John Terry sidelined by hamstring injury, may miss opener vs. France

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Irony, or coincidence?

John Terry, whose inclusion in England’s Euro 2012 squad (at the expensive of Rio Ferdinand) has caused some mild criticism of new manager Roy Hodgson, has yet to run or kick a ball since incurring a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win over Belgium. On Tuesday, he was again held out of practice as England tries to get their starting left-center half healthy for Euro 2012.

England’s opener versus France is still six days away, but an old player with recent injury problems who’s not practicing? That sounds horrible, particularly given the team’s already thin in defense, and although it sounds like there’s a good chance he’ll play, being unable to train is a big problem.

With the withdrawal Gary Cahill, Joleon Lescott was already being forcied into the starting XI. Now, it  looks like Phil Jagielka, who played with Lescott at Everton, could start against France. Two weeks ago, the guy was planning a golf vacation with this brother and dad. It’s either that for give 20-year-old Phil Jones the start, though Jagielka’s history with Lescott may trump that.

Regardless, this is turning into a very England summer. As we noted when talking about Frank Lampard’s injury, there is the sense that the Three Lions have already gotten more than their fair share of bad breaks.

With each day bringing new, bad news, the tournament can’t start soon enough for England.

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Arsenal title tracker – What do Gunners need to win the Premier League?

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Eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 10 games to go, what do Arsenal need to win their first Premier League title in 19 years?

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Mikel Arteta has his young side on the cusp of a pretty remarkable and very unexpected Premier League title win.

With a solid defensive unit, perfectly balanced midfield and the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard having fine campaigns in the final third, there is so much to love about this Arsenal team.

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But how, and when, can Arsenal seal the Premier League title they crave? How many points do they need to gain? What are the scenarios based on their huge game against Manchester City in April?


How many points do Arsenal need to win the Premier League title?

With 10 games remaining, there are many different ways the Gunners can win the Premier League title.

In its simplest form: if Arsenal win nine of their final 10 games they will be crowned Premier League games.

The magic number for Arsenal to reach is 95 points. If they reach 95 points, Manchester City cannot catch them.

But if Man City beat Arsenal in their huge game at the Etihad on April 26 and win their game in-hand, Arsenal will need to win all nine of their other remaining game to be sure of the title. That would give them 96 points and Man City could only finish on 94.

If Arsenal drew against Man City then Man City could only finish on a maximum of 92 points. That means Arsenal would need eight wins from their remaining nine games to win the title as they would have 94 points.

If Arsenal win at Man City then Man City would only be able to reach 91 points. So, Arsenal would only have to win seven of their other nine remaining games to seal the title.

All of this proves just how massive the Manchester City vs Arsenal game on April 26 is in deciding the title winner.


When did Arsenal last win the Premier League?

They last won the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, the famous ‘Invincibles’ campaign as they didn’t lose any of their 38 games that season.

Think Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell and Robert Pires in full flow and Arsene Wenger with a huge smile on his face on the sidelines. Magnificent.


When did Arsenal last win a trophy?

The last trophy Arsenal won was the FA Cup in the 2019-20 season, they also won the FA Community Shield in 2020.

Both of those trophies were won by current boss Mikel Arteta.


Which trophies have Arsenal won?

Here are the list of trophies the Gunners have won in their history:

  • FA Cup (14 – Record)
  • Premier League/First Division titles (13)
  • League Cup (2)
  • FA Community Shield (16)
  • European Cup Winners’ Cup (1)
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1)

Chelsea vs Aston Villa: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Chelsea and Aston Villa clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and a win for the visitors will move them above Chelsea in the table.

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Graham Potter’s Chelsea were pinned back before the international break as they drew 2-2 at home against Everton after leading twice. However, they are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and have reached the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Things are looking a bit better for the Blues in their 3-4-3 formation and the pressure has eased on Potter slightly as players continue to return from injury. A win against Villa this weekend will keep their slim hopes of a top four finish alive but a top six finish is probably as good as it will get for them this season.

Unai Emery has done a phenomenal job at Villa with the Spanish coach leading them from a relegation scrap to a quest for European qualification within just a few months. Villa are resolute defensively and have a clear playing style as they love to catch opponents out on the counter and they did that brilliantly in their 3-0 win against Bournemouth last time out. With three wins in their last four, can Villa continue their surge and push for a top six finish?

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Here’s everything you need for Chelsea vs Aston Villa.


How to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 12:30pm ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Chelsea have so many players stepping up in recent weeks but Joao Felix and Kai Havertz have really got going in attack. The duo are scoring goals, creating chances and Chelsea look much more confident when they get into the final third. Enzo Fernandez and Benoit Badiashile have both slotted in seamlessly following their January moves. Yes, Chelsea are still a long way back when it comes to the top four but they are they kind of team who can go on a long unbeaten run and they certainly have so many options with a massive squad of players all pushing to start in this new fluid 3-4-3 system.

Villa’s recent success has been built on solid defense and Emiliano Martinez in goal and Tyrone Mings at center back have been back to their best. Ollie Watkins leading the line always causes problems and midfield creators and wingers always seem to be ready to counter and cause a surprise. Emery has done a remarkable job at Villa and it will be a lot of fun to see how close they can get to a top six finish this season.


Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Thiago Silva (knee), Armando Broja (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Raheem Sterling (hamstring), Mason Mount (abdominal), Edouard Mendy (shoulder), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (back), Cesar Azpilicueta (head), Reece James (thigh), Wesley Fofana (thigh)

Aston Villa team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jed Steer (calf) QUESTIONABLE: Philippe Coutinho (thigh), Matty Cash (calf), Boubacar Kamara (ankle), Leander Dendoncker (hand)



Manchester City vs Liverpool player ratings

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MANCHESTER — Manchester City demolished Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s side kept the pressure on Arsenal in the title race.

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An incredible second half saw City surge away from Liverpool, as Mohamed Salah had given the Reds an early lead.

However, Julian Alvarez equalized before the break and then Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish all scored in the second half to turn it into a routine victory.

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Below you will find Manchester City vs Liverpool player ratings out of 10, with analysis on who stood out and who struggled.


Manchester City player ratings

Ederson: 7 – Hardly had anything to do. Some lovely passes out of the back, as always, in the second half.

John Stones: 7 – A few shaky moments in the first half in his hybrid right back/central midfield role but always looked to get on the ball.

Manuel Akanji: 7 – Such a solid player. Great on the ball, good positioning. Always one step ahead.

Ruben Dias: 8 – What a leader he is. Organizing all the time and drove City on from the back.

Nathan Ake: 8 – Had Harvey Elliott in his back pocket and some lovely passing to set up City’s attacks.

Rodri: 7 – Lucky to get away with not being sent off in the first half for two yellows. His usual robust and calm self aside from that.

Ilkay Gundogan: 8 – What a wonderful player. Scored a goal and kept popping up in dangerous areas.

Riyad Mahrez: 9 – Brilliant. Assisted on the key second goal and City got him the ball time and time again. Caused havoc down the right.

Kevin de Bruyne: 8.5 – Goal and assist as KDB took over the game in the second half, as he so often does. He makes this game look so easy.

Jack Grealish: 9 – Goal and assist and he is loved by the fans. Probably his best display in a City shirt.

Julian Alvarez: 8 – Got his goal in the first half to equalize and always kept trying to get in-behind. Proved City will be just fine whenever Haaland is out.


Liverpool player ratings

Alisson: 6 – Could do very little on the goals and made some good saves.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 5 – Another game to forget defensively as he couldn’t cope with the trickery of Grealish. Good long ball to set up the move for Salah’s goal.

Ibrahima Konate: 5 – The movement of Alvarez and City’s other forwards was just too much for him.

Virgil van Dijk: 5 – See above. A sloppy performance and he was very poor on the ball too.

Andy Robertson: 5 – Again, another Liverpool player who just couldn’t keep the ball and was caught out at the start of the second half for the crucial second goal.

Jordan Henderson: 6 – Tried his best to get Liverpool going and won plenty of challenges early on. Couldn’t keep up the intensity.

Fabinho: 5 – Really poor display. Lost his runners and ran out of steam in the engine room.

Harvey Elliott: 4 – Gave the ball away often, Klopp was incensed with his negative passes and just a real off day.

Mohamed Salah: 7 – The one Liverpool player who can hold his head high. Great finish for the goal and always a threat.

Cody Gakpo: 6 – Worked hard but didn’t really happen for him in the deeper No. 10 role

Diogo Jota: 6 – Worked hard and did really well to set up Salah’s goal. Great to see him getting back towards his best.


Bournemouth vs Fulham, live! Score, updates, how to watch, videos

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Bournemouth host Fulham at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday hoping to take another huge step towards Premier League safety.

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The Cherries stunned Liverpool in their last home game but were brought back down to earth with a thud as they were hammered at Aston Villa before the international break. Still, Gary O’Neil’s side are just one point from safety with 11 games to go and have a real chance of staying up. Plus, some of their January signings look like real gamechangers and this game between the newly-promoted duo delivered a thrilling 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage earlier this season.

Fulham have struggled in recent weeks as they’ve lost two in a row in the Premier League and then their incredible meltdown at Manchester United in the FA Cup quarterfinal saw them crash out of the competition with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Willian and manager Marco Silva all sent off. Add in that Mitrovic and Silva were both charged by the FA and it was an absolute mess with Fulham’s talisman losing the plot as he pushed the referee. The Cottagers will be hoping for a straightforward trip, and win, down to the South Coast to get them back on track.

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Here’s everything you need for Bournemouth vs Fulham.


How to watch Bournemouth vs Fulham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Gary O’Neil has set Bournemouth up to be dangerous on the counter attack and that works well against teams who love to dominate possession. Fulham love to do that and this tactic could suit the Cherries in this game. Dominic Solanke has led the line superbly, Neto has been excellent in goal and Dango Ouatrara has been sensational since arriving in January as his speed and direct running has given Bournemouth an extra dimension.

Fulham have just lost their way after an incredible season so far. They are still in the battle for European qualification as they sit in the top 10 and now they have to finish the campaign strong to keep positive vibes flowing. Marco Silva wants them to snap into challenges, press high and keep the ball when they have it and they are horrible to play against.


Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Junior Stanislas (undisclosed), Adam Smith (groin)

Fulham team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Willian (suspended), Aleksandar Mitrovic (suspended), Layvin Kurzawa (knee), Neeskens Kebano (Achilles)