Live match preview – Chelsea vs Sheff Utd 07.11.2020

first_img There has been a debate this week about players going down in the penalty area and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder admits there was an adjustment period for his side after they were promoted to the Premier League Saturday 7th November 5:00pm Winger Kai Havertz will also be missing as he continues his self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.Kepa Arrizabalaga is fit after shoulder trouble, though Edouard Mendy should remain in goal after six successive shut-outs.- Advertisement – Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 5.30pm.Team newsChristian Pulisic will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge due to continued hamstring issues.- Advertisement – 2:48 A look at some of the key stats surrounding the fixtures in matchweek eight of the Premier League – Advertisement – Christian Pulisic made his first appearance of the season in Chelsea's last game before the international breakImage:Christian Pulisic is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem Pulisic pulled out of Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League win at Burnley but though he had returned to low-level training earlier in the week, the USA forward continues to struggle with the issue.center_img Kick off 5:30pm Jones Knows’ predictionMy timeline was not a pretty picture last weekend when the referee blew his whistle at the end of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley. Blues fans came at me, mostly in good spirits, cupping their ear in my direction after I had made a case for Burnley at 11/2. I will never apologise for having a pop at a price.Well, Sheffield United – a team that have played far better than their position in the Premier League table suggests – are even bigger in the market than Burnley this weekend. You can get 7/1 on an away win.The case can be made too. The Blades beat Chelsea 3-0 at Bramall Lane last season and dug out a deserved 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.Have they tempted me in? I would be in line for a bravery award if so.Edouard Mendy is going for a seventh straight clean sheet and his relationship with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma in front of him is a trio to fear when it comes to defensive solidity. Chris Wilder’s men are the joint lowest scorers this season in the Premier League with Burnley – netting just three goals, and two of those were penalties.The Chelsea bandwagon still does not have me as a passenger but I do fancy them for a low-scoring home win this weekend against the blunt Blades.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)Opta statsChelsea have conceded exactly twice in five of their last six home league games against Sheffield United (W2 D2 L2), keeping a clean sheet in the other (3-0 in March 2007).Sheffield United avoided defeat in both league games against Chelsea last season (W1 D1), coming from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 in this exact fixture in August 2019.Sheffield United are one of just four clubs against whom Chelsea have lost more Premier League games than they’ve won (W3 L4), alongside Oldham Athletic (W0 L3), Liverpool (W20 L23) and Arsenal (W19 L20).Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games (W2 D3), last having a longer run in the competition between September-November 2019 (6).One point from seven games marks Sheffield United’s joint-worst ever start to a league campaign in their history (level with 1975-76, when they finished bottom of the top-flight). Meanwhile, the Blades haven’t remained winless in their first eight games of a league campaign since 1990-91.Sheffield United have taken just one point from their last 30 available in the Premier League (W0 D1 L9). They last had a longer run without a league victory than their current run of 10 back in March 2011 (14).Sheffield United have scored with just 5.1% of their shots in the Premier League this season (3/59) – only Burnley have a lower conversion rate so far (5%). Meanwhile, Chelsea have converted 18.8% of their efforts (16/85), the third highest in the competition this season.Since beating Chelsea 3-0 in July, Sheffield United have netted just four goals in 10 Premier League games, with two of those coming from the penalty spot.Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has kept a clean sheet in each of his three Premier League starts, and could become just the fourth keeper to keep a clean sheet in each of his first four in the competition after Alex Manninger, Pepe Reina and Anders Lindegaard.After failing to score or assist a goal in any of his first four Premier League appearances, Chelsea’s Timo Werner has been involved in four goals in his last three games in the competition (3 goals, 1 assist).Pitch to Post Preview Podcast: Jamie Carragher on Man City v Liverpool; Steve Bruce on Callum Wilson; Chelsea’s title chances assessedJamie Carragher and Steve Bruce are among the guests on this week’s Pitch to Post Preview Podcast.Sky Sports pundit Carragher joins Peter Smith and Adam Bate to look ahead to the big Super Sunday clash between Man City and Liverpool, while Steve Bruce is on the line to discuss Newcastle’s Friday Night Football trip to Southampton and the form of star striker Callum Wilson.Also on the show we analyse how Chelsea have turned around their defensive problems, how Leicester have coped with injury problems, and Adam makes a bold Pitch.Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox 0:28 Matchweek 8 Preview Chris Wilder– Advertisement – Sheffield United will be without Ethan Ampadu against his parent club.Chris Wilder could recall Oliver Norwood, or deploy Sander Berge in the centre of midfield and start contract rebel John Lundstram on the right.John Fleck (back) and Lys Mousset (toe) have boosted Wilder’s still winless side by returning to training but this game will come too soon. Chelsea vs Sheffield United will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm on Saturday Night Football; kick-off at 5.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle. How to followlast_img read more

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Murphy eyes Haydock hurdles return for Kalashnikov | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “We’ll just take it as it comes for the rest of the season – if he loves it on Saturday he could stay over hurdles, but the plan is just to get him back on song – fingers crossed we have no more bleeding episodes.“Prior to those last two runs, he’d never been out of the first two (when completing) and both times he bled.“We’ve put everything into getting him back. We’ve given him plenty of time, we’ve freshened him up and please God it was something underlying rather than him having an issue.”- Advertisement – There are 24 still in contention for the £80,000 prize, which is no longer run over fixed brush hurdles.David Pipe’s prolific winner Main Fact is among the market leaders, having lost just once in nine outings for current connections.His last three wins have come on the Flat, seeing him rise from a mark of 60 to 78 – while his current jumps rating of 147 is 49lb higher than when he joined the yard. Pipe could also run Duc De Beauchene.There are two possible Irish contenders in Colm Murphy’s Relegate, winner of the 2018 Champion Bumper for Willie Mullins, and The Jam Man – trained in Northern Ireland by Ronan McNally.The Jam Man was last seen bolting up off a much lower mark over fences in the valuable Troytown Chase at Navan.Hughie Morrison’s Third Wind, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Wholestone, Royal Ascot winner Who Dares Wins and Fergal O’Brien’s Imperial Alcazar are just a few other potential major contenders in what is sure to be a competitive affair.Last year’s Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase winner Itchy Feet is among the entries for the Graduation Chase on the card – but he is also entered in a Grade Two at Ascot.Good Boy Bobby, Master Tommytucker and Windsor Avenue are possible opponents should he run on Merseyside. His form tailed off in the second half of the campaign, though, when he broke blood vessels, and he faces a step up in trip back over hurdles on Saturday.Murphy said: “We’re very much planning to run as long as it is not bottomless.“He stayed two and a half miles well last year. Obviously he’s had a few issues, so this is very much a starting point for him.- Advertisement – Kalashnikov is set to return to the smaller obstacles in the Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle.Amy Murphy’s star has proved himself a very smart performer over fences in the last two seasons, winning a Grade One as a novice at Aintree and finishing second in the Old Roan last year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Pete Radovich, creative director of CBS: The promotion that football has brought to Croatia is invaluable

first_imgTell the story by reaching an emotional connection with the people you need to reach, not by pushing your product to them, said Pete Radovich, creative director of CBS, winner of the most prestigious awards in the world of marketing and communications on one of the most visited panels. Croatia means football? at the Weekend Media Festival held in Rovinj, and added: “You can make and tell a story from everything, but to make a good story is an art. Every good story needs patience, good research and a focus on emotions.”Or translated into the tourist language, let’s not sell accommodation, but a destination. We need to sell emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.On the other hand, the lecture ‘Tell Me A Story’ was focused on sports as an ambassador of tourism, and of course motivated by the historical success of our national football team. And here we can certainly connect the development of sports tourism as an important segment. “Sport is the only content that must be watched live because that is the only way to get a complete experience. News, movies, series – everything else can be watched ‘on demand’, except sports. People organize their lives around TV schedules only because of sports, and that is the added value of sports in the promotion of the state, which is impossible to surpass. ” concluded Pete Radovich, creative director of CBS, at one of the most visited panels ‘What does football mean for the Croatia brand?’.Photo: Weekend Media FestivalThe Croatian national team ‘swept’ the World Cup and afforded us hundreds of thousands of articles, TV reports, billions of tweets and searches about Croatia. Everyone wanted to know where Croatia was and who these dice people were. CNTB reacted immediately and gave people what they asked for – they started the campaign and during the matches determined the geolocations by precisely targeting the audience and showing them the promo video “Croatia full of life” with Croatian footballers. “We created an abbreviated version of the promotional video Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism, in which we left only shots in which Croatian football players appear. The results were excellent. ” said Kristjan Stanicic, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board.On the eve and during the match with England, the focus was on the area around Luznhiki Stadium, and after the match on the entire Moscow area. On that occasion, the shortened version of the promotional video was viewed over 250.000 times, and after the Croatian victory and entering the finals, the “view rate” of the video increased by 161 percent. ‘The success of the footballers made our job easier, and we reacted in time. We were recently visited by a photographer who was “run over” by Mandžukić and the team during the celebration, and the campaign for the post-season is still ongoing. ‘, said Staničić and added that in all emitting markets there has been an increase in interest in Croatia, and September is also very good in terms of numbers.’I think the effect of the SP will leave an even deeper mark. Compared to competing countries, Croatia has a significantly smaller budget, so such successes in sports really help promotion. It is gratifying that in some emitting markets we are recording a double-digit increase in bookings and interest’, said Stanicic. CNTB conducts campaigns in the American and European markets and in Asian countries such as China and Japan. Depending on the trends in each country, campaigns are a combination of different channels, but are mostly based on digital tools.Photo: HNSLet us respect ourselves so that others may respect usZlatko Dalic, the selector of the Croatian national football team, is most proud of the fact that the championship has returned national pride and a somewhat lost identity to the Croats.’The silver is big, but maybe an even bigger thing is what happened during and after the championship. So much positive and pride, the dice were carried again, the children cheered… When we lost in the final there were a lot of inscriptions ‘you didn’t win the championship but you won our hearts’, Dalic pointed out.Apart from the silver medal, the coach in Croatia put Croatia in focus when he insisted that he and the footballers speak exclusively in Croatian at press conferences. There is one anecdote with a Sky News reporter. After one of the matches, he asked Dalic a question in English. The Croatian coach answered in Croatian. After the victory of the Croatian national team against England, the same journalist came, took a tablet and asked Dalic a question in Croatian.’The man showed respect that we may not have for ourselves. I’m sorry I didn’t get along and answered him in English, so I can pay my respects to him too. When I think about my industry, it seems to me that we don’t value ourselves enough, we’re not confident and brave enough. I said a few years ago that he would be the champion to give me Barcelona or Real. We constantly think that someone is better than us, but who is better than us? God has given us talent and knowledge. When you go shopping in neighboring countries, wear a Croatian jersey. Everyone will know where you are coming from, and you may even get a discount’, said DalicUnfortunately, we Croats do not respect ourselves, our tradition and culture. On the contrary, we seem to be ashamed of it, even though it is our greatest value and advantage over our competitors. Croatia does not have one story, but thousands of stories as well as thousands of islands, and I wonder when we will realize that tourists want our story.It is precisely our authentic story that must be our main tourist product. We must be what we are – Dalmatians, Slavonians, Istrians, Zagorje… Croats. Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. And that is the answer to why Greece and Turkey are not or at least should not be our competitors. But only when we start telling our stories, not just selling sun and sea and striving for standardization. If we are making a copy of Venice or Tuscany, I wonder why then someone would come to see a copy when they can see the original. Simple, isn’t it?/// Watch this video which is an exclusive greeting to the Weekend Media Festival shot yesterday in New York, the studio of one of the most famous American sports shows about the NFL, Inside The NFL., and tells us about the importance and power of sports through the promotion and branding of the State.In the end, Pete Radovich confirmed that more and more people in America know about Croatia, and more importantly, more and more of them come here on vacation. Radovich said that the streets of New York were full of dice during the championship and that football greatly contributed to the promotion of Croatia. In the US they adore our jersey because it is different and ‘cool’.”A lot of Americans heard about Croatia, but they didn’t know much about it. During the finals, they googled ‘Croatia’ and saw beautiful photos of Croatia. And all because of football ” concluded Radovich, who, after the defeat by Croatia, forced his English colleague to wear a checkered jersey on the CBS show. It is estimated that between four and five million people watched the show.last_img read more

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In July, 53 percent of last year’s result have been achieved so far

first_imgIt was held yesterday at the Ministry of Tourism 70th session of the CNTB Tourist Council at which council members approved additional funding for crisis communication. Funds in the amount of one million kuna will be directed to continuous monitoring of the market situation with the aim of quickly and timely informing the target public about all new changes in the travel segment with emphasis on Croatia as a safe and accessible tourist destination, the CNTB points out. Last weekend, from Friday to Sunday, almost 300 arrivals were realized in Croatia, and currently more than 600.000 tourists are staying in Croatia.center_img So far in July, that is, from July 1 to 19, realized eye 1,4 million arrivals which is 53 percent of last year ‘s result in the same period as well 9,6 million overnight stays which is 56 percent of last year’s result achieved in the same period. The largest tourist turnover was realized from the markets of Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Austria.last_img read more

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Belfast Retail & Offices

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Hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam under observation as part of coronavirus containment efforts

first_imgA joint team comprising staff from the city’s health and manpower agencies has been formed to monitor the health of hundreds of Chinese workers in Batam, Riau Islands as a precautionary measure in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Chinese workers that have just arrived at Batam will also undergo a 14-day isolation period before being allowed to return to work.Batam Manpower Agency head Rudi Syakyakirti said the joint team had visited the workers’ lodgings and factories on Wednesday. The manpower agency recorded that more than 100 Chinese workers in Batam between January and February.Rudy said health officials had also carried out medical checks on the workers when they first arrived in Batam and that all of the were found to be healthy at the time.“They are all under being monitored because they entered Batam right after the coronavirus outbreak started in their homeland,” Rudi said. “The results of our field observations so far is that none of the Chinese workers are showing any coronavirus symptoms.” (hol)Topics :last_img read more

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EIOPA IORP stress test to consider financial stability ‘repercussions’

first_imgThe European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched its second stress test of EU occupational pension funds, geared towards analysing how pension funds could pass on shocks to the real economy and financial markets.The first stress test – which came in for strong criticism from the European pensions industry – was carried out in 2015, with the results published in early 2016.It found that pension funds had a limited ability to pass on financial shocks to other market participants, but EIOPA said further work was needed to understand the potential consequences on the real economy and financial stability in general. This is the focus of this year’s stress test.Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of EIOPA, said: “EIOPA’s second occupational pensions stress test analyses the effects of prolonged adverse market conditions on sponsoring companies, members and beneficiaries, and financial markets through pension funds’ investment behaviour, elaborating on the second-round effects on the real economy and financial stability. “It will provide up-to-date information on the vulnerabilities of the occupational pensions sector and the possible repercussions for the stability of the wider financial system and European economy.”However, aba, the German occupational pensions trade body, has rejected EIOPA’s approach to the 2017 stress test exercise on several grounds.Georg Thurnes, chief actuary for Germany at Aon Hewitt and deputy chief executive of aba, said that pension fund sponsoring companies do not come under EIOPA’s remit and that it was “unacceptable” for the stress test to incorporate an analysis of how they would be affected.In many cases the information being sought by EIOPA about sponsoring companies was either not publicly available or was not made available to the IORPs, he said.Thurnes also argued that EIOPA did not have the necessary expertise to conduct a reputable study on the financial strength of sponsoring companies in different sectors.The stress test covers IORPs providing defined benefit (DB), hybrid, and defined contribution (DC) plans.The 2017 exercise will examine how Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs) would cope in a “double-hit scenario”, consisting of a drop in risk-free interest rates and a fall in the price of assets held by the pension funds.The stress scenario was developed in cooperation with the European Systemic Risk Board.The DB/hybrid part of the exercise will analyse how the impact of these theoretical shocks on pensions funds would affect sponsor support and pension benefits over time, while the DC part will assess the impact on IORPs’ assets and on the retirement income of three representative plan members. This will be extrapolated to all DC plan members.The exercise also seeks to understand what IORPs’ investment behaviour would be like following the stress scenario.DB and hybrid schemes will have to apply the double-hit stresses to the “national balance sheet” – incorporating national-level rules and assumptions – and the “common, market-consistent balance sheet”. The latter corresponds to the common framework balance sheet that EIOPA has proposed, which aba and other industry associations oppose.EIOPA said using the common balance sheet was necessary to ensure comparability of the stress test results.A new aspect of the 2017 stress test is that DC pension funds have to assess the impact of the adverse market scenario on the market value of assets.EIOPA’s aim is to cover all the European Economic Area (EEA) countries with a material IORP sector. It said 20 countries from the EEA were set to participate in the stress test. The deadline for participating IORPs to complete the exercise is 13 July.last_img read more

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Equinor taps Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford for drilling services on NCS

first_imgSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. The Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has awarded drilling services contracts worth NOK 2.5 billion ($286.7 million) in total to the oilfield services behemoths Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford, among others. Contract signing / Photo by Kjetil Eide, EquinorThe services will be delivered to both new and existing fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. Contracts for services related to liner hangers were signed in Equinor’s digital laboratory at Forus, Stavanger, on 14 May. Contracts for additional completion and downhole monitoring have been signed earlier.“These contacts will help us continue our safe and efficient drilling and well operations. The suppliers are specialists that we have worked with before, and we know what they stand for. We look forward to continuing our good cooperation,” says Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president, Drilling & Well.The total contract value for these services is estimated at about NOK 2.5 billion for the 3-year fixed contact term. In addition, there are five 2-year options for all awards, Equinor said.The contracts now signed cover niche deliveries complementing the integrated drilling and well service contracts signed in 2018.“We have standardized the contract set-up between various suppliers. This simplifies collaboration and creates win-win solutions,” says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.Krantz-Underland has stressed that Equinor does not just buy services from the biggest suppliers only, “but also from small-size suppliers with the required specialist competencies.”Apart from the quarter of U.S. oilfield services giants, the contracts have been awarded to Ramex, NOV Wellbore Technologies – NUF, Petroleum Technology Company, TCO AS, Interwell Norway AS, Welltec Oilfield Services (Norway), and Roxar Flow Management.The services are key to capturing additional value on the Norwegian continental shelf, aiming to improve the recovery rate from 50 to 60 percent, Equinor said.The services related to liner hangers and additional completion are based on framework contracts with standardized conditions where the volume may vary. The estimated value is one billion crowns for liner hangers and half a billion crowns for additional completion.The downhole monitoring contracts were awarded in March, covering a predetermined scope at a value of about 1 billion crowns for for three years.Below is the chart showing which company won which contract, as shared by Equinor:last_img read more

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Jac-Cen-Del School Board Fires Superintendent

first_imgSchool board members voted 3-0 to remove Superintendent Dr. Leanna Phillippe from her position Tuesday.The superintendent of Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools was fired Tuesday night after the board held a special session.Three of the five school board members unanimously agreed to relieve Dr. Leanna Philippe of her job duties. One board member refrained from voting and another was not present at the meeting.Forty-five local residents packed the library of Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School on Tuesday evening.The public meeting was adjourned just minutes after it began, as several crowd members expressed frustration they were unable to speak to the board or get an explanation of why the superintendent was being fired prior to the decision being handed down.A school board must advertise a public meeting to legally make a decision such as terminating the contract of a superintendent. The statute does not dictate they must field questions from crowd members.School board members affirmed that a report will soon be released which will detail the allegations against Phillippe.Board member Deanna Young held back tears expressing to the crowd, “This has not been easy. This has been very tough. I have known Leanna almost all of my life. So, as you sit out there and you are mad, and I understand that, this has been very very hard.”“This is how it has to be done. I know if I was out there I would be mad too.”Former Jac-Cen-Del Superintendent Bill Narwold has accepted the school corporations lead administrator position on an interim basis.Check back on Country 103.9 WRBI and wrbiradio.com for the latest on this story.last_img read more

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Berbice cricket stakeholders move to court today to challenge BCB’s elections

first_imgTHE majority of the cricket stakeholders in the Ancient County will move to the Court today to challenge the legality of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) elections, which was held last Sunday at the Classic Hotel and Resort in Corriverton.The cricket stakeholders are claiming that the elections were rigged, adding that it was not held in accordance to the Cricket Administration Bill, and more so it was not carried out based on the directives given by the Justice Navindra Singh.Information reaching Chronicle Sport indicates that the cricket stakeholders will move to have the BCB’s elections results quashed. In addition they are expected to file for contempt of court against elected BCB president Dhierandranauth Somwaru, treasurer Godwyn Allicock, and secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Anand Sanasie.Sunday’s elections, the first since 2014, were scheduled following a ruling delivered by Justice Navindra Singh on September 8.However, Rabindranauth Saywack, the driving force behind the Court action, indicated that Sunday’s elections were not carried out based on the directives given by the Judge.“Look, a directive was given by the Court to allow clubs to vote once members can show documents to verify their legitimacy as they seek to enter the venue. That’s one. Another directive is that the Returning Officer must be elected at a by-election by member clubs on the day itself, but that was not done,” Saywack said during an invited comment yesterday.Former Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) president Drubahadur was nominated as the Returning Officer by 18 members prior to the start of proceedings, an act which created the tension for the entire elections.Sunday’s elections have now left the administration of the game in limbo, a situation, which started since the 2014 elections.last_img read more

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