Stoke looking to make Moses deal permanent

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he would like to sign winger Victor Moses from Chelsea on a permanent basis in the summer, the Daily Mail has reported. The Nigerian international has spent this season on loan at the Britannia Stadium and has shown impressive form, including last time out at Aston Villa, where he won and converted the penalty which earned the Potters a 2-1 win which lifted them to 36 points with 12 Premier League games still to play. He joined Chelsea in the summer of…

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Matic ban undermines English football, claims Chelsea boss Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that the two-match ban for midfielder Nemanja Matic ‘undermines the credibility of English football’, Sky Sports is reporting. The Serb was sent off in his last game for pushing Burnley striker Ashley Barnes to the floor in retaliation to a dangerous challenge that Mourinho believed could have led to the end of his career. Barnes was not dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson, and avoided retrospective punishment from the Football Association. However, Matic was handed a three-match ban, which was later reduced to two following…

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Sherwood: Aston Villa must be braver

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told his side that they must be ‘braver’ as he leads them in their battle for Premier League survival, the Birmingham Mail has reported. The West Midlands club travel to Newcastle United looking to avoid a demoralising seventh consecutive Premier League defeat in what will be Sherwood’s second match in charge, having conceded to a late penalty which saw them lose 2-1 at home to Stoke City last time out. It is a run that has seen them slip to 19th in the Premier…

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Man City boss Pellegrini backs Kompany

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has offered his backing to captain Vincent Kompany, whose performances have been the subject of criticism in recent weeks, the Guardian has reported. The 28-year-old has displayed patchy form all season, and was subjected to a difficult evening by Barcelona in the Champions League last time out as Luis Suarez scored a brace at the Etihad Stadium. He now prepares to take on Liverpool on Sunday in what will be a key game in City’s challenge for the title He has not had a regular…

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De Gea dismisses rumours of van Gaal fallout

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has insisted that rumours of a breakdown in the relationship between himself and manager Louis van Gaal are completely untrue, the Daily Mail has reported. The Spaniard has been widely acknowledged as the club’s most consistent performer this season, making a number of crucial saves to help them to fourth place in the Premier League, despite a number of unconvincing displays from the team itself. He is now in his fourth season at Old Trafford, having joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer of…

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Hull fined for breaching FFP rules

Hull City have been fined £145,000 by UEFA after breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, but Premier League rivals Liverpool have avoided punishment, Goal.com has reported. The Tigers, owned by Egyptian businessman Assem Allam, are one of four European clubs to be fined by UEFA as part of their investigation. Should they not meet the requirements of European football’s governing body in the coming months, they could be made to pay another £290,000. Introduced in 2012, Financial Fair Play rules require clubs to not lose more than they earn over a…

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Man Utd vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United can re-cement their place in the top four of the Premier League when they take on a Sunderland side with only one win in eight games. The luck finally ran out for the Red Devils in their last outing as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City. They may have had most of the possession in the second half, but the result came following a run of only two defeats in 20 games, achieved despite a series of below-par performances. Robin van Persie continues to appear…

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West Brom vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be looking to return to the top four of the Premier League with all three points against West Bromwich Albion, who have lost just once so far in 2015. After two dominant home performances against Swansea City in the league and then West Ham United in the FA Cup, Albion’s trip to Sunderland last time out was a much tighter affair, but they will undoubtedly have been the happier of the two sides from a fairly tame goalless draw. Since becoming Head Coach, Tony Pulis has restored Claudio…

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Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be determined to end a run of six Premier League defeats and aid their fight against relegation with victory away to a Newcastle United team that is also looking to respond after being made to suffer last time out. From the moment Vurnon Anita’s errant touch led to the award of a penalty for Manchester City, it was evident that the Magpies were in for a long 90 minutes against the champions, who duly racked up five, leaving Head Coach John Carver bitterly disappointed at the lack…

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Burnley vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Burnley can move out of the bottom three of the Premier League with victory in a crucial clash with ninth-placed Swansea City at Turf Moor. It was match marred by controversy, but Burnley’s point away to leaders Chelsea could prove invaluable at the end of the season, although they could live to regret the number of points they have dropped against relegation rivals. With just three home wins all season, the Clarets must take advantage of this one. Recent days have seen more talk over the future of top scorer…

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Stoke vs Hull – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City will be aiming to make it three Premier League wins in succession against Stoke City, for whom victory would leave them just one point shy of the magic 40-point mark. The home side deserve plenty of credit for the manner in which they battled to a 2-1 victory in their last game at Aston Villa, particularly as they came from behind with a makeshift back four. It was also the perfect response to two heavy defeats, with plenty of criticism having been aimed in their direction after the…

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West Ham vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to recover from their late anguish at Tottenham by coming out on top against another London rival in Crystal Palace. Sam Allardyce’s men could not have done much more to earn what would have been a thoroughly deserved third consecutive victory at White Hart Lane, but a last-gasp equaliser from Harry Kane means that they have still only won once in the Premier League since December 20. But there were many positives to draw from what was a strong and disciplined away performance. Restored…

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Beckham reveals repaired relationship with old Man Utd boss Ferguson

David Beckham has revealed he and Sir Alex Ferguson are again on friendly terms after the pair fell out during their time together at Manchester United, ESPN has reported. Beckham left United for Real Madrid in the summer of 2003, having been allegedly struck above the eye with a boot kicked by Ferguson. Ferguson accused Beckham in his 2013 book of thinking he was more important at the club than the then-manager, but Beckham has since explained that for all the disagreements he had with Ferguson, he never lost his…

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Wenger: Don’t blame Giroud for Arsenal defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come to the defence of Olivier Giroud after the striker was criticised in the aftermath of the Gunners’ Champions League defeat against Monaco, ESPN has reported. Monaco left the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 away win, the goals coming from Geoffrey Kondogbia, former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov, and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got a goal back for Arsenal before Ferreria-Carrasco restored the principality club’s two-goal lead while Giroud missed a number of chances to score, causing a section of the…

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‘Tottenham have to take their chance in Capital One Cup final’

Paul Scholes believes Tottenham Hotspur can’t be afraid when they face Chelsea in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, the former Manchester United midfielder writing in the Independent that taking risks is the key to winning. Scholes, a League Cup winner with United in the 2008-09 season and again in 2009-10, said that for Spurs’ young side – which includes the likes of the prolific striker Harry Kane and midfielders Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb – it’s an opportunity to land a first trophy at an early stage in their careers.…

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Man Utd to be without van Persie for ‘a long time’

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed Robin van Persie faces an extended period on the injury list, Sky Sports has reported. Van Persie has picked up a problem with his ankle and though van Gaal insisted it wasn’t serious, he did admit it would take a while to heal enough for the striker to return to playing. Van Persie was injured late in United’s 2-1 defeat against Swansea City on February 21. “He is injured,” van Gaal confirmed regarding van Persie’s status at a pre-match Press conference ahead…

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Dynamo Kiev a tough Europa League draw, admits Everton boss Martinez

Roberto Martinez has acknowledged Everton have been given a difficult task in the Europa League Round of 16 as the Premier League side were paired with Dynamo Kiev, BBC Sport reports. The Toffees reached the last 16 with a 7-2 aggregate win over Swiss side Young Boys, winning 4-1 in Bern and 3-1 at Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in the first leg, in Switzerland, and claimed a brace in the win on Merseyside, with Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas also on target. Dynamo, meanwhile, saw off French…

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Arsenal midfielder Wilshere has ankle surgery

Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Jack Wilshere has undergone ankle surgery, with manager Arsene Wenger insisting the procedure was only minor, BBC Sport has reported. Wilshere has been on the sidelines since picking up the problem in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat against Manchester United in November. Wilshere had to be substituted after 55 minutes of the match at the Emirates Stadium, replaced by Santi Cazorla in a fixture won by a Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike, Olivier Giroud scoring late on for the hosts. England international Wilshere…

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Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham: Second-half double sees Tottenham out of the Europa League

Fiorentina scored two goals in the second-half against Tottenham to send the Premier League side out of the Europa League, reports BBC Sport. The first-half between the two clubs was goalless, clear-cut chances at a premium. Tottenham were forced to rest key names for a Capital One Cup final to come in a few days so they weren’t at their strongest. The Londoners had to score to go through, but they just couldn’t conjure a goal. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were guilty of an error-strewn showing over the 90 minutes, and…

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Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool: Liverpool knocked out of Europa League on penalties

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren missed the decisive penalty as Besiktas won a penalty shootout, with the two sides having been level on aggregate in normal time and extra time, reports BBC Sport. The game had few clear cut chances to talk about in the first 45 minutes, which was Liverpool’s game plan. The Reds didn’t need to win to go through to the next round of the Europa League, but they had to make sure they didn’t lose in 90 minutes. Unfortunately for manager Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool conceded in the…

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Everton 3-1 Young Boys: Toffees into the Europa League last-16 following comfortable aggregate win

Everton booked their place in the last-16 of the Europa League with a very convincing home win against Swiss side Young Boys. Romelu Lukaku continued his fine run in the competition with a brace, as Roberto Martinez’s side came from behind to win, reports BBC Sport. Young Boys took the lead 13 minutes into the game through Sekou Sanogo to threaten somewhat of a comeback. But their joy didn’t last too long as Everton found an equaliser. Romelu Lukaku scored in the 25th minute from the spot, after the Merseyside…

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Gutierrez to make Newcastle return

Jonas Gutierrez is in the Newcastle squad to play Aston Villa, his first involvement in a Premier League fixture since recovering from testicular cancer, BBC Sport has confirmed. Gutierrez is to start among the substitutes, manager John Carver has revealed, in what he described as a ‘huge lift for everybody.’ Gutierrez hasn’t played a Premier League game since April 2014, when he was on loan at Norwich City, and his last league run-out for the Magpies came in October 2013, when he was part of the team that beat Cardiff…

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Nani hasn’t heard from Man Utd boss van Gaal

Luis Nani has revealed he has not been in contact with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal since leaving the club on loan to Sporting Lisbon, ESPN has reported. Nani was allowed to leave Old Trafford as part of the deal to sign Argentina international defender Marcos Rojo, with Nani returning to his first club – the one from which he joined United in 2007. After seven seasons, 230 games and 40 goals, Nani has confirmed he would be open to returning to United and explained that he has had…

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Sakho close to Liverpool comeback

Liverpool will soon have Mamadou Sakho back available after the defender confirmed his return to training is imminent, ESPN has reported. A hip problem ruled Sakho out of the Reds’ last game, the 2-0 win over Southampton, and he will also be missing for the trip to Turkey to play Besiktas in the Europa League. The France international, replaced by Dejan Lovren against the Saints, last appeared in the first leg win over Besiktas on February 19. Sakho revealed on Twitter that he will be in training on Saturday and…

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Mertesacker: Arsenal need Monaco miracle

Per Mertesacker has admitted Arsenal’s defeat at home to Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League tie has left the club needing a miracle and a wonderful night in the principality, the Daily Mail has reported. Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov put Monaco into a two-goal lead before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back, but Yannick Ferreira Carrasco re-established the deficit with a late counter-attack, leaving Arsenal with a mountain to climb in the return fixture – to be played on March 17. Never before has a team lost…

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