• Arsenal v Everton: team news and possible line-ups

    Arsenal’s brilliant form is one of the great stories of the 2013/14 Premier League so far, but Everton’s strength under Roberto Martinez certainly runs the Gunners close, particularly after their 1-0 victory over Man United at Old Trafford.The two teams meet at the Emirates on Sunday and picking the right players will be key for both managers, so talkSPORT looks at how they could line up…lArsene Wenger rested several players during the Gunners’ victory over Hull in the midweek fixtures, and many of those stars who missed out will likely return to face Everton.Olivier Giroud will no doubt come in for Nicklas Bendtner, while Mikel Arteta’s ability to drop between the centre-backs and initiate play may be handy against the energetic Toffees.The biggest doubt for Arsenal is in their right-back slot, as Bacary Sagna may not be fit enough to start the game following hamstring trouble during the week. If that is the case, Carl Jenkinson could have a tough game.Roberto Martinez is likely to keep the core of his team that won 1-0 at Old Trafford intact, though with Arsenal presenting a different challenge than Man United, he could make one or two alterations.One obvious option would be to bring Gerard Deulofeu back into his starting line-up and field the Catalan on the left. The on loan Barcelona man’s dribbling and directness could cause big problems for Carl Jenkinson if Bacary Sagna misses out.Should Gerard Premier League title winner Danny Simpson is training with Huddersfield Town.The fullback is a free agent after his contract with Leicester expired at the end of last season.Simpson won the 2015/16 with tcontent_imghe Foxes playing at right-back.He has also trained with West Bromwich Albion and been linked with Celtic.Deulofeu be given a chance against Arsenal, and how important iulham's ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.Parker's Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift's red-card.The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship s it for Bacary Sagna to return to fitness as soon as possible? Let us know below…
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  • Liverpool transfer news: 10 top class defender targets for Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool’s attacking has been brilliant this season, but their defending has been shocking at times and must be remedied with signings this summer. boss David Moyes is wary of asking too much of Jarrod Bowen.Moyes frustrated some fans by only giving new £20million signing Jarrod Bowen a ten-minute runout in defeat at Manchester City midweek.Moyes said: “What we're not going to do is put presMost recently, the club lost ground in the Premier League title race .Take a look at 10 potential targets in the gallery above.Which of these defenderswould you like Liverpool to sign? Have we missed any potenreer is over after his latest snub by Gareth Southgate.Southgate has left Walker out of the England squad for this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against content_imgCzech Republic and Bulgaria.It is the second time in a row Walker has been omitted, with Southgatetial gems out? Comment below…
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  • ‘Khedira is so injury prone, he’s perfect for Arsenal’

    Plenty of players have suffered World Cup heartache in the past but maybe none so more painfully than Germany’s Sami Khedira who injured himself in the warm up before the final against Argentina.It was a cruel blow for tcontent_imghe Real Madrpa League final triumph over Arsenal on Wednesday night.Chelsea stepped up a gear after halftime to defeat the Gunners 4-1 in Azerbaijan and lift the Europa League trophy for the second time.David Luiz, who was als Resentful. Even spiteful. But reality, in the form of this Valencia team, still bit down hard on Chelsea for Tuesday night's Champions League return.Sharper of mind. And in movement. This is an entire new level. The demands of which many from Frank o in the Blues side who previously wid star, who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer and is believed to be in advanced talks with Arsene Wenger’s side.However, while many on Twitter expressed their sympathies for the 27-year-old – Gutted for Khedira was trending on the social media site – there were others who laughed it up at Arsenal’s expense.
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  • Van Gaal and the Class of 95: Showing the Class of 92 the way forward?

    If the current coaching line-up at Manchester United is anything to go by, Louis van Gaal will inherit some of the graduates of the famous Class of ’92 as part of his staff at Old Trafford next season, if he lands the job.Van Gaal is no stranger to nurturing young players, with his own Class of ’95 at Ajax winning the Champions League – a team that boasted an astoundingly lowaverage age of only 23.Nearly 20 years have passed since then, however, so just how did his teachings impact the careers of those stars after they hung up their boots?The answer, in most cases, is a positive one. talkSPORT takes a look at what the former youngsters of his Class of ’95 are doing now, but first, a reminder of that Champions League final win over AC Milan…: Edwin van der Sar: 24: GoalkeeperOne of the great modern goalkeepers, Van der Sar needs no introduction on these shores. After retiring from football in 2011, the former Man United stopper took the International master of Sport Management course at the Johan Cruyff Institute, before joining Ajax as marketing director in 2012, where he continues to work.: Michael Reiziger: 22: Right backThe buccaneering right back of Van Gaal’s great Ajax side, having worked in both the Barcelona and Ajax academies, Reiziger is now a youth coach at Sparta Rotterdam, overseeing their U17 side.: Frank de Boer: 25: DefenderVan Gaal’s sweeper at Ajax, De Boer is undoubtedly the most successful of the ’95 youngsters in terms of his post-playing career, with the Dutchman currently on the verge of a fourth Eredivisie title in a row as Ajax coach. De Boer was previously a youth coach with his boyhood club, as well as assistant coach of the Netherlands national team.: Clarence Seedorf: 19: Attacking midfielderSeedorf was a mere 19-years-old when he won the Champions League with Ajax (a feat he would go on to repeat at both Milan and Real Madrid), and until a few months ago he was still scoring spectacular goals as a player with Botafogo in Brazil. Then, duty called at the San Siro, and Seedorf hung up his boots. Taking over at his former club in January 2014, Seedorf has gradually helped to turn around a dismal situation for Milan, with the Serie A side moving up to seventh place in the league from the 11th spot they resided in when he took charge. Touted with a big future in management.: Edgar Davids: 22: Defensive midfielderVan Gaal’s pitbull in the middle who had plenty of class to go with his bite off the ball, Edgar Davids was never the easiest character to manage as a player, and those traits have continued to appear in his brief career in coaching. Player manager of Barnet between October 2012 and January 2014, Davids earned a reputation for picking himself, getting sent off, and not bothering to go to away games. Having resigned from his post with Barnet, Davids is about to undertake a coaching course back in the Netherlands alongside the likes of Mark van Bommel and Ruud van Nistelrooy.: Marc Overmars: 22: WingerThe tricky wide man stopped playing for good in 2009, and spent some time as a youth coach with Ajax, before taking over as director of football at the club in 2012.: Ronald de Boer: 25: Attacking midfielder/strikerFrank de Boer’s twin stopped playing in 2008, and undertook extensive media work before joining the Ajax coaching set-up, where he currently trains U17 and U19 sides.: Winston Bogarde: 24: DefenderOn the bench during the 1995 Champions League final, Bogarde subsequently went on to become every Chelsea fan’s favourite player (joke), before retiring in 2005. Bogarde has attempted to strike up a career in coaching – briefly working in the Ajax academy in 2011 – but despite claims he has shown some skill in that capacity, he currently finds himself out of work. A controversial tell-all book, in which he took a swipe at some high-profile figures in Dutch football, hasn’t helped his cause.: Patrick Kluivert: 18: StrikerAt the age of 18, Patrick Kluivert Manchester United was his choice.There was much speculation in the summer about the reasons for Lukaku's exit after two years with the Red Devils.The Belgian striker confirms United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted him to stay. But he had made up hiscored the winning goal in a Champions League final, and went on to carve out a strong career both in the Netherlands and Spain. The striker retired in 2008, and spent time coaching with both AZ and FC Twente. He is currently assistant coach alongside Lois van Gaal with the Dutch national team.Do you expect any of United’s Class of ’92 to carve out a big career in coaching? Let us kn are interested in Gianluca Busio.Busio, 17, is a winger and USA U17 international.Burleson told TMW: "He's a great talent. He is a player who can play safely in Europe.“He has great tcontent_imgechnique, he is a smart player, a box to box and he works hard. ow below…
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  • Conte set for showdown talks with Juventus

    Antonio Conte has revealed he is set for showdown talks over his Juventus future.Conte is on Chelsea's list of managerial targets if they fail to secure a return for Jose Mourinho.And the Juve boss, who won the Serie A title at the weekend, says he will sit down with the club's hierarchy to sort out his plans.He said: “I am very happy at Juventus and always hoped to come here when I started my coaching career. It was my dream to come back to Juventus and win. At the end of two extraordinary seasons when we achieved targets ahead of schedule, it makes sense to sit down with the club and discussays there's no hard feelings towards Nicolas Pepe over his move to Arsenal.The striker left LOSC earlier this month for a club reccontent_imgord €80m.Lopez stated, "He was looking for two things for his future: playing the Champions League or being part of as the projects.“The bar has been raised higher and there is also an economic crisis in Italy. I thank President Andrea Agnelli, who wanted me here at Juventus and for that I will be always grateful. I want what is best for everyone.“Raising the bar means if we didn’t win the title next year then it would bnavirus.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players plan to stick to their daily training schedule at the AON Training Complex, says the Mirror.The coronavirus outbreak that has forced the suspension of all league football in England means there will be no e treated as a problem. We also finished in the top eight in Europe, in front of clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, who have enormous economic potential."
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  • Tottenham line-up v Newcastle: No changes for trip to depleted Magpies?

    With high flying Liverpool travelling to bottom of the table Fulham, Tottenham cannot afford to drop points at St James’ Park when they face a depleted Newcastle side.Spurs were poor against Everton, but still won, however, seeing as Cheick Tiote, Mathieu Debuchy, Fabricio Coloccini and Loic Remy are ruled out and Yohan Cabaye has been sold, Tottenham will believe they can put the Magpies to the sword.Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken about thecore in their FA Cup win at Burney.Hanley planted a firm header past Clarets' goalkeeper Joe Hart to silence a section of the home support who had been jeering the ex-Blackburn Rovers defender for most of the contest.Josip Drmic doubled City's lead m importance of Tottenham’s remaining fixtures, insisting he will be out of a job if he doesn’t meet expectations, Emmanuel Adebayor has been the goal threat in recent games, but Roberto Soldado could be given a chance to end his drought after remaining on thecontent_img bench against Everton. Similarly, Younes Kaboul sat the Toffees victory out, too and although there may be some tired legs out there, with no weekend FA Cup game to prepare for, the club will have a week to rest before taking on Dnipro in the Europa League.Here, talkSPORT looks at the possible Tottenham XI v Newcastle:Let us know if you agree that Tim Sherwood will keep the same formation that helped see off Everton byo De Laurentiis has denied claims he's set to sack Carlo Ancelotti.De Laurentiis sent a message to local radio station Radio Kiss Kiss.He stated, “I haven't called anyone. With [Max] Allegri we have been talking for a long time and we have a good r leaving a comment below.
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  • Video: Prank! World Cup refs’ magic spray used on the streets of London

    Alongside exciting games, passionate anthems and beautiful kits, the refero improve thisto clinch an unprecedented domestic treble on Saturday.City will try and add to the Premier League and League Cup by beating Watford in the FA Cup at Wembley."When you win, you take a shower and then you want to win the next one and the next," Guardi season.Rice featured in defeat to preseason opponents Newcastle United on Saturday.“You need to improve," he said. “I don't think you can be happy and content with how I played last season. I'm certainly not. I know I can get betteees’vanishing spray is one of our favourite things from this year’s World Cup in Brazil.While it’s been commonplace in South America for some time, the spray is making itsinternational tournament debut, and manyfans back in the UK are impressed with the simplicity and effectiveness of the referee’s latest weacontent_imgpon.We sent our referee out on the streets of London to keep discipline, and test the spray on the unsuspecting general public.
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  • ‘Messi destroys Madrid’, ‘a footballing storm’: How the Spanish press reacted to El Clasico

    Last night’s encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu was an exhilarating clash of two potent attacking powers that proved unpredictable until the end. means Atletico Madrid now top La Liga, with Barcelona trailing the two Madrid sides by a solitary point, ensuring this n the present season for the Clarets.He is attracting interest from the Blues, who have their own issues with number one keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.But Burnley are not in the mood to locontent_imgse Pope, per LancsLive.Pope is seen as vital to the club's future, year’s Spanish title race continues to be the closest for years. talkSPORT takes a look at the Spanish press reaction to the game…Barcelona-based paper Sport’s headline was typically subtle, with the daily claiming Lionel Messi ‘destroyed’ Madrid. Sport mention a ‘glorious hat-trick’ for the Argentine, while they also take time to call Cristiano Ronaldo a ‘crybaby’, after the Portuguese player criticised the officiating of the game.Over in Madrid, AS take a more balanced view of things, leading with ‘three penalties, seven goals, a sending off and a lot of excitement. A footballing storm’. They also note on their front cover that the Clasico result, along with a win over Betis for Atletico Madrid makes the Colchoneros league leaders.Back in Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo’s cover features Lionel Messi kissing the badge on his shirt and the simple headline ‘delirium’. They add that ‘Messi, with a memorable hat trick, and Iniesta led a spectacular Barca side’, ar Manchester United.Speaking after the match, Fornals admitted that his confidence in his new league – and his understanding with his new teammates – is continuing to grow, and he is happy to put in the extra work on the training pitch to furthernd says that ‘the champions were brave, clinging on to the league in a Clasico featuring three penalties’.Marca were understandably less ecstatic about the result, and chose to focus on how the Barcelona victory benefits Atletico Madrid, leading with ‘Atletico are the new leaders after Barca’s strike at the Bernabeu. The league has started’. The Madrid daily called the game a ‘fine Clasico brimming with excitement’, while they also criticised Carlo Ancelotti, who they say ‘still hasn’t convinced on the big occasions’. Finally, they call Angel di Maria ‘gigantic’ and Karim Benzema ‘great’, but add that Neymar and Gareth Bale ‘sank’.Catalan daily El 9 Esportiu ran with a picture of Lionel Messi kissing the Barcelona badge and pointing to the away supporters after scoring the winning goal, while their headline ‘My God!’ deified the number 10. They add that ‘With a hat-trick, Messi was the star of a great Barca victory at the Benabeu which puts them back in the fight for the league’. What did you think of El Clasico? Let us know by leaving a comment below…
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  • Valencia keen to sign Southampton star

    Valencia could reprise their interest in Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo amid . after he was exiled from St Mary’s for a .Juventus have an option to sicontent_imggn him outright for a fee of £15.6m at the end of his loan spell but are unlikely to exercise it following his underwhelming displays.The 28-year-old has managed only 325 minutes of league action and has failed todogan is adamant the title race isn't over after defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.Premier League leaders Liverpool went nine points clear of City with a 3-1 over their title rivals at Anfield on Sunday.However, Gundogan refused to concede defeat in the score in Serie A, although he has netted for The Old Lady in the Europa League.Valencia were keen on him beft about his future at PSG. The Mirror says it is increasingly likely that Rabiot will remain in Paris instead of moving to Manchester United.Despite everything suggesting he would leave on a free transfer in the summer, with sporting director Antero ore his January move and could offer him another escape route from Southampton this summer.However, it is extremely unlikely they will be able to match his £15.6m purchase option fee and they will need Southampton to lower their asking price or permit the Italy international to spend another season out on loan.
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  • Zabaleta: Liverpool’s title slip inspired Man City to victory

    Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has revealed inspired thcker from Leganes, where he played on loan last season.But their boss Mauricio Pellegrino has spoken about the challenges involved in concluding a deal for Carrillo with Southampton.Leganes want another loan, while the Saints want him gone permanentle Citizens , as they take charge of the Premier League title race.The Reds remain at the top flight summit despite the loss to Jose Mourinho’s stubborn Blues, but the dropped points means City now have the chance to catch up, draw level on points and go top on goal difference if they win their three remaining games.And Zabaleta admitted the Citizens now have a great chance for winning their second league title in three years after “It was an excellent win for us,” said the Argentine.“We knew before the game that Liverpool had lost to Chelsea, so that was an extra motivation for us to go out and show great team spirit. And we did for Ryan Kent this summer, after they rejected a loan offer from Leeds United.Rangers are also interested in bringing Kent back to Glasgow on loan after his successful stint last season.However, Goal says Liverpool are adamacontent_imgnt they will sell Kent pethat, we had a great performance and everything is in our hands again.“It’s very tight again at the top. Chelsea have a big chance as well, you can’t forget them, they’re a top team and they have a top manager and they showed they’re still very hungry for the title with the win at Liverpool.“So we just have to continue winning games and we’ll just see what happens in the end. We still have three games to play and we must win all three to have a chance at winning the title again.“It’s going to be very difficult, our next game is away at Everton, which had been a very difficult fixture for us, and they’re still fighting hard for fourth place.“But we have a big chance. We needed Liverpool to drop some points and that happened today, though nothing is written in stone yet.“We need to continue working hard and show character and hopefully we can win our last three games.“Everything is very tight for the title and it’s going to be a fantastic race until the end.”
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  • Peterborough 1-1 Leyton Orient: O’s rescue draw in League One play-off

    Moses Odubajo’s goal earned Leyton Orient a well deserved 1-1 draw at Peterborough in the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final.Britt Assombalonga’s 33rd goal of the season should have been ruled out for offside but it gave Posh the lead going into half-time at London Road.However, Odubajo levelled things up midway through the second half to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in east London on Tuesday night.Orient were quicker out of the blocks early on but Posh eventually settled and went ahead on 16 minutes, Mark Little, firing the ball back across the face of goal for Assombalonga to head home from close range.The visitors appealed for offside but no flag was forthcoming from the assistant referee, who was brilliantly positioned. Television replays, however, showed the striker was just offside.The 21-year-old almost grabbed his second moments later but Scott Cuthbert’s last ditch tackle saved Orient, who would have been unlucky to go 2-0 down.Deservedly the visitors levelled in the 72nd minute as Odubajo tapped in an easy rebound after Bobby Olejnik’s save.Orient sensed they might be able to take more than a dracontent_imgw back to the Matchroom Stadium for the second leg and Olejnik produced a great stpp at his near post to deny Cox.Elsewhere, in the other semi-final Joe Garner’s sensational volley helped Preston North End to a 1-1 draw against Rotherham.The hosts had initally fallen behind to Alex Revell’s sweet strike on 21 minutes, with the striker smartly finishing off a free-flowing counter-attack.However, the best was yet to come and Preston rallied with Joe Garner levelling things with surely one of the best goals ever seen in the play-offs.The 26-year-old’s blockbuster effort came from nothing as he took the ball down on his chest, flicked it over a defender and then unleashed a 25-yard volley which gave Millers keeper Adam Collin no chance.And that rescued the Lilywhites, who will now go into the return leg on Thursday full of confideg Ajax in tonightch Zinedine Zidane was pleased with their performance for victory at Champions League opponents Galatasaray.A lone goal by Toni Kroos lifted them off the bottom of Group A. Zidane said, "We defended well, we attacked well. Thibaut [Courtois] saved th's Champions League final.Tottenham stormed into the final after an amazing second-half in Amsterdam for the second-leg."Ajax also deserved that final spot, I think," said Klopp on Friday at the press conference."But that's the way ince as they bid to make it into the Championship.
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  • Tottenham transfer news: How Spurs SHOULD look in January

    How can we put this without causing offence.Tottenham were a shower of expletives against Stoke at the weekend, going in at half-time 2-0 and .Former striker and another ex-player, New players are needed – a striker to score goals and defenders to defend – and manager Mauricio Pochettino will have an idea of who he wants, though it’s hard to see big money being spent on too many players.That’s provided the boss is given time to sort the mess he inherited out.It is hoped ain in the hunt for Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.The London Evening Standard says United are locked in talks with Leicester City over Harry Maguire, but are refusing to meet their £90million valuation for the England international. ExeAmerica right-back DeAndre Yedlin and Pochettino has been repeatedly linked with striker Jay Rodriguez, who scored 15 Premier League goals before ruined his World Cup dream.There have also been problems creating chances in the final third and Bayern’s Swiss playmaker Further back, Etienne Capoue has been poor and though it would please many fans to see Benjamin Stambouli given a runcontent_img of games in the Premier League, .Germany midfielder Kramer is full of energy and his strengths lie in his defensive abilities. It would appear one of Stambouli or Kramer next to the more attacking Ryan Mason, another tireless worker, would work well.Jan Vertonghen is inisa Mihajlovic has opened the door to Roma.Mihajlovic joined Bologna on a deal to the end of the season and after guiding them to Serie A safety the offers are flooding in.“I'd say the track to Lazio isn't one to follow," agent Federico Pastorella good defender, but needs someone better alongside him. Eric Dier, perhaps given that Federico Fazio does not look like a Premier League defender yet.Where do you think the big improvements are needed?
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  • Marange makes early exit from Crystal Palace

    Florian Marandefeat to Burnley wasn't good enough.The Foxes, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes, were beaten 2-1 in Lancashire after Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved ancontent_imgd Buboss Steve Bruce wants a move to Newcastle United to happen.The Owls manager, 58, has accepted an offer to manage his boyhood Toon.Bruce yesterday took charge of the Owls' 3-1 pre-season friendly win over Lincoln - and he was confronted by an angry frnley found the net through Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.Rodgers noted an improge has left Crystal Palace by mutual consent, according to reports.The Frenchman only arrived at Selhurst Park in mid-August but he failed to impress Ian Holloway and was .He later and he has now left south London after cancelling his contract by mutual consent.
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  • Seven set for Manchester United exit on transfer deadline day?

    Manchester United are set to clear the decks on transfer deadline day, with as many as seven stars set for the exit door.Find out who could be on their way out of Old Trafford by clicMirror says Everton have reportedly sent scouts to watch striker Josh Maja.The 21-year-old is enjoying a decent season in France with Bordeaux.Maja came through the ranks at Sunderland before leaving tlayed 142 times for Leicester between 1998 and 2004, has urged them not to give up the title chase as we enter the second-half of the season."This team play a better brand of football, definitely," said Taggart to the Dailcontent_imgy Mail. "It just goes to shohe club in January this year.The striker, who hasking the yellow arrows.
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