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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Schweinsteiger set for permanent return, Young move on the cards and more United news

Bastian Schweinsteiger is set for a permanent return to the Manchester United first team, according to Jose Mourinho. Following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s man of the match performance against Wigan on Sunday evening, manager Jose Mourinho has come out to express his pleasure at the German midfielder. Schweinsteiger, who was ostracised from the team at the start of the season, made his first start for Manchester United this season against Wigan—the first of such in a year. He replied his manager’s trust with an incredible performance, one reminiscent of his peak years,…

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Transfer Roundup 25th January- Hull accept Snodgrass bid, Niang to join Watford & more

Only six days to go before the Winter transfer window draws curtain so let us take a look at the top stories from today concerning the transfer activities across Europe: HULL CITY ACCEPT  £10 MILLION BID FOR ROBERT SNODGRASS FROM A PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE Burnley have had a bid believed to be in the region of £10 million accepted by relegation-battling side Hull City for Robert Snodgrass. Middlesbrough and West Ham were also interested in Hull City’s leading goalscorer (9) with the former having submitted an equivalent bid albeit the add…

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Philippe Coutinho signs a contract extension with ‘no release clause’

It had been a miserable start to 2017 for the Liverpool fans having won just a single game (against lowly Plymouth) this year coupled with an idle winter transfer window and in stepped the little magician Philippe Coutinho. BREAKING: #LFC‘s Philippe Coutinho signs new long-term contract at #LFC. More here: https://t.co/oOn4QtRByv #SSNHQ https://t.co/T83QfSVOIC — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 25, 2017 The 24-year-old Brazilian playmaker, earlier today, put pen-to-paper on a new contract, which will keep him at Anfield until 2022. Coutinho now becomes the highest earning player in…

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Harry Kane urges teammates to stay put, says it would be ‘Stupid’ to leave Spurs

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In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, via the Telegraph, Spurs and England forward Harry Kane has urged his fellow teammates at the White Hart Lane to stay put, saying it would be ‘stupid’ to leave the club. Tottenham currently sit third in League table, nine points behind Chelsea, and are also competing in Europa league after a dismal exit from the Champions League earlier this season. Spurs recently announced that they will be moving to an all new 61,000 seater stadium at the start of 2018-2019 season. 👍…

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Transfer Roundup 24th January- Payet saga goes on, Dani Alves China-bound and more

Less than a week to go before the January transfer window comes to a close, the deals are coming in thick and fast, with lots happening across the globe. Let us take a look at the hottest transfer stories from today: WEST HAM REJECT THIRD BID FROM MARSEILLE FOR PAYET Sky Sports sources say West Ham United have rejected yet another bid from Marseille for wantaway star Dimitri Payet. The latest bid is believed to be in the region of £22.5 million while the Hammers rate their French (homesick) star at £30…

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Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka in trouble again following racial abuse accusation

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been interviewed by police following an allegation of racial abuse by an airline staff member at Heathrow airport. Xhaka is understood to have made the visit to London airport to see off his friend Leonard Lekaj, who plays in the German sixth division. This friend of Arsenal midfielder was refused entry after arriving late for boarding the flight at Heathrow Terminal 5. Xhaka racially abused a member of staff by apparently saying f****** white b**** in German, at which point airport security and police were…

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Arsene Wenger charged by the FA, faces imminent touchline ban

As everyone had expected, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been slapped with a misconduct charge by the FA for his actions during his side’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday. Arsene Wenger was sent off to the stands for using abusive language with fourth official Anthony Taylor after match referee John Moss awarded a 92nd-minute to the Clarets against ten-man Arsenal. However, Wenger appeared to stay in the tunnel and watch the proceedings instead of leaving the area. This is Arsène Wenger’s home. He stands where he wants. pic.twitter.com/hjcdEHNKV8…

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Arsenal vs Burnley Talking Points- Mustafi Extends Record, Red Card To Xhaka, FA Trouble For Wenger & Sanchez Penalty

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10-man Arsenal snatched all three points against Burnley, literally with the skin of their teeth in a game that involved blockbuster drama. Let us take a look at the key talking points as Arsenal leapfrogged North London rivals Spurs and Merseyside Reds to the second spot, sitting 8 points behind leaders Chelsea. SHKODRAN MUSTAFI EXTENDS HIS MAGNIFICENT RECORD The £35-million-summer arrival is currently on a valuable 21 games unbeaten streak for Arsenal this season. The German is yet to feature in a defeat with the Gunners and scored the opener…

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Five big-money signings waiting to happen this summer

The January transfer window, with all the noise that comes with it, offers little. The big clubs are seldom willing to let their players leave halfway through the season, as replacing them would be nigh impossible. Most of the players worthy of attention are also cup-tied due to already playing in Europe, and potential buyers would much rather have a player without such strings attached. This pushes major transfers to the summer transfer window. The summer represents the start of the new European season and except for rare occasions, a…

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Chelsea forward seals move, Costa returns and more

  Middlesbrough have completed the signing of striker Patrick Bamford in a £5.5m deal from Chelsea. The 23-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Boro. He previously had a very successful loan spell with the Boro during the 2014-15 season. However, that spell was followed by disastrous loan spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley. He had recently cut short his loan spell with the Clarets and returned to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, unsettled Chelsea striker Diego Costa has joined training with the first team for the first time…

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Plymouth player charged with rape, set to be dropped for Liverpool’s visit

David Goodwillie, who was an unused substitute when the Pilgrims took away an FA Cup 3rd round replay from Anfield earlier in January, is set to be dropped following a civil court ruling that found him and his former Dundee teammate David Roberton guilty of raping a woman.   Goodwillie, 27 is a former Scotland International who joined Plymouth last year. David Goodwillie and David Roberton have been ordered to pay £100,000 compensation to the mother of one, Denise Clair. The Plymouth forward was accused of serious sexual assault way back in 2011,…

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United reject Lyon bid for winger, set to make a move for forward and more

Manchester United are set to make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann during the summer, according to reports by the Independent. The 25-year-old Frenchman scored six goals during his country’s run to the finals of the European Championship and finished third in the subsequent Balon d’Or awards. Griezmann, a known United fan, has made little secret of his desire to play for the club. “I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United,” Griezmann said in an interview with Sky Germany back in November. “I think they are a…

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