Barclays Premier League [/B]
4 – 6 February 2012
Saturday 4 February
Arsenal Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers will be aiming to complete a league double over Arsenal for the first time since the 2002-03 season.Arsenal have scored one goal in each of their last five home games in the Premier League.Blackburn Rovers have scored in each of their last 13 away games in the Premier League.
Manchester City Fulham
Fulham are unbeaten in their last four Premier League visits to Manchester City (won two and drawn two).Manchester City have equalled their club record of 16 consecutive home wins in the top division which has stood since 1921.Fulham have scored more than one goal in only one of
This week's suspensions list includes Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye who was handed a three-match suspension for violent conduct following a FA Regulatory Commission hearing.
The midfielder was charged following an incident in United’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday 28 January.
Here's the complete current list....
Three Match Ban (29/01,01/02,04/02)
It's nearly here. The day Sky Sports News loves... even if noboy else does.
Yes, it's Transfer Window Deadline tomorrow with all the excitment and mayhem that has been preceded by one of the quiestest Window months on record.
Figures so far suggest that under £30million has been exchanged in deals involving Premier League and Football League.
Again, our latest Transfer List is dominated by loan transactions.
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This week's Performance of the Week goes to Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) at Wolverhampton Wanderers
In a month that has been enriched by remarkable player comebacks, it was almost inevitable that Robbie Keane would play a significant part on his return to the home of his first club.
It is 14 years and £70 million in transfer fees since he marked his debut for Wolves with two goals against Norwich City.
On loan from LA Galaxy, Robbie’s two-goal match-winning salvo means he has become the seventh player to score for six different clubs in the Premier League joining Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Craig Bellamy, Peter Crouch, Nicky Barmby and Marcus Bent.
The Republic of Ireland international insisted that the respect and gratitude he feels towards Wolves meant he
This week's goal of the week surprisingly goes to Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) for his goal at Manchester City.
Due to Mario Balotelli’s last gasp penalty and Jermain Defoe being unable to convert the glaring chance that Wales star had set-up, Gareth Bale’s top quality strike in the clash at the Etihad Stadium was in vain.
Nonetheless, his clinical finish from the edge of the box was of such high calibre that Sunday newspaper transfer speculation of a £150 million price tag seem a little less far fetched.
Gareth Bale was named earlier in the week as the only Premier League player to be selected in the UEFA team of 2011.
With a week to go before the January Transfer Window closes, it's still relatively calm before the storm of the frantic final day.
However, there's still plenty to mull over in this week's transfer list.
Apologies for the slight delay in this week's entry, but here are the details of the current suspensions relating to the Premier League and Football League clubs.
Three Match Ban (02/01,14/01,21/01)
Three Match Ban (21/01,01/02,04/02)
Barclays Premier League
21 -22 January 2012
Saturday 21 January
Bolton Wanderers Liverpool
Liverpool have won all of their last ten meetings with Bolton Wanderers (all Premier League).Bolton Wanderers have lost 15 games in the Premier League this season, one less than the whole of last season.Liverpool have lost only two of their last 21 games in all competitions.
Everton Blackburn Rovers
Everton have won four of the last six Premier League encounters with Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park.Everton have not scored in the first-half of their last ten Premier League games.Blackburn Rovers have failed to go on to win any of the last 17 Premier League games when they have been level at half-time.
Swansea City are awarded our performance of the week for their 3-2 win against Arsenal
Nine years ago to the day, Arsenal sat top of the Premier League as they chased a third Premier League title under Arsene Wenger. By stark contrast, Swansea City were six points adrift at the foot of the Football League, staring into a non-league abyss.The perceived wisdom has been that the only way for a Premier League newcomer to beat Arsenal would be through strong-arm tactics. Far from getting into their collective face, Brendon Rodgers’ Swans played and beat the Gunners at their own game to become the new pass masters.In a game that was identified by one newspaper as ‘Strictly come passing’, figures showed that Swansea made 526 passes during the thrilling 90 minutes compared
Our goal of the week is Paul Scholes' v Bolton Wanderers
Paul Scholes provided one of the season's most unexpected twists when he came out of retirement to play in the FA Cup win against Manchester City last week and completed his fairytale return when he scored the crucial opener against Bolton Wanderers in first-half stoppage time - his first senior goal since August 2010.It was his 151st goal for United (in his 678th appearance) moving him into the club’s top ten all-time scorers above Ruud Van Nistelrooy.Having already missed a penalty, Wayne Rooney played an integral role when the deadlock finally was broken. An incisive run and one-two from Nani opened up space in the box, before his lay-off found Rooney who slide the ball across goal, and Scholes took