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Midtjylland’s Onyeka To face Liverpool At Anfield

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Nigeria international Frank Onyeka is in contention to make his second start in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage in tonight’s meeting between former champions Liverpool and FC Midtjylland at Anfield.
The Danish champions will be travelling to Anfield in buoyant mood too, having launched a stunning comeback at title rivals Brondby to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win in the final half an hour at the weekend, including a 94th-minute winner.
Midtjylland have not fared too well on their travels in previous European competition, though, losing seven of their nine such games and only winning one of those
The former FC Ebedei defensive midfielder was spotted boarding a Great Dane Airlines flight to Liverpool yesterday.
Onyeka’s Champions League debut was one to forget as FC Midtjylland were hammered 4-0 by Italian visitors Atalanta last week.
If named in the starting lineup vs Liverpool as expected, it would be an important opportunity to put himself in the shop window amid speculation linking him with a departure from the Danish champions in the near future.
Onyeka started all the four matches played by The Wolves in the qualifying and playoff rounds of the Champions League, and got on the scoresheet against Slavia Prague while providing an assist vs Ludogorets.
Meanwhile, Dutch referee Danny Makkelie has been given Juventus-Barcelona, with English Anthony Taylor at the whistle in Club Brugge-Lazio.
The Old Lady welcome Lionel Messi and co to the Allianz Stadium and the UEFA Referees Commission has appointed Makkelie as the match official.
Lazio travel to Club Brugge on Wednesday, with English Anthony Taylor overseeing the Aquile’s trip to Belgium.

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Why I want To Fight Fury Before My Career Ends -Anthony Joshua

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British boxer Anthony Joshua celebrates after winning the heavyweight boxing match between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in Diriya, near the Saudi capital on December 7, 2019.

Anthony Joshua has said he needs a fight against Tyson Fury “on my record” before his career is finished because boxing as a whole required at least one bout between the two British heavyweights.

Between them, the two boxers currently hold all the major versions of the heavyweight world title.

Talks of a unification ‘superfight’, which went on for months, appeared to be on the brink of ending in an agreement earlier this year only for a United States arbitrator to rule Fury had to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.

As a result Fury, having previously drawn with and then stopped Wilder, is set to make the maiden defence of his World Boxing Council (WBC) belt against the American in Las Vegas next month.

Before then, Joshua is set to face World Boxing Organization (WBO) mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in London on September 25, with a crowd of some 60,000 expected at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of the Premier League club.

But Joshua, also the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion, knows that a fight against Fury is the contest boxing fans want to see and that a question mark will hang over his career if he does not face the ‘Gypsy King’.

“Do I need Tyson Fury on my record? I need it,” Joshua told the BBC 5 Live boxing podcast.

“We need it for boxing. It’s what we all need, I need it. Come on, let’s see how good I am.

“Fight good fighters and they bring out the best of you. Training camp is hard. To get better is very difficult in boxing. To fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge.”

Joshua added: “Let’s see how far I can take myself during this period. It’ll be a good challenge mentally. Not about him, but because I actually want to do well.

“When I wake up in the morning early and I’m tired, my body’s battered, I still go out and do what I do. It’s great rewards and only someone like Fury can give that to me.”

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Arsenal Sign Ben White From Brighton

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Arsenal have signed Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion on a long-term contract, the club announced on their website on Friday.

The 23-year-old defender joins the Premier League side after spending the summer with the Three Lions of England at the Euro 2020.

He had spent the 2019/2020 season on loan with Championship-winning side, Leeds United, who are now promoted to the Premier League.

Speaking about the player, Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu said, “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.”

Manager Mikel Arteta said, “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing. Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons. He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.

“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us. And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fit with what we are building here. We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.”

The defender has been handed the No. four shirt and will be part of the Arsenal squad to face Chelsea in The Mind Series friendly match at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.

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