Burnley 1-1 Aston Villa: Danny Ings rescues late point for the lowly Clarets

Burnley striker Danny Ings scored a penalty late in the second-half as Sean Dyche’s side rescued a point against Aston Villa at Turf Moor, reports BBC Sport. Aston Villa were the dominant side in the first-half. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Joe Cole were linking up well on the pitch, creating a host of opportunities. The Midlands outfit just couldn’t make their attacking play count early on in the game. But minutes before the break, Joe Cole did manage to break the deadlock, after poking home a squared pass from Andreas Weimann.…

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Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea: Resilient Black Cats frustrate the league leaders at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw tonight at the Stadium of Light, with the North-East perhaps feeling they deserved more from today’s encounter, reports BBC Sport. The Black Cats spent some periods deep in their own half looking to frustrate the Londoners, while hitting them on the counter when they had possession. Gus Poyet’s side failed to create any clear-cut chances, but will have been happy to go into the break level. In the second-half, the game descended into end-to-end, with both Sunderland and Chelsea having chances to break…

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West Brom 0-1 Arsenal: Welbeck header seals narrow victory for Arsenal against the Baggies

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game in the second-half as the Londoners ended their run of consecutive league defeats to West Brom, reports BBC Sport. Arsenal are on to in the first-half against the Midlands outfit, but just couldn’t find the breakthrough. Arsene Wenger’s side were perhaps at times guilty of overplaying rather than looking to get a shot on goal, while West Brom tried to hit the Londoners on the break. Albion didn’t test goalkeeper Damian Martinez at all in the first 45 minutes,…

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Sunderland vs Chelsea – Premier League best and worst

Sunderland and Chelsea meet in the late kick-off on Saturday in a fixture which the dominated in recent years. Here is a look at some of the highlights from the previous games between the two clubs on Wearside. Last Meeting It was a seven-goal thriller in December 2013 as the two teams threw everything at it from start to finish. American striker Jozy Altidore scored his first – and so far only – Premier League goal for Sunderland to open the scoring, only for Frank Lampard to level things up…

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Man City boss Pellegrini highlights Aguero importance

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that striker Sergio Aguero is as important to the club as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, Sky Sports has reported. The Argentine has been the Premier League champions’ standout player this season as they have occasionally stuttered domestically and found the going tough in Europe. He has hit 17 goals already in all competitions, including a crucial hat-trick in the Champions League against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Messi and Ronaldo are used to…

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Bent reveals frustration at Aston Villa

Striker Darren Bent has revealed that he left Aston Villa on Thursday to join Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion on loan because he had received too many ‘slaps in the face’, Sky Sports has reported. The former England international has rarely been given a look-in at Villa since manager Paul Lambert took over in the summer of 2012, spending a lot of time on the bench with Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann among those preferred. Last season was spent on loan at Fulham, and since that came…

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Man Utd striker van Persie low on confidence, admits van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that striker Robin van Persie is struggling for confidence in the wake of a disappointing performance against his former club Arsenal, writes BBC Sport. The 31-year-old only managed 13 touches of the ball before being taken off midway through the second half in favour of youngster James Wilson, and having scored just three goals in 11 games this season, could lose his place in the side for Saturday’s game against Hull City, with Radamel Falcao available after injury. The slump in form…

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Tottenham charged by UEFA over pitch invasions

European football’s governing body UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham after three men entered the playing area during Thursday’s Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade, the Daily Mail has reported. The intrusions all came during the first half, with the third of them leading the referee to take the players off the pitch until order was restored. Each man that invaded the pitch wore the same attire, and it later emerged that the stunt was pre-arranged. Tottenham – who won the game 1-0 thanks to Benjamin Stambouli’s first goal…

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Rodgers: I’m favourite to be sacked

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that the club’s poor season so far has made him the favourite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job, Goal.com has reported. The Northern Irishman is in his third year in charge at Anfield, having led Liverpool to seventh place in 2013 and then an unexpected second place last time around, with the club coming extremely close to their first league title since 1990. However, the sale of top striker Luis Suarez and a succession of injuries to fellow frontman…

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Sunderland vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea can extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points if they can triumph away to Sunderland, who were the last team to beat them in the Premier League back in April. With the exception of the now infamous 8-0 thrashing at Southampton in October, Sunderland have been tough to beat during this campaign, and they would have come away the happier following the draw with struggling Leicester City last time out. Despite that, they are still struggling to score goals with any degree of…

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QPR vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

With the three promoted sides currently filling the Premier League drop zone, two of them meet in a vital game on Saturday as Queens Park Rangers take on Leicester City. The hosts were quite comfortable for much of their last outing at Newcastle United, only to concede a late winner in what was a cagey affair. Manager Harry Redknapp’s main criticism was a lack of creativity as his team slid back to the bottom of the table. Fashioning chances has not been much of a problem at Loftus Road recently,…

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Burnley vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Burnley will be hoping to continue their recent upturn in fortunes with a win at home to Aston Villa, who are looking for their first three-point haul since September 13. In a season occasionally disrupted by injury, Danny Ings has found his scoring touch in the Premier League and has now hit three goals in four games, including both in their superb victory at Stoke City. His goals will be crucial to the Turf Moor club’s fortunes, and they now look confident as a Premier League outfit. The next target…

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Liverpool vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be aiming to end their disappointing sequence of results as they play host to a Stoke City side that is a place and a point above them in the Premier League table. The defeat to Crystal Palace in their last game represented that latest low point in a terrible season so far for the Reds, who did not seem to take any confidence whatsoever from taking an early lead at Selhurst Park, and in the end surrendered fairly meekly. There was again little to cheer from their European…

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Swansea vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be looking to build on their superb win over Liverpool last time out when they play Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Home boss Garry Monk was very pleased with his side despite losing their last game to Manchester City, where the decisive goal came in the closing stages. The goal they scored to take the lead early on was of real quality, and all the signs from Swansea this season suggest they can finish in a very respectable position. Their home record is also very strong,…

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West Ham vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Fifth meets sixth in the Premier League on Saturday as Newcastle United make the lengthy trip to Upton Park to face West Ham United. Having not lost since late September, West Ham’s long unbeaten run finally came to an end last time out in a closely-fought encounter with Everton, which could have gone much differently had Romelu Lukaku’s controversial opener for the Toffees not been allowed to stand. Despite no wins in the last three games, the East London club have not lost too much ground on those above them,…

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Man Utd vs Hull – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United have the chance to make it three successive Premier League wins for the first time in almost a year as they take on struggling Hull City. Manager Louis van Gaal will have delighted to claim the first win of his tenure against a side expected to challenge for major honours in Arsenal, but he will be aware that luck was a major contributing factor, as the Gunners missed several clear chances which surely would have put the result beyond doubt. As it was, with David De Gea in…

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West Brom vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be desperate to get the Premier League campaign back on track when they go to West Bromwich Albion for a must-win game on Saturday lunchtime. The home side could also do with some points after losing their last two matches, struggling to create any meaningful chances in either. The Hawthorns faithful were served up a lifeless display against Newcastle United before the international break, while it all went wrong at Chelsea last time out. There was debate over the leaders’ opening goal, but the Blues were comfortable throughout…

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane: “We’ll have no excuse if we lose to Everton on Sunday”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes the Londoners will have no excuse of a European hangover this weekend, as their weekend opponents also played in the Europa League on Thursday, reports ITV Football. “That is what we have got to look to change if we want to do well in the Premier League and hopefully we can start on Sunday. There is no excuse on Sunday because Everton played (Thursday) night as well. It will be a good game,” said the 21-year-old. Tottenham have had a host of disappointing results in…

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew calls on Ayoze Perez to work on physical attributes

As reported by ITV Football, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has praised Ayoze Perez’s form with the Magpies this season, but feels he needs to work on becoming more of a physical threat against defenders. The 21-year-old striker joined Newcastle this summer from Spanish side Tenerife for £1.5M, and has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games. Perez is already being talked up for his impressive movement in attack and his ruthless finishing, but his manager believes he now needs to become more physical to survival in the…

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backing Jack Wilshere to return stronger than ever after latest ankle injury

With Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere out of action for around three months following ankle surgery manager Arsene Wenger is convinced he will return stronger than ever, reports Sky Sports. “ Jack is a very strong character as well and he has learnt to deal with adversity at a very young age. I am sure he will help us to do well until the end of the season. Jack has always come out stronger and, when I spoke with him, the final sprint of the season is already in his mind,”…

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Manchester United eyeing up AS Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa

According to talkSPORT, Manchester United are weighing up making a bid for AS Monaco left-back Layvin Kurzawa in January. The 22-year-old, who is a French international, has been a regular in the backline this season for the Ligue 1 outfit, which has subsequently seen him attracting attention. Kurzawa has long been an admirer of United, saying: “The club of my dreams? Manchester United. It is one of my goals to play there one day.” And with the Red Devils enduring an injury crisis this season, manager Louis Van Gaal is…

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Inter Milan in bid for Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie

According to the Telegraph, Serie A giants Inter Milan are looking to sign Manchester United’s under-performing striker Robin Van Persie, potentially in the summer rather than in January. Inter manager Roberto Mancini was keen on signing the Dutchman from Arsenal when he was in charge of Manchester City back in 2012, but Van Persie made the move to Manchester United instead. And with the 31-year-old struggling for form in the Premier League, Mancini believes Van Persie would be better suited for the slower pace of Serie A. His valuation is…

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez praises side’s “lethal” threat on the counter following Wolfsburg victory

With Everton earning victory of Wolfsburg courtesy of two breakaway goals, manager Roberto Martinez said his side looked “frightening” every time they went forward, reports BBC Sport. “On the transition we were lethal and every time we broke we looked really threatening. We have been getting on with our season on the quiet and I think Romelu Lukaku has been exactly the same. We are building something special going into the second half of the season. That is our objective,” he said. Everton are slowly building momentum this season, with…

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “We deserved the win against Partizan”

After Tottenham won 1-0 at home against Partizan to book their place in the last-32 of the Europa League, manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side deserved the victory and were superior throughout, reports BBC Sport. “Job done. I am pleased for our supporters and the players. We played better than them and deserved the win. It’s always good when a player scores and especially for Stambouli. I’m happy for him. We can now focus on the Premier League. It is important to get the victory and I am happy for…

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Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton: Lukaku and Mirallas on song as the Toffees qualify for the Europa League last-32

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas both got on the score sheet to send Everton into the last-32 of the Europa League, courtesy of a convincing win against Wolfsburg, reports BBC Sport. Lukaku scored minutes before half-time, with the Belgian striker powering his way through the Wolfsburg defence to finish well after finding himself one-on-one with Diego Benaglio in the Wolfsburg goal. After the break, Kevin Mirallas doubled Everton’s lead in the 75th minute of the game, with Belgian compatriots Lukaku and Mirallas linking up on the counter to devastating effect.…

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