Manchester City’s Frank Lampard: on January 31st Chelsea entertain City at Stamford Bridge in an encounter that could have a defining influence on who takes the title this season.

To stand only one goal behind Thierry Henry in the Premier League’s all-time scoring charts is a measure of Frank Lampard’s supreme talent. To score a(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane back at Old Trafford. ‘Ferguson never turned up. I thought that was out of order. He called me a few days later to apologise.’ Photograph: PA Wire

Roy Keane pulls no punches in his new autobiography, The Second Half, criticising owners, managers and players, but also having regrets when backed(...)

  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(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has to prove his fitness before the meeting with Swansea on Saturday. Photograph: Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Saturday, September 13th Arsenal (7) v Man City (4) Forward Danny Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) (...)

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland celebrates scoring the equaliser against Manchester United at Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1 The crest on the shirt is still the same. The songs go to the same tune and in the closing moments, hunting a (...)

Gus Poyet: “Stability is key to long-term and sustained success . . . and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability.” Photograph: Reuters

Gus Poyet has disappointed Southampton by agreeing an improved two-year contract with Sunderland, intended to keep him on Wearside until at least 2016(...)

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini celebrates after scoring  his side’s  second goal during the  Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light. Photo:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 0Miracles tend to be painfully elusive but Sunderland supporters now know they really can happen. Only three weeks a(...)