Archives for December 2017

Arsene Wenger Hits Out at Officials, Festive Period Scheduling

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger saw his big day ruined by very questionable officiating, and after the fact he did not restrain his opinions. Wenger was fuming, and deservedly so, as his side dropped two points in the 89′ of the Frenchman’s record setting match.

Wenger was managing his 811th Premier League match (moving him one above Sir Alex Ferguson), and on his way to winning when referee Mike Dean awarded West Bromwich Albion a penalty kick, and Jay Rodriguez subsequently equalized from the spot.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at Burnley FC

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As Liverpool head to Burnley for a New Year’s Day clash one of the match’s main story lines is festive period fixture congestion. Hence, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp maintains he’ll have to make make some changes to his lineup from the side that beat Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday.

Klopp says the added workload this time of year is getting more familiar though, and it’s something his opponent must deal with as well.

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Liverpool FC Injury Report vs Burnley: Salah, Klavan, Wood, Ward, Brady, Heaton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he’ll make some changes to his squad for the New Year’s Day clash at Burnley FC, so let’s take look at who might be unavailable/available for selection. (Here’s the link to the LFC starting XI prediction)

It all starts with scorching hot scoring sensation Mohamed Salah, and Liverpool released an update on him on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, it said nothing that we didn’t already know from Klopp’s postgame press conference on Saturday- that he is a doubt for this one.

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Jurgen Klopp Promises Changes to Liverpool Starting XI Tomorrow

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Jurgen Klopp promises some changes to his starting XI tomorrow, when his side makes the trip to seventh place Burnley. Some changes will be forced, while others we be by choice. High flying winger Mohamed Salah remains a doubt, with his fitness to be re-assessed as kickoff draws closer.

As elite as Salah has played lately, his best football could still be in front of him, Klopp says.  Klopp has confirmed that Simon Mignolet will be his #1 on New Year’s Day, after Loris Karius was in goal for the come from behind win against Leicester.

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Paul Pogba Urges Teammates to “Wake Up” After Embarrassing Draw

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With Manchester United winless in their last four, midfielder Paul Pogba has urged his teammates to “wake up” and rightly so. Pogba made the comments after an extremely dull goalless draw which saw few scoring opportunities and a thoroughly embarrassing result for the hosts at Old Trafford.

United let a team that was just one point above the relegation zone come into the Theater of Dreams and take a point. It was the third straight draw for United, and the result saw United fall from second to third place in the Premier League table.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Everton FC

As Manchester United head to Everton FC, Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba has urged his team to “wake up,” and rightly so. Three weeks ago they could have still considered themselves league title contenders. Now they’re not even a lock to make top four. United have suffered three straight draws in league play, and with the League Cup defeat preceding it, United are now winless in their last four.

The last setback, yesterday at home against Southampton, was the most embarrassing, as Saints came to Old Trafford just one point above the drop zone.

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United Injury Report vs Everton: Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Valencia, Darmian

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Happy new year football fans, here’s the match injury and fitness report as Manchester United visits Everton on the very first day of 2018.  It’s a loaded one as there are many fitness and injury situations to cover. Let’s get right to it, starting with Romelu Lukaku- this was to be his first game at Everton as a member of the opposition since 2013.

That’s not going to happen now as he suffered a head injury and got stretchered off the pitch yesterday. According to Sky Sports, the Belgian will miss at least two games due to this setback.

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Mohamed Salah Can Still Get Even Better Says Jurgen Klopp

Saturday was certainly newsworthy for Mohamed Salah as the past 24 hours have contained a substantial course of events for the Liverpool winger. First the Egyptian continued his dominating run of form, bagging a second half brace that earned the Reds a come from behind victory over Leicester City.

The two goals made his name a top trending term on social media, as he has now scored on assisted on 22 goals in his last games for Liverpool.

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Man United Lack the Excitement of Other Top Four Contenders

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Manchester United just don’t have the same sizzle and pizzazz as most of the other big six teams right now. For most of the other top four contenders, you have electric, must-see players in the final third. You can’t say that about Man United, who lack creativity in attack and any element that could make them can’t miss television.

After an extremely dull goalless draw at home versus Southampton today, United will travel to Everton on New Year’s Day and then host Derby County in the FA Cup tournament on Friday.

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Antonio Conte Embodies Spirit of New Year’s Holiday in Interview

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Antonio Conte was like a real life New Year’s Eve Facebook status update post after his Chelsea side destroyed Stoke City 5-0 today. The Italian truly embodied the spirit of the New Year holiday, as he both reflected on the year winding down and looked ahead to what’s in store as the calendar flips over.

“This was a fantastic year,” the Blues boss said, sounding a bit like a New Year’s Day Instagram reflection posting.

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#14 Notre Dame Football: Citrus Bowl Preview vs #17 LSU Tigers

It’s rematch time in Orlando as this season’s Citrus Bowl brings back the same match-up of the 2014 Music City Bowl. Notre Dame football fans recall that clash in Nashville, when the unranked Fighting Irish came in at 7-5 and 7.5 point underdogs and upset the Tigers 31-28. 

It was the coming out party for quarterback Malik Zaire who won both the game and the press conference that day, providing an excellent repartee to a reporter who asked the cliche “Rudy” question. #GeauxIrish a take-off of LSU’s signature #GeauxTigers battle cry was a trending hash tag that day, but to be more authentic Notre Dame football fans should have converted their text from French to Gaelic.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Suffers Injury Reoccurrence, Out Another Month

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was very coy about it yesterday, but now we know the real reason why striker Romelu Lukaku wasn’t going to get any rest, despite the Belgian’s extreme fatigue.

Fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hurt again, and thus, Mourinho’s options beyond Lukaku are extremely limited. The United boss revealed the injury news regarding the Swede after a very dull and extremely disappointing goalless draw at home versus Southampton. United dropped points for the third league game in a row, this time against a side that was just one point above the relegation zone.

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