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Watford v Everton: match preview

Everton can move up into seventh, the position they finished last season, with victory over Watford but that may prove difficult as Sam Allardyce’s side have won just once on the road this season. Javi Gracia will be keen to capitalise on their poor aw…

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Liverpool v West Ham United: match preview

David Moyes has never won in 14 visits to Anfield as manager, losing seven and drawing seven, and his prospects of guiding West Ham to back-to-back league victories for the first time since December 2016 appear slim given the sensational form of Liverp…

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Bournemouth v Newcastle United: match preview

Bournemouth welcome Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United to the south coast on the back of a warm-weather training camp in Portugal. Both teams ought to be revitalised after a two-week break and need to hit the ground running on their return to action, wi…

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Bournemouth v Newcastle United: match preview

Bournemouth welcome Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United to the south coast on the back of a warm-weather training camp in Portugal. Both teams ought to be revitalised after a two-week break and need to hit the ground running on their return to action, wi…

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City: match preview

Brighton and Swansea are both enjoying a spell of good form and are unbeaten in five and 10 matches respectively in all competitions. Chris Hughton will hope Jürgen Locadia can pick up from where he left off against Coventry and provide the attacking t…

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City: match preview

Brighton and Swansea are both enjoying a spell of good form and are unbeaten in five and 10 matches respectively in all competitions. Chris Hughton will hope Jürgen Locadia can pick up from where he left off against Coventry and provide the attacking t…

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Burnley v Southampton: match preview

Burnley were the undoubted success story of the first half of the season, accumulating 32 points from their first 19 games. Since Christmas a brake has been applied, with four draws and four defeats. While survival is unlikely to be an issue for Sean D…

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Leicester City v Stoke City: match preview

Leicester have lost some momentum in the league following a disappointing run that has been overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez’s antics. Mahrez, however, is set to make his first league start for more than a month here. Stoke, who will be without the injured…

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West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town: match preview

Alan Pardew has put his faith in Jonny Evans to lead West Bromwich Albion out of trouble saying “God teaches us to forgive” with regard to reinstating the defender as captain. Pardew seems to recognise the importance of moving quickly on from the Barça…

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Premier League and Carabao Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A grudge match at Old Trafford, Arsène Wenger looking to settle his affairs and Jonny Evans seeks to appeaseEven those in Arsenal’s “Leave” camp might indulge Arsène Wenger’s chance to tick off missing items in his résumé. Winning the Europa League wou…

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‘God teaches us to forgive’: Alan Pardew reinstates Jonny Evans as captain

• West Brom’s Evans, Barry, Myhill and Livermore fined £500,000• Jonny Evans is right man to lead relegation strugglers, says PardewAlan Pardew has reinstated Jonny Evans as the West Bromwich Albion captain in the wake of the taxi scandal in Barcelona,…

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What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival | Liam Rosenior

Albion’s bullish dressing room has started to compare run-ins and won’t be alone as a dozen Premier League teams take on board the price of on-pitch failure over the next three monthsI’m going to admit something that goes against all of the “take every…

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Referees’ body to meet Manchester City over concerns about bad tackles

• PGMOL unlikely to consider retrospective upgrading of cards• City claim there has been dangerous run of tackles on their playersManchester City have been granted a meeting with the governing body of Premier League referees to discuss Pep Guardiola’s …

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Sky netted a sweet Premier League deal but the TV rights bubble isn’t over

The value of TV packages may have plateaued in the UK but footie bosses aren’t worried, with the game’s appeal growing globally and the likes of Amazon on the sidelinesOn the face of it, the outcome of the latest battle for Premier League TV rights app…

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What the Premier League TV deal means for you: key questions answered

Will subscriptions become cheaper? Will BT customers miss out? What will happen with the unsold packages? A guide to the new dealHow does the Premier League rights auction work?The Premier League divides up 200 matches per season into seven packages fo…

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Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst

Broadcasters are saving under the latest TV rights deal but it does not look like the beginning of the end for the money feastAn assessment of the near-£4.5bn committed to Premier League clubs for live UK televising of their matches from 2019-22 can be…

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Sky and BT Sport pay £4.464bn for first tranche of Premier League TV packages

• Five of seven packages available have been announced• Sky to broadcast 128 matches starting from 2019-20 seasonThe payTV broadcasters Sky and BT Sport have retained their hold on live televised Premier League football, paying £4.464bn to the clubs fo…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte vows to fight speculation ‘to the end’

• Eden Hazard scores twice and says, ‘We are back’• West Brom’s Daniel Sturridge ‘distraught’ with another injuryAntonio Conte has vowed to fight speculation over his future “until the end” after Chelsea recovered their place in the top four with a muc…

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Olivier Giroud the well-groomed, half-speed Costa, looks an ideal fit | Barney Ronay

The striker, signed by Chelsea from Arsenal in January, has a physical presence and is a good foil for Eden HazardSquint a little as Chelsea despatched West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge and at times it was as though the champions’ attack was doin…

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Eden Hazard and Victor Moses relieve Chelsea pressure in West Brom win

It was only when the third goal bulged West Brom’s net, as this contest drifted into its last quarter, that Chelsea could truly relax and bask in a restorative victory. Eden Hazard, forever their inspiration, had darted across the edge of the area away…