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  • [manchestercity]Manchester City trio James Milner, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott take a breather, having been hard at work preparing for the Boxing Day visit of Premier League leaders Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium.

    Christmas Eve at Carrington... #mcfc
    by Manchester City FC - Official via Instagram
    12/24/2013 2:32:36 PM
  • [hull]Plenty of goodwill cheer up at Hull City, where the Sky Sports cameras will be in attendance on Boxing Day. With Premier League leaders Manchester United coming to town, and the Tigers healthily placed in mid-table, it's a happy time of year for the players...

    Merry Christmas from all at Hull City!
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/24/2013 2:37:05 PM
  • [westham]Kevin Nolan returns from suspension for West Ham's Boxing Day home clash with Arsenal, while manager Sam Allardyce will continue to select defender James Tomkins despite his arrest on Sunday. There is still no timescale on Andy Carroll's return from long-term foot trouble. Ricardo Vaz Te and Winston Reid are still several weeks from fitness, so are not in contention for the Premier League fixture - and neither is Stewart Downing (Achilles). Spanish goalkeeper Adrian could keep Jussi Jaaskelainen on the bench once again after starting last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

    Kevin Nolan: Back from suspension for Hammers 
    12/24/2013 2:47:35 PM
  • [liverpool]Our man Fraser Dainton is in position at Melwood as Brendan Rodgers takes his pre-match press conference ahead of Premier League leaders Liverpool's Boxing Day trip to Manchester City...

    12/24/2013 2:49:50 PM
  • [fl72]We have two live Sky Bet Championship clashes for you on Boxing Day. First up at 5pm, it's 10th v fifth at Bloomfield Road as Paul Ince's Blackpool play host to Brian McDermott's Leeds United. The Seasiders have slipped down the table in recent weeks but could pull level with their opponents if they pick up all three points. Ince is hoping Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie will be fit enough to play, while Luke Murphy is banned for the Whites. After that, we cross to the City Ground at 7.15pm to see second-placed QPR take on seventh-placed Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson is suspended for Forest, while Rangers duo Yossi Benayoun and Karl Henry are vying to replace the banned Joey Barton.

    Yossi Benayoun: Hoping to make full QPR debut at Forest 
    12/24/2013 3:02:28 PM
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    12/24/2013 3:04:41 PM
  • [fl72]While we're on the subject of the Football League, check out this compilation of 'Christmas Crackers' from their YouTube channel - five belting strikes from the last 12 months, presented by Stuart 'Trigger' Trigwell (familiar to you all from his many appearances on Soccer AM, no doubt!) We've got goals from Coventry's Franck Moussa; Exeter's Arron Davies; Barnsley's Paddy McCourt; Huddersfield's Joel Lynch; and another Tyke, Tomasz Cywka, takes the top spot...

    Christmas Crackers!! Top 5 amazing Football League Goals of the year from YouTube
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/24/2013 3:10:06 PM
  • [newcastle]Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote for the Boxing Day clash at home to StokeThe Ivory Coast international will miss the game at St James' Park though suspension after collecting his fifth booking of the season in the 3-0 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is nursing a calf problem picked up in training, but Pardew otherwise has no fitness concerns.

    Cheick Tiote: Banned against Stoke 
    12/24/2013 3:19:19 PM
  • [cardiff]Malky Mackay will be in charge of Cardiff again when they host Southampton in the Premier League on Thursday, but his future remains up in the air. Now the club's chairman Mehmet Dalman has said he cannot rule out the possibility of having to recruit a new manager...

    We will do everything humanly possible to maintain the status quo but if not, we will move fast to repair the situation. If that means bringing in a new manager, we will.

    12/24/2013 3:27:35 PM
  • [liverpool]Brendan Rodgers says his Liverpool squad is thin on the ground at the moment but adds Luis Suarez is the best player in the world on current form.

    12/24/2013 3:36:01 PM
  • [southampton]Southampton are without a win in their last six Premier League games and have slipped to ninth in the table, but midfielder Jack Cork says all the players are up for the Boxing Day clash at Cardiff...

    12/24/2013 3:46:12 PM
  • [crystalpalace]Dwight Gayle is set to replace suspended striker Marouane Chamakh for Crystal Palace's Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa as manager Tony Pulis battles an increasing injury crisis. Former Stoke boss Pulis can almost name a starting XI of unavailable players, so is likely to continue with full-back Joel Ward in midfield. Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan could face his former club despite being withdrawn at half-time in last week's 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle, with Pulis dubbing the clash "not his kind of game".

    Dwight Gayle: Could line up for Palace at Villa
    12/24/2013 3:53:16 PM
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    12/24/2013 4:00:49 PM
  • [liverpool]Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan picked up a slight hamstring problem in Saturday's victory over Cardiff and could be a doubt for the Boxing Day trip to Manchester CityCaptain Steven Gerrard is progressing well from a similar problem but manager Brendan Rodgers is looking at bringing in reserves and youth team players to bolster a squad which has only 17 fit players. Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and left-back Jose Enrique (knee) are still sidelined until the new year.

    Jon Flanagan: Hamstring problem 
    12/24/2013 4:07:54 PM
  • [football]That's all from the live blog for Christmas Eve - join us again on Boxing Day for four live games on Sky Sports and another action-packed Premier League programme. Until then, we'll leave you with Jeff Stelling's Christmas message which includes some memorable football moments from 2013... season's greetings to you all!

    12/24/2013 4:24:27 PM
  • [recommend]Welcome back to our live blog as we prepare an action-packed Boxing Day feast of football. We have four live games for you to enjoy on Sky Sports today, kicking off at 12.30pm when we head to the KC Stadium for coverage of the Premier League clash between Hull City and Manchester United.
    12/26/2013 11:15:24 AM
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    12/26/2013 11:20:38 AM
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    12/26/2013 11:28:12 AM
  • [football]Don't forget to check out our Premier League preview - it's the essential lowdown to all 10 of today's games in round 18 of the 2013/14 season. After Hull v Manchester United, there are eight fixtures kicking off at 3pm - second-placed Arsenal are at West Ham, while the teams from fourth to seventh are all at home - and the top-flight day concludes with leaders Liverpool in action at Manchester City (5.30pm).
    12/26/2013 11:31:59 AM
  • [scottishfootball]The live action continues on Sky Sports 1HD at 3pm when we head north of the border to McDiarmid Park to see St Johnstone play host to Scottish Premiership champions and leaders Celtic. A message has gone out to away fans to be on their best behaviour, and you can also read a full match preview here.
    12/26/2013 11:36:58 AM
  • [manchesterunited]Manchester United manager David Moyes is anticipating a stern test at Hull today, mainly due to the Tigers' defensive qualities...

    12/26/2013 11:40:07 AM
  • [fl72]In the Sky Bet Championship, the first game of the day sees Charlton taking on Brighton at The Valley - that kicks off at 12.30pm. There's also a few early starts in League One - at Sixfields, Coventry meet Peterborough (12pm), Brentford host Swindon (12.30pm), Carlisle take on Preston (1pm), and Gillingham face Leyton Orient (1.30pm). Finally, in League Two, three games are scheduled for lunchtime - Wycombe v Newport (12.30pm), Portsmouth v Dagenham and Redbridge (1pm) and Torquay v Bristol Rovers (1pm).
    12/26/2013 11:46:58 AM
  • [skysportsnews]

    12/26/2013 11:47:27 AM
  • [hull]The starting line-ups are in from the KC Stadium where Hull take on Manchester United, live on Sky Sports 1 HD. First up, the Tigers...

    12/26/2013 11:48:57 AM
  • [manchesterunited] ... and here's the Manchester United side - note the return of Darren Fletcher to the Red Devils' starting line-up, for the first time since 1 December 2012...

    12/26/2013 11:52:46 AM
  • [manchesterunited]So two changes to the Manchester United side following the 3-1 home win over West Ham last time out. Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young start, with Adnan Januzaj dropping to the bench - where Michael Carrick is also included - and Phil Jones not involved today. No room for Ryan Giggs either. Hull, who have drawn their last three games, are unchanged for the fourth game in a row.

    Darren Fletcher: Returns for Manchester United 
    12/26/2013 12:00:28 PM
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    12/26/2013 12:04:17 PM
  • [fl72]The live action on Sky Sports 1HD today will conclude with two Sky Bet Championship clashes. First up from 5pm, it's Blackpool v Leeds United - and a chance for Paul Ince's Seasiders to arrest their slide down the table. They're likely to find the going tough against fifth-placed Leeds, however. Then, from 7.15pm, we bring you coverage from the City Ground where Nottingham Forest meet second-placed QPR. Can Harry Redknapp's side bounce back from their defeat to Leicester last time out, or will Forest bolster their promotion hopes with a win?
    12/26/2013 12:11:29 PM
  • [manchesterunited]
    Substitute stopper Anders Lindegaard makes his way out onto the pitch with goalkeeper coach Chris Woods for the warm-up. #mufc
    by Manchester United via Instagram
    12/26/2013 12:12:17 PM
  • [goal] GOAL! COVENTRY 0-1 PETERBOROUGH (Jeffers 21)
    12/26/2013 12:25:50 PM

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    12/26/2013 12:28:21 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Utility star suffers new injury woe
    12/26/2013 12:33:42 PM
  • [manchesterunited] David Moyes on Hull: We expect a tough game. Steve Bruce organises them very well.
    12/26/2013 12:36:53 PM
  • [hull]The teams enter the arena for the opening Premier League fixture on Boxing Day. The weather is bright and all the action can be seen live on Sky Sports 1
    12/26/2013 12:43:13 PM
  • [kick-off]Jake Livermore makes his 100th Premier League appearance.
    12/26/2013 12:45:28 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-1 SWINDON (Ryan Mason 10)
    12/26/2013 12:46:45 PM
  • [free-kick]Huddlestone's early free-kick comes to nothing - cleared easily by United
    12/26/2013 12:46:52 PM
  • [goal] COVENTRY 1-1 PETERBOROUGH (Leon Clarke 45)
    12/26/2013 12:48:47 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! HULL 1-0 MANCHESTER UTD (Chester 5) From the first corner of the match, Huddlestone delivers from the right and the ball is headed on by Bruce to Chester who lashes home high into the net from close range.
    12/26/2013 12:49:15 PM
  • [goal] GOAL! COVENTRY 1-2 PETERBOROUGH (Lee Tomlin 45)
    12/26/2013 12:50:18 PM
  • [goal] GOAL! CHARLTON 0-1 BRIGHTON (Jose Ulloa 22)
    12/26/2013 12:55:32 PM
  • [hull]Young goes into a challenge with keeper McGregor who comes off worse. He returns to action with a slight limp. Should be OK.
    12/26/2013 12:56:00 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! HULL 2-0 MANCHESTER UTD (Meyler, 12) United defence at sixes and sevens as they fail to deal with a Hull attack. Although Meyler has been credited with the goal, it should really go down as an Evans own goal. DeGea would have stopped it without his defender's intervention.
    12/26/2013 12:58:28 PM
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