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Sports News of Wednesday, 26 December 2018


Ghanaian players to watch on Boxing Day

Newcastle United midfielder Christian Atsu has been inconsistent with his performance this season but he would hope to make amends when the Magpies take on Premier League leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day at Anfield. Atsu, despite his troubles, is likely to start for Rafael Benitez's men who are seeking to end Liverpool's unbeaten run.

Ghana midfielder Yussif Rahman Chibsah will be in action when Frosinone welcome AC Milan to Stadio Benito Stirpe as they hope to recover from their terrible start to the Serie A campaign. With Frosinone having only nine points after 17 games, Chibsah is a sure bet to start in midfield to bring stability to the team.

Crystal Palace hope to build on their win over Manchester City and make it two victories in a row when they host Cardiff City on Boxing Day. The Eagles defied all odds to pull off a shock 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday with a wonder goal from Andros Townsend. Ghana striker Jordan Ayew will likely continue his bench role as in-form Townsend and Wilfried Zaha are expected to start. Jeffrey Schlupp may also start from the bench. A win for Roy Hodgson's men will move them six points clear of the relegation zone.

It will be fireworks when in-form Sassuolo battle it out with AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Boxing Day in Serie A. Midfielder Alfred Duncan is, without doubt, expected to retain his place in Sassuolo's setup. The youngster has become one of the key players in Roberto De Zerbi's squad as they hope to qualify to play in Europe next season. Kevin-Prince Boateng may miss this game due to injury he suffered last month.

Ghanaian defender Joseph Aidoo is expected to lead KRC Genk's defense when they host Gent in the Belgian First Division A to wrap up the year. After making the Uefa Europa League's Team of the Week a fortnight ago, the center-back will hope to see his side extending their seven-point lead in the league towards clinching the title.

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