Archives for November 2019

CB Troy Pride Helps Notre Dame Finish the Season Strong

Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride Jr. helped lead his class of Fighting Irish seniors to a very noteworthy accomplishment in 2019. With a 45-24 win over Stanford today, ND has won at least 10 games for the third season in a row. That hasn’t happened since the early 1990s.

It’s also the first time the Fighting Irish have done that, on the strength of the regular season alone, in school history. Obviously that comes with a big caveat as college football teams play way more games these days, but double digit wins, three years in a row, is hard to do when you play the kind of schedule that the Irish do. When all is said and done, 10-2 is pretty much where the Irish were projected to finish this season.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Aston Villa

Manchester United has really got to like their chances tomorrow when they host Aston Villa, given the recent history in this fixture. United have lost just once in their last 24 Premier League contests against AVFC, and that was way back in December of 2009.

Should United win tomorrow it would make it 13 of the last 14 and seven in a row over the Villans at the theatre of dreams. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may select in his first team, in hopes of taking all three points from this one. Anything short of a convincing victory would be a total disaster as Villa are a lower tier side and United are struggling to secure European football qualification again.

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United vs Aston Villa Team News: McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Jota, Engels

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With Arsenal having now sacked Unai Emery a few days ago, one has to wonder if the temperature on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s seat has now been raised significantly? The Gunners are already ahead of United in the Premier League table, and one could say that they are showing more ambition right now than Old Trafford.

Well, we’ll just have to see if OGS can get things going in the right direction, and it starts with a home clash against lowly Aston Villa. Let’s take a look at the team news for this clash, a match where United must take all three points.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction at Norwich City

Life after Unai Emery for Arsenal begins with a visit to Carrow Road, where they’ll take on the 18th place Canaries of Norwich City tomorrow. Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg has the reins now, and heading into this fixture he said the following:

“However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles back on faces again.” What would make Gooners fans smile again? Not having to be relegated again to the Europa League for another season; that’s for sure.

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Arsenal vs Norwich Team News: Ljungberg, Luiz, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Cantwell

Well, the Unai Emery era at Arsenal FC was short and not so sweet. #EmeryOut transpired this week, and honestly, one could have seen it coming since the Granit Xhaka/team captaincy debacle. The draw which should have been a loss to Southampton last weekend was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Now it’s up to interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg to try and reach the Gunners goals, get back in the top four this season, and not get resigned to Europa League yet again. Up next is an away clash at relegation fodder Norwich City, and Ljungberg will have some fitness concerns for this road trip.

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LSU QB Joe Burrow Odds On Favorite to be #1 Overall NFL Draft Pick

Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow has the potential to join some elusive company. He’s the odds on favorite to win both the Heisman Trophy and become the #1 overall NFL Draft pick. Only six players, all QBs, have done it since the turn of the millennium.

The list consists of Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer. For half of the players on this list, they claimed the big prize at the Downtown Athletic Club in December, and then got the big money the following April. The other half did one more year of college before entering the draft.

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Chicago Bulls Fans, Vote with Your Feet, Don’t Support this Disaster

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At this point, the Chicago Bulls, as an organization, are really no different than a hedge fund. Both exist simply to make money for a small group of people who are already exceedingly wealthy. The Chicago Bulls are basically nothing more than a brand or marketing machine that also plays some, horribly bad, basketball on the side.

This is not anything new, and it’s not anything that will change until the fan base supporting them changes. Simply put Chicago Bulls fans, you must vote with your feet. The Bulls despite putting a listless, useless, lifeless, product on the court last season, were second in the NBA in attendance last season.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs AFC Bournemouth

The arrival of Jose Mourinho has brought new life to what had been a moribund domestic season at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur have lofty goals and realistic ambitions again this season, as the Special One has injected new life into the squad. Up next for Spurs is a Saturday home clash against AFC Bournemouth.

Mourinho will have a decently fit squad to select from, but he will be without the services of a few key players. Midfielder/winger Erik Lamela (thigh), back-up goalkeeper Michele Vorm (calf), team captain, number one Hugo Lloris (elbow) and right back Ben Davies (ankle) are out of action in this one.

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Liverpool FC Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Brighton

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Liverpool are entering the festive period fixture congestion firmly in the driver’s seat for the Premier League title. Eight points clear now, of second place Leicester City, the title is definitely theirs to lose. Up next is a home clash against Brighton & Hove Albion, a match where they will have some selection problems in the midfield.

Naby Keïta is a doubt for this match, due to an illness, while Fabinho’s ankle injury is likely to keep him out of commission until after the new year. Even if fit, he wouldn’t be able to feature in this one as he’s suspended. Finally, The Reds are also without the services of defenders Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne; both of whom are out indefinitely with knee injuries.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction, Team News at Newcastle United

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has essentially conceded the Premier League title race without really conceding it. The City boss maintains his team will keep fighting on until the end, but knows it’s not the top priority anymore.

Up next is a trip to St. James Park, where the hosts are sometimes surprisingly tough against the big six. City come into this match third in the table with 28 points, while Newcastle are 14th with just 15 points. Let’s take a look at the team news for this one, starting with Newcastle.

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West Ham United Starting XI Prediction at Chelsea FC

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West Ham United head to Chelsea as massive underdogs, and that’s not good considering how much they need a win. Manuel Pellegrini, a highly esteemed manager leading a club that has spent some money in recent transfer windows, is hovering just above the drop zone in 17th place right now.

Only three points above the relegation area, some shakeups will be needed. One idea is to drop under-performing goalkeeper Roberto, and insert David Martin in his place. You could also see Michail Antonio get his first starting XI assignment since August. Will it be enough?

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs West Ham United

Chelsea let a chance at Champions League knockout round qualification slip through their fingers last night, but there isn’t much time to stew about it. The Blues face a very quick turnaround London derby against West Ham United on Saturday, a series that has been pretty evenly matched.

Chelsea lead this all time fixture with 50 wins to West Ham’s 40; accompanied by 22 draws. The Blues come into this one 11 points off the pace of league leaders Liverpool, so at this point, the top four is most likely the goal for the season. Young American Christian Pulisic kept his hot streak going last night at Valencia, and he’ll be expected to help provide even more offense in the short term while Tammy Abraham is sidelined with a hip injury [Read more…]

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