Chelsea set to complete at least two signings before transfer deadline

After facing setbacks in the recent days of the transfer window, Chelsea are set to complete a couple of signings on the deadline day. The latest reports claim that the Blues agreed on a deal to sign Torino right-back Davide Zappacosta. Sky Sports claims that the Blues will pay £23m, plus add-ons, for the 25-year-old. The right-back has reportedly landed in London on Thursday evening to complete his medical ahead of finalising his move. Blues manager Antonio Conte is familiar with the Italian defender, as he selected him for the Italy national…

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Another transfer setback for Chelsea on deadline day

Premier League champions Chelsea can’t seem to get anything right in the transfer market of late. After losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, the Blues have now reportedly lost Swansea striker Fernando Llorente to Tottenham. Yesterday we reported that Blues manager Antonio Conte is keen to sign the former Juventus striker, but Spurs have gazumped their move on the deadline day. Spurs reportedly registered their interest in the player last-Wednesday and completed the signing by Thursday morning. According to La Liga journalist Guillem Blagaue, Llorente has agreed on a £12m move…

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Manchester United looking for a wide player on transfer deadline day

Manchester United have been linked with a couple of wide players in the last hours of the transfer window. In the first report, Daily Star claims that United manager Jose Mourinho has registered a late interest in Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler. The report claims that Mourinho is desperate to add a winger to his squad, and the German could be a last-minute arrival at Old Trafford. Draxler has become a surplus to requirements at PSG following the arrival of Neymar from Barcelona. He has also been linked with the…

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Arsenal fans set for disappointment on deadline day

Arsenal fans are set for disappointment for transfer deadline day, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein. The Gunners have signed only two players – Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac – this summer, and the club fans have been hoping for more enforcements – especially after the recent 4-0 humiliation against Liverpool. The Gunners have already agreed to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £40m deal to Liverpool, and according to Ornstein, they have no money for a major deal unless Alexis Sanchez departs for massive money or in a swap deal.…

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Chelsea planning a late swoop for Premier League striker and more deadline day updates

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to seal a last-minute swoop for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to talkSPORT. Llorente, who has previously played under the Italian manager at Juventus, was also a transfer target for the Blues in January, but a move never realized. The report claims that the Premier League champions are still interested in the 32-year-old, even though they are yet to lodge a bid for the Spanish striker. Llorente, who joined the Swans on a two-year deal from Sevilla last summer, has only one year…

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Sanchez, Chamberlain deals represent the internal lack of ambition at Arsenal

It’s groundhog day once again at Arsenal – two key players are set to leave the club after their contracts were inexplicably allowed to run down into their final year without renewal. The impending departures of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both represent the ultimate failings at Arsenal on different scales, as a star and a future star both seek pastures new to progress at different stages of their career. For Sanchez, 29, the reality has hit home that he will simply be unable to win the Premier League under…

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Liverpool prepared to offload Origi for Lemar

Liverpool have made a third bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar – and are willing to allow Divock Origi to join the Ligue 1 side in exchange. According to French outlet L’Équipe, the Reds have made an €80m bid for the 21-year-old, with €50m being paid up front before an additional payment of €30m to be made the following summer. In addition to cash, Liverpool hope they can use Monaco’s interest in forward Origi to their advantage by allowing the Belgian international to spend a year at the Stade Louis…

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Dundee vs Hibernian predictions and betting tips

Bottom-of-the-table Dundee will host Hibernian at Dens Park on Sunday afternoon. The hosts are yet to pick up a point this season and with a goal difference of -5, they are rooted in the last spot in the table. The Dee, who finished in the tenth spot last season, started this season with a 1-2 home defeat to Ross County. Following that, they have lost to Aberdeen and Hamilton on the road. Going into the game on Sunday, confidence is not high at Dundee and they will be second favourites…

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Tottenham vs Burnley predictions and betting tips

Tottenham will attempt to break their Wembley-hoodoo when they host Burnley at their new home on Sunday. Spurs started the season with a decent 2-0 win at Newcastle, but last weekend, they lost 2-1 to champions Chelsea at Wembley. Spurs need to start winning at their new home before it becomes a thing for them. Another failure to win at Wembley on Sunday will surely put unnecessary pressure on the title-chasing side this early in the season. Ahead of the game, the visitors find themselves level on points with their…

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Liverpool vs Arsenal predictions and betting tips

In arguably the biggest Premier League fixture of this weekend, Liverpool will host Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds will come into the game high on confidence after a good week on the pitch. During midweek, they defeated Hoffenheim at home to secure their berth in the Champions League group stage. On the domestic front, the Reds started the season with a disappointing 3-3 draw at Watford and followed that up a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace last weekend. Meanwhile, the Gunners will come into the game on…

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West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City predictions and betting tips

Can West Bromwich Albion continue their fairy-tale start to the season when they host Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon? The Baggies have won their opening two fixtures, and currently sit joint-top of the league table. They are one of the three sides to have maintained a perfect record this season and are yet to concede a goal. Baggies started the season with a 1-0 home win against Bournemouth, and last weekend they repeated the same scoreline at Burnley. Tony Pulis’ men also registered a 3-1 League Cup…

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Chelsea vs Everton predictions and betting tips

Chelsea will be hoping to build up on their 2-1 win at Tottenham when they host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Blues were under tremendous pressure following their opening-day defeat to Burnley, but the win over Spurs at Wembley must have had restored their confidence ahead of the game against the Toffees. Meanwhile, the Merseysiders have enjoyed a solid start to their season on multiple fronts. They started the league season with a 1-0 win over Stoke City and followed that up with a hard-fought draw at…

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Manchester United vs Leicester City predictions and betting tips

Manchester United will look to build on their perfect start to the season when they host 2015-16 champions Leicester City at Old Trafford in the late kickoff on Saturday. United have emerged as early-season favourites after registering consecutive 4-0 victories over West Ham and Swansea. The game against the Foxes could be United’s biggest test yet this season, but Jose Mourinho would be confident of his side getting three points at home. Romelu Lukaku has managed to score in each of his two league appearances for United while Paul Pogba…

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Motherwell vs Hearts predictions and betting tips

Ahead of their upcoming game at Fir Park, both Motherwell and Hearts find themselves separated by a solitary point in the league table. The hosts started the season with back-to-back defeats to Rangers and St Johnstone, but they tasted their first success of the season with a 2-0 home win over Ross County last weekend. Hearts are set to play first four fixtures of their season away from home with construction going on at their stadium. They started the season with a 1-4 defeat at Celtic, and no one can…

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Celtic vs St Johnstone predictions and betting tips

Scottish champions Celtic arguably face their toughest domestic challenge yet this season as they host St Johnstone at Celtic Park on Saturday. Both clubs have maintained their perfect start to the season, and currently, the Hoops are better off than their opponents only by a solitary goal on goal difference. The Hoops have registered wins over Hearts, Patrick Thistle and Kilmarnock this season while they have also qualified to the group stages of Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ men travelled all the way to Kazakhstan for the second leg of their…

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Kilmarnock vs Hamilton predictions and betting tips

Kilmarnock find themselves joint-bottom of the table with no points as they prepare to host Hamilton at Rugby Park on Saturday. Killie comfortably avoided relegation last summer, but early signs this season suggest that they could face a difficult time in the Scottish top tier this season. Hamilton enjoy a good record at this ground and they will be feeling confident following back-to-back wins in the league. The hosts have already lost to St. Johnstone, Hearts and Celtic this season, and all these results have come at home. In the…

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Naivety cost inexperienced Nagelsmann and Hoffenheim at Anfield

“I’m not in awe of this club. We know it’s a big name with a lot of history. But I’m looking forward to it. We’ve shown in the first leg that we coped well with them. We can deal with fast attackers.” The words of Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann during his pre-match press conference, ahead of his side’s second leg tie with Liverpool at Anfield. The 30-year-old was similarly outspoken in the aftermath of their 2-1 defeat in the first leg. “We had the ball in many important spaces. He…

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Watford vs Brighton and Hove Albion predictions and betting tips

The Hornets have made an impressive start to life under new manager Marco Silva, and they find themselves undefeated following two rounds of games. On Saturday, they will face newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road. The visitors, who are making their debut in Premier League this season, are without a point and have suffered defeats in their opening two games. The Hornets started the season with an impressive last-minute 3-3 draw with Liverpool at home. Next weekend, they built up on their start with a 2-0 win…

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Newcastle United vs West Ham United predictions and betting tips

Newcastle and West Ham are both in desperate need of points ahead of their league clash at St James’ Park on Saturday. Both sides are yet to register a point this season and find themselves at the bottom of the table. The Magpies are yet to score a goal this season and have lost their opening two fixtures to Tottenham and Huddersfield respectively. There is a sense of crisis developing at the club right now, and another defeat on Saturday could make matters worse for manager Rafa Benitez. The Hammers…

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Huddersfield Town vs Southampton predictions and betting tips

Huddersfield Town have surprised everyone with their perfect start to life in Premier League. The Terriers have won their opening two fixtures and currently sit joint-top of the league table. In game week 3, the Terriers will host Southampton at The John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday. The Saints will come into the game on the back of the last-minute 3-2 win over West Ham United. The Terriers have not only managed maximum points from their opening two games, but they have done it in a convincing manner. David Wagner’s men…

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Crystal Palace vs Swansea City predictions and betting tips

Pointless Crystal Palace will host Swansea City at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The Eagles have suffered 0-3 and 0-1 defeats to Huddersfield and Liverpool respectively and currently sit joint-bottom at the table. Swansea have also struggled on the scoring front this season as they started the season with a goalless draw against Southampton and followed that up with the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United. Eagles boss Frank de Boer is under immense pressure to put points on the board and anything other than a win against the Swans will only…

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Bournemouth vs Manchester City predictions and betting tips

Bournemouth have made a terrible start to the new season, and it doesn’t look like getting better any time soon. The Cherries, who have lost their opening two fixtures, will host Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The South Coast club are yet to score a goal this season, and they must open their goalscoring account against City if they want to get something out of the game. In their last fixture, they lost 2-0 to Watford at home. The Citizens started the season on a bright note…

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Chelsea interested in Leicester star, £62m failed bid for striker and more

Chelsea have reportedly identified Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as a replacement for Diego Costa. The Blues have already signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid this summer, but according to the Mirror, Blues boss Antonio Conte also wants to bring in a striker with Premier League experience. The Italian has reportedly identified Vardy as a potential recruitment this summer. The 30-year-old scored 13 league goals for the Foxes last season and has already scored a couple this season. The England international was a target for Arsenal last summer, but he…

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Why Barcelona gave up on Philippe Coutinho?

Liverpool can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Barcelona have ended their interest in their Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho. The latest report from Liverpool Echo claims that the Catalans have finally accepted defeat in their pursuit after seeing three bids rejected by the Reds. The Catalan club, despite their best efforts to unbalance the Brazilian at Merseyside, will now have to continue their search for Neymar’s replacement elsewhere. The Catalan club had been interested in Coutinho for quite some time, but they started pursuing him actively only after losing…

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Tottenham vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips

In what would be the first clash of Titans this summer, Tottenham will host London-rivals Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. These two sides claimed the top two spots in Premier League last season, and this game would serve as an early indicator of which direction the wind is blowing in the league this season. Spurs started the season on the victorious note with a 2-0 win at Newcastle while Chelsea slumped to shocking 2-3 defeat to Burnley at home. Spurs have progressed massively since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino,…

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