Monthly Archives: December 2015

DeMarcus Cousins ejected against Warriors for confrontation

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DeMarcus Cousins ejected against Warriors for confrontation

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus cousins was ejected while playing against the Golden State Warriors could face disciplinary action.

Although known to possess the talent to hold his own, 25-year-old Cousins is prone to outbursts in the court and this was what happened during the game against the Warriors.

After sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, Cousins was upset when he was called for yet another foul in the third quarter.

A few minutes in, Cousins reached in to foul Stephen Curry at the 8:56 mark on a relatively uncontroversial call that saddled Cousins with his fifth personal and a lengthy stay on the bench.

However, he made the situation worse by complaining to the referees for not giving a foul to teammate Ben McLemore, earning him a technical.

Cousins then ramped up his displeasure at the officials and received a second tech for the automatic ejection.

Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac said that he expects DeMarcus Cousins to be suspended by the league after this latest outburst at referees.

Manchester City faces another four weeks of Kompany absence

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Manchester City faces another four weeks of Kompany absence

Manchester City will have to play for another four weeks without team captain and key defender Vincent Kompany.

Kompany, 28 had struggled with a recurring calf problem this season, and had limped out of a brief substitute appearance against Sunderland.

Manuel Pellegrini revealed later that “It is the same calf but a different part.”

The Belgium international has missed 11 of his team’s 19 Premier League matches this season after initially injuring his calf against Juventus on 15 September.

He briefly returned at the end of October, but was missing again until the 4-1 win against Sunderland.

However, he lasted just nine minutes before limping off.

“For his return to be less than three or four weeks would be very difficult,” Pellegrini said.

In their latest fixture, third-placed City drew 0-0 against second placed Leicester, getting their first clean sheet of the season without defender Kompany

Richard Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open

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Richard Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open

Tennis world number nine Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a back injury.

Gasquet had aggravated the injury playing in exhibitions, and was also forced to withdraw from the Qatar Open.

The Frenchman place in the Australian Open which was ceded to British number three Kyle Edmund, who was three spots outside automatic qualification.

Edmund was also part of the Great Britain squad which beat Belgium last month to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years.

Gasquet withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament follows the earlier withdrawals of Argentina’s Juan Monaco and Australian youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Tournament organizers had since tweeted news of Gasquet’s withdrawal late Tuesday, adding, “We wish him a speedy recovery.

Man Utd vs Chelsea (Preview)

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Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford
Monday, 28 December
1230 Eastern Time
Chelsea

Highlights:

Manchester United

  • United have lost four competitive matches in a row during a single season for the first time since October-November 1961.
  • They have lost three successive league games and are without a win in seven matches in all competitions.
  • Louis van Gaal’s side have averaged just 1.22 goals per game in the league this season, which is their lowest tally in a league campaign since 1989-90 (1.21).
  • They have the division’s best defensive home record, conceding just three goals.
  • Team news:
    • Defender Matteo Darmian could be available following a hamstring injury
    • Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from suspension
    • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could be recalled after he was only named as a substitute against Stoke.

Chelsea

  • The Blues have taken just five points from the last 27 available away from home.
  • They are without an away victory in the league since beating West Brom in August.
  • Chelsea have scored just twice in their last four league away matches.
  • Guus Hiddink has won his last three competitive meetings with Louis van Gaal, all with PSV against AZ Alkmaar in 2005-06.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games against Manchester United (W5, D3).
  • The Blues have won six Premier League games at Old Trafford – more than any other visiting side.
  • Team news:
    • Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up after making his comeback from the bench on Saturday.
    • Diego Costa will be suspended after collecting five yellow cards.

Head-to-Head:

Last six results

ChelseaCompetitionManchester United
Watford 2-2 draw (h)Premier LeagueStoke City 2-0 lost (a)
Sunderland 3-1 won (h)Premier LeagueNorwich city 2-1 lost (h)
Leicester City 2-1 lost (a)Premier LeagueBournemouth 2-1 lost (a)
FC Porto 2-0 won (h)Champions LeagueWolfsburg 3-2 lost (a)
Bournemouth 1-0 lost (h)Premier LeagueWest Ham 0-0 draw (h)
Tottenham 0-0 draw (a)Premier LeagueLeicester City 1-1 draw (a)

Previous Encounters

DateCompetitionScoreChelsea ScorersMan Utd Scorers
19.01.14Premier League3-1Samuel E’to (17, 45, 49)Hernandez (78)
26.10.14Premier League1-1Van Persie (90)Drogba (53)
18.04.15Premier League1-0Hazard (38)

Odds Projection

Manchester United1.5
Chelsea2
Draw2.2

Most Popular Bets

TeamWinning percentage %Draw
Manchester United36.5925.71
Chelsea37.70

Bet Projection

Manchester United

2.2

Chelsea
Wayne Rooney may start after being left in the bench in the match against Stoke.

Wayne Rooney may start after being left in the bench in the match against Stoke.

Van Gaal (left) had not secured a managerial win against Guus Hiddink (right).

Van Gaal (left) had not secured a managerial win against Guus Hiddink (right).

Eden Hazard, who previously scored a winning goal against United is set to start.

Eden Hazard, who previously scored a winning goal against United is set to start.