Jamaica defeated St Vincent and the Grenadines 4-1 in Group B of the Caribbean Football Union’s women’s Under-20 final-round competition in Haiti yesterday. The star player for Jamaica was Khadija Shaw, who scored a hat-trick, while Rasha Roberts got the fourth goal. In the other Group B match played yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago defeated Curacao by the same scoreline. The young Reggae Girlz will play Curacao in their second match tomorrow.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Some of the Europe-based players have been released by their clubs and we’ve been fortunate that, for example, (John-Patrick) Strauss will be released to the Philippines (for) the whole duration of the (AFF Suzuki Cup 2018) including (Daisuke Sato),” said Azkals manager Dan Palami.Sato plays for Sepsi in the top division in Romania, while Strauss who made his debut against Oman last month, is currently with German second division side Erzgebirge Aue.“It really helps when (we) have good relationship with clubs,” said Palami. “And with Sven (Eriksson) calling them up, requesting for (the) release (of players), I think we’ve had a little bit of success.”The Azkals are already in Bacolod to begin preparations for their match against Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ramos tees off in search of third straight crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Azkals will still have Etheridge in the squad when they fly to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to take on Timor Leste on Nov. 17 at KL Stadium.Timor is the only team in the tournament that won’t be playing home matches as its field failed to meet standards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Fifa international break will run until Nov. 20 only, which means Etheridge will have to return to Cardiff, paving the possibility of Filipino-Danish goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard taking his place in the starting lineup against Thailand on Nov. 21 in Bacolod.But the Azkals will have left back Daisuke Sato and newcomer Patrick Strauss for the duration of the competition as they have been allowed by their clubs to be released to the Azkals. Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has made himself available for the first two matches of the Philippines in the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup beginning with the clash against Singapore on Tuesday at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.Etheridge, who has 61 caps for the Philippines since starting his international career in 2008, told the Inquirer he will arrive on Monday as Cardiff still has a match against Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League this Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
Len Miller High School put out a stunning performance in the on-going inter-high school debates, defeating St. Mary’s Catholic High School 88-81 to qualify for the semi-final stage.The ongoing inter-high school debates is sponsored and organized by the “Devin Events and Consultancy.”Len Miller took the lead through its introduction statement with 10-8 points. Onlookers described the match as another thrilling debate that demonstrated intellectual skills.Both school debated the topic, “Is UNMIL Departure Necessary This Time?”St. Mary’s had the chance, but failed to exploit it, thereby giving Len Miller an edge over them throughout the match. St. Mary’s later presented a brilliant double argument to thwart the match; however Len Miller counter defended their argument very well.St. Mary’s look striking during the second half and pushed exceedingly for the top, regardless of the fine attempt, Len Miller always capitalize on simple mistakes they made to remain in the lead.Remarkably, Len Miller had only three players available against St. Mary’s, which was fully in attendance with six players. Len Miller’s Captain, Nathan Gbelee, was the most outstanding player throughout the debate, having given St. Mary’s the rough time.Tyfred B. Teah, Captain of St. Mary’s said after the match: “We were the best team, and I think we won the match. They were good, quick and more shape during the debate than we thought.”Spectators blamed the defeat on the absence of St. Mary’s “excellent” debating student, Tirus Tholen, who did not turn out, but came only to witness the proceedings.Student Gbelee said the match was tough and then expressed the hope that they would prepare much better next time.G. W. Gibson automatically reached the semi-final sage since St. Peter Lutheran High School failed to show up for the debate.Announcing the result, the chief judge, Varfee Holmes, expressed the hope that students who participated in the debates would improve on the knowledge they acquired from the topic, and to be able to provide more contemporary Liberian examples relative to the issues being discussed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– in New AmsterdamThe Coalition APNU/AFC Administration continues to execute its fire sale of state- owned assets, the latest identified for sale being the Bermine Sports Complex and Recreational Centre.According to a public invitation over the weekend, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), is soliciting interested persons to undertake either a full sale or lease of the property, sitting on half-acre of land situated in Queenstown, New Amsterdam Berbice.General Information on the property for the interested party is available upon the payment of a registration fee. NICIL has since also cautioned that it is not bound to accept the “highest or any bids.”The announced sale/lease of the Bermine Sports Complex has effectively shunted plans by the National Sports Commission, which in March this year said it is looking to resuscitate the abandoned sports complex in New Amsterdam, Berbice to provide another avenue for youth development.Those plans were announced by the Government’s Department of Public Information.The complex, once the sporting hub of New Amsterdam, was used to facilitate events such as wedding receptions, parties, and sporting activities; and it even housed a large pool.Formerly owned and operated by the Berbice Mining Enterprise Limited (BERMINE), the complex is currently under the control of NICIL.Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, and a team from the NSC, along with the Mayor of New Amsterdam, during a visit to the facility in June, had told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the Ministry of Education would be writing to NICIL in an attempt to acquire the building.Jones had said the building would cost approximately $200 million to rehabilitate, but once rehabilitated, the sports complex would be able to generate revenue.SPUOnly recently, a Special Purpose Unit was set up under the rubric of NICIL in order to sell off assets owned by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).As part of the ongoing divestment of the assets belonging to the beleaguered GuySuCo, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, this past week announced that Colvin Keith-London has been appointed head of that SPU.That Unit has been tasked with the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, inclusive of its lands; and according to Harmon, Keith-London will be based at the Kingston Headquarters of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).That Unit was first announced by the Agriculture Minister when, in recent months, he presented to the National Assembly a policy paper on the future of the sugar industry.That Unit was allocated some $130 million “to provide for the establishment of a SPU to manage the reform of the sugar industry”, when the Government, in July last, requested supplementary funding from the national coffers.The National Assembly has since approved the money for the Unit to be headed by Keith-London.At the time that sums of money were being approved for the Special Purpose Unit, substantive Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in seeking to apprise the House, had indicated that Government was unclear as to what it is looking to rake in from the sale of the GuySuCo assets, since the assets still needed to be properly evaluated.He had explained that the purpose of the Special Purpose Unit under the rubric of NICIL would be for the divestment and privatisation of certain parts of GuySuCo.Some $60 million have been approved for the company to hire an accounting firm in order to lead the divestment process, including updating valuations of assets.GuySuCo’s properties will be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit for divestment by that outfit.
0Shares0000Iceland fans saw their side draw 1-1 with Argentina at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSAINT Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – On an action-packed day in Russia, Lionel Messi saw his penalty saved as Iceland earned a draw in their first ever World Cup match.Fancied France made a winning start but needed the help of technology while Peru could not take advantage of the Video Assistant Referee system. Iceland belong at football’s top tableIceland made a splash at Euro 2016 by beating England and progressing to the quarter-finals.The minnows are ranked 22nd in the world but few expected Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side to tame two-times former champions Argentina in their debut World Cup outing.Alfred Finnbogason cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opening goal in the first half and in the second period Hannes Halldorsson made himself an instant hero, saving Messi’s spot-kick.Iceland have games against Nigeria and Croatia to come in Group D. It would take a brave man to bet against them qualifying for the knockout stages.VAR makes its markOn the spot: Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty for France © AFP / SAEED KHANFrance failed to impress in squeezing past Australia 2-1, needing the helping hand of the VAR system in Kazan.Antoine Griezmann was awarded a penalty that he converted after referee Andres Cunha had initially waved away protests when he fell under a challenge from Joshua Risdon.VAR was not needed to spot Samuel Umtiti’s blatant handball moments later, which handed Australia an equaliser from the penalty spot.Late on, Paul Pogba’s deflected effort clipped the underside of the bar and crossed the line by the finest of margins, confirmed by goal-line technologyPeru’s passion falls shortOff target: Peru were made to pay for Christian Cueva’s missed penalty © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEVAR also resulted in a penalty for Peru against Denmark but Christian Cueva blazed over, missing the chance to register La Blanquirroja’s first World Cup goal since 1982 and the South Americans were punished for that miss when Yussuf Poulsen struck the only goal of the game early in the second-half.Having waited 36 years for a return to the World Cup, the tens of thousands of Peru fans who have travelled halfway round the world have brought a passion to the tournament lacking in some parts of the host nation.Peru’s players besieged the Denmark goal in search of an equaliser but a combination of some great goalkeeping by Kasper Schmeichel, heroic defending and wayward finishing condemned them to defeat.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
“My mentor Claude Le Roy was there in the game and I remember when I was with him, he was not afraid to play and play to win. One moment, I can accept to lose, but at least we have to play. I learn also with him in the nine years we were together that it was not necessary to be afraid to put young players on the field,” Migne explained.Sebastien Migne and Claude Le Roy during their time working at Congo Brazaville where Migne was Le Roy’s assistant“I was thinking of him today (Leroy) and unfortunately he is not here in the tournament because Togo was not qualified. During one moment in the game I was so disappointed to be a loser infront of him. But after the game, I was happy,” Migne said.In a crazy game that Migne had to do a sub as early as the 30th minute, Stars twice came from behind before man of the match Michael Olunga scored a sensational winner nine minutes to time.“The message (at half time) was never give up. I knew we would have opportunities. It was a difficult game, a crazy game and at this time the coach is a spectator. But I am hapy because in terms of team spirit we showed some qualities. We played as a team and in this way it is possible to achieve something,” Migne stated.He added; “I am happy we won the first victory with stake at AFCON. We have written a good story in Kenyan football and now everything is possible in the last game. We have nothing to lose. I am really happy for the players, they deserve it.”He believes that Kenya can write history but says there is no pressure to do so, insisting they will be in to play their best.Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations tie against Tanzania at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAF“When we played Ghana, no one was able to bet on Kenya for victory. It will be the same in four days but I will always bet on my team. We have to send a good image of Kenyan football, to learn and to be there in all the game,” he stated.Stars will face Senegal on Monday evening in Cairo and in the least, a draw will take them through as one of the best four third placed teams while a win will automatically guarantee them a place in the last 16 as Group C runners up.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne observes the players doing their drills during their first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 28 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has disclosed that the presence of his mentor Clade Le Roy at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Thursday night played a role in motivating him to ensure Stars collected three points against Tanzania in their crucial Group C fixture.Migne was tutored by Le Roy, during most of his career working in Congo Brazzaville and across various countries in Africa and he said he felt ashamed when he the thought of losing to Tanzania crossed in his mind.
Lagan Harps FC News: Our men’s team suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Kildrum Tigers. Gavin Mc Glanaghy was the scorer. Next Sunday they are away to Milford Utd. Our u/12’s girl turned in some excellent performances in the Ulster u/12 blitz held in Aileach’s ground in Burnfoot.They won their three group games and beat Finn Valley in the semi final before losing on penalties to Buncrana after a 0-0 draw. They take part in the North west finals in Sligo on 8th October. Our U12A team beat Ballybofey Wanderers 4-1 with Shay Doherty and Max Johnston(3) the scorers. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 14,19,21 and 22. Ten people had two numbers with Damien Mc Fadden drawn out and winning €50.Next weeks jackpot is €7150Lagan Harps suffer 3-1 defeat to Kildrum Tigers was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Defeatkildrum tigersLagan Harpssoccer
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sami Khedira – Germany Keita Balde – Senegal And with the 2018/19 Premier League fixtures being announced, it’s clear to see a good start is very important for Liverpool if they are to mount a title challenge.Liverpool’s 2018/19 Premier League fixturesThe likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho are coming to Anfield later this summer, which suggests the club means business.However, there have also been some setbacks for Liverpool in the transfer window including the breakdown in the deal for Nabil Fekir when the Frenchman was poised for a move to Merseyside.But the World Cup gives players looking for a move the opportunity to showcase their talent on the biggest stage of them all and Liverpool may look to take advantage of this.Below you can see some players who will feature in the World Cup that the Reds could make an approach for in the summer. 9 Wilfred Ndidi – Nigeria Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Florian Thauvin – France Jack Butland – England 9 The Leicester man has been linked with an Anfield move and would provide some great energy in the middle of the park.It could be a notorious partnership with Keita if that deal was to go through. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 9 RANKED 9 moving on 9 targets 9 Although the deal for Fekir collapsed, it would not be surprising if Liverpool tried again later this summer.Lyon appear open to selling their captain for the right price and the Reds came back for Virgil van Dijk despite Southampton’s best efforts to put Liverpool off last season.And if Fekir can have a good tournament for Les Bleus then that will surely extinguish any doubts about signing him. 9 9 Alisson – Brazil Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 9 Shaqiri has made no secret of his desire to leave relegated Stoke and Anfield is one place he could go to should he leave.The ‘Alpine Messi’ is reportedly available for £12million which is a bargain in today’s market. If they fail to land Alisson, Stoke keeper Butland could be a more realistic option to be Liverpool’s no.1Butland could not prevent the Potters from Premier League relegation last season and a number of clubs will be interested in acquiring him. Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND However, if Fekir does not sign for Liverpool, they could look for Balde as an alternative.Monaco’s attacking midfielder is a less technical player but has bags of pace and fitness and is international team-mates with Sadio Mane so this could help get a deal over the line. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Liverpool almost won the Champions League last month in a productive 2017/18 season Xherdan Shaqiri – Switzerland They may have had a disappointing Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid but there is a feeling of optimism around Liverpool Football Club.The Reds have made good strides under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp and he is gradually building Liverpool up as a team that can compete with the very best. LATEST REVEALED After it was announced Emre Can would be leaving Liverpool, it is suspected he will join Juventus when his contract at Anfield expires.And German midfielder Khedira could be heading in the opposite direction as a result. He had a pretty unsuccessful time at Newcastle but Thauvin has reignited his career at Marseille.Thauvin is in the France squad but is not expected to feature that greatly which could work out for Liverpool as they could get him for a relatively cheap price. A goalkeeper is definitely the priority for Liverpool this summer as Simon Mignolet has made too many mistakes over the years, while Loris Karius appears to crumble in the big games after his nightmare display in the Champions League final.Alisson seems to be the man Liverpool desperately want but the likes of Real Madrid are also interested in him which could scupper the Reds’ chances of buying the keeper. Nabil Fekir – France LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer
Tags: Italian Serie Atop SPAL vs EmpoliStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraSaturday, 01-12-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Paolo Silvio MazzoleniJust one point separates these sides in the table, with Empoli on a roll after two consecutive victories and SPAL floundering. The home side are on a poor run of form, losing three of their last four games and have won just once in nine. Their most recent outing was a 2-0 loss away to Champions Juventus, which followed on from a 2-2 draw at home with Cagliari. Coach Leonardo Semplici’s job isn’t under threat, but he will know that his side will have to start picking up points at home if they are to stay in the top flight for another year. His side have won just once in their last five homes games, while their opponents have yet to win on their travels in the league this season. Semplici has a largely fully healthy squad to pick from, with just Francesco Vicari and Lorenco Simic carrying knocks, and will probably go with his predictable and settled first XI.Empoli, on the other hand, are coming off the back of two wins on the bounce which saw them lift themselves out of the relegation zone. Both those victories did however come in their home ground of the Stadio Carlo Castellani, a 2-1 victory over Udinese and last weekend’s 3-2 defeat of Atalanta in a game where they came back from two goals down. Francesco Caputo has scored in three of his last four matches for the Azzurri and would have extended that run to four in a row if his penalty hadn’t had been saved last weekend by Atalanta keeper Etrit Berisha. Caputo, who has six goals to his name so far this season, has found the back of the Biancazzurri net before whilst playing for Virtus Entella in Serie B and he should be relishing the chance to add to that tally in this match. Coach Beppe Iachini will have to do without the services of defender Lorenzo Polvani, who is out for the season, while midfielder Lorenzo Lollo is side-lined for a few more weeks yet.These sides have never met in Serie A before.Fiorentina vs JuventusStadio Artemio Franchi, FirenzeSaturday, 01-12-2018 @08:00 pmReferee: Daniele OrsatoThe Stadio Artemio Franchi will be a cauldron of noise as Fiorentina welcome bitter rivals Juventus in a game that is guaranteed to be an intense and highly charged affair. Fiorentina’s season has stuttered in recent weeks with just two wins in their last 10 matches and they come into this one off the back of five consecutive draws. Undefeated at home and with the joint second best defensive record in the league, La Viola are proving a resilient opponent. However, with a cluster of teams in close proximity, they must return to winning ways if they wish to maintain their place in the top eight. First choice centre back German Pezzella remains an injury doubt after missing the game against Bologna. Federico Ceccherini is ready to continue in Pezzella’s absence after a strong display last weekend. Marko Pjaca is unlikely to start against his parent club after picking up a recent injury. Stefano Pioli’s men last scored more than once back in September against Atalanta and have found goals hard to come by ever since.Max Allegri’s Bianconeri juggernaut marches on in Serie A. After 13 games the signs are already beginning to look ominous for the rest of the league, with Juventus opening up an eight-point gap at the top. Undefeated in Italy’s top division, The Old Lady are the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to have lost an away game in 2018 and they will not want to relinquish that record on Saturday. With a tough looking calendar ahead of them, Giorgio Chiellini and co will recognise the importance of maintaining their lead at the top as they enter this tough run. After securing qualification to the knock-out rounds of the Champions League, Juve’s main focus will now be on domestic matters and tightening their stranglehold over the rest. Former Viola player Federico Bernardeschi returned to training in the week and is sure to be in for a frosty reception from his old club. Sami Khedira remains a doubt and Emre Can is out but did begin his road to recovery this week after recent surgery to remove a thyroid nodule. Cristiano Ronaldo made history against SPAL last weekend, as he broke a near 50-year-old-record by hitting nine league goals quicker than any other Juventus player in history.There’s masses of history to this fixture and no love lost between the two sets of fans with Juventus dominating this contest over the years. For fans of the Tuscan club, games come no bigger and their passion for this heated tussle is like no other.Fiorentina have won just 33 of 158 matches played against Juventus (a win percentage of 22%), their lowest total against any of the sides in Italy’s top flight.Sampdoria vs BolognaStadio Communale Luigi Ferraris, GenovaSaturday, 01-12-2018 @10:30 pmReferee: Rosario AbissoSampdoria are still fighting to end their slump and there’s no better opportunity to do that than welcoming relegation candidates Bologna. The Blucerchiati ended a three-match losing run at the weekend in the Derby della Lanterna, with the timeless Fabio Quagliarella scoring in the 1-1 draw, but Genoa probably deserved to win. Samp have not won a league game since the beginning of October and have just two wins in their last 10 Serie A outings.As for the away side, they have only lost one of their last five games in the league, but have just two wins this season, with both of them coming back in September. The Rossoblu are yet to win away from home this season and the head-to-head record is not in their favour.These two sides have faced each other 26 times in the league and on only three occasions has the away side taken home three points. The last away victory was back in 2003, when Sampdoria won 1-0 in Bologna, and the hosts have come out victorious in the last six meetings. Even worse for Filippo Inzaghi’s men, they haven’t won at Marassi since a 3-2 thriller in March 1998, managing just three draws and eight defeats. Marco Giampolo’s Sampdoria side are definitely not where they would want to be at this stage of the season, especially given they beat Napoli 3-0 in the first few rounds. Ending the losing run in the derby should give them some confidence and the fact they have lost just four of their last 15 league games at home should also help their cause. Bologna have drawn four of their last five and will, therefore, be hopeful of a similar outcome here, a result that could lift them out of the relegation zone. However, their inability to keep clean sheets is a worry, averaging the concession of two goals a game away from home. Sampdoria have the attacking quality to pick apart most teams in Serie A, especially at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.The strike force of Gregoire Defrel and Quagliarella has amounted to 11 goals in the league this season and, despite their goals drying up in recent weeks, this should be the ideal game to reignite Samp’s season.Bologna have not won a game away from home in 2018.AC Milan vs ParmaStadio Guiseppe Meazza, Milan Sunday, 02-12-2018 @02:30 pmReferee: Giampaolo CalvareseIt’s remarkable that only two points separate these sides going in, considering Milan ambitions compared to newly-promoted Parma. Given the way these two sides are playing, this not only could prove to be an entertaining and exciting fixture, but it could give us a good indication of where both teams are as we edge closer towards the New Year. Milan, for all the injury problems that are plaguing the club, are doing very well to keep up with the Champions League places. They are just one point off Lazio, who occupy fourth place, and only need a point in their final Europa League group stage game away at Olympiacos to seal a place in the knockout rounds, it could be much worse for the Rossoneri. The Milanese giants are without a win in two Serie A rounds, losing to Juventus before the last international break and drawing at Lazio, but a strong victory could be the medicine to cure an aching Milan side. Tiemoue Bakayoko needs a fitness test after limping off during Thursday’s 5-2 Europa League win over Dudelange with an ankle knock, but the usual list of absentees remains with Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara, Giacomo Bonaventura and Lucas Biglia.As for Parma, this will be a good test to see whether their positive start to the season is here to stay, or if they are just riding the waves at the moment, soon to fade away. Back-to-back 2-1 victories against Torino and Sassuolo have propelled Parma to sixth place in Serie A, just two points off their opponents Milan in the standings and one point ahead of the chasing duo Roma and Sassuolo in the final Europa League spot.Their inconsistency has been an issue, even if they find themselves picking up good wins in spurts from time to time, but if they were to make it three wins out of three since last dropping points in a disappointing 0-0 at home to Frosinone at the beginning of November, and perhaps capitalising on weary Milan legs following their midweek exploits, that would put them in a very good position in terms of European places. This is arguably their toughest fixture until the winter break, that is until they face Roma at the end of December. A win at San Siro would not only bring more pressure on Milan and their Coach Gennaro Gattuso, but it would give Parma an incredible amount of confidence to carry on their start to the season. After all, the Ducali have already caused an upset at San Siro by beating Inter and would love to make it a Stadio Meazza double. Antonio Di Gaudio and Massimo Gobbi are still out, so it should again be Gervinho and Luca Siligardi supporting Roberto Inglese. Leo Stulac is expected to return from the start in midfield. Gervinho will be eager to make his mark, seeing as he has never scored at San Siro in six games here.Milan have an absurdly strong home record against Parma in Serie A. In 24 games, the hosts have won 15 times, with Parma only picking up three wins.Frosinone vs CagliariStadio Benito Stirpe, FrosinoneSunday, 02-12-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Marco SerraFrosinone will be confident of getting right back on track after the defeat to Inter, but Cagliari are woefully short on confidence.Although there are eight points dividing the two teams in the Serie A table, it remains a relegation dogfight, because the momentum is very different. The Canarini struggled badly at the start and kept faith with Coach Moreno Longo, which paid off during a four-round unbeaten run, which included a surprise 3-0 victory away to SPAL. That streak was halted by Inter at San Siro, but there’s no shame in that, and they’ll be fired up to resume the positive wave.Cagliari, on the other hand, lost 3-1 to Juventus and were then fortunate to scrape draws against SPAL and Torino. Losing Lucas Castro for five to six months with a torn ACL is a devastating blow, as the former Chievo man had brought them much of their creativity and guile. Leonardo Pavoletti’s injury struggles are another massive problem, so if he doesn’t recover in time, Alberto Cerri should partner Joao Pedro with Artur Ionita trying to get to grips with Castro’s trequartista role. Simone Padoin and Paolo Faragò are also in doubt for this weekend.Frosinone have numerous injury concerns to deal with, but most of them are long-term and already familiar, such as Luca Paganini and Federico Dionisi out for a couple of months with ACL issues. Emil Hallfredsson needs a fitness test, but Andrea Pinamonti seems to have surpassed Camillo Ciano in the pecking order to partner Daniel Ciofani.Cagliari have lost their last three Serie A games against newly-promoted sides, failing to score in any of them.Sassuolo vs UdineseMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmiliaSunday, 02-12-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Marco GuidaUdinese aim to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they travel to Sassuolo on Sunday. The Neroverdi endured a 2-1 defeat last weekend away to Parma and have only won one game in their last seven. Despite this, they sit in a healthy eighth place, level on points with Roma, and just four points from fourth spot. Interestingly, the Giallorossi battle Inter this week, so one would think the injury-depleted Roma should drop points and give Sassuolo the opportunity to rise up the table. Roberto De Zerbi will be demanding a solid performance from his side in this match, however will be without a number of players. Top scorer Kevin-Prince Boateng, Claud Adjapong and Jeremie Boga are all sidelined due to injury, therefore De Zerbi is expected to go with the midfield duo of Francesco Magnanelli and Alfred Duncan.Meanwhile, Udinese are brimming with confidence. Just last week, Rodrigo De Paul struck as the Bianconeri downed Roma 1-0 in Davide Nicola’s first match on the Udinese bench. They had been winless in their seven matches prior to that and looked to be early relegation candidates, however Nicola will be hoping that his side turn over a new leaf under his tenure. Despite last week’s phenomenal win, they sit just one point adrift of the drop zone, therefore three points this weekend will be paramount. Before the winter break and following this match, they face Atalanta, Inter, Frosinone, SPAL and Cagliari, so there is a growing importance of this weekend’s fixture to give Udinese a run of momentum leading in. Emmanuel Badu is absent for Udinese along with Lukasz Teodorczyk, Svante Ingelsson and Brazilian centre-back Samir, as the quartet battle injuries.Last season’s victory in this fixture was Udinese’s only win against Sassuolo in their past eight meetings.Torino vs GenoaStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoSunday, 02-12-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Maurizio MarianiWalter Mazzarri returns to the bench after his health scare, as Torino take on a Genoa side showing signs of their own recovery. The tactician missed Monday’s trip to Cagliari and spent the last week undergoing tests, but medics have given him the all-clear to resume work. Toro are one of those teams that have steadied their season in recent weeks and are looking forward to kick on and climb up the table. In their first six games, Torino only won one, a slim 1-0 victory over SPAL, whilst drawing three and losing two. In fairness to Il Toro, those six games included trips to Atalanta and Inter as well as hosting Roma and Napoli. Through their last seven games, they’ve won three, drawn three and lost only one.Their opponents in Week 14 continue to be a very curious case in Italy. Whilst they’re in 14th place, Genoa still do have the top scorer in Serie A, even though Krzysztof Piatek’s scoring form has cooled down in recent weeks. You might think that having the top scorer in the division, over the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mauro Icardi, would lead to at least a Europa League place. However, when you have the third leakiest defence In the league, conceding an eye-watering 27 goals in 13 games, you’re going to struggle to even break the top half of the table.Mazzarri’s side boast the fifth worst home record in Serie A with just seven points from six games. Some relief for Torino is that Genoa’s away record is just as bad, with four points from six away games. However, one decider could be Torino’s far better defensive record as well as the firepower of Andrea Belotti.In terms of team news, Daniele Baselli should make the XI despite a fitness scare. However, Spaniard Alex Berenguer and Italian striker Simone Zaza are expected to only make the bench, where Ola Aina returns after a lay-off. For Genoa, Argentine defender Nicolas Spolli is out due to an injury. Daniel Bessa is expected to start again, as Sandro is not 100 per cent fit yet.Genoa have won only one of their last 35 Serie A trips to Torino, 3-2 in May 2009, interrupting 12 draws and 22 defeats.Chievo vs LazioStadio Marx’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSunday, 02-12-2018 @08:00 pmReferee: Fabio MarescaChievo started strong under third Coach of the campaign Mimmo Di Carlo and eye another upset against stuttering Lazio. The season has yet to hit its midway point, but Chievo are already on to their third tactician in what has been nothing short of a tumultuous and difficult campaign for the Flying Donkeys – who, frankly, have been hardly flying this term. Hit with a three-point deduction due to financial irregularities, Chievo were fortunate not to be punished more severely with the initial 15 point deduction which certainly would have spelled the end of their stay in the top flight. However, even three points have proved to be just as burdensome, for the Bentegodi have spent much of this campaign struggling even to achieve a positive points total. It took them until Week 13 to hit one point thanks to recording a draw against Napoli under new Coach Di Carlo. It was not a pretty affair by any means, as the game finished as a drab scoreless stalemate, but it will feel like a victory for Chievo. Expect them to put in the same stubborn defensive showing once again, with everyone behind the ball when needed when Lazio come to town. After all, playing pretty football is not of the highest order when one’s side is struggling for points and its position in the top flight is in serious jeopardy.Meanwhile, Simone Inzaghi will expect a reaction from his team after Lazio surprisingly stumbled to a 2-0 defeat to Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday. Although the Biancocelesti sit in fourth spot following their 1-1 draw with Milan last weekend, they needed a late goal to salvage a point at the Stadio Olimpico in a game they could ill-afford to lose following a frustrating stalemate against Sassuolo in their last match before the international hiatus. Given they are now taking on the team with the worst record in the top flight, this could present the perfect opportunity for Lazio, who sit in fourth spot, to begin December on the right footing – especially with Milan and Parma also locking horns in a battle between fifth and sixth this weekend.Lazio have won 13 of their last 15 Serie A trips to Chievo, save for two draws in 2014 and 2016, plus a shock 4-0 defeat in August 2015.Roma vs Inter MilanStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 02-12-2018 @10:30 pmReferee: Gianluca RocchiRoma are dealing with a huge injury crisis as they try to get their Serie A season back on track against Luciano Spalletti’s Inter. The Giallorossi lost 2-0 against Real Madrid at home on Tuesday, but CSKA Moscow’s defeat against Viktoria Plzen cemented Roma’s place in the next stage of the Champions League. However, Eusebio Di Francesco should be disappointed at the manner his side lost against Los Blancos, as his men could’ve even won the game if they were more clinical in front of goal. Cengiz Under missed a sitter in the dying minutes of the first half and that badly affected the confidence of the whole team. It would be interesting to see how the Turkish international will react, as he is expected to start on the right wing against Inter on Sundaydue to the lack of alternatives. Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Daniele De Rossi are certainly out, with Javier Pastore and Diego Perotti at best managing a spot on the bench. Despite Dzeko’s unimpressive domestic form this term, one of the big issues for Roma has been Patrik Schick’s inability to lead the line by himself in the absence of the big Bosnian. The Czech forward will start up top once again with youngsters Justin Kluivert and Nicolo Zaniolo partnering Under in the trio behind him. De Rossi’s injury means that Bryan Cristante will also keep his place alongside Stephan Nzonzi, which means that the World Cup winner would have to carry the burden of anchoring Roma’s shaky defence. The Giallorossi have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five Serie A games and this is surely something that Inter will look to exploit.The Nerazzurri suffered a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham on Wednesday and this might prove costly, as Inter need to get a result against PSV and hope that Barcelona beat Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Camp Nou. Radja Nainggolan’s fitness issues continue to harm his performances since the Belgian switched Roma with Inter in the summer. The 30-year-old was withdrawn before halftime against Tottenham and will most likely be rested against his former team. Joao Mario is expected to take his place behind Mauro Icardi, with another revived player Roberto Gagliardini, as both have been very impressive in recent weeks. Inter are currently third with a seven-point advantage over Roma, so the Nerazzurri’s main priority would be to avoid defeat against a tough opponent away from home. However, la Beneamata had a similar task against Tottenham and their conservative approach cost them the game eventually, so it willbe interesting to see if Spalletti changes his approach.Roma currently sit in seventh place, just outside of the Europa League zone, and considering the Giallorossi’s poor results in recent weeks, the pressure ison them. Di Francesco’sposition would get even hotter if Roma fail to win against Inter, so the hosts will try to dominate the game from the start. However, the physicality of the Nerazzurri makes them a really tough nut to crack and considering Roma’s wastefulness in front of goal, it seems unlikely that the hosts will manage to score and avoid conceding at the same time.Roma have a long list of key players missing, as Dzeko, El Shaarawy, Pellegrini, Pastore, De Rossi and Perotti are all injured. On the other hand, besides Nainggolan, who is expected to get some rest, Inter will be without Sime Vrsaljko and Dalbert, who are also recovering.It took until last season for Mauro Icardi to score his first goal at the Stadio Olimpico, despite previously scoring against the Giallorossi for both Roma and Sampdoria.Atalanta vs NapoliStadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia, BergamoMonday, 03-12-2018 @10:30 pmReferee: Piero GiacomelliThis should be absolutely fascinating, as giant-killers Atalanta and Scudetto contenders Napoli both need to shake off surprise results. Last week, Atalanta’s four-game win streak came to an end when they blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Empoli. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men conceded a last-gasp goal and dropped out of the top six. Josip Ilicic’s tantrum and red card proved costly, as not only did he leave his team down to 10 men, he’ll sit out a two-match ban. It’s likely he’ll be replaced by Emiliano Rigoni. Bouncing back from this hard loss won’t be easy for the Orobici, as it is Napoli who stand in their way. During their victorious run, Atalanta were one of the best sides in the country, scoring 14 goals, conceding three, and capping off their resurgence with a 4-1 win over Inter. This excellent form was a turnaround for Papu Gomez and co, who were only one spot off of the relegation zone following Week 8. In their match with Empoli, Atalanta held a 2-0 lead up until right before the half, which is when Italian youngster Antonino La Gumina kicked off what would be a crazy comeback for his side. An own goal from Andrea Masiello brought things level at the Stadio Carlo Castellani, and soon after that, Ilicic received a red card for dissent following his yellow card for a poor challenge. Empoli took advantage and completed their comeback in the game’s dying moments.Napoli come into this game looking to ensure they don’t fall any further behind league leaders Juventus. The Partenopei’s latest Champions League win against Red Star Belgrade will do them some good going into this match, since it won’t be a 0-0 draw against rock bottom Chievo that is on their mind. Carlo Ancelotti’s side just couldn’t find the back of the net against Chievo. Of the 21 shots on goal they had, not a single one was put past Stefano Sorrentino. The result was yet another setback in their fight for the Scudetto and it left a bad taste in the mouths of many tifosi. The 3-1 victory over Red Star should serve as a great confidence boost to many of the players, a much-needed boost at that, since they will have to gain ground against a side that has caused them problems in the past.The Partenopei have the most to lose out of these two teams, so expect to see them come out strong and ready to win after a disappointing result last time out.Napoli have won two of their last three Serie A trips to Bergamo, having managed just two in the previous 15 attempts.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments