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Stockport have promotion in sight after post-Easter resurrection | Paul Wilson

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Defeat last Saturday left automatic promotion out of County’s hands. But dramatic turnaround means club that survived administration is one win away from National League returnAn attendance record could be broken at Nuneaton Borough’s Liberty Way Stadium on Saturday, which would be unusual for a club bottom of National League North with relegation confirmed weeks ago.The reason is the visit of Stockport County, who will be promoted as champions if they win their final game of the league season. The attendance record stands at 3,480 and County could take more than 3,000 supporters to witness a resurrection that looked unlikely as recently as a week ago. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Stockport have promotion in sight after post-Easter resurrection | Paul

Dominant Manchester City show how vast the gulf has become with United | Jonathan Wilson

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While Ole Gunnar Solskjær tries to reconjure old values, City are breaking free from their past with the title a step closerIn prospect, six weeks ago, in that golden age when Manchester United didn’t have a permanent manager, the derby looked like being the biggest obstacle between Manchester City and retaining the league title. History, perhaps, will continue to view it as such: it is a derby, it is United; how could it not have been a night of furious passions and impossible tension? And yet in the moment, once the initial United surge was over – there was, at least, some sort of reaction to Sunday’s humiliation at Everton – the overwhelming sense was of how vast the gulf between the sides has become.That is 11 league wins in a row now for City, a run of absurd consistency. Unite

The (young) Premier League young players of the year

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Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva are brilliant but they are 24 years old. These players should be recognised insteadBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhen the nominees for the PFA awards were announced last week, the debate about what constitutes a young player in today’s game was reignited. The general consensus is that Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva – both of whom merit their places in the overall player of the year shortlist – are, at 24, a little too old to qualify for the junior award as well. Silva turned 24 two days before Manchester City’s campaign began and Sterling will be 25 before the year is out. So, rather than including players who were 23 or under on the first day of the season, we have picked six candidates who were 21 or under at the start of the campaign. Cont

Sokratis says Arsenal are ‘not stupid’ and must address poor form

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• Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Wolves on Wednesday• Team have lost for third time in four league gamesSokratis Papastathopoulos says Arsenal’s players are “not stupid” and must be accountable for a run of performances that threaten to end their hopes of playing Champions League football next season. Related: Diogo Jota-inspired Wolves deal fresh blow to Arsenal’s top-four hopes Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Sokratis says Arsenal are ‘not stupid’ and must address poor form

Football quiz: how much do you know about Premier League title races?

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Who ate well? Who left it late? Who won on goal difference?Which player was mentioned by name in Kevin Keegan’s infamous "I would love it" rant during the 1995-96 run-in?Les FerdinandRoy Keane Stuart PearceDavid Platt Which club has won the Premier League on goal difference?Blackburn Rovers ChelseaArsenalManchester CityChelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield in 2014 is often remembered for Steven Gerrard’s slip. Which player made his league debut for Chelsea in that game and was named man of the match (in the Guardian, at least)?Lewis Baker Nathan Ake Tomas KalasMohamed Salah Manchester United won the first Premier League title in 1993. Who came second?Norwich City Blackburn Rovers Aston Villa QPRArsenal did not lose any of their 38 league matches in the 2003-04 season. How many did they win?2

Lazio blame ‘isolated elements’ for Mussolini banner and Bakayoko abuse

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• Separate incidents took place around Coppa Italia semi-final• Club rail at media holding ‘entire support jointly responsible’Lazio have blamed “isolated elements” after some of their supporters displayed a banner honouring Benito Mussolini and aimed racist insults at Milan’s Tiémoué Bakayoko in separate incidents before their Coppa Italia match on Wednesday. Related: Moise Kean’s story shows the far right haunts Italy’s football stadiums | Tobias Jones Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Lazio blame ‘isolated elements’ for Mussolini banner and Bakayoko abuse

PFA Team of the Year: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba a shock inclusion

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• Chelsea’s Eden Hazard fails to make the list• Man City have six players in team and Liverpool fourManchester City and Liverpool dominate the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the year but there is a surprise inclusion for Paul Pogba. Related: Leroy Sané fires Manchester City past United to tip scales in title race Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : PFA Team of the Year: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba a shock inclusion

Football transfer rumours: Lorenzo Insigne to Liverpool or Chelsea?

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Today’s tell-all is all about the bass, the bass, the bass Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has identified his former Napoli charge Lorenzo Insigne as one of several missing pieces of his Chelsea jigsaw puzzle, but has the minor inconvenience of a transfer ban preventing him from snapping it into place. Should his employers fail in their efforts to get the ban overturned, or at least postponed, Liverpool could instead make a Premier League player of the Italian winger in exchange for £60m in used fifties. Related: Manchester City weigh up bid for Benfica’s €60m-rated midfielder Florentino Luís Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Football transfer rumours: Lorenzo Insigne to Liverpool or Chelsea?

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