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  • 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.
    12/20/2013 9:04:30 AM
  • [fl72]The weekend’s live action on Sky Sports kicks off with coverage of two games from 12pm on Saturday. It's top against bottom in the Scottish Premiership as Celtic host Hearts at Parkhead (Sky Sports 2 HD). At the same time over on Sky Sports 1 HD, Championship leaders QPR take on third-placed Leicester at Loftus Road.
    12/20/2013 9:11:49 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 Liverpool's Premier League encounter with Cardiff at Anfield as the Reds look to go top of the table, before moving onto the six 3pm kick-offs in the top-flight. Manchester City will be looking to maintain their improving away record with victory at struggling Fulham, while another side in form - Newcastle - go to 18th-placed Crystal Palace. Manchester United are at home to West Ham, there's a mid-table clash as Aston Villa go to Stoke, managerless West Brom face Hull at the Hawthorns, and bottom club Sunderland will be desperate for three points at home to Norwich. There'll be updates from all the Football League games too.
    12/20/2013 9:19:35 AM
  • [southampton]Southampton's clash with Tottenham is our first live game on Super Sunday (coverage underway from 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD). Mauricio Pochettino has been up early to meet the press, and has revealed Nathaniel Clyne is back in contention to face Spurs. The Saints boss also says he's unlikely to make signings in January...

    12/20/2013 9:23:35 AM
  • [everton]The second game in our Super Sunday double-header takes us to the Liberty Stadium as Roberto Martinez's Everton pay a visit to his former club, Swansea (coverage from 3.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD). Martinez has also been discussing the transfer window, and has admitted he is looking for additions...

    12/20/2013 9:29:03 AM
  • [cardiff]Our big football story this morning is the strange situation of Malky Mackay at Cardiff. The club's owner Vincent Tan has delivered an extraordinary message to the Scot, telling his manager to resign or be fired.

    12/20/2013 9:34:33 AM
  • [everton]More from Roberto Martinez's pre-match press conference now, ahead of Everton's Super Sunday encounter at his former club Swansea. The Toffees are flying high in fifth and their only league defeat so far came at Manchester City in early October.

    12/20/2013 9:41:57 AM
  • [southampton]Mauricio Pochettino says there has been no contact between himself and Tottenham over their managerial vacancy; Southampton host Spurs at St Mary's on Super Sunday. Meanwhile, with regard to reports linking Rickie Lambert with a move next month, Pochettino says you will always get rumours at this time of year, adding: "The kitman may even leave!"

    Mauricio Pochettino: Won't discuss link with Spurs 
    12/20/2013 9:51:42 AM
  • [cardiff]An update from the Cardiff City Stadium - and Malky Mackay did not attend this morning's press conference ahead of the Saturday lunchtime fixture at Liverpool. Instead, his assistant David Kerslake faced the media, and said:

    I am here to talk about the Liverpool match, I came in this morning and was asked to do the press conference. Malky is in the training pavilion as we speak, we are just here to talk about the game.

    12/20/2013 9:55:18 AM
  • [liverpool]Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may well stick with the same side which demolished Tottenham last weekend when Cardiff visit Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 12.45pm). With no new injury concerns, the Reds could name an unchanged line-up, especially as options in midfield are limited with captain Steven Gerrard still out with a hamstring injury. Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and left-back Jose Enrique (knee) are still sidelined until the new year.

    Luis Suarez: Celebrates at White Hart Lane last Sunday 
    12/20/2013 10:06:39 AM
  • [westham]West Ham travel north to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, buoyed by their Capital One Cup victory at Tottenham in midweek. Sam Allardyce will have a defender back available, and he hopes match-winner Modibo Maiga can push on after scoring the winner at White Hart Lane...

    12/20/2013 10:11:40 AM
  • [westham]West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has also spoken up for his Manchester United counterpart David Moyes ahead of their meeting on Saturday, and is expecting something of an Old Trafford backlash after United's recent home league defeats to Everton and Newcastle...

    12/20/2013 10:14:11 AM
  • [cardiff]Still plenty of uncertainty over exactly what's going on at Cardiff City this morning. Assistant manager David Kerslake was asked if Malky Mackay was still in charge at the moment, and replied:

    No one has said any different to me, everything has been as normal. Players have got on with their jobs. Without being boring it has been a normal week.
    Malky Mackay and David Kerslake: Cardiff boss and assistant 
    12/20/2013 10:19:52 AM
  • [sunderland]Sunderland boss Gus Poyet can bring back striker Steven Fletcher and midfielder Jack Colback for Saturday's crucial Premier League clash with Norwich at the Stadium of Light. Both Fletcher and Colback missed the midweek Capital One Cup win over Chelsea due to illness but have returned to training and are expected to declare themselves fully fit. Poyet had no new injury worries arising from the win over Jose Mourinho's men, but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) are both still missing.

    Steven Fletcher: Could return after illness 
    12/20/2013 10:25:00 AM
  • [southampton]Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino has refused to say whether he is interested in the vacant Tottenham manager's position.

    12/20/2013 10:28:25 AM
  • [fl72]If you missed the Football League Hour on Sky Sports News Radio last night, here's your chance to catch up. Brighton striker Ashley Barnes, Derby captain Richard Keogh, Rotherham captain Craig Morgan and Northampton keeper Matt Duke are all on the show - plus QPR striker Charlie Austin and Cheltenham boss Mark Yates.

    12/20/2013 10:32:34 AM
  • [norwich]Norwich club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) and Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass (knee) are both set to be back in the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to bottom club Sunderland. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn is back training after his ankle operation and could be involved again. However, midfielder Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) remains sidelined, along with winger Elliott Bennett (knee) and midfielder Alexander Tettey (ankle).

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Back after toe injury 
    12/20/2013 10:36:23 AM
  • [recommend]Happy birthday to Chelsea defender Ashley Cole! The England international left-back who's racked up 106 caps to date, and nearly 400 league appearances for Arsenal, Crystal Palace and the Blues...

    12/20/2013 10:40:29 AM
  • [newspaper]The Sun's Shaun Custis joined Sky Sports News earlier for the Paper Review. Among the headlines discussed was former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's link with the West Brom job, and discussion on the situations at both Cardiff and Tottenham.

    Solskjaer set for West Brom job? Paper Talk
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/20/2013 10:45:58 AM
  • [paulmerson]Last week, Paul Merson correctly predicted the outcomes of six of the 10 Premier League fixtures - although he was unable to get any of the scorelines spot on. He's back for Round 17 of the Premier League - here's what he thinks will happen in our live games...
    • Southampton 2 Tottenham 1: "Spurs are all over the place at the moment, they're in disarray, and they will get squeezed by Saints... they are usually pretty strong at home."
    • Swansea 2 Everton 2: "Everton passed Arsenal to pieces at the Emirates... but Swansea always give it a good go. I'll think they'll give us a very good, open game."
    • Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1: "I expect Chelsea to play 'the Mourinho way' - they will be rock solid and go from there. This could be quite a cagey game."
    12/20/2013 10:58:54 AM
  • [cardiff]Malky Mackay's assistant David Kerslake faced the media ahead of Saturday's Premier League match at Liverpool, but Mackay's future was not a subject up for discussion.

    12/20/2013 11:01:12 AM
  • [celtic]News this morning of a significant injury blow for Celtic, who kick off our live coverage on Sky Sports this weekend with a Scottish Premiership encounter at home to Hearts. Sweden right-back Mikael Lustig has been ruled out for four months after undergoing a double hip operation. The 27-year-old has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks, and Neil Lennon says:

    Mikael had a lot of work done, so it makes his recent performances even more remarkable really. His movement was restricted and he was in a lot of pain after games, so it needed doing.

    12/20/2013 11:07:32 AM
  • [crystalpalace]Defender Dean Moxey has recovered from a hamstring injury in time to be in the Crystal Palace squad for their Premier League clash at home to Newcastle on Saturday. The 27-year-old missed the defeat at Chelsea but is back in contention - although manager Tony Pulis will have to give late fitness tests to midfield duo Stuart O'Keefe and Kagisho Dikgacoi who both have small muscular complaints. Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Adlene Guedioura and Jonny Williams are all definite absentees.

    Dean Moxey: Back for Palace 
    12/20/2013 11:12:14 AM
  • [manchesterunited]Not too sure about Anders Lindegaard's Christmas jumper...

    Less than a week until Christmas now and Anders Lindegaard is feeling festive! #mufc
    by Manchester United via Instagram
    12/20/2013 11:18:19 AM
  • [fl72]Our live Football League coverage gets underway from noon on Saturday with a big Championship clash between leaders QPR and third-placed Leicester. Here's some of Rangers boss Harry Redknapp's pre-match thoughts...

    12/20/2013 11:23:45 AM
  • [newcastle]France midfielder Yohan Cabaye will return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal PalaceThe 27-year-old missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton through suspension after collecting his fifth booking of the season at Manchester United the previous weekend. As a result, manager Alan Pardew will have a more or less full complement from which to choose with no fresh injury concerns having arisen.

    Yohan Cabaye: Back in Toon squad at Selhurst Park 
    12/20/2013 11:26:32 AM
  • [skysportsnews]Cardiff have been in touch with at least four managers with regards to succeeding Malky Mackay as manager, Sky Sports understands.

    12/20/2013 11:28:01 AM
  • [football]Time to take a look at some of the key talking points ahead of Saturday's league games, courtesy of our Weekend Watch writers. On the agenda:
    • Liverpool v Cardiff: It's been almost three years since Liverpool last won four consecutive Premier League games, but Cardiff should be 'lambs to the slaughter' at Anfield.
    • Man Utd v West Ham: It has to be three points at Old Trafford for the champions - and Danny Welbeck could be key to this, against the 'woeful' Hammers...
    • Sunderland v Norwich: The Black Cats are a side in survival form, and victory over the Canaries looks 'obligatory'.
    • Fulham v Man City: It's difficult to see how the Cottagers can cope in this game, now that City have found form on their travels.
    12/20/2013 11:39:33 AM
  • [fl72]Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has urged his players to bounce back from their Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City when they travel to face QPR in our live Sky Bet Championship game on Saturday (Sky Sports 1 HD, 12pm). Gary Taylor-Fletcher is up for the game at Loftus Road...

    12/20/2013 11:48:32 AM
  • [cardiff]Hull City manager Steve Bruce has sympathy with Malky Mackay's situation, and praises the job he has done at Cardiff.

    12/20/2013 11:52:55 AM
  • [westbrom]Goalkeeper Ben Foster could return from a foot injury for West Brom's clash at home to HullThe England international has not featured since August 24, but caretaker boss Keith Downing has said the 30-year-old is in line to face the Tigers. Downing, taking the team after Steve Clarke was sacked last weekend, has no injury worries to contend with.

    Ben Foster: Available again after foot injury 
    12/20/2013 12:02:53 PM
  • [liverpool]Derby captain Richard Keogh has been talking about the future of Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on Sky Sports News Radio. Does Keogh expect the England Under-21 star to get back in the Reds team when he completes his loan spell at Pride Park?

    12/20/2013 12:08:55 PM
  • [hull]Robbie Brady is out of Hull's match at West Brom on Saturday with a groin injury. The Republic of Ireland midfielder is now doubtful for all of the Tigers' matches over the Christmas period, with the injury continuing to cause problems. Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Stephen Quinn (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

    Robbie Brady: Groin injury 
    12/20/2013 12:14:11 PM
  • [fl72]Our second Sky Bet Championship offering of the day on Saturday comes from the Den, where Millwall play host to Middlesbrough (coverage from 5.15pm, Sky Sports HD 1). Lions manager Steve Lomas has been talking to our man Chris Burton about the season so far, and looking ahead to the visit of Boro...

    It is a big period and a big challenge for us, obviously starting with Middlesbrough. They have dropped points in their last two games but you're talking about fine margins and they were probably unlucky in both games not to pick up the win.

    12/20/2013 12:27:20 PM
  • [star]ON THIS DAY... 21 years ago, AC Milan's Dutch striker Marco van Basten was named European Footballer of the Year for the third time in five years, equalling the record of his compatriot Johan Cruyff and France's Michel Platini.

    Marco van Basten: Won his third Ballon d'Or in 1992
    12/20/2013 12:41:37 PM
  • [everton]In light of Malky Mackay's situation at Cardiff, Everton boss Roberto Martinez says it's important to have a good relationship between manager and chairman.

    12/20/2013 12:44:13 PM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal held their Christmas party on Wednesday night and the players all got into the spirit with some excellent movie fancy dress costumes. Olivier Giroud has asked his Instagram followers to guess who's in the Scream costume...

    Nice Arsenal Christmas party last night 😜👍 btw who is Scream?! #afc #frenchies #crazy #party #fancydress #soldier #woody #captainAmerica #scream?
    by Olive via Instagram
    12/20/2013 12:46:47 PM
  • [astonvilla]Aston Villa will be without forward Gabriel Agbonlahor for Saturday's Premier League match at Stoke, but have midfielder Fabian Delph back available. Agbonlahor is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, but Delph is set to feature having now completed the ban he was serving for the same reason. Gary Gardner has returned to first-team involvement having recovered from a back complaint and fellow midfielder Chris Herd should be fit to play after a facial injury, but captain and defender Ron Vlaar (calf) is still a major doubt, while it remains to be seen whether or not striker Christian Benteke - now without a goal in his last 10 Villa appearances - keeps his place in the first XI.

    Gabby Agbonlahor: Suspended at Stoke 
    12/20/2013 12:53:51 PM
  • [chelsea]Jose Mourinho has confirmed that former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole (who turns 33 today) will not face his former club when Chelsea visit the Emirates for Monday Night Football. It's not clear whether Cole's attendance at the Gunners' Christmas party on Wednesday night was a factor in Mourinho's team decision, however. The Blues' party was cancelled after they lost at Sunderland on Tuesday.

    12/20/2013 1:00:30 PM
  • Have you amended your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team ahead of the weekend yet? Here's last week's team of the week should you need any assistance and, remember, any changes must be made before Saturday's 12.45pm kick-off between Liverpool and Cardiff to be valid for Gameweek 19. With weekly prizes up for grabs, it's never too late to play Sky Sports Fantasy Football. Sign up here.

    12/20/2013 1:09:46 PM
  • [arsenal]  Arsene Wenger has provided some early team news ahead of Monday’s clash with Chelsea, when Arsenal can clinch top spot for Christmas.

    12/20/2013 1:11:49 PM
  • [arsenal] The hiring and firing of managers has again been a hot topic this week following Andre Villas-Boas’ departure from Tottenham, and amid growing uncertainty about Malky Mackay’s future at Cardiff, and Arsene Wenger is by far the longest-serving current Premier League boss at 17 years.

    12/20/2013 1:16:51 PM
  • [fulham] Fulham face a tough challenge against Manchester City tomorrow, but there is positive news on the squad going into the match and also looking ahead to January, with the possible return of an old favourite.

    12/20/2013 1:22:22 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manchester City have a number of injury worries ahead of the game with Fulham, but Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to get a couple of his key men back as quickly as possible.

    12/20/2013 1:26:48 PM
  • [tottenham] Tottenham's interim boss Tim Sherwood is gearing up for his first Premier League game in charge.
    12/20/2013 1:33:15 PM
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