Afternoon. Jürgen Klopp is presently giving his ideas on Liverpool’s opponents tomorrow, Southampton, who’ve a brand new supervisor in Nathan Jones. I’ll replace you on his opinions shortly. Within the meantime right here’s a Liverpool-related view from reader Admir Pajiæ:
“Right here is unpopular opinion: Thiago is mainly a Veron. He is an excellent playmaker who signed for an English membership that didn’t want one.”
I can see the place you’re coming from Admir – Liverpool’s strongest midfield was the brawny Wijnaldum-Fabinho-Henderson trio. Thiago is an excellent footballer, although at Liverpool he has usually appeared lower than the sum of his very proficient components. Maybe accidents haven’t helped and the system maybe isn’t greatest suited to him, both.
Time for a spot of lunch so I’ll hand the weblog over to Gregg Bakowski for some time.
Serbia title World Cup squad
Now it’s time for Serbia to disclose their hand.
Serbia’s all-time prime scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, who’s nursing an ankle damage, was named by coach Dragan Stojkovic of their 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Friday. Fulham striker Mitrovic, who missed their Premier League defeat to Manchester Metropolis final weekend and is a doubt for Sunday’s sport towards Manchester United, has bagged 50 objectives for his nation and is within the squad together with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic.
The duo, who’ve scored 17 objectives between them for his or her golf equipment this season, are anticipated to guide the road for Serbia on the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 match with Fiorentina’s 24-year-old Luka Jovic ready within the wings. Serbia will likely be captained by Ajax Amsterdam’s Dusan Tadic, who has 90 caps for the nationwide staff, scoring 18 occasions.
Their midfield can even be led by Lazio’s versatile Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has six objectives in 35 appearances for the nationwide staff.
Predrag Rajkovic is essentially the most skilled goalkeeper within the squad however Torino’s Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, who has six caps, began in 4 of their six Nations League matches earlier this yr.
Serbia are in Group G alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon. Serbia, who’ve by no means moved previous the group levels, tackle five-times champions Brazil of their opening group sport on Nov. 24.
They’ll first play a pleasant match with Bahrain in Manama on Nov. 18 earlier than flying to their base in Doha a day later. (Reuters)
Goalkeepers: Marko Dmitrovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic
Defenders: Stefan Mitrovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic, Milos Veljkovic, Filip Mladenovic, Strahinja Erakovic, Srdjan Babic
Midfielders: Nemanja Gudelj, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Sasa Lukic, Marko Grujic, Filip Kostic, Uros Racic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Ivan Ilic, Andrija Zivkovic, Darko Lazovic
Forwards: Dusan Tadic (captain), Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Filip Duricic, Luka Jovic, Nemanja Radonjic
Should you hadn’t observed, Spain are going to the World Cup with out Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara. Think about being that blessed in midfield that you are able to do with out Thiago! He’d absolutely get into every other squad heading to Qatar. Not less than there’s nonetheless one World Cup winner within the household: nowhere close to as proficient dad, Mazinho, who lifted the trophy with Brazil in 1994. Differing types of gamers I suppose. Anyway, extra right here from Reuters on the supervisor’s considering.
Luis Enrique declined to touch upon the gamers who had been omitted, however the absence of veterans like De Gea, Thiago and Barcelona defender Marcos Alonso factors to the supervisor’s desire to go all-in with Spain’s new technology of expertise.
De Gea has fallen out of favour with Luis Enrique who stated in March he “needed to check different goalkeepers” and Thiago noticed his function diminish with the rise of Barca youngsters Pedri, 19, and 18-year-old Gavi.
“Youth provides you freedom as a result of you aren’t but conscious of the implications,” Luis Enrique stated. “But, a lot of the children which are with us are already in high-level groups. The bar that I’m setting is infinity. My objective is to compete in each sport. There’s nobody outdoors of Spain who guidelines out Spain as a candidate to be among the many greatest.”
On a weekend the place Nathan Jones had anticipated to welcome Rotherham to Kenilworth Highway, the previous Luton boss will now be heading to Anfield as supervisor of Southampton.
Speaking about his first few days at St Mary’s, the 49-year-old Welshman stated: “We’ve to make small steps and now we have to make them shortly. All I’ve finished is handle them and ask them for a couple of key issues. I can’t do ground-breaking work in a day due to the sport on Wednesday (Southampton beat Sheffield Wednesday within the Carabao Cup on penalties) and the quantity of people that performed.
“Yesterday was a restoration day and I solely get immediately to work with them. It gained’t be some kind of categorical shift in how we play, however I hope will probably be an uplift in vitality and that they work for the membership and for me. Anfield is likely one of the hardest locations in Europe to go, however what an ideal begin. You may be scared or excited by it. You may be motivated by it, and I’m undoubtedly a type of.”
Jones says he has had a “whirlwind week” travelling up and down the nation and opened up on his household connections with Southampton at his first media convention. His spouse’s great-grandfather performed for Southampton and all her household are supporters of the membership.
Jones laughed: “So there’s zero stress. My spouse’s dad has already been giving me suggestions, so he’s been blocked. I can’t have that! However, significantly, it’s a beautiful connection for that household.”
A bit extra on that Spain World Cup squad from AP.
Twenty-year-old Barcelona ahead Ansu Fati was included in Spain’s squad for the World Cup on Friday. Ansu has not performed for Spain since making his fourth look as a youngster in October 2020 shortly after breaking the file for Spain’s youngest scorer. His spectacular begin for Spain and Barcelona was lower quick by leg accidents.
In addition to Fati, there have been no different surprises when Spain coach Luis Enrique introduced his 26-man squad. The previous midfielder, who performed in three World Cups, will depend on a younger staff in Qatar, together with Barcelona midfielders Pedri Gonzalez (19) and Gavi Paez (18). “We’re going to warfare in Qatar,” Luis Enrique stated.
Luis Enrique guided an analogous Spain squad to the semi-finals of final yr’s European Championships. Spain’s gamers will journey to Jordan on Monday, the place they are going to play a pleasant towards that nation’s nationwide staff on November 17. They’ll then fly to Doha, the place the staff may have its base camp through the World Cup. Spain will play their opening match on the World Cup towards Costa Rica on November 23. The 2010 champions can even face Germany and Japan in Group E.
It is a beautiful story about Wales. And, sure, these bucket hats are a nod to the Stone Roses.
Might I additionally advocate Jonny Owen’s ‘Collectively Stronger’ on the iPlayer.
Uruguay embrace Cavani in World Cup squad
One other World Cup squad to peruse – Uruguay. Can Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez and former Reds striker Luis Suarez trigger havoc? Edinson Cavani can also be named though the previous PSG and Manchester United striker is just not totally match.
(Reuters) Uruguay have gambled on the restoration of Ronald Araujo in naming the Barcelona defender of their 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar, whereas Valencia striker Edinson Cavani additionally will get the inexperienced mild regardless of a current damage scare. Araujo, a linchpin of the Uruguayan defence, underwent thigh surgical procedure after an damage whereas on nationwide staff obligation in September and has been making a gradual restoration, the nation’s soccer federation chief stated on Thursday.
The inaugural World Cup winners have gone for a mixture of youth and expertise, together with the ageing Luis Suarez, Diego Godin and Cavani in what are nearly sure to be their final appearances at soccer’s showpiece occasion. The 35-year-old Cavani has netted 4 occasions in his seven league video games for Valencia this season however faces a race towards time to get well from an ankle damage with lower than two weeks to go earlier than Uruguay’s opener with South Korea.
Uruguay, who additionally meet Portugal and Ghana in Group H, have included Actual Madrid’s Federico Valverde and Tottenham Hotspur’s Rodrigo Bentancur within the midfield in addition to Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta of Flamengo among the many forwards.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Sergio Rochet (Nacional), Sebastian Sosa (Independiente)
Defenders: Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Diego Godin (Velez Sarsfield), Martin Caceres (LA Galaxy), Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), Guillermo Varela (Flamengo), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Nacional), Mathias Olivera (Napoli), Matias Vina (Roma)
Midfielders: Lucas Torreira (Galatasaray), Manuel Ugarte (Sporting CP), Matias Vecino (Lazio), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham Hotspur), Federico Valverde (Actual Madrid), Facundo Pellistri (Manchester United), Nicolas De La Cruz (River Plate)
Forwards: Agustin Canobbio (Athletico Paranaense), Facundo Torres (Orlando Metropolis), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo), Maxi Gomez (Trabzonspor), Luis Suarez (Nacional), Edinson Cavani (Valencia), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)
After an enormous eight years of harm since successful the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is it Germany’s time once more? Evaluation right here in our hot-of-the-press staff information.
Again to the Premier League and Everton supervisor Frank Lampard will goal attacking reinforcements in January as he sees to discover a resolution to their goalscoring issues. The Toffees have managed a paltry 11 objectives in 14 Premier League video games this season.
Harm-plagued striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is presently coping with three points and whereas the hamstring drawback sustained in final weekend’s defeat towards Leicester will hold him out of Saturday’s journey to Bournemouth, a beforehand dislocated shoulder and, extra considerably, a knee damage from the beginning of the season are ongoing points. Everton have scored simply 11 objectives in 14 Premier League matches – their prime scorer is Anthony Gordon with three – and it’s an space which Lampard is aware of must be addressed.
“We’re actually contemplating it within the squad,” stated the previous midfielder when requested whether or not attacking signings had been a precedence in January. “Once we seemed on the (summer season) window I knew we needed to strengthen all through the squad in several areas and the precedence was to cease conceding and be extra stable by midfield. It (assault) would be the subsequent step, contemplating we haven’t had Dominic as properly for an enormous portion of this season up to now, to provide ourselves extra choices in an attacking sense to assist the squad.
“Leicester (final weekend’s 2-0 defeat) is a primary instance: it was tightly-contested, 50-50 possession, they’ve some actually good gamers and a risk and we missed two actually huge probabilities they usually scored two superb objectives. These issues in each containers may be actually crucial.”
Calvert-Lewin has managed simply 339 minutes of soccer – and accomplished 90 minutes simply as soon as – up to now after a knee damage on the eve of the season sidelined him for 2 months. Lampard hopes the break for the World Cup will give them likelihood to kind lastly kind his points.
“The hamstring is a small damage, it’s a 10-day damage as such which is barely irrelevant now. The shoulder was a whack he took towards Newcastle (a month in the past) and he had a recurrence towards Fulham. He has been strapped up so much and it was one thing which was checked out by a specialist yesterday and doesn’t want any surgical procedure. He has been getting by with some points however the knee might be essentially the most distinguished damage that we need to get proper, which is a much like what he had earlier than and it’s been aggravated so this era provides us time to get it again proper. We hope the break comes at a very good time for him and we anticipate him again for Wolves on Boxing Day.”
Spain and Netherlands announce World Cup squads
The World Cup squad bulletins hold rolling in. Spain and the Netherlands are the most recent international locations to disclose their 26-man line-ups. Keep in mind, if England completed second of their group, they’ll play the winners of Group A and there’s a robust likelihood that may very well be Virgil van Dijk and co.
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal included injured Barcelona ahead Memphis Depay and uncapped teenager Xavi Simons in his 26-man squad for the World Cup, however omitted veteran goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Depay has not performed since limping off through the Netherlands’ Nations League match towards Poland on Sept. 22, and has performed lower than 150 minutes for Barcelona this season. However Van Gaal had already stated his prime scorer would make certain of a spot so long as there was an opportunity of him enjoying through the match.
Xavi Simons, 19, has made a robust impression since his transfer from Paris St Germain to PSV Eindhoven this summer season, scoring eight objectives in 13 league matches. Van Gaal sprung a shock in objective by leaving out 33-year-old Cillessen, who rejoined his previous membership NEC Nijmegen from Valencia this summer season within the hope of reviving his worldwide profession.
Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Andries Noppert (Heerenveen), Remko Pasveer (Ajax Amsterdam)
Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester Metropolis), Daley Blind (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (Internazionale), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munchen), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Internazionale)
Midfielders: Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta Bergamo), Marten de Roon (Atalanta Bergamo), Xavi Simons (PSV Eindhoven), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax)
Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Barcelona), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Vincent Janssen (Antwerp), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noah Lang (Membership Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Besiktas).
Spain coach Luis Enrique named this 26-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Membership), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford FC).
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea FC), Dani Carvajal (Actual Madrid), Eric Garcia (FC Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia CF), Pau Torres (Villarreal CF), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis), Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia CF).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Rodri Hernandez (Manchester Metropolis), Gavi (FC Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris St Germain), Marcos Llorente (Atletico de Madrid), Pedri Gonzalez (FC Barcelona), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico de Madrid).
Forwards: Ferran Torres (FC Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Membership), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal CF), Alvaro Morata (Atletico de Madrid), Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris St Germain), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona)
Extra particulars on Sade Mane’s damage and his inclusion in Senegal’s World Cup squad.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is assured Mane might get well in time to play on the match. He stated Senegal had despatched the Senegalese federation’s physician to look at Mane on Thursday and had been informed he wouldn’t require surgical procedure. ”That’s excellent information and we now have the possibility to try to get him match for the match. We now have two weeks to look at and see how the damage reacts to therapy,” Cisse stated. “I want to maintain him within the squad as a result of he’s such an essential a part of us.”
The coach used the instance of Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr, who had been injured going into January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, however was included within the squad and recovered after the primary spherical to contribute to Senegal’s success within the match. “We are going to do all in our energy to make sure we are able to get well Mane in time to play,” Cisse added.
Cisse saved religion with nearly all of the squad that gained the Cup of Nations in Cameroon however did embrace Monaco defender Ismail Jakobs and strikers Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal) and Ilimane Ndiaye (Sheffield United), who earned their first caps after World Cup qualification was secured in March. “The gamers chosen correspond with our imaginative and prescient and philosophy. They’re rivals of a excessive degree,” stated Cisse, who had his contract as coach prolonged by an extra two years on Thursday.
Story from final evening. The Danish Soccer Affiliation (DBU) stated that Fifa had rejected Denmark’s request to coach on the World Cup in shirts with the phrases “human rights for all” on them.
Nathan Jones has been put in as the brand new supervisor of Southampton and first up for the previous Luton coach is… a visit to Anfield. Ben Fisher says Jones has earned a top-flight likelihood.
Paul Gascoigne has been having a phrase with PA media following the announcement of the England World Cup squad…
Paul Gascoigne hopes the England gamers will gel as a staff on the World Cup – relatively than simply relying on one in all them to make the distinction in Qatar. Gareth Southgate’s squad open their marketing campaign towards Iran and can then tackle america earlier than assembly Wales within the remaining Group B fixture. Gascoigne mirrored on his personal World Cup expertise 32 years in the past in ‘Italia 90: 4 weeks that modified the world’, which can will air on Sky Documentaries from November 13.
Tottenham midfielder Gascoigne had by no means began a aggressive worldwide, so was one thing of a controversial choice for Sir Bobby Robson’s squad. Gascoigne, although, took centre stage in Italy as England constructed momentum from a gradual begin to go on and attain the semi-finals, the place they had been overwhelmed on penalties by West Germany in Turin. The likes of James Maddison, Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka will all be hoping to make an impression in Qatar. Gascoigne feels will probably be essential how properly they will all work collectively as a unit which can decide how far the Three Lions can go.
“We’ve received some high quality gamers there (within the squad), however we’re speaking now particular person gamers,” Gascoigne informed the PA information company. “You’ve got to take a look at a staff participant – I used to be lucky, as a result of in 1990 after which at Euro 96, we had been a staff. At this time’s groups have gotten a fairly a couple of particular person gamers, however it’s whether or not you gel collectively, that’s extra essential than the rest.
“In 1990, I used to be so pleased with the gamers that didn’t play as a result of once we scored, they had been all up celebrating, there was no person who sulked in the event that they weren’t enjoying – a few of them went there and by no means received a sport, however they had been nonetheless behind us, which is what the gamers are going to want greater than something. I used to be simply 23 and the opposite gamers had been coming into their prime, like Bryan Robson, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley, Gary Lineker, Terry Butcher, Peter Shilton, Stuart Pearce – they had been unbelievable. So I used to be lucky to be amongst all them they usually simply let me get on and revel in myself, and naturally Bobby Robson was an excellent supervisor.”
In addition to drawing reward for his mesmerising performances to assist drive England on by the knockout levels of Italia 90, Gascoigne additionally captured the hearts of the nation watching again house through the semi-final. After being proven a yellow card for a problem which appeared to make minimal contact on Thomas Berthold, so ruling him out of the ultimate ought to England have progressed, the younger midfielder struggled to carry again his tears.
“Even to this present day, I nonetheless don’t suppose I touched him,” stated Gascoigne, 55. “It wasn’t simply the actual fact I used to be going to overlook the ultimate – I didn’t need to be egocentric in that manner as a result of (in) the final 20 minutes, I gave my all. It was heartbreaking to get the second yellow card after going up to now (within the match), having finished so properly and actually loved myself. (Everybody) saying that seeing my tears modified the sport round (in England) is a pleasant feeling – however it was actually a shock getting again house and seeing all of the followers, when it was simply ‘wow’.”
Newcastle’s Callum Wilson is heading to the World Cup however he might not be out there for Saturday’s Premier League conflict towards Chelsea.
(Per PA Media) Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has saluted Callum Wilson’s resilience after the striker was referred to as as much as England’s World Cup squad. The 30-year-old has battled his manner by a collection of accidents, together with two cruciate ligament ruptures, to make it into the social gathering for Qatar.
Howe, who signed him for Bournemouth again in 2014, stated: “It’s an incredible factor for him individually and I’m positive for his household. Callum has had a troublesome profession, it’s not all the time been concerning the successes. He’s had enormous successes and he’s risen from the decrease leagues to the Premier League and now to the nationwide squad at a World Cup. It’s been an excellent factor to witness at first hand for me.
“Then once you see the way it’s been achieved, you see it’s been by dedication, consistency in his work, a very optimistic mindset. Even typically when he would get injured, his first intuition was all the time, ‘I’m going to come back again higher’ after which he put the work in to come back again higher, so it’s not simply discuss with Callum, he truly delivers. He’s received a manner of scoring objectives, a uniqueness about him, so I’m delighted for him and I hope that he can go and I hope he could make actual impression.”
Wilson, who gained his final cap in 2019, is dealing with a race to be match for his membership’s remaining Premier League sport earlier than the World Cup break, towards Chelsea on Saturday night, after fighting sickness within the final week. He got here off at half-time in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Southampton feeling the after-effects and missed the midweek Carabao Cup victory over Crystal Palace.
Requested if he can be out there, Howe stated: “We’ll wait and see. He’s been coaching individually from the group this week. He had an sickness, so he’s been away from the group. He’s been working properly however I must decide on whether or not he’s match sufficient to play.”
We’ve reached Costa Rica in our World Cup 2022 staff guides. Makeweights? Properly, let’s not overlook 2014 once they by some means topped a gaggle that includes England, Italy and Uruguay earlier than reaching the quarter-finals.
4 Armed Forces personnel will take cost of the League One fixture between Cambridge United and Bolton Wanderers on Remembrance Weekend.
For the primary time, the Royal Air Drive, British Military and Royal Navy will all be represented through the match on the Abbey Stadium on Saturday.
The RAF’s Sergeant Darren Drysdale would be the referee, supported by his two assistant referees – the Military’s Corporal Declan O’Shea and Captain Steve Finch. The Royal Navy’s Chief Petty Officer Scott Jackson would be the fourth official, finishing a staff with nearly 100 years of mixed navy service.
The pre-World Cup conspiracy theories are beginning.
Michael Gibson emails in with this: “I noticed your earlier remark re Southgate having kittens when Harry Kane contests 50-50s towards Leeds. I wager Brenden Aaronson has been primed by Greg Berhalter to go away one in on Kane or Eric Dier if he will get the possibility. Really the reverse may additionally be true.”
Yeah, and this bloke I do know reckons he is aware of a bloke, who’s buddies with a man that works for Match of the Day who reckons Aaronson and Callum Wilson are greatest mates so crocking Kane makes excellent sense.
Time, expensive readers, for YOUR assist (pointy finger emoji).
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Right here’s Barney Ronay’s take on England’s World Cup squad.
“This isn’t to say that England have an apparent champion squad. However it’s the greatest squad Southgate might have picked, one which on the face of it gives no area to carp or rage at expertise squandered, favouritism utilized.
“A primary XI of Jordan Pickford in objective, Kieran Tripper, John Stones, Harry Maguire (who will play, and who can also be extra suited to the sedentary rhythms of England soccer) and Luke Shaw in defence; the Rice-Phillips-Bellingham trio, plus Southgate’s favoured entrance three of Kane-Sterling-Foden … this appears to be like fairly good.”
“We’re on our manner, we’re Gareth’s 26…”. Okay, it doesn’t fairly have the identical ring to it as 1982 however Southgate’s squad are practically on their manner. Will they get it proper? This time? Right here’s the story and squad if by some means your missed it. And beneath it a hyperlink to see Dave Watson, Steve Foster, Joe Corrigan et al recording their smash No.2 hit. Enjoyable reality: Joint writers, Chris Norman and Pete Spencer of Smokie, had written “Head Over Heels in Love” for Kevin Keegan in 1979.
Sadio Mane named in Senegal World Cup squad
Breaking information: Sadio Mane shall go to the ball – however how match is he? It was all the time seemingly Senegal would do all the pieces to patch him up though possibly this has echoes of Keegan and Brooking in ‘82. Maybe he can get well through the group stage earlier than returning within the final 16 for a possible conflict with England if my When Saturday Comes wallchart prediction works out. Right here’s the Reuters report.
Sadio Mane has been named in Senegal’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar regardless of damage considerations after he was harm enjoying for his German membership on the weekend.
The 30-year-old striker, whose decisive penalty kicks gained each the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification for his nation this yr, suffered an damage to his proper fibula in Bayern’s 6-1 win towards Werder Bremen and misses this weekend’s conflict towards Schalke.
However coach Aliou Cisse included the staff’s talisman when he named his 26-man squad at a information convention in Dakar on Friday
Manchester United made it by to the final 16 of the Carabao Cup with a 4-2 win over Aston Villa final evening, Qatar-bound Marcus Rashford getting the hosts’ second. Right here’s Jamie Jackson’s match report.
In bonkers scheduling information, the fourth spherical ties are being squeezed in between the World Cup remaining (December 18) and the resumption of the Premier League (December 26). Manchester Metropolis youngsters/reserves v Liverpool youngsters/reserves is the standout tie. Right here’s the draw.
Wolves v Gillingham
Southampton v Lincoln Metropolis
Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Manchester Metropolis v Liverpool
Manchester United v Burnley
MK Dons v Leicester
Charlton v Brighton
Let’s kick off with a weekly staple. Gonna miss you my good friend.
“Maddison will hope to log out from home obligation by serving to Leicester beat West Ham. Standing in his manner, although, will likely be a world teammate: Declan Rice. It is a enormous sport for West Ham’s captain. David Moyes’s aspect are two factors above the underside three after stinking the place out towards Crystal Palace final weekend they usually might do with an inspirational midfield show from Rice.”
And for the ultimate time till Boxing Day, right here we go together with one other spherical of Premier League fixtures.
Sounds bizarre doesn’t it however as a consequence of a World Cup in Qatar being plonked in the midst of the season, when the Fulham v Manchester United sport finishes at round 6.20pm on Sunday, the Premier League desk will likely be frozen in time for (checks calendar) 43 days.
Whereas Premier League managers try to go away the standings wanting as beneficial for them as potential – Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace might truly go into the break in sixth if an terrible lot went their manner – World Cup-bound bosses will spend the weekend chewing finger nails.
Senegal supervisor Aliou Cisse is already cursing that star man Sadio Mane might not be match after choosing up an damage enjoying for Bayern Munich this week so Gareth Southgate will likely be having kittens each time Harry Kane contests a 50-50 in Tottenham’s house sport towards a Leeds aspect not identified for standing again and admiring.
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