Archives for October 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Shtick Growing Stale, Best He Leaves MLS

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If this is the end for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in American Major League Soccer? Well then happy trails and good riddance. Sure, his egregious egomania is part hamming it up for the cameras, as he’s nowhere near, in real life, the egoist he plays on television in interviews, but he is most certainly a real diva.

Whom are we kidding? He’s more diva than Mariah Carey! In what could be his final game in MLS, he made a crude, vulgar gesture to the crowd, before then slamming the very league that pays him so handsomely. His current contract with L.A. Galaxy expires at the end of the year, and it remains a mystery whether he will return or not.

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#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies Game Preview

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach Brian Kelly met the media today for his weekly Monday news conference and he had a lot to say, big picture about the season and what’s left of it. ND didn’t have much of a shot at the college football playoff heading into the Michigan blowout, but the sliver of CFP hopes got washed away in the Ann Arbor monsoon Saturday night.

“We got what we deserved and Michigan outplayed us,” Kelly said. “They out-hustled us. They were more physical. They out-coached us. And, you know, those things unfortunately are the realities of it.”

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Arsenal Starting XI Prediction at Liverpool FC (League Cup Round of 16)

Probably the brightest aspect of the Arsenal season thus far, at least in my opinion, is the strong, rapid development of the youngsters. We certainly saw that on display in the last round of the League Cup competition, whey they absolutely demolished Nottingham Forest 5-0.

Now comes a much tougher challenge, where they must visit the Anfield fortress to take on the reigning European title holders and current Premier League table toppers. It’s a round of 16 clash that should see Gunners boss Unai Emery elect to start some of his youngsters.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs Arsenal FC (EFL Cup Round of 16)

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As Liverpool FC head into their League Cup round of 16 tie with Arsenal tomorrow night, manager Jurgen Klopp will likely ponder some changes with his first team.

The German has guided his side to the top of the Premier League table, and the Reds are looking strong in the Champions League as well. The League Cup is obviously lower on the priority scale, but the Merseyside club will no doubt play to win in this one. Klopp will sit some regulars, start other first team players, and that will likely be enough to get the victory.

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Arsenal at Liverpool (EFL Cup) Team News: Matip, Salah, Van Dijk, Nelson

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Arsenal visits Liverpool tomorrow night in a match-up that is pretty exciting as far as EFL Cup round of 16 matches go. Between this clash and the Manchester United-Chelsea tie, this round promises to be a compelling one; at least on paper.

It should be fun so let’s take a look at the team news, starting with the hosts. It’s a case of good news and bad news, so we’ll give you the bad news first. Central defender Joel Matip has suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for awhile.

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Southampton FC First Team to Donate Wages from 9-0 Blowout to Charity

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Hats off to Southampton FC for doing the right thing. On Friday night, the Saints suffered a thrashing, 9-0 at the hands of Leicester City. It served as the largest margin of defeat by a home side in Premier League history. And it tied 1995 Manchester United’s 9-0 shellacking of Ipswich Town as the most lopsided game in Premier League history.

Thus, one could easily say that the Southampton FC players and coaches didn’t proverbially show up to work that day. It’s an understatement to say that they “had a bad day at the office.” And with that in mind, the south coast club is taking full accountability and responsibility.

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2019 Rutgers Closing in on 1981 Northwestern as Worst Power 5 Ever

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It’s a shame that Rutgers, “the birthplace” of college football, is such a train wreck of a dumpster fire of a hot mess of a program these days. It’s almost like they peaked that historical day, November 6, 1869, when they defeated Princeton 6-4 (sounds like a 2018 Michigan State contest) in what was the first college football game ever.

The current incarnation of Rutgers football is on pace to become quite possibly the worst team in not just Big Ten, but also power five conference history. To reach that nadir, to take “fun bad” to the most utmost extreme level, the standard that must be eclipsed is 1981 Northwestern. It’s a high (actually low) bar, but it can be cleared.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Manchester United (EFL Cup)

The League Cup isn’t the most captivating of competitions, but this next round, the round of 16, should be a lot of fun. In it you have two match-ups that are all big six, with Manchester United at Chelsea perhaps the clash that most observers will be looking forward to.

United have had the advantage in the series as of late, but the Blues are coming into their own right now, and their overall form has been vastly superior to that of United’s this season. And now that they have figured out how to get Christian Pulisic fully involved, with the results showing that this past weekend, perhaps the Blues will reach another higher level up now.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Chelsea FC (EFL Cup)

Have things finally bottomed out for Manchester United? Have we seen rock bottom, and then bouncing up upon hitting it? Maybe, as the Red Devils have won back to back matches, on the road no less! They had just gone a dozen away contests without a win.

Now comes a mid-week League Cup clash at Chelsea, a match-up that is historically great for United. In 184 all-time meetings, United have won 79 times, Chelsea 54, supplanted by 51 draws. More recently, the Red Devils are undefeated in their last four against the Blues. Heading into this round of 16 contest, we’re expecting manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go with the same lineup that won at Carrow Road on the weekend.

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Man United at Chelsea (EFL Cup) Team News: Pogba, Kante, Barkley

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Chelsea and Manchester United are in two very different places since the last time they met. The most recent edition of this series between two giant clubs saw a blow out. They squared off in the season opener at Old Trafford, and the Red Devils pounded them 4-0.

Since then, Frank Lampard’s youth-led rebuild has begun to take hold, and once it did, it took off rapidly. Look no further than Christian Pulisic finally getting opportunities, and then making the most of them once he has. For United, things went downhill, way downhill, quickly after that curtain raising route, although they have now won their last two.

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Northwestern Struggles Perfectly Epitomize Importance of Quarterback Position

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It’s been said, countless times that quarterback is the most important position in all of sports. Not just football, but all of sports in general. You can see that, perfectly exemplified, by the night and day difference between 2018 and 2019 Northwestern football.

This year’s team is 1-6, 0-5 in league play, just one season removed from going 8-1 in the Big Ten and winning the conference’s West division. Clayton Thorson, a four year starter at NU who graduated last year, was on hand for the Wildcats 20-0′ homecoming drubbing at the hands of Iowa and his presence was a reminder of what Northwestern once had at the quarterback decision, and what they’re missing right now.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Rules Paul Pogba Out Until December

Manchester United have finally achieved their first Premier League away win of the season, and they did it without their most expensive and most talented player, Paul Pogba. Plagued by ankle and foot problems this season, the Frenchman has missed United’s last five games, and he’s often struggled when on the pitch.

United will have to continue soldiering on without him, as the team’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ruled him out for all of the next month ahead.

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