Mourinho Says United in UCL Qualifying Race, Jokes About ’18 League Title

Tomorrow night sees Manchester United visit Chelsea, a massive match in terms of the race for qualification into next year’s UEFA Champions League. It’s also a match-up of the last two teams coached by Jose Mourinho, so he will no doubt be watching this crunch clash closely.

His side, Tottenham Hotspur, currently sit sandwiched between the two sides, in fifth place. That fifth place standing now takes on an added layer of meaning in the wake of Friday’s shock ruling by UEFA. The European football governing body banned Manchester City from any Euro competition for the next two seasons, meaning that now the fifth place team in the table can go to next year’s UCL.

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N’Golo Kante Plays Down Vengeance Angle in Man United Rematch

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Across all competitions, Manchester United has certainly had Chelsea’s number lately. For whatever reason, it’s just a very favorable match-up for United and it hasn’t gone well for the Blues as of late. In their last league meeting, on opening day, the Red Devils absolutely thrashed the southwest London side at Old Trafford.

Tomorrow night comes the rematch at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea midfield maestro N’ Golo Kante says it’s not all about avenging the result of the first meeting/reverse fixture. There is so much more at stake.

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Vernon Davis (Exclusive), Melo, CP3 on New Venture, Media Landscape

Yesterday marked the announcement of Players TV, Athletes on Demand, the first all athlete owned television network. Set to launch in late March, the aim and niche evokes The Players Tribune. The mission is to tell the athlete stories that don’t get told by the mainstream media, who often pigeon hole athletes into certain boxes and stereotypes.

Vernon Davis the just retired tight end who won a Super Bowl and made two Pro Bowls over the course of his 13 year career is involved, and he was on hand at the launch announcement on Friday. The event, which included two athlete and TV network executives, took place at Tavern Club on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

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Rip Hamilton (Exclusive) on Kobe, Jordan, NBA All-Star Weekend

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Detroit Pistons legend and former Chicago Bull Rip Hamilton is back in town for NBA All-Star weekend, and we caught up with him Thursday night at the Rookie USA fashion show. The event benefits the James R. Jordan foundation, managed by Michael Jordan’s mother, and named for his late father.

Hamilton is close to Jordan and he talks to him all the time, so coming out and supporting the cause was a natural course of action and easy decision for him.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI vs Manchester United

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At his weekly news conference yesterday, ahead of the massive crunch clash against Manchester United Monday night, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard opened up about the forward/winger situation. He praised the new addition, Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, who will join the team at the end of the season.

Lampard said the arrival of the Moroccan international does not guarantee the exit of wingers Willian and Pedro however. He did admit though that conversations are “ongoing” about potential transfer deals for both players. That all said, let’s take a look at what kind of lineup Lampard might put out in this match-up between intersectional rivals.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Chelsea FC

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Manchester United visit Chelsea FC on Monday night in a match that is absolutely vital to their chances of finishing in the top four this season. The Blues hold the fourth and final UCL qualification slot, and should United claim a road victory here, they’ll be just three points off the pace.

Should they lose however, the Red Devils would fall nine points off the pace, with only 13 games left to play. In the first meeting, the match was close for the first half, but in the second half, United blew the doors off. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping his side will achieve a result like that again.

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United at Chelsea Team News: Pulisic, Abraham, Pogba, McTominay, Ighalo

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We have to wait until Monday night to get this weekend’s headliner fixture in the Premier League- Chelsea vs. Manchester United. It promises to be an exciting one, and likely a lot more tightly than the reverse fixture on opening weekend.

There is a lot of team news to cover, so let’s dive right in. Blues winger Christian Pulisic, who favored United the most of any club as a child, is ruled out of this one.  Pulisic has been out of action since New Year’s Day with an adductor injury, and a setback in the recovery process suffered a couple weeks ago.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Newcastle United

Arsenal have won 13 of their last 14 against Newcastle United, so you have to really like their chances on Sunday, especially at home. The Gunners have certainly had a disappointing season, to say the least, but one should expect them to pick up three points on the weekend against Toon.

There have been some signs of progress here and there so far under Mikel Arteta, but it may not be blatantly and immediately noticeable. Let’s take a look at who he may selection for his first team in the weekend fixture.

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Arsenal vs Newcastle Team News: Saka, Tierney, Nelson, Muto, Almiron

When Arsenal host Newcastle United on Sunday it will be match-up of two mid-table sides that are somewhat banged up right now. For both the 12th place visitors and the 10th place hosts, there are some injury unavailables and additional players whose availability is very much in doubt.

So let’s jump right in the with the team news. For Steve Bruce’s Magpies, Jack Colback, Paul Dummett Andy Carroll, Jetro Willems, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and Jonjo Shelvey are all sidelined. However, they are hoping to get Yoshinori Muto, Miguel Almiron and Joelinton back this weekend.

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Manchester City Hit with Two Year Euro Ban, €30m Fine

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UEFA came down really hard on Manchester City today, punishing the giant northwest England club for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. As a result, City will not be allowed to participate in UEFA club competitions (Champions League or Europa League) for the next two seasons and they must also pay a fine of €30 million ($32.5 million).

The European football ruling body punished Man City harshly for falsely reporting what they earned from corporate partners and for violating licensing agreements. City said they would appeal as soon as possible to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Friday saw a massive ruling against one of the richest and most powerful football clubs in the entire world.

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Christian Pulisic Ruled Out of Man United Match, Trains with U23s

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic will not get the chance, on Monday night, to face the club he most favored as a boy.  Pulisic, who has been out of action since New Year’s Day with an adductor injury, and a setback in the recovery process suffered a couple weeks ago, has been ruled out of the Premier League fixture against Manchester United.

The 21-year-old American, who came on a substitute late in the reverse fixture on opening day, is training with the under-23s ahead of his return to the first team. Blues boss Frank Lampard also ruled out another key player while revealing another first team guy is a doubt.

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Juwan Howard Has Happy Chicago Homecoming

Chicago native and first year Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard said it was a “great feeling” to see all the maize and blue in Welsh-Ryan Arena last night when his team demolished the Northwestern Wildcats 78-54.

The Chicago Vocational School grad flew in, led his team to a very lopsided victory and flew out just as NBA All-Star Game weekend festivities get going. Howard said it was awesome to see Dikembe Mutumbo, who he described as one of one of his all-time favorite former teammates, and other close friends and family behind the bench in the stands last night.

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