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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle entertain Liverpool in Saturday's early 12.45pm kick-off.
The Football Association confirmed that ticket sales on Friday were hovering just under 41,000, far above the target of 30,000 they had set for the November 23 match.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST: Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his 700th career appearance when Real Madrid take on Granada on Saturday.
Schalke 04 attacking midfielder Julian Draxler will be out for the rest of the year after picking up a thigh injury in their 1-0 win over Augsburg on Friday, the club said on Saturday.
EXCLUSIVE: Leeds United are in the midst of more turmoil after it emerged they are in talks with Red Bull over a possible buy-out.
Adam Lallana is beginning to settle on the pitch at Liverpool but the midfielder has encountered difficulties off it in one of the most bizarre circumstances.
Kimi Raikkonen has scored just 47 points from the 16 races ahead of this weekend's US Grand Prix, compared to team-mate Fernando Alonso's total of 141.
Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Stefan Barboianu played in his side's derby against bitter rivals Steaua despite losing his son just hours before.  
Liam Angel struck the winner as Wales opened their Sky Sports Victory Shield campaign with a win over England in Bangor.
The coach of Russian Premier League club Rostov Igor Gamula said he will not sign black players and joked that Ebola had spread to the club.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should invest in his backroom staff to turn around the club’s fortunes claims former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen.
Former Rangers chairman Donald Findlay believes the Ibrox side are like a new side as they are a 'new entity' which must establish 'its own history and tradition'.
MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: Andy Murray's storming end to the year hit the buffers after the Scot was beaten by world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters.
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Sam Burgess could add another dimension to England, he could be the missing piece in the puzzle, but Stuart Lancaster must play him at inside centre.
Former St Helens skipper James Graham believes the increasing English presence in the NRL can bear fruit as Steve McNamara's men go in search of a first Four Nations title.
France's Alexander Levy was surprised by his own brilliant form after claiming a commanding lead in the BMW Masters in pursuit of a third win of the season.
Jordan Rossiter grabbed the winner as Liverpool beat Tottenham in the Under 21 Premier League on Friday night, returning to form following three straight defeats.
MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: Roger Federer's quest to finish the year as world No 1 has stalled after the Swiss was beaten by Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
He won't be ready to play for a few weeks at least, but the sight of Sam Burgess alongside George Ford on a rugby pitch is enough to whet the appetite of any England fan.
The Manchester derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in world football. But who has the better players? Does red or blue come out on top when their stars are judged by Sportsmail's High Court?
DOMINIC KING: The Liverpool midfielder is free to talk to clubs abroad come the turn of the year but it should be unthinkable that the Reds legend could play for anyone else.
Dennis Tueart - who spent eight years playing for Manchester City - believes Sergio Aguero is the most fearsome striker to play a part in Sunday's derby, as the 64-year-old previews the Etihad clash.
The QPR boss is adamant that Jose Mourinho can create a legacy to take his place above the likes of Fergie and Bob Paisley as the greatest ever manager if he stays at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City look like a a team which must be changed and refreshed if it is going to carry on moving forward. Whether they defend the title or not, Manuel Pellegrini’s squad needs to be broken up.
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has not recovered from a buttock muscle injury and will miss Saturday's La Liga game at Granada, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday
It's that time of year again and some of the world's best footballers have been joining in the Halloween festivities. Cesc Fabregas was out and about trick-or-treating with his girlfriend Daniella Semaan.
CHARLES SALE: Greg Dyke will open himself up to accusations of cronyism in his appointment of a new general secretary to replace Alex Horne if he does not employ headhunters.
Arsene Wenger admires the energy and devilry of Chile international Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners' £35million summer signing from Barcelona, and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.
Five consecutive goalless defeats and the worst goal drought in the club's history have helped propel Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert to bookies’ favourite as the next Premier League sacking.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN TEXAS: Lewis Hamilton, who joined Simon Fuller’s management stable to fulfil his dream cracking America, has decided to take control of his own management affairs.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is still only 51-years-old but is already one of the most decorated coaches to grace the game, having won titles in England, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Having Tony Woodcock as a potential father-in-law did not always have its advantages. When he discovered his daughter was dating ‘a rugby player called Mike Brown’, he had him checked out.
Controversy surrounding exiled back Kurtley Beale continued to stalk Australia in the build-up to Saturday's clash with the Barbarians, which marks the start of new coach Michael Cheika’s reign.
MATT LAWTON: In Pierluigi Collina's opinion, the introduction of additional officials standing at the side of the goal has gone a long way to eradicating incidents of wrestling in Europe.
The sight of City and United players embracing before kick-off in the derby may make Roy Keane wince, but ask Angel di Maria to explain and it is clear warm hellos do not translate to soft minds.
An audacious Celtic move to sign French international free agent Lassana Diarra until the end of the season has been foiled by red tape.
Brendan Rodgers wants Steven Gerrard to remain at Liverpool and wants his captain to be given a contract extension. Gerrard raised the prospect of leaving in an interview with Sportsmail.
MARTIN KEOWN: Watching Marouane Fellaini at the World Cup, he did well operating in a midfield three. In his last two United games he has played in a similar role – on the side of a diamond.
Manchester United go to the Etihad hunting for three points as they take on Manuel Pellegrini's dishevelled Premier League champions. JAMIE REDKNAPP gives his three key clashes.
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus attempted on Friday to play down mounting speculation that he was set to make a £19.5million move to Bayern Munich.
To Ally McCoist, a rough calculation of how much Scottish football has missed Old Firm competition can be made by adding empty blue seats to empty green seats.
Cameron Jerome scored a brilliant brace as Norwich City downed Bolton Wanderers. The Canaries moved joint-top of the Championship alongside Derby County, Watford and Wolves.
Dettori always had Coolmore Stud-owned Hootenanny well placed just behind eventual second Luck Of the Kitten and he hauled that rival back with a strong run in the home stretch.
Calum Clark is finally on course to wear the Red Rose as a senior England player, after tackling the red-mist moments which were undermining his promising career.
Martin Keown says Mauricio Pochettino must not be ridiculed for complaining about the size of the pitch at White Hart Lane, but now he’s pointed out the problem, it’s time to find a solution.
Louis van Gaal has claimed his Manchester United team is ready to tilt the balance of power back towards Old Trafford when they meet neighbours City in Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium.
This weekend there is no hiding place. I will be looking for every wrestle, shirt-pull, trip and trick in the box as we continue our Hands Off In The Box campaign.
Formula One's sparring championship protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg again proved there is little to separate them.
There was a time during last year’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium when it seemed as though the world might be about to fall in on David Moyes and his United team.
Gus Poyet wants a witch to cast a spell on injury-plagued Steven Fletcher after revealing his fears that the Sunderland striker was set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Attempting to oppose former bet365 Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti may prove a fruitless exercise, but Taquin du Seuil is capable of bustling up the market leader.
Arsenal have been handed a huge boost by the news that Olivier Giroud will return to full training after the international break. The France striker is set to return three weeks early.
Alan Pardew was always confident the day would arrive when calls for him to be sacked as Toon boss would quieten - and he has likened Newcastle United’s revival to building IKEA furniture.
Manchester United fans have picked goalkeeper David de Gea as the club's player of the Month for October, with the Spaniard picking a whopping 70 per cent of the votes in an online poll.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes feels the Football Association’s decision not to charge Swansea boss Garry Monk over his comments about Victor Moses could have set a dangerous precedent.
Harry Kane may be handed his first Premier League start of the season on Sunday as Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino looks to add more goals to his team.
David Silva has been ruled out of the Manchester derby with a knee ligament problem. The midfielder will be out for around three weeks after being injured in the defeat by Newcastle.
The Manchester United defender has made his breakthrough this season and knows that local bragging rights are at stake in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Diego Costa is fit to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, for his first appearance since getting injured on Spain duty.
In what will put a smile on the face of Football fans worldwide, Holland legend Marco van Basten looked well on the mend as he celebrated his 50th birthday at home of his former side AZ Alkmaar.
A spectacular hole-in-one helped Lee Westwood surge into contention for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. Westwood said it was a 'pretty special day' after his perfect shot.
Following Rio Ferdinand's £25k fine and three-match ban for not responding to a misconduct charge regarding an abusive tweet, The FA have collected £350k for Twitter offences since 2011.
I have had an amazingly happy time since the last race in Russia. It was there that Mercedes won the constructors’ championship for the first time – a historic moment for everyone concerned.
Forty-seven days, 531 minutes of football and five defeats have passed since, with 13 goals flying past Brad Guzan in the Villa goal. Ronaldo has scored 19 for club and country in that time.
AC Milan have confirmed they are in talks with Manchester United about playing a prestige friendly in the new year. Neither club is in the Champions League nor Europa League this season.
Rio Ferdinand has labelled the FA 'ludicrous' after his three-match ban for using the word 'sket' - slang for a promiscuous female - on Twitter. The defender tweeted his frustration on Friday.
Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has criticised Liverpool's Simon Mignolet by stating the Belgium shot stopper's handling 'isn't the best'.
Only five of the players who lost 4-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad last season will feature again on Sunday. Louis van Gaal's has ripped up his Manchester United but will it pay off?
Yaya Toure has named his top five summer signings ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend and two of them are from rivals United! Toure also picked two La Liga stars and his mate Balotelli.
MailOnline Sport has teamed up with Samsung, official partner of England Rugby, to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to watch England vs South Africa - plus a SIGNED England shirt.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits it's unrealistic to expect his side to catch unbeaten Chelsea at the top of the Premier League anytime soon ahead of hosting Burnley on Saturday.
Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is best known for his football talent but the injured striker has clearly been turning heads off the pitch after being nominated in the British Fashion Awards.
MailOnline Sport has teamed up with Barclays to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in November.
EXCLUSIVE: The full extent of the damage caused to Mario Balotelli's £3million-valued rented home after fireworks were set off in the bathroom in 2011 can finally be revealed.
Roy Hodgson has just watched England Under 20s dismantle Romania 6-0 when he makes straight for coach Aidy Boothroyd. ‘Tell me more about the winger, Rolando Aarons,’ he demands.
In the second of a new weekly column, Chief Sports Writer Martin Samuel gives his verdict on the issues of the week, saying what made him feel warm inside and what made him shiver...
Ahead of another weekend of the Barclays Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.
The Manchester derby on Sunday will bring together potentially 11 players from South America at United and City. Sportsmail takes a look at who they are and who is most likely to have the biggest impact.
Only 18 months ago, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund faced each other in the Champions League Final. On Saturday, they clash again – but in very different circumstances.
IAN LADYMAN: On the training pitches of Melwood, and in Brendan Rodgers’s office, Steven Gerrard is busy trying to reinvent the wheels of his career yet again.
JEFF POWELL: I’ve always argued that the football authorities would be better advised electing their presidents, chairmen, chief executives and board members from our leading players. Time for a rethink.
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: The Manchester derby dominates the football agenda this weekend with both City and United going out with something to prove.
The New Orleans Saints cracked open a scrappy game late in the first half to forge to a 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, wrestling top spot in the NFC South from their opponents.
Daniel Levy will begin a major restructuring of Tottenham’s scouting and recruitment procedures after their poor start to the Barclays Premier League season.
Police are on red alert at the prospect of drones flying overhead during Sunday’s Manchester derby. Serbia’s tie against bitter rivals Albania had to be abandoned earlier this month after an incident.
Newcastle’s Alan Pardew, QPR’ Harry Redknapp and Garry Monk of Swansea yesterday all called for tougher action to put an end to wrestling, grabbing and shirt-pulling in the penalty area.
The celebration in San Francisco's streets following the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent. Police got pelted with bottles as they tried to disperse crowds.
JEFF POWELL, HANDS OFF IN THE BOX: Any move by our national game to bring back football in place of professional wrestling can expect the support of Sepp Blatter.
Javier Mascherano has been chosen as Barcelona's player of the year, beating his Argentina captain and former World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to the title.
George Groves has taken to the streets of London to help raise money for the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal. The boxer has taken time out of his preparation for the fight against Denis Douglin.
Martin Keown answered your questions on another big week in football. The former Arsenal and England defender reckons Manchester United can win Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad.
ADAM CRAFTON IN MADRID: These pictures, exclusively published by MailOnline, show a boy with blond hair and the familiar face of David de Gea. They also show he wasn't always a keeper.
MATT LAWTON: If anyone can help Mario Balotelli, it is Dr Steve Peters. It might not work, and what Brendan Rodgers is trying to do might not work either. But let's give them time.
NORTH-EAST COLUMN: The clocks went back last weekend and how times have changed in the North East. Alan Pardew has turned fortunes around at Newcastle but Sunderland have slumped.
Raul won six league titles, three European Cups and scored more goals for Real Madrid in the Champions League than any other - and this week is the 20-year anniversary since his debut.
Grappling in the box is just like diving — it drives everybody mad. The important thing now is that if referees are going to clamp down on it, it has to be the same for everybody.
MARTIN SAMUEL - THE DEBATE: Leeds are on their third manager this season, thanks to the whims of Massimo Cellino; I suggested charters and regulatory reform. You, as usual, had other ideas.
Blocks, wrestling and the pulling of shirts have become an annoying habit in modern football with defenders man-marking their opposition to the point of having them in headlocks.
Former Bolton striker Kevin Davies accepts he was no shrinking violet but says that referees have gone too long without punishing the 'dark arts' used by defenders inside the penalty area.
The next manager of Arsenal is not so much known, as presumed. It’s Jurgen Klopp. He’s perfect. He nurtures young players, and doesn’t mind selling the odd one, if richer clubs come along
NEIL ASHTON: John Terry provided a fascinating insight into the tricks of the the trade a few years ago by pulling down on his marker's shirt at a promotional event. He hoped the ref didn't see it.
Join Sportsmail's campaign to eradicate grappling and holding in Premier League penalty boxes, Hands Off In The Box, by printing out our logo and displaying it at matches.
Grappling and blocking in the box is THE No 1 issue I am asked about by football people. It used to be foul language and then goal-line technology and tackling this new issue is long overdue.
We’ve cleaned up free kicks with the magic spray, there seems to be less diving, but football has a new evil – wrestling in the penalty area.