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Sharp to lead the line? – Predicted 3-4-1-2 Sheffield United XI to face Aston Villa

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Predicted Sheffield United line-up to face Aston Villa in the Championship

Sheffield United are scheduled to travel to the Villa Park this Friday as they gear up to take on Aston Villa in matchweek 31 of the 2018-19 EFL Championship.

The Blades are currently third in the Championship table following their 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at the Bramall Lane last week, with 54 points from 30 matches. A win against Dean Smith’s side on Friday night would take Chris Wilder’s side level on points with league leaders Norwich City and second-placed Leeds United.

The last time these two teams met, Sheffield United thrashed the Villans 4-1 and they must look for a similar outcome on Friday night.

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January signing Scott Hogan will be ineligible to take the field against his parent club. No other injury/suspension worries for manager Wilder.

Predicted Sheffield United XI

Formation: 3-4-1-2

Dean Henderson (GK)

The on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper has been brilliant this term for the Blades. An undisputed starter between the sticks at Villa Park.

Chris Basham (CB)

The Englishman has been an ever-present at the back for Wilder’s side when fit and available. That is unlikely to change for the upcoming fixture against Villa.

John Egan (CB)

The summer signing has been a key addition to the Sheffield United backline and has played a key role in helping them stay solid at the back. Another start beckons on Friday.

Chris Basham

Jack O’Connell (CB)

Completing the three-man defence for the visitors this week should be English centre-half Jack O’Connell, who has started every single Championship match for the Blades this term and had scored in the previous meeting against Villa.

George Baldock (RWB)

The right wing-back slot is set to be taken up by George Baldock. He will be tasked with providing the width going forward for the Blades.

John Fleck (CM)

The Scotland international has not missed a single league game for Wilder’s side since September last year. A key cog in the middle of the park, he should start on Friday night.

Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood (CM)

Partnering Fleck in the middle of the park should be former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Oliver Norwood, who has chipped in with seven assists this term – joint highest by a Blades player this term.

Enda Stevens (LWB)

The leader of the assists chart for Sheffield United, along with Norwood, Enda Stevens is a guaranteed starter as the left-sided wing-back against Villa.

Mark Duffy (CAM)

The 33-year-old provides the creativity in the final third for the Blades and had scored in the reverse fixture. Should once again feature from the get-go, with on-loan midfielder Kieran Dowell starting on the bench.

Billy Sharp

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Billy Sharp (ST)

The club captain was on the scoresheet once again in the win over Bolton this past week, taking his tally in the Championship to 19 strikes.

David McGoldrick (ST)

The other goalscorer from the Bolton encounter, summer signing David McGoldrick is likely to hold on to his spot ahead of Gary Madine.

Champions League

“Could be a turning point”, “More please”: Several Tottenham fans joyful after huge 5-0 win vs Red Star + Match report

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Tottenham fans react to the emphatic 5-0 win vs Red Star Belgrade

Tottenham romped home with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side registered their first victory in the group stages of the tournament.

Having drawn 2-2 against Olympiacos before suffering an ignominious 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich on Matchday 2, the Lilywhites came into the game knowing that they had to grab all three points to stay in the hunt for qualification from Group B and the hosts finally returned to winning ways after three games in all competitions.

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Braces from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and a solitary strike from Erik Lamela ensured that the fans finally had something to cheer about following a woeful recent run of results as Spurs managed to breathe some life into their tottering European campaign. 

Despite having picked up a shock 3-1 victory over Olympiacos on Matchday 2, Red Star Belgrade were clearly the underdogs heading into the away fixture against Tottenham and it didn’t take long for the Premier League giants to break the deadlock.

Kane headed it in from Lamela’s corner to give Spurs the lead just nine minutes into the game but that was just the beginning of a breathtaking display from the home side, something that has been an anomaly rather than a norm since the start of the season. 

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Lamela was once again the provider for the second goal as the Argentine got in behind the defence and turned his man before delivering an inch-perfect cross from the outside of his left boot for Son to make it 2-0. 

Son almost immediately returned the favour back to Lamela, who had a golden chance to grab a third goal for the hosts, only for Milan Borjan to deny him with a fine save. Red Star had a rare sight of goal when Rajiv van La Parra called Paulo Gazzaniga into action with a header shortly after. 

However, the visitors were soon the architects of their own downfall when their sudden loss of possession in the midfield allowed Tanguy Ndombele to embark on a driving run and the Frenchman set up Son for his second of the night and Spurs’ third just before the interval. 

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With Spurs leading 3-0 at half-time, the game looked like a done and dusted affair and the Lilywhites continued to toy with their opponents after the restart.

Kane and Son set up Lamela for a couple of very presentable chances early in the second half before the Argentine finally grabbed a goal from Serge Aurier’s assist just before the hour mark. 

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Lamela came close to bagging his second of the night just moments later while Son also narrowly missed the target but Kane made it 5-0 at the 72nd-minute mark with a precise right-footed finish, Ndombele chipping in with his second assist of the game. 

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In the end, it was probably relief more than joy for Pochettino but the thumping victory was definitely a sight for sore eyes to savour and a massive confidence-booster, nonetheless.

Here’s how some of the Tottenham fans reacted to the 5-0 victory:-

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Champions League

“World-class performance”: Some Man City fans on cloud nine after emphatic 5-1 win over Atalanta + Match report

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UEFA Champions League Match Report: Man City 5-1 Atalanta

Man City stormed 5-1 past Italian outfit Atalanta in their Group C encounter on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League, as Pep Guardiola’s side registered their third consecutive victory in the group stage of the competition to take a step closer to qualification.

Ruslan Malinovskyi’s opener from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Sergio Aguero’s first-half brace before a quickfire hat-trick from Raheem Sterling after the interval ensured that the Citizens absolutely demolished their opposition on the night to claim all three points in an emphatic manner.

Guardiola opted for a change in formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1, with Rodri and Fernandinho playing as the makeshift pairing at the heart of the defence.

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Gundogan and De Bruyne formed the pivot in the midfield while Phil Foden started in the No.10 role with Mahrez and Sterling playing out wide on either side to complement Aguero up top. 

Atalanta had been written off completely by many prior to the start of the game but the Serie A side showed strong signs of promise in the early stages of the game and found a surprise breakthrough much against the run of play.

Fernandinho brought Josip Ilicic down at the edge of the box and Malinovskyi stepped up from twelve yards to convert the resultant penalty, sending Ederson the wrong way to make it 1-0 just before the half-hour mark.

City, though, had been regarded as the strong favourites in the clash and it wasn’t long before the Premier League giants stamped their authority. Sterling’s excellent lobbed pass from the edge of the box had all the guile in the world to outwit the Atalanta backline and Aguero was at the right place to level the scores in the 34th minute. 

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The hosts’ dominance continued to reign supreme and Sterling’s lung-busting run drew a foul from Andrea Masiello inside the box as Aguero coolly stepped up to convert the penalty and put City 2-1 ahead before the interval. 

The second half was nothing but one-way traffic and after playing a key role in each of Aguero’s first-half goals, Sterling was simply unstoppable after the restart.

Foden set him up for an easy finish to make the scoreline 3-1 before a sumptuous through ball from Gundogan set the England international free down the left side, allowing him to cut inside and get the home crowd off their feet with a clinical finish.

The game looked dead and buried but Man City were apparently keen to inflict more pain on the Italians as Mahrez set up Sterling for his hat-trick in the 69th minute. The winger had a glorious opportunity to grab a sixth goal for the hosts but it was a night to remember for him, nevertheless.

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There was a rare blemish for the Citizens when Foden was given the marching orders for a second bookable offence but Pep Guardiola will definitely be a pleased man after his team completely tore the visitors to pieces on Tuesday night.

Here’s how some of the joyous Man City fans reacted to the 5-1 victory in the Champions League:-


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[Image] Man United vs Arsenal: Star-studded combined XI featuring 4 Red Devils and 7 Gunners

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Man United vs Arsenal: Combined XI featuring 4 Red Devils and 7 Gunners

After a round of EFL Cup fixtures, Premier League action is set to return this weekend with plenty of thrills and spills and the high-octane clash between Man United and Arsenal on Monday night is undoubtedly going to be one of the main attractions of matchweek 7. 

Both the teams won their EFL Cup fixtures, with Arsenal handing Nottingham Forest a 5-0 drubbing and Man United somehow edging past a lowly Rochdale in the penalty shootout. 

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Arsenal are currently placed 4th in the Premier League standings after a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa last week and the fans will be expecting the Gunners to continue their winning run, while Man United will have their work cut out away from home after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham last week. 

Combined XI

Bernd Leno (GK)

The German has proven his worth between the sticks on numerous occasions with some fine saves this season and he certainly deserves the nod over de Gea, who has been a bit inconsistent. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB)

The youngster has proven himself to be an excellent addition to Man United’s backline and it is a no-brainer that he has fared way better than Maitland-Niles in that position.

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Harry Maguire (CB)

The England international has added a lot of steel to United’s backline following his big-money move from Leicester City earlier in the summer. One of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, he definitely deserves a place ahead of the error-prone David Luiz in the elite combined line-up. 

Sokratis (CB)

The Greek international has hardly been at his best but Victor Lindelof too, has been equally lacklustre and there isn’t really a lot to choose between them so far this term.

Kieran Tierney (LB)

The Scotsman made his first start for the Gunners since his move from Celtic back in August and the fans will be expecting him to play a big part on Monday if he starts.

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Matteo Guendouzi (CDM)

The Frenchman has arguably been Arsenal’s most influential presence in the middle of the park with his excellent all-round game, leapfrogging Fred, Matic, Xhaka and Torreira on the performance charts. 

Scott McTominay (CDM)

The youngster has really come of age for United this term and his combative and energetic displays in the middle of the park have caught the eye amidst a lot of mediocrity from his teammates, including star man Paul Pogba. 

Nicolas Pepe (RW)

The Ivorian is currently on high spirits after bagging his first goal for Arsenal against Aston Villa last week and though he hasn’t done anything spectacular yet, there is hardly a better player from either team in that role. 

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Daniel James (LW)

The former Swansea City starlet has taken the Premier League by storm this season and he will be United’s best bet to find the net on Monday. 

Dani Ceballos (CAM)

The Spaniard has shown a lot of promise in that No.10 role for the Gunners and he definitely deserves the nod ahead of big names like Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST)

The Gabonese international has become a nemesis for the defenders in the Premier League and with an impressive tally 6 goals in 6 league outings this season, Arsenal will look up to him to propel them to a victory over rivals United on Monday. 

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