Red carpet rolled out for Klopp and Big Sam

first_imgBy Justin PalmerJuergen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool will dominate the headlines as the Premier League resumes after the international break but Sam Allardyce has the toughest task as he takes the reins at Sunderland.Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp kicks off his reign at the former English champions, who fired Brendan Rodgers on Oct 4, with a trip to the capital to play Tottenham Hotspur in the Saturday lunchtime kickoff (1145 GMT).Spurs are unbeaten since the first day of the season, yet Liverpool’s recent record at White Hart Lane is impressive, having won 3-0 and 5-0 on their last two visits.Klopp takes over a team in 10th place and has promised ‘full-throttle football’ at Anfield, although he has asked for patience and warned he is not a ‘miracle worker’ as he looks to replicate his success in turning Dortmund into Bundesliga title winners and Champions League finalists.The German appears already to have made an impact in the short time he has had to work since being appointed on Friday, with Brazilian midfielder Lucas noting his ‘passion’.“He seems to be a very open manager and someone that likes to be close to the players, but very straight as well. That’s what I’ve learned from the last couple of days and I think it was a positive way to start,” he said.Allardyce takes over a Sunderland side he briefly played for in the early 1980s, currently propping up the standings with north-east rivals Newcastle United, the only teams without a league win this season.The man known as “Big Sam” has been out of management since leaving West Ham United at the end of last season and begins his latest stint in the hot seat with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (1400).“We have to try and install a little bit more confidence in the team,” he said of a side who have amassed just three points from eight games.Last season’s champions Chelsea find themselves just three places above Sunderland in 16th and owner Roman Abramovich was moved to publicly back manager Jose Mourinho after their fourth league loss of the season against Southampton.Chelsea host fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday (1400) in desperate need of three points after their horror start which has yielded only two wins.Leaders Manchester City host Bournemouth on Saturday (1400), the first meeting between the clubs in 16 years.City are two points ahead of Arsenal, who are away at Watford (1630) while Manchester United, level with the Londoners on 16 points, make the trip to Goodison Park to play seventh-placed Everton (1400).last_img read more

Five talking points from the weekend’s Premier League

first_imgLeaders Liverpool and Chelsea both maintained their 100 percent records while Manchester City kept within two points of the top with a 3-0 victory over promoted Fulham. Here are talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action.Liverpool’s statement win suggest a real title bidJurgen Klopp’s side have five wins out of five but none were quite as significant as Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley – a statement win that suggests Liverpool could push Manchester City all the way in the title race.This time last year, the focus of critics was on Liverpool’s defensive frailty but the back four look as solid as any in the league at the moment with Joe Gomez striking up an excellent partnership with Virgil van Dijk.Liverpool’s start is their best since 1990 and while Klopp isn’t interested in title talk but he hit the nail on the head with his post-match comments.“Last year, our away record against the top six wasn’t really good and I told the boys it wasn’t because the games were away or because they were against the top six, it was because we didn’t defend as good as we could,” he said.Brilliant Bernardo showing his worthManchester City’s Portuguese winger Bernardo Silva was hardly a peripheral figure in last season’s title winning campaign but nor was he fundamental to it, often used from the bench.But with Kevin De Bruyne out of action with a knee injury, the 43 million pound ($56.3 million) signing from Monaco has been asked by Pep Guardiola to play in a more central midfield role and he appears to be relishing it.The 24-year old was outstanding in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, showcasing his superb control, passing and vision and prompting praise from Guardiola who says the player’s slight build doesn’t reduce his effectiveness in the middle.“Bernardo can play there because he can fight,” said the Spaniard.“He is skinny, small but wow… he has that sense of intelligence. You need to be strong and fast and he did it. His natural position is outside but it’s important for us to have players who can play in several positions.”Everton’s lack of frontline depth exposedEverton were horribly toothless for a year after selling striker Romelu Lukaku and with close season signing Richarlison absent from Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by West Ham United, the paucity of their back-up front players was again exposed.With the Brazilian suspended, Everton started with Cenk Tosun up front supported by Dominic Calvert-Lewin but both appeared as they do in almost all their performances – just not quite good enough.Manager Marco Silva replaced the big Turk with 20 minutes to go with Oumar Niasse, another who has never convinced since arriving early in 2016.Everton fans will be desperate for the return of Richarlison but, wary of how he flew out of the blocks at Watford last year before his impact faded, and with other problems all over the pitch, the high pre-season expectations may yet again end in frustration.Burnley are in real troubleLast season’s surprise seventh-placed finish earned Burnley a spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds. However, after three two-legged ties they failed to make it to the group stage and their continental exertions may have influenced their poor start in the Premier League.After five games, the Clarets are bottom of the league with a just a single point and their fourth straight loss, a 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, was a woeful performance that raises real concerns for Sean Dyche’s team.One of the few to emerge with any credit from Sunday’s defeat was goalkeeper Joe Hart, who summed up the team’s performance with some honesty.“We were miles off. We’ve got no excuses this time. There were no games in mid-week. We’ve got to have a good look at ourselves and go again,” he said.Hope for HammersAfter four straight defeats, questions were already being asked about new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and his 100 million pound collection of close-season signings.But the 3-1 win at Everton on Sunday showed that after a tough start, the Hammers have the ability to get themselves well clear of the bottom spots.The attacking trio of Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and two-goal Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko, was particularly impressive as West Ham took advantage of a loose Everton back-line.The win was badly needed given the next two league fixtures for Pellegrini’s side are Chelsea and Manchester United.last_img read more

Toshaos against establishment of a 5-member authority

first_imgWhile most Toshaos are pleased with the pledge of the President to have Cabinet deliberate on accenting to aNTC ChairmanJoel Frederickspiece of land for the National Toshao Council (NTC), many of them are against the establishment of a five-person body to assist the Council.At the closing of the National Toshao Council Conference, Guyana Times spoke to several indigenous leaders and they expressed disapproval with the President’s call for the setting up of a five-person Indigenous People’s Authority to speed up the implementation of decisions coming out of the NTC.On Monday, President David Granger had stated that it is unfair for the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs to act as “postman” in a fragmented system diffusing across the several ministries in order to access aid for health, physical infrastructure, social protection, economics, and education, Granger stated that it is applicable for such a novel establishment.He predicted that the body will implement decisions made by the NTC and the National Assembly.“We need to clothe the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs with the authority to act decisively to deal with some of these problems,” he had said, charging the Minister to recommend measures to set up the authority.However, one Toshao of Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) stated that this is a bad move since it would usurp the role of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Council. “We don’t need something like that if we already have a ministry and the NTC,” he said, adding that the Government to turn their eyes at establishing ways to fix more pressing issues like mining and the social breakdown of the hinterland regions.Toshao of Isseneru, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) Darnes Larson said; “I don’t think it is a wise idea because the Ministry already has two Ministers, two advisors plus technical workers,” stressing that his opinion is not blinded by any “agents of division” or support of any political party.He stated that it is crucial for the Government to address issues such as mining, land titling, and the rights of Amerindian peoples.President Granger had stated that the authority would work under the Ministry to lend support to the NTC as a measure to better the quality of life for indigenous people.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Shadow Minister Pauline Sukhai has also openly rejected the call. She contended that the new body would undermine the work of the Ministry and the NTC, explaining that the Ministry is already staffed with technical people to manage the affairs of the people.“I notice that there is an attempt to usurp the power of the NTC now and even the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs where now you are going to propose to establish a five-man committee to implement decisions. I don’t see independence in that,” Sukhai said.“…there is need for support for empowering and support of indigenous leaders. How will you establishing a five-person committee when there is a Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs with two Ministers,” she added.However, NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks received President Granger’s announcement with elation. “I believe this is a step in the right direction and I support it but I think the NTC should be a part it,” he said.last_img read more

Daniel hoping to take his B&B show to the UK

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell says he would love to see his hit bed and breakfast show hit TV screens in the UK.The singing star’s B&B Roadtrip has been an even bigger ratings success after it switched from UTV Ireland to RTE.Daniel said “I don’t know if it will be aired in the UK. I would love it to be. We had great fun.” The Kincasslagh singer said he didn’t actually realise that the show was a reality show!“It’s a reality show, apparently. I didn’t realise it was….until we were doing it and somebody said, ‘YOu’re doing a reality show?’“I said “Oh, that’s a travel show. But it is a reality show, I suppose,” he said.Daniel hoping to take his B&B show to the UK was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bed and breakfastsdaniel o’donnelldonegalhitshowsuccessTVlast_img read more

The art of weaponry

first_imgAcross Africa, AK-47’s have been the weapon of choice during liberation struggles and wars; they are also used in cash-in-transit heists and other crimes. But artist Ralph Ziman sees art in these weapons of destruction. With the help of Zimbabwean wire beaders, he illuminates our fascination in an absorbing way, through beaded beauty. (Images: Ralph Ziman)• Muti Gallery, Cape Town+27 21 465• African art scene blooms in South Africa • Benin gallery keeps African art in Africa• Art helps children paint a better future • Ancient art keeps heroes alive • Art auction at Wits to dazzleMelissa Jane CookIn South Africa – as in much of the rest of Africa – AK-47s arouse feelings of fear and paranoia, mayhem and death. Yet there is also a deep reverence for the widow-maker, as Mikhail Kalashnikov’s rifle has been named.Across Africa, it has been the weapon of choice during liberation struggles and wars; it is also used in cash-in-transit heists and other crimes. But artist Ralph Ziman sees art in these weapons of destruction. With the help of Zimbabwean wire beaders, he illuminates our fascination in an absorbing way, through beaded beauty.Gun culture is prevalent in South Africa. In an artistic reversal, Ziman spent six months collaborating with artists and building the weapons of art. Together they have created an exhibition of beaded guns as an expression of colour and beauty. The Zimbabwean craftsmen created replica guns from wire and beads, and then were photographed in downtown Joburg by Ziman for his exhibition, Ghosts.It was first exhibited at C.A.V.E Gallery in Los Angeles in February, were Ziman now lives, and opened in Cape Town at Muti Gallery on 24 April. It will run until 18 July.The craftsmen“I had six Zimbabwean artists use traditional African beads and wire to manufacture several hundred replica bead guns like AK-47s, as well as several replica bead general purpose machine guns, along with the ammunition,” Ziman told The Guardian. It was a response to the guns sent into that culture. The project “represents an aesthetic, anti-lethal cultural response, a visual export out of Africa. And the bead guns themselves, manufactured in Africa, are currently being shipped to the USA and Europe. This bead/arms project provided six months full-time work for half a dozen craftsmen who got a well-deserved break from making wire animals for tourists.”Gun crazyThe AK-47 is an “incredibly iconic weapon that is loved, revered and fetishised in Africa”, Ziman opines on his website. In a country that is “gun crazy and part of everyday life”, he adds, “I remember going to parties as a teenager, if you looked at someone the wrong way, they would pull out a gun. That was just the way it was.”South Africans, he believes, are intrigued by guns and in making to make art out of these war tools, Ziman is possibly demystifying the fear of the gun. The gun culture of the country was brought to the attention of the world with the Oscar Pistorius trial. On trial for shooting his girlfriend through the toilet door, witnesses have spoken of the Paralympic and Olympic athlete firing a weapon in a restaurant and out of the roof of a car.The news is peppered with shootings, many of them accidental, such as children playing with their fathers’ guns. A case in point: a seven-year-old boy was critically wounded in the chest at Gallagher Estate, in Joburg on 28 April, where the HuntEx2014 gun exhibition was taking place. A man allegedly went into the toilet with his son, and his gun accidentally went off.Ziman says it is what he sees as South Africa’s “continued obsession with guns” that inspired him to create Ghosts. He told The Guardian that “the whole country is so saturated with guns”. “The AK-47 especially has this almost mythical status, perhaps due to its role in the liberation struggle. We are fascinated with them, and I wanted to provoke a conversation, a debate, about that.”This reverence for guns is not limited to South Africa, though, Ziman says. The AK-47 is “loved, revered, and fetishised” across Africa, despite being at the heart of bloody conflicts. The title of his exhibition, Ghosts, refers to those killed by the weapons, as well as those who traffick them. Ghosts is a very different form of art. Ziman says: “Ghosts is a tribute to the shady, overpowering and threatening presence of guns in African cities. Sub-Saharan Africa is awash in weapons, countries that cannot feed, clothe or educate their populations can find the money to buy weapons.”The photo shootThe completed bead guns were the subject of a photo shoot in downtown Johannesburg. The guns are held by their makers, dressed in strange costumes, their faces hidden by masks and sunglasses. The resulting photographs look otherworldly with their fluorescent glow, illuminated as if by black light. But despite the surreal aesthetic of the series, a creeping uneasiness seeps in as the AK-47 sculptures bear weighty connotations. Ziman’s intention is political: “Ghosts prods the viewers to learn more about the arms trafficking industry from powerful, foreign nations to Africa and the violence and injustice it has bred,” he says.The South African artistZiman was born in Johannesburg in 1963. He grew up in South Africa, and according to IMDB moved to the UK in 1984. He first considered the menacing role of guns in sub-Saharan Africa in 2004, when he was studying crime in Johannesburg. For one year, Ziman travelled alongside an elite police unit each night, listening to gun fire and watching the police and paramedics treat victims of gun shots. The artist’s time with the “tough-as-nails” police, many of whom were offered related jobs in Iraq, forced him to confront many questions about Africa’s arms trade. “How did all these guns get to Johannesburg?” Ziman says he wondered. “Who brought them in? Where did they come from?”Best known for his Venice murals and music videos with the likes of Toni Braxton and the late Michael Jackson, Ziman also wrote and directed the film Jerusalema, South Africa’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission for the Foreign Language Film category. It tells the story of a young hoodlum’s rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.But Ghosts is a very different form of art. Ziman says: “Ghosts is a tribute to the shady, overpowering and threatening presence of guns in African cities. Sub-Saharan Africa is awash in weapons, countries that cannot feed, clothe or educate their populations can find the money to buy weapons.”He has always loved the brightly coloured beaded trinkets made by men – usually Zimbabwean – and sold at the side of the road around South Africa. In 2013, driven by the idea for Ghosts, he stopped his car one day in Joburg and approached some of the craftsmen, asking them to make him a replica of a Kalashnikov. The craftsmen are Boas Manzvenga, Panganai Phiri, Lenon Tinarwo, Telmore Masangudza and Kennedy Mwashusha.Craftsmen at work“They thought I was crazy,” he says. “They laughed at me a lot, but they made it, and eventually they were making 10 or 12 a week for six months.”They first made more life-like replica weapons, before turning to brighter colours: “The bright colours almost looked more dangerous, like the way they are used by poisonous animals in nature. They are ‘don’t mess with me’ colours.”He shipped the replicas, plus about 1 000 hand-crafted rounds of fake ammunition, to Los Angeles, where they were auctioned to raise money for Human Rights Watch and Control Arms. “I like to see it as a sort of reversal of the arms trade,” he says.The craftsmen are Boas Manzvenga, Panganai Phiri, Lenon Tinarwo, Telmore Masangudza and Kennedy Mwashusha. “These weapons are not realistic,” Ziman adds. “I didn’t do this to glamorise guns, but I did want it to be provocative. Dangerous yet beautiful, I wanted to start a conversation.”Ghosts is at Cape Town’s Muti Gallery until 18 July.last_img read more

IndigoVision Releases New Access Control Integration with Nedap

first_imgIndigoVision has announced that it will now offer an access control integration with Nedap. The IndigoVision Nedap AEOS Integration allows events from Nedap AEOS systems to be seamlessly combined with IndigoVision’s security management solution, Control Center, giving complete video and alarm management in a single user interface.All of IndigoVision’s Integrations are designed with security in mind, and the Nedap AEOS Integration is no different. Since 1980, Nedap has been a leader in the design and manufacture of electronic access control systems. With the new IndigoVision Nedap AEOS Integration, you can trigger live video, move PTZ cameras, start recordings and send notification emails automatically, helping to decrease operator response time.Events from Nedap AEOS can be forwarded to Control Center, allowing operators to respond to incidents from a single interface. Examples of supported Nedap AEOS events include:- Sponsor – direct door alarmdoor manual unlockdoor open too longbadge no-access eventsCommenting on the Nedap AEOS Integration, IndigoVision’s Software Product Manager Giles Raine said, “Nedap’s AEOS access control is clearly growing rapidly in the marketplace. There’s a lot of positive buzz about it, so it’s great to be adding this integration to our portfolio. Nedap themselves have been outstanding in their support during our development of the integration, making them a pleasure to do business with.”For more information, visit Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Technology: Customizations Lead to Lock-in

first_imgIDC is reporting that many customers invest a significant number of dollars to get their ERP systems up and running.  And the process of getting up and running usually involves significant software customization.The drawback of highly customized systems are that they often lock the customer into a particular version of the software.  Moving to a newer version of the software usually requires that all previous customizations be examined and updated to run in the newer environment, a process that can be extremely expensive.  Because of the cost to upgrade, sometimes customers wait years before they take the plunge to upgrade the software and update their customizations.IDC program director Bo Lykkegaard reports that “The customer with an aging, customized ERP version is not able to take advantage of new modules or other innovations from their vendor.”Buyers of enterprise software would be much better off if they minimize as much as possible the amount of customizations that they enter into.  That way they are well positioned to take advantage of bug fixes and new features quickly when they become available in later releases of the software.last_img read more

Former Aizawl FC coach Paulo hopes to return to India soon

first_imgPortuguese football coach Paulo Meneses, who was recently sacked by I-League defending champions Aizawl FC, has signaled his intent to return to India soon.In a letter written to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Aizawl, Meneses mentioned that he acknowledged the federations efforts to improvise football in the country, adding that he hopes that one day he could return as a head coach.I hope I will have (soon) more opportunities to work in India again, I loved to be here. I found an amazing country, friendly and warm people, good footballers and a great competition in I-League. I grew up a lot as person and I improved and also as coach during my time in India. Even the opponent supporters showed me their appreciation. This is very positive and shows how great your country is. I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to work here, Meneses said in the letter.A winless streak of seven matches in the I-League this season saw Meneses leave through the exit door. He was brought in last summer to replace title-winning coach Khalid Jamil as the club had high hopes of retaining the title. Meneses, 39, was replaced by an experienced Indian hand in Santosh Kashyap.The Portuguese is currently in Madrid and when contacted, he said he is looking for another challenge.I havent signed with any club yet. I am looking for another challenge, Meneses told Mail Today.Meneses further apologised to the AIFF for his unruly on-field behaviour, stating that his passion for the game got better off him at times.advertisementI want apologise for some behaviour during the games. I know sometimes I complain a lot, this is because I am living the game with high intensity, and because I am very competitive too. I just tried to defend my team interests, but also because I want a fair competition, a better I-League. I complained some referees decisions, but always with respect and fair play, he added.last_img read more

Another masterclass in one-day cricket: Sourav Ganguly hails Virat Kohli

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to praise Virat Kohli after the current skipper overtook him on the list of highest run-scorers for India in one-day internationals. Kohli is now ranked second behind Sachin Tendulkar for India in the 50-overs format.Kohli surpassed Ganguly during his knock of 120 in the second ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain. India rode on Kohli’s 42nd ODI hundred to post 279 for 7 after electing to bat first and then bowled the Windies out for 210 to win the rain-truncated match by 59 runs (DLS method).Sourav Ganguly amassed 11363 runs in 311 ODIs during his 15-year career for India. Kohli went past him in his 238th match and is currently ranked 8th on the all-time list of run-getters with 11406 runs at an average of 59.71, which is the highest for any batsman in the format. Sachin Tendulkar sits on the top of the batting charts with 18426 runs from 463 ODIs at 44.83 with 49 hundreds.”Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player,” Ganguly tweeted on Sunday.Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a playerSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 11, 2019Kohli’s latest century came after a gap of five months. It was his 8th ODI hundred against the Windies and he broke Javed Miandad’s 26-year-old record of scoring the most runs against the two-time world champions in the 50-over format.Before the start of Sunday’s 2nd ODI, Kohli needed just 19 runs to surpass Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs. Kohli has needed just 34 matches to get to past Miandad’s tally. The Pakistan great had needed 64 matches to score 1930 runs against West Indies.advertisement”Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up,” Kohli said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Kohli received great support from the returning Shreyas Iyer during the match with the duo stitching a 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Iyer, who made a comeback in the Indian ODI team, hit 71 off 68 balls. Kohli was all praise for Iyer at the post-match presentation.”He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli said.Also Read | From Virat Kohli’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred: Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli ends 5-month hundred drought, becomes India’s 2nd highest run-getter in ODIslast_img read more

Real Madrid team news vs Barcelona

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Barcelona Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:43 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Everything you need as Los Blancos take on the Blaugrana in a Clasico clash in the capital on Saturday Real Madrid will look to revive their fagging title hopes by beating Barcelona in the Clasico at the Santiago Bermabeu on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s men are in fourth place after 16 rounds of matches, provisionally 11 points adrift of their fierce rivals, albeit with a game in hand due to their participation in the Club World Cup.Los Blancos beat Gremio in Abu Dhabi to claim their fifth trophy of 2017, a club record, and will now look to get back on track in the Primera Division. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Clasico clash in La Liga on Saturday…REAL MADRID INJURIES Raphael Varane is back from a muscle problem and Gareth Bale is also available after making his injury return at the Club World Cup, so there are no fresh injury concerns for Real Madrid ahead of the Clasico.Cristiano Ronaldo is fit despite missing training this week in the build-up to the game.Raphael Varane Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund 25092017REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Sergio Ramos was shown the red card in Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Athletic Club at San Mames in early December and missed the 5-0 win against Sevilla prior to the Club World Cup, but he back for the Clasico.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridREAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPProbably for the very first time this season, Real Madrid go into a match without any major injuries as only Zidane’s son Luca is sidelined ahead of the Clasico clash against Barcelona.Gareth Bale is in line for a return to the starting line-up in attack, alongside Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in what would be a first start for the BBC all together this season.In defence, Sergio Ramos will feature after missing the 5-0 win over Sevilla through suspension and Raphael Varane should start alongside him (as he did in the Club World Cup final win over Gremio) after recovering from injury.Real Madrid possible ClasicoBARCELONA TEAM NEWS Barcelona are still without summer signing Ousmane Dembele, who is not ready to feature despite targeting an injury return against Real Madrid.Defender Samuel Umtiti and striker Paco Alcacer are also sidelined, while Gerard Deulofeu has been left out of the squad after his injury.Rafinha also fails to make the squad following a long spell out, while there is also no place for Arda Turan, who is set to leave the club in January.Luis Suarez Jordi Alba BarcelonaTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Real Madrid versus Barcelona kicks off at 13:00 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football and also on Sky Sports Mix from 11:30 GMT. In the United States (US), Real Madrid v Barcelona can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) and kicks off at 07:00 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS This will be the 237th El Clasico in all competitions between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Los Blancos have won 95 and the Blaugrana 92, while there have been 49 draws. Real Madrid, on 399, can become the first to reach 400 goals in the fixture. Barca currently have 384. Zinedine Zidane’s side won the last two Clasico clashes, both in the 2017 Spanish Supercopa (3-1 at Camp Nou and 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu). The last time Real Madrid won three consecutive matches against Barcelona in all competitions came back in 1978. Barcelona have the chance to win three consecutive La Liga matches against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time in the club’s history. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 goals against Barcelona in all competitions since he joined Real Madrid and could equal Alfredo Di Stefano as the all-time top Real Madrid scorer in El Clasico history (18). Lionel Messi is the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history in all competitions (24 goals), the all-time La Liga top scorer in El Clasico history (16) and the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history at the Bernabeu (14).last_img read more