Manchester United and Arsenal to miss out on Premier League top four – Matt Le Tissier

Premier League legend and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier (Picture: Getty)Manchester United and Arsenal will miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, according to Matt Le Tissier.

Three teams are currently joint-top, with defending champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool separated only by goal difference.

Arsenal are fourth, having won their last nine games in all competitions, but north London rivals Tottenham are hot on their heels.

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Jose Mourinho’s United, meanwhile, are down in eighth after a poor start to the campaign.

The Red Devils finished second last season on 81 points but Le Tissier cannot see them securing a top-four place this term.

‘I think I will go with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs for the top four,’ Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho faces a fight to finish in the top four (Picture: Getty)‘As long as Christian Eriksen doesn’t spend to long out of the team for Tottenham… because I think they miss him quite a bit.

‘Manchester United have got some ground to make up if they are going to be in contention.’

The Southampton legend added: ‘I still think Manchester City will win the title.

Le Tissier is backing Manchester City to defend the title (Picture: Getty)‘They have so much quality and strength in depth and over the course of the season that will give them the edge.

‘Even without someone who was considered to be their best player last season in Kevin De Bruyne, they’re still sitting top of the table after eight games.

‘Many people thought they were going to miss him a lot and obviously that quality of player is going to be a bit of a miss.

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‘But their strength in depth is just incredible and what they’ve got in terms of quality forward players and being able to hurt teams in different areas of the pitch.

‘They should be a couple of points clear but Riyad Mahrez’s penalty against Liverpool was an absolute shocker.

‘I don’t think they will win it by 19 points again like last season but I’d expect Man City to win it by a handful of points.’

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea & Liverpool vs Man City

How will Michael’s predictions go this week? (Picture: Getty/Metro)The big game of the weekend is the clash between the top two and the favourites for the Premier League title Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. Once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor ahead of the weekend action.

Burnley v Huddersfield

Burnley have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this campaign while Huddersfield are one of three clubs without a win so far, this Premier League season.

The Terriers did get a point at Goodison last month, but the Clarets have rediscovered their best form of late and I can’t see past a home win.

Michael’s Prediction: Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace v Wolves

Will Wolves keep up their good form? (Picture: AFP/Getty)Palace went down to a late penalty at Bournemouth on Monday and have yet to win in front of the Selhurst Park faithful this season – I don’t expect them to buck that trend against Wolves at the weekend.

Wolves were not at their best but were still good enough to keep the points against Southampton at Molineux on Saturday. I think they can take a point against Roy Hodgson’s side who continue to struggle for goals.

Michael’s Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves

Leicester v Everton

Everton have conceded twice in their three Premier League away games so far this season and I expect to see goals at the King Power Stadium in a game between two of the sides who will be battling for a Europa League place this season.

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire were the Foxes goal scorers at St James’s Park at the weekend, but England manager Gareth Southgate was in the north east to run the rule over midfielder James Maddison.

Maddison has created 15 goalscoring opportunities for his teammates and had 15 shots on goal so far this term. It would be no surprise to see the 21-year-old called up for The Three Lions Nations League games with Croatia and Spain later in the month.

Michael’s Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Everton

Tottenham v Cardiff

Kane is finding form (Picture: EPA)Spurs were due to entertain Barcelona midweek and may have to fight against complacency when Cardiff visit Wembley at the weekend. Cardiff are without a win so far this season in eight games including seven Premier League matches and it is hard to make a case for them against Spurs as long as the hosts don’t take their eye off the ball.

Harry Kane has scored against 26 of the 27 different sides he’s faced in the Premier League and the only side he has yet to find the back of the net against is Cardiff although he only played 16 minutes against them as a substitute back in the 2013-14 season.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Cardiff

Watford v Bournemouth

Five of the six Premier League games between the sides have ended in a draw but I feel Watford can get back to winning ways at Vicarage Road.

Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine away league games, and the Hornets will feel they haven’t got the points in recent games their performances have deserved.

Michael’s Prediction: Watford 2-0 Bournemouth

Manchester United v Newcastle United

A big game for Mourinho (Picture: Getty)A big week for Manchester United who entertained Valencia in the Champions League midweek ahead of the visit of the Magpies. The visitors are yet to win in the Premier League this season and were disappointing against Leicester City at St James’s Park at the weekend.

Newcastle have only won one of their last 36 games at Old Trafford and they are continuing to struggle in front of goal. I don’t expect to see a goal-fest at the weekend but feel the hosts will just do enough to keep the points in a tight, tense affair.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Newcastle United

Fulham v ArsenalFulham are one of only two Premier League sides without a clean sheet so far this season and they will do well to keep a confident Arsenal side out at Craven Cottage in this High Noon showdown given the Gunners keep winning without being at their very best.

The Gunners have only won one of their last eight away London derbies, but I feel they will maintain their excellent recent run against the Cottagers although I expect the hosts to find the back of the Arsenal net.

Michael’s Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Arsenal

Southampton v Chelsea

Hazard will hope to inspire Chelsea (Picture: Rex)Chelsea have won their last three at St Mary’s and the hosts are without a win in their last 25 Premier League games against the “big six” clubs. Southampton had plenty of possession at Molineux last weekend but lacked a cutting edge and I feel the Blues will take the points with Eden Hazard back to his brilliant best so far this season. His two goals against Liverpool last week were world class.

Chelsea will go top-of-the table if they beat Saints and will feel this is an excellent opportunity to put the pressure on both Liverpool and Manchester City who meet in the eagerly-anticipated late kick off on Sunday.

Michael’s Prediction: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Liverpool v Manchester City

Will Guardiola pick up a big win? (Picture: TNS via Getty)You must go back to 2003 for the last time City won at Anfield and the Reds have already beaten City three times this year – twice in the Champions League and a famous 4-3 Premier League success back in January.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last eight Premier League home games and are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games. It promises to be another wonderful occasion and a great game between two top-quality sides.

The Premier League will not be won at Anfield on Sunday, but the winners will go into the international break at least two points clear in the table.

I expect to see another home win for the Reds.

Michael’s Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City

Michael’s weekend wager: Burnley, Watford and Spurs at 5/1

Michael Owen is a BetVictor Brand Ambassador. For more tips read Michael’s column here.

‘I was scared of going blind’ – Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino lifts lid on horror eye injury

Jan Vertonghen unintentionally poked Roberto Firmino in the eye (Picture: Getty)Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino admits he was ‘scared of going blind’ in one eye after suffering a horrific injury against Tottenham.

Firmino was forced off during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Spurs last month after Jan Vertonghen unintentionally poked him in the eye.

The Brazilian was immediately taken to hospital for assessment but was later discharged with no permanent damage to his eye.

Firmino has since returned to the side – scoring the winner in last month’s Champions League clash with PSG – but has opened up on the injury and his initial fears.

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‘I was scared of going blind in one eye and not being able to see again,’ he said. ‘Thank God nothing like that happened and it gradually improved day after day.

‘Of course, I’ve been taking my medication and looking after it. Your eyes are very important as a professional footballer. Thank God everything is OK now.’

Firmino, 26, had scored Liverpool’s second goal against Tottenham at Wembley before leaving the field with his shocking eye injury.

He says ‘everything was blurry’ after the incident and left him temporarily blinded in one eye.

The Brazilian was sent straight to hospital (Picture: Getty)‘I was frightened, but the pain gradually passed after the doctor gave me a painkiller and it got better,’ he added.

‘When the incident happened, everything was blurry and I couldn’t see out of my left eye.

‘It’s much better. The pain has gone and I can’t feel anything anymore. It’s still a bit red, but I hope that clears up over time.’

Firmino started Liverpool’s second Champions League match at Napoli on Wednesday evening but was unable to prevent Jurgen Klopp’s side from suffering a 1-0 defeat.

Liverpool were beaten by Napoli in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Speaking after the loss in Naples, Klopp said: ‘We have to blame ourselves, that’s how it is.

‘There’s no problem, the boys did a brilliant job tonight. They tried everything and were really busy, but not smart enough or calm enough in the right moments.

‘When that happens, you lose football games.’

Liverpool, who are joint-top of the Premier League, face reigning champions Manchester City this weekend.

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Alan Shearer delivers Premier League title prediction and piles pressure on Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho

Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes the title is heading back to Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer believes Manchester City will defend their Premier League title this season – but says Liverpool will run them close.

Pep Guardiola’s City finished 19 points clear of Manchester United last term after a season in which they lost just two games and scored over 100 goals.

It already appears that they will face stiffer competition during the 2018-19 campaign, however, with Liverpool and Chelsea also going unbeaten through August and September.

Shearer reckons City and Liverpool will pull clear of their title rivals, with the Manchester club just pipping Jurgen Klopp’s charge to finish top.

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Asked where he believes the title will end up this season, Shearer told CNN: ‘That’s a tough question.

‘I do think it will be between Manchester City and Liverpool.

‘It will be a hell of a lot closer than it was last season with City running out 19 points away from Man Utd in second place. But I’m just going to pick for Manchester City.’

Shearer is not surprised by Liverpool’s fine start to the new season, particularly after seeing how the club strengthened Klopp’s squad in the summer.

Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: AFP)Liverpool signed Brazil international Alisson for £67million – a world record fee for a goalkeeper – as well as midfielders Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho.

Last year, the Reds spent £75m on a deal for Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

‘They identified where they had to improve,’ Shearer said. ‘They had to improve defensively.

‘They did that when they bought Van Dijk last January. They knew they needed a goalkeeper, they went out and spent a fortune on a goalkeeper and also a defensive midfielder.

Manchester City are the reigning champions (Picture: Getty)‘So they have got strength in depth now. And also with the front three that they have [Firmino, Mane, Salah] they will cause any teams problems.

‘If they don’t, they know one will come off and perhaps Sturridge can come in there also. So they will give it a good go this year in the Premier League.’

While Manchester City and Liverpool are flourishing, the same cannot be said for Manchester United, who were beaten by Derby County in the Carabao Cup and West Ham in the league last month.

Jose Mourinho is under substantial pressure and Shearer insists he could lose his job at Old Trafford.

Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions for Liverpool and Tottenham v Barcelona

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this week’s Champions League fixtures (Picture: Getty)Another winning treble for Michael Owen last weekend in the Premier League and he has again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the midweek Champions League action.

Tottenham, who have won their last two Premier League fixtures to move back into the top four, face La Liga heavyweights Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

In-form Liverpool, meanwhile, who are one of only three clubs yet to drop a point in the Premier League, travel to Italy to face Napoli.

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Tottenham v Barcelona

Tottenham train ahead of their showdown with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have not won in La Liga since their 4-0 defeat of PSV in the Champions League last month although the Spanish giants have only lost one of their last 11 Champions League ties against English clubs.

That said they have only won one of their last seven Champions League games on the road and I think Spurs will give them plenty of problems at Wembley.

Spurs won all three of their Champions League group home games last season and scored three goals in each of those games.

Having lost in the San Siro in their opening tie, Spurs must get a positive result and I feel they will.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Barcelona

Napoli v Liverpool

Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Napoli failed to score in Belgrade against Crvena zvezda in their opening game but that was only the third time they have failed to find the back of the net in 29 Champions League ties.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost to the Reds in the Champions League (W3 D1) although that one draw was the famous 2005 final in Istanbul when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties and give the Reds their fifth European Cup/Champions League.

Liverpool played their part in a high-class game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and few would have begrudged them their point via another quality goal from Daniel Sturridge.

The striker is certainly giving Jurgen Klopp a welcome headache ahead of another massive week for the club.

Michael’s Prediction: Napoli 1-2 Liverpool

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions, including Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham v Barcelona

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this week’s Champions League fixtures (Picture: Getty)Another winning treble for Michael Owen last weekend in the Premier League and he has again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the midweek Champions League action.

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a shock defeat to Lyon last month and will hope to bounce back away at Hoffenheim.

Manchester rivals United and their under-fire manager Jose Mourinho are also in desperate need of a victory after last weekend’s shocking 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham.

Tottenham face La Liga heavyweights Barcelona, while in-form Liverpool travel to Napoli.

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Hoffenheim v Manchester City

Man City were beaten by Lyon last month (Picture: Getty)The first ever meeting between the clubs and City need to get a result after their shock home reverse to Lyon on Matchday 1.

City cannot afford to have one eye on their trip to Anfield on Sunday, but their squad is deep, and I expect them to get their Champions League challenge back on track.

Hoffenheim got a point at Shakhtar Donetsk last month, but they were beaten at home by Leipzig at the weekend and the hosts have only won one of their last nine games in European competition.

Michael’s Prediction: Hoffenheim 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester United v Valencia

Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)United are unbeaten in their eight previous Champions League ties with Valencia (W2 D4) although this is the first game between the clubs in the competition since December 2010 when the game finished 1-1.

The visitors have lost their last four Champions League games including a 2-0 home loss to 10-man Juventus on Matchday One.

Under normal circumstances this would be a banker home win for United, but these are worrying times at Old Trafford and I fancy the La Liga side might pick up a point in a low-scoring affair.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Valencia

Tottenham v Barcelona

Tottenham train ahead of their showdown with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have not won in La Liga since their 4-0 defeat of PSV in the Champions League last month although the Spanish giants have only lost one of their last 11 Champions League ties against English clubs.

That said they have only won one of their last seven Champions League games on the road and I think Spurs will give them plenty of problems at Wembley.

Spurs won all three of their Champions League group home games last season and scored three goals in each of those games.

Having lost in the San Siro in their opening tie, Spurs must get a positive result and I feel they will.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Barcelona

Napoli v Liverpool

Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Napoli failed to score in Belgrade against Crvena zvezda in their opening game but that was only the third time they have failed to find the back of the net in 29 Champions League ties.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost to the Reds in the Champions League (W3 D1) although that one draw was the famous 2005 final in Istanbul when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties and give the Reds their fifth European Cup/Champions League.

Liverpool played their part in a high-class game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and few would have begrudged them their point via another quality goal from Daniel Sturridge.

The striker is certainly giving Jurgen Klopp a welcome headache ahead of another massive week for the club.

Michael’s Prediction: Napoli 1-2 Liverpool

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Liverpool scout Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Milinkovic-Savic scored his first goal of the season against Genoa (Picture: Getty)Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored a goal in front of three Premier League scouts a week ago, reports say.

The Serbian has long attracted transfer interest from top clubs as one of Serie A’s stand-out midfielders, with Manchester United reportedly approaching Lazio about Milinkovic-Savic’s availability last summer.

Jose Mourinho is thought to be a big fan of Milinkovic-Savic, who scored his first goal of the campaign with a powerful header in a 4-1 win over Genoa.

(Picture: Getty)The Mirror claim a Liverpool delegation were among the scouts that watched Milinkovic-Savic in action against Genoa.

Premier League champions Manchester City and Tottenham scouts were also in attendance as Milinkovic-Savic impressed.

Lazio quoted suitors over £70million for Milinkovic-Savic in the summer, and the Serie A side are in a comfortable position as the 23-year-old has a contract that runs until 2022.

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(Picture: Getty)An English side would need to table a significant offer to lure Milinkovic-Savic away from Italy, but Pep Guardiola is desperate for a new midfielder.

Missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea in the summer was a blow to Guardiola’s plans, and City have been searching for a suitable alternative.

Tottenham did not bring in a single new face during the last window, but would find it difficult to compete with the financial muscle of City and Liverpool, should their rivals move for Milinkovic-Savic.

Lazio are confident Milinkovic-Savic will sign a contract extension on his current deal, which would see his asking price rise again.

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Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea to compete for Premier League title – Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs has revealed his predictions for the Premier League season (Picture: Getty)Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea will compete for the Premier League title this season, according to Ryan Giggs.

Pep Guardiola’s City stormed to the title last season – racking up 100 points and scoring over 100 goals – and have made an impressive start to the new campaign.

After six games of the new season, Manchester City are second in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool.

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The Reds are the only team yet to drop a point this term and Giggs believes they will challenge City as they attempt to defend the title.

And the Manchester United legend also says Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea should not be discounted after a promising start.

‘It looks like a case of Manchester City v Liverpool for the title, although you can’t dismiss Chelsea because they’re playing well,’ Giggs told Sky Sports.

Manchester City stormed to the title last season (Picture: Getty)‘Remember just two years ago they were the champions and they’ve got players in that dressing room who know what it takes – Liverpool haven’t got that, but you’ve got to start somewhere and Liverpool have been impressive.

‘As for Man City, I watched them against Lyon and you think something might be wrong and then they go and put on a show against Cardiff.

‘So I’d say it was between those two but you can’t discount Chelsea.

‘I’d still just give Manchester City the edge purely because Pep Guardiola usually wins second season after winning the league and they’ve got players who’ve been there and done it.’

Liverpool are the current league leaders (Picture: Getty)Despite losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup during the week, Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season to emerge as the early pace setters in the Premier League.

And Giggs says the form of Jurgen Klopp’s team is ‘scary’. They face Chelsea once again this weekend.

‘From 1-11 there’s probably not been a better Liverpool team in the Premier League – when Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were on fire they were really impressive but probably overall it looks like a more balanced team now,’ he added.

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‘You’ve got players who’ve been in the team a couple of years and you’ve got young players coming through with experience of Jordan Henderson and James Milner so it’s a good blend in there.

‘Liverpool haven’t played well in some games but scraped results, which is actually quite scary because if you’re able to do that, that’s championship form.

‘So not only the swash-buckling three or four goals, but digging out results is what you need to do to win it.’

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FIFA 19: The best cheap starter team on Ultimate Team

The Premier League provides the best cheap options for making a starter team (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)With the release of FIFA 19 fast approaching – and the Ultimate Team Web App already live – it’s time to start thinking about building a reasonably affordable team that can start racking up wins, and coins, as soon as possible.

We’re not looking for any superstars or world-beaters, just a simple XI to kick things off. Our needs are pretty simple: sweatiness, pace, a double-helping of beast mode and maybe some skill moves thrown in. We’ve scoured the FIFA 19 ratings, and their likely prices, and think this starter team has everything for around 15k-20k…

GK/DEFENCE

You can build a dominant defence relatively cheaply this year (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Between the sticks, Nick Pope (80) looks like he could be the new overpowered goalkeeper everyone will hate playing against, especially now compatriot Jack Butland has been relegated. Pope has apparently grown three inches since the last game, now a ginormous 6ft7, but still has quick reflexes and great positioning. Mathew Ryan (78) and Vicente Guaita (81) are also options.

The full-back positions are stocked with talent in the Premier League this season and Joe Bryan (75), who has been upgraded from silver, looks like an excellent, all-round pick at left-back. Arthur Masuaka (75) has a bit more pace, but that will probably cost a little bit more too. At right-back, Danilo (79) doesn’t have a stat under 70 and could go under the radar, while DeAndre Yedlin (76) is very tempting given his explosive pace.

Nathan Ake (79) has everything you want from a centre-back and pace in abundance, while the fact he is a non-rare should lower his price tag. West Ham summer signing Fabian Balbuena (80) has some serious beast potential, and his jumping and heading stats look particularly good. The likes of Mason Holgate, Christian Kabasele and Caglar Soyuncu could be options if you’re really strapped for cash.

MIDFIELD

There are some excellent, rounded, skillful midfielders to pick up on the cheap (FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)If you want a powerful, physical midfielder on a budget, Mohamed Diame (75) ticks all the boxes and should have a cut-price BIN right from the off – though look to upgrade him for the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (77) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (80) pretty early on. Arsenal new boy Lucas Torreira (78) is another great option: good pace, good passing, excellent dribbling and four star skills.

On the left wing, there are a host of options to choose from. Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi (79) is a good entry-level pick and has both four star skills and four star weak foot. Once you earn a few more coins, Brazilian duo Felipe Anderson (82) and Bernard (80) have 90+ pace and bucket loads of dribbling ability.

On the opposite flank, there are once again a number of excellent options to choose from. Theo Walcott (79) should be relatively affordable for anyone in need of pace and good finishing, but keep your eye on Adama Traore (75). In all likelihood his price will be explode on release, largely because he is the second fastest player in FIFA 19 with 96 pace, behind only icon Ronaldo.

FORWARDS

Pace is essential up front and there are some exciting options (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Every iteration of FUT seems to throw up a few OP strikers that can wreak havoc against even the most expensively assembled squads, and Bournemouth could provide two such players this year.

Josh King (78) has lost a bit of pace since FIFA 18, and will likely need to be converted from CF, but remains an excellent budget striker – and he should be slightly cheaper this year due to those aforementioned changes. Teammate Callum Wilson (78) is likely to be slightly less expensive, but has better physical stats. Andre Gray (75) was an excellent option last year and still has blistering speed, while Michail Antonio (78) has strength, speed and serious ability in the air. Any two of those should form a ferocious strike partnership to get your new FUT campaign up and running.

AND HERE’S HOW THEY’D LINE UP…

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Sadio Mane reveals the text message he sent Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino before PSG victory

Sadio Mane has revealed he text Roberto Firmino ahead of the Champions League tie (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has revealed he sent Roberto Firmino a text message ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain urging the Brazilian to make himself available.

Striker Firmino did not train with his Liverpool team-mates on Monday after suffering a horrific eye injury during Saturday’s Premier League victory over Tottenham.

Jan Vertonghen unintentionally poked Firmino in the eye and, while there was no long-term damage, he required hospital treatment and was named on the bench for the match against PSG.

The French giants appeared to secure a draw after they came back from two goals down to level at 2-2, but Firmino came from off the bench to score an injury-time winner.

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‘I think Bobby doesn’t need his eye to play so I told him,’ Senegal sensation Mane said.

‘I sent him a message on Monday saying, “Hey Bobby, come on, we need you.” You’ve all seen the “no-look” goals, so I think he doesn’t need his eye to play.

‘I texted him saying, “You don’t need your eye!”.’

Liverpool are yet to drop a point in the Premier League this season and made a fine start to their Champions League campaign by scoring two first-half goals against PSG.

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First, England international Daniel Sturridge headed the Reds in front from Andrew Robertson’s inviting cross, before James Milner slotted home from the penalty spot.

Thomas Meunier pulled a goal back for the visitors before half-time and Kylian Mbappe looked to have secured a point when he beat Alisson with a late strike.

But Firmino settled the affair with a fine individual goal in injury-time and Mane hailed Liverpool’s performance.

‘I think it’s a big result honestly. It is very important for us to keep going on our good run,’ he added.

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‘It was not an easy game because PSG are one of the best teams in the world but we played very well and deserved to win.

‘I think it is about desire and belief, it is what we try to do. We have quality in the team and the team is mentally free to go forward and believe it until the end.

‘It is what we tried and finally we scored the third goal, which was very important for the team.’

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