Chelsea’s Pedro (centre) scores passing Slavia’s goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar during the Europa League quarter-final second leg match in London on Thursday. Associated Press
Monaco: Last season’s runners-up Arsenal were placed in the same section as Eintracht Frankfurt in the draw for the Europa League group stage in Monaco on Friday, while Manchester United
Mikel Arteta got off to an underwhelming start as Arsenal manager with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth as Chelsea slumped to another shock home reverse, losing 2-0 to Southampton, on Boxing Day.
Southampton: Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount celebrated their England call-ups by firing Chelsea to a 4-1 rout of struggling Southampton on Sunday. Abraham, Mount and their Blues
Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four, but made hard work of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fortunate early opener on Monday. Aubameyang profited from an error by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an attempted clearance in off the Gabon international.
A brimming Kings XI Punjab will hope captain KL Rahul repeats his performance of the previous match when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their third Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Sharjah on Sunday.
Shubham Gill smacked an unbeaten 62-ball 70 and shared a 92-run partnership with Eoin Morgan (42 n.o.) to steer Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Novak Djokovic will renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said he has no concerns about Lionel Messi ahead of their first La Liga game of the season on Sunday, after the Argentinian took another swipe at the club over the departure of Luis Suarez.