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 By David Mooney

Manchester City aim to wrest control of the Premier League against Palace

In Saturday's Premier League action, Manchester City seek to catch Chelsea at the top of the table with a win over Crystal Palace at home.

From being in a position where they looked so out of the title race that one U.K. bookmaker paid out on Chelsea's 2015 Premire League title win, Manchester City could go back to the top of the table on Saturday evening. It would take a big win and they would have played one game more than their London rivals, but psychologically it could mean a lot as the clubs head into the busy festive schedule. A winning margin of four goals would do it for Manuel Pellegrini's side -- on goals scored.

However,...

 By Jamie Smith

Current run of form has taken pressure off Burnley on trip to Spurs

Burnley manager Sean Dyche aims for back-to-back wins in the English Premier League as his side travel to face Tottenham.

The pressure is off Sean Dyche's Burnley as they travel to Tottenham on Saturday. Taking 11 points from their last six games has lifted the team out of the bottom three and last weekend's shock 1-0 win over Southampton at Turf Moor provided a massive confidence boost.

Burnley are on a high and after a poor start to the season have given themselves every chance of staying in the Premier League next season, although there is a lot of hard work ahead and complacency must be avoided.

White Hart Lane...

Sepp Blatter's latest move in FIFA's Game of Thrones-style soap opera

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement saying that they will release Michael Garcia's report but the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be revisited.

Maybe that's the trick. Heck, maybe it's the secret to eternal happiness. Figure out which way the wind is blowing and make sure you jump on the right bandwagon at the right time. It's the secret to survival, political or otherwise.

On Friday, Sepp Blatter released a statement saying he had asked the FIFA Executive Committee to publish Michael Garcia's report into alleged impropriety in bidding and voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Lo and behold, that's what the ExCo did. And -- guess what?...

Mark Payne Manchester Utd  By Mark Payne

Manchester United's fortunes have changed since last visit to Villa Park

Louis van Gaal talks about the future of Radamel Falcao as he prepares his in-form Manchester United side for trip to Aston Villa.

In the 15th minute of Manchester United's visit to Villa Park last year, Adnan Januzaj leapt higher than anyone else in the area to meet Antonio Valencia's cross and thump a header against the post. Danny Welbeck gratefully slotted home the rebound, but nobody was in any doubt as to who deserved the credit. A year on and Januzaj's future is looking far from certain.

Last December the cracks were beginning to show in David Moyes' reign at United. The champions had already lost to West Bromwich Albion...

 By Tony Mabert

Thierry Henry quits, Qatar eyes Prem club, FIFA to publish World Cup report

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that Thierry Henry may be one of the best French players ever, after amassing 20 trophies in a 21-year career.

This week's biggest news stories of the week saw a true great of the modern game bow out, Manchester United step closer to another big-money deal and FIFA and Qatar do yet more wonders for their respective reputations.

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1. Henry deserves a big hand (Tuesday Dec. 16)

Thierry Henry calling time on his playing career was widely expected, and that allowed him the time to stage-manage his announcement perfectly. The striker picked what could be predicted as a quiet news day to make the...

Redknapp returns from Malaysia with bad news regarding January signings

Ahead of hosting West Brom in the Premier League, QPR manager Harry Redknapp has called on his midfielders to support Charlie Austin by scoring more goals.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was flown half-way around the world to Malaysia on Tuesday night to meet owner Tony Fernandes and was back at the club's west London training ground in time for training on Friday morning.

The brief sojourn would almost certainly not have any damaging effect on his club's preparations for Saturday's latest must-win home match with West Brom. But it was out of character for a man who once rejected the chance to manage Newcastle as it was too far a commute from...