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Pep Guardiola fears Manchester City injuries before ‘crazy’ fixtures

• Manager ‘prays’ for international players to return fit• Bernardo Silva calls on team to ‘make something special’Pep Guardiola is praying none of his Manchester City players return from international duty injured and feels those overlooked by their c…

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Everton v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Goodison Park, kick-off 4.30pm (GMT)Silva looks for more ‘emotional balance’ from PickfordFeel free to email Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch 4.03pm GMT Another talking point has been Jordan Pickford’s erratic form. But Marco …

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Football transfer rumours: £25m Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is lukewarm It may be too late to appease José Mourinho but Manchester United believe they can get their hands on one of his former transfer targets this summer. United rejected Mourinho’s wish to sign Toby Alderweireld but have since war…

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Arsenal v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

All the action from the 4.30pm GMT kick-offArsenal v Manchester United: match previewFeel free to email Ben or to tweet @benfisherj 3.37pm GMT Arsenal (3-4-1-2): Leno; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Özil; Aubame…

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Liverpool v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 12pm GMT kick-offYou can email Ben here or tweet him hereDaniel Taylor: Klopp must ease tensions not feed themLive scoreboard: the latest from today’s games across Europe 11.19am GMT Klopp on Lallana’s first start since 4 February…

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Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv: Europa League last 16, first leg – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Thursday’s matchesAnd you can email Ben here or tweet him here 7.10pm GMT Team news news: there is no Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Callum Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea, who do give N’Go…

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Football helping prisoners: ‘I watch Match of the Day in my cell religiously’ | Ben Fisher

At a prison in Devon professionals from county rivals Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle are participating in an innovative pilot programme putting football at the centre of rehabilitationThere is a fiercely contested drop-ball during a five-a-side kickab…

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Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

The latest team news, previews and press conferencesPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAny thoughts? You can email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 9.27am GMT The Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, was first in line to pay tribute to Claud…

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David Hockaday: ‘Cellino used to ring me at midnight, 1am, all sorts’

The former manager recalls his whirlwind 70 days at Leeds, including transfer frustrations and ‘a dysfunctional squad’From a lavish stay in the Dolomites to 1am wake-up calls and dressing-downs at Elland Road courtesy of Massimo Cellino, there are so m…

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Harry Wilson: ‘Ian Rush phoned. I thought what do I call him? Ian? Rushy?’

The Liverpool winger, on loan at Derby, talks about that five-fingered goal celebration at Manchester United and his surprise Wales debut at 16In October 2013, Harry Wilson was having a lie-in, watching television in bed in academy digs in Eccleston, r…

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Harry Wilson: ‘Ian Rush phoned. I thought what do I call him? Ian? Rushy?’

The Liverpool winger, on loan at Derby, talks about that five-fingered goal celebration at Manchester United and his surprise Wales debut at 16In October 2013, Harry Wilson was having a lie-in, watching television in bed in academy digs in Eccleston, r…

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Ambling Aston Villa must step up or face another Championship season | Ben Fisher

Dean Smith’s expensively assembled side go into three crucial matches in sore need of a run of wins but the defender Tommy Elphick expects them to handle the pressureThe good news for Aston Villa is that they can still take points off the eight teams a…

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Championship promotion race: who’s heading up and who’s missing out? | Ben Fisher

Leeds have set the pace but the chasing pack are closing and the race to reach the Premier League is hotting upEver since Marcelo Bielsa took charge last summer the fear, in some quarters at least, was that Leeds would fail to last the distance – or th…

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Jarrod Bowen: from playing without pay to scoring for fun at Hull

The prolific forward has helped Nigel Adkins’ side soar up the Championship table – a world away from his start at HerefordAt the start of December, when Hull were in the Championship relegation zone, it would have been easy for the club, in a city syn…

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Australian Open 2019: Venus Williams in deciding set, plus Wawrinka, Djokovic and Halep – live!

Updates from the night session on day two at Melbourne ParkAny thoughts? Email or tweet @benfisherj 8.12am GMT Disbelief on Margaret Court, as the umpire calls for hindrance as Buzarnescu buries a winner against Williams at 30-15. Buzarnescu is pulled …

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Football transfer rumours: Morata to Atlético? Wilson to Chelsea for £50m?

Today’s fluff wants to go out with a bangThe hum around Álvaro Morata continues. With Chelsea keen to bolster their forward line, Maurizio Sarri is said to be ready to cast Morata off into the Spanish sunset, with Atlético Madrid joining Sevilla in the…

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Ten Football League teenagers to watch in 2019 | Ben Fisher

From Leeds United’s Jack Clarke to Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier, these 10 talented teenagers are quickly becoming fixtures in the future of footballAfter several game-changing cameos off the bench, the York-born forward was finally handed his full …

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Rangers v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!

Scottish Premiership updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at IbroxSocceroos boss denies Rogic is unhappy after club v country rowYou can email Ben your thoughts or via Twitter @benfisherj 11.49am GMT Some essential pre-match reading, courtesy of Ewan …

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 – live!

Latest updates and reaction from the awards show in BirminghamThe Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018Feel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 7.07pm GMT Gary Lineker introduces himself, Clare Balding tells us “sport has that special …

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Is the Championship the best league in the country? | Ben Fisher

Second tier may not match Premier League’s quality but its entertainment and unpredictability provide compelling dramaWhether it’s the absurdity of a 97th-minute Teemu Pukki winner, the way Marcelo Bielsa studiously refers to opposition players not by …