Senegal international Sadio Mane has allayed fear regarding his fitness in time for the clash against Leicester City.
The Liverpool summer transfer addition was on international duty, and there were concerns that he picked up a slight knock. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp enquired about his fitness after the game. He received a report that he was substituted during the game against Namibia
, adding that he was “fit and well.”
Mane is poised to make a return to England on Monday to start training ahead of the clash with defending champions of the Premier League – Leicester City. Mane has been in good form since his £34 million switch from Southampton this summer. He has surely given the Reds an edge this campaign. His start is similar to that of Luis Suarez, causing anxiety among the fans about what might happen in the title challenge as the season wears on.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana are cover for Mane, while options like Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are available. His versatility and work rate has definitely impacted on his teammates in such a short time.
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Manchester City are taking on Manchester United this weekend and it will provide a great picture of the team that is likely to finish in the top four this season.
City are the favourites to qualify for the Champions League next season with odds of 3/10. United, who have been in terrible form over the last few months, at backed at a distant 4/1. Even though City themselves have been in a poor run of form as far as the Premier League is concerned, they can be comfortable knowing that they have the home advantage in this game.
United have already missed out on the top four in recent times, but City cannot afford to do the same at this stage. The club will be bringing in Pep Guardiola – one of the renowned managers in the world – next season and the former Barcelona manager will struggle to attract players if the club finds itself in the Europa league next season. Pellegrini is on his way out, but he is determined to do a great job in the remainder of the campaign. He has already led the club to Capital One Cup success, which is the second of his City regime, and the club has qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Aguero is rated at 6/5 to score at any time in the game. These are great odds given that the strikerhas been in fine form over the last 10 games. Aguero, however, has not scored since his two goals against Aston Villa in the 4-0 win a few weeks ago. Even though City win this game, it is unlikely to improve chances of winning the title. After only nine points behind table leaders Leicester City, the important objective for the club will now be to finish in the top four.
One of the primary reasons for Chelsea struggling to have any sort of form in the 2015-16 season is a lack of significant contribution from winger Eden Hazard.
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year has struggled to make any impact so far. Despite his role not changing significantly compared with last season, Hazard is no longer scoring goals or assisting. This is proving to be a major problem for Chelsea, but there were signs of resurgence in the 4-0 win overMaccabi Tel Aviv. Jose Mourinho has also kept his faith in the Belgian international and he has continued to play the full 90 minutes.
As a result, bookmakers are expecting the winger to finally break his duck for the season. In five Premier league appearances so far, Hazard is yet to score. However, he has a decent record against Arsenal and could take advantage of the recent poor form of the gunners. The midweek action also saw Diego Costa get his first goal for Chelsea outside the Premier League. He scored 20 goals last season and all of them came in the domestic competition. Costa is now rated at 13/10 to find the net at any time in the match, while Hazard is given odds of 2/1 to score any time in the match. Read more »
Outgoing Fifa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger says that Qatar should be stripped off its rights to host the World Cup 2022 amidst allegations of corruption and a potential winter World Cup. FIFA awarded Qatar the rights to host this World Cup despite being aware of the extreme climates in the region.
It was only after awarding the tournament that Fifa realised the problems that would hamper normal World Cup schedule. The extreme heat during the months of June and July mean that it is almost impossible for Qatar to host the World Cup without making substantial changes to its infrastructure.
The nation has promised to make the stadium is fully air-conditioned in order to allow the players to play even in the simmering heat. Fifa, though, recently has accepted the request to shift the World Cup towards a winter schedule. This would be a major hamper for major European leagues. Even though a winter break exists in most top European leagues like Spain and Germany, England does not have a winter break. On the other hand, countries from South America have long been suffering as a result of the summer break since the league campaign goes on in these countries during the World Cup. Read more »
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