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Manchester United plot huge January bid for West Ham star Declan Rice

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Manchester United are lining up a bid of in excess of £90 million for West Ham United midfielder this coming January, according to reports.

The Daily Express claims that United are mulling over a bid as they look to bolster their midfield.

United were said to be interested in 20-year-old Rice in the summer, but didn’t make a bid. West Ham’s bosses had also been clear they wouldn’t sell.

However, United may well firm up their interest when the transfer window reopens as they look for a long-term defensive midfielder. Given the current transfer market, it has been speculated that it could take a bid of £90 million for West Ham to part with one of their most prized assets.

Rice has risen to prominence in the last 18 months, establishing himself in the Hammers side with a series of impressive performances before breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The player himself has said he is happy at the London Stadium, but whether concrete interest from a club playing European football would turn his head remains to be seen.

All the factz on the August 31 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are six matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today. 

It’s still early days in the season, but momentum is important and banking early points can be vital at both ends of the table.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Chelsea v Sheffield United
* Sheffield United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since October 1992 – the inaugural season of the Premier League.
* Chelsea haven’t failed to score in a match against Sheffield United at home since 1922.
* Chelsea’s win last weekend was just their second in 8 matches.
* The Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 home matches, winning 6 of those.

* Sheffield United have lost just 1 of their last 10 League matches – but that defeat came last time out.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

* Villa won the last time the sides met in 2016 – one of only 3 wins that season for the Midlands side.
* Palace are one of the PL’s in form sides, accruing 30 points since February. Only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more.
* That said, they have only won 2 of their last 8 home matches, losing 3.
* Villa haven’t won on the road in the PL in their last 19 matches.

* Palace’s forward line of Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke scored 49 PL goals between them for Villa.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth 

* Last season Leicester best Bournemouth 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. The Cherries prevailed 4-2 at the Vitality Stadium.
* The Cherries haven’t won at Leicester since 1988 when both sides were in the old Division 2 (now Championship).
* Leicester have won 4 and drawn 4 of their last 10 PL matches.
* Bournemouth have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning 3.

* The Foxes have won 4 of their last 7 PL home matches, losing just 1.

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

* City have done the double over Brighton for the past two seasons, and beat them in the FA Cup semi-final last season.
* City have won 16 of their last 17 PL matches.
* Brighton have won 2 of their 4 matches in all competitions this season.
* City have scored in 25 consecutive matches.

* The Seagulls have scored in 5 of their last 6 matches.

Newcastle United v Watford

* Newcastle took a 1-0 win last season against Watford. It ended 1-1 in the return match at Vicarage Road.
* The Magpies have lost 3 of their last 4 PL matches at St James’s Park, but did win the other.
* Watford have had an awful start to the season – they are the only side without a point so far in the PL. They have lost their last 6 in all.
* The Hornets haven’t kept a clean sheet in 18 matches, conceding 41 goals in that run.

* The all-time record between the sides is tight – in 45 meetings, Watford have won 16, Newcastle 15.

West Ham United v Norwich City

* West Ham have a great recent record against Norwich – they’ve won 4 and drawn 6 of their last 11 meetings.
* The Hammers have won two matches in a week, but have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
* Expect goals – Norwich haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
* Teemu Pukki is the man West Ham need to stop – he has 5 goals so far this season.
* West Ham have 4 points – more than they’ve scored in August in any of the past 5 seasons.

All the factz on the August 17 3pm kick offs in the Premier League

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There are 5 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League today. Here are the factz you need to know:

Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth 

* This is only the 7th League meeting between the sides.

* Villa Park was a fortress for Villa towards the end of last season, with 6 wins from their last 7 matches.
* Bournemouth aren’t great away from home: they’ve lost 11 of their last 14 on the road.
* However, they have scored at least 3 goals in each of their last 3 away matches.

* Jack Grealish will be hoping to end a streak on 19 consecutive PL matches he’s played in for Villa ending in defeat.

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United

* Brighton are a bogey side for the Hammers. The Seagulls have won 3 of the 4 PL matches between the sides, drawing the other.

* Last week’s 3-0 win over Watford was Brighton’s first PL win in 10 matches.
* West Ham won their last 2 away matches last season, but had lost 7 of their previous 8.
* Scoring at home is one of Brighton’s problems, netting just 7 times in their last 12 matches at the Amex.

* If the Hammers win today, it’ll be their 100th in the Premier League.

Everton v Watford

* It ended 2-2 between these sides at Goodison Park last season. Watford took a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.
* Goodison is a fortress for the Toffees – they haven’t conceded a goal here since February 6.
* in fact, Everton have kept clean sheets in 9 of their last 12 matches.
* Watford have lost their last 4 PL matches – they haven’t lost 5 in a row since 2017.

* The Hornets haven’t kept a clean sheet in 16 matches.

Norwich City v Newcastle United

* Games between these sides are usually fun – 24 goals scored in the last 6 meetings.
* Norwich had been on a 14-match unbeaten run before last week’s defeat to Liverpool.
* Newcastle won their last away match of last season. They haven’t won consecutive away matches since January 2018.
* Norwich have not got a good record against the Magpies – 5 defeats in their last 9 meetings and only 1 win.

* Newcastle have won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2 in their last 10 PL matches.

Southampton v Liverpool

* The Reds did the double over Saints last season; winning 1-3 at St Mary’s and 3-0 at Anfield.
* Saints have won 16 of their last 77 PL matches – although half of those have come in the last 24 matches under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
* Liverpool are chasing a club record-equalling 11th consecutive PL win.
* The Reds have also scored at least 2 goals in every one of those wins.
* Saints are without a win in 6 – 3 defeats in that run.

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

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The lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League sees champions Manchester City travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United. 

City are looking to get their title defence off to a perfect start, having seen rivals Liverpool cruise to a 4-1 win over Norwich City last night. Meanwhile the Hammers have invested heavily over the summer and will be gunning for a good start.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Manchester City have won all four of their previous visits to the London Stadium, with an aggregate score of 17-1.
* However, the London Stadium is something of a fortress for West Ham this year; they’ve lost just once in 9 PL games in 2019, winning 5.
* But the Hammers haven’t kept a clean sheet against City in 16 matches in all competitions.
* City have won all of their previous 14 PL matches.
* In that run, of 7 away matches, City have conceded just twice.

All the factz on West Ham United v Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham

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There are just two Premier League fixtures kicking off at 3pm today. However, they are anything but meaningless – points mean prizes in the Premier League and each club will want to finish as high as possible in the league to gain more prize money.

Here are the factz you need to know:

West Ham United v Southampton

* This is the 100th league meeting between the sides.
* West Ham won last time out, ending a 4- game run without a win.
* In their last 6 matches, Saints have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2.
* West Ham have kept just 6 clean sheets all season; only relegated Fulham and Huddersfield have kept fewer. They have also failed to score in 14 league matches – only Huddersfield and Cardiff have drawn more blanks.

* Shane Long is in form with 4 goals in his last 5 matches – more than he scored in his previous 60 appearances.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham

* Wolves haven’t lost to Fulham since 1985 – a run of 14 matches in league and cup competitions.
* Molineux is a fortress for Wolves – they are unbeaten in 7 matches on home turf, with 5 wins.
* Since relegation, Fulham have won 3 out of 3 matches – winning as many points as they did in their previous 20 matches.
* In that run, Fulham have kept 3 clean sheets – more than they had done in their previous 33 PL matches.
* If Wolves win, it will move them onto 57 points – the most by a promoted club since Ipswich scored 66 in 2000/01.