Manchester City vs Liverpool – NEW GAME! A chance to win £5,000 for free! | Football News

first_imgSuper 6 Extra is similar to the game we all know and love, but the beauty of our Sunday special lies in needing to correctly predict the answers to six questions to scoop the jackpot. These are as follows:What will be the full-time score?What will be the half-time score?Who will score the first goal?Who will receive the first card?How many corners will be taken?Who will receive the Man of the Match award?There is, as with Super 6, a tiebreaker to split the winners if there are more than one on any occasion. This will be a possession slider; simply slide it to what you think the possession stat will be at the end of the game. It could be the difference between going away empty-handed or bagging a sweet £5,000 – choose wisely!To do just that, you need to know the ins and outs of the teams involved so here we provide some priceless pointers for your selections.Full-time score- Advertisement – Man City and Liverpool have respectively only been behind once at half-time this season, with Liverpool being locked level on four occasions at the break thus far. Around 42 per cent of matches have seen the scores level at half-time, with 29 per cent of those being 0-0.Between the two teams, they have netted 15 goals before the interval in 2020/21. Would you dare go with a stalemate between these two going into the break, considering they have the best attacking line-ups in the Premier League?First goalscorerManchester City have only scored nine goals in their six matches so far, but crucially they have scored the first goal in five of their six games. If this consistent run is to continue, then there are a fair few City players to look out for.Gabriel Jesus returned in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos during the week, coming off the bench to score, so the Brazilian frontman could be worth a consideration for the first goalscorer.Meanwhile, Ferran Torres has scored in three consecutive Champions League matches, and did lead the line against Sheffield United. Guardiola has mentioned he may play in that number nine position for the coming weeks, so could his form in Europe continue into the domestic campaign?PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne will be on penalties and is always in and around the edge of the area to set up or hit a sweet strike from outside the area, so he should be up there at the top of your list. Raheem Sterling will be keen to get one over on his old club as always, while new City signing Ruben Dias is already proving to be a threat from set-pieces.Mohamed Salah has already hit a hat-trick this season, coming against Leeds on the opening day. The Egypt forward did find the net first on this day, and he does have seven goals to his name in as many matches.Speaking of hat-tricks, Diogo Jota fired home exactly that against Atalanta and the debate continues to centre around whether the former Wolves man should be starting ahead of Roberto Firmino. It was his seventh goal in 10 appearances for Liverpool and he has only started five of those, with a goal coming every 70 minutes. He will be a solid shout if he earns a starting shirt.First cardIn a game where stakes are high, bookings can be in abundance too. Despite the circumstances, there were four yellow cards in this fixture last season, in which Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker picked up half of those.This is an area where Liverpool could get some joy, particularly with assist kings Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold on either flank, alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Joao Cancelo has started the last two Premier League matches at left-back, so he could be a shrewd pick for the first card.Rodri did receive eight yellow cards last term and does already have two to his name for 2020/21, so any Liverpool counter-attacks could be quickly wiped out by the Spain international, both legally and illegally. Another consideration has to be Joe Gomez, who has had his issues with Raheem Sterling in the past during this fixture. The England international was brandished seven yellow cards last campaign and could be amongst the bookings once again in this one.Total cornersCorners often throw a spanner in the works. They can be few and far between in large periods of the game, before a flurry in quick succession takes the total up to where you may need it to be. There were only six corners in this fixture last season, and it could be said that when the bigger teams collide, the matches tend to throw up less corners in more cases than not.For context, aside from this, both Manchester City and Liverpool have taken at least five corners in four of their last five Premier League matches, so these are some of the considerations before you make your all-important selection.Man of the matchKevin De Bruyne racked up 10 Man of the Match (MOTM) awards last season, bettered by no other player in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane tallied 16 MOTM awards between them, nine and seven respectively. If either side are to come away from this blockbuster with three points, then these three players could be worthy picks.Simply type in ‘MC LIV’ to view the players who top the Power Rankings from both sides.Keep an eye out for the team sheets, which will be with you from around 3:30pm on Sunday. Depending whether the game is tight and clean sheets could be kept, the defenders or goalkeepers could take home the MOTM award alongside a pivotal victory for their side.Tiebreaker – possessionManchester City have averaged 65.3 per cent possession in their home matches, while Liverpool have had 63.1 per cent of possession on their travels this season. All signs point towards a closely-fought contest both in possession and out of possession, so I would not drift too far away from 55 per cent in favour of either side.Just one match, and six questions, stands in your way of landing the £5,000 jackpot. Do not miss your free chance to play and enter your predictions before the 4.30pm deadline on Sunday! You can win £5,000 for free with Super 6 Extra by predicting what will happen when Manchester City welcome Liverpool in a blockbuster Super Sunday clash.The Premier League champions meet the former champions in one of the biggest games of the season – and you could enhance your viewing experience by winning £5,000 with our new free-to-play game.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Both sides come into this contest in very differing positions. The visitors and Premier League champions Liverpool top the table despite the absence of Virgil van Dijk. They have had to come from behind in both of their recent league matches with West Ham and Sheffield United at Anfield but did do so successfully, earning back-to-back 2-1 victories. Jurgen Klopp’s side have only kept one clean sheet this season and have failed to do so in their last five outings.Manchester City sit midtable after an inconsistent start. That said, Pep Guardiola’s team are unbeaten in their last four, with 1-0 wins over Sheffield United and Arsenal either side of 1-1 draws with West Ham and Leeds. City do have a game in hand which could take them as high as fourth, but victory against Liverpool here certainly closes that gap at the top and sends a statement to the rest of the league.Guardiola does know what it is like to record three points against Liverpool at the Etihad, with Manchester City beating Liverpool at home in the last three meetings in the Premier League. A 5-0 win in 2017 was followed by a 2-1 victory in 2019. Liverpool did have the Premier League title wrapped up by the time these two last collided, yet nonetheless, City ran out 4-0 winners. Who will you side with?Half-time score- Advertisement –last_img read more

Rascal Flatts Member Gets COVID-19 Before CMA Awards 2020

first_imgThe “Bless the Broken Road” singers added, “Some of our favorite moments have happened on the CMA Awards stage, and we cannot wait to return!”Rascal Flatts Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 and Band Cancels CMA Awards 2020 PerformanceJoe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts in concert at The Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on July 21, 2018. Larry Marano/ShutterstockLead singer LeVox, 50, bassist DeMarcus, 49, and lead guitarist Rooney, 45, did not reveal which one of them tested positive.Rascal Flatts were one of five acts who were forced to pull out of Wednesday’s show due to the virus. Lee Brice, who was supposed to perform “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce, was the first to announce his diagnosis. Charles Kelley of Lady A stepped in to replace Brice, 41, and pretaped the duet with Pearce, 30, before his band also had to drop out of the CMAs over a coronavirus-positive family member. Florida Georgia Line, meanwhile, canceled their performance of “Long Live” after Tyler Hubbard’s test results came back, while Jenee Fleenor was unable to participate in the Charlie Daniels tribute after she contracted the virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – On the mend. Rascal Flatts were forced to cancel their scheduled performance at the 2020 CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 11, after a member of the band contracted the novel coronavirus.“Hey Y’all, we wanted to let you guys know that we have received a positive COVID test within the band,” Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney announced via Instagram shortly after the 54th annual ceremony kicked off at Music City Center in Nashville. “As much as we were looking forward to performing at the CMA Awards tonight, we will no longer be attending in the interest of everyone’s safety.”- Advertisement – Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice. Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker hosted this year’s CMA Awards with a live audience, becoming one of the first ceremonies to do so since the pandemic began in March. Only the nominees, performers and their families were invited to attend, and their tables were spaced six feet apart throughout the venue.“As safety is our top priority, we have worked tirelessly over the past several months to fully transform Music City Center into a breathtaking setup that resembles the very first ‘CMA Awards Banquet and Show’ from 1967 and ensures our nominees, performers and their guests a fully safe and physically distant environment,” executive producer Robert Deaton said in a statement leading up to the big night. “We are honored, in this very challenging time, to help provide an escape and deliver a live awards show experience unlike any other this year.”Miranda Lambert was the most-nominated artist of the night with seven nominations in categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year. Maren Morris took home three awards, the most of the evening, including Female Vocalist of the Year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mata and Luiz important to Mourinho

first_img Press Association Chelsea rejected the suggestion Mata or Luiz could be used in the bargaining for Rooney and pointed accusingly at United for suggesting the part exchange, which may have unsettled the duo. Mourinho insisted it was a cash-only offer and that the futures of Spain playmaker Mata and Brazil defender Luiz are in the blue of Chelsea. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has felt no need to reassure Juan Mata and David Luiz that they are part of his long-term plans after the pair were mentioned as possible makeweights in the bid to take Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge.center_img The duo are absent from the tour of Asia to take a break following the Confederations Cup before joining up with Mourinho’s Chelsea for the first time at the end of this month, ahead of the tour to the United States. “I am not going to contact them based on news that is not true and that they know that it is not true, because I told them they are very important for me,” Mourinho said. “How can I change that two days later because of a news (report)? So, no contact with them. “I spoke with them during the summer, in my period of holiday and their period in the Confederations Cup. “When they finished the Confederations Cup I just wished them luck and told them that I will see them on the 28th (July 28).” Mourinho insists he is a man of principle and loyalty is key among them. “Loyalty, for me, is fundamental, not just in football but also in life,” he added. “What I try to create in the team is that kind of principle in between them. “They must have the capacity to be critical with each other and when you are critical with a colleague you must have a big sense of loyalty so you can accept the criticisms from the other guy.” last_img read more

Syracuse football roundtable: Positives in the secondary, SU’s 2nd receiving threat and who has to step up against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. It’s the two teams’ first meeting since the Hokies beat the Orange, 51-7, in 2003. Heading into the matchup, beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus answer three questions surrounding SU.1. Has the secondary had any bright spots amid its terrible start to the season?Tomer Langer: Do bright yellow flags flying because of pass interference calls count as “bright spots?” It’s been hard for this secondary, particularly after losing two starters to season-ending injuries. Daivon Ellison has had some nice moments, and most of the secondary has actually done a solid job tackling recently (when the DBs aren’t getting burned over the top) as Cordell Hudson, Kielan Whitner and Corey Winfield combined for 25 tackles against Wake Forest. And if we’re looking at silver linings, none of the DBs are seniors, so experience can only help for next year.Chris Libonati: If you watch games, you know this unit has had some head-scratching plays. That doesn’t fall totally on defensive coordinator Brian Ward, secondary coach Nick Monroe or any defensive back in particular because of the change in scheme. One player who has stood out as outdoing the rest of the secondary is Daivon Ellison. The 5-foot-8 safety has been impressive in clean-up duty from the back end for the Orange. Despite his size — he also only weighs 177 pounds, which is actually a nine-pound improvement over last season — he’s one of the secondary’s best tacklers. When he’s faced down bigger runners, he stays down and wraps up the ball carrier. Despite not starting in the first two games and not getting much playing time, he’s third for SU with 37 tackles. In coverage, he has one interception and hasn’t been beaten as often as his counterparts. His emergence has been and will be key for SU going forward.Jon Mettus: The secondary has looked bad for various reasons including miscommunications, poor coverage and bad routes taken to stop ball carriers. A lot of the big plays the Orange has given up — often for scores — fall on the shoulders of those in the secondary. Safety Daivon Ellison has looked the best after filling in for injured safeties Antwan Cordy and Kielan Whitner, now establishing himself as a starter. He makes plays at the line in the running games, looks like the best tackler in the secondary and has forced a fumble and snagged an interception. Cornerback Corey Winfield has been emerging slightly as a bright spot over the last three games where he’s recorded 15 tackles and broken up two passes, including a big hit in the backfield that led to an interception against Wake Forest. But he’s been plagued by missed tackles like almost every other defensive back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer2. How desperate is Syracuse to develop a second threat from the wide receiver position?T.L.: I’m not sure it’s a matter of developing that second threat per se as much of a finding the other threats to be more consistent. Wake Forest game aside, Ervin Philips had at least six catches in every game this season and Steve Ishmael has five in each of his last two games. But the catches all seem to come on a few drives with the offense getting shut out at other points. The weapons are there; the offensive execution just needs to be more consistent.C.L.: Well, I think SU has two. Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips. I think Philips hasn’t gotten as many looks simply because Etta-Tawo has simply been that good. In its last game against Wake Forest, Eric Dungey looked away from Etta-Tawo a lot without a ton of success. Once SU can spray the ball over the field (and get mismatches at more than one spot) rather than concentrate on one area, it’ll have more success. That’s a long way to say SU needs another outside threat more than it just needs a second general threat. If Steve Ishmael proves to be that guy remains to be seen. He’s a good receiver, but his skillset also doesn’t jibe with the system he’s in all the time. Ishmael isn’t as quick as the other wide outs on the roster. More than a second threat, SU needs to figure out its offensive line.J.M.: It’s not just a second threat that Syracuse needs, it’s a third and maybe even fourth. Right now, Amba Etta-Tawo is the primary and basically only deep threat. Ervin Philips has established himself as the secondary threat with 42 catches to Etta-Tawo’s 51, but Philips has more than 500 yards fewer than Etta-Tawo. Part of it has to do with the outrageous success that Etta-Tawo is having — save for the hurricane-filled Wake Forest game — but against teams with better secondaries, Eric Dungey needs to throw the ball to more than just one or two receivers when throwing it close to 50 times per game. The Orange is going to likely rely on the short passing game more, too, with a struggling offensive line and running game. It’s time for Steve Ishmael, Brisly Estime and maybe even freshman Devin Butler to step up.3. Which SU player has to step up in order for Syracuse to have a chance against Virginia Tech?T.L.: The entire offensive line, honestly. A lot of pressure came up the middle last week against Wake Forest so some might single out Colin Byrne or either of the two guards. But the truth is that this patchwork group as a whole hasn’t been that strong. It hasn’t been terrible, but it’ll need to be solid not only in pass protection but in run blocking if SU has a chance to beat VT.C.L.: Aaron Roberts/Evan Adams. Colin Byrne said WFU sent double A-gap blitzes, which is a horrendous mess to pick up and is a nightmare when you consider how patched together the SU offensive line is right now. Byrne has played well in place of starter Jason Emerich and maybe even better than Emerich would have played, but it’ll be up to SU’s guards to aid in interior blitz pickup. And you best believe a defensive coordinator like Bud Foster is going to try to blow up the SU offensive line with blitzes. Dino Babers mentioned Foster’s previous work during Monday’s press conference. If Babers doesn’t want his squad to end up on a highlight film for Foster, he’ll need his interior linemen to be ready.J.M.: Colin Byrne. The success of this offensive line starts at the center, both in position and space. Pressure up the middle makes it impossible to run the ball (see the 11 tackles for a loss by Wake Forest) and hard to throw the ball (see Dino Babers’ postgame press conference where he mentioned that receivers were open but Dungey couldn’t see them because of the pressure). Dungey is mobile enough that he can step up to avoid pressure from the edges, but from the center is disastrous. Byrne has been the most critical of his own play and the play of the group recently (interestingly, Dino Babers decided not to make him available to the media this week). All eyes should be on him and the middle of the offensive line. Comments Published on October 13, 2016 at 11:03 pmlast_img read more