocco defender Medhi Benatia.Benatia has not travelled with Juve to Jeddah for the Supercoppa and is keen on leaving this month.And with Arsenal in the market for a new centre-half, he is being offered to the Gunners in a straight swap for Ramsey. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Parents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.”
WATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderboltby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum has scored a thunderbolt in the Netherlands 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday. The long-range strike was the Liverpool midfielder’ second goal of the game.The first came from a header from six yards out.Great goal. Georginio Wijnaldum blasts one into the top corner for Netherlands vs Belarus. His second of the game. pic.twitter.com/UAipkAHBI3— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Werder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculation to think about it.”The coach also said: “He is a very good player, but he is now a player from Hertha and in the summer probably will again be a Liverpool. “This is not an issue for us now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH) 52-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This week, there has been a lot of noise made about the future of a possible ACC Network, which has been long discussed as a possibility for the league with ESPN. In a column on Campus Rush, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel called the network “imminent.” FOX Sports 1’s Tim Brando, who also calls ACC basketball games for Raycom Sports, doesn’t quite believe that we’ll see an ACC Network all that soon, but he does think it is coming, and the lynchpin to a launch is Notre Dame joining as a full conference member. That, he believes, will happen.Brando previously discussed Notre Dame’s role in the eventuality of the ACC Network on Twitter, and cleared things up a bit on “The Audible” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel. Notre Dame/ACC talk starts around the 18-minute mark.On the ACC Network:“I do believe it’s going to happen, and I believe it’s going to happen when Notre Dame understands that it’s in their financial best interest to be in a conference, because they cannot command the same dollar from NBC or any other network by simply having seven home games televised. If you look at the revenues generated by both the Big Ten, the SEC, and the ACC without a network, as a conference member full time, they would, not only right now but certainly in the future, do much better than they are doing with their current arrangement. And I think that’s where we sit.”Brando says that if Notre Dame joins a conference in the next 10 years, the ACC is the only option:“No, Notre Dame cannot have a wandering eye. They not only signed a grant of rights with the ACC, but they signed an additional contract, which mandates that if they do become a conference member in football, there is no other place they can do that other than the Atlantic Coast Conference. And that’s through the year 2025. So (ACC commissioner) John Swofford and his people did a remarkable job when they brought Notre Dame in, to secure that when the Irish blue bloods decided ‘you know what, maybe it’s time to join a conference,’ they need to do that.”Perhaps most surprisingly, he predicts that this will unfold in the next three years.“I really believe that as we move forward, it’s a little early to be thinking about starting a linear network now, given the economics… It may not be the time in a year or two years, but in three years I believe you’ll be looking right down the pipe at an ACC Network, and I think the reason will be Notre Dame elected to become a full-time member.”The ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, although with the Big 12’s issues, and the recent success of Clemson and Florida State, as well as a slew of strong hires this year, the league appears to be on solid ground. If it does, in fact, bring Notre Dame into the fold as a full member, it would be a massive coup for Swofford and company.[FOX Sports]
Cardiff play their first match at the Cardiff City Stadium following the disappearance of Emiliano Sala on Saturday, when they will host Bournemouth in Premier League action. The Bluebirds put up a brave midweek display against Arsenal before eventually succumbing 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, but this promises to be an even more emotional occasion.Bournemouth, meanwhile, come into the game on a high after inflicting a 4-0 defeat upon Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday – the Blues’ biggest Premier League loss in 23 years. 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 Cardiff City vs Bournemouth Date Saturday, February 2 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US only) 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 NBC fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD. It can be streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Cardiff squad Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Peltier, Bennett, Manga, Richards, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba Midfielders Paterson, Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris, Hoilett, Paterson Forwards Reid, Ward, Zohore, Mendez-Laing, Madine, Ward, Niasse Sean Morrison remains Cardiff’s chief injury problem ahead of Saturday’s home fixture and he could miss another six weeks. Meanwhile, Jazz Richards, Josh Murphy and Victor Camarasa will all require checks. Harry Arter is not allowed to play against his parent club.Possible Cardiff starting XI: Etheridge; Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Bennett; Hoilett, Camarasa, Gunnarsson, Paterson; Reid; Niasse Position Bournemouth squad Goalkeepers Boruc, Begovic, Travers Defenders S. Cook, Ake, Daniels,Rico, Mings, Simpson, Clyne Midfielders Surman, Pugh, Lerma, Ibe, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Ofoborh Forwards Mousset, King, Solanke Callum Wilson has undergone knee surgery and will miss out for a couple of weeks. Simon Francis and Lewis Cook, meanwhile, are not expected to play again this season.Jefferson Lerma and David Brooks are both doubts but Dominic Solanke could make his debut.Possible Bournemouth starting XI: Boruc; Clyne, Cook, Ake, Smith; Stanislas, Gosling, Surman, Fraser; King, SolankeBetting & Match Odds Off the back of their midweek win, Bournemouth are 13/10 favourites with Bet365. Cardiff are priced at 9/4 and a draw is 5/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview The Cardiff City Stadium will be a site of tribute to Emiliano Sala on Saturday, following the disappearance of the club’s record signing when he took a private jet to fly over to Wales from France early last week.Although debris has been found, nothing more has yet been turned up.Sala’s former club, Nantes, paid an emotional tribute to the Argentine on Wednesday as they drew 1-1 with Saint-Etienne, and now it is the Bluebirds’ turn to pay homage.Following the narrow loss to Arsenal, manager Neil Warnock explained how proud he was of the performance his team produced.“We talked about Emiliano before the game and I thought it was appropriate that we gave a good account of ourselves against a good side and I thought we could’ve won the game,” Warnock told BBC Sport.“What a performance! If Arsenal had our chances, they would’ve beaten us by four. Nineteen shots at the Emirates, it’s definitely our best performance of the season.”Centre-back Sol Bamba, though, explained how the drama has impacted the squad. “It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy. We have all been affected by it, the lads, the city, the whole club,” he told BBC Sport Wales.”We have had some help. We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking: ‘I don’t want to go on it anymore.’”A home game may, therefore, prove a slightly easier occasion to handle, but the bottom line for City is that they need the points: they find themselves four points adrift in the relegation zone. Bournemouth, meanwhile, have few such problems after back-to-back home wins over West Ham and Chelsea. Their stunning second-half display at Dean Court will be the standard that Eddie Howe seeks, but the context of this match means that it will be difficult for either team to truly have their minds focused on the game. 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With their hopes of lifting some pre-season silverware over, both Newcastle United and West Ham will look to bounce back from respective drubbings when they meet in Shanghai in the third-place play-off of the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy.The Magpies, whose new manager Steve Bruce will be in the stands this weekend, fell to Wolves while the Hammers found themselves outclassed by champions Manchester City in Nanjing earlier this week.Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be looking to make amends for the manner of their defeat against the Citizens while new Newcastle boss Bruce will have a chance to observe his squad as he prepares for the daunting task of keeping them in the top flight this coming campaign. 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? Game Newcastle vs West Ham Date Saturday, July 20 Time 10am BST / 11am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast. US TV channel Online stream n/a n/a In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Woodman, Harker Defenders Clark, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Lazaar, Sterry, Bailey, Watts, Allan Midfielders Ki, Colback, Shelvey. Ritchie, Hayden, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff Forwards Aarons, Murphy, Gayle, Muto With no new signings yet to be made and the big-money exit of Ayoze Perez confirmed alongside Rafa Benitez’s departure, Steve Bruce will face a race to prepare his squad for the new season.He’ll be hoping that the stalwarts of the Magpies come to the fore in this encounter, though he will be unable to manage them as he does not have a working visa.Confirmed Starting XI (5-3-2): Dubravka; Sterry, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Colback, Hayden, Shelvey; Muto, SorensenSubstitutes: Darlow, Woodman, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lazaar, Bailey, Watts, Ki, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff, Murphy, Aarons, Allan Position West Ham squad Goalkeepers Fabianski, Roberto, Martin Defenders Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Reid, Fredericks, Zabaleta, Johnson Midfielders Rice, Sanchez, Wilshere, Obiang, Noble, Cullen, Lanzini Forwards Hernandez, Anderson, Yarmolenko, Antonio, Snodgrass, Diangana Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to inspire his side into restoring some pride after they were outgunned by City, though he is of course without the club’s two big new signings, Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller.There will likely be a chance however for his forwards to impress and help sway themselves towards a starting berth with the latter when the new season rolls around.Confirmed Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Cullen; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; HernandezSubstitutes: Martin, Roberto, Fredricks, Johnson, Obiang, Sanchez, Wilshere, Snodgrass, Noble, Diangana, AntonioBetting & Match Odds West Ham are odds-on favourites to take the win at 11/10 with bet365 . Newcastle can be backed at 12/5 while a draw is priced the same.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview With their hopes of reaching the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy sunk at the first hurdle, both Newcastle United and West Ham will be looking to restore their pride when the pair meet in a third-place curtain-raiser in Shanghai this weekend.Taking to the pitch just before Wolves and Manchester City, the Magpies and the Hammers will look to end their stay in the Far East on a high note before heading back to Europe for final preparations.For the former in particular, however, their clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s side represents the first chance for new manager Steve Bruce to catch his squad in action.The former Sunderland supremo was tempted to Tyneside from his perch at Sheffield Wednesday and now faces the unenviable task of preserving their top-flight status after the exit of Rafa Benitez following off-field troubles at St James’ Park with the club’s hierarchy.Speaking to the media following his appointment, Bruce noted that he will likely not please every fan at the club but that he is “quietly confident” he can succeed in the role.“I know in some people’s eyes I’m not Rafa,” he stated. “I understand there are big shoes to fill, but I’ll give it everything I possibly can.“I knew it was going to be difficult. The easy thing would have been to say no. I just hope that people will show respect, which obviously you only gain by getting a few results and doing the job, but hopefully that will go hand in hand.“I accept I am not everyone’s cup of tea, but judge me over a period of time. I am quietly confident I will do okay.“I’m going to need all of my 20 years’ experience to get my way through choppy waters. But I’ve got skin as think as an elephant.”West Ham, meanwhile, have seen little turmoil during the off-season and have broken the club’s transfer record to bring Sebastien Haller to London Stadium.The star forward is not currently with the club in Asia however, leaving the Irons effectively as they were last season as they look to get the better of the Magpies. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Predictions for the 2018 college football season are starting to roll in. Who are you picking to win this year’s national championship?We’re starting to make some predictions, too. Let’s not just make predictions for this year, though. Let’s make them for the next five years.Who is going to win college football’s next five national titles?Here are our picks.Predicting College Football’s Next 5 National Champs2018Ohio State brings back a lot of talent on offense and Dwayne Haskins looks like the real deal. The pro-style QB paired with an electric running back in J.K. Dobbins could give OSU the country’s most-exciting offense.The Buckeyes will win their second national title under Urban Meyer.Prediction: Ohio State2019Things are starting to get a little restless in Ann Arbor, with Jim Harbaugh having lost to Ohio State – again.The problem with the Wolverines during the Jim Harbaugh era has been quarterback play. They likely would’ve won last year’s Ohio State game with even slightly above-average QB play.In 2019, Michigan should finally have a really good one in Shea Patterson (assuming he doesn’t leave for the NFL). He was a former top recruit and probably has the best natural ability of any of the QBs on Michigan’s roster. Harbaugh will hopefully have coached him up to a top NFL prospect by 2019.Prediction: Michigan NEXT: The 2020, 2021, 2022 National Champions >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football hasn’t been a great program over the last few seasons. The Huskers have one of the great traditions in college football though.It wasn’t all that long ago that the program was competing for national championships. Of course, plenty has changed since the halcyon days of Husker football.The team now competes in the Big Ten. It is hard to argue against that move, given the financial and stability advantages afforded by the league. Back in the day, though, Nebraska had it pretty good in the Big Eight/12.Nebraska has a pretty big edge on many of its former conference rivals. Pick Six Previews posted the longest winning streaks against a single opponent in college football history, and Nebraska is very well represented.Nebraska’s decades-long streak against Kansas football is the second-longest of all time.The Huskers beat the Jayhawks every year from 1969 to 2004. Nebraska is 91-23-3 overall in the series, which seems surprisingly close, given the 36-year win streak.Most consecutive wins over an opponent (All-Time)43- Notre Dame over Navy (’64-’04)36- Nebraska over Kansas (’69-04)32- OU over Kansas St (’37-’68)31- PSU over Temple (’52-’14)31- UF over Kentucky (CURRENT)29- Nebraska over KansasSt (’69-’97)29- Clemson over UVA (’55-’89)— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 12, 2018Out of the 15 longest consecutive win streaks over an opponent:Nebraska has FOUR.No other team has more than one. https://t.co/UxzoJTYl9X— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 12, 2018The first tweet shows the top two Nebraska streaks: vs. Kansas and vs. Kansas State. Old conference rivalries against schools from the Sunflower State were kind to the Huskers.As Pick Six Previews notes, Nebraska appears in the top 15 two more times. The other two were both 24-game streaks.From 1979-2002, Nebraska recorded 24 straight wins over Missouri. 1974-1999 saw a 24-game win streak against Oklahoma State, though the two teams did not match up during two of those seasons.Only two of Nebraska’s major former conference mates have the historical upper-hand in their series against the Huskers. Longtime rival Oklahoma is 45-38-3 against the Huskers. Texas, which spent less time in the same league, as the Big Eight and SWC did not merge until 1996, is 10-4 in the series.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas in the coming days. The Category 4 storm looks like it could have a devastating impact.College football is a minor concern compared to the safety of those in the path of the storm. There have already been a number of games cancelled or rescheduled because of the impending hurricane.Another game time has just been changed. Old Dominion and Charlotte will play tomorrow instead of Saturday as previously scheduled.The game is set for 4 p.m. ET tomorrow at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte.The @Charlotte49ers football game with Old Dominion has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m.https://t.co/szv4nwAfHf pic.twitter.com/VE9wHPylE2— Charlotte Football (@CharlotteFTBL) September 12, 2018ODU arrived in Charlotte on Tuesday, and as the two schools monitored the track of the storm, a decision was made to move the game up.“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked closely with Old Dominion Athletics Director Wood Selig and the conference office to make this decision,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill. “Our primary goal in playing this game is to ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and do so without creating an undue burden on our community and its emergency services. I also want to acknowledge the incredible cooperation of Coach Bobby Wilder, Coach Brad Lambert, emergency management officials and our campus partners in this difficult process.”Expect some more games to either be cancelled or postponed in the coming days.We will keep you posted on any changes.
Nebraska has announced a new update for Huskers’ starting quarterback Adrian Martinez at halftime of today’s game against Michigan. The freshman quarterback won’t be playing in the second half.Huskers head coach Scott Frost told reporters at halftime that he will be keeping Martinez out of the second half.Nebraska will be playing walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch.? “Adrian Martinez will not play in the second half.”Sideline report from @bmclaughlin4.— Husker Sports (@HuskerSports) September 22, 2018This is probably the right decision.It was a brutal first half for Nebraska, as the Huskers trailed the Wolverines, 39-0, after two quarters of play.Martinez, who is coming off a knee injury, was under attack on almost every play. He was sacked or hurried basically every time he dropped back.Nebraska is now on the verge of an 0-3 start to the Scott Frost era, but keeping Martinez healthy is the key to the rest of the season. We’ll see how the Huskers can respond moving forward.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame, still undefeated, has a big game against a desperate Florida State squad on Saturday, and the Fighting Irish will be wearing green uniforms for the affair. It looks like they may have trolled a former opponent when they unveiled them.In the first game of the season, Notre Dame knocked off Michigan, 24-17, at home. At the moment, it’s a big deal – because the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines are No. 3 and No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, respectively.Notre Dame apparently does not want the committee to forget how the game turned out. When the Fighting Irish unveiled their green jerseys earlier this week, there were two interesting numbers on display.Check it out:No. 3 @NDFootball is playing the home finale the way you started it, #NDFamily…… in green.#GoIrish☘️ #BeatSeminoles pic.twitter.com/OglWcsm0Sj— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) November 9, 2018Love the Michigan score in the jersey numbers. (Spotted by @jameslikesbball )— Joe Decker (@JuRD5) November 9, 2018Assuming both teams win out, the committee is going to have to make a tough decision where to rank them. Michigan will have knocked off Ohio State and the Big Ten West champion, while Notre Dame will have finished undefeated – with a win over the Wolverines.The odds suggest that if both teams win out, they’ll be in the playoff – unless both Oklahoma and Washington State also run the table to make it interesting.Notre Dame takes on Florida State on Saturday, while Michigan gets Rutgers.