Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester

first_imgArsenal entertain Leicester after four wins on the bounce in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has backed his former club to use the momentum they gained from their impressive victory at Wolves to beat Leicester this evening. The Gunners lost to Manchester City and Brighton in what was a miserable return following their enforced three-month break but Mikel Arteta’s men have since returned to form, winning their last four matches in all competitions. Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette at Molineaux ensured Arsenal closed the gap on sixth-placed Wolves to just three points and the north London outfit will be in a confident mood ahead of tonight’s clash at the Emirates. Comment Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester Leicester head into the clash after a comprehensive victory at home to Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)However, third-placed Leicester will also be buoyed after their 3-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace in the wake of successive defeats to Chelsea and Everton. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his prediction ahead of Arsenal’s encounter with the Foxes, Parlour told VBET News: ‘Leicester are coming off a really good win which they needed because they haven’t had a great start after lockdown. A good three points at home to Crystal Palace.‘Arsenal, what a result! What a fantastic result away to Wolves, winning 2-0. I had that one down as a draw. I would have been delighted with a draw.‘But it was a brilliant three points. Saka again. What a goal from him.‘So I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ve got momentum, they are really doing well at the moment. They’re looking at that fifth place  if they can close the gap and this is a massive game.‘They’ve got three big games coming up so I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ll play three at the back and I’m going to go with a 2-1 win for Arsenal.’What will the result be at the Emirates?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Leicester win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Arteta’s men play host to third-placed Leicester in north London (Pictrure: Getty)Mikel Arteta is under no illusions about the size of the task at hand in securing qualification for next season’s Champions League despite Arsenal’s impressive run of results. ‘Well now we are on a good run, we’ve got some momentum and we’re getting to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks and we’re just trying to get prepared as well as we can,’ the Arsenal head coach said. ‘We know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season. ‘We are very focused and committed to trying to do as well as we can.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Spaniard added: ‘I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. ‘It’s not about winning one game. I think we need to go game-by-game. ‘A few weeks ago, we were really far from even thinking about Europe and now we are a little bit closer at the moment. ‘So let’s go game-by-game and see where it takes us.’Can Arsenal still qualify for the Champions League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal clashesMORE: Emiliano Martinez praises Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s ruthlessness amid Matteo Guendouzi sagacenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 2:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shareslast_img read more

Box Clever case handed back to Upper Tribunal as evidence debate continues

first_imgThe ongoing ITV vs Box Clever case has reached a new stage as the UK Court of Appeal handed back the debate to the Upper Tribunal, some 15 months after it left the court.The legal wrangling relates back to attempts by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to issue a financial support direction (FSD) to ITV to cover the Box Clever pension scheme deficit.FSDs create a legal requirement on a company to contribute to deficit repairs within a pension scheme it has links to.The case will now be re-heard by the Upper Tribunal, which must decide if TPR and the trustees can use additional evidence submitted outside of its original FSD case, something that ITV requested be ignored. The Upper Tribunal is effectively an appeals court but does allow new evidence to be submitted as part of an ongoing case.It originally dismissed ITV’s protests over the new evidence, but the Court of Appeal has now requested the court re-examine the case from scratch.The Court of Appeal did not accept ITV’s request to have new evidence struck from the case, but, when referring the case back to the Upper Tribunal, it asked it to consider why additional evidence was submitted late on in the litigation.Hogan Lovells, the law firm representing ITV, said the judgment showed its questions regarding the late-stage submission of TPR’s evidence was important, and that it should not be approached on a “simplistic” basis.Angela Dimsdale Gill, the litigation partner for Hogan Lovells, said it welcomed the guidance from the Courts, as clarity was necessary for TPR, and others, over what the regulator can and cannot do.“The fact it is not to be taken as a given that the regulator can change its case whenever it pleases – as contended by the regulator – means it would do well to determine at the outset what the justification for its regulatory action is, since it will by no means be certain it will be able to change horses later on,” she added.A spokeswoman for TPR said: “The regulator is pleased the Court of Appeal has rejected the test advocated by ITV and that it has adopted a broad discretionary test, following arguments advanced by the regulator and trustees.”The case refers back to September 2011 when TPR issued a warning notice to ITV regarding the potential of an FSD. The regulator’s Determinations Panel decided to follow through three months later.ITV referred the £62m challenge from TPR and the trustees for Box Clever to the Upper Tribunal, where both parties made cases based on the evidence used within the FSD determination.However, in a second round of evidence, TPR amended its case, making different allegations against ITV over its funding for the Box Clever scheme, at which point ITV requested the new evidence be ignored.The Upper Tribunal rejected this appeal in December 2013 before ITV took the request to the Court of Appeal, which ruled this week.Dimsdale Gill said the next chapters of the case could prove significant for the pensions and business community – in a variety of ways, it would “test the threshold of the regulator’s powers”.It is likely the retrospective application of legislation will remain a key part of the case, given the power to issue FSDs did not exist until 2005, some two years after Box Clever’s failure and five after it was created.Box Clever was a joint venture set up in 2000 by Granada (now ITV) and Thorn TV, and included the creation of the pension scheme for transferred and new employees.The company failed in 2003, leaving a pension scheme deficit of around £60m (€82m).However, ITV said it never had any involvement in the scheme and oversaw no increase it its shortfall.Some 11 years after the failure of the firm, the Box Clever scheme entered PPF assessment in late 2014.last_img read more