Dimitar Berbatov believes Romelu Lukaku should be recalled to Manchester United's starting line-up for the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Chelsea in the absence of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. The pair both picked up injuries in United's 2-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, with Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata coming on as their replacements. Sanchez and Mata failed to make a tangible impact on the tie, with Lukaku cutting a frustrated figure on the bench before his six-minute cameo in place of Marcus Rashford. PSG became the first team in history to leave Old Trafford on a European night with a margin of victory greater than one goal. And Berbatov believes that United's caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should turn to Lukaku for United's trip to Stamford Bridge on Monday night. "I’m sure that Lukaku will get a chance now and he will use the opportunity to press his case for a regular first team slot," the former United striker told Betfair. Sanchez's … [Read more...] about Berbatov pinpoints which Man Utd forward should come in for Lingard and Martial
Things come in pairs
Brendan Rodgers has had more than his fair share of injury and selection issues to deal with of late. The Celtic manager has been frequently been missing key players across the season but with the mighty Valencia CF looming, things might be looking up. The Hoops have a huge task ahead of them to overcome the Spanish side that has only lost four times in La Liga this season. Looking at the training session today, though, Rodgers ' men appear to be in good spirits and the presence of certain big players doing full sessions can only be a good thing. With new bhoys such as Timo Weah and Oli Burke hitting the ground running and badly-missed players like Odsonne Edouard looking fit,it's no wonder Rodgers is smiling. Here's five things we spotted from training today... Odsonne Edouard comes in from the cold He's either come to training from the dentist or still hasn't got used to the nippy Scottish weather, but Odsonne Edouard will be looking for a starting berth on Thursday night. The … [Read more...] about 5 things we spotted at Celtic training as Odsonne Edouard comes in from the cold
Chelsea make a move for Higuain Wissam Ben Yedder is Sevilla's top scorer this season with 15 goals - nine in LaLiga Santander and six in Europe. Andre Silva has nine goals, with eight of his coming in the league and one in the Copa del Rey. They are one of the most fashionable throwback forward pairings in European football and coach Pablo Machin even changed his system to accommodate both players as he saw the perfect partnership they had. Sevilla are determined to strengthen their attack this winter though following Luis Muriel's exit to Italy which leaves the team without too many other attacking options. Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has set his sights on Alvaro Morata to add more attacking options for the club. However, it is a tricky situation given that the price tag and stature of the former Real Madrid man - a loan move would cost six million euros - means he wouldn't be arriving to sit on the bench and settle for a wild card role. It is rather the opposite and … [Read more...] about Morata threatens to shake things up in Sevilla’s attack
The list of Latvian political parties is, it has to be said, somewhat more complex and volatile than that of Estonia. Estonia has about nine parties in the running for parliamentary seats, including two newcomers, Estonia 200 and Richness of Life (which we formerly translated as 'the Biodiversity Party'). Of these, about a third will end up in office in March, with another three or so in opposition and the remainder with no Riigikogu seats.Compare that with Latvia, where at present eight parties are represented either at parliament, the Saeima, or in Europe, or both (four Estonian parties send MEPs to Brussels). Add over a dozen minor or regional parties (compared with a couple or so visible ones in Estonia). The list of defunct political parties in Latvia is even longer; whilst that is also the case in Estonia, most of the latter tend to be historical rather than recently defunct.We have to exercise caution here – the list of former parties does not give the full picture. Some … [Read more...] about Latvia on brink of four-party coalition sign of things to come in Estonia?
It hasn't been a bad year for events in Wales in 2018. We had the Biggest Weekend in Swansea, four nights of Ed Sheeran at the Principality Stadium and Tim Peake's space shuttle landed at National Museum Cardiff. But now 2019 is upon us and the good news is there are plenty more brilliant things happening in Wales. From sporting events to music shows, theatre and food, there's something for all of us to look forward to in the year to come. We've pulled together a list of some of the highlights for your new 2019 diary... 1. Meet our Tour de France legend Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, MBE and Sports Personality of the Year will discuss his historic win with broadcaster Ned Boulting for one night only at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday, January 26. The first ever Welshman to win the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas will return to his hometown to chat cycling - from the Welsh valleys to the cobbles of the Champs Elysee via Olympic and world titles. Geraint will reveal … [Read more...] about 25 things happening in Wales in 2019 that you shouldn’t miss