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MOTD2 analysis: 'Why Koeman must hope to hang on until January'

There is a lot of negativity towards Ronald Koeman from Everton fans at the moment, and I can understand why he is under so much pressure. Koeman’s side fought back for a point at Brighton on Sunday but they put in another very poor performance, and they have not played well all season. Normally, I would say it is too early to get rid of the manager and you could argue Koeman just needs time for some of his summer signings to adjust and also that if he tweaks a…

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News: MBNA analysis reveals growing UK interest in Central American travel

The face of travel is changing, with new research showing that Central American countries like Costa Rica and Argentina are becoming more popular with UK travellers. Credit card provider MBNA analysed more than four million transactions from UK customers around the world to build up a picture of how travel habits are changing, with Central America seeing the highest growth in transactions from travellers since 2014. Spend analysed included accommodation, restaurants, bars and retail outlets. Costa Rica, a country known for its stunning beaches, lush jungle and awe-inspiring volcanic landscape,…

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MOTD2 analysis: 'Why sacking De Boer now would be madness'

It would be utterly ridiculous if Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is sacked after the way his team played in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Burnley. De Boer has only been in charge for four Premier League games, so for him to supposedly be in the situation where he was out of a job if the Eagles lost was ludicrous anyway. But Palace’s performance at Turf Moor was so good that making that decision now would be madness. Media playback is not supported on this device Even Clarets boss Sean…

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MOTD2 Analysis: 'Why Arsenal are in trouble with or without Sanchez'

Arsenal’s summer has been largely dominated by Alexis Sanchez’s future – and will continue to be until Thursday’s transfer deadline has passed – but Sunday’s demoralising defeat at Liverpool showed there are bigger issues to deal with. In losing 4-0 at Anfield, Arsenal showed tactically they are nowhere near their rivals for a top-four place in the Premier League. More worryingly, they lacked hunger and they don’t look like a team. I genuinely don’t know what Arsene Wenger is saying to them on the training ground. It is unbelievable what…

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MOTD analysis: 'Levy has a humane side, and holds key to Spurs' future'

This is such a crucial time for Tottenham’s future and the direction they want to go in after taking such huge strides over the past couple of seasons. Their fans, and undoubtedly their players too, just want to feel like they are still moving forwards after finishing third, then second in the Premier League. The danger is not that they risk standing still – more that they could fall behind if they don’t strengthen properly now or, even worse, keep this group of players together. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy holds…

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Why Man Utd look so menacing – Shearer analysis

Every top team looks to make a statement at the start of the season, and the one Manchester United put out with Sunday’s 4-0 win over West Ham was pretty emphatic. That was the quickest I have seen United move the ball around for a long time and there was so much energy, pace and desire in their team, particularly in the final third. United were so sharp going forward, with exactly the kind of attacking play I was expecting and that led me to tip them to win the…

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Bolt takes on Father Time and young rivals – analysis & vote

World Athletics Championships on the BBC Venue: London Stadium Dates: 4-13 August Coverage: Live across BBC One and Two, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app. Click for times Slower, later, weaker. For a man who has lived the Olympic ideal of faster, higher, stronger, they are strange words to attach to Usain Bolt. On Tuesday, at the front of a glitzy news conference, athletics’ own PT Barnum called the media circus to attention, pulling his ‘to di world’ pose under…

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