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Ben Arfa experiment fails at Hull

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 By Chris Rann

Southampton need to stop the rot with their visit of Everton

Roberto Martinez says that Southampton have been very impressive so far this season ahead of the English Premier League trip to St Mary's.

Five defeats on the bounce, out of the League Cup at the hands of a League One side, key performers out either suspended or injured ... and a partridge in a pear tree!

It is very much a case of "Bah, humbug" as the festive season fast approaches for Southampton fans, as all they want for Christmas is for the rot to stop. After two truly woeful performances in Burnley and Sheffield, while picking up numerous injuries and suspensions on the way, a home game against Everton looks like a mountain...

 By Phil Lythell

With crowded schedule ahead, Chelsea's fringe players must step up

Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho says the professional attitude of his players has been a highlight for him this season.

With Premier League fixtures now coming thick and fast in the always congested month of December, the need to rotate players becomes essential.

Although stable and consistent team selection usually forms the bedrock for success, the physical demands of English football and the truncated rest-periods between matches mean that it is not just serial lineup tweakers such Claudio Ranieri and Rafael Benitez that see the virtues of tinkering with the team.

Although having had his hand forced slightly through...

Key choices face Irvine as West Brom travel to QPR

West Brom manager Alan Irvine explained he was pleased with his side's overall performance in their 1-0 win over 10-man Aston Villa.

The return from injury of club captain Chris Brunt is one of a few selection headaches for manager Alan Irvine ahead of West Brom's trip to QPR, and the side he chooses at Loftus Road should give an indication as to whether Irvine intends to continue with the more attacking style seen against Aston Villa.

This is because it's likely to be a straight choice between Brunt and on-loan Porto winger Silvestre Varela for the left-wing position. Although they play the same position, they are totally...

Power Rankings: Real Madrid remain in first

A warm morning greeted Real Madrid in Marrakech, for their first training session since qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Can anyone stop Real Madrid? Well, nobody has 21 games and counting so they stay top of Shaka Hislop's elite list!

1. Real Madrid (no change)

Did you know that Madrid are one game away from a world championship? The Club World Cup is a curious affair whose worth is debated on an annual basis but Carlo Ancelotti's side will win it with victory vs. San Lorenzo on Sunday. Regardless of its value, another trophy would cap a fine year for los Blancos.

2. Bayern Munich (+1)

Sometimes numbers are all you...

Hull move on from failed Ben Arfa experiement

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol react to Steve Bruce's comments on how Latin countries applaud diving, sparking a heated debate between Moreno and Nicol.

When Hatem Ben Arfa drove into Hull City's training ground on the final night of the summer transfer window, it was quite the sight to behold. Supporters gathered around the Frenchman's car, chanting and applauding. Ben Arfa, like those all around him, grinned from ear to ear.

Inside the club's gated complex there was back-slapping and satisfaction all round. As well as signing off deals for Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame and Gaston Ramirez earlier in a chaotic day, Ben Arfa's late arrival was...

 By Peter Thorne

West Ham must be wary of Leicester City banana skin

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce explains that his side picked up a well-deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland, as the Hammers currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League.

West Ham welcome Leicester City to Upton Park on Saturday looking for a vital win to take into the busy Christmas period.

Hammers fans may have one eye on the rather more tempting fare available with a Boxing Day visit to Chelsea or a match two days later against Arsenal at the Boleyn, but it is vitally important that the team gain maximum points against the Foxes, as any loss of momentum could cost them dearly in the later games.

It's a tradition that when the fixture list is released every...