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All the factz on December 9th’s 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are five matches in the Premier League that kick off at 3pm today, with some crucial face-offs at the bottom of the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v Watford

* Burnley won this fixture 2-0 last season. Watford won the return 2-1.
* Watford haven’t won at Turf Moor since 2004.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest: there have only been 8 goals scored in PL matches at Turf Moor so far this season.
* Watford’s away form is good – 13 points from 7 matches – more than they won in the whole of last season.
* There have been 5 draws in the last 10 meetings between the sides, with Burnley winning 3 of the others.

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth

* This fixture ended 1-1 last season, with Palace taking a 0-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
* Palace are unbeaten in 4 matches, although they’ve only won one of those.
* In their last 6 matches, Bournemouth have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2.
* Palace, along with Swansea are joint lowest scorers in the division – just 8 from 15 games.
* Bournemouth games have resulted in 30 goals this season, only Swansea matches have seen fewer (26).

Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion

* The Terriers won this fixture 3-1 last season. Brighton had won 1-0 at the Amex earlier in the season.
* After winning their first two matches, Huddersfield have won just of their next 13.
* Brighton have won half of their 8 away games this season, losing just one.
* Only Crystal Palace and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Huddersfield’s 9.
* Lewis Dunk has scored 3 own goals this season – just one behind former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s unwanted record of 4.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

* Swansea won this fixture 2-1 last season, revenge for the Baggies’ 3-1 win at the Hawthorns earlier in the season.
* Swansea have lost 6 of their last 7 PL matches, and have only won 1 of their last 12.
* But Albion are on similarly terrible run – no wins and 6 defeats in their last 13.
* This match won’t be a goal-fest: Swansea have scored 8 this season and West Brom 12.
* Swansea have won just once at home this season and lost 5.

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

* Spurs hammered Stoke 4-0 on both meetings last season. They also beat them 4-0 in 2015/16 as well.
* However, Spurs aren’t in form: they have won 1 of their last 6 PL matches, and lost 3.
* Stoke are consistently inconsistent: 2 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws in their last 6 matches.
* But the Potters aren’t good away from home – 2 wins and 9 defeats in their last 15 on the road.
* Harry Kane has scored 6 goals in his last 3 appearances against Stoke. He has scored 31 goals so far this year.

Real Madrid target Tottenham striker Harry Kane

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have made Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane their top transfer target as their current forwards continue to misfire.

French forward Karim Benzema has scored just one goal so far this campaign, and Cristiano Ronaldo is also not as prolific as usual.

Meanwhile Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances this season.
Les Blancos currently sit third in La Liga, eight points behind leaders Barcelona and four behind Valencia, after 11 matches.

Real president Florentino Perez is apparently keen to buy Kane, who, at 24, is also 5 years younger than Benzema, to boost manager Zinedine Zidane’s attacking options, according to a report in Dario Gol.

However, the stumbling block could be Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy, who is a notoriously tough negotiator. Given current transfer prices, he is likely to want at least £100 million before he thinks about letting Spurs’ talismanic striker go.

Dario Gol adds that should Spurs not want to play balls, they have other targets, including Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Real Madrid prepared to offer three players in part exchange for Harry Kane – report

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer up to three players in a bid to tempt Tottenham Hotspur to part with striker Harry Kane, according to a report from Spain.

Real are reportedly willing to offer former Spurs players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as well as striker Karim Benzema to try and secure a deal for Kane, according to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol.

Diario Gol also claim that Spurs will not let Kane leave for less than €200 million (£179 million) – hence the willingness to involve a swap deal.

But all three players will be seen as expendable to the Spanish side. Bale has been blighted by injuries in the past season, which has affected his form and value. Meanwhile Benzema would be the player most likely to lose his place in the side if Kane were to join Madrid. Finally, while Modric is still highly rated, his is 33.

However, nothing has been said by Spurs, and this story comes without quoting any sources, so it is best filed under ‘speculation’ – for now.

Harry Kane the only British name on 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane is the only British player to make the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or – although plenty of other Premier League players have made the cut.

Kane has been in superb form in 2017, scoring 43 goals in 37 games for club and country, and has established himself as England’s number one striker.

But he is the only British name there. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale – a fixture on the list in recent years – misses out after a season plagued by injury. Jamie Vardy, who made last year’s list, isn’t included after a mediocre year for Leicester City.

Perhaps one English player to be disappointed to miss out is Kane’s team-mate Dele Alli, who has had a stellar 12 months that have seen him establish himself as a star in the Premier League and an automatic pick for England.

But the Premier League is well-represented in the shortlist, with 6 players included. They are: Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane from Liverpool, Chelsea midfielders Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, Manchester United stopper David de Gea and Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

The favourites for the award are, as usual, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have shared the past 9 awards between them – Messi leads 5-4 – with Paris St-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also likely to be in contention.

The other nominees are: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and Luis Suarez (Barcelona).

All the factz you need to know for the England v Slovakia match tonight

Here are the 10 essential factz you need to know for tonight’s England game versus Slovakia:

• England and Slovakia met in the opening round of matches in Group F, and England won thanks to a 95th minute winner from Adam Lallana.
• The match will forever be remembered as Sam Allardyce’s one and only game in charge of England. He’ll always have that 100% record…
• If England win, they’ll be 5 points clear in Group F with just two matches left to play
• After losing their first 2 matches in the group, Slovakia have won their next 5.
• Overall, Slovakia have won 6, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 10 internationals. Those defeats came to England, as well as friendly losses to Uganda (1-3) and a thrashing at the hands of Sweden (6-0).
• England have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 2 of their previous 10 internationals.
• The sides have met on 5 previous occasions, with England winning 4 and the other – at Euro 2016 – ending in a 0-0 draw.
• Slovakia have only scored twice against England in those 5 matches, while England have scored 9 times, including a 4-0 win.
• Slovakia’s captain is Martin Skrtel, who was a lynchpin of Liverpool’s defence for 9 seasons to 2016, and is now playing for Fenerbache in Turkey.
• Harry Kane could have opted to play for the Republic of Ireland – he qualified through his father – but had always played for England at junior levels and pledged his allegiance to the Three Lions in 2014.