FIVE points clear atop the Premier League, in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals and one game away from clinching their place in the Champions League knockout stages. Pep Guardiola can be pretty pleased with his lot at Manchester City.The Catalan coach made nine changes for last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Championship leaders Wolves.But he was still able to bring in Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Yaya Toure – none of whom had started the 3-0 Premier League win over Burnley four days earlier.Victory over Serie A leaders Napoli would guarantee City’s progress to the Champions League last 16 and Guardiola must choose whether or not to alternate his starting XI once more with Arsenal visiting the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Here our friends at Football Whispers play Pep and ponder that dilemma.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s game, the former Barcelona coach was under no illusions as to how important the game in Naples will be.He said: “We … [Read more...] about With Manchester City five points clear in the Premier League and one win from reaching the Champions League KO phase, should Pep Guardiola rotate vs Napoli?
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THIBAUT COURTOIS believes last season's disaster means clinching the Prem title will taste even sweeter than his first at Chelsea.The Blues won the 2014-15 title under Jose Mourinho, who was sacked for a second time as Chelsea boss seven months later.Blues went on to finish 10th last season as Leicester became incredible 5000-1 champions. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport's live transfer blog But now Antonio Conte's team needing just three points from their final three games to regain the trophy following last night's 3-0 win which relegated Boro.The Belgium goalkeeper told TalkSPORT: "This year was maybe even more special, because last year was a very bad year."We had a lot of critics, the new manager came in at the beginning of the season, we won some games but then we lost and there were again a lot of critics."But then we bounced back as a team very hard and we played very well."From that point of view I … [Read more...] about Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea disaster last season means Premier League title will be ‘more special’ than his first with Blues
DESPITE a spate of injuries in recent weeks, Manchester United have still had plenty to celebrate.Even with Zlatan Ibrahimovic going down for nine months, a recent run of solid results have seen Jose Mourinho's men launch a genuine top four challenge. Keep up to date with ALL the Manchester United news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary. But what happens if United do clinch a top four spot AND go on to win the Europa League - after they narrowly squeaked past Celta Vigo?As we all now know, clubs are taking the Europa League a lot more seriously these days - the reason for which being, the champions get a spot in next the season's Champions League.So now United have qualified for the Stockholm final, they will naturally be gunning for glory as they take on Ajax.INSIDE the top four, England will have just the four teams in Europe's elite competition.If United lose either in the semi-final or the final stage of … [Read more...] about What happens if Manchester United win Europa League AND finish in the top four? How many Premier League teams will qualify for Champions League?
THE Premier League is back for one last bang before another international break this weekend, and SunSport analyses the 11 key talking points to look out for.Clubs want to consolidate their position ahead of the busy Christmas period, while certain bosses need a result - none more so than under fire Manchester United chief Jose Mourinho away at Swansea. Keep up to date with ALL the Premier League news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary by clicking HEREIt all kicks off on Saturday at 3pm with four Premier League fixtures, followed by Chelsea v Everton, while it truly is a Super Sunday with five games across the day.Tastiest of all is the north London derby, where Spurs need to turn their stuttering form around - and what better occasion than against high-flying bitter rivals Arsenal....Not so HotThey might be the only unbeaten team in the league, but Spurs need to silence their doubters after three successive … [Read more...] about 11 key questions ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures: Will Spurs stop the rot? Can Jose end his misery? Moyes for the sack
ARSENAL are coming up fast on Premier League leaders Manchester City.A hard-fought 3-2 win against Swansea last weekend brought the Gunners level on points with Pep Guardiola's side, though behind on goal difference by one.Sunderland sit rock bottom of the table and are yet to record a league win this season. Keep up to date with ALL the Premier League news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary by clicking HEREAnd does a clash of the titans in Chelsea v Manchester United necessarily guarantee an exciting game?Here, SunSport picks out 11 things to look out for in the Prem this weekend.Coming back for Mour JOSE MOURINHO returns to Stamford Bridge as Man United manager looking to wreak havoc on his former club.United are without a win in their last TEN games against the Blues and it would be typical of them to break the deadlock with Chelsea's old iconic boss at the helm.But Mourinho showed us on Monday how he … [Read more...] about 11 key questions ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures: Will Jose get the bird? Axe for Bravo?
BRIGHTON have secured promotion to the Premier League to complete a rags to riches journey to football's elite.The South Coast club have gone from the brink of extinction to the riches of the top flight on a remarkable journey that gives every club in England hope.Chris Hughton's side beat Wigan 2-1 on Monday to clinch automatic promotion - and now they want to finish the job by winning the Championship title. Keep up to date with ALL the latest football news, gossip and rumours But then the hard work starts for Hughton as he looks to make sure his squad are capable of mixing it with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United next season.SunSport's EFL expert Tom Barclay gives you the lowdown on the club and whether the team will be able to survive in the Premier League.IT HAS been 34 years since the Seagulls last graced the top flight.That means the club have never taken part in the Premier League - and will become the 48th side to play in the modern-age highest … [Read more...] about Brighton in the Premier League – who are they, what players will shine and can they survive?
GOT a question?SunSport gives you the answers to all the burning questions about the Premier League.1) Who will win the Premier League?So many teams could win the Premier League this season as it promises to be one of the the toughest campaigns yet.Manchester City look excellent under new coach Pep Guardiola and are the current favourites with most bookies.Don't rule out the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham who are all at short odds.2) How many games there in the Premier League season?There are 38 games to a Premier League season and have been since the division was cut down from 22 teams at the end of the 1994-95 season.3) When does the Premier League season start?The Premier League season starts in early-mid August, a week after traditional season opener the Community Shield. That game takes place between the league champions and FA Cup winners.For 2016-17, the season started on August 13.4) When does the Premier League end?The 2016-17 season will conclude … [Read more...] about Who will win the Premier League? Your most Googled questions answered
ANTONIO CONTE'S Chelsea will be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League tree on Christmas Day.And after securing an ELEVENTH straight win with a hard-fought victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday, they might be in for a very happy New Year too.The relentless Blues are now seven points clear of second-placed Manchester City - after Pep Guardiola's boys left Arsenal's title dreams in tatters at the Etihad on Saturday. Keep up to date with ALL the latest football news, gossip and rumoursAnd only Liverpool can shorten the gap with a Merseyside derby win on Monday night.Elsewhere, Manchester United beat West Brom, Leicester pinched a draw at Stoke and West Ham edged out Hull - with more than a little help from the woodwork -Southampton won the El Clasi-coast at Bournemouth, Spurs came from behind to beat Burnley, Sunderland stung Watford and Middlesbrough smashed Swansea.But what can we take from all the madness? Here are the 11 things we learnt this … [Read more...] about Chelsea are top at Christmas, and will stay top of the Premier League tree, gutless Arsenal cannot stomach the fight… and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is not dead: 11 things we learnt this weekend
BOXING DAY'S fixtures are as eagerly anticipated by supporters as any in the football calendar.But a number of Premier League clubs will be short of their star players for this season's festive programme.Earlier in the month, ex-ref Howard Webb said that players have come up to him asking for yellow cards before Boxing Day.Those claims were echoed by another former referee, Steve Bennett.So just who are the unlucky/lucky stars who will miss out on their teams' Boxing Day matches this season?Diego CostaThe Chelsea striker went ten games without picking up a yellow card, before getting suspended just in time for Christmas.Costa was booked for dissent after being pulled up for a cynical foul at Crystal Palace, and will sit out the Blues' home match against Bournemouth.N'Golo KanteChelsea boss Antonio Conte probably couldn't believe what he was seeing when the Frenchman followed Costa into the book at Selhurst Park.If there were two players the Italian really wouldn't want to do … [Read more...] about Chelsea’s Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero top list of Premier League stars who will miss Boxing Day through suspension
MANCHESTER CITY are in fine form and they host Arsenal as they look to continue their winning run after coming from behind to beat Napoli in the Champions League.The Gunners won their last Premier League match at home to Swansea but they face a tough test away at the Etihad. SUN BETS: BET £10 GET A FREE £30 BET Sergio Aguero now has his sights set on reaching 200 goals for Manchester CitySergio Aguero to score first – 14/5Man City to win 4-1 – 12/1 ARE we watching the new Invincibles?Arsenal’s chances of replicating the 2003-04 season were blown away by Stoke in their second match of the season.But Man City are yet to taste defeat this campaign – with more than a quarter of the season already gone.Pep’s slow march towards the Premier League title will continue on and we like Sun Bets’ 12-1 for a 4-1 home victory.And after becoming the club’s all-time leading top goalscorer, we also back Sergio Aguero to score first at 14/5. … [Read more...] about Man City vs Arsenal: Betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream, and team news for Premier League clash