Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has urged Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard to gain some advice from his uncle Harry Redknapp to help him turn things around at Stamford Bridge. Lampard has found himself under pressure in recent weeks after a poor run of form in the Premier League has seen the Blues slip to ninth in the table, winning only two of their last eight matches.
West Bromwich Albion are reportedly in talks to sign Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke in the January transfer window. The Baggies are targeting a forward this month and the Belgian's proven Premier League goalscoring record appeals to manager Sam Allardyce. Sky Sports News reports that Palace are prepared to listen to offers for the 30-year-old, following the arrival of French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz, but it is understood that there is still some distance between the two club at present.
Newcastle United are reportedly weighing up a possible swap deal that would involve winger Matt Ritchie and Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing. Steve Bruce 's side are keen to bolster their central midfield options and have identified Billing as a target in the January transfer window. The Sun reports that Bournemouth are keen to bring back Ritchie, who left the club to join the Magpies in 2016, and may be willing to allow Billing to head in the opposite direction.
A stunning free-kick from substitute Bruno Fernandes gave Manchester United victory in a thrilling FA Cup fourth round tie with old rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. Liverpool took the lead through Mohamed Salah, who then equalised after Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford had struck for the hosts either side of half time.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes has dropped a hint to suggest that the French champions are trying to sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Messi, whose contract at the Camp Nou expires at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Catalan club and PSG are one of the front runners along with Manchester City for his signature.
Atletico Madrid moved seven points clear at the top of LaLiga as they came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday. Uros Racic fired the visitors in front just 11 minutes in but Joao Felix levelled in the 23rd minute when he turned in Thomas Lemar's cross. Felix then turned provider as Luis Suarez put Atletico ahead nine minutes into the second half before Angel Correa made sure of the points with 18 minutes to go.
Everton assistant manager Duncan Ferguson hopes Dominic Calvert-Lewin 's return to scoresheet will see him start "battering" in the goals for the rest of the season. The former Sheffield United trainee scored his first for seven games after returning from a hamstring injury as the Toffees moved into the fifth round of the FA Cup - where Tottenham or Wycombe await at home - for the first time since 2016.
Bruno Fernandes fired Manchester United into the FA Cup fifth round after coming off the bench to dump Liverpool out of the competition. The Portugal international struck with a stunning 78th-minute free-kick to make it 3-2 and settle a thrilling fourth-round encounter at Old Trafford. Mohamed Salah had put the Premier League champions ahead with a deft 18th-minute finish and after Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford had turned the tie around, Salah levelled it at 2-2 in the 59th minute.
Steven Gerrard admits he may have to tinker with his rampant Rangers line-up as he prepares for a pitched battle at Easter Road. The runaway Scottish Premiership leaders will be looking to take another step towards the title when they travel to Edinburgh to face Hibernian on Wednesday night. But Gerrard is concerned his side could get bogged down against Jack Ross ' team after flagging up the state of the rutted Leith playing surface.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has admiration for Gareth Ainsworth 's approach to life, but would not want to be part of the Wycombe manager's rock band. Ainsworth is a self-confessed extrovert and prowls the dugout area of the Championship club with his shoulder-length hair flowing over his leather jacket.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed talk of the quadruple as a fairytale. City booked an FA Cup fifth round trip to Swansea after avoiding a massive upset at Cheltenham with a 3-1 comeback win on Saturday. They are also second in the Premier League, play Borussia Monchengladbach in the last 16 of the Champions League next month and face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final in April.
Brighton boss Graham Potter believes Christian Walton possesses "top-level attributes" but has been left playing catch-up in his quest to become the club's first-choice goalkeeper. Former England Under-21 international Walton made his first Seagulls appearance in almost six years during Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round win over League One Blackpool.
Former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin was quickly back into the goalscoring groove after making his mark in Everton 's 3-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday. The ex-Sheffield United trainee, who made a dozen appearances for the first team before moving to Goodison Park in 2016, scored his first goal in 50 days after returning from injury to help set up a fifth-round tie at home to either Wycombe or Tottenham.
Wycombe vs Tottenham predictions for Monday's FA Cup fourth round clash. Wycombe hope to pull off an upset when they face Tottenham in this FA Cup tie. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips. Reason For Wycombe vs Tottenham Hotspur Predictions Wycombe have scored in eight of their last nine competitive matches.
The African Nation Championship continues in Cameroon, and Togo take on Rwanda in the final round of group stage matches on Tuesday evening. Togo are second in Group C with three points from two matches, while third-placed Rwanda are still searching for their first win at the tournament. Match preview Newcomers Togo will aim to continue their sensational run as they head into the final fixture in Group C of the CHAN tournament.
Real Madrid bounced back after their Copa del Rey humiliation as Karim Benzema 's brace helped them to a 4-1 win at Alaves. Real, back in LaLiga action three days on from the embarrassing cup loss to third-tier Alcoyano, took the lead after 15 minutes via Casemiro 's header. Benzema doubled the advantage with a fierce strike in the 41st minute having been teed up by Eden Hazard, who then slotted in the third just before the interval.
In the final game in Group C of the Total African Nations Championship, the Cranes of Uganda take on Morocco at the Douala Reunification Stadium in search of their first win at the tournament. Uganda are rock-bottom, after a shaky start to the tournament, and they will be aiming to find their feet when they meet the defending champions, who currently top the group with four points.
T he president and four players of a Brazilian football club have died after the plane carrying them crashed on its way to Goiania. Palmas Futbol e Regatas of the Brazilian fourth tier have been hit by tragedy ahead of their match against Vila Nova in the Copa Verde. Palmas confirmed in a club statement that president Lucas Meira, pilot Wagner and players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari did not survive the plane crash.
Sochaux vs Toulouse predictions for Monday's Ligue 2 clash at Stade Auguste-Bonal. Toulouse hope to move top of the Ligue 2 table when they visit Sochaux on Monday. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips. Reason For Sochaux vs Toulouse Predictions Toulouse have scored at least two goals in each of their last four away games in Ligue 2.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman praised midfielder Frenkie de Jong after watching him set his side on the road to a fifth successive LaLiga away win. The 23-year-old Dutch midfielder, a £67million signing from Ajax during the summer of 2019, put Barca ahead at lowly Elche six minutes before the break, and his goal looked likely to be decisive until substitute Riqui Puig netted late on to secure a 2-0 victory.
Bruno Fernandes ' set piece practice on the eve of Manchester United 's FA Cup tie against Liverpool paid dividends as he came off the bench to settle the tie. Sunday's fourth-round encounter at Old Trafford, which the hosts won 3-2, was a far cry from last weekend's tense goalless draw at Anfield between the reigning Premier League champions and current leaders.
Liverpool are 'working on solutions' to get out of their slump in form, Jurgen Klopp has insisted following his side's 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Former Real Madrid striker and director Emilio Butragueno has backed Zinedine Zidane to turn the club's fortunes around. The Spanish champions were recently dumped out of the Copa del Rey to third tier side Alcoyano, who won 2-1 in extra time despite having a man sent off. Real Madrid soon recovered from that shock defeat with a 4-1 win over Alaves, although Zidane was absent from the touchline after returning a positive coronavirus test.
T he Dutch government have urged supporters not to celebrate goals by shouting when they watch matches in their homes. This new guidance is part of a whole new string of advice for football fans to avoid spreading COVID-19 while watching their teams play on TV. Instead of shouting or cheering, the Dutch government is promoting jumping and dancing, as well as making noise using objects or musical instruments.
Farense vs Porto predictions for Monday night's Portuguese Primeira Liga tie. Porto hope to close the gap at the top of the Primeira Liga with a win over Farense. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips. Reason For SC Farense vs FC Porto Predictions Porto are unbeaten in eight in the Primeira Liga, winning seven of those.
Rangers extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to 23 points while St Johnstone and Livingston have booked their place in next month's Betfred Cup final. Here the PA news agency takes a look at five things we learned from this weekend's Scottish action: Rangers' title countdown continues Steven Gerrard and his players are sticking firmly to their one-game-at-a-time mantra but try telling that to the jubilant Gers support.
Supersub Bruno Fernandes ' fantastic free-kick secured Manchester United an impressive 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory against rivals Liverpool as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw his first triumph against Jurgen Klopp 's men. A week on from a tense goalless Premier League draw at Anfield between the Premier League leaders and reigning champions, an empty Old Trafford hosted a thrilling encounter between these old foes.
Bruno Fernandes had been practicing extra free-kicks in training ahead of his stunning winner for Manchester United in their 3-2 FA Cup victory over Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that out-of-form defender Trent Alexander-Arnold may benefit from a conversation with Steven Gerrard. The 22-year-old has failed to hit the same heights as last season amid Liverpool's winless run, boasting just two assists and no goals from 17 Premier League appearances.
Livingston manager David Martindale hailed a collective effort after leading his side to the Betfred Cup final. Scott Robinson headed home a rebound following a ninth-minute set-piece to earn a 1-0 win over St Mirren and a final date with St Johnstone on February 28. The triumph continued Martindale's sensational start to life in management - the Hampden success followed an eight-match winning streak and two draws with Celtic since he succeeded Gary Holt.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has claimed that he was left "baffled" by Mikel Arteta 's team selection in the FA Cup against Southampton. The Gunners rotated heavily for the tie and welcomed seven new faces to the starting lineup, but the defence of their crown ended at the hands of a full-strength Saints outfit in a 1-0 defeat.
Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes has insisted that the Red Devils still have some issues to iron out as they lead the way in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's men have taken advantage of Liverpool's winless run and now find themselves two points clear at the top of the table, although second-placed Manchester City do have a game in hand.
A furious Neil Warnock claimed Dael Fry was a "millimetre away from having his eyeball taken out" in the controversial first-half incident that overshadowed Middlesbrough 's 1-0 home defeat to Blackburn. Joe Rothwell scored the only goal of the game as Boro lost at the Riverside for the second time in eight days, but the key moment of the afternoon came in the 14th minute as Fry was kicked in the head by Blackburn defender Jarrad Branthwaite as he went up to try to win a header.
Luton boss Nathan Jones has accused referee David Coote of treating him with "the biggest amount of disrespect" during the Hatters' 3-1 FA Cup loss at Chelsea. Chelsea swept into an early lead as Tammy Abraham converted Timo Werner's deflected cross - but in the build-up to the opener there were two balls on the pitch at the same time.
David Martindale 's Midas touch continued as the Livingston manager led his side to within 90 minutes of silverware following a 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final win over St Mirren. Scott Robinson 's ninth-minute goal proved enough to set up a February 28 meeting with St Johnstone and give the Lions the chance to add to their 2004 success in the tournament.
Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to hit a stunning free-kick and seal Manchester United a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Liverpool.