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Tweets of the Week: Van Dijk hysteria, Rashford’s campaign, and Wilfried Zaha
The funniest tweets from the world of football this past week, featuring the reaction to Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk’s injury, Marcus Rashford’s bid to end child hunger, the link between Grand Theft Auto and Leeds United, and Wilfried Zaha channelling his inner Peter Griffin. The fallout from Van Dijk’s injury became increasingly outlandish.  Feel …

Moyes demands an ‘explanation’ why English football is still being played behind closed doors
West Ham manager David Moyes has demanded an ‘explanation’ as to why English football is still being played in the absence of supporters amid seemingly higher-risk facilities showing fixtures. Premier League football has remained behind-closed-doors since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year with no timeframe yet set for the return of fans …

Fantasy Premier League: Assessing the best budget defenders in FPL this season
Every Fantasy Premier League manager is looking for the best value when it comes to their squad, and there is plenty to be found in defenders.  A number of cheap defenders have emerged in the opening five matches of the Premier League campaign, but which ones are the most reliable to bring into your team? …

Every Premier League manager’s touchline fashion sense ranked
Picture the scene. It’s the final day of the 2020/21 season and the results incredibly place nineteen teams level at the top. They’re tied on points, goals scored, everything. There is simply nothing to separate them. The odd team out of course is Fulham who have cobbled together only a few scant wins and looked …

Twitter Reacts: There’ll be no school meals over the break, but Marcus Rashford is winning hearts and minds
Marcus Rashford has been on a mission to end child hunger in the United Kingdom and he has come up against some significant barriers – but now he has an army behind him.  You might recall back in June, virtually an eternity ago in this Covid-19 world, that the Manchester United striker shamed the UK …

Ranking the five best full-back pairings in the Premier League
Ah, the full-back. A position once handed to steady and unspectacular talents has been revolutionised in the modern game, a club’s pairing now of utmost importance given the all-action demands now placed on the defensive duo. In an era of inverted forwards and a decreasing number of traditional number 10s, full-backs are now often tasked …

Our View: £21.8m player 'like Cavani' shows Southampton and Sheffield United what might've been

Back in the summer, a trio of Premier League clubs in Southampton, Sheffield United and Brighton were interested in signing Uruguayan forward Darwin Núñez. La Voz...

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After last night, Tam McManus admits he was wrong about Celtic 28-year-old

Tam McManus has given his take on Celtic summer signing Shane Duffy on Twitter. The former Hibernian and Dundee forward, who now works as a...

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‘Delete’: Some Palace fans react to rumoured new signing’s 2013 tweet about Eagles

Some Crystal Palace fans are urging Jack Butland to delete a tweet he posted about their side seven years ago – which hasn’t aged well....

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Report: £90k-a-week wages could block West Brom target's Bilic reunion

Andre Ayew’s £90,000-a-week wages are threatening to leave the West Bromwich Albion target stuck in the Championship with Swansea City for another season, according to...

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Report: Crystal Palace rival Watford for Argentine free agent last seen at PL rivals

According to Tuttob, Crystal Palace, Watford and Italian side SPAL are keen on signing free agent Ezequiel Schelotto following his release from Brighton and Hove...

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‘Start looking for another club' - Ex-Liverpool man who Rodgers signed reveals Klopp chat

Adam Lallana has offered some insight as to what Jurgen Klopp told him shortly before leaving Liverpool. The 34-cap England international told BBC Radio Five...

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Adam Lallana: 'I won't be fighting to prove myself after all the setbacks at Liverpool'

After a stop-start final few seasons at Anfield, the midfielder has played in every Premier League game for Brighton this campaign

When it came to leaving Liverpool, a heart-to-heart with Jürgen Klopp made everything that bit easier for Adam Lallana. After six seasons, four trophies, three runners-up medals – and a couple of years as Klopp’s next-door neighbour – it was time for Lallana, consistently heralded by the Liverpool manager as one of the most important players of his reign, to move on.

“After I had those couple of days where I realised it was going to be my last season at Liverpool, I made sure I treated every day, every training session like it was my last,” he says. “I enjoyed the last six, seven, eight months as much as I did any year while I was at the club.”

Related: Leandro Trossard: ‘What can I do to pass the time? Build a Lego Taj Mahal’

'If I can do that here and impact that in any way, then I see that as just as good as winning a title at Liverpool'

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Brighton v West Brom: match preview

Brighton have been up and down, much like West Brom, but their ceiling feels rather higher, especially in attack. Graham Potter’s side need a statement victory to arrest a run of three without three points. Always easier said than done when facing a side you are “supposed” to beat. Slaven Bilic will be happy switching to the rugged pairing of Branislav Ivanovic and Ahmed Hegazi in central defence garnered a clean sheet last time out for West Brom. Now he needs end product from Karlan Grant to back up their productivity. Graham Searles

Monday 5.30pm Sky Sports Box Office

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Axel Tuanzebe should start, Everton’s and Aston Villa’s credentials will be tested and Rhian Brewster returns to Anfield

Following their last-ditch heroics against Tottenham, West Ham host Manchester City and in this white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of a season not even the combined forces of Mystic Meg, Nostradamus and Sally Morgan could boldly predict what might happen. City came from behind to beat Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday but their win was far from convincing. The Portuguese side carved open the City defence on several occasions, while Ederson was lucky to survive an uncharacteristic howler. Already without Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus, City were dealt a further blow with the news Fernandinho will be sidelined for four to six weeks. While undeniably valuable to their cause, the Brazilian may not be quite the loss Guardiola fears – the season before last, City averaged 2.7 points per top flight game in which he played, compared with 2.0 in those in which he didn’t. Last season, with Fernandinhooften covering in City’s now-replenished central defence, they earned more points in the eight games without him (2.4 per game) than in matches he played in (2.13). BG

Related: Hakim Ziyech: 'I'm not afraid to have my opinion, I speak from the heart'

Southampton v Everton – Sunday 2pm GMT

Aston Villa v Leeds United – Friday, 8pm BST

Related: Hakim Ziyech: 'I'm not afraid to have my opinion, I speak from the heart'

Wolves v Newcastle United – Sunday, 4.30pm GMT

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

Lampard needs to change tack with Chelsea’s defence, Lallana’s Indian Summer and Pickford’s failings

Sergio Agüero’s comeback after four months out with a knee injury was a 65-minute cameo that oozed class and in which he was a vital link in Raheem Sterling’s winner. City’s record goalscorer is out of contract in June and Pep Guardiola stated the club will make a new offer if the striker continues to play well while also saying Agüero knows what he has to do. “We know what he means for us, we know how we appreciate him, but now he has to show like everyone of us – me first – that we deserve to continue here and are playing good and winning games,” the manager said. “After that the club and myself decide. When he is playing at his level and we don’t have any doubts [then] he is a player to stay until he decides [to go] because he is unique, the numbers [goals]. He is important for us, the fans and everyone.” Jamie Jackson

Related: Manchester City show Arsenal that the game belongs to the players | Jonathan Liew

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Brighton's Mac Allister earns late point at Crystal Palace before Dunk red card

Throughout his managerial career, Graham Potter has had to learn to be patient. But even the Brighton manager must have given up hope after a second half in which his side bombarded the Crystal Palace goal to no avail after falling behind to a disputed first-half penalty from Wilfried Zaha.

Despite registering only one shot on target compared with 16 from their opponents, it appeared as though Roy Hodgson’s side had done enough to secure a second successive victory over their bitter rivals thanks to a dogged defensive display led by the returning captain, Gary Cahill. However, a last-minute equaliser from the substitute Alexis Mac Allister earned Brighton a share of the points that was no less than they deserved, with Potter saying it was about time his luck changed.

Related: Lanzini's late gem completes stunning West Ham fightback at Tottenham

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Crystal Palace v Brighton: match preview

Crystal Palace and Brighton face each other off the back of losing their past two games and the spice usually involved in this fixture will hopefully not be dampened by the lack of a crowd. Neither side could claim to be in a rut before the break considering all of those defeats were to superior opponents, even if Manchester United definitely did not deserve their win over Brighton. Graham Potter may feel he has the slight edge as Neil Maupay looks to be the difference maker between the two sides on current form. Graham Searles

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals he approached Frank Lampard about making loan move to Fulham
The midfielder had fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after suffering an Achilles injury in April last year that kept him out for 13 months, leading him to join Scott Parker's men on loan.

Frank Lampard says it has been 'difficult to integrate' Hakim Ziyech into the Chelsea team
Ziyech is back in traning and featured in Chelsea's last two games against Southampton and Sevilla, but his progress back to fitness has been hampered due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Brighton: Graham Potter raises hopes that Danny Welbeck could make debut against West Brom
Welbeck has joined the Seagulls following a difficult seaon at Watford, where he struggled for game time and registered just three goals in 20 games after moving to the club from Arsenal.

Liverpool 'would have to pay at least £50m for Brighton defender Ben White' in January
White would be seen as a suitable cover for the talismanic Dutchman but the Reds would have to pay a premium if they are to sign him in the new year, according to The Sun.

Premier League power rankings: Thiago Alcantara, Jack Grealish and Harry Kane dazzle this week
Match-week five has been and gone and Sportsmail's power rankings have taken an interesting turn. A sublime derby debut has rocketed once man up the charts, while others have started to enter top form.

10 things we learned from the Premier League weekend 
While it didn't quite measure up to the avalanche of goals last time out, the weekend's Premier League action certainly didn't want for controversy and talking points.

Celtic signing this 27-year-old Brighton outcast would be a really smart move to bolster their frontline

Why Celtic should go back in the market for Florin Andone Back in May, reports in Turkey (h/t Eastbourne Herald) had mentioned out-of-favour Brighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone as a potential target for both Celtic and Rangers. However, a move to Scottish football failed to materialise for the 27-year-old, who ended up staying […] More

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Well done Potter – Brighton signing this 29-year-old experienced star is quite a smart move

Why Danny Welbeck is a useful signing for Brighton According to The Sun, Brighton have signed free agent Danny Welbeck. Welbeck was recently released by Watford after spending just one season for them. Watford did end up getting relegated but Welbeck will have another crack at the first division. Profile Danny Welbeck rose through the youth […] More

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Brighton signing this 30-year-old Championship star would be a useful addition to their frontline

Why Brighton signing Andre Ayew would be quite a useful move According to Daily Mail, Brighton are one of the clubs interested in signing Swansea forward Andre Ayew. With the domestic transfer window still open, Premier League clubs are looking at Championship players. Another club who are interested in the forward are West Brom. Profile The […] More

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Brighton grabbing the chance to sign this 23-year-old French league ace would be a clever move

Why Brighton should grab the chance to sign Boulaye Dia in January According to claims from French outlet Telefoot Chaine (h/t Sussex Live), Stade Reims director Mathieu Lacourt has opened the door for reported Brighton & Hove Albion target Boulaye Dia to seek an exit when the transfer window reopens in January.  The Seagulls had […] More

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Brighton’s £9m deadline day double raid would reap great rewards in the long run – Here’s why

Brighton sign Jakub Moder and Michal Karbownik – Good long-term deals? According to Sky Sports, Brighton & Hove Albion have completed a double raid on the Polish top-flight for highly-rated duo Jakub Moder and Michal Karbownik, with both players joining the Seagulls before the international summer deadline on October 5. Moder has joined Graham Potter’s […] More

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Swansea signing this 22-year-old Brighton ace on loan would be a fantastic boost to their attack

Why Swansea City should go all out to sign Viktor Gyokeres According to BBC, Swansea City have signed Swedish international striker Viktor Gyokeres on a season-long loan deal from Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion. Swans boss Steve Cooper has confirmed his interest in the 22-year-old, who could be allowed to leave the Amex […] More

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