Leicester City v Manchester City: match preview

What chance a repeat of last season? Leicester beat Manchester City 4-2 on that occasion, with Jamie Vardy scoring a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side somewhat naively played into the hands of the then Premier League champions. Now City are an entirely different proposition and it is hard to see how anyone can stop a team that is unbeaten in 23 matches and scoring goals at a ridiculous rate. City will, however, have to make do without the suspended key defender Nicolas Otamendi at the King Power Stadium. Stuart James Kick-off Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigourThey say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling. You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans Continue reading "Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson"

Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigourThey say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling. You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans Continue reading "Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson"

Coming through hard times has made me stronger and wiser, says John Stones

• Defender in excellent form for club and country after last season’s troubles
• Stones now keen to pass on advice to younger team-mates with EnglandJohn Stones believes he has come through the most difficult period of his career and not only proved himself to be a talented defender but also a leader. Stones came under sustained criticism during his debut season at Manchester City having arrived from Everton for £47.5m in August 2016, but he has been excellent for Pep Guardiola’s side in this campaign and also impressed for England. Continue reading...

Sergio Agüero to resume training as planned with Manchester City

• Striker suffered a ‘dizzy spell’ during friendly game for Argentina
• Agüero expected to be available for game against Leicester CitySergio Agüero is expected to return to training with Manchester City as scheduled despite the “dizzy spell” he suffered at half-time during Argentina’s friendly defeat to Nigeria in Krasnodar on Tuesday night. The forward was due to fly home on Wednesday following the 4-2 defeat and take part in his scheduled session with Pep Guardiola’s squad. Agüero was taken to hospital in the Russian city as a precaution, with the club later stating that Agüero had suffered a “dizzy spell”. Continue reading...

What are the challenges facing away fans in the age of televised football? – video

The away-day experience for thousands of football fans is becoming increasingly difficult due to the number of games that are rescheduled for television. Some kick-off times require fans to take time off work and broadcasters only need to provide six weeks' notice when moving fixtures, leaving some supporters unable to book cheap travel and hotels. We follow three sets of travelling fans to gain an insight into away days in the age of televised football • Away days: on the road to Ayr United with Hibs fans Continue reading...

What are the challenges facing away fans in the age of televised football? – video

The away-day experience for thousands of football fans is becoming increasingly difficult due to the number of games that are rescheduled for television. Some kick-off times require fans to take time off work and broadcasters only need to provide six weeks' notice when moving fixtures, leaving some supporters unable to book cheap travel and hotels. We follow three sets of travelling fans to gain an insight into away days in the age of televised football • Away days: on the road to Ayr United with Hibs fans Continue reading...