Southampton vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Having seen their lengthy unbeaten run come to an end last time out, Tottenham will be looking to bounce back by winning away to Southampton, to whom they have not lost since March 2005. Just as they were around this time last season, Ronald Koeman’s men are in the midst of a disappointing run of results and as a consequence they have fallen into the bottom half. However, the Premier League table is exceptionally tight at present – which is emphasised by the fact that if the Saints win this…

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Stoke vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides that have ambitions of qualifying for Europe through the league this season meet on Saturday as Stoke City take on Crystal Palace in what has all the makings of an entertaining affair. There are few clubs in the top-flight that are in better form than Stoke, who have won six and drawn two of their last 10 games, keeping clean sheets in seven of them. Although they are strong as an overall defensive unit, that run has coincided with the return of captain Ryan Shawcross, whose presence on…

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West Brom vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be aiming to win for the third successive Premier League game when they make the trip to the Hawthorns to face the stern test that West Bromwich Albion invariably provide. Only a cruel deflection in the fifth minute of stoppage time at the end of the game prevented West Brom from coming away with all three points at Liverpool last weekend, where the danger they pose from set-pieces was very evident. Defenders Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson were the ones to profit from dead-ball situations, with the latter…

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Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Now playing with renewed confidence, Newcastle United will be looking to secure a third straight win when they host an Aston Villa team for whom any points at all would come as a major bonus at present. After upsetting the odds to deservedly get the better of Liverpool through a Georginio Wijnaldum double, the Magpies went into their game at Tottenham last weekend initially with the intention of playing a containing game. It was a system that worked for 40 minutes until they were undone by a set-piece, but once…

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Chelsea vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Stamford Bridge is the venue for what could be seen as an incredibly unlikely relegation six-pointer, as after the headline news of boss Jose Mourinho being sacked, Chelsea aim to avoid a 10th league defeat of the campaign against Sunderland, who begin a daunting trio of festive fixtures. The patience that has been shown towards Mourinho finally reached its end on Thursday as the most successful manager in the Blues’ history was shown the door, at a time when the abysmal defence of their Premier League title showed no sign of coming to an immediate…

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Leicester vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will ensure that they spend another week at the top of the Premier League if they can overcome floundering champions Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening. It seems as if everybody is waiting for Leicester to slip up and start tumbling down the table, but every week they are continuing to defy the pre-season odds. If the respective league positions of these two sides were to be reversed, it would more accurately reflect where many expected them to be at this stage when the action…

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Tottenham vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham have the chance to extend their club record unbeaten run in the Premier League to 15 games when they come up against a Newcastle United side which has won on its last two visits to White Hart Lane. Despite taking the lead, coming away with victory last weekend away to West Bromwich Albion proved to be beyond Tottenham and so turned out to be a missed opportunity to close the gap on the top four, of whom two dropped points. But the manner of their goal in the West…

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Liverpool vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be aiming to return to winning ways on Sunday as they take on a West Bromwich Albion side who will undoubtedly be intent on making it difficult for them. After playing Chelsea and Manchester City off the park and then scoring six at Southampton in the Capital One Cup, there was quite a furore around Jurgen Klopp’s team amid talk of a potential title bid. But the game away to Newcastle United last weekend was a reminder that such talk is somewhat fanciful as they turned in an abysmal performance…

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will hope to push on from their stunning victory in Europe in the week by getting the better of lowly Aston Villa and ending the weekend at top of the Premier League. There was a small step in the right direction for the hosts last time out as they collected their first point on the road since the opening day, holding Southampton to a 1-1 draw. They were fortunate to get away with series of near misses in the opening half hour, but managed to gain a foothold in the game and…

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Man City vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City are in action for the first time since the midweek departure of manager Garry Monk as they face Manchester City the Etihad Stadium, a stadium at which they have never avoided defeat. Home boss Manuel Pellegrini has himself seen his position become the subject of speculation over recent weeks, but on Tuesday he finally ended Man City’s wait to finish top of a Champions League group, with a brace from Raheem Sterling helping them to a hard-fought win over Borussia Monchengladbach. It was an impressive display all round from…

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Bournemouth vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to go some way towards banishing the memory of their Champions League disappointment in the week by getting the better of a buoyant Bournemouth side. Over 30 years ago, the Cherries claimed the scalp of their visitors in the FA Cup while under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp, but last weekend’s win away to champions Chelsea prompted current boss Eddie Howe to describe it as the biggest result in the club’s history. It is hard to argue with that, especially given the state they were in just a matter…

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Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be looking to win for the first time in five games in all competitions when they make the trip to South London to face Crystal Palace, who they were paired with in Monday’s FA Cup third round draw. The Eagles had to do a lot of defending in their last game at Everton, coming under severe second half pressure only to take the lead with only 13 minutes remaining. The scorer of that goal, Scott Dann, had been heroic at the back alongside Damien Delaney, but he his…

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West Ham vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be looking to carry on from where they left off last weekend when they head to West Ham United, who have not won in their last five Premier League matches. The home side put in their strongest performance for some weeks in their most recent outing at Manchester United, coming close to winning it after creating the better chances, but eventually having to settle to what was still a highly commendable goalless draw. With Diafra Sakho out, Andy Carroll played as the lone striker and put himself…

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Sunderland vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Currently sitting pretty in the top half, Watford will be aiming to collect their third consecutive victory as they take on Sunderland for the first time in a league match for over a decade. After picking up back to back themselves, Sunderland put in another strong performance last time out at Arsenal and carved out a number of chances, but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat which was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Manager Sam Allardyce was left to rue costly misses from Fabio Borini and Patrick van Aanholt…

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Norwich vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

With only goal difference keeping them outside of the bottom three, Norwich City need a result at home to mid-table Everton in order to move into an extremely tough run of festive fixtures with confidence. Manager Alex Neil is certainly looking for a response from his players after their desperately below-par showing at Watford last time out in a match which left few doubting which of the two clubs appeared the more likely to stay up this season following promotion from the second tier. There was very little in it…

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Aston Villa fans see the funny side?

Aston Villa fans have got little to smile about at the moment after a pitiful start to the season that has seen them enter December with just one Premier League win and five points in total. The season has also seen a managerial change but, as yet, Tim Sherwood’s replacement Remi Garde has done little to improve the situation. Garde had an encouraging start to his managerial reign at Villa Park with a 0-0 draw with Manchester City. However, this was followed by a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Everton and a 3-2 home…

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Footballers You Should Be Following on Twitter – Jonathan Walters

Jonathan Walters @JonWalters19 Stoke City forward and Republic of Ireland international, Jonathan Walters is definitely a footballer worthy of a follow on Twitter. He may not tweet that prolifically but when he does it usually brings a good old smile to the face. Of course, his most memorable tweet came earlier this year in April. The Raheem Sterling transfer debacle was beginning to rumble. Amid reports of Sterling’s excessive wage demands, Walters unleashed this gem on the twittersphere: https://twitter.com/JonWalters19/status/584001054733373440 It is was a typically witty Walters response following a Daily Mail article that ran with a headline highlighting the stat…

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Top 5 Footballers in Pop

Newly crowned World Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury gained much media coverage and social media reaction after his impromptu serenading of his wife following his recent victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf. Generous souls may be able to excuse the cringeworthiness and put it down to it being a heat of the moment thing. A few might even have moved by the sentiment as Fury completed his crooning with a very touching, ‘I love you, my wife.’ However, there are footballers who, far from being caught up in the moment or overcome with emotion, have actually gone through…

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The Next Jamie Vardy?

Sky Sports News have been discussing what chances there are of ‘the next Jamie Vardy’ being unearthed from the lower leagues of English football. The Leicester striker’s rise from the bottom to the top of the league pyramid has unsurprisingly prompted much debate in recent weeks. Having beaten the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League matches, Vardy  can now expect his name to appear on Roy Hodgson’s England squad lists over the coming months. One candidate being put forward as having the potential to follow in Vardy’s footsteps is Bristol Rovers’ Matty…

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Olympiakos vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Arsenal face an extremely tough ask as they travel to the home of Greek champions Olympiakos needing to win by two clear goals in order to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. A one goal victory would be enough for the Gunners, but only if they score at least four times, which seems somewhat fanciful. All of these permutations are due to Olympiakos’ 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium at the end of September, a result that Arsenal will lack back on with a huge…

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Chelsea vs FC Porto – Match preview and team news

Chelsea will be hoping to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by avoiding defeat against FC Porto, who need a win to secure their progress. The standings in Group G are the most complicated of any group, with Chelsea on top despite having lost to the Portuguese club in the reverse fixture. This is because Dynamo Kiev, who sit two points behind the leading duo, have taken four points from their two matches against Porto and so will go above them should they win –…

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Bastian Schweinsteiger to appeal violent conduct charge

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will appeal against his charge of violent conduct after being charged by the FA for allegedly elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. Schweinsteiger faces a minimum of three games on the sidelines if found guilty of deliberately striking Reid in the throat. However, PA Sport report that the German plans to contest the charge by appealing before Thursday’s 12pm deadline. Schweinsteiger’s likely suspension does not and will not affect European fixtures. Therefore, he is available to play in tonight’s…

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Wolfsburg vs Man Utd – Match preview and team news

The pressure is on as Manchester United head to Germany to face Group B leaders Wolfsburg, where they need a win to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. If they were to draw, Louis van Gaal’s side would have to rely on PSV Eindhoven failing to win at home to CSKA Moscow, while defeat at the Volkswagen Arene would leave the Dutch club only needing a point from their game as they have the advantage over United in terms of head-to-head record. Meanwhile, a point…

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Man City vs Borussia Monchengladbach – Match preview and team news

Still with the hope of finishing top of the pile, Manchester City round off their Champions League group campaign with a home clash against Borussia Monchengladbach. It was a tight game for City in their last European outing away to Juventus, but unless the Italian champions lose away to bottom side Sevilla, the narrow 1-0 defeat in Turin appears to have made all the difference and they face another tricky last 16 assignment. All the same, it has still been a much more convincing Champions League campaign so far from…

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Top 9 movies based on the world’s most popular game

There is a serious dearth of Hollywood productions based on the world’s most popular game. But there are some gems that are must-see for any football fan and as expected most of them are British productions. Here is our list of the top nine movies based on football: 9. Goal I and II: These movies capture the rise of lead character Santiago Munez from Los Angeles to Newcastle United to Real Madrid. These movies were made with assistance from FIFA and hence feature some of the biggest names in the…

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