Leicester v Legia Warsaw: Leicestershire Police have confirmed eight officers were injured and the same number of people were arrested during disorder at last night’s Europa League match at the King Power Stadium. Police clashed with travelling fans during the game, which Leicester City won 3-1 to leave them a point away from qualification for the knockout stages.
Arsenal v Newcastle: Eddie Howe has been cleared to travel to the Emirates with Newcastle tomorrow after a spell in quarantine but his assistant coach Jason Tindall was in charge of talking to the media this morning ahead of the squad’s trip to the Big Smoke.
“In terms of training, the lads have worked extremely hard, and there has been a constant dialogue with the manager,” he told reporters. “You want your leader and manager here with you, so we’ve missed him as staff and I’m sure the players have missed him on the grass and on the sidelines. We are certainly looking forward to having him back and I’m sure the fans will want him on the touchline.”
Asked how Newcastle will set up against Arsenal following their front-foot performance against Brentford, Tindall didn’t give much away.
“Every game in the Premier League presents a different challenge in terms of the style of play, level of player, different tactics we need to be prepared for,” he said. “We are aware of the strengths Arsenal have and you need to get the balance right; we will go to Arsenal and nullify their strengths but look to score goals.”
Good news for Newcastle
The club’s head coach Eddie Howe will be in the dugout for the first time at Arsenal on Saturday after returning a negative Covid-19 test.
Howe was forced to miss his first game in charge against Brentford at St James’ Park last week after testing positive for coronavirus. Still in search of their first win of the season, Newcastle take on Arsenal at the Emirates in tomorrowe’s lunchtime kick-off.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Celtic
Europa League: Celtic’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages were dashed as a late fightback from their hosts denied them a famous victory in Germany.
Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague
Europa League: Rangers booked their place in the knockout stages with a win over limited opposition in Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s first match in charge of the Scottish champions.
Rapid Vienna 0-2 West Ham
Europa League: Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble wrapped up top spot in Group H for David Moyes’ side in an empty Allianz Stadion.
Leicester City 3-1 Legia Warsaw
Europa League: Leicester City remain on course for the knockout stages but their win over Legia Warsaw was marred by trouble between visiting fans and police at the King Power Stadium.
NS Mura 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Europa Conference League: Antonio Conte says he is not a “magician” and now understands the size of the job on his hands at Tottenham after they suffered one of the most embarrassing nights in their history at the hands of the lowesty ranked side in European football’s third tier competition last night.
Wales, Scotland and a host of other teams will discover who they’ll be playing in their Quatar World Cup 2022 play-off semi-finals at 4pm (GMT) tonight.
Both countries are seeded (along with Portugal, Italy, Russia and Sweden) and will have home advantage in their one-leg semis and will face one of Austria, North Macedonia, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine or Czech Republic.
The draw for the play-off finals will also be made, with all games to be played from March 24 to 29 next year.
The weekend starts here …
Ahead of another few days’ piping hot football action, the imminent arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager at Manchester United remains top of the news agenda. It’s good news for Tottenham, who won’t mind their shocking performance in Slovenia being overshadowed and important enough for Sky Sports News to have posted a reporter outside United’s training ground.
Ben Ransom, their man standing on the roadside in the cold, says the man they call The Professor has agreed personal terms and is waiting for Manchester United to negotiate the terms of his release from his current job at Lokomotiv Moscow.
As well as all the latest news from Carrington, we’ll be dropping in on press conferences the length and breadth of the UK as assorted managers get their chat on ahead of the weekend’s action. An interesting weekend of top flight action is topped and tailed by Arsenal v Newcastle at lunchtime tomorrow and Chelsea v Manchester United on Sunday. Michael Carrick will be in the technical area for that one before Rangnick takes charge.