EPL: Bournemouth face relegation battle

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Derby County want Jordon Ibe Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Bournemouth vs. Southampton Venue: Vitality Stadium Kick off: 2PMBournemouth’s first of two must-win games kicks off today as the Cherries welcome Southampton to the Vitality Stadium for the penultimate round of fixtures. The Cherries are three points adrift of safety before fellow relegation rivals Watford and West Ham United lock horns on Friday, but Southampton are comfortably in mid-table with two games remaining.Bournemouth are running out of time to avoid a first ever relegation from the Premier League, with their five-year stint in the top flight under serious threat at this very late stage of the campaign.The Cherries were given a glimmer of hope as they trounced Champions League hopefuls Leicester City 4-1 last weekend, but Eddie Howe’s men were brought crashing back down to earth in midweek as Manchester City inflicted a 2-1 defeat on them on Wednesday.Howe’s men gave it a real good go against last season’s champions, but David Brooks’s late strike proved nothing more than a mere consolation for the Cherries despite their plucky showing at the Etihad, as first-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva did the damage early on.One of West Ham United or Watford can take a giant stride towards survival with victory in Friday’s clash, but a draw would arguably be a worse result for a Bournemouth side needing everything to go their way before the season concludes. If both Watford and West Ham walk away with a point from their encounter, Bournemouth will be four points below both teams heading into gameweek 37 and would be guaranteed to occupy a spot in the relegation zone before their final-day clash with Everton.If there is a victor in Friday evening’s game, Bournemouth can move level on points with one of their relegation rivals before the final day, but the Cherries are about to come up against a resolute Southampton side with a Golden Boot-chasing striker in their ranks.Even though Southampton have now recorded three successive draws in the top flight following their stalemate with Brighton & Hove Albion, Ralph Hasenhuttl can no doubt take the positives from how his side have gone about their business since the restart.The Saints have now strung together a five-game unbeaten run in the league and have been assured of their safety for some time now, but Hasenhuttl will no doubt want to get another three points on the board regardless of whatever permutations the game may have.There are no prizes for guessing who bagged Southampton’s equaliser in the draw with Brighton – Danny Ings has now hit the 20-goal mark for the campaign and is still vying for the top scorer accolade with two games remaining. The Englishman has been nothing short of sensational for the Saints this term and will surely come into Gareth Southgate’s thinking for next year’s Euros should he stay fit, but for now, Ings will endeavour to usurp compatriot Jamie Vardy for the Golden Boot and become the first-ever Southampton player to scoop the award.Ahead of their final away game of the season, Southampton are still undefeated on the road since the top flight returned, but Bournemouth marched to a 3-1 victory when the sides faced off in the reverse fixture.Bournemouth possible XI: Ramsdale, Stacey, S. Cook, Kelly, Rico, Lerma, Brooks, Gosling, Billing, King, Wilson. Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Smallbone, Redmond, Ings, Adams.Tags: BournemouthChampions LeagueEddie HoweLeicester CityPremier LeagueSouthamptonWatfordWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

Tomkins snatches win for Hammers

first_img Linfield kept alive their hopes of progressing thanks to a battling 2-1 defeat to Spartak Trnava. The Slovakian side took the lead with a penalty from captain Erik Sabo. David Kee levelled soon after with a superb free-kick from the edge of the box but Martin Mikovic restored his side’s lead from close range. Milos Nikolic was sent off for a second yellow card just before half-time but the Blues could not add to their tally. Newtown perhaps faced the most difficult task of the British sides and came away from FC Copenhagen with pride intact but still facing a two-goal deficit to overturn in the second leg. The Welsh Premier League side got off to the worst possible start at the Parken Stadium when Ben Verbic struck for the hosts after three minutes. But Newtown refused to crumble and it took until the 74th minute for Kasper Kusk to double Copenhagen’s lead. UCD only went down 1-0 away at Slovan Bratislava, Adam Zrelak scoring the only goal, while Shamrock Rovers were beaten 2-0 at home by Odd. Olivier Occean netted twice for the Norwegians, the first from the penalty spot. But just when it looked like the tie would end goalless, Tomkins bundled the ball into the net following a corner to give the Barclays Premier League side the slenderest of leads to protect in next Thursday’s away leg. Aberdeen were far more convincing as they gave themselves a massive boost with a 3-0 first-leg win over Rijeka at the Stadion Kantrida. Such a result seemed unlikely in the early stages as the Croatian side, aiming to reach the group stage of the tournament for the third year running, dominated possession from the first whistle and squandered a host of chances – the closest of which saw Marin Tomasov strike a post. But defender Andrew Considine headed the Dons in front against the run of play in the 38th minute from a Niall McGinn corner. There was more joy soon after the break when midfielder Peter Pawlett, denied a goal for offside just before the break, headed in a Shay Logan cross. Substitute Kenny McLean increased the lead further in the 75th minute with a close-range volley to give Derek McInnes’ side what should be an unassailable lead ahead of the return game at Pittodrie. In contrast, fellow Scottish Premiership side Inverness experienced a painful lesson on their introduction to European football after falling to a dead-ball goal against the run of play against Romanian side Astra. Caley Thistle made a good start but lost 1-0 following a 24th-minute strike by Constantin Budescu. James Tomkins’ scrappy goal in the 90th minute saved West Ham’s blushes with a 1-0 win over Birkirkara in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg clash at Upton Park. Press Association With manager Slaven Bilic in the Boleyn Ground dugout for the first time since his summer appointment, the Irons were expected to make short work of the Maltese Cup winners, having seen off FC Lusitans of Andorra 4-0 on aggregate in the first round. However, despite naming a strong starting XI – which included the likes of captain Kevin Nolan, goalkeeper Adrian, defenders Winston Reid and Tomkins, with Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga in attack – the Irons were left frustrated as the visitors dug in. last_img read more

Syracuse looks to Dome homecoming to change early-season fortunes

first_img Published on March 21, 2013 at 1:07 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Twenty-three straight games on the road. This is how the Orange began its 2013 season, traveling to exhibitions and tournaments in Charleston, S.C., Palm Springs, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and O’Ahu, Hawaii. But on Saturday, the team will finally play in front of a Syracuse crowd. For the second straight season, the Orange (9-14) will play its first home games in the Duel at the Dome, a weekend event in the Carrier Dome. The team will meet Harvard (5-10) on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at noon, hoping to use its rare home-field advantage to bury early-season woes.“The biggest difference from last year’s team to this year’s team is just on-field experience,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “It will be good for these girls to finally play at home. It’s your field, your dugout and your locker room, and feeling that comfortability is something this team could use.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange was in a much different situation heading into the Duel at the Dome last season. It had seven seniors, a 17-8 record and a No. 24 national ranking. This year’s team already has 14 losses, while last year’s lost 16 games the entire year. Searching for answers in the early going, the Orange is excited to get home and play in an event that energized an already hot team a year ago. This time around, the team isn’t using its homecoming to continue its success, but to find it.Last season, the Orange defeated Colgate 6-0 on Friday, then Canisius 6-5 on Saturday. Squaring off with a Harvard team that is also off to a slow start should give the Orange the opportunity to achieve similar results. “The toughest part about our upcoming games is our defense, because that is something we have been struggling with,” SU first baseman Jasmine Watson said. “The hitting will come, but we just need to stay focused and we’ll be able to beat Harvard.”As a junior captain, Watson hopes coming home will speed up the team’s maturation process. She loved the Duel at the Dome last season, and thinks playing in front of the home crowd will be especially beneficial to this year’s squad. “When we’re on the road, only so many of our fans travel with us, and that can be hard at times,” Watson said. “Playing in front of our crowd is going to help us get comfortable and hopefully gain some confidence.”Senior shortstop Morgan Nandin went to nearby Cicero-North Syracuse High School. As the team comes home for the Duel at the Dome, her supporters, the “Nandin fan club,” will be out in full force.Nandin’s old teammates and coaches came to the Dome to watch the Orange play last season, and she couldn’t have been happier. “There’s nothing better than seeing familiar faces in the crowd. It’s one of the main reasons I came to play here,” Nandin said. “Just seeing orange all around us after being away from home for so long was awesome last year, and will be just as awesome the second time around.”But after showing her affection for the event, Nandin’s voice became stern. It’s her senior season, she’s a captain and she isn’t satisfied with the Orange’s play so far.“We are playing in our environment and we need to turn it around,” Nandin said. “We’re just a few changes away from being right there. We just need to start making them.” Commentslast_img read more