Lopetegui on brink after Barcelona battering

JULEN LOPETEGUI is on the brink of the sack at Real Madrid after the European champions were humiliated 5-1 by Barcelona in El Clasico at Camp Nou.

Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick to pile the pressure on Lopetegui, with Antonio Conte 4-5 favourite  with Hills to replace the former Spanish national team boss. Arsene Wenger is a 9-2 shot with Mauricio Pochettino 20-1.

Arsenal’s superb run ended at 11 straight wins after they were denied another success by a late Luka Milivojevic penalty in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

A controversial strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had earlier put Arsenal ahead as he moved alongside leading marksman Eden Hazard on seven Premier League goals and is 6-1 to win the Golden Boot.

Chelsea, 12-1 for the title, romped to a 4-0 success at Burnley thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Manchester United have been cut to 3-1 to claim a top-four spot after squeezing past Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Aberdeen will face Celtic in the Betfred Cup final after the Dons overcome Rangers and the Bhoys beat Hearts in the semi-finals.

Match in Focus


Gibraltar v Ireland

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Gibraltar have conceded ten goals in their last two competitive games.
Expert verdict
Ireland are ranked 34th in the world and will be looking to get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign off to a strong start against an inferior Gibraltar side. Newly appointed manager Mick McCarthy will be eager to impress and will expect his side to win well if they are to qualify for the Euros. Expect a fast start and plenty of goals in a one-sided affair.



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