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Warburton left frustrated as Villa clinch victory against Forest

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:27:21 +0000

Warburton left frustrated as Villa clinch victory against Forest - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Nottingham Forest succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday marking their sixth straight loss in all competitions. Daryl Murphy’s second half strike cancelled out Albert Adomah’s opener for Villa but Forest’s profligacy in front of goal proved to be fatal as Villa grabbed the winner through a Conor Hourihane free-kick. Forest boss Mark Warburton was left dejected at full-time and claimed that there were no excuses for his side’s toothless performance. “There are no excuses. As a group, we make no excuses. We started really brightly and the goal went in – and you

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Benitez furious with Hemed’s winner as Newcastle’s winning run ends

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:58:37 +0000

Benitez furious with Hemed’s winner as Newcastle’s winning run ends - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United’s three-game winning run came to an end as the Magpies dropped all three points against Brighton at the Falmer Stadium on Sunday. Rafael Benitez’s side had pipped Brighton to the Championship title last season but the hosts grabbed an important win in the Premier League courtesy of a goal from striker Tomer Hemed. Benitez, however, deems Hemed’s 51st minute winner as a ‘foul’ highlighting an incident in the build up that saw Chancel Mbemba go to the ground after a collision. “The goal, for me, was a foul, it’s a blocking in movement…he’s pushing and blocking in movement,”

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Leigh Griffiths must ‘grow up’, says Celtic legend

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:38:39 +0000

Leigh Griffiths must ‘grow up’, says Celtic legend - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Ibrox on Saturday thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths. Griffiths who scored the second goal of the game was involved in a number of incidents throughout the game. The former Wolves striker was apparently trying to tie a Celtic scarf on the Ibrox goalposts. However, Rangers stewards who were guarding the woodwork prevented him from doing so. Reacting to the incident, Celtic legend Chris Sutton said that Griffiths behaviour was childish and that he needs to ‘grow up’. “Leigh Griffiths, the great player that he is, I’m a huge fan of his

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Celtic captain's row with Rangers' boss shows complete lack of class, a legend in his own mind

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:54:50 +0000

Celtic captain's row with Rangers' boss shows complete lack of class, a legend in his own mind - originally posted on Sportslens.com

For a player whose limitations were brutally exposed by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Celtic captain Scott Brown has a lot to say for himself. Too much in fact. Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha accused the midfielder of elbowing Alfredo Morelos during Saturday’s Old Firm meeting at Ibrox and Brown’s behaviour afterwards showed a complete lack of class. The incident occurred just before half-time, prompting Caixinha to confront Brown as the players left the field. “I saw an elbow, for a second time in the same place on the same pitch, and nothing happened,” Caixinha said. “That’s what I’m criticising

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Odds update: Jonathan Kodjia the key as Aston Villa promotion odds tumble

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:49:43 +0000

Odds update: Jonathan Kodjia the key as Aston Villa promotion odds tumble - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Jonathan Kodjia didn’t get score for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but his all-round performance bodes well for their promotion hopes this season. Kodjia had a hand in both goals as Villa secured a 2-1 victory to move up to 10th in the Championship and further ease the pressure on manager Steve Bruce. One win in their opening seven games of the season sparked rumours Bruce’s position was under threat, but Villa are slowly gathering momentum and are now 4/1 to win promotion. “It was a typical Championship match – but we took our chances when we needed

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Tottenham legend believes Harry Kane could leave the club

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:24:45 +0000

Tottenham legend believes Harry Kane could leave the club - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham believes Harry Kane could be tempted by a move away from the club. Kane scored twice as Spurs won 3-2 at West Ham on Saturday to move up to fourth in the table. The 24-year-old has now scored 82 goals in the Premier League and Sheringham says he can break Alan Shearer’s record of 260, if he stays in the English game. “There’s been a lot of talk about that and if he stays fit and stays in the Premier League there’s every chance he will,” Sheringham told Sky Sports. “But he could go

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On This Day in Football: The Butcher of Bilbao hacks Maradona

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:51 +0000

On This Day in Football: The Butcher of Bilbao hacks Maradona - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Diego Maradona moved to Barcelona in the summer of 1982 for a then world record fee of £5 million. Despite contracting hepatitis during his first season, Maradona helped the club to a fourth place finish and a Copa del Rey title. Obviously, expectations were high in his second season as the Argentinean superstar had a year under his belt playing in Spain. But that soon changed into despair when Javier Clemente’s Athletic Bilbao came to town to play at the Nou Camp in a league tie. It happened on this day in 1983 , if you were wondering. Barcelona had

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Manchester United issue statement to fans over vile Lukaku chant

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:10:23 +0000

Manchester United issue statement to fans over vile Lukaku chant - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United have released an official statement to address the issue of an offensive chant directed at striker Romelu Lukaku. The Red Devils were away at Southampton on Saturday, winning 1-0 thanks to yet another goal from Lukaku. The Belgium international is in red hot form and is already a fan favourite at Old Trafford. Supporters of the club, however, have come up with a chant for Lukaku which many have deemed as ‘racist’ and ‘derogatory’. Lukaku himself had insisted earlier that despite the chant not having any malicious intent, fans should ‘move on’. But United fans belted out the

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Hodgson urges fans to not panic following defeat against City

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:51:38 +0000

Hodgson urges fans to not panic following defeat against City - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Crystal Palace suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on Saturday. City were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to Leroy Sane, but four second half goals, including a brace from Raheem Sterling, meant that Palace still remain winless in the Premier League. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson, who was brought to the club as a replacement for Frank De Boer, is already under considerable pressure to deliver, but the former England manager has insisted that the club and fans alike should remain calm ahead of a ‘very long’ season. “It’s ridiculous to sit here

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Odds update: Wolves 2/1 for Championship, but Leeds still top

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:29:26 +0000

Odds update: Wolves 2/1 for Championship, but Leeds still top - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Wolverhampton Wanderers are down to 2/1 for the Championship title after winning 2-1 against Barnsley on Saturday. Alfred N’Diaye’s late goal secured the victory for Wolves who remain level on points with Leeds United and Cardiff City at the top of the table. Kalvin Phillips was on target in Leeds’ 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town, while Cardiff won 2-1 at Sunderland. The Whites are now 6/1 to win the title and former Leeds striker Noel Whelan told the BBC that their strength of character would serve them well this season. “That two-goal cushion could have seen the game a little

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On This Day in Football: The Blonde Arrow strikes, Liverpool create history

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:00:04 +0000

On This Day in Football: The Blonde Arrow strikes, Liverpool create history - originally posted on Sportslens.com

On this day in 1953, Alfredo Di Stefano made his debut for Real Madrid in a friendly against French club AS Nancy. Los Blancos lost the game 4-2 but Di Stefano managed to get a debut goal for his new club. Di Stefano is often regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Born in Buenos Aires, he started his footballing journey with River Plate where he scored 49 goals in 66 league matches. Nicknamed ‘the Blonde Arrow’, he was part of arguably the greatest club side of all time at Real Madrid. He scored in the

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Shakespeare reveals how Leicester’s squad mocked Mahrez following transfer drama

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:43:51 +0000

Shakespeare reveals how Leicester’s squad mocked Mahrez following transfer drama - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leicester City superstar Riyad Maharez was rumoured to be pushing for a move out of the club in the summer. Manchester United and Arsenal were among a whole array of clubs linked with the Algerian but a transfer out of the King Power stadium never materialised. Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare has confirmed the rumours that Mahrez left international duty to fly to Europe on deadline day to secure his dream move to one of the ‘big clubs’ of the Premier League. Shakespeare also revealed an interesting anecdote on how he and his players greeted Mahrez upon his return to the

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Leeds United legend delivers scathing report on Jurgen Klopp

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:24:45 +0000

Leeds United legend delivers scathing report on Jurgen Klopp - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been subjected to immense scrutiny following the Reds’ 2-0 loss against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup this week. The Merseysiders have been winless in their last four outings in all competitions and currently sit at eighth on the Premier League table with just eight points from five games. One criticism that Klopp had to endure practically from his first day at Anfield is his repeated failure to address the club’s defence. Liverpool spent close to the region of £80 million in the summer transfer window but only £8 million of it went into defensive reinforcements

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Everton fined by UEFA over crowd trouble at Goodison

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:42:52 +0000

Everton fined by UEFA over crowd trouble at Goodison - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton and Hajduk Split have been fined by UEFA in the wake of crowd trouble that marred the Europa League qualifying game between the two clubs in August. The play was momentarily suspended in the 33rd minute after some Hajduk fans invaded the pitch at Goodison Park. The Croatian club have been ordered to pay £35,348, while Everton have been fined £8,837. Despite the rampant hooliganism, Everton went on to win the game 2-0 and drew the return leg 1-1 to advance to the group stages of the competition. Hajduk have also been given a month’s period to contact Everton

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Morata cannot replace Diego Costa, says former Liverpool midfielder

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:21:44 +0000

Morata cannot replace Diego Costa, says former Liverpool midfielder - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea announced on Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the sale of Diego Costa for a reported £58 million. Costa is scheduled for medical this week but he cannot be officially registered as an Atletico player until January because of the Madrid club’s transfer ban. The Spain international was pivotal in Chelsea’s two title winning seasons in recent years and despite the club bringing in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that it still could not be enough to replace Costa. “Alvaro Morata is a different player to Diego Costa

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Are England on the verge of another ‘Golden Generation’?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:00:22 +0000

Are England on the verge of another ‘Golden Generation’? - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Being a fan of the English national football team can be a difficult occupation at the best of times. Not only must the Wembley faithful tolerate rendition after rendition of “The Great Escape” being parped out by the notoriously awful England Supporters Band at every home game, but once every two years they’re forced to set sail for foreign shores to endure an equally sub-par tournament performance. It’s a cycle that can feel endless. An easy passage through qualification, followed by mild optimism, followed by utter disappointment on the big stage at the earliest possible moment, all soundtracked by that

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4-4-2 v Nottingham: Steve Bruce without these 2 Aston Villa players for vital game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:35:11 +0000

4-4-2 v Nottingham: Steve Bruce without these 2 Aston Villa players for vital game; Team News & Predicted Lineup - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa host Nottingham Forest in the Championship this weekend and the home side will be looking to improve their position in the table with a win. The Villans have had a poor start to the season and they are 13th in the Championship table right now. Moreover, they have failed to win six of their eight matches in the league so far. Villa managed to beat Barnsley comfortably in their last outing and they will be hoping to pull off another victory this week. Nottingham Forest are three places above the hosts and they have lost four of their

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4-3-3 v Palace: Guardiola without these 2 top class Man City stars for this weekend's game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:40:39 +0000

4-3-3 v Palace: Guardiola without these 2 top class Man City stars for this weekend's game; Team News & Predicted Lineup - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City host Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend and Pep Guardiola will be looking for another thumping win. The Etihad outfit are in superb form right now and they have scored 11 goals without reply in their last two league games. They will be up against a side that has lost all of their five Premier League games so far and have failed to score a single goal. Manchester City are second in the table right now and they will be looking to secure the top spot with a big win. Considering the form Palace are in,

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3-4-3 v Spurs: Bilic without these 4 West Ham players for vital derby game this weekend; Team News & Predicted Lineup

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:26:49 +0000

3-4-3 v Spurs: Bilic without these 4 West Ham players for vital derby game this weekend; Team News & Predicted Lineup - originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham take on Tottenham in the London Derby this weekend and Slaven Bilic will be hoping to continue his side’s impressive run of form with another win. The Hammers impressed against Huddersfield and WBA in the last couple of matches and they will fancy their chances here. Slaven Bilic is still under a lot of pressure after his summer outlay and winning derby would give the club massive confidence boost. The home side will need to be careful about Tottenham’s away form though. Spurs have been terrific on the road for a while now. The home side will be without

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Leicester City vs Liverpool – The Rematch

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:30:51 +0000

Leicester City vs Liverpool – The Rematch - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leicester City vs Liverpool English Premier League King Power Stadium, Leicester Saturday, 23 September 2017 Kickoff Time: 17:30 BST Just four days after a clash in the EFL Cup, Liverpool yet again face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in a Premier League rematch. Tuesday’s fixture produced an upset as The Foxes came away with a 2-0 win. Jurgen Klopp’s rotated side was extremely wasteful in front of goal and they were punished for it thanks to goals from Okazaki and Slimani. This time around, Liverpool’s starters will take their position and they will certainly be motivated to avenge

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