Struggling Everton face Merseyside rivals Liverpool in a jam-packed midweek schedule of Premier League action
Struggling Everton face Merseyside rivals Liverpool in a jam-packed midweek schedule of Premier League action

Christmas has come early as a full round of midweek Premier League action kicks off tonight.

To get you in the mood for Matchday 14, we have a wealth of content including Joleon Lescott’s column, our bumper preview and an in-depth feature.

We also put England boss Gareth Southgate in the spotlight as he marks five years in charge of the Three Lions, as well as running through all the action in Serie A.

Lescott column

A quick turnaround for Premier League sides also means we do not have to wait long to hear from our resident columnist once again.

Former Manchester City and England defender Lescott runs the rule over former club Everton’s struggles as they prepare to face arch-rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

Lescott also gives his thoughts on the race for the top four as Manchester United start life under new boss Ralf Rangnick against Arsenal and makes his predictions for all of the games.

Read more: Joleon Lescott column — Rafa must avoid Merseyside derby misery

Premier League preview

With 10 fixtures over the three days, our extensive Matchday 14 preview is essential reading.

A relegation battle between Newcastle and Norwich kicks things off tonight before Steven Gerrard faces his biggest test yet as a Premier League manager when his Aston Villa side host Manchester City tomorrow.

With kick-off times, television information and match statistics, our preview brings you fully up to speed.

Read more: Premier League Matchday 14 — Gunners out to shoot down United optimism
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard faces his biggest test yet as his side host Manchester City
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard faces his biggest test yet as his side host Manchester City
Read more: Watford hit with injury crisis ahead of Chelsea clash

Stevie G’s Young one

A man who has surprisingly been a key figure in helping Gerrard win his first two games in charge is versatile veteran Ashley Young.

At 36, Young was only playing a bit-part role under former boss Dean Smith but has grabbed vital assists in victories over Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Can the evergreen ace continue to star under his former England team-mate Gerrard?

Read more: Young has the Vill to help Stevie G succeed

Southgate’s finest moments

Five years ago today, Southgate was chosen as the man to succeed Sam Allardyce at the helm for the Three Lions. 

What the 51-year-old has achieved since then has been nothing short of extraordinary, guiding England to the World Cup semi-final in 2018 before going one game better at Euro 2020.

To mark the occasion, we pick out Southgate’s top five moments as Three Lions boss.

England manager Gareth Southgate reached five years in the role today
England manager Gareth Southgate reached five years in the role today

Serie A

There is also plenty of midweek action in Serie A to get stuck into.

After successive defeats brought their unbeaten start to a crashing end, AC Milan will be desperate to get their title charge back on track when they face Genoa.

Elsewhere, Juventus face Salernitana on the back of a defeat to Atalanta, while Jose Mourinho will look to record three straight league wins as Roma travel to Bologna.

Read more: Serie A Matchday 15 — Milan aim to end slump against Shevchenko's Genoa

Transfer Talk

With January fast approaching, the transfer rumour mill continues to churn out fresh gossip every day.

Our daily Transfer Talk column handily rounds up all the latest whispers in one place so that you can keep your finger firmly on the pulse.

Today’s column leads on reports that Barcelona are pushing to sign out-of-favour Manchester City forward Ferran Torres, while Manchester United have their eyes on a highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder.

Read more: Barca confirm Torres talks as Ralf eyes RB raid

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