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Manchester United v Watford: match preview

Odion Ighalo could make his full Manchester United debut against his former club and expect David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Fred to be restored to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s starting lineup following Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge. Nigel Pearson’s Wat…

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Manchester United v Watford: match preview

Odion Ighalo could make his full Manchester United debut against his former club and expect David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Fred to be restored to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s starting lineup following Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge. Nigel Pearson’s Wat…

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Wolves v Norwich: match preview

Wolves will be in bright spirits after demolishing Espanyol and spurred on by the chance to end their winless league run against struggling Norwich. Goals finally came for Nuno Espírito Santo and they will likely flow once more against a side who conce…

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Wolves v Norwich: match preview

Wolves will be in bright spirits after demolishing Espanyol and spurred on by the chance to end their winless league run against struggling Norwich. Goals finally came for Nuno Espírito Santo and they will likely flow once more against a side who conce…

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Arsenal v Everton: match preview

Everton have managed four draws at the Emirates in 14 visits and last won at Arsenal in January 1996 but they will go into this match fancying their chances more than ever in a meeting of managers who were linked with each other’s jobs when they were v…

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Liverpool v West Ham: match preview

A deal of pity can be felt for West Ham who follow up a defeat at Manchester City with a trip to Anfield. Only another win for Liverpool feels likely especially after losing narrowly in Spain on Tuesday. The defeat against Atlético Madrid will have stu…

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Leicester v Manchester City: match preview

Manchester City’s European ban is overshadowing their football but they returned to the pitch after Uefa’s action and dominated West Ham. Pep Guardiola will be looking for City to be even better as they gear up to face Real Madrid in the Champions Leag…

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Chelsea v Tottenham: match preview

José Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge hoping to nab Chelsea’s place in the top four. But while Tottenham are a point behind their London rivals, their push for Champions League qualification has been disrupted by long-term injuries to Harry Kane and…

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Crystal Palace v Newcastle: match preview

Crystal Palace have tumbled from seventh to 14th since December after a run of one win in 13 matches. Panic is not yet required though as injuries have ravaged the squad and draws against Arsenal and Manchester City show Roy Hodgson’s side are mentally…

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Burnley v Bournemouth: match preview

Burnley have won three of their last four games, with a draw against Arsenal in between, and the 10 points gained have taken them into the company of Wolves, Everton and Arsenal in comfortable mid-table. Victory over Bournemouth would take them to the …

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Sheffield United v Brighton: match preview

Graham Potter seems in stern mood in the wake of the “Brighton Balloon four’s Canary Island incident”. During last week’s winter break a video surfaced of a quartet of Potter’s players – Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard and Alireza Jahanbakh…

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Southampton v Aston Villa: match preview

Aston Villa have taken just eight points from 39 on the road this season, but may fancy their chances against the team with the league’s worst home record. Southampton’s stellar away form has carried them close to safety, but Villa would be three point…

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Premier League team news, previews and Chelsea v Tottenham buildup – live!

The latest news and buildup to the football weekendPremier League: Ten things to look out forEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 10.31am GMT Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been bigging up Anthony Martial after the Frenchman’s star turn in Brugge…

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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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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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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…