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    Sheffield United vs Leeds FREE: Live stream, TV channel, team news, kick-off for Premier League clash

    LEEDS go marching on in the Premier League with a trip to Sheffield United.
    Marceo Bielsa’s Whites have been involved in two seven-goal thrillers so far in both of their matches in their return to the top-flight. The Blades, meanwhile, are aiming to put some points on the board after back-to-back defeats.

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    Leeds travel to Sheffield United this weekend
    When is Sheffield United vs Leeds?

    Sheffield United vs Leeds kicks off at 12pm on Sunday, September 27.
    Bramall Lane plays host.
    There will be no fans in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    What TV channel and live stream is Sheffield United vs Leeds on?
    Sheffield United vs Leeds will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.

    The match will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.
    How can I watch Sheffield United vs Leeds for FREE?
    EE customers can get a free three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150.
    You can then cancel the trial at any time.

    What is the team news?
    For Sheffield United, John Egan and Lys Mousset are unavailable.

    Egan serves his suspension after his red card against Aston Villa.
    Mousset remains out with a toe injury.
    For Leeds, Pablo Hernandez is out for two more weeks after suffering from a groin strain during the warm-up before the 4-3 win over Fulham.
    Marcelo Bielsa has said new signing Diego Llorente is ready to play if he is needed.
    Bielsa says he has his eye on a couple more signings as he said long-term absentee Adam Forshaw also suffered another setback.
    What have they said?
    Chris Wilder: “You look at [Bielsea’s] record and what he has done in world football.
    “He is a character and he improves his players and he plays his football in a way he wants to see football played.
    “He is an outstanding figure in European and world football
    “We were the better side when we lost at Bramall Lane and he will have said the same at Elland Road. Two tight games and not expecting anything different.”
    Marcelo Bielsa: “It’s very true the way you say Sheff Utd set themselves up unusually, or uncommon, but they’re not the only team who play this way. As a result, there are a lot of team who have looked at their style of play and tried to implement it. To add to that, they are very loyal to their style of play. They are a team very convinced of the way they have to play.” More

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    Football betting tips: Both teams to score in Sheff Utd vs Leeds, plus Liverpool vs Arsenal – Premier League predictions

    GOALS are on back the menu this weekend as the Premier League returns.
    We’ve got betting tips for you from two top-flight games after Man Utd beat Brighton and Chelsea fought back from three goals down in a thriller at the Hawthorns.

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    Marcelo Bielsa’s side are looking for back-to-back PL winsCredit: PA:Press Association
    Sheff Utd vs Leeds, Sunday midday

    A Sunday treat from Bramall Lane as these Yorkshire rivals meet in the top division for the first time since 1994.
    Last season’s surprise package, the Blades haven’t got their new campaign off to the perfect start.
    Back-to-back defeats look bad on paper, but they were a goal threat even with ten men against Aston Villa and we don’t think many of you in South Yorkshire should be too worried just yet.
    Leeds meanwhile have started the season like a train, high on confidence and Marcelo Bielsa’s murderball tactics.

    It looks like ‘we’re going to score one more than you’ is the mantra for the season – and it’ll be fascinating to see if they go into their shell as Norwich did when racking up a few losses.
    Because in this league, that’s inevitable.
    The Blades built their fine 2019/20 season on a mean defence, finishing the campaign with a better defensive record than Chelsea, Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal.

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    They’re yet to score after drawing two blanks against Wolves and Villa, but we’re confident they get off the mark against a Leeds back-line which has conceded seven goals already.

    Bielsa’s gung-ho, attacking outlook make the Whites an exciting watch – but wide open at the back.
    Back both teams to score at a very generous 4/5, but don’t expect another seven goal thriller.
    Wilder’s side are too canny for that and they only conceded more than two or more at home on FOUR occasions.
    We think this will be a close run thing and so do the bookies, with some real value available on the ‘win either half’ markets.
    You can get 10/11 on Sheffield United to do just that, and we’d recommend that as a play rather than the 90 minute result.
    Rodrigo was the big-money signing for Leeds this summer but the former Valencia man is yet to cement his place in first-team.
    Patrick Bamford – so often ridiculed for wasting chances in the Championship – has the trust of Bielsa and has repaid him with two goals in two Prem games.
    You can get a hefty 12/5 on him making it three in three – don’t miss out.
    SunSport’s best bets

    Liverpool vs Arsenal, Monday 8pm
    A cracker under the lights is in store on Merseyside as the reigning champions welcome the Gunners.
    There’s already been drama with this one, as the kick-off time was moved 15 minutes earlier to ensure supporters could watch the match in the pub without it going through the new 10pm curfew.
    And judging by the way the opening four matches involving these teams have panned out, fans will be in need of a drink.
    Liverpool are two for two, but not without a scare against Leeds – although they were hardly troubled as ten-man Chelsea were swatted aside at Stamford Bridge.
    Just a word for Thiago Alcantara as well, who came off the bench in that victory and looked the Rolls Royce he is.
    At least one of these teams is losing their perfect start with Arsenal coming into the game on the back of wins over Fulham and West Ham.
    You can only beat what is put in front of you, but this is the first major test of Mikel Arteta and his side this season.
    And we’re not convinced they’ll be up to the job of ending Liverpool’s seemingly endless Anfield run – despite that Community Shield triumph just a few weeks ago.

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    Merseyside is not a happy hunting ground for the Gunners and they last won on this ground way back in 2012.
    That’s seven fruitless visits in the Premier League, with Liverpool netting three or more times in SIX of those encounters.
    With Jurgen Klopp’s side looking impressive in front of goal again, that’s how you play here.
    Liverpool are a tempting 1/2 to win the game and we won’t stop you from backing that, especially as the final leg in a weekend accumulator.
    But far more tempting is the 5/4 you can get on over 3.5 goals.
    That’s been a winner the last EIGHT times Arsenal have played here, including that bonkers 5-5 draw in the Carabao Cup last season.

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    We don’t expect Arteta to employ the same spoiling tactics that Frank Lampard used last week, which blunted the Reds until Christensen’s red card.
    And as such, back Liverpool to net often and early.
    The Reds to score in BOTH halves should really be odds-on, so don’t miss out on the 11/10 you can get right now.
    Mo Salah looks like a man on a mission at the moment and has started the season just like his new haircut – sharp.
    He’s quite rightly priced at 5/6 to net anytime and will be popular, but we prefer Sadio Mane to score following his brace against Chelsea.
    The Senegalese will get plenty of chances and 23/20 is the value pick.
    SunSport’s best bets
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    Tottenham eyeing cut-price Milan Skriniar transfer as Inter look for money to buy Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante

    SPURS could strike it lucky by getting Milan Skriniar on the cheap — because Inter Milan are scrambling for cash to sign N’Golo Kante.
    Tottenham are in talks with the Italian club over a deal for Skriniar — the man boss Jose Mourinho believes can sort out his team’s defensive problems.

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    Spurs could be set to land Milan Skriniar for a bargain £35mCredit: Getty – Contributor

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    Inter need to raise funds to sign N’Golo Kante from ChelseaCredit: PA:Press Association

    But they were put off by the £55million asking price for the 25-year-old Slovakian.
    Inter have since lowered their demands to just over £45m.
    But they may now drop their valuation to £35m just to get some cash in to fund a bid for Chelsea star Kante.
    The Blues seem prepared to do business for the France midfielder. 

    But only if someone coughs up £45m.
    And the Serie A club do not have that kind of money available.
    Yet boss Antonio Conte believes the capture of Kante, 29, is so vital to his plans to overhaul Juventus he believes a sacrifice can be made in the Skriniar deal.
    He wants the Inter board to lower the asking price to ensure the transfer is done.

    UK agency Base have been given the mandate to secure the deal.
    Inter will then turn their attention to signing Kante.
    He could be sold to finance a Blues bid for West Ham’s Declan Rice.

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    Burnley 0 Southampton 1: Danny Ings strike and controversial decisions see Dyche lose 400th game as boss

    SEAN DYCHE tasted defeat as he took charge of his 400th game on Saturday.
    Danny Ings scored his third goal of the season as Burnley lost 1-0 to Southampton.

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    Danny Ings found the net after just five minutes of the clashCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ings scored from close range against his former club just five minutes into the match.
    The 28-year-old found the net from eight yards after the ball was laid off by Che Adams.
    Since the start of last season, Ings has scored 25 of Southampton’s 54 Premier League goals.
    Burnley, who were without seven senior players, had a penalty call dismissed in the first half.

    Referee Andre Marriner did not point to the spot after Chris Wood went down after a challenge from Jan Bednarek.
    In the second half, Wood struck the ball past Alex McCarthy but his goal was ruled out for offside.
    VAR could not review what appeared to be a close call.

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    Sean Dyche suffered a defeat on his 400th game as a manager Credit: EPA

    The victory marks Southampton’s first win at Burnley in the top-flight since March 1971.

    It leaves Burnley slumped at 17th in the table after losing both of their opening games.
    Up next, Dyche’s struggling side will host Manchester City in the cup.

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    Danny Ings has scored three goals this season Credit: AP:Associated Press

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    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta worried Prem stars leaving coronavirus bubble for international games could be ‘bad news’

    MIKEL ARTETA fears “bad news” when players leave the Premier League’s Covid-19 bubble to go on international duty next month.
    It was Arteta’s positive test back in March that led to English football shutting down completely, until strict protocols were put in place to allow some games to resume behind closed doors.

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    Mikel Arteta fears next month’s international break could spell trouble for players leaving the Premier League’s coronavirus bubble

    But the Prem was dealt another major warning when West Ham boss David Moyes and his players Josh Cullen and Issa Diop discovered they were positive before the Hammers’ Carabao Cup win over Hull on Tuesday.
    The Gunners head coach Arteta said: “We have much more information right now than we had many months ago when that happened.
    “The bubbles that the Premier League, the clubs and the Government have been able to create to try to keep everybody as safe as possible are working really, really well.
    “But we all know that the issue is still there.

    “It is not going away and we have to keep the same approach and be always very careful, very conservative and try to maintain this business because it is really important in many, many aspects.
    “We are lucky in our profession that we have found a way. Not many professions can say that.
    “Let’s respect that and try to keep going in the best possible way.
    “Obviously when everyone has to fly away to very different countries, I think at the moment it’s a little bit of an experience.
    “We don’t know what the outcome is. We want to believe that they are going to follow a lot of things that are implemented and working well so fingers crossed we don’t get any bad news.”
    The good news for Arteta on the pitch is that he goes into tomorrow’s clash against Jurgen Klopp’s champions Liverpool with a 100 per cent record.
    Arsenal beat the Reds at the Emirates in July and in the Community Shield in the penalty shootout victory at Wembley last month.
    But Arteta knows his side face a huge challenge to close the 43-point gap between the two clubs at the end of last season.
    The Gunners boss said: “I don’t know if in football history someone has closed a gap of 43 points, if they maintain the same level, in just a few months.
    “What you are expecting to do is be much better and more consistent and then they can drop the level a little bit, and then the gap is not that big.

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    “But I don’t see any complacency [in Liverpool].
    “They go to any ground, even when they are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, 4-0 up, and they still go in the same way.
    “This is an incredible credit to the coaching team, the culture they have created and the spirit of that team.
    “There is not one player that plays half-half on the day, that is not very interested or just plays for moments in the game.
    “They just go for it, every single minute of every game.
    “Throughout the season to do that for ten months, that’s a massive compliment I think.”
    Former Manchester City No 2 Arteta has received plenty of praise for his work to date at Arsenal but there is much more to do to compete with Liverpool at the top of the table.

    He said: “That is a different level. They have done that in the Premier League and in the Champions League as well.
    “And that is why they raised the bar so high.
    “Not only them, Manchester City as well in recent years.
    “That is the level and you have to be able to compete at that level because this is our context and this is our reality.”
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    West Ham eye shock Antonio Rudiger loan transfer with Chelsea defender left out in cold by Frank Lampard

    WEST HAM hope to get Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea in a loan deal.
    The Germany centre-half is worried about his role in Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea.

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    West Ham are eyeing a shock loan move for Chelsea defender Antonio RudigerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And he may need a move ahead of the Euro 2020 finals next year.
    Hammers are keen to take Rudiger for the season and will pay good money to take him.
    They have already failed in similar enquiries for Rob Holding at Arsenal and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.
    Blues may prefer to sell Rudiger, 27, but if that plan fails then David Moyes’ Irons have a serious chance of success. 

    The Hammers are also making checks on French centre-half Mohamed Simakan, 20.
    Simakan is in the middle of a long contract at Strasbourg and they value him in the £20million class already.
    West Ham would not pay Burnley’s £40m valuation for James Tarkowski.
    And they were also quoted a huge fee for 19-year-old Wesley Fofana at Saint-Etienne.

    Moyes has also been checking out  Hans Vanaken, who has 50 goals in 142 starts for Club Bruges in Belgium.
    Vanaken, 28, has won five caps for Belgium.
    The midfielder has missed a move to the Premier League in the past but would jump at the chance now. 

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    Pep Guardiola blasts ‘nobody cares about the players’ as he slams Prem chiefs over rushed return after Jesus injury

    PEP GUARDIOLA always feared it could come down to a survival of  the fittest.
    Yet the Manchester City boss surely believed it would take a little longer than two weeks to be proved correct.

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    Pep Guardiola’s worst fears regarding a player burn out are started to come to fruitionCredit: PA:Press Association

    Guardiola was not the only one to warn the players faced burn-out, given the added demands on an already tight-as-cramp schedule.
    Now, without Gabriel Jesus for up to six weeks, Bernardo Silva on the list of walking wounded, and Sergio Aguero still far from a return, he has come out fighting.
    Guardiola was speaking for every club when he said: “No one cares about the players.”

     City and neighbours United were given a week’s grace before their campaign began, as their European exploits meant they only finished the previous one in mid-August.
    Yet international calls meant a pre-season of less than three weeks for many — and the fall-out has already started.
    Guardiola added: “It is not just Manchester City it is all the clubs, all the countries. Nobody cares for the players.
    “This is a business and we are part of the business, but we want to do it as best as possible for ourselves and for the fans unfortunately watching at home.

    “But for a long time now we have had this. So for the players, the pre-season was one or two weeks and then you have to play every three days for 11 months.
    “I understand this is an exceptional situation. For the restaurants, cinemas, the  theatres, museums, shopping, for everything.

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    Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out for six weeks through injuryCredit: Getty
    “Everyone is struggling, so we are not exceptional in this.  But we had three players come back from the international duty and they were injured and we cannot control this. They let them play  without preparation, two games in three or four days.
    “In the end they are not machines but we demand a lot of them, and sometimes the muscles break down.”
    Guardiola goes into today’s clash with Leicester missing both his spearhead strikers in Jesus and Aguero.
    Even though his squad is packed with stars, it means 17-year-old Liam Delap could feature again, just three days after making his debut.
    There is no immediate let-up to the schedule either, no chance for weary limbs to get some much-needed rest.
    City have Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round trip to Burnley, most will be involved in the next set of international fixtures in a fortnight, and the next European campaign is just around the corner.

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    There is no doubt if he still had the chance, Guardiola would be tearing his hair out.
    He said: “Every association  — the Premier League, Uefa, Fifa, the Carabao Cup — they defend their own business and their position, so you have to play every competition.
    “With the international teams, the federations need to play games for qualification for the Euros, the World Cup because it’s Uefa and Fifa’s responsibility to organise their own tournaments.
    “They need the players and the situation is exceptional — everyone understands that.
    “But we had 11 months playing incredible games, then the players had two or three weeks and had to come back and play another season.”

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    Jose Mourinho growing frustrated with Tottenham’s transfer business after failing to land Harry Kane back-up

    JOSE MOURINHO is becoming increasingly frustrated with Tottenham for failing to land him a back-up striker for Harry Kane.
    The Spurs boss has had to embark on a new season with his club gambling again on just having England star Kane as a solitary hitman.

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    Jose Mourinho will have to rely on Harry Kane for the 2020-21 campaignCredit: Rex Features

    SunSport revealed Mourinho wanted Ollie Watkins — who grabbed 28 goals last season for Brentford — to be understudy to Kane.
    But he had to watch Aston Villa land the 24-year-old, for a fee of £28million, which could rise to £33m with add-ons.
    Watkins has already scored twice in two EFL Cup appearances for Villa this season and made a full debut in the Premier League in the 1-0 defeat of Sheffield United six days ago.

    Mourinho has told friends he cannot believe a big club like Spurs have just ONE recognised central striker compared to the likes of Manchester City — Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.
    While Chelsea have Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and rivals Arsenal can call on Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
    Manchester United boast Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Odion Ighalo and even Leicester have two in Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.
    A pal said: “Tottenham is the only club in the world with one striker.

    “It is the same as last season. Do fans really think Jose wants four left-backs, six wingers and one striker? It is incredible.”

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    Spurs missed out on the signing of Ollie Watkins Credit: Rex Features

    Levy has sanctioned around £60m worth of spending this summer.
    But the cash has been splashed on defenders Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty and midfielderand Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
    Kane continues to bang in the goals for Spurs — who face Newcastle at home today — but he has had injuries and missed 67 days and 14 games last season from January 2 with a thigh problem.

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