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Everton 4-1 Brentford, Southampton win in extra time

Join Tim de Lisle for goal updates and key game action from the FA Cup fourth round (Author: Gardener)

EvertonThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Join Tim de Lisle for goal updates and key game action from the FA Cup fourth round. Thank you for your company and your correspondence, especially to the reader I better not name who wrote this at around 3:15pm. Lampard knows nothing about management.” I take that as a sign that none of us, to paraphrase William Golding, really know anything. That's a huge relief for Southampton. They need to recover from a grueling 124 minutes as they face two tough away games next week: at Spurs on Wednesday and Man United on Saturday lunchtime. So Southampton survive a scare and Coventry go home empty-handed. "I hate being Mr Negative here," says Espen Bommen, "but for all the exploits from the lower league and non-league teams today and the magic of the cup, the biggest shock of the day is that one PL team another." PL team defeated . [Norwich win at Wolves.] I'm afraid that shows the gap between top and bottom.” Could be! It's a goal by Kyle Walker-Peters! It's an assist for Broja! Good management from Hasenhüttl! And it's the third final heartbreak today for an underdog who had taken the lead. In addition to the magic, there is also a lot of cruelty in the Cup. Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates his side's second goal Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA Meanwhile, here's the match report of the day: Andy Hunter at Goodison Park to watch Frank Lampard's brilliant start. And now Coventry have missed a good chance. There's a minute left... Everton's goals were just on the beeb. And best of all was Andros Townsend's last, who lashed out at the near post from 12 yards out after a nice interplay on the right. Along the way, Everton conceded one, a cool Ivan Toney penalty but the big picture on tomorrow's football pages will surely be Frank Lampard punching the air. The game at St. Mary's hits the 105-minute mark and not much is happening in overtime. The brightest spark was Armando Broja, the Chelsea loanee, who plays for Theo Walcott and looks like he's taken those restrictions from Ralph Hasenhuttl to heart. Team of the day so far: Norwich, who went to Molineux and won - not many clubs can do that. Team of the day from the lower division: Peterborough, who turned the odds on their head against QPR and advanced to the fifth round for the first time since 1986. Manager of the day: Frank Lampard, who guided Everton to a 4-1 win over a team above them in the league, Brentford. “Disappointingly,” says Simon McMahon, “Dundee United were unable to beat a St Johnstone side who played with 10 men for most of the second half. It's not all bad news, however, as Ross County came from behind to beat Dundee 2-1 at Dens. And Livingston's 2-1 win over Aberdeen puts United in the top six.” A fine cup run comes to an end as Palace beat Hartlepool but the 5,000 fans who made the long, long journey to London today keep singing still. Crystal Palace's Michael Olise celebrates his second goal with Jeffrey Schlupp and Conor Gallagher. Photo: Chris Radburn/Reuters Fulham go under but at least they haven't conceded six like Leicester or seven like Leeds. City's Riyad Mahrez is congratulated by manager Pep Guardiola. An efficient win for Stoke, staged by Tyrese Campbell with two assists. The Yorkshire derby ends with Huddersfield fans dreaming of 1922 all over again. Mahrez gets his second and certainly ensures that not even Fulham can get that one lap. To be fair, the assist, again by Kevin De Bruyne, came off a counterattack. Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez scores his side's fourth goal. Photo: Jon Super/AP A goal at the wrong end! Riyad Mahrez puts away a pen as the gods of sport refuse to play ball. Riyad Mahrez scores his team's third goal. Photo: Isaac Parkin/PA Yes, it's still half an hour in St Mary's. Well we have a late goal... and it's Andros Townsend who scores a cracker and puts the cherry on Frank Lampard's cake. We need some late goals. Come on Fulham you've got three up your sleeve don't you? There are about ten minutes left, allowing for a little overtime, and the only game headed for extra time is Southampton-Coventry (1-1). A good spot from Rich Jolly who is making this a habit. "Richarlison," he notes on Twitter, "scored in his first game for Everton under Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson, Rafa Benitez & Frank Lampard." "Nice start for Frank," says Mary Waltz. “A plea from an Everton fan who suffers from football PTSD. If the first losing streak hits, which it will, please no Fire Frank campaigns for at least two years.” So you're saying a managerial contract should do what it says? Ricky-Jade Jones doubles Peterborough's lead. The FA Cup fulfills one of its essential functions - giving hope and a little glory to clubs in the relegation zone. Latest cricket: James Rew, England's new star, falls to an agonizing but admirable 95 in the U19 World Cup final against India. The collapse immediately continues as England drop from 184 for seven to 189, but Rew and James Sales ( 34 not out) have given them a glimmer of hope. A goal for Jacob Brown and a second assist for Tyrese Campbell, son of Kevin. Gallery: The Greatest FA Cup Murders Ever (Grid) A mistake in the Brentford defense gives Mason Holgate an opportunity he can't afford to miss. And Frank Lampard has a two-goal cushion. Stuart Armstrong drags Southampton to equalize with a screamer from 25 yards. Assist by Adam Armstrong. Continue to play! Ivan Toney hits a penalty against Everton for the second time this season. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images The fan is getting attention in the stands and we still hope he's okay. Kenny McLean gives Norwich fans one of their best moments of a tough season. Photo: John Clifton/Action Images/Reuters Time for a breather so I'll leave you with one fact. "Ilkay Gundogan," Statman Dave said on Twitter, "has been directly involved in 5 goals in the FA Cup since 2020. No Manchester City player has more: 3 goals 2 assists.” Another email! This is from a Norwich supporter. "Thanks for the goal Tim!" says Rod Wooden. It's your turn next, Fulham! Across the country, fans are flocking from their seats hoping the cash registers in the bars will work. We have at least one goal everywhere and no draw. Looking for some action, I turn to cricket – the final of the U19 World Cup. England, who face India, collapsed to textbook 61-six but now they are 158-seven with James Rew not accounting for 81. We didn't score anywhere for a whole eight minutes. Come on Norwich, you're next. Yerry Mina, coming on for Ben Godfrey, scores with a header from a corner. The Lampard era is underway. Yerry Mina leads the Toffees into the lead. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters Another shock track! Viktor Gyokeres gives Championship lead to Coventry at St Mary's. Viktor Gyokeres hits for the Sky Blues. Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA After nearly a third of regular time, only two of our eight games are goalless. And they're both All-Prem affairs: Everton-Brentford and Wolves-Norwich. More good news for the misfits! Joe Ward gives Posh the lead. Hartlepool's dream dies as Michael Olise doubles Palace's lead Huddersfield takes the lead through Duane Holmes. You've been in such good shape lately, it could be 1922 again. Josh Maja gives Stoke the lead against the 2013 winners. The first goal of the 3pm kick-offs wasn't Carvalho - it was Marc Guehi, rather less exciting unless you're a Palace fan. Just like Chelsea and West Ham games, David Goliath leaves a goal behind. And this time it only took a minute. A blow to Frank Lampard - no goal but Ben Godfrey comes out injured and is replaced by Yerry Mina. This game doesn't hang around. Kevin De Bruyne crosses and John Stones hits with a header that draws rave reviews. The magic of the cup. We're all Fulham fans now. Fabio Carvalho puts the Cottagers ahead. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters Jarrod Bowen scores the winner. Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters It's a little off-topic, but in a good way. "Hello, Tim," says Simon McMahon. "No jam just bread and butter league action in Scotland today. Big game at the bottom of the SPL as Ross County travel to bottom Dundee to put an eight-point lead over Dens Park. Dundee United make the short trip to Perth to take on St Johnstone, second from bottom on goal difference. Wins for United and Ross County will open up a bit of daylight between everyone else and the bottom two. It might even be the day they are officially "replaced" at the foot of the table. The other games today are Hibs v St Mirren and Livingston v Aberdeen.” Thank you! Our eight games at 3:00 p.m. have started. West Ham have squeezed through to the fifth round... and Chelsea are joining them. It's Theo Walcott! It develops into a back three fight. Marcos Alonso spoils the fun with a right-footed shot after a pass from Kai Havertz. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images West Ham have just had a goal disallowed at Kidderminster! But I will continue with the team news. Here's a game that can't be ruined by the big boys. Although Huddersfield won the trophy a hundred years ago. Chelsea are still held by Plymouth after 100 minutes. Anyone managing Chelsea with Covid in Thomas Tuchel's absence could pull a bunny out of a hat. And a shining example of a top player taking charge and getting his team out of a tight corner. Are you watching Man United? So it's extra time for West Ham at Kidderminster. And for Plymouth at Chelsea: both games are 1-1. Fulham team to play Man City: Unlike some people, they believe in having a striker. Oh, and Plymouth are tied 1-1 at Chelsea. Like most teams these days. More importantly, Kidderminster Harriers are 1-0 with West Ham with five minutes left in regular time. You can watch this game with Scott Murray here. Frank Lampard has named his first Everton XI. Good day everyone and welcome to all the games the TV executives didn't want to joke about in round four. It's the FA Cup, the only form of leveling that really matters. We have the league leaders against the league leaders! We're having a Yorkshire derby! We have Frank Lampard's first attempt at sorting the mess formerly known as Everton! "Happy Ronnie Radford day," read a tweet this morning from Richard Whitehead, whose book The Cup is out next month and looks like a winner. It was Radford who scored the replay shot on 5 February 1972 that drew non-league Hereford level with mighty Newcastle. We have eight games starting at 3pm so I'll be back very soon.

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EFL says Middlesbrough and Wycombe legal claims are football debts and calls for urgent mediation

The EFL release a statement opposing Derby's belief that legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe should not be treated as football-related debts; The EFL is urging clubs and interested parties including HMRC, MSD and Mel Morris to mediate with the Derby administrators (Author: Gardener)

EFLThe EFL disagrees with Derby's belief that legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe should not be treated as football-related debts. Both clubs are seeking compensation linked to Derby's breach of financial rules but the Rams believe the board should not force them to defend the claims in order to retain their EFL membership. But the EFL has dismissed that stance, insisting Boro and Wycombe are creditors and should be paid. A statement said: "Derby County is seeking to apply bankruptcy laws to avoid having to defend the claims of Middlesbrough FC (which originally began in January 2021) and Wycombe Wanderers. "Derby County believes that those claims should not be treated as football - associated debts and that it would be wrong for the EFL to require the club to continue defending the claims as a condition of continued membership if they were affected by a restructuring plan. "At the request of the Administrators and in line with the commitments they made at the meeting with local politicians last week, the EFL has provided a further clear statement to Quantuma on their position on the application of the Bankruptcy Directive so that they can apply to the High Court or engage in arbitration to resolve this issue.” Solutions needed to ensure Derby County have a long-term future Administrators say prevent them from selling the club. Lord Pendry has three parliamentary Requests made asking the government to ensure Derby doesn't break down. Before the EFL released a statement on Tuesday night, Lord Pendry said he understood why Middlesbrough and Wycombe felt hurt when Derby broke EFL financial rules. But Lord Pendry, after speaking to Gibson, said he was confident an agreement could be reached. "[Gibson] says it might not be as bleak as some people are thinking at the moment," Lord Pendry told Sky Sports News. Sky Sports News revealed last week that Derby's total debts exceed £60million. "It's not about pity," he said. "I want them (the creditors) to be a little realistic about the situation they're in, to show that there's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

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Everton 4-1 Brentford, Southampton win in extra time

Join Tim de Lisle for goal updates and key game action from the FA Cup fourth round (Author: Gardener)

EvertonThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Join Tim de Lisle for goal updates and key game action from the FA Cup fourth round. Thank you for your company and your correspondence, especially to the reader I better not name who wrote this at around 3:15pm. Lampard knows nothing about management.” I take that as a sign that none of us, to paraphrase William Golding, really know anything. That's a huge relief for Southampton. They need to recover from a grueling 124 minutes as they face two tough away games next week: at Spurs on Wednesday and Man United on Saturday lunchtime. So Southampton survive a scare and Coventry go home empty-handed. "I hate being Mr Negative here," says Espen Bommen, "but for all the exploits from the lower league and non-league teams today and the magic of the cup, the biggest shock of the day is that one PL team another." PL team defeated . [Norwich win at Wolves.] I'm afraid that shows the gap between top and bottom.” Could be! It's a goal by Kyle Walker-Peters! It's an assist for Broja! Good management from Hasenhüttl! And it's the third final heartbreak today for an underdog who had taken the lead. In addition to the magic, there is also a lot of cruelty in the Cup. Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates his side's second goal Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA Meanwhile, here's the match report of the day: Andy Hunter at Goodison Park to watch Frank Lampard's brilliant start. And now Coventry have missed a good chance. There's a minute left... Everton's goals were just on the beeb. And best of all was Andros Townsend's last, who lashed out at the near post from 12 yards out after a nice interplay on the right. Along the way, Everton conceded one, a cool Ivan Toney penalty but the big picture on tomorrow's football pages will surely be Frank Lampard punching the air. The game at St. Mary's hits the 105-minute mark and not much is happening in overtime. The brightest spark was Armando Broja, the Chelsea loanee, who plays for Theo Walcott and looks like he's taken those restrictions from Ralph Hasenhuttl to heart. Team of the day so far: Norwich, who went to Molineux and won - not many clubs can do that. Team of the day from the lower division: Peterborough, who turned the odds on their head against QPR and advanced to the fifth round for the first time since 1986. Manager of the day: Frank Lampard, who guided Everton to a 4-1 win over a team above them in the league, Brentford. “Disappointingly,” says Simon McMahon, “Dundee United were unable to beat a St Johnstone side who played with 10 men for most of the second half. It's not all bad news, however, as Ross County came from behind to beat Dundee 2-1 at Dens. And Livingston's 2-1 win over Aberdeen puts United in the top six.” A fine cup run comes to an end as Palace beat Hartlepool but the 5,000 fans who made the long, long journey to London today keep singing still. Crystal Palace's Michael Olise celebrates his second goal with Jeffrey Schlupp and Conor Gallagher. Photo: Chris Radburn/Reuters Fulham go under but at least they haven't conceded six like Leicester or seven like Leeds. City's Riyad Mahrez is congratulated by manager Pep Guardiola. An efficient win for Stoke, staged by Tyrese Campbell with two assists. The Yorkshire derby ends with Huddersfield fans dreaming of 1922 all over again. Mahrez gets his second and certainly ensures that not even Fulham can get that one lap. To be fair, the assist, again by Kevin De Bruyne, came off a counterattack. Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez scores his side's fourth goal. Photo: Jon Super/AP A goal at the wrong end! Riyad Mahrez puts away a pen as the gods of sport refuse to play ball. Riyad Mahrez scores his team's third goal. Photo: Isaac Parkin/PA Yes, it's still half an hour in St Mary's. Well we have a late goal... and it's Andros Townsend who scores a cracker and puts the cherry on Frank Lampard's cake. We need some late goals. Come on Fulham you've got three up your sleeve don't you? There are about ten minutes left, allowing for a little overtime, and the only game headed for extra time is Southampton-Coventry (1-1). "Richarlison," he notes on Twitter, "scored in his first game for Everton under Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson, Rafa Benitez & Frank Lampard." "Nice start for Frank," says Mary Waltz. “A plea from an Everton fan who suffers from football PTSD. If the first losing streak hits, which it will, please no Fire Frank campaigns for at least two years.” So you're saying a managerial contract should do what it says? Ricky-Jade Jones doubles Peterborough's lead. The FA Cup fulfills one of its essential functions - giving hope and a little glory to clubs in the relegation zone. Latest cricket: James Rew, England's new star, falls to an agonizing but admirable 95 in the U19 World Cup final against India. The collapse immediately continues as England drop from 184 for seven to 189, but Rew and James Sales ( 34 not out) have given them a glimmer of hope. A goal for Jacob Brown and a second assist for Tyrese Campbell, son of Kevin. Gallery: The Greatest FA Cup Murders Ever (Grid) A mistake in the Brentford defense gives Mason Holgate an opportunity he can't afford to miss. And Frank Lampard has a two-goal cushion. Stuart Armstrong drags Southampton to equalize with a screamer from 25 yards. Continue to play! Ivan Toney hits a penalty against Everton for the second time this season. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images The fan is getting attention in the stands and we still hope he's okay. Kenny McLean gives Norwich fans one of their best moments of a tough season. Photo: John Clifton/Action Images/Reuters Time for a breather so I'll leave you with one fact. "Ilkay Gundogan," Statman Dave said on Twitter, "has been directly involved in 5 goals in the FA Cup since 2020. No Manchester City player has more: 3 goals 2 assists.” Another email! This is from a Norwich supporter. "Thanks for the goal Tim!" says Rod Wooden. It's your turn next, Fulham! Across the country, fans are flocking from their seats hoping the cash registers in the bars will work. We have at least one goal everywhere and no draw. Looking for some action, I turn to cricket – the final of the U19 World Cup. England, who face India, collapsed to textbook 61-six but now they are 158-seven with James Rew not accounting for 81. We didn't score anywhere for a whole eight minutes. Come on Norwich, you're next. Yerry Mina, coming on for Ben Godfrey, scores with a header from a corner. The Lampard era is underway. Yerry Mina leads the Toffees into the lead. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters Another shock track! Viktor Gyokeres gives Championship lead to Coventry at St Mary's. Viktor Gyokeres hits for the Sky Blues. Photo: Kieran Cleeves/PA After nearly a third of regular time, only two of our eight games are goalless. And they're both All-Prem affairs: Everton-Brentford and Wolves-Norwich. More good news for the misfits! Joe Ward gives Posh the lead. Hartlepool's dream dies as Michael Olise doubles Palace's lead Huddersfield takes the lead through Duane Holmes. You've been in such good shape lately, it could be 1922 again. Josh Maja gives Stoke the lead against the 2013 winners. The first goal of the 3pm kick-offs wasn't Carvalho - it was Marc Guehi, rather less exciting unless you're a Palace fan. Just like Chelsea and West Ham games, David Goliath leaves a goal behind. And this time it only took a minute. A blow to Frank Lampard - no goal but Ben Godfrey comes out injured and is replaced by Yerry Mina. This game doesn't hang around. Kevin De Bruyne crosses and John Stones hits with a header that draws rave reviews. The magic of the cup. We're all Fulham fans now. Fabio Carvalho puts the Cottagers ahead. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters Jarrod Bowen scores the winner. Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters It's a little off-topic, but in a good way. "Hello, Tim," says Simon McMahon. "No jam just bread and butter league action in Scotland today. Big game at the bottom of the SPL as Ross County travel to bottom Dundee to put an eight-point lead over Dens Park. Dundee United make the short trip to Perth to take on St Johnstone, second from bottom on goal difference. Wins for United and Ross County will open up a bit of daylight between everyone else and the bottom two. It might even be the day they are officially "replaced" at the foot of the table. The other games today are Hibs v St Mirren and Livingston v Aberdeen.” Thank you! Our eight games at 3:00 p.m. have started. West Ham have squeezed through to the fifth round... and Chelsea are joining them. It's Theo Walcott! It develops into a back three fight. Marcos Alonso spoils the fun with a right-footed shot after a pass from Kai Havertz. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images West Ham have just had a goal disallowed at Kidderminster! But I will continue with the team news. Here's a game that can't be ruined by the big boys. Although Huddersfield won the trophy a hundred years ago. Chelsea are still held by Plymouth after 100 minutes. Anyone managing Chelsea with Covid in Thomas Tuchel's absence could pull a bunny out of a hat. And a shining example of a top player taking charge and getting his team out of a tight corner. Are you watching Man United? So it's extra time for West Ham at Kidderminster. And for Plymouth at Chelsea: both games are 1-1. Fulham team to play Man City: Unlike some people, they believe in having a striker. Oh, and Plymouth are tied 1-1 at Chelsea. Like most teams these days. More importantly, Kidderminster Harriers are 1-0 with West Ham with five minutes left in regular time. You can watch this game with Scott Murray here. Frank Lampard has named his first Everton XI. Good day everyone and welcome to all the games the TV executives didn't want to joke about in round four. It's the FA Cup, the only form of leveling that really matters. We have the league leaders against the league leaders! We're having a Yorkshire derby! We have Frank Lampard's first attempt at sorting the mess formerly known as Everton! "Happy Ronnie Radford day," read a tweet this morning from Richard Whitehead, whose book The Cup is out next month and looks like a winner. It was Radford who scored the replay shot on 5 February 1972 that drew non-League Hereford level with the mighty Newcastle. The clip is worth watching in full, not just for Radford's magic moment, but for the swamp he had to play in, the expanse of Malcolm Macdonald's sideburns, and the revelation that John Motson was once young. We have eight games starting at 3pm so I'll be back very soon.

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Celta Vigo vs Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, Real Betis vs Villarreal

With this column showing a positive win and loss this season, Liam Kelly returns to bring you the best bets for weekend La Liga action. (Author: Gardener)

Celta VigoWith this column showing a positive win and loss this season, Liam Kelly returns to bring you the best bets for weekend La Liga action. With this column showing a positive win and loss this season, Liam Kelly returns to bring you the best bets for weekend La Liga action. Diego Simeone's side have allowed their opponent to score twice in six of their last seven La Liga games, a shadow of themselves at this end of the pitch. A trip to Barcelona isn't even the ideal scenario to stop such a rot when the Catalan giants have been very disappointing this season. However, Barca's exit is a bit of an exaggeration as they currently hold the second best expected goal difference (+18.8 xGD) in La Liga. Xavi's side are still creating good chances, with an average of 1.93 expected goals (xGF) per game this season, rising to 2.20 xGF per game if home games are isolated. BARCELONA SCORES 2+ GOALS vs Atléti at Camp Nou makes attractive in prizes. CLICK HERE to support Barcelona and score 2+ goals with Sky Bet. This is a huge game in the quest for a place in the Champions League, with teams separated by just one point in the table. What a season Real Betis are having. A convincing 4-0 midweek win at Real Sociedad propelled Manuel Pellegrini's side into the Copa del Rey semi-finals and finished third in La Liga. This was the third game in a row in which Betis scored four goals, confirming the fact that they are one of the most entertaining teams in all of Europe this season. In fact, Real Betis have played exactly three games in La Liga on average goals per game and 3.08 expected goals (xG) per game. Matches involving visiting Villarreal are just as exciting, averaging 2.68 goals per game, a huge underperformance against the 3.09 xG per game. With added quality in the January transfer window to help, that can be expected to roll back towards the mean. Considering the approach of these two teams, the available 9/5 OVER 3.5 GOALS is a solid offering. CLICK HERE to back over 3.5 goals with Sky BetBoth sides are in brilliant form going forward. Real Betis qualifying for the goal at the net has been detailed above, while Villarreal have scored 20 goals in their last seven La Liga games. Hope they keep firing. Celta's form at Balaidos has not been inspiring this season, winning just 11 points from 11 home games, but recent results suggest they are finally finding their feet. Accumulating 10 points from the last five La Liga games shows that Celta is a team in form that has good wins against Espanyol (3-1), Real Betis (2-0) and Osasuna (2-0), before dampening Sevilla's title hopes with an impressive 2-2 draw last time out. They only conceded 0.36 and 0.66 expected goals against (xGA) when they hosted Espanyol and Osasuna respectively, so backing CELTA to create a clean hand with an outstanding 6/4 at Sky Bet is the right way to go to keep go here.CLICK HERE to support Celta Vigo to keep a clean sheet with Sky BetRayo Vallecano is one of the best sides in the league when playing at home. In stark contrast, Rayo has picked up five points in 11 away games and scored just seven goals in those games (13.1xG). impact on their travels.

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Gareth Bale was caught giggling at Eden Hazard after a nudge from Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti suggested Bale and Hazard could start in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

Gareth BaleGareth Bale was spotted laughing at Eden Hazard on Thursday after the Real Madrid man was told to sit off the bench after warming up. Both players watched from the bench as Real lost 1-0 to Atheltic Club in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Alejandro Berenguer scored the winner just a minute from time while both Bale and Hazard were on the bench. Isco and Eduard Camavinga got the nods off the bench but neither Bale nor Hazard got minutes. Bale is fully fit again after a series of injuries and Covid-19 has ruined his season. The Welsh star has made just three starts this season - in the first three La Liga games. And the Welsh ace has a new pal on the bench in former Chelsea star Hazard. Bale and Hazard have spent the last 180 minutes together on the bench without getting a minute. But he was benched against Atheltic Club. Gareth Bale laughs at Hazard after being asked to sit on the bench after the second-half warm-up. But during the game Hazard was told to warm up but after he finished Ancelotti told him to sit back down. The former Spurs star definitely looked at Hazard before laughing. Whether Hazard saw the funny side is unclear but Bale certainly hasn't lost his sense of humour. At his pre-match press conference, Ancelotti claimed Bale and Hazard could start: "It's possible they will be starters, including Asensio who has recovered well. Bale is out of contract at the end of June and will almost certainly move on after a nightmare couple of years in Spain. Hazard, meanwhile, still has two years left to complete his contract. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich still has an affinity for Hazard. However, The Sunday World claimed Chelsea insiders had "distanced" themselves from a deal for Hazard.

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Celta Vigo vs Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, Real Betis vs Villarreal

With this column showing a positive win and loss this season, Liam Kelly returns to bring you the best bets for weekend La Liga action. (Author: Gardener)

Celta VigoWith this column showing a positive win and loss this season, Liam Kelly returns to bring you the best bets for weekend La Liga action. With this column showing a positive win and loss this season, Liam Kelly returns to bring you the best bets for weekend La Liga action. Celta's form at Balaidos has not been inspiring this season, winning just 11 points from 11 home games, but recent results suggest they are finally finding their feet. Accumulating 10 points from the last five La Liga games shows that Celta is a team in form that has good wins against Espanyol (3-1), Real Betis (2-0) and Osasuna (2-0), before dampening Sevilla's title hopes with an impressive 2-2 draw last time out. They only conceded 0.36 and 0.66 expected goals against (xGA) when they hosted Espanyol and Osasuna respectively, so backing CELTA to create a clean hand with an outstanding 6/4 at Sky Bet is the right way to go to keep go here.CLICK HERE to support Celta Vigo to keep a clean sheet with Sky BetRayo Vallecano is one of the best sides in the league when playing at home. In stark contrast, Rayo has picked up five points in 11 away games and scored just seven goals in those games (13.1xG). impact on their travels. Diego Simeone's side have allowed their opponent to score twice in six of their last seven La Liga games, a shadow of themselves at this end of the pitch. A trip to Barcelona isn't even the ideal scenario to stop such a rot when the Catalan giants have been very disappointing this season. However, Barca's exit is a bit of an exaggeration as they currently hold the second best expected goal difference (+18.8 xGD) in La Liga. Xavi's side are still creating good chances, with an average of 1.93 expected goals (xGF) per game this season, rising to 2.20 xGF per game if home games are isolated. BARCELONA SCORES 2+ GOALS vs Atléti at Camp Nou makes attractive in prizes. CLICK HERE to support Barcelona and score 2+ goals with Sky Bet. This is a huge game in the quest for a place in the Champions League, with teams separated by just one point in the table. What a season Real Betis are having. A convincing 4-0 midweek win at Real Sociedad propelled Manuel Pellegrini's side into the Copa del Rey semi-finals and finished third in La Liga. This was the third game in a row in which Betis scored four goals, confirming the fact that they are one of the most entertaining teams in all of Europe this season. In fact, Real Betis have played exactly three games in La Liga on average goals per game and 3.08 expected goals (xG) per game. Matches involving visiting Villarreal are just as exciting, averaging 2.68 goals per game, a huge underperformance against the 3.09 xG per game. With added quality in the January transfer window to help, that can be expected to roll back towards the mean. Considering the approach of these two teams, the available 9/5 OVER 3.5 GOALS is a solid offering. CLICK HERE to back over 3.5 goals with Sky BetBoth sides are in brilliant form going forward. Real Betis qualifying for the goal at the net has been detailed above, while Villarreal have scored 20 goals in their last seven La Liga games. Hope they keep firing.

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Bale laughs at ex-Chelsea star Hazard as they watch Real Madrid being knocked out of the trophy

Gareth Bale might not have much to smile about at Real Madrid but could be enjoying himself at Eden Hazard's expense and laughing at the former Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridGareth Bale may not have much to smile about at Real Madrid but was able to enjoy himself at the expense of Eden Hazard and laugh at the former Chelsea star as the Spanish giants were kicked out of the Copa del Rey. Los Blancos fell out of the quarter-finals on Thursday, losing 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao. The disappointing result was branded as one of Carlo Ancelotti's worst ever. Ancelotti took much of the blame for the defeat after opting to play against Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo despite both playing for Brazil the day before, while Luka Jovic was snubbed despite the absence of Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio was used in a wrong match. instead nine. Fans were furious after the manager decided to keep Jovic, Bale and Hazard on the bench for the entire game. But it's likely that Real's famously passionate fanbase will be just as furious at the scenes they saw on the bench as Bale and Hazard fooled around during the game. Welsh striker Bale burst out laughing as the Belgian, who had spent much of the second half warming up on the touchline and appeared to have been preparing to step onto the pitch, was then told to sit back down. A series of injuries has prevented the Belgian from showing the form that has made him such a feared player in the Premier League, which has meant he now warms the bench more often than terrorizes defences. Undoubtedly no player likes being a substitute left on the bench, but Bale at least found some enjoyment in being on it, albeit at his teammate's expense. Both stayed there full-time when Los Blancos were eliminated from the tournament thanks to an 89th-minute goal from Spain winger Alejandro Berenguer Remiro. After the game, Ancelotti was understandably upset with the result but had little to say when asked why he didn't bring Hazard or Bale. Why are you talking about Bale, Hazard and Luka Jovi?” The former Chelsea and Everton manager said. All the boys who don't play have to because they're going to be penalized, right? "I've made decisions that didn't involve those players, but if we're being honest you have to talk about Ceballos, who didn't play a single minute, and those who are on the bench, like [Jesus] Vallejo, who the same have quality."

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Football Real Madrid wants to bounce back after being knocked out of the LaLiga Cup

Football Real Madrid wants to bounce back after being knocked out of the LaLiga Cup (Author: Gardener)

the LaLiga CupMADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid will focus again on maintaining their lead at the top of the LaLiga table after suffering a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday. The league leaders host Granada on Sunday as the Spanish league returns after a two-week break due to the postponed South American World Cup qualifiers postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coach Carlo Ancelotti was criticized after the Bilbao defeat for his decision to play against Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, who were barely rested after returning from their international cap with Brazil earlier in the week. The Italy manager opted for the youngsters over veteran strikers Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, who had two extra weeks to rest and get in shape but were once again on the bench. Real looked tired in Bilbao and were clearly hampered by the absence of French striker Karim Benzema, who is still recovering from a leg muscle injury. Ancelotti has another selection headache with Vinicius suspended for Sunday's game and Benzema being carefully monitored in his recovery to hopefully play Paris St Germain in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on February 15. LaLiga will be the game of the week at the Camp Nou, where Barcelona are set to host champions Atletico Madrid, with both sides looking to fight back after struggling earlier in the season. Real Madrid top the table with 50 points from 22 games, four points ahead of second-placed Sevilla. Atletico will travel without injured French striker Antoine Griezmann.

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Ancelotti suffers from Real Madrid defeat but defends the failures of big names

The absence proved costly as the Spanish giants toppled the Copa Del Ray (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridLos Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti says his side's late 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey could make his side stronger. Real Madrid and Athletic Club looked set for extra time in the quarter-finals of the cup on Thursday night. Karim Benzema was absent for the game and Madrid used a false nine in his absence. Well-known wingers Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were both unused substitutes and drew questions from the media. But the Real Madrid coach admitted he didn't feel the defeat would negatively affect his team. Ancelotti told Real Madrid's official website: "We hurt because we want to win every competition that we are involved in. We won the Super Cup, we're in good form in two other competitions and I don't think this defeat will have any negative consequences. “The consequence is that this defeat could make us stronger. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we had players out. “I dropped Kroos due to exhaustion for Camavinga, Vini Jr and Isco's move was due to fatigue... I had more changes and I wanted to use them in overtime. Unfortunately, they scored in the last minute and I didn't have time to field other guys.” Despite Karim Benzema's absence, Ancelotti chose not to use two star wingers who were available from the bench. Both Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard fell to their knees in the Copa del Rey defeat. Ancelotti defended the decision, saying: "I have nothing to say. Why are you talking about Bale, Hazard and Jovic? "All the guys who don't play have to because they're going to be penalized, right? "I made decisions that didn't involve those players but if we're honest you have to talk about Ceballos who didn't play a single minute and those who are on the bench like Vallejo who have the same quality .” Real Madrid's decision to use Marco Asensio as a false nine against Athletic Club appeared to backfire. Without Karim Benzema, Carlo Ancelotti could have opted for Luka Jovic instead. "We didn't play with a pure centre-forward," explained Ancelotti. "We didn't change our plan, we tried to play from behind but they pressed well and that made it harder for us to create clear chances. It didn't work because Athletic pressed very high and made it more difficult in that respect.

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Soccer Real Madrid beaten by killer giant Athletic from Copa del Rey

Soccer Real Madrid beaten by killer giant Athletic from Copa del Rey (Author: Gardener)

Real Madrid(Reuters) - A stunning last-minute strike from substitute Alex Berenguer gave Athletic Bilbao a surprise 1-0 win over Real Madrid and eliminated them in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday. Athletic, who beat Barcelona in the preliminary round, ended a run of three straight defeats by Real in all competitions over the past two months thanks to Berenguer's last-minute goal. The home side dominated the game from the start and put pressure on Real until they finally equalized in the 89th minute when Berenguer fired in the right corner. Athletic faced Valencia, Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis in the semifinals. The draw will take place on Friday, with the semifinals being played over two legs. Real Madrid were clearly hampered by the absence of Karim Benzema, who is still recovering from a leg muscle injury, and a subpar performance from Vinicius Jr. The 21-year-old forward appeared to be suffering from jet lag after returning from Brazil from the international game for the week. Rodrygo was also recorded just days after his game in South America. "We controlled the game and could have won in extra time, but they scored late and deserved the win," coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters. Asked why he chose to play Vinicius and Rodrygo instead of Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, both of whom fell out of favor with the manager and stayed behind at Madrid, Ancelotti said: "Other players didn't play either.

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