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Three players who should be in your fantasy team for game week nine

After yet another week away from fantasy football due to the international schedule, fantasy managers up and down the country will be logging back on to find their team in tatters with injuries and players simply not performing as you’d expect. But heading into game week nine, who are the players you should be looking at bringing in to boost your score?

Allison- The liverpool shot stopper is likely to return in Sundays bout against rivals Man United in The North West Derby. The Brazilian is one of the best keepers in the country, and at only £5.8 million is surely worth a punt this week, especially for those of you who have David De Gea between the sticks, who picked up a groin injury with Spain and is unlikely to feature. With Liverpool’s brilliant early season form and United’s poor start and lengthy injury list, you wouldn’t bet against the Scousers to keep a clean sheet and pick up all three points.

Adama Traore- It finally looks like Adama has added end product to his blistering pace and dribbling ability, making him one of the scariest prospects in world football. The winger has often flattered to deceive during his previous spells in the Premier League, but he has already recorded two goals and one assist in just seven games so far this season. And for just the measly sum of £5 million, Adama could be yours. With 32 points so far, he represents one of the best value for money players on the game. With Wolves’ next two fixtures being Southampton and Newcastle – expect the pacy winger to have a field day picking up points galore.

Callum Wilson- Wilson keeps on improving year on year and looks set to smash his previous best of 14 Premier League goals this term. The England international already has five goals in eight games so far and doesn’t look like slowing down as Eddie Howe’s side mount another impressive assault on the league. At £7.9 million Wilson guarantees goals and has also weighed in with three assists giving him a total points tally of 48, only bettered by four strikers in the league. And when you consider Bournemouth’s next two fixtures are against the Premier League’s bottom two Norwich and Watford, the smart money is on Wilson to continue his early season form.


Women’s Super League Round Up: Week Four

Emma Hayes’ Chelsea inflicted reigning champions Arsenal’s first defeat of the season in front of a 4,149 crowd at The Cherry Red Record Stadium. This resulted in the Blues moving above the Gunners to second in the table, following their 2-1 win.

 The league leaders, Manchester City, meanwhile continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 3-0 win over Birmingham City.

Elsewhere, Manchester United secured their first away win in the Women Super League with a comfortable 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur’s Hive Stadium, while Reading triumphed over Everton in a 3-2 thriller.

 The weekend’s final two contests saw West Ham win 3-1 against Hope Powell’s Brighton side on the South Coast and Liverpool gained their first point of the campaign as they drew 1-1 with fellow strugglers Bristol City.

The Blues secure crucial win in the London Derby

It was Chelsea who emerged triumphant in an absorbing contest with title rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners got the better of the early exchanges and took the lead in the ninth minute through Danielle van de Donk.  The Dutch midfielder scored her third goal of the season, following a quality through ball from star striker Vivianne Miedema.

The Blues however gradually improved and equalised shortly after half time through in form striker and last season’s top scorer, Beth England, who tapped in fellow England international, Fran Kirby’s cut back.

Both sides had chances to win the match but it was substitute defender Maria Thorisdottir, who curled in the late winner, five minutes from time to ensure that the home side emerged with the victory.

City continue to set the early pace in WSL

Manchester City meanwhile continued their 100 per cent winning start to the season following a convincing 3-0 victory over midlands side Birmingham City. The pace setters are still to concede a goal in their four league matches in this campaign.

England midfielder Keira Walsh put the home team in front through a deflected strike in the 27thminute.

Belgium’s Tessa Wullaert then turned in Janine Beckie’s cross just after half time to double the hosts’ advantage and the scoring was rounded off by substitute South Korean forward Lee Geum-min.

United made two wins on the spin

Casey Stoney’s Manchester United side secured their second victory of the Women Super League season against fellow newly promoted side Spurs.

United opened the scoring through Kirsty Hanson’s deflected strike in the 13thminute, before Leah Galton’s cross was turned in by Tottenham defender Ashleigh Neville, to double the Manchester side’s advantage shortly after half-time.

Manchester United’s striker, Lauren James was then sent off for a second yellow in the last minute of normal time, however United still managed to add a third goal through substitute Jane Ross to secure the points.

The Royals emerged victorious in a five-goal blockbuster

Reading’s Fara Williams played a key role in the Royals’ 3-2 victory over Everton.

The experienced England midfielder assisted all three of the Royals’ goals from set pieces; Jade Moore scored two of them while Lisa-Marie Utland headed in the winner from a corner midway through the second half.

The Hammers win on the South Coast while Liverpool and Bristol City play out draw

West Ham United bounced back from their disappointing loss to London rivals Tottenham with a convincing 3-1 win over Brighton.

The goals were scored by summer signing Martha Thomas, a penalty from their French midfielder Kenza Dali and youngster Alisha Lehmann scored the third. Megan Connolly provided the late consolation for the hosts.

Liverpool meanwhile scored their first league of the season as they came from behind to draw against Bristol City; Ebony Salmon had given the West-Country club the lead before Mel Lawley slotted home a penalty 18 minutes from the end.

What next?

The featured contest for game week round five sees another battle between two title contenders as Arsenal host Manchester City at Meadow Park, a game that can be viewed on BT Sport from 2:30pm. 

Chelsea meanwhile will hope to take advantage when they travel to face London rivals West Ham United. 

Manchester United will be aiming to make it three wins in a row when they host Reading, elsewhere Everton will look to return to winning ways when they host struggling Brighton.

The remaining two matches see midlands side Birmingham City play at home to bottom club Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur travel to face Bristol City.

Dates of next WSL Fixtures

Sunday 27thOctober

Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion Kick off (12:30pm)

Manchester United vs Reading (12:30pm)

Birmingham City vs Liverpool (2pm)

Arsenal vs Manchester City (2:30pm)

Bristol City vs Tottenham Hotspur (3pm)

West Ham United vs Chelsea (3pm)

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England win but football loses

Its not often you come away from a tough away game with a 6-0 win and feel sad and disillusioned with the game. But for many last night, the sad scenes in the stands in Sofia overshadowed what was a very good England performance and threw the game into disrepute. 

There had been much speculation about the behaviour of the Bulgarian fans, after a number of incidents in recent years highlighted the large racist undertone within their fan base, and England captain Harry Kane had spoke of leading his teammates off the field if there was any sniff of racially motivated chanting or jeers.

From the get go England’s black stars were booed every time they touched the ball, attackers Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford as well as debutant centre back Tyrone Mings. But it wasn’t until the 28th minute play was put on hold with discussions taking place on the sideline, and a stadium announcement being made over the speakers warning fans the game would be stopped if this behaviour carried on.

However, this did not stop the chants, the boo’s and the abhorrent monkey noises being made, and the game was then stopped again in the 43rd minute, this time with Southgate talking with the referee before the game was again restarted.

Further racist incidents continued into the second half, caught on pitch-side microphones, but play was not stopped for a third time, which would have been crucial as UEFA’s three step racism protocol states if a match is stopped for a third time the match must be abandoned.

Further footage shows fans doing Nazi salutes and one fan holding up a “no respect” jumper. Debate has been rife over the best course of action in a situation such as this, is it best to walk from the pitch refusing to stand for this kind of abuse? Or is it best to play on and not let the racists win? England chose the latter last night, and with Rashford and Sterling both scoring, as well as Ross Barkley who’s grandfather is Nigerian, well and truly silenced the racist scum in the stands.

If this was not bad enough, Bulgaria’s own manager Krasimir Balakov seemingly defended his fans post match, claiming he did not hear any racist chants towards the England players and actually blamed the England fans for unacceptable behaviour. When the man at the top is seemingly just as bad as the racists in the stands, it is concerning for all involved and something UEFA must take a serious look at.

With all of the focus being firmly set on what happened off the pitch, it is important to remember just what the England players achieved in representing their country in such difficult circumstances, standing up to racism and doing our country proud in the process.

Is Olivier Giroud’s time up at Chelsea?

After Chelsea forward, Giroud spoke out about his frustration with the lack of game time, it has sparked rumours that the Frenchman will leave Chelsea in January.

The 33 year old spoke to Le Pelerin and said, “You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.

“But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.”

Giroud performed well for Chelsea in the Europa League last season, scoring 11 goals in 14 appearances; leading the side to glory after scoring and beating his former side, Arsenal 4-1.

Giroud had a phenomenal Europa League campaign last season

However, Giroud doesn’t regret joining Chelsea from London rivals, Arsenal, “I want to have fun and play more games. Chelsea is my priority but afterwards if in the end I am forced to make a choice, I will do it like when I left Arsenal.

“He (Frank Lampard) will almost certainly watch the matches [I just played for France]. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.

“It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal,” added Giroud, who scored the only goal in France’s 1-0 win over Iceland on Friday.

“But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Manchester City, in ten years.

“I had competitors in attack – [Alvaro] Morata, [Gonzalo] Higuain, who ended up leaving. I won at the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the [Europa League] final in 2019.”

Despite Chelsea having a transfer embargo, if Giroud was to leave, Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard still has Premier League joint top scorer, Tammy Abraham and Belgian, Michy Batshuayi to use if Giroud was surplus to requirements.

Chelsea face Newcastle United at the weekend and it is more than likely Giroud will be sitting on the sidelines yet again with the in form, Abraham expected to start and Batshuayi on the bench.

Can England Qualify Against Bulgaria?

Tonight sees England play Bulgaria in a game that should England win, will see them qualify for the Euro 2020 finals.

Now it also sees a scenario similar to the game England played on Friday against the Czech Republic. Win, and England go through.

In total England have met Bulgaria 9 times and have an excellent record against them.

Since the 0-0 draw in their first meeting in June 1962, they have met a further eight times. England have won 5, the most recent of which was 2010, when a 4-0 result was the outcome, thanks in part to a Jermain Defoe hat trick.

In between times. there have been 3 draws and its in two of those draws that Bulgaria have scored their only goals, 2 in total against England.

England’s goal scoring average against Bulgaria over the 9 games is 2, so going on that statistic alone, tonights game should represent a comfortable enough platform on which to secure qualification.

That said, it will prove interesting tonight, because Bulgaria, employ a variation of the 3 5 2 system that England used to play and appear to find diffculties playing against, by playing a 5 3 2 formation, so in theory have 5 defenders and rely on the counter attack.

Overall taking that out of context, Bulgaria are bottom of the group and have only two points. Confidence will not be high for them, and should England start the same they did against the Czechs by scoring early, and maintaining throughout the game, then England have a good chance of recording their highest score against them.