Celtic are edging closer to winning the Scottish Premiership title after winning 4-0 against Inverness on Wednesday night. The victory leaves them just seven points away from winning the Premiership glory.
Brendan Rodgers has hailed the victory as the ‘most complete performance’ of his time in charge.
Former high-profile Premier League striker, Dean Saunders, claims that Aston Villa are one of the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom.
Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season, and are plying their trade in the Championship at the moment. However, despite their fall from grace, Saunders has no doubt the club’s standing in the English game.
Following the departure of Mark Warburton in early February, Rangers are yet again in a state of flux. The Light Blues have been under the stewardship of their Under-20s coach Graeme Murty since, and results haven’t been too impressive under the 42-year-old.
Last evening’s last-gasp win over St Johnstone was the Gers’ first in the league under Murty.
Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey have returned to first-team training. They are both in line for returns against Liverpool this Sunday at Anfield, the Telegraph reports. With two defeats in their last three Premier League games, the Gunners will drop out of the top 4 if they get beaten by the Reds.
Chelsea are on course to land their fifth Premier League title. Under Antonio Conte, they have had the most incredible campaign, going from 8th at the end of September to runaway leaders at the end of February. They are currently 10 points clear at the top, and even though Manchester City can close the gap to 8, the Blues are huge favourites.
Premier League outfit, Watford, have signed Colombian defender, Jorge Segura. The news has been confirmed by Segura’s current club, Envigado, but there has been no official announcement from Watford yet.
Envigado claim that the player won’t depart until June this year.
Chelsea winger Victor Moses has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at the club until 2021. The Blues reported the news via there official website today. The Nigerian has signed a two-year extension, after becoming a regular in the first team this season under Antonio Conte.
Moses’ future seemed destined to be away from Chelsea at the start of the campaign.
Despite a slow and frustrating start at his new club, Moussa Sissoko insists that he has a long term future at Tottenham.
The France international joined Spurs from Newcastle last summer for a fee reported to be around £30m. However, he has not only failed to justify his price tag, but also has struggled to make a strong impact during his first season at White Hart Lane.
West Ham United have joined the race to sign the highly rated Nigerian striker, Henry Onyekuru, in the summer transfer window. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Celtic are also reportedly interested in signing the youngster.
According to reports from The Mirror, the Hammers are interested in the Nigerian forward who has scored 14 goals for his club, KAS Eupen.
Benfica defender VictorLindelof was heavily linked with a move to ManchesterUnited during the January transfer window.
According to the latest report from Portuguese newspaper, O Jogo, Manchester United were very close to signing the player in January and the Red Devils will make their move once again at the end of this season.
When reviewing the Most Valuable Offensive Player (MVOP) rankings, we often talk about individual performances. This week though, we look at the top 1-2 combos in the English Premier League. Probably not surprising for most, Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are currently the most valuable tandem in the EPL this season.
Tottenham are reportedly considering a move for PSG midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, in the summer transfer window.
The 21-year-old made his senior debut for PSG after graduating from the club’s youth academy in 2012. He plays as a defensive midfielder, and has made over 130 appearances for the French giants in all competitions.
The entire world seems to have united in support of Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as manager of Leicester City on Thursday. The affable and cheerful Italian was liked and respected by friends and foes alike. It’ll take some effort to find someone that has a bad word to say about him.
Glasgow Celtic midfielder, Moussa Dembele, is one of the hottest young talents in Europe at the moment.
During the January transfer window, he was linked with a move to Chelsea. The Premier League giants were reportedly considering making a £30m bid for the 20-year-old, but Celtic made it clear that they had no intention of selling their prized asset.
Saint-Etienne vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this week’s Europa League fixture.
Saint-Etienne vs Manchester United UEFA Europa League 2016/17 22nd February, 17:00 pm BST Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne Live Stream: Watch Saint-Etienne vs Manchester United live on BT Sport 3
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Manchester United host French outfit St Etienne in the second leg of the Europa League knockouts this week and Jose Mourinho’s men will be looking to replicate their performance from the first leg.
Manchester City showed character and quality as they came from behind to seal an emphatic 5-3 win over Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie at the Etihad.
Monaco gave a tough fight and their free-flowing style of football was a joy to behold. They have a bunch of young and exciting footballers who have the potential to become world class players in the future.
Everton are considering making a move for Palermo striker, Ilija Nestorovski, in the summer transfer window.
The Toffees are likely to receive offers for Romelu Lukaku, the club’s leading goalscorer, in the summer. The Belgian is wanted by several heavyweight Premier League clubs, and there is a genuine concern that he might fancy a move away from Goodison Park.
Chelsea Football Club have reached an agreement with manager Antonio Conte to keep their manager at Stamford Bridge at least until June 2020, Italian source Tutto Mercato Web reports. Conte had initially signed a three-year contract last summer, but Roman Abramovich has already seen fit to give him an extension.
Serbian football authorities suspend Rad Belgrade from home games after the incident of severe racial abuse against Partizan’s Everton Luiz.
Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz was subjected to racist abuse for the entirety of the match against Rad. The Brazilian played through 90 minutes of monkey chants and other abuse including a racist banner in the stands during his team’s Serbian league victory over Rad on Sunday.
West Ham are keeping a close tab on Real Sociedad striker, Willian Jose, ahead of the summer transfer window.
The attacking department is one area where West Ham are expected to reinforce in the summer. The Hammers cancelled Simone Zaza’s loan in January and sent him back to Juventus, while Jonathan Calleri has failed to fire.
Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, has proven himself to be one of the league’s best strikers in the past three seasons. Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, feels that Kane is on course to become one of the best English strikers.
After returning from a loan spell in 2012-13, Kane was ready to lead the line for Spurs the following season.
Moanco striker, Kylian Mbappe, has scored seven goals in eight starts, with a further 10 substitute appearances in Ligue 1 so far this term. He is the new big thing in France, and has already been branded as the ‘new Thierry Henry‘.
Henry started his playing career with Monaco, before moving on to play for clubs like Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona.
Less than 24 hours after Chelsea eased into the next round of the FA Cup following their victory against Wolves, Antonio Conte decided to keep himself busy on Sunday afternoon doing some scouting work.
The Italian was spotted in the stands at Craven Cottage on Sunday alongside Carlo Cudicini, as he was following Fulham’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham.
Bayern Munich are reportedly lining up a £30m bid for Celtic’s highly rated forward, Moussa Dembele, in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old is also a reported target of Chelsea.
The French youngster joined Celtic from Fulham last summer on a four-year deal. He didn’t take much to settle down at his new club, and has scored 13 goals in 23 games in the league so far, and 27 in 41 games in all competitions.
Scottish giants, Celtic, are seemingly interested in signing French goalkeeper, Benoit Costil, in the summer.
Costil had a contractual agreement with Fiorentina but the deal collapsed in the final hours of the transfer window. The Serie A giants offered less than €5m, which was deemed too low by Stade Rennais.
Ipswich Town vs Leeds United Prediction, Key Stats, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s Championship fixture.
Ipswich Town vs Leeds United Championship 2016/17 Date: 18 February, 2017 Time: 15:00 pm BST Venue:Portman Road Where to follow:BBC local radio
IPSWICH TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW
Ipswich have picked up only one win in their last seven games in the Championship, but at the same time Mick McCarthy’s side have drawn against Preston, Reading and Brighton, and won against Aston Villa.
Newcastle United have suffered a blow after midfielder Issac Hayden has been ruled out for up to four weeks. The England under-21 international has undergone an ankle surgery, and he could miss upto seven games.
Hayden has impressed for the Magpies since joining from Arsenal in the summer. His injury is a blow for Newcastle as it leaves Rafa Benitez’s side withjust two recognised central midfielders.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder MahmoudDahoud is being linked with a move to the Premier League.
Dahoud’s contract is up at the end of next season and Gladbach will look to move him on for a reasonable fee. The 21-year-old is not interested in signing a new deal with the Bundesliga club right now.
Croatian midfielder, Mario Pasalic, says that he supports Chelsea and wants the Blues to win the Premier League title this season.
The 22-year-old midfielder joined Chelsea from Croatian club, Hajduk Split, in 2014 for a reported fee of £3m. Since then the Croatian international has been a regular victim of Chelsea’s loan programme, and is yet to feature for the club’s senior team.
England fans have been issued a warning – they are “100% guaranteed” to be the target for Russian hooligans at the 2018 World Cup. They have also said that the tournament will be “a festival of violence” for some locals.
Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions.
Barcelona’s 4–0 Champions League capitulation to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week has pushed the club to a crisis. While no one foresaw such a damaging result this early in the competition, what has followed thereafter is no surprise.
Scapegoating the manager for a team’s bad results on the pitch is among the doctrines of the modern game, one from which the Blaugrana manager cannot escape.
West Ham United midfielder, Manuel Lanzini, has hailed his club teammate and compatriot, Jonathan Calleri, as a ‘great’ player.
The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but he joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Deportivo Maldonado instead. The Argentine international has struggled for regular games this season, and is yet to start a Premier League game.
Former Tottenham manager and now a football pundit for BT, Harry Redknapp believes that Dele Alli is worth more than what Manchester United paid (£90m) for Paul Pogba. However, he feels that Spurs will not sell their prized asset who is attracting interest from Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich have almost secured a passage to the next round after beating Arsenal 5-1 in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.
It’s the same pattern recurring again – Arsenal collapsed just when they needed to toughen up. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Wenger, Arsenal hit the nadir succumbing to one of their worst ever defeats in European games.
Pep Guardiola made a classy gesture after Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night by approaching Harry Arter at the final whistle to express his sorrow on learning of the player’s stillborn daughter Renee in December 2015. The Spaniard also wished him well as Arter and his partner, Rachel, are expecting a baby.
Sunderland could renew their interest in French midfielder, Wylan Cyprien, in the summer provided they avoid getting relegated this term.
According to reports from the Chronicle, the Black Cats will make a move for the Nice midfielder in the summer. Citing reports from France, it claims that David Moyes is keen to bring the 22-year-old to the Stadium of Lights.
Tottenham defender, Kyle Walker-Peters, has signed a new deal with the north London club. The club has confirmed the news yesterday on their official website. The new deal will tie him down at the club till 2019.
Kyle is the latest prospect emerging out of a never ending production line of top talents from Spurs’ academy.
Manchester City forward, Gabriel Jesus, could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a foot injury. According to journalist Vero Brunati of Diario Sport, Jesus has broken his fifth metatarsal, and could be out for upto three months.
The report is yet to be confirmed by Manchester City, but usually metatarsal injuries take time to heal.
Torino striker AndreaBelotti has been linked with a move away from Serie A since the summer transfer window.
The latest club linked with the Italian striker is ManchesterUnited. According to Daily Star, the 23-year-old forward has impressed the Red Devils with his explosive performances this season and they are keeping close tabs on the player.
There aren’t too many people who would bet against Chelsea lifting the Premier League title in May. The Blues are currently sitting comfortably at the summit, 8 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Antonio Conte’s men have been a pillar of consistency thus far, and another good run of results should see them seal the deal.
Harry Winks has penned a new five-year deal with Tottenham on Tuesday, the London club has confirmed. The new deal will keep him at the club till 2022, where he is expected to earn around £25,000-a-week.
Winks has made 17 appearances in the Premier League this season. Although most of his appearances have come from the bench, he is still being held in high regard at White Hart Lane.
The 2016/17 Premier League season has reached its final third, but far from being decided is the make-up of the top four places. Six teams are in contention, and while Chelsea are almost guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League, there is a real tussle between five teams for three places behind the Blues.
Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, revealed last week that the club would be looking to sign a maximum of three to four players next summer. While adding depth in the attacking midfield areas is his primary focus, he would be looking to bolster his central defence as well.
French midfielder, Tiémoué Bakayoko, could leave AS Monaco at the end of the season. The defensive midfielder is under contract until 2019, but doubts have surfaced over his long-term future at the club.
Bakayoko has been one of the star players for Monaco this season, and has been in very good form for the Ligue 1 outfit.
The English Premier League has, this season, been dubbed the battle of the superpowers. Not on the pitch, however, but on the sidelines. Back in August 2016, the season started with fans’ mouths watering at the prospect of seeing some of world football’s best minds intellectually battle it out, using England’s biggest clubs as pawns in their game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certainly one of the world’s best footballing icons. Despite being 35 years old, he is continuing to dominate the Premier League this season. In his first season for the Red Devils, he has racked up an impressive 15 goals so far this season in the league.
Ever since the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired from coaching, Manchester United has been in a transition period.
Could this be the year when Arsène Wenger finally steps down as an Arsenal manager? Wenger’s £8m-a-year contract expires at the end of the season, and there is a strong possibility that he might walk away. A new two-year-old contract is on the table, and it is up to Wenger to decide whether he will stay put.
There’s been a lot of banter among the Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans in recent times over whether London is red, white or blue respectively. North London though, has unequivocally been red. The Gunners have finished above Spurs in each of the last 21 seasons, and have all the bragging rights in the area.
Championship club, Barnsley, are in a position of clear comfort in the league table heading into Saturday’s game at Reading. One of the players who have caught the attention this season is Ryan Kent, the Liverpool loanee, who already feels at home in Oakwell.
He has adapted quickly to the fast-paced attacking football at Barnsley.
Scottish giants, Rangers, announced last night that they had accepted Mark Warburton’s resignation. The club confirmed the news after releasing a statement on Friday, although much to everyone’s surprise, Warburton has denied that he has stepped down from his role. He later claimed that he had not officially left his post, and won’t accept that his 20-month reign is over.
Antonio Conte was his jovial yet furtive self in the pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.
Conte was spotted in Juventus’ 1-0 win over Inter last weekend, a day after Chelsea beat Arsenal. Even though it was Blues loanee Juan Cuadrado who scored the winner with an absolute screamer, there were rumours that the manager was in Turin to scout striker Paulo Dybala.
Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, has made it very clear time and again that he doesn’t want his best players to leave the club. Recently, Philippe Coutinho, has signed a new five-year deal that made him Liverpool’s top earner on £150,000 a week. Next in the line is Adam Lallana.
Chelsea midfielder, Willian, in a candid interview this week with Brazilian outlet, Globo Esporte, has revealed that he is enjoying his life in London. Willian joined Chelsea in 2013, and has made over 150 appearances for the club.
Willian enjoyed a fantastic 2015-16 season, where he scored 11 goals for the Blues.
Arsenal are considering making a formal move for Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, next summer. The Gunners are planning to bring the England goalkeeper to the Emirates to replace veteran shot-stopper, Petr Cech.
Cech joined Arsenal from Chelsea last season, but the Gunners are already looking for a new goalkeeper after this season.
The front page of the Spanish newspaper, Marca, reads: Operacion De Gea 2. Real Madrid are reportedly preparing a fresh move to bring the Manchester United goalkeeper to the Bernabeu. The operation is already underway, and the club have opened discussions over the signing of the 26-year-old next summer.
Highly talented French midfielder SoualihoMeite has been linked with a move away from Lille recently.
The 22-year-old is being monitored by European clubs like Monaco, Leverkusen, Schalke, Dortmund, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. A few months ago Daily Mirror reported that Liverpool and Everton wanted to sign the player.
Over the years, La Liga clubs have plundered top talents from the Portuguese league. Apart from tax related relaxations, the Portuguese or the Latin American players find it easy to settle down in Spain because of language similarities. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when Barcelona scouts make frequent visits to Portugal to keep an eye on the emerging talents from their league.
Isco’s contract situation at Real Madrid has reached a stage where Spanish newspapers find it no longer serious, but a ‘soap opera’. The Spaniard has a contract with Madrid till June 2018, but contact renewal talks have stalled for a while.
Madrid have two options: sell Isco or offer him a new contract.
Real Madrid striker, Álvaro Morata, has reportedly informed the club that he wants to join Premier League giants, Chelsea, in the summer. The striker has not only told his close friends about his desire to move abroad, but has also informed the club’s coaching staff and board members that he will leave Madrid at the end of the season.
European champions, Real Madrid, are planning to sign Tottenham goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, next summer. Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois remains Madrid’s first priority, but the club believe Lloris could be an easier option.
Lloris has recently signed a new deal at White Hart Lane that will keep him at the club till 2022.
Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, has once again expressed his desire to bring Diego Costa back to Spain. Costa was linked with a return to Atletico last summer, and back in June he said that he wished to bring the striker back to his former club.
Costa has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in January.
Former Everton manager, Roberto Martínez, has said that he finds shades of similarity between Chelsea superstar, Eden Hazard and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi. The Belgian winger has been in great form this season, and scored a wonderful solo goal against Arsenal on Saturday to help Chelsea move nine points clear at the top.
Harry Kane is rising through the rankings rapidly, and the league is taking notice. These past two matchdays have been quiet for those in the Premier League’s “Most Valuable Offensive Player” (MVOP) rankings. In fact, the top 15, excluding Kane, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, earned a total of 3 out of the 50 points (6%) distributed over the past two matchdays.
Arsenal could have closed some gap on Chelsea who dropped points against Liverpool mid-week, but Arsene Wenger’s men suffered a humiliating and possibly title diminishing ending loss against Watford. A win over the Hornets and subsequently one against Chelsea would have put them in a spot where they could exert pressure on the Blues.
Arsene Wenger’s search for his next superstar has taken him to a familiar destination in his home country in France. He is interested in bringing Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium, according to a report today in Le 10 Sport.
Mbappe is only 18 and has already drawn comparisons with Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry.
Chelsea continued their title charge with a 1-1 draw at Anfield this week.
The Blues are currently nine points clear at the top of the table and could have been further ahead if Diego Costa had not missed his penalty against Liverpool. The Blues went 1-0 up thanks to a fantastic free kick from DavidLuiz.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has reportedly agreed to a move to Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg. The Serbian is set to call time on his Blues career after nine eventful and successful years with the club. There were several doubters when he arrived in January 2008. He didn’t make a single appearance for the club in the second half of the 2007-08 season, and was linked with a move away in the summer.