Premier League Winners/Losers – Newcastle Run Riot

The Premier League was finally back this weekend after an international break; the weekend had some amazing clashes and teams were thriving to get the result which they were looking for. Here we are once again discussing the winners and losers from the game day 9 in the Barclays Premier League.

Winners:

West Ham

First in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, who came away with all three points in a crucial away win against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Slaven Bilic side’s job was made a little bit easier after Pardew’s men were down to 10 men in the 43rd minute when striker Gayle received 2nd yellow card.

Since then, it was Slaven Bilic’s side control the game, but couldn’t able to score until the 87th minute, when the player of the match Manuel Lanzini finally gets one passed through the stubborn Palace defense, which laid the foundation for a hard fought 3 points away from home.

Manchester United

Next in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features LVG’s Manchester United, who earned an impressive 3 points away from home at Goddison Park against Everton. It was a near perfect day for the red devils, as they eased past Roberto Martinez men with 2 early strikes from Schneiderlin and Herrera inside the first 25 minutes of the match.

From that point, the match remained relatively one sided, with United defended with complete authority mostly. Man of the match for the winners was Spaniard Andre Herrera, who scored a goal and provided an important assist in the 61stminute to complete a comprehensive victory away from home.

Newcastle United

Last in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Steve McClaren’s New Castle, who managed to finally grab their first win of the season, and that too in a more than just impressive manner.

Winner’s, who just had 6-1 thrashing last game day when they played against the blue side of Manchester, scored 6 themselves this time, mainly thanks to Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum and French Mousa Sissoko, who managed to score 4 goals and provide 4 assists to complete a thrashing of the newly promoted visitors. With this win, Steve McClaren’s men are off the bottom of the table, and are now just 2 points away from the safety zone once again.

Losers:

Everton

First in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League feature Roberto Martinez men, who was comprehensively beaten at home playing against Manchester United. Roberto Martinez would be extremely disappointed after his side couldn’t able to recover after conceding two early goals, and were never managed to come back into the game.

Lukaku was extremely disappointed in the loss against a defense, many believe, is not up there amongst the best in the league. Martinez will hope that his men will bounce back from the defeat in another tough fixture, as they will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face red hot Gunners next Saturday.

Spurs

Next in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, who give away the chance to finally end their horrid run against Liverpool. Many believed that it was Spurs best chance to end the hoodoo, as it was Jurgen Klopp’s first game as the manager, and the only fit Striker that was available to Liverpool was Belgian Origi.

However, Pochettino’s men could not able to dominate the game, and made very few chances, and could not able to convert anyone of them, and only managed to earn a point at home.

Southampton

Last in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League feature Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, who gave away a two goal advantage at home against Leicester this weekend.

Southampton was totally dominating the game in the first half, and went two goals up in the first half, after a goal from Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk, but couldn’t hold onto their lead in the 2nd half against a spirited Leicester side, who refused to give up the fight and managed to get an equalizer late in the extra time in the 2nd half.

RonaldKoeman will feel that it was 2 precious points dropped at home, and he will hope to bounce back next week from a late shock at the weekend.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

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La Liga Gameweek 7: Winners/Losers – Barcelona Suffering

Match Day 07 in the La Liga BBVA featured some close games, some upsets and some predictable results, which was worth watching for, especially before a two week International Break. Here we are summing up the action from match day 07 in  La Liga BBVA in our winners and losers reviews of the week.

Winners:

Sevilla

First in the list of winners for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features impressive Sevilla, who managed to pull off a great win against defending champions Barcelona at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The home side took full advantage of the injury prone Catalan’s side, who looked out of sort for most of the part. It was Sevilla’s 2ndconsecutive league win, which now sees them sitting in the 12th spot, 2 points clear of the relegation zone. The star of the night for Unai Emry’s men was Danish left winger Krohn – Dehli, who provided an assist and scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over the Spanish giants.

Getafe

Next in the list of winners for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features resilient Getafe, who managed to get a draw against a Celta Vigo side, who thrashed Barcelona few weeks ago at the same venue. Getafe went into the match knowing very well that they would have to show the attitude of real resilience to get anything out of it, and their defensive line did just that. The star of the show for the away side was Goalkeeper Guaita, who managed to pull off some great saves to keep a clean sheet, which proved to be enough for the Fran Escriba side to take a hard fought point back home.

Levante

Last in the list of winners for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA feature impressive Levante, who managed to pull off their first win of the season, and that too came against the league leaders, Villareal. The home side was given a big favor in the 36thminute, when the Villareal left back Jokic was sent off, that proved the turning point in the match for Lucas Alcaraz’s men. Hero of the match for the home side was the young Brazilian striker Deyverson, who scored a late winner for Levante who climb two positions up to the 18th, after clinching their first win of the season.

Losers:

Barcelona:

First in the list of losers for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features defending Champions Barcelona, who is now clearly suffering from the lack of depth in their squad on the back of a lot of injuries in the recent past. Luis Enrique’s side was below par in a battle where they did not look like a team that won the treble last season. Injuries to Iniesta and Rafinha exposed their depth in the squad, and the departure of Pedro to Premier League giants Chelsea already seemed a bad deal, as there are no replacements available in case of an injury to any one out of MSN. Neymar was the standout for the Catalans, as he had very little support from Luis Suarez, who had an occasional night off.

Celta Vigo

Next in the list of the losers for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features Celta Vigo, who couldn’t break through the defense of Getafe in what was an expected victory for the home side, especially considering their performance against the defending champions at the same venue. Eduardo Berizzo’s men remained in total control of the match throughout, but even after having 18 shots on goal, out of which 7 were on target, Celta couldn’t able to break the resilient defense of the visitors, which dented their hope to reclaim the top spot in the league this week.

Villareal

Last in the list of losers for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features league leaders Villareal, who even after their first defeat of the season, finished the week at the top of the league, mainly thanks to a draw in the Madrid Derby. Marcelino Garcia will be bitterly disappointed after losing a match against a side, who were at the bottom in the league, and was still on a hunt for their first victory. The visitors had to face a setback in the 36th minute, when Slovenian left back Bojan Jokic received a red card, and the visitors were down to 10 men with nearly an hour left to play. Garcia’s men tried all they could to get a point to take back home, but it was a late goal from young Brazilian striker Deyvorson, which proved enough to end a near perfect run for the visitors.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

PSL vs IPL: In numbers

Pakistan Super League (PSL) inaugural edition will kick off on February 4 in the UAE, where five teams named after the four provincial capitals; Karachi (Sindh), Lahore (Punjab), Peshawar (KP), Quetta (Balochistan), and one team named after the federal capital Islamabad will take part in a 20-day long tournament.

There is no doubt that the PSL project will take the country’s talent to new heights and can only be described as a win-win for the cricket obsessed nation. However, the obvious comparisons to the most successful cricket league, the Indian Premier League (IPL), can’t be avoided largely due to the intense rivalry between the neighbours.

The Express Tribune took a look at the key differences between the PSL and the IPL, including target audiences, pay scales for cricketers and other interesting aspects.

That’s not it. We also spoke to former cricketer-convert commentator Ramiz Raja and Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afrid on how the league will hold up in the future.

To start off, the difference in wages is startling but also a given considering it will be the PSL’s first edition and the smaller target audience. The highest paid players in PSL (Shahid Afridi and four other ‘Icon’ players ) will earn $200,000, compared to a whopping $2.5 million being paid as remuneration to IPL’s Virat Kohli.

The duration and matches played in the IPL will also dwarf the PSL events. A total of 24 matches will be played over 20 days in the PSL, while 60 matches will be played over 45 days in the IPL.

T20 leagues around the world are largely inspired by the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and there is good reason for its success: a massive target audience for IPL. We will have to wait to see how many tune in for PSL.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Raja said the PSL-IPL comparison is futile for now. “It’s just a start. We definitely should hope for better things in future,” he said.

“We should not compare PSL with IPL. IPL is a settled tournament, it has a special window from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the whole world gets hooked to it,” he added.

The former opening batsman went on to say that players should expect the pay scale to increase after a few editions of the PSL as sponsors and greater investment will come with time.

“We have to develop  a robust model,”said Ramiz. “The initial target should be to create and then sustain the credibility of the tournament.

“Once we set up the credibility of the tournament, I am sure more brands and sponsors, who are waiting to see what the PSL has in store for them, will come forward and invest. This will eventually increase the flow of money into the league and eventually for the players.”

The 53-year-old said that the draft system of selecting players in the PSL might be replaced by player’s auction in the future. “We should not rule out the possibility of player’s auction in future editions of PSL,” Ramiz concluded.

Meanwhile, Afridi said PSL would only get bigger once the tournament comes back to Pakistan.

“It [PSL] will get bigger as time goes on,” said Afridi while talking The Express Tribune. “Once the tournament is organised in Pakistan, I think everything will get bigger and better.”

The 35-year-old went on to say that PSL will help Pakistan cricket in moving forward, and for now, the focus should be on building the credibility of the tournament.

“PSL will help Pakistan cricket immensely in moving forward. As of now, we should not focus on the amount of money a player will earn from the tournament. Instead, the focus should be on building the credibility of the tournament,” he added.

The article originally appeared on The Express Tribune.

Premier League Winners/Losers – Chelsea on the Slump

Premier League Winners and Losers

Match day 08 in the Barclay’s Premier League featured some upsets, some competitive battles and some unfinished businesses. Here were are again with the winners and losers for this week’s action in the Barclay’s English Premier League.

Winners:

Southampton

First in the list of winners is impressive Saints, who managed to win from a goal down against a struggling defending champions at Stamford Bridge. Southampton went a goal down in the 10th minute after a stunning free kick from Willian, which left the visitor in a state of shock.

However, Ronald Koeman’s men were up to the task and a goal before half time from Steven Davis started a revival, which saw the visitor scored two more in the 2nd half, and could have easily had a few more, if they would have been more clinical.

Striker Pelle and winger Mane had was the star of the match, and stretched Chelsea’s defense on more than one occasion. Koeman would be proud of his team’s performance and he would hope to continue the good work after the international break.

Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Next in the list of winners for match day 08 in the Barclays English Premier League features Arsenal, who thrashed Manchester United 3-0 in what proved to be one sided derby at the Emirates. Arsenal entered the match under pressure on the back of the defeat against Olympiacos midweek in the Champions League.

However, it was Alexis Sanchez show, who scored twice in the first 20 minutes, along with a goal from Mesut Ozil to shatter whatever hopes there were for the red – devils. Overall, it was a one brilliant day for the gunners, where they dominated pretty much the whole match, and were never looked in trouble throughout the match.

Apart from Alexis and Ozil, Coquelin and Cazorla also had a good day for the gunners, as they remained calm in the middle, and hold the ball effectively for the winners.

Leicester

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Jamie Vardy (3rd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Leicester City at Carrow Road on October 3, 2015 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Last in the list of winners for match day 08 in the Barclays English Premier League features Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester, who are now sitting pretty at 5th with 15 points, just behind Crystal Palace on the goal difference. The match itself was in balance till the 27th minute, before the visitors were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Jamie Vardy, which started the domination for the visitors in the match.

Twenty minutes later, the lead was doubled after a goal from winger Schlupp, which proved enough for the visitors to take all three points back home. Ranieri will hope that his team will keep performing at the same level, which will prove to be enough to compete for the spot in Europe next season.

Losers:

Chelsea

First in the list of losers is no surprise, as once again in the losers list features defending champions Chelsea, who, after earning just 8 points from the first 8 matches, are in a serious danger of losing out on top four spot this season.

Before the match, it was assumed the defending champions would have a hard time against a team, who looks a lot more settled than the defending Champions, and so was the case. Even after taking the lead, Mourinho’s men were never looked in control and were always short of creativity, attacking mindset and defensive capability on the night.

Fabregas and Hazard once again were below par for the blues, as Mourinho’s future at the club seems to be in doubt, especially after his post-match interview, in which he said at least four times that he will not run away from the club, and that the board will have to “Sack Him”, if they want to see him out of the club.

Sunderland

Next in the losers for the match day 08 in the Barclays Premier League features struggling Sunderland, who gave away 2 goal advantage at home against West Ham. The result saw the first managerial casualty in the league as Sunderland Dick Advocaat leaving the club after the match.

The home side went 2-0 up inside the first 22 minutes after goals from Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens. However, the host could not able to keep their defense tight, as the visitors strike back right after half time with a goal from Carl Jenkinson, and later was able to equalize with a strike from Dimitri Payet.

Home side can actually find themselves lucky as they managed to salvage a point after going down to 10 men in the 57th minute. However, it was the lack of attacking intent that cost the home side a chance to get a first win in this campaign.

Aston Villa

Last in the list of losers for the match day 08 in the Barclays Premier League features another relegation contenders in Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, who once again lost at home, this time against Stoke City. This was Aston Villas 3rd home defeat in 4 matches at home this season, as they find themselves in the bottom half, 6 points adrift from safety.

Sherwood would be bitterly disappointed with the results, as his team was completely on par with the opposition till the 1st goal, which changed the flow of the game completely. Statistically, Sherwood’s men were a better unit on the day, but failed to capitalize on considerable chances, and he would hope to turn it around, if he is to stay in the job for long.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Tops and Flops on Champions League Day 02

Second Match Day in the Champions League has come to an end, and it was nothing less than two nights of a spectacular set of matches that viewers had the opportunity to see. Here we are back with the Tops and Flops from the UEFA Champions League from the Match Day 02.

Tops:

Olympiacos:

First in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is a real Surprise! And that surprise is Olympiacos, who defeated Arsenal at Emirates in a surprise result. Olympiacos were heavily under-dogs going into a match, as Arsenal were desperate for a win after a loss in a first match. In a match that was highly dominated by the home side, Olympiacos defended well throughout with sheer resilience, and a bit of luck that helped them talking the lead thrice, out of which they were successfully defended the lead third time, which was enough for them to take all three points back home, which can prove a pivotal role in advancing to the round of 16.

Benfica

Next in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is another surprise in the form of Benfica, who managed to beat 2013/14 finalist Athletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon.

Going into the match, Benfica was tipped as under-dogs since Athletico was in more than a decent form in the buildup to this match. However, in the match where Benfica was dominated throughout the match by the home side, it was the winning team’s defensive line that deserved all the praise, especially former Brazilian Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who had more than a decent performance between the sticks. Gaitan was the star man upfront for Rui Vitoria’s side, as the Portugese teams are now in a commanding position to qualify for the next round, after earning maximum points from the first two matches.

Manchester City

Last in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is English giants Manchester City, who managed to win a crucial away match in Germany against Borussia Moenchengladbach. In a match where City were desperate to win, Manuel Pallegrini’s men were looking for a leader to step up and take the team across the line, and it was none other than Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who stood up for the blue side of Manchester and made a crucial save in the 20th minute. Even after countless attacks, City went behind in the 54th minute, and all looked a little too bleak for the Pallegrini’s men, as they again looked set to go out from the early stage of this competition. However, an own goal from Andreas Christensen and a penalty in the 90th minute from Segio Aguero sealed a crucial victory for the Pallegrini’s men on the road, which can go a long way in taking them through the group stage this season.

Flops:

Arsenal

First in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is English giants Arsenal, who is now facing a group stage exit, after losing 2 out of 2 matches, and that too against oppositions many thought Arsenal would be hands down favorite to win again. Arsene Wenger opted to play David Ospana in place of Peter Cech, which raised many eyebrows, and seeing the performance of Ospana, brought more misery for the Frenchman, who refused to give answers as to why he did not pick Cech in such a crucial match if he was fit. Arsenal would be gutted to not being able to convert 18 shots on goals, out of which 9 were on target. Home side dominated the visitors throughout the game, but it was the Gunners defense, which was the real cause of concern for Wenger, who now have to face Bayern in back to matches, in a situation where his team needs to win at least 3 out of the last 4 remaining matches.

Chelsea

Second in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is another English giants Chelsea, who lost to Porto in what was a below par performance from the defending English Champions, who were the deserving loser’s on the night against an energetic Porto. Mourinho’s men were beaten on the night when he dropped Hazzard and Matic on the bench. The visitors by pace, in the physical department and were slow to react defensively, as Julen Lopetigui’s men were deservingly winners on the night when Mourinho came back to face the team with which he managed to win the Champions League back in 2004.

Chelsea’s problem in defense and in the central defensive midfield was evident once again, as Mourinho looks short on defensive options and the need of John Stones seems ever more evident for the blues if they are to make any significant progress this season.

Athletico Madrid

Last in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is Spanish giants Athletico Madrid, as they suffered a shocking defeat against Benfica at home. Diego Simeone’s men were outright dominant throughout the match, but they failed to convert the chances. Athletico took the lead in the 23rd minute but failed to capitalize on it, and were poor on the defending front. Griezmann had another star performance for Simeone’s side, as he looked a part for the men in red & white. Martinez had another disappointing night for his new club, as he still did not look the kind of player he was once at Porto. For Simeone, it’s another setback which he will like to get over, and will try to get his team back on track in La Liga after back to back defeats in the week.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

The cricket records that 2015 broke

Individual records:

The number of consecutive centuries scored by Kumar Sangakkara in the World Cup; the most by any player

 

The number of deliveries AB de Villiers took to complete the fastest ever ODI half- century in the history of the game against West Indies at Johannesburg

 

The number of deliveries AB de Villiers took to complete the fastest century in the history of the game against West Indies at Johannesburg

 

The number of deliveries AB de Villiers took to complete the fastest score of 150 or more in the history of the game against West Indies in Sydney

 

The runs Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded in his 10 overs in the final match of the five-match series against South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which is the second most expensive spell in ODI history

 

The number of deliveries Chris Gayle took to complete the fastest ever double-century in the history of the game against Zimbabwe at Canberra

 

Is the number of runs Chris Gayle scored against Zimbabwe in the World Cup on his way to the first-ever World Cup double-hundred

 

Martin Guptil scored 237 not out against West Indies in the quarter-final of the World Cup at Wellington, which is the second highest individual score by any batman in the ODI format. It is also the highest individual score in the World Cup.

 

The number of runs scored by Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels for the second-wicket against Zimbabwe at Canberra, which is the highest ever partnership for any wicket in ODIs

 

Team Records

Was the number years it took Bangladesh to defeat Pakistan in any format of the game since their win in the 1999 World Cup. The Tigers went on to complete their first-ever whitewash over the Men in Green.

 

Was the margin of victory for Australia against Afghanistan in a World Cup group match at WACA; the second-biggest margin of defeat in terms of runs

 

Was the target England chased against New Zealand at Nottingham, which is the fifth highest run chase in ODIs

 

Was the amount of runs South Africa scored against West Indies at Johannesburg, which is the second highest score in ODIs

 

Was the aggregate amount of runs scored in a match between England and New Zealand, which was the third-highest aggregate score in an ODI match.

The article originally appeared on The Express Tribune.

La Liga Gameweek 6: Winners/Losers – Madrid Flop

With 3 matches in a week, the action La Liga BBVA is heating up and teams are looking to cement their place in the top half of the league. With the action heating up, so is our winners and losers from match day 06 in La Liga BBVA.

Winners:

 Malaga

First in the list of winners for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features Malaga, who managed to get an impressive nil – nil draw at the Santiago Bernabue against a star studded Real Madrid. This result becomes even more impressive looking at the fact that the visitors had to play last 10 + minutes with 10 men. Star of the show for visitors was their man between the sticks, Carlos Kameni, who managed some crucial saves, along with the Captain Weligton, who proved to be the real leader in crunch times, which proved vital as Javier Garcia men took a point back home, which would have felt nothing less than a victory.

Villareal

Second in the list of winners for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features the new league leader Villareal, who continued their impressive start to their new campaign with a 1-0 victory over Athletico Madrid. Before the match, there was a sense that Villareal might be able to upset the former League Champions, and the doubts were turned into a reality when an early goal from Leo Baptistao proved enough for the yellow submarine to earn all three points. The real star of the show for the home side was their Goalkeeper Areola, who managed some crucial saves for the winning side. A win also meant that Villareal is now top of the league, a point above Barcelona, which is an achievement itself for Garcia Toral side, and he would hope that this will make way for a return to European competition next season.

Sevilla

Last in the list of winners for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features Unai Emery’s Sevilla, who finally managed to get their first win of this new campaign. Before the match, Unai Emery was under pressure as his side was in the relegation zone, but a crucial win at the weekend means that his job is safe for now. The match was pretty much evenly balanced, as both teams had plenty of shots on goal. However, it was the winner from the substitute Konoplyanka in the 86th minute, which proved the deciding goal of the match. Unai Emery will hope that this win will kick start their new campaign, and he will look to get back into the top half once again with more impressive shows in the matches to come.

Losers

Real Madrid

First in the list of losers for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features Real Madrid, who once again looked toothless in their attacking game, for which they were renowned for. After having more than 25 shots on goals, and with more than 10 shots on target, Benitez has some serious work to do before El Classico and Madrid Derby. Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t get his 500th professional goal, whereas a lot of chances went missing for the Los Blancos. With a draw, Madrid has also lost the top spot to Villareal, and is now placed at 3rd, behind Barcelona.

Athletico Madrid

Second in the list of losers for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features another Madrid giants in Athletico Madrid, who lost a crucial away game against Villareal away from home. Coming into this match, Diego Simeone’s man was in a pretty good form of late, and were hoping to at least take a point back home from a difficult fixture. However, their attacking performance was once again questioned by the Villareal defense, as a goal in the 14th minute proved enough for the home side to grab all three points. New signing Martinez had a disappointing night, as Simeone will hope for a better show from his new singing in the matches to come.

Real Sociedad

Last in the list of losers for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features David Moyes’s Real Sociedad, who were held at home for a nil – nil draw by a struggling Athletic Bilbao. Sociedad manager David Moyes was under serious pressure couple of weeks back, and he would have been hoping to get a better result in a home fixture, that too against a team that looked short on confidence on the back of some poor results. However, the home side were unable to break the deadlock and couldn’t convert to any significant chance throughout the match. Moyes will hope that his strikers will come to the party in the matches to come, as he will look to steer the ship towards safety once again this season.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.