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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 25 Apr 19:06

Landon Donovan: 'The hope is that Swansea can become America's club'

Paul Clement says Swansea City's win over Stoke is a psychological boost as they continue to fight for survival. 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. Steve Nicol gives his predictions as to who will be relegated from the Premier League this season. Fernando Llorente is proud of his side's important winning effort following their lowly performance last match. Landon Donovan wants to help make Premier League side Swansea City "America's club." Donovan, 35, was named an adviser by Swansea owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien after they acquired the club last summer. The former U.S. international recently made his first visit to Swansea, and said he wants to help expand the club's profile around the globe. "I think a lot of clubs are trying to reach out into the American market, or the Chinese market, the Indian market or the South American market," Donovan...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 25 Apr 00:19

Are Hull the best bet to stay in the Prem?

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.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 24 Apr 21:16

Ref Review: ?Atrocious? Boro star slammed; Arsenal get lucky

A look at all the controversial decisions during this weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup semi-final games with a number of high-profile incidents up for debate.

Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

 

Middlesbrough penalty appeal v Bournemouth

Boro made a disastrous start after going 1-0 down in no time at the Vitality Stadium. However Gaston Ramirez tried to throw them a lifeline by throwing himself, literally, over in the box soon after. There was no contact with Simon Francis and in truth it was a late candidate for dive of the season. He was duly booked for his trouble.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Gaston Ramirez red card v Bournemouth

The Uruguayan barley lasted 20 minutes on the south coast and his calamitous cameo ended as not long after he was booked for diving he was given his marching orders for a late lunge on Marc Pugh in the corner. He doesn’t make much contact but it’s a stupid, wild challenge. Madness.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Oumar Niasse red card v Watford

Big call this from Bobby Madley and on reflection he’s got it wrong.

Niasse went in for a loose ball with M’Baye Niang and seemed to catch the Watford man on the shin. The ref, who was well placed, wasted no time at all in sending off the Hull man.

Truth be known there was very little contact and one can only presume he’s been penalised for a high foot. A foul in all probability but a straight red? Not so much. Niasse’ face after seeing red tells its own story.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Stoke City penalty v Swansea City

It was a bad day all round for Stoke who endured an afternoon to forget at the Liberty Stadium.

However things might have improved had Marko Arnautovic not blazed over from the spot to level things up against Swansea. The home side were not happy about the penalty award but in fairness Federico Fernandez did seem to impede Xherdan Shaqiri and take him out from behind after he was through on goal.

It was clumsy rather then malicious, but still a penno.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Chelsea penalty v Tottenham

An incredible game between two London behemoths at Wembley and a major talking point was Martin Atkinson’s decision to award the Blues a spot-kick with the game in the balance at 1-1.

Victor Moses went over in the area after a ridiculous sliding challenge from Son. There were plenty on social media claiming Moses made the most of it, and he almost certainly did, but if you are going to steam in and slide in such a ridiculous manner in the area you are just asking for bother. “The penalty for me was a soft penalty or was not a penalty,” said Mauricio Pochettinho afterwards. But then he would say that wouldn’t he.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Manchester United penalty appeal v Burnley

The returning Wayne Rooney was incensed after Anthony Taylor failed to award a spot-kick after he was sent flying in the box by Joey Barton on the half hour. Barton got none of the ball, but plenty of Rooney’s shin. We’ve seen them given.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Wayne Rooney goal v Watford

Wayne Rooney: On target against Burnley

A number of Manchester United fans let out a collective groan on social media upon discovering Rooney had been selected ahead of Marcus Rashford at Turf Moor. But Wazza responded by putting in a lively first half shift and scoring the goal to put the Red Devils 2-0 up.

His scuffed effort literally crept over the line and for a split second there was confusion as to whether the ball had actually crossed. Anthony Taylor was in no doubt though and immediately blew for a goal, number 251 for Rooney in a Reds shirt. Not a collectors item but they all count.

Verdict: Correct decision

Manchester City penalty appeal v Arsenal

 

All eyes on Craig Pawson who said no dice when Sergio Aguero took a first half tumble in the area with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for company. It was a solid call too as The Ox made no attempt to play the ball and Aguero seemed to catch his own heel if anything.

Verdict: Correct decision

 

Manchester City disallowed goal v Arsenal

City absolutely dominated possession in the first half against Arsenal and finally thought they’d made the breakthrough after Leroy Sane whipped the ball in from the byeline that Sergio Aguero fired goalwards. Petr Cech stopped his effort on the line but Raheem Sterling was on hand to bury the loose ball into the roof of the net. The linesman Steve Child flagged though claiming Sane’s cross went out of play before coming back in. It was mighty close but super slow-mo replays suggested that some of the ball was still in play. Ergo, the goal should have stood.

Verdict: Incorrect decision

 

Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Rob Holding: Stood out in win over Man City

Manchester City

The Citizens dominated against Arsenal for long spells but it is the Gunners who will contest their third FA Cup final in four years after a 2-1 win in extra-time. It could have all been so different however if Sterling’s ‘goal’ had not been chalked off. It was a tight call but the general consensus afterwards was that the ball didn’t fully go out of play.

 

Stonewall decision of the week

Gaston Ramirez’s first yellow card v Bournemouth

It was an atrocious dive from Ramirez to try and manufacture Boro a penalty. He was literally two or three metres past the Bournemouth player when he decided to go down. It was theatrical, ridiculous and definitely worthy of a caution.

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 24 Apr 11:45

Power Rankings: Man United stay put; Palace hit top six

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.

West Ham, who are 13th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Matchday 34

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.

 

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Tottenham 78.75 71
2. Chelsea 70.25 75
 3. Everton 69.5 58
 4. Liverpool 68.25 66
5. Man City 58.25 64
6. Crystal Palace 53.5 38
7. Man Utd 52.75 63
8. West Brom 51.5 44
9. Bournemouth 49.5 38
10. Arsenal 49 57
11. Watford 46 40
12. Southampton 44.5 40
13. West Ham 43.5 38
14. Hull 43  33
15. Burnley 42.5 38
16. Leicester 41.5  37
= Stoke 41.5 39
18. Swansea 40.5  31
19. Sunderland  30.5  21
20. Middlesbrough 27.5  24

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 24 Apr 08:14

Britton's video lesson for Swansea team

Midfielder Leon Britton gives Swansea City team-mates copies of a video about the club's rise before their win over Stoke City.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 24 Apr 07:43

Kante and Alli scoop top PFA awards; Beckham honoured

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.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 23 Apr 19:30

Lawro's predictions v Jermaine Jenas and Trevor Nelson

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Jermaine Jenas and Trevor Nelson in this week's Premier League predictions.

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 23 Apr 15:10

Swansea put up survival fight as Clement's men claim crucial victory

Paul Clement gave his reaction to Swansea's crucial win over Stoke. Swansea's survival bid finally sprung to life with a convincing and essential 2-0 home victory over Stoke on Saturday. The side should now have the momentum they need to take the relegation battle right to the end of the season. Positives Swansea have been dismal of late but that all changed on Saturday. This was the side's most committed performance under Paul Clement, and they finally look capable of putting up a fight for survival. Football is a simple game, and Swansea didn't do anything fancy...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 23 Apr 02:45

Clement: Swansea have confidence back

Paul Clement says Swansea City's win over Stoke is a psychological boost as they continue to fight for survival.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 22 Apr 22:46

Downing apology after Boro defeat

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing apologises to fans who travelled to see the 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth which pushes Boro closer to relegation.

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 22 Apr 21:00

Swansea 2-0 Stoke: Llorente, Carroll power Swans

Swansea City secured a vital 2-0 win over Stoke as their push for Premier League survival continues.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 22 Apr 20:17

Boss Clement backs Swansea's momentum

Boss Paul Clement believes Swansea's win over Stoke could provide the momentum they need to stay in the Premier League.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 22 Apr 18:54

Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City

Swansea City revive their Premier League survival hopes as they beat Stoke to end a six-match winless run.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 22 Apr 15:07

Swansea breathe new life into relegation fight

Fernando Llorente ended a four games without scoring as he breathed new life into Swansea’s relegation fight as Stoke were beaten 2-0 on Saturday.

 

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 22 Apr 11:18

Predictions: Liverpool, Man Utd joy; FA Cup SF disagreements

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.

Last week, Conrad Ellis, lead singer from Cheshire band The Luka State took on TEAMtalk’s James Marshment – you can see who came out on top here.

This week, it’s Is Bliss’ Dean Edwards hoping to get one over our Marshy .

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

Dean: 2-0

Marshy: 2-1

 

Hull City v Watford

Dean: 1-1

Marshy: 2-1

Swansea City v Stoke City

Dean: 3-0

Marshy: 1-1

 

West Ham v Everton

Romelu Lukaku: Set to leave Everton

Dean: 2-2

Marshy: 2-3

 

Burnley v Man Utd (Sunday, 2.15pm)

Dean: 0-1

Marshy: 1-1

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4.30pm)

Dean: 3-1

Marshy: 2-0

Chelsea v Tottenham (FA Cup semi-final, Saturday 5.15pm)

Dean: 2-0

Marshy: 1-2

Arsenal v Manchester City (FA Cup semi-final, Sunday 3pm)

Dean: 0-1

Marshy: 1-0

 

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!

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