NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN College Gameday Analysts Maria Taylor and David Pollack discuss college gameday at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay panel has yet to officially make all of their picks for Week 7’s biggest college football games.Analyst David Pollack is already calling for one major upset, though.The ESPN college football analyst believes a top 10 team is going down to an unranked foe in the Big Ten this afternoon.Pollack is calling for Michigan State to upset No. 8 Wisconsin. The game is taking place in Madison.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard are both going with the Badgers.On #CollegeGameDay, David Pollack picks Michigan State to upset Wisconsin today, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard both say Wisconsin wins a close one.— Mike Foss (@MikeFossWXYZ) October 12, 2019Michigan State usually plays Wisconsin tough, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a close game this afternoon.However, it’s unclear if the Spartans have the offense to pull off the upset. Michigan State’s defense will likely need to force a turnover or two.Michigan State and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on BTN.
Nabil Fekir’s former agent has revealed that late demands from the player’s entourage contributed to his Liverpool move falling through in the summer of 2018. Fekir, who was playing for Lyon at the time, was on the verge of a move to Anfield, having travelled to Liverpool to finalise a deal. At the last minute, however, Liverpool backed out of the deal, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas saying later that the Reds had experienced a “change of heart.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career There was speculation that Fekir’s injury history prevented the £53 million (€60m/$66m) transfer, but the player’s former representative Jean-Pierre Bernes says that isn’t the full story. “Nabil was Liverpool’s priority. I worked for four months with the Liverpool representatives, with (Liverpool manager) Jurgen Klopp, Jean-Michel Aulas, everything was ready,” Bernes told Canal+. “Nabil was already aware of his future contract, which would have seen him earn around €45m (£40m/$49m) over five years.”And on the day that the contract was supposed to be signed, at Rambouillet, we saw a lawyer and Nabil’s brother-in-law arrive who said: ‘Stop everything, discussions have to start all over again.’”It was surreal. We thought that we were in a Walt Disney film.”Bernes did admit that Fekir’s history of knee injuries were a factor in the deal falling through. “There were two elements,” Bernes said. “The player’s medical was negative and the second element was that when you want to sign for a big club like Liverpool, you need a certain attitude.”When the Liverpool guys witnessed this cinema, they immediately … Sometimes when a player has an injury, representatives can make an effort to make it work.”Bernes went on to explain that Fekir, who moved to Real Betis this summer for a £22m (€25m/$27m), was not aware of what was happening as the transfer fell through.“The brother-in-law of Nabil Fekir all of a sudden acted like a player’s agent,” Bernes continued. “He wanted a commission, everyone knows, it is fashionable these days.”[Fekir] was on a cloud, he seemed to have transformed, he didn’t even greet the Liverpool representatives.”He arrived after the medical, everyone was looking at each other, the Liverpool representatives were wondering where they were. I was ashamed.”Last month, Fekir claimed that he still did not know exactly why his tranfer to Anfield did not materialise.Fekir has made six La Liga appearances for Real Betis this season, scoring two goals and adding one assist. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Anthony Martial is aware of the pressure which accompanies being Manchester United’s No.9 and says he is ready to embrace it as he seeks to add more ugly goals to a collection of “beautiful” ones.The Frenchman filled an iconic shirt upon arriving at Old Trafford, only to then see it passed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku.It was returned in his direction over the summer as a Belgium international striker was offloaded to Serie A giants Inter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Martial started the 2019-20 brightly enough, recording two goals in as many appearances, but has not been seen since August 24 due to a niggling thigh complaint.United have struggled for an attacking spark in his absence and, ahead of a potential return to action against Liverpool, the 23-year-old says he is ready to become a leading man.He told the Red Devils’ official magazine: “Now that I’ve taken the No. 9 shirt back once again, all he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] has said to me is that I have a lot of responsibility and that I have to score goals, so that’s what I am trying to do.”Martial has made a habit of netting spectacular efforts during his four seasons in England, but he is aware of the need to record a few more scrappier ones if he is to become a fearsome central striker.He added: “We all prefer beautiful goals but, at the end of the day, a goal is still a goal.”So, if I could score 30 goals like I scored in the game against Chelsea, I would take that right now!”I guess I have tended to score quite nice goals and so, if I managed to score more of this kind of goal, in addition to the more spectacular ones, then I’d end up with a much higher goals total come the end of the season.”Martial’s first goal for United, which came on his debut back in September 2015, was a memorable solo effort against Liverpool and he will be hoping for more of the same if he does make Solskjaer’s starting XI on Sunday. “My favourite goal still has to be the one against Liverpool,” he said. “It was my first game and I was still discovering Old Trafford for the first time.“It was a really magnificent goal and, more importantly, it meant that we went on to win the game. So, yes, that’s the best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.