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War in London as Chelsea, Spurs clash

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Tottenham vs Chelsea
Premier League
Date: Sun, Aug 20, 17 @4pm
Venue: ​Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium will be on fire when Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea do battle

There will be a football war as Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea clash in the first London derby of the season.

The two city rivals are set to do some serious battle with each other at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Lilywhites began their 2017/18 campaign on a very good note by beating Newcastle United 2-0 away last weekend.

While on the part of the Blues, they started their Premier League title defense with a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley.

The Blues capitulated against the Clarets right at Stamford Bridge last week Saturday despite trying to come back from 3-0.

Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte had urged his charges to embark on a perfect defense of their Premier League title.

Furthermore, the Italian tactician had insisted that the West Londoners plan to improve on their title-winning displays of last season.

He wanted the Blues to avoid the mistakes they made during their most recent title defence during the 2017/18 season.

Conte said he wanted to avoid becoming the latest title-winning manager to get the sack but he started with defeat.

The Italian now has to correct his mistakes against Burnley with a pretty difficult encounter against Tottenham of all teams.

In the corresponding fixture last season, the North London outfit beat Chelsea 2-0 with a brace from midfielder, Dele Alli.

But that game held at White Hart Lane which is Spurs’ traditional home but Sunday’s match is set for Wembley.

Tottenham have, however, always found Wembley a tough hunting ground and they also lost to Chelsea right there last season.

That was in the FA Cup and Spurs have been very impressive in the EPL which makes for an interesting fixture.

Match Build-up

Tottenham will assess the fitness of right full-back, Kieran Trippier to ascertain if he could feature after an ankle injury.

But the trio of left full-back, Danny Rose (knee), winger Erik Lamela (hip) and forward, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are still out.

Chelsea duo of skipper, Gary Cahill and attacking midfielder, Cesc Fabregas will miss the London derby due to a suspension.

Cahill got a straight red card against Burnley while Fabregas picked up two yellow cards against the same team.

The Blues could be without attacker, Pedro Rodriguez who is recovering from an ankle injury he suffered two weeks ago.

However, Victor Moses could reclaim his shirt at the wing-back position after serving a one-match ban.

Midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko could be in the Chelsea match-day squad for the first time after returning from a knee problem.

Chelsea play-maker, Eden Hazard who is also nursing an ankle injury is not yet fully fit, though.

Match Facts

This is the first Premier League game to hold at Wembley with the Stadium the 58th different ground to host an EPL clash.

Chelsea have lost only two of their last 17 games in every competition against Tottenham (W8, D7, L2).

But Spurs are yet to lose a Premier League London derby at home under manager, Mauricio Pochettino (W9, D4, L0).

Chelsea are the second team ever to lose their opening game of a season as the reigning Premier League champions.

They lost to Burnley last weekend while Leicester City lost 2-1 against Hull City last season.

Chelsea hope to avoid becoming the first reigning champions to lose their opening two outings of the following EPL campaign.

What the managers say
Mauricio Pochettino (Right) and Antonio Conte (Left) clash once again

Mauricio Pochettino: “I am positive about the fixtures, our first match at Wembley will be Chelsea, our fans too will be excited.”

“It is tough playing against Chelsea but we are confident and now, we must apply everything and try to win.”

Antonio Conte: “We must have total focus on the pitch, on the game and try to do our best against Tottenham.

“We do not need to find excuses as we need to have a 100 per cent focus on the game.”

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches

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Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw

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With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »

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Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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