James Collins of West Ham United confronts James McCarthy of Everton   at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Chelsea beat 10-man West Brom on Saturday to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League and also set a club record for starting the campai(...)

  Alan Pardew (left), manager of Newcastle United, applauds the fans after victory over Manchester City,  as Manuel Pellegrini  walks towards the dug tunnel. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was concerned about his team’s form after being dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle. (...)

Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring his side’s  second goal during the  Capital One Cup fourth round victory over Manchester City at  the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photo:  Peter Byrne/PA

Manchester City 0 Newcastle United 2 Manchester City relinquished their grip on the League Cup in the worst possible fashion. The lack of spark (...)

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew  and assistant manager John Carver celebrates their team’s Premier League victory  against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Newcastle United 2Alan Pardew had wanted an impact from his substitutes but even the Newcastle United manager could not have scrip(...)

Manchester City substitute Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the second goal against Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Stadium. Photograph: Lindsay Parnaby /EPA

Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2 Sergio Aguero came off the bench to ensure a winning start for defending Barclays Premier League champions(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

 Karim Benzema  scores France’s   fourth goal past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio  during the   World Cup Group E match at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

France 5 Switzerland 2Any notion that the World Cup is turning into a tournament for the smaller nations was banished when Switzerland received their (...)

Franck Ribery (left) has enjoyed considerabley better form in the national team under manager Didier Deschamps. Photograph: Reuters

France’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow when Franck Ribery was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. Les Bleus manager Didier Desch(...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (right) scores against Newcastle United during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield. Photograph:  Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 1: Liverpool rounded off their season with a narrow victory over nine-man Newcastle, but it was not enough to end the Anf(...)

Leon Osman is an injury concern for Everton.

Saturday, April 12th Crystal Palace (14) v Aston Villa (13) Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dwigh(...)