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Ten Championship players Premier League clubs have on their radar | Ben Fisher

Jack Grealish, who deserves a bigger stage, leads the talent ready to take the step up to the highest levelAs a fascinating Championship season draws to a close we select 10 players who could thrive in the Premier League next season. We have not includ…

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Charlton’s Lee Bowyer brings back a taste of happiness after bleak times

Protests against the owner are on hold with Doncaster lying in wait for Friday’s League One play-off semi-final second legBe it mock funeral processions, plastic pigs or packets of crisps pausing play, it has been impossible to escape the negativity th…

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West Brom v Aston Villa: Championship play-off semi-final, second leg – live!

Play-off semi-final updates from The Hawthorns (first leg: 1-2)Special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees Premier League: our writers’ review | Big quiz of the seasonAnd feel free to email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 7.25pm BST A gentle…

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Frank Lampard tells Derby to rise to play-off pressure and sink Leeds

• Lampard says Spygate has ‘ramped up intensity’ of semi-final• Derby’s Bradley Johnson says Leeds fans might turn on teamFrank Lampard has said Derby County must embrace the occasion in front of a capacity crowd at Elland Road on Wednesday night if hi…

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Premier League 2018-19 review: flops of the season

From Manchester United to Shkodran Mustafi, some of those who may well wish to forget this past campaignWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2018-19 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to get …

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Premier League 2018-19 review: managers of the season

From the Premier League’s top two to an Argentinian inspiration, via impressive stints at Wolves and WatfordWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2018-19 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to …

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RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich: Bundesliga – live!

Bayern aim to seal title in 2.30pm BST gameLive scores! Follow all the goals as they go inAnd you can email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 1.43pm BST Team news news: Robert Lewandowski shakes off a foot niggle to make the starting XI but the game, as feared,…

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Everton v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST game at GoodisonPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 7.14pm BST Everton have unveiled a statue to three of their finest outside Goodison pre-matc…

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Leicester City v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Latest action from the 12pm BST kickoffLive scores: keep up with every matchFeel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 11.24am BST Where’s Özil? Arsenal say the midfielder has a bruised foot, while Nacho Monreal is missing with a calf injury. As a…

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Jamie Cureton of Bishop’s Stortford joins Xavi and Raúl in the 1,000 club | Ben Fisher

Striker and co-manager is still topping scoring charts at 43 and also trying to unearth a new generation of forwards at ArsenalOne thousand games not out, and Jamie Cureton has no plans to hang up his boots anytime soon. The 43-year-old, whose name is …

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Everton v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Updates on the match from Goodison Park, kick-off 1.30pm UK timeUnited rebuild is long-term project, says Ole Gunnar SolskjærFeel free to email Ben | tweet @benfisherj 12.41pm BST Team news news: Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes three changes from the defeat …

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All’s well at Oakwell: how Barnsley built Football League’s tightest defence

Ethan Pinnock and Liam Lindsay are linchpins of a backline that has Barnsley on course for a return to the ChampionshipThere is something about Barnsley and the art of defending. In the Yorkshire town where John Stones and Alfie Mawson honed their craf…

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Manchester United v Watford, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield and more – live!

Updates from Saturday afternoon’s games across the leaguesLive scores: the goals as they go in around he UK and EuropeEmail Ben here. Tweet @benfisherj 2.13pm GMT Team news news: Four changes for Solskjær’s first game as the full-time manager, with A…

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‘People get judged’ – meet Britain’s only deaf full-time football coach

Ben Lampert, who works with Brentford and England’s deaf team, wants a place for deaf players and coaches in the professional gameBen Lampert props up an iPad on a table in a Griffin Park lounge and loads FaceTime. At the other end of the call is a Bri…

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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…