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Premier League stats: Have we finally got a real Premier League title race?

Mohamed Salah netted his second Liverpool hat-trick at Bournemouth on Saturday and is now the Premier League’s joint-top scorer After Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea on Saturday, Pep Guardiola was asked if Liverpool could win the title. His answer? Yes. Yes they can. Here, the title race is assessed, Unai Emery’s half-time tinkering is dissected and Fulham’s leaky defence is exposed as BBC Sport takes a look at the key stats from the Premier League weekend… Is the title race really on? “We are in December, if you ask…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v world champion boxer Josh Warrington

Leaders Manchester City might have been knocked off the top of the table by the time they play Chelsea at tea-time on Saturday in the pick of the weekend fixtures. But BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks they will get a win at Stamford Bridge that will put them back on the Premier League summit. “Chelsea have lost their past two away games, at Tottenham and Wolves, and there are one or two cracks starting to appear,” Lawro explained. “Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has changed his team around…

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Watford 1-2 Manchester City: Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez give Premier League leaders hard-fought win

Sane’s goal was his fifth in his last five starts for Manchester City Goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez gave Manchester City a hard-fought win at Watford which re-established their five-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table. City had been frustrated early on by saves from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster until Sane scored in the 40th minute by diverting in Riyad Mahrez’s inswinging cross with his chest. Six minutes after half-time Mahrez – recalled as manager Pep Guardiola once again rotated his team – increased the…

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VAR: How video assistant referees will benefit the Premier League

VAR in England – the story so far The video assistant referee system (VAR) will make its debut in the Premier League next season so what can we expect? We have seen the technology used at the 2018 World Cup but how will it work throughout a whole league season? What is the success rate? And will it stop managers moaning? Who better to answer those questions and more than former Premier League referee Howard Webb, who was in charge of the 2010 World Cup final. He has overseen the…

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Premier League stats: Manchester United’s goals have dried up since Sir Alex Ferguson left

Man Utd failed to score in a top-flight home meeting with Crystal Palace for the first time since October 1970 Manchester United were known as the Premier League’s entertainers, sweeping all before them under Sir Alex Ferguson. Over the 26 years of the Scot’s reign some of the finest attacking talent the country has seen, goal scoring heroes such as enigmatic Eric Cantona, the prolific Ruud van Nistelrooy and the sublime Cristiano Ronaldo, graced Old Trafford. And there was ‘Fergie time’ – those precious final minutes at the end of…

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VAR set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees (VAR) is set to be used in the Premier League next season, after the clubs agreed in principle to the move. At a shareholders’ meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on this season’s VAR trials. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa to use VAR next season. More to follow . Source link

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Richard Scudamore: Departing Premier League chief to receive £5m farewell gift

Richard Scudamore joined the Premier League in November 1999 as chief executive before becoming executive chairman in June 2014 Outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will receive a £5m farewell bonus paid by clubs, the Premier League has confirmed. Scudamore will receive the payment over a three-year period “in recognition of his outstanding work”. He will remain with the Premier League in an advisory capacity. It comes after football fans urged clubs not to “stick their hands down the back of the sofa” and contribute to Scudamore’s departing gift. Scudamore –…

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Premier League: Susanna Dinnage to be named new executive chairman

Susanna Dinnage is set to be named as the new executive chairman of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scuadmore. Dinnage joins from media organisation Discovery, where she has been the global president of the Animal Planet channel. Scudamore, 59, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. More to follow. Source link

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Richard Scudamore: Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus

Richard Scudamore was appointed in November 1999 and has overseen a period of sustained growth All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK…

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