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Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk to undergo knee surgery after damaging ligaments in Merseyside Derby

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Liverpool‘s Virgil Van Dijk will be out for a lengthy period after damaging his knee ligaments in Saturday’s Merseyside Derby with Everton

The Dutch defender was involved in a collision with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after just six minutes of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. 

The Everton shot stopper received no sanction for the tackle, with Van Dijk deemed in an offside position at the time of the collision, yet the centre-back was forced off the pitch as he was unable to continue.

Virgil Van Dijk requires surgery on his knee after damaging his ACL at Everton on Saturday

Virgil Van Dijk requires surgery on his knee after damaging his ACL at Everton on Saturday

Virgil Van Dijk requires surgery on his knee after damaging his ACL at Everton on Saturday

A Liverpool statement read: ‘Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.

‘No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.

‘Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.’

Match referee Michael Oliver and VAR official David Coote opted not to look into the Pickford tackle as a dangerous challenge. 

Liverpool had slammed claims made by beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys on Saturday night that the Dutch centre-half has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. 

The defender has been pivotal to Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp and was ever-present as the Reds lifted their first Premier League title in 30 years last season.

Van Dijk has not missed a single minute of top-flight football for Liverpool since September 2019 and his absence will be a blow to the Reds’ title challenge.  

More to follow.  

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Football betting tips: Back both teams to score in Arsenal vs Leicester plus Bale on target – Premier League predictions

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ANOTHER week and another packed Premier League schedule to get our teeth into.

We’ve got betting tips for you from both North London clubs with Arsenal and Spurs in action, starting at the Emirates where Leicester are the visitors tonight.

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Aubameyang is yet to fully fire so far this season – but we think it’s just a matter of timeCredit: PA:Press Association

Arsenal vs Leicester, Sunday 7.15pm (Sky Sports)

It’s back to fortress Emirates as Arsenal look to return to winning ways after defeat to Man City.

Mikel Arteta‘s men kick-off this Sunday night clash level on points with the visitors and without a Premier League defeat at home in 2020.

They’re proving solid, if unspectacular, this campaign and have got the job done in North London against West Ham and Sheffield United.

Leicester meanwhile continue to be wildly unpredictable.

Their poor form after the lockdown period saw them throw away a Champions League berth for this season – but they’d looked to have turned a corner after three wins from three to start the new term.

That included the 5-2 thrashing of Man City at the Etihad, but ever since then the wheels have fallen off slightly.

They’re trying to avoid a third-straight defeat here after going down meekly to the Hammers and then Aston Villa last week.

The Foxes scored 12 in their opening three games, but have drawn a blank since.

Luckily for them, we reckon that run ends at the Emirates.

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Despite Arsenal’s good form here, they are leaky at the back and haven’t kept a home clean sheet since hosting Norwich back in July.

Speaking of which, that month was when Leicester visited last and then picked up a point in a 1-1 draw.

We see a very similar game for Sunday, with Brendan Rodgers men determined to put an end to this losing run.

History isn’t on their side though and Leicester have lost on 12 of their last 15 visits to North London.

They’ve scored on six of the last seven H2H’s here though and we reckon they do again, with both teams to score our banker of the weekend at 8/13.

The Foxes needed the international break to regroup and we reckon they give the Gunners a real game here – take the 17/20 on them getting either a draw or a victory on the double chance market.

Jamie Vardy has five Premier League goals already this season and will be a popular choice for those of you punting on the goalscorer market. The latest updates suggest he should return from injury for this game.

But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the Gunners goal in this matchup back in July and is currently on a four-game dry spell.

He went through a similar run twice last season – and both times ended it with a goal in the fifth match.

We reckon he’s the man to be on for the opener at 14/5, or 19/20 anytime if you’re playing things safe.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Both teams to score at Emirates: 8/13 (BET HERE)
  • Leicester double chance (draw or Foxes win): 19/20 (BET HERE)
  • Aubameyang to score first: 14/5 (BET HERE)
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Burnley vs Tottenham, Monday 8pm (Sky Sports)

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Spurs dressing room last week.

Tottenham let a three-goal lead slip in the final eight minutes against West Ham, capitulating in stunning fashion to Jose Mourinho‘s horror.

That didn’t however stop them being made third-favourites for the Premier League title this season, regardless of the freak comeback.

In Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, they currently have the most dangerous double-act in the division.

And Gareth Bale could be added to the fray for this Monday Night clash under the lights. Tasty.

Burnley started last season slowly and eventually picked up some form, but Sean Dyche will still be concerned by their start this time around.

One point from a possible 12 and no victories from games against West Brom, Southampton, Newcastle and Leicester is not ideal.

Concerning for the Clarets too is their paltry three goals so far, two of which came on opening day.

They need to find their shooting boots – and fast.

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Harry Kane is now joint-seventh in the list of players with the most hat-tricks

Tottenham are the league’s top scorers and if Burnley are to get anything out of this, we reckon they’ll need to score at least twice.

When meeting on this ground back in March, the teams played out a tepid 1-1 draw with Spurs playing no recognised striker.

It’s all change this time round and with their form going forward, they’re the ones to back on the goals market.

For a start, Tottenham are a great price of 8/13 to win the game and we think they will have learnt from the embarrassing Hammers debacle.

Spurs to win and over 2.5 goals is a terrific 6/4 and our biggest fancy for this one.

And to play it safer with another excellent price, take Tottenham to score in BOTH halves at a massive 31/20.

Plenty is expected of Bale since his return from Real Madrid and all eyes were on the Welsh superstar as he played against LASK on Thursday night.

He looked sharp and provided the assist for the second goal, showing that old magic is still there.

Kane is evens to net at Burnley and that’s a great price, but we prefer a fairytale punt on Bale marking his return to the Premier League with a goal at a huge 9/5.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals: 6/4 (BET HERE)
  • Spurs to score in both halves: 31/20 (BET HERE)
  • Gareth Bale to net first goal since return: 9/5 (BET HERE)

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.


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7.50am Man Utd news LIVE: Upamecano transfer failed over just £200k, Adama Traore for £90m, Van De Beek bench row

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MANCHESTER UNITED were held to a draw by Chelsea on Saturday evening – and fans were confused as to why Donny van de Beek was left on the bench.

On the transfer front meanwhile, United are reportedly in the hunt for Adama Traore while Dayot Upamecano’s move from RB Leipzig collapsed over just £200,000.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

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7.50am Arsenal news LIVE: Nuno Mendes transfer LATEST, Partey set to start vs Leicester, Coutinho move broke down

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ARSENAL are eyeing up a swoop for Sporting full-back Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to be without FIVE players for the visit of Leicester this evening – but Thomas Partey is expected to make his Premier League bow.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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