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.
Every election in India is unique and significant in the historical and evolutionary process of Indian democracy. Our democracy indicates its vibrancy, maturity and sobriety. Despite small drawbacks and inadequacies, 2019 electoral process went down very well. Conducting election in a country of 1.2 billion people, with extreme differences, disparities, and inequalities, is not an ordinary task. It cannot be compared with any country in the world. It is massive and managing the massiveness of the electoral processes and procedures is a great achievement. Also Read – A staunch allyThe political parties have displayed their full energy, enthusiasm, and efforts during electioneering by affirming faith in the constitutional electoral machinery in mobilising people for the political task of casting votes. In this process, voters have been apprised about the issues that are afflicting the country and solutions to be found out through the new regimes of different political fronts. Based on the perception, image, the knowledge they have gained and hope, people have given a dear mandate of the country’s governance to BJP. Also Read – Cuban pathosWhile voting, people give a collective message regarding their priority and preference in selecting the party to be in power. Political parties, both the victor and the vanquished, have to understand in perspective and act further. The intelligence of the political parties lies in understanding the exact mood of the people. BJP and Modi have projected that they stand for India’s pride, security, integrity, unity, and development. Further, BJP has given a signal that it looks at the whole scheme of development through Hindutwa framework. BJP has got a strong leader to do that job and there is no schism either in the party or on the front. On the other hand, the opposition parties joined only to submit a petition and remove Modi. They come together to bring allegations against Modi and not to act cohesively to combat his power. They have not joined together to project themselves as a force to govern the country with a common plan of action. Huge promises are present in the manifestoes of the Indian National Congress and opposition parties, not in BJP’s. Yet people gave priority to BJP and Modi even though rich promises are in the manifesto of the opposition parties. It is easy to comprehend that BJP and its leaders gave a notion to the people that they have credibility, they are united and highly disciplined to deliver what they promised. But the opposition parties criticised Modi and BJP and they criticised each other contemptuously. It gives a sense to the people that BJP and Modi always talk about the country, security, patriotism, and nationalism. The opposition groups have not touched such emotive and sensitive issues. They have given a feeling to the people that for the opposition, nation and national security are not priorities, the prime minister position is the sole aim and every party is interested in increasing their tally to increase their bargaining power during the government’s formation. So opposition parties are interested in strengthening their own position rather than evincing interest in the national issues. Every party in the opposition felt that people have suffered during demonetisation and GST and thereby, they would vote the opposition parties. There is no doubt that people have suffered and yet they rely on the credibility of Modi, not the opposition because the credibility of the opposition parties has been questioned by Modi through the past records. Many of the regional parties suffered set back because of the corrupt image of leaders. This has been effectively used by Modi in the past five years and he continued the same attack during this election also. A very comprehensive, deliverable manifesto has been brought out by the Indian National Congress but it has not reached voters as they have organisational inadequacy. Congress is not clear in its role and hence they have not declared their position on the post of prime ministership. Rahul Gandhi was proposed only by DMK and not by Congress. While taking the decision Congress or other regional and national opposition parties, the Modi factor has to be in the backdrop but not to attack Modi. The opposition parties have to introspect and further act competitively with the government led by BJP. India enters into a new era which is totally market-driven and in market-driven politics, democracy takes a backseat as it has not delivered substantial economic goods to the poor. Many parties have come to stagnation. Hence, political parties need introspection and appropriate action. (Dr. G Palanithurai is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)