Tag Archives: queens

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Arsenal vs Norwich, Aston Villa vs Fulham, Everton vs QPR, Reading vs Liverpool, Southampton vs West Ham

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow all the action as it happens

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

01:00 GMT, 13 April 2013

|

UPDATED:

13:16 GMT, 13 April 2013

It may be FA Cup semi-final weekend, but there's still plenty of Premier League action to enjoy with five 3pm kick-offs on Saturday afternoon: Arsenal vs Norwich City, Aston Villa vs Fulham, Everton vs Queens Park Rangers, Reading vs Liverpool and Southampton vs West Ham United.

Join Adam Shergold for all the goals as they go in from 2pm.

LATEST SCORES

Arsenal vs Norwich City

Aston Villa vs Fulham

Everton vs Queens Park Rangers

Reading vs Liverpool

Southampton vs West Ham United

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

All the latest from the Championship

All the latest from League One

All the latest from League Two

Premier League badges

2.02pm LIVERPOOL team news versus Reading – Brendan Rodgers has made one change from last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham United, with Daniel Sturridge coming in for Stewart Downing.

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
Substitutes: Jones, Assaidi, Downing, Coates, Suso, Shelvey, Skrtel

Premier League badges

READING team news vs Liverpool
Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Hunt, McCleary, Pogrebnyak
Substitutes: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Le Fondre, Blackman

2pm Hello and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of this afternoon's five Barclays Premier League matches.

The FA Cup semi-finals may take centre stage this weekend, but there's still plenty at stake in the top flight, particularly in the relegation battle.

Stay with us for all the team news, coming up shortly.

Premier League Saturday afternoon action

Harry Redknapp gives Julio Cesar the nod to save Queens Park Rangers from relegation

Redknapp set to give Cesar the nod ahead of Green in bid to save QPR from Premier League relegation

By
Stuart Fraser

PUBLISHED:

12:23 GMT, 1 April 2013

|

UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 1 April 2013

Julio Cesar is tipped to be the man Harry Redknapp will rely on to save Queens Park Rangers' season during the relegation run-in.

The former Inter Milan goalkeeper, who joined as a free transfer during the summer and earns around 60,000-a-week, has been in scintillating form at times this season and grabbed the attention of plenty of Premier League clubs including Manchester United.

Well held: Cesar's good form at times this season looks like it has clinched him the No 1 shirt

Well held: Cesar's good form at times this season looks like it has clinched him the No 1 shirt

He has fought for the No 1 shirt with Robert Green all season, although the rivalry has been tapered by injuries, but will be given the job of helping keep QPR in the top flight for the final push.

Cesar has started in 21 Premier League matches to Green’s 11 and has kept five clean sheets to Green’s none.

Run-in: QPR's final eight Premier League games

Run-in: QPR's final eight Premier League games

The Brazilian has only dropped one ball all season — give him a catch success rate of 98 per cent — and has saved 74 per cent of shots to Green’s 60 per cent.

He has also made on average twice as many saves per game (4.1 saves per match).

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has been maths teacher as well as manager to his players this week.

The Queens Park Rangers boss reckons that four wins plus two draws equals Barclays Premier League survival.

On the eve of the short journey to Fulham, winger Andros Townsend insisted: ‘The gaffer has said he thinks 37 points might be enough and we feel we are capable of achieving it.

‘We’re a confident group of players and we’re playing well at the moment. We can really take the game to the opposition.’

QPR will have to find a way past Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, as his side aim for a top-10 finish.

Schwarzer, 40, has been instrumental in Fulham securing a mid-table berth with eight matches remaining this season and manager Martin Jol sees no reason why he cannot continue to do a first-rate job at Craven Cottage.

Jol has opened contract talks with Schwarzer and believes the Australian can continue playing until he is at least 42.

Calculations: Redknapp reckons four wins and two draws will see QPR safe

Calculations: Redknapp reckons four wins and two draws will see QPR safe

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi in 29m move from Shakhtar

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:14 GMT, 30 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 30 January 2013

Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for 29million.

Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian's situation ever since.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also known admirers but Anzhi look to have won the race for his signature.

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

The capture of Willian should soften the blow delivered by the loss of Christopher Samba.

The big defender has travelled to London to seal a 12.5m move to Queens Park Rangers after the Premier League strugglers met the release clause in his contract.

Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink hit out at Samba over the way he left.

The former Chelsea boss said: 'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.'

Loic Remy denies he signed for QPR for money

I'm not here for the money! Remy denies he snubbed Newcastle to cash in at QPR

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 18 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

11:48 GMT, 18 January 2013

Loic Remy has denied he chose QPR over Newcastle for monetary reasons.

The France striker looked set to move to St James' Park after manager Alan Pardew made what he described as a 'fantastic offer', only to instead move to Rangers who are reported to have offered him 80,000 per week.

Newcastle great Alan Shearer expressed his surprise at Remy's decision and suggested that money was the motivating factor but the 8million capture from Marseille revealed the influence of QPR manager Harry Redknapp was key.

Got his man: Loic Remy (left) has joined manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers

Got his man: Loic Remy (left) has joined manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers

'The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well,' Remy said.

'I've seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons.

'I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.

'QPR were very open, they wanted me and it's great to be here.

Denial: Remy insists he has not moved to QPR for the money after snubbing a move to Newcastle

Denial: Remy insists he has not moved to QPR for the money after snubbing a move to Newcastle

'It's true that I hesitated between Newcastle and QPR. I went to meet the staff at Newcastle and there came a time to make a decision and I made that decision based on two factors.

'Firstly I already knew the coach Harry Redknapp and secondly, I'm very excited by the project QPR have here for the future.

'It's a big challenge and the team are in a difficult situation, but since Harry Redknapp has been here things have changed a great deal.'

Redknapp monitored Remy when he was Tottenham manager and went to Marseille to meet him, only to be put off by the 20m price tag being quoted at the time.

Main man: Remy (left) has been brought in from Marseille to rescue QPR from relegation

Main man: Remy (left) has been brought in from Marseille to rescue QPR from relegation

Loic Remy to join QPR after Newcastle deal is hijacked

Toon blow as QPR hijack 8m Remy switch with M'Vila also set to join Redknapp revolution

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

19:43 GMT, 14 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 14 January 2013

Queens Park Rangers are confident they have hijacked Loic Remy's move to England after they were given permission to speak to the Marseille striker by the French club on Monday night.

Newcastle had agreed to meet Marseille's 8million valuation of the France international and he travelled to Tyneside on Sunday for talks with Alan Pardew and director Derek Llambias.

Hijack: QPR are poised to sign Remy from Marseille

Hijack: QPR are poised to sign Remy from Marseille

Remy had refused to talk to QPR last
week but after the Barclays Premier League' s bottom club matched
Marseille's offer, they were given official permission to negotiate a
deal.

It is understood Rangers have
offered more than 70,000-a-week to the 26-year-old former Lyon and Nice
striker who was Newcastle's No 1 target following Demba Ba's move to
Chelsea.

Yann M'Vila is also set to join Remy at Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp flew to France after Saturday’s goalless draw against Tottenhan to look at the Rennes star, with a deal close to completion.

Former Newcastle and QPR midfielder Joey Barton revealed Remy had had a change of heart.

He tweeted: 'Just heard from a
magician that Loic Remy has signed for QPR. Not sure what happened at
Newcastle Llambias again'

Joey Barton scoops Marseille player of the month and loves life in France

J'adore La France! Marseille's player of the month Barton is back in love with football

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 9 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 9 January 2013

He has only been in France a few months but already Joey Barton has earned the respect of his Marseille team-mates.

The midfielder was named the club's player of the month for December – but apparently nobody had bothered to tell him.

He was taken aback when an interviewer said he had won the award, following Marseille's 2-1 win against second division Guingamp in the Coupe de France.

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

But Barton, who was kicked out by Queens Park Rangers in the summer following his shameful antics at Manchester City on the final day of last season, was quick to praise his team-mates and reaffirm his love for the Gallic game – and he didn't even put on the dodgy accent this time.

'It's always good that the fans appreciate the job you're doing but for me the most important thing is winning football matches and that's what I came here to do,' he said.

'My role in the team is not to score goals, my role is to help out the team and that means defending and getting the ball and getting some of the great players that we have in our team on the ball.

'The old water-carrier role is one I wasn't really renowned for in England, although I was able to do it.'

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

The 30-year-old added: 'I'm really enjoying my football – it's difficult for me because the change in the culture of football took me a little bit to adapt to.

'But now the team is winning and I don't think we're firing on all cylinders, that's generally a really good sign, when you don't play great but you're winning football matches.

'I believe winning is a habit, the same way losing is. When you get used to winning, you get hungry for success. The team is really together and it's great to be a part of.

'I'm really blessed to play for a great club, play with some great people and some great footballers. Long may it continue.'

Marseille are third in the French top flight, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in a tight title race.

Emmanuel Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

AVB left with just one striker as Spurs confirm Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas may be forced into the transfer market after the club confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor has performed a U-turn and agreed to play for Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker will be available for Saturday's trip to QPR but his departure will leave Villas-Boas with Jermain Defoe as his only striker for the next month.

A statement on Spurs' official website read: 'The club can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by the Togo FA for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

'The striker will be available for
this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out
to South Africa to meet up with his international teammates ahead of
the championships.'

Adebayor
had cast doubt over his participation at the tournament, which runs
from January 19 to February 10 in South Africa, due to a row over team
security and unpaid bonuses.

The 28-year-old had a
change of heart after talks with the country's President Faure Gnassingbe at the weekend.

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

'Of course we’re in the Africa Cup of Nations with Adebayor, we will be together in South Africa,' head of the Togo Football Federation, Ameyi Gabriel, is reported to have told Radio Algeria International.

'It is very important to have him there because he is our player and captain of the team.'

The development came on the anniversary of the gun attack on Togo's team bus, which killed three people.

Adebayor was on board when gunmen opened
fire as they headed to their African Cup of Nations base in Angola in 2010. Three
people died in the incident – the bus driver, an assistant coach and a
press officer.

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Adebayor will miss the visit of Manchester United on January 20 and could miss up to five games depending on Togo's progress.

Although Adebayor has only scored
three times for Spurs this year, his absence will be a big blow to as the club's only other recognised striker is Jermain Defoe.

Villas-Boas
has regularly claimed he does not need to add another striker to his
squad in this month's transfer window, but he has been linked with
another bid for Internacional and Brazil forward Leandro Damiao in
recent days.

Petr Cech is injured leaving Ross Turnbull in goal for Chelsea

Cech injury blow leaves Chelsea reliant on Turnbull to keep them in title race

|

UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 31 December 2012

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in the title race with goalkeeper Petr Cech sidelined by a groin injury.

Reserve stopper Ross Turnbull stepped in for Cech at half-time during Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Blues are currently unsure how long Cech will be kept out for, with further tests needed to determine the recovery period.

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Turnbull, who was relatively untroubled during the 45 minutes he played against Everton, is likely to start on Wednesday against Queens Park Rangers.

The 27-year-old's only appearance prior to Sunday this season was in Chelsea's 6-0 victory over Wolves in the Capital One Cup.

Cech said after the game: 'I think it was in 40th minute when I was punching the ball away and when I jumped I felt pain in my right groin.

'I finished the half knowing I would not be able to continue after the break. We will see how serious it is. We will know more after the medical check that I undergo tomorrow.'

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's back-up keepers, Turnbull and Henrique Hilario, are unsuitable to replace Cech over a long period of time.

The club have highly-rated Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid and if Cech's injury proves to be severe they could recall him.

Courtois is likely to fight for the No 1 shirt at Chelsea next season with both Turnbull and Hilario making way.

Queens Park Rangers want Joe Cole from Liverpool

Redknapp planning Cole reunion as QPR boss plots survival mission

|

UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 30 December 2012

QPR are hoping to secure the loan signature of Joe Cole from Liverpool as they look to boost their Premier League survival bid.

Rangers manager Harry Redknapp gave Cole his breakthrough at West Ham and he is hoping to be reunited with the former England international when the transfer window opens in January.

On the move Joe Cole (right) is a target for Queens Park Rangers

On the move Joe Cole (right) is a target for Queens Park Rangers

According to the Sunday People, Liverpool are prepared to cover a large percentage of Cole’s 90,000-a-week wages and are willing to let the 31-year-old join QPR permanently should they avoid relegation.

Cole joined Liverpool in the summer of 2010 from Chelsea but he has struggled to hold down a first-team place under both former boss Kenny Dalglish – who loaned him out to Lille last season – and Brendan Rodgers, who has preferred the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sus

Clint Hill warns QPR players to fight or leave club

QPR veteran Hill warns spineless players: If you don't want to fight, get out now

|

UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 29 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill has laid bare the dressing-room tensions at the Premier League’s bottom club ahead of the team’s crucial clash against Liverpool.

Hill revealed the discontent that the players who helped the club win promotion to the top flight felt when they were cast aside by previous managers Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes for a series of big-name signings, most of whom have failed to make any real impact.

And the 34-year-old veteran questioned whether the club’s imports had the desire to fight for Premier League survival.

Back in favour: Clint Hill (left) was overlooked by Mark Hughes at QPR

Back in favour: Clint Hill (left) was overlooked by Mark Hughes at QPR

‘Of course, I was hurt when I was dropped,’ said Hill. ‘And I’m not the only one. There were another 10 or 11 players who had done well for this club, bringing them up from the Championship. To see players who had fought for everything [discarded] is hard to take. We’re not nave enough to think that we didn’t need change, it’s just how much change.’

QPR have won just one game all season and are bottom of the table with 10 points. With games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham looming, they are likely to remain rooted at the bottom well into 2013.

New manager Harry Redknapp has already lambasted some of his best-paid players, claiming they are not giving value for money, and he fined Jose Bosingwa, a Champions League winner with Porto and Chelsea, 100,000 for refusing to sit on the bench for the recent clash against Fulham.

Hill, made captain by Redknapp for the game against West Bromwich Albion when Ryan Nelsen was absent, backs the boss’s stance on Bosingwa.

Bad books: Jose Bosingwa (left) was fined for refusing to be a substitute

Bad books: Jose Bosingwa (left) was fined for refusing to be a substitute

Hill said: ‘If you don’t want to go on the bench, then do you want to be here Do you want to fight Do you want to be in the scrap with your team-mates

‘We’ve all been on the bench, we’ve all been dropped, we’ve all been told we can go. But we all earn good money. If you can’t sit on the bench, there has got to be something wrong.
‘You want to be in this together. You want people next to you fighting for the cause. If you can’t sit on the bench and support the lads, then what are you doing here

‘We’ve got to be together and up for the fight. If you don’t fancy it, then January is round the corner, so off you go!’

Redknapp’s punishment of Bosingwa revealed the full-back’s 50,000-a-week wages and exposed the gulf in earnings between new signings and the pre-Premier League team. But Hill insists money is not an issue.

‘If you can get that money, then good for you,’ he said. ‘I’m more anxious about what players do on the pitch.’

Too much, too soon: Mark Hughes signed a whole new team in summer

Too much, too soon: Mark Hughes signed a whole new team in summer

The first wave of signings came when current owner Tony Fernandes bought the club in August 2011, with Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Armand Traore, Luke Young and Anton Ferdinand soon arriving.

When Warnock was sacked last January, Hughes brought in Nedum Onuoha, Samba Diakite, Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse during the transfer window, before almost an entire team was signed in the summer. Hughes bought Bosingwa and Nelsen along with Andy Johnson, Park Ji-sung, Esteban Granero, Rob Green, Julio Cesar, Junior Hoilett and Stephane Mbia, with Fabio Da Silva arriving on loan.

Of these, only Nelsen, now club captain, is an unqualified success. QPR also paid almost 7million in agents’ fees, the third highest in the Premier League behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

Hill suggests Hughes tried to build a new side too quickly. ‘When you look at the other teams that came up with us, Swansea and Norwich, they’ve done it gradually and brought big players in when they needed it,’ he said.

Struggling: Esteban Granero (right) has failed to live up to his billing at QPR

Struggling: Esteban Granero (right) has failed to live up to his billing at QPR

‘The players who came up from the Championship weren’t given enough trust. I think they could have done a job in this League. But all managers have their own transfer policies.’

Hill was voted player of the season by fans and players in 2011-12 but thought he would be sold on until Redknapp arrived five weeks ago and restored him along with Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie from the promotion team.

Hill added: ‘I’m 34 and I’ve played most of my career in the lower leagues. You’re talking about a Champions League winner [Bosingwa] here and people who have won the Premier League and FA Cups. You hope there’s a desire within them. We need that as a team, as a unit. Everyone is frustrated and everyone is different. But it has to be hurting you to be bottom and to have won one game. If it isn’t, I’ve got to question them.’