English Premier League

Liverpool or Chelsea loss better for Arsenal season hopes?

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Chelsea travel to Anfield tomorrow to take on Liverpool in the Premier League, and most Arsenal fans will be hoping to see plenty of injuries, but which result is most favourable for us? Our boys sit tied on points with the Merseyside club, will trailing the Blues by only three points, and a win for [.

Mourinho has harsh words for underperforming Mkhitaryan

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has offered a scathing analysis of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drop in form as the Manchester United manager explained why the midfielder has been exiled from his squad recently.

The Armenian is expected to be recalled to the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League game with Brighton after being out of contention altogether for the past two games.

Mourinho has harsh words for underperforming Mkhitaryan

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has offered a scathing analysis of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drop in form as the Manchester United manager explained why the midfielder has been exiled from his squad recently.

The Armenian is expected to be recalled to the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League game with Brighton after being out of contention altogether for the past two games.

Moyes off the mark as West Ham draw with Leicester

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London (AFP) – David Moyes saw West Ham secure a first point of his reign as the Premier League strugglers’ manager in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City on Friday.

The hosts fell behind early on at the London Stadium to a goal from Marc Albrighton before Cheikhou Kouyate equalised on the stroke of half time.

Moyes off the mark as West Ham draw with Leicester

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London (AFP) – David Moyes saw West Ham secure a first point of his reign as the Premier League strugglers’ manager in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City on Friday.

The hosts fell behind early on at the London Stadium to a goal from Marc Albrighton before Cheikhou Kouyate equalised on the stroke of half time.

Soccer TV: Liverpool vs Chelsea

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It's a big name matchup in the Premier League to highlight the weekend soccer TV schedule. Liverpool hosts Chelsea in a game available nationally on NBC on Saturday. There's plenty from the Bundesliga on FS1 and FS2. Univision Deportes and Univision have Liga MX playoff games on Saturday and Sunday.

Referee Mark Clattenburg joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League coverage

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has joined NBC Sports as a new studio analyst in the network’s coverage of the Premier League, World Soccer Talk has learned.

According to a NBC Sports spokesman, “[Clattenburg] will join us periodically throughout the season.”

Clattenburg made his NBC Sports debut appearance on Friday’s pre-match coverage of the West Ham United versus Leicester City game.

Referee Mark Clattenburg joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League coverage

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has joined NBC Sports as a new studio analyst in the network’s coverage of the Premier League, World Soccer Talk has learned.

According to a NBC Sports spokesman, “[Clattenburg] will join us periodically throughout the season.”

Clattenburg made his NBC Sports debut appearance on Friday’s pre-match coverage of the West Ham United versus Leicester City game.

Former Arsenal star plays down Man City’s invincible credentials

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Former Arsenal defender has deemed the talk of Manchester City repeating the Gunners ‘invincible’ season to be premature.

The Cameroonian was part of Arsene Wenger’s stellar squad that went the whole of 2003/04 unbeaten in the Premier League. With Pep Guardiola’s City side off to a phenomenal run in the league this season, many have debated whether City are capable of repeating Arsenal’s monumental feat.

Video: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte previews Liverpool game

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Chelsea ‘old boy’ Salah concerns Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is wary of former Blues forward Mohamed Salah as he insisted a heavy travel schedule could be no excuse for a sub-standard performance against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Egyptian has made a big splash since returning to the Premier League from Serie A club Roma in the summer, scoring nine goals to lead the scoring charts.

Guardiola surprised by Sterling’s Man City form

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits he has been surprised by Raheem Sterling’s prolific start to the campaign with the Premier League leaders.

The England forward scored the winning goal in the midweek Champions League victory over Feyenoord, taking his season’s tally to 11 goals, equal with the most he has ever scored in an entire campaign.

It’s time to bring Pogback: Fantasy Premier League, Week 13 Preview

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The return of the Premier League last week saw plenty of goals and clean sheets meaning you needed 56 points in FPL to just reach the average score. Let's hope for as much action and excitement this...

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Moreno errors fail to dent Klopp’s trust

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London (AFP) – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he still trusts Alberto Moreno “100 per cent” despite the left-back’s costly mistakes in Sevilla’s stunning three-goal comeback against the Reds on Tuesday.

“It is not the player to blame,” Klopp said at Friday’s press conference ahead of their big Premier League clash with champions Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.

Moreno errors fail to dent Klopp’s trust

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London (AFP) – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he still trusts Alberto Moreno “100 per cent” despite the left-back’s costly mistakes in Sevilla’s stunning three-goal comeback against the Reds on Tuesday.

“It is not the player to blame,” Klopp said at Friday’s press conference ahead of their big Premier League clash with champions Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.

Furious Leeds fans want this man to replace Christiansen immediately: 'He would take us up'

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Leeds United are going through a rough patch right now and it seems that the fans are losing patience with Thomas Christiansen.

The 44-year-old helped his side make a good start to the season. Some even tipped Leeds to secure automatic promotion after their impressive showing in the first few games.

Pochettino unsure about Wembley effect on players

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino says he is not sure how playing at Wembley will affect Tottenham’s energy levels over the chaotic Christmas period as they try to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League.

Pochettino said on Thursday that the club’s physical data is showing his players are running further at the national stadium because of the larger pitch.

Pochettino unsure about Wembley effect on players

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino says he is not sure how playing at Wembley will affect Tottenham’s energy levels over the chaotic Christmas period as they try to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League.

Pochettino said on Thursday that the club’s physical data is showing his players are running further at the national stadium because of the larger pitch.

Fellaini’s potential Man United exit worries Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admitted that he was concerned about the prospect of losing Marouane Fellaini considering the midfielder’s contract talks with the club haven’t reached a fruitful end yet.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Brighton on Saturday, Mourinho revealed that he was not part of the discussions that would tie the midfielder to a new deal at the club.

NBC network scores best Premier League viewing figure since September

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NBC Sports netted its greatest viewing number since September for a Premier League broadcast on the over-the-air NBC network.

The November 18 broadcast of the Manchester United versus Newcastle United match averaged 837,000 viewers on the NBC network. Plus, 45,000 tuned in to watch the game on the Spanish-language Universo broadcast to generate a combined total of 882,000 viewers.

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AEK Athens coach banned and fined for obscene gesture

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Athens (AFP) – AEK Athens’ Spanish coach Manolo Jimenez was banned for 15 days and fined 10,000 euros by the Greek Super League on Friday for an obscene gesture towards fans of local rival Panathinaikos.

The league also fined AEK 10,000 euros after Jimenez flipped the bird at opposing fans as AEK drew 1-1, a result that left the club tied in first place with PAOK Thessaloniki on 21 points.

Messi maturing with age as he picks up fourth Golden Shoe

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi insisted he was getting better with age after receiving the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday.

The 30-year-old Argentine won the prize for being the top scorer in Europe’s leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for Barcelona.

Messi maturing with age as he picks up fourth Golden Shoe

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi insisted he was getting better with age after receiving the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday.

The 30-year-old Argentine won the prize for being the top scorer in Europe’s leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for Barcelona.

Man Utd’s Fellaini sues New Balance over ‘defective boots’

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini is suing sportswear giant New Balance for around £2 million ($2.6 million) over “defective boots” that he says have had a negative impact on his performances.

Rosalina Investments, which represents the Belgian international, said the boots had to be “steamed and stretched” by a United kit man before he could wear them.

Bale finally back in training for Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale finally returned to training with his Real Madrid team-mates on Friday and will be eased back in after two months on the sidelines, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.

“The important thing is that he is with us, that he trains, plays, because that will stop all the negative things happening around him,” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Malaga.

Inter target Serie A top spot at Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan travel to Cagliari on Saturday looking to take advantage of a tough week of European action for their rivals to move top of Serie A.

Luciano Spalletti’s side - who missed out on European qualification last season - are still unbeaten 13 games into the season.

Transfer News and Gossip

Former Man Utd striker signs for Telford

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Ex-Manchester United striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has signed for non-league side AFC Telford United. Ebanks-Blake, aged 31, played for United between...

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Emre Can agrees personal terms with Juventus

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has agreed personal terms with Juventus ahead of a summer transfer, according to Turin newspaper Tuttosport. The...

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PSG approach Man Utd’s Marouane Fellaini

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been approached by Paris Saint-Germain, according to French publication Le10Sport. The Ligue 1...

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Michael Carrick undergoes heart procedure

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Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has revealed he has undergone a heart procedure in recent weeks. The 36-year-old has been out of action...

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Goal Shark: The Revenge

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Those who have greatly exaggerated the demise of Terrence Boyd are hearing the ostinato cello this Friday night. The Darmstadt striker celebrated making consecutive league starts for the first time since February by bagging his first double since November of 2014. He netted the first two equalizers in a 3-3 share at Union Berlin.

A Fulham thriller, Chris Coleman and the miss of the season…Names of the Football League, week 15

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AEK Athens coach banned and fined for obscene gesture

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Athens (AFP) – AEK Athens’ Spanish coach Manolo Jimenez was banned for 15 days and fined 10,000 euros by the Greek Super League on Friday for an obscene gesture towards fans of local rival Panathinaikos.

The league also fined AEK 10,000 euros after Jimenez flipped the bird at opposing fans as AEK drew 1-1, a result that left the club tied in first place with PAOK Thessaloniki on 21 points.

Why has it taken three months for Ozil to play his best for Arsenal?

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Mesut Ozil finally looked like his old self for Arsenal with a maestro's performance against Tottenham last week, after being seriously criticized for his feeble efforts earlier this season. In fact he had only managed two assists in his 9 previous appearances for the Gunners in this campaign. In a strange statement Arsene Wenger says [.

Carrick reveals heart condition has kept him out of the team

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Michael Carrick has revealed on Twitter that the reason he has been out of the team since September is discovering that he has an irregular heart rhythm.

Rio: I stopped liking Lampard because he played for Chelsea

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed that the reason why his friendship with Frank Lampard ended was because they played for rival club. The pair had grown up together playing for West Ham and England, yet when Rio joined United and Lampard joined Chelsea, they grew apart.

When the two clubs faced each other in the biggest game, the Champions League final in 2008, it was Rio who was on the winning side.

Chelsea ‘old boy’ Salah concerns Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is wary of former Blues forward Mohamed Salah as he insisted a heavy travel schedule could be no excuse for a sub-standard performance against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Egyptian has made a big splash since returning to the Premier League from Serie A club Roma in the summer, scoring nine goals to lead the scoring charts.

Guardiola surprised by Sterling’s Man City form

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits he has been surprised by Raheem Sterling’s prolific start to the campaign with the Premier League leaders.

The England forward scored the winning goal in the midweek Champions League victory over Feyenoord, taking his season’s tally to 11 goals, equal with the most he has ever scored in an entire campaign.

PSG coach Emery happy with Mbappe ahead of Monaco reunion

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is satisfied with Kylian Mbappe’s performances in the French capital as the teenage forward prepares for a “special” meeting with his old club Monaco on Sunday.

“It will be good for him to go back to Monaco. He is happy with the work he did with them and Monaco are happy for him for his performances and for the money they earned from his transfer,” said Emery ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash.

PSG coach Emery happy with Mbappe ahead of Monaco reunion

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is satisfied with Kylian Mbappe’s performances in the French capital as the teenage forward prepares for a “special” meeting with his old club Monaco on Sunday.

“It will be good for him to go back to Monaco. He is happy with the work he did with them and Monaco are happy for him for his performances and for the money they earned from his transfer,” said Emery ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash.

Burnley could be tougher for Arsenal to beat than Tottenham!

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It was a very disappointing defeat in Cologne last night for the Arsenal reserves, but we will be reverting back to our First XI that destroyed Tottenham last week for the trip to Burnley. Our side should we well-rested for this game after their exertions against Spurs but Burnley obviously don't have any European football [.

Pulisic, McKennie ready to square off in Revierderby

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Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie are two of the USMNT's brightest young stars. The two teenagers are mere weeks apart in age, and, for the first time ever, will play a competitive match against each other on Saturday.

This weekend's big rivalry match in Germany is the Revierderby between Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund and McKennie's Schalke 04.

Mourinho is worried but do you want Fellaini to stay?

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Marouane Fellaini's contract at Manchester United is set to expire at the summer and there have been plenty of stories linking him with a move away from the club.

The majority of his time at the club has been disappointing but he has found a new lease of life under Jose Mourinho, who is clearly a big fan of the midfielder.

Record Shopping - Don't Even Think About Bothering Me

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Man Utd’s Fellaini sues New Balance over ‘defective boots’

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini is suing sportswear giant New Balance for around £2 million ($2.6 million) over “defective boots” that he says have had a negative impact on his performances.

Rosalina Investments, which represents the Belgian international, said the boots had to be “steamed and stretched” by a United kit man before he could wear them.

Bale finally back in training for Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale finally returned to training with his Real Madrid team-mates on Friday and will be eased back in after two months on the sidelines, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.

“The important thing is that he is with us, that he trains, plays, because that will stop all the negative things happening around him,” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Malaga.

Mata: I’m settled in Manchester and want to stay

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Juan Mata's contract at Manchester United expires in the summer and he would be free to talk to other clubs in January about a move away from the club.

However, in an interview with ESPN, Mata has claimed he hopes he can continue at United and would sign an extension if one was offered.

Why not?

Inter target Serie A top spot at Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan travel to Cagliari on Saturday looking to take advantage of a tough week of European action for their rivals to move top of Serie A.

Luciano Spalletti’s side - who missed out on European qualification last season - are still unbeaten 13 games into the season.

Can the Dynamo come back in conference finals?

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The Dynamo have a mountain to climb in the Western Conference finals against Seattle.

Many MLS observers went into the first leg of the Houston Dynamo-Seattle Sounders Western Conference final already shooing Seattle through to the final. It's not hard to see that the Sounders are the better team on paper, but it was clear from the Dynamo's previous two wins (over Sporting KC in the knockout round and Portland in the conference semifinals) that the Orange are capable of sticking with the conference's best.

NBC network scores best Premier League viewing figure since September

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NBC Sports netted its greatest viewing number since September for a Premier League broadcast on the over-the-air NBC network.

The November 18 broadcast of the Manchester United versus Newcastle United match averaged 837,000 viewers on the NBC network. Plus, 45,000 tuned in to watch the game on the Spanish-language Universo broadcast to generate a combined total of 882,000 viewers.