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United look to conquer the North East

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It's quieter than a nun's hen party. Like some tragic episode of the Tweenies many are asking where have all the journalists gone?

Last week Van Gaal was the wrong man to lead United, the club was in permanent decline and Ryan Giggs was being stifled by his Dutch overlord.

This week with United sat fourth, five points off City in second place and only one point off Arsenal, it's hard to argue with the progress that's been made.

United must bring the hammer down on the Hammers

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A broken plane, a broken dream, a broken heart, a broken team, no word said, a silent vow, we loved you then, we love you now.

Off the back of an emotional week United take what will undoubtedly be a difficult trip to London for Sunday's fixture against West Ham. It will be important to play with the spirit of those lost on that bleak February night.

Liverpool

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Burnley

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Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield tomorrow as the Reds look to continue a sublime run of form. After beating Manchester City at the weekend Brendan Rodgers has his sights firmly set on the top four and will be aiming to pick up another three points against the Clarets.

Liverpool v Burnley 03.04.15

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.26.14
4-0 Liverpool (a) 04.25.10
4-0 Liverpool (h) 09.12.09
0-1 Burnley (a, FA Cup) 01.18.05

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 City (h); 0-1 Besiktas aet (a); 2-0 Southampton (a)
Burnley: 0-1 Swansea (h); 1-1 Chelsea (a); 1-3 United (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Coutinho, Lallana, Own Goal 4; Henderson 3; Lambert, Markovic, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
Burnley: Ings 9; Barnes 5; Boyd 4; Arfield, Mee 2; Kightly, Wallace 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

Hopefully Sakho will be fit enough to return, hopefully Sturridge will be fit enough to start.

Liverpool v Manchester City 03.01.15

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7am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-3 City (a) 08.25.14
3-2 Liverpool (h) 04.13.14
1-2 City (a) 12.26.13
2-2 (a) 02.03.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Besiktas aet (a); 2-0 Southampton (a); 1-0 Besiktas (h)
City: 1-2 Barcelona (h); 5-0 Newcastle (h); 4-1 Stoke (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Lallana, Own Goal 4; Coutinho 3; Henderson, Lambert, Markovic, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
City: Agüero 17; Silva 9; Yaya Toure 7; Jovetic, Lampard 5; Dzeko 3; Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri 2; Clichy, Demichelis, Fernando, Zabaleta 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sterling

So, who's gonna be fit after last Thursday?

MATCH PREVIEW: Besiktas V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Turkey on Thursday evening as they prepare to face Besiktas in the second leg of their Europa League tie. The match at the Ataturk is sure to create a special atmosphere for the travelling fans who must be thankful that the Reds go into this match with a lead.

Liverpool at Besiktas 02.26.14

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1:00pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1 (or Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer 2Go apps)

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-0 Southampton (a); 1-0 Besiktas (h); 2-1 Palace (a)
Besiktas: 0-1 Eskisehirspor (a), 0-1 Liverpool (a); 3-2 Bursaspor (h)

Previous European matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Besiktas (h); 1-1 Basel (h); 2-2 Ludogorets (a); 0-1 Real (a); 0-3 Real (h); 0-1 Basel (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Besiktas: 0-1 Liverpool (a); 1-0 Spurs (h); 2-2 Asteras (a); 2-1 Partizan (h); 4-0 Partizan (a); 1-1 Spurs (a); 1-1 Asteras (h); 0-1 Arsenal (a); 0-0 Arsenal (h)

Goalscorers (Europe):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 2; Henderson, Lambert 1
Besiktas: Ba 5; Töre 3; Kavlak, Özyakup, Tosun 1

Referee: Damir Skomina(SVN)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Toure Skrtel Lovren
Ibe Can Allen Moreno
Lallana Sterling
Sturridge

Unless Rodgers is really going to spring a surprise, there's not a lot that Liverpool can do with tomorrow's line-up.

Liverpool at Southampton 02.21.15

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11:15am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-1 Liverpool (h) 08.17.14
3-0 Liverpool (a) 03.01.14
0-1 Southampton (h) 09.21.13
1-3 Southampton (a) 03.16.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Besiktas (h); 2-1 Palace (a); 3-2 Tottenham (h)
Southampton: 0-0 West Ham (h); 1-0 QPR (a); 0-1 Swansea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard 6; Sterling 5; Lallana, Own Goal 4; Coutinho, Henderson, Lambert, Markovic, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
Southampton: Pelle 8; Mane 5; Schneiderlin, Tadic, Wanyama 3; Bertrand, Clyne, Cork, Elia, Long 2; Alderweireld, Yoshida 1

Referee: Kevin Friend

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Ibe Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Sterling
Sturridge

All of a sudden, Liverpool have some options.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Besiktas

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The Reds kick off their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening as they welcome Turkish side Besiktas to Anfield. Liverpool will surely still be feeling the disappointment of dropping out of the Champions League to gain their place in this competition however silverware is at stake and the winners are also automatically entered into next year's European Cup.

Liverpool v Besiktas 02.19.14

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3:05pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 2 (or Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer 2 Go apps)

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Palace (a); 3-2 Spurs (h); 0-0 Everton (a)
Besiktas: 3-2 Bursaspor (h); 0-1 Kayserispor (a); 2-1 Rizespor (a)

Previous European matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Basel (h); 2-2 Ludogorets (a); 0-1 Real (a); 0-3 Real (h); 0-1 Basel (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Besiktas: 1-0 Spurs (h); 2-2 Asteras (a); 2-1 Partizan (h); 4-0 Partizan (a); 1-1 Spurs (a); 1-1 Asteras (h); 0-1 Arsenal (a); 0-0 Arsenal (h)

Goalscorers (Europe):
Liverpool: Gerrard 2; Balotelli, Henderson, Lambert 1
Besiktas: Ba 5; Töre 3; Kavlak, Özyakup, Tosun 1

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Ibe Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

It's probably safe to assume that despite a massive, massive league match in the race for a Champions League place on Sunday, Liverpool will start a full-strength XI.

MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to London tomorrow as they prepare to face Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Reds have a Europa League tie with Besiktas coming up soon but the FA Cup is perhaps Brendan Rodgers' best chance of steering his side to some silverware.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they will unfortunately be without captain Steven Gerrard for this tie who is out for three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury against Spurs.

Liverpool at Crystal Palace 02.14.15

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports Plus or Fox Soccer 2Go (*shakes fist at Fox Sports' scheduling department*)

Last four head-to-head:
1-3 Palace (a) 09.23.14
3-3 (a) 05.05.14
3-1 Liverpool (h) 10.05.13
1-2 Palace (a; League Cup) 10.25.05

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-2 Spurs (h); 0-0 Everton (a); 2-1 Bolton (a)
Palace: 1-1 Newcastle (h); 1-0 Leicester (a); 0-1 Everton (h)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 2-1 Bolton (a); 0-0 Bolton (h); 2-1 Wimbledon (a)
Palace: 3-2 Southampton (a); 4-0 Dover (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard 10; Sterling 9; Lallana 4; Balotelli, Coutinho, Henderson, Lambert, Markovic 3; Moreno, Sturridge 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Rossiter, Skrtel, Suso 1
Palace: Gayle 10; Jedinak 5; Campbell 4; Chamakh, Dann, Puncheon 3; Hangeland, Ledley 2; Bolasie, Doyle, Kaikai, McArthur, Sanogo, Zaha 1

Referee: Robert Madley

Madley has never been in charge of a Liverpool game before.

Liverpool v Tottenham 02.10.15

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-0 Liverpool (a) 08.31.14
4-0 Liverpool (h) 03.30.14
5-0 Liverpool (a) 12.14.13
3-2 Liverpool (h) 03.10.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-0 Everton (a); 2-1 Bolton (a); 2-0 West Ham (h)
Tottenham: 2-1 Arsenal (h); 3-0 West Brom (a); 2-2 Sheffield Utd (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 5; Lallana, Own Goal 4; Coutinho, Henderson, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Markovic, Skrtel 1
Tottenham: Kane 12; Eriksen 9; Chadli 7; Adebayor, Dier 2; Lamela, Rose, Soldado, Vertonghen 1

Referee: Phil Dowd

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Ibe Henderson Allen Moreno
Sterling Coutinho
Sturridge

Well, that was a less-than-successful derby on the injury front.

Liverpool at Everton 02.07.15

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on NBC

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (h) 09.27.14
4-0 Liverpool (h) 01.28.14
3-3 (a) 11.23.13
0-0 (h) 05.05.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Bolton (a); 2-0 West Ham (h); 0-1 Chelsea aet (a)
Everton: 1-0 Palace (a); 0-0 West Brom (h); 2-2 West Ham aet [8-9 pens] (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 5; Lallana, Own Goal 4; Coutinho, Henderson, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Markovic, Skrtel 1
Everton: Lukaku 7; Naismith 6; Mirallas 5; Eto'o 3; Baines, Coleman, Jagielka 2; Barkley, Kone, McGeady, Osman 1

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Lallana Henderson Lucas Moreno
Sterling Coutinho
Sturridge

Despite the usual worries about fatigue, there aren't a lot of questions about Liverpool's line-up.

MATCH PREVIEW: Bolton V Liverpool

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Liverpool make the short trip to Bolton on Wednesday evening as they aim to make it through to the 5th round of the FA Cup. The first meeting between the two sides ended in a 0-0 draw forcing a replay at the Macron. Neil Lennon's side will fancy their chances at home to Liverpool but Brendan Rodgers will surely be determined to push his side closer to some silverware after being knocked out of the League Cup by Chelsea.

Liverpool at Bolton 02.04.15

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (h; FA Cup) 01.24.15
1-3 Bolton (a) 01.21.12
3-1 Liverpool (h) 08.27.11
2-1 Liverpool (h) 01.01.11

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-0 West Ham (h); 0-1 Chelsea aet (a); 0-0 Bolton (h)
Bolton: 2-2 Wolves (h); 2-4 Rotherham (a); 0-0 Liverpool (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 0-0 Bolton (h); 2-1 Wimbledon (a)
Bolton: 0-0 Liverpool (a); 1-0 Wigan (h)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard 9; Sterling 8; Lallana 4; Henderson, Lambert 3; Balotelli, Coutinho, Markovic, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Rossiter, Skrtel, Suso 1
Bolton: C Davies, Mills, Pratley 5; Mason 4; Clough, Danns, Feeney, C.

Liverpool v West Ham 01.31.15

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
1-3 West Ham (a) 09.20.14
2-1 Liverpool (a) 04.06.14
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.07.13
0-0 (h) 04.07.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Chelsea aet (a); 0-0 Bolton (h); 1-1 Chelsea (h)
West Ham: 1-0 Bristol (a); 3-0 Hull (h); 2-2 Everton aet [9-8 on penalties] (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard 5; Lallana, Own Goal, Sterling 4; Coutinho, Henderson, Lambert, Moreno 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Markovic, Skrtel, Sturridge 1
West Ham: Sakho 8; Carroll, Downing 5; Amalfitano 3; Cole, Zarate 2; Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Nolan, Reid, Tomkins 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Lovren
Markovic Henderson Lucas Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sterling

Sturridge is finally –FINALLY – back in training, but I still don't expect him to start, at least for another match.

English Premier League

Obertan, Abeid, Ameobi, Riviere Start – Perez And Jonas On Bench

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John Carver has just announced his team for the home game against Aston Villa and Gabby Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Manu Riviereall start. Teams: Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi; Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Ryan [.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester City

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Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to put their loss in the Europa League behind them. The Reds have been on fantastic form in the league lately but will face a tough challenge in Pellegrini's side.

Injuries for Liverpool have taken a bit of a boost with the return of Philippe Coutinho.

How Fans Think The Game Will Go Against Villa – Poll Results

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Newcastle are playing the second bottom side Aston Villa this afternoon, and usually we would have a sizable ratio of fans thinking we can win this game. For our home game against Crystal Palace on 30th August, 70% thought we would win the game, andwhen we played Hull City at home on 20th September, 66% [.

Is This Newcastle’s Strongest Side Against Aston Villa?

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Newcastle have Cheick Tiote out for the rest of the season with that knee injury, and the news this morning was that he has had an operation on it in Qatar, and John Carver thinks he will be out for the rest of the season. Jonas Gutierrez - on the bench tomorrow? Jack Colback also [...]

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel down south on Sunday as they aim to pick up another win in the Premier League away at Southampton. The Reds are currently on a brilliant run of form and have also picked up wins in the Europa League and the FA Cup recently. Can Brendan Rodgers get the better of Ronald Koeman though?

Anita, Cisse And Gouffran Start At The Etihad

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John Carver has just named the team for the tough game at the Etihad this afternoon and John is playing soem of his experienced players in the starting line-up. Newcastle will play in the familiar 4-3- this afternnon: Newcastle: (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, [.

Bad News Good News About Tomorrow’s Game At The Etihad

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There is not a lot of confidence about Newcastle being able to get much out of the game at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City tomorrow according to our fans. Jack Colback - on 9 yellow cards In fact a whopping 82% think we will lose the game and only 10% think we will [...]

These Were Newcastle’s Best Four Players At Palace

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We did get some good performances from some Newcastle players on Wednesday night at Crystal Palace in the 1-1 draw, but once Newcastle went ahead with an excellent Papiss Cisse goal after 42 minutes, Palace showed more enterprise, determination, urgency and effort, and in the end we were hanging on for the point after Campbell [.

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Video Goal Highlights

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Papiss Cisse after scoring last night Here are the highlights of last night's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. It wasn't an inspiring game by any means, but in retrospect we got a point out of it, and with the way things are at Newcastle right now, it's better than losing the game to Alan Pardew's [...]

Gouffran And Cisse Both Start At Palace

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John Carver has just announced the side for tonight's game at Selhurst Park against Alan Pardew's new club and Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran are both in the starting line-up. Newcastle:Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Sissoko; Cabella, Perez, Gouffran; Cisse. This is what John Carver has said about Alan Pardew and the game [.

This Is Result Newcastle Fans Expect At Crystal Palace

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Newcastle fans were fairly confident of getting the win on Sunday against Stoke City with 61% of readers thinking we would win that game, and maybe that's one reason it was so disappointing when Stoke scored their equalizer in the 90th minute. Alan Pardew with Ben Stevens But that confidence doesn't stretch to today's game [.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Tottenham Hotspur

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Liverpool welcome Spurs to Anfield on Tuesday evening and will be hoping they can produce a better performance after a rather dire Merseyside derby at the weekend. The game will surely have its focus placed on the English strikers of both sides with Harry Kane banging in the goals for Spurs and Daniel Sturridge having recently returned for Liverpool.

What’s Newcastle’s Best Side For Stoke City?

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Newcastle must have a decent enough chance of getting all 3 points tomorrow if we can play as well as we did in our 3-0 win at Hull last week, and if we can tighten up on defense a bit. Papiss Cisse will he start tomorrow? We'd like to somehow have both Papiss Cisse [...]

MATCH PREVIEW: Everton V Liverpool

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Liverpool cross Stanley Park tomorrow to face Roberto Martinez's Everton side in what will almost certainly be Steven Gerrard's last ever Merseyside derby. The Reds come into this game on the back of an FA Cup win in the week and will be looking to continue their current good run of form in the league.

What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Stoke?

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It could well be after the decent performance and great result at Hull last Saturday that John Carver will start the same side at home to Stoke on Sunday. John Carver - will he play 4-4-2? John will hold his press conference for the game tomorrow and we'll get an injury update but we are [...]

Anita, Cabella And Ameobi All Start At Hull – Cisse On Bench

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John Carver has named his team for the vital game at Hull City today, and Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella and Sammy Ameobi all start and there are two changes from the side that lost at home to the Saints with Sammy Ameobi and centre-back Mike Williamson coming into the side in place of Yoan [...]

This Is How Fans Think The Game Will Go At Hull Today

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It's the early kick-off game at Hull City today at 12:45 pm when Newcastle will try to get their first win on the board since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace after managing a 3-2 home win against Everton in his last game in charge on Tyneside the last time we picked up all [...]

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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Liverpool must prepare themselves to face West Ham on Saturday as they pick up the pieces after their unfortunate loss to Chelsea in the League Cup semi final on Tuesday evening. The huge positive for Liverpool of course is the return of Daniel Sturridge who will surely be anxious but raring to go.

The bleak mid-winter battle

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On the 21st of September around 12.45pm, United fans were sat back with their feet up or pint in hand brimming with excitement at the idea of a season with this new look United side under the brilliant Van Gaal.

Half an hour later most had switched off their televisions in disgust, sank a few more alesand taken to the internet to discuss why this would be another season of abject failure.

This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team For Hull

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Mehdi Abeid and Gabby Obertan will be available for the game tomorrow, and Papiss Cisse is jetting back from Equatorial Guinea today and all three will be available for the game at Hull City tomorrow. Mehdi Abeid likely to start for Newcastle tomorrow But it looks like the game will come too early for [.

The Rest

Will United paper over the cracks again?

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It appears this week's theme is despair vs faith.

Either you're willing to give Van Gaal time to build his team, bed in new players and establish a regime oryou're frothing at the mouth, grabbing torches and pitchforks, incoherently muttering about Dennis Irwin and are ready to hire the latest European manager with a floppy fringe.

Scalping Swans

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The clock ticks over to the 72nd minute. A high ball is thrown into the penalty area, thousands watch in despair as an oversized, over vilified Belgian rises higher than any other to destroy Preston North End's dreams.

Throwing elbows, fouling two defenders and breaking hearts all over the North West, Marouane Fellaini thuds home the goal that will send Manchester United into an FA Cup quarter final.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Preview

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Arsenal are looking to take maximum points from Crystal Palace this season with a win at Selhurst...

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