SoccerLens Archives for January 2017

Odds update: Leeds United set for 30/1 coup at Sheffield Wednesday?

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David Prutton has tipped Leeds United to come out on top in Sunday’s big Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds head into the game on the back of a 3-1 reverse at Cardiff City, while Wednesday are looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats against Sheffield United and Birmingham City.

Former Celtic boss tipped as perfect candidate for Everton job

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says Neil Lennon would have been the ideal choice to replace David Moyes when he left Everton for Manchester United.

Rodgers in charge of Liverpool at the time, but the Toffees appointed Roberto Martinez despite Lennon being heavily tipped to leave Celtic for Goodison Park.

Former Man Utd star says Tottenham striker is worth £150 million; Levy won't sell

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Gary Neville says Harry Kane is worth £150 million, but he believes Tottenham cannot afford to sell their top striker.

Kane scored twice in his side’s 4-0 win at Huddersfield to take his tally to 13 in September and 36 during 2017 in all competitions.

Neville told Sky Sports that Europe’s top clubs would all be interested in signing the England star.

4-3-3 v Chelsea: Major blow for Guardiola, Man City without these 3 top class stars for vital game; Injury Updates & Predicted Lineups

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Chelsea host Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend and the Blues will be looking to add to their impressive run of form with another win.

The defending champions were excellent against Atletico Madrid in their last game and they will cause all sorts of problems for Guardiola’s team.

On This Day in Football: Santos break Peñarol’s hegemony

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On this day in 1962, Santos won their first ever Copa Libertadores title by beating Uruguayan side Peñarol 3-0 in a play-off thanks to a brace from Pele.

Peñarol were playing their third successive final after winning the first two editions of the tournament in 1960 and 1961.

Slaven Bilic criticism is unfair, says Paul Clement

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has come under fire this season after picking up just four points in six Premier League fixtures.

The Hammers host Swansea City at the London Stadium this weekend and opposition manager Paul Clement has offered his opinion on the rumours suggesting that Bilic’s tenure at the club could reach a premature end.

Rangers legend gives his vote of confidence to Pedro Caixinha

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Former Rangers striker and manager Ally McCoist has given his backing to Pedro Caixinha, insisting that it is ‘too early’ to say whether the Portuguese coach’s job is on the line or not.

Caixinha has been under considerable pressure following Rangers’ 2-0 loss against Celtic in the Old Firm derby.

Reece Oxford set for West Ham return after Gladbach loan is cut short

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West Ham United’s young defender Reece Oxford’s loan deal at Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach has been cut short, as per reports from the Evening Standard.

The highly rated 18-year-old did not feature in a single senior match for Gladbach and was an unused substitute in all six of their Bundesliga fixtures.

Tottenham star won't join Barcelona, Real Madrid more likely

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Top La Liga pundit Guillem Balague believes Barcelona won’t buy Harry Kane, but he says Real Madrid could make a move for the Tottenham striker.

Kane has been in devastating form this season, scoring nine goals in eight appearances in all competitions.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club as his reputation grows, but Balague says Kane won’t be heading to the Nou Camp.

Odds update: Under-fire Everton boss feeling the heat, time to go?

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s claims that his players are “scared” and “afraid” do little to prove that he is the man to turn around the club’s fortunes.

The Toffees have won just two out of six games in the league, while Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Apollon Limassol left them at the bottom of their Europa League group.

How much will Sergio Aguero’s freak injury boost Chelsea this weekend?

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Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is expected to be out for several weeks after being involved in a taxi crash in the Netherlands on Thursday night.

The Argentine striker had attended a gig in Amsterdam that evening and was on his way back to the airport when the taxi crashed.

There has been no news on how serious the injury is but Aguero is heading back to Manchester City to be checked out by a medic.

Devastating blow for Guardiola, Man City star ruled out for a few weeks after car accident

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has suffered a broken rib in a car accident and will be sidelined for a few weeks.

The news has been confirmed by journalists Fabrizio Romano and Roy Nemer. The Argentine international will miss his country’s upcoming World Cup Qualifier as well.

Car accident for Sergio #Aguero.

Guardiola drops interesting transfer hint, Tottenham fans should be really worried about this

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Manchester City have confirmed that left-back Benjamin Mendy has ruptured his ligaments and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Premier League giants were waiting to find out the fate of their new signing as Mendy met with knee specialist Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona yesterday.

As per the latest report, Mendy will undergo is surgery later today in Barcelona and will be out for a few months.

Sky Sports pundit says Huddersfield will shock Tottenham this weekend, predicts the score as well

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Huddersfield take on Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend and the newcomers will look to pull off an upset against the title challengers.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are expected to fight for the title once again and they will look to secure a comfortable win here.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has predicted that Spurs are in for a shock against Huddersfield.

On This Day in Football: Chelsea set European record

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On this day in 1971, Chelsea recorded the biggest win by an English club in Europe by beating Jeunesse Hautcharage 13-0 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. The Blues won 21-0 on aggregate.

Chelsea were defending champions of the competition, having beaten Real Madrid in a replay in Greece that year.

Former Leeds boss questions his old team's promotion credentials; negativity smacks of bitterness

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Neil Redfearn believes Leeds United need to toughen up if they’re to mount a successful bid for promotion from the Championship.

Leeds’ 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City on Tuesday was their second loss in three games and dropped them to third in the table.

The Whites lost their previous away game at Millwall and Redfearn says their inability to handle physical teams could prove to be their undoing this season.

Odds update: Aston Villa set for profitable afternoon against Bolton

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Championship pundit David Prutton is backing Aston Villa to continue their march up the table with a victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won three in a row to move up to eighth in the standings.

Bolton are rooted to the foot of the table with just two points from ten games and Prutton told Sky Sports he fancies Villa to record a 3-0 success.

Leeds man’s unavailability could have a lasting silver lining

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Leeds United will look to head into the international break by recording three points this weekend, with a trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday next up for Thomas Christiansen’s men.

The Yorkshire outfit have started the new campaign well but defeats against Millwall and Cardiff City recently has brought the club back down to earth after an unbeaten beginning to the season.

Caixinha delivers positive Rangers team news for Hamilton clash

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has stated that key defender Bruno Alves is in ‘very, very good condition’ and is in with a chance of featuring against Hamilton Accies on Friday night.

The Portugal international centre-half was arguably the highest-profile addition at Ibrox over the summer, as the Light Blues revamped their squad after a disappointing reintroduction to the top tier of Scottish football in 2016-17.

Rangers legend hits out at Caixinha, another defeat could lead to the sack

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Barry Ferguson believes Pedro Caixinha’s criticism of members of his Rangers squad is a dangerous move to make.

The Rangers boss hit out at some of his home-based players after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat against Celtic, accusing them of creating a divide in the dressing room.

Ferguson says Caixinha’s behaviour is similar to something he experienced during his own playing days at Ibrox.

Former Celtic star mocks Rangers, implies they are a weak team and are expected to lose

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Celtic picked up a 3-0 win away from home against Anderlecht last night and former striker Chris Sutton believes that it was more of a test than the Old Firm Derby earlier this month.

The BT Sport pundit mocked Rangers by implying that they are a weak side who were destined to lose against Celtic.

Leeds United star sends out a message on Twitter, the fans will be encouraged by this

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Leeds United were beaten 3-1 by Cardiff City last weekend and it seems that the players are desperate to bounce back.

Earlier this week, the likes of Liam Cooper sent out messages to the fans on social media and now Kemar Roofe has followed suit.

The Leeds United forward took to Twitter to express his thoughts last night.

On This Day in Football: Wayne’s world is the place to be!

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On this day in 2004, Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick on his debut for Manchester United in a UEFA Champions League match against Fenerbahce.

Ryan Giggs had put United ahead earlier before the then 18-year-old Rooney scored his first goal for the club from the edge of the penalty box in the 17th minute.

Odds update: Aston Villa cut for title, Wolves and Leeds on the slide

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Aston Villa’s upturn in form has led to their odds to win the Championship title being slashed.

Steve Bruce’s side are down to 10/1 to finish top after a three game winning win fired them up to eighth in the table.

Villa are seven points behind leaders Cardiff City, and five behind second placed Sheffield United.

Man Utd legend blasts Chelsea star for "cheating" his teammates

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Roy Keane has blasted Chelsea’s David Luiz after the defender handed Atletico Madrid a first-half lead in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Luiz gave away a penalty which Antoine Griezmann coolly slotted home, but second- half goals from Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory.

Sunderland boss pleads for time, but is the club in freefall?

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Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has called for patience despite the club’s awful start to the Championship season.

Tuesday’s 5-2 thrashing at Ipswich Town left Grayson’s side 23rd in the table, but he believes he can turn things around if he is given time.

Grayson takes Sunderland to former club Preston North End this weekend and told Sky Bet that the Black Cats are suffering a relegation hangover.

Celtic given green light to build hotel and museum next to stadium

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The Glasgow City Council has approved plans to build an £18 million hotel and a museum next to Celtic Park which is set to create 120 jobs.

Celtic had streamlined plans to renovate the area around their iconic stadium last year. The new development would include a brand new ticket office and a retail store as well.

Knowing about leaks at Ibrox is giving Caixinha ‘more confidence’

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has insisted that finding out about a mole in his squad has made him more confident.

Caixinha was left stunned towards the end of last season, when the media got hold of a series of stories – including the Michael O’Halloran saga and the fact that Emerson Hydman left before his loan spell had expired.

Spurs star sends a message on Twitter after the win, this is how Tottenham fans responded

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Tottenham picked up a superb 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia last night and England striker Harry Kane was on fire.

The 24-year-old striker netted his first Champions League hat-trick at the GSP Stadium and he has now bagged 5 goals in the competition in just two appearances this season.

Kane sent out a message on Twitter after the game.

On This Day in Football: The Birmingham Derby kicks off

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On this day in 1879, the first ever Birmingham Derby took place with Birmingham City winning 1-0 against Aston Villa.

Like many other football clubs of that era, the two clubs’ origins lie in cricket…and the church. Both were formed by members of cricket clubs who were looking for a recreational activity for the winter months.

Former Man Utd star says old club should sign ex-Liverpool striker, Griezmann more realistic

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Gary Neville believes Manchester United should try to sign former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez or Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

Suarez spent three and a half years at Anfield where he established himself as one of the world’s finest forwards.

He joined Barcelona in 2014 and has starred alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, winning two league titles and a Champions League winners’ medal.

Odds update: 14/1 wager would send Wolves above Leeds

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Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Sheffield United on Wednesday aiming to jump back into one of the two automatic promotion spots in the Championship.

Cardiff City’s fine 3-1 victory over Leeds United on Tuesday moved them three points clear at the top of the table.

A draw for Wolves would take them above Leeds into second place and a 2-2 scoreline at odds of around 14/1 looks worth an interest.

Top class Leeds United star apologises to the fans: I have let my team mates and the fans down

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Cardiff picked up a 3-1 win over Leeds United in the Championship last night and one player who was particularly disappointed was Liam Cooper.

The Leeds United defender cost his side by getting sent off. Cooper took to Twitter to apologise to the fans for his behaviour and for letting the team down.

Tottenham boss believes his team can topple Real Madrid

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s two Champions League group-stage victories has given them the platform to enjoy success in their double-header against Real Madrid.

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus, adding to his double from the opening 3-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago.

Tottenham hopes of signing German striker boosted after coach’s criticism

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Tottenham’s hopes of signing Timo Werner have been boosted after RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl questioned the player’s attitude during his side’s Champions League defeat to Besiktas on Tuesday.

The Germany striker was withdrawn after 32 minutes after complaining of suffering from dizziness brought on by the loud atmosphere inside the stadium.

Odds update: Chelsea ready to deliver 6/1 return against Atletico, Conte eager to "change the history"

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Antonio Conte says he wants Chelsea to “change the history” of Spanish teams dominating in European competitions.

Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday aiming to build on their 6-0 victory over Qarabag in the opening game of the group stage.

Atletico started their campaign with a goalless draw against AS Roma, but Conte is anticipating a tough game against a team who have reached the final twice in the last four seasons.

Arsenal legend reveals that he prefers this top class Spurs star to Mourinho's big money signing

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed that he prefers Tottenham star Harry Kane to Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian has been in sensational form ever since he joined the Red Devils. The former Everton forward has scored six goals in six Premier League appearances so far and is a strong contender for the golden boot.

Tributes pour in for former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd

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Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has died.

Shepherd, 76, “sadly passed away peacefully at his home last night”, his family have announced in a statement.

A pivotal figure in Newcastle’s rise during the 1990s, he was chairman for 10 years from 1997.

Shepherd eventually sold his share of the club to Mike Ashley and recently, along with brother Bruce, was granted the freedom of the city of Newcastle.

On This Day in Football: United score TEN past Anderlecht, Wolves devour Chelsea

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On this day in 1956, Manchester United beat Belgian side Anderlecht 10-0 in a European Cup preliminary round match.

With Old Trafford not equipped with floodlights, the match had to be played at Maine Road. It was the first European Cup fixture to be played on English soil.

Odds update: Top pundit eyeing 75/1 bookie-basher from Leeds game

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David Prutton believes Tuesday’s big Championship clash between Cardiff City and Leeds United could yield a tasty return from the bookmakers.

The two sides are currently tied on 20 points with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the top of the table and head into the game on the back of victories last weekend.

Former Liverpool star dismisses club's title hopes, defence too leaky, Klopp must resolve problem

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Jamie Carragher says his former club have no chance of winning the title until manager Jurgen Klopp resolves their defensive issues.

Klopp’s claim that he was a “really good defensive coach” was dismissed as nonsense by Carragher, with the Reds having already conceded 11 goals in six Premier League games this term.

Tottenham star chasing the big two, but can he catch them?

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Harry Kane’s desire to be the best player in the world has pushed him on to even greater heights during 2017, but can he realistically expect to challenge the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo?

A quick look at the overall statistics suggest Kane has some way to go, but the English striker has definitely closed the gap this year.

Tottenham should unleash Fernando Llorente vs Apoel in 4-2-3-1 system

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Tottenham Hotspur face Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night in a crucial Champions League group clash, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men desperate to record three points on the road.

Spurs started their 2017-18 European journey in sublime form earlier this month, beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley, but anything other than victory in Cyprus will negate this excellent result.

Big Leeds boost ahead of Cardiff clash as key duo ready to feature

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Leeds United travel to take on Cardiff City on Tuesday night in a top-of-the-table Championship clash, with the Yorkshire side getting a double boost ahead of the game in Wales.

Both Pontus Jansson and Pierre-Michel Lasogga look set to feature for the current division leaders, in what will be a boost to their chances of recording three points against the Bluebirds.

Former Leeds midfielder believes Chris Wood hasn't been missed at Elland Road

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Top Championship pundit David Prutton believes Leeds United have benefitted from selling star striker Chris Wood.

The 25-year-old scored 30 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season before joining Burnley for £15 million during the transfer window.

Thomas Christiansen overhauled the Leeds squad during the summer, adding the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Samu Saiz to his forward options, and Prutton is full of admiration for the job the new manager has done.

9 goals in 7 games: West Ham eyeing up a move for this Arsenal target, attacker should join them

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West Ham are interested in signing the highly talented MK Dons forward Dylan Asonganyi.

The attacker turns 17 in December and he has already impressed several Premier League clubs with his performances.

According to Daily Mirror, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring the forward as well and it will be interesting to see who makes the first move.

Pochettino not fussed about Spurs’ growing injury list

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that he will not be crying over his side’s long list of injured players.

Spurs will play Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus on Tuesday in their second group stage fixture of the UEFA Champions League and will miss midfielder Christian Eriksen after the Dane was ruled out of the game through illness.

On This Day in Football: Ipswich score TEN in the European Cup

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Ipswich Town got promoted to the First Division in the 1961-62 season and won the top flight title in their very first attempt.

The Tractor Boys, under the tutelage of the late great Sir Alf Ramsey, entered the European Cup in the following season and met Maltese champions Floriana in the first leg of the competition.

Odds update: Back-to-back promotions not beyond Sheffield United, Wilder doing excellent job

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Sheffield United’s 4-2 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday was a perfect showcase for the excellent job manager Chris Wilder has done with the Blades.

Wilder ended United’s six-year stay in League One in style, leading the club to the title in his first season and securing 100 points in the process.

Five Things: Tottenham star superb, Liverpool skipper should zip it, Chelsea duo growing in stature

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It was a good weekend for the Premier League’s big guns, with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and the two Manchester clubs all recording victories.

Harry Kane maintained his impressive form with a double at West Ham, Crystal Palace continue to struggle and Chelsea’s new midfield duo are developing an excellent understanding.

Manchester United legend calls Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp as ‘lunatics’ in defence of Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United legend and former midfielder Bryan Robson has blasted Premier League officials for dismissing Jose Mourinho off to the stands during Red Devils’ 1-0 away win at Southampton on Saturday.

United boss Jose Mourinho was sent off for running outside his technical area before momentarily standing on the pitch at St Mary’s stadium but Bryan Robson has described the Portuguese’s dismissal a ‘joke’.

Warburton left frustrated as Villa clinch victory against Forest

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Nottingham Forest succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday marking their sixth straight loss in all competitions.

Daryl Murphy’s second half strike cancelled out Albert Adomah’s opener for Villa but Forest’s profligacy in front of goal proved to be fatal as Villa grabbed the winner through a Conor Hourihane free-kick.

Leigh Griffiths must ‘grow up’, says Celtic legend

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Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Ibrox on Saturday thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.

Griffiths who scored the second goal of the game was involved in a number of incidents throughout the game. The former Wolves striker was apparently trying to tie a Celtic scarf on the Ibrox goalposts.

Benitez furious with Hemed’s winner as Newcastle’s winning run ends

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Newcastle United’s three-game winning run came to an end as the Magpies dropped all three points against Brighton at the Falmer Stadium on Sunday.

Rafael Benitez’s side had pipped Brighton to the Championship title last season but the hosts grabbed an important win in the Premier League courtesy of a goal from striker Tomer Hemed.

On This Day in Football: The Butcher of Bilbao hacks Maradona

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Diego Maradona moved to Barcelona in the summer of 1982 for a then world record fee of £5 million.

Despite contracting hepatitis during his first season, Maradona helped the club to a fourth place finish and a Copa del Rey title.

Obviously, expectations were high in his second season as the Argentinean superstar had a year under his belt playing in Spain.

Tottenham legend believes Harry Kane could leave the club

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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham believes Harry Kane could be tempted by a move away from the club.

Kane scored twice as Spurs won 3-2 at West Ham on Saturday to move up to fourth in the table.

The 24-year-old has now scored 82 goals in the Premier League and Sheringham says he can break Alan Shearer’s record of 260, if he stays in the English game.

Odds update: Jonathan Kodjia the key as Aston Villa promotion odds tumble

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Jonathan Kodjia didn’t get score for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but his all-round performance bodes well for their promotion hopes this season.

Kodjia had a hand in both goals as Villa secured a 2-1 victory to move up to 10th in the Championship and further ease the pressure on manager Steve Bruce.

Celtic captain's row with Rangers' boss shows complete lack of class, a legend in his own mind

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For a player whose limitations were brutally exposed by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Celtic captain Scott Brown has a lot to say for himself. Too much in fact.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha accused the midfielder of elbowing Alfredo Morelos during Saturday’s Old Firm meeting at Ibrox and Brown’s behaviour afterwards showed a complete lack of class.

Manchester United issue statement to fans over vile Lukaku chant

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Manchester United have released an official statement to address the issue of an offensive chant directed at striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Red Devils were away at Southampton on Saturday, winning 1-0 thanks to yet another goal from Lukaku.

The Belgium international is in red hot form and is already a fan favourite at Old Trafford.

Hodgson urges fans to not panic following defeat against City

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Crystal Palace suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on Saturday.

City were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to Leroy Sane, but four second half goals, including a brace from Raheem Sterling, meant that Palace still remain winless in the Premier League.

Odds update: Wolves 2/1 for Championship, but Leeds still top

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are down to 2/1 for the Championship title after winning 2-1 against Barnsley on Saturday.

Alfred N’Diaye’s late goal secured the victory for Wolves who remain level on points with Leeds United and Cardiff City at the top of the table.

Kalvin Phillips was on target in Leeds’ 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town, while Cardiff won 2-1 at Sunderland.

On This Day in Football: The Blonde Arrow strikes, Liverpool create history

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On this day in 1953, Alfredo Di Stefano made his debut for Real Madrid in a friendly against French club AS Nancy. Los Blancos lost the game 4-2 but Di Stefano managed to get a debut goal for his new club.

Di Stefano is often regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

Shakespeare reveals how Leicester’s squad mocked Mahrez following transfer drama

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Leicester City superstar Riyad Maharez was rumoured to be pushing for a move out of the club in the summer.

Manchester United and Arsenal were among a whole array of clubs linked with the Algerian but a transfer out of the King Power stadium never materialised.

Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare has confirmed the rumours that Mahrez left international duty to fly to Europe on deadline day to secure his dream move to one of the ‘big clubs’ of the Premier League.

Leeds United legend delivers scathing report on Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been subjected to immense scrutiny following the Reds’ 2-0 loss against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup this week.

The Merseysiders have been winless in their last four outings in all competitions and currently sit at eighth on the Premier League table with just eight points from five games.

Everton fined by UEFA over crowd trouble at Goodison

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Everton and Hajduk Split have been fined by UEFA in the wake of crowd trouble that marred the Europa League qualifying game between the two clubs in August.

The play was momentarily suspended in the 33rd minute after some Hajduk fans invaded the pitch at Goodison Park. The Croatian club have been ordered to pay £35,348, while Everton have been fined £8,837.

Morata cannot replace Diego Costa, says former Liverpool midfielder

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Chelsea announced on Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the sale of Diego Costa for a reported £58 million.

Costa is scheduled for medical this week but he cannot be officially registered as an Atletico player until January because of the Madrid club’s transfer ban.

Are England on the verge of another ‘Golden Generation’?

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Being a fan of the English national football team can be a difficult occupation at the best of times. Not only must the Wembley faithful tolerate rendition after rendition of “The Great Escape” being parped out by the notoriously awful England Supporters Band at every home game, but once every two years they’re forced to set sail for foreign shores to endure an equally sub-par tournament performance.

Odds update: Former Rangers star tips Celtic to dominate title race

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Former Rangers defender Arthur Numan has dismissed the idea that the club could mount a serious challenge to Celtic’s dominance of the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers host Celtic on Saturday in the first Old Firm game of the season and the visitors are 4/6 to pick up all three points.

Numan believes a title bid will be beyond Rangers this term and says it could take at least three years for his old club to catch up with their big rivals.

On This Day in Football: Worst debut in living memory

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Football fans around the world were left bewildered when Real Madrid signed Newcastle United and England centre-back Jonathan Woodgate in the summer of 2004.

If Newcastle fans were caught off-guard, Real Madrid fans were in utter and complete shock. Given Real’s usual transfer targets and Woodgate’s unflattering stature in the world of football, even the Spanish media could not believe that the deal went through.

Odds update: Pochettino says Kane will stay, West Ham beware

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Mauricio Pochettino has rejected suggestions that Harry Kane’s Tottenham future depends on the club winning silverware.

Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood claimed earlier this week that the England striker would leave the club if they failed to win a major trophy this season.

Kane has been in excellent form in recent weeks and Pochettino has backed his star striker to continue in the same vein throughout the season.

Michael Owen makes a prediction about Brighton vs Newcastle, Magpies fans won't be happy

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Newcastle travel to Brighton in the Premier League this weekend and both teams will be looking to climb up the table with a win.

Rafa Benitez’s men have improved recently and they will fancy their chances here. However, Brighton have impressed at home and therefore the Magpies will need to be at their best.

Sky Sports pundit predicts the outcome of West Ham vs Spurs, Hammers won't be happy

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West Ham face Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend and both teams will be looking get one over their rivals by securing the three points.

This should be a fascinating contest especially now that West Ham have found some form.

The Hammers were quite impressive against Huddersfield and West Brom.

Odds update: Top pundit tips Leeds United to see off Ipswich Town, 4/6 good value?

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David Prutton believes Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat at Millwall in the Championship last weekend may have been a blessing in disguise.

Leeds bounced back on Tuesday to knock Burnley out of the Carabao Cup and they are strongly fancied to beat Ipswich Town on their return to league action on Saturday.

Caixinha hits out at Rodgers ahead of the Old Firm derby: Mind games do not affect me

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has hit out at the Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the Old Firm Derby this weekend.

Earlier this season, Rodgers made a comment regarding the transfer expenditure of Rangers this summer. The Northern Irishman went on to claim that Rangers should be considered as genuine title contenders after their outlay.

Leicester City vs Liverpool – The Rematch

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Leicester City vs Liverpool

English Premier League

King Power Stadium, Leicester

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Kickoff Time: 17:30 BST

Just four days after a clash in the EFL Cup, Liverpool yet again face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in a Premier League rematch.

3-4-3 v Spurs: Bilic without these 4 West Ham players for vital derby game this weekend; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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West Ham take on Tottenham in the London Derby this weekend and Slaven Bilic will be hoping to continue his side’s impressive run of form with another win.

The Hammers impressed against Huddersfield and WBA in the last couple of matches and they will fancy their chances here.

Slaven Bilic is still under a lot of pressure after his summer outlay and winning derby would give the club massive confidence boost.

4-3-3 v Palace: Guardiola without these 2 top class Man City stars for this weekend's game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Manchester City host Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend and Pep Guardiola will be looking for another thumping win.

The Etihad outfit are in superb form right now and they have scored 11 goals without reply in their last two league games. They will be up against a side that has lost all of their five Premier League games so far and have failed to score a single goal.

4-4-2 v Nottingham: Steve Bruce without these 2 Aston Villa players for vital game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Aston Villa host Nottingham Forest in the Championship this weekend and the home side will be looking to improve their position in the table with a win.

The Villans have had a poor start to the season and they are 13th in the Championship table right now. Moreover, they have failed to win six of their eight matches in the league so far.

Newcastle United lining up move for Turkish star

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Newcastle United are believed to be among a host of clubs monitoring Besiktas’ prolific striker Cenk Tosun.

The Magpies, despite doing well on their return to the Premier League with three wins in five games this season, are looking to add another striker to their squad. The 26-year-old Tosun scored 24 goals and provided five assists for Besiktas last season.

Matt Ritchie urges Newcastle teammates to not get carried away

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Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie insists that the Magpies cannot get carried away after their bright start to the Premier league this season and has urged his teammates to keep their feet on the ground.

Newcastle have won three out of the five league games so far and sit at fourth on the Premier League table.

Odds update: Everton 4/6 to beat Bournemouth, Koeman confident of victory

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Wednesday’s Carabao Cup victory over Sunderland will prove to be a turning point for his team.

The Toffees face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday and are priced 4/6 to record their second win in four days.

Koeman has been under pressure after Everton lost four games in a row without scoring a goal, but he believes the expectations placed on his side this season are unrealistic.

Celtic and Rangers would thrive in the Premier League, says Ferguson

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Whether Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers would be successful in the English Premier League is a topic that has been debated since the beginning of time.

The two clubs have dominated Scottish football since the inception of league football in the country. Rangers have won the league on 54 occasions while the Hoops have 48 league titles to their name.

Tammy Abraham pledges allegiance to England

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has committed his allegiance to the Three Lions amid rumours that he would represent Nigeria at international level.

The 19-year-old, on loan at Swansea City, qualifies for the African nation through his father. The Nigerian Football Federation were serious in their pursuit to convince the youngster to switch his loyalties but Abraham released a statement confirming that his future lies with England.

Chelsea agree fee for top class star's transfer, Conte might have made a mistake

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Chelsea have agreed on a deal to sell Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid.

The Premier League champions have confirmed the agreement on their official website and the forward is now expected to travel to Madrid for his medical.

As per the latest reports, the La Liga giants are paying around £57m for his services.

Devastating injury blow for Rangers, key star could miss Celtic clash; 2 others doubtful

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Rangers take on Celtic in the Old Firm Derby this weekend and the home side will be without their captain Lee Wallace for the crunch clash.

Manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that Wallace is set to be sidelined for around two months with a groin injury.

Caixinha said: “He needs three weeks to rest totally and then after he needs three to five weeks to get totally recovered, so it’s six to eight weeks in total.

On This Day in Football: Green is the colour at Goodison, Man With The Golden Head arrives

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On this day in 1949, Republic of Ireland beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park to become the first foreign team to defeat the Three Lions at home.

The match was a friendly with both countries eager to make full use of it ahead of the 1950 FIFA World Cup. England, despite missing the great Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen, fielded a very strong team that included Tom Finney and Billy Wright.

Rangers legend urges his old team to stand up to Celtic, says Gers victory would be good for the league

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Graeme Souness believes a Rangers victory over Celtic this weekend would be good news for the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers take on Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season on Saturday aiming to close the gap on their big rivals to just two points.

Celtic will be hoping to repeat their 5-1 win from their last trip to Ibrox back in April, but Souness says a Rangers victory would benefit the league as a whole.

Former Man United star proved right as Arsenal forward misfires again, but will Wenger axe him for West Brom game?

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Gary Neville’s criticism of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez proved to be on the money as Arsenal limped past Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Neville said Sanchez had allowed speculation over his future to affect his performances, and the 28-year-old did little to disprove the former Manchester United defender’s views with a largely uninspiring display against the League One side.

Odds update: Koeman still under pressure despite Everton victory

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Everton’s 3-0 victory over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday has done little to ease the pressure on manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman had been heavily backed to be the next Premier League boss to leave his post and he is currently 5/2 second favourite behind West Ham’s Slaven Bilic to exit his role.

Sky Sports pundit urges Man Utd to pay a premium and sign this top class Tottenham star

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Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has urged Manchester United to make a move for Danny Rose.

The England defender is one of the best left backs in the country right now and Sherwood feels that Jose Mourinho’s side are in desperate need of someone like Rose.

The Sky Sports pundit knows that Spurs won’t sell their best left back for cheap and he believes that a club like Manchester United will be able to afford the premium.

Disappointed Everton fans react to the EFL Cup draw against Chelsea: It was fun while it lasted

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Everton have been drawn against Chelsea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Premier League champions Chelsea thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-1 in the last round of the competition and they will be looking for another big win against the Toffees now.

Meanwhile, Everton secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland thanks to a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Prodigious Everton attacker shows why he has been nominated for the 2017 Golden Boy award

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Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been nominated for the 2017 Golden Boy award alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is on the list as well.

The award is organized by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport and the title is given out to the most impressive footballer under the age of 21, playing in Europe.

Celtic announce improved profits following Champions League run

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Scottish champions Celtic have released their annual financial report which confirms that the club has seen an improved pre-tax profit of £6.9 million.

Club chairman Ian Bankier attributes the surge in revenue to Celtic’s involvement in the UEFA Champions League. The figure released is a massive improvement on the £500,000 pre-tax revenue of 2016.

Leeds fans are disappointed with this player, don't want him to play for the club again

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Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is having a tough time on loan at Leeds United.

The highly talented defender has failed to win over the Leeds faithful and the fans seem to have given up on him already. His performance against Burnley was so disappointing that the Leeds United fans are ready to send him back to his parent club already.

Major worry for Rangers fans, Caixinha reveals that these 3 stars could miss the Celtic game

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Rangers take on Celtic in the Old Firm Derby this weekend and manager Pedro Caixinha has revealed that the Scottish outfit could be without some of their key players for this one.

The last time these two sides met at Ibrox, Celtic managed to win 5-1 and the home fans will be expecting revenge this time.

Kris Boyd makes a prediction about the Old Firm Derby, Rangers fans won't be happy about this

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Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has revealed that the upcoming Old Firm Derby will be a close contest unlike the last meeting between the two sides.

Celtic picked up a 5-1 win at Ibrox last time out and the 34-year-old forward believes that it will be a much tighter affair this time. Although the Hoops will head into the game as firm favourites, Rangers are no pushovers and they cannot be underestimated.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ripped apart on social media after his performance against Leicester

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Liverpool crashed out of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City last night.

The Reds dominated the majority of the game but failed to take their chances in front of the goal. Goals from Okazaki and Slimani ensured that Liverpool’s poor run of form continues for now.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have not won any of their last four matches and they are under tremendous pressure right now.

23-yr-old West Ham star sends out a message after Bolton victory, delighted fans react on Twitter

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West Ham picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup last night and Arthur Masuaku’s screamer was the highlight of the night.

Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho scored the other two goals for the Hammers.

Slaven Bilic was under a lot of pressure and he will be delighted with the win.

On This Day in Football: Brian Clough dies of cancer

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On this day in 2004, legendary football manager Brian Clough lost his fight with stomach cancer at the age of 69.

Clough was under ill health for several years and had a liver transplant in 2003.

As controversial as he was successful, Clough was the epitome of eccentricity.

Former England star writes off Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool title hopes, says trophy is heading to Manchester

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Former Everton and England winger Trevor Steven believes this season’s Premier League title will be fought out by the two Manchester clubs.

City and United are locked together at the top of the table with 13 points from their opening five games, with Chelsea three points behind in third place.

Leeds United star sends out a message to the fans after last night's thrilling win over Burnley

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Leeds United picked up a morale-boosting win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup last night and goalscorer Hadi Sacko was delighted with his goal and the performance last night.

The 23-year-old winger came on in the second half and scored the first goal of the game. The match ended 2-2 and the Championship outfit managed to beat Burnley in a penalty shootout.

Antonio Conte heaps praise on Nottingham Forest

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Chelsea will host Nottingham Forest in the English League Cup third round on Wednesday.

And ahead of the tie at Stamford Bridge, Blues boss Antonio Conte has offered his adulation for the world dominating Forest side under Brian Clough back in the late 1970’s.

Conte claimed that he saw them lift the European Cup under Clough and despite Forest’s change in fortunes in the last few decades, they are still a club worthy of respect.

Celtic taunts won’t affect me, says Dundee boss

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Dundee manager Neil McCann says taunts from Celtic fans will not affect him at all because he has grown accustomed to them.

McCann grew up as a Celtic fan but joined rivals Rangers in 1998 in a £1.9m deal from Heart of Midlothian. The 43-year-old is bracing himself to receive some jabs from the Hoops’ faithful as his side prepare to host Celtic in the Scottish League Cup quarter final on Wednesday.

Koeman confident that Everton can turn things around ahead of Sunderland clash

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes his side can bounce back from their miserable four-match losing streak as he prepares for the Carabao Cup tie with Sunderland on Wednesday.

The Toffees are on a soul crushing run of defeats in the last four outings without scoring a single goal.

Leicester City ban three supporters for homophobic chants

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Leicester City have confirmed that they have banned three supporters for homophobic chanting during the Foxes’ Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium in August.

The statement issued by Leicester claims that the culprits will serve stadium bans varying in length from two to 12 months.

On This Day in Football: Life at San Siro begins, Sir Bobby Robson takes charge of Newcastle

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On this day in 1926, AC Milan and Inter Milan inaugurated the iconic San Siro stadium with a friendly game of football. The Nerazzurri thrashed Milan by 6-3!

The two clubs share the stadiums together now but originally, AC Milan were the sole tenants. Construction began in 1925 in the San Siro district of Milan, with a view to have a stadium specifically dedicated to football.

Tottenham linked with Besiktas striker, should set their sights higher

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Tottenham have been linked with a move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle both considered signing the 26-year-old during the transfer window, with the Turkish club demanding around £12 million for the forward.

Tosun was on target during Besiktas’ impressive 3-1 win over Porto in the Champions League last week and the Daily Mail says a fee of nearer £20m would be needed to prise him away from the club.

Man Utd legend questions Man City, calls them "the new Arsenal"

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Former Man Utd defender Man City defender Gary Neville has questioned Man City’s title credentials and has likened their current team to previous Arsenal sides.

The two Manchester giants are locked together at the top of the Premier League with 13 points after five games after impressive starts to the campaign.

Technically gifted star wants to leave PL giants for West Ham in January, Bilic must sign him

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is ready to leave the Gunners in January in order to kick-start his career.

The England international is clearly not in Wenger’s first team plans anymore and he was left out of the squad for the London derby at the weekend.

Wilshere came on as a substitute in the Europa League against Cologne but he is clearly being overlooked in the Premier League.

4-4-2 v Middlesbrough: Bruce likely to rest this top class Villa star for vital cup game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Aston Villa host Middlesbrough in the Carabao cup later tonight and the home side will be looking to get their season back on track with a win.

The Villans have had a very poor start to their season but their win over Barnsley will have given them some confidence heading into this game. Steve Bruce’s men managed to win 3-0 this Saturday.

4-2-3-1 v Barnsley: Pochettino likely to field this new look Spurs lineup for today's cup game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Tottenham host Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup tonight and the Londoners will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

They were held to a 0-0 draw against Swansea at the weekend and the fans will be expecting a response from the players here.

Spurs will want to win a trophy this season and the Carabao Cup could be their best shot.

Everton and Sunderland to commemorate Bradley Lowery

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Everton are hosting Sunderland in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Goodison Park.

And it has been confirmed that the two sides will wear shirts promoting the Bradley Lowery Foundation. Bradley was a huge Sunderland fan who tragically passed away this year battling a long term illness called neuroblastoma, which is a very rare form of cancer.

4-2-3-1 v Burnley: Leeds set to field strong lineup for cup game, these 4 stars should start; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Burnley host Leeds United in the third round of the Carabao Cup this week and the Championship outfit will be hoping to pull off an upset here.

The Whites travel to Turf Moor tomorrow and they will be hoping to continue their good run of form against Sean Dyche’s men.

Former Leeds United duo Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood will be looking to make an impression against their former side and this should be an interesting contest.

‘I could have rotted at Chelsea’, says ex-Blues defender

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Former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne may have already been forgotten by fans at Stamford Bridge. An academy graduate who made just four appearances for the Blues during his time in London, Mancienne made a name for himself when he moved to Bundesliga side Hamburger SV in 2011.

With established internationals already competing for a position at the back four, a long term stay at the club would have been detrimental for Mancienne who joined Chelsea as a nine-year-old.

4-4-2 v Bolton: Bilic without these 4 first team West Ham players for vital cup game; Team News and Predicted Lineup

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West Ham United host Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup this week and the Hammers will be looking to qualify for the next round of the competition with a win tomorrow.

The Hammers were quite impressive against Cheltenham in the last round and they will be confident of securing a win against the Championship outfit as well.

Leeds boss provides injury update on trio; summer recruit could start vs Burnley

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Leeds United manager, Thomas Christiansen will have to sort out his defensive crisis ahead of their Carabao Cup clash against Burnley.

Pontus Jansson limped out of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Millwall, while Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington had already missed out Leeds’ trip to the Den.

It is almost impossible...Bilic makes an observation regarding West Ham duo

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West Ham have made a stuttering start to their 2017/18 campaign, but things are looking to take an upturn following two good results against Huddersfield Town and West Brom respectively.

The Hammers won their first Premier League game of the season against Huddersfield, and followed it up with a 0-0 draw away to Hawthorns.

Aston Villa keeping close eye on prolific 21-year-old ace

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Alfredo Morelos has made a strong start to his career at Glasgow club, Rangers, and he is already attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs including Aston Villa and Derby County.

According to reports from Scotsman, Championship clubs – Aston Villa, Derby County, Bristol City, Barnsley and Reading – have sent scouts to watch the Rangers forward in action during the Gers’ 2-2 draw with Patrick Thistle on Friday night.

One of the best: Tottenham man raves about Manchester City ace

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has showered praise on Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, saying he is one of the best strikers in the world.

The 29-year-old has been in sparkling form this season, scoring five goals already in the Premier League, including a hat-trick against Watford on Saturday.

Major blow for Leicester, Shakespeare confirms these 3 stars are likely to miss the Liverpool game

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Liverpool travel to King Power Stadium for their Carabao Cup clash against Leicester City tomorrow night and the visitors will be looking to get back to winning ways.

The Reds have not won any of their last three matches in all competitions and Jurgen Klopp’s men will be under a lot of pressure to turn it around.

Top class star set for massive pay-rise, Guardiola should build his Man City side around him

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Manchester City are set to open contract talks with their Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne soon.

The former Chelsea midfielder has been a key player for the Etihad outfit ever since he joined them and the Premier League giants are looking to tie him down to a new deal.

De Bruyne joined Manchester City for a fee of £55 million back in 2015 and he has four years left on his current deal.

Highly experienced star reveals that he turned down this offer in order to sign for Tottenham

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Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente has revealed that he turned down a contract extension at Swansea in order to sign for the Londoners.

Llorente has been a backup for Harry Kane so far but the Spaniard feels that Spurs are one of the best clubs in the country right now and the opportunity to join them was too good to turn down.

Koeman sends message to the fans on social media after defeat, Everton fans want him gone

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Everton crashed to yet another humiliating defeat in the Premier League yesterday. The Toffees were thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford by Manchester United.

Manager Ronald Koeman is already under immense pressure and the defeat at Old Trafford will only make the situation worse for him. Everton have lost all of their last four matches against Spurs, Atalanta, Chelsea and Manchester United.

On This Day in Football: Uruguay destroy Brazil, Liverpool return to Europe

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On this day in 1920, Uruguay smashed Brazil 6-0 in a Copa America match. The drubbing still remains the biggest defeat in Brazil’s history along with the 7-1 loss inflicted by Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay were two-time winners of the tournament which began in 1916.

Manchester United hit Everton for four despite a poor performance

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Manchester United had a tough day against Everton despite scoring four goals.

It was a game full of players appearing against their former clubs. Rooney and Lukaki faced their previous clubs, while Fellaini and Schneiderlin also featured against their former employers.

The game got off to a great start from a United perspective with Valencia scoring an early goal of the season contender.

Five Things: Liverpool boss kidding himself, Tottenham Wembley luck will change, Man City duo superb

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Another Premier League week is in the record books and there’s another bucket load of things to discuss.

Liverpool’s shaky defence reared it’s head once again at home to Burnley, Tottenham had another frustrating 90 minutes at Wembley and Manchester City demolished Watford.

Sportslens takes a look at five big talking points from the weekend’s games.

Souness would pick Man Utd star over Tottenham striker

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Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness says if he had to choose between Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane he would pick the Manchester United star.

Lukaku was on target again during United’s 4-0 victory over his former club Everton on Sunday to make it seven goals from his last seven matches.

Kane is rated by many pundits as the Premier League’s top striker, but Souness insists he prefers Lukaku’s style of play.

Odds update: Ronald Koeman drops quit hint after another Everton defeat

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hinted he could quit Goodison Park if results don’t improve.

Sunday’s 4-0 reverse at Manchester United was their fourth defeat in a row and saw the club drop into the Premier League’s bottom three.

Koeman is as low as 15/8 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and he desperately needs his team to find some form over the coming weeks.

BBC pundit raves about 23-year-old..but makes a negative prediction on Newcastle

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Newcastle United have moved up to fourth in the Premier League table after securing a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

Christian Atsu put the hosts in front from a wonderful delivery from Matt Ritchie. But then, Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equaliser from long range to restore parity.

However, it was the Newcastle skipper, Jamaal Lascelles, who stepped up to the plate once again, and earned his side all three points.

Rangers summer signing comments on facing Celtic ace

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Rangers summer signing Declan John could make his Old Firm debut on Saturday.

The 22-year-old joined the Gers on a season-long loan on the final day of the transfer window, and could face Celtic in the Old Firm clash.

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace limped out of the 2-2 draw against Patrick Thistle with a groin injury, and John replaced him in the first half.

Tottenham join the race for 26-year-old ace; could face competition from Newcastle

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Tottenham Hotspur have joined Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in the race to sign Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that Spurs have sent scouts to watch the Besiktas striker ahead of the January transfer window.

Besiktas are reportedly seeking a transfer fee of around £17.

Tottenham legend calls for fans to lay off Mauricio Pochettino

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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has urged the club’s fans to trust manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have failed to win a league game at their temporary Wembley home this season, with Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea City their latest disappointment at the national stadium.

Odds update: Wolves 5/2 to win the Championship, Leeds & Cardiff still in the mix, Middlesbrough on a roll

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are 5/2 to win the Championship following Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest.

The result left Wolves level on 17 points with Leeds United (6/1) and Cardiff City (7/1) at the top of the standings.

Diogo Jota’s second-half double secured the points for Wolves and manager Nuno Espírito Santo believes his team are slowly coming to the boil.

On This Day in Football: Liverpool register record win

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On this day in 1974, Liverpool recorded their biggest ever win by beating Norwegian club Stromsgodset 11-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Winners Cup.

It was a first round tie and Bob Paisley’s side made an early mark in the tournament by absolutely destroying Stromsgodset.

Celtic beating Ross County really isn't the mark of a good team Brendan

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Brendan Rodgers’ claim that Celtic’s victory over Ross County on Saturday is the mark of a good team is, quite frankly, delusional.

Celtic bounced back from their 5-0 Champions League humiliation by Paris Saint-Germain with a comfortable 4-0 success over County in the Scottish Premiership, but suggesting it proves the Hoops are a good team is laughable.

Rangers held to a draw against 10 men; Celtic fans amused, Blues mocked on social media

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Scottish giants Rangers dropped two points against Partick Thistle last night and the Celtic fans seemed rather happy about it.

Pedro Caixinha’s men managed to control the game but they were poor defensively and that cost them an easy win. Despite being down to 10 men, Partick Thistle managed to score twice and get a draw.

Pochettino reveals this top class Spurs star saved him from the sack a few years ago

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Harry Kane has been one of the best players in the Premier League for a while.

The England international is arguably the best striker in the country right now and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has now revealed how the player saved his job a few years ago.

Pochettino said:

I can find many other goals that were fantastic but, for me, goals are related to emotion, to the period you are living in.

On This Day in Football: First televised match in Britain, Leeds join Euro elites

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On this day in 1937, the BBC screened its first live coverage of a football match in the United Kingdom.

The BBC’s television service had only begun the previous year. To test the technology for live broadcasting a match between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves was arranged at the Highbury stadium.

Paul Merson predicts Newcastle United vs Stoke City

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Newcastle United will play host to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Magpies are heading into this match on the back of successive league wins against West Ham and Swansea City, and their morale is further boosted with Rafa Benitez returning from illness.

A lot has been said and written about Newcastle’s poor transfer window, and how Benitez wasn’t backed properly by the Magpies owner, Mike Ashley.

Tottenham should pull out all the stops to sign Real Madrid target

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Tottenham have edged closer to winning the Premier League over the last couple of seasons, but a big-money move for a Real Madrid target could finally deliver the success craved by the club’s fans.

The La Liga giants have been linked with a move for forward Timo Werner, but Spurs should pull out all the stops to sign the RB Leipzig star.

Odds update: Championship pundit tips Kodjia to fire Aston Villa up the table

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Danny Higginbotham says Jonathan Kodjia can help Aston Villa recover from their indifferent start to the season.

Villa have won just one of their first seven games in the Championship this term and face a difficult trip to Barnsley on Saturday.

Kodjia is 13/8 to score at any time against the Tykes and Higginbotham believes the Ivory Coast striker will make a big impact on Steve Bruce’s team after returning from injury.

Carroll and Hernandez backed to hit it off, but can duo fire West Ham out of trouble?

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll can fire the goals to spark his team’s rise up the Premier League table.

Hernandez has scored twice in four games since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, but was substituted during the Hammers’ 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on Monday.

Arsenal must emulate Manchester United, says former Gunners striker

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Arsenal began their UEFA Europa League campaign on Thursday by beating Bundesliga side FC Köln 3-1 at the Emirates.

The Gunners were 1-0 down at half-time but managed to secure a comeback after the interval courtesy of goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin. Despite the strong response shown by Arsene Wenger’s men, former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes that there is a good chance that the club would miss out on a top four finish again this season.

Former Liverpool star believes Chelsea's Morata gamble has paid off, will work well with Hazard

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Jamie Redknapp believes Chelsea’s decision to replace striker Diego Costa with Alvaro Morata has paid off.

The 24-year-old has hit the ground running in the Premier League, scoring three goals in four games to fire Chelsea up to third in the table.

Costa scored 20 league goals as Chelsea claimed last season’s title, but Redknapp thinks manager Antonio Conte’s decision to ditch the former Atletico Madrid star was correct.

Steve Bruce opens up on managerial situation following fans’ hysteria

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said that he understands why the club has seen a managerial merry-go-round in recent years as rumours surrounding his future refuse to subside.

Villa, despite making some big name signings in the summer, have won just one of their opening seven games in the Championship this season.

Sky Sports pundit predicts the outcome of Nottingham Forest vs Wolves

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Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Nottingham Forest in the 2017/18 Championship game on Saturday.

Under new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves have gone through a massive rebuilding project this summer. The Portuguese has signed as many as 11 new players, including some eye-catchy names like Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota.

Pochettino comments on 28-year-old Tottenham player's future

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Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says that it is very “important” to secure a new deal for Belgium defender, Toby Alderweireld.

The 28-year-old central defender has developed into one of the key players for Pochettino’s side, but his future has come under intense speculation in recent months.

Michael Owen predicts West Brom vs West Ham

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West Ham United returned to winning ways after beating Huddersfield Town in their last Premier League match.

Pressure was mounting on Slaven Bilic after West Ham suffered three straight defeats, but last week’s result has lifted the gloom a little bit.

Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen says that the return of Andy Carroll is a great news for West Ham, as the Hammers are a much better side when he is fit and firing.

Sky Sports pundit makes a prediction about this weekend's game, West Ham fans won't be happy

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West Ham have had a very poor start to their Premier League campaign so far and Slaven Bilic is under a lot of pressure to turn it around.

The Hammers take on West Brom this weekend and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that things are going to get worse for Bilic and his side. The former Arsenal forward feels that West Brom are likely to take all the three points at home.

3-4-2-1 v Swansea: Pochettino without these 3 first team stars for this weekend's home game; Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Tottenham host Swansea in the Premier League this weekend and the Londoners will be looking to continue their impressive run of form with another win.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men picked up a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund during the midweek and they will be full of confidence heading into this one.

On This Day in Football: Record wins in Europe for Derby and Swansea

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On this day in 1976 and 1982, Derby County and Swansea City both registered their biggest wins in their clubs’ history, respectively. To make the wins even sweeter, both were achieved in European competitions.

Derby’s victory came against Irish side Finn Harps in a UEFA Cup first round tie.

Former West Ham winger backs Slaven Bilic, style criticisms unfair, fans expect too much

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Former West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair believes the club’s fans should put results before style after a troubled opening to the Premier League season.

The Hammers picked up their first victory of the campaign with a 2-0 success over Huddersfield Town on Monday, but the performance didn’t meet with everyone’s approval.

Odds update: Top Championship pundit tips Leeds United to win again

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Championship leaders Leeds United return to action on Saturday when they visit Millwall for what is sure to be a big test of their promotion credentials.

Leeds’ 2-0 victory over Birmingham City on Tuesday moved them to the top of the table, a point ahead of Cardiff City.

Millwall have won once in the league this season to lie 19th in the standings and Sky Sports pundit David Prutton believes his former team will be too strong for the London side.

Former Arsenal and Everton defender blasts Michael Keane, insists he should be dropped

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Former Arsenal and Everton defender Martin Keown has blasted Michael Keane and says he should be dropped from the Toffees’ starting eleven.

The £30 million summer signing from Burnley endured a torrid evening as Everton were beaten 3-0 by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday.

Keown told BT Sport that he believes manager Ronald Koeman needs to shake up his defence, starting with Keane.

Furious Everton fans react on social media after humiliating defeat: Koeman needs to go

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Everton crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Serie A outfit Atalanta last night and the Toffees faithful are already calling for Ronald Koeman’s head.

The Merseyside outfit are going through a rough patch right now and they have not won any of their last five matches in all competitions. Everton have been comfortably beaten by the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and now Atalanta.

Tottenham new boy Fernando Llorente reveals why he snubbed Chelsea move

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Tottenham’s latest signing Fernando Llorente has revealed that club manager Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to join the North London club over local rivals Chelsea.

Following summer-long speculation over his future at Swansea City, the Spanish striker sealed his move to fellow Premier League side Tottenham on transfer deadline day in a £14 million transfer deal.

Liverpool legend says Reds should have targeted Tottenham signing, "stubborn" Klopp to blame

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Former Liverpool star Jan Molby believes Jurgen Klopp’s stubbornness is contributing to the Reds’ ongoing defensive issues.

Klopp’s failure to strengthen his defence this summer was brutally exposed by Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend, and Liverpool looked uncomfortable at the back against Sevilla in the Champions League during the week.

Ferguson warns Rangers not to gloat about Celtic's drubbing in Europe, 8/11 for both to win this weekend

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Ex-Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson says the club’s fans could regret gloating about Celtic’s 5-0 Champions League drubbing by Paris-Saint-Germain.

Celtic were completely outclassed by PSG, but Ferguson insists it’s dangerous to read too much into the result.

“Hands up, I enjoyed watching it myself because it really was a phenomenal display of football from the French side,” he told the Daily Record.

Odds update: Cech backs Arsenal to beat Chelsea, recent record suggests otherwise

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Petr Cech believes Arsenal can win at Chelsea on Sunday, but recent history suggests the home side are an outstanding bet this weekend.

Arsenal haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, but victories over their London rivals in two showpiece events have left Cech confident they can upset the odds on Sunday.

Everton boss takes the blame after horror show against Atalanta, faces another tough test this weekend

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Ronald Koeman has admitted he is to blame for Everton’s dismal 3-0 Europa League defeat against Atalanta on Thursday.

Goals by Andrea Masiello, Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante ensured the Toffees started their Group E campaign on the worst possible note.

Koeman told reporters after the game: “A lot went wrong – ball possession was poor, but the most painful was that in the first half they showed more aggression.

Former Liverpool midfielder hails club’s stance regarding Coutinho

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Liverpool superstar Philippe Coutinho’s much speculated move to FC Barcelona this summer never materialised.

The Brazil international had handed in a transfer request at Anfield earlier in the summer to force a move to the Catalan giants but manager Jurgen Klopp and club officials were adamant that the 25-year-old was going nowhere.

4-2-3-1 v Man Utd: Koeman without these 4 Everton stars for tough away game; Team News, Stats and Predicted Lineups

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English Premier League 2017/18
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Old Trafford, Manchester

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Manchester United host Everton in the Premier League this weekend and the Red Devils will be hoping to continue their impressive run of form with a win.

Diego Costa is a balloon, says Roy Keane

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If there is anything that Roy Keane is famous for aside from his industrious performances in the middle of the pitch, it is his no-nonsense approach to football punditry.

The former Manchester United captain was at his scathing best when he was asked about Chelsea’s wantaway striker Diego Costa on ITV.

Aston Villa's alleged approach for Garcia an insult to Steve Bruce, it lacks class

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Aston Villa have allegedly contacted the representatives of former Watford and Brighton boss Oscar Garcia about taking over as manager. How nice of them.

According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Villa have sounded out agents of the current St Etienne manager over whether he would be interested in a return to England.

Atmosphere at Old Trafford says it all about football

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For a Champions League fixture at Old Trafford, the atmosphere was very poor. This says it all about modern football.

On Tuesday night, the Champions League was back where it belonged. Manchester United were against Basel and the game finished 3-0 to the home side. There weren’t too many negatives to analyse in terms of the performance from the players but there was one big problem with the match.

Convincing win hides frailties in Manchester United squad

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After a convincing win against Basel on game-week one of the Champions League, Manchester United will be looking to show the rest of Europe that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Right from the get go, United set out to dominate their Swiss opponents, with the ball frequently appearing down the right hand side with Ashley Young, who surprised almost everyone with his inclusion and his performance during the 90 minutes.

Top class Tottenham star sends message to the fans on Twitter after exceptional win

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Tottenham picked up a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund last night.

In the past, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been quite inconsistent in Europe but the Londoners were excellent in their Champions League opener yesterday.

Former Bundesliga star Heung-Min Son gave Spurs the lead early on in the game with a stunning goal and then Harry Kane scored twice to secure the three points for Tottenham.

On This Day in Football: WW2 puts an end to football, Boca win Libertadores

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The Football League was suspended on this day in 1939 due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

The Luftwaffe almost decimated the Polish town of Wielun on September 1, destroying more than 75% of the city and killing nearly 1,200 inhabitants. Two days later, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on the Nazis.

3-4-2-1 v Chelsea: Wenger without these 2 Arsenal first team players for the derby; Team News, Stats and Predicted Lineups

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Chelsea host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend and the Blues will be determined to continue their impressive run of form with a win.

3-5-1-1 v Dortmund: Pochettino makes 3 changes, top class Tottenham trio ruled out of crucial game

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Tottenham host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tonight and both sides will be without some of their key players for this one.

The German giants are plagued with injuries right now and Pochettino will be hoping to take full advantage of that.

The likes of Durm, Schurrle, Schmelzer, Weigl, Bartra, Guerreiro and Rode are ruled out for the away side.

World class star opens up about failed move: I was at Spurs' stadium and training ground

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Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tonight and the Premier League outfit will be looking to start their European campaign with a positive result.

Despite challenging for the title in the last two seasons, Pochettino’s side have been quite average in the Champions League and the Spurs faithful will be hoping for a better showing this year.

Can Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City start with Champions League wins?

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After Manchester United and Chelsea started their Champions League campaigns with comfortable wins on Tuesday night, three more English sides take to European action on Wednesday.

Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City will all know the importance of starting with strong performances and results – but the trio face tricky fixtures in their respective groups.

Delighted Rangers fans react to Celtic's Champions League defeat on social media

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Celtic crashed to a humiliating defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last night and it seems that the Rangers fans are rather happy about it.

It is no surprise that the 5-0 loss was a reason to celebrate for their bitter rivals. Celtic’s outstanding run in the Scottish Premiership coupled with Rangers’ failure to qualify for the Champions League group stages has worsened the rivalry between the two sets of fans.

Celtic star frustrated, sends message to the club fans on social media after PSG defeat

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Celtic forward Moussa Dembele has been out of action for a while now and the injured Frenchman was left frustrated after not being able to help his side against PSG last night.

In CL you face the best team in the world… Frustrated I couldn’t help the Bhoys but I’ll B back soon.

On This Day in Football: Pato stuns Camp Nou, Arsenal field World XI

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On this day in 2011, Alexandre Pato stunned the crowd at the Nou Camp by scoring inside 25 seconds in AC Milan’s UEFA Champions League group stage match against Barcelona.

The Brazilian received the ball just around the centre circle before getting past Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets with a sudden burst of pace.

Why Ronald Koeman must restore Wayne Rooney to a striking role at Everton

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Having got off to their best start to a season since the 1978/79 campaign it’s fair to say the wheels have fell off at Everton over the past couple weeks.

Defeats against Chelsea and Tottenham have raised doubts over their prospects of challenging for a top four spot and led to questions being asked over Ronald Koeman’s transfer business this summer.

Koeman needs to start this exciting Everton player more often in place his marquee signing

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Everton fans would have expected a lot more when the club decided to splash the cash on Dutch playmaker Davy Klaassen.

However, the former Ajax midfielder has not quite lived up to the expectations so far. It is understandable that he will need time to settle into the English game and therefore the transfer cannot be judged yet.

Spurs determined to fight Real Madrid for top spot, says Pochettino

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side are determined to fight off Real Madrid for a top spot finish in their UEFA Champions League group.

Spurs are in a fiercely competitive group that also includes Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia. But Pochettino has claimed that everyone in the group would be hoping to challenge for that coveted top spot.

Sky Sports pundit predicts the scoreline for Leeds United's match against Birmingham

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Leeds United host Birmingham City in the Championship tonight and it seems that the Whites are firm favourites as far as Sky Sports pundit David Prutton is considered.

The home side have made a very good start to the season so far and have collected 14 points already. On the contrary, Birmingham have been quite disappointing and are 21st in the league table with just four points.

Can Scottish football ever rise above the Rangers and Celtic rivalry? Time to move on?

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The ongoing row in Scottish football surrounding the 2012 liquidation of Rangers and the club’s use of Employee Benefit Trusts refuses to die down, but it must do if the game is to ever move on from what has been an unglorified mess from start to finish.

The Scottish Professional Football League and Celtic’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell, want a fully independent review carried out to investigate the Scottish Football Association’s role in the saga.

de Boer’s Crystal Palace pay-off bigger than Neymar’s first wage packet

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Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace compensation pay-off has earned the Dutchman nearly £2 million more than Brazilian superstar Neymar since his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Ajax and Inter Milan boss lasted just 77 days in the job, meaning he earned a staggering £6,421,917 during his time managing the London club according to Grosvenorsport.

Are Belgium well-placed to make a tilt at the WC next season?

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As the first European side to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Belgium have once again made short work of qualification. They breezed through in 2014, topping a group containing Croatia and Serbia unbeaten with 26 points. In 2016, they had a trickier group with Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina but still made the Euros as winners of their group with 23 points.

On This Day in Football: Goals galore in Scotland, Leeds fire Clough

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On this day in 1885, in a Scottish Cup first round fixture, Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0. A ridiculous score-line, obviously, but it still was not the highest scoring match of the day.

Twenty miles away, in the same competition, Bon Accord FC lost 36-0 to Abroath FC.

Michael Owen makes surprise prediction for Celtic vs PSG game, the Hoops fans will love it

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Former England striker Michael Owen seems rather optimistic about Celtic’s chances against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

In his column with BetVictor, the BT Sport expert Owen predicts that Celtic will either win or draw against the French outfit. Considering PSG’s form and squad strength, Michael Owen’s claim is quite surprising.

MVOP predictions for the 17-18 EPL Season: It’s Lukaku’s Year

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After a very entertaining summer transfer period in football, we gladly welcome you to the third EPL season in which we determine the Most Valuable Offensive Player (MVOP)! There are fresh new offensive faces in all of the clubs in the Premier League. In this article, we look at the favorites to win the MVOP award at the end of the season.

Odds update: Leeds good value to see off Birmingham City, Sky Sports pundit tips United to win

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Leeds United bid to continue their excellent start to the Championship season when they host Birmingham City on Tuesday.

The Whites are currently second in the table, two points behind leaders Cardiff City after recording four wins and two draws from their six games.

The home side can be backed at 8/11 to see off a Birmingham side who have picked up just four points from their six outings.

Christian Eriksen insists Tottenham can overcome Wembley hoodoo, 13/10 to see off Dortmund

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Christian Eriksen believes Tottenham can put their Wembley woes behind them and make progress in this season’s Champions League.

Spurs kick-off their campaign against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday having lost eight of their last 12 games at the national stadium.

They were beaten by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at home in last season’s competition, but Eriksen insists the team can get it right this time around.

4-2-3-1 v PSG: Celtic without these three first team players for vital CL game tomorrow; Injury Update and Predicted Lineup

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Celtic host Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League tomorrow and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to get something out of the game especially in front of their own fans.

The Scottish champions have been handed a very tough group and even a point against PSG could prove to be crucial for them.

3-5-1-1 v Dortmund: Pochettino without these 3 top class Spurs stars for vital CL game; Injury Update and Predicted Lineup

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Tottenham host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday and the Premier League outfit will be looking to make a good start to their European campaign.

Pochettino’s men have faltered in Europe before and they will be under pressure to perform here.

Dortmund are plagued with injuries right now and the home side will be hoping to take full advantage of that.

Club legend warns top class Celtic star: He must not do this against PSG

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Scottish footballing legend Kenny Dalglish has urged Celtic captain Scott Brown to stay calm during the Champions League game against PSG this week.

The former Liverpool player believes that Unai Emery’s side will try to wind him up but Brown will have to ensure that he stays on the pitch.

Liverpool legend points finger at Koeman for Everton problems, Rooney further forward the answer?

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Ronald Koeman is to blame for the lack of balance in Everton’s team.

Koeman’s side produced a woeful display at home to Tottenham on Saturday, prompting the Dutchman to come out with a string of excuses after the game.

Redknapp insists Everton’s problems are as a direct result of Koeman’s failure to significantly strengthen his striking options during the transfer window.

Leeds United boss criticises Birmingham City's transfer business, says no guarantees Redknapp will be successful

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Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen believes Harry Redknapp’s splash-the-cash approach to his transfer dealings at Birmingham City won’t guarantee success.

Birmingham had a net transfer spend of around £12 million this summer as Redknapp set about reshaping his squad, but they have collected just four points this season and lie 21st in the Championship.

Chelsea to not be punished by FA over anti‑Semitic chants

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A large section of Chelsea’s travelling fans sang a song with antisemitic lyrics at Leicester last weekend.

The chant was aimed at rivals Tottenham, who historically have a large Jewish following and had summer signing Alvaro Morata as part of the lyrics.

The Blues, immediately after the game, spoke strongly against those who engaged in these chants and said that they were helping the FA to identify those responsible.

Experienced manager favourite to replace de Boer, Palace would be making a mistake

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Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is under a lot of pressure after a disastrous start to the Premier League season.

The Eagles have lost all four of their opening games and the Dutchman’s future at Selhurst Park is doubtful.

According to Daily Mirror, Roy Hodgson is in line to replace the former Ajax boss.

Everton leading the chase for highly rated midfielder, Goodison move will be ideal for player

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Everton are interested in signing the highly rated Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks.

The 20-year-old midfielder was a member of England’s U21 squad before being called up to the Wales U21 squad. The Sheffield United midfielder was named Player of the Tournament at the Toulon tournament with England.

Guardiola looking to raid Spurs again, top class star could leave if this issue is not sorted soon

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Pep Guardiola might look to sign the Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld next summer.

The Belgian defender’s contract stand-off with Spurs could allow Manchester City to secure his services at the end of this season.

According to Football 365, Guardiola wants Alderweireld to replace Vincent Kompany in the long run.

West Ham want this outstanding tactician to replace Bilic, fans should be very excited

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic could be heading towards an exit soon.

The Hammers have had a very poor start to the Premier League season and West Ham are already looking at alternatives.

According to the Express, West Ham are interested in appointing the highly rated Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.

On This Day in Football: Someone stole the FA Cup!

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On this day in 1895, the FA Cup was stolen from a shop in Birmingham. It has not been recovered to this day.

Aston Villa were the reigning champions after beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the final earlier that year at Crystal Palace. Winger Bob Chatt scored inside the opening minute to give Villa their second FA Cup.

Five Things: Tottenham new-boy the real deal, Liverpool revolution a myth, Howe will Eddie handle the pressure?

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There were plenty of talking points across the Premier League over the weekend.

Tottenham’s new centre-half Davinson Sanchez enjoyed an excellent debut at Everton, but Liverpool’s supposed revolution under Jurgen Klopp was ruthlessly exposed as a myth by Manchester City.

Sportslens takes a look at five big talking points from the weekend’s games.

Leeds United preparing January move for 21-year-old midfielder

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According to reports from Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are lining up a January move for Japanese midfielder, Yosuke Ideguchi.

The Yorkshire club have undergone a massive rebuilding process this summer under new manager Thomas Christiansen, with as many as 16 new players arriving at Elland Road.

Osvaldo Ardiles shares his opinion on £42m Tottenham player on Twitter

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player and club hero, Osvaldo Ardiles, has taken to social networking site Twitter to express his opinion on Davinson Sanchez’s debut against Everton.

The Colombian international joined Spurs this summer from Ajax in a club-record deal, costing around £42m as reported by The Guardian, and the 21-year-old made a strong impression in his first appearance for the club.

Stephen Warnock gives his verdict on Leeds United ace

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Burton skipper Stephen Warnock has praised Leeds United’s summer signing, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who scored twice on his debut on Saturday.

The 25-year-old joined this summer from German outfit Hamburg on loan, as Thomas Christiansen needed to bring in a replacement for Chris Wood, who left the club to join Burnley.

Frank de Boer sacked as Crystal Palace manager after 10 weeks

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Dutchman Frank de Boer has been sacked from Crystal Palace after just ten weeks in-charge of the club.

Becoming the first team in 93 years to achieve such a feat, Crystal Palace have lost all four of their opening fixtures (against Huddersfield, Liverpool, Swansea and Burnley) and failed to score a single goal in the process.

Frank de Boer under the cosh at Crystal Palace, but who could replace him?

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The pressure is mounting on Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer is mounting after his team suffered another defeat at Burnley on Sunday, but suggesting he should be sacked after four games just doesn’t make any sense.

Palace were the better side at Turf Moor, creating over 20 chances, but Chris Wood’s early goal gave Burnley three points they scarcely deserved.

It’s too soon for Neville to compare Man City star with Man Utd legend

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Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has likened Kevin De Bruyne to David Beckham, but the comparison appears to be a bit premature.

The Belgium international was a key figure in Manchester City’s 5-0 demolition of Liverpool on Saturday, with his delightful through ball setting up Sergio Aguero for the host’s opening goal.

Man Utd on alert as Ronaldo discusses future with Real Madrid boss; Zidane failure to sign striker a mistake?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration with life at Real Madrid has increased after Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Levante.

With Ronaldo out through suspension, Madrid produced an insipid display that was in stark contrast to Barcelona’s 5-0 drubbing of Espanyol.

Spanish media outlet Don Balon claim Ronaldo spoke to manager Zinedine Zidane after the game about his future role with the team.

Real Madrid dominance proves Zidane is the man

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After retiring from an illustrious playing career, one which is still overshadowed by his ‘head over heart’ moment in the World Cup, Zinedine Zidane completed his coaching badges in France and went to visit coaches such as Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola. These visits reinforced his desire to step into the coaching side of things.

Bruno Alves issues warning to Celtic ahead of Old Firm derby

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Rangers centre-back Bruno Alves has had his fair share of derby day experiences in his long and illustrious career.

The Portuguese veteran has played in some of the fiercest matches in world football including the Istanbul derby between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

“In Portugal we had great derbies, Russia too.

On This Day in Football: Death of a Scottish legend

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On this day in 1985, former Celtic and Scotland legend Jock Stein passed away at the end of Scotland’s 1-1 draw against Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park in Cardiff.

Played in front of nearly 40,000 fans, this was the two countries 101st meeting at the international stage – a run of games that stretched back to 1876.

Odds update: Leeds United as low as 13/2 to win the Championship

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Bookies have cut Leeds United’s odds to win the Championship after their impressive 5-0 victory over Burton Albion on Saturday.

Leeds are now as low as 13/2 to finish top of the pile, having been available at 16/1 during the summer.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (2), Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe got the goals as Leeds continued their unbeaten start to the season in emphatic fashion.

Pressure mounting on Aston Villa boss, Jonathan Kodjia to the rescue?

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Steve Bruce’s position at Aston Villa could be under threat after another disappointing performance against Brentford on Saturday.

Villa limped to a 0-0 draw against Brentford and lie 18th in the table, ten points behind leaders Cardiff City after just six games.

Bruce has invested heavily in his squad this summer, bringing in the likes of John Terry, Glenn Whelan and Robert Snodgrass, but their display against the Bees didn’t suggest Villa are likely to mount a serious challenge for promotion.

Koeman plays down expectations, but Everton fans deserve better after Tottenham rout

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Ronald Koeman’s claim that it is unrealistic to expect Everton to rival Tottenham Hotspur is a worrying sign for the club’s fans.

Spurs romped to a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park on Saturday thanks to an inspired performance from striker Harry Kane.

“If you look to the second half we are really far away, but if you look to the first 30 minutes it’s different,” Koeman told the BBC after the game.

Former West Ham boss says Bilic shouldn’t row with Sullivan and Gold

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Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says current boss Slaven Bilic needs to focus on getting results rather than arguing with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

Bilic hit out at Sullivan’s claim that he rejected the chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak during the transfer window, but Allardyce believes the Croatian should accept that the duo will have their say from time-to-time.

Danny Rose in a pickle as Ben Davies shines for Tottenham at Everton; England full-back faces fight to regain place

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Ben Davies’ performance for Tottenham against Everton on Saturday is likely to have given Danny Rose a bit of a headache.

Rose is currently out injured and Davies has proved to be a more than capable replacement, casting doubt over whether the England full-back will regain his place when he’s fit.

On This Day in Football: Romanian invincibility ends

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On this day in 1989, Romanian club Steaua Bucharest lost 3-0 against rivals Dinamo Bucharest thus ending their incredible run of 104 league games without defeat.

Steaua of the 1980s reached legendary status with Emeric Jenei under whom they won the UEFA European Cup by beating Barcelona in the final at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville in 1986.

Aston Villa starlet reveals deadline day nightmare following move to Wigan

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The frenzied chaos on transfer deadline days is bad as it is. It is worse when you are in a different country and there is a move in the pipelines.

That was the case for Aston Villa’s highly rated 18-year-old goalkeeper Matija Sarkic who completed a six-month loan move to Wigan Athletic at 4 AM in the morning on deadline day.

Arsenal need a ‘Cazorla-type’ midfielder, says club legend

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Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour believes that the club’s summer transfer window would have been successful if they had managed to bring in a central midfielder cut from the same cloth as Santi Cazorla.

The Spaniard has been out injured for nearly a year and a return to football is not expected before Christmas this year.

West Ham keen on top class free agent, star was close to joining Chelsea this summer

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West Ham are keen on signing the former Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna on a free transfer.

According to L’Equipe (translated by SportWitness), the 34-year-old full back is set to join a club imminently. Leicester City and West Ham United are two likely options according to the French outlet.

Manchester City star reveals why he moved to the Premier League

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Manchester City’s summer signing Bernardo Silva has revealed what lured him to Premier League football.

The Portugal international joined City from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco on a deal believed to be worth 43 million. Silva has revealed that the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to turn down.

Celtic set to finalise midfielder's agreement this week, Star met with club chief yesterday

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Celtic captain Scott Brown is all set to sign an extension with the club this week.

According to Daily Record, the Scottish international will put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension. The bumper new deal will keep the Scottish international at the club until 2019.

Brown has been in good form under Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic faithful will be delighted with the news.

Championship pundit praises Christiansen's impact at Leeds United; Whites can march on at Burton

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David Prutton believes Thomas Christiansen has proved he was the right man to take over as Leeds United’s new head coach.

Christiansen enjoyed success in Cyprus with APOEL, but was viewed as a shock choice when he was appointed as Garry Monk’s replacement this summer.

However, the former Leeds midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit insists the 44-year-old has already made his mark.

West Ham boss Bilic on collision course with Sullivan, defeat on Monday could be the end

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic could be in hot water after dismissing co-owner David Sullivan’s claim that he rejected the chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak during the transfer window

Sanches left Bayern Munich to join Swansea City on a season-long loan, while Krychowiak moved from Paris Saint-Germain to West Brom.

Transfer window changes to benefit Manchester United?

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After the English summer transfer window had reached it’s end and the absolute drudge of an International break had gone, football fans up and down the country could get back to watching the crème de la crème of English football.

But one more transfer related twist was still to come. At around 3 o’clock this afternoon, news broke that Premier League teams had voted for the closure of the summer transfer window before the season’s opening fixture.

Monaco star to join Arsenal in January, Wenger hoping Sanchez will stay

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Monaco star Thomas Lemar will sign for Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Gunners failed with a £92 million deadline day move for the player, but the Daily Star says a deal has been agreed in principle with the French side.

A five-year contract worth around £250,000-a-week will bring Lemar to the Premier League, and Arsene Wenger has told associates the deal does not hinge on Alexis Sanchez being sold.

World Cup winner tips Man City striker Jesus to rule the world, dismisses Ronaldo comparison

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Former Brazil World Cup winner Juliano Belletti has tipped Gabriel Jesus to become one of the best players in the world.

Jesus made a stunning start to his City career last January, before suffering an injury that ruled him out until the back end of the season.

However, ex-Chelsea and Barcelona defender Belletti told the Mirror that Jesus has the ability to be a world star over the coming years.

Courtois worried about Chelsea star's form, blasts "crazy" transfer market

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is concerned that Belgium teammate Eden Hazard will take some time to regain his form.

Hazard made substitute appearances as Belgium qualified for next year’s World Cup with victories over Gibraltar and Greece last weekend, despite not having played for Chelsea this season.

23-yr-old set to leave Spurs, transfer already agreed; Club confirms player will arrive today

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Turkish outfit Fenerbahce have agreed on a deal to sign the Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen on loan for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old Dutch international joined Spurs last summer as an alternative to Harry Kane. However, the former AZ Alkmaar striker struggled to adapt to the Premier League and he managed to score just six times.

Will The United States qualify for the World Cup?

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Bruce Arena and the United States men’s national team have struggled heavily in recent World Cup qualification matches. They are now, essentially, in a must-win scenario after picking up a measly point during this international break.

The United States faced off in a crucial game against Costa Rica on September 1st.

Spurs fans unhappy with FIFA 18 rankings, react on Twitter; PL star ranked higher than Kane

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EA Sports have been releasing the FIFA 18 ratings and rankings of several top footballers over the last week and it seems that their latest revelation has disappointed the Tottenham fans.

The major issue for the Tottenham fans is that Lukaku has been ranked higher than their talisman Harry Kane.

Tottenham boss tips Aurier to be a hit, debut at Everton unlikely, faces battle with Trippier long-term

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Mauricio Pochettino has backed Serge Aurier to be a success in the Premier League, but he may have to wait to make his debut for the club.

Aurier completed a £23 million move from Paris Saint-Germain during the transfer window, but the Spurs boss is unlikely to risk him at Goodison Park.

He played 120 minutes for the Ivory Coast in their World Cup qualifying double-header against Gabon, and returned to the club on Thursday to take part in light training.

Former Manchester United youngster hammered by Sam Allardyce

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Former Manchester United prodigy Ravel Morrison has had an eventful career.

The midfielder, once identified as the greatest youth talent to come out of United’s acclaimed academy since Paul Scholes, completed a season long loan move to Mexican outfit Atlas from Lazio on deadline day last month.

Koeman makes big claim regarding summer signing, Everton fans should be excited

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Everton had an eventful summer as far as the transfer window is concerned.

The Toffees spent a fortune trying to galvanize the squad and it seems that one particular addition has impressed Koeman a lot.

During his pre-match presser ahead of the Tottenham game, Koeman revealed that new signing Nikola Vlasic is one of the biggest talents in Europe.

Paul Merson predicts negative result for Newcastle; raves about Swansea new signing

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Ahead of round four of the 2017/18 Premier League action this weekend, Paul Merson has given his predictions. And Newcastle United fans won’t be happy with it.

Newcastle United will travel to Wales to face Swansea City on Sunday. Merson predicts a 2-0 victory for the home side.

Swansea are heading into the fixture on the back of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Big Sam backs Newcastle owner, says Benitez should stop moaning

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Sam Allardyce believes Rafa Benitez’s criticisms of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley are unfair.

Benitez made it clear during the summer he was unhappy with Newcastle’s transfer policy on their return to the Premier League, with only six clubs spending less during the transfer window.

Celtic receive massive double injury boost ahead of PSG clash

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Celtic have received a massive boost ahead of their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in form of Moussa Dembele’s return to full training.

The 21-year-old has been suffering a hamstring injury since July, but he has returned to full fitness. The French striker has resumed training and he is in contention to be in the playing squad ahead of the crucial game.

Fabio Cardoso happy with the expectation levels at Rangers

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Fabio Cardoso says he is comfortable dealing with the weight of expectation placed on the Rangers squad.

The Portuguese defender, who joined the club from Vitoria Setubal this summer, has made an impressive start at Ibrox alongside compatriot Bruno Alves.

Rangers fans are desperate for success in the Scottish Premiership this term after seeing rivals Celtic romp away with last year’s title, but Cardoso insists the players can handle the pressure.

Newcastle made offer for 26-year-old ace; club rejected £6m bid

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Newcastle United had missed out on a long list of targets this summer, and one of them was Garry Rodrigues.

According to reports from Turkish publication Hurriyet, Newcastle United have failed to land Rodrigues in the summer transfer window.

The report claims that the Magpies had lodged a bid, thought to be in the region of £6 million, for the 26-year-old winger.

Caixinha unfazed by Rangers’ failure to sign Hearts midfielder Walker

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Pedro Caixinha says he isn’t disappointed at Rangers’ failure to sign Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker.

Rangers had numerous offers for the 24-year-old rejected by Hearts this summer, with Walker seemingly keen on making the switch to Ibrox.

Despite failing to get the deal done Caixinha insists he’s happy with the squad he has assembled.

Pochettino sums up £17m Tottenham ace's future in three words

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has delivered words of comfort to Vincent Janssen, and it is now up to the player to prove his point.

Janssen joined Spurs last season from Eredivise side AZ Alkmaar for a fee in the region of £17 million, but has failed to make a strong impact at the north London club.

Rangers summer signing raves about Liverpool forward

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Rangers FC summer signing Declan John has heaved praise on Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn during the club’s pre-match press conference.

The 22-year-old joined Rangers on the transfer deadline day from Cardiff City. He will spend the 2017-18 campaign on loan at the Glasgow club after falling out of favour with Neil Warnock.

On This Day in Football: Bizarre scenes in Bahrain

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On this day in 2010, Togo played Bahrain in an international friendly in Riffa and lost 3-0. What is interesting about that? Well, the team that played Bahrain was a fake side masquerading as the official Togo national team.

Apparently, $60,000 was spent on flights, hotels and the match-day gimmicks for Togo to play the Bahrain national side.

Boom time for Leeds United as fans are gripped by flying start, odds to win Championship could tumble

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Leeds United’s flying start to the Championship season has sparked a flurry of activity at the club’s ticket office.

Over 30,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s clash with Burton Albion at Elland Road, with the North, South and West Stand’s of the stadium completely sold out, including all corners of the ground.

Man Utd legend says Davinson Sanchez moved to Tottenham too early, could regret leaving Ajax

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar believes Davinson Sanchez signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Ajax too early in his career.

The 21-year-old moved to Spurs for £42 million, joining Jaro Riedewald, Davy Klaassen and Kenny Tete in leaving last year’s Europa League finalists this summer.

Tottenham legend raves about £12m signing; sums up the move in two words

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player and club legend, Clive Allen, has labelled Fernando Llorente’s deadline-day move to north London as “fantastic acquisition” for the club.

The Spanish striker joined Spurs on the deadline day from Swansea City for a fee in the region of £12 million, as reported by Sky Sports.

Paul Ince predicts Everton vs Tottenham; gives his verdict on 24-year-old ace

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool player, Paul Ince, has given his predictions for Express ahead of round four of Premier League matches.

Everton will take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after the international break, and it promises to be a cracker of a contest. Both the sides have made a stuttering start to the Premier League campaign, and need to pick up points to put pressure on their rivals.

Guardiola likely to make these two key changes against Liverpool, predicted Man City starting lineup

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Manchester City hosts Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend and the Pep Guardiola will be looking to mend his record against Jurgen Klopp with a win here.

The German manager has an impressive track record against the former Bayern Munich boss. Klopp is unbeaten in his last three matches against Guardiola-managed sides and has actually won five of their 10 previous meetings.

Pochettino without these 4 Spurs players for Everton game, predicted starting lineup & injury update

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Everton host Spurs in the Premier League this weekend and both teams will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

It has been a rough start to the league campaign for both Koeman and Pochettino and it will be interesting to see how they approach this one.

Spurs have been excellent away from home for a while now and the Londoners will be hoping to add to that run with a win over the Toffees.

Man City agree shock transfer for top class star, Guardiola would be making a mistake

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Manchester City have apparently agreed on a deal with Fenerbahce for the transfer of star playmaker David Silva.

The Turkish transfer window closes tomorrow night and the Premier League giants have decided to cash in on the Spanish international according to reports from Turkey.

The report adds that Silva has already agreed to personal terms with the Turkish outfit and the move should be completed before tomorrow’s deadline.

Leaked emails appear to prove West Ham bids for Carvalho as the 'Dildo Brothers' hit back

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A pair of leaked emails appear to prove West Ham submitted a bid to sign William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.

The row between the two clubs had escalated earlier today when Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho called West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan “Dildo Brothers”.

Carvalho denied the Hammers had made an offer for the midfielder and demanded to be shown proof.

Playing at Ibrox has been the “greatest moment of my life”, says Cardoso

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Rangers centre-back Fabio Cardoso has made some new fans in Glasgow after paying a glorious tribute to the club’s iconic stadium.

Signed from Vitoria Setubal this summer, Cardoso has penned a three year contract at Ibrox.

“It has been an amazing journey,” he said in an interview with Rangers TV.

Manchester City accused of 'financial doping', owners consider legal action, cash arguments set to carry on

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Manchester City say they are taking legal advice over the La Liga president’s “ill-informed” criticism of their transfer spending.

Javier Tebas blasted City and Paris Saint-Germain at the SoccerEx Convention in Manchester on Wednesday, accusing the Abu Dhabi and Qatar-backed clubs of gaining an unfair financial advantage.

Arsenal move was possible, says Kylian Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain’s 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe has revealed that joining Arsenal this summer was a ‘real option’.

The Parisians signed Mbappe on a season long loan deal from AS Monaco. The deal could be made permanent at the end of the 2017-18 season with the fee expected to rise up to £166 million.

Former West Ham star believes Slaven Bilic is on borrowed time, Benitez waits in the wings

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Former West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon believes manager Slaven Bilic could be one defeat away from being sacked by the club.

The Hammers are bottom of the Premier League table after three defeats from their opening three games and Bilic’s future at the club has been called into question.

Everton wanted Spaniard in August, will try again in January; Koeman will have this advantage

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Everton will make an attempt to sign the experienced Porto defender Ivan Marcano when the January transfer window opens.

According to recent reports, the Merseyside outfit tried to sign Marcano during the summer transfer window but the Portuguese giants rejected the offer. In fact, the player was not open to a transfer either and he turned down the chance to join Everton as well.

Jose's at it again as Man Utd boss pokes fun at Conte and Chelsea

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has plenty of previous form when it comes to mind games with rival managers.

Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are amongst the big-name bosses previously caught in Mourinho’s crossfire, and he’s been at it again with a thinly-veiled swipe at Chelsea chief Antonio Conte.

Rodgers should sign this defender on a free transfer now, 31-yr-old will be ideal for Celtic

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Celtic have had a very good start to their season so far and they will be looking to do well in the Champions League group stages later this month.

Although Brendan Rodgers has done well to add to his squad during the summer transfer window, his defence could certainly use another addition.

Wenger playing loose with Arsenal cash could be the final straw, Sanchez should have been sold to Man City

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Arsene Wenger’s admission that allowing Alexis Sanchez to see out the final year of his contract could cost Arsenal as much as £140 million should send a shudder through the boardroom at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez was linked with a transfer to Manchester City for much of the summer, with a deadline day move falling through due to Arsenal’s failure to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar.

On This Day in Football: Cannons, Blood and Scorpions

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On this day in 1913, Arsenal, then going by the name of Woolwich Arsenal, played their first ever game at the Highbury stadium.

It was the beginning of the 1913-14 season and Arsenal had just moved from Manor Ground in South East London to the north of the river Thames. The new stadium had not been fully completed yet as Arsenal hosted Leicester City, then known as Leicester Fosse, in a Second Division match.

Swansea’s Wilfried Bony disappointed after not given a chance by Pep Guardiola

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Ivorian international Wilfried Bony sealed a return to Swansea on the transfer deadline day in a £12m deal from Manchester City.

Bony left Swansea City for Manchester City in a £28m deal in 2015, but never really managed to cement his place in the team. He has been speaking to French website Foot Mercato on his return to the Welsh club.

Spurs chief slammed for mistreating 23-yr-old, Player needs to force January exit now

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Dutch international Vincent Janssen has had a tough time at Tottenham ever since he joined them from AZ Alkmaar in 2016.

The 23-year-old has struggled to impress Pochettino and Harry Kane’s form has not helped his first team chances either.

Spurs signed Fernando Llorente from Swansea on deadline day and Janssen has now dropped further down the pecking order.

Major injury blow for Newcastle United, vital player picks up injury on international duty

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will be disappointed with the new of Chancel Mbemba’s injury during the international break.

The left back limped off during the hour mark against Tunisia and the player is set to report to the club’s medical staff now for treatment.

Newcastle are already short of options at left back and Benitez cannot afford to lose Mbemba now.

Villa right on the red line with Financial Fair Play, says club official

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Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness has revealed that the Villains are on the right side of the Financial Fair Play regulations but just barely.

In an interview with the club website, Wyness talked about Villa’s finances and his working relationship with Dr. Tony Xia, the Chinese businessman whose company the Recon Group owns Aston Villa.

Vincent Janssen exiled from Spurs squad by Pochettino

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen has been exiled from the first team squad by manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports from the Netherlands.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf are claiming that Janssen refused to go out on loan this summer and is waiting for the January transfer window for a permanent move out of the club.

Wenger wants the January transfer window to be scrapped

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Arsene Wenger has called for the ban of the January transfer window as he believes it serves as nothing but a distraction for unsettled players who focus on their next move rather than show commitment to their clubs.

Arsenal rejected a bid from Manchester City for wantaway star Alexis Sanchez on deadline day.

Manchester United announce plans to tighten security around training ground

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Manchester United have announced plans to put a ‘ring of steel’ around their Carrington training complex to further increase security.

The club’s 44 hectare training base will undergo a number of changes that will include the installation of 11 ft high gates, new automatic lift barriers and bollards.

England Rugby coach warns Southgate’s men to get over their ‘fear of failure’

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England’s Rugby head coach Eddie Jones says that English footballers have to step out of their comfort zone if they wish to achieve international success in major tournaments.

Gareth Southgate’s men are on the brink of qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia following their 2-1 victory over Slovakia in a qualifier on Monday.

Aston Villa agree deal for highly rated playmaker, club chief delighted with the agreement

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Aston Villa have agreed on a new contract with the highly talented midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes.

The 18-year-old has signed three year deal with the Championship outfit and he will be looking to continue his development as a footballer at Villa Park for the foreseeable future.

The deal has been confirmed on Aston Villa’s official website.

Former Everton star blasts England, says Liverpool and Tottenham duo "don't offer top level technical quality"

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Former Everton and England star Trevor Steven believes Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier lack the skills needed to flourish at international level.

England produced two disappointing performances in their World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, and Steven was particularly unimpressed by Henderson and Dier’s contributions.

Tottenham and Liverpool linked with Barcelona star, but Arsenal appear his most likely destination

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Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.

The 24-year-old looked set for a move away from the Nou Camp this summer, but a long-term knee injury put his exit on hold.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, a switch to the Premier League could happen during the January transfer window.

Leeds set to confirm attacker's signing this week, deal was agreed before transfer deadline

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Benfica forward Oliver Sarkic is all set to be confirmed as a Leeds United player soon.

The 20-year-old attacker has joined the Championship outfit on a half-season loan until the end of December.

Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that the agreement was reached before the transfer window closed and Leeds have secured a clearance for the player as well.

Championship pundit tips Leeds for promotion, unconvinced by Wolves

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Championship pundit Don Goodman believes Leeds United are a solid bet for promotion, but says Wolverhampton Wanderers need to toughen up if they’re to keep themselves in the mix.

Leeds and Wolves currently lie third and fourth in the table after solid starts to the season, with just Cardiff City and Ipswich Town ahead of them in the standings.

German legend blasts Ozil, says Gerrard was right about Arsenal star

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German legend Stefan Effenburg says Steven Gerrard’s recent criticism of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was fully justified.

The former Liverpool star questioned Mesut Ozil’s desire after Arsenal fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Stoke City during August, calling him a “liability” away from home.

Furious Celtic star blasts defender after Scotland's win: He is a horrible b*****d

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Scotland captain Scott Brown could not hide his contempt for Malta’s Steve Borg for spitting at him when the two teams met last night.

The home side picked up a 2-0 win and Brown believes that the Maltese defender had spit on him in an attempt to wind him up. Brown was one booking away from missing next month’s vital qualifier against Slovakia and the midfielder was furious with Borg’s intentions.

On This Day in Football: Birth of Spurs

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On this day in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded as a subsidiary of the Hotspur Cricket Club.

But how did it all come about? And why are they called ‘Hotspur’? Here is a short summary…

In 1882, a group of students, mostly aged between 13 and 14, who attended the Tottenham Grammar School and the Saint John’s Middle Class School, decided to form a football club.

Major worry for Brendan Rodgers, top class Celtic star limped off with an injury last night

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Celtic star Leigh Griffiths limped off with a calf injury against Malta last night.

The 27-year-old Scotland international was seen clutching his calf midway through the second half and he was replaced by Chris Martin.

Apart from scoring a crucial goal himself, Griffiths managed to set up his side’s opening goal in Scotland’s 2-0 win over Malta and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to get his star striker back from injury when the Hoops take on PSG in the Champions League.

Tottenham defender should be careful what he wishes for amid Chelsea and Man City interest

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Toby Alderweireld’s contract situation with Tottenham Hotspur looks set to be latest transfer saga to hit the Premier League.

Alderweireld’s agent cranked things up with his “a contract or a transfer” demand to chairman Daniel Levy issued through the Belgian press.

“If you only look at his figures, Toby is impressive and for his performances, he deserves either a better contract from Tottenham or a transfer,” whined Stijn Francis.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi to Man City – a dream or a possibility?

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Spanish football expert Terry Gibson believes Manchester City could sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi on a free transfer next summer.

In July, Messi agreed terms on a new contract that would keep him with Barca until 2021, but the Argentina international is yet to sign the deal.

Gibson thinks the 30-year-old could be tempted by a move away from the Nou Camp.

Hazard wants Costa back at Chelsea, it's not going to happen and he'll return to Atletico

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Eden Hazard wants Diego Costa to end his self-imposed exile and return to Chelsea, but it’s simply not going to happen.

Costa has been absent from the Blues since failing to report back for pre-season training in July and was left out of their Champions League squad on Monday.

The 28-year-old has expressed his desire to return to former club Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish outfit only offered £25 million – half of the fee demanded by Chelsea.

Coutinho told to follow Suarez’s example by former Liverpool forward

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Philippe Coutinho’s much speculated move to Barcelona this summer never materialised.

The Brazilian had handed in a transfer request to join the Catalans but Liverpool rejected as many as three bids from Barcelona to keep hold of their star attacker. Coutinho apparently broke down in tears when he got the news that his dream move to Spain was blocked by the Reds.

Manchester City are not under investigation, confirms UEFA

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European football’s governing body UEFA has confirmed that Manchester City are not under investigation for Financial Fair Play infringements.

UEFA were forced to issue a clarification after La Liga president Javier Tebas alleged that City’s “funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry”.

Rangers fan group issues statement in support of safe standing at Ibrox

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Club 1872, a very influential fans group for Scottish side Rangers, have released a statement confirming that they will explore the possibility of the installation of a safe standing section at the Ibrox stadium.

The supporters club are the second largest shareholders at Rangers, and they have given their assurance to work closely with other fan groups like The Blue Order and the Union Bears by issuing a lengthy and comprehensive announcement.

Ex-Leeds winger makes an observation on 24-year-old ace

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Former Leeds United winger Eddie Gray believes that Kemar Roofe will only get better for the Yorkshire club.

The 24-year-old joined Leeds United from League Two side Oxford United for a reported fee of £3 million last summer, and played a prominent role under Garry Monk.

Last season, he spent most of the time on the right wing and managed only three goals in 43 Championship games.

Nuno should sign this former Man Utd player now, he can take Wolves back to the PL

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Wolves will be desperate to secure promotion to the Premier League this season.

The Molineux outfit were very active in the transfer market and they have brought in quite a few new faces to aid their push for promotion.

One player, they should look to bring in on a free transfer is Giuseppe Rossi.

Tottenham fans react on Twitter to 30-year-old's performance for Belgium

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen scored a superb goal as Belgium won 2-1 against Greece in the World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku scored the other goal for Belgium, as they became the first European side to join hosts Russia at next summer’s World Cup finals.

After a stalemate first half, Belgium took the lead through Vertonghen in the 70th minute, as he fired home with a brilliant long range effort.

On This Day in Football: European Cup begins, Chelsea debut at the Bridge

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The first ever match of the UEFA European Cup was played on this day in 1955.

Sporting hosted Partizan Belgrade in the first leg of their first round clash in Lisbon. 33,000 fans had gathered at the Estadio Nacional to watch the inaugural edition of the European Cup. Sporting took the lead after 14 minutes thanks to a goal from Joao Martins but Milos Milutinovic equalised for the Serbians just before half-time.

Benitez should have made a better offer for playmaker, Newcastle will regret missing out on him

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Newcastle United were linked with the Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney during this summer’s transfer window but the Magpies never quite managed to agree on a deal.

If reports are to be believed, Benitez tried to orchestrate a swap deal involving Cairney and Gayle on deadline day.

Newcastle have made some clever signings this summer but Benitez is likely to regret missing out on the Scotsman this season.

Former Ibrox manager says Rangers are nowhere near to catching Celtic

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Former Ibrox manager, Ally McCoist has said that Rangers are gradually developing under Pedro Caixinha, but the Gers are nowhere near to catching up with their Old Firm rivals any time soon.

McCoist said on the Alan Brazil breakfast talkshow on talkSport that Celtic are light years ahead of Rangers at the moment.

I'm a huge fan: Alan Brazil raves about one Celtic player

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Alan Brazil, the popular football presenter on talkSport, has said that he is a fan of Patrick Roberts, who joined Celtic on loan from Manchester City this summer.

Roberts previously enjoyed a fantastic 18-month loan spell at Celtic before moving to his parent club after the end of the last season.

Rodgers makes transfer revelation, Celtic wanted to break their transfer record for attacker

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the Scottish champions wanted to sign Patrick Roberts permanently but Manchester city did not want to get rid of the player permanently.

Roberts returned to Celtic on loan this summer after having impressed under Rodgers during his previous loan spell.

Great player: Manchester United legend raves about Tottenham star

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Former Manchester United striker and club legend, Ruud van Nistelrooy, has spoken highly of Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker Harry Kane.

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most reliable scorers in the Premier League, having scored over 20 goals in each of his last three seasons.

Leeds United legend tips club’s new signing for greatness

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Leeds United great Eddie Gray believes that new boy Ezgjan Alioski has it in him to become one of the best signings the club has ever made.

The Macedonian was snapped up by Leeds from Swiss club FC Lugano this summer. A left-footed winger, Alioski’s impressive goals and assists record for his former clubs has convinced Gray that the 25-year-old can reach even greater heights at Elland Road.

Sunderland eye move for 50-capped international on free transfer

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According to reports from Turkish website Milliyet, Sunderland are plotting a smart move to sign Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida, during the January transfer window.

The Black Cats have undergone a massive rebuilding project this summer, with Simon Grayson making wholesome changes to the squad following their demotion to the Championship.

Liverpool should have sold Coutinho, says Graeme Souness

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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes that the Reds should have sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this summer.

The Brazilian handed in a transfer request to join the Catalans this summer and Souness think that Coutinho’s actions could dampen the mood in the dressing room as some players will be unhappy by the fact that he tried to force through a move out of the club.

Monaco chief reveals the two clubs Lemar wanted to join this summer

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AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar was wanted by a plethora of clubs this summer.

The France international’s stellar form for both club and country had convinced some of the biggest clubs in Europe to fight for his signature. Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus and Liverpool are a few clubs who were reported to be keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.

On This Day in Football: United play first league game, City concede nine

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On this day in 1892, Manchester United played their first ever match in the Football League. Then known as Newton Heath, United lost 4-3 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Founded in 1878 by employees of the Yorkshire and Lancashire Railways, Newton Heath’s application to join the Football League was rejected several times.

Tottenham star calls for better support for younger players, admits fame can be difficult to deal with

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Eric Dier believes footballers should receive more support to deal with the riches on offer in the modern game.

With the Premier League awash with cash from its mega-money broadcast deal, some players are now earning more in a week than many people can earn in five years.

The England midfielder says he has sympathy with those players who find it difficult to cope with their new-found fame.

Former Man Utd star believes Alexis Sanchez holds key to Arsenal success

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Gary Neville insists Arsenal can enjoy a successful season, but only if forward Alexis Sanchez plays at the top of his game.

Sanchez missed out on a deadline day move to Manchester City after the Gunners rejected a £60 million bid for their star man.

The Chile international has less than a year left on his current deal and Neville believes his mindset will be the key to Arsenal’s hopes this season.

Rooney rules out England return, reveals managerial ambitions

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Wayne Rooney is adamant that he has no intentions of playing for England again after announcing his international retirement last month.

The former Manchester United captain returned to his boyhood club Everton this summer and has been in fine form scoring two goals in three games in the Premier League this season.

Özil slams Arsenal critics in open letter to fans

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has slammed ex-Arsenal players who are now working as pundits by telling them to “stop talking and start supporting” him and his teammates.

The Germany international who is on international duty at the moment has opened up to his feelings in a sensational letter posted on his Facebook page.

Former Rangers winger opens up to struggles at Ibrox

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Former Rangers attacker David Templeton has spoken about his personal struggles during his time at the Ibrox.

Signed from Heart of Midlothian in 2012 for £700,000, the winger hit the ground running at his new club scoring 16 goals and registering 11 assists in his first 24 games for Rangers.

It is a privilege to have Kane leading the line, says Southgate

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England manager Gareth Southgate has said that ‘it is a privilege’ to have Harry Kane leading the attack for the Three Lions following their win against Malta.

Malta who are ranked 190th in the FIFA rankings were spanked 4-0 by England in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Liverpool deny putting €200 million price tag on Coutinho

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Liverpool officials have rubbished the claims made by FC Barcelona that they had put a €200 million price tag on wantaway superstar Philippe Coutinho, according to ESPN.

Barcelona director Albert Soler claimed at a press conference on Saturday that the Reds had put a mammoth €200 million tag on Coutinho on transfer deadline day.

Everton star charged with drink-driving, forward facing heavy fine along with the legal charges

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Everton forward Wayne Rooney was arrested for drunk-driving earlier this week and it seems that the 31-year-old might have to pay a heavy fine along with the legal charges.

The fine could be imposed by Everton and the player is due to appear in court later this month, a day after Everton’s trip to Old Trafford.

On This Day in Football: Everton make Goodison bow, Bournemouth score 10

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On this day in 1892, Everton played their first ever game at Goodison Park winning 4-2 in a friendly against Bolton Wanderers.

Everton’s journey from an amateur church club to one of the founding members of the Football League was an adventure. The Toffees, before moving to Goodison Park, played at a number of grounds before settling at Anfield where they played their home games for eight seasons.

Swansea’s Transfer Deadline Day Shuffle

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Swansea City was one of the most active Premier League clubs on the final official day of transfers. The Swans waited until the last day to scoop up two big players. Manager Paul Clement will be hoping that these incoming attackers will be able to cycle into the system quickly and replace the players that he offloaded this window.

Arsene Wenger confident Alexis Sanchez will give his all for Arsenal despite Man City disappointment

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Arsene Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez will be fully focused on giving his all for Arsenal despite failing to secure a move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

City had a £60 million bid for Sanchez accepted by the Gunners, but the deal fell through when Arsenal were unable to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.

Bilic happy with West Ham signings, says no to Sanches and Krychowiak

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic rejected the chance to sign both Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak this summer.

Sanches joined Swansea on a one-year deal after being allowed to leave Bayern Munich on loan, while Krychowiak signed for West Brom, but Hammers’ co-owner David Sullivan says Bilic had the option to sign both players.

Club chief reveals Bilic's transfer decision, this blunder could cost him his West Ham job

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West Ham have made a poor start to the Premier League season and Slaven Bilic is under a lot of pressure to turn it around.

The Hammers had an impressive window this summer and the fans would have expected a better start.

West Ham have been struggling in the midfield and defence so far.

Barcelona reveal the real reason why Coutinho was not signed, Liverpool were ready to sell

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Spanish giants Barcelona have revealed why the club decided against signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool this summer.

The Catalan giants were determined to land the Brazilian playmaker last month, but Liverpool’s demands forced them to abandon the chase.

According to the club’s director, Albert Soler, Liverpool were ready to sell the player for a fee of €200m.

PSG release statement following UEFA investigation

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Paris Saint-Germain have assured that they have fully complied with the Financial Fair Play rule after UEFA opened an investigation into the club.

The Parisians broke the world transfer record by signing Neymar from Barcelona and have also signed the highly talented AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe on loan this summer.

Phil Jones hits back at critics, addresses injury issues

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones was once tipped by Sir Alex Ferguson to become United’s greatest ever player.

Fast forward a few years and the 25-year-old has started only 113 matches in the Premier League since moving to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2011.

Arsene Wenger responds to Thomas Lemar snub

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar turned down the chance to join Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for the France international. Wenger’s first bid of £50 million was rejected by Monaco, but he responded with a lucrative £92 million offer.

Blow for Ronald Koeman, this Everton fan favourite was arrested for drink-driving last night

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Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving according to latest reports.

BBC are reporting that the former Manchester United captain was stopped by the Cheshire Police at around 2:00 am BST on Altrincham Road, Wilmslow.

The 31-year-old was driving a black VW Beetle whilst over the prescribed limit.

UEFA set to investigate PSG over financial fair play

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UEFA have confirmed that French outfit Paris Saint-Germain will be investigated over financial fair play after the outrageous spending during this summer’s transfer window.

The Ligue 1 outfit spent a world record sum of £200m on the Brazilian winger Neymar. The Qatari owned club then went on to splash £165.

Former England striker thinks Chelsea will still sign Everton star

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Former England striker Dean Ashton believes Everton’s Ross Barkley will join Chelsea this season.

Barkley was undergoing a deadline day medical at Chelsea when the plug was pulled on the £35 million transfer, but Ashton doesn’t think it was Barkley who said no.

“I think the medical probably was going ahead,” Ashton told Sky Sports.

Odsonne Edouard eager to learn from Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, relishing facing PSG

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Brendan Rodgers’ ability to develop young talent was a key factor behind Odsonne Edouard’s transfer deadline-day move from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 19-year-old striker joined Celtic on Thursday on a season-long loan from PSG and he believes Rodgers will help him fulfil his potential.

“I have known of Brendan for a while through his positions in the Premier League with Liverpool and Swansea so I knew of him,” he said.

Crystal Palace agree deal to sign top class star, he could be crucial for De Boer this season

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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has completed a permanent transfer to Crystal Palace.

Both clubs have confirmed the transfer now and the French international will be looking to revive his career with regular first team football at Selhurst Park now. Sakho has signed a four year deal with the London outfit.

On This Day in Football: Liverpool turn Anfield red from blue

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On this day in 1892, Liverpool played their first ever game at Anfield, winning 7-1 against Rotherham United in a friendly.

About a hundred odd people turned up to watch the new club from Merseyside. But long before Liverpool, Anfield catered the needs of Everton. Yes, the Toffees called Anfield ‘home’ before moving to Goodison Park in 1892.

Photo: Leeds complete their 16th summer signing, 25-yr-old star will wear this iconic number

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Leeds United have agreed on a deal to sign the highly rated German forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga on a season long loan from Hamburg.

The move has been confirmed on the club’s official website and the player will wear the iconic number 9 shirt at Elland Road this season.

Lasogga should prove to be a cracking addition to Thomas Christiansen’s side.

Tottenham LGBT+ group urge Aurier to embrace diversity

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Tottenham’s LGBT+ community have urged new signing Serge Aurier to embrace diversity after joining the club from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ivory Coast international had a turbulent past in Paris that included a homophobic rant at France legend Laurent Blanc and a conviction for assaulting a police officer.

Tottenham beat Chelsea to the signing of Swansea striker

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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente.

The Spaniard leaves the Swans having spent just over a year at the Liberty Stadium after enjoying a successful debut season in the Premier League.

Llorente scored 15 goals in 33 top-flight appearances, with some of his most important strikes coming in late victories against Crystal Palace and Burnley.

Drinkwater relieved as saga between Leicester and Chelsea finally ends

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Danny Drinkwater finally sealed his dream move to Chelsea at the end of a hectic transfer deadline day.

A fee of around £35 million was agreed with Leicester, with the midfielder’s transfer finally confirmed on a five-year deal during the night.

Drinkwater was holed up at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground as he waited for news of discussions between the two clubs.

Former Man Utd star says Arsenal players lacked personal pride

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Gary Neville believes Arsenal’s performances on the pitch are a bigger concern than their transfer business.

Arsenal made the second largest profit of the 20 Premier League clubs during the window, netting £17 million after spending £48.8m but bringing in £65.7m.

Only their refusal to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City for £60m stopped them from making even more money although they would have ended up in the red had they managed to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar for £92m.