Mar 082016

You could be off to watch Bournemouth. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The Guardian has teamed up with Barclays, proud sponsors of the Barclays Premier League, to give away a pair tickets to Bournemouth v Swansea City on Saturday 12 March, to thank one lucky home fan for the passion and support they show to their club.


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To be in with a chance of winning tickets, simply answer the following question:

1. The competition is closed to employees of any company in the Guardian Media Group and any person whom, in the promoter’s reasonable opinion, should be excluded due to their involvement or connection with this promotion. Entrants must be 18 or over.

2. Answer the question correctly and complete your personal details on the online form and your details will be entered into a free prize draw. Only one entry per person.

3. Entries must be made personally. Entries made through agents/third parties are invalid. Entry indicates acceptance of terms and conditions.

4. The prize is one pair of tickets to Bournemouth v Swansea City on Saturday 12 March 2016. Travel to and from the venue is not included, nor is accommodation.

5. No purchase necessary to enter. Fill in the online application form with the necessary details, name and mobile number.

6. All entries must be received by 10am on Thursday 10 March 2016.

7. Winners will be notified before 10pm on 11 March 2016 by telephone or email. Prize winners’ details can be obtained by writing to Guardian Sport at Guardian News & Media Limited, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, UK.

8. Stamped addressed envelope required.

9. Winners will be the first entry drawn at random from all qualifying entries by an independent judge on 10 March 2016. The judge’s decision is final.

10. There is no cash or other alternative to these prizes in whole or in part. Prize is not transferable in whole or in part. Prize is not for resale.

11. The winners will be required to participate in all required publicity, including any presentation ceremony.

12. The decision of the promoter in all matters is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. The promoter is not responsible for any third party acts or omissions.

14. We cannot guarantee that the event will be free from disruptions, failings or cancellations. We are not liable for such disruptions, failings or cancellations unless they are caused by our negligence. Any requests for refunds or compensation arising from them should be sent to the operator of the event. We can provide you with their details on request.

15. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend this promotion due to events or circumstances arising beyond its control.

16. Prize tickets are subject to the terms and conditions listed above.

17. GNM accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. GNM further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition. Nothing shall exclude the liability of GNM for death or personal injury as a result of either party’s negligence.

18. GNM reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control.

19. The Competition will be governed by English law. Promoter: Guardian News & Media Limited, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, UK.

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Mar 092015

One month after their Manchester United double, Swansea City want to make it a treble on the Tawe with Ki Sung-yueng eyeing Liverpool as their latest Liberty scalp.

Arsenal were out-gunned by Garry Monk’s men back in November before Louis van Gaal was left grumbling last month when the Old Trafford side suffered at the hands of the Swans for the second time this season.

It was the latest in run of shock home wins from the Swans since arriving in the Premier League almost four years ago with Manchester City also on the end of a humbling.

Liverpool have also come unstuck in South Wales before – and now South Korea star Ki wants a repeat to make it a hat-trick of home scalps.

Good memories

“We have good memories of home games and when we’re at the Liberty in front of our own fans we always have the opportunity to win,” said Ki, who helped set up the win over United last month when he levelled the scores before Bafetimbi Gomis deflected home the winner.

“Liverpool are in very good form so we will need to show our best, but we have the chance to make it a hat-trick of big home wins and I think it’s not impossible – we have a great chance.

“Anfield is a hard place to go and we found it tough there, but when teams come to Swansea they always struggle so it’s a big opportunity for us.

“Playing against the top teams is always a big test for ourselves, but I believe we definitely have a chance of winning this game.

Some of the best Swansea City wins in recent years


“We have already beaten Manchester United and Arsenal at home, maybe this will be another piece of history.”

Swansea have a good record and not been beaten at the Liberty by Liverpool since re-joining the elite under now-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

They celebrated a fine first season back in the top-flight with a final day win over Kenny Dalglish’s side on ‘Elvis Day’ – when Rodgers asked fans to turn up as the king of rock and roll to mock bookies’ predictions over Swansea’s chances of success being less than the probability of seeing the singing icon alive.

They played out a scoreless draw in Rodgers’ first game back after being lured to Merseyside to replace Dalglish the following season while drew 2-2 in a thriller last September where Jonjo Shelvey went from hero to villain and back again.

But they have lost four of their last five meetings against Steven Gerrard and Co, including a 4-1 defeat at Anfield in December.

Avenging Anfield rout

And Ki, 26, said: “You have to remember that in Anfield we lost 4-1. We didn’t expect that, it was a heavy defeat so we need to avenge that game.

“But everyone in the team wants to win against Liverpool, especially with the stories about Brendan and Swansea.

“He knows Swansea so it will be a very interesting game. They have some world-class players – that’s why they play for Liverpool.

“And after they won against Manchester City last weekend they will be confident but we have a lot of time to organise everything.

“We need to work out what we did wrong at Tottenham and try to be better.”

 Posted by at 6:56 am
Mar 052015

Ryan Mason fires home to put Tottenham 2-1 up with his first-ever Premier League goal. Photograph: Ben Sawyer/Ips/REX

Sometimes, the football does not seem to matter and when Bafétimbi Gomis collapsed to the turf in the sixth minute here, the sense of dread was tangible. Three years on from Fabrice Muamba, it seemed as though it was all happening again. For five minutes, the doctors worked on another fit, young but stricken professional footballer.

Mercifully, it was not the same as the infamous Muamba incident, when the then Bolton Wanderers player dropped down and suffered a cardiac arrest but cheated death. After what seemed like an age, Gomis could be seen with his eyes open and moving his head. He was taken off on a stretcher and, at half-time, the word came through that he was “fine”. It seemed like an odd description, and it was one that the manager, Garry Monk, repeated afterwards but the relief was palpable.

The Gomis drama overshadowed what was an exciting game. Tottenham were seeking to bounce back from Sunday’s Capital One Cup final defeat to Chelsea and they did so, Ryan Mason scoring in the second-half and Andros Townsend adding what proved to be the winning goal.

Swansea have never won at this venue in the league but they almost salvaged a last-gasp point. After Gylfi Sigurdsson had scored to set the nerves jangling for Tottenham, the home team were indebted to Hugo Lloris for an injury-time save from Federico Fernández. The goalkeeper flung himself to claw the Argentinian’s header to safety and make his latest telling contribution to his club’s season.

The atmosphere had been subdued at (Click for a free £25 bet) Kick-off time – a legacy of Tottenham’s cup final defeat – but the mood dropped sharply when, immediately after Nacer Chadli’s early goal, there was the sight of Gomis lying motionless in the centre circle.

When paramedics and doctors from both sides sprinted to the scene, it was impossible not to feel extremely worried. There was the eerie echo of Muamba’s collapse at this stadium in March 2012 and, as Gomis underwent lengthy treatment, everybody was thinking of the former Bolton player.

There was concern on the faces of the players but television pictures then showed Gomis looking responsive. As he was taken from the field, with an oxygen mask over his nose and mouth, there was applause from all sides. It was difficult to focus on the football. It seemed like an afterthought – even with so much riding on the game. All anybody wanted from the evening was a positive medical bulletin on Gomis and there was relief when it came.

Chadli’s goal had been lovely. He jumped to meet Danny Rose’s driven cross from the left before steering a cushioned volley into the corner of the net. But Swansea hit back on 19 minutes and the concession was dreadful from a Tottenham point of view and, in particular, that of Jan Vertonghen.

Sigurdsson, a former Spur, whipped a free-kick against Lloris’ post and the panic seemed to have passed for the home team. Not for long. Swansea worked the ball back towards the six-yard box, Vertonghen hesitated and he failed to clear. Suddenly, there was Ki Sung-Yeung, tip-toeing in, to squeeze a low shot past Lloris from a tight angle.

The collective prayers of everybody seemed to have been answered during the interval, when Swansea briefed that Gomis was stable. The shadow had not been entirely removed but the second-half seemed more enjoyable.

Jonjo Shelvey extended Lloris and Harry Kane was inches wide with a header before Mason sculpted his memorable moment. Christian Eriksen drove into the area and when Ashley Williams challenged, Mason arrived to take the ball in his stride and finish with a thumping shot high into the net.

Townsend also finished smartly, after bombing almost the length of the field and cutting inside, while Sigurdsson’s goal was thumped home from the substitute Jefferson Montero’s cross. Swansea pushed and Fernández thought that he had fashioned the equaliser. Lloris had other ideas.

 Posted by at 9:31 am
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