Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “It’s not a decisive game but a very important game – after we play for another 36 points.” Photograph: Andrew Yates/Livepic

Manchester City’s dismal record against the top half of the Premier League is the Achilles heel in their title challenge. City have failed to beat (...)

David Silva has had nine knee injuries since joining Manchester City in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images.

David Silva has flown to Spain for treatment from the national team’s medical department on his injured ankle, with Manchester City hopeful he could (...)

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Hello and happy New Year’s Day. I know, I know. That was last month, you say, way over there at the other end of gone and already (wilfully) forgotten(...)

Seamus Coleman scored Everton’s second in their 3-0 win over Stoke City. Photograph: Getty

Stoke City 0 Everton 3 Everton registered back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season as a first-half blitz steered them to a 3-0(...)

 Everton unveil new signing Oumar Niasse at Finch Farm in Halewood, England. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Everton have completed the €18million signing of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse. The 25-year-old Senegal international has signed a four-and-(...)

Everton’s Aiden McGeady has completed a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Sheffield Wednesday have signed winger Aiden McGeady from Everton on loan until the end of the season. Republic of Ireland international McGeady, 29,(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martínez has been heavily critical referee recently. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

One curious aspect of Louis van Gaal’s struggle has been the way in which he has often seemed to acknowledge that his critics have a point. Van Gaal’s(...)

Chelsea’s Oscar celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against MK Dons. Photograph: PA

Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea were drawn at home to title challengers Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where Sky Bet Leag(...)

A groundsman looks out across Carlisle United’s flooded Brunton Park pitch earlier this month. The ground plays host to Everton in the FA Cup. Photograph: PA

The FA Cup has been called many things over the decades and of late some of the descriptions have been derogatory. The general feeling that the cup ha(...)

Emmanuel Adebayor can provide the goals Crystal Palace are in need of. Photograph: Getty

A warm welcome back to the Premier League for Emmanuel Adebayor, a player who splits opinions even as he joins a new club. “We have just signed a wor(...)