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May back for Scarlets showdown

The England wing will start at Welford Road. Jonny May returns for Leicester’s attempt at rescuing their Champions Cup group campaign against the Scarlets on Friday night. May sustained a shoulder injury against East Midlands rivals Northampton a fortnight ago to raise concerns that he could be sidelined for England’s autumn series next month. But he is restored to the right wing having missed just one match and is joined in the starting XV by lock Will Skinner, who has completed his controversial four-week ban for a dangerous tackle. Leicester opened Pool 4 with a 24-10 defeat by Ulster and know that another defeat would deal a mortal blow to their hopes of advancing to the knockout phase. The Scarlets also fell on the opening weekend, losing 14-13 to Racing 92, and interim coach Geordan ...

Fatigue won’t be a factor for Tottenham, says West Ham boss Pellegrini

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini does not expect to be facing a tired Tottenham side on Saturday. Spurs skipper Harry Kane has looked jaded in the early part of the season after he and eight of his club-mates were involved in the World Cup semi-finals. They head to the London Stadium on the back of another bout of international duty, but Pellegrini insists fatigue will not be a factor. “I don’t think that a Spurs player will be tired, they played on Monday and then now on Saturday,” said Pellegrini. “Maybe for the League Cup game (on October 31), when they will have played on Monday and then again on Wednesday. “But they are all young players, they will be 100 per cent for this game.” Although Kane did not score for England in their win in Spain on Monday, he looked sharper than he has f...

Dean Smith: ‘Micah Richards could still play for Aston Villa’

New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith suggests that Micah Richards could still play for the Championship outfit, despite two years on the sidelines. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 13:32 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 13:32 UK New manager Dean Smith has suggested that the door is open for Micah Richards to make a playing return for Aston Villa. Richards has spent the last two years on the sidelines with a knee injury, and there have previously been reports that Villa may look for a mutual termination of his contract ahead of its expiry in 2019. Smith has ruled out the possibility of Richards making a playing return in the near future, but has indicated that the former England international could still put himself in contention to represent the Cha...

Manuel Pellegrini: ‘West Ham United must be careful with Marko Arnautovic’

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini suggests that he must be “careful” with Marko Arnautovic due to an ongoing problem with the knee of the Austria international. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 13:17 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 13:17 UK West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that he must manage the workload of forward Marko Arnautovic. The Austria international sustained a knee injury against Everton in September and although the player has played three games over the past month, there are still concerns over the issue. Pellegrini has indicated that Arnautovic will feature against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend – despite missing a friendly with his national team in midweek – but the Hammers chief h...

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard ‘to accept £300k per week’

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is reportedly prepared to accept a contract worth £300,000 per week in order to remain at Stamford Bridge. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:52 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:54 UK Winger Eden Hazard has reportedly indicated that he is happy to sign a new £300,000 per week contract in order to remain at Chelsea. Hazard has established himself as the key man at Stamford Bridge, and the Belgium international has already contributed seven goals and three assists in eight Premier League outings this season. Real Madrid hold a long-standing interest in the 27-year-old – who has less than two years remaining on his existing deal – and the playmaker has previously suggested that he would like to represent the...

Jones says Cipriani is ‘third choice’ fly-half after England autumn squad snub

Head coach Eddie Jones described Danny Cipriani as England’s “third choice” fly-half after leaving him out of England’s squad for the autumn Test series. Cipriani has been overlooked despite a strong start to the season with Gloucester which saw him named Gallagher Premiership player of the month for September. Cipriani, who was fined over an incident at a Jersey nightclub in August, started England’s most recent game against South Africa in June and set-up a pivotal try for Jonny May. But he misses out despite being watched four times by Jones this season. Your England squad for the 2018 #QuilterInternationals 🌹 Preview ➡ https://t.co/TzE9rPuwou pic.twitter.com/ssNB2OHud0 — England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 18, 2018 “We have got two good 10s (Owen Farrell and George Ford),” said Jones...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Sevilla – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full match preview of Saturday’s La Liga clash between Barcelona and Sevilla. Camp Nou will host a mouthwatering clash on Saturday night as the Spanish champions Barcelona welcome La Liga leaders Sevilla. Sevilla have stormed to the top of the table with four straight wins, and currently sit one point and one position above reigning champions Barcelona. Barcelona © Reuters Barcelona did not really need to break a sweat in La Liga last term. Indeed, the Catalan giants lost just one of their 38 matches, winning 28 times, to storm to the title. They finished 14 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, and were rightly installed as the favourites to retain the title. It has not quite been the start to the season that the...

A closer look at Wayne Rooney’s Stateside success

The former England captain has been a hit in the US. Wayne Rooney scored a stunning free-kick to secure DC United a 1-0 win over Toronto as his excellent Major League Soccer form continued. The 32-year-old former England captain has made a considerable impact in the United States following his move to the Washington outfit from Everton over the summer. Rooney has scored six goals in his last five games (John McDonnell/AP). Here, Press Association Sport takes a close look at how things have gone for Rooney in the MLS so far. The statistics – Rooney 🔥 WAZZA 🔥 pic.twitter.com/zDuLT5L7oQ — Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 18, 2018 Rooney’s goal against Toronto made it six in his last five games, and he has a total of 10 in 18 MLS appearances (16 starts), having made his debut in mid-July and...

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Levante – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full match preview of Real Madrid’s home La Liga match against Levante. Real Madrid will be looking to win a football match for the first time since September 22 when they welcome Levante to the Bernabeu this weekend. Indeed, Los Blancos are without a victory in their last four matches in all competitions, and face a potentially-tricky clash against a Levante side that has won their last two in La Liga to rise into 11th position in the table. Real Madrid © Reuters There were always going to be teething problems for Madrid in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, but the European champions would be in full-blown crisis mode if they did not return to winning ways against Levante this weekend. All was rosy at the Bernabeu after Mad...

Cipriani left out of England autumn series squad despite strong start to season

Danny Cipriani has been overlooked for England’s autumn series squad to put a significant dent in his hopes of being involved in the 2019 World Cup Cipriani has made a strong start to the season at Gloucester and was named Gallagher Premiership player of the month for September, yet is missing from the 36-man group named for Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. The 30-year-old playmaker started England’s most recent game against South Africa in June and set-up the pivotal try for Jonny May but having been watched by Eddie Jones four times this season, he has been left out. Your England squad for the 2018 #QuilterInternationals 🌹 Preview ➡ https://t.co/TzE9rPuwou pic.twitter.com/ssNB2OHud0 — England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 18, 2018 Owen Farrell and George Ford...

West Ham to make move for Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud?

West Ham United are reportedly contemplating a January offer for Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud, who has less than a year left on his contract. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:06 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:06 UK West Ham United have reportedly started to give consideration to a January bid for Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud. The Blues only signed Giroud from Arsenal at the start of 2018 and although the France international has only netted three times in 20 Premier League fixtures, the 32-year-old is regarded as a key player at Stamford Bridge. However, Giroud has less than a year remaining on his contract and according to The Mirror, that could result in the Hammers making a speculative offer in January. West Ham have frequently been...

Tottenham Hotspur consider bid for West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke?

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering an offer for West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, who has struggled to make an impact at The Hawthorns. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 09:55 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 09:56 UK West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino failed to make a single first-team signing during the summer, but the Argentine is expected to be in the market for new additions in January. According to The Sun, Spurs have already sent scouts to watch Burke in action and are considering an offer at the midway point of the campaign. West Brom shelled out £15m to sign Burke from RB Leipzig in August 2017, but the 21-year-old has m...

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