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Liverpool v Sunderland 02.06.16

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Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.30.15
1-0 Liverpool (a) 01.10.15
0-0 (h) 12.06.14
2-1 Liverpool (h) 03.26.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-2 Leicester (a); 0-0 West Ham (h); 0-1 Stoke aet (h)
Sunderland: 0-1 City (h); 1-1 Bournemouth (h); 1-4 Tottenham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke 6; Coutinho, Firmino 5; Milner 3; Henderson, Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Allen, Lallana, Origi, Skrtel 1
Sunderland: Defoe 9; Fletcher 4; van Aanholt 3; Borini, Lens, Watmore 2; Johnson, Jones, M'Vila 1

Referee: Robert Madley

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Henderson Can Milner
Firmino Lallana
Benteke

To Benteke or not to Benteke?

Liverpool at Leicester 02.02.16

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Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.26.15
2-2 (h) 01.01.15
3-1 Liverpool (a) 12.02.14
0-0 (a) 03.28.04

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-0 West Ham (h); 0-1 Stoke aet (h); 5-4 Norwich (a)
Leicester: 3-0 Stoke (h); 0-2 Tottenham (h); 1-1 Villa (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke 6; Coutinho, Firmino 5; Milner 3; Henderson, Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Allen, Lallana, Origi, Skrtel 1
Leicester: Vardy 16; Mahrez 13; Okazaki 4; Ulloa 2; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Dyer, Huth, Kante, Schlupp, Wasilewski 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Henderson Lucas Can
Milner Firmino Lallana

On Boxing Day, Liverpool almost wholly negated Leicester, and eventually eked out a 1-0 victory, mainly by matching Leicester's formation 4-4-1-1 v 4-4-1-1 and matching Leicester's notorious work-rate.

Liverpool 5-4 Norwich

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Goals:
Firmino 18' 63'
Mbokani 29'
Naismith 41'
Hoolahan 54' (pen)
Henderson 55'
Milner 75'
Bassong 90+3'
Lallana 90+5'

Thankfully, Norwich were more Norwich than Liverpool were Liverpool. Five bloody four. I can't even.

It was the best of Liverpool and the worst of Liverpool and nothing in between.

Liverpool at Norwich 1.23.16

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Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (h) 09.20.15
3-2 Liverpool (a) 04.20.14
5-1 Liverpool (h) 12.04.13
5-0 Liverpool (h) 01.19.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Exeter (h); 0-1 United (h); 3-3 Arsenal (h)
Norwich: 0-3 Bournemouth (a); 1-3 Stoke (a); 0-3 City (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke 6; Coutinho 5; Firmino 3; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Allen, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
Norwich: Redmond 4; Howson, Jerome, Martin, Mbokani 3; Hoolahan, Tettey 2; Brady, Grabban, Jarvis, Whittaker 1

Referee: Lee Mason

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Toure Sakho Moreno
Henderson Can Milner
Firmino Benteke Ibe

As if Liverpool didn't have enough injury issues, Lallana's now doubtful with a muscle problem.

Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United

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Goals:
Rooney 78'

The bad old days. The tactics were a little different, the XI was a little different, but the problems were the same and the result was the same.

This was last season, this was a very Brendan Rodgers match against Manchester United. All the faults, none of the benefits.

Liverpool v Manchester United 1.17.16

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9:05am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-3 United (a) 09.12.15
1-2 United (h) 03.22.15
0-3 United (a) 12.14.14
3-0 Liverpool (a) 03.15.16

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-3 Arsenal (h); 2-2 Exeter (a); 1-0 Stoke (a)
United: 3-3 Newcastle (a); 1-0 Sheffield Utd (h); 2-1 Swansea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke 6; Coutinho 5; Firmino 3; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Allen, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
United: Martial, Rooney 5; Mata 4; Herrera, Lingard, Memphis 2; Blind, Fellaini, Januzaj, Scheniderlin, Schweinsteiger 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg



Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Caulker Sakho Moreno
Henderson Can
Ibe Lallana Milner
Firmino

I can't foresee many changes from Wednesday's comeback draw against Arsenal, both because of Liverpool's performance in that match and Liverpool's still shallow squad.

Liverpool v Arsenal 01.13.16

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (a) 08.24.15
1-4 Arsenal (a) 04.04.15
2-2 (h) 12.21.14
1-2 Arsenal (a; FA Cup) 02.16.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Exeter (a); 1-0 Stoke (a); 0-2 West Ham (a)
Arsenal: 3-1 Sunderland (h); 1-0 Newcastle (h); 2-0 Bournemouth (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke 6; Coutinho 5; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
Arsenal: Giroud 10; Alexis 6; Koscielny, Özil, Ramsey, Walcott 3; Campbell 2; Gabriel, Gibbs 1

Referee: Mike Jones

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Toure Sakho Moreno
Can Lucas
Lallana Firmino Milner
Benteke

Okay, so who's fit?

Liverpool 0-2 West Ham

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Goals:
Antonio 10'
Carroll 55'

That went exactly how we feared it'd go. And it's exactly how Liverpool did not want to start 2016.

Don't concede an early goal, he said. Be wary of West Ham's counter-attacks and crosses, he said. Be better in attack, he said.

Liverpool at West Ham 01.02.16

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Last four head-to-head:
0-3 West Ham (h) 08.29.15
2-0 Liverpool (h) 01.31.15
1-3 West Ham (a) 09.20.14
2-1 Liverpool (a) 04.06.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Sunderland (a); 1-0 Leicester (h); 0-3 Watford (a)
West Ham: 2-1 Southampton (h); 1-1 Villa (a); 0-0 Swansea (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke 6; Coutinho 5; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
West Ham: Payet 5; Lanzini 4; Kouyate, D Sakho, Zarate 3; Carroll, Jenkinson, Noble 2; Antonio, Cresswell, Maïga, Moses 1

Referee: Robert Madley

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Can Lucas
Ibe Firmino Coutinho
Benteke

Milner and Origi remain injured – along with Skrtel, Ings, Gomez, Flanagan, and Rossiter.

Liverpool at Sunderland 12.30.15

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Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (a) 01.10.15
0-0 (h) 12.06.14
2-1 Liverpool (h) 03.26.14
3-1 Liverpool (a) 09.29.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Leicester (h); 0-3 Watford (a); 2-2 West Brom (h)
Sunderland: 1-4 City (a); 1-3 Chelsea (a); 0-1 Watford (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke, Coutinho 5; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
Sunderland: Defoe, Fletcher 4; Borini, Lens, Watmore 2; Johnson, Jones, M'Vila, van Aanholt 1

Referee: Kevin Friend

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Henderson Can
Ibe Lallana Coutinho
Benteke

A busy festive season, a squad still coping with injuries, a match four days before and another three days later.

Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

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Goals:
Benteke 63'

Welcome back, Liverpool.

It wasn't a perfect performance, by any means, but you can't even hope for perfection after Liverpool's last month. It was a return to what had worked for Liverpool under Klopp: a team rather than a collection of individuals, a vicious work-rate, actual movement both with and without the ball in the opposition half, a surprisingly smothering defense, a confident performance, and just barely enough firepower up front to eke out a victory.

Liverpool v Leicester 12.26.15

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Last four head-to-head:
2-2 (h) 01.01.15
3-1 Liverpool (a) 12.02.14
0-0 (a) 03.28.04
2-1 Liverpool (h) 09.20.03

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-3 Watford (a); 2-2 West Brom (h), 0-0 Sion (a)
Leicester: 3-2 Everton (a); 2-1 Chelsea (h); 3-0 Swansea (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho 5; Benteke 4; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
Leicester: Vardy 15; Mahrez 13; Okazaki 3; Albrighton, de Laet Dyer, Kante, Schlupp, Ulloa 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Henderson Lucas Can
Lallana Coutinho
Benteke

Ugh, Liverpool.

Liverpool 0-3 Watford

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Goals:
Ake 3'
Ighalo 15' 85'

Having good strikers and a well-organized defense makes all the difference. Watford have both. Liverpool currently have neither.

That was a comprehensive failure. And that's without a midweek game, with a full week of training for this match.

Liverpool at Watford 12.20.15

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Last four head-to-head:
3-0 Liverpool (a) 01.13.07
2-0 Liverpool (h) 12.23.06
1-0 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 01.25.05
1-0 Liverpool (h; League Cup) 01.11.05

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 West Brom (h), 0-0 Sion (a); 0-2 Newcastle (a)
Watford: 1-0 Sunderland (a), 2-0 Norwich (h), 3-2 Villa (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho 5; Benteke 4; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Henderson, Origi, Skrtel 1
Watford: Igahlo 10; Deeney 5; Abdi, Layun 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Skrtel Sakho Moreno
Henderson Lucas Can
Lallana Coutinho
Firmino

Finally, a week between Liverpool matches.

Liverpool 2-2 West Brom

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Goals:
Henderson 21'
Dawson 30'
Olsson 73'
Origi 90+6'

A draw where you come back to get a point, especially when it happens deep into injury time, always feels better than a draw where you've lost the lead. But it's still a draw. At home, against West Brom.

Liverpool 0-2 Newcastle

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Goals:
Skrtel OG 69'
Wijnaldum 90+3'

Liverpool had been very good at grinding out results when playing poorly, but that couldn't last. And that didn't last.

The short version: that was a bad match between teams who played badly and I wish I hadn't watched it.

Liverpool at Newcastle 12.06.15

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Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (h) 04.13.15
0-1 Newcastle (a) 11.01.14
2-1 Liverpool (h) 05.11.14
2-2 (a) 10.19.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 6-1 Southampton (a); 1-0 Swansea (h); 2-1 Bordeaux (h)
Newcastle: 1-5 Palace (a); 0-3 Leicester (h); 1-0 Bournemouth (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho 5; Benteke 4; Ings, Milner, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Skrtel 1
Newcastle: Wijnaldum 6; Ayoze 3; Cisse, Mitrovic 2; Janmaat 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Milner Lucas Allen
Lallana Firmino
Benteke

The Liverpool lineup guessing game continues.

Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

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Goals:
Milner 62' (pen)

Liverpool certainly made hard work of it. Liverpool needed a penalty that's given maybe 50% of the time. Liverpool again struggled at home, Liverpool again struggled against a packed-like-sardines defense. Liverpool took just 10 shots, Liverpool put just one non-penalty shot on-target (and I'm not convinced it was on-target, even though Fabianski "saved" it).

Liverpool v Swansea 11.29.15

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Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (a) 03.16.15
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.29.14
2-1 Liverpool (h; League Cup) 10.28.14
4-3 Liverpool (h) 02.23.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Bordeaux (h); 4-1 City (a) 1-2 Palace (h)
Swansea: 2-2 Bournemouth (h); 0-1 Norwich (a); 0-3 Arsenal (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho 5; Benteke 4; Ings, Sturridge 2; Firmino, Milner, Skrtel 1
Swansea: Ayew 6; Gomis 4; Sigurðsson 2; Shelvey 1

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Milner Allen Can
Lallana Coutinho
Firmino

The easy line-up question: Joe Allen will probably replace the suspended Lucas, although there's a very, very remote chance that Klopp attempts a two-man midfield of Milner and Can.

Liverpool 4-1 Manchester City

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Goals:
Mangala OG 7'
Coutinho 23'
Firmino 32'
Agüero 44'
Skrtel 81'

That was unexpected.

It's the first time in a long time we were able to remember 2013-14 without wanting to jump off of the tallest building in town, the first time Liverpool looked like that side since the loss-that-shall-not-be-named at Anfield.

Video GIF Joe Hart swears on television- Martin Skrtel goal vs Man City for Liverpool 2015

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The television mics picked up England goalkeeper Joe Hart allegedly swearing during Man City's 1-4 loss to Liverpool. The words "Fu** sake" were picked up by the mics when the replay of Skrtel's goal was aired. The on air commentators apologised for the gaffe. Warning- Viewer discretion advised if you don't want to listen to [.

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George's Premiership Predictions February 6 2016

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Leicester City are clear at the top of the Premiership and beginning to dream of an improbable title. The favorites remain Manchester City in second place who The Foxes face at the Etihad in the big game this weekend with Spurs and Arsenal also still in the race.

In the chasing pack, Manchester United, who are now fifth, take on Guus Hiddink's Chelsea in a Sunday game at Stamford Bridge, in a match they must win to have any chance of reigniting any fading hopes of challenging for the title themselves for which they are now placed at 33/1 with the bookies.

George's Premiership Predictions January 16 2016

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In what is turning out to be the most unpredictable season in ages, Arsenal lead Leicester City only on goal difference ahead of Manchester City and Spurs.

In the chasing pack, Manchester United, who are sixth, will be hoping to repeat their win at Anfield last season, in a match that saw Steven Gerrard sent off, just seasons after coming on as a substitute.

Georgie's Premiership Predictions January 2 2016

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A new year, a new start for clubs in 2016. Arsenal and Leicester City lead the Premiership pack from Manchester City and Spurs.

In the chasing pack, Manchester United will be hoping to score and get back to winning ways after one of the worst month's in the club's history in December.

Georgie's Premiership Predictions December 26 2015

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Focus this Boxing Day is on Manchester United's game at Stoke City. The Red Devils have lost their last three games and desperately need a win to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Louis van Gaal, who walked out of a press conference at Old Trafford earlier in the week when questioned about his future.

George's Premiership Predictions December 19 2015

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Chelsea's 2-1 loss to league leaders Leicester in the Monday night game meant the end for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, as Chelsea's season went from bad to worse with last season's champions now only one point above the drop zone. Guus Hiddink looks set for his second term in charge as caretaker until the end of the season.

George's Premiership Predictions December 12 2015

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The Premier League will soon enter the busy Christmas period with Leicester City on top followed by Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs.

Leaders Leicester face Chelsea in the Monday night game, Arsenal take on bottom club Villa, Manchester City are at home to managerless Swansea while Manchester United travel to the south coast to play Bournemouth.

George's premiership Predictions November 28 2015

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The Premiership is about a third of the way in and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this season's title race. Things could get a bit clearer after this weekend's round of fixtures.

Second place Manchester United are away at leaders Leicester with Jamie Vardy hoping to beat Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record by scoring in his 11th consecutive game.

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Palace 1-3 Spurs: THAT Goal & 4 Other Lilywhite Observations

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1. THAT Goal

Hoddle-esque. Gazza-esque. A goal so good you would let it marry your daughter. Words cannot really do justice to the strike and technique itself, so instead I'll waft over a couple of associated thoughts. The move in its entirety for example, had the jolly pleasing aesthetic quality lent to it by the fact that the ball did not touch the ground from the moment Kane swirled in his cross, to Eriksen's cushioned header, to Alli's one-two-three touch, swivel and shot.

Spurs 4-1 Sunderland: 4 Lilywhite Points of Note

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The Return of Dembele

Coincidence? Around these parts we certainly think not. For the last couple of weeks young Master Carroll has been hopscotching around the place, with pretty passes a-plenty and a very serious expression, which does not make him look any less like a 10 year-old but is noble enough.

Spurs 3-0 Norwich: Three Lilywhite Observations

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1. Kane

Naturally enough much is made of young Master Kane, but on this particular corner of the interweb we tend not to focus so much on the chap's bread-and-butter of thrashing the little thing into the net and jogging off to general acclaim. His link-up play, his strength, his work-rate – all pored over at various times within the dank four walls of AANP Towers, but his goalscoring I tend to take for granted.

Spurs 1-2 Newcastle: 3 Lilywhite Observations

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1. The Dembele-Shaped Hole

Carroll flitted around the periphery of things looking like a schoolboy, or a ballerina, or a schoolboy ballerina – and with about as much impact as any of the above. Where Dembele (the new improved version) would stick out his chest, grab the game by the scruff of the neck and power from deep straight through the centre of the thing, bludgeoning past all in his way be they friend or foe, Carroll, bless him, hopped and skipped and poked in an occasional dainty foot.

Spurs 4-1 West Ham: 4 Lilywhite Observations

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1. Man-Love For Dembele

As is the vogue these days, all manner of stats have been trotted out to do homage to the performance of Dembele. Tackles, touches, passes, interceptions – the man apparently won the numbers game hands down, which is excellent news for those who like their pivot tables on a Monday morning.

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Everton 1-1 Spurs: 5 Lilywhite Observations

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1. Casting A Dubious Eye Over Tom Carroll

Carroll does have a dreamy touch, and if Premiership football were all about popping four-yard passes sideways, and backwards, and actually dispensing with boots and ball and just drawing pretty pictures of trees, then one suspects he would be revered far and wide as some sort of deity.

WBA 1-1 Spurs: 3 Lilywhite Observations

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1. Lloris Worth A Goal A Game

Once upon a time, in the big, cuddly teddy bear days of Martin Jol (blessed be his name), there ran a theory in AANP Towers that between them, Paul Robinson and Ledley King (even blesseder be his good name) were worth a goal to us every game, by virtue of their last-ditch heroics.

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New Puma Evospeed SL Boots 2015- Evospeed SL Cleats

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Puma have unveiled a new set of Evospeed SL cleats that made their debut in the recent round of football fixtures on Boxing Day. It was worn by many Puma clients like Sergio Aguero, and was also worn by Marko Arnautovic when Stoke beat Everton 4-3 in that thrilling game at Goodison Park

List of Golden Boy Winners- Anthony Martial wins 2015 award

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French teenage striker Anthony Martial has won the 2015 Golden Boy Award, given to the best young footballer plying his trade in a top flight European league. Martial becomes the third Manchester United player to win the Golden Boy award after Wayne Rooney and Anderson. It is also the second straight year that a Premiership [.

New CR7 Hotels- Cristiano Ronaldo & Pestana Hotel Group announce partnership

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to invest a little over $40 million (USD) into a partnership with the Pestana Hotel Group that will see four "CR7" branded hotels come up in different parts of the world. The total investment into the hotels is $81 million, with both parties splitting investments on a 50-50 [.

Keane vs Keane- Preston’s Will scores against brother Michael | Burnley 0-2 PNE

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Christmas dinner at the Keanes is sure to be awkward after Preston North End's Will Keane beat his twin brother Michael en route to scoring PNE's first goal in their game against Lancashire rivals Burnley FC! Will Keane slides the ball through Michael Keane's legs

Video Jamie Vardy goal vs Newcastle 2015 for Leicester- Vardy equals RVN’s record of 10 consecutive goals

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This Jamie Vardy goal vs Newcastle (GIF VIDEO BELOW) was the striker continue his amazing run of form as he equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in ten consecutive league games. Vardy could break RVN's record in Leicester's next game, which coincidentally enough, is against Man Utd English commentary, Vardy equals RVN record in [.