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Prepare Yourself for a Fabulous Festive Period of Football

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. With the latest International break having ended, fans can now relish goals, gaffs and unmissable drama as they witness an action-packed festive period of Premier League football. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

In preparation for what promises to be a thrilling December period, we highlight four of the showcase fixtures to follow this term.

Arsenal v Manchester United – Saturday 2nd December 2017

Fixtures between these two Premier League giants always promise to be highly charged. With thrilling drama, splendid goals and a fierce managerial rivalry to match, fans can certainly relish a pulsating 90 minutes of unrivalled action. It was Arsenal who stole the bragging rights when last the two met at the Emirates Stadium, with two quick-fire goals from Granit Xhaka and former Red Devil, Danny Welbeck, securing a famous victory to halt United’s impressive 25-match unbeaten run.

This term Arsene Wenger’s Gunners must rediscover the form that saw them conquer Jose Mourinho’s high-flying side, but with the latter currently jostling for position at the very top of the table, it will certainly prove to be a challenging ordeal. United hope to welcome back midfield maestro, Paul Pogba, to their ranks in the coming days following his recovery from injury, and will also call on Belgian hitman, Romelu Lukaku to supply an imposing attacking threat. Arsenal on the other hand will have an array of offensive options available, with Frenchman, Alexandre Lacazette, who currently boasts 6 Premier League goals, likely to lead the line. It should make for a fascinating encounter.

Liverpool v Everton – Sunday 10th December 2017

The pulsating Merseyside derby barely needs any introduction. With a match-day atmosphere unrivalled by most, fans can certainly relish a fixture brimming with passion and ferocity. Last season the Liverpool faithful were treated to a footballing masterclass at Anfield, with goals from Messrs Mane, Coutinho and Origi dispatching their Evertonian rivals with consummate ease. It will certainly be a fixture to excite the masses this year with Jurgen Klopp’s man eagerly eyeing a place in the coveted top four.

Everton on the other hand are enduring a difficult period of form. Having sacked Dutchman, Ronald Koeman, following a poor run of results that has seen them exit Europe and drop to the lower reaches of the Premier League table, they are in desperate search of some positive results. A vital win at home to Watford on November 5th will have lifted the side’s spirits no-end but with no permanent managerial appointment currently on the horizon, it remains a period of uncertainty for Everton fans.

Manchester United v Manchester City – Sunday 10th December 2017

Immediately following the captivating Merseyside Derby comes the fixture that sits at the very forefront of the English footballing calendar. Two sides. Two managers. One unparalleled rivalry. The two Premier League giants last met at Old Trafford in September 2016, with the Sky Blues stealing a 2-1 victory from the desperate clutches of their Manchester rivals. Goals from the ubiquitous Kevin De Bruyne and Kalechi Iheanacho were enough to claim the spoils despite a late surge from Mourinho’s men to snatch an equaliser.

This season, Pep Guardiola’s City side appear to be in rampant form, having only dropped two points from 11 games all season. With a devastating attacking arsenal which includes the talismanic De Bruyne, the lightening-quick Sane and ever-prolific Aguero, City will be vying to dominate from the first whistle.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 16th December 2017

As Christmas draws ever nearer, fans can tide their impatience with a trip to this captivating Premier League encounter. With both sides jostling for the top position in the league this season, there will certainly be a great deal at stake. Fans were treated to a fascinating spectacle at the Etihad Stadium in January as the league’s high-fliers played out a pulsating 2-2 draw. Despite Guardiola’s men racing into 2 goal lead after half time, courtesy of Leory Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, it was Pochettino’s men who demonstrated their resilience, pulling two back swiftly to bring the game level.

This term, the playing field looks to be finely poised with both sides enjoying some fine form so far. Will Tottenham’s boy wonder, Harry Kane, be on hand to put a spanner in Guardiola’s seemingly faultless plan, or will City’s Sergio Aguero claim the bragging rights? There’s not long to wait!

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England hold Germany and see off Argentina

England v Germany at football and England v Argentina at rugby – never has it been more fitting ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Yet performances never quite rose to the levels we might have expected.

As 0-0 draws go, the England/Germany one was reasonably exciting.

England had the best of the chances but couldn’t make any count.

Jesse Lingard had a glorious opportunity in added time but ballooned it over the bar. And that sort of summed up the match.

Both sides were missing loads of first choice players and it showed.

But there were successes – Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked completely at home and a real talent. Has a presence about him. Looks a big game player.

As for their rugby equivalent … they beat Argentina comfortably enough 21-8 but it was far from convincing.

England coach Eddie Jones was tearing his hair out at some of the sloppiness.

Argentina were a stuffy side who came with a limited game plan but a sound defence. They offered little in attack.

But for much of the match the home side seemed devoid of ideas.

Not even Nathan Hughes’ first-half try got them going and they were lucky to get even this breakthrough given the visitors were down to 14 men after a harsh yellow card for Joaquin Tucalet.

Semesa Rokoduguni’s third international try with 14 minutes left finally eased the nerves.

Yet Nicolas Sanchez kept the score presentable with a late score. And along the way Argentina contrived to miss four kickable penalties and a conversion.

Considerable improvement is required when England come up against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

That should be a cracker given the extra significance of an Ashes cricket series about to start Down Under.

The Premier League’s Ones To Watch

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

As we all look ahead to more frenzied football action in the months to come, why not whet the appetite with our chosen ‘ones to watch’ for 2017/18?

Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne

The ubiquitous Belgian midfielder, who is already staking a formidable claim for player of the season, appears to be going from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola. De Bruyne, who endured a frustrating three year spell at Chelsea previously, has dazzled the City faithful with his intricate passing range and keen eye for goal. The City talisman, who boasted the highest assist rate in the 2016/17 campaign has certainly started the new season in the same vein, having already added 5 assists and a goal to his impressive tally.

His skilful showcase on the pitch appears to be matched only by his refreshing modesty and attitude demonstrated off it, and Manchester City fans are surely savouring every moment. The Sky Blues must have one eye over their shoulder however; as when the January Transfer Window looms, Europe’s elite will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on the gifted playmaker.

Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku

The Red Devils’ record signing has certainly lived up to expectations thus far, registering an impressive 7 goals in 8 appearances this season. The towering Belgian has posed as a constant menace to Premier League defences this year with his fantastic aerial presence and devastating pace proving too much for most to handle.

At just 24, United’s striking sensation is undoubtedly an early frontrunner for the 2017/18 Golden Boot Award, having narrowly missed out on the distinguished accolade the previous season. If his tremendous early-season form continues to blossom, there is no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side couldn’t realistically challenge for the title.

Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane

The prolific English hitman certainly requires no introduction. Having secured the coveted Golden Boot award for the previous two successive seasons, Spurs’ in-form striker is undoubtedly the one to watch this year. Following his recent captaincy for the National side during the World Cup Qualifiers, the 24 year old is consistently demonstrating maturity beyond his years, acting as an inspirational figurehead for fans and players alike.

With a keen eye for goal, a terrific right foot and an aptitude for finding space in a heavily congested penalty area, Kane is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s most lethal strikers. His recent nomination for the prestigious Ballon d’Or Award only serves to highlight his fantastic contribution to the sport. Whether Spurs can keep hold of him in the summer remains to be seen.

Chelsea – Alvaro Morata

Antonio Conte had made it no secret that he was keen to add to his attacking arsenal before the beginning of the new season. Having deemed Diego Costa surplus to requirements in the summer, the animated Italian was desperate to see a new talisman to lead the line, with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata becoming the subsequent choice.

The prolific front man does appear to represent a fine acquisition for Chelsea so far, with the Spanish International already netting 6 Premier League goals for the Blues in just 7 appearances. He played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, scoring the all-important equaliser to give the visitors a much-needed foothold in the game.

Boasting a fabulous skillset which includes, pace, precision and a strong aerial presence, Morata is considered an excellent replacement for the recently departed Diego Costa. Whether he will surpass the Spaniard’s impeccable goal-scoring record is another question however.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Joining the Gunners from Olympique Lyonnais in the summer, the talented Frenchman is widely viewed by critics as a deadly attacking outlet. Having amassed a phenomenal 129 goals in 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, Arsene Wenger will be relishing the thought of having a prolific goal-scorer amongst his attacking arsenal. The French International has already netted on four occasions for the London club following his move to the Emirates Stadium and fans will surely be relishing what is to come from the frontman in the future months.

With blistering pace, a lethal right foot and a commendable goal-scoring record, Lacazette certainly looks to be a coup for Arsenal; could the Frenchman be in contention for the Golden Boot award this year? Time will tell.

Liverpool – Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah, has seamlessly settled into life at Anfield following his substantial £34 million move from Serie A stalwarts AS Roma in the summer. With blistering pace, a flawless positional sense and a keen eye for goal, the Egyptian winger has a skillset craved by many. Forming the formidable right arm of Liverpool’s devastating attacking trio, Salah has made a considerable contribution to Liverpool’s offensive outlet, chipping in with 4 goals in just league 8 games.

His electrifying turn of pace and willingness to run in behind has allowed Liverpool to adopt an exciting style of counter-attacking football, and with Messrs Mane and Firmino also in fine form, the Reds have become a real force to be reckoned with. Can they win the Premier League? That remains to be seen.

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Premier League Gameweek 6 Review

All the Premier League big boys proved big winners.

Proof of just how much money counts in football.

Manchester City thumped Crystal Palace 5-0 and Chelsea put four on Stoke away without reply.

Also victories for Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.

For City, the goals were spread around with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling (2), Sergio Aguero and forgotten man Fabian Delph.

And the records keep falling.

This was Manchester City’s best goal return after six league games (21).

They are the first side to score 5+ goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn did so in 1958-59.

Meanwhile Palace became the first team in English Football League history to start a season with six defeats and no goals.

A terrific hat-trick from Alvaro Morata helped champions Chelsea to an easy win over a depleted Stoke City missing five centre backs.

Pedro got the other.

Morata, a £60 million signing from Real Madrid, has now scored six league goals this season.

With Diego Costa finally off to Atletico Madrid after his fall-out with manager Antonio Conte, it was proof that Chelsea remain a very, very good side, Costa or no Costa.

Liverpool did their best to throw it away at Leicester but managed to grab all three points with a 3-2 win.

Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then swept a great free-kick into the net.

At that point the game started swinging wildly.

Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range, Jordan Henderson capitalised on a Liverpool counter attack to make it 3-1 but Jamie Vardy got another back, heading into an empty net after Simon Mignolet pushed Demarai Gray’s shot into his path.

Vardy then earned a penalty when he was brought down by Mignolet, but the Belgian kept out the England striker’s spot-kick.

The stopper has saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he’s faced; more than any other keeper.

Romelu Lukaku was the man who mattered as Manchester United edged a tough contest at Southampton 1-0.

But a stuffy Saints made it hard, so hard in fact that United ended the match with six defenders on the pitch and manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.

Old story for Southampton – simply could not score.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: “We did well, we played a good game but you have to score goals.

“We gave everything but one action changed the game. It is the most difficult thing in modern football to score.”

In contrast Harry Kane finds it easy, notching a double as 10-man Tottenham hung on to beat West Ham 3=2.

Christian Eriksen fired home the third.

Yet from there the fightback began.

Former Man Utd forward Javier Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.

Then Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.

West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku.

But the Hammers couldn’t manage an equaliser.

Premier League Gameweek 5 Review

It’s all Manchester at the top of the Premier League.

United thrashed Everton 4-0 while City hit Watford for six without reply.

United and City have an identical record, both on 13 points after five games.

At Old Trafford, it was a tale of two old boys.

Romelu Lukaku, who left Everton to join United for £75 million in July, scored against his former employers while Wayne Rooney, back at his boyhood love after a distinguished career at United, drew a blank.

Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from 25 yards to put Jose Mourinho’s side into an early lead.

Then, late on, Everton got the old 1-2-3 treatment.

Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home before the Belgium striker bundled in the third himself at the far post, and substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.

Confirmation that United are going to be right up there after failing to challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down.

But for Everton another big setback after a summer spending spree which is yet to pay off.

The Toffees have not scored a goal in any of four successive defeats in all competitions. They currently lie in the relegation places, third from bottom.

Manchester City’s imperious form continues – inflicting the home side’s heaviest ever top flight defeat.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and there were goals from Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and a Raheem Sterling penalty.

That sent Pep Guardiola’s men top and pundits who tipped them for the title must already be savouring cleaning up.

It was sublime football, another clean sheet and Watford had no answer to it.

An excellent few days coming on the back of a 4-0 win at Feyenoord in the Champions League.

“It was so good,” said Pep. “The way we played as a team, we are so happy.

“I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game.”

Was this the same Arsenal? Surely not.

A team full of steel and discipline as well as attacking intent … yes, it was the very same Emirates side who sometimes look as if they have never met each other.

Held Chelsea 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and probably had the best of the chances.

Aaron Ramsey struck a post and Alexandre Lacazette fired the rebound over an open goal.

Indeed, so frustrated the home team that David Luiz was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Kolasinac late on.

Liverpool’s Achilles Heel emerged yet again – no, defensive frailty is taken for granted, but an inability to beat so-called lesser teams.

Held 1-1 by Burnley at Anfield.

Had it been a boxing match it would have been stopped by half-time, so dominant were the home side.

The Reds racked up 35 efforts at goal to the Clarets’ five, but could have lost had Joel Matip not cleared Ben Mee’s free header off the line late on.

Burnley went ahead through Scott Arfield. Mohamed Salah equalised.

Former Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke’s instinctive side-foot volley against the bar was as close as Liverpool came to a winner.

Premier League Gameweek 4 Review

It is hard enough to play multi-millionaires Manchester City at the Etihad with 11 men on the pitch never mind 10.

So Liverpool found it tough, would most probably have been beaten however well they played, but, given a lacklustre performance, City smacked five past them.

Liverpool were already trailing to Sergio Aguero’s cool finish when Sadio Mane was sent off eight minutes before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson that left City’s keeper requiring lengthy treatment before being replaced by Claudio Bravo.

Gabriel Jesus made it two, Aguero set up Jesus for his second after the break before substitute Leroy Sane added a late brace.

Under pressure  Arsenal, after defeats to Stoke and Liverpool, got the show back on the road, beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates.

The visitors are yet to register a point after a fourth successive defeat.

Danny Welbeck headed the Gunners in front after six minutes, record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead before Welbeck added a third just after half-time.

It was comfortable for Arsenal and Bournemouth already look like they are in a relegation battle.

As per usual, Harry Kane failed to score in August.

As per usual he is up and running in September, notching two as Tottenham secured a comprehensive 3-0 away win at Everton.

Kane got lucky for the first, his 100th Premier League goal, as an attempted cross from the right looped over home keeper Jordan Pickford.

Christian Eriksen scored Spurs’ second from close range before Kane sealed the game with a neat finish immediately after the break.

For Everton, it could have been even worse and follows their loss at Chelsea in their previous game.

They aspire to be a top-four side, but, despite a summer of heavy spending in the transfer market, are still to make that step up.

Tottenham, however, who have been right there challenging for the last two seasons, will hope that this time they can reach the mountain top.

Chelsea march on, winning 2-1 at Leicester and in the process sending out a message that the Champions are intent on retaining their crown.

Alvaro Morata nodded in before half-time and N’Golo Kante made it two, declining to celebrate out of respect to his old club.

Jamie Vardy got one back from the penalty spot but Leicester couldn’t find an equaliser.

Stoke are immensely strong at home and managed to thwart yet another big name visitor.

It ended 2-2 as Manchester United’s 100 per cent start to the season came to an end.

For Stoke, new signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting struck twice.

Marcus Rashford got lucky, scoring with a fluke, and Romelu Lukaku netted another.

Champions League Group Stage Preview 2017/18

The 2017/18 Champions League campaign kicks off on Tuesday with the whole of Europe waiting in anticipation. For every football fan the Champions League theme tune is a sound that sends shivers down your spine.

In this article we will assess the chances of success for each of the Premier League teams involved… but can anyone de-throne Zidane’s Real Madrid?

Chelsea

Champions Chelsea will be expected to have a strong campaign. They have one of the best records by English teams over the last decade and of course won the coveted trophy in 2012. Conte has strengthened his squad over the summer to handle the amount of games they play this season. The likes of Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta will add much needed depth to the squad.

The Blue’s group consists of Spanish heavy-weights Atletico Madrid, Roma and Champions League debutants Qarabag. It will be tough but Chelsea have more than enough quality to qualify from this group and will be hoping for top spot.

Liverpool

Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2014 and will be hoping for a strong campaign. Klopp knows his job is not finished by only qualifying, Liverpool fans will want the team to progress to the later rounds. The Reds finished 4th in the Premier League last season thanks to their devastating forward line. The likes of Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Mane will all need to be on top form for Liverpool to compete against Europe’s elite.

The Red’s group is made up of Sevilla, Maribor and Spartak Moscow. They will be expected to not only qualify but to take top spot in the group.

Man United

After winning the Europa League last season Manchester United are back where they belong in Europe’s elite competition. Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign United still enjoyed a lot of success in the cup competitions winning the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League. With world-class talents like Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, David De Gea & Zlatan Ibrahimovic United could be dark-horses this season.

The Red Devil’s group consists of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moskva… anything less than 1st place will be seen as failure for Mourinho.

Man City

Manchester City’s owners have not hidden their desire to win the Champions League and have put their money where their mouth is. Pep Guardiola has been given over £220m to spend on players and has recruited Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Ederson, Danilo and Bernardo Silva. City finished 3rd in the Premier League last season, despite it being a disappointing campaign Pep will be much more experienced this season and most importantly will have his own squad.

Manchester City’s group is made up of Dutch champions Feyenoord, Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli. City are favourites to top their group but could face some difficult away days in Holland, Ukraine and Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the Champions League by finishing second in the Premier League after an impressive campaign. Golden Boot winner Harry Kane was the star man for Spurs as they made a challenge for the title. The London side left it until late with their summer transfer business but still managed to add star quality to their squad with Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente and Davinson Sanchez all coming in.

Tottenham have the hardest draw in this year’s competition after being drawn with current holders Real Madrid, German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.

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The Best Deadline Day Deals

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Yesterday’s transfer deadline day proved to be anything but dull as England’s top-flight clubs once again opened their plush cheque books at the eleventh hour in a bid to make one final, stellar signing. The day saw Premier League spending top £210 million thanks to a flurry of late deals, despite a number of high-profile moves failing to materialise.

With top-flight club’s total summer outlay reaching an astronomical £1.4 billion, a new record figure, we take a look at the top deadline day dealings at some of the league’s high fliers.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal to Liverpool – £35 million

The England International could appear to represent a shrewd piece of business for Jurgen Klopp’s flourishing Liverpool side. Having initially rejected Chelsea’s advances, with a fee being agreed in principle, the former Southampton man opted for Merseyside as he looks ahead to cementing his place in a more centralised attacking position.

The 24 year old made an impressive 198 appearances for Arsenal following his £12 million move from the Saints, and his positive influence on the pitch was undoubtedly clear for all to see. His pace, power and attacking flair made him a defender’s nightmare on many occasions and Arsenal fans will surely be ruing his late exit. Time will tell though on whether Chamberlain will force his way into Liverpool’s central trio and the England man may find himself relying on his ability to stay patient. The current midfield partnership of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum looks to be a relentless force at the moment, with all three starring against Arsenal and in the fabulous Champions League play-off victory.

That being said, the former Gunner will undoubtedly add a valuable layer of creativity to Klopp’s thriving midfield contingent and the Anfield faithful can certainly be optimistic about this deadline day deal.

Danny Drinkwater: Leicester City to Chelsea – £35 million

Drama at the eleventh hour saw reigning champions Chelsea add to their splendid midfield collection with Leicester City man Danny Drinkwater becoming the latest star recruit. The England International, who signed for the Foxes in 2012, enjoyed the highlight of his career in 2016 as his spirited Leicester team lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history, a tremendous feat which astonished the footballing world. It became the fairy tale on the lips of every avid sports fan, and a story in which midfield maestro Drinkwater played a pivotal role.

The 27 year-old fashioned a formidable partnership with former Fox, N’golo Kante, also now of Chelsea, as they dispatched sides with ease to romp to the Premier League title in 2016. Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, will be eager to see the fascinating partnership revitalised as he looks to win his second successive league trophy this year. In Drinkwater, Blues fans can expect a dogged performer whose superb vision and passing capabilities surpass many of the league’s top-drawer players. It is certainly a signing that will give Chelsea fans added confidence ahead of the enthralling season.

Serge Aurier: PSG to Tottenham Hotspur – £23 million

Following the lucrative sale of Kyle Walker to rivals, Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino became eager to find an impressive, attacking minded right back to fill the void. It was found in the form of Paris Saint Germain defender, Serge Aurier, an Ivory Coast International and devastating attacking outlet. The Ivorian possesses outstanding speed, stamina and is also a diligent defender, but his contribution at the other end of the pitch is what will leave Spurs’ fans drooling.

The 24 year old has a profound talent for creating chances in the opposition half and his impressive six goals and six assists in his final season at Toulouse, before his consequential move to PSG, demonstrates just how effective he can be in the final third. Whilst Tottenham Hotspur fans may still be licking their wounds after the reluctant sale of Kyle Walker, they certainly have much to look forward to with new man Aurier.

Fernando Llorente: Swansea to Tottenham Hotspur – £12 million

Paying out £12 million for a 32 year old may be viewed as a gamble by some Spurs fans, but the towering Spaniard will undoubtedly view age as just a number, especially when considering his impressive 15 goal tally in the Premier League last season. Llorente’s qualities and track record suggest that he could provide a significant threat that differs greatly to those in the squad.

With main man Harry Kane likely to dominate proceedings with regards to team selection, the 6ft 5in striker could potentially act as Spurs’ archetypal plan B.  Having scored 3 goals in 5 substitute appearances for Swansea last year, the Spanish International has demonstrated the devastating late impact he can have against tiring opposition. After coming off the bench against Crystal Palace in December, he inspired an emphatic late turnaround at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea snatched a last-gasp 5-4 victory in stoppage time, with Llorente scoring twice. The Spaniard certainly represents a fantastic alternative for any coach, which is why Antonio Conte has been left frustrated on missing out on him – the Chelsea manager enjoyed a successful stint with the striker at Juventus and is thus fully aware of his valuable strengths.

Mamadou Sakho: Liverpool to Crystal Palace – £26 million

Palace fans will be delighted to see the colossal Frenchman make a return to Selhurst Park. The 27 year old made a remarkable impact whilst on loan with the Eagles last season, and they have remained persistent on retaining his services throughout the summer. His immensely impressive loan stint saw him nominated for Palace’s Player of the Year award despite him only making eight appearances on his arrival. It is sentiment to how swiftly the French International ingratiated himself with the Palace faithful and it provides clear justification for why owner, Steve Parish, was so keen to acquire him.

Standing at 6ft 2in, the former Liverpool man represents a towering aerial presence and defensive stronghold. A partnership with the esteemed Scott Dann could give the Eagles a sturdy platform from which to build on and Palace fans can certainly take great optimism as they look to the future.

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Premier League Review: Match Week 3

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AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City snatched all three points in a dramatic finale at the Vitality Stadium, as Raheem Sterling’s deflected effort looped over a helpless Asmir Begovic, to compound hosts, Bournemouth, to a harrowing league defeat. The goal triggered tumultuous celebration from scorer, Sterling, who received a controversial second yellow card after running to greet the raucous away following in the stands. The game signified City’s second win of the campaign, whilst it was a third successive defeat for Bournemouth.

Keen to atone for their two opening league losses, the hosts had begun the game the brighter of the two, and optimism was surely heightened when a stunning Charlie Daniels’ strike rocketed into the roof of the net on the 13 minute mark, giving the Cherries an emphatic lead. Sky Blues’ hitman, Gabriel Jesus, was on hand, however, to level proceedings just 8 minutes later with a well taken finish from close range. The drama came just as the points looked to be shared; Sterling was on hand to lash the ball into the net, sparking wild City celebrations at the death.

Watford 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League newcomers, Brighton, earned the first top-flight point in history as they held a fiery 10-man Watford side at Vicarage Road. Uruguayan defender, Miguel Britos, was shown an irrefutable red card after committing a reckless challenge on Seagulls’ winger, Anthony Knockaert, who was lucky enough to escape without an injury.

From then, it became an uphill struggle for the hosts, and visitors, Brighton, boasted the best chances with efforts from the industrious Knockaert and Tomer Hemed, both ricocheting off the post. But Watford remained spirited in the face of adversity and showed the strength and resilience necessary to grind out a result.

Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City

Super-subs, Marcos Rashford and Marouane Fellaini, were both on target as Manchester United overcame a stubborn Leicester side to maintain their impressive 100% start to the Premier League season. Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils had been persistent throughout as they looked to unhinge Leicester unwavering back-line, and fans thought they’d got their reward when Michael Oliver pointed to the penalty spot after a seemingly deliberate handball from Leicester’s Danny Simpson in the Foxes’ box.

Romelu Lukaku stepped up as he looked to take his tally to four for the season, but the diligent Kasper Schmeichel was on hand to parry to away his effort, triggering tumultuous celebrations from the travelling faithful. The visitors succumbed to the host’s pressure, however, and a smart finish from Rashford following a corner, gave Jose Mourinho’s side a deserved lead. Defensive frailties began to show as the Foxes went in desperate search of an elusive equaliser, and United exploited the cracks again as Fellaini prodded home a goal-bound effort from wide-man Jesse Lingard. It was job done for Mourinho’s men, who currently sit at the top of the table as we enter the International Break.

 Chelsea 2-0 Everton

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea produced a commanding performance to beat Merseyside rivals, Everton, at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas broke the deadlock within the first half hour with a calmly taken finish following a creative set-piece. And after marquee signing, Alvaro Morata, added a second with a thumping header on the 40 minute mark, the hosts looked to be well out of sight of their faltering opponents.

The visitors did not in fact register a sight of goal until play resumed in the second half, with summer signing, Sandro Ramirez, dragging a scuffed effort wide of the mark after a defensive error from Cesar Azpilicueta. It could have been more for Chelsea, with efforts from Victor Moses and Pedro both coming close to increasing the score line. The game ended in disappointment for Ronald Koeman’s Everton with the Toffees now having to win in their past 23 matches at Stamford Bridge. For Chelsea it was business as usual and the Blues look now to look gather momentum as they challenge for their second successive title.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Stoke City

West Bromwich Albion’s perfect start to the season was tarnished by a terrible defensive blunder as Mark Hughes’ Stoke came from behind to snatch a late point at The Hawthorns. The Baggies, who had boasted a 100% record in the league prior to the game, had looked on course to join Manchester United at the top of the league with an impressive 9 points, but a moment of madness between Baggies’ defender Ahmed Hegazi and keeper Ben Foster allowed Peter Crouch to gratefully head the ball into an empty net.

Despite a calamitous finale, Baggies fans will certainly have much cause for optimism, especially with summer signing, Jay Rodriguez, making a long lasting impression on his home debut. The former Southampton man opened his account in fine style with wonderfully taken header that soared past Potters’ keeper, Jack Butland. In Rodriguez, West Brom may have found a very consistent goal scorer, and fans will be keen for the one time England International to prove his mettle in the coming months.

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

Reds fans were treated to an attacking masterclass at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool produced a dazzling performance to dispatch a lacklustre Arsenal side with consummate ease. The hosts were in cruise control from the offset, and an opening headed goal from Roberto Firminho in the 17th minute appeared only to be a snapshot of what was to come.

A devastating attacking trio of Messrs Mane, Firminho and Salah terrorised a poorly organised Arsenal side throughout the match and goals appeared inevitable whenever the hosts surged forward. Sadio Mane made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time after Liverpool executed a phenomenal counter-attacking move following an Arsenal corner to leave Gunners’ defenders utterly bewildered. Mohammed Salah added to the tally shortly after the interval after breaking away with the ball on the half way line to calmly slot past a hapless Petr Cech. And the hosts heaped even more misery on the weary visitors when Daniel Sturridge headed home from an exquisite Salah cross. It was certainly a day to forget for Arsenal fans, whose side lacked resilience and cutting-edge; conversely it was a memory to cherish for the Liverpool faithful who are beginning to look like genuine title contenders.

 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Burnley

Burnley new boy, Chris Wood, scored an emphatic injury-time equaliser to frustrate Tottenham Hotspur once again as they continue their search for a first home league win at Wembley.  Spurs had looked calm and composed throughout the affair and had looked on course for victory after Dele Alli stroked home a fine finish from close range to give the hosts a deserved lead. Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane came close to doubling the lead but saw a shot well saved by promising England International, Tom Heaton.

For all Spurs’ possession however, Burnley were not to be beaten, and a superb pass from winger Robbie Brady, set £15 million signing Wood up to direct a smart finish into the bottom right hand corner past the desperate clutches of keeper, Hugo Lloris. Spurs are still awaiting Premier League victory at the national stadium, and with their rivals already beginning to gather pace, they must learn to become more far more ruthless in the final third.

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Liverpool Secure Champions League Group Spot

It became an occasion to savour last night for Liverpool fans up and down the land as their scintillating Reds secured a spot in the coveted Champions League Group Stages for the first time in three years, restoring their rightful place amongst the European elite. Jurgen Klopp’s men were at their brilliant best from the start, producing a magnificent attacking display to stun play-off hopefuls, Hoffenheim 4-2, with three goals in the opening twenty minutes to send the bellowing Anfield faithful into overdrive.

Having held a narrow 2-1 advantage from the opening leg in Germany, Liverpool were keen to assert their dominance swiftly in front of a raucous home crowd, and it wasn’t long before their devastating attacking trio began to unsettle the visitors. Liverpool were again without their treasured talisman, Philippe Coutinho, who was unavailable through illness but it proved immaterial with Messrs Mane, Firmino and Salah providing a dazzling display throughout to put the hosts in complete control of the tie.

And it took only 10 minutes for the Reds to break the deadlock with midfield maestro, Emre Can, slotting home a deflected effort from close-range after an intricate back-heel pass from the pervasive Sadio Mane found the German in space.

Liverpool continued to flood forward with purpose, and the hosts quickly added a second when superb summer signing, Mohammed Salah, reacted quickest to a fortunate rebound to head past a hapless Oliver Baumann.

Relentless in their pursuit of the all-important Champions League spot, Jurgen Klopp’s men refused to sit back, having already raced into a two goal lead. The Reds added a fantastic third on the 21 minute mark, courtesy of the industrious Can, who stroked home after some splendid work from Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian playmaker, who spent four years at Hoffenheim, had started the move from within his own half, trading passes with Mane before surging down the left hand side to deliver an effortless cross to meet his German counterpart, triggering an ecstatic response from the rapturous home crowd.

That was the moment that sparked frenzied celebrations from manager, Klopp, who punched the punched the air in delight as he closed in on his famed return to the Champions League.

Hoffenheim, who finished fourth last season in the Bundesliga, did not lose their optimism however, and struck back with a goal from Mark Uth in the 29th minute, but it appeared to be a mere consolation.

A goal from the visitors certainly did not perturb Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The colourful German, who led Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013, remained adamant that his side maintained their attacking vigour after the break, and their efforts were soon rewarded midway through the second half, as Firmino put the tie beyond doubt with a close-range tap in, following a commanding run from Captain Jordan Henderson.

Despite a spirited final 20 minutes and a second consolation goal from Sandro Wagner, Hoffenheim had been resigned to defeat even from the early stages. Having adopted a hazardous high line in the first half that saw the German side concede three in such quick succession, manager Julian Nagelsmann’s decision to throw such caution to the wind will have undoubtedly attracted heavy scrutiny. But credit must go to Liverpool’s front three, whose devastating pace and energy could, on tonight’s evidence, unhinge even the most composed defensive sides.

It was a job well done in the Liverpool camp and the Reds, along with Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United now await to discover their group stage opponents in tonight’s Champions League draw (17:00 BST).

Man of the Match – Emre Can

The diligent German midfielder shone from the off, grabbing the all-important opening goal thanks to his clever movement and lightening reactions. He posed as a constant threat for the visitors and his willingness to attack the space paid great dividends as he grabbed his second of the night to put Liverpool in cruise control. His performance earned him a standing ovation from the home faithful in the 70th minute. Well deserved.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, was immensely proud of his team’s performance, and looks forward to the imminent Champions League Draw:

“It has been a brilliant night – the atmosphere was brilliant all night and we were brilliant at the start and set the tempo.

“We let in a couple of goals so we have still got things to work on but overall we’re delighted to get back into the Champions League where Liverpool belong.

“Now we have got to do ourselves justice and win some games there.

“We’re in there and we’ve proved we can play against big teams. We’re happy to play against whoever we’re drawn against.”

The excitement doesn’t stop here for avid Reds’ fans; Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield takes place this weekend on Sunday 27th August (16:00 BST).

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Jordan Henderson interview quote taken from BBC Sport