Chelsea vs Liverpool Injury Report: Batshuayi, Moses, Matip, Lallana

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Here we go- Chelsea at Liverpool, in what is the Premier League’s headliner fixture this weekend. The Reds have the advantage of an extra day off over the Blues, while Chelsea were able to rest their starters in their significantly in their midweek Champions League blowout victory. Chelsea star Eden Hazard says his side will be very rested and very ready for this one.

Liverpool were not afforded the same luxury of sitting their first team guys as they battled Sevilla to a draw.

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Man United Injury Report vs Brighton: Michael Carrick, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones

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Manchester United host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday in Premier League action, and they will do so with possibly some major problems at centre-back.  United manager Jose Mourinho ruled Phil Jones out ahead of the 1-0 loss at FC Basel in midweek UEFA Champions League competition and the status of Eric Bailly is in doubt.

“Our injuries are real injuries,” Mourinho said.

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Man United Starting XI Prediction vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Manchester United resume Premier League play this weekend when they host Brighton & Hove Albion in a Saturday afternoon matinee. United will probably be looking to make a fierce statement in this one, expect United manager Jose Mourinho to field a very strong team in this one.

Fresh off an uninspiring second half performance that saw them drop a point in UEFA Champions League group play at FC Basel, the Red Devils will need to regain their focus, fire and form.

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#23 Northwestern Wildcats at Illini Football Game Preview, Prediction

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Illini football welcomes their in-state rival, the 23rd-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, to Memorial Stadium on Saturday to close out what has been an utterly disastrous season. It’s the battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy (3 pm CT, FS1) and the final game for 10 Illinois seniors. Yes, just ten seniors, as the Illini are one of the youngest teams in the nation, and arguably the youngest in school history.

Northwestern comes in heavily favored, by 16.5 points actually, to pick up win number nine on the season. If NU then wins their bowl game, they would finish with ten wins on the season, which would tie a school record set on three previous occasions (1995, 2012, 2015).

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Jim Harbaugh Era Has Been Much More Hype than Actual Substance So Far

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Given the ridiculous amount of absurd hype that preceded the Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan, it’s pretty hard for anyone to live up to expectations. While a lot of the quirky things that Harbaugh does off the field and the extra-curricular activities he partakes in are actually great for the sport of college football, it only works when he takes care of business on the field, and he’s not doing that.

Michigan has two third place in the B1G east division finishes thus far in the Harbaugh era, and this year, it appears a fourth place finish could very likely be imminent.

They will now, as significant underdogs, host #8 Ohio State on Saturday to complete the regular season, and will do so having fallen out of the national rankings.

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Gary Cahill Backs David Luiz to be Good Andreas Christensen Role Model

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Gary Cahill and Chelsea are entering a crucial stretch of fixture congestion that will determine whether or not they can get back into position to defender their Premier League title. They will do so with Andreas Christensen having supplanted David Luiz in the back line. Luiz, who Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had often described as a very important player for the club, found himself frozen out during the team’s biggest clash, the November 5 win over Manchester United at home.

Christensen took Luiz’s place, drew rave reviews from Conte and has remained superior to Luiz in the pecking order until last night.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Set Champions League Record Last Night

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Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his UEFA Champions League debut with Manchester United last night, and thus appeared in the European tournament with his seventh team. That’s a new record and another milestone for the 36-year-old superstar.

Ibrahimovic made his Champions League debut with Ajax in 2002, and has also played for Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Eden Hazard Says Chelsea is Ready and Rested for Liverpool

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began prepping his team for the next game on the flight home to London from Baku, after his side thrashed Qarabag FK 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League group stages tonight. That next opponent is Liverpool, in what is the Premier league’s biggest match this weekend.

Liverpool have an advantage of having played a night earlier and thus being granted an extra day of rest. However, Chelsea super star Eden Hazard doesn’t exactly see it that way. Hazard highlighted how he and his teammates were able to get a lot of rest, given that their Champions League tilt in mid-week was a laugher that allowed first team players to exit early.

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Antonio Conte Began Liverpool Preparation on Flight Home from Qarabag

Having safely wrapped up a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout round with a 4-0 thrashing of Qarabag FK, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte commenced his team’s preparations for Liverpool on the flight home. The Blues destroyed the Azerbaijani side, reduced to playing with ten men, at their Olympic home stadium in Baku tonight.

On aggregate, Chelsea bested this specific foe 10-0 in Group C play, and thus their final group stage game won’t mean much as they are now on their way to the round of 16. Onward and upward, but between now and then Antonio Conte and his side head to Liverpool for what is arguably the weekend’s biggest fixture.

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Jose Mourinho Admits that Paul Pogba Withdrawal Impacted Man United Result

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Superstar midfielder Paul Pogba was handed the captain’s armband tonight in Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at FC Basel in UEFA Champions League group play. Pogba returned to action this past weekend after a more than two month layoff, and this was just his second match. He was impressive again, just like he was on Saturday, and he came off in the 66′.

United manager Jose Mourinho admitted in his postgame news conference that Pogba leaving the game had influence over the result. A draw at Basel would have won Group A for United.

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Daley Blind Blames Himself for UCL Loss, but Jose Mourinho Disagrees

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In Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League group stage clash tonight, defender Daley Blind switched off and lost his man, opening the door to Michael Lang scoring the game winner in the 89′.

A draw would have been enough to officially clinch United’s passage through to the knockout round, but their chances are all but certain anyway. After the match, Blind blamed himself, but manager Jose Mourinho said that would be unfair.

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Man United News: Juan Mata, Ashley Young, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba

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Manchester United head into tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash at FC Basel needing just a single point to punch their ticket through to the knockout round. We have all the preview material you need for this clash, with the links to our:

MUFC starting XI prediction, United injury report, as well as video of the Jose Mourinho and Chris Smalling press conferences.

There’s also a lot of Man United news circulating on the internet today, aside from all the material related to the game, so let’s take a spin through some of the other stories.

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