Siewert: Terriers can survive

New Huddersfield Town head coach Jan Siewert is confident he can keep the club in the Premier League this season.

The 36-year-old German was appointed on a two-and-a-half-year contract as David Wagner's successor on Monday.

After their 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, Huddersfield are bottom of the Premier League pile, ten points shy of safety.

He will have just 15 games in which to save them from the drop but Siewert insists he only accepted the job because he believes it can be done.

"Without being confident I wouldn't sit here," he said. "I think we have to work hard and do our very best and prepare for everything.

"We have 15 more games and my only focus at the moment is the task I have to do with the team and I will give everything to those games."

Siewert, who becomes the Premier League's youngest manager, has been on Huddersfield's radar for some two years while working with the Borussia Dortmund U23 side.

Predecessor Wagner held the same role at Dortmund from 2011 to 2015 before joining Huddersfield and leading them into the big-time, where they survived last season against the odds.

The new boss says he is a different person to Wagner.

"I always did it my way so I can't be compared to David Wagner because he's a fantastic manager and had so much success here," he added.

"But now it's my role here. It's a new chapter and the most important thing is that I'm used to working with professional players, at Dortmund I had some great opportunities and now I'd like to challenge myself.

"Of course there are similarities, but the most important thing is I'm Jan Siewert and I have to do it my way as David did it his way. We should not compare us two because that's not possible."

Huddersfield are 1/33 to be relegated this season. They host Everton in their next game and are 3/1 to win. The Toffees are 10/11, while the draw is 12/5.

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Hasenhuttl prunes his squad

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has allowed Netherlands international Wesley Hoedt to join Celta Vigo on loan until the end of the season.

The La Liga side have the option to buy the central defender, who has made 13 appearances for Saints this season, in the summer.

Hoedt signed a five-year deal when he moved to St Mary's from Lazio in 2017 in a deal worth £15million.

Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini have also left Southampton this month as Hasenhuttl revamps his squad.

The Austrian has guided Saints to back-to-back Premier League wins against Leicester City and Everton and is keen to maintain the winning habit when his team come up against Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Burnley in their next three fixtures.

He said: "It's now a little bit of time to be happy about the two wins in a row and then stay hungry and go for the next. I know the players have the willingness to learn.

"I am very happy for them that they see with this kind of playing football and hard-working training sessions they get better every day.

"It's fantastic for them and fantastic for me as a manager."

Southampton can be backed at 1/40 not to be relegated this season while they are 13/10 to beat Crystal Palace in their next Premier League fixture on 30th January.

Bellerin’s worst fears realised

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin could miss the start of next season after scans confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

The defender, who was carried off on a stretcher in the 72nd minute of the Gunners' 2-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday, is expected to be out for between six and nine months.

However, Unai Emery is not expected to sign a new right-back this month even though Bellerin has suffered a similar injury to team-mate Rob Holding.

Either Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Stephan Lichtsteiner are expected to deputise for Bellerin in the right-back or wing-back position.

In addition, Emery may decide to keep Carl Jenkinson, who had been linked with a transfer this month, until the summer.

Bellerin had been making his first start on Saturday since 16th December because of a calf problem. However, he fell to the pitch with nobody around him in the closing stage at Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey's transfer to Juventus is expected to be confirmed this week.

Emery said of the 28-year-old Wales international, who will move to Turin in the summer: "We spoke about the circumstance with Ramsey three months ago and now the decision is finished for him and for the club.

"Yes, of course, his future is very important for his family but it is also very important for him to be OK to play for us like he did against Chelsea. I am very happy with him because in the last month his focus has been very clear."

Arsenal, 7/2 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, are 14/1 to beat Manchester United 2-0 in the FA Cup on Friday.

Siewert succeeds Wagner

Huddersfield Town have named the Borussia Dortmund II boss Jan Siewert as their new head coach after parting company with David Wagner last week.

The 36-year-old has signed a contract at the John Smith's Stadium that runs until the summer of 2021.

Siewert starred for German clubs TuS Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and TuS Montabaur during his playing career and coached at VfL Bochum and Rot-Weiss Essen before joining Borussia Dortmund II.

Terriers chairman Dean Hoyle said: "We enjoyed tremendous success under David Wagner and we've subsequently appointed a new head coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II.

"Given David's success at Huddersfield, we knew that it was prudent to look to the future in case an offer came in that he couldn't refuse. We first spoke with Jan over two years ago and we've kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest.

"In the short term, we will continue to fight as hard as possible against relegation from the Premier League. We're not giving up on that.

"We will also plan for the medium and long term, whatever the outcome. Jan is committed to us and is excited to take on the challenges we have ahead, whatever they look like."

Huddersfield are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after taking just one point from their last 10 games.

They are 3/1 to beat Everton in their next match on 29th January and 10/1 to win the encounter 1-0.

Dier: Spurs must cope without Kane

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier says he and his colleagues have to do their utmost to negate the loss to injury of star striker Harry Kane.

England captain Kane is expected back in action sometime in March, having sustained ankle ligament damage in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

The first game he missed saw Spurs score right at the death to win 2-1 at Fulham on Sunday, with Dier insisting that the absence of Kane has to be put to one side while there are on-field matters to take care of.

He told Sky Sports: "It's not a question of if we can cope without Harry or not. Harry's one of the best strikers in the world, any team would feel the loss if he wasn't playing, so we have to find a solution and move on.

"Harry will be doing his best to get back as soon as possible and it's down to the team and the squad to rally and carry on."

Tottenham are currently priced at 2/9 to finish in the Premier League top four this season, while they are 8/1 to lift the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, England boss Gareth Southgate expects Kane to be pushing hard to return to action as soon as possible.

He added: "It's a disappointment for any player to miss matches and Harry especially wants to be available for every game and have the opportunity to score in every game.

"Knowing his mindset, there'll be a calendar on the wall and he'll be making sure he gets back ahead of where people are predicting he can be back."

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De Bruyne happy to be back

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that he has yet to hit top form for the reigning Premier League champions this season.

The 27-year-old Belgium international has made just two league starts so far this season, having suffered with two knee problems already this term, but he is now back in the fold on a regular basis with the Citizens and looking to improve in the near future.

He told reporters: "I'm getting better.

"You need a run of games where you play a lot, because I'm not used to playing every three days, but I'm getting there.

"I'm happy with the way I'm performing. It's not the same record as last year, but you can expect that because I've been out since the World Cup.

"To come back twice is mentally not that easy, but I'm happy to be back playing football again."

Former Chelsea forward De Bruyne joined City in the summer of 2015 and has since scored 38 goals in 153 appearances in all competitions, helping the Citizens to win the Premier League title last season, as well as two successes in the League Cup.

On the international stage he was a member of the Belgium squad who reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in the summer of last year and has netted 15 times in 68 outings for the Red Devils to date.

Meanwhile, City are 6/5 to retain their Premier League crown this season, with the men from Manchester 1/2 to lift the League Cup and 7/2 to triumph in the Champions League.

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Ranieri won’t concede defeat

Claudio Ranieri believes his Fulham team will avoid relegation if they continue to produce performances like the one against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Cottagers took the lead against Mauricio Pochettino's team thanks to a Fernando Llorente own goal but Dele Alli equalised early on in the second half before Harry Winks headed a close-range winner for the visitors.

The result leaves Fulham seven points away from safety after 23 fixtures. They are 1/4 to be relegated this season and 5/4 to win their next game against Brighton on 29th January.

"It is unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had [a shout for a] penalty but the referee didn't see it and penalties are only when the referee whistles," said Ranieri.

"I think it was a good match. The first half was fantastic, the second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way. We gave a gift on the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable to explain.

"But we are alive and we continue to fight, the team showed a fantastic performance. I can say only well done but we must stay very, very smart until the end.

"We must continue to give the maximum in every match, in every performance. I am positive because when you play this kind of football, this kind of performance we must believe and I believe in my players."

Emery fears Bellerin absence

Arsenal fear that right-back Hector Bellerin is facing a lengthy period out of action after he suffered a knee injury in the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

The Spain international fell to the floor holding his left knee 18 minutes from time at the Emirates Stadium, before being stretchered from the field to be replaced by Mohamed Elneny.

And after the victory head coach Unai Emery was downbeat about the immediate future for Bellerin, telling reporters: "We are going to wait until Sunday. It is his knee and the first prediction maybe it can be an important injury.

"Tomorrow we will speak with the doctor. I hope not, but it is not very positive, our first impression.

"We have Ainsley (Maitland-Niles). He can help us by playing like a right-back or a right winger. Also, (Stephan) Lichtsteiner is another player for playing there and I think we have players.

"I don't forget (Carl) Jenkinson because he is with us, he played some matches and if we need him, he is okay to help us."

The win for the Gunners on Saturday moved them to within three points of Chelsea, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot, with Manchester United level on points with Arsenal after winning six consecutive league games.

Arsenal can be backed at 10/3 to finish in the top four come the end of the season, with Chelsea priced at 1/2 and United available at 6/4.

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Rondon tells Magpies to push on

Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon has challenged his side to continue the good work they showed in a 3-0 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Magpies had gone four league games without a win before overwhelming the Bluebirds, with the result seeing Newcastle move out of the relegation places at the expense of their visitors.

And Rondon was pleased to play his part, despite not being able to find the net himself.

He told his club's official website: "We have to keep going, keep winning and carry on. Every game in the Premier League is tough, and we know in the next couple of games we will play against great teams with great players.

"But we have to think about us and our confidence. We have to play like we played today. Thinking about our team and our strengths – that's the most important thing."

Meanwhile, Magpies boss Rafa Benitez was more than happy with the performance of his players in their most comprehensive win of the season to date.

He added: "We were talking about how important this game could be, but we will have a lot of games against teams that are close to us and these are the key games when you can play well and you can win, or even without playing well, you can get something.

"Today we did it, we played well, we had a lot of energy and commitment from everyone and it was crucial."

Newcastle are now priced at 1/6 not to be relegated this season, with the Magpies 4/1 to drop down to the Championship.

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Howe hopes for Wilson boost

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe is hoping that striker Callum Wilson has not suffered a major injury setback, having only just returned to action.

Wilson scored a superb goal in the 2-0 win at home to West Ham on Saturday, but was forced off 17 minutes from time at Dean Court due to a knee problem, having been sidelined for just over a fortnight by a hamstring issue.

And Howe has been left waiting to find out the extent of the injury, telling reporters after also see Josh King limp off late on against the Irons: "We're going to have to see how they are, but Callum's seems the more serious, limping off which is unlike him.

"We're going to have to see what he's done. It's not the hamstring, it was something in his knee, but I have no idea how serious it is."

Meanwhile, Howe was full of praise for the defensive efforts of his players against the Hammers, with the Cherries keeping a first clean sheet in their last five league games.

He added: "The players have been questioned, but I thought they came through with flying colours. I thought it was really disciplined display full of hard work.

"We've put a lot of hard work into the last few weeks and concentrated on our defending. It goes without saying, after the run that we've been on, that's what we would do and I'm very pleased that the players got their rewards."

Bournemouth are now priced at 6/5 to finish in the top half of the table and 4/6 to end up in the bottom half of the table.

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