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(...)

 Referee Milorad Mazic speaks to Roy Keane, assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, during the EURO 2016 Group D qualifier  at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

We knew the day had to come, but still, it didn’t stop us dreading it. Finally, management decided, for this encounter at least, and with the natur(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (left) and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during the Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Shaun Maloney revealed his outstanding winning goal for Scotland against the Republic of Ireland was the result of a well-worked training ground move.(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

Gordon Strachan at Celtic Park: “That’s Scottish territory and you’ll know it’s Scottish territory.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

“I have problems of ma own,” said Gordon Strachan, deftly deflecting a question about the turbulent night in the Irish camp by describing a marathon (...)

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee during a training session at Mar Hall Hotel, near Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Having already lost first- choice right-back Alan Hutton to injury, Scotland yesterday discovered Hutton’s probable replacement, Phil Bardsley, is als(...)

 Steven Fletcher (2nd left) of Sunderland celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal against Crystal Palace   at Selhurst Park. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Two-goal Steven Fletcher felt Sunderland earned the little bit of luck they got en route to winning 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Fletcher scored a brace and(...)

  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(...)

Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace scores his team’s second against  Leicester City at Selhurst Park. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Graziano Pelle’s acrobatic volley ensured an unhappy south coast return for Harry Redknapp as Southampton saw off QPR 2-1 at St Mary’s. On-loan defen(...)

 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(...)