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Thursday's Paper Talk

Juventus want Marcus Rashford while Eden Hazard set to sign a new Chelsea contract - get all the back-page gossip from today's newspapers.

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Rooney stunner sinks Toronto

Wayne Rooney rolled back the years as his stunning 30-yard free-kick earned DC United a 1-0 home win over Toronto.

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator3

Sporting Life Accumulator

Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Jose Mourinho reacts on the bench4

Scholes: Messi would struggle

Paul Scholes claims even Lionel Messi would struggle in the current Manchester United team and says the club are being laughed at by their rivals.

Three-horse Premier League title race: Between Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea5

Premier League top-six assessment

We take a look at the race for the Premier League title, competition for a top-four finish and those who could fall short...

Five talking points after Premier League fixtures revealed

Unai Emery is the new Arsenal boss
Unai Emery is the new Arsenal boss

The Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 were announced on Thursday and Simon Lovell takes a look at some of the talking points.

Manchester City can really make hay

Pep Guardiola's team do not appear to need much help, having dominated the Premier League as they did last season. However, facing the league's newest six teams in their first eight games will have their title rivals wincing. Although they start at Arsenal and have a trip to Liverpool in October, in between Guardiola's men face Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton.

Oh no, Unai

Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with two tricky matches. Although Unai Emery's first competitive match is at home, champions Manchester City are not the ideal opponents. A trip to Chelsea follows on the second weekend of the season.

Home help for Tottenham

Tottenham have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed. Starting at Newcastle - for the second successive season - may not be a bad thing. The question is, will Fulham be the first visitors to Spurs' new home on the site of White Hart Lane on the weekend of August 18? Or might Liverpool, due to visit in mid-September after Spurs helpfully have two away matches, be the glamorous opponents who mark the opening of the new ground?

European relief

Domestic fixtures following European action have often proved to be a contentious subject for frustrated Premier League managers trying to balance the demands of different competitions. This season,

Liverpool are the main beneficiaries, with an Anfield Premier League contest scheduled to follow all six of their European matches. Although none of England's other European qualifiers have done so well, none appears to have been dealt an especially bad hand.

Newcomers get a fair start - but run-in is tough on Bluebirds

The early-season calendar appears kind on the three promoted teams, Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham. Although all have one of the top six in their opening four games, other teams have more daunting starts. New boys Huddersfield had a tough run-in last season, however - and it is the same story for Cardiff in 2018-19. Their last seven games include fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.

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Most Read Football

Check out today's Paper Talk1

Thursday's Paper Talk

Juventus want Marcus Rashford while Eden Hazard set to sign a new Chelsea contract - get all the back-page gossip from today's newspapers.

Wayne Rooney celebrates for DC United2

Rooney stunner sinks Toronto

Wayne Rooney rolled back the years as his stunning 30-yard free-kick earned DC United a 1-0 home win over Toronto.

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator3

Sporting Life Accumulator

Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Jose Mourinho reacts on the bench4

Scholes: Messi would struggle

Paul Scholes claims even Lionel Messi would struggle in the current Manchester United team and says the club are being laughed at by their rivals.

Three-horse Premier League title race: Between Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea5

Premier League top-six assessment

We take a look at the race for the Premier League title, competition for a top-four finish and those who could fall short...

Football Tips

Our best bets for Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough

Back corners at Hillsborough

The weekend's football kicks off at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday take on Middlesbrough. We've found a 9/5 best bet.

Our best bets for Blackburn v Leeds

Leeds set to Klich at Ewood Park

Leeds will be looking to move back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table when they take on Blackburn. We look at the betting.

Our best bets for Derby v Sheffield United

Sharp result expected for Blades

The weekend's Sky Bet EFL action concludes at Pride Park - where Billy Sharp is backed to inspire Sheffield United to another victory.