COME ON YOU SPURS!
Harry Kane took his season’s goals tally to 10 with an impressive hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis midweek – Saido Berahino is the only other Englishman to reach double figures this term.
The Spurs midfielder was signed for £16 million in 2012 but is not in new manager Pochettino’s plans.
Brazil giants Corinthians have reportedly expressed an interest in bringing the player back to Brazil.
Corinthians was the same side that sold Paulinho to Spurs, and if they got him back it would likely be for much less than the £16 million they received.
At the very least a loan move is expected in January. It would give Paulinho a chance to force his way back into the Brazil set up.
You can see his best moments in a Spurs shirt below.
Tottenham will be hoping to avoid a European hangover when they play host to struggling Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.
Spurs ran out comfortable 5-1 victors over Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League on Thursday, with Harry Kane bagging a hat-trick against the Greek outfit.
They are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City, where Sergio Aguero scored all four goals for the defending league champions.
The north Londoners find themselves just two points off the top-four in ninth place, although a concern for manager Mauricio Pochettino after the opening eight matches is their negative goal difference, having shipped 11 and scored only 10.
Meanwhile, the Magpies will be looking to build on their first victory of the season, which saw them beat top-flight newcomers Leicester 1-0 last weekend.
That triumph took the Tynesiders three points clear of the bottom-two, although still in the relegation zone but one point adrift of safety.
The hosts prepare for the visit of Alan Pardew’s side without the services of Federico Fazio, who is ruled out through suspension.
Centre-back Fazio is serving a three-match suspension following his red card at the Etihad, with Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches vying to replace him in the heart of defence.
Nabil Bentaleb and Kyle Naughton are facing late fitness tests on their respective ankle injuries, while Kyle Walker remains on the sidelines after undergoing abdominal surgery.
The visitors have a few injury doubts of their own ahead of the long trip to the capital, with concerns over the fitness of six players.
Mike Williamson (muscle problem), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Cheick Tiote (calf), Papiss Cisse (knee), Emmanuel Riviere and Sammy Ameobi will all be assessed closer to kick-off.
However, Pardew welcomes back Ryan Taylor, who returns to the squad for the first time in 26 months, having been sidelined by two cruciate ligament injuries.
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West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City
These clubs met four times last season, with City winning all four matches. On aggregate, West Ham lost the four-fixture contest 14-1. Another comfortable win is on the cards for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Liverpool 1-1 Hull City
Hull love having a go at the big boys. The Tigers, who earned a 2-2 draw at Arsenal last time out, beat Liverpool 3-1 at home last season. They lost 2-0 at Anfield, but Liverpool are not playing half as well as they were back then.
Southampton 3-1 Stoke City
One thing is for sure, Stoke won’t roll over like Sunderland did at St Mary’s last week. It won’t be 8-0, but the Saints should march on.
Sunderland 0-3 Arsenal
It will be very interesting to see how Sunderland respond following their 8-0 humiliation at Southampton. If Arsenal sense fear, the Gunners could dish out even more punishment.
West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Crystal Palace
There has been at least one goal in each of the last 18 meetings between these teams, so 0-0 is unlikely. We fancy a goal-fest, with Saido Berahino doing the business for the Baggies.
Swansea City 3-1 Leicester City
The Swans started the season in sensational form, before the Manager of the Month curse struck down Garry Monk and his men. The Welsh club have been very competitive in each of their last three games and their first league victory since August should arrive on Saturday night.
Burnley 0-3 Everton
Burnley are struggling to score, while Everton are on the up. This one should be very straightforward win for the travelling Toffees.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Newcastle United
Tottenham’s morale was boosted by a 5-1 win in the Europa League in midweek. If poacher Harry Kane, who scored a hat-trick in that game, is given his first Premier League start of the season, Spurs should outscore the Magpies.
Manchester United 2-4 Chelsea
Only Southampton have conceded fewer Premier League goals than Chelsea this term, but the scary attack of Manchester United will worry the Blues backline. Unfortunately for United though, their awful defence will get murdered – not literally – by Eden Hazard and co at the other end.
Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Aston Villa
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Southampton will be targeting more of the same when Stoke City make the trip to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League clash.
The third-placed Saints will be high on confidence following an eye-catching 8-0 victory over Sunderland last weekend, while the mid-table Potters head into this clash on the back of a controversial 2-1 win against Swansea.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman has no new injury or suspension concerns and is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up.
Long-term injury victims James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez miss out again and have been pencilled in for a return to action towards the end of the year.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes, meanwhile, will hand late fitness tests to defenders Phil Bardsley and Robert Huth, as well as winger Marco Arnautovic.
Glenn Whelan remains out, though, as he continues his recovery from a fractured leg.
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Angel Di Maria – Manchester United -11 shots from outside the box
Wayne Rooney- Manchester United – 11
Tom Huddlestone – Hull City – 11
Romelu Lukaku – Everton – 11
Connor Wickham – Sunderland – 11
Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal – 11
Stewart Downing – West Ham – 12
Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – 12
Niko Kranjcar – QPR – 12
Jason Puncheon – Crystal Palace – 12
Yaya Touré – Manchester City – 12
Craig Gardner – West Brom – 14
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham – 14
The Dane is still improving after a good first season at Spurs, and his free kicks and long shots are a danger for every team who visits the Lane.
Mario Balotelli – Liverpool – 16
Poor Mario hasn’t let his lack of a Premier League goal dissuade him from blasting the ball at goal at every opportunity.
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Zambia have set up a friendly against Ivory Coast to mark 50 years of the country’s independence at the National Heroes Stadium on Saturday.
The match will also see ex-Chipolopolo head coach Herve Renard and his former assistant Patrice Beaumelle visit Zambia for the first time since they took over the reins of the Elephants.
Renard and Beaumelle were both on the Zambia bench when Chipolopolo beat Ivory Coast in the final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations crown in Equatorial Guinea.
Since this is not an official FIFA date, the West Africans have selected a mixed squad of players from the domestic league and national youth teams.
“We brought thirteen Under-20 players. Some of them won the Under-17 Africa Cup two years ago,” Renard confirmed.
“We told them it will be a difficult game against Zambia, but what is important is to celebrate Zambia’s independence.”
Meanwhile, Zambia have added two foreign-based players to their squad in striker Jonas Sakuwaha of DRC’s TP Mazembe and Zimbabwe-based defender Aaron Katebe from FC Platinum.
“We are happy with how they have responded to training and think this game will give them the best possible chance to show what they can do,” added Zambia’s assistant coach Kampamba Chintu.
Tottenham will commemorate Bill Nicholson – their most influential manager of all time – by bathing White Hart Lane in white when they face Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.
El-Kanemi Warriors head coach Salisu Yusuf has calmed fears that he will be distracted by his new role as one of the Nigeria national team assistants.
The Warriors are not yet assured of safety as they currently occupy 14th place, six points above the relegation zone with three matches left to play.
Yusuf rejected talk that he may find it difficult to juggle between the jobs, and expressed confidence that the Borno State will retain their top flight status.
“I am not under any pressure to beat the drop,” he told the LMC website. “In view of our recent performances and results, El-Kanemi is sure to remain in the Premier League come next season.
“Combining both jobs is not a big deal, because I have been working with the team for eleven months now and much synergy has been created.
“My being present or absent is of no great deal because I have already built a team that can do better even without my presence,” he added.
Warriors will host title-chasing Kano Pillars this weekend before they travel to Giwa FC and finally end their campaign at home with a fixture against Sunshine Stars.
Kenya international Victor Wanyama has admitted that he thought about changing clubs during the off-season after some of Southampton’s star players and manager left.
The Harambee Stars captain has come into his own in his second season in the Premier League and was awarded the league’s African Player of the Month for September.
He said that he feels his decision to remain with the Saints was vindicated by the honour, saying: “It is wonderful being recognised as someone who has done well for his club.
“It came as a surprise, but a very pleasant one, and it can only inspire me to do even better, because I surely want more of these in my cabinet.”
The former Celtic midfielder has praised new boss Ronald Koeman for his role as they set another milestone this month when they destroyed Sunderland 8-0 on Saturday.
“It is a great feeling at the club,” he added. “I was worried when we were losing most of our top players in the summer, and was always wondering whether I should also move.
“But I stayed, and the manager came in and gave us great belief in ourselves. He made us work well, and gave our midfield the freedom to express ourselves and move freely. This made a big change to our mentality and that is what we are enjoying now.”
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Tottenham will be looking to build on their Europa League form when they welcome Newcastle to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
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Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri has expressed his concerns over the state of affairs at the once mighty Serie A outfit.
The Nerazzurri were held to a goalless draw at home by French outfit Saint-Etienne in their Europa Cup tie at the San Siro on Thursday.
Their domestic form is also unconvincing as they currently occupy ninth place in the league table, which is in stark contrast to their winning form of the past.
Added to their problems is a Thursday’s boardroom split that saw former owner Massimo Moratti resign as honorary president, which has caused a reaction from the club’s manager.
“We are in an emergency situation and playing every three days meant we weren’t as sharp as usual,” Mazzarri told Mediaset.
“We had to change a great deal and considering the situation I think it was a good performance. The important thing was to continue picking up points.
“We are doing well in Europe even if of course we like to win every game. We had six youngsters on the field against Napoli on Sunday and put in a great performance.
“Of course I’d love champagne football but I don’t see many doing that nowadays. Saint-Etienne are a team to be respected.”
Inter will resume their league campaign on Sunday with a visit to 15th-placed Cesena.
Swansea City will be looking to snap five-game winless run when they host Leicester City for a Premier League encounter at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Swans have drawn two and lost three of their last five league matches, after an impressive start that saw them win their opening three matches.
They will look to Gylfi Sigurdsson for inspiration, as the midfielder has had a hand in seven of the side’s 11 goals scored so far in this campaign. The Iceland international has provided six assists and scored one of his own.
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will also be available for this clash, after serving his one-match ban and missing last weekend’s defeat at Stoke City.
However, manager Garry Monk will still be without the quartet of Leon Britton, Jordi Amat, Dwight Tiendalli and Ashley Richards, who remain sidelined by injuries.
His Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson has less injury concerns, with only defender Matthew Upson still sidelined by a pre-season foot injury.
The Foxes boss’ worry is his side’s poor away form, where they have managed to score just one goal in their four outings on the road.
They have also gone three matches without a win, which could prompt Pearson to consider tinkering with his starting line-up in search a winning boost.
Some of Europe’s top football clubs will reportedly back a proposal for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to be played in May.
The decision to award the hosting rights to the 2022 edition of the tournament to the Arabic country has been the subject of widespread debate, with many questioning the wisdom of staging a competition in the searing summer heat.
With temperatures often rising above 40°c in the summer months, it had been suggested that the tournament could perhaps be shifted to a later date.
While the majority of European clubs are in opposition of the alternative dates originally mooted, it is believed they would be willing to back the World Cup being held in May.
And with Qatar still committed to installing air-cooling technology within stadiums and fan zones, there is a real possibility that the competition could be staged during the fifth month of the year.
FIFA now have a ‘calendar taskforce’ in place and will meet again in early November to discuss the most recent proposal.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that they have the option to sign on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a permanent basis in January.
The 25-year-old joined the Villans on a season-long loan last month after finding himself on the fringes at United following the arrivals of Ander Herrera and Daley Blind.
Cleverley has started all five games in the Premier League for Lambert’s side since making the switch from Old Trafford, and Lambert is impressed by what he’s seen of the England international.
The Scottish tactician has challenged the Red Devils youth product to keep up his good form, which could lead to a permanent contract at Villa Park during the January transfer window.
He said: “We have an option on Tom. We have not gone into great detail but he has played well. He was the one lad who was busy on Saturday (at Everton), he has so much to offer.
“He’s a good guy, a good professional and does everything high tempo even when he trains. Whatever happens in January will happen, the option is there but we still have a couple of months to go.
“I just want him to play well here and enjoy it and that’s what he is doing which is half the battle. It’s not been an easy start playing at a new club but come January we will see.”