Which Premier League games are on TV today? Sky Sports showing three matches live on final day

Will Mohamed Salah secure the Premier League Golden Boot this afternoon? (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season comes to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon and three of the 10 games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

There is little to play for going into the final game of the season, but the matches that have anything on the line are being broadcast.

The battle for fourth spot is still alive and so both Liverpool and Chelsea’s games are being shown.

The Reds have the upper hand in that duel as they just need a draw at home to Brighton to confirm their spot in the Champions League next season.

Antonio Conte may be taking charge of his last Premier League game as Chelsea manager (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea got to Newcastle needing a victory and in hope of Liverpool losing at home to the Seagulls.

Liverpool vs Brighton will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst the Blues against the Magpies will be on Sky Sports Premier League.

The other match being shown is Southampton vs Manchester City, with the Saints hoping to confirm survival in the division, but City wanting to reach 100 points for the season.

Raheem Sterling has had a superb season with Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)Southampton need a point to guarantee their safety, although a loss will probably not hurt them as Swansea need  to win and make up a 10-goal swing to overhaul the Saints.

The Swans are at home to Stoke so victory for them and a loss for Southampton is not out of the question, but the goal difference will likely be too much for them to recover from.

Southampton vs Manchester City is on Sky Sports Mix.

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Which Premier League games are on TV?

Liverpool vs Brighton – Sky Sports Main Event – 3pm

Newcastle vs Chelsea – Sky Sports Premier League – 3pm

Southampton vs Man City – Sky Sports Mix – 3pm

Premier League fixtures on the final day of the season

Burnley  vs Bournemouth

Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Huddersfield vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Brighton

Manchester United vs Watford

Newcastle vs Chelsea

Southampton vs Manchester City

Swansea vs Stoke

Swansea City look doomed (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham vs Leicester

West Ham vs Everton

All 3pm kick-offs

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Liverpool and Arsenal in battle to sign Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy has enjoyed a fine season for Southampton (Picture: Getty)Liverpool and Arsenal are set for a battle to sign Alex McCarthy from Southampton this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

Scouts from the Emirates and Anfield have watched McCarthy extensively this season as both clubs look to strengthen their goalkeeping options.

The Gunners are looking for a replacement for Petr Cech – the 35-year-old has endured a difficult season and is expected to end his Premier League career this summer.

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Jurgen Klopp is also on the look-out for a new goalkeeper with Simon Mignolet potentially heading for the exit door and Loris Karius often failing to impress.

McCarthy, who joined Southampton in 2016 in a £3.5million deal from Crystal Palace, started the current campaign in the Southampton reserves, playing back-up to Fraser Forster.

But he came back into the side over Christmas and kept Forster on the sidelines as Southampton narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship.

McCarthy signed from Crystal Palace two years ago (Picture: Getty)Newly-promoted Wolves are also interested in striking a deal for McCarthy.

Liverpool’s interest in McCarthy comes after the club were linked with a stunning move for Pepe Reina, the former Spain international who played almost 400 games for the Reds.

Reina, 35, is currently at Napoli but Liverpool chiefs are said to be keen to bring him back to Anfield to help a more inexperienced goalkeeper flourish.

Liverpool’s top target in goal is Alisson but Roma have slapped a whopping price-tag on the Brazilian’s head.

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

It has not been the best of weeks for top-of-the-table Manchester City and things might get even worse for the Champions-elect this weekend given they meet a Tottenham side who are looking to cement their Champions League spot for next season.

Ahead of that match, and the rest of the weekend’s Premier League action, BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions…

Southampton v Chelsea

The opening goal is normally very important in any game but perhaps less so at St Mary’s this weekend, given both sides failed to hang on to a lead last time out. Indeed, Southampton have now failed to win any of the last six Premier League games in which they have opened the scoring!

Southampton lost to Arsenal last weekend despite having been in the lead (Getty)The Saints badly need the points as they look to maintain their Premier League status and if there is to be a winner at St Mary’s I feel it will be the hosts, despite them having lost their last four league games against Chelsea.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea

Burnley v Leicester City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche (Getty)Burnley are looking to win five consecutive top-flight games for the first time since November 1968 and Sean Dyche must be a leading candidate for LMA Manager of the Year irrespective of the outstanding claims of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Only Mo Salah (21) has scored in more Premier League games than Jamie Vardy (15) so far this season and I fancy the Foxes will pick up a hard-earned point at Turf Moor.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha (Getty)Palace have not had much luck at Selhurst Park in recent months but that might change this weekend in their ‘derby’ clash with Brighton.

Brighton have failed to score in five of their last seven away Premier League games and I think they will struggle to cope with the pace and flair of Wilfried Zaha. You would have got big odds at the start of the season had you backed Luka Milovejic (10) to be top Premier League scorer for the Eagles this term and it is about time that Christian Benteke stepped up to the plate for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Brighton

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Huddersfield v Watford

There have been 32 goals in the last seven league games between the sides and I expect to see another entertaining clash in West Yorkshire.

The Hornets have only picked up one point from their last nine Premier League away games and coach Javi Gracia is yet to see his side score a goal away from Vicarage Road in four previous games. A hard game to call but I would be surprised if we did not see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Watford

Swansea v Everton

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal (Getty)I was disappointed with Everton, despite them picking up a point, against Liverpool in last weekend’s Merseyside Derby. They were second best for much of the game before suddenly waking up in the last fifteen minutes due to the fact that the Reds were there for the taking.

It might be a long time before they a have a similar opportunity to break their Derby hoodoo such is the respective strength of the two clubs at present.

Carlos Carvalhal has won seven of his nine home matches since taking over at the Liberty Stadium and both defeats have come at the hands of Spurs. I think the Swans might edge a low-scoring contest.

Prediction: Swansea 1-0 Everton

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah will be looking to crack the 30 goal mark (Getty)Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 home Premier League games and when they take the field at Anfield on Saturday evening against Bournemouth we will just know the winner of the 2018 Grand National – which starts fifteen minute earlier. But more importantly we’ll also know who the Reds will meet in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The Cherries have only won at Stamford Bridge against the ‘Big Six’ sides on the road in the history of the Premier League and I cannot see past another home win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Mo Salah has scored in 21 Premier League games so far this season and is one goal from becoming just the eighth player in the history of the competition to score 30 league goals in a season. Seventeen of those goals have come at Anfield but his midweek goal at the Etihad again showed just what a great player he is.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham v Manchester City

It’s been a poor week for Pep Guardiola (Metro.co.uk)Manchester City have played two great halves of football against United and Liverpool this week, but they were not able to sustain that brilliance over 90 minutes and it has to go down as a disappointing week for the club.

That should not detract, however, from a magnificent season for the team and they will be fitting champions – even if the champagne is currently on ice.

Spurs have won their last two home league games against City and the visitors would not be human if they did not feel a little sorry for themselves.

As an England supporter, I am concerned that England’s first-choice defender John Stones did not even make the bench for either of the games this week and Gareth Southgate must be a little worried about his lack of regular playing time.

These two sides can only play one way and that is to attack, but I feel the hosts will keep the points in the capital.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City

Newcastle v Arsenal

Can Rafa Benitez mastermind a win over Arsenal? (Reuters)Newcastle will be well aware that they have lost their last 10 Premier League games against the Gunners but I think they will buck that trend at St James’s Park on Sunday.

United have won their last three league games while the Gunners have actually lost their last four Premier League games on the road. Yes – they have not played an away league game since their 2-1 defeat at Brighton at the beginning of March!

Arsenal have only won thirteen of their 54 points so far this season on their travels and if there is to be a winner on Sunday, I expect United will edge it.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal

Manchester United v West Brom

Manchester United stunned Man City last time out (Getty)Manchester United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets in the league so far this season and with a trip to Bournemouth to come on Wednesday I expect to see a no-frills success from Jose Mourinho’s side whose confidence must be sky-high after their Etihad derby win.

The Baggies have not won in their last 15 away league games while United have won their last five league games. This looks a banker home win.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom

West Ham v Stoke City

David Moyes would love to see his side win the Monday night game (Getty)You have to go back to December 2016 for the last time West Ham gained back-to-back home wins and I feel the Potters might take a vital point in the capital on Monday night.

Stoke are fighting for the Premier League lives but do have a good record at West Ham where they are unbeaten in their last five league visits.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Stoke City

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Chelsea v Tottenham

The Premier League returns this weekend following the final international break of the season with the visit of Tottenham to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge the highlight of the fixture list.

BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen shares his thoughts on every top-flight match…

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

You have to go back twenty years for the last time Liverpool did the double over Crystal Palace in the Premier League but I will be surprised if the Eagles prevent the Reds from taking the points at Selhurst Park in the early kick-off on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (Getty)Mohammed Salah has scored in 20 of his 30 Premier League games so far this season and he is only one away from the record set by Robin van Persie (2012-13) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08). That statistic shows vividly what a tremendous impact he has had on the Premier League in just his first season.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

Brighton v Leicester City

Jamie Vardy scored for England against Italy during the international break (Getty)Brighton have won their last three home league games at the Amex but I feel they may have to settle for a point against a Leicester side who put four past West Brom in their last away game.

Twenty of Leicester’s thirty Premier League games so far this season have seen both sides find the back of the net – more than any other side in the division – and I think we will see goals again at the weekend.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Leicester City

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Manchester United v Swansea

Romelu Lukaku is one goal away from joining the 100 club (Getty)Manchester United have already beaten Swansea twice so far this season and I think they will land the treble at Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku has 99 Premier League goals to his name and I feel he will join the 100 club against a Swans side who have won their last two league games against ‘big six sides’ albeit both at the Liberty Stadium.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea

Newcastle v Huddersfield

Dwight Gayle is Newcastle’s top scorer (Getty)Huddersfield have failed to score in their last three Premier League games and I feel they will struggle against a Newcastle side who have won their last two home Premier League outings.

Dwight Gayle is the Magpie’s top Premier League scorer with five so far this season, which highlights the fact that United have struggled for goals this term, but they put three past Southampton in their last game and I expect the hosts to keep the points in a low-scoring contest.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield

Watford v Bournemouth

Watford manager Javi Gracia (Getty)Watford have only lost one of their last 16 home games against Bournemouth and the Hornets will be keen to put behind them their five-goal defeat at Anfield last time out. The hosts have a perfect three from three home record under Javier Gracia and they have never lost to Bournemouth in five previous Premier League games between the clubs.

Prediction: Watford 2-1 Bournemouth

West Brom v Burnley

Alan Pardew’s side look doomed (Getty)West Brom have lost their last seven league games but I feel they can take a point at the Hawthorns against a Burnley side who have only conceded 14 times on the road so far this season. To put that into context only leaders Manchester City (10) have shipped fewer.

The Baggies have fond memories of Burnley, however, winning nine of their last 10 home league games against the Clarets. Albion are ten points from safety and look sure to be playing Championship football next term, but they will not lack for commitment and I feel they might take a point.

Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Burnley

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham will be fearful of a repeat of the ugly scenes that marred their last home fixture (Getty)This is a massive game near the foot of the Premier League table and Mark Hughes will have been delighted by the Saints’ win at Wigan in the FA Cup a fortnight ago.

It is well-documented that West Ham have their problems on and off the pitch having lost their last three league games by a three-goal margin. It looks sure to be a tight, tense affair and if there is to be a winner, I feel the Saints might take the points.

Prediction: West Ham 0-1 Southampton

Everton v Manchester City

Man City boss Pep Guardiola (Getty)Everton won the corresponding fixture 4-0 last season and Manchester City have not actually beaten the Blues in their last four Premier League games, having picked up a point at the Etihad earlier in the season.

Pep Guardiola has never beaten Everton in three previous attempts as a manager but feel he will buck that trend at Goodison as City play the first of two very big games on Merseyside over the next week.

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester City

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Arsenal v Stoke City

Arsene Wenger’s side will be seeking back-to-back league wins for the first time since November (Getty)Arsenal have won their last 15 home games against Stoke in all competitions and it is hard to see past another home win at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners have won their last 24 home league games against sides who started the day in the bottom three but if they beat the Potters at the weekend, it will be the first time they have won back-to-back in the league since November, which highlights their inconsistency this term.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City

Chelsea v Tottenham

Chelsea have an incredible record over Spurs at Stamford Bridhe (Getty)Chelsea have not lost at home to Spurs in the league since February 1990 – a run of 27 games. Indeed, Spurs have never won at Stamford Bridge in the history of the Premier League – an unwanted record of 25 games and counting.

Sunday’s clash promises to be a quality, full-blooded encounter and I expect to see goals. Spurs have taken the lead but failed to hang on in their last two league games at the Bridge losing 2-1 last term and, famously, surrendering a 2-0 lead back in May 2016 – a result that went down particularly well in Leicester.

Both sides came through difficult FA Cup quarter-final away ties before the international break and this could be a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final in May, although Manchester United and Southampton will have much to say in the semi-finals.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

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Michael Owen’s Premier League and FA Cup predictions

After a winning Champions League midweek treble, it is back to domestic action and BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts on how he thinks things will unfold this weekend.

On the agenda are the FA Cup quarter-finals and four Premier League clashes.

FA Cup

Swansea City v Tottenham – Saturday

Any club side in the world would miss Harry Kane and his goals but Spurs have to show they are not a one-man band at the Liberty Stadium against an improving Swansea side.

Tottenham will look to Son Heung-Min in the absence of Harry Kane (Getty)Spurs are unbeaten in their last 15 games against the Swans in all competitions although the South Wales outfit did pick up a point at Wembley earlier in the season. Son Heung-Min stepped up to the plate in Kane’s absence at the Vitality Stadium last weekend and the South Korean might again be the difference given he has scored nine times in his last 10 FA Cup starts.

Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham

Manchester United v Brighton – Saturday

Romelu Lukaku could be the man to lift the gloom around Manchester United (Reuters)I think Manchester United will be stung by their midweek Champions League defeat, and the criticism of their performance against Sevilla, and expect them to bounce back against Brighton.

Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in his last 10 FA Cup appearances and the only tie in that period he failed to score in was against United in the 2016 semi-final for Everton when he missed a penalty for the Blues.

You have to go back to 1986 for the last time Brighton won an away FA Cup match against top-flight opposition and they may have to wait at least another twelve months to buck that trend.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

Wigan Athletic v Southampton – Sunday

Mark Hughes will take charge of his first game as Southampton manager (Getty)Wigan have already beaten Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City en route to the last eight and it will be interesting to see what side new Southampton manager Mark Hughes fields at the DW Stadium given their current position in the Premier League.

There are no replays in the quarter-finals this year and it would be no surprise if the tie went to extra-time or penalties but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes, I think the 2013 winners might edge out the Premier League side.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Southampton

Leicester City v Chelsea – Sunday

Chelsea will have to bounce back from their defeat to Barcelona (Getty)Chelsea have won twelve of their last 15 games against Leicester but the champions had a tough game at Barcelona midweek and they will have to be at their best against a Foxes side who put four past West Brom last weekend.

Chelsea cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after they hit the woodwork no less than four times over the two legs against Barca and it is hard not to conclude that Lionel Messi was the sole difference between the sides.

This looks sure to be a close, entertaining affair and I can see opportunities at both ends – but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes perhaps the hosts can shade it.

Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea

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Premier League (all fixtures on Saturday)

Bournemouth v West Brom

Both of these sides lost 4-1 at home last weekend and West Brom’s defeat at the hands of Leicester was probably their death knell as far as their Premier League status is concerned.

The Cherries played their part in a cracking game against Spurs on Sunday and I would be surprised if they did not get back to winning ways having scored in their last 11 league games.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have lost their last four in a row (Getty)Palace were thrashed by Huddersfield at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season and the Eagles find themselves back in the bottom three having lost their last four in a row. The hosts start the day four days above the drop zone and a draw would not be the worst result in the world for the Terriers. Palace have only kept five clean sheets so far this season and I expect to see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Crystal Palace

Stoke City v Everton

Paul Lambert will be targeting maximum points (PA)A massive game for Stoke City who have not won in their last three home games under Paul Lambert. The Potters were no match for City on Monday, but they will have targeted maximum points against Everton – this is a game they simply cannot afford to lose.

Everton have lost their last five Premier League away games and will miss the creativity of the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Cenk Tosun has scored in his last couple of games for the Blues who I feel will take a point.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Everton

Liverpool v Watford

Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways (Reuters)Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 home league games and I expect the Reds to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last weekend’s Old Trafford defeat.

Jurgen Klopp has never lost back-to-back in the Premier League and the Reds put six past the Hornets in the corresponding game last season. The sides shared six goals at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season and I expect to see goals at Anfield – with Liverpool getting more than their fair share.

Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 Watford

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Liverpool plotting transfer move for Mario Lemina after Arsenal drop interest

Mario Lemina is on Liverpool’s radar (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are interested in signing Southampton star Mario Lemina, according to reports in France.

Lemina completed a club-record £15.4million move to St Mary’s from Juventus last summer and the 24-year-old has managed one goal in 19 appearances for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side.

The Gabon international was heavily linked with Arsenal before joining the Saints but, according to L’Équipe, the Gunners have dropped their interest.

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However, it’s claimed Lemina is now firmly on Liverpool’s radar, with Jurgen Klopp plotting a move for the midfielder at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Merseyside giants have already poached Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in recent seasons.

Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Mario Lemina (Picture: Getty)Van Dijk became the most expensive defender of all-time when he sealed a £75million switch to Anfield in January.

Liverpool have already completed the signing of Naby Keita and the Guinean midfielder will officially join the club on July 1.

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Emre Can is expected to leave Liverpool for Juventus when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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Premier League all-stars: How a North XI v South XI proposed by Romelu Lukaku might look

Romelu Lukaku has suggested a Premier League all-stars clash (Picture: Metro.co.uk)Romelu Lukaku has suggested the Premier League introduce an NBA style all-star game – but what might it actually look like?

Every February in the NBA an exhibition game involving the best talent in basketball is organised and is a major fixture on the calendar.

The proposal put forward by Lukaku is for a North XI v South XI contest.

Here’s an idea for you guys… the nba has all-star game! Don’t you guys think we should organise one in the @premierleague.. The north vs the south! And the fans vote… what do you guys think? @premierleague @FA 😏😉
— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) February 26, 2018

To start imagining what the two teams would look like, first the 20 Premier League teams would need to be split into those representing the north and those representing the south…

Teams from the north

Man City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, Leicester, Everton, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Stoke, West Brom

 

Teams from the south

Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton, West Ham, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Swansea

In the NBA, teams are drafted by two players with the most votes. But wanting to see every team in the Premier League represented, we’re insisting on at least one player from every club.

Based on performances this season and sheer star quality – this is how we imagine the XIs to look…

NORTH XI

The front three of Alexis Sanchez, Jamie Vardy and Mohamed Salah looks lethal, with a ridiculous amount of pace between them.

In midfield there’s enough quality to find the passes, with Kevin de Bruyne the standout player. His Man City team-mate Fernandinho joins him to provide some defensive mindedness to proceedings.

Kevin de Bruyne and Alexis Sanchez are in the XIA defence with Burnley defender Nick Pope commanding them looks a solid bet, with West Brom’s Jonny Evans making the cut despite his recent late night antics.

North team in full…

Man City – Kevin de Bruyne + Fernandinho

Manchester United – Alexis Sanchez

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah

Burnley – Nick Pope

Leicester – Jamie Vardy

Everton – Cuca Martina

Huddersfield – Aaron Mooy

Newcastle – Jamaal Lascelles

Stoke – Xherdan Shaqiri

West Brom – Jonny Evans

SOUTH XI

Harry Kane and Eden Hazard were the two easiest selections for the South XI with the pair consistently tormenting defences over the last few years.

There’s pace and creativity behind them in Richarlison, Wilfried Zaha and Manuel Lanzini while Mesut Ozil will be able to pick out the killer passes.

Harry Kane was the easiest pick (Getty)Marcos Alonso of Chelsea is the standout defender while Lucasz Fabianski goes in goal having impressed for Swansea this season despite their struggles.

North team in full…

Tottenham – Harry Kane

Chelsea – Marcos Alonso + Eden Hazard

Arsenal – Mesut Ozil

Watford – Richarlison

Bournemouth – Nathan Ake

Brighton – Shane Duffy

West Ham – Manuel Lanzini

Southampton – Mario Lemina

Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha

Swansea – Lukasz Fabianski

 

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Andreas Christensen would keep Virgil van Dijk out of the Chelsea team, says Frank Lampard

Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool last month in a world-record deal for a defender (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard insists Andreas Christensen would still be in the Chelsea side even if Antonio Conte had spent a world-record sum on Virgil van Dijk.

Dutch defender Van Dijk was linked with a number of clubs last summer – including Chelsea – but he eventually joined Liverpool in January for £75million, a record fee for a defender.

Lampard was coming to the end of his career at Stamford Bridge when Christensen joined the club’s academy as a teenager. The Chelsea legend says he always knew Christensen had what it takes to develop into a key player for the Blues.

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Speaking to the Evening Standard, Lampard said: ‘Even if Van Dijk had come in, the player Christensen is, he’d have handled anything.

‘You put a team around those players even at his age. He wouldn’t have had a problem whoever they signed.

‘I trained with him a fair bit when I was still there. We were all very aware of his abilities. He came over to join in senior sessions when he was 16 and was very impressive.

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Andreas Christensen has developed into a key player for Antonio Conte (Picture: Getty)‘Some young players were not ready for the increase in speed of the game, to make decisions and choices on the ball when they were invited to join in.

‘But even at that young age you could see he had a composure and an awareness about him that made him fit straight in.’

After joining Chelsea’s academy at the age of 15, Christensen was sent on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach and spent two productive years at the German club.

He broke into the Chelsea first-team at the start of the current campaign and has not looked back since, replacing David Luiz as the club’s first-choice centre back.

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‘Chelsea take a lot of criticism for loaning players out but Andreas is a perfect example of how it’s done right,’ former England midfielder Lampard added.

‘It is massively important for the academy and the young players to see Christensen in the first team now. He is a great example for everyone.

‘The young players can learn from his application. He has shown if you do things right, apply yourself, you will get your chance.’

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Virgil van Dijk sends message to Southampton boo boys after Liverpool win

The Dutch defender says fans don’t know what really happened last summer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he enjoyed his return to Southampton despite being booed throughout Sunday’s match as his new club beat his old team at St Mary’s.

The Dutch defender became the most expensive defender in the world after Southampton finally sanctioned his £75 million move to Anfield in January, and he looked the part as he kept a clean sheet at his old stomping ground.

Liverpool went ahead early on through Roberto Firmino and doubled their lead just before the break thanks to Mohamed Salah, and always looked comfortable from that moment.

Van Dijk accidentally went into the home dressing room when he arrived at St Mary’s (Picture: Getty)The match marked Van Dijk’s first return to St Mary’s since leaving the club and he felt the hostile reception he received was unwarranted, though enjoyed Liverpool’s performance – and result – regardless.

He told Sky Sports after the match: ‘I enjoyed it a lot. I just focused on the game. I enjoyed being back, I have a lot of good memories here.

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‘Unfortunately they are not in a good position right now, but as a Liverpool player I’m happy with the win. You can’t do anything about the reception, I just did my own thing.’

He expanded further to the BBC, saying: ‘You just enjoy it. It’s the only thing I think you can do. I think it is a bit unfair because no-one really knows what happened over the summer and the last few months but I just kept my head down and enjoyed it.

Salah and Firmino combined twice to score both Liverpool’s goals against Saints (Picture: Getty)‘I think we should have scored more. We deserved the win but we should have made it a bit easier for ourselves.

On whether it hurts to see Southampton – who dropped into the relegation zone – struggle, he added: ‘Definitely. I have a lot of good friends here, I care for the club. It is difficult to get out of the relegation zone but they have quality players.’

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Mohamed Salah equals Premier League record with latest strike for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal (AFP)Mohamed Salah was on the scoresheet yet again in Liverpool’s match with Southampton, ensuring his incredible debut season continues.

The Egyptian took his Premier League tally for the term to 22 goals when he scored just before half-time. He combined brilliantly with Roberto Firmino before calmly slotting the ball past Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Earlier in the match he picked up an assist by teeing up Firmino to open the scoring at St Mary’s.

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Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah celebrate the first goal (Reuters)Salah’s latest contributions to the Liverpool cause saw him equal a Premier League record.

He’s now scored 19 goals with his left foot – the joint most in a Premier League season with Robbie Fowler who notched that number during the 1994/95 season.

Mohamed Salah equals @premierleague record of most left-footed goals in a PL season, 19 of his 22 coming from his left foot – equals Robbie Fowler’s record set in 1994-95.
Top PL scorers this season23 Kane22 Salah21 Aguero pic.twitter.com/4MbciscMoP
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 11, 2018

Salah puts the ball into the net (Reuters)He also set a Liverpool record for being involved in the most goals of any LFC player in their debut season.

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With the form Salah is in, few would bet against him breaking more records before the season is over.

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