Chelsea target deserves credit for performances amid transfer links, claims Premier League legend

first_img1 Everton defender John Stones deserves credit for going about his business as usual despite intense transfer speculation, according to Goodison great Peter Reid.The England star submitted a transfer request to leave the Merseysiders after Roberto Martinez’s side knocked back three big-money bids from Chelsea for his signature.The Toffees remained adamant the 21-year-old would stay at the club and former blue Reid, who was part of the club’s most successful ever side in the 1980s, believes Stones has shown he is a wise head on young shoulders.“I’ve got to pay credit to the boy as he’s gone out on the park and he’s done his job after putting in the request,” the two-time first division winner said.“He’s a young man, his head could have got turned but I think he’s done absolutely outstanding. I’m delighted he’s still at Everton and it speaks volumes for the boy.“It must be difficult for the lad as well but Everton have stuck to their guns. It’s great for the club, keeping John Stones is another massive plus for the supporters.” John Stones last_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson: My approach to discipline cost Manchester United Premier League titles

first_img(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Sir Alex Ferguson admits his tough approach to discipline could have cost him Premier League titles during his time at Manchester United.Ferguson, who won 13 league crowns at Old Trafford, had a number of high-profile bust-ups with some star names during his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford.David Beckham, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Ruud Van Nistelrooy – among others – incurred the Scot’s wrath during his trophy-laden spell at the club.Ferguson says he has no regrets about taking a hardline approach with his players, but concedes, in a seven-part serialisation on Manchester United’s official Facebook page, the policy may have cost him silverware.“People will give a manager plenty of opportunities to crack the whip so it’s best to pick and choose your moments,” the former United manager writes in his new book, Leading. “You don’t have to dish out a punishment very often before everyone gets the message.“I place discipline above all else and it might have cost us several titles.“But if I had to repeat things I’d do it precisely the same because discipline has to come before anything else.” 1center_img Sir Alex Ferguson last_img read more

Uncapped Eric Dier named in England squad to face France and Spain

first_img1 Tottenham defender Eric Dier Tottenham utility man Eric Dier has been called up to the senior England squad for the first time.The 21-year-old – a regular in the England Under-21 fold – has been in impressive form this term, playing in all but one of Spurs’ Premier League games.Usually a defender, Dier has been playing well as a holding midfielder for Tottenham this season, and he has been rewarded with a call-up from Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, who named the youngster in his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Spain [November 14] and France [November 17].Dier’s 19-year-old Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli has been retained in the senior side after playing his first two games for England in last month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy is one of three strikers – along with Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane – named in the party, while there are 13 squad regulars out injured, including the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Jordan Henderson, Luke Shaw and Jack Wilshere.Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph has been recalled after he recovered from a hamstring injury.But it is Dier’s call-up that is the most striking news from Thursday’s squad announcement.Dier moved to Portugal at the age of seven and started playing for Sporting Lisbon’s youth team after being spotted by scouts.The 21-year-old remained at the Portuguese club until the summer of 2014 when Spurs signed him for £4million.Dier has played nine times for the England Under-21s. In November last year he opted out of playing for Gareth Southgate’s team against Portugal and France as he said he wanted to go back to Tottenham to work on his game as a centre-half, rather than play at right-back.England squad in full – Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Joe Hart (Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley) Defenders: Chris Smalling (Man United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Man United), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), Eric Dier (Tottenham) Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)last_img read more

Revealed! The most exciting and boring PL teams ranked

first_imgMatch day tickets are still sky-high and even fans are forking out £50 or more for a game, you’re not even guaranteed to enjoy it.Fortunately though, the thoughtful people at talkSPORT have provided fans with a guide to see which Premier League club is the most exciting to watch, based on the average goals scored in matches involving them.Click the arrow above, right, to see who the most exciting – and boring – teams are! 4. Everton games average 3.4 goals 16 16 16 16 19. Stoke games average 1.9 goals 16 16 11. West Ham games average 2.9 goals 6. Bournemouth and Chelsea games average 3.2 goals 12. Crystal Palace and Southampton games average 2.8 goals 14. Tottenham games average 2.7 goals 16 16 2. Leicester games average 3.7 goals 16 16 17. West Brom games average 2.1 goals 9. Arsenal and Aston Villa games average 3 goals 16 16 16 16 5. Norwich game average 3.3 goals 3. Man City games average 3.5 goals 8. Newcastle games average 3.1 goals 16 16 15. Swansea and Manchester United games average 2.4 goals 20. Watford games average 1.8 goals (in all competitions) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which Premier League club is the most exciting to watch, based on the average goals scored in matches involving them. 18. Liverpool games average 2 goals 1. Sunderland games average 4 goalslast_img read more

Liverpool FC: mega emergency January transfer warchest for Klopp to deal with injury crisis?

first_img 6 Injuries have hit Liverpool hard this season and show no sign of relenting with Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Kolo Toure taking knocks against Stoke City in the League Cup.These new issues take the number of players on the Reds’ injury list up to 11 and may have changed manager Jurgen Klopp’s January plans.After the match, he said: “In this moment with no centre-back fit I would say it is a situation where we have to think about going into the transfer market,” he said.“Two weeks ago we had three centre-backs, that’s a good situation, at the start of the season we had five, now we have none.”So which players might the Reds move for? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out the latest Liverpool transfer rumours… 6 4. Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – Liverpool were linked with the spritely Spanish starlet in December and, with Philippe Coutinho struggling with injuries, Jurgen Klopp could step up his interest in the player this January. Now 22, Rodriguez is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in La Liga and may be tempted to leave for first-team football. 6 6 3. Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) – Prior to Liverpool’s latest injury crisis, reports Jurgen Klopp could turn to former charge Subotic had emerged. Now, with a new issue on his hands, the German boss could bite the bullet and try his luck with a transfer bid. It’s unlikely to be successful but he might have just enough pulling power to change Subotic’s mind. With Liverpool hit by injuries, Jurgen Klopp could be forced into the January transfer market and Lorient’s Raphael Guerreiro is a reported target – read all about it, below, then click the arrow above to find out the latest Liverpool transfer rumours… – According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Portugal international. Several sides, including Arsenal, have already scouted the left-back, who can also play further forward. 6 6. Tiago Ilori (on loan at Aston Villa) – Jurgen Klopp could get a boost with one star returning to his team sooner rather than later. Centre back Ilori has yet to play a competitive game for the Reds or current side Aston Villa, despite impressing in the summer with Portugal’s Under-21s. The clubs are currently discussing the deal being ended early, freeing him up to feature for the Reds. 2. Joel Matip (Schalke) – It had recently been thought it was more likely Liverpool would move for the Cameroon star in the summer when he is available on a free transfer. Now, though, with injuries hitting Jurgen Klopp’s squad he could force through a transfer this month. 6 5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Unfortunately for Liverpool fans the club’s chances of signing the Bundesliga hotshot aren’t quite as good as they had thought yesterday. The Gabon striker missed training yesterday, causing a stir and making rumours about his future gather pace. Sadly, Dortmund revealed the player just had a ‘personal appointment.’ last_img read more

Duke players file federal civil suit over rape charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe students are also demanding an overhaul of the city’s system of law enforcement, including measures to improve transparency, establishment of a citizen review board and the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the Durham Police Department for 10 years. The monitor would have wide authority over policy, senior staffing and training. The defendants, who include the city’s police commissioner, two police detectives and the chief of the private lab that performed DNA tests for the case, “willfully ignored and were deliberately indifferent to overwhelming evidence of plaintiffs’ actual innocence,” the complaint said. A high-profile rape case turned into a civil-rights case on Friday as three former lacrosse players at Duke University filed a federal lawsuit against former District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, the city of Durham, N.C., and 12 other defendants. In a 162-page complaint, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans sought redress for what they described as “one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial, and scientific misconduct in modern American history.” The plaintiffs requested an unspecified amount of money to cover legal fees, as compensation and punitive damages, as well as “whatever additional relief the Court may deem proper.” They reportedly had demanded $30 million during settlement talks with the city, but the two sides could not agree on terms. The proposal far exceeded the city’s insurance policy for “wrongful action,” leaving it in a financial bind, according to those reports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Actress Deborah Kerr dies at age 86

first_imgDeborah Kerr, a strikingly versatile actress whose screen persona of a genteel, tea-sipping Englishwoman blossomed into something deeper and more provocative when she played opposite Burt Lancaster in a sea-swept sex scene in “From Here to Eternity,” died Tuesday in Suffolk, England. She was 86. The death was confirmed Thursday by Jack Larson, a family friend. She had Parkinson’s disease. Louis B. Mayer, the boss of MGM, famously decreed that Kerr’s last name rhymed with star, and she more than lived up to the billing with big roles in memorable pictures such as “The King and I” (1956), “An Affair to Remember” (1957) and “The Sundowners” (1960). In more than four decades as a major Hollywood actor, Kerr, who had red-gold hair and blue-green eyes, was nominated for six Academy Awards without winning one. In 1994, she received an honorary Oscar for her lifetime of work. The citation called her an “artist of impeccable grace and beauty.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Her influence persisted after she retired from big-screen movies in 1969 and moved to Switzerland and Spain, appearing only in occasional stage and television roles. Film buffs still return with fascination to her intriguing performance in “Black Narcissus” (1947), in which she played a nun whose pride yields to spiritual humility while doing missionary work in the Himalayas. And her indelible performance in “An Affair to Remember” could be felt below the surface of Nora Ephron’s “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993). It used the theme song and clips of critical scenes from the earlier tear-jerker, which went on to a renewed burst of popularity. It is hard to overstate the impact of Kerr’s appearance in “From Here to Eternity” in 1953. Until then, she had played what she called “goody, goody” roles; Laurence Olivier termed her “unreasonably chaste.” Kerr, along with Greer Garson and Jean Simmons, was the quintessential Englishwoman – with all the staidness that implied. In “Eternity,” Kerr was suddenly something entirely different: a sexy, adulterous wife making torrid love to Burt Lancaster on a Hawaiian beach. Parts of the scene were so daring for the time that they had to be cut out. The role broadened her image. Moviegoers came to suspect that even in the more refined moments of her later roles, a raw sensuality lurked below Kerr’s placid surface. This mix of niceness and sexiness prompted tag lines like “A Sweet Kerr Named Desire” and did not exactly hurt at the box office. “I don’t think anyone knew I could act until I put on a bathing suit,” Kerr said in an interview with Collier’s magazine. A line Kerr delivered in the 1956 movie “Tea and Sympathy” exemplified her seemingly new knowingness. As she’s about to sexually initiate an anguished prep school student, she tells him, “When you speak of this in future years, and you will, be kind.” Versatility was a hallmark of subsequent roles. In 1955, Yul Brynner, who had played the king on Broadway in “The King and I,” chose Kerr for the film version. In “Separate Tables” (1958), she was nominated for an Oscar for the fifth time for her role as a repressed spinster. Her sixth nomination was for “The Sundowners” (1960), in which she performed without makeup as a sheep farmer’s wife. Stage roles were fewer, but drew positive comment. When “Tea and Sympathy” opened on Broadway in 1953, with Kerr in the role she later reprised in the film, Brooks Atkinson, writing in The New York Times, noted her “effortless style.” Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer was born on Sept. 30, 1921, in Helensburgh, Scotland. Kerr’s first marriage to Anthony Bartley, an Englishman who had been a decorated fighter pilot during World War II, ended in divorce. She is survived by her husband, Peter Viertel, an author and screenwriter; her daughters, Melanie and Francesca; a stepdaughter, Christine Viertel; and three grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Writers Guild contract talks break off

first_imgHollywood writers and producers broke off contract talks without a new deal, allowing the Writers Guild of America’s current pact to expire at midnight Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately known whether the writers will walk off the job. A call to a union spokesman was not immediately returned. No new talks were scheduled for today, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a statement. Both sides had resumed negotiations earlier in the day with the help of a federal mediator, and the writers submitted a revamped contract proposal with the hope of avoiding a strike. Details of the proposal were not released, but it appears both sides couldn’t agree on whether to give writers more money from the sale of DVDs and the distribution of shows via the Internet, cell phones and other digital platforms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Producers have said they wouldn’t agree to anything that would restrict their ability to experiment with new Internet and other digital delivery options for films and TV shows. Calling it “the DVD issue,” AMPTP President Nick Counter said in a statement to the Writers Guild that it was blocking both sides from making further progress in their talks.last_img read more

Reality of strike to hit TV near you

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre CBS’s “60 Minutes” may package sundry segments into themed specials (celebrity profiles, etc.) and “48 Hours Mystery” could increase production. NBC’s “Dateline” might expand to three telecasts per week. ABC’s “Primetime” newsmagazine is developing spinoff series such as “Family Secrets,” “Medical Mysteries” and “The Outsiders.”Here’s a sampling of the shows announced as being available to the networks for the remainder of the season. Networks might also plug series from their sister cable networks into schedule holes. Where available, premiere dates are listed. ABC ABC enjoyed the greatest success of any network with its new scripted shows, with four – “Samantha Who?”, “Private Practice,” “Pushing Daisies” and “Women’s Murder Club” – luring large-enough audiences to garner renewals for a second season. Though the strike could slow dilute the momentum of those shows, the network has a number of scripted and reality shows to tide it over for the remainder of the season.“According to Jim”: Jim Belushi’s long-running sitcom, initially canceled, being brought back as a midseason replacement. “Miss Guided”: Sitcom starring Judy Greer as a high-school guidance counselor whose own life could use some direction.“Cashmere Mafia”: From “Sex and the City’s” Darren Starr, this dramedy starring Lucy Liu, Miranda Otto, Frances O’Connor and Bonnie Somerville as four friends who also happen to be high-powered businesswomen was pulled from a debut later this month to enhance the schedule later in the season.“Eli Stone”: Drama starring Jonnycq Lee Miller as an attorney on a spiritual quest.“Notes from the Underbelly” (premieres 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26): Second-season debut of the sitcom about young couples coping with parenthood.“Duel” (premieres 8 p.m. Dec. 17, continuing through Dec. 23): This game show rewarding bluffing receives a “Deal or No Deal”-style launch – a full week of originals at a time most shows are in repeats.“Dance Wars: Bruno Vs. Carrie Ann” (8 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 7): “Dancing With the Stars” spinoff focusing on two choreographers.“Oprah’s Big Give”: The summer series highlighting talk-show host Winfrey’s altruism returns.“Here Come the Newlyweds”: The comic “Newlywed Game,” reimagined.“Wanna Bet?”: Celebrities raise cash for charity by deciding whether other contestants can perform odd, unlikely and embarrassing stunts.“Wife Swap”: The spouse-switch reality show returns.“Supernanny”: The tough-love child-discipline reality show returns. CBS CBS experienced a rare disappointing fall, as none of its new series really clicked (though “Moonlight” performed serviceably on Fridays, when expectations are lowered); “Viva Laughlin” was quickly canceled after but two episodes.“Swingtown”: “Ice Storm”-type drama about ’70s swingers, starring Molly Parker (“Deadwood”).“Jericho”: Last season’s post-apocalyptic drama was canceled, then brought back, after a campaign by its fans, for seven additional episodes.“The New Adventures of Old Christine”: Though Julia-Louis Dreyfuss won an Emmy for her comic turn as a divorcee remaking her life, ratings were wan, but it returns as a midseason replacement.“The Captain”: A comedy writer whose career is on the skids (given this strike, whose isn’t these days?) moves into an apartment complex populated by eccentrics in this sitcom. Jeffrey Tambor and Raquel Welch co-star.“Comanche Moon” (9 p.m. Dec. 30, Jan. 1 and 2): Miniseries sequel to “Lonesome Dove.”“Million-Dollar Password”: Regis Philbin hosts this prime-time resurrection of the classic game show.“Big Brother”: The summer perennial reality competition series pitting houseguests seeking to remain in a Studio City home in its first spring incarnation.“Do You Trust Me?”: Quiz show hosted by Tucker Carlson in which contestants must rely upon, rather than vanquish, one another.“Power of 10”: The Drew Carey-hosted game show on pop-culture polls returns.As usual, new cycles of “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” will return. Fox The network, which traditionally stumbles in the fall only to rebound come January, did well this year thanks to postseason baseball, Tuesday’s “House”/”Bones” tandem and its perennially popular Sunday-night lineup of animated comedies. Plus, it has the lion’s share of the college-football bowl games. However, its Friday fall reality series (“Nashville,” “The Next Great American Band”) quickly tanked.Fox also has the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, which it will follow with an original episode of “House” featuring guest star Mira Sorvino.“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (premieres 8 p.m. Jan. 13; thereafter, 9 p.m. Mondays through March 3): Spinoff of the “Terminator” movies, starring Lena Headey (“300”), Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “Serenity”) and Thomas Dekker (“Heroes”).“New Amsterdam” (premieres 9 p.m. Feb. 22): Drama about immortal New York police Detective John Amsterdam (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who will become mortal only upon encountering his true love. Fox first moved this series off the fall schedule, then cut its order of episodes from 13 to seven: not a good sign.“Unhitched” (premiering 9:30 p.m. March 2): Farrelly brothers sitcom about thirty-something singles (including “The Office’s” Rashida Jones) navigating the treacherous (and, given that the Farrellys are involve, no doubt really gross) waters of the world of dating.“The Return of Jezebel James” (8:30 p.m. March 7): Parker Posey stars as a high-strung publishing executive who recruits her slacker sister (“Six Feet Under’s” Lauren Ambrose) to have a baby for her.in this sitcom from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. Its order was also sliced to seven episodes.“Canterbury’s Law” (9 p.m. April 11): “Shark” meets “Damages,” starring Julianna Margulies as Elizabeth Canterbury, a very Type-A defense attorney.“American Idol” (premiering 8 p.m. Jan. 15): If this requires explanation, you’re likely not reading this story in the first place.“The Moment of Truth” (premiering 9 p.m. Jan. 23): Contestants are asked embarrassing personal questions while strapped to a lie detector.“When Women Rule the World” (premieres 8 p.m. March 3): Men accustomed to being in charge find themselves under the rule of Type-A women (though Julianna Margulies is nowhere in sight). NBC The network’s woes continue apace: None of its new shows really stuck; its biggest disappointment was its “Bionic Woman” remake.Monday self-starter “Chuck” is its only nominal success; even last-season hit “Heroes” has lost a lot of viewers.“Law & Order”: NBC’s longest-running drama returns in February.“Medium”: Patricia Arquette returns as the crime-solving psychic.“Lipstick Jungle”: “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell offers more sex, same city.“Celebrity Apprentice”: Those who couldn’t score “Dancing With the Stars” gigs jump through hoops for Donald Trump.“American Gladiators”: Welcome back, Atlasphere! Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali host the revival of the campy ’80s Lycra-fest battlezone.“Baby Borrowers”: Teens considering parenthood are given children at various growth stages (infant, toddler, on up to teen and then elderly person) to care for.“Amnesia”: Contestants must provide vivid memories of their own sorry pasts in this Dennis Miller-hosted game show.“My Dad is Better Than Your Dad”: Reality competition pitting families against one another in “Fear Factor”/”Survivor”-like challenges.“Clash of the Choirs”: BET already does this, but, really, it’s just another variation on “American Idol.”“1 Vs. 100”: The summer game show returns. The CW Talk about crash-and-burn: Nothing really worked for the network forged from the ashes of The WB and UPN in its second season, though it did nonetheless renew “Gossip Girl.”“One Tree Hill”: Folks wondered why this show was renewed, despite its underwhelming ratings, which proved to be higher than the network’s most popular new show, “Gossip Girl.”“Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants” (premieres 8 p.m. Dec. 12): Bitchy, self-involved mother-daughter teams compete in a beauty pageant.“Farmer Wants a Wife”: Think “The Bachelor: Back 40”: Big-city women woo a rural guy.“Pussycat Dolls”: Enthusiasm for this reality-competition cycle might be diminished by the fact that last season’s winner opted for a solo career over joining the hot song-and-dance ensemble.David Kronke, 818-713-3638 david.kronke@dailynews.com www.insidesocal.com/tv/160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If the writers strike drags on, viewers will gradually face the grim reality of reality TV and not much else to watch.Some networks have a few scripted midseason replacement series that they’ll be able to introduce, although some might have only six episodes. All have started snapping up reality and/or prime-time game shows, though most recent network reality programs have met with disappointing viewership.Fox, despite losing “24” for the season, finds itself in the strongest position should the strike wear on, thanks to its “American Idol” juggernaut.Also expect more newsmagazines to infiltrate the airwaves.last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: Eight players to Triple Captain in Gameweek 37

first_img 8 Leicester City may have sewn up the Premier League title but in the world of Fantasy Football there are divisions across the globe which are yet to be decided.Now we’re in the penultimate gameweek and, much to our delight, it’s a double one for eight teams.This means you’ve got an amazing chance to use one of your bonus chips, you may have already used your Bench Boost in the last double gameweek so this presents you with an awesome opportunity to punt on a Triple Captain.So, after consulting our brilliant Fantasy Premier League transfer tips, which you can see here, take a flick through our advice above on which players to use the chip on… 8 Troy Deeney (Watford) – Deeney’s double against Aston Villa proved the player is one who will always give his best for 90 minutes. Against a Liverpool side, which is likely to be weakened, and Norwich City, he could find himself amongst the goals once again. He’s a decent shout to be your Triple Captain. 8 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – One swallow doesn’t make a summer but three goals in his last two appearances and his turbo-charged cameo against Tottenham makes us think the player is hitting form. He could punish Sunderland and a Liverpool side with their attention on their Europa League final on 25 May. Andy Carroll (West Ham) – Carroll has an outside chance of making Euro 2016 so will want to go out with a bang over the next week. Any heroics could put the Hammers on the cusp of a Champions League spot, so could the pony-tailed wonder be Slaven Bilic’s man of the moment? Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – The 33-year-old hotshot will need to be at his best if the Black Cats are to stave off the threat of relegation. Playing leaky sides like Chelsea and Everton could give him chances he needs, while the fact he’s a shoo-in for penalty taking duties make him perfect if you want to place your chip on an outside bet. 8 Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – Another man looking to make France’s Euro 2016 squad is the spritely young forward for the Red Devils. He could do well against Norwich, who are desperately fighting against relegation. 8 8 Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – We suggest, with caution, Sturridge could well be on a mission to prove his doubters wrong in the next three games. An England spot up for grabs will also spur him on. He, though, is unlikely to start both matches against Watford and Chelsea. 8 Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – Click the right arrow above for more advice on how to use your Triple Captain… – The midfielder has been one of the players of the season but his, and West Ham’s battle isn’t done yet. There is still a chance they could finish fourth so the Hammers will be going hard to beat Swansea and, rivals for Champions League football, Manchester United. Payet could be the difference, especially with both matches being at Upton Park – the last two Premier League games at the stadium. The fact he’s fighting for a Euro 2016 spot will keep him going, too. 8 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Ok, we know the Toffees are unpredictable but, given half a chance against both Sunderland and Leicester, who have already won the title and will be without Robert Huth, Lukaku could get amongst the goals. Proceed with caution is our advice.last_img read more