Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne suffers knee injury in training

Manchester City have been dealt a major blow in their title defence as midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday. De Bruyne was immediately sent for tests on suspected ligament damage but later appeared with his teammates in Manchester at the premiere of All or Nothing, a documentary about last season’s champions to be aired on Amazon Prime, on crutches and with his right knee heavily strapped. The extent of the injury is still unknown although there are fears the Belgian international could be out…

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool are like Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago

Jürgen Klopp has likened Liverpool to Rocky Balboa on the basis they must work and compete harder than any of their rivals to win the Premier League title. The Liverpool manager, a huge fan of the Rocky films, said: “We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago.” The analogy was not that Liverpool are underdogs, he later explained, but that they must be prepared to sacrifice everything to end the club’s current 28-year wait for a 19th league championship. “It’s not about being the underdog, not one little bit,” said Klopp. “I…

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Joe Hart completes £3.5m Burnley switch from Manchester City

Burnley have completed the signing of Joe Hart from Manchester City on a two-year deal for a fee in the region of £3.5m. The move to Turf Moor ends Hart’s 12-year association with the Premier League champions where he was previously undisputed first choice before Pep Guardiola’s 2016 arrival meant he became surplus to requirements. Hart spent the past two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham but failed to establish himself at either club, and subsequently missed out on England’s World Cup squad. Burnley manager Sean Dyche did…

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Aguero double seals Community Shield win for Manchester City

Manchester City defeated Chelsea 2-0 to lift the curtain-raising Community Shield courtesy of two goals from Sergio Aguero in either half at Wembley on Sunday. The Argentine striker opened the scoring in the 13th minute as he drove home with his left foot, low through Rudiger’s legs and across Caballero into the bottom corner. The goal came about through the impressive Phil Foden’s decisive probing that began from just right of centre with Chelsea offering no resistance. Aguero doubled City’s advantage 13 minutes into the second period when John Stones stopped…

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Samir Nasri’s doping ban extended from six to 18 months after Uefa win appeal

Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased from six to 18 months following Uefa’s ethics and disciplinary inspector’s decision to appeal the original sentence that was deemed too lenient. Nasri was given the ban in February after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) rules. Uefa’s ethics and disciplinary inspector argued that ban was insufficient and on Wednesday the European governing body extended his suspension to 18 months. The ban is backdated to 1 July, 2017, even though Nasri has…

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How Can Manchester United Dethrone City In 2018-2019

Manchester United underwhelmed under Jose Mourinho last season, despite enjoying the club’s best domestic season since the Alex Ferguson era. Finishing second behind bitter cross-town rivals – and runaway winners Manchester City – there was disappointment from the Old Trafford fans with the way the manager set up the team and the manner of their play. This was compounded by the club going trophy-less in 2018. This year could be a defining one for Mourinho. He has led United to Europa League and League Cup wins and oversaw the team’s…

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Who will win the Premier League 2018/19?

The FIFA World Cup is over, and now it’s time for some good-old club football. The Premier League 2018-19 season kicks off with Leicester City’s trip to Manchester United on 11th August. Football fans are eagerly waiting for the real action to begin and to see their favourite clubs fight it out for the Premier League trophy. It makes for an interesting season, and we expect a very interesting battle for the league and for top four places. Here’s a glimpse at top contenders and their chances of winning the…

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Sarri, Jorginho heading to Chelsea in €65m double deal

Maurizio Sarri is set to be named the new manager at Chelsea with Napoli Napoli selling Jorginho as part of the €65m deal, according to reports in Italy. That would mean Jorginho snubbing Manchester City despite Napoli reaching an initial £43m agreement with the Premier League champions last month. Chelsea started pre-season with incumbent manager Antonio Conte taking charge at the club’s Cobham training ground but is now expected to make way for Sarri who is still under contract at Napoli but has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti since May. Napoli…

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Manchester City finally complete £60m Mahrez capture

Manchester City have finally completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club record fee of £60m that could rise to £75m with add-ons The 27-year-old was linked with the Premier League champions in January and even went as far as handing in a transfer request but Pep Guardiola’s side balked at Leicester’s £90m fee. Mahrez, who will wear the no 26 jersey, has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will hope to play a major role in City’s title defence. “I am so pleased to…

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Manchester City agree Jorginho fee with Napoli

Manchester City have made a significant breakthrough in their pursuit of the Napoli midfielder Jorginho after reaching an agreement for an initial fee of £43m with the Italian side. The Premier League champions have been in talks with Napoli for weeks for the signature of the Brazil-born Italy international and it now appears a deal is inching closer to completion. Reports in Italy claimed Jorginho and his agent arrived in London on Wednesday, with further meetings scheduled to discuss bonuses, which could total up to £5m. He is expected to sign…

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Five reasons to love this England team

It’s been easy to feel fatigued following England in recent years. Whether it’s the slightly cheesy ‘car flags and bunting’ that surrounds a tournament or the predictably poor performances in big games, many fans have fallen out of the love with the national team a bit in recent years. Most prefer club to country. So, it’ll be more of the same this time, right? I mean, if I gave you £20 and told you to name the finalist with williamhill.com then it’s unlikely that you’d put your cash on the…

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Manchester City ahead of the competition in pursuit of Serie A midfielder

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is attracting interests from multiple Premier League sides this summer, according to the latest report in the Daily Mirror. As per the report, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has confirmed on Radio station CRC in Brazil that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in his client. The Mirror quotes him as saying: “I’m in Brazil, nobody called me from Naples, but English teams have called me, Liverpool, Manchester City, but also Arsenal and Chelsea.” However, the whole situation gets quite murky when you…

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Southampton vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Southampton will put an end to a remarkable season with a home game against Manchester City on Sunday. The Saints have engineered a miraculous escape from relegation in last few weeks, and we expect an upbeat atmosphere at St Mary’s Stadium. Southampton have picked up eight points from their last four games, and on Tuesday they picked up a crucial 1-0 win at Swansea City. As things stand, the Saints are three points clear of 18th-placed Swansea, and they also enjoy a better goal difference. Thus, the Swans need a…

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Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Betting Tips and Predictions

Manchester City slipped up against Huddersfield on Sunday, but they must pick up maximum points from their last two games if they want to touch the 100-point mark. The Citizens can complete half of the job with a win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. On Sunday, City failed to score in a home game for the first time this season as they were held to a goalless draw by the Terriers. However, they will look to amends against Brighton, and the visitors could…

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Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town – Betting Tips and Predictions

Manchester City have already wrapped up the league title, but they are still eyeing a number of records in the league. Hence, we don’t expect them to take their foot off the gas when they host Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The Citizens sit atop the table with 93 points and are on course to become the first Premier League club to collect 100 points in a single season. They are also only a goal away from equalling Chelsea’s record of 103 goals in a single season.…

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Stoke City vs Crystal Palace – Betting Tips and Predictions

Stoke City find themselves on the brink of relegation and even a win might not save them this week. The Potters can’t afford to drop points when they welcome Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, and they will also be hoping for multiple results to go their way this week. Stoke are three points behind safety and have only two games left to play this season including this game. However, they have played a game more than their relegation rivals. Thus, the Potters don’t have the control of…

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West Ham United vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

West Ham United are still not sure of safety as they prepare to host newly-crowned champions Manchester City at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Hammers lost 4-1 at Arsenal last weekend and find themselves in the 15th spot with 35 points. They are six points clear of the relegation zone, and another win should secure their Premier League status. However, we don’t see much hope for them against City, who have not eased up after winning the league title. The Citizens were at their best as they thrashed Swansea…

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Manchester City vs Swansea City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City will host relegation-candidates Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Since City have already wrapped up the title, it will be interesting to see what sort of approach Pep Guardiola takes with his team selection in the remaining games. The Citizens come into this game following an impressive 3-1 win at Tottenham. They have lost only once at home in the league this season, and that defeat came against local rivals United in their last home game. Irrespective of the team-selection, the Citizens…

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Reports: Manchester City to once again break the bank in the summer

Manchester City spent an astronomical amount of money on signings last summer. The impact of a fruitful summer was obvious for everyone as the Citizens comfortably lifted the Premier League title this week. Under the current ownership, City have won three league titles, but European success has eluded them. Pep Guardiola was signed to fix that, but the Spaniard too has failed in first two attempts. However, City’s ownership hasn’t given up on the Spaniard, and they are prepared to bankroll another busy summer for their manager. According to the…

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Manchester City are in a desperate need of a respite, but Tottenham could make things worse for them on Saturday. The Citizens were expected to wrap up their league title against Manchester United last week, but that didn’t happen as they lost 3-2 at home. Spurs will obviously have no sympathies for Pep Guardiola’s side, and they will be keen to elongate City’s wait when they visit Wembley Stadium this week. During the midweek, City bowed out to Liverpool in Champions League, and it can be said that last couple…

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Manchester City vs Manchester United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Manchester City suffered a huge blow this week as they lost 3-0 in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinal at Liverpool. The league leaders will be eager to do some damage-control when they host local rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Citizens can win the league with a win against United, and doing so against their local rivals would go a long way in getting over the recent disappointment. However, Pep Guardiola might decide to the prioritise the return leg against Liverpool and rest some…

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Liverpool vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

All eyes will turn to Anfield this Wednesday as Liverpool and Manchester City face each other in the first leg of their highly-anticipated all-English Champions League last-eight tie. Both sides are known for their attacking style of play, and we expect an entertaining end-to-end encounter in Merseyside. The Reds have had little problem en route to the quarterfinals, and they quite comfortably dispatched Porto in the last round. In the league, the Reds are 18 points behind City, but they have more or less confirmed a top-four finish. On Saturday,…

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Everton vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Everton defeated Stoke City before the international break to register back-to-back wins for the first time this year. However, they will find it very difficult to stop Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees have been solid at home, but the away win at the Potters was a rare occurrence this season. The Merseysiders are placed ninth in the league table with 40 points, and a Europa League spot remains a possibility for them. Everton have won their last three home games, and they will take…

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Arsenal vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Four days after suffering humiliation at the hands of Manchester City in Carabao Cup final, Arsenal will once again face them in a league game at Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening. The North London club are in disarray and there is a huge discontent among the fans after a drab showing in the final. The environment at the Emirates could get toxic on Thursday if the Gunners don’t put in their best on the pitch. Their chances don’t look bright as they have already lost twice to the Citizens this season,…

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Batshuayi’s future at Chelsea, but Hazard could leave in the summer

Michy Batshuayi has made a bright start to his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, and quite obviously, it has raised questions over his future at Chelsea. The Belgian striker joined the Blues in a €40 million move from Marseille in the summer of 2016. In his one-and-a-half at Chelsea, he never quite managed to cement his place in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven. He was allowed to join Borussia Dortmund on a loan move in January as the Blues signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Since his move, Batshuayi has scored three…

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