Barça & Real Madrid’s youth teams drawn against each other in Copa del Rey

first_imgBarça’s Juvenil team (U19s) have been paired with Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, the only titled which Denis Silva’s side can still win this season.  CEST 27/05/2019 Numancia-Levante Barça-Madrid de juveniles en la Copa del Rey Atletico Madrid-Espanyol IN SPORT.ES The full draw for the last eight of the Copa del Rey Juvenil:center_img Barça made it this far with a win over Granada, while they’re still looking for silverware after losing in the semifinal of the UEFA Youth League to Chelsea recently.  After finishing second in La Liga, behind Real Zaragoza, the Blaugrana have been handed a really tough draw in the cup against their Clasico rivals.  The first leg will be played at the Mini Estadi this weekend — either on Saturday or Sunday — and the second leg will be in Madrid a week later.  Barcelona-Real Madrid Villarreal-Real Sociedad Upd. at 21:14 *All ties to be played on same dates as Barça-Madrid over the next two weekends.last_img read more

Messi’s 500th Barca goal sinks Real Madrid in thriller

first_imgLionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to snatch a stunning 3-2 win at Real Madrid and put the two teams level on points at the top of La Liga on Sunday.James Rodriguez appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts with an 86th-minute strike to make it 2-2 after goals by Messi and Ivan Rakitic had overturned Casemiro’s opener.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Messi in the 77th minute and that left Barcelona in a strong position, until Rodriguez fired home at the near post.But Messi’s second goal in the final minute of added time earned Barca a vital win in the title race that leaves both sides with 75 points, although Madrid have a game in hand.“We are first now but Madrid have an extra game,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “It will be tight down till the end. We got the result we came here for.“This is a season that weighs (on us) like five. So many things have happened, good things, not so good things, things I’ve already forgotten.“The 2-2 (goal) was a terrible blow but players were able to come back in the last breath — the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona.”The match was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the off.Cristiano Ronaldo was furious when Samuel Umtiti tripped him in the box and referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez waved away his appeal, but Barcelona were complaining afterwards when Marcelo got away with an elbow on Messi.The Argentine came in for harsh treatment throughout, with Casemiro lucky not to be sent off for multiple hacks on him after picking up an early booking for a foul.The Brazilian opened the scoring for Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo’s cross against the post.Five minutes later Barcelona were level and it was Messi who finished it, dancing away from Dani Carvajal and slotting the ball beyond Keylor Navas.Gareth Bale went off injured towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Marco Asensio. The youngster set up Ronaldo in the second period but the Portugal international blasted over from close range.Rakitic made him pay with a long-range strike that flew beyond Navas and then Ramos was dismissed as he lunged in on Messi recklessly.Rodriguez levelled the score after he reached Marcelo’s near-post cross but Messi had the final say, blowing the title race wide open.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team were still in control and the result would not upset their title charge.“Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open,” he said. “But we still depend on ourselves.”last_img read more

Pacquiao’s ex-rivals Morales, Barrera pick Manny to beat Thurman

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LATEST STORIES Morales has the eight-division champion winning on points but also isn’t discounting the possibility of a knockout victory.READ: LOOK: Pacquiao teases Morales: ‘#PacquiaoMorales4?’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s gonna be a complicated fight no doubt about it but knowing Pacquiao, starting in the second round that’s when he’s gonna start to charge so it’s gonna be either decision Pacquiao or maybe a late knockout by Pacquiao,” Morales said through a translator during the Legends Media Roundtable Thursday here.Manny Pacquiao’s former rivals Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRERBarrera also sees the 40-year-old Pacquiao outpointing Thurman, the WBA (Super) champion, who is 10 years younger. View comments Manny Pacquiao has plenty to say while he prepares for Keith Thurmancenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living “I think Manny Pacquiao by decision, but we always have to take into account the plan that Thurman has. Tt could play a part, but Manny Pacquiao by decision,” said Barrera, a former three-division champion, who fought and fell to Pacquiao twice.READ: Pacquiao not slowing down anytime soon—Fortune Morales, the first Mexican to win four world titles in four weight classes, is all too familiar with Pacquiao, having fought him thrice from 2005 to 2006.He won the first encounter by unanimous decision but went on to lose the last two via 10th round stoppage and third round knockout.Morales said Pacquiao gave him trouble due to his “constant pressure” and Thurman will be dealing with the same puzzle on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LAS VEGAS—Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, Mexican legends who shared epic battles with Manny Pacquiao inside the ring, believe the Filipino boxing superstar has the upper hand against Keith Thurman in their welterweight world title fight on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFManchester, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United’s chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side’s 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City.Thursday’s stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City, who occupy the Premier League’s fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth. But Mourinho believes Liverpool, two points above United in third having played a game more, and Arsenal, four points below them having played a game less, are now their principal rivals.“I think Man City is going to finish top four,” the United manager said.“The matches they have to play, I see them doing that. I think it’s between us, Arsenal and Liverpool.”While United’s run-in features successive trips to Arsenal and second-place Tottenham Hotspur, City’s is more benign, a home game with eighth-place West Bromwich Albion their most arduous test.United are also besieged by injuries and will now be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini for three games after he was shown an 84th-minute red card for headbutting Sergio Aguero.Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all sidelined and Timothy Fosu-Mensah picked up an injury after coming on in place of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.With a two-legged Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo also looming on United’s horizon, Mourinho admitted his squad is being stretched to its limits.“We have played 18 more matches than Liverpool,” said the Portuguese, who side equalled the club record of 24 successive top-flight games without defeat.“Eighteen more matches is like half of a Premier League, almost. Eighteen matches are many miles in the players’ legs. So if you can say that, it’s an unfair fight.“But we are going for that. We have the semi-final on Thursday. We have a match (at home to Swansea City) Sunday, 12 o’clock.“We lost two more players today, Fellaini and Timo Mensah, because he has also an important injury in the last action of the game.“I don’t think we (will) recover any of the others. But we go for it, we fight.“Twenty-four matches in the Premier League is a lot. The guys have an amazing spirit and here we go again, Sunday.”– ‘Next question’ –Mourinho suggested Aguero’s exaggerated reaction to Fellaini’s lowered forehead had influenced referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to send him off.“I saw Aguero in the tunnel and no broken nose, no broken head,” Mourinho said.“His face is nice as always. If Sergio doesn’t go to the floor, for sure it’s not a red card.”City manager Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn on the incident, saying: “Next question. I don’t want to talk about the decisions of the referee.”City dominated the game, with Aguero volleying against the post in the ninth minute and fit-again substitute Gabriel Jesus seeing a stoppage-time header ruled out for offside.Guardiola said City’s ongoing struggles in front of goal meant their run-in would be far from straightforward.“The battle’s always to win the game and be third,” he said.“But it’s still in our hands. We have five games left three at home, two away when every game will be a battle like today.“Because considering our average in chances created and chances scored, it’s lower all the season. That’s why we have to fight a lot to win the game.“Now Middlesbrough’s playing for relegation. Then Leicester, Crystal Palace, able to win at Anfield, at Stamford Bridge, easy (win) against Arsenal at home.“West Bromwich Albion, I admire a person like Tony Pulis. It will be tough to the last moment, but I want to assure we are going to try to play the way we’ve played all season.”City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is due to undergo tests on Friday after being stretchered off with a calf injury late in the second half.Guardiola expects him to miss Sunday’s home game with second-bottom Middlesbrough.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cold case suspect sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The driver was not a gang member, detectives said. But more than a year after the shooting, investigators still speculate about whether he was the intended target, or if it was simply a case of mistaken identity. It was early in the morning that February when William Rodriguez, 22, finished work as a Taco Bell manager in Montebello. He had worked at Taco Bell for about three years. He had plans to buy a house, go to college, and take over his father’s construction business with his brother. They wanted to name it Rodriguez Brothers Real Estate. His girlfriend, Christina Chacon, then 17, and their 4-month-old daughter, Trini, were waiting for him that morning at Chacon’s brother’s house in Pico Rivera. Rodriguez had dropped them off there before going to work that night. Days before, he had gone to a jewelry store to look at engagement rings for Christina, said his brother, Daniel Rodriguez. They had been together for three years. He loved being a father, and wanted a middle-class life for his family, Daniel said. “He used to take Trini’s bib to work with him. He’d hold it and smell it because it smelled like her. He’d say `This is why I’m working hard. I want her to have a better life than me,”‘ Daniel recalled. The two brothers often played basketball and pool after work, held family barbecues on weekends, worked on sound systems for their cars, and talked about the future. William Rodriguez loved hip-hop music and produced his own demo CD. That Wednesday night, William called Daniel after work to tell him how the night had gone. “He gave me a rundown of what happened. We had auditors from the county come in. We needed to fix the floor,” said Daniel. “I didn’t have to worry when he was working. He had everything taken care of.” Then William drove to Pico Rivera to pick up his family. Rodriguez’s sister cooked that night, and she had food waiting for William at their home in South El Monte, said his father, William Rodriguez Sr. “He was going to go there later to eat,” he said. “Our family eats late.” But, Christina wanted a snack first. “He picked \ up, and she asked to stop” at the fast-food place, McCarthy said. In line at the drive-up window at about 1:30 a.m., their car was suddenly pelted with numerous rounds from the assault rifle. Rodriguez died instantly. In the back seat, Christina was shot in the foot. Shattered glass fell on Trini. Daniel Rodriguez rushed to the scene when he heard about the shooting. Now the memory of his brother’s dead body being pulled from the car haunts him. He cries nearly every day, he said, and regularly visits his brother’s grave at the cemetery. A month after William Rodriguez’s murder, his mother died of cancer. William Rodriguez Sr. said she simply lost the will to live after her youngest son’s death. Trini Rodriguez is now nearly 2. She knows her father’s face well from the photographs on the family’s walls. “She looks at the pictures and says `That’s my daddy,”‘ said William Rodriguez Sr. “She’ll hold his picture and she won’t give it to nobody. You can’t get it away from her.” In the days after the murder, investigators followed leads and made two arrests. A surveillance video camera captured a fuzzy image of a gunman. Two gang members who knew Chacon were arrested. However, both were later exonerated and released. Some investigators say the area of the fast-food restaurant is on the border of two rival gang territories. They said Rodriguez might have been mistaken for a rival gang member. For those still grieving for Rodriguez, the lack of new information in the case is frustrating. “I’d ask \ why did he do it?,” said Daniel Rodriguez. “I have a lot of anger. I wonder if he feels bad for what he did.” Anyone with information about this case should call Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide unit at (323) 890-5500. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Detectives are hoping a baby can help solve a murder case gone cold. “The code on the streets is you don’t shoot at a car with a baby in it,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Shawn McCarthy, who hopes someone will come forward to report the gunman who violated that street code. In the early morning hours of Feb. 16, 2005, a gunman armed with a military-style semi-automatic rifle opened fire on a car waiting at the drive-up window of a fast-food restaurant in Pico Rivera. A young family was inside the vehicle. The driver was killed instantly. Shattered glass sprayed a 4-month-old baby and her mother sitting in the back seat. Neither was seriously injured. last_img

New law protects consumers, producers

first_imgNational Consumer Commission chief Mamodupi Mohlala said that when consumers lodged a complaint with them, the matter would be addressed within a six-week turnaround period. Resolving the matter was expected to take six months, except when the matter required more scrutiny, such as having to have products tested. In its first year of existence, the commission will focus on uplifting rural, often poor consumers. In its second year, it will focus on the ICT, manufacturing and retail, as well as the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. Protecting consumers and producers 15 March 2011 The commission has also signed an agreement with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which will see the bureau providing the commission with testing facilities should there be a need. The commission will be responsible for administering the new Consumer Protection Act, which comes into effect on 1 April 2011. The launch of the commission follows a process that began in 2004, when a survey sponsored by the department revealed that South African consumers had little information regarding their rights as consumers, especially those situated in poor communities. Legislation at the time did not address the challenges of discriminatory and unfair market practices and led to the new Act, which will allow consumers redress. Lodging complaints Davies described the Act as “groundbreaking”, as it would also protect producers from unfair competition from illegal imports. “I believe the legislation will be of great importance to consumers and producers, especially manufactures,” he said. “It will give them an opportunity to raise their game and improve competitiveness. “Fair trade is what we seek to introduce in South Africa,” Davie said, adding that the poor in most cases were victims of unfair trade. The Act would protect consumer rights in an uncompromising way, as well provide valuable services to consumers. The Act also gives the commission the right to recall products. Speaking at the launch of the commission in Pretoria last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the commission would usher in a new era in consumer protection. “Consumers have a right to be defended against shoddy and sub-standard goods through the Act,” he said. It won’t be business as usual in South Africa anymore, with the new National Consumer Commission set to change the experience of customers and business owners by introducing a range of benefits for both parties. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Woman Killed During Grocery Store Shooting Was Store Manager

first_imgLos Angeles police continued to investigate the deadly gun battle at a Silver Lake, California, Trader Joe’s that killed a store employee as the stunned community mourned. Family members identified the woman who was killed as Melyda Corado. Her brother tweeted Saturday afternoon that his sister worked at the store and that he could not locate her. Later, Albert Corado tweeted: “I’m sad to say she didn’t make it. My baby sister. My world. I appreciate the retweets and the love. Please respect my family’s privacy as we are still coming to terms with this.”Corado was the store manager, according to a law enforcement source. She was shot inside the store and died at the scene, authorities said. Condolences for Corado spread both in the neighborhood and on social media. “I worked with her for years. I am so so so sorry. Such a lovely, sweet, friendly, hardworking woman. I was thinking about her the whole time, and it’s just incomprehensible,” one former Trader Joe’s employee wrote on Twitter. The gunfire stunned the Silver Lake community.The ordeal began as a family dispute in South Los Angeles involving the still unidentified man, 28, who shot his grandmother at least seven times and injured another woman, according to police. The gunman dragged the second woman into his grandmother’s Toyota Camry and fled. Police found the car in Hollywood using transmissions from its anti-theft device, and a chase ensued. The gunman blew out his own rear window while firing at police, officials said. The pursuit ended with the Camry crashing into a light post outside the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake. The gunman exchanged fire with police and was struck in his left arm before running inside the store, police said.Between 40 and 50 others were trapped inside, and a three-hour hostage negotiation ensued. During that time, the suspect allowed some to leave while others sneaked out. Some crawled out of windows.- Sponsor – The grandmother was in critical condition after undergoing surgery, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. The second woman injured by the gunman suffered a relatively minor head wound and was in good condition, he said. Don Kohles was outside the store when he saw the end of the pursuit. Immediately, he heard two shots and ducked into the exit door. He looked back at the street and saw two police officers shooting at the man.“The bullets were flying everywhere through the front of the store and across the parking lot,” he said. The gunfire shattered the glass doors, he said, and the gunman ran into the store and “down the middle aisle.”A woman at the Gelson’s supermarket across the street said people inside heard the gunfire and that everyone dived to the floor. She said employees eventually let shoppers out. Elias Cueva, who works at Gelson’s, was outside on his lunch break and saw the police chase.  “The tire exploded. When he couldn’t move the car, the police shot at him. I dove onto the floor,” he said. Inside Gelson’s, employees thought the shooter was outside. “Right when we heard the gunshots, we went down,” Avo Kegeyan said. “We thought the shooter was in our parking lot shooting at us.”   [Source: Los Angeles Times] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

British Science and Climate/Energy Ministers Named

first_imgFollowing the formation of the United Kingdom’s Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government, Conservative Member of Parliament David Willetts has been named as the new minister of state for universities and science. Like his predecessor, Paul Drayson, Willetts will attend cabinet meetings without being a full cabinet member. Although he doesn’t have a science background, he has strong connections with academia and has spoken strongly in favor of science and so has been cautiously welcomed by researchers. Willetts studied philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford and later served in a number of government departments as a policy adviser. Elected to parliament in 1992, he held a number of minor government posts and, because of his policy background and cerebral approach, earned the nickname “two brains.” With the Conservatives as the leading minority party since 1997, Willetts held various “shadow” cabinet jobs, including shadow education secretary and, most recently, shadow minister for universities and skills. Among the pressing research issues he will face will be determining the level of funding for Britain’s research councils, which will be laid out in a comprehensive spending review this autumn. The new government is looking for £6 billion in cuts across government spending this year to tackle the huge budget deficit, so he will have to work hard to protect science. There is also the question of how to allocate funding for research in U.K universities. This was previously allocated on a department-by-department basis according to a peer-review assessment of research strengths. The previous government was due to replace that assessment system with one based on metrics. The Conservative manifesto pledged to delay the implementation of the new system, but to what end? (A previous ScienceInsider noted the Conservative Party’s plans for science.) Also in the science spotlight will be Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne, the new secretary of state for energy and climate change. Huhne was the Lib-Dem spokesperson on the environment a few years ago and has spoken in favor of green taxes. He has the unenviable position of being in charge of the coalition government’s policy of promoting new building of nuclear power stations, whereas Liberal Democrat policy opposes them. 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Adrien Broner sued by woman who claims he sexually assaulted her in 2018

first_imgAdvertisementAdrien Broner just can’t stay out of trouble as a woman has sued the four-division world champion claiming that he sexually assaulted her back in summer of 2018 in a nightclub in Ohio.According to the alleged victim who is 35-years old has claimed in the lawsuit filed in Cleveland that the former world champion pinned her down on the couch and forcibly tried to kiss her at the club called the Park Social.The women went to the police and Adrien Broner was indicted on sexual imposition, assault and unlawful restraint charges. He then pleaded guilty to assault and unlawful restraint and was sentenced to probation in April. The women wants $15,000 in damages.However, according to Adrien Broner’s attorney Ian Friedman said that the lawsuit’s claims are baseless and the former multi-division world champion is being targeted for an “easy payday.”Meanwhile, Adrien Broner is coming off of a loss against Manny Pacquiao earlier this year. Pacquiao put a one-sided beating on Broner.The women’s lawyer Ashlie Case took a jibe at Broner’s recent loss to Manny Pacquiao.“While we may never know why Mr. Broner decided to walk up to a perfect stranger and attack her, we do know he did a better job of keeping his hands to himself during the Pacquiao fight than he did at Park Social,” attorney Ashlie Case Sletvold said in a statement. “Women have a right to exist in public spaces without being manhandled.”Advertisementlast_img read more

The best fantasy football defenders

first_imgFantasy Football Best fantasy football defenders in the Premier League 2017-18 season Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcos Alonso Chelsea Getty Images Fantasy Football Premier League Gaming With the season in full swing, Goal takes a look at the best defenders available to virtual coaches, including some bargain buys Click here to go to the 2018-19 version of the best defenders to pick for Premier League fantasy football!The 2017-18 Premier League season is well into 2018 and there is no let-up for fantasy football bosses.Our very own  Goal Fantasy Football is also up and running — and it’s free to play. The mobile app can be downloaded through this link  so that you can create and update your squad wherever you are.AdChoices广告The Fantasy Premier League game on the Premier League’s official website is also a popular choice for fantasy managers, but whatever game you use, we’ve taken a look at some of the best fantasy football defenders, including a few bargains to consider! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player BEST FANTASY FOOTBALL DEFENDERSAntonio Valencia Manchester UnitedThough they came second to Tottenham in the goals-against column, Chelsea’s backline dominated the top five top-scoring defenders in last season’s fantasy Premier League.Gary Cahill scored the highest with 178 points, with Marcos Alonso following close behind on 177, while Cesar Azpilicueta accumulated 170 points. Kyle Walker, who recently joined Manchester City from Tottenham, was the next highest with 142 points, while Liverpool’s makeshift left-back James Milner scored 139.When considering defenders in fantasy football it is important to look not only at the player’s defensive attributes, such as keeping clean sheets, but also the amount of goals and assists they pick up throughout the season. For this reason, full-backs are usually the best choice, with top-scoring Gary Cahill representing an anomaly in last year’s top five as the only out and out centre back.Top five fantasy football defenders: Pos Player Club Price 1 Marcos Alonso Chelsea £7.2m 2 Cesar Azpilicueta Chelsea £7m 3 Nicolas Otamendi Man City £6.4m 4 Antonio Valencia Man United £6.9m 5 Nacho Monreal Arsenal £5.7m *As of February 16Marcos Alonso (Chelsea – £7.2m)Antonio Conte’s Chelsea comfortably cruised to Premier League glory last season and they did so using a fresh 3-4-3 formation, with wing-backs. Marcos Alonso was one of those wing-backs and the former Fiorentina man did a tremendous job, scoring six goals and laying on three more. The Spaniard has continued just as he finished and he already has six goals under his belt, a fact that has helped his value increase.Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea – £7m)Cesar Azpilicueta is deployed mainly as part of a back three at Chelsea last season, meaning he does not have as much of an opportunity to get forward as he would have in previous seasons, but he still manages to chip in with his share of assists and goals. Like his compatriot Alonso, the Spain international hit the ground running this term and one of the highest-scoring defenders.Antonio Valencia (Manchester United – £6.9m)Having started out as a winger at Old Trafford, Antonio Valencia has evolved into Manchester United’s first-choice right-back as well as one of their most important players in recent seasons. The Ecuador international still possesses explosive pace and his attacking nous means that he is always going to be a threat going forward.Nicolas Otamendi Manchester CityNicolas Otamendi (Man City – £6.4m)Manchester City’s rampant attack has been grabbing the headlines this season, but their defence is often overlooked, despite managing to keep its fair share of clean sheets. Nicolas Otamendi, in particular, is City’s highest scoring defender this season and will surely rack the points up if Guardiola’s men can carry on winning.Kyle Walker (Man City – £6.6m)Manchester City paid big money to Tottenham for Kyle Walker and Pep Guardiola has already received plenty of returns from the 27-year-old. The England international endured a stop-start beginning this year and lost himself points when he was sent off against Everton, but he is a certain starter, who will pick up plenty of points during the course of the season.Ben Davies (Tottenham – £5.6m)Tottenham full-back Ben Davies took full advantage of Danny Rose’s injury absence to cement his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s team at the beginning of the season and he has repaid the Argentine coach’s faith in abundance. He has been in and out the team in recent weeks as Pochettino rotates players, but when he is playing he gathers points.BEST BARGAIN DEFENDERSHarry Maguire Leicester CityIf careful enough, fantasy football players can cobble together a good defence without spending too much of their budget, freeing up money to be devoted elsewhere in the squad.Sometimes consistent performers do not see their price tag increased to reflect their actual worth, while other players can have their value decreased after a single disappointing campaign.So, if you don’t want to waste funds on the big-name players, we’ve taken a look at some of the better fantasy football defenders that can be picked up for relative bargain fees.Harry Maguire (Leicester – £5.5m)A new signing at Leicester, Harry Maguire’s form for the Foxes has seen him evolve into an England international and his value has risen to reflect his new-found status. The former Hull City centre-back gets in the way of shots and is a dangerous presence in set-pieces.Phil Jones (Man United – £5.7m)Phil Jones has shown tremendous maturity at the heart of the Man United defence this season and his performances have seen him pick up his fair share of points. However, he remains one of the cheaper defenders in fantasy football at just £5.7mJamaal Lascelles (Newcastle – £4.7m)Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United are struggling at the bottom end of the table, but they possess a fantastic defender in Jamaal Lascelles and the former England Under-21 international is a bargain. While the Magpies may not necessarily pick up a record number of clean sheets, Lascelles earns bonus points and is capable of scoring goals. Shane Duffy (Brighton – £4.6m)Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy is one of the most impressive stoppers in the division this season. Indeed, the former Everton youth tops the clearances charts and is the most dominant aerial presence in the division, meaning there is a good chance of earning bonus points.Ben Mee (Burnley – £4.9m)Burnley are flying high in the division and they have a formidable back-line to thank for their lofty position. He has slowed down in the new year, but the Clarets are sure to get back into their stride soon and Mee remains a decent bargain option. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more