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Why referee Mike Dean is football’s king of the bants

The undisputed star of the ‘celebrity refs’ gave another vintage display this weekend. But is he the Premier League’s greatest ever performer? Name: Mike Dean.Age: 50. Continue reading…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City: match preview

Nobody has been more voluble than Mauricio Pochettino about why Tottenham cannot be expected to win the title but they continue to cling onto the leaders’ coat-tails. Three times in three matches they have scored late winners and the impression has bee…

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Manchester City v Chelsea: match preview

Manchester City may be playing catch up again if Liverpool win their game against Bournemouth on Saturday before Chelsea arrive at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri claims City are the best side in Europe yet the champions first league defea…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United: match preview

Wolves are bounding after three successive wins and a fourth against Newcastle would be their best run of the season. It could also put them an impressive seven points above eighth place. Miguel Almirón is ready to debut now though and it will be excit…

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley: match preview

Brighton are on a dismal run after winning once in their last 10 matches and face a Burnley side unbeaten in 2019. Sean Dyche seems to have his old warriors back while Chris Hughton will hope his side’s battling FA Cup win can breathe some life back in…

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Crystal Palace v West Ham United: match preview

This could be a tale of three strikers. Marko Arnautovic is set to return for West Ham after a foot injury, and still has bridges to rebuild after that dalliance with the Chinese Super League last month. Palace, meanwhile, have Christian Benteke fit an…

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Liverpool v Bournemouth: match preview

The onus is on Jürgen Klopp’s team to respond to Manchester City usurping them at the top of the Premier League and to increase pressure on the champions before they face Chelsea. There is also a requirement on Liverpool to improve their own form. Live…

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Huddersfield Town v Arsenal: match preview

Without an away victory in the league since November, Arsenal need to improve on the road if they are to make a push for the top four. Their task at Huddersfield will be complicated by a spate of defensive injuries, while the bottom club could give a f…

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Southampton v Cardiff City: match preview

This will be another difficult day for Cardiff and their supporters, after Thursday’s confirmation that Emiliano Sala was killed in a plane crash. Cardiff have, to their immense credit, maintained their on-field focus as the tragedy has unfolded around…

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Watford v Everton: match preview

Troy Deeney made some typically injudicious remarks to a Watford fans’ forum in the week and that will up the ante for what is already a high-tariff game for the home team following the perceived slight of Everton rating their previous manager and then…

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Fulham v Manchester United: match preview

Fulham have eight points from their past eight games and if they continue like that for the rest of the season, they would finish on 30 points, which is unlikely to be enough to stay up. So Claudio Ranieri’s need for victories is urgent but they face M…

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West Ham United v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City could be down to two points by the time they face West Ham. But while Jürgen Klopp’s side showed the first sign of nerves during the 1-1 draw with Leicester, they will take heart from scoring nine goals on their la…

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West Ham United v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City could be down to two points by the time they face West Ham. But while Jürgen Klopp’s side showed the first sign of nerves during the 1-1 draw with Leicester, they will take heart from scoring nine goals on their la…

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Manchester City v Arsenal: match preview

A make-or-break week for Manchester City’s title defence begins with Arsenal before they travel to Everton on Wednesday and then Chelsea. Following Tuesday’s defeat by Newcastle Pep Guardiola’s side require a run of victories while hoping that Liverpoo…

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Leicester City v Manchester United: match preview

This is the sort of game Leicester will probably relish. They have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City at home and drawn away at Liverpool in the last six weeks. United, who have fitness concerns in relation to Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, hope to wi…

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Cardiff City v Bournemouth: match preview

With this being the first game at the Cardiff City Stadium since the plane Emiliano Sala was on board disappeared, it is sure to be an emotional occasion. Leandro Bacuna, signed from Reading on deadline day, is expected to make his debut as Neil Warnoc…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United: match preview

Newcastle have lost seven consecutive games at Wembley since they won the FA Cup there in 1955 but they will arrive with renewed optimism after their surprise defeat of Manchester City in midweek. Their new No 10, Miguel Almirón, is unavailable as he a…

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Crystal Palace v Fulham: match preview

These teams emerged from the transfer window with their attacking ranks reinforced, though Michy Batshuayi and Lazar Markovic may have to wait for their chances to impress for Crystal Palace and Fulham respectively. Palace must prove again they can tri…

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Chelsea v Huddersfield Town: match preview

Maurizio Sarri has presided over Chelsea being humiliated in their last two Premier League games and dropping out of the top four, heaping pressure on the manager before the visit of struggling Huddersfield. This might normally be an appealing fixture …

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Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers: match preview

It is 40 years since Wolves last won at Goodison Park but they will arrive confident of increasing the gap over Marco Silva’s side having scored seven goals in two consecutive league victories. Everton’s fragile form and confidence, plus the likely abs…