Barça will sign an important nine as a smoke screen

first_imgIt seems written that Barça will sign a smoke curtain this week to try to stop the storm of criticism for the chain of erratic decisions that the Barca club has taken in recent weeks, with assignments or marches of quarry players and a change of coach that is already questioned.And also the low of Suárez. Like it or not, Barça was going to miss the loss of a player who had participated in 25 goals this season. Nine will arrive, but Setién must explore the weaknesses of the system he has implemented upon arrival. Lautaro Martínez and Rodrigo are the great favorites to join Barça, although behind the scenes there is speculation with a cover. When Maxi Gomez’s ball took a diabolical trajectory after Jordi Alba’s rejection and Valencia made it 1-0, Setién looked at the bench and found no striker. There were Iñaki Peña, Lenglet, Junior, Lenglet, Semedo, Rakitic, Vidal and Collado.Carles Pérez, who had renewed his contract until 2022 last September, and that was supposed to be a club bet, was at home packing his bags without knowing his destiny because the club he has given part of the best years of his life has told six days to close the market to look for a team.And while Carles Pérez was sitting at home, Barça woke up in Valencia and only knocked on the door five times. Four of them from Messi and another with an almost joking shot of De Jong. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 25, 2020last_img read more

Are we serious with our cricket?

first_imgThe talent of Jamaicans when it comes to sports is undisputed. Our fellow citizens, men, and women excel when their raw talent and innate ability are harnessed, and coached, then compared with athletes from anywhere else on the planet in competition. Yet, there are some sporting activities, where, despite our obvious skill, world domination is always just out of reach. I submit that the reason for this is the lack of administrative and facility support that our sportsmen and women are faced with, day in and day out. In cricket, Jamaicans and West Indians are tethered to the bottom of the pile when Test, one-day, and T20 cricket-playing countries are rated by accepted international rating systems. And yet, when teams are selected for world-class competition, our cricketers always seem to be “must-picks” and are afforded the chance to earn vast sums of money. It is, therefore, obvious that the administration of the sport is the main cause of the lack of success when a team of these same players is selected for competition. The present abrupt suspension/dismissal of the West Indies coach, Phil Simmons, is a case in point. Mr Simmons was selected to replace the previous coach, who seemed to have a passion for reprimanding and trying to stifle any player who demonstrated obvious skill (to the extent where his services were in demand worldwide) but who refused to be treated as if he was a child in school. Simmons started his stint by opening lines of communication with these superbly talented but out-of-favour gentlemen and genuinely seemed to believe that fences had been mended, to the extent that the chairman of selectors and the newly installed captain of the team agreed with the proposed names for the Sri Lanka tour. We now know (thanks to the coach himself) that two of the world’s greatest exponents of the shortened form of the game were excluded by “outside forces”. The prime minister of Grenada has already signalled his discomfort, but we all know that that is all it will be, “His discomfort”! Except for a few minor rumblings, the team will go to Sri Lanka minus the best players. Are we serious? Are we going to allow this travesty of justice to continue? It is said that “the key to success and happiness is to find a middle level. The one problem with sport is that there is no middle ground … sport is all highs and lows. That brings out things in people that normally wouldn’t surface. A lot of good men become Jekyll and Hyde and everyone they touch suffers”.last_img read more

Chung limps out of Aussie Open but has eyes fixed on future

first_imgBut the 21-year-old Chung is already looking at the big picture and just how impressive his achievement in Melbourne has been. He upset No. 4-seed Alexander Zverev and six-time champion Novak Djokovic en route to becoming the first Korean tennis player, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a major.Now, less than a month into the new year, he’s going to have to re-evaluate his goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think I already make few goals, because in Korea, like, I make highest ranking in Korea, highest result in Grand Slam,” he said. “I made two goals.“Next goal is I want to finish the season without injury. I have to (have) a good recovery.” South Korea’s Hyeon Chung receives treatment from a trainer during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Hyeon Chung may have limped out of this year’s Australian Open, but his upbeat mood made clear he firmly believes he’ll be a contender at another major very soon.Chung had a devastating end to his unexpected run at Melbourne Park, forced to retire from his semifinal against Roger Federer on Friday night with blisters on his feet that were so painful, he said afterward he could no longer walk.ADVERTISEMENT To put in perspective how fast his rise has been, at this time last year, Chung was ranked outside the top 100 and barely made the cut-off for the main draw at the Australian Open.He was also the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in 2010, and he was aiming to be the youngest major finalist since Juan Martin del Potro won the title at the 2009 U.S. Open.“I think (I have) a lot of confidence,” he said. “I played lots of good players in last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger. I think I can play better next time.”Federer also believes Chung’s future is bright, though he’s hesitant to make predictions given what he experienced when he rose through the ranks, being labeled a future No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner at a young age.“In a way it’s funny and cool, but it’s not so cool in hindsight,” he said. “Afterward, anything you achieve is normal. I find it disappointing. Getting to No. 1, winning Grand Slams, winning Masters 1000s, it ain’t normal. It’s extraordinary.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ But the 19-time major winner is highly impressed by Chung’s remarkable speed and court coverage, saying he reminds him of his rival, Djokovic. However, he noted that Chung’s game, which features clay-court style sliding on hardcourts, could take a toll.“The question is with that kind of a game, you just got to take care of your body, also the schedule,” Federer said.He also believes Chung showed his great mental strength in the way he dealt with his injury in their match.“Today I’m sure he was having a lot of pain with his feet,” he said. “And you couldn’t tell almost. I like that about the idea of hiding any problems from the opponent. That was very impressive, to be honest.”Chung’s ranking is set to rise into the top 30 next week, just a couple spots below another of his idols, Kei Nishikori of Japan, a former U.S. Open finalist. If Chung continues on this path, he could soon be Asia’s top-ranked player, another milestone in his young career.“I enjoyed two weeks so far, on court and off court,” he said. “I’m just really happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Wozniacki, Halep both hoping 3rd time is lucky in final Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Harmon clears air on media attacks

first_imgBy Devina SamarooFollowing days of anticipation, Minister of State Joseph Harmon finally delivered on his promise and issued three statements, providing detailed explanations on the recent controversies he has been involved in.Minister of State Joseph HarmonHarmon explained that he refrained from making a public response to those earlier media reports since actions were linked to Guyana’s diplomatic relations and its pursuit of foreign investment that would ultimately be beneficial to Guyanese.He said now that Cabinet has been fully briefed on the matter, it is now fitting to address the public on the recent developments.GRA interventionHarmon has been widely criticised for his intervention in an on-going Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) investigation when he ordered a halt to the seizure of vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin.In light of his actions, Harmon was accused of having corrupt dealings with the company.But in defending his actions, Minister Harmon explained that on March 17, representation was made to him by an official of the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Guyana on an “urgent matter” affecting one of their national’s company operations in Guyana – BaiShanLin.The GRA had visited the premises of BaiShanLin in furtherance of a tax demand of G$1.5 billion and the personnel were intent on seizing the movable assets of the company.Harmon explained that the Chinese official stated that the principals of the company were not in Guyana and in consequence, requested a stay of execution of the GRA’s action for 14 days pending the return of those principals, at which time they would go into the GRA to settle their indebtedness.Harmon said the Chinese official also gave the assurance that none of the assets of the company would be removed during that grace period.The Minister said upon considering the importance of the Guyana/Chine relations as well as the urgency of the matter, he contacted the GRA and requested the facility.The request was granted and at the expiration of the 14 days, the GRA proceeded with its work, Harmon said.Travel to China,photo with BaiShanLinMoving on to the issue of his “real” reason to travel to China and the controversial photograph of himself and BaiShanLin officials on a private jet, Harmon maintained that his visit to China was strictly on official Government business.Government had insisted that the State Minister’s trip to China was in relation to the outstanding payment of US$5 million by a Chinese company for the sale of Guyana’s 20 per cent stake in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.In his statement, Harmon explained that the Ambassador of China to Guyana – who was in country at that time – made arrangements for him to meet officials of four companies that had expressed interest in making significant investments in Guyana.According to Harmon, the companies were located in Beijing, Shanghai, Hebei and Heilong Jiang Provinces; distances far part from each other.As a result, Harmon posited that the Ambassador made arrangements for these companies to provide transportation, both air and land, for him to travel to the respective head offices.On March 27, an arrangement was made to visit one of the companies called Long Jiang Forest Industries Group located in Heilong Jiang Province.Long Jiang Forest Industries Group is a State-owned company that had acquired 55 per cent of the shares in BaiShanLin and is intended to fully take over the company in 2016, Harmon stated.Putting the pieces of the puzzle together, Harmon pointed out that two officials from the State-owned company, along with two officials from BaiShanLin, accompanied him on the aircraft to attend the meeting.Harmon also provided details of that meeting, noting that the company’s Vice Director Wong Dong Xu gave the assurance that officials will be in Guyana in May to complete due diligence for the takeover and to satisfy and expand on obligations of BaiShanLin to Guyana.Harmon also disclosed that he used the opportunity to convey the concerns and expectations of the Guyana Government with respect to foreign investment generally and with respect to BaiShanLin in particular.Moreover, Harmon said he wishes to make no comment on the motivations of the publication of a lone photograph without seeking to investigate or report on its context.Tiwari’s appointmentLastly, Harmon explained that following the 2015 General and Regional Elections, many individuals indicated their interest in assisting the Government in fulfilling its campaign promises without having any interest in formal employment or remuneration.He explained that it was agreed among senior party members that such persons would be appointed as “Honorary Ministerial Advisors” and that a certificate entitled “Instruments of Appointment…Ministerial Advisor” would be issued, as with the case of businessman Brian Tiwari.Harmon disclosed that during the period October 6, 2015 to February 8, 2016, 34 persons were identified on the recommendation of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, the People’s National Congress (PNC) General Secretary Oscar Clarke and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) General Secretary Joseph Harmon, and the instruments were accordingly issued.However, the other 33 who are supporters of APNU/AFC are yet to be named.Harmon said he was subsequently advised by President David Granger, who was not aware of all the appointees, that he was not in agreement with having Tiwari as an “Honorary Advisor” and the appointment was therefore rescinded. The Minister of State said he agreed with the President’s decision and his rationale for rescinding the appointment.It is unclear whether or not the President will rescind the appointments of the other 33. …says 34 political advisers appointed by APNU/AFC – jet was organised by State-owned Chinese company – GRA intervention was to preserve Guyana/China relationslast_img read more

Cardinal Mahony blesses area church on centennial

first_img“It’s important to see that it has a progression of growth development,” said Mahony, 71, who cited Biblical text in his call to embrace migrants and immigrants. “The residents of this area were from all over,” he said. “You really had a lot of immigrants in 1907. We must look around us and welcome those who are here. And see the wonderful unity and diversity.” Jorge Aguilar, 40, of Azusa, a 15-year member, said he thought Mass was beautiful. “We’re always coming here and \ glad to meet the father,” he said. Mahony said churches in Pomona, Monrovia and Pasadena grew out of the San Gabriel Mission. Priests would occasionally visit the Azusa area to celebrate Mass and soon the reigning bishop recognized the need for a church in the area. “A small rustic church was built here to meet the needs of the people,” he said. St. Frances of Rome was originally located on the northwest corner of Foothill Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue. The church relocated to the northeast corner in 1955. The church building itself was revolutionary for its time, Mahony said. “This design was not the normal design of the church in the 1950s. As we learned, it had a difficult, but very interesting roof,” he said, referring to roof issues that surfaced in April 2006, when parishioners were forced to occupy a tent in the parking lot. The 40-foot stained glass windows, stonework and even the floor design, which had never been used before, were also unique. “In those days you did not have sloping floors, which makes so much sense \,” Mahony added. Mahony also gave a rundown on the clergy, nuns and lay members who had served over the last century. “We remember them today because they played a very important role in the spiritual \ of this parish,” he said. Mahony made brief mention of David Granadino during Mass. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles removed the former senior pastor of St. Frances in March 2002, after allegations of sexual misconduct were made. The cardinal said he hoped the situation would be soon resolved. The Rev. Gustavo Castillo is currently church administrator – a temporary priest in charge of the parish – after succeeding the Rev. Michael Sears in July. Castillo said he is impressed by the deep roots that he has seen in the church. “You run into people who say `My husband is the one that poured the concrete for these walls,”‘ he said. “You find a community that is very proud to belong to this church.” The church finished painting the church exterior March 9, and Castillo, 31, said that future goals include turning attention to St. Frances of Rome Elementary School. “We are hoping that we’re able to raise funds at our school so we can remodel some of the classrooms and restrooms,” he said. Tony Arredondo, 40, brought his two daughters to Mass. “It was very meaningful,” he said, “It was very special for us.” The 100-year celebration of the church began March 11, 2006, but there is some uncertainty about the actual date of the church founding. The silver jubilee was celebrated in 1932, the golden anniversary celebrated in 1958 and the 75th anniversary in 1983. A member of the centennial celebration committee said that they used the 2006-07 date because is was in the middle of the disputed dates. But what is certain is that the 125th anniversary will be celebrated in 2032. “Mark your calendars now so you won’t forget,” Mahony said. St. Frances of Rome is the patron saint of automobile drivers. The church celebrated her feast day on Friday. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Cardinal Mahony blesses church AZUSA – The archbishop of Los Angeles delivered Mass and offered communion to about 1,000 parishioners Saturday at the close of the yearlong St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church centennial celebration. “We are grateful to almighty God for these 100 years,” said Cardinal Roger Mahony during the 90-minute service, which was delivered in English and Spanish. A handful of people stood and were recognized as having been church members for 75 years, while about three dozen acknowledged that they had been at St. Frances since 1958. A much larger group indicated they had been there for 25 years. Today, there are about 5,000 families on the membership roster. last_img

Ronaldo’s Portugal arrive in Russia for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal touch down in Russia © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 9 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal arrived Saturday in Russia to begin final preparations for a World Cup campaign that pits them against arch-rivals Spain.The European champions play their Iberian neighbours in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city Sochi in the opening match for both nations Friday. Ronaldo and his compatriots received a traditional Russian welcome during a bread and salt ceremony upon arrival at their team base camp in Kratovo, a leafy village 40km southeast of Moscow.The Real Madrid star was the last player off the team bus escorted by police to the team’s tournament headquarters after touching down at Zhukosvky Airport on the outskirts of Moscow.Portugal are scheduled to hold their first team session at the Saturn training centre at 1130 local time (0830 GMT) on Sunday.Fernando Santos’s side will need no reminding of the importance of their opening match against Spain, after a 4-0 defeat by Germany in Brazil fours years ago set the tone for a dismal group stage exit.The winner on June 15 at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium will be in pole position to come out on top in a Group B that also includes Morocco and Iran.The top two teams from each group qualify for the last 16.The Spaniards arrived at their own base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Thursday.Portugal are ranked fourth by FIFA and won nine of their 10 European qualifying group matches.It will be the team’s seventh World Cup appearance and the 33-year-old Ronaldo’s fourth and likely last campaign.Their best result saw them finish third in 1966.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham vs Man City: Match preview, team news, predicted XIs, plus more

first_img REVEALED RANKED Pellegrini will come up against his former side on Saturday Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Manchester City visit West Ham United on Saturday afternoon as they look to keep their unbeaten record going in the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s side will be hoping to tighten their grasp on first place with a win against a Hammers side managed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED REPLY huge blow no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card PEP: @BernardoCSilva cannot play this weekend. The injury is not a big one but he cannot play this weekend. @benmendy23 will be out for 10-12 weeks. #WHUMCI— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 23, 2018Predicted line-ups:West Ham: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku; Noble, Rice, Obiang; Diangana, Arnautovic, AndersonMan City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling The Chilean enjoyed great success at the Etihad, but his opening months with West Ham have been rather more mediocre.The London Stadium club have improved after a dreadful start to the season, but they remain in the bottom half of the table, just four points clear of the relegation zone.They will be hoping to rise up the table with a shock win on Saturday, but West Ham will have their work cut out against a City side who have dropped points on just two occasions this season. MONEY BEST OF What the managers are saying:Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “It will be a special game for me on Saturday, when we face Manchester City at London Stadium in the Premier League.“But we know, in this profession, as a manager you must work in different places, for me the most important thing is that in every club I left people have a good relationship with me.“So, I will always love that club because I had three very important years of my life there.”Pep Guardiola (Man City): “Right now, I am only focused on winning the next game.“If we focus on winning back to back titles, we forget what we need to do. There is no sense in talking about that.“Some games we are going to lose and some we will win. Now comes the toughest part of the season.”Team news:Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could return from injury for West Ham, who will definitely have Mark Noble back after serving a one-match suspension. Robert Snodgrass serves a one-match ban, and he is joined on the sidelines by the injured Ryan Fredericks, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko.Benjamin Mendy will miss out for the visitors having undergone knee surgery last week, while Bernardo Silva will not be risked after suffering a knock on international duty. Kevin De Bruyne is still not ready to return. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI are warning of worsening road conditions overnight in County Donegal due to heavy rain.Parts of the county are being pounded with torrential downpours.This has led to excess surface on many roads, particularly in rural areas. Gardaí are warning motorists to slow down to suit the conditions.Whilst we will escape the worst of Wednesday’s weather up to 30mm will fall over eastern Ulster during the day.South Donegal can expect heavy rain in the morning – with heavy showers over western and northern parts in the late afternoon and evening.  ROADS WARNING AS COUNTY POUNDED WITH RAIN was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardairainROADSweather warninglast_img read more


first_imgFAI CUP REPLAY: After 180 minutes of football First Division league leaders Finn Harps and Premier Division side Longford Town still can’t be separated.On Friday night, at the City Calling Stadium Harps earned a fabulous result after playing the game with just TEN men for almost SEVENTY minutes after Damien McNulty was red carded following a poor challenge.Gareth Harkin’s super strike was cancelled out by Stephen Rice and Longford pressed hard for the win. Heroics from Finn Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher ensured Harps got a replay against Tony Cousin’s side tonight.However, at a rain soaked Finn Park tonight the two sides could still not find a breakthrough and were deadlocked again after 90 minutes.The adverse weather conditions has made the playing conditions very difficult and the game has been battle with both sides picking up yellow cards in a game that has plenty of bite in it as you’d expect in a FAI cup tie.There will now be THIRTY minutes of extra-time to see if either side can clinch their place in the next round. If neither side still can’t find a breakthrough then the game will be decided on penalties. FAI CUP: FINN HARPS AND LONGFORD CUP CLASH ENTERS EXTRA-TIME was last modified: June 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Derby weekend in Premier League as Arsenal host Spurs

first_imgCardiff vs WolvesCardiff City Stadium, CardiffFriday, 30-11-2018 @11: 00 pmReferee: Andre MarrinerWolves go into Friday’s game having won two of their last three games versus Cardiff, including a 1-0 away victory in the Championship in April. Both league encounters in 2017-18 were won by the away side. Wolves have won six of the last 10 fixtures, with Cardiff victorious in the other four encounters. This is their first top-flight meeting since Wolves claimed a 3-2 away triumph in February 1962. Cardiff lost a top-flight encounter 9-1 to Wolves in September 1955; it remains the Bluebirds’ heaviest home league defeat and Wolves’ biggest away league win.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has hinted he will make changes with three games in eight days looming. Josh Murphy will likely be recalled, while Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Jazz Richards and Gary Madine are being assessed after recent injuries.Wolves are again without Spaniard Jonny Otto because of a knee injury. Diogo Jota is amongst several players pushing for a recall following last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat by Huddersfield.Crystal Palace vs BurnelySelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 01-12-2018 @06:00pm Referee: Lee ProbertConnor Wickham has returned to training following a thigh injury but is not yet ready for competitive action. Scott Dann could come back into contention although Christian Benteke remains sidelined with a knee injury. Andros Townsend is expected to partner Wilfried Zaha up front, while Max Meyer should keep his place out on the left.For Burnely, Johann Berg Gudmundsson is available following illness. James Tarkwoski also comes back into contention for Dyche. However, Saturday’s game comes too soon for Stephen Ward who is recovering from a knee injury. Nick Pope remains sidelined with a shoulder injury until mid-December. Ben Gibson is nearing a return but is lacking match fitness.Crystal Palace come into the match without a win in their last eight, although they will be boosted by last weekend’s draw at Old Trafford. The Eagles are one of two sides yet to win a single home match this season. Burnley have won one of their last nine league matches on the road.Huddersfield Town vs BrightonThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSaturday, 01-12-2018 @06: 00 pm Referee: Michael OliverThe hosts will be without defender Chris Lowe, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury that he suffered in the Terriers’ game against West Ham at the start of November. Dutch full-back Terence Kongolo is facing a race to be fit for Saturday’s game, whilst striker Laurent Depoitre might also miss out due to a groin injury. Danish international Mathias Jorgensen could make his return to the starting eleven after being rested last week by Wagner.Brighton will still be without record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who hasn’t featured for the Seagulls since picking up an injury against Everton three weeks ago. Hughton will also be without midfielder Dale Stephens, who is serving the second game of his three match suspension for the red card he picked up against Cardiff City.Huddersfield and Brighton both achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2017 and played each other twice last season. The Terriers won 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium courtesy of a brace from striker Steve Mounie, whilst the return fixture at the Amex ended all square in April. In the overall head to head stakes, Brighton have won 22 times whilst Huddersfield have prevailed on 18 occasions, with 16 matches ending in a draw.Leicester City vs WatfordKing Power Stadium, LeicesterSaturday, 01-12-2018 @06: 00 pmReferee: Graham ScottLeicester have enjoyed recent success in this fixture, particularly since both teams returned to the top flight. The Foxes have won all four of their home games against Watford in the Premier League, scoring eight goals in the process. Watford’s last win at the King Power came in the Championship back in 2013, but you’d have to go back another nine years to find their next success.Leicester have James Maddison available for selection, after the midfielder served his one-match ban during the Foxes’ dramatic EFL Cup penalty shootout win over Southampton in midweek.The England youngster was sent off last weekend against Brighton after receiving two yellow cards (one for simulation), but he is likely to slot straight back into the side given his impressive form this season.International teammate Harry Maguire remains a doubt following a recent knee injury, but Daniel Amartey (ankle) is definitely ruled out after undergoing surgery.Watford are still without injured trio Daryl Janmaat, Jose Holebas and Tom Cleverley, although the Hornets hope to have all three back in early December.Javi Gracia may opt to name the same side that went down to Liverpool last weekend, given their strong start to the season. Isaac Success and Andre Gray are both pushing for starting berths up front, but Troy Deeney is likely to lead the line once more.Man City vs AFC BournemouthEtihad Stadium, ManchesterSaturday, 01-12-2015 @06: 00 pmReferee: Scott AttwellIlkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva could all return for City, but Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne are sidelined.? Mendy’s absence could mean another start for Leroy Sane, who scored twice against West Ham last weekend.Adam Smith is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines for Bournemouth through injury, while Jefferson Lerma will miss out as he serves a one-match ban.Saturday’s game will represent the 13th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with City registering 10 victories and Bournemouth yet to record a single win. The two draws came in 1989 and 1999 – when the teams were competing in the old Division Two – with City winning each of the six contests in the Premier League. As many as 21 goals have been scored during those half-a-dozen matches, with Bournemouth finding the back of the net on just two occasions.Newcastle United vs West Ham United St. James Park, NewcastleSaturday, 01-12-2018 @ 06: 00pmReferee: Paul TierneyJamaal Lascelles and Jonjoe Shelvey both returned to training for Newcastle this week ahead of the game. The former had been struggling with a shoulder injury while Shelvey has been needing to build up fitness of late. Meanwhile, striker Mutõ who has been struggling with a calf injury, was also pictured in training. Finally, Karl Darlow also trained after an elbow injury.All eyes will no doubt be on Marko Arnautovic’s fitness ahead of this game. The Austrian hobbled out of the game against Manchester City despite West Ham having already made all three substitutions. Andy Carroll returned to the squad in the game against Man City but was an unused substitute. Jack Wilshere is also said to be closing in on his return from injury and could do this weekend.It’s been an incredible month for Newcastle. Before November it really looked as though Rafa Benitez’s side would be one of the favourites for relegation. Part of that was bad luck, part of that was poor performances as Newcastle went winless in 10. In those 10 came close run games against Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.In stark contrast to Newcastle’s recent form, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are struggling. The Hammers have only one win in the Premier League since the famous win over Manchester United at the back end of September. While many expected them to push on after that big win against Jose Mourinho’s men, they lost 1-0 to Brighton. That was followed up by a 1-0 loss to Tottenham. A respectable 1-1 draw with Leicester followed at the King Power before West Ham finally got back to winning ways with 4-2 win over Burnley. However, that didn’t last long, a 1-1 draw with relegation battling Huddersfield followed before a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.Southampton vs Man UnitedSt. Mary’s Stadium, SouthamptonSunday, 01-12-2018 @08:30 pmReferee: Kevin FriendVictor Lindelof faces around a month on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury against Crystal Palace last weekend. Alexis Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury in training on Thursday and is a doubt for this match, although he was an unlikely starter anyway after being left out of the squad entirely for the midweek win over Young Boys.For Southampton, Danny Ings faces a late fitness test as he looks to shake off a hamstring injury, while Sam Gallagher and Shane Long both remain injured. Ryan Bertrand may also miss out due to a back problem.United are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Southampton across all competitions, but there has been just one goal in the last three league editions of this fixture – a Lukaku winner at St Mary’s last season.The Saints have managed two wins in their last eight meetings with United – as many as in their previous 22 before that – but both of those victories came at Old Trafford.Southampton have not won at home to United since a 1-0 victory in August 2003, when James Beattie scored the only goal of the game in the 88th minute.Chelsea vs FulhamStamford Bridge, LondonSunday, 02-12-2018 @03:00 pm Referee: Craig PawsonChelsea’s Eden Hazard will face a late fitness test after twisting his ankle in last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham, while Ethan Ampadu has returned to full training following his own injury lay-off.For the visitors, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Kevin McDonald are both unlikely to be fit, although Joe Bryan ended his seven-week injury absence by returning to the bench against Southampton last time out.The Blues are on a 3 match win streak against Fulham across all venues. Fulham previously won this fixture long back in 2006. Chelsea have never lost a home game against this opposition.With that defeats to Spurs Chelsea fell to 4th position in the table. After 13 matches, they have 28 points and are 7 points behind the leaders-City. They have 8 wins in that run and have scored 28 goals too.Fulham are already in the relegation zone after 13 rounds are completed. They conceded 33 goals from their league games so far, which makes them the worst defensive unit in the competition. The Cottagers will have to find something magical to beat the Blues this Sunday.Arsenal vs Tottenham HotspursEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 02-12-2018 @07:25 pmReferee: Mike DeanArsenal have the chance to move level with Tottenham when the sides meet at the Emirates Stadium in Sunday’s North London derby. The Gunners have finished behind their neighbours in both of the last two seasons, but are currently keeping up the pace after a run of 11 league fixtures without defeat.Tottenham welcomed back Danny Rose to the match-day squad for Wednesday’s impressive win over Inter Milan. Spurs kept alive their Champions League hopes with a narrow victory over the Serie A club, a game which also marked Jan Vertonghen’s return to the senior team after six weeks on the sidelines.Rose was an unused substitute, but will hope to play a part in Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal, while Kieran Trippier is also pushing for a return. Elsewhere, Mousa Dembele, Davinson Sanchez and Victor Wanyama remain out with longer-term injury problems.Arsenal will hope to have Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny available when they host Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday. Koscielny is pushing for a start after recovering from an Achilles injury he sustained back in May. The Frenchman played for Arsenal’s Under-23s earlier this week and earlier in November, Unai Emery offered positive news regarding the Frenchman’s return. Lacazette missed Sunday’s win over Bournemouth but is expected to return for the visit of Spurs, while Nacho Monreal, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined. Welbeck faces a lengthy spell out, but Mavropanos and Monreal are expected back in December.Tottenham will come into the North London Derby off the back of winning seven of their last eight league games, and now sit in the top four of the Premier League table. It has been Spurs best start to a Premier League season.The Premier League have confirmed that Mike Dean will be in charge of the fixture and it was this match last season, that Dean was criticised by Mauricio Pochettino for allowing Shokdran Mustafi’s offside goal to count. Many Arsenal supporters believe the referee has a Tottenham bias and this could mean the weekend’s match could become an even more boisterous fixture than usual adding to the traditional fiery atmosphere.Last season, each side won their home fixture whilst keeping a clean sheet.Liverpool vs EvertonAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolSunday, 02-12-2018 @07:15 pmReferee: Chris KavanaghLiverpool hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages were handed a major blow in midweek as they lost away to PSG, and while their fate does still rest in their own hands it does mean they now need to beat Napoli by 2 or more goals in matchday 6 of the competition. Their away form in the Champions League has been dreadful this season, but fortunately their troubles don’t follow them back into domestic competition. They are still unbeaten in the Premier League, winning 10 of their 13 games and trailing the reigning champions Manchester City by just 2 points.Liverpool’s 3 draws this season have all come against traditional ‘Big Six’ sides in the Premier League too, and their only failure to win at Anfield came against Manchester City. They even managed to keep a clean sheet against a Manchester City side who have scored an average of over 3 goals per game in the league this season, hinting at the strength of their new look back line. Jurgen Klopp really has worked wonders at the back for Liverpool, stabilising them with Virgil van Dijk in January and moulding them into a back 4 capable of shutting the opposition out. They have the joint best defensive record in the top flight, and at Anfield they have conceded just once in six league matches.This isn’t good news for Everton, and their chances of breaking their Merseyside Derby curse are looking slimmer by the minute. They haven’t beaten Liverpool in any of their last 17 league meetings, and their last victory at Anfield was all the way back in 1999. They have lost 3 of their last 4 trips there too, so it’s understandable that the high flying Liverpool are strong favourites on Sunday. The Toffees are by no means in bad form. They have only lost 1 of their last 7 Premier League matches and have won 5 times, but they have lost 2 of their 3 meetings with Big Six opposition and failed to win any of them, and away from home they have only managed 1 league win all season. Considering Liverpool’s fantastic record against Everton, along with the fact that they have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 home Premier League games, we like the look of Liverpool to Win to Nil here alongside a 2-0 correct score predictions.Jordan Henderson is suspended for Liverpool after his red card last weekend, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are both injured. Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi are both doubts as well, although neither were expected to take part anyway.Liverpool have won three and drawn three of their last six meetings with Everton, and they haven’t lost any of their last 17 Merseyside derbies in the league. They haven’t lost at home to Everton since 1999, a run of 21 matches unbeaten.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Premir leaguetoplast_img read more