Tottenham at Chelsea EFL Cup Injury Report: Kane, Alli, Moura, Loftus-Cheek

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It’s a London derby in the EFL Cup Thursday night as Chelsea travel to Tottenham Hotspur for the second leg of their semifinal tie. Spurs are up 1-0 on aggregate, thanks to the meeting a fortnight ago, when Harry Kane’s penalty conversion was the only scoring at Wembley Stadium that night.

This match-up features two teams with real serious issues right now. For Tottenham, they have nothing short of an injury crisis in midfield and attack. For Chelsea, manager Maurizio Sarri has now done his best Jose Mourinho impersonation as he publicly threw his players under the bus.

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Man United News and Transfer Talk: Matteo Darmian, Jose Mourinho, Paul Scholes

Manchester United have won all seven games that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in charge. They go for number eight Friday night at Arsenal in a fourth round FA Cup clash. Although match day isn’t until the end of the week, there is still plenty of United topics to discuss, as we’re heading down the home stretch of the January transfer window.

Let’s take a spin through the inter webs and see what’s buzzing in Man United cyberspace.

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NIU Coach Thomas Hammock on Ravens Transition From Ray Rice (Exclusive)

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Newly minted Northern Illinois football coach Thomas Hammock spent the past five seasons as running backs coach of the Baltimore Ravens, and his first year on the job was tumultuous to say the least. During Hammock’s third month on the job, the video of Ray Rice beating his fiancee was released, and the team promptly terminated the contract of the franchise’s all-time second leading rusher.

On Friday, Hammock, a NIU alum, was introduced to the Chicago media as the next head football coach. During the media session, Hammock was asked about how he grew and developed as a person during his time in Baltimore.

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Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata Reportedly Closing in on Atletico Madrid Loan Move

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Unless it has to do with Chelsea, it’s been an extremely quiet January transfer window. The Blues are reportedly close to sealing yet another deal this month, sending misfit striker Alvaro Morata out on loan to Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard has often spoken out about the struggles he’s had in adjusting to life in London, and his desire to return to native country.

According to multiple sources, he’s nearing completion on a move to the Spanish capital. The Guardian reports an agreement has been made on “an initial loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent for £48.5m at the end of the season.”

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Burton Albion (EFL Cup Semifinal)

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Manchester City are sitting pretty right now when it comes to achieving their first trophy of the season. They’ll head to Burton Albion in midweek for the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie. They can truly coast into the final as they’re currently up 9-0 due to the extreme route we saw in the Manchester leg of this tie.

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Manchester City at Burton Albion EFL Cup Semifinal: Team News, Injury Report, Match Preview

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Manchester City, already up by an eye-popping margin of 9-0 in their EFL Cup semi-final tie against Burton Albion, can treat Wednesday night’s meeting as a glorified friendly if they so desire. Having rolled up a massive advantage in the home leg of this tie, they can do a lot of squad rotation here, give the youngsters some game time and coast into the final, where they will meet the Chelsea-Tottenham Hotspur winner.

However, manager Pep Guardiola has promised to field a strong lineup for the midweek clash, so don’t expect to see a full reserve side out there for City in this one.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 1-21-19

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft time! The order is now set, up until the divisional round of the playoffs. Team needs were sometimes, but often not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense.

A true 2019 NFL mock draft can’t really be composed until after 2019 free agency. Have issues with the picks? Of course you do! Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section. Just try to not be like the others who hurl insults and instead keep it classy and professional. Sure, this disclaimer will go completely ignored, as it always does, but I’ll say it anyway- “THERE IS NO NEED FOR NAME CALLING!”

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Top Priority for New NIU Football Coach Thomas Hammock Must Be Bowl Wins

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Thomas Hammock officially returned to Northern Illinois University after having spent the last five seasons as the running backs coach with the Baltimore Ravens. As a player, Hammock rushed for 2,432 rushing yards in his NIU career (1999-2002), which still ranks 13th all-time in school history. The currently 37-year-old Hammock returned to DeKalb, to serve as running backs coach under Joe Novak during 2005-06.

In Hammock’s first season, future Chicago Bear Garrett Wolfe rushed for 1,580 yards and 16 touchdowns in just nine games as NIU won the MAC West Division and appeared in the MAC Championship Game for the first time. The next season, Wolfe rushed for an national high 1,928 yards as the Huskies reached the Poinsettia Bowl.

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AC Milan Boss Accepting of Gonzalo Higuain Likely Leaving for Chelsea

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There was a lot of buzz this weekend about Juventus (currently on loan with AC Milan) striker Gonzalo Higuain finalizing his transfer to Chelsea. Friday brought news of the 31-year-old heading to London to undergo his medical with the Blues and put the finishing touches on the transaction.

Well, it’s Monday and we’re still not at photos-displaying-a-jersey-and-holding-a-pen-over-a-contract time yet. According to AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso, the deal still isn’t done and the situation is providing a massive hindrance to his team. Gattuso dropped Higuain from his side that will take on Genoa today.

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Dele Alli Injury “doesn’t look great” says Mauricio Pochettino

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Last weekend Tottenham Hotspur lost the player they could least afford to lose to injury in striker Harry Kane. This weekend Spurs lost the currently active player they could least afford to lose in attacking midfielder Dele Alli. A bit if a rough patch could be ahead for the north London side.

Kane is out for approximately two months due to ankle ligament damage. As for Alli, well Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was less than optimistic, and it seems like his hamstring issues have returned. “We need to assess ( Dele Alli ) in the next few days. It doesn’t look great,” Pochettino said.

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Fernando Llorente, Harry Kane’s Replacement, Becomes Social Media Punchline

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente faced a massive task today- try and fill the shoes of all world striker and talisman Harry Kane. It did not go well, as he opened the scoring in the fixture against Fulham, by scoring FOR the opponent in the 17′.

Dele Alli would equalize for Spurs in the second half, and Harry Winks scored the game winner three minutes into extra time, saving the day for Llorente. A loss to the penultimate side in the table would have been a complete disaster for Spurs, and a draw would have been essentially on par with a loss in this instance.

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Anthony Martial Reportedly Set to Sign New Contract Extension at Man United

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Over the course of this season, Manchester United winger Anthony Martial has done a u-turn on his club future. TF1 claim, via Get French Football News that United will make a major announcement in the next few days, and that that announcement is a new contract extension for Martial.

French media outlet RMC reported that Martial has agreed upon a new five-year-deal which keeps him at Old Trafford until 2024, and that there are just a few minor details left for his agent Philippe Lamboley to iron out with the club. Also, the BBC’s Simon Stone claims that United are “edging closer” to locking down Martial long term.

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