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Manchester United v Brighton: match preview

Manchester United are again looking up following the league defeat last time out at Bournemouth after Europa League knockout qualification was secured on Thursday with two group games left. Brandon Williams could make his full debut at left-back as Ole…

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Wolves v Aston Villa: match preview

The lineups will be nothing like when they met in the Carabao Cup, and Wolves hope the result will be different, too. Because losing to Aston Villa twice in a fortnight would be tough to digest, especially as Dean Smith’s team would leapfrog them in th…

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Liverpool v Manchester City: match preview

This is the one. The best teams in the country renew a rivalry that defined last season’s title race and may do so again providing Pep Guardiola’s injury-hit Manchester City keep up with Liverpool. Another win for Jürgen Klopp, who has beaten a team le…

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Tottenham v Sheffield United: match preview

On the back of a convincing Champions League win in midweek, Tottenham would normally view the visit of a promoted team as a home banker. Spurs might have beaten Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday but they have not won consecutive games since April, their …

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Newcastle United v Bournemouth: match preview

It was a 3-1 home defeat by Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in March 2016 that marked the end of Steve McClaren’s Newcastle tenure, prefacing his replacement by Rafael Benítez. Now the man in charge is Steve Bruce who, despite years at assorted clubs, has nev…

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Chelsea v Crystal Palace: match preview

Stamford Bridge has not been a fortress for Chelsea this season. They have won three of their nine home games in all competitions and they will miss the suspended Jorginho against Crystal Palace, who have picked up impressive results at West Ham, Manch…

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Leicester v Arsenal: match preview

The contrast between these two clubs goes way beyond the six-point gap between them in the table. Arsenal are close to disarray, with a woeful away record, a dispute over the captaincy and doubts about the future of the manager, Unai Emery. At Leiceste…

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Leicester v Arsenal: match preview

The contrast between these two clubs goes way beyond the six-point gap between them in the table. Arsenal are close to disarray, with a woeful away record, a dispute over the captaincy and doubts about the future of the manager, Unai Emery. At Leiceste…

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Southampton v Everton: match preview

Everton head to St Mary’s for the first of two games with teams below them and a win essential if they are to tackle a difficult December in anything like good heart. Marco Silva, who has been less than strident in making his team’s case against contro…

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Southampton v Everton: match preview

Everton head to St Mary’s for the first of two games with teams below them and a win essential if they are to tackle a difficult December in anything like good heart. Marco Silva, who has been less than strident in making his team’s case against contro…

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Burnley v West Ham United: match preview

Burnley are on a slide again after losing three league games in a succession, and a major concern for Sean Dyche will be the nine goals conceded in the process. West Ham are usually accommodating visitors in these circumstances, their recent away form …

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Crystal Palace v Leicester: match preview

Leicester’s difficult second album is Crystal Palace away after they embarrassed Southampton 9-0 at St Mary’s. The team will surely remain the same so Roy Hodgson will know exactly what to plan for but executing that plan is another story. Jamie Vardy …

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Everton v Tottenham: match preview

The table does not lie after 10 matches and 16th versus 11th in the Premier League says everything about the underachievement of two teams harbouring far greater ambitions. Everton have won their last two games at Goodison Park in league and cup yet, h…

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Aston Villa v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool head to Villa Park aiming to maintain their six-point cushion over Manchester City before the two sides meet at Anfield next Sunday. Liverpool’s last visit here ended in a 6-0 away win, but Jürgen Klopp cannot expect such a one-sided contest …

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Sheffield United v Burnley: match preview

It is a measure of how tight mid-table is that although Sheffield United currently stand eighth, they are only one point ahead of 13th-placed Burnley. Under the expert leadership of two excellent English managers in Chris Wilder and Sean Dyche both tea…

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Watford v Chelsea: match preview

Watford are winless after 10 league games, and in danger of losing touch in the relegation battle – so the visit of a Chelsea side who have won every away game since losing at Old Trafford on opening day is far from ideal. Frank Lampard has warned his …

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Manchester City v Southampton: match preview

Southampton may not relish a second trip to the Etihad Stadium in five days while Manchester City will not be daunted by facing a team they beat 3-1 on Tuesday in the EFL Cup and who were defeated 9-0 in their last league outing. Pep Guardiola’s side r…

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Brighton v Norwich: match preview

Brighton have turned the Amex Stadium into something of a fortress this season, having lost just once at home in the league and Graham Potter is eager for his team to continue their good form with victory over Norwich. Aaron Mooy will return to the squ…

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Bournemouth v Manchester United: match preview

Manchester United are targeting a fourth consecutive win in all competitions after an encouraging upturn in results, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær stating the October international break reinvigorated his squad after a tricky start to the season. Marcus Ras…

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Bournemouth v Manchester United: match preview

Manchester United are targeting a fourth consecutive win in all competitions after an encouraging upturn in results, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær stating the October international break reinvigorated his squad after a tricky start to the season. Marcus Ras…