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Man United vs. Tottenham could be full of goals, Salah and Lukaku can find the net

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:10:00 PDT

After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Our midweek column was unlucky with its correct score pick in the game between Bournemouth and Manchester United but could still turn a profit provided Leicester beat Southampton on Thursday night. The FA Cup semifinals dominate the landscape this weekend, including Manchester United's clash with Tottenham. Running total: -£52.98 The Home Banker United have been drawn as the home team for this FA Cup semi despite the fact Spurs have been playing at Wembley this season while White Hart Lane...

Liverpool reveal Premier League home kit for 2018-19 campaign

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:00:00 PDT

Liverpool's new kit has a lot of the same features as the last. Liverpool have revealed their home kit for the 2018-19 campaign. Following the success of this season's kit, which honoured the club's 125th anniversary, Liverpool have decided to retain the retro look and Red Pepper colour going forward. The kit features "linear jacquard stripes on the front" that are inspired by the architecture of the new Main Stand at Anfield, while a collar has been reintroduced to give it "lifestyle look," according to the press release. A 96 emblem, accompanied with an eternal...

Manchester City critics obsessed over Guardiola spending overlook his talent

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:56:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Why do so many onlookers want to boil all of Pep Guardiola's achievements at Manchester City this season down to spending lots of money? This has been one of the most impressive title wins in the Premier League era, with opposing teams regularly schooled on the pitch, and yet there are many who believe the manager's influence extends as far as signing some brilliant players and letting them get on with it. Often you hear that the team has been brilliant -- but "anyone can do that" with an open chequebook. It's...

Manchester United boosted by Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera 9/10s

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that keeps them well clear of Liverpool for 2nd. After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes' scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match. In winning 2-0 away at Bournemouth, Manchester United produced a performance almost unrecognisable from their home loss against West Bromwich Albion. Here was a showing rich in speed and ruthlessness, both of which qualities were bafflingly absent just days ago at Old Trafford, and which sets United up well for their FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur. Positives Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera dictated play, as one would expect them to at their best, whilst Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford...

Juventus' Stefano Sturaro turns in poor display, Serie A title race wide open

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:27:00 PDT

Simy's overhead kick earned 18th-place Crotone a shock 1-1 draw against front-runners Juventus at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Simy's overhead kick earned 18th-place Crotone a shock 1-1 draw against front-runners Juventus at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Juventus' shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Displaying a poor attitude and little to no ambition, Juventus dropped two points on Wednesday -- managing only a 1-1 draw against Crotone and opening a slender chance for Napoli to capture the Serie A title. Crotone were not a side to be underestimated. This season they have managed to defeat Fiorentina, earn a point against Inter, and convincingly thrash Sampdoria. Against Juventus, they refused to roll over. Juve, by contrast, did not seem motivated to grind out a result. Players were clearly...

A-League finals: Can anyone beat Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:29:00 PDT

Riley McGree hit a hat-trick for Newcastle Jets as they smashed the Central Coast Mariners. The Wanderers needed a win to advance but came away empty handed after 3-2 defeat at home. Bobo's goal proved the difference in the Big Blue as Sydney FC lifted the Premiers Plate in front of The Cove. Sarpreet Singh struck twice as Wellington Phoenix came from behind to beat Melbourne City. Melbourne Victory managed to end their Asian Champions League campaign on a high with a win over Shanghai. Sydney FC failed to advance to the last 16 of Asian Champions League after disappointing 0-0 draw against Shanghai Shenhua. This A-League season has been a two-horse race, but with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets showing glimpses of vulnerability over the past month, could one of the remaining four teams steal championship glory? That will certainly be the goal for Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar when the finals series kicks off this weekend. Both matches in week one of the finals will be held at AAMI Park in Melbourne, with City hosting Brisbane on Friday before the Victory welcome...

Transfer Talk: Liverpool target rising Wolverhampton star Ruben Neves

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:26:00 PDT

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window. Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Liverpool target Neves Wolverhampton Wanderers wonderkid Ruben Neves has emerged as a leading target for Liverpool following his exploits in the Championship this season, reports TalkSport. Neves has helped steer Wolves back to the Premier League, scoring some stunning goals along the way, and his sparkling performances have apparently caught the eye of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Having...

Dani Carvajal 9/10, Cristiano Ronaldo 7/10 as Real Madrid salvage a draw vs. Athletic

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:34:00 PDT

Watch the full match highlights as Cristiano Ronaldo scored an exquisite back-heel to rescue a point for Real Madrid in their 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. Cristiano Ronaldo scored an exquisite back-heel to rescue a point for Real Madrid in their 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his 12th straight game to give Real Madrid a share of the points late on against Athletic Bilbao. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his 12th straight game to give Real Madrid a share of the points late on against Athletic Bilbao. Cristiano Ronaldo now has scored 22 goals in his last 12 games for Real Madrid. Real Madrid scraped a draw against an Athletic Bilbao side who put in one of their best performances of the season in the Bernabeu in a game played in the shadow of Bayern Munich. Inaki Williams put the visitors ahead with a delicious chip in the first half with Cristiano Ronaldo salvaging a point with the faintest of touches from Luka Modric's 87th-minute shot. Positives As so often in 2018, no fresh injury concerns for Zinedine Zidane, who will have a full squad minus Nacho available for the...

Kylian Mbappe 8/10, scores twice to advance PSG to Coupe de France final

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:58:00 PDT

Kylian Mbappe was the difference as PSG advanced past Caen and into the Coupe de France final. Paris Saint-Germain will get a shot at a 12th Coupe de France title, which would be their fourth consecutive, after a 3-1 win away at Caen earned them a date at Stade de France against Les Herbiers next month. Kylian Mbappe scored twice and Christopher Nkunku added a late third to nullify Ismael Diomande's first-half equaliser for the hosts, who ultimately finished with 10 men at Stade Michel d'Ornano. Positives Reaching a domestic cup final should never be underplayed and to do so for a fourth-straight...

Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci stand tall in Milan's 1-1 draw with Torino

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:07:00 PDT

Giacomo Bonaventura's stunning opener got Milan off to a brilliant start at Torino. AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Torino on Wednesday night, with Giacomo Bonaventura's stunning early strike cancelled out by Lorenzo De Silvestri's second-half equaliser. Coupled with results elsewhere, the Rossoneri's slim hopes of securing a top-four finish took another hit. Positives Aside from their brilliant goal, Milan looked in control in the first half as they dictated the tempo of the game and were comfortable. Organised, resolute and focused, they deserved their lead. Negatives As...

Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism with win

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:02:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that keeps them well clear of Liverpool for 2nd. After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes' scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match. BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 2-0 win vs. Bournemouth in the Premier League: 1. Pogba impresses as United get confidence boost If a challenge had been laid down to Paul Pogba, the midfielder's 40-yard run and slide-rule pass that allowed Romelu Lukaku to seal this 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday might just have answered it to Jose Mourinho's satisfaction. While other expensive stars took a rest, Pogba was put through almost 80 minutes of what was ultimately a routine...

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane's case as Liverpool's best-ever front three

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:16:00 PDT

Mohamed Salah's 30th Premier League goal of the season helped steer Liverpool to an easy win over Bournemouth. The guys respond to your tweets about the Premier League manager of the year, Andres Iniesta and whether they'd take Mohamed Salah or Neymar. Jurgen Klopp understands Mo Salah's desire to win the Golden Boot, but doesn't feel he's lost sight of helping Liverpool achieve their team goals. Best front three in the history of Liverpool Football Club? For Liverpool supporters of a certain age, the answer comes instinctively: "John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge, of course. Stupid question!" The Reds have had more than their share of great double acts down the years: Ian St John and Roger Hunt. John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. And of course, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. When it comes to trios, though, the aforementioned threesome has always stood out above all the rest. Their...

Fergie, Van Gaal, scoring at Anfield and more -- Rafael da Silva talks to ESPN

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:57:00 PDT

Rafael da Silva was a fan favourite during his seven seasons in Manchester United's first team. LYON, France -- For 90 minutes, talking over a meal in Lyon's beautiful Gare des Brotteaux last month, Rafael da Silva was open and enthusiastic about his life as a footballer. The Brazilian full-back worked hard, got his rewards and had some great moments along the way. Now 27, he beams when recalling his Manchester United debut in 2008 vs. Peterborough -- "It didn't matter that it was a friendly. I knew then that I could play for the first team" -- and about great performances and memorable goals...

Juventus, Gigi Buffon and Real Madrid must close officiating can of worms

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:29:00 PDT

Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. How about we all take a step back and keep the hell away from that Pandora's Box? That means you, Marca, who saw fit to devote Tuesday's front page to the following concept: the accusations of pro-Real Madrid refereeing bias might hurt Zinedine Zidane's team against Bayern Munich. And you, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who accused UEFA head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina (who happens to be Italian) of being so obsessed with appearing transparent and unbiased that he ends up penalizing...

Premier League manager ratings: Wenger and Mourinho struggle; Guardiola and Dyche impress

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:03:00 PDT

Antonio Conte was embarrassed in front of a room full of journalists as a phone call from his wife interrupted his press conference. Everton have caused a stir by offering fans the chance to mark manager Sam Allardyce's performance out of 10. Our Everton blogger gave him 1/10 and, with that in mind, we asked Adam Hurrey the same question about every manager in the Premier League. "I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff... e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team." Marks out of 10. Paul Lambert (Stoke): 3 He is unlikely to be lighting up a news conference with a beaming...

Premier League: What is still at stake in the 2017-18 season?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:20:00 PDT

ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Manchester City have wrapped up the Premier League title with a month to spare, courtesy of Manchester United's shock home defeat to basement boys West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. It's the first thing to be decided this season, but there's still lots to play for in the remaining weeks. Here, we take a look at the outstanding issues. Champions League places Who qualifies: Positions 1-4 (group stage) Who's in already: Manchester City Who's still in contention: Manchester United (74), Liverpool...

Toronto FC must discover ruthless streak to beat Chivas in CCL final

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:12:00 PDT

Toronto missed too many chances. TORONTO -- For the past 16 years, CONCACAF's continental club championship has been an unforgiving tournament for MLS sides. At the most critical junctures of the competition, there was a mistake made -- perhaps two -- that was ruthlessly punished. Maybe it was a loss of discipline, a missed chance, a defensive miscue or even a bad call. But ultimately, MLS sides would succumb. That history is what makes Toronto FC's run to the final this year so compelling. The Reds have been the ones to do...

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggle to fire Chelsea into contention

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:06:00 PDT

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien reflects on the Blues' 2017-18 season and his days playing at Stamford Bridge. When the dust settles on Chelsea's lacklustre campaign there will be fingers pointed in many directions regarding culpability and areas requiring improvement. One of those will be aimed at the goalscoring department, where an inability to kill games off when on top has been the team's undoing on far too many occasions. Chelsea have found the net just 57 times in 33 games this season, the fewest of any of the sides in the top seven. Compare that to the 85 scored in the 38 games that took them to...

Sam Allardyce savaged as Everton fans voice fury after miserable campaign

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:46:00 PDT

Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. A wide-ranging survey sent by Everton to supporters caused quite the frenzy since its release on Tuesday. Topics ranged from media portrayal of Everton to reasons for supporting the club, touching on the role played by international supporters. These surveys are commonplace as Everton often seek the views of fans but this one has attracted attention due to questions relating to the direction of the club and matters on the pitch. Each question needed a rating from 0 to 10, with 0 signalling...

Premier League PFA Team of the Year Alternative XI: Ederson, Firmino included

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:23:00 PDT

With Mohamed Salah a strong favourite for the PFA Player of the Year, the FC crew direct their attention to the Young Player of the Year award. The PFA Premier League team of the year is out. But which players can consider themselves unlucky not to have made the final XI? GK: Ederson. Surely the player more than any other who turned City around. His passing and distribution mark him out, and would be an easy choice but for David De Gea. RB: Cesar Azpilicueta. The one shining light from Chelsea's terrible Premier League title defence and the one player in the squad who looks like he wants to fight for every ball. CB: James Tarkowski. Quite...

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