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Manchester City v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

MBM updates as City look to seal seventh league title Jonathan Liew: Guardiola, Tuchel and the case for defence Get in touch! Send your thoughts to Scott by email 4.56pm BST As is de rigueur these days, a large crowd gathered outside the Etihad to wish Manchester City well upon their arrival. Just as they did for the Champions League semi-final against PSG, hundreds of fans lined the street leading up to the ground, giving it plenty as the team bus drove past slowly. It was the usual heady mix of blue flares, fireworks, people spilling into the road, peelers keeping order, and not much in the way of social distancing. The title may be clinched tonight in an empty stadium, but the champions-elect know they’ve made their people happy. 4.40pm BST Manchester City make nine changes to the XI sent out to beat PSG on Tuesday evening. Ederson and Ruben Dias are the only players to keep their places. Sergio Aguero is handed a start, nine years on from that title-clinching goal. Chelsea are stable by comparison, making just five changes to the team named for the schooling of Real Madrid on Wednesday. Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour, Reece James and Marcos Alonso replace Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Jorginho, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. 4.34pm BST Manchester City: Ederson, Ake, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Mendy, Torres, Aguero, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus.Subs: Walker, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Steffen, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Garcia. Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Kante, James, Ziyech, Gilmour, Alonso, Pulisic, Werner.Subs: Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Abraham, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Emerson Palmieri, Livramento. 3.17pm BST It’s a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final … and so much more. For a start, there’s the not insignificant fact that Manchester City can secure their seventh English league championship this evening. Three points tonight, and they’ll be uncatchable at the top of the Premier League table. How they’d love to get the job done and freewheel towards their date with destiny in Istanbul. Chelsea won’t be in the mood to faff about either. They need a top-four finish, to guarantee Champions League football next season, whatever their fate in Turkey, and that’s yet to be secured. Defeat today would give West Ham, Spurs and Liverpool the chance to make up some ground, with tricky fixtures against Arsenal, Leicester and Aston Villa to come, and that’s before considering the FA Cup final. Continue reading…
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Leeds v Tottenham LIVE: Ryan Mason’s Spurs look to close gap to Premier League top four – full commentary and confirmed line-ups

Tottenham head to Leeds for Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League as they look to keep their top-four hopes alive. Spurs go into this weekend’s matches five points off Chelsea in fourth and could yet gatecrash the Champions League places. Ryan Mason has lead his side to back-to-back top-flight wins since taking temporary charge […]
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Gareth Bale can be Tottenham hero against Leeds United but the omens aren’t good, despite wild skill in 2013

Gareth Bale’s sublime hat-trick against Sheffield United on Sunday boosted Tottenham’s top four hopes. A selection of fine finishes left fans swooning again over the Real Madrid loanee, leaving them wondering why he hadn’t played much in the preceding weeks. Doing it against the Premier League’s first relegated side is one thing, doing it regularly […]
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Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Leicester’s top-four hopes

Steve Bruce has faced all kinds of flak this season but one quality he undoubtedly possesses is resilience. Thanks to this win Newcastle will almost certainly be in the Premier League again next season, for better or worse. Leicester’s staying power, on the other hand, is wide open to question again after a jittery performance that leaves them at risk of letting Champions League qualification slip through their fingers for the second season in a row. Brendan Rodgers’ team are still in the top four but to avoid the pain and embarrassment of dropping out again they may need as many as eight points from their three remaining league fixtures, which are against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with the FA Cup final in between. They had hoped to drain as much stress as possible from those meetings by dispatching Newcastle. Instead they self-destructed. Related: Leicester City v Newcastle United: Premier League – live! Continue reading…
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