Soccer / Football : England : Premier League 2016/2017
|21.Liverpool - Swansea|
|Middlesb. - West Ham|
|West Br. - Sunderl.|
|Palace - Everton|
|Stoke City - Man. Utd.|
|Bournem. - Watford|
|Man. City - Tottenh.|
|22.Southam. - Leicester|
|Arsenal - Burnley|
|Chelsea - Hull City|
Bamford joins Middlesbrough
Patrick Bamford has joined Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer from Chelsea. The 23-year-old striker has moved to Teeside for an undisclosed fee, thought to be €7m, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal. Bamford, who scored 19 goals on loan at Boro in 2014-15, was earlier this month recalled by Chelsea from a loan spell at Burnley, for whom he made six appearances. He did not make a first-team appearance for Chelsea.
Grujic still out
Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is set to remain on the sidelines, with the club fearing a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. The Serbian midfielder has not featured for the first team since November's 2-0 win at home to Leeds United in the League Cup quarter-finals, but only played one minute in that Anfield victory. Grujic didn't travel to Devon with Jurgen Klopp's squad for the FA Cup third round replay against Plymouth Argyle.
Rodwell adds to Sunderland woes
Midfielder Jack Rodwell has joined Sunderland's growing absentee list to leave the most depleted squad in the Premier League stretched even further. The 25-year-old suffered a medial ligament injury in his knee during the loss to Stoke at the weekend. Manager David Moyes could be without as many as 12 senior professionals for the visit to West Brom this weekend. Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Didier Ndong are at the African Nations Cup while Jordan Pickford, Jan Kirchhoff, Victor Anichebe, Steven Pienaar, Duncan Watmore, Paddy McNair, Lynden Gooch and Lee Cattermole are all injured.
Vertonghen set for two months out
Tottenham have been dealt a major blow to their Premier League title hopes, with Jan Vertonghen set to be out of action for the next two months. Vertonghen suffered an ankle injury in the 4-0 thumping of West Brom at the weekend, leaving the field in tears. Now Spurs are resigned to the fact that the Belgian will not play again until late March, after scans revealed the injury to be more serious than the club's medics initially thought.
Swansea City sign Olsson
Swansea City have completed the signing of defender Martin Olsson from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. Olsson, 28, relegated from the Premier League with the Canaries last season, has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal. Sweden international joined Norwich from Blackburn Rovers in 2013 and worked with Clement at Rovers in the 2011-12 season.
Swansea complete deal to sign Tom Carroll
Swansea have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll for around £4.5 million. Carroll completed a medical on Monday and he has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal at the club where he spent the 2014-15 season on loan. The 24-year-old has played just one minute of Premier League football for Tottenham this season, and he will become Paul Clement's second signing after winger Luciano Narsingh arrived from PSV Eindhoven last week.
Arsenal trio set to return
Arsenal have received major injury boost prior to their weekend clash against Burnley, as three players are set to return. Bellerin has missed the last two games after suffering an ankle injury in training, but it seems the defender has recovered and will be back on Sunday. Gibbs, who has also missed the last 4 games with a knee injury, is back in full training. Coquelin has been on the sidelines since suffering a hamstring injury earlier this month and was initially not expected back until the start of February, but it's turned out to be nothing serious.
Clyne out of Man United clash
Liverpool have confirmed Nathaniel Clyne suffered an abdominal injury which forces him to miss the clash with Manchester United. The England international was a surprise absentee from the starting XI selected by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. But after the line-ups with announced Liverpool revealed he had failed to recover from a knock picked up in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton in midweek.
|5||Man. City||42||15||13-3-5 (21)|
|6||Man. Utd.||40||12||11-7-3 (21)|
|8||West Br.||29||0||8-5-8 (21)|
|9||Stoke City||27||-6||7-6-8 (21)|
|12||West Ham||25||-9||7-4-10 (21)|
|18||Hull City||16||-25||4-4-13 (21)|
|15.1||Everton - Man. City||4 : 0|
|15.1||Man. Utd. - Liverpool||1 : 1|
|14.1||Sunderl. - Stoke City||1 : 3|
|14.1||Tottenh. - West Br.||4 : 0|
|14.1||West Ham - Palace||3 : 0|
|14.1||Leicester - Chelsea||0 : 3|
|14.1||Watford - Middlesb.||0 : 0|
|14.1||Hull City - Bournem.||3 : 1|
|14.1||Burnley - Southam.||1 : 0|
|14.1||Swansea - Arsenal||0 : 4|
English Premier League stats
|home wins||49 %|
|away wins||29 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : England : Premier League 2016/2017
The English Premier League (EPL) is probably one of the most popular football competitions in the world. The current format of the Premiership was created in 1995, when the number of clubs was reduced from twenty-two to twenty. Each team plays against all the other teams in the league twice, for a total of 38 matches for each team per season. The number of points scored in the season determines the position of teams in the table.
At the end of the campaign, the top three teams in the English Premier League qualify directly for the group stage of the Champions League, while the fourth placed teams play the qualifying rounds. The three bottom teams in the Premiership table are relegated to the Football League Championship. The Football League Championship winners and runners-up are promoted automatically, while the next four clubs enter a play-off for an additional place in the top flight.