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  • [sundaysupplement] Henry Winter believes that Everton's impressive season so far has only increased the spotlight on David Moyes:
    It doesn't help that Everton under Martinez have played attractive football and successful football.

    2/2/2014 9:15:59 AM
  • [mondaynightfootball] Ahead of the Monday Night Football showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea, Jose Mourinho believes that their opponents have underachieved somewhat:
    They won one title, won a couple of cups. Only in Europe they didn't do well, or close to doing well. Speaking objectively, they did very bad in the Champions League in previous seasons, also in the Europa League. But the team is fantastic, the squad is fantastic and normally they (should) win more titles.

    2/2/2014 9:26:55 AM
  • [manchestercity] Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he 'trusts' Joe Hart and has praised the goalkeeper's improvement in recent weeks:
    He has improved a lot. It was very important for him to have a rest. Now you can see good performances and that is very important for the team. He's improved everything. He was not taking good decisions, maybe his stats were not 100 per cent, so having a rest was very useful to him. I trust him because I see him working every day.

    2/2/2014 11:10:33 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Allan McGregor believes that the Scottish Premiership is not the same without the Old Firm derby:
    Celtic and Rangers are massive in Scotland. To miss those games is a massive loss to Scottish football.

    2/2/2014 11:14:20 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Speaking of his current club, Hull City, McGregor talks about his hopes for this season and praises manager Steve Bruce:
    I'm sure the expectation is just to stay in the league. Anything above that is a bonus. He (Bruce) just gives you that confidence as a player - definitely one of the best managers I've ever worked with.

    2/2/2014 11:20:41 AM
  • [supersunday] Alan Smith is at the Hawthorns for Sky Sports ahead of West Brom's clash with Liverpool and he gives us his thoughts:
    It's a big game for Pepe Mel, he drew 1-1 here on his debut against Everton which was a good point for him but he won't have been happy throwing away a two-goal lead against Villa. If they do that against Liverpool with Suarez and Sturridge, they will get punished. Coutinho and Raheem Sterling have also showed signs of form.

    2/2/2014 11:22:33 AM
  • [twitter] Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong on Twitter...
    2/2/2014 11:26:56 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] From this morning's Sunday Supplement, Henry Winter explains what is going on at Leeds Unitedimg.
    2/2/2014 11:32:13 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Asmir Begovic looks back at the time when he first joined Stoke from Portsmouth and tells us why he turned down a move to Tottenham:
    It was just a career decision. At the end of January, Portsmouth had a number of financial offers. I knew Stoke were interested and as a couple of days went on, I made the decision. Speaking to Tony (Pulis) as well and his plans, I felt it was the best move for my career.

    2/2/2014 11:45:19 AM
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    2/2/2014 11:49:05 AM
  • MANAGERS' VIEW
    The two bosses have also been speaking to us as we approach kick-off. First up, Pepe Mel...

    2/2/2014 1:10:51 PM
  • CARRA MEETS RODGERS (AGAIN)[liverpool]
    And we sent Jamie Carragher back to his old club for a chat with his old manager...

    2/2/2014 1:15:55 PM
  • [betting]Here’s Sky Bet’s featured Price Boosts ahead of kick-off. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring in the Merseyside derby and can be backed at 10/1 to do likewise today. The Reds are 8/13 favourites with West Brom a massive 9/2 for a home win.

    2/2/2014 1:17:12 PM
  • If you fancy following today's first game on your radio, the Sky Sports News Radio team will be joined in the studio by Danny Higginbotham. Manchester United past or not, he's tipping Brendan Rodgers' boys...

    2/2/2014 1:21:04 PM
  • [scottishfootball] HEARTS 0-1 INVERNESS
    Greg Tansey gives Inverness a deserved lead in the 54th minute with a superb 23-yard strike, in this Scottish League Cup semi-final at Easter Road.
    2/2/2014 1:27:30 PM
  • [kick-off]OFF AND RUNNING
    Referee Kevin Friend whistles us away at The Hawthorns, and it's West Brom who start in possession

    2/2/2014 1:30:03 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
    Neither side doing a terrific job of keeping the ball early on. The ball's bobbling a bit off the pitch, too, which won't help matters
    2/2/2014 1:33:49 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
    Yacob has a nibble at Suarez's ankles and gives away a free-kick 30 yards out. We've seen Suarez stick one in from here a couple of times this season already...not this time, though, as it cannons behind off the wall
    2/2/2014 1:36:56 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
    Gerrard overhits the corner, which won't have overly impressed one spectator with a vested interest...


    2/2/2014 1:38:50 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
    First hint of excitement for the home fans as Gera swings a first-time cross towards the near post, where Skrtel's toe beats Vydra's head to the ball
    2/2/2014 1:41:59 PM
  • [scottishfootball] HEARTS 2-1 INVERNESS
    Two goals in two minutes from Jamie Hamill turns this League Cup semi-final on its head. After Gary Warren was sent-off for a second yellow card, a brace of free-kicks see Hearts take the lead at Easter Road – a little harsh on Inverness who had dominated the opening hour of play.
    2/2/2014 1:44:24 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
    It's not often you question Suarez, but here's a rare chance as he seems to be in on goal only to turn back. McAuley takes advantage, nipping in to break up play
    2/2/2014 1:44:34 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS
    [betting]There haven’t been many chances at the Hawthorns and Sky Bet offer 10/1 that it ends up 0-0, while it’s evens (1/1) to be level at the break. See all our in-play odds here.
    2/2/2014 1:45:22 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL[westbrom]
    Yacob is taking his midfield enforcer role a little too seriously here, and a third early hack - this time on Gerrard - sends ref Friend to his pocket in search of the yellow card. Moments alter we get the game's first shot - a Mulumbu strike which looks threatening until Gerrard gets in the way
    2/2/2014 1:45:56 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-0 LIVERPOOL


    Claudio Yacob gets stuck in on his way to an early booking at The Hawthorns 

    2/2/2014 1:49:54 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! WEST BROM 0-1 LIVERPOOL (Sturridge)
    Liverpool in front out of nowhere, and Sturridge scores for the sixth game running. Coutinho and Sterling combine to give Suarez the ball in the Albion box, and he squeezes a cross through a static Albion defence to lay on a back-post tap-in for his pal. Hint of offside, perhaps? A replay might give us an answer...
    2/2/2014 1:54:13 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-1 LIVERPOOL
    Suarez lines up his second free-kick of the afternoon, and he's getting closer. This one briefly has Foster scrabbling across his goal-line, but it's comfortably wide in the end.
    2/2/2014 1:58:47 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-1 LIVERPOOL[liverpool]
    Three replays in, it's still none too clear whether Jones is playing Sturridge onside for the goal. On that basis, the linesman will reckon he did the right thing applying the 'benefit of the doubt' directive
    2/2/2014 2:01:40 PM

  • 2/2/2014 2:03:10 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS
    [betting]West Brom are now 9/2 to salvage a point from this game and 9/1 to turn it around altogether for a win. Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge is 6/1 to score the next goal having bagged the opener. See all our in-play odds here.
    2/2/2014 2:03:43 PM
  • WEST BROM 0-1 LIVERPOOL
    Real scramble in the Albion box as Gerrard's corner causes chaos. Suarez and Toure both have the chance to bundle the ball over the line, neither succeeds
    2/2/2014 2:03:59 PM
  • CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE[fl72]
    Half-time in today's two Championship games. Watford still lead Brighton 1-0, and we've had a couple more goals at the City Ground, where Forest now lead Yeovil 2-1. Moore briefly had the visitors level, but a Cox strike has Billy Davies' side in front at the break
    2/2/2014 3:53:16 PM
  • [scottishfootball] CELTIC 1-0 ST MIRREN
    Half-time in Glasgow where an early strike by Kris Commons divides the teams.
    2/2/2014 3:54:39 PM
  • [twitter]Here's a stat to encourage Arsenal supporters. Either that, or have them gnawing at their fingernails over their centre-forward's fitness...

    2/2/2014 3:56:14 PM
  • [jamieredknapp]Here’s how Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp sees events unfolding at the Emirates. Follow his tips on Sky Bet here.

    2/2/2014 3:56:48 PM
  • [crystalpalace]Last word before kick-off goes to palace boss Tony Pulis...

    2/2/2014 3:59:42 PM
  • [kick-off]ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE
    Here we go then...
    2/2/2014 4:00:17 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE
    Pattern of play pretty much as you'd expect early on - Arsenal keeping the ball, Palace dropping right back to the edge of their box
    2/2/2014 4:03:51 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE[save] SAVE!
    First bit of penetration is provided by Ozil, who spots Monreal's run and picks out the left-back with a lovely pass. Speroni's out like a whippet, though, and the Spaniard can't force the ball past him from a tight angle
    2/2/2014 4:08:04 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE[arsenal]
    Palace can't get a kick - of the ball, anyway. Digkacoi has a nibble at Podolski, and Arsenal have a free-kick 25 yards from goal...Cazorla lines it up, but he gets it all wrong and the ball sails a mile over
    2/2/2014 4:10:40 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS
    [betting]Palace are now 9/1 to take a point from this game, but they’ll surely have to score the next goal if they’re to have any chance. Sky Bet make Arsenal 4/6 to score the next goal with the visitors given an 11/2 chance. Bet in-play here.
    2/2/2014 5:17:48 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE
    Chamberlain perhaps a little carried away by his goal as he lets fly from nigh-on 40 yards. Speroni's not called into action
    2/2/2014 5:18:44 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE
    Monreal sells Arteta short with a horrible pass, and palace have a break on. Decent defending from Arsenal's centre-halves dampens the danger
    2/2/2014 5:22:22 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE[crystalpalace]
    Delaney ploughs into tackle from behind on Cazorla to earn himself a yellow card. He does win the ball, but the ref obviously thinks it's reckless. Palace having a decent spell, nonetheless, and Bannan skies over with a half-chance on the edge of the box
    2/2/2014 5:26:41 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE
    Arsene Wenger is concerned enough to make a change, sending on Rosicky for Podolski. Mixed bag from the German today
    2/2/2014 5:29:33 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! ARSENAL 2-0 PALACE (Oxlade-Chamberlain)
    This could be a killer blow for Palace, and it's Chamberlain who doubles the lead with his second. Chamberlain back-heels to Giroud and collects a return pass before cutting in from the left to fire in a low shot via Speroni's left hand
    2/2/2014 5:30:49 PM
  • ARSENAL 2-0 PALACE
    Arsene Wenger tells anyone who'll listen that Chamberlain will be a top central midfield player - he's certainly justified his manager's faith today...


    2/2/2014 5:35:55 PM
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