Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print There’s no way around this for the American soccer fan. The next month is going to be rough. The United States will miss the World Cup, which begins Thursday in Russia, for the first time since 1986 following a ruinous qualifying cycle that ended in humiliation with a 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago, sealing the Americans’ fate for this summer. The U.S. has company on the outside, as regulars Ghana and even traditional powers Italy and the Netherlands all missed qualification as well. Organizers, despite our very reasonable letters, have declined to cancel the entire thing. The party will go on without us. Here’s what to watch. Group by group Group A: Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay With home field and a remarkably easy group, Russia has but one small problem: Its team isn’t very good. The Russians haven’t won in nine months, and Uruguay’s top-shelf talent behind Luis … [Read more...] about World Cup: The best teams, games, players, and who will win it all
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He said: 'The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level. I know we can do it, we only have two matches to get the four points we need. They showed it from the first minute and we didn't show that. They didn't, and the price the squad will have to pay is not only the memory of not challenging City, but being perceived as a team who are third or fourth best in a league where they will likely finish second. Why always Lukaku? You have the answer.- Brighton could not hide their relief at the final whistle after securing their Premier League status for next season. "Maybe now you understand why some players play more than others and you don't ask why A, B or C don't play more".Mourinho later turned on the media and fans as he said there has been too much focus on why he constantly selects Romelu Lukaku up front. "So relief that we've done it now, but I'm also really proud of a group of players".After pulling off a morale-boosting 2-1 win against Arsenal in their last … [Read more...] about Brighton Seal Premier League Safety With Win Over United
The Premier League title has been wrapped up for weeks, if not months, but there is still an awful lot to play for everywhere else. Champions League qualification and relegation are still very much in the balance, and with 10 games to go it seems like as good a time as any to assess each team's chances of achieving their objectives for the season. Using the average position and average points tallies of each team's remaining 10 opponents, we have ascertained which sides have the easiest and most difficult remaining fixtures. Starting with the toughest, scroll down to find analysis of each team's Premier League run-in. Brighton 12th, 31 points Remaining opponents: Arsenal, Everton, Man City (date tbc), Leicester, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Burnley, Man Utd, Liverpool Average position of opponents: 7.1 Average points of opponents: 46 The only saving grace for Brighton is that they already have 31 points, and given the competition at the bottom, it is likely … [Read more...] about 10 Premier League games to go: Which teams have the toughest and easiest run-ins?
HUDDERSFIELD badly needed that win over Bournemouth and their home form could keep them up. The Terriers have only lost five of 14 games at the John Smith’s Stadium and that places them 10th in the league in terms of home form. Three of Town’s last five home games are against Swansea, Crystal Palace and Watford which is a mighty opportunity to stay up. And the Bournemouth win — especially scoring four and the way they played — will give them huge belief.NO SWAN DIVE Since Carlos Carvalhal took over at the end of December, Swansea have lost only one of their seven Prem games. They were defeated by Spurs but have won four including against Arsenal and Liverpool. The key thing is that in those games they have conceded six and scored nine. In the seven previous games they conceded 16 and scored just four. Sunday Round-Up: Watch all the action from Sunday's Premier League matches Huddersfield player accidentally flashes his penis on live TV … [Read more...] about SunSport columnist runs the rule over the Premier League relegation race
THE Premier League looks set to announce its first ever winter break. The changes, which are said to have come after the Football Association, Premier League and Football League all agreed on a deal, are likely to start the season after next. But what exactly do they mean? And how will they affect your club? Here, SunSport boils down the basics of the proposed changes.FA Cup to be played in midweek Fifth-round ties in the oldest national football competition in the world will now be played midweek. There will also be no replays, according to the Times. It is thought that moving the ties to midweek may mean the FA has to pay a penalty to overseas broadcasters. What about the festive fixtures?THE traditional festive fixture list in the Premier League - cramped, busy and often a source of frustration for managers - will remain intact. The break will be taken in the first two weeks of February. However, there will be no changes for those sides in the Football League. The 46-game schedule … [Read more...] about Premier League winter break means FA Cup moved to midweek and other changes