first_imgKai Havertz scored a hat-trick in the midweek win over Barnsley (Picture: Getty)Chelsea need to get back to winning ways, and West Brom are finding life tough back in the Premier League. Chelsea should have enough to win this convincingly if they get back to their best. Prediction: 0-3.Betfair Exchange Odds: West Brom- 9/1, Chelsea- 2/5, Draw- 9/2Burnley vs SouthamptonBurnley will be disappointed with their result against Leicester, they did score two in the process though, Southampton have also been less than impressive, and of course were humiliated by Spurs at the weekend. Sometimes, this can be a hangover for your next game, and affect the team. They gave Spurs far too much space. I think Burnley might be able to take advantage. Prediction: 2-1.Betfair Exchange Odds: Burnley- 9/4, Southampton- 11/8, Draw- 5/2Sheffield United vs Leeds UnitedSheffield don’t look the same team as last year, ‘second season syndrome’ again! They were unlucky against Villa and played OK with ten men. I like Leeds, and they have been strong. They are playing nice football in a tough league, and scoring goals. Bielsa is a genius, and I think they can add to Sheffield’s tough start. Prediction: 1-2.Betfair Exchange Odds: Sheffield- 7/4, Leeds- 7/4, Draw- 5/2Tottenham vs Newcastle Man Utd got off to the worst possible start last weekend (Picture: Getty)Oh my god…imagine United lose to Brighton! That would be not only a shock, but a huge disappointment. I think people would begin to speak about Ole, the position of the manager in general, so I hope to see them correct the mistake they made against Palace. They have no other option and need to win this game. Losing against Liverpool and City in your first two games is ok, but Palace and Brighton is a disaster if you lose both. United can get three points back here. Prediction: 1-3.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBetfair Exchange Odds: Brighton- 4/1, Man United- 4/5, Draw- 11/4Crystal Palace vs EvertonI think from time to time, teams like Palace follow a great result with a poor result, whereas Everton are really flying high. I think Everton will keep up their good form here in a game they can and should win. Prediction: 0-2Betfair Exchange Odds: Palace- 3/1, Everton- 11/10, Draw- 5/2West Brom vs Chelsea Dimitar BerbatovFriday 25 Sep 2020 9:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Comment Advertisement Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Liverpool vs Arsenal & Brighton vs Man Utdcenter_img Tottenham ran riot at Southampton last weekend (Picture: Getty)I hope Spurs can continue their form from the weekend, although Bale still isn’t fit. Reguillon could make his debut, which would be interesting. I can see them winning and scoring lots of goals here while they do it. Son and Harry Kane are on fire. Prediction: 4-0.Betfair Exchange Odds: Spurs- 1/2, Newcastle- 7/1, Draw- 4/1Manchester City vs Leicester CityI watched City win 3-1 in their last game, and of course they are title challengers and want their league trophy back. They should be able to beat Leicester, and they looked fit for their first game back. Sterling is flying, De Bruyne is one of the best in the world, and they should have a class edge. Prediction: 3-0.AdvertisementAdvertisementBetfair Exchange Odds: Man City- 3/10, Leicester- 10/1, Draw- 11/2West Ham vs WolvesWest Ham have lost their first two, although they didn’t look too bad against Arsenal, it was a much improved performance. Wolves didn’t play brilliantly against City and West Ham could steal a point here. They need to up their game or it will be a long road ahead. Prediction: 1-1Betfair Exchange Odds: West Ham- 3/1, Wolves- 11/10, Draw- 5/2Fulham vs Aston VillaI have no words to describe Fulham right now! The loss against Leeds flattered them, it was just Leeds taking the foot off the gas. Fulham need to improve a lot, especially at the back where they are leaking goals. I hope they can improve in this game, and I think they might be able to get three points on the board here. Prediction: 1-0.Betfair Exchange Odds: Fulham- 2/1, Aston Villa- 13/8, Draw- 5/2Liverpool vs Arsenal Liverpool vs Arsenal is the headline match this weekend in the Premier League (Picture: Metro / Getty)Liverpool and Arsenal will put their 100% records on the line on Monday as two of the Premier League’s most impressive sides so far this season go head-to-head at Anfield. Before then, Manchester United face a tricky trip to Brighton hoping to avoid back-to-back defeats, while Chelsea travel to the Hawthorns to take on a West Brom side who look destined to struggle this season.As ever, Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk…Brighton vs Man Utd Arsenal beat Liverpool in last month’s Community Shield at Wembley (Picture: Getty)I’m looking forward to this, it should be a great game, and we’ll see what Arsenal have to offer. Liverpool have been impressive, and Thiago coming in is huge for them, he is top class. I will go for Liverpool here, as their front three is just too strong for most teams, and Arsenal still need to improve in defence. Prediction: 3-1.Betfair Exchange Odds: Liverpool- 1/2, Arsenal- 6/1, Draw- 4/1MORE: Mikel Arteta makes confident prediction about Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas PepeMORE: Martin Keown calls for Chris Smalling to be given another chance at Manchester UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dave Wardwell was driving his son Bobby home from practice one night. A sixth-grader at the time, Bobby had just begun transitioning to a full-time lacrosse goalkeeper.“What is it about goalie,” Dave Wardwell remembers asking Bobby. “Are you sure you want to do this?”“There’s something about a ball coming at you at 100 miles per hour that’s kind of exciting,” Bobby quipped to his father.The century-mark speeds were hyperbolic for any sixth-grader, but Bobby Wardwell’s words still hold true to him now as he wraps up his senior season in net for No. 1 Syracuse (12-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast).He’s stood as the backbone to the Syracuse defense this season for the first time in his career, while prior years were littered with spot starts and split games. Pitted up against junior transfer Warren Hill going into this season, Wardwell beat out Hill in the preseason to cement his spot atop the totem pole of SU’s six goalies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s transformed into the premier stopper Syracuse needed to compliment its highly touted offense, owing his career-best season to consistency and his volatile approach ingrained in him to protect the net.“One thing everyone always says is that goalies in any sport are crazy or something’s not right,” said Wardwell, who often shooed away his concerned father when asked about his vibrantly bruised legs. “… I just think people say that because you’re standing in front of a 90 mile per hour shot with very little pads on, but I just think it’s fun.”His 6-foot frame stands poised each time the attack is threatening. He maintains what he calls “athletic position.” His feet spread about shoulder-width apart, hands about eight inches from each other on his stick, and he holds that stick just below the crossbar, at an angle to keep it parallel from his body.He pivots around an imaginary semicircle just in front of the goal line as the ball is distributed. While a blur to the thousands of fans regularly in attendance, the five-ounce, white rubber ball can stick out like a flame on a heat map to Wardwell.He follows and tracks the ball until seemingly inhuman reflexes take over to corral the 90 mile per hour projectile. In a moment, the ball launches itself to the webbing of Wardwell’s stick or whizzes inches by it and into the goal.This season, he’s made saves at a career-high 52.6-percent clip.“He doesn’t let the (shots) that shouldn’t go in, in,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “Now we’re seeing him make some (saves) that he probably shouldn’t make.“We’ve just seen that upward climb in how he’s played in his confidence level.”His string of successes this season has led to a more adventurous Wardwell, a goalkeeper no longer cemented between the pipes and confined by the crease. The senior has ramped up his aggressiveness and left the net vulnerable multiple times to try and make plays on the ball.Even with a 9-0 lead against Hobart on April 14, Wardwell showed no remorse. An errant Brendan Saylor pass set off a footrace between Wardwell and Statesman attack Zach Reed toward the end line. Wardwell beat out four Hobart attacks to shovel the ball off to Peter Macartney to extinguish the offensive threat.“Being able to play outside the cage just makes you better and makes your team better,” Wardwell said. “Sometimes it’s a little bit of fun to just get out there and get to hit someone.”As much as he’s been able to revel in his successes, Wardwell says a large part in playing his position the right way is the ability to forget both the highs and the lows.Forget the double-overtime goal allowed to derail an undefeated season against Notre Dame in March. Forget the double-digit saves made in half of SU’s games this season. Forget the 10 goals allowed in the opening half against North Carolina.Wardwell worked intensely on blocking low-angle shots with undergraduate student coach Dominic Lamolinara going into the rematch against UNC in the ACC tournament semifinals.The senior keeper allowed only eight goals the second time around against the Tar Heels and lasted the entire game in the cage. The second chance given to Wardwell is one in seasons past he may not have gotten.He’s finally reached a point where the surprises are few and far between and it won’t take inhuman reflexes to corral what’s coming at him next.“It’s nice to be winning and having that kind of success,” Wardwell said. “But there’s still another trophy for us to go out and get.” Comments Published on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 am Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more