Back to the 70s as Liverpool face Leeds in PL opener

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Leeds United have waited 16 long years to return to the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa’s side will get a very clear reminder of what they are now up against when they face champions Liverpool at Anfield in tomorrow’s season opener.Juergen Klopp’s side dominated the Premier League last season, winning their first domestic league title for 30 years by a massive 18-point margin from Manchester City.Leeds won the second-tier Championship by 10 points to secure their long-awaited promotion and are entering the top flight on a high, though it is a pity that their fans will still not be able to support their team in person.While the Yorkshire club have work to do to reestablish themselves in the Premier League, the fixture brings back memories of great clashes between the clubs in the early 1970s when they were among the top teams in the country.That period included a memorable Charity Shield game in 1974 when Kevin Keegan and Billy Bremner were sent off after punches were thrown at Wembley.Pressing rather than punching is likely to be the order of the day tomorrow and it will be fascinating to see Leeds, with their new Spanish striker Rodrigo, play their high-energy approach against Klopp’s similarly relentlessly attack.Analysis by data company Gracenote reveals that this season’s competition will contain the highest number of former league champions for 51 years.Fifteen clubs in this season’s Premier League have been English top-flight champions in their history. This is the most former winners to compete in an English top-flight season since the same number did so in the 1969-70 campaign.Two of those former champions, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, meet on Sunday in North London in a match which pits Jose Mourinho against Carlo Ancelotti.Spurs are searching for the consistency they so lacked last season while Everton have strengthened impressively in the transfer market with James Rodriguez, Brazilian Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure transforming their midfield.Chelsea, fourth last season, have been the busiest of all in the transfer market and several of their new faces are set to make their debuts in Monday night’s game at Brighton.Manchester City and Manchester United, second and third last term, both have bye weeks after being involved in European competition in August.last_img read more

LIDL issue urgent recall of popcorn products across Ireland

first_imgLIDL Ireland is recalling batches of sweet popcorn over health fears.The supermarket chain, which has a number of stores across Donegal, is asking customers to return Snack Day Sweet Popcorn because of “an elevated level of tropane alkaloids”.A message of the FSAI website reads: “Lidl Ireland is recalling the above two batches of Snack Day Sweet Popcorn due to an elevated level of tropane alkaloids. “The implicated product was on sale in Lidl Ireland stores from 7th May.“Lidl has issued an in-store notice requesting customers who have bought this product to return it to a Lidl store.”The affected product – pack size 200g – have a best before dates of December 30 and December 31, 2018.Anyone who bought the affected Snack Day Sweet Popcorn is asked to return it. According to the European Food Safety Authority, tropane alkaloids are “secondary metabolites which occur in several plant families“.LIDL issue urgent recall of popcorn products across Ireland was last modified: June 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLIDLpopcornrecalllast_img read more