About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Van Dijk lauds Liverpool’s ‘scary’ attacking trioby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was full of praise for the team’s attacking players after an impressive 5-1 win over Arsenal.The Reds were rocked by the Gunners taking the lead in the game. But they bounced back within minutes, taking the lead through two Roberto Firmino goals.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also got involved, giving the Reds a comfortable win. And Van Dijk was delighted afterward.”We were almost perfect. We conceded the goal. That was the only thing,” said Van Dijk after the game.”But it was an important win. We have finished 2018 now pretty well, and hopefully we can keep that going.”Confidence is definitely here, but it can change over a couple of games. We won’t get carried away.”We need to keep doing what we have been doing. There will be setbacks, as there always is in life, but it’s how you react and so far we have been doing pretty well.”At the beginning of the season, people were saying they [the front three] didn’t click. They’re fantastic. You see in this game as well and they can be undefendable. It’s scary — and I’m happy to see that.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock confirms interest in Liverpool fullback Clyneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has confirmed interest in Liverpool fullback Nathaniel Clyne.The Bluebirds want to sign the right-back, who has made just five appearances for Liverpool this season.Warnock said, “We spoke about Clyne months ago, but then he got back into the Liverpool team against Manchester United, then they had a few injuries, so things change.”But honestly, we’ve got nothing set for any position at the moment, I’m hoping that changes this week.”He added: “We’ve got nine or 10 concrete enquiries in at the moment, obviously we’re not going to sign them all.”But you’ve got to do that, we’re looking to strengthen this team.”
Cristiano Ronaldo: I was fantastically received by everyone at Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo says his early success at Juventus is thanks to the way he was welcomed by his new teammates.Ronaldo, however, believes there’s much more to come from him as he adjusts to the demands of Serie A.”I have been in Spain for many years, at Real Madrid . You do not adjust to a new club, with new methods, with new teammates, in a new championship, overnight. But I think that every day I am a little better integrated in this new reality,” he said. “I was fantastically received by everyone, club people, leaders, staff, teammates, coaches, fans. In the city too, with all the people with whom I had contact. My family and I are very happy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham boss Pochettino calls for unity amid current crisisby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has called for unity amid their current crisis.Pochettino continues to be linked with other clubs, despite signing a new five-year deal only 17 months ago.Their poor start and the battering by Bayern left some fans insisting he had taken the club as far as he could and many others fearing he would jump ship.But he has issued a rallying cry. He said: “This is a moment to stay all together.“I accept the opinions when you don’t win. In the end, all that happened is that we lost a game.”I have no doubt we are going to stay together and find a way to be successful again, no doubt.”In five-and-a-half years, every single press conference we have talked about my future.”I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five more years here, at least.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ajax chief Van der Sar hints at Man Utd U-turnby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax chief Edwin van der Sar has hinted he’d be open to a return to Manchester United.The Ajax chief executive officer has previously been linked with a return to United, who are keen on hiring a very first director of football.He told Planet Futbol: “Besides my family, my wife and kids and everything I have two loves in my life. That’s Ajax, who gave me the opportunity to develop, they scouted me, they gave me the chance to shine in the world of football.”And the last club of my career, also gave me a lot of attention, recognition and everything, developed at a later stage. And of course I’d be interested, interested in a position. But I need to learn a little more here [at Ajax], develop myself further and of course eventually let’s see what the future brings.”United is a fantastic club, there’s a great following all over the world. Everybody wants to play for them and eventually, work for them.”
YouTubeThe voters in the AP and Coaches Poll agree on one thing: as of now, Michigan State is king. Tom Izzo’s Spartans are on top of both polls, but after that, they look quite different. Specifically, the AP voters and coaches can’t come to an agreement about the Big 12’s top two teams. The AP has the Kansas Jayhawks second and Iowa State Cyclones fifth, while the two are flipped in the coaches poll. There are plenty of other differences across the two polls, which are included below.AP Poll:1. Michigan State2. Kansas3. Oklahoma4. Kentucky5. Iowa State 6. Maryland7. Duke8. Virginia9. Purdue10. Xavier11. North Carolina12. Villanova13. Arizona14. Providence15. Miami (FL)16. Baylor17. Butler18. SMU19. Louisville20. West Virginia21. George Washington22. UCLA23. Cincinnati24. Texas A&M25. ConnecticutUSA Today Coaches Poll:1. Michigan State2. Iowa State3. Oklahoma4. Kentucky5. Kansas6. Duke7. Maryland8. Purdue9. Virginia10. Xavier11. North Carolina12. Arizona13. VillanovaT-14. BaylorT-14. ProvidenceT-16. LouisvilleT-16. West Virginia18. Butler19. Miami (FL)20. Cincinnati21. Gonzaga22. George Washington23. Vanderbilt24. Texas A&M25. South Carolina
With teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal involved, the Premier League is one of the most popular and exciting divisions to watch in football.Some of the best players on the planet are on display each week, including Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba, so viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding which games to tune in to on television.Indeed, top class talent is littered across teams in the division and it’s not just the traditional top six who serve up entertaining games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Goal brings you everything you need to know about which TV channels are showing Premier League games in the United Kingdom and where you can stream matches live online.Premier League 2019-20 football on UK TVIn the UK, Sky Sports and BT Sport are the main television broadcasters for Premier League matches. UK TV channel Number of Premier League games BT Sport 52 Sky Sports 128 Sky Sports show the most games, with rights to 128 fixtures, while BT Sport show less than half that number, broadcasting 52 league encounters.For those watching matches on Sky, games are broadcast on their various channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One.On BT Sport, Premier League matches are chiefly shown on BT Sport 1, but channel changes can occur.Premier League 2019-20 football live online streamsIn the UK, Premier League matches can be streamed online via three channels: Sky Go, the BT Sport Player and, from 2019-20 on, Amazon Prime Video. UK online stream Number of Premier League games BT Sport Player 52 Sky Go 128 Amazon Prime Video 20 Sky Go and the BT Sport Player are the online facilities available to those who subscribe to BT Sport or Sky Sports.In order to avail of Amazon Prime Video’s Premier League coverage, one must subscribe at a cost of £7.99 a month or £79 a year. A 30-day free trial is available.Amazon’s coverage is limited to 20 games, which, in 2019-20, will be those that take place in December 2019.Click here to find out more about Amazon Prime Video’s Premier League coverage.Watch Premier League 2019-20 football highlightsThe most popular Premier League highlights show in the UK is the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, which usually airs every Saturday evening after that day’s games.Hosted by Gary Lineker and featuring insight from a host of ex professionals, Match of the Day is an institution of British sporting life, having first aired back in 1964.It can be watched on TV via BBC One or online using the BBC iPlayer.Highlights and analysis shows are also broadcast on Sky Sports and BT Sport, while Amazon Prime Video will offer subscribers the chance to watch highlights each week. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Ohio State Buckeyes make their way out onto the field before the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Although Urban Meyer will return from his suspension after this weekend, interim coach Ryan Day and Ohio State have a difficult challenge ahead of them tomorrow.Through the first two games of the season, the Buckeyes have dominated their opposition. Now, they’ll face one of the better teams in the nation in TCU. Following a gutsy win over SMU in sloppy weather conditions, the Horned Frogs will look to make a huge statement.Despite featuring an extremely balanced roster, ESPN’s Football Power Index isn’t very high on TCU’s odds to pull off the upset.In fact, the FPI currently gives Ohio State a 86.7 percent chance to walk out with an undefeated record. Ohio State and TCU will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday from AT&T Stadium in Dallas – home of the Cowboys.ABC will broadcast the highly-anticipated matchup, as both teams feature game-breaking performers at the quarterback position.Stay tuned.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)For the first time in a long time, Michigan is coming into Columbus to face Ohio State and is being listed the favorite. The Wolverines are a road favorite against the Buckeyes for the first time since 2004. Michigan is being listed as a 4-point favorite at most sportsbooks.It’s a big one in Columbus, obviously.Both Ohio State and Michigan enter the game at 10-1 with a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game on the line. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines could be playing for a College Football Playoff berth, too.Who’s going to emerge as the victor?One sportsbook’s computer has made its prediction for the contest.OddsShark’s computer has released its score pick. The prediction:Michigan 41.2, Ohio State 31.2Ohio State has yet to lose to Michigan under Urban Meyer, but the Buckeyes are clearly the underdog here.OSU and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has often been critical of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.Of course, Finebaum seized the opportunity to do it again today.The ESPN college football analyst bashed Harbaugh and the Wolverines’ program following Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Ohio State.“We’re four years in now,” Finebaum said on SportsCenter this morning. “And if you couldn’t beat this Ohio State team with Urban Meyer, … you’re not going to beat them. If you’re a Michigan fan, just accept the fact that we’re going to lose to Ohio State every year as long as Urban Meyer is there. As bad as Urban Meyer has been this year, this has been the worst season we’ve seen in Urban Meyersince his last season at Florida in 2010, all of the pressure. And he can still put a game plan together to make Jim Harbaugh look like an idiot yesterday, then he might as well throw in the towel.”Harbaugh will remain Michigan’s head coach, of course, but Finebaum thinks the program has serious questions to answer moving forward.“The decision to be made for the University of Michigan is where you want to be,” Finebaum said. “Do we want to have a big-time coach that makes $7 million a year for and lose every year to our biggest rival? That’s the choice. They have a good program. They could go 10-2, 11-2 and most programs would be happy. But Michigan is not happy losing to Ohio State. I think some there, probably Jim Harbaugh more than anyone else, better look in the mirror and quit taking responsibility and decide, am I the right person to lead this program? Because if you can’t beat your rival, you have no future at a school like Michigan.”Harbaugh fell to 0-4 against Ohio State with Saturday’s loss. He became the first head coach in Michigan history to have an 0-4 record against the Buckeyes.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, is now 7-0 against Michigan.