All the factz you need on Watford v Everton including what TV channel its on

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Today’s late kick-off in the Premier League sees Watford take on Everton at Vicarage Road. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Everton came back from 0-2 down with 23 minutes left to win 3-2 earlier in the season, with a Leighton Baines penalty in the first minute of injury time winning it.
* The Toffees have a great record against Watford, losing just 2 of their last 24 meetings in all competitions.
* Watford have the second-worst defence in the division, conceding 47. Stoke have conceded 53.
* Everton are awful away from home – just 1 win in their last 21 in the PL.
* Watford are looking to win consecutive home matches for the first time this season.

All the factz you need on the February 24 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are five matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with most of the clubs in the relegation fight playing and, given it is so close, today could have a big impact on the battle to stay in the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United

* Bournemouth took the win at St James’ Park earlier in the season, thanks to a goal in the second minute of second-half injury time from Cook.
* Bournemouth have won their last 3 home matches and are unbeaten at the Vitality in 4.
* Newcastle have lost just 1 of their last 7, but have also only won 2 of those matches.
* The Cherries have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 PL matches.
* This is just the 6th league meeting between the sides. Of the previous 5, Bournemouth have won 3 and Newcastle have taken the other two.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City

* Glenn Murray scored the only goal when the sides met previously this season. The Seagulls have never done a double over the Swans.
* Brighton are unbeaten in 5 in all competitions.
* But Swansea are in even better form: unbeaten in 10 in all competitions.
* Brighton have made the Amex a fortress – just 3 defeats all season and they were to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
* Swansea have scored just 9 times in 13 PL matches on the road this season.

Burnley v Southampton

* Burnley took a 0-1 away win over the Saints earlier in the season.
* Burnley haven’t won in 10 PL matches (5 defeats) – the current longest winless streak in the division.
* But Saints are barely doing better – just one win in 14.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest today: the sides have scored just 49 goals between them in 54 matches.
* Saints have taken 5 points from their last 3 away matches.

Liverpool v West Ham United

* Liverpool, erm, hammered the Hammers 1-4 at the London Stadium earlier in the season, with goals from Salah (2), Marip and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
* The Reds are unbeaten in the PL at Anfield this season, and 15 matches in all goon back to last April.
* West Ham are in decent form, having lost just 2 of their last 12 PL matches.
* Liverpool are the PL’s form team with 19 points won in their last 8 matches.
* West Ham managed their first clean sheet in 9 matches last time out when they held Watford at bay.

West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town

* Huddersfield won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the season.
* West Brom have lost their last 4 games, and have won 1 of 13 since Alan Pardew took over.
* The Terriers aren’t good away from home – just 2 wins in 13 and 9 defeats, including their last 3.
* Only Swansea have scored fewer than Albion’s 21 goals this season. Huddersfield have scored just 23.
* Even if West Brom win, they will remain bottom, but only 4 points from safety. Huddersfield would move to 30 points with a win – potentially 4 points above the relegation zone.

All the factz you need on Leicester City v Stoke City including what TV channel it is on

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The first match in the Premier League this weekend is an East Midlands derby, as Leicester City take on Stoke City at the King Power Stadium. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know: 

* The sides drew 2-2 at the Bet365 Stadium in November, with Stoke coming from behind twice.
* Stoke have the worst away record in the PL: 1 win and 3 draws in 13 matches.
* The Foxes have won just 2 of their last 10 matches.
* However, Jamie Vardy is in great form, having scored in each of his last 4 matches.
* Stoke have the leakiest defence (53 conceded) and worst goal difference (-26) in the PL.

Chelsea and Bayern Munich lead chase for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic

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Premier League champions Chelsea are targeting a summer move for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, but will face strong competition for his signature from Bayern Munich and potentially other clubs.

USA international Pulisic, 19, has put in some stellar performances for Dortmund this season, and is regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Chelsea are thought to be preparing to overhaul their squad after falling behind both Manchester clubs in the Premier League this season. There are also rumours that star playmaker Eden Hazard could be the subject of bids from other clubs, such as Real Madrid.

But the Blues will face stern competition for his signature, not least from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. It is thoughts they will be in the market for a winger, as they are set to lose Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in the summer. The path from Dortmund to Munich is a well-trod one in recent years with several players making the move including Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels.

Liverpool could also be interested in making a move for Pulisic, having tried to sign him in 2016, and still have the bulk of the £142 million they received for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona to spend. Manchester United are also thought to be interested.

However, Dortmund are reluctant to sell, and are thought to want £88 million for Pulisic if they were to consider parting with him, according to the Daily Mail.

But one player who could hold the key to Chelsea signing Pulisic is Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian forward is on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea currently and has impressed since joining in January, scoring 5 goals in 4 appearances so far.

Dortmund are thought to be keen to make the deal permanent, and Batshuayi could be sold in a player-plus-cash deal.

Manchester United target Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos to replace Michael Carrick in the summer

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to replace the retiring Michael Carrick in the summer.

Mourinho has admitted he is in the market for a defensive midfielder given Carrick’s decision to retire and Kroos is his favoured option, according to The Independent.

While Kroos is an integral part of Real’s midfield, it is known that the club are preparing an overhaul of their squad in the summer and several high-profile stars could be on their way out. United could test Real’s resolve to keep the 28-year-old German international.

United have long held an interest in signing Kroos, and tried to land him in 2014 during the Louis van Gaal era, but at that time he opted to join Real instead.

Should Kroos join, he would slot into United’s midfield between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

Should that move not materialize, then Mourinho could turn his attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl instead.

“We need to sign a midfield player,” Mourinho said recently. “Because we are going to lose Michael Carrick. Of course, we need balance in the team.”