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Football News Roundup – December 1, 2015

  • WATCH: Kids face the press
    Tony Pulis invited some young fans to join him in his press conference after the 1-1 draw with West Ham.
  • Birmingham insist Rowett stays
    Birmingham City insist Gary Rowett remains as manager following speculation linking him with the vacancy at Fulham.
  • Vardy to play through injuries
    Leicester's record-breaking striker Jamie Vardy says he is "getting an injury every week" but is determined not to miss any game time.
  • LISTEN: Super Sunday Podcast
    The panel discuss Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Norwich, as well as West Ham's 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Super Sunday.
  • Garde hints at changes
    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says he is considering making defensive changes ahead of next weekend's Premier League trip to Southampton.
  • Pulis hails Lambert impact
    Tony Pulis has said Rickie Lambert gave West Brom "more of a threat" when he came on for the second half of their 1-1 draw with West Ham in the Premier League.
  • LISTEN: Sunday Supplement Podcast
    There were plenty of hot topics up for discussion on this week's Sunday Supplement, including Wayne Rooney's form and Steve McClaren's position at Newcastle.
  • WATCH: Top five FL moments
    We look back at the five best goals and moments from Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Football League.
  • Drogba on Jose, Costa and more
    Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was the very special guest on Goals on Sunday this week.
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Football News Roundup – November 30, 2015

  • WATCH: Vardy's record goal
    Jamie Vardy scored for a Premier League-record 11th straight game as Leicester drew 1-1 with Manchester United.
  • 'Come to England, Zlatan'
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still good enough to play for any Premier League team, according to Sweden team-mate Jonas Olsson.
  • Ranieri: Vardy good for the game
    Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri thinks Jamie Vardy's record-breaking goal against Manchester United is good for football.
  • Ranieri has changed it
    Leicester City's 1-1 draw with Manchester United means they are only kept off top spot by goal difference as their astonishing start to the season continues.
  • Van Gaal rues missed chances
    Louis van Gaal was pleased by Manchester United's response from their midweek European setback in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Leicester City, although he believes they should have won.
  • Vardy delighted with record
    Jamie Vardy was delighted to break the Premier League record by scoring in his 11th consecutive game, but insisted getting the point against Manchester United was more important.
  • Should Man Utd look at Vardy?
    Could Jamie Vardy play for one of the top clubs in the Premier League?
  • Chesterfield sack Saunders
    Chesterfield have sacked manager Dean Saunders following a 4-0 home defeat to Swindon Town on Saturday.
  • Walsall end Bradford's run
    Goals from Tom Bradshaw and Milan Lalkovic gave Walsall a 2-1 win at the Banks's Stadium and handed Bradford their first defeat in 11 games.
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Football News Roundup – November 29, 2015

  • Championship round-up
    Brighton moved top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-1 win over Birmingham at the Amex Stadium.
  • Sky Sports Photo Challenge
    Get rid of that selfie stick, it's time to get serious.
  • 'Vardy like Van Nistelrooy'
    Louis van Gaal believes there are similarities between Jamie Vardy and Ruud van Nistelrooy - but has backed Manchester United to stop the Leicester City forward from breaking the Dutchman's Premier League goalscoring record.
  • Clement: We were terrific
    Derby manager Paul Clement praised his side's performance as they won 2-0 at Hull City to go top of the Championship on Friday night.
  • Derby beat Hull to go top
    Jacob Butterfield scored twice as Derby County went top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Friday night.
  • Wolves held at home by Dons
    Wolves failed to improve their recent disappointing home form as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 Sky Bet Championship stalemate by battling MK Dons at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
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Football News Roundup – November 28, 2015

  • Rowett to remain Birmingham boss
    Gary Rowett is to remain as Birmingham City manager despite interest from Championship rivals Fulham.
  • Jeff's Super 6 advice
    Jeff Stelling analyses the most popular predictions in Soccer Saturday Super 6 this weekend and provides us with his advice.
  • Wolves v MK Dons preview
    Wolves could be unchanged for the visit of MK Dons to Molineux.
  • Football League build-up recap
  • Brighton v Birmingham preview
    Brighton will monitor the fitness of Uwe Huenemeier and Inigo Calderon ahead of their Sky Bet Championship match against Birmingham.
  • Richards: Villa too nice
    Aston Villa captain Micah Richards has warned his team-mates they need to toughen up quickly if they are to stay in the Premier League.
  • Vardy v Smalling
    When Leicester host Manchester United on Saturday Night Football, the Premier League's leading marksman, Jamie Vardy, will come up against in-form defender Chris Smalling.
  • Can Leicester keep it up?
    Leicester's remarkable ascent to the top of the Premier League table has been the story of the season so far, but a tough run of fixtures will test their mettle. Here, we reflect on their rise and assess the challenges ahead as they prepare to face Manchester United on Saturday Night Football
  • Ranieri gives Martial backing
    Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes Anthony Martial will rediscover his best form for Manchester United.
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Football News Roundup – November 27, 2015

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Football News Roundup – November 26, 2015

  • Top-flight weekend to remember
    My job as a football presenter revolves around stories. I can't remember a recent Premier League weekend with better stories.
  • Jamie Vardy on...
    Jamie Vardy spoke exclusively to Sky Sports on a range of subjects, including his blistering form, and why 40 points is still the target for Leicester.
  • 'Vardy not yet ready for England'
    Former Leicester manager Peter Taylor says Jamie Vardy is far from the finished article and must improve his all-round game before being considered an England regular.
  • Vardy tipped to fall short
    We asked the Soccer Saturday pundits to predict who will be top goalscorer come the end of the season.
  • WATCH: Hasselbaink on QPR job
    Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink refused to deny he is a candidate to take over at Queens Park Rangers.
  • The last time Leicester were top
    Leicester City host Manchester United in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday Night Football. It's being deemed an unusual encounter in terms of the team's league position, but we've been here before - haven't we?
  • Grealish punished 'indefinitely'
    Jack Grealish will train with Aston Villa's development squad indefinitely after breaching club discipline, according to Sky sources.
  • What happened after the 5-3?
    It was one of the Premier League's greatest-ever games. But one season on from Leicester City's thrilling 5-3 comeback win at home to Manchester United, the goal-scorers on that day have taken very different paths.
  • L2 round-up: Plymouth stay top
    Curtis Nelson's late equaliser kept leaders Plymouth two points clear at the top of Sky Bet League 2 following a 1-1 home draw against Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.
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Football News Roundup – November 25, 2015

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Premier League 2015-16: Team News, Lineups & Stats

Chelsea vs Aston Villa
English Premier League
Date: Saturday 17 October
Time: 15:00 BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

A clash between two of the bottom five takes place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as both Chelsea and Aston Villa look to get their season up-and-running after the international break. José Mourinho's side have taken only eight points from their first eight league matches this season and begin the weekend a staggering 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City. Last season Chelsea had dropped only two points heading into matchday nine, which included winning this fixture 3-0 towards the end of September.

This looks like a great opportunity to begin to get their season back on track as their opponents have lost a league-high six games, and all the best free bets and bookie promos are pointing to a home win. Since winning 1-0 at newly-promoted Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, Aston Villa have taken only one point and that came at home to Sunderland. Tim Sherwood's side have been beaten by the likes of Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Stoke City since. All six of their defeats have been by a single goal.

Chelsea's title hopes have already been ruled out by many after their struggle of a start and anything less than three points this weekend would see many more journalists and pundits write them off. As things stand, it would be smarter to bet on Chelsea making the top-four instead of Chelsea winning the title, or you can perhaps put a free betting bonus like William Hill's sign up offer to good use by predicting a managerial change at Villa if Sherwood can't turn the team around by the New Year.

The Blues did the double over Aston Villa last season but Paul Lambert was in charge of the West Midlands club for both matches. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven league matches, which includes shipping three goals at Liverpool and two at home to Sunderland.

Mourinho's side remain strong favourites to pick up three points again this weekend despite winning only two of their first eight matches this season, one of which was versus 10 man Arsenal. Aston Villa are quickly becoming relegation favourites and start the weekend in the bottom three.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Team News

Chelsea team news

Good news for Chelsea is that Branislav Ivanović picked up an injury during the international break and is expected to be unavailable this weekend. The Serbian right-back who has taken the captain's armband in games in which John Terry has been benched, has been woeful this season.

Kurt Zouma could replace Ivanović at right-back, whilst César Azpilicueta could also move there with Baba Rahman filling in at left-back as has happened in Chelsea's two UEFA Champions League matches this season.

Thibaut Courtois is expected to be out until around Christmas with his knee injury in the only other injury concern to José Mourinho this weekend.

Diego Costa returns from suspension.

Aston Villa team news

Jores Okore is only a matter of weeks away from making his long awaited return but won't be ready for this weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Adama Traoré has only made 44 minutes of Premier League action since joining from Barcelona in the summer but should be fit to face the champions.

Gabby Agbonlahor missed the two games before the international break with a calf injury but should be available to Tim Sherwood on Saturday.

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv possible starting line-ups

Chelsea: Asmir Begović; César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, Nemanja Matić, Pedro, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Jordan Amavi; Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Westwood, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Scott Sinclair; Rudy Gestede

Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Key Stats

2 - Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games.

6 - Aston Villa have lost more games than any other Premier League side so far this season.

17 - Only Sunderland (18) have conceded more goals than Chelsea heading into the weekend.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa


Football News Roundup – October 1, 2015

  • Player of the Month top three
    The top three contenders for the PFA Fans' Player of the Month in each division have been revealed - so vote now and have your say.
  • Transfer Centre LIVE!
    All the latest transfer news and gossip, as MLS side Orlando City express interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ferdinand backing Vardy claim
    England manager Roy Hodgson will name his squad for the final two European Qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania on Thursday.
  • Ollie's predictions
    Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway predicts the outcome of the big Football League weekend fixtures.....
  • WATCH: Top Football League goals
    Everyone loves great goals - and we've picked five of the best from the midweek Football League action.
  • FL72 Podcast preview
    Kit Symons, Billy Sharp, Stephen Warnock and David Flitcroft join us for this week's FL72 Podcast.
  • Martin Tyler's stats
    Have the defending champions ever been as low in the league as Chelsea? Are Aston Villa about to equal an unwanted record? Read on for the latest Premier League stats from Martin Tyler...
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Football News Roundup – September 30, 2015

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