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Aston Villa have rearranged their two home Premiership matches postponed over the Christmas period when the Villa Park pitch was unplayable. They will meet Liverpool on 31 January and Sheffield Wednesday on 6 March.

The Tennent's Scottish Cup second-round tie between East Stirlingshire and Stenhousemuir has been switched from Saturday to Sunday 7 January (3pm) on police advice.

Ian Rush marked his return from a cartilage operation by scoring a late winner as Liverpool reserves went top of the Pontins League with a 3-2 win over Derby last night.

Richard Hall, the Southampton defender, has been banned for two matches after passing 21 disciplinary points and will miss the South Coast derby against Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

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