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 By Chris Wright

Celtic striker offers to replace stolen Christmas presents

A father from Edinburgh was recently left with the unenviable chore of having to find the money to re-buy all of his young son's Christmas presents after having his house burgled just a week or so before the big day.

However, completely out of the blue, Michael Wright (a season-ticket holder at Hearts) was contacted by a Good Samaritan who offered to replace all of the stolen gifts -- the majority of which were intended for his five-year-old son.

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That Good Samiritan was none other than Celtic striker...

 By Michael Cox

Bundesliga strugglers Borussia Dortmund have problems at both ends

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines the reasons Borussia Dortmund have been performing well in the Champions League but look like a different team in the German Bundesliga.

DORTMUND, Germany -- Judging by the crowd alone, you wouldn't realise this was a crisis for Borussia Dortmund.

The Yellow Wall assembled an hour before kickoff of their club's 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Wednesday night were as passionate as ever throughout the game and then waited behind to hail the players with two enduring ovations. With the Bundesliga's winter break looming, this is the last time Dortmund and their superb home support will see one another for over a month.

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 By Simon Curtis

A novel idea to solve Manchester City's striker crisis: Play without a striker

Sergio Aguero's injury has left Manchester City with a problem in attack ahead of the busy Christmas period.

As Manchester City head into a hectic run of fixtures over Christmas with no strikers available, conjecture mounts as to what they will do about it. With precious little on offer until the transfer window opens, City have little time to prepare their strategy before the games come thick and fast.

While my colleague David Mooney has put forward the unlikely credentials of Scott Sinclair, it's fair to say Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to put his faith in the forgotten man.

In all probability, Pellegrini...

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Talking Tactics: How depleted Villa could look against Manchester United

Manchester United kept up their fine record against Aston Villa with a 3-0 away win last season -- Danny Welbeck (two goals) and Tom Cleverley among the scorers.

Playing at home against Manchester United has long been a psychological block for Aston Villa and the club's chances of finally winning this fixture haven't been helped by a significant list of absentees.

What could be interpreted as getting the excuses in early is really anything but; Villa have five players out injured, another three unavailable because of suspension and it's no exaggeration to suggest that Paul Lambert could have difficulty filling the bench with senior players. Joe Cole may...

 By Lee Roden

In securing Angel Correa, Atletico Madrid finally get their heir to Aguero

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained coy on the possibility of Fernando Torres returning to Spain.

The high turnover of players at the Vicente Calderon means every summer is important for Atletico Madrid. With the La Liga title win and Champions League final appearance last season raising expectations, getting it right this year was particularly crucial for the club. Mario Mandzukic, Antoine Griezmann and Alessio Cerci were all significant investments made in an effort to maintain the momentum, yet before any of those forwards completed their moves, one striker should have already arrived.

Days...

Betting Blog: All square at Anfield as Arsenal hold Liverpool

The ESPN FC answer your twitter questions on Liverpool's top four chances, Jozy Altidore's future and Chelsea's potential transfer window targets.

You would have been in the money had you backed all our tips in the Capital One Cup so let's see if we can continue our red-hot form with some more selections ahead of the weekend's action ...

Draw a good result at Anfield

It is interesting to see that Liverpool's price to beat Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday remained at 9/5 with Bet365 despite their morale-boosting win at Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup in midweek, a result that was doubly important after a torrid recent run.

Arsenal, admittedly,...