Hooligan Premier League Roundup: Barclays May Be Outbid as Premier League Sponsor

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Barclays May Be Outbid as Premier League Sponsor

Barclays Plc (BARC) may be outbid after 15 years as main sponsor of soccer’s most-popular domestic competition after England’s Premier League started discussions with other potential backers.

The Premier League: So, what have we learnt so far…?

What are the chances of a proper title race, who could be in the top four – and who’s for the drop.

Michael Owen believes Manchester City can win the league

Former Manchester United and Liverpool legend Michael Owen believes that the Premier League title race may not be the one horse race that everyone predicts.

Manchester City set eyes on Chelsea after St Mary’s win

Premier League champions Manchester City gave themselves renewed belief that they can hunt down leaders Chelsea after moving into second place in the table by winning 3-0 at Southampton.

Can City Break Their Sunderland Curse?

After closing the gap at the top to six points, City now set about their toughest task in the Premier League: facing Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The champions have lost 1-0 on each of their previous four visits to the Black Cats, with Phil Bardsley securing three points last November as Manuel Pellegrini inherited Roberto Mancini’s affliction.

Frank Lampard’s farewell from Chelsea wasn’t meant to go like this, Jose Mourinho!

Frank Lampard is flourishing at Manchester City — but it would be a great deal harder for Chelsea to swallow were they not six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Attitudes may change, however, if this goal trend goes on, if his loan is extended and if the title rivals are neck-and-neck by the time City visit Stamford Bridge at the end of next month.

EXCLUSIVE: Frank Lampard due £4MILLION bonus if Man City beat Chelsea to title

Lampard is being paid £190,000 a week by the champions and will also land a £2m first-team squad bonus if Manuel Pellegrini’s men retain the trophy.

Steven Gerrard considers Liverpool contract with reduced playing role

Brendan Rodgers has said Steven Gerrard’s new Liverpool contract rests on the captain accepting a reduced role on the pitch and making a lifestyle choice off it, indicating the one-club servant could move abroad when his deal expires next summer.

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli apologises for controversial Instagram post

The Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has apologised for posting an image on Instagram that prompted accusations of racism and antisemitism.

Lambert is a failure and none of Liverpool’s signings can match Suarez, says Biscan

Former Liverpool defender Igor Biscan has labelled Rickie Lambert a “failure” and insists none of Brendan Rodgers’ signings are good enough to fill the void left by Luis Suarez.

Thierry Henry will ‘certainly’ return to Arsenal one day but he is taking time to consider his options, insists Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes Thierry Henry is destined to one day return to Arsenal. Henry has confirmed plans to leave New York Red Bulls in the MLS after four-and-a-half years. He is expected to call time on his playing career at the age of 37 and is yet to announce his next move.