Jokanovic welcomes break

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic hopes he will have some of his injured players available again after the international break.

Sheyi Ojo was taken to hospital with a dislocated collarbone during the second half of the Cottagers' 2-1 victory in the west London derby against QPR on Friday.

Ryan Fredericks' deflected strike and Stefan Johansen's low shot had put Fulham two goals to the good but substitute Conor Washington's effort meant there were some nervous moments before Jokanovic's team sealed a welcome three points.

Jokanovic said afterwards: "I am always happy with three points and to win a west London derby.

"We had to be brave. The last few minutes it was a completely different game. A lot of things were happening in the penalty box, but we defended well.

"Unfortunately we have another player in hospital. It is some kind of dislocation of his shoulder. But hopefully after the international break we will get some of our important players back."

Fulham can be backed at 5/2 to be promoted from the Championship this season while Ian Holloway's QPR side are 33/1 to go up.

Hasenhuttl rules out Bayern role

RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has played down speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at Bayern Munich.

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern on Thursday, with Willy Sagnol taking charge of last season's Bundesliga champions on an interim basis.

Hasenhuttl guided Leipzig to the runners-up spot in Germany in 2016/17 but when asked about the Bayern job, the Austrian would only say: "Never thought about it, not one second, zero."

RB Leipzig are currently sixth in the Bundesliga table are can be backed at 1/1 to beat Cologne on Sunday.

Ancelotti was axed after Bayern slumped to a 3-0 loss to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League.

The Italian replaced Pep Guardiola at the start of last term after enjoying previous spells in the charge of the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG.

Bayern are currently third in the league and can be backed at 4/11 to beat Hertha Berlin on Sunday. They are 7/1 to win the Champions League this season.

Benitez excited by Reds reunion

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says he is looking forward to an emotional encounter with his former club Liverpool on Sunday.

The Spanish tactician enjoyed a successful spell on Merseyside between 2004 and 2010, helping the Reds claim the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup.

Sunday will see Benitez take on his former club with a Newcastle side who have made a promising start to the season with nine points from their first six outings.

With Liverpool making the trip to St James' Park, Benitez is looking forward to taking on Jurgen Klopp's men, who have had problems at the back this term.

He said: "The reality is that because they are so offensive, they have sometimes problems in defence.

"I think they are working on that and they will be very dangerous attacking, even if they make some mistakes in defence.

"It's a special game for me. It will be emotional because I had so many years, so many good memories. Still my family lives in Liverpool, so it's my home."

Newcastle are 17/4 to win, 31/10 to draw and 7/10 to lose to the Reds in the north east.#

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Dyche talks up Everton challenge

Burnley boss Sean Dyche feels his side will have to be at their best to get a result at Goodison Park despite Everton's sluggish start to the season.

The Toffees have endured a tough start to the season, with manager Ronald Koeman already coming under some criticism with his team in 14th place in the Premier League table going into the weekend's games.

Dyche is full of respect for Everton and feels Koeman has had to battle with getting all the club's new summer signings to gel quickly.

He said: "It's tricky for all managers when they're signing new players, and I think they've signed some very good players.

"But you've got to mould it into a team, the players have to learn about each other and inevitably we're all judged on winning, which is hard to come by sometimes.

"I certainly don't take them lightly, though. Bit of a tricky start to the season, and the manager's spoken himself about the feeling amongst his group when they're playing, but we don't take anything for granted."

As for Burnley they will need to buck the trend if they are to get something from this game, as the Toffees have won four of their last five Premier League encounters.

Burnley are 5/1 to win, 14/5 to draw and 4/6 to lose to Everton on Merseyside.

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Wenger expecting Brighton battle

Arsene Wenger believes Brighton could prove to be a difficult nut to crack when they meet in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal have started to find some form and have enjoyed wins this week over West Brom in the Premier League and BATE Borisov in Europa League.

For what has been a hectic week for the Gunners, a host of big names were rested for the European encounter and will return for the arrival of the Seagulls at the Emirates.

Brighton themselves have enjoyed some positive results of late and come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Newcastle United last time out.

Wenger is full of respect for the newly-promoted side and feels Brighton will prove to be tough opposition on Sunday.

He said: "I think it will be difficult to break them down because they are very well organised, they are very disciplined as well.

"Their team keeps the ball well and from what I've seen they have a good technical quality, they try to play everywhere and it is a different challenge for us.

"We have done very well at home until now, so we know that it is absolutely vital for us."

Arsenal are 1/4 to win, 11/2 to draw and 13/1 to lose to Brighton in north London.

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Last but not Least: Gear Up For an Exciting Battle in Beijing!

China Open Women’s Singles

The last of the four Premier Mandatory events is set to kickoff this weekend, and it promises to be just as exciting, with the online betting favourites determined to get their games going in preparation for next month’s live betting showdown in Singapore.

Not to mention that there are also stars aiming to solidify their places in the WTA Finals, and the China Open is their biggest chance to turn around the betting odds in their favour.

World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, and Elina Svitolina will be playing their final tournament of the regular season in Beijing, and they will all hope for a strong showing to boost their confidence ahead of the annual end-of-the-season tour championship.

Muguruza will be particularly motivated to show her fitness after recently picking up a left leg injury, while Halep will be keen to bounce back from her latest struggles.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Wozniacki are also on the hunt for an appearance in the Lion City three weeks from now, and they are poised to cement their places in Beijing, especially after their solid displays in their respective Asian tours.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta is in a tricky position at no. 8 in the Race to Singapore leaderboard, and the likes of Kristina Mladenovic, CoCo Vandeweghe and Sloane Stephens all have the chance to overtake the British No. 1 when they step on the hard court of the China Open.

Wildcards Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will also feature in the Asian competition, and they will look to prove that they are in the tournament not only due to their drawing power but also because of what they can do on the tennis court.

On the other hand, Chinese players Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, and Wang Qiang, as well as wildcard entrants Zhu Lin, Wang Yafan and Duan Ying-Ying will seek to use their home court advantage to make a deep run and pull off some upsets against the other highly-touted participants.

Just like the other three mandatories this year that saw three different champions, the China Open is shaping up to be another unpredictable contest. However, that should only add up to the drama of what is already anticipated to be an eventful affair at the National Tennis Center.

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City ease to friendly win

Melbourne City scored in each half to earn a 2-0 win over Adelaide United in a pre-season friendly at Coopers Stadium.

City, who are still waiting for new injury replacement signing Ross McCormack to arrive, ended their pre-season campaign with a heartening display. They took their chances in front of goal to edge what was a fairly even affair in which United handed a debut to German midfielder Daniel Adlung.

United dominated in terms of possession in the first half but fell behind three minutes before the break. New signing Marcin Budzinski slipped the ball through to Nick Fitzgerald and the winger cut inside before firing home with a curling shot.

City doubled their advantage ten minutes into the second half when Stefan Mauk took advantage of a goalmouth scramble in the box.

Bruce Kamau's initial low cross found Budzinski whose strike was blocked by Taylor Regan. The ball rebounded to Mauk who beat keeper Paul Izzo on the angle from close range.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have named Premier League pair Winston Reid and Chris Wood for their friendly against Japan next month.

The All Whites are through to an intercontinental play-off to make next year's World Cup in Russia, and the friendly will help them prepare for the two-legged meeting with a South American side.

Coach Anthony Hudson has named an experienced squad that includes defender Reid, who has overcome a calf injury, and striker Wood who has made an impressive return to the top-flight this season.

Striker Shane Smeltz (calf strain) and midfielder Marco Rojas (quad strain) also return from injury, although centre back Tommy Smith (hamstring) will miss the trip.

"This window is hugely important for us as our final time together before the Intercontinental Playoff in November," said Hudson.

"Japan are the ideal team for us to play at this stage. They have been very impressive in their World Cup qualifiers and they will present a good challenge as we get ready to face the fifth-placed South American team."

Storm Roux has been ruled out because of a lower-back injury but fellow wing-back Dane Ingham and midfielder Bill Tuiloma come back into the 22-man squad.

Meanwhile, Reid's West Ham side are 4/1 to be relegated from the Premier League.

Caixinha pleased with Gers response

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha feels his side have done well to respond from their Old Firm defeat to beat Hamilton 4-1 on Friday night.

After their 2-0 defeat to Celtic in their previous outing, the Light Blues got back to winning ways with a victory at New Douglas Park.

Gers did not have it all their own way after going a goal down after an effort from Danny Redmond.

However a brace from Declan John, a goal from Daniel Candeias and a penalty from Graeme Dorrans ensured it was Rangers who took the spoils, despite having Ryan Jack sent off for two yellow card offenses.

Caixinha was pleased with the result and will now be looking ahead to Rangers trip to St Johnstone on 13th October.

He said: "I'm pleased with the performance. We didn't play well in the first 10 minutes, almost losing the game, but they had a very good reaction.

"They played brilliant football in some moments of the game.

"We were sad because we had lost one game (2-0 defeat to Celtic), but we prepared to win this game and that's what we did."

Rangers are 28/1 to win the Scottish Premiership this season.

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NBA Offseason: Big Moves Shape Up Betting Odds for New Campaign

The NBA offseason has been an eventful one, to say the least, as the strong teams got even stronger and the disparity in talent between the East and West got bigger.

Most franchises revamped their rosters and made some decent signings that would certainly help sway betting tips come the regular season. However, the story of the summer is certainly about the creation of “super teams” and how the competitive balance of the NBA has been altered again, to the surprise of the online gambling community.

The first domino to fall was Jimmy Butler, who was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a 2017 first-round pick that became Lauri Markkanen. The deal was a sign that the Chicago Bulls are ready to rebuild, something that eventually led to the buyout of Dwyane Wade.

After his exit from the Windy City, Wade joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and reunited with his best friend LeBron James. The Cavs now have what can be considered as a “Big 4,” along with Kevin Love and All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who was acquired by Cleveland along with Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic in a trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

Speaking of Boston, the Beantown also had a busy summer. Not only did they acquire Irving, but also signed Gordon Hayward in free agency to create their new “Big 3″ along with Al Horford.

The Celts needed to shed some players like Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk to make room for their lineup, but their summer moves were praised by many as it signals they are now in win mode.

Out West, however, there were bigger and more eye-popping deals that shook the entire NBA talent landscape.

Chris Paul being shipped to the Houston Rockets to play with James Harden was just the beginning of it, as the ‘Lob City’ era of the LA Clippers seemed to meet its end—though, the Clippers’ signing of European star point guard Milos Teodosic will certainly raise hopes up.

Oklahoma City’s move to snatch Paul George from the Pacers also sent shockwaves, and the team made a strong statement that they are ready to contend for the title when they agreed to bring Carmelo Anthony in from the New York Knicks. They now have George and Anthony paired up with reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, who just signed the richest extension in league history.

The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, didn’t make a splash doing trades, but they made sure to keep their core intact, bringing back Kevin Durant on a discounted deal and signing Steph Curry to an extension. They even had enough money to get Nick Young and Omri Casspi to bolster their bench!

A lot of wheeling and dealing has happened, and it’s worth mentioning that the likes of Brook Lopez (LA Lakers), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs), Ricky Rubio (Utah Jazz), and Dwight Howard (Charlotte Hornets) also changed teams this summer.

As previously mentioned, however, with most All-Stars jumping to the Western Conference, there’s bound to be a huge gap in talent and quality. And us’s odds show that six out of ten teams expected to win the NBA championship are from the West.

Last year’s finalists Golden State (1.55) and Cleveland (3.00) remain the teams to beat, but the likes of Houston (6.50), Boston (7.00), San Antonio (11.00) and Oklahoma (16.00) are anticipated to give the two heavyweights a run for their money.

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Klopp positive over duo’s fitness

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are "doing really well" but won't be fit for Liverpool's Premier League trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

The Reds chief spoke out on the progress of both players, who have yet to feature so far this season because of respective thigh and back issues sustained during pre-season.

Klopp, when asked how the England international duo were in terms of making a first-team comeback, said: "The update is that both are doing really well but are not in team training tomorrow. But both are on a really good way.

"With Clyney it was not too sure for one or two weeks but now he has made real steps and it's really cool.

"Adam is completely normal, that’s how it was from the first day – how we thought it would be. He is now outside running and obviously improves a lot.

"He has no problems anymore. We just have to wait until the tendon is a tendon again, if you want. You cannot rush this. But so far, no setbacks and everything is fine."

Klopp also revealed that he has no fresh injury worries to contend with for the game, although he will need to check on a couple of players who picked up slight knocks in the Champions League draw at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

Liverpool are 7/10 to win at Newcastle, while Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is 17/4 to put one over his former club and claim three points for the hosts, while the draw is priced at 31/10.