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Jun 22

John Terry weighs up Aston Villa move as he waits on Premier League interest

• Terry has offer from Villa which could be worth more than £4m a year
• West Brom may win race if they follow up interest with a proposal

John Terry is weighing up an offer to extend his career with Aston Villa in the Championship, but anticipates top-flight clubs proposing terms over the next few weeks as he prepares for life away from Chelsea.

The former England captain returned to the Premier League champions’ training base at Cobham this week to maintain his fitness before the expiry of his last contract at the club on 30 June. The 36-year-old, who ultimately wants to move into management, is determined to play on and has received a lucrative offer from Villa which, after bonuses and incentives, could be worth more than £4m a year.

Related: John Terry gets ‘good offer’ from Harry Redknapp to join Birmingham City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/22/john-terry-aston-villa-premier-league-west-brom

Jun 15

Goalmouth drama: football fans become players in their clubs’ stories

From the terraces to the post-match showers, two new theatre shows let Cobblers, Blues and Villains supporters tackle their teams’ histories and rivalries

Football and theatre can both range from farce to bloodbath. But the tepid response to Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion, set in a lower-league changing room, exposed the problem that plays on the subject tend to include too much football for people who like theatre and too much theatre for people who like football. More successful works have used fans as metaphors for tensions in society: Peter Terson’s Zigger Zagger and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams.

Related: Theatre of dreams: the 11 best plays about football

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jun/15/goalmouth-drama-football-fans-northampton-town-aston-villa-birmingham-city

Jun 01

Darren Fletcher to join Stoke from West Brom on free transfer

• Scotland international was out of contract at the Hawthorns
• Fletcher has a greed a two-year deal with Stoke: ‘I am delighted’

Darren Fletcher will join Stoke City from West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer next month. The midfielder is out of contract at the end of June and has agreed a two-year deal at the Bet365 Stadium, Stoke have confirmed.

Fletcher had been in contract talks with Albion, having triggered a one-year option in his favour earlier this season, but has opted not to extend his two-and-a-half-year stay.

Related: Manchester United drop interest in £87m Antoine Griezmann

⚪️➡️⚪️#WelcomeDarren #SCFC pic.twitter.com/Djn5xIAbzl

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/01/darren-fletcher-stoke-west-brom

May 21

Fernando Llorente’s late effort ensures Swansea end on high against West Brom

The only disappointment for Swansea City is that the season has come to an end. They finished the campaign with a flourish, winning four of their last five matches to climb up to 15th place, and it is tempting to wonder how much better the final table could have looked if Paul Clement had been in charge from day one.

Related: Confident and capable: how Paul Clement saved Swansea City | Stuart James

Related: West Ham’s André Ayew spoils Burnley’s end-of-season party

Related: Bournemouth hold on for laudable draw after Leicester City’s fightback

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/21/swansea-city-west-bromwich-albion-premier-league-match-report

May 21

Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more – as it happened

Chelsea and Spurs are streets ahead of the rest; Liverpool and Manchester City are in the Champions League; the relegated teams were relegated for a reason; Harry Kane wins the golden boot; and Arsenal have defensive issues to sort

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Anyway, thanks all for your company and comments; we’ll be back shortly with the end of La Liga.

5.01pm BST

So I guess that’s a season. Snivel. Chelsea and Spurs are streets ahead of the rest and proved it again this afternoon; Liverpool and Manchester City confirmed their participation in next season’s Champions League; the relegated teams were relegated for a reason; Harry Kane wins the golden boot; and Arsenal have defensive issues to sort before the Cup Final.

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How the final 2016/17 #PremierLeague table looks after this afternoon’s games. pic.twitter.com/u10n6FTIvs

4.59pm BST

And the 2016-17 Premier League season is finished!

It’s all over in Sunday’s 10 games.

Round-up https://t.co/oZvILWwzSW #bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/F9mwemxCVE

4.58pm BST

What a run-in from the Lillywhites; if only they’d started the season properly. Can they transfer their style to Wembley?

4.57pm BST

The Baggies will be satisfied with their season, but have no business collapsing as they did.

4.56pm BST

But how badly hurt is Paul Pogba?

4.55pm BST

Arsenal miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, but have found some form before the Cup Final. Can they find a defence?

4.54pm BST

Ozil finds Ramsey inside the box, top left corner, and he turns then swerves a lovely finish into the far top corner.

4.53pm BST

The strongest Twitter game in the league scores again.

4.52pm BST

It was nervy for a bit but easy in the end.

4.51pm BST

Amazingly abject from the Orns but a warning from City nonetheless: next season, watch out.

4.50pm BST

Trippier crosses from the right, Hull are doing whatever it is they’re doing, and Alderweireld is free at the back post to sweep home. Spurs are quite good.

4.49pm BST

Well done Paul Clement.

4.48pm BST

What on earth is Kane playing at? Pathetic! Eriksen slings in another free-kick, it’s half-cleared, and Davies fully finishes.

4.46pm BST

I don’t believe it!

I’m hearing that the 26th minute substitution of John Terry was the captain’s own idea. Antonio Conte happy to go along wit it.

4.44pm BST

Enjoy Angel Gomes’ season highlights after he was crowned our Youth Team Player of the Year… #MUFCPOTY pic.twitter.com/oxkDPXcpJd

4.43pm BST

I concur with this sentiment.

Get Gomes on ffs

4.41pm BST

My friend and yours, Joleon Lescott, contrives to head over his own keeper. Pedro chases it down and nods home from under the bar.

4.39pm BST

A goal each for the brothers Ayew now. A long shot hits the bar, Andre taps home.

4.38pm BST

There have been six hat-tricks in the Premier League in 2017 – Harry Kane has scored FOUR of them.

4.38pm BST

My days, what a player! Another hat-trick! Admittedly it relies on some quite hilarious defending from Hull, and of course Alli is on hand to profit, poking through. Kane sets himself, then slides home a simple finish. That’s seven goals in his last two games!

4.35pm BST

Is Gylfi Sigurdsson football’s best addresser of a dead ball? Payet comes close, but otherwise? Anyway, he swings one into the box, a flick-on takes it to the back post, and Ayew does the rest.

4.33pm BST

Eriksen’s cross is deflected to the back post, and there’s yerman with his second headed goal in three games.

4.32pm BST

Aguero is taken off at Vicarage Road; might that be his last appearance for City? Surely they need to do everything to make that unso – he guarantees goals, and even if Jesus scores as many it’s not like you don’t need back-up, or the option of playing two strikers.

4.29pm BST

Axel Tuanzebe is playing in midfield today – he is going to be a player. His use next season will go a long way to revealing Mourinho’s intentions as regards young players.

4.28pm BST

A deflection.

4.27pm BST

Excellent double-save from Gomes to deny Aguero a hat-trick. Gomes is now receiving treatment, but luckily Mazzarri had the foresight to pick two keepers for the bench.

4.25pm BST

I appear to have missed Jamie Vardy’s equaliser for Leicester at home to Bournemouth. 1-1 there now.

4.24pm BST

At Old Trafford, United are passing and moving. It’s fairly strange to see.

4.24pm BST

That’s now 103 Premier League goals for one of the good guys.

4.22pm BST

This is beautifully taken. Willian brings the ball out of defence and hits Costa, loitering outside the box in the middle. He slides wide to Hazard, who jinks outside his man and zetzes a finish into the far side-netting.

4.19pm BST

Aguero goes down the right and dinks a cross to the edge of the box where Jesus leaps into a brilliant first touch. He then stays calm to pursue the bouncing ball and lift an excellent finish over Gomes.

4.18pm BST

Cech goes the right way, to his left, but Lukaku’s sidefooter was too firm for him.

4.17pm BST

A cross comes in, Monreal looks to chest it clear, it clips his arm, and there you go.

4.16pm BST

What a miss! Sane hares down the left, arcs over a low cross for Aguero – all he needs to do is tap home – but the ball slides off his instep and way, way wide.

4.15pm BST

Wijnaldum nods down a criss, Lallana bursts onto it, and slides calmly into the far corner.

4.14pm BST

He leapt into a challenge with Calvert-Lewin, hurting yerman’s Achilles and catching his own leg underneath him. Mertesacker is on, and by the looks of things will play in the Cup Final. Dare Wenger go with three at the back?

4.12pm BST

I guess Guzan should’ve saved that, but still, it was very well done indeed.

4.11pm BST

This is a very clever free-kick – it’s right of centre, and Guzan assumes Coutinho would go over the wall towards the near post. But instead he swings one past it on the far side, which skips off the turf and sneaks inside the far corner!

4.08pm BST

Scott McTominay has just run across the back of Wilfried Zaha, clipping his heels in the process. It didn’t look deliberate, but poor Zaha is in a lot of pain nonetheless – his shoulder took the brunt of the fall. He’s up, though, and looks like he’ll be good to carry on.

4.06pm BST

And if Phil’s saying that…

Just witnessed the worst performance I’ve ever seen from a set of premier league players Watford!

4.05pm BST

I wonder what words of wisdom the sacked Walter Mazzarri shared with his players. “C’mon lads, you can do it…”

4.05pm BST

Aguero now has 169 goals for City. Eight short of Eric Brook, the club’s all-time leading scorer, who has 177.

4.04pm BST

We have kick-off.

4.03pm BST

“Mike Dean got coined at a S Wales derby,” tweets Matthew Rudd. “As the blood poured from his head, he picked the coin up and threw it angrily to the floor. Liked him ever since.”

3.59pm BST

The Sky pundits – Graeme Souness, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher – all think Middlesbrough should have had a penalty for that challenge by Lovren on Bamford, and a red card for Lovren as well.

3.57pm BST

4-0 at half-time. Watford PA sticks on Holiday by Madonna.

3.55pm BST

“I’m watching the Mike Dean game, also known as Swansea v West Brom. What did the Baggies do to deserve Dean’s last game of the season as well as Clattenburg’s last game of his career?

Dean has played some majestic advantages this season as well as making several absolutely absurd penalty decisions. He has just finished giving a 60 second lecture to Nyom and Olsson. This game is a bit nasty. Could easily imagine a red card sometime.”

3.53pm BST

#PL half time scores pic.twitter.com/X4Zy22C7ir

3.52pm BST

Here’s yerman Smyth on that:

23 min Having seen the replay, I’m not sure about that penalty appeal. Bamford played a fine one-two with Forshaw and then cleverly got in front of Lovren so that there would be contact from the rear. Whether it was enough for a penalty, I don’t know. I suspect a penalty would be given maybe six or seven times out of 10 for something like that.

3.51pm BST

Apparently Martin Atkinson denied Boro a clear penalty at 0-0…

3.50pm BST

Pogba moves off at half-time with a little limp. It doesn’t look awful, and presumably would have to be for him not to be ready for Wednesday. If he’s got a proper problem, United are in big trouble.

3.49pm BST

At Old Trafford, Pogba and Lingard have been replaced by Carrick and Martial. Neither looked injured, but it is slightly odd behaviours, naking the chances before half-time. Mourinho is just so … so … so gnomic!

3.48pm BST

Wijnaldum breaks forward at inside-right, exchanges passes with someone or other, and flings his entire life into a drive which rushes into the roof at the near post.

3.46pm BST

At Arsenal, Barkley is on for Davies – presumably he’s injured. I wonder where Barkley will turn up – he really is a terrific talent, but where do you play him? I guess in a midfield three would be best, or next to another box-to-boxer with a more defensive inclination.

3.44pm BST

Watford spurn approximately 63 opportunities to clear the ball before Fernandinho bundles his way into the box, right-hand side, to drive a finish across Gomes. This could easily be a bonaccording.

3.42pm BST

Header from a corner from one of the division’s best defenders and players of the season.

3.41pm BST

Daniel Sturridge has just missed a chance at Anfield. They might not have been nervous before; they will be now.

3.39pm BST

Surely this isn’t the last we’re seeing of Aguero in the Premeer League?

3.39pm BST

Lovely goal, this, even if was scored against a team of cones. Caballero finds Clichy who finds Silva, and he slides into the path of Sane, streaking away at inside-left. He might shoot but instead squares for Aguero to tap home.

3.37pm BST

A lovely goal, apparently, but I’ve not seen it so please use your imagination.

3.36pm BST

Are you kidding me?

@DanielHarris Terry wasn’t injured, they took him off in his final game in the 26th minute.

3.35pm BST

Wayne Rooney is arguing with the referee, obviously.

3.34pm BST

Anyway, Chelsea are knocking at the door. Liverpool aren’t, really.

3.31pm BST

John Terry is injured, and the Chelsea players gave him a guard of honour as he was subbed. Yes they did!

3.31pm BST

A shot, from Xhaka I think, ricochets into Welbeck’s path, he turns in front of the keeper, lays it back to Sanchez, and he passes into the net. Liverpool will need to win!

3.29pm BST

West Ham, eh.

3.28pm BST

Bournemouth lead Leicester 1-0, the goal from Junior Stanislas.

3.27pm BST

Naturally, Harrance Kane scored both, one a tap-in following a lovely ball over the top from Dier, volleyed low into the middle by Trippier. It’s so, so easy for them at the moment.

3.26pm BST

So easy. Aguero goes through the middle, pauses, and leathers a low shot across Gomes and into the corner,

3.24pm BST

“I know the guy, he is a good guy and he didn’t want to cause any malice.” Excellent from Martin Keown excellent on what constitutes a red card offence.

3.22pm BST

Lingard drives forward on the break and slides a pass towards Pogba, inside the box. It oughtn’t to get through but Ward makes a mess of his interception and Pogba, who’s missed the last two games mourning the loss of his dad, drives through Hennessey’s legs from close range. The celebrations reflect that.

3.20pm BST

Easy this senior football, what? Found by a wondrous pass from the outside of Pogba’s boot, curving into his path, Harrop cuts across the face of goal from left to right and curls hard into the far side-netting. That’s a lovely finish and he celebrates as you would, arms waving wildly.

3.18pm BST

Gabriel Jesus ought to have added another for Chelsea, but as he went through, a mess was made.

3.17pm BST

Excuse me while I interrupt myself! Pending an appeal, presumably, Koscielny will mss the Cup Final! He was done for pace by Calvert-Lewin, slid in hard and late, but low and with some control. He flattened his man, and Michael Oliver was over as quickly as you’d expect to send him off.

3.15pm BST

Is ‘The Cherries’ football’s worst nickname?” emails William Hargreaves. “Well not necessarily, I don’t think. Given that it is supposed to represent their shirt colour, ‘The Haemorrhoids’ could have been worse?”

But this is a whole nother category, nicknames that never were.

3.13pm BST

The ball bobbles about in the Sunderland box with various attackers enjoying touches, and eventually it’s forced wide to Willian, who thrashes a low shot in at the near post. I’m not sure the keeper will want to see that one again.

3.11pm BST

Seriously. A cross from the leftm some poor defending, and there’s the goal machine’s goal machine to open the scoring.

3.10pm BST

Arsenal turn Everton’s left-flank with the help of some compliant defending, Ozil drives in a low cross which Welbeck misses entirely, from about two yards out, but Bellerin is there to tap home. That was so Welbeck.

3.09pm BST

Chance for Liverpool! Coutinho sends Milner down the left and his cross falls to Clyne. He might swipe it with his left, but rather like a Kick Off 2 player, he can only play the way he’s facing, drilling a right-footer in a straight line, wide.

3.07pm BST

Watford don’t appear entirely excited by this afternoon’s tussle. City win a corner, it picks out Kompany, minding his own around the penalty spot, and he tumps home a header, uncontested.

3.05pm BST

Early chance at Arsenal, Welbeck deftly groining the ball wide from very few yards out.

3.05pm BST

Lovely one-two from Zaha and Puncheon – the former finding the latter, who responds with a backheel, sending him into the box. But Fosu-Mensah slides in brilliantly to avert the danger.

3.03pm BST

A heavy touch from Aguero allows Gomes to dive at his feet, but he retrieves the ball and dinks a cross into the middle from the by-line. Jesus is up and nods goalwards, but the man on the line chests it away.

3.01pm BST

Fred the Red goes to give Mourinho a high-five. Mourinho blanks him.

3.00pm BST

They’re hollering You’ll Never Walk Alone at Anfield. At the Vic, the Hornets are huddling.

2.59pm BST

BREAKING NEWS: Daniel Sturridge didn’t nod his head sufficiently vigorously when listening to the pre-match warm-up music.

2.58pm BST

At Old Trafford, the teams are marching from the tunnel to halfway. It really makes you think it’s all important.

2.57pm BST

The teams come out at Vicarage Road, and elsewhere around the country.

2.56pm BST

Julio Arca, what a hero.

“A dream come true”

Ex-Sunderland and @Boro man @julioarcaOK speaks emotionally after victory on his Wembley debut.#NonLeagueFinalsDay pic.twitter.com/SnGd86mr16

2.55pm BST

I mean seriously.

2.54pm BST

Of course, it’s impossible that a man who’s spent as long injured as Sturridge has knows his own body.

2.50pm BST

Gary Neville is talking about Daniel Sturridge, saying that you need to get him a lot of the ball to get the benefit of him. I don’t really see why Liverpool would get rid – he’s not often fit, it’s true, but he’s useful when he is. There’s no issue with him not being first pick, because it barely matters. Graeme Souness, meanwhile, is haranguing the intensity of his warm-up. “Other people were picking their leg up higher than him.”

2.45pm BST

According to the Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho would like to buy Nemanja Matic – presumably, Chelseas fancy bringing in Tiemoue Bakayoko. I’m not certain good football teams – modern football teams – need a stopper protecting their defence.

2.43pm BST

“First of all, we have to defend … they have quality,” reckons Jurgen Klopp of Boro. 5/10.

2.43pm BST

Aha!

Smalling has a toe injury, so don’t read too much into Jones’ inclusion. Could still start against Ajax

2.34pm BST

I’m interested in this last fixture. What would constitute a good season for Swansea and West Brom in 2017-18? And how do they go about getting better?

2.33pm BST

Team news is in!

Here’s how we will line up for our season finale against @WBA… ⚽️#SWAWBA pic.twitter.com/JODZZqWtQK

Albion team v @SwansOfficial: Foster; Nyom, Dawson, Evans, M Wilson; Yacob, Fletcher (c), Livermore; Morrison, Brunt; Rondon.#SWAWBA #WBA pic.twitter.com/x1Em41mK9P

2.32pm BST

So, what about Mark Hughes? On the one hand, Stoke are about where they should be; on the other, might he not exceed expectations given how good his best players could be?

2.31pm BST

#SaintsFC team to face #SCFC: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Davis (c), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tadić, Austin. pic.twitter.com/ysQZsxiqqO

#SCFC Starting XI v @SouthamptonFC: Butland; Cameron, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Diouf, Whelan, Allen, Pieters; Shaqiri, Crouch, Ramadan. pic.twitter.com/wHWHSiMC9r

2.30pm BST

Is “The Cherries” football’s worst nickname?

Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy. #LeiBou pic.twitter.com/b3V7kL9mwp

Four changes for the Cherries at @LCFC in our final @premierleague game of the season.

https://t.co/x2SkW77DVd#afcb pic.twitter.com/DrWhic8fOt

2.28pm BST

◾️ | Here’s the @HullCity team to face @SpursOfficial in today’s @PremierLeague clash at the KCOM Stadium #HULTOT pic.twitter.com/yw4jTlSbcS

#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Son, Dele, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/zIE3m4nNer

2.27pm BST

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Here’s how #SAFC line up for their final game of the 2016-17 @premierleague season v @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/XAErrmiq5v

2.24pm BST

Choking up, here.

One last time at Stamford Bridge. #CaptainLeaderLegend pic.twitter.com/6XcZA7uDVQ

2.22pm BST

Quina and Rice on the West Ham bench, Big Slav covering every base there.

TEAM NEWS: Here’s your Burnley team for today’s final @premierleague game of the 2016/17 season v @WestHamUtd pic.twitter.com/Yg7aOnVqbg

TEAM NEWS!

3️⃣ changes…

➡️ Ogbonna, Feghouli, Snodgrass
⬅️ Reid, Nordtveit, Calleri#COYI #BURWHU pic.twitter.com/NDpQYI7ZuE

2.21pm BST

TEAM NEWS | Presented by @haysworldwide#watfordvcity #mcfc pic.twitter.com/zTaofDAGP1

#watfordfc line-up v @ManCity: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Behrami, Holebas; Amrabat, Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue, Mason; Niang, Okaka. pic.twitter.com/4lc7J8yyB1

2.19pm BST

De-mob happy Watford manager names two goalkeepers on the bench #watfordfc pic.twitter.com/vWICdvLG7n

2.18pm BST

So, no Ross Barkley for Everton – it does not seem like Ronald Koeman is one bit arsed if he leaves. I get why you’d affect that; I don’t get why it’d be true.

Arsenal’s XI looks like one that’ll start the Cup Final, with the exception of Gabriel, whose spot’ll go to Mustafi.

2.16pm BST

Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Koscielny, Gabriel, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud.

| Team news is in! @ronaldkoeman makes one change from our last game as Enner Valencia starts in place of Ross Barkley. COYB! #EFCawayday pic.twitter.com/2NzPlvjkOS

2.14pm BST

No going easy from Significantly-sized Samuel, then. As far as that United XI goes, it’s a shame that Angel Gomes isn’t starting – he’s a serious talent. Otherwise, we can perhaps deduce that Smalling will start on Wednesday night, alongside Blind, with Darmian at left-back. And so, perhaps, will Mata.

2.11pm BST

“A Nicky Butt team” with some other bits and pieces.

It’s here – our final starting XI of the league season! #MUFC #MUNCRY pic.twitter.com/W8QJfOzD3l

Here’s the #CPFC team to take on @ManUtd this afternoon…#MUNCRY pic.twitter.com/4RH2Aue0zZ

2.07pm BST

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge. Subs: Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lucas, Grujic, Origi.

Middlesbrough: Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Forshaw, Downing, Bamford, Gestede. Subs: Dimi, Ayala, Bernardo, De Roon, Fischer, Stuani, Negredo.

2.04pm BST

Anyway, let’s have ourselves some teams.

2.02pm BST

I was just listening to Alfie Mawson interviewed on the wireless. He doesn’t feel like a Premier League players because “I literally go home and just play on my Playstation”.

Er, isn’t that the very definition of?

12.14pm BST

I was just thinking, the sky is dark, the wind is cold, the night is young, before it’s old and grey, we will know the thrill of it all. The time has come, it’s getting late, it’s now or never, don’t hesitate or stall – when I call. Don’t spoil, the thrill of it all.

Ok, I won’t, so: welcome to

the real football factories
the staggering denouement of Premier League season 2016-17. We know who’re champions, we know more or less who’s going into the Champions League, we know who’s going into the Europa League and we know who’s going down.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/may/21/premier-league-clockwatch-watford-v-manchester-city-and-more

May 21

Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part two: Manchester Utd to West Ham

Featuring: Southampton’s record signings; why Stoke need change; and the manager who makes Eeyore sound like Norman Wisdom on nitrous oxide
Part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

Pre-season prediction 1st; Position now 6th

Related: Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Manchester City

Related: Manchester United’s Daley Blind puts old ties behind him for Europa League final

Related: Leon Britton: ‘Swansea fans back me through anything. It’s incredible’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/21/premier-league-2016-17-fans-verdicts-manchester-united-west-ham

May 19

Pulis confident over Fletcher deal

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is confident that captain Darren Fletcher will sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond this season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39983827

May 19

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

Swansea are on a high after securing top-flight survival last week and Paul Clement will want to end the campaign with a win in front of their own supporters as well as climbing as high in the table as possible – every place is worth around £2m in extra prize money. Tony Pulis will be hoping to arrest an alarming slump that has seen West Bromwich Albion fail to record a victory since 18 March. Rich Flower

Kick-off Sunday 3pm

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/19/swansea-city-west-bromwich-albion-match-preview

May 17

Manchester City’s Guardiola praises ‘legend’ Zabaleta after West Brom win – video

Pep Guardiola says Pablo Zabaleta is a legend, after his last home outing for Manchester City on Tuesday. Guardiola says ‘it is in our hands’ to finish third after they won 3-1 against West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium

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May 16

Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City take a giant step towards Champions League football for next season as they comfortably beat West Brom.

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