European Championship in focus: Spotlighting Ukraine


Normally there would be immense pressure on a host to perform well in a major tournament, but unfortunately for Ukraine, their national team is beyond that. Their coaching situation was throw into turmoil amid a match-fixing scandal, injuries have spurred questions surrounding the team’s best attacker and defender, and a Barcelona-Real Madrid-esque rivalry in the domestic league has created divisions in the national team.

At this point, Ukraine will take what they can get. In a relatively balanced Group D, that could be first. With a very small margin for error, Ukraine could also be looking at a last place finish.

Man that matters:

Andriy Shevchenko: Yes, he’s still around. The 35-year-old former Milan and Chelsea striker is writing his career’s final chapter back in Ukraine. He remains the national team’s only consistent scorer while continuing to carry the armband.

The latter is particularly important, given the drama that’s surrounded Ukraine’s national team. A contentious title race between Dynamo Kiev (Shevchenko’s club) and Shakhtar Donetsk (the clubs responsible for 15 of the national team’s 23 members) culminated in a controversial April derby. Shakhtar won, retaining their title, with an erroneous second yellow card to Dynamo’s Denys Harmash (also on the national team) heightening tensions between the rivals. Arguments between members of the national team, divided by club allegiances, have hung over the team’s preparations, with Ukraine’s media fearing the acrimony may have sabotaged the European campaign.

If anybody can unite the team, it’s Shevchenko. The nation’s other key veteran presence, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo’s captain), was left off the team, leaving Shevchenko as the key figurehead. If he can leverage the clout acquired during his 18 years on the national team and draw on a stature built beyond Ukraine’s borders, Shevchenko might be able to see the team past this turmoil.

First-round games:

June 11: vs. Sweden (Kiev, Ukraine)
June 15: vs. France (Donetsk, Ukraine)
June 19: vs. England (Donetsk, Ukraine)

Foursome of knowledge:

  • It remains to be seen whether Shevchenko will be 100 percent come June 11. He and defensive linchpin Dmytro Chygrynskyi (of brief Barcelona fame) are both fighting to be fit for Ukraine’s first game. Even if they are in coach Oleg Blokhin’s first XI, there are questions as to how much they can contribute.
  • Blokhin was in charge when Ukraine made the quarterfinals at Germany 2006, but only recently did he re-assume his role with the national team. The Ukraine federation had picked Metalist Kharkiv’s Mryon Markevych to guide the team through Euro 2012, but a match-fixing scandal forced him out of the national team picture.
  • Another man that can help mend fences is Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. The Bayern Munich midfielder spent a decade at Shakhtar but has not played in Ukraine in five years. His 115 caps is the highest total in the squad. Detached from the day-to-day of the Dynamo-Shakhtar dynamic, he may be able to bring some stabilizing perspective to the team’s problems.
  • The schedule is not kind to Ukraine, with their third match coming against England. That means Wayne Rooney will play, and by then, we should have a good idea whether Chygrynskyi and Oleksandr Kucher are capable of containing him. In Ukraine’s first two matches, their defense will be tasked with slowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) and Karim Benzema (France).

Where they are going:

Not far. On their best day, they’re still a step behind France and Sweden. With the turmoil surrounding the team coupled with their health concerns, Ukraine could be done before their final group game.


Goalkeepers: Maksym Koval (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Horyainov (Metalist Kharkiv)

Defenders: Yavhen Selin (Vorskla Poltava), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Hucker (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Taras Mykhalyk (Dynamo Kyiv), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Bohdan Butko (Illichivets Mariupol)

Midfielders: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Denys Harmach (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Aliyev (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleh Husyev (Dynamo Kyiv), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya Simferopol) , Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovk)

Forwards: Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Voronin (Dynamo Moscow), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhan Seleznyvov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Marko Devych (Shakhtar Donestk)

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West Ham vs Southampton: How to watch live, stream link, team news


West Ham and Southampton clash in a huge relegation six-pointer at London Stadium on Sunday, with the Hammers and Saints separated by just one point.


How are the Hammers in this situation? Well, they’ve won just two of their last 14 Premier League games and the pressure is mounting on David Moyes as his side sit in the relegation zone with 12 games of the season to go following their 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa last time out in the league. They have won all eight of their UEFA Conference League games as they’ve reached the quarterfinal (they play Belgian side Gent in the last eight) but their league form has suffered badly. Five of their six Premier League wins this season have come at home though, so they will be hoping the home fans get behind them early on in this one.

As for Southampton, well, they are scrapping. Interim head coach Ruben Selles saw his side fight back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 late on against Tottenham last time out and that draw felt like a win. Can Saints keep the positive momentum going? They have become better defensively but time is running out and although they are just two points from safety they have played at least one more game than all of the teams around them. They have a tough remaining schedule but have fared well against the big boys this season and they drew with West Ham in the return game back in October as this looks like a very even matchup.

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Here’s everything you need for West Ham vs Southampton.

How to watch West Ham vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday
TV Channel: USA Network
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Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Declan Rice is the main man for West Ham and he is doing his best to dig in and drive them forward. Other than that, Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, Gianluca Scamacca and Danny Ings all need to find some form, and fast, if they’re going to drag West Ham up the table and away from this relegation battle they were never supposed to be anywhere near.

Southampton’s main man James Ward-Prowse is also dragging Saints through games and an unlikely resurgence from the fit-again Theo Walcott has played a big role in them picking up plenty of points since Selles took charge. The young duo of Romeo Lavia and Armel Bella-Kotchap continue to progress nicely in midfield and defense respectively and Saints now feel like they have a chance of getting out of the bottom three.

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Lukasz Fabianski (face), Michail Antonio (calf), Vladimir Coufal (foot), Emerson (illness), Nayef Aguerd (hip), Gianluca Scamacca (knee)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Juan Larios (thigh), Armel Bella-Kotchap (shoulder), Valentino Livramento (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Che Adams (calf), Mohammed Salisu (knock)

Arsenal title tracker – What do Gunners need to win the Premier League?


Eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine games to go, what do Arsenal need to win their first Premier League title in 19 years?

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Mikel Arteta has his young side on the cusp of a pretty remarkable and very unexpected Premier League title win.

With a solid defensive unit, perfectly balanced midfield and the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard having fine campaigns in the final third, there is so much to love about this Arsenal team.

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But how, and when, can Arsenal seal the Premier League title they crave? How many points do they need to gain? What are the scenarios based on their huge game against Manchester City in April?

How many points do Arsenal need to win the Premier League title?

With nine games remaining, there are many different ways the Gunners can win the Premier League title.

In its simplest form: if Arsenal win eight of their final nine games they will be crowned Premier League games.

The magic number for Arsenal to reach is 95 points. If they reach 95 points, Manchester City cannot catch them.

But if Man City beat Arsenal in their huge game at the Etihad on April 26 and win their game in-hand, Arsenal will need to win all of their other remaining game to be sure of the title. That would give them 96 points and Man City could only finish on 94.

If Arsenal drew against Man City then Man City could only finish on a maximum of 92 points. That means Arsenal would need to reach 94 points to win the title.

If Arsenal win at Man City then Man City would only be able to reach 91 points. So, Arsenal would only have to win six of their other seven remaining games to seal the title.

All of this proves just how massive the Manchester City vs Arsenal game on April 26 is in deciding the title winner.

When did Arsenal last win the Premier League?

They last won the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, the famous ‘Invincibles’ campaign as they didn’t lose any of their 38 games that season.

Think Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell and Robert Pires in full flow and Arsene Wenger with a huge smile on his face on the sidelines. Magnificent.

When did Arsenal last win a trophy?

The last trophy Arsenal won was the FA Cup in the 2019-20 season, they also won the FA Community Shield in 2020.

Both of those trophies were won by current boss Mikel Arteta.

Which trophies have Arsenal won?

Here are the list of trophies the Gunners have won in their history:

  • FA Cup (14 – Record)
  • Premier League/First Division titles (13)
  • League Cup (2)
  • FA Community Shield (16)
  • European Cup Winners’ Cup (1)
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1)

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Now we are approaching the final few months of the campaign, it is so tight up and down the Premier League table.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

As we head into the final months of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest and although Manchester United briefly surged into the picture, they look more likely to cement their spot as the third best team in the Premier League.

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The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

What about the top four and European places?

Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle and for the moment have hunted down Newcastle, while Liverpool is back in the Champions League picture after their return to form and Chelsea looks like a top six finish is their ceiling. For now.

Surprising Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton are all hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns. Can one of them surprise and qualify for Europe?

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Southampton, West Ham, and Leicester City currently occupy the relegation places but that keeps changing all the time and it is so tight at the bottom of the table.

Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Wolves, Leeds, and Everton all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three as the race to stay in the Premier League intensifies. This could be the craziest relegation scrap in Premier League history.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – April 1

Premier League standings

NBC Sports’ standings and scoreboard

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Newcastle vs Manchester United: How to watch live, stream link, team news


No, you didn’t turn back the hands of time; We’ve got a proper top-four battle between Manchester United and Newcastle United at the latter’s St. James’ Park on Sunday (watch live, 11am ET on USA Network and online via

There are significant injury or absence concerns for both teams as Casemiro and Joelinton are both suspended, Miguel Almiron out, and Raphael Varane, Marcus Rashford, and Christian Eriksen in question.


Man United will enter the match in third place, three points clear of fifth-place Newcastle. Both have played 26 matches this Premier League season, two fewer than fourth-place Tottenham.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Manchester United.

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How to watch Newcastle vs Manchester United live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11am ET, Sunday
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Newcastle vs Manchester United video preview, predictions

Key storylines & star players

So we know the stars: Bruno Fernandes, Bruno Guimaraes, Antony, Alekander Isak. But who’s going to step up if Botman or Pope can’t go for Newcastle? Will Fred and Scott McTominay be able to pull off a top performance should Sabitzer join Casemiro on the shelf? Is Harry Maguire going to deliver the goods if Varane cannot go?

Injuries, man. They cause so many questions!

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Sven Botman (other), Nick Pope (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Joelinton (suspension) Anthony Gordon (ankle). OUT: Emil Krafth (knee), Ryan Fraser (other), Miguel Almiron (thigh).

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Christian Eriksen (ankle), Marcel Sabitzer (knee), Anthony Martial (groin), Raphael Varane (other), Marcus Rashford (ankle). OUT: Donny van de Beek (knee), Casemiro (suspension), Alejandro Garnacho (ankle), Mason Greenwood (other).