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Manchester City

 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City are determined to finish 2014 on a good note

ESPN FC's Craig Burley weighs in on Manchester City's schedule as they look to pass Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.

A match of vivid contrasts awaits us at The Hawthorns on Dec. 26, as second-placed Manchester City -- on the crest of a wave with eight consecutive victories behind them in November and December -- play in the home of a bedraggled-looking West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom's manager, Alan Irvine, is facing growing criticism due to recent results. He's similar to the type of coaches to lead the West Midlands side in recent years -- grateful for the chance to coach at a higher level, somewhat untried...

 By David Mooney

Manchester City Report Card: The champions' Premier League season

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Stuart Holden examine Manchester City's chances of getting revenge against Barcelona in their Round of 16 Champions League tie.

With the Premier League season edging towards its half-way point, who has starred for Manchester City and will the champions retain their crown? Here's a look at how Manuel Pellegrini's men have fared so far.

Grade: B

Season So Far -- In A Sentence

It's been a strange campaign so far, with mixed form and a sudden lack of depth up front, but on the whole the feeling has been positive, with the club sitting in second and into the knockout phase of the Champions League.

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The standout...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

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Leicester
(C-)

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Hull City
(D)

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Burnley
(C-)

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Crystal Palace
(C-)

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QPR
(E)

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(D)

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Sunderland
(C)

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Stoke City
(B-)








 By Chris Wright

Dani Alves dresses up as Santa ... again

With the big day now less than 48 hours away, Dani Alves has treated his legions of Instagram followers to a special festive treat.

The Barcelona man fetched his Santa Claus suit from the back of the wardrobe, adopted a suitably jolly demeanour and then wished his 3.5 million fans a very merry Christmas.

 By Chris Wright

'Boring' James Milner opens his Christmas presents

With Aleksandar Kolarov steadfastly refusing to "sing" his annual Christmas carol this year (for now, at least!), Man City have had to find new and entertaining ways to fill their YouTube Advent calendar.

Stepping forward is James Milner, who has enthralled us all by allowing the cameras into his home to watch him unwrap his presents.

Playing on the whole "Boring Milner" thing, the City man keeps an impressively straight face as he deadpans his way through the ups and downs -- ranging from unwrapping...

 By Michael Cox

Milner and Sterling offer differing options as centre-forwards

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson explains when to make changes to your squad ahead of a busy week in the Premier League which includes Boxing Day and Sunday fixtures.

On one hand, last weekend was a good one for Premier League's traditional number nines. Simple, old-fashioned penalty box players such as Andy Carroll scored for West Ham, while Olivier Giroud thumped in Arsenal's second at Liverpool and QPR's Charlie Austin bagged a hat trick.

Elsewhere, something interesting was happening. Two major sides -- Manchester City and Liverpool -- started a wide midfielder upfront. City manager Manuel Pellegrini was without any of his three established forwards, so was...