1 Manchester United vs Liverpool Old Trafford stages a match between the two most decorated clubs in English football history as Manchester United take on Liverpool.Meanwhile, in London, league leaders Manchester City travel to Alan Pardew’s new-look Crystal Palace. But, with Liverpool and United’s powers fading in recent seasons, the Drivetime team want to know which game is the biggest tomorrow – Manchester United v Liverpool or Crystal Palace v Manchester City?
1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is hopeful he can return to action by December.The Belgian is currently sidelined due to a knee injury picked during a training session at the start of September.Jose Mourinho has explained that the 23-year-old is likely to be out until the Christmas period after undergoing surgery and now Courtois has echoed those comments.“In three months, I hope [to return]. Hopefully early December,” Courtois told broadcaster RTBF.“If there are complications, I will work quietly to return.“For now, I cannot give a date. This will be more or less three months.” Thibaut Courtois
England manager Roy Hodgson has announced Wayne Rooney will not start Friday’s international friendly clash against Spain, while Premier League top goalscorer Jamie Vardy is a doubt for the clash in Alicante.The Three Lions boss moved quickly to dispel any potential speculation over his decision to sideline Rooney, insisting he is simply keen to give his other forward players the chance to impress before he whittles down his side for Euro 2016 next summer.The Manchester United captain will instead feature against France at Wembley Stadium next Tuesday.Hodgson told a press conference: “Wayne’s with me today because he’s the captain of our team, he’s the most important figure as a result, but he actually won’t start the game tomorrow.“I’m telling you that because Wayne and I are very anxious that we’re not trying to fool anybody or bamboozle anybody when he’s sat alongside me.“That’s for the very simple reason that we’re looking at various combinations.“Wayne is pencilled in against France on Tuesday.”Rooney understands the need to rotate the squad, adding: “It’s important especially in these games that the manager has a chance to see as many players as he can before the tournament in the summer.“As a player you want to play but you have understand that there are bigger things to consider.”Fellow striker Vardy, who has scored in his last nine Premier League matches, is doubtful due to a niggle he picked up in Leicester’s victory over Watford.Hodgson added: “Jamie Vardy is struggling with a knock he picked up on Saturday. We’re monitoring it, we’re still working on it but it looks unlikely at this moment in time that he’ll be able to play tomorrow.” Jamie Vardy 1
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United are on red alert over Gareth Bale after Real Madrid were plunged into a full-blown crisis. Real crashed 4-0 to Barcelona in El Clasico and Bale received heavy criticism for his display. Now United are ready to make a move for the former Tottenham star. (The Sun)Manuel Lanzini, on loan at West Ham from Al Jazira Club, says it is “an honour” for him to be linked with a permanent move to Liverpool. (Independent)Chelsea are ready to enter the race for Sadio Mane. The champions are big admirers of the 23-year-old Senegalese forward who played a key role in Southampton’s 3-1 win over them last month. Mane, who scored in that match, is already being coveted by Manchester United and has scored six times in 17 games so far this season. (Daily Mirror)But Southampton are hoping they can tie Sadio Mane down to a new deal despite the interest from elsewhere. (Daily Express)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia but is set to face competition from Manchester United for his signature. (Fichajes)Jesse Lingard is in line for bumper double-your-money talks on a new Manchester United contract. Lingard and his representatives have been invited to open negotiations on a fresh deal as a reward for breaking into the first team and being called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad (Daily Mirror)Robin van Persie is close to leaving Fenerbahce for a return to Holland with Feyenoord. (Daily Express)Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem looks set to extend his stay on loan at Rangers until the end of the season. (Metro)
10 10 20. Swansea City have no players injured – click the arrow above to take a look at where your club ranks in the injury table – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 14. Crystal Palace – 3 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 10 15. Aston Villa, Norwich and Sunderland – 2 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 7. Manchester City – 6 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table Arsenal have again come under scrutiny this week for their abysmal injury record after Alexis Sanchez limped off with a hamstring problem.He subsequently joins the likes of Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin on the treatment table.But is the depletion of Arsene Wenger’s first team enough to see them top the Premier League injury table?Click the arrow above, right, to see which side has suffered the most injuries this season. 5. Liverpool and Manchester United – 7 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 10 10 10 1. Bournemouth – 11 injuries 10 10 18. Leicester City and West Brom – 1 injury – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 2. Arsenal – 10 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 10 3. Everton and Newcastle United – 8 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 8. Chelsea, Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham, Watford and West Ham – 4 injuries – Click right to see who tops the Premier League injury table 10
Celtic fan Rod Stewart believes the club is too big for manager Ronny Deila and would like to David Moyes to replace him at the helm.The Hoops crashed out of the Europa League this week at the bottom of Group A, without winning a single match.And despite being four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Stewart claims the side are underperforming.“If I was to say anything about the manager, I just think that maybe the club’s a bit too big for him at this point in his career,” the Maggie May singer told Drivetime.“I don’t want to run him down and mock him but that’s the way I look at it.”When pushed on whether former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes would be a good fit at the Scottish champions, Stewart admitted he was his first choice.“I can’t say that, I’m very close to the board there and the executive chairman. Something is wrong, but I wouldn’t mind David Moyes at all!”
10 10 4. Watford have already won more points (29) this season than in either of their two previous Premier League campaigns. 10 10 7. Only Arsenal have amassed more away points than Crystal Palace’s tally of 36 in 2015. 10 9. Only four teams in Premier League history have endured longer winless runs than Aston Villa’s current sequence (17). 10 3. No player has scored more Premier League goals than Tottenham striker Harry Kane in 2015 (27). Are people still really calling for a winter break in English football?The festive period is now in full swing after a rip-roaring Boxing Day fixture list that amassed 23 goals and plenty of talking points.Arsenal proved they are still very much Arsenal after surrendering the chance to top the table by being mauled at Southampton, while Louis van Gaal is very much on thin ice after his Manchester United side suffered a third successive league defeat.Leicester, amazingly, suffered their first away league loss of the season as Liverpool became the first team to stop the Foxes scoring, while Manchester City and Tottenham cemented their top four spots.The fixtures produced some pretty startling statistics too – so here are ten to cast your gaze over.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our selection… 10 8. Christian Benteke has contributed to more goals (4 – 3 goals, 1 assist) than any other player as a substitute this season. 6. Wayne Rooney was named on the bench for the first time in a Premier League or Champions League match since January 28 2014. 10 2. Leicester’s defeat at Liverpool was the first time they have failed to score in the Premier League this season. 5. Romelu Lukaku failed to score for Everton for the first time since October 27 – ending a run of finding the net in eight successive matches. 10 10 10. Southampton defender Cuco Martina became the first player from Curacao to score in the Premier League – 93 different nationalities have now scored in the top flight. 1. Manchester United have now lost four consecutive competitive matches in all competitions in the same season for the first time since November 1961.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In Simi Valley, 1,100 customers were powerless, as well as 780 in Oxnard, 535 in Thousand Oaks, 250 in Camarillo 240 in Ventura and 235 in Moorpark. In Orange County, electrical service was disrupted in Garden Grove, Brea, Santa Ana, Orange, Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Villa Park, according to SCE officials. Outages also were reported in SCE service areas in Ojai, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Lake Arrowhead, Rialto, Fontana, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, Hesperia, Corona, Bloomington, Calimesa and Rubidoux. Residents who see a downed power line should not try to move or touch the line. Instead, contact SCE officials at (800) 611-1191. About 3,250 customers in the city of Los Angeles were without service as of 1 p.m. due to wind-related outages, according to DWP spokeswoman Gale Harris. Wildfires and high winds are being blamed for power outages affecting about 24,000 Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles, Orange and other counties, the utility reported today. Power has been restored to most of the customers in SCE’s 50,000-square-mile territory, but 23,660 customers remain without electrical service as of 3:15 p.m., according to the utility. Some could be without electricity for as long as 24 hours. In Malibu, where a brush fire scorched more than 2,400 acres and destroyed at least five houses and a church, 380 customers were without power. In Santa Clarita and Saugus, where fires had burned 27,500 acres as of this afternoon, about 900 households were without power. In the Harbor Gateway area, 1,300 customers lost power just before 12:30 p.m., and in Sylmar, 1,200 customers were without electricity. Another 216 customers in North Hills and 300 in Tujunga were without power. DWP crews worked to restore service, but it was unclear when the repairs would be completed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
When elected leaders at a council meeting threaten the author of a critical campaign flier with legal action and even violence, as occurred earlier this month, you get the sense that some sort of change is needed. Hawthorne voters on Tuesday will choose from a field of five candidates to fill two City Council seats. Guidi is supporting incumbent Ginny Lambert and Thierry Lubenec, who currently serves as city treasurer. Rounding out the field are Alicia Marie Brewster, a retired airline agent and community volunteer, Hawthorne school board member Hugo Rojas and Daniel Juarez, a retired Hawthorne city clerk and a former member of the Wiseburn school board. Our view is that a greater diversity of thought on the council would serve better serve the community. With that in mind, we endorse Juarez, who offers both government experience and a fresh perspective. Juarez favors revamping the General Plan to keep a lid on density, term limits, more open discussions at council meetings, creating a park at the former police site and improved trash service. We take no position on who should be elected to the other council position. But Juarez, who has the endorsement of Councilman Gary Parsons, would provide a more independent voice on the council, and like a patient in search for the right treatment, the city would likely benefit from a second opinion from time to time. Hawthorne’s former city clerk would be independent voice if voters elect him to City Council. We would concede that team politics has produced greater prosperity for Hawthorne. The City Council majority led by Mayor Larry Guidi has worked to bring new businesses such as the Ayres Hotel and Lowe’s Home Improvement to the city, not to mention the construction of a new police station. But as Tuesday’s election nears, it should be clear to voters that there are issues that go beyond economic development. One concern has been what appears to be the homogenization of viewpoints on Hawthorne’s team-oriented City Council. It’s like the when the contrast knob on an ancient television is out of adjustment. It can be difficult to see what’s really going on. Overall, improvements in Hawthorne are somewhat mixed. Criticisms about the quality of life include concerns about overdevelopment, a lack of green space and relationships with developers that are too cozy. District Attorney’s Office investigations by the Public Integrity Division have also raised questions about how business gets done in the city. And an indicted councilman opted not to seek re-election this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!