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.
Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is tackled out of bounds during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUpon Urban Meyer’s arrival in late 2011 as coach of the Ohio State football team, the possibility of his spread offense in Columbus excited Buckeye Nation.The No. 4 Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) rank fifth in the country in points per game, averaging 47.3 a contest. But one position in Meyer’s offense many believed would get more attention, the tight end, has become lost in the shuffle at times.OSU’s starter at tight end, junior Jeff Heuerman, has receptions in five of the Buckeyes’ eight wins this season, but has only snagged one touchdown.Heuerman didn’t record a catch in his team’s 63-14 drubbing of Penn State Saturday, but said he doesn’t let his lack of catches bother him.“The ball gets dispersed around however it does (on offense),” Heuerman said Monday. “I’m happy doing my job, whether it’s blocking, whether it’s catching. Whatever it is, I’m happy. I enjoy doing it. Obviously we’re 20-0 so its working out pretty good, so I’m not complaining.”Tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton said the reason Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore tight end Nick Vannett are not getting the ball as much has nothing to do with their abilities on the field.“(Against Penn State) there (were) a couple of plays that we called that I thought going into the game, the tight end would get the ball, we all thought the tight end would get the ball,” Hinton said Monday. “Penn State didn’t cooperate. But on the one, they took the two defenders and guarded the tight end on it, well Carlos Hyde caught a pass, went down the sideline, that’s OK. Really. And the bottom line is that we all get what we want if we win.”Meyer said he wishes his tight end could get more involved in the passing game.“Jeff Heuerman (is) playing at a very high level right now,” Meyer said Monday. “Certainly in blocking, (we) need to get him some more catches. But (he’s) playing at a very high level.”Heuerman has also been heavily involved for blocking for the ninth-ranked OSU rushing attack. In the win against the Nittany Lions, he had key blocks on junior quarterback Braxton Miller’s second touchdown run of the night, as well as senior running back Carlos Hyde’s 39-yard scamper in the second quarter. Along with the rest of the offensive line, Heuerman has helped Hyde gash opposing defenses for 464 yards and seven touchdowns in the last three games.Heuerman has already nearly doubled the number of receptions he had in 2012, and credits his relationship with Hinton as reason for becoming a force on the line as well as improving his production in the passing game.“Coach Hinton and I have an outstanding relationship. He’s an outstanding coach,” Heuerman said. “I owe a lot of everything that I’ve been able to accomplish here at Ohio State to him over the last few years.”The two work so well together that Heuerman even took the time Monday to eavesdrop in on Hinton’s press conference, sticking his head in with a big smile on his face to listen to what his coach had to say about him. That incited a laugh from Hinton, who jokingly said ‘Don’t ever coach a guy like that,’ because Heuerman seemed to be enjoying himself as he lent an ear to Hinton’s conversation with the media. Hinton was quick to rescind his comment.“Here is the deal: He’s really, really, really good,” Hinton said. “I mean really good at what he does. He (has) a knack for it. He understands leverage, and you know like every great football player you’re around, they’re very football intelligent. And he’s a very football intelligent guy.”Although Heuerman admits he did not not fully trust Meyer, Hinton and the rest of the coaches once they installed the spread offense at OSU, that has since changed.“I’ve learned to trust (Hinton) a whole lot. I think that’s a big thing,” Heuerman said. “Last year, everything was kind of new, and I wouldn’t say I 100 percent trusted him, but this year, we have a great relationship. I trust him with anything in my life.”Heuerman and the Buckeyes are scheduled to pay a visit to Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday as they look to continue to add to the nation’s longest winning streak. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.