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Burnley v Liverpool - A clash of contrasts

Liverpool head to Turf Moor to take on Burnley this weekend.

The Reds enter the game having agreed a deal to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace for 32 million pounds.

Burnley have been splashing the cash too - but their club record capture of Steven Defour for 7.5 million really emphasises the gulf between them and some of their Premier League rivals.

Chris Hall looks ahead to the game.

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PREVIEW: Will it be third time lucky for Burnley in the Premier League?

101 days have passed since Burnley secured their return to the Premier League.

This weekend they'll kick off the new campaign at home to Swansea.

It's the club's third spell in the top flight in the last seven years, the previous two ended in relegation after just one season.

So no prizes for guessing what the target is this time.

David Chisnall reports

WATCH: FC United's manager as you've never seen before!

It's eleven years now since a group of disgruntled Manchester United fans set up their own club in protest at the Glazer takeover at Old Trafford.

And what a journey it's been. Five promotions have taken the club within two divisions now of the Football League.

FC United's story is heading to the theatre and the club's manager is playing a starring role.

As David Chisnall reports.

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Manchester derby in China cancelled due to weather

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

The hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has been delayed after Monday's International Champions Cup game between Manchester United and City was cancelled.

United boss Mourinho and new City manager Guardiola, who were fierce rivals while coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, were due to face off for the first time in almost three years when the Manchester clubs met in a friendly fixture at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

But heavy rain in the Chinese capital has rendered the pitch unplayable, with United revealing on Twitter that "tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel" the encounter.

Big Sam confirmed as England boss with two-year contract

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has been appointed as England's new manager, the Football Association has announced.

The FA said Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year contract. Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal to become England's new manager, the Football Assocation has announced.

The 61-year-old boss knew the job was his on Wednesday but a compensation package with his club Sunderland needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.

Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said:

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

– Sam Allardyce
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