International predictions: Scotland to end 22 years of hurt, Northern Ireland to edge past Slovakia | Football News

first_imgOur betting expert Jones Knows makes his predictions for a bumper night of international football on Thursday – can Scotland and Northern Ireland do it?Serbia vs Scotland, Thursday 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football and free-to-air on Sky Pick England are the 1/3 favourites with Sky Bet to win at Wembley, while the Republic of Ireland are at 17/2 and the draw 15/4.Those prices look about right to me as I’d be in no rush to take on England, mostly due to Ireland’s lack of goal threat. They have scored just twice in their last eight competitive fixtures and the retirement of David McGoldrick doesn’t help in that regard.Meanwhile, England are unbeaten in their last nine friendly games (W6 D3) since a 3-2 defeat against France in June 2017, conceding just two goals in those nine games.An England win to nil looks the obvious but solid play.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)Wales vs USA, Thursday 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Mix – Advertisement – England manager Gareth Southgate during the friendly win over WalesImage:England manager Gareth Southgate during the friendly win over Wales When analysing the results from the last round of one-legged qualifying and similar fixtures such as the first leg of a play-off for a spot at the World Cup or European Championship in the last 20 years, games are averaging just 1.7 goals per game. Included in that collection of results was Scotland’s 0-0 draw with Israel – a game that Steve Clarke’s team edged on penalties.Scotland are in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2), their best international sequence in 32 years. ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: John McGinn to score anytime (6/1 with Sky Bet)Northern Ireland vs Slovakia, Thursday 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League and free-to-air on Sky Challenge When this Northern Ireland team need a performance, they usually deliver.This group has been through a lot together and come across more like a club side than a national team. For the majority of the squad, playing for their country is their bread and butter.The basis of the squad that qualified for Euro 2016 and progressed through the group stages there are still intact – and there is some unfinished business on their agenda, having missed out at the 2018 World Cup due to a controversial penalty award against Switzerland. Thursday 12th November 7:40pm But this is a huge test, despite Serbia being on a run of just one win in six – that only win coming vs Norway in their play-off semi-final. A low-scoring draw would be a fantastic result for Clarke and his boys – I think they can get it and take it to penalties. A Scotland win via that method is a 14/1 shot – a price juicy enough for a poke.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Kick off 7:45pm Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Who could step up and be a national hero then? It takes a certain type to do so. Having no fear is a prerequisite but also someone who is oozing confidence. With those factors in mind, I’m looking at John McGinn’s price to score anytime as a main bet to focus on.Under Clarke in the European Championship qualification process, McGinn averaged 2.8 shots on goal per game when starting. Clarke has deployed him in a much more attacking role than Aston Villa do, and he’s repaid the faith by scoring five times since Clarke took the job. He heads to this winner-takes-all tie in arguably the form of his life, having played every minute of Villa’s impressive start to the season. The 6/1 for him to score is a tempter.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet – Scotland to win on penalties 14/1)- Advertisement – Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Stuart Dallas, Jamal Lewis, Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans and Steven Davis provide a strong spine that can be relied upon to keep out similarly ranked opposition like Slovakia, who were fortunate to progress past Republic of Ireland in their previous play-off match.One goal just might be enough, looking at Slovakia’s defensive record. They have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 15 competitive away games, since November 2014 – the only UEFA nation on a longer run without a competitive clean sheet away from home are Armenia (21 games).Slovakia remain without the injured Martin Dubravka, too. A big miss.It won’t be pretty or entertaining, but an edgy home win is the play, with perhaps one of the old boys like Davis or Evans getting their moment of national recognition by netting the winner.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)England vs Republic of Ireland, Thursday 8pmMemories are very short when it comes to managers at the top level. There isn’t much wriggle room for Gareth Southgate over the next few fixtures after the Denmark defeat.Despite beating Belgium recently, is he really getting the best out of an outstanding crop of English talent? He could do with reminding a few naysayers that he is the man for the job over the next week. That’s why I’d be surprised if he experiments too much in key areas for this friendly. One thing you can almost guarantee from a play-off fixture of such nature is tension. It’s not a time for risks. We’re likely to see games of chess rather than basketball-like football.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Northern Ireland vs Slovakia Serbia vs Scotland Ryan Giggs’ absence has to come into consideration when assessing the outcome against the USA in Swansea. The Wales boss won’t be in the dugout for this friendly or for the Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Finland. Kick off 7:45pm Aaron Ramsey is missing due to a thigh injury, whilst Gareth Bale still doesn’t look himself despite more game-time at Tottenham.USA coach Gregg Berhalter has left all his MLS players at home, so it will be an inexperienced side full of youth and energy but Christian Pulisic is likely to play some part, according to his manager. They can be relied on to get a result.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet) Wales vs USAlast_img read more

Aberavon Coastal Scheme Progresses

first_imgNeath Port Talbot Council and their contractor Knights Brown are making good progress on the vital scheme to repair and strengthen the iconic Aberavon Seafront Promenade.The work is part funded by the Welsh Government through its Coastal Risk Management Program – first announced by the Welsh Government in 2014.It aims to reduce flood and coastal risk to more than 18,000 properties across Wales through projects to repair, replace and create coastal flood alleviation assets.The coastal defense project involves structural concrete repairs to the existing sea walls, toe protection (repairs to the lower part of the sea wall involving 30,000 tonnes of rock armour) and improved access which will include a new slipway at the promenade’s western end.Work has been completed on the rock armor protection work, structural investigation and concrete steps. The contractor is now focusing on completing concrete repairs, a new access ramp, surfacing repairs, street furniture and handrailing repairs, said the council.last_img read more

WWE Survivor Series 2019 live stream: How to watch WWE Network, PPV price

first_imgGet ready for WWE Survivor Series, the WWE’s annual brand versus event and one of its biggest shows of the year.WWE will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. just outside of Chicago on Sunday, November 24 for the event. — The Viking Raiders vs. The New Day vs. Undisputed Era in a Triple Threat match (kickoff show)— WWE NXT Cruiserweight champion Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto (kickoff show)Note: Each of the matches listed above are confirmed for the official card. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe show is almost here so keep checking back here as the card continues to fill up. Plus, Sporting News will have plenty of WWE Survivor Series 2019 coverage on the day of the event.WWE Survivor Series 2019 live streamTV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: WWE.com/livestream+WWE Survivor Series 2019 will be available via the WWE Network and on pay-per-view.The WWE Network app is available on certain smart TVs – including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic – as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.When time does WWE Survivor Series 2019 start?Date: Sunday, Nov. 24Time: 6 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Allstate Arena in Rosemont,Ill.WWE Survivor Series 2019 will air live on Sunday, November 24, 2019. The pre-show will start at 6 p.m. ET with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET.How much does WWE Survivor Series 2019 PPV cost?You can purchase WWE Survivor Series on pay-per-view through cable and satellite providers including Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, Verizon FiOS TV, Cable One, Dish Network and DirecTV for $59.99-$69.99.How much are tickets for WWE Survivor Series 2019?Tickets for WWE Survivor Series 2019 are available on Ticketmaster and Stubhub. They range in cost from the cheapest, around $100, to the most expensive tickets above $1,900.WWE Survivor Series 2019 matches— Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match for the WWE championship— “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan for the Universal championship— Becky Lynch vs. Bayley vs. Shayna Baszler in a Triple Threat match— Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (Tommaso Ciampa, WALTER, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, and Damien Priest) in a men’s 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match— Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Kairi Sane, Sarah Logan, Natalya) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans Nikki Cross) vs. Team NXT  (Rhea Ripley, Candice LaRae, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Toni Storm) in a women’s 5-on-5-on-5 elimination match— AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong— Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne for the NXT championshiplast_img read more

Scotiabank the latest lender to have earnings buffeted by loan loss provisions

first_imgScotiabank the latest lender to have earnings buffeted by loan loss provisions Only bank so far to see rise in provisions from first quarter Sponsored By: What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation More The Bank of Nova Scotia on Tuesday became the latest Canadian lender to report second-quarter earnings watered down by higher estimates of possible loan losses, provisions prompted in part by accounting rule changes, a dimmer economic outlook and expanded credit portfolios.Scotiabank, Canada’s third-largest lender, reported a profit of $2.26 billion for the three months ended April 30, up four per cent from the same quarter last year. After adjusting for the various costs and gains on recent acquisitions and sales of assets, the bank’s earnings per share for its fiscal second quarter came in at $1.70, below analysts’ expectations and down a cent from a year ago.Provisions for credit losses (PCLs) — money set aside to cover bad loans, which the banks must expense — rose year-over-year for Scotiabank’s second quarter, to $873 million from $534 million. Adjusted PCLs for the quarter were $722 million, up from $688 million in the previous quarter, which saw significant market volatility. Canada’s biggest banks are finding their growth everywhere but Canada RBC and TD see investment-banking rebound as earnings top expectations CIBC says drop in big-city mortgage markets has been larger and longer than expected Scotiabank said international acquisitions, such as the lender’s purchase of a majority stake in a bank in Chile last year, had an impact on its PCLs.“Credit quality remains high and the outlook is stable,” said Brian Porter, president and CEO of Scotiabank, during a conference call Tuesday morning. “Growth in PCLs was substantially driven by acquisitions and volume growth. Our PCL ratio is in line with our long-term average.”Scotiabank was not alone in seeing higher year-over-year PCLs for the period, but it is the only Big Five lender to have reported results so far this earnings season with higher PCLs in the second quarter of its fiscal year than the first. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank reported higher second-quarter provisions last week compared to a year ago. Bank of Montreal will report its second-quarter financial results on Wednesday.In addition to growing loan books, the banks recently had to change the way they account for possible loan losses, looking to the future when tallying them up. Scotiabank said its acquisition-related costs included “Day 1” provision for credit losses related to purchases in Peru and the Dominican Republic, as required by the IFRS 9 accounting standard it adopted in Nov. 2017.Recently, Canada’s major lenders have come in for another round of scrutiny from short-sellers, most notably Steve Eisman, of The Big Short fame, who said in March that he was calling for “a simple normalization of credit” and said increases in provisions for loan losses “signalled pain that would drag down shares over time,” the Financial Times reported.In a recent report, Hamilton Capital Partners Inc. pointed out loan losses and capital markets are two of the key drivers of volatility in bank earnings, and that lenders had “transitioned last year from an ‘incurred loss’ model (i.e., report losses when they occur) to an ‘expected loss’ model (i.e., book estimated losses before they occur).”“Therefore, the banks now need to estimate the potential loan losses in their existing loan portfolios based on their expectations for changes in the broader economy,” the Toronto-based ETF manager said. “Reduced visibility in this critical expense will very likely make it more difficult for analysts to forecast quarterly EPS (earnings per share), increasing the probability of beats/misses and resultant share price volatility.”The Canadian economy has seen its forecast grow cloudier. Scotiabank noted its provisions on performing loans had been affected by several things, including “less favourable macro-economic inputs mainly in Canada.”Canaccord Genuity analyst Scott Chan wrote in a note Tuesday that the bank’s adjusted PCLs were higher than the analyst consensus of $673 million.“Larger relative total provisions … was the main variance to the EPS miss,” Chan said.Eight Capital analyst Steve Theriault said Scotiabank’s “modest miss” could be chalked up to “a higher drag from the Other division and a miss in Canadian Banking (partly due to elevated credit costs), partially offset by beats in International Banking, Canadian Wealth and Global Banking & Markets (i.e., capital markets).”Porter said later in the call that Scotiabank expects its financial performance for the second half of its fiscal year to be better than the first for several reasons, including further contributions from its recent acquisitions, ongoing growth from international banking and stronger output from Canadian banking.“And lastly, strong capital ratios, which provide the bank optionality,” the CEO said.• Email: gzochodne@nationalpost.com | Twitter: Facebook Featured Stories Share this storyScotiabank the latest lender to have earnings buffeted by loan loss provisions Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation → May 28, 20195:18 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Geoff Zochodne center_img Reddit Recommended For YouNickel jumps but fear of Indonesia export ban is unfounded: Andy HomeCrude futures fall after strong build in U.S. oil products stocksJapan may take S.Korea wartime labor dispute to International Court of Justice-NHKDollar held back by lower U.S. yields, rebound in poundOhio Senate passes bill to save state’s two nuclear power plants Scotiabank reported second-quarter net income of $2.26 billion, up from $2.18 billion a year earlier.Bloomberg Comment Email Twitter 0 Comments advertisement ← Previous Next →last_img read more