Silverware more important for Kane

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is happy to shatter scoring records but believes that winning silverware with the London club would represent a more significant achievement than any personal landmark.

The England international scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Southampton to eclipse Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, taking his tally to 39 for 2017.

Kane also became Europe’s most lethal marksman of the year as he took his total in all competitions in the calendar year for club and country to 56, lifting him ahead of Lionel Messi, who hit 54 for Barcelona and Argentina in the past 12 months.

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Burnley no longer prone to away day blues

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Burnley are no longer intimidated by the prospect of difficult Premier League fixtures on their travels, manager Sean Dyche said after his side recorded two draws and a win in their last four away games.

Burnley have significantly improved on last season’s showing of 14 defeats in 19 away league games, winning four and drawing as many of their 10 fixtures on the road so far this campaign.

Dyche’s side started the season with a shock 3-2 win at champions Chelsea and have since maintained their form away from Turf Moor, with the side securing a 2-2 draw at Manchester United, who scored and injury-time equaliser, on Tuesday.

“I’m really pleased, we all know the stats strongly suggest how tough it is going on the road in the Premier League, no matter where you go, but particularly the top sides and top grounds, so we’re very pleased,” Dyche told the Burnley Express.

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Wits snap up Majoro from CT City

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Bidvest Wits have announced the signing of Lehlohonolo Majoro, who will link up with the club on 1 January 2018.

The struggling Premiership champions club released a brief statement on their official Twitter account saying: “Welcome to the Clever Boys family.”

Wits, who are currently propping up the PSL standings after winning the league last season, are desperate to rescue their campaign.

And they have made a statement of their intent by signing the former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker, who was confirmed as having penned a deal with Wits after being released early from his Cape Town City contract.

The 31-year old striker was unhappy with his limited game-time under Benni McCarthy this season, as while he has three goals in 12 matches in all competitions this season, he has not played in City’s last seven games.

Majoro netted seven league goals in 20 matches last season for City while his best haul was 2010/11, when he scored 14 times in 27 league matches for AmaZulu.

Majoro could make his Wits debut when they face Free State Stars in their first game back after the holiday break, on 5 January 2018.

Inter set tough Lazio test after Cup flop

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Inter Milan turn their focus back to their flagging Serie A campaign after their Italian Cup derby flop hosting Lazio on Saturday looking to keep pace with leading duo Napoli and Juventus who are jostling to end 2017 on top.

Luciano Spalletti’s side – third in Serie A five points behind leaders Napoli – have now suffered three consecutive losses and face a tough task against fifth-placed Lazio to keep their Scudetto ambitions on track.

A defeat to the Romans would see Inter drop further behind the leaders as Napoli look set to end 2017 top of the Italian football league table for the second time in three years at third-from-bottom Crotone on Friday.

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Swansea hire Carvalhal as boss until end of season

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Premier League strugglers Swansea City appointed Carlos Carvalhal as their manager until the end of the season on Thursday.

Carvalhal was sacked by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve, but Swansea surprisingly chose the Portuguese coach to replace Paul Clement, who lost his job on December 20 with the club languishing at the bottom of the Premier League.

The Welsh club said Carvalhal’s contract included the option of an extension at the end of the season.

“We felt we needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and while the timing is not always perfect, we can look forward to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said. Continue reading Swansea hire Carvalhal as boss until end of season

Five keys to Real Madrid v Barca

Real Madrid realistically need to end Barcelona’s 24-match unbeaten run to maintain hopes of retaining their La Liga title when Spanish football’s two behemoths meet in El Clasico on Saturday.

Barca lead fourth-placed Madrid by 11 points at the top of the table, albeit Real do have a game in hand. Predict Eclasico now

However, it was at the Santiago Bernabeu that Barca last tasted defeat in August as Real cruised to a 5-1 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup.

Here, we look at five keys to deciding who will end the year victorious.

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Spurs look for surge

Mauricio Pochettino is hoping for a surge up the Premier League table now he is close to being able to unleash his strongest Tottenham team on surprise packages Burnley.Spurs dropped to seventh in the Premier League table following last week’s 4-1 drubbing at leaders Manchester City, their second defeat in five league games.

That put them back below Burnley, who they visit on Saturday evening. Tottenham could overtake their hosts with a win against Sean Dyche’s team, and put pressure on fourth-placed Liverpool and Arsenal, who are fifth.

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Conte bemoans loss of Morata

Antonio Conte says the loss of Alvaro Morata for Chelsea’s trip to Everton is a blow to his side’s hopes of maintaining their distant pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City. NaijaBet.comMorata was booked after scoring the added-time winning goal in the midweek League Cup quarterfinal victory over Bournemouth that set up a semifinal meeting with Arsenal.

The Spain striker, who had come off the bench, initially stuck the ball under his shirt in a gesture to his pregnant wife but he earned the caution for kicking the ball away as Bournemouth attempted to restart the game quickly.

It was Morata’s fifth booking of the season, earning the forward a one-game ban and leaving Conte with a decision to make about how best to replace his side’s leading scorer.

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‘Ox not a certain starter at Liverpool’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned whether midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wbecome a certain starter at Liverpool after quitting the north London club for Anfield in August.The 24-year-old failed to impose himself in more than six years at Arsenal, where he was regularly deployed as a substitute and utilised in several midfield roles before joining Liverpool for a reported fee of 35 million pounds ($46.84 million).

Oxlade-Chamberlain has started five of his 10 league appearances for Liverpool so far and Wenger believes that the playmaker will have to fight to become a regular in Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up.

“Is he sure of a place there? You are sure of a place nowhere,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“In a big club you have big competition with some good players. That is absolutely normal. What do you want to be, a big player and not have to fight?

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Mou to bench cup losers v Leicester

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned players who were humbled at Bristol City they will not be in contention when his side returns to Premier League duty at Leicester on Saturday. Predict Premier League this weekend.

The surprise 2-1 League Cup quarterfinal defeat at the hands of a Championship club means United will not retain the trophy that Mourinho won last season, his first as manager at Old Trafford.

More relevant to the futures of some of his fringe players, the performance means they will not be considered when Mourinho focuses on the more urgent matter of trying to cut into Manchester City’s 11-point lead at the top of the table.

“The reality is that the ones that were on the pitch were the ones that were not in the last (league) match and are the ones that not going to be in the next match,” he said.

“I think they lost a good opportunity also to play semifinals and also to have two more matches to play.”

To add to the manager’s damning appraisal of the defeat, Mourinho also said some of his players did not even want to “come to the office” as Bristol pulled off one of the season’s major cup surprises.

Paul Pogba, who returned at Bristol following a three-match suspension, is presumably exempt from such criticism.

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