STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Man U

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tamford Bridge on Saturday evening for Chelsea v Man U – a match that in many ways doesn’t have the significance it should do.‘First’ playing ‘third’ in the Premier League at this stage of the season should be a box office smash but the reality is whichever way this goes isn’t going to be disastrous for either team.Even a loss for Chelsea would leave them five points clear and a game in hand of Man U who would jump into second.A loss for Man U would still leave them in an automatic Champions League spot.Perhaps on this basis a DRAW might be the best result all round and Chelsea have been masters of claiming a point in high profile matches this season with five draws in nine meetings against top-seven rivals.Given Man U’s injury problems they may want more than that though.United are on a run of six straight wins but manager Louis Van Gaal is without Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick whilst Jonny Evans still suspended.Van Gaal said on Friday “It’s the worst scenario” and it will lead to some serious shuffling of his pack in defence.Van Gaal has arrived at a winning formula this season almost by trial and error but there is little doubt that his side is better now than when they faced Chelsea at Old Trafford in October – the match finishing 1-1.Chelsea v Man UPremier League5.30pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2014 Premier Man Utd 1-1 ChelseaJan 2014 Premier Chelsea 3-1 Man UtdAug 2013 Premier Man Utd 0-0 ChelseaMay 2013 Premier Man Utd 0-1 ChelseaApr 2013 FA Cup Chelsea 1-0 Man UtdMar 2013 FA Cup Man Utd 2-2 ChelseaOct 2012 Capital One Cup Chelsea 5-4 Man UtdOct 2012 Premier Chelsea 2-3 Man UtdFeb 2012 Premier Chelsea 3-3 Man UtdSep 2011 Premier Man Utd 3-1 ChelseaThe head to head usually produces goals and I’d rather be with over 2.5 goals than against in what is priced up as a flip on Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 8 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 66.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Expert Alert Djerejian available to comment on Syrian crisis

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Photo courtesy: Rice University’s Baker InstituteNY Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/world/europe/russian-warships-said-to-be-going-to-naval-base-in-syria.html.Reuters story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/18/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE85D0IS20120618.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduDjerejian available to comment on Syrian crisisDjerejian is founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute and former US ambassador to SyriaHOUSTON – (June 18, 2012) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Israel, is available to comment on current developments in Syria and on the United States’ Middle East policy. United Nations observers recently suspended their mission in Syria out of security concerns, and according to news reports today, Russia is sending two “amphibious assault ships” with marines to the region. President Barack Obama is also expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin while attending the G-20 summit in Mexico.Djerejian served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He was also the U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic from 1988 to 1991.Djerejian was asked by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to chair the congressionally mandated bipartisan Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World. The group published its report in October 2003. Djerejian served in 2006 as senior adviser to the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel mandated by Congress to assess the situation in Iraq.Djerejian is also the author of the book ”Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Djerejian. For more information, contact David Ruth at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.To see a previously aired interview with Djerejian, click below or go to http://youtu.be/UGWW-6dy2ME.-30-Related materials:Djerejian on Twitter: www.twitter.com/EdwardDjerejian @edwarddjerejianDjerejian biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/edjerejianlast_img read more