Jordan Henderson of Liverpool hands the captain’s armband over to Steven Gerrard of Liverpool as he comes on to the field during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players have to step up in the absence of captain Steven Gerrard after a frustrating goalless draw at ho(...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 4It was the sort of night which mocked suggestions that this season’s Premier League is a one-horse race and poured scorn(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for the club since March as his side beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane
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  • December 1, 2014, 08:19

Saints back with a bump With Chelsea’s seemingly unstoppable march to the Premier league title stalling slightly on Saturday evening after a 0-(...)

Referee Kevin Friend shows a yellow card to Diego Costa of Chelsea after a clash with Sunderland’s Wes Brown  during the Premier League match  at the  Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho leapt to the defence of striker Diego Costa after a hard-fought encounter with Sunderland ended in a 0-0 draw at the Stadiu(...)

Diego Costa of Chelsea clashes with  John O’Shea of Sunderland during the  Premier League match  at Stadium of Light. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland 0 Chelsea 0Willian and Santiago Vergini both hit the woodwork as Sunderland extended their run of good results against Chelsea with a 0-0 d(...)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet and Everton manager Roberton Martínez on the sideline at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Maybe Everton’s post-Europa League fatigue was to blame? Perhaps Adam Johnson’s enduring struggle to recapture his form should be held partly responsi(...)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman commiserates with Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet after the the 8-0 home win  at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Gus Poyet was left bemoaning the most embarrassing moment of his football career after his Sunderland side were hammered 8-0 at Southampton. The Urugu(...)

  Steven Fletcher of Sunderland celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke City   at Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Papiss Cisse’s second brace of goals in three matches this season was not enough to ease the huge pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. Newcastl(...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Arsenal (4) v Tottenham (9) Arsenal expect to have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a dead leg. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Merte(...)