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Daily Ticker: Championship Playoff Schedule Set, Chelsea Move On Torres, More

 Daily Ticker: Championship Playoff Schedule Set, Chelsea Move On Torres, More

Playoff Schedule For Premier League Promotion Set

Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion have already booked their tickets to the top flight next season but the EPL still has room for one more club. Teams that finished 3-6 will compete in a playoff for that final promotion spot in the Coca-Cola Championship Playoff. The fixtures have officially been announced and will follow the typical home-and-away format.

#3 Nottingham Forest vs. #6 Blackpool

First Leg: Saturday, May 8, at Blackpool, 12:45 GMT

Return Leg: Tuesday, May 11, at Nottingham Forest, 7:45 GMT

#4 Cardiff City vs. #5 Leicester City

First Leg: Sunday , May 9, at Leicester City, 1:15 GMT

Return Leg: Wednesday, May 12, at Cardiff City, 7:45 GMT

Rob McCuskey from our sister-site Championship Talk has an in-depth analysis of the matchups. Give it a read and tune in over the next two weeks to see who will be enjoying the riches of the EPL next season.

Chelsea Make £70 Million Bid For Torres

Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich is looking to take advantage of the vunerable Liverpool FC and poach star-striker Fernando Torres on a reported £70 million fee, according to Sportsmail. Chelsea has been relatively quiet in the last few transfer windows while Manchester City and Real Madrid have gone on a spending spree. In 2006, Chelsea made an unsuccessful bid for Liverpool captain Stephen Gerrard but the recent turmoil at Anfield makes Torres seem a lot more accessible. Liverpool officials have said Torres is not for sale but Abramovich, a Russian billionaire, has very deep pockets and Torres is not satisfied at Anfield. The Spaniard  is currently working through an injury and his World Cup may be in jeopardy.

Capello Send Medical Personnel To Assess Ferdinand And Rooney

With about a month until the World Cup England fans are understandably concerned about the lingering health problems of Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. Manager Fabio Capello has sent Dr. Ian Beasley, senior medical officer for the national team, to Manchester to assess the health of the two stars. The stop in Machester is only the first for Beasley, who will travel to all the EPL clubs to assess potential England players ahead of Capello’s announcement of his 30-man provisional roster. The 30-man provisional squad will compete against Mexico at Wembley on May 24 and against Japan in Austria on May 30.

Wenger Interested In Joe Hart

Aresnal’s goalkeeping troubles this season have been well documented with Manuel Almunia receiving a great deal of criticism for his play. Arsene Wenger is readying a bid for Birmingham keeper Joe Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City. Hart, who has impressed so much this season that he’s challenging for a ticket to South Africa with England, struggled for playing time at City but has been one of the cornerstone’s of Brimingham’s successful EPL campaign.  City are not likely to give up the keeper without a fight due to Shay Given’s long-term injury and lack of viable keeping options behind him. Arsenal have also been linked with Lyon and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. It may come down to whether or not Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon makes the jump to Manchester City and the prognosis of Shay’s rehabilitation.

8 Responses to Daily Ticker: Championship Playoff Schedule Set, Chelsea Move On Torres, More

  1. UpTheBlues says:

    Please no Roman…70 mil on Torres?! No way…but this is Sportsmail after all ;)

  2. Sacto Blues says:

    Eventhough Liverfool has money problems why would they sell Torres to a team within your own league who would make a point of destroying you the two times you meet not to mention to add to a team thats going to win the Premier league year in and year out.

  3. The_NZA says:

    torres says the epl is to hard on him physically then people link him to a move to a rival in said epl. Yea he’ll move, and pele is gonna come back to play for bolton.

  4. ovalball says:

    I really don’t see why Chelsea would want him in the first place. Not going to happen. ‘Tis the silly season for rumors.

  5. Steven Poe says:

    If Torres is sold, and it looks more likely now that Liverpool are out of the CL, he will go to Barcelona who are interested in him. Barcelona will try to give Liverpool Zlatan Ibrahimovich and cash for Torres. Torres won’t move to another Pl club as he has already stated that the physicality of the PL is why he has had so many injuries recently.

  6. Phil Sandifer says:

    Chelsea, who have two golden boot quality strikers, are going to drop 70 million on a third? Yeah – because that’s where they’re vulnerable. *eyeroll*

    The only major Premier League team that would meaningfully want Torres is Manchester United, where there is 0 chance of him moving. Chelsea doesn’t want to pay that much for a selection dilemma, Man City doesn’t want to pay that much for a fifth striker, and Arsenal are never going to drop 70 million on a player.

    Give that, if Torres moves – which I doubt he will – it will be abroad.

    But look, for all Liverpool’s problems, I don’t think there’s going to be a fire sale this year. Yeah, they need 4-5 good players, and a non-trivial transfer kitty to buy them with. But if they’re getting rid of players, it’s going to come from Riera, Babel, Lucas, and any defender not named Carragher, Skrtel, or Johnson. The only move I can see out of Liverpool is *maybe* Gerrard.

  7. Scott says:

    Yes BID BID BID for torres! We need a new YOUNG striker, and torres would be AWESOME!

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