MA17 CTY v MA17 UTD

Forget the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup. Thursday 23rd November see’s the most important match-up of the season, when Man City take on Man Utd in an unlikely fixture at Wychwood Park near Crewe.

For anyone wishing to show their undying support for either of the two Manchester clubs, it’s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is and purchase either of these novelty car registration plates.

Both plates are listed for auction with a guide price of £700, but my guess is they’ll sell for a lot more than that. The question is which will reach the highest price. The outcome is sure to prove once and for all, which of the 2 clubs is the best supported team in Manchester and provide fans with bragging rights for many years to come.

With their huge pay packets, players often struggle to spend all the money they earn, so what better way could they find than to adorn their Bentley, Aston Martin or Ferrari with such a plate and show their allegiance to their club?

Going into the match-up Manchester United hold the advantage, as their lot will come up for sale after that of Manchester City’s, so they’ll know the price they have to beat, when bidding in this one off event.

Details of the auction can be found at http://www.dvlaauction.co.uk/index.php/live-auction/. The event will be streamed live, exclusively from the DVLA webcam (unless there’s a bidding war between Sky Sorts and BT Sports to screen it live).

If you wish to bid for either plate, you can do so either in person, by going to the auction or via phone, Internet, sms or absentee bid.

Bear in Mind that either plate can only be put on a car that’s registered on or after March 2017. It is illegal to alter the spacing on car registration plates to make numbers look more like letters.

 

European Qualifiers: World Cup play-off places confirmed

Scotland missed out second place in Group F of the European World Cup qualifying. Had they beaten Slovenia on Sunday it would be them rather than the Republic of Ireland in the draw for the four play-off ties to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.

The play-off draw will be held in Zurich on 17 October, starting at 14:00CET. Teams will be seeded according to the FIFA rankings published the previous day, with the highest-ranked quartet in Pot 1 and the remaining sides in Pot 2.

Current FIFA rankings for the countries in the play-offs are as follows:

Switzerland – 7th
Italy – 17th
Croatia – 18th
Northern Ireland – 20th
Sweeden – 23rd
Denmark – 26th
Republic of Ireland – 34th
Greece – 47th

The teams will play on a home-and-away basis, with the first leg taking place between 9th and 11th November and the second legs played over the following three days.

The winner of each tie will go into the draw for the World Cup finals on 1st December.

For more details see the UEFA site : http://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2506867.html

I Cannot Understand How PSG Did Not Break FFP Over Mbappe, Says Monaco President

The website Goal report that Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted he is bewildered over how Paris Saint-Germain circumvented Financial Fair Play rules in bringing Kylian Mbappe to the French capital.

Having previously smashed the world transfer record with the arrival of Neymar, PSG pulled off another coup by landing Mbappe from their Ligue 1 rivals.

Read Goals full take on the PSG situation at: http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/i-cannot-understand-how-paris-saint-germain-did-not-break/6rknirfji7jf1q68hwmez2bfw

Jurgen Klopp open to Philippe Coutinho return despite transfer drama

Football Fancast report that Jurgen Klopp has dropped a big hint that Philippe Coutinho could be in line for a return to the Liverpool squad for their visit to Manchester City on Saturday.

Coutinho featured for Brazil in the World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday, coming off the bench in the 58th minute to score a goal less than 20 minutes later.

He looks fit and ready to play and Klopp is quoted as saying “We still have a really good player in the squad who can play”.

Read the full Football Forecast article at: https://www.footballfancast.com/football-news/jurgen-klopp-open-to-philippe-coutinho-return-despite-transfer-drama

Where to watch the World Cup Qualifiers

There’s a host of World Cup qualifying games being played between now and the 9th October, but it’s not always easy to find which channel is showing which match, especially when a lot of the matches are hidden behind the red button.

You probably already know tonight’s main match between Malta and England is live on ITV, but if you’d rather watch one of the other qualifiers then you’ll need to know where to find it.

I could write them all down for you here, but what’s the point when the guys over at Live-FootballOnTV have already done it for you.

See their list of Live world cup football on TV at: http://www.live-footballontv.com/live-world-cup-football-on-tv.html

Group preview of World Cup qualifiers in Europe

Cyprus Mail Online takes a group-by-group preview of the 9 European World Cup qualifying groups. So far each of the teams have played 6 of their 10 qualifying matches, with the remaining games being played between now and 10th October. The group winners automatically qualify for the finals in Russia, with the 8 best second place teams going into the draw for the 2-leg play-offs.

Some of the groups look to be fairly settled already, while others still appear wide open. With teams playing 2 qualifiers over the next week, there’s a lot to play for and the qualifying positions should be a lot clearer after this round of matches.

See the Cyprus Mail preview at: http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/08/31/group-preview-world-cup-qualifiers-europe/

Wayne Rooney Retires From England Duty

Sky Sports reports that despite Gareth Southgate calling Wayne Rooney this week to say wanted him back in the England squad for the upcoming matches, Rooney has decided the time is right to retire from International football for good.

Bang goes his chance of beating Peter Shilton’s all time England appearance record.

Read the full story on Sky Sports at: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11001765/wayne-rooney-retires-from-england-duty

How this years Champions League pots will look ahead of the draw

Australian Soccer web site, The Turf, takes a look at the likely breakdown for the pots ahead of Thursday’s Champions League draw. See which teams will be in pots 1 and 2, plus the likely makeup of pots 3 and 4.

The final pots will be decided after tonight’s qualifying 2nd leg matches.

See the CL draw pot breakdown at: theturf.com.au/2017/08/23/years-champions-league-pots-will-look-ahead-draw

Liverpool should accept Barcelona’s £136m offer for Philippe Coutinho

In an interview with TalkSPORT, Graeme Souness says he’d be snapping Barcelona’s hand off to accept their offer for Coutinho, insisting he is not even the club’s best player.

The player he feels they really need to hold on to would be Sadio Mane.

What would do you think they should do? Let us know below!

Listen to the interview at: talksport.com/football/id-be-snapping-their-hand-graeme-souness-tells-talksport-liverpool-should-accept-barcelonas