PANTSONFIRE RUNS TO LATE BETTING AS SHE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT

first_imgPANTSONFIRE RUNS TO LATE BETTING AS SHE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY BALTAS, IRISH-BRED MARE GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:27.83ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2019)–At 6-1 on the morning line, Pantsonfire didn’t know it, but she was the recipient of a cascade of late money, which made her the actual 2-1 favorite in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes, a marathon turf event that she rallied late in to win by 5 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare got a mile and one half over a “good” Santa Anita turf in 2:27.83.Fifth, about nine lengths off the lead as the field crossed the finish line the first time, Pantsonfire and Prat were content to maintain their position up the backside as frontrunners India Mantuana and Plein Air ensured a good pace.  Heading into the far turn, Pantsonfire was on the move and a much closer fifth as she rallied four deep turning for home in what turned out to be an easy victory.“We had a good pace to run at,” said Prat, who was aboard for the first time.  “She rated kind and she was travelling well the whole way.  I thought Mike Smith’s filly (K P Pergoliscious) would be tough, but my filly gave me a good kick turning for home.”Fourth in her most recent start, a minor stakes on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Dec. 8, Pantsonfire, who was also winless in her last seven starts, was off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine older fillies and mares and paid $6.20, $3.40 and $3.00.Owned by Next Wave Racing, Pat Maciariello, Jeremy Peskoff and Mark Silverstein, Pantsonfire notched her first stakes win and got her fourth win from eight Santa Anita stars while improving her overall mark to 20-4-2-4.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $218,936.“The race kinda set up for her and she’d been training really well,” said Baltas.  “And, getting Flavien sure helps…She loves Santa Anita, she got a good ride from Flavien…And she got the job done.”Ridden by Mike Smith, K P Pergoliscious sat third for most of the trip in behind the dueling leaders and had to settle for second money, finishing a half length in front of Lynne’s Legacy.  Most recently second here in the Grade I American Oaks on Dec. 29, she was off as third choice in the betting and paid $4.00 and $3.40.Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Lynn’s Legacy was off at 11-1 to and paid $5.00 to show while finishing a half length in front of Plein Air.Fractions on the race were 23.85, 47.02, 1:11.49, 1:37.03 and 2:03 flat.There is special Martin Luther King Day Holiday racing tomorrow at Santa Anita, with first post time for a 10-race card at 12 noon.last_img read more

PSG denies Neymar requires surgery; Brazil doctor in Paris

first_img“Neymar is under the care of Paris Saint-Germain,” Edu said after a World Cup meeting in the Russian resort of Sochi. “Until Paris Saint-Germain decides on his future in terms of training or so on we will continue to wait. A doctor from Brazil has gone to accompany him and monitor the news from Paris Saint-Germain.”The injury comes with less than four months until Brazil opens its World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.“We cannot think about the World Cup yet,” Edu said.PSG broke soccer’s transfer record last year by paying Barcelona 222 million euros ($260 million) to buy Neymar.Neymar was hurt on Sunday as the French league leader beat Marseille 3-0. After tests revealed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with an ankle injury, reports suggested Neymar opted for surgery and he would be sidelined for up to two months.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Metatarsal injuries are common in soccer and can sometimes lead to a lengthy absence from the pitch. After speaking with the club doctor, Emery said Neymar has a “small crack in the fifth metatarsal.”“We’ll see how things evolve in the coming days before making a decision with him,” he said.Emery did not say how long Neymar will be sidelined but insisted “there is a small option he can be ready for the match” against Madrid. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg of the last-16 matchup in the premier European competition that Neymar was signed to win for the French capital club.Emery said he did not feel he made a mistake by letting Neymar play against Marseille despite the crucial Champions League match looming.“We normally try to protect him by planning things ahead with him, but it was normal to have him play against Marseille, it was an important game,” Emery said.Asked if PSG was pressured by Brazil in its dealing with Neymar’s injury, Emery said his team remains his priority.“The most important thing is us, although the World Cup matters to every player,” Emery said. “Neymar wants to play against Real Madrid and we are focusing on this.”Despite spending lavishly since they took over PSG in the summer of 2011, the club’s Qatari owners have so far failed in their bid to establish the club as a European force. PSG has been dominating the French league but has failed to get past the Champions League quarterfinals, losing in the round of 16 last year following a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Barcelona in the second leg. MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “Neymar is not going to be operated on, this information is false,” Emery said.However, the player’s father, Neymar Santos, said he thinks his son does need surgery and expects him to be sidelined for up to eight weeks — ruling out any chance of him playing against Madrid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We have to think about him as an athlete. PSG knows they won’t have Neymar at the very least for six weeks. The treatment will last between six and eight weeks regardless of a surgery,” Neymar Santos told ESPN Brasil.The Brazilian soccer federation’s technical coordinator Edu Gaspar said it would “respect” the view of the PSG medical staff, despite the national team doctor flying to Paris. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — The Brazilian national team doctor has flown to Paris to assess Neymar’s injury, but Paris Saint-Germain will have the final say on how to treat the fractured foot and ankle sprain.PSG coach Unai Emery denied reports Neymar will require surgery, saying the Brazil forward needs rest and could still recover in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League next week.ADVERTISEMENT Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright View commentslast_img read more

No-confidence motion timely and opportune

first_imgDear Editor,The ‘No-Confidence’ motion filed against the APNU/AFC Coalition Government is timely and opportune, since corruption and mismanagement of public funds are at its zenith. The entire economy is in a downward spiral, crimes are on the increase, jailbreaks have now become the norm, and the entire social fabric is disintegrating.It must be noted that unlike the motion brought by the Leader of the Opposition Dr Jagdeo, the ‘no-confidence’ motion brought against the Ramotar Administration in August 2014, was contrived solely to wrest power by deliberately creating the ‘reasons’. That motion, presented by Moses Nagamootoo read, ‘BE IT RESOLVED: That this National Assembly has no confidence in the Government’.The ‘no-confidence’ motion was to protest the spending of some $22.5 million without parliamentary approval, on items ranging from school stipends to an airport expansion project. This ‘scissoring’ of the budget was initiated by Moses Nagamootoo, the same person who piloted the ‘no-confidence’ motion in Parliament! That $22.5 billion was the restoration of monies cut from the budget for the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF), hinterland airports, the University of Guyana student loan programme, vouchers for public school students, and the One Laptop for Family Project.The second reason, was the non-transfer of monies to the Consolidated Fund, which was held, legally, by semi-autonomous agencies, and the third reason, was a procedural breach in the $4 billion transferred to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), and allegations of corruption. However, the Opposition Leader has maintained that, ‘They have not proven any of these issues so far.’We have now seen that these allegations of procedural breaches are nothing when compared to what is happening under the Coalition Government. It must be recalled that the budget cuts during Ramotar’s Administration were meant to frustrate the functioning of the Ramotar Administration, to stymie social and economic development and to oust the PPP/C from power. The Budget was cut in 2014 by $37.4 billion, 2013 by $31 billion and 2012 by $21 billion. Those cuts were unconscionable and illegal to say the least! They were never proven to be illegal! Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that the National Assembly has no right to cut the National Budget, and the National Assembly has a role to either approve or disapprove the National Estimates, not to reduce them. Yet they were used as reasons to bring down a democratically elected Government. Compare this with the intent and purpose of the PPP/C’s ‘no-confidence’ motion.We have seen, that until now, the US$18 million signing bonus which was the subject of many deceptive statements from the Finance Minister and his government, is yet to be included in the Consolidated Account. The D’urban Park Project, in which over $1.3 billion was spent, is yet to be fully accounted for; the many breaches of the Procurement Act ($605 million sole-sourcing of drugs at the GHPC and the $148 million Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study, etc); taxpayers losing more than $1 billion in 2017 due to overpayments to contractors; payments for goods without vouchers, and payments for goods that were not delivered; unaccountability of more than $1 billion spent by the Amerindian Ministry; the numerous cases of poor accountability highlighted in the Auditor General’s report 2017; the loss of more than 30,000 jobs; the devastation of the sugar sector and the impoverishment of the dismissed workers, and the negative ripple effects; the exorbitant increases in over 200 taxes, placing an additional $60 billion tax burden on the people and businesses; reckless and wasteful borrowing(over 200 billion); spiraling corruption at all levels of Government; decreasing budgetary allocations vital for agriculture and infrastructural developments; massive increases in various criminal activities including frequent jail breaks and increasing police brutality. How can there be any confidence when our treasury is being raided on a daily basis and we, the taxpayers, continue to receive less but are demanded to pay more.The people have spoken at the Local Government Elections (LGE) as is evidenced both by those who voted and those who abstained. The APNU and the AFC must not be fooled that the reason for the poor turnout at the Local Government Election (LGE) was because voter-education was lacking. Those who stayed at home did that intentionally. The voters’ apathy displayed was a result of the high cost of living, retrogressing living standards and lack of public security. These persons would willingly take part in a General Election to change the obstacles to the ‘good life’ sooner than 2020. On the other hand, those who have voted sent a stronger and graphic message to the APNU and the AFC that ‘enough is enough’ and it’s time to go!The masses have lost confidence! Therefore, the ‘no-confidence’ is definitely most opportune.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

RCMP have confirmed identity of hitchhiker; not Randall Hopley

first_imgHopley may be driving a brown 1987 Toyota Camry, with B.C. license plate 0-9-8 – R-A-L. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a motorist reported seeing a male hitchhiker, similar in description to Randall Hopley with a small child.  The RCMP quickly attended the location and established road blocks and mobile patrols.  Two police dogs were also deployed in the ground search.The hitchhiker was located in the area and the RCMP were able to confirm his identity and discovered it was not Randall Hopley.- Advertisement -Police would like to thank the public for their information and co-operation, including those that provided timely updates and motorist who stopped in police road checks.Friday night the RCMP extended the Amber Alert for Kienan Hebert who was reported missing from Sparwood, B.C. Wednesday night. RCMP say they are also looking for 46-year-old Randall Hopley, a known sex offender, in connection with his possible abduction.Kienan Hebert is described as: Age: 3 years old Hair: Red Race: Caucasian Descriptors: He was last seen wearing a blue pair of “Scooby Doo” boxer shortsRandall Peter Hopley is described as: Age: 46 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Race: Caucasian Descriptors: He has a birthmark along his hairlineAdvertisementlast_img read more

Lukaku completes move to Inter Milan from Man United

first_imgThe club did not reveal Lukaku’s wages nor the fee paid to Premier League side United, reported in Britain to be in the region of 80 million euros ($90 million).“Inter were the only club I wanted,” said Lukaku. “I’m here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top.”Milan-based Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that the player will earn 8.5 million euros a season at Inter, and claims that the club will pay United 65 million euros up front with a further 10 million in add-ons.Inter announced the deal with a video of the 26-year-old in an Inter shirt saying: “Inter: it’s not for everyone, that’s why I’m here.”Lukaku, who had long been tipped for the move to Inter, landed in Milan early on Thursday morning for his medical, with fans who waited at the airport for his arrival chanting “Lukaku is ours”.Belgium’s all-time top-scorer with 48 goals has not played a single minute of United’s pre-season campaign ahead of the move, and has been pictured training instead with Anderlecht, the club with which he started his senior career.He was frozen out by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be welcomed at the San Siro by new Inter coach Antonio Conte, who tried to take him back to Chelsea in 2017.During his time in England, where he played for the Blues, Everton and United, Lukaku scored 113 Premier League goals, and bagged 42 in all competitions while at Old Trafford.Inter are also reportedly close to bringing Edin Dzeko to Milan, with the Bosnian pushing for the move away from the Italian capital and Roma trying to retain him after failing to find an adequate replacement.Lukaku’s signing and the expected arrival of Dzeko further rules out any chance of Mauro Icardi forcing his way back into the side after being stripped of the captaincy and dropped following a bitter and public contract row.Inter have also sent Lukaku’s former Belgium teammate Radja Nainggolan out on loan to former club Cagliari just a year after arriving from Roma for a reported 38 million euros.Conte’s side are expected to push Juventus, who have won the last eight Serie A titles, in the coming season after qualifying for the Champions League in fourth place two years in a row.0Shares0000(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku made the switch from Manchester United to Inter Milan on Thursday © AFP/File / Roslan RAHMANRome, Italy, Aug 8 – Romelu Lukaku completed his long-awaited move to Inter Milan from Manchester United on Thursday after the Serie A club announced his arrival in Italy on a five-year deal.“The Belgian footballer, arriving from Manchester United on a permanent basis, has signed a contract with the Nerazzurri until 30 June 2024,” Inter said in a statement.last_img read more

AT&T’s buy rings of Ma Bell’s return

first_img “It’s going to be confusing,” said industry analyst Jeff Kagan. “This is the reinvention of the telecommunications industry.” AT&T will pay 1.325 of its own shares for each BellSouth share. Based of Friday’s closing price of $27.99 for AT&T shares, that works out to be $37.09 for each BellSouth share, an 18 percent premium from the Friday closing price of $31.46 for the company. AT&T Inc. was formed by SBC’s acquisition of AT&T Corp. in November. The deal added a substantial national reach to the former Southwestern Bell’s local business, which is concentrated in 13 states, including Texas, California, and the Midwest. BellSouth is the dominant local telephone provider in the Southeast. The shift in the U.S. telecom landscape – moving from four to three regional Bell operators – is sure to garner close review from Washington. “Twenty years after the government broke up Ma Bell, this deal represents a mother and child reunion,” said Rep. Ed Markey, the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. “Our nation’s telecommunications markets must be vigorously competitive and open to innovation in order to promote job creation and economic growth,” Markey said. “This merger proposal is one that unquestionably merits the utmost scrutiny by government antitrust officials.” The deal furthers the reunification of the Baby Bells, the eight regional telephone operators that were spun off from the old AT&T in 1984 under a federal court order. At that time, and in a different regulatory climate, AT&T was largely a long-distance company. Cingular spokesman Mark Siegel dismissed the notion there would be public perception issues with the switch back to the AT&T name for the wireless company. “We built a business,” Siegel said. “Is the brand an important part of that business? Yes. But it is a business that is made primarily up of people. None of that changes.” Siegel said sole ownership by AT&T “gives us clarity of decision-making, and that is a good thing.” With cable companies increasingly vying for traditional phone companies’ share of local telephone service, such mergers in the industry have been commonplace of late. Kagan, the industry analyst, said more could be on the horizon. “We’re not over it yet,” Kagan said. The combined company will be based in San Antonio, and Ed Whitacre, AT&T’s chairman and chief executive, will keep those positions. His counterpart at BellSouth, Duane Ackerman, 63, will run BellSouth’s operations in a “transition period” after the merger. Cingular’s headquarters will stay in Atlanta, as will the Southeast regional headquarters for the merged company. Cingular has grown strongly since it was formed in 2001 by the merger of a number of regional wireless carriers, and there has been speculation that AT&T wanted to assume full control of this growth business, in part to be able to market it under the AT&T name. The wireless operations will be the growth engine of the new company, and will account for one third of the combined revenue. AT&T expects the acquisition to save it $2 billion annually, starting the year after the deal closes. About half of the savings would come from reduced advertising expenses and from combining their work forces. The rest of the savings would come from combining the backbone network and information-technology operations of the two companies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – AT&T Inc. is buying BellSouth Corp. for $67 billion in stock in a bid that further consolidates the telecommunications industry and would give AT&T total control of their growing joint venture, Cingular Wireless LLC. The proposed purchase, announced Sunday, also goes a long way toward resurrecting the old Ma Bell telephone system, which was broken apart in 1984. The merged company would have 70 million local-line phone customers, 54.1 million wireless subscribers and nearly 10 million broadband subscribers in the 22 states where they now operate. The deal appears to be the largest yet among U.S. telecom players. In 1999, MCI WorldCom Inc. agreed to buy Sprint Corp. for an even larger sum, $115 billion, but that deal was blocked by federal regulators. Internationally, Britain’s Vodafone Airtouch PLC paid $180 billion in stock for Mannesmann AG of Germany in 2000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The sale, which is subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals, would give San Antonio-based AT&T total control over Atlanta-based BellSouth’s nine-state network and its share of Cingular. AT&T currently owns a 60 percent share of the nation’s No. 1 cell phone provider, while BellSouth has 40 percent. The deal would substantially expand the reach of AT&T, already the country’s largest telecommunications company by the number of customers served. Together, the three companies employ more than 316,000 people, though that head count may fall as AT&T eliminates redundant operations. After spending millions of dollars to rebrand AT&T Wireless Services Inc. stores as Cingular stores and hundreds of millions of dollars more on marketing the new Cingular after its $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless in October 2004, Cingular will now become AT&T if the merger with BellSouth is completed. The BellSouth name also would be absorbed in the deal. last_img read more

Study OK’d for backup generator at Bob Hope

first_imgBURBANK – Worried about the potential for power outages at Bob Hope Airport, commissioners on Monday approved a $111,540 contract to study the purchase of a backup generator. At a meeting of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, officials said even though recent power outages in the region did not affect airport operations, they exposed weaknesses in its electrical capabilities. “We handled those outages well,” said Dan Feger, the airport’s deputy executive director. “However, during the course of the outages, we noticed that at least one of our large generators is starting to show signs of age.” He pointed to the case of a generator that leaked fuel, prompting a response by the Burbank Fire Department. Officials couldn’t shut the generator off because they didn’t have backup. The machine can be run for only a certain amount of time before it needs to be shut down for maintenance, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We need a generator in reserve,” Feger said. Feger also reminded commissioners of the recent hurricanes that blasted the Gulf Coast, highlighting the urgency to be prepared for disasters here. Officials will look at both diesel-fueled and natural gas-powered generators. Cost estimates for a 2-megawatt machine run between $500,000 and $1 million, depending on the type of fuel. At a future meeting, the commission is expected to approve the funding. “I wouldn’t describe it as a crisis,” airport spokesman Victor Gill said. “We’re anticipating the possibility that a future power outage might be long term in nature instead of short term. “There’s too much riding on power availability at this facility, just like there is at a hospital or other facilities where vital public functions occur.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIANNA FAIL FEUD: NOW BYRNE CAMPAIGNERS ‘PLASTER DONEGAL WITH POSTERS IN NEW SNUB TO THE COPE’

first_imgSUPPORTERS of Fianna Fail MEP candidate Thomas Byrne have driven all the way to west Donegal to “plaster” the area with posters – in a new bid to oust Donegal MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher from his seat.There is already “deep anger” within Fianna Fail grassroots in the county over how they believe party HQ bosses want to shaft The Cope.The outgoing Donegal MEP is facing a battle to keep his seat with running ‘mate’ Thomas Byrne ahead of him in the polls. Fianna Fail is possibly facing a scenario where Byrne, who was parachuted into the contest by under-fire leader Micheal Martin, could win the seat from Gallagher.An increasingly bitter row however has seen “a wave of support” for Pat The Cope from grassroots Fianna Fail supporters not just in Donegal but throughout the 15-county constituency of Midlands North West.“They (Byrne’s supporters) are out to shaft Pat,” said one senior party source.“Pat entered the electoral pact in good faith but Byrne and HQ have thwarted his chances at every opportunity and there is considerable anger at how Pat has been treated. “Sure Byrne’s people have spent two days in west Donegal putting up extra posters of him; it’s like a two-fingered salute to The Cope and that’s no way to treat a loyal member of the party who has done everything asked of him by Fianna Fail for decades including giving up his Dail seat five years ago to go to Europe.“It’s shameful and to be fair Gallagher is getting a good reaction from people who aren’t exactly happy with Micheal Martin’s leadership at the moment.”Earlier this week sources told Donegal Daily that they suspect Mr Martin wants party pal Byrne elected at the expense of Gallagher.“It’s clear who everyone in headquarters wants to win the seat and that is Byrne,” said one life-long Donegal Fianna Fail member.“The strategy of backing Byrne will undoubtedly get him a seat in Europe, but it will be at the expense of The Cope, so it will be a very hollow victory for the party as a whole but it will be a victory for those who want Byrne in and that seems to be everyone at HQ.” FIANNA FAIL FEUD: NOW BYRNE CAMPAIGNERS ‘PLASTER DONEGAL WITH POSTERS IN NEW SNUB TO THE COPE’ was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:European electionsfianna failinternal rowPat The Cope GallagherrowThomas Byrnelast_img read more

Man City at home to Spurs headlines Premier League Match-Day 2

first_imgArsenal vs BurnleyEmirates Stadium, LondonSaturday, 17-08-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Mike DeanArsenal got their campaign off to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Newcastle United, a result that must have impressed everyone associated with the clubs after registering a clean-sheet at the end of the day.Unai Emery also handed debuts to three of his summer acquisitions and the home game against Burnley who also won on opening weekend presents the Spaniard with a chance to probably start record signing Nicholas Pepe, who came off the bench at St. James.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac trained this week and are in contention to play after srcurity concerns. Granit Xhaka has a bruised back and leg and will be assessed, while Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Dinos Mavropanos remain out.Danny Drinkwater will not be involved for Burnley but Charlie Taylor is now fit and has travelled with the squad. Steven Defour and Robbie Brady have returned to light training following respective calf and rib injuries.Burnley have lost nine successive league meetings – the longest losing streak in their top-flight history against a particular opponent. Their only victory in the past 19 away games against Arsenal in all competitions came in September 1974. Arsenal have won all seven encounters at the Emirates Stadium by an aggregate score of 21-4.Arsenal are looking to begin a league campaign with two straight wins for the first time since 2009-10. The Gunners have lost their opening home league match of the season in five of the past eight seasons. Only Manchester City and Liverpool claimed more home points than the 45 accrued by Arsenal last term. They have lost only one of their past 25 league games when scoring first, winning 20 of them. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored scored eight goals in his last six games in all competitions.Aston Villa vs AFC BournemouthVilla Park, BirminghamSaturday, 17-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonThe away side has won the two previous Premier League meetings between these two sides, including Bournemouth’s 2-1 victory at Villa Park in April 2016. The two clubs are in the same division together for only the fourth season.Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz could make his first start, while full-backs Frederic Guilbert and Matt Targett are pushing for debuts. Jonathan Kodjia is out with a sprained ankle and joins James Chester and Kortney Hause on the sidelines.Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma is still nursing the foot injury which has delayed his start to the season. Lloyd Kelly, David Brook, Dan Gosling, Simon Francis, Lewis Cook and Junior Stanislas remain unavailable.Brighton vs West Ham UnitedThe American Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 17-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Anthony TaylorBrighton report no fresh injuries, with summer signing Neil Maupay among those pushing for a start after he scored as a substitute last weekend. The only certain absentees for the Seagulls are Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto.Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson are doubts for West Ham after receiving some heavy challenges last weekend. Mark Noble remains absent because of a calf injury but Jack Wilshere is fit after overcoming a dead leg.Brighton are unbeaten against West Ham in four previous Premier League encounters, winning three – their most victories against one particular team. West Ham have lost all four top-flight away visits to Brighton. The Hammers have not beaten Brighton since a 6-0 Championship triumph in April 2012.Everton vs WatfordGoodison Park, LiverpoolSaturday, 17-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Lee MasonWatford enter into the contest winless in all 13 away matches against Everton (D2, L11), despite leading in three of the last four fixtures at Goodison Park. Everton won six of the first nine Premier League meetings but have failed to win the last three.Everton face a selection headache in central midfield with Andre Gomes a major doubt due to an ankle injury sustained last weekend. Morgan Schneiderlin is suspended and Fabian Delph is sidelined with a groin problem, meaning Jean-Philippe Gbamin is set to make his full debut.Watford’s record signing Ismaila Sarr has begun training but is not yet fit. Fellow new arrival Danny Welbeck is available, along with midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.Norwich City vs Newcastle UnitedCarrow Road, NorfolkSaturday, 17-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Scott AttwellNorwich winger Onel Hernandez has been ruled out for three months after injuring his knee in a fall, while Josip Drmic, Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann are also absent. Kenny McLean is a major doubt but Alex Tettey, Ibrahim Amadou and Mario Vrancic are all available.Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is fit but Allan Saint-Maximin is a doubt because of a hamstring strain. Andy Carroll remains sidelined, as do Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin.Norwich have won just one of the last nine meetings (D3, L5). However, they are on a six-match unbeaten Premier League home run against the Magpies. The only away win in 14 Premier League matches between the sides was Newcastle’s 2-1 victory at Carrow Road in January 1994. The last four encounters have produced 24 goals – an average of six per game.Southampton vs LiverpoolSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSaturday, 17-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Andre MarrinerLiverpool started from where they left off last season, walloping Norwich on opening weekend and then edging Chelsea on penalties to win the European super cup.Jurgen Klopp’s side look a little heavy, much to their participation in major tournaments during the season break but it should just be a matter of time until they click again.With the front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino starting to gel, the Kops should be targeting all three points off a Southampton side that lost on opening day.Southampton have a fully-fit squad, with captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg now recovered from sickness. Summer signings Kevin Danso and Moussa Djenepo are in contention to make their debuts.Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who was ever-present in the Premier League last season, could miss up to six weeks with a torn calf. Adrian is also a doubt due to an ankle injury, meaning 35-year-old Andy Lonergan could make his Reds debut.Southampton have lost their last four Premier League matches against Liverpool, conceding 11 goals and scoring just once. Liverpool have been defeated in only one of the last six Premier League away meetings, having lost four of their first five fixtures at St. Mary’s. However, they have lost three matches against Southampton under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions, equalling his highest number of defeats against one club.An 11th successive Premier League win on Saturday would equal the club’s record. The Reds could also match the club top-flight record of scoring multiple goals in 11 consecutive matches. Their only loss in 41 games in all competitions was January’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City (W32, D8). Liverpool can secure five straight league wins on the road for the first time since a run of six victories ended in April 2014. Trent Alexander-Arnold could become just the third player in Premier League history to register an assist in six consecutive matches. Mo Salah has scored in all four of his Premier League appearances against Southampton.Man City vs Tottenham HotspurEtihad Stadium, ManchesterSaturday, 17-08-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Michael OliverAfter United vs Chelsea on opening weekend, Premier League fans are in for another treat as two other top-6 sides clash this weekend with City at home to Spurs.Both side collected maximum points last weekend with City hitting West Ham for 5 while Spurs had to come from a goal down to defeat Aston Villa 3-1 at home.The two sides clashed four times last season with City winning thrice while Spurs registered one victory-in the Champions League quarter-final.Pep Guardiola’s side have the beating of Spurs and should be favourites going into Saturday’s game.Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho could play his first game since the summer’s Copa America, while Sergio Aguero is in contention for a recall. Benjamin Mendy, who is continuing his rehabilitation after knee surgery, and Leroy Sane are long-term absentees.Spurs are still without injured pair Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon and the suspended Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth. Ben Davies is nearing fitness and Giovani Lo Celso may be involved after his first full week’s training.Manchester City are vying to win five consecutive league games against Spurs for the first time. Tottenham have taken just four points from their last nine Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium (W1, D1, L7).City have gone 30 years without defeat in their opening home league match in a top-flight season. They have won 16 and drawn eight since losing to Southampton in 1989. Pep Guardiola’s side have won 15 successive top-flight games. It’s a run that has only been bettered by City themselves, with 18 straight victories between August-December 2017. Manchester City won all five Premier League home matches against established top-six opposition in 2018-19, by an aggregate score of 15-3. Gabriel Jesus has scored 13 goals and provided five assists in his last 10 starts for City in all competitions. Raheem Sterling has scored four goals in his last three home games against Spurs in all competitions. Sergio Aguero has failed to scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances against Spurs. He scored 10 goals in his first seven league matches versus them. Oleksandr Zinchenko has finished on the winning team in all 23 of his Premier League appearances, equalling the record set by David Silva two seasons ago.Spurs could equal the club Premier League record of seven consecutive away defeats, set from August to December 2000 under George Graham. They only earned seven points against other established top-six sides last season, the joint-worst record with Manchester United in that mini-league. Tottenham went through the entire 2018-19 season without drawing a top-flight away game – the first time that has happened since Norwich City did likewise in 1980-81. Mauricio Pochettino was the first manager to win away from home against Pep Guardiola in a league match, doing so in February 2009 with Espanyol against Barcelona. Harry Kane has four goals in his past three Premier League appearances in August, having failed to score in any of his first 14 top-flight fixtures in the month.Comments Tags: arsenalMan Citypremier leaguetoptottenham hotspurslast_img read more