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Hull v Man Utd Odds : 5/2 on Manchester attracting plenty of interest from punters

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man-utd-rooneyThe Boxing Day coupon kicks off with the latest Hull v Man Utd odds, as Coral enhance the price on Manchester United to 5/2 from a poor looking 4/7.

The well known UK brand are adding to the festive cheer for punters by increasing  the price on the Red Devils to 5/2 to win, and with United in good form at the moment, there has been plenty of support at 5/2, the firm reported this morning.

Manchester United are seen as strong favourites to beat Hull as The Tigers look to cause a big upset as they host the defending league champions.

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This season has been full of surprises and there could be yet more twists and turns on Boxing Day as newly-promoted Hull host defending champions Manchester United.

Although many people might write them off, Hull have been solid this season with Steve Bruce’s side currently sitting in 12th and are six points clear of the relegation zone at this point.

After picking up a 1-1 at West Brom over the weekend, Steve Bruce could feel comfortable sticking with an unchanged squad as he looks to keep momentum rolling over the busy festive period.

The only guaranteed absentee from Bruce’s squad will be midfielder Robbie Brady who is going to being out thanks to a recurring groin problem.

By keeping his squad unchanged, Bruce will hope that he will be able to pick up his first win over Manchester United having failed to defeat his former club during Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Old Trafford.

Bruce has a right to be confident though as Hull have an impressive defensive record at The KC Stadium with the squad only conceding three goals at home so far this season.

United will know that this will be a tricky test for them but the defending Premier League champions know that three points could throw them back into the title race as they would move to within five points of leaders Liverpool.

However, David Moyes will have to get the job done without several of his top stars with many of his top players including Marouane Fellaini who is out for the next six weeks as he finally deals with his persistent wrist injury.

Fellaini will be joined by usual first team regulars such as Robin Van Persie, Nemanja Vidic and Michael Carrick who will all have to cope with watching the game from the stands.

One slightly better piece of good news for Moyes is that Danny Welbeck has overcome the knee injury that forced him off early in Saturday’s win over West Ham.

Boxing Day has always been a traditionally good day for Manchester United with The Red Devils winning their last 10 games held on Christmas and it will be a festive tradition that David Moyes will hope to maintain in 2013.

Everyone is expecting United to pick up the three points against Hull but The Tigers may provide a tough test that could throw up an unwelcomed surprise during the start of the festive period.

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists midfielder still has a future at the club

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that troubled midfielder Granit Xhaka still has a future at the club and will be considered for selection in the Gunners upcoming fixture against Southampton.

Xhaka has yet to feature for the North London side since his confrontation with the club’s supporters at the Emirates in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

The Swiss midfielder was booed whilst being substituted which triggered the 27-year-old, who responded by cupping his ears and swearing at the section of fans who were jeering him.

He threw the captain’s armband to the floor and quickly took the Arsenal shirt off before storming into the changing rooms.

Following the incident, Emery had no choice but to strip Xhaka from captaincy, which was then handed over to star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Swiss international posted an explanation on social media citing his anger at threats to his family to cause the trigger to his verbal assault on the fans.

It has been reported that the enigmatic midfielder has been house hunting in Italy as rumours to a move to AC Milan in the January transfer window strengthened.

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The midfielder is 1/1 to leave the club but the bookies think that the likelihood of the former captain staying is higher, with the odds of him staying at Arsenal being set at 8/11.

Xhaka still harbours some feelings over the way the Gunners handled the situation, especially the decision to strip him from captaincy, but is ready to make amends and move on.

The deep-lying playmaker was selected for Switzerland for the international break and scored in a 6-1 win over Gibraltar to help confirm his country’s spot in next years European championships.

Emery is willing to do the same as Xhaka and has stated that the midfielder’s mindset is becoming better over the coming days and thus, is going to consider the midfielder for selection.

The Gunners have been struggling this season under the Spaniard with Xhaka being one of the mainstays in the side prior to the incident against the Eagles.

Arsenal sit in 6th place in the Premier League but are well adrift of a top-four place currently. Only three points will do for the supporters especially considering the poor form of their opponents.

The Saints are currently in 19th place, just one point ahead of Norwich and have lost four of their last five league matches.

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Liverpool plan Anfield Road End expansion to reach around 60,000 capacity

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Liverpool have accelerated plans to expand their stadium Anfield’s capacity to circa 60,000 by inviting local residents to public consultation events.

Over 5,000 leaflets have been distributed to people around the area in an attempt to gain feedback on the proposed expansion.

Local residents, businesses and supporters, who can attend The Kop Bar or a pop-up stand on Anfield Road on five separate dates in late November/early December, will learn more detail about the plans and respond accordingly.

Liverpool only completed the expansion of Anfield’s Main Stand in 2016, taking the capacity from 45,000 to its current 54,074.

Currently, this leaves them with the sixth biggest stadium in the Premier League, behind Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, West Ham United and Manchester City.

The planned expansion on the Anfield Road End would see them move into the top four largest stadiums in the English top flight, reflecting and satisfying their world-wide fan-base and status more accurately.

“The consultation events are designed for local residents, businesses and fans to learn more and offer their feedback on the club’s vision to create a bigger Anfield, which would allow more fans to watch some of Europe’s best football in a world-class facility,” the club said.

A figure of 60,000 would take the historic stadium’s capacity to around three times the size of when it originally opened in 1884.

The club’s record attendance of 61,905 set in 1952 is unlikely to be broken, however, without either an even bigger expansion or a radical return to standing on terraces.

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Arsenal set to battle rivals Manchester United for the signature of teenage sensation Erling Haaland

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Arsenal and Manchester United have both registered their interest in 19-year-old Erling Haaland who has taken European football by storm this season.

The goalscoring sensation has scored 26 and assisted 6 in all competitions for his club side RB Salzburg in just 18 games.

The Red Devils have always been heavily linked to the striker due to his links with current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian coach managed the youngster during his time at Molde and was highly impressed with Haaland during his come-up at the club and tipped the striker for greatness.

However, Arsenal have become somewhat shock contenders for Haaland’s signature. The teenager and his father Alf-Inge, who used to play for Manchester City, have reportedly visited the North London club.

Haaland’s 21 goal contributions in just 12 games in the Austrian Bundesliga have highlighted his great potential but it has been his performances in the Champions League that have lit up Europe.

The Norwegian international has scored in every group stage game thus far, having netted 7 times in 4 appearances against Genk, Napoli and the reigning European champions Liverpool.

He has already made history in the competition as he is the first player in Champions League history to score six goals in his first three games and is currently the top goalscorer in the competition.

The teenager has also created history in the youth levels of the national team in the U20 World Cup this summer.

Haaland scored an incredible 9 goals in a single game against Honduras U20 side in a 12-0 battering, which help end a disappointing tournament for the Norwegian side on a brighter note.

Manchester United are heavy favourites to sign the young giant according to the bookies, with the Red Devils 5/2 to pick up the teenager in the January transfer window.

On the other hand, the bookies deem it highly unlikely for Haaland to join Arsenal as the odds are currently at 20/1, but they could change in the near future.

Both Premier League giants are struggling so far, with both Solskjaer and Emery heavily linked with a departure from their respective clubs.

Solskjaer’s side sit one point and one position behind the Gunners in the league table with Arsenal already 8 points behind the top four.

Both clubs could use the help of Haaland despite the good form of their respective strikers Marcus Rashford and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

This is due to the fact that United and Arsenal have only scored 16 goals in the Premier League with the lowest goalscoring tally in the top four being rivals Chelsea, who have 27 goals.

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