Title watch: A look at Europe’s domestic champions

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As the domestic seasons across Europe come to a close, champions have been crowned in all of the major leagues. Below we take a quick look at the clubs that will be lifting a trophy come season’s end.

Barclays Premier League (England): Chelsea

Manager: Jose Mourinho
Top scorer: Diego Costa
Record: W25, D9, L2, 84 pts (Two matches remaining)
Title: 4 (First since 2009-10)

Jose Mourinho’s Blues were the best side in the Premier League from day one, setting a record for the most days spent at the top of the table in a single season. Eden Hazard was named the PFA Player of the Year, while Diego Costa led the team in scoring in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

La Liga (Spain): Barcelona

Manager: Luis Enrique
Top scorer: Lionel Messi
Record:W30, D3. L4, 93 pts (One match remaining)
Title: 23 (Seventh title in past 10 seasons)

Barcelona battled Real Madrid for the La Liga title all season long, but Luis Enrique’s men had just enough to clinch the trophy with one match remaining. Now the Catalans will focus on winning the treble, facing off against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final before heading to Berlin to take on Juventus in the Champions League final.

Serie A (Italy): Juventus

Manager: Massimiliano Allegri
Top scorer: Carlos Tevez
Record: W25, D8, L3, 83 pts (Two matches remaining)
Title: 31 (Fourth consecutive Serie A title)

Juventus claimed its fourth consecutive Serie A title as Max Allegri’s men dominated Italy’s top flight. Juve claimed the title with four games to play and is also in the hunt for a treble, with the Coppa Italia final against Lazio this Wednesday before the Champions League final June 6th.

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Paris Saint-Germain celebrates in front of the home support at Parc des Princes.

Ligue 1 (France): PSG

Manager: Laurent Blanc
Top scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Record: W23, D11, L3, 80 pts (One match remaining)
Title: 5 (Third consecutive Ligue 1 title)

Paris Saint-Germain takes home the Ligue 1 trophy for the third consecutive season as Zlatan & Co. lost only three matches all season long. With success in France’s domestic competitions, the next step forward is progress in the Champions League, as the Parisians have lost in the quarterfinals the past two seasons.

Bundesliga (Germany): Bayern Munich

Manager: Pep Guardiola
Top scorer: Arjen Robben
Record: W24, D4, L5, 76 pts (One match remaining)
Title: 25 (Third consecutive Bundesliga title)

Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga continued with the Bavarians claiming their third consecutive title, the 25th in club history. Bayern enjoyed the best first half of a season in Bundesliga history and Pep Guardiola’s men walked to the title. Unfortunately, they were bounced from the both the Champions League and the German Cup in the semifinals.

Eredivisie (Netherlands): PSV Eindhoven

Manager: Phillip Cocu
Top scorer: Memphis Depay
Record: W29, D1, L4, 88 pts 
Title: 22 (First since 2007-08)

Soon-to-be Manchester United-man Memphis Depay led PSV Eindhoven to the clubs’ 22nd Eredivisie title and first since 2008. Depay’s 22 goals led the Eredivisie as PSV scored 23 more times than any other team. Eindhoven didn’t lose a single game at home, winning 16 and drawing one.

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Benfica has won back-to-back Primeira Liga titles.

Primeira Liga (Portugal): Benfica

Manager: Jorge Jesus
Top scorer: Lima
Record: W26, D4, L3, 82 pts (One match remaining)
Title: 34 (Back-to-back Primeira Liga titles)

Benfica won its first back-to-back Primeira Liga titles in 31 years after repeating their success from last season. Jorge Jesus’ men have kept 20 clean sheets through 33 matches, conceding just 15 times on the season. Rivals FC Porto finish the season without a trophy for the first time since 1989.

Russian Premier League (Russia): Zenit St. Petersburg

Manager: Andre Villas-Boas
Top scorer: Hulk
Record: W19, D7, L2, 64 pts (Two matches remaining)
Title: 4 (First since 2011-12)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas led Zenit St. Petersburg to the Russian Premier League title, his first trophy since winning the Primeira Liga with Porto in 2011. With a club willing to spend big bucks to bring glory to Russian football, Zenit’s next step is European success.

Premier League confirm zero positive COVID-19 test results

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Following the latest batch of tests on players and club staff the Premier League have revealed that there were zero positive results out of 2,250 COVID-19 tests taken in the period of Monday June 22 and Sunday June 28.

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With the eleventh round of testing now completed in the Premier League, a total of 14,307 COVID-19 tests have now been carried out with 18 positive results.

All players and staff at Premier League clubs will be tested twice a week during the strict return to training protocols put in place, as games are now up and running after a restart date of June 17 has been set.

Here is the statement from the Premier League in full on the latest result:


The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 22 June and Sunday 28 June, 2,250 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one person has tested positive.

The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.

Previous test results

Round 1: 17-18 May – 748 tested, with six testing positive from three clubs.
Round 2: 19-22 May – 996 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.
Round 3: 25-26 May – 1,008 tested, with four testing positive from two clubs.
Round 4: 28-29 May – 1,130 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 5: 1-2 June – 1,197 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 6: 4-5 June – 1,195 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 7: 8-9 June – 1,213 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 8: 11-12 June – 1,200 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.
Round 9: 15-16 June – 1,541 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 10: 17-21 June – 1,829 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 11: 22-28 June – 2,250 tested, with zero testing positive.

Premier League odds: Matchweek 34

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Check out the EPL betting odds for the games in Matchweek 34, as the Premier League return continues with games coming thick and fast.

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Take a look below at the odds for the Premier League games in midweek, as the action has resumed following the suspension on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Click on the link above to watch all of the games live via our platforms here at NBC Sports, while below are the individual EPL betting odds for each game via DraftKings.

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Also, click play on the video above to watch my predictions for the games and where you should focus your attention this weekend as the Premier League action continues to come right at us.


Matchweek 33

Tuesday, July 7: (+650) Crystal Palace v. Chelsea (-220), Tie: +335
Tuesday, July 7: (-152) Watford v. Norwich (+440), Tie: +285
Tuesday, July 7: (+125) Arsenal v. Leicester (+220), Tie: +245
Wednesday, July 8: (-835) Man City v. Newcastle (+2000), Tie: +245
Wednesday, July 8: (+310) Sheffield United v. Wolves (+107), Tie: +210
Wednesday, July 8: (+104) West Ham v. Burnley (+285), Tie: +235
Wednesday, July 8: (+510) Brighton v. Liverpool (-182), Tie: +320
Thursday, July 9: (+100) Everton v. Southampton (+270), Tie: +255
Thursday, July 9: (+425) Bournemouth v. Tottenham (-157), Tie: +310
Thursday, July 9: (+900) Aston Villa v. Man United (-315), Tie: +420

Crystal Palace – Chelsea preview: How to watch, odds, team news, prediction

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Crystal Palace – Chelsea promises to be an intriguing clash at Selhurst Park on Tuesday (start time, 1pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a London derby.

Christian Pulisic continues to be the main man for Chelsea as the USMNT star put in another superb display in their 3-0 win against Watford and the Blues remain on track to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

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As for Palace, they have lost their last three games on the trot without scoring and Roy Hodgson’s side look destined for a midtable finish.

Below is everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace – Chelsea on Tuesday.


Team news

Palace will be without James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly, while Hodgson may bring back Cheikhou Kouyate, Scott Dann and James McCarthy as they were rested.

Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic through injury, as Fikayo Tomori is also out.

What they’re saying

Roy Hodgson on facing Chelsea: “They a very, very good team with many, many good players and, irrespective of our own position in this moment in time, all we can do is prepare for it, get ready for it and look forward to it – I do look forward to it, and I know all the players are looking forward to the game. I know we will do our best, work very hard and make life as difficult for them as possible. But we 100% aware of all the challenges, with the quality that they have, that they’re going to present us.”

Frank Lampard on the threat of Man United to their place in the top four: “They’re closest, they’re a very strong team, they’re in great form for a long period of time. They have got really good individual players. You have seen the momentum they have gained across their front three, all scoring, lots of goals. They’re the biggest threat from behind, but this is the Premier League. It looks that way today, but it’s how each team finishes the season.”

Odds and ends

Crystal Palace are huge underdogs (+650) as Chelsea (-220) are the red-hot favorites given their three wins from their first four games of the restart. The tie at +335 is where the value is at because as we saw with Chelsea’s shock defeat at West Ham last week, they can be dominated from set pieces and hit on the counter. Those two aspects are huge strengths of Palace’s game.

Prediction

We are all expecting a Chelsea win here but don’t be surprised if Wilfried Zaha has a day at makes it a very tough outing for this leaky Chelsea defense. Palace have been fired up and shocked Chelsea before but I think the Blues, led by Pulisic, have too much for Palace. 3-1 to Chelsea.

Transfer news: Havertz to Chelsea; Saint-Maximin to Arsenal

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In the latest Premier League transfer news Kai Havertz to Chelsea continues to gather steam, while Allan Saint-Maximin is linked with a move to Arsenal.

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Starting in west London, Kai Havertz continues to be linked with Chelsea and a report from the Daily Express says that Frank Lampard is willing to sell six players to sign the Bayer Leverkusen and Germany 21-year-old.

Per the report, Marcos Alonso, Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy, Danny Drinkwater and Emerson Palmeri are the players Chelsea want to offload in order to afford a move for Havertz, plus bring in a new left back.

Havertz has been a star for Leverkusen during the 2019-20 season but they just missed out on qualifying for the Champions League and lost in the German Cup final at the weekend. Havertz is due to play for Bayer in the UEFA Europa League in August, but will he be a Chelsea player by then?

With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech joining Chelsea this summer, Lampard has a host of attacking options to choose from but Havertz is seen as one of the top young attacking midfield talents and he can also play as a false nine. Chelsea would have to spend close to $112 million to sign him but if they can replace quantity with quality, this has to be the way to go for Lampard.

Chelsea are in a strong financial position given the money they saved during their FIFA transfer ban and with the market values currently low due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have pounced to sign Werner and Ziyech.

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Switching to north London, Allan Saint-Maximin has been linked with a move to Arsenal once again. Saint-Maximin, 23, has been sensational since arriving at Newcastle from Nice last summer for $19 million.

The French winger is full of tricks and flicks and his unpredictability is key to his success, with four goals and four assists in all competitions.

According to a report from Le10 Sport in France, Arsenal are among the clubs trying to sign him this summer with Tottenham and Napoli also in the running. It is reported that Arsenal have contacted Saint-Maximin’s agents to see what he thinks about a move to north London.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette potentially leaving this summer, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka would be Arsenal’s main attacking threats, so they could do with some reinforcements in this area. Especially as Mesut Ozil appears to be out of Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Saint-Maximin certainly has the talent to be a main main on a top six team in the Premier League. Could we see his famous Gucci headband and somersaults coming to the Emirates Stadium?