• Graham Potter hails Ben White after his winning return to Elland Road

    White was impressive against the side with whom he made his name.

    17 Jan 2021, 11:15 CET

    Brighton boss Graham Potter believes defender Ben White will have relished Saturday's Premier League win at former club Leeds.


    Neal Maupay struck the only goal in the first half, while White's commanding display on his first return to Elland Road was instrumental in Brighton halting a nine-game winless league run.


    "I think Ben's been playing well," said Potter after his side's first top-flight win since November.


    "He did well against Manchester City, he did well against Newport, at right-back, on a difficult pitch.


    "I'm sure he's delighted to go back to his old team and get the three points because he had a fantastic time here."


    White played all 46 Sky Bet Championship games for Leeds during his loan spell last season when helping them win promotion, mainly as a centre-half.


    The versatile 23-year-old showed why Leeds had been so keen to sign him permanently in the summer with a dominant display in central midfield on Saturday.


    "He speaks of nothing but respect for Leeds United and how they helped him and his career, so it's nice for him to come back and get three points," Potter said.


    Brighton's win was all the more impressive given they had been forced into extra time in last Sunday's FA Cup penalty shoot-out win at Newport before losing 1-0 at Manchester City on Wednesday.


    Despite having only 34 per cent of possession against lacklustre Leeds, the Seagulls created the better chances.


    Leandro Trossard's deflected cross hit the woodwork after Maupay had given them a 17th-minute lead and the Belgian fired narrowly off target in the second half.


    "We had to defend," Potter added.


    "We had to be quite smart in terms of what we asked the team to do because it's our third game in six days and Leeds were fresh.


    "So we had to be clever with our defensive organisation. You want to try and put a bit more possession together, but credit to Leeds, they don't make it easy for you.


    "We managed the game well and I thought had the better opportunities and attacked probably more efficiently."


    Leeds winger Jack Harrison admitted Brighton had been rewarded for doing their research.


     


    "Our style of play is usually attacking and creating as many chances as possible and we struggled to do that today," he told the club's official website.


    "They obviously did their homework and studied how we play.


    "We struggled to create chances, fair play to them. They played the game they wanted to play and made it hard for us.


    "They had a very compact defence and we struggled to break them down and get in behind them at times."

  • Tariq Lamptey pens new deal at Brighton

    Head coach Graham Potter is delighted with the contract extension.

    17 Jan 2021, 11:10 CET

    Tariq Lamptey has signed a new contract at Brighton, committing his future to the club until 2025.


    The 20-year-old right-back has been a revelation since joining the Seagulls, with his electric pace reportedly putting him on the radar of some of Europe's biggest clubs.


    But Brighton have moved to quell speculation of a move away by handing Lamptey a new deal, one year after his arrival from Chelsea.


    Head coach Graham Potter said: "We are delighted to see Tariq commit his long-term future here.


    "We knew his potential when we signed him a year ago, and hoped he would have a really positive impact on the club, and that has proved to be the case with his performances since June.


    "He has been the model professional, he works exceptionally hard, is a humble lad and is a team player. He fits in with everything we would want from a player, now it's about helping him reach his potential."


    Lamptey has made 19 appearances for Brighton since signing last January, while also establishing himself at England under-21 level.


    He scored his first Brighton goal in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on November 1.

  • Hibs midfielder Alex Gogic makes blueprint for dream start to the new year

    The Cypriot international dedicated his celebration to his partner.

    17 Jan 2021, 11:07 CET

    Alex Gogic has laid out his blueprint for a dream start to 2021 as the Hibernian midfielder eyes Hampden glory as well as preparing to become a father again.


    Gogic's partner is due to give birth to a baby girl at the end of February and the Cypriot international dedicated his celebration to her after finding the net in Saturday's 2-0 win over Kilmarnock.


    That timeline would see the latest addition to the Gogic family arrive around the same time Hibs are preparing for a Betfred Cup final – if they can defeat St Johnstone next weekend.


    And the versatile former Hamilton player admits he is relishing a thrilling period in his professional and home life.


    Gogic said: "My missus is pregnant and we're expecting a baby soon. So that goal and celebration was for her. We're having a girl. It's our second and we already have a boy so we're both happy!


    "It's something exciting for us look forward to at the end of February.


    "It's a big week for us with the semi-final, we need to win that. We've been there before and we want to take the next step this time and get to the final – and then the baby will be here.


    "I've got it all planned out! I just hope it all goes like that."


    Gogic's thunderbolt from just inside the box added to an Alan Power own goal to end Hibs' four-game winless streak and see them leapfrog Aberdeen into third spot in the Premiership.


    He added: "This win was important as we had a bit of a downfall with the defeats against Ross County and Livingston.


    "So, it was good to get the three points and keep a clean sheet to get back to winning ways."


    Killie assistant Andy Millen reckons the opening goal, which saw Power turn a fine Josh Doig cross into his own net, was decisive in a contest which had been a complete stalemate to that point.


    He added: "The first half was even and both the manager (Alex Dyer) and I said to the boys at half-time a mistake from either team was going to lead to the first goal.


    "Unfortunately for us, we made the mistake. And then we're chasing the game."

  • Three injuries for Aberdeen following ‘horrible’ Ross County defeat

    More bad news for boss Derek McInnes.

    17 Jan 2021, 11:00 CET

    Aberdeen have been dealt a triple injury blow after being hammered 4 -1 by Ross County at Dingwall on Saturday.


    Ash Taylor, Jonny Hayes and Ross McCrorie all picked up injuries at the Global Energy Stadium which could see them ruled out for a number of weeks.


    Hayes and McCrorie both suffered ankle injuries which saw them leave the Highlands in crutches with Taylor having to be substituted after 30 minutes with a back injury.


    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says it is unlikely they will be making a quick return.


    "Ross has a real issue with his ankle which is going on to the bottom of his leg," he said.


    "It doesn't look good to be honest, he was really struggling and couldn't move in the final 10 minutes, but we had used all our subs.


    "It did have a bearing on the game as he couldn't get off the ground to challenge with Ross Draper for the third goal.


    "Jonny rolled his ankle so we need to wait and see with that and how that plays out during the week.


    "Ash had a back spasm in the opening period and he was clearly struggling to move. He has a better chance of recovering, but it is an issue just now.


    "Hopefully the injuries aren't too bad, but we do fear the worst with a couple of them." McInnes did not hide from the fact that the result in Dingwall was one of their worst this season.


    "We can't dress this up, it has been a horrible afternoon," he said.


    "We have to defend certain situations far better than we did and disappointed with the manner of goals we conceded.


    "It is hard to look at any positives and losing three key players during the game was disappointing."


    Meanwhile Ross County manager John Hughes dedicated Saturday's victory to club chairman Roy MacGregor who he says has worked tirelessly to ensure the Staggies remain good enough to stay a top flight team next season.


    "Since I've come to the club – and I'm not patronising anyone here – I've been made very welcome," Hughes said.


    "I've seen what it means to a lot of people and I've seen what it means to my chairman.


     "He's in there pushing, every day, saying 'what do you need?' or 'how can I help?' "So it is about time I dedicate this victory to him.


    "We'll enjoy it for a couple of days, but I've said to the players not to let themselves get carried away.


    "But in terms of what I'm seeing, it is encouraging. We won't win every game, but every team knows they will have been in a game that's all I can ask of the boys.


    "That's what they've done since I came in."

  • Jim Goodwin has injury headache as St Mirren prepare for Betfred Cup mission

    The Buddies could be without Jake Doyle-Hayes and Collin Quaner against Livingston.

    17 Jan 2021, 10:52 CET

    St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has injury problems to contend with as he looks ahead to a Betfred Cup sem-final.


    The Buddies suffered a 1-0 Premiership defeat to St Johnstone but despite that setback Goodwin must quickly turn his focus to facing in-form Livingston.


    While Callum Davidson can reflect on St Johnstone's win, Goodwin could be without midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes for several weeks while German centre forward Collin Quaner's debut from the bench was curtailed minutes from the end against St Johnstone when he limped out of the fray.


    Goodwin was angered by two refereeing decisions that went against the Buddies at key moments in the contest but he had little time to dwell ahead of his side's cup commitments.


    "The referee's decisions were really costly but we didn't play as well as we would have liked," said Goodwin.


    "It looks like a little bit of medial (ligament) damage with Collin but I don't think it is anything too severe. But we do have a concern over Jake. It looks as if he has pulled a muscle in his thigh.


    "That could be a four to six weeks job, which is a real blow because he has been a big player for us. But we aren't going to be too downhearted.


    "We lost to a good side. But you rely on referees to get the big decisions right and unfortunately that hasn't happened.


    "We have a big week now to prepare for what is a huge game for the club, a semi-final with Livingston at Hampden on Sunday."


    Goodwin was aggrieved at the red card shown to midfielder Cammy MacPherson in the 55th minute for a second foul on Israeli striker Guy Melamed.


    And he maintained referee Steven McLean missed an arm used by Melamed before Chris Kane's initial strike which keeper Jak Alnwick parried back into the centre forward's path to score shortly after the break.


    Matchwinner Kane, who scored his sixth goal of the season, had a chance to make the run-in smoother but Alnwick tipped his shot over the target.


    "We won't allow ourselves to feel sorry for ourselves. Hopefully we can give a better account of ourselves on Sunday," added Goodwin.


    St Johnstone boss Davidson, whose side face Hibernian on Saturday, admitted the display against St Mirren had not been pretty but he welcomed a three-point haul for the first time since early November.


    "It's probably the worst we have played," admitted Davidson.


    "But we defended really well and never allowed St Mirren to get into our box. That was the pleasing aspect."

  • John Hartson: The time has come for Neil Lennon to leave Celtic

    The former Hoops striker says a change is needed.

    17 Jan 2021, 10:39 CET

    John Hartson believes former Celtic team mate Neil Lennon's time as Parkhead boss should be up.


    The Hoops concluded a calamitous week with a goalless home draw against Livingston on Saturday which delivered another blow to already ailing hopes of a 10th successive Scottish Premiership title.


    Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 first-team players were still self-isolating as close contacts of Christopher Jullien who was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 after returning from a controversial training camp in Dubai.


    First team coach Gavin Strachan was in charge for the 1-1 draw against Hibernian last Monday night and again for the visit of in-form Livi who were a match for the weakened Hoops side.


    The result left the champions 20 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers at the top of the table with two games in hand, before the Light Blues' visit to Motherwell on Sunday lunchtime.


    Former Wales striker Hartson has been a big supporter of Lennon, with whom he played with at Celtic Park between 2001 and 2006, but believes it is time for the Northern Irishman to go.


    He told the ten10podcast.com: "I am a pundit but I care like the fans care, I am a Celtic supporter and ex-player and it is just very disappointing to see how this season has so fizzled out.I think a change is needed.


    "I send Neil best wishes and good luck when he needs it but to lose the league in such a big, big season in the way they have, has been so disappointing.


    "Not just me, look at Chris Sutton, Stan Petrov, Alan Thompson and Henrik Larsson (former team mates), we all love Neil and want him to succeed and we were all delighted when he brought home the quadruple treble but I do genuinely think, with the situation in the league, a change is needed from the bottom to the top, I really do.


    "The whole thing needs to be changed and it needs to happen pretty soon.


    "Maybe the players need a different voice. Neil might want a new challenge, a fresh start. Sometimes it doesn't work, Neil is intelligent enough, he has to see this.


    "It has taken me this long to say I would like to see a change, new staff, a freshness, something different. Neil has done amazing. His trophy haul has been fantastic both as a player and a manager.


    "I just think the club need to say that they are going to change the manager, whether he goes at the end of the season or now, it is tough call for me to say it but I think it needs to be done. The time has come."


    Hartson believes the Celtic players should be glad no supporters are allowed into Parkhead this season due to the coronavirus restrictions.


    He said: "I actually think it is a blessing that the fans are not allowed in because at this moment in time there would probably be about 15,000 fans watching Celtic.


    "I think a lot of them would have stayed away having watching some of the drizzle Celtic have shown up this season.


    "I think the players have got away with murder. I played at Celtic Park for five years and I had the Celtic manager and the crowd barking down my throat every time I gave the ball away.


    "The players are giving the ball away willy-nilly now, the passing is not crisp, not accurate, there is a lot of sloppiness going on.


    "The defenders are not winning tackles and interceptions, the crowd would go berserk, you would be booed off half the time.


    "That has not happened so in a way you could say, yes, they have missed the crowd but they would get on to them and make it more difficult. How much stick would they be giving Shane Duffy now?"

  • Brian Rice looking for more goals after shoring up Hamilton defence

    Accies have only scored in one of their past six matches.

    17 Jan 2021, 10:00 CET

    Brian Rice saw more evidence of his Hamilton side's much-improved defensive play in Saturday's goalless draw against Dundee United. But the Accies head coach admits he is working day and night to get more goals from his team.


    Hamilton have come a long way since losing 17 goals in three Scottish Premiership games and then bowing out of the Betfred Cup at Stranraer in November.


    They recorded a fifth clean sheet in nine matches with the help of Ryan Fulton's brilliant one-handed stop from an Ian Harkes header, plus some solid penalty-box defending.


    Accies are far from the worst team in the Scottish Premiership when it comes to putting the ball in the net – their 21-goal total is better than Motherwell, Ross County, St Mirren and United.


    But they have only scored in one of their past six matches and Rice is looking for some reinforcements up front, with main striker Marios Ogkmpoe out with a knee injury and wide men David Templeton and Nathan Thomas both injured.


    Front players Callum Smith and David Moyo both blazed over from good chances against United.


    "Callum had a great chance and he's got to do better, and the kid knows that," Rice said.


    "He's got to show a bit of composure.


    "The strikers haven't scored enough goals this season and we are trying to address that.


    "We have addressed the situation of losing goals, now we have got to get back to scoring goals. And we know that, that's what we have been working non-stop on, trying to get one or two in to help us in that department. But it's very, very difficult."


    United are not lacking in quality strikers with Scotland cap Marc McNulty restricted to a substitute role as fellow international Lawrence Shankland started just behind Louis Appere, with Nicky Clark further back.


    But they created few penalty-box chances during their sixth goalless draw of the season.


    "You have to be honest and say that if you're going to be more successful, then you have to be taking three points in some of those games," manager Micky Mellon said.


    "But we won't allow people to put us under pressure by saying it's a problem for us when we're getting clean sheets and results in a league that we've just arrived in.


    "It shows how far we've come when we go into the dressing room that we're disappointed that we've not taken three points at a place like Hamilton."


    Mellon added: "We always said we have to keep building bit by bit, and we certainly are.


    "We're not playing off the cuff. A lot of the stuff we are doing, we're working hard in training and I'm seeing that in our play.


    "I see what the players are trying to achieve when they get on the ball. I'm very clear on that and I'm pleased when I see it coming off.


    "We're getting to a good place but, quite rightly, we have to score goals and win games of football."

  • Scott Parker proud of battling Fulham despite derby defeat to Chelsea

    The Cottagers played the entire second half with 10 men.

    17 Jan 2021, 10:00 CET

    Scott Parker believes Fulham defended "heroically" despite slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea as they finished the match with 10 men.


    Mason Mount drove the ball past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the 78th minute to break the deadlock and bring Chelsea's three-game winless Premier League run to an end.


    Fulham wing-back Antonee Robinson was dismissed for a flying tackle on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta just before half-time to give the Blues a second-half numerical advantage, and Parker was full of praise for his side.


    "You never feel that you've probably done enough because of the circumstances of being down to 10 men and the quality that Chelsea have at their disposal and the players they have on the pitch," the Fulham boss said.


    "I think at that we knew this game would go to 90 minutes really, and you're playing the clock a little bit and you get to 70-odd or 78 minutes and you're thinking 'can we hold on?'.


    "I thought we defended heroically and I thought we defended really well and it is a shame that they got their nose in front.


    "But overall, I've got a real admiration for my team the way they played.


    "Certainly first half, (we) limited them really and the 10 or 15 minutes before the sending off we were well in the ascendancy and we missed a great chance with (Ivan) Cavaleiro and when you're us, really those chances against these sort of teams really need to go in and the sending off changes the game, obviously."


    The result moved Chelsea just one point behind Jose Mourinho's Tottenham in seventh place and manager Frank Lampard praised his side's spirit.


    "(The win) was really important because our recent league form as we know has not been what we want, so that means at the top end of the pitch we've gone from the top goalscorers in the Premier League to not.


    "That means there's a little bit of a lack of confidence in individuals and when you've got a little bit of a block of a 10-man team then you're going to have to try and find a pass that goes through a line or a bit of magic that comes off the cuff and it wasn't quite there for us until the goal.


    "But Mason, like I said, was the outstanding player. The patience was good, the movement of the ball was pretty good it was important that we took it forward because I think the spirit and the way we approached the game was spot on and now we've got a big game on Tuesday."

  • Newcastle boss Steve Bruce encouraged by Mikel Arteta rescue act at Arsenal

    The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five games.

    17 Jan 2021, 09:00 CET

    Steve Bruce will go head-to-head with Mikel Arteta on Monday evening hoping to follow in his footsteps.


    Newcastle's head coach has presided over a run of eight games in all competitions without a win which has left him squarely in the sights of a growing band of critics.


    By contrast, Arsenal counterpart Arteta has stopped the rot at the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks having gone unbeaten in five matches, in the process easing the Gunners into 11th place in the Premier League table and into the fourth round of the FA Cup, the latter at the Magpies' expense.


    Bruce is philosophical about the pressure he is currently under having seen the Spaniard's immediate troubles dissipate while Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo have been thrust into the spotlight.


    He said: "Look, no matter whether you're me in charge of Newcastle or whoever you're in charge of in the Premier League, we're always under the pump in terms of results and at the minute, results haven't been good enough for us.


    "It's part and parcel of the game that you have to accept these days. A few weeks ago, it was Arteta; Frank's in the middle of it now; all of a sudden, Wolves have won one in eight.


    "It is part and parcel of the Premier League. If you don't get enough results, then unfortunately that's the way it is these days and we have to accept it – then you come under pressure.


    "They (Arsenal) have had a few decent results in a short period of time, which always helps. Just at the right time, he (Arteta) has had a good run."


    League wins over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom and Thursday night's draw with Crystal Palace either side of an extra-time cup victory against the Magpies send Arsenal into their latest fixture in confident mood.


    By contrast, Newcastle have gone out of both domestic knockout competitions and last won in the league against the struggling Baggies on December 12.


    Bruce said: "You always know when you go to Arsenal, we know what to expect. It's going to be – as always – difficult, but it's the way we go and approach it and approach it in the right manner, like we did in the cup tie, and let's see if we can get a better result."

  • Pep Guardiola reaches 50 with more in store for his Manchester City reign

    A manager who once planned to retire early is now looking to the long term as City chase the Champions League.

    17 Jan 2021, 06:00 CET

    There was a time when Manchester City might have thought Pep Guardiola would not still be their manager by his 50th birthday. "I am arriving at the end of my coaching career, of this I am sure," the highly-decorated Catalan said in an interview back in the summer of 2017. "I feel the process of my goodbye has already started." This was just a year into his tenure at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola, after winning multiple trophies whilst in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was pointing out he had other interests he one day wished to pursue. That did not affect his immediate commitment to City, nor dull his relentless appetite for success. What followed was a phenomenal 2017-18 season in which City won the Premier League with a record 100 points and they built on that by claiming an unprecedented domestic treble the following year. Yet, having taken a year's sabbatical between his spells with Barca and Bayern, it was clear the famously intense Guardiola did have times when he wished to step away from the pressures of the game. It would not have been a surprise, therefore, had he walked away again once his contract ended. However, as he reaches that landmark birthday on Monday, Guardiola is still in the hotseat at City and, after twice renewing his contract, looks set to continue for some time yet. "Before I thought I was going to retire soon, now I'm thinking I'm going to retire older," he said earlier this month, fresh from committing himself to the club until the summer of 2023. Indeed, when he reached the milestone of 700 games in management in December, he even suggested he might only be halfway through his career. "Seven hundred games – I'm going to do 700 more and after that I'm going to retire," said Guardiola, who has won 29 major trophies since setting out as manager of Barcelona B in 2008. "When you start you don't expect what will happen in the future, so it is good to have 700 games and so few defeats." There is little doubt Guardiola has been a phenomenal success. The "tiki taka" brand of football he oversaw at Barcelona led to a golden era in the club's history. Their slick, possession-based game built around Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, coupled with high-intensity pressing, made them an outstanding unit. In just four years they won three LaLiga titles and two Champions Leagues, among other successes, and were the envy of the world game. He successfully transposed the formula to Bayern, where he won another three league crowns and he adapted it again at City, although it took him a year to fully bed in at the Etihad Stadium. There were detractors when he arrived in England. Some questioned whether his style could really work in the "tougher" Premier League where there were other clubs with equally competitive squads. The first season added weight to their argument as City scrambled into third place but Guardiola stuck to his footballing philosophy and was fully vindicated over the next two seasons. Admittedly, he did benefit from the club's spending power as he reshaped the squad but it was not just the results that were outstanding, but the manner in which they were achieved. The football was exhilarating as City smashed record after record in 2017-18 – including most wins, most points and most goals among others – and standards barely slipped the following year. The only difference by then was that Liverpool had responded to their raising of the bar and almost matched them, finishing runners-up by just a point. Jurgen Klopp's side then maintained the standard and won the title in 2020 as City, as they inevitably would have done at some point, let their intensity slip a little. The formidably driven Guardiola will no doubt ramp that up again and target further glory, although the current season could be difficult to judge given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the game and the challenges it has presented. The one blot on Guardiola's City career to date as been his failure to get beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League. There is little doubt winning Europe's top club competition has been the club's chief aim since hiring Guardiola and was the main reason for his appointment. He has won enough otherwise to ensure his reign will not stand or fall by it, but it remains the top objective. Guardiola is now judged by the highest of standards and his work at the club may not be considered complete by some until he achieves it.

  • Pep turns 50: The best moments of Guardiola’s trophy-laden managerial career

    Guardiola has won trophies in Spain, Germany and England after swapping his playing days for life in the dugout.

    17 Jan 2021, 06:00 CET

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates his 50th birthday on Monday. Here, the PA news agency picks out some of the highlights of his outstanding managerial career. Incredible first Barcelona seasonWhen Guardiola took over at Barcelona in 2008 after being promoted from their B team, the club were at a – relatively – low ebb. They had gone two years without a trophy and their play had become stale. Guardiola changed that dramatically. He cleared out some ageing pros – including Ronaldinho – transformed their playing style and put the formidable triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi at the heart of the team. The resulting football was exhilarating and Barca swept almost all before them as they won a LaLiga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble. Second Barcelona Champions League winBarcelona powered on under Guardiola, going on to win the Club World Cup and LaLiga again in 2010 and 2011, among other successes. Their high-intensity brand of possession-based football, now widely known as tiki-taka, was the envy of the world game. His reign reached its peak as Messi-inspired Barca delivered a masterclass to beat Manchester United 3-1 in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley. German doublesGuardiola successfully took his footballing philosophy and winning mentality to Bayern Munich after deciding to leave Barcelona and take a year out of the game. He did not quite scale the same heights as the German club did not win the Champions League under his guidance, but they were dominant on the domestic front. They won the Bundesliga three years in succession under Guardiola and capped his time in Bavaria by claiming the double – for a second time – in 2016. City break the 100-point barrierAfter taking a year to find his feet in the English game, Guardiola spectacularly began to justify the hype that accompanied his move to Manchester City during an astounding 2017-18 campaign. City broke a whole host of records as they powered to the Premier League. Chief among them was their final points tally – 100 – while they also set new best marks for most goals (106), most wins (32) and biggest league-winning margin (19 points), as well as others. City win unprecedented domestic trebleAs well as winning the Premier League in 2017-18, Guardiola's City also won the Carabao Cup. Their appetite for silverware showed no signs of being sated the following year, and indeed they even went one better, as they became the first English side to win the domestic treble. The Premier League was hard-fought as Liverpool pushed them all the way but they rounded off the campaign in emphatic fashion as they trounced Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final.

  • West Ham United 1 - 0 Burnley - Match Report

    The upwardly-mobile Hammers made it back-to-back Premier League wins.

    17 Jan 2021, 00:58 CET

    <p>Michail Antonio returned to goalscoring form as West Ham edged closer to the top six with a 1-0 victory over Burnley.</p><p>The upwardly-mobile Hammers made it back-to-back Premier League wins and are now unbeaten in five matches in all competitions thanks to Antonio&rsquo;s early strike.</p><p>Boss David Moyes is expected to splash out on a striker this month following the sale of record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax.</p><p>But Antonio showed why he remains West Ham&rsquo;s main man up front, if he can stay fit, with his fourth goal of the season and his first since October following a spell out injured.</p><p>He found the net in the ninth minute with West Ham&rsquo;s first attack of the match, after Said Benrahma&rsquo;s ball had sent Jarrod Bowen through.</p><p>Bowen reached the byline before playing the ball back to Pablo Fornals, who crossed into the area.</p><p>The ball grazed the head of Clarets defender Ben Mee, forcing James Tarkowski to miss his header and leave Antonio with a tap-in at the far post.</p><p>The 30-year-old embarked on one of his trademark bizarre celebrations, performing the backstroke by the corner flag following a challenge by team-mate Declan Rice.</p><p>And it was Burnley who were swimming against the tide throughout the rest of a lacklustre first half.</p><p>They briefly thought they had equalised when an Ashley Barnes cross was diverted into his own net by Aaron Cresswell, but the Burnley forward was pulled up for offside.</p>


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    <p>Moments later West Ham almost doubled their lead, with Rice flicking on Bowen&rsquo;s corner to Angelo Ogbonna, who headed against a post.</p><p>Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski, himself just back from a thigh injury, dealt with a couple of Johann&nbsp;Berg&nbsp;Gudmundsson shots but Burnley offered little threat before the interval.</p><p>Early in the second half Rice went close with an audacious angled free-kick which flew narrowly over and Fornals&rsquo; goal-bound shot was blocked.</p><p>Rice then fed Bowen, who raced clear of Dwight McNeil but buried his shot into the side-netting.</p><p>Burnley have only scored four goals on the road this season so their prospects of an equaliser looked thin.</p><p>They threatened one when Mee headed Robbie Brady&rsquo;s ball wide, and came even closer when McNeil&rsquo;s cross looped over Fabianski and grazed the crossbar.</p><p>But West Ham are made of sterner stuff under Moyes these days and they held on for a third successive 1-0 win since the turn of the year.</p>
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  • Leeds United 0 - 1 Brighton and Hove Albion - Match Report

    The Seagulls halted a 10-game winless run in all competitions.

    17 Jan 2021, 00:58 CET

    <p>Neal Maupay&rsquo;s first-half effort was enough to sink Leeds 1-0 and clinch Brighton their first Premier League win since November.</p><p>Maupay tapped home at the far post for his seventh goal of the season in the 17th minute as the Seagulls halted a 10-game winless run in all competitions.</p><p>It was a successful return to Elland Road for Brighton&rsquo;s Ben White, who helped Leeds win promotion during a loan spell last season, while his former club slipped to a third straight defeat under Marcelo Bielsa for the first time in 12 months.</p><!-- EMBED START Twitter --><figure><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="525" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&#128525; Gritty, determined and resilient on the road!</p><p>GET IN THERE! &#128170;</p><p>&#128242; <a href="https://t.co/S3j1TIedJv">https://t.co/S3j1TIedJv</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BHAFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BHAFC</a> &#128309;&#9898;&#65039; <a href="https://t.co/Pnpj7BjqB8">pic.twitter.com/Pnpj7BjqB8</a></p><p>&mdash; Brighton &amp; Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/OfficialBHAFC/status/1350485810538307591?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2021</a></p></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></figure><!-- EMBED END Twitter --><p>Bielsa&rsquo;s side were bidding to bounce back from last week&rsquo;s embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Crawley.</p><p>However, they sorely missed suspended midfielder Kalvin Philiips and rarely got close to producing the form which has won them so many admirers in the top flight.</p>


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    <p>Rodrigo was inches away from converting Ezgjan Alioski&rsquo;s brilliant low cross and Mateusz Klich blazed off target after neat build-up play from Leeds.</p><p>At the other end, referee Kevin Friend was unimpressed when Maupay went to ground in the penalty area with Luke Ayling in hot pursuit, but the Frenchman gave Brighton the lead soon after.</p><p>Leandro Trossard and Alexis Mac Allister&rsquo;s neat exchange carved Leeds open in the area and Maupay, unmarked at the back post, turned home the latter&rsquo;s low cross.</p><!-- EMBED START Image --><figure id="embedded257563010"><img src="//image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/df46f393e6a434b79589df38a51bdf72Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMjQy/2.57563010.jpg?w=640" alt="Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion &ndash; Premier League &ndash; Elland Road" data-title="Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion &ndash; Premier League &ndash; Elland Road" data-copyright-holder="PA Wire" data-copyright-notice="PA Wire/PA Images" data-credit="Peter Powell" data-usage-terms="EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &ldquo;live&rdquo; services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications." srcset="https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/df46f393e6a434b79589df38a51bdf72Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMjQy/2.57563010.jpg?w=320 320w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/df46f393e6a434b79589df38a51bdf72Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMjQy/2.57563010.jpg?w=640 640w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/df46f393e6a434b79589df38a51bdf72Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMjQy/2.57563010.jpg?w=1280 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 767px) 89vw, (max-width: 1000px) 54vw, (max-width: 1071px) 543px, 580px"><figcaption>Neal Maupay (centre) celebrates with his team-mate (Peter Powell/PA)</figcaption></figure><!-- EMBED END Image --><p>Leeds had a golden chance to equalise, but Patrick Bamford somehow failed to make contact with Raphinha&rsquo;s cross from six yards.</p><p>The Seagulls&rsquo; confidence soared and they went close again when Trossard&rsquo;s cross was deflected on to the crossbar by Ayling.</p><p>With half-time approaching, Leeds were struggling to get a grip on the game in the absence of Phillips and, on a heavy pitch, repeated misplaced passes invited Brighton on to the offensive.</p><p>The home side stepped up a gear after the restart and Jack Harrison fired just wide after Raphinha had cut in from the left as Leeds showed some rare fluency.</p><!-- EMBED START Image --><figure id="embedded257564621"><img src="//image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/3b86ab497873a2ba5ce77728604eb281Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMzEy/2.57564621.jpg?w=640" alt="Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion &ndash; Premier League &ndash; Elland Road" data-title="Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion &ndash; Premier League &ndash; Elland Road" data-copyright-holder="PA Wire" data-copyright-notice="PA Wire/PA Images" data-credit="Michael Regan" data-usage-terms="EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &ldquo;live&rdquo; services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications." srcset="https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/3b86ab497873a2ba5ce77728604eb281Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMzEy/2.57564621.jpg?w=320 320w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/3b86ab497873a2ba5ce77728604eb281Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMzEy/2.57564621.jpg?w=640 640w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/3b86ab497873a2ba5ce77728604eb281Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTAzMzEy/2.57564621.jpg?w=1280 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 767px) 89vw, (max-width: 1000px) 54vw, (max-width: 1071px) 543px, 580px"><figcaption>Jack Harrison reacts after a missed chance at Elland Road (Michael Regan/PA)</figcaption></figure><!-- EMBED END Image --><p>But another error at the back almost undid Leeds&rsquo; good work. Alioski&rsquo;s underhit pass was pounced on by Maupay and he fed Trossard, who was a whisker away from making it 2-0.</p><p>Bielsa sent on Tyler Roberts for Rodrigo and then Pablo Hernandez for Alioski in a bid to wrestle back control in midfield, which was increasingly being dominated by White.</p><p>He played most of his 46 games for Leeds last season as a centre-half, but was helping Brighton dictate the play from central midfield.</p><p>The hosts pressed forward in search of a late equaliser but could not create clear-cut openings, while Brighton defender Adam Webster forced Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla into a low save.</p>
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  • Fulham 0 - 1 Chelsea - Match Report

    Fulham had Antonee Robinson sent off just before the break.

    17 Jan 2021, 00:57 CET

    <p>Mason Mount scored the only goal to hand Chelsea a 1-0 victory over 10-man Fulham at Craven Cottage.</p><p>Frank Lampard&rsquo;s side&rsquo;s three-match winless run in the Premier League stretched back to before Christmas but they were able to capitalise on their numerical advantage when the 22-year-old drove past Alphonse Areola in the 78th minute.</p><p>The Cottagers had gone into the game unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches but were unable to hold onto a point, a challenge which was made much more difficult when wing-back Antonee Robinson was sent off for a diving tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta just before half-time.</p><!-- EMBED START Twitter --><figure><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="525" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A big three points for the lads! &#128074;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FULCHE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FULCHE</a> <a href="https://t.co/BfBWNcvzmO">pic.twitter.com/BfBWNcvzmO</a></p><p>&mdash; Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1350525573257424899?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2021</a></p></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></figure><!-- EMBED END Twitter --><p>The result moved&nbsp;Chelsea just one point behind Jose Mourinho&rsquo;s Tottenham, while Fulham remain in the relegation zone.</p><p>In the 13th minute, Areola was forced into his first save of the game after Olivier Giroud sliced a ball towards the corner, but the French shot-stopper was able to dive and palm the ball round the post for a corner.</p><p>Chelsea came close to breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute when Mount&rsquo;s shot rebounded off the crossbar only for Areola to make an important save to deny Antonio Rudiger&rsquo;s header from the following corner.</p>


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    <p>Fulham had a chance to take the lead after a clever move but Ivan Cavaleiro, who had netted his second goal of the season on Wednesday against Tottenham, scuffed the final shot and it went wide. Ademola Lookman had back-heeled the ball to Robinson who squared it for his wing-back partner Kenny Tete before finding the Portuguese striker, but he was unable to capitalise.</p><!-- EMBED START Image --><figure id="embedded257567703"><img src="//image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/b5f8aa580de4a8ebaa38b8e6b1a5d30bY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTEzMDQ0/2.57567703.jpg?w=640" alt="Antonee Robinson is sent off" data-title="Fulham v Chelsea &ndash; Premier League &ndash; Craven Cottage" data-copyright-holder="PA Wire" data-copyright-notice="PA Wire/PA Images" data-credit="Clive Rose" data-usage-terms="EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &ldquo;live&rdquo; services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications." srcset="https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/b5f8aa580de4a8ebaa38b8e6b1a5d30bY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTEzMDQ0/2.57567703.jpg?w=320 320w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/b5f8aa580de4a8ebaa38b8e6b1a5d30bY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTEzMDQ0/2.57567703.jpg?w=640 640w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/b5f8aa580de4a8ebaa38b8e6b1a5d30bY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTEzMDQ0/2.57567703.jpg?w=1280 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 767px) 89vw, (max-width: 1000px) 54vw, (max-width: 1071px) 543px, 580px"><figcaption>The referee had little doubt in sending Antonee Robinson off (Clive Rose/PA)</figcaption></figure><!-- EMBED END Image --><p>Just before the half-time break, the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Robinson was immediately shown a red card for a flying tackle on Chelsea captain Azpilicueta. VAR quickly reviewed the decision but agreed with the referee, with Robinson having both feet off the ground.</p><p>At the start of the second half, Chelsea looked to capitalise on their numerical advantage and press forward as Fulham were forced back into their own third.</p><p>However, the home side dug in and were able to make blocks and key challenges to deny the visitors any clear-cut opportunities.</p><p>The Cottagers had their own chance to break when Ola Aina ran down the wing before cutting into the middle to get his shot away from outside the area but his effort went over the bar.</p><!-- EMBED START Twitter --><figure><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="525" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We gave it everything. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FULCHE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FULCHE</a> <a href="https://t.co/nP8J0MHOv6">pic.twitter.com/nP8J0MHOv6</a></p><p>&mdash; Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/FulhamFC/status/1350524635356549129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2021</a></p></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></figure><!-- EMBED END Twitter --><p>Tammy Abraham tested Areola with a header just moments after coming on, and Christian Pulisic was close to tapping in the opener from a well-weighted cross from the right but it was just too far in front of him.</p><p>Chelsea eventually benefited from their man-advantage and were able to find a way through the resolute Fulham defence when the ball fell to Mount in the area, who fired it past Areola to break the deadlock for Lampard&rsquo;s men.</p><p>Ben Chilwell sent in a cross from the left and Areola decided to palm it away but instead sent it back into play, where it fell to the England international who drove low and into the back of the net to secure all three points.</p><div data-crowdynews-widget="FirstRival_paddypower-light"><script src="//widget.crowdynews.com/FirstRival_paddypower-light.js" async="true"></script></div>   

  • Leicester City 2 - 0 Southampton - Match Report

    A goal in both halves was enough for the Foxes to sit one point adrift of leaders Manchester United.

    17 Jan 2021, 00:56 CET

    <p>James Maddison and Harvey Barnes strikes sent Leicester second in the Premier League as Brendan Rodgers&rsquo; side edged out victory against absentee-hit Southampton.</p><p>The high-flying teams played out an entertaining encounter at an impressive tempo in front of empty stands at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.</p><p>Leicester had not beaten Southampton on home soil since 2016 but Maddison&rsquo;s fierce strike helped them end that frustrating run, with Barnes scoring in stoppage time to wrap up a 2-0 win against Ralph Hasenhuttl&rsquo;s men.</p><!-- EMBED START Instagram --><figure><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKHy1Rzh4s0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13" style="background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:525px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); 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padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKHy1Rzh4s0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by Leicester City (@lcfc)</a></p></div></blockquote><script async src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></figure><!-- EMBED END Instagram --><p>Saints were without the likes of Danny Ings, Oriol Romeu and Jannik Vestergaard on Saturday evening but started on the front foot, impressing in and out of possession against the flustered Foxes.</p><p>But Leicester cranked up the pressure towards half-time and went ahead in the 37th minute as Maddison rolled Jack Stephens and lashed past Alex McCarthy in front of watching England boss Gareth Southgate.</p><p>Kasper Schmeichel pulled off some important saves on his 400th Leicester appearance and Stuart Armstrong rattled the crossbar in a helter-skelter second period.</p><p>Jamie Vardy somehow failed to puncture growing tension against Southampton, who were caught out at the death by Barnes.</p><!-- EMBED START Image --><figure id="embedded257572053"><img src="//image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/6b294cbc85eb87fcd9591531ab1f78d6Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTIyNDEw/2.57572053.jpg?w=640" alt="Harvey Barnes wrapped up victory for Leicester" data-title="Leicester City v Southampton &ndash; 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    <p>Smallbone was forced off with a knee issue shortly after and Vardy directed a header over as the match entered the final 30 minutes, with the veteran lifting over an audacious effort before nodding off target.</p><p>Southampton looked to be running out of gas but went close to a 73rd-minute leveller, with Armstrong wriggling free and unleashing a 25-yard shot that came back off the bar.</p><!-- EMBED START Image --><figure id="embedded257571654"><img src="//image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/5e874cdbf119c08fee9acd7e07a27240Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTIyNzQ4/2.57571654.jpg?w=640" alt="Southampton fought all the way at Leicester" data-title="Leicester City v Southampton &ndash; Premier League &ndash; King Power Stadium" data-copyright-holder="PA Wire" data-copyright-notice="PA Wire/PA Images" data-credit="Alex Pantling" data-usage-terms="EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &ldquo;live&rdquo; services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications." srcset="https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/5e874cdbf119c08fee9acd7e07a27240Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTIyNzQ4/2.57571654.jpg?w=320 320w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/5e874cdbf119c08fee9acd7e07a27240Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTIyNzQ4/2.57571654.jpg?w=640 640w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/5e874cdbf119c08fee9acd7e07a27240Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNjEwOTIyNzQ4/2.57571654.jpg?w=1280 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 767px) 89vw, (max-width: 1000px) 54vw, (max-width: 1071px) 543px, 580px"><figcaption>Southampton fought all the way at Leicester (Alex Pantling/PA)</figcaption></figure><!-- EMBED END Image --><p>Evans pushed Shane Long as the substitute waited to head home the loose ball but the offside flag saved the defender&rsquo;s blushes as a penalty would surely have been awarded.</p><p>Jan Bednarek cleared a Barnes cross-shot off the line and James Ward-Prowse fluffed his line as the frantic pattern of play continued.</p><p>McCarthy denied Vardy from close range late on but the impressive Saints goalkeeper would be beaten again in stoppage time.</p><p>The visitors were caught out pushing for an equaliser, with Barnes allowed through one-on-one and duly beating McCarthy.</p>
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  • Barnsley 0 - 2 Swansea City - Match Report

    Swansea keep the pressure on Championship leaders Norwich with win at Barnsley

    17 Jan 2021, 00:51 CET


    Swansea won 2-0 at Barnsley to keep up the pressure on leaders Norwich.


    The hosts had the better of the first half before Ben Cabango gave Swansea the lead just before the half-time whistle was blown. Jamal Lowe added a second goal early in the second half.


    Jack Walton and Victor Adeboyejo both returned to Barnsley’s starting line-up.


    Swansea boss Steve Cooper made one change with Kyle Naughton recalled in place of Ryan Manning. New signing Ben Hamer was named among the substitutes following his move from Huddersfield.


    Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman came out of his area early on to clear as Adeboyejo threatened.


    And the forward then fired over from the edge of the area with Marc Guehi in close attendance as Barnsley applied early pressure.


    Adeboyejo was making a nuisance of himself and he was in the thick of the action again, firing in a low shot from the right-hand side of the area which was saved by Woodman at his near post.


    Following the resulting corner, Conor Chaplin saw his goal-bound shot blocked in a packed penalty area.


    As the hosts continued to threaten, Chaplin’s attempted through-ball just evaded Cauley Woodrow.


    Callum Styles fired a low 20-yard drive on target but it was straight at Woodman who made a comfortable save.


    However, Swansea took the lead against the run of play in first-half stoppage time when a long throw from Connor Roberts was met by a glancing header from Cabango, with the ball going inside Walton’s right-hand post.


    A mix-up in defence between Michal Helik and Mads Andersen led to the visitors increasing their lead in the 55th minute, with Lowe seizing on the loose ball and shooting past the exposed Walton.


    Barnsley made a double substitution in the 62nd minute with Herbie Kane and Chaplin replaced by Romal Palmer and Carlton Morris. The latter was making his Barnsley debut after signing from Norwich.


    Barnsley skipper Alex Mowatt saw his deflected shot loop over the bar before Woodman then came to his side’s rescue, making a superb save to keep out Callum Brittain’s rasping drive.


    Walton was called into action at the other end, clawing away Roberts’ curling free-kick.


    Another double substitution for the home side saw Adeboyejo and Michael Sollbauer make way for Luke Thomas and Toby Sibbick.


    Barnsley threw men forward in the closing stages but they were unable to find a way through.


    Swansea, who stretched their unbeaten run to six matches, are now four points behind Norwich.


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  • Philadelphia 76ers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    The Philadelphia 76ers are solid 65.9 percent favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 76ers are shooting 49.1 percent from the field and the Thunder are forecasted to shoot 45.1 percent. The 76ers have the rebounding advantage at 48 to 39.3. The Thunder are committing fewer turnovers at 12.2 vs 13.9 for the 76ers. The 76ers are making 11 three pointers on 39.9 percent from three point range. The Thunder are making 12.2 three pointers on 33.7 percent. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA---PTS: Joel Embiid 21.5, Shai GilgeousAlexander 19.6 ASSISTS: Ben Simmons 7, Shai GilgeousAlexander 4.4 REBOUNDS: Joel Embiid 11.6, Al Horford 5.8 SPORTS ODDS: Sportsbooks and handicappers have set the line at OKC 3 TOTAL 220. WIN-LOSS Philadelphia 76ers 8-6 Oklahoma City Thunder 6-6 ATS Philadelphia 76ers 5-9 Sweat Barometer -4 Oklahoma City Thunder 7-5 Sweat Barometer -0.4 OVER-UNDER Philadelphia 76ers 4-9 Avg Over/Under Line 1.6 Oklahoma City Thunder 5-6 Avg Over/Under Line 0.9 ACCUSCORE PICK RECORD - POINT SPREAD PICKS Philadelphia 76ers 6-7 Oklahoma City Thunder 7-4 OVER-UNDER PICKS Philadelphia 76ers 8-5 Oklahoma City Thunder 7-4

  • Cleveland Browns vs Kansas City Chiefs

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    The Kansas City Chiefs are a heavy favorite winning 78% of simulations over the Cleveland Browns. Patrick Mahomes is averaging 294 passing yards and 2.5 TDs per simulation and Clyde Edwards-Helaire is projected for 119 rushing yards and a 77% chance of having at least 1 rushing TD. In the 21% of simulations where Cleveland Browns wins, Baker Mayfield averages 2.49 TD passes vs 0.39 interceptions, while in losses he has a ratio of 1.83 TDs to 0.83 interceptions. Nick Chubb averages 84 rushing yards and 0.82 rushing TDs when Cleveland Browns wins and 54 yards and 0.38 TDs in losses. Kansas City Chiefs has a 44% chance of forcing more turnovers than they commit. Positive turnover margin helps them win 93% of the time.

  • Amur Khabarovsk vs Barys Nur-Sultan

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    Team Barys Nur-Sultan are solid 60.1 percent favorites over the Amur Khabarovsk. The Barys are favored by AccuScore simulations partly because they have a +1 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 34 shots on goal vs 32 shots for the Amur. The Barys goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 95.1% compared to the Amur goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 93.9%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Alikin Evgeny 32, Ortio Joni 31 SHOTS: Yakupov Nail 2.5, Dietz Darren 4.1 GOALS: Ushenin Vladislav 0.2, Dietz Darren 0.4 PTS: Ushenin Vyacheslav has a 26% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Starchenko Roman has a 34% chance of 1+PTs

  • Avangard Omsk vs Yekaterinburg

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    Team Yekaterinburg are slight 54.3 percent favorites over the Avangard Omsk. The Yekaterinburg are favored despite being projected for 32 shots on goal vs 34 shots for the Avangard. The Yekaterinburg goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 92.5% compared to the Avangard goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 91.4%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Bobkov Igor 29, Fomin Leonid 32 SHOTS: Shumakov Sergei 2.7, Sexton Dan 2.8 GOALS: Shumakov Sergei 0.36, Macek Brooks 0.47 PTS: Khokhlachyov Alexander has a 43% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Sexton Dan has a 43% chance of 1+PTs

  • Din. Minsk vs Cherepovets

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    Team Din. Minsk are slight 50.1 percent favorites over the Cherepovets. The Dinamo Minsk are favored despite being projected for 30 shots on goal vs 38 shots for the Severstal. The Dinamo Minsk goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 92.9% compared to the Severstal goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 90.8%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Taylor Danny 35, Podyapolsky Vladislav 27 SHOTS: Spooner Ryan 2.8, Lalonde Shawn 2.7 GOALS: Kozun Brandon 0.53, Petunin Alexander 0.54 PTS: Spooner Ryan has a 57% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Petunin Alexander has a 36% chance of 1+PTs

  • SKA St. Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    Team CSKA Moscow are slight 50.8 percent favorites over the SKA St. Petersburg. The CSKA Moscow are favored by AccuScore simulations partly because they have a +1 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 31 shots on goal vs 30 shots for the SKA. The SKA goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 91.7% compared to the CSKA Moscow goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 91.4%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Samonov Alexander 27, Johansson Lars 28 SHOTS: Galimov Emil 2.6, Shalunov Maxim 2.5 GOALS: Tkachyov Vladimir E. 0.45, Slepyshev Anton 0.42 PTS: Aaltonen Miro has a 44% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Slepyshev Anton has a 46% chance of 1+PTs

  • Lens vs Nantes

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    This is a very close match-up. In 10,000 simulations Lens won 31.9%, Nantes won 31.7% and there was a 36.4% chance of a draw. Overall, the average simulation score is Lens 0.8 to Nantes 0.8. In simulation wins, Lens averages 7.7 shots and 2.8 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses. When Nantes wins they average 7.5 shots and 3.1 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses.

  • Fiorentina vs Napoli

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    There is a 19.2% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Napoli, at 71.8%, are heavy favorites to beat Fiorentina who have a 9.0% chance. In simulation wins, Fiorentina upsets Napoli by averaging 6.7 shots and 3.1 shots on goal. They average 1.8 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Napoli 2.2 to Fiorentina 0.7.

  • Parma vs Sassuolo

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    There is a 21.5% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Sassuolo, at 62.9%, are heavy favorites to beat Parma who have a 15.6% chance. In simulation wins, Parma upsets Sassuolo by averaging 7.5 shots and 3.3 shots on goal. They average 2.2 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.7 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Sassuolo 2.2 to Parma 1.0.

  • Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    There is a 21.4% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Manchester City, at 67.6%, are heavy favorites to beat Crystal Palace who have a 11.0% chance. In simulation wins, Crystal Palace upsets Manchester City by averaging 6.2 shots and 3.1 shots on goal. They average 1.8 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Manchester City 2.1 to Crystal Palace 0.7.

  • Freiburg vs Bayern Munchen

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    There is a 6.8% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Bayern Munchen, at 91.7%, are heavy favorites to beat Freiburg who have a 1.5% chance. In simulation wins, Freiburg upsets Bayern Munchen by averaging 4.8 shots and 2.5 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Bayern Munchen 3.6 to Freiburg 0.4.

  • Schalke 04 vs Eintracht Frankfurt

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    There is a 23.6% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Eintracht Frankfurt, at 62.3%, are heavy favorites to beat Schalke 04 who have a 14.1% chance. In simulation wins, Schalke 04 upsets Eintracht Frankfurt by averaging 8.2 shots and 3.5 shots on goal. They average 2.0 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.5 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Eintracht Frankfurt 2.1 to Schalke 04 0.9.

  • Rennes vs Brest

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    This is a very close match-up. In 10,000 simulations Rennes won 34.7%, Brest won 34.5% and there was a 30.8% chance of a draw. Overall, the average simulation score is Rennes 1.1 to Brest 1.1. In simulation wins, Rennes averages 9.2 shots and 3.1 shots on goal. They average 2.0 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses. When Brest wins they average 8.5 shots and 4.2 shots on goal. They average 2.0 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses.

  • Dijon vs Lorient

    17 Jan 2021, 00:00 CET

    This is a very close match-up. In 10,000 simulations Dijon won 35.8%, Lorient won 32.7% and there was a 31.5% chance of a draw. Overall, the average simulation score is Dijon 1.0 to Lorient 1.0. In simulation wins, Dijon averages 10.0 shots and 3.6 shots on goal. They average 1.9 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses. When Lorient wins they average 8.8 shots and 3.5 shots on goal. They average 1.9 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses.