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Pellegrini believes that a fully-fit Jovetic could be a weapon as important perhaps, in the months ahead, as Aguero

King Bee: Brentford manager Uwe Rösler has spearheaded the club’s success on the pitch

Michael Calvin: Bees' taste of honey sweetens sour taste of modern football

The Last Word: Brentford and a professional gambler are out to show that maybe there is life in the old game yet

Sport on TV: Fighting to make ends meet, especially if they're broke

"Behind every great man..." giggles Maria Fletcher in Fighter's Wives – The World of MMA (Five, Thursday), and behind the facade of long blonde hair and pneumatic cleavage you might expect the scheming devices of a footballer's wife. But these women who watch their husbands getting regularly beaten to a pulp need to be clever and calculating in a different way.

Danny Graham: The striker has been marginalised by Michu’s arrival

Sunderland make formal bid for Swansea striker Danny Graham

Graham has seen chances limited this term following arrival of Michu

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli come together

'I am very, very happy with Mario Balotelli': Roberto Mancini refutes suggestions striker will be sold

Manchester City believe that AC Milan could come in with a £24m bid for Mario Balotelli this month

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson focusing on long-term ahead of Aston Villa semi-final

Capital One Cup first leg takes place tonight

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli come together

'I will give him another 100 chances': Roberto Mancini forgives Mario Balotelli

Pair were pictured shoving and pulling at each other's clothes

The Sports Matrix: Friday 4 January 2013

Football: Balotelli's future in jeopardy after ugly row with Mancini

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli come together

City hitter: The curse of Super Mario strikes again

Ugly training ground spat with manager Mancini could spell the end of volatile Balotelli's time in English football

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola

'I wanted to kick him a few times' – Zola relishing Mancini showdown

Fierce Italian rivals on the pitch for club and country meet as managers in FA Cup

Samir Nasri confronts Norwich City's Cameroonian defender Sebastien Bassong

Manchester City will not appeal Samir Nasri red card

Frenchman was shown straight red for headbutt

On the rise: Luciano Becchio nods in Leeds’ second to hit the club’s top 10

Championship round-up: Becchio strikes twice to welcome in the new dawn for Leeds

Luciano Becchio scored twice to give Leeds United's new owners the perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Elland Road. Dubai-based private equity group GFH Capital this week completed their takeover of the club and Neil Warnock's side are now just two points off the Championship top six.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has no regrets over turning down Chelsea job

Leeds manager takes on Blues this Wednesday

Yaya Toure talks with Roberto Mancini

Manchester City confirm Yaya Toure is expected to depart in January for African Nations Cup

Midfielder will be sorely missed by Champions

Standing fans

Support for standing at football stadiums grows, but strong opposition remains

Calls for the introduction of a pilot of new standing technology - called rail seats - at football grounds

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