Watford vs Wolves: Nuno Espirito Santo’s Best Available Wanderers Lineup

​Wolves travel to Watford on Saturday afternoon, knowing they are three wins away from securing European football next season.

Seventh will be enough to secure a place in the Europa League and Wolves currently occupy that position after a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday.

If this game ends up being anything like the last match between the teams, when Watford won 3-2 after trailing 2-0 in the FA Cup semi final at the beginning of the month, then we are in for a treat.

Here’s how Nuno Espirito Santo’s team could look for Saturday’s ​clash.


Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Rui Patricio (GK) – The veteran is enjoying his debut season in the ​Premier League, playing all but one game and keeping seven clean sheets along the way.

Matt Doherty (RWB) – An ever present in 2018/19, the Republic of Ireland international has had a productive campaign so far. His goal against Arsenal was his fourth in the league and he has also provided four assists for his teammates.

Ryan Bennett (CB) – The 29-year-old was key in helping Wolves gain promotion from the Championship last season, and his good form has carried on into the Premier League this year.

Conor Coady (CB) – The skipper has featured in every league game this season, leading from example at the heart of the Wolves defence.

Willy Boly (CB) – Since arriving from Porto, initially on loan, Boly has been colossal at the back for Wolves – only missing two games this season.

Jonny Castro (LWB) – Jonny impressed so much during the first half of the season that Wolves signed him on a permanent basis in January.


Midfielders 

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Ruben Neves (CM) – Wolves shelled out £16m on Neves and the 22-year-old has made a seamless transition to the Premier League from the Championship. He’s a key player and makes them tick – supplying passes for strikers Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to find the back of the net. His set pieces are always dangerous, his wonder strike against Arsenal being evidence of that. 

Joao Moutinho (CM) – Eight assists and one goal show how much Moutinho contributes to his team. He may not be the quickest but his football brain never stops, only seven players have provided more assists for their teammates in England’s top flight than the Euro 2016 winner.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – A summer signing from Anderlecht, Dendoncker made a slow start to his Wolves career – not making his debut until December – but has featured in the last 14 games.


Forwards

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota (ST) – The former Atletico Madrid man has been a revelation for the Wanderers, netting eight times and laying on four goals for his colleagues. His pace and direct play causes defenders problems, and other teams will be sniffing around if his great form continues.

Raul Jimenez (ST) – Wolves splashed out a club record £34m to secure Jimenez and, with the Mexican having contributed towards 45% of their goals, that seems like money well spent. He is their top scorer and has formed a formidable double act with Diogo Jota – the duo have netted 20 times between them.

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Spurs Ladies to Be Renamed Tottenham Hotspur Women Ahead of Next Season

​Tottenham have confirmed that their Ladies team will be renamed ‘Tottenham Hotspur Women’ from the start of the next season.

Originally called the Broxbourne Ladies, the side was formed in 1985 before becoming Spurs Ladies six years later. 


Now, as confirmed on the ​club’s official website, the side will officially be named as Tottenham Hotspur Women from the beginning of the next campaign.

Karen Hills’ side currently occupy second spot in the Championship, and know that a victory at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday will secure them promotion to the Women’s Super League.

If ​Spurs do indeed make their way to the top-flight, then it will mean all clubs in the Super League would have ‘Women’ in their title next season.


With promotion very much on the cards, the club also announced that Heather Cowan has been appointed as Head of Women’s Football to oversee all day-to-day operations, having been in similar role at Birmingham City. 

Speaking about her appointment, Cowan said: “I am thrilled to have joined Spurs at a time where women’s football is really starting to flourish. The Club has a wonderful opportunity to create an exciting future and a lasting legacy in the women’s game and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that.


“We shall be working hard to develop a structure and culture that enables talented female footballers to thrive. We’re striving for continued success and to build something that fans, players and staff are all proud to be a part of.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Gives Update on PSG-Linked Ander Herrera Ahead of Crucial Chelsea Clash

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that key midfielder Ander Herrera could be involved in the crucial Premier League clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford after missing the last six games in all competitions through injury.

Scott McTominay is also set to undergo a fitness test to determine his availability after missing Wednesday’s Manchester derby, while Solskjaer additionally stated that he plans to keep faith with star goalkeeper David de Gea, despite recent high profile errors.

“Ander has been training, he’s been enthusiastic. He’ll probably be involved. I think he’s fit enough to be involved on Sunday. I can’t guarantee it, because there’s still two days left, but he’s trained the last two days,” the United boss said at his press conference, via ManUtd.com.

“I trust David and he’s, for me, been the best player United have had in the last six or seven years,” the Norwegian continued as questions moved on to De Gea.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding and going through tough patches is just part of a footballer’s career. David will be fine, no worries.”

Herrera’s return to the United team to face Chelsea would be a huge boost. The fan favourite scored against Chelsea when United won at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup earlier this season and has traditionally played well against the west London side, notably in a 2-1 win in 2017 when he scored and assisted, as well as marking Eden Hazard out of the game.

His future as a United player beyond the end of this season remains uncertain, though.

There were rumours earlier this month that Herrera had agreed a contract to join Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent in July. But it appeared that he hadn’t actually signed anything and the lack of ink on paper was rumoured to have annoyed and worried PSG.

There was suddenly hope that he might be able to resolve his future with United after all and sign a new contract at Old Trafford. But RMC has now since reported that the PSG will be going ahead after seeing off late competition from Herrera’s former club, Athletic Bilbao.

The French outlet stops short of saying that a deal has been signed, but claims there to be an agreement in place, with the exception of the length of the proposed contract. 

Despite final details to be hammered out, RMC claims there is ‘no doubt’ that Herrera will join PSG.

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West Ham Preparing Summer Swoop for Liverpool Target Dani Ceballos as Real Madrid Plan Summer Exodus

​West Ham look set to make an offer for Real Madrid youngster Dani Ceballos as Zinedine Zidane prepares to reshape his Los Blancos squad.

After Real’s dismal campaign, the Frenchman will be given a huge transfer war chest to reshape his misfiring team, with Ceballos one of a number of players deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu. 

The Hammers made an approach for Ceballos – who has featured in 22 league matches for the European champions this term – in January but had their attempts rebuffed, though they have since received news of his availability. 

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​Real are believed to prefer a loan deal for Ceballos, but ​West Ham have been given encouragement that they can bring him in on a permanent basis, with the requisite fee thought to be in the region of £18m.

The ​Mirror report that the Irons have made the Spanish international a key target for the summer, with current midfielder Pedro Obiang rumoured to be heading for the exit door at the London Stadium.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini will have limited funds during the upcoming window after a significant outlay in 2018. However, the club hope to raise more money with the sales of several first-team players, such as Obiang.

Ceballos has also been linked with ​Liverpool, the ​Daily Post indicating that the Reds could make a move after learning of Madrid’s willingness to allow the Spaniard to leave. The Merseysiders are understood to have been monitoring his situation for a while and could now go head to head with West Ham in the race for his signature.

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He has scored three goals in ​La Liga this season, whilst also making three appearances in the ​Champions League. However, Ceballos was unable to prevent Real from being dethroned, with Ajax dumping his side out at the last 16 stage, a failure that compounded their dire domestic form.

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Inter vs Juventus: Massimiliano Allegri’s Best Available Bianconeri Lineup

​Juventus will travel to San Siro for the 86th time in Serie A on Saturday as they look to crown their title win last weekend by grabbing the bragging rights in Derby d’Italia.

An eighth consecutive league title was secured thanks to a decisive own goal from Fiorentina defender Germán Pezzella, but manager Massimiliano Allegri will demand that the Bianconeri look to end the season on a high rather than sit back and relax.

Here’s how Juventus could set up this ​weekend.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

Daniele Rugani

Wojciech Szczęsny (GK) – The Poland international is quickly earning a reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe thanks to his performances in Turin this season.

João Cancelo (RB) – It’s not been an easy start to life for the Portuguese full back since leaving Valencia, but the 24-year-old’s ability going forward can prove to be a vital part of Massimiliano Allegri’s system.

Danielle Rugani (CB) – There are still serious doubts about whether Rugani has what it takes to be a long-term option for I Bianconeri, and he’s only made 14 league appearances this season.

Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – His return in the summer has been vital for his performances on the pitch, but this season will unsurprisingly be largely remembered for how Bonucci has conducted himself off it.

Alex Sandro (LB) – The Brazilian’s future is still in doubt as Juve continue to be linked with an array of left backs, but Sandro has still made 28 appearances this season and he’s widely regarded as one of the best left backs in Europe.


Midfielders

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Federico Bernardeschi (RM) – The Italian still hasn’t been able to replicate the same form which earned him a move from Fiorentina in the first place, but Bernardeschi will be able to offer Juventus some natural width this weekend.

Emre Can (CM) – Summer signing Emre Can has spent much of this season learning from Sami Khedira, but he’s only failed to start three games he’s been available for since the turn of the year.

Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – The Uruguayan is starting to find his feet in Turin and has cemented his place in Juventus’ starting lineup, featuring from the outset in 61% of his 29 Serie A appearances this season.

Blaise Matuidi (LM) – Matuidi has made 27 appearances in Serie A this season and even at the age of 32, the natural central midfielder is proving to be a vital part of Juve’s current system out on the left.


Forwards

Moise Kean

Moise Kean (ST) – For all of Juve’s success in Serie A this season, the breakout story of Moise Kean might just be their biggest highlight of the whole campaign. The Italy international has scored six goals in just nine league appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – He wasn’t able to deliver the Champions League like was expected when Ronaldo moved to Juventus, and three strikers have scored more league goals than him, but the Portuguese forward has been at the centre of their title defence this season.

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