Costa in or out? Chelsea line up v Bournemouth

first_img 17. Pedro (left wing) 11 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 22. Willian (right wing) Chelsea v Bournemouth, kick off at 5.30pm on Saturday 5 December, is live on talkSPORT.The Blues welcome the Cherries to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games following victory over Norwich City and a goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur.Jose Mourinho’s team sheet caused much debate at White Hart Lane, with Diego Costa dropped to the bench in favour of Eden Hazard leading the attack. So, will Mourinho field an unaltered XI or recall the club’s fesity no.19 to the line up this weekend?Here, talkSPORT’s predicts the line up – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see and let us know if you agree. 11 11 11 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 10. Eden Hazard (striker) 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back)last_img read more

The Warm Up with Jon Richardson and Matt Forde – Saturday, December 19

first_imgA lighthearted look at the weekend’s sporting action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.last_img

Premier League team of the week: Englishman dominate as Jamie Vardy, Manchester United and Tottenham star

first_img Right-back: James Tomkins – No right-backs particularly stood out but West Ham’s James Tomkins did well to expose the space left by Jordan Ayew’s red card. He should have had an assist for Enner Valencia with his fizzed cross but the Ecuadorian headed over. 11 11 Striker: Harry Kane – The race for a starting berth at the Euros for England is really hotting up, with Harry Kane also netting twice this week. He is forming a fantastic understanding with Alli which has driven Tottenham to above Arsenal in the Premier League table. Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi – It was far from easy-going for Manchester City at Sunderland and they could have dropped points if not for Nicolas Otamendi’s injury-time goal line headed clearance. Centre-back: Scott Dann – Despite being on the losing side, Scott Dann put in the type of performance that was generating England buzz earlier in the season. Dann is also Crystal Palace’s second top scorer in the Premier League and has scored four times as many goals as all of the Eagles’ strikers combined. Left-back: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Cameron Borthwich-Jackson was outstanding, along with the rest of his Manchester United teammates, against Stoke. The 19-year-old left-back was an attacking force throughout and his whipped cross for Jesse Lingard’s opening goal was the catalyst for a great Red Devils performance. 11 11 11 Centre midfield: Ross Barkley – Ross Barkley was back to his sparkling best on Wednesday night against Newcastle. Although his two goals were both penalties, he controlled the game and terrorised the Magpies’ defence as well as striking the crossbar with a thunderous strike. Could he and Alli be starting together at the Euros? 11 11 11 Was this the week where we will look back on at the end of the season and say ‘that is where Leicester won it’?Arsenal were typically Arsenal in their goalless draw with Southampton at the Emirates, while Manchester United were untypically thrilling in attack during their 3-0 victory over Stoke.Chelsea remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink but it was yet another draw for the Blues and Manchester City managed to keep pace with league leaders Leicester with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Sunderland.England’s Euro 2016 hopefuls really put their hands up this week and it is highlighted with nine of the XI being English.But who were the standout performers of the week? To fit everyone in, we have gone with a modern and fashionable 4-2-3-1 formation. Click the arrow above, right, to see who made it into our Premier League team of the week! 11 Centre midfield: Dele Alli – Dele Alli has taken the Premier League by storm this season and scored another goal and claimed an assist in the 3-0 win over Norwich this week. Alli has now scored seven goals this season – the same amount as Jack Wilshere has managed in eight years. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster – Click the right arrow above to see who else made our team… – Fraser Forster was in outstanding form this week, keeping out all 11 of Arsenal’s shots on target in Tuesday’s goalless draw. Heurelho Gomes was outstanding against Chelsea but Forster’s display – which meant it was four straight clean sheets for the Saints – was one of the performances of the week. Left wing: Anthony Martial – Like Rooney, Anthony Martial has been in terrific form this year and turned Stoke’s defence inside out. His goal was a fantastic finish after a brilliant move which started in the Red Devils’ own penalty area. Right wing: Jamie Vardy – Jamie Vardy looked like his goalscoring had tailed off of late but his stunning brace – which included a goal-of-the-season contender – has kept Leicester City firmly in the title picture as they sit pretty at the top of the tree. Striker: Wayne Rooney – Wayne Rooney has been in stunning form since the turn of 2016, having now scored five goals and provided two assists in five Premier League games. Rooney is hitting form just at the right time for both club and country, with England’s strike force looking very healthy at this moment. last_img read more

‘We keep losing!’ Crystal Palace in a relegation battle – Alan Pardew

first_img Alan Pardew didn’t mince his words when talking about Crystal Palace’s current form 1 Alan Pardew has conceded Crystal Palace are in a Premier League relegation battle after a slump of results.The Eagles were in the chase for a European place before Christmas but a nightmare run of ten games without a win has seen them slip to 14th.They are currently eight points above the drop zone but on Tuesday night travel to a Sunderland side looking to climb out of the bottom three, and drag Palace further into trouble.At his pre-match press conference, Eagles boss Pardew said: “Are we in a relegation fight? Yes, of course we are.“We keep losing. There is no talk of Europe at this club. We are focused now on what Crystal Palace need to deliver over the next ten games.“We’ve got a fantastic opportunity in the FA Cup but the league form hasn’t been good enough and we need to put it right, straight away.“That doesn’t mean to say we can’t have our strongest ever finish in the Premier League. We can do that, we have the capability but we need to kick into gear.”Despite Palace’s poor form Pardew insists he has no concerns over facing the sack.“I don’t fear for my job at this football club,” he added. “The pressure I am under is the normal pressure of a Premier League manager winning games.“Crystal Palace fans know this team. Watching this team in the 14 months since I’ve been here, this is the first time we have had any down time.“But we are not going to put our head in the sand. We are going to have to deliver a performance and that’s what we’ll try to do on Tuesday night.”Palace could be boosted on Tuesday by Yannick Bolasie’s return to the starting line-up for the first time since December – an absence which has coincided with Palace’s tumble down the table.last_img read more

Pedestrian dies in Sylmar hit-and-run

first_imgSYLMAR – A 32-year-old man was killed while crossing a street in Sylmar after he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist who abandoned his blue Chevrolet Tahoe about two blocks away from where the pedestrian was hit. Police said the drama began as Joseph Wichmann was crossing Glenoaks Boulevard at Monte Street just after 9 last night outside a crosswalk, near his house. A Tahoe headed south on Glenoaks hit him, sending him 90 feet, officials said. He died at the scene. The identity of the hit-and-run suspect was not immediately available. He was said to have abandoned his damaged Tahoe with the license plate number of 5ROW149 about two blocks away from the scene before running away, police said. ———————————————————- AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Genocide resolution losing support

first_imgAlso this week, at least six Democrats withdrew their sponsorship of the bill and two other Democrats, Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida and John Tanner of Tennessee, asked Pelosi to forgo the vote. Hastings, who has voted against combat funding for Iraq, and Tanner, a member of a conservative Democratic coalition known as the Blue Dogs, said they feared backlash from Turkey would cut off U.S. access to a critical air base. “More than half of the cargo flown into Iraq and Afghanistan comes through Incirlik Air Base and this base would be a key component of any plans for redeployment of our troops in the future,” the lawmakers wrote. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Tex., sent Pelosi a similar letter last week. In response to last week’s approval of the resolution by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Turkey recalled its ambassador in Washington back to Ankara and asked the Bush administration to stop the resolution from passing in a final floor vote. Turkey denies the deaths constituted genocide, saying that the toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest. At the Pentagon, Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, operations chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked whether the U.S. military was considering providing assistance to Turkey in the event that it went after the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq. “It would be inappropriate for me from this standpoint to say we are ruling out or ruling in specific military options,” Ham said, adding that Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and other commanders are watching the situation closely. “I don’t know specifically what they are planning to do if this matter continues to evolve,” Ham said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A House vote to label the century-old deaths of Armenians as genocide was in jeopardy Tuesday after several Democrats withdrew their support and sounded alarms it could cripple U.S. relations with Turkey. The loss of support is a major setback to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, who have fiercely defended the resolution to Republicans and the Bush administration as a moral imperative in condemning the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. President Bush called Pelosi on Tuesday to ask her not to call for a House vote on the resolution. “The president and the speaker exchanged candid views on the subject and the speaker explained the strong bipartisan support in the House for the resolution,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said, noting that Bush initiated the phone call. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Local Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, is the bill’s chief sponsor. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday that the plan remained to vote on the measure before Congress adjourns by the end of the year. But, he added, “there are a number of people who are revisiting their own positions and we’ll have to determine where everyone is,” he said. The most notable Democratic challenge mounted this week came from Rep. John Murtha, an anti-war ally of Pelosi, D-Calif., and chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Murtha fought against a similar measure 20 years ago. “From my discussions with our military commanders and foreign policy experts, I believe that this resolution could harm our relations with Turkey and therefore our strategic interests in the region,” Murtha, D-Pa., said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday. last_img read more

Nokia Theatre opens in downtown L.A. with Dixie Chicks

first_imgA light-hearted atmosphere of camaraderie and fun Thursday marked the opening night of the Nokia Theatre, L.A.’s newest concert venue. The plaza across from Staples Center was festooned with video screens showing sports and music clips, while concert-goers mingled, had drinks or munched pizza at an outdoor cafe. The curtain rose with a string of dates starring the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks. “There’s so much to look at,” said Judy Larsen of Santa Clarita, who works in the travel industry. “It’s such a nice surprise to see all of this.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The peaceful easy feeling extended to the parking lot. On a night that had the Clippers playing across the street at Staples Center and a video-game expo occupying the Los Angeles Convention Center next door, streets were clear and there was plenty of parking in the surrounding lots. “Parking was so easy I couldn’t believe it,” said Long Beach resident Robin Morris, who works in the import-export business. “I didn’t expect to be able to park across the street and just walk right over.” The 7,100-seat, $100 million concert hall is part of a project that will eventually include a hotel, a nightclub and the Grammy Museum. The Nokia has already booked shows through the middle of next year, including a Chinese New Year’s celebration, rock acts and comedians. “Everybody seems to be in such high spirits,” said Charlene Hatago, a marketing assistant from Rowland Heights. “It really is spectacular. The lighting is really great outside. It brings a really friendly, happy feeling. It’s a lot of fun.” Cell-phone cameras clicked in the courtyard and one employee had a video screen attached to his back to give guests a closer view of the sport and music clips. “It`s so alive – which is unusual for a Thursday night,” said Shirley Kawashiri, an Alhambra legal assistant. “And it’s not even the weekend.” [email protected] (818) 713-3676160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Liverpool BOOST! Roberto Firmino travels with squad for Borussia Dortmund clash

first_img1 Roberto Firmino could be set for a return against Borussia Dortmund Roberto Firmino has travelled with the Liverpool squad for the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.The Reds take on manager Jurgen Klopp’s former side in the first leg of their last-eight clash on Germany on Thursday.Brazilian forward Firmino has missed Liverpool’s last two matches, plus two internationals, with a hamstring injury he suffered against Manchester United in the previous round of the tournament.There is no guarantee of his place in the playing squad, but his seat on the plane is an indication the attacker – who has scored nine goals for the Reds this season – could be available for Klopp.Christian Benteke, though, has remained in Merseyside with the striker still sidelined with a hamstring problem.Midfielder Lucas Leiva is also not fit to return, but otherwise manager Klopp has no other new injury worries ahead of the clash.Provisional Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Can, Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Ward, Toure, Skrtel, Smith, Stewart, Brannagan, Chirivella, Allen, Ibe, Origi.last_img read more

Tottenham want £25m Valencia star ahead of Champions League return

first_img Shkodran Mustafi in action for Valencia 1 Tottenham are one of four clubs closely tracking Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.All three of Spurs’ centre-halves – Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer – have enjoyed impressive campaigns, but manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to add one more body in time for the club’s return to the Champions League next season.Tottenham have scouted the German international on numerous occasions this term but face competition from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan, according to Bild.Atletico had a bid for Mustafi rejected by Valencia in January and are likely to return with a higher offer this summer, but Pochettino’s exciting project may turn the player’s head towards a switch to White Hart Lane.The 24-year-old still has three years left on his current contract at the Mestalla and reportedly has a release clause of £39m, although it is understood Valencia will accept an offer in the region of £25m which includes add-ons.last_img read more

Swansea to discuss manager Francesco Guidolin’s future at board meeting

first_img1 Francesco Guidolin has steadied the ship since his appointment as Swansea boss in January Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed Francesco Guidolin’s future will be on the agenda at a board meeting this week.Guidolin has guided Swansea to safety since his surprise appointment as head coach in January, with Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Ham taking them to 11th place in the Premier League.The Italian has made no secret of his desire to extend his short-term deal at Swansea, but there have been no public guarantees made by the club.And Jenkins has said the situation would be discussed at the end of the season.“We have got our normal monthly board meeting on Wednesday and, yes, we will be discussing the managerial situation,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.“We are talking things through this week and we will give out a further update when we can.“It could be this week or it could be next week when a decision is made.“There’s lots to talk through. We will talk about the season we have had, where we have finished and what we feel we need in the summer.”Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with a return to the Liberty Stadium this summer.Rodgers took Swansea into the Premier League in 2011 before leaving for Liverpool in 2012 for a three-and-a-half-year spell on Merseyside.The Northern Irishman disclosed in January that he had been approached by Swansea to succeed the sacked Garry Monk, but he said that he wanted to take a break from football until the summer.Since then Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese manager, has done his chances of holding on to the job no harm with seven wins and three draws from his 15 games in charge.“He [Guidolin] has brought exactly what he thought he would bring to us,” said Jenkins.“He has adjusted in his time here – he has got to know the squad and got used to the Premier League.“He has brought in a bit of common sense and a bit of simplicity, as well as experience.“I don’t think those simple things are highlighted enough in the modern world of football.“Sometimes other things are given too much prominence and some over-analysing goes on.”last_img read more