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Action packed Saturday in Premier with Solskjaer's future on the line again******
LONDON, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A lot of the action in the Premier League this weekend is packed into Saturday afternoon with three of the top-four and Manchester United also in action as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a key visit to play Tottenham.
Last weekend's 5-0 humiliation at home to Liverpool put Solskjaer clearly in the firing line, with many expecting him to lose his job after a record defeat and a dreadful display.
The good news for the Norwegian is that central defender Raphael Varane should be available after injury and Victor Lindelof is likely to make way (although Harry Maguire's recent displays mean he is also in the firing line).
Solskjaer also has to find a better balance in midfield, although the suspension for Paul Pobga after last weekend's red card does away with one of his selection dilemmas.
Liverpool will have their confidence sky high and with Mohamed Salah in arguably the best form of his career, they will be favorites to beat Brighton.
The visitors will look to control the ball as much as possible, but the question is whether they will be able to contain Liverpool's energy in attack and the final result may also depend on whether the returning Tariq Lamptey can shackle Salah for 90 minutes.
League leaders Chelsea travel to the north-east where Newcastle United are still looking for their first win of the season. Newcastle caretaker coach Graeme Jones is likely to bring Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock back into his team after a valuable point away to Crystal Palace last weekend.
Chelsea are still without the injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, but their absence didn't cause any problems as Thomas Tuchel's men put seven past Norwich last weekend and although a repeat of that is unlikely, Newcastle will do well to get anything from this game.
Patrick Viera returns to the Ethiad Stadium at the helm of Crystal Palace for what promises to be an entertaining game against Manchester City. The home side still have Ferran Torres out injured, but are otherwise at full strength for a game that Pep Guardiola's men will expect to win with relative comfort.
Consecutive defeats have put the brakes on Brentford's exuberant first season in the Premier League and last weekend saw them lose keeper David Raya to a knee injury opening the door for Alvaro Fernandez to make his league debut.
The former Huesca keeper can expect to be tested in the air when Burnley travel to south-west London still searching for their first victory of the campaign.
It's not been boring since Claudio Ranieri took over at Watford, with a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool followed by Josh King's hat-trick taking them to an incredible 5-2 win away to Everton last weekend. Watford entertain Southampton, who have influential midfielder James Ward Prowse available again after suspension.
Norwich coach Daniel Farke was given a vote of confidence during the week after his side's 7-0 defeat to Chelsea, but if the bottom of the table side fail to beat fourth from bottom Leeds United on Sunday, that bonhomie may start to run out.
Finally, fourth placed West Ham, who knocked Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup in midweek travel to play Aston Villa, who have not won since the middle of September. Enditem
Leaders Slovan Bratislava defeat Nove Zamky in Slovak ice hockey league******
BRATISLAVA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Leaders Slovan Bratislava edged past bottom-ranked HC Nove Zamky 2-0 in the 22nd round of the Slovak Tipos Extraliga ice hockey league on Friday.。
HKM Zvolen built a comfortable lead against HC Kosice thanks to three straight goals in the first period. Kosice's Pavel Klhufek managed to pull one goal back for the home team, but his rallying call remained unanswered and Zvolen cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory.。
In other games, HK Dukla Ingema Michalovce lost to HK Poprad 4-5, while HK Dukla Trencin defeated HK Nitra 2-1. MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas whitewashed HC Grotto Presov 6-0, and HK Spisska Nova Ves eased past HC '05 Banska Bystrica 6-2. Enditem。
New prison riot in Ecuador leaves 68 dead******
A relative of an inmate cries as she waits for news about her loved one after 68 convicts were killed in a riot at the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Saturday.。
Prisoners from rival gangs in Ecuador fought each other with guns, explosives and blades in a bloodbath that killed at least 68 people in the same prison where a riot in September killed 119.。
Authorities said late on Saturday they had re-gained control of the prison in Guayaquil for a second time in as many days after President Guillermo Lasso's spokesman said fighting had again broken out earlier in the day between inmates from rival gangs tied to drug trafficking rings.。
In the initial riot that began Friday night prisoners fought with "savagery," said Pablo Arosemena, governor of the province of Guayas where the prison is located.。
The riot began around pm Friday when prisoners tried to enter Block 2 of the jail where their rivals were held, firing gunshots, detonating explosives and swinging machetes, and prompting police to move in.。
At least 68 prisoners were killed and another 25 were wounded, according to a statement which the Ecuador Prosecutor's Office posted on Twitter.。
In the second outbreak of fighting on Saturday, inmates from two rivalblocks attacked each other, said presidential spokesman Carlos Jijon.。
He confirmed police had pushed through to the prison's interior and that the situation was "under control."
Officials said the violence started when one of the gangs inside the prison, the Tiguerones, was left without its leader because he was released after serving part of his sentence for stealing auto parts.。
Other groups, sensing weakness in the Tiguerones with that man gone, went on the attack to try to crush the gang, Arosemena said.。
He said their goal was "to go in and carry out a total massacre."
Earlier Saturday, police officers in riot gear were seen climbing up the blood-stained prison walls, while the body of an inmate in an orange prison jumpsuit lay on the roof of the jail encircled by barbed wire.。
Images posted on social networks, whose authenticity has not been confirmed by the authorities, showed a pile of bodies in a night-time prison courtyard being consumed by flames while inmates standing nearby beat the bodies with sticks. In another video, a prisoner from the block that was being attacked says, "We are locked in our pavilion.。
"They want to kill us all."
"Please share this video. Please help us!" the inmate implores, as repeated bangs are heard in the background.。
Dozens of people gathered outside the prison gates on Saturday morning, fainting or weeping as they tried to learn the fate of their loved ones inside.。
"They are human beings, help them," read a banner held by one of the families, kept back by a deployment of police and soldiers supported by an armoured car.。
A group of women with one cell phone shouted prisoners' names to an inmate who was inside the prison and on the line, hoping to know if those men were still alive.。
"Here there are relatives from block two and they need to know about the boys," the woman holding the phone said.。
A crackly voice was heard from the phone but the signal was spotty and then there was just silence.。
At a coroner's office in the city, Felix Gonzalez showed up holding his imprisoned son's ID card and asked if his body was there. "It is not fair for him to die for stealing a cellphone," Gonzalez said.。
Li Xiaopeng expected to replace Li Tie as China head coach******
BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Li Xiaopeng has been tipped to take over the Chinese men's football team as a replacement for Li Tie who is facing a media backlash.。
Xiaopeng, the current head coach of Chinese Super League club Wuhan FC, is good at communicating and could be better equipped to deal with the media, according to a report from Soccer News.。
"If without further twists, the change of the national team's head coach will come within days. Li Xiaopeng, in all probability, will succeed Li Tie," reported the Guangzhou-based newspaper.。
Li Tie stays silent since he hit back at his critics at the post-game press conference of the FIFA World Cup qualifier between China and Australia, which ended 1-1 on November 16.。
His future at the Chinese team has been questioned by Chinese media after he was found to erase the logo of his side's sponsor in the pictures he posted on his social media account.。
He was also accused of using his capacity as China's head coach to plug several products on his social media account.。
Li Tie has offered an oral apology to the Chinese Football Association president Chen Xuyuan for embroiling the Chinese side in controversies, a Beijing Youth Daily report said.。
The Chinese side will complete the two-week mandatory quarantine on Thursday.。
China, with only five points from six games in their World Cup qualification campaign, will face Japan in their next game on January 27, 2022 as well as an arduous task of clawing their way back. Enditem。