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Chelsea ponder move for PSG star Edinson Cavani

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is weighing up a last-minute move for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

Cavani, 32, had been set for a move to Atletico Madrid but the deal has collapsed. Atletico bosses were apparently unwilling to pay more than £15 million for a player who is out of contract in the summer. In addition, they would have had to have sold a big earned to accommodate Cavani’s wages – said to be more than 300,000 per week – and that didn’t materialise.

This means that Chelsea could come in and bid for the player. The Blues are light up front with Tammy Abraham injures and Lampard not appearing to rate either Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi. Cavani would fit the bill and would be relatively cheap in terms of fee, and the club could afford his wages.

It is known that Cavani wants out of PSG, preferably before this transfer window shuts, and a move to London could appeal to the Uruguayan.

However, whether it comes off is another matter. PSG and Cavani could decide to sit tight until the summer – he could have a part to play in the Champions League knockout stages.

Alll the factz on the December 14 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

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There are four matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with interest at both ends of the table.

As always in the UK, none of the matches are live on TV but you can follow the action on local and national radio, as well as various TV results services.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v Newcastle United

* Newcastle did the double over the Clarets last season.
* Burnley’s easily season form seems to have evaporated: they’ve lost 6 of their last 8 matches.
* Meanwhile Newcastle have won 4 of their last 6 PL matches, losing once.
* Sean Dyche has called on just 19 players in the league this season.

* Newcastle are the only Premier League side yet to be awarded a penalty this season. Not getting penalties was a traditional gripe for Dyche.

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth

* Chelsea won this fixture 2-0 last season. However, the Cherries won the return match 4-0.
* After a good run, Chelsea have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
* But Bournemouth are on an even worse run – they’ve lost 5 consecutive Premier League matches.
* Chelsea have yet to gain a point after going behind this season.

* Set pieces are Bournemouth’s strength – they’ve scored 9 so far this season from deadball situations.

Leicester City v Norwich City

* Leicester are in amazing form – they’ve won their last 8 PL matches, scoring at least twice in each game.
* Jamie Vardy has also scored in every one of those matches. He once scored in 11 straight matches back in 2015.
* Meanwhile Norwich are on a run of 1 win in 11 with 8 defeats in that sequence.
* The Canaries have also conceded at least twice in 13 of their 16 matches this season.

* Leicester have conceded just 10 goals this season – the best record in the division.

Sheffield United v Aston Villa

* When the sides met last season in the Championship both were goal fests: in this fixture, United ran out 4-1 winners. In the return, the Blades were 0-3 up with 10 minutes to go, but Villa staged an amazing comeback to draw 3-3.

* United have lost just one of their last 9 PL matches, although they have drawn 5 in that run.
* Villa have lost 5 of their last 7 matches, but in that run they have played all of the current top 6.
* Only Leicester and Liverpool have a better defensive record than Sheffield United in the PL this season.
* Getting a lead isn’t Villa’s problem – it’s keeping it. They’ve lost 13 points from winning positions so far this season.

All the factz on the November 30 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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With it being a European week, there are only 4 matches that kick off at 3pm in the Premier League today.

However, with the league starting to take shape, there are clubs desperate for wins to move away from the relegation zone – or catch up with the leaders.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v Crystal Palace

* The Eagles did the double over Burnley blast season, winning 2-0 at Selhurst Park and 1-3 at Turf Moor.

* However, Burnley are great at home this season – winning 4 of their 6 matches at Turf Moor.
* Burnley’s form is based on solid defence – only Leicester have more than the Clarets’ 5 clean sheets this season.
* Palace are out of form, without a win in 5 and having lost their last 3.

* Scoring goals is the Eagles’ perennial problem – they’ve netted just 11 times this season, only bottom side Watford have scored fewer.

Chelsea v West Ham United

* Chelsea won this fixture 2-0 last season. It ended 0-0 at the London Stadium.

* The Blues have won their last 3 matches at Stamford Bridge without conceding a goal.
* The Hammers are on an awful run of form – no win in 7 league matches (5 defeats).
* They have also conceded 3 goals in each of their last 3 matches.

* Chelsea usually start better than other teams – they’ve opened the scoring 11 times so far this season.

Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Liverpool won both matches against Brighton 1-0 last season.

* If the Reds win or draw it will equal their longest-ever unbeaten run of 31 matches, which was set between May 1987 and March 1988.
* Brighton have won once away form home this season – against Watford on the opening weekend.
* The Seagulls have won just once at Anfield in the top flight – back in 1982.
* Liverpool have won their past 13 PL matches at home.
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth
* Bournemouth won their most recent meeting at the Vitality Stadium in May – their first win over Spurs.
* Spurs have kept just one clean sheet this season – the fewest of any side in the Premier League.
* If Spurs win, it will be their first consecutive victories of the season.
* Bournemouth have won just one of their last 7 PL matches (3 defeats).
* Harry Kane has scored 23 goals in 23 games for club and county this season.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea among clubs in scramble to sign German wunderkind Kai Havertz

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A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.

Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.

German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.

Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.

It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.

It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.

However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.

Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.

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.