Sports Round-Up

Photo courtesy of Scott Calleja/ Flickr

Photo courtesy of Scott Calleja/ Flickr

Last nights games:

Capital 1 League Cup 

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham

Fulham0-1 Stoke

Hull 1-0 Swansea

Leicester 2-1 West ham

Middlesbrough 3-0 Wolves

Preston 2-2 Bournemouth (2-3 penalties)


 

Scottish League Cup

Rangers 1-3 St Johnstone

Rangers saw their 11-game winning streak broken with St Johnstone battling their way into the league cup quarterfinals.

Murray Davidson set the tone of the game with a close range shot barrelling into the bottom right corner. Ten minutes later Simon Lappin solidified the lead with a left footed shot from outside the box. Less than a minute after half-time Michael O’Halloran cemented the victory with a goal, assisted by Assisted by Steven MacLean.

However Ranger’s defender James Tavernier scavenged a consolation goal 61 minutes into the match.

Despite rangers being the bookies’ favourite to win the Perth side dismissed this notion with tenacious determination.

The Glasgow team’s vulnerability lay in their overall exposed defence with St Johnstone maintaining a concise attack on the team well into the second half.

As the Saints lost momentum Rangers took immediate advantage with Nathan Oduwa skelping a shot off the crossbar, which was picked up by Tavernier and fired into the net.

In the end it was St Johnstone’s composure and tactical nature which carried them through the game and rangers were simply caught unprepared.


 

Scottish League Cup continued…

Dundee United 3-1 Dunfermline athletic

Livingstone 0-2 Inverness CT

Morton 3-2 Motherwell

Ross County 7-0 Falkirk

 

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Roan/ Flickr

Photo courtesy of Peter Roan/ Flickr

Tonight’s Fixtures

Football

Capital 1 League Cup Round 3

Crystal Palace v Charlton 19:45

MK Dons v Southhampton 19:45

Newcastle v Sheff Wed 19:45

Norwich v west brom 19:45

Tottenham v Arsenal 19:45

Liverpool v Carlisle 20:00

Man utd v Ipswich 20:00


 

Scottish League Cup

Celtic v Raith Rovers 19:45

Hibernian v Aberdeen 19:45

Hibernian is set to host Aberdeen tonight for a 19:45 kick off in the Scottish league cup.

Despite On-loan Chelsea striker Islam Feruz being laden with a strain manager Alan Stubbs has an almost full squad to choose from for the line up.

Aberdeen’s win over Hearts at the weekend leaves the side with an unchanged squad as Johnny Hayes enters the leg of his two-match suspension.

Alan Stubbs, Hibernian manager said: “It’s got the makings of a really good game. Aberdeen have started the season in fantastic form so we know we will have to be on the top of our game to get a result.”

Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnis knows it wont be an easy game, saying:

“It’s a tough tie and we’ll have work to do. I’ve watched Hibs a couple of times recently and they have a lot of good players. We need to try and impose ourselves on the game.

“We’ll be picking the strongest 11. It’s a heavy schedule this week, we’ve come through the first test.”

Kilmarnock v Hearts 19:45

A 19:45 match start will see Kevin McHattie, Kilmarnock left-back, off the cards due to being cup-tied but Stevie Smith will be available to play following a lay-off.

An emergency loan deal, which will last until January, sees Mark Ridgers signed and making his debut for Kilmarnock. The decision was made to ease the team’s keeper crisis.

Midfielder Morgaro Gomis is expected to make an experience for Hearts following his father’s funeral but the Dutch-Moroccan national Soufian El Hassnaoui will remain sidelined.

On playing against his former team Kilmarnock’s Jamie Hamill said: “I enjoyed every minute of my time at Hearts. It is in the past. I am here at Kilmarnock.

“If it is a former team, or former team-mates, it doesn’t make a difference to my mind-set.

Hearts’ Billy King has said: “He (Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke) is Hearts through and through. He was massively important when I was just breaking through.

“The squad was really young and we weren’t winning many games but it was good experience for us. We needed game time and it made us the players we are today.


 

Rugby union – World Cup

Australia v Fiji 16:45 POOL A

France v Romania20:00 POOL D

Scotland v Japan 14:30 POOL B

The Scotland team are readying themselves for their opening match of the rugby world cup today and it’s anyone’s game with both teams reflecting on Japan’s surprise victory over South Africa on Saturday.

Victory over the Springboks has given the Asian team a much needed confidence boost but they know they will need to keep up their high-tempo performance to ward off the Scottish line up.

The teams have clashed four times previously with the Scotland side remaining unbeaten against them.

Coverage of the game will run from 14:00 to 16:30 on ITV 1 with a 14:30 kick off.

Odds stand at 1/8 for a Scottish victory, 11/2 for japan to win and 33/1 for a draw.

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