BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgChelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.last_img read more

Gill back for Round 5 of Indian National Rally Cship

first_imgZiro (Arunachal Pradesh), Dec 21 (PTI) Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill aims to reassert his supremacy as Round 5 of the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, the Rally of Arunachal, got underway here today.Gill, who missed Round 4 of the INRC in Chikmagalur as it was held simultaneously with the APRC, is still ahead with 50 points after winning the rounds in Coimbatore and Jaipur.But INRC 3 leader Dean Mascarenhas and defending champion Karna Kadur are snapping at his heels with 45 and 43 points respectively.He will have to be at his fiercest best here in Ziro, which will be making its debut as hosts in the picturesque backdrop of Arunachals majestic mountains, as he sets his eyes on his fifth title in INRC.”We welcome Arunachal Pradesh into the INRC fold,” Arindam Ghosh, Director of RRPM and promoter of the MRF FMSCI INRC 2017, said at a press interaction just after the ceremonial start.”This is a wonderful backdrop for rallying and I am sure all the participants are going to enjoy driving here,” he added.”Its a big step for us to host the Rally of Arunachal,” Lhakpa Tsering of the Motorsports Club of Arunachal said. “Motorsports is fast becoming a very popular sport in the North-East and this is a good boost for al the young enthusiasts,” he added.The Team Mahindra Adventure driver, Gill, will be accompanied by his long-time navigator Musa Sherif as they grapple with the 149.70-kilometre distance, including 72 in special stages and 77.70 in liaison.Dean Mascarenhas and co-driver Shruptha Padival have been consistent through the season, taking the fourth, second and third positions in the earlier rounds of the INRC.advertisementIn his own class, the INRC 3, the pair has been unbeatable, winning all the three rounds for a solid 75 points.Second-placed Saddam Shaikh is way behind with 36 points to pose any sort of a real challenge.ARKA motorsports Karna and Nikhil Pai are back in the fray, despite a non-finish in Round 3, the Rally of Jaipur. They clinched the top position in Round 4, the Rally of Chikmagalur, in the absence of Gill and will hope to push the champion to the edge.Karna yielded his pre-eminent position in the INRC 2 class to Rahul Kanthraj and Vivek Y Bhatt, who have managed a 2, 1, 2 finish so far. He is fourth in the INRC standings with 37 points.Gills teammate in Mahindra Adventure, Amittrajit Ghosh, will rue the missed opportunity in the Rally of Chikmagalur. He was in the game with a third place and a fifth-place finish in the initial two rounds. But in Round 4, his car let him down even as he was leading the pack, forcing him to return empty-handed. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more