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Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical ahead of a planned £30m move to Everton.

    • Alvaro Morata, 24, could complete his £65m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United by early next week.
    • Gareth Bale, 27, is not looking for a move from Real Madrid despite Manchester United’s interest in him.
    • Arsenal are among those keeping a close eye on Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United.
    • Manchester City will try to fund half of their summer transfer spree with a planned £130m clearout, led by goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, and striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, for whom the Blues aim to get £25m each.
    • Crystal Palace will challenge West Ham to the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

    • Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager.
    • Manchester United have not made an official offer for Andrea Belotti and are having doubts about the Torino striker’s €100 million (£88m) buy-out clause.
    • Jose Mourinho has been nicknamed “Daisy” by his Manchester backroom staff, in reference to the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, because the Portuguese boss is always getting a lift to the training ground.
    • Liverpool must pay Roma £35.5m if they want to sign 24-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah.
    • Chelsea will request £10 million from Liverpool in compensation for Dominic Solanke.
    • The Reds are offering £3m, which is below Chelsea’s initial valuation of £8m, but they have increased that even further after his vital role in England’s U20 World Cup win.

    • Birmingham City have made a contract offer to former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, according to Blues boss Harry Redknapp.
    • Leicester have teamed up with rock band Kasabian to produce a new fashion range, which combines rock and roll and football.
    • The Foxes are set to offer Hull defender Harry Maguire a £20.8m contract, which will earn the 24-year-old £80,000 a week over five years. (Sun)
    • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
    • Turkish side Fenerbahce are reportedly planning a double bid for Leicester City forwards Jamie Vardy, 30, and Ahmed Musa, 24.
    • Basaksehir vice-president Mustafa Saral has said Tottenham and Manchester United target Cengiz Under, 19, is the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
    • Arsenal have made a €12 million bid for Fenerbache defender Simon Kjaer.
    • Hector Bellerin hopes Barcelona will continue to try to sign him from Arsenal after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

    • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will one day become boss of the France national side, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.
    • Danilo will stay at Real Madrid next season after telling the club he is ready to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
    • RB Leipzig are trying to hold off interest from Manchester City and Barcelona two of their youth team stars.
    • Central midfielder Erik Majetschak, 17, has attracted attention from Manchester City, while striker Niklas Kuhn is coveted by Barcelona.
    • Former Borussia Dortmund bossThomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Southampton
    • Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer are the two names on the shortlist to replace Claude Puel.
    • Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in an international friendly on Friday.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo said “sometimes the best answer is to be quiet” in the wake of allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax office of £14.7m.
    • Fernando Torres, 33, has rejected a big-money offer from Mexican side Queretaro to stay at Atletico Madrid for another season.
      • If midfielder Marco Verratti wants to play for Barcelona next season, the 24-year-old will have to take an active role in forcing through his exit from Paris St-Germain, according to the French club.

      • Michael Keane reportedly “changed his mind” over re-signing for Manchester United once he learnt Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two centre-backs.
      • Anderson Talisca believes he could be set for a move to Manchester United this summer after claiming Jose Mourinho “has a love” for him.
      • Paul Pogba used Instagram to show off his latest haircut, which appears to be a mixture of the French national colours and Chinese symbols.
      • Everton will begin discussions in Italy regarding possible summer transfers, with one of their scouts naming AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, 30, and Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, 26, as potential targets.
      • Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, 26, is reportedly hoping for a move back to Italy this summer, despite interest from Celtic.

      • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has targeted a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
      • Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has said he will have to “sort” through his offers this summer, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both keen on the 18-year-old.
      • Paris-Saint-Germain boss Unai  Emery has admitted his side’s  interest in signing Kylian Mbappe
      • PSG have reportedly pulled out of their proposed deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after deciding his €70million was ‘too expensive’.
      • Liverpool target Emre Mor has been given permission to speak to other clubs amid reports there are offers on the table for the youngster.
      • LA Galaxy are eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Ospina.
      • Arsenal remain determined to resist any offer from Manchester City or Chelsea this summer for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.

      • Emre Can is poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool.
      • Can is believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that will tie him to Anfield until 2021 and the Germany international is all set to sign up.
      • Juventus have offered €35million to Sevilla to sign Steven N’Zonzi but will move for Emre Can if they fail to reach an agreement.
      • Juve are hoping to complete a  deal for Pescara’s Mamadou  Coulibaly.
      • PSG are huge admirers of  Manchester United target Ivan  Perisic and have demanded the  Croatian winger as part of Inter  Milan’s plans to sign Lucas Moura.

      • Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has told Juventus he wants to join the club.
      • Bayern have slapped a €50m price tag on Douglas Costa amid interest from Juventus and Tottenham.
      • AC Milan are to consider including a €105million release clause in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal.
      • Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who is being linked with Arsenal and West Ham, is expected to agree a move to Marseille.
      • Everton target M’Baye Niang is being linked with a move to Torino.
      • Malaga could look to replace Everton target Sandro Ramirez with Swansea forward Borja Baston.
      • Roma are emerging as leading candidates to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice.
      • Napoli are ready to reluctantly accept an improved Chelsea bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Blues reportedly ready to bid €60m in the coming days.
      • Diego Costa’s brother claims the Chelsea striker has had “a lot of offers” to leave the Premier League champions this summer.
      • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
      • An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.
      • Federico Allende, a defender for lower-division club Sport Pacifico, bragged in a radio interview about using the needle several times against strikers from top-division club Estudiantes.
      • Kyle Bartley is being heavily linked with a move to Middlesbrough, with reports suggesting Garry Monk has already spoken to the Swansea player about a move to Teesside.
      • Rangers are poised to end their hunt for a director of football by appointing Manchester City academy director Mark Allen to the role.
      • The Italian referee who made history by giving the first video-assistant red card in international football to France’s Raphael Varane against England on Tuesday night got the protocol wrong and bungled the decision.
      • FA Cup replays are set to be ditched and the competition may soon be a midweek event.

      EPL results: Final day – Champions Chelsea  cruise on Terry’s farewell match; Arsenal win but miss out of Champions League; Kane nets a hat trick- wins Golden boot

      ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      • Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Premier League champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to break the Premier League record for wins in a season, as captain John Terry waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge.

      With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

      The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

      Blues legend, Terry, who has spent 22 years at the club but will leave this summer, played 26 minutes after starting his second match in a row and was replaced to a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his team-mates.

      Willian’s equaliser  had already cancelled out Javier Manquillo’s third-minute strike by that point, and Eden Hazard and Pedro scored after the break to put the hosts in control.

      Substitute Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late double to seal a record-breaking 30th Premier League victory this season.

      It was the perfect prelude to the lifting of the trophy after the match and for Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

      • Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Harry Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season after scoring a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed Hull 7-1 on the final day.

      The striker, who netted four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, followed up with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

      Dele Alli made it 3-0 before half-time and, after Sam Clucas pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, Spurs finished with a flourish.

      Victor Wanyama headed in before Kane completed his hat-trick and Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld scored their first Premier League goals of the season.

      Kane wins the Golden Boot award with 29 goals, four more than nearest rival Romelu Lukaku.

      And the rout concludes another impressive campaign for Spurs, who finish second behind Chelsea on 86 points with just four defeats and a club-record 26 goals conceded.

      Hull, meanwhile, drop to the Championship with uncertainty over the future of Marco Silva, who was serenaded by fans throughout the match in a bid to keep him at the club, with  talks planned next week.

      • Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

      City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counters-attacks.

      The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

      Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a shocking display.

      Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.

      • Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Liverpool secured their Champions League return as their initial nerves turned to jubilation and relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield.

      With top-four rivals Arsenal ahead at Everton, Liverpool were impotent in attack and twitchy at the back for most of the first half.

      But Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post.

      Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable cushion to ride out to full-time.

      With Manchester City thrashing Watford, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.

      • ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season.

      Arsene Wenger’s side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia. He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

      Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

      It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

      The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

      The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger’s future will be made.

      • Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

      Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

      The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

      Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind.

      With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

      He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

      Palace’s best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker’s towering header struck the foot of the post.

      Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish – their second successive season outside the top four – while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

      • Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Southampton” miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

      The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond’s lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

      The striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

      Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel’s side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary’s.

      His side end the season eighth, with their lowest points tally since 2012-13, while Stoke finish 13th, their lowest finish since the same season.

      • Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

      Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot at the end of Lys Mousset’s driving run.

      Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half.

      Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani’s blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

      The Cherries – who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year – end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.

      • Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

      Having secured survival a week earlier, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner.

      Swansea improved after the interval and equalised as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club, before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left.

      A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.

      Whereas the Baggies’ second-half decline was symptomatic of their fading fortunes at the end of the season, Swansea’s late revival was representative of their inspired run-in.

      • Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      West Ham ended their season with an away victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

      Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross.

      The hosts’ lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

      Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes’ shot on to the crossbar.

      The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.

      EPL results  – Alexis Sanches scores twice to keep alive Arsenal’s top four dream; City  beat West Brom in Zabaleta’s farewell match

      ​Arsenal 2 – 0 Sunderland

      Manchester City 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      • Manchester City 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Manchester City clinched an emphatic win over West Brom to move back up to third place in the Premier League with one game remaining.

      City scored two quick first-half goals with Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring in the 27th minute before Kevin de Bruyne added the second two minutes later with a fine curling strike.

      Yaya Toure made it 3-0 after the break, exchanging passes with Aguero as he marched into the area to slot past Ben Foster.

      West Brom managed a late consolation when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu turned in Allan Nyom’s low cross.

      A point in their final game at Watford on Sunday will now be enough to guarantee Pep Guardiola’s side a place in the top four and Champions League football, while a win would see them finish third and go straight into the group stage.

      Meanwhile the Baggies have now gone eight games without a victory and remain on 45 points with a trip to Swansea on Sunday.

      With the points all but secured by Toure’s goal, attention for many City fans switched to Pablo Zabeleta’s big send-off.

      After nine years with City in which he won every domestic trophy, the 32-year-old Argentina defender is leaving the clubat the end of the season.

      He started on the bench but the home fans sang his name from kick-off, gave him his first standing ovation of the night in the first half and then exploded into noise when he began warming up.

      The ground rose to applaud him on to the pitch when he replaced David Silva on the hour mark, and then cheered every time he touched the ball.

      Zabaleta ended the game wearing the captain’s armband after Vincent Kompany was substituted and West Brom’s belated fightback never threatened to ruin his night.

      After an emotional farewell speech at the final whistle, when he was joined on the pitch by his wife and young son, Zabaleta was given a guard of honour by his team-mates as he and his family departed down the tunnel.

      • ​Arsenal 2 – 0 Sunderland

      Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four finish as his double secured a 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

      Alexis Sanchez tapped in Mesut Ozil’s square pass to the relief of those inside a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium.

      As Arsenal increased in urgency, Sanchez bundled in Olivier Giroud’s cut-back to renew their hopes of a top-four finish for a 21st successive season.

      The Gunners are a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

      Arsenal will now look to beat Everton in their final match and hope Liverpool drop points against relegated Middlesbrough if they are to maintain their record of finishing in the top-four in each of Wenger’s 21 seasons in charge.

      They could mathematically still catch third-placed Manchester City, who beat West Brom 3-1 on Tuesday night, but that scenario would require defeat for Pep Guardiola’s side at Watford with Arsenal enjoying a five-goal swing on the final day.

      Preview: Manchester United Vs Manchester City

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      Photo Courtesy Independent

      Recent games involving the two sides have thrown up some significant moments in the past few seasons. Games between these unfriendly neighbours have helped to laid down markers and decide the destination of titles. This match, however, coming relatively early in the season will not decide the destination of the title as there will be lots of twist and turns. For Manchester United, it represents their second big test of the season after they failed the first one woefully at the Emirates.

      United responded at Everton last weekend following their abysmal showing at Arsenal and were duly rewarded with a solid win at Goodison Park. They will hope to carry on from where they left off when they welcome City. City so far has managed to navigate the first two games following injuries to Sergio Aguero and David Silva. But make no mistake, this will prove to be a big test for Wilfred Bony and Kevin De Bruyne as they seek to provide the goals and assists in the absence of the Argentine and Spanish superstars.

      Rooney’s form has largely been criticised this season and there is a belief that if this United side is to really kick on, the English captain may have to be dropped if he fails to regain the form that made him one of Europe’s most feared strikers. He will look to prove his critics wrong in a game none of the two sides will want to lose. Rooney has scored ten goals in this derby and United faithful will hope he can improve on this record in order for his side not to lose ground in the title challenge. Manchester United, under Louis Van Gaal, have an impressive home record with 17 wins in 23 games under the Dutch manager. The continuation of this record will be largely dependent on which Man United midfield turns up on the day and the selection. A repeat of the same lethargic performance that characterized their performance will most likely be punished.

      City have enjoyed success in this fixture recently with six wins in the last eight Manchester derbies and are looking to notch up half a century of wins over their arch rivals in this competition.

      Teams News

      Manchester United

      There are no new injury worries for the host. Ashley Young could be fit in time for this game.

      Manchester City

      City are without several keys players. Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph are all sidelined. Vincent Kompany is available for selection again.

      Preview: Manchester City Vs Bournemouth

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      The loss of Sergio Aguero has dominated the headlines over the past few days at the league leaders. The Argentine superstar scored five times against Newcastle and his goals will surely be missed over the next one month. Pellegrini’s woes were compounded when Kolarov and David Silva also returned from the international break with injuries which the Chilean manager hopes does not derail his side’s title ambition. The kind of football Manchester City played against Newcastle was a joy to behold and breathtaking at times. Kevin De Bruyne has been hugely impressive following his big money move from the Bundesliga and over the next few weeks, he will need to take up most of the creative responsibilities for his side. The Belgian has contributed three goals and two assists in his last three matches

      In spite of City’s injury problems, Bournemouth know that they have a difficult task at hand if they are to go home with a point. They have so far picked up a respectable eight points this season but their away results have been far from encouraging and have lost three of their first four away games. Their task is made even harder by the fact that their top scorer, Callum Wilson, has been ruled out with a long-term injury. Their defence will also have their work cut out as they face a side that has found the back of the net in 23 of their last 24 Premier League games.

      The Citizens and the Cherries have not met at this stage before. However, before Man City’s new found riches, the host won four and drew two in the six previous meetings between both teams. An upset is unlikely but with both sides’ injury worries, the Cherries may fancy their chances of getting something from a game no one expects them to win.

      Team News

      Manchester City

      Manchester City have been hit with news of the loss of three key players. Aguero, Kolarov and Silva will all miss out following an international break with so many casualties for the club. Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are still sidelined and a makeshift left back may have to be drafted in due to the absence of Clichy and Kolarov. Vincent Kompany is available again while Wilfred Bony will lead the lines in the absence of top scorer Aguero.

      Bournemouth

      It has been a season of injuries for Eddie Howe’s side. Captain Tommy Elphick became the latest casualty and will be out for approximately eight weeks. Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel are all ruled out with long-term injuries.

      Preview: Crystal Palace Vs Manchester City

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      Manchester City will look to extend their Premier League winning streak to 11 when they visit Selhurst Park this weekend. Standing in their way is a stubborn Crystal Palace side who managed to defeat Chelsea at the bridge 2 weeks ago. Manchester City’s football has often been a joy to watch, demolishing teams with relative ease and panache. Their impressive form has seen their Chilean manager rewarded with the August Manager of the month award.

      Much has been said of Palace’s impressive away record under Alan Pardew but there is a belief and acceptance that their home form has to be better for them to remain closer to the top of the table. Since Pardew swapped Newcstle for Palace, his new side has picked up an average of 2.4 points away from home but just an average of 1.3 points at Selhurst Park.

      The London side do not have an encouraging record against City having lost 5 of their 6 Premier League clashes. However, their solitary victory in those 6 games did come in their last meeting at home in April 2015, a game they won 2-1. Manchester City have won 4 straight games away from home and if key players can maintain their top form, they should be confident of extending that run. However, they must be careful against a Palace side brimming with confidence.

      Team News

      Crystal Palace

      Yohan Cabaye is available for selection after recovering from a knee injury while Julian Speroni is fit again. Marouane Chamakh remains sidelined with injury while Connor Wickham could miss out with injury.

      Manchester City

      David Silva misses out with an ankle injury sustained on international duty. In his absence, Kevin De Bruyne could be called up for his debut and the expensive signing may be relied upon to produce the creativity which the Spaniard normally brings to the table. Fabian Delph is also ruled out after he pulled his hamstring while playing for England.  Bacary Sagna is fit again.