West Ham facing fierce competition for Bournemouth striker and PSG starlet

West Ham, Inter and Olympiakos are all interested in Bournemouth winger Max Gradel and are willing to pay his £10 million asking price, according to The Daily Mail. The Ivory Coast international joined the Cherries only last summer from French side Saint-Etienne, as they paid £7 million for his services. Gradel provided only one goal and two assists in his first Premier League season, as a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for six months. However, the 28-year-old has impressed since his return to action for the Cherries and is now wanted by…

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Eden Hazard scored twice in the Premier League and Twitter went nuts [Videos]

Chelsea brought home a 4-1 away victory against Bournemouth on Saturday. Eden Hazard got his first action in six weeks and immediately scored two goals, his firsts of the Premier League season. Goal 1 (2-0):   Goal 2 (4-1):   Not surprisingly, Twitter jumped all over the place when the Belgian finally broke the deadlock… Hazard scored..THE END IS NEAR — ~$H@FT~ 3:16 (@kent_lion) 23 april 2016 Our reaction to Hazard scoring his first Premier League goal of the season…https://t.co/qAWD0gYofq — BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) 23 april 2016 Hazard has scored a…

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Bournemouth vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth go in search of a famous league double against a Chelsea side that will be determined to recover from successive Premier League defeats in which they have failed to score. With the exception of a trip to bottom club Aston Villa, it has been a difficult few weeks for Bournemouth. Heavy losses have been suffered against high-flying duo Tottenham and Manchester City, while last time out they came away with nothing despite a spirited showing against Liverpool, so Eddie Howe will be hoping his side have better luck here.…

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Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

After the euphoric scenes that greeted their amazing Europa League quarter-final victory on Thursday, Liverpool now resume their domestic duties with a visit to a Bournemouth side that got back to winning ways last time out. Having suffered heavy defeats in successive games against Tottenham and Manchester City, a trip to rock-bottom Aston Villa was the perfect tonic for Bournemouth, whose superiority in all departments was evident from the start. The win they earned lifted them up to 11th place, which emphasises just how well they have adapted to the Premier League, especially given it is the…

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Aston Villa vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa can finally be put out of their misery and see their relegation confirmed this weekend, which sees them take to the field against a Bournemouth side that is hoping to hit back from successive heavy defeats. After claiming victory away to the Cherries on the opening day of the season, only two more have followed for Aston Villa and two managers have departed, so for most of the season it has been a case of when rather than if their inevitable demotion to the second tier will be rubber…

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Bournemouth vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to retain their increasingly slender grip on a Champions League place when they visit a Bournemouth side which will still be harbouring ambitions of a top-half finish. Home boss Eddie Howe will be calling on his team to produce an improvement for this one after they rather went down without a fight in their last match away to title hopefuls Tottenham. Behind within a minute, the Cherries rarely looked capable of mounting a recovery and duly ended up suffering a comprehensive defeat which ended an impressive run…

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Tottenham vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

With no more cup distractions, Tottenham will now be focusing all of their efforts on trying to make up the gap to the top of the Premier League, beginning at home to in-form Bournemouth on Sunday. It was quite obvious from his team selections that manager Mauricio Pochettino saw the Europa League as little more than an unnecessary distraction as Spurs were well beaten 5-1 on aggregate by a far superior Borussia Dortmund. However, there are few sides better than them domestically at present as they continue to fight for…

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Bournemouth vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Two clubs that have made huge strides towards achieving Premier League safety of late come together to fight for three more priceless points at the Vitality Stadium, as Bournemouth take on Swansea City. Although they were up against a Newcastle United side that offered very little in opposition, Bournemouth’s performance in their 3-1 win on Tyneside was one of a comfortable, established top-flight outfit. Exuding confidence, Eddie Howe’s men produced a show of fine free-flowing football that was backed up by a cutting edge as Josh King looked dangerous throughout,…

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Newcastle vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be after a much-needed third successive home win as they look to haul themselves out of the drop zone, but may have their work cut out against a Bournemouth side that has travelled well of late. This game marks the beginning of a vital run of fixtures which may play a major part in deciding the Magpies’ fate this season, as meetings with fellow relegation battlers Sunderland and Norwich City lie ahead following a trip to leaders Leicester City. They will be hoping to make the most…

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Bournemouth vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be aiming to end a run of three successive home defeats in all competitions when they face rivals Southampton, whose run of six games unbeaten was brought to an end last time out. A draw away to mid-table Watford on Saturday was a decent result for Bournemouth as they continued to show enterprising form on their travels, but it could have been more as a couple of presentable second half chances were missed. The big positive of the afternoon, however, was the return of summer signing Max Gradel…

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Watford vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be determined to increase the gap between themselves and the drop zone when they face FA Cup quarter-finalists Watford, who are just four points away from the magic 40-mark. Manager Quique Flores opted to rest several of his players for last weekend’s tie at home to Leeds United, but an own goal early in the second half was enough to see them through into the last eight of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition and further enhance what has been a tremendous season for the Hornets. Aside from…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Bournemouth vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After seeing their cushion over the bottom three cut to five points, Bournemouth will be hoping to pick up their fourth home league win of the season when they come up against out-of-form Stoke City. Despite having their fair share of possession and having more than enough attempts on goal, Bournemouth were made to pay for lacking that little bit of quality in their last match as two goals in as many minutes saw them lose to title chasing Arsenal. A couple of poor pieces of defending cost them overall,…

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Price per goal revealed for every Premier League team

The Premier League and its ticket prices, it’s been a hot topic recently, with Liverpool fans protesting a 30 per cent rise and eventually getting the Reds’ management to reverse the decision. Now, Eurosport has revealed the ticket price per goal for all 20 Premier League clubs. Like in the standings, Leicester City lead the way, with fans of the Foxes having effectively paid only £7.76 for every goal they have witnessed. There have been 34 goals scored at the King Power Stadium in a dozen matches so far, 21 by Leicester. West…

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Premier League could be set for record amount of ACL injuries

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma is out for six months after damaging his knee during the Blues’ encounter with Manchester United, making the defender the ninth Premier League player with an ACL injury this season. According to The Daily Mail, ACL injuries are on the rise, which is one of the most devastating (knee) injuries in the world of football, even in the world of sports. Zouma joined Bournemouth’s trio of Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings, and Max Gradel, Liverpool’s duo of Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, Newcastle’s Tim Krul, West Ham’s Carl Jenkinson,…

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Bournemouth vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be determined to get their title challenge back on track on Sunday with a win away to Bournemouth, who have lost just twice in their last 14 matches in all competitions. It has been a fine run for the Cherries, who are doing a good job of staying clear of danger in their first top-flight season as seven points now separate them and the bottom three. The January arrival of Benik Afobe has clearly given them a major boost, with the striker having scored in his last three league…

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What would happen to the Premier League table if only goals from English players counted?

It’s a hypothetical question that will never become a reality, but still it’s fun to know. What would happen to the Premier League table if only goals from English players counted? For starters, Tottenham would jump to the lead, collecting an impressive 52 points, seven more than they have now, sitting in third place. The Spurs would also have conceded just two goals in 24 matches, not losing once. Leicester City would drop from first to second place, as they would lose three points (50 tot 47). Still, the Foxes…

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Newcastle were biggest spenders during the winter transfer window

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Newcastle were the biggest spenders during the winter transfer window, with all Premier League clubs spending a total of £186.4 million in January, according to The Daily Mail. The Magpies brought Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet to St. James’ Park, spending a total of £28.5m on those three players, while also landing Seydou Doumbia on loan from Italian giants AS Roma. Two other clubs topped the £20m spending limit and that were Watford and Norwich, with both spending £26.1m. The Hornets bought Abdoulaye Doucoure from Rennes for £8m and Adalberto Penaranda for…

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Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Having slipped into the bottom half of the table, Crystal Palace will be desperate for their first Premier League victory since December 22 when they welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to Selhurst Park. Just mere weeks ago the Eagles were fifth, but a poor run that has coincided with a lean spell in front of goal has seen them career down the standings in what is at present a very congested league. Ahead of this encounter they will be hoping that progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup will…

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FA Cup draw throws clash of the titans

The draw for the FA Cup’s fifth round has just been completed and it has thrown some interesting ties. The tie of the round puts Chelsea against Manchester City, a true clash of titans! Guus Hiddink’s men will host the Citizens at Stamford Bridge to keep their cup campaign alive. The Dutchman has previously admitted that the FA Cup remains the biggest hope for the Blues to win some silverware this season and now, they will need to do it the hard-way. In other significant draws, Tottenham will host Premier League rivals…

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Sunderland vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to close the four point gap between themselves and the safety line with a win at home to a Bournemouth side that lies six points and four places above them in the Premier League table. The hosts had to soak up a lot of pressure in the opening 40 minutes of their game last weekend at Tottenham before taking the lead through the in-form Patrick van Aanholt following a rare foray forward. However, they committed the cardinal sin of conceding an avoidable equaliser just moments later and were…

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Bournemouth vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be hoping to win for the first time in five Premier League matches when they host Norwich City, with both sides intent on extending the gap between themselves and the relegation zone. A strong first half display counted for little for Bournemouth on Tuesday as they slid to a 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham United, proving unable to cope with the quality of Dimitri Payet in particular, with goalkeeper Artur Boruc forced into some fine saves which served to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable. They are…

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Bournemouth vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence with a third successive win as they head to Bournemouth, who have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches. The hosts showed real determination to cling on to a point in their last league outing at Leicester City after having Simon Francis sent off for a foul which led to a disputed penalty kick, which was well saved by Artur Boruc. The Pole’s goal did occasionally lead a charmed life at the King Power Stadium, but at the same…

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How Bournemouth became bigger than AC Milan

Powerful TV money has made even the smallest Premier League able to spend big during the transfer window, some even more than traditional European giants, according to The Daily Mail. It’s already an established phenomenon that most of the Premier League’s clubs can now compete with virtually every club in the major leagues of Europe for top players aside from the ‘mega’ clubs of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. Last summer alone saw some of the Premier League’s ‘smaller’ clubs hire stars from teams with much more illustrious…

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Leicester vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

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Kept off the top of the Premier League only by goal difference at the halfway mark, Leicester will be after their first win in three matches as they host a Bournemouth side looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three. After seeing their terrific run come to an end on Boxing Day with defeat at Liverpool, Claudio Ranieri’s team did well to earn a point at home to Manchester City three days later, especially as had they lost it may have allowed a few doubts to creep…

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