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The Premier League title race is not over yet but, in terms of predictions, we already have a winner.

BBC Sport’s football expert Chris Sutton, in his debut season in the predictions hot seat after taking over from Mark Lawrenson, has just wrapped up a resounding victory over his guests, which has been confirmed with three weeks to go.

It is effectively his second Premier League success, 28 years after he won the actual title while playing for Blackburn Rovers, and it clearly means just as much – although this time there is no trophy and he had to provide his own champagne.

“I lost to my guest for the first three weeks so, after the way I started the season, this is the stuff of miracles,” said Sutton. “It’s one of the great comebacks – a real footballing fairytale, especially to win it so early, with a few weeks to spare.

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“I’ve limped over the line a little, to be honest, because there have been some very strange results recently. Last Monday, for example, when there were 21 goals in three games, including five from Everton who normally take a month to score that many.

“Still, it’s nice to be able to sit back and celebrate after getting it done.”

Sutton is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This weekend he is taking on Joe Elliott, frontman of rock legends Def Leppard and a Sheffield United fan.

Def Leppard’s new album, Drastic Symphonies, is released on 19 May, the same date they play a special hometown gig at iconic Sheffield venue the Leadmill.

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The Leadmill is one of many small UK music clubs threatened by closure and all proceeds from the gig will go towards the Music Venue Trust, which has been set up to help grassroots venues around the country survive.

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Def Leppard formed in Sheffield 46 years ago and have sold more than 100 million records. Their new album sees them team up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to reimagine some of their greatest hits

Def Leppard then embark on their biggest ever European tour, including dates at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on 22 May and Wembley Stadium on 1 July.

With the Blades’ automatic promotion back to the Premier League already secured, Elliott is glad he does not have to worry about suffering play-off heartbreak at either venue and can focus on performing instead.

“After our warm-up at the Leadmill to raise awareness for little clubs, our first proper gig is at Bramall Lane which is always a big deal for us.

“I get the excitement about the play-offs from a neutral’s point of view because you get this big game at Wembley, but we lost in the semi-finals last year and I’m glad we don’t have to go through all of that again.

“It also makes our Bramall Lane gig that much easier because we don’t have to deal with having a play-off game this weekend. Instead of worrying about who might be at home first, they can set up properly for the gig now.

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“We had to move it once because of the play-offs and it wouldn’t have been an issue this time, but it’s nice not to have to worry about it at all.

“It’s the same with Wembley. Every time I have been there with Sheffield United we have lost. I missed the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City because I was too busy but I didn’t particularly want to go because I am bad luck.

“The only visit I really wanted this year was to play there, not to go and watch my team there – so with us going up I am buzzing about everything at the moment.”

The Blades are back in the big time after a two-year absence but Elliott is not sure how they will do next season – he just hopes they stay up.

“It’s difficult to know exactly how we will do because a lot of our players are out of contract and it doesn’t look like we will be able to spend much,” he explained.

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“When we went up last time, under Chris Wilder in 2019, we were like a breath of fresh air and finished ninth.

“But that was because of our fans – for teams like us, the crowd really is the 12th man so we really missed them when the games were played behind closed doors after lockdown.

“With 30,000 people behind us, I’d like to think we can make the top half again but I am realistic and even finishing 17th would be incredible. It all depends on who Heckers [manager Paul Heckingbottom] keeps and how he can motivate whoever he gets on board.”

When? Result Sutton Joe
SATURDAY, 13 MAY
Leeds v Newcastle x-x 1-3 0-2
Aston Villa v Tottenham x-x 2-1 2-1
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest x-x 2-1 1-0
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth x-x 1-1 1-0
Man Utd v Wolves x-x 2-0 2-0
Southampton v Fulham x-x 1-2 1-2
SUNDAY, 14 MAY
Brentford v West Ham x-x 2-0 2-2
Everton v Man City x-x 1-2 0-3
Arsenal v Brighton x-x 2-2 2-0
MONDAY, 15 MAY
Leicester v Liverpool x-x 1-3 1-3

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

SUTTON’S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY, 13 MAY

Leeds v Newcastle

Leeds v Newcastle (12:30 BST)

I understand why Leeds can take heart from the scoreline in their 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last week, but the way the game went for the first 85 minutes or so was far less encouraging for Sam Allardyce’s side.

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After this game, Leeds have got West Ham away and Tottenham at home to end their season. At this point it is difficult to know how many points they will need to stay up, but they simply have to get something from this game.

A win would probably lift them out of the bottom three and would be absolutely massive, but I just don’t see it happening.

Snapshot of the bottom of the Premier League table: 15th West Ham, 16th Nottingham Forest, 17th Everton, 18th Leicester, 19th Leeds & 20th Southampton

Newcastle are still looking to close out a top-four finish, and the fact they lost last week probably makes Leeds’ task even harder.

We know how Eddie Howe’s side play and I think we will see a response from them after that defeat by Arsenal.

Yes, Elland Road will be raucous because of what is at stake for the home side but I don’t think Newcastle will be fazed by that, and their forward line will be too strong for the Leeds backline.

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Leeds will sit in and try to hit Newcastle on the counter – that’s the Allardyce way – but it didn’t work against City and it won’t work here, either.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-3

Joe’s prediction: Newcastle are fantastic and I get such a kick from watching that team play. I love Eddie Howe – he’s a great coach and seems like a really nice man as well. This is going to be an away win – I like Big Sam, and having Yorkshire teams in the Premier League is a good thing, for the rivalry between us and them, but they are shipping goals like crazy. That was all right before, because they would win 4-3, but now they are just losing and not scoring goals, and I don’t see how they can keep Newcastle out for 90 minutes. 0-2

Aston Villa v Tottenham

Aston Villa v Tottenham (15:00)

This is a big game, because if Villa win by more than two goals they will leapfrog Tottenham in the table.

Snapshot of 3rd to 8th in the Premier League table: 3rd Newcastle, 4th Man Utd, 5th Liverpool, 6th Tottenham, 7th Brighton & 8th Aston Villa

As well as being important it is almost impossible to call, and I suppose the safest thing to do is to predict a draw. I don’t like doing that, though.

Villa have slipped up a couple of times recently but I really have no idea which Spurs side will show up and I cannot back them when they are so inconsistent.

Unai Emery’s side won 2-0 at Tottenham this season, so I am going for them to do the double.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

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Joe’s prediction: This is a tough one to call because Tottenham need to pull their finger out and Villa are on a big upswing under Emery. Villa are at home, though, and I think they will just about edge it. 2-1

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest (15:00)

I may have won the predictions title this season but Chelsea did their best to destroy me. I should have just picked one outcome – win, lose or draw – at the start of the season and stuck with that all along, saying the same every week. I probably would have picked up more points from their games that way.

I don’t seem to be able to call Chelsea right whatever I try, so this time I am basing my prediction purely on Nottingham Forest’s abysmal away record.

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Forest have just one win and six points from 17 games on the road, where they are conceding an average 2.4 goals a game.

Surely they won’t get anything at Stamford Bridge – although this is Chelsea we are talking about. Blues interim manager Frank Lampard got his first win last week, although I am not sure they deserved to beat Bournemouth.

Now Frank needs a home win, and despite my better judgement I am going with them to get it. Stand by for a Forest victory then… nothing would surprise me here.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: Forest seem to be finally getting to grips with the Premier League, but Chelsea have just won a game after a very long wait! This will be close and it might even be controversial… but I’m going for Chelsea to win this one too. 1-0

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Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth (15:00)

This is probably the only Premier League game with nothing riding on it.

Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth at the start of the year in what turned out to be Patrick Vieira’s final win as Eagles boss – two months before his departure.

This time? I’m going for a bore draw but I want to give credit to Gary O’Neil, who has done a brilliant job as Bournemouth boss. Like Palace under Roy Hodgson, he has put together a really well-organised team.

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I’ve written the Cherries off many times this season so it is probably bad news for their fans that I am going with them to get a draw here – I did that last week and they lost to Chelsea, and it will no doubt happen again.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

Joe’s prediction: This is going to be another tight game. 1-0

Man Utd v Wolves

Manchester United v Wolves (15:00)

I am starting to slightly worry about Manchester United. They have lost their past two games, and only managed one goal in the past 315 minutes they’ve played.

Most of their problems have come away from Old Trafford but the heat is really on them now, because Liverpool are right on their tail in the race for the top four.

Wolves look super-organised under Julen Lopetegui, which is why it was a surprise when they got absolutely spanked at Brighton a couple of weeks ago.

This game is going to be a lot closer than that, because Manchester United are nowhere near as expansive as the Seagulls are, but as long as David de Gea puts his gloves on the right way, I still think Erik ten Hag’s side will find a way to win.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

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Joe’s prediction: Wolves have nothing to play for but United are still looking for something to get a top-four spot. I think United will swing it, although if De Gea has another stinker it could go the other way. 2-0

Southampton v Fulham

Southampton v Fulham (15:00)

Fulham will win. I said I wasn’t going to back Southampton again after seeing them capitulate at home to Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago and haven’t changed my mind.

Yes, I guess you could say Saints showed fighting spirit against Nottingham Forest last time out but they still lost, and it was a game they desperately needed to win.

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Southampton aren’t mathematically down yet but even if they win their three remaining games – and they won’t – it probably would not be enough. Let’s not pretend an escape is possible because they are relegated – they know it, and everyone else knows it.

Fulham continue to look lively and have carried a real attacking threat while Aleksandar Mitrovic has been suspended. I didn’t expect either to be the case but they keep on proving me wrong and I am going for them to win again here.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-2

Joe’s prediction: Saints are gone. Even if they win their next three games 6-0 then they are still going to go down, I think. So, one team in red-and-white stripes drops out, and another in red-and-white stripes comes in – they just need to give us their kit! They are going to lose this one too, sadly – Fulham haven’t dropped off at all. 1-2

SUNDAY, 14 MAY

Brentford v West Ham

Brentford v West Ham (14:00)

Unless everything goes against them, I think West Ham already have enough points to stay up – their superior goal difference means Leeds need to win all three of their remaining games to overhaul them, while Leicester need seven points from a possible nine.

But the Hammers aren’t quite safe yet, which means they have still got to find a balance over the next few days about who to play in their Premier League games and Europa Conference League semi-final against AZ Alkmaar.

Bearing that in mind, this looks like an extremely tricky game for them. Brentford beat them at London Stadium this season and we know how well-organised the Bees will be.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

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Joe’s prediction: This is an interesting one. West Ham are doing great in Europe but it’s not been the same story for them in the league. I’ve not gone for any draws but this one will end up even. 2-2

Everton v Man City

Everton v Manchester City (14:00)

How this game goes depends on which Manchester City team we see – my concern for them here is how much they rotate their squad before the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid next week.

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League table: 1st Man City & 2nd Arsenal

Everton boss Sean Dyche played a tactical blinder in his side’s big win at Brighton in the way they sat in, playing very narrow, and then hit them with quick counter-attacks.

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I can see Dyche doing the same this time, because they carry a real threat on the break. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is looking stronger now – that Brighton game was his fourth start in a row after an injury-hit season – while Dwight McNeil had a stormer against the Seagulls.

It’s quite an obvious thing to say but I think the first goal will be absolutely crucial. City should still have enough quality to win, even with one eye on the Real tie, but Everton could make it extremely difficult for them.

I am covering the City versus Real game next week for BBC Radio 5 Live. I think City are the better team and they should get through it but it is going to be the big moments that decide that tie, just like when they met last year.

As for Everton, my choice of who goes down with Southampton changes every week but that win at Amex Stadium was massive for the Toffees.

They finish their season at Wolves then at home to Bournemouth. Even if they lose to City, I think they can win one of those games and 35 points might be enough.

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At the moment I am going with Leicester and Leeds to be relegated, but ask me again next week and I might give you a different answer.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-2

Joe’s prediction: God bless Sean Dyche and his unreal voice. His side did fantastic last time, but I don’t think it’s a pattern. City are on a roll and I can’t see Everton stopping them. At best they might get a goal but I don’t see it. 0-3

Arsenal v Brighton

Arsenal v Brighton (16:30)

What a great game this will be, and I am fascinated to see how both sides approach it.

Brighton love teams who come at them, and that was their issue with Everton last week – the Toffees just would not come out, even when they were ahead.

The Seagulls persisted in playing through the middle in that game, trying to create overloads, but Everton played with such a narrow five in midfield that there was no space to play through them.

You might think that losing 5-1 at home to Everton might knock Brighton’s confidence, but I don’t think it will. Roberto de Zerbi’s side will carry on playing the same way and they might have more joy against Arsenal.

I don’t think Mikel Arteta will back down and show more caution than normal – he can’t because it is Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

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So, I am going for an open game, lots of goals… and the points to be shared.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-2

Joe’s prediction: Brighton have been phenomenal but I think they have just about peaked. They have done really well but they’ve probably realised they are not quite going to get into Europe. The foot might have come off the gas a little bit and there is no way they are going to beat an Arsenal side who need the points as much as Manchester City do. 2-0

MONDAY, 15 MAY

Leicester v Liverpool

Leicester v Liverpool (20:00)

Leicester midfielder James Maddison criticised his team’s performance after their defeat by Fulham on Monday. I get that, but he hasn’t been decisive enough himself at times, like his penalty which was saved against Everton recently.

The Foxes really need to start doing their talking on the pitch, but I think they are in for a tough night against a Liverpool side who have won six games in a row and have their eyes firmly on a Champions League spot.

Liverpool are just relentless at the moment, and Leicester leak a lot of goals whoever they play because their defence is so bad.

It should be an entertaining game because both teams are much better when they come forward, and I also think Dean Smith’s side will score – but Liverpool will score more, and I can only see one outcome.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-3

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Joe’s prediction: It’s a Liverpool win all the way for me but I think Leicester will give them a game because they’ve got no choice – they are at home and need to go for it. Jamie Vardy is still well capable of getting them a goal, but Liverpool have got a bit of calmness about them that they didn’t have earlier in the season. 1-3

Chris Sutton and Joe Elliott were speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Sutton do last time?

From last weekend’s Premier League fixtures, Sutton got four correct results from 10 matches, with no exact scores, giving him a total of 40 points.

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He beat Carnival Row star Andrew Gower, who got three correct results with no exact scores, for a total of 30 points.

Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria 230
Keke from 1Xtra 140
Gaz Coombes 120
Ali Bruce-Ball, Modernlove drummer Cian McCluskey, Jack Rowan 110
Liam Fray of The Courteeners 100
Living With Chucky writer and director Kyra Gardner, Editors bassist Russell Leetch 80
Blanco, Ian Broudie, GK from Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Corey Deshon, Joelah from 1Xtra, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, Aaron Moorhead, Phoenix singer Thomas Mars 70
Chris Sutton (average after 35 weeks) 69
AntsLive, Evil Dead Rise writer and director Lee Cronin, Ronnie Huxford from Those Damn Crows, Ross MacDonald from The 1975, Chris Batten, Black Honey guitarist Chris Ostler, Ryan Porteous 60
Justin Benson, Al Greenwood from Sports Team, Dapz on the Map, Chesney Hawkes, Maulo 50
Blake Bowman, Tom from Dry Cleaning 40
Andrew Gower, Jessica McHale, Olivia Chomczuk, Casper van Dien, DMA’S frontman Tommy O’Dell, Oli Shasha from FEET, Stereophonics guitarist Adam Zindani 30
Juice Menace, DJ Schak, Patrick Whelan 20
Trampolene frontman Jack Jones 10
Chris Sutton 2,410
Guests 2,330

Two of Chris’ 21 wins are from incomplete gameweeks and the outcome of those could be changed by the remaining fixtures. However, even if he loses both those weeks, he would lead 19-15, with only three full gameweeks remaining.

How did you get on?

The surprise results caught you out too – only 16% of you thought Chelsea would beat Bournemouth, and just 8% went for an Everton win at Brighton.

Position Correct results
1. You 5/10
2. Chris 4/10
3. Guest 3/10

*Win, draw, loss prediction based on highest % of vote for each match.

1. You 179/347 (52%)
2. Chris 165/347 (48%)
3. Guests 160/347 (46%)

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Scottish Premiership picks: Celtic face Hearts test, Neil Warnock scrutiny & can Blair Spittal thwart Rangers?

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It has already been a busy and eventful week in the Scottish Premiership and this weekend could see more twists and turns at both ends of the table as we approach the business end of the season.

A big inter-city game in Edinburgh, leaders Rangers aiming to extend their winning run against Motherwell, while Aberdeen try to stop their descent into the relegation zone.

Here are some thoughts to whet your appetite for the action on Saturday and Sunday:

Game of the weekend – Hearts v Celtic

Eight days after failing dismally to live up to predictions they might trouble leaders Rangers at Ibrox, Hearts get a second chance to prove they have the potential to challenge Scotland’s big two.

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You would normally expect a trip to face the side sitting third to be one full of trepidation, even for reigning champions.

Especially after Hearts’ shock 2-0 win at Celtic Park in December and the fact Brendan Rodgers has lost more league games to the Edinburgh side than any other, including two of his last four trips there.

However, the tight confines of Tynecastle have not proved troublesome for Celtic in the recent past, having won on their latest five visits by an aggregate of 15-5 since their last defeat there in July 2021.

Hearts are currently unbeaten in six on their own patch, and will be determined to show that last Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Ibrox, followed by a perhaps fortunate 1-1 home draw in the Edinburgh derby, are mere blips after a run of 12 games unbeaten, 11 of them wins, all but ensured a third-place finish.

However, Rodgers’ Celtic will travel along the M8 full of renewed confidence after Wednesday’s 7-1 thrashing of Dundee just about wiped away talk of a crisis following a couple of draws in an otherwise 12-match unbeaten run that allowed city rivals Rangers to take over at the top.

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With Rangers expected to gather another three points at home to Motherwell on Saturday, the pressure will be on Celtic to avoid falling further behind, but the odds and history remain in their favour.

Hearts have not beaten Celtic twice in one season since 2011-12 – once in league and then in Scottish Cup – with the last time they achieved a league double being 2006-07.

To do so, they will likely rely heavily on Lawrence Shankland, the Scotland striker’s midweek equaliser bringing his total to 27 goals for the season and eight in his last seven games.

However, Celtic have their own emerging goal machine in Adam Idah, with five in five and three in his latest two games on loan from Norwich City.

Player to watch – Blair Spittal (Motherwell)

Motherwell ended a run of 12 away games without a win in style by coming from behind to beat bottom side Livingston 3-1 in midweek and, if they are to do anything similar against league leaders Rangers at Ibrox, there is a good chance Blair Spittal will be involved.

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The box-to-box midfielder is in fine form for the side now up to eighth in the table, culminating in two devastating finishes in a row against Celtic and Livingston.

In his last nine games, he has found the net six times while also chipping in with three assists as the 28-year-old emerges as one of the Premiership’s most influential midfielders.

However, Motherwell will be up against it as Rangers seek a 12th successive win overall – their longest streak as a top-flight club since 1996 – and a seventh in a row over the visitors.

Manager in spotlight – Neil Warnock (Aberdeen)

Appointing someone who has managed more professional games in England than anyone else – and who holds the record for the most promotions with eight such feats – probably seemed like a safe pair of hands.

However, Neil Warnock has quickly found out that turning round the Pittodrie Titanic will not be easy, describing it as “soul destroying” watching his new Aberdeen charges struggles and suggesting they will be lucky to win another game unless they buck up their ideas.

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While Warnock also insists “it is a good job that I am here”, some fans are now not so sure given their drop to ninth in the table – just four points above the relegation play-off place.

Aberdeen are without victory in all five league games under the Englishman – the worst start by a Dons manager since Ebbe Skovdahl failed to win any of his first nine league matches in charge in 1999.

Indeed, Warnock’s only win in six came at home to League 2 Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup.

It is early days, but his 16.7% win rate with Aberdeen is his lowest as a manager, surpassing the 17.6% in his second spell with Crystal Palace and the 24.7% during his ill-fated spell in charge of Bury as they slumped from top of the Championship to relegation in 1998-99.

Wednesday’s dismal 2-0 home defeat by St Johnstone has Dons fans fearing a similar slide under Warnock and they will not be betting on a change in fortunes on Saturday as Aberdeen visit Paisley looking to end a run of three straight away defeats.

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Not only have Aberdeen not won there in six visits, St Mirren have won three of their latest five meetings, losing only once, and a 3-0 win at Pittodrie in December was one of the embarrassing scorelines that led to Barry Robson’s departure.

A final-minute Bojan Miovski penalty rescued a point for the Dons in a 2-2 draw on Aberdeen’s last visit, but even the much-praised North Macedonia striker’s goals have dried up – his three in two games under Warnock being followed by three without finding the net.

Amid his tinkering with formations, Warnock needs to find a way to get Miovski firing again.

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The League of Ireland says it is aware of a police investigation after a player was allegedly approached with an offer to participate in spot-fixing.

The league said the alleged offer was “immediately rejected” by the player, who “immediately reported the incident in accordance with the integrity workshops delivered by the Football Association of Ireland”.

The league added: “We would also like to thank the PFA Ireland, the player’s club and An Garda Síochána for their assistance.”

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Women’s Super League on TV: Where to watch this weekend’s games with Arsenal v Tottenham on the way

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Alessia Russo and Grace Clinton promote the Women's Super League fixture between Arsenal and Tottenham on Sunday 3 March live on BBC Two from 12:15 GMT. The other WSL games broadcast live are: Man City v Everton, Saturday 2 March, 12:00 on Sky, Aston Villa v Liverpool and Bristol City v Brighton, both 14:00 and on FA Player, plus Leicester City v Chelsea at 18:00 on Sky
BBC Two’s coverage of Arsenal v Tottenham starts at 12:15 on Sunday, with kick-off at 12:30. All times are GMT

There is a north London derby on the horizon as the Women’s Super League returns this weekend after the international break.

Arsenal, who were beaten in the last derby, host Tottenham at Emirates Stadium at 12:30 GMT on Sunday in a match which will be shown live on the BBC.

There is also a big game in the relegation battle as the bottom two face each other with Bristol City hosting Brighton.

Manchester City and Chelsea, level on points at the top, play Everton and Leicester respectively.

Here’s what’s coming up in the WSL this weekend and how you can watch every game.

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All kick-off times are GMT.

Man City v Everton – Saturday, 12:00 – Sky Sports

The league is poised for an exciting title race after City beat Chelsea to go level on points at the top of the table before the international break.

Gareth Taylor’s side kick off this weekend’s action when they welcome ninth-placed Everton to the Joie Stadium.

The Toffees, who won 2-0 at home to West Ham in their last game, were beaten 4-1 in December in the reverse fixture.

City have won their past 11 games in all competitions – will they extend that record?

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Arsenal v Tottenham – Sunday, 12:30 – BBC Two & iPlayer

After a shock defeat by West Ham and being knocked out of the FA Cup by Man City in February, Arsenal recorded a 3-1 win over Manchester United before the break.

They are three points off the top but have lost three times in the league and no team has ever lost more than two games and won the title.

One of those three defeats came against Spurs, who won 1-0 in December. However they haven’t won in the past three league games.

Arsenal have got themselves back on track, Spurs will want to correct their form in the league. Will they pull off another unexpected win on Sunday?

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Bristol City are bottom of the WSL with one win from 14 games so far

Bristol City v Brighton – Sunday, 14:00 – FA Player

Bristol City, who returned to the WSL this season, are bottom of the league and they’re quickly running out of time to close the gap.

One place – and five points – above them in the league are a Brighton side who won the reverse fixture 3-2 with a 95th-minute goal.

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Brighton are still searching for a permanent manager, having sacked Melissa Phillips in February. They’re yet to win in the league without her.

Aston Villa v Liverpool – Sunday, 14:00 – FA Player

Aston Villa were tipped by many to be in the mix with the teams near the top of the table but that crown has been stolen by Liverpool this season.

The Reds sit just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and are six points ahead of eighth-placed Aston Villa.

Both sides come into this one off the back of wins in their last league games, with Liverpool having beaten Brighton and Villa having got the better of Tottenham.

West Ham v Man Utd – Sunday, 15:00 – FA Player

Manchester United have a big task at hand if they’re to somehow find a way to reach the Champions League qualification places.

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While they’re fourth in the league, they trail third-placed Arsenal by seven points with just eight games remaining.

Earning a spot in Europe is out of the Red Devils’ hands, all they can do is continue to pick up points and hope others drop them.

Out to stop them will be a West Ham side who have their recent triumph over Arsenal still in the back of their minds, albeit with a defeat by Everton coming in their most recent game.

A table showing the top six in the WSL - Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham

Leicester City v Chelsea – Sunday, 18:00 – Sky Sports

It is incredibly tight at the top of the WSL, and Chelsea need to at least match Manchester City for the rest of the season if they are to be successful in their hunt for a fifth successive league title.

They lead the division on goals scored and can’t afford any more slip-ups in the final few months. They could well drop to second given City’s game is on Saturday and will have a chance to reclaim the top spot at Leicester.

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The Blues come into this game off the back of that defeat by their title rivals, though, and suffered an injury blow during the international break when striker Mia Fishel tore her anterior cruciate ligament.

British record signing Mayra Ramirez has made three appearances in the league since joining in January but is yet to score. Will she get off the mark in Sunday’s late game?

They’re up against a Leicester City side who will be full of confidence after beating Bristol City 5-2, but history is on Chelsea’s side with the Blues having won the reverse fixture 5-2.

You can listen to Chelsea’s game against Leicester on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra from 17:45 GMT.

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Erling Braut Haaland répond au PSG

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Le PSG pense déjà à sa première saison sans Kylian Mbappé. L’attaquant de Bondy a clairement indiqué qu’il ne continuerait pas au Parc des Princes et la direction française recherche son remplaçant direct.

Avec le départ de Kylian Mbappé du Parc des Princes, le PSG perd l’un de ses atouts offensifs majeurs… ainsi que l’un des meilleurs joueurs du monde. Tout porte à croire qu’il rejoindra le Real Madrid, mais les bureaux de Valdebebas n’ont encore fait aucun communiqué officiel. Pour le remplacer, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi s’est adressé à son concurrent direct : Erling Braut Haaland.

Mais le joueur sky blue a été cinglant dans sa réponse : le PSG “n’est pas un club qui entre dans nos plans de futur comme City ou Madrid”. Ce n’est un secret pour personne qu’Erling Haaland n’a que deux destinations favorites dans l’élite du football européen.

Depuis qu’il a quitté le Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City et le Real Madrid occupent les premières places de sa liste de priorités. Mais la présence d’un Karim Benzema qui allait ensuite remporter le Ballon d’Or lui a fait choisir l’équipe entraînée par Pep Guardiola, une manœuvre que les bureaux de Valdebebas “apprécient” : avec ce refus de Haaland de s’installer au Santiago Bernabéu, le recrutement de Kylian Mbappé est possible aujourd’hui. C’est pourquoi le seul changement que fera Haaland sera de porter le maillot du Real Madrid.

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Ce n’est pas non plus une priorité. Dans l’entourage personnel et professionnel du “9” scandinave, on sait que signer au Real Madrid, avec Kylian Mbappé aux portes du Santiago Bernabéu, est une chimère : Florentino Pérez a toujours préféré l’attaquant de Bondy. Malgré tout, les bureaux de Valdebebas n’excluent pas l’hypothèse de recruter Erling Haaland à moyen terme.

C’est pourquoi le PSG ne sera jamais une priorité pour Haaland. Parce qu’il poursuivra sa carrière à Manchester City en attendant que le Real Madrid montre son intérêt pour son recrutement. Si l’appel du club blanc n’arrive jamais, ce ne sera pas un problème : il est heureux dans la ville britannique, étant l’un des favoris de Pep Guardiola et l’une des raisons pour lesquelles le club citizen a remporté sa première Ligue des champions.

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Football quiz: Name players with 10 goals and assists in a Premier League season

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Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins recently became the 44th player to score at least 10 goals and record 10 or more assists in a Premier League season.

How many of the other 43 can you name?

Good luck – and don’t forget to share your score on social media using #bbcfootball.

Can you name every player to have 10+ goals and assists in a Premier League season?

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Erling Haaland au Real Madrid : rumeur ou réalité ?

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L’avenir d’Erling Haaland est l’un des feuilletons les plus excitants du mercato estival. Le buteur norvégien, considéré comme l’un des meilleurs joueurs du monde, est courtisé par les plus grands clubs d’Europe. Le Real Madrid et le FC Barcelone semblent être les deux destinations les plus probables.

Selon un récent reportage de la radio espagnole Marca, une source proche de Haaland aurait affirmé que le joueur rejoindrait le Real Madrid dès qu’il quitterait Manchester City. Cette information a de quoi enthousiasmer les supporters madrilènes, qui rêvent de voir Haaland évoluer aux côtés de Kylian Mbappé, Jude Bellingham et Vinicius Jr.

Le FC Barcelone toujours en course

Cependant, le FC Barcelone ne compte pas abandonner la piste Haaland. Le président Joan Laporta a récemment rencontré les agents du joueur et est déterminé à le faire venir au Camp Nou pour concurrencer le Real Madrid.

Le principal obstacle pour le Real Madrid et le FC Barcelone est le coût de l’opération. Le salaire de Haaland est exorbitant et les deux clubs devront faire des sacrifices pour l’intégrer à leur effectif.

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Le Real Madrid concentré sur Mbappé

Pour le moment, le Real Madrid est concentré sur la finalisation du transfert de Kylian Mbappé. Florentino Pérez, le président du club, a fait de l’attaquant français sa priorité absolue.

En attendant, le Real Madrid prépare également le futur. Le club est en passe de recruter Alphonso Davies, le latéral gauche du Bayern Munich. Le jeune Canadien est considéré comme l’un des meilleurs joueurs à son poste et a exprimé son désir de rejoindre le Real Madrid.

L’avenir d’Erling Haaland reste incertain, mais le Real Madrid semble être en bonne position pour l’attirer dans ses rangs. Le feuilleton continue et promet encore de nombreux rebondissements.

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Football Focus: Erik ten Hag on Kobbie Mainoo, style of play and next steps

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Dion Dublin sits down with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to discuss standards, style of play and the next steps for his squad.

Watch Football Focus on 2 March at 12:00 GMT on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, the BBC Sport website and app

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Le PSG prêt à tripler le salaire d’Ethan Mbappé pour garder Kylian ?

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Le feuilleton Kylian Mbappé continue de faire rage. Alors que le joueur est annoncé tout proche du Real Madrid, Nasser Al Khelaifi aurait appelé Fayza Lamari, la mère du joueur, pour lui proposer un accord surprise.

Le point clé de cet accord serait le futur d’Ethan Mbappé, le petit frère de Kylian. Le jeune joueur de 17 ans est en fin de contrat au PSG et n’a pas encore trouvé d’accord pour prolonger.

Al Khelaifi prêt à tripler le salaire d’Ethan

Selon plusieurs sources, Al Khelaifi serait prêt à tripler le salaire d’Ethan Mbappé pour le convaincre de rester au PSG. Le joueur passerait ainsi d’un salaire de 80 000 euros par an à 240 000 euros.

Cet accord pourrait avoir un impact important sur la décision de Kylian Mbappé. Le joueur est très attaché à son petit frère et souhaite qu’il ait un avenir stable.

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Le Real Madrid pas encore en lice pour Ethan

Pour le moment, le Real Madrid n’a pas fait d’offre pour Ethan Mbappé. Le club madrilène est concentré sur la signature de Kylian et n’a pas encore étudié la possibilité de faire venir son frère.

Un feuilleton qui n’est pas encore terminé

L’avenir de Kylian Mbappé est toujours incertain. Le joueur n’a pas encore pris sa décision et les négociations entre le PSG et le Real Madrid continuent. L’accord surprise proposé par Al Khelaifi pourrait changer la donne et influencer le choix de Kylian.

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Football Black List: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lyle Foster, Jess Carter & Nikita Parris on list

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Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nikita Parris, Lyle Foster and Jess Carter have been named on the Football Black List 2023

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Burnley’s Lyle Foster have been named on a list of the most influential black people in British football.

England duo Nikita Parris (Manchester United) and Jess Carter (Chelsea) have also been named on the list for 2023.

The annual Football Black List recognises the efforts of black figures working in various areas of the game.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany, 37, was among the inclusions in the coaching category.

Former England manager Hope Powell, who is currently women’s technical director at Birmingham City, is also on the coaching list.

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Powell and Kompany are joined by Hull boss Liam Rosenior, Port Vale manager Darren Moore and West Ham academy coach Nicole Farley.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong, who came through Manchester City’s academy and previously played for Celtic, was the fifth selection in the players category.

The Football Black List, first published in 2008, highlights black industry professionals who are positive influencers.

The names in the eight categories are decided by a panel of experts with representatives from the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers’ Association, EFL and anti-racism group Kick It Out.

There is also a Ugo Ehiogu ‘ones to watch’ category, which identifies talented people in the industry under 30.

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Leon Mann, co-founder of the Football Black List, said: “On the pitch in the Premier League 43% of the players are Black, according to the Black Footballers Partnership.

“But there is an ongoing lack of diversity across all other areas of football – from the boardroom to the dugouts.

“Therefore it is vital we shine a light on the role models leading the way for the next generation to follow into the sport to help address this.”

The full list:

Players:

  • Nikita Parris, Manchester United and England
  • Jess Carter, Chelsea and England
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool and England
  • Jeremie Frimpong, Bayer Leverkusen and Netherlands
  • Lyle Foster, Burnley and South Africa

Coaching and management:

  • Hope Powell, Birmingham City
  • Liam Rosenior, Hull City
  • Vincent Kompany, Burnley
  • Nicole Farley, West Ham
  • Darren Moore, Port Vale

Media:

  • Helen Campbell, SCC Media
  • Miles Addy, The Content Club
  • Kevin Ramsey, Sky
  • Ade Oladipo, DAZN Boxing and Talksport
  • Seb Hutchinson, Sky Sports

Commercial:

  • Christina Taylor, Aim Sky High Talent
  • Kemi Benjamin, Nike
  • Roscoe Bowman, Squad Sports
  • Ini Umotong, Women’s Football Adidas
  • Kenny Annan-Jonathan, Crystal Palace

Administration:

  • Eartha Pond, ESP Foundation Charity
  • Abiola Ijasanmi, Confederation of African Football
  • Tony Burnett, Kick It Out
  • Malcolm Kpedekpo, Scottish FA
  • Matthew Ryder KC, Matrix Chambers

Community and Grassroots:

  • Cordell Lake-Benjamin, Palace for Life Foundation
  • Andrew Ducille, BCOMS
  • Billie Graham, Arsenal in the Community
  • Richard Taiwo, ESOL teacher and coach
  • Solomon Paul, Highfield Rangers

Practitioners:

  • Ifeanyi Odogwu, Premier League Judicial Panel
  • Anika Leslie-Walker, Manchester FA Inclusion Advisory Board
  • Marcus Gayle, Brentford
  • Fern Whelan, PFA
  • Kerry Downes, Luton Town FC Community Trust

LGBTQ+:

  • Caz Simone, Huddersfield Town Women

Ugo Ehiogu’s ones to watch:

  • Keah Forino-Joseph, The FA
  • Josh Booth-Sawyerr, Ten Toes
  • Olivia Portas, BBC Sport
  • Khadidia Timera, FIFA Dispute Resolute Chamber
  • William Bitibiri, Down The Wings

Cyrille Regis Award:

  • Sam Allison, Premier League
  • Akil Howson, Premier League

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