Premier League

West Brom's Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry start in FA Cup despite taxi incident

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:32:00 PST

Jonny Evans is in West Brom's starting line-up despite being involved in an incident in Barcelona. Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry were named in West Bromwich Albion's starting lineup for their FA Cup clash with Southampton. Evans and Barry -- along with Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore -- apologised on Friday and took responsibility for breaking a team curfew on a club trip to Barcelona earlier in the week. Myhill was named on the bench and Livermore was absent. Evans has captained West Brom this season but the club said Gareth McAuley would be wearing the armband. The four players issued a statement...

Olivier Giroud excited to score first Chelsea goal in victory over Hull

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:44:00 PST

Olivier Giroud extended Chelsea's lead over Hull City in the FA Cup to 4-0 with his first goal for the club since his move from Arsenal. A brace from Willian and Olivier Giroud's first goal for the club highlighted Chelsea's dominant victory over Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss whether Olivier Giroud can succeed at Chelsea and whether he can secure a role as the club's first choice striker. Olivier Giroud said he was relieved to score his first goal since joining Chelsea in the fifth-round FA Cup victory over Hull City. Giroud, who moved from Arsenal at the transfer deadline last month, scored in the 42nd minute of the 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Friday. "To be honest, I was waiting for it," Giroud told BT Sport after the game. "I had a couple of chances in the previous game. It was very important for me to score this first goal and it relieves me a little bit." The France international,...

Man United's Romelu Lukaku wants Anderlecht return later in career

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:12:00 PST

Craig Burley breaks down the latest transfer rumours, all of which combine for big potential changes on Manchester United's back line. The FC crew examine Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United amid reports of a rift with Jose Mourinho and interest from Real Madrid. Romelu Lukaku has expressed his desire to rejoin Anderlecht after his time with Manchester United comes to an end. Lukaku, who joined United from Everton in the summer on a £75 million transfer, visited Anderlecht's training ground earlier this week and said that he would like to return to his boyhood club before his career is over. "My dream was always to play for Anderlecht," Lukaku said in a video recorded by the Belgian club, which he left for Chelsea in 2011. "I will definitely return...

Chelsea's Gary Cahill wishes Ryan Mason well after retirement decision

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:32:00 PST

Antonio Conte says Willian's two-goal night in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Hull City adds to the difficulty of choosing the best lineup to face Barcelona. A brace from Willian and Olivier Giroud's first goal for the club highlighted Chelsea's dominant victory over Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill expressed his well wishes to former Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason, who was forced to announce his retirement earlier this week when he was unable to recover from a skull fracture sustained as the two collided in a game a year ago. Cahill, writing in the programme notes before Chelsea's 4-0 victory against Hull in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday, said Mason's well-being was the most important thing on his mind entering the game. "I was devastated to hear that...

Can Man City smash the Premier League points and goals records?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:20:00 PST

City won't end the season unbeaten as the Arsenal Invincibles did, but they have a lot of records to target. Manchester City are being hailed as one of the greatest Premier League sides of all-time even before Pep Guardiola has landed his first title in England. City have the most points of any side after 27 games (72, from W23, D3, L1) and have the opportunity to write their name in Premier League history by breaking some of its records. Here are 13 records that City could (and some cases, have already) own by the end of the season. Biggest title-winning margin: Manchester United won the 1999-2000 season...

Riyad Mahrez's Leicester saga 'behind us', says boss Claude Puel

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:52:00 PST

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined for Leicester's only goal to lift the Foxes over Sheffield United and into the FA Cup quarterfinals. Claude Puel insists the Riyad Mahrez saga was put to bed once and for all with the reception the midfielder received from the Leicester fans on Friday night. Mahrez made his return to the starting line-up - and was back at the King Power Stadium - for the first time since going AWOL after the collapse of his proposed transfer to Manchester City. The Algerian received warm applause from the home supporters when his name was announced before the FA Cup fifth round tie against Sheffield United, and...

Alonso in, Bakayoko out against Barcelona, says Chelsea's Conte

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:10:00 PST

Antonio Conte says Willian's two-goal night in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Hull City adds to the difficulty of choosing the best lineup to face Barcelona. The ESPN FC panel explain why they doubt the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona will be another instant classic. A brace from Willian and Olivier Giroud's first goal for the club highlighted Chelsea's dominant victory over Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Olivier Giroud extended Chelsea's lead over Hull City in the FA Cup to 4-0 with his first goal for the club since his move from Arsenal. LONDON -- Antonio Conte revealed that Marcos Alonso will be fit for Chelsea's clash with Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16, but Tiemoue Bakayoko is out. Alonso has missed Chelsea's last two Premier League matches and was rested for Friday's 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round, having sustained a minor hamstring injury followed by a kick to the ankle in training. Bakayoko, meanwhile, has not been seen since being sent off 30 minutes into a nightmare performance against Watford...

Chris Hughton wary of FA Cup shock against Coventry

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:36:00 PST

Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol argue about their picks for the Premier League team of the weekend, despite agreeing on several players. Brighton boss Chris Hughton wants to avoid another painful FA Cup shock at the hands of Coventry. Former defender Hughton was targeting his third winner's medal as a Tottenham player when their star-studded team suffered a surprise 3-2 extra-time defeat to the unfancied Sky Blues in the 1987 final at Wembley. His Premier League team are even stronger favourites for Saturday's fifth-round clash, with Coventry now in League Two and currently 63 places below Brighton in the football pyramid. Victory...

Pochettino wants Spurs critics to stop obsessing about silverware

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:30:00 PST

Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham learned a lesson by going to a replay against Newport in the previous FA Cup round. LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham's detractors to stop obsessing over their lack of silverware and start enjoying their performances. Speaking before Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round at Rochdale, Pochettino said winning the competition would "change nothing" but he insisted Spurs would win a big trophy soon. Pochettino's side has outplayed Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus in their past four top-level matches but any praise for Spurs is often caveated by their failure...

Manchester United looking to sign Carrick replacement - Mourinho

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:30:00 PST

The ESPN FC panel welcome in French correspondent Julien Laurens to sort out the latest report alleging Paul Pogba regrets his return to Manchester United. MANCHESTER -- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the search for Michael Carrick's long-term successor has started. Carrick is expected to retire at the end of the season and join Mourinho's coaching staff at Old Trafford. United have been linked with Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri and Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Mourinho has revealed he is already on the look-out for Carrick's replacement. He told a news conference on Friday: "We need to sign a midfield player...

Alexis Sanchez's demands often 'too much' at Arsenal - Hector Bellerin

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:28:00 PST

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno feels Alexis Sanchez will attract more attention from defenders, which will then allow Romelu Lukaku more space in the attack. Jose Mourinho explains how important it was for Alexis Sanchez to get among the goals for Man United. Hector Bellerin has admitted that Alexis Sanchez's demanding attitude could be "too much" for his teammates at times, but downplayed talk about a dressing room divide over the Chilean. Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in January after refusing to sign a new contract with the club, in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way. Sanchez's attitude had been widely questioned after he struggled to reach his top form during the first half of the season, and Bellerin was asked during...

Ryan Mason feels 'lucky' despite career-ending injury

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:09:00 PST

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins pays tribute to midfielder Ryan Mason who has announced his retirement after fracturing his skull in January 2017. Ryan Mason feels "lucky to be here" and admits the knowledge that playing football again could risk his life has helped him accept the early end to his career. Mason announced his retirement from playing earlier this week, just under 13 months on from suffering a fractured skull in a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea defender Cary Cahill. The 26-year-old former Hull and Tottenham midfielder, who won one England cap, told BBC Radio Five Live on Friday: "It's been quite sad and emotional but at...

Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy out up to three weeks after setback

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:18:00 PST

Aaron Mooy will be sidelined for Huddersfield's upcoming games. Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy has been ruled out for up to three weeks due to an injury setback, coach David Wagner has confirmed. Australia international Mooy, a key performer in the Terriers' Premier League survival fight, has an infection in the knee he cut in last week's home win against Bournemouth. Mooy had returned to his all-action best against Bournemouth after a dip in form in recent weeks, but will now miss Saturday's FA Cup clash against Manchester United at the John Smith's Stadium. "It's...

West Brom players investigated by police over incident in Spain

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:52:00 PST

Gareth Barry and Jake Livermore have been accused of stealing a taxi in Spain on Thursday morning. Four West Brom players have apologised for an incident during the club's mid-winter training trip to Spain for which they are being investigated by police. Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill have been accused of stealing a taxi early Thursday morning, and they took responsibility after neither the club nor police named them. "We felt it important we identify ourselves out of respect for teammates who otherwise could be implicated by association," the quartet said in a...

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