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  • Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:14:42 +0000: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos - Manchester City | The Guardian

    Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight

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  • Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:37:00 +0000: Riyad Mahrez double caps five-star Manchester City’s rout of Cardiff - Manchester City | The Guardian

    Manchester City laid on an attacking masterclass that extinguished any fears of a European hangover to blow away Cardiff in style with five magnificent goals, as they strolled to victory in south Wales. An imperious away performance left the hosts exasperated with Sergio Agüero opening the scoring on his 300th appearance for City before Riyad Mahrez’s double completed the rout, with his first goals for the club since a £60m summer switch coming after beautiful goals by Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan.

    As Neil Warnock said before kick-off, it was good news that his side have to play them only twice this season. On a dank afternoon this was a harrowing experience for Cardiff – an ordeal. By half-time, by which point City had established a three-goal lead, it was a case of damage limitation. Things could have been worse for Cardiff, too, with Joe Ralls fortunate to avoid a red card for a poor first-half challenge on Gündogan. Long before the final whistle, City stroked the ball around at will, safe in the knowledge they had sealed a 10th win in 12 Premier League matches and hoisted themselves up to second in the table.

    Related: Wolves frustrate Manchester United on Sir Alex Ferguson’s return

    Related: James Maddison leads Leicester to victory over struggling Huddersfield

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  • Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:27:05 +0000: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton, Man Utd 1-1 Wolves and more: clockwatch – as it happened - Manchester City | The Guardian

    There were comfortable wins for Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley, but Manchester United were held at home by Wolves in front of Sir Alex Ferguson

    And with that, I’m off. It’s been a blast. Bye!

    Maybe Mike Ashley should show up a bit more often? On the day that Kevin Keegan revealed he is no longer welcome at St James’s Park after falling out with Newcastle United’s detested owner, it was just like the Sports Direct chief executive to attend his first match for almost 18 months on a damp and dreary day in southeast London. He was treated to a backs-to-the-wall performance that earned Rafa Benítez’s side only their second point of the season but also laid bare the challenge facing their beleaguered manager this season.

    More from Selhurst Park:

    Related: Palace frustrated after Mamadou Sakho fluffs chance to sink Newcastle

    Jürgen Klopp admits that his decision to take off the outstanding Xherdan Shaqiri at half-time was tactical –

    The result is really cool. The performance could have been better but it’s clear. We made some changes and it cost us. We changed the system, and without training it’s always difficult. The changes were obviously good because Shaq was influential and Matip as well, but organisation-wise we had a lot of problems. This is why we changed back to a system we are used to, so we controlled the game in the second half. I’ve never got a player off who was not injured after a performance like he had in the first half, but it’s all good. He had a real impact, so good to see. The performance was good – what I didn’t like was my fault.

    Efficiency is always commendable but, in a football context at least, it pays the greatest dividends when combined with cold-blooded ruthlessness. If there can be no doubt that Middlesbrough have the first part of that equation sorted their final ball has a nasty habit of letting them down.

    More on Middlesbrough’s goalless draw with Swansea at the Riverside:

    Related: Middlesbrough lack cold-blooded ruthlessness in stalemate with Swansea

    Sir Alex Ferguson was back where he belongs – at Old Trafford – for a first time since recovering from a brain haemorrhage to witness a disappointing draw from a Manchester United who failed to turn dominance into three points.

    More from Old Trafford:

    Related: Wolves frustrate Manchester United on Sir Alex Ferguson’s return

    Leicester recovered from a dire start to run out emphatic winners here. Huddersfield glimpsed a first league win of the season when Mathias Jørgensen swept them into the lead in the fifth minute, but the home side soon drew level thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho, before sealing victory in the second half through goals by the former England striker Jamie Vardy and the excellent James Maddison, a 21-year-old who will become a prized part of England’s future if he continues to perform as he has done for Leicester this season.

    More from the King Power Stadium:

    Related: James Maddison leads Leicester to victory over struggling Huddersfield

    Manchester City laid on an attacking masterclass as they extinguished any concerns of a European hangover to blow away Cardiff City in style with five magnificent goals, as Pep Guardiola’s side strolled to victory in south Wales. A breathtaking away performance left the hosts exasperated, with Sergio Agüero opening the scoring on his 300th appearance for City, before goals from Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gündogan and a double by Riyad Mahrez, his first goals for the club since his £60m move from Leicester City, completed the rout.

    More from Cardiff City Stadium:

    Related: Riyad Mahrez brace caps five-star Manchester City’s rout of Cardiff

    A funny thing happened when Burnley took the lead in a league game for the first time this season. Within another couple of minutes they had a second, a much-needed first victory was on the way and suddenly high-flying Bournemouth were the ones looking quizzically at each other after being caught in possession or passing to opponents.

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    Related: Ashley Barnes double seals thumping Burnley win over Bournemouth

    As Jürgen Klopp is fond of telling it takes greed, aggression, talent and a phenomenal work-rate to execute his gameplan, yet Liverpool are making victories look routine. His team returned to the top of the Premier Leaguewith a sixth straight win, their eighth in all competitions this season, as Southampton were dispatched with ease at Anfield.

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    Related: Mohamed Salah strikes as Liverpool cruise to victory over Southampton

    It would be remiss to let this blog pass without mention of Chas Hodges, who died earlier today aged 74. Many years ago I was at this match to see a fine musician and a great football fan rock White Hart Lane at half-time. Happy memories …

    Related: Chas Hodges, an appreciation: 'one of the most significant English folk musicians'

    I’ll have some match reports for you very shortly, but in the meantime Rob Smyth is all over the build-up to Brighton v Spurs:

    Related: Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League — live!

    Oh my goodness, I’ve just seen Sakho’s miss for Crystal Palace today. Un. Be. Lievable.

    Peeeep peeeep! it’s Manchester United 1-1 Wolves, Liverpool 3-0 Southampton and Leicester 3-1 Huddersfield!

    Peeeeep! Burnley have smashed Bournemouth 4-0, and Manchester City have thumped Cardiff 5-0. Meanwhile Crystal Palace and Newcastle have drawn 0-0.

    Stoke City, who were 3-0 down a minute after half-time at home to Blackburn, get a penalty to equalise in the last minute – and Berahino hits the bar!

    Sterling is dispossessed inside Cardiff’s penalty area and Ecuele Manga takes the ball, turns, collects himself and then passes straight to Mahrez on the edge of the area, who stylishly accepts the gift.

    Burnley break, passing Lennon into space down the right. He runs downfield and pulls back to Barnes, whose first-time shot flies low and hard inside the far post!

    Aha. I felt sure there must be a reasonable explanation.

    @Simon_Burnton re: the McGinn picture, it seems to be making fun of his slightly less than flattering FIFA picture.

    Crewe have conceded the first goal in the A500 derby, and given that in every one of their league games this season a team has scored nil, that might be enough to win it for Port Vale. Crewe are an odd team – they’ve failed to score in five of their seven league games before today, and in the other two they’ve scored nine.

    Lennon scampers down the left and crosses to Gudmundsson, whose shot hits a defender, bobbles onto the post and rebounds to leave Barnes with an open goal!

    “Yep, Klopp needs to sort out the Fabinho situation immediately,” concurs Ronan Fitzgerald, “Liverpool’s season is in total freefall.” Fair point.

    Forest Green seem set to extend their unbeaten record, and with a rare win as well.

    GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@FGRFC_Official 1 (Reid 70') @crawleytown 0 pic.twitter.com/MujjFGg9IW

    The teams are in for the late Premier League kick-off, and here they are:

    Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Knockaert, Propper, Bissouma, March, Murray. Subs: Kayal, Locadia, Andone, Balogun, Jahanbakhsh, Button, Bernardo.
    Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lucas Moura, Eriksen, Son, Kane. Subs: Sanchez, Winks, Lamela, Wanyama, Alli, Aurier, Whiteman.
    Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

    Huddersfield give the ball away just inside Leicester’s half and Vardy is immediately on his way. Gray sees the run and plays the pass and Vardy is just too quick, racing into the box and chipping over the keeper!

    “Seriously, what is wrong between Klopp and Fabinho?” harumphs Rick McGahey. Klopp has brought on two of the three midfielders he had on the bench today – the other two, Milner and Keita.

    A chance for United, as Shaw hangs a cross from the left towards the back post, and Fellaini heads hard and low but straight at the keeper – he should probably have sent it back across goal.

    A low cross from the left and a tap-in in the middle for Mahrez, who came on for Aguero a few minutes ago!

    Leicester win a free kick 25 yards out, and Maddison whips it over the wall and dips it down again. It’s nowhere near the corner, and Lossl gets a hand on it, but he can’t keep it out!

    Van Dijk doesn’t appear to be seriously injured: after going into the dressing room for assessment he has just taken a seat on the bench.

    Apparently it was an excellent goal. But what exactly is this?

    GOOOAAALLLLL!!!!

    WHAT. A. STRIKE!!@jmcginn7 with a volleyed screamer that bounces in off the crossbar. We're level!#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/KS1hcs5gCZ

    Manchester United, in search of a winner against Wolves, take off Fred and Sanchez and bring on Martial and Mata.

    Portsmouth have equalised against Wycombe, so the unbeaten record might be safe after all.

    And another Sané miss! This time he wins a free kick on the right, picks himself up, trots into the area and from Gundogan’s cross he misses a straightforward header!

    Manchester City should have had a fourth! The ball comes in from the right, pings around in the middle and then drops to Sané, to the right of goal but in oceans of space and six yards out, but he hurries his shot, which goes nowhere near goal.

    Van Dijk is at least able to walk off, rubbing his ribs a little gingerly.

    Another injury, this time at Anfield: Van Dijk is on the turf and looking uncomfortable, and Gomez is going to come on.

    Another lovely goal! A low cross from the right finds Jimenez, but with his back to goal he passes back to Moutinho on the edge of the area, and his first-time shot finds the top corner!

    Jazz Richards, seriously injured in the FA Cup game against Manchester City last season, comes on for Cardiff.

    Peltier is being strapped to a stretcher. It’s taken four minutes to treat him and he’s still on the pitch, so expect significant stoppage time.

    There’s a long delay at Cardiff while Lee Peltier receives treatment for an injury. It’s serious enough to end his game prematurely, with a substitute being readied.

    That free-kick was Shaqiri’s last contribution to Liverpool’s game today – after two assists he’s off at half-time, and Milner is on.

    Second halves are under way!

    The 12 League Two matches currently in progress have seen a total of four first-half goals, with no more than one in any single game.

    Glancing down the divisions, Portsmouth’s unbeaten record is under extreme threat: they’re 1-0 down at home to Wycombe at the break.

    This seems an admirably grown-up way of dealing with a clumsy tackle, and a fine use of social media by both players:

    These things happen bro no hard feelings good battle best of luck for the rest of the season https://t.co/41PexxmIeM

    … and relax! It’s half time.

    Obviously it’s Southampton, not Sunderland, who are playing Liverpool today. Sunderland lodged their name in my brain by repeatedly scoring, you see – they’re 3-0 up against Rochdale.

    As Shaqiri prepares to take a free kick, 35 yards out, Salah comes over and has an extended word in his ear. Presumably he was telling him to hit a spectacular curling, dipping shot against the underside of the crossbar which would bounce down on the line and allow him to tap in, because that’s what happened!

    Ouch! That is a horrible challenge from Ralls on Gundogan, ludicrously high and terribly late, but he somehow gets away with a booking.

    That is a beauty! Gundogan, well outside the area, plays the ball to Sterling on its edge, gets it back again and then curls a delicious shot into the top corner!

    Ooooh! Southampton have a chance and fluff it, allowing Liverpool to break. It ends with Salah taking the ball into the area, spinning and attempting a backheel cross-goal flicked finish which ends up rolling just wide!

    Garry Monk is doing a job on his former side – Birmingham are 2-0 up at Leeds, who have been forced into a first-half tactical substitution as Marcelo Bielsa attempts to stem the tide.

    And another! A cross from the right misses its intended target in the middle, but Lennon is ghosting into the area behind Vokes, entirely untracked, and he slides the ball back across goal and in!

    Matej Vydra, making his first league start for Burnley, has tapped the ball in from a couple of yards to put his team ahead!

    The match at Barnsley has now been called off. Best wishes to everyone involved.

    Due to the circumstances the match has been postponed.

    Barnsley Football Club will look to provide further update when appropriate to do so.

    It has been announced here at Oakwell that, due to a medical emergency, today's game between Barnsley and Burton Albion has been postponed.

    It goes without saying, but all our thoughts are with those affected.

    And that’s two! Sané takes a corner from the right, plays a one-two and crosses to Bernardo Silva who, facing away from goal, crouches to flick it on towards the far post. Judging by his laughter in the celebrations, and for that matter by common sense, he wasn’t trying to score, but that’s certainly what happened as the ball looped into the net!

    Now the champions do take the lead! They break and the ball is passed to Bernardo Silva on the right of the area, who slides it across to Aguero, who curls it first-time inside the post!

    No news on when or indeed if the game at Oakwell is going to get under way. There’s a helicopter on the pitch at present:

    Never seen this before - air ambulance at #Oakwell. Someone collapsed shortly before what should have been kick off. Medical staff doing a fantastic job. #Barnsley v #Burton pic.twitter.com/QDI8VvuXfI

    What a miss! A defensive header bounces to Gundogan on the edge of the area, and he takes a fine first touch, brings the ball past the penalty spot, and then with the goal at his mercy sidefoots high!

    Not bad, Gervinho. Not at all bad. He’s made it 2-0 for Parma against Cagliari – and how!

    #Gervinho
    pic.twitter.com/DdQyojlsUE

    But then from the corner Matip, at the far post but some way from goal, guides a lovely header into the net!

    Salah is played through by Firmino against Southampton, but he’s denied by a fantastic last-ditch challenge by Cedric …

    This is bonkers. Huddersfield have a corner, and when it’s cleared to the edge of the area a couple of defenders rush forward from halfway in an attempt to win the bouncing ball. They don’t, and when Vardy escapes with it there is absolutely nobody but the goalkeeper between him and goal. He pokes through to Iheanacho, who looked just about level, and he races through and pokes into the far corner!

    After nearly 20 minutes on the back foot Manchester United take the lead, Fred shooting low and with admirable precision from the edge of the area, nicely teed up by Pogba!

    Another chance for Wolves at Old Trafford, meanwhile, as a corner is headed over the bar from a good position.

    Emergency medical treatment is being given to someone at the side of the Oakwell pitch, hence the delay. This doesn’t look good.

    Something seems to have gone extremely wrong at Oakwell... There is someone with screens in front of them at the moment. Kick off has been delayed #barnsleyfc pic.twitter.com/ZheRAe8cB1

    A late kick-off postponement at Barnsley:

    | We're out and on the pitch, Oakwell is ready! #COYR pic.twitter.com/vlxOaaQ885

    Kick-off has been delayed at Oakwell.

    Wesley Hoedt has stuck the ball in his own onion bag! It’s a corner from the left, which comes out of the penalty area, is worked back to Shaqiri on the left and his right-footed cross hits one defender, bounces into another defender, and bobbles over the line!

    Wolves have started brilliantly at Old Trafford, and have just forced David de Gea into a smart low stop, as Jimenez spins and shoots from the corner of the six-yard box.

    In the fifth minute, huddersfield take the lead! It’s a long throw from the right, flicked on at the near post and stabbed in by Zanka six yards out!

    3pm: And they’re off!

    The players are out, and busily shaking hands.

    Ten minutes until kick-off, and I’m wagering this dressing-room isn’t looking quite so neat any more.

    Some spelling issues here:

    S Q A U D pic.twitter.com/BYCz3AcbpM

    It’s finished Fulham 1-1 Watford at Craven Cottage, a fine advert for Premier League football etc and so forth. Now, on with the show.

    Headlines include a first Premier League start for Liverpool for Xherdan Shaqiri, who replaces James Milner. Jürgen Klopp also brings in Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip in place of Daniel Sturridge and Joe Gomez.

    Here’s all the team news ahead of the 3pm Premier League kick-offs:

    Burnley v Bournemouth
    Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Vydra, Vokes. Subs: Heaton, Barnes, Wood, Hendrick, Bardsley, Long, McNeil.
    Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Steve Cook, Ake, Rico, Brooks, Surman, Lerma, Fraser, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Francis, Ibe, Lewis Cook, Defoe, Stanislas, Mings.
    Referee: Anthony Taylor.

    With any luck all the teams due to kick off at 3pm will have arrived at their destination by now, some with more kit than others.

    One face in a Premier League crowd will be particularly welcome today: Sir Alex Ferguson is back at Old Trafford for the first time since he underwent emergency brain surgery in May. He’s given an interview to MUTV:

    I’m really good. Obviously it’s been a long journey and I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me so, yeah, I’m really good. I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.

    It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game. It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.

    The ongoing Fulham v Watford match is super, action-packed, lung-busting entertainment. Rob Smyth has the latest:

    Related: Fulham v Watford: Premier League – live!

    Hello world!

    So, without unnecessary faff and filibuster, may I present to you this afternoon’s fixtures in the top four English divisions:

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  • Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:12:55 +0000: Pep Guardiola refuses to play Neil Warnock’s injury blame game - Manchester City | The Guardian

    • Manchester City manager brushes off Cardiff counterpart’s complaint
    • Sergio Agüero signs one-year contract extension to 2021

    Pep Guardiola says he has no wish to play games with Neil Warnock after Cardiff’s manager claimed a tackle by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne on Jazz Richards last season ruled the defender out for 17 games.

    Guardiola takes his side to Cardiff on Saturday following the teams’ acrimonious FA Cup tie last season. The City manager was unhappy at a tackle by Joe Bennett that left Leroy Sané with ligament damage for greater protection for all players and this caused Guardiola to ask.

    Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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  • Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:12:56 +0000: Cardiff City v Manchester City: match preview - Manchester City | The Guardian

    According to Neil Warnock, Manchester City’s defeat against Lyon “might give them a kick up the backside”. Whether that turns out to be the case or not, this is one of those games that could get a little lively. There is some ill-feeling from last season, when Joe Bennett committed a poor challenge on Leroy Sané that saw Pep Guardiola call for players to receive more protection. Warnock admitted Bennett’s tackle was “a disgrace” but said Kevin De Bruyne put Jazz Richards out for 17 matches. Watch this space. Stuart James

    Saturday 3pm

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  • Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:27:24 +0000: Ipswich close in on Huws & Celina - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester City | BBC
    Ipswich Town have a bid accepted for Cardiff's Emyr Huws and hope to conclude a deal for Manchester City's Bersant Celina.
  • Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:53:36 +0000: Bennell charged with 14 further offences - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester City | BBC
    Ex-football coach Barry Bennell faces 14 further charges of historical sex abuse, prosecutors say.
  • Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:03:39 +0000: Man City consider bid for Juve's Alves - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester City | BBC
    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could turn to Juventus and Brazil defender Dani Alves to strengthen his full-back options.
  • Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:36:27 +0000: Sterling to make Grenfell Tower donation - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester City | BBC
    Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling is to make a substantial donation to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:54:11 +0000: Huddersfield agree £10m fee for Mooy - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Manchester City | BBC
    Newly promoted Huddersfield Town agree a club-record £10m fee for Manchester City midfielder Aaron Mooy.