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Man City labour past spirited Burnley
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Man City labour past spirited Burnley

Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne scored in each half as Manchester City laboured to a 2-0 victory over a spirited Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. Premier League champions City had beaten Burnley 5-0 in each of their last four home matches against the Clarets but made hard work of this latest encounter. Silva converted a close-range rebound to give City the lead on 12 minutes, but the floodgates did not open as they have done previously, and they needed De Bruyne's third goal of the season 20 minutes from time to seal the three points which lifts them up to second in the table. Things may have been different for Burnley had Maxwel Cornet and Josh Brownhill converted chances to equalise before De Bruyne's strike, but despite failing to claim a first victory of the season, Sean Dy...
Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title
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Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has said Chelsea will not win the Premier League title, because they don’t have enough goals in the team. The Blues are the current European champions, after they beat Manchester City in the Champions League final in May. Many have tipped Thomas Tuchel’s men to also give City a run for their money this campaign domestically. Chelsea currently top the table, having won five of their first seven matches of the season. But Scholes believes they will fall short. “I think Chelsea have got the manager to challenge. I’m just not sure, not convinced there’s enough goals in the team. “I think Romelu Lukaku will score goals but are there enough people around him to score goals. I’m not sure Timo Werner will. When he plays for Germany he sco...
Watford vs Liverpool: Klopp confirms player to miss EPL clash, gives update on Jota, others
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Watford vs Liverpool: Klopp confirms player to miss EPL clash, gives update on Jota, others

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara will miss the Reds’ away Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. Klopp also provided the latest update on Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of the Watford clash. The German said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. “Yes, Trent and Diogo are available, at least they were yesterday,” Klopp said. “Thiago, I don’t know [when he will be available]. It still takes a little bit of time. That is a bit disappointing, but we know that as well for a few days now that it will not go that quick. We have to wait.” Klopp’s side head to the game following a 2-2 draw with Manchester City in their last Premier League tie on October 3. The kick-off time for Watfor...
EPL: I could leave Man City – Raheem Sterling
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EPL: I could leave Man City – Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has admitted he would be willing to leave Manchester City and move abroad. The 26-year-old England international has fallen out of favour with City manager, Pep Guardiola. Sterling has started only two Premier League fixtures out of the seven played so far. “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, I’d be open to it at this moment in time. “As an English player, all I know is the Premier League. “I’ve always known that maybe one day, I would love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge,” Sterling said on Thursday, during the FT Business of Sport US Summit. When asked what languages he has interest in learning, Sterling said: “I should be learning a few different languages. I quite like the French accent – and Spanish.” ...
Frank rates Chelsea’s chances of winning Champions League again this season
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Frank rates Chelsea’s chances of winning Champions League again this season

Former Chelsea defender, Frank Leboeuf, has warned Thomas Tuchel’s side that winning the UEFA Champions League again this season is ‘almost impossible’. Chelsea under Tuchel won the Champions League last season after beating Premier League champions, Manchester City, 1-0 in Porto, following Kai Havertz’s goal. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Brentford this weekend, Leboeuf told Ladbrokes, “Chelsea have been lucky enough to win the [UEFA] Champions League last season but it was kind of a miracle really. “[Thomas] Tuchel came in and changed some stuff and it worked and nobody expected Chelsea to win. “Right now an FA Cup would be nice for Chelsea and the Premier League or the Champions League would be absolutely fantastic. “The Champions League is the m...
Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy refused bail a third time ahead of rape and sexual assault trial next year
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Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy refused bail a third time ahead of rape and sexual assault trial next year

Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy has been refused bail ahead of his trial for rape and sexual assault. Mendy, 27, who has been in custody for around seven weeks, was denied bail by Judge Patrick Thompson at a 50-minute hearing at Chester Crown Court, from which the media was excluded. The defendant, who was not in court, is being held on remand at HMP Altcourse, Liverpool. It was the third bail application Mendy had made. He is yet to enter pleas to the charges of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault. The alleged attacks, on three different women including one under 18, none of whom can be identified, are said to have happened at his home address on Withinlee Road in Prestbury, Cheshire. Mendy was charged on August 26 with three counts of rape relating to ...
‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy
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‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy

The Manchester City midfielder suffered more international disappointment at the UEFA Nations League finals Kevin De Bruyne claims Belgium cannot be expected to compete with Italy and France despite topping the FIFA world rankings and boasting an enviable array of talent. Another opportunity to land major silverware has passed the Red Devils by, with Roberto Martinez’s side only able to muster a fourth-place finish at the UEFA Nations League finals. They remain the No 1 side on the planet in the official rankings, but De Bruyne claims Belgium lack the depth required to secure tangible success.  
Cristiano Ronaldo named Premier League’s Player of the Month for September, but Gary Lineker believes Mo Salah should have won it instead
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Cristiano Ronaldo named Premier League’s Player of the Month for September, but Gary Lineker believes Mo Salah should have won it instead

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for September for his performances for Manchester United but Gary Lineker, felt he was fortunate to win the award ahead of Mo Salah. Salah was the obvious top contender for the award after his impressive display for Liverpool. He scored in Liverpool's three Premier League matches last month, equalling Ronaldo's tally of three, and arguably contributed more to the Reds around the pitch. Lineker tweeted: 'He’s been terrific, but Mo Salah should’ve won this…. comfortably.' One fan wrote: 'That's absolutely farcical, Ronaldo was useless in most matches he played but scored a few tap ins, Salah was far better than him this month.' While another posted: 'Ronaldo winning POTM in the month Salah confirmed him...
Richest clubs in Premier League revealed after Newcastle Utd takeover
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Richest clubs in Premier League revealed after Newcastle Utd takeover

Newcastle United have been taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, PIF, meaning the Magpies now have the richest owners in the English Premier League. Newcastle is now ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in terms of the wealthiest club in the Premier League, Mirror reports. Newcastle supporters celebrated into the night on Thursday after Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the club came to an end as PIF purchased the club for £305million. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has purchased an 80 per cent share in the Magpies, with the Reuben Brothers and Amanda Staveley each owning 10 per cent. Below is the top five richest clubs in Premier League currently; 1. Newcastle – Saudi Public Investment Fund (£320bn) ...
Newcastle to become richest club ahead of Man City, PSG after Saudi takeover
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Newcastle to become richest club ahead of Man City, PSG after Saudi takeover

Newcastle will be, by some way, the richest team in world football, after a takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund worth a staggering £320billion, according to SportsMail. The Premier League side will have the wealthiest owners globally, once the £300m Saudi takeover is signed off. The takeover is expected to be announced imminently after the Gulf state settled its piracy dispute with Premier League broadcast partner, beIN Sports. It will bring an end to Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies. Newcastle will be chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and governed by Yasir Al-Rumayyan. The new owners will be richer than Manchester City’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, who has been the world’s richest owner at £23.3bn. Mansour is the deputy prime ministe...
EPL: Man Utd played Man City like mugs over Ronaldo deal – Shearer
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EPL: Man Utd played Man City like mugs over Ronaldo deal – Shearer

Former Newcastle striker, Alan Shearer, has claimed Manchester United played Manchester City like mugs over the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer. According to him, there was no way United would have allowed Ronaldo to join their rivals. Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford after 12 years this summer, but at one point he appeared to be heading to the Etihad. Having made it clear to Juventus he wanted to leave, City began talks with Ronaldo’s agents in order to bring him back to the Premier League. But once United became aware of City’s strong interest they acted quickly to get a deal over the line with Ronaldo choosing to return to his old club. “They (Man United) played City like mugs. He was never going to Man City. Man United could never, ever have allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to go to...
Footballer Dele Alli steps out for a romantic date with Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s daughter months ‘after they were spotted kissing’
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Footballer Dele Alli steps out for a romantic date with Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s daughter months ‘after they were spotted kissing’

Footballer Dele Alli has continued to spark relationship rumors with Pep Guardiola's daughter  after they were spotted on a lunch and coffee date in exclusive Mayfair. The Spurs midfielder, 25, was seen kissing Maria, 20, at a London rooftop bar in May and they still appear to be going strong. The Manchester City coach's daughter led the way as she and Dele carried takeaway coffees at a Starbucks in central London, after leaving the nearby Novikov Restaurant and Bar in Berkeley Street. The pair got into a waiting car and were swept away, a witness said. The hints of romance also adds spice to the rivalry between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Their closeness emerged months after Dele was left 'gutted' over his split from his model girlfriend of five years,...
Why Liverpool must move with speed to tie down ‘world-class’ winger – Carragher
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Why Liverpool must move with speed to tie down ‘world-class’ winger – Carragher

The former Reds defender calls on the club to do everything in their means to tie down the Egyptian forward to a new deal Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool risk losing “world class’ Mohamed Salah if they don’t move with speed and tie him with a new contract. The 29-year-old Egypt international, who has less than two years left on his contract, continued with his fine form for the Reds after he set up a goal for Senegal forward Sadio Mane and scored in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. His goal against City was his sixth of the campaign in the Premier League and according to former Liverpool player Carragher, Salah is performing at a higher level than anyone else in Europe right now and Liverpool must tie him down to a new contract or risk losing him.
Salah makes bold Liverpool title declaration despite draw against Manchester City
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Salah makes bold Liverpool title declaration despite draw against Manchester City

  The Red forward believes they have the resources to reclaim the trophy they lost to the Citizens last season Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has boldly stated the Merseyside charges have what it takes to win the 2021/22 Premier League title after the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday at Anfield Stadium. Despite managing just one shot on target in the first half that was hugely dominated by the champions, the Reds upped their tempo after the break. The Egypt international went past his markers, before setting up Sadio Mane for the opening goal after 59 minutes.  
Teen sensation Luca Netz would snub Man City twice as he focuses on future at Borussia Monchengladbach
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Teen sensation Luca Netz would snub Man City twice as he focuses on future at Borussia Monchengladbach

The highly-rated 18-year-old defender has turned down an opportunity to join the Blues once before, and would do so again if they made an approach Luca Netz is forging quite the reputation at Borussia Monchengladbach, to the point that leading sides from across Europe are shooting admiring glances in his direction, but the 18-year-old has turned down Manchester City once before and says he would do so again if the Premier League champions came calling. The highly-rated left-back has taken in just 16 competitive appearances as a senior star, with those outings spread across spells with Hertha Berlin and Gladbach – with a £3.6 million ($5m) transfer made over the summer. He could have been on the move before then, having been approached by City in 2018, but a youngster being tipped ...
Three Arrested after Anfield flare-related Incidents
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Three Arrested after Anfield flare-related Incidents

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing flares in Anfield before the Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored a stunning goal but Kevin De Bruyne rescued a point for Manchester City in a classic contest that ended 2-2. In relation to incidents before the game, Merseyside Police said in a statement: "At around 3.05pm, three men were identified by officers as having possession of flares in the Anfield Road area, one of which was thrown, causing no damage or injury. "All were detained and have been arrested and taken into custody." The statement said a 38-year-old man, 35-year-old man, and 19-year-old man were all arrested. Assistant chief constable Rob Carden said: "A swift response from our officers on th...
Carragher names best player in Europe after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Man City
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Carragher names best player in Europe after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Man City

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has named Mohamed Salah as the best player in Europe. He urged the club to do whatever they can to tie the Egypt international to a new contract. Carragher was speaking after Salah netted a dazzling goal against Manchester City in a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Salah, who also set up Sadio Mane’s opener, has scored in seven consecutive games for the Reds, equalling his longest scoring streak and becoming only the fourth player to reach 100 Premier League goals for Liverpool in the process. “I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment. “His record at the start of this season has been absolutely outstanding. “You can never really question him for what he’s done at Liverpool – if at all – but r...
Guardiola blasts Liverpool after 2-2 draw with Man City
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Guardiola blasts Liverpool after 2-2 draw with Man City

Manchester City has hit out at Liverpool, after he and his staff were spat on during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield. The result took City into third place, behind the Reds in second. Sadio Mane gave the hosts the lead, before Phil Foden slammed it for 1-1. Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected goal in the 81st minute ensured City got a share of the points, after a sensational goal from Mohamed Salah. But the match was marred by the spitting incident and Guardiola has told Liverpool to take decisive action against anyone found to have been involved. “They [the staff] told me, but I didn’t see it. “In every club there are people like this. Some can’t control their emotions. “I am pretty sure Liverpool FC will take measures against this person. I know that Liverpool i...
Jamie Carragher blames Alisson as Liverpool Draw 2-2 with Man City
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Jamie Carragher blames Alisson as Liverpool Draw 2-2 with Man City

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher has blamed goalkeeper, Alisson Becker for Phil Foden’s first goal following the Reds’ Premier League 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday. Liverpool and Man City drew at Anfield, thanks to goals from Foden, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne. But Carragher believes Alisson was at fault for Foden’s goal, adding that the Brazilian was half a yard out of position. “He was fantastic, he was Liverpool’s best player by a mile in that first half, he kept them in the game,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But when Foden shoots, I know he is a great player, but you would almost think he would be crossing it from there. “I just think the goalkeeper has lost his bearings because he’s actually just gone a yard past the...
]EPL: Top Scorers after Match-day 7 Games
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]EPL: Top Scorers after Match-day 7 Games

Following the conclusion of the Premier League match-day seven fixtures on Sunday night where Liverpool played a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield, below are currently the highest goal scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the league. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah are currently the top scorers in the Premier League with six goals each. Behind Salah and Vardy is West Ham’s Michail Antonio, who has five goals. Premier League top scorers after match-day seven: 6 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester City). 5 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham). 4 goals: Ismaila Sarr (Watford), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Neal Maupay (Brighton) and Sadio Mane (Liverpool). 3 goals: Andros Townsend Dominic (Everton...
Guardiola responds to reported Anfield incident with Liverpool fan
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Guardiola responds to reported Anfield incident with Liverpool fan

The Man City boss said an supporter's alleged confrontation with his backroom staff didn't represent all Reds spectators Pep Guardiola expects Liverpool will sort matters after a reported incident between a Redsfan and his Manchester City staff, adding that he knows the Anfield crowd is "greater than this person". The alleged event involving a member of the champions' backroom team and a supporter is said to have unfurled during celebrations for Phil Foden's equaliser in the 2-2 draw between Premier League rivals on Sunday. City are believed to have officially lodged a complaint with their opponents over the incident and speaking afterwards, Guardiola stated that he did not feel it the event was representative of Jurgen Klopp's side.  
Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker
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Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker

The England international has struggled to find his domestic form after reintegrating into the team following a tumultuous summer Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane's return to form "will come" with the striker not finding the net in six Premier League matches, his frustrating streak continuing in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday. Kane pushed for a move to Manchester City over the summer, and while he has accepted his status as a Spurs player after no deal materialised he has so far failed to give his side the trademark finishing expected of him. The Villa result broke the squad's own dry spell, ending a run of three straight league defeats.  
Furious Guardiola booked as Manchester City manager fumes over Milner avoiding red card
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Furious Guardiola booked as Manchester City manager fumes over Milner avoiding red card

The Spaniard thought Liverpool should have gone down to 10 men in the second half of their 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday Pep Guardiola was booked for his touchline outburst in the second half of Manchester City's 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. The manager was furious when James Milner was spared a second yellow despite appearing to chop down Bernardo Silva. Soon after the incident, Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a lead with a brilliant solo goal, although Manchester City later found an equaliser through Kevin De Bruyne. Guardiola spent several minutes screaming at officials before being punished and told to sit down.  
Salah goal ‘pure world class’ says Klopp as Liverpool forward equals best ever scoring run for Reds
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Salah goal ‘pure world class’ says Klopp as Liverpool forward equals best ever scoring run for Reds

The Egyptian left several Manchester City defenders in the dust before powering a shot past Ederson in the thrilling draw at Anfield on Sunday Jurgen Klopp has hailed Mohamed Salah's wonder goal against Manchester City on Sunday as "pure world class". The forward dribbled through City's defence before striking a difficult weak-footed shot past Ederson to give Liverpool the advantage at Anfield. However, Kevin De Bruyne went on to equalise with the match finishing 2-2. It was Salah's seventh straight match in all competitions with a goal, which equals his longest scoring streak for the Reds.  
EPL Table: Chelsea occupy first position as Liverpool fail to beat Manchester City
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EPL Table: Chelsea occupy first position as Liverpool fail to beat Manchester City

Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table after Liverpool failed to beat Manchester City on Sunday. Thomas Tuchel’s side had won Southampton 3-1 in their Premier League clash on Saturday to top the Premier League table. Chelsea now has 16 points from seven matches. Behind Chelsea is Liverpool, who occupy the second position with 15 points from the same number of matches. Jurgen Klopp’s side are ahead of third-place Manchester City, who have 14 points. Recall that Liverpool played a 2-2 draw against Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield. Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne ensured both teams shared a point each. Meanwhile, sitting in the fourth position is Man United, followed by Everton in the fifth position.
Salah scores wondergoal in epic Liverpool-Man City draw
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Salah scores wondergoal in epic Liverpool-Man City draw

Liverpool and Manchester City served up a Premier League classic at Anfield, as the defending champions twice battled back to draw 2-2 on an evening when momentum swung wildly between the two title rivals. The home side - all at sea and described as "a mess" by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville during a first half in which City targeted struggling stand-in right-back James Milner - were transformed at the start of the second period and hit the front when Mohamed Salah played in Sadio Mane for his 99th Premier League goal (59). The excellent Phil Foden arrowed in an equaliser against the run of play 10 minutes larer but Salah again gave Liverpool the lead (76), scoring one of his finest goals in their colours by beating three City defenders and drilling home. On the touchline Pep Gu...
Liverpool vs Man City: Redknapp Predicts Winner of EPL clash
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Liverpool vs Man City: Redknapp Predicts Winner of EPL clash

Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Jamie Redknapp, has predicted Liverpool to beat Manchester City in today’s Premier League tie. Liverpool will, on Sunday evening, host Manchester City at Anfield in a Premier League clash. Jurgen Klopp’s side head to the game after thrashing FC Porto 5-1 in the Champions League, while Man City lost 2-0 against PSG. Liverpool are currently in the second position on the Premier League table, while Pep Guardiola’s side are in the sixth position. “This is one of those games where, from Liverpool’s point of view, having that confidence boost of those goals,” Redknapp said on Essential Football Podcast. “From City’s point of view, they have had two really tough games. I think Pep might have to shuffle his pack. “The sharpness proba...
EPL: Tuchel gives Reasons for Chelsea’s Struggles this Season
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EPL: Tuchel gives Reasons for Chelsea’s Struggles this Season

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted his players are struggling to cope with the pressure of fighting for major honours this season. The Blues head into today’s Premier League home fixture against Southampton having suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats. First, they lost to Manchester City last weekend in the league and then in the Champions League at Juventus on Wednesday. Chelsea are considered among the favourites for the title this season, having signed Romelu Lukaku for €115 million from Inter Milan. However, the European champions find themselves looking to bounce back after a difficult week. “It is important that I feel the whole team is a little bit stuck in expectations. “I don’t know why. Maybe of our success, maybe of the expectations that c...
EPL: Robbie Savage Predicts Teams that will Finish in Top four
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EPL: Robbie Savage Predicts Teams that will Finish in Top four

Former Leicester City midfielder, Robbie Savage, has predicted how clubs will finish in the Premier League’s top four this season. Savage feels Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will win the Premier League and Manchester City will finish in the second position. According to him, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will finish in the third position, while Manchester United will take the fourth position. Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table, ahead of Man City (second), Chelsea (third) and Man United (fourth). “Before the start of the season, I would have gone for Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool, in that order,” Robbie Savage told the UMM YouTube channel. “I’m still going for Chelsea to win it because their squad is unbelievable and the Romelu Lukak...
EPL: Owen predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal fixtures
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EPL: Owen predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal fixtures

Former Real Madrid player, Michael Owen, has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, games that will be played this weekend. Liverpool will host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday evening, while Manchester United will take on Everton on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford. Chelsea will host Southampton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Arsenal will face Brighton in an away Premier League tie on Saturday evening. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Everton haven’t won at Old Trafford since 2013 and I don’t think they’ll be winning this one. I’m predicting a 3-1 Man United win.” Commenting on the Chelsea vs Southampton match, Owen said, “Chelsea were disappointing against Man City. But I felt they were a little too defensive against Man ...
Crystal Palace manager Vieira praises Leicester City coach Toure ahead of Premier League reunion
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Crystal Palace manager Vieira praises Leicester City coach Toure ahead of Premier League reunion

The Arsenal legends are set to face off in the English top-flight on Sunday but they will be in the dugout this time around Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is full of praise for Leicester City first-team coach Kolo Toure ahead of their Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Sunday. Vieira and Toure played together at Arsenal, and they were part of the Invincibles that won the Premier League title in the 2003-04. After leaving Arsene Wenger's team, both players were united again at Manchester City before they started their coaching careers.
‘Sorry for annoying Pep!’ – Klopp opens up on Guardiola rivalry as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to battle
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‘Sorry for annoying Pep!’ – Klopp opens up on Guardiola rivalry as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to battle

The Reds boss was in jovial mood as he discussed his relationship with his City counterpart ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League clash at Anfield Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his rivalry with Pep Guardiola, apologising for sometimes “annoying” his Manchester City counterpart with comments made in press conferences. The Liverpool boss smiled when asked about his relationship with Guardiola ahead of the sides’ crunch Premier League meeting at Anfield on Sunday. Klopp spoke glowingly about his rival, describing facing Guardiola’s City side as one of the biggest challenges in football, but insisted that Liverpool will go into the weekend determined to emerge victorious against the reigning champions.
Chris Sutton names club to win Premier League title this season
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Chris Sutton names club to win Premier League title this season

Former Chelsea star, Chris Sutton, has backed Thomas Tuchel’s side to win the Premier League title this season ahead of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. Sutton believes the addition of Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea’s squad this season will make them win the English top-flight league. Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table with 14 points from six games. Man City are second with 13 points from the same number of games, followed by Chelsea and Man United. Recall that Man City won the Premier League title last season ahead of Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea. “Do you know what? Before the start of the season, before a ball was kicked, I was thinking Manchester City [would win the title],” Sutton told the UMM YouTube channel. “B...
Paul Merson predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal games
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Paul Merson predicts Liverpool vs Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal games

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, games that will be played this weekend. Liverpool will host Manchester City on Sunday evening at Anfield, while Manchester United will face Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Chelsea will host Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Arsenal tackle Brighton in an away Premier League tie on Saturday evening. Providing his predictions, Merson told Sportskeeda, “I expect Manchester United to win this Premier League encounter 2-1. They were unfortunate not to score the penalty against Aston Villa and were well beaten against Villarreal despite getting a result, so it’s kind of hard to predict their results. “Everton have done a great job so far this season, but they have their fai...
Champions League: I’m sorry for celebrating Messi’s goal against Man City – Pochettino
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Champions League: I’m sorry for celebrating Messi’s goal against Man City – Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has apologised for celebrating Lionel Messi’s goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. Pochettino also explained why he was excited after Messi made it 2-0 at the Parc des Princes. He said: “For many years I watched Messi scoring goals, always with the opposite team. “The first (goal) for our side, for my side, well I had to celebrate it, I am sorry!” PSG moved to the top of the group with the win. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring early in the first half, before Messi produced a moment of magic in the second half. The 34-year-old played a neat one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box before curling a first time shot past Ederson. Messi’s goal sparked wild scenes of celebration on the ho...
Champions League: Chelsea’s squad to face Juventus revealed [Full list]
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Champions League: Chelsea’s squad to face Juventus revealed [Full list]

Chelsea’s squad to face Juventus in tonight’s Champions League fixture has been revealed. Chelsea released a list of 21 players via their website to tackle Juventus in Turin. Thomas Tuchel’s side head to the game following a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend The kick-off time for Juventus vs Chelsea is 8 pm, Nigerian time. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Juventus; Kepa Arrizabalaga Antonio Rudiger Marcos Alonso Andreas Christensen Jorginho Thiago Silva Mateo Kovacic Romelu Lukaku Timo Werner Ruben Loftus-Cheek Marcus Bettinelli Trevoh Chalobah Edouard Mendy Saul Ross Barkley Callum Hudson-Odoi Ben Chilwell Hakim Ziyech Cesar Azpilicueta Kai Havertz Malang Sarr ...
Champions League: Messi makes demand after PSG’s 2-0 win against Man City
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Champions League: Messi makes demand after PSG’s 2-0 win against Man City

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi, has urged his teammates to grow together and keep giving their best following their Champions League 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Tuesday night. Messi, who joined PSG from Barcelona in the summer transfer window, said PSG needs to improve their relationship together. PSG defeated Man City at Parc des Princes, thanks to two goals from Idrissa Gueye and Messi. The Argentine captain scored his first PSG goal during his side’s Champions League 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Speaking to Canal+, Messi said: “I hadn’t been able to play recently and this was only my second game in this stadium. I am adapting to my new team. “The more we forwards play together, the bette...
Champions League: Messi reacts to scoring first PSG goal
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Champions League: Messi reacts to scoring first PSG goal

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi, has expressed his joy at scoring his first goal for the club. Messi signed for the Ligue 1 side as a free agent after leaving Barcelona this summer. Since then the Argentina captain has made three appearances for PSG without scoring. However, against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, Messi reminded everyone of his talents with a trademark finish to seal a 2-0 win. “I am very happy to have scored. I haven’t played much recently. Only one game [at the Parc des Princes], this is the second one here. I am gradually adapting to my new team, to my teammates. “The more we play together [with Neymar and Mbappe], the better it will be. We must all grow together, increase our level of play. We played well. We have to giv...
Champions League: Rio Ferdinand blames two players as PSG defeat Man City
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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand blames two players as PSG defeat Man City

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has blamed Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias for Paris Saint-Germain’s opening goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. PSG defeated Man City in Paris, thanks to two goals from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi. But Ferdinand believes that both Laporte, who failed to close down Kylian Mbappe’s cut-back pass, and Dias could have done more to prevent PSG’s first goal. “If you are Dias, you are screaming at Laporte, get out there now and close him [Kylian Mbappe] down quicker. “Because there are enough white shirts in the box to deal with that situation,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “The moment he stands and is in-between, the indecision is a domino effect and leaves everyone else to pick up the pieces.”...
Champions League: Guardiola reacts to Messi’s goal against Man City
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Champions League: Guardiola reacts to Messi’s goal against Man City

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has hailed Lionel Messi’s “fantastic” goal against his side in the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi produced a trademark finish past Ederson in the second half, following a one-two with Kylian Mbappe. The 34-year-old’s goal sealed a 2-0 victory for PSG in their second group game. It was also his first since his free transfer from Barcelona this summer. Guardiola said: “The (Messi) goal was fantastic. We know it’s impossible to control Leo during the whole 90 minutes but he was not much in touch with the ball. “We know quite well when he can run and get close to the box he is unstoppable. We knew it already, we spoke about that, we cannot control them for 90 minutes, these huge talents. “The only options I know is to defend deep f...
Messi magic fires PSG past Man City
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Messi magic fires PSG past Man City

Lionel Messi's stunning first Paris Saint-Germain goal sealed a 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Messi had failed to find the net in his first three PSG appearances but marked his return to Mauricio Pochettino's team with a trademark run and exquisite finish 16 minutes from time. Idrissa Gueye had given PSG an eighth-minute lead with a brilliant finish of his own, a lead which City should have cancelled out when Bernardo Silva hit the bar from three yards in the first half, but their hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Messi's latest moment of magic. PSG's first Champions League victory of the season moves them top of Group A, while City drop to third - behind Club Brugge - after suffering their first group-stage defeat s...
EPL: Rio Ferdinand Overlooks Man Utd, Names Best two Teams
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EPL: Rio Ferdinand Overlooks Man Utd, Names Best two Teams

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has overlooked the Red Devils and named Manchester City and Chelsea as the two best teams in the English top-flight league. Ferdinand said this while giving his verdict on Man City’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend. Man City are currently in the second position on the Premier League table with 13 points from 6 games, while Chelsea are in the third position with 13 points from the same number of games. Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, the former England international said: “The way City played at the weekend, that is the way champions go to a rival and say, “Listen, you think you are at our level? You guys better start working more”. “And I think Chelsea looked a little bit [over...
Champions League: Two Key Players Missing as Pochettino Names PSG’s Squad against Man City
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Champions League: Two Key Players Missing as Pochettino Names PSG’s Squad against Man City

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has named his side’s squad to face Manchester City in today’s UEFA Champions League clash. Pochettino named a 23-man squad to tackle Pep Guardiola’s side in a post via PSG’s website. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach excluded Angel Di Maria and Sergio Ramos from the squad to face Man City. PSG head to the game after beating Montpellier 2-0 in their last fixture. The kick-off time for PSG vs Man City is 8 pm, Nigerian time. Below is PSG’s squad against Man City: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 3.Presnel Kimpembe 5.Marquinhos 6. Marco Verratti 7.Kylian Mbappé 8.Leandro Paredes 9.Mauro Icardi 10.Neymar JR 15.Danilo Pereira 17.Colin Dagba 18.Georginio Wijnaldum 20.Layvin Kurz...
PSG vs Man City: Pochettino speaks on spat between Mbappe, Neymar
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PSG vs Man City: Pochettino speaks on spat between Mbappe, Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has poured cold water on claims there is tension between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City. Mbappe was visibly angry with Neymar after he was taken off during the second half of their 2-0 victory over Montpellier on Saturday. TV cameras caught Mbappe complaining that his teammate was not passing to him during the Ligue 1 fixture. But both players were pictured smiling together in PSG training on Monday. Pochettino has now insisted the spat was simply a “small incident” which can occur between two driven professionals. “They are fantastic guys. These things happen. There are always things between top players. They are competitors and want to win. “I have spoken to them both...
UEFA to drop legal action against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus over attempted breakaway
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UEFA to drop legal action against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus over attempted breakaway

UEFA is dropping legal action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three remaining clubs who are still insisting on the European Super League. The football body is informing the Madrid commercial court that it will no longer pursue legal action, according to Sky Sports. The three clubs had argued in court that the attempt to punish them for setting up a breakaway league was against European competition law. UEFA will also reach out to the other nine clubs involved in the attempted breakaway and inform them they will no longer have to pay the fines imposed on them for trying to set up the Super League in April. The nine clubs are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan. In May,...
Chelsea vs Man City: Tuchel lists three Mistakes he made against Guardiola’s men
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Chelsea vs Man City: Tuchel lists three Mistakes he made against Guardiola’s men

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has listed three mistakes he made during his side’s Premier League 1-0 defeat against Manchester City at the weekend. Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday following Gabriel Jesus’s only goal of the encounter. But Tuchel is now saying that he started N’Golo Kante, who was ill, Jorginho, who had some problems and Thiago Silva, who couldn’t start the game. “NG [N’Golo Kante] ill since some days and I decided to let him start, Jorginho had some problems, Thiago [Silva] could not start maybe this is on me, not the very best choices,” Tuchel was quoted by Football London as saying. The defeat against Man City means Chelsea are now in the third position on the Premier League table with 13 points from six games. Chelse...
Jesus names Chelsea Player he really Likes
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Jesus names Chelsea Player he really Likes

Manchester City striker, Gabriel Jesus, has named Romelu Lukaku as the Chelsea player he admires most. Jesus said this following City’s Premier League 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend. The Brazilian international netted the only goal of the match for City against Chelsea to give Pep Guardiola’s side all three points against the Champions League holders. “They [Chelsea] were strengthened by the arrival of [Romelu] Lukaku,” Jesus told ESPN Brazil. “He is a player that I really like, a goalscorer, very strong, physically, technically. “They have strengthened themselves and come even stronger.” Lukaku re-joined Chelsea in the summer transfer window from Inter Milan. The Belgium international netted an impressive 64 goals in just 9...
Carabao Cup Round of 16: Teams expected to qualify for quarter-final stage
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Carabao Cup Round of 16: Teams expected to qualify for quarter-final stage

Following the Carabao Cup round of 16 (fourth round) draw this week, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all expected to qualify for the quarter-final stage this season due to their ‘current form and experience’ in the game. DAILY POST reports that Chelsea have won three out of their last four games against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, Tottenham in the Premier League and Zenit in the Champions League and Manchester City in the Premier League. Man City, on the other hand, have not lost a game in their last four matches. Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed Wycombe 6-1 in the Carabao Cup, played 0-0 against Southampton and defeated RB Leipzig in the Champions League and won 1-0 against Chelsea on Saturday. The Citizens are currently the Carabao Cup holders. They d...
Guardiola names Man City’s best signing after 1-0 win against Chelsea
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Guardiola names Man City’s best signing after 1-0 win against Chelsea

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has identifield Gabriel Jesus as one of the club’s best signings. Guardiola said this after Jesus’s impressive display for Man City against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. Jesus scored the only goal for City in their 1-0 win over Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge. “Gabriel is one person or player who deserves the very best,” said Guardiola at his post-match press conference after the game. “He is a guy who runs and works for everyone, and every time he scores I am happiest man. He can play up front in all three positions and he does them all very well. “We know from the past how aggressive Chelsea are in the duels. But you’ve to handle that, at this level. “And Gabriel, he went down, but he got up – and got up to try...
Real reason Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Cesar Azpilicueta
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Real reason Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has revealed that Manchester City defeated the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge because Pep Guardiola’s men were at their best level. Azpilicueta explained that Chelsea could not keep the ball and made so many mistakes against Man City during the encounter. A second-half goal from Gabriel Jesus ensured the Premier League champions defeated Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge. “It was not our best performance,” Azpilicueta was quoted by Daily Mail as saying at his post-match press conference. “Especially in the first half, it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal, we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game. “They were at their best level. We couldn’t ke...

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