Liverpool v Man City: Pep Guardiola unconcerned by Anfield record

The sides drew 0-0 at Anfield in last season’s corresponding fixture

Pep Guardiola is not concerned about Manchester City’s poor Anfield record as they look to move closer to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

A home win would put Liverpool – who were pipped to the title by Guardiola’s side in May – nine points ahead of City, who have managed one league win at Anfield since 1981.UFABET

“Regarding statistics, I don’t believe much in that kind of thing,” he said.

“Statistics are OK but I’m thinking of what we have to do to beat them.”

City’s only league victory at Anfield in the past 38 years came in May 2003 when they recorded a 2-1 victory.เว็บแทงบอล

This will be their first league meeting since January, when City won 2-1. That was Liverpool’s only league defeat of last season as they fought toe-to-toe for the title with a City side who finished with 14 consecutive wins to finish top by a point.

Guardiola’s counterpart Jürgen Klopp said he did not admire City but respected them.แทงบอลออนไลน์

The German said: “I don’t think about the City team of the last few years, I think about the City team of the moment, and that’s good enough for a proper game.

“The character of the team and the manager is pretty good, but the combination of speed and technique is always impressive in football.”

It is a rivalry that has been growing in intensity over the past two seasons both on and off the pitch – most notably when City’s team bus was attacked as it made its way to Anfield before a Champions League quarter-final in April 2018.

Merseyside Police is working with the clubs to ensure supporters “have a safe and enjoyable afternoon”.

Asked if this was the most exciting rivalry in Europe, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. Barcelona-Madrid is always incredible.เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

“It is two teams who made incredible seasons in the past two seasons. When we won the league by a big margin, they got to the final of the Champions League. Both teams have been incredibly consistent for the past 24 months.”

Liverpool have been given shorter odds than City to take three points, but when it was suggested his side go to Anfield as outsiders, the Catalonian manager said: “It is the people in the media who say we are outsiders or not, or we are the underdog or not.

“I never went into one game feeling like an outsider or that I am not going to win the game. I never felt that. Never. I am not going to take a bus to Anfield on Sunday thinking I am going to lose the game.”

Gareth Bale: Wales name Real Madrid forward in squad for final Euro 2020 qualifiers

Forward Gareth Bale has been named in Wales’ squad for their decisive Euro 2020 qualifiers, despite not playing for Real Madrid since his country’s 1-1 draw with Croatia last month.

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also included after missing October’s internationals with injury.

Wales need to win in Azerbaijan on 16 November and then beat Hungary at home to have any chance of qualifying.UFABET

They also rely on Slovakia dropping points in their remaining two matches.

Gareth Bale was man of the match for Wales in October’s 1-1 draw against Croatia

Bale finished the 13 October game against Croatia in Cardiff limping, and was said by Wales manager Ryan Giggs to be suffering from cramp. However, the 30-year-old has not been named in any Real Madrid squad since returning to Spain.

Zinedine Zidane, the La Liga giants’ boss, said last week that Bale is “back out on the pitch working to get fit again”, but has not specified what his injury is.เว็บแทงบอล

Giggs said he was in “constant contact” with Bale who told him he was confident of being fit in time to play for Wales.

The former Manchester United star also hopes the forward will play a part in Real’s La Liga match with Eibar on Saturday, 9 November.

“That’s the ideal situation, that he gets minutes before he meets us,” he said.

“But it is literally day by day that we’re monitoring it, but that’s what we’re hoping – that he gets some action this weekend.”

Asked if he feared it would look bad if Bale played for Wales before playing for Real, Giggs replied: “If he is fit, he is fit, it’s as simple as that.แทงบอลออนไลน์

“I don’t feel any pressure. He is desperate to play for Wales but he also wants to play for Real Madrid as well. If he turns up and plays two fantastic games for us that can only be good for Real Madrid.”

Ramsey, 28, has not featured at all for Wales this season because of several long-running fitness concerns.

Bale is the top story on the Spanish sports newspapers on Tuesday. Marca lead with the headline ‘Bale says yes with Wales’, while AS’ headline is ‘Triple bogey: Bale ups tension between him & Real Madrid’

His last appearance for his country was in November 2018, but he has recently come off the bench in two Serie A games for Juventus.

“I wouldn’t say he’s 100% match fit but he looks good and he looks sharp,” said Giggs.เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

“We’ll see what he’s like when he meets up with us next week and monitor it from there.”

FC St Pauli’s James Lawrence also returns but Wales will be without fellow defender Joe Rodon, as well as midfielders David Brooks and Jonny Williams, who are all injured.

Joe Allen is suspended for the trip to Azerbaijan but will be available for the final game against Hungary in Cardiff on 19 November.

Wales boss Giggs has also named two uncapped players in the squad: Manchester United’s teenage midfielder Dylan Levitt and former United centre-back Regan Poole.

The 21-year-old MK Dons player was called up as a replacement last month when Chris Mepham withdrew before the 1-1 draw in Slovakia.

Tottenham appeal against Son Heung-min’s red card for tackle on Andre Gomes v Everton

Tottenham have appealed against Son Heung-min’s red card for his tackle on Andre Gomes, which led to the Everton midfielder’s horrific ankle injury.

Son Heung-min was left in tears after his challenge resulted in Andre Gomes being injured

Gomes had surgery on Monday on a fracture dislocation to his right ankle.

Son was distraught when he saw the severity of the injury in Sunday’s Premier League game at Goodison Park.UFABET

Referee Martin Atkinson initially showed Son a yellow card before he changed it to red.เว็บแทงบอล

TV replays suggested that Gomes suffered the injury after Son’s tackle and before he collided with full-back Serge Aurier.แทงบอลออนไลน์

Explaining Atkinson’s decision, the Premier League said: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player, which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said the forward had no intention of injuring Gomes and believed VAR should have been used to overturn the sending off.เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

“It was clear it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happened afterwards. It is unbelievable to see a red card,” he said.

If the appeal is not successful, Son will miss Premier League matches against Sheffield United, West Ham and Bournemouth.

Mario Balotelli kicks ball towards fans after racist abuse

Mario Balotelli kicked the ball towards opposition fans who targeted him with racist abuse during Brescia’s Serie A game at Verona on Sunday.

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker had to be calmed down by team-mates and opposition players and convinced to stay on the pitch as he tried to storm off during the second half of the game at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.UFABET

Referee Maurizio Mariani halted play in the 54th minute and a statement was read out on the PA system asking for the chants to stop.

Mario Balotelli had to be convinced to stay on the pitch after he tried to storm off

Mariani also issued Balotelli with a yellow card for his reaction, although he later rescinded the sanction seeing the mood inside the stadium.

The striker went on to score for Brescia, but his 85th-minute goal proved to be a consolation for the visitors as Verona held on to claim a 2-1 win.เว็บแทงบอล

Verona fans were also accused of targeting Milan midfielder Franck Kessie with racist chants earlier this season, something that the club has vehemently denied since.แทงบอลออนไลน์

Balotelli has scored one goal for Brescia since returning to his boyhood club in August

“The boos to Kessie? Maybe someone was left dazed by the volume of the Verona fans,” the club tweeted after the game in September.เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

“What did we hear? Inevitable boos for refereeing decisions that left us very perplexed once again, and then a big applause to our ‘gladiators’ at the end of the game.

Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers says ‘top six’ can no longer cherry-pick talent

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the traditional ‘top six’ can no longer cherry-pick the Premier League’s best talent.

The Foxes and Crystal Palace lost Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £80m and £50m respectively in the summer.

However, Palace chairman Steve Parish recently said keeping Wilfried Zaha proved clubs are now under less pressure to sell.

And Rodgers, whose side travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday – live on Sky Sports Premier League – agrees that times have changed.

“Teams are in a much stronger position to where they were years ago,” he said. UFABET

Brendan Rodgers has led Leicester to fourth in the Premier League after 10 games

“It was a gimme that players would leave. But remember, it wasn’t that long ago that (Xherdan) Shaqiri left Inter Milan for Stoke City.

“The power and prestige of the Premier League, plus the financial clout the teams have means you’ll always lose players, but you also have a greater chance to hang onto them.

“It all depends on what it is for. For players it will be about game time and money, you have to respect that, their career is so short.เว็บแทงบอล

“There are greater opportunities for a place to stay, develop and improve, and see where they can go later.”

Jamie Vardy rejected Arsenal after Leicester won the title in 2016 and the Foxes managed to keep Riyad Mahrez for another season before he joined Manchester City last year. แทงบอลออนไลน์

While he believes ambitions can be fulfilled at Leicester, Rodgers conceded that money will still talk.

“Yes, but there are other goals,” he said. “The reality is we will never be able to pay what some of these guys can get at those clubs.

“You can leave here and double or treble your wages. That’s the reality and it is important for players and people.เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

“If you cannot pay that, there is an opportunity for players to move on. It’s a great club here for them to come in and learn. It depends on what the player wants though.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says he still has backing of Southampton’s board after Leicester defeat

Ralph Hasenhuttl is convinced he retains the backing of Southampton’s board and has been touched by messages of support from fellow managers in the wake of the 9-0 drubbing by Leicester.

Saints manager Hasenhuttl admits his side are already embroiled in a Premier League relegation fight, following the heaviest defeat in the club’s 134-year history.

The Austrian was quick to accept full responsibility for last Friday’s loss, before being pleasantly surprised to subsequently receive kind words from some of his peers.

Asked if he feels the Southampton’s hierarchy are still behind him, the 52-year-old replied: “Absolutely, yes.

“We speak always. Everybody here, they are good in communication – better sometimes than in playing football.UFABET

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s position has been under pressure following the Saints’ 9-0 defeat to Leicester

“Everybody sees what situation we are in and how much we do every day to fight back on the positive track.

“But no doubt we all know about the critical situation at the moment.เว็บแทงบอล

“We know that it is a season where it’s again about being relegated or not. This shows from the first 10 rounds [of matches].”

Hasenhuttl expressed gratitude and appeared genuinely moved while revealing he had been contacted by other coaches.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester City, he said: “I must say that it is something new for me that other managers write me messages at that moment and it’s something that is maybe normal in the Premier League but I haven’t seen this before in Germany or in Austria.แทงบอลออนไลน์

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes his side’s record-breaking 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester has made him become a ‘better manager’.

“This shows me how big gentlemen they are and I think it helps everybody, positive messages from very successful managers.

“That was very surprising for me and I appreciate that very much, thank you for that. Everybody’s help is something that builds you up and this is a nice experience for me.”

Southampton set numerous unwelcome records during the thrashing by Brendan Rodgers’ team, including the highest home defeat in top-flight history, as well as equalling the biggest loss of the Premier League era.

Hasenhuttl was aware before the rout that he needs to recruit reinforcements during the January transfer window.เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์

“You wouldn’t need the 9-0 to know that in positions we need new players. It mustn’t be this result that shows me we have to do so,” he said.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche reveals warnings over diving complaints

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed “prominent managers” have warned him he is hurting his career by continuing to provide vociferous opposition to diving.

Dyche’s latest comments came last weekend after Callum Hudson-Odoi was booked for simulation in the box during Chelsea’s 4-2 victory at Turf Moor.

“We’ve got a meeting coming up with the Premier League and it is one of the talking points, so that could be interesting,” said Dyche. “I’m not backward UFABET in coming forward.

“I’ve been told by other prominent managers to stop going on about it because it will affect my career.

“I said, ‘Sorry, not my bag’. You have to be true to yourself and able to look at yourself in the mirror.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and a number of media pundits defended Hudson-Odoi, citing a touch in his back by Matt Lowton.

Dyche feels he is a lone voice speaking out against diving and is perplexed by being made to feel like เว็บแทงบอล the villain.

The Clarets manager is particularly concerned by behaviour he witnesses at junior level.

He said: “Bear in mind I’ve been in football all my life, I’ve watched it all my life, at every age group, from seven, which my lad Max played in, through every age group, to the U18s on Wednesday night, and people are going down with nothing wrong with them, and all that.

“And somehow I end up coming out of it the bad guy. I can’t fathom it at all.

“I keep meeting people – unless I only happen to meet the only people who don’t like diving – fans who’ve caned us, but then saying, ‘By the way, you แทงบอลออนไลน์ were right though about diving’.

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