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Nick Powell refinds his feet at Wigan and stirs a few memories | Ben Fisher

The former Crewe midfielder who won over Sir Alex Ferguson in a matter of minutes is back doing what he does best after his wilderness years at Old TraffordIn a candid interview a couple of years ago, Nick Powell discussed how he felt at being perceive…

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Premier League 2018-19 preview No 16: Southampton | Ben Fisher

Saints were in trouble for most of last season and Mark Hughes really has to improve their abysmal home formGuardian writers’ predicted position: 12th (NB: this is not necessarily Ben Fisher’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season…

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Brentford happy to do it their own way in quest for promotion

Using statistical analysis to sign players, ditching their academy and scrapping the captaincy are some of the innovations that have turned the west London side into contendersWith Thursday’s transfer deadline looming, you could forgive scurrying rival…

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Transfer window: Kovacic in talks with Chelsea, Lerma to Bournemouth and more – as it happened

Less than 48 hours remain until Thursday’s transfer deadline – and a host of clubs are still frenzying to do their summer business 5.14pm BST Forty-seven hours or so until the summer window does not just shut but slams closed, and there’s plenty of pot…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/aug/07/transfer-window-latest-news-premier-league-courtois-bernard-grealish-traore-live

Leeds United v Stoke City: Championship – live!

All the latest from the 4.30pm BST kick-off at Elland Road Rowett: drop down divisions will end Berahino goal-droughtEmail Ben | or tweet @benfisherj 4.47pm BST A dream start for Bielsa, who sits motionless on the bench as the Polish midfielder, very m…

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Drop down divisions will help Stoke’s Berahino end goal drought, says Rowett

Striker has not scored competitively in 890 daysStoke manager says Championship can help him fire againGary Rowett believes Stoke City’s relegation to the Championship will help Saido Berahino rediscover his goalscoring touch, with the striker’s last c…

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Premier League 2018-19 preview No5: Cardiff City

Neil Warnock will shrug off predictions that his promoted side will make an instant return to the ChampionshipGuardian writers’ predicted position: 20th (NB: this is not necessarily Ben Fisher’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last seas…

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Premier League 2018-19 preview No 2: Bournemouth

Eddie Howe looks to have made typically shrewd acquisitions and will hope his young squad can again defy expectations and thrive in the top flightGuardian writers’ predicted position: 17th (NB: this is not necessarily Ben Fisher’s prediction but the av…

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Nick Kyrgios beats Andy Murray as Djokovic advances at Queen’s – as it happened

Nick Kyrgios overcame Andy Murray 6-2, 6-7, 5-7 in an extraordinary match on the Briton’s return to competitive action after injury at Queen’s Club• Murray defeated on return: read Kevin Mitchell’s report 6.57pm BST Kevin Mitchell’s report from Queen’s…

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South Africa 23-12 England: second Test – as it happened

South Africa wrapped up a series victory after a crushing 23-12 comeback win over Eddie Jones’s England in the second Test in Bloemfontein Robert Kitson’s report: South Africa 23-12 England 6.39pm BST How about that, then? Thanks for your company. Befo…

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French Open 2018 day eight: Djokovic and Zverev through, Wozniacki stutters – as it happened

Play was suspended at 9.20pm in Paris on a lively day eight with Caroline Wozniacki complaining about bad light against Daria Kasatkina 8.26pm BST Thanks for your company. Do check back in tomorrow for day nine coverage from all of the action at Rolan…

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French Open 2018: Serena Williams powers past Julia Görges – as it happened!

Serena Williams beats Julia Görges 6-3, 6-4 to move into the fourth roundEdmund falls to resilient Fognini in five setsSharapova thrashes Pliskova to lay down markerAnd feel free to email or tweet Tom to get in touch 7.39pm BST The American giant, John…

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Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-3 to reach Italian Open final – as it happened

Rafael Nadal overcame Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-3 in the 51st meeting between the two in Rome to reach the Italian Open final 4.27pm BST Rafael Nadal speaks. “It was a tough match, of course, playing against him [Novak] is always a big challenge. He playe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/may/19/rafael-nadal-v-novak-djokovic-italian-open-semi-final-live

Premier League 2017-18 review: young player of the season

Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all gave youth a chance to telling effect but there were plenty more young pretendersPlayer of the season | Manager of the season | Goal of the season | Match of the season | Signing of the season | Flop of the seasonWelco…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/14/premier-league-2017-18-review-young-player-of-the-season

Fulham lead march of heavyweights in £200m Championship play-offs | Ben Fisher

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men have history on their side but there are reasons to believe for Middlesbrough, Derby and Aston VillaSome teams flourish, some fret and some freeze but there is nothing quite like the pressure-cooker that is the Championship play…

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Brentford’s Ollie Watkins: ‘We play some of the best football in the league’ | Ben Fisher

The Bees striker was toiling away in the Conference South only three years ago but he says experiencing life at the sharp end has helped him matureThree years ago Ollie Watkins was on loan at Weston-super-Mare, on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat away at …

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