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The Premier League is back! Well, some of it.

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Seven fixtures take place in England’s top tier this weekend …

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Premier League fixtures

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Friday (All times BST)
Aston Villa v Southampton (8pm)
Nottingham Forest v Fulham (8pm)

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Saturday
Wolves v Manchester City (12.30pm)
Newcastle v Bournemouth (3pm)
Tottenham v Leicester (5.30pm)

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Sunday
Brentford v Arsenal (12noon)
Everton v West Ham (2.15pm)

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Two of the three postponements – Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds – are to ease pressure on policing and other logistics surrounding the Queen’s funeral on Monday. For example, the queue to file past Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in central London is now approaching five miles … which needs more than a little bit of managing.

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Brighton v Crystal Palace, however, had already been pushed back due to the planned rail strike … which has since been un-planned out of respect. Suffice to say that’s a fixture that may also have seen the odd supporter needing a little talking-to from the girls and boys in blue, and it remains on the postponed list.

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Having pulled its opening weekend in the wake of the Queen’s death, the Women’s Super League kicks off tonight with last season’s just-pipped, Arsenal, hosting Hope Powell’s Brighton.

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The champions, Chelsea, kick off at promoted Birkenhead Liverpool on Sunday. Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Leicester showcase their teams at Villa Park and the King Power Stadium respectively, as clubs hope to capitalise on the post-Euros bounce with the first of what everyone hopes is an eventual move away from the increasingly patronising-looking Chigwell Construction Stadium/Kingsmeadow/Leigh Sports Village/Man City Academy Stadium merry-go-round.

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On many levels, this looks like a HUGE season for the women’s game in England!

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WSL fixtures

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Friday (all times BST)
Arsenal v Brighton (Meadow Park, 7.30pm)

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Saturday
Manchester United v Reading (Leigh Sports Village, 12noon)

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Sunday
Aston Villa v Manchester City (Villa Park, 12.30pm)
West Ham v Everton (Chigwell Construction Stadium, 3pm)
Leicester v Tottenham (King Power Stadium, 3pm)
Liverpool v Chelsea (Prenton Park, 5pm)

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Important events

Here it is this morning 10 things to look out for in this weekend’s Premier League action…

CHARACTERISTICS! A goalkeeping conundrum for Steven Gerrard, Diego Costa’s love affair with the lupine, plus exhausting patience for Brendan Rodgers at the Foxes.

News to catch up on from late last night … Managerless Bournemouth are being watched by a consortium led by Las Vegas. Curiously, if successful with a takeover, it would mean more than half of Premier League clubs had minority or majority shareholders in the US. Current owner Maxim Demin may have a decision to make with a £150m bid on the table.

WSL waves hello again!

Having launched the weekend after the Queen’s death, The Women’s Super League kicks off tonight with last season’s newly-crowned Arsenal hosting Hope Powell’s Brighton.

The champions, Chelsea, start with promotion Birkenhead Liverpool on Sunday. Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Leicester field their teams at Villa Park and the King Power Stadium respectively as the clubs hope to capitalize on the post-Euro bounce with the first of what everyone hopes is an eventual move away from the increasingly patronizing looking Chigwell Construction. Stadium/Kingsmeadow/Leigh Sports Village/Man City Academy Stadium fun.

On many levels this looks like a HUGE season for the women’s game in England!

WSL programs

Friday (all times BST)
Arsenal – Brighton (Meadow Park, 19.30)

Saturday
Manchester United – Reading (Leigh Sports Village, 12:00)

Sunday
Aston Villa v Manchester City (Villa Park, 12.30pm)
West Ham v Everton (Chigwell Construction Stadium, 15:00)
Leicester v Tottenham (King Power Stadium, 15:00)
Liverpool v Chelsea (Prenton Park, 5pm)

Premier League Prologue

The Premier League is back! Well, some of them.

Seven games take place in England’s top flight this weekend…

Premier League games

Friday (All times BST)
Aston Villa – Southampton (20:00)
Nottingham Forest – Fulham (20:00)

Saturday
Wolves v Manchester City (12.30pm)
Newcastle v Bournemouth (15:00)
Tottenham – Leicester (17.30)

Sunday
Brentford – Arsenal (12:00)
Everton – West Ham (14:15)

Two of the three postponements – Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds – are to ease pressure on policing and other logistics around the Queen’s funeral on Monday. For example, the queue to pass Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin through central London is now approaching five miles… which needs more than a little management.

Brighton v Crystal Palace, however, had already been postponed due to the planned rail strike … which has since been unscheduled out of respect. Suffice it to say, it’s a game that may also have seen the odd fan in need of some talking from the girls and boys in blue, and it remains on the postponed list.

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