Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester City are eager to begin contract talks with manager Pep Guardiola.

The Premier League leaders have yet to win a trophy under the former Barcelona boss, but they sit 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, thanks to a record run of 16 successive top flight wins.


Guardiola is halfway through his current three-year contract and had suggested he would leave the club when that term ends in the summer of 2019.

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is facing a three game ban for diving during Saturday’s win over Stoke.

The Argentine forward could become only the second Premier League player found guilty of deceiving a match official.

Lanzini appeared to dive to earn the penalty for the Hammers opening goal in the 3-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium.

Everton aim to continue their resurgence under Sam Allardyce when they face Swansea in the Premier League later.

They’ve collected 10 points from their last four top flight games, conceding just one goal.

The former England boss wants his Everton players to add to their new found solidity

Bottom side Swansea are looking to bounce back from last week’s 4-nil thrashing by Manchester City.

Paul Clement’s team are now four points behind the teams outside of the relegation zone after the weekend’s results.

The Swansea boss wants his players to put the City match to the back of their minds

Kick-off is at 8.

Police are investigating a ‘hate crime’ against Raheem Sterling.

It is alleged the 23-year-old was kicked and racially abused at Manchester City’s training ground before Saturday’s Premier League win over Tottenham.

Sterling went on to score twice during the 4-1 victory over Spurs.

Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and possession of weapon.

Puncheon, who was absent from the Crystal Palace squad that beat Leicester 3-0 on Saturday, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was released on bail and is due to appear in court on the 5th January.

West Brom have completed the permanent signing of Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi.

The Baggies have activated their option on the 26-year-old following his summer loan move from Al Ahly.

Hegazi has agreed a deal which will run until the summer of 2022.

RUGBY

Joy Neville has been selected to referee the highly anticipated Women’s Six Nations match between France and England in Grenoble in March.

The World Rugby Referee of the Year will also oversee February’s game between Scotland and England in Glasgow.

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