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Lille win over Saint-Etienne to ease pressure on Bielsa

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Paris (AFP) – Lille beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 on Friday to ease the pressure on under-fire Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa and move out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

The second straight win dragged Lille out of the bottom two, having ended a nine-match winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Metz before the international break.

Lille win over Saint-Etienne to ease pressure on Bielsa

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Paris (AFP) – Lille beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 on Friday to ease the pressure on under-fire Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa and move out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

The second straight win dragged Lille out of the bottom two, having ended a nine-match winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Metz before the international break.

Romulo rescues Verona with first Serie A win

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Verona (Italy) (AFP) – Romulo fired Verona to their first success of the Serie A campaign on Monday with a 1-0 win over 10-man Benevento.

Luca Antei was shown a straight red card in the first half after a rough challenge on Mattia Valoti, and after missing a string of chances Brazilian full-back Romulo volleyed in on 74 minutes.

Romulo rescues Verona with first Serie A win

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Verona (Italy) (AFP) – Romulo fired Verona to their first success of the Serie A campaign on Monday with a 1-0 win over 10-man Benevento.

Luca Antei was shown a straight red card in the first half after a rough challenge on Mattia Valoti, and after missing a string of chances Brazilian full-back Romulo volleyed in on 74 minutes.

Redknapp may extend surprise spell with Birmingham

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London (AFP) – Harry Redknapp says he is open to extending his shock return to management at Birmingham City beyond the end of this season.

The “football mad” former Tottenham boss, 70, has been hired by Birmingham’s Hong Kong-based owners in a desperate bid to avoid relegation from the Championship following Gianfranco Zola’s resignation with just three games remaining.

Redknapp may extend surprise spell with Birmingham

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London (AFP) – Harry Redknapp says he is open to extending his shock return to management at Birmingham City beyond the end of this season.

The “football mad” former Tottenham boss, 70, has been hired by Birmingham’s Hong Kong-based owners in a desperate bid to avoid relegation from the Championship following Gianfranco Zola’s resignation with just three games remaining.

Prandelli’s Valencia off to winning start

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Madrid (AFP) Cesare Prandelli enjoyed the perfect start to life in charge of Valencia as Mario Suarez's double lifted Los Che out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon.

The former Italy boss is Valencia's fourth coach in under a year, but got an instant response as Suarez finished off a fine team move to open the scoring after just seven minutes.

Prandelli’s Valencia off to winning start

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Madrid (AFP) Cesare Prandelli enjoyed the perfect start to life in charge of Valencia as Mario Suarez's double lifted Los Che out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon.

The former Italy boss is Valencia's fourth coach in under a year, but got an instant response as Suarez finished off a fine team move to open the scoring after just seven minutes.

English Premier League

New boss Puel aims for consistency at Leicester

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London (AFP) – New Leicester boss Claude Puel said on Friday he aims to bring consistency to the club after a rollercoaster few years in which they have dodged relegation and won the Premier League before struggling again.

Leicester won the Championship in 2014, staved off relegation the following season against the odds and then became Premier League champions in a fairytale 2015-2016 season under Claudio Ranieri.

Burnley bolster survival bid with Palace win

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London (AFP) – Burnley’s first away league win of the season left them within touching distance of Premier League survival after they saw off Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals at either end of the match from Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray secured victory at Selhurst Park as the Clarets finally savoured winning all three points on the road for the first time this term.

Burnley bolster survival bid with Palace win

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London (AFP) – Burnley’s first away league win of the season left them within touching distance of Premier League survival after they saw off Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals at either end of the match from Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray secured victory at Selhurst Park as the Clarets finally savoured winning all three points on the road for the first time this term.

Bournemouth on the rise as Swansea slump

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Bournemouth bolstered their bid for Premier League survival and pushed Swansea deeper into the relegation mire as Benik Afobe inspired a 2-0 home win on Saturday.

Eddie Howe’s side took the lead at Dean Court thanks to a first-half own goal from Alfie Mawson, who deflected in Afobe’s shot.

Deeney own goal gifts Crystal Palace precious win

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace recorded a third successive Premier League win for the first time since September after Troy Deeney’s own goal consigned Watford to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Deeney, the Watford skipper, headed a free-kick by Yohan Cabaye into his own net midway through the second half to send Palace four points clear of the relegation zone.

Deeney own goal gifts Crystal Palace precious win

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace recorded a third successive Premier League win for the first time since September after Troy Deeney’s own goal consigned Watford to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Deeney, the Watford skipper, headed a free-kick by Yohan Cabaye into his own net midway through the second half to send Palace four points clear of the relegation zone.

Struggling Middlesbrough axe Karanka

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London (AFP) – Aitor Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough manager on Thursday as the Premier League strugglers made a last-ditch bid to avoid relegation.

Karanka paid the price for Middlesbrough’s slump into the relegation zone after a miserable run of 10 league games without a win.

Latest injury gives Arsenal BIG problem for Hull clash

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Even though Arsenal would normally expect a Premier League home game against a club currently in the relegation zone to be a banker win and another three points in the bag, this is not a normal situation. And Arsene Wenger has been handed some more bad news on the injury front that could cause us [..

Leicester fairytale lurches into nightmare

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London (AFP) – The urgent tone in Kasper Schmeichel’s voice said everything about the fate that has befallen Leicester City, fairytale Premier League champions become shock relegation candidates.

“We’re the reigning champions and quite frankly it’s been terrible. It’s been embarrassing,” the Danish goalkeeper told a television reporter after Leicester’s 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

Leicester fairytale lurches into nightmare

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London (AFP) – The urgent tone in Kasper Schmeichel’s voice said everything about the fate that has befallen Leicester City, fairytale Premier League champions become shock relegation candidates.

“We’re the reigning champions and quite frankly it’s been terrible. It’s been embarrassing,” the Danish goalkeeper told a television reporter after Leicester’s 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

Sunderland’s Moyes slams Jeremain Lens relegation wish

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London (AFP) Sunderland manager David Moyes has accused Jeremain Lens of being "disgracefully disrespectful" after the Netherlands midfielder said it would be good for him if the Premier League strugglers were relegated.

Lens is currently on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce after being recruited by former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who brought the 29-year-old to the Stadium of Light in July 2015

Advocaat is keen to strike a permanent deal for Lens and Sunderland are prepared to sell the player, who failed to make an impact during his 13 months on Wearside.

Sunderland’s Moyes slams Jeremain Lens relegation wish

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London (AFP) Sunderland manager David Moyes has accused Jeremain Lens of being "disgracefully disrespectful" after the Netherlands midfielder said it would be good for him if the Premier League strugglers were relegated.

Lens is currently on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce after being recruited by former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who brought the 29-year-old to the Stadium of Light in July 2015

Advocaat is keen to strike a permanent deal for Lens and Sunderland are prepared to sell the player, who failed to make an impact during his 13 months on Wearside.

West Ham on the up with Crystal Palace coup

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London (AFP) West Ham United climbed out of the relegation zone with just their second Premier League win of the season after Manuel Lanzini's goal secured a 1-0 victory away to London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Hammers hung on to all three points despite playing the final 15 minutes a man down after Aaron Cresswell was sent off to record their first win since August.

Arsenal - Chelsea: Preview and Lineups Prediction

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Chelsea visit league leaders Arsenal in a fixture of unfamiliar circumstances at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.

Lying in 14th place and a mere four points above the relegation zone, Chelsea will take a win wherever they can get it; unfortunately for the Blues there's no harder place to garner three points at present than the home of their north London rivals.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Following Jose Mourinho's exit on Thursday, Chelsea's next chapter begins on Saturday.

The Blues are just one point above the relegation zone entering the weekend in the English Premier League, and a test against Sunderland is on the docket.

While the game is at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has only won three of its eight EPL games there during the 2015-16 campaign.

Chelsea begin life without Mourinho with crucial clash against Sunderland

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Chelsea start life after Jose Mourinho with a vital showdown against Sunderland on Saturday as the crisis-torn Premier League champions look to climb away from the relegation zone.

Prior to his sacking on Thursday, Mourinho insisted that while the club was struggling near the bottom three, they were not in a relegation fight.

Chelsea begin life without Mourinho with crucial clash against Sunderland

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Chelsea start life after Jose Mourinho with a vital showdown against Sunderland on Saturday as the crisis-torn Premier League champions look to climb away from the relegation zone.

Prior to his sacking on Thursday, Mourinho insisted that while the club was struggling near the bottom three, they were not in a relegation fight.

Can Newcastle Make It Three Wins In Five Against Leicester?

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Newcastle have shown improved form and results since we were hammered 6-1 at Manchester City and our win at Bournemouth last time out took us to 4th bottom out of the relegation zone with 10 points from 12 games. We play high-flying Leicester City at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon. Ayoze Perez [.

Watch Hull City 1-0 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Michael Dawson's first-half header sunk woeful Liverpool at the KC Stadium and lifted Hull to the brink of Barclays Premier League safety.

The Tigers captain timed his move to perfection to power home a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady and ultimately take his side four points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play.

Watch Hull City 1-0 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Michael Dawson's first-half header sunk woeful Liverpool at the KC Stadium and lifted Hull to the brink of Barclays Premier League safety.

The Tigers captain timed his move to perfection to power home a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady and ultimately take his side four points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play.

Sherwood Gets First Win As Villa Move Out Of Bottom Three

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Christian Benteke must have ice in his veins, as his stoppage-time penalty helped Aston Villa beat bitter rivals West Brom 2-1 to earn new manager Tim Sherwood a precious first Premier League victory.

The win was Villa's first league win since December 7, and remarkably the win moved them them three points clear of the relegation zone.

How worried should Hull City fans be?

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How worried should Hull City fans be? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Steve Bruce's Hull City are in a precarious position. Yes, they sit in 15th position of the English Premier League, three places and four points above the relegation zone. Certainly, 15th whilst heading into March is not a disaster for a club of Hull City's size and ambition, whose end of season target ever since Brucepulled the club back into the big time in his first season (2012/13) must surely continue to be consolidation and consistency by avoiding relegation and remaining in the English Premier League.

QPR Manager Harry Redknapp Bemoans Gulf in Class in Premier League

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes "a gulf in class" makes it almost impossible for this season's relegation battlers to compete with the top sides in the Barclays Premier League.

Rangers secured a well-deserved 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City last month but have failed to earn another point against teams currently in the top half of the table.

QPR Manager Harry Redknapp Bemoans Gulf in Class in Premier League

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes "a gulf in class" makes it almost impossible for this season's relegation battlers to compete with the top sides in the Barclays Premier League.

Rangers secured a well-deserved 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City last month but have failed to earn another point against teams currently in the top half of the table.

We’re Out Of The Relegation Zone – I Will Enjoy This Victory

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Alan Pardew has been under massive pressure at Newcastle all this year really, and less resilient managers would have resigned with all the pressure he's had to withstand because of our poor results and it has including an anonymous group orchestrating demonstrations to sack Pardew at a number of our games.

English Championship

beIN SPORTS to broadcast English Championship triple header on Good Friday

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Soccer fans in the United States will be able to watch a triple header of English Championship games on Friday, April 14 on beIN SPORTS.

With only five games remaining in the regular season, everything is still up for grabs. Brighton and Newcastle are jostling for the title, while the race to finish in the playoff positions will go down to the wire.

beIN SPORTS to broadcast English Championship triple header on Good Friday

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Soccer fans in the United States will be able to watch a triple header of English Championship games on Friday, April 14 on beIN SPORTS.

With only five games remaining in the regular season, everything is still up for grabs. Brighton and Newcastle are jostling for the title, while the race to finish in the playoff positions will go down to the wire.

La Liga

‘We Are Sh*t’ – Vice-Captain Medhi Lacen Offers Inspirational Words After Getafe Slump To Yet Another Dismal Defeat

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Suffice to say that things are not going particularly well for Getafe at the moment. La Liga's most forlorn team are currently hovering twopoints above the relegation zone andalso happen to boast the worst form in the entire league as well.

Allow usto throw some figures at you:Getafe havelost every single one of their last seven games, conceding 16 timesin the process.

The Midseason Manager Replacement

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We all saw the end for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and even suspected Rafa's demise at Madrid. The Blues' form was so poor that they hovered near the relegation zone. They lacked solidity in defense and decisiveness in attack. Meanwhile, at Madrid, the merengues played decently enough, but always seemed to trip over their own two feet when approaching the Barca juggernaut.

Newcastle United

Former Tottenham Manager – Newcastle Are Safe

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Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone when Norwich overtook us on goal difference after we were hammered 5-1 on Saturday in the late game at Chelsea to take our goal difference to a disastrous -22. There is some hope for Newcastle coming from former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood who thinks Newcastle's [.

Newcastel Have It All To Do As Swansea Win

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It was nice being out of the relegation zone for a couple of days bit a good 1-0 win by Swansea at home tonight to Watford means the Swans move ahead of us in the league table by one point. And it was in front of their new manager Francesco Guidolin watching from the stands [...]

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Feb 6, 2017

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It's Day 37 of 2017.


Huge congrats to Cameroon for winning the Africa Cup of Nations!

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Last seasons surprise of all surprises Leicester City are now just 1 point above the relegation zone in England - losers of 4 in a row.

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Bob Bradley is out there looking for a job.