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Spurs confirm Wembley as 2017-18 home

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May 14 will indeed be the last time Tottenham Hotspur takes the field at White Hart Lane.

Club chairman Daniel Levy has announced that Spurs will play all of its 2017-18 home matches at Wembley Stadium, and that WHL will be demolished in the offseason.

Spurs have a new venue under construction next door to WHL, calling the venue “the heart” of regeneration plans in the region. From TottenhamHotspur.com:

“This marks a momentous day in our Club’s history as it is the day we formally agreed the demolition of our beloved White Hart Lane.

“The Lane means a huge amount to each and every one of us and we needed to gain greater certainty on the delivery of the new stadium before we made the final decision to commence with the decommissioning of our iconic, historic home for some 118 years.

‘We shall ensure that we give the Lane a fitting farewell when we play our last match here on May 14.”

West Ham’s final match at Upton Park was a memorable one last season, thanks not just to the off-field but the on-field as well. The Irons came back to beat Manchester United 3-2 on a Winston Reid goal.

With Manchester United coincidentally (?) serving as the visitor on May 14, with Top Four if not title implications likely still in play, sign us up for a comfortable seat in front of TV.

Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin, Liverpool’s Lovren speak against racism

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Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin and Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren are speaking out on their squad photos that showed both Magpies and Reds taking a knee against racism at the center circle of pitches earlier this week.

All 20 Premier League clubs and a large number of players and coaches spoke out against racism earlier this week, and players have continued momentum. The gestures were born from the May 25 killing of American black man George Floyd, who died in handcuffs after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes even after he stopped moving and pleaded for air in Minnesota.

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Saint-Maximin said he was inspired in part by his French youth national teammate Marcus Thuram, who took a knee last weekend after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach.

“I have one big friend of mine who scored a goal, Marcus Thuram, and he did a great celebration,” Saint-Maximin said, via NUFC.co.uk. “It’s important that everyone knows this is not a joke. You have to claim that this is important. Everybody has to know this doesn’t have to happen again. It’s a difficult time for everyone. Even if it’s not you, or it’s not your brother or sister, you cannot know if this will happen again.”

Saint-Maximin said he experienced racial problems especially in his youth, and admitted that it meant a lot for his teammates to kneel together and make a statement as one.

“Everyone wanted to stay together because we all humans,” he said. “For me, everybody is the same. I have some things I can’t understand and some I don’t want to understand, too.”

As for Lovren, the Liverpool center back has never been shy around microphones.

His words to Sky Sports on Thursday echo Saint-Maximin and many of their peers.

Sky asked him why the Liverpool players took a knee as a team earlier this week.

“I felt we needed to do it. What happened in America is unacceptable. We are all equal and we wanted to share it to the world. We did it and it’s unbelievably great that people are getting this message. Everyone should be treated equally.”

Lovren, whose family became refugees from Yugoslavia when he was young, also stressed the import of footballers using their public platform for good, saying, “I want to be recognized also as a man who is spreading love and positivity. I’m looking at myself and it’s like I have a duty.”

Liverpool season restart preview

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With the 2019-20 Premier League season soon to restart, let’s focus on all 20 clubs and see where they are at ahead of the final nine weeks of the season as Liverpool are up next.

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Focusing on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they need five more points to seal the Premier League title as their 30-year wait for the English title is almost over. With just one defeat during the 2019-20 season so far, Liverpool have dominated the Premier League and have a 25 point lead over second-place Man City. Liverpool will be crowned the Champions of England soon after the resumption and they are on track to break many records.

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Let’s take a closer look at all things Liverpool when it comes to the season restart.


Outlook: This has been a truly historic season for Liverpool and Klopp. They pushed Man City all the way last season but just came up short but they won the UEFA Champions League. In this very rare instance, the Premier League trophy would mean more to every Liverpool fan than the Champions League title. A supreme defensive unit led by Virgil van Dijk and Alisson perfectly balanced the attacking trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino, surging full backs Alexander-Arnold and Robertson and captain Jordan Henderson has taken his game to a whole new level in midfield. Across the board Liverpool have been sensational as they won the FIFA Club World Cup and are about to be crowned the Premier League champions. The wait is almost over and Klopp has constructed one of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen with their high-pressing, speedy attacking unit complemented by a sturdy backline.


Tactical analysis: One of the most intriguing parts of this Liverpool side is that even though they rely on turnovers and counter attacks to create a lot of chances, they have averaged 63 percent possession this season which Man City only better with 66 percent. In turn, Liverpool have the third-fewest interceptions (266) and fourth-fewest tackles won (258) in the Premier League this season simply because they have the ball so much. That is a change from their previous seasons but since Klopp took charge they have won 2,139 tackles (third-most in the PL) so that shows you that breaking up the play has been key to his philosophy but that clearly hasn’t been the case this season. Liverpool have kept hold of the ball more, their defenders are recycling possession when options aren’t open and they are being more patient. That has been the big change in 2019-20 but they also have the devastating pace of Mane, Firmino and Salah on the counter which remains their main weapon. Tactically, Liverpool have evolved and that is why they’ve been so dominant this season.


Possible XI (4-3-3) 

—– Alisson —–

— Alexander-Arnold — Gomez — Van Dijk — Robertson —

— Henderson — Fabinho — Wijnaldum —

—- Mane —- Firmino —- Salah —-


Remaining schedule:
Home: Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Burnley, Chelsea
Away: Everton, Man City, Brighton, Arsenal, Newcastle

Predicted finish: Well, I think we can all answer this question. They will win the Premier League and rightly so. There’s just no way they aren’t going to win the league and even though there will be no fans present in the stadium when they lift the title, every Liverpool fan around the world will be a ball of emotion. Jurgen Klopp promised trophies when he arrived in 2015 and he has duly delivered. It will be intriguing to see if Liverpool can break the records for most wins, points etc. in a season in the final nine games.

Transfer news: Werner to Chelsea; Jade-Jones to Liverpool

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In the latest transfer news Chelsea are said to be closing in on Timo Werner, while Man United and Liverpool have been tracking youngster Ricky Jade-Jones.

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First up, Bild say Chelsea are now the favorites to sign Timo Werner and he could sign for the Blues next week as they will meet his $62 million release clause which expires on June 15. Reports state that Liverpool want Werner but he has chosen to sign for Chelsea instead. This is a massive boost for Chelsea.

Werner, 24, has dazzled at RB Leipzig this season (31 goals and 12 assists in 40 games in all competitions) and is widely expected to leave with Liverpool, Man United and many others clubs across Europe chasing his signature with his release clause relatively low. Per a previous report, Chelsea have center back Antonio Rudiger working hard to convince his close friend, and former Stuttgart teammate, Werner that west London is the place for him.

Chelsea are one of the few clubs who have a healthy transfer budget as they had a transfer ban for a whole year and Frank Lampard has just spent $44 million on one new signing so far, bringing in Hakim Ziyech who will not arrive until later this summer.

Werner is exactly what Chelsea need. They have created so many golden goalscoring opportunities and although Tammy Abraham was putting them away at the start of the season, his form and fitness was a concern in the last few months before the suspension. Chelsea have created 361 chances this season, which is the second-most in the Premier League, behind only Man City (421). That is staggering and if they had a poacher like Werner around, they’d surely be challenging for the title.

Olivier Giroud is their only other forward option and Werner would be perfect to finish off the chances this attack-minded Chelsea team create. Even better for him, he would actually play at Chelsea which may not be the case at Liverpool and Man United given their stacked attacking lineups.

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Switching to Man United and Liverpool, they have both been linked with a move for Peterborough forward Ricky Jade-Jones.

The 17-year-old has been dubbed ‘the next Jamie Vardy’ and our partners at Sky Sports in the UK state that the two Premier League giants, plus Arsenal, are keen on the League One striker.

In recent years Liverpool have worked hard to scour Europe for the best young talents and Jade-Jones is said to have searing pace which has caused opposition defenses plenty of problems. That pace would work in the systems of both Liverpool and Man United and it will be intriguing to watch this situation play out.

Premier League injury update: Which players are fit for restart?

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The 2019-20 Premier League season will restart on June 17, as ‘Project Restart’ is all systems go and plenty of players are now fit to return as we provide you with an almighty injury update.

Which players will each club be getting back when they expected their season to be over?

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic the Premier League season was suspended on March 13 with 92 games remaining and several star player such as Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Heung-min Son were due to miss the rest of the season.

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Below is a look at the list of players now available for each Premier League club, as they have returned to full fitness and have given their respective clubs a big boost.

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We also provide an injury update on which Premier League players will not be returning as they continue their work back to full fitness.


Arsenal
Fit: Cedric Soares, Kieran Tierney, Lucas Torreira
Still out: Calum Chambers (ACL injury)

Aston Villa
Fit: Tom Heaton, John McGinn
Still out: Wesley (ACL injury), Jed Steer (Achilles), Frederic Guilbert (Knee injury)

Bournemouth
Fit: David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Steve Cook, Arnaut Danjuma
Still out: Aaron Ramsdale (positive COVID-19 test on May 26)

Brighton
Fit: Jose Izquierdo, Steven Alzate
Still out: None

Burnley
Fit: Matthew Lowton, Ashley Barnes, Johann Berg Gudmunsson
Still out: None

Chelsea
Fit: Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Still out: N’Golo Kante (missed training due to compassionate leave)

Crystal Palace
Fit: Patrick van Aanohlt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins
Still out: None

Everton
Fit: N/A
Still out: Morgan Schneiderlin (Torn meniscus), Cenk Tosun (ACL), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Torn quad)

Leicester City
Fit: N/A
Still out: Ricardo Pereira (Knee ligament surgery), Daniel Amarety (Ankle)

Liverpool
Fit: Alisson
Still out: Nathaniel Clyne (ACL injury), Xherdan Shaqiri (Calf injury)

Man City
Fit: Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane
Still out: None

Man United:
Fit: Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba
Still out:

Newcastle United
Fit: Paul Dummett, Andy Carroll, Ciaran Clark, Martin Dubravka
Still out: N/A

Norwich City
Fit: Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose
Still out: Sam Byram (Hamstring injury)

Sheffield United
Fit: Enda Stevens, Lys Mousset
Still out:

Southampton:
Fit: Nathan Redmond
Still out: None

Tottenham Hotspur:
Fit: Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Heung-min Son, Steven Bergwijn
Still out: None

Watford
Fit: N/A
Still out: Gerard Deulofeu (ACL injury), Adrian Mariappa (positive COVID-19 test)

West Ham United:
Fit: Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Tomas Soucek
Still out: None

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Fit: Jonny Castro, Morgan Gibbs-White
Still out: None