Emery discusses disappointment, wants improvement after Arsenal win

Unai Emery admitted Arsenal could have done better despite their 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League. Emery saw his side miss out on a clean sheet by conceding two goals in the final quarter of an hour, after a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace had contributed to putting the Gunners in control. The manager told BT Sport: “It was disappointing to see the two goals go in because there was progress in the 90 minutes. We want to do better in this minute. “When you are 4-0 up you want to…

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Willian ‘never wanted to leave Chelsea’ despite numerous exit rumours

Willian claims to have “never said that I want to leave Chelsea”, with the Brazilian having been heavily linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The 30-year-old forward established himself as a key figure at Stamford Bridge during the 2017/18 campaign, with regular game time allowing him to find consistency in his game. A personal best return of 13 goals was recorded as a result, along with eight assists across Premier League and Champions League competition. Willian was linked with a number of clubs in the off season amid talk of a rift with…

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David Ospina joins Napoli on loan deal from Arsenal

David Ospina has joined Napoli on loan with the Italian club having the option to buy the goalkeeper from Arsenal on a permanent basis. Ospina had fallen down the pecking order at the Premier League club following the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2m this summer. With Leno and Petr Cech expected to battle it out to be new manager Unai Emery’s first choice goalkeeper, opportunities would have been few and far between for Ospina. The Colombian international joined Arsenal from Nice in July 2014 for £3m after impressing for…

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Dundee vs Hamilton Academical – Betting Tips and Predictions

Dundee will host relegation rivals Hamilton Academical in an important league fixture at Dens Park on Saturday afternoon. Both sides are not safe from relegation and find themselves level on points in the league table. Dundee occupy the last safe spot in the league table with 33 points. The Accies sit just above them in the ninth spot due to a better goal difference. Four points separate these two from the bottom two, and a win for either side should be enough to secure their top-tier status. Dundee have picked…

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Liverpool vs Stoke City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Liverpool were involved in the thrilling 5-2 win over AS Roma in Champions League during the midweek. They will be back in action on Saturday when they face Stoke City at Anfield. After conceding two late goals in the first leg, Liverpool are still not assured of a place in Champions League final. The second leg is scheduled for next Wednesday, and hence, we expect Jurgen Klopp to rest some of his key players in the game against the Potters. Last weekend, a weakened Liverpool side could only manage a…

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Kilmarnock vs Celtic – Betting Tips and Predictions

Kilmarnock will aim to avoid their second-consecutive defeat in the league when they host Celtic at Rugby Park on Saturday. Killie have picked up a decent number of points in their recent games, but they lost 3-1 at Aberdeen last weekend. That result put an end to an unbeaten run of six league games for them. Owing to that run, Killie have considerably moved up in the league and find themselves in the seventh spot with 26 points from 22 games – they have played three games fewer than their…

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Alexis Sanchez-saga intensifies as Chelsea join the race

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has become the most sought-after Premier League player of this transfer window. According to the latest report from BBC, Premier League champions Chelsea have also joined the pursuit of the 29-year-old. The Chilean is in last year of his contract with the Gunners, and it was long expected that he could leave in January. At the start of the window, Manchester City were the only known club interested in the player and were favourites to sign him. However, that didn’t last when Manchester United offered a…

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Chelsea vs Arsenal – Carabao Cup Semi Final – Betting Tips and Predictions

In what would be their second of three encounters this month, Chelsea and Arsenal will face each other in the first leg of the EFL Cup Semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. The game will feature the long-awaited VAR technology. Both sides have already played a 2-2 thriller at Emirates Stadium last week, and we expect another enticing battle on Wednesday. The Blues could only manage a goalless draw with Norwich City in FA Cup this weekend, and they are now without a win in last two games. Antonio…

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Bournemouth vs Everton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Bournemouth needed a controversial late-goal to claim a 3-3 draw at home against West Ham United on the Boxing Day. Now, their next assignment is a tricky home tie against an inform Everton side on Saturday. That draw put an end to the run of three consecutive defeats for the Cherries, but they still remain without a win in their last eight league fixtures. The South Coast side find themselves in the 18th spot, and they are one point behind the safety line. Eddie Howe’s side have had a disappointing…

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Liverpool vs Chelsea – betting tips and predictions

In one of the biggest games in Premier League, Liverpool will host Chelsea under the floodlights of Anfield in a late kick-off on Saturday. Both sides are currently embroiled in an enticing battle for top four places, and they are separated by only three points in the league table. The Reds are currently on a three-game winning run in the league and defeated Southampton 3-0 at home last weekend. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side were once again exposed on the defensive front during the midweek as they blew up a three-goal…

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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Southampton – betting tips and predictions

Southampton will make a short trip to Amex Stadium to face Brighton and Hove Albion in a South Coast derby on Sunday. Both sides are only separated by a solitary point in the table and each claimed wins in their respective fixture last weekend. The Seagulls registered an impressive 3-0 win at West Ham United last weekend, while the Saints claimed a narrow 1-0 win over West Brom at St Mary’s. As things stand, the Saints occupy the tenth spot in the table with 12 points, and their opponents are…

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Bournemouth vs Chelsea – betting tips and predictions

Bournemouth find themselves second-from-bottom in the table ahead of their home clash against league champions Chelsea on Saturday. The Cherries registered an impressive result last weekend as they won 2-1 at Stoke City, however, they have managed only seven points thus far and find themselves struggling to get out of the drop zone. The South Coast side was also involved in League Cup action during midweek and claimed a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. A couple of wins on the trot must have been a welcome boost for Eddie Howe’s side…

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Manchester City vs Liverpool betting tips and predictions

In the blockbuster Premier League fixture this weekend, Manchester City will host Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Both sides are arguably the best-attacking sides in the league, and the history of this fixture suggests that we should expect a high-scoring game this Saturday. Ahead of the game, Citizens and Reds find themselves level on seven points and are only separated by the goal difference. The Reds occupy the second spot in the table while City are two spots below in the fourth. City might be undefeated this season,…

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Tottenham vs Burnley predictions and betting tips

Tottenham will attempt to break their Wembley-hoodoo when they host Burnley at their new home on Sunday. Spurs started the season with a decent 2-0 win at Newcastle, but last weekend, they lost 2-1 to champions Chelsea at Wembley. Spurs need to start winning at their new home before it becomes a thing for them. Another failure to win at Wembley on Sunday will surely put unnecessary pressure on the title-chasing side this early in the season. Ahead of the game, the visitors find themselves level on points with their…

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Watford vs Brighton and Hove Albion predictions and betting tips

The Hornets have made an impressive start to life under new manager Marco Silva, and they find themselves undefeated following two rounds of games. On Saturday, they will face newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road. The visitors, who are making their debut in Premier League this season, are without a point and have suffered defeats in their opening two games. The Hornets started the season with an impressive last-minute 3-3 draw with Liverpool at home. Next weekend, they built up on their start with a 2-0 win…

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St Johnstone v Motherwell predictions and betting tips

Ross County v Aberdeen predictions Ross County host Aberdeen at the Global Energy Stadium on 12/08/17 as both teams look to make it two wins from two games in the Scottish Premiership. The hosts picked up a 2-1 win away to Dundee last time out, whereas Aberdeen cruised to a 2-0 victory at home to Hamilton. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   Ross County finished last season strongly at home but face a side in Aberdeen who should possess too much quality for…

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Leicester reject £20m Gray offer

Leicester City have rejected a £20m bid from Premier League rivals Bournemouth for winger Demarai Gray, according to Sky Sports. The 21-year-old, who earned a Premier League winners medal in 2016, has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities at the King Power Stadium after starting just nine league games last season. He has made 55 appearances in total for the Foxes, scoring twice since joining from Birmingham City in January 2016 and manager Craig Shakespeare says he will be given the chance to show what he can do…

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Sturridge eases injury fears

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has played down fears over his fitness after being forced off during his side’s 3-0 defeat of Bayern Munich with a thigh problem. The 27-year-old replaced Mohamed Salah midway through the second half and got his name on the scoresheet with a superb chip – but appeared to injure himself in the process of netting Liverpool’s third goal of the night. Although he attempted to continue playing, manager Jurgen Klopp elected to take no risks with the forward, bringing on Dominic Solanke for the closing minutes.…

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Chelsea close to signing midfielder, striker set to leave and more

Chelsea are close to signing Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £35m deal, according to Daily Mail. The France international was a key part of the Monaco side that won the Ligue 1 title last season. The 22-year-old is reportedly one of the players Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign this summer. The report also claims that Bakayoko’s arrival at the West London club could lead the departure of Nemanja Matic. Manchester United are reportedly interested in a move for the Serbian.   Meanwhile, Ligue 1 side Lyon President Jean-Michel…

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Championship season review – Ipswich, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich

Ipswich Town: 16th There is a very strong argument to suggest that Ipswich have overachieved during Mick McCarthy’s reign as manager, which has lasted since October 2012. Despite a continued lack of investment from the top, play-off challenges had been mounted in each of the previous three seasons, in which a very workmanlike squad probably achieved more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, as few changes were made to the playing staff once again over the summer of 2016, it was reasonable to assume that standards could slip, and there…

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Chelsea rejected a world-record offer from China for Diego Costa in January

It has been reported that Chelsea rejected a massive £90.3 million transfer offer from Tianjin Quanjin of Chinese Super League for striker Diego Costa in January. According to SFR Sport, Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjin submitted an audacious bid of €107 million to secure the services of Costa. The Spanish International was offered a staggering salary of £85 million over a period of three years. Chelsea’s decision to turn down the offer did not appease Costa, it is understood. It is also believed that this episode sparked a rift between Diego…

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Leicester City plan life post-Mancini

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Leicester City, after sacking Claudio Ranieri, have approached Roberto Mancini for the job. Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to succeed the outgoing Ranieri- who won Leicester their historic maiden league championship in May. Mancini won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2011-12 and was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini the following season. According to Sky Sports, Leicester owners are wasting no time and have approached Mancini for the role of manager at the club. Mancini (52) has been out of work since last…

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Liverpool key duo doubtful for Monday Night clash vs Leicester

Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge are major doubts for Liverpool for the Monday night clash with Leicester after sitting out of the recent training sessions. The Reds will face the reigning champions on Monday night at King Power Stadium with both the teams struggling at either end of the table. Liverpool sit one point behind Arsenal on fifth and will look to come back in the Top 4 with Arsenal and Manchester United not playing this week. Leicester, on the contrary, sit one point above the relegation zone and have…

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Manchester United favourites to land Griezmann in summer

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Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague thinks that Manchester United would be in pole position to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann if he becomes available in the market. The France international has been strongly linked with United of late, and some reports have even claimed that he has a pre-agreement to join the Red Devils in the summer. Balague has dismissed such reports and has claimed that the 25-year-old doesn’t have any agreement with United. He also thinks that the Frenchman could end up staying at Atletico beyond…

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Deadline Day Confirmed Deals- Ranocchia joins Hull City, Pato moves to China and more

With only few hours left in the January Transfer Window, let us take a look at the confirmed deals from the deadline day. Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia joins Hull City on loan Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia joins @HullCity on loan until the end of the season: https://t.co/dPhyWQE6yr pic.twitter.com/PjMp4hnfPt — Premier League (@premierleague) January 31, 2017 On the face of it, Ranocchia (28) looks like a bit of a coup by the Tigers. Ranocchia replaced Zanetti as Inter captain and was a key figure at Inter before Mancini’s arrival in…

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