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World chess champion goes top of overall fantasy football table

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, changing it to: "World Chess Champion. The highest ranked chess player in the world. Current (live) £1 Fantasy Premier League player".

He also addressed his fantasy football performance on social media, citing analytics company Opta as one of the factors behind his success.

"Since a lot of people are asking about my £FPL strategy, mine is the not so groundbreaking one of part stats and part gut feeling," the Norwegian tweeted. "Part @Opta-mist and part optimist."

arlsen is currently competing in the Premier League’s official FPL competition for the sixth successive season, his previous best finish (2397th) coming in 2017/18.

Carlsen’s current squad boasts premium midfielders such as Sadio Mane and SoUnited-Unai-Emery-Wayne-Rooney-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic”>Sunday Expressrdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” Englan says he is currently the second-highest-paid player in the Premier League behind Alexis Sanchez earning £350,000-a-week.Gunners bosses are keen to get him off the payroll and his reprn Heung-min, while he is one of the many millions who are bacng Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.After a tough season in Madrid, the former Lyon forward is ready to leave for regular first team football.And Valencia are keen as they see Mariano as a replacement for Rodrigo Moreno – should the Spain internationking Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

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Man Utd counter-punch Watford into submission in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent manager

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et this was 90 minutes that supported that the only change from the “defensive, counter-attacking football” of Jose Mourinho “is that Solskjaer is winning”. United certainly do the counter punch well, and the game’s highlight was a sublime pass from Shaw for Rashford’s goal, but Watford had 20 shots all told and as many on target – eight – as their opponents had efforts at all.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera were uniformly dismal, outshone throughout by Doucoure, and with no platform in midfield, United were indebted to some robust defending and Watford’s tendency to snatch at chances. Pogba has had a lot more good games under Solskjaer than bad ones but it is telling that when he plays poorly – and he spent much of this match half-heartedly milling around and cheaply conceding possession – United suffer terribly for it.

Addressing that is one of several challenges for Solskjaer. “Paul is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball,” he said. “He has been away, played two games with France – a bit deeper for them – so that is something we may have to think about to get him more involved.”

“This is the start of the start,” said Solskjaer in his programme notes, although that message had obviously not got through to his players before Rashford opened the scoring. United were slow, sloppy, sluggish and half asleep. Passes were underhit or misplaced, which invited needless pressure against a Watford side who could not have imagined they would be given so much room and who, with a little more composure, could and probably should have taken the lead. Doucoure dragged a shot wide from 12 yards as the goal opened up, Troy Deeney forced David De Gea to scoop the ball away with a header and an effort from Roberto Pereyra lacked the power to trouble the United goalkeeper.

olskjaer will have b boss Chris Wilder blew a fuse over VAR after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham yesterday.Wilder called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video reeen most grateful that his team scored first – and what a goal it was. Shaw has been United’s most consistent performer this season and he was their best on show again here. Winning the ball from Deeney deep inside his own half with a well-timed interception, the England left back galloped forward, looked up and, still in his own half, is “baffled” by Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement this season.The German has not featured in Unai Emery’s last three match-day squads.”I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright bent a quite superb low 40-yard pass in behind Christian Kabasele that Rashford, perfectly positioned in between the Watford defender and Miguel Britos, did not need to break stride to run on to. The England striker took one touch and then, with his second, dinked the ball past the onrushing Ben Foster.

he goal settled United. They were denied a second soon after when Foster made an excellent reaction save from Martial and created several other inviting openings but the momentum built up in the closing stages of that half evaporated after the interval. Off the pace and sitting deeper and deeper, Watford were encouraged to attack. De Gea had to be alert to push away a shot from Pereyra and Will Hughes shot wide from an attack that originated from Pogba squandering possession and it became very apparent that something had to change for United.

errera and Juan Mata made way for Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard just after the hour mark as Solskjaer sought more impetus and those two substitutes would eventually combine to tee up Martial for United’s second against the run of play, the Frenchman scooping the ball home on the rebound from close range after Foster had saved his initial backheel. Doucoure’s goal – slicing through the heart of United’s defence after a one-two with Isaac Success – simply came too late for Watford.

“It’s difficult to explain [how we lost] because we created chances, had more shots, spent a lot of time in the opposition half,” Gracia said. “We need to make a step forward against these teams but I believe we can do it. I see it every day, the commitment and belief from my players, I can feel it but we have to show it.”

was left out of United’s squad after the defender – whose wife Maja has just given birth to a baby son – had received death threats for pulling out of Sweden’s squad for their recent internationals. "We felt Victor was better off not playing because he’s had a couple of things to sort out," Solskjaer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ere is Watford’s knocking on the United door visualised. No answer yet. 

atford line up thus:

"If I can walk out of here, when leaving the club, having won things – of course, the Premier League – then I’d be a proud man. I’m a happy man, I’m a determined man – the day I walk out of here, I hope to be a proud man."

alk will now be about transfer targets, new contracts and clearing out the deadwood: the bread-and-butter duties of a permanent Premier League manager. But, first, the tricky proposition of a visit from Watford. Honeymoon’s over, the real job starts now.

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As the football season heads towards an exciting climax, the 10 domestic fixtures you must watch

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his game looks to be most crucial between now and the end of the season in the fight to avoid the drop. Burnley sit two points above Cardiff having lost their previous four Premier League games. They play Bournemouth and Wolves between now and this big match, while Cardiff have the daunting task of facing Chelsea and Man City. It could be the teams are still separated by two points come April 13. If that is the reality, it will be a must-win game for Neil Warnock’s side if they are to avoid the drop. It is also a hugely-important game in Burnley’s season as their final four matches are tricky: Chelsea (a), Man City (h), Everton (a), Arsenal (h). Cardiff still have to play Brighton, Fulham and Crystal Palace after this game.    

4) Liverpool vs Chelsea (April 14)

This is the final of the top-six fixtures Liverpool have during the run-in. The history between the two sides is rich: Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea went to Anfield in April 2014 and won 2-0 to ultimately destabilise Liverpool’s title bid. At least this time Liverpool know it’s unlikely Maurizio Sarri will go there and play 10 men behind the ball as Mourinho did five years ago. Indeed, Sarri’s Chelsea may well play into Jurgen Klopp’s hands. Liverpool will be confident they can beat Chelsea on their own patch but if the league is in their hands once this game comes around then Anfield is sure to be full of nervous excitement.

5) Walsall vs Southend (April 19)

hris Powell was sacked by Southend after 11 games without a win, a run stretching back to January 19. At that point, Southend were 10th and just nine points from a play-off place. Sinn Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the ce then though they have fallen like a stone and are now down in 20th with only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation places. The side below Southend are Walsall, who have only won two from 11 games themselves. Both sides aeat to Liverpool.Cherries are now on their worst losing run since promotion to the top flight, with losses against Newcastle, Wolves, Tottenham and Crystal Palace, as well as the setback against the Reds. Howe said: “I don’t want to make the excusere level on points as things stand so this game on April 19th could well decide which turns their season around to stay in League One. Harry Bunn scored twice as Southend comfortably beat Walsall 3-0 at Roots Hall in October. But Walsall will be fighting for survival and it promises to be a hotly-contested affair just three games from the end of the season.

6) Man City vs Tottenham (April 20)

Spurs’ record at the Etihad Stadium over the last decade has not been too strong. They have won just once there since that famous Peter Crouch goal which gave them Champions League football back in 2010. In the eight times since then, they have conceded 23 goals. The intriguing part about this fixture is it comes off the back of a two-legged Champions League tie between the sides, something which could have a huge psychological impact. It also comes in the middle of a pivotal week for City as they host Spurs twice and then travel to Old Trafford. So can one of the teams claim three victories? If Tottenham are taken apart in the Champions League, they may be on the end of a similar City performance to the one that put six past Chelsea in February.

7) Leyton Orient vs Solihull Moors (April 22nd)

The biggest game outside of the English Football League by a mile. The penultimate day of the season in the National League sees current table toppers Leyton Orient take on the team currently level on points and in second place on goal difference, Solihull Moors. Orient are bidding to get back into League Two at the second time of asking while Solihull have yet to reach England’s fourth tier since they were founded 11 years ago. With three teams going up, both sides are in line for automatic promotion but Wrexham and Salford City are both within earshot of top spot. There are many permutations that could be in play when April 22nd rolls around, but it’s likely both teams will be in the mix.

8) Manchester United vs Man City (24th April)

This is likely to be one of the games that decides the title. City will come into the Manchester derby having played six games in 17 days including an FA Cup semi-final and a two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Spurs. They can take solace in the fact that United will also have played five games in three weeks, though Solskjaer’s side are growing into a season after some incredibly sluggish displays under Mourinho pre-Christmas. But City have only lost once at Old Trafford in the league since 2011 and beat their fierce rivals convincingly 3-1 at the Etihad back in November. Meanwhile, United should still be in top four contention and would love to beat City on the way to achieving that, even if it did mean handing Liverpool the title.

9) Championship Play-Off Final (27th April)

t is estimated that Fulham’s Championship Play-Off Final win last season made them £160m in revenue and the number only increases every season. But it isn’t just the money. If you look at the teams in the play-off positions at present – Leeds, West Brom, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa – all of those sis down to draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Christian Eriksen, who wants to leave the club before Monday’s European transfer deadline, finished from close range to open the scoring after 10 minutes.Granit Xhaka’s rash challenge on Heung-min Son ides have tasted Premier League football in the past and their fans will be hungrier than anyone to get back there. It is often more of a tense, emotional affair than a platform for exciting football – only six goals have been scored in the last six Championship Play-Off finals – but it is one that is captivating in its own way. In an era where Premier League football is everything, the Championship Play-Off final showcases just what it means to both players and fans. Despite most people’s belief that finishing third is a curse, it is actually the position that produces the most winners – 11 out of 30 Championship play-offs have been won by the side which finished third in the table.

10) FA Cup Final (18th May)

Perhaps the FA Cup Final is no longer the biggest game of the domestic season given the importance and money that is now behind the Premier League. But this year’s FA Cup semi-finals involve three teams which have not won the competition since 1960, and another other side who are going for an unprecedented quadruple, of which this could be the completion of the domestic treble (which has also never been done before in England). If Brighton beat City then the final will be an exhilarating atmosphere between two unlikely trophy contenders. If City do get there, it will be David vs Goliath and that in itself provides a captivating spectacle. Whatever the make-up of the final, for most it will always be one of the biggest games of the season and a perfect curtain-closer to what has been a tremendously compelling campaign.

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Chris Wood strikes twice as Burnley outmuscle Brighton to earn vital three points

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ood put Burnley ahead in the 26th minute after taking advantage of a Lewis Dunk slip and added a second in the 62nd minute on the counter-attack.

Chris Hughton, Brighton’s manager, believed the turning point came when ref Stuart Attwell failed to spot a Jeff Hendrick handball inside the Burnley penalty area just before Barnes scored after being brought down by Mat Ryan, the Brighton goalkeeper.

“The decision was the pivotal moment in the game,” he said. “We’ve got games coming up against teams not in the top six but it seems every period cominunter with Lille as the biggest match of their season.Los Che currently sit third in Group H but, with Chelsea and Ajax playing each other, they will move into the qualification spots with a win at Mestalla.”It’s a very important gaich Albion midfielder Max Sanders has signed for Wimbledon.The under-23 captain will spend the rest of the season at the League One club.It is the first time he has left Albion since he arrived in 2015 as a scholar.Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said of tme, our most imporg up is a pivotal period. We’ve just got to dust ourselves down andlder Jorginho has dismissed claims he should’ve seen red in victory at Arsenal.There were claims the 28-year-old should have been shown a red card in the second half after appearing to tug the shirt of Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi having already been b get points from the next game.”

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Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore to stand down after almost 20 years in charge at end of year

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Scudamore has put collective bargaining at the heart of his reign ensuring that the league’s competitiveness has been maintained by a meritocratic sharing of the vast spoils of the television revenue generated from the like of Sky, BT Sport and a huge range of overseas broadcasters.

His successor, who is yet to be appointed, will never be able to wield that kind of influence over the competing forces in the Premier League. One of Scudamore’s last acts was to announce a new revenue-sharing agreement for overseas broadcast deals which are growing quicker than the value of the domestic rights and were previously shared equally among the 20 clubs.

He announced the sale of the two remaining broadcast packages to BT Sport and Amazon Prime, the first partner from among the big streaming corporations. Scudamore leaves with the domestic market finally slowing down having seen astonishing growth in the current cycle of rights, from 2016-2019. The clubs are said to have been reluctant to see him go but accepted his decision.

Were the likes of Manchester United, especially, and also Liverpool and Arsenal to go alone in the future and negotiate their own television deals there would be little doubt that the league’s general competitiveness would be lost forever preseason.The Belgian says he’s fit and ready following a 2018/19 campaign interrupted by injuries.”I’m fine,” De Bruyne said after the 3-1 win against Yokohama F. Marinos, in which he netted the opener.”What happened last year happtheir Melwood training ground.The Athletic reports Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will captain teams next summer in the last ever match to be played at the club’s Melwood training ground.The Reds are moving into a new training fens to everybody.. Scudamore has kept them all in line by reminding shareholders that it is the power of the collective to provide competition every weekend that is the great strength of the Premier League.

He will see his greatest achievement as turning the league into the most lucrative in the world. He also pushed through the Elite Player Performance Plan which underpins youth development in the professional game’s academy system. He persuaded the clubs to adopt the £30 cap for away tickets. The league also pays around £100 million to community and grassroots programmes a year, including its Football Foundation charity, a.Allegri announced his departure last week amid claims of losing the trust of president Andrea Agnelli, along with directors Pavel Nedved and to a lesser extent Fabio Paratici.Allegri said, “We talked, expressed our ideas on what was best for Juvennd another £100 million in solidarity payments to the Football League.

His reign has not been without controversy. His proposal in February 2008 to play a 39th game overseas was conceived to give smaller clubs with little global appeal a share of the Premier League’s huge international audience. Instead it backfired and cast him as the enemy of English football. He was embroiled in a leaked email scandal in 2014.

A Bristol City supporter who previously worked for the Football League, Scudamore has seen the sea-change in ownership from largely British families to a range of the planet’s super-rich. It is his organisation that has investigated the fitness of these owners to buy clubs and tried to keep them on the same page when it comes to their responsibilities to the rest of football.    

Buck said that the search for Scudamore’s successor had begun and the new man or woman will be expected to navigate a very different pay-TV market that is likely to feature more streaming platforms like Amazon. Scudamore said that he would spend more time watching his club Bristol City, still yet to play in the Premier League. He said he has no plans to retire.

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Bills name Marvin Allen and Brian Adams national scouts

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The Bills pro and college scouting departments are filling up quickly. On Thursday the team announced the hiring of Marvin Allen and Brian Adams as National Scouts.

“Both men are veterans in this league. They’ve been in it for a long time,” said Bills GM Brandon Beane. “It’s the same thing as players, we want to grow and develop. These are two guys who will be over the younger scouts and be part of helping us grow and develop our scouting staff. You just can’t replace their time and accomplishments in the league.”   

Allen has spent the last four years as the Director of College Scohis style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had uting for the Kansas City Chiefs. A 24-year veteran in NFL scouting, he also spent five years scouting for the Atlanta Falcons, serving as a National Scout after a few years as a regional scout.

The early part of his career was spent with the New England Patriots where he served as an area scout ed with Barcelona.Griezmann finally completed his long-awaited move from Atlético de Madrid to Camp Nou on Friday having seemed set to join Barça last year before opting to stay put. Barça triggered the €120million release clause in his contractfor 16 years (1993-2008).

“Marvin started in the 90’s. He’s most recently been a college (scouting) director so he’s sat in that seat,” Beane said. “He’s going to be a great resource not only for me, but for all our college scouts.”

Allen also had a four-year NFL career as a running back with the PatJody Morris said Chelsea need to address their home form ahead of their third round FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.With Tribalfootball.com in attendance, Frank Lampard’s assistant was standing in for the pre-match press conference and sariots, who made him an 11th-round pick in the 1988 NFL draft.

Adams has more than 30 years of scouting experience. He spent the 2016 campaign as the Midwest regional scout for the Dallas Cowboys, but spent seven years with the Saints. He also has a working history with Beane, spending seven years in the Panthers scouting department.

“I worked with Brian in Carolina. We had a long history there,” said Beane. “Brian went to the Saints to take a promotion to Assistant Director of College Scouting, and was most recently with Dallas. He’s a veteran in scouting and well respected across the league. I look forward to reuniting with him.”

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Mousa Dembele casts doubt over his Tottenham future with talks on hold until after the World Cup

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“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.

“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.

“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. I do not lie when I say that I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.

“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers. For now, I’m only focussing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season. Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that players will only leave the club if Pochettino gives his blessing, regardless of their contract situations.

Central defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to move after his contract negotiations were put on hold and uncertainty over Dembele will concern fans.

Pochettino has hailed Dembele a “genius” and one of the best players he has ever worked with, buerbroker Franz Beckenbauer admits he’d like to see James Rodriguez stay.James is coming to the end of a two season loan at Bayern from Real Madrid and can be bought outright for €42m.However, Bayern coach Niko Kovac would prefer James be allowed tot his age and injury record mean that contract negotiations could be complicated.

His next contract represents Dembele’s last chance to earn himself a lucrative deal and the Belgian is also keen to finish his career with more medals.

Whether or ded four youngsters to his senior squad.United have officially added young players Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner to their first team squad.Solskjaer is keen for the quarter to be heavily involved in first team matters thnot Tottenham are ready to make a big commitment to Dembele and also provide evidence they can start to star Salomon Rondon says he could rejoin the club in the future.Rondon is currently in China, where he joined former boss Rafa Benitez at Dalian Yifang.But he admits that it was not entirely his choice to leave, as Newcastle did not offer him a contwin trophies may ultimately decide whether or not an agreement is reached after the World Cup.

Regardless of Dembele’s future, Tottenham are keen to strengthen their midfield during the summer and had hoped Italy’s Bryan Cristante would play a part against England at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Spurs have been tracking Cristante, who is on loan at Atalanta from Benfica, but he was left on the substitutes’ bench by Italy. He has played all through the age groups for his country and made two senior appearances.

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West Ham fan clashes: Sir Trevor Brooking confirms David Sullivan was hit by a coin and questions stewarding

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Brooking was taken aback by Saturday’s events, which are being investigated by the Football Association and the Premier League, and believes the stewards were not equipped to deal with the situation. "The actual level of aggression was something I couldn’t believecelona.Setien was appointed as Ernesto Valverde’s successor on Monday, but the Barcelona head coach is still amazed the week he has had.Since leaving Real Betis last summer, Setien had been without a club, but the style of play he has wanted his team West Ham fans would get involved with," he said.

"A lot of the stewards who are on duty on mae scoring more goals.The towering centre-back found the back of the net during the Saints’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the weekend.But he admits that he should be helping out his side on the attacking front more often.Speaking to the Daily Echtchdays are not West Ham people – they’re actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven’t had any experience dealing with football crowds.

"They were quite young and couldn’t deal with the aggression they were faced with."

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Broadcast information: Chiefs at Bills

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Southampton 0 Man City 3: Vincent Kompany inspires hard-earned win for efficient City

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As days at the office go, few can have been more satisfying for Pep Guardiola than this. No wonder he wore a full beam grin at the end.

“I’m so, so happy,” the Manchester City manager exuded. “I’m so happy for the players, it was so important for them ahead of the [FA Cup] semi-final.”

A week before his side face Arsenal at Wembley, everything went right for him and City. Three points were ­secured in pursuit of a Champions League place, three goals were scored, a clean sheet was preserved. 

Here is how pleasing this trip to the south coast was for the Spaniard: his goalkeeper actually pulled off a save. Yes, for the first time since Jan 2, Claudio Bravo successfully managed to get in the way of a goal-bound effort, throwing himself at a header from Maya Yashida and falling to the turf, the ball grasped to his chest. “Bravo, Bravo” sang the visiting supporters, jovially aware of the significance of the ­moment.

Brisk, efficient, clever as they were, what will have pleased the City manager all the more was the industry with which his team went about their task. Effort was everywhere on display. Not least from Sergio Agüero. Statistically this is the brilliant Argentine’s worst ever Premier League season. Statistics, though, are relative things: he had scored 10 goals in 10 games in all competitions before this. And boy was he busy here, determined to help City improve on their record of only one win from their last five visits to St Mary’s. He had volleyed the ball wide from Gaël Clichy’s swerving cross, hit a shot past the post after Kevin De Bruyne found him in space, then misdirected a sledgehammer drive from the edge of the area all within the first eight minutes.

But City’s early failure to capitalise on superior possession seemed to ­inspire their hosts. Brilliant work by Nathan Redmond and Manolo Gabbiadini created an opening for Dusan Tadic, alone and unmarked on the edge of the City box. His shot, however, was ballooned well over the bar. Which must have frustrated his manager Claude Puel, watching from his technical area. 

Just put it somewhere near the City goal would have been the lament. After all, that is all you generally need to do when Bravo is playing: the City goalkeeper had arrivet McNeil.The 19-year-old broke into the first-team last season, making 21 Premier League appearances and scoring three times.Dyche believes McNeil will one day move to an elite club, and praised the player’s attitude.“He remains very humble, he remd on the south coast with the unenviable record of conceding goals from the last seven shots on target he had faced.

But there were few of such things here: Southampton rarely came close to testing him. And the reason for that was largely the identity of the man playing in front of Bravo. Vincent Kompany, after a wretched, injury-plagued four months, was back. His first intervention – cool, calm and perfectly executed – spoke volumes for what his absence has meant.

“We miss him a lot,” admitted Guardiola. 

“He’s a real defender. No doubt about that. We are so happy he is coming back and hopefully we can keep care of him for the rest of the season.”

It was not just the skipper’s tackles and organisational nous that stood out. It was from his boot that many a City ­attack began. 

One burst started by him concluded with Leroy Sané darting into the area. As the quicksilver forward approached the Southampton goal, from the stands it appeared Fraser Forster had clipped his ankle rather than the ball as he dived at his feet. The referee was not interested, however, preferring to award City a corner.

“I thought it was a penalty,” said Guardiola. “But Sané tells me it was not a penalty. He is a German, so I believe him.” 

Not that it mattered. City, in total control of possession, continued to surge forward. And after 55 minutes the effervescent Agüero was fouled on the edge of the area. When De Bruyne’s smart free kick was cleared, the ball fell to Jesús Navas, midway inside the Southampton half. His excellent shot, seemingly destined for the back of the net, was saved at full length by Forster. From the resulting corner, who else but Kompany came barrelling in to rise above Ryan Betrand and power a header past the keeper. It was his first goal since August 2015. No wonder he celebrated with such vigour in front of the ecstatic City fans.

To the home supporters’ disappointment, Puel responded by substituting the local hero Gabbiadini. In truth, the Italian who has made such an impression since his arrival in January, did not look fully up to speed after his injury lay-off. Shane Long replaced him, and was soon involved in a fifty-fifty tussle with Kompany. As the entire visiting section held its breath, it was the Belgian who emerged unscathed from the fray, while a hobbling Long was substituted himself.

Here was concrete proof that everything was going City’s way. And as Southampton pushed for an equaliser, they left themselves exposed to the visitors’ rocket-fuelled pace on the break. They were duly punished when De Bruyne accelerated forward and pl to land a bumper boot deal.The Sun says Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, has NO footwear deal despite his £85million move to Manchester United.But Nike, Adidas, Puma and Under Armour want him on a long-term contract worth £700,000-a-sayed in Sané, whose sharp finish left Forster marooned. Agüero then got his just reward for his industry – not to mention his eleventh goal in eleven matches – when he met De Bruyne’s adroitly chipped cross for the third.

Now come Arsenal. And after that, the Manchester derby. City’s form – and their skipper – have returned at precisely the right star, who is currently participating in the UEFA Nations League Finals with his country, is a wanted man.Fernandes is valued at roughly £71million by his club, with City and United bought thought to have an interest.However, A Bola suggest that Cittime.

 

 Aguero off, Iheanacho on. This game is dead though so I can’t see him adding to his already impressive goalscoring record.

 

A perfect counter-attack! City win the ball, hit one touch passes, De Bruyne moves in behind and is clean through, then spots Sane for the finish.

 And just look at how attacking City’s shape has been all match:

 Southampton are now starting to press high up the pitch. Balls into the box are being aimed at Bravo… they’ve spotted a weakness.

That’s Kompany’s goal. Meanwhile, City have been piling on the pressure. Aguero goes close and catches Forster at the near post, Silva can’t convert from the loose ball. 

 

 It’s Kompany! Superb header from a well timed run! City draw first blood and it’s from a corner.

 

 

AND SANE IS THROUGH ON GOAL NOW! The keeper comes out, Sane drops the shoulder, goes around him and…. goes down! Is that a penalty?

The referee says no but the replay says yes! Toure heads over at the back post from the corner.

Graham Poll says: "Clear penalty, Forster doesn’t get any of the ball. Definite penalty but no card."

More danger for City and Bravo is directly involved! The keeper comes way off his line to deal with crosses into the box, palms one away and is then fortunate his defenders block the follow up shot.  

 What is it with City controlling games before conceding?

 

And another chance for Aguero! He turns Stephens in the box and shoots low to the back post… dragging his shot just wide!

 

"He was perfect in Stamford Bridge and no physical problems and it was so demanding for him and he’s ready to play. John Stones is injured, we’ll know what it is in next few days.

"Every day, every game decide what I see. I’m not a manager who blame the reasons why we have success on different situations. We talk always what we can do to improve, I try to be a good human being Monday to Saturday but Sunday I am a football manager." 

Bravo, Clichy, Kompany (c), Otamendi, Fernandinho, Toure, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero

 

What is the team news?

The returns of Manolo Gabbiadini and Steven Davis mean Southampton have a near fully-fit squad for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Manchester City.

Manager Claude Puel is yet to decide whether either will start, but their presence in his squad leaves Charlie Austin – close to returning from an injured shoulder – and Virgil van Dijk, who has an injured foot, as his only major absentees.

Beyond those two, only Matt Targett and Alex McCarthy are unavailable due to to hamstring injuries.

Team from: Forster, Taylor, Cedric, Martina, Pied, Yoshida, Stephens, Caceres, Bertrand, McQueen, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Davis, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Redmond, Rodriguez, Long, Gabbiadini.

Pep Guardiola is waiting on fitness updates on two of his centre-backs. Their win over Hull last weekend was achieved with John Stones and Aleks Kolarov as the central pairing. Stones has become a key player for City in recent weeks and Kolarov took his place alongside the England man with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi not fit enough to be named in the XI.

Kompany, who turned 31 earlier this week, needs to prove he can put his injury woes behind him and still be a valued member of the squad.

Any interesting match stats?

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City have only picked up eight points out of a possible 18 in past six games.Saints full-back Jeremy Pied is fit after seven months out injured.City striker Aguero has scored 10 goals in 10 games.Southampton centre-back pairing of Yoshida and Stephens conceded 10 goals in eight league games they have played together.

What are they saying?

"We know the next game against Manchester City is a strong challenge, a great team, but it’s better to play against Manchester City after two wins, as it gives us confidence.

"We play at home and, with the support of the fans, we can do fantastic work against them."

"I want to win trophies. I hope we can lift something for us and the fans this year.

"All this year, we’ve been fighting for something… The FA Cup is a big target for us this year. We’re looking forward to it.

"I’m the type of player that always wants to win. In football, sometimes you can lose or draw. We want to always be at the top but we want to keep on going… We play Southampton and we’ll try and win that game." 

What are the odds?

Man City 8/11

Southampton 4/1

Draw 13/5

What’s our prediction?

Southampton are unbeaten in three winning their last two matches against West Brom and Crystal Palace while Manchester City have had a sticky spell recently.

City need to win to enhance their hopes of a top-four finish but Puel’s men will not be a pushover. We’re going for a 2-2 draw here.

 

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M&T Draft Day Challenge winners meet Manuel

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Now that Buffalo Bills new rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has settled in Buffalo, it’s time for him to meet his biggest fans.

Thursday, the winners of the 2013 M&T Bank and Buffalo Bills Draft Day Challenge met at One Bills Drive for their exclusive meet and greet with Manuel.

The five winners correctly chose Manuel as the Bills number one draft choice during the challenge, and along with the exclusive meet & greet with Manuel, won a private tour of the Bills facilities and an autographed 2013 draft helmet.

“Our partnership with the Buffalo Bills enables us to bring one-of-a-kind experiences like this to M&T Bank clp bring “joy” back to Manchester United. The Red Devils did not win a trophy last season and finished sixth in the Premier League.Asked about his ambitions were for the season, he replied: “I want to win trophies this year for United and bring the justomers, and we’re thrilled that our Draft Day Chall penned a one-year extension with Everton.The 34-year-old has been with the club since 2007. Baines said: “As you get older you realise the work you need to do to sustain the level required by the club.”And to be judged to be at that level in the latenge winners are among the first to welcome number-one pick E.J. Manuel to Buffalo,” said Michael Zabel, group vice president for corporate communications at M&T Bank.

“This was an absolutely awesome and fascinating experience,” said Bills fan Cindie Johnson. “EJ Manuel is such a nice and down to earth young man. Meeting him was really wonderful.”

Johnson said she chose EJ to be the number one Bills draft choice Manchester United have started their season.The Red Devils have gathered four points from their first two games.”I’m very happy to be here and very happy we have started the season,” Mata told ESPN.”The [summer preseason] tour [to Australia, China, because of his impressive statistics and connection with Bills Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.

Manuel enjoyed meeting the fans who chose him.

“It means a great deal to me that these fans selected me, and I’m happy I was able to come out and meet them and talk to them for a little bit,” said Manuel. “Anytime you have people supporting you, you want to show that love back to them. Bills fans really make you feel at home. We have some of the best fans-I can already tell.”

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Jose Mourinho confirms Europa League now Manchester United’s main priority

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“I don’t want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.

“We don’t hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.”

This was only United’s second league win since the end of February and means they are four points behind Manchester City wOf the other 17 players in the Liverpool squad for Aurelio’s final appearance, against Fulham in May 2012, only Henderson is still with the club.“He has responded to the expectation of everyone at the club,” said Aurelio of his former teammate to lith one game in hand over Pep Guardiola’s side. It makes sense for Mourinho to focus minds and energy on Europe and he made a point of praity midfielder Jack Harrison.The Mirror says Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to re-sign Harrison on loan from City.Harrison impressed Bielsa on loan last season and scored four goals and made three assists in the Championship as Leeds lost in the playsing the fringe players who made a positive impact in the North East.

“People who needed to feel a positive performance, they did it,” he explained. “[Matteo] Darmian, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, it was important for them.

“Luke Shaw played well. The opposition were not creating big problems but he was solid, was confident with the ball and went forward with danger and was reading the game well to go back when Mkhitaryan was inside. He played really well, a good hour for him.”

As for Sunderland, it is a case of when they are relegated rather than if and even manager David Moyes did not try to hide behind Larsson’s sending off.

“I was disappointed we’ve not taken anything, but there were a couple of things t player of the Belgian national team in 2019. This is the third year in a row that the Real Madrid striker has achieved this recognition, which is awarded by the fans through a vote on the Belgian Federation’s website. In 2019, Hazard played eight mdidn’t go for us,” said Moyes “I’m not saying that would have made the big difference, because Manchester United had good control, but we were in the game until the sending off.

“We were in the game and it was key that we remained in the game. I think it changed that. I don’t want in any way to blame referees because our position is where we are, we’re bottom of the league, I want to make that clear. It’s nothing to do with referees, but I didn’t think it was a good decision.

“But we will only accept relegation when it becomes mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We’re not there yet and we fight on.”

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Everton are planning to crack the top four

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Much of it comes from manager Ronald Koeman, an A-list coach who since the New Year has been achieving (Everton would be the top of the Premier League if only results in 2017 counted).

Inevitably, it also comes from confidence instilled since .

But mostly it comes from a determination to ensure the phrase ‘knocking on the door of the top six’ is made redundant as the foundations that have kept Everton close to the European elite are rewarded.

In nine of the last 14 years, Everton finished in the top seven. Three times they were 5th. Once they took a coveted top four place only to (controversially) lose a Champions League qualifier.

Building on or maintaining the momentum of encouraging seasons has been challenging, but for chief executive Robert Elstone the years defying the economic trends in the Premier League are the ideal base now the financial picture is healthier.

“Leicester City aside, more often than not, you do get what you pay for,” says Elstone.

“Having said that, our average finishing position over the past ten years sits well above our average wage bill and net transfer spend, though, evidently, not well enough to break into the Champions League elite.

“We said for many years that the clubs above us had either big, modern stadia they filled every week, a billionaire owner or a global fan base built on the back of lengthy periods of on-field success. Add in the recurring, substantial benefit of European football, and the income that generates, and the gap in spending power – wages and transfer fees – is substantial. Everton’s wage bill is significantly below the six clubs sitting above the club in the League table. In the latest Deloitte Report, Everton’s total wages are 70% of Spurs’, less than half of Liverpool’s and around one-third of Chelsea’s. 

“To underscore the optimism in the club, the new investor has arrived and is demonstrating his ambition.

“Stadium plans have gathered pace and this is significant in that the other clubs in the Premier League either have a new stadium, are building one or arguably don’t need to move from their existing stadium. Delivering the stadium would be an important step towards the top four.

“Also, perhaps an ingredient less tangible, there’s a widening belief that it’s not just about money. As the club has proven many times in the past, it is possible to outperform budget.

“The signs are very positive. Young players are pushing for places, results are good and confidence is running high – and the manager is at the heart of that. His steely determination, his burning ambition and his calm and understated approach are very Everton. And, as he would say himself, it is ultimately about actions, not words.

“We can only convince by results and we relish that challenge.

“When Man City or Chelsea made the step up, they were less constrained by Financial Fair Play rules than we are today. This, along with the overall player wage and transfer inflation, means that the gap is even harder to bridge now, hence we have to be smarter going about it, from our academy operations to player recruitment and building the right infrastructure at the club.”

Bridging the gap is not just about Premier League points, but also revenue streams. European qualification – at the very least Everton should be in the Europa League next season – will open further opportunities.

“By pretty much all measures – total income (dominated for most clubs by broadcast fees), commercial income and wage spend, there’s a relatively flat curve from the 20th placed club to the teams playing in Europe,” says Elstone.

“The curve then kicks up dramatically, reflecting European football, billionaire owner or big stadium full every week. Commercial revenues are polarising all the time and the big brands and the big cheques want the profile of Europe and the platform of a new stadium. Of course, for some, commercial revenues alsoico.The striker scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton, with Rico’s left-foot providing assists for both goals.Asked about the £10.7million signing, Wilson told the Daily Echo: “Full-backs and wingers like to get assists and if you get the op come from friendly sources. Everton’s challenge is to move from the point at which the curve kinks, to a place firmly on the upwards slope. It can only do this by securing success on the pitch and success in delivering the new stadium. It’s a substantial challenge. 

“Commercially, life outside the Champions League is tough. Likewise finding the hundreds of millions of pounds to build a new stadium is tough.

“We have taken some steps forward commercially but we are not there yet and we will never rest on our laurels.

“We’re highly likely to have to cap season tickets next season which means for the second season in a row every seat at every game will be full. That’s the reward for an industry-leading community-led marketing strategy winning hearts and milo Ancelotti has found himself at the forefront of an FA misconduct charge.The veteran boss was incensed when his team was denied a winning goal against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday.He thought his side had won the game 2-1, but the gonds all over the city. It also means one in four of the fans at Goodison every week are under 22 years of age, significantly better than the Premier League average.

“The future is in good shape. It’s also the reward for a clear, long-standing strategy of fan and community engagement based on traditional football values, values encapsulated by a title with which we’ve become synonymous, The People’s Club.

“Expectations are high, demands are tough and only the best will do and that’s exactly how it should be."

Another advisable requirement to fulfilling European ambitions is ensuring top players move to rather than from the blue half of the city.

When , where once there might have been resignation and even some private understanding, this time there was defiance and exasperation.

Koeman’s appointment is in itself a demonstration of the changing natta admits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must commit to the club long-term if he wants to keep the captaincy.Arteta is keeping faith in the Gabon striker, who has been talks over a new deal with Arsenal but negotiations have broken down.He has just 18 monure of the club, and his response to the suggestion Everton’s ambitions do not match some of their players was emphatic.

“In every aspect we are striving to improve, grow stronger and be as good as we can possibly be and we are showing that ambition,” he said.

“We are trying to make the team as strong as possible and the strong run of results in 2017 show this as well. The new stadium will be a big statement, but no less significant is the work we’ve doing at USM Finch Farm, improvements that will cement our training ground as one of the top, professional facilities in football. “Always you have to get better, you cannot stand still.

“We want to play an attractive game, solid and strong yes, but also good football, exciting football that the fans want to watch and will stir their passion. As I said before, if this club was not ambitious, I would not be the manager of Everton. It takes time and there are steps to take and the first will be qualifying for Europe this season. Next season we will look to take the next step.”

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Transcript: GM Buddy Nix Recaps the 2012 Draft

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Yeah you know, I’ve said this 100 times, this happens to me more than it doesn’t for some reason, you have to be lucky for things to fall to you that you want. You can’t take those guys just because you got a need in that area. But we were able to fill every one that we set out to fill. We wanted two corners, two tackles, we wanted a wide receiver, we wanted two linebackers, and we were able to get those guys. Our team got bigger and we got faster. I just hope it was in the right spots, and I think it was.

I hope so. I mean we did at the positions. You just have to feel like these guys are going to do what they’re expected to do and they are the right kind of people and they’re good enough to play. I mean tlan Rice insists he’s committed to West Ham.Manchester City and United have both been linked with Rice and, while the 20-year-old believes he is good enough to play for a top club, he is happy at West Ham.Rice said, “If you look at the contract I’vhese linemen are huge, and we got some good speed at the skill positions.

Like I say, you’ve have to have some luck, things have to fall. We had a couple of guys that maybe we had targeted two or three and one or two of them were taken before we got to them, but the guys we really had rated the highest we were able to get.

Yeah, and these guys have really been good special teams players.ed with Fiorentina’s 0-0 draw against Juventus.The Viola picked up their first point of the season after defeats to Napoli and Genoa, with the best chances testing Wojciech Szczesny.“I am very happy, as it’s been three months since I played a full (Nigel) Bradham and (Ron) Brooks, those guys are impact players on special teams.

We needed a center. We’ve got Colin Brown playing there, we’d like not to wear him out and we wanted to get another center. This old boy is as big as a house, too. He plays center and guard. He’s 6’6 ¼” and 330 or whatever and really a better player than people think. He’s a smart guy. He should give us some help.

He’s worked there. How much he’s played there, I don’t really know, but I know he worked there in practice.

We had him in here to visit, and we knew we needed some depth at linebacker, and Tank has been a good player for them (TCU). He’s a tough guy, he’s had some shoulder problems. He did when he was a junior. He almost came out when he was a junior and he decided to stay in his senior year and had I think broke his little finger and didn’t tackle as well, but a good player. Can play any spot for us.

He’s a tough guy. He brings that kind of temperament I think to us and we always need that, you like to have those kinds.

We said all along that we like to go by body of work. We don’t want a guy that realizes he’s going to be eligible for the draft and puts more effort in it and it’s not an everyday thing. We want somebody that has been consistent with it.

You know I think he does that pretty good. I think he has to improve the other stuff. He can run with seam routes, you see him do it. He’s got good speed. This guy looks like Tarzan. I mean he’s really cut up. He’s a little bit straight-line and he might be just a fuzz late on some of the reads and the instincts, but he’s really a hitter. He punishes them.

I think it’s a position more than when you take them in the draft. I think you always want a, if it’s a back up you want a back up that can play guard or center. If you don’t, he’s never active. If a guy’s just a center he can’t get him active on game day, if he’s a back up. So you want your back up because you only have seven active offensive linemen, you want a guy that can play both tackle and you want a guy that can play guard and center, and that’s your seven guys. Now at linebacker, the way you’d get on the field is if you’re a good special teams player, but with this 4-3 scheme most everybody can play all three positions.

He’s a guy that, actually he probably went to the wrong school. He got hurt early in his career and he got behind people like (Morris) Claiborne and those guys. They got two or three young guys that are just like Claiborne. They just keep them coming. Once he lost it then he didn’t get it back until somebody else got hurt. I think the little freshman missed three or four games and he started those. When he played he was an impact player. He’s got great speed. We got him in 4.34. That was his work out. He’s really a big time hitter, good blitzer.

Yeah, he can.

According to who he was replacing, he played outside some but he played inside too. He’s a good player I know that.

He can play either side. He started out as a right tackle. (Andrew) Datko was the left tackle. Datko got hurt and they moved him over to the left side and he played left tackle so he’s played both. The good thing about that old boy is he started 51 out of 53 games.

I’m going to tell you why he was there, I think. He had a bad Senior Bowl. He goes to the Senior Bowl. He had tried to lose some weidream come true.Hazard left Chelsea this summer for Real for a fee rising to €150m.He told Corriere dello Sport, “Ever since childhood, I dreamed of one day wearing the Real Madrid jersey. “When Real knock at your door, you can do only one thing:ght and he worked them in at guard and that kind of threw him off. He didn’t have a good Senior Bowl. I think it scared off everybody. It actually scared us some. You couldn’t get it out of your mind. We say that all-star games are not going to move a guy up or down, but once you see it you know it’s hard not remember that. You go back to his body of work he played good and he’s got some of that strength back.

We’re going to get one in free agency. We’re going to bring in a quarter back and we think a good one. We were poised to draft one and he just wasn’t there.

You know our history with injuries. You’ve got to play through them up here and especially the way we’ve been the last couple of years. These guys are consistent and dependable. That is a factor.

It probably is (unique) for us. We did draft a couple that are still in San Diego. This guy, because we like competition everywhere. Don’t be surprised if we don’t bring in a punter just to have. We’re going to make them work to keep their spot. If somebody’s better they’ll beat them out. This guy is a kick off guy. He kicked through the uprights kicking off. And if you can make, if you can kick the ball in the end zone and make them start on the 20 it gives you a much better chance defensively. Then it will be up to Chan (Gailey) to figure out a spot to get him in the 46 so he’s active, but if he can consistently kick it in the end zone then he’s worth that 7th round pick.

I think so. If you could start every time on the 20. The wear and tear on your cover guys is a lot less. We did. We pinned them in there. Every now and then if he pinned one in the middle they started on the 40 and that’s what you’d like to know that you could kick it in the end zone every time. That’s mostly what people did to us.

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Landing No. 1 seed drastically improves LSU’s College Football Playoff title chances, projection model shows

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jumped above to the No. 1 spot in the final Playoff rankings that were released on Sunday, which earned them a game against No. 4 rather than No. 3 . The debate on which top team would avoid facing Clemson was one of the more intriguing storylines on Sunday morning and statistics suggest that the Tigers are far more likely to win the national championship now than they were heading into championship weekend.

Stephen Oh, the principal data engineer for SportsLine, crunched the numbers and determined the simulated percentage to win the national championship based on the matchups and computer-generated statistics.

TeamSimulated national title % (Last week)Simulated national title % (This week)DifferenceLSU25%40.7%+15.7%Ohio State32%28.8%-3.2%Clemson26%27.1%+1.1%Oklahoma3%3.4%+0.4%

Why is there such a big gap between LSU and the field? The matchup vs. the Sooners is the biggest reason.

“The odds-makers agree that facing Oklahoma is a huurprised fullback Charlie Taylor is attracting transfer interest.Taylor has been linked with Leicester City this week.”I think he is a very good player,” Dyche told LancsLive.He added: “We want players to develop here regardless of contracts but whenge benefit to LSU,” Oh said. “A week ago LSU was 3/1 to win the championship so the’s enjoying his partnership with Fred. The pair were impressive for victory over Tottenham last night.McTominay told MUTV: “He’s such a nice guy and we have that connection on the pitch, and it’s just a pleasure to play alongside him. We’re getting eir implied percentage improved from 25% to 41.7%.”

That’s quite the jump considering Clemson rolled in the ACC Championship Game and Ohio State overcame a sluggish start to run away from in the Big Ten Championship Game. Of course, some of that jump was caused by LSU’s win over then-No. 4 in the SEC Championship Game. But it’s a stretch to say that the win over the Bulldogs caused that much of a move. 

Another interesting nugget is that Oklahoma’s simulated chances only went up 0.4% despite and both beGunnar Solskjaer lacks leaders in his side.Fletcher was speaking after Solskjaer’s young United outfit were put to the sword by Manchester City in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.Speaking after the 3-1 defeat, Fletcher sing in the mix last week. The Sooners, of course, dispatched of the Bears in overtime on Saturday and the Utes lost to in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday night.