Newcastle United expect to be sternly tested as they host Manchester United at St James' Park on Wednesday evening. John Carver's Newcastle (9-8-10) have lost just one of their last five league games to pull a comfortable 13 points clear of the relegation zone, and they picked up their second win under Carver with a stuttering 1-0 victory over struggling Aston Villa at the weekend. It is proof that we've got a group in the dressing room who are honest and hardworking and even when they're not playing well they'll still give their all." A glance at the recent head-to-head records suggest the chances of Newcastle making it back-to-back wins are slim. The Magpies have been beaten in five of their last six against the Red Devils and were smashed 4-0 in this fixture last season.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 11:36 pm
Queen's Park Rangers appear to be in big trouble heading into their clash with Arsenal at Loftus Road on Wednesday evening. Chris Ramsey's QPR (6-4-16) were beaten 2-1 by follow relegation battlers Hull City last time out and go into Wednesday's London derby just a place outside of the bottom three - thanks only to a better goal difference than the two clubs directly below them. With five defeats in six and just one win in nine, Rangers' season is in danger of unraveling at precisely the wrong time, but midfielder Adel Taarabt believes the move to appoint Ramsey as manager until the end of the season will prove a good decision by the QPR board. "He's a good coach and a good guy as well," Taarabt said, making more than a hint of a dig at former manager Harry Redknapp.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 11:17 pm
West Ham have struggled in recent weeks and now face a Chelsea side brimming with confidence at Upton Park on Wednesday after collecting their first piece of silverware of the season last weekend. The Hammers (10-9-8) were booed off the pitch by their own supporters after losing 3-1 at home against 10-man Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Eagles were three up just past the hour mark thanks to two goals from Glenn Murray and a third from Scott Dann. Murray was later sent off for a second bookable offence on 69 minutes, and although Enner Valencia reduced the deficit with a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area 14 minutes from time, the visitors held on comfortably to claim maximum points.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 10:11 pm
The threat of relegation is looming for both Hull City and Sunderland ahead of their meeting at the KC Stadium on Tuesday. Steve Bruce's Hull (6-8-13) and Gus Poyet's Sunderland (4-13-10) both lost on Saturday to remain fully entrenched in the bottom six of the Premier League. Hull succumbed to a solitary Peter Crouch goal in a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City last weekend, ending an unbeaten run that had seen the Tigers pick up seven points in three league games since the end of January.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 9:30 pm
Liverpool and their supporters will be in buoyant mood as they entertain relegation-threatened Burnley at Anfield on Wednesday evening. The Reds (14-6-7) stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 matches (8-3-0) as they beat title-chasing Manchester City 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho both scoring goals with superb curling shots. The Reds moved up to fifth place after beating the Citizens and are now just two points behind fourth-place Manchester United. Coutinho has emerged a key player for Liverpool in recent weeks and has struck up a good relationship with stand-in captain Henderson and Adam Lallana, who is finally justifying the big fee the Reds paid Southampton when they signed the midfielder last summer.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 8:58 pm
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 7:34 pm
The Dutch candidate for the FIFA presidency said Monday he wants to boost the number of teams at the World Cup to 40 and give guaranteed berths to host nations and defending champions. Royal Netherlands Football Association Chairman Michael van Praag also said FIFA should send more money to national federations, pledging an annual handout of $1 million to each football federation, four times the current $250,000. Van Praag made the pledges as he asked the Dutch FA to foot the 394,538-euro ($440,977) bill for his campaign to oust FIFA President Sepp Blatter following May's election. Van Praag briefly outlined his bid to ''normalize'' FIFA before rushing to catch a plane to Paraguay, where he will lobby members of the South American football federation for their support.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 7:16 pm
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists the Premier League title race isn't over, though that would surely be the case for his side if they drop any points in Wednesday night's visit to the Etihad Stadium by bottom-club Leicester City. City (16-7-4) failed to move within two points of leaders Chelsea with Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. "We must try to improve our play first." The defeat capped a dreadful week for the reigning league champions, who fell 2-1 at home to Barcelona last Tuesday in the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 tie. The Premier League and Champions League are the only competitions in which Pellegrini's side are still in contention though the likelihood of winning those trophies looks far-fetched after last week's results.
Posted: March 2, 2015, 7:14 pm