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  • [recommend]Our Cup of Dreams feature returns ahead of this weekend's fourth-round action and in this latest edition, we're focusing on the holders. Wigan Athletic entertain Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium on Saturday and James McArthur has been speaking to's Graeme Bailey ahead of that tie. The 26-year-old Scotland midfielder insists the novelty of the competition hasn't worn off for Latics...
    It is strange, but I think the boys from last year have that spark after winning it - in football you never know and everyone is excited.
    James McArthur and James McCarthy: Cup winners with Wigan in May 
    1/24/2014 1:51:43 PM
  • [swansea]Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman are set to return from injury for Swansea's FA Cup fourth-round clash at BirminghamWinger Hernandez has been sidelined for over three weeks with a hamstring injury, while De Guzman has been hindered by a calf problem, but both are in contention to face the Blues. But Nathan Dyer, Michel Vorm, Michu, Jose Canas and Garry Monk all remain on the absentee list.
    Pablo Hernandez: Set to return for Swans 
    1/24/2014 1:56:45 PM
  • [skysportsnews]Coming up on SSN - Nick Collins in conversation with UEFA's new coaching ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson...
    Nick Collins interviews Sir Alex Ferguson for SSN 
    1/24/2014 1:59:13 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manchester City top scorer Alvaro Negredo (shoulder) and playmaker David Silva (hamstring) will both miss Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Watford at the Etihad Stadium. Defender Micah Richards could be in contention after hamstring trouble while goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is likely to continue and youngster Marcos Lopes could get another chance. Midfielder Samir Nasri is the only major absentee due to a knee injury.
    Alvaro Negredo: Ruled out against Watford 
    1/24/2014 2:03:44 PM
  • [watford]Watford are without Lewis McGugan and Iriney as they attempt to become the first English club to win away at Manchester City this season. McGugan is ruled out with a thigh problem while Iriney has a groin strain. They join suspended duo Fitz Hall and Alexander Merkel and the cup-tied Hector Bellerin on the sidelines. But Marco Cassetti has been passed fit after overcoming the knee problem that has kept him sidelined since the original third-round tie against Bristol City at the start of January, while loanee Mathias Ranegie could make his Hornets debut in the FA Cup fourth-round tie at the Etihad.
    1/24/2014 2:05:14 PM
  • [goalsonsunday]Former Chelsea and Watford manager Gianluca Vialli will be the guest of Chris Kamara and Ben Shephard on Goals on Sunday (Sky Sports 1HD, 11.30am). The Italian will be discussing the Blues' transfer targets, their title chances and his own career at the Bridge. Don't miss it!

    1/24/2014 2:11:04 PM
  • [huddersfield]Huddersfield strikers Nahki Wells and Joe Lolley are both ineligible for the home FA Cup tie against Charlton on Saturday. Wells, who has scored two goals in his first two games for the club, appeared for Bradford in the first round, while Lolley struck the winner for previous club Kidderminster in their third-round replay win against Peterborough. Fellow forward Martin Paterson (thigh) and defender Joel Lynch (groin/hip) remain doubtful, but leading goalscorer James Vaughan could return to the starting line-up. He stepped off the bench at QPR last week following a five-game lay-off due to an ankle injury. Club skipper Peter Clarke, sidelined since early November, is back in training following knee surgery.
    1/24/2014 2:20:31 PM
  • [realmadrid]You can see Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid on Saturday evening when we bring you coverage of the Spanish giants' La Liga clash at home to Granada (Sky Sports 4HD from 5.15pm). Our man Adam Bate has been taking a closer look at Bale's form for Real since his world-record switch from Tottenham in the summer, and he's been impressed with what he's seen - read the full feature here.
    Gareth Bale: Cutting a dash at Real 
    1/24/2014 2:26:08 PM
  • [charlton]Charlton can include Standard Liege loanees Yohann Thuram-Ulien and Astrit Ajdarevic to their squad for the FA Cup fourth-round trip to HuddersfieldGoalkeeper Thuram-Ulien and midfielder Ajdarevic made their Addicks debuts at Middlesbrough last weekend but were ineligible to face Oxford in Tuesday's third-round replay as they were not signed before the original tie. Boss Chris Powell must decide whether to recall Thuram-Ulien or stick with Ben Alnwick, who returned in goal against Oxford after recovering from illness. Defenders Chris Solly and Richard Wood could return after they were rested in midweek but Rhoys Wiggins is suspended and Marvin Sordell (hamstring) and Leon Cort (knee) are injured.
    1/24/2014 2:27:49 PM
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    1/24/2014 2:29:30 PM
  • [chelsea]Jose Mourinho discusses Spain midfielder Juan Mata's impending move from Chelsea to Manchester United.

    1/24/2014 2:31:46 PM
  • [sheffieldwednesday]Sheffield Wednesday will be without striker Connor Wickham for their fourth-round clash at RochdaleThe on-loan Sunderland forward does not have permission to play in the competition, but another forward, Caolan Lavery, is available and is expected to resume up front. Midfielder Giles Coke is in contention following a hamstring injury, while on-loan goalkeeper Damian Martinez could return in place of Chris Kirkland. Meanwhile, defender Ollie Lancashire is a major doubt for Rochdale. The central defender limped out of the midweek draw at Chesterfield due to an unspecified injury and was replaced by Rhys Bennett, who could start although Ashley Eastham will also be in contention.
    1/24/2014 2:37:12 PM
  • [spanishfootball]As well as showing Real Madrid v Granada on Saturday evening, we'll be bringing you live coverage from six other games in Spain's Primera Division over the course of the next three days. Here's a handy guide to what's on...
    • SATURDAY, Sky Sports 1HD from 6.55pm: Valencia v Espanyol (7pm); Sevilla v Levante (9pm).
    • SUNDAY, Sky Sports 1HD from 3.55pm: Osasuna v Athletic Bilbao (4pm); Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid (6pm); Barcelona v Malaga (8pm).
    • MONDAY, Sky Sports Xtra from 7pm: Real Sociedad v Elche (9pm).
    1/24/2014 2:45:51 PM
  • [audio]Remember Dave Bennett? He was the man who provided the cross for Keith Houchen's FA Cup winning goal for Coventry in 1987. Can the Sky Blues upset Arsenal at the Emirates tonight? Bennett has been having his say on Sky Sports News Radio.

    1/24/2014 2:50:37 PM
  • [stoke]Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could make his return to action in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (kick-off 3.30pm) after being sidelined for six matches by a broken finger. Kenwyne Jones, who was not considered for selection last time out as a result of his refusal to play in the game before that, may also be back in the squad, with Potters boss Mark Hughes having said the striker "comes into our thinking". John Guidetti, the frontman on loan from Manchester City, will be assessed having felt ill on Friday, while Robert Huth (knee), Andy Wilkinson (heel) and Matthew Etherington (calf) remain unavailable.
    Begovic: Could play at Chelsea 
    1/24/2014 2:54:43 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has criticised Juan Mata's proposed move to Manchester United.

    1/24/2014 2:56:08 PM
  • [wigan]Uwe Rosler has confirmed Nick Powell will be on the bench when Wigan host Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA CupThe on-loan Manchester United forward played through the pain barrier against Doncaster last weekend after picking up several knocks but will not be involved from the start against the Premier League strugglers. New loan signing Josh McEachran will also not play with Latics boss Rosler instead putting him on a specific training plan to improve his fitness. Defender Tyias Browning, borrowed from Everton, does not have permission to play while Rob Kiernan is cup-tied and the likes of Shaun Maloney (shoulder) are still absent.
    1/24/2014 2:59:31 PM
  • New midfield signing Stefan Johansen is added to the Celtic squad for the Scottish Premiership clash with Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday (12.45pm), live on Sky Sports 1HD. Defender Adam Matthews will be out for at least a couple of more weeks with a calf complaint but forward Georgios Samaras will return from a hamstring injury. Mikael Lustig (hip), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out. [celtic]
    1/24/2014 3:07:58 PM
  • Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia insists he and his team-mates cannot afford to be daunted by the prospect of facing Manchester City in the FA Cup this weekend. [watford]
    We will not be able to make any mistakes because they will punish us but it is a gift for us to play against one of the best teams in the world and we are looking forward to it.

    1/24/2014 3:14:01 PM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho has told Arsene Wenger he should be happy Chelsea are selling Juan Mata to Manchester UnitedThe £37m sale of Mata has been sanctioned less than a week after United's defeat at Stamford Bridge, and he cannot now face Chelsea this season. That timing left Arsenal boss Wenger questioning the fairness of a transfer system which means Mata will play against Chelsea's title rivals on the run-in. But Mourinho has laughed off his rival's concern.
    Wenger complaining is normal, because he always does. It's something that we know. When a player plays for a club on August 20 and two weeks later on September 5 plays against the same club with a different shirt, this is normal, because this is the market.

    1/24/2014 3:33:51 PM
  • Sir Alex Ferguson believes there are still six teams who could win the Premier League and admits he is enjoying watching the football "as a fan". The former Manchester United boss, who is still a director at Old Trafford and has accepted a role as UEFA's coaching ambassador, has been speaking to Sky Sports News and admits United's city rivals currently look best-placed to claim the title in May, but anticipates a thrilling end to the season. [skysportsnews]
    This year for the first time it reallly looks as if five or six could be involved, so it's a great Premier League. You have to say Manchester City are playing so well, there is no dispute about that, but the teams at the top at the minute must have a big chance.

    1/24/2014 3:50:31 PM
  • Paddy McCarthy is expected to make the Crystal Palace squad for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Wigan. The defender was named on the bench for the third-round win at West Brom but will be hoping to figure at the DW Stadium after groin trouble. Boss Tony Pulis is expected to make some changes but Jerome Thomas and Kagisho Dikgacoi are still suffering from calf problems and Jack Hunt (ankle) and Glenn Murray (knee) are out. [crystalpalace]
    1/24/2014 3:52:40 PM
  • Argentina internationals Oscar Ustari and Santiago Vergini will make their debuts for Sunderland in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to KidderminsterKeeper Ustari and central defender Vergini, who signed for the Black Cats earlier this week, were unused substitutes as Gus Poyet's men squeezed past Manchester United into the Capital One Cup final at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, but will play in a much-changed side against the Skrill Premier outfit. Poyet intends to make wholesale changes with Stoke due at the Stadium of Light in a crucial Premier League fixture on Wednesday night, but while he has several players recovering from their midweek exertions, only defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) and keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder surgery) are out. [sunderland]
    1/24/2014 4:13:47 PM
  • West Ham United are not in action this weekend - but have made a bid for Leeds United captain Ross McCormack, Sky Sports understands. The Scotland international is the top scorer in the Championship with 18 goals to his name already. McCormack has just been made captain at Elland Road by manager Brian McDermott, who will not want to lose his star striker. But West Ham are confident that they can prise McCormack away as they look to complete at least three deals before the transfer window closes next Friday. [westham]

    1/24/2014 4:18:23 PM
  • Hibernian defenders Paul Hanlon (thigh) and Ryan McGivern (hamstring) will both miss the visit of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic (12.45pm) on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1HD. Midfielder Scott Robertson is suspended for the lunchtime encounter but Daniel Handling has overcome a heel injury. Manager Terry Butcher revealed this week that Kevin Thomson and Tim Clancy, who have been unable to work their way into his plans, were also missing through injury. [scottishfootball]
    1/24/2014 4:40:57 PM
  • It's 5pm on a Friday, so how about some Hometime Headlines?
    1/24/2014 5:02:47 PM
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    1/24/2014 5:22:15 PM
  • Paul Merson has told Sky Sports News Radio that he thinks Juan Mata's imminent arrival at Manchester United will spell the end of Wayne Rooney's time at Old Trafford.
    1/24/2014 5:31:44 PM
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    1/24/2014 5:33:22 PM
  • [betting]Here’s how Sky Bet price up the FA Cup outright odds ahead of this weekend’s games. Arsenal are in action tonight and could shorten from 9/2 if they beat Coventry. See all our odds on the FA Cup, including enhanced accumulators, here.

    1/24/2014 5:35:48 PM
  • We'll be building up to tonight's live football soon, with team news and pics ahead of the two FA Cup games (Arsenal v Coventry, Nottingham Forest v Preston) and the League One clash between Brentford and Gillingham, which is live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm.
    1/24/2014 6:25:27 PM
  • 1/24/2014 6:52:24 PM
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    1/24/2014 6:53:29 PM
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    1/24/2014 6:53:53 PM
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    1/24/2014 6:57:58 PM
    Arsene Wenger names a strong Arsenal XI to take on League One side Coventry at the Emirates Stadium, including club-record signing Mesut Ozil. Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner returns from an ankle injury suffered on New Year's Day, while England internationals Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all start. Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley includes striker Leon Clarke in his side despite his transfer request.
    1/24/2014 7:06:39 PM
    Brentford: Button, Logan, O'Connor, Craig, Bidwell, Judge, Douglas, McCormack, Saville, Donaldson, Trotta. 
    Subs: Lee, Grigg, Dallas, Diagouraga, Reeves, Akpom, Adams

    Gillingham: Nelson, Hewitt, Legge, Barrett, Martin, Harriman, Linganzi, Gregory, Weston, McDonald, Fagan. 
    Subs: Davies, Akinfenwa, Dack, Smith, Howard, Marriott, Hessenthaler

    1/24/2014 7:19:21 PM

  • 1/24/2014 7:36:06 PM
    Nottm Forest: Darlow, Jara, Halford, Collins, Lichaj, Majewski, Vaughan, Reid, Mackie, Cox, Paterson. 
    Subs: Harding, Moussi, Henderson, Lascelles, Derbyshire, De Vries, Abdoun
    Preston: Rudd, Wiseman, Clarke, Wright, Buchanan, Brownhill, Welsh, Kilkenny, Humphrey, Garner, Gallagher
    Subs: Stuckmann, Keane, Laird, Beavon, Holmes, King, Hume.

    1/24/2014 7:45:04 PM
    We're under way at the Emirates...
    1/24/2014 7:47:26 PM
    Some slick movement earns Arsenal the first corner of the game. Ozil takes it short and Wilshere is invited to shoot from distance, but it flies wide.
    1/24/2014 7:48:59 PM
    Arsene Wenger has an Arsenal blanket keeping his legs warm on the bench. Coventry venture forward and Daniels' cross is good towards Clarke, but Arsenal clear.
    1/24/2014 7:50:32 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 COVENTRY [arsenal]
    Podolski dances into the box, lays off to Gibbs, whose whipped cross is headed behind for a corner. Coventry clear through Fleck, but it's all Arsenal here.
    1/24/2014 7:52:55 PM
    Jenkinson galavants down the right and crosses well, but it's just too far in front of Podolski and he can't keep his volley down. 
    1/24/2014 7:55:44 PM
    Jenkinson in acres of space as the Gunners' supreme movement leaves the visitors in all sorts of bother, but Baker is firm in the challenge and the chance is gone, for now.
    1/24/2014 7:57:14 PM
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