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Ahead of the midweek Premier League action, Sportsmail will be providing you with all you need to know with team news, provisional squads, betting odds and Opta stats.Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 17:35
The England Under-21 international, who was effectively ruled out for the rest of the season with anterior cruciate ligament damage last December, may now face a further spell on the sidelines.Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 17:23
Sunderland are in a scrap for Premier League survival and will be aiming to end their eight-game winless run when they visit fellow relegation candidates Middlesbrough.Sunderland – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 16:55
Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore may need a second operation on his injured knee after suffering discomfort on his return to light training.
The England Under-21 international, who was effectively ruled out for the rest of the season with anterior cruciate ligament damage in December last year, may now face a further spell on the sidelines.
He is due to see a specialist this week to discover whether or not further surgery is required.
Manager David Moyes said: “Duncan Watmore might be needing a little bit of work done on his knee. Obviously, he’s not back, but he might be needing a little bit more surgery on his knee.
“He’s been feeling it – he’s been running a little bit – so he’ll see the surgeon this week.”
Watmore, 23, has been one of the few bright sparks for the Black Cats this season as they attempt to stave off relegation for the fifth successive year.
His pace and direct approach have been badly missed as Sunderland have struggled to provide support to leading scorer Jermain Defoe in recent months.
The post Further injury setback for Sunderland forward Watmore appeared first on teamtalk.com.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 25 Apr 16:02
Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's Premier League game between Middlesbrough and Sunderland.ESPN FC - Sunderland News 25 Apr 16:02
Sunderland's David Moyes reveals his birthday wish ahead of the Black Cats' bottom of the table clash with Middlesbrough.ESPN FC - Sunderland News 25 Apr 15:31
Duncan Watmore has made 14 Premier League appearances for Sunderland this season. Sunderland midfielder Duncan Watmore may need a second operation on his injured knee after suffering discomfort on his return to light training. Watmore, 23, who was effectively ruled out for the rest of the season with anterior cruciate ligament damage in December last year, may now face a further spell on the sidelines. He is due to see a specialist this week to discover whether or not further surgery is required. Manager David Moyes said: "Duncan Watmore might be needing a little bit of work...Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 14:01
As the Premier League season edges towards its conclusion, the fixture computer has thrown up a tantalising set of midweek matches that could have huge ramifications for the final table.ESPN FC - Sunderland News 25 Apr 00:19
The FC panel look at the bottom four teams in England, and debate if Swansea or Hull will be the final team to drop down.ESPN FC - Sunderland News 24 Apr 12:51
Steve Nicol gives his predictions as to who will be relegated from the Premier League this season. Sunderland travel to Middlesbrough on Wednesday night for a match that might have been a relegation decider but now has little more at stake than avoiding the added humiliation of finishing bottom. With the clubs so far adrift of a place of safety -- fourth-bottom Hull are 12 points ahead of Sunderland, nine in front of Middlesbrough -- mathematical calculations have become a mere formality. The next Wear-Tees derby will be in the Championship and neither side can feel confident about emulating...Sunderland – teamtalk.com 24 Apr 11:45
Crystal Palace surged into sixth place in our Power Rankings with another impressive away-day showing against Liverpool, while Man Utd failed to make up ground despite another win.
After winning at Chelsea and sinking Arsenal at home Sam Allardyce’s men are flying and although they may be 12th in the real table, we rate them a lot higher after Christian Benteke’s double stunned Jurgen Klopp’s men.
In fact we rate Palace considerably better than a mid-table outfit and have them in the top six in our rankings.
Elsewhere, Manchester United grabbed a win, but failed to make up any ground, while Hull leapt into 14th spot after their brilliant home win with 10 men.
In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 7, decided by an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins.
It rewards teams scoring lots of goals and also those defying expectations but sees odds-on favourites penalised for sneaking past inferior opponents by the odd goal.
Bournemouth – 5pts: Hammered a shambolic Boro outfit.
C Palace – 4pts: Tactical masterclass, according to Palace boss Sam Allardyce
Swansea – 4pts: Slightly fortunate, but making a fight of it.
Man Utd – 3pts: Clinical away performance.
Hull City – 3pts: Won despite giving up possession and having a man sent off.
West Ham – 1.5pts: Shut-out Everton in arguably the worst game of the season.
Everton – 1pt: Could not break West Ham’s resilient backline.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|5. Man City||58.25||64|
|6. Crystal Palace||53.5||38|
|7. Man Utd||52.75||63|
|8. West Brom||51.5||44|
|13. West Ham||43.5||38|
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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.
The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, secured the most votes from his fellow players.
He saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Kante was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the Young Player prize for the second successive season, Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the women’s Player of the Year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birmingham’s Jess Carter topped the voting in the women’s Young Player category.
Former England captain David Beckham received the PFA’s Merit award for his contribution to the game.
Kante has played a key role in Chelsea’s surge to the top of the league this season and is renowned as a tireless box-to-box competitor who helps break up opposition attacks and initiate them for his own side.
He is set to become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive Premier League titles with different clubs if Chelsea can hold off Tottenham in this season’s championship race.
Kante said: “To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me.
“It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour.”
On his move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge, Kante continued: “It’s a different type of playing, but with the manager, with the players, everything is easy, because we work a lot to be good in the games. It’s working very well.”
Asked about the influence of boss Antonio Conte, the former Boulogne and Caen player said: “He knows what he wants from the players.
“He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles.”
The Blues are four points clear at the top of the Premier League and Paris-born Kante added: “We have to fight for six more games.
“We’re going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season.”
Chelsea will also face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 27 and, on talk of a double, he said: “We’re going to fight for both competitions.
“The cup is just one game, and the league six games, and we’re going to give our best to win these two competitions.”
Alli’s young player prize is some consolation for his controversial omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award.
The England midfielder, 21, has again been critical to Spurs’ title push and heading into the weekend was the highest-scoring player in the league not recognised as a forward, with 16 goals.
England full-back Bronze won the women’s player of the year award for the second time, after being part of the Manchester City squad which won the Women’s Super League without losing a single game in 2016.
Birmingham midfielder Carter saw off competition from three Manchester City players to win the women’s young player of the year award.
Beckham, who won 115 England caps and starred at club level for Manchester United, followed former Red Devils team-mate Ryan Giggs in winning the Merit prize. He also received the prize alongside his ‘Class of 92’ United team-mates in 2013.
The post Kante and Alli scoop top PFA awards; Beckham honoured appeared first on teamtalk.com.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 23 Apr 19:30
BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Jermaine Jenas and Trevor Nelson in this week's Premier League predictions.ESPN FC - Sunderland News 22 Apr 20:50
Steve Nicol gives his predictions as to who will be relegated from the Premier League this season.Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Apr 16:48
Southampton striker Sam Gallagher is being considered by Aston Villa, Sunderland, Wolves and Cardiff City. The 21-year-old has impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers this season.Sunderland – teamtalk.com 22 Apr 11:18
Dean Edwards from the band Is Bliss takes our prediction challenge, with wins predicted for Liverpool and Man Utd – but no agreement on the two FA Cup semi-finals.
Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.
The title race is hotting up, and as always it’s worth reading our latest Premier League betting preview for Betsafe over at their site.
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Hull City v Watford
Swansea City v Stoke City
West Ham v Everton
Burnley v Man Utd (Sunday, 2.15pm)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Chelsea v Tottenham (FA Cup semi-final, Saturday 5.15pm)
Arsenal v Manchester City (FA Cup semi-final, Sunday 3pm)
The music of Is Bliss and Dean’s love of football
TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
Dean: I’m a Newcastle United fan. Growing up I always idolised Alan Shearer for England so as soon as I was old enough to understand he played for Newcastle I have always supported the club.
My favourite memories have to be the Bobby Robson days when we were competing in the Champions League and beating the likes of Inter Milan.
TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Alan Shearer of course was always my hero and an absolute legend at Newcastle United.
Dean: I always loved Laurent Robert in his time at Newcastle too, I’ve never seen anybody hit a ball as hard as he could from 40 yards into the top bins!
TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the (rest of the) season?
Dean: I think there’s a lot of room for improvement in the current squad, we certainly need to improve the defence and find a consistent proven goalscorer for our return to the Premier League. Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been great plays for us this year but I’m hoping they can do it in the top flight this time round.
I’m confident we will hold on and gain promotion to the Premier League which I guess was the main target this season.
TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
Dean: Mine would be Portsmouth of course. That’s my hometown and I’m really excited that they have gained promotion this year and with the potential takeover on the cards it would be great to see Pompey get back up to the leagues again.
TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?
Dean: We are due to release our new ep “THE HONEYCOMB EXPLOSION” on May 19th which will be followed by a UK tour to promote it.
We head out to Europe later in the year to play a string of European festivals and club dates which we are really excited about!
The post Predictions: Liverpool, Man Utd joy; FA Cup SF disagreements appeared first on teamtalk.com.Sunderland – teamtalk.com 21 Apr 23:10
Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona is close to being decided, while Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is reportedly looking to leave the club this summer, according to the European media.
MAN UTD STAR EYES EXIT TO BOOST WORLD CUP HOPES
Matteo Darmian is reportedly considering leaving Manchester United to strengthen his claim for a place in Italy’s 2018 World Cup squad.
The 26-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot under Jose Mourinho and is concerned that may affect his hopes of heading to Russia next summer.
Mourinho is expected to have a real shake up of his United squad over the summer and Darmian could be one of the first names to be shown the door.
Inter Milan have been linked with the full-back and according to Tuttosport a €10m (£8.4m) bid could seal the defender’s return to Serie A.
MAN CITY TARGET JUVENTUS DEFENSIVE DUO
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to sign Juventus duo Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro to solve his defensive issues at The Etihad.
City’s link to Bonucci is nothing new, with the Italy defender expected to be courted by a number of Europe’s top sides this summer, but Sandro would certainly give them an upgrade over Gael Clichy at left-back.
The 26-year-old Brazil international has pace to burn and has more quality going forward than Clichy, while Bonucci is seen as the ideal long-term partner for John Stones at the heart of City’s defence.
AND THE REST
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is close to agreeing a new deal with the Spanish giants (Marca)
Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan could leave Roma in summer (tuttomercato.com)
AC Milan star winger Suso wants to re-negotiate his new contract after the club was recently taken by new owners (Calciomercato)
AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella want to strengthen the Rossoneri squad next summer with the signing of Manchester United targets Keita Balde and Stefan De Vrij from Lazio (Il Corriere dello Sport)
PSG star Angel Di Maria has been shortlisted as a potential attacking reinforcement for Juventus (Tuttosport)
Unai Emery could be the next manager of AS Roma with the Spaniard who is set to leave PSG (Il Corriere dello Sport)
Real Madrid are keen on 22-goal Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe but their attempts to sign him could be thwarted by Paris Saint-Germain (AS)
Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has revealed that star striker Sandro Wagner could follow in Seb Rudy and Niklas Sule’s footsteps and switch allegiances to fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich this summer (SportBild)
Roma will not exercise their purchase option to sign on-loan Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen (various)
Tony Adams has confirmed that Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson will not be joining Granada FC this season (Sky Sports)
Outgoing Sevilla director of sport Monchi says he is destined for Roma “unless there is a twist” (AS)
The post Euro Paper Talk: Messi future to be decided; Nainggolan exit appeared first on teamtalk.com.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 21 Apr 15:27
In a video released by The Sun, Adam Johnson was filmed apparently talking to other inmates.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 15 Apr 20:22
BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Newcastle fan Sting and his son Joe Sumner in this week's Premier League predictions.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 15 Apr 19:03
Sunderland earn a late draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light, but remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.