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Barca stars Messi and Luis Suarez receive new Audi cars

For the most part this season, Barcelona have been first to everything when it comes to Spanish football. They are top of La Liga, having not lost a league game all season, and eight points above rivals Real Madrid, who occupy fourth place. But Ernesto Valverde's players haven't had it all their way. They have had to wait a week before club sponsor Audi got round to delivering brand new cars to them - seven days after their Madrid rivals got theirs.

Which Premier League club has toughest December fixtures?

For most people, December is a time to relax, eat to your heart's content and watch festive films like Die Hard. But that outlook does not apply where the Premier League is concerned. Christmas and New Years brings more action, not less, and the month can often define a team's entire season. There can be tough travel and harder games. So how does each team fare over December? Sportsmail has taken a look at their slate of fixtures and analysed who has it simple and which teams face rough months.?

PETE JENSON: The suggestion that Neymar is getting restless at Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 was always going to appear one day. But we expected it after three years, not three months.

NEW The new Toffees boss has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal — worth £6m-a-year — at Goodison Park, which will see him at the helm until the end of the 2018-19 season.

The La Liga giants' protracted interest in Coutinho resulted in them tabling three offers in the summer — all of which were knocked back by Liverpool.

The countdown to the 2018 World Cup?ramps up significantly on Friday when the draw for next summer's tournament in Russia takes place.? Sportsmail previews how it will all happen.

The Gunners have been watching the 21-year-old central midfielder for over a year whilst Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus have also been monitoring him closely.

Mauricio Pochettino has defended his decision to publish a book chronicling Tottenham's 2016-17 season amid a slump in form in the Premier League.

Man City's Sterling most important Premier League scorer

There was a case of deja vu on Wednesday night when Raheem Sterling scored a dramatic last-gasp winner for Manchester City. The England winger's 96th-minute winner against Southampton secured yet another three points for Pep Guardiola's men to retain their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.? Sterling's magnificent strike came just three days after he scored the decisive goal in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield, with the star playing a key role this season.?

Man City's David Silva signs?one-year contract extension

David Silva has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City. The Spanish midfielder has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2020, the year which will mark his 10th at the club. 'I am so happy to have committed my future to City,' the 31-year-old told the Premier League outfit's website.

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown is back to answer more of your questions ahead of the next round of Premier League action, and has views on all the latest action in the top-flight.

Javier Mascherano believes his career at Barcelona is coming to an end, seven years after joining the Catalan club from Liverpool. The 33-year-old hinted at a possible move next term.

Arsene Wenger may have finally banished his hoodoo against Jose Mourinho but was in no mood to engage in verbal sparring with his old enemy as they prepare to meet again.

Antoine Griezmann has 'asked' Barcelona to trigger his £87m release clause at Atletico Madrid. The French striker is looking to resolve his future in a swift and efficient manner.

The Brazilian forward joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world record £198million in the summer but his exit has not had a damaging effect on results at the Nou Camp.

Bayern are being managed by Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season, after they fired Carlo Ancelotti in October, and they are now looking for a permanent successor.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he has found life tough outside manager Arsene Wenger's Premier League starting XI this season having yet to start a game in the top flight so far.

Cristiano junior takes after Ronaldo with perfectly struck free kick as proud father praises son's skills: 'Nothing is coincidence'

Like father, like son. It seems Cristiano Ronaldo junior has more in common with his famous footballer dad than just the name.? Ronaldo senior shared a video clip on Instagram of his seven-year-old son scoring a brilliantly struck free kick from distance in a youth game in Spain.? The Real Madrid player praised his son and hinted that the set piece skill has come from plenty of practice at home, with the caption saying: 'Nothing is coincidence.'?

Man City boss Guardiola slams time-wasting Southampton

Guardiola apologised to referee Paul Tierney for his manic goal celebration when Raheem Sterling scored another sensational late winner to keep City eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. But the City boss then became embroiled in a heated exchange with Saints winger Redmond as the two teams left the field.

Sportsmail's RALPH ELLIS takes a look at what we can take away from the top flight action during this midweek, as well as delivering a few pointers and what went on the Football League.

One of the many fine stories in Graham Taylor’s posthumously published autobiography relates how he saw an unmistakable figure in platform shoes striding towards him.

Real Madrid are preparing to pay Athletic Bilbao £17million to trigger the release clause of highly-rated goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Los Blancos want to sign the stopper in January.

Everton 4-0 West Ham: Wayne Rooney bags amazing hat-trick

DOMINIC KING AT GOODISON PARK: How do you impress a new manager? Some players would favour hard work. Others, perhaps, might choose a willingness to listen and learn. Then there is the Wayne Rooney way. Only the special ones can delve into the realms of fantasy and raise a stadium to its feet but that is what this gifted individual did. If Sam Allardyce feared he was arriving at Goodison Park to see the dying of Rooney's light, he will be thinking again. Rooney had already scored twice when Joe Hart attempted to clear his lines and fired the ball into Everton's half. Still out of his goal, the home crowd shouted 'shoot!' and that's what he did, drilling the most glorious drive from 70 yards like an arrow into the Gwladys Street net.

Antonio Rudiger may have bagged the winner in Chelsea's victory over Swansea on Wednesday evening but the defender didn't have it all his own way at Stamford Bridge.

Cazorla revealed on Wednesday he had undergone a ninth operation on the achilles tendon he damaged last year. It raised new fears for the career of the Spain international.

Sterling maintained his recent habit of scoring in the closing moments —?this time six minutes into injury time — as the Premier League leaders snatched a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson feels Premier League clubs are turning to experienced English managers because they know it gives them an advantage of avoiding relegation.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche could have a pub named after him

Sean Dyche has taken Burnley to new heights this season and a local pub has now given him the incentive to go even further. The Burnley fanatic owners of a nearby bar have promised to change their name to 'The Dyche' if the boss can guide his side into the Europa League. With the club currently in sixth, it may be a promise they have to fulfil.?

Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger shows off his bleeding foot

Antonio Rudiger may have bagged the winner in Chelsea's victory over Swansea on Wednesday but the defender didn't have it all his own way at Stamford Bridge. The 24-year-old rose high to head home his first Premier League goal in the second half, sealing a crucial three points in the process. However, he took to Instagram in the wake of the clash at Stamford Bridge to reveal a nasty foot injury.?

Burnley's?win at Bournemouth on Wednesday night lifted them into the top six in the Premier League, above Tottenham Hotspur, and Sean Dyche's team are there on merit.

Javier Mascherano believes his career at Barcelona is coming to an end, seven years after joining the Catalan club from Liverpool. The 33-year-old hinted at a possible move next term.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will miss the weekend Premier League clash with Manchester United after hobbling out of the 5-0 win over Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium.

Isco believes his restored confidence at Real Madrid is down to Zinedine Zidane allowing him to flourish in his favoured position. The Spaniard was full of praise for his manager.

Brown had previously spoken about missiles thrown during the game against Rangers at Ibrox last April and against Linfield in Belfast in July, and believes someone will eventually get hurt.

Swansea's goal drought continued at Chelsea on Wednesday as a 1-0 loss saw them fail to score for the fourth successive game. They have had only 24 attempts on target in 14 league games.

Chris Coleman says Sunderland are powerless to prevent Bournemouth recalling top goalscorer Lewis Grabban in January - but he is desperately hoping for no contact from the Premier League club.

PSG's Neymar and Edinson Cavani clash over penalty duties

Cavani was hauled to the ground by Troyes midfielder Karim Azamoum just before half time and referee?Jerome Brisard pointed to the spot. The Uruguay international staked his claim to take the spot kick but the Parisians' world-record signing appeared to have other ideas. The pair were caught having a brief discussion before the Brazilian sullenly walked away from the opportunity to add to his season tally.

Martin Keown credited Wayne Rooney with creating 'one of the great moments in the Premier League' after the Everton star scored a stunning hat-trick against West Ham United at Goodison Park.

Inter Milan captain?Mauro Icardi 'is happy' at the Serie A club but could move away, according to his wife and agent Wanda Nara. The Argentine has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Struggling La Liga side Las Palmas sack coach Pako Ayestaran following a run of seven defeats in nine games in all competitions. The side are parting ways with their second manager this term.

Zinedine Zidane's side are the first European club to defend the trophy since its inception in 2000, as the only team to have won back to back Champions League titles in its current format.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was delighted to see his side respond immediately to the disappointment of conceding a late winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Arsenal.

Everton's main shirt partner SportPesa have landed themselves in another social media farce after posting the infamous video of Sam Allardyce on the dance floor ahead of his arrival at the club.

Cesc Fabregas happy for Antonio Conte to rest Chelsea team

Cesc Fabregas believes Antonio Conte's tinkering will only benefit Chelsea. Head coach Conte rotated his side for Wednesday's 1-0 Premier League win over Swansea. Cesar Azpilicueta was rested in the Premier League for the first time under Conte, ending a run of 74 successive league starts since December 2015, while Eden Hazard was relegated to the substitutes' bench.

Chelsea 1-0 Swansea: Antonio Rudiger scores only goal

SAMI MOKBEL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Antonio Conte lost it. Thankfully for the Chelsea manager, his players didn't. The thought of injustice was too much for Conte, who was sent off for an incensed tirade at fourth official Lee Mason after his team weren't awarded a corner. But the real injustice would have occurred if Chelsea had left Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with anything other than victory.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has refused to be drawn on speculation over the future of Angel Di Maria. The Argentine has cut a frustrated figure of late after being subbed off against Troyes.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has praised Fernando Torres for his quality in front of goal after he helped seal a 3-0 Copa del Rey victory over Elche and a place in the last 16.

GRAHAM TAYLOR: There’s no point me trying to put a positive spin on things because everybody knows how it turned out for me as England manager and the failure to make the '94 World Cup.

Cherries manager Howe turned 40 on Wednesday but he and the home crowd had little to cheer at the Vitality Stadium as they were convincingly beaten by his former club.

LAURIE WHITWELL: The 56-year-old is back in the dugout after 11 months and appeared invigorated on Wednesday, as he promised to ditch the tactics that turned fans against Tony Pulis.

Barcelona 5-0 Real Murcia (agg 8-0) - match report

Barcelona joined Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey and did so with a lot less fuss than their rivals 24 hours before, beating Real Murcia 5-0 on the night and 8-0 on aggregate. While Madrid stumbled into the round of 16, Barcelona walked tall showing off the strength in depth at Ernesto Valverde's disposal. His team came into the game 3-0 up and it was four on aggregate inside 15 minutes when Paco Alcacer nodded in unmarked after Pedro Orfila’s clearance dropped straight on his head.

Oriol Busquets made a 'dream' debut when helping a much-changed Barcelona side coast into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 5-0 win over Real Murcia at the Nou Camp.

The 40-year-old tried to avoid answering questions about his future last Saturday after his side lost the Chinese FA Cup final on away goals to bitter rivals Shanghai Shenhua.

Nuno Espirito Santo and Phil Parkinson have both been charged by the Football Association following their touchline clash during last Saturday's Championship match.

Motherwell midfielder Andy Rose last night accused Callum McGregor of ‘playing for a penalty’ as the Steelmen were left lamenting a second ‘soft’ spot kick for Celtic in three days.

Alan Pardew takes charge of West Brom training for first time after replacing Tony Pulis as he prepares to host old club Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew wrapped up warm on Thursday afternoon as he oversaw his West Brom side in training for the first time since replacing Tony Pulis this week. And Pardew will be hoping he can get his underachieving squad to hit the ground running ahead of his opening game against former employers Crystal Palace. Pulis was sacked last week after a 4-0 home defeat by Chelsea saw the Baggies edge ever closer to the Premier League drop zone.

Manchester United ready to sell Luke Shaw for £20m as Jose Mourinho accepts making £11.5m loss on flop who was world's most...

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas insists he has 'nothing to prove' amid talk of Athletic Bilbao No 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga's move...

Sam Allardyce makes Everton move official as new manager signs 18-month contract at Goodison Park worth £6m-a-year

Barcelona stars including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez receive brand new cars from sponsor Audi... a week after their rivals at...

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman fears losing top goalscorer Lewis Grabban in January if parent club Bournemouth come calling

Brighton boss Chris Hughton calls for 'Rooney Rule' to be introduced into the Premier League as report claims there has been...

Javier Mascherano admits his time at Barcelona is almost up as he reveals regrets over the way he left Liverpool: 'I think that my...

Isco credits Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with 'restoring confidence' after allowing him to flourish in preferred position

Swansea manager Paul Clement rules out move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke but admits the Premier League strugglers need...

Barcelona 'more balanced' without Neymar, claims Ivan Rakitic but midfielder admits he would love to bring the Brazilian back

Celtic captain Scott Brown worried about injury if fans continue to throw objects: 'Eventually someone will get hit in the head'

Rangers chairman Dave King promises search for new manager is almost over and insists 'knee-jerk appointment' would have been...

Neymar's potential shock move to Real Madrid could be the transfer of next summer... so, will his stay at PSG be long-term or just...

Leicester manager Claude Puel warns his side against complacency after their surprise win against Tottenham?

Burnley have been a great Premier League success story this season... from the Ginger Mourinho to a new training centre, what is...

Graham Taylor's posthumous autobiography gives a welcome reminder of the importance of a wise owner - not just a wealthy one

Sean Dyche will have a local pub named in his honour if he manages to guide Burnley to the Europa League

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says clubs trust English bosses to help them avoid Premier League relegation

Manchester City star David Silva signs?one-year contract extension keeping him at the club until 2020

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defends decision to publish book on last season amid slump in form


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