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Shane Long scores his teams opening goal

Transfer news: West Brom insist Shane Long will not be sold in January

The striker scored twice against Aston Villa on Monday night

Aston Villa v Sunderland preview: Team strengths, tactics and stats

Check out all the vital statistics ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting at Villa Park

Football match-fixing: Two men remanded in custody over allegations

A total of seven have been arrested over the allegations

Ashley Westwood v Ki Sung-Yueng: Head-to-head analysis ahead of the clash between Aston Villa and Sunderland

Check out all the vital statistics concerning the two sides' defenders ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting at Villa Park

Wes Brown has had his red card overturned and will be available for Sunderland

Premier League: Aston Villa v Sunderland match preview

A look ahead to the weekend’s fixture at Villa Park

Kevin Poole

Burton Albion plan to put 50-year-old on the bench for League Two match

Goalkeeper Kevin Poole called into side as emergency cover

Paul Lambert has insisted that he couldn't have started Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor or Fabien Delph after the trio returned from injury against West Brom

West Brom 2 Aston Villa 2: Paul Lambert insists it was impossible to start returning trio

The game changed when Lambert introduced Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph before the hour mark with Villa two goals down and facing a derby defeat

Martin Jol (left) walks off the pitch after Fulham's defeat to Swansea

Premier League round-up: Pressure mounts on Martin Jol at Fulham with René Meulensteen in the wings

Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, may not get the chance to oversee the promised transformation at Craven Cottage.

Marko Arnautovic praises Charlie Adam impact for Stoke City

Forward Marko Arnautovic believes his Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam's recent exploits have sent a message to Potters boss Mark Hughes.

Samir Nasri delighted by Manchester City performance

Midfielder Samir Nasri believes Manchester City are proving what they are capable of at the Etihad Stadium after routing Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham.

Tim Howard calls on Everton to be more ruthless

Goalkeeper Tim Howard admits Everton have to find a more clinical streak even after scoring three times in an enthralling 221st Merseyside derby.

Hull City 0 Crystal Palace 1 match report: Palace welcome Tony Pulis as Keith Millen signs off on a high

The task facing Tony Pulis as he takes over at Crystal Palace is of no less magnitude for this result but when he takes charge of training for the first time tomorrow he will have something positive from which to make capital: Palace not only have their first away point, they have three.

Stoke City 2 Sunderland 0 match report: Gus Poyet demands apology as Wes Brown’s red leaves team bottom of pile

The front page of the Oatcake fanzine on sale outside the stadium offered a wry reference to the controversial injury-time penalty that had spared Mark Hughes’s men defeat at Swansea a fortnight ago: “Potters finally benefit from a dodgy decision.”

Everton 3 Liverpool 3 match report: Breathless derby given extra lift by flying Luis Suarez

Striker shows his class despite 7,000-mile trip though Liverpool need Sturridge to land point

Stoke, managed by Mark Hughes, take on Sunderland

Stoke City v Sunderland match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

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