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Can Jordan Ayew and Crystal Palace heap more misery on Manchester City? Jordan Ayew has been in sparkling form for Crystal Palace this term, and could be set to compound Manchester City's woes on Saturday.
Lampard frustrated with France as Kante is ruled out of Chelsea's plans again Frank Lampard has been left frustrated with the management of the France national side after seeing N'Golo Kante returned to Chelsea nursing another knock. The World Cup-winning midfielder was among those to link up with their respective countries during the international break.
'Pogba chat was personal' - Zidane won't divulge details of meeting with Man Utd ace Zinedine Zidane insists his meeting with Paul Pogba in Dubai last week was "pure chance" - but the Real Madrid boss will not disclose what they discussed.
'It's a circus' - Klopp labels combined Man Utd & Liverpool XI with all Reds players 'a joke' Jurgen Klopp has labelled the pre-match hype surrounding Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford as a "circus", dismissing the notion of a combined XI without a single Manchester United player. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side currently lie down in 12th in the Premier League standings, after picking up a measly nine points from a possible 24.
'Pochettino is an ideal fit for Man Utd' - Ince maintains that Spurs boss should have been favoured over Solskjaer Mauricio Pochettino remains the "ideal fit" for Manchester United, says Paul Ince, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never the right choice as the Red Devils now face a battle to finish in the Premier League's top-half.
'Moyes buying Fellaini & Mata rang alarm bells' - Man Utd need five 'good transfer windows', says Scholes The struggles being endured by Manchester United can be traced back to David Moyes signing Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, says Paul Scholes, with those deals setting off "alarm bells". A change in the dugout at Old Trafford in 2013 saw the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson head into retirement and a fellow Scot take his place.
'Firmino is Liverpool's Messi' - McAteer compares Anfield talisman to Barcelona superstar Roberto Firmino is as important to Liverpool as five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi is to Barcelona, according to Jason McAteer. Firmino moved to Anfield from German club Hoffenheim back in 2015 and has since racked up over 200 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
Maritzburg United vs Bidvest Wits: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview Maritzburg United welcome Bidvest Wits to the Harry Gwala Stadium for the opening match of the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16.
'Carry further investigation into Magogo at your own risk' - Fifa warns Fufa World football governing body Fifa has warned Federation of Uganda Football Associations from opening further investigations into its president Moses Magogo.
Ghana coach Appiah given low performance assessment marks by former FA vice president Former Ghana Football Association vice president Fred Pappoe believes Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah has performed below expectations, amid uncertainty about the future of the 59-year-old.
'What Ronaldo does right now as a footballer is insane' - Juventus star hailed by ex-Man Utd team-mate Saha Cristiano Ronaldo's "unbelievable dedication" is the main reason behind his continued success at Juventus, according to Louis Saha. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner won 24 major trophies during spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid, before swapping Santiago Bernabeu for the Allianz Stadium in the summer of 2018.
Havertz offered transfer advice as Liverpool, Man Utd & Bayern Munich rumours build Kai Havertz is a man in demand, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all said to be on his trail, and Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Kevin Volland has told the youngster to do whatever he feels is right. The 20-year-old playmaker is expected to have a big career call to make at some stage in the near future.
Football on UK TV this week: Matches to watch & live stream today, tomorrow & this weekend Here are all the games that are being shown live in the United Kingdom this week on channels such as Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC, ITV and more. *All times are UK. Elite level club football returns on Friday, with games taking place in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 sure to catch the attention of football lovers in the UK.
FIFA claims 82M TV audience for Women's World Cup final ZURICH - FIFA research says the Women's World Cup final drew an average audience of 82.18 million in-home viewers - 56% more than the 2015 final. FIFA says the United States' 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon, France, reached 263.62 million viewers for at least one minute of action.
Sumareh determined to take Pahang to Malaysia Cup final One of the players who featured for the national team during the break, albeit with a less than satisfactory performance, Mohamadou Sumareh is fired up to help Pahang get a good first leg result at Darul Aman Stadium on Saturday, believing it's time that The Elephants take another giant step in the competition.
Sofapaka FC must fight not to drop away in KPL - Alves Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves believes it is important for them to ensure they remain among the top Kenyan Premier League clubs in the season. Batoto ba Mungu pulled off a surprising 2-1 win over pre-season title contenders Bandari last time out and Alves believes the victory was key in motivating the players.
Lampard's young Chelsea only need one or two signings to hit the next level - Poyet Frank Lampard's young Chelsea squad only need one or two 'specific' signings to take them to the next level, according to former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet.
Telkom Knockout Cup: Cape Town City have no fear of Kaizer Chiefs - McCarthy The Citizens are set to clash with Amakhosi in the Round of 16 of the Telkom Knockout Cup at Cape Town Stadium and the former striker has revealed they have no fear of coach Ernst Middendorp's league leaders.
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Oupa Manyisa's career not finished - Mosimane As he is set to spend time on the sidelines through an Achilles tendon injury, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has urged midfielder Oupa Manyisa to find inspiration from teammate Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Who is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer? And, what they enjoyed more than anything was scoring goals - the more beautiful the better. But who is Brazil's greatest ever goalscorer? Goal takes a look. Pele is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer with 77 goals in 91 appearances. Ronaldo is second in Brazil's list of all-time top goalscorers with 62 goals in 98 appearances.
Premier League Betting Tips: Comfortable Chelsea win & best bets for Saturday The Premier League returns in style on Saturday with no fewer than eight games being played, including six in the traditional 3pm kick-off slot. Ahead of the weekend, our tipster has picked out a bet from three of those matches to create a treble that pays out at over 6/1 with bet365.
SKorea seeks punishment for NKorea over World Cup qualifier SEOUL, South Korea - The South Korean soccer association said Friday it has requested that North Korea be punished for blocking rival fans and media from attending a World Cup qualifier between the countries at an empty stadium in Pyongyang.
Man Utd warned Liverpool will 'destroy them' if they try to go toe-to-toe with Klopp's title chasers Manchester United have been warned by Liverpool legend John Barnes that the Reds will "destroy them" if they try to go "toe-to-toe" with Jurgen Klopp's side. The Premier League leaders are due at Old Trafford on Sunday for an eagerly-anticipated encounter.
Ajayi's confidence boosted after playing for Nigeria against Brazil West Bromwich Albion defender Semi Ajayi admitted his confidence has received a boost after helping Nigeria secure a 1-1 draw against Brazil last Sunday. The 25-year-old was handed a starting role in the encounter, partnering William Troost-Ekong at the heart of the Super Eagles defence.
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