Two managers on very different trajectories go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday when Liverpool host Swansea City. After a run of just one win in 10 matches across all competitions, Swans boss Garry Monk's future at the club has been thrown into doubt. It is a very different story at Anfield, however, where Jürgen Klopp and The Kop seem like a match made in football heaven.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 11:36 pm
The end to the Portland Timbers' road struggles came not long after a lopsided defeat to FC Dallas in July. If they avoid another decisive loss in Dallas on Sunday, the Timbers would clinch their first trip to the MLS Cup. Portland is 5-1-1 in its last seven road games and has won four in a row heading into arguably its most pivotal match in five MLS seasons.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 11:07 pm
Before the big game this weekend, Matt Miazga must handle some mundane tasks. ''I'm still living at home,'' the New York Red Bulls defender said, ''so if my mom says I need to help with dishes, I've got to do it. Just 20 years old and an imposing 6-foot-3, Miazga made his debut for the U.S. national team this month.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 8:43 pm
Former FIFA president Joao Havelange is being treated in a Rio de Janeiro hospital for respiratory problems. The 99-year old Brazilian, who handed over the FIFA presidency in 1998 to Sepp Blatter, was hospitalized a year ago for a similar problem. ''He is in stable condition,'' Rio Hospital Samaritano said Friday in a brief statement.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 7:24 pm
White Hart Lane hosts the most important game of the Premier League season to date as Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea on Sunday. Last season's champions Chelsea (4-2-7) have endured a start to the campaign that nobody saw coming, while Sunday's hosts Tottenham (6-6-1) are on a 12-game unbeaten run and turning in performances that have seen them linked with an unexpected title challenge. Win and Spurs will put Chelsea all but out of the reckoning for the league's top honours.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 7:20 pm
The New York Red Bulls earned the Supporters' Shield thanks to their consistent ability to score and stellar play at home. New York's 62 goals during the regular season were the most in MLS, but it's managed two in three playoff contests. Last Sunday's 2-0 first-leg loss at Columbus marked the first time the Red Bulls failed to score since being blanked in consecutive matches May 15-24.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 6:48 pm
Back during the 2012-13 season, Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty kick against Watford in the Championship playoff catapulted Crystal Palace into the Premier League, and prompted then-manager Ian Holloway to give a once-in-a-lifetime quote. "We're in the Premier League so God help us," he told Sky Sports immediately following the victory. Holloway has long since gone, as has another prominent manager in Tony Pulis, who kept the club up in spectacular fashion two seasons ago.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 6:07 pm
West Ham United's current three-match league winless stretch has been deemed inexcusable by manager Slaven Bilic. The Hammers look to turn things around Sunday against a visiting West Bromwich Albion club that's coming off their most impressive victory of the season. "Sometimes you can be satisfied with your performance even when you lose, but not last weekend," Bilic said.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 5:58 pm