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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Liverpool 30 7 1 97
3 Chelsea 21 9 8 72
4 Tottenham 23 2 13 71
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Sources: Chelsea trigger Giroud contract extension

Craig Burley makes his very premature prediction of Premier League's top six next season one day after Manchester City secured the 2018-19 title.
Julien Laurens explains why Chelsea and Real Madrid think they are in a position of leverage against the other in the potential sale of Eden Hazard.

Chelsea have triggered their option to extend Olivier Giroud's contract by another year, sources have told ESPN FC.

Giroud had been set to become a free agent, but Chelsea have decided to keep him as they weigh up whether to take their appeal against a two-transfer window ban imposed by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Chelsea's move to retain the France international follows their decision to break their policy of only offering one-year extensions to players over the age of 30 when...

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruptures Achilles' tendon

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Ale Moreno react to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's injury he suffered at a charity game against New England which means he'll miss the Europa League final.
Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno wonder if the best team made it through to the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek speaks to ESPN about Maurizio Sarri's style of play and how senior players Gary Cahill and David Luiz help guide the younger players.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek speaks exclusively to ESPN about how Eden Hazard's relaxed nature in training translates to matches.
Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop look at how Chelsea's starting XI should look after their appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by FIFA.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles' tendon during Chelsea's 3-0 friendly victory against the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old had to be helped from the field in the 68th minute and left the Gillette Stadium on crutches after getting his left heel trodden on and caught in the turf, having come on as a half-time substitute.

He is set for surgery on Thursday. It is not yet clear how long Loftus-Cheek will be...

UEFA: We'll work with Arsenal on Baku concerns

The ESPN FC panel explain why Arsenal are capable of making it to the Europa League final while showing such abysmal form in the Premier League this season.
Craig Burley makes his very premature prediction of Premier League's top six next season one day after Manchester City secured the 2018-19 title.
Craig Burley is at a loss after Arsenal drop points again, leaving them with a near insurmountable path to finishing in the top four.

UEFA has offered to work with Arsenal "to help find cheaper solutions" for fans to get to the Europa League final in Baku later this month.

The Gunners demanded an explanation from European football's governing body over the decision to hold the final in the capital of Azerbaijan after being allocated just 6,000 tickets for the all-Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Mikel considering Premier League offers - source

Frank Lampard's Derby County secured a playoff semifinal against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United with a 2-1 win over West Brom, pipping Middlesbrough to sixth place.

John Obi Mikel is closing in on a return to the Premier League with a source telling ESPN FC that the former Chelsea star is considering multiple offers from around the league  and could make a decision before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

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Mikel, 32, left Chelsea on a free transfer for Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League in 2017 after...