Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Man City v Leicester & Spurs v Chelsea

first_imgJan Vertonghen scored a last-gasp winner against Wolves last weekend (Picture: Getty)Wolves will be fuming still after losing against Spurs in the last minute and believe me it hurts when that happens. I think they will bounce back and get a strong result against Norwich.Dimitar’s prediction: Norwich 0-2 WolvesManchester City v Leicester Liverpool are on course to end their 30-year wait for a league title (Picture: Getty)Everton v Arsenal Comment Brendan Rodgers has done an outstanding job at Leicester (Picture: Getty)This is a big game. Honestly, at the moment I think Leicester are doing really well, but their run will come to an end at some point. City aren’t playing at their highest level but if they want to have a chance to catch Liverpool they have to keep winning, they know that and this weekend will be a big test for them. People shouldn’t underestimate Leicester, they have been champions before, I don’t think anyone can afford to underestimate them, especially now with Brendan Rodgers working miracles for them.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: Manchester City 3-2 LeicesterWatford v Manchester United Mikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday (Picture: Getty)Everton have had that lift they needed, which is down do big Duncan. It is great to see how passionate he is on the touchline, going crazy, waving his hands and showing his passion. The players have his respect, he commands it and because of that they have had some good performances. Arsenal are shaken at the moment and they need some stability.Dimitar’s prediction: Everton 2-2 ArsenalAston Villa v Southampton Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City Bournemouth beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend (Picture: Getty)On the face of it, it doesn’t look like this will be a classic, with all respect. Both teams are performing how they would expect to be and this match kicks off what is going to be a busy Christmas period where you can pick up lots of points. I think home advantage will prove to be important on this one.Dimitar’s prediction: Bournemouth 1-0 BurnleyBrighton v Sheffield United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have beaten City and Spurs in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Bottom of the table Watford are unstable at the moment with all the changes there, there confidence is shaken. At the same time, United are finding their rhythm and if they stay compact, concentrate and use the speed they have they should cause Watford a lot of problems and they can not afford to lose again.Dimitar’s prediction: Watford 0-3 Man UnitedTottenham v Chelsea Dimitar BerbatovFriday 20 Dec 2019 10:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kSharescenter_img Jose Mourinho manages Tottenham against former club Chelsea this weekend (Picture: Getty)It will be an emotional one for Mourinho for sure. Chelsea have lost their last two, Spurs got the late winner last time out. But when you play a big rival it’s different, the games in the past don’t matter. Spurs have the opportunity to break into the top four with a win but they can not underestimate Chelsea. I think this one will be a tight match and very close.Dimitar’s prediction: Tottenham 2-2 ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals the Pep Guardiola ‘secret’ that he hopes to bring to Arsenal Dimitar Berbatov previews this weekend’s Premier League action including Manchester City v Leicester (Picture: Metro/Getty)With Liverpool away in Qatar on Club World Cup duty, Manchester City and Leicester take centre stage in the Premier League’s standout fixture of the weekend.Brendan Rodgers has done an outstanding job since taking over the reins at Leicester and will be desperate for the Foxes to extend their four-point lead over City with a result at the Etihad.Arsenal appointed Mikel Arteta as their new head coach on Friday and the Spaniard will return to former stomping ground Goodison Park in Saturday’s opening match – he will likely only watch on from the stands, though.Elsewhere, Manchester United will be confident of victory away to bottom-placed Watford and Jose Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a mouthwatering clash on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBetfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov reviews all of those games and more exclusively for Metro.co.uk… Steve Bruce’s side sit 11th in the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace have had some good results on the road this season and they are unbeaten in their last four matches, but St James’ Park is a tough place to go and I think Palace’s run will come to an end.Dimitar’s prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Crystal PalaceNorwich v Wolves Chris Wilder’s side have impressed in the English top flight (Picture: Getty)Sheffield have been a big surprise and they are really doing well. They stick to their system and they are comfortable with it, which shows with their results. It doesn’t matter who they play the have their game plan and they execute it.Dimitar’s prediction: Brighton 1-2 Sheffield UnitedNewcastle v Crystal Palace Villa are hovering above the relegation zone (Picture: Getty)Villa had that great result midweek, albeit against a very young Liverpool side, and that will give them confidence and they are playing well. I think they will continue and impress against Southampton.Dimitar’s prediction: Aston Villa 2-0 SouthamptonBournemouth v Burnley Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan in LNG supply talks with European players

first_imgFSRU BW Integrity (Image courtesy of BW)Pakistan could secure liquefied natural gas supplies from France, Spain and Italy as talks are ongoing with Engie, Gas Natural Fenosa and Eni. The deals were initiated by the European companies first, however, regulations hampered further progress, a government official told Reuters.In order to keep in line with the EU regulations, Pakistan is seeking to sign intergovernmental deals that would unlock the doors for the supply of LNG from Europe to Pakistan.Commercial negotiations, led by state-owned Pakistan LNG, would begin with Engie, Gas Natural Fenosa and Eni as soon as the intergovernmental deals are signed.These deals would enable Pakistan to boost its LNG imports, especially after inaugurating the second LNG import terminal in Karachi during last week. The terminal would receive about four cargoes per month totaling some 3 million tons of LNG per year.Pakistan’s prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the country is looking to import 30 million tons of LNG per year as the country looks to secure feed gas for power plants. He added five additional terminals are being worked on. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

NZ (tries to) brushes off human trafficking report

first_imgStuff co.nz 21 June 2014Investigations into human trafficking in New Zealand have found no concrete evidence it was happening, the immigration minister says.The US State Department Trafficking in Persons 2014 Report, released today, said foreign men and women were subject to forced labour and sex trafficking in New Zealand, but the government had not prosecuted any trafficking cases in the last eight years.The report criticised New Zealand’s lack of a comprehensive anti-trafficking law, and recommended New Zealand’s legal framework be expanded to prohibit and punishr all forms of human trafficking.Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said New Zealand took a strong stance on trafficking, and did have stringent and comprehensive anti-trafficking laws, with penalties comparable to those for homicide or rape, reflecting the seriousness of the crime.New legislation was “in the pipeline” to enable further action to be taken should evidence of trafficking emerge, Woodhouse said.The report referred to forced labour aboard foreign-flagged fishing vessels in New Zealand, “including through debt bondage, confiscation of passports, underpayment of wages, imposition of significant debts, poor living and working conditions, and physical and sexual abuse.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10185894/New-Zealand-brushes-off-human-trafficking-reportlast_img read more

Monreal and Gervinho fire Gunners to win

first_imgArsenal kept themselves firmly in the race for Champions League qualification with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Swansea. The Gunners had by far the better of the contest and Nacho Monreal’s first goal for the club gave them the lead with 16 minutes remaining, before substitute Gervinho struck in stoppage time. Swansea faded badly after a promising opening and, aside from a couple of half-chances, they barely worked Lukasz Fabianski in the Arsenal goal. The win moves Arsene Wenger’s side to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea – and four of third-placed Tottenham – with their rivals in action on Sunday. Arsenal could have led in the fifth minute thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he tricked his way past Angel Rangel to beat Michel Vorm, only for his shot to clip the top of the bar. Swansea quickly settled after the early scare, and Ki Sung-yueng’s weighted pass gave Rangel a run in on goal, but the full-back sliced wide of Fabianski’s goal. The hosts enjoyed an extended spell of pressure and the visitors almost gifted them an opener when Carl Jenkinson gave the ball to Jonathan De Guzman. The Dutch international fed Michu only for Swansea’s top scorer to fire narrowly wide on the turn. Santi Cazorla was proving Arsenal’s most threatening attacking player and Vorm sharply saved the Spaniard’s low shot after he had cut in from the right. Michu was a peripheral figure as Swansea struggled to assert themselves and his poor day continued when he blazed miles over from Pablo Hernandez’s smart pass. But Swansea’s attacking forays were becoming increasingly rare and the dam eventually broke in the 74th minute. Cazorla was again heavily involved as he tricked and teased his way past defenders on the edge of the box. The chance looked to have gone when Olivier Giroud took a heavy touch, but Monreal pounced to lash a shot across Vorm and into the corner with the help of a deflection off Ashley Williams. Gervinho then made the points safe after Aaron Ramsey’s pass teed him up to slot low beyond Vorm. Michu had to be restrained after an earlier disagreement with Fabianski spilled over after the final whistle, but nothing could take the gloss of an excellent Arsenal display. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew acknowledges Cisse strike

first_img The goal snapped a three-match losing streak, teeing up Pardew’s side for a monumental week. United first face an almighty hurdle in the second leg of a Europa League quarter-final at home to Benfica on Thursday as they trail 3-1, but one Pardew is convinced can be overcome. Then on Sunday, Newcastle tackle bitter rivals Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby with new Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio eager to make his mark as the club fight their own relegation battle. Pardew added: “It was important for this week as we now have a fantastic one in front of us now. We have a quarter final where we cannot go gung-ho against Benfica because if we think we can get two quick goals and put things right in the first half then we are very much mistaken. “Benfica will pick us off and we’ll be chasing shadows, so we need to be very intelligent on Thursday. We need to play a very disciplined game. “There’s no reason, if we can get ourselves into a position where we are 1-0 up with 25 minutes to go, that we can’t go through. I’ve been involved in many situations where one goal makes a season at different times. “You’ve only got to look at Manchester City’s goal last season, with the very last kick in the Premier League (that saw them take the title) to know how important one goal can be.” The Magpies appeared destined to be firmly sucked into the relegation mire on Sunday as the clock counted down towards a goalless draw with Fulham that would have left them three points above the drop zone. But for the third successive match at St James’ Park, Cisse struck an injury time for his 11th goal of the season to give Newcastle a 1-0 win over the Cottagers and a five-point cushion over the bottom three. Pardew said: “We all know how important that goal was.” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Papiss Cisse’s latest late show could be a turning point for the club this season as United’s spirit again saw them pull another result out of the fire.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Leather lands Derby glory

first_img Kevin Manning settled the son of Teofilo in third behind the pace set by Ralston Road and Cap O’Rushes and moved up to challenge for the lead inside the final two furlongs. With Ruler Of The World and Libertarian failing to get in a blow from the rear it was left to Epsom third Galileo Rock to put in the strongest challenge, but Trading Leather (6-1) ran on strongly and passed the post the commanding winner by a length and three-quarters. Trading Leather landed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in terrific style for Jim Bolger as Epsom hero Ruler Of The World flopped in fifth place. Aidan O’Brien’s second string Festive Cheer was hampered trying to make his run on the inside and made up plenty of ground late on to snatch third spot when switched outside, a further length and three-quarters away. Ruler Of The World was unsurprisingly a warm order following his impressive Epsom display, sent off a 4-5 favourite to give O’Brien an 11th Irish Derby victory, but he was being ridden along towards the rear of the field rounding the home turn and while he made up some ground in the straight, he never looked like landing a significant blow. The Elaine Burke-trained Libertarian, purchased by Godolphin since his excellent Epsom effort, ran even more disappointingly, with William Buick eventually easing down and beating only one home. Last of all was Patrick Prendergast’s Sugar Boy, another horse who has changed ownership this week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Uruguayan city wants to name France forward Griezmann as distinguished guest

first_imgMontevideo, July 17: Uruguay’s capital Montevideo seeks to name France football team’s forward Antoine Griezmann as a distinguished visitor during his possible visit to the South American country, Deputy Secretary of the Montevideo City Hall, Christian Di Candia has said.Di Candia said Montevideo mayor Daniel Martinez “requested to start the administrative process” of this project as a result of “the innumerable amount of rallies in favour of the player”, reports Efe.Di Candia also stressed that “it has been publicly stated” that Griezmann will visit Uruguay in December, when he is expected to receive a distinguished visitor memorial plaque.Di Candia added that if the trip is postponed, it will be given “at another time”.Before France’s quarter-final against Uruguay on July 6, 27-year-old Griezmann spoke of his affinity with the South American country, its people and their customs. Even though he scored against Uruguay, he refused to celebrate.The Atletico Madrid star is good friends with Uruguay centre-backs Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez and is an avid fan of mate, a popular herbal drink in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and southern Brazil.Griezmann also shared a special relationship with his former coach at Real Sociedad, Uruguayan Martín Lasarte under whom the Frenchman played between 2009-2011 at the Spanish club.The recognition is granted to foreigners who visit the South American country and who, due to their artistic, cultural, sporting or philosophical talents, deserve to be a distinguished guest.”In this case we are talking about a distinguished athlete, world champion and someone who has somehow put the name of Uruguay in the public arena recently. Someone who stood out in some way as a fan of our country and our customs,” he said.For Di Candia, Griezmann “shows a lot of respect” for Uruguayan football culture.After being chosen as best player in the 2018 World Cup Russia final, the Atletico de Madrid striker participated in a press conference in which an Uruguayan journalist offered him the flag of his country.Griezmann claimed it and put it on his shoulders before continuing with the conference, without removing it until completing his talk with the media. IANSlast_img read more

NC State looks to extend streak vs Pitt

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SUPER SENIORS: North Carolina State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have collectively accounted for 78 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 90 percent of all Wolfpack points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: M. Johnson has made or assisted on 46 percent of all North Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 19 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Pittsburgh has lost its last six road games, scoring 63.7 points, while allowing 73.8 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Panthers have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Pack. North Carolina State has an assist on 37 of 85 field goals (43.5 percent) across its past three matchups while Pittsburgh has assists on 37 of 59 field goals (62.7 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: Pittsburgh has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 23.5 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all ACC teams. That figure has slipped to 21.9 percent during the team’s five-game losing streak, however. February 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPittsburgh (15-14, 6-12) vs. North Carolina State (17-11, 8-9)PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Carolina State looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Pittsburgh. In its last eight wins against the Panthers, North Carolina State has won by an average of 9 points. Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came on Jan. 4, 2014, a 74-62 victory.center_img NC State looks to extend streak vs Pitt Associated Press last_img read more

Bonner, Merchant punish Pride in Scorpions win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts  (CMC) – Nkrumah Bonner sustained his great form with a fourth List A hundred before off-spinner Jamie Merchant snatched a four-wicket haul, as Jamaica Scorpions exacted revenge on Group A leaders Barbados Pride with a 26-run victory here yesterday.Behind the 30-year-old Bonner’s near run-a-ball 112, Scorpions piled up a tournament-best 331 for nine off their 50 overs at Conaree, with West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell falling narrowly short of his second century of the campaign, blasting a 59-ball 97.In reply, Pride came up short on 305 for eight despite a superb effort from captain Jonathan Carter, who stroked a scintillating 97 off 90 balls.Opener Leniko Boucher struck a breezy 47 while all-rounder Roshon Primus lashed an unbeaten 39 down the order but Merchant proved the difference with a destructive spell of four for 35.The victory for Scorpions was an important one as it revived their semi-final quest, pulling them alongside second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes on 16 points.Pride, meanwhile, remained on top of the group with 20 points, after their second defeat in seven matches.Looking to avenge their 75-run thrashing by Pride nearly two weeks ago at Warner Park, Scorpions looked anything but doing so when they slumped to 41 for three in the 11th over, with seamer Kyle Mayers (2-26) striking twice.However, Bonner arrived at number five to take control of the innings for Scorpions – first in a 37-run, fourth-wicket stand with Andre McCarthy (24) then in a record fifth-wicket partnership of 151 with Powell.Already with two half-centuries in the tournament, the right-handed Bonner marched to his third off 53 balls in the 31st over before completing three figures in the 48th over with a single to third man off speedster Primus.Overall, he faced 111 balls and struck nine fours and three sixes.It was Powell who brought the innings to life, however, belting seven fours and sixes in a ferocious assault on the Pride bowlers, as he raced to his half-century off just 34 balls in the 28th over with a boundary to long on off Ashley Nurse’s off-spin.He needed only another 25 balls to find himself on the verge of his second 100 of the tournament when he was clean-bowled by fast bowler Shamar Springer at the start of the 37th over.Three wickets then fell for just 18 runs in the space of 26 balls but Bonner joined with Merchant to add 60 off 50 deliveries with Merchant for the eighth wicket, to give the innings a strong finish.Pride’s run chase started positively as Boucher and Kjorn Ottley put on 64 off 63 deliveries for the first wicket to turn the game into a real contest.Merchant’s introduction changed the game, however. He claimed Boucher in his first over after the right-hander had faced 49 balls and counted eight fours, brilliantly taken one-handed at slip by Dennis Bulli diving to his left.Two balls later, Merchant deceived left-hander Nicholas Kirton and had him caught-and-bowled without scoring and when he also accounted for Ottley in the 17th over, Pride were 91 for three and in need of impetus.Carter provided it, slamming 10 fours and four sixes and posting 56 for the fourth wicket with Mayers (29), 30 for the fifth wicket with Tevyn Walcott (5) and a further 50 for the sixth wicket with Springer (28).When Carter failed to keep out a full-length delivery from seamer Derval Green and had his stumps shattered in the 41st over, Primus tried to rescue the run chase with three fours and a six in a 30-ball cameo but it was ultimately in vain.last_img read more

WICB presidency terms limited following AGM

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) member, Windward Islands Cricket Board (WICB), introduced term-limits for presidency at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held via Zoom on Saturday, August 22, 2020. This constitution change of the newly renamed WICB (formerly the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control) follows the public disclosure of the ‘Wehby report’ to stakeholders around the Caribbean, which had governance improvement recommendations for both CWI and the territorial boards (TBs).WICB president Dr Kishore Shallow said, “It was a productive meeting; we had a fruitful meeting with some significant strides as a board, none more important than the adoption of a revised constitution.”Dr Shallow further expressed, “Sincerest gratitude to Patrick Felix and Michael Findlay for conducting a prudent exercise to revise the constitution. My esteemed colleagues on the board also deserve commendations for being so forward-thinking with their positive reception to the proposed changes.”The directors from the four Member States – St Vincent & the Grenadines Cricket Association, Dominica Cricket Association, Grenada Cricket Association and Saint Lucia National Cricket Association – participated in the meeting, which was constitutionally due in May 2020. The meeting had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A critical outcome of the five-hour long meeting was the adoption of a proposed revised constitution. The revision was led by former WICB director, Saint Lucian Patrick Felix and current CWI Independent Director, HE Michael Findlay.Other items included a selection policy which was given precedence for selections of all Windward Islands teams as well as Developing a WICB Strategic Plan for 2021-2025.Treasurer Dougal James confirmed that the two Windwards bodies, WICB and Windwards Cricket Inc. (Volcanoes) are in the best financial state for at least the last five (5) years, with savings in both accounts and no outstanding payables.last_img read more