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Which team will be the champion this year

Arsenal
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Chelsea
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Crystal Palace
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Everton
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Liverpool
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Manchester City
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Manchester United
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Newcastle
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Norwich
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Southampton
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Stoke
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Sunderland
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Swansea
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Tottenham
0 (0%)
Watford
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West Bromwich Albion
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« Reply #250 on: August 23, 2015, 09:56:02 PM »

John Terry (Chelsea) is shown Red Card
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« Reply #251 on: August 23, 2015, 10:00:12 PM »
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Chelsea 3. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.
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« Reply #252 on: August 23, 2015, 10:40:36 PM »
FT WBA 2-3 CHELSEA
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« Reply #253 on: August 23, 2015, 11:20:33 PM »
15 mins
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Manchester City
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« Reply #254 on: August 24, 2015, 12:16:06 AM »

50 mins
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Manchester City
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« Reply #255 on: August 24, 2015, 12:40:59 AM »
Goal! Everton 0, Manchester City 1. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
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« Reply #256 on: August 24, 2015, 01:04:34 AM »
Goal! Everton 0, Manchester City 2. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yaya Tourť with a through ball.
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« Reply #257 on: August 24, 2015, 01:16:09 AM »
FT
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Everton 0-2 Manchester City
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« Reply #258 on: August 24, 2015, 02:32:21 AM »
I don't care if Arsenal does not win anymore.

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« Reply #259 on: August 24, 2015, 02:35:46 AM »
I don't care if Arsenal does not win anymore.

Really.
This week they are against in form Liverpool  :shake:
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This week they are against in form Liverpool  :shake:

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« Reply #261 on: August 24, 2015, 08:40:44 AM »
Manchester City's impressive 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday equalled a club record of nine successive Premier League wins but more importantly sent an ominous warning to their rivals.

City have yet to drop a point since a humbling 4-2 defeat away to bitter local rivals United in early April.

Given last season's underwhelming campaign, which ended with an eight-point deficit to champions Chelsea, few had talked about City as title favourites in the build-up this time.

Three successive wins, however, including a 3-0 victory at home to Chelsea, has catapulted City to the top of the fledgling table and sent an ominous warning that they mean business.

"Before the game someone told me that if we win today it is a new record after so many years," manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have scored eight goals and conceded none, told Sky Sports.

"That is secondary but they are always important. But it is more important to be top of the table and the most important thing is to see the team playing the way we are doing.

"I am pleased because it was a very professional performance against a very difficult team here at Goodison Park.

"In the first half and the second half we were very consistent and we had more chances to score goals than Everton.

"We scored two goals and again we kept a clean sheet so I think we are working very well as a team in attack and defence."

Crucial to their impressive start, which has put them two points clear on nine, is the form of their leading quartet Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Kompany, who has guided City to three clean sheets and scored twice, and Yaya Toure appear back to their dominant best following a disappointing season last year.

Silva and Aguero have also been in mesmerising form, carving open opposition defences and creating chances at will.

Close-season signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool has already formed a strong partnership with fullback Aleksandar Kolarov, scorer of the opening goal on Sunday, and the pair have been central to much of City's best play this year.

"We have a good squad," Pellegrini added after substitute Samir Nasri had scored a late second goal. "We have all the players involved in our target which is to play in the way we are doing so far.

"Now after Watford (at home on Saturday) we are going to start playing eight games every month so it is important to have the whole squad involved in our targets this year.

"It is very important to understand we are just starting the season and it is just three games."
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« Reply #262 on: August 24, 2015, 08:51:22 AM »
Chelsea's new signing Pedro scored on his debut as the 10-man champions got their Premier League campaign off the ground with an entertaining 3-2 win away to West Bromwich Albion while Manchester City won 2-0 at Everton on Sunday.

Chelsea had taken one point from their opening two matches but Spain forward Pedro, signed this week from Barcelona, opened the scoring and created a goal for Diego Costa before Cesar Azpilicueta added a third.

James Morrison atoned for an earlier penalty miss to score twice as West Brom looked to capitalise on the 54th minute dismissal of John Terry -- who was substituted for the first time ever under Jose Mourinho in last week's loss at Manchester City -- but Chelsea held on for their first win of the season.

City maintained their perfect start to the campaign against previously unbeaten Everton at Goodison Park to move top of the table on nine points ahead of Leicester City and Manchester United who have seven after three games.

City defender Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring on the hour before substitute Samir Nasri collected a deft pass from Yaya Toure to clip a sublime finish past goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 88th.

Southampton, yet to win this season, were held to a goalless draw at promoted Watford, who have now drawn all three matches since returning to the top flight this season.
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« Reply #263 on: August 24, 2015, 07:02:30 PM »
Monday night blockbuster

Arsenal vs Liverpool  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #264 on: August 24, 2015, 08:01:25 PM »
Arsenal vs Liverpool

Mesut Ozil has called on Arsenal to underline their Barclays Premier League title credentials with victory over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The Gunners recovered from their opening-day home defeat by West Ham to record a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Liverpool, though, head to north London on the back of successive victories from their first two matches.

The Reds were defeated 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in April, with Arsenal going on to claim third place before lifting the FA Cup again at Wembley.

Ozil, who netted a fine 25-yard free-kick in that encounter, believes Monday night provides another opportunity for the Gunners to show just what they are capable of.

"I remember that we delivered a really convincing display. In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time," Ozil told Arsenal Player.

"We are at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool; that is what we want to do on Monday.

"We were highly concentrated. The manager gave us tasks on the pitch and we executed them perfectly. That's what we will have to do on Monday again.

"We have to believe in ourselves as we have the potential to beat every team and we will show that on Monday."

Ozil delivered a virtuoso display at Selhurst Park last Sunday, completing a 98 per cent pass accuracy which included setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal.

It has been a solid transition for the German playmaker, who became the club-record signing when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the progression of the World Cup winner.

"Mesut is now completely committed to the club. Maybe in the first year he didn't know a lot about it. He came from Real Madrid and he didn't know how long and whether it would work for him, whether he would enjoy it or not," Wenger said.

"I believe now he is completely on board, committed and focused on the results of the club."

Arsenal have no fresh injury worries, although they remain without Jack Wilshere (leg), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (both knee).

Liverpool can land a psychological blow with victory at the Emirates, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds travel to the capital for an early meeting with another side who have top-four aspirations this season aiming to continue their bright start after back-to-back 1-0 victories over Stoke and Bournemouth.

Rodgers admits the result is unlikely to have too much impact on the final standings at this stage, yet appreciates an away win over Wenger's men can greatly enhance the confidence among his group.

"You're playing one of the rivals that you're hoping to be competing with at the top end of the table; these games are important," Rodgers acknowledged.

"They don't give the full picture in terms of how it will finish up - you can draw or lose these games and still go on and achieve what you want to achieve. Of course it's for the confidence and psychologically they are important.

"No matter when these games come in the season they are always good for the psychological effect.

"We've got a tough game away from home but we'll arrive into the game with confidence. We know they're an outstanding group of players and some quality individual players but there's a real focus in this group for this season, a real toughness, mentally.

"We know that we've got that ability to scrap and fight to get a result as well as play good football. If we can go there and perform like we think we can and keep to our game-plan we're confident we can get a result."

Liverpool will assess the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson after he was withdrawn early in the second half of the Bournemouth game with a foot injury.

The return of midfielder Joe Allen (*) remains uncertain while striker Daniel Sturridge continues to recover from hip surgery and defender Jon Flanagan (knee) is out until December
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« Reply #265 on: August 24, 2015, 08:02:49 PM »
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« Reply #266 on: August 25, 2015, 08:25:27 AM »
Arsenal vs Liverpool

Mesut Ozil has called on Arsenal to underline their Barclays Premier League title credentials with victory over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The Gunners recovered from their opening-day home defeat by West Ham to record a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Liverpool, though, head to north London on the back of successive victories from their first two matches.

The Reds were defeated 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in April, with Arsenal going on to claim third place before lifting the FA Cup again at Wembley.

Ozil, who netted a fine 25-yard free-kick in that encounter, believes Monday night provides another opportunity for the Gunners to show just what they are capable of.

"I remember that we delivered a really convincing display. In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time," Ozil told Arsenal Player.

"We are at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool; that is what we want to do on Monday.

"We were highly concentrated. The manager gave us tasks on the pitch and we executed them perfectly. That's what we will have to do on Monday again.

"We have to believe in ourselves as we have the potential to beat every team and we will show that on Monday."

Ozil delivered a virtuoso display at Selhurst Park last Sunday, completing a 98 per cent pass accuracy which included setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal.

It has been a solid transition for the German playmaker, who became the club-record signing when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the progression of the World Cup winner.

"Mesut is now completely committed to the club. Maybe in the first year he didn't know a lot about it. He came from Real Madrid and he didn't know how long and whether it would work for him, whether he would enjoy it or not," Wenger said.

"I believe now he is completely on board, committed and focused on the results of the club."

Arsenal have no fresh injury worries, although they remain without Jack Wilshere (leg), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (both knee).

Liverpool can land a psychological blow with victory at the Emirates, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds travel to the capital for an early meeting with another side who have top-four aspirations this season aiming to continue their bright start after back-to-back 1-0 victories over Stoke and Bournemouth.

Rodgers admits the result is unlikely to have too much impact on the final standings at this stage, yet appreciates an away win over Wenger's men can greatly enhance the confidence among his group.

"You're playing one of the rivals that you're hoping to be competing with at the top end of the table; these games are important," Rodgers acknowledged.

"They don't give the full picture in terms of how it will finish up - you can draw or lose these games and still go on and achieve what you want to achieve. Of course it's for the confidence and psychologically they are important.

"No matter when these games come in the season they are always good for the psychological effect.

"We've got a tough game away from home but we'll arrive into the game with confidence. We know they're an outstanding group of players and some quality individual players but there's a real focus in this group for this season, a real toughness, mentally.

"We know that we've got that ability to scrap and fight to get a result as well as play good football. If we can go there and perform like we think we can and keep to our game-plan we're confident we can get a result."

Liverpool will assess the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson after he was withdrawn early in the second half of the Bournemouth game with a foot injury.

The return of midfielder Joe Allen (*) remains uncertain while striker Daniel Sturridge continues to recover from hip surgery and defender Jon Flanagan (knee) is out until December
Goalless draw  :shake:
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« Reply #267 on: August 25, 2015, 09:41:54 PM »
Liverpool's 100 percent start to the season ended with a hard-fought goalless draw against top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech -- at fault for West Ham United's goals in a 2-0 opening-weekend defeat -- in the first half after he produced a string of stunning saves to keep an impressive Liverpool at bay.

Arsenal improved and enjoyed the better of proceedings in the second half but were unable to breech a stingy Liverpool defence which has yet to concede in three matches this season.

Liverpool sit third with seven points -- two behind early pace-setters Manchester City -- while Arsenal, touted as serious title contenders before the season, have had an indifferent start and are ninth with four points.

"When you start your first game with a new club and everything goes wrong for you individually you need to go back to work and bounce back and this is what I tried to do," Cech told Sky Sports.

"I was in the right place at the right time and I helped the team overcome difficult moments in the first half. It's hard to believe after all the chances it finished 0-0"

Having been humbled 4-1 on their last visit to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool made an early statement on a wet night in north London with Philippe Coutinho rattling the crossbar in the third minute.

That early scare brought Arsenal to life and only the narrowest of offside decisions denied Aaron Ramsey an opening goal five minuets later.

Arsenal were without experienced defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and their replacements Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers looked nervous against the physical Christian Benteke and skilful Coutinho.

Arsenal commanded the majority of possession but it was Liverpool who carried the greatest threat against the hosts' disjointed defence.

Cech was called into action to deny first Benteke, with a stunning reaction save, and Roberto Firmino in quick succession.

Cech had to be at his brilliant best again to tip Coutinho's goal-bound shot onto the woodwork as Arsenal desperately held on before halftime.

The Gunners came out with far more conviction after the break and Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud combined to create a the space for Alexis Sanchez to fire against the post.

Liverpool were proving a tough nut to crack with Giroud, Ramsey and substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all denied by Simon Mignolet as the visitor's defence stood firm.
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« Reply #268 on: August 26, 2015, 07:08:29 PM »
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hinted he could play Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who scored seven goals last season, higher up the field this campaign.

The former Barcelona manager hopes Fellaini will help solve United's strike problems, with the club managing two goals in their first three Premier League games.

"He can play in a nine position and a 10," Van Gaal, who lead Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil, said.

"He can also play at six and eight, but this year he shall play more at nine and 10 because there we have other players," he added.

Fellaini is confident he can handle the job.

"In the past I have played number 10 and number nine sometimes so I can play there and help my team-mates and my team," the 27-year-old was quoted as saying by the British media.

"It is different to play midfield and striker but I enjoy all the positions I can play," the former Everton midfielder added.

Van Gaal termed the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Club Bruges later on Wednesday as the most important game of his United career.

The Red Devils travel to the Jan Breydel Stadium with a 3-1 lead from the first leg at Old Trafford courtesy of a brace of goals from Memphis Depay and Fellaini's late header.

"Yes, because it was our aim for the last year to participate in the Champions League and still we are not participating," he told the club website (www.manutd.com) when asked if this is the most important game of his United career.

"It is a preliminary round so it's very important. You have to play the game," added the 64-year-old Dutchman.
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« Reply #269 on: August 27, 2015, 06:43:14 AM »
Norwich City manager Alex Neil will only sell Lewis Grabban to Bournemouth if they meet the club's valuation, after the unsettled striker missed Tuesday's League Cup win at Rotherham United, according to local media reports.

But Norwich's latest attempt to secure a new forward themselves failed when Wolverhampton Wanderers announced they had turned down a third bid from the Canaries for England Under-21 international Benik Afobe.

Grabban was not at the New York Stadium for the 2-1 second-round win and although Neil refused to say if the 27-year-old had been given permission to skip the game, he confirmed that Norwich had turned down a third bid for the player.

"We have rejected three bids from Bournemouth so far and the bids that we have are nowhere near the valuation of the player," Neil was quoted as saying by the Eastern Daily Press.

"Until they get to an acceptable level, Lewis Grabban will remain a Norwich City player. That is where we stand," the manager added.

"I don't have any issue with any players. He might have an issue but I will quickly fix it.

"Regardless of what happens or what rumours are flying about or what others might say or do, that will have absolutely no bearing on what happens with Lewis Grabban or any player at this club," Neil said.

"As far as I am concerned, the bottom line is he is a Norwich player.

"Every player has got their price but it has to be our valuation, not what they think," added the 34-year-old, whose side will face West Bromwich Albion at home in the third round.

The manager also said he did not have to sell players to bring in fresh faces and predicted a frantic end to the transfer window on Sept. 1

"I don't need to get anybody out to bring someone in. We have funds available and I aim to put them to good use," he said.

"The one thing you can guarantee is we will do things in Norwich City's best interests. We are doing some work behind the scenes and we still have a week to go and it is going to be a hectic week."

But Championship (second tier) club Wolves said on Wednesday they had rejected a bid, put at 10 million pounds ($15.57 million) by British media for Afobe, a former Arsenal junior who scored 13 goals in 21 games last season.

"Wolves can confirm that a third bid from Norwich City for Benik Afobe has been immediately rejected," said a statement on the club's website.
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« Reply #270 on: August 28, 2015, 06:05:53 AM »
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says new signing Pedro will help Eden Hazard, last season's Premier League player of the year, to become even better.

Pedro, who joined from Barcelona, made an encouraging start to life at the West London club by scoring and assisting in their 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

"Pedro's arrival is good for Eden. Whenever Eden got the ball before, you knew that two or three players would go with him," Courtois, who was sent off in the champions' opening game of the season against Swansea City, was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

"Of course, we have other players with quality but opponents would cover Eden most of all.

"Now we have Pedro, the defenders can't just stay with Eden because they will know the other side is free for him to exploit," the 23-year-old Belgian added.

Courtois said Chelsea have already shown the character of champions this season despite managing only one win in three outings.

"On two occasions we went down to 10 men and showed really good strength, character and fight to get the points we have done so far," the Belgian international said.

"For most of the second half against West Brom we were a man down (John Terry was sent off for pulling back Salomon Rondon) and were put under a lot of pressure, but we could withstand it," he added.

Chelsea have already shipped seven goals in their first three games, having conceded only 32 goals in the whole of last season in the Premier League.

Courtois said he is confident the Blues will eventually find the right balance between defence and attack.

"Of course, the start is not what we wanted but there is still a long way to go. People are talking about the defence but last season we started off conceding a lot of goals, too," Courtois said.

"Maybe we still need to find the right balance between attacking and defending. We are playing with a really high line, so there is more danger of being hit on a counter attack," he added.
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« Reply #271 on: August 29, 2015, 04:12:22 AM »
Sunderland have signed Sweden international Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French Ligue 1 side Rennes, according to a statement on the Premier League club's website.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder joined Rennes in January 2014 and has scored 14 goals in 46 league appearances for the club. He also has more than 40 caps for Sweden.

"I worked with Ola at PSV (Eindhoven) so I know him well," Sunderland manager **** Advocaat told the club's website (www.safc.com).

"He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air -- he will bring something different to the team."

Toivonen was at Dutch champions PSV from 2009-14, winning the KNVB Cup and Dutch Super Cup with the club.

The player could make his debut this weekend when the Black Cats travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, Sunderland said.
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« Reply #272 on: August 29, 2015, 04:14:02 AM »
Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool training for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in May but the striker will not be rushed back into action.

The 25-year-old scored five goals in 18 appearances for the Merseyside club in an injury-hit campaign last season with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers in April.

Sturridge went under the knife in New York to fix an issue believed to be behind the various muscle problems he suffered but looked to be moving well when he was put through his paces in a solo training session at Melwood on Thursday.

"There's no timeline on Daniel. He has come back and it's just about him working hard now to get somewhere near the level of the group. There's no time on it," manager Brendan Rodgers told the club's website (www.liverpoolfc.com).

"He came back and looks well -- he's really excited and happy to be back among his team mates.

"We'll just have to take that week on week, rather than put any sort of pressure on a time for him," the 42-year-old added.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lazar Markovic appears set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan, according to British media reports, with the clubs said to have agreed terms for the 21-year-old.

The Serbia international joined Liverpool from Benfica for a reported 20 million pounds ($31 million) last season but made just 11 league starts as he struggled to cope with the physical nature of the Premier League.

He has not featured in the squad in Liverpool's three matches this season.

Markovic will become the second player to leave Anfield on loan this week should the deal go through, following Italian striker Mario Balotelli's departure for AC Milan on Thursday.

Unlike Balotelli, however, Markovic could still feature in Rodgers' long-term plans as the loan agreement does not contain a clause to make the move a permanent one, the reports added.
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« Reply #273 on: August 29, 2015, 04:28:35 AM »
Manager Steve McClaren wants Newcastle United to be "better on the ball" when they host title hopefuls Arsenal at St James' Park on Saturday.

After picking up one point from his first two games in charge, the former England boss was delighted to come away from Manchester United with a 0-0 stalemate last week.

"To beat any of the top four teams you need to defend well, be compact and heroic," McClaren told a news conference on Friday.

"We need to repeat that and be better on the ball especially at home where we need to keep the ball better than we did last week. With a sell-out crowd behind us we can hopefully make it very difficult for Arsenal."

McClaren, who joined from Derby County in June, is hoping for a quiet end to the transfer window next week.

"We've not got anything up our sleeve and we have no intention of losing anyone," he said.
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« Reply #274 on: August 29, 2015, 04:30:44 AM »
Sunderland manager Dic.k Advocaat has criticised his predecessors for wasting money on "lower than average" players, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats have spent around 22.5 million pounds in the current transfer window to bring in Sebastian Coates, Adam Matthews, Ricky Alvarez, Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul.

They also sold striker Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace for a reported nine million pounds, and Advocaat, whose club sit second from bottom in the table with one point from three games, said he needed to trim the squad further.

"We had a big past here and I know a little bit about the salary of players -- average players, lower than average players and that's crazy," the paper quoted the manager as saying.

"People who bought those kind of players for those transfer fees and gave them those salaries didn't care about the club," he added.

"And then I can understand our owner (Ellis Short) when he thinks 'I spent a fortune' and now where are they playing or not playing?" said the Dutchman, who became Sunderland's third manager in two years when he replaced Gus Poyet on March 17.

Uruguayan Poyet joined the club after Italian Paolo Di Canio's ill-fated reign that lasted just six months in 2013 but left when the Black Cats became embroiled in yet another relegation battle towards the end of last season.

"Supporters have to understand that before you can have a new start, you have to get rid," Advocaat said.

Sunderland, who travel to Aston Villa on Saturday, are still paying instalments on transfer fees for players who have either left the club or are still on the books but not part of the manager's plans, the Echo reported.
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« Reply #275 on: August 29, 2015, 04:35:36 AM »
Everton defender John Stones, who has been the subject of intense speculation of a summer move to champions Chelsea, is ready to play in Saturday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Roberto Martinez said on Friday.

Stones had a transfer request rejected by the club on Thursday with Everton insisting the 21-year-old is not for sale.

"The chairman was really strong yesterday (Thursday). John knows where he is. We have the perfect environment and the perfect place for John," Martinez told reporters.

"Forget about the speculation, forget about the transfer. Nothing is going to happen, so everyone can relax.

"It's been an emotional time for everyone but John is one of our most loved assets and he'll be ready (to start against Tottenham)."

Martinez urged authorities to close the transfer window before the start of the season and said the focus was more on transfers than on the competition.

"It's important there's a period to strengthen teams but it is not right that you're trying to get to Wembley or win silverware and the talk is who you're going to bring in," the 42-year-old Spaniard said. "It is not healthy for anyone."

Argentina international defender Ramiro Funes Mori, 24, and Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez were guests of Everton at last Saturday's game against Manchester City and have since been at the Finch Farm training ground.

"We're really, really excited. Ramiro was in the building yesterday. We hope to complete the deal sometime today," former Wigan Athletic manager Martinez said.

"International clearance could take a few days. Our relationship now with River Plate is very good and we're confident Ramiro could become an Everton player very soon.

"Leandro will be announced today. He is a young man who can make a goal out of nothing. He has an impressive record."

Spurs did the double over the Toffees last season, but Martinez is confident his side can get a positive result at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

"The scoreline was against us (last season), but the performance was very much a positive one," said Martinez, who won the FA Cup with Wigan.

"When you go away from home you have to be very complete. It's a real challenge to be as good as you can."

Martinez also confirmed defender Brendan Galloway, who picked up a knee injury during Sunday's 2-0 loss to City, was doubtful for the Spurs match.

"Galloway will be the only one a doubt to be included in the squad," Martinez said.
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« Reply #276 on: August 29, 2015, 04:41:44 AM »
Newcastle vs Arsenal

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hoping to hang on to all his best players as the transfer window draws to a close.

Speculation has been rife all summer that one of the Magpies' bigger names - the likes of Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko or Papiss Cisse - could leave St James' Park if a sizeable offer was received with Andy Carroll, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy having done just that in the recent past.

But Newcastle, who have spent in excess of B£50million this summer, seem intent on hanging on to all the men they want with only fringe players up for grabs after owner Mike Ashley's vow to build a side capable of winning a trophy.

Asked ahead of Saturday's early kick-off against Arsenal at St James' Park if he expected any more departures McClaren said: "I hope not - we have no intention of.

"There's a great determination from the club, to reiterate from two weeks ago, that we don't need to sell, we don't have to sell, we don't want to sell.

"We don't want to loose any of our best players.

"We want to bring players in - we have done that with [Florian] Thauvin. At this present moment, we are happy."

McClaren admitted last week that he was not expecting further additions to a squad which has been boosted by the arrivals of Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney, and recent signs have been promising.

Newcastle emerged from last Saturday's trip to Manchester United with a hard-earned point, while Thauvin scored and provided three assists on his full debut in a 4-1 Capital One Cup second round victory over Northampton to raise spirits ahead of Saturday's home tester against Arsenal.

They will be further strengthened from the game at Old Trafford by full-back Daryl Janmaat's return from suspension, and Sissoko's potential availability after his quicker-than-expected recovery from a groin problem.

McClaren said: "We thought he [Sissoko] would have no chance, to be honest. He has healed well. Is he ready? We'll decide that tomorrow.

"He has trained a couple of days with the team. We will just have to weigh up the fitness side of it - 95 minutes, going away on international duty? We'll decide that tomorrow."

Arsenal head north in the midst of an indifferent start to their season.

Optimism had been high heading into the new Premier League campaign, but a victory at Crystal Palace has been sandwiched with a defeat against West Ham on the opening day and their draw with Liverpool on Monday night.

''We have not had the ideal start and we are conscious of that but we want to play 60 games in the season,'' Wenger added.

''We have played three games now and we have lost one that we should not have lost, but we have to be conscious that the season is not decided yet.

''Maybe we are not firing on all cylinders at the moment. Not everybody is ready physically. Certainly at the moment we want it so much at home that we're trying to force it a little bit.''

Wenger could be without his first-choice central defensive partnership on Saturday with Laurent Koscielny (back) and Per Mertesacker (chest infection) both doubts for the St James' Park trip.
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« Reply #277 on: August 29, 2015, 04:43:28 AM »
Bournemouth vs Leicester

Eddie Howe says Bournemouth's home form is the key to their Premier League survival bid this season.

The Cherries welcome high-flying Leicester to Dean Court on Saturday after back-to-back victories.

Bournemouth secured their first Premier League win with a 4-3 triumph at West Ham last weekend before progressing to the third round of the Capital One Cup after hammering League Two Hartlepool on Tuesday night.

"Our home form is going to be very important this season and I think every manager would say that," said Howe.

"At the heart of a successful season is always good form at home in front of your own supporters.

"We want to win in front of them, we want to play well in front of them, and we want to entertain them. I think that's part of our responsibility.

"We will certainly try to do that. Not just in this game, but every game. Hopefully that will set a good platform for the season."

Howe's side will face a Leicester team brimming in confidence after taking seven points from their opening three matches.

But the Bournemouth manager is not surprised by their start to the campaign following the summer arrival of Claudio Ranieri.

"We respect Leicester, and they've had a flying start," Howe added.

"That's no surprise really because they've got a good manager and a good bunch of players. They are very well organised and, looking at their opening games, they'll be a tough nut to crack.

"Claudio Ranieri was a great appointment for them. You only have to look at the teams he has managed to realise he knows what he is doing.

"They have some very good front players, but they are also very difficult to break down.

"They've been pretty consistent in their selection since their Championship days, so they have players that know the club and have done well for them."

Leicester boss Ranieri is set to recall in-form winger Riyad Mahrez after resting him in mid-week.

The Italian changed the whole team for their 4-1 League Cup win at Bury but Gokhan Inler, who played, is expected to make his full Premier League debut.

The Foxes currently sit second in the table following their unbeaten start but Ranieri has warned against getting carried away.

He said: "Now we must stay calm, continue to fight. Our goal is to reach 40 points as soon as possible.

"Everyone now is smiling but it's my job to remind everyone there are smiles and bad moments. Remember the bad moments now so you have the right balance. When we lose we remember the good moments."
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« Reply #278 on: August 29, 2015, 04:48:04 AM »
Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Tim Sherwood has revealed a sickness bug has swept through the Aston Villa camp ahead of their clash with Sunderland.

Sherwood refused to name those concerned but has concerns over several of his squad.

''There's a sickness bug around the training ground so there are a few players who have not been able to make training,'' he said.

''They are not well and the doc is having to do some overtime. We could miss a couple and there's a couple who are not well now.

''There must be a bug going around, we're just hoping it's made its way to the north-east.''

Sherwood could also be without Adama Traore at the weekend after the former Barcelona winger limped off in the League Cup win over Notts County on Tuesday with an ankle injury.

"He hasn't trained but we're going to give him every opportunity to be fit," said the boss.

"He's a massive talent, no-one wants him to be a sensation immediately more than I do but he has come from a weaker competition (Spain's Segunda Division, with Barca's B team) and it's going to take him time."

Sherwood played down the visit of Sunderland though, insisting no-one should read much into any early result as Villa look to avoid another season of struggle.

He said: "It's an important game but I'm not sure it's a landmark. The team got 10 points from four games last season and ended up struggling. It's not how you start, it's how you finish - and how you perform in the middle would help.

"They're under no more pressure than we are, Arsenal, Chelsea too, everyone has their own pressure. The pressure is to win football matches at whatever level.

"We want to take the game to Sunderland, they sit deep and look to bring us on and we'll certainly be coming on to them."

The Black Cats could hand a debut to new signing Swede Ola Toivonen, having completed his signature on Friday.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder, who played under **** Advocaat at PSV Eindhoven, has joined from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

Advocaat said: ''I worked with Ola at PSV, so I know him well. He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air - he will bring something different to the team.''

Toivonen also has two other familiar faces waiting for him at Sunderland.

He told www.safc.com: "I already knew Sebastian (Larsson) from the national team and we've played together for five or six years, and I also know Jeremain Lens from our two years together at PSV.''

His arrival may go some of the way towards placating 67-year-old Advocaat, who has grown increasingly frustrated in recent weeks about the lack of signings after making it clear to owner Ellis Short and sporting director Lee Congertonthat up to six ''quality'' acquisitions were required if the club was to avoid a third successive scrap for top-flight survival.
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« Reply #279 on: August 29, 2015, 04:50:02 AM »
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho refused to comment on Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones but revealed the Premier League champions had worked on improving their defending this week.

The Blues are understood to have had four bids rejected so far - although Everton refused to confirm the latest reported B£37million offer - and are unlikely to lodge a further bid before Tuesday's 6pm deadline.

"I don't speak about players from other teams," said Mourinho, whose side play Crystal Palace on Saturday in his 100th Premier League home game at Stamford Bridge.

"I have a good squad. I'm happy with the squad I have. If I get another player until the end of the market, good. If I don't get, we go with what we have."

Speculation of a Chelsea move for France midfielder Paul Pogba continues as the transfer deadline approaches, but Mourinho again declined to comment.

"I'm not going to do the 'like', 'I would like' of Pogba. He's a Juventus player, I'm the Chelsea manager," added Mourinho, who last week rebuked Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri for commenting on his fondness for Ramires and Oscar.

The Blues have also been linked with China right-back Zhang Linpeng from Guangzhou Evergande, an interest which is understood to be genuine. Once more, Mourinho was silent.

"He is a Guangzhou player, so it's the same story. I don't comment," Mourinho added.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes the defending champions could be a better team than last season despite a moderate start to the campaign yielding four points from three games.

Pardew said: "They have a side that looks to me like it could be better than the one last year and that one won them the league.

"They have some new players. They're integrating those.

"It would be fair to say Chelsea are not quite in the groove (they were in) when we played them last time."

Chelsea clinched the title on May 3 with a 1-0 defeat of Palace at Stamford Bridge.

History is also against Palace. It is 33 years since the Eagles won at Stamford Bridge.

"We performed last year almost to our maximum and still got beat. It's one of those places," Pardew added.

"You have to go there and play your best game and hope that you get a result."

Yannick Bolasie is available after missing the midweek cup clash with Shrewsbury following the death of his father.

Wilfried Zaha could drop out for Bolasie, while midfielder Mile Jedinak is out for two to three weeks after suffering a * injury against Shrewsbury which forced him out of Australia's forthcoming internationals.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (finger) and strikers Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell (both *) are likely to be absent again.

Pardew says his squad is focused on the match, rather than the closure of the transfer window and the accompanied speculation.

"We don't envisage making too many calls ourselves and that's probably where we are," Pardew added.

"I don't know about players going out. All the players I have here at the moment are focused on what is going to be a difficult game on Saturday."
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« Reply #280 on: August 29, 2015, 04:58:47 AM »
Liverpool vs Westham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has paid more attention to defensive matters this season but insists it will not compromise the team's attacking fluency.

Some shaky displays at the back in the previous campaign - which culminated with them conceding three at home to Crystal Palace and six at Stoke - had prompted calls in some quarters for a specialist defensive coach to be brought in.

Rodgers was adamant that was not the solution but over the summer he has been more specific on the work he has done to tighten up his defence and has been rewarded with three successive clean sheets and a haul of seven points.

"We are doing extra sessions on every aspect of our defending in terms of in-game static and moving positions and our set-pieces," he said ahead of Saturday's Anfield date with West Ham.

"We are putting in an awful lot of work into that organisation, it is one of the things I picked up on from last season.

"We brought in a lot of players thinking they could maybe settle into it quickly but the learning aspect from that was that I needed to do more on that (defensive) front this season.

"That is something we have done. The coaches have been outstanding just making sure the players are clear in terms of their roles and responsibility both with and without the ball."

Rodgers has been boosted by the return to training this week of striker Daniel Sturridge, who has spent most of the last four months in the United States recovering from a hip operation.

The aim is to have him back in the squad by early September but Rodgers would not put a specific timeframe on the injury-plagued England international's return.

"There is no timeline on Daniel," said the Reds boss.

"He has obviously been away working in America and has come back and now it is just about him working hard to get back in to somewhere near the level of the group.

"He looks well and really excited to be back among his team-mates, so we will just have to take that week on week."

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will demand a response from his players following last weekend's 4-3 loss to league newcomers Bournemouth.

"It is not an easy week but with a defeat like we had last week, we were gutted after the game. We have got over that and we have to bounce back," Bilic said.

"(Liverpool) are a tough team and have seven points. They have not scored so many goals but have not conceded many.

"If you see the players they have bought, they still want to be attacking and score goals.

"They have quality in every department of the pitch and are really dangerous up front.

"But we are positive as well and they have their weaknesses which we need to exploit."

West Ham are currently depleted through injury, suspension and the release of Kevin Nolan, who captained the side against Bournemouth but is now looking for a new club.

Right-back Carl Jenkinson serves a one-match ban, joining Adrian in being suspended.

Striker Diafra Sakho (groin) should be available, but Enner Valencia (leg) and Mauro Zarate (*) remain out.

Andy Carroll (knee) is back in training but unlikely to be selected until after the forthcoming international break, when the Hammers face his former club Newcastle.

Defender Joey O'Brien (calf) is nearing a return, too.
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« Reply #281 on: August 29, 2015, 05:07:25 AM »
Tottenham vs Everton

New Tottenham signing Son Heung-min has vowed to light up White Hart Lane after agreeing a five-year deal with the north London club.

Spurs announced the arrival of the South Korean international from Bayer Leverkusen in a reported B£22milliion deal on Friday.

Son, who will wear the number 7 shirt, scored 29 times in 87 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit - including three goals in the Champions League last season.

And the 23-year-old, whose move is still subject to international clearance and a work permit, cannot wait to dazzle the Tottenham supporters.

"Spurs for me is such a big club and a really good team," Son said.

"My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and Tottenham have given me a great opportunity to do that and I am really happy to have the chance to come here.

"I love the Premier League and I am very excited to play at White Hart Lane. I have not played there yet but I'd Iove to go out there, show my abilities and perform for the Spurs fans as soon as possible."

Son operates predominantly as a wide forward but his arrival will ease the pressure on Harry Kane, who, despite his goal heroics last season, has yet to find the back of the net this term.

"It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League," he added.

"In the Premier League there are lots of good players and good teams so I have to be prepared to work really hard to show my ability. I played many games and gathered much experience for my age and that makes me play better and score goals."

It remains unclear whether Son will be available for Tottenham's tea-time clash against Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will be without playmaker Christian Eriksen, sidelined with an ankle injury, but Andros Townsend could be available.

Everton, meanwhile, are set to hand Chelsea target John Stones another start at White Hart Lane.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has been hailed by boss Roberto Martinez for maintaining a strong stance over the defender, who the Toffees do not want to sell.

Martinez denied the club had rejected a reported fourth bid worth B£37million, and believes his club's attitude to keeping Stones shows the right values hold sway at Goodison Park.

"The chairman was really strong; he's put things very, very clear," said the Spaniard, who also revealed he hopes to complete the signings of South American duo Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez on Friday.

"It's vitally important to show that we have got our own ambitions and our own projects and we don't rely on big offers coming in.

"Many, many football clubs would have tried to get the biggest deal they could do and take the money and allow the sale to happen.

"It shows we've got an incredible chairman and all he wants is the best for the football club, he's being doing that for many, many years and hasn't been given the credit he deserves.

"Every single Evertonian can be extremely proud to keep one of our most treasured younger players and make sure we build a winning team."

News of Stones submitting a transfer request emerged before the Toffees' midweek clash with Barnsley, where the defender was jeered by some away supporters on his return to Oakwell.

Martinez understood why those emotions had been expressed by certain sections of the fanbase but believes it is important that those of an Everton persuasion now rally around Stones.

"Of course the fans at one point thought they were going to lose one of the most-loved assets at our football club and the emotions are going to be high and full of feelings that you're going to show," Martinez added.

"John knows where he is; the fans, they are going to play an incredible role in helping John to settle in and to get back to being fully focussed on winning football games for Everton."
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« Reply #282 on: August 29, 2015, 05:38:06 AM »
Manchester City vs Watford

Manchester City are without striker Wilfried Bony for the visit of Watford in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Bony suffered a cut leg in training and has been pictured wearing a protective boot but he is expected to be fit after the upcoming international break.

Midfielder Fernando (groin), Pablo Zabaleta (groin) and Gael Clichy (ankle) remain injured, Nicolas Otamendi (work permit) is still not available and Marcos Lopes has left to join Lille.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has been unwilling to speak about the club's interest in Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne.

Klaus Allofs, director of sport at the German club, has revealed City have made an "astonishing" offer for the 24-year-old former Chelsea playmaker and discussions are thought to be ongoing.

But Pellegrini, who has consistently refused to speak about transfer targets, said: "You must continue asking but the answer for the question is the same. I don't talk about rumours."

Pellegrini was similarly unwilling to speak about his side's testing Champions League draw, which has pitted the club against Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Chilean deflected a question on the matter by referring to Saturday's upcoming Barclays Premier League clash with Watford.

"All the groups are difficult and the most difficult team in the group is Watford," he said.

City are looking to maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign and can set a new record of 10 successive wins by beating the promoted Hornets.

Pellegrini said: "It is a difficult game. They have played three games in the Premier League and three games they have drawn.

"They have a very good manager and good players and the great mistake we could make in this moment is to think that, because we won the last three games, we will win this game."

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is hopeful of securing further signings but remained coy on links with Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Watford have started brightly on their return to the Premier League with three draws from three games, including points against Everton and Southampton.

Off the pitch, however, Flores admitted he is facing a nervy wait to put the finishing touches to his squad.

The Hornets have already made more than 10 signings in the summer, while a more ins and outs still expected.

Flores said: "We are working very hard to incorporate a couple of players.

"I hope everything will be solved this week. The players we can keep, we keep finally with us; players that have to come, they come, and the players that have to go, they go to good teams.

"There are lot of players in our squad who don't know if they are going to stay or going to move out.

"They need to solve the future. For me it's not comfortable. I'm not happy at the moment."

When asked specifically about interest in Doucoure, who made his Ligue 1 debut in the 2012-13 season but appears surplus to requirements this term, Flores added: "I know this player but I don't like to talk about names until it's sure that they are coming."

Watford are preparing for arguably their biggest test of the season, a match against Manchester City, with Flores set for a reunion with an old rival in Manuel Pellegrini.

The pair have crossed paths in La Liga previously, Flores as a former Valencia and Atletico Madrid manager, Pellegrini as an ex-Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga boss.

Flores added: "I don't remember exactly all the games against Pellegrini. I respect Pellegrini like a person, like a coach.

"I played a lot of times against Villarreal, Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid, with Valencia.

"In these type of games, I always remember a tough competition. We won sometimes, Pellegrini won sometimes. It was balanced."
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« Reply #283 on: August 29, 2015, 05:40:13 AM »
Stoke vs WBA

Stoke boss Mark Hughes remains optimistic the club can reach agreement with forward Jon Walters over a new contract.

Walters, currently on a deal that runs out next summer, was this week quoted as saying he wants to stay with Stoke but feels they are yet to show they truly value him in recent contract negotiations.

Reports suggest the main sticking point is the duration of extension being offered to the Republic of Ireland international, who turns 32 next month and has attracted interest from Norwich.

And when asked about the situation on Friday ahead of Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom, Hughes said: "Jon knows our feeling and my feeling - I'd like him to stay.

"He has his view in terms of the negotiations. We haven't closed the door and we still think we will be able to get somewhere with it, but it has not been concluded yet."

Asked if he was disappointed Walters had aired his view, Hughes said: "No - I think they are honest comments.

"Maybe it is borne out of a little bit of frustration. But I have told him my thoughts about what he offers us and the value he gives to the squad.

"Jon is looking for security and a little bit longer maybe than the club feels they can give him.

"But hopefully there is some common ground we can discuss and move it forward."

Another club being linked with Walters are Albion, whose boss Tony Pulis signed him for Stoke in 2010.

This weekend's match will be Pulis' first at the Britannia Stadium since his second spell as Potters manager ended in 2013.

Pulis got Stoke into the Premier League in 2008 and oversaw consistent finishes just around mid-table thereafter, before his successor Hughes guided them to ninth place twice with what is generally deemed a more fluent style of football.

Hughes said of his fellow Welshman: "I think it is fair to say Tony is viewed as having done a great job here, so I don't anticipate he'll have too many people not happy to have him back - but at the end of the day, he's still an opposition manager.

"And we are not better or worse (than under Pulis) - we are still progressing and going in the right direction."

Pulis, meanwhile, admitted he could still lose star man Saido Berahino and hit out at those treating the striker like a "lump of meat".

The England Under-21 forward is wanted by Tottenham, who have had two bids swiftly rejected by the Baggies.

Berahino has had a transfer request rejected by Albion and held talks with chairman Jeremy Peace on Thursday, who reiterated that he will not be sold.

But Pulis is still uncertain ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.

"I never say never about anything until it's closed and factual," he said.

"I don't know, we have to wait and see. I wasn't in the discussions the chairman had with Saido. I'll have a chat with the lad when he comes in.

"It's not just about football it's about the person, about the lad and what he's going through. He's a human being, he's not just a lump of meat who people are trying to sell. He has emotions and having spoken to him he needs protecting

"I don't think he is 110 per cent clear on what his future is. So many people get through to these youngsters."

Berahino has been left out of the Baggies' last two games but Pulis will assess him ahead of Saturday's trip to Stoke.

Pulis will assess Chris Brunt (*) and Callum McManaman ahead of Saturday's trip to his former club after they suffered knocks in the Capital One Cup victory over Port Vale on Tuesday.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #284 on: August 29, 2015, 06:12:46 AM »
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reaches two more milestones at the club in Saturday's Premier League game at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.

It will be his 200th league match, of which he has lost only 20, and a 100th home league game with only one defeat -- by lowly Sunderland in April 2014.

"I'm proud of the record but I don't think it has any influence in the future," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.

"It's not normal, 99 matches in the most competitive league and a defeat could have happened in so many matches."

In his first spell at the club, between 2004-07, Mourinho won two league titles, adding a third on his return last season.

Chelsea have made a stuttering start to the new campaign with a win, a draw and a 3-0 defeat by league leaders Manchester City, having conceded seven goals in three games and had two men sent off.

The manager believes, however, that falling five points behind is not a problem.

"It's not normal that in three matches you have two penalties against and play with 10 men twice," he added.

"Four points is not what we want but is not a drama. We know we're going to improve.

"Manchester City are a very good team and have started well but last season Chelsea started well and arrived at Jan. 1 with the same points as others."

On Palace's last visit, in May, Chelsea clinched the league title with a 1-0 win.

Mourinho said Alan Pardew's side were even stronger this season and will be "top 10 for sure".

He must do without captain John Terry, who was sent off in the 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

As usual Mourinho refused to comment about transfer targets like John Stones of Everton and Chinese defender Zhang Linpeng of Guangzhou Evergrande.

"I have a good squad. If I get another player, good, but if I don't, I go with what we have," he said.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #285 on: August 29, 2015, 06:25:30 AM »
Louis van Gaal lost his first competitive match as Manchester United manager against Swansea City on the first day of last season and is expecting another difficult game from the Welsh side on Sunday.

Swansea went on to complete the Premier League double over United and the Dutchman is determined to take revenge at the Liberty Stadium.

"My first match was against Swansea and we lost, now I have my 50th and I hope we can show we have improved," Van Gaal told reporters on Friday.

"I donít want to lose again. Itís the only club we could not beat or gain one point against, I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year.

"It will be difficult but we are better prepared than this time last year."

Towering Belgian Marouane Fellaini is available to play his first Premier League game of the season after serving a suspension but Adnan Januzaj will miss out due to injury.

Van Gaal could be tempted to start Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera who made a lively contribution and scored a goal in the 4-0 Champions League qualifying win at Club Bruges on Wednesday.

"I had a theoretical scheme in my head that he could play at No. 10 and he did it well against Bruges," Van Gaal said.

United have taken seven points from their first three league games of the season and lie joint third in the table despite only scoring two goals.

Captain Wayne Rooney, however, bagged a hat-trick in Bruges to open his account for the campaign.

"It will be a difficult game, it's another year and another prospect," Swansea manager Garry Monk said. "United have added quality to their squad with world-class players.

"It's becoming more difficult to compete with these kind of squads. We're up against one of the title contenders, it will be difficult but we're looking forward to it."

Swansea are sixth with five points including a draw at champions Chelsea.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #286 on: August 29, 2015, 07:49:04 PM »
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

G Tim Krul
D Daryl Janmaat
D F. Coloccini
D Chancel Mbemba
D Massadio Haidara
M Florian Thauvin
M Jack Colback
M Vurnon Anita
M Moussa Sissoko
M G. Wijnaldum
F A. Mitrovic



G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
F Alexis Sanchez
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #287 on: August 29, 2015, 08:16:18 PM »
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

G Tim Krul
D Daryl Janmaat
D F. Coloccini
D Chancel Mbemba
D Massadio Haidara
M Florian Thauvin
M Jack Colback
M Vurnon Anita
M Moussa Sissoko
M G. Wijnaldum
F A. Mitrovic



G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
F Alexis Sanchez


Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) is shown the red card.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #288 on: August 29, 2015, 08:23:34 PM »
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

G Tim Krul
D Daryl Janmaat
D F. Coloccini
D Chancel Mbemba
D Massadio Haidara
M Florian Thauvin
M Jack Colback
M Vurnon Anita
M Moussa Sissoko
M G. Wijnaldum
F A. Mitrovic



G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
F Alexis Sanchez

25 minutes Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #289 on: August 29, 2015, 08:40:02 PM »
25 minutes Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
40 minutes still 0-0. Hang on Newcastle  :clap:
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #290 on: August 29, 2015, 08:44:39 PM »
First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Arsenal 0.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #291 on: August 29, 2015, 09:12:39 PM »
Own Goal by Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle United. Newcastle United 0, Arsenal 1.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #292 on: August 29, 2015, 09:23:24 PM »
70' Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Theo Walcott.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #293 on: August 29, 2015, 09:39:13 PM »
82' Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

Substitution, Newcastle United. Siem de Jong replaces Florian Thauvin.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #294 on: August 29, 2015, 09:49:25 PM »
Arsenal edged to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Newcastle United courtesy of an own goal from Fabricio Coloccini.

Arsenal, who had brought Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny into the team, struggled to create clear chances in a first half overshadowed by the dismissal of Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Mitrovic was shown a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Francis Coquelin with little over a quarter of an hour played, but the visitors struggled to make the extra man count, although Walcott twice went close.

In the second half, though, Arsenal were soon on top, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 52nd-minute shot deflected in by Newcastle captain Coloccini after Tim Krul had saved an Aaron Ramsey effort.

Arsenal remained in control for the remainder of the game as Arsene Wenger's men made it two wins and a draw from their opening four games, while Newcastle are still awaiting a first Premier League win under Steve McClaren.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #295 on: August 29, 2015, 09:50:12 PM »
22:00
AFC Bournemouth vs Leicester City

Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs West Ham United

Manchester City vs Watford

Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #296 on: August 29, 2015, 10:14:02 PM »
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

G Thibaut Courtois
D B. Ivanovic
D Gary Cahill
D Cesar Azpilicueta
D Kurt Zouma
M Willian
M Eden Hazard
M Cesc Fabregas
M Nemanja Matic
F/M Pedro
F Diego Costa



G Alex McCarthy
D Pape Souare
D Damien Delaney
D Joel Ward
D Scott Dann
M Bakary Sako
M James McArthur
M Yohan Cabaye
M Jason Puncheon
F/M Wilfried Zaha
F Connor Wickham
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #297 on: August 29, 2015, 10:18:43 PM »
Liverpool vs West Ham United

G Simon Mignolet
D Nathaniel Clyne
D Martin Skrtel
D Joe Gomez
D Dejan Lovren
M Roberto Firmino
M Philippe Coutinho
M James Milner
M Lucas
M Emre Can
F Christian Benteke



G Darren Randolph
D Aaron Cresswell
D Angelo Ogbonna
D Winston Reid
D James Tomkins
M Dimitri Payet
M Mark Noble
M Pedro Obiang
M Manuel Lanzini
M Cheikhou Kouyate
F Diafra Sakho
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #298 on: August 29, 2015, 10:23:42 PM »

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Sunderland 1. Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
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Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
« Reply #299 on: August 29, 2015, 10:26:46 PM »
Goal! Liverpool 0, West Ham United 1. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.
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