Wolverhampton vs Liverpool – Match preview and prediction

Liverpool look to continue their cup euphoria when they travel to Molineux and take on Wolves in an important Premier League tie. The Reds were disappointing away at Bolton in their last Premier League game, but progression to the Carling Cup final and a win in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Manchester United on Saturday put a smile back on Kenny Dalglish’s face. Liverpool could recall Craig Bellamy, Charlie Adam and Dirk Kuyt to the starting line-up after they were on the bench against United. The Reds…

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Tottenham vs Wigan – Match preview and prediction

Harry Redknapp looks to put his ongoing court case behind him and steer Tottenham past Wigan at White Hart Lane and get back to winning ways. Tottenham were beaten by a last gasp Mario Balotelli penalty at Manchester City in their last league outing, but could have easily won if Jermain Defoe had scored his glorious chance. Defoe is a doubt for the game against Wigan after picking up a hamstring injury in Friday’s FA Cup win at Watford. Redknapp was unhappy with his team’s performance at Vicarage Road and…

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Everton vs Man City – Match preview and prediction

Premier League leaders Manchester City look to hold onto outright top spot with a win at Goodison Park against Everton. David Moyes’ side will be looking to halt their slide in form and a win could see them move into the top half of the table, if other results go their way. Everton still have five injury worries to contend with as well as Ross Barkley’s recovery from a knee problem. Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman are all unavailable for Moyes against City. The…

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Swansea vs Chelsea – Match preview and prediction

Swansea look to keep their near-perfect home record when they welcome the visit of Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium. Brendan Rodgers’ side have only lost once at home this season and will be confident they can beat the Blues, where Rodgers was reserve team manager. The Swans lost to Manchester United, but have beaten Arsenal and got draws with Tottenham, Sunderland and Aston Villa in South Wales. On-loan midfielder Josh McEachran is ineligible to face Chelsea under the terms of his deal, but Alan Tate may make a first appearance…

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Man Utd vs Stoke – Match preview and prediction

Manchester United look to put the heartache of losing in the FA Cup at Anfield on Saturday behind them with a victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were undone by a late Dirk Kuyt goal and saw their chances of winning the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 dashed in the process. United goalkeeper David De Gea was in the firing line for his performance against Liverpool and has been blamed for the Reds first goal. The Spaniard called in sick for training…

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Africa Cup of Nations – Group C Camp Focus

Gabon and Tunisia meet on Tuesday in the last round of Group C fixtures in the Africa Cup of Nations with both sides already guaranteed of progression to the next stage. That leaves Niger and Morocco with only the ignominy of finishing last in the group up for grabs. The two qualified sides do however have something more tangible to play on offer, as finishing top of the group and avoiding Group D’s likely victors Ghana in the quarter-finals is a prize worth fighting for. After the drama and spectacle…

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De Gea expected to hold Man United starting place

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will hold his place in goal against Stoke City tonight and face the aerial threat that the Potters possess, The Telegraph reports. In the meeting between the two sides earlier this season, the Spaniard was bombarded as United drew 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium. De Gea is suffering from a confidence crisis and has not featured in a Premier League game since the shock home defeat to Blackburn on December 31st. The Spaniard returned for the FA Cup fixture on Saturday, but was blamed…

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Rafael hoping to claim regular Man United place

Manchester United defender Rafael is hoping that he is over his injury worries and will grab a regular spot in the United first team, manutd.com. The Brazilian started at right back against Liverpool on Saturday and could keep his place for the visit of Stoke City to Old Trafford tonight. Rafael featured regularly last season, but suffered a shoulder injury earlier this season which ruled him out for a large period and allowed Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to stake their claim for the right back slot. Jones is now…

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Morrison expected to move to West Ham after United contract refusal

Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison is on the verge of joining Championship side West Ham United after the Premier League champions told him they will not be offering him a new deal, The Guardian reports. The 18 year old is rated as one of the best talents to come through the United academy, but is reportedly looking for a higher salary than United are prepared to offer. Sir Alex Ferguson took the decision to sell Morrison after he asked for a substantial weekly wage, despite making only a handful of…

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Dalglish blasts Man City over Carroll leaks

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has slammed Manchester City over their transfer negotiations and told them to keep their business quiet in the future, ESPN reports. Reports of a swap deal involving Andy Carroll and City striker Carlos Tevez emerged last week, which Dalglish is furious about. Both sides have denied any offers and any negotiations over the deal, but Dalglish is particularly upset that the Premier League leaders have leaked information to the media. Carroll’s long-term future at the club has been called into question after his under-performing year at…

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Nordfeldt claims he is close to Liverpool move

Swedish international Kristoffer Nordfeldt has revealed he is on the verge of a move to Liverpool and is on Merseyside discussing a deal, talkSPORT reports. The goalkeeper has been a free agent since leaving IF Brommapojkarna last summer and his wait for a club has seemingly ended. The Reds currently have Pepe Reina as their number one goalkeeper and he is deputised by Brazilian goalkeeper Doni, who signed from AS Roma last summer. Nordfeldt could become the club’s second goalkeeper signing of January after they completed a deal for Ady…

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Liverpool adamant that Kuyt will not leave the club

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has been told by the Reds that he will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window, as they want to keep him at Anfield, Metro. The Dutch international has been out-of-favour so far this season, but scored the winner against Manchester United on Saturday to put the Reds into the fifth round of the FA Cup. Kuyt has been one of the club’s consistent performers since his £10m move from Feyernoord in 2006, but has not been given as many first team opportunities…

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Chelsea complete signing of De Bruyne

Chelsea have completed the transfer of Genk midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and will now loan him back to the Belgian side until the end of the season, PA reports. The 20 year old has signed a five and a half year deal and the Blues have agreed a £6.7m fee. De Bruyne is predominantly a left winger and has been on Chelsea’s radar for a long time, but became more prominent when he played twice against the Blues in the Champions League this season. The Belgian will join up with…

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Chelsea captain Terry ruled out of game against Swansea

Chelsea will be without captain John Terry for their trip to the Liberty Stadium, but the problem is not related to Terry’s court case on Wednesday The Telegraph. The England captain will not be in Westminster Magistrates Court to answer a charge of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand however. Terry’s legal team are expected to plead not guilty to the allegations and the case will be adjourned for six to eight weeks. The 31 year old has been suffering from fluid in the knee sustained when he collided with…

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Forest confirm Bamford bid from Chelsea

Championship side Nottingham Forest have confirmed Chelsea have made a £1.5m bid for teenage starlet Patrick Bamford, Sky Sports reports. The 18 year old has made only two substitute appearances for Forest, but Chelsea have seen enough to make a seven figure bid. Forest boss Steve Cotterill expects Bamford to make a move away from the club and is not keen to sign a new deal, despite the offers from Forest. Other clubs have declared their interest in Bamford, but Chelsea seem to be the frontrunners and are expected to…

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Arsenal chief Gazidis claims Man City are jealous

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has stated that Premier League leaders Manchester City are jealous of the Gunners and would love to be in Arsenal’s position, The Daily Mail. City are 18 points ahead of Arsenal in the league, but are out of the FA Cup and the Champions League. The Gunners have under-performed in the league this season and have already been beaten by City in the league and the Carling Cup. However, Arsenal are into the fifth round of the FA Cup and progressed through the group stages…

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Arsenal in talks to sign Eisfeld

Arsenal were in negotiations with German champions Borussia Dortmund over a move for playmaker Thomas Eisfeld, The Telegraph reports. The 19 year old has progressed through the academy at Dortmund, but is out of contract in the summer and will cost Arsenal £600,000. Eisfeld is expected to develop initially below the first team and then make the gradual progression into Arsene Wenger’s plans. The 19 year old suffered a serious knee injury in 2009, but has made his comeback and has caught the eye of the North London club. With…

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Walcott dedicates Arsenal win to the fans

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has dedicated the club’s comeback victory against Aston Villa to the fans at the Emirates Stadium, arsenal.com reports. The Gunners came from two goals behind to beat Villa 3-2 with Walcott scoring what must be the most fortunate goal of his career. Villa defender Alan Hutton’s attempt to clear the ball hit Walcott and bounced in, which was the equaliser. Robin van Persie scored two penalties either side of Walcott’s goal and Arsenal now go into the fifth round to face either Sunderland or Middlesbrough. Arsenal…

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Spurs still plan Blackburn double deal

Harry Redknapp is set to rekindle his interest in Blackburn duo Junior Hoilett and Chris Samba, in a last ditch deadline day bid, reports The Express. Samba, 27, has been a target for Spurs for most of the month, and has made clear his desire to depart from Blackburn. However, with a contract that runs until 2015, the Premier League strugglers are under no pressure to sell, and have stated their intention to retain Samba’s services. Meanwhile, Junior Hoilet’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the 21-year-old…

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Tottenham target £8m Adebayor January deal

Tottenham have opened talks with Manchester City about making the transfer of loanee Emmanuel Adebayor permanent, according to The Mail. Togo international Adebayor, 27, has impressed for Spurs this season, scoring 9 goals and providing 7 assists in 19 appearances since joining in August on a season long loan. According to reports, the frontman has been impressive enough to persuade chairman Daniel Levy to bend his wage structure to retain his services. The striker’s current wages at Manchester City are £170,000, of which Tottenham pay 50% as part of the…

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Tottenham line-up £10m Marin

Tottenham could make a surprise deadline day move for Werder Bremen midfielder Marko Marin, according to The Telegraph. Marin, 22, plays as a winger for Bremen, and could provide back-up for both Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. The Serbian born German international contract with Werder Bremen is rumoured to be close to expiry, but none-the-less it may require an offer of at least £10 million to prise him away, with the German side preferring to renew the contract rather than sell. Any transfers today could also depend on whether Spurs…

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Liverpool Club Focus – Wolves clash the real test for Reds despite cup successes

Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool may have enjoyed a phenomenal week of success by dumping title-chasing Manchester City and Manchester United out of the Carling Cup and FA Cup respectively, but in truth it will be the Reds’ performance on Tuesday night at Molineux which will indicate whether they have turned a corner. The Merseysiders have been flying in cup competitions so far this term, but a brief glimpse of the Premier League table suggests that things have not been so rosy for them in the top-flight. The Wolves clash provides Liverpool…

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Spurs youngster set for Sheffield Wednesday loan

Tottenham reserve John Bostock is poised to join League One side Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season, reports Sky Sports News. Bostock, 20, is an attacking midfielder, who has seen his opportunities to break into the Tottenham first team this season limited, making just one appearance in the FA Cup against Cheltenham. The fact that Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League before Christmas will also have curtailed his chances in the second half of the season, and now he looks set to join Sheffield…

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Tottenham battle with PSG for £22m Damiao

Tottenham are considering becoming embroiled in a transfer battle for the signature of Leandro Damiao, according to Metro. Spurs have long been admirers of the 22-year-old Brazilian, who plays for Brazilian side Internacional, and has an impressive record there of 21 goals in 53 games. They had hoped that previous links forged via the signing of Sandro from the same club might sway negotiations in their favour with regard to Damiao. Tottenham may be in need of a striker in the summer if Emmanuel Adebayor’s current loan is not consolidated…

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