NIU Huskies Unfortunate as Florida State Seminoles Sort of Wake Up

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It wasn’t until week four, one-third of the way into the regular season that the Florida State Seminoles finally woke up and realized that they are, in fact, the Florida State Seminoles…

…well, sort of; kind of.

It’s unfortunate for the Northern Illinois Huskies that they just happened to be the opponent when it occurred. Of course, there is still lots of room for improvement, but FSU’s 37-19 win over NIU showed a lot of progress for the Noles. It also consisted of many missed opportunities for the Huskies.

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Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri Heroes for Liverpool in Rout over Southampton

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Liverpool routed their de facto farm club Southampton 3-0 today and there are heroes aplenty for the Reds. Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are both top ten trending terms nationally on Twitter right now, due to the big contributions they made to a dominant overall team effort.

The scoring opened when Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt provided an own goal in the 10′. Matip then converted this beauty in the  the 21′. Have a watch below:

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Gary Cahill Admits that he Wants Out of Chelsea FC in January

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Chelsea, off to a perfect start, are currently top of the table in the Premier League. However, not everybody on the current roster at Stamford Bridge is doing really well right now. 32-year-old centre-back Gary Cahill has not played a minute since new manager Maurizio Sarri took the reigns from Antonio Conte at the beginning of the season.

The Englishman has been with the club since 2012, scoring 13 times in a 189 appearances. However, he thinks it’s time to move on, should his situation not change for the better. When the transfer window reopens again in January, Cahill could be looking for an escape route.

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Sir Alex Ferguson Makes Triumphant Return to Old Trafford

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Before taking to the pitch, Manchester United have already achieved a major win today. Sir Alex Ferguson, the club patriarch, is back at Old Trafford to watch the team that he led to so much glory over the course of his career.

Ferguson, 76, was hospitalized in May, and required emergency surgery after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He vowed to recover and come back to the theatre of dreams one day and that day is now here.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Everton

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Arsenal FC have to feel pretty good now heading to the weekend fixture against Everton. To those who said not to panic after the Gunners dropped their first two matches, against last year’s champions Manchester City and current table toppers Chelsea, congratulations, your opinions are currently validated.

There was some concern, especially after the first couple of results, about the how the Unai Emery would shape out, but patience is a virtue. Arsenal have now won four in a row, and they’ll be home on Sunday to face an Everton side that is winless in their last three league matches. This is an opportunity for Emery and company to build some more positive momentum. 

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Arsenal FC vs Everton Match Preview, Injury Report

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Arsenal hosts Everton in a Sunday matinee featuring two teams that might end up in the UEFA Europa League mix. For the Gunners, landing in the consolation tournament for a third consecutive season would be far from ideal, but it also wouldn’t be too catastrophic considering that this is only year one of the Unai Emery rebuilding project.

The north London side obviously has their eyes on a top four finish, and with both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United showing some vulnerabilities and inconsistencies early on, the opportunity could be there.

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Chelsea FC vs West Ham United Injury Report, Match Preview

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Chelsea FC won’t likely forever be blowing bubbles as they head to the London Stadium to take on their crosstown rivals West Ham United, but they have to be feeling pretty good right now. They have won all five of their Premier League games so far, and picked up a road win in Europa League on Thursday night. Now they’ll try to best the Hammers in a match where they are heavy favorites, and move to 7 for 7 in 2018-19.

The Blues will be without a couple of key players though. Pedro is a major doubt for the clash against Manuel Pellegrini’s side after the Spaniard picked up a shoulder injury in the UEL win over PAOK. Mateo Kovacic missed out on that match with a minor injury and could be absent again.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs West Ham United

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Chelsea FC have a quick turnaround, as they’ll face West Ham United on the road in a London Derby on Sunday. Fresh off a 1-0 win in Greece over PAOK in the UEFA Europa League Thursday night, the Blues had to deal with some nasty weather in the United Kingdom that delayed their arrival home until this morning.

“We have to play again in 63 hours, on Sunday morning,” Sarri said in postgame Thursday night, before he became aware of the weather issues. Despite the rapid turnover and potential for fatigue, let’s take a look at who Sarri could slot in his first team.

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Tottenham Hotspur at Brighton & Hove Albion Match Preview, Injury Report

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Tottenham Hotspur head to Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow badly in need of a result. While a draw would be somewhat welcome, especially the current three game losing streak, this is one of those matches where they really need to take all three points. If Spurs are serious about contending for the league title this season, then they can’t afford to be dropping points in matches such as these.

Spurs, who now sit fifth in the table, will be without a couple of key players in this clash against the league’s 13th side.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Brighton

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Tottenham Hotspur got off to a great start this Premier League season, winning their first three, but have now lost three straight since that opening run. Spurs have lost their last two league fixtures as well their UEFA Champions League opener against Inter Milan. They now head to the AMEX Stadium badly in need of a win.

Tottenham has faced Brighton & Hove Albion twice before in the Premier League, with Spurs winning 2-0 at home before drawing 1-1 away last season. Let’s take a look at who Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could select in his first team to face the Seagulls.

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Sergio Aguero Signs Extension to Stay at Manchester City until 2021

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Friday morning saw Manchester City announce that striker Sergio Aguero is going to be a major part of their long term plans. This despite his having to take a back seat to Gabriel Jesus at certain times over the course of the last two seasons. The club announced a new contract extension for the 30-year-old Argentine that will keep him at the Club until 2021.

“I am happy for this additional year,” Aguero told the club’s online web channel.  “My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires. Hopefully, that’s going to happen. This was the main reason I signed.”

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Florida State Seminoles vs NIU Huskies Game Preview, Prediction

The Northern Illinois Huskies have arguably the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule this season, and next up is a trip to Tallahassee to face the Florida State Seminoles. The voyage to Doak Campbell Stadium is one that has been highly anticipated ever since it was announced a couple of years ago, replacing a home date with Idaho on the schedule.

The players and coaching staff will be really amped, as evidenced by the sound bites they gave at NIU Media Day. Most importantly, this game goes above and beyond football, as it’s a money game that saved jobs at NIU. 

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