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Arsenal and Manchester City on alert as Isco set for Real Madrid exit

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Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.

Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.

With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.

Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.

It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.

For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.

All the factz on Sheffield United v Arsenal, including which TV channel its on

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The final match of this round of Premier League fixtures sees Sheffield United take on Arsenal at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United want a win to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone – they are currently one point above it. Meanwhile a win for Arsenal will take them back into the Champions League spots.

The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 2006. They have met twice in the League Cup since then, with Arsenal running out comfortable winners on both occasions.
* United are slow starters – they’ve scored just one goal before half time this season.
* Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets away from home in their last 23 matches.
* The Blades have kept 24 clean sheets since the start of last season – more than any other side in the top 4 divisions in England.
* If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores for Arsenal, it will be his 50th goal for the club in all competitions in just 75 appearances.

All the factz on Manchester United v Liverpool, including which channel its on

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Only one match in the Premier League today but it is one of the biggest of the season – Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford.

This rivalry goes back decades but has always been intense – the two sides genuinely dislike each other, especially if one is doing well and the other is struggling, relatively speaking, as is the case now.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Last season, it ended 0-0 at Old Trafford. Earlier in the season, Liverpool beat United 3-1 at Anfield.
* Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 5 league matches against Liverpool at Old Trafford – they’ve won 3 of those
* Indeed, Liverpool have only beaten United once in their last 10 attempts in the PL – that win at Anfield last season, which prompted Jose Mourinho’s departure from the manager’s chair at United.
* If Liverpool win it will be their 18th in a row, equalling Manchester City’s top-flight record.
* A win for the Reds today will also the equal the Premier League record for most wins at the start of the season – 9. Chelsea achieved this in 2005.
* But United are out of form, winning just 2 of their last 13 league matches, losing 6.
* If United score twice they will be the first to reach 2,000 goals in the Premier League.
* However, United haven’t scored more than once since they thumped Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day of the season.
* If United lose, it will be their worst start to a season since 1986/7 – the season that one Alex Ferguson took over as manager.
* Only one side has ever won their first 9 league matches and not gone on to win the title – United in 1985/6. They won their first 10 that season but collapsed to let Liverpool take the glory.

All the factz on the October 19 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are 6 3pm kick offs in the Premier League today – something of a rarity this season.

Clubs at both ends of the division are in action as the table starts to take a regular form.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Brighton have never won at Villa Park in 11 previous attempts in league and cup matches.

* Villa beat Brighton 3-1 in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.
* Villa have scored at least two goals in their last 3 PL matches – something they last achieved in 2010.
* Brighton have won just two of their last 17 PL matches, although one of those was against Spurs last time out.

* Brighton need to keep going to the end – Villa have conceded 6 goals after the 75th minute this season.

AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City

* Bournemouth have a good record against Norwich recently – winning 6 and losing just 2 of their last 13 meetings.

* Norwich have lost all four of their away matches this season.
* But the Cherries aren’t great at home: they’ve won two of their last 10 at the Vitality Stadium.
* Norwich have conceded at least 2 goals in each of their last 6 PL matches.

* Bournemouth have a leaky defence too – they haven’t kept a clean sheet in 2019/20 yet. The only other side not to? Norwich.

Chelsea v Newcastle United

* Newcastle must hate visiting Stamford Bridge – they’ve won there just once in their last 25 visits, losing 17 of them.

* Chelsea have hit form, winning 4 on the bounce in all competitions.
* However, they have kept just one clean sheet all season.
* Newcastle may have beaten Manchester United last time out, but it was just their second win in 9 matches this season.

* Tammy Abraham is the man Newcastle need to stop – he has 9 goals in all competitions. Only Raheem Sterling has the same amount among Premier League players.

Leicester City v Burnley

* It ended 0-0 between these sides at the King Power Stadium last season. Leicester won 1-2 at Turf Moor.

* If Leicester win today they will have 17 points – 1 more than they had at the same stage of the season they won the Premier League.
* Burnley are unbeaten in 4 matches – they’ve won 2 of those.
* The Foxes come on strong in the second half – 10 of their 14 league goals have come after the break.

* Burnley have kept just one clean sheet away from home in their last 16 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

* Watford hate playing at Spurs – they’ve lost on each of their last 9 visits and have conceded 24 goals.
* Spurs have lost 17 times in 2019 – more than any other PL side.
* Watford are the only PL side yet to win a match this season.
* Spurs haven’t scored a goal in the second half of a league match for 2 months. Their 9 goals in that time have all come before the break.

* Watford have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 19 matches – against Sheffield United last time out.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton

* Wolves won this fixture 2-0 last season. Saints gained revenge with a 3-1 win at St Mary’s later in the season.

* If Wolves keep a clean sheet today it will be the first time they have had 3 consecutive top-flight shut-outs at home since 1981.
* Saints have won just 2 of their last 13 Pl matches, losing 7.
* Molineux is a fortress for Wolves – they’ve lost just one in their last 12 matches at home, winning 7.
* Saints are good away from home – 6 of their 7 points have come on the road this season.

All the factz on Everton v West Ham United, including which TV channel its on

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The Premier League is back after the international break and the weekend’s fixtures kick off with Everton hosting West Ham United at Goodison Park.

The sides have had contrasting starts to the season, with West Ham flirting with the top 4 and Everton in the relegation zone. The Toffees will want to arrest the alarming slump in form, while the Hammers know they  could go third with a win.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Last season, the Hammers left Goodison with a 1-3 win. Everton gained revenge with a 0-2 win later in the season at the London Stadium.
* Everton have lost their last 4 PL matches.
* West Ham are unbeaten in 6 away from him (3 wins).
* Everton have scored just 6 goals this season – and only 1 has come after half time.
* However, West Ham have trouble keeping leads – they’ve dropped 7 points from winning positions so far this season.