Coutinho opens his Barcelona account

Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score his first goal for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Valencia on Thursday that saw his new club ease into another Copa del Rey final.

Coutinho broke the deadlock in the 49th minute of the semifinal, second leg at Mestalla, having only come on at the start of the second half.

It was the first time the Brazilian had found the net since his blockbuster 160 million-euro move from Liverpool in January.

Ivan Rakitic then swept home the second goal eight minutes from the end as holders Barcelona secured a place in the final for the fifth season running, becoming the first side to achieve such a feat.

Winners of the trophy in each of the last three campaigns, the Catalans will face Sevilla in the final set for the weekend of April 21 and 22. Sevilla beat Leganes 2-0 on Wednesday to go through 3-1 on aggregate.

“For me it is my first final, so it is a very special moment,” Coutinho told Spanish TV station Gol. “I am very happy. I had been searching for this goal in my first few matches. Today I got it and it helped the team get through to the final.”

Valencia had been hoping to reach the final for the first time since they won the trophy under Ronald Koeman in 2008, beating Barcelona in the last four on the way.

“Barca have been used to playing finals in recent years, but not so much in my case,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, for whom the win came on the eve of his 54th birthday.

With Barcelona nine points clear at the top of La Liga and still in the Champions League, he remains on course to win what would be a remarkable treble in his first season at the club since arriving from Athletic Bilbao.

“Of course we want to try to win everything we can, but I don’t like to talk about trebles until they happen. For the moment all we have is the possibility of playing in a final,” he said.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg after Luis Suarez’s strike separated the teams at the Camp Nou last week, Valencia did almost level the tie on aggregate early on. However, Rodrigo’s header beat Jasper Cillessen in the Barca goal only to come back off the bar.

Lionel Messi had come close on a couple of occasions for the visitors in the first half, but it was the introduction of Coutinho that swung the tie decisively their way.

Valverde sent his recent recruit on in place of Andre Gomes, and Coutinho quickly made his mark, turning in a Suarez cross at the back post.

Valencia had centre-back Ezequiel Garay carried off and then saw Cillessen make an incredible save to deny Jose Gaya from point-blank range in the 74th minute.

They were condemned to a sixth straight defeat in all competitions as Suarez pounced on a Gabriel Paulista error and set up Rakitic to make it 2-0 on the night.

The only slight setback for Barca was the sight of centre-back Gerard Pique coming off hurt late on, with Colombian international defender Yerry Mina coming on for his debut.

Valverde later admitted that he was suffering from muscle fatigue having gambled on his fitness at the start of the game.

AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool

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AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Bournemouth’s shaky home record will be put to the test by Liverpool on Sunday as the Reds look to put recent disappointments behind them and climb back into the top four of the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have drawn their last two Premier League outings and missed out on crucial points against West Bromwich Albion and Merseyside rivals Everton, leaving them fifth heading into Week 18.

Meanwhile, the Cherries have failed to win either of their last two home matchups, and only Swansea City (seven) have recorded fewer points than Bournemouth’s haul of eight from eight games at the Vitality Stadium.

Eddie Howe’s men are without a win in their last five and can rejuvenate their campaign with victory over Sunday’s visitors, although the Reds will also be eager to get back to winning ways on the south coast.

Read on for a preview of Sunday’s Premier League encounter, complete with live-stream information and all the latest team news.

Liverpool’s injury list prior to the Bournemouth trip is a rather lengthy one, and defenders Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno are three who look sure to miss the away visit.

Emre Can will be suspended for the Cherries collision after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign against West Brom. Injury analyst Ben Dinnery provided words from Klopp, who hinted at Daniel Sturridge’s potential return from a hamstring strain in time for Sunday’s duel.

The big absence for Bournemouth remains defender Tyrone Mings, who has been coping with a back injury and is back in training, although a recent Twitter post suggests a return is still premature:

Heart of Midlothian vs Celtic

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DATE: December 17, 2017
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However, Hearts have not beaten the reigning champions, who are five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, in their last 18 league games but Levein thinks one team will have to end their impressive record soon.

“All of us are trying to do it,” Levein said. “We will have to rely on a few things, us being very good on the day and Celtic not being quite at their best.

“A couple of teams have come close recently, but hopefully we can be the ones that stop this run.”

Hibernian were the latest team to hold Celtic to a 2-2 draw with an impressive fightback to share the spoils at Easter Road.

However, Celtic’s Champions League form tells a different story, as they have lost all three of their group matches to Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht and Bayern Munich leaving them joint bottom of Group B.

When asked if Celtic look invincible, Levein said: “I don’t think so, I think they have just got very good players. It is a great achievement of course and they have to be commended for the way they have managed to keep their focus for so many matches.”

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United

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Fresh from a determined win over Bournemouth in midweek, Manchester United will hope to keep their slim title chances alive on Sunday when they travel to West Bromwich Albion.

Having lost the Manchester derby, Jose Mourinho would’ve been delighted to see his players take three points against the Cherries, even if their overall display left a lot to be desired.

If they’re to chalk up another win this weekend you sense the Red Devils will need to improve. While West Brom have yet to click into gear going forward under new manager Alan Pardew, there were positive signs from the Baggies defensively on Wednesday when they held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw.

Team News

West Brom: Pardew will hope to have Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips available to provide some spark in the final third, although both wingers are doubts for the contest. Additionally, Gareth Barry, Craig Dawson and James Morrison are all missing.

Likely XI: Ben Foster; Allan Nyom, Ahmed Hegazi, Jonny Evans, Kieran Gibbs; Jake Livermore, Claudio Yacob, Grzegorz Krychowiak; Jay Rodriguez, Salomon Rondon, James McClean

Manchester United: Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick are both long-term absentees for Mourinho, whereas Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini are fighting to be fit. Paul Pogba will serve the final match of his three-game suspension here.

Likely XI: David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic; Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku

Arsenal vs Newcastle United

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Arsenal vs Newcastle United

Arsenal are without a win in their last three Premier League outings but can leap back into the top four if they beat Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

A 0-0 stalemate at West Ham United on Wednesday left the Gunners in seventh place, and Arsene Wenger’s side are in desperate need of a resurgence entering the tough winter schedule.

Fortunately for them, there isn’t a team in the top flight in a worse vein of form than Newcastle, who have lost five and drawn one of their last six league games.

The standings are particularly tight at the bottom, however, and Newcastle’s motivation to win in north London is that three points could lift them away from the relegation tussle.

Jack Wilshere made his first Premier League start for Arsenal in more than 18 months when he lined up against West Ham on Wednesday, and a hamstring injury to Aaron Ramsey could see him keep his spot in the XI.

The England international impressed in patches, and either he or Mohamed Elneny could be chosen to partner Granit Xhaka in midfield after Wenger confirmed Ramsey’s absence prior to the midweek clash in east London, via Goal:

Mark Mann-Bryans of the Press Association provided further details from Wenger, who confirmed centre-back Shkodran Mustafi could be fit to feature against Newcastle, although the verdict on Ramsey’s chances wasn’t so promising.

The most prominent absence for Rafael Benitez’s side will be that of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after he received a red card in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton. Injury data analyst Ben Dinnery provided quotes from the Magpies manager:

Real Madrid vs Gremio

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Real Madrid aims to repeat as Club World Cup champions when they face South American kings Gremio on Saturday in the final. Los Blancos edged past Al Jazira in the semifinals, while the Brazilians beat Pachuca.

Real Madrid survived a scare to reach the final of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup as they came back from a goal down to beat Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday.

Gremio also only narrowly beat Pachuca in their semi-final, with an extra-time winner from substitute forward Everton earning the Brazilian outfit a 1-0 win.

It all sets up a potentially thrilling final on Saturday at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

If Real can produce a performance like the one that saw them to a 5-0 victory over Sevilla last Saturday, there will be little chance for Gremio.

Los Blancos boast more quality in their squad than the 2017 Copa Libertadores champions and would get the better of most teams on the planet when playing at their best.

That is not to say Gremio do not have a chance, though.

Real have rarely been at their best this term and should they misfire again on Saturday, Gremio have the players to take advantage.

Real Madrid can draw level with Barcelona as the most prolific winners of the Club World Cup if they claim their third title on Saturday.

They can also become the first team to win the competition in consecutive years having overcome Japan’s Kashima Antlers in last year’s final.

However, they will likely have to be more clinical against Gremio than they were against Al Jazira if they are to claim victory.

Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khasif had an excellent game against Los Blancos, but Real were also guilty of being wasteful in front of goal.

They went behind after 41 minutes, but second-half strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale turned the game on its head.