Guardiola not complacent ahead of Huddersfield clash

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned against complacency ahead of his high-flying side’s visit to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
City go into the clash on a 10-game winning streak in the Premier League – a run which has seen them open up an eight-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table. 

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Guardiola’s side have scored 40 goals in their 12 league games so far this season and go into the match as overwhelming favourites. 

The coach, though, is refusing to take an 11th consecutive league win for granted and believes his side could be in for a tough test against David Wagner’s promoted team, who have already beaten Manchester United at home this season. 

“We played last season against them [a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup],” Guardiola told a news conference.
“We were not able to win there, we realised how complicated it is to play there.

“What Wagner has done speaks for itself – promotion from the Championship and the result against United, but not just that.

“At home, they have had good results. When they decide to make high pressing, they are so well-organised. 

“Like every game away in the Premier League, we will try.” 

Guardiola confirmed he has no new injury concerns, with only long-term absentees John Stones and Benjamin Mendy unavailable for selection. 

That means Vincent Kompany, who returned from his latest injury setback against Leicester City last weekend, is likely to line up alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of City’s defence. 

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“Everybody is okay,” he added. 

“Yesterday was a day off. Today, I want to see how everyone is.

“Vincent is ready to play.”


I do not want to talk about refereeing, laments Dino Ndlovu

South Africa international Dino Ndlovu has bemoaned the state of refereeing during his club Qarabag’s Uefa Champions League encounter against Chelsea.

Qarabag were once again at the end of a thumping as they lost 4-0 to the English Premier League Champions, and in the aftermath of another disappointing result for the Azerbaijani’s where The Blues were awarded two penalties, the 27-year-old was visibly disappointed.

Ndlovu took to the club’s social media account to express his frustrations, suggesting that the referees had played a role in Qarabag’s elimination from the competition. Ndlovu himself has previously been on the wrong end of a referee’s fury as he was given a red card against Atletico Madrid for an apparent dive.

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“It was a good game in the first 20 minutes, but the referee solved the problem for us. I cannot blame anyone though, it’s futile, anything can happen,” Ndlovu lamented on Qarabag’s Facebook account.

“What can we do? It’s a good experience for the team, make no mistake. I’m not a UEFA official, I do not want to talk about refereeing. It’s not my problem, but they did what they did… We get red cards in the Champions League games, and I do not understand the reason, maybe because we’re a small club, so I’m sorry,” he concluded.


RB Leipzig key figure Ralf Rangnick emerges as unlikely front-runner for Everton job

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick is the new front-runner to be Everton manager after appearing out of nowhere.

The Toffees sacked Ronald Koeman over a month ago, yet appear no closer to appointing a permanent new manager as caretaker boss David Unsworth took charge of his sixth game on Thursday night – an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat to Atalanta.

Rangnick, who has managed for over 30 years but has not been in an active coaching role at RB Leipzig in the 2015/16 season, was not even listed by bookies at the start of this week but is now 2/1 (3.00) joint-favourite with Marco Silva Paddy Power to get the job.

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Unsworth is next in line at 4/1 (5.00) to get the role on a permanent basis, and although his odds have understandably drifted from 9/4 (3.25) since the thrashing by Atalanta, the Goodison legend will be settled as the market winner if he takes charge of the next four games.

Despite stating he was not interested in the Everton job, Sam Allardyce is still available at 6/1 (7.00) to get it. He was priced at 25/1 (26.00) as recently as Thursday, so there has clearly been a flurry of interest in the former England manager.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has long been linked with the position and is 9/1 (10.00) to move across the north-west of England to Merseyside, but the chances of the Toffees prying him away are growing slimmer as Burnley’s incredible run of form continues.

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Beyond those five are a trio of former Premier League managers; Louis van Gaal and Alan Pardew – who has been heavily linked with the vacant West Bromwich Albion position – can be backed at 10/1 (11.00), ahead of Andre Villas-Boas who is available at 20/1 (21.00).

The sudden emergence of Rangnick combined with Watford’s understandable reluctance to allow Silva to leave means that the German could very well be the next Everton manager as the Merseysiders look to rescue their season and justify the big-money signings of players like Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Klopp trusts Moreno ‘100 per cent’ despite Sevilla shocker

Jurgen Klopp still trusts Alberto Moreno “100 per cent” after the full-back faltered badly in the midweek Champions League draw at Sevilla.

Moreno, returning to his home city, gave away the free-kick and penalty that led to his former club’s first and second goals, as Liverpool squandered a 3-0 half-time lead to take only a point away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

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The Reds face Premier League champions Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, in what is likely to be another stern test of Moreno’s defensive credentials.

Klopp could opt for James Milner at left-back – the England international replaced Moreno in the 63rd minute on Tuesday – but the manager maintains an unshaken belief in the Spaniard’s abilities.

“I had a talk, of course, to Alberto and I am really happy about his shape, I am really happy about his performances,” said Klopp, who confirmed Emre Can is a doubt to face Chelsea due to a muscular issue, while Adam Lallana and Joel Matip remain on the road to recovery.

“Yes, I know in this game it was obviously [not his best] and that’s then really my responsibility. I could have done different things and obviously it was difficult in Seville with all the circumstances; everyone was talking to him like a family member. He left there but a lot of people are still there who he knows well.

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“[If you lose] one, two or three per cent of concentration and come a little bit too late and that’s how it started. My response would have been to think about the line-up or change or change earlier or whatever. It’s not the player to blame, I am 100 per cent responsible for that.

“I told him I still trust him 100 per cent, so for me the game is over. How you concede the goals is not important anymore after the game, only for the analysis but not for anything else.

“We know how we came into the situations and that’s what we have to change.”


Liverpool v Chelsea: Tense clash on Merseyside as Reds look to bounce back from Champions League disappointment

A heavyweight clash takes place in the Premier League on Saturday as Chelsea travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Currently enjoying a three-match winning streak in the league, Jurgen Klopp’s men are on offer at 23/20 (2.15) with dabblebet to move level on points with their third-place opponents by coming out on top.
However, the Blues have not lost in any of their last six visits to this ground, and can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) to come away with all three points in this one.

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Each of the last three encounters between the sides on Merseyside have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 5/2 (3.50) available on them cancelling each other out once again here.
Still sore from letting a three-goal half-time lead slip to draw 3-3 away to Sevilla in midweek, the Reds will be determined to avoid another defensive collapse in front of their own fans.
In fact, the hosts have displayed little of their notoriously brittle backline at Anfield, where they have conceded just a single goal in their last eight Premier League fixtures.

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Considering Antonio Conte’s side have let in only four goals and kept five clean sheets in their previous eight league matches on the road themselves, another six-goal thriller seems unlikely in this clash.
Indeed, recent encounters between these sides have proved consistently tight affairs, with five of the last seven producing no more than two goals; that trend has been particularly pronounced on Merseyside, where there have been under 2.5 goals in each of the previous three meetings.
All in all, odds of 21/20 (2.05) certainly seem to be where the smart money lies on no more than two goals being scored for Chelsea’s fourth consecutive trip to Liverpool, as well as the sixth encounter in eight in general.

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