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Hal Robson-Kanu seals West Brom win over Burnley then sees red for elbow

Tony Pulis will review video footage of Hal Robson-Kanu’s dismissal at Burnley before determining whether to appeal against the West Bromwich Albion match-winner’s red card.

The Wales international became just the fourth player in Premier League history to come off the bench, score and be sent off in a lively 20-minute cameo that earned Albion their second straight 1-0 success.

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Burnley v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

Burnley have never made a better start to a Premier League campaign, or perhaps any campaign. It took them 18 games to win away last season and now they have recorded one at the first attempt, at the home of the champions, no less. Expectations will be high at Turf Moor but Tony Pulis’s side are unlikely to fall apart like Chelsea. The two sides appear evenly matched, and while Albion’s away form is not great either, it would not be an enormous surprise to see the points shared, as happened last season when Burnley came back down to earth after their win at Crystal Palace. Paul Wilson

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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

Liverpool’s defensive frailties, Wayne Rooney’s nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester United’s unsung heroes

The excellence of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will attract most attention, but equally crucial was went on around them. Because José Mourinho omitted Ander Herrera – completely unnecessary against opposition likely to sit deep – he could pick an extra attacker, and whether that was Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford, the trident roaming behind Lukaku offered craft, pace, movement and numbers. Last season, though United’s finishing was useless, they also failed to create enough chances, get enough men into dangerous areas, and exploit the qualities of their most talented players. Yesterday, though, they looked menacing throughout and eventually swamped an admittedly poor West Ham; the question now is whether Mourinho will let his team go against better opposition. Daniel Harris

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Antonio Conte tells Chelsea to show more fight but prays for new signings

Beaten 3-2 at home by a magnificent Burnley in their first league match, the champions now face Tottenham next Sunday with players suspended

For a few seconds after Sam Vokes had risen to meet Steven Defour’s cross to give Burnley an improbable 3-0 lead over the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte stood staring into thin air with his hand resting impassively on his chin. The Chelsea manager has witnessed a lot during a decade in the dugout but watching his misfiring team succumb so meekly to a side who had recorded just one away victory last season surely must have been a new experience.

After a strange summer that has seen his employers spend the best part of £130m on new players yet go into the title defence looking considerably weaker than the outfit who swept all before them just a few months ago, the Italian then found himself fielding questions that suggested he had deliberately sabotaged his starting lineup in a bid to send a message to the club’s owner. Conte bristled visibly at that accusation, staring down his inquisitor before insisting “you don’t know me very well”, although quite what Roman Abramovich would have made of it all is anyone’s guess.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

With the new 2017-18 season in full swing, we have selected 12 of our favourite images from the opening weekend in England’s top flight

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Antonio Conte denies team selection was a message to Chelsea hierarchy

• Manager insists side wasn’t chosen to highlight lack of signings
• ‘My choice was to put out the best players that we have’

Antonio Conte denied that his team sheet was intended as any kind of message to the Chelsea hierarchy after a lineup stocked with kids on the bench and a 20-year-old making his first start lost to Burnley on the opening day of their title defence.

Related: Nine-man Chelsea shocked by Sam Vokes double for Burnley

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Cahill red card crucial in Chelsea’s loss to Burnley, says Conte – video

The Chelsea coach Antonio Conte says his side lost composure following Gary Cahill’s red card as the Blues lost 3-2 to Burnley on Saturday. The reigning Premier League champions were eventually reduced to nine men as Cesc Fàbregas too was sent off in the club’s opening game of the new season. Conte is also frustrated by suggestions his team selection was designed to send a message to the club’s hierarchy  

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Cahill red card crucial in Chelsea’s loss to Burnley, says Conte – video

The Chelsea coach Antonio Conte says his side lost composure following Gary Cahill’s red card as the Blues lost 3-2 to Burnley on Saturday. The reigning Premier League champions were eventually reduced to nine men as Cesc Fàbregas too was sent off in the club’s opening game of the new season. Conte is also frustrated by suggestions his team selection was designed to send a message to the club’s hierarchy  

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Chelsea v Burnley: Premier League – live!

3.04pm BST

3 min: Burnley win a free kick. It’s floated toward the far post in the general vicinity of Ben Mee, but he’s unable to get a head on it.

3.02pm BST

1 min: And they’re off! Burnley attacking from left to right in white shirts and claret shorts, Chelsea from right to left in traditional all-blue strips.

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Watford confirm club-record £18.5m signing of Andre Gray from Burnley

• Striker signs five-year deal to move to Vicarage Road
• Gray becomes Watford’s sixth new arrival this summer

Watford have confirmed the signing of striker Andre Gray from Burnley for a club-record transfer fee.

Gray, 26, has penned a five-year contract with the Hornets, in what is understood to be a deal worth in the region of £18.5m.

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Sean Dyche backs police decision to call off Burnley-Hannover friendly

• Police officer and two stewards injured in crowd trouble at match
• Lancashire police call on fans to pass on phone video footage of disorder

A police officer and two stewards were injured during crowd trouble which forced the abandonment of Burnley’s friendly against Hannover on Saturday.

Lancashire Police have opened an investigation following the disorder, which occurred after fans of the Bundesliga side charged towards home supporters during the first half at Turf Moor.

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Premier League 2017-18 fans’ previews, part 1: Arsenal to Liverpool

Fans have their say on key players, weak leaks and summer spending – and make their predictions for the season ahead
Part two: Manchester City to West Ham

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Burnley abandon pre-season friendly against Hannover on police advice

• Crowd trouble forces match to be abandoned at Turf Moor
• Burnley led 1-0 at half-time against Bundesliga opposition

Burnley have said they had to abandon their pre-season friendly against Hannover on Saturday on police advice after crowd trouble marred the action at Turf Moor.

Supporters of the newly-promoted Bundesliga side were pictured ripping up seats and throwing them towards home sections of the stadium while the first half was still being played. Defender Ben Mee opened the scoring for Burnley before police attempted to restore order over an extended half-time interval.

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Burnley abandon pre-season friendly against Hannover on police advice

• Crowd trouble forces match to be abandoned at Turf Moor
• Burnley led 1-0 at half-time against Bundesliga opposition

Burnley have said they had to abandon their pre-season friendly against Hannover on Saturday on police advice after crowd trouble marred the action at Turf Moor.

Supporters of the newly-promoted Bundesliga side were pictured ripping up seats and throwing them towards home sections of the stadium while the first half was still being played. Defender Ben Mee opened the scoring for Burnley before police attempted to restore order over an extended half-time interval.

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Premier League 2017-18 preview No4: Burnley

Sean Dyche’s side are preparing for a second successive season in the top flight and another attritional season of small gains is in prospect

Guardian writers’ predicted position 18th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Wilson’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position 16th

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Will the wait for an English manager to win the Premier League ever end? | Paul Wilson

After 25 Premier League years an English coach is still to lift the title and the supply of qualified foreign coaches suggests the wait may continue awhile

The Premier League has been going for 25 years and it is still no closer to being won by a team with an English manager.

Actually that might not be completely true. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth finished ninth last season and in the arid landscape of English achievement since Howard Wilkinson took Leeds United to the final old First Division title in 1992 that possibly counts as progress. There have certainly been seasons, 2015-16 being the most recent, when the top 10 positions were the exclusive province of foreign coaches.

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Transfer roundup: Middlesbrough’s £5m bid for Newcastle’s Karl Darlow rejected

• Rafael Benítez willing to allow goalkeeper to leave St James’ Park
• Stoke’s Jonathan Walters signs two-year deal with Burnley

Middlesbrough and Newcastle United are discussing Karl Darlow’s potential transfer to the Riverside, despite Garry Monk having a £5m bid rejected.

Although Darlow was Rafael Benítez’s first-choice goalkeeper as his side won the Championship title, Newcastle’s manager is not entirely sold on a player whose admirers include Aston Villa and Reading. It is understood an improved offer from Boro will almost certainly prompt his departure.

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