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Manchester Derby not Title decider – Owen

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Manchester City could go 11 points clear at the top of the Premier league table with victory over archrivals and second placed Manchester United when the two lock horns at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola and his team have absolutely taken the league by storm this season, as they are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Premier League.

They head to Old Trafford on the back of a run of consecutive victories spanning 13 matches (a joint Premier league record), but former Liverpool and Man United striker Michael Owen is of the opinion that even with victory over Man United, the Premier League title race will still be very much on.

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“I think City were quite a few points ahead last season and didn’t go on to win it and actually Chelsea went on to win it at an absolute breeze, so definitely nothing is going to be decided so soon”, Owen said. “I think it will be a huge game but I don’t think it will be a decider so soon in the season. via Goal.com

Owen who has experienced the Manchester derby as a player when he grabbed a 96th minute winner as United triumphed 4-3 in a memorable clash at Old Trafford in September 2009, believes even though City are in brilliant form it is still a very long season and things can change at any point in time especially considering the quality of the chasing pack.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.

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Ex-Arsenal, Spurs Attacker Terminates Contract, Becomes Free Agent

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Former Premier League striker Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor is now a free agent after his contract with Turkish Super League side Kayserispor was terminated.

He had joined Kayserispor in the summer and went on to score two league goals in eight appearances for the Turkish club.

The Togolese international had more success with Istanbul Basaksehir FC of Turkey where he scored 24 league goals.

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Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor played for clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace in the English top flight.

The Togolese striker signed for Arsenal from French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in January 2006.

He is not fondly remembered at Arsenal following the manner of his exit to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Emmanuel Adebayor graduated from hero to zero in the eyes of the Arsenal fans after he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate the goal he scored against the Gunners in his first game against them in the colours of Manchester City.

The Nigerian-born Togolese international has struggled to hit the heights he attained at Arsenal with the other clubs he featured for till date.

His best season as a professional player was the 2007/08 campaign when he scored 30 goals for Arsenal while Arsene Wenger was still the manager.

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Chelsea Keen To Sign This Pacey Winger In January

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Europa League winners Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the January transfer market which opens again in the next few weeks.

According to The Independent, Chelsea want to sign the in-form Zaha if their transfer ban is overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Chelsea are in the midst of a two-window transfer ban imposed on them by world football’s governing body FIFA due to their culpability in the signing of underage players.

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The Blues had earlier made an appeal to FIFA over the transfer ban and it was thrown out thereby prompting them to take the matter to CAS.

Chelsea were unable to sign players in the summer as they served the first part of the punishment.

They will serve the second part of the punishment in the January transfer window if the ban is not overturned.

Wilfried Zaha was a transfer target for both Everton and Arsenal in the summer but the two clubs were unable to produce the £80m transfer fee ended to sign him.

Recent reports claimed that Crystal Palace have slammed a £70m asking price on him ahead of January transfer window.

Zaha has scored two goals in the last three games for Crystal Palace.

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Why Perez Wants To Spend Just €50m On Paul Pogba

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will have to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid if reports coming out of the media is anything to go by.

According to sources close to ESPN, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez won’t spend more than €50m on Paul Pogba and that would effectively rule out a move for him.

Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo had earlier talked about what is needed to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

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It was disclosed that Real Madrid will have to pay at least £120m to prise Paul Pogba away from the Red Devils.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of his compatriot Pogba and he pushed for his transfer in the summer but nothing tangible came out of it partly due to the financial implications of a possible transfer for him.

Paul Pogba previously talked about Real Madrid in glowing terms and he might have to wait for his chance to join the Los Merengues.

The Frenchman is currently out injured with an ankle problem that has restricted him to just six games this season.

He could make his return from injury for the blockbuster Manchester Derby clash in the Premier League this weekend.

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EPL: Another Chelsea Striker Nominated For Goal Of The Month Award

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been nominated for the Premier League Goal of the Month for November.

The Nigerian-born England international has made the list of eight nominees for the Goal of the Month Award for last month.

He made the list for his strike during the 2-1 away win over bottom club Watford.

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Others on the list of nominees for the Goal of the Month for November include Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United), Harry Wilson (Bournemouth), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Fabinho (Liverpool).

Tammy Abraham has been in sensational form for Chelsea this season following his return to the Blues from a loan spell at Aston Villa.

He scored 25 goals in 37 appearances for Aston Villa last season in the English Championship as he helped the club to return to the Premier League.

Tammy Abraham has scored 12 goals in all competitions including 11 goals in the Premier League.

He returned from a small injury layoff in the midweek game against Aston Villa.

Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 at home with a goal and an assist for Tammy Abraham.

He would be hoping to continue his form for Chelsea when they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton.

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Chelsea Can Now Sign Players For This Reason

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Europa League winners Chelsea are free to sign players in the January transfer window after their transfer ban was lifted earlier today.

Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by FIFA earlier this year for their involvement with underage players and that prompted them to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after their appeal to FIFA was turned down.

The Blues have already served a transfer window ban during this summer’s transfer window.

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The CAS hearing took place earlier today and the FIFA ruling was partially upheld but the transfer ban was reduced from two transfer windows to one transfer window which had already been served by Chelsea in the summer.

With new development, Chelsea can now sign players as from the winter transfer window in the New Year.

Chelsea have been seriously linked with a move to Wilfried Zaha even before the ruling from CAS.

The latest development means that the Blues have the opportunity to sign Zaha from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.

According to the Independent, Chelsea will have to pay as much as £70m for Zaha if they want to sign the Ivorian international player who has scored two goals in the last three league games for Crystal Palace.

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Mauricio Pochettino Out Of Running For Vacant Bayern Job

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Ex-Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino is no longer in the running for the vacant managerial job at German champions Bayern Munich.

This is according to the newest reports emanating from the German media which revealed that Mauricio Pochettino won’t be the man to replace Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich.

The Bavarian giants sacked Niko Kovac last month shortly after the 5-1 thrashing handed out to them by Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.

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For now, Hans Flick is the caretaker manager at Bayern Munich until the end of this month.

Apart from Mauricio Pochettino who lost his job at Spurs last month and was replaced by Jose Mourinho, the likes of Maximiliano Allegri, Arsene Wenger, Ralf Rangnick and Thomas Tuchel have been linked with the Bayern Munich job.

Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last month after he led the team to their worst start in the Premier League for many years.

The Argentine tactician has been linked with the managerial job at Arsenal and Manchester United though the former is more likely at this point since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in his job as the Red Devils boss.

Arsenal are looking for a replacement for manager Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino is said to be on their shortlist.

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EPL: The Legend Backing Chelsea To Beat Struggling Everton

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West London giants Chelsea have been backed to pick up the three points on offer for the league game at the home of Everton this weekend.

Tennis star Andy Murray made his prediction on several Premier League Matchday 16 games including the Everton vs Chelsea clash at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

According to the former Wimbledon Open champion, Chelsea will secure the maximum points via a 2-1 win over Everton who are without a permanent manager following the dismissal of Marco Silva earlier this week.

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Marco Silva was appointed the Everton manager last summer and he led them to eighth place on the Premier League table last summer.

He had not reached the heights of last season in the new Premier League campaign and the final straw was the Merseyside Derby which Everton lost 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Marco Silva was sacked on Thursday and he has since been replaced by club legend Duncan Ferguson who will be in temporary charge of the team starting with the Everton game.

For Chelsea, a win over Everton will consolidate their spot in the top four on the Premier League.

The Blues beat Aston Villa in their last league game to end a two-game losing run and could make it two wins in a row at Everton this weekend.

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32-year-old Legend Makes His Prediction On Bournemouth-Liverpool Clash

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British tennis star Andy Murray has made his prediction for the Bournemouth vs Liverpool game in the Premier League this weekend.

Bournemouth play hosts to Liverpool in a Matchday 16 clash billed for the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening.

According to Andy Murray, Liverpool will win the game 2-1 thereby maintaining their lead at the top of the Premier League table at least.

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Liverpool are in action this weekend before their title rivals Leicester City and Manchester City and this gives them the opportunity to extend their lead at the Premier League summit before their rivals play their respective week 16 games.

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The Reds have an eight-point lead over Leicester City in second place and an 11-point lead over Manchester City in third place.

Manchester City face Manchester United in the late kickoff on Saturday, while Leicester City are guests of Aston Villa on Sunday evening.

Liverpool are the favourites against a Bournemouth side that has lost the last four games in the Premier League including the defeat at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

The Cherries were beaten 1-0 by hosts Crystal Palace earlier this week despite the fact that they had a man advantage for the better part of the entire league game.

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