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Premier League top scorers this season: Latest 2019/20 Golden Boot goal and assist standings today



The Premier League is back in action, with plenty of star players all aiming to finish as the top goalscorer to claim the Golden Boot.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is enjoying another impressive season, and is currently top wit 21 goals for the season as a brace against Crystal Palace took him past the 100 Premier League goal-mark.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is next best on 20, with Southampton star Danny Ings on 18 for the season.


Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has hit 17 this season, while Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane have both scored 16 times, with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez and Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all on 15.

Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling (13) are still in the hunt.

Here are the Premier League top scorers in 2019/2020…

Statistics correct as of July 7, 2020.



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Early goal sinks Brentford as Leicester advance to FA Cup fifth round



Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Brentford v Leicester City - Griffin Park, Brentford, Britain - January 25, 2020 Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammate Demarai Gray REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Soccer Football – FA Cup Fourth Round – Brentford v Leicester City – Griffin Park, Brentford, Britain – January 25, 2020 Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammate Demarai Gray REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A much-changed Leicester side progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to an early strike by Kelechi Iheanacho at Brentford.

Brendan Rodgers called upon the former Manchester City striker with Jamie Vardy injured and he delivered to keep them on course for silverware in two competitions this season.

Next up for the Foxes is a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa and they go into it after this 1-0 win where most of their regulars were rested.

Thomas Frank also made various changes with Brentford in Championship action against play-off rivals Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and saw his young XI struggle early on before pushing the Premier League outfit all the way.

In total 18 changes were made by both clubs – nine each – but it did not dampen the spirits of the home fans, who belted out a rendition of Hey Jude by the Beatles prior to kick-off.

Vardy was absent with a glute injury so Iheanacho replaced him up front and he put Ayoze Perez through on goal inside 20 seconds, but a superb clearance from Luka Racic stopped a certain opener with Luke Daniels rounded by Leicester’s number 17.

This was brief respite for Brentford because in the fourth minute the breakthrough occurred following a slick move.

Dennis Praet was afforded too much space in midfield and produced an exquisite crossfield ball across the floor out to James Justin and he crossed in for Iheanacho to open the scoring with his seventh goal of the season.

It could have been two for Vardy’s deputy with quarter of an hour gone, but Daniels was able to block well before Brentford created an opportunity of their own a minute later.

Jan Zamburek found Emiliano Marcondes inside the area and yet the hero of the third-round win over Stoke could only fire into the side-netting.

Brentford were boosted by the chance and produced another excellent move in the 20th minute with Dru Yearwood involved, but Halil Dervisouglu curled wide after some neat footwork and the promising opening had been wasted.

Frank’s young side, with six players aged 20 or below, stuck to their principles of playing out from the back although they were reminded of Leicester’s threat when Perez was brilliantly denied by Daniels just before half-time and Marc Albrighton headed the rebound over.

One of Brentford’s regulars, Kamohelo Mokotjo, was forced off with an injury at the break and replaced by fellow usual starter Josh Dasilva.

It was the fringe players who very nearly fashioned the equaliser with 62 on the clock, but the woodwork saved Leicester.

Marcondes whipped in a delightful cross, which Dervisouglu got the faintest of touches to and yet he saw his effort hit the post and Christian Fuchs managed to clear the danger at the back post.

The substitution of Iheanacho with 22 minutes left at Griffin Park further highlighted the Foxes priority this week being the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg away to Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was introduced in his place, with Rodgers eager for his side to see out the final exchanges with no last gasp scares.

He did not get his wish with Marcondes’ corner finding Racic and the defender volleying towards goal, but fortunately for the visitors Danny Ward produced a strong hand to tip the effort over.

Frank’s final roll of the dice was to bring on 11-goal man Bryan Mbeumo and he did find the net, but he was correctly ruled to be offside and Griffin Park bid farewell to the FA Cup after a 1-0 loss to Leicester, with Brentford set to move into their new stadium in the summer.

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live score and latest goal updates from derby



No side likes to lose a derby. It’s a fierce battle for bragging rights (does anyone use that phrase other than in sport?!) which can see families divided and passions overflow. 

But this Manchester match up, the last of the decade, is for vastly different reasons a must-win for both Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

For the United manager it’s a case of simply trying to keep his job. 

It seems to happen that as soon as one club decide to sack their manager that a load follow suit. No sooner than Tottenham sacked Pochettino than Arsenal (Unai Emery), Waford (Quique Sánchez Flores) and Everton (Marco Silva) all followed suit within the next two weeks. Even by the standards of the bonkers Premier League owners – moneybags men who always want success yesterday – that’s some going. So for that reason alone Solskjaer needs a result at the Etihad today – sacking the boss is clearly the festive fashion this year and Ole will not want to add his name to the sorry list. 

United have made their worst start to a season since 1989 and with every defeat the death knells surrounding the Norwegian’s place in the dugout grow louder. A loss to their city rivals could be too much for a twitchy board to take.  





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Canadiens Game Day: Keith Kinkaid will start in goal vs. Flyers


Keith Kinkaid will start in goal Saturday afternoon when the Canadiens take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre (3 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) looking to end a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

When Canadiens coach Claude Julien met the media at 12:45 p.m. at the Bell Centre he said that Carey Price will start Sunday when they Canadiens play the Bruins in Boston (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens have allowed 20 goals in their last three games — all losses on home ice — and are coming off a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

“It’s pretty simple … we got three games in four nights,” Julien said when asked to explain his goaltending decision. “Boston tomorrow gives an opportunity for Carey to get a little bit of rest. He’s played quite a bit. Again, those back-to-back games Carey, to me, has always played well in Boston. So there’s no reason why we don’t give him that rest and we don’t give Kinkaid an opportunity here tonight. So to me it’s a calculated decision on our part and we’re going forward with that.”

The Canadiens have an 11-9-5 record and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (14-7-5) are coming off a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday afternoon in Philadelphia and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

When asked what his message is to his players as they try to end their six-game winless streak, Julien said: “Same thing as what most coaches would normally say: less is more. Don’t try and do somebody else’s job. Trust the people you’re out there with to do their jobs and once that comes back everything kind of falls into place. Right now everybody wants to win so badly, they see a little mistake they want to cover up right away and sometimes they don’t give that guy a chance to cover his mistake. We just need a little bit of patience and trust and I think if those two things happen I think it’s going to change the outcome of our defensive game a lot.”

This is the second of three games between these teams this season after the Flyers beat the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 7 in Philadelphia. They will wrap up the season series on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.

Olofsson will make Canadiens debut

Defenceman Gustav Olofsson, called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Friday, will make his Canadiens debut against the Flyers on the third pairing with Cale Fleury.

That means Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak will be the healthy scratches.

In 20 games with the Rocket this season, Olofsson had 0-7-7 totals and was plus-1.

“From what I’ve seen and what I’ve been told, overall he’s been playing well,” Julien said about Olofsson. “He skates the puck, moves the puck well. He’s a guy that has a little bit of experience in this league.”

The Canadiens acquired the 24-year-old Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 3, 2018 in exchange for forward William Bitten. Olofsson played only two games for the Rocket last season before having season-ending shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder played 56 games with the Wild over three seasons, posting 0-11-11 totals. The Wild selected the Swedish defenceman in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

“The injury last year really set him back,” Julien said. “So now he’s got about 20 games under his belt (in Laval) and seems to be coming around. In the circumstance that we’re in right now, I think it’s a great opportunity to see if he can help us out and bring a dimension to our back end that we can certainly use right now. So we’re going to have a look at him this afternoon and hopefully be able to come out of this with a real good evaluation of him.

Longest slump in two seasons

The Canadiens’ six-game winless streak is their longest season and is one game longer than their longest slump last season, when they went 0-3-2 from Nov. 19-27.

The last time the Canadiens had a six-game winless streak was two seasons ago when they went 0-4-2 from Feb. 8-20. They also had a seven-game winless streak that season, going 0-6-1 from Oct. 7-20. The Canadiens finished 28th in the overall NHL standings that season.

“It’s a long season,” the Canadiens’ Max Domi said Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “It’s how it goes, right? You’re going to go through, obviously, ups and downs throughout a year. We know that there’s no one who wants to win more than the guys in this locker room. So we’re doing everything we possibly can and it’s something we’re going to have to stick together. We’re a real close group and we believe in one another and we believe in each other. Keep doing that, keep working hard and just trust the process here. We just got to get one win and then go from there.”

Sense of urgency

There’s a sense of urgency surrounding the Canadiens heading into the back-to-back games this weekend.

“We have the same urgency for every game,” Domi said Friday. “We want to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s October or hopefully in June. That’s our goal. So every game’s the same and you got to elevate your performance and your compete level and all that on a daily basis. All we’re focused on is tomorrow against Philly. We haven’t won a game in a while and we got to win the next game against Philly. That’s all we’re focused on right now.

“We’re a team here,” Domi added. “We’re going to stick together and every guy’s got to pull their weight. Obviously, we can be a lot better for Carey. We know that and he knows that, too. So we got to be better for each other and as a team, I think as a whole, when we’re all going we’re a tough team to play against. That’s all we can control so we got to find ways to get back to that.”

Supporting Price

Kinkaid has been doing his best to support Price during this tough stretch for the No. 1 goalie.

“I think just motivate him,” Kinkaid said Friday morning when asked what he can do to help Price as his backup. “Give friendly competition. Give stick taps on big saves in practice and whatnot. He does that constantly to me. So he’s been great with that … even saves that I think are relatively routine,  you hear him at the other end tapping his stick

“I think it’s just being encouraging,” Kinkaid added. “He knows what to do. He’s a top-notch professional. He’s the best in the game. Everyone goes through this, so it’s nothing we’re going to stress about. We just got to get out of it and sometimes it’s ugly when you get out of it, but you need that ugly game to get over the hump I think.”

Kinkaid was also asked about Price breaking his stick in frustration after giving up the fifth goal in Thursday night’s loss to the Devils.

“That was just maybe a shot he knows he can save,” Kinkaid said. “Right now, like I said, people go through this. Even I know there’s a few shots I should have saved during the season, like the one (game) in Vegas. I let in two shots I knew I should have and we still got the win (5-4 in overtime). It’s just getting back to the basics, focusing on keeping your body in front of the puck and tracking everything. I know (goalie coach Stéphane Waite) worked great with him. He’s been working great with me to help my game, too. So I’m not worried for us at all. We’ve been resilient to start the season and we’ll come out of this.”

Where the Canadiens rank

The Canadiens rank ninth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game, and 29th in defence, allowing an average of 3.52. They rank 17th on the power play (18. 4 per cent), 30th in penalty-killing (72.7 per cent) and 15th in faceoffs (50.1 per cent).

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-15-22 totals, followed by Shea Weber (8-12-20), Brendan Gallagher (10-9-29), Phillip Danault (6-12-18) and Domi (6-11-17).

Where the Flyers rank

The Flyers rank 14th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game, and rank sixth in defence, allowing an average of 2.69. They rank 11th on the power play (20.2 per cent), third in penalty-killing (86.5 per cent) and first in faceoffs (53.9 per cent).

Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in scoring with 8-16-24 totals, followed by Sean Couturier (8-12-20), Jakub Voracek (6-13-19), Claude Giroux (8-10-18) and Oskar Lindblom (10-7-17).

What’s next?

The Canadiens will fly to Boston after Saturday’s game and play the Bruins Sunday night (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Next week, the New York Islanders will be at the Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), followed by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before the Canadiens travel to New York to face the Rangers next Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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