West Ham defender James Tomkins won’t underestimate Swansea

first_img Press Association With fellow defender Winston Reid one of up to seven first-team regulars missing in south Wales, Tomkins is likely to be at the heart of the visitors back four and is targeting a first league win since they beat Chelsea in October. “I know they are down there though so if we can get on top of them, the crowd are going to get on them,” he told the club’s official website. “Everybody is looking forward to it and hopefully we can get some points on the board.” Swansea are still searching for a new boss having sacked Garry Monk following a poor run of form. Several names have been linked with the post but there has been no movement and Tomkins admits it is difficult to judge what kind of Swansea he will be lining up against. “You never know what you are going to get with a team who have just changed their manager,” he added. “We will see what sort of team we will face on the day, but they are still a good team. A couple of bad results doesn’t make them a bad team.” Bilic has seen his side draw their last two games, securing a point with a 0-0 stalemate at Manchester United before the same result at home to Stoke last weekend. James Tomkins is hopeful West Ham can get back to winning ways at Swansea on Sunday – even though he admits he does not know what to expect from the Welsh side. The Croatian could be without Andy Carroll after confirming the England striker has suffered a groin injury. But, despite also having Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet and Victor Moses missing, Bilic has backed his side to get back on the goal trail. “Against Stoke, we had the most shots off and on target,” he said. “So we have to show more quality in the final third and I’m sure we are going to show that in this game.” With a squad rocked by injuries, Slaven Bilic’s side have not won any of their last six Barclays Premier League fixtures. They remain in the top half and take on managerless Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to head into the Christmas period on a high. last_img read more

From LaLiga, only Messi appears in the ideal eleven of Whoscored

first_imgIn the rear, Bayern has been present with the surprising Alphonso Davies, who at 19 is being one of the great revelations of European football. The Canadian has a rating of 7.5. At the center, Marcel Halstenberg is one of the keys to Leipzig and this is attested to by Whoscored’s data, which gives him a 7.3. His partner, could not be another, is Virgil van Djik (Liverpool) with a 7.4. Dutch is a benchmark in position, also for the specialized site algorithm. The right back is Ricardo Pereira, who unfortunately just said goodbye to the season due to a serious knee injury. The Portuguese was dating at Leicester.Soccer players are missing, to start in the goal. Whoscored rewards Pole Sczezsny’s efficiency at Juventus. His rating is 7.1 in Serie A. Thus, the goalkeeper of the Italian team appears in this position of honor ahead of goalkeepers as decisive as Oblak (Atlético) or Ter Stegen (Barcelona). But it is that for Whoscored not even those are the most efficient in LaLiga. In the first place of our championship, according to his rating, is Aitor Fernández, the Levante goalkeeper, who has a 7.1. Oblak stays at 6.53 and Ter Stegen at 6.62. In that eleven of Whoscored he is not in the lead, for example, nor is Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) with a 7.9 rating. PSG has a notable presence in the Whoscored team. TOYes, Mbappé and Di María appear in the core. The first with a rating of 8.1 and the second with a 7.8. De Bruyne (Manchester City) accompanies them on the axis. The Belgian is at 7.9, the same value as the last midfielder, an increasingly decisive Jadon Sancho (Dortmund), who wreaks havoc on the Bundesliga. The break in the competitions also serves to update rankings that open debates. The specialized site Whoscored, for statistics and big data in European football, has drawn its ideal eleven from among the players who play in the five big leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) supported by its own rating. Whoscored has its own algorithm based on more than 200 statistics that are crossed to elaborate the rating of each player. Each statistic is also weighted in a context by its influence in the party, positively or negatively. For example, by the place on the field of play where the action takes place and the result thereof.center_img Based on this algorithm, Whoscored has put together an ideal eleven of the big five leagues that only has one representative from LaLiga. It is Messi that, curiously, has the best rating of the entire team with a final score of 8.6 out of 10. The benchmark for Barcelona is not lacking, but it is the only one from our League. His partner at the forefront is Lewandowski, who is signing a fantastic season at Bayern. His grade is 8.2.last_img read more