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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 1 Oct 13:48

Jose Mourinho expecting surprises as Manchester United face tough October

Manchester United Stoke City 11:00 AM UTC Game Details Home: 1/3  Draw: 9/2  Away: 10/1  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats Jose Mourinho says that only when you have worked with players for a long time can you truly understand how they work. Jose Mourinho is expecting a "surprise behind the door" as the Manchester United manager utilises his squad during a testing run of October fixtures. Life since succeeding Louis van Gaal has already had its peaks and troughs, with Community Shield glory and three successive wins followed by a run of three straight losses in all competitions. United have responded impressively to that dip and racked up a third consecutive win on Thursday against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League. Mourinho made fewer...

ESPN FC - Stoke City News 30 Sep 22:16

Stoke look to buck unwelcome trend after 40 winless years at Old Trafford

Mark Hughes knows firsthand of the pressures on Manchester United, reflecting back on his former days with the club. Marcus Rashford will look to lead Man United past Stoke, Leicester take on Southampton and much more on Sunday. While it may not have felt like it at the time, Stoke's 1-1 draw with West Brom last Saturday was a positive result and one that Mark Hughes and the players will use as a platform to build on ahead of a tricky game against Manchester United on Sunday. The Baggies' last-gasp equaliser was desperately disappointing, but Stoke were just minutes from their first clean sheet in months and with it a much-needed three points. Of course, some will rightly point to the fact that the players still can't manage...

ESPN FC - Stoke City News 30 Sep 19:10

Mourinho: Every game is massive

Despite Stoke City's poor performances, Jose Mourinho expects them to finish where they usually finish in the table.

ESPN FC - Stoke City News 30 Sep 17:54

Mark Hughes: Corruption uncertainty leaves bosses 'guilty by association'

Mark Hughes knows firsthand of the pressures on Manchester United, reflecting back on his former days with the club. Stoke City manager Mark Hughes insists the individuals at the centre of the Daily Telegraph's corruption investigation must be named in order to avoid all football bosses being "guilty by association." And Sunderland manager David Moyes has called for greater transparency when it comes to transfer fees in football. The newspaper has published several allegations over the last week, including claims that 10 unnamed managers have taken so-called "bungs" in transfer deals. Sam Allardyce saw his contract...

Stoke City – 30 Sep 17:33

PL team news: Boosts for Man Utd & Spurs, Liverpool doubt

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return for Manchester United on Sunday, while Tottenham could be boosted by the return of a key quartet. 

Everton v Crystal Palace

Friday, 8pm, Goodison Park

Everton will be without Leighton Baines.

Baines has been nursing a hamstring injury that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman says makes it “too risky” for the full-back to be involved in the game, which striker Romelu Lukaku – recently troubled by a toe problem – will start.

Koeman has also said James McCarthy (groin) would be returning to training with Everton next week if he had not been called up by the Republic of Ireland, who he hopes will “protect” the midfielder.

Leighton Baines: Celebrates Everton opener

Crystal Palace welcome Wilfried Zaha back into their squad.

The winger missed last weekend’s win at Sunderland with a slight hamstring strain but is back in contention for the game at Goodison Park.

Striker Jonathan Benteke faces four months out after suffering a knee injury in training while captain Scott Dann (hamstring) remains absent.


Swansea v Liverpool

Saturday, 12:30pm, Liberty Stadium

Francesco Guidolin might be tempted to name an unchanged Swansea side after an improved showing in the defeat to leaders Manchester City.

But the Italian says he has “some problems” ahead of a game which he admits could prove decisive to him staying in a job with Swansea only one place above the relegation zone.

Federico Fernandez could be fit again after a groin strain and record signing Borja Baston’s wait for a first Premier League start is set to continue with the Spaniard expected to be on the bench once more.

Divock Origi Liverpool celeb

Divock Origi is a doubt for Liverpool.

The striker picked up a knock to his foot and the clash at the Liberty Stadium may come too soon.

Manager Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to stick with Loris Karius, who has played the last two matches in goal, or recall Simon Mignolet.


Hull v Chelsea

KC Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Hull will be without suspended defender Ahmed Elmohamady.

Elmohamady serves a one-game ban following his dismissal for handball in last week’s 5-1 defeat at Liverpool and David Meyler is vying with James Weir for a place in the starting line-up at right-back.

Strikers Will Keane and Dieumerci Mbokani and midfielder Markus Henriksen are pushing for their first league starts.

John Terry: Defender injured late on at Swansea

Captain John Terry is out until after the international break.

The defender has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury sustained against Swansea and his earliest possible return will be on October 15 against Leicester.

Defender Kurt Zouma continues his rehabilitation from his long-term knee injury, while midfielder John Obi Mikel is out with a “small muscular problem”, head coach Antonio Conte said.


Sunderland v West Brom

Stadium of Light, Saturday, 3pm

Sunderland boss David Moyes will be without three key midfielders for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

Having already seen Adnan Januzaj ruled out for a minimum of six weeks with ankle ligament damage, Moyes has now lost Steven Pienaar to a hamstring strain, while Lee Cattermole is to have an epidural in a bid to cure neuro-pain in his legs which medics believe stems from his back.

In addition, striker Victor Anichebe, who made his debut as a substitute in last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat by Crystal Palace, is out with a groin problem and joins goalkeeper Vito Mannone (elbow), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) on the sidelines.

Saido Berahino West Brom

Saido Berahino is expected to return to West Brom’s squad.

The striker missed last week’s 1-1 draw at Stoke with a stomach bug but has trained this week and is fit for the Baggies’ game at the Stadium of Light.

Boss Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns with James Morrison fit after a long-term hamstring issue and, while Chris Brunt has returned to training after six months out with a knee injury, he will not be included in the first-team squad until after the international break.


Watford v Bournemouth

Vicarage Road, Saturday, 3pm

Watford defenders Craig Cathcart and Miguel Britos are both struggling with groin injuries and are rated as doubtful for the visit of Bournemouth.

The possible absence of Cathcart could see a return to the starting line-up for Younes Kaboul, with the centre-back named on the bench for their defeat at Burnley on Monday.

Isaac Success and Abdoulaye Doucoure are pushing for their first league starts while Daryl Janmaat remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Miguel Britos (l): Restricted Zlatan to just one assist

Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh will be out for up to three weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury at the start of September.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe has received better news on Josh King’s hamstring problem and hopes he will be in contention against Watford on Saturday.

Adam Smith has suffered no ill-effects from a bloody nose he sustained in the 1-0 win against Everton and Ryan Fraser (knock) is available.


West Ham v Middlesbrough

London Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Havard Nordtveit is West Ham’s latest injury absentee.

The versatile midfielder underwent a small medical procedure on Wednesday and will be out for a week.

Left-backs Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku and forwards Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho remain on the sidelines.

Havard Nordtveit West Ham

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has no fresh injury concerns.

Fabio da Silva has missed the last four games with a knee problem, but is available for selection once again, while fellow full-back James Husband is also back in training after dislocating a shoulder in pre-season.

That means only midfielder Grant Leadbitter is still missing, and he could return to the training pitch within weeks with his recovery from hernia surgery progressing more quickly than expected.


Manchester United v Stoke

Old Trafford, Sunday, 12pm

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return for Manchester United.

Left-back Shaw became ill after recovering from a slight groin tear so will need assessing, while attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan is building up fitness after a thigh complaint.

Phil Jones is the only definite absentee with a knee injury, while captain Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are among those pushing for starts after making impacts off the bench in the Europa League clash with Zorya Luhansk.

Luke Shaw: Misses out for Man Utd

Joe Allen is a doubt for Stoke.

The midfielder had tightness in his hamstrings following last weekend’s draw with West Brom and has not trained since.

Jon Walters (ankle) could return but goalkeeper Jack Butland is set for at least another month on the sidelines following surgery.


Leicester v Southampton

King Power Stadium, Sunday, 2:15pm

Nampalys Mendy could return for Leicester after overcoming an ankle injury.

The midfielder, who joined from Nice in the summer, has been out for over a month but has returned to training and could replace Daniel Amartey.

Matty James is the Foxes’ only absentee as he battles his own ankle injury while Danny Simpson could return after being dropped for Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Porto.

Nampalys Mendy Leicester


Tottenham v Manchester City

White Hart Lane, Sunday, 2:15pm

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could have four first-team players back.

Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose will all be assessed as they near returns from hamstring injuries while Moussa Sissoko may also feature after taking a bang on the head last weekend.

Harry Kane remains out with an ankle injury, meaning summer signing Vincent Janssen is likely to start again up front.

Eric Dier: Photo courtesy of Tottenham

Pep Guardiola has reported no new injury worries for Manchester City’s Premier League trip to Tottenham on Sunday.

The club are still assessing the extent of the injuries afflicting Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph in order to determine how long they will remain on the sidelines.

The Belgians are receiving treatment for hamstring and groin problems respectively, but it is hoped Delph’s muscle injury will clear up by the end of the international break.


Burnley v Arsenal

Turf Moor, Sunday, 4:30pm

Burnley are again without suspended striker  for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.

Gray serves the second part of a four-game ban related to historic social media posts which predate his time at Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche could retain the same XI which secured a 2-0 win over Watford last time out but forward Ashley Barnes is edging closer to a return after long-standing hamstring problems.

Andre Gray Burnley

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns.

The Gunners could welcome Francis Coquelin back into the fold as the midfielder faces a fitness test having recovered sooner than expected from a knee injury.

Olivier Giroud (toe) is still out, while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are also absent.

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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 30 Sep 16:34

Hughes: Man United expect to win

Mark Hughes knows firsthand of the pressures on Manchester United, reflecting back on his former days with the club.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 30 Sep 14:15

Manchester United v Stoke City

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Manchester United and Stoke City.

Stoke City – 30 Sep 13:27

Hughes: Names must come out in corruption probe

Stoke manager Mark Hughes insists the individuals at the centre of the Daily Telegraph’s ongoing corruption scandal must be named in order to avoid all football bosses being “guilty by association”.

The newspaper has published several allegations over the last week, including claims that 10 unnamed managers have taken so-called ‘bungs’ in transfer deals.

Sam Allardyce saw his contract as England boss terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday after he was secretly filmed making a series of controversial comments.

Former Barnsley assistant Tommy Wright was then sacked by the Tykes on Thursday after the newspaper alleged he took a £5,000 payment from undercover reporters posing as representatives of fake investors from the Far East.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and Southampton assistant Eric Black are among others to have been filmed by undercover reporters as part of the 10-month investigation. All those named so far by the newspaper deny any wrongdoing.

Stoke boss Hughes has watched on as the allegations have been published and says the “debate” over who the unnamed managers are should be brought to an end.

Asked if football is rotten, he said: “Clearly there’s a worry that that’s the perception that will be taken by a lot of people.”

He added: “I think if there is evidence that certain individuals have been involved in things they shouldn’t have been, then I think it’s important those guys are named because, if they’re not, then everybody is guilty by association just by virtue of being a manager or a coach or involved in football.

“If there is any wrongdoing, then clearly those people have to be named and then everybody else is seen in the correct light. At the moment there’s a lot of debate on who’s involved, who isn’t, so that needs to be clarified.”

Hughes, who has managed QPR, Fulham, Manchester City, Blackburn and Wales in the past, claims he has never been offered a ‘bung’.

He said: “I never have. In all walks of life, not just football, there’s temptation and sometimes, if temptation is put in front of certain individuals, they make the wrong decisions.

“It’s not solely a football problem, in all walks of life there’s corruption and things that shouldn’t happen.

“To put it just at football’s door is wrong but clearly there seems to be an issue there so it needs resolving quickly for everybody.”

Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis, now managing West Brom, says he has been left “disappointed” by the revelations but also expressed sympathy for Allardyce.

Pulis said: “It’s happened and the sad thing for me is on the football front Sam has worked all his life to get the job and it’s gone.

“I think everything should go to the governing bodies and they should assess and take appropriate action.

“He’s worked all his life for 30 years, his ambition was to become eventually England manager. He’s got the job and he’s lost it.

“All the rest of it that surrounds it, that we’ve been reading about and seeing, it’s now time for the FA and governing bodies to take that information, analyse and assess it and then act on what they think is right and wrong.

“I’m a football person and let’s get back to talking football and leave all that stuff to the governing bodies. Just on the football front, me personally I’m very disappointed.”

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Stoke City – 30 Sep 10:03

Premier League predictions: Cortes call City clash in Spurs? favour

Sam from Cortes is the latest musician to take on TEAMtalk in our Premier League predictions, with the forecast of a Man City defeat.

Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.

Before last weekend, Taka and Grant from Feeder predicted only three correct results, as did TEAMtalk, but Rob Conlon at least guessed that Man City would beat Swansea 3-1.

Tottenham fan Sam from Cortes is this week’s challenger. Ian Watson is representing TEAMtalk.

Cortes’s new single ‘Towers’ is out now

Premier League matchday seven:

Everton v Palace
Sam 1-0
TT 2-1

Swansea v Liverpool
Sam 0-3
TT 1-4

Hull v Chelsea
Sam 0-2
TT 1-3

West Ham v Boro
Sam 0-0
TT 2-1

Sunderland v West Brom
Sam 1-1
TT 0-0

Watford v Bournemouth
Sam 3-2
TT 1-1

Man Utd v Stoke
Sam 2-0
TT 3-0

Leicester v Southampton
Sam 2-1
TT 2-2

Tottenham v Man City
Sam 2-1
TT 1-2

Burnley v Arsenal
Sam 0-2
TT 0-3

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Stoke City – 30 Sep 09:40

PL stats: Sturridge and Rooney itching to extend impressive records

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney have impressive records against their Premier League opponents this weekend – but will they play?

Opta stats ahead of Premier League matchday seven:

Everton v Crystal Palace

Friday, 8pm, Goodison Park

Yannick Bolasie: Watched by Jordon Ibe

  • Everton have won just one of their last six Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D3 L2) – winning 1-0 in January 2015 courtesy of a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
  • Christian Benteke has scored four and assisted one more in five Premier League appearances against Everton.
  • The Eagles are unbeaten in their last three Premier League visits to Goodison Park (W2 D1), scoring seven and conceding five goals in the process.
  • Romelu Lukaku has netted three goals in his last four top-flight appearances against Crystal Palace.
  • Ronaldo Koeman has seen his team(s) keep only two clean sheets in his last 18 Premier League games as a manager.
  • Palace have collected just one point fewer in their last four Premier League games (10) than their other 21 Premier League games in 2016.
  • Palace have not won four Premier League games in a row since April 2015.
  • The Eagles have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet.
  • Yannick Bolasie has made two assists for Everton this season, only one fewer than he managed in the Premier League in the whole of 2015-16 for Palace.
  • Everton have conceded fewer shots on target than any other Premier League team this season (12).


Swansea v Liverpool

Saturday, 12:30pm, Liberty Stadium

Daniel Sturridge: Lasted less than an hour at Chelsea

  • Swansea’s 3-1 victory in May 2016 ended a run of eight games in all competitions without a win against Liverpool (D2 L6).
  • Liverpool have won only one of their five visits to Liberty Stadium in the Premier League (D2 L2) – 1- 0 in March 2015.
  • Daniel Sturridge has been directly involved in six goals in his six PL appearances against Swansea for Liverpool (four goals, two assists).
  • Liverpool have found the back of the net in each of their last seven Premier League clashes with Swansea, netting 18 goals; although only four have arrived away from home.
  • Liverpool have scored 16 goals in six Premier League games this season, last campaign it took them until their 13th match to reach this total.
  • James Milner has scored three penalties this season, more than 17 of the 20 Premier League teams.
  • Liverpool’s goal tally after eight competitive games this season (24) is their highest in 121 years, since 1895-96 (34 goals).
  • Liverpool have scored more goals than any other team in the Premier League since Jurgen Klopp’s first game in Oct 2015
  • No team has scored more away goals in the Premier League in 2016 than Liverpool (26, level with Tottenham).
  • Fernando Llorente is the 61st Spaniard to score in the Premier League and is currently one of 17 to have a single goal, alongside the likes of Fran Merida, Xisco and Kepa.


Hull v Chelsea

KC Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Eden Hazard: On target for Chelsea

  • Hull have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League, losing six and drawing twice.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions against Hull City, winning 10 (D2).
  • Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored in both Premier League fixtures against Hull in 2014/15. Indeed, five of Chelsea’s last seven PL goals against the Tigers have been scored or assisted by Costa and Hazard.
  • Hazard has scored in each of his last three Premier League clashes with Hull; he’s never scored in four consecutive PL matches against a single opponent (also three in a row vs Spurs).
  • Courtesy of his red card v Liverpool last weekend, this will be the first Premier League game that Ahmed Elmohamady has ever missed for Hull (38 games in 13/14, 38 in 14/15 and six in 16/17).
  • Hull have conceded 40 shots on target this season, more than any other Premier League team.
  • If Chelsea lose this game they will have lost as many games under Antonio Conte (3) in seven matches as they did in 21 outings under Guus Hiddink last season.
  • Chelsea have used a league-low 17 players this season, with Hull next lowest on 18.
  • Diego Costa has been booked in four of his six Premier League appearances this season.
  • Hull have had a red card in their last two games, there have only been eight instances in Premier League history of teams getting men sent off in three successive matches, most recently by West Ham in August 2015.


Sunderland v West Brom

Stadium of Light, Saturday, 3pm

Jermain Defoe: Slots past Steve Mandanda

  • Sunderland have won once in their last 13 Premier League contests with West Brom (D4 L8) – winning 2-0 in May 2014.
  • Tony Pulis has avoided defeat in his last six Premier League matches against Sunderland (W1 D5), keeping five clean sheets.
  • However, Pulis’ teams have failed to score in six of their last eight top-flight meetings with Sunderland (two scored in total).
  • The last two instances of Sunderland at home to WBA have finished 0-0; only twice before has an exact PL fixture ended 0-0 in three consecutive occasions (Aston Villa at home to Coventry & Middlesbrough at home to Leeds).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored 23 goals for Sunderland in the Premier League, but only eight have come at the Stadium of Light for the club (35%).
  • Sunderland are winless in their last 25 Premier League games in August/September but in October they have surged to three wins in their last seven.
  • West Brom have won only three of their last 14 Premier League games in October.
  • Tony Pulis’s men have scored five goals in their last two Premier League games, as many as they had managed in their previous 10 outings.
  • David Moyes has not seen his team(s) keep a clean sheet in the last seven Premier League games he’s managed. His record is 16 games without one at Everton in 2012-13.
  • WBA have the lowest passing accuracy in the Premier League this season (67.3%), lower than all but three of the 24 teams in the Championship in 2016-17.


Watford v Bournemouth

Vicarage Road, Saturday, 3pm

Troy Deeney: Striker celebrates equaliser

  • Watford have won four and drawn two of their last six games in all competitions versus the Cherries at Vicarage Road.
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Watford, although four have ended level (W1).
  • In league competition, Bournemouth have only won once in their last 14 trips to Watford (D6 L7).
  • Troy Deeney scored a hat-trick on his first appearance vs Bournemouth for Watford in August 2013, but hasn’t netted in any of the four meetings since.
  • Eddie Howe’s joint-heaviest defeat as a manager came against Watford in August 2013, losing 6-1 at Vicarage Road (joint with losing 5-0 to Morecambe in December 2009).
  • The Hornets have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League games.
  • Bournemouth have gone 11 Premier League games without scoring more than once in a match (scoring once nine times and failing to score twice in that run).
  • Watford have conceded five headed goals in the top-flight this season, more than any other side. This equates to 45% of their total goals shipped (11).
  • Jack Wilshere has now gone 19 Premier League appearances without playing the full 90 minutes; last making it to the final whistle on September 13th 2014 against Manchester City.
  • At 29 years and 275 days, the average age of Watford’s starting 11 this season is the highest in the Premier League.


West Ham v Middlesbrough

London Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Alvaro Negredo: Celebrates his first goal for Middlesbrough

  • West Ham United have won their last seven Premier League home games against Middlesbrough; only versus Blackburn (9) have they recorded a longer winning streak at home.
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored five goals in four appearances (all comps) against the Hammers, although all five goals arrived in the EFL Cup (0 in 2 apps in the PL).
  • West Ham have lost five of their opening six top-flight games in a season for the first time in their history.
  • Boro have lost their last five Premier League away games in London and have won only two of their last 22 trips to the nation’s capital (D3 L17).
  • Since the start of April, West Ham have conceded 19 home goals, more than any other Premier League team in that period.
  • Middlesbrough’s haven’t scored more than once in an away league game at West Ham since a 2-1 win in April 1989, netting four goals in 14 games since.
  • The Hammers have allowed their opposition 32 shots on target from inside the penalty area in the Premier League this season, more than 14 teams have allowed in total.
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored in only one of his last 18 Premier League appearances.
  • West Ham have lost all four Premier League games Dimitri Payet has appeared in this season – he only lost six games in the whole of 2015-16.
  • Víctor Valdés has played six Premier League games (two for Man Utd, four for Middlesbrough) and has never been on the winning side.


Manchester United v Stoke

Old Trafford, Sunday, 12pm

Wayne Rooney: All smiles on the United bench

  • Manchester United have won all eight previous Premier League matches against Stoke at Old Trafford; against no other side have they played more games with a 100% record (also Wigan, 8).
  • After winning none of their first 11 Premier League clashes with the Red Devils, Stoke have since won two of their last five (D1 L2).
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 16 home games in all competitions against the Potters (W15 D1), winning the last 13 in a row.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored four and assisted two more in his last three PL appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.
  • Stoke’s last clean sheet at Old Trafford coincided with their last win there in any competition – they won 1-0 in April 1976 in the league.
  • Juan Mata has been involved in 82 goals in the Premier League since moving to England ahead of the 2011/12 season (scored 41, assisted 41), a joint-high for a midfield player (level with David Silva).
  • United have won five of the last seven Premier League games that Wayne Rooney hasn’t started.
  • Jose Mourinho has lost three of his last four matches in the Premier League in October.
  • Four of the last six Premier League teams to take two points from their opening six games (as Stoke have) have been relegated.
  • Manchester United’s most recent title (2012-13) saw them start the season with four wins and two defeats (as they have this season).


Leicester v Southampton

King Power Stadium, Sunday, 2:15pm

Charlie Austin: Striker celebrates goal

  • Leicester have lost only one of their 10 home Premier League games against the Saints, winning seven (D2).
  • The Saints have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 top-flight trips to Leicester, doing so in a 4- 0 win in December 2001.
  • The Foxes’ haul of seven home Premier League wins against Southampton is their most against an opponent in the competition.
  • Southampton have only won one of their seven league trips to the King Power Stadium, claiming a 2-1 victory in December 2007 – they have lost two and drawn one of three Premier League visits.
  • Leicester have lost three of their six Premier League games this season (W2 D1), as many as they lost in their previous 42 in the competition (W26 D13).
  • This is the third time in the last four seasons that the defending champions have had seven points after six games (also Man Utd 13-14 and Chelsea 15-16). Only Blackburn in 1995/96 have collected fewer points from six games as a reigning Premier League champions (4).
  • The average finishing position in the Premier League era for a team with Leicester’s total of seven points from six games is 12th.
  • Southampton have gone three hours without conceding in the Premier League.
  • Since scoring in a Premier League record 11 consecutive games, Jamie Vardy has scored in only nine of 28 appearances (12 goals).
  • Charlie Austin will be trying to score in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since Boxing Day 2014.


Tottenham v Manchester City

White Hart Lane, Sunday, 2:15pm

Heung-Min Son: Scores brace for Tottenham

  • Spurs have won 22 of their 38 Premier League games against City; should they win this game, they will have beaten them more often than they’ve defeated any other side (currently tied with 22 wins v Everton).
  • Manchester City have lost both of their last two Premier League meetings with Tottenham, the same number they lost in their previous 11 top-flight clashes with the Lilywhites (W8 D1).
  • There have been 22 goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane (9 for Spurs, 13 for Man City).
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League appearances for Man City.
  • Pep Guardiola needs a win from this game to break the record for best winning starts to a managerial career in the Premier League (currently tied with Carlo Ancelotti on six).
  • This game pitches together the only two unbeaten teams left in the Premier League this season.
  • Pep Guardiola has already seen his team score as many penalties (three) in six games as a Premier League manager as Gary Megson did in 137.
  • Four of Son Heung-Min’s eight Premier League goals have come in his last 229 minutes of action for Spurs.
  • Sergio Aguero’s mins-per-goal rate of one every 106 minutes is the best rate in Premier League history, 15 minutes quicker than Thierry Henry in second place.
  • Aguero now has as many Premier League goals as Paul Scholes (107), but in 345 fewer games.


Burnley v Arsenal

Turf Moor, Sunday, 4:30pm

Defour Burnley

  • Burnley are winless in seven league games against the Gunners (D3 L4), losing each of the last three in the Premier League.
  • The Clarets have netted just two goals in total in their last six league clashes with Arsenal, failing to score in four of those games.
  • The last three league meetings between the two sides at Turf Moor have produced a total of just three goals (0-0, 1-1 and most recently, 0-1).
  • Alexis Sanchez has been involved in four goals in three appearances against the Clarets in all competitions, scoring three and assisting one.
  • Hector Bellerin has provided more assists than any other Premier League defender since the start of last season (6).
  • Arsenal will attempt to win five successive league games for the first time since last October.
  • Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have the Premier League record for consecutive wins (14 in a row in 2002, the first 13 of which secured Wenger’s second league title with the club)
  • Arsenal have won 22 and drawn three of their last 25 Premier League games against newly promoted teams.
  • The Clarets have conceded just five goals in their last 17 home league games, and never more than once in a match in that period.
  • Steven Defour has been directly involved in four of Burnley’s five Premier League goals this season, scoring one and assisting three.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 29 Sep 20:50

Football has never been cleaner - Coates

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says he does not accept football is corrupt, despite recent allegations of financial malpractice.

Stoke City – 29 Sep 08:55

Paper Talk: Man Utd take Brazilian on trial; RVP return hint

Manchester United have taken a teenage Brazilian star on trial with a view to handing him a deal, while Robin van Persie is open to a return to the Premier League in January, according to Thursday’s newspapers.



Matheus Marcosi: On trial at Carrington

Manchester United have taken 16-year-old Brazilian Matheus Marcosi on trial, reports the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old plays for Desportivo Brasil, who have a tie-up with United, and has been at the club’s Carrington training complex on previous occasions.

He has been invited back for this week and is hoping to impress coaching staff enough to convince United to offer him a contract.

Marcosi can play in defence or midfield.

United have suffered a stuttering start to the new season under Jose Mourinho, who joined the club in the summer.

The Old Trafford club began their Premier League campaign with three successive wins and looked to be among the early pacesetters.

However, a derby defeat against Manchester City curtailed their momentum and they followed up that 2-1 loss with successive defeats against Feyenoord and Watford.

They did manage to respond by beating Northampton Town in the League Cup, and a victory against champions Leicester has left them sixth in the nascent Premier League table.


Robin van Persie: To face United in Europa League

Robin van Persie has hinted he is open to a return to the Premier League in January – but the former Manchester United and Arsenal striker will let his children decide his next move as he enters the twilight of his career.

The Fenerbahce striker, 33, moved to Turkey after falling out of favour at Old Trafford during Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge. His strike rate for the Super Lig side remains impressive, with 22 goals in 54 appearances.

The Dutch striker remains under contract with Fener until 2018 but when the time comes for a move Van Persie insists his family will influence his next steps.

The player was linked with moves to Middlesbrough, West Ham and Stoke over the summer and it’s likely all three would consider moves for him if he became available in the January window.

A finisher of the calibre Van Persie will always be in demand and – ahead of his reunion with first club Feyenoord in the Europa League – he has hinted that he would be open to a return to England.

“We’ve moved around in recent years and that suits me very well,” Van Persie told Feyenoord TV.

“Over the years I have seen that you cannot really plan your career. You have to take it as it comes. There are all kinds of things in your path and you accept it or not.

“That’s how I will approach the last few years. I’m open to everything. I’ve been away from the Netherlands for 13 years and that suits me fine. Whether it’s in England, Turkey or wherever.

“The kids are involved. They are even more English than Dutch because they grew up there. There comes a time when they also get a bigger say in where they’d like to live and be.”

Fenerbahce play Feyenoord at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Thursday night in the other game in Europa League Group A, United’s group.



Antoine Griezmann has fuelled speculation he’s eyeing a move to Manchester United after singing Paul Pogba’s praises (The Sun)

Tottenham star Heung-Min Son is facing taking a two-year break from his football career to serve in the South Korean military (The Sun)

Derby County want to talk to Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett about becoming their next boss (The Sun)

Striker Jesper Karlsson, 18, who plays for Swedish club Falkenberg, says it’s “fun” to be linked with a move to Manchester United (Aftonbladet)

Tottenham star Heung-Min Son is facing taking a two-year break from his football career to serve in the South Korean military (The Sun)

Former Newcastle and Aston Villa midfielder Charles N’Zogbia, 30, might see his career come to a premature end because of a heart condition (L’Equipe)

Barcelona are eyeing a summer move for Juventus’ Pablo Dybala – a man they regard as long-term replacement for Lionel Messi (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, is plotting a move into management once he hangs up his boots (The Sun)

The FA are binning 4,000 T-shirts bearing a message from ex-England boss Sam Allardyce they had planned to hand out to fans before the game against Malta at Wembley (The Sun)

Sunderland’s club doctor has resigned in the aftermath of Patrick van Aanholt’s pre-match ordeal against Tottenham (Daily Mail)

Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie has hinted at Premier League return but insists his children will have a ‘big say’ on his next move (Daily Mail)

Jamie Vardy has revealed his finest season in football was fired by the remarkable ritual of drinking port the night before a game (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho has defended his treatment of Juan Mata at Chelsea, saying it wasn’t his decision to sell the Spaniard to Manchester United (Daily Mirror)

Charlton are bracing themselves for January offers from the Premier League big guns for their latest hot prospect, 18-year-old defender Ezri Konsa (Daily Mirror)

Neil Warnock, Steve Bruce, Harry Redknapp and former Derby chief Steve McClaren are all in the frame for a potential vacancy at the Championship club (Daily Mirror)

Wayne Rooney will seek assurances about his international career when he holds talks with new England boss Gareth Southgate this week (Daily Star)

Andy Carroll could be hit with a £180,000 fine if he is found guilty of breaking club rules on alcohol (Daily Star)

Hibs have signed Wales international full-back Neal Eardley on a short-term deal (Daily Star)

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