Our Premier League goal of the week goes to Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United) v Aston Villa.
The Senegal international has joined the illustrious list of centre-forwards who have worn the Newcastle United number nine shirt, a list which includes Alan Shearer, Malcolm MacDonald, Jackie Milburn, Les Ferdinand, Micky Quinn, Andy Carroll and Big Billy Whitehurst.
Just 57 minutes into his Toon debut at St James’ Park, Papiss revived the glory of the Newcasle No. 9 with a spectacular winner at the Gallowgate End to maintain United’s hopes of an unlikely return to European competition.
The ex-SC Freiburg striker controlled Jonas Gutierrez's left-wing cross on his chest before smashing a left-footed volley high into former Newcastle keeper Shay Given's top-right corner to already
Release the Ox!
Our Premier League performance of the week goes to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his superlative performance against Blackburn Rovers.
Despite a 7-1 victory, another Robin Van Persie hat-trick and Thierry Henry’s first Premier League goal back in Arsenal colours, it was the performance of the former Southampton youngster that caught most eyes and many of the headlines
With his first goals in the competition, the son of ex-England winger Mark Chamberlain became the second youngest goalscorer for Arsenal in the Premier League at 18 years and 173 days behind Cesc Fabregas (17 years, 113 days).
AOC also become the youngest player to score two goals in a Premier League game since Wayne Rooney (18 years and 120 days)
Last weekend's inclement weather means many of the bans have been extended for another week.
The current suspension list is shown below.
More details are available to our subscribers at the Disciplinary Suspensions section of the 11v11 Football Database
Three Match Ban (11/02,14/02,18/02)
Three Match Ban (11/02,25/02,03/03)
Barclays Premier League
11 – 12 February 2012
Saturday 11 February
Blackburn Rovers Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers have failed to score in their three league and cup visits to Blackburn Rovers since 1999.Blackburn Rovers have won only one of their 12 games against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League this season.Excluding unused substitutes, 39 players have appeared for Queens Park Rangers in league and cup matches this season.
Bolton Wanderers Wigan Athletic
Bolton Wanderers have not lost in their last eight league and cup meetings with Wigan Athletic.Bolton Wanderers have lost 16 of the 17 games in the Premier League this season when the opposition have scored the first goal.Wigan Athletic have
Although we understand Sky Sports News' Jim White is still recovering in a darkended room, now the dust has settled after another Transfer Window, here's our comprehensive list of all the deadline dealings.
We also include the transactions that have taken place since the January Window closed.
A 12-month archive of all transactions is available to subscribers in the player transfers and transfer history section of the 11v11 Football Database.
Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second time
Confirming that he is the world’s current greatest player, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was named the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for 2011.
Lionel told FIFA.com:
“I’m very proud to have won it three times, especially one after the other.
“It’s hard to win one, let alone three. I’m very happy and this award gives me as much pleasure as the first.”
Messi is, howeever, confusing the old Ballon d’Or with the new FIFA Ballon d’Or. The Argentine footballing genius won the Ballon d’Or in 2009 and the new FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 and 2011.
Michel Platini is the only player to have ever won the prestigious Ballon d’Or for three years in a row (1983 to 1985).
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.
Urawa Red Diamonds
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