Manchester City
Crystal Palace
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Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund
LIVE 80'
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Aston Villa
Manchester United
LIVE 56'
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Tottenham Hotspur
LIVE 52'
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LIVE 54'
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Paris Saint-Germain
LIVE 10'
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Real Madrid
San Lorenzo
7:30 PM GMT
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AS Roma
AC Milan
7:45 PM GMT
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Stoke a fearsome prospect for Chelsea

 By Simon Curtis

Player Ratings: Silva the architect for sublime Man City against Palace

Manchester City moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League with an easy 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

For a side starting this game with no strikers on the pitch, to be one goal short of the 4-0 win that would have put them top of the table was quite a feat for Manchester City against Crystal Palace.

By the end of this display of patient passing and probing, much of the crowd had enjoyed it too. There may not have been any recognised attackers on the pitch, but three goals had been scored and an eighth consecutive victory assured.

With James Milner otherwise occupied in a forward role, the raiding...

Three Points: Striker-light Manchester City make easy work of Crystal Palace

David Silva struck twice as Manchester City, playing without a recognised striker, cruised to a 3-0 victory over a troubled Crystal Palace.

MANCHESTER, England -- A trio of observations on Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.

1. Make no mistake, the title race is very much on

David Silva rose above everyone else and Manchester City have suddenly risen level with Chelsea at the top of the table courtesy of this win over Crystal Palace.

That may just be for the time being, given that Jose Mourinho's side have a game in hand against Stoke City on Monday, but it is also strikingly quick how City...

 By Chris Wright

BBC Sport commentator turns Hull City match preview into work of art

How to make sure people read your Hull preview...

Faced with the prospect of hammering out a match preview for Saturday afternoon's fairly nondescript Premier League fixture between Hull and Swansea City, BBC commentator Alistair Mann decided to jazz things up a bit.

Mann cobbled together a wonderfully impressive 30-line poem to set the scene for the game at the KC Stadium.

Why, it even rhymes and everything! Here's Mann's masterful work in full:

"Back in April, all was well, the Tigers roar was loud,

The Swans they left defeated, the home fans'...

 By Chris Wright

Norwegian side SK Brann unveil rubbery new 'weatherproof' kit

Found on the icy shores of the Norwegian Sea, the coastal city of Bergen, Norway, is famous for its magnificent fjords, its gigantic seaport, its football club and its almost omnipresent drizzle.

The aforementioned club, SK Brann, have taken steps to combat the persistent wintry rain that tends to envelope most of their Norwegian Tippeligaen fixtures by launching a new kit specifically designed to cope with the biting cold -- being, as it is, made entirely from red PVC rubber.

The results are really...

 By Sid Lowe

Recreativo Huelva's anniversary celebration has British and Irish roots

Barcelona helped to commemorate Recreativo Huelva's 125th anniversary in the summer.

Editor's note: This article has been adapted from a speech about the origins of football in Spain, given by the writer in Spanish on July 18, 2014.

Like any good story, this one starts in the pub. Football was born officially in the Freemason's Arms, near Covent Garden in London, in October 1863. It was there that "The Rules and Regulations of the Game" were written and from there that football took over the world, Spain included. They call bullfighting the "fiesta nacional," but Spain's true fiesta...

For different reasons, Liverpool and Arsenal aren't meeting expectations

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth gives his betting odds for Arsenal and Liverpool, where he explains the best option would be to side with the Gunners.
Raheem Sterling, left, is managing the Prem pressure fairly well, Alexis Sanchez is thriving. Both players' teams, though, are not living up to expectations.

While Arsene Wenger was at least occasionally joking in his Friday news conference, Brendan Rodgers seemed genuinely abrasive. Gone was the charm so often associated with the Liverpool manager, so too the long descriptive lines about his team's style of play.

Rodgers was abrupt, to the point and occasionally on the attack. He was also defensive of some of his players, particularly Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli.

In other words, Rodgers was everything off the pitch that his team need to...