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Chelsea Battle To Beat Resilient QPR

An Oscar special and an Eden Hazard penalty earned Premier League leaders Chelsea a 2-1 win in a hard-fought west London derby with QPR at Stamford Bridge. Striker Diego Costa returned following a four-game absence with his problematic hamstrings and showed few signs of rustiness as Chelsea took the lead through Oscar’s stunning strike. Try as they might, Jose Mourinho’s …

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Rodriguez Goal Of The Season, Ronaldo Assist Of The Season

Following James Rodriguez’s incredible goal to put Real Madrid 2-0 up against Granada, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone one better with a backheel assist. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after just two minutes, netting his 22nd goal of the season. We have only just entered November and he is on course for 30+ goals before Christmas. Let that sink in. Rodriguez …

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VINE: Wanyama Screamer Puts Southampton Ahead

Victor Wanyama has put Southampton ahead in the opening minutes,and what a goal it was! Southampton are in superb form this season and Wanyama put the Saints ahead after just three minutes at the KC Stadium. Here’s the goal: If it stays like this, Southampton will be second in the table,five points ahead of Manchester City who occupy third.

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Perez Leads Newcastle To Victory Over Liverpool

Ayoze Perez was Newcastle’s match-winner for the second time in a week as the Magpies edged past Liverpool to claim a fourth successive victory. The former Tenerife frontman, who scored the decisive goal at Tottenham last Sunday, stabbed home from close range with 13 minutes remaining to seal a 1-0 victory, the Magpies’ third on the trot in the league, …

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Cork City Confirm Signing Of Karl Sheppard

Cork City have confirmed the signing of former Reading and Shamrock Rovers striker Karl Sheppard. Here are the main points from the club’s press release, issued this morning: Speaking after signing with the club, the 23-year-old striker said: “I am delighted to join the club. I spoke to the gaffer, he’s shown me around the club and, once I spoke …

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Newcastle United Boss Going For ‘Flat Pack’ Four

DIY expert Alan Pardew is taking the IKEA approach to dragging Newcastle United out of the doldrums. The Magpies host Liverpool on Saturday having put together a run of three successive – and increasingly unlikely – victories to ease themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals. Each win has relieved some …

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Manchester City Boss: I’m Not Under Pressure

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not feeling the heat at the Etihad Stadium. Pressure is starting to increase on the Chilean after a less-than-convincing start to the season. The champions have lost two of the opening nine matches of their Barclays Premier League title defence and have made another faltering start in the Champions League. To compound …

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Manchester United Boss: I’m Not Jealous Of City Squad

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he has no reason to be jealous of Manchester City’s stellar squad. Van Gaal may have invested more than £150million of United’s money in the transfer window, but after six years of almost non-stop spending, City have a squad which is the envy of most clubs in world football. Manuel Pellegrini has almost …

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Star Striker To Return For Chelsea

Striker Diego Costa is available for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday after missing four matches with a hamstring injury. Striker Loic Remy (groin) and midfielder John Obi Mikel (foot) are out, but Ramires is back from a groin problem to bolster the midfield. Branislav Ivanovic is available following his suspension for his dismissal at Manchester United, …

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Manchester United Ready To Unleash Rooney On City

Louis van Gaal has declared Wayne Rooney fit and ready to fire Manchester United to victory in Sunday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium. For the past three games Rooney has sat in the stands wearing a glum expression as United played on without him. But now his three-match suspension is up, Rooney has returned to the United squad – and …

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Premier League Heroes: Tottenham’s Brad Friedel

Today’s Premier League hero is Tottenham’s Brad Friedel, one of the most consistent and longest serving goalkeepers in the English game. Friedel is one of the longest serving Premier League players since he joined Liverpool in 1997 and then went on to have stints at Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and is currently at Tottenham Hotspur. The American shot-stopper has made …

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Pelle & Sakho – Changing The Fortunes Of Southampton & West Ham

Back in August, West Ham and Southampton were considered two clubs who would be lucky to survive relegation. Fast forward three months and both sides enter November in the top four of the Premier League.  What, when, where and why are all the beginnings of questions which can be thrown down in an effort to fathom how these two surprise packages have …

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Arsenal Midfielder An Injury Doubt For Burnley Clash

Jack Wilshere is likely to miss Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday because of a knee injury. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insists the problem is minor, but his participation against Anderlecht in Tuesday’s Champions League tie at the Emirates Stadium is also in doubt. “There is a slight problem with Wilshere. I don’t think he’ll be available …

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Pundit Arena Halloween XI

For the day  that’s in it we’ve racked our brains to bring you the definitive Pundit Arena Halloween XI.   Goalkeeper Any Goalkeeper in a Halloween XI is going to have to be ready to pounce on anything and everything. We wanted someone who was ever vigilant. We considered bringing in Kasper ‘The Friendly Ghost’ Schmeichel but felt he lacked the fear-instilling …

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West Ham Boss To Enforce Winter Breaks

Sam Allardyce is willing to incur the wrath of West Ham supporters by enforcing winter breaks for his key players. The Hammers have started the season in impressive form and sit fourth after last weekend’s 2-1 victory over reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. Many of West Ham’s new signings have settled into life at Upton Park and have …

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No Panic From Sunderland Midfielder

Lee Cattermole is urging Sunderland to take a leaf out of Newcastle’s book as they look to bounce back from their self-inflicted wounds. The Black Cats head for Crystal Palace on Monday evening having endured a nightmare fortnight, scoring three own goals in an 8-0 defeat at Southampton and then handing Arsenal a 2-0 victory on a plate at the …

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Gerrard Could Leave Liverpool At End Of Season

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is keen to continue his career beyond this season and admits he may be forced to move away from Anfield if the club fails to offer him a new deal. Gerrard, who joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of nine and is approaching 700 appearances in all competitions, is out of contract at his boyhood …

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