What the back pages say: West Ham line up January raid for Emmanuel Adebayor, Premier League fear Blackpool fixture pile-up

DAILY MAIL: Australia have made a dramatic late switch to a new pitch at Melbourne for the all-important fourth Test in an attempt to roll England over again.

Tricky Ricky in pitch switch at the MCG

Also: With race meetings called off all across the country, Britain's racegoers last night focused on electing AP McCoy as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

AP McCoy wins it by a distance

Who wants me? Emmanuel Adebayor is  a reported transfer window target of West Ham

Who wants me? Emmanuel Adebayor is a reported transfer window target of West Ham

THE GUARDIAN: England head to Melbourne tomorrow amid fears of an Ashes trap after learning that Australia have switched their Test pitch for the Boxing Day clash at the MCG in what is likely to be another all-out assault of fast bowling by the home side.

Also: Roberto Mancini is confident Carlos Tevez will not get a hostile reception when he plays for Manchester City tonight for the first time since going public with his wish to leave the club.

Don't hammer Carlos pleads Mancini

THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Mancini has pleaded with Manchester City fans not to unsettle Carlos Tevez with abuse, hindering his club's attempts to go top of the Premier League outright for the first time tonight.

Also: Cesc Fabregas has accused Arsenal of being frightened in games with the other top clubs in the Premier League and has expressed his belief that Manchester United are mentally stronger in the title race.

Gunners scared of the best admits Fabregas

DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has urged Manchester City fans to lay off Carlos Tevez tonight as they chase top spot in the Premier League.

Also: Cesc Fabregas admits the fear factor could wreck Arsenal's Premier League hopes.

DAILY STAR: Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal are running scared this season.

Also: Andrew Strauss last night insisted England would not panic - despite their 267-run hammering by Australia in the third Test.

THE SUN: Carlos Tevez has promised a stunning show for Manchester City tonight -
but he is just as eager to quit the club.

Also: West Ham are lining up an amazing January swoop for Emmanuel Adebayor.

DAILY EXPRESS: Cesc Fabregas has accused Arsenal of failing to tackle crucial games head on and fears Manchester United are mentally stronger than the Gunners.

Also: The batsman who failed England so feebly in Perth will be given a chance to redeem themselves in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

THE TIMES: The pitch for the fourth Test in Melbourne has been switched, less than a fortnight before the match that could determine whether England retain the Ashes.

Also: Tony McCoy was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year last night after a concerted campaign by racing fans to ensure their hero achieved wider recognition.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Ricky Ponting described Mitchell Johnson's spell on the second day of the third Test in Perth as one of the greatest in Ashes history and said it had forced England to rethink their strategy for the Boxing Day Test.

Also: The Premier League are confident that there are sufficient dates to fit in matches postponed by the snow and freezing conditions - although there is real concern over the possibility of a fixture pile-up involving Blackpool.

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