For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically-hot start to life as a Premier League striker, we get it: There’s something rather dull about not wondering the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, but just the number of his final tally. Haaland’s Premier League-leading 11 goals from seven games has him five goals clear of the next two players: Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic. That’s 1.57 goals per game from Haaland, a pace that would bag him just under 60 goals over the course of a 38-game Premier League season. [ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total of 8.35, that translates to more than 43 goals scored in a single season. (For a breakdown of how Haaland’s doing what he does, check this video): Haaland is extremely unlikely to hit even 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record could very well be … [Read more...] about Premier League top scorers: Who is leading 2022 Golden Boot race?
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Arsenal and Tottenham will be fighting for much more than local bragging rights on Saturday as the north London rivals aim to prove they are serious contenders for the Premier League title. As top-flight action returns following the international break, Arsenal sit top of the table after an unexpectedly strong start, while unbeaten Tottenham are just one point behind in third place. With Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United still recovering their equilibrium after turbulent starts to the season, a path has opened up for the north London clubs to gate-crash the title race. If a title challenger was expected to emerge from either end of the Seven Sisters Road, it was Tottenham who were the more likely candidates after snatching a top-four finish from their bitter rivals and neighbours in dramatic fashion last term. Arsenal were in pole position to qualify for the Champions League when they moved four points clear of Tottenham with just three games left. But Mikel Arteta … [Read more...] about Premier League: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur Seek To Prove Title Credentials In North London Derby | Football News
Throughout the Premier League season The Breakdown provides analysis, tactical focus and a deeper dive on some of the top plays from some of the best players on the planet. [ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] We are back for Season 3 of the Breakdown and Joe Prince-Wright will be joining you to discuss some of the things which stood out (or may not have, initially) in the Premier League. Click play on the video above to watch the latest episode of the Breakdown, while below is the full archive of The Breakdown. And feel free to send in your comments and questions to JPW via his Twitter feed (click below) if you want him to select any plays which caught your eye and he will then give them the Breakdown treatment. The Breakdown – 2022-23 Premier League season Matchweek 1 Matchweek 2 Matchweek 3 Matchweek 4 Follow @JPW_NBCSports … [Read more...] about Erling Haaland: Analysis, tactical focus on amazing Premier League start
There are just a few days to go until the summer transfer window closes and big boys around the Premier League are still scrambling to make big money signings as the transfer news continues to swirl. [ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] This window has been crazy and it appears the record level of spending isn’t over yet. Thomas Tuchel, Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp are all hoping to spend big in the finals days of the window, as the summer window shuts at 6pm ET on Sept. 1. Below is the latest transfer news as plenty of Premier League giants aim to spend big. Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool pushing hard to sign central midfielder After saying that Liverpool were done in the transfer market, Klopp has changed his mind. Providing Liverpool can find the right player. Following their shock defeat at Manchester United , it was clear that injuries to Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones, plus their over reliance on Fabinho, … [Read more...] about Transfer news: Premier League giants set to spend big in late scramble
At first, Goncalo Guedes refused. Bruno Lage, his coach in the Benfica academy, had proposed a bet while on a visit to Madrid for a tournament. He would get a haircut like Cristiano Ronaldo, but only if the young winger got a Mohawk like Mario Balotelli. Eventually, and much to the amusement of his team-mates, Guedes came back with a counterproposal. He would get the Mohawk, but it would be inverted; shaved through the middle, but with enough on the sides, he hoped, to conceal the damage. Lage happily accepted and, needlessly to say, it was Guedes who came out of it worse, his inverted Mohawk so ridiculous that he had little choice but to shave off the sides as well. "I was 14 or 15 but I had been moved up a year, so I was the youngest in the group," Guedes tells Sky Sports with a chuckle as he recalls the episode. "I was a bit young and crazy. I joked with the manager a lot. After that, we always had a good relationship." Get Sky Sports | Get NOW to stream big … [Read more...] about Goncalo Guedes exclusive interview: Wolves winger on Bruno Lage reunion and adapting to the Premier League
The first Manchester derby this season will unfold in front of the Sky cameras this Sunday - but how do the teams shape up going into the showdown? The 188th meeting between the rivals kicks off Super Sunday this weekend, with hosts Manchester City unbeaten in 19 Premier League games - dating back to a 3-2 home defeat against Tottenham in February. Meanwhile, Manchester United's current run of four successive league wins is their longest since April 2021 - a five-game winning streak that included a 2-0 win at the Etihad. Manchester City Manchester United Sunday 2nd October 1:00pm Kick off 2:00pm The fact both teams are in good form should come as no surprise - only Chelsea's summer spending exceeded the £227m outlay at Old Trafford and, in Erling Haaland, City have a striker whose current strike-rate would see him end the season with 59 Premier League goals. Sign up for PL goal alerts Get Sky Sports Download the Sky … [Read more...] about Man City vs Man Utd: Premier League titans clash at Etihad this Sunday | How do Pep Guardiola and Erik ten Hag’s sides shape up?
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte on Thursday hit out at "disrespectful" claims he could quit the Premier League club to rejoin Juventus. Conte has been linked with a move to Juventus after the Serie A club's poor start to the season. The Italian, whose Tottenham contract expires at the end of this season, has close ties with Juve after winning the title in Turin as both a player and manager. Having led Tottenham to Champions League qualification last term before masterminding their unbeaten start to the new English top-flight season, Conte's stock is high. But despite reports Massimiliano Allegri could be sacked after Juventus won only two of their first seven Serie A games, Conte is adamant he remains committed to Spurs. "I think this is disrespectful for the Juventus coach and disrespectful for me working for Tottenham," Conte told reporters. "We've just started the season. Many times I spoke about this topic and I always said I'm happy and enjoying my time with Tottenham. … [Read more...] about Tottenham Hotpur Boss Antonio Conte Dismisses Talk Of Juventus Link | Football News
Coronavirus vaccinations will not be mandatory for the million-plus fans going to the World Cup in Qatar this year, the Gulf state said Thursday. But players and match officials may be forced into a secure "bio-bubble" if Covid-19 cases take off again, with the threat of expulsion from the tournament for those who breach the secure environment, the health ministry said. The 29-day tournament will be the first major global sporting event with fans since the eruption in December 2019 of the Covid pandemic, which has since killed more than six million people. Qatari organisers, who have predicted that more than one million people will pack Doha for the matches, and football's governing body, FIFA, have said they want the event to be a sign the world is getting over the devastating pandemic. But Qatar's health ministry warned in its World Cup guidelines that special measures would be ordered "in the event of a worsening pandemic situation in the country", such as the emergence of a … [Read more...] about Qatar Says World Cup Fans Do Not Need Covid Vaccination | Football News
USATSI All 14 Big Ten teams will be in action during Week 5 of the college football season as league play heats up with seven conference matchups that should bring clarity to the division title races. In particular, No. 21 Minnesota has the chance to take an early stranglehold on the Big Ten West as the Gophers host Purdue and look to improve to 5-0 after defeating their first four opponents by an average of 39.8 points. If the Golden Gophers take care of business as 10.5-point favorites against the Boilermakers, they should find themselves as the lone team from the West still unbeaten in league play come Sunday. While Northwestern and Iowa also enter Week 5 with 1-0 league records, both are double-digit underdogs against Big Ten East powerhouses this week. Barring an upset by the Hawkeyes against No. 4 Michigan, or from the Wildcats against No. 11 Penn State, the West will be Minnesota's to lose entering Week 6 -- provided that it beats Purdue. There is still plenty of time … [Read more...] about Big Ten college football picks, odds in Week 5: Michigan faces road test, Minnesota welcomes opportunity
The Pro Bowl is gone, and the Pro Bowl Games are here. Days after the NFL announced that its annual all-star game will be replaced with a multifaceted skills competition this season, the league has unveiled additional details about the event. Namely, multiple seven-on-seven flag football games will headline the Sunday afternoon slot typically reserved for a full-contact matchup between AFC and NFC Pro Bowlers. And all players voted into the Pro Bowl will be required to participate, barring injury. In a letter addressed from the NFL to the NFL Players Association, the league has spelled out the following: The Pro Bowl Games will be divided into two categories of events: 1.) Skills Competitions , and 2.) Game Day Events The Skills Competitions will occur the week of the Games, from Tuesday through Saturday, and include non-football activities like dodgeball, a best catch competition, and quarterback drills, including "thread-the-needle" accuracy tests. The … [Read more...] about 2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games details revealed: 7-on-7 flag football, dodgeball, players required to attend