Southampton vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

After moving out of the bottom three during the week, Sunderland will hope to maintain their run of encouraging performances when they face Southampton in a fixture where they suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat last season. The hosts are striving to bounce back in this one after losing their last two matches, with the last of them being against South coast rivals Bournemouth on Tuesday. Aside from an early chance for Charlie Austin, they created little throughout and were never able to match the tenacity of their opponents, so manager…

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Five strikers who surprisingly still have a higher rating than Jamie Vardy on FIFA 16

Jamie Vardy has been a hero this season for Leicester City, scoring 18 goals for the Foxes in 25 league appearances so far, making him the Premier League’s topscorer. Accordingly, his rating at FIFA 16 was raised from 71 to 75 during the popular game’s winter update. Vardy was pretty happy about it, as he smashed his old rating’s card in two… Morning! Tackle the day as wholeheartedly as Jamie Vardy would.. https://t.co/p9ZV2BQJsm — Copa90 (@Copa90) 11 februari 2016 However, the Leicester striker’s rating isn’t that high to be honest,…

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Sunderland vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Currently sitting pretty in the top half, Watford will be aiming to collect their third consecutive victory as they take on Sunderland for the first time in a league match for over a decade. After picking up back to back themselves, Sunderland put in another strong performance last time out at Arsenal and carved out a number of chances, but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat which was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Manager Sam Allardyce was left to rue costly misses from Fabio Borini and Patrick van Aanholt…

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Sunderland vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland have a sensational record over arch rivals Newcastle United in recent seasons, and are desperately in need of another Wear-Tyne derby victory in Sam Allardyce’s first home match in charge. No matter who the manager has been, Sunderland have always had the better of this fixture home and away over the last three years, winning the last five. Here, Allardyce has the chance to extend one of football’s great ongoing coincidences, as each of his three predecessors have won their second game in charge of the Black Cats, all…

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Worst Premier League signings XI: Cursed defender lines up alongside £36m Man United striker

The closure of the transfer window means that every manager in the Premier League has now got to press on with the squad at his disposal knowing that until January, he can make no changes and no additions. Perhaps it is the pressure of whether to stick or twist with the squad that has forced some managers to make some pretty dreadful and uninspiring signings in the hope that they can help their new club achieve their aspirations. Here is the XI we believe will not be able to deliver…

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Done deal: Sunderland sign Liverpool flop Fabio Borini in deal potentially worth £10m

Sunderland have confirmed on their official website that they have completed the signing of former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini. The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, and will wear the number nine shirt for the Black Cats (via official website). BBC Sport reported earlier in the day that Dick Advocaat’s side had agreed a fee with the Reds for the forward, which could see the Anfield outfit pocket as much as £10m. The deal brings to an end a very difficult chapter of the Italian’s…

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Tottenham prepare move for Liverpool striker if Saido Berahino bid fails

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Tottenham will attempt to bring Liverpool striker Fabio Borini to White Hart Lane if they fail to sign West Brom forward Saido Berahino, according to the Daily Express. Mauricio Pochettino is determined to provide Harry Kane with extra support and remains in the market for another front man, having already added Clinton N’Jie. The Baggies’ talisman has been the subject of two bids, both of which have been rejected, and has now put in a transfer request to try and force through a move, the Express report. However, Pochettino appears…

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Liverpool’s flop duo lined up for Anfield exits with loan deals planned

Brendan Rodgers is hoping to complete deals that would see both Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli leave Anfield on loan this summer. According to the Guardian, Sunderland are planning to bring Borini back on a season-long loan. The Italian had been one of the players that helped guide the Black Cats away from the relegation zone in 2014, scoring seven goals in 32 Premier League games. However, he turned down the opportunity to join them permanently when they offered the Reds £14m at the end of his spell in the…

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Liverpool news: Flop duo to be offered Italian exits, while PSG boss drops hint over target

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: Laurent Blanc has given Liverpool hope as they try to lure Paris Saint-Germain left-back Lucas Digne to Anfield, the Daily Star report. The Ligue 1’s side’s manager has confirmed that they plan to sell some players this summer. “We expect departures also in our group. We want to regenerate the group,” he said. Sampdoria are ready to offer flop forward Mario Balotelli a way out of Merseyside during this window, according to the Daily Star. However, the Serie A side have confirmed…

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Liverpool gossip: Balotelli REJECTS exit offer, while Premier League pair chase teammate

Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: Mario Balotelli has rejected the offer from Italian third division side Lupa Castelli, the Daily Mirror report. The controversial forward endured a difficult first season at Anfield, but may now be willing to fight for his reputation in the Premier League. While the former Manchester City may be staying on Merseyside, another striker flop could be set for a departure, with the Daily Express reporting that both Leicester and Aston Villa are keen on signing Fabio Borini. Villa have become interested in…

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Analysis – Liverpool’s striking seven

Brendan Rodgers has focused most of his efforts in the transfer market this year towards adding depths of quality to his attack, appearing determined to avoid the prospect of fielding a starting XI without a recognised striker, as he was forced to do on several occasions last season where the club managed just 52 Premier League goals. He now has a sizeable pool of options to choose from, with seven vying for a place furthest up the pitch: There remains considerable doubt over the future of Mario Balotelli, who has done…

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Liverpool rumours: Xabi Alonso linked with return, while four flops set to be AXED

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: Xabi Alonso could be set for a sensational return to Anfield, after talks over a new deal with Bayern Munich stalled, the Metro report. The Spaniard is about to enter into the final year of his deal at the Allianz Arena. Another player reportedly catching Brendan Rodgers’ eye is Paris Saint-Germain full-back Lucas Digne, according to the Metro. The 22-year-old’s agent admitted that he could leave the Ligue 1 side this summer. A move for the defender will reportedly be funded by…

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Liverpool close in on Christian Benteke, and flop duo heading for exit

Brendan Rodgers looks set to receive a triple boost in the coming weeks, with the arrival of Christian Benteke and both the potential departures of Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini. According to the Daily Star, the Reds are closing in on the £32.5m signing of the Aston Villa forward. However, the Star report that the negotiations between the two clubs will mean that he is unlikely to take part in any of their pre-season tour. The news has divided supporters of the Merseyside club. While the Belgian has become a proven…

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Liverpool gossip: SHOCK Gerrard replacement targeted and Milner KNOWS he’s boring

Tuesday’s biggest Liverpool news and transfer rumour gossip. Raheem Sterling’s arrival at Manchester City is set to speed up the sales of strikers Edin Dzeko, 29, and Stevan Jovetic, 25, to Roma and Inter Milan respectively, the Manchester Evening News. Both players have previously emerged as targets for Brendan Rodgers, and he may well be tempted to make a move for one of them to take Sterling’s place in the squad. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 30, says he rejected the advances of Inter Milan before committing his long-term future to…

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Raheem Sterling INCLUDED in Liverpool’s pre-season tour squad, but three key men MISS OUT

Wantaway Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been included in the club’s 30-man squad to head off on a pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia on Sunday. READ MORE: Liverpool News Liverpool close in on move for Real Madrid star Asier Illarramendi Liverpool receive boost as Alexandre Lacazette stalls on new deal Sterling, who missed his first two days back at training earlier this week, is still determined to seal a move away from the club this summer, and it is still debatable as to wether he will actually turn…

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Two Liverpool players take to Twitter to discuss possible transfers

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Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli could be on the way out of Liverpool in the coming days, if their respective Twitter accounts are anything to go by. SEE MORE: Arsenal gossip: MASSIVE swap deal ON and Schneiderlin chooses Gunners Man United gossip: Red Devils launch £40m Kane bid but Ramos ‘not in talks’ with anyone Chelsea gossip: £8m keeper to be wrapped up this week and winger confirms departure Both players struggled at Anfield last season, scoring just one goal apiece in the Premier League, and the duo took to…

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Liverpool rumours and gossip: Target to undergo medical, while flop heading for exit

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Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: READ MORE: Liverpool News and Gossip Gonzalo Higuain reportedly PLEADS with Napoli to accept Liverpool bid FLOP Liverpool striker agrees move away from Anfield Nathaniel Clyne will have a medical today ahead of completing his £12.5m move to Liverpool, the Daily Mirror report. The full-back will sign a five-year deal at Anfield. The agent of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour has confirmed that Liverpool are one of several clubs keen on signing the 25-year-old, the Daily Express reveal. When asked if Barcelona were…

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Flop Liverpool striker heading for £8m move to West Ham

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Liverpool striker Fabio Borini may finally be heading for the Anfield exit this summer, after reports linked him with an £8m move to West Ham. READ MORE: Liverpool News and Gossip Nathaniel Clyne to have medical today ahead of Liverpool move Liverpool miss out as Carlos Bacca agrees move elsewhere According to The Sun, the 24-year-old will be heading to the Boleyn Ground for talks and a possible medical. The Italian has endured a torrid time on Merseyside, and has – along with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert – been made…

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Forgotten Liverpool star WANTS OUT this summer

The agent of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has apparently confirmed the striker’s desire to leave the club this summer, according to the Metro. READ MORE: Liverpool News and Gossip Nine Premier League bargain buys Liverpool defender rejects claims he’s signed new deal The Italian international joined the Reds from Roma in a £12m deal back in 2012, but only featured 12 times in the league last term and doesn’t seem to be in Brendan Rodgers’ future plans despite the club’s woes up front. And having nearly left the club for…

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