One of the most ambitious projects during Hill’s tenure became reality in 2015 when the athletic department began producing live ESPN3 telecasts of home football, basketball, soccer and volleyball games. A state of the art facility now produces these telecasts using SFA students as the production crew. Active on the national scene, Hill served a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee where he was named chair during his final year. He also is the current President of the Southland Conference Advisory Council. SFA also won its fourth consecutive Southland Conference women’s all-sports title in 2017 and fifth overall while winning the Southland Conference men’s all-sports trophies in 2013, 2011 and 2010. By winning the Commissioner’s Cup, the women’s all-sports title and the men’s all-sports title in 2010, SFA became just the second school to have swept all three awards in the history of the league. Hill also played an important role in creating the “Battle of the Piney Woods” football game between SFA and Sam Houston State at NRG Stadium in Houston. The rivalry game moved from campus locations to the home of the Houston Texans in 2010. More than 26,500 attended the game in 2017. The partnership between Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, SFA and Sam Houston has created one of the most attended FCS football games of the year with the event now on a three-year rolling agreement because of its success. SFA became only the second school in the league’s history to repeat as Commissioner’s Cup winners for three consecutive years. In all, SFA has won five cups since 2010. “My mentor, Steve McCarty, always reminded me that to have a successful organization you need to hire great people and then stay out of their way and let them do their jobs,” Hill continued. “I’ve tried to follow that advice. Our coaches and support staff deserve all of the credit for what we have accomplished. Their dedication to our student-athletes and doing things the right way is what really makes SFA a Southland Conference leader.” At the conference level, Hill’s leadership helped SFA teams lay claim to 49 of the university’s 88 total Southland Conference titles. For the last three years, SFA has hoisted the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup – an annual award which represents the all-sports champion in the Southland Conference. “Being able to pick my time to leave is rare in this business and I thank Dr. Pattillo and the Board of Regents for their support and confidence in me,” said Hill. Since Hill took over as director of athletics in the fall of 2005, SFA has enjoyed an unprecedented run of success both in the Southland Conference and on a national stage. Among the notable athletic achievements is an NCAA Division I national championship in bowling (2016); men’s basketball’s four appearances in the NCAA tournament which include wins over VCU (2014) and West Virginia (2016); Demi Payne becoming the first SFA athlete to claim a NCAA Division I individual title by winning the outdoor pole vault title in 2015; the first back to back Southland Conference titles in school history for football in 2009 and 2010; ten consecutive women’s conference track titles; five consecutive women’s soccer league titles and volleyball’s first NCAA tournament win in 2006.SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill to Retire at End of Academic Year. #AxeEmStory | https://t.co/f2WG0Ef4yt pic.twitter.com/t3detyl5j7— SFA Athletics (@SFA_Athletics) January 30, 2018 A national search for Hill’s replacement will begin immediately. “I will always remain a Lumberjack and am looking forward to following the success of SFA athletics for many seasons to come,” Hill finished. NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced Tuesday that he will retire from his role on May 31, 2018, following an affiliation with SFA athletics that spans over three decades in a various number of roles throughout the department. In 2011 the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics named him Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision West Region. “Most importantly, I must acknowledge my wife Brenda and our children and grandchildren. Without their love, support and encouragement I would not have been able to spend the countless hours it takes to do this job. Now I look forward to having much more time to spend with them.” The academic success of SFA’s student-athletes has been a major point of emphasis to Hill throughout his time in charge of the department. In the 2016-17 academic year, 120 student-athletes received degrees and 201 SFA student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. SFA athletics arrived at a major milestone in the fall of 2017, too, by posting a collective student-athlete GPA of 3.0 for the semester.
WSOC: Vestal finds Arteaga for the 2nd time today, making it 3-0 @ACU_Soccer over @SFA_Soccer. 59:32 expired.Watch on ESPN+.?? https://t.co/6OVaPYADuu???? @espn apps?? https://t.co/wJwj7PWEdz#SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/gnfDcYBzg5— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 4, 2018 Just four minutes later, ACU doubled its lead as Caity Acosta trapped a clearance pass and fired one into the upper left corner from nearly 30 yards out.WSOC: Acosta with a beautiful strike, putting @ACU_Soccer up 2-0 vs. @SFA_Soccer. 35:20 expired in Southland Championship.Watch LIVE on ESPN+. Victor earns @NCAASoccer auto bid.?? https://t.co/6OVaPYADuu???? @espn apps?? https://t.co/wJwj7PWEdz#SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/Kbm5wrVVhz— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 4, 2018 The Wildcats await their first-round opponent in the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced during Monday’s Selection Show. Doing what it’s done all season, the Abilene Christian defense withstood a flurry of shots just beyond the six-yard box in the 11th minute and kept the Ladyjacks off the board through the first 45, maintaining their feat of not allowing a first-half score all season. WSOC: Jennings goal, Haynes assist. @SFA_Soccer gets on the board and trims deficit to 3-1 vs. @ACU_Soccer. 73:40 expired.Watch on ESPN+.?? https://t.co/6OVaPYADuu???? @espn apps?? https://t.co/wJwj7PWEdz#SouthlandStrong ?? pic.twitter.com/cNSBkj3MIu— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 4, 2018 Arteaga struck again in the 60th minute after a one-time attempt on a cross from Vestal was blocked and her second attempt went past the outstretched hand of Madison Talbot to extend the lead to 3-0. Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – In just their second full year of eligibility in the conference, Abilene Christian claimed the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament title with a 3-1 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday afternoon at the LU Soccer Complex. WSOC: GOAL by Arteaga, assist Vestal. @ACU_Soccer takes 1-0 lead in Southland Championship vs. @SFA_Soccer.Watch LIVE on ESPN+.?? https://t.co/6OVaPYADuu???? @espn apps?? https://t.co/wJwj7PWEdz#SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/O1wBRIvMTU— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 4, 2018 SFA trimmed the deficit to two goals in the 73rd minute on a diving attempt from Katie Jennings with assists credited to Teia Haynes and Breanna Moore. The Wildcats opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, when Christina Arteaga collected a cross from Samantha Vestal, then turned and curled one into the lower left corner for her first goal of the tournament. 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament All-Tournament TeamShay Johnson, Abilene Christian (MVP)Caity Acosta, Abilene ChristianChristina Arteaga, Abilene ChristianMichelle Mulrooney, Abilene ChristianCarli Arthurs, Stephen F. AustinSophie Fondren, Stephen F. AustinKatelyn Termini, Stephen F. AustinMadison Ledet, LamarSophia Manibo, LamarCamille Bassett, Central ArkansasLauren Mercuri, Central Arkansas
PARADISE WOODS GETS A PERFECT STALKING TRIP WITH CEDILLO & WINS THE GRADE II, $200,000 ZENYATTA STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, 5-YEAR-OLD MARE BY UNION RAGS GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:44.31 RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2019)–Paradise Woods, always long on ability, but limited at times by her own idiosyncrasies, was all business in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita, as she stalked favored Secret Spice early and took command a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to an impressive 1 ¾ length win under first-time pilot Abel Cedillo. Trained by John Shirreffs, the trainer of the legendary mare for whom today’s race was named, Paradise Woods, a 5-year-old mare by Union Rags, got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:44.31 and will now set her sights on the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.(A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race qualifier, the Zenyatta winner earns an automatic fees-paid berth into the Distaff).Most recently fourth in the Grade I Clement Hirsch July 28 at Del Mar, an unexpected decision was made to replace Hall of Famer Mike Smith with the recently arrived Cedillo, who bagged his third graded stakes win in the last two days.“Mike told me you’ve got to keep her calm and she’ll try hard,” said Cedillo, a 30-year-old native of Guatemala, who had been the perennial leading rider at Golden Gate Fields prior to shifting his tack this past summer. “I kept her outside that other filly (Secret Spice) and everything worked perfect. She was standing perfect in the gate and we knew that Prat (Flavien, aboard Secret Spice) was the speed and he would go.“We broke good and I got just (put run on her mind). I wanted to be close and not let him (Prat) go by himself. I just want to thank all the owners and trainers for letting me ride their horses.”Off at 7-2 in a field of six fillies and mares three and up, Paradise Woods paid $9.60, $4.20 and $2.80.Bred in Kentucky by Herman Sarkowsky, Paradise Woods, who is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Forest, is owned by HS Stable and Pam and Martin Wygod. A winner of the Grade I Zenyatta at age three when trained by Richard Mandella in 2017, Paradise Woods now has four graded stakes wins to her credit and her overall mark stands at 17-5-3-3. With today’s winner’s share of $120,000, her earnings went to $1,123,890.“We wanted her to break well and not get shuffled back and hopefully to be in the clear,” said Shirreffs. “In the past, she’s gotten shuffled back and got sucked behind horses, but today she broke well and was able to get to the outside. We weren’t sure if Mike (Smith) would be available for the Breeders’ Cup, so this was the time if you’re going to make a change.”When asked if it was Martin Wygod’s decision to keep her in training, instead of going to the breeding shed this year, Shirreffs responded, “Absolutely. He was the one who had so much faith in her and wanted to see her run another year. Turning for home, it seemed like she was maintaining her stride and she had good action the whole way…We will be taking it day by day to train for the Breeders’ Cup.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Secret Spice made all the early running through splits of 23.14, 46.83, 1:11.30 and 1:37.33, but tired a bit late. Off as the 4-5 favorite, she paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing a neck in front of Ollie’s Candy.The second choice at 5-2 with Kent Desormeaux, Ollie’s Candy paid $2.40 to show.
JOCKEY QUOTES ABEL CEDILLO, KEEPER OFTHE STARS, WINNER: “She’s better if somebody is in front of her, she likes to follow. If she has a target she is better. Last time I rode her in the Grade 2 (Buena Vista) I noticed that, so I tried to do the same thing today. I think this was her best race.”ON HIS THREE WINS: “I give thanks to God, I am thankful to the trainers and owners who gave me a lot of opportunity.” FLAVIEN PRAT, BODHICITTA, SECOND: “She relaxed well and she was very professional. To go from an allowance race into a Grade I and run the way she did is very impressive. I’m happy with her.” JOEL ROSARIO, NINTH ON 8-5 FAVORITE, ETOILE: “She broke fine, but there wasn’t much pace early and she didn’t have the turn of foot that you need in these races.”TRAINER QUOTES JONATHAN WONG, TRAINER OF KEEPER OFTHE STARS, WINNER: “I’m over the moon right now! I’m really speechless. This is my first Grade I, so I’m off the schneid! Now that she’s learned to relax, the sky’s the limit with her. Kristin Mulhall is overseeing everything down there and she deserves all the credit, along with the whole crew. This filly had been training so well and she got an amazing ride from Abel, he couldn’t have ridden her any better. She’s a really good filly. I thought she could’ve won a couple of those graded stakes at Del Mar, but her best races are in front of her. I couldn’t be any prouder.”NOTES: The winning owner is Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC.
Gazzaniga tweeted: “Thank you for your confidence and for all I’ve learned from you on and off the pitch.”I wish you always the best Mauricio, Toni, Miguel and Jesus.”Gazziniga is the latest Spurs player to tweet their thanks to their former manager, after Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen all expressed their gratitude to the Argentinian.The Argentinian golkeeper had been promoted to be Pochettino’s number one choice after Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow in their 3-0 defeat to Brighton in October.It is likely that the 27-year-old will continue in goal for Spurs with Jose Mourinho without Lloris until the new year and third choice Michel Vorm to continue on the bench.Gazzaniga’s teammate Kyle Walker-Pters has also expressed his thanks on social media. The right-back tweeted: “It’s been an honour to have had the opportunity to play under one of the best managers in world football.”Thank you for everything you, Jesus, Miguel and Toni have done for me, I will be forever grateful.”I wish you nothing but success in your future. Thank you!”1 Paulo Gazzaniga will continue in goal as Hugo Lloris continues his recovery from injuryCredit: Getty Images – GettyIt’s been an honour to have had the opportunity to play under one of the best managers in world football. Thank you for everything you, Jesus, Miguel and Toni have done for me, I will be forever grateful. I wish you nothing but success in your future. Thank you! 💙 pic.twitter.com/c0LM4h32fA— Kyle Walker-Peters (@KWPeters) November 20, 2019 TOTTENHAM Hotspur goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has thanked axed boss Mauricio Pochettino on Twitter following his shock sacking last night.The 27-year-old was signed by Pochettino after working together at Southampton and had become first-choice following an elbow injury to Hugo Lloris that will keep him out until the new year at least.Por siempre agradecido por su confianza y por lo mucho que aprendí de ustedes dentro y fuera de la cancha. Les deseo siempre lo mejor.Thank you for your confidence and for all I’ve learned from you on and off the pitch. I wish you always the best Mauricio, Toni, Miguel and Jesus pic.twitter.com/T3pOhXDxD4— Paulo Gazzaniga (@GazzanigaPaulo) November 20, 2019 MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsWalker-Peters has struggled for playing time this season.But he will be hoping he is in new boss Mourinho’s plans as Spurs look to move up the table, starting at West Ham on Saturday.The 23-year-old hasn’t featured since their shock defeat to Colchester United in the Carabao Cup in September.How Jose Mourinho could line up Tottenham with Atal, Dybala and Fernandes joining Kane and Son in formidable side
Marcus Rashford double gives Jose Mourinho unhappy Old Trafford return – to ease pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer MARCUS RASHFORD’S brother couldn’t resist aiming a sly Instagram dig at Jose Mourinho after Manchester United’s win over Spurs.The England star ensured his former boss suffered a miserable return to Old Trafford as he scored twice to earn the Red Devils a 2-1 win.3 Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United beat Tottenham 2-1Credit: Getty – Contributor3 The England star’s brother Dwaine Maynard couldn’t resist trolling Jose Mourinho after the matchCredit: Instagram/marcusrashford3 Rashford’s brother posted this image of the former United managerThe 22-year-old’s ferocious drive squirmed under Paulo Gazzaniga to open the scoring before he sealed the winner from the penalty spot after Dele Alli’s wonder strike.And his brother and agent Dwaine Maynard wasted no time getting one over Mourinho by aiming a cheeky dig at Rashford’s former boss.He uploaded a picture on his Instagram story of the new Spurs manager looking frustrated at Old Trafford during his time in charge of United.On closer inspection, the image was from the Red Devils 1-0 Champions League win over Young Boys last November, in which Mourinho publicly called out Rashford.The England International was suffering in front of goal prior to that game, with only two in 15 matches when he squandered an easy chance against the Swiss side.Doubters just spur me on. A proper Old Trafford night and a great 3 pointsMarcus RashfordJose Mourinho reaction to Marcus Rashford one-on-one Manchester United miss against Young BoysBut it was Mourinho’s reaction to the miss that ultimately made the headlines, with the Special One turning to the home fans, crossing his arms and shrugging his shoulders.The Portuguese later explained while working as a pundit for Sky Sports that he always had doubts about whether Rashford should be a centre-forward.He said: “I am not going to say he cannot ever be a number nine, he can be a dangerous number nine especially if the opposition is not pragmatic, is not close and is giving spaces to attack. He can be dangerous in transitions.”But when Manchester United is a team that normally plays against teams who go to Old Trafford, close the door, bring the bus, bring the double bus, he is not a striker to play with his back to the goal.”He is not the target man, he doesn’t score as many goals as a striker should do.”So I think from the side you will get him to numbers of 10-12 goals per season.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneDespite Mourinho’s comments, Rashford’s brace against Spurs took his tally to 12 already in all competitions this season to lift United up to sixth.The striker also posted his own message on social media after tweeting: “Doubters just spur me on.”A proper Old Trafford night and a great 3 points.”Doubters just spur me on 🤷🏾♂️A proper Old Trafford night and a great 3 points 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/58eroLbcJm— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) December 4, 2019
THE draw for the first knockout stage of this season’s Champions League will take place this morning.The biggest names in European football are all in the hat for the Round of 16 with some mouth watering potential ties ahead.1 The draw for the Round of 16 of the Champions League takes place todayCredit: EPAHere’s everything you need to know about the draw:What time is the draw on at?The draw is set to start at 11am Irish time on the morning of Monday December 16th at Uefa’s HQ in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw for the Round of 32 in the Europa League will take place at noon.What TV channel can I watch it on?RTE will be showing live coverage of the draw on their RTE News Now channel. This can be streamed live off of the RTE Player.BT Sport will also be showing the draw live in Ireland and the UK with their coverage starting at 10.45am on BT Sport 1. Sky Sports Extra customers in Ireland will be able to stream this off off the Sky Go app.You can also stream all the events from today’s draw live off of Uefa’s official YouTube channel.How does the draw for the Round of 16 work?The 16 teams that have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League have been divided into two pots of the eight group stage winners and runners up.These sides will be drawn against each other and will play a knock-out clash over two legs with the group winners getting their second leg clash at home.Teams are unable to be drawn against another team from their own domestic league at this stage of the competition.And teams are also unable to be drawn against the other team that qualified from their group for the Round of 16.What teams are in today’s Champions League Round of 16 draw?Group winners: Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus, RB Leipzig, ValenciaGroup runners-up: Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Lyon, AtalantaWhat teams can the Premier League sides draw today?Liverpool: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Borussia Dortmund, LyonMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidManchester City: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, LyonTottenham: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Barcelona, Red Bull Leipzig, Bayern MunichChelsea: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Barcelona, Red Bull Leipzig, Valencia
Picture: NRL.com Anthony Griffin’s men were impressive in the 80-minute performance, scoring seven unanswered tries and keeping the visitors to zero in a dominant showing before they turn their attention to competition leaders the Melbourne Storm next Saturday night. It was the second time in 2017 the Panthers kept a team try-less for a game, after their Round 2 showing against the Wests Tigers in Campbelltown. The Panthers led 22-0 at the break after running in four tries as the home side enjoyed 61 per cent of possession and ran a season-high 2048 metres in a true sign the forwards dominated the middle. Knights prop Daniel Saifiti conceded the opening penalty of the game for the visitors and the Panthers took advantage with a Dean Whare flick-pass sending winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak over in the corner to open the scoring after three minutes. The Kiwi international looked to be over again with a high shot from Josh Starling gifting the home side with further territory down field, however Watene-Zelezniak went into touch as he attempted to get the ball down.Panthers skipper Matt Moylan looked to send Waqa Blake over on the opposite side of the field ten minutes later, but his trademark cut-out pass was intercepted by Knights winger Ken Sio who raced 60 metres down field, but the Knights would soon cough up the ball to turn over any momentum.With the strong ratio of Telstra Premiership debutants going over in their first grade debut in 2017, it was no surprise to see 21-year-old Corey Hawrawira-Naera be the next to score after sliced through a gap to extend the Panthers’ lead.Ill-discipline cost the Knights in the opening half and a simple show-and-go from Te Maire Martin made things worse for the visitors as the Panthers five-eighth crossed to blow the lead out to 16.Despite a huge hit from another NRL debutant – Joe Wardle – the Panthers were over again eight minutes before the break with the in-form Tyrone Peachey going over untouched. Knights prop Jacob Saifiti left the field after six minutes of game time after a head clash with a hard-hitting Sitaleki Akauola, but returned in the second half after being cleared in a HIA assessment. An early penalty goal from Nathan Cleary in the second half would push the Panthers’ lead out to four converted tries.A basketball pass from Knights rookie Sam Stone was ruled forward as the visitors looked to be over for their first of the game, before the young rookie slipped over in defence with Panthers veteran Peter Wallace burrowing under for the 32nd try of his Telstra Premiership career.Griffin’s men were not done with yet with a quarter of the game to go with Whare going over in the north-eastern corner following a six-again call that was touched by the Knights. In a true sign the game was against them, Knights winger Nathan Ross was in open space for 70 metres before being tackled and playing the ball to no one with no teammate in sight.Danny Levi was the next Knight to leave the field following a head knock but returned to the field to play out the final quarter of the game. Cleary would cap off the night with a try of his own, carrying two Knights defenders over for his second four-pointer of the season as the Panthers romped to victory. Panthers 40 (Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Corey Harawira-Naera, Te Maire Martin, Tyrone Peachey, Peter Wallace, Dean Whare, Nathan Cleary tries; Nathan Cleary 6 goals) defeated Knights 0 at Pepper Stadium. Crowd: 10,567. Half-time: Panthers 22-0.
Featuring some of the international ICC Legends, the event is part of the award winning program “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash.It aims to address the issue of the rising cause of deaths in the country due to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.For the second time in the event’s history, Coalition For Change (CFC) will also be a supporting partner of this event.CFC is a community-based advocacy group that is working towards achieving cultural change in PNG regarding violence against women and children.The Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends occasion will include various events, including media conferences, school visits and high performance training programs.The biggest draw card will be the Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Big Bash Cricket Event, where all the legends will be involved.The four-day program will run from August 31st to September 3rd at various venues yet to be announced.
The variant that the Betis coach handles is Aleñá. The Barcelona player showed better resources so far playing in a more advanced position, but his profile is closer to the daring that Rubi wants in the construction of the game. The return of William Carvalho after his herniated disc operation is another unknown: he could be in Eibar despite still having few ballots to start.Rubi has no intention of changing the game system that has been driving in recent months with that figure of the third center turned into a pivot during some phases of the crash. With this, the technician’s look is clear: he will choose between support or creativity to replace Guardado. Andrés Guardado’s injury is a major setback for Rubi in the face of his team’s next meetings and the coach must decide whether to give his midfield more consistency or if he includes more creativity in his lineups. Betis had in the Mexican the best possible ally of Channels to make coverage and join the attack, so that his reopens the deck of options that he has in his hands the coach Verdiblanco.Many spotlights point to Guido Rodriguez. The long-awaited pivot requested by the technician in this winter market saw its leading role slowed due to Edgar’s good level in his third central position. Rubi could now give him the title to further balance his system even though his version was not brilliant in the Copa against Rayo appointment. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 29, 2020