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Manchester United 'set to offer long term deal to teenage left back Logan Pye' amid Arsenal interest
The 16-year-old is turning heads after some impressive displays for the Black Cats' youth teams, and now the Red Devils want to secure his signature as they look to build for the future.

Manchester United to decide whether to let Sunderland target James Garner leave on loan 
Manchester United will make a decision on the future of midfielder James Garner this week amid interest from League One Sunderland.

Phil Bardsley reveals he still gets the 'hairdyer' from his old Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley admits he still gets the 'hairdryer' treatment from old boss Sir Alex Ferguson - a dozen years after being sold by the Old Trafford side.

Fabio Borini joins Hellas Verona after putting pen to paper on six-month deal
The 28-year-old striker underwent his medical at the Serie A side earlier this week before the move confirmed by AC Milan on Tuesday afternoon.

Sunderland apologise after signing of Kyle Lafferty announced with controversial song
Sunderland have described a social media post about new signing Kyle Lafferty which inadvertently referred to loyalist pipe bands as a 'genuine mistake'.

Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham set for loan move to Sheffield Wednesday
Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham will be given the chance to revive his injury-hit career at Sheffield Wednesday following the arrival of Cenk Tosun at Selhurst Park.

Deadline day: Premier League transfer news; David Luiz to Arsenal, Lukaku to Inter and more

Catch all the latest deadline day transfer news, and completed deals from the Premier League, Championship, and other leagues in the transfer window.

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Cardiff City Keen To Sign Sunderland Goal Machine: SWOT Analysis

Cardiff City are willing to dish out £2 million to secure the services of Sunderland striker Josh Maja, it has been reported.

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Tottenham Hotspur eyeing a transfer for wantaway forward: SWOT analysis

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have moved a step forward in their quest of signing Sunderland sensation Josh Maja.

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Lasogga In, Ekuban Out: 4-2-3-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup To Face Sunderland

After their 0-2 loss at the hands of Fulham, Leeds United are due to entertain Sunderland at the Elland Road on Saturday. Leeds United are now placed at the 13th spot in the league table, having collected 53 points from 40 games. The Whites are really struggling under the tutelage of Paul Heckingbottom but they must back themselves to earn all three points against the Black Cats. Leeds United Team News Heckingbottom is likely to be bereft of the services of Liam Cooper, Adam Forshaw, Kemar Roofe and Laurens De Bock. A late call is expected to be made on

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8 Goals And 5 Assists: Why Sunderland Should Firm Up Their Interest In 25 Y/O Midfielder

As per one of the latest reports by Shropshire Star, Sunderland are understood to be keen to land Shrewsbury Town midfielder, Jon Nolan, at the Stadium to Light in the summer. Shrewsbury Town have undoubtedly emerged as a surprise package in League One this season and are currently at the top of the league table. Promotion to the Championship is obviously a gettable target for them. Under the tutelage of Paul Hurst, the Salop have churned stupendous results and Nolan has been one of the best performers for the English third-tier outfit. The 25-year-old has smashed 8 goals and has

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Predicted 3-4-2-1 Sunderland Lineup Vs Queens Park Rangers: Defensive Resources Stretched

Sunderland are rock-bottom in the league table and are in a desperate need of points to save themselves. The Black Cats are due to make a trip to the Loftus Road Stadium today. Chris Coleman’s troops were comprehensively beaten by Aston Villa during midweek as they lost 0-3 to the Villans at the Stadium of Light and thus, they really need to bounce back by in the upcoming fixture. Team News Tyias Browning has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury and this is a massive blow for Sunderland. Besides, Jake Clarke-Salter is suspended,

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Celtic Said To Be Interested In This Defender Linked With Sunderland: Should Lennon Make A Move?

According to the reports from the Shields Gazette, Scottish champions Celtic have been credited with.

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Willis In Defence, McNulty Leads The Line | 4-2-3-1 Sunderland Predicted Lineup Vs Wycombe

Sunderland who are sitting on the ninth spot, 8 points away from the top spot,.

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Sunderland Should Look To Target This Playmaker In January By Triggering £2.5m Release Clause

Peterborough United’s attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison was linked heavily with Sunderland in the summer, but.

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Sunderland Didn’t Take The Chance Of Signing This Player For £2.5m: Is Ross Taking The Right Call?

According to the reports from Sunderland Echo, Peterborough United’s ace Marcus Maddison has been heavily linked.

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Sunderland’s Bid For This International Defender Rejected: Can Ross Lure Him To The Wearside?

According to the recent reports from BBC, Kilmarnock have turned down a bid from Sunderland.

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Sunderland Joins Race And Puts In A Bid For This Celtic Linked Defender: Can Lennon Get His Man?

Celtic are still looking to bolster their squad for the ongoing season as they still.

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Six highest goalscorers in FA Cup history
One of the most eagerly anticipated weekends on the football calendar has arrived in early January, as we prepare for the FA Cup third round and the introduction of Premier League and Championship sides to world football’s oldest national competition. The third round pits together the country’s leading clubs against opposition from the lower ties, …

Five youngest debutants in Champions League history
A four-goal Champions League thrashing in Naples may not seem like the most memorable of occasions for Belgian minnows Genk, but for young goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt it would prove a historic if horrible debut. The 17-year-old became the youngest goalkeeper in the competition’s history to start a fixture, though he could do little to prevent …

Merseyside Derby the pick of the FA Cup third round draw
The third round of the FA Cup was drawn in full on Monday.  Liverpool will host Everton in the pick of the third round draw for the oldest cup competition in world football. The Merseyside Derby will come at a pivotal point in the season for the Reds, who are challenging for the Premier League …

Moyes set for a return to West Ham or Everton
David Moyes could be set for a return to the Premier League with former clubs West Ham and Everton both considering making managerial changes. Moyes has been without a club since leaving West Ham in 2018, though the 56-year-old is reportedly amongst the club’s candidates to replace the under-fire Manuel Pellegrini following the club’s disappointing …

The 9 players to have scored 30+ goals in a single Premier League season
Goals win games and a prolific centre-forward is worth their weight in gold in football. The Premier League era has seen its fair share of great goal-getters, but only a select few have reached the fabled landmark of 30 league strikes in a single campaign. We’ve decided to look back through the archives at the division’s …

Ranking the top five former Premier League’s players to have played in MLS
A definitive and completely scientific ranking of the best post-Premier League careers in North America’s MLS.  As expected, Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought his time in Major League Soccer to an end this week, announcing that he is leaving LA Galaxy 18 months after arriving. The Swede’s time in the United States was punctuated by a glut …

Duncan Watmore: Sunderland winger set for a decisive season
Duncan Watmore's glittering career has had its fair share of set backs. The coming season could be make or break for the Sunderland winger.

Emirates FA Cup: 5 most interesting first-round fixtures 
What upsets could be on the cards in the first round of this year's FA Cup?

English Football League 18/19: 5 most impressive matches of the opening afternoon
Which teams impressed on the opening day?

Twitter reacts as Chris Coleman becomes the new coach of Hebei China Fortune
On his 48th birthday, Coleman got himself a new job as the coach of Hebei China Fortune. Here is how Twitter reacted to the news.

David Moyes deserves credit for the work he’s doing at West Ham
David Moyes has been toiling away at West Ham, and here's why he deserves credit for his work with the Hammers

Nottingham Forest sack Warburton after Sunderland defeat
After one win in seven Championship matches Mark Warburton has been sacked by Nottingham Forest.

From Suarez-Evra tussle to this Man Utd star’s affair – The top 10 controversies in the PL over last decade

Top 10 controversies in the Premier League over the last decade Controversies are part and parcel of the modern sport and the Premier League has certainly dealt with its fair share of ups and downs over the last decade. With that in mind, here are the top 10 controversies that effectively rocked the English top-flight. […] More

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6 South American players who failed miserably in the Premier League

6 South American players who failed miserably in the Premier League Led by the likes of Brazil and Argentina from the front, South America has always been a vast storehouse of immensely talented footballers, with several of Europe’s elite clubs constantly scouring the talent-blessed continent for budding young talents.  Well, probably over half of the […] More

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6 big-money Premier League flops who arrived from the Dutch Eredivisie

6 big-money Eredivisie flops in the Premier League The Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, Bundesliga in Germany, Serie A in Italy and Ligue 1 in France are generally accepted as the top five leagues in Europe and almost all the legendary figures to have graced the beautiful game over the past century […] More

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5 of the best bargain buys in the Premier League since the turn of the decade

5 best bargain buys in the Premier League since the turn of the decade The 2019 summer transfer window has already witnessed some big-money arrivals in the Premier League. Man United have made their intentions very clear by forking out £50million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Leicester City have paid £40million to Monaco for Youri Tielemans and […] More

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5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually

5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually When we talk about prolific goalscorers in the Premier League, the names of Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and more recently, Mo Salah and Harry Kane come to our mind. All the aforementioned players […] More

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Watch out Celtic – Rangers’ pursuit of this 26-year-old star would add a new dimension to Gerrard’s midfield

Rangers FC Opinion: Why the Gers should swoop in for Dylan McGeouch? According to the Northern Echo, Rangers are interested in signing Sunderland star Dylan McGeouch in the summer transfer window. Blackburn Rovers, Aberdeen, Brentford and Queens Park Rangers are also keen on the midfielder. Dylan McGeouch, 26, joined Sunderland in the summer of 2018 after […] More

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  • Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:23:49 +0000: Phil Parkinson straining to keep dark clouds away from Sunderland | Louise Taylor - Sunderland | The Guardian

    With Stewart Donald reiterating his desire to sell the club this week, the manager’s focus is on maintaining a promotion push as high-flying Wycombe visit on Saturday

    It is a wet, windy Thursday lunchtime at Sunderland’s training ground and nervous eyes rest on a learner driver honing their reversing skills in the players’ car park.

    Back in the not-so-distant days when the Academy of Light was a Premier League practice base, littered with Porsches and Bentleys, such a cameo would have been unthinkable. Now the absence of previously prominent security sentries afford this once state-of-the-art complex a slightly neglected, semi-deserted air. With no one staffing main reception, the building’s plate glass front doors are locked.

    Related: Sunderland address fans’ ire by saying Stewart Donald is trying to sell club

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  • Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:22:56 +0000: Sunderland address fans’ ire by saying Stewart Donald is trying to sell club - Sunderland | The Guardian
    • Alliance of supporter groups has urged owner to quit Wearside
    • ‘The board feels that it has no option but to sell the club’

    Sunderland have responded to the increasing disgruntlement of their fanbase by confirming that the owner, Stewart Donald, is actively attempting to sell the League One club.

    A concerted alliance of assorted supporter groups bolstered by a social media campaign has urged Donald to quit Wearside and, in a statement on Tuesday, Sunderland outlined his plans to grant their wish.

    Related: Sunderland are at the lowest point in their history. How has it come to this? | Louise Taylor

    Related: Sunderland chairman defends £9m loan deal and denies being a ‘chancer’

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  • Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:38:33 +0000: Sunderland are at the lowest point in their history. How has it come to this? | Louise Taylor - Sunderland | The Guardian

    Team sit 13th in League One and the future of a club that panicked in sacking Jack Ross is shrouded in uncertainty

    The Dutch describe Advent as de donkere dagen voor Kerstmis. It means the dark days before Christmas and, for Sunderland, they can never have felt shorter or bleaker.

    The winter solstice may just have passed, leaving the earth starting to tilt towards the sun once again but, at the 49,000-capacity Stadium of Light, there can be no guarantees that spring will bring a rebirth of warmth and brightness.

    Related: Sunderland chairman defends £9m loan deal and denies being a ‘chancer’

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  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:09:46 +0000: Sunderland chairman defends £9m loan deal and denies being a ‘chancer’ - Sunderland | The Guardian
    • Stewart Donald says loan from US company FPP is a ‘win-win’
    • Sunderland will end up in FPP’s hands if owners default on loan

    The Sunderland chairman, Stewart Donald, has described his decision to borrow £9m from a group of United States-based investors as a “win-win” scenario for the League One club and claims he and his co-owners, Charlie Methven and Juan Sartori, are shouldering all the risk.

    Donald acknowledges that defaulting on the loan would hand control of Sunderland to FPP – a company established by three American billionaires, Glenn Fuhrman, John Phelan and Robert Platek, with links to Michael Dell, of Dell Computers – but said he had made the arrangement for the club’s long-term good.

    Related: Leyton Orient sack manager Carl Fletcher after only 29 days

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  • Tue, 29 Oct 2019 22:05:17 +0000: Man City 3-1 Southampton, Everton 2-0 Watford: Carabao Cup – as it happened - Sunderland | The Guardian

    Manchester City, Leicester, Everton, Oxford and Colchester all earned quarter-final spots on a night of occasional drama

    And with that, my race is run. We’ll be back for a whole lot more tomorrow night. Bye!

    Here’s Paul Doyle’s report from the Pirelli Stadium:

    Leicester advanced to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals despite being spooked by Burton. Brendan Rodgers’ men seemed set to dish out another emphatic beating after goals by Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans put them 2-0 up after 20 minutes. But rather than lie down like Southampton, the League One side rebelled, halving the deficit thanks to Liam Boyce and forcing Danny Ward to make several fine saves. James Maddison came off the bench to settle the tie in the 89th minute.

    Related: James Maddison makes Burton pay and helps fire Leicester into last eight

    Extraordinary scenes at Oxford tonight: “We could actually hear the crowd at the Oxford United stadium cheering,” reports Mark Piesing. “We have never heard any sound from the stadium before.”

    Paul Wilson was at Goodison Park:

    Goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison spared Marco Silva’s blushes against his former club and sent Everton into the last eight of the Carabao Cup, circumstances that will probably prevent the beleaguered manager being sacked in the morning, whatever the Watford fans present might have wished.

    Everton wore down their opponents in the end, though it was not the convincing performance Silva was seeking to impress his current employer or his old one. While Everton were on top by the time Holgate came up for a corner and stuck around to score the opening goal, they will have to play a lot better against Spurs at the weekend if they are to avoid a sixth league defeat in seven games. The Carabao Cup may not come to Silva’s rescue should that happen, for a side who take over an hour to score against Watford have no business dreaming of Wembley with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City still at large.

    Related: Everton’s Mason Holgate and Richarlison show Watford the door

    The quarter-final draw will be held this Thursday, live on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show on Radio 2, for some reason, at 8.45am.

    “I moved to Oxford for uni a couple of years ago,” boasts Alex Yeandle, “but am originally from Colchester. Oxford were promoted from League Two to League One the same season Colchester were relegated from League One to Two, the same season I started uni, meaning I could never watch an Oxford-Colchester derby! Maybe now they’ve both made it to the quarters I’ll finally get my chance!!”

    Meanwhile in Spain, Lionel Messi has scored another sensational free kick, scored a phenomenal goal from open play (that first touch!) and provided an exquisite assist for Arturo Vidal as Barcelona lead Valladolid 5-1.

    The match reports are already rolling in. Here’s Jamie Jackson at the Etihad:

    Manchester City took their unbeaten Carabao Cup run to 1,098 days in a near-stroll of a victory over a still-smarting Southampton. This was the visitors’ first game since Leicester trounced them 9-0 and it showed. Southampton did, at least, lose by only two goals and achieve against Pep Guardiola’s men what they failed to do against the Foxes – score – but until City slackened off towards the end they were too tentative.

    Related: Sergio Agüero hits double but Saints avoid hiding at Manchester City

    The keeper goes the right way and makes an easy save! Sunderland are out!

    Marc McNulty to stay in it - SAVED by EASTWOOD and #OUFC are through to the quarter finals!!!!!!

    Mousinho scores, and Oxford lead 4-2. Crucial moments for Sunderland, who send McNulty up next ...

    Will Grigg misses from the spot! He sends his effort sailing over the bar and after three penalties each, Oxford lead 3-2!

    Meanwhile, the tie between Oxford and Sunderland will be decided on penalties. They have so far taken two each, and scored the lot.

    The final whistle goes at Goodison Park, and Everton have secured what looks from here a most deserved victory!

    FT. Job done! ✅

    Into the #CarabaoCup quarter-finals we go! pic.twitter.com/IVplzirwCX

    All of the first three Carabao Cup games to end, end 3-1. Leicester ease past Burton Albion and a textbook potential banana skin.

    Watford push forwards in search of an equaliser, and end up conceding a second. Richarlison is played through a ragged rearguard, and finishes in style!

    Colchester United come out on top in the all-League Two tie at Crawley, and they are in the final eight!

    INCREDIBLE! FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1974, COLCHESTER ARE INTO THE QUARTER FINALS OF THE LEAGUE CUP! #ColU

    The final whistle goes at the Etihad, where City have beaten Southampton slightly less comfortably than it appeared they would a little earlier in the evening.

    Sunderland’s Luke O’Nien has just been tripped in the box, but somehow the referee doesn’t give a potentially decisive penalty! Meanwhile at the Pirelli Stadium Demarai Gray is played through, takes the ball round the outrushing keeper, but his left-foot, side-footed shot is feeble and a defender clears.

    Gray has a hand in another goal, and Leicester wrap up the tie! The winger bursts down the right, gets to the byline and pulls back to Maddison, only recently off the bench, whose first-time shot goes in at the far post.

    Burton have a chance to equalise, but Sarkic appears to panic as the goalkeeper hares out towards him, and blasts over the bar.

    A cross from the right, and Luke Gambin controls brilliantly, turns and slams the ball into the roof of the net!

    An equaliser for Sunderland! It’s a bit messy: a corner is flicked on, bounces off a defender’s back and finds McNulty, who converts from close range!

    Leicester have a goal disallowed, Barnes converting Gray’s low centre but being ruled narrowly offside.

    They’ve only gone and scored! It’s a corner on the right which is deliciously flighted to the far post, where Jack Stephens thumps in a header!

    Everton hit the back of the net! Walcott gets the ball on the left of the area and crosses to Holgate, who is completely unmarked five yards out and can hardly miss!

    Southampton have had a shot on target! And three shots in total! A massive turnaround in their fortunes at the Etihad.

    Everton hit the woodwork again! This time it’s Lucas Digne, with a 25-yard free-kick that clips the top of the wall, and then the top of the bar on its way over. How long can Watford survive this onslaught?

    Now Everton hit the woodwork! The ball falls to Iwobi just inside the area, and he lashes it against the meat of the bar!

    I read this caption and thought the picture would be of Andre Gray farting. Apologies for being infantile. Anyway, Everton just nearly scored again. This time, Aidy Mariappa cleared off the line!

    @AndreGray7 lets one fly!#CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/nSft8jWjTn

    Something happens at Goodison Park! Everton have a free-kick on the left, which is sent arrowing onto Michael Keane’s forehead, but he nods the ball straight at Gomes!

    Burton nearly equalise! From a corner, the ball is headed towards the far corner, and it was looping in until a defender got in the way, and then it wasn’t. At the other end, Albrighton’s low shot is well saved!

    Latest tallies from the Etihad:

    Manchester City
    Shots: 15
    Shots on target: 9
    Corners: 5
    Goals: 3

    Mahrez’s 30-yarder hits a defender, loops up and drops onto Aguero’s foot six yards out! He hardly makes any contact, but then he doesn’t really need to, particularly with the Southampton defence dozing.

    Game on! Boyce spears a low shot goalwards from the edge of the area, and Ward in the Leicester goal is so surprised at this turn of events that he haplessly helps it in!

    A nice free-kick from Cohen Bramall hits the bar, bounces into the goalkeeper’s back and goes in!

    Our five matches are back under way. On Sky, they are suggesting that only losing to Manchester City by two or three goals might serve to “build confidence”. City come close to scoring a third, but Bernardo Silva doesn’t anticipate Mahrez’s through-ball, which was really quite excellent.

    The Everton match sounds good.

    Thoughts: 45 minutes of your life you won’t get back. Moise Kean can go and wait for a cheeseburger in the supper bar on Goodison Road given how pointless it’s been for him on the wing and I’ve seen more life in the cemetery than in the rest of them. Woeful. #EFC

    Peeeeeep! It’s half-time in our five Carabao Cup matches. A quick scoreline reminder:

    Burton Albion 0-2 Leicester
    Crawley 1-1 Colchester
    Everton 0-0 Watford
    Manchester City 2-0 Southampton
    Oxford Uited 1-0 Sunderland

    Manchester City have had 10 shots, seven on target, and won four corners. Southampton have had no shots and won no corners.

    Two injuries to report at Goodison Park: Watford have been forced to take off Domingos Quina and bring on Evertonn’s summer target Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Everton have been forced to take off Yerry Mina and bring on Michael Keane.

    A fine cross from Kyle Walker on the right, and a tap-in for Aguero in the centre!

    A lovely run from Oxford’s Shandon Baptiste ends in the area with a humiliating left-footed air-shot.

    Sunderland hit the post and Oxford break at speed and in numbers. It looks to have come to nothing when Fosu-Henry’s pass inside manages to evade both of his nearby team-mates but Hall arrives late to smash it into the corner of the net from the edge of the area!

    That lead did not last long. Norris equalises with a header that the keeper really should have got a hand to.

    Finally City get a reward for their domination! A corner is played short, Bernardo Silva chips in a cross from the corner of the area and Otamendi heads in from five yards! City have let it slip a bit of late, with latest statistics having them down at 83% possession.

    That’s an absolute snorter! Bulman runs towards the area, nobody closes him down, so he lashes a rising shot into the far corner from 20 yards or so!

    Burton give the ball away in midfield, and again Gray’s pass releases a player on the wing - Praet this time, on the right - whose low centre is converted by Tielemans!

    “This ROI supporter would like to know where the heck Michael Obafemi is,” writes JR. “Please don’t tell me he’s injured again.Or would that be better than being healthy and not being selected? He seems like he’s injured an awful lot for a seemingly healthy young fella.” Earlier today the Southampton tyro was named in Ireland’s expanded squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark, which suggests his fitness is not an issue.

    After 11 minutes Manchester City have had 89% of possession against Southampton, and two shots on target. Eighty-nine percent! The game remains goalless, though.

    Sunderland win a corner, and when the ball is knocked down Lynch and Eastwood both race to it. The Sunderland No3 gets there first, and is then completely clattered by the Oxford goalkeeper. It’s not a terrible penalty shout, but I think the ball was kicked into Eastwood, which might just have saved him.

    We have our first goal! A lovely pass from Gray to Tielemans shreds Burton’s defence, and his low centre is turned in by Iheanacho!

    Southampton have not had to wait long for a reminder of last Friday’s miseries:

    “We want 10” the immediate chant from Man City fans

    BONG! The clock strikes 7.45pm, kick off has been kicked off, and we are under way!

    In other news, here’s a thing I’ve only just realised that is vaguely related to Everton v Watford: they are two of five Premier League teams whose entire name (including any Cities, Uniteds or Roverses but not the FC bit) is seven letters long or shorter. In the Championship there are two (Fulham and Reading), in League One none (since the demise of Bury) and in League Two one (Walsall). In other words - and I think this is a reasonable way of interpreting the data - the shorter a club’s name the more likely they are to do well.

    “I’m not a Southampton fan,” writes Peter Oh, “but I have my fingers crossed that Ralph Hasenhüttl will show that this past weekend’s capitulation against Leicester was a false nine.” Very good.

    The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and we’re heading into snood-and-hat territory.

    Finally, here are the teams from Oxford where both teams make five changes:

    Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels, Henry, Gorrin, Baptiste, Hall, Taylor, Fosu. Subs: Stevens, Forde, Mousinho, Sykes, Mackie, Agyei, Jones.
    Sunderland: Jon McLaughlin, Lynch, Willis, Flanagan, Conor McLaughlin, Dobson, Leadbitter, Power, Hume, McGeady, McNulty. Subs: McGeouch, O’Nien, Grigg, Mbunga-Kimpioka, Taylor, Connelly, Patterson.
    Referee: Stephen Martin.

    Colchester are the only unchanged side tonight. How many unchanged teams have been named in the entire tournament? Not many, I’d wager.

    Crawley Town: Luyambula, Sesay, Tunnicliffe, Dallison, Doherty, Bulman, Allarakhia, Ferguson, Beryly Lubala, Grego-Cox, Enigbokan-Bloomfield. Subs: Morris, Young, Palmer, Nadesan, Nathaniel-George, Sendles-White, Camara.
    Colchester: Gerken, Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Bramall, Stevenson, Comley, Senior, Adubofour-Poku, Nouble, Norris. Subs: Lapslie, Sowunmi, Jevani Brown, Harriott, Clampin, Gambin, Ross.
    Referee: Tony Harrington.

    Teams from the Pirelli Stadium, where Burton make two changes and Leicester make nine:

    Burton Albion: O’Hara, Brayford, O’Toole, Wallace, Hutchinson, Edwards, Quinn, Fraser, Sarkic, Boyce, Broadhead. Subs: Daniel, Buxton, Templeton, Sbarra, Anderson, Dyer, Garratt.
    Leicester: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Choudhury, Albrighton, Praet, Tielemans, Gray, Iheanacho. Subs: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Vardy, Maddison, Barnes, Ricardo Pereira, Ndidi.
    Referee: Darren England.

    Here are the teams from the Etihad, where 18-year-old Tommy Doyle makes his senior debut in what will from Southampton’s perspective look like a disappointingly strong Manchester City side. Still, Pep Guardiola makes nine changes; Southampton make six.

    Man City: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Garcia, Jose Angelino, Bernardo Silva, Doyle, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Stones, De Bruyne, Silva, Joao Cancelo, Carson, Bernabe, Poveda-Ocampo.
    Southampton: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Danso, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Armstrong, Long, Boufal. Subs: Yoshida, Vestergaard, Ings, Adams, Redmond, Gunn, Vokins.
    Referee: Jonathan Moss.

    How we line-up against the Saints!

    XI | Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Garcia, Angeliño, Doyle, Foden, Mahrez, Bernardo, Jesus, Agüero (C)

    SUBS | Carson, Stones, De Bruyne, Silva, Cancelo, Bernabe, Poveda

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    #ManCity pic.twitter.com/649GgvNwM2

    Here's the #SaintsFC team for tonight's #CarabaoCup tie with #ManCity: pic.twitter.com/i1WsHCvaFm

    Team news is rolling in. Here, to get the ball rolling, is news from Goodison Park, where Everton make five changes and Watford eight. Given Watford’s current dearth of strikers it is interesting to see the 19-year-old Sam Dalby, who has been prolific so far this season for the Under-23 side (and stood out when I saw him in pre-season, albeit against non-league opposition), on the bench.

    ⚠️ TEAM NEWS! ⚠️

    5️⃣ changes
    ↩️ Coleman, Mina & Delph return
    ⚽️ DCL & Kean start#CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/8WimSykp9S

    TEAM NEWS

    Quique has made eight changes for tonight’s #CarabaoCup clash

    Welcome to the squad, Sam Dalby pic.twitter.com/uTKVRHWCnr

    Hello world!

    So the Carabao Cup’s fourth round dawns, with five fixtures being played tonight and a further three tomorrow. On a purely numerical basis, this is the week’s big night of cup action, even if tomorrow’s three games (Liverpool v Arsenal, Chelsea v Manchester United and Aston Villa v Wolverhampton, since you ask) all have just a little bit more stardust twinkling upon them than any of tonight’s five. Still, we must all play the hands we are dealt, and these are our aces this evening (all 7.45pm BMT kick-offs):

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    A television production company fronted by Sunderland fans withdraws its bid to buy the club from American Ellis Short.
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    Sunderland owner Ellis Short is set to decide between two takeover bids for the Championship club.
  • Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:44:11 +0000: Sunderland assistant Bracewell leaves - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC
    Sunderland assistant manager Paul Bracewell leaves the club as they prepare for life in the Championship.