EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool rumble in London

first_imgRelatedPosts Neuer crowned Player of the Month for August Budapest to host Bayern-Sevilla Super Cup final Neymar reflects on Champions League defeat Chelsea vs. LiverpoolVenue: Stamford BridgeKick off: 4:30PMOne of the standout fixtures of any Premier League season takes place today when Chelsea welcome league leaders Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.Both sides suffered defeats in the Champions League during the week and will be looking to return to winning ways domestically in what has all the makings of a goal-laden contest – as it was when the two sides went to penalties in the UEFA Super Cup last month.Frank Lampard was part of the Chelsea team for many a memorable battle against Liverpool, although the balance of power has switched slightly since his playing heyday.Whereas the Blues used to be the dominant force in English football while Liverpool were battling for a top-four spot, the roles have now been reversed with Chelsea coming into this match already seven points adrift of their opponents.There was always going to be an asterisk next to this season for Chelsea; a first campaign under Lampard has coincided with a transfer ban which has subsequently forced the club to finally tap into their sizeable pool of young talent.So far, it seems to have been a blessing in disguise. All 11 of their Premier League goals this season have been scored by English players aged 21 or younger – the first time that has ever happened – while Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were all on the scoresheet last time out in the league.Tomori may have produced the goal of that particular game, but Abraham was once again the star of the show as Chelsea made light work of a difficult-looking assignment by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at Molineux.It continued an entertaining start to the season for Chelsea, whose games have seen a league-high 22 goals so far, although the fact that those have been evenly shared between goals scored and conceded will be a concern.It was a Liverpool legend who once said that “you can’t win anything with kids” and, while Alan Hansen may have been proved wrong on that occasion, the early signs certainly suggest that Chelsea are lacking the balance to truly trouble the main title contenders over the course of a 38-game season.Throwing away a two-goal lead against Sheffield United in their most recent home league game is perhaps the best example of that so far, and even their scoring touch deserted them at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.Lampard’s managerial debut in the Champions League ended in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Valencia, although the Blues could have come away with a point had Ross Barkley converted his penalty rather than putting it over via the top of the crossbar.The result means that Chelsea are still winless at home under their former talisman, although in the Premier League they remain unbeaten there in 2019.However, there were concerns in the Liverpool camp that it may take a while for them to get going this season considering their disrupted pre-season and the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all being involved in international tournaments during the summer.The reality could not be further from the truth, though. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won five from five in the league so far this term, storming into a five-point lead and taking full advantage of Manchester City’s unexpected dropped points.Such form has picked up exactly where it left off last season, and the Reds have now won a club-record 14 games in a row in the top flight. Indeed, they are the first team in English top-flight history to ever achieve that feat while scoring more than one goal in each of the victories.Another triumph this afternoon would leave only Pep Guardiola’s Man City with a longer run of wins in Premier League history (18), although Liverpool’s momentum was halted somewhat with a midweek defeat in Naples.The Reds held their own for long spells in the opening match of their Champions League title defence, but two late Napoli goals saw them fall to defeat at the Stadio San Paolo for the second successive season.It did not hamper them too much last term as they went on to lift the trophy in Madrid, of course, but a hiccup in a winning habit is never a good thing and Klopp will be desperate to avoid any hangover today. Chelsea possible XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pulisic, Abraham, Willian.Liverpool possible XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tags: Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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Hearts to float more Shares

first_imgThe Board Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Togbe Afede XIV, has revealed that the Club will be embarking on another shares floatation exercise to attract more capital and resources into the Club.The Board Chairman said the floatation of the shares will further help the team get a strong financial backing in the near future, after the first one failed to meet its desired target.Though no date was given for the second floatation of shares, sources close to the Hearts of Oak management have revealed that the activity will take place within the next six months.Togbe Afede XIV also revealed that the Club will be embarking on a nationwide supporters registration exercise; one that will help them identify the number of supporters the Club has and what can be done for the Club in terms of funds generation.last_img read more

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Chris Archer injury update: Pirates’ right-hander goes on IL with shoulder inflammation

first_imgHe already missed a couple of weeks in April as he was dealing with thumb inflammation.The righty came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Rays in 2018. Pittsburgh gave up righty Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and prospect Shane Baz in the deal.The Pirates also placed reliever Clay Holmes (left quadriceps discomfort) on the 10-day IL Wednesday and recalled right-handers Dario Agrazal and Parker Markel from AAA. Jameson Taillon injury update: Pirates pitcher undergoes operation, discovers he needs Tommy John surgery The righty walked down the mound toward catcher Jacob Stallings and was soon removed from the game.The Pirates later announced he left the game with right shoulder discomfort. Related News The Pirates have placed right-hander Chris Archer on the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation, the team announced Wednesday.After throwing a scoreless first inning Tuesday night against the Nationals, Archer came out to warm up for the second. He then had a pitch sail high on him and immediately knew something was wrong. Archer update: Chris was removed from tonight’s game with right shoulder discomfort.— Pirates (@Pirates) August 20, 2019Chris Archer, injury 🙏 pic.twitter.com/3Hs6rz3HQa— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 20, 2019Archer, 30, is 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA this season with 141 strikeouts in 118 2/3 innings pitched.last_img read more

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The Success of Edin Branković in Seoul!

first_imgEdin Branković, senior representative for BiH in Short Track Speed Skating, performed at the World Championships which was held between March 11th and 13th in Seoul, South Korea.The competition brought together 51 of the best short track speed skaters from 31 countries from around the world, Edin finished an impressive 25th in the 1500 meters. On day one, he narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals in this race, which he compensated for in day two when he placed first in the ranking race and qualified right after the semi-finalists in the 1500m. The result of day two was fantastic and is so far the best placement in senior world competitions.With this performance, Edin confirmed his quality and remained high on the ranking of the best short track speed skaters in the world. If he was just slightly faster he would have qualified for the finals and climbed to the top.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more

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