concentration finally snapped, chasing an Anderson delivery

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concentration finally snapped, chasing an Anderson delivery

Postby t123 » 16 Jan 2018, 12:04

Sky Sports Paul Merson is back to look ahead to another crucial round of Premier League fixtures. ... reeze.html . Eight points off a maiden top-flight crown, Leicester, without the suspended Jamie Vardy, host Swansea on Super Sunday as they look to stretch the gap between themselves and Tottenham.Second-placed Spurs will be waiting, ready to pounce if the Foxes slip up when they entertain West Brom on Monday Night Football. Before all of that, the race for survival takes centre stage as Sunderland look to move out of the relegation zone when they face Arsenal at the Stadium of Light in Sundays early kick-off.There is also the little matter of the FA Cup semi-finals, where Crystal Palace, Everton, Manchester United and Watford jostle for a place in the Wembley showpiece.Read on to see who the Magic Man is backing... Last weeks predictions Result Merses prediction Norwich 0-3 Sunderland 1-1 Everton 1-1 Soton 2-2 Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa 3-0 Newcastle 3-0 Swansea 2-1 West Brom 0-1 Watford 2-0 Chelsea 0-3 Man City 2-1 Bmouth 1-2 Liverpool 1-2 Leicester 2-2 West Ham 2-1 Arsenal 1-1 Palace 3-0 Stoke 0-4 Spurs 0-4 Leicester v Swansea - Super Sunday, 4.15pm This game was a gimme for Leicester last week, now Jamie Vardy is suspended its not. I dont think Vardy is a great player but without him how are Leicester going to open up the game? He stretches defences and creates space for midfielders on the ball and I cant see who will be able to replace that pace.I just dont see Leicester winning without Vardy, he is a massive, massive miss. Swansea will just play around halfway, suffocate the Foxes and come away with a point which will blow the title race wide open. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)Tottenham v West Brom - Monday Night Football, 8pm Fair play to West Brom, they got their 40 points on the board early doors ahead of an atrocious final run of fixtures. It starts with Spurs, who were outstanding at Stoke. It doesnt even pain me to see Spurs where they are at the moment, they are a very good team. Hopefully their success kicks Arsenal into gear. If this Tottenham team stays together and they get a couple more players theyll be favourites for the title next season. PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 11/2)Sunderland v Arsenal - Super Sunday, 2.05pm I watched Arsenal on Sunday and it was one of the flattest performances Ive seen, they just went through the motions. It was so quiet at the Emirates that I heard Petr Cech shout keeper when clearing a ball. How is that possible in front of 60,000 people? Arsenal beat West Brom on Thursday, but they should have beaten Palace too. Sunderland, meanwhile, have picked up under Big Sam, winning at Norwich last week. I fancy them to edge closer to safety with a point, but they do need to score first. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 11/2)Man City v Stoke - Saturday, 12.45pm The problem with Man City is that you dont know which team is going to turn up. Will it be the one that won 3-0 at Chelsea or will it be the team that came off the pitch lucky to have earned a 1-1 draw with Newcastle? Stoke are on holiday and you cannot play football with flip-flops on! Theyve done their hard work, though, theyre safe and you can understand that, particularly when a few players will be at the Euros. I suspect Sergio Aguero will be rested as City will have one eye on the Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, but I still expect them to win.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)Aston Villa v Southampton - Saturday, 3pm What score do you want? I cant see anything other than a Southampton win. I felt sorry for Joleon Lescott in the week because his comments about relegation being a relief were not meant like that. He meant the club could concentrate on bouncing back next season, so a lot of the criticism he received was unwarranted. Villa should give the kids a chance and see what theyre like ahead of next season - see who can be kept and who cant.PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)Bournemouth v Chelsea - Saturday, 3pm This is a hard game. Chelsea could have conceded six against Man City on Saturday, their season is over, theyve got players going to the Euros and they cant win a game. Im not sure which way the game will go but I expect a game full of goals, with Bournemouth needing to bounce back from their defeat to Liverpool.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds 12/1)Liverpool v Newcastle - Saturday, 3pm I was impressed with Newcastle against Man City, they were good. Liverpool keep on getting better and better under Jurgen Klopp and they put Everton to the sword in the derby. I fancy Liverpool here but, with a Europa League semi-final with Villarreal coming up, they may rest players - that said they still turn in decent performances when they do change their team. This is where luck in the relegation fight comes in because if Liverpool were challenging for the top four they would play a full-strength side, and that may help Newcastles cause. I expect Liverpool to just earn the win but I wouldnt be surprised if its a draw.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 7/1) Midweek predictions Result Merses prediction Newcastle 1-1 Man City 0-2 Liverpool 4-0 Everton 3-0 Arsenal ?-? West Brom 3-0 FA Cup semi-finalsEverton v Man Utd - Saturday, 5.15pm I dont see how Roberto Martinez can last if he loses at Wembley. He has got things horribly wrong this week. He should have played his strongest team and won against Southampton and then told fans he had to rest everyone against Liverpool in preparation for the semi-final. Instead he rested everyone against Southampton and got booed off and then played his best team against Liverpool and got battered. For the first time he looked lost on the sidelines, the fans have turned and I dont see how he can hold on if they lose. I felt sorry for him but its a situation of his own making, this is a good team that is nowhere. United will win at Wembley, I cant see Everton stopping them. Marcus Rashford is some player and his goal against Villa was as good as it gets - hell be a top-drawer player. Three months ago you would have backed Everton to win this game all day long, not now.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds 15/2)Crystal Palace v Watford - Sunday, 4pm I fancy Palace here, theyve just got the edge over Watford. Deeney, who missed a penalty at West Ham, and Ighalo have gone quiet recently and confidence at the club cant be great. When the game starts to open up Palace have got more match winners for and I expect them to just edge a tight contest.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds 6/1)PLAY SUPER 6!Theres another £250,000 jackpot up for grabs in the latest round of the Soccer Saturday Super 6 game. All you have to do is predict the scores of the six selected matches. Its free to play so get your entries in before 3pm GMT on Saturday for the chance to win.PLAY NOW... Also See: Premier League predictor Your teams strength and weakness Race for the top four Play Super 6 ... k-red.html . Malkin got tangled up with Detroits Luke Glendening early in the third period and his left skate took the brunt of collision with the boards behind Pittsburghs net. ... ralia.html .ca! Hi Kerry, Its another day and here we are looking at another dubious hit to the head. In this case Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky elbowed Saku Koivu in the head about a second after he dished off the puck to a teammate, knocking him unconscious. ... e-red.html . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League.Virat Kohli cracked an unbeaten 151 in his 50th Test as India amassed 317-4 by stumps on day one of the second Test against England at Visakhapatnam. The day was dominated by a 226-run stand for the third wicket between Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara (119), who scored a century for the third straight Test. A costly drop: Adil Rashid drops Virat Kohli when on only 56 Kohli was given a let-off, however, when dropped on 56 by Adil Rashid after top-edging an attempted pull off Ben Stokes.After India won a crucial toss on a flat surface that is set to break up as the Test goes on, England were buoyed by two wickets in the first five overs.Stuart Broad (1-39) struck with his fifth ball, getting Lokesh Rahul edging to Stokes at third slip, who also pouched Murali Vijay, as he gloved a James Anderson bouncer behind. Anderson (3-44) - returning from injury in place of the rested Chris Woakes - also picked up Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (23) in the final session, but with Kohli still at the crease, it was still very much Indias day.Englands morning started brightly enough as Broads brilliant first over brought immediate reward, with Rahul - himself recalled to the Indian side after injury - out fending to the slips.Vijay countered with a fluent 20 from 21 deliveries, but on a slow deck he was surprised by an Anderson bouncer that reared up above waist height and took his glove.England failed to add to their early strikes though, with a run-out looking their most likely route to a third wicket as the personality clash between the highly-charged Kohli and more leisurely Pujara led to some confused calling between the wickets. Virat Kohli (R) and Cheteshwar Pujara shared in a 226-run stand despite some questionable running between the wickets With half centuries secured for both batsmen soon after lunch, Stokes went short - a ploy mainly aimed at Pujara, but he nearly picked up the cruucial wicket of Kohli, only for Rashid to shell the chance at long leg. ... omens.html. The best of the action from Day One of the Second Test in Visakhapatnam In contrast to Stokes, Anderson and Broad looked to bowl a wider line outside off-stump hoping to frustrate the batsmen out, but the runs continued to flow, with Kohli and Pujara feasting on the spinners.A four-over spell just before tea between Moeen Ali and Zafar Ansari cost 36 runs, and after the session came to an early end with a dog on the outfield stopping play, Pujara swiftly reached his century upon the resumption by pulling Rashid for six.Pujaras downfall came when his concentration finally snapped, chasing an Anderson delivery on that wider line, and top-edging through to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. An early tea was called on Day 2 thanks to the unexpected appearance of a dog on the outfield!! Kohli, meanwhile, kicked on from his own hundred, reaching 150 before the close, though he only just survived a strong lbw shout - and subsequent review - from Moeen, when missing a reverse-sweep on 139.England waited till the penultimate over of the day to take the second new ball and it brought immediate reward as Anderson struck third ball, some away swing taking Rahanes edge through to Bairstow.Watch extended highlights from day one of the second Test between India and England on Sky Sports 2 from 2pm, with The Verdict to follow from 3pm. Live coverage from Visakhapatnam continues with day two on Sky Sports 2 from 3.45am on Friday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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