Soccer / Football : England : Premier League 2016/2017
|25.Chelsea - Swansea|
|Everton - Sunderl.|
|West Br. - Bournem.|
|Palace - Middlesb.|
|Hull City - Burnley|
|Watford - West Ham|
|26.Tottenh. - Stoke City|
|27.Leicester - Liverpool|
Liverpool duo close to return
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge is doubtful for Monday's Premier League matc against Leicester City, but Dejan Lovren is likely to miss out despite being on the road to recovery. The Croatian defender has missed the past two matches with a swollen knee, while Sturridge is finally over his illness. The pair are set to return to full training on Saturday.
Stoke City 24.2.17
Stoke handed Shaqiri boost
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed Xherdan Shaqiri has recovered from injury in time to face Tottenham on Sunday and he is close to a fully fit squad. The Swiss midfielder has recovered from a muscle strain ahead of the game at White Hart Lane. Geoff Cameron and Jon Walters are back in training after being out with injury, while Phil Bardsley and Wilfried Bony are also available for selection.
Manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City, nine months after leading them to the Premier League title. The Foxes are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left. His departure comes less than 24 hours after a 2-1 defeat at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The Foxes took the Premier League title by 10 points but have won just five top-flight games this season, and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938. They have lost their past five league matches and are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.
Lukaku passed fit
Everton will have Romelu Lukaku fit to face Sunderland after the striker recovered from the calf injury which prevented him going on the warm weather training trip to Dubai. The Blues top scorer flew instead to Belgium where he spent last week receiving specialist treatment on his leg. He will be welcomed back along with James McCarthy, who has also recovered from a niggle, and Kevin Mirallas.
Gudmundsson a doubt for Hull trip
Burnley are expected to be without midfielders Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Steven Defour at Hull City on Saturday. Gudmundsson picked up an knee injury in the first half of Saturday's FA Cup defeat at home to Lincoln City, while Defour has missed the last threee games with a hamstring problem suffered in the win against Leicester City.
Cazorla to miss rest of the season
Arsenal will reportedly be without Santi Cazorla for the remainder of the campaign, as he is now eyeing a return from injury by August. The 32-year-old has been sidelined with an ankle problem since mid-October, having been forced off during a Champions League group stage win over Ludogorets Razgrad.
Cazorla underwent surgery to correct an Achilles problem and revealed at the time that he will be back in two months' time. But Arsene Wenger remained unconvinced about the timeline for his return and had recently suggested that he could miss the second-half of the campaign.
Man. Utd. 22.2.17
Mkhitaryan, Carrick could miss EFL final
Jose Mourinho fears Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick will not be fit for Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton. The Manchester United duo limped out of the 1-0 Europa League win at St-Etienne with hamstring and calf injuries respectively. This couldn't come at a worse time, with the EFL Cup final against Southampton on Sunday, the battle for a top-four finish heating up in the Premier League and Chelsea awaiting in the FA Cup quarter-final in less than three weeks.
Spurs must wait for Rose return
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose is not set to return to training until March after the extent of his injury was revealed. The 26-year-old has damaged the medial collateral ligament in his left knee which means the player will be missing from action for some time yet. Rose, one of the stars of the Spurs team this season, has already missed four games for Mauricio Pochettino's side. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela remains sidelined with a hip problem and Spurs are yet to confirm a date for his return to full training.
|2||Man. City||52||22||16-4-5 (25)|
|6||Man. Utd.||48||17||13-9-3 (25)|
|8||West Br.||37||3||10-7-8 (25)|
|9||Stoke City||32||-6||8-8-9 (25)|
|10||West Ham||32||-9||9-5-11 (25)|
|18||Hull City||20||-27||5-5-15 (25)|
|13.2||Bournem. - Man. City||0 : 2|
|12.2||Burnley - Chelsea||1 : 1|
|12.2||Swansea - Leicester||2 : 0|
|11.2||Arsenal - Hull City||2 : 0|
|11.2||Liverpool - Tottenh.||2 : 0|
|11.2||Man. Utd. - Watford||2 : 0|
|11.2||Middlesb. - Everton||0 : 0|
|11.2||Sunderl. - Southam.||0 : 4|
|11.2||West Ham - West Br.||2 : 2|
|11.2||Stoke City - Palace||1 : 0|
English Premier League stats
|home wins||48 %|
|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.