Billing ready for new challenge

Philip Billing has admitted that he is keen to leave Huddersfield Town this summer as it is time for a new challenge.

The 22-year-old Dane has featured in 81 league games for the Terriers since making his debut for the club in April 2014.

He helped Town secure promotion from the Championship via the play-offs in the 2016/17 campaign and to safety in their first season in the Premier League.

However, this season has been dreadful and Town are rooted to the foot of the table and all but certain to be relegated.

Billing said: "I have been in Huddersfield for a long time, so this summer it is time to try a new challenge.

"I'll try something new. The Premier League is great and I love the English football culture. I know there is interest from others in the UK and abroad."

Billing has hinted that he may not play much in the closing two months of the campaign, adding: "I think the coach is betting on those who will continue to play in the Championship next season."

Earlier in the week, goalkeeper Jonas Lossl also suggested he was keen to leave the John Smith's Stadium at the end of this season.

Huddersfield are 13/2 to win their next match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 30th March and 14/1 to score a penalty in the encounter.

They lost their last game 4-3 at West Ham United on Saturday despite leading 3-1 at one stage.

Guardiola: We need everybody

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes he does not lose any of his players to injury during this month's international break.

City, who have already won the EFL Cup this term, are currently second in the Premier League table, while they have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and last eight of the Champions League.

Guardiola's team are scheduled to play eight fixtures in 29 days after the international break and the City boss wants all of his squad members to play their part in the last two months of the campaign.

"I pray that they come back fit," he said. "They have to go to their national teams… enjoy and play for their country, but I hope they can come back fit like they are now.

"I just want them fit and here… With the fixtures we have in April we need everybody, it's crazy."

Meanwhile, Guardiola said of his injured stars: "Everybody is going to play and Kevin (De Bruyne), Fernandinho, John (Stones), Benjamin (Mendy) – they are all going to be back soon and we need them. Even if some play 10 or 15 minutes here and there.

"We need everybody because we have got to this stage where we are still in with a chance of winning three more trophies because of everybody. Not just 11 players, but everyone."

City's next game is at Fulham on 30th March and they can be backed at 8/1 to win 2-0 at Craven Cottage. They are 10/1 to win the quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and EFL Cup this season.

Vardy pleased with new style

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy believes he can thrive under Brendan Rodgers and is much happier with the team's high-press style of play.

The 32-year-old former Fleetwood Town forward scored two late goals in Saturday's 3-1 victory against relegation-haunted Fulham to bring his tally for the club up to 101.

Vardy has scored five times in his last five appearances for the Foxes after struggling during Claude Puel's spell in charge of the club.

He said: "We had a proper full week of the new manager's training and I think that showed with what we put in against Fulham.

"He wants it at a high-tempo with a quick press, trying to win the ball back as quickly as possible and, if you win it high up, you're going to get lots of chances.

"It has definitely benefited me but we all know there is a lot more hard work to come and that starts when we get back on the training field. We're looking forward to it."

Saturday's victory lifted Leicester up to 10th in the Premier League table and they are available at 4/6 to finish in the top half this season.

They visit Burnley on Saturday and are 15/2 to win 1-0 at Turf Moor. The Clarets, who lost 4-2 at Liverpool on Sunday, are 4/1 to be relegated this term.

Emery: Consistency is key

Unai Emery has backed his Arsenal players to remain consistent in the remaining eight matches of the Premier League campaign.

The Gunners are 8/11 to finish in the top four after beating Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, a result that leaves Emery's team fourth in the table.

They are two points ahead of United after the encounter and three clear of Chelsea, who have a game in hand on all the teams above them.

Arsenal have won six of their last eight league games but are now without a top-flight match for three weeks. They face Rennes in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash on Thursday having lost the first match in France 3-1. Emery's team are 1/1 to qualify for the quarter-finals.

After watching Granit Xhaka open the scoring against United and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score from the penalty spot, Emery said: "I think each player has their qualities and Xhaka is a specialist with shooting. He can shoot from different positions on the pitch and his shooting is very dangerous. But I think he can do more.

"We are going to play the next match here against Newcastle in three weeks and that's a long time. Our focus now is Thursday[against Rennes].

"We are going to analyse the match and also in the table we are in a better position, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are with us. We are going to play some difficult matches and being consistent is very important. We need to keep this consistency in our mind."

Sarri stands up for Jorginho

Maurizio Sarri was quick to defend Jorginho who was substituted midway through the second half of Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old Italy international played a key role in Sarri's Napoli team but has struggled to win over the Chelsea fans following last summer's switch from Serie A to the Premier League.

He has been a regular in Sarri's side this season but has been criticised for a lack of creativity.

The Blues boss has backed Jorginho to deliver though, saying after the draw: "He is a very strong character and a professional player. He has to play in every condition.

"Jorginho, if the other players don't move without the ball, is in trouble. He is really very able to play at one touch, but if you want to play one touch you need movements from the other players.

"We need to move the ball faster. We cannot play five or six touches in that situation. It's very difficult to score if you do."

Meanwhile, Sarri remains optimistic that Chelsea will still finish in the top four despite dropping two points against Wolves.

Sarri's side needed an Eden Hazard goal in stoppage time to salvage a point after Raul Jimenez had given Wolves the lead.

The weekend results leave Chelsea four points behind Tottenham and they have a game in hand on Mauricio Pochettino's team.

"When you have to play only 10 matches, every match you're not able to win is a missed opportunity," Sarri added.

"In the last six matches, we have won four and drawn the other two. So there is a little consistency in this moment. We have one match in hand, so we have to have be confident."

Chelsea, 1/1 to finish in the top four this season, are 21/20 to beat Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of their round of 16 Europa League clash on Thursday.

Emery demands big performance

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery knows that it will be difficult to beat a Manchester United team that are on a high following their Champions League heroics.

United managed to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the French capital on Wednesday to clinch a stunning aggregate victory and reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

In contrast the Gunners lost the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 encounter to Rennes on Thursday and are now 21/20 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have won their last nine away games in all competitions, including a 3-1 FA Cup victory at Emirates Stadium in January.

United are currently fourth in the Premier League table, one place and one point above Arsenal, who are 7/5 to win Sunday's match.

Emery said: "They are in a very good moment but we are together in the table. We played against them one month ago in the FA Cup, we lost 3-1, but I remember we did very good things, created chances.

"We know Sunday is a tough match and it is for everybody an amazing match. We need to have a very big performance from each player and tactically like a team but I am looking forward also to playing against a team like Manchester United and how they are in this moment with each player – very big confidence after the PSG match."

Arsenal are currently available at 15/8 to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season.

Nuno ponders his options

Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that goalkeeper Rui Patricio will return to the Wolves side for Sunday's Premier League clash against Chelsea.

John Ruddy started last weekend's match against Cardiff City and kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win but Portugal international Patricio will be in goal against the Blues.

Nuno has also indicated that young defender Max Kilman could be involved at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old could replace central defender Ryan Bennett who is suspended after picking up his 10th booking of the season against the Bluebirds.

"Even though it's a small squad the versatility of the players allows us to be comfortable when these things happen. We know this can happen any time," said Nuno.

"When we go back to having the idea of 16 outfield players we need enough versatility in the players to allow them to do different positions.

"At the same time, we have the back-up of Max [Kilman]. He's been involved, he has talent, let’s prep're them. He's going to be on the list and every player who is on the list could be involved in the game."

Wolves are 6/1 to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and 9/2 to keep a clean sheet against Maurizio Sarri's team. Meanwhile, Wolves are 10/1 to win the FA Cup this season.

Setback for Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool have played down the injury setback Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered in an Under-23 game on Friday.

The 25-year-old former Arsenal star has been sidelined for almost a year since suffering a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in the Champions League semi-final tie against Roma.

He pulled up with a muscle problem in the 40th minute of Friday's match against Derby County's Under-23 side.

However, the Reds insist Oxlade-Chamberlain was only withdrawn as a precaution and say the new problem is not serious.

"He obviously had a bit of an issue but hopefully it's nothing major," said Liverpool's Under-23 coach Neil Critchley.

"The bonus for him is that it's not his knee, so he's delighted there are no problems with that.

"Hopefully it's not as bad as it first looked. He was looking over (to the bench) and we weren't sure. It's maybe some kind of muscle problem and maybe one to assess on Saturday."

Meanwhile, Liverpool are 1/6 to defeat Burnley in their next Premier League match on Sunday and 6/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with the Merseysiders 9/4 to be crowned Premier League champions this season.

In December at Turf Moor, Liverpool were forced to come from behind before eventually beating the Clarets 3-1.

No rapid return for Cook

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe fears that Steve Cook may not play again until the end of April after the defender picked up an infection from a groin problem.

The 27-year-old has already missed the Cherries' recent games against Wolves, Arsenal and Manchester City and will definitely sit out Saturday's match at rock-bottom Huddersfield Town, which Bournemouth are 27/20 to win.

Howe said of Cook: "He had a long-standing groin problem which we felt was quite minor. He had an injection on that area to try to fix the problem but that injection turned into an infection.

"It's not good news regarding that and he is going to be out for around five or six weeks."

Meanwhile, Howe has indicated that Callum Wilson could return to action on Saturday after being sidelined since mid-January with a knee injury.

The Bournemouth manager added: "Callum has done some light training this week and has been back on the grass for the first time. He has looked pretty good.

"We have to pick and choose the right moment for him to come back. I am going to have to consult with Callum and the physios to see how he feels."

Bournemouth have lost their last nine away matches, conceding 28 goals in the process, but are 13/8 to keep a clean sheet against the Terriers this weekend.

City without injured quartet

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones will all miss Manchester City's home game against Watford.

City returned to the top of the table after winning 1-0 at Bournemouth last weekend while Liverpool could only draw 0-0 at Everton.

Guardiola's team have won eight matches in a row in all competitions despite their injury problems and are 4/11 to win the Premier League title this season and 3/1 to beat Watford by a two-goal margin on Saturday.

"All of them, they are getting better," Guardiola said when asked about the injured quartet. "Aymeric is back, he trained the last two or three days, but I don't know about tomorrow.

"Fernandinho is out. Kevin, right now, is not fit, John Stones is not fit either – but the other ones are okay."

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he has been impressed with the Hornets, who are currently eighth in the table, this season.

He added: "It's incredible what he [Javi Gracia] has done. It's one of our toughest of the nine games left. Quality one against one.

"The manager is incredible with what he has done, they achieve a lot of points. But it's the last game before 21 days without the Premier League and the international break.

"It's a few games before the end of the Premier League and it's massive for us to take our points."