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Paris St-Germain target Stoke City striker

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French champions Paris St-Germain are planning to make a shock move for Stoke City striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, according to reports.

PSG have identified the Cameroon striker, 29, as a replacement for Goncalo Guedes, who is moving to Valencia in a £36 million deal. The Mirror say he could cost up to £15 million.

Stoke are willing to sell Choupo-Moting, who is said to earn £60,000 per week – one of the biggest earners at the club – as they look to reduce their wage bill having been relegated from the Premier League.

Choupo-Moting joined Stoke last summer on a free from German side Schalke. While he scored 5 goals in the Premier League, he couldn’t stop the Potteries side from sliding into the Championship.

He hasn’t figured in the first team at Stoke this season under new manager Gary Rowett, which would indicate his days at the club are numbered.

Should the move happen, he will swap Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino for Neymar and Edinson Cavani. Quite a difference.

Liverpool, Everton and Roma compete to sign bargain-price Xherdan Shaqiri

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Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton are set to battle it out alongside Roma and Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of Stoke City’s Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri is looking for an exit from Stoke, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season, and has a release clause in his contract of just £12 million.

With a player of Shaqiri’s quality available for such a relatively little amount – the 26-year-old scored 8 goals and made 7 assists in 36 appearances for the Potters last season – it is no surprise that clubs are queuing up to sign him.

Shaqiri can play in a number of positions in midfield, and his versatility would appeal to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as he seeks to further boost his options, having already signed Fabinho and Naby Keita for next season.

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested – and both could offer Shaqiri more playing time that Liverpool could – Spurs could also offer Champions League football. As could Italian side Roma, who are also said to be tracking him.

However, despite all the interest in him, it is unlikely that Shaqiri will make any decision until after the World Cup, which starts later this month. He is in the Switzerland squad and is focusing on that for now.

All the factz you need to know on today’s Premier League matches

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The final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season sees all 20 clubs kick-off at the same time. While most of the big issues have been settled – champions, champions league qualification and relegation – there is still plenty to play for. All matches kick off at 3pm. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v AFC Bournemouth

* Burnley beat Bournemouth 1-2 at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
* Burnley are assured of 7th place – their highest league finish since 6th place in the old Division 1 in 1974.
* Bournemouth have won just 1 of their last 12 away matches (6 defeats).
* Cherries manager Eddie Howe has used just 21 players this season.
* There have been just 30 goals scored in 18 previous PL matches at Turf Moor this season: 15 each for Burnley and their opponents.

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

* The sides played out a goalless draw back in December at the Hawthorns.
* Palace are in good form – 4 wins in their last 7 matches and just 1 defeat.
* West Brom have also hit form, just slightly too late to stave off relegation: they’ve won 3 and drawn 2 since Darren Moore took over.
* The Baggies have won as many matches in their last 4 outings as they did in their previous 42.
* Palace could finish 10th this season – their equal highest placing in the PL era, despite losing their first 7 matches.

Huddersfield Town v Arsenal

* Huddersfield’s last victory at home over Arsenal came back in 1971 at their old Leeds Road ground.
* Huddersfield have won just 3 of their last 17 league matches, losing 9.
* They have also scored just 28 goals – only Swansea have netted fewer.
* Arsenal have lost all 7 of their PL away matches in 2018.
* This is Arsene Wenger’s 1235th game in charge of the Gunners.

Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Liverpool thrashed Brighton 1-5 at the Amex back in December.
* Liverpool need to avoid defeat to go through the whole season unbeaten at home.
* But they have won just one of their past 5 league matches, although they have only lost one as well.
* Brighton have won just 1 of their last 8 PL matches, losing 4.
* Brighton haven’t won in their last 12 away matches, losing 8. They have only scored 10 goals away from home all season.

Manchester United v Watford

* United won 2-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season.
* Manchester United are guaranteed to finish in second place – their highest placing since 2012/13 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge when they won the title.
* Watford’s won last time out against Newcastle was their first in 8 matches.
* Watford haven’t scored in any of their last 8 away matches.
* United have kept 18 clean sheets this season – a League high.

Newcastle United v Chelsea

* Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 in December. The Blues also beat the Magpies 3-1 in the FA Cup.
* Newcastle have lost their last 4 matches. They won the 4 before that.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in 6, winning 4 of those matches.
* Newcastle could finish 10th today, if they better Crystal Palace’s result. But if they lose and other results don’t go their way they could finish as low as 15th.
* If Eden Hazard scores, he will move up to third on Chelsea’s all-time PL top scorer list. He’s currently tied on 69 with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

Southampton v Manchester City

* A 96th minute winner from Raheem Sterling secured all 3 points for City in the reverse fixture in November.
* Saints have won 2 of their last 3 matches to secure their PL status.
* A win for City will see them become the first top flight team in history to reach the 100-point mark.
* A win would be their 32nd of the season – which would be another English top-flight record, beating Spurs’ mark from 1960/61.
* Saints aren’t great at home – winning just 19 points at St Mary’s so far this season. Only West Brom have won fewer points on home turf.

Swansea City v Stoke City

* Stoke beat Swansea 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
* Swansea need to win, hope Southampton lose and have a 10-goal swing to them to stay up.
* Swansea’s main problem has been goals – they’ve got just 27 all season.
* Stoke haven’t won in 13 PL matches (6 defeats).
* Stoke also have the worst away record – just 1 win and 10 point won.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

* Leicester beat Spurs 2-1 earlier in the season, thanks to goals from Vardy and Mahrez.
* Spurs are guaranteed a top-4 spot for the third time in four seasons – they haven’t had a run like that since the 1960s.
* Leicester have won 1 of their last 6 matches, losing 4.
* Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances at Wembley Stadium. He’s also scored 9 times against the Foxes.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides was back in 1948.

West Ham United v Everton

* Everton thrashed the Hammers 4-0 at Goodison Park last November, with Wayne Rooney bagging a hat-trick.
* West Ham have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 2.
* Everton have won 4 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3.
* West Ham have lost 10 games by a margin of 3 or more goals this season – no top flight side has lost more than that since West Brom in 1985/6.
* Everton have beaten West Ham 24 times in 43 PL matches. The Hammers have won on just 7 occasions.

All the factz on Liverpool v Stoke City including which TV channel its on

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In the early kick-off in the Premier League today, Liverpool play Stoke City at Anfield. Liverpool need a win in their chase for 2nd place, while Stoke require a victory to retain any realistic chance of avoiding relegation. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Stoke have never won at Anfield in 54 previous attempts in the top flight. Liverpool have won 43 of those matches.
* The Reds have won 7 of their last 11 PL matches, losing once.
* Meanwhile Stoke haven’t won in 11 PL matches, drawing 6 and losing 5.
* Liverpool haven’t been beaten at home in the PL for more than a year. In the 19 matches they’ve played in that run, they’ve won 12.
* The Potters have the worst away record in the division – just one win in 17 matches and 9 points won in all.

All the factz you need on Stoke City v Burnley

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Relegation threatened Stoke City take on Europe-chasing Burnley in this lunchtime clash at the Bet365 Stadium today. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Burnley won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the season.
* Stoke are without a win in 10 PL matches, although they have only lost half of those.
* Burnley’s loss against Chelsea last time out ended a run of 5 consecutive wins.
* Stoke have the leakiest defence in the PL, with 64 conceded. Worryingly for them, they are up against a Clarets defence that has conceded just 31 goals – only the Manchester clubs have let in fewer.
* Last time out, Peter Crouch became Stoke’s record PL goal scorer with 44.