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Liverpool v West Ham: match preview

A deal of pity can be felt for West Ham who follow up a defeat at Manchester City with a trip to Anfield. Only another win for Liverpool feels likely especially after losing narrowly in Spain on Tuesday. The defeat against Atlético Madrid will have stu…

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Manchester United v Watford: match preview

Odion Ighalo could make his full Manchester United debut against his former club and expect David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Fred to be restored to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s starting lineup following Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge. Nigel Pearson’s Wat…

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Wolves v Norwich: match preview

Wolves will be in bright spirits after demolishing Espanyol and spurred on by the chance to end their winless league run against struggling Norwich. Goals finally came for Nuno Espírito Santo and they will likely flow once more against a side who conce…

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Wolves v Norwich: match preview

Wolves will be in bright spirits after demolishing Espanyol and spurred on by the chance to end their winless league run against struggling Norwich. Goals finally came for Nuno Espírito Santo and they will likely flow once more against a side who conce…

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Arsenal v Everton: match preview

Everton have managed four draws at the Emirates in 14 visits and last won at Arsenal in January 1996 but they will go into this match fancying their chances more than ever in a meeting of managers who were linked with each other’s jobs when they were v…

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Manchester United v Watford: match preview

Odion Ighalo could make his full Manchester United debut against his former club and expect David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Fred to be restored to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s starting lineup following Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge. Nigel Pearson’s Wat…

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José Mourinho breaks into laughing fit over Tottenham injury crisis – video

José Mourinho says it would be an ‘incredible achievement’ if Spurs finish in the top four of the Premier League without the injured Harry Kane or Son Heung-min. Kane is expected to be out until March with a hamstring tear, while Son could miss the res…

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Leicester v Manchester City: match preview

Manchester City’s European ban is overshadowing their football but they returned to the pitch after Uefa’s action and dominated West Ham. Pep Guardiola will be looking for City to be even better as they gear up to face Real Madrid in the Champions Leag…

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Chelsea v Tottenham: match preview

José Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge hoping to nab Chelsea’s place in the top four. But while Tottenham are a point behind their London rivals, their push for Champions League qualification has been disrupted by long-term injuries to Harry Kane and…

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Crystal Palace v Newcastle: match preview

Crystal Palace have tumbled from seventh to 14th since December after a run of one win in 13 matches. Panic is not yet required though as injuries have ravaged the squad and draws against Arsenal and Manchester City show Roy Hodgson’s side are mentally…

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Burnley v Bournemouth: match preview

Burnley have won three of their last four games, with a draw against Arsenal in between, and the 10 points gained have taken them into the company of Wolves, Everton and Arsenal in comfortable mid-table. Victory over Bournemouth would take them to the …

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Sheffield United v Brighton: match preview

Graham Potter seems in stern mood in the wake of the “Brighton Balloon four’s Canary Island incident”. During last week’s winter break a video surfaced of a quartet of Potter’s players – Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard and Alireza Jahanbakh…

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Southampton v Aston Villa: match preview

Aston Villa have taken just eight points from 39 on the road this season, but may fancy their chances against the team with the league’s worst home record. Southampton’s stellar away form has carried them close to safety, but Villa would be three point…

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‘The result is open’: Mourinho on RB Leipzig tie and angry Dele Alli – video

José Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur find themselves with a tough task ahead after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to RB Leipzig. Mourinho, however, thinks Spurs are capable of producing a comeback when they visit Julian Nagelsmann’s side on 10 March. ‘1-0…

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Manchester City CEO: ban is less about justice, more about politics – video

Ferran Soriano has claimed Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban is ‘less about justice and more about politics’. The chief executive is the first club figure to speak publicly since City were found to have seriously misled Uef…

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‘Universally wrong decision’: Frank Lampard on Maguire’s red-card escape – video

‘Maguire should get a red and then he scores the second goal.’ Frank Lampard spoke of his frustration after his Chelsea side were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United after VAR once again took centre stage. Television replays showed the United central def…

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Porto’s Moussa Marega walks off pitch after alleged racist abuse – video

Porto striker Moussa Marega walked off the pitch midway through his side’s 2-1 win over Vitoria de Guimarães after apparently being racially abused by fans. Vitoria fans threw seats from the stand after Marega celebrated his goal by pointing to his ski…

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Mourinho jokes his 2018 Manchester United team could be champions after City sanctions – video

José Mourinho joked on Sunday that the 2017/18 title should be awarded to his Manchester United side if Manchester City are found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules. Mourinho lead United to their highest Premier League finish in the post-Sir…

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‘I feel for Pep’: Jürgen Klopp reacts to Manchester City Champions League ban – video

Jürgen Klopp has expressed his shock at Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban after Liverpool’s win against Norwich.’I feel for Pep and the players,’ he said. ‘They did, for sure, nothing wrong. In the end, we all have to respect some rules ….

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Dele Alli is not racist, says Mourinho after coronavirus controversy – video

José Mourinho says he is satisfied with Dele Alli’s apology for posting a video about the coronavirus outbreak. Alli is facing a possible Football Association charge over the video he filmed in an airport departure lounge that appeared to suggest an As…