Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Premier League front runners Liverpool and Chelsea go head to head at Anfield tonight.

They meet in the third round of the Carabao Cup just days before a top flight showdown at Stamford Bridge.


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will make changes to his starting eleven, but it will still be a strong line-up.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino (pron: potch-er-tee-no) insists it’s not only some of their fans who are disappointed about tonight’s League Cup tie with Watford being played in Milton Keynes.

Construction of their new home at White Hart Lane hasn’t been completed as scheduled.

They’ve been using Wembley Stadium while the building work has been ongoing – but that’s not available this evening after staging boxing at the weekend.

In tonight’s other games, Arsenal host Brentford, West Ham welcome the lowest-ranked side left in the tournament, League Two Macclesfield Town, while Nottingham Forest host Stoke in an all-Championship affair at the City Ground.

James McClean has been cleared to return to training from tomorrow after his recent wrist injury.

The Stoke City winger sustained the injury in Republic of Ireland training ahead of their Uefa Nations League opener against Wales and subsequently missed that game.

He had been expected to be out for six weeks, but returns to training tomorrow after just three weeks out.


GOLF

Tour Champion, Tiger Woods is unlikely to be paired with Phil Mickelson at this week’s Ryder Cup, according to the US Captain, Jim Furyk.

The veterans lost two matches when partnered at the 2004 tournament in Michigan and have not been paired together since.

Michelson indicated that he would welcome a reunion after they were grouped together during practice at Le Golf National in Paris yesterday.

U-S captain Furyk is less enthusiastic.

He has described the pairing as “not too likely”.

Meanwhile Rory McIlroy has been speaking ahead of the Friday tee off about his nerves in the build-up:


RUGBY

Munster centre Chris Farrell is still a long way off in his recovery from a knee injury.

The Southern province now face into two interprovincial derbies and two European games without any sign of Farrell returning to boost Johann Van Graan’s midfield options.

Van Graan spoke at the launch of the Champions Cup earlier today, at which he also addressed Conor Murray’s mysterious neck injury:

In better news for Munster, All Black scrum-half Alby Mathewson looks set to be for the start of their Champions Cup campaign, as the process to obtain his necessary documentation nears its conclusion.

Mathewson arrived at the southern province at the end of August after being signed on a short-term deal as injury cover for Conor Murray, but has been unable to play as he awaits a work permit.

ANTI-DOPING

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has written to the sport’s global chief Sebastian Coe to ask for its near three-year suspension to be lifted “as soon as possible”.

RusAF boss Dmitry Shylakhtin has told the IAAF (PRON: I–DOUBLE-A-F) president that he has filed a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal against the July decision to maintain the ban.

Russian athletes have only been allowed to compete as neutrals as of 2016, and only after vetting by an IAAF panel.

CYCLING

Some of the biggest names in cycling have written an unprecedented letter to their union demanding immediate changes to the way the organisation is run.

The letter calls for greater financial transparency from the Cyclists Professional Association.

One of the signatories is Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

He told Sky Sports News, they want a presidential election planned for tomorrow to be postponed.