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NEWCASTLE UNITED V SOUTHAMPTON: PPI PREVIEW

Newcastle United v Southampton – Saturday 17th January 17:30

This weekend will see Newcastle look to get back to winning ways having suffered a defeat to league leaders Chelsea in their last outing. The Geordies sit in tenth place in the league at the moment and will look to solidify their position with another victory this weekend.

Newcastle will look to please the toon faithful with a victory this weekend, and there is nothing that fans like to see more than hard work. The EA SPORTS Player Performance can highlight that Jack Colback has been an instant hit in Newcastle having covered a squad best 232.9km already this term. That hard work will be vital in an engine room going up against Southampton’s talented array of midfielders.

Moussa Sissoko will join him in midfield, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index also demonstrates what a fabulous season he is having in the black and white stripes. Sissoko has proved his box to box nature by bagging two goals, winning 63.3% of his 30 tackles and racking up 580 completed passes, with an accuracy of 79.3%.

At the back, yet also a threat going forward, Daryl Janmaat has had a great first half to his debut season on Tyneside. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index highlights that he has won 57 tackles so far this term, winning 76% of his tackles overall, racking up 52 clearances and 48 interceptions. Having already found the net once this season, he is 15/1 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

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This weekend’s visitors to St. James’ Park will come into the Saturday fixture brimming with confidence after a fantastic victory at Old Trafford saw them leapfrog the Manchester side and climb into third place. The Saints are now unbeaten in five, winning four of those matches, and will look to make it five wins from six.

A massive part of their form has been keeper Fraser Forster, as Southampton have the best defensive record in the league. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the England international shot stopper has now made 42 saves this season, at an average of 2.8 saves per goal conceded. He will be looking to keep his third consecutive clean sheet.

It should be no great surprise that Dusan Tadic was Southampton’s match winner last weekend, as explained by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He has had a fine debut campaign with the Saints, netting three times and also completing a squad best 34 crosses. He will both be a danger in front of goal and when he looks to turn provider.

One man who will thrive off that service is Graziano Pelle. The Saints top scorer has been in scintillating form this season, as demonstrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He has now scored eight times, converting 36.3% of his 22 shots on target. Like Tadic, he has the ability to both score and turn provider having also racked up five assists. He is 16/4 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

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Data supplied by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Select and manage your own team of stars at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ or with FIFA Ultimate team.

Soka Afrika: The Story Many Europeans Won’t Want To Hear

African players in the Premier League have been commonplace now for many years, wowing crowds with their often combatant style with great technique and skill, they have established themselves as household names in Europe’s top leagues, earning riches they could only ever have dreamed of. But for every Drogba and Eto’o there are hundreds that don’t make the grade. There is nothing strange about that, it is the same for all players, no matter where in the world they are from. But ‘Soka Afrika‘ explores the seedy side of African football, that us European fans are naive to.

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A documentary set in the build up to the 2009 FIFA World U20 Cup, focuses on two young African footballers, Kermit Erasmus from South Africa and Ndomo Julian Sabo from Cameroon. Both our chasing their dream, but take very different paths.

Soka Afrika follows Kermit as he establishes himself at Excelsior in Holland and with his national team, and Ndomo whose family is conned by an ‘agent’ to sell their possessions and send him to Europe with promise of trials and contracts. Ndomo ends up homeless and starving on the streets of Paris, miles from home and in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Soccer Trafficking is sadly commonplace, with would be agents exploiting the dreams of young African footballers (often as young as 15) living in poverty with promises of fortunes to be earned. For every one that makes it, hundreds are cast aside, alone in a foreign country.

The documentary, also follows Jean Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international who plied his trade in France as a pro. He and other fellow former African players setup ‘Culture Foot Solidaire’ to raise awareness and offer help to those like Ndomo who find themselves stranded.

Soka Afrika is a fantastic documentary, and is a real eye opener to those of us who have often bemoaned ‘pampered footballers’, it is hard hitting and tragic in places, but also leaves you feeling buoyant at the attitude and smiles of the young players wronged but still fighting to live their dream.

As an aside there is a also a quick look at the legacy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and it isn’t pretty….

A must watch for anyone who has watched African stars in European Leagues, and never given a second thought to how they might have got here!

Chris

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