Samoa will not shirk the challenge but McNamara’s men possess too much star quality
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini says his side must ignore a lengthy injury list and secure a Champions League win at Anderlecht on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger is currently without Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina, while suspension for regular number one goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny means that third-choice Emiliano Martinez will make his Champions League debut. However, Flamini does not want to hear any complaining about the absentees and instead wants the Gunners to go out and ensure they take all three points, with Arsenal 4/5 with bet365 to win in Belgium. He commented: “We’re having injuries, but we don’t want to hide behind any excuses.” Arsenal have opened their Champions League Group D campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund and a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray. Meanwhile, their only previous meeting with Anderlecht came in the 1969-70 Fairs Cup final, when the Gunners overturned a 3-1 first leg loss to win 3-0 at Highbury and lift the trophy.
Soccer – Flamini ignores injury problems
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will not be concerning himself with Lionel Messi and is only interested in helping Real Madrid win the first ‘El Clasico’ of the new La Liga season on Saturday. Luis Enrique’s Barcelona will make the hotly-anticipated trip to the Spanish capital having had an extra day’s rest from Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Ajax in the Champions League. Ronaldo and Camp Nou icon Messi have long been pitted together as big rivals for the world’s best-player tag, but the Portugal superstar says Saturday’s showdown is not about individuals. The Catalan capital title-chasers have only dropped two points from their opening eight games in the top flight and have yet to concede a goal in Spain’s La Liga. Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo says Los Blancos need to beat Barca to have any hope of usurping their rivals in the title race and is expecting a massive test. “It will be a difficult match because Barcelona are playing well,” he told the official club website. “I’m not going to play against Messi, I’m going to play against Barcelona. They are a great team. Real Madrid and Barcelona are playing each other.” Real Madrid are currently priced 11/8 by bet365 in the match betting and the draw is quoted 13/5. Barcelona are available to back in the 90 minutes market at 7/4.
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Soccer – Ronaldo not interested in sideshow
Rafael da Silva has said Manchester United should not fear the visit of leaders Chelsea on Sunday and demanded his team-mates make their own Premier League statement. The west London club have only dropped two points from their opening eight games – in a 1-1 draw against Manchester City – and have not lost in six previous meetings against the former champions. Young defender Rafael says Louis van Gaal’s men are relishing the visit of Jose Mourinho’s early-season pacesetters and said they can inflict a first defeat on the capital club. “Everyone is beatable,” he told the club’s official website. “We have to do our best, of course. They are playing well. “We’re playing at Old Trafford though and we’ve been getting results there so they are definitely beatable.” The 24-year-old is convinced Van Gaal’s new signings are starting to have an impact at Old Trafford and feels victory against Chelsea could give the supporters a huge lift. He added: “Football is about results and, when you don’t play well and draw, like on Monday night [2-2 at West Brom], of course everyone will speak. But hopefully we can play well against Chelsea and, if we get the result, it would be very positive for us and the whole team.” Manchester United are currently priced 9/5 by bet365 in the match betting and the draw is quoted 12/5. Chelsea are available to back at 7/5 in the 90 minutes market.
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Soccer – Rafael won’t hide from Chelsea test
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Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell has been included in England’s 33-man squad for the autumn internationals after recovering from a knee injury. The 21-year-old was forced to miss the summer tour to New Zealand but is available for next month’s games against New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Samoa. Head coach Stuart Lancaster has called up three uncapped players – Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni, Saracens second row George Kruis and Northampton flanker Calum Clark – but there is no place for Saracens winger Chris Ashton or Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani. Chris Robshaw will captain England for the four Tests, while Manu Tuilagi is injured and has been replaced in the squad by Jonathan Joseph. England are 6/4 with bet365 to win the 2015 Six Nations outright and 3/1 to triumph at next year’s World Cup.
Rugby Union – Nowell back in the England fold
Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a great chance of winning the Four Nations. Steve McNamara’s men play Samoa in their first match in the tournament before facing New Zealand and a weakened Australia side. England will be without captain Sean O’Loughlin for the match against Samoa, but ex-Salford head coach Noble said: “I think England have a great chance and, if they get it right, they could just sneak up and win it. “Some of the young people need to show up and the half-back combination is vital.” England are 7/1 with bet365 to win the Four Nations outright, while Australia are available at 4/11.
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Rugby League – Noble tips England to win Four Nations