Is this Eredivisie player the best right-back in FIFA 19?

In FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, there are an incredible amount of options at right-back including Flashback Juanfran, FUTmas Santiago Arias and probably the pick of the bunch, super-inform Kenny Lala.

However, EA Sports have now thrown another player into the mix with an upgraded Denzel Dumfries from PSV which is available in a new Squad Builder Challenge.

New league SBCs have been released on Ultimate Team for the Premier League and the Eredivisie, with player pick rewards of new, special pink versions of existing cards.

The new Dumfries card takes him up to gold with a massive 10 point upgrade, giving him an overall of 83.

On the surface, his card looks stellar but nothing special with 90 pace, 80 dribbling, 60 shooting, 82 defending, 84 passing and 90 physicality – an 83-rated card with few chemistry options in the Eredivisie will not catch most people’s interest.

However, once you look at the in-game stats you realise that Dumfries has everything you could ever want from a right-back with 87 acceleration, 91 sprint speed, 80 shot power, 99 crossing, 89 short passing, 82 dribbling, 86 standing tackle, 84 sliding tackle, 91 jumping, 91 stamina, 92 strength and three-star skills.

Speed, power, strong tackling and pinpoint perfect crossing – this man will be an absolute terror down the right-hand side.

And Dumfries becomes even scarier when you realise he has a strong chemistry link with possibly the most feared player in the game, Hirving Lozano.

Denzel Dumfries PSV

The Mexico winger is one of the fastest and most agile players in the game and near impossible to defend against. Adding in a second player on that right-hand side with incredible pace and strength is straight up unfair.

On top of that you can also pair Dumfries at the back with Virgil van Dijk and Matthijis de Ligt – two exceptional centre-backs.

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To get your hands on this card, you will have to create and tribute a squad for every team in the Eredivisie – that’s 18 in total.

With a bit of work and research, you should be able to complete this challenge for around 130k coins, which is actually a pretty good price when you realise that you’re receiving one of the best right-backs in the game.

When you remember that there was not a true right-back released in the Team of the Year, this card becomes an extremely valuable pick-up.


Carabao Cup 2019 final: How to watch, tickets, teams, time & date

The first major trophy of the 2018-19 season in English football will soon be claimed, with the Carabao Cup heading towards the final game.

Defending champions Manchester City have one foot firmly in the final after beating Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie, while Tottenham hold a narrow 1-0 lead over Chelsea in the other semi.

Four will soon become two, with the second legs of the semi-finals set for the end of January and the decider to come the following month.

Ahead of the 59th final of the competition’s history, Goal brings you everything you need to know, including when it is, tickets and how to watch it live.

When is the Carabao Cup 2019 final?

The 2018-19 Carabao Cup final will take place on Sunday February 24, 2019.

While the kick-off time has yet to be confirmed, the 2018 final got under way at 4:30pm GMT (11:30am ET) and we can expect a similar schedule in 2019.

The identity of the finalists will be confirmed on January 23 and 24, when both semi-finals have concluded.

Where is the Carabao Cup 2019 final being played?

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As is tradition, the 2019 Carabao Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

It will be the 12th final at Wembley since its redevelopment.

The venue has a capacity of 90,000 and it should be close to a full house, with previous finals regularly attracting crowds of over 80,000.

Watch Carabao Cup 2019 final live on TV & stream online

In the United Kingdom (UK), the final can be watched live on television on Sky Sports and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go.

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In the United States (US), ESPN have the rights to EFL games. It will also be available to stream live online using the WatchESPN service.

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Carabao Cup 2019 final tickets

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The EFL has not yet confirmed ticket details for the final, but it is likely that the two finalists will deal with the bulk of the distribution.

In 2018, Man City and Arsenal were each given ticket allocations of just over 32,000, with the remaining tickets going towards sponsors, commercial partners and so on.

We don’t know exactly how much tickets will cost yet, but using last season as an indicator, fans should expect to be paying anything from £20 to £100, depending on what category of ticket they are after.

Carabao Cup prize money

The winners of the Carabao Cup are reported to receive £100,000 ($130k) in prize money, with the runners-up receiving £50,000 ($65k).

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While not something to be sniffed at, the prize fund for the competition lags considerably behind that of the Premier League or the FA Cup.

Do Carabao Cup winners qualify for the Europa League?

Yes. Winners of the Carabao Cup are guaranteed a place in the UEFA Europa League, entering at the second qualifying stage.

However, given that three of the four semi-finalists are likely to qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League through their league finishes, the place normally reserved for the cup winners will go to the highest placed team in the Premier League that has not already qualified for the competition.


Lebanon 4 North Korea 1: Disciplinary record cruelly denies Radulovic’s men

Lebanon crashed out of the Asian Cup in cruel circumstances via their disciplinary record despite a dramatic 4-1 win over Group E rivals North Korea.

Hilal Alhelwe hammered home his second and Lebanon’s fourth in the eighth minute of stoppage time to move them level with Vietnam on points, goal difference and goals scored in the ranking of the best third-placed teams.

However, an earlier yellow card for Robert Melki gave Lebanon six yellow cards to Vietnam’s five, meaning their second appearance at the tournament ends in the group stage, while Mohamad Haidar’s late caution after the final whistle took their tally to seven.

Having suffered 2-0 defeats to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Lebanon needed to win by four goals to guarantee a spot in the last 16. However, their hopes suffered an early blow as a goalkeeping error handed North Korea the lead through Pak Kwang-ryong.

George Melki levelled matters and Alhelwe completed the turnaround before Hassan Maatouk made it three from the penalty spot. 

Alhelwe had the final say but it proved in vain with no time left for Lebanon to find the fifth they needed.

Lebanon goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil was left red-faced as he allowed Pak’s free-kick to squirm under him in the ninth minute.

A wonderful piece of play from Maatouk saw Lebanon restore parity as he weaved his way down the left byline and cut back for Melki to slot home the equaliser.

Alhelwe saw a header cleared off the line by Sim Hyon-jin but was not to be denied in the 65th minute, brilliantly volleying in Haidar’s fine-left wing cross.

Ri Hyok-chol went agonisingly close to levelling for North Korea but Maatouk’s confident penalty put the game beyond doubt after Kim Chol-bom felled Rabin Ataya.

Ri Un-chol was thwarted as Khalil atoned for his earlier error, before a chaotic finish saw Ataya denied by Ri Myong-guk and Joan Oumari spurn a glorious chance.

Alhelwe made no such mistake, doubling his tally with a fierce strike but that proved the last kick of the game, and Haidar was booked before slumping to the ground in tears after he and his team-mates missed out by the narrowest of margins.


Robertson signs new five-year Liverpool deal

Liverpool and Andy Robertson have agreed a new five-year contract that will tie the defender to the club until 2024.

The contract is considered a just reward for the left-back’s progression, which has seen Robertson become one of the top players in the Premier League in his position over the past 12 months.

The Scotland international becomes the latest Liverpool player to commit long-term to Jurgen Klopp’s project at Anfield, following the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez.

As is club policy, Robertson’s new contract does not contain a release clause.

“As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me – I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that,” he told the club’s official website.

“It was a pretty easy contract for me and I’m sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly, that’s why it’s been done so quickly.”

It continues a stunning rise of a defender who was once released from Celtic’s academy as a teenager because he was considered too small.

He would go onto to feature at Scottish Third Division side Queen’s Park, before moving to Dundee United and later Hull City in 2014.

While the then-world record signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker are often seen as the big catalysts for Liverpool’s league-best defence this season, plucking Robertson from relegated Hull City in the summer of 2017 has proven an incredible bargain for the Anfield outfit.

Though the 24-year-old Robertson initially had trouble breaking into Klopp’s XI after making the £8 million ($10m) move, he established himself as a fixture in the team in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

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Robertson made 22 starts in the Premier League last season, delivering a goal and five assists as he made the position his own during a run that also saw Liverpool progress to the Champions League final.

Picking up where he left off last campaign, Robertson has started 20 of Liverpool’s 22 Premier League games this season, helping form a defence that has conceded a Premier League fewest 10 goals – seven better than next best Manchester City and Chelsea.

“I hope to achieve success as a team over the course of this new deal,” he added. “This club demands trophies and too long has probably passed without trophies.

“So I hope to help bring another couple of trophies to this club and help push in that direction because the fans demand it and the club demands it, so that’s what we aim to give.

“We came close, of course we have with the Champions League and things like that, but it’s about taking that next step and hopefully getting a winner’s medal around your neck, whatever competition it is. That is the main aim for us.”

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The full-back has contributed four assists in the Premier League this season as Liverpool sit top of the table, as well two more in the Champions League, helping the Reds qualify for the knockout stages.

In the process, Robertson has stablised a position that in previous seasons saw Alberto Moreno come under criticism for his performances there, as well as Klopp try James Milner there for an extended period.

The past year has also seen Robertson rewarded for his domestic success internationally, as the defender has become the latest man to wear the captain’s armband for Scotland.


‘Oumar Niasse’s Cardiff City move could happen’ – Everton boss Marco Silva

Everton manager Marco Silva has confirmed Cardiff City’s interest in Oumar Niasse.

The Bluebirds are looking to bolster their attack and have shown desire to acquire the Senegal international on loan with an option of making the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Niasse has found game time difficult to come by under the Portuguese tactician, having been limited to seven appearances this term.

The 28-year-old joined the Goodison Park outfit in January 2016 from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, scoring nine Premier League goals.

On Thursday, Silva in a pre-match conference for Saturday’s clash against Southampton affirmed that the departure of the former Hull City striker ‘could happen’.

“Strong interest coming from Cardiff but nothing is done yet,” Silva said.

“We have to wait to see if the teams go this way or not but I can tell you the interest is strong.

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“At this moment there is nothing more to say about that. Something could happen.”

Cardiff City, one point and a place above the relegation zone are also believed to be interested in signing Nantes’ forward Emiliano Sala in their quest to avoid the drop at the end of the season.