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Swansea City vs Liverpool: Preview and Predictions

Liverpool have ended Manchester City’s dominance in the Premier League last Sunday when they bagged as many as four past the league’s best and most expensive line. Jurgen Klopp’s side has thus overtook the defending champions Chelsea in third position and they should keep the pressure on Manchester United in second after this round which is about to see them take on the rock-bottomed Swansea City side on Monday evening.
Philippe Coutinho might have leaven Anfield in January, but the attacking line looks as sharp as ever eight days ago when Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane drove the Citizens crazy. Each of them showed a fantastic display and there are no doubts we should see a similar showing from this lethal trio this time out when they’ll come face to face with one of the league’s weakest defensive lines.
Swansea City sit rock-bottom in the Premier League table, but their mood will be higher after the FA Cup success against the Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in mid-week’s tie at Liberty Stadium. It was the first win for the former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal with the new team. The Portuguese manager seems to have managed to improve Swansea’s defensive displays since the team allowed only two goals in last three games in all competitions. This will, however, count for little when they take on the red-hot attacking line of Liv’pool’s here.
Swansea’s main issues are connected to their performances in the final third since they have only notched 14 goals so far in the season. Carvalhal’s men will hardly be able to produce up front without their top scorer Tammy Abraham who is sidelined due to injury.

Swansea City vs Liverpool: Head-to-head

Swansea City stunned Liverpool 2-3 a year ago at Anfield, but Liverpool got the revenge on the Boxing Day when they demolished the Swans 5-0 at home.
Overall, the Reds have win 10 of 19 encounters against Swansea City.
Each of last four H2H matches between the two teams saw three or more goals.

Swansea City vs Liverpool: Prediction

Liverpool’s ambitions got suddenly higher after the superb win over table-toppers and they should really not allow a slip up against the league’s weakest side on Monday.
We believe Salah, Firmino, Mane & company will be able to close this out in the early minutes of the game and backing Liverpool to have to lead at the half time and win at the end appears to be a decent option at 1.83.

Swansea City vs Liverpool: Bet Tips

HT/FT Liverpool/Liverpool @ 1.83

Liverpool -1.5 handicap @ 1.95

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Alphonso Davies to train with Bayern Munich before Christmas

Alphonso Davies to train with Bayern Munich before Christmas
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Alphonso Davies to train with Bayern Munich before Christmas
Alphonso Davies to train with Bayern Munich before Christmas

Even though Alphonso Davies doesn’t officially join Bayern Munich until January, he will be heading to Munich for an orientation of sorts before the end of the year.

Davies revealed that he will spend a few weeks training with Bayern leading up to Christmas. He will then return home to Edmonton for the holidays before heading back to Munich where he’ll hope to make his official debut with the club in 2019.

Davies is now eligible to train with Bayern as he turned 18 years old on Nov. 2.

The Canadian international became the most expensive outgoing transfer in MLS history after signing a contract with Bayern until 2023 back in July. He spent three seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps, posting eight goals and 12 assists in 65 regular-season games.

U-17 Women’s World Cup takeaways: Canada looking very good

U-17 Women’s World Cup takeaways: Canada looking very good
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U-17 Women’s World Cup takeaways: Canada looking very good
U-17 Women’s World Cup takeaways: Canada looking very good

Canada is through to the knockout round of the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The Reds earned a 2-0 win over South Korea on Saturday in their second match, with captain Jordyn Huitema and Lara Kazandjian finding the back of the net. That result coupled with Spain’s 1-1 draw with Colombia in the day’s other Group D game means the Canadians booked their spot in the quarter-finals with one match remaining in the group stage.

Here are my three thoughts on Canada’s win over the Koreans.

Another tale of two halves for Canada

Like it did in its opening 3-0 win over Colombia earlier this week, Canada slogged its way through a mundane first half against South Korea, unable to assert itself in the final third or take control of the contest. The Canadians stuck to their game plan of building deliberate attacks with stretches of possession and trying to play out from the back. But South Korea did a good job of frustrating the Canadians via their high pressing game, not allowing the Reds to go down the middle and instead pushing them out to the flanks.

South Korea’s high press forced Canada into turnovers inside its half of the field, but the Asians never capitalized as defender Jade Rose quarterbacked a Canadian defence that gave away very little, and goalkeeper Anna Karpenko wasn’t called upon to make a difficult save. The South Koreans did manage a shot that went off the crossbar, but never came close to opening up Canada’s back line.

“We played a very strong South Korean team and I think we saw that in the first 45 minutes. They definitely were pinning us back in our half in the first half,” Canadian coach Rhian Wilkinson admitted.

The second half was all Canada, with Wilkinson subbing on forward Andersen Williams and Sonia Walk at the start of the second half. The double switch seemed to spark Canada into action. Suddenly, the Reds began forcing the issue by playing a pressing game itself, and forcing the South Koreans to play deep inside their half.

Huitema broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when she scored on a sweet volley that looped high in the air and landed inside the far post after South Korean goalkeeper Kang Ji-yeon punched away Canada’s corner kick. Canada added a second in the 74th minute when Kazandjian did very well to win the ball off a Korean defender before firing a shot from 22 yards out that sailed over the goalkeeper and under the crossbar. The two goals and the win were just reward for a Canadian team that looked far more dangerous in attack than their opponents.

Huitema’s goal and red card

Huitema’s second goal of the tournament gave Canada the lead and control of the game, but just eight minutes later her day came to an abrupt end. While battling to win a high ball, Huitema threw out her elbow to generate some power, and hit Korean defender Kim Min-ji in the face, drawing blood. Referee Maria Carvajal of Chile reached into her pocket and brandished a red card, and Huitema marched off the field in tears after being ejected from the game.

Video replays of the incident showed that it was an incredibly harsh call. There was clearly no intent on the part of Huitema to hurt Min-ji, as she had her back to the Korean defender and didn’t even know she was there. A foul? Yes. But a red card? Never.

To their credit, though, the Canadians did not let the loss of their captain adversely affect them. Instead of sitting back after being forced to go on with 10 players, Canada continued on in the same fashion before Huitema’s red card by being aggressive and taking the game to the Koreans. Kazandjian’s hard work in winning the ball deep inside Korea’s half and then quickly firing a shot that doubled Canada’s advantage was indicative of the Reds’ approach after Huitema was sent off: straight ahead and fearless.

“This is a team I’m so proud to be the coach of. Obviously, there was a red card but they also turned the game around and showed who they really were; resilient. Fantastic team performance today,” Wilkinson offered.

Blessing in disguise for Canada?

The red card means Huitema will be suspended for Canada’s final game of the group stage against Spain on Wednesday in Montevideo.

Had Wednesday’s contest been a must-win for Canada, Wilkinson might have been tempted to start her captain against the Spaniards. Now, she has no choice, and Huitema can have a well-earned day off, thus saving herself and allowing her to recuperate for the rigours of the quarter-finals.

Also, Canada displayed a lot of spirit after Huitema was red carded on Saturday, showing that it is much more than just a one-person team, and that it is able to overcome adversity and win an important game without their captain. They have the opportunity to show the same kind of resolve on Wednesday against Spain.

NOTES: Canada is one of six nations to have competed at all five previous U-17 Women’s World Cups, reaching the quarter-finals in 2008, 2012 and 2014… North Korea is the defending champion… The 16 teams at this tournament are divided into four round-robin groups, with the top two nations in each advancing to the quarter-finals. Ghana and New Zealand have already moved on to the next round.

Dutch beat France, Germany relegated in UEFA Nations League

Dutch beat France, Germany relegated in UEFA Nations League
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Dutch beat France, Germany relegated in UEFA Nations League
Dutch beat France, Germany relegated in UEFA Nations League

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — When the Netherlands beat Germany 3-0 last month the score flattered the Dutch. Ronald Koeman’s resurgent young team beat France 2-0 on Friday and this time the margin of victory flattered the French.

The rampant men in orange, driven forward by the pinpoint passing of midfielder Frenkie de Jong and given a creative spark in attack by Memphis Depay’s trickery, could have scored five. Only a string of saves by France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to keep the score respectable for the recently crowned world champion.

The Dutch victory relegated Germany from the top tier of the new UEFA Nations League, a second humbling this year after Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage four years after winning the tournament in Brazil.

Now the Netherlands, which didn’t even qualify for the last World Cup or the 2016 European Championship, needs just a draw against Germany on Monday in Gelsenkirchen to win League A Group 1.

"This was a complete match at the very highest level," said Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman, who has in a matter of months turned an underachieving team into a European force to be reckoned with. In its last three matches, the Netherlands has beaten Germany 3-0, drawn with top-ranked Belgium 1-1, and outclassed France.

"I want to congratulate this Dutch team," France coach Didier Deschamps said. "They played a very good match. They had a lot of quality."

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored just before halftime and Memphis Depay converted an audacious stoppage-time penalty as the Dutch overran the world champion.

France tried to play a waiting game, sitting back and hoping to launch speedy 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe on the break. But led by midfielder De Jong and centre back Virgil van Dijk, the Dutch not only dominated possession, but also shut down the World Cup star.

"It is exceptional how he reads the game," Koeman said of De Jong.

The result left the Dutch one point behind France in League A Group 1 ahead of the group’s final match, between the Netherlands and Germany on Monday, when Joachim Loew’s team will be playing only for pride.

Wijnaldum broke the deadlock just a minute before halftime with his 10th international goal in his 52nd appearance for the Netherlands.

Depay doubled the lead with a "Panenka" penalty in stoppage time, chipping the ball over Lloris to complete a memorable victory.

The Netherlands must wish they could play every match at Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium — the victory extended the Dutch run of wins there to 15.

A depleted France arrived in Rotterdam after injuries sidelined Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar, Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar.

Deschamps refused to use their absence as an excuse for his team’s lacklustre display.

"We had confidence in the players we had here," he said. "We lost to a Dutch team that played very well and we did not play well."

Elsewhere in the Nations League, Denmark beat Wales 2-1 in Cardiff to secure promotion from League B Group 4. Nicolai Jorgensen and Martin Braithwaite scored for the Danes before Gareth Bale hit a late consolation goal.

Slovakia beat Ukraine 4-1 in League B Group 1. Ukraine had already secured promotion before the match.

Asian Cup to get video review starting in quarterfinals

Asian Cup to get video review starting in quarterfinals
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Asian Cup to get video review starting in quarterfinals
Asian Cup to get video review starting in quarterfinals

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Video review will be used at the Asian Cup starting in the quarterfinals. The Asian Football Confederation said in September it would use the VAR technology at some stage during the Jan. 5-Feb. 1 tournament. The VAR system will be used for seven games in Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. […]

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