Monday, December 22, 2014

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REFEREE'S COLUMN: A former Premier League referee praises Michael Oliver's display at Anfield and agrees with Jose Mourinho that a strong official is required at Stoke City

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The Baggies boss has been up against it from the start after his appointment in the summer was met with suspicion, but Al Hain-Cole thinks he may outlast floundering Nigel Pearson

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The World Cup winner appeared to duck out of the way before Martin Skrtel headed Liverpool's last-gasp equaliser on Sunday, and he says his side should have done better

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The Premier League champions have won eight straight matches across all competitions and the Chilean puts his team's results down to a lot of hard work on the training pitch

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The Potters will be determined to dent the Blues' title challenge and our tipster is anticipating plenty of goals when these two sides meet at Brittania Stadium on Monday evening

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Martin Skrtel's 97th-minute leveller rescued a point at Anfield, while the Liverpool manager insists his side remain contenders for a place in the top four

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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The Inter boss is already looking to the January transfer window after admitting there is still "a little fear" within his squad following their draw with Lazio.

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The England international has only made three Premier League appearances this season and has travelled to Boston as he looks to make his recovery

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The Chilean's delivery saw Mathieu Debuchy immediately cancel out Philippe Coutinho's opener, but the Liverpool boss feels the set-piece should not have been awarded

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Martin Skrtel's header deep into stoppage time rescued a point for Liverpool and the former Monaco coach believes the scars of last season's visit to Anfield inhibited his team

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The Gunners made the most of their only two shots on target all game but the hosts, who dominated proceedings for the majority, equalised in the 97th minute with a powerful header

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A bandaged Martin Skrtel's late header salvaged a point for the Merseysiders, who dominated large periods of the match, but had found themselves behind to Olivier Giroud's strike

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The 21-year-old has impressed for Lyon this season, prompting reported interest from Arsene Wenger, and Mohamed Fekir feels the Frenchman's guidance would benefit his son

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The winger struck in the last minute to seal all three points in the Tyne-Wear derby and, having downed the Magpies previously, is reveling in his record

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The striker scored his second goal for his new club on his second start, and his team-mate hopes the Colombian will kick on after overcoming niggling injury concerns

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Both teams are hoping to close the gap on the European places in the Premier League in a game which finished 5-1 in favour of the hosts last season

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The 36-year-old has impressed on loan at Manchester City, with Manuel Pellegrini wanting to extend the agreement, but the goalkeeper feels it's damaging to Major League Soccer