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The Special One revealed in midweek that the summer signing cannot currently play more than one game a week

West Ham vs Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 'must work on rapport with back four', admits Brendan Rodgers

The Reds continue to have problems at the back despite investment

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Gunners post financial results with £173m in the bank adding to the pressure on Arsene Wenger

Manager may again face calls to open his wallet after European struggles

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Alan Pardew future: Headbutt victim David Meyler shuns calls for Newcastle manager to be sacked

The Hull City player comes up against Pardew for the first time since the bizarre incident

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Pellegrini launches impassioned defence of under-fire City midfielder, saying he needs support

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A fans’ poll revealed that the majority of those questioned wanted Alan Pardew to be sacked

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The Weekend Dossier: Plotting wage bills against league position shows it is not always easy to work out

Louis van Gaal talks with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie

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The captain is given assurances over his position in the starting XI

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart impressed against Bayern Munich

Statistical preview to the Premier League, featuring Manchester City vs Chelsea; West Ham vs Liverpool and Aston Villa vs Arsenal

WhoScored.com, who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, preview the top matches the Premier League this weekend on behalf of The Independent

Steven Caulker vs Ryan Shawcross: Head-to-head analysis ahead of the clash between QPR and Stoke City

Check out all the vital statistics concerning the two sides' defenders ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting at Loftus Road

A view outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Arsenal financial results: Gunners announce £4.7m profit and increased turnover

The gloom from midweek's Champions League result has been lifted a little

Gylfi Sigurdsson vs Dusan Tadic: Head-to-head analysis ahead of the clash between Swansea City and Southampton

Check out all the vital statistics concerning the two sides' midfielders ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting at the Liberty Stadium

Leicester City vs Manchester United: 'Swagger' is back at United, reckons Nigel Pearson

The Foxes haven't beaten United since 1998

Premier League football on TV: Matches on this weekend, including West Ham vs Liverpool and Manchester City vs Chelsea

A round-up of the games you can see on television over the weekend

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Watford 1 Bournemouth 1: Defender strikes late to salvage a point as Martinez confirms Garcia is on the mend
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Fulham 0 Blackburn 1: Cottagers desperately searching for first win
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Euro 2020: The semi-finals and final will be held at Wembley
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A section of Partizan fans display an anti-semitic banner during the club's Europa League match between Partizan and Tottenham Hotspur
Partizan Belgrade 0 Tottenham 0: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino described the banner as 'unacceptable' and Partizan have already apologised for it
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Former England team-mates have aimed digs at each others accents, but does anyone know what they're on about?
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Gutierrez and Sagna battle for the ball
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