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.
[Image] Lucas Moura to lead the line? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham XI to face Liverpool in the Champions League final
Tottenham vs Liverpool Predictions: Tottenham Line-up
Tottenham take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid, as the north Londoners look to lift their first-ever European trophy at the weekend.
Spurs were 3-0 down on aggregate with just 40 minutes to go in their second leg against Ajax, before Lucas Moura silenced Amsterdam with a fantastic hat-trick. They have knocked out some genuine heavyweights on the road to Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino will aim for glory on Saturday.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have enjoyed the edge over Tottenham in the Premier League this season and for that reason go into the game as favourites.
Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen have all joined in the training session as they progress with their rehabilitation.
Harry Winks has undergone groin surgery and remains doubtful for the Champions League final.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Lloris’ form has fluctuated throughout the season but he’ll be aiming to finish the campaign with the Champions League trophy.
Kieran Trippier (RB)
Trippier has had a poor season according to his standards. Yet, he’ll be preferred ahead of Aurier at right-back.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
One of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, Alderweireld will have to be at his best to keep the Liverpool attackers at bay.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Vertonghen has been a rock at the back for Spurs over the last few years and he’ll aim to contain the Reds on Saturday.
Danny Rose (LB)
Rose has been Spurs’ first-choice left-back since the second half of the season. He’ll keep his place in the team.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
Wanyama has struggled since returning from injury but with Spurs needing steel and aggressiveness in the middle of the park, the Kenyan could be handed a start in the Champions League final.
Moussa Sissoko (CM)
Sissoko offers the energy, drive and power from midfield and is expected to partner Wanyama in central midfield.
Christian Eriksen (RW)
Eriksen has blown hot and cold this season. Regardless of his form, the Dane is one of the most important players for Pochettino.
Dele Alli (CAM)
Alli will have a very important role to play on Saturday. His ability to link up play between the midfield and attack could determine Spurs’ fate.
Son Heung-min (LW)
Among the club’s best players this season, Son has to keep his place if Spurs are to have a chance of winning the Champions League.
To Read More Tottenham News, Click Here:- Latest Tottenham News
Lucas Moura (ST)
Even if Kane is deemed fit for the final, Pochettino will go with Lucas up front. The Brazilian single-handedly helped Spurs beat Ajax in the semi-finals and could wreak havoc against Liverpool as well.
[Image] Matip to partner Van Dijk? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Tottenham in the Champions League final
Liverpool vs Tottenham Predictions: Liverpool Line-up
The Champions League final will be an all-English affair for the first time in over a decade when Liverpool take on Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1.
The Reds reached the Champions League final last season but ended up losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the showpiece as they failed to win any silverware. They will be favourites to win the final after finishing second in the Premier League and beating Tottenham twice this season.
Tottenham, who have never won the European Cup or Champions League before, will be aiming to do the unthinkable next month.
Naby Keita looks set to miss out on the Champions League final, there is hope Roberto Firmino will be available.
Probable Liverpool XI
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Alisson is the Reds’ first-choice keeper and should be in goal against Tottenham.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
The youngster has enjoyed an excellent 2018/19 season. He will be hoping to end it on a strong note at the weekend.
Joel Matip (CB)
The Cameroonian has been a rock in the past couple of months and deserves to keep his place in the team.
Virgil van Dijk (CB)
A colossus at the back, Van Dijk is an irreplaceable cog in the team and is certain to start in the Champions League final.
Andy Robertson (LB)
Arguably the best left-back in England this season, Robertson will be a big threat down the left flank. He is expected to be a part of Liverpool’s backline.
The Brazilian has settled in well after a tough start to life in England and he should start in the biggest game of the season.
Jordan Henderson (RCM)
Henderson was fantastic against Liverpool and he deserves to keep his place in the team.
Georginio Wijnaldum (LCM)
Wijnaldum played a pivotal role in beat Barcelona and guiding the Reds to the final of the competition. The Dutchman will complete Klopp’s midfield trio.
Mohamed Salah (RW)
The Egyptian will be eager to make a mark in Madrid and help Liverpool win their sixth Champions League trophy.
Sadio Mane (LW)
The Senegalese international has already proved his ability to make an impact this season. On his day, he is unstoppable and Liverpool fans will hope that day is on June 1.
To Read More Liverpool News, Click Here:- Latest Liverpool News
Roberto Firmino (ST)
Firmino isn’t yet 100% fit but there is hope the Brazilian will be ready ahead of the game. His presence in the team is crucial as Klopp looks to win his first trophy as a Liverpool manager.
[Image] Mason Mount to retain his creative role? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Derby County XI to face Aston Villa
Derby County vs Aston Villa Predictions: Derby County Line-up
Derby County and Aston Villa face a trip to Wembley on May 27 to decide who will play in the Premier League next season.
The Rams secured an impressive 4-2 victory over Leeds United last week to claim a 4-3 aggregate win in the Championship playoff semi-finals.
Frank Lampard’s Derby County, however, will not have things easier during the final as they will be up against a very competent Aston Villa, who arrive at Wembley after defeating their Midland rivals West Brom in the last round.
After picking up a red-card during the game against Leeds, Scott Malone is suspended for the final.
Martyn Waghorn missed the second-leg against Leeds but is expected to be fit in time for the Wembley showdown.
Probable Derby County XI
Manager: Frank Lampard
Kelle Roos (GK)
The Dutchman is Derby’s first-choice goalkeeper and should start the final at Wembley.
Jayden Bogle (RB)
Bogle has been excellent for the Rams this season, causing the opponents all kinds of problems with his overlapping runs and crossing abilities.
Richard Keogh (CB)
Keogh is a certainty in central defence for the Rams. He is expected to start the final against Aston Villa.
Fikayo Tomori (CB)
The Derby County Player of the Year has been a solid presence at the back. He would partner Keogh and look to keep the Villa attackers at bay.
Ashley Cole (LB)
Malone’s absence is likely to mean that Lampard will have to rely on the services of veteran Ashley Cole for the final.
Bradley Johnson (CM)
Bradley Johnson was excellent in the second leg against Leeds, as he dictated the tempo of the game, broke up play and made smart runs inside the box. He is an undoubted starter on Monday.
Tom Huddlestone (CM)
Duane Holmes struggled to get in grips with the midfield battle against Leeds in the second leg. Hence, Huddlestone should replace him at Wembley.
Harry Wilson (RW)
Wilson is Derby’s chief creative spark and he’ll have to be at the top of his game to help his team defeat Villa in the final.
Mason Mount (CAM)
Mount was magical in the semi-final return leg at Elland Road. He is expected to start in his preferred no.10 role and cause problems for the opposition.
Tom Lawrence (LW)
Lawrence didn’t impact much in the second leg against Leeds. Yet, he could be preferred ahead of the hardworking Bennett on the left wing.
To Read More Derby County News, Click Here:- Latest Derby County News
Jack Marriott (ST)
Marriot was a game changer against Leeds last week, as his two goals helped the Rams advance to the final. He is an undoubted starter against Aston Villa.
Arsenal3 weeks ago
Almost like a new signing – A tactical analysis of why the new season would be pivotal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool
Arsenal Dragon2 weeks ago
5 instances in the PL last season where referees robbed the teams of some valuable points
Chelsea2 weeks ago
A look back at the game when Lampard’s Derby County faced Chelsea in the League Cup
NewsNow2 weeks ago
Complete SWOT analysis of Sheffield United – Given their strengths and weaknesses and, can they survive in PL?