Arsenal will travel to St. James' Park to face a Newcastle United team hoping to pull within three points of the league leaders.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has led his team to three victories in their last four which has landed them firmly in the sixth spot and within striking distance of the league leaders.
Pardew will welcome back midfielder Cheick Tiote who will return to the squad after serving his suspension for Sunday's Premier League clash with leaders Arsenal. more >>
Manchester City will play hosts to lowly Crystal Palace at the Etihad and will look to regain the top spot in the Premier League.
City and manager Manuel Pellegrini maintained their perfect home record after defeating Liverpool 2-1 on Boxing Day. First-half goals by captain Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo overturned an early 1-0 deficit.
''That's the hardest game so far. Liverpool are a good team so it's great for us,'' Kompany said after the match. ''It's a weird (title race) because all the teams started a little slowly.'' more >>
Manchester United will head to Carrow Road to face a Norwich side eager to move further away from the relegation line.
United manager David Moyes seems to have found a rhythm with his side who have won their last five matches in all competitions.
The recent spell of good form comes after the club suffered back-to-back home defeats in the league at the beginning of the month , but have since earned three wins in a row in the top flight. more >>
The feminist group FEMEN crashed a Christmas service at the High Cathedral of St. Peter in Cologne, Germany, with a topless activist getting up on the altar exposing herself to the congregation with the words "I am God" written on her body.
The activist group, which says that it is based on "sextremism, atheism and feminism," was apparently trying to protest against patriarchy and the Vatican's pro-life views. According to EuroNews.com, the woman was identified as 20-year-old philosophy student Josephine Witt.
The incident, which has been captured on video, shows her running onto the altar in front of the large congregation, but clerics quickly surround her, cover her up and take her away. more >>
In his Angelus address on the Feast of St. Stephen, Pope Francis on Thursday focused on persecuted Christians around the world.
"We are close to those brothers and sisters who, like St. Stephen, are unjustly accused and subjected to violence of various kinds," Francis said on Thursday. "This happens especially where religious freedom is still not guaranteed or not fully realized."
The remarks came just a day after a Christian neighborhood market and Catholic church were bombed in Baghdad, Iraq, leaving 38 people dead. There have been growing concerns for the safety of Christians especially in the Middle East region. Notable world figures, including Britain's Prince Charles, have recently said that followers of Christ in the region are in danger of disappearing from Christianity's birth place. more >>
Liverpool will go on the road to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Dec. 26 to face a Manchester City side keen on taking over the top spot in the English Premier League, in one of the biggest EPL clashes on Boxing Day 2013.
Liverpool find themselves atop the Premier League thanks to the brilliant play of forward Luis Suarez who has found the back of the net 19 times in the 12 league matches that he has played in. The Uruguayan also has the most goals since September of any player in England and his 10 goals in his last four matches is more than any player over the same stretch since 2001.
Reds manager Brendan Rogers is also singing his forward's praises in light of his unselfishness that saw him turn away an opportunity for another hat-trick to provide and assist Rahim Sterling to score during the sides 3-1 win over Cardiff City. more >>