Premier League 2016-17 season preview

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The new Premier League season is finally upon us! Time to preview the 2016-17 campaign! Top two It seems the two Manchester clubs will battle for the English football crown this season. Manchester City have Pep Guardiola to coach them and made a couple of excellent signings this summer. Ilkay Gundogan could be gold in City’s midfield, while Leroy Sane adds pace and creativity, and John Stones is made to play in a Guadriola-led team due to his great feet. But can the Citizens play Guardiola football? That’s the big…

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Big Liverpool bid revealed, defender set to depart from Anfield

It has been revealed that Liverpool made an unsuccessful bid of £33.4 million for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario earlier this summer. Mario’s father João Mário Eduardo has claimed that both Liverpool and Inter Milan have made official bids for his son this summer. Eduardo added that both bids were turned down by Sporting. The Portugal international was one of the standout players for his country in their successful Euro 2016 campaign. The 23-year-old has also attracted interests from Chelsea and Manchester United. Eduardo told Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias: “The proposals…

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Jordan Ibe departs Liverpool, Joe Allen could soon follow

AFC Bournemouth have signed winger Jordan Ibe from Liverpool for a club-record transfer fee of £15 million. The 20-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Cherries after completing his medical on Wednesday and will now fly to Chicago to join the club’s pre-season training camp. Ibe was once considered to be the biggest upcoming talent at Liverpool and was awarded a new five-year deal by the Merseyside club last May. However, he struggled for a regular starting berth following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield and was widely tipped…

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Bournemouth busy in the transfer market

One of the major success stories of the Premier League last season, aside from Leicester City winning the title, was the performance of newly promoted Bournemouth. The Cherries comfortably retained their top flight status by finishing in 16th place, whilst achieving some remarkable results in order to do so. For instance Eddie Howe’s side recorded back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester United in December, whilst at the start of March they won three consecutive games to climb to 13th in the table and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.…

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Liverpool accept high bid for winger, ready to move for two midfielders

With the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City making big moves, Liverpool can’t stay behind and have been looking for reinforcements themselves. Manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to be reunited with Jakub Blaszczykowski, who was one of the German’s star performers at Borussia Dortmund, according to report by Bild. The 30-year-old Poland international, who played for his country at Euro 2016 and scored two goals, is available for around £4.9 million after spending last season on loan at Fiorentina. He’s under contract until 2018. In addition, Liverpool have made a £12.8 million…

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West Ham make improved bid for winger after signing La Liga star, to shelve striker bid

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West Ham are set to make an improved bid of £8 million for Matt Ritchie after having an initial approach turned down by Bournemouth, according to a report by The Telegraph. The Hammers originally made a bid of £25 million for both Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson last month, but will make a new offer of £8 million, potentially rising to £10 million, for the 26-year-old winger. Ritchie is believed to have met with Cherries boss Eddie Howe shortly after the end of the season and expressed an interest to…

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Bournemouth won’t add extra capacity to smallest Premier League stadium

Bournemouth have delayed their redevelopement plans for the Vitality Stadium ahead of their second Premier League season, according to a report by the BBC. The Cherries enjoyed a successful first season in the English top flight, avoiding relegation by finishing 16th in the standings. They won 42 points over the course of the season, despite losing top players Max Gradel and Callum Wilson for a long period of time due to injuries. However, Bournemouth survived and are ready to cash in on the new TV deal that is about to kick in from…

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Liverpool have to pay big for “free transfer”

Liverpool have been told they must pay Burnley up to £8m for striker Danny Ings, a record for a tribunal ruling, according to The Guardian. The 23-year-old striker arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer. However, it turns out there was nothing free about the transfer at all. Ings left the Championship club last season as his contract had expired, but because he was under 24 years of age, his former employers were entitled to compensation from the Reds. However, a tribunal was needed as…

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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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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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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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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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Premier League clubs smash spending record

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Transfer spending by Premier League clubs this season has surpassed the £1 billion mark for the first time, according to Deloitte. Deloitte estimates that £130 million has been spent so far in the January transfer window, which takes the total sum for the season beyond £1 billion for the first time in football history, beating the record £965m that was spent during the 2014/2015 season. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “We’ve seen Premier League clubs again use the January window to invest significantly in playing…

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Bournemouth vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Not much has gone right for Bournemouth in the last week, so they will be yearning for victory on Saturday to lift their spirits, with fellow promoted side Watford providing the opposition. After drawing level at Stoke City, it looked as if Eddie Howe’s men were the more likely side to go on to win the game having gained reward for increased second half pressure. However, they conceded the decisive goal with seven minutes left and failed to come up with a response, ensuring that it was a thoroughly miserable…

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Bournemouth vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

After their incident-packed first Premier League win last time out, Bournemouth return home to face a Leicester City side which has seven points from a possible nine through playing an equally entertaining style of football. The general feeling in the Cherries camp after the first two games was one that they had been slightly hard done by having slipped to narrow defeats in both, but they emphatically put things right at West Ham United with some marvellous attacking play and a much-needed ruthlessness in front of goal. The assault at…

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Championship season review: Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton & HA, Cardiff

Bournemouth: 1st Just six years after they overcame severe financial problems and a 17-point deduction to stay in the Football League, Bournemouth were miraculously promoted to the top-flight for the first time. It represents the crowning glory on the growing list of amazing achievements during Eddie Howe’s two spells as manager. They meant business from the moment the season began, scoring within seconds of an opening day 4-0 victory at Huddersfield Town. And although their form dipped a little until the end of September, that performance would be a sign…

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