England

Friday, December 26, 2014

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Paul Lambert's side picked up a morale-boosting draw against Manchester United last weekend and will look to build upon that display on Friday

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The Black Cats are in good spirits after beating rivals Newcastle last week and will hope to heap more misery on their former coach Steve Bruce and his struggling side

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Foxes boss Nigel Pearson has come under increasing pressure with his side embroiled in a relegation fight and will hope to spark an upturn in their fortunes this afternoon

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Roberto Martinez's side have lost four of their last six games, see if they can halt that slide against the Potters

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Both sides are in urgent need of three points, find out if either can pick them up at Turf Moor on Boxing Day

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Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa keep Jose Mourinho's men top of the Premier League after an utterly dominant win over a surprisingly passive Hammers side

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The Blues put in a routine showing to maintain their lead over Manchester City as Sam Allardyce's much-changed Irons team struggled to impose themselves

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The Baggies need to start picking up points, but there is no guarantee of doing that against the reigning Premier League champions

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The Gunners lie sixth with 27 points - their worst return in the Premier League after 17 games - but the manager has insisted any shortcoming are simply down to injuries

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The Hammers won a valuable point on their last visit to Stamford Bridge last season - can they do the same again on Boxing Day?

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The summer signing had to wait for his debut after suffering an injury during pre-season, and once fit he initially struggled to replicate his Southampton form

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The 19-year-old has been afforded just four starts under the new manager this season despite impressing last term, but he will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford in January

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Despite a record summer outlay the Gunners are again reduced to challenging for fourth place and are in need of January reinforcements if they are to achieve their targets

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The Chelsea manager hit out at the Hammers' "19th-century" football after a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January, but now regrets his comments and has hailed Sam Allardyce

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Ahead of the announcement of the FIFPro XI at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich, we are putting together our own team of the year based on your votes

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The Liverpool boss says his recent change in approach is to make his team more aggressive, but hinted that the Italian does not suit that style and could be kept on the bench

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The Red Devils are 10 points behind leaders Chelsea going into the Boxing Day fixtures but the Dutchman is still aiming to usurp them and claim the Premier League title

Thursday, December 25, 2014

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The Belgian was dropped for the trip to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford but the Reds boss insists his No.1's loss of form has not shaken his confidence in him