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Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the third during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Everton on September 17, 2017
Premier League: Five things we learned this weekend
Sports Mole looks at five things we learned from a Premier League weekend which saw the Manchester clubs march on while Crystal Palace's misery deepens.
Sep 18, 10:37
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta clears from Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during the FA Cup final on May 27, 2017
Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Sports Mole selects a combined XI of Chelsea and Arsenal players ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash between the London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 15, 12:18
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Champions League matchday one: Five things we learned
Sports Mole takes a look at five things we learned from matchday one of the Champions League group stages.
Sep 14, 09:27
Frank de Boer looks dejected after the Premier League game between Burnley and Crystal Palace on September 10, 2017
Were Crystal Palace right to sack Frank de Boer?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Crystal Palace were right to sack manager Frank de Boer after only four league games in charge.
Sep 12, 08:25
Alexis Sanchez looking unhappy during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Arsenal on August 27, 2017
Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane - Five players in the spotlight
Sports Mole looks at five players who will be in the spotlight as Premier League football returns this weekend following the international break.
Sep 8, 17:48
Kylian Mbappe poses with a Paris Saint-Germain shirt following his move from AS Monaco
Kylian Mbappe, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Drinkwater - Five debuts to look out for
Sports Mole highlights five high-profile players who could make their debuts this weekend following deadline-day moves.
Sep 8, 16:54
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson barks orders during his side's Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on August 12, 2017
Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from the two squads.
Sep 8, 15:44
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri kisses the Premier League trophy on May 8, 2016
Were Leicester City right to sack Claudio Ranieri?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Leicester City were right to sack Claudio Ranieri just nine months after he steered them to Premier League glory.
Feb 24, 18:04
Ravel Morrison playing for Manchester United's youth side in 2011.
Troubled Ravel Morrison in last-chance saloon?
Sports Mole considers whether controversial midfielder Ravel Morrison is now in last-chance saloon at Wigan Athletic.
Jan 11, 18:25
Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea looks on during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England.
Is Jose Mourinho the right man for Manchester United?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Jose Mourinho is the right man to take over as the new Manchester United manager.
May 27, 12:12
Pape Souare and Alexis Sanchez vie for the ball during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on April 17, 2016
Is success on the cards for Crystal Palace Football Club?
Is success on the cards for Crystal Palace Football Club?
May 8, 06:17
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Apr 29, 13:11
Black widow Louis van Gaal watches on during the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United on March 6, 2016
Louis van Gaal has taken the emotion away at Manchester United
Sports Mole takes a closer look at what Manchester United have become under the management of under-fire Louis van Gaal.
Mar 18, 20:00
Rafael Nadal in action against Pablo Carreno Busta during the Rio Open on February 16, 2016
Sports predictions strategies that yield high returns
Many people do not know how the bookmaker operates, resulting in serious misconceptions about the role of this vital player in the lucrative business of sports betting.
Mar 16, 14:26
Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
Are Germany favourites to win this summer's European Championship?
Are Germany favourites to win this summer's European Championship?
Jan 26, 14:14
Dean Gordon of Middlesbrough celebrates his goal against Manchester United in the FA Carling Premiership match at Old Trafford in Manchester on December 19, 1998
On this day: Manchester United suffer last defeat of treble-winning season
On this day 17 years ago, Manchester United fell to a shock 3-2 home loss to Middlesbrough - their last defeat of the historic 1998-99 treble-winning campaign.
Dec 19, 06:00
Headshot of Sam Matterface dated August 10, 2015
In Off The Post: The Sam Matterface Column - Jose Mourinho special
In his latest Sports Mole column, commentator Sam Matterface has his say on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea departure.
Dec 18, 11:54
England's Liverpool FC captain Steven Garrard (lower) sits on the pitch after losing to South American champion Sao Paulo FC in the final match of the FIFA Club World Championship in Yokohama, 18 December 2005
On This Day: Liverpool lose to Sao Paulo in Club World Championship final
On this day in 2005, Liverpool slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Sao Paulo in the final of the World Club Championship in Yokohama.
Dec 18, 06:00
Jimmy Greaves of Tottenham Hotspur in action during a league match.
On this day: Tottenham Hotspur's Jimmy Greaves scores debut hat-trick
Fifty-four years ago today, Jimmy Greaves marked his Tottenham Hotspur debut by scoring a hat-trick against Blackpool.
Dec 16, 06:00
Paul Miller (left) of Charlton Athletic and Andy Gray of Aston Villa jump for the ball during a match at The Valley in London. Charlton Athletic won the match 3-0.
On this day: Aston Villa hammer champions elect Liverpool
Thirty-nine years ago today, Aston Villa scored five first-half goals as they hammered league leaders Liverpool at Villa Park.
Dec 15, 06:00
Neymar of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on December 14, 2013
On this day: Neymar brace sinks Villarreal at Camp Nou
Two years ago today, Neymar scored both goals as Barcelona recorded a 2-1 victory over Villarreal at Camp Nou.
Dec 14, 06:00
Dion Dublin of Aston Villa beats David Seaman of Arsenal to score the winner in the FA Carling Premiership match at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. Villa won 3-2.
On this day: Arsenal spurn two-goal lead at Aston Villa
Seventeen years ago today, a brace from Dion Dublin helped Aston Villa to recover from two goals down to beat Arsenal.
Dec 13, 06:00
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On This Day: Manchester City hammer Manchester United at Old Trafford
Forty-five years ago today, Francis Lee bagged a hat-trick as Manchester City won 4-1 away at rivals Manchester United.
Dec 12, 06:00
West Ham United Manager Alan Pardew shouts instructions to his players during the Barclays Premiership match between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United at The Reebok Stadium on December 9, 2006
On this day: Alan Pardew sacked by West Ham United
On this day in 2006, West Ham United made the decision to part company with manager Alan Pardew after 163 matches in charge.
Dec 11, 06:00
A shot of the UEFA Europa League trophy before the final between Dnipro and Sevilla in Warsaw on May 27, 2015
Europa League: Group permutations
Sports Mole takes a look at what teams have to do in tomorrow's final group matches to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Dec 9, 13:01
Dennis Irwin leads the Manchester United players off the field after they lost 4-0 to Barcelona on November 2, 1994
Manchester United's Champions League group exits: How they fared afterwards
Sports Mole looks at how each of Manchester United's three seasons have unfolded when they have been knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages.
Dec 9, 10:23
Arsenal's Fran Merida (L) vies for the ball with Olympiacos' Olof Mellberg during their UEFA Champions League football game at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens on December 9, 2009.
On this day: Youthful Arsenal lose to Olympiacos
On this day in 2009, Olympiacos end Arsenal's unbeaten run in the group stages of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory in Greece.
Dec 9, 06:00
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 5, 2015
La Liga Team of the Week – Week 14
Sports Mole picks its latest La Liga Team of the Week following another pulsating round of action in Spain's top flight.
Dec 8, 12:58
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on December 5, 2015
Premier League 2015-16 in numbers: Week 15
Sports Mole looks back over the 15th round of 2015-16 Premier League encounters with a selection of facts and figures from each of the 10 games.
Dec 8, 11:29
Marko Arnautovic (2nd L) of Stoke City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Britannia Stadium on December 5, 2015
Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out the 11 best players from the 15th batch of 2015-16 Premier League encounters.
Dec 8, 10:10



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City54101621413
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd54101621413
3Chelsea531185310
4Newcastle UnitedNewcastle53026429
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs52217348
6Huddersfield TownHuddersfield52215328
7Burnley52216518
8Liverpool52219908
9Southampton52214408
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom52214408
11Watford522179-28
12Arsenal521278-17
13Stoke CityStoke512256-15
14Swansea CitySwansea512225-35
15Leicester CityLeicester511379-24
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton511347-34
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham5113410-64
18Everton5113210-84
19Bournemouth510439-63
20Crystal Palace500508-80
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