• Ryan Giggs reveals Gareth Southgate chat helped set up England-Wales friendly

    The two sides last met at Euro 2016 when the Three Lions won 2-1.

    29 Sep 2020, 12:20 CEST

    Ryan Giggs has revealed how Gareth Southgate jumped at his idea of a friendly between England and Wales. The two nations meet on October 8 for the first time since England won a Euro 2016 'Battle of Britain' clash 2-1 in Lens. The behind-closed-doors Wembley friendly will allow England boss Southgate to prepare for Nations League home games Belgium and Denmark, while Wales remain on the road with trips to the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria. "I did a thing with Gareth for BT and I just mentioned a friendly game then," Giggs told the PA news agency. "He was up for it because he thought it would be a good test for them as well as for us. "It was an easy game to get organised and we've both got two Nations League games after that, so it will stand us in good stead."


    Euro 2020-bound Wales head to Wembley in buoyant mood after September wins over Finland and Bulgaria took them to the top of their Nations League group and extended their unbeaten run to eight games. But Gareth Bale could miss out with the injury he picked up on international duty last month and one that has delayed his second Tottenham debut following his loan move from Real Madrid. David Brooks and Joe Morrell are also fitness concerns and Giggs has a decision to make over Euro 2016 veterans Ashley Williams and Chris Gunter. Giggs named the pair in his September squad, but they both remain without clubs following their respective summer departures from Bristol City and Reading. Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges, Luton full-back Rhys Norrington-Davies and Hibernian striker Christian Doidge are all hoping for call-ups into what could be an extended squad. "It will be a great experience for the players to play at Wembley against a very good team," said Giggs, speaking at the relaunch of the McDonald's Fun Football programme which will see the company provide over five million hours of free football to five-to-11-year-olds by 2022. "There'll be a lot of juggling as you can make more subs in a friendly game. "But that will help us before our Nations League games."


    England and Wales have met 102 times with the first fixture ending in a 2-1 win for the Three Lions at Kennington Oval in 1879. Wales' last victory came during the final British Home Championship in 1984 when the debut-making Mark Hughes gave the Dragons a 1-0 win at Wrexham. England have won the five games since with Giggs twice on losing Wales sides in 2006 World Cup qualification. "My memories are not great ones because we didn't win the games," Giggs said. "But you remember the build-up and what a huge game it is for the players, the fans and for the country as a whole. "That will be the case again, it always is. It doesn't matter what the sport is, Wales v England is a passionate affair."


    :: Wales manager Ryan Giggs was relaunching McDonald's Fun Football programme, which offers fun, free and safe football sessions for children age 5-11. To find your nearest Fun Football Centre and to sign up for a session, go to: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/football

  • Ten of the best transfer window signings by Premier League clubs

    A number of stars have moved to the Premier League this summer.

    29 Sep 2020, 11:40 CEST

    The international transfer window shuts in under a week and although some Premier League clubs are expected to be active, plenty have made shrewd signings in recent weeks. Despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, teams have boosted their squads ahead of a shorter than usual season. Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the 10 best signings of the window so far.


    Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy


    Chelsea's goalkeeping issues have been long documented and go back before the arrival of Frank Lampard, but he could have solved the problem with the signing of Mendy from Rennes. A late developer, the Senegalese international has overcome many obstacles and should be the vocal and commanding presence the Blues defence needs.


    Leicester left-back Timothy Castagne


    Leicester appear to have pulled another rabbit out of their hat after selling one of their big names to a league rival. Caglar Soyuncu replaced Harry Maguire so impressively last term and it looks like Castagne will fill the void left by Ben Chilwell. A key part of Atalanta's success in the 2019-20 campaign, the Belgian has settled quickly at the King Power Stadium.


    Leeds centre-back Diego Llorente


    The Spanish centre-back seems a typical Marcelo Bielsa signing and could thrive at Leeds in spite of the physicality of the Premier League. Comfortable on the ball and crucially able to play in defence or in front of the back four, the 27-year-old will hope showing his quality in England can earn him more opportunities with the national team and arrived for a modest fee.


    Liverpool central midfielder Thiago Alcantara


    If the midfielder's debut showing for the Reds was not impressive enough, a glance at his CV tells you all you need to know. A prolific winner at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Alcantara could add even more trophies with Liverpool. He will bring more control for the Premier League winners and finesse while costing the relatively small fee of around GBP 20million.


    Manchester United central midfielder Donny Van de Beek


    A key member of Ajax's run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019, the Netherlands ace is an astute piece of business by Manchester United. While his debut was one to forget for his new club, his goal showed exactly what he will bring to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. At 23 but with over 200 appearances, he brings a perfect blend of youth and experience.


    Arsenal attacking midfielder Willian


    Some eyebrows were raised when, after being allowed to leave Chelsea on a free, Willian turned up at Arsenal. Two assists on his first showing for his new club added weight to the argument it could be a fantastic piece of business. Given the Brazilian moved to the Emirates on a free, it is a relatively low-risk deal and adds strength to the Gunners' attacking options.


    Crystal Palace winger Ebere Eze


    Given Eze was one of the most sought after players in the Sky Bet Championship during the last two years, for Palace to secure his services for under GBP 20million looks a steal. While the youngster has only started once for his new club, he has an encouraging amount of confidence already which is rare for a player coming up a level. He should flourish at Selhurst Park.


    Everton attacking midfielder James Rodriguez


    Any doubts over the Colombian have been put to bed by a string of superb displays since he moved to Goodison Park. Since he starred at the 2014 World Cup, Rodriguez has failed to get back to those heights but looks in the mood at Everton and has relished the chance to link up with Carlo Ancelotti again. As the main man again, he could be the buy of the campaign.


    Tottenham forward Gareth Bale


    Like his old Real Madrid team-mate Rodriguez, Bale will attempt to get his career back on track after it has stalled in recent years. Despite a sour end, the Welshman helped the Spanish giants win a plethora of titles and will hope to end Spurs' long wait for silverware this season. Given the small loan fee, Tottenham almost cannot lose with this deal and if he can regain his fitness and form, they have a superstar on their hands.


    Newcastle striker Callum Wilson


    Newcastle's capture of the Bournemouth forward could be a masterstroke. He has reached nine goals in each of the last three seasons and will bring much-needed firepower to St James Park. Club record signing Joelinton found the net just four times last season and cost double the price of Wilson, which all adds to the value of this transfer

  • Building Arsenal’s new identity won’t happen overnight, says Hector Bellerin

    The Gunners’ 100 per cent start to the Premier League season was ended at Anfield on Monday evening.

    29 Sep 2020, 11:00 CEST

    Defender Hector Bellerin insists it will take time for Arsenal to build their new identity but setbacks will not see them deviate from the style head coach Mikel Arteta wants to play. Monday night's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool, which ended the Gunners' 100 per cent record this season, saw them have just 34 per cent possession as they found it difficult to play out from the back against their hosts high-intensity pressing. But despite there being occasions, most notably when Rob Holding was in possession, when the tactic looked decidedly dodgy, Bellerin said they had faith in Arteta's philosophy as that was how they would improve going forward. "I think when you build a new identity, a new way of playing football, it's not something that happens overnight. It's something that takes a lot of time, it takes losses, it takes wins, it takes a lot of learning," he said. "We've got new players that have come in this season and they need to get used to the system. "This is our game. This is what we have been training since Mikel has been here, so just because a team is the best in Europe at doing that (pressing), doesn't mean we change the way we play. "We train this every single day, every single week, so we can master it and we can hurt teams by doing this. "It doesn't matter how good the other team is, we have an identity, we have a way of playing football, and that's how we create our chances. "We should all be proud that we stick by what we know. Sometimes it is difficult. Not every game is going to be easy. "I think we just need to keep working and getting better, because these are the games we need to be winning."


    Arsenal have an immediate chance to respond as the sides meet again at Anfield on Thursday in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Both teams, who played out a highly entertaining 5-5 draw which Liverpool won on penalties in the competition last season, are likely to make changes but that will not affect the mindset. "Every game we understand each other more and I am very positive about what this season holds for us. "There is a hunger in this team that wasn't there the last few years and we want to win every single game," Bellerin added. "We know we're working really, really well so we're not going to let this affect us. We know we have another chance on Thursday to redeem ourselves and then on Sunday in the Premier League again (against Sheffield United). "We have been working really well, we have been getting results that people didn't even believe we could get and building on from the end of last season. "Every game we understand each other more and I am very positive about what this season holds for us. "We are getting better every time. We have to come here on Thursday again and we will give them another battle and that's what is important for us, to believe and keep creating chances that we did (on Monday). Hopefully the next time we will put them to bed."

  • Enbihaar retired as minor injury rules out Prix de Royallieu

    Gosden mare was five-time Group Two winner.

    29 Sep 2020, 10:55 CEST

    Enbihaar has been retired following a minor setback which will force her to miss Saturday's Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp. Trained by John Gosden, the five-year-old mare won seven of her 12 races – including five at Group Two level. She ran in just one Group One, the Prix de Royallieu 12 months ago when beaten a length and a half by stablemate Anapurna. Kept in training with the intention of breaking her duck at the highest level, she would have been among the favourites this weekend – having beaten the boys in the Lonsdale Cup at York last time out. "Enbihaar will miss the Royallieu as she is currently at Shadwell Stud. She had a minor injury, and as a result has been retired – very sadly," said Angus Gold, owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager. "She's been an absolute star, and I wish we had a few more like her – with her enthusiasm and ability. "It was sad not to win a Group One. But she did very well to win what she did, and she was a real torch-bearer for us for the last few years. "She was beautifully trained – I must say that. It's very sad, but it was fantastic to keep her in training this year to win a couple more Group races. "She's given us a lot of fun, and obviously we'll give her a proper chance at stud."

  • Luke Shaw hopes more young players are given chances when United visit Brighton

    United return to the Amex Stadium just days after Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 win over the Seagulls.

    29 Sep 2020, 10:54 CEST

    Luke Shaw wants to see more of Manchester United's youngsters get a chance in Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie at Brighton. United return to the Amex Stadium just days after Saturday's dramatic 3-2 win over the Seagulls, but two very different starting line-ups are expected for this League Cup fourth-round tie.


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made several changes for last week's 3-0 win at Luton, though it was still a side full of senior players as Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard were among those to come in. Shaw, 25, will expect to sit out the match himself after playing on Saturday but wants to see chances given to academy products. "Of course it's a competition we want to win, but I think it gives the manager that opportunity to give chances to other players that are on the bench and on the fringe, who are training very hard to get chances," Shaw told MUTV. "I think that's something those younger players need to smell and know with this manager that they're going to get a chance. "They're always working hard, always pushing themselves and I think they know they'll get a chance if they keep working. Hopefully we can see some more youngsters on Wednesday and they can show what they can do."


    Brighton struck the frame of the goal five times on Saturday, levelling in stoppage time only for a penalty to be awarded to United after the final whistle had been blown. "It was a game that was very important points-wise, although obviously we as players and the manager know we can perform much better," Shaw said. "The most important thing was the three points and we got that in the end. "It felt great to win the game right at the end, we haven't done that in a while. It's a good three points for us, but we need to be performing better. "But we dug deep, we stuck together and we kept going to the end. Even when it went to 2-2, it could have been easier for us to be frustrated and disappointed and not try to push for another chance. We got it and, thankfully, we got the VAR replay and we got the win."

  • Sinisa Mihajlovic talks up Aaron Hickey after Scot makes successful Bologna bow

    The 18-year-old joined the Italian club from Hearts last week.

    29 Sep 2020, 10:42 CEST

    Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is predicting big things from Aaron Hickey after watching the young Scot shine on his Serie A debut on Monday night. The 18-year-old left-back was handed a swift introduction to Italy's top-flight just over a week after completing a GBP 1.5million switch from Hearts. But there was no sign of nerves from the Scotland Under-17s player as he strolled through an 80-minute run-out during Bologna's 4-1 derby triumph over a Parma side containing former Rangers defender Bruno Alves. He was even treated to a standing ovation from the 1,000-strong crowd as he was replaced late on by Stefano Denswil.


    The Rossoblu last week celebrated Hickey's arrival with a hilarious Twitter video featuring the Loch Ness Monster. And Mihajlovic is excited about working with Hickey, who follows Denis Law, Joe Jordan, Graeme Souness and Liam Henderson to become just the fifth Scot to play in Serie A. The Serb told the club's official website: "Hickey has both personality and quality, he has a great future ahead of him. He's lively and is learning already. "We scored individual goals today, which is why I almost can't enjoy the win. However, there was an age difference of 32 years between the two sides, and I'm pleased about that. "I enjoyed Hickey's performance, I saw the Bologna that I wanted to see. I'm happy because you could see all the things we've been working on over the past week. "We scored four, but could've had two or three more."

  • Fulham considering loan move for Wolves defender Ryan Bennett

    Fulham have conceded 10 goals in their first three Premier League games.

    29 Sep 2020, 10:05 CEST

    Fulham are interested in Wolves' Ryan Bennett as they look to fix their defensive problems. The Cottagers are considering a loan move for the defender, the PA news agency understands. Scott Parker's side have conceded 10 goals in their opening three games after Monday's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa. They have lost every match to sit bottom of the Premier League and after losing to Villa, director of football operations Tony Khan admitted they had struggled to find defensive reinforcements. Khan wrote on Twitter: "I apologise to Fulham supporters for our performance tonight. We've looked to add centre-backs since Wembley. "I'm sorry we haven't yet as two got COVID and we lost a free we thought was close. "We had another issue with a fourth CB. I promise players in and better efforts from this squad."


    Fulham go to Molineux on Sunday and Bennett is on their radar but neither Wolves nor the centre-back are keen on the move ahead of next week's transfer deadline. The 30-year-old is assessing his options before the window closes but could yet stay at Molineux. He is yet to be included in the squad this season but is training with the first team and is not pushing for a move. Wolves signed Ki-Jana Hoever from Liverpool for around GBP 9million this month, pushing Bennett further down the pecking order at Molineux, but they have shipped seven goals in their last two games, including Sunday's 4-0 humbling at West Ham. Bennett spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester, making five appearances, but the Foxes opted not to trigger a GBP 5million permanent deal. He has been at Wolves since joining on a free from Norwich in 2017 and helped them win the Sky Bet Championship title in 2018. The former England Under-21s international has played 92 times for Wolves, scoring three goals.

  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels Diogo Jota can learn a lot from Sadio Mane

    Jota hit his first goal for the Reds against Arsenal.

    29 Sep 2020, 10:01 CEST

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Diogo Jota will learn a lot from watching Sadio Mane and backed his new signing to make significant improvements once he is operating on more than "20 per cent information". The former Wolves forward could have had a hat-trick during his 10-minute cameo against Arsenal but capped a home and Premier League debut with the goal to make it 3-1 and finally kill off the visitors' hopes of snatching a point. Jota had earlier hit the side-netting with only Bernd Leno to beat and then seen Mohamed Salah take a chance off his toes from a similar position, before finally finding the net in the 88th minute with a neat thigh trap and volley from the edge of the area.


    The Portugal international also played 33 minutes in last week's Carabao Cup win at Lincoln and could start at home to Arsenal again on Thursday in the same competition as Klopp tries to get him up to speed having had no pre-season with the squad. "Diogo came on, played naturally his football, tried to defend the way we defend," said the manager. "He is on 20 per cent of information on what we do exactly; we had meetings to talk about it and that will all take time. "(Against Arsenal) he had 60 or 70 minutes to watch how Sadio is doing and then he came on the pitch and did incredibly well. "He scored a super goal, a nice first game at Anfield. He will never forget it, I will never forget it. A cool start."


    Jota said his team-mates have made his integration into the side as easy as possible for him but is aware he still has some way to go to be able to regularly reach the levels which made Liverpool Premier League champions last season. "When you arrive at a team that are world champions, you always try to adapt as quickly as possible," he told liverpoolfc.com. "The way they received me is exceptional. I just thank them for the way they have received me. "When we are on the bench we are watching the game closely, with attention. "We know we could come on at any moment and we could have a chance to decide the game in the few moments that we are on. "That's what I try to do – always be focused – and when I'm on the pitch I'm always ready to do my best. "I think we can build up from here and do great things in the future. "Obviously I could have done better; I had a couple of chances before but I'm happy with this – getting my first goal in my first game (at Anfield). "And I helped the team seal the result, that is the most important thing, that we got the three points."

  • Chicago White Sox vs Oakland Athletics

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Oakland Athletics are 21-9 at home this season and are solid favorites to beat the Chicago White Sox who are 17-13 on the road this season. The Athletics have a better than 55% chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Both starters have a good chance of having a quality start. Sean Manaea has a 48% chance of a QS and Lucas Giolito a 44% chance. If Sean Manaea has a quality start the Athletics has a 75% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 4.9 and he has a 43% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Athletics win 58%. If Lucas Giolito has a quality start the White Sox has a 68% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 3 and he has a 14% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the White Sox win 48%. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Oakland Athletics is Matt Chapman who averaged 2.26 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 38% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Athletics have a 68% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Chicago White Sox is Matt Skole who averaged 2.21 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 36% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the White Sox have a 61% chance of winning.

  • Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Tampa Bay Rays are 21-9 at home this season and the Toronto Blue Jays are 15-15 on the road this season. This is a close match-up with both teams having a 45 to 55 percent chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Blue Jays' starter Hyun-jin Ryu is forecasted to have a better game than Rays' starter Blake Snell. Hyun-jin Ryu has a 46% chance of having a Quality Start (QS) while Blake Snell has a 41% chance of a QS. If Hyun-jin Ryu has a quality start the Blue Jays has a 76% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 4 and he has a 23% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Blue Jays win 50%. In Blake Snell quality starts the Rays win 70%. He has a 28% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio and if he does his team wins 70% of simulations. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Tampa Bay Rays is Yandy Diaz who averaged 2.46 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 44% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Rays have a 62% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Toronto Blue Jays is Lourdes Gurriel who averaged 2.19 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 36% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Blue Jays have a 62% chance of winning.

  • Cincinnati Reds vs Detroit Tigers

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    Both starters have a relatively low chance of having a quality start. Rony Garcia has a 36% chance of a QS and Anthony DeSclafani a 40% chance. If Rony Garcia has a quality start the Tigers has a 75% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 6.1 and he has a 53% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Tigers win 54%. If Anthony DeSclafani has a quality start the Reds has a 74% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 6.6 and he has a 52% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Reds win 53%. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Detroit Tigers is Jake Rogers who averaged 4.56 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 100% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Tigers have a 51% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Cincinnati Reds is Nick Castellanos who averaged 2.44 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 42% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Reds have a 63% chance of winning.

  • Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Minnesota Twins are 22-8 at home this season and are solid favorites to beat the Houston Astros who are 9-21 on the road this season. The Twins have a better than 55% chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Both starters have a good chance of having a quality start. Kenta Maeda has a 46% chance of a QS and Zack Greinke a 43% chance. If Kenta Maeda has a quality start the Twins has a 80% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 4.6 and he has a 39% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Twins win 64%. If Zack Greinke has a quality start the Astros has a 62% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 5.8 and he has a 46% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Astros win 39%. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Minnesota Twins is Nelson Cruz who averaged 2.47 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 42% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Twins have a 75% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Houston Astros is Alex Bregman who averaged 2.23 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 37% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Astros have a 50% chance of winning.

  • Real Betis vs Getafe

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    This is a very close match-up. In 10,000 simulations Real Betis won 33.2%, Getafe won 29.8% and there was a 37.1% chance of a draw. Overall, the average simulation score is Real Betis 0.8 to Getafe 0.8. In simulation wins, Real Betis averages 7.2 shots and 2.9 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.2 in simulation losses. When Getafe wins they average 6.9 shots and 2.6 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.2 in simulation losses.

  • Valencia vs Real Sociedad

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    There is a 32.7% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Real Sociedad, at 49.0%, are heavy favorites to beat Valencia who have a 18.3% chance. In simulation wins, Valencia upsets Real Sociedad by averaging 5.4 shots and 2.5 shots on goal. They average 1.6 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.2 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Real Sociedad 1.2 to Valencia 0.6.

  • Tractor Chelyabinsk vs Sochi

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    Team Sochi are solid 55.4 percent favorites over the Tractor Chelyabinsk. The Sochi are favored despite being projected for 30 shots on goal vs 31 shots for the Traktor. The Sochi goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 93.2% compared to the Traktor goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 92.3%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Sudnitsin Alexander 28, Tretyak Maxim 29 SHOTS: Kravtsov Vitaly 3.9, Stromwall Malte 3.4 GOALS: Kravtsov Vitaly 0.69, Stromwall Malte 0.49 PTS: Hyka Tomas has a 43% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Stromwall Malte has a 40% chance of 1+PTs

  • Niznekamsk vs Kunlun

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    Team Kunlun are solid 59.5 percent favorites over the Niznekamsk. The Kunlun are favored despite being projected for 32 shots on goal vs 37 shots for the Neftekhimik. The Kunlun goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 95.1% compared to the Neftekhimik goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 93%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Barulin Konstantin 30, Lazushin Alexander 35 SHOTS: Bikmullin Rafael 2.7, Nikolishin Ivan 2.4 GOALS: Shiksatdarov Ildar 0.22, Nikolishin Ivan 0.38 PTS: Poryadin Pavel has a 25% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Foo Spencer has a 36% chance of 1+PTs

  • New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians

    29 Sep 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Cleveland Indians are 18-12 at home this season and the New York Yankees are 12-18 on the road this season. This is a close match-up with both teams having a 45 to 55 percent chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Both starters have a relatively low chance of having a quality start. Shane Bieber has a 44% chance of a QS and Gerrit Cole a 45% chance. If Shane Bieber has a quality start the Indians has a 72% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 3.9 and he has a 19% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Indians win 48%. If Gerrit Cole has a quality start the Yankees has a 76% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 3.7 and he has a 23% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Yankees win 52%. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Cleveland Indians is Jose Ramirez who averaged 2.78 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 49% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Indians have a 58% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the New York Yankees is Luke Voit who averaged 2.69 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 47% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Yankees have a 69% chance of winning.

  • Fulham 0 - 3 Aston Villa - Match Report

    Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings were on the scoresheet for Villa.

    28 Sep 2020, 23:22 CEST

    <p>Aston Villa extended their winning start to the season to four successive matches in all competitions after a convincing 3-0 victory at Fulham.</p><p>Jack Grealish struck his first Premier League goal of the season to give his side a fourth-minute lead, before Conor Hourihane followed it up just over 10 minutes later.</p><p>Fulham&rsquo;s defensive issues were on full show as Tyrone Mings struck just after half-time to seal the three points, before the Cottagers had a Bobby Decordova-Reid goal ruled out by VAR.</p><p>Villa were clinical in their finishing in front of goal, while Fulham struggled to trouble goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.</p>


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    <p>Cottagers boss Scott Parker had spoken before the game about his desire to improve the defence, and Fulham&rsquo;s frailties were soon on show again.</p><p>The hosts were punished almost immediately after failing to convincingly clear the ball from the back.</p><p>John McGinn sent in a well-weighted cross to Grealish who made no mistakes in front of goal, slotting the ball past Alphonse Areola.</p><p>Fulham&rsquo;s challenge was then made more difficult, when Hourihane struck his first goal of the calendar year to double his side&rsquo;s lead in the 15th minute from another McGinn assist.</p><p>Grealish starred in the centre of midfield, creating numerous chances for the visitors, while Parker&rsquo;s side struggled to establish themselves on the game.</p><p>Last season&rsquo;s Championship top-goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic often cut a lone figure in the box, with the Villa defence matching every cross which came in looking for the Serbian forward.</p><p>Villa all-but wrapped up the three points at the start of the second half, as an unmarked Mings put the ball past Areola from a Hourihane free-kick.</p><p>Fulham looked to have pulled one back when Decordova-Reid had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was reviewed to VAR for a possible foul in the build-up.</p><p>Following a lengthy review, and after consulting the pitchside monitor, referee Stuart Attwell disallowed the goal for a foul by Mitrovic on Ezri Konsa in the box.</p><p>The hosts were limited to long-range efforts as the game drew to a close, with Villa able to hold off the challenge to secure a clean sheet.</p>


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  • Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool ‘have to improve’ after win over Arsenal

    Liverpool have now gone 61 home league matches unbeaten.

    28 Sep 2020, 22:15 CEST

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed suggestions his side had sent out a statement with their 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield. Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, on his home debut, all scored after Alexandre Lacazette had been gifted the opener following a Robertson error to make it 61 home league matches unbeaten – just two short of the club record set between 1978-81. Jota's late strike made it 400 goals in 185 league matches for Klopp, faster than any other Liverpool manager, and they should have probably had more. "We don't make statements – in press conferences from time to time I have to do it because you ask questions," said Klopp. "We have to improve. We have to become consistent. So far we have played quite well but that's all. "It was good, a really good game, I pretty much loved each second – I didn't like the goal we conceded but the reaction I liked a lot. "Against a top team in form, playing like we did tonight, it is really something to be honest. "We were dominant, played good football, were difficult to defend against, played some really good stuff. "Arsenal had not too many but some chances because they have real quality, I think most of their chances were offside but Ali (Alisson Becker) made a save any way. "It was a really good performance."


    Had Lacazette been sharper in front of goal he could have made it 2-2 in a one-on-one with Alisson and when he was substituted 15 minutes from time he covered his face with shirt as he sat down on the bench. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to see his players frustrated at losing but apportioned no blame to the France international. "Obviously he had the best chance in the game to make it 2-2, and then again put us in a really strong position, but he had a great game," said the Spaniard. "He put in another incredible performance and I'm pleased with him. I want to see my players upset and angry when we lose a game. "It is a really tough place to come, they are a really good side. We stayed in the game for almost the whole match. "Having took the lead we should have held that situation a bit better. We conceded the goal too early. "We competed well knowing the difficult moments you will have when you come to Anfield; when we had the clear chances to make it 2-2 we didn't take them. "They want to win and this is what they are like, the mindset of the team. They go to any ground and want to win. "They really believed we could come here and do it and for large periods of the game we were there."

  • Unlucky Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave Chelsea on loan – Frank Lampard

    The 24-year-old has battled his way back from an Achilles tendon injury.

    28 Sep 2020, 21:30 CEST

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard knows Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to play games this season, either out on loan or in his team. The 24-year-old has battled his way back from an Achilles tendon injury, with a return to regular action then delayed by the coronavirus shutdown. Aston Villa and Southampton have both been linked with a loan move for the midfielder, who has 10 England caps. Lampard maintains Loftus-Cheek is held in the highest regard at Chelsea but finds himself in a difficult position in terms of current opportunities. "I am very open with Ruben. We have had a couple of conversations in the last week. He is fit as a fiddle so he could play week in, week out, but he needs to play," said Lampard. "He has done a lot of work now and would have been playing a lot of games earlier if it wasn't for lockdown and Project Restart. "There is a possibility Ruben might go out (on loan) to play games because I think that would be great for him. "We hold him in very high regard here, I certainly do, and that could be a good option for him. "But if it's not the right option, he will be competitive in this squad as well because of the qualities he has and hopefully be a big plus for us, so I am relaxed about it. "But I want to find the best path for Ruben and I want to find the best path for us, so at the minute we will see with the week we have got ahead of us."


    Chelsea head to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, when new signing Edouard Mendy could make his debut in goal. However, Lampard maintains the arrival of the Senegal international does not mean the end of Kepa Arrizabalaga's club career. The Chelsea boss feels Kepa has been singled out for criticism which is often "ramped up" via social media following a run of high-profile errors by the club-record GBP 71million signing. "I want to be a source of strength and support for any players who had those moments," Lampard said. "The players have to toughen up yes, but I do think sometimes it has certainly gone over the mark in the modern day because of how it is."


    Defender Thiago Silva, making his Premier League debut, was culpable for a costly individual error during Saturday's match at West Brom, where Chelsea trailed 3-0 at half-time before mounting a comeback to earn a point. Lampard, though, feels the response of Thiago in swiftly owning up to the slip shows his true worth. "This is why Thiago has had such a great career, it is because he has the balls or the humility to put his hand up and say 'yes that was me'," Lampard said. "When I see that, I have no problem. Mistakes are absolutely plausible for anyone in football. "You put your hand up, come back even stronger and Thiago did that on Saturday. He didn't even need to do that with me actually because I respect him already, but I appreciated it. "He is going to be a big deal for us in showing those sort of leadership, tough qualities that it takes to be winners."

  • Liverpool dominate Arsenal to maintain perfect start to season

    Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota all scored for the hosts.

    28 Sep 2020, 21:05 CEST

    Liverpool ended Arsenal's 100 per cent start to the season while extending their own with a 3-1 victory at Anfield. Having lost their last two matches to Mikel Arteta's side – one on penalties in the Community Shield – there was barely a time over the 90 minutes when the defending champions looked like allowing it to happen a third time. Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, on his home debut, all scored after Alexandre Lacazette had been gifted the opener after a Robertson error. If the France international's finish from Arsenal's first shot on target in the 25th minute was not that convincing his performance in two second-half one-on-ones – one latterly flagged offside – with Alisson Becker was less so and he rightly covered his face with his shirt when taking his seat on the bench after being substituted 15 minutes from time. Had he been sharper Liverpool may have had more of a problem but they dominated for long periods – having 21 shots to their opponents four – and with better finishing of their own would have been comfortable long before Jota made the game safe in the 88th minute.


    The last eight Anfield meetings in all competitions had produced 44 goals so there was an expectation there would be plenty of entertainment for the viewing public at home. Arsenal, with David Luiz restored to a back three and two holding midfielders in Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, seemed in no mood to take the game to their hosts as Premier League newcomers Leeds had so thrillingly done on the opening weekend of the season. Instead they sat back, rarely engaging as Liverpool played out from the defence, in the hope of hitting on the break. It was a misguided ploy, especially to afford so much time and space to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who when on his game is seemingly guaranteed to provide a goal such is the quality of his crossing. One early cross had Luiz nodding Virgil Van Dijk's goalbound header behind to help out beaten goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who did well to parry Mane's first-time shot from another Alexander-Arnold delivery.


    Bizarrely Arsenal did not – or could not – stop the England international, who also had a low drive deflected onto the crossbar by Hector Bellerin, and neither did they try to exploit the space he left in behind. On the one occasion they did it brought their somewhat fortuitous goal as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross was over-hit to Robertson but the full-back's mis-control played the ball back towards his goal and into the path of Lacazette. The France international was equally unconvincing with his mis-kicked shot – the Gunners' first of the game – but he succeeded in bouncing it into the floor and agonisingly over the outstretched arm of Alisson. However, if Arteta was hoping to hold on to that lead his plan was dashed after 147 seconds as Leno parried Mohamed Salah's shot and Mane pounced for the equaliser.


    Seven minutes later Liverpool were ahead as yet another Alexander-Arnold cross found its target in the penalty area, this time his opposite full-back Robertson making amends for his earlier error by controlling on his chest and poking home. Arsenal offered a little more threat after the break, while doing slightly better in nullifying Alexander-Arnold, but they were as poor in front of goal as they had been out of possession. Either side of Leno saving Van Dijk's low drive Lacazette was twice clean through, although first time he was eventually offside, but his lack of conviction meant on both occasions he failed to beat Alisson. Springing Liverpool's high line looked Arsenal's best chance of success – especially when substitutes Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe arrived – and that provided one or two nervy moments for the hosts when they did. But Liverpool's new signing Jota, also a late substitute, finally put the match to bed two minutes from time when he seized a weak Luiz header, controlling and firing low into the Kop net having earlier wasted a better chance with only Leno to beat.

  • Premier League confirms 10 coronavirus cases after latest round of testing

    Positive cases in the top flight are on the rise.

    28 Sep 2020, 20:07 CEST

    Ten positive coronavirus results were returned during the latest round of Premier League testing. Positive cases of Covid-19 in the top flight are on the rise after there were three or four positives recorded in each of the past three weeks. The latest figure is the highest number of positive results announced by the league following a round of testing. West Ham confirmed last Tuesday that manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen were self-isolating having contracted the virus. A Premier League statement on Monday evening read: "The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 September and Sunday 27 September, 1,595 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. "Of these, there were 10 new positive tests." Earlier on Monday, another EFL match fell victim to the pandemic after Grimsby's League Two game against Bradford this weekend was postponed. The Lincolnshire club have players and staff still self-isolating, which forced their match against Cheltenham on Saturday to be called off as well. The EFL said the circumstances surrounding the postponement would be the subject of an investigation, as was the case for the Cheltenham game. Leyton Orient's match against Walsall last weekend was also postponed, with the O's having to forfeit their Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham last Tuesday. EFL chairman Rick Parry said over the weekend that the competition was "reviewing" the testing policy adopted for the season.


    Parry told the Daily Mail: "We obviously had a major problem at Leyton Orient. I don't think we needed a wake-up call but it has given us one. "We were following the medical guidance and there were so few positive tests last season in the Championship that the advice was you don't need to be testing all the time if you are following the protocols. If you are monitoring symptoms, then testing all the time isn't essential. "We are now reviewing, particularly now that the infection rate is rising. There is no room for any complacency. We will do some increased testing. Maybe it will be random, maybe it will be periodic. "But, again, the real message is everyone has to stick to the protocols and observe them. If you don't then things can go quickly wrong. The infection rates being what they are, you have got to think of the nation and we can't put pressure on the NHS again." Stevenage's League Two game at Bradford on Saturday afternoon went ahead, despite Covid-related issues affecting that match. The Hertfordshire club discovered two players had tested positive for coronavirus when they tested all players and staff in the wake of an initial positive case being recorded on Thursday. The club's chairman Phil Wallace and Rochdale chief executive David Bottomley both called for weekly testing last week, with the latter saying it was essential for the continuation of the competition. Grimsby and Hull announced their EFL Trophy tie on October 6 had also been called off, but this postponement has yet to be confirmed by the EFL.

  • Scott Parker wants reinforcements at Fulham after humbling defeat to Aston Villa

    Cottagers owner Tony Khan took to Twitter straight after the full-time whistle to apologise for his team’s display.

    28 Sep 2020, 20:06 CEST

    Scott Parker admits Fulham need to address their shortcomings after owner Tony Khan apologised to fans in the aftermath of a humbling 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. Jack Grealish struck his first Premier League goal of the season to give Villa a fourth-minute lead, before Conor Hourihane followed it up just over 10 minutes later. Fulham's defensive issues were on full show as Tyrone Mings struck just after half-time to seal the three points, before the home side had a Bobby Decordova-Reid goal ruled out by VAR. Cottagers owner Khan took to Twitter straight after the full-time whistle to apologise for his team's display and also promised to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window closes. When asked about Khan's comments, head coach Parker said: "I think in terms of defending we weren't good enough tonight and we've not been good enough for the first three games this season. "We need to address that, I think we all know we need to address that. It was an area we've certainly brought up and it's an area that everyone at the football club hopefully can see as well to be fair. "I thought we played very, very well for large parts, but the first time they came into our box they scored, and the second time they scored another goal and you just can't give up goals like we have and expect to win games in this division. "I think you see that at the other end for them. We got up to their goal pretty well but they defended it."


    On Khan's tweet regarding difficulties in signing players, Parker said: "I wouldn't know. I honestly wouldn't know. I think the people in the places to be at this football club make them decisions. "I've highlighted where I think we need to improve. I've highlighted that straight after Wembley. Not just defenders, just where we need to improve in this team." Villa boss Dean Smith praised the defensive solidity of his side and believes his players are full of confidence following their fine run of form to avoid relegation last season. "You've got to find a balance in football and sometimes the balance is a desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net, and the players have certainly found that at the moment," Smith told Sky Sports. "We had to work extremely hard to retain our Premier League status. We had a great run, conceded very few goals over the last few games. "But this was always going to be a tough game for us – our first away game this season and Fulham fighting for their first points."

  • Hibernian bid for Kyle Magennis rejected by St Mirren

    Magennis is recovering from injury.

    28 Sep 2020, 19:20 CEST

    St Mirren have rebuffed Hibernian's offer for midfielder Kyle Magennis. The 22-year-old, who is set to return from a long-term knee injury early next month, played under Hibs boss Jack Ross earlier in his Saints career. A club statement read: "St Mirren Football Club can confirm it has rejected a substantial offer for Kyle Magennis from Hibernian Football Club. "A St Mirren Youth Academy graduate, Kyle has made over 100 appearances for Saints since his debut in 2016; helping us achieve promotion to the Scottish Premiership in 2018 and maintaining our top flight status. In June of this year Kyle was named club captain such is the esteem he is held at within St Mirren. "While Kyle is currently ruled out with by injury, he remains an integral part of our football club and we have no desire to sell. "We look forward to welcoming him back into the squad in the very near future."

  • Aston Villa expose Fulham’s frailties in convincing win

    Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings were on the scoresheet for Villa.

    28 Sep 2020, 18:51 CEST

    Aston Villa extended their winning start to the season to four successive matches in all competitions after a convincing 3-0 victory at Fulham. Jack Grealish struck his first Premier League goal of the season to give his side a fourth-minute lead, before Conor Hourihane followed it up just over 10 minutes later. Fulham's defensive issues were on full show as Tyrone Mings struck just after half-time to seal the three points, before the Cottagers had a Bobby Decordova-Reid goal ruled out by VAR. Villa were clinical in their finishing in front of goal, while Fulham struggled to trouble goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Cottagers boss Scott Parker had spoken before the game about his desire to improve the defence, and Fulham's frailties were soon on show again. The hosts were punished almost immediately after failing to convincingly clear the ball from the back. John McGinn sent in a well-weighted cross to Grealish who made no mistakes in front of goal, slotting the ball past Alphonse Areola. Fulham's challenge was then made more difficult, when Hourihane struck his first goal of the calendar year to double his side's lead in the 15th minute from another McGinn assist.


    Grealish starred in the centre of midfield, creating numerous chances for the visitors, while Parker's side struggled to establish themselves on the game. Last season's Championship top-goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic often cut a lone figure in the box, with the Villa defence matching every cross which came in looking for the Serbian forward. Villa all-but wrapped up the three points at the start of the second half, as an unmarked Mings put the ball past Areola from a Hourihane free-kick. Fulham looked to have pulled one back when Decordova-Reid had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was reviewed to VAR for a possible foul in the build-up. Following a lengthy review, and after consulting the pitchside monitor, referee Stuart Attwell disallowed the goal for a foul by Mitrovic on Ezri Konsa in the box. The hosts were limited to long-range efforts as the game drew to a close, with Villa able to hold off the challenge to secure a clean sheet.

  • Authentic to race from stall nine in Preakness

    Kentucky Derby winner well-fancied to follow up.

    28 Sep 2020, 17:28 CEST

    Kentucky Derby winner Authentic has been allotted stall nine of the 11 runners for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The Bob Baffert-trained colt, ridden by John Velazquez, will bid to follow up his Churchill Downs success – having lowered the colours of Belmont Stakes scorer Tiz The Law there. Authentic pleased connections in his final serious exercise at Churchill Downs on Monday morning, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard. He worked four furlongs in 47.60 seconds, and completed the six-furlong gallop in one minute 13.40 seconds. "He's such an amazing horse," said Garcia. "He worked awesome. I've worked a lot of nice horses for trainer Bob Baffert in California, and this horse is just as special. He's doing amazing for the Preakness." Authentic is scheduled to fly from Louisville to Baltimore on Tuesday, along with other Preakness contenders. Baffert also has Thousand Words, who was a late withdrawal from the Kentucky Derby. He will be in gate five on Saturday. Also among Authentic's rivals are Bret Calhoun's Mr Big News, who was beaten three and a quarter lengths in third place in the Kentucky Derby. He has drawn gate two. Art Collector, trained by Thomas Drury Jnr, has gate three. He missed the Kentucky Derby because of a foot problem. Belmont Stakes third and Kentucky Derby fifth Max Player, trained by Steve Asmussen, is in gate eight – while stablemate Pneumatic, who was fourth in the Belmont, is in 10. The filly Swiss Skydiver, trained by Kenneth McPeek, will start from stall four.

  • Hamilton sign Ben Stirling from Hibernian

    The 22-year-old, who can play in defence or central midfield, never made an appearance for Hibs.

    28 Sep 2020, 16:40 CEST

    Hamilton have signed Ben Stirling from Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian. Stirling never played for Hibs but got first-team experience during loan spells with Cowdenbeath, Arbroath and Alloa. The 22-year-old, who can play in defence or central midfield, saw former Hibs youth-team colleague Scott Martin progress his career following a move to Accies and has seized the chance to get more action. He told Hamilton's official website: "The amount of youth players this club brings through and develops; that is something I want to be a part of. "When Brian Rice phoned me I knew this was the club where I want to develop and hopefully get my chance. "Looking at Scott coming here, playing week in and week out, it gave me that extra incentive to make the move and follow in his footsteps and try to nail down a starting position in the first team." Stirling also sought advice from Alex Gogic, who made the opposite career move in the summer. "I spoke to Goga on Friday and he couldn't speak highly enough of the club," he said. "He came here for a few years and loved every minute of it. After my first training session with the lads I can see why." The former Scotland youth international could make his debut against his former club at Easter Road on Friday. "There is no better place to start," he said. "I just need to focus on impressing over the next couple of days and then hopefully I will be able to get some minutes." Stirling's arrival comes three days after centre-back Markus Fjortoft left for Morton.

  • An expensive problem – a closer look at Pep Guardiola’s defensive difficulties

    Manchester City shipped five goals against Leicester.

    28 Sep 2020, 16:31 CEST

    Manchester City's expensively assembled defence was put to the sword by Leicester on Sunday, raising questions over manager Pep Guardiola's recruitment. The 5-2 defeat was the first time in the Spaniard's career that his City, Barcelona or Bayern Munich teams have conceded that many goals in a game, and follows a 40 per cent rise last season in City's average goals conceded per game.


    Here, the PA news agency looks at Guardiola's defensive record throughout his career and his defensive spending with City.


    Throwing money at the problem


    The post-match confirmation of an agreed deal for Benfica's Ruben Dias will take City's reported spending on defenders and goalkeepers during Guardiola's reign through the GBP 400million mark. Should he replace academy product Eric Garcia from the defence that played against Leicester, City would then be fielding a back four who cost over GBP 40m each – Kyle Walker was a GBP 45m signing from Tottenham, Benjamin Mendy GBP 49.4m from Monaco and Nathan Ake GBP 41m this summer from relegated Bournemouth.



    John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are also in that bracket, with Joao Cancelo a GBP 60m option at full-back, while Danilo, who moved to Juventus last year in the deal which saw Cancelo go in the opposite direction, cost GBP 27m from Real Madrid. Throw in almost GBP 50m combined for goalkeepers Ederson and Claudio Bravo, now with Real Betis, and Guardiola can certainly have no complaints about the resources dedicated to improving City's defence – and that is without even considering the likes of GBP 62.5m holding midfielder Rodri.


    Three-year process


    While Leicester's five-goal haul broke new ground, Guardiola's teams had previously conceded four goals in a game on eight occasions. Four of those came with City, mostly in his first season – his former club Barcelona won 4-0, Leicester 4-2 and Everton 4-0 against City between October 2016 and January 2017. A 4-3 loss to Liverpool followed in January 2018. That early peak is in keeping with the trend established at each of Guardiola's clubs, with the highest goals-against average always coming in his first season in charge.


    Indeed, at all three clubs he has managed, that figure has come down year-by-year for his first three seasons – from 0.89 per game to 0.58 with Barcelona, 0.79 to 0.58 with Bayern and 1.07 to 0.64 with City. That was as long as he spent with Bayern but the number has bounced back up in year four at Barca to 0.75 and at City to 0.90. This season is his fifth with City and though the current figure of 2.33 is the product of a small sample size of three games – before Leicester, they had conceded just one goal apiece to Wolves and Bournemouth – Sunday's display will have the alarm bells ringing.


    Jamie Vardy – Guardiola's nemesis?


    Leicester's first three goals came from their prolific former England striker Jamie Vardy – the second time he has scored a hat-trick against Guardiola's City team, following the aforementioned 4-2 win in 2016.


    During Guardiola's reign, Vardy averages almost a goal a game against City – nine in 10 appearances, and an average of 0.97 per 90 minutes having scored as a second-half substitute in December 2017. He is one of only two players ever to score a hat-trick against a team managed by Guardiola, and is in elite company – the other is Guardiola's former Barca protege Lionel Messi, who did so against City in 2016. Guardiola's heavy defeats throw up a couple of other notable scorers – Kevin De Bruyne netted twice in Wolfsburg's 4-1 win over Bayern in 2015, while current City team-mate Ilkay Gundogan was on target when Borussia Dortmund beat them 4-2 in 2013's German Super Cup.

  • Barrow vs Carlisle United

    28 Sep 2020, 16:27 CEST

    This is a very close match-up. In 10,000 simulations Barrow won 30.2%, Carlisle United won 34.4% and there was a 35.5% chance of a draw. Overall, the average simulation score is Barrow 0.8 to Carlisle United 0.9. In simulation wins, Barrow averages 7.5 shots and 2.9 shots on goal. They average 1.6 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses. When Carlisle United wins they average 6.4 shots and 2.9 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.2 in simulation losses.

  • Angers vs PSG

    28 Sep 2020, 16:24 CEST

    There is a 12.6% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw PSG, at 83.3%, are heavy favorites to beat Angers who have a 4.2% chance. In simulation wins, Angers upsets PSG by averaging 8.2 shots and 3.2 shots on goal. They average 1.7 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is PSG 2.6 to Angers 0.5.