Category: Premier League
Published on 09 January 2017

United, Chelsea and Liverpool avoid top-flight opposition in FA Cup draw

United, Chelsea and Liverpool avoid top-flight opposition in FA Cup draw

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have avoided Premier League opposition in the FA Cup fourth-round draw.

Defending champions United thumped Reading 4-0 to earn a place in the hat and they will entertain Championship side and 2012-13 winners Wigan Athletic.

It is a tie that gives former United reserves manager Warren Joyce a return to Old...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 09 January 2017

Coutinho set for Liverpool return in EFL Cup semi-final

Coutinho set for Liverpool return in EFL Cup semi-final

Philippe Coutinho is set to return to Liverpool's squad for the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Southampton.

Liverpool travel to St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday and should be able to call upon the attacking midfielder for the first time since November 26, when he suffered an ankle injury in the home Premier League win over Sunderland.

Ma...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 05 January 2017

Aguero hails Messi as world's best

Aguero hails Messi as world's best

Sergio Aguero lauded the "incredible" Lionel Messi as the world's best, insisting his Argentina team-mate produces what no-one else can.

Barcelona star Messi is joined by Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann on a three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player 2016.

But Aguero, who was on the initial 23-man list, has no doubt who deserves to...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 24 December 2016

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic will end his career on a high at United, not in MLS or CSL

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic will end his career on a high at United, not in MLS or CSL

Despite the lures of the lucrative MLS and Chinese Super League, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said evergreen striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will bow out of the game at Old Trafford.

At 35 years of age, Ibrahimovic has shown he still has plenty of football left in the tank with the former Sweden captain United's top scorer this season having...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 18 December 2016

Bournemouth 1 Southampton 3: Rodriguez nets brace in derby win

Bournemouth 1 Southampton 3: Rodriguez nets brace in derby win

Jay Rodriguez netted a brace as Southampton came from behind to win 3-1 at Bournemouth in the Premier League's south coast derby on Sunday.

Claude Puel's Saints have struggled for goals of late, netting just once in their previous three league games, but strikes from Ryan Bertrand and Rodriguez, twice, secured victory at the Vitality Stadium.

Bournem...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 10 December 2016

Arsenal 3 Stoke City 1: Gunners battle back to move top

Arsenal 3 Stoke City 1: Gunners battle back to move top

Arsenal came from behind to record a 15th consecutive home win over Stoke City as Arsene Wenger's side moved top of the Premier League on goals scored with a 3-1 victory.

The hosts climbed above Chelsea, who face West Brom on Sunday, but had to do it the hard way at Emirates Stadium as they made it 14 top-flight games unbeaten.

Stoke took the lead...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 05 January 2017

Premier League appearance streak to end as FA uphold three-match Francis ban

Premier League appearance streak to end as FA uphold three-match Francis ban

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has had his three-match ban upheld after the Football Association rejected an appeal against what he claimed was a wrongful dismissal in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Arsenal.

Francis was shown a straight red card eight minutes from time with Bournemouth 3-2 up against Arsene Wenger's men, as he produced a strong tackle...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 24 December 2016

Ranieri: Arsenal defeat showed me title was possible

Ranieri: Arsenal defeat showed me title was possible

Leicester City only suffered three defeats en route to last season's Premier League title.

But it was one of those losses – a heart-breaking stoppage-time reverse to title rivals Arsenal in February – which made Claudio Ranieri believe a shock title win was really possible.

Ranieri, who played down Leicester's chances for much of 2015-16, revealed...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 16 December 2016

Wenger: Guardiola has it easy in England

Wenger: Guardiola has it easy in England

Criticism of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been nothing compared to what Arsene Wenger experienced when he first arrived in England, the Arsenal boss insisted.

Former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss Guardiola arrived in the Premier League amid much fanfare in the off-season but the two-time Champions League-winning manager and his...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 10 December 2016

Watford 3 Everton 2: Okaka double adds to Toffees' away-day woes

Watford 3 Everton 2: Okaka double adds to Toffees' away-day woes

Stefano Okaka scored twice as Watford came from behind and held on to consign Everton to a sixth successive winless Premier League away match with a 3-2 triumph at Vicarage Road.

Romelu Lukaku put Everton ahead after just 17 minutes with his first top-flight goal since October 30, but Okaka helped secure an impressive turnaround with Walter...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 05 January 2017

Rooney returns to United training

Rooney returns to United training

Wayne Rooney returned to Manchester United training on Thursday after missing three matches over the festive period due to injury.

The United captain last played in the 2-0 victory at West Brom on December 17, helping them to a 2-0 win before sustaining a thigh strain in training.

There were few signs of United missing the striker, though, as they...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 24 December 2016

Moyes will not sell 'priceless' Defoe amid West Ham interest

Moyes will not sell 'priceless' Defoe amid West Ham interest

West Ham have been linked with a move for Jermain Defoe, but Sunderland boss David Moyes has no intention of selling the striker.

Sunderland are 18th in the Premier League, with Defoe integral to their hopes of survival having scored eight top-flight goals this season, attracting interest from his former club as a result.

That follows up on the...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 16 December 2016

Guardiola shocked by Premier League's physicality

Guardiola shocked by Premier League's physicality

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits the physical nature of the Premier League has surprised him and he feels Chelsea are the only other team trying to build play from the back.

Guardiola made a name for himself at Barcelona and Bayern Munich with his possession-based style, but he has been struggling to get City playing his way due to the...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 01 October 2016

United 'more than capable' of challenging for title - Rashford

United 'more than capable' of challenging for title - Rashford

Manchester United's squad is "more than capable" of challenging for the Premier League title, according to Marcus Rashford.

United are seventh in the table after playing six matches of the 2016-17 league campaign, having made an inconsistent start to life under new manager Jose Mourinho.

They will be expected to win at home to struggling Stoke on...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 05 January 2017

Guardiola: City only behind United in terms of titles

Guardiola: City only behind United in terms of titles

Pep Guardiola has stressed Manchester City are only behind Manchester United when it comes to silverware, and is adamant they have at least been on par with their arch-rivals in recent years.

The manager angered some City fans this week when he claimed the Etihad Stadium side are not on the same level as United and other traditional giants such as...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 24 December 2016

Ranieri reveals 2017 targets after 'amazing year'

Ranieri reveals 2017 targets after 'amazing year'

Claudio Ranieri had a 2016 to remember, with Leicester City winning the Premier League to shock the world.

The Italian has different goals in mind for 2017, with the need to secure top-flight safety his main priority, while overcoming Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League would be a "dream".

Ranieri is in no doubt of the LaLiga...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 16 December 2016

Chelsea not unbeatable - Conte

Chelsea not unbeatable - Conte

Antonio Conte has stressed Chelsea are not unbeatable irrespective of their good run of form and believes a defeat at some stage is inevitable.

The Stamford Bridge side are on a 10-game winning run in the Premier League heading into this weekend's trip to Crystal Palace, but Conte is not getting carried away and thinks his side face a tough task to...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 01 October 2016

Rooney will not lose Manchester United captaincy, insists Mourinho

Rooney will not lose Manchester United captaincy, insists Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has insisted Wayne Rooney will remain Manchester United captain despite losing his place in the first team at Old Trafford.

Rooney was dropped from the starting XI for last week's Premier League win over Leicester City and also started from the bench in the Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk.

Nevertheless, Mourinho is adamant...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 31 December 2016

Conte expects tougher tests for 'incredible' Chelsea

Conte expects tougher tests for 'incredible' Chelsea

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte praised his team for their "incredible" first half of the season, but knows tougher tasks await with the spotlight on them.

A 4-2 win over Stoke City on Saturday saw Chelsea extend their streak to 13 consecutive league victories.

Conte's side have won 16 of their 19 league games to sit six points clear of Liverpool...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 24 December 2016

Mourinho: Losing Ibrahimovic was great for Ligue 1

Mourinho: Losing Ibrahimovic was great for Ligue 1

Jose Mourinho thinks fans in France should be happy Zlatan Ibrahimovic chose to leave Paris Saint-Germain because "now they have a league".

The 35-year-old joined Manchester United on a free transfer ahead of the 2016-17 season, ending a glittering four-year stay with PSG that saw him win Ligue 1 in every campaign.

Ibrahimovic has impressed for...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 16 December 2016

Conte discussing 'amazing offer' with Chelsea amid Oscar speculation

Conte discussing 'amazing offer' with Chelsea amid Oscar speculation

Antonio Conte has hinted that Chelsea have received an "amazing offer" for Oscar, with the Brazil playmaker nearing a move to the Chinese Super League.

Shanghai SIPG are reportedly prepared to pay €60million for Oscar and make him the highest-paid player in the world.

Oscar has only completed 90 minutes once this season, struggling to break into the...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 01 October 2016

Chelsea must work, work, work - Conte

Chelsea must work, work, work - Conte

Antonio Conte praised his Chelsea side's work ethic after they claimed a first Premier League victory since August at Hull City on Saturday.

Well-taken goals in the space of seven second-half minutes from Willian and Diego Costa secured a 2-0 win at the KCOM Stadium.

Conte's response to back-to-back league losses at the hands of Liverpool and...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 31 December 2016

Wenger ready for another Allardyce battle

Wenger ready for another Allardyce battle

Arsene Wenger still remembers previous meetings with Sam Allardyce, and "very cruel" results, as Arsenal prepare to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Allardyce was named Palace manager on December 23, replacing Alan Pardew, and his second match in charge is a trip to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Wenger recalls numerous battles with...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 24 December 2016

Guardiola still adjusting to English football - Clichy

Guardiola still adjusting to English football - Clichy

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is still adjusting to English football, according to defender Gael Clichy.

Guardiola's men have won their last two matches against Watford and Arsenal, but still sit third in the Premier League and seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea ahead of their Boxing Day game at struggling Hull City.

Clichy hopes the recent...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 16 December 2016

Mourinho lauds 'undroppable' Ibrahimovic

Mourinho lauds 'undroppable' Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho has lauded the in-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic as undroppable and a "great example" to his Manchester United team-mates.

The Swede has scored eight goals in his last eight matches to help United progress in the Europa League and EFL Cup, as well as keep them in touch with the Premier League's top four.

At 35, Ibrahimovic is one of the more...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 01 October 2016

Sunderland 1 West Bromwich Albion 1: Late Van Aanholt strike rescues battling hosts

Sunderland 1 West Bromwich Albion 1: Late Van Aanholt strike rescues battling hosts

David Moyes' search for a first Premier League win in charge of Sunderland continues but Patrick van Aanholt's late goal rescued a welcome 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Saturday.

Sunderland looked destined to suffer a sixth league defeat of the season after Nacer Chadli's first-half effort gave West Brom the lead, but Van Aanholt – a second half...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 31 December 2016

Klopp hints Liverpool win will annoy Chelsea

Klopp hints Liverpool win will annoy Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp pondered whether Liverpool are irritating Chelsea after they maintained their pursuit of the Premier League leaders with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Liverpool remain six points shy of Antonio Conte's men, who recorded a record-equalling 13th consecutive league victory against Stoke City before Georginio Wijnaldum headed the only...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 19 December 2016

Everton 0 Liverpool 1: Late Mane strike secures Reds Merseyside derby bragging rights

Everton 0 Liverpool 1: Late Mane strike secures Reds Merseyside derby bragging rights

Sadio Mane's dramatic injury-time winner helped Liverpool keep pace in the Premier League title race and earn the Merseyside derby bragging rights in a 1-0 win at Everton on Monday.

There had been little excitement during a largely forgettable encounter at Goodison Park until Mane pounced on the rebound after Daniel Sturridge's shot struck the post...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 10 December 2016

Leicester City 4 Manchester City 2: Vardy back in business as champions upset City

Leicester City 4 Manchester City 2: Vardy back in business as champions upset City

Jamie Vardy ended his club goalscoring drought in style with a hat-trick on Saturday, as Leicester City rediscovered their Premier League title-winning form to defeat Manchester City 4-2.

Claudio Ranieri's champions were two goals up after just five minutes and made it 3-0 with 20 minutes gone, Andy King's stunner coming either side of Vardy's...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 01 October 2016

West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1: Payet stunner ends Hammers' losing streak

West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1: Payet stunner ends Hammers' losing streak

Dimitri Payet's stunning solo goal salvaged a point for struggling West Ham as they ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats in a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at London Stadium.

Cristhian Stuani's second-half header put the away side ahead and had the home fans fearing a fifth defeat on the spin in Saturday's contest.

However, Payet...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 31 December 2016

Guardiola: Manchester City can't talk about the title

Guardiola: Manchester City can't talk about the title

Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to forget about the Premier League title for the time being as they face a huge deficit to leaders Chelsea.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored the only goal after eight minutes as Liverpool battled to a 1-0 win over City in a game of few chances at Anfield.

It means Jurgen Klopp's team sit six points behind...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 18 December 2016

Liverpool won't collapse at Everton like Arsenal - Klopp

Liverpool won't collapse at Everton like Arsenal - Klopp

Goodison Park and the Merseyside derby against Everton hold no fears for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who insists his team will not collapse like Arsenal.

Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool head to Everton on Monday after Arsenal were bullied by Ronald Koeman's men in a 2-1 defeat midweek.

Arsenal surrendered a lead as the Londoners were...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 10 December 2016

Hull City 3 Crystal Palace 3: Campbell equaliser buys Pardew time

Hull City 3 Crystal Palace 3: Campbell equaliser buys Pardew time

Alan Pardew may have earned another stay of execution after Fraizer Campbell snatched a 3-3 draw for Crystal Palace at relegation-threatened Hull City in the Premier League.

The hosts had been in front at the break courtesy of a contentious Robert Snodgrass penalty at a sparsely populated KCOM Stadium.

Palace levelled, also from the spot, when...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 01 October 2016

Watford 2 Bournemouth 2: Success salvages a point for the Hornets

Watford 2 Bournemouth 2: Success salvages a point for the Hornets

Isaac Success came off the bench to rescue a point for Watford as they twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in a lively clash at Vicarage Road.

Success headed home a pinpoint cross from Jose Holebas just after the hour to secure a point that keeps both sides locked together in the Premier League table on eight points.

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Category: Premier League
Published on 31 December 2016

City win was Liverpool's worst performance of season - Milner

City win was Liverpool's worst performance of season - Milner

James Milner said Liverpool delivered their worst performance of the season against former club Manchester City, despite striking a blow in the Premier League title race with a 1-0 win.

Georginio Wijnaldum's first-half header was enough to seal three points for the Reds at Anfield and keep them in touch with runaway leaders Chelsea.

Liverpool were...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 18 December 2016

Manchester City 2 Arsenal 1: Sane and Sterling seal comeback

Manchester City 2 Arsenal 1: Sane and Sterling seal comeback

Manchester City climbed above Arsenal into second in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat the Gunners 2-1 on Sunday.

A first goal for the club from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling's strike gave Pep Guardiola's side a much-needed victory and condemned the visitors to a second defeat in a row.

Arsenal had been unbeaten in their last six...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 10 December 2016

Burnley 3 Bournemouth 2: Hendrick stunner helps Burnley to victory

Burnley 3 Bournemouth 2: Hendrick stunner helps Burnley to victory

Burnley ended a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats with a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

Jeff Hendrick provided a reminder of why Burnley shelled out a club-record fee to sign him from Derby County when he opened the scoring with a goal-of-the-season contender after 14 minutes, and the Clarets doubled their lead...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 07 September 2016

Chelsea lost their way tactically under Mourinho - Cahill

Chelsea lost their way tactically under Mourinho - Cahill

Gary Cahill concedes Chelsea lost their way tactically under Jose Mourinho, but believes the team is making great strides under Antonio Conte to overcome last season's "disaster".

Mourinho led the Blues to a Premier League and League Cup double in the 2014-15 season, but his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge came to an end in December last...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 31 December 2016

Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0: Wijnaldum sets up battling triumph for Klopp's men

Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0: Wijnaldum sets up battling triumph for Klopp's men

Liverpool strengthened their grip on second place in the Premier League by closing out 2016 with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over fellow title aspirants Manchester City.

Chelsea's record-equalling 13th consecutive victory against Stoke City earlier on Saturday left their closest challengers looking at respective nine and 10-point deficits when they...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 18 December 2016

Tottenham 2 Burnley 1: Rose stunner saves Spurs

Tottenham 2 Burnley 1: Rose stunner saves Spurs

Danny Rose's fierce second-half effort secured Tottenham a hard-fought 2-1 Premier League win over Burnley to take full advantage of Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City.

Mauricio Pochettino's men were frustrated for the much of the match as Burnley were on course for only their second away point of the season, but Rose's stunning effort 19 minutes...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 10 December 2016

Swansea City 3 Sunderland 0: Llorente double eases pressure on Bradley

Swansea City 3 Sunderland 0: Llorente double eases pressure on Bradley

Fernando Llorente scored twice as Swansea City moved out of the Premier League relegation zone and eased the pressure on manager Bob Bradley with a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Going into Saturday's fixture the Welsh side's unbelievable 5-4 victory against Crystal Palace last month served as Bradley's only win since taking over from...

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Category: Premier League
Published on 07 September 2016

Pogba wanted to leave Juventus - Marotta

Pogba wanted to leave Juventus - Marotta

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said the Serie A champions never wanted to sell Paul Pogba but the French midfielder asked to leave.

Pogba, 23, left Juventus in favour of a return to Manchester United in a world-record transfer in August.

The money from Pogba's switch to United helped fund Juve's lucrative deal for Gonzalo Higuain and...

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