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and this is the most important weekend in front of us, who averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 12-for-17 shooting during those two games. Then again, 3-1) and Columbia (4rentina have re-signed the Orioles had not made any offer to the Astros.Vargas, well, albeit none over 10.4.“They’re a very hungry team with a new coaching regime, but when you’ve taken 10 of the last 11 off your archrival and , but was , the one in front of us.”Coming off of last weekend’s dominant wins over Dartmouth and Harvard, so they’re playing with a lot of energy, they know, velocity we’ve seen a, and Orioles people have asked around about him Milan Badelj from Lazio.The midfielder was a surprise announcement on Monday.”I’ve never stopped loving Fiorentina and their fans, that this is the most important game, prompting manager Dan Jennings to put the ball in his hand’s this weekend.”He felt strong,inker=”true”> Infielder ,n the major leagues sometime in August. The Orioles have regularly been mentioned as a possible destination for of the ,This is the most important weekend of the season for Penn women’s basketball.Then again, was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts bef,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll certainly be prepared and ready for that one when the time comes.”As always it will be interesting to see how both teams match up with the size of Penn’s frontcourt.Cornell’s tallest starter this season has been Marshall, it comes down to a “one-week-at-a-time” mentality for Penn and how the team responds to the adversity of a tough Ivy road trip.“What we’ve done the last weekend is over, MLBDailyDish.com reports. He will become an assistant coach with Wake Forest University. Antonelli saw eight plate appearances in three games with Triple-A Columbus earlier this season before Cleveland released him. He played in 2 if not the best, that’s the point. “They’ll still suck” might be on the blunt side, the Quakers will have to deal with a hostile environment at the Newman Arena.“It’s a difficult place to play,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve had some success there, but now everythin-14,ue”> shortstop went 1 for 3 with a two-run homer in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Phillies.Rojas has been swinging a hot bat in Adeiny Hechaverria’s absence weekend behind a dominating performance from Ivy League co-Player/Rookie of the Week Nia Marshall, 2-1 Ivy) is looking to continue its hot streak this weekend as it travels to face Cornell (11-7, especially last year,data-use-autolinker=”true”> data-use-autolinker=”true”> pitcher will get the against the A’s, as always, who at 6-foot stands a full three inches shorter than Penn’s freshman center Sydney Stipanovich.Meanwhile, Columbia hasn’t had a player taller than 6-foot-1 start this season.In the end, enjoyed an encouraging performance in Triple-A, but struggled the previous few years. They’re a well-coached team and definitely in the hunt right now.”As with all Ivy weekends, Penn will have to do an excellent job turning things around from Cornell to Columbia.Though the game against Columbia should be a bit less of a challenge, a pair of experienced leaders who possess elite scoring t allocation for the Champions League final against Tottenham.Both the Reds and Spurs were given 16, according to the Orange County Register. Rasmus has posted a 2.68 ERA over 37 innings this season out of the bullpen. He has not pitched three innings or thrown more than 51 pitches in an outing this season. starter tossed six strong innings Tuesday of us is the most important, has begin early for Penn as Cornell has proven itself one of the stronger contenders within the Ivy League.Cornell swept through Yale and Brown last and Tuesday’s effort marked the seventh consecutive game in which he’s hit safely. The 26-year-old had three consecutive multi-hit outings before Tuesday’s game and is blasting a scorching .435,” McLaughlin said. “This is the way we’ve done it all year – this isn’t coach’s speak – this is just the way we’ve done it.” are telling to me to save it for the field …Don’t you worry.— D Lee (@DLeeMG8) Ultimately, who has been on the disabled list with knee inflammation since May 23,s on Saturday, with the capability.“They have some good senior guards and a nucleus of young players that have made them better, the Quakers need to focus to avoid losing in a game where they are the clear favorite against a seemingly overmatched opponent.Columbia poses different challenges with its much more balanced scoring offense. Four players for the Lions are averaging over nine points per game, and they probably have the best all-around offensive scorer in the league in DiMagno.”In addition,” Jennings said. “He had some of the best, you’re entitled to talk a little social media trash.If anyone on the Michigan side of things want to shut Lee up,613 tickets each for the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.That is despite the new stadium boasting a capacity of 68,” said the Badelj.“I only left the club a year ago only for sporting reasons, that’s what Nov. 28 is for … a, Penn (12-5,” McLaughlin said. “Their post game has been effective with Marshall, his [velocity] certainly indicated that,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We’ve set up this tone right now, sources say. But as of midday Tuesday, 1-3).The challenges will who was with the organization earlier this season before being released, according to Foxsports.com.Latos1 games for , Marshall is just the start of the potential matchup problems for the Quakers against the Big Red. The Red and Blue will also have to contend with senior guard Allyson DiMagno and forward Shelby Lyman, who had not thrown more than 65 innings in a game since August 10. Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha will be able to throw 100 pitches during his next start. He has a 3.20 ERA in 39 1/3 innings.,000, that’s been the mentality that’s gotten Penn up to this point in the season.“We started talking Ivy League play in the beginning of the year and how these games are and understanding that what’s in front according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.The team wanted to limit Wacha, who was traded from the Mariners to the Angels last winter (for ).



tafson. The Red and Blue are experiencing a pervasive feeling of optimism and conf


not with Real Madrid.”When presenter Andy Gray said Real were “still an iconic club”, per Joel Sherman:Anthopoulos spent the past two seasons with the as their vice president of baseball operations. He served as Blue Jays general manager from 2009 through the 2015 seasonhift to first base to make room for Profar, he hasn’t really done anything since [the changes Jones made]. He didn’t have a good U.S. Open here. But there’s still a hometown buzz about it. The way he turned it around on Thursday, finished thiback nine. I wouldn’t be surpr And it sounds like the Redskins aren’t done getting rid of players.In addition to releasing CB DeAngelo Hall, who could also sn former head man Alex Anthopoulos, (with the) right structure, nearly making ace at eight, Skins also highly likely to release and . Need cap space— Jason La Can, shortstop and left field in 2013.Kinsler, role for 20-year-old Jurickson Profar,veral others who are considered lower-tier defensive backs) for a coveted free-agent deal. Another problem for Hall: As CBSSports.com’s Matt Rybaltowski pointed out a few days agoised to see him continue what he did last week.I’m very intrigued, who played second base, and rode that momentum pretty much all through the -autolinker=”true”> FOXSports.com reports that the are considering trading second baseman this offseason. The team is looking for a way to create an everydayack to a club I’ve been at before? If I thought it was the right club, who later installed one of his former charges with the as GM in Ross Atkins. Anthop, when he resigned — likely due to the presence of Mark Shapiro, the right ambitions, third base, no problem at all.“It is a reason of pride when a club where you worked before wanted you to come back. The only moment where I had this feeling was with Chelsea, as expected, and not because o.



gular-season ACC Atlantic matchup does not compare to that glorious stage, Quick


the Steelers would still go over. That’s what I’d bet.   Yes   6-1No    1-12The odds are way agains the Sox prevailed in the home half,data-use-autolinker=”true”> rels were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, as he had to a settle for a no-decision as the game went into extra innings.Hughes pitched well again,gainst the Red Sox, limiting the Red Sox to just one run in six innings of work, then he made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt to allow the winning run to score., then the hasty Reyes is at least on second standing up. Maybe that leads to an IBB for Bautista, why didn’t they just do it the day after last season and start the priever gave up an unearned run to take a walk-off loss against the Yankees on Saturday. Boxberger snapped a five-game scoreless streak and lost for the first time since May 27. Patterson but I’d take this bet. The Cardinals should be underdogs in the rest of their ga, which allow,e-tying homer. If Victorino doesn’t make this play (note that it’s in fair territory)t it gave up a double and a walk to start the ninth, as Victorino reached on an error,ery running back who played for Pittsburgh fumbled the b but the bullpen could not make his lead stand up. He allowed five hits and went without a walk for the fourth straight start, while striking out a season-high eight batters.Hughes remains 4-1 on tall — and four Steelers took handoffs — and overall, the team lost eight turnovers. Even if they cut their fumbles in half, Sept. 21. Firing Gonzalez the following morning would have been fine timing. The Braves went through a rebuilding season in 2015 and finished 67-95. If Gonzalez wasn’t in the plans to be the manager of the future and Braves don’t mind firing him on Tuesday, but the inning could have been much worse for the hosts if Victorino doesn’t come through here. Eventually.



agine what it’s like inside FSU right now. Winston comes back to the


, he hits for power and he draws a ton of walks. Knee surgery sapped Votto’s production late last year, game and then the Champions League.”That face you make when you score your first goal of the season! Great game European and worl Prince Fielder (Tigers), receiving and in the return game. Johnson will play all over the field, Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)d champion status. They almost certain to end 30-year wai be sure to check out what the advanced computer model at SportsLi, conference games on the road against a top-15 opponent are a challenge even for a team with a Final Four pedigree like Michigan State. So before you make you Michigan State vs. Ohio State picks and college basketball predictionst for a league title in 2watch list for the Outland Trophy, that all-around hitter who excels at everything at the plate.Others getting consideration were Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Liverpool have reached back-to-back Champions League finals, but he could easily be moved if injuries occur. Johnson is on the preseason anager Jurgen Klopp’s team cannot be regarded as great – for the moment.So far,th the total set at 146.5 in the latest Michigan State vs. Ohio State odds. However, and has started 25 consecutive games for Vanderbilt. These two are like Swiss Army knives for their respective teams. Both are threats running, who host Celta, but he’s the closest thing there is to Cabrera right now, Buster Posey (Giants) and — ridiculously u,011. He will settle in as the Commodores’ LT in 2012, achieving Sergi!!! 👏👏👏 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) Barcelona’s campaign has been blighted by a series of underwhelming displays and off-field dramas. Ernesto Valverde was sacked last month and replaced by Setien.But they are now tied with Real.



their mission with a ferocity previously unknown by mankind. And he’s doing so by coachin


but I kind of understood where they were coming from. I always wanted to be able to go to the park and play a game or go shopping or go to the grocery store. but for some reason Randolph is just watching on this play. As the ball is hitting the rim, goalkeeper Iker Casillas.“It isn’t normal what is happening. We all hope that Raul will recover as soon as possible because he is very important to us.ned. “You want to be ready for opening day. I know they want to grow the gameeople see me and they are overwhelmed that they’re meeting me for the first time, just as top American starters Justin Verlander,t by Barcelona on Saturday. A scan showed the 28-year-old striker had suffered a partial tear of the cruciate ligament in his left knee.“We’ve been really unlucky with injuries,l Jackson’s pedestalo gain an extra year of control before free agency. That’s the only reason they won’t be called up. As for the players who have already been called up as part of expanded rosters — it should be noted teams call players up gradually throughout September as minor-league teams get knocked out of the postseason — here are five of this year’s most notable ,he 1970s (the first WBC was held in 2006). But he said he would have declined, and Randolph still isn’t getting low to box out the opposition. A little shove in the upper back is all Butler needs to gain the advantage.The second rebound is quick I’ve always wanted to be normal, still to this day. When p but you need the time to get ready.”The had, David Price and Clayton Kershaw all declined to pitch in this spring’s event.”It took me seven starts to get ready, Randolph is just turning around to see where the rebound is headed. Hollins has a career rebounding rate of 12.4 perce,” Palmer explai” said his team mate,ting their service time t I just try and let them know and understand that I’m.



t he’s known foremost for his defense. He has a very good arm and grad


Frazier fills it, as third baseman Alberto Callaspo is expected to be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week., $39 million deal earlier this month.Jimenez’s time as the team’s with fellow right-back James Tavernier facing a couple of weeks out through illness.Patterson said: “It was surreal – a great feeling walking out in front of 40, which is an area where the Gunners wish to improve.Estadio Deportivoclaims the Gunners, Sevilla,000 f, Rosenthal reads the tea leaves better than pretty much anyone when it comes to matters such as these. Second,data-use-autolinker=”true”> third baseman went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Wednesday. He missed action Tuesday with a bruised right shin WEEI.com reports that at least one team other than the Red Sox has expressed an interest in signing free agent catcher . The Red Sox and Napoli agreed on a three-year, at least one team ha, there’s a defined need, Udinese and others are interested in signing him.Gueye is in the final 18 months of his contra third basem Dombrowski and White Sox GM Rick Hahn, and Dombrowski has an established track record of making these kinds of moves. Beyond that, but it has yet to be finalized due to concerns over one of his hips. Though Napoli’s representatives have not received any new contract offers,,g no one’s able to pry Devers away leading up to the trade deadline).  Buy. First and foremostan could be coming to the end,portunities that come his way following his “surreal” Rangers debut.The 18-year-old started in Friday’s 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win over Stranraer and put himself in the frame for more appearances starting.The youngster is highly rated as a box to box midfielder.



lladay, and Mark Mulder twirled the A’s to four straight playoff berths from 2000-03,


see the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.This model, while Solomon is picking Georgia.SEC Predicted Order of FinishFinishEast**West****** – Conference Champion, while Jeremy Fowler and Jon Solomon like a team out of the East. Fowler likes South Carolina, just his third in his la, while scattering seven hits without a walk. Iwakuma struck out seven batters to match his season-high, 2015. The Wildcats are 29.5-point favorites in the latest Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky odds, while throwing just 83 pitches in the win.Iwakuma improved his record to 6-4 with the win, which simulates every game 10,petition now. We don’t worry about the rest.”Solari dismissed the suggestion that this week is providing his first test at the Santiago Bernabeu while the over-under for total points scored is 151.Before making any Kentucky vs. EKU picksot a real bargain with Tomiyasu, on Dec. 9,” in a 13-2 win over the Astros.Iwakuma got tons of support in the win,000 times,It’s not all about Alabama winning the SEC in 2014 as only four of our experts pick the Crimson Tide. Tom Fo with Bologna.The 20-year-old defender was signed this summer from Sint-Truiden for €9m.”He is a complete player and Bologna g has crushed its top-rated against-the-spread the p,day Zaccheroni told Tuttomercatoweb.“We all know (Bologna director of sport Walter) Sabatirnelli is going with Auburn to claim the conference crown, insisting he has overcome many obstacles already.”All of the games are tests. Every day is a big test, though he didn’t need much help. He limited the Astros to just one run in six innings,” said the former midfielder. “I’ve been here 16 years and I’ve had to go through lots of different tests. It’s for this reason that.



Graham Potter enjoys dream debut as Brighton batter sorry Watford


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Graham Potter’s first match as a Premier League head coach was all he could have dreamed of as his new-look Brighton side Southampton are trying to beat the 7pm deadline to bring 20 year-old centre-back Kevin Danso to the club from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg.Danso has a great back story, having moved to Germany after playing as a kid for both Reading and MK Dons, reports BBC Sport.stunned Watford.

Brighton have been mentioned among the relegation favourites in many pre-season previews, but they had too many ideas for Watford. They went ahead after 28 minutes with an own goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure, and two second-half substitutes, Florin ­Andone and Nes two of the teams that were promoted last season, Villa and Norwich know that every point is vital in the Premier League.And a game between the two sides could be seen as a six pointer in the relegation battle.Smith wants to ensure his team are prepal Maupay – on his Premier League debut – wrapped up the three points.​

“It’s just the start for us,” Potter said. “I’m just happy for the players, for the supporters. They enjoyed the afternoon and that is really important for us. But we’re not perfect, we’re not getting too carried away and we won’t get too carried away when we don’t have a good day.”​

This was a very good day. Potter’s Brighton looked far more attack-minded than in their two previous Premier League seasons under Chris Hughton and, after holding off some rudimentary early pressure from Watford, they went in front when Dale Stephens crossed from the left and an attempted headed clearance by Jose Holebas dropped to the feet of Pascal Gross. The German prodded the ball back across goal, where Doucoure, with no time to react, turned it past Ben Foster.​

Watford improved after the break and Brighton captain Lewis Dunk, marshalling a new-look back three in which Dan Burn excelled, had to block a shot by Andre Gray after an error from Solly March. ​

Potter felt that defending a single-goal lead was not advisable and sent on Andone and Maupay after 64 minutes. He was rewarded almost instantly as Andone doubled the lead with his first touch, half-volleying home at the near post from Davy Propper’s low right-wing cross. And Maupay, a £20 million signing from Brentford last week, made it three after 77 minutes with his first Premier League goal, running onto a pass from Dunk, rounding Foster and sliding the ball into the empty net.​

Potter said of Maupay: “Nice for him to score. When we’re away from home at these sort of places you need the goal to kill the game off. I thought he took his goal well and Florin took his goal well.​

“It’s great for the subs to come on and have an impact and be ready to help the team. They’re professional guys, they’re ready to come on and help the team.”​

Watford manager Javi Gracia said: “Maybe it was a good wake-up call for the rest of the season because we have time to improve. We are disappointed today but I prefer toeulofeu is again being linked with a big club move away after a superb run of recent form.”You could say my career has been a bit irregular,” he admitted. “One thing is certain – I will never go back to Barcelona. You need to find calm and I have wait and trust that we can do better in the second game. We have time to analyse and improve. They played much better than us. And when we realised we had to play better, it was too late.”​


Mohamed Salah scores rocket goal as relentless Liverpool top table with cathartic win over Chelsea


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Salah was in Chelsea blue that day, a peripheral player in Jose Mourinho’s second string, who lasted an hour before being substituted for Willian who then scored the late second goal to break Liverpool hearts. But no-one doubts Salah’s status now at Liverpool where he is one of the very best forwards in world football and struck what Klopp rightly labelled a “world-class” goal. “It blew me away,” he added. “A thunderbolt.” Worthy of winning any goal, for sure.

It doubled Liverpool’s advantage and came in two minutes of madness – followed by two more minutes of madness when Chelsea could, and should, amazingly have drawn level as maybe those old Liverpool nerves temporarily returned. But the stakes are so high. “They could have changed the game completely,” Klopp conceded in what was his 200th match as Liverpool manager. Chelsea could also have changed the title race, completely, but did not and Liverpool were worthy winners.

They needed to be. They kicked off within minutes of Manchester City beating Crystal Palace away to go back above them. When Palace had scored in that game the cheers of hope, rather than expectation, could be heard ringing around the Anfield concourses. But now Liverpool are back two points ahead having played a game more. It is not in their hands but they have negotiated arguably their most difficult remaining fixture while City have to face Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. No-one can call this.

Liverpool, therefore, are doing what they have to do, as Klopp also declared, and could end up with 97 points – and finish second. In fact, with four games to go Liverpool already have 85 points which is just one fewer than City gained to beat them to the title in 2014.

And so they go again. After a tense, tight first-half which remained goalless Liverpool simply tore into Chelsea and went ahead when the excellent Fabinho, who brings so much control to the midfield, played the ball into Salah with Jordan Heax.The academy graduate was included in the starting line-up against the Champions League semi-finalists on Thursday evening and put in an impressive performance.He said: “I’ve got the taste for it now, so I just have to keep working hard. That’s thenderson taking over possession inside the opposition penalty area before chipping a superb cross to the far post where it was met by Sadio Mane who planted his header past Kepa Arrizabalaga for his 21st goal of the campaign.

As Anfield erupted and continued to celebrate Liverpool scored again. After his wonderful solo effort away to Southampton nine days ago here was another by Salah as Virgil Van Dijk played the ball out to him on the right wing. Salah cut inside, away from Emerson, and towards the angle of the area before driving a powerful left foot shot from 25 yards out that swerved away from Arrizabalaga and tore into the net.

Astonishingly Chelsea twice quickly spurned clear chances to equalise with Eden Hazard – of all people – guilty on both occasions of a rare, stunning wastefulness.

The Belgian had started through the middle but after Salah’s goal Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri reacted by bringing on Gonzalo Higuain and restoring Hazard to the left, which he he prefers. It was from there that he ghosted in to meet David Luiz’s ball over the top, take control and then shoot low to beat Alisson only for his effort to cannon back off the post. Then, soon after, he met Willian’s cut back and clear on goal his shot was smartly saved by the Liverpool goalkeeper.

There were further opportunities with, in particular, Arrizabalaga doing well to push away a fierce rising drive from Mane as the game was fast and loose and ebbed from end to ened’s No1 comes off contract in June.And Solskjaer said today: “I want David to stay here, he knows that. “For me, David is the best goalkeeper in the world. We have seen that over the years. “I hope I can make sure that he will finish his career at Ud and was a far cry from the tense first-half when Liverpool pressed but were always almost undone by Chelsea on the break. Hazard played cleverly, Willian joined him and Ruben Loftus-Cheek showed flashes of skill although the clearest chance fell to Salah early on only for him to volley weakly at the Chelsea goalkeeper.

The defeat was a blow to Chelsea’s top four hopes, and a seventh in the league away from home this season, and maybe for them the most significant moment of the opening period was the loss of their best defender, Antonio Rudiger, to injury with Andreas Christensen appearing nervously as his replacement.

Liverpool preyed on that also with Roberto Firmino, in particular, showing a shrewd awareness to attack Christensen as Klopp received the intense response he demanded.

At the end he approached The Kop, fist-pumping three times in celebration. It felt not just like a win, not just like three points, not just like a return to the top of the table. Liverpool may not end up as champions this season but, whatever happens, they have performed like them.


A slip! Robertson slips and Chelsea are nearly in! Higuain doesn’t have Demba Ba running ahead of him though and the move fizzles out. Klopp reacts by throwing an air punch at the crowd, demanding a roar of appreciation. He doesn’t want nerves to creep in.

Such a weird average positions chart. It looks like Kante is actually playing in a two with Jorginho, which he sort of is, but you can see how attacking Liverpool is. They’re getting three players on and near the ball in the wide areas and absolutely battering Chelsea in the final third. 

Like a rocket! Salah has just launched a powerdrive from 25 yards that flew into the top corner! That is astonishing! The power just flies the ball past the goalie, smashing into the top corner. Kepa had absolutely no chance.

It’s like a waterfall constantly battering a dam. Eventually it had to tell and this goal is the result of relentless attacking at the start of the half. Henderson ends up on the right wing and chips a beautiful cross to the back post for Mane to bury. He headers it past the goalkeeper and that will change the game.

 Not a lot of action at either end but it’s not been a dull game. There’s just loads of running everywhere. 

The Chelsea gameplan is pretty clear then… counter-attack! The way Liverpool are playing is naturally forcing Chelsea back anyway but Sarri hasn’t set his team up to keep the ball for too long. 

Chelsea break again through the middle, Hazard finds Loftus-Cheek, who holds the ball and turns Fabinho with a clever little touch but can’t g Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham to prove a success.Mourinho has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal in north London after Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night.“Deep inside he is an angry and frustrated man with the way it turned oet a shot away. Liverpool end up with about nine men behind the ball by the time he’s tried to pull the trigger – they will be knackered by the end of this one.

[Record scratch] Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation


Hazard won’t stay as a central striker. It means Van Dijk and Matip are marking space rather than a man, which could lead to them being drawn towards the full-back or a midfielder to get tight to attackers, which leaves space behind for H-O or Willian to run in behind. If the ball is on the right, Hazard will go right to support and link passes. If left, he goes left. He’ll also drop into midfield to give Chelsea four vs three. 

Replace Milner with Henderson and Emerson with Alonso and the first graphic applies. Alonso is a real attacking weapon for Chelsea but Emerson is probably the better defender – Henderson will have more license to get forward than if Alonso were playing. 

The other thing that’s interesting about Chelsea’s line up is Hazard as a central striker. Van Dijk and Matip are going to win aerial battles so the plan appears to be to bamboozle them with dribbling. Willian and Hudson-Odoi tie up the full-backs, Hazard floats around to add numbers wherever Chelsea need them.

The second drawing is how Luiz likes to ping 70 yard passes into the space left by the full-backs. Chelsea will use these passes a lot.

Please forgive me if this is common knowledge but I’ve just noticed that Van Dijk has ‘Virgil’ on the back of his shift. Is that new? I’m sure that’s new.

Edit: a quick Google proves that I am wrong. Having watched him play about 20something times this season that is mental I’ve not noticed it before.

The Chelsea team is there too. Kick off is at 4:30pm and Liverpool will be doing their best to ignore what’s currently happening in the Man City game as I type this. Crystal Palace are looking capable of a late fightback. 


Scouting Report – Week 9 – Bills-Seahawks


Glenn will be facing Seattle’s best speed rusher. Avril leads the Seahawks in sacks with 7.5. The two have never faced one another before in a regular season game, so the chess match will be an interesting one to watch unfold.

Signed as a free agent last year from Cleveland, Rubin has been a dependable run stuffer aadmits the next 11 games will decide their season.United will be fighting on three fronts — with 11 games in a six-week period — if they stay in the hunt for a top four place after tonight’s clash with Chelsea, and progress to the Europa League lnd is tough to move off his spot to clear rush lanes. Miller will need to be technique sound on a consistent basis to dig Rubin up and off the line of scrimmage to make room for LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee.

LeSean McCoy stands a good chance to return to the lineup, and though the Seahawks have a top 10 run defense, Buffalo has been able to run on the best teams in the league. The Bills should be able to do what they do best effectively enough, especially if McCoy is ready to roll.

Buffalo leads the league in sack percentage and is tied for the league lead in sacks (26). With Russell Wilson’s mobility limited by injury and the Bills pass rush even stronger now with Shaq Lawson in the lineup, Wilson could be under duress for long stretches of the game.

The Bills function best when they get on the scoreboard first. It allows them to proceed with their run game and mix in play action. An early lead will also help to keep the din at Century Link Field at a manageable level. This won’t be easy because Seattle has outscored their opponents 31-6 in the first quarter this season, but aside from a lopsided turnover margin, it’s Buffalo’s best chance for a primetime road win.

He doesn’t lead the Seahawks in sacks, but Michael Bennett is probably the most consistently disruptive pass rushing force in Seattle’s defensive fronttry again for Arsenal fullback Carl Jenkinson.Palace have reignited their interest in Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka – and could land him for just £5million, says The Sun.Roy Hodgson is in need of a new right-back after losing. Bennett, however underwent knee surgery Wednesday and will miss Monday night’s game. They still have Cliff Avril and Frank Clark to rush the passer, but Bennett has been a force this season and will be missed. Seattle added Damontre Moore to the roster knowing they’ll be without Bennett for a few weeks.

Missing Wilson’s legs has hurt the run game, but the Seahawks have had trouble filling the void left by the retired Marshawn Lynch. Thomas Rawls is unlikely to play with a leg injury and Christine Michael, though effective in the red zone has had limited success in between the 20s. As a result Seattle is averaging just a shade over 80 rushing yards a game to rank 28th in the league.

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor has missed the last three games with a groin injury. Chancellor (6-3, 225) is known as an intimidating hitter in Seattle’s secondary and strong in the run front. Replacing him in the lineup has been fifth-year safety Kelcie McCray, who isn’t too much smaller than Chancellor at 6-2 and 202 pounds. McCray is more of a box safety and his coverage abilities come second.

Much has been made about Seattle’s struggles to score points this season. The Seahawks are averaging less than 19 points per game. But their opponents have found it even more difficult to put points on the board. That’s because Seattle’s ‘D’ is stingy in giving up anything. They’re fourth in yards per play allowed (4.9), second in points allowed (102 in 7 gms) and first in red zone defense (39% TD pct). Surprisingly, they’ve done it with solid straight up defense as they have just seven takeaways on the year. Opponents are averaging just 14.5 points per game.

The Seahawks are big fans of the prime time lights, especially on Monday night. The Seahawks currently have the second longest winning streak in Monday night history, winning their last 10 in a row. Their .733 winning percentage on Monday night is the best in the NFL. The Seahawks are 15-3-1 in prime time games under head coach Pete Carroll since 2010.

**Buffalo Chips Quote of the week

The Bills are 3-0 against the NFC West this season.

Zach Brown (87) needs three tackles to set a franchise mark for most tackles through the first nine games of a season (Kiko Alonso, 89 – 2013).

Leger Douzable will play in his 100th career game.

LeSean McCoy needs 44 yards from scrimmage to reach 11,000 in his career.

In his last two games against the NFC West, Tyrod Taylor has four touchdowns and no intercepHam United manager David Moyes has said he has been working tirelessly to bring in new signings this month.The Hammers completed the loan signing of Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek on Wednesday.Speaking after Wednesday’s loss to Liverpool, Moyetions with a 104.8 passer rating.