Sunderland vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Three vitally important points that will affect matters at both ends of the table are being contested on Wearside as Sunderland bid to reduce the gap to safety by sealing an improbable victory over leaders Leicester City. Luck was not on Sunderland’s side last time out as they dominated throughout against West Bromwich Albion but somehow could not find that all-important breakthrough, as goalkeeper Ben Foster kept them out on multiple occasions. It was difficult to take all round as that draw was compounded by the late winner for Norwich…

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Sunderland vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be desperate to claim a vital home win when they welcome mid-table West Bromwich Albion to the Stadium of Light, the kind of game they have to take three points from if they wish to survive. It was agonising again for Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce as his team were unable to hang on to another lead in their last game, this time away to arch rivals and fellow strugglers Newcastle United. It is a recurring theme that is threatening to undermine the frequent scoring exploits of Jermain…

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Sunderland sack newcomer after just one month

Sunderland have issued a club statement on their website about the sacking of Emmanuel Eboue. At the beginning of March, the former Arsenal defender signed a contract with the Black Cats until the end of the current season. However, the 32-year-old has been banned from sports for one year by FIFA, after failing to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau. “The club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision,” the statement reads. “The suspension relates to a…

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Newcastle vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Once again, Premier League survival is at stake for bitter rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland as they meet in a massive Tyne-Wear derby that could go a long way towards deciding which of them will be relegated this season. The hosts will be looking to give the Black Cats a taste of their own medicine as they strive to end an ignominious six-match losing streak in this fixture home and away. The last four Sunderland managers including current incumbent Sam Allardyce have all won their second games in charge, which…

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Sunderland sign former Arsenal defender

Sunderland have completed the signing of defender Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal, the club announced on their website. The former Ivory Coast full-back will remain with the Black Cats until the end of the 2015-2016 Premier League season, having impressed following his arrival on Wearside a number of weeks ago. After starting his career in his homeland, Eboue moved to Belgium with Beveren before moving to England and signing for Arsenal in 2004. Eboue was part of the Gunners’ side which made it to the UEFA Champions League Final…

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Southampton vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

After moving out of the bottom three during the week, Sunderland will hope to maintain their run of encouraging performances when they face Southampton in a fixture where they suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat last season. The hosts are striving to bounce back in this one after losing their last two matches, with the last of them being against South coast rivals Bournemouth on Tuesday. Aside from an early chance for Charlie Austin, they created little throughout and were never able to match the tenacity of their opponents, so manager…

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Sunderland vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be determined to claim three points which could take them out of the bottom three as they entertain a woefully out-of-form Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening. Despite the distance between the sides in the league standings, there was little to separate Sunderland from West Ham United on Saturday, but a failure to convert one of several second half chances proved their undoing and they came away with a defeat that keeps them second from bottom, albeit with a superior goal difference to the teams around…

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World class acts in the Premier League: Wickham’s goal, Mannone’s save and Antonio’s celebration [Video’s]

This weekend’s Premier League action provided football fans around the world with some amazing stuff on the pitch. However, three world class acts stood out. The first one comes from Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham. The Eagles were down 3-0 at the half, but made a run for a draw after the break, with Wickham scoring twice. His second goal, coming in the 80th minute, was an absolute beauty! The second one comes from Sunderland’s Vito Mannone. The Black Cats suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham, but the…

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West Ham vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

A resurgent Sunderland will be after a second straight win which they hope will lift them out of the bottom three, but Sam Allardyce sees his side face a tough test away to his former club West Ham United. The hosts have not lost at home since back in August, and after their quick-fire comeback to earn a point away to struggling Norwich City they continue to fire on all cylinders. Last weekend they produced a brilliant attacking display to thrash Blackburn Rovers of the second tier and make it…

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Steven Fletcher is the “Fresh Prince of Marseille” [Video]

This January, Steven Fletcher made a remarkable move, leaving Sunderland on loan to join Olympique de Marseille. However, the Scotsman has been pretty decent so far, providing one goal and one assist in three appearances. That made has team-mates decide to get Fletcher his traditional initiation, which obliges a new player to stand up and sing a song of his choice at meal time. And “Fletch” selected to sing the theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The result is pretty funny… What did @stevenfletch10 have to do for his…

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Sunderland vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be intent on setting about closing the increasing gap that exists between themselves and the Champions League places when they travel to a Sunderland side that needs points in their battle for survival. Although they are still very much playing catch-up, Sam Allardyce’s men are sure to have been encouraged by their most recent displays, where they were unfortunate not to hold title-chasing Manchester City and then came from two goals behind to earn a terrific draw away to Liverpool, so there is plenty to build on. With…

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Former Arsenal star set for Premier League return?

Once upon a time, Emmanuel Eboue was flying up and down the wing at Arsenal. However, since leaving Turkish giants Galatasaray, the Ivorian has been without a club. Eboue is not about to retire at the age of 32 and is looking for a return to the Premier League, where he has recorded 132 appearances for the Gunners, scoring five goals and providing 16 assists between 2005 and 2011. He also featured 79 times for the Ivory Coast national team and was a Champions League runner-up with Arsenal in 2006, losing to Barcelona.…

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Sunderland winger pleads guilty to sexual activity with 15-year-old

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity and one of grooming with a minor, according to the BBC. He has denied two other charges of sexual conduct with a minor. The England international appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday and admitted two of the four charges labelled against him. He will stand trial for two of the charges he has denied. The trail is expected to begin on Friday. The 28-year old was arrested in March of last year on account of indulging in…

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Liverpool vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be looking to win at home for the first time since Boxing Day when they entertain struggling Sunderland, who have not won at Anfield since 1983. It was a very open game for long periods, but the presence of Jamie Vardy was simply too much for the Liverpool defenders to handle as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at leaders Leicester City in midweek; a result that represented another setback for Jurgen Klopp as he attempts to instil some consistency into his side. A sensational opening goal…

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Three Premier League strikers among the best of their class in 2016

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Since the year 2015 has been behind us for more than a month, let’s look at the players who’ve scored most since the new year began. Leading the way in 2016 are two players from Portuguese Liga NOS. Both Benfica’s Jonas and Sporting’s Islam Slimani have registered eight goals in six league appearances since January 1. Three players have hit the net seven times. First up is Primera Division’s Eibar forward Borja Bostan, scoring one goal every 53 minutes. Real Madrid’s star Karim Benzema sits at one goal every 55 minutes. And…

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Marseille write weird article to introduce Steven Fletcher to their fans

Steven Fletcher joined Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille on a loan move from Sunderland, but we’re not sure the French side are really happy about their new player. On the club’s website, the 28-year-old got a ‘warm welcome’. “He will not leave you unmoved. He will not go unnoticed. Marseille has added a Scotsman to the mix. And if you know anything about the mentality of that people, you’ll know that’s good news.” Considering how many Scottish players have altered football clubs’ faiths over the past few season, that doesn’t really…

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Sunderland vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland begin a very tricky sequence of fixtures when they take on title-chasing Manchester City on Tuesday evening, with the visitors having won just once away in the league since September. Despite coming back from another slow start, a point at home to fellow relegation battlers Bournemouth was not enough for Sunderland, especially ahead of this upcoming run which also sees them head to Liverpool and host Manchester United. Home matches are huge for any struggling side at this stage of the season and those are the type of matches they could…

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Steven Fletcher joins Marseille in loan deal

In a surprise move, Scotland international striker Steven Fletcher has joined French Ligue One side Marseille on-loan until the end of the campaign, according to Sky Sports. The former-Hibernian star had fallen out-of-favour with Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce and has not appeared for the north east club in the last five matches. The 28-year-old has scored just four goals this season and England international Jermain Defoe has forced him out of the starting line-up in the past few weeks. Fletcher’s contract with Sunderland expires in the summer and he…

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Premier League clubs smash spending record

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Transfer spending by Premier League clubs this season has surpassed the £1 billion mark for the first time, according to Deloitte. Deloitte estimates that £130 million has been spent so far in the January transfer window, which takes the total sum for the season beyond £1 billion for the first time in football history, beating the record £965m that was spent during the 2014/2015 season. Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “We’ve seen Premier League clubs again use the January window to invest significantly in playing…

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Study reveals Arsenal will win the Premier League

Arsenal are going to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004, that is if you believe a computer. American company Stats simulated each of the remaining league matches 10,000 times in order to predict the final standings, as reported by the Sun. The Gunners came out on top with a predicted 74.8 points and a 45.3 per cent chance of taking home their first Premier League crown in 12 years, just ahead of Manchester City, with the Citizens finishing with an estimated 74.1 points and a title winning chance of 42.3 percent.…

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Sunderland vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to close the four point gap between themselves and the safety line with a win at home to a Bournemouth side that lies six points and four places above them in the Premier League table. The hosts had to soak up a lot of pressure in the opening 40 minutes of their game last weekend at Tottenham before taking the lead through the in-form Patrick van Aanholt following a rare foray forward. However, they committed the cardinal sin of conceding an avoidable equaliser just moments later and were…

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Tottenham vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to continue their excellent start to 2016 when they face a Tottenham side which is hoping to recover from only their third league defeat of the campaign. More than enough chances were created, but Tottenham failed to make them pay and eventually became the latest in a long line of teams to come unstuck at the hands of Leicester City on Wednesday evening. The decisive goal came from a rare piece of poor defending as Robert Huth was given the freedom of their penalty area to…

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Swansea vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

The Liberty Stadium sees a vital encounter on Wednesday between two sides battling the threat of relegation as Swansea City look for their second straight home win at the expense of Sunderland. It has been a turbulent start to 2016 for Swansea, who announced last week that Alan Curtis will stay in charge of the team for the remainder of the season. That was after they had lost a tight game at Manchester United, but they then went on to suffer the ignominy of going out of the FA Cup to…

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Sunderland vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Anything less than a win would be a major disappointment for both Sunderland and Aston Villa as the Premier League’s bottom two meet in a vital encounter in the battle for survival. Five straight defeats have extinguished Sam Allardyce’s good start as Sunderland boss, and have seen them lose serious ground on those above them. The gap to safety now stands at some seven points, so they simply must put a run of results together quickly if they wish to avoid being cut adrift like their opponents. A lot will…

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Sunderland vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be determined to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat when they entertain a Liverpool side which has not won any of its last three away matches in all competitions. It seems as if the January transfer window cannot come any sooner for Sam Allardyce as he continues to give thinly veiled hints that his defensive options are in need of bolstering, and their lack of cohesion was again clear to see at Manchester City on Boxing Day. While they were undone by some excellent attacking play, the Black Cats…

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