Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

By | 8th February 2019

The Premier League title race has heated up in the past fortnight, with Liverpool’s 1-1 draws against Leicester and West Ham giving Manchester City the chance to knock them off top spot with their 2-0 midweek victory over Everton. But Jürgen Klopp’s side can leapfrog City again if they beat Bournemouth at home tomorrow, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side, who have played a game more than Liverpool, will have to beat Chelsea at the Etihad to snatch top spot away again on Sunday. It’s a huge game – let’s not forget that Chelsea were the first team to beat City in the league this season. Meanwhile, Spurs, who have slowly crept up to within five points of City, play Leicester at Wembley. The Foxes are a dangerous opponent for teams at the top, having beaten City at home and drawn with Liverpool away. They generally raise their game against the top six. For a full rundown of what to look out for in the Premier League this season, have a read of this:

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Welcome to the Friday football blog. First to the desperately sad news that Emiliano Sala’s body has been recovered from the plane that came down in the Channel on 21 January that was taking the player from Nantes to his new club Cardiff City.

“The body brought to Portland port has been formally identified by HM coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala,” Dorset police said. “The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially trained family liaison officers.”

Enorme tristeza QEDP Emiliano. Mis condolencias a familiares y amigos #PrayForSala //Terribly sad Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family #PrayForSala

Related: Emiliano Sala: fellow footballers pay tribute after body identified

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This post written by Gregg Bakowski originally appeared on Football | The Guardian. Read the full post here.

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