Turkey vs France: Team News and Preview

Yilmaz is again expected to lead the line for Turkey, who could also include Under, Tosun and Calhanoglu as part of a talented front four.

Okay Yokuslu missed the win over Uzbekistan last time out with a knee problem and the same injury is expected to rule the Celta Vigo midfielder out of this contest.

Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu is also in the squad but the 23-year-old is expected to start on the bench.

France were without the services of captain Hugo Lloris against Bolivia due to the goalkeeper’s involvement in the Champions League final. Lloris is available for this match, however, and should return between the sticks.

Olivier Giroud is also available for selection having been left out against Bolivia after representing Chelsea in the Europa League final. The experienced forward could start at the tip of an attack which should also include Griezmann and Mbappe.

Paul Pogba could again be joined by Tanguy Ndombele in the middle of the park, while Matuidi is also in line to feature as Deschamps could favour his experience over the likes of Lemar and Kingsley Coman.

Clement Lenglet is also an option for the visitors having recovered from illness.

Turkey possible starting lineup:
Gunok; Kaldirim, Demiral, Ayhan, Celik; Tekdemir, Tokoz; Tosun, Calhanoglu, Under; Yilmaz

France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Digne; Ndombele, Pogba; Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Head To Head
Saturday will be the sixth international meeting between these two teams. France have won each of the previous five, including a 1-0 victory in their last clash in June 2009.

Their last competitive meeting came in the FIFA Confederations Cup back in June 2003, with Les Bleus running out 3-2 winners.

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We say: Turkey 1-2 France

Belarus vs Germany: Team News and Preview

Hleb is unavailable for Belarus, meaning that Yuri Kovalev could come into the XI.

Denis Laptev should keep his spot in the final third of the field, although Maksim Skavysh is another attacking option for the home team. A 4-2-3-1 formation should also see Dragun and Ivan Maevski continue in the middle of the park.

As for Germany, the visitors are again expected to line up in a 3-4-3 formation. Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger was one of the three centre-backs against Netherlands, but he is out with a knee problem.

As a result, Jonathan Tah could come into the XI, with Thilo Kehrer and Schulz operating in the wing-back positions either side of Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan.

Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane were both on the scoresheet against Netherlands and should start, while Marco Reus could be handed the false nine position.

Belarus possible starting lineup:

Hutar; Shitov, Martynovich, Polyakov, Volodko; Dragun, Maevski; Nekhaychik, Kovalev, Stasevich; Laptev

Germany possible starting lineup:

Neuer; Ginter, Sule, Tah; Kehrer, Kimmich, Gundogan, Schulz; Sane, Reus, Gnabry

Croatia vs Wales: Team News and Preview

Wales will be hoping to take a significant step towards Euro 2020 qualification when they travel to Osijek to take on Croatia on Saturday.

The Dragons are joint top of Group E after winning their opening match at home to Slovakia, and have a game in hand on the three other teams currently on three points.

However, having lost three of their last four away fixtures, they are 5/1 (6.00) outsiders with bet365 to pull off a big win here.

Indeed, Zlatko Dalic’s men have won three and lost none of the four previous encounters between the sides, and are 4/7 (1.57) favourites to come out on top at the Stadion Gradski vrt.

Team news
Ivan Rakitic, Marko Rog, Filip Bradaric, Nikola Vlasic, and Ante Rebic have all withdrawn due to injury, while Dejan Lovren and Mateo Kovacic will both join the squad late following their respective parts in the Champions League and Europa League finals.

Ben Davies has made a surprise return to the squad after postponing his planned hernia operation, although Aaron Ramsey is absent through injury from a squad that features four uncapped players.

Despite the significant absences of Rakitic and Rebic in midfield and attack, the Vatreni’s biggest problem remains a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in 13 fixtures – conceding against Azerbaijan, Jordan and Hungary within the last five.

This should provide plenty of encouragement for a Welsh attack whose star man Gareth Bale is now ably supported by an exciting young pair in David Brooks and Daniel James, who have both enjoyed excellent club campaigns.

Denmark vs Ireland: Team News and Stats

Team news

Midfielder Alan Browne has been ruled out with a calf injury but the Preston man has remained with McCarthy’s side. Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers has pulled out with a fractured thumb, with James Talbot and Max O’Leary drafted in.

Opta stats
Republic of Ireland have lost just one of their last eight matches against Denmark (W2 D5 L1), keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Denmark are unbeaten in four games against Ireland, drawing three and winning the other clash; a 5-1 victory in a World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off at the Aviva Stadium in November 2017.

Republic of Ireland have avoided defeat in their last four away games versus Denmark, keeping a clean sheet in each meeting (W1 D3). Their last such defeat came back in November 1984, losing a World Cup qualifying match 0-3.

Republic of Ireland have won their two matches without conceding since Mick McCarthy’s return as manager; it took nine games for McCarthy to register two wins in his first stint as Ireland boss (W2 D3 L4).

Republic of Ireland have won their last two competitive matches (1-0 vs both Gibraltar and Georgia), as many as they’d won in their previous 12 such games (W2 D6 L4).

Denmark have won three and drawn four of their seven games since their last defeat in all competitions in September 2018 (0-3 vs Slovakia).

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen had a hand in more league goals than any other Danish player in Europe’s big five divisions in 2018-19 (8 goals, 12 assists).

Shane Long (17) has scored more goals than any other current player in the Republic of Ireland squad. Long is just three goals short of becoming the fourth male player to register 20+ goals for the Boys in Green after Robbie Keane, Niall Quinn and Frank Stapleton.

Faroe Islands vs Spain: Preview

Faroe Islands’ XI is unlikely to look much different to the one that started against Romania last time out.

Hansson is expected to start in an advanced midfield role in support of lone forward Klaemint Olsen, with Thomsen starting on the bench for the home side.

Viljormur Davidsen scored his team’s goal against Romania and will start in defence once again, while there should also be positions for Teitur Gestsson between the sticks and Odmar Faero at the back.

Santi Cazorla’s inclusion was the standout news when the Spain squad was announced. The midfielder is back in the selection for the first time since November 2015 after finally managing to put his injury hell behind him. The 34-year-old will be desperate to play a part on Friday night, although it seems likely that any potential involvement will arrive from the bench.

The likes of David de Gea, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba were not involved against Malta but all three are expected to be named in the starting XI for this match.

Sergio Ramos missed the latter stages of the 2018-19 campaign through injury. The Real Madrid captain is fit to play for his national team, though, and should line up at the heart of the defence.

Madrid teammates Isco and Marco Asensio will also be hoping to feature as the pair look to put disappointing seasons behind them.

Faroe Islands possible starting lineup:
Gestsson; Rolantsson, Gregersen, Faero, Davidsen; Joensen, B Olsen, Hansson, Vatnsdal, Bartalsstovu; K Olsen

Spain possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Carvajal, Ramos, Hermoso, Alba; Parejo, Busquets, Isco; Rodrigo, Morata, Asensio

Head To Head
As mentioned above, Friday will be just the third ever meeting between the two nations.

Spain recorded a 6-2 victory away to the Faroe Islands back in September 1996, before running out 3-1 winners in the home fixture in October 1997, with both matches occurring during qualification for the 1998 World Cup.

We say: Faroe Islands 0-4 Spain
It is very difficult to predict anything other than a comfortable away win on Friday night. Spain were not exactly brilliant against Malta last time out and will surely keen to send out a message in this match.

WWE Super Showdown: Preview and Links

WWE pay-per-view action is returning to return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this Friday with the Super ShowDown event taking place in Jeddah inside the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, the site of last year’s Greatest Royal Rumble show.

That event marked WWE’s first trip to Saudi Arabia under a 10-year agreement with the Saudi General Sports Authority, and the stacked Super ShowDown card marks the company’s third trip since the agreement went effective in 2018.

Super ShowDown will begin at 2 p.m. ET with the show expected to last anywhere from 3.5-4 hours, with the Kickoff Show scheduled to lead us in beginning one hour prior at 1 p.m. on the WWE Network.

We will be with you the entire way providing live coverage of the programme.

WWE Super ShowDown 2019 Match Card for the show

Undertaker, Goldberg to clash for the first time ever at WWE Super ShowDown

Triple H vs. Randy Orton

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

Intercontinental Champion “the Demon” Finn Balor vs. Andrade

Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin

The Lucha House Party vs. Lars Sullivan

Netherlands vs England: Lineups and match thread

NETHERLANDS TEAM NEWS

Team to play England: Cillessen, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Bergwijn, Wijnaldum, Babel, Depay, De Roon, Blind, F de Jong, Dumfries.

Subs: Vermeer, Bizot, Hatebor, Ake, Propper, Promes, Van Aanholt, De Vrij, Strootman, Volhena, L de Jong, Van de Beek.

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ENGLAND TEAM NEWS

Team to play Netherlands: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, Rice, Delph, Barkley, Sterling, Sancho, Rashford.

Subs: Rose, Dier, Lingard, Henderson, Kane, Gomez, Butland, Keane, Dele, Wilson, Alexander-Arnold, Heaton.

SANCHO STARTS, STERLING CAPTAIN

As was reported earlier this week, Raheem Sterling will captain England this evening and win his 50th cap with Harry Kane starting on the bench along with Jordan Henderson.

Jadon Sancho also starts alongside his captain, with the pair joining Marcus Rashford in attack.

For the Netherlands, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt start as do Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, just five days after winning the Champions League with Liverpool.

West Indies vs Australia: Lineups and Match Thread

West Indies have won the toss and have opted to field

Teams:

West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Aaron Finch: I wanted to bat first anyway on this wicket. It looks dry and hopefully it will assist spinners late in the game. Confidence in the camp has made a difference and we have stepped up our game in crucial moments. Teams have totally changed so history doesn’t matter much. We are playing with the same side.

Jason Holder: We will field first. It is a good wicket and we are hoping for some early wickets. We want to be disciplined in both the departments.

We want to continue to play some good cricket. I think it is going to be a good surface. We just have to be aggressive. We have made one change in our team, Evin Lewis comes in and Darren Bravo misses out.

Pitch Report by Michael Holding: The conditions are nice, it is bright and sunny. There is a little bit of grass but there is no tinge of green. It is a used pitch but cracks have not opened up. It looks a belter, good luck to the bowlers.

Portugal vs Switzerland: Lineups, preview and game links

SWITZERLAND TEAM NEWS

Team to play Portugal: Sommer, Mbabu, Rodriguez, Schar, Akanji, Zakaria, Xhaka, Freuler, Steven Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic

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PORTUGAL TEAM NEWS

Team to play Switzerland: Rui Patricio, Semedo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Joao Felix

PORTUGAL VS SWITZERLAND TEAM NEWS

Very, very strong Portugal side. Cristiano Ronaldo starts alongside youngster Joao Felix on his debut, with plenty of eyes on the Benfica forward.

Elsewhere some familiar names in Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho and Ruben Neves, plus Bruno Fernandes, who had been linked with Manchester City in the past.

For Switzerland, Schar, Shaqiri and Seferovic all return to the starting line-up after the 3-3 draw with Denmark in March. Embolo is out, returning to Schalke after picking up an injury in training last week.

OPTA STATS

Portugal have won four of their last seven matches against Switzerland (D1 L2), one more than they’d registered in their first 15 meetings with the Swiss (W3 D4 L8).

Switzerland have picked up two victories in their last three encounters with Portugal (L1), as many as they had won in their previous 10 combined (W2 D4 L4).

Switzerland are winless in their last eight games played in Portugal (incl. Euro 2004), losing six and drawing twice since a 2-0 victory against Portugal in a World Cup 1970 qualifier in April 1969.

Portugal have lost just one of their last 15 matches in all competitions (W5 D9 L1), losing 1-2 versus Uruguay at World Cup 2018 in the last 16.

Portugal have kept a clean sheet in 15 of their last 30 matches across all competitions, losing just two times in the process (W16 D12 L2).

New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Lineups and Match Thread

New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to field

Kane Williamson – We are gonna bowl. It was a good performance but we need to move on to the next opposition. It’s a new day and we need to put up a good performance again.

We need to strike the balance between staying fresh and training. I think we did a good job in the last match and we are playing with the same team.

Teams:

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman

Mashrafe Mortaza – We would have liked to bowl first as well. It’s not going to be easy today. We need to hang in there till the last ball.

We got some good experience guys and new talent. Hopefully they’ll deliver today as we are playing with the same team.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult