Manchester United want a Champions League return and Liverpool need Daniel Sturridge back
With teams preparing for a busy schedule starting on Boxing Day, Sportsmail has assessed the needs of each top flight club's board, manager and fans and what gifts they will be hoping Santa will bring.
Mario Balotelli is not a bad guy, he's foolish - he doesn't think about consequences
MARTIN SAMUEL - THE DEBATE: Why always him? Maybe because Mario Balotelli can?t even attempt to post a sentiment of anti-racism without it blowing up like a faulty Catherine Wheel.
Liverpool vs Sunderland, Premier League: as it happened
Liverpool FC vs Sunderland AFC, Premier League - Latest score, news updates, live match report and result from Anfield on Saturday, December 6, 2014, kick-off 15.00 (GMT)
Lawro: Liverpool FC win was vital for Brendan Rodgers
Three points ensured Gerrard decision wasn't questioned
Newcastle vs Sunderland: as it happened
Join Alan Tyers for all the action from Sunday's much-anticipated Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park (KO 13.30)
New multi-storey car park to be built near Bolton train station
BOLTON Council has revealed there will be a new multi-storey car park built close to the train station.
Stars pose for 1964's Ready Steady Go Rave Mad Mod Ball photo
Posing for the photo in April 1964, nearly all of the beat boom stars - apart from The Beatles - are here, a first crop of what would soon be a golden generation of British pop stars.
FA Cup draw: Full details for Midland clubs
Kenny Jackett's men have happy memories of playing Fulham this season, with Bakary Sako bagging the winner in the August Championship showdown.
Black cabs: is it the end of the road?
Minicab mobile apps such as Uber are threatening to drive traditional taxis off the streets but, say Britain?s cabbies, it?s about more than simply getting people from A to B One night a couple of years ago, on a black cab ride from Putney to Kentish Town, the driver told me he?d become a priest. Not an actual priest in a black frock, but certainly the sort who took confessions. Szymon ...
Liverpool seek to lift the gloom, Gus Poyet bids to halt ex-club Chelsea
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: Another busy weekend sees second play third in the Premier League when Southampton take on Manchester City and a must-win game for Liverpool against Stoke.