Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Fulham sack embattled Jokanovic and hire Ranieri to stop slide

Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016. Jokanovic makes way with the Cottagers sitting bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches. Italian Ranieri, 67, has been given a “multi-year” contract by the Londoners. “Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option,” said Fulham chairman Shahid Khan. Shahid Khan today announced that he has appointed Claudio Ranieri as Manager of Fulham Football Club, replacing…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead in helicopter crash

Leicester City have confirmed the death of their owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in the helicopter crash outside the club’s stadium on Saturday night. He was one of five people killed – all on board the helicopter – when the accident occurred around an hour after Leicester’s draw at home to West Ham United. The Thai owner’s helicopter crashed near a car park near the south-east corner of the stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch at around 8.20pm. “It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we…

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Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes near stadium after match

The helicopter believed to be carrying Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City’s chairman, crashed outside the King Power Stadium following Leicester’s home draw with West Ham United on Saturday night. The identity of the passengers was unknown in the immediate aftermath, despite unconfirmed reports that Srivaddhanaprabha was on board, and it was unclear if there were any survivors. The incident occurred around an hour after the final whistle. The Thai owner’s helicopter crashed near a car park near the south-east corner of the stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch at…

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Koscielny returns to Arsenal training as injury rehabilitation continues

Laurent Koscielny has returned to training with Arsenal as he continues his long rehabilitation back from the Achilles injury he suffered against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final in May. The injury ruled Koscielny out of France’s World Cup campaign which they ultimately won, and the defender has since announced his retirement from international football this week after complaining of the treatment he received at the hands of many, most notably France manager Didier Deschamps. Koscielny was expected to return in about six months following the injury, and although he…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Harry Maguire commits future to Leicester with new five-year deal

Harry Maguire has committed his long-term future to Leicester City by signing a new five-year contract on improved terms in the wake of last summer’s interest from Manchester United. The defender, a £17m arrival from Hull a year ago, played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign last season before impressing with England at the World Cup to prompt interest from Manchester United who were apparently interested in paying up to £75m for his services. “Ever since I came to this club I’ve always reiterated how good they’ve been to me,”…

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Klopp ‘really happy’ with Alisson error and defends his goalkeeper

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is “really happy” Alisson had made his first mistake for the club after the goalkeeper’s howler gifted Leicester City a route back into the game. The Brazilian international was caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho when trying to dribble past the striker who set up Rachid Ghezzal for an easy finish into a largely unguarded net. Alisson, 25, had impressed in his opening games for Liverpool, the club he joined from Roma in a reported £66.8 million deal that briefly made him the world’s most…

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Jose Mourinho says manager role should be downgraded to ‘head coach’

Jose Mourinho believes the football has changed to the point where managers should now be referred to as “head coach”, because their responsibilities have been significantly reduced in recent years. This was an apparent dig at Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, for not sanctioning all of his transfer targets. Speaking after United’s 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night in the Premier League’s opening game, Mourinho could barely hide his frustration at not getting the players he wanted. “It will be a difficult season for everybody, not just for us,” the…

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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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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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Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Tottenham secured a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Wednesday. Manager Mauricio Pochettino can now afford to rest some of the tired legs for the season-ending game with Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Spurs currently sit in the third spot with 74 points, and a win on Sunday will see them finishing in the same spot. The North London side failed to win any silverware for yet another season, but a top-four finish should be considered a success for Pochettino and his players.…

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Leicester City vs Arsenal – Betting Tips and Predictions

Arsenal will travel to King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Wednesday evening. Both sides have nothing left to play for this season besides their pride, and we expect an open and exciting encounter with a number of youngsters featuring in both starting elevens. The Foxes have looked disjointed in the recent weeks, and it’s very obvious that Claude Puel’s players are suffering from the end-of-the-season syndrome. Leicester have picked up only a point from their last five games, and on the weekend, they lost 2-0 to West…

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Leicester City vs West Ham United – Betting Tips and Predictions

After securing their Premier League status, Leicester City seem to have taken their foot off the gas in the recent weeks. Can West Ham United take advantage and cause an upset at King Power Stadium on Saturday? The Foxes have picked up just one point from their last four games, and last week, they suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. However, their place in the top-half is secured as they sit in the ninth spot with 44 points. Leicester have nothing left to play this…

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Crystal Palace vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Crystal Palace will go for three points against an out-of-form Leicester City at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Following a disastrous start to the season, the Eagles find themselves on the verge of securing their Premier League status. Palace are 14th in the table with 35 points. They have built up a five-point buffer between themselves and the bottom three. Another three points on Saturday would almost secure their safety. The Eagles have been in decent form and are undefeated in their last three games. Last weekend, they played a goalless…

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Tottenham reignite interest in Premier League star, target Ligue 1 full-back and more

Tottenham appeared to have reignited their interest in Leicester City star Demarai Gray. Spurs unsuccessfully attempted to sign the youngster last summer, and according to ESPN, they plan to go back for him this summer. The 21-year-old, who is also the captain of England U21 side, is considered one of the best English talents in his age group. In the past, he has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. Gray has made a remarkable leap in his progress this season and has established himself as a…

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Leicester City vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Leicester City’s European hopes took a hit last week as they lost 1-2 to Burnley at home. The Foxes will be looking to bounce back when they host relegation favourites Southampton at King Power Stadium on Thursday. The Foxes have been inconsistent in the recent weeks and come into this game following two consecutive 2-1 defeats to Newcastle United and Burley respectively. Leicester sit in the eighth spot with 43 points, eight points behind Burnley who occupy the last-possible European place. However, the situation is more pressing for Southampton, who…

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Manchester United linked with defenders as Mourinho rules out ‘crazy’ spending

Manchester United have a lot of ground to cover if they want to catch up with their neighbours Manchester City, who were crowned league champions on Sunday, next season. However, United manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t aim to splurge on signings in the summer to bridge that gap. When asked about his transfer plans, the Portuguese manager said: “We are not going to spend more than we can. We are not going to do anything crazy. We are just trying to improve a little bit more. That’s what we are going…

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Burnley vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Burnley have once again discovered their form and they will hope to continue their winning run when they host Leicester City at Turf Moor on Saturday. The Clarets come into this game on the back of four consecutive league wins – last three have come on the road. Last weekend, Burnley claimed a 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road. Following a blip in the form in the opening two months of 2018, the Clarets once again find themselves in contention for European football. They sit in the seventh spot…

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Leicester City vs Newcastle United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Leicester City are in fine form as they prepare to host Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on Saturday. The Foxes have put an end to their winless run with back-to-back away wins over West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion. They will be looking to complete the hat-trick of wins in the league as they return to the comforts of home this week. Leicester currently occupy the eighth spot in the league table with 43 points. Mathematically, it is still possible for them to qualify for Europe,…

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

Brighton and Hove Albion will host Leicester City at Amex Stadium on Saturday. Both sides come into the game following FA Cup exits, before the international break. In the league, the Seagulls have lifted themselves away from the relegation zone and it appears that they will survive their baptism in Premier League. In their last league game, Brighton lost 2-0 at Everton, but prior to that result, they were undefeated in five games. This run of five games produced 11 points and enabled the Seagulls to move into the 12th…

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West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion will face Leicester City at the Hawthorns on Saturday. It’s probably already too late for the Baggies this season, and a defeat on Saturday would most certainly see the exit of manager Alan Pardew. The Baggies are bottom in the table with 20 points, which puts them eight points behind the safety line. With only nine games left to play, it looks likes an impossible task for the Baggies, who have managed only three league wins this season. West Brom are currently on a six-game losing…

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Leicester City vs Bournemouth – Betting Tips and Predictions

Leicester City are going through a slump in the league and are without a win in their last four the games. Can the Foxes put an end to their winless run when they host Bournemouth at King Power Stadium on Saturday? The Foxes come into this game following a 1-1 home draw against Stoke City. They have now drawn their last two home games with the same scoreline. Leicester are placed eighth in the league table with 36 points. A win over the Cherries could see the Foxes move above…

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Leicester City vs Stoke City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Leicester City will be eager to return to winning ways in the league when they host relegation candidates Stoke City at King Power Stadium on Saturday. The Foxes are going through a rough spell in the league and are without a win in their last three games. However, they managed a 1-0 home win over Sheffield United in the fifth round of the FA Cup last Friday. In their last league game, they had lost 5-1 at Manchester City. The Foxes are currently placed eighth in the league table with…

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