Liverpool’s Adam Lallana working hard to find his best form

After enduring a disappointing start to life as a Liverpool player, midfielder Adam Lallana is adamant there’s plenty more to come from him, reports ITV Football. “There’s still more to come. I feel it’s going to be a gradual process. There are lots of games coming, so hopefully my best form is not too far away. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy joining Liverpool, but it’s an opportunity I am delighted to have. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ll always give it my all and work…

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Hull City’s Alex Bruce wants revenge on Southampton ahead of weekend meeting

After Southampton did the league double against Hull City last season, Alex Bruce wants revenge against the Saints when the two sides meet this weekend, reports ITV Football. “They were a bit of a bogey team for us last year. They played very well here (KC Stadium) and at St Mary’s. Hopefully we can put that right with a win. We have to approach it in the right way because we owe them one as it stands. They’ve hit the ground running this season but hopefully we can stop them…

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney to return for weekend derby clash against Manchester City

As reported by ESPN, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to return to the first-team ahead of the Red Devils’ clash against fierce rivals Manchester City. With the fledging performances of playmaker Juan Mata, that has seen the Spaniard hauled off in his last two games, Rooney could replace him in the starting lineup on Sunday. The England international hasn’t played this month, after picking up a three-match ban for a kick on West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing. He’s scored three goals and has made two assists in six…

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Samuel Eto’o is a “gift from the gods”

Following the impressive form of Everton’s summer signing Samuel Eto’o, manager Roberto Martinez was full of praise for the striker, reports ESPN. “To have Samuel Eto’o at our club is like a gift from the footballing gods. To have someone of his experience is a perfect ingredient for our young players. Everything he has done for the club so far has been of a really high standard. I’m really excited about seeing how well Samuel can adapt to the second half of the season, and finish really strongly,” said Martinez.…

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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says Adel Taarabt could feature this weekend

After QPR manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Adel Taarabt ended their public fallout, the Rangers boss revealed he could play the Moroccan against Chelsea on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. “I had a great chat with Adel. He wants to get fit and back in the team. He’s worked very hard in training this week. Adel might be involved this weekend. I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the squad. Let’s wait and see who’s available, but Adel’s the kind of player who could change the game for us, so let’s…

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Leicester vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will be searching for a first win in five Premier League matches as they welcome Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion to the King Power Stadium. The degree to which the hosts have gone off the boil since they stunned Manchester United in September has been quite remarkable, with the influence of forwards Leonardo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy having almost completely deteriorated in recent games. They had very few chances of note in the recent away defeats to Newcastle United and Swansea City, but they will not be panicking…

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Everton vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be looking to continue their upturn in form, and victory against Swansea City on Saturday would see them leapfrog the Welsh club in the table. Manager Roberto Martinez opted to deploy Samuel Eto’o just behind record signing Romelu Lukaku for the game at Burnley, and it could not have worked out any better with the former Barcelona and Inter star netting a brace either side of a goal from the Belgian. As they move their way up the Premier League standings following a difficult start to the season,…

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Arsenal vs Burnley – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be expecting to earn consecutive victories for the first time in the Premier League this season as they take on bottom side Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Injuries have been a major hindrance, but Arsene Wenger has seen his side turn in some desperately shaky performances in their nine games so far, with too many draws seeing the Gunners drop of the pace. However, there was a marked improvement in the last game at Sunderland. Alexis Sanchez is becoming a growing influence in the side, and has begun…

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Stoke vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Inconsistent Stoke City will be aiming to put in a 90-minute performance and collect a third straight home win in the league as they host in-form West Ham United on Saturday. Too often this season, the Potters have been slow starters, and that was again in evidence in both of their recent meetings with Southampton. In the Premier League game on the South coast, they were toothless in attack throughout and only threatened sporadically after half time. They made a better fist of it at home in the Capital One…

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Hull vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Just four points off the top of the Premier League, Southampton will be hoping to extend their terrific run with victory in a tough game at Hull City. Steve Bruce will have every reason to be delighted with how his Tigers side is shaping up, having proved in their last two games how well they can match the best teams in the top-flight. An adventurous display at Arsenal was almost rewarded with a famous victory, while it was more of a rearguard action that saw them take a point from…

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Chelsea vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

Having earned just their second win of the season last time out, Queens Park Rangers have a daunting West London derby ahead at Chelsea. The home side were left to rue a last-gasp equaliser and some questionable officiating as they dropped points for only the second time this season at Manchester United. Despite manager Jose Mourinho’s obvious disappointment, he will still be delighted at having a six-point cushion over reigning champions Manchester City. The 51-year-old then took the opportunity to rest several players for the Capital One Cup match at…

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Newcastle vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Rejuvenated Newcastle United will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory in all competitions as they face Liverpool in the early kick-off. The win over Leicester City to break their duck was understandably ridden with anxiety, and the Magpies’ first half display at Tottenham on Sunday suggested that they were reverting to type. However, they produced an instant response after half time to come back and win, collecting a result that will surely have breathed confidence throughout the club. That was epitomised on Wednesday as manager Alan Pardew made six…

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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to miss weekend clash against Burnley

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to miss the Gunners weekend meeting against relegation-threatened Burnley through injury, reports Sky Sports. “There is a slight problem with Wilshere. I don’t think he’ll be available against Burnley. It’s very, very short term. He took a kick on his knee. I don’t know if Tuesday (Champions League clash against Anderlecht) will be too early or not. He’s not training at the moment,” said manager Arsene Wenger. The England international missed Arsenal last Premier League game against Sunderland with a yellow card suspension, and…

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Manchester City’s Joe Hart looking forward to “special occasion” meeting with rivals Manchester United this weekend

Ahead of Manchester City fierce derby at home to Manchester United, goalkeeper Joe Hart says he’s looking forward to the “special occasion,” reports Sky Sports. “It’s an amazing thing to be involved in. This is a great city, with two very good clubs, both fighting to be at the top of their game. It’s a special occasion, and I feel like I’m part of Manchester now, I’ve been here a long time. It’s something you definitely look forward to.” “You’ve got to put it in perspective and think of it…

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Swansea City in talks with potential investors

Amid rumours of a potential investment, Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted the club are in talks with American millionaire John Moores, reports BBC Sport. “Until there is actually a bit more detail and more definite information to give, this is pure speculation. There is a level of confidentiality that has to remain until there is a bit more to give,” chairman Huw Jenkins. The Premier League side are considerably behind in terms of commercial income, and are being kept in good financial condition through shrewd spending in the…

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Steven Gerrard hints at Liverpool exit after his contract expires

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has revealed he will consider his future with the Merseyside club if they don’t offer him a new deal, reports BBC Sport. “I won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision,” he said. The former England international has struggled for form this season, and capped his England career with a miserable World Cup that saw the Three Lions exiting in the group stages. Gerrard was outstanding…

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Everton announce record profit of £28.2M for last season

According to BBC Sport, Everton made a record profit margin of £28.2M for 2013/14. “Our financial results highlight growing revenues, costs remaining under control and debt reducing. When we combine that solid financial base with a playing squad that continues to improve and increase in value, we have every right to be confident and positive on future prospects,” said Everton chief executive Robert Elstone. After earning a place in the Europa League due to a 6th-placed finish, having made a £15M profit in transfer sales, and with the rising revenue…

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Capital One Cup quarter-final draw: Derby County to host Chelsea

The Capital One Cup quarter-final draw was made yesterday, and Championship league leaders Derby County will face the Premier League leaders Chelsea at the iPro stadium in December, reports BBC Sport The full draw is as follows: Derby County vs Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United, AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool, and Sheffield United vs Southampton. The quarter-final games will be played on the week beginning on the 15th of December. Derby County made it to the last-eight by seeing past fellow Championship side Fulham 5-2 in the fourth round. Chelsea…

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Stoke City 2-3 Southampton: Pelle grabs a brace as the Saints progress to the Capital One Cup quarter-final

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored twice as the South Coast outfit beat Stoke City to progress to the last-8 of the Capital One Cup, reports BBC Sport. Pelle but the visitors ahead minutes into the game with a beautiful curled effort from distance. The Italian has been in fine form for his new side this season, and his confidence was for all to see. Shane Long doubled the Saints’ advantage on the half hour mark, which was his first Southampton goal since joining from Hull City. But after the break,…

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Manchester City 0-2 Newcastle United: Aarons & Sissoko strike for the Magpies to earn shock away win against the Capital One Cup holders

Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko got on the score sheet as Newcastle stunned the holders to reach the Capital One Cup quarter-final, reports BBC Sport. Newcastle took the lead minutes into the game through Rolando Aarons, who capitalised on a mistake from Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho. The Magpies maintained their pressure on the Sky Blues in the first-half, and had a penalty shout that wasn’t given, before Paul Dummett came close to converting a corner into the back of the net. In the second-half, Newcastle doubled their lead, with substitute…

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Tottenham 2-0 Brighton: Spurs into the Capital One Cup quarter-final courtesy of Lamela & Kane

Goals from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane saw Tottenham Hotspur see past Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion to reach the Capital One Cup quarter-final, reports BBC Sport. After a goalless first-half, Tottenham broke the deadlock in the 54th minute through Erik Lamela. The Argentine winger wasn’t having the best of games and was close to getting hauled off before he popped up with an important goal after working a move with Roberto Soldado. Twenty minutes later, Harry Kane doubled the Londoners’ lead with a goal late on to seal…

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Ryan Taylor says Newcastle return was a “dream come true”

Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor revealed his return from a lengthy injury to play a full 90 minutes against Manchester City was a “dream come true,” reports BBC Sport. The 30-year-old has been out of action for two years with a cruciate ligament injury. Taylor suffered a setback in his return last year, but has finally made his long-awaited comeback against Manchester City, and looked in fantastic shape too. “To put those boots and that shirt back on against the champions and for us to give a performance like that is…

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: “I know what I’m doing”

After seeing his side win away to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said he knows what he’s doing, reports BBC Sport. “I do know what I’m doing. I think I’ve had most of the scalps as Newcastle manager. This was a victory for our fans. It’s important for us that we just keep this momentum going,” said Pardew. Newcastle have been enjoying an upturn in form, with the Magpies seeing past Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur to climb their way up the Premier League…

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini “worried” ahead of Manchester derby on Sunday

Following Manchester City’s Capital One Cup exit, manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he and his side are “worried” about their Manchester derby to come this weekend, reports BBC Sport. “We are not playing well. We are in a difficult moment with a lack of trust. We are conceding easy goals and we are not scoring the chances we have to score. Of course we must be worried – we didn’t win the three games we played this week. We must be worried about that but we must find a solution and…

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Arsenal eye move for Lichtsteiner

Arsenal have registered an interest in Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, and have opened talks with the 30-year-old’s representatives ahead of a possible January move, according to the Metro. Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to dip into the transfer market at the turn of the year, with his Gunners side particularly short of defensive options. While Lichtsteiner could fill a depleted area of the team, he would offer versatility as well as a greater attacking threat from full-back, which he has become known for during his time in Turin. He has…

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