Thursday, September 23

Tag: Premier League

Crystal Palace’s Zaha reveals why he stepped up to take penalty vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sport

Crystal Palace’s Zaha reveals why he stepped up to take penalty vs Tottenham Hotspur

  The 28-year-old Ivorian explains why he took a penalty and his delight at notching the 500th top-flight goal for Patrick Vieira’s charges Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha has opened up on what drove him to take the penalty which opened the scoring for his side when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. The winger took the initiative to convert from the spot in the 76th minute after Conor Gallagher earned Palace a penalty, and his opener turned out to be the Eagles’ 500th Premier League goal in the home win at Selhurst Park. With Tottenham reduced to 10 men after Japhet Tanganga was sent off in the 58th minute after a clumsy challenge on Ghana international Jordan Ayew, Palace, led by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, scored two more goals court...
‘Liverpool have to deal with Salah & Mane absence’ – Klopp
Sport

‘Liverpool have to deal with Salah & Mane absence’ – Klopp

The duo is set to miss about four weeks early next year thanks to the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted they will find a solution to deal with the absence of his star forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in January. The duo is expected to play in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022. Salah will be representing Egypt while Mane will be turning out for Senegal. It will be a blow for the Merseyside-based charges who are aiming at offering a stiff challenge in the race for the Premier League title.      
Blocking Hudson-Odoi’s deadline-day Dortmund transfer was ‘very easy decision’, says Chelsea boss Tuchel
Sport

Blocking Hudson-Odoi’s deadline-day Dortmund transfer was ‘very easy decision’, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

  The German coach has challenged the 20-year-old to earn his place in the Blues' starting XI after being forced to remain at Stamford Bridge Thomas Tuchel says it was "simply impossible" for Chelsea to allow Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave in the final day of the transfer window. The Premier League side blocked the 20-year-old winger from making a move to Borussia Dortmund at the end of August. Hudson-Odoi was left on the bench for the Blues' first three matches of the season, but was called on to start in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.      
Ahh, I am really happy’ – Aubameyang after handing Arsenal win vs Norwich City
Sport

Ahh, I am really happy’ – Aubameyang after handing Arsenal win vs Norwich City

  The Gabon international struck the only goal to end the Gunners' miserable start to the season with a win against the Canaries Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was happy with the impact the fans had on Saturday in their 1-0 win over Norwich City in the Premier League. The striker scored the goal that handed the North Londoners maximum points at the Emirates Stadium. It was an excellent way of ending a poor start to the 2021/22 campaign. It was a goal also that eased the pressure on Mikel Arteta's side who, prior to the result, were at the bottom of the table.
South American players cleared to play for English clubs
Sport

South American players cleared to play for English clubs

England-based South American players will be able to line up for their clubs this weekend after their countries dropped complaints about their failure to report for international duty, FIFA said on Saturday. Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City as well as Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leeds refused to release players for World Cup qualifiers over the past week due to the coronavirus isolation period required on their return to Britain. All of the South American qualifiers were played in countries on the British government’s red Covid-19 travel list, meaning travellers returning from those countries have to quarantine for 10 days. Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay had invoked a FIFA rule which would have barred the players for five days, but football’s...
Silva Earns Man City win at Leicester
Sport

Silva Earns Man City win at Leicester

Bernardo Silva's instinctive second-half strike was enough to ensure Manchester City made it three straight Premier League wins with a slender 1-0 victory at Leicester. Jamie Vardy had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside as he was denied the chance to extend his fine personal record against Pep Guardiola's side. Harvey Barnes struck the crossbar with a header but the visitors deserved their win, having been denied on several occasions by Kasper Schmeichel in the first half before Silva ended his 19-game wait for a club goal in all competitions, reacting quickly to tuck in a loose ball from an acute angle on 61 minutes. The result means City move up to second place ahead of the weekend's remaining fixtures while Leicester stay in ninth position.
Aubameyang Winner gets Arsenal off the mark
Sport

Aubameyang Winner gets Arsenal off the mark

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a second-half tap-in to give Arsenal their first goal and first points of the Premier League season as they sent Norwich to the bottom table. Both sides ran out at the Emirates Stadium having lost their opening three league games of the campaign and, following a game lacking quality, Aubameyang settled the contest as his close-range finish earned the Gunners a 1-0 victory. Even then there was a nervy wait as a VAR check for offside ultimately went the way of the home side, who travel to Burnley next weekend with something to build on. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made seven changes from the galling defeat at Manchester City before the international break as deadline-day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu started at right-back. The Canaries also showed alt...
Antonio sent off as Hammers held at Southampton
Sport

Antonio sent off as Hammers held at Southampton

Southampton held high-flying West Ham to a goalless draw at St Mary's as the Saints' search for a first Premier League win of the season continued. In a tight game with few chances, it was new Southampton loanee Armando Broja who twice came close to breaking the deadlock. However, with nine minutes to go, his low shot hit the foot of the post after a mesmeric dribble, before the forward saw his injury-time header cleared off the line by Declan Rice And the visitors' day ended on a sour note in stoppage time when Michail Antonio - the joint top scorer in the Premier League - was sent off for a second bookable offence. As a result, despite extending their unbeaten run to seven games - the first time they have achieved such a feat in six seasons - the Hammers slip to fifth in th...
Trossard’s late winner sends Brighton third
Sport

Trossard’s late winner sends Brighton third

Leandro Trossard's fine 90th-minute strike saw Brighton end Brentford's unbeaten start to the Premier League season. With an evenly-contested game seemingly heading for a stalemate, Trossard fired in a low shot from the edge of the box to give Brighton their third win of the season. That was only Brighton's second effort on target after Danny Welbeck had been denied by David Raya early on. The result sees Brighton move up into third in the table while Brentford are 10th.
Berbatov predicts Man Utd vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Norwich, Chelsea vs Villa
Sport

Berbatov predicts Man Utd vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Norwich, Chelsea vs Villa

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted some of the games that will be played in the Premier League this week. All eyes will be on Old Trafford and Cristiano Ronaldo after the international break. Ronaldo has returned to United and should make his second debut against Newcastle. Berbatov told BetFair: “This is it. Nothing else to say here but a United win. The club will be boosted by the Ronaldo factor and he will be playing some part in the game. The fans at Old Trafford are going to be going crazy and it is going to be some atmosphere. “I hope they can top it with a strong performance. I expect Varane and Sancho to be playing in this one too, United will have too much for Newcastle. Prediction: 3-0.” On the bottom-of-the league clash between Ars...
Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi in shirt-sale stakes as Man United’s No 7 brings in £187m in just 8 days
Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi in shirt-sale stakes as Man United’s No 7 brings in £187m in just 8 days

Superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo now has the fastest-selling shirt in Premier League history. Lionel Messi finally left Barcelona after 21 years at the club to join Paris Saint-Germain, while Cristiano Ronaldo has made a sensational return to Manchester United after ending his first spell at Old Trafford in 2009. According to Love the Sales, Ronaldo's iconic No 7 shirt has brought in £187.1m since his number was confirmed on September 2, while Messi, despite sealing his switch three weeks earlier, has racked up £103.8m in sales of his No 30 jersey. This means the clubs, have made even more money despite the up-front costs for the stars. Ronaldo's initial transfer fee before add-ons was £12.9m, meaning his shirt sales are 14 times more than that and have netted £13.1m in...
Tau: Potter reveals Brighton players who were ahead of Al Ahly star
Sport

Tau: Potter reveals Brighton players who were ahead of Al Ahly star

The 27-year-old Bafana Bafana star left the Seagulls to sign for the African champions on a four-year contract Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has opened up on why South Africa player Percy Tau left the Premier League club to sign for Al Ahly. The 27-year-old finally ended transfer speculation on August 27, 2021, by sealing a move to the Egyptian giants on a four-year deal becoming the second South African to play for Al Ahly after Phakamani Mahlambi. Though he still had a year left on his contract at Brighton, the Bafana Bafana star was forced to leave as he struggled to get playing time in England.
FIFA takes Final Decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend
Sport

FIFA takes Final Decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend

FIFA has given permission to players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the last international break, to play in the Premier League this weekend. On Wednesday, the world football governing body had invoked Article 5 to block English clubs from selecting players who did not honour their countries’ invitation. This followed a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation. Premier League clubs unanimously agreed not to release players for matches in countries on the UK Government’s red list.
Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries
Sport

Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp has come out to explain why the club refused to let their Brazilian players travel to Brazil last week to represent their countries . Brazil on Wednesday, September 8, announced they had instructed FIFA to ban their players from playing in their league's after premier league club's made the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil citing covid-19 concerns. Liverpool players, Alisson Becker and Fabinho might not play for Liverpool against Leeds on Sunday, September 12, following the FIFA ruling but Klopp has now come out to defend the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil. Klopp is still in the dark over the availability of his stars ahead of the trip to Elland Road but feels the cl...
Merson predicts Arsenal vs Norwich, Man Utd vs Newcastle, Chelsea vs Villa
Sport

Merson predicts Arsenal vs Norwich, Man Utd vs Newcastle, Chelsea vs Villa

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has predicted some of the Premier League fixtures that will be played this weekend. The English top flight resumes on Saturday following a two-break of international football. One of the most anticipated games is Manchester United vs Newcastle, when Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut. Merson said: “It will be quite interesting to watch Manchester United adapt to having Ronaldo in their ranks. United should be able to blow Newcastle away this weekend. “I hope Ronaldo scores a hat-trick on Saturday – it won’t be easy, but I wouldn’t put it past him. Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United.” Arsenal are without a win or a goal in three fixtures, but Merson expects a big win for Mikel Arteta’s men against Norwi...
Pulisic to miss three Chelsea games with ankle injury, Tuchel confirms
Sport

Pulisic to miss three Chelsea games with ankle injury, Tuchel confirms

The United States international will be out for 10 days after sustaining an injury in a World Cup qualifying match against Honduras Christian Pulisic will miss Chelsea's next three matches because of an ankle injury, Thomas Tuchel says. The 22-year-old winger suffered the injury during United States' 4-1 win against Honduras in World Cup qualifying. Pulisic has already missed Chelsea's last two Premier League matches after contracting Covid-19 but is set to be out even longer, while N'Golo Kante is also unavailable.      
Guardiola expects Ederson & Jesus to play for Man City against Leicester amid Brazil ban request
Sport

Guardiola expects Ederson & Jesus to play for Man City against Leicester amid Brazil ban request

  The Catalan coach admits the situation is unclear with FIFA amid fears that as many as eight Premier League players will be barred from playing Pep Guardiola is expecting to be able to play Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in Saturday's Premier League clash with Leicester City although he says the situation over their availability remains unclear. City were among five Premier League clubs that stopped their players travelling to red-list countries in South America, but the Brazilian FA has since responded by imposing a restriction on playing five days after the international window. Back-up keeper Zack Steffen, meanwhile, is ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 meaning Guardiola could be forced to field third-choice Scott Carson, who has played just one Premier League in t...
Brentford’s Onyeka available to face Brighton
Sport

Brentford’s Onyeka available to face Brighton

The 23-year-old Nigeria international missed the team’s last game against Aston Villa after testing positive for Covid-19 Brentford manager Thomas Frank has confirmed Frank Onyeka will be available for selection when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. The 23-year-old Nigeria forward, who joined the Bees on a five-year contract from FC Midtjylland in July, missed the team’s last assignment against Aston Villa after testing positive for coronavirus. His absence came after he had started in the team’s opening two fixtures against Arsenal and Crystal Palace and he had also featured as a second-half substitute in Brentford’s 3-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the League Cup.
Man Utd vs Newcastle: I will put pressure on Solskjaer – Ronaldo
Sport

Man Utd vs Newcastle: I will put pressure on Solskjaer – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will put pressure on Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to start him against Newcastle. The 36-year-old has a chance to make his second debut for United at Old Trafford on Saturday. “Of course, I will be nervous on Saturday, but I’m more mature, more experienced. “I will be prepared. I’m going to put pressure on Ole now, to be in the starting eleven! I’m ready to go,” Ronaldo told MUTV. On people who are concerned about his ability to deliver in the Premier League again, Ronaldo added: “People speak about my age but they should understand – and they know – that I’m different, I’m different to the rest of the people. “I show off all the time, year by year, and this year will be the same, I know it 100 percent.”...
EPL: Man Utd’s match Postponed
Sport

EPL: Man Utd’s match Postponed

Manchester United’s fixture with Aston Villa in the Premier League on September 25 has been moved forward. This is because of a Courteeners concert, which will take place at Lancashire Cricket Club on the same day. The game which will be played at Old Trafford was scheduled for 5pm, but will now kick off at 12.30 pm. This means it will clash with the Chelsea vs. Manchester City game. United said in a statement: “This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic and operational issues locally. “We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.”
Rodgers can’t wait to see ‘versatile’ Lookman flourish at Leicester City
Sport

Rodgers can’t wait to see ‘versatile’ Lookman flourish at Leicester City

  The Anglo-Nigerian has been a transfer target for the ex-Celtic boss since his youth days at Charlton Athletic Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to seeing Ademola Lookman shine at the club with his versatility and goalscoring ability. Lookman returned to England on August 31 to join the Foxes on a season-long loan after finding it difficult at RB Leipzig. The Nigerian descent spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Fulham and he contributed four goals in 34 matches which were not enough to keep the Cottagers in the Premier League.      
Dyche: Cornet’s arrival would push Burnley players to do more
Sport

Dyche: Cornet’s arrival would push Burnley players to do more

  The Ivory Coast winger ended his five-and-a-half year stay in Lyon for a new challenge in the Premier League in August Burnley manager Sean Dyche is excited by the arrival of Maxwel Cornet from Ligue 1 club Lyon. Cornet signed a five-year deal with the Clarets last month and he has joined his teammates after going for international duty with Ivory Coast. The 24-year-old is among the five players signed by Burnley during the summer transfer window as they aim to improve on their 17th-place finish in the Premier League last season.
‘Lingard holds the cards’ – Man Utd star could still join West Ham in January, hints Pearce
Sport

‘Lingard holds the cards’ – Man Utd star could still join West Ham in January, hints Pearce

  The Hammers assistant coach has expressed his belief that the midfielder is "too good a player to be sat on the outside" at Old Trafford Stuart Pearce has hinted that Jesse Lingard could still join West Ham in January, claiming the Manchester United star "holds all the cards". Lingard returned to United in June after a successful six-month loan spell at West Ham, where he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League games to help David Moyes' side qualify for the Europa League. Moyes openly admitted that the Hammers were eager to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal, but they failed to do so before the summer deadline, and his assistant has suggested that the midfielder made the wrong choice over his future.      
Two top stars removed from Man United’s ideal XI for this season
Sport

Two top stars removed from Man United’s ideal XI for this season

Former Manchester United defender, Mikael Silvestre, has left both Mason Greenwood and Fred out of his ideal starting XI for the club if all the players were fit. Silvestre’s XI provided places for new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Mason Greenwood, who has started all three games for Man United this season, scoring three goals in the process, and Brazilian midfielder, Fred, were left out of Silvestre’s United team. He instead, opted for Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay. This is despite l Rashford missing the opening weeks of the Premier League season. The former French defender picked new signings Ronaldo and Sancho to lead the line alongside Rashford, with Edinson Cavani also missing out on a spot in the team. Meanwhile, McTomin...
EPL Predictions Week 4, 2021/22 By Marcus Owolabi
Sport

EPL Predictions Week 4, 2021/22 By Marcus Owolabi

It’s the first game after the international break. We always expect dramas due to fatigue and injuries. Below are my predictions for week 4…. Crystal Palace vs Tottenham - Away Win Arsenal vs Norwich - Both teams to score Brentford vs Brighton - Both teams to score Leicester vs Man City - Both teams to score Man United vs Newcastle - Home Win Southampton vs Westham - Both teams to score Watford vs Wolves - Draw Chelsea vs Aston Villa - Home Win Leeds vs Liverpool - Away Win Everton vs Burnley - Home Win Good luck Follow @marcusowolabi on Instagram/ Twitter/ Facebook and Telegram
Man Utd vs Newcastle: Millions of fans to miss out on Ronaldo’s Second debut
Sport

Man Utd vs Newcastle: Millions of fans to miss out on Ronaldo’s Second debut

Many football fans itching to watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s second debut for Manchester United may be left disappointed because of a TV blackout. Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford 12 years after he left for Real Madrid. The 36-year-old is expected to play at some point when they host Newcastle United on Saturday. However, the game will not be broadcast live in the UK, denying millions the chance to watch Ronaldo wear United’s hallowed number 7 shirt again. With the weekend’s fixtures to be shown live by British broadcasters decided weeks ago, it is too late to move the Manchester United vs Newcastle game from its 3pm kick-off time. This means it can’t be broadcast live in the UK. This is due to a stipulation that has been followed in the UK for over 40 years: th...
Man Utd vs Newcastle: Protocols can’t Change because of Ronaldo – Jordan speaks on TV blackout
Sport

Man Utd vs Newcastle: Protocols can’t Change because of Ronaldo – Jordan speaks on TV blackout

Former Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan has said that even though the 3pm football blackout is outdated it should not be changed now simply because of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League. Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus this summer could make his second Manchester United debut on Saturday when the Red Devils face Newcastle. However, the match being played at 3pm means it will not be shown on live TV by broadcasters in the United Kingdom. Countries around the world will watch Ronaldo’s second debut, if he plays, but in the UK it will not be shown on live TV. This policy, established since 1960s, was due to the believe that attendances would diminish in the Stadia with live football being put on TV and taking away from 3pm kick-o...
He’d have helped you beat 10-man Chelsea – Genk offers Nigerian striker to Liverpool
Sport

He’d have helped you beat 10-man Chelsea – Genk offers Nigerian striker to Liverpool

Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu has been offered to Liverpool by Genk technical director Dimitri de Conde. Conde believes there is much that the Nigeria international can offer to the Reds, adding that he would have scored against 10-man Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend. The 27-year-old Onuachu, who is currently on international duties with Nigeria, had an incredible 2020-21 season with Genk, scoring 35 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions. Before moving to Belgium with Genk, Onuachu scored 74 goals in 181 appearances for Denmark side Midtjylland. He is known for his goals, but also for his incredible physical presence, standing 6’7″ tall. De Conde feels Onuachu could have helped Liverpool defeat Chelsea during their 1-1 draw before the in...
Alonso gives Verdict on Saul Niguez’s move to Chelsea
Sport

Alonso gives Verdict on Saul Niguez’s move to Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso has given his verdict on the club’s new signing, Saul Niguez. Chelsea completed their loan deal to sign Saul from Atletico Madrid on deadline day. They also have the option to make the Spain midfielder stay at Stamford Bridge permanently for £30 million next summer. Saul is in line to make his debut for Chelsea against Aston Villa after the international break, having already trained with some of his new teammates. Saul helped Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team win the LaLiga ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona last season. The 26-year-old Spain international is slightly out of favour in Simeone’s team and so, had to jump on the opportunity to leave the club on loan. “I know Saul from the national team, and also we shared a ma...
Conte breaks silence on agreeing deal with Arsenal to replace Arteta
Sport

Conte breaks silence on agreeing deal with Arsenal to replace Arteta

Antonio Conte’s agent, Federico Pastorello has insisted the coach has not agreed a pre-deal with Arsenal. There have been speculations that Conte is in line to replace Mikel Arteta at the Emirates. Arteta is under serious pressure in North London, having failed to win a single game this season in the Premier League. The Gunners have also not recorded any goal in their defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City. Although Conte is out of work having left Inter Milan, he is not close to returning to the dugout. Transfer specialist, Fabrizio Romano, tweeted: “There’s absolutely NO pre agreement between Antonio Conte and Arsenal. Conte has no verbal/pre agreement with any club and he’s free. “Federico Pastorello – agent close to Conte since years – confi...
I’m honoured to be your coach – Thomas Tuchel tells ‘fantastic’ Chelsea star
Sport

I’m honoured to be your coach – Thomas Tuchel tells ‘fantastic’ Chelsea star

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has told the club’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta that it is an ‘honour’ and a ‘pleasure’ to coach him. The Spanish defender, described as ‘fantastic’ by his boss, has been a mainstay at the club since he joined the Blues from Marseille in 2012. Now 32-year-old, Azpilicueta made his 300th Premier League appearance for the Stamford Bridge outfit before the international break and has helped them win two league titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and FA Cup over the past nine years. Tuchel hailed the Spaniard for reaching 300 league appearances and described the Spanish defender as a fantastic player on and off the pitch “What a fantastic achievement. This is fantastic and the guy totally deserves it,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website...
Salah demands £500,000-a-week deal to overtake Ronaldo as EPL highest-paid player
Sport

Salah demands £500,000-a-week deal to overtake Ronaldo as EPL highest-paid player

Liverpool winger, Mohammed Salah wants the club to pay him £500,000-a-week so he can become the highest earner in the Premier League, the UK Mirror reports. Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp has already confirmed the club are in talks to extend Salah’s contract. The Egyptian’s current deal has less than two years left to run. The 29-year-old is already one of the highest earners at Liverpool and a new deal would make him the best paid player in the club’s history, eclipsing Vigil Van Dijk’s new £220,000-a-week contract. If the Anfield club agrees to his demand, Salah will overtake Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest-paid player in the UK. Ronaldo agreed a two-year deal worth £480,000 a week on his return to Old Trafford last week. Klopp is anxious for Salah to co...
Conte agrees on terms with Arsenal to replace Arteta
Sport

Conte agrees on terms with Arsenal to replace Arteta

Arsenal have agreed terms in principle with Antonio Conte, as Mikel Arteta continues to struggle this season, according to Todo Fichajes. The Gunners are bottom of the Premier League after three fixtures, having not won a game or scored a single goal. While sporting director Edu and the rest of the Arsenal hierarchy have showed faith in Arteta, it is believed he is walking a tightrope. And Arsenal are already putting together plans to replace Arteta, should they decide to terminate his contract in the coming weeks. Conte would surely be the number one preference, as he is available since leaving Inter Milan. The Italian has already turned down Arsenal rivals Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Daka and Mwepu left Zambian camp ahead of Tunisia duel
Sport

2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Daka and Mwepu left Zambian camp ahead of Tunisia duel

The two will not take on the North Africans due to travel restrictions occasioned by the Premier League stand on Covid-19 red zones Brighton's Enock Mwepu and Leicester City's Patson Daka will not be part of Zambia's team that will take on Tunisia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Both stars featured as Chipolopolo defeated Mauritania 2-1 in their opening qualifying fixture on Friday and they have now left for England. Their absence from the Zambian team was occasioned by Premier League's announcement that they would not exempt players from the 10-day quarantine if they traveled to Covid-19 red zones and Zambia is classified as such. "I think we have talked a lot with the guys, and we all knew we were not going to be part of the team...
Tuchel offered Chelsea player to London rivals on transfer deadline day
Sport

Tuchel offered Chelsea player to London rivals on transfer deadline day

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, offered Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Premier League rivals West Ham on transfer deadline day, talkSPORT reports. Loftus-Cheek has made 82 appearances for the Blues’ first team since he stepped up from the academy in 2015. The midfielder has scored 12 goals and won a Premier League and Europa League winners’ medal. Loftus-Cheek has however only reached double figures of appearances in two seasons at Stamford Bridge. He has also spent two of the last four campaigns out on loan. The 25-year-old impressed at Crystal Palace during the 2017-18 season, before spending the 2020-21 campaign on loan at relegated Fulham. Chelsea were willing to offload Loftus-Cheek for this season as well and offered him to London rivals West Ham on deadline day. West Ham,...
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Okoye reveals Super Eagles that will miss World Cup qualifier
Sport

Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Okoye reveals Super Eagles that will miss World Cup qualifier

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has said they will miss members of the squad who play in the Premier League, when they take on Cape Verde in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. The UK-based players have been ruled out of the game, as Cape Verder is on the Red List of travel restrictions. This means that two-goal hero Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo will all not be available. “We will miss them (the absentee players), but we have a big team and the other players can do the same. “We will prepare as a team very well. “It will be a good match against a good opponent in Cape Verde,” Okoye said. Okoye kept a clean sheet in the first game of the series, as Nigeria beat Liberia 2-0 at the Teslim Balogu...
Henry Meja: Tusker and Harambee Stars forward signs for Swedish top side AIK
Sport

Henry Meja: Tusker and Harambee Stars forward signs for Swedish top side AIK

The youngster - who scored 10 Premier League goals for the Brewers - now joins his international teammate Eric Ouma in Europe Football Kenya Federation Premier League side Tusker and AIK have confirmed the transfer of Harambee Stars striker Henry Meja to the Swedish club. As the Brewers are beefing up their squad for the 2021/22 season, Meja, who scored 10 goals for the champions, has left to sign a long-term contract with AIK.      
‘Judge Arsenal when the team plays together’ – Edu calls for patience after disastrous start to season
Sport

‘Judge Arsenal when the team plays together’ – Edu calls for patience after disastrous start to season

  The technical director has defended the club's summer transfer window and says Mikel Arteta's side deserve some slack from the heavy criticism Arsenal should not be judged too harshly for their disastrous start to the Premier League campaign because the team has not been at full strength, technical director Edu says. The Gunners are bottom of the table, having failed to register any points or score a single goal after three matches. Defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City have left fans upset and calling for drastic changes to be made.      
Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Premier League trophy, charges teammates
Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Premier League trophy, charges teammates

Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Manchester United teammates one of the trophies they must win this season. This follows the 36-year-old’s return to Old Trafford. The Portugal captain told the team that, “we need to win the Premier League,” The Sun, UK reports. Ronaldo made his way back to Old Trafford last week after spending 12 years away at Real Madrid and Juventus. During Ronaldo’s first six years at Man United, the Portuguese scored more than 100 goals, won three Premier League titles and the Champions League. The Sun, UK says that the Portugal international has contacted the United squad after his return was confirmed and told them: “We need to win the Premier League.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Man United to a second place finish in the league last season, twelve poi...
I told Kepa to speak to me in English’ – Chelsea new boy Saul aiming to settle quickly in Premier League
Sport

I told Kepa to speak to me in English’ – Chelsea new boy Saul aiming to settle quickly in Premier League

The midfielder is counting on his fellow Spain international to help him learn the language and get used to the culture New Chelsea signing Saul Niguez says he is hoping for a quick adjustment to life in London and has already asked compatriot Kepa Arrizabalaga to only speak to him in English. The midfielder made a deadline day switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid in a loan deal that could become permanent at the end of the season. Saul, 26, says he always wanted to experience playing in the Premier League and hopes to pick up the language as quickly as possible.      
Mane strike for Liverpool vs Burnley nominated for August award
Sport

Mane strike for Liverpool vs Burnley nominated for August award

The Senegal international connected with Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass to ensure the Reds secure a comfortable win Sadio Mane's goal in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Burnley on August 21 has been nominated for the month's Premier League Goal award alongside eight other strikes. The Senegal international struck in the 69th minute after a good pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold to ensure the Reds won the match comfortably. In the match played at Anfield, the Reds had scored their first goal in the 18th minute after Diogo Jota received a pass from Konstantinos Tsimikas and he wasted no time in burying the ball into the net.        
Wenger Reveals where Haaland will Play next
Sport

Wenger Reveals where Haaland will Play next

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland will find it hard to reject the chance of playing in the Premier League. Haaland has been linked with Europe’s top teams including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea. However, other non-English clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an eye on the 21-year-old. Wenger believes Haaland, 21, will return to the country where he was born. He told Bild Live: “I think that will happen. The economic power of the Premier League is too strong. “English football is dominant because it is where the most money is. The best players always go the best way to make the most money.”
Juventus rejects Man Utd’s Cavani offer despite Ronaldo’s transfer
Sport

Juventus rejects Man Utd’s Cavani offer despite Ronaldo’s transfer

Juventus rejected the opportunity to sign Edinson Cavani from Manchester United, shortly after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to the Premier League side. The former Serie A champions allowed Ronaldo to leave for £19.6m. The 36-year-old’s exit left Juve light in their attack, but they eventually signed Moise Kean on loan from Everton. Calciomercato, however, reports they were offered the chance to land Cavani from United. Cavani moved to Old Trafford last summer and proved to be a big hit, but he might find his game time limited with Ronaldo’s arrival. It is understood he was offered to both Juventus and Barcelona. However, the Italian club “never took Cavani into consideration” with the issue thought to be a financial one. The striker pockets €9m-a-year in M...
Tino Anjorin: Lokomotiv Moscow sign Chelsea wonderkid on loan
Sport

Tino Anjorin: Lokomotiv Moscow sign Chelsea wonderkid on loan

The Nigeria prospect will continue his development at the RZD Arena under manager Marko Nikolic Chelsea have announced the departure of Tino Anjorin to Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow on loan. Despite his immense talent, the Nigeria prospect has been unable to break into Thomas Tuchel’s squad. However, in a bid to taste first-team action, he will represent the Steam Locomotive for the 2021-22 campaign. “Tino Anjorin, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder who made three men’s first-team appearances last season, is embarking on his first loan, with Lokomotiv Moscow his destination,” a statement from the Blues website read.  
Brighton & Hove Albion didn’t respect Tau – Mosimane
Sport

Brighton & Hove Albion didn’t respect Tau – Mosimane

The 2016 Caf Coach of the Year has refuted views that the left-footed attacker's move to the Red Devils is a step back in his career Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has defended Percy Tau's recent transfer to the Egyptian football powerhouse from English side Brighton and Hove Albion. The Bafana Bafana international's move to Al Ahly was met with a lot of criticism from some people including legendary South African striker Benni McCarthy, who described it as a massive step down in his career. Tau signed a four-year deal with the reigning Caf Champions League winners last week after playing just three Premier League matches for Brighton. Mosimane, who coached Tau at South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns between 2013 and 2018, has refuted views that the 27-year-old attacker'...
Chelsea’s new loan signing Saul Niguez Unveiled at Cobham
Sport

Chelsea’s new loan signing Saul Niguez Unveiled at Cobham

Chelsea's deadline-day loan signing Saul Niguez has been unveiled after making the switch from Atletico Madrid. The midfielder completed a temporary move to the Blues on Tuesday August 31, just three minutes before the transfer window closed. After landing in England, he posed for some photos with the club's home shirt having arrived at the club's training ground in Cobham. The Spaniard scored 53 goals in 447 appearances for Atletico Madrid in almost a decade with the first team. Saul won the Europa League twice, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups, and last season the league title at the Wanda Metropolitano. He missed just five LaLiga matches in the 2020-21 title-winning campaign. Chelsea have the option to make Saul's move permanent next summer after ...
USMNT stars Pulisic and Steffen to miss World Cup qualifying opener at El Salvador
Sport

USMNT stars Pulisic and Steffen to miss World Cup qualifying opener at El Salvador

The Premier League duo were named to the U.S. roster but won't be able to play Thursday's opener in San Salvador U.S. men's national team star Christian Pulisic has not traveled to El Salvador ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifier, head coach Gregg Berhalter has confirmed. Pulisic tested positive for Covid-19 last month, setting up a race against time for him to be ready for the USMNT's opening three World Cup qualifiers. The Chelsea attacker won't be able to face El Salvador but could still play against Canada on Sunday or Honduras next Wednesday. Up to
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026
Sport

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026

Manchester City have extended the contract of goalkeeper Ederson in a new deal that will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium through to 2026. Ederson joined City from Benfica in the summer of 2017, and is one of the most consistent keepers in the Premier League. Ederson expressed his delight after the announcement on Wednesday, September 1, telling City's official website: “This was an easy decision for me. There is nowhere else I’d want to be “To be part of one of the best squads in world football and to compete for trophies year in year out is what every footballer wants, and that is the opportunity you’re given at City. “We have an outstanding manager. Working with him has been one of the great experiences of my career and I am a better player for it. “We hav...
Xhaka: I was brutally surprised by red card against Man City
Sport

Xhaka: I was brutally surprised by red card against Man City

The 28-year-old midfielder was sent off for a dangerous foul on Joao Cancelo but he says he has made worse challenges in the Premier League Granit Xhaka says he was "brutally surprised" when he was sent off in the first half of Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City. Xhaka was shown red for a two-footed challenge on Joao Cancelo 10 minutes before half-time while his side were trailing 2-0. The midfielder was heavily criticised for the challenge, which saw a bad period for his team get even worse as City went on to score again minutes later and struck twice in the second half to win 5-0.
Cavani vs Ronaldo: Manchester United take decision on No 7 jersey
Sport

Cavani vs Ronaldo: Manchester United take decision on No 7 jersey

Manchester United have sent a special request to the Premier League to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to wear the No. 7 shirt at the club, The Times reports. The club requested special dispensation from the league management after the Portuguese completed his move back to Old Trafford on Tuesday. The Portugal international has made the No.7 shirt his own and wore the famous shirt during his first spell at the Theatre of Dreams, at Real Madrid (following the departure of legendary captain, Raul). Edinson Cavani currently wears the shirt and may easily return it to Ronaldo since the no.21 shirt is available following Daniel James’ departure to Leeds. Cavani wears the same number for his national team, Uruguay. The Times claims that United have already applied for special dispensati...

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/gqbzggmy/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5107