first_imgManchester City will be looking to bounce back with a win against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday following a 1-1 stalemate to newly-promoted Wolves last weekend.The Premier League champions were halted at Molineux following a 5-1 rout of Huddersfield Town, and Pep Guardiola will be eager to return his side to the top of the table.Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez’s team will be left disappointed by a late 2-1 loss to Chelsea last time out despite equalising towards the end of stoppage time, before Marcos Alonso proved to be the unlikely match-winner for the Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Manchester City vs Newcastle Date Saturday, September 1 Time 5:30pm BST / 12:30pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed online via the NBC Sports Live app . US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport and streamed on the BT Sport app . UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Manchester City players Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Walker, Kompany, Mendy, Danilo Midfielders B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Delph, De Bruyne, Foden, Brahim Forwards Sane, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling, Jesus The big team news for Manchester City is that Leroy Sane has been left out of the squad by Pep Guardiola, and Goal understands it is because the manager is unhappy with the German winger’s attitude .Elsewhere, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero start in attack, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling also starting for the Premier League champions.Man City XI : Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, D.Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.Subs : Muric, Kompany, Gundogan, Delph, Bernardo, Otamendi, Foden. Position Newcastle players Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot, Woodman Defenders Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lascelles, Yedlin, Dummett, Lejeune, Manquillo, Sterry Midfielders  Ki, Diame, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, Atsu, Aarons, Hayden, Kenedy, Longstaff Forwards Rondon, Joselu, Perez, Muto For Newcastle, Jemal Lascelles returns to the heart of the defence, while Salomon Rondon keeps his place in attack.Kenedy is back in having been ineligible to face parent club Chelsea, while Ayoze Perez also starts having been named on the bench in the defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s men.Newcastle XI : Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Ki, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon.Subs : Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Murphy, Atsu, Muto, Joselu.Betting & Match Odds Manchester City are priced at odds of winning 1/10 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for the Magpies is priced at 20/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Leroy Sane Manchester City 2018-19Manchester City’s draw against Wolves mean that they have slipped to fifth place in the Premier League table, behind the likes of Watford, Tottenham, Chelsea and table-toppers Liverpool.Guardiola’s side will rue the fact that some refereeing decisions may have gone against his team in last week’s fixture, but will need to regain momentum against Newcastle if they want to continue their hopes of defending their Premier League title.City and Liverpool are being named as the frontrunners to challenge for the Premier League but the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea – who registered three wins in three – also remain dangerous.Benitez’s side have yet to register a win this season in the Premier League following a summer that was riddled with off-field troubles, losing to Tottenham on opening day and drawing with Cardiff City in their second game.Newcastle missed a penalty in the final minute in their game against Cardiff and will be eager to register their first win of the new campaign with an unlikely victory over the English champions.The Magpies will need to recover from a disappointing 3-1 midweek defeat in the Carabao Cup to Nottingham Forest, though the loss would have done little to motivate ahead of the club’s toughest challenge in the Premier League against Guardiola’s side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgFormer India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad was not too happy with MS Dhoni’s poor batting display at the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.Dhoni has struggled with the bat ever since he joined the Indian team after a successful stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this year.The 37-year-old amassed 455 runs in 16 IPL games this year at an average of 75.83 with three half-centuries.Everybody had hoped that Dhoni would carry that form into the national team as well but the former captain has struggled to score runs consistently ever since.Also read – I am a lot like MS Dhoni as captain: Rohit Sharma after winning Asia Cup 2018This year Dhoni has aggregated just 225 runs in 10 ODI innings at a paltry average of 28.12 with a highest score of just 42 not out. After the IPL, Dhoni has managed scores of 37, 42, 0, 33, 8 and 36.”At the end of the two-week cricket extravaganza in the UAE, Rohit Sharma and Co. emerged deserving Asia Cup champions. With the focus on next year’s World Cup, the victory is a big statement of intent by the Indian side. Having said that, it was also a reality check for the middle order, which still looks fluid. MS Dhoni will need to step up as a batsman. Although Rishabh Pant is waiting in the wings, Dhoni’s wicketkeeping skills remain sharp and a cut above the rest,” Prasad wrote in his column for Times of India after India won a record 7th Asia Cup on Friday.Also read – MS Dhoni bonded with junior cricketers over hookah: George BaileyadvertisementDespite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.But it is his form with the bat which has been a huge cause for concern for the Men in Blue. Not only has Dhoni struggled to score runs, but he has also found it hard to maintain a healthy strike rate on the rare occasions that he has scored some runs.Also read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsOn one occasion at Lord’s this year, Dhoni was even booed by the frustrated fans due to his 59-ball 37 in a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.Prasad is not the first one to voice his concern with Dhoni’s form. Former India skipper and India Today expert Sunil Gavaskar wants Dhoni to return to domestic cricket to regain form.”Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.Also read – MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar”I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar had told India Today earlier this week.”In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings its great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” he added.Dhoni will next be seen in action during the limited-overs leg of the West Indies series in October.last_img read more