The Baggies host an in-form Gunners side this evening in the Capital One Cup, with our tipster Hugh Wilson backing an early goal

Fresh off the back of wins at the weekend, Arsenal and West Brom meet in the Capital One Cup, with both sides coming into this match in confident mood.

Arsene Wenger’s side make their first appearance this season in the Capital One Cup after gaining a bye in the last round, with Steve Clarke’s side breezing past Newport County in a 3-0 win at the Hawthorns in the second round.

Arsenal come into this match after recording their seventh straight win in all competitions at the weekend. Wenger’s side saw of a spirited Stoke City team to run out 3-1 winners and put them on top of the Premier League.

After starting the season with a loss at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal have been in unstoppable form, beating the likes of Fenerbahce, Tottenham Hotspur and Marseille.

Despite Wenger being likely to bring in a few new faces this evening, Betway price them at even money (2.00) to carry on their winning run.

West Brom recorded their first league win of the season at the weekend, cruising past Sunderland at home in a 3-0 win. Their only previous victory this season had come in the Capital One Cup, with Clarke’s men recording draws away at Everton and Fulham.

The Baggies had been poor at home in the league before the win against Sunderland, losing to both Swansea and Southampton. Betway price them as outsiders tonight at 13/5 (3.60) to progress in 90 minutes. The same firm prices the draw at 12/5 (3.40).

Both sides have been involved in matches where we have seen early goals in recent weeks. A bet that stands out in this match is a goal before the 30th minute at 7/10 (1.70) with Betway which is a fantastic price when you consider it would have paid out in five of Arsenal’s last six matches.

It’s another test for David Moyes tonight as he welcomes Brendan Rodgers side to Old Trafford, our tipster thinks Wayne Rooney can score first for his side

More pressure was heaped on David Moyes on Sunday afternoon as Manchester United were taken apart by rivals Manchester City, who came out 4-1 winners in the league fixture.

With Chelsea, City and Liverpool already played in the league, it’s been a tough start for the former Everton manager and tonight will be no different, with Liverpool visiting Manchester and Luis Suarez making his return after his ban.

United come into this match needing a victory. Moyes has failed to beat one of the top clubs he’s faced this season and if he is unable to lead United into the next round tonight, more questions will be asked.

With United hosting West Brom at the weekend, expect Moyes to play a full strength team in this Capital One Cup match.

Robin Van Persie will be another big miss for United, but with Wayne Rooney finding form, he should lead the line for United. Paddy Power price them as favourites at 5/4 (2.25) to win in 90 minutes.

Liverpool were shocked at the weekend with Southampton coming to Anfield and claiming all three points with a 1-0 victory.

Brendan Rodgers’ side had started the season in fine form, winning their first four competitive matches, but a draw to Swansea which was followed by that Southampton result, has seen them slip in recent weeks.

With Liverpool looking to get back winning ways, they will be delighted to welcome back Suarez for this massive clash between two rivals.

Paddy Power price the visitors at 23/10 (3.30), with the draw also being priced at 23/10 (3.30).

With the both teams to score bet and over 2.5 goals both a little too short to back, it’s worth taking a look at the goalscorer market to find a bet worth backing.

Wayne Rooney has really stepped up for United over the last few weeks, scoring against Crystal Palace, Bayer Leverkusen and Man City. With van Persie missing again, he will be United’s main man and the bet of him to net United’s first goal at 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power seems like a fantastic price.

Indian Students Develop ‘Rape-Prevention’ Underwear

Three engineering students in India have developed lingerie that they claim has “anti-rape” features that will help women protect themselves against possible attacks.

The underwear — dubbed Society Harnessing Equipment — features GPS technology (to alert the police) as well as pressure-activated electrodes “capable of sending shock waves of 3,800 kV” Manisha Mohan, one of the developers behind the product, told the Times of India.

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“A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated,” he told the newspaper. The GPS link and a cell phone transmitter would also send an SOS text to emergency services “as well as to parents of the girl,” he said.

The circuitry for the GPS and sensor modules are both based near the bosom — as according to research on attempted rapes and sexual harassment, that is where women are first attacked, say the students.

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Mohan and her fellow designers outlined the inspiration behind their design in the project profile:

“Studying in a convent girls school, we were always taught to be good to everyone around and bear a cheerful smile. After stepping into the real , cruel world we realized that our smile could not last for long as the threat to our purity and integrity always lingered on. Since the law makers take ages to come up with just laws and even after that, women are unsafe.”

The rape and death of a young woman in Delhi last year has highlighted the problem of sexual violence in India. The students cite both the Delhi gang rape as well as another incident in Bangalore as their impetus for finding a solution to the problem.

However the idea of an anti-rape device is not a new one. In South Africa the controversial ‘Rape-Axe’, a latex condom embedded with inward-facing barbs, was proposed in 2005 to mixed reception. Though theSociety Harnessing Equipment can reportedly deliver up to 82 shocks, it’s considerably tamer than the Rape-Axe. The students are hoping to make their design available for purchase in April.


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Ibrahimovic: Rooney should join PSG

The 27-year-old forward has endured a stop-start campaign at Old Trafford this season, after struggling with both his form and fitness amid reports that he could be set for a move

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has advised Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney to join him at the French club, should he consider a switch elsewhere in the summer. exclusively revealed last month that Rooney has already told several of his club-mates that he could be leaving the champions-elect sooner rather than later.

5/1 Wayne Rooney is 5/1 with William Hill to score first in Monday night’s Manchester derby

After enduring a somewhat fractious relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson of late, amid concerns about his weight and the impact that this was then having on his fitness, Ibrahimovic believes PSG are the only club that the England international should look to if he decides to try to force through a move.

“If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for,” the Sweden captain told The Sun.

“Only he knows the decision he is going to make in the summer but the project we are trying to build here is clear.

“We are not content with being the dominant force in France, we want to be the top club in Europe as well.

“I can understand why the owners are interested in Rooney — he is in the top 10 of strikers in Europe.”

The 27-year-old’s future remains up in the air after he was omitted from the club’s starting line-up for their Champions League clash against Real Madrid last month.

Manchester rivalry set to reach boiling point

A series of dramatic incidents over the past few seasons have only served to stoke the flames of a 132-year-old city derby that had traditionally been dominated by United


By Sam Lee

“Bitter” is the word often bandied about where football rivalries are concerned. The pre- and post-game posturing between rival fans often descends into who, in fact, is the most bitter.

Over the years, the word has become as much a part of the Manchester rivalry as Denis Law, Curly Watts, “plastic fans” and, latterly, “Agueroooooooooooooooooooooo…”.

For years, United fans referred to City as bitter. Bitter of United’s dominance, bitter about their riches, bitter about everything. The examples – blue ketchup at Maine Road, a ban on red cars for City employees – have been trotted out ad infinitum since Abu Dhabi ploughed their money into the blue half of Manchester.

The Argentine opts to leave Manchester United on a free transfer after two trophy-winning seasons in a red shirt, signing a lucrative contract with their local rivals. The “Welcome to Manchester” billboard erected to celebrate his arrival at City does not go down well with Red Devils supporters.
A match that sent shockwaves through English football as Manchester City pitched up at their rivals’ stadium and tore them apart. The famous “Why Always Me?” T-shirt was revealed to the world as Roberto Mancini’s men announced themselves as genuine title contenders.
After threatening to lose their grip on the Premier League in their final few games, Manchester City complete an astonishing injury-time turnaround against QPR to lift the trophy. At Sunderland, United see glory slip through their fingers.

Carlos Tevez was snatched away from Old Trafford in a deal that City hoped would be a sign of the times. But it was the manner of the transfer which rankled most with United fans and even Sir Alex Ferguson.

The infamous “Welcome to Manchester” billboard erected on Deansgate sparked more point-scoring between clubs and fans. Was it an example of City being small-time or was it harmless fun to which United reacted bitterly? Either way, it was certainly a benchmark in the modern rivalry.

But, even as City started to ramp up the volume off the pitch, they were continually served up heartbreaking defeats on it. Michael Owen in the last minute in the league, Wayne Rooney in the last minute in the Capital One Cup, Paul Scholes in the last minute at Eastlands. All in that same season. Just like the old days.

Those games were interspersed with crowd unrest. The atmosphere at Old Trafford for Tevez’s early-season return was toxic, as it was later that season in the Capital One Cup after the Argentine had taunted United fans and substitute Gary Neville after scoring a penalty in the first leg. Neville had fired back a one-fingered salute.

City frustrations grew with each cruel defeat and, for them, every match became more and more an opportunity to give United the beating that they had coming to them. Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick did nothing to help matters as the next season wore on.

The tide turned in City’s favour later that campaign when they reached the FA Cup final at the Red Devils’ expense. They went on to win the trophy, their first since 1976. United clinched the league title on the very same day and the point-scoring got louder and more passionate in an hour of mutual glory. Whose success meant more? Who was overshadowed?

And so the 2011-12 season started. United were the defending champions, City had won the FA Cup. United’s crowing about City’s long barren spell, a staple of match day Stretford End sing-songs, had been put to an end. “Thirty-five years…”, no more.

The first derby of the campaign rolled around with United fans wondering quietly if City might actually go one step further. They had got a trophy under their belt, after all.

The 6-1 hammering that followed turned English football on its head.

Were United about to be overthrown by their “little brother”, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once remarked? It was as big a result as the English top flight had seen. Had the lie of the Premier League land been changed forever? Was this the oft-mooted power shift?

This time it was United who had been embarrassed and they did not like it one bit. They knew that they were in a fight and worries set in as the season dragged on. The bitterness over that defeat was only multiplied months later when the Red Devils were outplayed at the Etihad Stadium as City went top with a handful of games to play.

And what happened in the final minute of season will have been the bitterest pill that United fans have ever had to swallow. The kind of miraculous recovery that had typified Ferguson’s side had bitten them on the backside in the most dramatic circumstances.

Martin Tyler’s throaty roars will haunt Reds forever, even if they win the league by 30 points this season and the next five editions after that.

It was enough to make any man bitter. Sir Alex has never publicly discussed his feelings on that fateful day, stating only that the club had to move on.

In the unabating narrative of football, the first derby of this season, back in December, offered United a chance a revenge. The atmosphere was again electric.

From an emotional point of view, the match was a disaster. United fans were jubilant as they went 2-0 up. The glory days were back, they had put the last day of the season behind them, United were playing brilliantly and would go six points clear.

But they were soon a nervous mixture of anger and sadness as their rivals pulled it back to 2-2 in the second half. City fans, once again, were lording a dramatic comeback over their red counterparts. The team had again showed that they just flat out refused to be cowed by United and their fans responded in kind.

Then Robin van Persie scored in the last minute and everything went blurry. Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin as he celebrated with his own fans, lucky that only one flying object struck him. Moments later, a fan ran onto the pitch to confront the England defender. A number of arrests were made, as is common at big derbies. What was unusual was that one of those detained was not even at the ground – he was so furious after watching events unfold on television that he racially abused Ferdinand on Twitter.

The 15-point gap that has developed between the sides since then should actually serve to diminish the emotions surrounding the match – but only a little. United can exert their traditional dominance once again on Monday. If the destination of the title is not certain already, a home victory will dispel any doubts.

City, for their part, can show that they are not a flash in the pan. They can give United, who have underperformed since Nani’s red card against Real Madrid, something to worry about for the run-in.

Either way, old wounds are about to be reopened as the Manchester derby get underway


Richards considered for shock Manchester derby return

The 24-year-old full-back has been sidelined for the past six months, but he could be set for a dramatic comeback on Monday as Roberto Mancini looks to rest Pablo Zabaleta


By Paul Clennam

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could risk throwing Micah Richards straight back into his side for Monday’s derby against Manchester United, despite him only just returning from a six-month spell on the sidelines.

The 24-year-old right-back had made just three league appearances prior to undergoing knee surgery at the end of October.

10/1 City are 10/1 with William Hill to beat Manchester United 2-1 on Monday evening

However, with the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on the horizon, Mancini is mulling over resting Pablo Zabaleta, who has had to play through minor injuries throughout the season in Richards’ absence.

The England defender has been back in full training recently, and has outlined his desire to return at Old Trafford more than once.

“I think the Newcastle match [on March 30] will come too soon for me, though I hope to have been training normally by then,” Richards told reporters in March.

“Realistically, I’m looking more to the game away to United and then the FA Cup semi-final to be properly involved again.”

Sergio Aguero, who has been out for a month with a knee injury, trained at Carrington during the international break and could also be in contention, while Carlos Tevez is set to face his former club despite having to play on with an injury in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle after David Silva had been withdrawn due to injury.

Samir Nasri also picked up a knock in that game, and although there are slight concerns over a niggling ankle complaint, City are confident the Frenchman will be ready for Monday.


The England striker has missed the last two matches with a groin injury, while the Brazilian full-back was withdrawn in the first half against Sunderland last Saturday


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Rafael have returned to training ahead of Monday’s clash with Manchester City.

As reported by on Wednesday, the United boss is willing to risk the England striker despite having missed the matches against Sunderland and Chelsea over Easter.

Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans, however, are yet to take part in preparations for the match at Old Trafford after also sustaining knocks on Wearside.

“Wayne and Rafa have started training this morning, which is good news,” Sir Alex told reporters on Thursday.

6/1 Wayne Rooney is 6/1 with William Hill to score two or more goals in Monday’s Manchester derby

“Hopefully, they will be fine by Monday. Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic are not there yet but hopefully they will start training maybe [Friday] or Saturday morning. We have a little bit of time on our hands to get most of the troops ready for the game.”

The 71-year-old also responded to criticism that has come United’s way since they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Chelsea on Monday and believes that, as long as his side win the league, it will not be a disappointing season.

“The way we’ve approached things is the correct way and that’s to win the next game,” he added.

“Hopefully, it takes us to winning the league. It doesn’t matter what people say outside of the club, it’s about what we think inside the club. We’re always looking to do our best. It’s been a good season for us.

“It’s a derby game with a difference from a few years ago. We have to get used to playing Manchester City in big games and that’s the case again.

“The important thing is to win Monday’s game. It’ll be a big game for City. They’ll want to come and derail us for a spell. We’re at home and our consistency is there for all to see. I expect us to perform really well on Monday.”

Sir Alex also praised his players for their league form, which has handed them a 15-point gap over City at the top of the table.

He beamed: “We have to congratulate our players on their consistency – to win 25 out of 30 games is a record and should be applauded.

“It’s fantastic. But we’ve still got to win the title. We have eight games left and that’s 24 points to play for.”

Premier League
  Matches Home Away Goals
  PTS GP Won Drawn Lost Won Drawn Lost Won Drawn Lost GS GA
Legend: PTS: Points    Won: Games Won    Drawn: Games Drawn    Lost: Games Lost    GP: Games Played    GS: Goals Scored    GA: Goals Allowed
1 Man Utd. Man Utd. 74 29 24 2 3 14 0 1 10 2 2 69 31
2 Manchester City FC Manchester City FC 59 29 17 8 4 10 3 1 7 5 3 51 26
3 Chelsea FC Chelsea FC 55 29 16 7 6 9 4 2 7 3 4 58 30
4 Tottenham Tottenham 54 30 16 6 8 8 4 3 8 2 5 51 37
5 Arsenal Arsenal 50 29 14 8 7 8 3 3 6 5 4 55 32
6 Everton Everton 48 29 12 12 5 8 6 1 4 6 4 46 35
7 Liverpool Liverpool 45 30 12 9 9 8 3 4 4 6 5 57 39
8 West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion 44 30 13 5 12 9 2 4 4 3 8 40 38
9 Swansea Swansea 40 30 10 10 10 6 6 3 4 4 7 40 38
10 Fulham Fulham 36 29 9 9 11 6 3 5 3 6 6 40 44
11 Stoke Stoke 34 30 7 13 10 6 7 2 1 6 8 27 35
12 Norwich City Norwich City 34 30 7 13 10 6 6 3 1 7 7 28 46
13 Newcastle Newcastle 33 30 9 6 15 8 1 6 1 5 9 41 52
14 West Ham West Ham 33 29 9 6 14 6 4 4 3 2 10 32 43
15 Sunderland Sunderland 31 30 7 10 13 4 6 5 3 4 8 33 42
16 Southampton Southampton 31 30 7 10 13 5 5 5 2 5 8 42 52
17 Aston Villa Aston Villa 30 30 7 9 14 4 4 7 3 5 7 31 56
18 Wigan Athletic Wigan Athletic 27 29 7 6 16 3 4 8 4 2 8 35 56
19 Reading Reading 23 30 5 8 17 4 6 5 1 2 12 35 57
20 QPR Q

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham: Lampard brings up his double ton to help Blues leapfrog Spurs

The Blues move up to third in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over their London rivals as the midfielder hits 200 goals and Eden Hazard secures the points

Frank Lampard‘s 200th goal for Chelsea set them on their way to a comfortable 2-0 home win over West Ham to boost their Champions League hopes.

The veteran midfielder is now two goals behind Bobby Tambling’s all-time club record after reaching the landmark against his former side with a 19th-minute header to put the Blues in front.

Eden Hazard capped a brilliant individual performance with Chelsea’s second on 49 minutes as Rafa Benitez’s side took advantage of Tottenham’s defeat to Fulham to move up to third in the Premier League table.

The result leaves Chelsea in position for a strong finish to a turbulent season as they target a top-four place, while they are also in the last eight of the FA Cup and the Europa League.

Against a timid West Ham side, they played with flair and energy, with the visitors particularly unable to handle the vision and trickery of Hazard and Juan Mata as the attacking duo floated in to pockets of space.

The major talking point before kick-off was Benitez’s decision to drop John Terry and Fernando Torres to the bench despite both players scoring in Thursday’s Europa League win over Steaua Bucharest.

West Ham made two changes to the side who beat Stoke City as Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te came in to the team, with Joe Cole unable to recover in time from a hamstring problem to face his former side.

The hosts started brightly and should have taken the lead after just six minutes when Lampard played Demba Ba through on goal but the striker woefully miskicked his shot off target as he looked to place the ball in the corner.

Lampard, however, had no such problem in the 19th minute as he netted his 11th league goal of the campaign. The midfielder drifted in between the West Ham defenders and was perfectly placed to head Hazard’s clipped pass in to the net from eight yards.

The only frustration for Chelsea at the break would have been their failure to double their advantage, with Ba guilty of missing their best opportunity when he shot straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen after again being played in one-on-one with the Hammers goalkeeper.

But less than five minutes after the re-start, the second goal arrived – and in emphatic style. Hazard played a delightful one-two with Juan Mata, danced across the West Ham penalty area and, after fooling three defenders by faking to shoot, slammed the ball in to the bottom corner with his left foot.

With the victory seemingly secure, Chelsea cruised to full-time with fluid possession-based football and more sparks of genius from Hazard and Mata. A job well done.

Premier League Team of the Week: Rio Ferdinand marks England recall with return to our XI

The defender makes his fourth appearance in the side this season, with Everton trio Jan Mucha, Seamus Coleman & Leon Osman starring after victory over Manchester City

After earning a recall to the England national team last week, Rio Ferdinand continued his impressive form in Manchester United‘s 1-0 win over Reading on Saturday to earn his fourth appearance in our XI this season.

The victory, sealed by Wayne Rooney’s deflected first-half strike, puts the Red Devils 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Manchester City fell to defeat away to Everton.

Jan Mucha, Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman, who opened the scoring in the 2-0 win at Goodison Park, all star for the Toffees in our TOTW.

Dimitar Berbatov returned to White Hart Lane with Fulham to inflict a 1-0 defeat on Tottenham, a result which could prove detrimental to Spurs’ top four hopes this season. The Bulgarian is joined by team-mate John Arne Riise, who fills in at left-back.

Spurs’ stutter allowed Chelsea to seize the initiative and regain third place with a 2-0 victory at home to West Ham. Eden Hazard is included in our side for the seventh time this campaign after he added to Frank Lampard’s opener – the midfielder’s 200th for the Blues.

Aston Villa and Southampton both secured key victories in their respective bids to beat the drop this season. Andreas Weimann shone for Paul Lambert’s men following the 3-2 win over QPR, while Morgan Schneiderlin once again starred for the Saints as they beat Liverpool 3-1.

Claudio Yacob completes our midfield line-up after impressing in West Brom’s goalless stalemate with Stoke, while Michael Turner helped Norwich to a 1-1 draw against former club Sunderland and rounds off the XI at centre-back.

Goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Mark Schwarzer are both unfortunate not to take the No.1 jersey this week, while John Heitinga and Santi Cazorla also just miss the cut.