Lovren doubtful for Bayern game

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that Dejan Lovren is not expected to be fit in time for the side's meeting with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The teams meet at Anfield on Tuesday in the round of 16 first-leg and Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk who is suspended for the game.

However, Lovren is unlikely to play as his replacement. The Croatian suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves last month and has not travelled with the squad to their warm-weather training camp in the south of Spain.

Klopp admits that Lovren is not expected to be fit for Tuesday night's game.

He said: "I don't want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it.

"He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training. We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see.

"But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions."

Klopp though did have better news on Georginio Wijnaldum who had been ill and missed training in Marbella.

His manager said that he was recovering and should be in contention to face the Bundesliga champions.

Liverpool are 1/1 to win the first-leg and take a lead to Germany with Bayern 23/10 and the draw 14/5.

Liverpool are without a match this weekend with the FA Cup fifth round ties taking place, having lost to Wolves in the third round.

Klopp's side are second in the Premier League table and follow the Bayern fixture with a match away to Manchester United next Sunday.

Liverpool are 6/5 to win their first Premier League title with Manchester City 8/11 to retain the trophy they won last year.

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Spurs stay in the hunt

Tottenham ensured the bid to win the Premier League remains a three-horse race after beating Leicester City 3-1 at Wembley.

The Foxes contributed much to an entertaining game and Jamie Vardy should have equalised from the penalty spot shortly after coming on, but Spurs made the points safe with a last minute goal from Son Heung-min.

Mauricio Pochettino's side took the lead just after half an hour when Davinson Sanchez scored his first goal for the club.

Leicester had a glorious chance to draw level, Vardy coming off the bench to take a penalty but Hugo Lloris made the save.

It was to prove a costly miss as Spurs doubled their lead just minutes later, Christian Eriksen scoring the goal.

Vardy made amends by getting on the scoresheet, converting Ricardo Pereira's cross and that left the Foxes with a quarter of an hour to try and force an equaliser.

However, despite late pressure they couldn't get a second and the home side made the game safe just before the end, Son getting the goal to continue the fine form he's shown since returning from Asian Cup action.

It was a fourth successive league win for Spurs who remain third in the Premier League table, five points off joint leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.

They are back at Wembley on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund.

They are 13/10 for the win with the German side 19/10 and the draw is 5/2.

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup Spurs then have 10 days off before returning to the Premier League, away to Burnley on 23rd February.

Spurs are 10/1 to reach the Champions League final this year with Manchester City 13/8 and Liverpool 4/1.

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Top-four finish difficult – Emery

Unai Emery says his Arsenal side are in the fight for the top-four but believes it will be tricky to achieve their goal.

The Gunners are one-point off fourth-placed Manchester United after picking up their first away win since November at Huddersfield on Saturday and are now 3/1 to end the season in the Champions League spots.

Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette struck in the first-half for Emery's side at the John Smith's Stadium with an own goal from Sead Kolasinac in stoppage time proving to be nothing more than a consolation for the rock-bottom Terriers.

Emery had said ahead of kick-off that the encounter was a must-win game for his team in the race for the top-four and was pleased to see his players dig in to hold off a determined Huddersfield side.

However, despite his team only being one point off fourth, the Spaniard feels it will be tricky to finish ahead of the likes of United and Chelsea come the end of the season.

"It was very important to win, to be closer to the top four and our target is this," Emery said. "After 26 games there is a one-point difference between us and Manchester United.

"If we ask is it difficult for us, I think it's difficult, but we can. After 26 games we are on our way and our motivation is very great and we've brought our target closer.

"I am very happy. We were working well. Every player was working and helping each other and today I'm very proud with our work."

While pleased to end their six-game winless run in the league away from home, Emery was frustrated to see his team yet again concede against a Huddersfield side who had only scored 13 times previously.

Arsenal are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet away from home this season in the Premier League and Emery says they can't afford to keep allowing teams back into games by conceding.

“It’s not enough, if they scored one goal we could have struggled more," said Emeru.

“My ambition is I want them to continue with the mentality of the first goal, don’t concede options and positions.

“I know it’s easier on the bench than on the pitch. But today the players worked well.”

Arsenal are next in action against BATE in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday and are 4/9 for the win in Belarus. BATE are 6/1 and the draw is 10/3.

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Pogba revels in United form

Paul Pogba says he is delighted with Manchester United's run of form but there is no time to relax with so many big games ahead.

The midfielder scored twice for United as they moved into the top four in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory away at struggling Fulham.

Pogba gave United an early lead at Craven Cottage, Anthony Martial scored a second after 23 minutes and Pogba scored his second and United's third with a second half penalty to make the game safe.

It was United's 10th win in 11 games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho, a run of form that has seen them get back into contention for a place in the Champions League next season.

The win at Fulham moved them above Chelsea into fourth in the table, the Blues needing a point or better at Manchester City on Sunday to climb back above United.

Pogba said after the game that now they are in such a run of form, they have no intention of letting it slip.

He told the BBC: "It feels great, that's what we wanted since Ole came. We talked about this there's still a long way to go but we want to stay there.

"We were very far behind and now we get back to the top four but there's still a long way to go with big games coming up so it won't be easy. The big teams now they just stay there. It will be the big games coming up now that decide where we end the season."

The first of those "big" games comes in midweek when United are in Champions League action with the round of 16 first-leg against Paris St Germain at Old Trafford.

United are 6/4 to win the game and take a lead back to the French capital while PSG are 13/8 and the draw is 5/2.

United then travel to Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup next Monday before a return to the Premier League, at home to Liverpool on 24th February.

United are 6/1 to win the FA Cup this season with Chelsea, who beat them in last year's final 11/2.

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Sarri hails Higuain qualities

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says that new loan signing Gonzalo Higuain is able to offer the team far more than just goals.

Sarri takes his side to champions Manchester City on Sunday with his new striker already off the mark, having scored twice on his Premier League debut when Chelsea beat Huddersfield last weekend.

Having tested himself against the bottom side in the table, Higuian now faces a team at the top but Sarri is confident he will continue to impress with his overall game as well as his goalscoring ability.

Sarri knows the striker well from their time together at Napoli and says he knows what Higuain can offer his Chelsea team.

He told Sky Sports: "He can score, of course, but he is really very able to play with his team-mates too. He can be very useful for Eden [Hazard] and Willian."

That win over Huddersfield was much needed, coming on the back of two defeats including a 4-0 loss away to Bournemouth and Sarri challenged his side to become more consistent if they are to maintain a place in the top four in the Premier League.

"After the match against Huddersfield, I was really very happy with the result and performance, but I know now we need consistency. We have to stay at this same level of performance for a long time, especially mentally," he added.

Manchester United have moved into fourth place in the table after victory over Fulham but Chelsea would move back above them with a point at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea are 6/1 to win Sunday's match with Pep Guardiola's side 1/2 and the draw 18/5.

Sarri hopes to have Antonio Rudiger back in the squad after the defender missed the Huddersfield game with a knee injury.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has a fever and will be assessed nearer to kick off.

Higuain is 8/1 to score the first goal at the Etihad while Chelsea are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Emery seeks better away form

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has accepted that the Gunners need to improve their away form if they are to finish in the top four this season.

Emery's team have only taken two points from their last six away encounters since winning 2-1 at Bournemouth in November.

They visit rock-bottom Huddersfield Town on Saturday and are 4/6 to beat the Terriers and 3/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this term.

Emery said: "My first critic is always myself. I work over the criticisms about me because I know that work in the present can change our way.

"How we are doing home and away, we still have the opportunity of making the top four. But we know it's not easy. One month ago, we were in the same situation and I think we are strong at home.

"I think we need to do better away. We started very well away, changing also our mentality to get more points away, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield."

Arsenal have struggled with a long injury list recently and Emery has revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Laurent Koscielny have struggled with illness this week although they should be fit enough to face Huddersfield.

Jones inks Old Trafford deal

England international Phil Jones has penned a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at the club until June 2023.

There is also the option to extend the deal for a further year.

The 26-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2011 and has featured in more than 150 Premier League games for United.

Jones said: "I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club."

Meanwhile, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the versatile player: "Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player. He has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team.

"He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club.

"He's been here so long so he knows what it takes for us to move up the table."

United have won nine and drawn one of their 10 matches since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as boss in December and the Norwegian says he has "a vision and a picture of how we want to look in a couple of years".

Solskjaer has also confirmed that captain Antonio Valencia will miss Saturday's trip to Fulham through injury.

United, 11/8 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, can be backed at 8/13 to beat Fulham and 8/1 to win the match 2-0.

Ranieri seeking soldiers

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says he is looking for the players to be "soldiers" fighting till the end to stave off relegation.

The Cottagers are deep in trouble, second bottom of the Premier League table, seven points off safety.

They face a tough match this weekend, in-form Manchester United the visitors to Craven Cottage and Ranieri says, from now until the end of the season, the squad have to fight for their survival.

At a press conference ahead of the Manchester United game, the Fulham boss said: "The job in every season is different. We know where we are, we know it's a very tough moment.

"We need soldiers who will fight until the end. That is my opinion, my philosophy.

"We know we are playing a very big team. They are fighting for the Champions League and also to achieve the Champions League for next year, but we are ready to fight in every moment."

Fulham are 9/2 to win on Saturday with Manchester United 4/7 and the draw 3/1.

Ranieri was active in the January transfer window, bringing midfielders Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit to the club.

Both are yet to make their debuts for the club and, while they won't be available on Saturday, Ranieri hopes they will be ready to face West Ham later this month.

Fulham won their last home game, beating Brighton 4-2 and Ranieri says the Craven Cottage crowd can be influential in their survival fight.

"I had to motivate the players, be positive to give positivity to my players. I hope also our fans at home give us something more to be solid and concentrate until the end," he added.

Fulham are 1/5 to be relegated at the end of the season while United are 11/8 to finish in the top four.

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Emery addresses away form

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says that Arsenal can still finish in the top four of the Premier League, but only if they can improve away from home.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the table, three points behind Chelsea who sit in fourth.

However, their bid to gain a Champions League place in Emery's first season in charge is being undermined by their form away from the Emirates.

They haven't won away in the league since November and were beaten 3-1 at Manchester City last weekend.

They have the chance to gain a first away win of 2019 in the Premier League at bottom side Huddersfield Town on Saturday and Emery says his focus is on improving on their travels as they bid to climb back into the top four.

He said at a press conference ahead of the game with the Terriers: "We can make the top four, but we know it's not easy.

"We are strong at home, but I think we need to do better away. We started very well, changing our mentality to get more points away.

"But now we need to recover our confidence and performance. Also we know defensively we need to do better.

"We tried to play with three and two centre-backs. Be passionate, be calm but above all work."

Arsenal are 8/13 to win on Saturday with Huddersfield 4/1 and the draw 3/1.

Emery also used the press conference to give an injury update with Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both back in full training while Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have a chance of being fit for the weekend.

While the Gunners have their troubles away from home, the Terriers have the greater problems going into the game.

They look destined to return to the Championship at the end of the season having won only two games all season, having scored just 13 goals in 25 league games.

Arsenal are 3/1 to finish in the top four while Huddersfield are 1/8 to finish bottom of the table.

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Mustafi escapes serious injury

Arsenal boss Unai Emery does not think the injury Shkodran Mustafi suffered in Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City is serious.

The 26-year-old German had to be substituted in the 79th minute at the Etihad Stadium.

Emery has a host of injury problems to contend with and is particularly short of options in defence.

Although Laurent Koscielny was able to play against Pep Guardiola's team, Sokratis Papastathopoulos remains sidelined with an ankle injury while Rob Holding will not play again this season.

"I think he's okay," Emery said of Mustafi. "He's been having problems all this week and last week. Dinos Mavrapanos is training with us also and was able to play for 20 minutes on Sunday and help us."

Arsenal visit rock-bottom Huddersfield Town for their next Premier League match before taking on BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash.

Emery is hopeful Mustafi will be available for those games, adding: "I think last week he had some problems in his head and on Sunday, when in the last 20 minutes he also had some problems, I decided to give Mavropanos 20 minutes. I hope it is not a problem with Mustafi for this week and the next match."

Arsenal have slipped to sixth in the Premier League table as Manchester United leapfrogged them thanks to their 1-0 win at Leicester City on Sunday.

The Gunners are 3/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and 6/1 to win the Europa League.