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Brighton stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games as they and visitors Stoke drew a lively encounter at the Amex. Jose Izquierdo secured a point for the Seagulls with a scrappy second-half goal that kept them ninth in the table. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had poked Stoke into the lead from a wonderful Xherdan Shaqiri pass in the first half. Pascal Gross fired through Lee Grant’s legs to level, but Kurt Zouma headed Stoke back in front 120 seconds later. Those two goals came at the end of a frantic first half during which Brighton forward Glenn…

Manchester City produced their finest display of the season so far to win 1-0 at champions Chelsea, a result which means they stay top of the Premier League table after seven matches. Kevin De Bruyne scored the winner, firing a brilliant left-footed strike past Thibaut Courtois with just over 20 minutes remaining, and City have now gone 15 Premier League matches unbeaten. Chelsea had the first real chance of the game when Alvaro Morata headed over the bar in a good position – but City quickly became the dominant force, with their high-pressing game causing Chelsea all sorts of problems.…

Wayne Rooney pleaded guilty to drink driving during an appearance at Stockport Magistrates Court on Monday morning. The 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. He must also pay a £170 fine. In a statement released after his plea, Wayne apologized for his “unforgivable lack of judgement”. He said: Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologize for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong. “I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at…

Liverpool have lost their appeal over the length of Sadio Mane’s three-match ban after he was sent off in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City. Mane was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot. He will now miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup. The excessive punishment claim was rejected following an independent regulatory commission hearing. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday that neither he nor City counterpart Pep Guardiola thought Mane should have been sent off. Match of…

Frank de Boer has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after five games and 77 days in charge. Former England boss Roy Hodgson will replace him, BBC Sport understands. The Eagles are 19th in the Premier League after losing 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday – and failed to score in their four league matches under De Boer. His is the shortest Premier League managerial tenure in terms of games, and the 47-year-old’s past two jobs have lasted a combined 162 days. Announcing the Dutchman’s departure on the club website, Palace said: “We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard…

Antonio Conte believes N’Golo Kante’s performance against former club Leicester underlines his status as the Premier League’s best player. Kante scored a 25-year-old thunderbolt on familiar ground in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, continuing his fine form from last season. The 26-year-old France international was voted PFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals last term and was also the recipient of the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award. Conte said: “It was an amazing performance. He played a really fantastic game. He scored but he also made a lot of good…

Wayne Rooney, England’s all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from international football. No outfield player has won more England caps than the 31-year-old, who netted a record 53 goals across 119 appearances for his country. England manager Gareth Southgate phoned Rooney on Tuesday to say he wanted to include the forward in his upcoming squad following his fine start to life back at boyhood club Everton. However, the former Manchester United captain will play no further part for his country after informing Southgate of his decision to quit international football for good in the same phone conversation. https://twitter.com/England/status/900327094810533889…

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill was shown a straight red after 14 minutes and our task got harder and harder as Burnley struck three times before the break. But Chelsea rallied and showed great character to get back in the game. Midway through the second half, Morata headed a superb goal, just nine minutes into his league debut. With time almost up the striker deftly flicked a long pass into David Luiz’s path and the Brazilian crashed his volley…

Liverpool were held to a 3-3 draw by Watford in their opening game of the Premier League season on Saturday.  The visitors twice fell behind at Vicarage Road, but goals from each of Jürgen Klopp’s front three – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – appeared to have been enough to earn a hard-fought victory for the Reds. However, Miguel Britos netted in injury time to ensure Watford claimed a share of the spoils. Mane’s fine strike equalised Stefano Okaka’s early opener, but Watford regained their lead before half-time through Abdoulaye Doucoure. Two goals in the space of two…

After a disappointing start to the season, a switch to a back-three saw Chelsea effectively run away with the Premier League title. From October 1st to the end of the campaign, the Blues lost only three top-flight matches on their way to securing the crown, with Antonio Conte’s decision to switch to a three-man defence not only setting Chelsea on their path to domestic glory, but showing that such a system can work in the Premier League. The tough work starts now, however. The previous two Premier League title winning managers – Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri – have been relieved of…

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