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Liverpool

No Sturridge For Basel Tie

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Liverpool prepare for their second Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday night as Brendan Rodgers will pair his XI up against Basel's. Unfortunately for the Reds Daniel Sturridge is still unavailable through injury whilst Mamadou Sakho has not made the line up also due to injury but perhaps also down to his antics prior to the Everton game.

Liverpool at Basel 10.01.14

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 2

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Everton (h); 2-2 Boro [14-13 pens] (h); 1-3 West Ham (a)
Basel: 1-1 Thun (h); 3-1 Vaduz (h); 4-0 Winterthur (a)

Previous CL matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Basel: 1-5 Real Madrid (a)

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 1
Basel: Gonzalez 1

Referee: Jonas Eriksson(SWE)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Gerrard Henderson
Lallana Coutinho Sterling
Balotelli

Once again, it's still too soon for Daniel Sturridge, who didn't travel with the team to Switzerland.

Reds Gear Up For Merseyside Derby

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After a mammoth session midweek against the might of Middlesbrough the Reds will be hoping things run more smoothly against bitter rivals Everton on Saturday. However, with a run of poor form recently and a real shaky defence, Everton are probably the last team Brendan Rodgers wants to be facing this weekend.

Liverpool v Everton 09.27.14

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7:45am ET, live in the US on NBCSN

Last four head-to-head:
4-0 Liverpool (h) 01.28.14
3-3 (a) 11.23.13
0-0 (h) 05.05.13
2-2 (a) 10.28.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Boro [14-13 pens] (h); 1-3 West Ham (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Everton: 0-3 Swansea (a); 2-3 Palace (h); 4-1 Wolfsburg (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Everton: Naismith 3; Mirallas, Lukaku 2; Baines, Coleman, Eto'o, McGeady 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Gerrard Henderson
Borini Lallana Sterling
Balotelli

I dislike derbies at the best of times– even remembering how the last one ended – but this match definitely comes a week or so too soon.

Liverpool v Middlesbrough 09.23.14

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2:45pm ET, not live on TV in the US. Delayed on BeIN Sport at 4pm ET.

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Boro (a) 02.28.09
2-1 Liverpool (h) 8.23.08
3-2 Liverpool (h) 02.23.08
1-1 (a) 01.12.08

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 West Ham (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h); 0-1 Villa (h)
Middlesbrough: 4-0 Brentford (h); 1-0 Cardiff (a); 2-1 Huddersfield (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: n/a
Middlesbrough: 3-1 Preston (h); 3-0 Oldham (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Balotelli, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Middlesbrough: Leadbitter 7; Kike 5; Tomlin 2; Adomah, Ayala, Bamford, Williams 1

Referee: Mike Jones

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Lucas Rossiter
Lallana
Markovic Lambert Borini

I have but one request.

Reds Face Boro In League Cup

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After a somewhat dismal week for Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his side can pick themselves up and progress past Middlesbrough in tomorrow night's league cup tie. The two sides have met on numerous occasions and were last drawn against each other in this competition back in 1998!

Liverpool Left Shell-Shocked By West Ham

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce's West Ham team on Saturday after a ruthless start from the home side. The Reds barely had chance to compose themselves before the Hammers found the back of the net and things quickly went from bad to worse for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Reds Ready To Face Hammers

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Liverpool travel to London on Saturday evening as they aim to thrive off their Champions League win over Ludogorets earlier in the week. Brendan will face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side who currently find themselves 13th in the league.

The injury list for Liverpool is still a pretty long one.

Liverpool at West Ham 09.20.14

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on NBC

Last four head-to-head:
2-1 Liverpool (a) 04.06.14
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.07.13
0-0 (h) 04.07.13
3-2 Liverpool (a) 12.09.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Ludogorets (h); 0-1 Villa (h); 3-0 Tottenham (a)
West Ham: 2-2 Hull (a); 1-3 Southampton (h); 1-1 Sheffield Utd [Utd win 5-4 pens]

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 2; Gerrard, Moreno, Sturridge 1
West Ham: C Cole, Downing, Noble, D Sakho, Valencia, Zarate 1

Referee: Craig Pawson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Lallana Balotelli Sterling

With Allen, Sturridge, Can, Johnson, and Flanagan still out, there aren't that many potential changes from Tuesday's line-up.

We're Back!

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Tuesday 16th September 2014. Mark it in your diaries because Liverpool are back in the Champions League! The Reds last appearance in the competition was way back in December 2009 when they were beaten by La Viola at Anfield. Nobody could have predicted the length of time we'd be away but the five time champions are back and ready to take on the Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

Liverpool v Ludogorets Razgrad 09.16.14

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 2

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Tottenham (a); 1-3 City (a), 2-1 Southampton (h)
Ludogorets: 2-1 Botev Plovdiv (a); 1-1 Beroe (h); 1-0 Steaua Bucharest (h) [6-5 pens]

Previous CL matches:
Liverpool: n/a
Ludogorets: 1-0 Steaua Bucharest (h) [6-5 pens]; 0-1 Steaua Bucharest (a); 2-2 Partizan (a); 0-0 Partizan (h); 1-1 F91 Dudelange (a); 4-0 F91 Dudelange (h)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Sterling 2; Gerrard, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Ludogorets: Misidjan 4; Anicet, Bezjak, Marcelinho, Quixada 3; Abalo, Wanderson, Younes 2; Barthe, Espinho 1

Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Lovren Sakho Moreno
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Sterling
Lambert Balotelli

I am very curious to see what sort of line-up and formation Rodgers chooses in his first Champions League match.

Balotelli Main Man In Villa Game?

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Liverpool face Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday after an international break that created an injury scare for Jordan Henderson and left Daniel Sturridge unable to feature for the Reds for three weeks. With Brendan seething at England officials believing the striker's injury was preventable, it is now down to Mario Balotelli to lead the Liverpool line.

Liverpool v Aston Villa 09.13.14

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on NBC

Last four head-to-head:
2-2 (h) 1.18.14
1-0 Liverpool (a) 08.24.13
2-1 Liverpool (a) 03.31.13
1-3 Villa (h) 12.15.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Tottenham (a); 1-3 City (a), 2-1 Southampton (h)
Villa: 2-1 Hull (h); 0-1 Leyton Orient (h); 0-0 Newcastle (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 2; Gerrard, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Villa: Weimann 2; Agbonlahor 1

Referee: Lee Mason

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Lovren Sakho Moreno
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Lallana Balotelli Sterling

Well that was a productive international break.

Liverpool at Tottenham 08.31.14

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8:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
4-0 Liverpool (h) 03.30.14
5-0 Liverpool (a) 12.14.13
3-2 Liverpool (h) 03.10.13
1-2 Tottenham (a) 11.28.12

Last matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 City (a), 2-1 Southampton (h)
Tottenham: 3-0 AEL Limassol (h); 4-0 QPR (h); 2-1 AEL Limassol (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling, Sturridge 1
Tottenham: Chadli, Dier 2; Adebayor 1

Referee: Phil Dowd

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Enrique
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Sterling Sturridge Lallana

Rodgers has been talking up Lallana in the run-up to this match, so I suspect he'll be thrown straight into the fray.

Liverpool at Manchester City 08.25.14

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-2 Liverpool (h) 04.13.14
1-2 City (a) 12.26.13
2-2 (a) 02.03.13
2-2 (h) 08.26.12

Last match:
Liverpool: 2-1 Southampton (h)
Manchester City: 2-0 Newcastle (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling, Sturridge 1
Manchester City: Agüero, Silva 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Johnson
Gerrard
Henderson Allen
Coutinho Sturridge Sterling

After one preseason match and 60 minutes against Southampton, I suspect Liverpool's experiment with the 4-2-3-1 is over, at least for the time being.

Liverpool v Southampton 08.17.13

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8:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-0 Liverpool (a) 03.01.14
0-1 Southampton (h) 09.21.13
1-3 Southampton (a) 03.16.13
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.01.12

Last three preseason matches:
Liverpool: 4-0 Dortmund (a); 1-3 United (n); 2-0 Milan (n)
Southampton: 0-1 Leverkusen (h); 3-1 Brighton (a); 1-0 Bournemouth (a)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Johnson
Gerrard Can
Henderson Coutinho Sterling
Sturridge

Because of course Liverpool's first match of the season is against the club they bought three players from this summer.

Newcastle United

Krul, Janmaat And Tiote All Start – Cisse On Bench

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Alan Pardew picked the team we thought he would pick tonight, with Cabella in the withdrawn striker role and Sissoko and Gouffran on the wings. We would have preferred young Armstrong to have started in the number 10 position but this is still a very strong team we are fielding tonight, with Riviere the [.

Tiote And Dummett Start For Newcastle – Cisse On Bench

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Alan Pardew has made two changes to his team to play Hull City at home this afternoon, and in come Dummett and Tiote for Haidara and Anita. But it's a surprising selectionand Haidara was our Man of the Match last week, but he's been dropped and replaced by Paul Dummett go figure that one [...]

What’s Newcastle’s Best Team Against Hull City?

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The team Alan Pardew played against Southampton last Saturdaywas probably the best team he could have played from the available players in the squad. Steven Taylor could get a start tomorrow And that performance was simply a disgrace, and in particular the defense was very unsteady especially the two central defenders and [.

This Represents The Negative Feelings At Newcastle

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As many as three in four fans think we will lose the game at Southampton today, and that just about sums upthe negative feelings and frustrations surrounding Newcastle United at the moment.' Here are the results of the poll for today's game. Two weeks ago 70% thought we would beat Crystal Palace at home, and [.

Fans Not Confident Of Taking Anything From St. Mary’s

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We have lost both our games at St. Mary's in the last two seasons, and haven't even managed to score a single goal we were beaten 4-0 last termand 2-0 the season before that, after Southampton had successfully fought their way back into the Premier League which is where they belong. A huge [...]

What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Southampton Game?

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Siem de Jong is injured and out for a several months with a thigh injury, so he will not play on Saturday at Southampton, but it looks like other players seem to begenerally fitwith Jack Colback being given a decent chance to play in the game, and Cheick Tiote having played two full games for [.

What’s Our Best Team For Southampton – Without de Jong?

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Hopefully we will have both Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback fit for the next game at Southampton a week today, and we suppose Jack and Cheick would be our first choice central midfielders in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Cheick Tiote should be fit for Saints game? It was really a sobering and short notice that [.

What’s Our Best Team Against Crystal Palace?

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We're not sure of exactly what the injury status is at Newcastle, but since England contacted Newcastle early yesterday about Colback's fitness before announcing Jack in the latest England squad, we assume he will be fitfor tomorrow's home game against Crystal Palace. Siem de Jong and Colback should both start tomorrow Whether Cheick Tiote [.

Six Changes For Newcastle At Gillingham: De Jong Starts

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Alan Pardew has made six changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. As expected Mehdi Abeid, Gabby Obertan and RolandoAarons get starts and Siem de Jong makes his first start in a competitive game for Newcastle. Newcastle will again play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Riviere up front, [.

Unchanged Team At Villa Park – De Jong On Bench

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Alan Pardew has named an unchanged team for the game at Villa Park today, but Siem de Jong is on the bench and could make his competitive debut for the club today. Alan Pardew is keeping with the 4-2-3-1 formation he used last week, in the 2-0 defeat at home by Manchester City. Teams: Aston [...]

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Aston Villa?

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Let us know how you thing Newcastle will fare at Aston Villa tomorrow. Comments welcome. Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle you can contact Paul at [.

Dummett, Gouffran And Riviere Start – Aarons On Bench

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The only real surprise in Alan Pardew's selection today for the game against Manchester City is that local lad Paul Dummett gets the nod over Frenchman Massadio Haidara at left back, after Massadio had started most of the pre-season games. And it looks like Newcastle are playing in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation today one [.

This Is The Result Newcastle Fans Expect Today

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In our poll on the outcome of our first Premier League game today at home to PL Champions Manchester City, close to 50% think we will lose again for the 11th time in a row. First few games very important for Alan Pardew Here are the results of our poll at the moment with [...]

What’s Newcastle’s Best Starting Eleven Against Man City?

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It will be interesting to see what starting eleven Alan Pardew starts tomorrow afternoon, in our first league game against PL Champions Manchester City at the beautiful St. James' Park stadium. Remy Cabella can become great player at Newcastle And there was a shock in the early first game of the season at Old [.

Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul And Facundo Ferreyra All Start

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Alan Pardew has just announced his side for the pre-season friendly game against Huddersfield Town, and it's a first game for our new Dutch signing Daryl Janmaat, and Remy Cabella and Facundo Ferreyra are also in the starting line-up. This team has the look of a first team eleven for Newcastle, and Alan Pardew will [.

Krul And Aarons Start For Newcastle: Ferreyra On Bench

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Tim Krul returns to the Newcastle United team against Schalke 04, and it's a strong side that Alan Pardew has put out this afternoon. And new boy Facundo Ferreyra is on the bench, and could even see his debut for Newcastle this afternoon the 23 year-old Argentine was announced a few hours ago by [...

Cabella, Sissoko, Armstrong And Pererz Start For Newcastle

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Remy Cabella will make his first appearance in a Newcastle shirt this afternoon, as the former Montpellier winger is in the starting line up against Malaga CF this afternoon in Germany. Moussa Sissoko makes his first appearance back after having an extended break after playing for France in the World Cup in Brazil, and young [.

Steven Taylor, Haidara And Shola Ameobi Start – Loic Remy Missing

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Some surprises in the starting line-up today with Loic Remy missing the final game of the season, having picked up a knock in training, and Shola Ameobi comes in up front, so we'll have some difficulty scoring goals, with Newcastle having scored only one goal in the previous 12 games Remy has missed this season.

We've Taken It To The Wire

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Whilst it's highly unlikely Manchester City will slip to defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Sunday it's frankly miraculous that Liverpool have managed to put themselves in a position where they are still in with a shot at the title on the final day. If you'd of asked any Liverpool fan at the start of the season what they were expecting, nobody would have said this.

Liverpool v Newcastle 05.11.14

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-2 (a) 10.19.13
6-0 Liverpool (a) 04.27.13
1-1 (h) 11.04.12
0-2 Newcastle (a) 04.01.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-3 Palace (a); 0-2 Chelsea (h); 3-2 Norwich (a)
Newcastle: 3-0 Cardiff (h); 0-3 Arsenal (a); 1-2 Swansea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 31; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 13; Sterling 9; Skrtel 7; Coutinho 5; Henderson 4; Agger, Allen, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Newcastle: Remy 14; Cabaye 7; Gouffran 6; Ben Arfa, Sissoko 3; Sh Ameobi, Cisse 2; Anita, Debuchy, Dummett, Taylor 1

Referee:

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Flanagan
Gerrard
Henderson Allen
Sterling
Sturridge Suarez

No matter what happens, at Anfield or any other ground, make no mistake.

United

A first glimpse of LVG: LA Galaxy vs United preview

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There is very little rest for the wicked, it seems. There's definitely been almost none for Louis Van Gaal who, less than two weeks on since his Holland side dismantled Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third spot playoff, will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager tomorrow morning at 4.

World Cup predictions: Netherlands, France and Belgium to win

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For United fans once the England mess is cleared away the World Cup has been as interesting from a managerial standpoint as it has been from a players standpoint.

With United manager Louis van Gaal taking Netherlands to the Round of 16, Netherlands v Mexico will be watched for LvG's tactical approach to the game more than it'll be appreciated for the talents of United strikers Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.

The Rest

Preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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Last year the Union went 0-3-0 and scored no goals in September. To reach the playoffs, they need to do much, much better this time around.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Colorado Rapids

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There has been enough off the pitch news surrounding the Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army for fans to keep up on, but nothing helps focus a group better like match day. The Colorado Rapids are just above the Timbers on the table, and a victory would give the home side a chance to build some momentum before a busy August and September.