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Four Brighton players in Championship team of the season

The EFL have revealed their team of the season for the Championship, and as many as four Brighton & Hove Albion players have made it into the team. Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has been selected as the manager of the season.

The Championship title race between Newcastle United, Brighton, and Huddersfield is expected to go down to the wire this season. Although the Magpies are currently leading the points table, it is Brighton who have the upper hand when it comes to the EFL’s Championship team of the season.

The EFL’s official website have announced the team of the season for each of the divisions, and Brighton have four representatives in the Championship’s lineup. The teams have been selected based on the votes of the regional media representatives, who had nominated 11 players and a manager, of each of the 72 clubs.

The 4-3-3 formation was used for the Championship’s team of the season, and Brighton’s custodian David Stockdale has been selected in the goal. The 31-year-old leads the clean sheets chart this season with 18 blanks in 37 appearances. He has his teammate Lewis Dunk in front of him in the team alongside Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson at the center of the defense.

Anthony Knockaert, who has scored 13 goals from the midfield for Brighton so far this season, features in a three-man midfield which also consists of Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey and Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy.

Up front, Chris Wood, who is the leading goalscorer in the Championship this season with 24 goals in 33 starts, features alongside Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United. Bristol City’s 19-year-old striker Tammy Abraham was perhaps unlucky to miss out on a place in the side with Brighton’s Glenn Murray being the more popular choice.

David Wagner, who took over at Huddersfield in November 2015 after the departure of Chris Powell, has been voted as the manager of the season. The 45-year-old brought in 13 new players in the summer, and after some intense pre-season training in Sweden, they were off to an unbeaten start. In September, Huddersfield were top of the league, however, they endured a poor run of results in the next two months. They have recovered since then, though and are currently third in the points table with a game in hand.

Championship team of the season:

Goalkeeper: David Stockdale (Brighton)

Right-back: Tommy Smith (Huddersfield)

Centre-back: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

Centre-back: Pontus Jansson (Leeds)

Left-back: Scott Malone (Fulham)

Midfield: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

Midfield: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)

Midfield: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)

Forward: Glenn Murray (Brighton)

Forward: Chris Wood (Leeds)

Forward: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle)

Manager: David Wagner (Huddersfield)

Newcastle winger wants to make Marseille move permanent

Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin, who moved back to his old club Marseille at the start of this season for his second loan spell at the French club, has expressed his desire to make a permanent move to the Stade Velodrome in the summer in an interview with RMC Sport.

The 24-year-old was signed by Newcastle United in the summer of 2015. Despite putting up an impressive performance in his first start for the club in the second round of the League Cup that season, Thauvin was loaned back to Marseille in January 2015 until the end of the season. The French club re-signed Thauvin for a second loan spell at the start of the 2016-17 season and this time, the Magpies inserted a clause in the contract which gave Marseille the option to make the deal permanent.

Back in November, the Express reported that Marseille have agreed to pay Newcastle £9.8million to make the move permanent in the summer of 2017. According to  predictions, the Frenchman went on to impress for the Ligue 1 club and even captained them for the first time in a Coupe de France match in January.

In an interview with RMC Sport, Thauvin has now confirmed that he will join Marseille permanently this summer. He said, “It was a loan with an automatic purchase. After three games I belonged to Marseille so it was almost a transfer.

“No doubt, I’ll be at Marseille next season.”

From Newcastle’s perspective, they will be facing a loss of nearly £2million on this transfer if the figure reported by the Express is to be considered. Thauvin was signed for a fee of £12million, according to a report by the BBC, from Marseille in 2015, and the French club are now signing back a more experienced footballer for a cheaper price.

Arsenal Transfers: Newcastle Powerhouse Quite Intent On Emirates Switch

Arsenal have been linked to quite a few players this season as manager Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his squad to retain the FA Cup title and book a spot in the Champions League for next season. The Gunners have also faced a lot of injury problems right through the season and wish to add to their squad, more quality players if they wish to compete for silverware. One of their intended targets has been French midfielder Moussa Sissoko who is currently with Premier League rivals Newcastle United. The 25 year old midfielder is a prime target on Wenger’s list as he is a powerful asset in the midfield and would be a quality purchase for the Gunners.

Now, the French international has gone ahead and reportedly said that he wishes to make a move to the Arsenal, a bigger club than Newcastle. Apart from the Gunners, French champions Paris Saint-Germain have also been keen on signing the midfield powerhouse, yet, a deal has not been finalized for him. His recent statement would have come as a shock to the intentions of the Ligue 1 outfit who had plans of making a swoop for the Frenchman. Newcastle will only sell if their valuation of the French star is met but after what happened with Cabaye last season, such a statement by Sissoko might leave the club authorities quite worried.

In an interview to the Telefoot, he said If anything should happen, it will.

“If Wenger calls me, I’ll have a man-to-man talk with him and we’ll see what happens. Arsenal have always been the club of my heart.

“The transfer window is open, so things can happen. It’s not doing my head in too much. I’m still focused on Newcastle. If something happens or something doesn’t happen, so be it. I hope to sign for a big club one day but I don’t know when. Staying in England is my priority.”

Sissoko has been by far Newcastle’s best player this season and if he decides to leave the Magpies, it would be a big worry for them, filling the void.


Chelsea Fans React On Twitter Following 2-0 Win Over Newcastle United


After their 5-3 loss to Tottenham at White Hart Lane on New Year, Chelsea bounced back with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United and moved to the top of the table courtesy Steven Naismith’s equaliser that made Manchester City to share points at Goodison park following Fernandinho’s goal. Goals from Oscar and Diego Costa earned Jose Mourinho’s men three crucial points but the score line could have been different if the referee Roger East had given the hosts a penalty for a Fabricio Coloccini hand ball inside the box.

Oscar’s 42nd minute strike courtesy an assist from Eden Hazard was the only positive for Chelsea in a rather disappointing first half but once the second half began, Chelsea had the intent which was missing in the first 45 minutes. The second goal was even better as Hazard penetrated through the defence provided the pass to Oscar with a chip in the air just for the Brazilian to execute a flick to Costa who finished it with ease. It was also Costa’s 15th goal of the season and his tenth goal at Stamford Bridge, the highest at home by any player this season. Mourinho’s tactic to put Peter Cech in front of the goal ahead of Thibaut Courtois worked as the Czech Republic goalie looked in ominous touch throughout the game.  Here are some reactions from the fans in twitter.

Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-0

Seems like “campaign against Chelsea” still continues.

Chelsea fans are not interested in watching the game. Instead …

Congratulations Diego Costa.


Chelsea fans are happy courtesy Everton’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

One of a Chelsea fan’s wish.

Newcastle didn’t give it away to the Blues.

Here is the footage of Oscar’s goal.

Here is the Goal number 2 for Chelsea courtesy Fabio Coentrao.

Manchester United Injury Update: Fellaini ruled out, Smalling could still make it

Manchester United Injury Update

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has revealed that his side will be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini for the upcoming clash against Newcastle United today. He did however say that Chris Smalling will have to pass a late fitness test in order to decide whether he will play or not.

The Dutchman said, “I don’t think so, I am sorry. Maybe Smalling. Fellaini is still not available.

“Smalling is a question mark – I have to look tomorrow, but it’s always like that.

“For a few players it [this period] is fun because they are recovering quickly, but you also have players who are not recovering so quickly, so I have to rotate. My problem is I have a lot of injured players. That is the problem with these matches in the coming weeks.”

Smalling picked up a groin injury a few weeks ago and is yet to recover fully. With Phil Jones and Jonny Evans fit, Van Gaal could bench Smalling even if the England international is passed fit as his side will play a good number of games in the next week or so. The other players who are still missing are Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo. For Newcastle, Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Taylor will miss out.

For Newcastle, Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Taylor will miss out.

Blind back in training

United fans will be happy to hear that Dutch midfielder and summer signing Daley Blind has returned to training. Van Gaal usually wants his players to complete two weeks of training before they appear in an actual match, so Blind could feature come January.

United will fancy their chances against Newcastle despite the end of their six-game winning run which came to a halt last week against Aston Villa as the 10-men held on against Van Gaal’s side.

Since beating Chelsea, Newcastle have lost three games in a row and will look to bounce back against United today.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United Preview: Team News, Lineups, Match Facts, Preview and Prediction

Di Maria - Manchester United

Manchester United and Newcastle face off in a Boxing Day clash in which both teams will be wanting to win after having their recent results going against them. United drew Aston Villa 1-1 in a clash in which United were unable to assert their dominance, as Aston Villa thwarted their play throughout the match. After an excellent November, Newcastle have had a horrible December except for the Chelsea game as they have conceded 4 goals each to Arsenal in the League and Tottenham in the Capital One Cup, before losing to Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby in the dying minutes of the game.

The draw that Manchester United were subjected to has not helped their title hopes, and they need to win to offset the impact of Manchester City and Chelsea’s wins last week, as the three of them are their main contenders for the Premier League title. Alan Pardew must be feeling the pressure again, as losing three out of three important matches could be detrimental to Newcastle’s aspirations. Pardew decided to focus on the Cup this year, and the move backfired. He has lost the Tyne-Wear derby four times in a row, and a positive result against Manchester United will help him hold on to his place in the driver’s seat at Newcastle.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle: Team news:

For Manchester United, Luke Shaw (ankle), Ander Herrera (muscle injury) and Marouane Fellaini (illness) are not expected to return for the clash, while Marcos Rojo (thigh) is a doubt. Chris Smalling is making a good recovery from his groin injury, though, and Louis van Gaal may choose to start Angel Di Maria after the winger made his return against Aston Villa. Daley Blind (knee) remains out.

Newcastle will be without midfielder Cheick Tiote through suspension, while goalkeepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) are still sidelined. The visitors hope to have Steven Taylor available for the trip to Old Trafford after the defender suffered a nasty facial injury in the derby with Sunderland but Mehdi Abeid (toe), Siem de Jong (thigh),  Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain on the sidelines. Jonas Gutierrez made a welcome return to football after featuring for the U21 side in his first game since recovering from cancer, but he will have to wait before he gets to play for the senior side. (Courtesy of Skysports)

Manchester United vs. Newcastle: Match facts:

The teams met two years ago, on Boxing Day. Manchester United edged Newcastle out 4-3.

  • The Red Devils have won 17 of the last 18 games and been victorious in the last 10 in a row on Boxing Day at Old Trafford. They have lost only one of 20 Barclays Premier League matches they have played on Boxing Day (W17 D2 L1)
  • After scoring nine goals in his first 10 Premier League games for Man Utd against Newcastle, Wayne Rooney has failed to net in the last five against the Magpies.
  • Robin van Persie has scored six goals and assisted three more in his last eight Premier League starts against Newcastle.
  • The Magpies are the only team in the Premier League yet to score in the opening 30 minutes of a game this season.

Stats from skysports.com (Eurosport).

Manchester United vs. Newcastle: Lineups:

Manchester United (3-4-1-2): David de Gea – Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling/Tyler Blackett – Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Ashley Young/Angel di Maria – Wayne Rooney – Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick – Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor/Michael Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett – Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback – Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Sammy Amoebi/Remy Cabella – Ayoze Perez.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle: Prediction:

A 3-1 win to the home side, Manchester United.

(Picture): Mario Balotelli keeps other 21 players waiting during start of 2nd half between Liverpool and Newcastle United

A rejuvenated Newcastle United picked up their fourth straight win in a row and their third successive win in the Premier League to beat a struggling Liverpool side by a 1-0 scoreline at St James Park. Substitute Ayoze Perez scored the winner from close range to send the Magpies fans to sheer jubilation. Liverpool though struggled on thw whole and the Reds are set to face further misery when they travel to Stantiago Bernabeu and then Chelsea in their upcoming clashes withing 7 days time.

Striker Mario Balotelli though isn’t concerned. The Italian was kept under heavy scrutiny by the Newcastle defenders and wasn’t given any inch of space to run at. Balotelli though kept other 21 players waiting during start of second half and we have a picture of that for our readers courtesy 101 Great Goals.

balo sideline

The kickoff was delayed for quite some seconds as Balotelli strolled out late. The former AC Milan striker might have been receiving some last moment instruction from manager Brendan Rodgers. However, we didn’t see any application on the pitch.

3 Key Duels To Keep An Eye On – Newcastle vs Liverpool

3 Key battles – Newcastle United vs Liverpool

There has been no other fixture in the history of the Premier League that has seen more goals than Newcastle vs Liverpool. From the heroics of Andy Cole to Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler to the exploits of Daniel Sturridge, when the Toon Army meet The Kop, strikers have a field day more often than not. Here are 3 Key battles to keep an eye on as Alan Pardew’s Newcastle look to continue their bright recent form by taking on a stuttering Liverpool.

1. Javier Manquillo versus Rolando Aarons

2 youngsters square up against each other in what promises to be a very exciting face off down one flank. Young Manquillo has shown of late what he is all about – defensively solid and ever industrious down the right to support the attack as and when needed. Bacary Sagna will testify that the young Dutchman with flame-like hair is no flash in the pan either. The left footed winger is as tricky as they come, coupled with explosive pace and a keen eye for a goal – Aarons has all that’s required to be a top-quality Premier League winger. The Spanish youngster against the flying Dutch winger promises to be a battle to keep eye on down the Liverpool right and Newcastle left flank.

2. Steven Gerrard versus Jack Colback

The 34 year-old has been successfully marked out of games more than once this season. Coming up against Jack Colback – the ‘Ginger Pirlo’ as Roy Hodgson dubbed him, the Liverpool skipper will have to be at his sharpest. Still undoubtedly the best passer of a football in a Red shirt, it’s a fact that nobody denies that the former England skipper needs a little more time on the ball than he used to pick out those ‘Hollywood Passes’. Having made the switch from Sunderland to Newcastle against all the odds, Colback has proved to be one of the brighter players for Newcastle this term. A tireless worker in midfield with a sweet left foot, Colback is on the verge of getting his deserved England recognition as Hodgson’s search for Gerrard’s replacement continues. Two English midfielders at contrasting stages of their careers, a midfield battle is about to take place at the St. James’ Park.

3. Mario Balotelli versus Fabricio Coloccini

The maverick Italian striker will come up against the veteran Argentine defender making his 200th appearance for the Magpies. Having scored against Swansea on Tuesday, Mario will be high on confidence and eager to add to the goal he scored. The 24 year old Italian will look to get some good form going before the trip to the Bernebeu coming up on Tuesday. With the support of his team-mates and the management, Mario Balotelli will look to repay the faith shown in him against a Newcastle defence led by the 32 year old Coloccini. Fabricio Coloccini will be making his 200th appearance for the Magpies since joining in 2008. After the initial protests from the fans, Pardew and co. have somehow turned the ship around in the recent weeks. A physical battle between centre-back and centre-forward is on the cards at St. James Park.