SoccerLens Archives for January 2016

Barcelona reach record breaking agreement; Confirmed £140m deal vital to their ambitions

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Spanish champions Barcelona have agreed on a lucrative long-term contract with American kit manufacturers, Nike. The agreement will see them pocket around £140m a season from 2018.

It is a five-year agreement and there will be an option to renew for another five years in 2023. The contract with Nike now puts Barcelona in the number one position in terms of sponsorship in the footballing world.

Barcelona set to agree deal for world class Man Utd target; Few minor details need to be ironed out

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Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is set to sign a new deal with the Spanish champions Barcelona.

The 29-year-old forward has been sensational for the Catalan giants ever since he joined from Liverpool in 2014. Suarez has scored 94 goals in 109 appearances for Barcelona so far and it is no surprise that the club wants to hold on to him.

Chelsea Transfer News: South American attacker wanted, Club ready to pay €20m for tricky winger

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Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for a while now.

The Colombian winger has clearly failed to adapt to life in the Premier League. Cuadrado joined Chelsea in January 2015 for a fee of 23 million pounds and was then loaned out at the end of the season.

Man Utd want La Liga star; Top class player does not like Mourinho, considering Chelsea move

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Manchester United are looking to sign a defender and have been linked with the Real Madrid star Pepe.

The 30-year-old Portuguese defender is out of contract soon and is negotiating an extension with Los Blancos. However, as per the latest reports, there have been some disagreements between the two parties.

Man Utd Transfer News: Top class goalscoring winger wanted, £15m bid ready for January window

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Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford once again.

The Dutch international has failed to impress Jose Mourinho so far and Turkish giants Galatasaray are looking to offer him an exit route during the January transfer window. Daily Mirror are reporting that Galatasaray will submit a 15 million pounds bid for the former PSV attacker.

Chelsea midfielder provides important fitness update; Creative star will miss Southampton clash

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has provided an important fitness update ahead of the trip to Southampton.

The Spaniard posted a photo on his Instagram account of him being back in training. However, he revealed that he will not feature for today’s game due to the lack of match fitness.

His post read: “Good to be back with the team.

Real Madrid agree deal with top class Man Utd target; Woodward held talks for attacker earlier

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has signed a new deal with the Spanish giants today.

Los Blancos have confirmed that the Welsh winger will stay at the club until 2022. The announcement will finally end all speculations surrounding the player’s future. Real Madrid have also confirmed that the player will address the press tomorrow afternoon.

£125k-a-week man will be the key to Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes this season

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After Chelsea were beaten in consecutive fixtures by Liverpool and Arsenal, a host of people were writing the Blues off this season, stating that it would be a transitional season for the 2014-15 Premier League champions.

However, a tactical masterstroke by new boss Antonio Conte to revert to the tried-and-tested three-man defence that served him so well at Juventus has got the West London club back on track.

Man Utd Transfer: Deal in principle agreed for defender; 26-year-old ready to complete January move

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is apparently looking to reshape his defense and is willing to get rid of the Italian international Matteo Darmian.

Darmian joined Manchester United last summer under Louis Van Gaal and had a reasonable season. The Italian produced some quality performances and also struggled in some games.

Man Utd ready to break transfer record for world class star; Mourinho admires Liverpool fan favourite

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Even though the January transfer window is two months away, there have been wild rumours surrounding Manchester United.

The latest one is that of Luis Suarez being a target for the Red Devils. As per reports from Don Balon, Manchester United are ready to break the world record once again in order to sign the former Liverpool striker.

Chelsea confirm desire to sign €42m South American in January; Tricky star will make them title contenders

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Chelsea are looking to sign the Argentine attacking midfielder Javier Pastore during the January transfer window.

French outlet GFFN have published an exclusive claiming that Chelsea have already confirmed their desire to sign the South American playmaker. Pastore has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past as well.

Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe must improve to justify record Bournemouth transfer

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Earlier this summer, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth broke their transfer record. It had been only six months since they last made a club record signing in Benik Afobe. Afobe arrived from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2016, and proved an instant hit by scoring four goals in 12 starts as the Cherries finished with 42 points in their first Premier League campaign.

Manchester United drop massive transfer hint regarding top class playmaker, move seems very likely

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Manchester United have dropped a huge hint regarding the future of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Old Trafford outfit released their team photograph yesterday and Schweinsteiger was not a part of the squad. Furthermore, Daily Mail have confirmed that the German’s locker at Carrington has been cleared out and he will continue to train all by himself.

Abramovich working on world class transfer; Chelsea ready to sign €100m Man Utd target

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has been linked with moves to the Premier League several times in the past and the latest clubs linked with the French forward are Chelsea and Manchester United.

As per the report from French outlet Mercato365, Chelsea are very interested in signing Antoine Griezmann but they will face competition from Manchester United.

Man City were wrong to let this top class attacker leave, Experienced star scoring for fun now

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It was 11th January, 2011 and Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, talked up his club’s new signing, Edin Dzeko, as the “perfect player”. Dzeko’s 26 Bundesliga goals in 2008/09 had led Wolfsburg to the title, and Mancini and Manchester City looked to repeat the trick in England with the Bosnian.

Man Utd open to sealing winger's January transfer; €30m star will replace former Chelsea star

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Manchester United winger Memphis Depay could be on his way out of Old Trafford soon.

The Dutch international has failed to impress Jose Mourinho so far and the likes of Roma are interested in taking the player on loan during the January transfer window.

Christian Benteke deserves this from Liverpool fans, Palace star likely to get it as well

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Liverpool fans might criticise Christian Benteke for not justifying his hefty 32.5 million price tag, but the one thing they could never question was the player’s professionalism. In a year marred with disruptions, Benteke went from the club’s first choice striker, to fourth. He was below Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and even Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.

Mourinho ready to sell these 3 Man Utd players to sign Chelsea target; Transfer plans already in motion

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is apparently unhappy with his defensive options and has already begun his work to improve the defence next summer.

The Portuguese tactician has not been impressed by the likes of Smalling, Blind and Rojo.

Major blow for Arsenal, Wenger without attacker for several crucial games due to ligament injury

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that striker Lucas Perez will be out for eight weeks with a ligament injury.

The 28 year old forward was signed from Deportivo for a fee of 17 million pounds during the summer transfer window and has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at Emirates so far.

4-3-3 v Alaves: Zidane without 4 top class Real Madrid stars for vital away game in La Liga; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Alaves vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Alaves vs Real Madrid
Liga BBVA 2016/17
29th October 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Estadio Mendizorrotza, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid take on Alaves in La Liga this weekend and Los Blancos will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with another win here.

4-3-3 v Granada: Major injury blow for Enrique, Barcelona without 4 key players for La Liga clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Granada Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Granada
Liga BBVA 2016/17
29th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona host Granada in the La Liga this weekend and the Spanish champions will be looking to close the gap with arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Liverpool hijack move for 'unbelievable' defender, agreement reached for 6ft 5in player

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Liverpool have signed the highly talented Bury defender Emeka Obi.

Daily Mail are reporting that the Reds have agreed to pay a six-figure sum for the 15-year-old defender. The deal is likely to include add-ons and a potential sell-on clause.

Real Madrid interested in hosting a Conor McGregor UFC fight at Santiago Bernabeu

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Real Madrid have expressed interest in hosting a UFC event in the near future and want ‘The Notorious, Conor McGregor’ to be the promotion’s main star.

After the huge success of UFC 204, held in Manchester, the production organizers are considering to spread the game’s popularity across the globe.

4-3-3 v Palace: Klopp's strongest possible Liverpool lineup for vital away game this week; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool
English Premier League 2016/17
29th November 2016, 17:30 pm BST
Selhurst Park, London

Crystal Palace Team News & Preview

Crystal palace host Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend and the Eagles will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.

EFL Cup: Manchester United, Arsenal face all Premier League clash in Quarter-Finals

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Manchester United will face West Ham in the stand-out tie of the EFL Cup quarter-finals, while Liverpool will face Championship side Leeds United.

Arsenal will welcome Southampton at the Emirates and Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United will travel to KCOM Stadium to face Hull City.

5 teams that can win the Premier League title this season, Man Utd will struggle to challenge

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The Premier League season is well under way and after nine games, the title race is as close as it gets. The top five teams are all separated by a mere point with three teams tied on top of the table. After Leicester City’s upset last season, it seems as though the normality has been restored in the Premier League, with the usual top teams battling for first place.

Uber Stadium: Tottenham in talks with taxi giants over stadium naming rights

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Tottenham could soon be playing in the “Uber Stadium” if reports from Squawka are to be believed. The Lilywhites are apparently in talks with taxi giants Uber over £20m-a-year naming rights of a new home.

Spurs want to agree on a similar lucrative package, reportedly worth £20-25m for between six and 15 years for the new stadium.

4-2-3-1 v Sunderland: Wenger without 3 top class Arsenal stars for away game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Sunderland vs Arsenal Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier league fixture.

Sunderland vs Arsenal
English Premier League 2016/17
29th October 2016, 12:30 pm BST
Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal travel to the Stadium of light for their Premier League clash against Sunderland this weekend.

Serie A 2016/17, Week 10: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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Days after optimism around AC Milan started simmering, Genoa turned it off. Milan beat Juventus 1-0 on Saturday, but lost to Genoa two days later. The 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was Milan’s heaviest of the season, and the fact it happened immediately after their best result is a case in point.

3-4-3 v Southampton: Conte without 3 Chelsea first team players for tough away clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Southampton vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Southampton vs Chelsea
English Premier League 2016/17
30th October 2016, 16:00 pm BST
St Mary’s, Southampton

Southampton Team News & Preview

Southampton host Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.

4-2-3-1 v Burnley: Mourinho could be without 3 Man Utd first team players for must win home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs Burnley Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Manchester United vs Burnley
English Premier League 2016/17
29th October 2016, 15:00 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United host Burnley in the Premier League this weekend and Jose Mourinho will be looking to get back to winning ways after having failed to win five of United’s last six league games.

Mourinho charged with improper conduct by FA for his comments before the Liverpool clash

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Manchester United manager has been charged with improper conduct for his comments on the referee ahead of his side’s game against Liverpool last week. The Football Association stated on their official website that the Portuguese would have until 6pm on Monday, October 31 to respond.

Mourinho has been hit with this charge for giving his opinion on referee Anthony Taylor officiating the game between Liverpool and United at Anfield on October 17.

4-2-3-1 v Man City: Major blow for Mourinho, 2 Key Man Utd stars ruled out for must win game; Latest Injury Updates and Possible Teams

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Manchester United and Manchester City go head to head in the EFL Cup tonight and both teams will be hoping to bounce back from their crisis with a morale-boosting win here.

The first Manchester derby of the season was won by Pep Guardiola’s side and the former Bayern Munich manager will be looking to conquer Old Trafford once again.

Liverpool fan favourite set for Anfield exit in January, Klopp not happy with top quality star

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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho could be on his way out of Anfield this winter if recent reports are to be believed.

According to French publication L’Equipe, the Liverpool defender is not a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans and is set to leave the club during the January transfer window.

Antonio Conte hits back, Chelsea manager has demanded this after Mourinho's accusations

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho for labeling his touchline behaviour as humiliating.

Jose Mourinho was annoyed with Conte’s passion during Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Manchester United. The Portuguese manager said that such behaviour is not acceptable when a team is 4-0 up.

Top class star's Chelsea career may be over under Antonio Conte because of this reason

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There is a variety of ways in which a footballer can lose his place in a team. His form may dip, for one. Otherwise, he may get injured and replaced by someone who plays well enough to retain his spot. He may also get into a tiff with the manager, causing a fallout.

In some rare occasions though, players lose their place in the side purely because they are victims of circumstance.

4-2-3-1 v Reading: Major blow for Wenger, Arsenal without 2 key stars for vital cup game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Reading Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s EFL Cup fixture.

Arsenal vs Reading
EFL Cup 2016/17

25th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Emirates, London

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal host Reading in the EFL Cup later today and the Gunners will be looking to extend their fine run of form with another win.

Football Manager 2017: Starting Transfer Budgets for all Premier League clubs

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The beta version of Football Manager 2017 is out and the full version of the game is set for its official launch on the 4th of November. Alongside the several improvements in the match engine, graphics and tactical detailing, one thing that has always attracted players towards Football Manager is transfers.

World class Man Utd star deserves Ballon d'Or 2016 nomination for this reason

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Yesterday, the 30-man shortlist for France Football’s annual Ballon d’Or award was revealed. There were the usual suspects like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and a few new faces in Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez from Leicester’s Premier League title winners of 2015/16.

Premier League club could face points deduction because of this unbelievable mistake

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Watford are being investigated by the English Football League (EFL), following an article in the Daily Telegraph which claims the Premier League club supplied false financial information to the organisation.

The Daily Telegraph claims a forged banking letter was provided shortly before the club’s 2014/15 promotion-winning campaign.

3-4-3 v West ham: Conte's strongest possible Chelsea lineup for must win EFL Cup clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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West Ham vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s EFL Cup fixture.

West Ham vs Chelsea
EFL Cup 2016/17
26th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Olympic Stadium, London

West Ham Team News & Preview

West Ham United host Chelsea in the EFL Cup tomorrow night and the Hammers will be looking to pull off an upset in front of their own fans.

Barcelona target: I will play for Chelsea next season if they can fulfill this one condition

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On-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that he is open to a Chelsea return if he can play regularly.

The Danish centre-back is playing for Borussia Monchengladbach now and has attracted a lot of interest with his splendid performances in the Bundesliga. Christensen ended up being Monchengladbach’s player of the year last season.

RB Leipzig: Journey from lower divisions to the Bundesliga title challenge

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When Canadian hip hop artist Drake sang ‘Started from the bottom now we’re here’ I am pretty sure he was not talking about RB Leipzig. But the funny thing is, it perfectly describes their meteoric rise. So maybe they should start using that as their official club song.

Back in 2009, Red Bull bought semi-professional club SSV Markranstädt who were in the 5th tier of German football.

Premier League 2016/17: Week 9 Results, Updated Standings, Top scorers & assists

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Week 9 of the Premier League came to its conclusion with a blockbuster match between Chelsea and Manchester United last night.

It was not quite the homecoming present Mourinho would have expected. Antonio Conte’s side thrashed the Red Devils 4-0 and got themselves back into the title race.

La Liga 2016/17, Week 9: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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Usual business resumed in La Liga for its ninth gameweek, as Real Madrid went top of the table with a late win against Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona, too, managed to nick a stoppage time goal to win at Valencia as Cesare Prandelli’s first game at the Mestalla almost handed los Che a famous win.

Serie A 2016/17, Week 9: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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The Serie A title race seems to be hotting up as Juventus were pegged back by an inspired AC Milan side. In what was a weekend full of goals in the Italian top flight, both AS Roma and Milan kept up the pressure on leaders Juve, while Frank de Boer looks to be on the brink as his Inter side slumped to another defeat.

4-3-3 v City: Mourinho's Man Utd starting lineup with these 2 stars can win on Wednesday; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs Manchester City
EFL Cup 2016/17
26th October 2016, 20:00 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
Live Stream: fuboTV

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United take on Manchester City in the second Manchester derby of the season this week.

4-3-3 v Spurs: Klopp's strongest Liverpool lineup for must win cup game, Spurs without 2 key stars; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool vs Tottenham
EFL Cup 2016/17
25th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool Team News & Preview

Liverpool host Tottenham in the EFL cup this week and the Reds will be looking to extend their fine run of form with a win at home.

One vital reason made all the difference as Chelsea managed to destroy Manchester United

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It was supposed to be an intense tactical battle with neither side giving anything away for free. Manchester United proved last week at Anfield that they could squeeze the life out of their opposition’s attacking threats away from home. On the other hand at Chelsea, Antonio Conte would emphasise on discipline and organisation after losing two big games already this season.

Mourinho's Man United will beat Chelsea if they can win these 3 important battles

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Chelsea take on Manchester United in one of the most anticipated fixtures in the Premier League calendar on Sunday. There are many sub-plots to this enthralling contest, with José Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his sacking by the Blues in December.

Chelsea looking to seal midfielder deal with big money offer; Conte impressed with playmaker

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Chelsea are set to reward their talented young midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah with a new and improved contract.

Daily Mirror are reporting that the Premier League giants will open talks with the midfielder soon and are willing to offer him a hefty pay rise after being impressed with his progress.

Real Madrid set to seal £350,000 a week deal for Man Utd target; Final details were agreed last week

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is set to sign a new contract at Santiago Bernabeu. The Welsh international has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, but it seems that the 27-year-old wants to commit his long-term future to Real Madrid.

Express are reporting that the details of the deal were ironed out last week and the agreement ties the player to the club until 2022.

Astonishing £80m deal planned; Star offered £500k-per-week to complete Man Utd transfer

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is a target for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG and will be offered £500,000 per week to join them.

The England international has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho and has been benched in the last couple of games.

Wolf ‘Zabivaka’ chosen as World Cup 2018 mascot

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A wolf, named ‘Zabivaka’, is the mascot for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Zabivaka means ‘one who scores’ in Russian, and the wolf beat off competition from a cat and a tiger in a cosmonaut suit. A student, Ekaterina Bocharova, designed the mascot.

In a public voting launched on September 23rd on Fifa’s official website and on Thursday on social networks, the wolf won with 53 percent of the one million votes from Russian fans, with the tiger (27 percent) and the cat (20 percent) following.

Klopp's classy response to Mourinho's Liverpool tantrums, German 'not interested' in war of words

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Jose Mourinho for trying to spark a war of words following Monday night’s match against Manchester United.

The Premier League game ended 0-0 and Mourinho was criticised for his defensive approach to the game. In response, Mourinho claimed that the media have built a hype around Liverpool’s good start to the season and were portraying them as the ‘last wonder of the world‘.

Liverpool willing to meet selling club's demands, ready to pay €50m to complete attacker transfer

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Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne has been linked with a move away from Serie A several times in the last few seasons. The Italian international is regarded as a top class talent and the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in his services.

Apparently, the Italian winger is ready to commit his long-term future to Napoli but is holding out for a salary of 5 million Euros per season.

Man City have improved under Guardiola and will win the PL if they can keep up this statistic

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Manchester City made a flying start to the 2016/17 season under new manager Pep Guardiola, but their momentum seems to have stalled in recent weeks. After Celtic held them to a 3–3 draw in the Champions League, Guardiola’s City have gone on to lose at Tottenham Hotspur, draw at home against Everton, and get beaten 4–0 by Barcelona in the Champions League.

Barcelona agree deal for top class forward; Mourinho wanted Man Utd to sign star at all costs

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Spanish champions Barcelona have announced their agreement with Brazilain forward Neymar over a new contract. The 24-year-old forward has signed a new deal with the Catalan giants until at least 2021.

The agreement has been confirmed by the La Liga club on their official website as well as their Twitter account.

4-2-3-1: Mourinho's strongest possible Man Utd lineup to counter Chelsea's 3-4-3 on Sunday; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Chelsea vs Manchester United
English Premier League 2016/17
23rd October 2016, 16:00 pm BST
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea Team News & Preview

Chelsea host Manchester United in the Premier League this Sunday and Antonio Conte will look to extend his side’s recent run of form with a statement win here.

4-3-3 v Valencia: Luis Enrique without these two key stars for Barcelona's away game this weekend; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Valencia vs Barcelona
Liga BBVA 2016/17
22nd October 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Mestalla, Valencia

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona travel to Mestalla to take on a struggling Valencia side in La Liga on Saturday.

Europa League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Results, Top Scorers & Talking Points

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68 goals were scored across Europe in 24 games as the Europa League returned to action this week. There was drama aplenty as Italian giants Inter Milan and Ligue 1 leaders Nice won their first games of the group stage. Francesco Totti played his 100th European game as Roma stumbled to a 3-3 draw with Austria Wien, while a Paul Pogba-inspired Manchester United were too hot to handle for Fenerbahce.

4-3-3 v Bilbao: Major injury blow for Zidane, Real Madrid without these 3 key stars for vital home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Athletico Bilbao
Liga BBVA 2016/17
23rd October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid host Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this Sunday and Los Blancos will be looking to extend their recent run of form with a home win.

Major injury blow for Antonio Conte; Key Chelsea star injured, could be decisive against Man Utd

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Chelsea have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their clash with Manchester United, with captain John Terry suffering a recurrence of the ankle injury that has kept him out since mid-September. The Englishman returned to fitness last week, and was expected to play some role on Sunday.

Antonio Conte has been playing with a 3-man defence in the last two games, both of which Chelsea won without conceding.

4-3-3 v WBA: Klopp could be without this top class Liverpool star for vital home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool vs West Brom Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Liverpool vs West Brom
English Premier League 2016/17
22nd October 2016, 17:30 pm BST
Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool Team News & Preview

Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in the Premier league this weekend.

4-2-3-1 v Middlesbrough: Wenger could be without these 6 Arsenal players for Saturday's home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Middlesbrough Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Arsenal vs Middlesbrough
English Premier League 2016/17
22nd October 2016, 15:00 pm BST
Emirates, London

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal host Middlesbrough in the Premier League this weekend and the Gunners will be looking to extend their unbeaten run with another positive result at home.

4-2-3-1 v Fenerbahce: Mourinho could be without these 4 Man Utd players for vital Europa clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United vs Fenerbahce Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of Thursday’s Europa League fixture.

Manchester United vs Fenerbahce
UEFA Europa League 2016/17
20th October 2016, 20:05 pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Team News & Preview

Manchester United take on Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday and Jose Mourinho will be looking take his side to the top of the table with a win.

Premier League 2016/17: This is why these teams will genuinely challenge for the title this season

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We’ve heard it several times before. Managers and pundits alike have said that any team in the top 6 or 7 can win the Premier League, but does anyone really believe that statement? There may be multiple teams who appear as contenders after the early games, but towards the latter half, there are only 2 or 3 realistic candidates.

Matchday 8: These 3 top class Chelsea stars feature in our Premier League team of the week

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The plot seemingly continues to thicken in the Premier League. Frontrunners Manchester City dropped their first home Premier League points of the season with a 1-1 draw against Everton, while unbeaten Tottenham came away from West Brom with the same scoreline. Liverpool played out a dreadful 0- draw with Manchester United and Chelsea seemed to be back to their best with a 3-0 win over champions Leicester City, while it seems a long time since Hull City’s impressive early season form, as they got battered 6-1 at Bournemouth.

Zidane has justified his Real Madrid appointment by displaying these 5 important qualities

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Zinedine Zidane’s critics said he was undeserving of the managerial position at Real Madrid. But his success as Real Madrid manager showed his appointment was justified.

Just over a month before he took over from Rafael Benitez, Real Madrid had been hammered 4-0 at home by Barcelona.

Champions League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Top scorers, Results & Talking Points

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Leicester City extended their winning streak in the Champions League to three matches as matchday three of Europe’s biggest competition served up its usual dose of drama and entertainment. There were eight games played on Tuesday night as groups E, F, G and H took shape at the halfway point of the group stage.

Man Utd Roundup: Attacker picks up significant injury; Rooney says Mourinho signing is 'fantastic'

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World record signing Paul Pogba has faced a lot of criticism since his move to Manchester United.

Manchester United’s decision to spend £89 million on the player has automatically increased expectations of the fans as well as neutrals and the French midfielder has struggled at times this season.

Real Madrid Roundup: Ronaldo wants Liverpool star at Bernabeu; Club reach agreement with world class player

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Real Madrid announced the contract extension of Luka Modric yesterday.

Los Blancos and Luka Modric have reached an agreement to extend the player’s contract with the club until 30 June 2020. The club also confirmed that the Croatian will be presented to the media today afternoon at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

Conte willing to spend big money to seal double deal; These 2 stars will surely save Chelsea's season

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As per the latest transfer rumours, Chelsea have apparently identified two defensive targets – Pepe and Alessio Romagnoli. Antonio Conte is reportedly open to spending big on centre backs once again.

Chelsea sealed a big money move for David Luiz during the summer transfer window, but the Blues are not satisfied with their defensive options.

5 major improvements Chelsea have made in their last two games

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After threatening to go completely off-track, Chelsea’s season has shown optimism again in the last couple of games. Two victories and two clean sheets have seen the Blues climb up to 5th, and close the gap at the top with those ahead of them dropping points. The biggest positive though, has been that the new system adopted by Antonio Conte has worked to a tee so far.

Charlie Austin: The New Offensive Leader of the EPL?

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In our previous Most Valuable Offensive Players (MVOP) ranking analysis, we shared that the top was cluttered with established stars. There was only one player that stood out from the rest, and that player now leads the MVOP rankings. Charlie Austin, in only his 2nd EPL season, continues to shine for Southampton.

Manchester City double profits in “critical new phase” under Pep Guardiola

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MManchester City disclosed their annual financial results and revealed that the club had earned profits worth £20.5 million. This is the second year in succession that City have made a profit.

Chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak laid emphasis on the transformation that began at the club in 2008 when Sheikh Mansour took over the club.

Man Utd managed to secure a draw against Liverpool because of these 4 major reasons

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Manchester United frustrated in-form Liverpool at Anfield in a 0-0 draw that helped neither team’s cause. The visitors were visibly lacking in intent while the hosts were bereft of ideas in attack that made for a drab contest in what was the 197th derby between the two clubs.

Following the result, Liverpool were left to rue their missed opportunity to close the gap on leaders Manchester City, who also drew their weekend fixture against Everton.

EPL 2016/17, Week 8: Klopp outsmarted by Mourinho, Arsenal star's revival and other talking points

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The two-week international break meant this game week was looked forward to more than usual. Here are five talking points from all the action from the English Premier League.

Liverpool vs. Manchester United turns out to be an uncharacteristically dull affair

When Liverpool and Manchester United take each other on, it’s supposed to be the biggest match in England.

4-2-3-1 v Ludogorets: Wenger without these 5 Arsenal players for tomorrow's CL clash; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Ludogorets Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Champions league fixture.

Arsenal vs Ludogorets
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
19th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Emirates, London

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal host Ludogorets in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and the Premier League giants will be looking to extend their impressive run of form with a win here.

£30m star's wife gives interesting update on Chelsea transfer; Club officials were in town for talks

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since the end of last season.

The Spaniard has struggled to hold down a regular starting position under Antonio Conte and could be on his way out of the club at the end of this season.

According to London Evening Standard, Italian giants AC Milan are eyeing up a move for the World Cup winner and their club directors flew into London on Saturday to make inquiries about Fabregas’ availability.

Mourinho wants Guardiola's La Liga target at Man Utd; Signing €30m star could be a masterstroke

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Manchester United are thought to be looking at the Valencia defender Joao Cancelo.

Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Jose Mourinho is interested in the 22-year-old Portuguese defender. Cancelo operates as a right back and has impressed for the La Liga club over the last 12 months.

World class star wants to be at Emirates, Arsenal will have to do this to seal important deal

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In an all too familiar situation at Arsenal Football Club, the management is in discussions with one of the most important players in the squad over his contract extension. According to a recent interview by manager Arsene Wenger, an agreement with Mesut Ozil isn’t exactly on the horizon.

Video: Paul Pogba's main purpose at Man Utd revealed, this could be vital against Liverpool

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Manchester United face Liverpool in the Premier League later tonight and all eyes will be on the world’s most expensive footballer, Paul Pogba.

Ahead of the high-octane clash between two of England’s greatest clubs, Adidas have released a video promoting their new campaign and it documents Pogba’s journey from his childhood to Old Trafford.

Barcelona need to keep this top quality new signing fit if they want to be successful this season

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Since Samuel Umtiti’s £20m move to Barcelona he has slotted into their defence excellently. Unfortunately he sustained an injury last month. As a result their defence has suffered without him. But he should be back in the starting line up for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash against Manchester City.

Serie A 2016/17, Week 8: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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AC Milan made the most of a wretched weekend for Napoli and Lazio to climb up to third in the Serie A ladder. The Rossoneri had been on a good run of form heading into their game against plucky upstarts ChievoVerona, winning three of their last four league games, losing none.

But Rolando Maran’s Flying Donkeys were the aggressors for the majority of the game until Milan got lucky with their finishing.

Premier League 2016/17: Week 8 Results, Updated Standings, Top scorers & assists

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Arsenal continued their impressive run of form with a thrilling 3-2 win over Swansea City on Saturday. Goals from Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil ensure Arsene Wenger’s side sit joint-top of the table.

The England international scored a first-half brace and came close to sealing his hattrick towards the end of the second half.

4-3-3 v Legia: Major injury blow for Zidane, Real Madrid without 3 top class stars for vital CL game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Legia Warsaw Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League fixture.

Real Madrid vs Legia Warsaw
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
18th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid takes on Legia Warszawa in the Champions League tomorrow and Los Blancos will be hoping to build some momentum with a win here.

4-3-3 v Man City: Luis Enrique without these 2 Barcelona starters for vital CL game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona v Manchester City Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Barcelona vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
19th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona host Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League this week and the Spanish giants will be looking to take advantage of City’s poor form and secure their position at the top of their group with a win.

World class star: Mourinho convinced me to join Man Utd with these seven words

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Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up about how Jose Mourinho convinced him to join Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

The pair worked together at Inter Milan and have shared a good relationship since then. The world class striker revealed that Mourinho was a big reason why he decided to come to the Premier League.

Man Utd want to sign this £80m Chelsea target; Woodward already held talks for world class star

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Manchester United are plotting an audacious move for the Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

The Premier League giants want the French international to replace their captain Wayne Rooney. The England striker has been in a downward spiral for over the last few seasons.

Griezmann has been linked with a move to the Premier League over the last few months and the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are thought to be interested.

La Liga 2016/17, Week 8: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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Lionel Messi and goals are practically synonymous in modern football. The number of times La Pulga has found the back of the net is a testament to that, and it is apt that his return to action after more than three weeks in the treatment room sparked a goal glut in La Liga.

24 goals were scored in five games yesterday at a significantly higher rate of 4.

4-3-3 v Betis: Major injury blow for Zidane, Real Madrid without 4 top class stars for vital away game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Real Betis vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Betis vs Real Madrid
Liga BBVA 2016/17
15th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Villamarin, Seville

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid travel to Real Betis for this weekend’s La Liga fixture and Los Blancos will be looking to get back to winning ways.

4-3-3 v Deportivo: Double injury blow for Enrique, Barcelona without 2 defenders for home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna
Liga BBVA 2016/17
15th October 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona host Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga this weekend and the Catalan giants will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat against Celta Vigo last time out.

Attacker confirms desire to play at Stamford Bridge, says he 'will give anything' to join Chelsea

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Udinese striker Stipe Perica has recently stated in an interview that he would do anything to play for Chelsea once again in the future.

The Croatian striker joined the Blues from NK Zadar in 2013 but never quite managed to impress the Chelsea officials during his time at the club. Perica was then sent out on loan to NAC Breda for one and a half seasons.

Chelsea will beat Leicester on Saturday if they can win these 3 vital battles

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Defending champions Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on the team they dethroned at the top last season, Chelsea. This will be the early kick off on Saturday. Neither team has been having the ideal campaign thus far, and both will be going for a victory in this one.

There will be several individual battles to watch out for, with proven match-winners on both sides of the pitch.

European clubs planning a breakaway league to combat Champions League reforms

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Clubs from lesser European countries are undergoing discussions over a breakaway European league involving teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden to combat the potential freezing out by the new reforms introduced in the Champions League.

FC Copenhagen director Anders Horsholt has revealed discussions have been going on over the formation of a new league to rival the Champions League, which has taken a road to make it more exclusive to the continent’s biggest clubs.

4-3-3 v Man Utd: Major boost for Mourinho, 2 key Liverpool players could miss derby with injury; Team News, Key Stats and Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of Monday’s Premier League fixture.

Liverpool vs Manchester United
English Premier League 2016/17
17th October 2016, 20:00 pm BST
Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool Team News & Preview

Liverpool take on Manchester United in the first North-west derby of the season on Monday.

Liverpool vs Man Utd: These 3 key battles could win the game for either side on Monday

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Liverpool play host to Manchester United this Monday in what will be the 197th north-west derby between the two giants of English football. Both clubs are undergoing periods of transition, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp set to mark his first anniversary at Anfield with a high-voltage encounter.

Manchester United will beat Liverpool on Monday because of these 3 important reasons

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Liverpool are in absolutely compelling form, and would easily qualify as one of the toughest oppositions any team could face. However, when games carry the weight of passion, history, and downright animosity, form and everything else goes right out of the window. Since Liverpool secured an emphatic 3-0 win at Old Trafford in March 2014, the Reds have lost all four league showdowns with Manchester United.

4-2-3-1 v Swansea: Wenger without 5 Arsenal first team players for this week's home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Swansea Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Arsenal vs Swansea
English Premier League 2016/17
15th October 2016, 15:00 pm BST
Emirates, London

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal takes on Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend.

Liverpool vs Manchester United combined lineup: Reds' trio dominating attack, Martial misses out

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It’s always a massive tie when Liverpool and Manchester United meet and expect nothing else when the two big rivals from England clash in the Premier League game on Monday night.

Here is who makes our combined eleven based on form (injured players do not qualify).

Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)

Liverpool’s goalkeeper situation is delicate right now with Loris Karius only returning to the thick of things recently.

Liverpool will beat Manchester United on Monday because of these 3 important reasons

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Liverpool face off against Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night in what could be one of the matches of the season. Anfield is known for being at its best for late kickoffs during the week, going by their reputation on European nights, and Jurgen Klopp’s men will have another chance to take stock of where the German’s heavy metal football stands at Liverpool.

Premier League 2016 Preview, Week 8: Chelsea and Liverpool favourites to win this week

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After a two-week hiatus to accommodate international fixtures, the Premier League returns this weekend and includes a number of mouth-watering games.

The highlight of the round is the final fixture, with Liverpool playing host to age-old rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

The home side have been very impressive so far this season, especially on the front foot, with Jurgen Klopp’s innovative methods starting to sink in on Merseyside.

Football Manager 2017: Latest Features, Gameplay & Trailer

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Football Manager 2017 is all set for its official launch on the 4th of November this year and the BETA version could be available to play towards the end of this month.

Sports Interactive have finally released a video detailing the new features and improvements in the latest installment of the game.

3-4-3 v Leicester: Antonio Conte without top quality Chelsea attacker for vital home game; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Chelsea v Leicester City Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Chelsea vs Leicester City
English Premier League 2016/17
15th October 2016, 12:30 pm BST
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea Team News & Preview

Chelsea takes on Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend.

Chelsea agree massive £60m deal, club director says agreement is 'incredibly exciting and important'

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Chelsea have announced their new long-term commercial partnership with Nike worth around £60m per year.

The Premier League giants recently cut ties with Adidas and have now signed the largest commerdical deal in the club’s history. The new deal will see Chelsea rise to third in the kit sponsorship deals rankings.

Sarai Bareman becomes Fifa’s first Chief Women’s Football Officer

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New Zealander, Sarai Bareman, became Fifa’s first Chief Women’s Football Officer. In the process, she became the world’s most influential figure in women’s football. She will head the governing body’s newly created Women’s Football Division as part of Fifa’s management board.

Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre says this idea will not be a smart investment for the club

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Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre has termed the next move in the redevelopment of the club’s home ground, Anfield, as one that is “not a smart investment for the business”.

After the recent expansion of the Main Stand which increased the ground’s capacity to a little more than 54,000, the Reds have outlined plans for further expansion with the next move set to extend the capacity of the Anfield Road Stand by 4,800.

Best Adidas Football Boots 2016

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Adidas Football Boots have become an integral part of the game over the years.

Designed specifically to maximise the performance of the players in different conditions and roles, choosing the proper football boots is a must for every player.

Whether you are a striker, looking for a boot that allows a clean hit, or a dribbler in need of boot that offers greater close control, modern day football boots are designed to cater to the various needs of the different players.

Best Nike Football Boots 2016

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Nike Football Boots have become an integral part of the game over the years.

Designed specifically to maximise the performance of the players in different conditions and roles, choosing the proper football boots is a must for every player.

Whether you are a striker, looking for a boot that allows a clean hit, or a dribbler in need of boot that offers greater close control, modern day football boots are designed to cater to the various needs of the different players.

Best Kids Football Boots

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There are a lot of factors that come into consideration when buying kids football boots.

The playing surface, the boot material, weather conditions, durability, weight of the shoes are all important when it comes to kids.

Taking all that into consideration, here are the top five kids football boots available in the market right now.

Chelsea Transfer News: €40m attacker in demand, Conte can influence transfer with this decision

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In a strange and certainly unexpected transfer rumour, Napoli and AC Milan are said to be interested in Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi. The striker only signed for the Blues in the summer from Marseille, for €40 million. But according to Le 10 Sport, the lack of first-team football from the get go for Batshuayi has turned a couple of Italian clubs’ necks in his direction.

Arsenal News: Club confirms agreement with highly talented Portuguese, Deal already signed

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Arsenal keeper Joao Virginia has signed a new professional contract with the London giants.

The Premier League outfit have confirmed the news on their official website.

Virginia is regarded as one of the best young prospects at the club right now and the highly talented young keeper has been a key member of the Arsenal Under-17 side over the last 12 months.

Conte looking to sign top class La Liga forward, Star could join Chelsea for £35m if this happens

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Chelsea are looking to strengthen their attack at the end of this season and have already identified potential targets.

Daily Mirror have confirmed that Antonio Conte is looking to sign the Belgian forward Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.

The Atletico Madrid star has been a revelation since leaving Monaco for the La Liga side.

Man Utd Roundup: Mourinho wants this 26-yr-old to partner Pogba; Agent confirms talks for Spaniard

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old Porto midfielder Hector Herrera.

The Porto star was linked with the likes of Napoli and Liverpool during the summer transfer window, but Porto’s demands forced his suitors to look elsewhere.

The Portuguese outfit are holding out for his release clause of 40 million Euros.

2 reasons that helped shape up Monaco's moneymaking transfer policy

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Monaco have adopted a clever transfer policy in recent years. It has enabled them to make huge profits on player transfers.

Originally, Monaco’s billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev wanted them to become Europe’s elite club. He was willing to spend as much as necessary to get them there.

Ronald Koeman is proving why he is one of the best in the Premier League

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After consecutive excellent seasons with Southampton, Ronald Koeman decided to take on the challenge of managing Everton.

The 53-year-old arrived in England after Mauricio Pochettino left to take over Tottenham in 2014. Koeman took over at a time when Southampton didn’t look like they would be able to survive the exodus.

Roundup: Chelsea's defender transfer decision; Midfielder deal possible if this happens; Club eyeing £33m attacker

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Chelsea have had a poor start to the season by their standards and Antonio Conte is already looking to strengthen his side once again this season.

As the Blues begin to prepare for the January transfer window, we look at some of the latest Chelsea transfer news.

AC Milan plotting January move for Michy Batshuayi

Italian giants AC Milan are looking to add to their squad during the January transfer window and have identified Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi as a target according to Mirror.

Man Utd agree deal for 6 ft 3 in defensive midfielder, official confirmation expected later this month

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Manchester United have agreed on a new long-term contract with the young Netherlands defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The 18-year-old is out of contract in the summer and ESPN are reporting that the club and the player have an agreement which should be signed after the international break is over.

Major boost for Mourinho; Liverpool's big money signing injured, creative star could miss Man Utd clash

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Liverpool have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Monday.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum picked up a hamstring injury against France on Monday night and could miss Liverpool’s next Premier League game according to Daily Mail.

The Liverpool midfielder limped off just after the hour mark during the 1-0 defeat by France at the Amsterdam Arena.

Attacking star on fire right now, Klopp's Liverpool transfer decision looking like a mistake

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Mario Balotelli’s career appeared to be in permanent decline after disastrous spells at Liverpool and A.C. Milan where he managed just 2 league goals. However, his decision to move to Nice appears to be an inspired choice.

Many had questioned whether Balotelli’s career at the top level of European football was over when Liverpool allowed him to move on a free transfer to Nice.

Conte willing to offload Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to offload Eden Hazard to Juventus if it boosts his chances of a reunion with compatriot Leonardo Bonucci at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.

The Blues boss was vocal in his desire to add a new central defender to his ranks over the summer, with David Luiz returning to the Premier League club from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

Barcelona eye Chelsea loanee in £20 million move

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Barcelona have reportedly identified Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen as a potential defensive reinforcement and are ready to bid £20 million for the 20-year-old, according to The Sun.

The Danish centre-half joined the West London club’s youth ranks in 2014 from Brondby and was tipped to have a big impact in the Premier League.

Everton star a £16 million target for Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly eyeing a new right-back to bolster his first-team squad, with a £16 million offer for Everton defender Seamus Coleman on the cards, according to The Mirror.

The Republic of Ireland international is well-respected and an important player at Goodison Park, with the full-back one of the Premier League’s best in his position on the front foot.

Tottenham and Man United plan January raid, Spurs have factor against them

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Real Madrid playmaker is reportedly wanted in the Premier League, with speculation linking him with both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United over the last 24 hours.

The Spain international is an undoubtedly gifted player but has been granted limited time on the pitch this season.

With Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic and James Rodriguez all in contention for a midfield starting berth, Isco has fallen down Zinedine Zidane’s pecking order.

Chelsea pursue star with £36m clause, suggests formation change

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Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Athletic Bilbao star Oscar de Marcos and are considering a January offer for the versatile star, according to Spanish newspaper El Desmarque.

The Blues added four new faces to Antonio Conte’s senior squad over the summer but the Italian coach will surely look to the transfer market again once the January window opens.

England vs Malta: Team News, Squad analysis and Possible Lineups

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England’s new era under Sam Allardyce barely took off, and Gareth Southgate now has the onerous task of leading a nation that has had little to cheer about its national team in the recent past.

The Three Lions will host lowly Malta on Saturday before travelling to Slovenia to take on the hosts in Ljubljana on Tuesday evening in two qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

Club chief reveals Arsenal striker approach

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Outspoken Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that Arsenal made a failed attempt to sign Gonzalo Higuain this summer before he joined Juventus.

The Gunners were in the market for a new attacking weapon to bolster Arsene Wenger’s options in the final third, with Lucas Perez joining in a £17.

World-class star’s agent confirms Chelsea interest

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The agent of Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Thiago Silva has admitted that his client’s future in the French capital is uncertain and there could be scope for a move to Premier League powerhouses Chelsea.

The Blues bolstered their squad over the summer following the appointment of Antonio Conte, with the Italian manager admitting he wanted to add to his options at central defence.

Italy vs Spain: 3 key battles that could shape the World Cup qualifier

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Italy’s 2-0 win over Spain at Euro 2016 was the nation’s first in six encounters. However, that doesn’t matter now as it is now a new era for both the teams. The two sides meet again just four months later with new head coaches. Former Torino boss Giampiero Ventura replaced Antonio Conte, who took over Chelsea after the European Championship.

Antonio Conte could transform Chelsea's fortunes if he can sign these three players in January

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It’s fair to say that things haven’t quite gone to plan for Antonio Conte since his arrival at Chelsea.

The Italian arrived at Stamford Bridge with the reputation of a man who prioritises defensive strength and builds from the back.

However quite frankly, the Blues have been dreadful at the back this season, and they must make a change in January.

Abramovich ready to pay £60m for this player; World class star is Conte's dream Chelsea target

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to sanction a world record defender deal for the Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci in January.

The Italian international was a target for Antonio Conte during the summer as well, but a deal never quite materialised and Chelsea pursued other targets.

According to the Telegraph, Abramovich is aware of his side’s defensive failings and is ready to break the bank to address those problems.

Chelsea Transfer News: Club chief confirms Conte's £58m bid for top class defensive star

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Chelsea’s interest in the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was reported by most media outlets across England and Italy during the summer.

The Blues wanted to sign the Senegal international after failing to land the Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci.

However, Napoli sold Higuain in the summer and therefore the Italians were reluctant to sell another one of their key players.

Chelsea eyeing massive transfer; Abramovich would be prepared to pay €100m for world class star

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Antoine Greizmann has firmly established himself as one of the best players in the world right now.

The French forward was very good during the Euros and almost steered his nation to glory. Griezmann scored six goals in his seven appearances during the tournament.

The Atletico Madrid star has been one of the best players in La Liga as well.

Top five young defenders who can become world class, includes this highly talented Chelsea player

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Defenders do not usually get the glory like the strikers, but they are absolutely vital for a team to be successful. At the moment there are a lot of very talented young defenders plying their trade at top clubs around the world.

Below is a rundown of 5 centre backs under 22 years old who have the potential to become world class.

Versatile French midfielder issues come-and-get-me plea, says he dreams of playing for Arsenal

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French midfielder Corentin Tolisso has fuelled further speculations about his future at Lyon with his comments in a recent interview.

The Lyon star claimed that he dreams of playing for clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Arsenal.

The 22-year-old is a regular member of the Lyon first team and is being monitored by several European clubs since breaking into the first team scene with the Ligue 1 club in 2013.

Wenger impressed with highly talented attacking midfielder; Arsenal preparing bumper financial offer

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Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi is set to be offered a bumper new contract at the club.

The Nigerian attacker has impressed the Arsenal hierarchy and Wenger with his performances over the last few months.

Iwobi has been a regular member of the first-team this season and signed a new deal with the club in April 2016.

Should Premier League champions Leicester City be worried about relegation this season?

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It was never going to be an easy title defence for Leicester City after last season’s dream run. The Foxes defied all odds to go from sureshot relegation candidates at the start of the 2015/16 campaign to lifting the trophy in May. In all honesty, it was nothing short of a fairy tale. This season, Claudio Ranieri’s men have realised that fairy tales don’t happen twice.

World Class star says he is happy at Chelsea, but wants La Liga return in future

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Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has addressed his comments from a fortnight ago, where he said he wanted to return to Spain one day. In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the former Atletico Madrid man said that he felt “half-Spanish”, and would consider his future at Stamford Bridge when his contract ended in 2018.

Matchday 7 Review: Our Premier League Team of the week featuring these three top quality Chelsea stars

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What a week of Premier League football it has been.

Manchester City’s 100% record came to an end at the hands of a brilliant Tottenham performance, while Chelsea returned to winning ways with victory over Hull City.

Arsenal broke Burnley hearts with a controversial late winner, while Stoke held Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford.

Chelsea to hold transfer meeting for top class star, Conte will complete deal if this condition is fulfilled

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge soon if the latest rumours are to be believed.

According to the Italian media, Fabregas is a target for Serie A giants AC Milan.

The Spanish international has struggled to earn Antonio Conte’s trust so far and is not a regular starter at Chelsea anymore.

Arsenal offer to double top class star's wages to complete deal; Player prefers to play for Guardiola

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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin could reject a new long-term contract at Emirates.

According to The Times, the Spanish right back favours a move to Manchester City in the summer.

Bellerin has been one of the best full-backs in the country over the last 15 months and Wenger will be bitterly disappointed if the 21 year old decides to leave at the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid target reveals admiration for 'great club' Arsenal; Star will happily sign deal with them

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he is ready to sign a new deal with the London club if they offer him one.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid recently, but talkSport have quoted him saying that he enjoys playing for a great club like Arsenal and wants to stay.

Profile: Swansea City's new manager Bob Bradley

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When Swansea City parted ways with Francesco Guidolin and replaced him with Bob Bradley yesterday, there were quite a few who voiced their discontent over the move. As expected, the clamour for Premier League experience was high and Bradley arrives with little reputation in British shores.

A club that do things differently

Swansea City aren’t your typical Premier League club that base themselves on kneejerk-ism and common logic.

Mourinho and Woodward met world class star's agent; Man Utd sponsor ready to endorse huge move

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is linked with a move away from Bernabeu almost every month and the latest rumour is that he could be on his way to Manchester United in the summer.

According to the Spanish media outlet Diario Gol, this could be Bale’s final season in Spain.

Apparently, the Welsh midfielder is not enjoying life at Real Madrid and is unhappy being in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Premier League Table 2016/17: Week 7 EPL Results, Updated Standings

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Another thrilling game week in the Premier League concluded yesterday and here at Soccerlens, we bring you the latest standings and the results from the weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s side dropped two points at home to Stoke, thanks to a late equaliser from Joe Allen.

The Welsh midfielder scored from close range after an error from the ever reliable David De Gea.

Arsenal ready to offer big money deal for Spaniard; Talks will begin after international break

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Arsenal are set to offer a new long-term contract to their Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin.

According to Daily Mirror, the player is attracting interest from European heavyweights Barcelona and Manchester City. Apparently, Manchester City contacted Arsenal in the summer regarding the player and were told that the Spaniard is not for sale.

Barcelona and Manchester City beaten, 3 other talking points from the weekend

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The latest round of fixtures in the top European leagues produced cracking bits of action with some of the continent’s heavyweight clubs facing off against each other in another round of entertaining footballing action.

While things were far from satisfying for Spain’s top clubs, the Premier League in England has the stage set for a remarkable title race.

Five talking points from the weekend’s Premier League games

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The Premier League is now seven games old, and even though things could change a fair deal, it is safe to make some assumptions right now. With the players now headed for an international break, here are five things we learned from the weekend full of Premier League football.

Tottenham are sustaining last season’s success

It would be pre-emptive to call them title challengers, but after last season’s terrific chase, Pochettino’s main aim for this season would have been to sustain that success and not let it be a one-off affair.

Next England manager: This Manchester United legend could be the perfect replacement for Sam Allardyce

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Chaos surrounds the English manager position because Sam Allardyce has been sacked in disgrace after an undercover sting by The Telegraph.

Now, the FA needs to move quickly to appoint a new England manager . Due to the lack of outstanding Englishmen currently managing in the Premier league the FA needs to think outside the box.

Man Utd Transfers: Agreement in principle reached for 26 year old, Defender expected to complete January move

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Italian defender Matteo Darmian is seemingly on his way back to Italy.

The 26-year-old right back has lost his first team place to Antonio Valencia and Timothy Fosu-Mensah this season.

Apparently, Manchester United are prepared to let him go in January and he could return to Serie A.

Swansea 1-2 Liverpool: 3 talking points from the Reds’ fourth consecutive win

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Liverpool came back from a goal down to win 1-2 against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in a game, that had all the suggestions that it would determine Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin’s future. Goals from Roberto Firmino and a late penalty from James Milner ensured Liverpool made it four wins on the trot and climbed to the second spot in the table (for now).

Bundesliga: Leverkusen press Dortmund into submission as Bayern drop points

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Roger Schmidt’s Bayer Leverkusen had their pressing boots on at the BayArena last night as they stifled Borussia Dortmund to register their third win of the season.

Leverkusen had won only twice in the league coming into the game, but mixed their high pressing game with effective counter attacking football to hand Thomas Tuchel’s Black-Yellows their second defeat of the season.

Injury blow for Antonio Conte, impressive Chelsea attacker confirms 'unfortunate' hamstring injury

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Chelsea picked up a 2-0 win over Hull City in the Premier League yesterday.

However, the Chelsea fans will be disappointed with the news that Victor Moses has picked up a hamstring injury during the game.

The winger impressed as a right sided wing back as Conte successfully implemented his three defender formation at the KCOM Stadium.

£25m attacker finally finding his feet - and the fans' love - at Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers received heavy criticism for spending £25 million on then Southampton captain Adam Lallana. Two years hence, Lallana might be one of the most in-form players in his position at the moment.

Perhaps it was his price tag weighing him down, or the manner in which Rodgers used him, but Lallana struggled slowly after his move from St.

Liverpool have entered a new era of hope under Jurgen Klopp, but can they win the title this season?

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It’s been 26 years since Liverpool finished as the best team in England’s top-flight, when they won a seemingly-unassailable 18th trophy back in 1990. Their fall from grace since has been dramatic, and opposition fans haven’t shied away from rubbing it in their faces at every possible opportunity.

Antonio Conte needs to drop these three first team players if Chelsea want to win against Hull City

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Things haven’t gone as planned for Antonio Conte at Chelsea so far.

It may be a tad bit unfair to make too many strong judgments with just 6 games played in the Premier League season, but there are a few cracks appearing in the team that needs to be fixed, and quickly.

The Blues are on a winless streak of three games, having lost to Arsenal and Liverpool in the last couple of weeks.

Crystal Palace can mount European push this season because of this unique reason

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It is too early to read too much into Crystal Palace’s form and make judgments about where they will finish come May next year. Last season stands as a warning sign for the Palace hopefuls; the Eagles were flying high at the same point last year and were just a point off the top four.

They maintained their early season form up until Christmas when they were level with fourth place Tottenham only to see themselves tailspinning into a dramatic fall and eventually finished 15th at the season’s end.