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AFL issues unreserved apology for failings over Adam Goodes saga

AFL admits it let down the Sydney Swans star over booingGillon McLachlan admits he was wrong not to call it racistThe Australian Football League and all 18 clubs have apologised to Adam Goodes for their “failures” during the last months of his career, …

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Leicester v Chelsea: match preview

On the face of it, there is little for either club to play for here, with Chelsea guaranteed a top-four spot and Leicester no longer in with a chance of catching seventh-placed Wolves. Brendan Rodgers will, however, want to sign off the season in style…

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Manchester United v Cardiff: match preview

Another disappointing season ends with Manchester United needing to beat already-relegated Cardiff while hoping Arsenal fail to win. In this scenario Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side will finish fifth and so enter the Europa League group phase in September r…

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Tottenham v Everton: match preview

Tottenham are euphoric after Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final triumph against Ajax but tired, with injuries and absentees piling up. Mauricio Pochettino will send out a patched-up side, against an Everton team that is finishing strongly, to ask …

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Fulham v Newcastle: match preview

Scott Parker’s future is no longer in question after the former captain’s was made Fulham’s permanent manager. A disastrous return to the Premier League will finally come to an end on Sunday. Fulham lead the Premier League in goals conceded, a startlin…

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Brighton v Manchester City: match preview

Vincent Kompany’s unforgettable winner against Leicester had the feeling of a title-winning goal, the 70th minute strike releasing a flood of relief and celebration from the Etihad Stadium. The danger for Guardiola’s side now though, is that the race i…

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Burnley v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal will be glad to see the back of their league campaign after a terrible run of one point from a possible 12 means they have to beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to qualify for the Champions League. If Baku is a bust then a win against Burn…

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Crystal Palace v Bournemouth: match preview

After a season of twists and turns, of giddy highs and desperate lows, the battle for 12th place culminates with this. Bournemouth have not lost to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park for 31 years, while Roy Hodgson’s side have only managed four wins and 1…

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Southampton v Huddersfield: match preview

Southampton will want to end a difficult campaign on a high against Championship-bound Huddersfield. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have shown promise since leaving the stifling Mark Hughes days behind but there is still a lot of work to be done to avoid batt…

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Liverpool v Wolves: match preview

Anfield confirmed again on Tuesday that it is never over until it is over and Liverpool take hope of another momentous occasion into the final day. Mo Salah can win the Golden Boot for a second successive season, Liverpool can record their best defensi…

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Watford v West Ham: match preview

After a stellar season Watford have their last rehearsal before facing Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup. Results have been poor since knocking out Wolves with just one narrow win against Huddersfield in five matches emphasising the slide. Jav…

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Manchester City v Leicester: match preview

Manchester City can retain the title by defeating Leicester on Monday if Liverpool lose at Newcastle United in Saturday’s evening kick-off. Yet as Jürgen Klopp’s side will surely not slip up then City will have a tricky proposition in Leicester, who be…

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester United: match preview

The 2-1 win home win over Manchester United in October 2017 has been the highlight of Huddersfield’s two-season stint in the Premier League. They are a different team now but will try to attack United in an attempt to get a victory in their last match …

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Arsenal v Brighton: match preview

Arsenal finally showed some life on Thursday night after losing three critical league games in succession but only after they were stunned by an early goal. The victory gives them an excellent chance to make the final but the aim should still be to qua…

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Chelsea v Watford: match preview

Of the teams pursuing a top-four place, Chelsea’s arguably appears the most awkward run-in with Watford – whose players are competing for an FA Cup final place with their captain, Troy Deeney, restored to the ranks after suspension – to pose a challeng…

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Newcastle v Liverpool: match preview

Rafael Benítez’s family home is still on Merseyside where he and his wife are heavily involved in local charities. Not that Jürgen Klopp will make the mistake of thinking Newcastle United’s manage will automatically donate three points to his side. The…

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Cardiff v Crystal Palace: match preview

It is now or never territory for Cardiff. Last Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat away against Fulham, followed by Brighton’s draw with Newcastle later in the day, means that Neil Warnock’s side have to win their last two matches to have any chance of…

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West Ham v Southampton: match preview

After scoring the first away goal and inflicting Tottenham’s first defeat at their new stadium, can West Ham conjure another impressive performance? The stats are not in their favour as they’ve only won two games in succession once this season. They al…

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Wolves v Fulham: match preview

Scott Parker has led Fulham to three straight wins and with three clean sheets, having managed two clean sheets in their previous 33 league games. Unlike Fulham, Wolves still have something to play for as a win would all but secure seventh place, which…

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Bournemouth v Tottenham: match preview

Tottenham have not claimed a top-four spot just yet but their thoughts will undoubtedly be on Wednesday’s Champions League return leg in Amsterdam where they will have to overcome a 1-0 deficit to progress to a first Champions League final. However, th…