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Soccer – Poch talks up Spurs performance


Head coach Mauricio Pochettino felt a good performance by Tottenham went unrewarded as they lost 2-1 at Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Spurs, 1/1 with Bet365 to qualify from Group B, appeared to be on course for a famous victory in the San Siro when they led 1-0 with five minutes to play, courtesy of a Christian Eriksen goal.
However, the hosts hit back late on through Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino to snatch victory and leave Pochettino hugely frustrated.
He said at his post-match press conference: “The performance was good from the team, the result should have been different and I think everyone will agree.
“The team deserved much more and I think that was our best performance since we started the season, but we lost the game.
“The team played so well, I am happy with their performance and their character but, of course, disappointed with the result.”

Golf – Rose aims to fill the gaps


Englishman Justin Rose says he will continue to try and carefully improve his game, having reached the top of the world rankings for the first time in his career.

Rose heads into the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake as the top-ranked player in the elite 30-man field, but Rose is determined not to rest on his laurels, while also ruling out making any major changes to a game which has served him well over the years.
He told reporters: “Having got to No.1, I can still look at my game and pinpoint areas where I know there’s gaps to fill and that’s the exciting thing.
“For me, obviously No.1 is a milestone, but it’s not really the end of any sort of journey. I still feel motivated to wake up in the morning and find those little gaps.”
Rose can be backed at 12/5 with Bet365 to be the Top European finisher at the Tour Championship.

Tennis – Sharapova forced to rest up


Maria Sharapova will miss the remainder of the 2018 season as she requires prolonged rest to try and ease a problem in her right shoulder.

The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion, 12/1 with Bet365 to win the Australian Open next year, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming China Open, Tianjin Open and Kremlin Cup.
She told the official WTA Tour website: “Unfortunately, as I recover from my right shoulder injury, I am withdrawing from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow.
“I will miss competing at each of these tournaments, but it is important that I allow for proper rest and recovery in the upcoming weeks.
“I was looking forward to coming back to Tianjin to defend my title, but unfortunately I need to give myself time to recover from injury.”
Sharapova has enjoyed mixed fortunes in the four Grand Slam tournaments this year, reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open and the fourth round at the US Open.
The Russian also made round three in Australia early in the year, but the 2004 champion fell at the first hurdle at Wimbledon, losing out in three sets to compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko.

Soccer – Wilshere facing six weeks out


Jack Wilshere is set to spend up to six weeks on the sidelines after West Ham, who are 11/2 with Bet365 to beat Chelsea on Sunday, confirmed the midfielder has undergone ankle surgery.

The 26-year-old has had serious ankle injuries in the past, forcing him to spend extended periods of time on the sidelines when on the books of Arsenal.
Following his summer switch from the Gunners to the London Stadium, Wilshere had featured in West Ham’s first four Premier League this season.
However, he is expected to be out for action for six weeks after Monday’s operation, ruling him out of the games with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Discussing Wilshere’s surgery, head of medical Richard Collinge told the club’s website: “We envisage he will only need a relatively short period of rest and will then start his rehabilitation. Jack is focused and determined to get back training and playing as soon as possible.”

Soccer – Tuchel expects PSG to raise their game


Head coach Thomas Tuchel believes the challenge of facing Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League will only inspire his Paris Saint-Germain team, who are 5/2 with Bet365 to win the game.

The French champions will welcome back Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for the Group C opener on Tuesday night after both missed their 4-0 win over St Etienne in Ligue 1 last Friday.
Despite the return of two of their star forwards, the Parisians could still be in for a tough night against a Reds side who relish playing under the lights against a big European name at home.
Tuchel is expecting a special atmosphere on Merseyside but says that rather than intimidate his players, it should help to inspire them.
“In my opinion, a challenge, a game like this can never come too early. This will bring out the best in us, get us used to this pressure, this kind of level. There is no problem with that. What we need tomorrow is the best performance we have.
“You can never be comfortable against Jurgen’s teams, or at Anfield, but this kind of opponent, atmosphere, brings out the best in us. I believe we can be a very dangerous opponent tomorrow.”

Soccer – Arnautovic suffers injury setback


Austria international Marko Arnautovic is unsure as to the severity of the knee injury he picked up during West Ham United’s 3-1 win against Everton on Sunday.

Arnautovic played a key role in the Hammers’ first victory of the campaign, setting up Andriy Yarmolenko to open the scoring before netting his team’s third goal.
However, he had to be substituted after picking up an injury to his left knee.
He said afterwards when asked how serious the problem was: “I don’t know, we need to check now. It’s not my calf, it’s my knee. It hurts a lot. We will need to check this week.”
West Ham, 9/4 with Bet365 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season, are 6/1 to win their next match against Chelsea on Sunday.

Soccer – Firmino escapes serious eye injury


A hospital examination has confirmed that Roberto Firmino suffered an abrasion of the eye during Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Tottenham and the Brazilian may miss Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

Firmino’s left eye was scratched in an accidental clash with Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen at Wembley.
He was taken to a London hospital for tests but was soon discharged and the problem will be monitored and treated by Liverpool’s medical staff at Melwood.
Liverpool, who have won their first five Premier League matches of the campaign, are 9/4 with Bet365 to win the title this season, while they are 13/10 to beat French champions PSG on Tuesday.

Soccer – Pochettino dismisses Kane concerns


Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino sees no reason why Harry Kane should not start Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Inter Milan.

The 25-year-old England international has made a quiet start to the Premier League campaign and was particularly poor in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Wembley.
However, when asked whether Kane, 10/3 with Bet365 to score the first goal against Inter, would start Tuesday’s game, Pochettino replied: “I think we would be crazy to think different. He’s one of the best strikers in the world. I don’t care that he wasn’t great [against Liverpool].
“He’s going to score goals and he’s going to perform in the way we want and we expect. No problem.”
Spurs are 11/1 to beat Inter Milan 2-0.

Soccer – Ings’ form concerns Hughton


Brighton boss Chris Hughton thinks Danny Ings will be Southampton’s main attacking threat when the two teams meet on Monday.

Ings, who is on loan at St Mary’s from Liverpool, has scored twice in four Premier League appearances for Saints, who beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their last match a fortnight ago.
Hughton said: “What Danny brings is what we always knew he could. He’s picked up a couple of big injuries, but there has never been any doubt about the ability that he’s got.
“He has certainly started the season really well and will be a very difficult opponent.”
Brighton can be backed at 29/10 with Bet365 to win Monday’s game, with Ings priced at 11/5 to score at any time.

Soccer – Kante relishing new role


France international N’Golo Kante says he is enjoying his new position at Chelsea.

Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri has handed Kante a more attacking role this season and the former Leicester City midfielder is relishing the opportunity to show how versatile he is.
He said: “It’s a new system with a new manager, new players and I enjoy being in this position to try and sometimes be in the box and then to be back defending.”
Chelsea entertain Cardiff City on Saturday and are 11/2 with Bet365 to secure a 2-0 victory over the struggling Bluebirds, with Kante priced at 7/2 to score at any time in the encounter.