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Enda Stevens: ‘Sheffield United will enjoy Premier League return’

Sheffield United defender Enda Stevens regrets his side will not be launching their first season back in the Premier League with an opening-day fixture at Bramall Lane. The Blades, who ended their 12-year top-flight exile by pipping Leeds to the Sky Bet Championship’s second automatic promotion place last month, will play at Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 campaign on August 10. Chris Wilder‘s side then face back-to-back home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester before completing their August league fixtures with a trip to Europa League winners Chelsea. “I just wanted a home game really to experience Bramall Lane again, the feelgood factor and to get that back,” Stevens said. “It’s something you miss when you stop playing and to b...

Fans advised to shop around for Premier League TV fixtures

Avid armchair football fans are being advised to shop around if they want access to all 200 televised Premier League matches next season, with Amazon Prime, BT Sport and Sky Sports sharing the domestic rights. The 2019-20 fixtures were revealed on Thursday morning, with the first game being newly-promoted Norwich’s visit to European champions Liverpool on Friday, August 9. That game will be the first of 128 to be broadcast live by Sky Sports next season, with the campaign’s second game – West Ham versus champions Manchester City on Saturday, August 10 – being the first of 52 on BT Sport. Amazon, the market’s new entrants, will show two rounds of midweek fixtures in December, the first at the start of the month includes the Merseyside derby at Anfield and Spurs’ visi...

Manchester City to begin Premier League title defence at West Ham United

Manchester City will start the defence of their Premier League title at West Ham. The 2019-20 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, handed Pep Guardiola’s team an opening match at a venue which has proved to be productive for them since 2017. City, who have won successive Premier League titles, have picked up three points in east London in the last three seasons – scoring four goals on each occasion. The champions follow their August 10 lunchtime trip to the London Stadium with a home match against Tottenham. Games against Bournemouth, Brighton, Norwich and Watford follow. Manchester City’s Leroy Sane (centre) celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in November’s 4-0 win at West Ham (Dominic Lipinski/PA) Liverpool, pipped by a point to the title by City, get next season up and run...

Liverpool, Manchester City handed kind starts to 2019-20 Premier League season

The new season’s Premier League fixtures point to last season’s title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool continuing their strong opening-day records. City have started their season with a win for the last eight years in succession while the Reds have won five of their last six. And with West Ham and Norwich respectively awaiting them, there appears little resistance this time around. (PA Graphic) The Hammers have lost on day one for the last three seasons, including back-to-back 4-0 defeats at Manchester United and Liverpool, while City have won 4-0, 4-1 and 4-0 away to the Hammers in the last three seasons. Sergio Aguero has the most opening-day goals in the Premier League among the competition’s active players, with six. He has not netted in any of those three wins at...

Premier League fixture release: Five games to look out for in 2019-20

Matches which catch the eye in 2019-20. The Premier League fixtures for the 2019-20 season were released on Thursday. Here, Press Association Sport highlights five games to look out for. Liverpool v Man City, November 9 Leroy Sane celebrates scoring City’s winner against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in January (Martin Rickett/PA) Pep Guardiola’s back-to-back Premier League champions renew their rivalry with Jurgen Klopp’s European champions in their first meeting since landing their latest respective silverware. Liverpool pushed City all the way in an epic title race last season and have home advantage as they bid to draw first blood in pursuit of their first domestic crown in 30 years. Guardiola’s side will be equally determined to maintain the edge after beatin...

Five talking points from the Premier League fixture release

Manchester City have a favourable start and end to the season but title rivals Liverpool get Champions League help. The Premier League fixtures for 2019-20 were announced this morning. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the stories behind the schedule. Advantage City City appear to have a kinder start and run-in (Martin Rickett/PA) Only a point separated the top two last season and it could be all about fine margins again in 2019-20. If that is the case, Manchester City seem to have been dealt a kinder hand, with a home game against Tottenham appearing to be the most challenging fixture in their first and last six games. In contrast, Liverpool have Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle in their first six – and finish against the trio. But Liverpool get home help after European ...

The Real deal – 6 players who swapped the Premier League for Madrid

Eden Hazard could not resist the opportunity of playing for Real Madrid, becoming the latest Premier League star to become a Galactico. The Belgium international had seven seasons at Chelsea, winning six major trophies, including the Europa League and the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup, before deciding on a move to Madrid. Here, Press Association Sport’s Alec Whitaker takes a look at six former Premier League players who have made the switch. 🇧🇪✨ @hazardeden10 is bringing the SKILLS!#WelcomeHazard | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/rM2R1LO4VL — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) June 7, 2019 Steve McManaman (1999-2003) Steve McManaman left Liverpool for the Spanish capital in 1999 (Phil Noble/PA) The Bootle-born player was also the first English footballer to move from t...

Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis cannot wait for Premier League football

Jamal Lewis is itching to test himself in the Premier League after helping Norwich to the Championship title last term. The 21-year-old left-back has enjoyed a rapid rise since making his Canaries debut in December 2017 and is now established as a first-choice both for his club and Northern Ireland. He has passed most tests that have come his way with distinction but knows harder examinations will follow next season as he faces the likes of Raheem Sterling and Mohamed Salah in the top flight. “With the winger position, I think there’s quite a big gulf between the Championship and the Premier League, definitely a jump in quality,” Lewis said. “I pride myself on trying to be a good defender first so I will truly be tested and we’ll see if I actually am.” His pride may be in defending but Lew...

Xherdan Shaqiri ready to help Liverpool win Premier League title

Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri says that he joined the club to win major trophies and ‘dreams’ of finishing top of the Premier League next season. Xherdan Shaqiri has suggested that he is not interested in a move away from Liverpool as he ‘dreams’ of winning the Premier League title with the Merseyside outfit. The Switzerland international proved to be a valuable squad player during his debut campaign at Anfield, featuring 30 times in all competitions. A lack of minutes in the business end of the campaign led to suggestions that Shaqiri was on the lookout for a new club, however, with his only 90-minute outing in the second half of the season coming in the 4-0 win against Barcelona. After playing a part in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph, though, the ...

Hutton one of eight to leave Villa as Smith plans for Premier League

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has cut a swathe through his squad as he plans for a return to the Premier League by releasing eight players. Just five days after Villa won the Sky Bet Championship play-off final with a 2-1 victory over Derby at Wembley, Smith has released Alan Hutton, Albert Adomah, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Elphick, Glenn Whelan, Micah Richards, Mark Bunn and Ritchie De Laet. Full-back Hutton, in particular, became a cult figure at Villa, nicknamed ‘the Scottish Cafu’, he made 202 appearances over eight seasons with the club. Smith gave 34-year-old Hutton the honour of leading out Villa for the club’s final league game of the Championship season last month, a 2-1 home defeat to Norwich. Adomah was another popular character, notably scoring 15 goals last season en route to Villa...

Jose Antonio Reyes, the Premier and Europa League history maker

Jose Antonio Reyes was the first Spaniard to win the Premier League. His part in the Gunners’ historic unbeaten Premier League triumph in 2004 will remain etched in the club’s folklore, Arsene Wenger’s men going through the season unbeaten. Reyes is also the most decorated player in the Europa League, having won it five times. Reyes was a big hit at Arsenal (Sean Dempsey/PA) He won the trophy three times with Sevilla and it was his boyhood club who confirmed his death in a car accident, aged 35, on Saturday. Born in Utreta, less than 20 miles from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, it was inevitable that Reyes would start his career with Sevilla, making his debut at 16, and helping them to promotion to LaLiga in 2001. He scored 22 goals in 73 starts in four years, which attracted Wenger’s ...

Aston Villa keen to make impact in Premier League, says chief executive

Villa returned to the top flight after a three-year exile. Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has vowed the club will not just make up the numbers in the Premier League. Dean Smith’s side returned to the top flight after a three-year absence following Monday’s 2-1 Sky Bet Championship play-off final victory over Derby. Villa finished bottom when they were relegated in 2016, winning just three games, but Purslow insisted they will compete next season. He told Club TV: “We have momentum. We have a core of players that we’re very excited about. But obviously there will be comings and goings. “Our goal is that when we arrive in the Premier League, we are ready with a Dean Smith team – players that fit his playing profile and that give us the best possible chance to make a real impac...

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