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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


Leicester City’s big homecoming, Andy Carroll facing his favourite prey, and Newcastle fans getting a chance to avenge their trip to Villa in 2008-09

Spare a thought this week for Ritchie De Laet, who must feel a little like Michael Collins, the astronaut who accompanied Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission but had to stay in the shuttle while they pranced around the moon. Still, at least Collins got to go to space: De Laet went to Middlesbrough. Then again, if Boro beat or draw with Brighton on Saturday the Belgian will achieve promotion to the Premier League in the same season as he won it, which is a feat that demands respect even if he would no doubt have preferred to have continued playing for Leicester rather than depart on loan in February. De Laet joined Leicester from Manchester United back in 2012 on the same day as Matty James made the same move. James has not played this season due to a serious knee injury but there is a chance that he will be fit enough to feature against Everton – and what a heartening moment his reappearance would be, along with many others scheduled for the King Power on Saturday. PD

Ranieri: ‘Whoever arrives at Leicester must have the same spirit’
Leicester to offer Mahrez new deal but ‘50/50 chance’ he could leave
Huth and Fellaini banned for three matches over clash

West Ham offer £31.5m for Marseille’s Batshuayi but face competition

Newcastle United release Obertan and Marveaux

Spurs close to deal with FA to play home games at Wembley in 2017-18
Dembélé charged with violent conduct for ‘eye-gouging’ Costa

Chelsea defend £90 cost of premium shirt for next season
Courtois: ‘PSG is a very good club but I’m happy at Chelsea’

Why five English clubs could play in next season’s Champions League

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha an injury doubt for FA Cup final

West Brom second in the Premier League’s ineptness index

West Ham hope to prise Liverpool target Batshuayi from Marseille

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Leicester title is the exception and not the rule, says Roberto Martínez


• Everton to give Foxes guard of honour on Saturday
• ’It is a great fairytale story and everyone will congratulate it’

Roberto Martínez has congratulated Leicester City on a “fairytale” title success but claimed it had not exposed the shortcomings of Premier League rivals such as Everton.

Everton visit the Premier League’s new and most unexpected champions on Saturday and will form a guard of honour for Claudio Ranieri’s side when Leicester are presented with the trophy after the game. An exultant King Power Stadium will provide a stark contrast to the mood at Goodison Park, where many supporters are calling for Martínez’s removal in a season where his team of gifted individuals have collected 33 points fewer than Leicester.

Related: Dynamo Kyiv president: we won’t sell Andriy Yarmolenko to Everton or Stoke

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Dynamo Kyiv president: we won’t sell Andriy Yarmolenko to Everton or Stoke


• Forward is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs this summer
• ‘He is already a top player, so he should go to a top club’

Dynamo Kyiv’s president has insisted he will not consider selling Andriy Yarmolenko to Everton or Stoke.

The Ukraine international has been tracked by several Premier League clubs for some time, with Everton having failed with an attempt to sign the playmaker last summer. Ihor Surkis revealed last week that he is willing to allow Yarmolenko and Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic both leave the club for the right fee but admitted they will only countenance selling him to a “top club”.

Related: Roberto Martínez cuts lonely figure while Everton fans make views clear

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Danny Drinkwater given one-match ban for red card against Manchester United


• Leicester player escapes extra suspension for angry reaction
• Midfielder will miss game at home to Everton on Saturday

Leicester City can breath a sigh of relief after Danny Drinkwater was given the standard one-match ban for his sending off at Old Trafford.

The midfielder got his marching orders for second bookable offence in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford when it was suggested that he may suffer the same fate as his Leicester team-mate Jamie Vardy and be reported for his angry response to the referee’s decision as he left the pitch.

Related: Leicester’s Jamie Vardy named Football Writers’ Player of Year

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend


Claudio Ranieri flies to Italy with Leicester on verge of title, is time running out for Jack Wilshere to make Euro 2016 and will Pellegrini gamble pay off in Madrid?

The romantic at heart might hope that Leicester complete their crowning achievement on their own turf by defeating Everton at an incredulous King Power Stadium but the fact we can seemingly afford to be that picky is astonishing in itself and perhaps an alternative ending will be appropriate in its way. Claudio Ranieri is likely to be somewhere in the airspace between Italy and England during Monday evening’s potentially decisive meeting between Chelsea and Tottenham, a lunch arrangement with his 96-year-old mother taking priority over any handwringing in front of the television. There is the risk of verging on tweeness when talking about Ranieri these days – his team’s probable triumph has been overseen by a formidable football mind – but the lovely seam of eccentricity that has run through Leicester’s season is genuine and this might be a finale entirely in tune. They have done things their way and, even if Ranieri’s trip does not quite match Derby County’s tale from 1972 – the squad were holidaying in Mallorca and Brian Clough in the Scilly Isles with his family when news of their title win came through – it is at least another reminder of the very human element of this story. If Chelsea have produced the goods by the time Ranieri touches back down on English soil on Monday night then it is fair to assume he will not pass through the airport terminal unnoticed. Then, the celebration of a thrilling triumph can begin in earnest. Nick Ames

Match report: Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City
How Leicester’s five-year fairytale unfolded

Match report: Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland
Sam Allardyce admits pressure from Newcastle may be affecting Sunderland

Match report: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
As it happened: read Bryan Armen Graham’s minute-by-minute report

Match report: Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City
As it happened: read Rob Smyth’s minute-by-minute report

Match report: Southampton 4-2 Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini’s eyes on Real Madrid

Match report: Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool
As it happened: read Daniel Harris’s minute-by-minute report

Match report: West Brom 0-3 West Ham
Tony Pulis refuses to commit future to club

Match report: Watford 3-2 Aston Villa
Eric Black claims Aston Villa squad feel hurt by human cost of relegation

Match report: Everton 2-1 Bournemouth
Eddie Howe insists he is committed to Bournemouth amid Everton links

Match report: Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City
Signs of life may come too late for Van Gaal

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Roberto Martínez cuts lonely figure while Everton fans make views clear


• ‘It’s not about winning the fans over with talking; it’s about doing it with wins’
• Everton supporters not placated by 2-1 win over Bournemouth

Roberto Martínez may not realise he has talked his way into trouble but even the Everton manager appears to accept he will struggle to talk his way out of it. He has twin audiences to convince and the added difficulty that minds, particularly those of the supporters, already seem to be made up. He may be making a concerted attempt to persuade the new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri but actions, as he admitted, speak louder than words.

“It’s not about winning the fans over with talking; it’s about doing it with wins,” he said. Yet with three games remaining there may be too few opportunities to procure them before an end-of-season review that must have the potential to double up as an inquest.

Related: Everton’s Roberto Martínez: judge me over three seasons, not three months

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Leighton Baines finds right chemistry to fire Everton past Bournemouth


Even an innate optimist such as Roberto Martínez should be in no doubt about the depth of the feeling against him now. Any notion a first win in eight games would ease the pressure on him was swiftly disabused. More than an hour after the final whistle, a hardcore of perhaps 200 supporters remained in Goodison Park, chorusing for the Spaniard’s dismissal.

Related: West Ham and Mark Noble keep European dream alive by beating West Brom

Related: Watford’s Troy Deeney inflicts more indignity on sorry Aston Villa

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Everton v Bournemouth: match preview


Everton face Bournemouth under pressure amid reports that fans will stage protests against Roberto Martínez. With several key defenders injured or suspended the chance of them extending their poor defensive record at Goodison is likely. Youngsters Matthew Pennington and Kieran Dowell may be handed their league debuts. Max Gradel could return for Bournemouth whose only win in their past five games came at relegated Aston Villa. Eddie Howe might see the game as an audition to replace Martínez as he is currently third favourite with bookies, behind Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes, to do so. Graham Searles

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Eddie Howe insists he is committed to Bournemouth amid Everton links


• Howe suggested as potential successor to under-pressure Roberto Martínez
• ‘I love it here and I’m committed to my job,’ says Bournemouth manager

Eddie Howe has insisted he remains fully committed to Bournemouth amid reports suggesting he could be the next Everton manager.

Roberto Martínez’s position at Goodison Park appears precarious after a season of underachievement, highlighted by supporter dissatisfaction in recent weeks. Fans have held banners calling for the Spaniard to go and backed Leighton Baines after the left-back was forced to apologise for saying Everton lacked “chemistry”.

Related: Premier League and FA Cup: talking points from the weekend’s action

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Everton’s Roberto Martínez: judge me over three seasons, not three months


• Under-pressure manager says he will fight for his future
• ‘I understand their passion. The message is we are all in this together’

Everton’s under-pressure manager Roberto Martínez has called on his critics to judge him over three years, not three months.

Martínez is fighting for his future on Merseyside, with a talented Toffees squad sitting 11th in the Premier League table and coming off the back of a disheartening loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

Related: Everton board to discuss future of Roberto Martínez this week

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Football transfer rumours: Sadio Mané to Manchester United in Memphis Depay swap?


Today’s fluff is searching for steel

With Roberto Martínez on borrowed time at Everton, the Mirror has declared that Mark Hughes is being considered as his successor for the Goodison Park hot seat. The Stoke City manager spent two seasons at Everton during the twilight years of his playing career, scoring only once in 18 appearances after signing as a 36-year-old.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that Hughes’s current charge Marko Arnautovic is “playing it cool” as far as talk regarding his future is concerned. The 27-year-old Austrian is contracted to the Potters until 2017, but fans are concerned he may be sold this summer so that the club can trouser a fee rather than lose him for nothing a year down the line. “I have had three years here, I’ve another year left and Stoke are still talking to my agency,” said the winger, who has scored 13 goals for club and country this season.

Related: Everton board to discuss future of Roberto Martínez this week

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Everton board to discuss future of Roberto Martínez this week


• Manager under growing pressure after FA Cup semi-final defeat
• Supporters protests are expected at Goodison Park on Saturday

Roberto Martínez’s position as Everton manager will be discussed this week by the club’s board of directors, with the Catalan struggling to save his three‑year tenure at Goodison Park.

Martínez, 42, insisted he was the right man for the job and that Everton were close to challenging for trophies after their stoppage-time defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. But with dissent growing among some of the supporters, Everton directors will convene to discuss the manager’s future.

Related: Roberto Martínez: there are signs I have earned chance to drive Everton forward

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