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Roundup: How can I watch/hear coverage of tonight’s game? & Did Defoe join the right club?

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Tonight, for the first time this season, there will be no way to watch Sunderland play live unless you are at the game. Plus, an update on how Defoe, Lens and Borini are getting on at their new clubs.

Carlisle United v Exeter City - Sky Bet League Two Play off Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

No iFollow for tonight’s game - your options are limited

The only way you’ll be able to catch this evening’s cup tie with Carlisle live is if you actually head to the game - whilst Carlisle utilise the iFollow streaming service, their coverage for cup games only extends to live audio commentary.

That said, there are other ways of keeping up with most of the action if you cannot make it along.

Skysports News will show instant goal highlights from tonight’s Carabao Cup games as part of their Gillette Soccer Special show, whilst BBC Newcastle (95.4FM) will provide their usual coverage as Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett take you through all of the action from Brunton Park following their Totalsport show at 7pm. If you’re outside of the North East, the radio commentary is unfortunately behind an SAFC.com paywall as you’ll have to stream it online.

Sunderland’s Supporter liaison officer Chris Waters confirmed yesterday on Twitter that a limited amount of tickets will be available from a turnstile at Brunton Park tonight, priced at £19, so if you’d like to take in the game and haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then that’s your only option - unless, of course, you fancy dodging into the home end undercover.

For those that are headed across the Pennines to take in the game this evening, make sure you read our Away Guide here.

Having spoken to a Carlisle-supporting friend this morning, I’m reliably informed that Carlisle Rugby Club (CA1 1LW) is a canny place to head and is away fan friendly, with car parking available at three quid. We’ll be headed there so we might see one or two of you for a pint!


Did Jermain Defoenately make the correct decision to leave?

Premier League side AFC Bournemouth are just two games in to their season, yet already Jermain Defoe has spoken out about his frustration having not started either of their fixtures so far in this campaign.

AFC Bournemouth v Watford  - Premier League Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Speaking following his side’s humbling defeat to Watford on Saturday, Defoe exclaimed:

Itching to start? Yes, of course I am – everybody wants to play and I think the manager knows I’m ready now.

I remember I missed a couple of pre-season games with Sunderland but I played the first game of the season and I felt sharp, so it doesn’t take me long to get my fitness. Like I said, everyone wants to play, not just me.

Defoe left Sunderland this summer having exercised a release clause which allowed him to leave once we were relegated back to the Championship. And with a World Cup coming up at the end of the season, the former Spurs forward was keen to continue playing regularly in the top flight in order to secure his place on the plane to Russia with Gareth Southgate’s side.

Moves to both Bournemouth and West Ham were mooted for a number of months, even before the season had ended, and it was Eddie Howe’s side that Defoe opted to join - but was it the correct choice?

I suppose that time will tell, but you have to say that the early signs certainly indicate that not all is well at the South coast club. They’ve lost both of their opening two games and have yet to score a goal, and with pressure ramping up on Eddie Howe to quickly resolve their issues he may be forced to look at further strengthening his forward line before the transfer window closes - potentially limiting Defoe’s chances even further.

The grass isn’t always greener. Just saying.


Loan Watch - Lens & Borini feature

Fabio Borini’s canny week continued as his AC Milan side comfortably defeated Crotone 3-0 away from home, and the Italian completed yet another full ninety minutes for the San Siro club.

AC Milan v KF Shkendija 79 - UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: First Leg Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

The former Liverpool man scored his first goal for the red and blacks in their midweek Europa League tie against KF Shkendija, and it seems he’s a first choice for Vincenzo Montella’s big spenders on the left hand side of their midfield. Huh.

Elsewhere, Jeremain Lens made his first appearance as a Besiktas player, coming off the bench late in the game as the Turkish champions disappointingly drew 2-2 away at Kasimpasa.

Besiktas were ahead with fifteen minutes left to play, and Lens was introduced in place of Ricardo Quaresma. But, just three minutes later Kasimpasa equalised through Egyptian forward Trézéguet. Coincidence? Probably not.