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When does Emma Raducanu play and how can I watch the Australian Open game?

Everything you need to know ahead of the British No1's first round match against Sloane Stephens (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuFour months after her remarkable US Open triumph, Emma Raducanu makes her grand slam return at the Australian Open as the British No. 1 takes on Sloane Stephens in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. As for first-round matches, Raducanu picked up a tough draw against another former US Open champion at Stephens and the 19-year-old's match will be his last in the Night Session at Margaret Court on day two of the tournament. Raducanu comes into play after suffering a tough defeat to Elena Rybakina in Sydney last week. "I feel like there's really no pressure on me," she said. Their first-round tie comes at the end of a busy day for the British contingent in Melbourne. Joining Raducanu and Andy Murray are Harriot Dart, Emma Watson, Dan Evans and Liam Broady. Here's everything you need to know before playing. Raducanu's match is set to be the final match of the day at Margaret Court and follows the tie between Alex de Minaur and Lorenzo Musetti which is set to start at 8:00 GMT. Raducanu is therefore not expected to be on the pitch himself until 10:00 GMT - although it could be later if the previous game goes the distance. The Australian Open will be broadcast live in the UK on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2. The game will be streamed live and on demand in the UK on Discovery+. You can live stream the game by purchasing the Discovery+ Entertainment & Sport plan, available for £6.99 per month. When are the other UK players playing (GMT)? Liam Broady v Nick Kyrgios – not before 8am Heather Watson v Mayar Sherif – third on Court 8 after 12pm Dan Evans (24) v David Goffin – third on Court 13 after 12am What did Raducanu say? “I feel like maybe I haven't played as much as I would like and trained as much in the last few months that I've had. "I feel like there's really no pressure on me. I feel like I'm just lucky to be here and have a swing. I feel like I'm just lucky to be here and have a swing. I had to jump a few hurdles to play here, so I just want to get out there and have fun and enjoy being on the pitch. I had to jump a few hurdles to play here, so I just want to get out there and have fun and enjoy being on the pitch. Whether it's in training or off the pitch, I always want to do my best. Whatever the challenge, I feel ready to take on it now. “I saw Sloane win the US Open. I actually met her last year. Obviously you don't win a Grand Slam unless you're very skilled. "I think it's going to be a tough game for sure. I'm going to go out there and enjoy the match because just playing at this Grand Slam I had to work so hard to be here."

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"Let Raducanu evolve

As Emma Raducanu competes as the latest Grand Slam women's singles champion at the Australian Open, BBC Sport examines why expectations need to be tempered. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu's rise to superstardom was so fast, sharp and breathtaking that the story would have been dismissed as fantasy if it weren't still fresh in the memory. The world's lens will be on Raducanu as she kicks off her Australian Open campaign as the sport's youngest major champion on Tuesday. She will play 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens from around 10:00 GMT. It's easy for some to forget -- particularly fans of mainstream esports, whose skewed expectations call for similar success -- that Raducanu is beginning her first full season on the WTA Tour. "How she plays out in 2022 is the big question and it will be exciting to watch," said Anne Keothavong, Britain's Billie Jean Cup captain and former tour player. "This is a unique position for Emma, ​​we have never seen her in tennis before, someone with seemingly little experience to achieve what she has achieved in such a short time. "She has a full year to play on the WTA Tour and until she really gets that under her belt, I think it's difficult to make predictions. Storming through the US Open draw, Raducanu defeated opponents who were unfamiliar with her game and couldn't stop her from executing it. Two-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin was 16 when she won the 1979 US Open title. While the American has been in the top five and had touring experience, having burst onto the stage as a 14-year-old prodigy, she understands the pressures Raducanu will face. Beating Emma is a good win for her opponents and she gets scrutinized. It's a lot to do," Austin said. “What I think is important is to retire from the US Open and realize that she has valuable experience to gain. “She has to play games and not pay attention to what is said in newspapers or on social media. Raducanu's preparations for the Australian Open have been hampered by positive tests for Covid-19 in the run-up to Christmas and she lost heavily to Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina on her return to court in Sydney last week: "I like how she went straight to the practice court after this loss left and said she wanted to keep showing herself out there," Austin added. "It's a good attitude for someone who struggled in this match. Their game is there, it doesn't let them go, it's just about gaining valuable experience. "Usually in matches you have to bite your teeth and grow, you build yourself gradually picking up. Grind is a word often used to describe the rigors of the WTA Tour. Tournaments are held almost weekly and are held in different countries and time zones , place high physical and mental demands on a young player. Many have found themselves by playing on the lower tier tours, getting a taste of the requirements before taking their place in the elite Raducanu didn't have that advantage after her amazing rise largely sidestepped the WTA Challenger Series and the ITF Women's Circuit "For most players who make the transition from juniors to professional tennis, the first year on tour is a real eye-opener," said Sa said Keothavong. “Most players would play on the Challenger circuit first before making this transition. Emma hasn’t spent all that much time on the Challenger Finding your way around the site Finding your way from the dressing rooms to the practice fields to the match court “It may take some time to feel comfortable around you and also to feel comfortable around players you may have grown up with. Unpredictability has defined the women's singles Grand Slam tournaments in recent years, resulting in exciting open draws and unexpected names winning the trophies.At the US Open, Raducanu was the youngest of several young players to emerge after impressive runs from next bottom of the rankings. Since 2017, there have been five other players aged 21 and under who have won their first Grand Slam T itel This young champion, Polish Iga Swiatek, says she felt her "whole world was turned upside down" after winning the 2020 French Open at the age of 19 Ninth in the world rankings, told BBC Sport: "Winning a Grand Slam is great but I think at my age it interrupted the peaceful process of growing up and developing my game e." Obviously it's difficult to compare young players with different backgrounds and many variable factors that influence their future careers. "I don't want to compare Emma to anyone else because there are so many facets to the game," Austin said. “I think Emma is technically very good, a good athlete, she moves well and has great balance. "Winning the US Open was a fairy tale and we're all fascinated to see how it's going. But I also hope we hold back and give her time to develop.” Swiatek said she enjoys the celebrity side of a young champion and it seems Raducanu does too. "I think the video speaks for itself," she said this week. Raducanu's triumph at the US Open came under the tutelage of Andrew Richardson, a soft-spoken British former Davis Cup player who had little experience coaching at the tour level. The partnership was seen as a short-term measure and despite the success the pair Im last year they parted ways. Raducanu, who is managed by her father Ian and Maria Sharapova's former agent Max Eisenbud, has chosen the man who helped Angelique Kerber win two Grand Slam titles. Keothavong recalls him playing against Kerber in her career and him again when he started working with Raducanu at the National Tennis Center late last year: "I've known Torben for a long time and although I don't know him well, he seems Being a really good person, positive energy and comes with a lot of experience," Keothavong said. "He's been there and done it at the top of women's football. He understands it and has been on tour as a coach for years, so he knows all the players. "But apart from that, I wouldn't say too much emphasis on the fact that a coach is a player makes or breaks. “Emma is a very independent young woman and she has the ability to figure it out for herself.

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Evert fears Emma Raducanu 'can't be very confident' ahead of the Australian Open.

Emma Raducanu opens her Australian Open campaign against American Sloane Stephens on Tuesday, but tennis legend Chris Evert wonders if the pressure could prove too great (Author: Gardener)

Emma Raducanu 'Emma Raducanu opens her Australian Open campaign against American Sloane Stephens on Tuesday, but tennis legend Chris Evert wonders if the pressure could be too much. Four months after her fairytale triumph at the 2021 US Open, Emma Raducanu will make another tennis debut, making her debut at the Australian Open on Tuesday against Sloane Stephens. In her first Grand Slam test since winning at Flushing Meadows, the British sensation will once again look to silence her doubters and prove she belongs in the majors. But Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert has hinted it's still premature for Raducanu to dream of more Grand Slam honors given her inexperience as this is only her third appearance in a major draw. The 19-year-old earned the No. 17 in the women's group as she takes on 2017 US Open winner Stephens. And while Raducanu can be seen as a narrow favorite for best unseeded opponent Stephens, Evert wondered if their unexpected US Open title skewed the pre-game reckoning. "There's a lot of pressure and she can't have that much confidence going into this tournament because she hasn't won many tournaments," she said in Eurosport's coverage of the Australian Open. How far do you think Emma Raducanu will go at the Australian Open 2022? Chris Evert has won 18 Grand Slam titles and appeared in more major finals than any other tennis player (34). Raducanu is unfortunate to have bred one of only two unseeded Major winners in the women's class, the other being 2011 US. Despite the fact that she and Stephens have the same number of Grand Slam titles to their name, Evert pointed out that you have to be careful when facing such an accomplished opponent in the first round. "[Stephens] is a Grand Slam winner and in the first round that's about as tough as a first round could get for [Raducanu]," added the 67-year-old. Evert was 19 when she won the first of her 18 Grand Slam titles at the 1974 French Open, a year older than Raducanu when she topped the podium in New York last September. However, she was only 16 when she made her first appearance in the semifinals of the Grand Slam, losing three finals in less than a year before eventually winning the top prize at Roland Garros. Raducanu meets Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open. Raducanu's own preparations ahead of the Australian Open cannot be compared to a 4-2 in matches since winning the US crown in just her second Grand Slam appearance. The winner of their first-round match will face either Su Jeong Jang or Danka Kovinic in the next stage, with Raducanu having placed at least fourth place in each of the last two Majors. Being early in her career, Raducanu isn't under any pressure in terms of timing, although there will be natural anticipation after bursting into the limelight last year.

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Emma Raducanu makes Australian Open promise ahead of tournament return

EMMA RADUCANU is competing at the Australian Open for the first time after earning an MBE and is looking to add to her Majors roster. (Author: Gardener)

AustralianEmma Raducanu returns to Grand Slam tennis today as an MBE and insists she is the same person who lost her only match at the Australian Open juniors in 2019. The British No.1 lost in the first round to Japan's Himari Sato on her debut at Melbourne Park but her Majors record - and her game - has since improved. She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon on her debut in the main draw before winning all 10 games without dropping a set on her way to the US Open title. And before meeting 2017 New York champion Sloane Stephens in the second night game at Margaret Court Arena, 19-year-old Raducanu said: "I've loved Australia from the first time I came here, I think it's fantastic , with the facilities here and the weather.” It has absolutely everything we need. So I feel like 16-year-old Emma is in many ways exactly the same person I am now. I hope I've learned a little bit more, and I'm a little wiser at my age."Raducanu also finished 2021 with BBC Sports Personality of the Year and an MBE."I think it was really an honor, in the end of the year," she said. "I've had a great year. I'm definitely very grateful.” JUST IN: Djokovic's hopes of playing French Open boosted after deportation Meanwhile, Liam Broady is set to renew his junior rivalry with Nick Kyrgios in the final match at John Cain Arena since the Stockport star is finally making his Australian Open debut. The British No. 4 showed his emotions as he progressed through qualifying seven years after losing to American Michael Russell in the finals. "It messed up my career a little bit," admitted the world number 128. "I went home and turned off my phone and disappeared for a week or two to make mischief and I haven't recovered from that in a long time." So in that sense, it was nice to put that to bed and finally qualify opted for the Aussie Open, where the heartbreak of a pro career began. Britain's Cam Norrie admitted he had played his worst match in eight months when he fell in the first round of the Australian Open. The British No. 1 enjoyed a breakthrough in 2021 as he won his first ATP Tour titles - including the Indian Wells Masters - and rose to No. 12 in the world, but Norrie, who tested positive for Covid before Christmas, continued his bad Record at majors continued by losing 6-3, 6-0 6-4 to the American world number-43. Seb Korda on Sunday. "I don't think I was really in the match at all," he said. I think this might be my worst match in the last eight months or so I haven't put a finger on it. In the bigger points he was much better than me. Rafael Nadal talks about family delay with wife N Ovak Djokovic squanders another chance for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal "In the last year and a half, I've been playing great for the big points in the big moments and I've been really quick on the pitch." I think I prepared as best I could and I felt good physically and mentally, there are no excuses out there.” Norrie won 52 games in a grueling last season but started 2022 with a losing hat-trick and now his third loss in the first round in four games at Melbourne Park. He also lost his first match in New York and is yet to progress past the third round of a Grand Slam. And Norrie, who will be back in action in Rotterdam next month, said : "I think I'll try to be a little smarter when it comes to scoring in the bigger events. The plan is to have a busy schedule, but v Maybe the Slams or the Masters try it, maybe take one of those 250s off before that to make sure I can try to peak for those bigger events.”

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How to watch Australian Open 2022 for free, first round

How to watch an Emma Raducanu vs. Sloane Stephens live stream for free from anywhere. The British number 1 makes her debut at the Australian Open. (Author: Gardener)

AustralianEmma Raducanu will make her Australian Open debut on Tuesday, January 18 - only her third appearance at a Grand Slam. Britain's No. 1 meets USA's Sloane Stephens in the opening round at Melbourne Park. Aussies can watch every Australian Open game for free on 9now. Here's how to watch a live stream between Emma Raducanu and Sloane Stephens from anywhere with a VPN. * Raducanu vs. Stephens - watch for free on 9Now (VPN may be required) Raducanu, 19, became the first qualifier to win a Grand in the modern era when she beat Leylah Fernandez for the US Open title last September. She faces a tough draw against Major winner Sloane Stephens but after withdrawing from the Australian Open warm-up tournament in Melbourne, Raducanu has been training hard with new coach Torben Beltz at Rod Laver Arena. "I think it's going to be a tough match for sure. I'm going to go out there and enjoy the match because just to play at this Grand Slam I had to work so hard to be here. Yes, I'll just go out there and enjoy it," Raducanu said. The 110th edition of the Australian Open began with the controversial arrival (and then departure) of Novak Djokovic. Aussie fans can watch the 2022 Australian Open for free on 9Now. Follow our guide to watch a free Emma Raducanu vs Sloane Stephens live stream from anywhere Every Australian Open 2022 match – including Emma Raducanu vs Sloane Stephens – will be televised on Nine and streamed live on 9now. Just use a VPN to access the free 9Now live stream from anywhere. We recommend ExpressVPN as it offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Even if you have subscribed to the appropriate Australian Open 2022 rights holders, you can outside your own country do not access it. The service detects your location based on your IP address and automatically blocks your access. A Virtual Private Network ( VPN) will help you bypass this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet, so you can access local streaming services from anywhere and save money! 2. Open the VPN app and select the location of the service you want to access. Emma Raducanu fans may want to choose "Australia" for 9now. 3. Then go to 9now on your browser or device and enjoy free live stream Emma Raducanu vs Stephens. If for whatever reason you can't get it to work, remember that with ExpressVPN you have the convenience of a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can also try NordVPN, which also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, and Surfshark, which offers 24-hour support. Eurosport holds the rights to broadcast the Australian Open 2022 in UK/Europe. Every match - including Emma Raducanu vs Sloane Stephens - will be streamed live across Discovery+, the Eurosport app and Eurosport.com. Discovery+ (Entertainment & Sport) subscription is just £6.99/€6.99 per month and includes: Australian Open Tennis, Grand Tour Cycling, Snooker and much more. Amazon Prime subscribers can try Discovery+ for free for 7 days. Remember: Australian nationals can live stream any game on 9Now for free and access 9now anywhere in the world with a VPN. TV rights for the 2022 Australian Open will again be split between ESPN and the Tennis Channel. ESPN has won the men's and women's finals - but not Tuesday's first-round clash between Emma Raducanu and Sloane Stephens. This is live on the Tennis Channel. Remember: Australian nationals can live stream every Australian Open 2022 match - including Raducanu v Stephens - for free on 9Now. Aussies abroad can access 9now with a VPN. The Tennis Channel is available as an add-on for Sling subscribers (Sling Orange with Sports Extra is $46 per month). Cable replacement service Sling offers new subscribers a free 3-day trial. Another option is to subscribe directly to the Tennis Channel, which you may be able to do as part of your cable package.

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Luka Modric's journey from fugitive to Ballon d'Or winner and Real Madrid superstar is incredible

The Croatian midfielder didn't have an easy start in life (Author: Gardener)

Luka Modric'sLuka Modric has just won another trophy with Real Madrid. The Croatian scored a goal and picked up the Man of the Match award on his way to helping his side win the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao. But it wasn't always like that as the midfielder had an incredibly difficult start in life back home in Croatia. Modric was born in the hamlet of Modrici, a small village north of the city of Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city. Unfortunately for the Real Madrid star, his childhood coincided with the Croatian War of Independence. Modric lived with his grandfather in a small stone house north of the hamlet of Modrici while his parents worked long hours in a nearby factory. At just 6 years old, his beloved grandfather was shot dead by Serbian rebels and his family fled the small village while their house was burned down. Modric's father joined the Croatian Army as an aeromechanic, but his mother did her best to ensure that Lukas' childhood was not spoiled. Many parents in the area tried to do the same and allowed the youngsters to enjoy the normal things in life like playing football. Over the next few years, Modric used football as an escape from the terrible destruction that surrounded his homeland. His parents were offered the opportunity to return to their family home but instead opted to remain in Zadar so that their son could continue his development. However, it seems that his parents weren't too keen on the idea of ​​Modric becoming a professional footballer and just wanted the boy to enjoy his childhood surrounded by his new friends. Modric recalled: "My parents didn't get carried away with the idea that I would become a famous footballer. After the storm, their friends returned home and told them to come back, but they replied that they would stay in Zadar to help their son do what he loved, whether he was successful or not. A coach in the camps, Modric recommended one of the biggest clubs in the area, but they turned down the offer, believing the player was too small and weak for professional football At the age of 16, Modric was then hired by the head of a local youth academy Recommended to Dinamo Zagreb, accepted into the team's youth academy and loaned to Bosnian Premier League to Zrinjski Mostar after a season with them. The Croatian, then only 18, was later named Bosnian Premier League Player of the Year. The following year, Modric was loaned out to Inter Zapresic, who, like Zagreb, also played in the Croatian top flight. He helped the team ac get second A place in the league and a place in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup by scoring four goals in 18 games. The Croatian midfielder also won the Croatian Football Hope of the Year award, which is the same as the Young Player of the Season award. In the 2005–06 season, Modric returned to Dinamo Zagreb, signing a ten-year deal with the club. In his first full season at the club, the midfielder contributed seven goals in 31 games and helped Zagreb to the league title. 21-year-old Luka Modrić for Dinamo Zagreb in 2007/2008 season:— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) December 23, 2021 Modric would continue his good form next season and help Zagreb to a second league title in as many years, while also earning the Prva HNL Player of the Year award. He was named club captain the following season and incredibly helped the side to their third consecutive national title. The Madrid legend would finish his time in Croatia with three league titles, a Croatian Cup and a Croatian Super Cup, as well as a host of individual accolades. His performances back home put him on the radar of a number of top sides including Barcelona, ​​Arsenal and Chelsea, but the Croatian ultimately chose the Premier League and signed for Tottenham Hotspur. In 2008, Tottenham would confirm the Croatian's signing for a fee of £16.5million, matching the club's record signing at the time. THIS DAY: In 2008, Tottenham completed the signing of Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb for a reported £15.8million. — Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 26, 2017 Although he never won major honors with Tottenham, Modric was considered a diamond in the rough. The midfielder made 157 appearances for the London club, scoring 16 goals and registering 21 assists. In 2012 Real Madrid announced the signing of Modric from Tottenham for a fee of £30million, where he remains to this day. The Croatian has enjoyed a legendary career at Los Blancos, helping the club win an amazing trophy case while also earning recognition individually. His honors include two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, four Supercopa de Espana, three UEFA Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups and four Champions League titles. He also helped his national team to a World Cup final in 2018, where they sadly lost 4-2 to France in a thrilling duel. But his efforts did not go unnoticed as the midfielder was awarded the Ballon d'Or, ending the decade-long monopoly held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Overall, Modric's career has been an amazing, almost unbelievable journey. From fleeing his war-torn homeland to winning a Ballon d'Or at one of the greatest clubs in football history, it's safe to say he's exceeded his parents' wildest dreams.

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Thibaut Courtois is now the best goalkeeper in the world after showing an outstanding form at Real Madrid

Pete Sharland looks back on Thibaut's outstanding form after a stunning save against Athletic Club in the Spanish Supercopa final (Author: Gardener)

Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid's Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois celebrates his side's opening goal during the Spanish Super Cup soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at King Fahd International Stadium on January 16, 2022 in the Saudi capital

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Carlo Ancelotti 'proud' to manage Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is "proud" to lead Los Blancos after their Spanish Super Cup win. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe capital giants defeated Barcelona 3-2 in the semi-finals of the competition before posting a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the final at the weekend. Ancelotti praised his team after the Super Sup triumph, stressing that Los Blancos are now ready to fight for victory in the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey. "This is a very good team and squad and I'm proud to be the coach," Ancelotti told reporters. "We will continue to compete in the other competitions now. We have our next game on Thursday [in the Copa del Rey] and it's an important one." Real Madrid will be struggling to book their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals when they face Elche on Thursday before returning to the league against the same opponents at the weekend.

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Preview: Real Sociedad vs Atlético

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash between Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid, including predictions, team news and possible (Author: Gardener)

AtléticoReal Sociedad and Atletico Madrid will face off in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, with both teams a place in the quarter-finals of the competition open to them. The home side have beaten Panaderia Pulido, Zamora and Leganes to advance to this stage, while Atletico defeated Rayo Majadahonda in the final round of the competition. Real Sociedad have won the Copa del Rey three times, most recently in 2019/20 when they beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the final and the Basque outfit will count on their chances of being a strong challenge for the trophy if they win Atletico defeat in the round of 16. The White-Blues had to win three games this season to advance to this round, beating Panaderia Pulido, Zamora and Leganes in the process. Real Sociedad are appearing on three fronts this season as they also advanced to the Europa League knockout stages, with RB Leipzig set to be their two-game opponents towards the end of next month. Imanol Alguacil's side come into this game after beating Celta Vigo 1-0 in La Liga and are fifth on the table with 33 points from 20 games, level on points with Atletico. Indeed, Real Sociedad have an identical record to champions Atletico in La Liga this season, with both sides winning nine, drawing six and losing five of their 20 games. Atletico are struggling for a top-four place in La Liga rather than a title race this season as they are 16 points behind leaders Real Madrid, who appear to be battling Sevilla for the championship. Diego Simeone's side, who will face Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16, have been far from their best this season and will go into this game after a 2-1 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on January 13th. Atletico only needed to win one game to reach this stage of the Copa del Rey, beating Rayo Majadahonda 5-0 and this competition is certainly their best chance of clinching a title this season. The Reds and Whites have won the Copa del Rey ten times, most recently in 2013 when they beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in the final of the competition at the Bernabeu. Atletico have been unbeaten against Real Sociedad since September 2019 but the points were shared in a 2-2 draw as they parted horns in the league game at Wanda Metropolitano in October. The Basque side could switch to a 4-3-3 formation for the Copa del Rey, with Portu and Adnan Januzaj possibly playing alongside Mikel Oyarzabal in the last third of the field. Atletico are struggling to find their best form at the moment and Real Sociedad will have had much longer to prepare for this competition; We expect it to be a close game on Wednesday night but support the home side to emerge victorious within 90 minutes.

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Erling Haaland: Real Madrid are preparing a £292m transfer package to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker

All the top stories and transfer rumors from the national Monday newspapers... (Author: Gardener)

Borussia DortmundReal Madrid are preparing a financial package totaling £292m to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer. Premier League bosses face a bitter civil war with clubs over Covid postponements as rival clubs anger Arsenal canceled their game at Tottenham on Sunday. Several complain that the rules are being abused and that decisions favor big clubs. Arsenal are eyeing a possible January move for Nottingham Forest loanee Djed Spence, while Italian giants Roma and Inter Milan are also eyeing developments. Borussia Dortmund were "surprised" by Erling Haaland's claim that he had been given a deadline to decide on his future. Reading boss Veljko Paunovic is confident Andy Carroll will remain with the Championship contenders. Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is ready to fight against Burnley for Sunderland midfielder Dan Neil. Mike Ashley plans talks with Steve Gibson and the Football League to resolve issues between Derby and Middlesbrough. Kylian Mbappe gave a sign to fans that he is increasingly frustrated with life in France as he lost his temper with a referee during PSG's win over Brest on Saturday. The Premier League has no immediate plans to review its rules on postponing matches due to Covid-19, despite the excitement surrounding the decision to cancel the north London derby. Dundee United are trying to secure a six-figure deal for Motherwell striker Tony Watt ahead of the Premiership restart. Former Celtic defender Leo Hjelde admits he was told to lose weight when he joined Leeds United in the summer. Celtic chiefs feared Leigh Griffiths would be an unwanted distraction if he returned to Parkhead.

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