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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watches on during the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017
Five matches to look out for across Europe this weekend
Sports Mole rounds up five fixtures from around Europe which are likely to catch the eye as domestic football returns this weekend.
Oct 13, 16:39
Romelu Lukaku looks unimpressed while playing for Manchester United in August 2017
Romelu Lukaku's record vs. Liverpool
Sports Mole delves into Romelu Lukaku's record against Liverpool ahead of Manchester United's trip to Anfield on Saturday.
Oct 13, 10:18
Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Everton on September 17, 2017
Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Manchester United
Ahead of Saturday's Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United, Sports Mole assembles a combined XI from the two teams.
Oct 13, 09:39
Gareth Bale in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Austria on September 2, 2017
Best XI: Players to have missed out on World Cup qualification
Sports Mole selects the best XI of players who have failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup, including Alexis Sanchez, Gareth Bale and two Ballon d'Or nominees.
Oct 11, 17:40
Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
World Cup 2018: Who has qualified for Russia?
Sports Mole rounds up who has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia so far, and how they got there.
Oct 11, 12:25
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield on October 9, 2015
Has Jurgen Klopp been a success during his first two years as Liverpool manager?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Jurgen Klopp's first two years in charge of Liverpool have been a success.
Oct 8, 14:03
Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the third during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Everton on September 17, 2017
Premier League: Five things we learned this weekend
Sports Mole looks at five things we learned from a Premier League weekend which saw the Manchester clubs march on while Crystal Palace's misery deepens.
Sep 18, 10:37
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta clears from Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during the FA Cup final on May 27, 2017
Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Sports Mole selects a combined XI of Chelsea and Arsenal players ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash between the London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 15, 12:18
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Champions League matchday one: Five things we learned
Sports Mole takes a look at five things we learned from matchday one of the Champions League group stages.
Sep 14, 09:27
Frank de Boer looks dejected after the Premier League game between Burnley and Crystal Palace on September 10, 2017
Were Crystal Palace right to sack Frank de Boer?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Crystal Palace were right to sack manager Frank de Boer after only four league games in charge.
Sep 12, 08:25
Alexis Sanchez looking unhappy during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Arsenal on August 27, 2017
Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane - Five players in the spotlight
Sports Mole looks at five players who will be in the spotlight as Premier League football returns this weekend following the international break.
Sep 8, 17:48
Kylian Mbappe poses with a Paris Saint-Germain shirt following his move from AS Monaco
Kylian Mbappe, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Drinkwater - Five debuts to look out for
Sports Mole highlights five high-profile players who could make their debuts this weekend following deadline-day moves.
Sep 8, 16:54
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson barks orders during his side's Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on August 12, 2017
Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from the two squads.
Sep 8, 15:44
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri kisses the Premier League trophy on May 8, 2016
Were Leicester City right to sack Claudio Ranieri?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Leicester City were right to sack Claudio Ranieri just nine months after he steered them to Premier League glory.
Feb 24, 18:04
Ravel Morrison playing for Manchester United's youth side in 2011.
Troubled Ravel Morrison in last-chance saloon?
Sports Mole considers whether controversial midfielder Ravel Morrison is now in last-chance saloon at Wigan Athletic.
Jan 11, 18:25
Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea looks on during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England.
Is Jose Mourinho the right man for Manchester United?
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at whether Jose Mourinho is the right man to take over as the new Manchester United manager.
May 27, 12:12
Pape Souare and Alexis Sanchez vie for the ball during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on April 17, 2016
Is success on the cards for Crystal Palace Football Club?
Is success on the cards for Crystal Palace Football Club?
May 8, 06:17
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Apr 29, 13:11
Black widow Louis van Gaal watches on during the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United on March 6, 2016
Louis van Gaal has taken the emotion away at Manchester United
Sports Mole takes a closer look at what Manchester United have become under the management of under-fire Louis van Gaal.
Mar 18, 20:00
Rafael Nadal in action against Pablo Carreno Busta during the Rio Open on February 16, 2016
Sports predictions strategies that yield high returns
Many people do not know how the bookmaker operates, resulting in serious misconceptions about the role of this vital player in the lucrative business of sports betting.
Mar 16, 14:26
Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
Are Germany favourites to win this summer's European Championship?
Are Germany favourites to win this summer's European Championship?
Jan 26, 14:14
Dean Gordon of Middlesbrough celebrates his goal against Manchester United in the FA Carling Premiership match at Old Trafford in Manchester on December 19, 1998
On this day: Manchester United suffer last defeat of treble-winning season
On this day 17 years ago, Manchester United fell to a shock 3-2 home loss to Middlesbrough - their last defeat of the historic 1998-99 treble-winning campaign.
Dec 19, 06:00
Headshot of Sam Matterface dated August 10, 2015
In Off The Post: The Sam Matterface Column - Jose Mourinho special
In his latest Sports Mole column, commentator Sam Matterface has his say on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea departure.
Dec 18, 11:54
England's Liverpool FC captain Steven Garrard (lower) sits on the pitch after losing to South American champion Sao Paulo FC in the final match of the FIFA Club World Championship in Yokohama, 18 December 2005
On This Day: Liverpool lose to Sao Paulo in Club World Championship final
On this day in 2005, Liverpool slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Sao Paulo in the final of the World Club Championship in Yokohama.
Dec 18, 06:00
Jimmy Greaves of Tottenham Hotspur in action during a league match.
On this day: Tottenham Hotspur's Jimmy Greaves scores debut hat-trick
Fifty-four years ago today, Jimmy Greaves marked his Tottenham Hotspur debut by scoring a hat-trick against Blackpool.
Dec 16, 06:00
Paul Miller (left) of Charlton Athletic and Andy Gray of Aston Villa jump for the ball during a match at The Valley in London. Charlton Athletic won the match 3-0.
On this day: Aston Villa hammer champions elect Liverpool
Thirty-nine years ago today, Aston Villa scored five first-half goals as they hammered league leaders Liverpool at Villa Park.
Dec 15, 06:00
Neymar of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on December 14, 2013
On this day: Neymar brace sinks Villarreal at Camp Nou
Two years ago today, Neymar scored both goals as Barcelona recorded a 2-1 victory over Villarreal at Camp Nou.
Dec 14, 06:00
Dion Dublin of Aston Villa beats David Seaman of Arsenal to score the winner in the FA Carling Premiership match at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. Villa won 3-2.
On this day: Arsenal spurn two-goal lead at Aston Villa
Seventeen years ago today, a brace from Dion Dublin helped Aston Villa to recover from two goals down to beat Arsenal.
Dec 13, 06:00
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On This Day: Manchester City hammer Manchester United at Old Trafford
Forty-five years ago today, Francis Lee bagged a hat-trick as Manchester City won 4-1 away at rivals Manchester United.
Dec 12, 06:00
West Ham United Manager Alan Pardew shouts instructions to his players during the Barclays Premiership match between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United at The Reebok Stadium on December 9, 2006
On this day: Alan Pardew sacked by West Ham United
On this day in 2006, West Ham United made the decision to part company with manager Alan Pardew after 163 matches in charge.
Dec 11, 06:00



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City87102942522
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd86202121920
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs85211551017
4Watford84311313015
5Chelsea8413138513
6Arsenal84131210213
7Burnley834186213
8Liverpool83411312113
9Newcastle UnitedNewcastle832398111
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom824279-210
11Southampton823379-29
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield823359-49
13Swansea CitySwansea822458-38
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224610-48
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8224814-68
16Everton8224513-88
17Stoke CityStoke8224918-98
18Leicester CityLeicester81341013-36
19Bournemouth8116412-84
20Crystal Palace8107218-163
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