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12Sep/18Off

Terry turns down Spartak move

John Terry has turned down a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow for family reasons.

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28Apr/18Off

L2: Accrington champions, Wycombe up

Accrington were crowned League Two champions after beating Lincoln 1-0 at the Crown Ground.

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17Oct/15Off

Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Premier League 2015-16: Team News, Lineups & Stats

Chelsea vs Aston Villa
English Premier League
Date: Saturday 17 October
Time: 15:00 BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

A clash between two of the bottom five takes place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as both Chelsea and Aston Villa look to get their season up-and-running after the international break. José Mourinho's side have taken only eight points from their first eight league matches this season and begin the weekend a staggering 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City. Last season Chelsea had dropped only two points heading into matchday nine, which included winning this fixture 3-0 towards the end of September.

This looks like a great opportunity to begin to get their season back on track as their opponents have lost a league-high six games, and all the best free bets and bookie promos are pointing to a home win. Since winning 1-0 at newly-promoted Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, Aston Villa have taken only one point and that came at home to Sunderland. Tim Sherwood's side have been beaten by the likes of Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Stoke City since. All six of their defeats have been by a single goal.

Chelsea's title hopes have already been ruled out by many after their struggle of a start and anything less than three points this weekend would see many more journalists and pundits write them off. As things stand, it would be smarter to bet on Chelsea making the top-four instead of Chelsea winning the title, or you can perhaps put a free betting bonus like William Hill's sign up offer to good use by predicting a managerial change at Villa if Sherwood can't turn the team around by the New Year.

The Blues did the double over Aston Villa last season but Paul Lambert was in charge of the West Midlands club for both matches. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven league matches, which includes shipping three goals at Liverpool and two at home to Sunderland.

Mourinho's side remain strong favourites to pick up three points again this weekend despite winning only two of their first eight matches this season, one of which was versus 10 man Arsenal. Aston Villa are quickly becoming relegation favourites and start the weekend in the bottom three.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Team News

Chelsea team news

Good news for Chelsea is that Branislav Ivanović picked up an injury during the international break and is expected to be unavailable this weekend. The Serbian right-back who has taken the captain's armband in games in which John Terry has been benched, has been woeful this season.

Kurt Zouma could replace Ivanović at right-back, whilst César Azpilicueta could also move there with Baba Rahman filling in at left-back as has happened in Chelsea's two UEFA Champions League matches this season.

Thibaut Courtois is expected to be out until around Christmas with his knee injury in the only other injury concern to José Mourinho this weekend.

Diego Costa returns from suspension.

Aston Villa team news

Jores Okore is only a matter of weeks away from making his long awaited return but won't be ready for this weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Adama Traoré has only made 44 minutes of Premier League action since joining from Barcelona in the summer but should be fit to face the champions.

Gabby Agbonlahor missed the two games before the international break with a calf injury but should be available to Tim Sherwood on Saturday.

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv possible starting line-ups

Chelsea: Asmir Begović; César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, Nemanja Matić, Pedro, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Jordan Amavi; Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Westwood, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Scott Sinclair; Rudy Gestede

Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Key Stats

2 - Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games.

6 - Aston Villa have lost more games than any other Premier League side so far this season.

17 - Only Sunderland (18) have conceded more goals than Chelsea heading into the weekend.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

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4Jul/15Off

Magpies land defender Amevor

Notts County have signed Togo international Mawouna Amevor on a two-year deal.

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3Jul/15Off

Tributes paid to former engineer who died a day after 60th…

A former engineer who died a day after his diamond wedding anniversary has been called the "best dad ever" by his family.Brian Cunningham, of Lynton Gardens in Arnold, was said to have been well-known in his community after playing semi-professional football following a stint in Nottingham Forest's youth team.The 80-year-old died following a battle with lung cancer on Friday, June 26 – a day after marking a 60-year marriage to his wife Kath.Mrs Cunningham, also 80, said: "He...

Tributes paid to former engineer who died a day after 60th...

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3Jul/15Off

Dougie Freedman adds to his backroom staff at Nottingham Forest

Dougie Freedman has reshuffled his backroom staff at Nottingham Forest.Two men who provided significant support to the Reds boss following his appointment last season have been made permanent additions to the first team coaching staff.Jimmy Gilligan and Steve Sutton, who worked in the Reds' academy before stepping up to assist Freedman with first-team duties following the departure of Stuart Pearce and his staff, will again work with the senior players next season.Gilligan, who had done well as...

Dougie Freedman adds to his backroom staff at Nottingham Forest

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3Jul/15Off

West Bromwich Albion to be ‘taken over by end of month’

West Bromwich Albion look set to taken over by new foreign owners by the end of July after chairman Jeremy Peace granted exclusivity to his preferred buyer.

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3Jul/15Off

Transfer Rumours – July 3

Expressandstar.com bring you all of the latest transfer talk from Wolves, West Brom, Aston Villa and Walsall.

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3Jul/15Off

Sports Desk Live – July 3

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.

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1Jul/15Off

Villa agree price for Gueye

Aston Villa have agreed a transfer fee of £9m with Lille to sign their midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to Sky sources.

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