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Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 10 Dec 00:40

Bob Bradley shouldn't get sack... Swansea chief Huw Jenkins is responsible, says David Moyes ahead of Sunderland visit

Moyes takes his resurgent side to the Liberty knowing that victory would take them five points clear of the bottom-placed Swans and out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Dec 23:37

Swansea vs Sunderland:Team news, kick-off time, probable line-ups, odds and stats for Premier League clash

Get the latest team news and stats ahead of the Premier League clash between Swansea and Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium.

ESPN FC - Sunderland News 9 Dec 21:45

Bob Bradley should be given time to improve Swansea - David Moyes

Swansea City manager Bob Bradley says he is good at shutting out criticism as he focuses on preparing for Sunderland. Sunderland boss David Moyes thinks heads should roll in Swansea's boardroom if doubts already exist about their American manager Bob Bradley. Saturday's game between the relegation strugglers is crucial to both sides' survival prospects, but while the teams will not know their fate until much later in the season, the same is not true of Bradley. The 58-year-old has only been in the job for seven matches but a haul of five points has left the Swans bottom of the division and made him favourite to...

Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Dec 17:37

Premier League team news, odds andstats from every match ahead of the weekend

Ahead of another weekend in the Barclays Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

ESPN FC - Sunderland News 9 Dec 17:22

Worried boss Bob Bradley says Swansea must plug leaks to survive

Swansea City Sunderland 3:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 21/20  Draw: 13/5  Away: 14/5  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats Swansea City manager Bob Bradley says he is good at shutting out criticism as he focuses on preparing for Sunderland. Swansea manager Bob Bradley admits his team will be relegated if they continue to ship goals at the current rate they are flying in. The Welsh side tackle fellow strugglers Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and there is no getting away from the statistics showing they have the worst defence in the Premier League, letting in a league-high 31 already. Nineteen of those have come in the seven games Bradley has overseen since succeeding Francesco Guidolin at the start of October. Swansea...

Sunderland – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 15:47

PL team news: Injury boosts for Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd and Chelsea

Check out all the latest team news ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, with injury boosts for Tottenham, Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea…

Watford v Everton

Saturday 10 December 2016 (12:30)
Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford team news to follow…

Seamus Coleman

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is fit for the trip.

The Republic of Ireland international was forced off in Sunday’s draw with Manchester United after a clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic but returned to training on Thursday.

Winger Yannick Bolasie is out for the season with knee ligament damage but midfielders Ross Barkley and James McCarthy may have to settle for a place on the bench again.

 

Arsenal v Stoke City

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal could have Hector Bellerin back for the visit of Stoke.

The right-back has been missing with an ankle injury but is back in training and may come straight into the side to replace Gabriel.

Petr Cech will return in goal after David Ospina deputised in the Champions League win over Basle on Tuesday, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are all definite absentees.

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Bruno Martins Indi and Marko Arnautovic will be fit for Stoke.

Defender Martins Indi was sent for precautionary X-rays after he was elbowed in the face by Burnley striker Ashley Barnes last weekend but he has been passed fit along with midfielder Arnautovic, who was also nursing a knock following the 2-0 home win against the Clarets.

Ryan Shawcross remains a major doubt with his calf complaint and Geoff Cameron (knee) is still a couple of weeks away from getting back to fitness.

 

Burnley v Bournemouth

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Turf Moor, Burnley

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is likely to return for Burnley.

The England international has missed two games with a calf injury but has trained well and should take over from Paul Robinson.

Winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is out with a hamstring injury, while Steven Defour and Sam Vokes could return to the XI.

Tom Heaton Burnley

Bournemouth will have left-back Charlie Daniels available following a hip problem.

Junior Stanislas has an ankle injury which is expected to sideline the midfielder for a few weeks.

Midfielder Andrew Surman, who has not featured since October, continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring problem.

 

Hull City v Crystal Palace

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

Hull could have Shaun Maloney back in their squad.

The 33-year-old midfielder has been out since mid-October due to a back problem but has been back in training ahead of a possible return for Mike Phelan’s men.

Abel Hernandez (groin) is still out, as are the likes of Will Keane, Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor, while striker Dieumerci Mbokani serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Yohan Cabaye: Crystal Palace midfielder

Crystal Palace will have midfielder Yohan Cabaye back from a one-match suspension.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has undergone surgery on a knee injury and is set for around five weeks of recovery.

On-loan Chelsea striker Loic Remy continues his rehabilitation from a calf problem, while forward Connor Wickham (knee) and defender Pape Souare (broken thigh bone) are also long-term absentees.

 

Swansea City v Sunderland

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea are again without Ki Sung-yueng and Federico Fernandez.

South Korean midfielder Ki has missed the last two games with a broken toe, while Argentina defender Fernandez suffered a similar injury before last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Fernando Llorente are all in contention to return for a Liberty Stadium game, which has taken on extra importance for under-fire Swansea boss Bob Bradley after the Spurs debacle.

Ki Sung-yueng: Out injured for two weeks

Sunderland boss David Moyes has to decide on who should replace Duncan Watmore.

Watmore will miss the rest of the season with cruciate knee ligament damage and the likes of Wahbi Khazri, Seb Larsson and Adnan Januzaj are all vying to take his place.

Fabio Borini (groin) may also play some part for the first time since August but Lee Cattermole (hip), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Paddy McNair (knee) remain on the casualty list.

 

 

Leicester City v Manchester City

Saturday 10 December 2016 (17:30)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could make a surprise return against former club Manchester City after a fractured hand.

Boss Claudio Ranieri is prepared to let the Denmark international make his own call on his fitness after being sidelined for over a month.

Danny Drinkwater remains suspended for the Premier League match but Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Robert Huth and Andy King are all set to return after being left at home for the Foxes’ 5-0 Champions League defeat in Porto on Wednesday.

Kasper Schmeichel: Underlines family values

Raheem Sterling is in contention to return to the Manchester City side after recovering from a knock.

Midfielder Fabian Delph, who last featured in August, is also fit having overcome a groin injury but City will be without Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi through suspension.

Aguero was sent off for a tackle on Chelsea’s David Luiz last weekend that sparked the melee in which Fernandinho was also dismissed while Otamendi collected his fifth yellow card and must sit out one match.

 

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 11 December 2016 (12:00)
Stamford Bridge, London

Nemanja Matic has beaten a calf problem to be fit for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

John Terry remains sidelined with a gluteal strain, but Matic and Fabregas will battle it out for a start in Antonio Conte’s midfield.

Chelsea could still however field the same starting XI for the eighth successive Premier League match.

Nemanja Matic: Reports claim he could be sold for £18m

James Morrison and Gareth McAuley are doubts for West Brom.

The pair have not trained this week as they are suffering with what boss Tony Pulis described as knocks and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Saido Berahino continues to train with the squad but is unlikely to feature as he regains fitness having not played since September with the club having already sent him to France for a personal fitness camp.

 

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 11 December 2016 (14:15)
Old Trafford, Manchester

Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling remain absent for Manchester United.

The defenders continue to be sidelined through injury, but those that featured in Thursday’s Europa League win at Zorya Luhansk, including Eric Bailly, have emerged unscathed.

Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian come back into contention after being rested for the trip to Ukraine.

Luke Shaw & Chris Smalling; Duo criticised

Toby Alderweireld is set to make his first start in eight weeks when Tottenham take on United.

Alderweireld has been out with a knee injury but came off the bench in Wednesday’s Champions League win over CSKA Moscow.

Erik Lamela is unavailable as he is still in Argentina attending to his brother, who is in hospital. Vincent Janssen remains out with an ankle problem.

 

Southampton v Middlesbrough

Sunday 11 December 2016 (14:15)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Southampton will be without forward Charlie Austin because of a shoulder injury.

Serbia midfielder Dusan Tadic could be in line for a return to the side after making a substitute appearance in the Europa League tie against Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Thursday night following his broken nose.

Forward Jay Rodriguez and midfielder Sofiane Boufal may feature having been rested from the European tie, when captain Jose Fonte was left on the bench.

Alvaro Negredo: Celebrates his first goal for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have doubts over attacking trio Gaston Ramirez, Alvaro Negredo and Jordan Rhodes.

None of the three trained on Friday due to unspecified knocks but manager Aitor Karanka will allow them time to prove their fitness, with David Nugent and Cristhian Stuani standing by.

George Friend (knee) is close to a return but may not be ready until next week.

 

Liverpool v West Ham United

Sunday 11 December 2016 (16:30)
Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is set to return for the visit of West Ham having missed last weekend’s defeat at Bournemouth with an ankle injury.

Midfielder Adam Lallana is pushing for a start having made his comeback from a groin problem as a substitute on Sunday.

Striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of the next two matches as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Michail Antonio West Ham v Bournemouth 1

West Ham have had a boost as Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are fit enough to return to the squad.

The pair have been out due to groin strains and have been back in training this week but the game comes too soon for Cheikhou Kouyate (groin) who is still recovering.

James Collins (muscular injury), Reece Oxford (ankle) and Diafra Sakho (hamstring) are all unavailable.

As another weekend of Premier League football approaches, we have writen another betting preview for Betsafe, which includes Alan Mcinally, Paul Dickov, Harry Redknapp and Ricky Hatton’s tips.

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Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Dec 15:03

Premier League preview: 10 key questions before the weekend's games as Chelsea eye ninth straight win and Manchester United host Tottenham

Premier League matches come thick and fast in December and some gripping narratives are set to unfold this weekend. Sportsmail asks 10 key questions before the games begin.

Sunderland – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 13:12

Rumour Mill: Three-way fight for Van Dijk; Mbappe in demand

Man Utd and Man City are among the five Premier League clubs chasing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, with the Manchester clubs also fighting over Virgil van Dijk…

Arsenal

Arsenal are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and West Ham are also keeping tabs. (HITC)

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Wolfsburg twins Davide-Jerome and Gian-Luca Itter. (Kicker)

Arsenal youngster Daniel Crowley is to undergo a trial with Go Ahead Eagles before a potential loan switch to the Dutch club. (Go Ahead Eagles’ website)

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Bournemouth

West Ham are weighing up a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January. (ESPN FC)

 

Burnley

Sean Dyche admits striker Lukas Jutkiewicz could complete a permanent move to Birmingham. (Burnley Express)

Chelsea

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Chelsea face competition from Tottenham and Juventus for 19-year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Chelsea are eyeing Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, although Atletico Madrid are also interested. (Calciomercato)

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will not leave the club in January. (Bleacher Report)

Manchester United and Chelsea will battle for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has a £25m release clause. (The Times)

Franck Kessie: Hot prospect for Atalanta

 

Everton

Everton could try to sign Leicester winger Demarai Gray, 20, in January after losing Yannick Bolasie to a serious knee injury, which could keep him out for over a year (Daily Mirror)

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

Romelu Lukaku says an English club ‘who was really keen to buy me’ in the summer. (Sport/Voetbalmagazine)

 

Hull

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has been linked with Hull, but West Brom and Swansea are also interested. (The Mirror)

Leonardo Ulloa: A more than capable deputy for Jamie Vardy

Leicester

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, who is a target for Sunderland, is prepared to leave the Premier League for China (Sunderland Echo)

 

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is preparing a summer bid for Atalanta star Franck Kessie. (Corriere dello Sport)

Galatasaray want Mamadou Sakho but the Liverpool defender is only interested in staying in the Premier League. (Hurriyet and BipSpor, via Sport Witness)

Mamadou Sakho: Hasn't played for Liverpool since April

Manchester City

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Manchester City are bracing themselves for defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, returning in the summer as loan club Valencia do not want to take up their £15m option to sign him (Sun)

Man City could join the list of clubs interested in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. (The Mirror)

Inter and AC Milan could rival Sevilla for the permanent signing of Samir Nasri. (Clubcall)

 

Manchester United

Manchester United are worried that they will not be able to offload full-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Everton are interested in Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 22, and attacking Napoli player Manolo Gabbiadini, 25, for whom they may be willing to bid £18m (Sun)

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

United are leading the race to sign £30million-rated Lazio centre-half Stefan de Vrij. (Il Messaggero)

Manchester United and Chelsea will battle for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has a £25m release clause. (The Times)

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Middlesbrough

Boro are set to rekindle their interest in Sevilla’s Timothee Kolodziejczak next month. (Nortern Echo)

Southampton

Manchester United and Chelsea will battle for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has a £25m release clause. (The Times)

Man City could also join the list of clubs interested in Van Dijk. (The Mirror)

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Sunderland

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, who is a target for Sunderland, is prepared to leave the Premier League for China (Sunderland Echo)

Sunderland are tracking Deportivo La Coruna’s Romanian striker Florin Andone. (The Chronicle)

 

Swansea

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

 

Tottenham

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have both been linked with a £50million move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea face competition from Tottenham and Juventus for 19-year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (Gianluca Di Marzio, via Daily Star)

Dele Alli: Part of another frustrating Wembley night

Watford

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

 

West Brom

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

Simone Zaza: Clause in his contract after 10 games

West Ham

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Valencia could try to sign Italy forward Simone Zaza, on loan at West Ham from Juventus in January (Superdeporte)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has held talks with West Ham star Dimitri Payet about a possible January move. (Le 10 Sport)

 

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 9 Dec 12:51

Swansea City v Sunderland

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Swansea City and Sunderland.

Sunderland – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 10:30

Paper Talk: Man United ?in limbo?; Alli in 50m Spurs exit

Man United are worried about one particular outcast while Tottenham are bracing themselves for a £50million bid for midfielder Dele Alli., according to Friday’s papers.

FEAR OVER JANUARY SALES

Manchester United are worried that they will not be able to offload full-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.

The £13.7million arrival from Torino has failed to impress Jose Mourinho so far this season and has been restricted to just eight appearances for the Red Devils.

Mourinho was hoping that the Italian would be one of the bigger names to leave Old Trafford, but there has been no firm interest shown in him despite being linked with a move to either Juventus or Inter Milan.

United would be willing to loan Darmian out in January with a move to selling him permanently in the summer, yet this try-before-you-buy approach has still not led to any club making an enquiry.

DELE IN DEMAND

Dele Alli: Linked with big-money exit

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have both been linked with a £50million move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

According to the Daily Mirror, the French giants are said to be feeling confident about landing the England international who they feel can help them in their pursuit of the Champions League trophy.

Real Madrid are also lurking in the background, but PSG are seemingly more ready to test Tottenham’s resolve.

The Ligue One champions kept a firm eye on the 20-year-old last season and have continued to monitor his progress throughout this season.

Alli is one of a whole host of Tottenham first-team players to recently commit his future to the North London club, but his reported £60,000-a-week wages give PSG an opportunity to offer a significantly higher amount to tempt him to move to Paris.

Tottenham would be able to make a huge profit on the man that cost them £5million from MK Dons, but Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to keep one of Spurs’ brightest talents.

AND THE REST

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Everton could try to sign Leicester winger Demarai Gray, 20, in January after losing Yannick Bolasie to a serious knee injury, which could keep him out for over a year (Daily Mirror)

Everton are also interested in Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 22, and attacking Napoli player Manolo Gabbiadini, 25, for whom they may be willing to bid £18m (Sun)

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Valencia could try to sign 25-year-old Italy forward Simone Zaza, on loan at West Ham from Juventus in January (Superdeporte)

Borussia Dortmund have an agreement with Real Madrid that they will inform the Spanish side before selling striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, midfielder Julian Weigl, 21, or 19-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele to another club (Marca)

Manchester City are bracing themselves for defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, returning in the summer as loan club Valencia do not want to take up their £15m option to sign him (Sun)

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, who is a target for Sunderland, is prepared to leave the Premier League for China (Sunderland Echo)

Chelsea face competition from Tottenham and Juventus for 19-year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (Gianluca Di Marzio, via Daily Star)

The English Football League will offer clubs cash rewards to play more young and home-grown English players (Daily Mail)

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Sunderland – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 10:27

Sanchez flying, Kane & Vardy misfiring against Manchester clubs

Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in a goal a game over the last 25 matches, while Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have had no joy against this weekend’s opponents…

Premier League Opta stats

Watford v Everton

Gareth Barry: Strikes to seal points for Toffees

Saturday 10 December 2016 (12:30)
Vicarage Road, Watford

  • Watford haven’t beaten Everton in any competition since March 1987, when they won 2-1 at Vicarage Road. Luther Blissett and Mark Falco scored for Watford that day.
  • Everton are unbeaten in 11 successive games against Watford – they had won nine in a row before drawing both Premier League meetings last season.
  • The Toffees have won just one point in their last five Premier League away matches (W0 D1 L4) and have netted just two goals in this run.
  • Romelu Lukaku has only scored in four of his last 18 Premier League away appearances (six goals in total).
  • Despite being only 23 years old, Romelu Lukaku is looking to score against his 22nd different opponent in the Premier League – he’s not scored in two previous PL apps versus Watford.
  • Yannick Bolasie will miss this match (and the foreseeable future) through injury – the DR Congo winger has assisted the most league goals for Everton this season (4) and has fired in 82 open play crosses; 55 more than any other Toffees’ player.
  • Watford have conceded a league-high 11 goals from opposition crosses this season.
  • The Hornets have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League home matches, but they have only failed to score twice themselves in this run as well.
  • Gareth Barry could make his 609th Premier League appearance in this match, tying level with Frank Lampard (609) in the all-time PL apps chart. Only Ryan Giggs (632) has made more.
  • Watford have already seen more players score for them in the Premier League this season (9) than in the entire 2015-16 league campaign (8).
  • The Hornets have been given a league-high 10 yellow cards for dissent in the Premier League so far this season.

 

Arsenal v Stoke City

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Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Emirates Stadium, London

  • Arsenal have won each of their last 14 home games in all competitions against Stoke City, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.
  • Stoke’s last away league win at Arsenal came in the first game of the 1981/82 season, with Lee Chapman scoring the only goal of the game.
  • Arsenal are now on a 13-game unbeaten run in the Premier League (W9 D4 L0); their longest such run in the competition since a run of 16 games that ended in April 2011.
  • Stoke City have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games (W5 D3 L1) and have won their last two matches in the competition without conceding a goal.
  • The Potters have lost all eight of their visits to the Emirates in the Premier League. Only at Old Trafford have they gone longer without a win since being promoted in 2008 (nine games, W0 D1 L8).
  • Alexis Sanchez scored twice and assisted another goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke in January 2015.
  • Sanchez has had a hand in 25 goals in his last 25 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (18 goals, seven assists).
  • This is Sanchez’s joint-best goal return after 14 apps of a league season in Europe (11 goals), equalling his 11-goal tally for Barcelona in 2013-14. If he scores in this game, it would be his best goalscoring start to a European league season after 15 games.
  • Peter Crouch has scored eight times against Arsenal in the Premier League – only against Blackburn does he have as many goals in the competition.
  • The Gunners have made a higher proportion of their passes in the final third of the pitch than any other team in the Premier League so far this season (36.5%).

 

Burnley v Bournemouth

Jack Wilshere: Explains reasons behind move to Bournemouth

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Turf Moor, Burnley

  • Burnley have never lost at Turf Moor to Bournemouth in any competition (W7 D6 L0).
  • The Cherries are winless in their last six games in all competitions against Burnley (D3 L3), last beating them 5-0 in November 1998 when both sides were in the third tier.
  • Between his two spells as Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was in charge at Burnley, winning 34 of his 87 league games with the Clarets (39%).
  • This will be the first time the sides have met in the top-flight and will be the 822nd different matchup in Premier League history.
  • Bournemouth will be looking to record back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since March – on each of the last five occasions that they have won a match in the competition, they have failed to win their next game.
  • Burnley are on a run of three successive defeats in the Premier League and they have conceded eight goals in these games, while only netting once themselves.
  • Burnley have allowed their opponents the highest number of shots on target in the Premier League this season (91) while attempting the second fewest themselves (37) behind Middlesbrough (36).
  • These two clubs have used the most English players in the Premier League this season; both giving appearances to 13 different Englishmen.
  • Should Jack Wilshere play at least 63 minutes in this match for Bournemouth, he would have been on the pitch for more minutes in this Premier League season than in 2015-16 and 2014-15 combined (873 mins).
  • Bournemouth have hit the woodwork on 13 occasions in the Premier League this season; more often than any other team.
  • Burnley have failed to score in a league-high seven matches so far this season.

 

Hull City v Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke: Ballooned penalty high and wide

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

  • Hull City beat Crystal Palace twice by a 2-0 scoreline in 2014/15, while the Eagles won both Premier League meetings in 2013/14 by a single goal each time.
  • Palace have failed to score more than once in each of their last seven visits to Hull in the league.
  • The Tigers haven’t won three successive league games against Palace since 1985 (five consecutive victories).
  • Hull City won more points in their opening two Premier League games this season (6) than they have in their subsequent 12 games (5).
  • This will be Alan Pardew’s 300th Premier League game as a manager and will be the fifth English manager to reach this milestone after Harry Redknapp (641), Sam Allardyce (467), Steve Bruce (392) and Alan Curbishley (328).
  • Crystal Palace have made a league-high 542 long balls in the Premier League so far this season.
  • Christian Benteke has been involved in an average of 17 aerial duels per game this season in the Premier League; more than any other player.
  • Christian Benteke has the same tally of goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances as Hull City have scored in their last 12 Premier League games (7).
  • Jason Puncheon has created 15 goalscoring chances for Christian Benteke in the Premier League this season; more than any other player for a single teammate.
  • Hull City have averaged just 11.9 touches in the opposition box per game so far this season; the lowest average in the big five European Leagues.
  • The Tigers have allowed their opponents a league-high 26 shots on goal following set-pieces this season in the Premier League.
  • These two clubs have conceded the most goals from set-pieces this season in the Premier League – Crystal Palace (13) and Hull City (12).

 

Swansea City v Sunderland

Jermain Defoe: Club have 'gone backwards'

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

  • Swansea have only lost one of their last eight Premier League matches against Sunderland, though that was this exact fixture last January (W2 D5).
  • David Moyes has never lost in the Premier League against Swansea, winning five of his six games against them (W5 D1 L0).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored five times in three Premier League games against Swansea for Sunderland, including a hat-trick the last time the sides met in January.
  • Defoe has scored 24 Premier League goals in the month of December – only Wayne Rooney (31), Robbie Fowler (33) and Alan Shearer (39) have more.
  • Since the start of last season, Jermain Defoe has scored 14 goals in 22 Premier League appearances away from home, averaging a goal every 130 minutes on the road.
  • This is Swansea’s worst start to a Premier League season after 14 matches (nine points) and is five points fewer than they had at this stage in 2015-16 (14).
  • Only three players have scored a Premier League goal for Sunderland this season: Defoe (8), Anichebe (3) and van Aanholt (2) – every other side have had at least five different goalscorers.
  • Swansea City have allowed their opponents a league-high 11 attempts from fast breaks, with two of these resulting in goals.
  • Since Bob Bradley took charge of the Swans on October 3rd, they have conceded the most goals in the Premier League (19).
  • Sunderland have won three of their last four Premier League matches (W3 D0 L1) – their previous three league wins came over a period of 22 games (W3 D9 L10).

 

Leicester City v Manchester City

Saturday 10 December 2016 (17:30)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

  • Manchester City haven’t lost an away game to Leicester in the Premier League (D2 L3), with their last top-flight league defeat in Leicester coming in March 1987.
  • Claudio Ranieri has won seven of his eight Premier League games against Manchester City, with the only draw coming at the King Power Stadium last season.
  • Manchester City have won their last six fixtures against defending champions in the Premier League, last losing to Chelsea in March 2011.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored against 20 of the 23 different teams he’s faced in the Premier League, but Manchester City are one of the three opponents he’s yet to net against in the competition (4 apps, 0 goals), alongside Hull City & Middlesbrough.
  • Riyad Mahrez has created just one goalscoring chance for Jamie Vardy in the Premier League this season so far, despite them playing 939 mins together. Last season, the Algerian created 22 chances for him (with five of those being assists) in 2815 mins together on the pitch – one every 128 mins.
  • Robert Huth scored twice for Leicester in their 3-1 win over Manchester City last season, in what was their first league win over the Citizens since November 2003.
  • In the last five Premier League matches that Sergio Aguero hasn’t appeared in for Manchester City, Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho has scored five goals.
  • Man City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has been passed to on 245 occasions this season – more often than any other ‘keeper in the Premier League.
  • Manchester City have won their last six league meetings with the reigning Premier League champions – winning home and away against Manchester United in 2011-12 & 2013-14 and against Chelsea in 2015-16.
  • This is Pep Guardiola’s lowest points tally after 14 games of a top-flight season as a manager (30); surpassing his 31-point tally after 14 MD’s of Barcelona’s 2011-12 La Liga campaign.
  • Manchester City have made the most changes to their starting XI overall this season in the Premier League (46). Whilst in charge of Bayern Munich, the German side made the second most last season (111), while they made more than any other side in both 2013-14 (120) and 2014-15 (106).

 

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

Eden Hazard: Discusses Chelsea future

Sunday 11 December 2016 (12:00)
Stamford Bridge, London

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 10 previous Premier League games at Stamford Bridge against the Baggies, but have drawn against them in two of the last three seasons (W8 D2).
  • West Bromwich Albion have not won a league game away to Chelsea since September 1978 (D3 L10).
  • The Blues have scored in each of their last 21 home league games against West Brom, last failing to find the net against them in December 1967.
  • Cesar Azpilicueta scored in both games against West Brom last season, scoring the opener in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea’s third in a 3-2 win at the Hawthorns.
  • Tony Pulis has only lost one of his last four Premier League games against Chelsea (W2 D1), this after losing nine of his first 11 Premier League games against the Blues (D2).
  • Chelsea have come from behind to win their last two Premier League games – only four clubs have ever done this in three consecutive games (Leeds in 1997-98, Newcastle in 2001-02, Man Utd in 2002-03 and Arsenal with four in 2011-12).
  • Eden Hazard’s next Premier League goal will be his 50th – if he scores in this game, he’ll have reached this landmark in 153 apps and will be the joint-third quickest to score 50 PL goals for Chelsea alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen. Only Didier Drogba (106 apps) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (84 apps) have done it quicker for the Blues.
  • Since the start of 2013-14, Diego Costa has scored 70 goals in 103 league appearances (Premier League and La Liga combined).
  • Chelsea have made only eight changes to their starting XI in the Premier League overall this season; a league-low. After 14 games last season under Jose Mourinho, they’d made 35.
  • West Bromwich Albion have won 20 points from their 14 matches so far this season; their second best tally at this stage of a Premier League season, after 2012-13 (26 points).
  • Mike Dean has awarded the most penalties (9) and given the most red cards (3) of all the Premier League referees so far this season.

 

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane: New deal

Sunday 11 December 2016 (14:15)
Old Trafford, Manchester

  • Manchester United have won only two of their last eight Premier League contests against Spurs (D3 L3).
  • Spurs’ 3-0 win over Manchester United in April at White Hart Lane was their biggest win over the Red Devils in the Premier League since January 1996 (4-1).
  • However, Tottenham have lost 19 times at Old Trafford in the Premier League (W2 D3), their most defeats at a visiting ground.
  • Spurs are one of seven teams Wayne Rooney has scored 10+ Premier League goals against.
  • The away team has failed to score in each of the last four Premier League games between Manchester United and Tottenham.
  • Manchester United’s players have covered just 1490.6km overall in the Premier League this season combined – lower than any other team in the competition.
  • Harry Kane has scored against 21 of the 24 different opponents that he has faced in the Premier League, but is yet to score against Man Utd in five apps. The other teams that he has played but not scored against in the competition are Watford (2 apps, 0 goals) and Cardiff City (2 apps, 0 goals).
  • Kane has now scored seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances – this after failing to score in his previous five in a row.
  • Harry Kane has scored eight goals and assisted one more in his last 10 Premier League appearances in the month of December.
  • Tottenham Hotspur’s average starting XI age this season in the Premier League is 25 years, 238 days old – the youngest in the competition.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 71 goals in 70 league home appearances since the start of 2012-13 (Premier League and Ligue 1 combined).
  • In fact, Ibrahimovic has scored 34 goals in his last 34 league appearances in the month of December (Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 combined).

 

Southampton v Middlesbrough

Charlie Austin: Double inspires Saints to win

Sunday 11 December 2016 (14:15)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

  • This will be the first Premier League game between Southampton and Middlesbrough since March 2005, which Saints won 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium.
  • However, this is Boro’s only loss to the Saints in seven previous Premier League meetings (W2 D4).
  • Southampton haven’t won a top-flight home game against Middlesbrough since September 1996. They won 4-0 thanks to goals from Matt Le Tissier (2), Matt Oakley and Gordon Watson.
  • Southampton have allowed their opponents just 35 shots on target in the Premier League this season; the best record in the competition in 2016-17 so far.
  • Middlesbrough have mustered a league-low 36 shots on target this season after 14 matchdays.
  • There have been just 28 goals in games involving Southampton and Middlesbrough this season – no side has seen fewer goals scored in their Premier League matches in 2016-17.
  • Five of Charlie Austin’s six Premier League goal this season have been the opening goal of the game. Only Sergio Aguero (also 5) has scored the first goal of a Premier League match as often this season.
  • Austin has scored six goals in his last 10 appearances – his previous six Premier League goals came over a period of 26 games.
  • Saints have scored just three goals from 20 shots on target in their last six Premier League matches combined.
  • This will be the 12th time in their last 18 Premier League matches that Southampton will have played on a Sunday. They have already played more Premier League games on a Sunday than any other team this season (8).

 

Liverpool v West Ham United

Daniel Sturridge: Injured

Sunday 11 December 2016 (16:30)
Anfield, Liverpool

  • Liverpool’s loss to West Ham at Anfield in August 2015 was their first home defeat to them in the Premier League (W14 D5).
  • West Ham did the league double over Liverpool last season for the first time since 1963/64. They’ve never won three consecutively in the league over Liverpool.
  • In fact, Liverpool didn’t win any of their four games against West Ham last season, losing an FA Cup 4th round replay to them also (D1 L3).
  • West Ham scored as many goals in their last league visit to Anfield (3) as they had in their previous 13 league games there.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored four times in six Premier League games against West Ham, although only one of those goals has been scored at Anfield.
  • There were two red cards given in this exact fixture last season, with Philippe Coutinho and Mark Noble dismissed.
  • West Ham United have lost a league-high 10 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.
  • The Hammers have made six individual errors leading to opposition goals in the Premier League this season; more than any other team.
  • Former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has scored 44 Premier League goals, with exactly half of these being netted with his head (22). Of players to have scored 40+ Premier League goals, only Duncan Ferguson, Tim Cahill, Kenwyne Jones and John Terry have scored a higher proportion with their head.
  • The previous three Premier League games to involve Liverpool and to be played on a Sunday this season have all produced seven goals (21 in total).

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ESPN FC - Sunderland News 9 Dec 10:00

Manchester United's critical clash with Spurs, rampant Chelsea host WBA

Rio Ferdinand tells ESPN FC that Manchester United's top four hopes are not over yet. Rio Ferdinand tells ESPN FC that Manchester United's top four hopes are not over yet. Defeat for Manchester United in Sunday's clash with Tottenham would not only all-but end their slim title hopes, their chances of finishing in the top four would be in serious jeopardy.  Losing to Mauricio Pochettino's men would send Jose Mourinho's side nine points adrift of Spurs, who will start the game fifth.  Elsewhere, rampant Chelsea host high-flying West Brom while troubled West Ham, hammered 5-1 against Arsenal last week, visit Anfield with Liverpool still reeling from last Sunday's...

Sunderland – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 09:49

Defoe a 6/1 shoo-in; Karius better than de Gea?

Is under-fire Liverpool keeper Loris Karius better than David de Gea? And 6/1 about Jermain Defoe and Sunderland looks value.

A look ahead to the Premier League action in Weekend Watch…

Drawing conclusions

Manchester United and Spurs have lost just four times between in the Premier League this season and, as expected, both sit in the top six with 14 games gone. But rather than first and second – something that would have been within the realms of possibility at the start of the campaign – the duo are fifth and sixth. And the problem is they’re expected to stay there.

The latest betting for a ‘top four’ finish (Chelsea 1/20, Man City 1/7, Liverpool 2/9, Arsenal 1/4) suggests the current top four have already been pencilled in for Champions League spots while United and Spurs are all set for another season of Thursday nights in the Europa League. Fair? On current form it is.

Jose Mourinho’s men have won just one of their last eight Premier League games (at basement dwellers Swansea), drawing six of the others, while Spurs have drawn four and lost one of their last seven in the top flight. Both sides are desperate for three points on Sunday and yet the problem is that, on current form, this match appears to have ‘draw’ written all over it.

Is either side strong enough to brush the other aside? Or are we in for an unsatisfactory stalemate that will frustrate both sets of fans further?

Sanchez the difference maker

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Everything appears just as it always is in the world of Arsenal this season. An early wobble (4-3 home loss to Liverpool) enrages the ‘Wenger must go’ brigade and then the Gunners go on a run which thrusts them back towards the Premier League summit and re-opens the debate about whether this could be their year.

Many Arsenal fans will fold their arms defensively and say “seen it all before mate”, citing the evidence of the now countless campaigns in which Arsene Wenger’s team have put themselves in position to win the title and come up short. But, in Alexis Sanchez, do they finally have a difference maker?

A player so determined and gifted that he’ll drag them over the line in a way that the likes of previous talented but fragile Arsenal forwards never could. His hat-trick against West Ham last week was sublime and he’s starting to resemble a 2013/14 Luis Suarez but with a better supporting cast.

If Sanchez stays in this form – a home game against Stoke on Saturday is his next chance to shine – does Arsenal’s 13-year wait for the Premier League title finally end?

Carry on Karius

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Earlier this week, Opta released a chart showing how the Premier League’s goalkeepers should be ranked according to the shots attempted against them. Using angle, distance and other factors, Opta awarded every effort on goal this season a rating from 0 to 1.00.

A 0.5 ranking suggested it should result in a goal 50% of the time. The top stopper, according to these numbers, is Burnley’s Tom Heaton.

The stats say he should have conceded 24 goals but he’s only let in 19 so his final ‘goals prevented’ tally is +5. By contrast, Hull’s David Marshall is ranked bottom with -7.

At a guess, given his late mistake against Bournemouth and general negative reviews, you’d expect Liverpool’s young goalie Lorius Karius to be somewhere near the foot of that table but, in reality, he’s doing okay.

In fact, he has a positive rating with Opta saying he should have conceded 10.26 goals when he’s actually let in only 10. Keep scrolling and you’ll find Manchester United’s David Gea nine places below Karius with a rating of -1.08.

Clearly, only a madman would say Karius is the better No.1 at this stage in his career but is the Liverpool goalkeeper actually justifying his place? Or, if he slips up again versus West Ham at Anfield on Saturday, will Jurgen Klopp decide it’s best to pull him out of the firing line?

Foxes flummoxed

 

Yes, they’d already qualified for the Champions League knockout phase and hats off to them for doing so with a game to spare, but getting a 5-0 thumping against Porto in midweek can hardly have helped Leicester’s fragile confidence.

A loss like that – the biggest margin of defeat ever by an English side in Europe’s top competition – reinforces the belief that anything less than full concentration or commitment makes the Foxes easy prey for rival teams. In all comps, Claudio Ranieri’s men have now won just one of their last eight matches, losing four of those.

The picture looks brighter when assessing their home form or at least it did. In the last two Premier League matches at the King Power, Leicester have lost 2-1 to West Brom and rescued a 2-2 draw with a last-minute penalty against Middlesbrough.

One Foxes fan on a phone-in last Sunday was so befuddled that he suggested Iain Dowie should be appointed as the new manager. It’s clearly an upsetting and confusing time after last year’s incredible title win and it could take another turn for the worse this Saturday when Manchester City visit.

Leicester are 9/1 for relegation. Any takers?

Defoe no friend of Swans – cash in!

 

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After hauling themselves off the bottom of the table with three wins in the last four Premier League matches, Sunderland and David Moyes are all smiles again. Contrast that to Swansea where new American boss Bob Bradley had to endure his worst ass-whooping yet when the Welsh side were spanked 5-0 at Tottenham last weekend.

This match already looks loaded in Sunderland’s favour but how about these two stats. Moyes has won five matches out of six when taking charge of teams against Swansea while Jermain Defore has scored five times in his three matches against the Swans, including a hat-trick the last time the sides met in May.

Defoe has scored 14 goals in his last 22 matches away from home in the Premier League and must be licking his lips at the prospect of taking on a Swansea side which has shipped 19 goals since Bradley came in.

If you have one bet this weekend, make it Defoe to score in a Sunderland win at a massive 6/1 with William Hill.

Dave Tindall

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ESPN FC - Sunderland News 8 Dec 23:45

After a long road back, revitalised Anichebe nearing Nigeria return

Victor Anichebe has been in great form for Sunderland, scoring three goals in six appearances for David Moyes' side. It was June 2011. Nigeria were in Addis Ababa playing Ethiopia with two more games of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to go. Guinea were top of the group, and had just beaten Madagascar 4-1 and the Super Eagles needed a result ahead of their next game away to Madagascar in order to take the race to the final game in Abuja, where they would face the Guineans in a win or bust match later that October. Ike Uche had given Nigeria the lead, but the hosts came storming back to score twice...

Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 8 Dec 23:31

Sunderland fear improved form of Papy Djilobodji and Lamine Kone could see defenders called up forAfrica Cup of Nations

CRAIG HOPE: Sunderland fear the improved form of Papy Djilobodji and Lamine Kone will see them robbed of their centre-back pairing when the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in January.

ESPN FC - Sunderland News 8 Dec 11:14

Swansea trip a test of Sunderland's survival credentials in the Prem

Sunderland boss David Moyes says his side have a long way to go in their battle to stay up. Sunderland face an afternoon of high tension when they visit Swansea on Saturday for an important new test of their ability to haul themselves out of trouble. Although victories in three of the past four games have restored faith in David Moyes' side, such was the damage inflicted by the earlier winless run that defeat at the Liberty Stadium could send see them back to the bottom of the Premier League in their opponents' place. Swansea collapsed to a 5-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 7 Dec 20:53

Sunderland decide against M'Vila deal

Sunderland say a three-and-a-half-year deal for Yann M'Vila has fallen through because the midfielder no longer wants to re-join them.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 6 Dec 09:25

Sunderland's Watmore out for season

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 3 Dec 19:08

Sunderland 2-1 Leicester City

Sunderland move off the bottom of the table by beating reigning Premier League champions Leicester at the Stadium of Light.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 28 Nov 14:17

Sunderland name Wilson football officer

Sunderland appoint Manchester City's Simon Wilson as chief football officer, starting on 1 January.

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