Today’s Games Tomorrow’s Game – 3:30 p.m.: Portmore United FC vs Maverley-Hughenden – Spanish Town Prison Oval – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion FC vs Reno FC – Effortville Community Centre – 6 p.m.: Waterhouse FC vs Arnett Gardens FC – Drewsland Stadium -3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Jamaloc FC – UWI Bowl, Mona – 8 p.m.: Harbour View FC vs Boys Town FC – Harbour View Stadium The saying ‘when the cat’s away the mice will play’ will apply to Humble Lion today when they host the plucky Reno Football Club in Red Stripe Premier League action at the Effortville Community Centre. With just a point and goal difference separating the top four teams, fourth-place Humble Lion, who are just a point behind second-place Montego Bay United and on the same points as third-place Tivoli Gardens, but with an inferior goal difference, will be aiming to capitalise on the absence of the duo. Both teams would have met today, but with defending champions Montego Bay United competing in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships, the game has been rescheduled. “In terms of points, we are joint second, and with Montego Bay and Tivoli Gardens idle, we could use this opportunity to climb up the table with a win and hope that UWIFC falter, which will make it even better for us,” Donovan Duckie, coach of Humble Lion, said. If all that Duckie hopes for happens, then Humble Lion will march to the top of the table. To do so, they will have to get through Reno FC, who have designs of their own. “This game is of utmost importance to us. We are aiming for a place in the top six, and Harbour View are just a point behind us, and we are six points behind sixth-place Arnett Gardens, so we cant’s afford to lose,” explained Wendell Downswell of Reno. He added: “Our intention was to get the maximum nine points for the month, but we have fallen short, having won our first match and losing the second to Arnett in the last two minutes of the game last week.” Today’s game, Downswell said, will be like a grudge match as “the first time we met this season, they beat us, and in our second game, they beat us at home. Traditionally, they have never beaten us at home and we intend to avenge that”. For Humble Lion to get the better of Reno, they will have to improve on last Monday’s performance when they registered a 2-1 win over Boys’ Town, according to Duckie. “As I said on Monday when we played against Boys’ Town, I thought we did not manage the game well, and we are looking for some improvement. We are looking for more responsibility from the senior players, and we hope to get that,” said Duckie, who will have a full squad to choose from. Reno will still be without their main offensive threat, Craig Foster but can look to Afiba Chambers, Jason McClean, and Shawn Genus to lead their charge, while Wolry Wolfe will be the chief architect for Humble Lion with support coming from Devon Hodges, Francois Swaby, Ricardo Dennis, and Andrew Vanzie. At Prison Oval, Portmore United should get the better of the struggling Maverley-Hughenden while Arnett Gardens should find the going tough at the rejuvenated Waterhouse. Leaders UWIFC, based on form, should get past Jamalco.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…The agent of Paul Pogba, Mino Raiola, will hold talks with Juventus after Euro 2016 to see if he can broker a deal for the player to leave the club and join either Manchester United or Real Madrid. José Mourinho hopes United will meet the player’s demands of €15.6m a year in an attempt to move ahead of Real in the chase for the player. (Guardian)United chief executive Ed Woodward has already begun negotiations that could see Pogba return to Old Trafford in a world record deal worth £100m. Juventus want to keep hold of the 23-year-old, but would find it hard to resist such a deal, which would see Pogba earning up to £300,000 a week at the club he left in 2012. (SkySports)Arsenal have held talks over a move for Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon but are reluctant to pay the French club’s asking price. Lyon want at least £42million for Lacazette and do not need to sell after defender Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona for £21m. (Daily Mail)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is planning to ship out at least eight more players this summer. Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel, Mario Balotelli and Joe Allen are set to be among the departures. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City are to finalise the £18million signing of Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow after he arrived for a medical. The deal for the 23-year-old Nigeria international will be announced at the weekend and he hopes to join up with his new team-mates for their training camp in Austria next week. (Daily Mail)Middlesbrough have flown in Borussia Dortmund’s Serbian centre half Neven Subotic for talks. Boro boss Aitor Karanka hopes to win the race for the defender, who will quit the Bundesliga this summer after deciding he wants to try England. Dortmund want a sale rather than a loan but Boro hope to find a deal that works and could sign him for a season with a view to a full time move. (The Sun)Everton have opened talks with Utrecht over their striker Sebastien Haller. The France U21 international was the subject of failed bids from Norwich City and Swansea in January and has been monitored by Ajax, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace over the past season. (Daily Mail)Radja Nainggolan has confirmed he will stay at Roma this summer despite a strong pursuit from Chelsea. (Daily Express)West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request. The 26-year old was the subject of an £11million bid from Sunderland last month but manager Sam Allardyce is considering switching attention to Lorient forward Benjamin Moukandjo. (Daily Mail)Davide Santon is set to join Sunderland from Internazionale with a medical apparently the only obstacle between the Italy full-back and a £4m return to the north-east, where he played for Newcastle United. (Guardian)Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook will have a medical at Bournemouth on Friday before sealing a £6m move to the Premier League side. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on former club Borussia Dortmund for Jakub BlaszczykowskiManchester United: Paris Saint-Germain considering move for Bastian SchweinsteigerN’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko on Juventus’ radar as Italian champions target new midfielderChelsea BLOW! Lyon beat Blues in race to sign highly-rated Argentine defender Emanuel MammanaCrystal Palace move to beat Tottenham to signing of Serie A playmaker Franco VazquezEverton and Galatasaray among clubs interested in signing Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu