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Ex-Arsenal man predicts woes for West Ham this weekend

West Ham have given their survival hopes a real boost in recent weeks, embarking on a three-match unbeaten run. Five points in three games has seen the Hammers open a seven-point advantage over the relegation zone but Slaven Bilic’s side are still not mathematically safe. A difficult trip to Stoke City awaits this weekend and […]

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Referee appointment for West Ham’s trip to Stoke brings good omen

West Ham’s status in the Premier League is still not mathematically secure, as they sit seven points above Swansea City with four games to go. The Hammers need a points swing in their favour to secure their status in the top-flight, which could be handed to them this weekend if they beat Stoke and Swansea […]

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West Brom’s Gareth McAuley denies West Ham a comeback win at the last

West Bromwich Albion secured a stoppage-time goal to rescue a 2-2 draw in Stratford. West Ham United felt Nacer Chadli’s early goal should not have stood and were unhappy one of their own efforts was disallowed – but they appeared to have secured a fourth win in five games with goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini. However, Gareth McAuley forced a late equaliser to earn the visitors a point. A groin injury had ruled Andy Carroll out of a …

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3-5-2, two strikers: The changes West Ham must make to beat Stoke

Following the disappointing loss to Everton, we are once again faced with the continuing challenge of goal scoring. We did have some good chances in the first 25 minutes or so, but failed to convert. From this moment, our midfield five lost its shape, players suddenly appeared static and we were reduced to pushing vertical […]

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Premier League 2016 summer transfer window: club-by-club verdicts

The lowdown on the business conducted by England’s top-flight clubs before the close of the deadline It has taken two summers but Arsène Wenger has finally bought to strengthen the spine of his squad. Coming in after Petr Cech last season are players to address key positions that have needed bolstering for some time. Wenger hopes Shkodran Mustafi quickly forms a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny, while Granit Xhaka has already inspired comparisons to Emmanuel Petit in midfield…

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Premier League 2016-17 preview: 11 things to look out for this season

Manager wars, Leicester’s encore, and some no-nonsense yellow card laws So here it is – the long-awaited new series of Pep versus José. Neutrals are hoping for a classic rerun of the meltdowns that made the Barcelona/Real Madrid years so special – but early signs are that both managers are making an effort to coexist. Last month Guardiola denied he’d spend the season refusing to shake Mourinho’s hand (“We are polite …

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Premier League fans’ previews part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

United are getting their swagger back; Saints are eying a season of intrigue; and why Tottenham need to do some serious squad-building Part one: Arsenal to Manchester City A new era dawns – hopefully one free from LVG’s possession-at-all-costs approach. In signing Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and Bailly, Mourinho has added a real mix of experience and class – it feels like we’re about to get some of our swagger back…

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The tactics West Ham should use to guarantee a top six finish

After such a brilliant performance against Manchester United at the old Boleyn, it may seem like an anti-climax for the up-coming game against Stoke. Paradoxically, the outcome of our last game may be even more relevant for our fortunes next season. To guarantee a top six finish a win is required, since there is every chance

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The Dozen: this week’s best top-flight photos

Our favourite pictures from this week’s Premier League matches Continue reading…

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Adrián and Jack Butland ensure parity for West Ham and Stoke City

Slaven Bilic and Mark Hughes both had reason to feel pleased at the end of a compelling contest which finished goalless If it was not quite a case of Match of the Day leaving the best until last, then West Ham United’s goalless draw with Stoke City was nowhere near as bad as a cursory glance at the scoreline must make it look. It would have been in the past – imagine…

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Swansea v Arsenal, Real Madrid v Las Palmas and more: clockwatch – live!

Manchester City stay top, Arsenal score their 2,000th goal under Arsene Wenger, Jamie Vardy finds the net yet again, and Jurgen Klopp wins his first Premier League match. 5.04pm GMT And that’s that on the day Jamie Vardy scored in his eighth consecutive Premier League match, Arsenal scored their 2,000th goal under Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp registered his first league victory in English football, and Jose Mourinho answered 13 questions in…

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‘Bookies would turn up at the training ground’: Matthew Etherington on gambling away £1.5m

The former Stoke City and West Ham winger has battled severe addiction problems.

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Next Generation 2015: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

The Guardian looks at some of the best young talent coming through at Premier League clubs, identifying one player from each club born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999, an age band also known as first-year scholars. We will then follow their progress over the coming years See how our 2014 picks have got on in the past 12 months Continue reading…

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Mark Noble available for West Ham after red card is rescinded

• Stoke’s Ibrahim Afellay has suspension reduced to two games • Hammers captain sent off against Liverpool Mark Noble will be available for West Ham’s first fixture after the international break against Newcastle after the red card he received against Liverpool was rescinded, while Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay’s suspension been reduced to two games following a successful appeal. The Hammers captain, who scored the second goal of his side’s 3-0 Premier League victory at Anfield , was sent off…

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Premier League transfer window review: how did they all do? | Guardian writers

Manchester City looked the big winners as Manchester United’s dealings faded into confusion and Chelsea were frustrated by not landing John Stones Arsène Wenger’s belief in his players is total and he was only ever going to make important signings if he felt they were an upgrade on what he already had. Petr Cech fitted the bill in goal but, in what the Arsenal manager felt was a bizarre market, nobody else who

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Premier League fans’ verdicts part 2: Newcastle United to West Ham United

Newcastle need a return on Ashley’s commitment; Sunderland expect trouble; anticipation is high at Swansea; Watford look to the obvious from their Uruguayan centre-back and Spurs want Lee Marvin leading their Dirty Dozen A new head coach, new backroom staff and a new commitment from Mike Ashley to back the team with cash … this has been a summer of change after all the stagnation. Steve McClaren wasn’t first choice with many fans, but he was probably the most experienced…

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Premier League 2015-16 preview No6: Everton | Andy Hunter

Roberto Martínez faces a difficult start, and has yet to seriously strengthen his squad, as he looks to prove that his disappointing second season was a blip Guardian writers’ predicted position: 8th (NB: this is not necessarily Andy Hunter’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips) Last season’s position: 11th Continue reading…

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Welcome to a strange summer for Premier League transfers and rumours

Marseille’s best player last season has moved to West Ham, Etienne Capoue has given up Spurs for Watford, Xherdan Shaqiri could be off to Stoke City and Crystal Palace are hoping to buy Yohan Cabaye. The TV money is in full flow By Martin Laurence for WhoScored? , part of the Guardian Sport Network The transfer window is barely a week old but it’s already shaping up to be an odd one as far as the Premier League is concerned. A …

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Premier League transfers: who decides which players your club buys?

Who sits on Liverpool’s transfer committee and how much does Abramovich get involved in deals at Chelsea? We look at all 20 Premier League clubs Arsène Wenger is the lord of the kingdom he has built over the past 19 years. His influence extends into every pore of the club and where transfers are concerned, the manager’s authority is total. Wenger always has the final say. The board have attempted to put support systems in…

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Premier League 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Season to begin on 8 August 2015 and will conclude on 15 May 2016 Liverpool face daunting run of early away fixtures 8 August 2015: Arsenal v West Ham United, Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Chelsea v Swansea City, Everton v Watford, Leicester City v Sunderland Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United v Southampton, Norwich City v Crystal Palace, Stoke City v Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City. Continue reading…

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Premier League 2015-16 fixture list: Liverpool face daunting early away run

Liverpool start at Stoke City in repeat of last season’s closer Chelsea begin their title defence at home to Swansea City Manchester United open up against Tottenham at Old Trafford Brendan Rodgers will have to demonstrate immediate improvement at Liverpool, as his team will kick off their next Premier League campaign at Stoke City, who walloped them 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium at the end of last season. Related: Premier League 2015-16 fixtures: …

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Premier League: where the clubs need to strengthen

Managers must now decide their transfer targets for next season and move quickly to sign them. Here is our team-by-team assessment: The three most obvious positions where Arsenal require an upgrade are goalkeeper, centre-forward and defensive midfielder. In goal, Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina have had too many jittery and unreliable moments. Up top, on days when Olivier Giroud has strained to make an impression, the need for an…

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The Dozen: the best photos from the last day of the Premier League season

We round up our favourite pictures from Sunday’s matches in the English top flight, the final matches of the 2014/15 season Continue reading…

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Football: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Brendan Rodgers’ tinkering is harming Liverpool, Manchester United may have bigger problems than David de Gea leaving and clubs queue up for Danny Ings In Manchester United’s 1-1 draw in the final home match of the season on Sunday Old Trafford might have bade farewell to David de Gea, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao as each player’s future at the club is unclear. While De Gea seems more and more certain to depart for Real…

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Aaron Cresswell criticises West Ham for switching off as Stoke grab equaliser

• Aaron Cresswell: ‘We must stay switched on to the end’ • Mark Hughes keen to better last season’s total points Aaron Cresswell accepts West Ham must learn to stay “switched on” until the final whistle to avoid seeing their fruitful season drift away. West Ham looked poised for a second successive home victory when leading 1-0 five minutes into injury time against Stoke, but Marko Arnautovic slammed the ball into the bottom left corner to secure a dramatic…

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Football clockwatch: Premier League, Football League and more – live!

Latest news and scores from Saturday’s big 3pm kick-offs Email tom.davies@theguardian.com or tweet @tomdaviesE17 with your thoughts Scoreboard: All the latest scores at home and across Europe Swansea City v Everton – live! Follow Nick Miller’s OBO report All the latest league tables 2.21pm BST So anyway, the Grand National: From a football fans’ perspective, it’s a source of profound frustration that the National no longer takes place – at least in part – during half…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Liverpool 34
2 Leicester City 26
3 Chelsea 26
4 Manchester City 25
5 Sheffield United 17
6 Arsenal 17
7 Manchester United 16
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16
9 AFC Bournemouth 16
10 Burnley 15
11 Brighton & Hov… 15
12 Crystal Palace 15
13 Newcastle United 15
14 Tottenham Hotspur 14
15 Everton 14
16 West Ham United 13
17 Aston Villa 11
18 Watford 8
19 Southampton 8
20 Norwich City 7

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