Liverpool’s "easier" run-in should be enough to see them lift the Premier League trophy, according to former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy and one-time Manchester United striker Dion Dublin. The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City after 23 games of the season and after Saturday’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace many now believe they are destined to end their near 30-year wait for a league title. And with the way the fixtures are falling for the remaining 15 games of the season, Murphy is backing his old club to claim their first Premier League title. “I said last night that now I believe that Liverpool are going to win it. And I mean that because of things going for them even when they're playing not so well and winning games,” he said on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night. “Although I am aware they've not been there before and that's very important so it might get edgy as the season goes on, no matter who the opposition is. Because when you know … [Read more...] about This is why Liverpool will win the league & former Man U man agrees
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Paris Saint-Germain's attacking might overwhelmed Red Star Belgrade 6-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Neymar netting a hat trick that included two brilliant free kicks. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel went with his strongest line-up up front with Neymar, World Cup star Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They all scored in the first half except for Mbappe, who had to wait until the 70th minute for his goal following superb approach play from Neymar. "I really liked the fact it was a team effort tonight, but Neymar was outstanding. He was just sensational, magnificent," Tuchel said. "You can sense that he's hungry, that he wants to make the difference and win the ball back." Red star coach Vladan Milojevic acknowledged his defense could not cope with Neymar. "It wouldn't be fair just to talk about Neymar, but everything revolved around him," Milojevic said. "He's on another level." After losing their opening group game to Liverpool, PSG … [Read more...] about UEFA Champions League: Neymar stars with hat trick as PSG thumps Red Star 6-1
After a third loss in seven English Premier League games so far, Jose Mourinho was quick to apportion blame for Manchester United's collapse at West Ham. While the moans about refereeing decisions were predictable after the 3-1 loss on Saturday, holding the media partly responsible was a fresher excuse to pour scorn on another ineffective display by Anthony Martial. Leaving out forward Alexis Sanchez and starting Martial was portrayed by Mourinho as bowing to public demands. It's a decision Mourinho suggested he regretted. "Something that you are asking for a long, long, long, long time (is) to play Martial," Mourinho told reporters. "I left Alexis out and I think that Martial is not a player very, very, very focused on his defensive duties and to play him as a second striker and trying just to cover the area of (Declan) Rice would be much easier for him." United was ragged from the start at Olympic Stadium, conceding after five minutes when Felipe Anderson flicked in Pablo Zabaleta's … [Read more...] about English Premier League: Man U slips further behind Man City and Liverpool after loss
If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer's pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game. Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat trick on Tuesday in Barcelona's 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven as Europe's top club competition got underway. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe, the teenage star widely viewed as the man capable of dethroning Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a near future as the best player in the world, endured a frustrating night in a 3-2 loss with Paris Saint-Germain at Liverpool. The World Cup winner scored a second-half equalizer but then gave the ball away in stoppage time, a costly mistake that paved the way for Roberto Firmino's winner. Messi once again failed in his bid to lift the World Cup trophy this summer in Russia, where he did not play at his best and Argentina lost to France in the round of 16. But Messi is a different player in the Champions League, a competition he has won four … [Read more...] about UEFA Champions League: Messi scores another hat trick, Mbappe’s mistake sinks PSG
The Lowland League kicks-off on Saturday and East Kilbride will face some strong competition to reclaim the title they won in 2016/17 from defending champions Spartans. It's set to be the most competitive Lowland League ever with last season's top four all strengthening and ambitious new boys, Kelty Hearts, set for their first campaign since earning promotion from the East of Scotland League. East Kilbride finished runners-up to Spartans under Billy Stark last season and he has since left K-Park to take charge of Scotland's under-19s. Here, we look at what Kilby and new gaffer Brian Kerr will be up against this season... SPARTANS Defending champions Since pipping Kilby to the title on the last day of the season, the Edinburgh outfit have added ex-Kilby striker Jack Smith to their ranks. Smith was the league’s top scorer with 21 goals for BSC Glasgow last season and the champions snapped him up in the summer. They have also kept the vast majority of the title-winning squad at … [Read more...] about Lowland League Preview: How are East Kilbride’s title rivals shaping up?