Tottenham vs Manchester City: Football Fans Give Their Predictions (AUDIO)

After a long week of crazy Champions League football matches, the madness now shifts to league football.

In the premier league there lies a couple of tantalizing fixtures but the big focus this weekend will be on Tottenham vs Manchester City, a big match which has two vital targets.

Manchester City are just a single game away from clinching the title while a Tottenham win will just but seccure their top four spot ahead of Chelsea.

City are on an awful run after being bundled out of the Champions League by Liverpool a predicament which sandwiched their loss to United in their Manchester derby last week.

Tottenham on the other hand have been brilliant especially at home and will be looking to add more misery to a deflated Pep Guardiola’s side.

We caught up with a couple of football fans who aired their views on whom will carry the day come Saturday night.

Below are some of their views.

Manchester City A Step Closer To EPL Title After 2-0 Win Over Stoke

Manchester City edged closer to winning the English Premier League title with a two nil win over Stoke City.

David Silva scored City’s goals in each half to restore their sixteen point lead at the top of the summit. The win means City can all but seal their title with a win over Manchester United at Etihad when the two sides meet next month.

However this will happen if City beat Everton. Skipper Vincent Kompany says it’s once in a lifetime opportunity they are looking forward to.

 

Wahome Gakuru And Eye Witness Challenge Among The Top Kenyan Searches

Google has released the top trending searches in Kenya for the week of 5th – 12th November 2017.

Top on the list of trending searches was the late Nyeri Governor, Dr.Wahome Gakuru who passed on last week on Tuesday in a grisly road crash. Following the accident, Kenyans searched about the family and wife of the late governor.

Football was the second trending search item. Matches in the EPL, Serie A and World Cup Qualifiers topped this category: Arsenal Vs Mancity, Lazio vs Udinese and Ivory Coast Vs Morocco respectively.

The burial of the late Bishop Cornelius Kipngeno Korir was the third trending item on Google Search. The late Bishop of Eldoret Diocese who had passed away on October 30 was buried on Saturday. In a ceremony attended by the Government and Religious leaders, the late clergyman was eulogised as a peacemaker – having played a pivotal role in quelling tensions in Eldoret and the larger Rift Valley.

The week also saw Kenyans go online in search of the eyewitness challenge. The meme, became fourth trending item, after a man – who identified himself as Dennis Muigai Ngengi – claimed to have witnessed two high profile accidents in less than three weeks.  Dennis was interviewed on the scene of the Lake Nakuru plane crash and the accident of the late Nyeri Governor where he gave detailed accounts.

The fifth trending search was the texas church shooting. This is after a gunman (On November 5, 2017) opened fire on parishioners of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas – leading to the loss of lives for 25 people and an unborn child. The church has since been turned into a memorial.

On the entertainment scene, American Rapper Meek Mill, also drew search interest among Kenyans. Sixth on the list of trending searches, Meek Mill’s was last week sentenced to 2-4 years jail term following multiple probation violations. His arrest sparked outrage and rally protests by his supporters.

The week also saw Kenyans go online searching about  Don Moenand for his songs. Don, an American singer-songwriter, pastor, and producer of Christian worship music arrived in the country for a worship concert at CITAM, Karen. He became the seventh trending search for the week.

Following his appearance as a witness in two consecutive accidents, and his subsequent arrest, Dennis Muigai Ngengi, was the eighth trending search. Dennis was arrested last week on Thursday. After carrying out fingerprint forensic analysis, the police said Mr. Ngengi has eight previous criminal records.

The ninth trending search was on Britain’s overseas aid ministerPriti Patel who quit on Wednesday over unauthorised meetings in Israel.

Closing the list of top 10 trending searches was the ex-Kilome MP,Harun Mwau. The former Assistant Minister had last week filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the October 26th Presidential Elections.

Here are results for the most popular searches by Kenyans in the past week in descending order:

  1. Dr. Wahome Gakuru
  2. Football: EPL, Serie A and World Cup Qualifiers
  3. Bishop Cornelius Korir
  4. Eyewitness Challenge
  5. Texas Church Shooting
  6. Dennis Ngengi Muigai
  7. Meek Mill
  8. Don Moen
  9. Priti Patel
  10. Harun Mwau

About Google Trends

REVEALED: Here Are The Top 6 Targets EPL Clubs Plan On Swooping Before Transfer Deadline

Transfer deadline arrives at 1pm on Thursday and the Premier League’s biggest clubs are still looking to flex some serious financial muscle.

Even though they have spent close to £700million between them already, it is not a case of business done for any of the traditional top six sides.

Here Sportsmail looks at what each club has bought already and who they might yet get in the closing hours…

Liverpool

The pursuits of Naby Keita, Thomas Lemar, and Virgil Van Dijk could really send reverberations around Europe.

Manchester City

Guardiola has been committing pound coins as if they were coupons with a use-by-date, and has finally launched his expected late attempt to prise Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal with a sensational offer of cash plus Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea

Striking a £35m deal with Arsenal for Oxlade-Chamberlain would represent a neat bit of business for a player who is likely to gain fresh impetus from leaving the Emirates, while deals for Danny Drinkwater (£40m), Ross Barkley (£25m) and Fernando Llorente (£20m) are also in the works as Conte looks to build on his debut season success.

Leicester are driving a hard bargain for Drinkwater, who is open to the move, while Tottenham will rival the bid for Barkley. Chelsea could still move for Danny Rose too, with Juventus driving a high price for Alex Sandro.

Arsenal

Wenger seems to have given up on Monaco’s Lemar, but may be tempted to try again given Liverpool’s interest and the doubt about his current attack, which has gone two games without scoring and failed to register a shot on target at Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, with a year left on his contract, will be allowed to leave for either Chelsea or Liverpool and now City have come strong for Sanchez. At least nobody is launching a bid for Mesut Ozil, the other player entering his final 12 months, but then again after his listless displays so far maybe that is a shame.

Shkodran Mustafi is another on the verge of departing with discussions at an advanced stage with Inter and it promises to be a defining few days for a club that might be on the brink of drastic personnel change.

Tottenham

Everton’s Barkley has been high on the radar all summer and Liverpool’s Origi has been linked as a possibility to supplement the attack. Paulo Gazzaniga has arrived as third choice goalkeeper.

Manchester United

The move for Inter winger Ivan Perisic has proved problematic and while Mourinho would ideally like another option out wide of strength and speed, the good starts made by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford suggest it is not essential.

-Dailymail

Wayne Rooney Becomes Second Player To Score 200 Goals In EPL History

Everton forward, Wayne Rooney became only the second player in Premier League History to score 200 league goals after Alan Shearer, when he opened the scoring against Manchester City yesterday as the two teams settled for a one all draw.

Everton 1-0 Stoke: Wayne Rooney completes fairytale return to Goodison Park as he heads the winner for boyhood club to earn opening-day victory

City had to wait until 82nd minute to get an equalizer through Raheem Sterling. Both sides were forced to finish the math with ten men after City’s Kyle Walker and Eveton’s Morgan Schneiderlin were sent off for receiving two yellow cards.

With eight minutes to go, Rooney’s triumph was denied by an equaliser from Raheem Sterling. Still, it was better than all but the most diehard Evertonian would have expected. This was supposed to be a comfortable three points for City, who last dropped points in the opening home game of the season in 2006. Instead, they were made to fight all the way.

AUDIO: Ghost Mulee Asimulia Jinsi Shabiki Aliyemkumbatia Rooney Alivyopanga Matukio Yote

Ultimately, intense pressure — even with 10 men — told. Danilo crossed, Mason Holgate’s headed clearance fell short, Sterling finally beat the excellent Jordan Pickford with his shot. Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a foul on Sergio Aguero, his second yellow card offence, but it was too late for City to take full advantage. The locals had to content themselves with jeering Rooney as he was withdrawn during Ronald Koeman’s reorganisation. He’ll take that all night — particularly from them.

Rooney linked, he slowed the game, he calmed it all down. Somehow, he also found the energy to run farther than any Everton player: 10.7km.

And Everton hung on for a point. Against the odds, a team built largely on youth, with eight English starting players — the most the club has sent out since 1996 — held on against the might of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

-Dailymail

Thrilling start to EPL as Arsenal beats Leicester 4-3

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side’s favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Giroud proves his worth after deciding to stay

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.

Arsenal rally to avoid another opening defeat

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

In the build-up to Friday’s game Wenger repeatedly stressed the importance of beginning with a positive result against Leicester – and the Gunners appeared to have listened to their manager as they made the dream start.

Lacazette was perfectly placed to take advantage of Wes Morgan misjudging Mohamed Elneny’s cross, flicking in a low header to become the fastest-scoring debutant in Premier League history.

The joy did not last long, however. Leicester exploited sloppiness by the Gunners to go ahead, leading to murmurings of discontent among the home crowd.

Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years last season, not to mention the criticism Wenger has received from some sections of the Gunners support, meant the Frenchman could ill-afford to begin with a defeat.

And the mood ebbed and flowed inside the Emirates – with some of the familiar grumblings of discontent evident.

The atmosphere turned dark among the home fans after Vardy’s first, the audible frustration subsiding when Welbeck calmly rolled in Saed Kolasinac’s cut-back, only to return again when Vardy restored the Foxes lead.

Wenger looked on anxiously from the dugout, eventually appearing on the touchline when he introduced Ramsey and Giroud after 67 minutes.

Within 20 minutes both players had scored – and the mood completely changed – as Arsenal avoided losing their opening fixture for the fourth time in five years.

Leicester show glimpses of their title-winning form

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare talked in his pre-match interview about the Foxes knowing their counter-attacking strengths and trying to use them to good effect against Arsenal’s “fashionable” back three.

That is exactly what they did.

The visitors found joy down the flanks, exposing the Gunners’ familiar defensive failings through Vardy’s sharp movement and quick balls forward.

Their rapid breaks were reminiscent of their title-winning side of two seasons ago, as was their clinical finishing: the Foxes scored with each of their three efforts on target.

Unfortunately for the 2015-16 champions, it was their own lapses of concentration which could not keep Arsenal out at the other end.

Led by captain Wes Morgan and new signing Harry Maguire, Leicester remained resolute in the second half until the pressure from Arsenal – who had 27 attempts at goal – eventually told.

“Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we’ll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out,” said Vardy, who turned down a move to the Gunners last summer.

The Star

PHOTOS: Which Team Has The Best Kits In The Premier League?

Football teams must wear football kits. What they don’t need to do is release new strips every season and charge fans the earth. But they still do, and that’s why we are here.

Kenyans are known to always rock their favorite football teams kits when football season kicks off, and this season won’t be any different especially now that we continue to watch our very own, Victor Wanyama in the English Premier League.

Are you looking to splash some hard earned money for any of this season’s kit? Well DailyMail has rated the EPL teams’  efforts in a bid to let you make a wise decision.

Arsenal

afc

Breaking news. It’s red and white. Kudos to Puma for mixing it up with a proper rudeboy collar that will appeal to people called Darren who put videos of themselves celebrating goals at home on Snapchat.

Arsenal used a living room to launch their new home kit. Presumably to prepare themselves for where they’ll be watching the Champions League from this season.

Rating: 7/10

Chelsea

chelsea

In a world where everything and everyone is busy, Nike’s new Vapor is an ode to subtle simplicity and features some very nice touches indeed.

Still, Chelsea are still absolute [REDACTED] aren’t they?

Rating: 8/10

Everton

everton

Really not a huge amount to say here.

Rating: 6/10

Liverpool

lfc

Some nice touches here. Some real nice touches.

A new emblem, designed for the club’s 125-year anniversary, a retro 1980s design, and uses a darker ‘Shankly red’ than seen in recent seasons to add to the old school vibe. Doing bits.

Rating: 8/10

Manchester City 

man city

Apparently Manchester City’s new kit is based on the strip they wore when they won the old First Division 50 years ago.

Minus points for designer guff, it looks nothing like the 67-68 kit.

Manchester United

mufc

Now, there’s quite a lot going on here, unlike inside Marouane Fellaini’s brain. Shortened adidas stripes (c’mon boys, splash the cash and get the stripes going all the way down the sleeves), black and white cuff detailing.

It also has a little collar that, if worn done up, will make Phil Jones head explode when he gurns after another header. Still, pretty solid effort all round.

Rating: 7.5/10

Tottenham

spurs

For my money, Spurs have been knocking out decent kits for a while now.

This year’s is no different, featuring the same Nike Vapour touches as the Chelsea shirt. The away kit may be the best out of the the kits in the league, but that’s a conversation for a different day.

Rating: 8.5/10

-DailyMail

Huddersfield Town Beat All The Odds To Earn EPL Promotion After 45-year Absence

Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley on Monday.

After a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes, it was a second successive shootout win for Town, who defeated Sheffield Wednesday on spot-kicks in the semi-finals.

Christopher Schindler won it after Liam Moore blazed over and Jordan Obita’s effort had been saved by Danny Ward.

The Huddersfield club have not played in the top flight since 1972.

In a game lacking in chances, Huddersfield’s Izzy Brown missed an open goal when he bundled off target at the back post from close range early on.

Victory capped a remarkable reversal of fortunes for David Wagner’s side, who finished 19th last season, and the club can expect a windfall of at least £170m over the next three seasons by winning promotion.

They will surely feel they deserved the win on the balance of play, having created the two clearest chances in the game, both in the opening 10 minutes.

Defender Michael Hefele headed off target from an Aaron Mooy free-kick, before Brown’s miss in the ninth minute.

Reading, who finished four points and two spots higher than the fifth-placed Terriers in the Championship, will now be left to reflect on a fourth play-off final defeat.

Reading

Huddersfield boss Wagner has masterminded an unbelievable turnaround to take Town back to the top flight after a 45-year absence.

The Terriers reportedly have the fifth-lowest budget in the second tier but spent all but eight days of the season in the top six.

They started terrifically at Wembley with their high pressing and energy threatening to overwhelm the Royals. They should have taken the lead when Tommy Smith and Elias Kachunga linked up well, before the latter sent a low cross in that Brown shinned wide from two yards out.

Although they could not capitalise on their start, they managed the attacking efforts of Reading comfortably.

They fell behind in the shootout when Hefele’s tame effort was saved by Ali Al-Habsi, but they were not to be denied what Wagner had called their “fairy tale end”.

Monday’s victory means Town have won four play-off finals, three of them on penalties.

 

-Dailymail

 

‘Tottenham Are Ready To Give It All To Win The EPL Title’ – Wanyama (AUDIO)

Tottenham Hotspur have proved that they sure are a force to reckon with in English football, with the side sitting just four points below league leaders Chelsea, with just four games to go.

After slipping towards the end of last season when Spurs looked like the only side that would prevent Leicester City from winning their first ever English Premier League title, Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain the only side able to snatch the title off Chelsea’s hands should they slip.

The teams home form has been incredible, which has seen them register 16 wins in 18 matches having not tasted defeat in their last season at their home ground, before moving to a new stadium.

Kenyan international Victor Wanyama has been viewed by many as the engine that keeps the team ticking in midfield with match winning performances, since he signed for the North London side from Southampton.

The midfield mainstay believes that his side is well equipped to not just finish in the top four but fight for the title till the tail end.

“The remaining games are very tough, West Ham they are a good side so it will be a big task but hopefully we can work as we have been working and then at the end we an get maximum points.” Said Wanyama.

He attributed his form and team’s mentality to their manager, Mauricio Pochettino whom they view as a father figure.

He is always thinking how he can improve the players and every game you learn something. Not only in football matters but also in life you know he makes people stay on their feet and he also gives you advice in life, so he is a great man to have he is a great manager to have him here, he is like our father here.” Added Wanyama.

Listen to the audio below.

Tottenham Rough Up Cherries To Maintain Pressure On Chelsea

Tottenham yesterday maintained their pressure on English Premier League Leaders Chelsea with a four nil win over Bournemouth at the White Hart Lane.

Spurs took a two nil lead at the break courtesy of Mousa Dembele and Son Heung-min strikes. The North London sides then added two more goals after the break through Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen.

After registering their seventh win in a row, Spurs are now four points behind Chelsea who play Manchester United later today at 6pm.

Other results saw Manchester City register an easy 0-3 at Southampton.

Meanwhile, ahead of today’s match Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists he has zero problems with Jose Mourinho despite his clashes with the Manchester United manager earlier this season.

The pair exchanged angry words on the touchline during both games between the sides at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho took issue with Conte’s behaviour during the closing stages of Chelsea’s 4-0 drubbing of United in October, while the Italian was angered by United’s physical treatment of Eden Hazard during their FA Cup quarter-final clash last month.