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Wesley and El Ghazi sink Everton to get Aston Villa up and running

It turns out that Dean Smith was right to call for calm and a sense of perspective. “What are we coming to if we’re judging players after two games?”asked the Aston Villa manager on the eve of this game in response to questions about the performances o…

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Aston Villa v Everton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offTen things to look for in the Premier League this weekendAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him @NickAmes82 7.13pm BST Marco Silva:“Our goal is to do better than last season, it’s something we must do. …

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Dean Smith happy with Aston Villa striker Wesley despite lack of goals | Paul Doyle

Manager has seen enough, despite defeats by Bournemouth and Spurs, to be confident Villa will not ‘do a Fulham’To really offend people around Villa Park, just say the F word. After spending at least £127m on 12 players following promotion to the Premie…

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Kevin MacDonald leaves Aston Villa following bullying investigation

• Coach’s behaviour probed after complaint from Gareth Farrelly• Villa issue statement apologising to all former players affectedThe Aston Villa youth coach Kevin MacDonald has left the club “with immediate effect” following an investigation into alleg…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Ljungberg and Trossard make instant impact, Wilson has Liverpool quality and Rodgers leaves ‘young Frank’ on back footThe inclusion of Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson against Burnley a week after they became the first pair of teenagers to start a Premier …

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Harry Wilson goal edges Bournemouth past Aston Villa after early blitz

There was no mistaking the optimism around Villa Park before kick-off. This was the hosts’ first Premier League home match in more than three years and, with a revamped team guided by a manager and captain who both used to be regulars in the Holte End,…

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Southampton v Liverpool, Everton v Watford and more – live clockwatch!

Live updates from all the 3pm (BST) kick-offsPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendFeel free to email Barry or tweet @BGlendenning your thoughts 2.06pm BST Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gbamin, Andre Gomes, Richarlison…

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Aston Villa v Bournemouth: match preview

Renewed optimism around Villa Park is reflected in record season ticket sales, and Dean Smith says his team’s ability to turn on the style at home will be key to them thriving this season. Eddie Howe reluctantly sold Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa during …

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

There are a few potential debuts on the cards, while a Southampton defender deserves praise for his charitable actionsArsenal began the season with an uncharacteristically efficient away win. Their first home match could be an attacking extravaganza if…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope Chelsea youngsters can step up, promoted trio look up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at PalaceEddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been cap…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Murals, bubbles, VAR drama and a tribute to Justin Edinburgh in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight picturesView the Dozen archive Continue reading…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Murals, bubbles, VAR drama and a tribute to Justin Edinburgh in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight picturesView the Dozen archive Continue reading…

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Harry Kane’s late double takes Spurs past resurgent Aston Villa

Tottenham came from behind to seal an exciting win against Premier League new boys Aston Villa, Harry Kane deciding the contest with two goals in the last 10 minutes.Villa had led for much of the match after John McGinn had stolen past a sleepy Spurs d…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offThe Fiver: sign up and get our free daily football emailAnd feel free to email your thoughts to Scott 4.44pm BST Tottenham’s new midfielder Tanguy Ndombele does indeed make his debut this evening. Giov…

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Tottenham v Aston Villa: match preview

Tottenham have a much stronger squad after their late transfer activity but how they will line up is not clear. Kyle Walker-Peters looks most likely to fill Kieran Trippier’s vacated right-back spot, though a retooled Moussa Sissoko in the role is not …

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The players who have hit hat-tricks on Premier League opening weekends

All hail Mick Quinn, Matt le Tissier, Kevin Campbell, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Dion Dublin, Gabby Agbonlahor and Didier DrogbaBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkMick Quinn became the first player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a…

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New world order? Welcome to Premier League’s new era of excellence | Barney Ronay

As the season kicks off the Premier League appears to have it all. But this brave new world brings fresh challenges for allBring me my bow of burning gold. Bring me my all-English Euro finals. Bring me my £5bn three-year domestic TV rights cycle. Bring…

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Enter English managers to show their worth and cause Premier League surprise

Graham Potter, Dean Smith and Chris Wilder have earned the chance to alter perceptions and put their stamp on the top flightIf there is one quality that links Graham Potter, Dean Smith and Chris Wilder, it is a willingness to accept a tough challenge. …

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From Jesús Vallejo to George Hirst: 10 astute Premier League summer buys

Amid all the headlines of record-breaking deals, some top-flight clubs have made clever acquisitions for a fraction of the price David Martin, goalkeeper, Millwall to West Ham, freeYou may recall Martin as the goalkeeper who made the catastrophic error…

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Premier League 2019-20 fans’ previews, part 1: Arsenal to Liverpool

Fans have their say on key players, weak links and summer spending – and make their predictions for the season ahead • Part 2: Manchester City to WolvesIf you can’t be optimistic in pre-season it’s time to hang up your hundred quid replica kit. That sa…