Koeman supported by Everton board, needs to beat Arsenal, 11/4 to be axed next

Koeman supported by Everton board, needs to beat Arsenal, 11/4 to be axed next – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says the club’s board have supported him, but he admits a defeat against Arsenal on Sunday could signal the end of his time at Goodison Park.

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Everton head into the game 16th in the Premier League and without a win in their last four games in all competitions.

“It’s crucial – I made good contact with the board of the club, but everybody knows I’m not stupid,” Koeman told Sky Sports.

“Finally you need wins and you need points. Maybe an ugly win is the best for this Sunday.

“I have really good contact with the board but if there is unhappiness around the club, and if the team is not winning, finally the manager will always pay the bill and that’s football and I accept that.

“We had eight or nine new players and that makes it even more difficult. Everybody knows that new players need time to adapt to the Premier League, to the competitions.”

Koeman can be backed at 11/4 to be the next manager to leave his job in the Premier League and those odds will be slashed if Everton come up short against Arsenal.

Everton have won two and drawn one of their last four league home games against the Gunners and are on offer at 3/1 to add another win on Sunday. Arsenal are priced at 10/11, with the draw available at 27/10.

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Top Championship striker’s form could produce a 16/1 winner

Top Championship striker’s form could produce a 16/1 winner – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Billy Sharp’s goal for Sheffield United against Reading on Saturday took his tally to five for the season, just two behind the current top scorers in the Championship.

Wolves’ pair Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota lead the way with seven goals, alongside Bristol City’s Bobby Reid, Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.

The Blades have surpassed expectations this season, with Saturday’s result keeping them two points behind league leaders Wolves.

Sharp has linked up well with strike partner Leon Clarke and could be worth an interest at 16/1 to finish as the division’s top scorer.

He hit 30 goals in League One last season and has looked a threat at the higher level as the Blades target back-to-back promotions.

The 31-year-old had chances to add to his tally against Reading, and United’s attacking style should ensure he gets plenty of service throughout the season.

Chris Wilder’s side are yet to be awarded a penalty this season, potentially giving Sharp further opportunities to add to his total.

With one-quarter odds on offer with some bookmakers to finish as one of the top four scorers in the league, backing Sharp could give punters a real run for their money.

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European giants plotting double raid for these 2 fan favourites, Spurs fans will be devastated

European giants plotting double raid for these 2 fan favourites, Spurs fans will be devastated – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham star Harry Kane is a summer target for Real Madrid and Los Blancos are convinced that they will sign him.

It is clear that Spurs don’t want to sell their best player but Real Madrid are not ready to give up yet. It is believed that the Spanish giants will have to submit a world record offer to land the England international.

Earlier this season Kane revealed that he would never rule out a move to a big club and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to Real Madrid’s offer if it arrives.

Furthermore, Florentino Perez is keeping an eye on Mauricio Pochettino as well.

Apparently, the Argentine is on the shortlist to replace Zidane. Although Real Madrid have no plans to sack Zidane, Pochettino could replace him in the future.

Reports claim that Perez has informed his friends that Pochettino will be considered for the post if Zidane leaves.

Kane is one of the best strikers in the world right now and Real Madrid’s interest is no surprise.

Although the player is happy at Spurs, the Londoners will need to win trophies and play in the Champions League consistently if they want to keep him longer.

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West Ham want former Man City man, he would be a terrific acquisition for the Hammers

West Ham want former Man City man, he would be a terrific acquisition for the Hammers – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is nearing the end of his time at the club and the Hammers are already looking for replacements.

The Londoners were beaten 3-0 by Brighton this week and it seems that the owners are looking for a change now.

According to reports, the former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is being lined up to replace the Croatian.

Despite spending a significant sum of money in the summer, Bilic’s side have made a very poor start to the season. The Hammers were expected to challenge for the Europa League places. Instead, they are hovering just above the relegation zone.

Mirror claims that Bilic will manage West Ham against Spurs and Palace. But the Croatian could be sacked if West Ham fail to impress in the two derbies.

It will be interesting to see whether Mancini accepts the job offer if the Hammers approach him. The former City boss is enjoying his time with league leaders Zenit St Petersburg right now.

Jaap Stam, Sean Dyche are other alternatives if the Italian turns down the approach. Mancini would be a terrific replacement for Bilic. The Italian has won the Premier League in the past and he has the experience of European football as well.

According to rumours on Twitter, Bilic has already said his goodbyes to the players and has offered to resign.



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On This Day in Football: Barcelona’s Swiss beginnings, Violence in Buenos Aires

On This Day in Football: Barcelona’s Swiss beginnings, Violence in Buenos Aires – originally posted on Sportslens.com

On this day in 1899, a Swiss football enthusiast by the name of Joan Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes to form a football club. That club would go on to become FC Barcelona.

A month later, after a positive response by many likeminded individuals, Gamper arranged a meeting and Barca were formed. Walter Wild, a Swiss tradesman, presided as the club’s first president. In 1900, Barcelona wore the legendary blaugrana shirts, inspired from FC Basel, for the first time in a match against Hispania.

The rest as they say, is history.

Violence disrupts Milan’s Intercontinental victory

On this day in 1969, AC Milan won the Intercontinental Cup after an aggregate victory over Estudiantes. The match, however, was marred by violence.

Milan had taken a commanding lead in the first leg by beating Estudiantes 3-0 at the San Siro. The second leg, played at La Bombonera, took a hostile turn even before kick-off. The home crowd apparently threw coffee, debris, etc. at the Italians as they made it on to the pitch. The situation grew worse from 17 minutes onwards. Milan striker Pierino Prati, hat-trick hero in the European Cup final, suffered a concussion and collapsed on the pitch before being substituted. Captain Gianni Rivera gave Milan the lead but two quick goals from Marcos Conigliaro and Ramon Aguirre Suarez right before the intervals set the score at 2-1.

Rivera then found himself at the receiving end of a punch from Estudiantes keeper Alberto Poletti. Nestor Combin, Milan’s Argentinean born French striker, was also a victim of Poletti’s rash behaviour. Combin then ended up with a broken nose and cheekbone after a vicious elbow from Aguirre Suarez.

Estudiantes failed to reduce Milan’s aggregate lead as the scores remained 2-1 until full time.

Nestor Combin

Following the completion of the match, Estudiantes received widespread criticism from the footballing community. Poletti was handed a lifetime ban, Suarez was given a 30-game suspension and a five-year international ban. Defender Eduardo Manero was not spared either as he found himself receiving a 20-game suspension and a three-year international ban.

Interestingly, Combin was apprehended by the Argentinean police for dodging mandatory military service. Born in Las Rosas, the French international had left Argentina to pursue his career in Europe. He spent a night in jail but managed to convince the police that he had done his service in France after earning his citizenship.

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Blow for Caixinha, Rangers without these 2 first team players for today’s crucial fixture vs Motherwell

Blow for Caixinha, Rangers without these 2 first team players for today’s crucial fixture vs Motherwell – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers vs Motherwell
Betfred Cup 2017/18
22nd October, 14:30 pm BST
Hampden Park, Glasgow

Rangers vs Motherwell Preview

Rangers take on Motherwell in the Betfred Cup semi-final later today and the Pedro Caixinha’s side will be looking to secure a comfortable win here.

On paper, Rangers are the better team and they will be massive favourites to win. They have been unbeaten away from Ibrox in domestic football since April.

On the other hand, Motherwell have a poor record against Rangers and they will have to work very hard to fix that. Motherwell’s last win over Rangers came in May 2015 when they retained their top-flight status with a win in the playoffs.

Both teams have been in similar form over the last six matches and this should be a fascinating contest.

Rangers vs Motherwell Team News

Rangers will be without their charismatic captain Lee Wallace. Former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter will also miss the semi-final.

As for Motherwell, there are concerns over Deimantas Petravicius and George Newell.

Rangers vs Motherwell Betting Tips

Rangers scored five goals in the last 10 minutes of games against Motherwell last season. Over 2.5 goals seem likely.

Rangers are unbeaten in their last 6 matches against Motherwell. Bet on Rangers to win.

Rangers vs Motherwell Prediction

This should be a close contest between two teams in similar form. Although Rangers are the better team, they will have to stay focused in order to win here.

Motherwell will be desperate to improve their track record against Rangers.

Caixinha’s men should be able to edge this one eventually.

Rangers 2-1 Motherwell

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Aston Villa want to sign Spurs wonderkid on a permanent deal

Aston Villa want to sign Spurs wonderkid on a permanent deal – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Championship side Aston Villa want to tie down on loan Spurs youngster Josh Onomah on a permanent deal, admits Steve Bruce.

Onomah joined Villa on a season long loan deal in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old midfielder has been in spectacular form this season for Bruce’s side and put in another stand out performance in Villa’s 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday. The win pushed the Birmingham side to fifth on the Championship table.

However, Bruce admits that he may have to ‘break the bank’ to sign the highly talented youngster.

“Josh Onomah was terrific today,” Bruce said, speaking after the game against Fulham.

“We’ll try and break the bank for him. But we know Spurs have got a very good player there.”

A Spurs academy graduate, Onomah made his first team debut back in 2015 against Burnley in an FA Cup third round replay. He made his Premier League debut later that year, coincidentally against Aston Villa, in Spurs’ 3-1 victory at White Hart lane.

Onomah was part of the brilliant England U-20 side that won the World Cup in South Korea. Although he missed the semi-final after picking up a red card against Mexico in the previous round, he played the final where England beat Venezuela 1-0 to lift the trophy.

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