Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers line-up to face Hamilton Academical
After being dumped out of the UEFA Europa League, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will turn their attention back towards the Scottish Premiership, as they gear up to take on Hamilton Academical at the Ibrox Stadium on Sunday.
The Gers failed to make it through to the knockout stages of the European competition, following their 1-0 defeat to Rapid Wien on Thursday night. They will be aiming to put that disappointment behind and keep up the pressure on league leaders and arch-rivals Celtic with a victory against the Accies this weekend.
On-loan Liverpool attacker Ryan Kent has suffered another injury setback and will not be available for the weekend encounter. Alfredo Morelos will be back in contention, having missed the last Premiership encounter against Dundee with a suspension, as will Scott Arfield. Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy remain long-term absentees.
Here’s how the Light Blues could take the field against the Accies at home;
Allan McGregor (GK)
The veteran goalkeeper is the undisputed first-choice between the sticks and should continue to feature in the starting XI on Sunday.
James Tavernier (RB)
The club captain is the obvious choice on the right-hand side of the defence for the Gers, owing to the attacking intent that he offers going forward.
Connor Goldson (CB)
The former Brighton & Hove Albion has firmly established himself as a mainstay at the back for Gerrard’s side since arriving in the summer. Definite starter.
Joe Worrall (CB)
The centre-back, on loan from Nottingham Forest, did not feature in the European encounter on Thursday. Is in line to replace Gareth McAuley at the heart of the defence.
Andy Halliday (LB)
The 27-year-old performed admirably at the left-back position in the absence of Borna Barisic. While the Croatian did start on Thursday, Gerrard should look to afford him a rest at the weekend, handing the Scotsman another start.
Scott Arfield (CM)
Having missed the last two Premiership encounters due to suspension, the former Burnley man is available and should walk right back into the starting XI against the Accies.
Ryan Jack (CM)
The Scotland international has been an ever-present in the middle of the park for the Light Blues when fit and available. Should feature from the kick off on Sunday, despite having started on Thursday.
Ovie Ejaria (CM)
The on-loan Liverpool youngster is believed to be unsettled at the club, owing to the lack of game time coming his way. Should get a run out against Hamilton this weekend.
Daniel Candeias (RW)
The Portuguese winger missed the European encounter with a suspension but will be available for selection on Sunday. Should feature out on the right flank.
Alfredo Morelos (ST)
The leading goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership with 9 goals to his name so far, the Colombian forward is a certainty to lead the line for the Gers, ahead of Kyle Lafferty.
Eros Grezda (LW)
The summer signing did not start on Thursday night and is likely to get a go against Hamilton, in place of the young Glenn Middleton.
“Captain Morgan to the forefront”, “Loved the captain and madders today”: Some Leicester fans share joy after 2-1 win vs Burnley + Match Report
Leicester City Match Report: Burnley 1-2 Leicester City
Leicester City claimed all three points with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Burnley at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
With Burnley in desperate need of a positive result to steer themselves to safety in the top-flight, Sean Dyche’s side showed more intent right from the very beginning. The Foxes had the worst possible start to the game, with Harry Maguire sent off in the 4th minute for a professional foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson just outside the box. The Icelandic international hit the post from his resultant free-kick and the Foxes managed to survive an early scare.
Brendan Rodgers sacrificed Demarai Gray to bring on Wes Morgan to fill in the gap at the heart of the defence but Burnley continued their dominance on the proceedings. Chris Wood ran clear through on goal, only to be denied by a last-ditch challenge from Wilfred Ndidi. Wood was once again in the thick of things, with the New Zealander firing his header just wide of the post from Gudmundsson’s cross.
Leicester needed a piece of inspiration to get back into the game and James Maddison produced a bit of magic to put the Foxes in front, curling a fantastic free-kick over the wall and into the top right-hand corner of Tom Heaton’s goal. The visitors had the game well under control despite having a man down and Burnley were forced to sit back and absorb the pressure for a while.
Burnley, though, found the equaliser before half time. Jonny Evans gave the ball away inside his own half and Charlie Taylor, left with acres of space down the left, teed it up for Dwight McNeil who swept it past Kasper Schmeichel to draw the Clarets level.
Jamie Vardy created lots of problems for the Burnley defence with his enthusiasm to get in behind the backline but it was Maddison who tested Heaton with a routine effort from range early in the second half.
Burnley managed to have more of the ball in the second half and dictated the tempo but they lacked the final pass to create clear-cut chances. The home fans might have felt that they should have had a penalty when Charlie Taylor was brought down inside the box by Ndidi, with replays showing that the Nigerian had probably clipped left-back.
Leicester, though, defied their numerical disadvantage and found the winner in injury-time. Substitute Wes Morgan headed it home from close range in the 91st minute to hand the Foxes all three points.
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While Brendan Rodgers should be a pleased man after bagging those three points, Burnley still have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid relegation.
@LCFC take all three points at Turf Moor. Early red card for @HarryMaguire93 but his centre back partner took all three points on the road #BURLEI pic.twitter.com/h4ZQ5ti3Ur
— JG Football Stats (@JGFootballStats) March 16, 2019
FT. Burnley 1. Leicester 2. Foxes won despite playing with 10 for almost whole game #BURLEI
— Doug Bailey (@DougB325) March 16, 2019
Captain Morgan to the forefront. Get in there #BURLEI
— Marc Capel (@Chippie67) March 16, 2019
I bloody loved the captain and madders today!😍@Madders10 @vardy7 #lcfc #BurLei pic.twitter.com/yR1yEQszSV
— Jacqueline (@Abundance247) March 16, 2019
Pundits saying “Leicester need to get rid of the old guard”. Vardy scored in his last 5 before today, Kasper making last minute saves, and Wes scoring last minute goals. 🤷♂️🦊 #BurLei
— Callum Bradsworth (@CallumBradswort) March 16, 2019
“Cheers for wasting my year”, “We need to sack Gerrard”: Some Rangers fans furious after drab 1-1 draw vs Kilmarnock + Match Report
Rangers v Kilmarnock report: Rangers Match Report
Alfredo Morelos rescued a point for Rangers at Ibrox as Kilmarnock held Steven Gerrard’s men 1-1 on Saturday. After the frustrating draw at home, Steven Gerrard’s Gers now risk falling 10 points behind Celtic if the Hoops can win at Dundee on Sunday.
Defeat in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals to Aberdeen on Tuesday had left Rangers rattled but the Ibrox crowd would have been expecting a reaction from Rangers and Gerrard made four changes to his side in a bid to get back to winning ways.
A slow start almost cost Rangers dearly after Eamonn Brophy was through on goal but fired a shot wide after just three minutes on the clock. Rangers dominated possession but couldn’t create enough chances. Andy Halliday fired a free-kick over the bar and a low effort from Ryan Kent was easily held by Daniel Bachmann.
Gerrard was left fuming when the referee waved strong penalty appeals after an Alfredo Morelos strike hit Kirk Broadfoot’s outstretched arm. And it proved a decisive call as Kilmarnock took the lead. Gary Dicker caught the Rangers defence napping with an over the top pass as McAleny rounded the on-rushing Allan McGregor before slotting the ball into an open net.
Rangers upped their game after the break as Gerrard introduced Barisic and Grezda. But the Gers found it difficult to pierce the well-drilled Kilmarnock defence. Gerrard put Jermain Defoe after the hour mark but it was Morelos who fired Rangers level seconds later as he collected James Tavernier’s pass and turned past Stuart Findlay before beating Bachmann at the near post.
Gerrard’s men looked for the winner but it quickly began to look like it was going to be one of those afternoons. Defoe had a good chance to make it 2-1 but he pulled a shot wide across goal as Ibrox showed signs of frustration.
Five minutes of stoppage time were added but instead of a finding a winner, Gers were lucky not to lose as McAleny tried to flick on a low free-kick from Chris Burke but couldn’t succeed.
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Frustrated with the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, here’s how the Rangers fans reacted on Twitter.
Cheers for wasting my year
— Wilso-McK (@TDEwan72) March 16, 2019
Laughing terriers ya orange cow
— Tims67 (@TheTimAlloys) March 16, 2019
Even with the best striker in the universe you still can’t get the win. Unlucky guys. Going for 54.5 next season! #letsgo
— Étienne (@EtienneBojan) March 16, 2019
You lot really know how to ruin weekends. Absolute frauds
— Wull (@william_mcnicol) March 16, 2019
4 wins in 18 against Kilmarnock, StJohnstone, Aberdeen and Hibs and people won’t have a Word said against Gerrard 😳
— steven maclaren (@stevenmaclaren_) March 16, 2019
‘Dominated’ yet we still barely tested there keeper. Absolute dross once again.
— Keith Gordon (@KeithGordon88) March 16, 2019
Remind me how many points you get for dominating a half of football?
— Commander Bjorklund (@CommanderBjork2) March 16, 2019
We need to sack Gerrard
Easily the worst manager we have ever had
— Gerrard must go!! (@CraigG15977856) March 16, 2019
— william auld (@auld1) March 16, 2019
— Buster Brown (@CallumB106X) March 16, 2019
“The hero off the bench”, “It’s what he does”: Some West Ham fans shower praises on star attacker after 4-3 win vs Huddersfield + Match Report
West Ham Match Report: West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield Town
West Ham had the final say in an enthralling contest as the Hammers beat relegation-contenders Huddersfield Town 4-3 at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
With relegation almost looking inevitable for the Terriers, Jan Siewert’s side started off as the brighter of the two teams. However, it was West Ham who had the first real chance, Michail Antonio hitting the post from Manuel Lanzini’s cross into the box.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side drew first blood when Mark Noble scored from the post after Lanzini was brought down inside the box by Rowe. The visitors, though, found an immediate response, as Leandro Bacuna headed home the equaliser from Aaron Mooy’ corner int he 17th minute.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side continued their dominance as Huddersfield sat back and absorbed the pressure, though, the Terriers went into the lead much against the run of play.
Alex Pritchard found Lowe who crossed the ball into the box for Karlan Grant to tap it into the far right-hand corner past Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham pressed for the equaliser before half time but the Hammers lacked the quality in their final ball.
With Huddersfield leading 2-1 at the interval, the onus was on the home side to make a comeback in the second half but Leandro Bacuna gave the Hammers an early scare, testing Fabianski with a powerful shot.
Jan Siewart’s side looked set for a surprise victory when Karlan Grant scored his second goal of the game with a thunderous right-footed drive from outside the box. West Ham allowed too much room for Grant on the counter and he made the most of some loose defending.
With time running out for the Hammers, Angelo Ogbonna pulled one back for the home side with a powerful header from the edge of the six-yard box to make it 3-2 in the 75th minute.
West Ham didn’t have to wait long to find the equaliser, with substitute Samir Nasri’s perfect ball into the box from the right finding Javier Hernandez who stooped low to guide his header into the net past Jonas Lossl.
Super-sub Javier Hernandez ensured that the game had an extraordinary ending, with the Mexican heading home the winner from Felipe Anderson’s cross in the 91st minute.
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How the fuck did we win that game?? It beggars belief #WHUHUD
— Jason (@jasontheo1969) March 16, 2019
West Ham vs Huddersfield match was epic 😎#PL #WHUHUD
— maNOBIram (@Manobiram5) March 16, 2019
Chicha equalizes beautifully and becomes the hero off the bench, all with the @KingJames celebration! COYI! #WHUHUD ❤🇲🇽
— Richy (@richy21lopez) March 16, 2019
Im drained. What a result from a desperate position, would love to see our odds at 1-3 with what 30 mins to go ? #COYI Brilliant game in the end.
— Stuart (@stuboywhu) March 16, 2019
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