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Five Premier League sides with the most shots on target this season
Shots on target is one of the most commonly used statistics in football and one that can be very useful in determining the quality of a team’s attackers. While other metrics like expected goals and total shots have become increasingly popular of late, shots on target remains a valuable tool and it is used in …

Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and more
We are into the last three days of the transfer window and the pressure is ramping up on teams to avoid a last minute scramble to complete their January business. Follow our live transfer blog here.

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Tweets of the Week: That feelgood factor, Peak Everton, and the Môn Maradona
The best and funniest tweets from the world of football this week, featuring a heartwarming act of kindness, the Arsenal granny, Kylian Mbappe tries his ‘hand’ at cheating, and the new Welsh Wizard. Football is bloody brilliant sometimes, isn’t it? Somethings outweigh the results I was lucky to win free tickets for last nights game …

The best Premier League stats from gameweek 24: De Bruyne eyes up Henry’s record
Some of the standout statistics from another week of amazing Premier League action, featuring Kevin De Bruyne’s ridiculous passing ability, Liverpool’s unbeaten run, Adama Traore continues to impress, and Dean Henderson makes a case for England selection.  De Bruyne sets his sights on making history Barely a week goes by without Kevin De Bruyne making …

Premier League Weekly Awards: Villa winner, Rodriguez’ rasper, United’s next no.1
It’s time for the Premier League Weekly Awards, where The Football Faithful rewards the very best – and worst – of England’s top-flight from the week gone by. Moment of the Week Aston Villa’s 95th minute winner against Watford was simply incredible. Tyrone Mings’ accidental goal might be the kickstart the Villains need to accelerate …

Five of the best ‘great escapes’ from relegation in Premier League history
The Premier League’s latest great escape acts are beginning to make their move, Watford and Southampton finding form in recent weeks after seemingly appearing dead and buried. The Hornets in particular are enjoying the unlikeliest of revivals, winning four of their past five fixtures to move out of the drop zone, having begun the season …

The best Premier League stats from gameweek 23: Liverpool on the Virg of glory
Here are the standout statistics from a bumper weekend of Premier League action, featuring Liverpool’s insanely impressive run of form, Pep Guardiola’s worst birthday ever, Man United’s Fredemption, and why possession counts for nothing sometimes.  On the Virg Just as Manchester City did last season, Liverpool have now vanquished every opponent they have face in …

Premier League Weekly Awards: Alisson’s joy, amazing Adama, and a real kick in the nuts
It’s time for the Premier League Weekly Awards, where The Football Faithful rewards the very best – and worst – of England’s top-flight from the week gone by. Moment of the Week Isaac Hayden’s late winner against Chelsea was an amazing moment for Newcastle United and their fans, but that doesn’t take the honours this …

'Wants to play': Director admits reported £17m Wolves and Brighton target could leave
Premier League duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton could reportedly offer RB Leipzig bench-warmer Matheus Cunha a Bundesliga escape route.

Report: Crystal Palace want 22-year-old, but Leeds United winning race
Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion are reportedly interested in Jean-Kevin Augustin.

'He's off': Some Brighton fans think Aston Villa-linked man has just said goodbye
Premier League duo Aston Villa and Newcastle reportedly want to raid Brighton for Glenn Murray - Nottingham Forest need a new striker too.

'Klopp's got a massive decision to make'...Some Liverpool fans react to star's performance
Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson scored again.

Reported £17m Wolves and Brighton target wins Goal of the Year award
Premier League duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton reportedly want RB Leipzig's Bundesliga starlet Matheus Cunha.

Manager claims it 'doesn't make sense' to sell reported Aston Villa and Newcastle target
Aston Villa and Newcastle United are reportedly interested in raiding Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion for striker Glenn Murray.

Harry and Callum Wilson’s goals help Bournemouth surge past Brighton

In Eddie Howe’s office, the words of John Wooden, the American basketball coach, adorn a wall. One of Wooden’s renowned quotes refers to ignoring outside interference and a gutsy Bournemouth did just that to defeat Brighton.

Related: Nathan Redmond keeps Southampton rising at expense of Crystal Palace

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The Dozen: Pickford flies and red skies – best Premier League photos

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s action

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Grealish, Saka and Chalobah shine in draws, while Newcastle are ready for reinforcements after a late win

Arsenal’s injury problems at left‑back have led them to explore signing Layvin Kurzawa from Paris Saint-Germain. But what if the solution lies closer to home? Bukayo Saka is 18 and earlier this season was being rightly lauded for his rich promise as a flying winger. But he has filled in at full‑back four times in the past month, most recently against Sheffield United on Saturday, and looks the part. Saka is tenacious, diligent, has speed and energy to burn and a knack of picking out teammates with his deliveries. “I think he could,” Mikel Arteta said when asked if Saka could carve out a long-term future in the role. “He is someone that’s never played there before but he’s really trying to do it as well as possible. You can see that he’s got many strengths to play in that position.” Club and manager might have hit upon something far more exciting than they expected. Nick Ames

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Jack Grealish’s strike earns Aston Villa a priceless point at Brighton

After the deluge, a draw that gives Aston Villa hope that the tide is turning in their season. Dean Smith’s side came into this game on the back of a 6-1 defeat by Manchester City and could have gone under again after Leandro Trossard fired Brighton into the lead. Instead they rallied and earned an equaliser thanks to a wonderful goal by Jack Grealish.

A typically excellent strike from their talisman was only one of the aspects of this game from which Villa could take encouragement, with others being their combativeness, a terrific late save from their new goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, and the fact that the draw was achieved without a recognised striker. That vacancy will soon be filled, as the Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta has passed a medical as the club puts the finishing touches to his £8.5m transfer from Genk. “The paperwork is being ticked off,” said Smith.

Related: Manchester City hit by Fernandinho own goal as Crystal Palace grab draw

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Brighton v Aston Villa: match preview

Aston Villa need to move on quickly from the 6-1 home thrashing by Manchester City and focus on how to get the better of their relegation rivals Brighton. Dean Smith’s side have a respectable 14 points from eight games against teams in the bottom seven so panic must not set in despite residing in the danger zone. A huge boost is Pepe Reina’s arrival between the sticks. His 285 appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool will provide guidance for the second-worst defence in the league – one goal shy of conceding two goals per game. Brighton will hope Reina’s advancing years render him a spent force at 37. Brighton would be well-advised to try to test him severely. Graham Searles

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Two cerebral coaches meet at the Emirates, shaky Spurs head to Vicarage Road and can United really end Liverpool’s unbeaten season?

Gedson Fernandes started only three league games in 2019 – and was substituted at half-time in one of those – and though he is richly talented there is no guarantee he will enjoy more success at Spurs than his largely underwhelming compatriots Ricardo Rocha, Pedro Mendes (he of the disallowed goal from the halfway line at Old Trafford), Helder Postiga and José Dominguez, the entertaining if only occasionally effective winger who was a light in the darkness of the Gerry Francis-Christian Gross era. Fernandes’ fitness levels are unknown but there are easier debuts than against an in-form Watford side that have discovered their collective mettle. The former Tottenham midfielder Étienne Capoue is providing many of the qualities José Mourinho could use from the base of midfield. In their next four league games, Spurs play three of the current bottom four in Watford, Norwich and Aston Villa, an excellent opportunity to address the rocky form that has meant they won one and lost three of their last five league matches. But on current form, and with Harry Kane injured, there seems little to choose between these sides. SB

Watford v Tottenham, Saturday 12.30pm (all times GMT)

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Arsenal v Sheffield United, Saturday 3pm

Liverpool v Manchester United, Sunday 4.30pm

Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm

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Norwich v Bournemouth, Saturday 3pm

Newcastle v Chelsea, Saturday 5.30pm

Southampton v Wolves, Saturday 3pm

Related: Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 top scorers 2019-20

Brighton v Aston Villa, Saturday 3pm

West Ham v Everton, Saturday 3pm

Burnley v Leicester City, Sunday 2pm

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Arsenal should take a £40m gamble on Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, says club legend Ray Parlour 
They Guunners are in the market for defensive reinforcements before the January transfer window closes and Ray Parlour believes they should be looking closer to home.

Why is it 'Dry January' in the Premier League transfer market?
It appears the clubs of the Premier League are doing their best to join in with 'Dry January'. Money spent on new signings has dropped from £430m in 2018 to just £65m so far this month.

Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and more
Time is running out for teams to get their squads together for the rest of the campaign as deadline day looms on those looking to make last minute improvements. Follow our live blog here.

Rio Ferdinand backs his former Manchester United boss David Moyes to succeed at West Ham 
Rio Ferdinand has backed his former Manchester United manager David Moyes, calling him the 'right man' for West Ham.

Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and more
It is last chance saloon for clubs across Europe as we enter the final week before the transfer deadline at the end of the month. Follow our live blog to keep up to date with all the latest news throughout the day.

When does the January transfer window close? When is deadline day?
Only a week left now for UK and European clubs to get transfer business done for next half of their domestic and European campaigns with deadline day fast approaching.

Celtic being able to sign this out-of-favour PL star on loan would transform their attack

Why Celtic can strike gold with a loan deal for Glen Murray in January According to Daily Mail (h/t The Scottish Sun), Celtic have identified out-of-favour Brighton and Hove Albion hitman Glen Murray as a potential loan target during the January transfer window, with Neil Lennon desperate to bolster his attacking unit ahead of a […] More

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[Image] Predicted 4-4-2 Everton XI to face Brighton: Can Ancelotti’s men beat the Seagulls?

Everton prediction: Predicted Everton line-up to face Brighton Realistically, Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure at Everton couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. With the injuries facing the Toffees, the fact that he bagged six points in the first two matches, and a narrow defeat to champions Manchester City, was an outstanding achievement considering the position […] More

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1.3 dribbles, 1.6 tackles – Brighton should not waste time and sign this effective on-loan star permanently

Why Brighton should sign Aaron Mooy permanently Having worked his way into the Brighton line-up after arriving on a season-long loan from relegated Huddersfield Town, Aaron Mooy has played the entire 90 minutes of the last few games, conjuring a masterclass in the 2-1 win over Arsenal. With his displays for Australia mirroring his club […] More

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Newcastle United would bag a massive coup by signing this £20m-rated ace starring for Leeds

Why Ben White would be a smashing signing for Newcastle United According to the Chronicle Live, Newcastle United are presently running the rule over in-demand centre-back Ben White, who is currently on loan at Leeds United in the Championship from Brighton and Hove Albion.  The 22-year-old, who is also on the radar of reigning European […] More

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3 controversial VAR moments from PL round 10 including Arsenal and Brighton incidents

3 controversial VAR moments from PL gameweek 10 Just like any other match week in the Premier League, Round 10 delivered wonderful enthralling football but not without its fair share of controversies.  Several high-profile errors made by the on-field referees last season had the fans and the pundits crying out for VAR to be introduced […] More

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[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Chelsea XI to face Brighton – can the Blues get back to winning ways?

Predicted Chelsea XI to face Brighton in the Premier League Chelsea completed a 7-1 rout of Grimsby Town in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday and the Blues will be high on confidence when they play host to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.  Frank Lampard’s side currently […] More

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