Arsenal to appoint key new backroom staff member on recommendation of Edu

Arsenal are believed to be close to finalising a deal to bring in Brazilian medic Bruno Mazziotti, who has a close relationship with their technical director Edu Gaspar.

The Gunners’ previous head of physiotherapy, Chris Morgan, moved to Liverpool in the summer, and the club have been on the lookout for a replacement ever since.

Mazziotti has been working at PSG since 2018 but is now believed to be figuring out the terms of an exit from the French club.

And according to The Athletic he will join Arsenal as soon as his departure from PSG is finalised.

Mazziotti and Edu have worked together at both Brazilian side Corinthians and the Brazil national team, and it is thought that Edu has been keen to get his friend on board after being impressed with his work in the past.

Bruno Mazziotti has worked with the likes of Brazil star Neymar

The 42-year-old will add to the rapidly increasing Brazilian theme at Arsenal, with the likes of Edu as well as players Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes all having joined relatively recently.

Mazziotti has experience of working with some extremely high-profile players, such as Neymar, Thiago Silva and Ronaldo, and he is believed to be very highly rated by those who have been treated by him.

He allegedly had a big part to play in ensuring Neymar would be fit for the 2018 World Cup after the forward broke his metatarsal just four months before the tournament.

Edu is having a big influence at Arsenal behind the scenes

Despite it looking likely he would miss at least part of the tournament, Neymar ended up making it in time to play the opening game against Switzerland, and Mazziotti’s influence is thought to have been a big reason why he was able to return ahead of schedule.

With Arsenal having regularly suffered injuries to key players over the past few seasons, it will be intriguing to see whether Mazziotti can stem the tide of issues when he arrives.



Lucas Torreira sets Arsenal on collision course for Thomas Partey transfer talks

Arsenal are on collision course with Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey transfer talks – thanks to midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The Uruguayan is out of favour at the Emirates and has now been identified as a top target by Diego Simeone.

Despite interest from Serie A, it is Atletico who are pushing hardest for his signature, Mundo Deportivo have claimed.

Torreira is ready to reject interest from elsewhere with his heart set on a move to the Wanda Metropolitano.

And whilst Atletico are not looking to include Torreira as a makeweight in a deal for Thomas Partey, talks involving the Ghanian are now inevitable.

The two clubs will be forced to sit around the table in order to discuss Torreira, and it is clear that Partey, Arsenal ’s top midfield target, will be discussed.

Lucas Torreira is wanted by Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid are still holding out for Partey’s €50million release clause to be met and insist he will not be sold otherwise.

But that hard-line approach could hinder their negotiations for Torreira meaning finding a middle ground could become more likely.

Torreira is said to be optimistic a deal will be agreed with Atletico, and whilst the pair being involved in a joint deal is unlikely, two separate deals could be agreed.

Atletico still see a future for Partey at the club but Arsenal are set to try and force the issue as the clock ticks down to the October 5 deadline.

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Talks over Torreira would force the two clubs to discuss Arsenal target Thomas Partey

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New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both hit the ground running against Fulham but Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for new signings. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Brentford keeper David Raya are two of the names on their radar.

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Manager Mikel Arteta admitted after victory over West Ham that the market is still “open” regarding the possibility of adding another midfielder.

Arteta said: “No, I think they’ve been really good since I joined the club [Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos],” he said in his post-match press conference.

“Not only then but also this season, he deserved to play again today but I just wanted to rotate.

“I thought it was a game where we were going to attack the spaces and the way they defended, we wanted to create some situations with Dani there but if we can strengthen the team then we’re going to try and do that. Until the market is gone, everything is still open.”

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10 Premier League talking points as dire Man Utd falter on goal-filled weekend

Eight games acoss the Premier League on Saturday and Sunday produced goals galore.

Saturday’s early kickoff at Goodison produced seven goals at Everton beat West Brom 5-2, and things didn’t look back from there.

Leeds United claimed their first win back in the top flight, winning 4-3 against fellow new boys Fulham, before Manchester United slumped to a 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men producing a lacklustre display and being suitably punished.

Both north London clubs claimed victories, as Arsenal beat West Ham 2-1 before Spurs scored five at Southampton – Son Heung-min notching four.

Brighton score three in their win at Newcastle, while champions Liverpool had Sadio Mane to thank, as he scored twice in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

Leicester wrapped things up with a 4-2 win over Burnley on Sunday night ahead of Monday night’s fixture double. Ahead of that, here are 10 talking points from the weekend.

Sadio Mane and Frank Lampard, after Mane had shot down the Chelsea boss’ Blues

1. Stats life

Dominic Calvert-Lewin stole the headlines as Everton beat West Brom with the England hopeful netting a hat-trick.

Calvert-Lewin is enjoying an excellent start to the season and his tuition from Toffees legend Duncan Ferguson.

But it was James Rodriguez, the Colombian playmaker, who once more caught the eye at Goodison.

James, now 29, is giving Everton real creative edge, and is enjoying working with Carlo Ancelotti once more.

And one stat, as shown on Match of the Day, really jumped out from his latest showing: he didn’t make one high intensity sprint at all on Saturday.

There were 47 passes and 68 touches, but not a single sprint. Remarkable.

James Rodriguez celebrates his debut goal for Everton

2. Manchester United’s defence must improve

If Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are going to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice pairing and stay there, then they need to improve fast.

Because this was awful. Absolutely awful. From both.

Forget the penalty given against Lindelof. Just disregard it.

The rest of the game, the pair of them were all over the place.

Positioning was dire at various points from both – Maguire was lazy in not covering space on the first goal – they struggled for speed against both Jordan Ayew and Zaha, but continued to put themselves in foot races with the Palace front two.

Their passing out from the back was largely sloppy, and neither was particularly commanding in the air nor in the tackle – witness Lindelof on the third goal.

United have every right to expect better.

A nightmare day

3. Zaha finally makes his mark at Old Trafford

Wilfried Zaha made just four appearances for Manchester United and failed to make his mark at Old Trafford.

On his return this time, he both started up front and wore the captain’s armband for the Eagles.

And he duly put in a match-winning performance.

His penalty was taken with aplomb, his second was fired hard and low and into the bottom corner but more than just his goals he was outstanding.

Not restrained to the left side, he worked all along the line, used his skill and speed to terrorise the United defence, but also showed intelligence to bring others into play and strength to hold possession and get his side up the field.

An excellent all-round display.

Zaha caused United all kinds of problems

4. Leeds Klich into gear

One thing is for certain this season: Leeds United are going to be fun.

Two games down and two 4-3 thrillers for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who this week were on the right side of the scoreline against fellow new boys Fulham.

At the heart of the action was all-action Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich.

After a wonderful strike at Anfield on week one, he followed it up with a coolly-taken penalty at Elland Road, before an outstanding pivot and through pass teed up Patrick Bamford.

Hard-working and creative, he epitomises the style of Bielsa’s side.

Mateusz Klich celebrates scoring from the spot

5. Lacazette hits 50

Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this transfer window, but he reaffirmed his value by scoring the opening goal for the second game in a row.

The headed effort was also a personal landmark for the 29-year-old, who scored his 50th goal in his 129th game for Arsenal.

Though Arteta is forced to play Aubameyang in a wide position if he fields Lacazette, the pair – who are great friends off the pitch – have a telepathic connection when they line up together.

After finding the back of the net just 12 times in 39 games last season, Lacazette insisted he is “happy” in north London after the win over Fulham.

Given the way he’s started the season, the Frenchman certainly seems to have a spring in his step.

50 now for the Gunners for Alexandre Lacazette

6. Clinical Son makes light of Alli absence

Pre-game, Dele Alli’s absence from Spurs travelling party at Southampton made the headlines.

At half-time, after a first-half in which they’d fallen behind, and were perhaps a little fortunate to be level at 1-1, Jose Mourinho may well have been anticipating plenty of questions on the subject.

But a second half blitz, led by Son Heung-min – ably assisted by Harry Kane – put paid to that.

Son is a superstar in South Korea, something that doesn’t entirely sit well with him given he prefers to let his feet do the talking.

And he did precisely that at St Mary’s, with his magnificent movement and clinical finishing simply too much for Southampton’s high defensive line.

After an iffy opening two matches – losing to Everton, coming from behind to win in Bulgaria – Son’s tour de force was precisely what Jose Mourinho needed.

Son made his mark at St Mary’s

7. White shines

It’s easy to see precisely why Brighton rebuffed Leeds time and again over the summer as they pursued Ben White.

After shining on loan at Elland Road last term, he’s now back on the south coast and part of Graham Potter’s first team plans.

After the 3-0 win over Newcastle, much of the focus will rightly be on Brighton’s creative attacking play – which really put their hosts lacklustre attacking efforts to shame.

But White deserves credit after an immaculate display, where he coped with the physical threats of Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson, while also showcasing his ball-playing ability.

White shone in the Seagulls 3-0 win

8. How long left for Dyche?

Burnley kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 4-2 loss at Leicester.

Another good win for the Foxes, who are now two wins from two in the next campaign.

Burnley toiled manfully throughout and played some decent stuff at times – but you do get the feeling that Sean Dyche’s tenure is heading towards its end.

Relations between Dyche and chairman Mike Garlick are strained, and Dyche has been unhappy with a lack of backing throughout the summer – only third choice ‘keeper Will Norris has arrived.

The Clarets pitched up at Leicester with a depleted squad minus a host of regulars, including James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes.

“I have no knowledge that we are on the cusp of anything so therefore we work with what we have got.”

Garlick needs to give him something before the window closes.

How long left for Dyche?

9. Mane’s improvement

Since joining Liverpool from Southampton back in 2016 Mane has continued to improve season after season after season.

His work-rate is unmeasured, and he simply never switches off deciphering how he can / what he can do to give Liverpool an advantage.

Sunday’s match was drab in the first half with Liverpool – who aren’t quite as intense as they were last season – feeling out this new look Chelsea team.

And it was Mane who gave the fixture a much-needed shot of adrenaline, forcing Christensen to make an ultimately wrong decision.

After his trickery saw Chelsea reduced to 10 men, Mane took the game to the Blues in the second half with two great goals.

The first a powerful header after he intelligently found space in the box, and the second the result of his, as aforementioned, unmeasured work-rate.

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10. Kepa buckles… again

He’s the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the sport, but put plainly, Kepa is just not good enough.

The Chelsea defence seem acutely aware the shot-stopper has a mistake in his locker every game, and there’s a noticeable nervousness at the back.

On Sunday the keeper was put under a little pressure and buckled.

He was out of position when Christensen was dismissed, and his attempted pass out – intercepted by Mane for the second goal – showed how short of confidence he is; the idea wasn’t dreadful, the execution however showed a man very much struggling at present.

Comparing him to Liverpool’s keeper Alisson – who kept out a penalty at the other end – and it’s like chalk and cheese.

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Transfer news live – Latest updates from Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea


The transfer window remains open for two more weeks, and calls for Manchester United to strengthen further have intensified following their 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace.

New boy Donny van de Beek scored for the Red Devils, but the loss saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admit they need fresh blood, and Luke Shaw lead calls to Ed Woodward for reinforcements.

That came as Tottenham sealed two transfers, with players who had both been linked to United.

Sergio Reguilon, the Spain international left-back, and Gareth Bale both sealed moves to Spurs from Real Madrid – having been spoken about previously by United chiefs.

Dele Alli could leave Spurs, with PSG circling after he was again left out at Southampton.

Liverpool too were active, landing world class midfield operator Thiago Alcantara before shocking fans with the swift acquisition of Diogo Jota from Wolves.

Now a number of players’ futures are uncertain, with a stacked midfield and frontline.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are closing in on a new goalkeeper – and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s latest error will only have persuaded them that they are right to do so.

Wolves are closing in on Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo, while Arsenal continue to push for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar – the question is whether they can get funds together to get a deal over the line.

There promises to be plenty more deals being done this week and we’ll keep you up to date as they come in.

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Man Utd's stance on signing a new centre-back after Gary Neville declaration

Manchester United’s stance on signing a new centre-back has emerged after Gary Neville laid into the club’s transfer strategy.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were humiliated on their own ground as Crystal Palace cruised to a 3-1 win in their opening game.

It saw club legend Neville lay into the Old Trafford side for not recruiting a defensive partner to accompany Harry Maguire at centre-back, having only signed midfielder Donny van de Beek as well as failing to land £108m-rated Jadon Sancho.

“Well I think [Wilfred Zaha’s] had the beating of those two Manchester United centre-backs all day,” he said during commentary for Sky Sports.

Man United's stance on signing a new centre-back after Gary Neville's declaration
Man United’s stance on signing a new centre-back after Gary Neville’s declaration

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“He’s got them exactly where he wants them. He’s just not strong enough there Lindelof. It’s a 50/50. It’s weak.

“You can talk about Jadon Sancho all you like, but until they get a centre-back in who can run and defend one-on-one, you’re never going to win a league.

“They’re not going to win the league with that centre-back pairing. They have to get a mobile, quick, dominant centre-back in alongside Lindelof or Maguire. Their defending has been better since Christmas, no doubt, but you’re talking about going up a level.”

The former United man criticised the Red Devils for not having a strong centre-back partner for Harry Maguire
The former United man criticised the Red Devils for not having a strong centre-back partner for Harry Maguire

But The Athletic have reported that it has not affected United’s transfer strategy, not seeing a centre-back signing as a priority.

United have been “offered” players to help in that area – but the club have said they would rather strengthen with a right-sided forward and a left-back.

It comes as Solskjaer appeared to drop a hint about the club’s transfer plans for the rest of the window.

The United boss said: ”You can see we are short and [Palace] deserved the points.

Despite losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace, the club's transfer policy prioritising a right-winger and left-back has not changed
Despite losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace, the club’s transfer policy prioritising a right-winger and left-back has not changed

“They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We had a long season last season and we didn’t finish until August 16 and we have not had enough preparation time to be sharper.

“Then again, we’re always, always looking to improve if there’s something out there that’s available to the right price. We always want to strengthen but I think we can all look ourselves in the mirror today instead.”

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Crystal Palace 'emerge as favourites' to complete £20m Rhian Brewster transfer

Crystal Palace are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster.

Last season Brewster spent the season on loan in the Championship with Swansea City and scored 11 goals in 22 matches as they missed out on promotion through the playoffs.

The 20-year-old returned to Anfield after a short break in an effort to catch Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s eye in pre-season and although he got on the scoresheet during their tour of Austria, he missed a penalty in the Community Shield shoot-out defeat to Arsenal.

Talks were held between Brewster and Klopp about his future and with the striker stressing the need to play more, he has been given permission to leave.

Rhian Brewster wants to leave Liverpool

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder revealed discussions had already taken place between them and Liverpool about Brewster.

But according to the Daily Mail, Palace are now the favourites for the £20m-rated youngster.

Brewster has not been included in Liverpool’s squads against Leeds and Chelsea.

Rhian Brewster looks dejected after he misses a penalty during the Community Shield penalty shootout

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Palace’s move for Brewster comes after an impressive 3-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday.

The Eagles were particularly impressive in attack with Wilfried Zaha leading the way with two goals.

And speaking after the match, Andros Townsend, who opened the scoring, said Palace were confident they could get a result ahead of the match.

He said: “Moments like that [scoring], when I do retire, I’ll obviously cherish. It means nothing if you lose on one of those milestones but to cap it with a goal and a very impressive victory at Old Trafford is one I’ll remember for a very long time.

“We know we’ve got quality in the squad. We showed it at times last season. This season we have one or two young players, as you saw when Ebs [Eberechi Eze] came on at the end, we added that.

“We’re fully confident, we knew it was United’s first game and maybe we could catch them cold. We did that in the first five minutes. Once we get ahead we know we’re a very well-drilled team and we knew we had enough in the dressing room to see out the result today and we more than did that.”



Man Utd transfer round-up as Brazilian teases United move and Lingard targeted

Manchester United supporters are demanding more signings, with Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek the only arrival at Old Trafford so far this transfer window.

Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho is a long-term target for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but a move to United does not currently look close, with the Bundesliga club reportedly demanding £108million for the England international.

And with rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur splashing the cash, the Red Devils need to catch up and bring in fresh faces if they want to finish in the top four this season.

With that in mind, here is the latest Manchester United transfer round-up.

Alex Telles has spoken out about his potential move to Man United from Porto
Alex Telles has spoken out about his potential move to Man United from Porto

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Brazilian defender teases over United link

Porto defender Alex Telles has spoken out over his proposed move to Manchester United.

The Brazilian, who scored twice for his side against Braga at the weekend, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United chiefs keen to sign a new left-back.

“I’m a guy who focuses a lot on work, people believe what they want, say what they want in the newspapers, but the most important thing is to be focused on my work,” Telles told Sport TV.

The 27-year-old also reiterated his commitment to the Portuguese champions, but refused to reveal how close he might be to an exit.

Jesse Lingard is set to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham
Jesse Lingard is set to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham

Lingard could be reunited with Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could link up with his former boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite having brought back Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid, Spurs have emerged as suitors for the 27-year-old, who has not started a Premier League game since January.

According to the Daily Star, Mourinho is leading the race for Lingard, who would cost the London club around £30m.

The outlet also claims that Lingard was “seething” at United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being out of the squad for the 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Sergio Romero could make a move to La Liga with Valencia interested in the goalkeeper after Dean Henderson's return to Old Trafford
Sergio Romero could make a move to La Liga with Valencia interested in the goalkeeper after Dean Henderson’s return to Old Trafford

Romero set for La Liga switch

Valencia could offer Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero a way out of the club, the Mirror reports.

The Reds may move the Argentine stopper on after deciding to keep David de Gea as No.1 between the sticks, while also promising game time to young stopper Dean Henderson.

Romero, 33, arrived at United in the summer of 2015, but most of his appearances have come during cup games.

He was also said to be upset at being dropped for United’s Europa League semi-final clash with Sevilla in August, having been a regular starter in the competition throughout the season.



Virgil van Dijk disagrees with Mane being named man of the match vs Chelsea

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk hailed Fabinho as his man of the match as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Sadio Mane scooped the official man of the match award after his second-half double ensured the Reds downed Frank Lampard’s ten-men.

But it was defensively that Van Dijk was delighted with their display as they overcame their shaky start against Leeds United to claim a clean sheet.

And he was particularly happy with Fabinho, who partnered him at the heart of defence with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip injured.

Fabinho kept Chelsea new boy Timo Werner quiet with a fine display – and Van Dijk felt he deserved man of the match instead of Mane as a result.

Virgil van Dijk labelled Fabinho his man of the match against Chelsea

When asked about Fabinho’s performance against Chelsea after the game, Van Dijk told LFC TV: “Outstanding.

“I just told him as well I think he was man of the match today.

“To keep a striker like Werner, don’t let him score, a bit unlucky with the penalty incident, but overall he was outstanding.

“Everyone knows how good he is.

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Fabinho put in an impressive display as he played in defence

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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

In terms of transfers the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara and Wolves’ Diogo Jota is arriving too.

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“But it shows also that we need everyone.

“We were a bit unlucky with the injuries now but hopefully everyone comes back, it’s going to be such a long season.”

After the game, manager Jurgen Klopp also praised Fabinho and suggested he would have been in the running for man of the match if not for Mane’s goals.

“If Sadio wouldn’t have scored two goals, I think Fab would be a proper contender for man of the match,” the Liverpool manager told a news conference.

“I loved his performance, he played outstanding. He helped us a lot with the ball and in defending as well, so yes, a proper performance.”

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Carragher says lack of "trust" at Liverpool has lead to Klopp reshuffle

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool cannot “trust” Joel Matip to stay fit this season – but don’t need to sign a new centre-back.

Both Matip and Joe Gomez are currently out of action for the Reds, and missed Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

Brazilian midfielder Fabinho filled in at centre-back, but put in a man of the match performance in the less familiar role.

Fabinho proved to Klopp he is more than playing at the back when need be.

And with Jurgen Klopp needing to find a place in his team for new signing Thiago Alcantara, Carragher believes the German may have found a new permanent role for Fabinho.

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool cannot “trust” Joel Matip to stay fit

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“There’s been talk of Liverpool maybe needing a centre-back,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“Lovren has left and Joel Matip you cannot trust fitness-wise, and that just leaves Joe Gomez.

“I thought he [Fabinho] was outstanding [against Chelsea].

“Normally players who play in the centre of the pitch, certainly a holding midfield role and they fill in for people at different times, they read the game really well.

“They have a great understanding of the game.

Fabinho proved to Klopp he is more than playing at the back when need be

“At times watching Fernandinho play that position for Man City, I thought he was excellent, at times last season and he [Fabinho] was just brilliant today.

“I think that puts to bed any thought Liverpool may have had in needing another centre-back because they’ve got so many midfield players, and in some way, they have got to get them games. He was outstanding.”

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ADVERTORIAL: Will there be even more goals on Monday night?

So ‘just’ the 39 goals in the eight Premier League matches played so far this weekend.

Should we expect even more from tonight’s two remaining fixtures?

We round up our betting analysis of the weekend’s matches with the Monday night games at Villa Park and Molineux.

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Something will have to give at Villa Park.

Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last 13 home league meetings with Sheffield United (W7 D6), including all four games against them at Villa Park in the Premier League (W3 D1).
But The Blades are unbeaten in each of their last four league games against Aston Villa (W2 D2).

So a draw then? ( 9/4 with thepools.com )

While Villa were warming up for the PL season with a Carabao Cup defeat of Burton, Sheffield United were losing at home to Wolves.

So folding in last season’s finish Villa are now unbeaten in five, with three goals conceded; Sheffield United are winless in five, with nine goals conceded.

Which makes Villa the value at 8/5 .

Eight of Villa’s nine Premier League wins last season were under 3.5 goals, and only once did they score more than twice, the two sides shared a forgettable 0-0n draw in June and no top-half top flight team scored fewer than Sheffield United’s 39 goals last term.

So Villa to win to nil at 14/5 is a huge price and our recommended call.

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Wolves vs Man City – 8.15pm Sky Sports PL & Main Event

A pre-season survey by the Manchester Evening News revealed that 59% of Man City supporters still cite centre-back as a major area of concern for their side this season.

Nathan Ake will get the chance to prove that those fears are groundless at Molineux tonight, with Aymeric Laporte missing – but the bookies still make Over 2.5 goals an odds on 7/10 call while Both Teams To Score is also less than even money at 5/6 .

All four meetings between Wolves and Manchester City under Pep Guardiola and Nuno Espirito Santo have produced at least two goals with Over 2.5 paying out in half of those fixtures and Both Teams To Score following the same trend.

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Both teams have scored in both matches at Molineux since Wolves returned to the Premier League and another trend worth noting is that four of Wolves’ six meetings with top-six finishers last season broke the Over 2.5 Goals barrier, with the same figure securing BTTS profit.

City only fired four blanks in the whole of last season so BTTS looks a shoo in.

But can lightning strike THREE times?

Since the hosts’ promotion to the top-flight, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have avoided defeat in three of their four Premier League showdowns against the Citizens (W2-D1-L1), including doing the double over City last season.

They are a very big 11/2 to make it three in a row while City are a prohibitive 1/2 with thepools.com .

Man City were last season’s leading Premier League corner winners with a whopping 298 over the PL season. Wolves managed five in last week’s win at Shfeeield United and Man City to win, Over 1.5 goals and nine or more corners is a Pools special at 17/10 .

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City win, Over 1.5 goals & 9 or more corners 17/10