Rangers FC vs Motherwell predictions: Rangers FC Line-up
Rangers face a trip to Fir Park as Steven Gerrard’s men square up against Motherwell on Sunday in a Scottish Premiership fixture.
The Gers eased to a 3-0 victory over Hearts in midweek, thus putting behind their disappointing 2-1 loss in the Old Firm derby. Gerrard will look to build on that result at the weekend.
As far as Motherwell are concerned, they are eighth in the table and enter into this contest on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Aberdeen.
Alfredo Morelos remains suspended for getting sent off against Celtic. Borna Barisic missed the victory over Motherwell and is set to be sidelined for Sunday’s game as well.
Probable Rangers XI
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Allan McGregor (GK)
The veteran is their first-choice keeper and should be in goal on Sunday.
James Tavernier (RB)
A better performance in midweek compared to the horror show at Celtic. Tavernier will aim to build on from that performance.
Conor Goldson (CB)
Goldson has been a stellar presence at the back for Rangers and should retain his place in the team on Sunday.
Joe Worrall (CB)
Partnering Goldson will be Worrall, who will have to be at his best to keep the Motherwell attackers at bay.
Jon Flanagan (LB)
With Barisic out injured, Flanagan is set to continue at left-back.
Ross McCrorie (CDM)
McCrorie has never let the team down this season whenever he’s given a chance to play. An industrious player, he will be given the nod ahead of Ryan Jack.
Steven Davis (RCM)
A highly-experienced player, Davis works his socks off and will look to help Rangers get all three points at the weekend.
Scott Arfield (LCM)
Arfield put in an excellent display in a more advanced position for Rangers against Hearts and Gerrard is likely to deploy him in the similar position on Sunday as well.
Ryan Kent (LW)
Kent brings a lot of pace, flair and unpredictability to the Rangers attack. He is a certain starter at Motherwell.
Eros Grezda (RW)
Grezda hasn’t dazzled in his first season at Ibrox, largely due to his recurring injury problems. However, the Albanian is now fit and raring to make a mark. He could start on the right wing.
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Jermain Defoe (ST)
With Morelos suspended, Defoe is set to lead the Rangers’ attack once again. The veteran centre-forward scored in the 3-0 victory over Hearts and he’ll be aiming to get on the score-sheet at Motherwell.
“He was unstoppable”, “What a guy”: Some Newcastle fans praise this star after 3-1 win vs Southampton + Match Report
Premier League Match Report: Newcastle United 3-1 Southampton
Newcastle United claimed all three points and climbed up to 12th in the Premier League standings with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Southampton at St. James’ Park on Saturday, as Ayoze Perez scored his first ever hat-trick for the Magpies.
Perez once again proved why he has been the best signing of the Mike Ashley era at Tyneside with another superb display in front of goal, becoming the first Newcastle player to score a hat-trick since Geroginio Wijnaldum in 2015. The Spaniard hit the double figure mark in the Premier League for the first time, his personal best since his move to the north-east of England back in 2014.
High on confidence after that 1-0 victory over Leicester City last week, Newcastle started the game on a positive note and stamped their authority over the visitors. Southampton were rampant in the 3-1 victory over Wolves last week but the Saints had absolutely no answer to Newcastle’s dominance in the first half.
Hasenhuttl’s side were clearly the second-best in all areas of the pitch in the first forty-five minutes as Newcastle continued to throw caution to the winds. Perez opened the scoring with a clinical finish from a tight angle in the 27th minute before Salomon Rondon set him up for the second goal.
Rondon whipped in just the perfect cross from the left to find the run of Perez, who got in front of Ryan Bertrand to make it 2-0. It could have been worse for Southampton had the referee sent James Ward-Prowse off for a foul on Miguel Almiron, as the Englishman apparently made an attempt to stop a dangerous-looking Newcastle counter-attack.
2-0 down and away from home, Southampton needed something extraordinary to get themselves back into the game and Hasenhuttl brought on the likes of Mario Lemina and Stuart Armstrong to turn things around. The Saints, indeed, came out in the second half with a point to prove and put more pressure on the home side with some relentless attacking play.
Ki-sung Yueng’s long-range effort cannoned back off the post early in the second half but it was the visitors who reaped just rewards for their sustained pressure. Nathan Redmond passed it on to Mario Lemina, who found the net with the neat bottom-corner finish to pull one back for Saints.
Isaac Hayden, who had a wonderful first half, drew a brilliant save from Angus Gunn with a perfectly struck volley from outside the box. However, Southampton had a wonderful chance to draw level soon after and the Saints would have been right back in the game had Maya Yoshida managed to keep his effort on target.
Southampton continued to pile on the pressure but they just snapped at their chances and weren’t clinical enough on the day, while Newcastle deserve all the credit for holding their own at the back. Rondon had his header cleared off the line by Ward-Prowse but it was Perez who capped off a well-deserved win with his third goal in the 86th minute.
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Rafael Benitez showed plenty of enthusiasm in his technical area and guided his team to their 11th victory of the season. No wonder the fans at Tyneside were signing their manager’s praises.
Twitter Reactions from Newcastle fans
What a guy @AyozePG congrats on your first hat trick for us thoroughly deserved. ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️ join a list of greats achieving that at SJP. Wor @alanshearer will be as buzzing as the rest of us #toontoonblackandwhitearmy #NEWSOU
— Sara Colclough (@SaraColclough) April 20, 2019
#NEWSOU The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call him Rafa the gaffer
— Henry wellington (@NomenChanX) April 20, 2019
“Lively game”, “Leicester deserve something”: Some Leicester fans react to nervy 2-2 draw vs West Ham + Match Report
Match Report: West Ham 2-2 Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers’ side missed the chance to leapfrog Watford into the Europa League qualification spot while West Ham stayed 11th and did their chances of securing the 7th spot no good at all.
Both the teams had quite a few chances to open the scoring in the first half, with the best of them falling to Jamie Vardy early in the game. Marcus Albrighton put in a perfect delivery from the flanks but the striker just wasn’t able to get a good enough effort away on goal.
On the other side, Michail Antonio failed to convert off Marko Arnautovic’s cross from the right, as Ricardo Pereira came in with a crucial tackle just at the right time.
It was Antonio, though, who broke the deadlock and put the home side on the front foot in the 37th minute, timing his jump to perfection and beating Ben Chilwell to head it home off Mark Noble’s pinpoint cross from the left-hand side of the pitch.
Leicester went into the break 1-0 down after a mediocre first half performance and the Foxes needed to pull their socks up to get themselves back into the game in the second half.
The visitors showed more urgency early in the second half and it was Jamie Vardy who drew level for Rodgers’ side, getting ahead of his marker Fabian Balbuena and beating Fabianski with a devastating finish off Chilwell’s delivery.
Both the teams pushed for a winner and it looked as if West Ham had found one when substitute Lucas Perez put the hosts 2-1 up in the 82nd minute with a simple tap-in, after fellow substitute Pedro Obiang’s shot cannoned back off the post.
With time running out for Leicester, Rodgers pulled out his trump card in a bid to overturn the deficit and brought on the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Harvey Barnes. Lucas Perez had a goal ruled out for offside after being played onside by Ricardo for the second goal, though replays showed that the Spaniard might have been level with Harry Maguire down the far side.
Leicester looked set for their third defeat under Rodgers but Barnes had other ideas. Youri Tielemans, who has been ever so influential for the Foxes since his arrival in January, strengthened his claims for a permanent move with a delightful through ball to set up a golden chance for the substitute.
And Barnes didn’t disappoint, drawing the visitors level in injury-time with a clinical finish. Phil Foden scored his first ever Premier League goal in Man City’s 1-0 victory over Spurs earlier on the day and Barnes joined the list as well.
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The draw will certainly boost Leicester’s spirits ahead of a tough test at home against Arsenal on Monday night.
Twitter Reactions from Leicester Fans
2-2!! One touch football from #LCFC, Harvey Barnes played in brilliantly by Tielemans, superb finish into the far corner one on one, Leicester deserve something from the game pic.twitter.com/XFXQFaeMyT
— Sam Tonks (@samjtonks7) April 20, 2019
FT. #WHUFC 2-2 #LCFC. It’s a game of catch up today. We certainly didn’t look anywhere near good enough either, so it’s a lucky point in my opinion.
Additions are needed to this squad, we don’t have options on the bench to change a match. Nonetheless, character shown! pic.twitter.com/PdwNFiY6jp
— Leicester City FC (@FIRST4LCFC) April 20, 2019
7 – Since Brendan Rodgers’ first game in charge on March 3rd, Jamie Vardy has scored seven Premier League goals – more than any other player in that time. Revitalised. #WHULEI
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 20, 2019
1-1/ A superb poachers finish at the near post by Jamie Vardy, good cross from Chilwell, deserved for second-half pressure, might waken West Ham up, lively game now #WHULEI pic.twitter.com/kYrqv0yoHx— Sam Tonks (@samjtonks7) April 20, 2019
“He’s one of our own”, “All round performance”: Some Man City fans happy with this 18-year-old after 1-0 win vs Tottenham + Match Report
Match Report: Man City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Man City kept themselves alive in the title race with a backs-to-the-wall 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, thanks to a solitary goal from Phil Foden in the 5th minute of the game.
Both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino made quite a lot of changes to their line-ups from the Champions League second leg fixture on Wednesday night and the Citizens managed to have the final say in this one after their hopes of winning a quadruple came to an end.
Much like the mid-week game, City had the best possible start to this one as well. Bernardo Silva swung in a perfect cross from the right for Sergio Aguero to head it into the path of Phil Foden, who showed good movement and awareness inside the box to bag his first ever Premier League goal.
Buoyed by the early goal, the Citizens lifted the home crowd with some really audacious pressing, though Spurs had multiple chances soon after to draw level. Son Heung-min’s effort from the left was kept out by Ederson before Christian Eriksen ran clear through on goal, only to be denied once again by the goalkeeper’s heroics.
Eriksen then showed a wonderful piece of vision to split the City midfield and set up Son with a delightful through ball but it was Ederson who came to City’s rescue for the third time in the half. Man City dominated the possession but the injury to Kevin de Bruyne forced Guardiola to throw Fernandinho into action a bit sooner than he would have liked.
Trailing by just a single goal at the interval, Spurs had every reason to believe that they could still fight back and spoil City’s title ambitions. However, City were well aware of Tottenham’s attacking threat and they kept things relatively simple in the second half, retaining possession and moving the ball around to take the opposition out of the game.
City looked a lot more compact at the back in the second half, barring a single instance when Lucas Moura got himself between John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. Ederson, however, was equal to the task and managed to protect City’s lead with another brave piece of goalkeeping.
Pochettino’s plan of playing a back-five system backfired as Spurs weren’t able to press City enough in the midfield to win possession back and hit them on the break. Paulo Gazzaniga, who was making his first start in the Premier League since September, pulled off an unreal save to deny Raheem Sterling’s close-range effort.
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Spurs went all out in search of a late equaliser but City were never going to let them in, with the title race poised ever so delicately.
While the 1-0 result ensured that City maintained a one-point gap over Liverpool in the title race, it leaves Spurs in a vulnerable position in the top four, with Arsenal and Chelsea expected to win their fixtures against Crystal Palace and Burnley respectively on Sunday.
Twitter Reactions from Man City Fans
Bernardo Silva vs Spurs:
1 Shot on target
88% (35) Passes completed
3 Key passes
5 (3) Dribbles (succ.)
7 (5) Tackles won
All round performance, once again! #MCITOT #ManCity pic.twitter.com/F2jmjwSaNh
— Superbia Proelia (@SuperbiaProeIia) April 20, 2019
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