Arsenal are aiming to keep tabs on the Champions League places as the festive Premier League fixture list continues at Selhurst Park. The Gunners - managed by Arsene Wenger for a record-equalling 810th time in the Premier League - will move to within one point of Liverpool with a win. Crystal Palace meanwhile could go as high as 13th with victory. Kick-off is at 8pm GMT, and you can follow all the action live right here with Sportsmail's MATTHEW SMITH taking you through everything that happens in this London derby...
'All Liverpool fans will soon forget the price': Klopp vows Van Dijk will prove his worth as £75m star says goodbye at Southampton
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool fans should forget about Virgil van Dijk's price tag and focus on what he can bring to Anfield as the club's new signing was pictured leaving Southampton's training ground on Thursday. The Dutchman has agreed to move to Merseyside for £75million, the highest fee paid for a defender, from Southampton on January 1. Van Dijk was pictured collecting his belongings from Southampton's Staplewood training ground on Thursday morning, choosing to not park in his usual space and looking sombre as he departed in his Mercedes.
The All Star scores that will bowl you over: Celebrity scoreboard reveals who are the top ten-pin stars (and Ibrahimovic's ego may take a hit when he finds out he was beaten by Coleen Rooney!)
With the two best football clubs in the Premier League squeezed into one mid-sized city in the north of England, it is no surprise to see Manchester's All Star Lanes littered with famous footballers from time to time. The scores of every celebrity have been tallied onto a Top Gear-style scoreboard and the wife of Morgan Schneiderlin (inset) posted a picture of it on Instagram (left), revealing the top scores of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top right), Coleen Rooney (bottom right), Anthony Martial (bottom left) and Rihanna (top left) among others.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Carvalhal sacked by Championship side Sheff Wednesday TODAY: Carvalhal appointed new boss in Premier League with Swansea
Carlos Carvalhal has been appointed the new Swansea manager. The Portuguese boss, who succeeds the sacked Paul Clement, has been given the job until the end of the season with the option of an extension. However Sportsmail understands should the club avoid the Premier League drop — the basement boys are five points behind 17th-placed West Ham — former manager Roberto Martinez remains a long-term possibility.
Wenger vs Ferguson: As Arsenal boss equals his old foe on 810 Premier League games, how do they match up on trophies, signings, style and legacy?
This week is a big one in the career of Arsene Wenger, as he equals old rival Sir Alex Ferguson's record for the most Premier League games managed. The Arsenal boss takes his side to Crystal Palace on Thursday night for his 810th outing, and then the visit of Chelsea on January 3 will take him into the outright lead. But how do the two old foes compare with one another? Here, Sportsmail takes a look back at their records, signings, legacy, entertainment value and more...
A thumping 5-0 win over Swansea on Boxing Day is put to the back of the collective mind as the Reds prepare to take on Leicester on Saturday before travelling to Burnley on Monday. Klopp and his players were out on the training pitches at Melwood trying to physically prepare for the rigours of two games in such a short period of time.
The rise and rise of VVD: The 6ft 4in Dutchman has all the attributes to emerge as answer to Klopp's defensive headache
After one of the most drawn-out and contentious transfer pursuits in the club's history, Liverpool finally have their man. All-too-aware of his team's long-standing need for a top class central defender, Jurgen Klopp never entertained any other option as the best man for the job. Virgil van Dijk (pictured with girlfriend Rike Nooitgedagt, main pic) will officially join the Liverpool squad on Monday after the Reds shelled out £75million to sign him from Southampton.
Liverpool sign Van Dijk in world-record £75m deal to make him most expensive defender ever (and he'll get almost £200,000 a week from New Year's Day)
Liverpool have smashed the world record fee for a defender by sensationally completing the £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk. He will officially become a Liverpool player on Monday, when the January transfer window opens. He has signed a contract worth more than £180,000 per week that will run until June 2023.
MASTERCHEF: Cook serves up a tasty treat as England star bats all day to 244 to take control of fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne
PAUL NEWMAN AT THE MCG IN MELBOURNE: The relief of reaching his hundred was replaced by pure joy when Alastair Cook doubled it to carry his bat and England on his broad shoulders towards a position where they can finally hope to defeat Australia. What a moment it was for Cook when he played what is a rarity for him in the form of the most perfect of straight drives off Jackson Bird to take him to his fifth double hundred and surely one of the most satisfying innings of his long career. Yes, the Ashes may have gone but there is plenty still at stake in this Test, not least proof of the continuing excellence and desire of an opener who has made it clear that there is to be no dying of his light just yet.
Alastair Cook ended the third day of the fourth Ashes Test on 244 not out as England established a lead of 164 runs over Australia to further boost their chances of averting a 5-0 whitewash. The England opener batted magnificently as England chased down and then overtook Australia's first innings total to finish the day on 491 for nine at the MCG. As always, Sportsmail has rounded up some of the things you may have missed from the latest day of Ashes action.
Manchester United stars fight the chill as Mourinho bids to revive stuttering season in showdown with Southampton
Manchester United players trained in the freezing cold at their Carrington base on Thursday as they gear up to face struggling Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. Goalkeeper David de Gea looked particularly prepared for the conditions as he covered his face with a Manchester United snood. Swedish defender Victor Lindeloff followed suit as did a host of other players as they tried to keep the cold at bay.
Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Alexis Sanchez has been enjoying some quality downtime after Christmas by chilling at home with his beloved dogs. The Chilean international took to Instagram on Wednesday night to post a couple of short videos of Atom snuggling up next to his owner.
Everton's Kop clanger! Toffees forced to remove t-shirt from club shop after fans spot picture was taken at rivals Liverpool
Everton have removed a T-shirt from their online store after eagle-eyed supporters noticed that the main image was in fact of Liverpool's Kop. The 'Everton Royal Crowd T-Shirt' was swiftly taken off of sale after the embarrassing gaffe was noticed. Using the image of Liverpool fans, Everton had mixed the photo with a blue background before adding the club's logo on top.
Federer snaps selfies with happy quokkas on Rottnest Island before playing beach tennis ahead of Hopman Cup
Roger Federer is so well loved across the globe, even marsupials are delighted to meet him. That much was evident as he snapped selfies with Perth's famously happy quokkas on Thursday. The world No 2 is in Western Australia to partake in this weekend's Hopman Cup and took the chance to visit Perth's Rottnest Island, famed for the large population of the tame quokka. Federer was seen snapping selfies with the little creatures and later posted the pick of the bunch to social media, showing the quokka appearing to smile for the camera alongside the living tennis legend.
Former world number ones Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are relishing their return to competition after serious injuries cut their last campaigns short, but the overriding aim for both players in the New Year is to stay fit and healthy. Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip injury since the Briton's quarter-final exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the US Open and dropped to 16th in the world rankings. The 30-year-old is scheduled to participate in the Brisbane International which starts on December 31 as he gears up for the Australian Open, but a season blighted by injury has changed the double Wimbledon champion's outlook.
FIFA 18 esports star loses game 10-1 after checking his phone during match, scoring own goals and getting FIVE red cards
We all have that one friend who will start slide tackling at every opportunity when they get frustrated in a game of FIFA 18. When you're losing, it's a good way of taking out some of your anger on your opponent. However, you wouldn't expect an esports professional to do it, especially in the middle of an actual league match.
Northampton Saints and Wales rugby star George North has announced his engagement to Olympic cyclist Becky James on Twitter. The 25-year-old winger and double Olympic silver-medallist James made the news public on Wednesday as he shared a loving photo of the duo in front of a Christmas tree.
STARS OF SPORT
MORE STARS OF SPORT
TRY OUR SPORT QUIZZES
'Competitive Dad' was a famous character on the popular comedy The Fast Show whose aim is to beat his kids in every sporting endeavor - and it appears former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa is carrying on the fine tradition. The 28-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder posted a video on social media of him nutmegging his young son an incredible eight times. Despite the poor lad's best efforts he couldn't get the ball off his father, prompting him, unsurprisingly, to burst into tears.
It has been another remarkable year for Cristiano Ronaldo - and what better way to celebrate than throwing a party in his own honour. After a 2017 that saw him win the Champions League, La Liga and Club World Cup with Real Madrid, as well as earn a record-equalling fifth Ballon D'Or and become a father to three more children, Ronaldo threw what was dubbed the 'CR7 Gala'. Ronaldo organised the evening himself to mark his achievements in the company of his family and friends.
Man City extend winning run to 18 GAMES as Sterling strike sees off Newcastle and pushes Manchester United 15 points behind
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY - IAN LADYMAN AT ST JAMES' PARK: Not only are Manchester City a terrifically exciting football team, they also have the majority of the Premier League in a psychological stranglehold. Here was the hard evidence. This was a game that only really became a game in the final 10 minutes. Newcastle and their manager Rafael Benitez clearly didn’t believe they could beat City, not even at home. Who really does believe they can beat them anymore? Pep Guardiola’s team have now won their last eighteen league games and that run has drained the belief, the optimism and the courage from just about everybody else.
Tony Pulis has taken his first training session as Middlesbrough manager since his Boxing Day appointment. The former Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion boss was brought in by the Championship club after they surprisingly sacked Garry Monk on December 23. After watching his new charges beat Bolton at the Riverside Stadium on the day he was announced, Pulis will take charge for the first time when they host Aston Villa on Saturday.
Blazing fire tears through baseball stadium in Dominican Republic just moments before match was due to begin
A blazing fire tore through the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, just moments before a baseball match was scheduled to begin. The inferno broke out in the designated press area on the seventh floor of the stadium, located in the country's capital Santo Domingo, moments before the Cibao Giants and the Escogido Lions were due to play. Reports suggest it was an electrical fire that started in one of the air conditioning units in a canteen.
Peter Wright suffered a shock World Darts Championship second-round loss on Wednesday night as the world No 2 was beaten by an inspired Jamie Lewis. Lewis was 1-0 down to Snakebite, who almost had to withdraw from this tournament after being hospitalised for gallstones, but came back to win 4-1 with a 107.27 average at Alexandra Palace in London. Second seed Wright, 47, was runner-up in 2014 but appears to have been unable to find form after his disrupted build-up due to his illness.
Jose's blame game: Manchester United boss moaned about cash, history and pressure... but is he right on ANY of it?
Jose Mourinho was moaning again after Manchester United dropped more points at home to Burnley on Boxing Day. The under-fire United boss pointed the finger of blame – but this time there were multiple targets. His players, his transfer budget, his rivals and a dig at Manchester City were among the hot topics as Mourinho spoke after the match at Old Trafford. Here, Sportsmail breaks down his comments – and assesses whether he has a point on each of them…