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  • [recommend]Welcome to our live weekend blog, as we bring you comprehensive coverage of all the key action over the next three days. We’ll have team news for the Premier League games as it comes in today and all the top lines from the manager’s press conferences, as well as expert opinion and preview pieces. You can also follow the build-up on Sky Sports News, with the Weekend Warm-Up show from 6pm.
    1/10/2014 9:37:47 AM
  • [fl72]The weekend’s live action on Sky Sports kicks off with a huge clash in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night. It's first against fourth as Leicester host Derby at the King Power Stadium. Coverage gets underway from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD
    1/10/2014 9:39:32 AM
  • [fl72]There's another live FL72 offering from the Sky Bet Championship at lunchtime on Saturday. It's a Yorkshire affair as strugging Sheffield Wednesday take on Leeds United at Hillsborough. Tune in from noon on Sky Sports 1 HD to see if Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray can guide his team to victory, or whether Brian McDermott's Whites come away with a result.
    1/10/2014 9:53:21 AM
  • [soccersaturday]Jeff Stelling and the boys will be in the Soccer Saturday studio from midday tomorrow with their usual unique mix of banter, analysis and goal updates. They'll be covering Chelsea's Premier League clash at Hull, before moving onto the five 3pm kick-offs in the top-flight - Cardiff v West Ham, Everton v Norwich, Fulham v Sunderland, Southampton v West Brom and Tottenham v Crystal Palace. There'll be updates from all the Football League games too.
    1/10/2014 10:05:46 AM
  • [saturdaynightfootball]Our Saturday Night Football clash comes live from Old Trafford as Manchester United take on Swansea in a repeat of last weekend's FA Cup third-round tie - a match the Welsh club won 2-1. United, who currently lie seventh, have suffered a dismal start to 2014 and the pressure is building on David Moyes already. Our coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD from 5pm.

    We're back at Old Trafford this weekend, for a Barclays Premier League clash against Swansea City (Saturday 17:30 GMT). #mufc
    by Manchester United via Instagram
    1/10/2014 10:11:49 AM
  • [supersunday]Our Super Sunday double header kicks off with second-placed Manchester City travelling to the north-east to take on Newcastle. Can Manuel Pellegrini's men carry on where they left off against West Ham in the Capital One Cup in midweek, or will the Magpies be able to keep them at bay? Join us from 1.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD to find out. Following that game, we cross to Stoke City as they play host to Liverpool. Kick-off at the Britannia Stadium will be at 4.10pm.
    1/10/2014 10:16:42 AM
  • [substitution]The big story of the day so far is the confirmation from Tottenham that England striker Jermain Defoe will join MLS outfit Toronto FC at the end of February. In other transfer news, Burnley have signed Brighton's Ashley Barnes on a deal until 2017 and Everton are closing in on the signature of Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady. Keep tabs on all the latest done deals and gossip in our Transfer Live Blog.
    1/10/2014 10:23:02 AM
  • [skysportsnews]The Sun's Shaun Custis joined Mike Wedderburn on Sky Sports News earlier for the Paper ReviewFind out which shock name is being linked to the West Ham job, while sticking with the Hammers, former Sam Allardyce stalwart Kevin Davies rips into some of the players.
    Shock name linked to the West Ham job - Paper Talk - Jan 10th
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    1/10/2014 10:25:32 AM
  • [guillembalague]West Brom announced on Thursday night that they have decided to appoint Pepe Mel as their new head coach. Our Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes it's a clever move by the Baggies.

    1/10/2014 10:30:26 AM
  • [manchestercity]Premier League sponsors Barclays have named their awards winners for December 2013. First up, it's the Manager of the Month gong, which goes to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini...

    1/10/2014 10:33:33 AM
  • [liverpool]A record-breaking goal streak last month has earned Liverpool star Luis Suarez the Player of the Month award.

    1/10/2014 10:34:54 AM
  • [fl72]The Sky Bet Football League awards for December were also handed out this morning. See the six winners in the graphic below and read the full story here.
    1/10/2014 10:38:18 AM
  • [arsenal]Here's Arsene Wenger speaking at his Friday press conference ahead of Arsenal's Monday Night Football encounter at Aston Villa. The Gunners boss says Aaron Ramsey will not be ready for the game, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could figure after playing for the Under-21s this week.

    1/10/2014 10:52:01 AM
  • [westham]Sam Allardyce takes his West Ham side to Cardiff for a vitally important Premier League clash at the bottom of the table on Saturday. The Hammers boss could have Andy Carroll available to play in south Wales as he looks to end the club's abysmal run of form - although he's not in the mood to apologise for the cup thrashings at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.

    1/10/2014 11:11:20 AM
  • [paulmerson]Before we kick off the team news for Saturday's Premier League games, let's see what Paul Merson thinks will happen in the top-flight this weekend. The top four are all away from home in the 21st round of fixtures, but our Sky Sports expert believes only Arsenal and Chelsea will claim wins on the road. At the bottom of the table, it's more misery for West Ham and Sunderland, according to Mystic Merse. For the record, on New Year's Day, Merson predicted five of the 10 Premier League results correctly and got two perfect scorelines - Fulham 2 West Ham 1 and Stoke 1 Everton 1.

    1/10/2014 11:26:44 AM
  • [hull]Hull manager Steve Bruce is hoping a sickness bug that has been affecting his squad has passed in time for Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Chelsea (kick-off 12.45pm). As many as nine Tigers players have shown symptoms over the past week but most are expecting to be fully fit. Paul McShane is out for three to four weeks with an ankle injury sustained at Middlesbrough last weekend, while Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Robbie Brady (groin) remain out.

    Hull: Hammered Fulham 6-0 in last home game 
    1/10/2014 11:35:09 AM
  • [recommend]Our Weekend Watch feature has plenty of juicy talking points relating to Saturday's Premier League games for you to savour. Here's a flavour of what's in store in the full article...
    • The start is all important for David Moyes' Manchester United side at home to Swansea in Saturday Night Football
    • Sam Allardyce's approach is alienating him from West Ham fans as they head to Cardiff
    • After so much praise, Southampton's form has tailed off - and Mauricio Pochettino has centre-back concerns against West Brom...
    • ... while a new-look defence means Everton must be careful when they host Norwich.
    1/10/2014 11:47:58 AM
  • [cardiff]Craig Bellamy is back from a knee injury as Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of a Premier League game for the first time at home to West HamBellamy has been sidelined for two months with hamstring and knee problems but has trained this week ahead of the clash with the Hammers. New signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem looks set to be named on the bench after arriving from Heerenveen earlier in the week.

    Craig Bellamy: Could return for Cardiff 
    1/10/2014 11:51:07 AM
  • [derby]Ahead of our live FL72 clash between Leicester and Derby in the Sky Bet Championship tonight, Rams defender Michael Keane - on loan from Manchester United - has been speaking to Sky Sports News Radio. Hear what he has to say about his future and don't forget to tune in from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.

    1/10/2014 11:59:26 AM
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    1/10/2014 12:07:38 PM
  • [norwich]Norwich will have Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer back from a one-match suspension for Saturday's Premier League trip to EvertonMidfielders Wes Hoolahan and Bradley Johnson also return to the squad after sitting out last weekend's FA Cup third-round draw with Fulham, as does captain Sebastien BassongCentre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) are still sidelined, while Alex Tettey (knee) and Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) have both returned to light training following their own injury lay-offs. Winger Elliott Bennett (knee) is a long-term absentee.

    Leroy Fer: Back for Norwich after a ban
    1/10/2014 12:10:00 PM
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    1/10/2014 12:12:18 PM
  • [jeffstelling]"Guts it out... I know it won't make me popular with the West Ham fans, but I just think the alternative now is unthinkable - and won't advance their case at all." That's the view of Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling on Sam Allardyce's predicament at Upton Park. With so many Irons supporters wanting a change of manager, Jeff can understand their frustrations - but he thinks David Sullivan and David Gold should stand by their man. Read his column in full.
    1/10/2014 12:27:49 PM
  • [sunderland]Steven Fletcher is set to keep his place in Sunderland's starting line-up for the Premier League trip to Fulham after shrugging off a slight knock sustained in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Manchester United. Black Cats boss Gus Poyet does not expect any fresh injury concerns and could keep faith in the side that secured their 2-1 first-leg win, although Adam Johnson is pushing for a recall after being singled out by Poyet for special praise. Poyet is without midfielder Cabral who has moved to Genoa on loan until the end of the season, while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

     Steven Fletcher: Has shrugged off knock
    1/10/2014 12:31:40 PM
  • Have you made changes to your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team yet? Here’s last week’s team of the week, in which Saido Berahino was the top scorer with 23 points. It’ s never too late to register a team, with weekly prizes up for grabs. Sign up now.

    1/10/2014 12:32:28 PM
  • [everton]Midfielder Ross Barkley is one of four injury doubts for Everton boss Roberto Martinez ahead of their game with Norwich at Goodison Park on Saturday. The 20-year-old has a swollen toe in his right foot and will be assessed but Martinez retains hope he can feature along with full-back Leighton Baines (back). There is less optimism surrounding Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin (both hamstring), though, with the pair thought to be a week away from full fitness so John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz could continue their central-defensive partnership. On-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu is still on course of a February comeback from his hamstring injury, while midfielder Darron Gibson has targeted a return by April from his knee injury.

    Ross Barkley: Swollen toe 
    1/10/2014 12:33:48 PM
  • [southampton] Artur Boruc could be available for Southampton's clash with West Brom tomorrow. The Poland goalkeeper fractured his hand in the defeat at Chelsea on December 1 and may return on Saturday - a match Dani Osvaldo (suspension) and Victor Wanyama (shin) will definitely miss. Gaston Ramirez and Rickie Lambert are recovering well after sustaining knocks in the FA Cup victory against Burnley, while Guly do Prado is training well after knee surgery.
    Artur Boruc: May return for Southampton 

    1/10/2014 12:42:06 PM
  • [westbrom] West Brom caretaker head coach Keith Downing will be without full-back Billy Jones for his last game in charge. Downing will revert to his backroom role after the trip to Southampton following the appointment of Spaniard Pepe Mel this week. He will need to cope without Jones, who has had an operation on an injury to his eye. Jones' fellow defender Goran Popov (neck) is out, while recent absentees Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe are back in training but unlikely to feature. Downing has "one or two" unspecified others who are rated 50-50 to be fit for the match.
    Keith Downing: Final game in charge of West Brom 

    1/10/2014 12:46:00 PM
  • [fulham] Fulham boss Rene Meulenteen is hoping to make the most of home advantage for tomorrow's vital game against fellow strugglers Sunderland.

    1/10/2014 12:49:05 PM
  • [manchesterunited] Ryan Giggs has admitted ahead of Manchester United's Saturday Night Football clash with Swansea City that they need to go on another winning streak after three defeats in a row.
    1/10/2014 12:52:55 PM
  • [swansea] Swansea's injury woes have deepened ahead of their visit to Manchester United, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 5.30pm tomorrow. Jonathan de Guzman, Roland Lamah and Dwight Tiendalli have joined Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Garry Monk, Michel Vorm and Michu on the sidelines, leaving manager Michael Laudrup with limited options against the reigning champions. Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Angel Rangel will return to the back four with Jose Canas and Leon Britton set to start together as deep-lying midfielders.
    1/10/2014 12:58:32 PM
  • [fulham] Rene Meulensteen is sweating on the fitness of a couple of key players ahead of Fulham's game against Sunderland.

    1/10/2014 1:00:39 PM
  • [westham] Sam Allardyce will give Andy Carroll as much time as possible to prove his fitness ahead of West Ham’s trip to Cardiff. West Ham's record signing has yet to play this season due to a foot injury but could play some part in south Wales as the Hammers look to improve on 19th place in the table. Loanee Roger Johnson will make his league debut with fellow defenders James Collins (groin) and Winston Reid (ankle) still absent and Joey O'Brien sidelined after taking a knock in midweek. Captain Kevin Nolan is suspended and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) also misses out.
    Andy Carroll: Could make long-awaited return from injury 

    1/10/2014 1:09:46 PM
  • [recommend] The best start to your footballing weekend is back from 5pm in the Sky Sports Football Club. Listen live to Mikey Burrows and Danny Mills only on Sky Sports News Radio, when they’ll be discussing transfers as well as previewing all the weekend’s action.
    1/10/2014 1:15:17 PM
  • [davidjones] It's a crunch game facing Manchester United on Saturday Night Football, as Swansea City have the chance to make life even more difficult for under-fire manager David Moyes with a second win at Old Trafford in the space of a week. However, Moyes can rely on the support of United fans while he mends the club's issues, says David Jones.
    1/10/2014 1:25:16 PM
  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis will assess a number of players with undisclosed minor knocks ahead of tomorrow match at Tottenham, when striker Cameron Jerome could return up front. Jerome missed last weekend's FA Cup win at West Brom with a knee injury. Winger Jimmy Kebe is not in the squad as he has been allowed to leave on loan. Stephen Dobbie was on the bench at The Hawthorns but is not in the Eagles' 25-man Premier League squad after spending the first half of the season on loan at Blackpool.
    Cameron Jerme: Racing to be fit for Crystal Palace 

    1/10/2014 1:35:00 PM
  • [sunderland] Gus Poyet has challenged Adam Johnson to take his cup form into the Premier League and play a key role in Sunderland’s battle to avoid relegation. The Black Cats have beaten Carlisle and Manchester United over the past week but top-flight survival is the main concern ahead of their trip to Fulham.
    When you have got a player like Adam who is on good form the chance that you will stay in the Premier League is massive.

    1/10/2014 1:42:25 PM
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    1/10/2014 1:46:00 PM
  • [cardiff] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn on reports linking Cardiff with a new striker, but would like to persuade Craig Bellamy to play for as long as possible. Bellamy is back available for tomorrow’s crucial game against West Ham.
    1/10/2014 1:54:04 PM
  • [fulham] Fulham captain Brede Hangeland could return after a three-month absence in tomorrow’s clash with Sunderland. The Norway defender underwent surgery in December to clear sciatic nerve trouble and is back in full training with the Whites. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will have an ankle complaint assessed before the match, while full-back Kieran Richardson is available after hamstring tightness.
    Brede Hangeland: Set for Fulham comeback after lengthy absence 

    1/10/2014 2:01:19 PM
  • [manchesterunited] David Moyes has confirmed that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is not yet ready to return from his groin problem. 

    1/10/2014 2:05:03 PM
  • [manchesterunited] Manchester United will also be without Robin van Persie for the clash with Swansea, when David Moyes hopes to return to form after a three-match losing streak.

    1/10/2014 2:11:47 PM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea can go top, at least temporarily, by beating Hull City in tomorrow's early game, but Jose Mourinho is expecting a tough test at the KC Stadium.

    1/10/2014 2:15:29 PM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea are in good shape ahead of their trip to Hull City but is refusing to rule anyone out of the title race, even defending champions Manchester United.

    1/10/2014 2:21:47 PM
  • [stoke] Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is determined for his side to turn in another good performance at the Britannia Stadium in Sunday's game against Liverpool, which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD at 4.10pm, but he is wary of the threat posed by the visiting strikers.

    1/10/2014 2:34:19 PM
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