Everton vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Both Everton and Tottenham have fallen some way short short of their target of finishing in the top four this season, but will be keen to conclude with a win as they meet on Sunday. Indeed, the Toffees come into this still fighting for a place in the top half, such has been their indifference. A talented squad has found the demands of the Europa League tough to cope with, but they are at least ending the season positively, with six wins in their last outings. The most recent of…

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Arsenal vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will look to end their league season by winning for the first time in four matches against West Bromwich Albion, who have not lost in five. It has been a frustrating couple of weeks for the North London side, who have fired blanks in their last three home matches and needed a fortunate own goal to earn them a point at Manchester United. However, only an unlikely goals swing would see them relinquish third place to the Red Devils. There was plenty of endeavour in their attempts to end…

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Stoke vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be hoping to cling on to fifth place in the Premier League as they travel to Stoke City, who are already guaranteed a second successive ninth-placed finish. Mark Hughes’ first game in charge of the Potters was at Liverpool in last season’s opening game, and this season’s achievement of gaining a record 51 points is a measure of the progress he has made in that time, attracting some fine players to the Britannia Stadium in the process. In-form midfielder Charlie Adam will sense an opportunity to prove himself…

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Chelsea vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland are free to relax in their final game of the season as they go to Chelsea, who afterwards will lift the Premier League trophy three weeks since being crowned champions. Such has been the Blues’ dominance of the top-flight this season, they were able to afford a shoddy performance and a bizarre sending off for Cesc Fabregas as they were well beaten 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion on Monday. Typically, Jose Mourinho pointed the finger of blame at their faltering title rivals. Diego Costa was back in the team…

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Aston Villa vs Burnley – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be keen to bounce back from their hammering last time out by seeing off Burnley, who play their last top-flight game before returning to the Championship. After a fine run of form which inspired their escape from the threat of relegation, it was quite astonishing to see Villa taken apart by a rampant Southampton, conceding a blistering hat-trick to Sadio Mane and a brace from Shane Long amid shambolic defending to be out of the game by half-time. It is the kind of showing which they cannot afford…

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Crystal Palace vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City complete a highly satisfactory season with a trip to Crystal Palace, who could achieve a top half finish should they win and other results go in their favour. The home side are now well on their way to emulating their opponents and becoming an established Premier League team, showing real quality since the turn of the year and outplaying Liverpool at Anfield in their most recent outing, somewhat spoiling Steven Gerrard’s farewell. Jason Puncheon has repeated his exploits at the tail end of last season by being among…

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Leicester vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

There will be a party atmosphere at the King Power Stadium on Sunday as Leicester City, safe from relegation, face a Queens Park Rangers side who are condemned to the Championship. Very few people gave the Foxes any hope of beating the drop just a couple of months ago, but their superb run ensures that they look forward to more top-flight football next term. And here there is double reason to celebrate, with hardworking striker Jamie Vardy having earned an England call-up. It was a strong defensive performance which produced…

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Man United table £46m bid for Gareth Bale

Manchester United have apparently made an opening £46million bid to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, according to the Metro. The Red Devils have held a long standing interest in the Welshman and are keen to bring him back to the Premier League this summer after he endured a torrid season in the Spanish capital. Bale has struggled to get the demanding Madrid fans off his back this term as he has continually been the subject for some vociferous abuse from the stands. United are keen to capitalise on this…

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Martinez ‘agrees terms with Arsenal’

Reports in Portugal claim that FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has agreed terms with Arsenal ahead of a high-profile summer move to the Emirates Stadium, according to the Metro. Martinez has been considerably sought after for some time and this summer looks set to be the time for him to move on, having been given a send off by Porto supporters in their last game of the season against Penafiel on Friday. The Colombian has reportedly been looking to move on, with Manchester United and Tottenham linked, but Arsenal now have agreed a…

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Berahino urged to commit future to West Brom

West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Tony Pulis has urged top scorer Saido Berahino to commit his future to the club by signing a new and improved contract, the Birmingham Mail has reported. There is widespread interest in the 21-year-old, who has had a fine season for the Baggies, scoring an impressive 20 Premier League goals including two in Monday’s memorable 3-0 success over champions Chelsea. Europa League hopefuls Liverpool and Tottenham are among the sides especially keen, with bids expected to come in for Berahino when the transfer window opens.…

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Sunderland make Advocaat offer to stay

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has revealed that the club have made him an offer to remain at the club for next season after successfully keeping them in the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported. The experienced Dutchman took over in mid-March with the Black Cats in the bottom three and with only four wins to their name following an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to fellow strugglers Aston Villa. He oversaw a defeat in his first game at West Ham United, but since then he has led them to safety with…

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Aston Villa boss Sherwood hopeful of keeping Vlaar

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is optimistic that central defender and captain Ron Vlaar will choose to stay at the club for next season despite his current contract expiring at the end of June, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Dutch international has been constantly linked with a move away from the West Midlands, and has allowed his contract to run down amid interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Southampton along with beaten Europa League semi-finalists Napoli. The FA Cup final against Arsenal on May 30 is set…

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Man City to make £45m Sterling bid

Manchester City have emerged as heavy favourites to sign unsettled Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, and will make a £45m bid when the transfer window opens, according to the Daily Mail. It has been widely reported that Sterling will reject a contract worth £100,000 per week and tell Liverpool that he would like to leave, rumours intensified by comments made by his agent, with Aidy Ward claiming in an interview with the London Evening Standard that the 20-year-old will not commit his future to the club even if he were offered…

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Monk: Swansea stars not for sale

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has insisted that only ‘astronomical’ transfer fees would see any of his star players prised away from South Wales during the summer, BBC Sport has reported. It has been suggested that a number of key names in the Swansea squad could be highly sought after thanks to a superb season all round for the club. Ahead of Sunday’s final game of the season at Crystal Palace, they have already achieved their highest Premier League finish of eighth, with a record 56 points, in what has…

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Barcelona to beat Man Utd to Ilkay Gundogan signing

Ilkay Gundogan Borussia Dortmund

FC Barcelona lead the chase to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that the player has already passed a medical with the Liga giants – which would be a significant blow to Manchester United. Gundogan’s contract expires in 2016, and last month Dortmund announced on their official account that he had elected against extending his deal. Borussia Dortmund und Mittelfeldspieler @Guendogan8 werden nicht über den 30. Juni 2016 hinaus zusammenarbeiten. pic.twitter.com/ONvIdZesCf — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 30, 2015 That translates to: “Borussia Dortmund…

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Arsenal vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will ensure safety and extend their eight-year stay in the Premier League if they can avoid defeat away to Arsenal, who can confirm third place with victory. A draw at Manchester United on Sunday suited the Gunners in their attempts to qualify for the Champions League group stage, although achieving a top-two finish for the first time in a decade now looks unlikely. They improved as the game wore on at Old Trafford, but were largely toothless and had a massive slice of fortune for the equalising goal. Should…

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West Brom vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be looking for their first away win at West Bromwich Albion in for years in what is the final Monday evening clash of this Premier League season. It has been a strong recent run for the home side, who have a strong home record under Tony Pulis despite a blip in March. He also knows how to contain Jose Mourinho’s side, having earned a famous victory while manager of Crystal Palace last term. His latest team will be typically well organised here. There will be some regret at…

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La Liga giants ready to move for Manchester United and Arsenal target

Atletico Madrid are believed to be readying a bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, who has also been linked to Manchester United in recent months. The Uruguayan forward is set to be one of the key protagonists of the upcoming transfer window, with several clubs linked to his signature. United and Arsenal have been heavily linked to the forward, according to the Express, although the same source have also indicated that Juventus are closing in on a move for the forward, with a fee of £36 million being reported.…

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Liverpool and Tottenham target confirms he will be looking for a new club this summer

Olympique de Marseille forward Andre Ayew has confirmed that he will be leaving the Ligue 1 giants this summer. It is news that the French footballing world has long been anticipating, as OM and the Ghana superstar had reached a contract impasse over the last few months. The player acknowledged, last weekend, that it was not yet certain that he would leave the Stade Velodrome, but earlier this week, OM president Vincent Labrune admitted that the Phoceens had given up hope of re-signing the Black Star [Xinhua, via The Statesman].…

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Van Gaal advises PSG target to stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has advised Angel Di Maria to remain at Manchester United next season, but has admitted that he may leave the club, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested in his services. Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford accompanied by great expectations having won the Champions League with Real Madrid last season. However, he has already been linked with a departure from the club. According to the Daily Mail, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the winger and are considering a deal to take him to the Parc des Princes this…

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Arsenal target Petr Cech on the move as Chelsea eye replacement

Petr Cech Chelsea

Chelsea seem to be resigned to losing veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech this summer, with the Blues reportedly targeting Queens Park Rangers’ Rob Green as his replacement, according to the Daily Star. The Star claim that Chelsea’s move for Green should open the door for Cech to sign for Arsenal, with the 32-year-old apparently himself claiming he is “99 per cent” sure that he will be plying his trade at the Emirates next season. QPR have been poor this season, and have consequently (and deservedly) been relegated. This, along with their…

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Everton make transfer enquiry for Manchester United outcast

Everton could the benefactors of Louis van Gaal’s fractured relationship with Nani, as the Toffees would reportedly like to take the Portuguese winger on loan next season. The 28-year-old has made just one substitute appearance for Manchester United this campaign, having spent most of the year back in his home country, with first club Sporting Lisbon. And, while he has done well for the side, scoring ten goals in the league and Champions League, The Sun have reported that the club cannot afford to keep him permanently, as he currently earns £110,000…

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Steven Gerrard loses out to Manchester United legend in greatest Premier League midfielder poll

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made his very last appearance for the club at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, and his side lost 1-3 after a miserable performance. His day will be tainted more by the fact that he lost out to former England team-mate Paul Scholes in a Sky Sports poll that chose the Premier League’s greatest ever midfielder. Gerrard was joined by Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard and the former United duo of Roy Keane and Scholes as the four chosen candidates for fans to choose from. But despite…

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Man Utd vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

The final heavyweight clash of the season takes place at Old Trafford as Manchester United look to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding a Champions League play-off by beating rivals Arsenal. It was a massive relief for the Red Devils to end their three match run of no goals and no points with a hard-fought victory at Crystal Palace, where they held off a stern second half fight-back. They once again had goalkeeper David De Gea to thank; the Spaniard continuing to show why he is now the Premier…

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Swansea vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to notch a fifth consecutive Premier League and move a step closer to finishing in second place by winning at Swansea City. The former champions have the home side to thank for being in pole position, as Swansea did a superb job on Arsenal on Monday evening. Another fine defensive performance was complimented by Lukasz Fabianski being in unstoppable form in goal in his first game back at his former club. And it got even better for the men from South Wales as Bafetimbi Gomis…

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