I last missed a Burnley game in 1974, so two games at once is no obstacle


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Premier League youngsters who can shine on tour from Arsenal to Wolves


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We take a look at one young player from each Premier League club who can make an impact this summer

Bukayo Saka, 17, winger

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Premier League pre-season 2019: a full list of all the clubs’ friendlies


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From Yankee Stadium in New York to New York Stadium in Rotherham, here are the 20 clubs’ fixtures before 9 August

All dates and kick-off times BST. All information correct at time of publication

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Everton set to land £22m Gomes but Burnley hit by Heaton contract blow


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• Barcelona midfielder André Gomes close to Everton transfer
• Goalkeeper Tom Heaton rejects new contract at Turf MoorEverton are close to the permanent signing of André Gomes after agreeing a fee of £22m plus add-ons for the Barcelona midfielder.

Gomes enjoyed a successful loan last season at Goodison Park, where regular first-team football and a healthy relationship with the manager, Marco Silva, helped to rejuvenate a career that had stalled.

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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality


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We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season


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Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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The best photos from around the grounds chosen by our picture editors

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Everton see off Burnley to stay in reckoning for Europa League spot


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While Merseyside will host a Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, it may yet stage Europa League football in July. Everton remain in the race for seventh place with a fourth straight home win and while their destiny is out of their hands, Leicester still have to visit Manchester City and Wolves must go to Liverpool. Everton’s neighbours could yet help book them a place in continental competition. Ben Mee’s own goal and Seamus Coleman’s strike continued Everton’s spring surge as they added Burnley to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United on their impressive list of scalps at Goodison Park.

As Everton exerted early pressure, Burnley’s supporters made their own entertainment by barracking Jordan Pickford with chants of “England’s No 4,” referencing their own trio of international goalkeepers. As Burnley had taken 28 points in 17 games since December’s 5-1 demolition by Everton, Tom Heaton has emerged as much the best of Continue reading “Everton see off Burnley to stay in reckoning for Europa League spot”

Everton 2-0 Burnley: Premier League – as it happened


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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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Leicester can test City but Liverpool face a challenge of their own, it’s all or nothing for Cardiff and Watford need to regroup

Following the disappointment of their reasonably heroic Champions League defeat at Barcelona, Liverpool must rouse themselves for what could be an extremely tricky Saturday evening appointment at Newcastle in which they simply cannot afford to slip up. With only two matches of the Premier League campaign remaining, anything less than a win for Liverpool would leave the door open for Manchester City to all but wrap up the title on Monday. One suspects this is a far tougher assignment than Jürgen Klopp would like so soon after a gruelling and dispiriting game at the Camp Nou and the portents are not great. Last September, a BBC study on the form of Premier League teams following midweek fixtures in Europe showed that Liverpool had won half a Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Chris Hughton’s position looks uncertain after five successful years, Youri Tielemans catches the eye but Leicester will face a battle to keep him and Wolves show the way forward

When was the last time Manchester City finished a Premier League match with four centre-halves on the pitch? Pep Guardiola, who admitted he had been “trembling”, said he would have brought on another one if he had not already used all his substitutes and Sean Dyche said, with some pride, that he could tell the City manager was anxious. “I saw Pep Guardiola with my own eyes – and I heard it too – screaming, ‘Get it in the corner.’ That’s some compliment.” It was certainly not a stress-free afternoon at Turf Moor for the league leaders and reigning champions but 12 league wins in a row suggest City can handle the pressure. If they can make it 14, Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Manchester City’s response to pressure is ‘overwhelming’, says Pep Guardiola


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• Manager delighted with his side’s ability to handle pressure
• Win at Burnley puts City top with two games remainingPep Guardiola praised Manchester City’s “overwhelming” capacity to handle pressure after they overcame the challenge of Burnley to reassume the box seat in the Premier League title race.

Sergio Agüero’s second-half goal gave them a narrow win and, while City could have won by more, they saw out the final stages with four centre-backs on the pitch as their opponents attempted an aerial bombardment. They escaped with few real scares and Guardiola was delighted with the way they have refocused after recent disappointment.

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Ashley Barnes fails to provide twist that Jürgen Klopp wished for | Nick Ames


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The Liverpool manager had jokingly offered to sign the Burnley striker if he scored against title rivals Manchester CityOnce bitten, twice shy. All week Manchester City had been warned that Burnley, a banana skin and wrecking ball in one grimly-organised package, had it in their gift to ruin everything. They had been held to a draw here 14 months ago, not that it ultimately mattered, and the thought of a repeat was enough to set spines tingling across Merseyside. Yet by the end it was Ilkay Gündogan, rather than a home player, who was being yellow carded for delaying a set-piece and City, as opposed to Jürgen Klopp’s team, who again wrested a level of control they are unlikely to let slip. You might not thrash Burnley here; you might only edge past them by 29.51mm. This, though, felt like a deflating blow for City’s rivals given Continue reading “Ashley Barnes fails to provide twist that Jürgen Klopp wished for | Nick Ames”

Sergio Agüero steers Manchester City towards title with Burnley victory


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Forty-four games in, the Premier League title race did stray dangerously close to becoming an ordeal for Manchester City. For over an hour, it had looked as though they might blink in their staring contest with Liverpool. Something had to give and Pep Guardiola’s players certainly toyed with the emotions of their supporters during those passages of play when they lacked their usual sureness of touch.

Related: Mané and Salah doubles help Liverpool see off Huddersfield to reclaim top spot

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Burnley 0-1 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened


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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola rejects Jürgen Klopp’s Burnley warning


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Burnley v Manchester City: match preview


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This is the big one, or so Jürgen Klopp would have everyone believe, the Liverpool manager having more interest than most in talking up the possibility of Manchester City slipping up in the trickiest of their remaining fixtures. Two 5-0 City wins against Burnley already this season suggest otherwise, as does the 11-match winning run Pep Guardiola’s side take to Turf Moor. Burnley can be stubborn opponents, but City have more to play for. Paul Wilson

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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A chance for Shaqiri to shine, City may need to show their dark side and Cardiff can pile pressure on Brighton

Pep Guardiola is not usually short of post-match praise for his players, but he struck a different note after the Manchester derby win. “Tonight we can enjoy it, but tomorrow it’s over, so we have to be focused,” he said. “I know people are going to talk about how beautiful, how handsome we are, but now we have to go to Burnley”. Guardiola is rightly taking nothing for granted even after taking the necessary six points from Spurs and United. Burnley were one of six teams to take points off City last season and have routinely posed problems for the top six this term. It is to City’s advantage that they have been winning ugly for a while. The 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea in February was perhaps the last Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

FA to assess referee’s report after claims Burnley staff abused Maurizio Sarri


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• Backroom staff said to have repeatedly called Sarri ‘a shit Italian’
• Referee Kevin Friend sent Chelsea manager to standsThe Football Association will assess the referee Kevin Friend’s match report from Stamford Bridge before deciding whether to investigate claims lodged by Chelsea that Maurizio Sarri was repeatedly called “a shit Italian” by members of Burnley’s backroom staff.

Sarri was involved in numerous confrontations with those in the away technical area during Monday’s fractious 2-2 draw, with frustrations spilling over in stoppage time as players clashed on the pitch. The head coach was sent to the stands by the referee having run down the touchline, apparently to try and calm the situation, and appeared to point a finger at the Burnley goalkeeping coach, Billy Mercer, at the mouth of the tunnel as he departed.

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