League One Tranmere shocked Premier League Watford in an FA Cup third-round replay to set up a tie against 12-time winners Manchester United. In a game rescheduled from earlier in the month because of a waterlogged pitch, Rovers capitalised on a hugely under-strength Hornets and best navigated a dire, sand-covered Prenton Park surface to finally settle the tie in extra time. Substitute striker Paul Mullin, who came off the bench to score a late penalty at Vicarage Road and complete a remarkable Rovers comeback from 3-0 down to set up this replay, went one better with a headed winner 14 minutes into the extra 30.
But Tottenham's early promise faded as Norwich showed again why they are not being written off as relegation certainties. Emiliano Buendia and Todd Cantwell were a constant menace with Buendia forcing a fine save from Michel Vorm who was playing his first game for Tottenham for 17 months. Vorm made a dreadful mess of Kenny McLean's shot in the 78th minute, spilling the ball into the path of Josip Drmic who bundled in the equaliser.
Dutchman Krul saved two spot-kicks in the shootout, the second from Gedson Fernandes to send Norwich into the quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years. The dramatic win followed Norwich's 1-0 victory over Leicester City last weekend that fuelled belief they can claw their way out of the bottom three.
Although Match of the Day pundits Neville and Alan Shearer were divided over whether Henderson should replace De Gea at the start of next season - with the former wanting to stick with De Gea and the latter calling for a change in Utd's first choice - the Blades stopper is favoured by the numbers. While he has made one error which led to a goal, Henderson also has a goals prevented figure of 9. Premier League this season.
Pearson won three of his opening four league matches before the Hornets moved out of the relegation zone in late February with a 3-0 win over champions-elect Liverpool. Wins over Norwich City and Newcastle United earlier this month edged them closer to safety, with the club now needing victory against either Manchester City on Tuesday or at Arsenal on Sunday to guarantee a sixth straight season in the top-flight.
Valencia have three losses in their last five away matches. Atalanta have scored at least twice in each of their last four matches. Valencia have not scored more than one goal in the last 12 away matches in the Champions League. Atalanta have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven matches. Atalanta have scored in each of their last 15 matches.
Wednesday's draw also paired Sheffield United against 13-time FA Cup winners Arsenal. The Hillsborough faithful would hardly have arrived to watch their side take on a powerful-looking Manchester City line-up with much faith in a shock after a run of only two wins in 13 Championship games for Sheffield Wednesday.
Liverpool became just the fifth team in English Football League history to go 40 games unbeaten as they beat Wolves 2-1 on Thursday evening. See alsoWolverhampton Wanderers - Liverpool The visitors, seemingly champions-elect, started brilliant as captain Jordan Henderson opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the match.
Italian Serie A side Atalanta must be oozing confidence, after the win over AS Roma. They are set to host Spanish side Valencia in the UEFA Champions League as the second round gets underway and will be hoping to get a first leg advantage. Already, being at this stage is a big feat for Atalanta, who are on their first ever season in the Champions League.
Eleven keepers have prevented more goals than De Gea, including a player who also features in the debate surrounding the Spaniard - Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson. Goals prevented - top fivePlayerGoals preventedGuaita (Palace)10. Lloris (Spurs)10. Henderson (Sheff Utd)9. Dubravka (Newcastle)8. Schmeichel (Leicester)4. How does De Gea's stats compare to Henderson?Henderson, 23, has spent the last two seasons with the Blades on loan from Manchester United, impressing in their promotion from the Championship last season and their surprise success in the top flight this campaign.
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Henderson has kept 13 clean sheets this season, one more than De Gea and only fewer than Burnley's Nick Pope and Manchester City's Ederson. Media playback is not supported on this device The time has come to replace De Gea with Henderson - Shearer Has De Gea declined in recent seasons?One of De Gea's most memorable moments in a Manchester United shirt was when the Spaniard made a whopping 14 saves - a joint Premier League record - in a 3-1 win at Arsenal in December 2017.
The Dutch keeper used every trick in the book to try to distract Fernandez and it worked a treat as he struck a weak kick that Krul saved with ease to send 9,000 Norwich fans wild. Norwich are in the last eight for the first time in 28 years. That's what it's all about, that's why we do all the hard work," Krul said.
Co-manager Stuart Kettlewell described their second-half performance in the 3-1 loss at Kilmarnock a couple of weeks ago as a "capitulation". Against St Johnstone, it looked as though it would be a familiar tale. After a fairly bright start, Tommy Wright's side took the initiative and had a flurry of chances in the first half that eventually led to them taking the lead going into the break. The Perth side looked better technically and generally showed more fight and hunger to win the game.
John Stones headed a chance over, Nicolas Otamendi headed a Mahrez free kick against the crossbar and Benjamin Mendy's ferocious shot produced a brilliant save from Joe Wildsmith who turned it against the bar. Sadly for Wildsmith he will rue City's 53rd-minute winner. Mendy slid a pass to Aguero who turned sharply and fired in a well-hit shot that the keeper got a strong hand to but could not prevent from creeping in.
What reflects less favourably on De Gea is Opta's 'goals prevented' figure. This is calculated by taking away the number of goals conceded (excluding own goals and penalties) from the expected goals on target. An expected goal on target is an effort that Opta would ordinarily expect to result in goal. De Gea has faced 32. That leaves him with a goals prevented figure of 0. That figure looks even more ordinary when you compare it to the other Premier League keepers who have played more than 500 minutes this season.
Jose Mourinho's problems piled up as his Tottenham Hotspur side were bundled out in a penalty shootout by the Premier League's bottom club Norwich City. The match ended 1-1 after extra time but Norwich keeper Tim Krul saved two penalties to send his side through and condemn Tottenham to a fourth successive defeat.
In that 2017-18 season, De Gea kept 18 clean sheets in the top flight, conceded 25 goals averaging out at almost a game and a half and prevented 13. That led to him again being named in the Premier League's team of the season, but then he made a costly mistake against Portugal at the 2018 World Cup and his form has dipped since. Based on Opta's data, De Gea has conceded the same tally of goals that the model would expect the 'average' keeper to concede over the last two Premier League seasons.
Manchester United captain Ashley Young has opened talks over a move to Inter Milan. It is understood no decision has been made yet by United about whether Young will be allowed to leave Old Trafford this month. The 34-year-old's future is expected to become clear in the next 24 hours. As his contract expires at the end of the season, he is now free to talk to clubs outside of England. Young was left out of the United squad for Tuesday's 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat by Manchester City.
City were majestic in the first half of the first-leg clash, running into a 3-0 lead before half-time but eased off in the second half, with United eventually scoring a consolation goal through Marcus Rashford. Guardiola believes that it was unrealistic to expect his team to win by a more comprehensive margin, despite the comprehensiveness of their first-half performance.
It was Aguero's 23rd goal of the season. WRETCHED FORM Wednesday, whose wretched form has blown any chance of promotion, only managed one shot but there were still a few late jitters for City who should have won more comfortably. Spurs got off to the perfect start against Norwich when Jan Vertonghen headed home Giovani Lo Celso's delivery.
Accies look up for the fightGuillaume Beuzelin, Hamilton's assistant boss, is certain his team would have moved four points clear of Hearts had they kept 11 players on the pitch. As it was, their defence, which had stood steadfast for much of the match, was breached for a second time as the final whistle approached and they had to make do with a point. Hamilton could find themselves at the foot of the Premiership on Friday night if Hearts take something from their trip to 10th-placed St Mirren, yet have improved their chances of avoiding relegation or the play-offs altogether by the Paisley side falling into the scrap.
It’s an important game because we represent Tottenham. Tottenham is Tottenham. It always gives us a sense of responsibility. We cannot finish first, we cannot have that privilege. The result is not going to change anything. One thing I’m not having is time, time to know all my players well, and this is also a great opportunity for some of them to play, to show what they are capable of.
Atalanta have established themselves as a good scoring side and going by their returns in attack, we are backing them to score here too. Their main concern though, should be with the defending; they have managed just one clean sheet in the last seven matches. Valencia on the other hand, are struggling but they have done fairly well in Europe. They managed wins at Ajax and Chelsea in the group stages but they have not scored more than once in the last 12 away matches in the competition. Looking at Atalanta’s defence, we are backing Valencia to score as well. We will go with a 2-1 win for Atalanta here.
Which is a pretty typical way of saying the relationship of friendliness, esteem and mutual respect is no longer intact. TUESDAY'S STORIES 19:45 - That's all for tonight Thanks for tuning in. Liverpool have sealed qualification for the round of 16 of the Champions League after beating Red Bull Salzburg 2-0, thanks in part to an outrageous goal from Mohamed Salah.
Chelsea are taking on Nice at Stamford Bridge and there's a clash of two European giants at San Siro as Inter host Barcelona. City hit by injury blows Manchester City are set to be laid bare at the back as John Stones has been ruled out of the festive period, leaving Nicolas Otamendi without a senior recognised centre-back partner once more.
Atalanta have however kept just one clean sheet in their last seven matches. Having come from a Group C that had the experienced Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, the Italians should feel ready for this job, even though they managed just two wins in the six group matches. That Atalanta have managed just three clean sheets in the last 10 matches, is well covered by the fact that they do score a plenty.
Norwich beat Spurs on penalties * Leicester set up tie with Chelsea (Adds details, quotes) By Martyn Herman LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Sergio Aguero's second-half goal proved enough for holders Manchester City to beat second-tier Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 on Wednesday and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, but Pep Guardiola's side made hard work of it.
In addition, De Gea only kept seven clean sheets last season - his lowest total since joining United - although that has improved to 12 this campaign. SeasonMinutes playedGoals concededGoals prevented2019-203240320. His performance levels have dipped and I'd be worried about his inconsistency," said Neville, who was also United's first-team coach in 2013. His credentials are still among the best in the world but at the moment he has lost all his confidence.
They have scored in each of their last 15 matches and they are also the best scoring side in Serie A. They have 63 goals in Serie A, 17 more than league leaders Juventus. This is one thing they will want to carry to this Champions League game. With five wins in seven matches, and just one loss, Atalanta will be favorites at the San Siro.
Is it a move that makes sense? Esteemed Madrid-based journalist Michael Hincks isn't so sure, as he explains in today's Paper Round. He fits the bill, but would he want to take on ‘The Arsenal Project’? Although you could argue it is a good time to take over given Arsenal are at their lowest point in decades (the only way is up etc), you have to wonder whether Ancelotti fancies the task of trying to revitalise the club.
Leicester City ended a poor run of form to set up a home last-eight tie against Chelsea after beating Birmingham City 1-0, Ricardo Pereira's header sealing a tight Midlands derby. Manchester City's reward was an away quarter-final at Newcastle United, while Norwich will have a home tie against Derby County or Manchester United who play on Thursday.
Money talks, however, so it’s time to see how deep those pockets are at the Emirates. All over for Ancelotti Napoli are seventh in Serie A and without a win in nine matches, but even so it's striking to see a manager of Carlo Ancelotti's character being let go. In their statement Napoli said: "The relationship of friendliness, esteem and mutual respect between the club and its president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remains intact.
But County's response was one that offered hope they can dig deep and avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. Although McKay's equaliser came late and was handed to them by St Johnstone's naivety, their second-half performance merited a share of the points. County still have just one win in their last 11 in all competitions and need to get a few more on the board to widen that six-point gap with Hamilton in 11th.
Man Utd 24 9 7 8 36 29 34 . Tottenham 24 9 7 8 38 32 34 7 Wolverhampton 24 8 10 6 35 32 34 . Sheff Utd 24 8 9 7 25 23 33 9 Southampton 24 9 4 11 31 42 31 10 Arsenal 24 6 12 6 32 34 30 11 Crystal Palace 24 7 9 8 22 28 30 12 Everton 24 8 6 10 28 35 30 13 Burnley 24 9 3 12 28 38 30 14 Newcastle 24 8 6 10 24 36 30 15 Brighton 24 6 7 11 27 34 25 16 Aston Villa 24 7 4 13 31 45 25 17 West Ham 23 6 5 12 27 38 23 .
If it is fight that keeps a team alive, Brian Rice's team have a good chance of staying up. Hamilton pegged back by late Halkett header Time running out for StendelClearly, something is not right at Hearts. Their manager, Daniel Stendel, said before the 2-2 draw with Hamilton that he could sense an air of confidence and positivity in the changing room. Yet, within 16 minutes, his team were all at sea as twice Marios Ogkmpoe had knocked the ball past goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal, who had come in after on-loan Manchester United man Joel Pereira was dropped.
With just three wins and one clean sheet in 14 away matches in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur will outright occupy the underdogs’ slot for this game. More, they head to the clash on a four match winless run and have no clean sheet in five matches. They play a Burnley side unbeaten in four matches and with a better home run that Spurs’ away. Spurs also lack the needed firepower upfront, though they have been sneaking in a goal or two even on their bad days. Going with recent form, we expect a Burnley win here but with both sides to score.
At this point I am still the coach of SIPG a club close to my heart in a country that is growing immensely in football. Deschamps extends France contract Didier Deschamps has extended his stay as France manager until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Deschamps has been in charge since 2012 and has led his country to the Euro 2016 final, where they were beaten by Portugal, and the 2018 World Cup title.
Beating Roma consolidated their place at fourth on the Serie A standings as they have opened a six-point gap from Roma. As they look to secure a place in next season’s competition, at hand is a game against a side experienced in this competition, and ambitions to advance to the quarters. Atalanta are unbeaten in their last four matches, and they have scored at least twice in each of those, one of them a 7-0 away win over Torino and earlier they drew with Inter Milan.
If Watford had stayed up - and I think they've still got a great chance of staying up - he could easily have been recommended for manager of the year, with the position they were in when he took over. Pearson 'overwhelmed' by messages of supportDeeney denies half-time fight rumoursWatford were bottom of the Premier League with just one win in 15 matches when Pearson was appointed on a deal until the end of the season.
First he saved from young striker Troy Parrott, then easily kept out Fernandes's weak attempt. Everyone says I am good at penalties so I knew I'd better start saving some," he said. Me and my coach do our homework, I had them on my bottle, it all happens in a shootout. What a place to do it as well and for 9,000 fans to be here on a Wednesday night.
They gamely kept themselves in contention, however, as City's overwhelming domination failed to present them with a shot on target until the 48th minute. Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva all started for City, a mark of Guardiola's respect for the Cup, but they could find no way through Wednesday's massed defence.
Norwich remain bottom, six points below the safety zone, but their attractive style and goal threat offers them hope. Incredible. Maybe this is the turning-point, we believe we can stay up," said Krul, who sent 9,000 Norwich fans wild with his penalty saves. Krul used his full range of antics, wasting time and thumping his gloves together as Tottenham's players prepared to take their kicks and it worked a treat.
Tottenham Hotspur have no win in four straight matches. Burnley are unbeaten in three straight league games at home. Burnley have three wins in the last five home matches. Tottenham have three wins in the 14 away league matches this season. Burnley have seven wins in 14 home league matches this season.
Had it not been for Jamie Hamilton's red card midway through the first half, many would have fancied Hamilton to have registered their first win at Tynecastle since 1972. In Jamie Walker, skipper Steven Naismith and Liam Boyce, the Jambos have scorers in their ranks. But it was centre-half Craig Halkett who nodded home three minutes from time to salvage a point. Stendel said after the match that the problem is not in his players' legs but in their heads.
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Some of my boys they haven’t had the chance to play for me in these five matches since I arrived. Vitor Pereira turns down Everton job Vitor Pereira has pulled out of the running to replace Marco Silva at Everton, preferring instead to stay at Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG. It's always an honour and I am utterly grateful to be considered on a list by a club that I have so much respect for," he told Sky Sports News.
It’s a few weeks. We have two defenders and Eric [Garcia]. Meanwhile, David Silva is also on the injury list, which also includes Sergio Aguero. David had a huge kick in a dangerous part of his leg and he’s not risked. John is injured, Sergio is much better but he’s still not ready. Mourinho set to rotate in Munich With Champions League qualification secured, Jose Mourinho is set to shuffle his pack as Spurs travel to Bayern Munich.
Tottenham finished extra time on top with the excellent Lo Celso denied by Krul and Gedson Fernandes blazing over and Krul was to be Norwich's hero in the penalty shootout. He saved McLean's penalty, Erik Lamela struck the crossbar with is attempt and fate suddenly was with Norwich who scored their next three in style while Tottenham's young striker Troy Parrott, on as a substitute, was denied by Krul.
Nigel Pearson could have been a contender for Premier League manager of the year rather than being sacked by Watford, says West Ham's David Moyes. Pearson, 56, was sacked with fourth-bottom Watford three points clear of safety and two games left to play. He won seven Premier League matches since taking over in December, but the Hornets made the decision after Friday's loss at West Ham. I was amazed that Watford have done what they've done," Moyes said.
Wolves rallied and caused Liverpool problems, mostly through Adama Traore, and they equalised after the break when his cross found Raul Jimenez. However Liverpool themselves dug deep and after a fine pass from Henderson Roberto Firmino smashed home a late winner. The Reds are now 16 points clear at the top of the table and 40 games unbeaten.
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