As we creep ever closer to the months of November and December — the proverbial meat and potatoes of the Premier League season — contenders separate themselves from pretenders, which is exactly what we expect to see this weekend. Man City are winless in their last four games (two draws, two losses) in all competitions, and the people are beginning to think Pep Guardiola isn’t a miracle worker. Oh, you hadn’t heard that Jose Mourinho is set to return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being fired last December?
Team news is out for Tottenham Hotspur’s upcoming trip to Bournemouth to face the Cherries in the Premier League, and as expected Spurs will be without a couple of first team options. Toby Alderweireld is set to miss the match while he recovers from a leg stinger sustained in last Saturday’s draw against West Bromwich Albion, and Harry Kane isn’t yet ready for a return despite returning to training this week. Pochettino declined to give a timetable on Kane’s return to fitness, but noted that he’s happy with the way Tottenham’s talismanic striker is recuperating. "We're happy with him, he's going very well. Today he started to touch the ball alone and do some exercises with sports science. "He
ZURICH (AP) Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi of Thailand was banned from soccer for five years on Tuesday for election forgery. The judging chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee said it found Makudi guilty of forgery and falsification of documents and refusing to cooperate with investigators. Makudi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100). A longtime ally of former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar, Makudi was a member of the tainted executive committee for 18 years until Asian federations voted him out in April 2015. Makudi is the ninth member of the 24-man ruling panel which oversaw the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups who has since