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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2019/2020 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
4 Leicester 4 2 2 14
5 Chelsea 4 2 2 14
6 C Palace 4 2 2 14
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N'Golo Kante has proved he's one of the most valuable players in soccer no matter his position

Frank Leboeuf feels Olivier Giroud may need to leave Chelsea in order to secure regular first team action.
Kante made his name as a defensive midfielder and took Leicester and Chelsea to league titles. Now he's playing a different role but is just as effective.

A couple of years ago, N'Golo Kante might have been the most valuable soccer player in the world.

In August 2015, Leicester City signed the relatively unknown French midfielder from Caen for £5.6 million. The season before his arrival, Leicester finished with 41 points. In Kante's only season with the club, Leicester finished with 81 points, winning the most improbable championship in the history of modern sports.

Then, in July 2016, Chelsea signed the by-now-well-known French midfielder...

France haven't looked this bad since before they won World Cup. There's work to do before Euro 2020

Didier Deschamps endured a miserable break in which set pieces again hurt the World Cup champions and they looked worryingly lacking in depth.

Didier Deschamps turns 51 on Tuesday and, obviously, this is not the birthday he wished for. It's been a tough 10 days for the France head coach. First and foremost, his team didn't secure qualification for the 2020 European Championships. A win against Turkey at home on Monday would have been enough, but they didn't take their chances, conceded a late goal on a set piece -- their consistent weakness -- and the doubts about their strength in depth are creeping back in.

On top of that, add a...

Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal GK Petr Cech makes stellar ice hockey debut

Former Premier League 'keeper Petr Cech reveals that making his ice hockey debut fulfilled a childhood dream.
The ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Arsenal are good enough to finish third this year.
Arsenal are up to third, and Craig Burley says Unai Emery's side can still go to another level.
Gregg Berhalter explains why he played Christian Pulisic in multiple positions in the USMNT's win vs. Cuba.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson says there's only one way for Christian Pulisic to get extended minutes.
Fiyako Tomori says he wasn't expecting to make the England squad at the start of the season.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech made his competitive ice hockey debut on Sunday, helping the Guildford Phoenix win on a penalty shootout save.

The 37-year-old is a big fan of the sport and said he it was a dream to play in a game after his retirement from football last year. He signed last week with Guildford, who play National Ice Hockey League South 2.

"It is kind of a childhood dream to come and play one game, which has [now] happened," said Cech, whose penalty...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea head the chase for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell

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TOP STORY: Chelsea head Chilwell chase

Chelsea have emerged as the frontrunners in the race for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, according to a report in the Mail.

The 22-year-old has been identified as a key target by Blues boss Frank...

Olivier Giroud must seize his chance with France given his limited minutes at Chelsea

Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann.
Alexis Nunes and Julien Laurens question whether Frank Lampard could ever win the Premier League with Chelsea.
Christian Pulisic is struggling for time at Chelsea, and Craig Burley says the reason why is simple.
Craig Burley says Frank Lampard has rejuvenated Chelsea with youth after the Blues' 4-1 win over Southampton.

When Olivier Giroud arrived on Monday to the France national team's headquarters at Clairefontaine, an hour south of Paris, it wouldn't be surprising if he took a deep breath of fresh air.

He was back in familiar territory, a place he knows so well and feels at home.

He was also welcoming a break from his daily routine at Chelsea, which has been rough so far this season. Last weekend, he was not in the Blues' matchday squad in their win at Southampton. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard only wanted...