West Ham star delivers verdict on Aston Villa fans

West Ham star delivers verdict on Aston Villa fans – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham missed the opportunity to go third in the Premier League table after they managed a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Monday at Villa Park.
While the Hammers enjoyed better possession, they managed only one shot on target. Manuel Pellegrini’s side finished the game with 10 men as Arthur Masuaku was dismissed with 23 minutes left after picking up two bookings.
After the match, the Hammers midfielder Declan Rice took to social networking site Twitter where he shared his opinion about the game. He also replied to a fan, where he described the Villa Park atmosphere as ‘brilliant’, and praised the ‘passionate’ Villa supporters.

Thank you. Got to say, stadium atmosphere was brilliant. Great set of fans. Passionate👍 https://t.co/GzEjomNuKf
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) September 16, 2019

John McGinn was superb for Villa as he forced Lukasz Fabianski into making two saves. Both the sides fought hard for victory towards the end, with penalty shouts at both ends, but neither of the side could find the clinical touch.
The visitors had more chances, but the best chance of the game fell to Wesley who headed wide from about six yards out.
Rice is spot on with his assessment. Villa Park is an iconic ground and is known for producing an electrifying atmosphere. Villa fans are very passionate about their club and players, and it is good to see that Rice has positive things to say about them.
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Predicted Spurs XI vs Olympiacos: Poch to make three changes, 26-year-old int'l to start

Predicted Spurs XI vs Olympiacos: Poch to make three changes, 26-year-old int'l to start – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will kickstart their 2019-20 Champions League campaign away from home against Olympiacos on Wednesday night.
Spurs, who finished runners up in the competition last season, are heading into this match on the back of a strong performance in the league, where they won 4-0 against Crystal Palace.
Mauricio Pochettino said after that game that he will be rotating the squad with so many games on the horizon. Therefore, the Argentine is expected to make some changes in the side that won against the London rivals on Saturday.
Deadline day loan signing Giovani Lo Celso is definitely out for this game after he picked up an injury whilst on international duty with Argentina. Apart from that, Spurs have no major injury concerns.
Both Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon have returned to training but the trip to Greece may have come too soon for them. Ben Davies could be used in place of Danny Rose. The 26-year-old Wales international has only managed 16 minutes of Premier League football this season, and he should be fresh enough to put in a solid performance.
Serge Aurier impressed last week in his first start of the season, and Pochettino will be demanding consistency from him. He is therefore likely to get the nod over Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back.
Big-money summer signing Tanguy Ndombele returns in midfield, while Dele Alli should replace Erik Lamela in the attacking midfield.
Predicted Tottenham starting line-up: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Ndombele, Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.
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Napoli vs Liverpool injury update & predicted starting line-ups

Napoli vs Liverpool injury update & predicted starting line-ups – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool visit Napoli on Tuesday hoping to start their defence of the Champions League trophy with a victory.
The Reds met the Serie A side in the group stage of last season’s competition, losing 1-0 in Italy before gaining their revenge by the same scoreline back at Anfield.
They head into the game full of confidence having won five-out-of-five in the Premier League, but face a Napoli side that have been in good form in Serie A.
The Italian outfit have been beaten just once in the league this season, with Kalidou Koulibaly’s late own goal condemning them to a 4-3 defeat at Juventus.
Liverpool will be without Divock Origi for the game, with striker limping off during his side’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
Arkadiusz Milik is likely to miss out for the home side, but Lorenzo Insigne is in contention to start after recovering from injury.
Predicted starting line-ups:
Napoli: Meret, Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui, Zielinski, Allan, Lozano, Fabian, Insigne, Mertens.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
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Stan Collymore reacts to spat between Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Answar El Ghazi

Stan Collymore reacts to spat between Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Answar El Ghazi – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa and West Ham United played out a goalless draw last night at Villa Park as both sides failed to make the most of their chances at both ends.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men with 23 minutes to go when Arthur Masuaku was sent off for a second bookable offence, and while Villa were handed a huge advantage as a result, it was West Ham who looked likelier to find the winner.
Tempers appeared to boil over between Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Answar El Ghazi during the first half, with the defender berating the winger for failing to help out and cover a West Ham attack down the left flank.
The Dutchman didn’t like the Englishman’s reaction, lunging out at him and slightly headbutting him.
Former Villa star Stan Collymore wasn’t impressed with El Ghazi, and here is how he reacted to the spat on Twitter:

Tyrone is right about Anwar. Can’t just arbitrarily decide when he wants to track back.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 16, 2019

While the winger should have done better and helped out with the defensive work, Mings should have taken a calmer approach and not shouted at him.
The former Bournemouth man is a vocal player but he shouldn’t publicly berate a teammate, and assistant manager John Terry will surely give him some advice regards that.
Nevertheless, manager Dean Smith would have been pleased with the passion he saw from Mings, and just maybe that will ensure other players sit up and always do their jobs to perfection going forward.
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Chelsea dealt big blow as key man misses Valencia

Chelsea dealt big blow as key man misses Valencia – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea host Valencia on Tuesday aiming to make a winning return to the Champions League.
The Blues missed out on last season’s competition, but gained excellent compensation by winning the Europa League.
Manager Frank Lampard has been dealt a blow ahead of the game, with defender Antonio Rudiger picking up a groin injury at Wolverhampton Wanderers over the weekend.
N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri also miss out, while youngsters Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are not yet fit enough to be considered for first-team action.
Chelsea have an impressive record against Valencia, winning three and drawing three of their previous six meetings.
They last met at Stamford Bridge back in 2011, with Chelsea recording a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Predicted starting line-ups:
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Christensen, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.
Valencia: Cillessen; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya, Ferran Torres, Coquelin, Parejo, Guedes, Rodrigo, Gameiro.
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'Shocking, he is so bad': Some West Ham fans rip into one player after latest display vs Aston Villa

'Shocking, he is so bad': Some West Ham fans rip into one player after latest display vs Aston Villa – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham are now unbeaten in their last four games after they drew 0-0 against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday night.
The Hammers have recovered well after their opening day 5-0 defeat against Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side ended with 10-men after Arthur Masuaku’s red card.
Despite managing 53% of possession, West Ham could only register one shot on target throughout the game. The attacking quartet of Sebastien Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson struggled to create many opportunities, of which Yarmolenko came under strong criticism from the Hammers fans for his lacklustre performance.
The Ukrainian had a night to forget, and West Ham fans severely criticised him on social networking site Twitter after the game. Here are some of the selected tweets:

Why do we handicap ourselves by starting Yarmolenko!? Pellegrini is losing the plot
— 🥊⚒DAVE⚒🥊 (@OfficialBigDave) September 16, 2019

Yarmolenko is a shocking player, Fornals should be starting
— daniel (@WHUDaniel_) September 16, 2019

Spot on but I dont rate Yarmolenko one bit, if fornals pulled the pass off and haller tapped in then that would have been some pass
— Gazz H (@h_gazz) September 16, 2019

Andriy yarmolenko is the worst player at west ham.
— Eli Naddour (@EliNaddour) September 16, 2019

Andriy yarmolenko is just a shit dimitri payet he is so bad.
— Eli Naddour (@EliNaddour) September 16, 2019

The 29-year-old was replaced by Pablo Fornals in the 62nd minute. Yarmolenko missed a lot of football last season, but he has featured in four of West Ham’s five Premier League matches.
Pellegrini has said earlier that the Hammers fans need to be patient with Yarmolenko, but surely he cannot afford to put in so many underwhelming performances when there is a quality player in Fornals sitting out on the bench.
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Gary Neville thinks he knows why Everton struggle away from home, mentions two reasons

Gary Neville thinks he knows why Everton struggle away from home, mentions two reasons – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, with their away-day blues laid bare once again.
The Toffees lost 2-0 to Aston Villa when they visited the newly-promoted side and were held to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park by Crystal Palace during the opening weekend of the season.
Everton put Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers to the sword at Goodison Park, but are struggling on the road just like they have done in recent seasons.
The Merseysiders won just thrice away from home in 2017-18, four times in 2016-17 and five times last term, and they clearly must do better if they are to ever realize their top-six dreams.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville thinks he knows why Marco Silva’s side struggle on the road, citing fragility and belief.
Here is his reply during a Q&A session on Twitter when an Everton asked “why is Everton’s away form so bad in contrast to how we play at home?!”:

Still a fragility with them and belief issue. It frustrates me so it must frustrate Everton fans https://t.co/2PFgygCWMO
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 17, 2019

Silva has a huge conundrum on his hands, and finding a way to solve it will prove crucial to Everton’s hopes of playing European football.
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Popular pundit predicts the results of Celtic and Rangers Europa League games

Popular pundit predicts the results of Celtic and Rangers Europa League games – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Glasgow Rangers will face Feyenoord in the Europa League clash on Thursday at Ibrox, while Scottish Premiership champions Celtic will face French outfit Rennes.
Both the teams are heading into this match on the back of wins in the domestic league. Celtic won 1-0 against Hamilton Academical while the Gers came from behind to win 3-1 against Livingston.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas expects a feisty contest between Rangers and Feyenoord. He says that the Gers haven’t clicked into gear just yet, and they may not have the knowledge to get through a tense and physical game like this.
Nicholas also feels that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will be the threat for Feyenoord and the Dutch side will try to wind him up. The former Celtic player also noticed a change in Morelos, saying, he ‘seems a lot calmer’ than before.
“Alfredo Morelos is the threat and Feyenoord will be winding him up to see if they can get to him. He seems a lot calmer than what he has been in the past! It is not an easy night. It will be tense and very physical. I don’t know if Rangers quite have the knowledge to get through these games yet,” said Nicholas to Sky Sports.
He predicts a 1-1 draw for Rangers.
Nicholas predicts Celtic may find it difficult to win away from home against Rennes. The Bhoys have won all of their games in the Scottish Premier League so far, but their European form hasn’t been up to the mark.
He says that the Bhoys gets scared when they travel away from home. Furthermore, with Celtic struggling with defensive injuries, they could face a tough night in France.
“Celtic will be good on the counter-attack, but their reputation is always the same. They get scared when they travel away from home. They don’t know where to pitch their defence and whether to play a squeezing game or not. They will have technically gifted players and pace out wide, where they will look to exploit. Celtic still have defensive injuries and will not threaten here,” said Nicholas to Sky Sports.
Nicholas predicts Rennes to beat Celtic 2-1.
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Neville's one-word reply when asked when Liverpool’s best chance to win the EPL is

Neville's one-word reply when asked when Liverpool’s best chance to win the EPL is – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool are the only English Premier League with a 100% winning start to 2019-20.
The Reds have won all of their five opening league games convincingly, and are now five points clear at the top of the table.
Manchester City are behind them in second place, and while there are still 33 games left in the campaign, some believe it’s not too early to tip Liverpool to go all the way and win the league.
City boss Pep Guardiola sarcastically congratulated the Reds for winning the title following his side’s shocking 3-2 loss to Norwich City on Saturday.
The defending champions are set to be without Aymeric Laporte for months, and failure to replace Vincent Kompany is proving to be a poor decision.
The absence of the Frenchman will most likely deal a huge blow on Man City’s chances of retaining the title, and Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes this season could be Liverpool’s best chance to beat them to it after missing out by just a point last term.
The pundit had just a one-word reply when asked if this season was Liverpool’s best chance to win the league during a Q&A session on Twitter:

Yes!!! 🤦🏻‍♂️ https://t.co/zFytNA9EDw
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 17, 2019

Liverpool have never won the English Premier League, but have always come close.
Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers’ both came within touching distance, and Jurgen Klopp will hope this term is when things finally fall in place for the Anfield outfit.
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'We'll have to wait and see': Lennon confirms Celtic interest in 28-year-old int'l

'We'll have to wait and see': Lennon confirms Celtic interest in 28-year-old int'l – originally posted on Sportslens.com

During the summer transfer window, Celtic was linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama.
The 28-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at the club, and doesn’t feature in the first-team plans of manager Mauricio Pochettino at the moment.
Wanyama was very close to leaving the north London club this summer, but any potential deal didn’t materialise.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that the Bhoys were indeed interested in signing their former player during the summer transfer window.
The Bhoys were looking to get him on a loan deal, while Club Brugge failed to lure him to Belgium despite having a £12million offer accepted.
Wanyama spent two years at Celtic and was a favourite among the fans. The Kenya international scored in the famous Champions League win over Barcelona.
Lennon has also hinted that he could reignite his interest for Wanyama during the January transfer window.
He said to the Scottish Sun: “There was interest but it never got off the ground.
“Could we look at it again in January? We’ll have to wait and see. We might not want to with the balance of the squad now, as well as the affordability.”
Wanyama is not getting enough games at Spurs, and his situation is unlikely to improve quickly. It remains to be seen whether Celtic make any move for him in January.
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