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Premier League countdown: Man City v Spurs buildup, team news and more – live!

All the latest team news, press conferences and VAR complaintsPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.04am BST Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is holding his weekly press conference, and has been c…

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Football transfer rumours: Michy Batshuayi to Roma?

Today’s fluff don’t wanna be a tigerRoma are on the verge of sealing a move for Dejan Lovren, with Calciomercato reporting that Paulo Fonseca requested of his board that they provide him with a central defender who is “reliable and accurate” and that a…

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Champions League and Carabao Cup updates: football clockwatch – live!

Celtic v Cluj, Salford City v Leeds and moreLive scores – follow all the goals as they go inEmail Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.50pm BST Rotherham have raced into a 2-0 lead at Shrewsbury, with only three minutes played. Kyle Vassell with the second …

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Following a World Cup with the Ashes could be a burden too far for England | The Spin

The ECB trumpeted this summer as a feast of cricket for England but dips in form after World Cup success are commonWhen Eoin Morgan said at the end of the World Cup group stage, during a carnival of cricket that would eventually carry his team to glory…

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‘It’s given me so much confidence’: disability football scheme brings joy to Tottenham

A Premier League initiative is embracing thousands of young people across 28 clubs. Players and a coach share their storiesIt is a roasting hot summer’s day and a corner of Tottenham’s training ground is teeming with hundreds of young people sporting t…

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Premier League kick-off: team news, previews and more – live!

Premier League returns this evening with Liverpool v NorwichGet the latest team news and reaction from transfer deadline dayTeam-by-team guide to the Premier League summer dealsYou can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.57am BST The Church of Engla…

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Football transfer rumours: Wilfried Zaha to Chelsea in January?

Today’s fluff put you here to love one anotherThe Premier League’s summer transfer window might have only just closed but planning for the next one is already under way, with the Sun splashing the story that Chelsea will make an £80m move for Wilfried …

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 18: Watford

Watford have not invested heavily but believe Javi Gracia will be able to continue his impressive work with the players availableGuardian writers’ predicted position: 11th (NB: this is not necessarily Simon Burnton’s prediction but the average of our w…

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Danny Welbeck joins Watford on a free transfer

England international has not played since NovemberWatford still hoping to sign Ismaïla Sarr from RennesWatford have confirmed the signing of the former Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer, kick-starting what is expected to be a busy final…

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Ajax start the Champions League in the third qualifying round. Is that fair? | Simon Burnton

Uefa’s calculation of coefficients penalises good teams in weak leagues and takes into account matches played six years agoAjax were one of the most entertaining and successful sides of the Champions League last season, beating Real Madrid and Juventus…

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Watford reject Everton’s £30m bid for Doucouré and close in on Sarr

• French midfielder set to remain at Vicarage Road • Wayford hope to sign Senegal winger Sarr from RennesWatford do not plan to accept any offer from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucouré, having rejected a £30m opening bid for the 26-year-old midfielder that…

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Modern football kits are stretching credibility – they’re not worth the ballyhoo | Simon Burnton

Gone are the days when it was enough for a new strip to look good. Designers are obsessed with spinning a complex yarnIn 1976 the groundbreaking choreographer Peter Darrell debuted Mary Queen of Scots, an attempt to tell the story of the doomed monarch…

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Football League and Scottish Premiership opening weekend – live!

Updates from all of Saturday’s 3pm BST matchesLive scoreboard! Follow all of the day’s goals and gamesAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 2.05pm BST In today’s early League Two match, Salford have taken a 2-0 lead against Stevenage and appe…

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The Fiver | The most exciting thing ever to happen in Luton

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The season starts here! Or at least a bit of it does. Well, not exactly here, but now. Well, later. A bit of the season starts later, somewhere else! In what must go down as the most exciting thing eve…

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid turn to Donny van de Beek?

Today’s fluff say listen to the drummer, say listen to the bass Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire seems to be coming to some kind of conclusion, with the player left out of Leicester’s friendly against Atalanta this evening because he is cur…

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid turn to Donny van de Beek?

Today’s fluff say listen to the drummer, say listen to the bass Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire seems to be coming to some kind of conclusion, with the player left out of Leicester’s friendly against Atalanta this evening because he is cur…

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid turn to Donny van de Beek?

Today’s fluff say listen to the drummer, say listen to the bass Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire seems to be coming to some kind of conclusion, with the player left out of Leicester’s friendly against Atalanta this evening because he is cur…

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid turn to Donny van de Beek?

Today’s fluff say listen to the drummer, say listen to the bass Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire seems to be coming to some kind of conclusion, with the player left out of Leicester’s friendly against Atalanta this evening because he is cur…

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The Fiver | Gareth Bale, the pushmi-pullyu and some basic maths

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Fans of the Doctor Dolittle books will be familiar with the pushmi-pullyu, an astonishing and now sadly extinct beast with two heads. When the eponymous doctor is first introduced to one, he is assured…

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea’s Tiémoué Bakayoko to Everton?

Today’s fluff is chopped and friedArsenal hope to tie up a deal for Nicolas Pépé and won’t stop there – “There are different players on the table with the possibility we can achieve their signature,” says Unai Emery. “We are only thinking about people …