#19 Iowa Hawkeyes at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

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Saturday morning brings a clash of two very contrasting styles, at least when it comes to the coaches press conference game when the Northwestern Wildcats host the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes. The visitors are led by head coach Kirk Ferentz, who is almost always very mild-mannered, and quite often vanilla in his media opportunities.

The Wildcats are led by Pat Fitzgerald, who is sometimes loud, always colorful, and quite often very funny in his pressers. Today, he was in rare form and we’ll get to all of that, but first we need to cover the FYIs.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at Genk (Champions League)

Jurgen Klopp may opt to rotate his line-up on Wednesday night when he brings his Liverpool FC side to Belgium for a UCL group stage clash with Belgian champions Genk. On paper at least, this figures to be one of the easier matches in Group E play and the Reds midfield is an area that could see some changes from the lineup that took to the pitch at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Then you have the question of Mohamed Salah, who sat out that draw, and might not be full go for this one. All things considered, the six time European champions will come into this match with their foot on the gas pedal given a.) they just dropped points domestically for the first time in 2019-20 and b.) they haven’t sewn up UCL knockout round qualification as of yet.

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Liverpool FC Team News at Genk (Champions League): Salah, Shaqiri, Clyne

Liverpool dropped their first points of the season, domestically, in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United yesterday that probably felt like a loss for them and a win for United. There isn’t much time to think about it though, as they’ll return to action in midweek against Genk in UEFA Champions League group stage action.

The reigning UCL holders are currently second in group E, by virtue of tie-breaker, due to their win over RB Salzburg. Both the Reds and the Austrian side have taken three points thus far from the competition. As for Genk, they have only acquired a single point thus far in group stage action, and currently sit at the bottom of the table.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Red Star Belgrade

These are extremely trying times at Tottenham Hotspur and it likely won’t get any better when they take on Liverpool this weekend. Before that comes a UCL mid-week group stage clash against Red Star Belgrade.

It’s a must win for Spurs as Saturday’s 1-1 draw with winless Watford means they now have just one win in their last seven across all competition. Since the opening day of the season, Spurs have just two wins in 11 games. They are heavily favored to win at home on Tuesday night as they will take on a very overmatched side, but if they don’t, an early exit from the UCL is in the cards.

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Tottenham Team News vs Red Star Belgrade: Eriksen, Lloris, Lo Celso, Sessegnon

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UEFA Champions League Group B match day 3 of 6 will be upon us tomorrow, with Tottenham Hotspur looking to get a result that would flip the script of their group stage efforts thus far. They currently sit third in the group, having acquired just one point and a -5 goal overall differential. Last time out in this competition it was historically bad! They lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich, in a match that was even uglier than that sounds.

They’ll host second place Red Star Belgrade, who have three points and a -1 goal differential. Last year’s UCL runners-up are in danger of not advancing beyond the group stages, but a win here would change the outlook entirely.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Atalanta (Champions League)

Manchester City look to make it a perfect nine points acquired from nine points possible in UCL group stage play when they host Atalanta on Tuesday night. The Sky Blues currently lead Group C, having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb thus far.

They are heavily favored to win here, and thus make it perfect in the first meetings against all the others sides in their grouping. Atalanta have only lost three of their last 16 European matches, however they have lost both of their UCL matches thus far this term.

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Manchester City Team News vs Atalanta (UCL): Walker, Otamendi

Manchester City resume their UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday night when they host Serie A side Atalanta. It’s a group C clash featuring two sides that have had polar opposite results thus far. City sit atop the group having taken all six points possible thus far.

Atlanta meanwhile has lost both UCL matches thus far, to Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the team news for both sides.

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Draw Essentially a Win for Manchester United, a Loss for Liverpool

A draw can mean a lot of different things for the two teams involved in it. Given what most people expected heading into the Sunday showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, it’s kind of a win for the hosts. Everybody expected the visitors to come in and rout the hosts, so the Red Devils really got a moral victory in salvaging a point here.

Of course, the way it happened doesn’t exactly inspire as much positivity for Red Devils supporters, as they were just five minutes, plus extra time, from taking all three points when Adam Lallana equalized. And for the Reds, it was a goal that certainly provided a sense of relief.

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United 1, Liverpool 0 Halftime News and Notes: Rashford, Mane, Salah, Rooney

Some interesting news and notes, nuggets and tidbits from halftime of the big rivalry clash today at Old Trafford. At the break we currently sit with a score of Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0. For the first edition of our news and notes, nuggets and tidbits, go to this link.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the 36′ Here is the video footage of that goal:

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Manchester United News: De Gea, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Woodward, Phelan

Some interesting Manchester United news and notes, nuggets and tidbits ahead of the big rivalry clash today against Liverpool.  United Assistant Manager Mike Phelan admitted his side didn’t do a lot of film study on their opponent heading into this match.

You may ask why, and well, Phelan was quoted as saying: “we’ve tried not to show them too much of Liverpool. If we go down that road you’d frighten them to death!” Hmmm, bold strategy there, let’s see if it pays off for them. Elsewhere here is the original United starting XI for today:

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Jonathan Toews Could Be Breaking Out of Season Opening Slump

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, affectionately known by his fan base as “Captain Serious” or “Tazer,” scored the game winning goal Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Toews was one of the three stars of the game in the Blackhawks 3-2 victory, just their second win this season.

Jonathan Toews became the 16th player in NHL history with 13 career OT goals, and he’s the franchise leader in that statistical category. Among players from the 2006 NHL Draft class, Toews trails only Brad Marchand (15) in that department. 

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction at Sheffield United

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Despite all their ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses, Arsenal FC currently sit third in the Premier League table and haven’t suffered defeat in their last five. That said, their next match at Sheffield United could be more challenging than many might believe.

The Blades sit 15th in the table, but that really doesn’t do justice to how they have looked so far this season. These two clubs have met six times previously in Premier League competition, with three of those matches ending in stalemate.

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