Rodgers feels that Liverpool deserved penalty in Tottenham defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his side were unlucky to be denied a penalty in the Reds’ 2-1 defeat at Tottenham after incidents involving skipper Steven Gerrard and striker Luis Suarez were ignored by the referee Phil Dowd. The Merseysiders had been on an eight-match unbeaten run to recover from their poor start to the season but goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon ensured that Liverpool returned from White Hart Lane pointless for the fifth consecutive season. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, Rodgers pointed to the failure…

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Moyes angry with referee in Everton draw

Everton manager David Moyes has criticized the level of performance of referee Michael Oliver following his side’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night. Speaking to the BBC after the game, Moyes was unhappy that Everton were denied a penalty in the second-half, when Mikel Arteta appeared to bring down Steven Pienaar in the box. “We should have had a penalty. The players had to earn everything because we weren’t getting a jot, said Moyes, who had seen Marouane Fellaini’s long range effort cancel out Theo Walcott’s first minute opener…

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Man Utd boss Ferguson believes Premier League title race will be tighter than ever

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to get carried away after seeing his side retain their place at the summit of the Premier League. A 1-0 win at home to West Ham, courtesy of the fastest goal in the league this season at 33 seconds from Robin van Persie, kept the Red Devils ahead of local rivals Manchester City by a point and extended their lead over third-placed Chelsea to seven points. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, Ferguson insisted that nothing could or would be decided at…

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Beckham flattered by rumours of a Premier League return

David Beckham has hinted that a return to the Premier League may be on the cards, as he prepares to play his final MLS game on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the MLS season finale between LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, Beckham told Sky Sports that, whilst he would find it hard to play for any English club other than Manchester United, who he represented for 10 years, there are possibilities of a return to the Premier League, with Queens Park Ranger heavily linked with the former Real Madrid star. “I…

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Tottenham winger Bale denies diving charge

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has denied that he dived in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, despite referee Phil Dowd booking him for simulation. Speaking to Sky Sports following an eventful night for the Welshman, Bale claims he was clipped in a challenge by Daniel Agger, but also chose to focus on the positives of a good win for Spurs. “I thought I got clipped a bit. Sometimes it happens. You just have to get on with it,” said Bale, who setup the 1st goal and scored the 2nd…

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Liverpool yet to make formal contract offer to Sterling

Liverpool have yet to make a formal contract offer to winger Raheem Sterling with little over a week before the England international turns 18 and becomes eligible for full professional terms, the Guardian has reported. Sterling will be 18 on December 8 and can on that date sign a professional contract but, despite talks between the player’s representatives and Ian Ayre, the Liverpool managing director, the club is yet to offer terms to Sterling. Liverpool are said to be confident Sterling sees his long-term future at Anfield but Manchester City…

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Man City boss Mancini rules out Balotelli sale

Roberto Mancini has insisted he has no intention of letting Mario Balotelli leave Manchester City in the winter transfer window after the Italy international scored his first Premier League goal of the season on Wednesday evening, the Daily Mail has reported. Balotelli opened the scoring in the second-half as the Premier League champions beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium. James Milner scored the game’s other goal with a spectacular long-range effort, but the win was not enough to return City to the top of the table as Manchester…

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Arsenal and Man Utd in battle for Dortmund midfielder Gotze

Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to face off as each club prepares to try and tempt Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze to the Premier League, the Daily Mail has reported. Gotze’s contract contains a release clause that allows him to leave the Bundesliga club for £30m, but only if the offer is received in writing by April. The clause also expires in July, leaving Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson scrambling to sign the 20-year-old before his price sky rockets in the summer. Real Madrid are also said to…

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Redknapp ready to end Bent rift from Tottenham days amid QPR interest

Harry Redknapp wants to bring out-of-favour Aston Villa striker Darren Bent to Queens Park Rangers despite the pair falling out during their time working together at Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mirror has reported. Bent has been left out of the Villa squad by manager Paul Lambert for the last two Premier League fixtures, and with the winter transfer window opening in a matter of weeks, the time could be ripe for a move away from the Midlands. Redknapp, meanwhile, is in search of players to bolster QPR’s survival bid, having…

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Liverpool facing hefty fee to re-sign Ince

Liverpool are facing the prospect of paying up to £6m for a player they sold only 18 months ago for £250,000, the Daily Mirror has reported, as Brendan Rodgers considers an Anfield return for Blackpool winger the Daily Mirror. Ince was allowed to leave by the former regime of manager Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli, making the short journey to Blackpool in summer 2011. A sell-on clause in the original transfer means Liverpool would not pay the full £6m sum but closer to £4m, still 16 times…

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Hodgson happy with England World Cup play-off place

Roy Hodgson has revealed that after England made a hesitant start to their campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, he would be happy to see his side simply obtain a place in the play-offs for the competition in Brazil, the Daily Mail has reported. England are currently two points shy of group leaders Montenegro, having dropped points against Poland and Ukraine. England drew 1-1 with the latter at Wembley in September and tied by the same score with the former away from home last month. Group H resumes…

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Tottenham boss Villas-Boas expects Bale suitors

Andre Villas-Boas has warned that Tottenham Hotspur will face a fight to keep hold of Gareth Bale if the winger continues to enter such eye-catching performances as against Liverpool, the Daily Mirror has reported. Bale is already said to be on the wish list of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the Mirror claiming the Wales international’s showing in Spurs’ 2-1 victory over the Reds will have done little to dissuade either club. Bale first created the game’s opening goal for Aaron Lennon by powering down the left…

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Ferguson wants to see Man Utd step up a gear

Sir Alex Ferguson has called for his Manchester United players to push on in their quest to regain the Premier League title as the season heads into the crucial festive period, the BBC has reported. United currently top the table by a point from local rivals and defending champions Manchester City, having ended last season level on points with Roberto Mancini’s side. City beat United to the title by the fine margin of an eight-goal difference in their respective final goal difference tallies, the first time in more than 40…

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Chelsea resume interest in Germany forward Schurrle

Andre Schurrle could be the subject of a renewed transfer push by Chelsea in the January transfer window as Roman Abramovich prepares to give Rafael Benitez an alternative to Fernando Torres, the Daily Mirror has reported. Schurrle was a name under consideration by former manager Roberto Di Matteo over the summer as the Italian sought a powerful striker to replace Didier Drogba, the newspaper adds, but Chelsea scouts recently watched the 22-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward. Schurrle’s versatility is also said to be desired at Stamford Bridge, with the Germany international…

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Wigan vs Man City – Match preview and team news

Manchester City look to regain top spot in the Premier League when they travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan tonight. Wigan put space between them and the relegation zone with a 3-2 weekend victory over Reading, but will be hoping to build upon that result and improve the consostency of their home results. Two wins from the last seven home league games shows where improvement is necessary for Roberto Martinez’s side. Manchester City meanwhile are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League games, although recent away draws with…

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Swansea v West Brom – Match preview and team news

Two of the Premier League’s most in-form clubs go head-to-head at the Liberty Stadium tonight. Michael Laudrup’s side have lost only one in the last eight, and are unbeaten in their last five outings. This form has seen the Swans occupying a top half league position – their 0-0 home draw with Liverpool at the weekend ensuring the South Wales side come into this game in 9th position. West Brom have been the major surprise package of the Premier League so far. Under Steve Clarke, the Baggies currently sit in…

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Southampton vs Norwich – Match preview and team news

Two of the Premier League’s in-form sides meet at St Mary’s Stadium tonight, under the watchful eye of a returning Mark Clattenburg, who will referee his first game since the unfounded allegations of racism made by Chelsea against the match official. Southampton have recovered from early season results, unbeaten now in their last three outings, and with two wins in a row. Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle moved the Saints up to 13th position, and gave Nigel Adkins’ side their first clean sheet of the season. Norwich meanwhile have enviable…

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Newcastle vs Stoke – Match preview and team news

Newcastle United are searching for a victory to end a run of four Premier League games without winning when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to play Stoke City. Stoke though are resolute in the extreme at home, unbeaten their this season and having conceded only once, there are many better places for a struggling team to go in search of points. Three points and some favourable results elsewhere would see Tony Pulis’ side leap into the top half of the table, and prove welcome revenge for results last season…

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Everton vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Fifth plays sixth at Goodison Park as Everton host Arsenal in a battle of Champions League qualification contenders. Everton have been in patchy form, drawing five of their last seven games – including all three fixtures in October – and winning and losing one each of the remaining two games. The Toffees were seconds from beating Norwich City in their last home outing on Saturday until a defensive lapse allowed Sebastian Bassong to equalise. Steven Naismith had given David Moyes’ side the lead. Arsenal have had their struggles too, particularly…

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Man Utd vs West Ham – Match preview and team news

Manchester United look to hold on to top spot in the Premier League when they welcome West Ham to Old Trafford. United come into this game on the back of two defeats in their last three matches – their weekend 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers getting them back to winning ways after 1-0 losses away to Norwich City and Galatasaray. West Ham currently sit in eight position, following a positive start to the campaign under Sam Allardyce. Their 3-1 defeat to Spurs at the weekend though made it just…

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Tottenham vs Liverpool – Match preview and team news

Tottenham will look to build upon last weekend’s victory when they face an inconsistent Liverpool to White Hart Lane. Spurs ended a run of three Premier League defeats in the row when they defeated West Ham 3-1 at the weekend. The result put Andre Villas-Boas’ side back level with Arsenal in seventh place. Liverpool come into the clash unbeaten in eight Premier League clashes, with five draws included in that run. On the other hand, in all competitions the Reds have been victorious only once in their last eight outings.…

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Chelsea v Fulham – Match preview and team news

Chelsea look to get back to winning ways under Rafa Benitez, when they welcome city rivals Fulham to Stamford Bridge. The Blues gave new boss Benitez a frosty welcome in the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Champions Man City, and it is likely to be no different tonight. Chelsea’s task will be to pick up three points, following a run of two draws and two defeats in the last four outings. In terms of immediate form, they could be content to be facing Fulham at home – The Cottagers come into…

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Wenger asks for realism from Arsenal critics

Arsene Wenger has asked that those who have criticised his recent record at Arsenal be a little more realistic in their demands of the club, insisting that challenging for a place in the top four of the Premier League is the summit of their capabilities, the Guardian has reported. Wenger was the subject of critical songs during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday, and was also targeted by booing from disgruntled supporters. The Gunners are currently sixth in the league table but would go above their Wednesday opponents,…

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Redknapp calls for teamwork after first QPR point

Harry Redknapp has said that if Queens Park Rangers are to pull themselves free from the relegation mire, it is going to take a concerted effort by all of the players, the BBC has reported. Redknapp was speaking after QPR picked up their first Premier League point in five games, by virtue of a draw with Sunderland. QPR remain bottom of the table but have arrested a slide that brought defeat in the last five fixtures, and recorded a first clean sheet since the goalless draw with Chelsea at Loftus…

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Lambert defends dropping Aston Villa striker Bent

Paul Lambert has denied a rift between himself and Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has opened up despite leaving the England striker out of the match day squad of 18 in the club’s last two Premier League fixtures, the BBC has reported. Having missed the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal, Bent was again deemed surplus to requirements for Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Reading. Summer signing Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game late in the match, earning the points that took Villa out of the league’s bottom three.…

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