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Everton have reached the FA Cup final safe in the knowledge that a penalty shoot-out could play in their favour against holders Manchester City next month. 

Goalkeeper Sandy MacIver had analysed two years of penalties by Chelsea‘s Pernille Harder before last weekend’s Goodison quarter final. 

The research was done by goalkeeping coach Neil Moore – an ‘absolute geek’ according to manager Willie Kirk.

Everton had their goalkeeping coach to thank for his research ahead of their Chelsea win

Everton had their goalkeeping coach to thank for his research ahead of their Chelsea win

Everton had their goalkeeping coach to thank for his research ahead of their Chelsea win

Manchester United’s players are still in a state of total lockdown a full month after captain Katie Zelem tested positive for Covid-19. 

Restaurant meals, hairdressing salon visits and any other trips are banned by manager Casey Stoney, who feels Zelem’s positive test proves that sticking to the Government rules is no guarantee.

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney remains strict on any trips out for her players

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney remains strict on any trips out for her players

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney remains strict on any trips out for her players

Being ready to return to sport after giving birth is proving frustratingly tough for Alex Morgan, who was not even on the Spurs bench on Sunday. But at least she’s on the opposite side of the Atlantic from Donald Trump. 

Asked on Friday for thoughts on the American President testing positive for Covid 19, she diplomatically admitted she was ‘nice to get a break’ from Trump v Biden.

No piece of writing on sport was more compelling or significant last week than Alison McGovern’s searing description, for Grazia, about the personal demons she has faced about body shape. 

She feels they will always be with her to some degree. The Wirral South MP and Shadow Minister for Sport wrote about the power of sport to help future generations of girls and women avoid what she has gone through. 

McGovern has been staunch supporter of the @thisgirlcanUK campaign over the past five years. Her piece can be found here.

Alex Morgan (middle) diplomatically said she was glad to be away from Donald Trump and the US Presidential election campaign right now as she prepares to get started with Tottenham

Alex Morgan (middle) diplomatically said she was glad to be away from Donald Trump and the US Presidential election campaign right now as she prepares to get started with Tottenham

Alex Morgan (middle) diplomatically said she was glad to be away from Donald Trump and the US Presidential election campaign right now as she prepares to get started with Tottenham

A classy choice of music at Manchester City as the players prepared to walk out on Sunday. 

It was Helen Reddy’s feminist anthem ‘I am Woman’, which also played as Jenni Murray departed the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour studio on Friday. 

Reddy died last week at the age of 78. 

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Elliot Daly left out of England’s fixture with the Barbarians because of fitness issue

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Lions full-back Elliot Daly has been left out of England’s game against the Barbarians on Sunday because of a fitness issue.

Head coach Eddie Jones set to give an update on the Saracens centre at lunchtime on Tuesday.

However, he is unfit to train at the moment having done so earlier in the week and so will play no part in the curtain-raiser to England’s autumn schedule.  

Elliot Daly will not feature for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday

Elliot Daly will not feature for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday

England coach Eddie Jones has named 11 uncapped players in his squad for Sunday's game

England coach Eddie Jones has named 11 uncapped players in his squad for Sunday’s game

Jones has named a strong 32-man group to prepare for the fixture, which is England’s first game since March.

Players from Bristol, Exeter and Wasps are all unavailable because of the Premiership final, but Jones has otherwise kept the bulk of his squad that featured in the Six Nations.

However, there are also 11 uncapped players in contention to play, including Alex Dombrandt, Ollie Lawrence, Alex Mitchell and Ollie Thorley

‘This is important game for us and we’re looking forward to getting back to Twickenham and playing rugby,’ said Jones.

‘We’ve had two really good camps, going back to basics and how we want to play.

‘The Barbarians squad has a rich blend of talent, so this week we’ll be testing ourselves under pressure and looking to take our game to the next level.’

England squad 

FORWARDS

Tom Curry, Sale Sharks

Alex Dombrandt, Harlequins*

Tom Dunn, Bath Rugby*

Charlie Ewels, Bath Rugby

Ellis Genge, Leicester Tigers

Jamie George, Saracens

Joe Heyes, Leicester Tigers*

Ted Hill, Worcester Warriors

Maro Itoje, Saracens

Alex Moon, Northampton Saints*

Beno Obano, Bath Rugby*

David Ribbans, Northampton Saints*

Will Stuart, Bath Rugby

Sam Underhill, Bath Rugby

Billy Vunipola, Saracens

Mako Vunipola, Saracens

Mark Wilson, Newcastle Falcons

BACKS

Ali Crossdale, Saracens*

Fraser Dingwall, Northampton Saints*

Owen Farrell, Saracens

Piers Francis, Northampton Saints

George Ford, Leicester Tigers

George Furbank, Northampton Saints

Willi Heinz, Gloucester Rugby

Jonathan Joseph, Bath Rugby

Ollie Lawrence, Worcester Warriors*

Joe Marchant, Harlequins

Jonny May, Gloucester Rugby

Alex Mitchell, Northampton Saints*

Ollie Thorley, Gloucester Rugby*

Anthony Watson, Bath Rugby

Ben Youngs, Leicester Tigers

*denotes uncapped players

 

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson vows to support stricken Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk‘s ACL injury comes as a ‘big blow’ to the club, but insists he will be there to support the No.4 during this ‘difficult’ time. 

Van Dijk is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining knee ligament damage during Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw with Everton, but Henderson is adamant he will ‘come back stronger’.    

Henderson has, however, called on his players to continue to ‘fight for trophies’ and hit their objectives without the ever-present Dutchman lining up alongside them.

Captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk's ACL injury is a ‘big blow’ to Liverpool

Captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury is a ‘big blow’ to Liverpool

Henderson claims the No.4 will 'come back stronger' after he undergoes surgery on his knee

Henderson claims the No.4 will ‘come back stronger’ after he undergoes surgery on his knee

Speaking about Van Dijk’s need to undergo surgery after Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge, Henderson told Liverpool FC: ‘Yeah, it’s a tough one. It’s a big blow for us. For him personally, obviously. But for us as a team, a massive blow.

‘I’m just gutted for him. So, it’s been a tough couple of days, I spoke to him yesterday. And yeah, it’s a difficult moment, but that’s when you need to be there for each other.

‘I’ll be there as much as I possibly can for him, I’m sure the lads will do the same and his family certainly will, to help him through the journey he’ll go on.

‘But I’m sure he’ll be back stronger. In the meantime we’ve got to do everything we can to help make us stronger and basically go and win as many games as we can for him, really.

Henderson has also called on his players to continue to 'fight for trophies' without Van Dijk

Henderson has also called on his players to continue to ‘fight for trophies’ without Van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp's men will urn their attention to their Champions League clash against AFC Ajax

Jurgen Klopp’s men will urn their attention to their Champions League clash against AFC Ajax

‘That’s down to us as players to make sure that when he is back and he is fit that we’re still fighting to be successful and fighting for trophies.

‘You’ve got to use times like this to be stronger and to be even more together than we already are. And use it as a positive in some way – I know it sounds ridiculous at the moment, but that’s what you need to try to do. We need to try to look forward and try to help us in the next however many months Virgil will be out for.

‘And also stick by him and be there for him whenever he needs us. But he’s a strong character, he’s strong mentally and he certainly will be back stronger and hopefully it’s not too long.’ 

Liverpool left Goodison Park with just one point after the game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Henderson’s stoppage-time winner dined due to a controversial offside call.    

Nevertheless, Liverpool will turn their attention to their Champions League clash against AFC Ajax in the opening game of Group D. 

The Reds will get their 2020-21 European campaign under way on Wednesday evening at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Liverpool won the competition in the 2018-2019 season but will need to re-establish their superiority in Europe after crashing out early last season after losing to Atletico Madrid. 

Speaking of their clash with Ajax, who reached the semi-finals two years ago, Henderson said: ‘It’ll be a tough game, the Champions League always is. Ajax are a good team.’ 

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PSG vs Man Utd FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for TONIGHT’S Champions League game

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MANCHESTER UNITED visit beaten Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain in a game full to the brim with subplots.

The Parisians will be out for revenge after a controversial last minute Marcus Rashford penalty saw United beat them on away goals in the 2018/19 competition.

Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019

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Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019Credit: AFP
Edinson Cavani will not make a debut against his former club after not travelling with the squad

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Edinson Cavani will not make a debut against his former club after not travelling with the squadCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And Man Utd flop Angel Di Maria, who reportedly hates the club so much he turns the TV off whenever they are playing, is fit to start for Paris Saint-Germain.

18 months ago the Argentine wildly celebrated PSG’s two goals at Old Trafford and taunted the home fans during their 2-0 first leg Champions League win.

Man Utd will also meet 2017 Player of the Year Ander Herrera, who is likely to receive a much warmer reception from his former team-mates and coaches.

But new Red Devils signing Edinson Cavani will not have a fairytale return to the French capital after the Uruguayan was ruled out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

What time does PSG vs Man Utd kick off?

  • PSG vs Man Utd takes place on Tuesday, October 20.
  • The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in Paris.
  • It will be held at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
  • While PSG matches have been held with fans this season, the French capital is now under a 9pm curfew and this match will therefore be played behind closed doors.

What TV channel is PSG vs Man Utd on and can I live stream it?

  • PSG vs Man Utd will be live on BT Sport 2.
  • Coverage commences at 7pm – one hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

How do I watch PSG vs Man Utd for free?

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Man Utd could be a bit short in the centre-forward role with Cavani out and Mason Greenwood a doubt after being left out of the squad to face Newcastle with an unspecified fitness issue.

Alex Telles may be in line for a European debut after joining from Porto on deadline day while Solskjaer will need to decide whether to stick with first choice David De Gea or give Dean Henderson European experience.

PSG have a somewhat lengthy injury list with Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat, and Thilo Kehrer all out and Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Danilo Pereira serious doubts.

Latest odds

PSG 3/5

Draw 16/5

Man Utd 21/5

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Monday, October 19.

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