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Manchester City vs Liverpool team news: Phil Foden and Eric Garcia start for City vs unchanged champions

Phil Foden will start for Manchester City against Liverpool on Thursday evening, live on Sky Sports, with Eric Garcia also named in the starting XI.

Foden and Garcia come in as two of three changes from the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last week, with Gabriel Jesus also in for Bernardo Silva. Riyad Mahrez drops to the bench, while Fernandinho is serving the second of his two-match ban for his sending off at Chelsea.

Garcia has been out since suffering a worrying head injury in the win over Arsenal on June 17.

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Newly-crowned champions Liverpool are unchanged from their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last week.

Joel Matip appeared in the Merseyside derby when Liverpool resumed their season on June 21 but has been sidelined since with a toe problem.

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The teams

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Garcia, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, David Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Doyle

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino

Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Jones, Elliott, Williams

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Sky Sports Fanzone & Watchalongs: What is it, how it works, where to experience

Take the return of the Premier League to the next level with the Fanzone feature as part of Sky Sports’ live coverage.

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On Thursday night, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Glen Johnson are the special guests from 8pm on Sky Sports Football

Fans will now be able to use a new feature on the Sky Sports website on your phone (optimised on iOS for iphone 8 and above), laptop or PC to watch select matches with friends in a video room and interact while the action unfolds, giving them the chance to chat about the match and influence the crowd noise they hear on screen.

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Whether watching with fans of your own club or mixing with rival supporters, users of the feature can post predictions, join in-match polls and use the Sky Sports stats to fuel the virtual conversation.

Get into the game with family and friends

Invite up to five people to your Fanzone to catch the match together. Log in online on your phone, laptop or PC, set up your Fanzone and send a link to your fellow fans. The Fanzone opens 15 minutes before kick-off and will close 15 minutes after the match.

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Have your say/pretend you’re a pundit

Do you usually yell at the screen during a game? Or fancy yourself as the next big-name pundit reporting live from the Sky Sports News studio? Share your views on the players and their performance in live opinion polls.

Watchalong with pundits and presenters

While using the Fanzone feature on skysports.com, fans can also simultaneously view the Sky Sports Watchalongs (via the Sky Sports Football channel), where Sky Sports pundits and presenters will be watching the game, reacting to events and answering your social media questions.

Choose the cheer you hear with Watchalong

Also with the Watchalong, fill your home with the sound of the stands so you feel like you are right there at the game. Drown out any support for the opposition and vote for your team’s chant to be played through the TV.

Viewers can see which crowd noise is being voted for in the ‘Choose a Chant’ poll and analyse match stats as the game is going on.

Where can I experience Fanzone and Watchalongs?

The Fanzone feature is available to Sky Sports customers on skysports.com on phone, laptop or PC on the following games, with more to be announced for future rounds.

The Watchalong feature will be available to view on Sky Sports Football; Carlton Cole and Steve Sidwell join Adam Smith and Zac Djellab from 8pm on Sky Sports Football.

Man City vs Liverpool – Thursday, July 2 (Kick-off 8.15pm)

More games to be announced

There are three ways to watch the game on TV, where Fanzone is available. For the full Fanzone experience head to the Football channel.

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Who can use Sky Sports Fanzone?

If you are a Sky customer with a Sky Sports subscription, you can create a Fanzone, but you can share your Fanzone link with anyone. If you invite someone who has Sky Sports with another provider to your Fanzone, their live stream may be out of sync with yours.

How do I create my Fanzone?

  • Sign in to skysports.com/fanzone on your phone or laptop
  • Select Sky Sports Fanzone
  • Select Create Your Fanzone. You’ll see an icon to invite people to your Fanzone which creates a link that’s unique to your room
  • Copy and share your link with up to five other people to catch the match together in your Fanzone. Please don’t share your link on social media in case someone unwanted tries to join.

How long is the Fanzone?

Sky Sports Fanzone opens 15 minutes before live kick-off. If you use video call, this will close 15 minutes after the match ends, but you can keep the conversation going via text chat. The Fanzone session will stay open until it’s closed by Sky.

Let us know what you think

With the Premier League returning, we couldn’t wait to create Sky Sports Fanzone. It’s a new beta feature available for some upcoming games, which means we’re still working on it. We’d love to know what you think so we can make it even better. Please email your feedback to [email protected]

Here’s a list of all the supported devices and browsers.

  • Android 4.1 and above, using Chrome 58 and above.
  • iPad and iPhone 8 or above, running iOS/Safari 12.1 and above .
  • macOS 10 and above, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75, Safari 12.1 and above.
  • Windows 10, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75 and above.

To create a Fanzone, you’ll need to be aged 18 or over, have a Sky Sports subscription, and be in the UK or Ireland. Please sign in below and see FAQs for more information.

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Sports to come together to celebrate NHS and key workers

A range of sports, including football, cricket and rugby union, are to come together to celebrate the NHS and key workers on the organisation’s 72nd birthday this weekend.

Members of the public are also encouraged to take part in the ‘Thank You Together’ initiative by applauding the “commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many” on their doorsteps at 5pm on Sunday.


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This weekend’s Premier League and EFL fixtures will be preceded by a moment’s applause, while England’s Test series against the West Indies – which begins on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports – has been named the #raisethebat series.


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England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones and a selection of his players will also record thank you messages.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The Premier League will support the NHS and its moment of thanks to recognise the efforts of the health workers, key workers and all those who have shown kindness and care to others during these months.”

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney added: “Rugby, like the wider sporting community and the nation as a whole, is extremely grateful to and proud of all those who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic going above and beyond to support local communities and the NHS.

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Steve McClaren front-runner for Dundee United managerial role

Former England boss Steve McClaren is the leading candidate to become Dundee United’s new manager.

McClaren had his interview for the managerial vacancy on Monday and a decision is expected to be made in the next 48 hours.

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Dundee United, who are making no comment at this stage, have also held talks with ex-Cardiff manager Malky MacKay as they search for a replacement for Robbie Neilson – who left the club to rejoin Hearts last week after 18 months on Tayside.

McClaren, who left QPR last year, has spoken with United Sporting Director Tony Asghar and is keen to get back into the game.

Although McClaren has never worked in Scotland, he has a wealth of experience, winning the Dutch League with FC Twente and the League Cup with Middlesbrough.

The 59-year-old has also had spells at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Newcastle and is currently working for FIFA.

Meanwhile, Mackay has also spoken to the club after they were given permission to speak to the Scottish FA’s performance director by Scotland’s governing body.

Mackay was appointed as performance director at the SFA in December 2016 but also served as caretaker manager for Scotland’s 1-0 friendly defeat to the Netherlands in November the following year following the departure of Gordon Strachan.

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Premier League, PFA and EFL announce BAME coach placement scheme

The Premier League, PFA and EFL have launched a new scheme aimed at increasing the number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) players transitioning into full-time coaching roles in the professional game.

The scheme, open to BAME PFA members at any age or stage of their careers, will provide up to six coaches per season with a 23-month intensive work placement within EFL clubs.

The Premier League and PFA have jointly funded the programme which will have its first intake run as a pilot scheme – either in the club’s academy or first-team set-up – from the start of the 2020-21 season.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “It is vital that there are no barriers to entry to the pipelines for employment in coaching. We need more BAME coaches entering the system to create greater opportunities throughout the professional game.

“We hope this scheme will create clear pathways and substantially improve future employment prospects for BAME coaches.”

The lack of representation of black people in leadership positions in football has been in the spotlight because of the increased focus worldwide on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier this month, Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling questioned why so few black ex-players have made the transition into coaching or other positions of power within football clubs.

The PFA’s coaching team will provide mentoring, while Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore is chair of the Premier League’s Black Participants’ Advisory Group, which will also offer support to the players and clubs involved in the programme.

Moore said: “This is a critical time for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic coaches. We all know and agree that the diversity of coaches and managers must increase and this placement scheme represents a positive step.”

Participants, who are provided bursaries through the placement club, will work across a variety of football functions within the club.

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Robbie Fowler cuts ties with A-League’s Brisbane Roar

Robbie Fowler has ended his tenure as head coach of the Brisbane Roar in Australia’s A-League.

The former Liverpool and England striker returned home in March along with his assistant Tony Grant when the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Roar vice-chairman Chris Fong said on Monday that Fowler, 45, does not want to be separated from his family in England at this time and will not be resuming his coaching duties.

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“We are disappointed that the global pandemic has impacted our plans together but completely understand that family comes first during these difficult times,” said Fong.

“Robbie has not only provided stability but a refreshing injection of knowledge and insight into the Roar.

“The world has changed, we never expected this. It’s a shame because the way we were building was beautiful.”

Fowler, who played in the A-League for the North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory near the end of his playing career, joined Brisbane as head coach on a two-year contract in April 2019.

Brisbane had finished the previous season second from bottom but Fowler guided the club into fourth place in the 11-team A-League table, with 10 wins from 22 games, when the league was suspended.

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Pedro: Chelsea winger to join Roma at end of season

Chelsea winger Pedro will join Roma when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old’s Chelsea deal was due to expire at the end of the month, but he signed a short-term extension earlier this week to allow him to end the campaign with the Blues.

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Pedro’s exit will bring an end to his five-year spell in London following his arrival in August 2015 from boyhood club Barcelona.

He has scored 43 goals in 201 games since joining Chelsea, and helped them win the Premier League in 2017, FA Cup in 2018 and Europa League in 2019.

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