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

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The final match in the Premier League today is at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal take on Brighton & Hove Albion. 

Arsenal need a win to boost their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Meanwhile Brighton can play with freedom, with Cardiff’s relegation having been confirmed yesterday.

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

* The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season at the Amex Stadium.
* Arsenal have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in the PL.
* Brighton have limped over the survival line – just two wins in their last 16 matches and no wins in their last 7.
* Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs one goal to reach 20 league strikes this season. Only 5 Arsenal players have reached this milestone previously in the PL era.
* Goalscoring away from home is a major problem for the Seagulls – they have drawn a blank on 8 occasions – only relegated Cardiff and Huddersfield have worse records.

All the factz on Chelsea v Watford and Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

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Two matches kick off at 2pm in the Premier League today, with eyes on the Champions League places again with Chelsea and Manchester United in action. 

As all 4 sides involved in the battle for third and fourth place don’t seem to want to qualify – they have all stumbled in recent weeks – a win for either side could enhance their chances of making it.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Chelsea v Watford

* An Eden Hazard double was brought for Chelsea to see off Watford, winning 1-2 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season.
* The Blues are good at home – 11 wins and 1 defeat at Stamford Bridge this season.
* Watford have won 4 and lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches.
* The Hornets have also not kept a clean sheet in their past 10 games.

* Chelsea have lost 1 and drawn 2 of their last 3 league games. They had won the three prior to that.

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

* Huddersfield won this fixture last season – 2-1.
* However, the Terriers have lost 21 of their last 23 matches in the Premier League.
* United aren’t in form either l – they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions, drawing the other.
* The Red Devils also haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 13 matches in all competitions – their worst run since 1970.
* Huddersfield have scored 9 goals in their previous 18 home matches.

Champions League last 16 draw announced – Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United all face tough ties

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The draw for the Champions League round of 16 has been made and all four remaining English clubs face tough tests if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.

Liverpool will face German giants Bayern Munich, with the first tie at Anfield. While the Bundesliga champions have struggled this season – by their standards – they performances in Europe have been good and will provide a stern test.

Manchester City also have German opposition in the form of Schalke. As the seeded side, they will travel to Gelsenkirchen for the first leg, before the return at the Etihad Stadium. This might appear fairly straightforward for Pep Guardiola’s men as Schalke are struggling in the Bundesliga, currently in 13th place with 15 points from 15 games.

Making it a hat-trick of Anglo-German ties, Spurs face Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. The sides last met in the Europa league in the 2015/16 season, where Dortmund ran out 5-1 winners on aggregate.

Manchester United have arguably the toughest looking tie on paper, having drawn French champions Paris St-Germain. PSG are running away with the Ligue 1 title again currently, having opened up a 10-point gap to their rivals already, winning 14 of their 16 matches and drawing the others. However, the Qatari-backed side did lose to Liverpool in the group stage.

In the complicated draw sides from the same country couldn’t be picked to face each other. Group winners play the away in the first leg.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Real Madrid face Dutch champions Ajax. Meanwhile Barcelona have French opposition in the form of Lyon.

The draw in full:

Schalke v Manchester City

Atletico Madrid v Juventus

Manchester United v Paris St-Germain

Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund

Lyon v Barcelona

Roma v Porto

Ajax v Real Madrid

Liverpool v Bayern Munich

First leg ties will take place on 12-13 and 19-20 February, with the return fixtures on 5-6 and 12-13 March.

Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Borussia Dortmund eye move for Wilfried Zaha

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Clubs in England and Europe are monitoring Wilfried Zaha’s contract situation at Crystal Palace carefully as they prepare to make a bid for the winger this summer.

It is believed that the Ivorian international has turned down an offer of an improved deal of £125,000 a week, according to The Sun.

Zaha only signed his current contract 15 months ago, but Palace bosses are desperate to keep hold of their talisman.

However, Zaha is though to want to test himself again at a ‘big’ club, the Sun reports. He flopped after a £15 million move to Manchester United some years ago, being loaned out to Cardiff City after less than half a season at Old Trafford.

Since then he has rebuilt his reputation back at the club where he originally made his name, and was crucial last season as the side escaped relegation.

But his performances have inevitably attracted other clubs to him. Spurs may seem a logical option as he would stay in London, plus he would fit into their style of play.

Everton, rebuilding under Marco Silva, are also linked, as are German side Dortmund. The latter can offer Champions League football, which could be a pull if Spurs don’t come in with a bid.

That said, Palace bosses want to keep hold ofZaha and have put a £70 million price tag on his head. They are also thought to be thinking of upping their contract offer again to encourage him to stay.

Manchester United chase AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci

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Manchester United are thinking about making a move for AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, following the Italian side’s expulsion from European competition.

Bonucci moved to Milan from Juventus last summer for £35 million as one of a raft of signings the club made. However, the spending splurge – £160 million in all – has bitten the club as they failed Financial Fair Play tests and have been kicked out of European competition for a year as a result.

While Milan are expected to appeal the decision, the ban could lead to an exodus of players, including Bonucci, who has been one of the best defenders in Serie A for about a decade.

The Gazzetto dello Sport has reported United are keen on Bonucci, who won 6 Scudettos in 7 seasons at Juve before moving on to Milan.

A move would make sense as Mourinho is known to been looking to strengthen his defence, which Bonucci would do.

While Milan do not want to sell one of their star players, if they do they will want to recoup the £35 million they paid last summer. United would have no problem paying that. However, it is also likely they would face competition for his signature – at 31 he should have several years left at the top and other Champions League sides would doubtlessly be interested in him,