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Ryan Woods already making a positive impression at Stoke City

ช่อง ทาง เข้า sbo Gary Rowett has work to do if he is to turn things around at Stoke City but signing Ryan Woods is a good start. Adam Bate talks to Liam Lawrence, a former Stoke favourite and a one-time team-mate of the young midfielder, to find out why he can make the difference.

These are testing time at Stoke City. The pre-season favourites for promotion find themselves closer to the bottom of the Championship than the top half of the table, let alone the play-off places. New manager Gary Rowett has criticised long-serving captain Ryan Shawcross. Supporters are increasingly frustrated by events at their club.

But perhaps it is the very last of the summer signings who offers the brightest hope for the future. Ryan Woods has arrived from Brentford and the 24-year-old midfielder has immediately won over the fans. His range of passing, ช่อง ทาง เข้า sbo his confidence in possession and, more than anything, his appetite for the contest has stood out from the rest.

For one former Stoke player, this is no surprise. Liam Lawrence scored 14 goals for the club the last time that they won promotion to the Premier League a decade ago. But he later played alongside Woods as Shrewsbury Town won promotion to the third tier in 2015. It did not take him long to realise that he had the ideal midfield partner.

"The manager Micky Mellon had a couple of good young players and he was bringing me in to help them along," Lawrence tells Sky Sports. "I remember seeing Woodsy in my first training session and thinking he's decent, he's lively, he's sharp. He was just full of energy and right from when I started playing with him I knew he'd be a good player.

"For a lad playing in that league I was surprised how good he was on the ball. He was a special talent and he was brilliant to play with. He was in the middle with me and did all my running for me because my legs were on the way out then. We managed to get promoted and he had an unbelievable season. He was unlucky not to get player of the year.

"He just had a great attitude. He was one of the first in training and the last to leave. ช่อง ทาง เข้า sbo He was always up for the passing and shooting drills at the end and he was a winner. He just hated losing and if you had him on your team in five-a-side you always knew you had a chance."
Bundesliga round-up: Leverkusen earn first win as RB Leipzig keep up unbeaten streak

sbo128 Kai Havertz's second-half winner earned Bayer Leverkusen their first Bundesliga points of the season as they beat Mainz 1-0. The 19-year-old midfielder rose to head home into the bottom left corner in the 62nd minute following a fine cross from fellow Germany international Julian Brandt.

Mainz, who suffered their first defeat of the campaign at BayArena, had the ball in the net four minutes into the second half but Robin Quaison's effort was disallowed for handball.

In Sunday's second game, RB Leipzig stretched their unbeaten league run to three games by coming sbo128 from behind to draw 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Sweden international Emil Forsberg earned a point for the visitors at Waldstadion, converting a 54th-minute penalty down the centre of Kevin Trapp's goal after Frankfurt midfielder Filip Kostic was penalised for handball.

Former Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes tapped home a rebound to give the hosts a 26th-minute opener, while Leipzig were denied a 12th-minute opener sbo128 when Timo Werner's effort was ruled out by an offside flag.
Go for it Emery - Arsenal's midfield could become rock solid if they land this £18m star in January

188bet According to the Sun, Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega when the transfer window opens in January. The Gunners were previously linked with a move for the player but ultimately chose to sign Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria. But the Sun reports that Unai Emery now wants the Argentine midfielder in his ranks. The Gunners have embarked on the post-Wenger era and a number of changes can be expected. Unai Emery should certainly consider signing the player in January.

Ever Banega, who has a £18m release clause in his contract, 188bet is an experienced central midfielder who has been playing at the highest level for a while now. Aged 30, Banega is an instrumental option to have in the middle of the park. He is calm and composed on the ball. The Argentina international is very effective with his quick passing and that's why Arsenal is the perfect place for him. He will certainly flourish playing under Unai Emery given his ability on the ball.

Banega returned to Sevilla last year after spending a season with Serie A outfit Inter Milan. The midfielder has since gone to establish himself as a regular in the Sevilla side. He is also very neat and crisp with his passing. Ever Banega has averaged a pass success rate of 86.1% in the league this season. He also contributed with 2 goals and 1 assist in the Europa League this past week. Banega is also versatile enough to operate in many systems. (Stats courtesy - Whoscored)

The 30-year-old is also a set-piece specialist, 188bet which will be an added bonus for the Gunners. He is excellent from dead-ball situations and is capable of popping up with belters as well. Despite his deep-lying role, Ever Banega has shown he is capable of getting on the scoresheet.
PAOK 0-1 Chelsea: Willian scores winner in Europa League clash

sbobet8888 Chelsea started their Europa League campaign with a comfortable 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika on Thursday. Willian scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute when he finished from Ross Barkley's pass. Chelsea were dominant and should have won by a greater margin as Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian all spurned good chances.

However, the Greek side rarely looked like equalising as Chelsea made a winning start in Group L and continued their perfect start to the season. Playing in the Europa League for the first time since winning the competition in 2012/13, sbobet8888 Chelsea struck early as Barkley played through for Willian and he finished past Alexandros Paschalakis.

The visitors looked comfortable for the rest of the half, controlling possession but missing chances to extend their lead. Morata's frustrating season continued as he missed a close-range header and then shot wide, while Pedro was denied by Paschalakis after a quick counter. The Greek side might have won a penalty late in the half when Barkley tugged at the shirt of a player from a free-kick.

But the incident was not spotted sbobet8888 by the referee and PAOK did not come close to scoring after the break as Chelsea continued to control the game. The only thing lacking was the second goal, with Willian shooting at the goalkeeper and then lashing over from the penalty spot.
Liverpool looked irresistible at times in win over Paris Saint-Germain

sbobet asia Roberto Firmino scored a stoppage-time winner to ensure Liverpool kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Adam Bate was at Anfield to see why Jurgen Klopp's team are real contenders to go all the way again.

Any suggestion that Liverpool should focus their energies on a Premier League title tilt might need a rethink. The 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening joins the pantheon of absorbing European nights at Anfield and only adds to the belief, stated beforehand by Jurgen Klopp, that Liverpool really do have a chance of beating anyone and everyone.

Roberto Firmino was the hero, coming off the bench to drill home in stoppage time, but in truth there were star performers in red all over the pitch. sbobet asia Perhaps there was a lesson or two to learn in the way that PSG came from two down to almost salvage a point through Kylian Mbappe's late goal but it was Liverpool who did most of the schooling.

PSG went into the game having won all five of their league games this season, just like Liverpool. No team had kept the margin below two goals and Thomas Tuchel was even able to rest Neymar and Mbappe for the 4-0 win over Saint Etienne on Friday. But that was part of the problem. They were not as battle hardened as Liverpool.

They were not ready for what awaited them at Anfield. Klopp had said on the eve of the game that Liverpool's opponents were "built to win the Champions League" but Anfield was built for nights like this. If PSG remain nouveau riche, sbobet asia Liverpool are old money. European royalty as the flag on the Kop says. The five-time winners against a team that has not reached a semi-final since the Qatari cash arrived.

St Mirren 0-0 Celtic: OIivier Ntcham sent off as Brendan Rodgers' side held

sbo bz sbobet Oran Kearney began his tenure as St Mirren boss with an encouraging 0-0 draw against 10-man Celtic at the Simple Digital Arena. Hoops midfielder Olivier Ntcham was sent off in the 36th minute of the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter for picking up the second of two yellow cards. Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers reorganised his side and they looked a bit more like themselves in the second half but the home side battled for the clean sheet.

It was a welcome point for the Paisley side, who had lost their previous three league games - a run which, in part, had led to the departure of manager Alan Stubbs. However, sbo bz sbobet Rodgers would have been looking for much more from his side - especially before Ntcham's dismissal. Both sides had new faces on display following their return from the international break.

Filip Benkovic, the 21-year-old defender who signed a season-long loan from Leicester, was handed his Hoops debut while fellow new signing Youssouf Mulumbu was named among the substitutes, along with striker Leigh Griffiths - who signed a new contract until 2022 earlier in the day. Former West Ham and Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand, 33, landed his St Mirren debut hours after signing until the end of the season, while Ryan Edwards his first appearance for the Paisley side after joining on loan from Hearts.

After Kearney had come on to the pitch pre-match to applaud the fine reception given by the home fans his side took the game to the visitors with some confidence. In the third minute, following a Ntcham handball, Cammy Smith fired in a free-kick but Parkhead goalkeeper Craig Gordon moved smartly to his right to fist the ball clear.

Saints, aggressive and tenacious, came close again in the 13th minute when Ryan Flynn headed a cross from Lee Hodson over the bar from 12 yards, before Gordon blocked a close-range effort from Smith. However, following a Celtic corner on the half-hour mark, Flynn was handily placed to clear a Dedryck Boyata header off the line. sbo bz sbobet A strangely insipid Hoops side deservedly found themselves a man down when Ntcham, booked earlier for a foul on Edwards, was shown a second yellow card by referee Andrew Dallas after wiping out St Mirren skipper Stephen McGinn on the touchline.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants to break into Chelsea side

เล่น บอล Chelsea face Cardiff City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Ruben Loftus-Cheek insists he is focused solely on breaking into the Chelsea side after starting England's friendly victory over Switzerland. The 22-year-old impressed while on loan at Crystal Palace last season, earning a World Cup call-up with his dynamic displays which helped keep the Eagles in the Premier League.

He opted to remain at Stamford Bridge this year in an attempt to break into the first team on a regular basis under new boss Maurizio Sarri. So far he has struggled to do so, playing just 33 minutes of football for the Blues in two substitute appearances this term. Asked if he could head back to Palace in January, Loftus-Cheek replied: เล่น บอล "Possibly, but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens.

"Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes. "I'm not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training, I don't know whether I am going to play or not play but for me it stays the same, I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play."

Loftus-Cheek started England's 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening and has now racked up more international football than he has at club level. He played for 61 minutes of England's win before being replaced by Jesse Lingard but admits he was unhappy with his performance due to a lack of sharpness. "I didn't play as well as I want to but that was my first start of the season so I'm not too down on it," he said.

"You know, it is the first start of the season เล่น บอล and I will build on that, I'm a player where a lot of my game is based on physicality and I obviously didn't feel my fittest but I will build on that today." Sarri, as well as his assistant and former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola, have been working with Loftus-Cheek to develop his game.
How this Manchester City forward links the stories of two of Everton's big summer signings

wwwbeer777 Everton's two most expensive signings of the summer are linked by a player they will face later this season - Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian striker's title winning season at Palmeiras and subsequent move to the Etihad Stadium, provide the backdrop for key periods in the careers of two new Blues. Yerry Mina and Richarlison will see a familiar face when Everton meet City in mid-December.

Jesus was the emerging star of Brazilian football when, in the summer of 2016, Pep Guardiola and wwwbeer777 City struck a £27m deal to sign the then 19-year-old. The young forward would stay with Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian league campaign in December and his 12 goals helped the Sao Paulo side to their first Brazilian championship since 1994. A key player alongside Jesus was Colombian centre-half Mina.

Palmeiras signed the 6'5" defender from Sante Fe in the May and his 11 appearances were enough to see him named in league's team of the year as Palmeiras triumphed. Man City, fresh from agreeing a deal for Jesus, were reported to be running the rule over Mina as well, as Guardiola looked to strengthen his backline but he would eventually join Barcelona in January of this year.

Jesus, meanwhile, was in the team of the year and also scooped the player of the season award - but Palmeiras' star player was now headed to Manchester wwwbeer777 and they were in need of finding a replacement It is not clear if Richarlison was Palmeiras' first-choice but a deal with Fluminense, in the region of €10m, was close to being agreed, it was reported at the time.