Leicester City v Manchester United: match preview

Two sides eliminated from the League Cup meet with most of the United players well rested after missing out on the loss at Bristol City and a road trip back which arrived at 5am. Leicester had to go to extra time against Manchester City and Claude Puel feels they were “unlucky” to lose on penalties though the culprits, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, only featured for an hour in total. Mark Tallentire

Kick-off Saturday 7.45pm

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Manchester City v Bournemouth: match preview

August’s reverse fixture featured Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp winner, the first of Manchester City’s record run of 16 Premier League wins. Now though it would be a major surprise if Bournemouth were able to escape the Etihad Stadium with a draw. And, City are so supreme at present that, if Eddie Howe’s side do take all three points then they will have produced a shock of giant-killing dimension. Jamie Jackson

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sports quiz of the week: El Clásico, Ashes thrashings and Bristol City beverages

Who won in Canada? Who is feeling relaxed? And who gulped down some red?

• The big sports quiz of the year 2017

What was Wayne Rooney talking about when he said: “We actually don’t even talk about football in there. It’s a refreshing place to go and it’s relaxing”?

The players’ bar at Goodison Park

The Everton dressing room under Sam Allardyce

The trophy room in his house

The garden centre where he is doing community service

Who went to Laval and secured a 26th successive win?

Real Madrid


Steve Smith

Billy Joe Saunders

Complete the sequence of Premier League teams: Watford, Stoke City, Crystal Palace …


Manchester United



Who enjoyed a glass of £450-a-bottle Barca Velha red wine?

José Mourinho

Álvaro Morata

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Bristol City goalkeeping coach

It’s el Clásico this weekend. Who is the last Real Madrid player to have scored a hat-trick against Barcelona in La Liga (in 1995)?


Iván Zamorano


Michael Laudrup

Real Madrid have won five trophies this year. Which of these did they not win?

La Liga

Champions League

Copa del Rey

Uefa Super Cup

Spanish Super Cup

Fifa Club World Cup

In which sport did a 63-year-old defeat a former world champion?





When asked about his job, who said: “I think our performances have been pretty good over the past couple of years.It’s for people above my pay grade to make that decision, so we’ll leave it up to them”?

Mark Hughes

Paul Clement

Trevor Bayliss

Arsène Wenger

Liverpool and Arsenal are meeting on a Friday night for the first time in 28 years. What was the score in that match?

Liverpool 4-3 Arsenal

Livepool 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool

Liverpool 0-6 Arsenal

Australia are on course to whitewash England in the Ashes for the second time in a row down under. When did England last beat Australia 5-0?




England have never beaten Australia 5-0

10 and above.

Sensational. Merry Christmas

9 and above.

Sensational. Merry Christmas

8 and above.

Sensational. Merry Christmas

7 and above.

Nice work. Merry Christmas

6 and above.

Nice work. Merry Christmas

5 and above.

Not bad. Merry Christmas

4 and above.

Not bad. Merry Christmas

3 and above.

Rubbish. Ah well. Merry Christmas

2 and above.

Rubbish. Ah well. Merry Christmas

0 and above.

Rubbish. Ah well. Merry Christmas

1 and above.

Rubbish. Ah well. Merry Christmas

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Manchester United prepare £25m bid for Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon

• Real Madrid and Tottenahm also interested in 17-year-old defender
• United prepared to allow Luke Shaw to leave Old Trafford

Manchester United are preparing an opening offer of initial £25m for Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, with José Mourinho prepared to allow Luke Shaw to leave Old Trafford in order to sign the England youth international.

Sessegnon, 17, who finished as joint-top scorer at the European Under-19 Championship in June with three goals, has been tracked by United’s scouts for some time and has also attracted interest from Tottenham and Real Madrid. The European champions have watched the defender on several occasions this season and are understood to be monitoring his situation, while Spurs had a bid potentially worth more than £20m with add-ons rejected in the summer.

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Everton v Chelsea: match preview

The third meeting between the clubs this season sees Antonio Conte facing a third different Everton manager, and a different proposition now that Sam Allardyce is at the helm. Eden Hazard may lead the Chelsea attack with Álvaro Morata suspended after collecting a fifth booking of the campaign in midweek for celebrating his wife’s pregnancy. Everton’s new manager made no apologies for an ultra-defensive display away at Liverpool recently but whether another can be deployed at Goodison Park in a bid to protect his unbeaten start is questionable. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Saturday 12.30pm

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Caretaker Graeme Murty given Rangers job until end of the season

• Murty won six and lost three of his nine games in temporary charge
• Chairman Dave King ordered to make offer for most of club’s shares

Graeme Murty was handed the Rangers manager’s job until the end of the season on Friday, on a day when chairman Dave King was ordered to make an offer for most of the club’s shares after losing a court case against the Takeover Panel.

Murty, who has been assured that he will be given the final say on transfers next month, was nine games into his second spell of the year as caretaker, winning six and losing three after stepping up from his role as under-20s coach following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in October. Derek McInnes was the No1 choice to replace the Portuguese but opted to stay at Aberdeen.

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