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All the factz on the 22 September 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

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There are 6 matches in the Premier League kicking off at 3pm today. Here are all the factz you need to know on these matches:
Burnley v AFC Bournemouth
* Bournemouth earned their first victory ever over Burnley last time the sides met at Turf Moor.
* One point from 5 matches is Burnley’s worst start to a top flight season.
* Meanwhile 10 points from 5 matches is the Cherries’ best start to a PL season, and to any season since 2009.
* Burnley have conceded 10 in the PL so far – it took them 13 matches to do that last season.
* Bournemouth have kept 1 clean sheet away from home in their last 13 attempts.
Cardiff City v Manchester City
* Manchester City haven’t won in Cardiff in the top flight since 1954.
* Cardiff have scored 3 goals so far this season – only Huddersfield have netted fewer.
* City have won 9 of their last 11 PL matches.
* The side’s last met in the FA Cup last season. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne we’re enough to see City through.
* City have failed to score in an away match just once in their last 29 outings.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
* Newcastle are a bogey side for Palace – the Magpies have won 10 of their last 15 meetings, with the Eagles taking just one win.
* Palace’s home form is dodgy – 5 losses in their last 8 at home.
* Newcastle’s 1 point from their opening 5 matches is their joint worst start to a PL campaign.
* A win for Palace would be their 200th in the top flight and 100th in the PL.
* Newcastle have lost 4 of their last 5 away matches, drawing the other.
Leicester City v Huddersfield Town
* Leicester ran out 3-0 winners in this fixture last season. It ended 1-1 at the John Smiths Stadium.
* The Foxes’ home form isn’t great – 2 wins in their last 9 at the King Power, although they’ve only lost 3 in that run too.
* Huddersfield are yet to win this season and in all haven’t won in 9 PL matches (5 defeats).
* The Terriers are the PL’s lowest scorers this season with just 2 goals.
* Leicester play to the end: 4 of their 8 goals this season have come on or after the 88th minute.
Liverpool v Southampton
* The Reds did the double over Southampton last season: they won 3-0 at Anfield and 0-2 at St Mary’s.
* Liverpool have never won their opening 7 matches of a season.
* Saints are consistently inconsistent: in their last 10 PL matches, they have won 3, drawn 4 and lost 3.
* Anfield is a fortress for Liverpool – they haven’t conceded in their last 7 at home.
* Mark Hughes has never won at Anfield as a manager in 11 attempts.
Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
* Wolves haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1980.
* United lost last time they played at Old Trafford in the PL. Jose Mourinho has never lost consecutive home matches in his managerial career.
* Wolves have won their last two matches – they haven’t won 3 in a row in the top flight since 1980.
* Romelu Lukaku is United’s form man – 4 goals in 4 starts so far.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides – in any competition – came in, you guessed it, 1980.

All the factz on the September 15 Premier League 3pm kick-offs

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There are five matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with clubs at the top and bottom of the division involved. Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City

* Best to bet on a draw in this match: 5 of the 6 PL meetings between the sides have ended all square.
* But don’t expect goals – in the past 6 matches there have been 7 goals with no side scoring more than once in a game.
* The Cherries have won 6 of their last 12 home PL matches, losing just 2.
* Meanwhile Leicester have won just 3 of their last 11 matches in the league, losing 7.
* Leicester ended a run of 4 successive away defeats by beating Southampton last time out.

Chelsea v Cardiff City

* Chelsea did the double over Cardiff the last time the Bluebirds were in the PL in 2013/14.
* Chelsea have won all 4 of their opening fixtures – the 6th time they have achieved the feat.
* With 2 goals, Cardiff are joint lowest scorers in the PL, alongside Huddersfield Town and West Ham United.
* Cardiff last beat Chelsea in a league match in April 1981, when both sides were in the old Division 2 (now Championship).
* Chelsea have scored 10 goals so far this season: only Manchester City have scored more.

Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace

* Last season, the sides took an away win apiece in the PL: Palace winning 0-2 at the John Smith’s Stadium, with the Terriers winning 0-3 at Selhurst Park.
* Huddersfield have won just 1 of their last 14 PL matches.
* The Terriers have also scored just 5 goals in that run and haven’t netted in their last 4 games at home.
* Palace have lost their last 3 matches.
* But they hope to have Wilfried Zaha back: they haven’t won any of the last 12 matches where he hasn’t played – losing 10.

Manchester City v Fulham

* City are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Fulham – winning 7.
* City have scored 12 goals so far this season – an average of 3 per game.
* Fulham are yet to keep a clean sheet so far this season.
* Aleksander Mitrovic is Fulham’s in-form man with 4 goals so far this season.
* There hasn’t been a 0-0 draw between the sides since 2004.

Newcastle United v Arsenal

* Arsenal are one of Newcastle’s bogey sides – they’ve beaten them in 16 of their last 23 meetings. Newcastle have won just twice.
* But one of those wins came last time the sides met at St James’ Park in April. However, Arsenal won 1-0 at the Emirates earlier in the season.
* The Magpies are out of form – just 1 point won so far this season, and one win in their last 9 including last season.
* But Arsenal’s away form is poor – a win last time out ended a run of 9 without a win (8 defeats).
* Newcastle have lost their opening 2 home fixtures – they haven’t lost the first 3 since 1987/8.

Manchester City target January Junior Firpo signing

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keeping tabs on Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo with a view to making a move for him in January.

Spanish under-21 international Firpo has put in some impressive performances in La Liga, but Betis have inserted a £54 million release clause into his contract to try and ward off potential suitors.

Guardiola is looking for cover at left-back. While Benjamin Mendy has been in excellent form this season, he was injured for most of the 2017/18 season and Guardiola was frustrated at his lack of cover in the position.

Spanish outlet eldesmarque has reported City’s interest, but whether anything concrete will come remains to be seen – £54 million is a lot for a defender yet to make his full international bow.

Neymar drops hint over future move to England

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Paris St-Germain superstar Neymar has dropped a hint of where he could move to if he ever joined a Premier League team.

While Manchester City were linked with him in the summer, it is thought that Neymar would prefer a move to London as he is in love with the city.

An unnamed source – aren’t they always? – reported by the Daily Express said Neymar has privately told friends that he would prefer to move to a London club such as Chelsea or Arsenal.

The source said he regularly visits the city and feels the place is “amazing”.

This would appear to dampen hopes in Manchester that he would consider joining City or United at some point.

However, while there remains speculation about Neymar’s future in Paris – it has been said he isn’t settled there – he would be more likely to move back to Spain, with Real Madrid the favourites to sign him.

But, with the transfer window shut, any move will happen in January 2018 at the earliest.

FIFA 19 – 14 playable demo teams announced for PS4 and Xbox One including Real Madrid and Manchester United

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FIFA 19 is released later this month but to whet gamers’ appetites a free downloadable demo is being released featuring 14 of the world’s biggest teams.

The demo release date is reported to be Thursday, 13 September and there will be 14 teams players can choose from.

Teams involved will include Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur from the Premier League, according to gaming website True Achievements.

Also available will be Juventus, Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

More sides are set to be confirmed in the run-up to the demo release date.

The full game will be released on 28 September, and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.