Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Istanbul Basaksehir

Istanbul not Constantinople, now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople, why Constantinople got the works…” Sorry, I had to. Yes, it was obvious and cliche, and our sincerest apologies to They Might Be Giants, so we’ll just get to the preview and lineup prediction.

Manchester United had a chance to grab their UEFA Champions League group by the throat last time out, at Istanbul Basaksehir, but flopped badly. Meeting again 20 days after the first time Turkish Super Lig champions triumphed over the English giants at home, it’s safe to say that United have had their wakeup call now.

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United Team News vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Pogba, Greenwood, Lingard

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Manchester United hosts Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow night in a match-up of the two sides at the opposite ends of the UEFA Champions League Group H table. However, as we just learned, last time around in the reverse fixture, anything can happen, so throw the records out the window when these two teams get together.

The Turkish side, competing in the UCL group stages for the first time ever, beat United at home 2-1 on November 4, giving the #OleOut crowd some more material to work with.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Rennes (Champions League)

Chelsea FC travels to Rennes tomorrow night for a UEFA Champions League group stage clash that will see Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy face his former club for just the second time. The English giants won the first encounter handily, and they are strongly favored to take the rematch here.

In looking at what kind of team manager Frank Lampard will set up in front of Mendy, it figures to be a very strong one. The Blues boss has a nearly fully fit squad, with the very injury-plagued Christian Pulisic the only notable absentee.

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Chelsea FC Team News at Rennes (UCL): Havertz, Pulisic, Silva

Chelsea FC travel to Ligue 1 side Rennes tomorrow night for a Champions League Group E clash between the two sides at opposite ends of the standings. Chelsea top the grouping table with 7 points, and a goal differential of +7.

They are almost certain to go through to the knockout round at this point, and any kind of positive result here would further solidify that. As for Rennes, they are dead last, with just a single point and a goal differential of -4.

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33 “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Commuter/Geography Plot Holes, Mistakes

The 1987 John Hughes holiday classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is considered by many to be the best Thanksgiving movie of all time. Many families, including my own, screen the ’80s film at family gatherings this week, and in some cases, those watch parties involve pointing out all the glaring plot holes. Such is the case in my family, which includes several engineers, a few pilots and other assorted non-stupid people.

Throw in a fact-finding journalist, in a holiday environment where the bourbon is free-flowing, and now you’ve got another layer added to this timeless tale of commuter headaches on steroids. PT&A is a story of extremist Murphy’s Law (“everything that can go wrong, will go wrong”), or basically taking American Airlines, anywhere, at any time. Hey oh!

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The Sports Bank 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday brings Thanksgiving, which means it’s almost Black Friday, and then the next day Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday follows a week from tomorrow, but this year, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s going to feel like almost all, or at least a majority, of holiday shopping will be done online.

Also, if  you want to know the history of the name Black Friday go here. It’s actually related to a post Civil War financial fraud scheme, not fiscal ledger sheets. Without further ado, let’s commence the holiday gift guide.

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Southampton FC at Wolves Team News, Starting XI Predictions

The final fixture of this Premier League matchday weekend comes Monday night when Wolverhampton Wanderers host Southampton FC. The visiting Saints enter this one fifth in the table and a win here could put them ahead of Chelsea and behind only Tottenham Hotspur for second in the table.

Wolves are 12th, idling in mid-table just behind Arsenal, so this a match-up of two sides with a lot to prove. Let’s preview

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Pep Guardiola Says He’s Too Old to Feud with Jose Mourinho

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola echoed a sentiment that often gets expressed in the buddy cop genre of film: “I’m too old for this.”

Ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash between his side and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, the special one engaged in his usual prematch mind games. Mourinho, at his news conference yesterday, claimed that Raheem Sterling would be fit, despite the English winger’s status being in doubt.

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Jurgen Klopp Candidly Expresses Frustration with Liverpool Injury Crisis

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can’t really mean it when he says that he doesn’t really care about winning the Premier League title this season. We’re all keenly aware of what a fierce competitor the German is, so it’s impossible to fathom him honestly giving up on that aim.

What is really happening here is the supermanager superstar candidly expressing his frustration with the injury crisis that has struck his team so hard.

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Leicester City Team News, Starting XI Prediction at Liverpool FC

Defending champions Liverpool FC will now look to regroup and respond after having suffered a stretch that saw numerous key players suffer injury. Up next for them is a home match against a very strong Leicester City side, which currently tops the table, on Sunday.

Liverpool come into this one, against good old friend and former manager Brendan Rodgers, in third place, just one point behind the Foxes.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs West Brom

Manchester United are looking for their first home win in the Premier League when West Bromwich Albion comes visiting to Old Trafford tomorrow. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s late November and we’re still waiting on a W because the Red Devils’ Theatre of Dreams form has been nightmarish.

While this is fairly new territory, one thing that hasn’t changed is controversy surrounding Paul Pogba.

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United Team News vs West Brom: Rashford, Lindelof, Greenwood

Manchester United have a host of fitness concerns as they host West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, so let’s jump right in to covering them all. Marcus Rashford missed out on England duty this part international break, due to a slight shoulder problem, but did train on Friday.

He could feature here, but perhaps in a limited role. Victor Lindelof continues to struggle with a back issue, so he will be assesed before kickoff.

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