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Sheffield United v Manchester City: match preview

Some are already describing this fixture as the Blades verses the blunts, as Manchester City will be without both Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus, meaning Raheem Sterling is likely to be the central attacker. City have too many quality players to be co…

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Liverpool v West Ham: match preview

Jürgen Klopp has major problems in central defence but whether David Moyes has the options to capitalise is debatable. West Ham arrive in good form after four league games unbeaten but without striker Michail Antonio following the hamstring injury he s…

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Burnley v Chelsea: match preview

Burnley were somewhat unlucky not to get something from Tottenham in their last game, they certainly made life difficult for Sean Dyche feels Burnley are coming back into form but Chelsea will be another tough challenge for a side in the bottom three. …

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Wenger: European Super League would ‘destroy’ the Premier League – video

Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger believes that a European Super League featuring the biggest names in club football would ‘destroy’ the Premier League. ‘I don’t believe that Europe is ready for that,’ the former Gunners boss said. Wenger also warne…

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‘I will tackle Solskjær’: Bayern fan Nagelsmann jokes of revenge at Manchester Untied – video

RB Leipzig manager Julian Naglesmann has planned to exact revenge on Ole Gunnar Solskjær as his side head to Old Trafford in the Champions League. The German is a Bayern Munich fan and he was asked by a reporter how he felt coming up against the player…

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Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona ‘agree to join European Super League’ – video

Josep María Bartomeu’s last act as the president of Barcelona was to announce the club’s participation in a European Super League. The former president revealed that Barça had signed up to the proposal during a 35-minute speech to confirm his…

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Labour peer tells House of Lords of his mother’s ‘panic’ over school meals – video

Labour peer Lord Griffiths told of the ‘mounting panic’ his family faced ahead of school holidays when he was a child as he shared his experiences of receiving free meals. ‘I can still taste and smell it, the mounting panic ahead of school holidays bec…

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I don’t consider Spurs title contenders, says Mourinho after win at Burnley – video

José Mourinho says he does not view his Tottenham side as being in title contention. ‘I will never consider ourselves title contenders,’ said the manager, ‘I assume that every match we will play, it doesn’t matter where and it doesn’t matter against wh…

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Arsenal v Leicester: match preview

Sixth meets fifth with Arsenal and Leicester both aiming to bounce back from narrow defeats. The home side need to be more creative and may find Leicester’s expansive approach more conducive to giving the relatively shot-shy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang m…

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Brighton v West Brom: match preview

Brighton have been up and down, much like West Brom, but their ceiling feels rather higher, especially in attack. Graham Potter’s side need a statement victory to arrest a run of three without three points. Always easier said than done when facing a si…

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Wolves v Newcastle: match preview

Newcastle have an excellent recent record at Molineux, they are unbeaten there since 2003, and this might not be a bad time for another visit, since Wolves have yet to hit top gear. On the other hand, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have shown signs of prog…

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Burnley v Tottenham: match preview

Tottenham should coast past winless Burnley on current form, providing José Mourinho has served up a reminder of his reputation after the three-goal collapse against West Ham. Rather continuing the break from said reputation, Tottenham are the Premier …

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Fulham v Crystal Palace: match preview

Roy Hodgson returns to Craven Cottage and finds Fulham feeling confident their fortunes may be turning. Their performance at Sheffield United last week was a step in the right direction and suggested Scott Parker’s extensive transfer window dealings ma…

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West Ham v Manchester City: match preview

Manchester City have won all five of their London Stadium visits, scoring 22 goals. Pep Guardiola’s side could be boosted by the return of Kevin de Bruyne, so West Ham need to avoid the sauntering pace they started at against Tottenham. If they defend …

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Liverpool v Sheffield United: match preview

Following Wednesday’s win over Ajax Jürgen Klopp highlighted that Sheffield United had their feet up while Liverpool were battling in Amsterdam. A fair warning, but it would be disingenuous to suggest Liverpool have not benefitted from a welcome victor…

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Manchester United v Chelsea: match preview

When Manchester United were hammered 6-1 by Tottenham this game was one of a subsequent run of fixtures that made grim reading for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side. Yet after convincing victories over Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain United have shrugged th…

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Ighalo calls Nigerian government ‘shame to the world’ as athletes condemn police brutality – video

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is ashamed of the Nigerian government after reports that soldiers opened fire on those protesting against police brutality in the country’s largest city, Lagos.Nigerians have been demonstrating n…

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‘I was not expecting this’: Bruno Fernandes surprised with captaincy during press conference – video

Bruno Fernandes will captain Manchester United in their Champions League opening game with PSG on Tuesday after Harry Maguire was ruled out through injury. The Portuguese midfielder was surprised with the news during a press conference with his manager…

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‘Football is a working-class sport, it should be affordable’: Bilic slams PPV matches – video

The West Brom manager, Slaven Bilic, has slammed the decision to make some Premier League football matches available via a pay-per-view service. ‘I always used to say that football is not polo, football is not golf. Football is sport for the masses … i…

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Jürgen Klopp exasperated by decision to rule out Henderson strike – video

Jürgen Klopp was left bemused by the VAR decision which cost Liverpool a late victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby.It appeared Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had earned his side a 92nd-minute winner but instead had to settle for a…