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Premier League friendlies: Saints undone by Lampard’s Rams

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Nine Premier League clubs were in action Saturday, none of them at home.

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An ex-PL star, however, thrilled his home fans in a Pride Park debut, facing top flight competition.

Derby County 3-0 Southampton

Frank Lampard is the new Rams’ boss, and his first home match was a win over Premier League competition.

“Lamps” got two goals from Tom Lawrence, and another from Mason Bennett as Saints fell by three. It was Southampton’s first match since returning from a China trip which saw a draw with Schalke and a defeat of Jiangu Suning.

Notts County 1-4 Leicester City

The visitors went down 1-0 before rebounding with vigor to hammer the Magpies behind four different scorers: Demarai Gray, Wes Morgan, Islam Slimani, and Hamza Choudhury.

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

The Gulls slipped to defeat, going down two before Ollie Norwood converted an Aaron Connelly-won penalty

Oxford United 1-3 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp and Sullay Kaikai scored as Roy Hodgson‘s men collected an easy enough win away from home.

Real Betis 2-0 Huddersfield Town /  Roy-Weiss Essen 1-0 Huddersfield Town

The Terriers lost a pair of 45-minute friendlies in Belgium.


Lille 0-0 (4-2, PKs) Everton
Lyon 4-0 Fulham
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-3 Watford
Preston North End 2-2 West Ham United

Egyptian winger gets new Premier League life with Huddersfield

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Ramadan Sobhi is celebrating the start of his World Cup with a new club.

The 21-year-old Egyptian left wing is leaving Stoke City to Huddersfield Town, a deal which will net the relegated Potters approximately $7.6 million.

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Sobhi has 26 caps and a goal for the Pharoahs, and will likely start across the field from Mohamed Salah in the Egypt attack.

His time at Stoke included two goals and two assists over 41 appearances, his minutes escalating by 400 in Year No. 2.

Sobhi added a goal and an assist in five Cup games. Here’s David Wagner, via

“Just as Jonas Lössl, Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre did, Ramadan will join our club on the back of a challenging season. However, he already has a lot of the qualities that we look for in our ‘Terriers Identity’; he’s skillful, direct and very quick-thinking. He still has a lot of space to improve too, which is very exciting!

“We’re looking forward to working hard with Ramadan on the training pitch to give him every chance of success at Huddersfield Town.”

Town struggled to get offense from anywhere last season, scoring the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League last season (Swans, 28).

David Wagner signs new deal as Huddersfield boss

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German-American coach David Wagner is sticking around at Huddersfield Town until at least 2021.

Get ready for more fist-pumping and dramatics on the sidelines.

Wagner, 46, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Terriers after leading them to Premier League safety in their first-ever season in the PL.

Huddersfield were promoted to the top-flight against all the odds in 2017 as they beat Reading on penalty kicks to win the Championship playoff final at Wembley.

Last season was Huddersfield’s first in English soccer’s top-flight for 45 years and Wagner led the Yorkshire club to safety in the penultimate game of the 2017/18 season after a draw at Chelsea.

Wagner’s assistants Christoph Buhler and Andrew Hughes have also agreed new two-year extensions as, like Wagner, they had just one year left on their previous deals.

Speaking about his decision to extend his stay at the John Smith’s Stadium, the former USMNT striker explained that Huddersfield’s ambitions match his own.

“The decision to extend my stay at this Club was not a difficult one,” Wagner said. “The relationship Christoph, Andy and I have with Dean, the rest of the Board, the staff and the supporters is special. We’ve achieved some incredible things together in two and a half years and now I’m excited about the future. We still have a lot of work to do as we adapt to life in the Premier League, but this Club and its people have the ambition, desire and attitude to take this challenge on.

“Finally, a message to Huddersfield Town fans everywhere. Thank you for the support you have shown us and the players since I joined the Club; it’s been such a big factor in the success we’ve enjoyed.”

Wagner has developed a team-first philosophy at Huddersfield and the way the Terriers dug deep late in the campaign (following a rough second half of the season where no club secured fewer points than them) to stay in the Premier League is testament to the fighting spirit he and his staff have created.

Jurgen Klopp‘s best friend is tipped for big things in the future and plenty of other Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for Wagner over the past 12 months.

Yet his journey at Huddersfield isn’t over right now as they plan to solidify themselves as a PL mainstay and owner Dean Hoyle will surely give Wagner plenty to spend this summer after he kept them up last season.

Premier League season reviews: Clubs 20-15

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With the 2017/18 Premier League season now done and dusted, it’s time to review the campaign for all 20 clubs.

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Below we kick off our season reviews by analyzing the key moments, the star men and how the managers performed for the teams who finished 20th to 15th in the PL table.

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Here we go…

West Bromwich Albion

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Final place: 20th with 31 points (relegated to Championship)
Defining moment: Hiring Alan Pardew and then winning just one of their next 21 PL games.
Biggest victory: Away at Manchester United 1-0 to not only keep their survival hopes alive for a few more games but also hand the PL title to Man City.
Low point: A stretch of eight-straight defeats from February to March when all but ended any hope of survival.
Star man: Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon was a beast up top, scored 10 goals in all competitions and has a $25 million release clause in his contract so we will likely see him in the Premier League next season.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Tony Pulis (4/10), Alan Pardew (1/10), Darren Moore (7/10)
Grade for the season: F

Stoke City


Final place: 19th with 33 points (relegated to Championship)
Defining moment: The worst defensive record in the league, a 7-2 hammering at Man City underlined just how bad this Stoke defense was. Yes, they were playing City, but the way they were dismantled unearthed all of their issues.
Biggest victory: Not many to choose from but it was probably the early season 1-0 win at home against Arsenal as Jese scored the winner. Man, that seems like a long time ago.
Low point: They got ahead several times in games late in the campaign but couldn’t hold onto leads. Specifically the way they crumbled to lose at home to Palace, after leading, stands out. Jack Butland‘s tears will be the enduring image of a sad, sad season.
Star man: There is no way Xherdan Shaqiri will still be at Stoke next season and a big World Cup for the Swiss winger should seal a move elsewhere in the PL or to a top club overseas. He had eight goals and seven assists but couldn’t drag the Potters to safety.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Mark Hughes (3/10), Paul Lambert (2/10)
Grade for the season: F

Swansea City

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Final place: 18th with 33 points (relegated to the Championship)
Defining moment: Following their 4-1 win against West Ham, it seemed as though everyone at Swansea relaxed after their shocking start to the season. The Swans rose to 13th and everything was looking rosy.
Biggest victory: Beating Liverpool at home in January was a huge boost and the Swans were in full flow at that point after Carvalhal’s arrival in late December. They beat Arsenal in the next home game and had a run of four wins in six as they looked almost safe from relegation…
Low point: Losing at home to Southampton in the final week of the season. A draw would’ve probably done the trick but the Swans didn’t show up and all but sealed their fate by losing 1-0.
Star man: Lukasz Fabianski was a machine in goal all season long as the Polish international was in tears on the final day once relegated had been confirmed.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Paul Clement (3/10), Carlos Carvalhal (5/10)
Grade for the season: F


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Final place: 17th with 36 points
Defining moment: Beating Bournemouth at home with four games to go reignited hope they could save themselves from relegation. Mark Hughes had liftoff after being put in charge for the final eight games of the season as nobody really gave Saints a chance.
Biggest victory: The win away at Swansea during the final week of the season in what had basically become a relegation playoff. Saints held their nerve and Manolo Gabbiadini‘s late strike all-but secured their safety. The relief on the face of Hughes and his players at the final whistle said it all.
Low point: A run of just one win in 21 games under Mauricio Pellegrino as the club stuck with the Argentine coach as long as they could but the players just never responded to his defensive tactics.
Star man: Alex McCarthy came in midway through the season to replace Fraser Forster in goal and didn’t put a foot wrong as he was crowned Southampton’s player of the season. Dusan Tadic was also big down the stretch with his two goals against Bournemouth crucial.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Mauricio Pellegrino (2/10), Mark Hughes (8/10)
Grade for the season: D

Huddersfield Town

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Final place: 16th with 37 points
Defining moment: Digging deep to draw 0-0 at both Manchester City and Chelsea in the final week of the season to secure their status in the Premier League. Remarkable resolve.
Biggest victory: Beating Manchester United at home early in the season gave David Wagner‘s men plenty of belief that they belonged in the top-flight.
Low point: A run of five-straight defeats in January and early February which saw them slump from midtable into the relegation zone.
Star man: Jonas Lossl must get a shout out for his performances in goal, especially late in the season, but throughout the campaign Aaron Mooy was the man who made the Terriers tick. They missed him badly when he was out injured.
Manager marks out of 10: David Wagner (9/10)
Grade for the season: A

Brighton & Hove Albion

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Final place: 15th with 40 points
Defining moment: Three home wins on the spin in February and March which culminated by beating Arsenal. Chris Hughton‘s side were almost safe from that point on.
Biggest victory: Beating Manchester United at home in the final week of the season to finally secure PL safety.
Low point: Four defeats in five around November/December time which saw the Seagulls drop back into the relegation discussion. That was pretty much it.
Star man: Pascal Gross had a fine season with the German playmaker scoring seven goals and added eight assists, while you have to applaud the defensive duo of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk at the heart of the Seagulls defense.
Manager marks out of 10: Chris Hughton (8/10)
Grade for the season: B+

The final Premier League table for 2017-18

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Here’s the final Premier League table for the 2017-18 season.

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Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Manchester City 38 32 4 2 106 27 79 16-2-1 16-2-1 100
 Manchester United 38 25 6 7 68 28 40 15-2-2 10-4-5 81
 Tottenham Hotspur 38 23 8 7 74 36 38 13-4-2 10-4-5 77
 Liverpool 38 21 12 5 84 38 46 12-7-0 9-5-5 75
 Chelsea 38 21 7 10 62 38 24 11-4-4 10-3-6 70
 Arsenal 38 19 6 13 74 51 23 15-2-2 4-4-11 63
 Burnley 38 14 12 12 36 39 -3 7-5-7 7-7-5 54
 Everton 38 13 10 15 44 58 -14 10-4-5 3-6-10 49
 Leicester City 38 12 11 15 56 60 -4 7-6-6 5-5-9 47
 Newcastle United 38 12 8 18 39 47 -8 8-4-7 4-4-11 44
 Crystal Palace 38 11 11 16 45 55 -10 7-5-7 4-6-9 44
 Bournemouth 38 11 11 16 45 61 -16 7-5-7 4-6-9 44
 West Ham United 38 10 12 16 48 68 -20 7-6-6 3-6-10 42
 Watford 38 11 8 19 44 64 -20 7-6-6 4-2-13 41
 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 9 13 16 34 54 -20 7-8-4 2-5-12 40
 Huddersfield Town 38 9 10 19 28 58 -30 6-5-8 3-5-11 37
 Southampton 38 7 15 16 37 56 -19 4-7-8 3-8-8 36

 Swansea City 38 8 9 21 28 56 -28 6-3-10 2-6-11 33
 Stoke City 38 7 12 19 35 68 -33 5-5-9 2-7-10 33
 West Bromwich Albion 38 6 13 19 31 56 -25 3-9-7 3-4-12 31