NC State vs Wake Forest

NC State vs Wake Forest : The NC State Wolfpack can clinch their fifth winning season in a row on Thursday when they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 7:30 p.m. ET. The latest Wake Forest vs. NC State odds show the host Wolfpack as 17-point favorites. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 69. NC State can clinch its fifth winning season in a row, while Wake needs two victories to attain bowl eligibility. Before you make your Wake Forest vs. NC State picks, you need to hear what SportsLine college football expert Zack Cimini has to say.

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The fast-rising Las Vegas prognosticator has turned a profit in every sport, but he’s tremendously adept at sniffing out spread winners in college football. And when it comes to picking for or against Wake Forest, Cimini is an amazing 8-1 all-time since joining SportsLine. He also nailed the lone NC State pick he’s ever made. Overall, he’s hit on 15 of his last 21 picks college football picks, a whopping 71.4-percent cash rate. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.

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Now, Cimini is locked in on NC State vs. Wake Forest and released a strong against the spread pick that you can only see at SportsLine.

Cimini knows the Wolfpack (6-2) bounced back from a two-game losing streak in which they allowed 92 points to Clemson and Syracuse by beating Florida State by 19 last Saturday. Offense is the strong suit of the Deacons, a unit that ranks 10th in the country at 323 yards passing per game. NC State faces a Wake Forest defense that is allowing 273 yards passing and 221 yards rushing per game — the Deacons rank 115th out of 130 FBS teams in each category.

There were high expectations on returning starting QB Ryan Finley, and the senior has reached them. He’s completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 16 TDs and six INTs; last year he completed 65 percent with 17 TDs. His offensive line has played lights-out because Finley has been sacked just four times all season.

But those imposing numbers don’t mean the Wolfpack can cover a two-touchdown-plus spread on Thursday.

Wake Forest’s offense can score on just about anyone with a balance that forces defenses to pick its poison. The Deacons average 229 yards passing and 224 yards rushing per game, ranking 31st in the nation in total offense. Take away a three-point output against mighty Clemson and Wake has averaged 36 points its other eight games.

A new QB will be leading the way on Thursday. True freshman Sam Hartman, who’s started every games so far, was lost for the season Saturday with a leg injury suffered last week against Syracuse. Sophomore Jamie Newman, who is 7 of 15 for 75 yards on the season, takes over.

Wake’s defense has struggled to stop opponents with regularity, but a key play can come from anywhere in a balanced unit that includes 12 players with a sack and eight with at least 38 tackles. Wake Forest is averaging 36 yards per INT return and has seven fumble recoveries.

We can tell you Cimini is leaning toward the under, but he has uncovered a crucial x-factor that will determine which side of the spread hits hard. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers : A tremendous Thursday night game that features two potential playoff teams. The Carolina Panthers come into this game under the radar, quietly one of the best teams in the NFL at 6-2. The Pittsburgh Steelers almost never go under the radar, especially with the daily Le’Veon Bell drama taking place.

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This might be the Steelers’ last week without the superstar running back; Bell needs to report by next week to be eligible to play this season. The Steelers have managed just fine without him, winning their past four games to improve to 5-2-1, which is good for first place in the AFC North.

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Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Start: Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:20 p.m. ET

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It’s been the Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey show for the Panthers, who currently slot as the top NFC Wild Card team — because they happen to be in the same division as the surging New Orleans Saints. Both of the Panthers’ losses came by one possession and three of their wins have been by double digits. The Panthers have won three straight games and five of their past six, but now the schedule gets tough: They still need to play the Steelers, Falcons, and Saints (twice). Greg Olsen has showed no signs of rust after coming back from his foot injury. He’s a machine in the red zone. His one-handed TD grab last week was sensational. Newton may not have Pro Bowl receivers to throw to, but he’s been able to spread the ball around and run it himself. The Panthere are putting up 27.5 points per game.

The Steelers tied the Browns in Week 1, lost to the Chiefs, almost lost to the Bucs, and then lost 26-14 to the Ravens. Since that 1-2-1 start, it’s been smooth sailing. James Conner has been phenomenal in Bell’s place. Conner is the only player in franchise history with 1,000-plus scrimmage yards and 10-plus TDs in the first eight games. Antonio Brown has been in sync with Ben Roethlisberger, and JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the team with 672 receiving yards. The Panthers will have a difficult time trying to stop the Steelers’ high-powered attack. T.J. Watt continues to anchor the Steelers defense. The key will be stopping Newton from using his feet. He has 342 rushing yards and four rushing TDs, leading all NFL quarterbacks.

Steelers vs Panthers

Steelers vs Panthers : This week’s edition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ should be a damn good one. The 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers are rolling and once again look like one of the best teams in the AFC, and on Thursday night they play host to the 6-2 Carolina Panthers, who look like one of the best teams in the NFC.

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Pittsburgh leads the AFC North and surely wants to avoid a loss that could knock them backward if the Bengals manage to get a win on Sunday. The Panthers, meanwhile, are still a game behind the 7-1 Saints, and need a win in order to keep pace in the NFC South and potentially get a home game or two in the playoffs.

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Luckily for football fans, we’ll get to see a ton of stars on both sides of the ball do battle, in particular some of the best quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton), running backs (James Conner, Christian McCaffrey), and wide receivers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster) in the NFL. That’s a whole lot of offensive talent on the field, going back and forth trying to score against a couple strong defenses playing well of late.

How will things shake out Thursday night (8:20 p.m., NFL Network, stream on fuboTV)? We’re glad you asked.  Le’Veon Bell has still not reported to the Steelers. The Steelers still have not missed him all that much.

Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL in yards per game, ninth in points per game, and eighth in efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Last year, the Steelers ranked third, eighth, and third in the same measurements. Bell’s backup, James Conner, has been flat-out better this season than Bell himself was a year ago. In 2017, Bell averaged 27.1 touches per game, with averages of 4.8 yards per touch and 129.7 total yards per game. This season, Conner is averaging 23.6 touches per game, with averages of 5.7 yards per touch and 135.6 total yards per game. Conner has 10 total touchdowns in eight games, just one fewer than Bell had in 15 games last year. Conner has four separate games of 100-plus yards and two touchdowns on the ground, which is one more than Bell has in his entire career.

Defenses may not be quite as “scared” of Conner as they are of Bell, but Conner has been more effective on the ground (4.7 yards per carry compared to Bell’s 4.0 last year) despite facing stacked boxes with eight-plus defenders far more often than Bell did a year ago. According to NFL.com’s NextGen Stats, 19.94 percent of Bell’s carries in 2017 came against an eight-man box or more, while 30.46 percent of Conner’s carries have come against eight-plus-man boxes.

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Conner could be set up for a tough night against the Carolina defense this week, however. It’d be his first tough night in a while. The Panthers rank seventh in rush defense DVOA, per Football Outsiders, and have been one of the toughest defenses in terms of holding down running backs in the passing game. They’ve allowed 33 catches to running backs, sixth-fewest in the NFL, and just 217 receiving yards to the position, which ranks third-fewest. Then again, Conner just tore up a Baltimore defense that is one of the NFL’s best against running backs to the tune of 163 total yards and two touchdowns. That was four days ago. So, perhaps he’s just matchup-proof at this point.

The more interesting battle could come in the passing game. Ben Roethlisberger is one of the most well-protected quarterbacks in the, but the Panthers are among the NFL leaders in hurries (10th), hits (fourth), knockdowns (12th), and total pressures (fifth), according to Sports Info Solutions. Unpressured quarterbacks, though, have been able to find some success against the Carolina secondary. Overall, the Panthers have allowed opponents to complete better than 65 percent of their passes at an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. In particular, Panthers defensive backs have been picked on in man coverage, according to SIS.

 JuJu Smith-Schuster lines up in the slot on nearly 80 percent of his routes; the Panthers have been flamed by slot receivers all year — especially lately. Tyler Boyd (6-132-1), Adam Humphries (8-82-0), Sterling Shepard (4-75-0), and Cole Beasley (7-73-0) have all gone off against the Captain Munnerlyn-led slot coverage. Carolina has allowed 87 catches for 988 yards and seven scores to slot wideouts, per SIS. Antonio Brown, meanwhile, seems likely to see shadow coverage from underrated corner James Bradberry. Bradberry is one of the most-targeted cornerbacks in the league, as only the Chiefs’ Steven Nelson has been thrown at more often. He has been good if not necessarily great in coverage, allowing an 86.1 passer rating on throws in his direction. Bradberry does not often travel to the slot, so it’ll be interesting to see how coverage changes as Brown moves around the formation.

Tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James, meanwhile, could play sizable roles in the passing game as well. The Panthers have allowed more catches by tight ends this season than any team in football, and a 127.84 passer rating on throws to the position — fourth-highest in the league.

The Steelers’ ability to find great success in the absence of Le’Veon Bell has been one of the season’s biggest surprises, but the Panthers’ emergence as one of thefunnest offenses in the NFL is also on that list. The hiring of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator was panned in many circles given the stodgy nature of his offense in recent stops, but Turner has reinvented himself and has been one of the small handful of most creative play-callers in the league this season. Turner has figured out the best ways to use Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Devin Funchess, and D.J. Moore, and did an excellent job reincorporation Greg Olsen on the fly after the star tight end returned from a recurrence of his foot injury that cropped up in the first game of the season and kept him out for several weeks after.

McCaffrey was in a full-on timeshare last season and occasionally went full games without making an impact. That has not been the case this year, as he’s largely been used as a true feature back, averaged 19.8 touches per game. He has not suffered a dip in efficiency even with the rising usage (12.3 touches per game last year), and is in fact averaging more yards per touch this season than he did a year ago (5.6 per touch to 5.5 per touch). Pittsburgh actually ranks first in DVOA against running backs in the passing game this season, per Football Outsiders, and has allowed only 32 completions for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 45 throws to players at the position. The Panthers move McCaffrey all around the formation and manufacture touches for him on jet sweeps and screens so it’s possible he could still break a long-gainer if they figure out a way to use the Pittsburgh defense’s aggressiveness against it.

Conversely, the Steelers’ defense has struggled badly against tight ends, indicating that Greg Olsen, who has been heating up, could be in line for a big night. Olsen was quiet for a couple weeks after returning from injury but has gone for 4-56-1 and 6-76-1 over the past two weeks. His ability to stretch the field vertically up the same is as perfect a fit for Newton’s playing style as it has always been, and they have found a rhythm over the past two weeks. The Steelers, meanwhile, are 26th in DVOA against tight ends, and have allowed 53 catches for 584 yards and four touchdowns to the position. They’ve been torn up over the middle of the field, where Olsen tends to eat.

On the perimeter, there should be a one-on-one battle waged between Funchess and Joe Haden for most of the night. Funchess is having his best NFL season, averaging career-highs in receptions (4.5) and yards (55.6) per game, as well as catch rate (65.5 percent). His season-highs of seven catches and 77 yards don’t jump off the page but Newton has been able to count on him when he needs a first down or drive-extending play, as 28 of his 36 grabs have gone for first downs, per SIS. Among 146 players with 25-plus targets, that first-down rate of 77.8 percent ranks 15th in the league.

Beyond those three players, Newton does not have a particular target he seems to place a ton of trust in. Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith, rookie D.J. Moore, and second-year man Curtis Samuel have all had their moments, but none has carved out a regular place in the offense just yet. Turner has been able to design ways for Moore and Samuel in particular to get into open space, which is key for players with their skill sets. Leveraging the attention paid to McCaffrey and Olsen in order to get them an opportunity at a pop play would be a wise idea against the Steelers.

Thursday Night football

Thursday Night football : The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their ninth game of the 2018 regular season Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers in what figures to be another exciting out of conference game for both teams. Below are five key things that I believe the Steelers will need to do in the game to come away with their third home win of the 2018 season Thursday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had a great regular season to date not only as a passer but also as a ball carrier. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has done a great job this season of mixing in designed runs for Newton and that includes a few out of read-options as well as naked bootlegs. In total, the Steelers can probably expect Newton to use his legs on at least 10 plays Thursday night and that includes some quarterback scrambles when and if his pass protection ever breaks down. Newton is a big-bodied quarterback much like the Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and thus very hard to get to the ground. The Steelers front seven must do a great job of containing Newton inside the pocket Thursday night and make sure to hit him hard and get him down on the ground quickly whenever he does manage to get himself out in space.

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While the Panthers offense has been great at times so far this season, it’s mostly been a result of that unit staying out of third and long situations. In total, the Panthers offense has converted 40.66 % of all third down opportunities and that has them ranked right near the middle of the league. However, when facing third downs with 6 or more yards needed, the Panthers offense has converted just 27.7% of those this season and Newton’s quarterback rating in those situations is just 58.9, which is one of the worst in the league compared to other quarterbacks with 25 or more pass attempts. He’s most likely to make a big mistake and perhaps even turn the football over in those 3rd and long situations.

With this being a short week for both teams and the game being played in Pittsburgh, the Steelers figure to have a slight advantage and especially with the team not being as far removed from their bye week as the Panthers are. The Steelers are likely to open the Thursday night game with their no-huddle offense and success using that could stress the Panthers solid defense right out of the chute and thus wind up tiring them out quickly. Early touchdowns by the Steelers offense like they had to open their home game against the Atlanta Falcons defense several weeks ago might even cause the Panthers offense to panic some in the first half and that could result in a few key mistakes by that unit. The Steelers do not need this Thursday night game to be close when the fourth quarter gets underway as their own defense might be the one that ultimately bends and breaks the most in the final 15 minutes of play if the Panthers offense can still have their entire playbook open to them late. In short, the Steelers are more likely to win this Thursday night game early than they are late.

The Steelers special team units have been very inconsistent at times this season and have committed several unnecessary penalties to boot. While Steelers returner Ryan Switzerhas provided a few sparks at times in the team’s first 8 games, he’s still yet to break off an eye-popping field-flipping run. Steelers punter Jordan Berry and kicker Chris Boswell both need to be on point Thursday night with their leg usage and the coverage units must get down field and wrap up quickly. This Thursday night game figures to be a tightly contested one so a big special teams play or two could ultimately decide the winner.

Thursday night could be a big one for Steelers tight end Vance McDonald as the Panthers defense has been horrible so far this season when it comes to defensing opposing tight ends. Entering Thursday night, the Panthers defense has already given up 55 receptions for 613 yards and 7 touchdowns to opposing tight ends on the season and thus McDonald should be targeted by Roethlisberger several times during the game and in the middle of the field as well with Steelers wide receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster receiving most of the attention from the Panthers secondary. A big game from the Steelers tight ends Thursday night should be expected with McDonald possibly ending the game as the team’s top pass catcher.

Panthers vs Steelers

Panthers vs Steelers :This week’s edition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ should be a damn good one. The 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers are rolling and once again look like one of the best teams in the AFC, and on Thursday night they play host to the 6-2 Carolina Panthers, who look like one of the best teams in the NFC.

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Pittsburgh leads the AFC North and surely wants to avoid a loss that could knock them backward if the Bengals manage to get a win on Sunday. The Panthers, meanwhile, are still a game behind the 7-1 Saints, and need a win in order to keep pace in the NFC South and potentially get a home game or two in the playoffs.

Luckily for football fans, we’ll get to see a ton of stars on both sides of the ball do battle, in particular some of the best quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton), running backs (James Conner, Christian McCaffrey), and wide receivers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster) in the NFL. That’s a whole lot of offensive talent on the field, going back and forth trying to score against a couple strong defenses playing well of late.

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How will things shake out Thursday night (8:20 p.m., NFL Network, stream on fuboTV)? We’re glad you asked.

Le’Veon Bell has still not reported to the Steelers. The Steelers still have not missed him all that much.

Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL in yards per game, ninth in points per game, and eighth in efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Last year, the Steelers ranked third, eighth, and third in the same measurements. Bell’s backup, James Conner, has been flat-out better this season than Bell himself was a year ago. In 2017, Bell averaged 27.1 touches per game, with averages of 4.8 yards per touch and 129.7 total yards per game. This season, Conner is averaging 23.6 touches per game, with averages of 5.7 yards per touch and 135.6 total yards per game. Conner has 10 total touchdowns in eight games, just one fewer than Bell had in 15 games last year. Conner has four separate games of 100-plus yards and two touchdowns on the ground, which is one more than Bell has in his entire career.

Defenses may not be quite as “scared” of Conner as they are of Bell, but Conner has been more effective on the ground (4.7 yards per carry compared to Bell’s 4.0 last year) despite facing stacked boxes with eight-plus defenders far more often than Bell did a year ago. According to NFL.com’s NextGen Stats, 19.94 percent of Bell’s carries in 2017 came against an eight-man box or more, while 30.46 percent of Conner’s carries have come against eight-plus-man boxes.

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Conner could be set up for a tough night against the Carolina defense this week, however. It’d be his first tough night in a while. The Panthers rank seventh in rush defense DVOA, per Football Outsiders, and have been one of the toughest defenses in terms of holding down running backs in the passing game. They’ve allowed 33 catches to running backs, sixth-fewest in the NFL, and just 217 receiving yards to the position, which ranks third-fewest. Then again, Conner just tore up a Baltimore defense that is one of the NFL’s best against running backs to the tune of 163 total yards and two touchdowns. That was four days ago. So, perhaps he’s just matchup-proof at this point.

The more interesting battle could come in the passing game. Ben Roethlisberger is one of the most well-protected quarterbacks in the, but the Panthers are among the NFL leaders in hurries (10th), hits (fourth), knockdowns (12th), and total pressures (fifth), according to Sports Info Solutions. Unpressured quarterbacks, though, have been able to find some success against the Carolina secondary. Overall, the Panthers have allowed opponents to complete better than 65 percent of their passes at an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. In particular, Panthers defensive backs have been picked on in man coverage, according to SIS.

Coverage Catch % YPA TD INT QB Rtg
Man 59.8 7.85 11 3 107.22
Zone 65.2 7.80 12 10 88.27

The Steelers, of course, have two of the best receivers in football, and perhaps two of the receivers best-suited to work against this Carolina secondary. JuJu Smith-Schuster lines up in the slot on nearly 80 percent of his routes; the Panthers have been flamed by slot receivers all year — especially lately. Tyler Boyd (6-132-1), Adam Humphries (8-82-0), Sterling Shepard (4-75-0), and Cole Beasley (7-73-0) have all gone off against the Captain Munnerlyn-led slot coverage. Carolina has allowed 87 catches for 988 yards and seven scores to slot wideouts, per SIS. Antonio Brown, meanwhile, seems likely to see shadow coverage from underrated corner James Bradberry. Bradberry is one of the most-targeted cornerbacks in the league, as only the Chiefs’ Steven Nelson has been thrown at more often. He has been good if not necessarily great in coverage, allowing an 86.1 passer rating on throws in his direction. Bradberry does not often travel to the slot, so it’ll be interesting to see how coverage changes as Brown moves around the formation.

Tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James, meanwhile, could play sizable roles in the passing game as well. The Panthers have allowed more catches by tight ends this season than any team in football, and a 127.84 passer rating on throws to the position — fourth-highest in the league.

The Steelers’ ability to find great success in the absence of Le’Veon Bell has been one of the season’s biggest surprises, but the Panthers’ emergence as one of thefunnest offenses in the NFL is also on that list. The hiring of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator was panned in many circles given the stodgy nature of his offense in recent stops, but Turner has reinvented himself and has been one of the small handful of most creative play-callers in the league this season. Turner has figured out the best ways to use Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Devin Funchess, and D.J. Moore, and did an excellent job reincorporation Greg Olsen on the fly after the star tight end returned from a recurrence of his foot injury that cropped up in the first game of the season and kept him out for several weeks after.

McCaffrey was in a full-on timeshare last season and occasionally went full games without making an impact. That has not been the case this year, as he’s largely been used as a true feature back, averaged 19.8 touches per game. He has not suffered a dip in efficiency even with the rising usage (12.3 touches per game last year), and is in fact averaging more yards per touch this season than he did a year ago (5.6 per touch to 5.5 per touch). Pittsburgh actually ranks first in DVOA against running backs in the passing game this season, per Football Outsiders, and has allowed only 32 completions for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 45 throws to players at the position. The Panthers move McCaffrey all around the formation and manufacture touches for him on jet sweeps and screens so it’s possible he could still break a long-gainer if they figure out a way to use the Pittsburgh defense’s aggressiveness against it.

Conversely, the Steelers’ defense has struggled badly against tight ends, indicating that Greg Olsen, who has been heating up, could be in line for a big night. Olsen was quiet for a couple weeks after returning from injury but has gone for 4-56-1 and 6-76-1 over the past two weeks. His ability to stretch the field vertically up the same is as perfect a fit for Newton’s playing style as it has always been, and they have found a rhythm over the past two weeks. The Steelers, meanwhile, are 26th in DVOA against tight ends, and have allowed 53 catches for 584 yards and four touchdowns to the position. They’ve been torn up over the middle of the field, where Olsen tends to eat.

On the perimeter, there should be a one-on-one battle waged between Funchess and Joe Haden for most of the night. Funchess is having his best NFL season, averaging career-highs in receptions (4.5) and yards (55.6) per game, as well as catch rate (65.5 percent). His season-highs of seven catches and 77 yards don’t jump off the page but Newton has been able to count on him when he needs a first down or drive-extending play, as 28 of his 36 grabs have gone for first downs, per SIS. Among 146 players with 25-plus targets, that first-down rate of 77.8 percent ranks 15th in the league.

Beyond those three players, Newton does not have a particular target he seems to place a ton of trust in. Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith, rookie D.J. Moore, and second-year man Curtis Samuel have all had their moments, but none has carved out a regular place in the offense just yet. Turner has been able to design ways for Moore and Samuel in particular to get into open space, which is key for players with their skill sets. Leveraging the attention paid to McCaffrey and Olsen in order to get them an opportunity at a pop play would be a wise idea against the Steelers.

Arsenal vs Sporting

Arsenal vs Sporting : Arsenal can guarantee qualification from Group E of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League by beating Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday night…

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The Gunners won the reverse fixture 1-0 in Lisbon, Portugal, last time out to make it three wins from three in the tournament this season. Unai Emery’s squad is unbeaten in 14 matches across all competitions. By contrast, Sporting will arrive in north London in a state of turmoil. Jose Peseiro has been let go as manager, with Tiago Fernandes assuming a caretaker role.

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Fernandes still has a few potential match-winners, notably former Manchester United winger Nani and gifted midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Date: Thursday, November 8

Time: 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET

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Arsenal are heavy favourites with the oddsmakers even though Emery is expected to make changes, One of those changes may occur between the sticks, where Petr Cech could replace Bernd Leno as goalkeeper.

Cech lost his starting spot due to injury, but he could be in line for a recall after Leno made some mistakes during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League.

Leno was at fault for the visitors’ goal when he palmed Sadio Mane’s cross-shot into a dangerous area, leading to James Milner finding the net. If Cech replaces him, he may be playing behind a different defence.

Stephan Lichtsteiner might start ahead of Hector Bellerin at right-back, while Sead Kolasinac could continue on the left. Things may also be shuffled around in midfield, where Matteo Guendouzi, who was suspended against Liverpool, can start.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Emile Smith Rowe will also push for starts, while Danny Welbeck or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are likely to lead the line up top in place of Alexandre Lacazette. Aubameyang started in Lisbon and has already established himself as the most prolific attacker at Emery’s disposal:

The Gunners have the firepower to score the goals they need to book a place in the round of 32. The bigger challenge will be staying strong at the back in the face of Nani’s flair and Fernandes’ box-to-box quality. This duo’s ability to supply 29-year-old target man Bas Dost with chances can undermine a shaky Arsenal back four. If Arsenal can keep the door closed, Aubameyang will make the difference on home soil.

Chelsea vs BATE

Chelsea vs BATE : Chelsea travel to BATE Borisov in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday with the Premier League club striving for victory in Belarus. The Blues lead Group L with a 100 per cent record, and BATE still harbour ambitions of a qualification berth as they chase second place.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could opt to rotate his options with his side in a superior position, but the visitors are aware a slip at the Borisov Arena could complicate their path to the knockouts. Sarri has quickly imposed his style on Chelsea since arriving from Italy, and the Blues have developed into a team that attack with intent.

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Eden Hazard has been the star of the show for the former Napoli boss since the start of the campaign, but Sarri has empowered many in his selection.

Chelsea are unbeaten since losing the FA Community Shield 2-0 to Manchester City. Thirteen wins in 16 games in all competition tells its own story.

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BATE gave a good account of themselves at Stamford Bridge in the corresponding fixture, but a hat-trick from Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured the points for the west London side.

The Belarusian team are running away with their domestic league and are 14 points clear of the chasing pack. This advantage could aid them as they rest and rotate in an attempt to reach the round of 32.

The gulf in class is obvious, but BATE will be hoping their illustrious opponents suffer a bad day at the office on their travels.

Hazard has been recovering from injury, and despite being fully fit, his manager has broken him back into the team slowly from the substitutes bench.

According to Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, the Belgian superstar could be given the night off, with Sarri allowing Hazard further time to recover from a back issue.

Loftus-Cheek has struggled to make the starting XI in the Premier League, but his European performances could see him given a vital role in Belarus.

The England international has started twice in the Europa League this term, and the 22-year-old desperately needs playing time after a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace last term.

Vaishali Bhardwaj of the London Evening Standard highlighted the player’s performance against BATE in October:

Chelsea should breeze through this encounter, allowing Sarri a chance to throw fresh faces into his selection. But with the teams below the Blues all level on points, BATE will be intent on finding a big performance against the English giants.

Ohio vs Miami

Ohio vs Miami : The Ohio Bobcats look to stay alive in the MAC East Division race when they visit the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio has won three straight and can set up a de facto division title game against first-place Buffalo with a win over the RedHawks.

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The Bobcats are coming off perhaps their most impressive performance of the season in a 59-14 win at Western Michigan, while Miami needs to win its three remaining games in order to become bowl-eligible. The Bobcats are 3.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 62 in the latest Ohio vs. Miami (Ohio) odds. Before you make any Miami (Ohio) vs. Ohio picks for Wednesday’s MACtion, check out results from the SportsLine Projection Model. Can the Ohio Bobcats go on the road and cover a small spread when they face the struggling Miami-Ohio RedHawks tonight at 7PM ET?

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According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Ohio is the slight favorite on the road, as the Bobcats are getting odds of -4.5 points against Miami-Ohio. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 60.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 82 percent going on Ohio on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Miami-Ohio needs some help in the MAC race after suffering a 51-42 loss at Buffalo last week. The RedHawks are 3-6 overall, 3-2 in the MAC, 5-4 against the spread and 6-3 with the over. Miami had covered the spread in five straight prior to last week’s game.

The RedHawks haven’t been terribly impressive on offense this season, averaging 28 points and 375.9 yards per game. Quarterback Gus Ragland has thrown for 2,082 yards and 15 touchdowns while Jack Sorensen has 39 catches for 593 yards and two touchdowns. Miami just hasn’t had a steady ground game, as the RedHawks are being led by Alonzo Smith with just 405 yards and four scores.

The Ohio Bobcats are very much in the MAC race. They have won three straight coming into this week, all by at least 35 points or more. Ohio is 6-3 on the season, 4-1 in the MAC 6-3 against the spread and 5-3-1 with the over. The Bobcats have covered the spread in four straight.

Usually known for defense, Ohio is winning with offense this year. The Bobcats are putting up 40.6 points and 463.2 yards per game this season. Their run game is averaging 236.3 yards per game. Nathan Rourke, AJ Ouellette and Maleek Irons each have nearly 600 rushing yards and the trio has combined for 22 rushing touchdowns. Rourke has also thrown for 1,766 yards and 17 touchdowns. Papi White is the leading receiver with 42 catches for 706 yards. Defensively, Ohio is allowing 27.2 points and 419.2 yards per game.

Miami has covered the spread in five of its last six conference games but in just three of its last 11 home games.

Ohio has covered the spread in six of its last eight against a losing team and in 14 of its last 20 road games.

Prediction:

Road games at night aren’t easy, but Ohio should be able to take care of business. The Bobcats are moving the ball very well right now and Miami won’t be able to match their scoring pace. I expect this game to be competitive early as each team breaks some big plays on offense, but Ohio should pull away in the second half with its consistent play with the ball. Miami isn’t quite at Ohio’s level when it comes to pulling out big games.

Man UTD vs Juventus

Man UTD vs Juventus :The France World Cup winner returns to Turin amid continued speculation over possibly re-joining the Allianz Stadium club. Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba to focus on fighting for the Manchester United shirt when he makes his emotional return to Juventus on Wednesday evening.

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Pogba left United back in 2012 to sign for Juve, before making a shock return to Old Trafford in what was a then-world record £89 million fee in 2016.

And as the France World Cup winner prepares to return to Turin for the first time in Wednesday’s Champions League clash, Mourinho has urged him to focus on his United duties, while accepting that, like Cristiano Ronaldo’s Old Trafford return, it will be an emotional moment for him.

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He told MUTV: “I imagine yes [it will be a big deal for Pogba], in the same way Cristiano was professional – he did his job, fought for his team and gave everything he had to give.

“I can imagine with Paul it’s going to be the same – a little bit of emotion now, I think even at the beginning of the match, yes for sure.

“But then, it’s football and he’s wearing a United shirt with the United crest and he has to fight for [it].”

With group rivals Valencia and Young Boys facing off in the early kick-off, United can afford no further slip-ups in their pursuit of the last-16.

A blunt United attack mustered just two shots on target during their 1-0 defeat to Juve last month, with Mourinho hailing the Bianconeri’s defence as “beautiful”.

Max Allegri’s back-line will again be marshalled by Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and the Portuguese coach is well aware of the challenge facing his side.

“It’s not easy, it’s not easy,” the ex-Real Madrid boss added. “They have the quality, the know-how, the confidence – they have absolutely everything. I analyse them in many different circumstances.

“Even with one player less [after Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card] against Valencia, they were very, very comfortable defensively.

“I’ve coached in Italy [at Inter Milan] and know the strength of the Italian teams and the Italian players in the way they approach matches defensively, so it’s not easy.

“But we have talented players in attack, we have creative players who can give them problems too.

“I think the basic thing for us is to go from a solid situation where we don’t make many mistakes behind because when you make mistakes behind, sometimes you concede goals and other times you lose confidence.”

Man United vs Juventus

Man United vs JuventusWhat: Champions League group H matchday four  When: Wednesday 7 November  Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy  Kick-off: 8pm (UK time)  TV channel: live on BT Sport 2 ,,

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Marcus Rashford has spoken of his admiration for Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo but the Manchester United forward hopes to inflict defeat on the former Red Devil in the Champions League tonight.

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Ronaldo’s new club Juve beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago and are top of group H with a maximum nine points from three matches.

Second-placed United go to Turin five points behind Juve and Rashford is ready to face the Italian champions again. “The home game was a game with a lot of lessons,” the 21-year-old told the United website. “It was a game where we could have lost 2-0, drew the game 1-1 or won the game 2-1.

“I think it’s good to have the two games quite close together because the first game is quite fresh in a lot of people’s minds. I wouldn’t say it’s easier to prepare for it, but you feel ready to face it.”

Former United star Ronaldo will line up again tonight in the black and white stripes of Juventus. Although Rashford is in awe of the 33-year-old Portuguese striker he says United must not fear him.

“For me there is no bigger inspiration in football,” added Rashford. “I could speak for a lot of young players and United fans that watched the team when he was here and the majority of us have followed him as he’s moved on in his career and that’s what special about United.

“When you play against a player like that you have to respect his qualities but at the same time you have to play your game and you can’t show fear to that type of player.”

Tonight’s other group H fixture sees Valencia at home against Young Boys (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 1). Team news and possible starting XIs Juventus team news

Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic is fit again and could feature tonight. However, the BBC reports that Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri could select Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala alongside Ronaldo in a “three-pronged attack”.

The Italian champions do have some injury worries though with midfielders Douglas Costa and Emre Can and forward Moise Kean ruled out.

Man Utd team news

United striker Romelu Lukaku has not travelled to Turin and is also an injury doubt for the derby against Manchester City on Sunday.

Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot will also miss the clash against Juve but captain Antonio Valencia and midfielder Marouane Fellaini trained this week and were in the travelling party to Italy.

Possible starting XIs

How the two teams could line up at the Allianz Stadium tonight, according to the Uefa website:

    Juventus possible starting XI (4-3-3): Szczęsny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanić, Matuidi/Khedira; Cuadrado, Ronaldo, Dybala  Manchester United possible starting XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw; Matić, Pogba, Fred; Martial, Sánchez, Rashford

TV channel and live stream details

The Juventus vs. Manchester United clash will be shown live on BT Sport 2, coverage starts at 7pm. BT Sport will also broadcast a live stream of the game on its website and app.

Matchday four results, fixtures and TV guide Tuesday 6 November results

    Group A: Monaco 0 Club Brugge 4; Atletico Madrid 2 Borussia Dortmund 0  Group B: Inter Milan 1 Barcelona 1; Tottenham Hotspur 2 PSV Eindhoven 1  Group C: Red Star Belgrade 2 Liverpool 0; Napoli 1 Paris Saint-Germain 1  Group D: FC Porto 4 Lokomotiv Moscow 1; FC Schalke 04 2 Galatasaray 0

Wednesday 7 November fixtures (8pm UK time unless stated)

    Group E: Benfica vs. Ajax (live on BT Sport Extra 3); Bayern Munich vs. AEK Athens (live on BT Sport Extra 2)  Group F: Lyon vs. Hoffenheim (live on BT Sport Extra 4); Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (live on BT Sport 3)  Group G: CSKA Moscow vs. Roma (5.55pm, live on BT Sport ESPN); Viktoria Plzen vs. Real Madrid (live on BT Sport ESPN)  Group H: Valencia vs. Young Boys (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 1); Juventus vs. Manchester United (live on BT Sport 2)