Month: December 2019


Revealed! Super computer predicts final Premier League table for 2015/16

first_img 20 18. Bournemouth – predicted to finish with 36 points 20 20 19. Aston Villa – predicted to finish with 34 points 8. Southampton – predicted to finish with 54 points 20 20 12. Stoke City – predicted to finish with 46 points 20 20 20 15. Newcastle United – predicted to finish with 38 points (but ahead of Norwich) 20 9. Crystal Palace – predicted to finish with 53 points 20 11. Swansea City – predicted to finish with 47 points 3. Manchester United – predicted to finish with 75 points 4. Chelsea – predicted to finish with 72 points 20 14. West Bromwich Albion – predicted to finish with 40 points 20 1. Manchester City – predicted to finish with 80 points 20 7. Everton – predicted to finish with 57 points 20 As the Premier League pauses for the latest international break, fans are reflecting on their respective clubs’ start to the 2015/16 season.Already two managers have left their jobs, with Dick Advocaat and Brendan Rodgers departing Sunderland and Liverpool respectively.Reigning champions Chelsea are currently struggling in 16th place, with eight points from eight games, while Crystal Palace and Leicester City are riding high in fourth and fifth.Manchester City lead the way from Arsenal and Manchester United, with Newcastle, Sunderland and Aston Villa propping up the table.So, how will the Premier League pan out over the course of the season?No one knows for sure, but the team at have had a go at predicting the final table.A leading sports technology and data company, Stats use a complex aglorithm to determine ‘expected points’.Where do you think your team will finish? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 2. Arsenal – predicted to finish with 78 points 5. Liverpool – predicted to finish with 65 points 20. Sunderland are forecast to have 32 points at the end of this season by the Super Computer, putting them bottom of the table in 20th place. To find out where your team is predicted to finish, click the arrow above! 6. Tottenham Hotspur – predicted to finish with 64 points 10. West Ham United – predicted to finish with 50 points 20 16. Norwich City – predicted to finish with 38 points 13. Leicester City – predicted to finish with 45 points 20 17. Watford – predicted to finish with 37 points 20 20 20 20last_img read more


Mourinho: ‘Chelsea stars are playing for me, they tried everything’ against Stoke

first_imgUnder-pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refuted recent claims his players are not behind him, after his side suffered shock League Cup exit at the hands of Stoke City.The Blues’s disastrous start to the season took a turn for the worst on Tuesday night as the cup holders were dumped out at the fourth round with a 5-4 penalty defeat at the Britannia Stadium, following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.Reports this week have suggested the Portuguese coach has lost the faith of his team and the club’s top stars are bracing themselves for his departure as boss.But Mourinho hit back at the rumours and was keen to praise his players’ efforts following the full-time whistle.He said in his post-match press conference: “Honestly, do you think they are not with me? That they didn’t give everything to win the game?“That is really sad – not sad for me but sad for the players, and I think it is a lack of respect to the players, not to me.“For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players are against me – I could say we don’t have results because the players are against me.“I think what some people write and say is really bad for the players. They tried everything.”Talk had already been rife before this tie about the sack looming for Mourinho, whose Premier League champions were left 15th in the table by Saturday’s 2-1 loss at West Ham, in which he was sent to the stands and then refused to speak to media.But the Portuguese – who has subsequently been hit by another charge misconduct charge from the Football Association over events at Upton Park, and had not spoken publicly since that match – said following the Stoke contest: “My general situation is fantastic.“I have a day off tomorrow, a fantastic family. I can sleep well every night. I’m going to enjoy my day and Thursday. It will be one more day like I have had in the last 15 years of my life – honest and dedicated.”Asked if he had had any more reassurances since the weekend about his job, Mourinho said: “I don’t need more.”Chelsea’s exit was sealed when Eden Hazard’s penalty, the last of the shoot-out, was saved by Jack Butland.Mourinho refused to blame Hazard and said there was plenty in Chelsea’s performance that meant their players would leave feeling positive.He said: “He [Hazard] is our best penalty taker but the last thing I do is to blame. If I have to blame someone it is the ones who tell the manager I don’t want to take it and run away.“It is more difficult when you play very bad and lose than when you play well and lose. I think they [Chelsea’s players] go with sadness but with a positive feeling.“How can they go home with lack of confidence? Lack of confidence, why? They played well.” 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last_img read more


Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool: Klopp’s Reds stunned by Magpies at St James’ Park

first_imgLiverpool, chasing their fifth consecutive win, were left stunned by Newcastle United after Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals to seal three crucial points for the Magpies.After thrashing Southampton mid-week in the League Cup, confidence was high on Merseyside as the Reds travelled to St James’ Park hoping to extend their winning run against Steve McClaren’s Premier League strugglers.Jurgen Klopp made six changes to the side that shocked the Saints, with Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Jordan Ibe, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino returning to the starting line-up.The German manager opted for Benteke to lead the line ahead of Daniel Sturridge, who has only recently made his return from injury, and the Belgian should have got his name on the scoresheet mid-way through the first half.Ibe, who has grown in confidence under his new manager, made a bright start to the game and a bursting run on the right wing saw the teenager win Liverpool a corner.The resulting set-piece met Dejan Lovren in the box, who sent the ball towards Benteke, but the former Aston Villa man could only fire his effort high over the bar from close range.The Magpies, however, frustrated the visitors, with the Reds quickly becoming sloppy in possession and failing to threaten goalkeeper Rob Elliot.With Liverpool struggling to create, McClaren’s men grew into the game and Papiss Cisse, enjoying one of his better performances in a Newcastle shirt, was becoming an increasing problem for the Reds defence.And the Senegalese forward had a superb chance to give his side the lead late on in the first half.After dispossessing Liverpool, the hosts quickly burst forward, and following some neat play in the centre of the park, Wijnaldum delivered the ball into the path of the unmarked Cisse. Cisse drove into the box, but was culpable of taking too long, allowing Lovren and Martin Skrtel to clear their lines.The Magpies will no doubt have headed into the dressing room feeling that Liverpool were there for the taking following one of their most impressive halves of the season.And the second half very much continued where it had left off, with Klopp continuing to cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines.In what has been a rarity for Newcastle this term, there was an air of optimism among the crowd, and the spirit was clearly felt by the players, who began to push further up the pitch.As Liverpool’s struggle to threaten continued, Klopp decided enough was enough, and shortly after the hour mark opted to bring on Adam Lallana and Sturridge, replacing Benteke and Firmino, in the hope of reviving what had been a lifeless attack thus far.Having been on the pitch a matter of seconds, Sturridge and Lallana were already causing problems for the Newcastle defence, with both eager to get on the ball.They didn’t, however, make the instant impact that Klopp may have hoped, and shortly after their arrival, the Magpies got their breakthrough.With just over twenty minutes left on the clock, Wijnaldum was awarded too much space in the box and after easing past Lovren saw his strike on goal deflect off the foot of Skrtel and nestle into the back of the net.Sturridge had a sublime chance to equalise after being played in by a perfectly weighted through ball from Lallana, but the England international dragged his effort wide of the far post.Liverpool will have felt hard done by, though, when a long ball forward from Lucas was volleyed home by Alberto Moreno, only for the linesman to incorrectly rule the Spaniard offside.The poor passes and sloppy touches, however, didn’t subside in the final minutes of the clash for the Reds, and Newcastle heaped further misery on the visitors in injury time, making it game over.After stealing the ball off Milner on the right flank, Moussa Sissoko delivered an exquisite pass towards Wijnaldum and, after excellent control, the Dutchman coolly chipped Mignolet to score his second of the game and ease the nerves of the home crowd.This was arguably Newcastle’s best performance of the season, and there’s no better time to put in such a display than before the hectic festive period.For Klopp, meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board. 1 Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum last_img read more


Reasons why Chelsea should cash in on £32m star – his replacement has already been found

first_img 5 5 1. Rejecting a bid in excess of £60m would be foolish business – It would take a tremendous turnaround for Hazard to suddenly rediscover his form in the second half of the campaign, yet despite his form there is one key factor still intact and that is his valuation. In terms of business, Chelsea would be foolish not to cash in now while his stock remains high. His current deal with the reigning Premier League champions doesn’t expire until the summer of 2020, and while it would be refreshing to see such a player fulfil his contract, such an offer could prove impossible for Abramovich to refuse. 3. He may fail to recover from his involvement in Eva Carneiro’s departure – While Jose Mourinho has taken the blame for the controversy surrounding the now former first-team doctor’s exit, Hazard played the most pivotal role of all. Had the forward opted to soldier on in the final few minutes of the game against Swansea following the challenge from Ashley Williams, then neither Carneiro nor Jon Fearn would have been called upon. The Belgian’s dip in form after the opening game of the season can be no coincidence. The likelihood is that he feels some guilt towards the dispute involving Carneiro, as most would, and he may never recover from the bitterness he could currently be feeling. 5 5 Eden Hazard could be on his way out of Chelsea.It was earlier reported that the Belgium international has informed close friends of his desire to leave at the end of the season, with Real Madrid and Manchester United said to be weighing up bids.While the 25-year-old is regarded as the Blues’ finest player, his performances this term have suggested that cashing in may not be an ill-judged move for the club.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at five reasons why Chelsea should, albeit reluctantly, agree to sell their no.10 in the summer.Have a read by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 2. He isn’t impossible to replace – No player is. Even Barcelona, this season, have shown they can cope without Lionel Messi , with Neymar and Luis Suarez continuing to deliver in front of goal in the Argentine’s absence through injury. Should Chelsea sell Hazard, a replacement won’t be difficult to acquire. It could even be argued that he’s been replaced already this term by team-mate Willian. Should Hazard leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, his no.10 jersey could be reserved for the Brazilian. Not to mention Pedro is ready and waiting to prove his worth to the Stamford Bridge faithful. 5 4. He’s no Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – After being crowned the PFA Player of the Year for an outstanding 2014/15 campaign for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho – rather foolishly – compared the winger to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The sad reality is, however, that the signs are Hazard does not have the mentality to stand alongside the world’s greatest. Such comparisons may even have contributed to his downfall. At 25 years old, Messi and Ronaldo were already beginning their battle for the Ballon d’Or and breaking record after record. Hazard simply isn’t close to their level, despite the hysteria surrounding his name. If a world record bid comes in, therefore, it could prove an outstanding piece of business – particularly if the money goes towards a superior replacement. 5. Players that want out have to go, no matter their quality – It’s irrelevant how good a player is; if he wants out, he has to go. This could be the case with Hazard, if reports are to be believed. There can be no room in the dressing room for an individual not committed to the club, and forcing Hazard to stay will do little to improve the mood of the camp. Only the 25-year-old himself knows if he really wants to leave Chelsea in the summer, but if he does, then so be it.last_img read more



first_imgMOTORING: Divers Hyundai Garage are bringing back their HUGE scrap-page package for their loyal band of customers. Management at Divers said that with 152 July registrations approaching fast they’ve have decided to offer their customers the choice of TWO HUGE incentives.Any orders placed during the month of June for July 152 reg, potential Hyundai consumers will receive FIVE years FREE servicing package to compliment Ireland’s best warranty Who wouldn’t be interested in:5yrs unlimited mileage warranty (fully manufacturer backed)5yrs AA membership and roadside assist5yrs free vehicle health checks and 5yrs free servicingGavin Flanagan told Donegal Daily, “For those customers who have an older vehicle, they will have the option of availing of up to €4,000 in scrappage instead of the service package.“We have one of the most competitive PCP finance packages on the market at present with extremely competitive rates.“So there has never been a better time to enquire about your Hyundai of choice.“We really do have something for everyone. “Why not call in  TODAY and find out more about our open weekend which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday 6th-7th of June.You may also spot the Hyundai Hub parked in various towns around the county over the next week.The hub will be present at this weekends sheep shearing competition in Burt.Why not Pop in and check for yourself what your cost to change would be by simply entering your car registration and let our iPad tell you wat to expect for your car on a trade in and what your payments are likely to be..Staff will be at hand to answer any queries you may have and assist you through the process. DIVERS HYUNDAI GARAGE BRING BACK HUGE SCRAPPAGE PACKAGE FOR CUSTOMERS was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDivers Garage HyundaiFeaturesnewslast_img read more


Sevilla join Tottenham in fight to sign ‘Little Ibrahimovic’ Wissam Ben Yedder

first_img ‘Little Ibrahimovic’ Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 17 goals for Toulouse this season Sevilla have joined Tottenham in the race for Toulouse star Wissam Ben Yedder.The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window but negotiations broke down.Spurs have not given up hope of signing the Frenchman this summer and have set aside £8million to secure the deal.However, according to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla have now joined the fight for Ben Yedder’s signature.The Spanish side have been scouting the striker since January and believe he has what it takes to be a big hit in La Liga.Tottenham have been alerted to Sevilla’s interest and are expected to open talks with Toulouse in the coming weeks. 1last_img read more


David Moyes to replace Roberto Martinez as Everton boss? Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Roberto Martinez is under severe pressure at Everton after Wednesday’s 4-0 thumping at the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.Martinez is 2/5 not to be in charge of the Toffees next season, while David Moyes is the 7/4 favourite to replace him and return for a second spell at Goodison ParkCoral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img


WATCH: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shows off INSANE skills

first_img1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shows off his incredible skills Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is known as one of the best strikers in Europe – and one of the fastest players in world football.However, he shouldn’t just be known for his speed, with the Gabon international also exceptionally talented with the ball.Taking part in a skill video, he completes some ridiculous tricks, and even scores a basket with the ball!You can watch the entire video below…last_img


Fourth favourites but England ‘have no chance’ of Euro 2016 glory – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England take on Portugal at Wembley on Thursday night in their final warm-up match before Euro 2016.With the visitors missing Cristiano Ronaldo, the Three Lions are even-money to earn a morale-boosting win.But Stevens says England ‘have absolutely no chance at all’ of winning Euro 2016, despite Roy Hodgson’s men priced as a fourth favourites at 9/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


Confirmed: Burnley complete signing of Manchester United defender

first_img1 Jimmy Dunne has penned a two-year deal with the Clarets Premier League newcomers Burnley have signed defender Jimmy Dunne from Manchester United.The 18-year-old, who was a fixture for United’s youth team last season, has penned a two-year contract at Turf Moor with the option of a third.It means he will link up with former United man Michael Keane, and Dunne says he is hoping to learn from his fellow defender.After completing his free transfer, Dunne told Burnley’s official website: “Michael Keane is someone I look at to try to improve and I haven’t got talking to him yet but he’s similar in terms of being tall and lean.“He’s been through a similar format at Manchester United so hopefully I can learn from him.”last_img read more