Manchester City handed a massive boost ahead of Southampton clash

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are going through a rough patch at the moment. They are without a win in their last four games in all competitions and, during midweek, suffered a humiliating 4-0 thumping at the hands of Barcelona. Next up for them is a league clash against in-form Southampton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Saints will definitely prove to be another tough nut to crack for City, but the league leaders have been handed an unexpected advantage ahead of the tie. The South Coast club will be without…

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Southampton vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Two of the Premier League’s most in-form sides meet at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday as Southampton aim for a sixth win in seven games against Chelsea, who are unbeaten since the middle of December. There was little to choose between the sides in Southampton’s most recent outing away to Swansea City, but the restoration of their defensive resolve brought about by Fraser Forster’s return to fitness went a long way towards proving the difference, while it was Shane Long who made the telling contribution at the other end. The…

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Top five crazy transfer rumours from the January transfer window

The January transfer window is almost in its final stage and the media outlets are churning out transfer rumours frantically every day. Now, some of these rumours are so ludicrous that you can’t do anything but laugh at them. Take a look at five crazy transfer rumours from the January window. 5) Aaron Ramsey to Barcelona Ask any Arsenal fan and he will tell you that this is not going to happen in a thousand years. Arsene Wenger has stopped selling his star players and Barcelona don’t really need Ramsey, do they? Not…

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic comes clean on Daniel Sturridge rumours

Liverpool’s injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge was linked with a shock move to West Ham a couple of days ago. However, when asked about the rumours in a press conference, Hammers manager Slaven Bilic vehemently denied the rumours, as reported by Goal. “That is only a rumour and there is nothing behind it,” Bilic said. “I am not talking about who we want – Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name – but that is only paper talk.” And when he was asked whether he would be interested in the…

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Liverpool linked with £8m move for striker, fans not too happy

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Southampton striker Shane Long, according to The Sun. They have reported that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Long this month, and a £8 million bid could see the deal done. The Saints completed the signing of Charlie Austin from QPR and could allow the Irish international to leave the club if they receive a suitable offer. Klopp is currently without Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi due to injuries and recently admitted that he is in the market for a striker.…

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Southampton vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion will be attempting to win for the third time in four Premier League matches as they come up against a Southampton side that lies above them in table through goal difference alone. Wednesday evening saw Southampton record a welcome victory over a below-par Watford and deliver some respite after a mightily challenging few weeks which had seen a downturn in results, indiscipline among the squad, and some of the club’s key players being linked with a move away during the January transfer window. The performance was much more…

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West Ham vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be aiming to follow on from their amazing Boxing Day success over Arsenal as they take on another London club in West Ham United, who have drawn each of their last five matches. Mainly as a consequence of injuries to several key players, the home side have lost a lot of the dynamism and flair that characterised their performances in the early weeks of the season, and so they now occupy a place in mid-table having not won in two months. A lot of the optimism which built…

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