Manchester derby takes centre stage in EPL

first_imgCity go head-to-head with arch rivals United at the Etihad Stadium at 4pm.City trail leaders Leicester by 15 points and are also below Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for second and third. Arch-rivals United, who crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Liverpool this week, will be aiming to close the gap on the top four. Elsewhere at 4pm, second placed Totthenam welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane.Before that, Newcastle face Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby with only one point separating the two sides at the bottom  of the table.And Liverpool make the trip to a Southampton side sitting just above them on goal difference.Both those games kick off at 1.30pm.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic set for AC Milan return – reports

first_img0Shares0000Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic (c) has not played since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy mid-November. © GETTY IMAGES/AFP/File / Harry HowMILAN, Italy, Dec 26 – Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reached agreement to join AC Milan on an initial six-month contract, according to multiple reports in Italy on Thursday.Ibrahimovic has accepted Milan’s proposal and is ready to sign a deal to return to the former European giants within the next two days, Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported. Ibrahimovic will reportedly sign a six-month contract worth about three million euros with a renewal option for another year, linked to certain conditions such as goals and appearances.The 38-year-old striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last month following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.The Swede should be available to coach Stefano Pioli as early as December 30, the date of the resumption of training at Milanello.AC Milan are reeling after a 5-0 thrashing against Atalanta last weekend, their worst defeat in 21 years, and are struggling 11th in the Serie A table.The team’s first game after the winter break will be at home against Sampdoria on January 6.It is hoped that Ibrahimovic will bring some leadership and a winning mentality to the locker room.Milan club manager Zvonimir Boban, a former midfield great with the club, slammed “an embarrassing performance” against Atalanta.“We will have to wake up and react. It will not be a good Christmas,” said the Croatian.Ibrahimovic played for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 with AC Milan, helping them to their last Serie A title, and scoring 42 goals in 61 league appearances.He also won three league titles with Inter Milan, and two with Juventus, which were both revoked following the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more