Barcelona vs Leganes: Messi not in Valverde’s XI

first_imgBarcelona can turn their attentions back to La Liga on Sunday after successfully progressing in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, thanks to a 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou.Leganes are next up for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who command a two-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the summit of the standings, having played one game fewer.They are expected to stretch that back to five points against opponents who are only three points clear of the relegation zone – though will have to do it without Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Barcelona vs Leganes Date Sunday, January 20 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live  and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed live on Eleven Sports One. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports One Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir, Malcom Samuel Umtiti remains the foremost injury problem for Ernesto Valverde, who is without Rafinho and Sergi Samper, but Thomas Vermaelan is fit to startOusmane Dembele retains his spot in attack alongside Luis Suarez, but there is no Lionel Messi or Ivan Rakitic so Arthur Melo and Carles Alena start.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Alena, Busquets, Coutinho; Arthur, Suarez, Dembele Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Oscar, Recio, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Braithwaite, Santos, En-Nesyri Leganes were hit with severe injury problems before beating Real Madrid in midweek and those issues have not eased much since.Midfielders Alexander Szymanowski and Ruben Perez are the most notable absentees, but they are also bereft of attackers Guido Carrillo and Diego Rolan, meaning the midweek matchwinner Martin Braithwaite will start once more.Ezequiel Munoz is struggling to be fit in the defence and Unai Bustinza, who would typically fill in, is banned.Leganes starting XI: Cueller; Nyom, Tarin, Omeruo, Siovas, Silva; Oscar, Vesga, Recio, En-Nesyri; BraithwaiteBetting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 1/6 to win with bet365. A draw is priced at 7/1, while Leganes are 16/1 to cause a major upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Luis Suarez BarcelonaBarcelona’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey has been mired in controversy, despite a thumping 3-0 success over Levante in midweek.Two goals from Ousmane Dembele and another from Lionel Messi gave them a resounding midweek success, though it was the 2-1 loss a week earlier that fell under scrutiny as their opponents claimed they had fielded an ineligible player in the form of Chumi, who should have been banned.The Spanish FA (RFEF) ultimately threw out the claims of their opponents but head coach Ernesto Valverde was still forced to step in and voice a defence of the club.“We acted correctly,” he affirmed. “If you look at the competition rules we did nothing wrong. Some people may interpret the rules a different way.“It needs to be made clear – not for the person who is writing the rules but for the people who are reading it.”More pressing for Barca, though, is a fixture against opponents who shocked them 2-1 in September.“We played very badly,” he remembered. “It was good during the week and we all had the feeling that we were going to win it but in a minute they scored two goals.“We have to learn from that. For us it is essential to get the points and start the second round of the season well.”Leganes, meanwhile, come into this encounter heartened by a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in midweek, although it was insufficient to knockout the capital giants from the Copa del Rey. An organised defensive side, they will hope to disarm Barcelona with their direct approach, which they have already shown this season can get the better of even the biggest teams.last_img read more

Bale’s hopes of Jiangsu move ended by Santini deal

first_imgGareth Bale’s chances of moving to Jiangsu Suning are all but over after the Chinese Super League side signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to reach their quota of foreign players.The Real Madrid forward has been tipped to leave the club as Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane did not see the Welshman in his plans for next season. Jiangsu Suning had reportedly offered Bale a £1m-a-week deal to make the move to the Far East and an agreement was claimed to be imminent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, reports over the weekend suggested the deal had been called off at Real’s request, with the Spanish giants reluctant to let Bale go on a free transfer.Any hopes of the deal with Jiangsu Suning being revived have seemingly been quashed by their deal for Santini.The club also signed Brazilian defender Miranda from Inter last week, meaning they now have five foreign players on their books.Chinese Super League regulations only allow clubs to have four overseas-born players included in their official squads at any one time.Former Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta, who is Italian, is expected to leave the club to bring that tally down to four, but there would still be no room for Bale.The club’s other two foreign players, Brazilian Alex Teixeira and Italian Eder Martins, are considered first-team regulars so are unlikely to be moved on in order to accommodate the former Tottenham man.Bale, who has three years left on his contract, now has to consider pushing for another move elsewhere or remaining at Real, where a first-team place is far from guaranteed.Zidane has made it clear that Bale no longer figures in his plans but the club have found it hard to move the player on.The Spanish side are looking to recoup some funds after an extensive summer outlay so would be reluctant to let Bale go for nothing, but finding a club willing to pay a transfer fee and match Bale’s lucrative wages has proved impossible so far.Madrid have welcomed Bale back into their pre-season squad and with a serious injury suffered by Marco Asensio depriving them of an attacking option, may now have little choice but to find a place for him in the squad for the 2019-20 campaign.last_img read more

2004 Tourism Publications Now Available

first_img A picturesque Kings County shoreline graces the cover of the 2004Nova Scotia Doers’ and Dreamers’ travel guide. Photographs of the shoreline in Halls Harbour, Kings Co., and asmaller inset picture of Grand Pre National Historic Site, arefeatured on the front cover of the guide now being distributedthroughout North America and around the world. The guide contains more than 3,200 listings for accommodationsand campgrounds, restaurants, museums and attractions, outdooroperations and adventures, signature festivals and events, andtour operators. “This travel guide is one of the most important parts of ourtourism marketing campaigns with hundreds of thousands of copiesdistributed every year,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister ofTourism, Culture and Heritage. “Visitors often compliment us onthis publication and refer to it as a must-have resource whenplanning their visit to Nova Scotia.” The front section of the guide features information and pictureson some of the province’s top attractions, events and regions,along with sections on activities for the fall and winterseasons. In the back section is a new listing for regionallibraries as a resource for those looking for public computer andInternet access or for those looking for genealogy information. Throughout the guide are 10 new features entitled Legacies andLegends. These features draw attention to some of the province’stop living-history attractions, where history is recreated andbrought to life by animators dressed in period costume. “The travel guide is a critical part of marketing Nova Scotia asa destination of choice,” said Scott MacAulay, chair of the NovaScotia Tourism Partnership Council. “It encourages people to stayin the province longer and also serves as a great resource forour operators.” With more and more potential visitors now exploring theirvacation options by using the Internet, 650,000 copies of thetravel guide have been produced this year, down from 750,000 lastyear. In March, 100,000 copies of the French version, Novelle Ecosse:Du reve a l’aventure Guide touristique 2004, will be available. Additional publications including maps, a Golf Guide and a Guidefor Nature and Outdoor Lovers will soon be available to helpvisitors plan their vacations. A newly designed Festivals and Events Guide is also beingdistributed to visitor information centres, trade shows andtourism organizations. The guide lists hundreds of community-based activities in an easy to follow layout organized by allfour seasons. One hundred thousand copies of the guide have beenprinted for distribution. “Festivals and events are an integral part of what tourism is allabout in this province,” said Nick Carson, president of theTourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “They showcase therich culture, heritage and talent we have and they provide ourvisitors with a wide range of choices every month of the year.” Copies of both the travel guide and the guide to festivals andevents are available throughout North America by calling the NovaScotia Information and Reservation Service at 1-800-565-0000 orthrough the province’s official tourism website . Nova Scotia’s billion-dollar tourism industry provides employmentfor more than 35,000 Nova Scotians. Tourism is also a significantexport industry, with more than half of the money generatedcoming from outside the province. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–2004 Tourism Publications NowAvailablelast_img read more