MAN CITY VS SUNDERLANDMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, KOLAROV, FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, DE BRUYNE, SILVA, STERLING, AGUEROSUNDERLAND (5-3-2)DEFOE, WATMORE, JOHNSON, M’VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O’SHEA, COATES, JONES, PANTILIMONOn Monday, Manchester City lost 2-1 to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, leaving them in third place and six points behind leaders Leicester City.It further highlighted City’s problems away from home.; of their 33 goals in the Premier League this season, no fewer than 25 have come at the Etihad Stadium.Sunderland, meanwhile, have lost their last three and five of their last seven, results that leave the Black Cats in the relegation zone, in 19th place. And they arrive at the Etihad Stadium where they have never won in the Premier League.In 11 visits to City’s home ground, Sunderland have lost nine and drawn two. They last won at City in January 1998 in the second tier.And Sunderland have picked up just five points in their last 11 Premier League away games, winning one, drawing two and losing eight. The Black Cats have also conceded the most goals (33) and have allowed their opponents the most shots on target (106) in the Premier League this season.City recalled Sergio Aguero for the Arsenal game though, after three games out, he lasted just over an hour before being replaced. City were still without Vincent Komapny but the captain could return in time to face Sunderland.Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta also missed the Emirates match and will undergo tests. But Samir Nasri is still absent.Sunderland, meanwhile, will miss Jack Rodwell after the midfielder collected his fifth yellow card of the season, at Chelsea. Sebastian Larsson is also missing while Lee Cattermole a doubt after missing the last game with a back problem.
FRESH VIGOUR United had dictated the pace of the game, showcasing a newly discovered vigour and passing precision, but only scored in the 61st minute. It was a passage of play that demonstrated the potential in Louis van Gaal’s side. The build-up involved interplay between Juan Mata and Anthony Martial. Then Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross was teed up by Wayne Rooney for Jesse Lingard to volley on the turn into the net. “We continued with our good, attacking football,” said Van Gaal, whose side held Chelsea 0-0 at home in December. “We have created a lot of chances here at Chelsea. It’s a nasty away game, I think, and one that’s not so easy. “The last few years Manchester United haven’t won here, so it’s not an easy match and we took the lead with a fantastic goal. A fantastic cross also. Then you can control the game, but in the last quarter we gave it away.” On the south coast, though, Arsenal emerged from their January slump. Arsenal had failed to win in four league games and not scored in three of them until travelling to Bournemouth. Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since December’s reverse fixture against Bournemouth and within 90 seconds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended a 17-month league goal drought. “We had four games without a win when you play at the top that’s a long period, so your confidence drops a little bit,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal moved behind second-place north London rivals Tottenham on goal difference. Coming up for Arsenal next Sunday is a home match against Leicester, the surprise leaders which sent Manchester City tumbling to fourth by winning their encounter 3-1 on Saturday. “Leicester running away and us playing them next week, (makes) the game interesting,” Wenger said. “It was very important for us to win today.” LONDON (AP): A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either team yesterday, which began with Arsenal beating Bournemouth 2-0 to rise to third. United remain lodged in fifth and the gap to the fourth Champions League place has grown to six points. Chelsea remain in the lower reaches of the standings – 13th – closer to the relegation zone than their usual place among the top four elite. The one positive for Chelsea is that the ailing champions remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink was brought in as manager until the end of the season in December to replace the fired Jose Mourinho. The Blues left it late to rescue a point against United. The game had entered stoppage time when Cesc Fabregas threaded a pass beyond a slipping Daley Blind to Diego Costa, who rounded goalkeeper David De Gea before netting the equaliser.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Playing with 10 men proved to be no problem for Liverpool in the English Premier League yesterday. The same cannot be said of Manchester United. Liverpool responded to James Milner’s sending-off in the 62nd minute against Crystal Palace by coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 as Christian Benteke’s penalty clinched victory in the sixth minute of injury time. However, United were made to pay for a 26th-minute red card to Juan Mata also for two bookings at West Bromwich Albion, which won 1-0 thanks to Salomon Rondon’s goal at The Hawthorns. United dropped three points behind fourth-place Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification and are now only three ahead of Liverpool, who have won three straight league games for the first time in a year. City have a game in hand over United too. “It’s a big blow,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. “This kind of match you need to win.” Van Gaal said Mata’s sending-off for two yellow cards in three minutes was to blame for United’s first-ever Premier League loss at West Brom. “We have played 60 minutes with 10 versus 11 and this is the fifth match in 14 days,” the Dutchman said. “It’s very difficult to play against 11 players (in this situation). I think it’s the reason why we lost.” Mata collected his first booking for blocking a quickly taken free kick, a decision Van Gaal described as “stupid”. Initially, United coped well with going a man down, but barely threatened West Brom’s goal and Rondon won a tight game by controlling a left-wing cross and shooting home on the turn in the 66th. West Brom moved to 39 points, which should secure their Premier League status for another season. “Can we reach that magic 50 points that West Brom have never had before?” West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher said. Liverpool played their best football down to 10 men at Selhurst Park, where the team hadn’t won since 1997, although they needed two errors by Palace players to bring about the comeback. Roberto Firmino pounced on a mis-hit clearance from Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, drove forward and slotted a finish past McCarthy in the 72nd to make it 1-1. Then Benteke, on as a late substitute, fell to the ground under the slightest of touches from Palace defender Damien Delaney, who pulled out of an attempted tackle in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but still connected with Benteke’s left ankle. The Belgium striker coolly converted the spot-kick, halting midway through his run-up before slotting it home into the corner. “I feel like we’ve been robbed a little bit,” said Palace manager Alan Pardew, whose side hasn’t won since December 19, “but maybe we shot ourselves in the foot.” Palace led through Joe Ledley in the 48th minute. Liverpool are six points off the Champions League qualification positions and have 10 games remaining, one more than many of their rivals for the top four. “I can’t believe how it feels, really good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “A big moment for us.”
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Jamaica and hosts Barbados carved out contrasting wins to remain unbeaten in the Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Youth Championship here Tuesday.While the Jamaicans edged out a determined St Lucia 25-24, Barbados romped to a comfortable 31-12 victory over arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the Barbados Netball Stadium, on the outskirts of the city.The results left Jamaica and Barbados on course for title-deciding clash on for tomorrow’s final day of the competition.The junior Sunshine Girls were forced to battle against the St Lucians and held narrow leads of 6-4 after the first quarter and 12-10 at half-time.St Lucia, however, fought back in the third quarter to tie the scores at 16, heading into the decisive final quarter.Jamaica were led by goal shoot Lori Daley, who dominated the final quarter to finish with 12 goals from 13 attempts overall, while goal shoot Denay Thomas was a perfect eight from eight.For St Lucia, goal attack Megan Nestor tallied 19 goals from 20 attempts.Barbados, meanwhile, had no such competition, as they raced to a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 15-6 advantage at half-time. The hosts again dominated the third quarter to lead 22-9 heading into the final quarter where they easily put the game to bed.MORE GOALSThey were propelled by goal shoot Tower Lord, who shot 22 from 30, while goal attack Brianna Holder chipped in with nine from 14.T&T were carried by goal attack Kadeemah Herbert, who totalled eight from 13 attempts.In other games played Tuesday, Dominica trounced Antigua and Barbuda 36-14 behind goal shoot Celena Langlaise’s 24 from 35 attempts, while Grenada easily got past Bermuda 34-19, thanks to Carlene Alexander’s 31 from 38 attempts.Jamaica and Barbados have won four straight and both have 20 points, with St Lucia in third on 12 points.