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  1. Burnley v Southampton: match preview

    Burnley were the undoubted success story of the first half of the season, accumulating 32 points from their first 19 games. Since Christmas a brake has been applied, with four draws and four defeats. While survival is unlikely to be an issue for Sean Dyche’s side it is already a worry for Southampton, who come to Turf Moor in the bottom three and in desperate need of points. Paul Wilson

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  2. Leicester City v Stoke City: match preview

    Leicester have lost some momentum in the league following a disappointing run that has been overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez’s antics. Mahrez, however, is set to make his first league start for more than a month here. Stoke, who will be without the injured Peter Crouch, are second from bottom and have not won away for four months. Paul Lambert has vowed to go to Leicester to attack and the Stoke manager has also said he is considering handing a Premier League debut to 18-year-old Tyrese Campbell. Stuart James

    Saturday 12.30pm SSPL

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  3. West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town: match preview

    Alan Pardew has put his faith in Jonny Evans to lead West Bromwich Albion out of trouble saying “God teaches us to forgive” with regard to reinstating the defender as captain. Pardew seems to recognise the importance of moving quickly on from the Barça business and the best way to do that is with a desperately needed win against Huddersfield. However the signs are not promising for Albion. Pardew has won once in 13 league matches as manager at the Hawthorns and David Wagner’s side were excellent in their 4-1 rot-stopping win over Bournemouth. Graham Searles

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  4. Premier League and Carabao Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

    A grudge match at Old Trafford, Arsène Wenger looking to settle his affairs and Jonny Evans seeks to appease

    Even those in Arsenal’s “Leave” camp might indulge Arsène Wenger’s chance to tick off missing items in his résumé. Winning the Europa League would end a sorry story in European finals: Wenger holds the unenviable record of defeats in each of the three competitions he has contested. The League Cup has been almost as cruel, even if Wenger has used the competition as work placement for youngsters. A selection including teenagers Theo Walcott and Cesc Fàbregas was eventually overpowered by a full-bore Chelsea team and a Didier Drogba winner in 2007’s final, and his team were also beaten in 2011. “They are destroyed,” said Wenger aftera communication breakdown between keeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny allowed Obafemi Martins to score Birmingham City’s late winner. Beating Manchester City would bury those ghosts from Wenger’s wilderness period, during which Arsenal went nine years without silverware. And winning at Wembley on Sunday and in Lyon in May might even convince him it is finally time to pull the curtain down. JB

    Related: Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra

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    Related: Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra

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  5. ‘God teaches us to forgive’: Alan Pardew reinstates Jonny Evans as captain
    • West Brom’s Evans, Barry, Myhill and Livermore fined £500,000
    • Jonny Evans is right man to lead relegation strugglers, says Pardew

    Alan Pardew has reinstated Jonny Evans as the West Bromwich Albion captain in the wake of the taxi scandal in Barcelona, with the manager pointing out “God teaches us to forgive” after confirming the disciplinary process against the four players involved in a “crazy incident” has finished.

    It is understood Evans, Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore have been fined the maximum two weeks’ wages – the best part of £500,000 collectively – after they broke a midnight curfew during a team-bonding trip to Spain and became embroiled in a serious incident. It is alleged the quartet stole a taxi in the early hours, after going to a fast-food restaurant, and parked the vehicle outside their city-centre hotel.

    Related: West Brom ‘taxi’ quartet unlikely to face court case in Barcelona

    Related: What difference do West Brom think sacking boardroom suits will make?

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  6. Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra

    Max Rushden and co reflect on Manchester City’s FA Cup exit, Champions League action and Sunderland’s sausage-making facilities

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    Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Jonathan Wilson to review an unexpected FA Cup exit for Manchester City, a goal at last for Lionel Messi against Chelsea and discuss what José Mourinho is doing to make Manchester United so boring.

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  7. What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival | Liam Rosenior
    Albion’s bullish dressing room has started to compare run-ins and won’t be alone as a dozen Premier League teams take on board the price of on-pitch failure over the next three months

    I’m going to admit something that goes against all of the “take every game as it comes” answers that players trot out when talking about their team’s chances over the coming months and into the closing stages of the season. I was sitting in our dressing room on Wednesday after a cold, windy morning’s session while preparing for this weekend’s six-pointer at home against Swansea when I heard the first mutterings from my team-mates about how many points are going to be necessary for us to be safe from relegation.

    What struck me was the change in words and mentality to those in the conversations we had exactly this time last year. Statements such as “we need to win eight of our last 12 games for promotion” have been replaced with lines such as: “We need 10 points from our last 11 games to stay up.”

    Related: Brighton seal promotion after win over Wigan and Huddersfield draw at Derby

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  8. Referees’ body to meet Manchester City over concerns about bad tackles
    • PGMOL unlikely to consider retrospective upgrading of cards
    • City claim there has been dangerous run of tackles on their players

    Manchester City have been granted a meeting with the governing body of Premier League referees to discuss Pep Guardiola’s concern regarding tackles made against his players.

    The meeting, requested by the club, is expected to take place next month but it is unlikely the Professional Game Match Officials Limited will consider City’s wish for panels to retrospectively review questionable challenges dealt with by the referee during the game.

    Related: Sergio Agüero considering pressing charges over Wigan crowd trouble

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  9. Rochdale's road to Wembley, VAR shenanigans and taxi talk – Football Weekly

    Max and co discuss the Juve of the north, more VAR teething problems, great headers, West Brom, players who are taller in real life and Mick McCarthy gifs

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    Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Priya Ramesh to chew over the latest football action. Starting with Tottenham’s 2-2 FA Cup draw away at Rochdale, we ask: are Rochdale to Spurs what Spurs are to Juventus?

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  10. Sky netted a sweet Premier League deal but the TV rights bubble isn’t over
    The value of TV packages may have plateaued in the UK but footie bosses aren’t worried, with the game’s appeal growing globally and the likes of Amazon on the sidelines

    On the face of it, the outcome of the latest battle for Premier League TV rights appears to be business as usual. Sky has taken the lion’s share of the best matches, extending its stranglehold on the biggest prize in British sports broadcasting to at least three decades, with BT slotting into second place.

    But with Amazon in the running for at least one of the two remaining rights packages, Rupert Murdoch poised to take full control of Sky and then sell it to Disney, and BT calling time on its big spending on sports rights, it is a seminal moment.

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