Derby were charged by the EFL for a breach of spending rules in January and are reportedly fighting to maintain cashflow with football suspended due to the coronavirus. They are confident of paying players this month but are in discussions with the EFL and PFA. Paper Round’s view: The suspension of the season is hitting many clubs financially and Derby don't appear to be an exception.
I think that we’ve made a good start to the season. We’re up towards the top, which is where we want to be, and I’m happy with how I’m playing too. My goal is to make it at Real Madrid. That’s why I signed for them, to play there. I’m in no rush, though. I’m happy here and if I play for Madrid two or five years down the line, it doesn’t matter.
Jurgen Klopp feared his Liverpool side would be denied the chance of winning the Premier League title when there were calls for the season to be voided because of the coronavirus pandemic. Play was halted in March with the Reds needing two wins from nine games to win a first top-flight title in 30 years. I became worried when people started talking about 'null and void' this season,\" said the Liverpool manager.
Nigel Pearson's side created the better chances with Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney going close. But the Hornets were dealt a huge blow when Delofeu appeared to twist his right knee after being outmuscled by Virgil van Dijk and was stretchered off. But the home side continued to dominate after the break and got their rewards when they took advantage of some poor defending with Abdoulaye Doucoure finding Sarr who scored from close range.
Paderborn vs Bayer Leverkusen predictions for this Sunday's evening German Bundesliga kick-off. Can Paderborn cause an upset here as they look to continue their battle against relegation? Read on for all of our free German Bundesliga betting tips and predictions.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said his side went into half-time of Sunday's remarkable 4-1 win over Leicester with their survival hopes \"as bleak as they could be\". The Cherries were six points from safety in the as-it-stands table with just nine points remaining after a toothless 45 minutes which saw Jamie Vardy's goal give Leicester the lead and star defender Nathan Ake come off injured. But an incredible two-minute spell saw Howe's side take the lead and Leicester go down to 10 men, with striker Dominic Solanke finally scoring his first league goal for the club.
Crystal Palace have two wins in their last 10 matches. Crystal Palace have scored the second least in the league – 15 goals. West Ham United have five clean sheets in the last 15 matches. Both sides have scored in their last five meetings. West Ham United have two wins in their last 12 matches. Crystal Palace will host West Ham United in one of the Boxing Day clashes lined up in the Premier League.
Will Preston be able to bounce back from their weekend loss to Derby? That trip halted their promotion push, with Leeds jumping above them in the table. Now Hull could add to that misery, with the hosts now eying up a position in the top half. Will the Tigers pull off a home victory on Wednesday to leave Preston trailing their promotion rivals?
I still expect Liverpool to win, but I am not expecting it to be easy for them. When you look at where both teams are, then of course Liverpool are the overwhelming favourites, but this is the derby and it is always tricky - whichever way you are looking at it. Lawro's prediction: 2-0Bobby's prediction: I could have gone for a 2-0 here, the second-most common home win result, but Liverpool keep on conceding.
Stylish Canaries fall short againNorwich last won in the Premier League on 23 November, but they started brilliantly against Jose Mourinho's Spurs. They played with attacking intent from the opening exchanges as Vrancic rolled the exciting Onel Hernandez through on goal, only for Paulo Gazzaniga to sprint off his line to collect the loose ball. That set the tone and Daniel Farke's side pressed their visitors high up the field.
The Premier League is considering making some behind-closed-doors fixtures available free-to-air when the season restarts, the culture secretary has said. Oliver Dowden has said he had been having \"productive talks\" with governing bodies from across British sport on restarting following the coronavirus shutdown. He said the resumption hinged on passing the government's five tests as well as meeting social distancing guidelines.
Two struggling Primeira Liga sides clash on Sunday, as Moreirense search for a much needed away win in this clash. Can they take advantage of a Pacos Ferreira side who are facing relegation? Meanwhile, the hosts are aiming to boost their survival chances with a victory in this home clash.
Meanwhile, Rodgers, has confirmed the club is in talks over new contracts with two integral members of the title-winning team of 2015-16 - veteran defenders Christian Fuchs, 33, and Wes Morgan, 36. Both players have been immense for me,\" said Rodgers. It's not just on the pitch, it's their qualities off the pitch that are very important. Negotiations with them are ongoing and we'll see where it takes us.
The way you touched the ball, the way you could put the ball wherever you want and, without you looking at me, I was just moving and the ball came. Well, that's nice. Roberto Carlos talks about coronavirusThe Brazil left-back, who won four La Liga and three Champions League trophies with Real Madrid between 1996 and 2007, spoke about how lucky it was that this group of players had come together at the same time.
West Ham may have escaped with just 2 goals conceded by them away from home at Manchester City where they only lost the game with 2-0 in the end, but there were big chances at their own net early on in that encounter and ended up conceding a goal quite early in the game, while they did not threaten their opponents that much a chance or two and in the second half all they did was to sit quiet in their own half and do not concede more goals.
Sixty-five years ago this month, modern-day European club competition was born. Its father was Gabriel Hanot, a former French international who became the football editor of the sports newspaper L'Equipe, a platform he used to promote his idea of a continental cup competition. So, in April 1955, representatives of 18 European clubs - inspired by the timeless sporting curiosity to know who is best - met in Paris to agree that a European Champions' Cup should be created.
Capiata have suffered 4 defeats in their last 5 matches. There have been over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches as well. But they have failed to score in their last 2 matches. They are in very bad shape right now. They are coming off a defeat against Olimpia Asuncion by 1:0 goals.
I have an odd sense of humour, and more time on my hands than I’d let my wife know, and I got in touch with them and asked can we play on their pitch, thinking it would never lead to anything,” Christian said. A few days later I got a phone call saying ‘yes. From there things snowballed. After a heavy 9-1 defeat at altitude against the local Swiss veterans team, ‘PSG’ were asked to step in as the England representatives at the Mountain Village Euros after organisers struggled to find a team through official channels.
On Wednesday Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said phase two - the return of contact training in elite sports - could get government approval \"later this week\". But Masters said the Premier League will not take this next step until it is safe to do so. We wouldn't have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren't convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,\" he said.
Los Blancos will be equally optimistic about landing the spoils this Sunday night having accrued 14 points in their seven away league matches this season, and there will be no better tonic ahead of Wednesday's rearranged El Clasico than getting the better of this in form Valencia side at Mestalla.