Sport Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Swansea

A look ahead to this weekend's encounter at Stamford Bridge

Alan Pardew has praised his side's strength in depth following the 5-1 victory over Stoke

Newcastle United 5 Stoke City 1: Alan Pardew praises strength in depth as crushing victory keeps them in European contention

Newcastle responded from going a goal down to put five past nine-man Stoke

Glenn Whelan is sent-off for Stoke in their match against Newcastle United.

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Potters had taken the lead but two red cards in three minutes saw their challenge fade as Newcastle ran out easy victors

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day
Gary Lineker has admitted that he wanted the BBC to get Gary Neville on Match of the Day

'I wish we had Gary Neville on Match of the Day', admits Gary Lineker as he defends the BBC's flagship football show

Lineker claims that analysts on the highlight show cannot fit in the same detailed analysis as Sky into their limited coverage

Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson to have 'reduced role' on Match of the Day

Long standing pundit squeezed out to make room for new additions

Martin Hardy on Newcastle up for sale

It is getting on for three months since an eagle majestically and breathtakingly seemed to ease from the gods and glide onto the pitch at the Stadium of Light.

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear attempts to build bridges with Newcastle fans after claiming he was 'more intelligent' than them

The new director of football upset some fans with his comments

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney at the Emirates

Newcastle 'preparing shock bid' for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney claims Sports Direct website

Report comes from Sports Direct, the company owned by Mike Ashley

Malky Mackay has praise for the mature Craig Bellamy

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Greek footballer's Nazi salute: Katidis is probably not a fascist. But he is certainly an idiot

The player's insistence that he did not know the meaning of the gesture seems ridiculous

Alan Pardew: Newcastle’s manager appreciates the owner’s support

Alan Pardew says it would be a 'massive' result if Newcastle beat Anzhi Makhachkala

The Magpies meet the vanquishers of Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday

Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring from the spot in Ukraine last night

Match Report: Shola Ameobi gives Alan Pardew reason to believe

Metalist Kharkiv 0 Newcastle United 1 (Newcastle win 1-0 on aggregate)

Alan Pardew: Newcastle’s manager appreciates the owner’s support

Newcastle eager to settle score against Tottenham

Magpies buoyed by arrival of January transfer signings

Christian Benteke

Premier League: Aston Villa v Newcastle match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Villa Park

Colin Murray

View from the Sofa: Colin Murray was never going to make a virtue of blandness on MOTD2

BBC announce Match of the Day 2 presenter will be replaced from next season

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