Rampant Arsenal face Lisbon test, Chelsea sweat on Hazard

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil is thriving as Arsenal captain © IKIMAGES/AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, Oct 24 – Amid a packed schedule Arsenal take a 10-match winning streak to Sporting Lisbon as their quest to win the Europa League continues Thursday, when city rivals Chelsea, possibly without the influential Eden Hazard, host BATE Borisov of Belarus.After sealing an impressive 10th straight victory at home to Leicester in the Premier League on Monday, Unai Emery’s outfit are the team to watch in Group E. Arsenal and Sporting sit on six points apiece after two games, with Azerbaijan’s Qarabag and fellow strugglers Vorskla of Ukraine still pointless.Sporting are fifth in Portugal’s top flight, four points off the top with former Manchester United star Nani having scored three goals from seven league outings.If Arsenal needed more reason to believe in their chances of going all the way, they need not look far. As coach of Sevilla in 2013-2016, Emery led the Spaniards to three consecutive Europa League titles.“We are beginning to play with heart,” Emery said after Monday’s come-from-behind 3-1 win, in which Mesut Ozil scored and provided an assist in a man-of-the-match performance.Nani is Sporting’s top scorer so far this season © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA“I think we played some sexy football,” said the 30-year-old German.Sporting, who won 2-1 away to Loures in the Portuguese Cup with Nani and Bruno Fernandes both on target, should be fresher having played on Saturday.Arsenal played on Monday and Emery, already set to make changes due to a packed schedule, is set to tinker further after both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were ruled out.“Yesterday was a very bad day for injuries,” Emery conceded on Tuesday.– ‘We can go all the way’ –Having won both their opening Group L matches, 2013 champions Chelsea can take a major step to the next round with a home win on Thursday, although they may have to do without Hazard.The Belgian playmaker says he was kicked so much during Chelsea’s 2-2 weekend draw with Manchester United that he will miss the Stamford Bridge game against BATE with a bad back.“When I woke up on Monday I was stiff. Even during the second half I couldn’t accelerate properly,” he said.Brazilian midfielder Willian thinks this might be Chelsea’s year for the Europa League © AFP / Glyn KIRKWith Spanish centre-forward Alvaro Morata struggling on just three goals this season, Hazard’s absence could rob Chelsea of their main attacking threat after a blistering seven-goal start to the Premier League campaign.Yet Brazilian winger Willian remains upbeat about their chances, claiming the entire club has been given a lift by the arrival of new coach Maurizio Sarri.“The way we are playing this season, we can go all the way,” the in-form winger said of their Europa League campaign.As Marseille prepare to face Lazio, the French side will be hoping the past experience of coach Rudi Garcia pays dividends as they bid for their first win of the group stage following a 2-2 draw at Apollon Limassol. He joined them from Roma, where he faced Lazio five times in the capital-city derby and never lost.“Three wins and two draws in five games, I hope we can get a result like I used to in those Rome derbies,” Garcia told AFP.He added: “I’ll always have a little bit of Roma in my heart so that gives us added inspiration, but what counts here is winning, not punchlines.”Fixtures (all matches 1655 GMT)Group A: Zurich v Leverkusen, AEK Larnaca v LudogoretsGroup B: Salzburg v Rosenborg, Leipzig v CelticGroup C: Zenit Saint Petersburg v Bordeaux, Kobenhavn v Slavia PrahaGroup D: Anderlecht v Fenerbahce, Spartak Trnava v Dinamo ZagrebGroup E: Qarabag v Vorskla, Sporting CP v ArsenalGroup F: AC Milan v Real Betis, Dudelange v OlympiacosLate kick-offs (all matches 1900 GMT)Group G: Rangers v Spartak Moscow, Villarreal v Rapid ViennaGroup H: Eintracht Frankfurt v Apollon, Marseille v LazioGroup I: Sarpsborg v Malmo, Besiktas v GenkGroup J: Standard Liege v Krasnodar, Sevilla v AkhisarGroup K: Jablonec v Astana, Rennes v Dynamo KievGroup L: Chelsea v BATE Borisov, PAOK v Vidi0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgThe Alan Kelly Gang have teamed up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas for a concert at An Grianan Theatre on Saturday 22nd September.And Donegal Daily has a pair of FREE tickets to see the show (see bottom of article for simple details.)The show is an unmissable experience, brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and magnetic harmonies. Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’. Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums.His friendship with Eddi first resulted in a beautiful collaboration on a song penned by John Douglas. The collaborative work ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’ appears on Alan’s 2009 album,After The Morning, which was named as one of the ‘top ten musical highs of 2009’ by the Irish Times who described it as a “humdinger of a collection”.In 2010, Alan and Eddi joined forces for three Irish festivals, The Cork Folk Festival, Sligo Live and The Galway Artsfestival. Each was a huge success, receiving glowing reviews and propelled the collaboration further onwards.In 2011 the Alan Kelly Gang teamed up with Eddi and John for the beautiful and evocative song, ‘Connemara‘,released on the Alan Kelly Gang’s album, Small Towns and Famous Nights. To book call An Grianan Theatre on 074 91 20777 or go online at angrianan.comBut to win the free tickets just tell us what ‘perfect’ band Eddi Reader topped the charts with? Email [email protected] with your name, phone number and answer and we’ll pick your name at random.WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: September 12th, 2012 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:An griananEddi Reader and the Alan Kelly Gangfree ticketslast_img read more