Luke Ayling scores last minute winner as Leeds fight back to win at Wolves

Ayling's late winner gave Leeds a crucial victory in their fight for survival (Author: Gardener)

LeedsLuke Ayling fired a last-minute winner as Leeds came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at the 10-man Wolves in one of the Premier League games of the season. Ayling's late winners gave Leeds a vital win in the fight for survival after being hit in the first half by Wolves pair Jonny and substitute Francisco Trincao. But home striker Raul Jimenez was sent off early in the second half for his second yellow card and Leeds equalized with two goals in three minutes from Jack Harrison and Rodrigo before Ayling snatched all the points on death. It was an impressive comeback from Leeds as they lost four players to injuries in the first half, including striker Patrick Bamford. Leeds secured back-to-back league wins for the second time this season and moved seven points clear of the relegation zone. Unfortunately for the striker, who had only returned from his own three-month absence with a foot injury eight days earlier against Aston Villa, he was replaced by Sam Greenwood in the 23rd minute. The Portuguese winger bounced clear down the right and cut the ball back for Jonny to head home with a flat finish into the bottom corner. Diego Llorente was the next Leeds player to succumb to injury when he was replaced by Robin Koch. Trincao was just a blink of an eye away when he scored a brilliant second goal for his side in first-half injury time when his 25-yard left-footed shot hit the inside of a post. Jimenez missed another chance after Pascal Struijk's error and, incredibly, Leeds lost a third player to injury when Mateusz Klich was replaced by Charlie Creswell after a headbutt. Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier made an excellent save to deflect Jonny's shot on target but Trincao left Leeds with a mountain to climb, adding Wolves' second before the break. Joao Moutinho's swiftly executed free-kick put Leeds to sleep and when Daniel Podence cut the ball back Trincao placed a low finish into Meslier's right post in the 11th minute of added time. Meslier and Jimenez clashed when the Leeds goalkeeper ran out of his area to clear a long ball over the top and both players required treatment. Harrison turned the ball home in the 63rd minute after Ayling saw consecutive shots hit a post and cleared the goal line. Rodrigo then equalized from a tight angle two minutes later after James' shot hit the post. Wolves refused to settle for a point as both sides went toe-to-toe but it was Leeds who prevailed. Harrison and substitute Charlie Creswell both had chances for Leeds and when the home side failed to clear a free-kick from their box, Ayling headed home an unstoppable shot in the 90th minute that sparked a melee on the touchline as tempers rose both shelters flared up. Wolves rushed forward in added time and were denied an equalizer when the impressive Trincao's fierce shot was deflected superbly by Leeds substitute goalkeeper Klaesson.


Leeds United fans react to 'The Miracle at Molineux' comeback win

Leeds United fans are ecstatic after their side overcame a series of setbacks to take the points at Molineux (Author: Gardener)

United'The miracle of Molineux' - Leeds United loyal after 'total chaos' of 3-2 comeback win Leeds United fans are ecstatic after their side endured a series of setbacks to take the points at Molineux. The scenes that followed Rodrigo's equalizer before Luke Ayling Winners added Get the latest Leeds United news straight to your inbox every day - sign up for free email updatesSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thanks for subscribing!We have more NewsletterShow meLeeds United fans gave their verdict after Jesse Marsch's side secured a memorable 3-2 win over ten-man Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night. In a tumultuous encounter at Molineux, Los Blancos had to fend off multiple injury setbacks to snatch three priceless points. Los Blancos were forced to make an early substitution when Patrick Bamford limped away and caught his ankle. Wolves capitalized on Leeds' struggles and scored two quick goals as Jonny and Francisco Trincao both scored within five minutes. However, there would be more problems for Los Blancos before half-time when Mateusz Klich was dismissed with a concussion. READ MORE: Leeds United player ratings as Harrison, Rodrigo and Ayling make an incredible 3-2 comeback at Wolves. However, the latter came off worse and had to be replaced by Kristoffer Klaesson, leaving Marsch without a replacement. However, Jimenez's red card gave Leeds the momentum and they pulled one back through Jack Harrison before Rodrigo equalized moments later for his second goal in as many games. And the whites still had time to grab the winner. Luke Ayling put the ball into the box and slammed an attempt into the back net to drive the traveling fans crazy. It's a result that has put Leeds seven points clear of the relegation zone with eight games to go. Leeds fans are delighted at how their side have reacted to a disappointing start to the game. MOT #lufc @LUFCsince67: I've seen quite a few in the last 55 years but this might be the most amazing night of football I've ever seen. #lufc @AllanSansome: what a win, one for the ages. All Leeds aren't we? #lufc @Jonno4466: My goodness. I can't believe this actually happened #LUFC @scottyboy36: Maddest game of football AGAIN. Big result though. Get innnnnnn #lufc @GatesyChris: That's why I love you Leeds United every single emotion in 90 minutes!!!! #lufc @EllardRory: Half an hour ago I was talking about who we should sell and keep for the championship... sometimes I hate this game but sometimes it's exhilarating!! #lufc #WOLLEE @jakewinderman: THE MOLINEUX MIRACLE IS COMPLETE! This is one of the best Leeds games I've seen in my 16 years as a fan. Harrison, Ayling & Klaesson replacing Meslier were all absolutely fantastic. Damn proud to be a Leeds fan today. #LUFC @cgsneal: Jack Harrison, my man of the match. Incredible second half. Ayling, Forshaw, James, Klaesson also excellent. #lufc @LUKEE1995: Please never change @LUFC! HUGE 3 points despite #lufc @bielsaball28: we went from an absolutely chaotic 50 minutes of football to a win against a top quality team with 3 youngsters on the pitch...absolute madness. I said if we got 7 points in the 5 Villa games we got 6. I think that win just kept us on our toes...crazy #lufc


Crack $100: PGA Betting Tips and Strategy

Byron Lindeque (@TheModelManiac) offers free PGA betting tips for the Honda Classic. Breaking $100 is a golf betting guide that uses $100 on different bets. (Author: Gardener)

100That streak got off to an incredibly sweaty start when Berger gambled away a five-stroke lead on Sunday two weeks ago and Hovland let a nine-stroke lead on Sunday slip through his fingers last week. Heading into week 3 of Breaking $100 I don't have the nerve to offer anything to the gods of golf, which is another positive. It's been a great journey so far and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on The Players Championship with you. For those of you new to this article, Breaking $100 is a comprehensive PGA betting guide on how to get every penny out of your $100. We'll split $100 into a betting card of outrights, first-round leaders, finishers, and a "farewell fiver," all in an attempt to turn a structured betting strategy into a profitable and enjoyable Sunday sweat. Water lurks everywhere at The Players Championship, and winners need balanced play to complete all 18 holes. The course is on the shorter side, diluting any great distance advantage off the tee (OTT), with the risk often outweighing the rewards of a long drive. Good rides made will be the OTT metric we will be relying on this week. Many players will use irons off the tee on par 4s to get in the best position for their approach shot, which means this week we'll be giving heavy weight to shots won on the approach (SG: APP). With 38% of approaches coming from 125 to 175 yards, wedge proximity is also important. The average greens in regulation percentage at TPC Sawgrass is about two percent below the tour average, requiring skillful touch around the well-guarded greens. From a scoring perspective, the par 5s are four of the five holes played here under par, making par 5 scoring a key component of success. Although the par 5s offer the most birdies, there are several holes that play similar to the iconic island green par 17. A good shot will reward you with a birdie, but a bad approach is automatically a watery bogey, so bogey avoidance and the birdie percentage or better will both be part of our decision-making process. We've got a few more criteria than usual this week, but as Pete Dye intended, Sawgrass challenges so many aspects of your game. In summary, we look for golfers with good scores on most of the following criteria: Our outright betting strategy is fairly conservative, requiring a winner every eight events to break even. Outright betting is extremely difficult and requires a lot to run properly, so we are keeping our exposure to this market as low as possible while optimizing the possibility of having a horse later in the race. We have six outrights this week. He's a wallaby wizard in the short game division, ranking 12th in putting and 17th on greens. His irons have become an all-time weapon of late, losing just once since June 2021 at the Sony Open, the week after winning the Tournament of Champions. Smith is an incredible wedge player, ranking close to 125-175 in 15th place, which will give him ample opportunity to shine this week. Smith's scoring stats are even more impressive as his shots have increased in number. He leads the field in par 5 scoring and has second best BoB%, all backed by his record-breaking par of 34 under the TOC. If he limits damage off the tee, the current king of Kapalua has all the tools to claim his second win of the season and the biggest win of his career. Daniel Berger finds himself on the outright Breaking $100 with twice the odds and twice the scar tissue. Following Berger's collapse at Sunday's Honda Classic, we're hoping to give him a chance to redeem himself on a course that has all the elements to bring him a victorious rematch. Berger has an incredibly well-rounded game, with every key stat in the top 20 in a field studded with 46 of the world's top 50 golfers. His shots around the green are 95th since his 2021 stats have a 77% weight in the model. In 2022 he leads the Tour in scrambling, which was shown to full effect on the Honda and is now an obvious strength in his game. His improved short game is one of the reasons he's third in bogey avoidance. His incredibly consistent shot is the second reason he rarely bogeys. He's 14th in good rides and has an approach baseline and current form, both of which are cracking the top 5 this week. On a course where danger is everywhere, he should dodge most bogey balls while shooting back birdies himself. In a field teeming with talent, he's unlikely to lose a five-shot lead on Sunday, allowing him to put together four high-quality rounds to win the largest cash prize in PGA Tour history. Billy Horschel does horribly on my model for having average iron play for a long time. However, if we look at his last few starts, the fiery fairway finder seems to have found incredible short-term form with his irons. He has won over five strokes on approach in his two most recent starts. If he can transfer a similar iron performance to TPC Sawgrass, the rest of his game has the baseline to make him a contender. Horschel is very accurate off the tee and finished 26th with good drives. He has won from around the green in five of his last six starts and is able to make any putt he moves towards. His long-term stats are uninspiring, but his game is at its peak in all departments that matter around Sawgrass. Russell Henley has to be the value play of the week. Henley is consistently one of the best irons on the tour, finishing fourth in approach and fifth from 125-175. His game lacks distance, but his superb ability to control his golf ball through the air makes him an exciting play on a shorter TPC Sawgrass. Waialae Country Club, where Henley lost in a playoff this year, is a great comparison course to TPC Sawgrass. Compared to Waialae, Sawgrass requires a little more accuracy off the tee, which Henley shouldn't have a problem with. He's in the top 10 in bogey avoidance, which will help him feel less pressure to make birdies to stay at the top of the leaderboard. With his flawless shot that generates more birdie opportunities than most of the field, if he can cooperate with his putter like he did at Waialae, Henley has a really good chance of becoming the 2022 Players Champion. Grillo has gained over 3.5 strokes on approach in five of his six appearances at TPC Sawgrass. This is not surprising as he is an excellent wedge player, ranking sixth from 125-175 and also in the top 20 with his approach play. Grillo is 15th in good drives which should put him in many attacking positions with his wonderful wedges. Grillo has the 5th worst place on the green, which will likely be a big problem on a course where most pros climb 40% of their holes. His short game drives Emiliano up the wall as he appears to have lost millions of shots on the greens in his lifetime. With luck from the Argentine golf gods, if Grillo puts on a divine short-game performance this week, the rest of his game will be good enough to win. Sharing the same number as Grillo, Patton Kizzire instills a little more confidence in anyone looking at his stats. He goes into the week with the 14th most shots won on approach L24. He's currently playing well above his approach baseline of 60, but like Horschel we're trying to capitalize on his current form. His 21st-place putting finish is another reason to believe he has a shot at winning The Players. He avoids bogeys better than the majority of the field and finds himself one of the top 20 birdie makers this week. Kizzire also seems to be taking advantage of par 5s, ranking 29th on that scoring stat. If he can make top 10 performances with his irons and putter while keeping his drives in play, 200-1 seems like none bad bet for a man who makes as many birdies as he does. Golf is a really strange game when it comes to the mental side of things. Some pros play better on Thursday when there's no pressure, while others do their best under pressure on a scorching Sunday afternoon. First Round Leader bets are for players who play really well on Thursdays. Usually, if you win a total of six shots on a Thursday, you have a really good chance of leading after the first round. There is a similar outright betting structure for FRLs. We have nine events to break even, betting $12.50 to make $110 or more. We bet on Sergio FRL last week and he almost missed the cut due to his antics on Thursday. Hoping the fierce Spaniard can keep his emotions in check for 18 holes, we think he can rekindle his Thursday spirit from last year's players as he hit 8.8 strokes on the field in round one. Thanks to his OTT play, which also ranks in the top 5, he is fifth in the field in par 5 scoring. If he can play the four par 5s five under par, which he did last week on Friday, it should go a long way towards giving the 2008 Players Champion a shot at a lead on Thursday. In round one this year, Patrick Cantlay won 7.1 at The American Express and 4.5 at Pebble Beach. He's won over 3.5 shots in four of his five Thursday rounds this year, making him a prime candidate to beat an FRL this Thursday. Cantlay is also the sixth best golfer in my model thanks to his par 5 score, SG:ARG and bogey avoidance all ranking second. His 8th BoB% will also be very helpful when trying to stay low at TPC Sawgrass. His recent iron play is a little concerning from a 72-hole tournament perspective, but all it takes is 18 Patty Icicles to freeze the rest of the field this Thursday. Berger gained 6.3 strokes at Thursday's Honda Classic and we missed his FRL ticket by just one stroke. He has the game to go low, especially when the pressure is off, which is why we like him again this round. Horschel won over five strokes in round one, three of his seven starts this season. He's one of the best putters out there that seems to have found a groove with his irons. A tricky recent form added to Thursday's track record could blow the field this week. In 10 starts this season, Henley has averaged 0.4 shots gained in round one, double his 0.2 average for the season. He had four Thursday rounds in which he won a total of over 4.3 shots on the field. His season best of 6.02 total strokes was Thursday at Waialae, which we compared to Sawgrass for Russell's sake. Henley is dangerous on Thursdays, especially on a course that suits his player profile. Kizzire has averaged 1.77 shots gained in 12 rounds this season. In rounds two, three, and four, he averages -0.17 shots or worse. He gained five strokes in round one at Sony and 4.27 strokes at The American Express. If he can play his irons freely and see a few putts fall early in the round, redeeming a Kizzire FRL ticket would be a great way to start the week. Did you know that RotoBaller has a premium DFS PGA subscription? Receive a 10% discount and full access to all our Premium PGA Articles, DFS Tools and Lineup Optimizer! You also get access to weekly betting tips from Spencer Aguiar, one of the top bettors in the business. 4-0-1 H2Hs in this week's tournament My suggestion to anyone looking to place these bets would be to log on to FanDuel Sportsbook. Their placement odds are typically 30+ points higher than the rest of the industry. When placing bets, we have a slightly different approach to outrights and FRLs. We're going to include putting in our golfer power rankings because players like Keegan Bradley would be in the top 20 all the time if we didn't include some flat club responsibility. The odds range from +155 to +500, so around three of the eight players we bet on need to make money to win. If Berger can keep his ball dry like he did with the Honda, he has a fantastic chance of collecting his fourth T20 in five starts. After missing three straight cuts, Sam Burns finished last week's API T9 for his seventh T20 in 10 starts this season. When Burns is at his best, it's his putter and irons that get him the most shots, with him hitting a total of 10 in those two departments last week. I'm not very confident that this is the best course for Burns, but at +240 the model said this bet is worth 18 points, with +222 being the lowest we would put on Burns T20. If his irons and putter show up again this week, this bet has a really good chance of winning. Henley collecting a T20 at +320 would cover all of our outrights and first round leaders bets this week. He's made every cut this year and has finished in the top 20 in half of his last eight starts. With the third best approach ranking, the model loves Paul Casey. The rest of his game is very shaky, losing four shots putting at Bay Hill which is only his fifth worst putting in the last two seasons. However, his wedges and approach play should give him an incredible number of really good birdie opportunities. This bet is a number grabber and we wouldn't touch it at less than +400. Every missed cut was the result of an accidental malfunction in his game. Seamus has proven he has the all round game to play at the highest level. Once he's back to his stable self, we'll be putting T20 on him again in a couple of weeks. He has great accuracy off the tee, ranks 27th for good drives, and even after his three missed cuts, he's still fourth for bogey avoidance. Tringale decided to epicly miss the cut last week, recording a quadruple bogey on hole six at Bay Hill. With a missed cut last week, a T20 seems imminent, but we'll take a slightly more conservative approach and put it on a T40 in a very competitive field. As we mentioned in the direct part of the article, Kizzire's L24 irons are top 20, which ties most of his game together. If he continues to narrowly hit his approaches, he has a good chance of collecting his fourth top-40 of the season. Following my example, Collin Morikawa is the best golfer in the field. I wanted him on the outright card, but with the weather seeming to be a major confounder and his odds well below 20-1, putting all our outright eggs in one wet basket never felt right. He is the best approacher, best wedge player and wins fourth most good drives. Collin has also won two majors in his short career. With this week's players upping the biggest prize pool in tour history, I won't be surprised if King Kawa once again takes to the biggest stage for a win and a record-breaking $3.6 million first-place payout fights A slow start is a great example of why you should never wager money you can't afford to lose. Viktor finished T2 and we had two bets cut by dead heat rules this week which hurt everyone. I have a good feeling about this week at The Players. Golf is back and it's time for you to win big with RotoBaller! And as a bonus, RotoBaller subscriber @tenndolly2 won $100,000 on FanDuel with the help of Joe and the rest of our Premium PGA team: Between all the incredible Premium PGA DFS content and tools we release every week, and our premium Slack community, where we chat with our subscribers before lineups get banned. RotoBaller PGA subscribers are armed with the tools, analysis and advice to win big.


Kanye West banned from Instagram for 24 hours after attacking Trevor Noah

After Instagram's parent company Meta published racial slurs against Trevor Noah, she confirmed that Kanye West's account has been banned for a day. (Author: Gardener)

InstagramKanye West, 44, will not be on Instagram for 24 hours. The rapper was suspended from the social media platform by his parent company Meta on Wednesday, March 16, following a post targeting Trevor Noah. The post quoted "Kumbaya, My Lord" but changed the lyrics to include a racial slur against the South African host. Meta of Mark Zuckerberg (formerly known as Facebook) confirmed the suspension to TMZ, citing a violation of their policies on hate speech, harassment and bullying - adding that they will take further action if the violations continue. The suspension means Kanye can't do anything he normally can on Instagram, including posting, liking, commenting, or even DMing other people. Remarkably, Meta rarely makes this move — but they've done it with Donald Trump in the past. The targeted post came after Trevor opened up about Kimye's controversial breakup on The Daily Show. "The weird thing about the situation is that Kanye West has told us he's been struggling with his mental health," he said on his daily Comedy Central series. But here's something weird that Kanye doesn't understand. It's like what we're seeing - it makes you uncomfortable," said the 38-year-old. Trevor Noah On The Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Online Battle For Kim Dating Pete Davidson. "With Kanye, we don't know how to feel. I don't think Kanye seems to get that. He's like, "Let me create my art." Yeah, but Kanye, you told us you were struggling. If we're worried about it, say we shouldn't be worried because it's not [his] problem. Pete has been the main target of Kanye's ongoing social media posts as his romance with Kim Kardashian progresses. Just last weekend, Kanye said he was "antagonized" by the SNL cast member with a photo of Pete allegedly "in bed" with Kim. In the texts between Pete and Ye shared via Pete's friend Dave Sirus, the photo was present along with a text stating that he was "in bed with your wife". Pete also offered to help Kanye get psychological support if he so desires. Noah also referenced Kim in his monologue. Kim likes advertising. Kim is also harassed. "I see a woman who wants to live her life without being molested," he said on the air. Trevor also responded to Kanye's racist slur post with a lengthy Instagram caption that appears to have been deleted. "There are few artists who have influenced me more than you, Ye. They took samples and turned them into symphonies. You took your pain and turned it into performance perfection through the wire. “You are an indelible part of my life, Ye. That's why it breaks my heart to see you like this. I don't care if you support Trump, and I don't care if you roast Pete. Never forget, the biggest trick racists ever played on black people was teaching us to take away our blackness when we disagreed. He made us split into shards so we would never unite into one mighty staff," he said in reference to the insult.


West Ham are earning the right to dream as the Sevilla setback fundamentally changes perceptions of what is possible

West Ham match-winner Andriy Yarmolenko wandered the pitch in a daze, struggling to believe his life was following the script. Yarmolenko brushed off his team-mates, rushed to a Ukrainian flag in the stands and presented his jersey through a sea of ​​hands and faces as fans crowded to get close to the player who claimed one of the greatest victories in the West Hams modern Story. (Author: Gardener)

West HamAs London Stadium celebrated, there was one person in burgundy and blue who could barely smile. West Ham match-winner Andriy Yarmolenko wandered the pitch in a daze, struggling to believe his life was following the script. Yarmolenko brushed off his team-mates, rushed to a Ukrainian flag in the stands and presented his jersey through a sea of ​​hands and faces as fans crowded to get close to the player who claimed one of the greatest victories in the West Hams modern Story. When Yarmolenko was stunned, Declan Rice beamed enough for both of them. For Rice, this could just be the beginning of something, while Mark Noble was in tears as he dreamed of the perfect ending. David Moyes strode across the pitch, applauding every corner of the pitch as he walked from player to player, congratulating and perhaps thanking them. Moyes, whose reputation continues to be redefined, has always been adamant that West Ham is just getting started - and their 2-0 win over Sevilla in the Europa League has vindicated his belief in the club and in himself. "We're not in a bubble," Moyes said afterwards. After trailing 1-0 in the first leg in Spain last week, goals from Tomas Soucek and Yarmolenko on 112 minutes ensured a win that went straight into modern West Ham folklore. When fans stayed to celebrate, West Ham had rarely felt so united as a club and the result should fundamentally change perceptions of what is possible and serve as a stepping stone to even bigger and more enduring things to come. When West Ham played Sevilla he showed he belonged, beating a club who have made this competition their own and played for a chance to lift the trophy for a seventh time – and on home soil – in May. After beating the favorites, the Hammers will be feared, but should fear no one in today's quarterfinal draw. The importance of the event was only heightened because the match winner was Yarmolenko, who hit the target with a lateral foot from close range after the shot was saved by Pablo Fornals. There was further justification for Moyes in his only tactical substitute, who scored the winner after Yarmolenko replaced Said Benrahma in the 87th minute. For a long time it looked like West Ham were learning a hard lesson as they controlled possession but struggled to convert dominance into opportunities. Michail Antonio missed his two big chances but was great, kept banging against Sevilla's back two and making sure Fornals, Benraham and Manuel Lanzini had room to work. The opening goal was all about the striker, who opened up a meter in the corner of the box before swinging his left leg like a pitching wedge and sending the perfect cross to the back post, where Soucek got up early to head home walk . With the score at 0-0, it was thanks to West Ham that cup goalkeeper Alphone Areola leveled the scores as he made a brilliant one-handed save from Youssef En-Nesyri. Seville came the closest all night. West Ham had hired Tony Perry, Wembley's Euro 2020 DJ, to entertain a packed London stadium, one of many elements that gave the occasion a unique cup final feel. Thing is, the Hammers might have to get used to nights like this. The mood ahead of the game was echoed by the stadium announcer, who revealed the West Ham XI line-up with the claim: "Our greatest night at the London Stadium - and here are the players who will take us on this journey. ." He was right. There hasn't been a bigger occasion at this ground. When it came to announcing Noble's name among the substitutes, the giddy announcer went even further. - Mark Noble!" It felt imaginative at the time , but West Ham have earned the right to dream.


Pickford is still out as the Palace trio return

Preview followed by a live broadcast of Sunday's FA Cup match between Crystal Palace and Everton. (Author: Gardener)

PickfordCrystal Palace welcome back Martin Kelly, Will Hughes and Luka Milivojevic after the trio missed Monday's Premier League draw against Manchester City. Toffees midfielder Allan begins Thursday with a three-game suspension for his red card against Newcastle, despite the club appealing the dismissal. Palace have only progressed through the FA Cup quarter-finals once in 26 years, when they reached the final under Alan Pardew in 2015/16 before losing to Manchester United. Relegated Everton, meanwhile, last reached the semi-finals that same season, losing to United and not making the final since finishing second at Chelsea in 2008/09. The Premier League is a priority but they don't have to be two different things," said manager Frank Lampard. One could argue that Everton don't need the distraction of the FA Cup while they struggle at the bottom of the Premier League table, but I think so actually that another win would do them great before signing off for the international break.Everything went wrong for Everton until their last win against Newcastle on Thursday so this is a chance for them to build a little more confidence.Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last nine games in all competitions and we saw how difficult they are to beat against Manchester City on Monday.FA Cup runs are rare for the Eagles - they lost in the final in 2016 but before that they last managed to do so in 1995 in the last 4. * Crystal Palace had not beaten Everton in 13 games (win 7, lose 6) before their 3-1 Premier League win over the Toffees in the D ezember, a series going back to September 2014. The Eagles have never aten Everton twice in the same campaign. * Everton have not lost consecutive away games at Palace since 1971 and they conceded as many times on their trip to Selhurst Park in December as on their eight previous visits combined. * There have been 21 goals in the last seven FA Cup encounters between Palace (11) and Everton (20) - but Palace have advanced just once from those five meetings and replays. * This is Crystal Palace's second FA Cup quarter-final in the last four seasons, falling to Watford at this point in 2018-19. * The Eagles had only reached the last eight in two of the 28 seasons prior to this season, 1994-95 and 2015-16, and reached the Finals of the latter. * Palace manager Patrick Vieira is unbeaten in 18 FA Cup games as a player (15) and manager (3) since he lost the semi-finals to Manchester United with Arsenal in 2003/04. * Everton are in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the 47th time, the most teams in the history of the competition, and they have won 26 of their last 46 round of 16 rounds (57%). * The Toffees are without a win in their last 10 away FA Cup games in London (D4 N6) since beating Charlton in the third round in 1991 under Howard Kendall. * Richarlison has scored five goals in his six FA Cup starts for Everton, although four of those goals have come at Goodison Park. * Four-time FA Cup winner and Everton boss Frank Lampard has won 10 of his 14 games in the competition since becoming manager, behind only Pep Guardiola (17) over that period.


The mailbox reacts to the Champions League draw as Chelsea take on Real

Mailbox reacts to Champions League and Europa League draws as Everton v Newcastle and Andy Robertson are discussed... (Author: Gardener)

the Champions LeagueThe mailbox reacts to the Champions League and Europa League draws while discussing Everton vs Newcastle and Andy Robertson. Send your opinion to [email protected]… Champions League draw… Good draw for Chelsea – if they hurry Skyscanner says they can fly with Ryanair for £124 per head return, so approx. When they're ready are staying a bit out of the center there are hostel beds available for £15 a pop so only £600 total for a night or £1,200 if they want an extra day to acclimatise. Simple - assuming they book fast - you know Ryanair these prices go up the longer they leave it. Stupidly, I didn't factor in baggage fees, which aren't readily available without delving deeper into the booking process than I'm willing, so I'll just assume a modest £45,000 increase for each traveler bringing a carry-on bag - you're right , the math doesn't work! Expect Bruce Buck to do so by writing to UEFA to insist Real's home game be played behind doors at Cobham in the interest of sporting fairness. I have to say I think the Champions League draw is fantastic. As a Liverpool fan, I'm delighted with our draw. Benfica are a decent side but we've beaten a better side from Porto on a regular basis and with the second leg at home we won't have any excuses if we don't make it to the semis. Speaking of which, a possible semi-final against Bayern Munich would be a very exciting duel. Could easily enjoy two legs of this, should of course both go through. Playing a week of Liverpool between an Atletico sandwich will be a very demanding series of games. Looks like a very exciting tournament from here. Europa League draw Just watched the EL draw. I may be a bit ahead of myself, but what are the odds of a Battle of Britain final!? Everton vs NUFC We're all very sorry Frank, but tackles arriving two yards from the ball reliably draw red cards and your post-game comments did you no credit. Richarlison seemed to know the referee wouldn't send off a second player because, like Joelinton, he disagreed on meth. They were fantastic in a game Newcastle (sort of) dominated but lost to Iwobi's admittedly well-made goal. Overall, grudging praise to the toffees, although now of course I hope they come down. Until recently, *every* Newcastle win felt like a smash and grab, so fair game. Everton could put their games on par with NUFC so I call that a big win for them. Joelinton was prominent but not as good as last time. Maybe because Everton took him seriously, which I'm not sure other teams have always done. Nevertheless, as always, it was too full-bodied for my taste; Imo if a player has something to say to the referee, it's best to say it quietly. I didn't see Guimaraes make a mistake and Willock played well overall, although I wish he'd put on his seniors. When Everton scored it was one of the few times in the game we were behind from start to finish. It was Dan Burn who got [ahem] burned again, this time with an ill-considered rush at Iwobi with the ball still at his feet. And just when he mentioned England. Let's hope we don't make him another Lascelles. It is worth noting that this was the second game in a row in which Allan Saint-Maximin's replacement of Miguel Almiron resulted in a late goal and loss*. Saint-Maximin is better than Almiron for sure, but Almiron has to take defense seriously when he plays while ASM enjoys the freedom of the park. You'd think a player as electric as ASM would be a natural supersub, but it's not. ASM's touch is often willful, and this generally penalizes a player who is introduced late into a match. In my opinion, Saint-Maximin is at his best when he's there from the start, where the panic he incites in defenders over time outweighs the frequency with which he passes the ball. Personally, I would like to see Almiron and ASM together on the pitch a little longer. * To be fair, on Almiron's last substitute game before his recent starts, I think we gave up a late goal from his side. On the other hand, Almiron has created some good scoring chances lately. View of Man Utd from a Liverpool fan... And just to get my colors on, I've been a Liverpool fan for the last 45 years... but I want to talk about Manchester United. As a Liverpool fan, I can't deny that there's a certain joy in watching our greatest historical rivals fight at the moment. And regarding those games against Atlético Madrid, ask any footballer before the tie and they could have told you exactly how AM would play; suck up everything you wanted to throw at them, score somewhere and then shit until the final whistle. Anyway, that wasn't the point I wanted to make. What I want to do is give united fans something positive about Ralf Rangnick. I think a lot of United fans are looking at the situation completely wrong in terms of him being 'just' an interim manager... and I've read a lot of comments about how he should be sent packing in the summer etc etc... but I really do it I don't think that's part of the plan. Yes, fans united, there may finally be a plan at OT. So previous "plans" to continue the success of the Ferguson years didn't pan out... duh! SAF has never, ever been easy to replace. Even the most recent plan to achieve immediate success with quick fixes didn't work out. And the reasons are pretty obvious to those football fans who are paying attention or who care. Jumping from one manager to another, each with their own style, then buying players for that manager, who are then fired as soon as the next man comes along, while throwing heaps of money at the problems this creates and overpaying for mediocrity, and so on, just created the madhouse/pleasure house (depending on your perspective) which has become MU. It's so obviously not working now that even football dumb Mr Ed needs to get the message, this message that most footballers got a few years ago. So what's really been missing is… well, a plan, a proper football plan. Even some of the so-called smaller clubs in the EPL are more organized with their football operations than the giants MU. But maybe there's just a plan now and one that's working, much to my possible chagrin. RR is not really a coach, we all know that. He is an organizer behind the scenes. Sure he will have sent this team to victory on Tuesday night and certainly he would have wanted and hoped for them to win but the fact that they didn't can't really be seen as his fault. All the problems in the club were there before he came. And it now seems obvious that training this group of players into anything like a cohesive unit may simply be impossible. And rightly so, neither he nor United attempted to bring in players during the January window to 'fix' this issue as it would have been just a continuation of what happened before. If RR negotiated a move upstairs in the summer and is set to oversee football operations henceforth then his six months of coaching that team, managing the dressing room and learning the EPL etc. will surely only tell him first hand what is needed to move the club forward. Based on what RR has seen and experienced, he will certainly be in a better position to know which players to get rid of (a lot in my opinion), what the remaining ones are capable of, and what coaches and players are needed for the football team plays "together" in a suitable system built for the rigors of the modern EPL and the Champions League. Well, that sounds like some sort of (possibly good) plan to me. Of course, United fans will have to be patient and accept that such a plan will take time to be implemented. When Klopp first arrived at Liverpool, fans could see pretty quickly that he had a plan in mind (and just a little method madness for fun). But success took time. And now obviously that patience has been rewarded as we can all see where the club is today, winning, competing and having fun. Exactly where United would like to be. Now of course RR could really suck at his new job, the next manager could be Steve Bruce, CR7 could move on to head up the marketing department while Phil Jones gets another contract keeping him at the club until 2030. We hope for all of that here! I think somehow somewhere deep in OT there is a plan now. 2018 World Cup semifinals (first in 28 years), 2019 Nations League semifinals (en route against Spain and Croatia), 2021 EURO finals (first ever). He gets to choose who he fucking wants. Andy Robertson - explained Paul asked for an explanation of Andy Robertson and how he has redefined the role of a full-back. In fairness I probably should have said 'in the Premier League'. Robertson has 49 assists in the Premier League. He is 5 away from catching Leighton Baines with the most assists by a defender in Premier League history and has played in half the games. He'll probably break that record (then Trent will break it again). The way he and Trent play and the contributions they make have never been seen before in the Premier League. I never claimed he was one of the best full-backs in history, but if you want to compare: Robertson already has 69, so we're not looking at the past with rose-colored glasses. He's nowhere near close to Dani Alves, but I never claimed he was. As for Nilton Santos, unlike Paul, I haven't watched hours of footage of him playing, so I can't comment on it. So yes, there have been attacking full-backs before, but never one in England with Robertson's performance (other than TAA). But the main point of the email was that he is the best Scottish footballer in a generation. I don't think anyone could disagree with that. Is there anything else LFC fans want to claim? They've redefined the full-back game, they're saving us from a one-horse title race, their manager is a great example of 'dignity'. Maybe Klopp will bring world peace. From such things the joy will be great if they do not land any of the three remaining trophies. What on earth got into the mailbox contributors? It seems that "Scouse Power" has their brains bogged down, like consuming too many E numbers in the very colorful candy that we should avoid. Not all Liverpool fans are like that (although there is too large a minority in this particular fan base for it not to be a coincidence), believe it or not. It's almost like mass madness. Why does every player have to be the all-time best at this position? Klopp is the best manager ever and that we all have to take our hats off in front of him and bend the knee? Anfield is the best, most passionate and knowledgeable of all football grounds ever? Why do Mailbox contributors feel the need to post with this junk? I can only guess that they are so passionate that they need to protect their fragile egos otherwise this overwhelming passion will make them just break down and cry. Can't you see how ridiculous you look? Mike, LFC, London, you're usually fine, I get it, don't lose it, ok?


Sacrifice for Lord Sugar and get "fired".

Margaret Mountford was a trusted helper on The Apprentice's first five series and then returned as an interviewer - but joked she was "fired" after not being asked back (Author: Gardener)

Margaret MountfordMargaret Mountford was a trusted collaborator on The Apprentice's first five series and then returned as an interviewer - but joked that she was "fired" after she wasn't asked back. The Apprentice just hasn't been the same since the mighty Margaret Mountford left. The stunning businesswoman was one of Lord Sugar's trusted aides for the first five seasons of the BBC show and was once dubbed "the nation's favorite disapproving headmistress". After beginning her career as a corporate lawyer, Margaret took on the role of non-executive director at Amstrad, the firm owned by The Apprentice's boss, and then joined him on screen alongside Nick Hewer. Margaret Mountford was one of Lord Sugar's trusted assistants. While providing feedback to Lord Sugar in the boardroom, she was once a candidate who claimed she wasn't shy about becoming assistant project manager: "You resigned to the point where you were practically out of the room." But what about Margaret happened after she retired from The Apprentice in 2009? Margaret was at Lord Sugar's side along with Nick Hewer Margaret announced she was leaving the show to focus on studying her doctorate in papyrology - studying manuscripts from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The businesswoman, now 70, joked that she wanted to graduate before she was too frail to go up and get it on her degree. "This will be my last series about The Apprentice, but making The Apprentice takes up a lot of my time each year, and that's time I devote to my studies could, yes should. I am doing a PhD in Papyrology at University College London, studying documents found in Egypt and written in Ancient Greek. "I haven't made nearly as much progress in the past few years as I would like - and I want to finish my degree before I need a Zimmer frame to get on the platform to get it. Margaret and Nick have fun at the Comic Relief Apprentice Celebrity Funfair in 2007 Lord Sugar thanked his trusted business partner and friend for giving up time that could have been devoted to her studies to film The Apprentice with him. In his own statement, Lord Sugar said: "Margaret was a highly respected colleague and friend for over 25 years. "Five years ago she agreed to put her studies on hold for the first season. None of us expected the show to be such a huge hit, but now five years later she's dying to get her masters." But that was it. "It's not the end for Margaret on The Apprentice as she returned to grill the final five contestants in the interview phase for the next couple of series. The following year, Margaret revealed she had not been consulted, jokingly claiming the tide had turned and she had been 'fired'. Margaret hosted the BBC documentary Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time. I guess I got fired," she said in an interview. Margaret's place as Lord Sugar's advisor was taken by Karren Brady, who later admitted that she regretted not taking her predecessor's advice when she joined the show. Karren admitted it was the best anyone had told her before she started, explaining that Margaret warned her to "wear trainers" as she would be on her feet 12 hours a day. "And of course I didn't take their advice," Karren said. "And I quickly took Margaret's advice and wore the sneakers. That's how I learned that I can't stand on my feet for more than 12 hours a day without sneakers.” Nick and Margaret hosted The Trouble With Our Trains in 2015. In 2013 she presented a one-off BBC documentary program Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time and a double film with Nick exploring welfare culture, We All Pay Your Benefits. Margaret also appeared twice on Countdown's Dictionary Corner while Nick hosted, and the pair went on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip in 2015. Her last television appearance was in 2019 when she presented a BBC Four show about the classical poet Sappho entitled 'Sappho: Love & Life on Lesvos with Margaret Mountford'. Away from the showbiz world, Mountford currently serves on the steering committee of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and is Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society. *The Apprentice airs Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One


Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Friday 18th March

Wales' 7-day infection rate has risen above 300 cases per 100,000 population for the first time since early February (Author: Gardener)

WalesEight more people have died from coronavirus, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales. New data released on Friday, March 18, covering a 24-hour period, shows 1,935 new positive PCR test results, bringing the total to 837,705. The total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid in Wales is now 7,066. The latest infection rate based on PCR testing for the seven days ended March 13 is 304.5 cases per 100,000 people - up from the 290.7 cases recorded on Thursday. This is the first time the infection rate has surged above 300 since the week of February 6. The infection rate based on PCR tests is only a guide to the spread of Covid in Wales as it does not include lateral flow test results which are reported weekly in Wales. Asymptomatic individuals who test positive on an LFT no longer require a confirmatory PCR test. The latest lateral flow testing data for the week ended March 13 also shows an increase in positive tests. 21,212 positive test results were reported in the past seven days. Headlines from the latest ONS infection survey, published March 18, suggest the percentage of people testing positive for Covid in Wales rose in the week ending March 12. The latest survey estimated that 125,400 people in Wales, equivalent to one in 25 people, had Covid in the week ending March 12. This was more than the 97,900 people reported the week before. The ONS survey found that the Omicron BA.2 variant is now the most widely used in all UK countries. The area of ​​Wales with the highest infection rate (based on PCR testing) for the seven days to March 13 was Blaenau Gwent with 432.3 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 384 and Gwynedd with 370.1. Cardiff recorded the most positive cases in the last 24 hours with 244, followed by RCT with 156, Carmarthenshire with 139, Swansea with 127, Caerphilly with 117, Vale of Glamorgan with 114 and Newport with 103. The areas with the lowest new cases reported were Denbighshire at 50, Ceredigion at 28, Merthyr Tydfil at 21 and Anglesey at 19. In the seven days to March 13, a total of 32.6% of PCR tests across Wales returned a positive result - up from the 31 reported on Thursday .9% . The highest rates of positivity were recorded in Gwynedd (38%), Blaenau Gwent (37.8%) and Vale of Glamorgan (37.1%). How do you feel about the current Covid situation in Wales? Seven of these were based at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), three at Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, one at Hywel Dda UHB and one at Swansea Bay UHB. Figures being released showing the number of people being treated specifically for Covid rather than testing positive for the virus but who are in hospital for other reasons also show that in-hospital Covid rates are rising. As of March 17, there were 645 patients in acute care hospitals with Covid, 99 of whom were being treated for the condition. 1,927,654 people in Wales have now received their booster shots. Rate of infection for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days ended March 13: Sarah Crofts, head of analytical results for the COVID-19 infection survey, said of the increase in infections in the latest ONS infection survey: “These The latest numbers show a further increase in infections across most of the UK with high infection rates across the board and Scotland the highest our survey has found. “These increases are largely due to the significant increase in the sub-variant Omicron BA.2. Also of note is that infections have risen across all age groups, with those over 70 reaching their highest estimate since our survey began.” The percentage of LFT tests that returned positive results has increased from 10 in the last week, 88% up to 17.38% The LFT incidence rate was in the range of the Hywel Dda University Health Board with 815.5 positive tests per 100,000 population - well up from the 467.5 in the previous week.The 20 to 39 year old age group recorded the highest incidence rate at 828.4 positive test episodes per 100,000 population First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced all statutory Covid measures in Wales could be lifted by March 28 remains stable, plans for similar measures in Scotland to be extended from March 21 remain stable Scheduled to come into force in March, they have now been postponed due to a surge in Covid cases.


Leeds boss on the sense of belonging at Elland Road and the influence of Ralf Rangnick

Jesse Marsch tells Sky Sports how he feels at home in Leeds, being mentored by Ralf Rangnick and complete striker Patrick Bamford returning; Watch Wolves vs Leeds live on Sky Sports Premier League from 19:00 on Friday Night Football; Kick-off 8 p.m (Author: Gardener)

Elland RoadIt has been less than three weeks since he took on the immense challenge of replacing Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds head coach and every second counts as he rushes to implement his ideas and stave off looming relegation. In the short interlude between his press conference and this interview with Sky Sports, the 49-year-old hastily uses a member of the club's media team to remind his attacking players to meet him in his office immediately afterwards. After the news was delivered, he claps his hands and takes a seat, ready to face the cameras again before traveling to Wolverhampton for Friday Night Football at Molineux. The schedule is hectic, but Marsch seems like a man in his element. "I'm very clear about how I want to look every day and how that affects how we want our team to look like," he told Sky Sports. “Obviously I learned a lot about what Marcelo did here and the mentality change that I think he helped create. “I need to understand and encourage the balance between discipline and freedom within the environment so players can really thrive and become the best version of themselves, but also know that the commitment to work hard every day and perform is really important is. "I think the players did really well." Marsch has already experienced the full range of emotions at Elland Road, from the dismal 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa - with angry fans singing for his predecessor - and the dramatic 2-1 win over Norwich in just three days. He's also learned a lot about his players; about the "stress" and "anxiety" that held them back, and about the "remarkable" team spirit and determination that now makes them want to shake it off. "I think we're still going to have to deal with stress," he says. "But I think the performance against Norwich showed that the players have let go a little bit of the fear of losing. 'If losing is our biggest fear, then it's best to play fear.' So it was about getting them to use their qualities as young men and their courage." Marsch saw that courage in her reaction to Kenny McLean's late equalizer against Norwich. "I showed in our video session after the game that after the 1-1, we were back after them immediately after kick-off and within three passes we had a dangerous moment." Then after the game we went into that way . It wasn't just the last game, it was the mentality to do everything in a difficult moment to still find a way to influence the game But Leeds are still pushing. Marsch was brought in partly for that reason - he was in touch for several years with director of football Victor Orta, who one day succeeded Bielsa - and is grateful to have inherited a group of players he describes as "modest, hardworking and selfless." "Meeting a group of young men playing in the Premier League and having such a strong character, so much trust in each other and so little selfishness just made an incredible impression on me," he says. That's what I try to be too, so I immediately felt in the right place. "I had the feeling of being with people who think the same way, and I'm very grateful for that." Marsch was different in his last coaching role, most recently at RB Leipzig Sommer after successful stints at Red Bull Salzburg and the New York Red Bulls, however, he left just months later after winning just eight of his 21 games. "The biggest thing I learned in Leipzig was that I don't belong there," he says. I didn't feel fit. I wanted to find a group that I felt like I belonged to, and the feeling I have here didn't deter him. "I'm just trying to come up with energy every day, be positive, have conversations with people, get them to get to know me, get to know everyone else, and then try to have my finger on the pulse, how to approach the project can help move in a direction that I believe can be successful and rewarding." Nonetheless, he looks back on his association with Red Bull's network of clubs as overwhelmingly positive - not least because it's through it that he met Ralf Rangnick, who became him during his time in New York, then hired him as his assistant in Leipzig: "He really helped me understand how you think about football in a very, very detailed way," says Marsch, an explosion of ideas in my head and it rea illy i think gave me the spark to be the coach and the coach that i am now i'm kinda grateful i'm not playing him because i don't know how this one Feeling like a big job in the Premier League mid-season? "I think things are very challenging for every single manager in this league," says Marsch with a grin: "The quality of the league is so good, the games are so good that you have to stand on your own and make sure you're in are able to communicate with your team and help them understand what you want your team and tactics to be. "You'd better be good at your job because it's a big challenge." Marsch, only the third American manager to take a job in the Premier League after Bob Bradley and David Wagner, is hoping to prove his own skills by addressing the defensive weaknesses that have left Leeds their worst defensive record in the season have bestowed on the division. "This is partly due to self-confidence, but also due to the clarity of the role," explains Marsch. "The way I play the game requires all 11 players to be involved at every stage of the game. "So, I think even though we gave up three against Villa and weren't happy with that performance, it has one given A lot of progress has been made in the last two and a half weeks which has brought us closer and closer to a complete team. "You're never quite done, but we're taking steps in the right direction and that's what I've tried to encourage the team to be really hungry about." Leeds fans will be hoping for further evidence of defensive improvement against Wolves on Friday night, but there is already encouragement at the other end of the pitch. Against Leicester and Norwich, Leeds recorded expected goal totals among the highest of the season so far. Patrick Bamford's return to fitness should give them the edge they lacked for much of the season but Marsch is just as excited to see what he can add to their all-around game: "I like his intelligence," he says, "but I like the style and the way he sees the game, fits into the game, makes himself available and combines. "He's a complete striker in many ways, so the more I can help him understand the tactical roles, the more I can help the team understand how to keep playing with him and playing to his strengths. There's always Still an urgency Given the need for points Leeds are only four points above the drop zone, but Marsch's contract runs until 2025 and he too has a long-term vision: "All three goals came from pressing," he says with a smile, "I have a reputation for being good with him working with young players and developing a lot of young players and that's because I love it."We had a mixed training session yesterday and I had a discussion with the 23's and the 18's about the idea I create for the club try, namely to try to integrate all different age groups in such a way that it is possible for everyone to clearly understand what our gaming philosophy should be.” “That's the most important thing to get into young people and games Investing in them and helping them understand how to grow and get better. Marsch knows this from experience having helped Erling Haaland, Karim Adeyemi and many other youngsters succeed at Red Bull Salzburg. At the moment, however, the Friday game has priority. "The long-term goals are taking a back seat at the moment because the focus has to be on preparing the pros every day to achieve results," says Marsch. "But the way I work it's impossible for me to do it alone because I love working in a club to help in every way. "I have to remind myself a little bit more every day to focus on the essentials now. And with that, March is gone. Watch Wolves vs Leeds live on Sky Sports Premier League from 19:00 on Friday Night Football; Kick-off 8 p.m