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Despite Premier League return, unease remains at Newcastle

Huddersfield hope to continue winning ways versus Newcastle, while Spurs entertain reigning Premier League champs Chelsea.
FC's Paul Mariner laments Newcastle's two first-half injuries, but places much of the blame on red-carded Jonjo Shelvey.
FC's Paul Mariner laments Newcastle's two first-half injuries, but places much of the blame on red-carded Jonjo Shelvey.

Once again, this is not quite what supporters of Newcastle United had in mind. Having made an immediate return to the Premier League under the management of Rafa Benitez, it seemed that a period of much-needed stability might follow.

Instead, as the team prepare for a testing trip to Huddersfield on Sunday, uncertainty reigns. A very public disagreement between Benitez and owner Mike Ashley over financial backing has raised fears that the club may slide straight back down again.

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 By Phil Lythell

Chelsea's conflicting priorities sabotage club's long-term success

Alison Bender and Liam Twomey look back on the latest from Antonio Conte, as he endures a tough start to the season.

There is not a single doubt that Roman Abramovich's reign as owner has seen the fortunes of Chelsea Football Club soar to unknown heights. Every conceivable trophy has been won while the club's global profile has been elevated to sit among the cream of football's aristocracy.

But no relationship is without its flaws and one of the common threads throughout the last 14 years has been the quest for something beyond merely winning. After Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to their first English title in half...

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Premier League Predictions: Can Spurs deepen Chelsea misery?

Mark Donaldson challenges Paul Mariner to predicting all 10 fixtures of week 2 in the Premier League.
Week 2 in the Premier League kicks off with Man United heading to Swansea, Arsenal vs. Stoke and much more on Saturday.
Antonio Conte laughs off Diego Costa's comments from his exclusive interview with ESPN.

The Premier League returned with a bang last week as champions Chelsea were humbled by lowly Burnley. Can the Blues get back on the horse against Tottenham and will new-boys Huddersfield continue their fine form against Newcastle? Swansea host Man United, Crystal Palace could upset Liverpool, while Arsenal travel to Stoke before Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester with Everton to take on City on Monday night.

Predict the outcome of those matches and the rest of the action by voting in our match polls...

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Why Arsenal now have nothing to fear from Stoke in the Potteries

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger believes the transfer window should be closed before the start of the season to avoid playing the same players more than twice.

In May 2017, Arsenal scratched a seven-year itch. A 4-1 victory at Stoke City was their first in the Potteries since February 2010, a torrid Saturday evening that fired a deep-seated rivalry between the two clubs.

That was the night a 3-1 Arsenal win was marred by the broken leg suffered by Aaron Ramsey after a loose, dangerous tackle by Ryan Shawcross. That those two players are likely to play a part this Saturday should certainly add spice to the atmosphere but Arsenal fans already do not like...

 By David Mooney

Everton game offers Man City a chance to prove Pep Guardiola progress

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why you shouldn't write off Everton's chances against Manchester City.
Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City.

After an encouraging start in the 2-0 victory at Brighton, Manchester City fans have to wait until Monday night's clash with Everton to get their next glimpse of their new-look team. Following a raft of changes in the summer, including £200 million of new players and a tactical and formation shift, there have been a number of exciting performances since the start of preseason and fans are eager for the momentum to continue.

A weight of expectation followed Pep Guardiola to City. In his opening...

 By Musa Okwonga

Less work for Ander Herrera as Man United evolve into attacking force

Paul Mariner believes Ander Herrera will still strongly impact Man United even though he may not be a full-time starter.
Brian McBride questions whether or not Mourinho is making the right move to hold off on any additional Man United signings.

Spare a thought for Ander Herrera. While Manchester United galloped to a 4-0 win over West Ham last week, he remained on the bench, watching his teammates have all the fun. It's precisely the kind of game he would have enjoyed -- quick one-touch passing, intelligent movement, and high, unending intensity. In fact, it was the kind of game where he would have set the tempo last season.

Last season, Herrera's workload was remarkable -- it stood favourably alongside that of Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. He...