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‘It’s instinct’: Premier League managers sceptical of socially distanced celebrations – video

Premier League managers have expressed scepticism at the idea of socially distanced goal celebrations, after Julian Knight, the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, said footballers were ‘brainless’ for continuing to hug. ‘It’s ins…

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Arsenal v Newcastle: match preview

Arsenal and Newcastle go again at the Emirates nine days after contesting a tight 120 minutes in the FA Cup third round. A similar affair looks likely unless the home side strike early: the Magpies are adept when asked to sit in but, as they showed at …

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Manchester United v Liverpool: match preview

Five days after reaching the Premier League summit comes the truest test of Manchester United’s ability to stay there. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are unbeaten in 15 away league games since losing at Liverpool almost exactly one year ago and will go six…

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Sheffield United v Tottenham: match preview

Sheffield United looked much more like their 2019-20 selves in claiming a first win of the league season against an admittedly dismal Newcastle in midweek and Chris Wilder will hope that continues on Sunday against a Tottenham side they took four point…

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Manchester City v Crystal Palace: match preview

Manchester City have won four in succession but have drawn and lost the corresponding fixture with Crystal Palace in the past two seasons. Roy Hodgson’s visitors, who have won only once in their last seven outings in the competition, should focus on no…

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Sheffield United v Tottenham: match preview

Sheffield United looked much more like their 2019-20 selves in claiming a first win of the league season against an admittedly dismal Newcastle in midweek and Chris Wilder will hope that continues on Sunday against a Tottenham side they took four point…

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Brighton v Leeds: match preview

Leeds will come face to face with the one that got away when Ben White returns to Elland Road for Brighton. White excelled for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they won promotion last season but Leeds failed to secure his services on a permanent basis and the …

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Fulham v Chelsea: match preview

This particular London derby will not catch Scott Parker by surprise, although he would not complain overly if Fulham carve out a similar result to the point at Tottenham. They have drawn five games in succession and another positive outcome is clearly…

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West Ham v Burnley: match preview

Burnley have caused West Ham problems in the past and won at the London Stadium last season. Sean Dyche’s side have improved in recent months, rising four points above the bottom three, and almost held Manchester United in midweek. They are not to be u…

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Leicester v Southampton: match preview

After beating Liverpool in their most recent league match, Southampton will travel with confidence to the King Power, where they gained sweet revenge last season for their infamous 9-0 defeat earlier in the campaign. Ralph Hassenhüttl’s side have lost …

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Wolves v West Brom: match preview

The Black Country derby is back for the first time in nine years with local hero Sam Allardyce, Wolves fan as a boy aka Small Sam, at the helm of West Brom. Hopefully fans will be in attendance for the homecoming but in the meanwhile Allardyce may fanc…

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‘Not good enough’: José Mourinho on Tottenham’s draw against Fulham – video

Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho said his side’s performance against Fulham was ‘not good enough, but good enough to win’. Tottenham drew 1-1 against Fulham, despite dominating the match. Asked about his side’s failure to convert an overall good…

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‘A special instinct’: Guardiola praises Phil Foden after Man City victory – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had only words of praise for midfielder Phil Foden, whose first-half goal secured his side’s win against Brighton. During the post-match press conference, Guardiola also addressed Covid-19 restrictions on goal cele…

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‘This is America’: Megan Rapinoe on Capitol attack – video

Megan Rapinoe has spoken on the recent attack on the US Capitol, saying: ‘This is America. We showed our true colours’. The 35-year old forward, who is back in the USWNT fold for the first time since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup nearly a year ago, opened a…

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‘This is America’: Megan Rapinoe on Capitol attack – video

Megan Rapinoe has spoken on the recent attack on the US Capitol, saying: ‘This is America. We showed our true colours’. The 35-year old forward, who is back in the USWNT fold for the first time since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup nearly a year ago, opened a…

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‘Great test’: Manchester United ready for crunch clash with Liverpool – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær says his Manchester United side are ready for a top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool. United currently sit in first after they secured their ninth win in 11 games, away at Burnley. ‘You’ve got to go in there knowing that we’re play…

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‘Great test’: Manchester United ready for crunch clash with Liverpool – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær says his Manchester United side are ready for a top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool. United currently sit in first after they secured their ninth win in 11 games, away at Burnley. ‘You’ve got to go in there knowing that we’re play…

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Héctor Bellerín: The Unseen Journey – video trailer

A new series is being released following Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín during gruelling medical interventions, recovery programmes and his comeback from a devastating injury – including never-before-seen footage of the club’s 2019-20 FA Cup triumph. The fl…

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Crawley Town’s Nicholas Tsaroulla tearful after FA Cup upset against Leeds United – video

Crawley Town knocked out Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United in a stunning 3-0 victory. An emotional Nicholas Tsaroulla spoke to BBC Sport after the match, in which he scored a superb solo opening goal, beating three Leeds defenders in the process. ‘I’m gett…

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Klopp frustrated by Liverpool’s poor run after 1-0 defeat to Southampton – video

‘We don’t have to make it bigger than it is, but it’s big,’ said a clearly frustrated Jürgen Klopp as their poor run continued with defeat at Southampton. An early Danny Ings goal was the difference between the two sides, while Liverpool were denied a …