Chelsea v Man Utd: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgJohn Terry and Juan Mata (background) can both expect good receptionsKick-off: 4pm, Sunday 7 February 2016Referee: Michael Oliver (Ashington, Northumberland)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea defend an eight-match unbeaten league run against a Manchester United side who haven’t beaten the Blues since October 2012.Five key battles: Including John Terry v Wayne RooneyBetVictor.com preview: Hiddink can get the better of Van Gaal Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Radamel Falcao (thigh), Loic Remy (calf), Alexandre Pato (fitness).Fitness test: Pedro (groin).MANCHESTER UNITEDRuled out: Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Luke Shaw (broken leg), Ashley Young (groin), Antonio Valencia (foot).Fitness test: Phil Jones (ankle). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Cahill, Miazga, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Kenedy, Hazard.Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Fellaini; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney.Subs from: Romero, Varela, McNair, Jones, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Depay. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D W D D W (9 points)Home: D D D W L (6 points)Manchester United total: W L W D W (10 points)Away: W D L L D (5 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 10; Oscar 8, Willian 8; Pedro 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Fabregas 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Terry 1, Traore 1.Manchester United: Rooney 14; Martial 9; Mata 6; Depay 5; Herrera 3, Lingard 3; Blind 2, Fellaini 2; Januzaj 1, Pereira 1, Schneiderlin 1, Schweinsteiger 1, Smalling 1.Last five meetings28 December 2015: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 018 April 2015: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 026 October 2014: Man Utd 1 Chelsea 119 January 2014: Chelsea 3 Man Utd 126 August 2013: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 0Chelsea 2 wins, Man Utd 0 wins, 3 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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10 months agoWhoops! Man Utd (& Norway’s PM!) let slip Solskjaer appointment

first_imgWhoops! Man Utd (& Norway’s PM!) let slip Solskjaer appointmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United announced the appointment of new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… sort of!United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after a dismal start to the season.And it appears a website error has let slip Solskjaer is leaving Molde to replace him.On the club’s official website, a video of Solskjaer scoring in the 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich was added with the headline saying: “The most famous night of Ole’s career.”But underneath that a caption said: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou…”The post was quickly removed.But even Norway’s Prime Minister appeared to confirm the news before any word from United.Erna Solberg tweeted, which was quickly deleted, saying: “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils, @olegs26_ole.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce understands home jeers

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce understands home jeersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League strugglers Newcastle and Brighton played out a 0-0 draw which does neither side many favours.The Seagulls dominated and went closest through substitute Aaron Connolly’s chip which was cleared off the line by a Fabian Schar overhead kick.It was another disappointing day for Newcastle, who were poor in front of a far-from-full St James’ Park.Toon boss Steve Bruce said: “I can understand their frustration against a very decent Brighton team and in particular we were, first half, disappointing with what we were trying to do.”I think of all the possession, the vast majority if you look at it and analyse them, they have a lot in their own half, which frustrates a lot of teams.”We didn’t help ourselves by trying to get after it too early and didn’t organise our press well enough until we got into the second half, where we defended slightly deeper and changed slightly, and it made it better for us.”But most of the possession they have if you analyse them… I said it on Friday, that they would come here and be that way.”They have so many passes in their own half, that’s the way.” last_img read more

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BengalsRavens — On A Thursday Night — Is The Most Important Game

SEA40.311.8CHI14.67.219.1 8New England3825,4785 PHI65PHI57PHI 18, ATL 12-9.6– LAC56LAC55KC 38, LAC 28-0.6– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total Change ATL51.114.1CAR52.413.928.1 BAL59.0%+/-15.1CIN39.6%+/-14.829.9 NYJ39.013.3MIA30.312.926.2 LAC33.312.4BUF21.89.822.2 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 3Pittsburgh4118,7546 JAX64.310.8NE81.88.819.6 GB29.013.5MIN73.712.926.3 DEN30.010.5OAK14.37.918.4 The Ravens come into the matchup off of a 44-point demolition of the Buffalo Bills, which propelled Baltimore from 12th to eighth in our Elo rankings. With the Bills starting the comically ineffective Nathan Peterman at QB, it’s difficult to judge how much we really learned about the Ravens in the blowout. But it had to be encouraging for Baltimore fans to see Joe Flacco play well, regardless of the opponent. At home against Buffalo, Flacco generated 119 more adjusted net yards than a generic backup-level quarterback would have (aka yards above backup QB, or YABQ), which ranked sixth among all signal-callers in Week 1 — behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.In terms of YABQ, this game also represented the third-best that Flacco has enjoyed since Week 3 of the 2015 season, which helps underscore how bad Flacco has been in recent years. For instance, last season the Ravens had the third-worst quarterbacking production of any team in the league, with Flacco’s individual metrics in a three-year tailspin. For a team that featured one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, any spark that Flacco and the offense can provide could go a long way toward sending Baltimore back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in their first test against the overmatched Bills, Flacco and the revamped Ravens receiving corps passed with flying colors.A somewhat similar narrative is unfolding in Cincinnati. With much-maligned QB Andy Dalton embarking on his eighth season as the Bengals’ starter (and coach Marvin Lewis back for an astonishing 16th year on the team’s sidelines), Cincy went into Indianapolis and beat Andrew Luck and the Colts thanks to solid passing and rushing, plus timely defensive plays late in the game. Aside from maybe Flacco, few quarterbacks in the league needed to start the season on the right foot more than Dalton, who infamously has never won a playoff game during his time in the Queen City.A win over Baltimore on Thursday won’t change that — perhaps surprisingly, Dalton has beaten the Ravens more often than not anyway — but it would help quiet the doubts that Dalton’s best days are behind him. Since he finished third in the league in YABQ in 2015 (despite suffering a season-ending injury that December), he slipped to 11th in 2016 and 21st in 2017, and the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs either year. With a defense that projects to be mediocre at best, Cincinnati needs Dalton to reverse that slide in order to have any shot at the postseason — and probably to have any chance at salvaging the Dalton/Lewis era.The great irony of the Bengals is that their quarterbacking has always been just good enough to come up short. While the Ravens have won two Super Bowls behind a couple of QBs (Flacco and Trent Dilfer) who were below-average passers for their careers, Cincinnati has consistently had average-to-good passing over the years, aside from a few notable exceptions. Just look back at the Bengals’ history of primary quarterbacks: 40 of their 47 seasons since 1972 have been led by five quarterbacks — Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer and Dalton. Although none is in the Hall of Fame (Anderson’s case is a point of contentious debate), each rates as average or better in his career according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index.That’s why, from the 1970 AFL-NFL merger until the present day, no team has gotten more seasons of “competent” (above-backup level) quarterbacking than the Bengals have: PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET points OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DAL33.58.1NYG6.44.112.2 3Miami4125,4802 8Philadelphia3816,0041 PIT53.812.1KC74.89.922.0 JAX58JAX62JAX 20, NYG 15+0.7– SEA54SEA52DEN 27, SEA 24+0.0 ARI61ARI55WSH 24, ARI 6+4.8– MIN76MIN71MIN 24, SF 16-5.3– *Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com PIT79PIT76PIT 21, CLE 21+0.0 OAK50%LAR68%LAR 33, OAK 13+11.7– WSH39.17.9IND9.94.112.0 6Minnesota4023,1180 Bengals-Ravens could help make or break their seasonsWeek 2 games with the most total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo predictions MIA53TEN55MIA 27, TEN 20-10.3– 7Denver3922,6483 TEN30.49.7HOU15.28.117.9 NE86NE77NE 27, HOU 20-6.3– And yet, even though the teams around them on that list have won multiple Super Bowls, Cincinnati has yet to break through with even one win of its own.History says that’s unlikely to change this season. But it is fair to say that Dalton’s duel with Flacco this week has taken on unexpected importance for an early season game. The winner will ensure itself a quick boost in playoff chances — and an extra helping of redemption after the way both teams have played the past few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersLast week, we relaunched our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which you can use to track every team in the league in the race for the Super Bowl. Along with it, we also brought back a popular feature from last season — a prediction game that lets you test your football smarts against our model (and thousands of fellow readers). Here were Elo’s best and worst picks against the field in Week 1: IND50IND50CIN 34, IND 23-1.9– FranchiseSeasons above backup level since 1970Total YABQSuper Bowls LAR58.110.9ARI14.17.918.8 8San Francisco3831,0285 DET19.18.7SF22.28.417.1 3Dallas4128,3835 BAL64BAL72BAL 47, BUF 3+2.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 1 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Just one week into the NFL season, it’s hard to know exactly which teams will be contenders and which will be focused on their spot in the draft next spring. So it probably seems too early to be discussing playoff implications — a conversation that’s usually on hold until Thanksgiving. But in a 16-game schedule, the margins are small, and each game has a big effect on the postseason picture. Week 2 is no different — after all, the season will be 12.5 percent over after Monday night.Thursday’s AFC North tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those early season contests that could end up having real postseason consequences. In fact, our NFL Elo prediction model considers it the most important game of Week 2. (Remember when Thursday Night Football was a place to stash the NFL’s unwanted matchups?) With a win, each team’s chances of making the playoffs would jump by about 15 percentage points, while the loser would see a commensurate decline. Especially after the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled out of the gate without star RB Le’Veon Bell, the chance to jump out to a 2-0 start is a big opportunity for both Baltimore and Cincy. The Bengals always get competent QB play — but no ringsMost seasons with positive yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL franchises, 1970-2017 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. GB63GB71GB 24, CHI 23+3.3– NO74NO82TB 48, NO 40-13.5– DET71DET71NYJ 48, DET 17-2.4– NO27.84.2CLE2.41.25.4 1Cincinnati4223,1280 TB35.611.6PHI82.98.420.0 Playoff %Playoff % 1Washington4223,6423 CAR60CAR60CAR 16, DAL 8-1.8– Overall, it was a pretty impressive opening week for Elo — in fact, our model cleaned up nicely, beating readers by 28.3 total points on average. This is especially surprising because Week 1 would seem to be the moment of the season when human pickers have the greatest edge on the algorithm. In our NFL preview, I noted that Elo can get caught a little flat-footed early in the season because it doesn’t know about all the roster and coaching moves that transpired over the summer. Theoretically, that should have made it as unprepared for Week 1 as Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions … but unlike the Lions, Elo proved the naysayers (i.e., me) wrong.Elo’s biggest win was in not dismissing the Buccaneers completely. While our readers gave the home Saints a better than 80 percent chance of winning, the model was more cautious, and it ended up paying off when Tampa (and backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) dropped 48 points on New Orleans. Elo also picked up credit for calling the Dolphins’ protracted win over the Titans and for once again showing faith in the Eagles (just like in last year’s playoffs).If the readers did have a crowning moment in Week 1, though, it was for calling the Rams’ big win over the Raiders in Oakland on Monday night. Elo thought the game was a pick ’em, but the readers knew better, giving L.A. a 68 percent chance of spoiling Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines.Thanks to everyone who played on opening week, and remember that it’s not too late to start, even if you missed Week 1. So be sure to get your picks in now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State enters Big Ten play in key matchup with

Ohio State women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker-Hock paces the sidelines in the second of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team, coming off a recent 1-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, heads to Pennsylvania to take on Penn State this Friday at 6 p.m.  With a loss to the Eagles at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes ended a three-match win streak, dropping their overall record to 3-3-0 so far this season. Ohio State will look to get back on track as they enter Big Ten play on Friday. After wins over West Virginia and Duquesne to start the season, Penn State has lost three of its last five games. The Nittany Lions struggled in their previous game against Virginia, suffering a 1-2 loss at home, bringing their overall record to 4-3-0 on the year. Last season, the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions 1-0 in double overtime loss in University Park, winning every game against Ohio State since 2011. .Freshmen midfielder Blair Cowan, who scored the game-winner in the 80th minute in the match against Notre Dame, said the team has been sharp in training heading into the matchup against Penn State. “We’ve worked on things we struggled with in our last match,” Cowan said. “I think we’re ready for Friday night.”Following the Penn State  game, Ohio State will stay on the road for a series of away games against Illinois on Thursday Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Northwestern on Sunday Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. Ohio State will face Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. read more

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Bahamas Children Choir to perform in Grand Turk tomorrow

first_img Stileet, DMAC & many more to perform for GB Independence Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Independence Festival coming to Taino Beach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The 70 member Bahamas National Children’s Choir will perform in Grand Turk tomorrow as a part of their summer trek through the Caribbean by cruise liner. The group, in celebrating 42 years of Bahamian independence and their own 25th anniversary as a group will give a show at the Grand Turk Cruise Center at 10am and Salem Baptist Church, also in the capital at noon. Among the other stops for the choir is Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Related Items:bahamas independence, Bahamas National Children’s Choir, grand turk, performlast_img read more

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Arrival in Nassau of the Queens of Baton for the Commonwealth Youth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Arrival in Nassau at Lynden Pindling International Airport of the Queen’s Baton on July 18, 2017 for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 scheduled to officially open later that evening.   From left are: Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee; Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin; and Commonwealth Games Federation Honourary Legal Advisor Sharon Osborne, QC.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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Wijnaldum Liverpool are not focusing on title battle

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they are focusing on themselves and not on Manchester City’s results ahead of tonight’s game at WolvesAfter 17 games, Jurgen Klopp’s side remains unbeaten with a one-point advantage over City at the top of the Premier League.But Wijnaldum, who impressed in last Sunday’s 3-1 win against Manchester United, says Liverpool are only keeping focus on themselves.And the Dutchman expects a stern challenge from Wolves, who defeated Chelsea 2-1 earlier this month at home.“This season we didn’t think about getting close to City,” Wijnaldum told the club website.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When we were in the future situations [playing after them], or in this case to go four points ahead.“We don’t really think about that, we just want to play the game and try to win the game and then we will see what will happen at the end of the week. We just have to make sure we win our game, that’s the only thing we have to do.“I think Wolves have shown already against the ‘big’ teams that they are a good playing side, especially at home, so it’s going to be a really, really tough game.“We know we have to be 100 per cent concentrated to win that game.”A win tonight at Molineux will move Liverpool four points clear over City, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday.last_img read more

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