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Villa’s match-in-hand kicks off with the club holding 25 points, two less than a trio of teams vying to hold their place in the Premier League.

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The first Premier League match after the coronavirus suspension also holds big message-sending implications for the visiting Blades, who can pull into fifth with a win.

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Aston Villa gets playmaker John McGinn back. The Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year hasn’t played since just before Christmas thanks to an ankle injury. Nyland starts in goal, while youngster Keinan Davis start up top.

Sheffield United are without Jack O’Connell and John Fleck due to injury, while record-signing Sande Berge comes back into the team.


What they’re saying

Dean Smith on the return of McGinn: “John McGinn has been a big boost for us on the training ground. He’s back and played against West Brom and Leicester. It’s big to have John back. The rest of the lads have done conditioning work and we’ve had a few niggles, but nothing to concern us.”

Chris Wilder on Blades’ incredible season: “I liken it to a Ford Fiesta in the Le Mans 24-hour race in supercars. Listen, we’re competitors. We’ve enjoyed it and I do 100 percent believe the performances we’ve got have been fully deserved. We’re going to have to do a lot just to maintain our position now.”


Prediction

Expect this one to be cagey, requiring something special to break into the win column. Jack Grealish has the wondrous in his locker, but he’ll have to earn his chance against a team who doesn’t allow much and a keeper who’s kept the second-most clean sheets in the PL this season.

Blades have found a number of goals from its marauding defenders and/or their service this season, but it was Scottish midfielder John Fleck who bagged a brace in a 2-0 defeat of Villa at Bramall Lane in December.

That loss came in one of three 3-plus losing streaks for Villa this year, the most recent an active four-match run. Smith’s men will find a way to get their point here, moving one back of safety after a scoring draw.

Premier League social media: Villa’s McGinn honored, Yedlin speaks out

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Aston Villa playmaker John McGinn is showing off some hardware after being named the International Player of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association.

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McGinn had a wonderful season for Villa and his absence was keenly felt in a 10-match stretch before the coronavirus pause where Villa lost six including four in-a-row.

The 25-year-old scored three times with two assists in the PL this season, and has seven goals in 21 caps for Scotland.

The former Hibs man takes the award after Celtic players claimed it in 2018 (Leigh Griffiths) and 2019 (James Forrest).

It’s a bit of a surprise, as Liverpool’s Andy Robertson is having a tremendous year on and off the field, but McGinn is certainly a difference maker in his own right.

Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson has had a decent season on loan at Bournemouth, and he’s pumped that his parent club is letting him see it out.

Wilson’s seven Premier League goals are second amongst Cherries (Callum Wilson) and he could be a key part to Bournemouth’s hopes of getting out of the bottom three.

Bournemouth is one of three teams on 27 points, goal differential leaving it the lowest of the bunch in 18th.

Newcastle and USMNT right back DeAndre Yedlin propped up friend and Columbus Crew midfielder Darlington Nagbe’s post regarding race in America.

Nagbe wrote about being treated differently in public when he’s with his wife, who is white, than when he’s on his own and Yedlin echoed the sentiment.

Premier League social media wrap: Kane looks forward, McGinn back

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The Premier League social media world was again focused on returns to training for the players, who are finding it — say it with me — good to be back.

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Spurs fans will take any encouragement they can get given their up-and-down seasons with injuries to Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, and Steven Bergwijn.

Kane gave them a little bit of that with his update after training on Thursday, as the center forward is one of Jose Mourinho’s big hopes in the battle to move from eighth place back to the UEFA Champions League spots.

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Aston Villa playmaker John McGinn hasn’t played since just before Christmas thanks to an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old has three goals and two assists in 20 matches across all competitions for Villa this season, his second with the club and first in the Premier League

McGinn was looking back to Hibernian’s third Scottish Cup, a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Rangers in 2016 which saw Hibs scored twice after the 80th minute to come back and win it.

Bournemouth players had a bit of banter on Twitter, after the Cherries official feed published forward Junior Stanislas discussing a goal on this day in 2017.

Stanislas talked about a “typical Steve Cook” lumped clearance on the play, and midfielder Philip Billing stuck the needle into his teammate.

Cook has a quick and clever response.

Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia is ready to get back to training, sharing a photo

John McGinn suffers ankle fracture

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It has been revealed that Aston Villa’s star central midfielder John McGinn suffered a fractured ankle in their defeat against Southampton on Saturday.

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The Scottish midfielder came off early after injuring his ankle in the third minute as he appeared to catch his studs in the ground at Villa Park.

McGinn has been a key figure for Villa this season and his absence was certainly missed on Saturday as Villa lost 3-1 to their relegation rivals and slipped into the bottom three after a fourth-straight defeat in the Premier League.

He will likely be out for the next few months and that is a huge blow to a team scrapping for their lives in the PL who also have two massive League Cup semifinals coming up against Leicester City in January.

Jack Grealish may have the keys to Aston Villa’s attack but McGinn does pretty much everything else as he makes Villa tick.

Early Euro qualifiers: Belgium, Netherlands, Russia all win

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In the early slate of Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers, there were little surprises as Belgium, Russia, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Scotland all found the winner’s column.

Liverpool midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum bagged a first-half brace, including an absolute rocket, as the Netherlands held on for a 2-1 win over Belarus. BATE Borisov midfielder Stanislav Dragun grabbed one back for Belarus soon after halftime, but the visitors held on in Minsk.

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Virgil Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt partnered in defense yet again, as they have for 17 of the last 19 Netherlands games, conceding just 17 goals in those 17 matches. Thanks in part to that stellar partnership, Jasper Cillessen had little to do, with Dragun’s headed goal the only shot on target for Belarus in the match, while the Netherlands put seven of their 21 shots on frame.

Michy Batshuayi and Thomas Meunier both found the back of the net as Belgium topped Kazakhstan 2-0 in Astana to remain perfect in qualifying action and keep pace with Russia in Group I. Batshuayi was filling in for an injured Romelu Lukaku, and he latched onto a low back-post cross from Dennis Praet for the opener 21 minutes in. Meunier’s 53rd minute poke came off an absolutely stunning long delivery from Eden Hazard to the far post placed perfectly over the head of the defender. Belgium held 66% possession throughout the match, and while they were only able to put three shots on target, they scored on two of them and held the hosts to just one. Belgium has now scored 30 goals in Euro qualification while conceding just one.

Russia also continued to surge ahead in Group I play one game back of Belgium with a 5-0 demolition of Cyprus in Nicosia. Denis Cheryshev struck nine minutes in to put Russia ahead as he pilfered the ball off the Cyprus back line. The hosts lost Standard Liege defender Konstantinos Laifis to a straight red card, and the rest was elementary. Magomed Ozdoev, Artem Dzyuba, and Aleksandr Golovin all found the back of the net before Cheryshev finished it off with his second of the game in stoppage time. Russia and Belgium have both qualified for the finals, with Russia sitting in second three points behind the perfect group leaders.

Hungary scored 10 minutes in and hung on for a 1-0 victory at home over Azerbaijan. 30-year-old Mihaly Korhut struck a long-distance ripper from well outside the box that appeared to catch goalkeeper Emil Balayev off guard, and the Hungary defense did the rest. RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban and Sporting Kansas City defender Botond Barath held Azerbaijan to just four total shots, including two on target. Meanwhile, despite splitting the possession nearly halfway, Hungary ripped off 23 shots, putting six on target.

Scotland hammered San Marino at home 6-0 behind a first-half hat-trick from Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn. In the pouring rain in Glasgow, McGinn opened the scoring 12 minutes in for his second international goal on a simple cutback and shot from Ryan Christie which clipped McGinn on its way inside the far post. He hit for a second just before the half-hour mark as he poked home a cross by Scott McTominay that was saved into no-man’s land by a diving San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Junior Simoncini. The third featured the highest degree of difficulty as a set-piece delivery into the box was headed by Stuart Findlay towards the far post and McGinn ripped it home on the doorstep under pressure. Lawrence Shankland, Findlay, and Stuart Armstrong finished off the scoreline in the second half, although Scotland has still long been eliminated from qualification in the top-heavy Group I.