Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Live stream, watch Premier League online, TV channel, prediction, odds
It's a London derby with huge implications
Premier League: Arsenal vs. Chelsea
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 19
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Emirates Stadium
- TV channel: NBC
- Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Arsenal +183 / Chelsea +130 / Draw +220
Arsenal: Can the Gunners get over the hump and take care of the Blues? Arsenal lost 3-2 in early August in their first meeting this season, and in the last eight meetings with Chelsea in all competitions, the Gunners have won just once, losing twice and drawing five times. All season long, the Gunners have struggled to beat the big boys. Arsenal has played Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, failing to beat any of them.
Chelsea: The Blues have a huge opportunity to really move much closer to a spot in the Champions League. It's still early in the season, but a nine-point gap could end up being enough as long as they don't collapse the rest of the way. The problem is whether the Blues can keep it going with Eden Hazard playing the false nine role. Chelsea hasn't lost any of its last four Premier League matches.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea prediction
Both teams need a win to build momentum, neither gets it as it all ends even in a result that's better for the Blues than the Gunners.
Pick: Draw (+220)
Ozil, 30, wasn’t selected in Arsenal’s 18-man squad for their defeat at West Ham last weekend and after that game Emery said it was because others “deserved” to play ahead of the German playmaker.
But with the highest-paid player in Arsenal history now fit after a few injuries, Emery believes he could be in contention to play against Chelsea this Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at the Emirates Stadium.
Is he ready to play in a massive London derby?
“Now? He’s training consistently with his work over the past two weeks and I think he can be,” Emery said. “I like to create the same spirit for all, and that spirit is every players gets and gives consistent work and moments with their performances but it’s not easy. Sometimes you are better and sometimes you are worse. I’m working with every player in the same way. The most important thing for me is how he can help us and how every player can help us with their consistency.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement as to how important Ozil is for Arsenal as they aim to push Chelsea and others all the way to finish in the top four.
Asked if Ozil could leave the Gunners in January due to his lack of game time and the obvious fact that he just doesn’t suit Emery’s high-pressing style of play, the Spanish coach was a little coy.
“I’m not thinking about that [Ozil leaving in January]. I’m thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances,” Emery added. “He’s had injuries and not been okay to play matches, but now after these two weeks maybe this Saturday will be okay for him.”
Ozil’s future at Arsenal seems anything but certain, but if he was to play against Chelsea on Saturday, how would Emery slot him into this team?
He could perhaps play as one of two attacking midfielders just off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as Emery has used a narrow 3-4-2-1 formation at times this season.
Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette could play underneath Aubameyang, but that would be a little harsh on Alex Iwobi who has played well on the left in recent months and it could also upset the balance of Arsenal’s side as one of Ozil or Lacazette would be expected to track back defensively.
It’s easy to see why Emery is having a tough time slotting Ozil into the lineup but given the lack of creativity the Gunners showed in the final third against West Ham, the German could be handed an olive branch by his manager for this huge clash. It is up to Ozil to now take it, and if he doesn’t his time at Arsenal could be all but over.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin odds, line: College basketball picks, top predictions from model on 22-8 roll
SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated Saturday's Michigan vs. Wisconsin game 10,000 times.
Saturday's college basketball slate tips off with a Big Ten battle between Michigan and Wisconsin at noon ET. The No. 2 Wolverines (17-0, 6-0) are off to their best start in program history and will look to make it 18 in a row with a victory at the Kohl Center on Saturday. Meanwhile, Wisconsin will look to get back to its winning ways after losing its last two games by a combined eight points. The latest Michigan vs. Wisconsin odds have the Wolverines favored by 3.5 points, with the over-under, or total points Vegas thinks will be scored, at 128. Before you make any Michigan vs. Wisconsin picks and college basketball predictions, you'll want to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $5,200 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. And it enters Week 11 of the 2018-19 college basketball season on a strong 22-8 run on all of its top-rated picks. Anybody who has followed it is way up.
Now it's locked in on Michigan vs. Wisconsin. We can tell you it's leaning over, but it's also locked in a confident against the spread pick that hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that one at SportsLine.
The model knows the Wolverines enter Saturday's game as the hottest team in the nation. Michigan has jumped out to its first ever 17-0 start thanks to its stingy defense. The Wolverines currently rank third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 56.6 points per game.
On offense, Michigan features three players averaging over 13 points per game. The Wolverines are a team loaded with upperclassmen like senior guard Charles Matthews, who's averaging 14.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, but its freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis who has been filling the stat sheet as of late. In fact, Brazdeikis has scored 15 or more points in four of his last six outings and he'll look to provide a spark again on Saturday against the Badgers.
But just because the Wolverines have been red-hot to start the season doesn't mean they can cover this Michigan vs. Wisconsin spread.
For the Badgers to pull off the upset against Michigan, they'll need a big game from senior forward Ethan Happ. The 6'10" senior leads the team in points (19.4), rebounds (10.4) and assists (4.6), and he's coming off an impressive performance against Purdue last week that saw him record 31 points and 13 rebounds. Happ's big-bodied frame allows him to back down defenders inside the paint and get the shot he covets. In fact, he's shooting a remarkable 57 percent from the field this season.
The Badgers have also had major success against Michigan at home. John Beilein has won at the Kohl Center just twice since taking over at Michigan in 2007. Plus, Wisconsin boasts a remarkable 5-2 record at home against AP Top-5 teams.
So which side of the Michigan vs. Wisconsin spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Michigan vs. Wisconsin spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed college hoops, and find out.
Who: No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (17-0, 6-0) at Wisconsin Badgers (11-6, 3-3)
Where: Kohl Center (Madison, Wisconsin)
When: Saturday, Jan. 19, noon ET (11:00 a.m. CT)
Point spread: Michigan -2.5
Listen: Detroit: WWJ-950 AM; Ann Arbor: WTKA-1050 AM; anywhere: MGoBlue.com
Tickets: Sold out
Follow: Andrew Kahn
Several streaks came to an end last year during Wisconsin's 15-18 season. It was the first time the program hadn't reached the NCAA Tournament in 20 years and the first time the Badgers didn't finish in the top four of the Big Ten in 18 years.
The Badgers, it appears, are back.
Despite four losses in their last five games, their All-America candidate is surrounded by a healthy supporting cast. Combined with Wisconsin’s success at home, particularly against highly-ranked competition, and Michigan will have to be in the neighborhood of great to stay perfect.
Michigan is one of just two undefeated teams, along with Virgina. Both have stiff road tests on Saturday. Virginia tips six hours after Michigan at No. 1 Duke, a team that already lost this week. In other words, the top spot in the rankings could belong to a new team come Monday.
For that to be Michigan, it will have to find a defensive strategy that works against the 6-foot-10 Ethan Happ and Wisconsin's 3-point shooters. "We need some mix of trying to make every point Happ makes difficult -- tough 2s -- but also take away their 3-point game and their offensive rebounding at the same time," Michigan head coach John Beilein said.
"It seems like we've been guarding Happ for 16 years," Beilein said of the fifth-year senior who has started every game of his career. "I'm going to be so glad when he's long gone."
Happ's matchup with Jon Teske will be critical. If Teske is in foul trouble, Michigan will have to scramble. Brandon Johns Jr. had a breakout game off the bench Jan. 6 against Indiana, but the freshman has only played two minutes total in the two games since.
Asked about Johns on Friday, Beilein said, "It depends probably on the matchup of who we see and what he does in practice. What the situation is in the game. What switching patterns they're in. Right now, Isaiah (Livers) is our back-up (center) just as much as Austin (Davis) or Brandon, and it depends on the opponent -- any three of those guys could be the first guy off the bench at that position. I'd feel much better when we got consistent there. We're trying to get there."
Livers, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, is fully healthy after missing two games because of a back issue. Michigan has had extra time to rest, having not played since Sunday's 20-point win over Northwestern. It is one of two extended breaks each Big Ten team gets during league play. Michigan's next layoff won't come until before its final regular season game.
Wisconsin will visit Ann Arbor on Feb. 9.
Bulldogs’ assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim said he wanted to respect Crean’s privacy at this sensitive time.
But Abdur-Rahim confirmed what many of the Georgia players have already come to know and respect: Tom Crean is a man of faith and a man of great strength and resiliency.
There’s no doubt Crean will be coaching with a heavy heart when Georgia (9-7, 1-3 SEC) plays host to Florida (9-7, 1-3) at noon on Saturday in a nationally-televised CBS tilt.
But throughout these final times of his mother’s life in Michigan, Crean has shown exemplary leadership in Athens amidst a challenging schedule dealt him and UGA the SEC conference office.
A sellout crowd will be at Stegeman Coliseum to show their support for Crean and the Bulldogs. UGA has already played the three highest-ranked teams in the SEC in Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn — easily the most difficult early slate in the league.
Georgia fans have responded, having already sold out seven games this season.
It’s the most sellouts for the Bulldogs since they had eight during the 2002-03 season.
Crean has been appreciative of the support, but obviously, he has also been dealing with a much more painful, personal family issue for some time.
“It’s a pretty private matter, (but) the one thing that I will say is you know Tom Crean is a really strong person,” Abdur-Rahim said. “Obviously you know that his faith is very important to him, but just watching him here over the last you know week or so, you just realize how strong of a person he is. He’s still been able to come to practice dealing with what he was dealing with and still give guys and give our guys and our staff 100-percent effort, 100-percent focus on what we’re doing and preparing us.
“I think he’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around. I’m sure it’s been difficult for him, but how he’s done it I couldn’t answer that for you.”
Crean has kept the focus completely on basketball, declining to elaborate on his mother’s health after a road loss at then-No. 12 Auburn last Saturday.
The Georgia head coach hinted that he may have to make some lineup changes to spark his team’s defensive effort and slow starts in the second half.
“We know that’s been our Achilles heel this season,” Abdur-Rahim said, “so we have to make sure we do a great job of just mentally coming out with great energy you know physically being prepared to playing knowing that it’s a 40-minute game.”
Georgia sophomore star Nicolas Claxton said the Bulldogs are ready to change their mental approach.
“I think it is more of a mental thing, I wouldn’t really say it is a physical thing,” Claxton said. “We have to make sure to come out with the right mentality and make sure that we starting the second half with the right mindset and ready to go.”
Georgia is 7-2 at home this season, with the only losses coming to ranked opponents Arizona State (No. 20) and Kentucky (No. 12).
Georgia basketball assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim
Bulldogs will look to recruiting for point guard upgrade
The recruiting pitch last spring from just hired Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean, as explained by Ashton Hagans, was direct.
“He just was saying that he needed a point guard, somebody that could run the program, things like that,” Hagans said.
The nation’s No. 1 ranked point guard, who had decommitted from Georgia before Crean was hired, ended up taking his talents to Kentucky.
In a pair of lopsided losses in the last week at Auburn by 15 and at home to Kentucky by 20, the Bulldogs saw up close what difference-makers at the position can mean. Auburn’s Jared Harper scored 22 points and dished out 7 assists and Hagans posted 23 points, 4 assists and 4 steals.
“We don’t have a pure point guard,” Crean said. “We’re trying to work around it.”
Georgia (9-7, 1-3 SEC) will try to get back on the winning track Saturday against Florida (9-7, 1-3) in a noon CBS game in Stegeman Coliseum.
The Gators rely on Andrew Nembhard—who averages 5.8 assists per game—at point guard.
“In today’s day and age, it is becoming more rare to find those type of guys on the recruiting trails,” Florida coach Mike White said. “I think there are a lot of guards out there, a lot of combo guards, a lot of utility guards and probably less true point guards.”
“You can win games,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said, “but it’s hard to win championships without a good point guard.”
Anthony Edwards from Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta, the nation’s No. 4 rated player in the 2019 class by the 247Sports Composite, would certainly fit the bill.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Edwards is listed as the No. 1 ranked shooting guard but has transitioned into more of a point guard, according to Dan McDonald, basketball program director at the LakePoint sports complex in Emerson and a Rivals.com contributing analyst.
“If Georgia gets him, they’re putting the ball in his hands,” McDonald said. “He’s in the Russell Westbrook, James Harden kind of mold. He’s really a scorer, but he’s a good enough ball-handler, a good enough playmaker.”
Florida State has been viewed as the team to beat for Edwards, but in the last month Georgia has surged to even or maybe ahead now for Edwards, according to McDonald. Edwards already took an official visit to Athens.
“We’ll find some guys in this state that want to come and dip their toe in the water and say, ‘You know what, I can do great things here,’” Crean said. “We’ll get this thing built to the point where they’ll know they don’t have to go anywhere else to do it.”
Another player that could help Georgia as a lead guard, McDonald said, is four-star guard Harlond Beverly from Montverde, Fla. Georgia could also turn to the graduate transfer market.
Georgia has turned to 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward Nicolas Claxton for stretches this season as a point guard. He leads the team with 2.2 assists per game in an offense that emphasizes spacing and movement. Guards Turtle Jackson and Teshaun Hightower each average 1.8 assists per game.
“I have the skill-set and I take care of the ball,” Claxton said. “I’ve adjusted pretty well. I’m still adjusting but now I’m really starting to settle into my role.”
Said Crean: “The whole key is its not just the point guard it’s the decision making. You want to have numerous decision makers. Do we need to have somebody moving down the road that can really help with that and pin point that and rally people around them and people that command double-teams and keep making those decisions not only for the passer at the rim with the shot? Yeah.”
Georgia ranks 262nd out of 351 Divison I teams in assist/turnover ratio at 0.9 after ranking 246th and 227th the previous two years. Even including when J.J. Frazier—No. 5 on the school’s career assist list—was on the Bulldogs, Georgia hasn’t ranked better than 194th in assist/turnover ratio the last seven seasons since the Bulldogs had Gerald Robinson and Dustin Ware in the backcourt.
“I feel like I could have helped them a lot,” Hagans said. “They’ve got a good group of guys. They’ve got (Tyree) Crump, Rayshaun (Hammonds), Claxton. They’ve got some freshmen. Jojo Toppin, (Tye) Fagan. They’re all a good group of guys.”
“It’s important from the standpoint of an extension of the coach, being able to run a team,” Pearl said. “Look, I love when you have multiple ball-handlers and that makes it even more difficult to guard, but at some point at the end of a game situation, you’ve got to put the ball in somebody’s hands and know who that guy is to get your basket or a foul. It’s a lot easier when it’s your point guard. When it’s your off guard, you’ve got to get to get the ball to him first and then he’s got to go make a play.”
Hagans was a standout player at Newton High in Covington who backed off a Georgia commitment when Mark Fox’s job security was in question. Harper was a four-star recruit at Pebblebrook in Mableton.
“Coach Crean doesn’t have that guy like I do,” Pearl said. “I put the ball in Jared Harper’s hand and say, ‘run my team.’”
Crean hopes with recruiting, that can change in the future.
A rocket carrying a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office was set to launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County on Saturday following weeks of delays.
The United Launch Alliance said the 233-foot-tall Delta IV Heavy rocket will lift off at 11:05 a.m.
The group initially planned to send the spy satellite into space on Dec. 7. It encountered technical issues that prompted ULA to delay the launch multiple times since then, with a Dec. 8 mission aborted just seven seconds before liftoff.
ULA on Jan. 5 delayed the launch indefinitely before it was given a unanimous “go” on Friday, according to the group’s website.
A 40 percent chance of favorable weather conditions is in the forecast on Saturday. Typically, rockets can been seen across Southern California within minutes of liftoff from the Central Coast air base.
US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live
The NROL-71 spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time). You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the launch provider.
Saturday's liftoff is a long time coming. NROL-71 was originally scheduled to take flight in early December, but technical issues and uncooperative weather pushed the launch back multiple times.
Then, ULA nixed a Dec. 19 attempt after noticing a hydrogen leak coming from the Delta IV Heavy. That issue ended up taking several weeks to resolve.
Saturday's liftoff will be the second in five-plus months for the 232-foot-tall (71 meters) Delta IV Heavy, ULA's most powerful rocket. A Delta IV Heavy also lofted NASA's Parker Solar Probe in August 2018.
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CovCath faces backlash after video of incident at Indigenous Peoples March surfaces
Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to the 46th Annual March of Life in Washington D.C.USA TODAY
Covington Catholic High School faced backlash on social media Saturday morning after video was posted and widely shared showing a tense incident involving indigenous marchers and a group of young men in Washington, D.C.
The video shows a young man wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap standing near to and staring at a man who is drumming as other young men surrounding them jeer and chant. Some of the onlookers appear to wear clothing bearing insignia from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills.
The indigenous man holding a drum was participating in an Indigenous Peoples March, according to people who posted about the incident. He was identified as Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and Native American elder of the Omaha tribe, by Indian Country Today.
People across social media platforms condemned the incident as an attempt by the group of young men to intimidate the marchers and called for a response from Covington Catholic.
The Enquirer could not confirm on Saturday that students from Covington Catholic were present during the incident or the origin of the video.
However, Laura Keener, the communications director with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, released a brief statement at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday:
"We are just now learning about this incident and regret it took place. We are looking into it."
Messages left with Covington Catholic Principal Bob Rowe and other school faculty members were not immediately returned Saturday.
The school's website says students planned to attend the March for Life event, held Friday in Washington, D.C., the same day as the Indigenous Peoples March.
The uproar spread on social media Saturday morning, as millions viewed videos from the scene.
The journalist who identified the elder as Phillips, Vincent Schilling, spoke to The Enquirer by phone Saturday.
Schilling, a member of the Mohawk tribe and a veteran himself, said he participated in a ceremony about two years ago alongside Phillips to honor Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
"As a Native American journalist, I find this to be one of the most egregious displays of naïve – I can’t even say naïve. It’s racism. It’s blatant racism," Schilling said.
Schilling added that Phillips has been harassed in the past. A Fox affiliate in Detroit reported in 2015 that students lobbed racial slurs after Phillips told Eastern Michigan University students that their Native American-themed party didn't honor indigenous people.
"The guy has just been through a lot," Schilling said.
Schilling added that, as a member of the Mohawk tribe, deference for elders is a respected ideal.
"To see Mr. Phillips treated this way is an incalculable amount of disrespect, and it's absolutely unacceptable in Native culture," he said.
Phillips was singing a song about indigenous peoples' activism and autonomy, Schilling said.
"The thing that’s sad about all of this is it’s not surprising," Schilling said. "Because as a Native man, I’ve got it countless times myself I’ve been mocked, I’ve been teased, my culture has been ridiculed. This is just another brick in the wall.
"I wanted so bad to walk up to those kids and say, 'You know this is a Vietnam veteran, right?'"
About 140,000 living Native Americans are veterans, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, one of the first two Native American congresswomen, tweeted about the elder.
The video interview of the elder that Haaland included in her tweet was shot by Kaya Taitano, a Chamoru activist from Guam.
Taitono shared with The Enquirer an extended version of the shorter video that has gone viral.
In the video, the man identified as Phillips says he heard chants of "build that wall, build that wall," during the incident.
"This is indigenous lands. We're not supposed to have walls here. We never did for millennia, before anyone else came here, we never had walls, we never had a prison," he said. "We always took care of our elders, we took care of our children. ... We taught them right from wrong."
In the extended version of the video, the man looks down and sighs.
"Maybe all of us that are on this Mall here tonight, our relatives seven generations (from now) will come back here and say something good happened here," he said.
Covington Catholic's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts have been made private, preventing public view of those accounts' content.
Covington Catholic High is a private, all-boys school with about 550 students, according to privateschoolreview.com.
Students from Newport Central Catholic High School in Newport, Kentucky, also attended the March for Life event, according to the school's Facebook page.
"The incident in Washington, D.C. did not involve students from Newport Central Catholic High School," the school said in a statement. "It is our understanding that the Diocese of Covington is handling the situation."
You Should Probably Go Look At Fortnite's Polar Peak Ice Orb Right Now
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While the TVs inside Fortnite have been broadcasting alerts for a winter storm for the past day, something happened at exactly 24 hours before tomorrow’s event begins at 2 PM ET.
There’s a new kind of countdown that has started, one that appears to use the mysterious ice orb hovering above the Polar Peak castle as a clock-like timer.
We saw footage of this leaked out ahead of time, but many thought it would be something that happened during the event, not as a countdown for it. The orb is now clearly showing the Ice King hanging out inside it, and there are two rings around it, one that looks like clock notches, the other that are plums of blue flame. The guess is that these will disappear slowly over the next day until the Ice Storm event begins tomorrow.
You can go check this out for yourself in-game as we speak. What’s weird about this is that the face of the countdown clock on the orb will follow you wherever you go so that it’s always facing you. I assume it does this for every player on the map, which is no small technical feat.
You can build up to the orb, getting just below it before you hit the build limit. You can have a staredown with the Ice King and though I haven’t tried to shoot the orb, I don’t think it will zap you like the Cube, but someone is free to try.
The Ice Storm event is going to bring two weeks of challenges involving spawning ice monsters on the map, which as of now, seem almost identical to Fortnitemares Cube Monsters minus a color change. There’s also a rumor that there’s going to be a huge, game-wide boss fight at the end of all this, but I haven’t seen any real leaks confirming that yet, which is a bit unusual.
I am going to keep my eye on our orb friend here. As for what happens the moment the clock hits zero, I have no idea. I thought the leaked images were of the event itself, not this countdown, so what happens? The orb shatters? The Ice King flies around the map icing it and spawning monsters? I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m definitely going to be perched with a front row view tomorrow at 2 PM ET exactly, and you probably want to be as well.
Check out the orb for yourself, as this is yet another one-time-only Fortnite event you’re not going to want a miss, because these things don’t repeat themselves in this strange new era of evolving video games.