TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham to offer Carroll to Newcastle for Shelveyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Andy Carroll is being linked with a return to Newcastle United.The Daily Express says Carroll’s agent is in talks over a return to Newcastle.The move would see Jonjo Shelvey transfer to West Ham in a swap.The Hammers are reportedly trying to offload the striker before his contract expires in the summer while Shelvey has fallen down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: No reason to feel intimidated facing Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso insists there’s no reason to feel intimidated facing Juventus in the Supercoppa.The match is being held in Saudi Arabia.Gattuso said, “I felt the tension more as a player than a Coach. It’s completely different. We are up against a side that has been dominant in Italy and Europe for eight years, they know how to play for trophies, but it’s important for us to be here and feel this experience too.“We’ve got to play our game with a relaxed approach, because the strongest team doesn’t always win in a one-off match. We want to see a great performance to beat Juve tomorrow, we’re well aware of that.“I am a man who often follows his instinct and for the last five years in this profession my focus has been on being as credible as possible in the eyes of my players. I say with great honesty, I am not thinking of myself, but what this game can represent for my players.“I want to help them realise we can do it, we can raise the bar and push through the limits. I don’t want to see us panic or fall apart at the first error. I don’t want to see a repeat of Olympiacos, a game we had in our grasp and threw it away. At the first error, we lose all our confidence. It has been happening to Milan for a long time, even before I got here, and I want to see this team maintain its courage.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan rival Arsenal, Liverpool for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe battle for PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen is heating up.The Mirror says AC Milan have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Malen, according to latest reports from Italy.Arsenal are monitoring £50million-rated striker Malen, two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.Malen was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team. However, he featured in just two pre-season friendlies for Arsene Wenger before being sold to PSV in the summer of 2017.
Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba fit to face Rochdaleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is fit to face Rochdale in the Carabao Cup tomorrow.United host the League One side in the third round of the Carabao Cup and will be boosted by the return of Pogba, who has missed the last three games against Leicester, Astana and West Ham.Solskjaer said: “He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale. “But we definitely think he’s ready for Arsenal.”Also returning is 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, fresh from his match-winning goal against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal fullback Bellerin: Injury made me a better playerby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin says he’s a better player after going through a long-term injury. The Spaniard made his second appearance of the seasonin the 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.Bellerin has returned from a knee injury he sustained in January and believes the experience improved him as a footballer.He told BT Sport: “It’s one of the best feelings to be back.”It has made me more mature, it has made me a better player I am so thankful for everyone around me, they have made it easier for me and I am now happy to be back playing football.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wenger has Arsenal warning for Emeryby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsene Wenger has told his successor Unai Emery that he has a responsibility to play attractive football as Arsenal manager.Speaking to Goal on Monday night, Wenger has some words to say about the current Arsenal side and Emery.“I’m not here to judge coaches, I am a supporter of Arsenal Football Club so I just support [Unai Emery],” the unemployed 69-year-old said.“I hope that he can win the games and plays a type of game that I like.“I think a club like Arsenal is a huge responsibility and one of the responsibilities is to play attractive football.“After that, I think the most important thing is to support the team, the club and win games.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
After an early FA Cup exit, Norwich City can turn their full attention to their pursuit of the Championship title for the rest of this campaign.Daniel Farke’s side sit second in the division – and could have the opportunity this weekend to leapfrog leaders Leeds United to put themselves in pole position for Premier League promotion.To do so, however, they will have to overcome Darren Moore’s resurgent West Brom, themselves firmly in the thick of the play-off battle raging close behind. 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? The Baggies will fancy their chances against the Canaries, having demolished Leeds not so long ago themselves – but who will be left smiling come full-time at the Hawthorns? Game West Brom vs Norwich City Date Saturday, January 12 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game is not being broadcast on television. It can be streamed on the iFollow app. US TV channel Online stream N/A iFollow In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being broadcast on television. It can however be watched on the iFollow app. UK TV channel Online stream N/A iFollow Squads & Team News Position West Brom squad Goalkeepers Johnstone, Bond, Myhill Defenders Dawson, Bartley, Gibbs, Adarabioyo, Holgate, Townsend, Mears, Howkins Midfielders Phillips, Barry, Morrison, Barnes, Harper, Field, Brunt, Hoolahan, Harper Forwards Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez, Leko, Sako, Edwards West Brom are unable to call on Jake Livermore as the midfielder continues to serve a suspension for his red card against Blackburn – but are otherwise toting a clean bill of health.Darren Moore is likely to revert to a 4-4-1-1 formation after having rested several first-teamers for the FA Cup win over Wigan.Potential West Brom starting XI: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Bartley, Gibbs; Phillips, Barry, Morrison, Barnes; Robson-Kanu; Rodriguez. Position Norwich squad Goalkeepers Krul, McGovern Defenders Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Godfrey, Passlack, Pinto, Aarons Midfielders Tetley, Vrancic, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Trybull, McLean, Srbeny, Marshall Forwards Pukki, Rhodes Norwich have a full contingent to call on too, though Matt Jarvis has been loaned out in the past week to Walsall.Daniel Farke will likely keep faith with his 4-2-3-1 formation, and will also bring several first-teamers back into contention following their cup exit to Portsmouth.Potential Norwich starting XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Godfrey; Tetley, Vrancic; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki.Betting & Match Odds West Brom are 5/4 favourites to pick up the three points according to bet365. Norwich meanwhile are priced at 23/10, with a draw at 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Norwich City could have the chance to regain the summit of the Championship and dethrone Leeds United atop the second tier following a few wobbly weeks.Much like Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites, Daniel Farke’s Canaries left it late to pick up a handful of wins throughout December – and have then subsequently seen something of a slip in form over the new year, failing to capitalise on the West Yorkshire club’s similar slump.Now, however, with few injuries and a full-strength squad firing on all cylinders, they have a great chance to thrust themselves back out in front if results fall kindly for them.A win isn’t just essential to keeping pace at the peak, though, so much as it is to keeping their hosts at bay too.West Brom, under Darren Moore, impressed in the final month of their doomed Premier League campaign last year and the Baggies have shown enough form this year to suggest they’re set for an immediate return.They handed Norwich an early loss in August, running out victors in a 4-3 thriller at Carrow Road, and have proved to be even more difficult to dislodge on their home turf of the Hawthorns.They sit fourth in the Championship heading into the weekend, only three points behind their visitors – and with a vastly superior goal difference to boot.A win here and a defeat for third-place Sheffield United would put West Brom into second themselves and firmly in the mix for the automatic promotion spots at the expense of their rivals.
Juventus have not missed a beat since returning to competitive action following the winter break and on Sunday will face Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico as they chase a fourth successive win to begin 2019.Last weekend, Juve overwhelmed Chievo 3-0 to maintain their nine-point advantage at the summit of the Serie A standings.Lazio, meanwhile, are still in the hunt for fourth place but went down 2-1 against Napoli last weekend, finishing with 10 men as Francesco Acerbi was sent off. 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 Lazio vs Juventus Date Sunday, January 27 Time 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available to watch on Rai Italia America and for streaming on the ESPN+ channel. US TV channel Online stream Rai Italia America ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be streamed on Eleven Sports 2. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 2 Squads & Team News Position Lazio players Goalkeepers Strakosha, Proto, Guerrieri Defenders Wallace, Radu, Bastos, Caceres, Lukaku, Durmisi, Flippini, Patric, Basta Midfielders Badelj, Lucas, Milinkovic-Savic, Berisha, Murgia, Paolo, Cataldi, Jordao, Lulic, Alberto, Morrison Forwards Correa, Neto, Immobile, Caicedo Lazio starting XI: Strakosha; Bastos, Wallace, Radu; Parolo, Alberto, Lucas Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Joaquin Correa, Immobile Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Can, Bentancur, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Ronaldo, Dybala.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are favourites to win this match, with bet365 offering them at a price of 10/11. Lazio can be backed at 16/5, while 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 Juventus have started 2019 in the imperious fashion that has come to be expected of the seven-time reigning Serie A champions over the last decade.After progressing in the Coppa Italia with a 2-0 win over Bologna, they won the Supercoppa Italiana in Saudi Arabia by beating AC Milan 1-0. Last weekend, they returned to Serie A action and immediately back in the groove as they beat Chievo 3-0 thanks to goals from Douglas Costa, Emre Can and Daniele Rugani.One man who was not quite himself, however, was Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed a penalty during the first half of that match.With the media clamouring to find imperfections in a team that has won 18 of their 20 fixtures to date this season, the Portuguese’s squandered opportunity was naturally pounced up and questioned.“In the first half, he was rushing too much to find the net. In the second part of the match, when he played easier football, he had two or three good goal occasions,” head coach Massimiliano Allegri explained. “I don’t think this is the first time that Ronaldo misses a penalty in his career. The most important thing is that the team won the game at the end.”The Portuguese has, however, had greater issues to deal with this week as he was handed a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday and hit with a €19 million (£17m/$22m) fine for tax fraud. With the case no longer lingering over him, he and his club will hope he returns to the form that has seen him score 14 Serie A goals this season.Certainly, it would be timely against a dangerous Lazio side who pushed second-place Napoli all the way a week ago.Just two points short of fourth, the capital club are stalking a Champions League spot next season but have been given the hardest possible start to 2019.“Juventus are very strong, but luckily there will be many people supporting us and we’ve been able to beat them in recent seasons,” striker Ciro Immobile has said of his team’s chances at the weekend.“If we give something extra and have a bit of luck, it can be done.”
Former Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld feels their “outstanding” young players give them a chance of glory at the Nations League Finals.Switzerland face Portugal in the last four on Wednesday having topped their group thanks to results including a 5-2 home defeat of World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.Former Bayern Munich boss Hitzfeld was head coach between 2008 and 2014, leading the country to two World Cups. 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? But the 70-year-old German believes the next generation of Swiss talent has taken the team to new levels under successor Vladimir Petkovic.”Switzerland have outstanding young players. They have very good players with foreign roots who are all perfect football players,” Hitzfeld told Omnisport.”They have a good set up with [Fabian] Schar, [Yann] Sommer, [Granit] Xhaka, [Haris] Seferovic, or [Xherdan] Shaqiri. And [Breel] Embolo is on his way. They have great talents. Switzerland can do a great job in the coming years.”Now, against Portugal, the chances are 50-50. They have played against Portugal many times and won some games, lost sometimes. They know how to beat Portugal. With the potential that Switzerland currently possesses, a victory in Portugal is also possible.”In the other semi-final, England will take on a Netherlands side who have shown some resurgent form under Ronald Koeman.”I think you have to count England among the favourites, because they just pulled up outstanding players from the junior teams,” Hitzfeld added. “And the young players who play in the Premier League, despite the many foreigners, they are already very good.”But that is also a disadvantage for the young English players, that so much money has flowed to England and you have signed only foreign top stars. But if you make the step then you have a really strong team and are on your way back to the top of the world.”