Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham: TV, stream & preview

first_imgTottenham kick-off their FA Cup campaign with a tricky third round tie against League Two Tranmere at Prenton Park on Friday.The trip to Merseyside marks the start of a hectic few weeks for Mauricio Pochettino’s side that also includes a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea as well as a home clash with Manchester United in the Premier League.It’s set to be a memorable occasion for Tranmere, who were promoted from the National League last season and reached the quarter-finals of the competition as recently as 2004. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Tranmere v Tottenham Date Friday, January 4 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed live on ESPN+ US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Tranmere players Goalkeepers Davies, George, Pilling, Wharton, Passant Defenders Buxton, Ridehalgh, Sutton, McNulty, Monthe, Caprice, Ellis, Gumbs, Bakayogo Midfielders Tollitt, Harris, McCullough, Smith Gilmour, Williams, Banks, Cole, Nugent, Devine, Wallisson Forwards Jennings, Mullin, Norwood, Akammadu, Stockton Midfielder Ollie Banks is available again to Tranmere after hernia surgery and could go straight into the starting XI for this encounter, but Dylan Mottley-Henry is missing due to a hamstring injury.There are doubts over Ritchie Sutton while goalkeeper Shamal George has returned to Liverpool following the end of his loan period.Possible Tranmere starting XI: Davies; Buxton, Ellis, Monthe; Caprice, Banks, McCullough, Ridehalgh; Smith, Norwood, Jennings Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham are troubled by a string of injury issues, though the likelihood is that Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier – the regulars they are without – would not have played in this match in any case. Victor Wanyama is a couple of weeks away from training, following two months on the sidelines, while Erik Lamela is also missing and there are doubts over Serge Aurier, too.Son Heung-Min is away on international duty.Mauricio Pochettino is liable to rotate heavily for this encounter, so an unfamiliar starting XI is virtually certain.Possible Tottenham starting XI: Gazzaniga; Walker-Peters, Foyth, Maghoma, Davies; Skipp, Amos; Lucas, Alli, Nkoudou; LlorenteBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are unsurprisingly heavy 1/5 favourites to progress through to the fourth round according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 13/2. A shock win for Tranmere is priced at a hefty 16/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Harry Kane Tottenham 29122018Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he would have been sacked by now had he prioritised the domestic cup competitions over the Premier League and Champions League.One of the few criticisms of Pochettino’s reign has been the failure to land a major trophy, despite leading the side to a trio of top-three Premier League finishes and regular Champions League participation during his four-and-a-half years in charge.However, the former Southampton boss is unrepentant about placing the domestic cups low on his priority list, suggesting his job would be on the line if Premier League progress had been hindered due to cup distractions.“If my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Carabao Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham,” he said.“I don’t know how we’ve finished in the last three seasons, but if we just won the FA Cup, I don’t know if chairman Daniel Levy would have much patience with me or would say: ‘OK, you’re 10th in the Premier League, I’ll keep you and give you a new contract.’ I don’t believe that.”Indeed, the Argentine questioned the difference that winning such a competition would make for his side.“Of course we want to win a trophy but that doesn’t mean it’s going to put Tottenham on a different level,” he argued. “What puts you in a different level is if you win the Premier League and you’re capable of challenging every season for the Premier League, and if you play Champions League and you really believe and you’re a real contender one day to win the Champions League. That’s my objective in Tottenham.”For Tranmere, the game marks a significant milestone in their revival after the low of relegation to the National League four years ago. They regained their Football League status via the play-offs last May and currently find themselves just three points outside the play-off places in League Two.It will also bring back memories of the team’s memorable cup runs during the early 2000s, when they reached the FA Cup quarter-finals three times in four years as well as the League Cup final in 2000.”It’s about the whole of the football club showing the whole football world that Tranmere is still here,” said Tranmere boss Micky Mellon.”We disappeared off the Football League radar for a while and when you have three years out of the league you can lose generations of fans. You can stop being a big football club. But we have seen in the last few years with trips to Wembley, occasions like this and the promotion battles that Tranmere is still here. It still has a fan base that, when called upon, can sell out in three hours.“It has unbelievable potential and it is up to us as a football business to make sure that we keep the momentum going forward. Friday night will help that.”last_img read more

JK Muftis daughter writes to Centre on behalf of mother seeks info

first_imgNew Delhi: Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Friday said that she has sent an email to the Home Secretary of Government of India seeking information, on behalf of her mother, about the number of “detentions and arrests” taken place in the state after the Centre revoked the J&K’s special status under Article 370 on August 5. “I, Iltija emailed the Home Secretary of GOI & Home Secretary of J&K on 18th September seeking certain information for my mother, Ms Mufti. I am still awaiting a response,” Iltija, who operates her mother twitter account since she was detained, said in a tweet. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIltija said that her mother has no access to any newspaper and has not had any political briefing from any member of her party or staff. “In my meeting with her, my mother expressed concern at the number of detentions and arrests (and in particular the reports of detention of children)that have taken place in the state,” she wrote.In a copy of her letter shared, Iltija also sought about the number of people detained or undertrials who have been moved out of state, number of people detained under Jammu Kashmir Public Safety Act and people for whom habeas corpus petition have been filed or a notice has been issued in the Jammu Kashmir High Court. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenShe also sought data on the number of districts or place still under prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC on behalf of her mother. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court earlier in the day had issued a notice to the J&K administration over a plea challenging the detention of children in the state. Several mainstream politicians, activists, businessman have been placed under detention or house arrest ever since the Centre revoked Article 370 that provided special status to J&K.(Inputs taken from The Indian Express)last_img read more