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Chelsea v Manchester United: match preview

This meeting begins a 13-game run-in during which Chelsea and Manchester United each hope to claim a Champions League berth. For Frank Lampard’s side the carrot is knowing a win takes them nine points clear of their visitors who for the same reason wil…

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Aston Villa v Tottenham: match preview

Tottenham have a formidable record at Villa Park – they have not been beaten on their last nine visits and they have won their last five away trips at Villa with a combined scored of 14-1. How they would love for that trend to continue on Sunday. Back-…

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Arsenal v Newcastle: match preview

When Arsenal won 1-0 at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season the suggestion the two sides would have the same number of points after 25 games would have got you strange looks in Newcastle and north London alike. And yet through the departure…

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Norwich v Liverpool: match preview

Norwich are bottom and seven points from safety with the joint leakiest defence in the top flight so this may not be the ideal time for them to face Liverpool – Jürgen Klopp’s side have scored 28 goals against Norwich in their past seven Premier League…

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Burnley v Southampton: match preview

Burnley won the season-opening reverse fixture 3-0, a result that set Southampton up for a miserable autumn. Both sides are now sitting comfortably in mid-table, but neither manager seems likely to accept any drop in intensity after the winter break. J…

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Vintage winter sport posters – in pictures

A selection of vintage ski and winter sports posters dating back to the early 20th century showcasing resorts from the Alps to Yosemite, from poster artists such as Emil Cardinaux, Dwight Shepler and Arthur Zelger, from a collection to be auctioned in …

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Vintage winter sport posters – in pictures

A selection of vintage ski and winter sports posters dating back to the early 20th century showcasing resorts from the Alps to Yosemite, from poster artists such as Emil Cardinaux, Dwight Shepler and Arthur Zelger, from a collection to be auctioned in …

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Sheffield United v Bournemouth: match preview

Sheffield United are off for winter break in Dubai after this but Europe still remains their intended final destination this season. Bournemouth meanwhile will be simply happy to stay out of the Championship and two straight wins, against Aston Villa a…

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Manchester City v West Ham: match preview

Manchester City are staring at a 22-point deficit to Liverpool and have lost Raheem Sterling, whose hamstring injury may rule him out for several weeks. On the plus side: after West Ham’s visit there is a fortnight off to rest and regroup ahead of faci…

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Everton v Crystal Palace: match preview

Had it not been for the stoppage time implosion against Newcastle Carlo Ancelotti would be seeking his fourth win in four home matches as Everton manager. Having overseen the club’s first comeback victory in the Premier League for over two years last w…

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Brighton v Watford: match preview

Watford need to break their crippling recent habit of throwing away leads against Brighton. Nigel Pearson’s side have nothing to show after leading their last two and sit in the relegation zone when they could have been five points clear. Brighton also…

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Tottenham v Manchester City: match preview

José Mourinho has not always seen eye to eye with Pep Guardiola as they have clashed across divides in Spain and Manchester. There was also that Champions League semi-final between Mourinho’s Internazionale and Guardiola’s Barcelona. But on the eve of …

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Burnley v Arsenal: match preview

Burnley are now level on points with Arsenal in the table and arguably in better league form with wins in their last two Premier League games. The visit of Mikel Arteta’s side to Turf Moor was originally viewed as the last challenge in a gruelling sequ…

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West Ham v Brighton: match preview

West Ham are under immense pressure before hosting Brighton. They are winless in five attempts against Graham Potter’s side and could be in the bottom three by the end of the weekend. But while Michail Antonio is out with a hamstring problem, the arriv…

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Leicester v Chelsea: match preview

After the disappointment of their midweek Carabao Cup defeat by Aston Villa, Leicester aim to bounce back by gaining a victory that would strengthen their hold on a Champions League qualification spot. Jamie Vardy suffered no ill-effects from his appea…

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Watford v Everton: match preview

Richarlison is likely to return for Everton to face his former club Watford after missing two matches. Nigel Pearson has Will Hughes and Danny Welbeck back at his disposal and both could be useful options after a damaging late defeat against Aston Vill…

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Liverpool v Southampton: match preview

The runaway league leaders hit the 70 point mark with victory over West Ham in midweek – more than Liverpool have accumulated in 17 of the 27 complete Premier League seasons – and are seeking a 20th consecutive home league win as they close in on the c…

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Crystal Palace v Sheffield United: match preview

Sheffield United have strengthened in the transfer window and club record signing Sander Berge may feature in midfield but most likely from the bench. Crystal Palace’s addition Cenk Tosun is missing with injury but Roy Hodgson welcomes back Andros Town…

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Newcastle v Norwich: match preview

When Newcastle were sunk 3-1 at Carrow Road in August, with Teemu Pukki scoring a hat-trick, gloom enveloped Tyneside. How times have since changed. Now Norwich are the team struggling at the bottom as Newcastle seek the win which lift Steve Bruce’s pl…

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Manchester United v Wolves: match preview

Nemanja Matic’s suspension increases the prospect of Bruno Fernandes making a full Manchester United debut following his £46.5m move. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side have already lost twice and won once against Wolves this season: their temperamental nature…