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Champions League last 16 draw – mixed results for English sides

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The Champions League draw for the knockout phase has been made, and will see some of the five English teams come up against some of the favourites for the title.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have arguably the hardest draws, facing Barcelona and Juventus respectively.

The three remaining English teams have, on paper, less tricky ties. Liverpool will play Portugese side Porto, Manchester United have drawn Sevilla, and Manchester City come up against Basel of Switzerland.

Of the other ties, the most eye-catching sees two of the tournament favourites face off as Real Madrid take on Paris St-Germain.

The draw in full – dates ties will be played in brackets:

• Juventus v Tottenham (13 February and 7 March)
• Basel v Manchester City (13 February and 7 March)
• Porto v Liverpool (14 February and 6 March)
• Sevilla v Manchester United (21 February and 13 March)
• Real Madrid v PSG (14 February and 6 March)
• Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma (21 February and 13 March)
• Chelsea v Barcelona (20 February and 14 March)
• Bayern Munich v Besiktas (20 February and 14 March)

All the factz you need for the Manchester United v Manchester City derby in the Premier League

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The second big derby match of the days sees Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford. Kick-off is 4.30pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* City won the Manchester derby at Old Trafford 1-2 last season. It was 0-0 at the Etihad.
* This is the 175th Manchester Derby in all competitions. United have by far the better record, winning 72 matches to City’s 50.
* City have won 5 of their last 10 PL matches against United. United have won 3.
* United are unbeaten in their last 40 home matches in all competitions. The last team to win at Old Trafford was… City.
* But City have won their last 13 PL matches – a win today equals Arsenal’s PL record.
* United are in form too, with 4 successive wins.
* However, United have the meanest defence in the league – just 9 conceded, and only 1 at Old Trafford.
* Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have the most assists this season with 8 apiece.
* The sides are the top 2 leading scorers in the PL, with City netting 46 times and United 35.
* That said, don’t expect a goal fest – there have been 4 goals in the last 4 PL matches, and 3 of those came in one match.

 

Chelsea target Alex Sandro says he wants to quit Juventus

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Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has said he is unhappy at the club and wants to quit – which will be a boost to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has a long-standing interest in the player.

Chelsea had attempted to sign Brazilian Sandro last summer, but weren’t prepared to pay Juve’s £80 million asking price. But with news he is unhappy in Turin, they could rekindle their interest, either in January or the summer.

It is reported that Sandro’s relationships with key staff at Juve have broken down, and he has endured a difficult season on the pitch so far.

If Chelsea do make a move, they could bag Sandro for as little as £50 million, as they may not be willing to keep an unhappy player at the club. However, whether Juve sell could depend on whether they can find an adequate replacement.

Conte has been searching for a left-back as Marcos Alonso is the only recognized one in the squad. The Blues have also been keeping tabs on Porto left-back Alex Telles recently – as have Juventus – and he could be an alternative should a move for Sandro not materialise.

Chelsea are also not the only club that would want to move for Sandro. Paris St-Germain and Premier League rivals Manchester City have also shown an interest – City especially since their first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy suffered a serious injury earlier in the season.

Get the factz on Manchester City v West Ham United, including which TV channel its on

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The second match in the Premier League sees leaders Manchester City take on struggling West Ham United. Kick off is 4pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* If City win, they will equal the Premier League record of 13 for most consecutive wins, which Chelsea and Arsenal have achieved before.
* West Ham haven’t won in 7, losing 4 of those matches.
* This match sees the PL’s most prolific attack (44 goals) come up against the leakiest defence (30 goals). Could be a goal-fest, then.
* 5 of Raheem Sterling’s 9 PL goals this season have come after the 85th minute.
* West Ham haven’t won away from home yet this season in 8 attempts. Including last season, they’ve only won 1 of their last 15 games away from the London Stadium.

Arsenal and Manchester City set to launch January bids for West Brom star

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Arsenal and Manchester City are said to be both preparing to bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans when the transfer window reopens in January.

Both sides tried to sign Northern Ireland international Evans, 29, in August – including a £25 million deadline day bid by Arsenal – but were rebuffed.

However, West Brom could be open to bids for their star defender in January. The Baggies’ Chinese owner Guochuan Lai wants to run the club on a profitable, sustainable basis so new boss Alan Pardew may have to sell before he can buy. It is also thought that Evans may be open to a move to a club playing in Europe, although Pardew has said that he would like to keep the player at the Hawthorns if possible.

“I think the assurance I need is probably from Jonny more than anybody, and I haven’t met him yet,” said Pardew. “I think he’s a fabulous player and very important for the club.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is known to be looking for another centre-half to bolster his squad – especially as Per Mertesaker is retiring in the summer – and retains an interest in Evans.

Likewise, City manager Pep Guardiola is also in the market for a centre-half, following the recent injury to John Stones, and Vincent Kompany’s recent injury record – although the Belgian is currently fit and playing.

It is thought that a bid of £30 million would be enough for West Brom to part with the defender.