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  • ​Real Madrid are determined to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard this summer and are willing to throw Spain striker Alvaro Morata into any deal for Hazard.

  • Under-pressure Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be offered the chance to take charge of Real Madrid this summer, or as a sporting director, if current boss Zinedine Zidane fails to maintain their impressive form.
  • Arsenal’s hierarchy could come to a compromise over manager Arsene Wenger’s future by making him the club’s first director of football.
  • There will be a major overhaul of the Gunners’ squad this summer even if 67-year-old Frenchman Wenger does not leave, with as many as nine players likely to be sold.
  • Barcelona forward Neymar is considering bids from Manchester United and Chelsea. Both Premier League clubs are willing to pay the Brazil international’s £170 million release clause and will make him the world’s highest-paid footballer.

  • Jose Mourinho will reportedly step up his pursuit of £40m-rated Eric Dier and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been valued at £50m.
  • Manchester United are preparing moves for Monaco defenders Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he rates Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez as one of the best in the world in the wake of the sides’ 2-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.
  • Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked with Manchester City but says he is “happy” at the Nou Camp club.
  • Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will all battle it out to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez this summer.

  • Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto may have increased his chances of a move to the Premier League after a goalscoring performance in front of Arsenal scounts on Sunday.
  • Arsenal are plotting a summer move for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
  • Barcelona are reportedly mulling over the signing of either Philippe Coutinho or Marco Verratti.
  • Marco Verratti will hold talks over his future at the end of the season. The 24-year-old has drawn interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona.

  • Juventus announce signing of Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca. The Uruguayan is viewed as one of the great promises of South American football and was a target for Real Madrid. Juve included an option in Tevez deal.
  • Rodrigo Bentancur was in Turin on Monday to undergo a medical before completing a move from Boca Juniors to Italian champions Juventus. The move was first arranged in the summer of 2015 when Carlos Tevez left Juve to move back to Boca. Juventus inserted a clause into the deal that handed them a purchase option on Bentancur that had to be activated by April 20, 2017.
  • The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva has claimed that the player rejected a deadline-day move to a Premier League club.
  • Juventus sent scouts to watch Porto take on Benfica over the weekend so they could take a look at Yacine Brahimi, who Everton were understood to be interested in last summer.
  • The Turin giants have stepped up their chase for Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa. The 26-year-old has slipped down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
  • The agent of Roma striker Stephan El Shaawary has said that his client wants to remain in the Italian capital despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.
  • Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who is on the verge of joining Roma, has revealed that he came close to signing Robin van Persie and Brazilian full-back Marcelo.

  • Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille will battle it out in a bid to win the race to sign Porto youngster Andre Silva.
  • Former Barcelona captain Xavi is confident that Lionel Messi – who is out of contract at the end of next season – will renew his contract at the Camp Nou.
  • Former Germany international goalkeeper Tim Wiese has returned to play for German sixth-tier team Dillingen at the age of 35 – after spending time trying to make it as a wrestler in the WWE.
  • Julian Brandt’s father and agent has denied reports that his son has already agreed to join German champions Bayern Munich from Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Jose Mourinho would like to add Spaniard Aitor Karanka to his staff following his dismissal as Middlesbrough manager.
  • Mourinho will prioritise the Europa League if results do not go his team’s way in their next two top-flight games against Everton and Sunderland.
  • Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a shirt-sleeve sponsorship deal worth £20m a season – four times more than rivals City’s new sleeve deal.
  • Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has criticised Everton’s Ross Barkley for refusing to apologise for a heavy challenge in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
  • Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson, 26, and Adam Lallana, 28, have flown to Miami for treatment on their respective injuries.
  • Crystal Palace will attempt to sign defender Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool during the summer.
  • Palace will offer Wilfried Zaha up to £110,000-per-week, amid interest from fellow London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
  • Tottenham are waiting to see whether Harry Winks will play again this season after a scan revealed he has suffered ankle ligament damage.

  • Everton have become the latest club to be linked with a move for Jonathan Klinsmann.

  • Everton’s teenage midfielder Tom Davies has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League side. The 18-year-old has made 17 appearances for Everton this season, including 10 Premier League starts.
  • Sunderland boss David Moyes will be asked by the Football Association to explain himself after telling a BBC reporter she might “get a slap”.
  • Moyes has said he “deeply regrets” comments in which he said a female reporter “might get a slap” after a postmatch interview.
  • Ex-Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin thinks the ghost of his dead dog may have been captured on camera after the ashes of ‘Big Frank’ were scattered on Hoylake Beach.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has said it came as a surprise when Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was to wear the No. 7 shirt at Manchester United, following in the footsteps of George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
  • Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has hit out at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sponsors Nike after the attacker’s masked goal celebration in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Schalke.
  • Philipp Lahm has told Die Welt he has no regrets about criticising Bayern Munich over the club’s transfer policy in 2009 and backing then coach Louis van Gaal.

  • Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has played down the suggestion he could take over at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger decides to step down this summer.
  • La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday that the 12-0 score in Segunda B game will be investigated after Eldense’s board of directors requested a probe into the possibility that match-fixing was involved.
  • Former Mexico international Nery Castillo has announced his retirement from the sport to take on a new venture, Nery’s Fishing, a store in Greece dedicated to anglers. 
  • Castillo, 32, who in 2007 helped Mexico to a runner-up Gold Cup finish as well as third place in the Copa America, last played football in 2014 for Rayo Vallecano. During his time with Shakhtar Donetsk from 2007-11, he played on loan at Manchester City as well as with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.
  • The German FA (DFB) is set to investigate Schalke mascot Erwin after he showed referee Felix Zwayer a red card in the derby draw with Borussia Dortmund, kicker has reported. 

Ligue 1 results – Balotelli  scores as Nice tighten grip on third place; Lyon held by Rennes

​Rennes 1 – 1 Lyon

Lorient 1 – 0 Caen

Montpellier 0 – 1 Toulouse

Nantes 2 – 1 Angers

Nice 2 – 1 Bordeaux

  • Nice 2 – 1 Bordeaux

Mario Balotelli scored one goal and set up another as Nice beat Bordeaux to move four points behind Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker equalised from the penalty spot after Gaetan Laborde had given Bordeaux the lead.

The penalty was awarded after Arnaud Souquet was fouled by Jeremy Toulalan.

Balotelli then set up Valentin Eysseric to hit the winner for third-placed Nice.

They are one point behind second-placed Paris St-Germain, who won the French League Cup by beating Ligue  1 leaders Monaco 4-1 on Saturday.

Both Monaco and PSG have a game in hand over Nice.

Bordeaux, whose only defeats in their 12 previous league outings had come against the top two, gave as good as they got for long periods, but were unable to find a way back into the game.

  • ​Rennes 1 – 1 Lyon

Firmin Ndombe Mubele came off the bench to snatch a 1-1 draw for 10-man Rennes as fourth-placed Lyon allowed victory to slip from their grasp.

The home side played with a man less for 85 minutes after defender Ramy Bensebaini was dismissed for handball, although Alexandre Lacazette saw the resulting penalty saved by keeper Benoit Costil on a costly afternoon for the visitors.

Maxwel Cornet fired Lyon into a 52nd-minute lead but Mubele secured a point nine minutes from time with a shot from distance.

  • Lorient 1 – 0 Caen

Lorient, who started the day propping up the table, gave their survival hopes a boost with a 1-0 victory over Caen in a stormy affair at the Stade du Moustoir.

Benjamin Moukandjo fired them into a 29th-minute lead but they found themselves up against it when midfielder Francois Bellugou was sent off for a foul on Jonathan Delaplace four minutes after the restart.

Caen frontman Ronny Rodelin and defender Damien da Silva missed chances to level, and their chances of a fightback were dealt a blow nine minutes from time when the latter was shown a red card for a foul.

  • Montpellier 0 – 1 Toulouse

Andy Delort fired Toulouse to a first win in six at Montpellier, scoring the only goal of a 1-0 triumph as half-time approached.

Striker Delort opened the scoring after running on to Christopher Julien’s knockdown at the end of a half during which both sides had previously gone close.

Delort, Issa Diop and Oscar Trejo all forced early saves from keeper Laurent Pionnier, while Montpellier’s Stephane Sessegnon, Isaac Mbenza and Yacouba Sylla threatened at the other end.

  • Nantes 2 – 1 Angers

Prejuce Nakoulma’s double was enough to claim a 2-1 victory for Nantes over Angers in an explosive start to the second half at La Beaujoire.

The striker’s close-range left-footed finish handed his side a 48th-minute lead, and he doubled his tally within six minutes when he fired home right-footed.

However, frontman Famara Diedhiou headed the visitors back into the game from Issa Cissokho’s cross within seconds to spark an onslaught.

But Angers could not rescue the game as they slipped to just a second defeat in seven in the league, with Cissokho sent off for a foul on Guillaume Gillet four minutes from time.

BundesLiga results  – Mario Gomez scores a seven minutes hat-trick to earn a point at Leverkusen, Mainz beaten by Ingolstadt 

​Ingolstadt 2 – 1 Mainz 05

Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 3 Wolfsburg

  • Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 3 Wolfsburg

Mario Gomez plundered a hat trick inside seven minutes but Wolfsburg saw a remarkable fightback victory at Bayer Leverkusen snatched from their grasp in a dramatic conclusion.

The visitors, who ran out at the BayArena in 15th place in the Bundesliga, looked to be in deep trouble when Kevin Volland’s 65th-minute strike gave the home side a 2-0 lead after Karim Bellarabi had opened the scoring before the break.
Striker Gomez halved the deficit with 10 minutes remaining when he headed home Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross and repeated the feat three minutes later with Maximilian Arnold the provider this time.

He completed his treble from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining after Blaszczykowski had been felled by Benjamin Henrichs.

That sent the travelling supporters into raptures, but their joy was short-lived as substitute Kai Havertz spared Leverkusen’s blushes with an 89th-minutre equaliser.

  • ​Ingolstadt 2 – 1 Mainz 05

Florent Hadergjonaj blasted lowly Ingolstadt to just their sixth league win of the season against Mainz to keep their survival hopes alive.

The home side got off to the perfect start when defender Romain Bregerie headed them into a 10th-minute lead from Markus Suttner’s cross, and they held their advantage until Marvin Matip’s own goal dragged Mainz back into it with 19 minutes remaining.

But two minutes later, Hadergjonaj’s shot from a tight angle flew past keeper Jonas Lossl to secure a precious victory.

Serie A results  – Juve held by Napoli; Milan draw at Pescara 

​Torino 2 – 2 Udinese

ChievoVerona 1 – 2 Crotone

Fiorentina 1 – 0 Bologna

Genoa 0 – 5 Atalanta

Palermo 1 – 3 Cagliari

Pescara 1 – 1 AC Milan

SSC Napoli 1 – 1 Juventus

  • SSC Napoli 1 – 1 Juventus

Juventus moved six points clear at the top of Serie A with eight games remaining after a draw away to Napoli.

Sami Khedira put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes following a deft one-two with Miralem Pjanic.

Napoli captain Marek Hamsik levelled after the break from Dries Mertens’ reverse pass.

Mertens then hit the post from a tight angle after beating goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to Kwadwo Asamoah’s back-pass but Juve held on.

The build-up to the game had been dominated by the return to Naples of former striker Gonzalo Higuain, but the 29-year-old was unable to have a meaningful impact on the match.

  • Pescara 1 – 1 AC Milan

AC Milan needed a Mario Pasalic equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with bottom of the table Pescara on the east coast.

Gabriel Paletta scored an early own goal when his wayward bouncing backpass eluded goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s attempts to control it and found the corner of the net.

But Pescara were denied a famous win when Pasalic struck after 41 minutes.

  • ​Torino 2 – 2 Udinese

Emiliano Moretti and Andrea Belotti scored late goals as Torino snatched a 2-2 draw with Udinese.

The hosts looked set to slide to their second defeat in three games when Jakub Jankto opened the scoring with a powerful 49th-minute drive.

Stipe Perica doubled Udinese’s lead from close range in the 69th minute before Moretti struck in the 70th minute and Belotti grabbed the equaliser with seven minutes to go.

  • Fiorentina 1 – 0 Bologna

Eighth-placed Fiorentina sustained their bid for Europa League football as substitute Khouma Babacar clinched a 1-0 win against Bologna.

  • Genoa 0 – 5 Atalanta

Genoa, 12 points clear of the drop zone, look likely to avoid relegation — but a 5-0 home hammering by Atalanta did little to appease their unhappy fans.

Alejandro Gomez was the key man for upwardly-mobile Atalanta, who are up to fifth at the expense of Inter Milan. He grabbed a hat trick after Andrea Conti opened the scoring and Mauricio Pinilla was sent off for Genoa.

Italy Under-21 defender Mattia Caldara, who is owned by Juventus, was also on target.

  • Palermo 1 – 3 Cagliari

Palermo were determined to close the seven-point gap on 17th-placed Empoli but remain in dire straits following a 3-1 loss to Cagliari.

Diego Lopez’s men took the lead through Giancarlo Gonzalez in the 26th minute, but the visitors turned it around with a second-half brace from Artur Ionita and Marco Borriello’s 14th league goal of the season.

  • ChievoVerona 1 – 2 Crotone

Strugglers Crotone maintained a glimmer of hope that they could yet secure Serie A survival after beating Chievo 2-1 in Verona.

The promoted club were in 19th place with only 14 points heading into Sunday’s match, but a Diego Falcinelli winner lifted them to within five points of safety with eight games remaining.

Crotone took the lead through Gian Marco Ferrari six minutes after the break and, after Sergio Pellissier had levelled, Falcinelli clinched victory in the 82nd minute.

Scottish Premiership -Done Deal: Scott Sinclairs’ hat-trick  fires Brendan Rodgers Celtic to sixth straight league title with eight  games left 

Celtic have won a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with eight games to spare after thrashing Hearts 5-0 at Tynecastle on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ side needed three points against fifth-placed Hearts to be confirmed as champions after Aberdeen hammered Dundeeon Friday.

And they did so with a hat-trick from Scott Sinclair and goals from Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts.

Unbeaten Celtic have dropped just four points so far during their campaign.

“My job when I came in was to win it in the best way we possibly could,” said Rodgers.

“We have had many outstanding performances, but we have only just begun because there’s still an awful lot of development in this team. That’s the real exciting part.”

Celtic are still on course to win the domestic treble, having beaten Aberdeen in November to win the League Cup, while they face rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-finals later this month.

The last time the club won all three major Scottish domestic trophies in one season was 2000-01 and the feat has only been achieved once since – when Rangers claimed a treble in 2002-03.

“The run we’re on is incredible,” said Rodgers in an interview with Football Focus prior to Sunday’s title-clinching victory.

Celtic could also became the first team to go a full 38-game Scottish Premiership campaign unbeaten.

The last time a Scottish side went a full season unbeaten was Rangers in 1898-99, while Celtic did the same the year before – but the season only lasted 18 games.

La Liga results  – Real and Barca win big; Sevilla draw to stay winless in four attempts 

​Sevilla 0 – 0 Sporting Gijon

Real Madrid 3 – 0 Alaves

Valencia 3 – 0 Deportivo La  Coruna

Granada 1 – 4 Barcelona

  • Real Madrid 3 – 0 Alaves

Real Madrid are two points clear at the top of La Liga with 10 games remaining after overcoming Alaves to record a fourth straight league win.

Karim Benzema put Zinedine Zidane’s side on course for victory after meeting Dani Carvajal’s fine cut-back.

Deyverson and Edgar wasted chances to equalise for Alaves before two goals in three minutes sealed the points.

Isco made it 2-0 before Nacho headed home after Gareth Bale’s free-kick had rebounded off the bar into his path.

Despite a victory which nudged Real closer to their first league title since 2012, this was a far from vintage display by the European champions.

For long periods their players looked jaded after long trips during the international break.

Mid-table Alaves, promoted as champions of Spain’s second-tier at the end of last season, beat  Barcelona 2-1at the Nou Camp last September and the Basque club will be frustrated they did not pick up at least a point at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema has scored against all the 31 sides he has faced in La Liga (120 goals)

  • Granada 1 – 4 Barcelona

Barcelona overcame the absence of top scorer Lionel Messi to cut Real Madrid’s La Liga lead to two points with a comfortable win at Granada.

Luis Suarez’s exquisite lob just before half-time opened the scoring before on-loan Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga equalised with a composed finish.

Paco Alcacer restored Barca’s lead before Uche Agbo was sent off for two yellow cards.

Ivan Rakitic’s deflected finish made it 3-1 before Neymar scored the fourth.

Suarez hit the bar before opening the scoring with a fine finish after Guillermo Ochoa, who had denied the former Liverpool striker with two fine saves, came rushing off his line.

Granada are in the relegation zone, eight points from safety, yet they were given hope of a surprise result when substitute Boga slotted beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Alcacer, another substitute, restored Barca’s lead after a lob over the defence by Suarez before Agbo, on loan from Watford, was shown a second yellow card.

Barca, who lost midfielder Rafinha to an injury early in the game, made the extra man advantage count.

Rakitic’s shot was going wide before it took a deflection and found its way into the net before Neymar rounded off a highly satisfactory night for the visitors with a tap-in.

  • ​Sevilla 0 – 0 Sporting Gijon

Sevilla slumped to their fourth La Liga game without a win after being held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Sporting Gijon.

And it could have been even worse for Sevilla after referee Inaki Bikandi reversed a decision to award the visitors a penalty after a trip in the box after half an hour.

Bikandi initially pointed to the spot, only to realise one of his assistants had also raised his flag for offside against a Gijon player, giving Sevilla a let-off.

  • Valencia 3 – 0 Deportivo La  Coruna

Valencia ran out 3-0 winners over Deportivo La Coruna at the Mestalla.

Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and a Raul Albentosa own goal boosted Los Che into 13th place with the victory.

EPL results  – Mustafi rescues point for Arsenal vs Man City; Stalemate at the Liberty stadium ; the pl table

​Swansea City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough

Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester  City

  • Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester  City

Arsenal came from behind twice at the Emirates Stadium as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City.

Leroy Sane gave the visitors an early lead when he showed great composure to round David Ospina and slot home.

Theo Walcott levelled before the break as he stabbed home from inside the area, but parity would be short lived as Sergio Aguero made it 2-1 minutes later with a precise finish.

The Gunners levelled once again in the second half; central defender Shkodran Mustafi heading home from a corner.

Against a backdrop of uncertainty over the future of manager Arsene Wenger and the supporter protests aimed at ousting the Frenchman, the Gunners showed they can still cut it with the best in the division as they fought for a point.

Speaking at a planned fans’ forum event on Sunday morning, chief executive Ivan Gazidis admitted results over the last six weeks were “a catalyst for change” – although he was not referring purely to Wenger’s position.

Arsenal have beaten only Hull, Sutton and Lincoln since February and while Wenger is yet to announce whether he will sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, fans again called for him to leave with a pre-game protest.

  • ​Swansea City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough

Swansea and Middlesbrough earned a point a piece in their battle to avoid relegation after playing out a low quality 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Hull’s victory over West Ham on Saturday had left Swansea outside the drop zone only by virtue of them having a superior goal difference to the Tigers.

Middlesbrough’s position is ever more precarious – five points adrift of Swansea, albeit with a game in hand – and they might come to rue substitute Rudy Gestede failing to accept the best chance of the match in stoppage time.

So a goalless draw, which highlighted the failings of both sides in front of goal, will only serve to encourage the teams around them.

There was no shortage of endeavour or commitment as would be expected in a classic relegation six-pointer, but neither team could provide the defining moment of quality which would have meant so much.

Swansea suffered a blow before kick-off when top scorer Fernando Llorente was ruled out with a calf problem.

Ligue 1 results  – Dimitri Payet  scores superb freekick as Dijon hold Marseille; Lille win

​Guingamp 1 – 0 Nancy

Marseille 1 – 1 Dijon

SC Bastia 0 – 1 Lille

  • Marseille 1 – 1 Dijon

Dimitri Payet scored a sublime free-kick to salvage a point for Marseille in a 1-1 home draw against relegation-threatened Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Dijon arrived at the Stade Velodrome above the bottom three only on goal difference but grabbed a surprise lead in first-half injury time when Gregory Sertic bundled a corner into his own net.

Marseille replied three minutes into the second half as Payet drilled into the top corner from 25 yards for his third league goal since rejoining his former club from West Ham.

Julio Tavares then twice went close to scoring for Dijon but was foiled by Yohann Pele, the Marseille goalkeeper denying the visitors a shock win in stoppage time as he forced the Cape Verde forward’s effort away with his legs.

Marseille remained in fifth and in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League, but Rudi Garcia’s side could be overtaken by both Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

  • SC Bastia 0 – 1 Lille

    Bastia remain above Lorient only on goal difference after extending their long run without victory in a 1-0 home defeat against mid-tableLille.

    Nicolas de Preville scored the only goal of the match early in the second half in Corsica.

    Lille’s interim manager Franck Passi therefore banked the points, while Bastia are left to contemplate a 13th league fixture without a win since early December.

    • ​Guingamp 1 – 0 Nancy

    On Friday, Slovan Privat’s third Ligue 1 goal of the season saw Guingamp condemn 10-man Nancy to their eighth defeat in nine matches.

    The visitors had Modou Diagne sent off midway through the first half and never recovered, with the 1-0 defeat leaving Nancy in the relegation zone.

    Yannis Salibur missed a gilt-edged chance for Guingamp by heading over, before quickly making amends by laying on the winning goal, with Privat striking home just before the hour.

    Guingamp’s win represented a return to form after their 3-0 loss at Angers and moved them up to eighth.

    La Liga results  – Atletico win to go third; Villareal lose to Eibar; Sociedad draw

    ​Espanyol 2 – 1 Real Betis

    Villarreal 2 – 3 Eibar

    Osasuna 1 – 2 Athletic  Bilbao

    Real Sociedad 1 – 1 Leganes

    Malaga 0 – 2 Atletico  Madrid

    • Malaga 0 – 2 Atletico  Madrid

    Atletico Madrid climbed to third in La Liga with a routine victory at Malaga.

    Diego Simeone’s side were without seven players because of injury and suspension but strikes by Koke and Filipe Luis sealed a deserved win.

    Koke capitalised on good play by Fernando Torres to put Atletico ahead after 26 minutes, while Torres was also involved for the second as Filipe Luis chipped home his first of the season.

    Defeat leaves Malaga six points above the drop zone.

    Atletico move on to 58 points, above Sevilla who host Sporting Gijon on Sunday. Leaders Real Madrid, who have 65 points, entertain Alaves on Sunday, while champions Barcelona, two points behind, visit Granada.

    It was the sixth game without a win for Malaga, who dropped to 16th.

    • Villarreal 2 – 3 Eibar

    Villarreal’s hopes of finishing in the top four of La Liga suffered a fresh blow as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Eibar.

    Villarreal were left seven points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid after losing to Las Palmas in their last match before the international break and they received another setback on Saturday.

    The hosts scored first and last at El Madrigal through Roberto Soriano’s brace in the 18th and 89th minutes, but Eibar netted three times in between to claim a victory that moves them to within four points of their opponents.

    Pedro Leon’s hotly disputed 48th-minute penalty brought the Basque side level, before goals from Kike and Takashi Inui put the game beyond Villarreal’s reach.

    • Real Sociedad 1 – 1 Leganes

    Real Sociedad’s 1-1 draw at home to struggling Leganes takes them up to fifth, a point above Villarreal.

    Eusebio Sacristan’s hosts surprisingly found themselves a goal down when Alexander Szymanowski’s persistence paid off to give Leganes the lead just before the half-hour.

    Juanmi levelled seven minutes after the break, but Sociedad could not find the winner on a rainy evening in San Sebastian against opponents still languishing down in 17th place.

    • Osasuna 1 – 2 Athletic  Bilbao

    Athletic Bilbao remained three points above Eibar thanks to first-half goals from Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams in a 2-1 win away to bottom-of-the-table Osasuna.

    Aduriz had Ernesto Valverde’s visitors in front by the 12th minute, and it was 2-0 when Williams struck just before the break

    Osasuna had chances to get back in the match, though, and Sergio Leon made Athletic sweat when he narrowed the deficit in the 79th minute.

    But there was to be no equaliser for a team who have won just once all season — back in October away to Eibar — and they are still rooted to the bottom with just 11 points from 29 matches.

    • ​Espanyol 2 – 1 Real Betis

    Espanyol scored two late goals to earn a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Real Betis in the Spanish league on Friday.

    Ruben Castro gave the visitors the lead by converting a 78th-minute penalty kick, but Javi Fuego equalized in the 87th and Jose Antonio Reyes netted a 90th-minute winner with a superb shot into the upper corner.

    BundesLiga results  -Lewandowski,hat-trick hero as Bayern crush Augsburg  in Bavarian derby; Dortmund held by Schalke 

    ​Hertha Berlin 1 – 3 Hoffenheim

    Bayern Munich 6 – 0 Augsburg

    Freiburg 2 – 5 Werder  Bremen

    Hamburger SV 2 – 1 FC Cologne

    RasenBallsport Leipzig 4 – 0 Darmstadt

    Schalke 04 1 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

    Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

    • Bayern Munich 6 – 0 Augsburg

    Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick as Bayern Munich thrashed Augsburg 6-0 to retain their 13-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

    Robert Lewandowski continued his red-hot form with a superb hat trick and added two assists for good measure, while Thomas Muller scored in either half and Thiago Alcantara was also on target in Bayern’s fifth successive league win.

    They retained a 13-point cushion over second-placed Leipzig with eight games of the season remaining but this win suggests they are not taking anything for granted.

    • Schalke 04 1 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

    Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring in the 150th Revierderby (Ruhr derby) against Schalke by producing a mask.

    Aubameyang pounced for his 24th Bundesliga goal of the season after ex-Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa had burst forward.

    Dortmund were denied a second goal when teenage forward Ousmane Dembele hit the post.

    Schalke equalised after Thilo Kehrer finished into the bottom left corner.

    Dortmund are fourth in the table, 16 points behind leaders Bayern Munich who thrashed Augsburg 6-0.

    Schalke remain in mid-table.

    • RasenBallsport Leipzig 4 – 0 Darmstadt

    RB Leipzig bounced back from three games without a win by consolidating second place with a 4-0 success against Darmstadt, who are now 14 points from safety.

    Naby Keita hammered a volley inside the far post after Emil Forsberg’s initial effort was deflected to get the scoring underway, and Forsberg scored midway through the second half.

    Quick-fire goals from Willi Orban and Keita again after Sandro Sirigu was sent off put the result beyond doubt.

    Leipzig are four points ahead of third-placed Hoffenheim and five ahead of Dortmund in the last qualification spot for the Champions League.

    • Freiburg 2 – 5 Werder  Bremen

    Werder Bremen took another giant step toward safety with a 5-2 win over Freiburg.

    The victory was their fifth win in a six-game unbeaten run and sees them move three points clear of the relegation zone.

    Max Kruse struck against the run of play against his first Bundesliga club to give Bremen an early lead and Thomas Delaney doubled the advantage just before half-time.

    Freiburg coach Christian Streich responded with three changes at the break but Delaney grabbed his second, after being set up by Kruse, early in the second half.

    Former Bremen striker Nils Petersen pulled one back on the rebound after Felix Wiedwald saved his penalty, before Fin Bartels sealed it with his heel with some 20 minutes remaining.

    Vincenzo Grifo scored Freiburg’s second before Delaney completed his hat trick.

    • Hamburger SV 2 – 1 FC Cologne

    Hamburg also scored a big win in their battle against the drop as they saw off Cologne 2-1.

    Lewis Holtby’s late winner dragged Hamburg out of the relegation zone to 13th, a point clear of Augsburg.

    Bobby Wood set up Nicolai Mueller to get the home side off to a good start but Milos Jojic equalised for Cologne minutes later.

    Cologne keeper Timo Horn made two huge saves before Holtby scored what could be a vital goal for Hamburg’s survival.

    • Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

    Mexico international Marco Fabian missed a penalty as Eintracht Frankfurt had to settle for 0-0 against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the late game.

    Gladbach midfielder Tobias Strobl earned his second yellow card as his side remained 10th, just four points above the relegation zone.

    • ​Hertha Berlin 1 – 3 Hoffenheim

    Earlier, on Friday, Ten-man Hertha Berlin fell to a home defeat for only the second time in the Bundesliga this season following a 3-1 loss against Hoffenheim as their hunt for Champions League football next season took a major setback.

    Hertha took the lead after 32 minutes when a swift counter attack started by Salomon Kalou saw the Ivorian set up Alexander Esswein but he sliced the ball straight into the path of Peter Pekarik and the full-back drilled it home at the near post for his first league goal.

    Hoffenheim were level six minutes later when defender Max Mittelstadt was adjudged to have handled in the area and Andrej Kramaric coolly slotted home.

    The hosts were reduced to to 10 men after Mittelstadt was dismissed for his second yellow card following a late challenge on Nadiem Amiri with over half an hour of the match still remaining, and Hoffenheim took full advantage.

    Central defender Niklas Sule hit a 30-yard wonder strike off the underside of the crossbar to put the visitors ahead after 76 minutes before Kramaric grabbed his second late on to seal the win.

    The victory moved Hoffenheim up to third in the table with Hertha staying in fifth place, six points off the final Champions League spot.

    Ex-Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger  scores in MLS debut 

    Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger scored just 17 minutes into his Major League Soccer debut for Chicago Fire.

    Schweinsteiger headed in the opener from David Accam’s cross in his side’s 2-2 draw against Montreal Impact.

    The German World Cup winner, 32, moved to the United States on a free  transferfrom the Red Devils last month.

    After the move, manager Jose Mourinho apologised for the way he  treatedthe ex-Bayern Munich player this season.

    Schweinsteiger, who was signed by the Old Trafford club under former boss Louis van Gaal in July 2015, trained alone or with the Under-23 side at United after Mourinho took over as manager last summer.

    He returned to the first-team set-up before a Europa League game against Fenerbahce in November and played his last game as a substitute against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on 22 February.

    Schweinsteiger played the full 90 minutes on his home debut Chicago Fire play next on 8 April against Columbus Crew.

    Serie A results  – Dzeko bags brace to break Roma goals record; Lazio win at Sassuolo 

    ​Sassuolo 1 – 2 Lazio

    Roma 2 – 0 Empoli

    • Roma 2 – 0 Empoli

    Edin Dzeko scored both goals as Roma beat Empoli to cut Juventus’ lead at the top of Serie A to five points.

    Dzeko’s first came after a corner before he got on the end of Mohamed Salah’s cut-back to seal the points.

    The ex-Manchester City striker’s double took him to the top of the Serie A scoring charts with 23 goals, while he has now scored a club record 33 times in a single season in all competitions- which represents the most goals scored in a single campaign by a Giallorossi player, beating the previous mark of 32 shared by Francesco Totti, Rodolfo Volk and Pedro Manfredini.

    Leaders Juventus are away to third-placed Napoli on Sunday.

    • ​Sassuolo 1 – 2 Lazio

    Lazio maintained their hopes of a third-placed finish after an 83rd-minute own goal from defender Francesco Acerbi gave them a 2-1 comeback win at Sassuolo.

    Domenico Berardi had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot, before Italy international Ciro Immobile pulled Lazio level.

    Lazio, in fourth, are three points behind Napoli.

    EPL results  – Palace stun Chelsea; United draw for the 11th time; Mane scores but injures as Liverpool  beat Everton in Merseyside derby 

    ​Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton

    Burnley 0 – 2 Tottenham  Hotspur
    Chelsea 1 – 2 Crystal Palace

    Hull City 2 – 1 West Ham  United

    Leicester City 2 – 0 Stoke City

    Manchester United 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion

    Watford 1 – 0 Sunderland

    Southampton 0 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

    • Chelsea 1 – 2 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace’s fine form continued as they beat top-of-the-table Chelsea at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a Christian Benteke winner.

    Cesc Fabregas had the hosts ahead inside five minutes, but Wilfried Zaha soon equalised and Benteke grabbed the decisive goal just two minutes later.

    Runaway leaders Chelsea had not conceded twice since losing 2-0 at Tottenham at January 4, but were breached twice in three minutes after taking a fifth-minute lead through Cesc Fabregas.

    Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead after 11 minutes and a brilliant team performance from Sam Allardyce’s men earned a fourth straight win to improve their survival hopes.

    Zaha and Benteke – known to be admired by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – excelled, as did goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as Chelsea’s 13-game winning home run ended.

    The Blues – beaten for the first time at Stamford Bridge since September’s loss to Liverpool and just a second time in 18 games under Conte – now lead second-placed Tottenham by seven points with nine games to go.

    Still 21 points are needed to win the title, while rivals Manchester City visit on Wednesday.

    Palace won 2-1 here last season – for the first time in 33 years – but these are different times from the dysfunctional days late in Jose Mourinho’s reign.

    • Manchester United 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion

    Manchester United’s recent frustrations at Old Trafford continued as a dogged West Brom ground out a deserved goalless draw.

    No team can match United’s unbeaten Premier League run stretching all the way back to October, nor can any other side rival their unerring knack at dominating games only to draw.

    West Brom were the eighth side to leave Old Trafford with a share of the spoils this season, securing a 0-0 draw against a United side that once more failed to eke out victory.

    Hull, Stoke and Burnley are among the others to have frustrated Mourinho’s men on home soil, leaving them scrapping for a top-four finish rather than the title.

    The Europa League may offer United their best chance of a Champions League return at this rate, with West Brom sitting deep and standing firm to thwart the dominant hosts.

    The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera no doubt impacted things on an afternoon when a drab first period made way for a desperate second.

    Darren Fletcher hit the bar late on after a hopeful drive slipped through David de Gea’s grasp, but it was Ben Foster, another former United player, who shone brightest as United drew an 11th league match of the season.

    • Burnley 0 – 2 Tottenham  Hotspur

    Tottenham closed the gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea to seven points after grabbing a 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday.

    Spurs were 13 points adrift prior to kick-off against Southampton two weeks ago but Chelsea’s loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday, coupled with this 2-0 success for Tottenham, will have given Mauricio Pochettino’s side hope the title’s destination is far from a foregone conclusion.

    After Harry Winks had been stretchered off with a worrying injury at half-time, Eric Dier and substitute Heung-Min Son scored in the space of 11 second-half minutes to prevent Burnley from getting the point they needed to equal their highest ever Premier League haul.

    This was the first Turf Moor game in six weeks since Lincoln knocked the Clarets out of the FA Cup, and Spurs were aiming to join the non-league outfit in being the only victorious visitors since November.

    It was familiar terrain for ex-Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, making just his second league start of the campaign as one of three changes along with Winks and Vincent Janssen.

    Spurs were unbeaten in their previous six top-flight meetings without Harry Kane but this was the first time summer signing Janssen had been entrusted with a league start in 2017.

    • ​Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton

    Liverpool enhanced their Champions League hopes with a dominant performance at Anfield as derby rivals Everton were swept aside 3-1.

    The Blues have not won at Anfield since 1999 – their last victory of any sort in the cross-city encounter was almost seven years ago – and despite lofty ambitions going into the game they never looked like actually ending that sequence.

    First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, sandwiched between a debut equaliser for Matthew Pennington, were followed by substitute Divock Origi’s clincher to make it 3-1 as Jurgen Klopp extended his 100 per cent derby record to three wins, the only manager in the club’s history to do so.

    The six-point gap which had given Everton, who had lost once in 12 matches since the December derby at Goodison Park, optimism before kick-off now looks an insurmountable one.

    Ronald Koeman, whose argument with Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill over the treatment of James McCarthy saw him sign off his Twitter response ‘From the master tactician’, was forced to switch to a back three after injuries on international duties but it never looked coherent.

    Mane’s departure to a potential knee ligament injury early in the second half was a major blow for the hosts but any respite for Everton was short-lived as his replacement Origi swept home Liverpool’s third with a first-time shot from Coutinho’s pass less four minutes after coming on.

    • Leicester City 2 – 0 Stoke City

    Leicester continued their recent upsurge in form as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Stoke at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

    Leicester edged closer to certain Premier League safety as boss Craig Shakespeare entered the record books after a routine win over Stoke.

    Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy handed the Foxes a 2-0 victory over a subdued Stoke side who rarely threatened to upset the home side’s momentum.

    It was Leicester’s fifth straight win in all competitions since Claudio Ranieri was sacked and meant Shakespeare became the first English manager to win his first four Premier League games.

    He joined Guus Hiddink, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti in having a 100 per cent record after four outings.

    Shakespeare has now guided last season’s shock champions nine points clear of the relegation zone and into the Champions League quarter-finals.

    He also has them back to their vibrant best with hapless Stoke, who remain ninth, unable to cope and the Foxes now sit just three points behind them.

    • Watford 1 – 0 Sunderland

    Hapless Sunderland plummeted ever-nearer to relegation as Miguel Britos’ second half winner gave Watford a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

    Uruguayan defender Britos headed his first Hornets goal to leave David Moyes’ strugglers still seven points adrift of safety and with games running out.

    Watford had been frustrated by Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford, who made a string of fine saves to deny M’Baye Niang and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

    But Pickford could not prevent Britos pouncing after a goalmouth scramble to condemn Sunderland to another defeat.

    One goal is all you need to beat the Black Cats at the moment, as they have now not scored in their last five matches and not even Jermain Defoe, fresh from his England renaissance, looked likely to end their drought.

    By contrast, a first win in five matches should ease Watford’s fears of being dragged into trouble.

    • Hull City 2 – 1 West Ham  United

    Andrea Ranocchia scored a late winner as Hull came from a goal down to beat West Ham 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium in on Saturday.

    Italian defender Ranocchia, signed on loan from Inter Milan in January, headed home in the 85th minute to secure Hull a 2-1 win after Andrew Robertson’s strike after the break had cancelled out West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s landmark opener.

    Victory for Hull was their fourth in five unbeaten league games at home under head coach Marco Silva and lifted them level on points with relegation rivals Swansea, who play Middlesbrough on Sunday, while West Ham slumped to a fourth straight defeat under Slaven Bilic.

    The visit of West Ham had been billed as the return of winger Robert Snodgrass, sold to the Londoners for £10.2million in January, but the Scot made little impact and was withdrawn in the second half.

    Snodgrass was booed every time he was on the ball, but almost silenced the Tigers fans in the 13th minute when he headed Sofiane Feghouli’s bouncing right-wing cross straight at goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

    Andy Carroll’s goal was his 50th Premier League goal and seventh of the season.

    • Southampton 0 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

    Harry Arter slipped and blazed a late penalty high over the bar as Bournemouth and Southampton played out an uninspiring goalless draw at St Mary’s.

    After they had resisted much of the hosts’ pressure, Arter struck well over the crossbar when he could have secured all three points and further eased the fading threat of relegation.

    A draw instead leaves Bournemouth 11th in the Premier League and level on 34 points with their 10th-placed rivals, who have two games in hand. They also sit seven points clear of the bottom three.

    Following a week in which Southampton’s Dusan Tadic had complained about the frequency with which Claude Puel substitutes him and his manager had responded by telling him to respond on the pitch, the midfielder was gifted the game’s first chance.

    French League Cup Final – Cavani  scores twice  as PSG thrash Monaco to win record fourth consecutive league cup title

    Monaco  1 – 4  PSG 

    Paris St-Germain won the French League Cup for the fourth straight season with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Monaco at Stade des Lumieres in Lyon.

    Julian Draxler’s fourth-minute opener for PSG came from an offside position but there was no debate over Monaco’s leveller, Thomas Lemar’s 20-yarder a superb strike befitting the occasion.

    Angel Di Maria restored PSG’s lead before Monaco’s hopes of earning a first piece of major silverware since 2003 were ended by Edinson Cavani’s lethal second-half double.

    Cavani will feel he should have contributed to an even greater margin of victory after contriving to steer the ball wide of the target from a yard out just moments after his first goal.

    The Uruguay striker also saw Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic produce superb point-blank stop to keep out his stunning jumping backheel in the first half.

    PSG were nevertheless more than good value for the win as they completed the first part of what they hope will be a domestic treble, emulating their achievements of the past two seasons.

    Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco had won six matches in a row and scored 18 goals in the process coming into this game, so PSG’s win will be celebrated in the capital not only for the silverware but also as a possible momentum killer.

    PSG trail Monaco by three points in Ligue 1 and have also seen the team from the principality progress to the last eight of the Champions League,while their own bid imploded  spectacularly against Barcelona.

    Their European exploits meant Monaco were still fighting in four competitions coming into this match, but the loss of 21-goal top scorer Radamel Falcao to a hip injury was a disruptive setback ahead of kick-off.

    Latest Football News 

    • ​Chelsea have cooled their interest in signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer.

    • The Blues will focus their summer transfer plans on Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23.
    • It was earlier rumoured that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has resigned with immediate effect after a bust-up with his star players, and the club will release a statement at noon.
    • Paris St-Germain have let Arsene Wenger know he can become their manager if he leaves the Gunners.
    • Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal could be on his way to Athletic Bilbao this summer.

    • Chelsea are keen on bringing Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand back to Stamford Bridge this summer.
    • The Premier league leaders could make a move for young Italian goalkeeper Alex Meret after Antonio Conte watched him in action, the manager’s agent has revealed.
    • Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Leicester, has been frustrated by the attitude of the players this season, which forced the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, and as a result he is open to selling some star names next summer – including Jamie Vardy.
    • Bayern Munich have targeted Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt.
    • Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus have been beaten to the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, 21, by Borussia Dortmund.
    • West Ham are eyeing a summer move for out-of-favour Arsenal forward Lucas Perez.
    •  Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has responded to rumours about West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s future, saying “we rate him, so we are planning to keep him”. and telling his critics to “shut up”.
    • West rgen Klopp says Sadio Mane’s injury stopped Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday from being “perfect.”
    • Mane went down following a duel with Everton left-back Leighton Baines midway through the second half at Anfield and had to be replaced by Divock Origi.
    • Paul Pogba looks in line for a Manchester United return this week after taking part in an Old Trafford training session straight after Saturday’s frustrating draw with West Brom. The 0-0 draw is a blow to United’s top-four hopes and one they will look to recover from when Everton arrive on Tuesday evening.
    • Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera return from suspension for that match and trained at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Pogba also possibly available having also taken part in the postmatch five-a-side.
    • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed a return to the club for Raul Gonzalez, saying he could become coach one day.
    • Everton midfielder Tom Davies, 18, is close to signing a new five-year contract with the Goodison Park club.
    • Premier League clubs will get one of the Ballon d’Or top 20 players on a one-month loan deal for their final four matches of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo is heading to Sunderland, with Lionel Messi set for north-east rivals Middlesbrough.
    • West Brom are planning to offer Darren Fletcher a new two-year deal.
    • Newcastle face a real fight to hold onto their academy ace Lewis Gibson as a host of big clubs plot a move for the teen star.
    • Chelsea could make a move for young Italian goalkeeper Alex Meret after Antonio Conte watched him in action, the manager’s agent has revealed
    • Cesar Azpilicueta admits he is “flattered” by interest from Barcelona but wants to stay at Chelsea
    • Sam Allardyce believes Yohan  Cabaye sees his future at Marseille – but will only be allowed to leave if  the price is right
    • Chelsea would like to use Wembley while their new stadium is being built, but they have held renewed talks with West Ham about using their London Stadium if they cannot reach an agreement with the Football Association.
    • Everton’s plans for a new stadium  have cleared the first hurdle after  Liverpool City Council approved a  funding scheme for the project.
    • Sevilla’s celebrated sporting director Monchi, reportedly coveted by various European clubs for his success in the transfer market, has left after 17 years with the Spanish side.
    • Argentina legend Diego Maradona plans to sue Konami, the makers of the Pro Evolution Soccer video games, over its use of his likeness without consent.
    • In addressing recent media criticism of his lifestyle, Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, 22, says: “I’ve got that face people don’t like, but I’m not a brat.”
    • Leyton Orient players are threatening to go on strike because the League Two club has not paid them for this month.
    • England have agreed a £24m sponsorship deal with Pizza Hut – the firm who mocked current boss Gareth Southgate after his Euro 96 penalty miss – writes journalist Dom Ino.

    Burnley  v Tottenham: Preview 

    ​Tottenham will have to contend with injury and illness issues as they prepare to face Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    Spurs head to the North West knowing that they have to win at Burnley in order to apply some pressure on Chelsea at the top, but that’s easier said than done.

    The Clarets have turned Turf Moor into something of a fortress this season, with Sean Dyche’s men winning nine of their 14 home Premier League games and losing just three.

    Burnley are edging closer towards Premier League safety – 32 points from 29 games to date – but they do face games with Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United in the month of April.

    Burnley are still waiting on Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s return to fitness, as he continues his recovery from knee ligament damage, but Steven Defour is set to be included in the squad.

    Defour has been involved in first-team training following hamstring trouble and while he is making good progress, he is not considered ready for the starting XI this weekend and will have to settle for a place on the bench at best.

    Meanwhile, Spurs head into the game off the back of three straight league wins and eyeing a strong end to the season.

    But Mauricio Pochettino is without a number of key players, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are all ruled out and Vincent Janssen is struggling to be fit due to illness.

    Janssen has a chest infection and will be assessed ahead of the match, so Son Heung-min may have to start despite playing 90 minutes for South Korea against Syria in Seoul on Tuesday.

    Liverpool v Everton: Preview 

    Liverpool and Everton  will be aiming to boost their respective European hopes when they clash in the 228th Merseyside derby at Anfield.

    The Reds will head into Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off fourth in the standings, six points clear of seventh placed Everton and they will fancy their chances of securing a victory against their city rivals, as they have lost just one of the last 20 league meetings between the two sides.

    Jurgen Klopp’s men also boast an impressive record against sides in the upper reaches of the division, as they are unbeaten in 14 matches against top ten teams so far this term, a run that includes a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in December.

    Liverpool have also lost just one league game at Anfield this term, although that was a surprise 3-2 defeat to relegation threatened Swansea in January.

    The Reds will head into the match without Adam Lallana, who picked up a thigh problem whilst on international duty with England, while captain Jordan Henderson and forward Daniel Sturridge also remain sidelined.

    Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho are in contention however, despite their exploits during the international break.

    Everton will head into the match in confident mood, as they have been the form team of 2017, picking up 20 points from their ten league matches so far this calendar year.

    It’s a fixture which is no stranger to sendings off, with 21 dismissals in 49 Premier League meetings being a league high.
    Ronald Koeman’s men have only lost once in the league since their defeat to Liverpool earlier in the season and they still harbour hopes of securing Champions League qualification come the end of the campaign.

    The Toffees build up to the match has been disrupted by the injuries sustained by Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy during the international break, while Morgan Schneiderlin remains sidelined with a calf injury he suffered during the victory over Hull last time out.

    Everton’s last victory over Liverpool came at Goodison Park in 2010, while their last triumph at Anfield came in September 1999 with Kevin Campbell netting the winning goal.

    Chelsea v Crystal Palace: preview

    Chelsea will be aiming to tighten their grip on the Premier League title when they play host to a resurgent Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    The Blues are currently ten points clear at the top of the standings and barring a complete collapse, appear on course to secure a second league title in three seasons.

    Antonio Conte’s men are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions, winning ten of those fixtures, while they have only lost once at Stamford Bridge all season.

    The West Londoners also boast an impressive recent record against Palace, losing just of the previous 14 meetings between the two sides, although their most recent defeat in the fixture came at Stamford Bridge last season when the Eagles emerged as 2-1 victors.

    Chelsea are expected to have star men Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois available for Saturday’s match despite all three players picking up knocks during the international break.

    Club captain John Terry is a doubt for the match however, while winger Victor Moses is struggling with a calf complaint.

    Crystal Palace will head into the match on the back of three successive top-flight victories without even conceding a goal, as boss Sam Allardyce starts to get a tune out of his side following a difficult beginning to life at Selhurst Park.

    The run of victories has lifted Palace up to 16th in the standings, four points clear of the relegation zone, although they are not yet safe, particularly as they face difficult fixtures against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham over the coming weeks.

    The Eagles will assess the fitness of midfielder James McArthur ahead of Saturday’s match, as he is carrying a knock, while on-loan forward Loic Remy is not eligible to face his parent club.

    Full-back Patrick van Aanholt could be available however, as he steps up his recovery from an ankle injury, but Pape Soure, Connor Wickham and Steve Mandanda all remain long-term absentees.

    Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza’s sack on the brink 

    The executive committee of the Argentina football federation (AFA) has decided to relieve national team manager Edgardo Bauza of his coaching duties

    AFA’s leadership, in their first meeting since being elected along with new president Claudio Tapia last week, had been expected to vote unanimously on Friday to sack Bauza, with Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli reportedly being AFA’s first choice to replace him. But an official announcement has been delayed.

    “We didn’t talk about Bauza tonight. We expect to do it in the near future,” said AFA executive committee member Nicolas Russo after the meeting.

    The AFA is working on negotiating financial details with Bauza, whose contract had been set to run until 2018 if Argentina qualifies for the World Cup.

    But that is far from a certainty with the qualifying campaign currently in jeopardy, Argentina are fifth in South American qualifying with four games to play, and only the top four are assured of spots in Russia.

    Sampaoli, an Argentina native and former coach of Chile, is eager to take on the role, and that he has a clause in his contract with Sevilla that would open the door for him to leave. He would come “swimming or walking,” one source said.

    Sampaoli has Sevilla in third place in Spain’s La Liga.

    Juan Mata to miss rest of the season after  groin surgery 

    ​Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is in danger of missing the rest of the season after undergoing groin surgery.

    Mata is United’s second leading scorer this season behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with 10 goals.

    His absence comes at the worst possible time for Jose Mourinho with United facing nine games in April as they seek to break into the top four and continue their Europa League campaign.

    A club statement said: “Juan has had surgery for a groin injury. Further updates on his recovery will follow in due course.”

    Manchester United v West Bromich Albion – Preview

    Manchester United will be looking to close the gap on the top four in the Premier League standings when they play host to West Brom.

    The Red Devils will head into the weekend fifth in the standings, four points adrift of the Champions League positions, although they have not suffered defeat in the top-flight since losing to Chelsea in October.

    Draws have proved to be United’s Achilles heel so far this term, as only Middlesbrough can match their tally of ten stalemates in the division, while they have also shared the spoils in three of their last four top-flight matches at Old Trafford.

    United have also lost two of their last three home games against West Brom, although they did record a 2-0 victory when the two teams met at The Hawthorns earlier in the season.

    Boss Jose Mourinho has a number of injury concerns heading into the match, as Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have all been ruled out of the contest, while Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera are still serving bans.

    Juan Mata also out after  undergoing a groin surgery.

    West Brom have enjoyed a hugely successful season to date, as they currently sit eighth in the standings and only need to collect seven more points from their remaining games to surpass their best ever points tally for a Premier League season.

    The Baggies bounced back from successive defeats against Crystal Palace and Everton by securing a 3-1 home victory over Arsenal before the international break, although they have only won one of their last eight away games in the division.

    Boss Tony Pulis’ main concern heading into Saturday’s match is the fitness of Matt Phillips, who continues to struggle with the hamstring injury that has seen him sit out Albion’s last four matches.