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Manchester United team news: Predicted line-up v FC Basel in the Champions League

Manchester United are back in the Champions League and tonight kick off their return by hosting Basel at Old Trafford.The Red Devils have got their league campaign off to a blistering start and will aim for a similar run of form in the group stages of the European competition.Rotation has grown in importance to the clubs expected to compete for major honours, so Jose Mourinho is likely to make changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Stoke City at the weekend.Who could be named in his starting l...

Southend United ‘working tirelessly’ to ensure Nile Ranger can play despite ankle tag curfew, Phil Brown tells talkSPORT

Southend United manager Phil Brown has told talkSPORT the League One club are ‘working tirelessly’ to come to an understanding over ankle-tagged striker Nile Ranger’s curfew, so he can play in Tuesday night’s game against Shrewsbury.The 26-year-old was released from prison in August, having served ten weeks of an eight-month sentence after admitting online banking fraud.Ranger, who scored eight goals for the Shrimpers last season, has features in the Blues’ last two games but he is set to miss T...

All midweek Football League games to be shown LIVE as part of new rights deal with Sky Sports

Television coverage of the English Football League is set for a radical overhaul as part of a new five-year deal signed with Sky Sports.Announcing the contract on Tuesday, the EFL said it would receive £600million from the broadcaster as part of the new terms which will see the Championship, Leagues One and Two, the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy continue to be shown live.A stand-out point of the new deal, which kicks in from 2019, is that clubs from the Championship, League One and League T...

The Premier League's 10 Champions League clubs ranked by their best season in the competition

While qualification from the group was not guaranteed, fans probably would have expected better from Rovers considering they were joined by Legia Warsaw, Rosenborg and Spartak Moscow. They lost their first three games, though, and finished the campaign bottom of Group B with four points. Not forgetting the moment team-mates David Batty and Graeme Le Saux had a punch up on the pitch – this was definitely a lesson in what not to do in the Champions League.

EXCLUSIVE - Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says Alvaro Morata 'going in the right direction' but warns striker he must be more consistent

Gianfranco Zola says Alvaro Morata needs to show more consistency if he is to be the perfect long-term replacement for Diego Costa at Chelsea.The Blues legend believes the Spaniard is “going in the right direction” having scored three goals in his first four Premier League games but, having expressed doubts about his suitability to fill Costa’s shoes in the summer, he insists Morata still has plenty to prove.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Italy international said: “I kn...

Andy Carroll insists West Ham squad are behind Slaven Bilic after 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town

Andy Carroll insists the West Ham squad are right behind manager Slaven Bilic.The Hammers lifted some of the pressure on Bilic with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Monday night to collect their first points of the season."We needed the win," striker Carroll said."It's been tough but the lads are behind the manager. We went out there and fought and we got the two goals."It's been a tough road for us but we played our hearts out and got the three points."Bilic, feeling the heat after West Ham lost ...

Sam Allardyce tells telkSPORT: 'Roy Hodgson is more than capable of lifting Crystal Palace and I wish him the very best'

Roy Hodgson’s experience and calm, cool head make him ‘more than capable’ of bringing success to Crystal Palace, believes former manager Sam Allardyce.Hodgson is expected to be unveiled as the new Eagles boss this week following the sacking of Frank de Boer after only 77 days in the job.De Boer was appointed in the summer to replace Allardyce, who announced he was taking time out of the game after guiding the club to Premier League safety last season.But the Dutchman was axed on Monday after los...

Champions League 2017/18: Who are favourites to win the competition? Find out here

The Champions League is back for the 2017/18 season!From Tuesday onwards, 32 sets of teams will walk onto the pitch to the tune of ‘Zadok the priest’ as they attempt to be crowned the best team in Europe.Real Madrid are the current holders of the trophy, now affectionately as Ol’ Big Ears, having retained it with a 4-1 victory over Juventus in June.Can Cristiano Ronaldo and co win it for the third time in a row, or will another European giant emerge victorious?Click the right arrow above to find...

Revealed! The 20 players with the best strike rate in Premier League history

The weekend's action wasn't short of goals, with Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane both reaching landmarks for their club.Aguero became the highest-scoring non-European player in Premier League history, while Kane hit 100 (and 101) goals, in all competitions, for Tottenham.And their achievements led talkSPORT.com to see where the pair rank among those with the best strike rate. Scroll through the gallery above to see the top 20 with the best strike rate in Premier League history.Stats correct on 11 S...

Chelsea FC team news: Predicted Blues XI for Champions League clash v Qarabag

Chelsea get their Champions League campaign underway on Tuesday night, making a return to European football for the first time since early 2016.The Blues did not take part in last year’s Champions League due to their dreadful domestic campaign in 2015/16, and Antonio Conte will be hoping to lead his team to the biggest honour in European club football.Their first match in Group C pits the west Londonders against Azerbaijani side Qarabag at Stamford Bridge, with ties against Atletico Madrid and R...

LISTEN: ‘I wasn’t even a little bit tempted by Crystal Palace job’, Sam Allardyce tells talkSPORT

Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he was not tempted by a potential return to management with former club Crystal Palace, and said Frank de Boer would still have his job if the Eagles beat Burnley on Sunday.De Boer was axed as Palace head coach on Monday after a disastrous start to his tenure at the club.Appointed only in the summer, De Boer lost his opening four Premier League games as boss – failing to score a single goal – with Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Burnley the tipping point.It was a cru...

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

Northern Ireland football team manager Michael O'Neill has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.He was stopped by police on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Sunday, the Scottish Sun said.He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff's Court on 10 October.The court date is two days after Northern Ireland's final World Cup qualifier match against Norway.A statement from the Irish Football Association (IFA) said it was "aware of an alleged drink-driving incident involving Michael O'Neill."As it is a...

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: De Boer fate was 'on my mind' before victory over Huddersfield

Slaven Bilic insists has a good relationship with West Ham chairman David Sullivan, but that did not stop the boss fearing he was heading for the same fate as Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace ahead of Monday night’s clash with Huddersfield.Had the Hammers lost a fourth straight match – as De Boer’s Eagles had before his sacking on Monday afternoon – many believed the Hammers could wield the axe as well.But Bilic got a birthday present he admitted was better than any cake as second-half goals from...

Transfer rumours and paper review - Tuesday, September 12: Arsenal get another chance to sign Benzema, Alderweireld agent warns Tottenham, Leicester star set for new deal

Here are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Tuesday's newspapers...Former England manager Roy Hodgson is set to become the new manager of Crystal Palace after the Eagles sacked Frank de Boer after just four games in charge.Roy Hodgson will get a £1million bonus if he rescues Palace and keeps the club in the Premier League. (Daily Mail)Arsenal could get the chance to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema next summer. The Spanish giants will reportedly allow the Frenchman ...

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: September 12, 2017

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: September 12, 2017iTUNESSUBSCRIBE VIA RSSBy talkSPORT - @talkSPORTTuesday, September 12, 2017This Tuesday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning's top sports stories. Your browser does not support the audio element.Click here to listenSportsday

Football Association writes to FIFA expressing concern over Russian hackers after upgrading cyber security

The Football Association has written to FIFA to express its concern about last month's hack of anti-doping documents related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.The stolen material, published by the Russian-linked group the Fancy Bears, revealed that several players, including five members of the Argentina squad, were given medical exemptions to use otherwise banned drugs.It is understood that even prior to this incident, which casts another cloud of suspicion over next summer's World Cup in R...

'It’s like getting a one-legged man to run the 100m', says former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan on Frank de Boer

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan compared Frank de Boer’s reign at Selhurst Park with asking a one-legged man to run the 100m and believes Steve Parish realised he made a mistake.The former Ajax and Inter Milan boss was unceremoniously dumped by Palace after just four league games – 77 days since he was appointed.The Eagles lost all four of their Premier League games under the Dutchman and without scoring a single goal.And Jordan, who was chairman of the club from 2000-2010, believes cur...

West Ham United 2-0 Huddersfield Town: Hammers players rated and slated

Slaven Bilic's West Ham secured a much needed win after a torrid run of results in their opening three games. Huddersfield came to the London Stadium on Monday night yet to concede a goal but second half strikes from Pedro Obiang - albeit with a massive deflection - and Andre Ayew handed the beleagured Hammers a 2-0 win.MATCH REPORT: West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield: Birthday boy Slaven Bilic handed much needed relief as Hammers seal vital winOverall it was a much improved performance by the East Londo...

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