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Paul Higham looks at the Group A action on Monday1

Monday's Group A betting tips

Paul Higham is not expecting a feast of goals as Uruguay faces hosts Russia for top spot in Group A while Egypt and Saudi Arabia look to avoid the wooden spoon.

Portugal are tipped for a narrow victory over Iran by Tom Carnduff2

Monday's Group B betting tips

Tom Carnduff looks over the Group B action on Monday evening, and is backing Spain and Portugal to progress to the round of 16.

England players pose for a picture with hat-trick hero Harry Kane3

England players react to victory

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane and many more of his England team-mates reacted to their 6-1 thrashing of Panama at the World Cup.

Paper Talk for Monday June 254

Monday's Paper Talk

Maurizio Sarri is on his way to join Chelsea and there's a fresh twist in the Nabil Fekir to Liverpool transfer saga, all in today's papers.

Who are you backing to be top scorer at the World Cup5

Golden Boot latest - Kane favourite

Harry Kane is now favourite ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for World Cup Golden Boot after he moved to the top of the goal scoring charts.

Five talking points after Premier League fixtures revealed

Last Updated June 15 2018, 07:17Football
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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Paul Higham looks at the Group A action on Monday1

Monday's Group A betting tips

Paul Higham is not expecting a feast of goals as Uruguay faces hosts Russia for top spot in Group A while Egypt and Saudi Arabia look to avoid the wooden spoon.

Portugal are tipped for a narrow victory over Iran by Tom Carnduff2

Monday's Group B betting tips

Tom Carnduff looks over the Group B action on Monday evening, and is backing Spain and Portugal to progress to the round of 16.

England players pose for a picture with hat-trick hero Harry Kane3

England players react to victory

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane and many more of his England team-mates reacted to their 6-1 thrashing of Panama at the World Cup.

Paper Talk for Monday June 254

Monday's Paper Talk

Maurizio Sarri is on his way to join Chelsea and there's a fresh twist in the Nabil Fekir to Liverpool transfer saga, all in today's papers.

Who are you backing to be top scorer at the World Cup5

Golden Boot latest - Kane favourite

Harry Kane is now favourite ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for World Cup Golden Boot after he moved to the top of the goal scoring charts.

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Paul Higham looks at the Group A action on Monday

Monday's Group A betting tips

Paul Higham is not expecting a feast of goals as Uruguay faces hosts Russia for top spot in Group A while Egypt and Saudi Arabia look to avoid the wooden spoon.

Portugal are tipped for a narrow victory over Iran by Tom Carnduff

Monday's Group B betting tips

Tom Carnduff looks over the Group B action on Monday evening, and is backing Spain and Portugal to progress to the round of 16.

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