Sunday, 29 March 2015

See Pictures From The Gerrard Charity Match Which Had Torres, Suarez, Henry And Co

Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres returned to Anfield on Sunday but Mario Balotelli outshone both, scoring one and setting up another in a 2-2 draw in the Liverpool All-Star charity match.

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher captained teams at a sold-out Anfield and were joined by a host of players from Liverpool’s past and present, as well as a number of star names from the football world including Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry and Chelsea captain John Terry.
But it was the half-time introduction of former Liverpool heroes Suarez and Torres which brought the ground to its feet as the pair played together for the first time.

However, it was current Liverpool striker Balotelli who took centre stage, taking just nine minutes to give Team Carragher the lead, beating Brad Jones with a low right-footed strike.

Carragher's side were two goals to the good in the 23rd minute with Balotelli, who has scored just four goals for the club since arriving last summer, involved again as Didier Drogba latched onto the Italian’s inch-perfect through ball, before rounding Jones to tap the ball home into the empty net.

Gerrard’s men were handed a lifeline just before the break and it was the captain himself beating former team-mate Pepe Reina from the spot after Martin Kelly brought down Jerome Sinclair.
Gerrard's side were back in it and at half-time he sent for the cavalry as former Anfield heroes Suarez and Torres came onto the field with Henry one of the players to make way.
And it was not long before the Kop was in full voice, chanting the names of their former stars as Torres combined with Gerrard, only for the skipper to fire his shot over the cross bar.

Gerrard then scored his second penalty afee Carragher brought down Suarez for the game to end 2 goal apiece.

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International Review: Mueller Scores For Germany As Brazil Record 8th Straight Win


World Cup winners Germany eased past hosts Georgia 2-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday with two goals in five minutes from Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller enough to get their Group D campaign back on track.

Reus scored after 39 minutes and Mueller soon doubled their lead as the Germans, who had an erratic start to qualifiers last year and lost in Poland, were never threatened by their weaker opponents.

The win lifted Germany to 10 points from five games, as many as leaders Poland, who take on Ireland later on Sunday. Scotland are also on 10.

In the friendly game at the Emirates, Roberto Firmino's goal helped Brazil extend their winning run to eight matches at the expense of South American rivals Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
Hoffenheim striker Firmino latched on to Danilo's pass and took the ball around Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

It was the highlight of a low-quality match punctuated by fouls. Chile's Gary Medel was lucky to escape unpunished for treading on Barcelona striker Neymar in the first half. With the Copa America starting in Chile on 11 June, it was the last chance for the players to impress before the squads are announced on 1 June but enthusiasm appeared to be lacking.

South Africa 1-1 Nigeria Match Report: Eagles Concede Last Minute Equaliser


Nigeria’s Super Eagles continued their unbeaten run against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in international football on Sunday as they held on to a 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Caretaker coach of the Eagles Daniel Amokachi seemed to have briefed his players to play deep and catch the hosts on the counter as South Africa enjoyed large possession of the ball.

As early as the 2nd minute though, Nigeria was presented with their first chance to trouble the South Africans but Aaron Samuel’s freekick was shot straight at the South African keeper, Itmalangho Khune.

Leon Balogun’s cross is headed out for a throw in the 5th minute but Kingsley Sokari’s ensuing shot was wayward. Daniel Akpeyi acrobatically palmed away the ball a minute later after a direct shot for a South Africa corner.

The former youth international dived again to save another shot towards goal, the first of brilliant saves to come from the goalkeeper who has not had his fair shot at national team duties.
Kenneth Omeruo went down with a hamstring injury and had to be substituted by Godfrey Oboabona in the 12th minute of the game.
Rantie failed to get to the end of a long pass though Akpeyi read the move pretty well and was off his line to claim the ball.

Leon Balogun blocked a goal-bound shot from Rantie in the 25th minute, which went out for a corner after the striker impressively turned away from the other Eagles defenders with a nimble movement.

In the 42th minute, Aaron Samuel curled in a left-footed shot that missed target. And two minutes later, the South African forwards failed to punish a clumsy Eagles defence abut the Nigerian defenders eventually cleared their lines.

Amokachi made three half time substitutes and one soon after the kick off of the second half. Musa’s freekick looped over the bar while Aaron Samuel went on a slalom run but commits a foul as he runs at the defender marking him threelminutes later.

Godfrey Oboabona committed a reckless and needless tackle in the penalty box against Serero in the 61at minute. Jali steps up but Daniel Akpeyi saves his penalty. The South Africans get a corner soon afterwards but the chances are now wasted.

Ahmed Musa scored Nigeria’s much sought-after goal with five minutes left on the clock. The CSKA Moscow speedster received a great pass from Odion Ighalo. He controls the ball coolly and places his curling shot to the far right beyond the reach of the Bafana keeper, Khune.

The poor defending of the Eagles defenders led to a South Africa equaliser in the 90th minute of the game. Bongani Zungu scored for his team, sweeping home a rebound after a good work by Daniel Akpeyi, who is let down by his poor defenders, chief among them, Godfrey Oboabona.

Qualifiers Review: Croatia, Belgium Record Big Wins As Netherlands Struggle Again

laas Jan Huntelaar: In action against Turkey
A Wesley Senijder deflected shot rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.
Burak Yilmaz fired Turkey into the lead thanks to a deflection in the 37th minute and Holland had to wait until second-half stoppage time for Sneijder to score the equaliser which saw them narrowly avoid their third defeat in Group A.
The result leaves Guus Hiddink's side six points adrift of leaders Czech Republic, one point ahead of Turkey in third place and five behind Iceland who defeated bottom side Kazakhstan 3-0 earlier in the day.
Eder marked his Italy debut in fine style with a brilliant late equaliser as they kept their Euro 2016 qualifying run going in Bulgaria.
The Azzurri had not lost in 44 qualifying fixtures going into this clash - a run dating back to 2006 - but that was seriously under threat as they trailed 2-1 with eight minutes left.
But Sampdoria's Brazil-born striker had other ideas and curled in an equaliser from the edge of the box to secure a 2-2 draw.
Croatia claimed a comfortable 5-1 victory over Norway at the Stadion Maksimir.
The Group H leaders went three points clear at the top ahead of Italy thanks to goals from Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Ivica Olic, Gordon Schildenfeld and Danijel Pranjic, while they lost Vedran Corluka to a red card midway through the second half.

Tarik Elyounoussi missed a penalty for Norway with 20 minutes left and Alexander Tettey netted a consolation to leave them third, four points off the lead.
A brace from Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and further strikes from Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi earned Belgium a 5-0 victory over Cyprus in Brussels.
Fellaini and Benteke struck in the first half to give Belgium a commanding 2-0 lead before the break, before Fellaini, Hazard and Batshuayi netted in the second to complete a commanding victory for Marc Wilmots' side.
Belgium replace Cyprus in third place in Group B, with the Red Devils having accumulated eight points from their four matches to date.
In the same group, Edin Dzeko racked up a hat-trick for Bosnia and Herzegovina as they picked up their first win of Euro 2016 qualifying in a 3-0 victory over Andorra.
The Manchester City striker made it a record-extending 41 goals for Bosnia, who comfortably emerged winners in what was the two sides' first meeting at senior international level.
Vaclav Pilar's last-minute equaliser saw Czech Republic snatch a point as they salvaged a 1-1 draw against Latvia in Group A in Prague.
Aleksejs Visnakovs' 30th minute-goal had put Latvia on course for their first victory in the group stages before Pilar was in the right place to turn in a rebound moments before the final whistle.
The Czechs, who had started the day three points clear at the top, are now just one ahead of Iceland after they picked up a 3-0 victory against Kazakhstan in Astana.
Eidur Gudjohnsen celebrated his return from international retirement by setting Iceland on their way to victory before Birkir Bjarnason's double completed a comfortable win.
Azerbaijan prevailed in the battle of the Group H minnows as they beat Malta 2-0.
Gabala striker Javid Huseynov scored the opening goal of the game four minutes in and it looked enough to decide a tie which features two sides who had one point between them prior to kick-off.
But Dimitrij Nazarov added an injury-time second for good measure to wrap things up.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

International Matches Review: Kane Strikes For England As Morata Save Spain


Starting in place of the injured Diego Costa Morata chipped in the game's only goal in the 18th minute after receiving an exquisite pass from Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.

It also took its unbeaten streak on Spanish soil to 30 straight competitive matches, a run dating back to June 2003.

A minute of silence was held at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville before kickoff in memory of victims of the Germanwings airplane tragedy.

Harry Kane scored 78 seconds into his England debut as Roy Hodgson’s men made it five wins from five in the European Qualifiers with a 4-0 win over Lithuania.

Hodgson decided against playing Kane from the start but he grabbed England’s fourth goal on 72 minutes after Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling had already found the net in a convincing showing from the hosts.
The goal was Rooney’s 47th for England and the striker is just two goals away from drawing level with Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record, while Welbeck now has six goals in the qualifying stage meaning he's the top scorer in the tournament.

The result leaves England six points ahead of Slovenia in Group E and stretches their unbeaten run in competitive matches at Wembley to 17

Slovakia kept Luxembourg at the bottom of the group from first-half goals by Adam Nemec, Vladimir Weiss and Peter Pekarik in a 3-0 win.

Belarus fought back 2-1 at Macedonia to leapfrog the hosts into fourth place. Slovenia remained in the second automatic qualification place in England's Group E by routing bottom-placed San Marino 6-0.

Switzerland stayed third after beating Estonia 3-0, making it 11 goals without conceding on a three-game winning run.

A Russian player was hit by a flare after 20 seconds against Montenegro in Podgorica before a brawl between the two teams' players eventually resulted in the match being abandoned on Friday.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was taken to a hospital after collapsing to the field when he was struck on the head by a flare. It was 30 minutes before the game resumed.

But after Russia's Roman Shirokov missed a penalty in the 66th minute with the score at 0-0, players and staff from both teams shoved one another.

Russia and Montenegro are third and fourth respectively in Group G, both with five points from four games.

Austria remained top with a 5-0 rout of Liechtenstein, four points ahead of Sweden, who beat Moldova 2-0 thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double.

Friday, 27 March 2015

The "Country Over Club" Footballers


The country versus club debate has always been an age long topic for discussion in the football community. The major topic for discussion is usually the release of players from their clubs.

Historically, players have always been perceived not to show as much commitment to the national team as they do to their clubs.

Various theories have been written as to why this is so, but the prevailing factor has always been the fact that, it’s the clubs that pay the wages.

Playing for your country is seen as a source of pride and honor, but it is with their club sides that they sign professional contracts, thus, are required to produce the goods and be professional at all times.

For this reason, players have always tended to prioritize their club duties and have often tended to perform better for their clubs, but some have actually gone against the grain and ended up putting in more impressive performances for their countries than for their clubs.

A very good example of this is the career trajectory Nicklas Bendtner has embarked on so far. He has consistently struggled to produce consistent performances for his various club sides.
At Arsenal, he was never able to get ahead of the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor , Marouane Chamakh or Robin Van Persie in the pecking order, and was finally offloaded to Wolfsburg in the summer of 2014.

His 9 year stay at Arsenal produced just 24 goals in 108 appearances and included largely unsuccessful loan spells at the likes of Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus.

His career at Wolfsburg hasn’t kicked off either, he’s has only made 11 appearances all season, mustering just the one goal as Bas Dost has been chosen over him all season.

However, these struggles haven’t reflected while playing for his native Denmark. He’s consistently been the star of the show, recently scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over the USA. He has scored 29 goals in 65 games, almost a goal every other game.
Other players who have struggled for form for their clubs, but have always been key for their countries include England striker, Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck struggled to score goals at Manchester United, and is also experiencing a similar lull at Arsenal despite an electrifying start to the season. He however, has a very decent record of 12 goals in 32 caps for the three lions, almost a goal every other game as well.

Other prominent examples include Milan Baros [Czech Republic], Lukas Podolski [Germany] , David Healy [Republic of Ireland], Jozy Altidore [USA], Helder Postiga [Portugal], amongst others.

This could be attributed to differences in tactics, or players playing in environments more suited to their skills and styles.

Some may be due to being played out of position at their clubs, a perfect example being Danny Welbeck who has always been shunted to the wings at both Man United and Arsenal, but always gets the nod upfront while playing for the three lions.

This goes to show that various factors could lead to either a good or bad spell for players, and some of the criticisms leveled against them are probably not fair.

Written By: Seyi

#Election2015: Highlighting The Sporting Excellence Under President Goodluck Jonathan

Over the last four years, Nigeria as a country has experienced various levels of success, in both collective terms and individual accolades as well, bringing honor to the Nation. This has arguably been the most successful story of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Since resuming ffice of the presidency in 2011, the Golden Eaglets have won the FIFA u-17 world cup in 2013. The Flying Eagles qualified for the quarter finals of the U-20 world cup in the same year, needing penalties to be ousted by Uruguay, while winning on the continent in 2015.
The senior team, the Super Eagles finally won the African Nations Cup in 2013, after 19 long years of heartache since the last triumph in 1994. They also qualified from the group stage of the World cup for the first time since 1998.

The female national teams have not been left out, with the Falconets going all the way to the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2014, wowing fans and neutrals alike with a very entertaining brand of attacking football.

An exceptional highlight, being the emergence of a certain Asisat Oshoala, who went on to sign for Liverpool in England.

She carried that swashbuckling form into the senior Women’s African Nations Cup in 2014, culminating in a record 9th title. She was also awarded the golden ball as the best player in the tournament.

Team Nigeria also wowed spectators worldwide during the Paralympics in 2012, especially in Power lifting. We ended the spectacle with 13 medals.

The 2014 commonwealth games was another success story, with Nigeria winning a record 11 gold medals. This culminated in the country winning 36 medals in total, another country. Nigeria finished 8th overall to complete a massively impressive outing.

Individually, Nigerian sportsmen and women have excelled in their various fields, with Blessing Okabare, Vincent Enyeama and Asisat Oshoala arguably the biggest contributors.

Since 2011, Blessing Okagbare has won Gold medals in the 100m, 4 x 100m relay and the Long jump as well. She has won 6 gold medals, 4 silver medals and a bronze medal in various championships, including the Commonwealth games, All-Africa games and the likes.

The aforementioned Oshoala has been an absolute revelation. She rose to limelight in the FIFA u-20 Women’s World Cup in 2014, finishing the tournament as the highest goal scorer as well as being awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. A really impressive feat that.

Footballers, Mikel Obi and Vincent Enyeama have also been stalwarts over the last 4 years. Both have been nominated for the African footballer of the year award in 2014 and 2015, although both lost to the Mecurial Yaya Toure.

With the criticisms that have continued to  befall the Jonathan administration, he can at least lay claim to have presided over the administration with the most sporting excellence.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Thursday International Friendly Review: Falcao Nets Brace As Brazil Defeat France

Brazil came from behind to see off France in a friendly at the Stade de France, with goals from Chelsea midfielder Oscar, Barcelona forward Neymar, and Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luis Gustavo.

France had taken the lead through a Raphael Varane header, and looked to be in total control before Oscar's well-worked equaliser, but the visitors fought back strongly in the second half, and could have scored more as the game wore on.
Neymar who already had 42 goals for his country before this game, made it 43, firing past Steve Mandanda from an angle which will have disappointed the French keeper, before Luis Gustavo was given the run of the penalty area to head home from a corner.

Manchester United benchwarmer Radamel Falcao sent a message to Louis van Gaal that he still knows where the net is with two clinical goals for Colombia in their friendly in Bahrain.

Falcao struck twice in four minutes for Colombia's second and third goals in a 6-0 thrashing of the world No 103-ranked side at the Bahrain National Stadium on Thursday.

The 29-year-old has been craving regular football having not started for his club since February 28 but delivered for national team head coach Jose Pekerman, adding an assist for good measure.

After fellow striker Carlos Bacca opened the scoring on 14 minutes, his captain Falcao stepped up in the 32nd minute with a clinical left-footed volley after a looping ball over the top. Falcao's second came moments later, again a first-time finish, after his explosive run was met with a well-weighted through ball to take his international tally to 23 in 55.

He added an assist in the second half, showing strength to head back to Adrian Ramos for 4-0 before goals from Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria wrapped up the mismatch.

Nigeria 0-1 Uganda: Eagles Shocked At Home By Visitors After Poor Defensive Show

Nigeria’s Super Eagles were dealt an embarrassing defeat against the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday evening.Uganda scored from a sloppy Super Eagles defending.

Faruku Miya profited from a deflection by Akeem Latifu in the 80th minute to beat a sprawling Vincent Enyeama, who failed to palm away the ball. It was a very bad way to mark his centurion of games for Nigeria.The Ugandans showed guts and never seemed to be fazed to be playing the former African champions.

They got the first freekick of the game when Ogenyi Onazi fouled Godfrey Walusimbi in the 2nd minute of the game.The Super Eagles’ first real chance to score a goal in the game came in the 5th minute but Anthony Ujah fired his shot straight at the Ugandan keeper, Dennis Onyango. Ahmed Musa’s follow-up header went off target.

There was scare for Nigeria in the 18th minute of the game as a moment of sloppy defending by the Eagles almost cost them dearly via an own goal nearly conceded by Chima Akas. Thankfully it was only a goal-kick.Dennis Onyango rushed out of his box to clear the ball as Anthony Ujah bears down on goal in the 32nd minute.

However the Uyo fans momentarily booed Ujah for losing the ball to his marker six minutes later.Ahmed Musa chased after a promising pass but collided with Onyango in Uganda goal in the 42nd minute and had to be attended to by the medics as he was writhing in pains. Thankfully he rejoined the game soon afterwards.

The Eagles made some telling changes in the second half of the game. Daniel Amokachi brought in the likes of Simon Moses, Omatsone Aluko, Aaron Samuel, Godfrey Oboabona and Mfon Udoh but it was the addition of Moses that seemed to add spark in the team with his runs at the Ugandan defence from the left side of the Eagles attack.

The Ugandans held on to pull off a deserved victory while the Eagles look forward to their next friendly against South Africa on Sunday.


Wednesday International Friendly Review: Podolski Rescues Germany As Bendtner Bags Hattrick


Substitute Lukas Podolski grabbed an 81st-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for World Cup winners Germany in an entertaining friendly against Australia in Kaiserslautern. 

Podolski, on loan at Internazionale from Arsenal, stroked the ball home from close range with his left foot nine minutes after coming on - his 48th goal for his country. 

Earlier, Real Madrid's Sami Khedira pounced on a mistake by Crystal Palace's Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak to send Dortmund's Marco Reus through for the opener after just 17 minutes. Jedinak almost handed the world champions a second goal but this time Reus' effort was saved by Matt Ryan.
The Australians then started to pour forward and James Troisi equalised with a bullet header from a cross by Nathan Burns five minutes before the break. Within five minutes of the restart, Jedinak, in the middle of a four-game Premier League ban for elbowing, swept in a sublime curling free-kick to put the Asian champions in front. 

Troisi then missed a good chance to make it 3-1 to the visitors before Podolski spared the home side's blushes. 

Elsewhere, Nicklas Bendtner scored his first international hat-trick as Denmark came from behind to beat the United States 3-2 in their friendly in Aarhus. 

Denmark enjoyed most of the early possession but Jozy Altidore put the United States in front against the run of play when he fired home a left-foot shot after 19 minutes. 
The hosts levelled in the 33rd minute when Jakob Poulsen's cross missed Lasse Vibe but was pounced on by Bendtner, who slotted the ball into an empty net from five yards out. 

The Danes controlled much of the game but struggled to find a finishing touch and Aron Johannsson, who started his professional career in Denmark, restored the United States' lead in the 66th minute when he poked the ball in from Altidore's flick.

 The visitors frustrated the Danes for most of the second half with some dogged defending before Bendtner popped up unmarked at the far post to sweep home the equaliser seven minutes from time. 
The former Arsenal forward then smashed home the winner past goalkeeper Nick Rimando in the final minute - to the joy of the 10,505 fans. Denmark will now face France in a friendly in Paris on Sunday while Jurgen Klinsmann's side continue their CONCACAF Gold Cup preparations by taking on Switzerland in Zurich on March 31.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

TOP 10: Messi And Mourinho Top The Players And Managers Rich List


Lionel Messi is the highest-paid footballer on the planet, banking nearly £1million a week last year in wages and sponsorship deals.

The Argentina and Barcelona favourite earned an eye-watering £47.8m in 2014, with his club salary of £26m topped up by lucrative endorsements with the likes of adidas, FIFA 15 and Turkish Airlines.

It puts him well ahead of his Real Madrid and Portugal nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo, who brought in £39.7m, according to the latest France Football magazine rich list.

The top 10 is rounded out by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Robert Lewandowski, followed by another glut of Premier League stars.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester City's Yaya Toure both made £14.7m, while United duo Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao are jointly on £13.6m.

In the manager rich list, Jose Mourinho of Chelsea is the highest paid with his £10m salary and £3.2m in commercial revenue. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (£8.3m) and Manchester United's Louis van Gaal (£7.3m) also feature in the top five.

TOP EARNING PLAYERS 


1. Lionel Messi £47.8m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo £39.7m
3. Neymar £26.8m
4. Thiago Silva £20.2m
5. Robin van Persie £18.8m
6. Gareth Bale £17.5m
7. Wayne Rooney £16.5m
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic £15.8m
9. Sergio Aguero £15.6m
10. Robert Lewandowski £14.8m

Source: France Football Rich List

TOP EARNING MANAGERS 

1. Jose Mourinho £13.2m
2. Carlo Ancelotti £11.4m
3. Pep Guardiola £11.2m
4. Arsene Wenger £8.3m
5. Louis van Gaal £7.3m
6. Fabio Capello £6.6m
7. Andre Villas-Boas £6.2m
8. Sven-Goran Eriksson £5.9m
9. Jurgen Klopp £5.3m
10. David Moyes and Laurent Blanc £5.1m

Source: France Football Rich List

A Look At The Top 5 EPL Golden Boot Contenders And Chances Of Winning

As the Premier League enters the final two months, one other race which is heating up is that of the golden boot.

With as many as five players in the running to claim the award come the end of the season, we look at the chances of Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Charlie Austin and Olivier Giroud…

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – 13 goals

Olivier Giroud - Arsenal
The in-form centre forward scored a double at the weekend against Newcastle United and has found the back of the net in each if his last five league games to take his tally to 13.

What he has left: Liverpool (H), Burnley (A), Chelsea (H), Hull (A), Swansea (H), Man United (A), Sunderland (H), West Brom (H)

Chances: Given his recent form, he is in with a shout, but being six goals short of top spot at the moment makes it just a little more difficult for the Frenchman.

Charlie Austin (QPR) – 15 goals


Charlie Austin
The one bright spot in an otherwise poor campaign for the Hoops is the form of Charlie Austin.

He has shown he can play at this level, scoring a respectable 15 times for a struggling side including goals home and away against Arsenal.

The goals have dried up for Austin since the turn of the year, with just three in his last 10.

What he has left: West Brom (A), Aston Villa (A), Chelsea (H), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Man City (A), Newcastle (H), Leicester (A)

Chances: Highly unlikely given the tough run of games Rangers have, but should be proud to still be in the conversation at this stage of the season.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 17 goals


Sergio Aguero Manchester City
The Argentine has led the charge for City this season but his 17 strikes don’t appear to be enough in their bid to retain the Premier League title.

He looked nailed on to be top scorer after starting the campaign with three in his first four games, injury has dented his hopes of claiming his first golden boot title since moving to Manchester.

What he has left: Crystal Palace (A), Man United (A), West Ham (H), Aston Villa (H), Tottenham (A), QPR (H), Swansea (A), Southampton (H)

Chances: If City are to catch Chelsea, then Aguero will play a key part and if anyone can go on a hot streak in front of goal then look no further.

Harry Kane and Diego Costa (Tottenham & Chelsea) 19 goals


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Diego Costa

Intriguing battle between the league’s joint top scorers, Kane went top of the charts with a hat-trick against Leicester City on Saturday then Costa responded 24 hours later against Hull City to move level with the Englishman. 
Costa has put a recent drought behind him to score two in two, while it’s five in three for Kane.
What Kane has left: Burnley (A), Aston Villa (H), Newcastle (H), Southampton (A), Man City (H), Stoke (A), Hull (H), Everton (A)
What Costa has left: Stoke (H), QPR (A), Man United (H), Arsenal (A), Leicester (A), Crystal Palace (H), Liverpool (H), West Brom (A), Sunderland (H)

Chances: Looking at both players respective run-ins, it would appear that the Tottenham striker has the better chance should he continue at the rate he is going at, meanwhile Costa hopes could be thwarted by a hamstring injury picked up at the weekend.

Source: CaughtOffside

Check Out Official Training Photos As Super Eagles Prepare For Tonight's Friendly


Super Eagles will host the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo on Wednesday. 

The tie, kicking off at 6pm local time, will be the seventh meeting between both sides. Uganda has the edge with three victories, leaving the 2013 African champions on two wins, with one draw.

 Nigeria vs Uganda kicks off 6pm






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