No Aguero, no Silva, no Kolarov – so who’s in? Predicted Manchester City XI v Bournemouth

first_img 11 11 17. Kevin De Bruyne (attacking midfield) 11 11 Manchester City welcome Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the home side aiming to remain at the top of the Premier League table as Arsenal and Manchester United sit just two points behind.And there is significant news on the Citizens’ squad.Wilfried Bony, who has described the past 12 months as ‘the worst year of my career’, is expected to lead the attack in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero. Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that the Argentine would be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty.David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov too suffered a similar a similar fate for Spain and Serbia, respectively.The former injured his ankle just 10 minutes into Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg, while the latter limped off late on during Serbia’s defeat to Portugal.There is good news, however, as Vincent Kompany, who risked the wrath of his manager after playing for Belgium midweek despite not being fully fit, escaped unscathed and is poised to return to the City line up.With such changes thus expected, talkSPORT has predicted Pellegrini’s XI to face the Cherries.Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  15. Jesus Navas (right winger) 11 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) 11 7. Raheem Sterling (left winger) 11 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – to see our full line up, in squad number order, click the yellow arrow above! What do you think of our predicted line up? Let us know by leaving a comment below 11 42. Yaya Toure (centre midfield) 11 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 11 4. Vincent Kompany (centre back) 3. Bacary Sagna (left back) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 14. Wilfried Bony (striker) last_img read more

Everton boss Martinez confident latest Bryan Oviedo blow will not be long-term

first_img Everton’s Bryan Oviedo pulls up with a hamstring injury against Sunderland 1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez is confident Bryan Oviedo’s latest injury blow is not a long-term problem.Oviedo limped off holding his hamstring after only 25 minutes of the 6-2 win against Sunderland on Sunday and was due to have a scan on Tuesday.The Costa Rican’s time at Goodison Park has been blighted by injuries, most significantly the double leg break he suffered in January 2014.Martinez told evertontv: “It is a sad incident because of Bryan’s previous problems.“He has been fighting to get fit after the horrific break that he had. It seems that when you come back from a long-term injury like that, the whole mechanics of your body suffer a little bit.“Bryan has been picking up little injuries and niggles but he is such an incredibly driven individual that this will not stop him getting back onto the pitch.“We are going to find out a bit more about the extent of the injury but we don’t feel it is anything too serious.”last_img read more

It’s a ‘dream come true’ – Tottenham starlet hails Premier League debut

first_img Josh Onomah Tottenham starlet Josh Onomah has described making his Premier League debut as a “dream come true”.The 18-year-old midfielder made his top-flight bow in Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday, coming on as a late substitute for Deli Alli.Onomah paid tribute to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for putting his faith in him and expressed his desire to taste further Premier League action this season.“I’m absolutely delighted the head coach trusted me to come on at 2-1 when the game could have gone either way,” he said.“In that situation you have to be ready, so I’m buzzing I got a chance and I thank the gaffer for giving me that.“When I came on we were under the cosh a bit, Villa had had a few chances, but I wanted to make a positive impact and I was really happy when we scored the third goal.“I had a couple of openings too, a little cross and a shot which unfortunately I didn’t quite connect with properly. I wanted to give a bit of energy to the game.“It’s a dream come true to make my first Premier League appearance and hopefully it’s the first of many.” 1last_img read more

Tottenham 2-1 Anderlecht: Harry Kane continues good form as Mousa Dembele strike defeats Belgian counterparts

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino’s side go top of Group J with a vital win A late goal by Mousa Dembele handed Spurs a fortunate 2-1 victory over Anderlecht at White Hart Lane in the Europa League. It was the perfect result for the north Londoners ahead of their derby match with Arsenal on Sunday, and they have extended their good run which has seen them lose just two of their last 15 fixtures.This tie was the opposite to the first leg – where Spurs started brightly before Anderlecht came from behind to win – as Anderlecht were the better side before Pochettino’s men grew into the contest.The away team rarely tested Hugo Lloris in their superior spell and Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead after 28 minutes, interchanging with Christian Eriksen before firing home his fifth goal in three games.Ben Davies came close to doubling the home side’s lead in the second half with a looping effort, but Spurs rued their failure to add a second when Imoh Ezekiel stuck a leg out to convert past Lloris after questionable defending by the home side.   Spurs looked likely to concede again before Belgium international Dembele’s superb strike after a well-worked team goal, sealing a vital win with just three minutes left on the clock.The home side named a strong starting XI, despite playing their second game in just four days. Full-backs Kieran Trippier and Davies returned for their Europa League slot, while summer signing Son Heung-Min returned to the bench after a stint out with injury.  The Belgian side made three changes to the team that started in their 2-1 victory over Spurs last month and they started this match as the livelier outfit.Youri Tielemans went close after 13 minutes when he played a neat one-two on the edge of the box before sliding a low effort past the near-post from 18 yards.After Spurs’ sluggish start, they began to grow into the contest after a quarter of an hour, with Jan Vertonghen making a dangerous run down the wing, pulling the ball back for Kane whose flick into a dangerous spot in the area was only met by yellow shirts.Erik Lamela showed good feet to beat his marker before shooting across goal and just wide of the target, as Spurs’ confidence grew.That confidence saw them open the scoring shortly before the half hour, when Kane’s excellent form continued to go from strength to strength, on a day in which he was named in the England squad. The 22-year-old opened the scoring when he linked up well with Eriksen before turning and shooting into the bottom corner from 20 yards.Spurs were buoyed by their strike and the half-time whistle came at the wrong time as they had gathered momentum and knocked the stuffing out of Anderlecht.Anderlecht came out fighting in the second half and they had a good chance to score on the counter. After Dele Alli tried to square the ball for Lamela, who would have been through on goal, the visitors attacked at pace. Steven Defour had the ball on the right and he sent a low shot from 18 yards, but Lloris was alert to palm the ball away from danger.It was nearly two with a wonderful effort by Welshman Davies, when he controlled a bouncing ball on the left-hand corner of the box before looping a half volley which rattled the upright.Ezekiel levelled Besnik Hasi’s side after 72 minutes, when a short corner was taken and Defour’s in-swinging cross was dangerously left by Vertonghen. The Belgian defender held up his hands to say he was letting it through for Lloris to collect, but he did not see the Nigerian, who made good contact with the ball to finish past the French goalkeeper.Anderlecht were spurred on by their strike and they could have had another through Olivier Deschacht and then Ezekiel, as Tottenham were clinging on with desperation.The hosts showed good character to hold off the pressure before grabbing a late winner, when Dembele returned the ball to Davies, whose cross made its way to Son on the edge of the box. The South Korean then laid the ball off for Dembele to arrow an impressive strike into the top corner to steal the three points.Elsewhere in Group J, FK Qarabag held leaders Monaco to a 1-1 draw, which saw them drop to second below Pochettino’s improving Tottenham side.last_img read more

Norwich player’s shove ‘could have killed’ Arsenal’s star man Alexis Sanchez

first_img1 Arsene Wenger believes Norwich defender Ryan Bennett “could have killed” Alexis Sanchez when he pushed him into the Carrow Road camera pit last weekend.The Chile forward landed heavily in the cameraman’s area on the touchline during an incident in the first half and was later forced off with a hamstring injury.With Sanchez now likely to be sidelined for a number of weeks, Wenger defended his decision to play the 26-year-old in the 1-1 draw against Norwich on Sunday.Having felt his hamstring after the Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb, Wenger said all of the club’s medical tests showed he was in peak fitness to start at Carrow Road.While the Frenchman said he is happy to take the blame for the number of injuries being accrued by his squad – he also pointed to Sanchez being pushed into the camera area as a potential reason for this latest blow and feels it could have been worse for the former Barcelona man.“First of all it’s dangerous to have a camera there,” Wenger said.“He could have killed him. Secondly, he (Bennett) didn’t need to push him like he did. I think the camera position was absolutely dangerous.“When he was pushed into the boards on the side of the field that did not shock anybody. That injury can come from that as well. I’m not expert enough to know but if you want to blame me I’m okay with it.”Bennett tweeted after the match to give his side of the incident, writing: “Genuinely was trying to stop not push Sanchez just to clear that up.”By the time Sanchez then limped out of the contest in the second half, Arsenal had already lost Laurent Koscielny to a hip injury while Santi Cazorla was playing on despite taking a blow to his knee. Alexis Sanchez last_img read more

Is this confirmation Newcastle WILL make a move for striker this month?

first_img1 Steve McClaren has suggested relegation-threatened Newcastle will move to bring in a striker this month.The Magpies boss has been deprived of Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere for long periods this season due to injury.Aleksandar Mitrovic, a £14.5million summer signing, is currently the only fit senior forward but has yet to put to together a consistent run of form.With just one goal in their last three games, Newcastle fans are calling on McClaren to bring in a prolific hitman.McClaren has been reticent in the past when quizzed on the subject of the winter transfer window, but asked if he could understand the desperation of fans to know the club’s plans, he replied: “Absolutely. Absolutely.“I understand fully where you’re coming from, believe you me. I think I’ve said enough to say that we do need more goals and that we’re working behind the scenes to address that.”Mitrovic is likely to lead the line again at Arsenal on Saturday as Newcastle, currently sitting third from bottom, attempt to end a three-game winless run.He has just three goals to his name this term but, with Cisse visiting a London specialist for a second opinion on his groin injury and Riviere just back in training after a long-term knee problem, McClaren has little option but to start the Serbian.The former England boss’ assertion that Riviere will be like a new signing when he returns to the squad was greeted with scorn by fans who have seen him struggle to adapt to life in England’s top-flight.But McClaren has simply not had a chance to watch the Frenchman action yet and is keen to see what he has to offer.He said: “I’ve only seen a week of him training, that’s it. He’s been injured ever since (he was appointed) so I’ve not seen him. I’ve just seen a couple of videos from last season.“He seems a lad who gives 100 per cent, total effort and at the present moment we need to help Mitrovic.“We know we’re not scoring enough goals. We know, you know, everybody knows what we’re doing. We’re not scoring enough goals at the present moment.” Aleksandar Mitrovic rues a missed chance for Newcastle United last_img read more

AC Milan chief rubbishes Southampton link to playmaker

first_img Keisuke Honda 1 AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has rubbished claims Keisuke Honda asked to leave the club – amid reported interest from Southampton.The 29-year-old has been in and out of the team at the San Siro this season and there was talk he wanted to leave in January.Southampton had expressed an interest as they explored the possibility of using Honda as a replacement for fellow playmaker Gaston Ramirez.However, Galliani has now moved to dismiss claims that Honda wants to leave and instead insists the attacking midfielder is happy in Italy.“He’s a very intelligent lad,” Galliani told Milan News.“He has a different mentality to us Italians, because he’s Japanese. I wanted him at all costs, because he’s a great player and he’s showing it.“He always states his opinions politely. He wants to stay at Milan, and we want to keep him, he’s never been for sale and he’s never asked for a transfer.“We’re very happy with what he’s doing now. He’s doing very well, he works very hard and sacrifices himself so much for the team.”last_img read more

FA Cup quarter final draw: Arsenal given another home game if they get past Hull

first_img Ties to be played March 11-14 1 Everton will face Chelsea in the pick of the FA Cup quarter-finals.Roberto Martinez’s men progressed to the last eight with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, while Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 victory against a young Manchester City side at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.The last-eight clash is a repeat of the 2009 final in which Louis Saha opened the scoring for Everton after 25 seconds, only for goals from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to turn the match in Chelsea’s favour.Chelsea’s current interim boss Guus Hiddink was also in charge for that match.West Ham’s reward for a 5-1 win at Blackburn is a trip to Shrewsbury or Manchester United, who go head to head in the fifth round on Monday night.Arsenal will play Watford at the Emirates Stadium if the Gunners can get past Hull in a fifth-round replay at the KC Stadium.Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will travel to former club Reading in the other last-eight clash.Ties to be played March 11-14.Draw in fullReading v Crystal PalaceEverton v ChelseaArsenal or Hull v WatfordShrewsbury or Manchester United v West Hamlast_img read more

State proposes re-entry facilities for inmates

first_imgLOS ANGELES – State corrections officials shopped around a new recividism-reduction concept to officials from Pasadena and around the county Friday – the creation of small, local detention facilities that could prepare inmates for life on the outside. These secure rehabilitation centers, which could be made possible through the recent passage of AB 900, a prison reform bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger in May, would house convicts serving the last six to 12 months of their prison sentences. The centers would target inmates considered by officials to have a high risk of committing another offense after release. Those inmates would receive special services such as substance-abuse treatment, vocational training, anger-management classes and housing and job placement, officials said. The centers could be built in counties and cities where inmates would be sent upon release, said correction officials, who presented the concept to various city, county and law-enforcement representatives at a downtown Los Angeles workshop, hoping for buy-in on the concept. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“There are opportunities for us if we acknowledge that these aren’t convicts, these aren’t parolees – these are citizens coming back into our communities,” said James Tilton, state secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who presented the workshop. He and other correctional officials called the workshop as a way to inform interested parties from the Los Angeles area about how the facilities might work in their communities. Corrections officials cited statistics showing that California prison inmates have a 70 percent likelihood of ending up back in prison after release. The creation of these “re-entry facilities” could be one way to decrease those numbers, officials said. “The system isn’t working,” Whittier Police Chief David Singer said, addressing workshop participants. “We need to do something to fix it.” Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Marvin Cavanaugh said he believes the time has come to look at giving pre-release inmates tools to survive in the real world. “We are now at the brink where re-entry programs … are exactly the right thing to do,” he said. If the facilities are implemented, city and county officials would need to work closely with local law-enforcement officials to make them effective, Singer said. Tilton said the practice of setting parolees loose in communities with no resources, training or job prospects makes investing in rehab programs the better alternative. “You should want one of these (facilities) in your backyard,” he said. “These are your citizens and your community, and if we don’t invest and give them some tools to come out and be successful, then you’re going to have people come back to a community who are going to commit more crimes.” While Tilton did not specify where any such rehab centers are in the works, he did say he has been working with officials from Los Angeles County cities, including Pasadena and those in the San Gabriel Valley, as well as throughout the state. Some officials have embraced the idea, others needed more information, hence the need for workshops such as Friday’s to spread the word, he said. robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 579-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more