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  • [liverpool] Luis Suarez has given Liverpool a major boost by committing to a new long-term contract at Anfield.
    There is all the news on Suarez and Clint Dempsey, as well as lines on Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas and Hulk, in our dedicated Transfer Centre

    12/20/2013 1:39:07 PM
  • [westham] West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome back James Tomkins for the game at Manchester United tomorrow. The defender missed the midweek Capital One Cup win over Tottenham with a groin injury but is now back in contention. Captain Kevin Nolan again misses out as he serves the last of his three-match ban for his sending off at Liverpool while Winston Reid (ankle), Stewart Downing (calf), Andy Carroll (heel), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Mladen Petric (thigh) are also absent.
    James Tomkins: Back from injury 

    12/20/2013 1:43:55 PM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff City fans have today been showing their support for Malky Mackay. Amid reports that owner Vincent Tan has asked him to resign or be sacked, the supporters have been making it clear that it is not the manager they want out.

    12/20/2013 1:56:26 PM
  • [everton] Everton have James McCarthy back available for Sunday's Premier League match at Swansea, live on Sky Sports 1HD, with the midfielder having completed his suspension for collecting five bookings this season. On-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained against Fulham, and Tony Hibbert (knee) is not yet ready for first-team involvement again. Fellow defender Leighton Baines is continuing to work his way back from a broken toe, with Boxing Day looking likely right now as the point at which he will be able to make his return to match action.
    James McCarthy: Available for Everton following suspension 

    12/20/2013 2:02:57 PM
  • [manchesterunited] David Moyes is hoping to have one of his star men available for Manchester United’s Premier League clash against West Ham, but Nani is facing a spell out.

    12/20/2013 2:08:14 PM
  • [stoke] Stoke boss Mark Hughes is sweating on a number of fitness issues ahead of tomorrow's game at home to Aston Villa.

    12/20/2013 2:14:18 PM
  • [liverpool] Can Liverpool finish in the top four now that Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term deal? Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has been giving his reaction on Sky Sports News Radio.
    12/20/2013 2:20:24 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manchester City have a problem at right-back for their Premier League trip to Fulham this weekend with Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards (both hamstring) injured. Possible alternatives include central defender Dedryck Boyata, midfielder James Milner or left-backs Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. The forward line is also weakened by the absence of top scorer Sergio Aguero (calf) and Stevan Jovetic (illness) is not ready to return. Defender Matija Nastasic (calf) is also still out.
    12/20/2013 2:27:55 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero could return sooner than expected from the injury he sustained in the win over Arsenal.

    12/20/2013 2:32:00 PM
  • [tottenham] Tim Sherwood has told Sky Sports News that he would like the Tottenham manager's job on a permanent basis. The 44-year-old, who had been working as the club's technical co-ordinator, took over as first-team boss on a temporary basis following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and will take charge of his first Premier League game, away to Southampton on Sunday.
    If it was down to me I'd be getting a ten-year contract now, but football doesn't work like that.

    12/20/2013 2:37:02 PM
  • [newcastle] Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned his players to expect a tough battle against Crystal Palace tomorrow, as he expects Tony Pulis to have added steel to the Eagles.
    Tony plays a brand of football that's tough to play against - physical, demanding and at times, direct and you need to be able to stand up and be counted in that manner.

    12/20/2013 2:48:11 PM
  • [manchesterunited] Manchester United winger Nani will miss Saturday's encounter against West Ham at Old Trafford. The Portugal international has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and joins Robin van Persie (thigh) and Michael Carrick (Achilles) on the sidelines. Wayne Rooney could be available after a groin injury as United look to avoid a third successive league defeat on home soil for the first time since 1979.
    Nani: Out with a hamstring injury 

    12/20/2013 2:53:42 PM
  • [stoke] Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes captain Ryan Shawcross will be fit to face Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium. The defender suffered a groin problem in Wednesday's Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester United and will be given a late fitness test. Shawcross' absence would be a major blow given his centre-back partner Robert Huth (knee) is still out, while strikers Peter Crouch (groin) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) are also doubts and midfielder Stephen Ireland cannot play against his parent club.
    Ryan Shawcross: Doubtful for Stoke's game against Aston Villa 

    12/20/2013 3:01:16 PM
  • [tottenham] Tim Sherwood says he would like the Tottenham position on a full-time basis but has not had an interview yet.

    12/20/2013 3:05:12 PM
  • [westbrom] Caretaker West Brom boss Keith Downing admits the players still feel some responsibility for Steve Clarke's sacking, as they bid to bounce back against Hull City tomorrow.
    There is a steely determination to put it right, but that has always been there. I've never seen anyone down tools. We have got to get out of this bad run.

    12/20/2013 3:11:20 PM
  • Here’s last week’s Soccer Saturday Super 6 winner Kevin Morgan receiving his cheque for £250,000 from pundit Paul Merson. Mr Morgan earned the jackpot last weekend by predicting six correct scores in gameweek 20. There’s a full set of Premier League games featured in this week’s round, with another £250,000 up for grabs while the most accurate entry will receive at least £5000 if no one lands the grand prize. Play Super 6 for free here.

    12/20/2013 3:19:22 PM
  • [fulham] Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has no new injury worries for his side's clash against Manchester City at Craven Cottage. Striker Hugo Rodallega has resumed training after his lengthy lay-off with a muscle injury but is unlikely to be rushed back into the squad. Central defender Brede Hangeland is making good progress after surgery on his sciatic nerve complaint as is defender Matthew Briggs after his hernia operation.
    12/20/2013 3:22:23 PM
  • [tottenham] Tottenham will be without Andros Townsend for their Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday. The England winger was forced off during Spurs' 2-1 Capital One Cup loss to West Ham with a hamstring injury and will not be fit to play any part at St Mary's. Caretaker manager Tim Sherwood will have captain Michael Dawson available after a ban but Paulinho is still suspended and defensive duo Younes Kaboul (thigh) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle) are also missing.
    12/20/2013 3:25:24 PM
  • [cardiff] Sky Sports News understands that Malky Mackay will not resign as Cardiff boss, despite being given an ultimatum to do so or face the sack by club owner Vincent Tan. Mackay's position has come under intense scrutiny after it emerged that Tan had sent him an email threatening to fire him unless he quit, while it is also believed Cardiff have already approached four potential candidates to replace Mackay as Bluebirds boss. Assistant boss David Kerslake took Mackay’s place at today’s pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Liverpool.
    Malky Mackay: Defiant Cardiff boss will not resign 

    12/20/2013 3:31:16 PM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff have no new injury concerns ahead of their trip to Liverpool. Craig Bellamy could yet return from a hamstring injury while Craig Noone is set to feature against his boyhood club after an impressive display against West Brom last weekend. Andreas Cornelius is pushing for a first start in the Premier League but is likely to again have to settle for a place on the bench behind Fraizer Campbell.

    12/20/2013 3:34:51 PM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on his opinion over Ashley Cole attending Arsenal's Christmas party, just days before Chelsea's clash with the Gunners.

    12/20/2013 3:38:42 PM
  • [swansea] Swansea forward Michu is a doubt for Sunday's Premier League clash with Everton. The Spaniard is nursing an ankle problem, while Nathan Dyer is facing a long spell on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage at Norwich and Michel Vorm has undergone ankle surgery. Garry Monk continues to be ruled out with a knee problem, but Leon Britton and Chico Flores should return from a toe injury and suspension respectively.
    Michu: Doubtful for Swansea 

    12/20/2013 3:44:34 PM
  • [everton] Swansea’s game against Everton is live on Sky Sports 1HD at 4pm on Sunday and promises to be a treat for the purists. Roberto Martinez’s side have been in great form this season and a number of their rising stars have been earning plaudits, but our man Adam Bate believes it is high time we all hailed the perennially under-appreciated Gareth Barry.
    Gareth Barry: Top of the class 

    12/20/2013 3:52:16 PM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea's players get into the Christmas spirit.
    12/20/2013 3:58:21 PM
  • [hull] Hull City boss Steve Bruce is determined to get to the bottom of Robbie Brady's groin injury. 

    12/20/2013 4:04:17 PM
  • [sunderland] Gus Poyet has warned his Sunderland players they have 'no excuses' if they fail to beat visiting Norwich City. Poyet is convinced the Black Cats' extra-time win over Chelsea in the Capital One Cup can be the spur they need to secure top-flight safety provided they show the mental strength required to see it through.
    We have always been looking for that key important game and now it's this one. We keep dreaming about when it's going to happen and I would like to say after this game that it is the turning point in our season.

    12/20/2013 4:12:44 PM
  • Who will triumph in Monday Night Football's big clash? Who will Tottenham turn to? The Trading Views podcast team make odds of this weekend's Premier League action, with a £25 free bet up for grabs:

    Bet on the Premier League at Sky Bet here.
    12/20/2013 4:23:45 PM
  • [fulham] Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is not daunted by the prospect of facing Manchester City tomorrow. City arrive in West London full of confidence after demolishing Arsenal 6-3 last weekend, and having beaten European champions Bayern Munich 3-2 in their previous match.
    The key is that we focus on what is right in front of us. We know we have a massive task in front of us. It doesn't matter who you are playing in this situation.

    12/20/2013 4:29:34 PM
  • [tottenham] Former manager Harry Redknapp says the players Tottenham signed in the summer are not performing well enough.

    12/20/2013 4:35:49 PM
  • [astonvilla] Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists Stoke remains as tough an away assignment as it was when Tony Pulis was in charge at the Britannia Stadium. Mark Hughes has been praised for introducing more of a passing style this season, but they are still as difficult to defeat on their own turf as ever, having lost only one of their eight home league games this season.
    Mark took over from a really successful manager in Tony and he's added one or two of his own type. But no matter what type of football Stoke are playing, it's a tough place to go.

    12/20/2013 4:47:09 PM
  • [southampton] Defender Nathaniel Clyne will face a fitness test on his hamstring complaint ahead of Southampton's home clash with Tottenham on Sunday. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will definitely have to do without Artur Boruc, Kelvin Davis, Danny Fox, Guly do Prado and Victor Wanyama, who are all still injured.
    12/20/2013 4:52:08 PM
  • [mondaynightfootball] Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side will not be lacking in confidence for the Monday Night Football clash against Chelsea. The Gunners remain top of the table but their lead is down to two points following last Saturday's 6-3 hammering at Manchester City, while they were also beaten by Napoli in the UEFA Champions League last week.
    It can happen in a season when sometimes you have a bit of a weaker period. How you respond to this kind of problem is what matters.

    Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will go head to head in Monday Night Football 

    12/20/2013 5:00:19 PM
  • [recommend] Danny Mills, Jamie Redknapp, Ed Chamberlain, Rory Delap and Gerry Armstrong preview the football weekend on Sky Sports News Radio for the next two hours. Plus, hear from all the Premier League managers. Listen live now
    12/20/2013 5:02:57 PM
    Ed Chamberlin looks ahead to the Old Trafford showdown on Saturday.

    12/20/2013 5:48:54 PM
    Jamie Redknapp previews Sunday's encounter at St Mary's.

    12/20/2013 5:55:31 PM
    Ed Chamberlin takes a look ahead to Saturday's match at the Stadium of Light.

    12/20/2013 5:59:06 PM
    Jamie Redknapp looks ahead to Sunday's match at the Liberty Stadium.

    12/20/2013 6:06:46 PM
  • I’m used to it now. I’ve been playing in England for a while. It was tough when I came here. We play every two-three days. That’s something I really enjoy, that’s what makes English football. It’s enjoyable
    [Norwich] Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong confirms on Weekend Warm-up that he is comfortable with the hectic festive schedule
    12/20/2013 6:25:04 PM
  • Sebastien Bassong says he has acclimatised to the busy Christmas schedule in England

    12/20/2013 6:29:19 PM
  • I think everyone knows Chris, he is a really good man. Before being a good manager, he’s a good man. His door is always open no matter what you want to say, if you’re unhappy, if you want to moan. He knows how to be strong with us and he knows as well how to be relaxed.
    [Norwich] Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong explains to Weekend Warm-up why manager Chris Hughton makes the club a comfortable environment for his players
    12/20/2013 6:32:57 PM
  • Swansea youngster Ben Davies is happy with his progress at the club

    12/20/2013 6:34:28 PM
  • It’s going great for me at the moment and that’s all I can ask for. I think it’s been massive how much I’ve improved as a player, physically, mentally, pretty much all round I’ve improved.
    [Swansea] Swansea full-back Ben Davies tells Weekend Warm-up he is enjoying his second season at senior level ahead of Sunday’s Sky Live clash with Everton
    12/20/2013 6:40:54 PM
  • Rob Green says Harry Redknapp has united the QPR squad

    12/20/2013 6:41:31 PM
  • It’s another game, it’s a chance to pick up three points, but it’s against one of your nearest rivals in the league and you guys are covering it because it’s two teams going well in the run of games that we’ve got in the run of games leading up to Christmas. It’s a busy time and it’s one of the bigger games we’ll have this season, particularly at home so it’s going to be a tough test for us.
    [football] QPR goalkeeper Rob Green tells Weekend Warm-up he is relishing the Sky Live clash with Championship rivals Leicester on Saturday
    12/20/2013 6:43:38 PM
  • He’s been great this season, it’s been difficult for him at times with injuries or just how the season’s gone because he’s been up on his own at times but we’ve got a lot of quality in midfield. He’s been up on his own, carrying the line like that for us has been brilliant, to score goals as well, at this level, that’s why the club paid what they paid for him. If you’re looking at a season where you want to get promoted you’re looking at a goal scorer scoring 20 goals a season and hopefully he’s on course for that if he can carry on how he’s going.

    He’s shown that if you provide the service to him then he’ll take chances.
    QPR goalkeeper Rob Green praises the contribution of striker Charlie Austin on Weekend Warm-up
    12/20/2013 6:49:22 PM
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