Third classico in three weeks headlines La Liga Match-Day 26

first_img Tags: Spanish La Ligatop Rayo Vallecano vs GironaEstadio de Vallecas, MadridFriday, 01-03-2019 @11pmThis Friday’s game in La Liga comes from Vallecas and it’s a really significant one at the bottom end of the division. It features two sides who have been in poor form. Girona have at least found a couple of results over the past fortnight but they have slipped down into trouble. Rayo Vallecano’s plight is more serious but they would move out of the drop-zone with victory here.The Madrid club have suffered 4 straight defeats in La Liga. That sequence actually followed a run of 13 points from 5 games so they’ve been brought down to Earth with a bit of a bump after such a good run which offered them real hope of scrapping their way to safety. Those 4 losses add a bit of pressure on Michel again but it seems likely now that the Rayo board and fans will keep faith with their boss for the duration of this campaign, for better or worse.Girona coach Eusebio must have been starting to get a bit edgy too after his side went 13 without a win in all competitions and suffered 6 straight defeats. However almost out of nowhere they went to the Bernabeu and won 2-1 to stop the rot but they could only draw at home to a weakened Real Sociedad side on Monday.Their home form has really held them back this term but they do have a decent record on the road. They average 1.33 points per game on their travels, the 5th best record in the division. Rayo meanwhile have lost 46% of their home league games and their current 4 game losing streak does include defeats to possible relegation rivals Espanyol and Leganes.Espanyol vs Real ValladolidRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSaturday, 02-03-2019 @3pmThe first game this Saturday in La Liga comes from the RCDE Stadium on the outskirts of Barcelona where Espanyol are in action against Real Valladolid. Both sides have lingering relegation worries but victory for either side here would go a long way to easing them so it’s a significant game in the bottom half.Espanyol were flying high in the top six earlier in the campaign but they’ve lost their way pretty badly. Even so back-to-back home games against Huesca and Valladolid, both promoted last year, appeared to give them a good chance to kill off any relegation fears. They were held by the bottom club last weekend though and this is on paper a slightly tougher game.Valladolid aren’t scoring many but they are tough to break down and they still hover just above the drop-zone. However a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis last weekend was a major setback for them. They come into this game in 16th but defeat would give the sides below them a real chance to make ground in their games.Overall this is just not a game that promises to deliver many goals. Valladolid have failed to score in each of their last 4 matches. They average just 0.76 goals per game in La Liga this term and that is the worst record by some margin. Even bottom club Huesca, the side with the next worst return, has scored 5 more goals than them.Valladolid are pretty solid at the back though. They tend to park the bus on the road and have let in just 1.23 goals per game away, a very impressive record for a newly promoted side. 77% of their away fixtures in the Spanish top flight this term have produced under 2.5 goals in total and given they’d be content with a point here, a repeat seems very possible.Espanyol are by no means the most creative team in the division and you wouldn’t back them to create that many chances here, particularly with a few of the wingers out injured right now. Their new Chinese signing Wu Lei has shown glimpses of quality but is yet to score while the goals have also dried up a bit for top scorer Borja Iglesias, who has only scored once in his last 6 matches.Villarreal vs Deportivo AlavesEstadio de la Ceramica, VillarrealSaturday, 02-03-2019 @6:15pmThis Saturday’s clash in La Liga features two sides who are at the opposite end of the table to what might have been expected. Top six regulars Villarreal find themselves battling the drop in 18th while Alaves are riding high in 6th heading into this game. There is certainly plenty at stake here as the hosts aim to climb out of the drop-zone while Alaves look to further their surprise European push.Villarreal lost for the first time since the reappointment of Javi Calleja last time out. They were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid but overall the level of their performances have improved since Calleja returned just 50 days on from his sacking. They have made progress in Europe and beat Sevilla 3-0 in their most recent home league game, a huge confidence boost in their bid for survival.Alaves meanwhile are still accumulating points after a difficult January. They come into this match unbeaten in 3 and they refuse to budge from the top six where they’ve surprisingly spent most of the season. Victory here would push them onto that magic 40 point figure and then they could really start to focus on trying to secure European qualification.This isn’t a particularly easy one to call but Villarreal certainly look short at around 4/6 for the win with most bookies. Only Huesca have a worse home record than them this season in La Liga with the Yellow Submarine averaging less than a point per game in front of their own fans. They’ve won just 1 of their last 7 at home in all competitions and it’s probably too soon to say they are a revitalised force on the back of just one impressive home win.Alaves have been written off all season but keep grinding out results and you can still get generous odds for them to get something from this game. They had a 3 game losing streak around the end of January but they were their only losses in their last 10 outings. That streak could in part be explained by the departure of Ibai Gomez and an injury to Jony, which left them without their two most creative players.Since then though, Jony has returned to fitness and new signing Takashi Inui has come back from the Asian Cup giving them much more quality out wide again. They still look a tough side to beat and backing Alaves Double Chance could be worth considering here, mainly because of Villarreal’s dreadful home record this season.Huesca vs SevillaEstadi El Alcoraz, HuescaSaturday, 02-03-2019 @8:30pmThis Saturday’s game sees two sides who really need a win meet. Huesca’s battle for safety has stepped up a notch over the past month but they still remain rooted to the foot of the table and 6 points off safety. They need to take full advantage of their home games but Sevilla will be hungry for the win too having slipped out of the top four on the last match-day.They’ve been in a Champions League position virtually all season however it is just 1 win in 9 league games now for the Andalusian side. It’s also just 1 point in 4 matches after Barcelona came from behind to win 4-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last time out. Pablo Machin’s side would have been grateful for the week off here to prepare for this but their heavy cup schedule does appear to be really taking a toll on their league form.This isn’t a particularly good time for them to be catching Huesca. The top flight debutants looked absolutely nailed on for relegation a month back but they now have a glimmer of hope. They come into this match having lost only 1 of their last 5 matches with their latest game seeing them get a 1-1 draw at Espanyol.Overall there does look to be value in backing the hosts to get a result from this game. Even when they weren’t getting results, their performances weren’t as bad as the league table suggested. They average 1.1 xG per game, giving up 1.31, which are Expected Goals, stats you’d be more likely to see from a side in mid-table or slightly below not from one that has been rock bottom for virtually the entire campaign.Real Madrid vs BarcelonaEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSaturday, 02-03-2019 @10:45pmFor the third time in less than a month and the second time in four days, Barcelona and Real Madrid face off this Saturday. This time it’s La Liga in which they meet and Los Blancos will be out for revenge having been emphatically knocked out of the Copa del Rey in midweek with Luis Suarez scoring twice in a 3-0 Barca win.It was a result that looked improbable at Half-Time. Real Madrid had created the better openings and had managed to negate the huge threat of Leo Messi and Luis Suarez effectively. Even by the end, the shot count read 14-4 in Real’s favour but the Catalans were absolutely clinical in the 2nd Half, sealing a 4-1 aggregate win and yet another Copa del Rey Final appearance.Barcelona now are very well placed to seal a domestic double for the second season in succession. Even if they lose this game, they will have a 6 point advantage on Real Madrid with almost certainly a superior head-to-head record after their 5-1 win at Camp Nou earlier in the season. If they can win it, they will put a potentially terminal dent in the title challenges of both Madrid clubs.Overall, they look well capable of doing that. While it’s true Real Madrid had the better of large chunks of Wednesday’s meeting, the match again highlighted how Barcelona are simply much better at finishing chances. Leo Messi and Luis Suarez have netted 41 league goals between them already this term, just 2 fewer than the entire Real Madrid team.While Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius may all reflect on good seasons in many respects, they simply aren’t anywhere near as ruthless. That leaves Santi Solari with a tough call to make as to whether or not to recall out of favour Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio or even forgotten man Isco for this game. Bale could perhaps provide some cutting edge in the final third but in truth hasn’t done it regularly enough this term.Despite an overall upturn in their form and level of performance, Real Madrid have still lost 4 of their last 10 home games in all competitions. Up against a Barcelona side that has only lost 3 times in 63 league fixtures under Ernesto Valverde.Eibar vs Celta VigoEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSunday, 03-03-2019 @2pm*Details to follow shortlyReal Betis vs GetafeEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSunday, 03-03-2019 @6:15pm*Details to follow shortly  Real Sociedad vs Atletico MadridEstadio Municipal de Anoeta, DonostiaSunday, 03-03-2019 @08:30pm*Details to follow shortlyValencia vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 03-03-2019 @10:45pm*Details to follow shortly  Leganes vs LevanteEstadio Municipal de Bartarque, LeganesMonday, 04-03-2019 @11pm*Details to follow shortlyBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more

Play your part in saving energy

first_img49m, South Africa’s biggest energy saving movement, has called on all South Africans to save energy this winter. “The purpose of this outdoor campaign is to remind all South Africans to do their bit to save electricity during the hardest months of the year where demand increases drastically as research has shown that for every degree the temperature drops, electricity demand increases by up to 700MW during the evenings,” said Kheepe Moremi, 49M’s ambassador. The commercial opens with a black screen, with small white copy and audio telling the viewer that every little bit of saving helps. The radio commercial also calls on listeners to start saving the little they can, as it will help ease the pressure on the national grid. The campaign now has new television and radio commercial adverts that not only emphasise the importance of saving electricity but also shows consumers that 49M is really putting its money where its mouth is. South Africans heeded the call and saved a whopping 402MW, enough electricity to power the city of Mangaung (Bloemfontein) for a day. The campaign, which is fast becoming a trendsetter by challenging citizens to live energy efficient lives, has been well received through a nationwide creative campaign reminding all of the power they have to make a difference. 23 May 2012 The campaign can also be seen on billboards in metropolitan areas and townships across the country. These adverts are aimed at motorists and commuters in transit. Black 49M branded taxis will also hit the streets soon – an initiative that will take the 49M brand to new heights. A lot has been done since the campaign was launched just over a year ago. Recently, the movement called on all South Africans to participate in Earth Hour on March 31 by switching off all unused electricity appliances. Source: BuaNews The television commercial literally saves power by only using a black screen and uses audio to communicate the message to save energy. To date, the campaign has reached more than 40 000 South Africans in one-on-one conversations and over 7-million people through the above-the-line campaign.last_img read more

Congress Poised to Give Renewables a Big Boost

first_imgUPDATE: Both the House and Senate passed this legislation on December 18. President Obama was expected to sign it into law. For more, read this. Congress tackles a spending bill this week that promises to keep federal tax credits for solar and wind projects intact as part of a deal ending a ban on U.S. crude oil exports.The $1.15 trillion spending bill announced earlier in the week would extend the Production Tax Credit for wind projects through 2020, a post at Greentech Media said, while the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects would stay at the current 30% through 2019 before falling over the next several years to 10% in 2022.The ITC had been scheduled to drop to 10% for commercial projects and disappear altogether for residential installations at the end of 2016. The tax credit for wind projects was dropped at the end of 2014, but developers who had started construction were able to make use of it this year.Cory Honeyman, a senior solar analyst at GTM Research, said that the tax credit extension is “without question a game-changer for U.S. solar’s growth trajectory.”Lawmakers were expected to vote on the measure Thursday night or Friday morning, and while Democrats have said they support the plan, there is still opposition to permitting oil exports for the first time in 40 years. Democrats view that as an oil industry subsidy as well as an environmental threat.The impact of continued tax credits would be huge.GTM Research predicted that the tax credit extension would result in 25 gigawatts of new photovoltaic (PV) capacity over the next five years, 54% more than would have been added without the credit.“The ITC extension currently written into the omnibus spending bill will result in a 20-gigawatt annual solar market in the U.S. by 2020,” said Shayle Kann, senior VP of GTM Research. “At that rate, more solar will be installed each year than was added to the grid cumulatively through 2014.”Honeyman added that continuing the ITC would likely result in utility-scale solar contracts for less than 4 cents a kilowatt hour “on a regular basis over the next two years,” GTM Research said. No phase-out until 2022Under the current proposal, the ITC would remain at 30% through 2019 before dropping to 26% in 2020, and to 22% in 2021. In 2022 and after, the tax credit would be pegged at 10% of the cost of a project for non-residential and third-party owned residential systems. Homeowners who installed systems on their own houses would get no tax credits after 2022.GTM Research said that a “commerce-construction” provision allows projects coming online by the end of 2023 to qualify for the larger tax credits.The ITC, along with falling prices for PV modules, has been a major driver of solar installations, and the move to keep it alive will provide a big boost for installers. The Wall Street Journal reported shares of SolarCity, the country’s largest installer, were up 34% on Wednesday on news of the deal.The Solar Energy Industries Association says that the continuation of the tax credit could add as many as 140,000 jobs to the industry’s existing workforce of 200,000.Wind projects will be able to claim a credit of 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour through the end of 2016, before the production tax credit begins to fall. It would be phased out completely in 2020. The biggest markets for wind are in Texas and California. Patten Energy Group, which develops wind projects in the Texas panhandle and elsewhere, saw its shares close 11% higher on Wednesday. Its CEO said that the tax credit extension “will save jobs,” The Wall Street Journal reported.Extending the tax credits for wind will cost taxpayers $14.5 billion, the newspaper said, while continued solar credits will cost taxpayers $9.3 billion.last_img read more

Kahnawake opposes nuclear shipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake are concerned about the potential shipment of nuclear waste bound for Sweden from the Bruce Power station.For those living in the community, this is just too close for comfort.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin describes the situation.last_img