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    Just got in? Re-live all of the day's best moments throught the eyes of the Soccer Saturday team!
    12/28/2013 7:56:54 PM
    Our live blog returns in the morning as we count down to another huge day of football. We've got Newcastle v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool live on Sky Sports 1 plus we'll bring you all you need to know about Everton v Southampton, Tottenham v Stoke and all of the games in the Football League too. [supersunday]
    12/28/2013 7:58:20 PM
    It's been a blast. There's one more day of football in 2013, so make it count. You know where to find us! Enjoy your evening everybody.
    12/28/2013 7:59:11 PM
  • [sundaysupplement] Despite Tim Sherwood's appointment until the end of last season, some of this morning's back pages have linked Spurs with a host of potential new managers, but Henry Winter thinks that the speculation should not affect him:
    I don't think that will worry Tim Sherwood. I think he's got such a strong character and he knows that there will be headlines. He's been granted this opportunity very early in his managerial career. I think he will just look to impose his ideas on a very under-performing set of players.

    12/29/2013 9:51:17 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] A number of the morning's papers have linked Arsenal with a move for 21-year-old Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, something which Martin Lipton believes could be a good deal:
    They need a striker definitely. Morata's got a very good reputation, but I don't suppose he's eligible for the Champions League. If they can get him and if he's available, they'd be foolish not to go for him. They definitely need someone up top.

    12/29/2013 10:00:08 AM
  • [newspaper] You can see what all of this morning's papers are saying in our Paper Review, which looks at potential Arsenal signings, the future of Ashley Cole, Nani, Tim Sherwood and much more.
    12/29/2013 10:02:46 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Speaking of Ashley Cole, who has been linked with PSG and Real Madrid among others, Charlie Wyett thinks that a certain Everton full-back could benefit from Cole's lack of first-team action for Chelsea:
    His situation is all very good for Leighton Baines. If this continues, Roy Hodgson just can't start him in Manaus against Italy. At this rate, Leighton Baines will be considering himself to be favourite to play at the World Cup. How Ashley Cole will deal with that will be one of the biggest tests of his career.

    12/29/2013 10:05:39 AM
  • [everton] Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he can 'guarantee' that Leighton Baines will not be leaving during the January transfer window, despite reports linking him with a move to Manchester United:
    In football you don't work long-term, you go window to window and I can guarantee that Leighton will be here at the end of the season. That is 100 per cent. That is how you work from window to window - to have a stronger squad than previously. Leighton is vital for us in the second half of the season. Bryan Oviedo has been terrific, but we need Leighton and Bryan fit for us, if we are going to fight for our football dream.

    12/29/2013 10:07:58 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Attentions turn to Luis Suarez ahead of Liverpool's trip to Chelsea, with the panel full of praise for the striker. Martin Lipton says:
    If he behaves himself between now and the end of the season, he would be a stick on for Player of the Season. It would be a landslide, it would be a question of who is not voting for him. He has been absolutely magnificent.
    Henry Winter adds:
    There's credit due in all this to Liverpool, to Brendan Rodgers and the owners in the way that they've tried to nudge Suarez to open his eyes and realise that he could become a true legend at the club and in the game if he sorts out this strange, aggressive and nasty side to his character.

    12/29/2013 10:13:51 AM
  • [twitter] Manchester United's Patrice Evra following his side's sixth straight win in all competitions:

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  • [sundaysupplement] In the last show of the year, the panel reflect upon 2013 and what we can expect in the future. Henry Winter is positive about the England team, particularly Everton midfielder Ross Barkley:
    I think there are some good players coming through. You look at Barkley and you just hope that when it comes down to it, Hodgson throws away the caution and does go for it.

    12/29/2013 10:25:25 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] That is it for the final Sunday Supplement of 2013, next up on Sky Sports 1 is Goals on Sunday where hosts Chris Kamara and Ben Shephard are joined in the studio by former Aston Villa striker John Carew and former England and Liverpool star John Barnes. They will be looking back at all of yesterday's action and much more, so stay tuned as we bring you the best bits.
    12/29/2013 10:32:11 AM
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  • [goalsonsunday] John Barnes reflects on his various ventures into music and ponders why footballers rarely make records nowadays:
    I think football has changed because I think there's a much more serious side to it. You leave yourself open to much more criticism if things go wrong like if you've made a record and wore white suits to a cup final, it shouldn't really matter when it comes to a game but we know what the media are like if things go wrong. I think that the fans like it if you have a bit of a laugh and a joke but you do leave yourselves open.

    12/29/2013 10:41:47 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] John Barnes then looks back at West Ham's 3-3 draw with West Brom yesterday, opting to praise the visitors:
    I thought that West Brom were always threatening, even in the first-half when they weren't having too many chances, they were always pressing and getting into good areas.
    Although speaking of Joe Cole's opening goal, John Carew believes that the West Brom defence should have dealt better with Carlton Cole's flick-on for the assist:
    I flicked a few on at Aston Villa but the defence should have this under control when Carlton Cole's flicks it on.

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  • [westham] Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has suggested he wants to stay at Al Ain despite being the subject of an approach from West Ham United:
    My heart and soul are attached to Al Ain and I always look forward to show the best level that satisfies my ambitions with my team and the fans and administration's aspirations as well. West Ham have made an offer for me, but it is up to Al Ain to make a decision. I have a contract with them. So I will remain focused on my work.

    12/29/2013 10:51:11 AM
  • [twitter] Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is hoping to bounce back from the 5-1 defeat at Newcastle as his side travels to Spurs:

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  • [goalsonsunday] Chris Kamara  casts his eye over the situation at Cardiff City, saying that it could have a negative effect on performances:
    I said at the time, it's no good for anybody. It's no good for the football club, for the fans or for Malky. To be fair to them, under Kerslake, they did fantastic. This fella (Tan) puts his money where his mouth his, but the thing he's going to have to be careful of, I know they've thrown away a two-goal lead, but you can't boo your team off in the way the fans do.

    12/29/2013 11:07:59 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a reported target to replace Malky Mackay at Cardiff, John Carew gives his backing to his fellow countryman:
    They've been writing and talking about it a lot in the newspapers. I think he's a good candidate, he's a got a good reputation in Norway and has done really well. In Norway he's huge of course. It would be fun for Norwegians to have him in the Premier League. He needs to look if he's ready or not, managing in Norway and England are two different things.

    12/29/2013 11:10:45 AM
  • [twitter] Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is looking to help his side return to the top of the table with a win at Newcastle today: 
    12/29/2013 11:14:41 AM
  • [twitter] Programmes anyone?

    12/29/2013 11:18:53 AM
  • [supersunday] Sky Sports co-commentator Davie Provan is at St James' Park ahead of the first of today's two Super Sunday installments, and he is feeling optimistic of Newcastle's chances against Arsenal:
    I don't think Newcastle will lose the game. It's hard to split them but having watched a lot of Newcastle recently, they couldn't be playing any better than they are right now. I don't think they will lose the game, that's as far as I'm willing to stick my neck out.

    12/29/2013 11:25:34 AM
  • [twitter] West Ham striker Andy Carroll on Twitter, perhaps a reference to his return from injury?

    12/29/2013 11:27:14 AM
  • [twitter] A thigh complaint will keep Aaron Ramsey out of Arsenal's trip to Newcastle, but he will still be cheering on the Gunners...
    12/29/2013 11:28:40 AM
  • [astonvilla] Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is adamant he does not feel 'immune' from the sack, despite his good relationship with chairman Randy Lerner:
    I've got a good relationship with Randy, but that doesn't mean I'm immune to it. I always have that fear. I always had that fear as a footballer and I always do when I'm the manager. I think you've got to have that. It's been the same at every club I've managed. I don't think it will get any tougher than what happened last year and he was great with me then. I spoke to him last night and he's been good now as well.

    12/29/2013 11:31:50 AM
  • [chriskamara] Looking back at Hull City's 6-0 thrashing of Fulham yesterday, Chris Kamara pin-points another impressive display from Tom Huddlestone:
    It was a fabulous performance. I saw Tom Huddlestone at West Brom a few weeks back - he was outstanding. The thing I liked about him is that he looked forward every time even though he was sitting in front of the back four. He got his goal yesterday which means that he can finally get his hair cut after two years.

    12/29/2013 11:35:15 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Speaking of Huddlestone, John Barnes was also full of praise for the Hull midfielder:
    There's not a player in the Premier League who can strike a ball as well as him with both his left and right foot. You see some of these passes he sprays and you would have though he scores more goals than he does because he's got a great strike.

    12/29/2013 11:41:42 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Although Barnes admits that he does have doubts over whether Huddlestone should be called up to the England squad:
    I think when you're playing international football as a holding midfield player, particularly when you know the opposition are likely to have more possession than you, you have to be more mobile defensively in terms of covering because you know you're going to be under lots of pressure and that relies on a midfield player who has lots of energy. Tom is a fantastic player but I don't think his mobility is there. If he's playing in a team with lots of possession, yes, but if you're going to ask your holding midfielder to do a lot of work defensively in front of your back four then I don't think Tom is the man. 

    12/29/2013 11:43:58 AM
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  • [twitter] Here's what Huddlestone had to say on Twitter after yesterday's game which also coincided with his 27th birthday:

    12/29/2013 11:49:10 AM
  • [twitter] There's also some Scottish Premiership action this afternoon, starting at Inverness who host Celtic (12.30pm): 

    12/29/2013 11:52:20 AM
  • [twitter] Southampton face Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon and we will bring team news as soon as it arrives:
    12/29/2013 11:56:50 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Following Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Swansea yesterday, John Carew looks at the fortunes of his former side so far this season:
    I call it the magical 40 points and they're en route to get those 40 points but it's a worrying trend. They need a goalscorer.

    12/29/2013 11:58:36 AM
  • [goalsonsunday]John Carew and John Barnes are the guests on the Goals on Sunday sofa.

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  • [goalsonsunday]John Carew gives his thoughts on Manchester United:
    Man Utd will always be in contention. Even though they were a few points behind they are starting to catch up now. They could easily win the next few games and everything will change.

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  • It's a bright day at St James' Park ahead of today's big match

    12/29/2013 12:18:54 PM
  • [goalsonsunday]Carew is in no doubt as to who the strongest team in the Premier League is:
    Man City didn't play well (against Crystal Palace) but they won and that is the important thing. They have the highest top level in the league and have the championship in their hands. 

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  • [manchestercity]Glenn Hoddle on Manchester City's 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday:
    City are free-flowing at home but yesterday they got themselves across the line. Nobody will remember that game. They staggered over the line and they will move on. This is what won the title for Manchester United last season; grinding results out against the lesser teams.

    12/29/2013 12:39:02 PM
    [goal] Kris Commons puts Celtic ahead with a low drive through the keeper's legs after just three minutes.

    12/29/2013 12:39:13 PM
  • [jamiecarragher]Jamie Carragher on Jose Mourinho:
    Jose Mourinho seems to need to have a fight. In the past it has been with Arsene Wenger. At Porto he had something with Alex Ferguson. Benitez, of course. I'm sure he will be looking for someone again this season... he has been sticking his oar into Manchester City.

    12/29/2013 12:44:29 PM
  • [southampton]Southampton side to face Everton: Kelvin Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Clyne, Yoshida, Ramirez, Gazzaniga, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher.

    12/29/2013 12:47:10 PM
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