Clemson vs LSU

Keys for the Clemson-L.S.U. National Title Game By Zach Schonbrun ESPN’s Football Power Index is predicting No. 3 Clemson to beat No. 1 LSU, giving them a 55.8 percent chance to win the game.LSU vs. Clemson: ESPN Football Power Index gives early prediction for national title

The teams competing for a national title have two of the top quarterbacks, two of the top running backs and the luxury of rest.
Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney spoke to reporters on Saturday. His team will face L.S.U. for the national title on Monday night. Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney spoke to reporters on Saturday. His team will face L.S.U. for the national title on Monday night.Credit…David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Who to watch when Clemson has the ball:

The Clemson football team has won 29 games in a row. Excuse its performance in the last one.“I’d give it a B-minus,” Coach Dabo Swinney said of his team’s College Football Playoff semifinal against Ohio State on Dec. 28. “We did some dumb things, had some missed opportunities.

“But,” he continued, “the beautiful thing is we still won.”The Tigers will need their A game on Monday night when they travel to New Orleans for the national championship game, which is being played at the Superdome, about 80 miles from the campus of their opponent, top-ranked Louisiana State.

Who to watch when LSU has the ball:

Isaiah Simmons (LB): A track star turned safety turned linebacker turned free-ranging weapon, Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons rapidly emerged as one of college football’s most versatile players in 2019.

Those Tigers seemed to barely break a sweat in dismantling No. 4 Oklahoma, 63-28, in their semifinal matchup, also on Dec. 28. L.S.U., with the No. 1 offense in the country and an improving defense, has already beaten six teams ranked in the top 10 this season. With each one, it looked more and more like a team of destiny.

But the same could also have been said about Alabama last season.Here is a look at some of the keys to the title game:Quarterback MatchupL.S.U. safety Grant Delpit said he thought his team had a phenomenal offense at training camp this season. At least, that’s what he hoped he was seeing.

“Either they were going to be really good or we were going to be bad,” Delpit said about his team’s offense and defense, “because they were putting up a lot of yards on us in all the scrimmages.”L.S.U.’s offense wound up leading the nation with 564.4 yards per game, led by quarterback Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy. He looked better than ever against the Sooners, scoring eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing).

L.S.U. has modeled its offense after the one used by the New Orleans Saints. L.S.U.’s passing-game coordinator, Joe Brady, spent two years with the Saints as an offensive assistant. L.S.U. has a dizzying assortment of talented pass catchers, including tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of the Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss, and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who caught 50 passes this season out of the backfield.

But Clemson has a championship-proven quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who had another incredible season as a sophomore, even if it did not meet the early Heisman Trophy hype. That was mainly because he threw eight interceptions in the first seven games.

Most of them were meaningless — Clemson won by over 30 points in all but one of the games in which he tossed an interception. But in the final two months, Lawrence has flipped a switch. Entering Monday, he has made 202 consecutive pass attempts without getting picked off, a team record, with 22 touchdown passes in that span.
Clemson’s Defense

Burrow, the L.S.U. quarterback, gets rid of the ball quickly, and getting to the quarterback has not been a strength for Clemson this season, as it was last season.“They just shred everybody, and it starts with him,” Swinney said of Burrow. “And it’s not just his ability to throw the ball. He’s made great plays with his legs, too.”

But the Clemson secondary showed why it might be the most talented one Swinney has fielded. In the Playoff semifinal, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields threw two interceptions after entering the game with only one for the season. And Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, has been creative about crafting deceptive blitzes, so if there is anyone who can throw Burrow off his game, it might be him.

Alabama was averaging nearly 46 points per game last season before it was humbled by Venables, whose defense held the Crimson Tide to 16. Three defensive linemen from that team wound up being drafted in the first round by the N.F.L. But Clemson still managed to allow the fewest points per game (11.5) in the nation this season.Etienne’s Revenge

Travis Etienne can make a solid claim as the best running back in Clemson history: He was the first Clemson player to be named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in back-to-back seasons since quarterback Steve Fuller in 1977 and 1978.

And it almost never happened. A Jennings, La., native, he was an L.S.U. fan growing up. He was ready and willing to be recruited by the university in 2017. But L.S.U. Coach Ed Orgeron, who was an L.S.U. assistant at the time, came around too late. Etienne was committed to Clemson.“Every time I see him having success, I’m sick to my stomach,” Orgeron said.

Etienne, a former high school track star, seems to come up with big plays when Clemson needs them most, like his galloping 53-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass in which he knifed right through the middle of the Ohio State defense. He made only three catches against the Buckeyes, but they went for a total of 98 yards.A Long LayoffIt has been an unusually long layoff between the semifinals and the championship game. Neither team is complaining.

Edwards-Helaire, the L.S.U. running back, was questionable to take the field against Oklahoma because he injured a hamstring in early December; he wound up touching the ball only twice. It was easy to keep him out because the game quickly turned into a blowout.Edwards-Helaire has called his recovery “miraculous.” After a 16-day layoff, he is expected to be 100 percent on Monday night.

Clemson, which played its semifinal game near Phoenix before flying back to South Carolina, is also relishing the extra time to recover. After the Ohio State game, Lawrence, the quarterback, said he had never felt so sore. That was not surprising. He finished with more yards rushing than Etienne, including a 67-yard touchdown, and absorbed some brutal hits in the process.Lawrence has shown the grit to win. In his Clemson career, he has yet to experience the soreness after a loss.

Jesse Hart vs Joe Smith Jr

Jesse Hart Vs. Joe Smith Jr: Date, Time, TV And Live Stream LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 15: Jesse Hart (C) prepares for his light heavyweight fight against … [+] Sullivan Barrera at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hart won by unanimous Fight fans who tune into ESPN may be in for a treat on Saturday when Jesse Hart (26-2, 21 KO) and Joe Smith Jr. (24-3, 20 KO) meet. This one has the potential to produce an epic KO and a slugfest for as long as it lasts.

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Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 pm ET
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The Draw Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz – Weigh-in

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 14: Boxer Jesse Hart poses during a ceremonial weigh-in at MGM Grand … [+] Garden Arena on June 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hart will meet Sullivan Barrera in a light heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Often criticized for his penchant for slugging over boxing, Hart always seems to deliver exciting performances. The former 168-pound title challenger will be in his second fight at light heavyweight when he faces Smith on Saturday.

The only man that has been able to defeat Hart is former 168-pound champion turned light heavyweight contender Gilberto Ramirez. Zurdo has downed Hart twice and a third meeting could happen at 175 pounds if both men continue to win in their new weight class.Bernard Hopkins v Joe Smith Jr.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 17: Joe Smith Jr. reacts after punching Bernard Hopkins out of the ring … [+] for a ninth round TKO to win the WBC International Light Heavyweight title at The Forum on December 17, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Smith is going to do everything in his power to prevent himself from becoming a stepping stone. His best attribute is his titanic punching power. He had a fantastic year in 2016 when he scored KO victories over Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins. Those wins led to opportunities against Sullivan Barrera and Dmitry Bivol.Because Smith lost a lopsided decision to Bivol in his last fight, he needs a win over Hart if he hopes to get another title shot any time soon.

Hart-Smith isn’t exactly a pay-per-view attraction, but it does deliver an intriguing stylistic matchup. The potential title shot implications spices it up.The UndercardThe co-main event will be the Steve Nelson vs. Cem Kilic bout at super middleweight. However, the real gem of the Hart-Smith preliminaries is the third professional fight for 17-year-old Xander Zayas.

After two impressive KO wins to start his career, the former amateur standout and youngest fighter ever signed to Top Rank will take on Corey Champion.With a record of 1-1, Champion has had the same amount of pro bouts as Zayas, and he’s had a pro MMA fight as well.Zayas is expected to roll, but catching a glimpse of a kid who has the potential to become a future world champion should carry some value for the viewer.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team

LIVERPOOL will look to extend their 37-game unbeaten record in the Premier League with one eye seemingly already on the title.

The Reds will welcome their next challengers in Tottenham, having won 19 of their 20 matches so far this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are seemingly unbeatable at the moment, as they go in search of beating Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run in the Premier League

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are seemingly unbeatable at the moment, as they go in search of beating Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run in the Premier LeagueCredit: AFP or licensors

Spurs have stumbled over the festive period as they look to maintain their bid to reach the top four.

Jose Mourinho’s side lost to Southampton last time out in the league, a fourth defeat since the Portuguese coach took over in November.
What time does Tottenham vs Liverpool kick off?

This Premier League encounter will take place on Saturday, January 11.

It will kick off at 5.30pm.

The match will be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

Tottenham vs Liverpool will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage underway from 5pm.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this match via the app on their computer, tablet and mobile devices.

Alternatively, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
What is the team news?

Tottenham remain without Hugo Lloris, as Paulo Gazzaniga continues to deputise.

Harry Kane is also out, along with Tanguy Ndombele and Ben Davies.

There could be a second left-back out for Spurs with Danny Rose a doubt with a muscle injury.

But Mourinho will have Son Heung-min back in the Premier League after serving his suspension.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will be hoping Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri pass fit to face Tottenham.

But they have a growing list of absentees, with James Milner joining Naby Keita and Joel Matip on the sidelines.

Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are also unavailable.

Stat attack!

Liverpool have lost just once in 16 matches to Tottenham – a 4-1 defeat in October 2017
Tottenham are currently 28 points behind Liverpool, two more than their difference at the end of last season
If there is to be a glimmer of hope for Spurs, Jose Mourinho has won lost just seven of his 28 matches against Liverpool, which includes 12 wins

What are the odds?

Liverpool are easy favourites to win at 7/10 on, compared to Tottenham’s 7/2 odds for victory on home turf, according to Ladbrokes.

Yet, the clash will see Son return and could earn punters a pretty penny at 14/1 to score more than once.

But Mohamed Salah will want to terrorise a suspect Spurs defence and is 50/1 to net his first league hat-trick of the season.

Man Utd vs Norwich

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Chelsea vs Burnley

Chelsea vs Burnley live commentary as Blues look to boost top four The Premier League returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend as Frank Lampard’s Blues host a Burnley side without a win since December 21.Chelsea come into this game during a patch of inconsistency, having picked up two wins and two losses in their last five games.Chelsea have been inconsistent recently under Frank LampardAFP or licensorsChelsea have been inconsistent recently under Frank Lampard

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The two victories came against Arsenal and Tottenham, the latter managed by two-time Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, while the losses came against Southampton and Bournemouth.Sean Dyche’s Clarets have lost their last three games including a poor performance against relegation candidates Aston Villa in their most recent outing.

talkSPORT’s GameDay special will bring you all the action from this clash and here’s how you can tune in to it all.Chelsea vs Burnley: How to listenThe Premier League clash will get under way at 3pm on Saturday, January 11.Full commentary from Stamford Bridge will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage starting at 2pm.

We will bring you all the build-up and then live and exclusive commentary.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Chelsea vs Burnley: Head-to-head

Chelsea have picked up all three points in four of the last three league meetings between the clubs, scoring 12 goals and conceding five.While Burnley are without a win in this fixture since the opening day of the 2017/18 season where Dyche’s side walked away from Stamford Bridge with all three points after a 3-2 win.

Chelsea won this fixture 4-2 back in October with a hattrick from Christian Pulisic before Willian made it 4-0 with less than an hour played.Burnley managed to grab a couple of consolation goals through Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil, but Lampard’s side were too much for the clarets on the day.Chelsea vs Burnley: Team news

Lampard reported after Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest that Pulisic had picked up an injury the day before the cup tie, while Alonso almost missed the game due to an ongoing muscle injury.Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to grass training as he continues his recovery from a long-term Achilles injury but this weekend’s game against Burnley comes too soon for the 23-year-old.

Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both doubtful for the visitors with hamstring injuries.Ben Gibson, Aaron Lennon and Ashley Barnes are all reportedly facing late fitness tests although Jack Cork, a former Chelsea academy midfielder, is in line to start.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Preview: Probable Lineups, Prediction… Keshav AwastyArsenal will be hoping to continue building a winning momentum when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.Team news and live commentary as Arsenal look to leapfrog Crystal Palace Arsenal have begun winning games again and will hope to continue that trend against a Crystal Palace side hampered by significant

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Referee Paul Tierney
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The games continue to come thick and fast across England, as the busy winter shows no signs of slowing down. The second match-up in Gameweek 22 will be Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off, a London derby which sees Crystal Palace play hosts to Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

After a strong start to the season, Crystal Palace have tailed off a bit during the festive period. The Eagles have managed to win just one of their last seven fixtures across all competitions, although most of the winless results have been draws. Roy Hodgson’s men, though, come into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat Derby County, which sent them packing from the FA Cup.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are finally starting to show some promise in a season during which inconsistency has been like second nature for them. The Gunners failed to win their first two games under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta, but have been victorious in each of their matches in 2020. The latest success came in the FA Cup, as they narrowly beat Leeds United to progress to the 4th round.

The reverse fixture, played back in October, ended in a 2-2 draw, a game that is infamous for Granit Xhaka’s outburst towards the fans, which ultimately saw him being stripped of Arsenal’s club captaincy. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.Team News & Tactics Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has a spate of injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Arsenal. On Saturday, the Crystal Palace manager could be without as many as nine first-team players due to fitness troubles, with his woes being compounded by Luka Milivojevic’s suspension.

The Crystal Palace captain saw red as the Eagles were eliminated from the FA Cup at the hands of Derby County. Apart from Milivojevic, the major absentees for the hosts are Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Ward, Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend, while Maximilian Meyer is a major doubt due to a knock he sustained in the cup tie.

The good news, though, is that Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke could be fit enough to feature. Zaha could, in fact, make a direct return to the starting lineup while Benteke could make the bench, which will be a huge boost in itself, considering Hodgson is down to his bare bones in just about every department.

If Meyer is deemed fit to start, he will likely start at the right side of the Crystal Palace midfield. If not, Jordan Ayew could be deployed on the flank, with Connor Wickham leading the line against Arsenal. Zaha, meanwhile, will likely start on the left wing, in what will be a five-man midfield.

In Milivojevic’s absence, Cheikhou Kouyate will be named as the holding midfielder, charged with stifling Arsenal during their build-up play. Kouyate will be supported by James McArthur and James McCarthy, with the duo also tasked with relaying the ball out to Zaha or Ayew.

At the back, Martin Kelly, James Tomkins, Gary Cahill and Jairo Riedewald pick themselves in the four-man defensive line, with Hodgson having no other recognised defenders at his disposal. The makeshift state of defence means Vicente Guaita will have even more responsibility on his shoulders.Probable Lineup (4-5-1): Guaita; Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedeweld; Ayew, McCarthy, Kouyate, McArthur, Zaha; WickhamCrystal PalaceArsenal

Unlike Roy Hodgson, Mikel Arteta will have a much more relaxed frame of mind, at least as far as the team news is concerned. Against Crystal Palace on Saturday, he Arsenal boss has just two first-team players on the treatment tables, namely Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Calum Chambers (knee), with the latter being a long-term absentee.

Hector Bellerin has resumed light training after recovering from his hamstring injury, but the game against Crystal Palace will have come too soon for the Spaniard. In his absence, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue to line up as the makeshift right-back. On the opposite flank, Sead Kolasinac is a certain starter, seeing as Tierney is still on the sidelines.

At the heart of the Arsenal defence, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz will partner up once again, hoping to keep a third consecutive clean sheet. Rob Holding will drop down to the bench, with the formation being reverted to a 4-2-3-1. In goal, there is no looking past Bernd Leno.

Up ahead in midfield, Granit Xhaka will have Lucas Torreira for company in the double pivot, while Mesut Ozil will be given a free role in a more advanced position from where the German playmaker will look to pull the strings.Nicolas Pepe has made an electric start to 2020 and is finally starting to show signs that he might be getting settled in at Arsenal. The Ivorian will start on the right side of the attack, with Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lining up on the left flank. Alexandre Lacazette will spearhead the attack against Crystal Palace.