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A prediction from Neymar Jnr, player ratings for the season so far and a round-up from the Women’s World Cup qualifiers feature in this morning’s media watch…
First up, Neymar!
In an interview with the Express, the Paris Saint-Germain star was asked for his top four Premier League prediction.
Speaking at the PokerStars European Poker Tour, Neymar said: “Who will in it? Woah, that’s difficult.”
“It’s very hard, it’s very difficult, butwill win it.
“Second will be United, third is Chelsea. Fourth is Tottenham.”
Next, a number of City stars have certainly impressed Manchester Evening News journalist Liam Corless so far this season as he awarded Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling all an eight out of ten.
Corless writes: “- The Frenchman has proved himself to be a huge attacking asset in the early stages of the season, recording four top-flight assists in as many games.
- Was just bedding in during the second half of last season but now looks to have come into his own. The centre-back has played every minute of City's Premier League campaign so far and netted the vital equaliser against Wolves last month.
"He is a gift." Not my words, but Pep Guardiola's. City's seemingly evergreen Brazilian doesn't stand out as much as his attacking teammates but he's equally important.
"David Silva 8 - The former Valencia man is one of the Premier League's all-time greats and he's already produced a moment of magic this season with a stunning free-kick in the win over Huddersfield.
“- Was a little rusty against Arsenal on the opening day but returned to form with a hat-trick against Huddersfield.
- The winger capped a sensational display against Arsenal with a great goal and notched another screamer in the win over Newcastle at the weekend.”
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Finally, Scotland qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time in history – with three of our City stars making appearances.
Jen Beattie, Caroline Weir and Claire Emslie all had a hand in sealing the 2-1 win over Albania to secure their spot in next year’s Women’s World Cup.
“Scotland faced Switzerland in Paisley on Thursday knowing a two-goal winning margin would put their destiny in their own hands,” BBC reporter Amy MacBeath scribes. “After a tense 2-1 win, there was a sense of deflation as attempting to secure a play-off place then became a more realistic target.
“Their mission was clear going into this encounter. With that play-off place a likelihood, they could afford to go all-out in attack and make sure they ended their campaign on a high.
“If all went their way in Albania and Poland, the Scots would be celebrating a place at their first World Cup.
“It surely could not be as simple as that - not for a country whose hopes have been dashed so often.
“It remained goalless in Poland and the Scots bullied the tiring Albanians as those in attendance watched the clock and the score elsewhere.
“As the final whistle came and the sun dipped low behind the Loro Borici stadium, there was disbelief.
“Scotland had done it.”
WE DID IT!!!!! WE'RE OFF TO FRANCE!!!💙💙💙💙 https://t.co/cIutayJEGb— Caroline Weir (@itscarolineweir) September 4, 2018
WE ARE GOING TO THE WORLD CUP!!!!!! GET IN THERE SCOTLAND!!!!!!🏴🏴🏴🏴❤️— Claire Emslie (@emslie22) September 4, 2018
That’s all for today’s media round-up, but we will be back tomorrow with all the latest news and headlines from the back pages.
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