Hasenhuttl prunes his squad

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has allowed Netherlands international Wesley Hoedt to join Celta Vigo on loan until the end of the season.

The La Liga side have the option to buy the central defender, who has made 13 appearances for Saints this season, in the summer.

Hoedt signed a five-year deal when he moved to St Mary's from Lazio in 2017 in a deal worth £15million.

Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini have also left Southampton this month as Hasenhuttl revamps his squad.

The Austrian has guided Saints to back-to-back Premier League wins against Leicester City and Everton and is keen to maintain the winning habit when his team come up against Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Burnley in their next three fixtures.

He said: "It's now a little bit of time to be happy about the two wins in a row and then stay hungry and go for the next. I know the players have the willingness to learn.

"I am very happy for them that they see with this kind of playing football and hard-working training sessions they get better every day.

"It's fantastic for them and fantastic for me as a manager."

Southampton can be backed at 1/40 not to be relegated this season while they are 13/10 to beat Crystal Palace in their next Premier League fixture on 30th January.

Bellerin’s worst fears realised

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin could miss the start of next season after scans confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

The defender, who was carried off on a stretcher in the 72nd minute of the Gunners' 2-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday, is expected to be out for between six and nine months.

However, Unai Emery is not expected to sign a new right-back this month even though Bellerin has suffered a similar injury to team-mate Rob Holding.

Either Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Stephan Lichtsteiner are expected to deputise for Bellerin in the right-back or wing-back position.

In addition, Emery may decide to keep Carl Jenkinson, who had been linked with a transfer this month, until the summer.

Bellerin had been making his first start on Saturday since 16th December because of a calf problem. However, he fell to the pitch with nobody around him in the closing stage at Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey's transfer to Juventus is expected to be confirmed this week.

Emery said of the 28-year-old Wales international, who will move to Turin in the summer: "We spoke about the circumstance with Ramsey three months ago and now the decision is finished for him and for the club.

"Yes, of course, his future is very important for his family but it is also very important for him to be OK to play for us like he did against Chelsea. I am very happy with him because in the last month his focus has been very clear."

Arsenal, 7/2 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, are 14/1 to beat Manchester United 2-0 in the FA Cup on Friday.

Siewert succeeds Wagner

Huddersfield Town have named the Borussia Dortmund II boss Jan Siewert as their new head coach after parting company with David Wagner last week.

The 36-year-old has signed a contract at the John Smith's Stadium that runs until the summer of 2021.

Siewert starred for German clubs TuS Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and TuS Montabaur during his playing career and coached at VfL Bochum and Rot-Weiss Essen before joining Borussia Dortmund II.

Terriers chairman Dean Hoyle said: "We enjoyed tremendous success under David Wagner and we've subsequently appointed a new head coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II.

"Given David's success at Huddersfield, we knew that it was prudent to look to the future in case an offer came in that he couldn't refuse. We first spoke with Jan over two years ago and we've kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest.

"In the short term, we will continue to fight as hard as possible against relegation from the Premier League. We're not giving up on that.

"We will also plan for the medium and long term, whatever the outcome. Jan is committed to us and is excited to take on the challenges we have ahead, whatever they look like."

Huddersfield are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after taking just one point from their last 10 games.

They are 3/1 to beat Everton in their next match on 29th January and 10/1 to win the encounter 1-0.

Ranieri won’t concede defeat

Claudio Ranieri believes his Fulham team will avoid relegation if they continue to produce performances like the one against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Cottagers took the lead against Mauricio Pochettino's team thanks to a Fernando Llorente own goal but Dele Alli equalised early on in the second half before Harry Winks headed a close-range winner for the visitors.

The result leaves Fulham seven points away from safety after 23 fixtures. They are 1/4 to be relegated this season and 5/4 to win their next game against Brighton on 29th January.

"It is unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had [a shout for a] penalty but the referee didn't see it and penalties are only when the referee whistles," said Ranieri.

"I think it was a good match. The first half was fantastic, the second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way. We gave a gift on the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable to explain.

"But we are alive and we continue to fight, the team showed a fantastic performance. I can say only well done but we must stay very, very smart until the end.

"We must continue to give the maximum in every match, in every performance. I am positive because when you play this kind of football, this kind of performance we must believe and I believe in my players."

Nuno sees room for improvement

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo thought his side were a little fortunate to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at Molineux.

Goals by Diogo Jota and Ryan Bennett had put the home side in control at the break but the Foxes hit back after the interval and made it 2-2 through Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes.

Jota restored Wolves' lead but Wes Morgan's header three minutes from time made it 3-3.

However, Jota completed his hat-trick and finally ended Leicester's hopes when he grabbed the winner in stoppage time.

Nuno said afterwards: "It was a very good game and a game that everybody enjoyed. Both teams were trying to win it.

"We started well, but once we went in front we should have managed the game better, especially at the beginning of the second half. It is something we have to look at, but we have to do better. But we knew Leicester were going to react and they did so brilliantly.

"But this is football, it's lovely to have finished this way and we were happy to get the win, but if we had not won, we would have been blaming ourselves, because we wouldn't have achieved what we wanted to achieve.

"It was very important because we've bounced back from two bad results in the Premier League. Now we have the FA Cup. But we have to improve."

Wolves are 14/1 to win the FA Cup this season.

Albrighton commits to Foxes

Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton has pledged his future to the 2015/16 Premier League champions by signing a new contract with the club.

The 29-year-old, who has made over 170 appearances for the Foxes, is now contracted to Claude Puel's side until June 2022.

Albrighton, who moved to the King Power Stadium on a free transfer from Aston Villa in the summer of 2014, is pleased to have got his long-term future sorted out, saying: "It was totally straightforward.

"Leicester offered me a deal and I was always going to sign it. I've had some good times here and hopefully I can continue to do so.

"When I first signed, I looked at the squad that was in the dressing room and the club itself in terms of its fanbase and what sort of club it was.

"It was a family club back then and it's a family club now. It's something that suits me down to the ground. It really fits in well with me as a person and it's the perfect fit for me."

Albrighton made more than 100 appearances for Villa before joining Leicester when his contract expired.

He played a key role in Leicester's title-winning campaign and in their run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2016/17.

Leicester are 12/5 to beat Wolves on Saturday lunchtime with Albrighton 22/1 to be the first goal scorer in the encounter at Molineux.

No rapid return for Fellaini

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that Marouane Fellaini will not be able to play for Manchester United for several more weeks because of a calf injury.

The 31-year-old Belgium international missed last weekend's 1-0 victory at Tottenham and looks set to be sidelined until mid-February.

Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo will also sit out Saturday's match against Brighton but Alexis Sanchez is available.

The Chile international has struggled with several niggling injuries in the last two months and had to be substituted in the FA Cup clash against Reading earlier this month.

However, Solskjaer said: "Alexis has trained all week, so hopefully he comes through the session today [Friday] and will be available.

"Chris and Marcos have just started running lightly so they're not fit yet. Felli is the long-term one who is out. He'll be out for a few weeks.

"There are not many issues. I think there are some small niggles as there always are at this time of the season."

United have won their last five Premier League matches and can now be backed at 7/4 to finish in the top four this season. They are available at 3/10 to beat Brighton at Old Trafford this weekend and 8/1 to edge to a 2-1 victory against Chris Hughton's team.

Robertson inks new deal

Scotland international Andy Robertson has said that it was a no-brainer to sign a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The 24-year-old, who moved to Anfield in the summer of 2017 from Hull City, has made 56 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring one goal.

He has started 20 of Liverpool's 22 Premier League games so far this season and follows the examples of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez who have all penned new contracts with the club in the last 12 months.

"As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me. I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that," Robertson said.

"It was a pretty easy contract for me and I'm sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly, that's why it's been done so quickly.

"Getting to know the lads and working with all the staff at Melwood has been a pleasure. The best thing about work is when you love coming in every day – and that's what I do here. I'm glad I have extended my stay and hopefully we will have a lot of good days ahead."

Liverpool, 8/11 to win the Premier League title this season, can be backed at 1/5 to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday and at 8/11 to keep a clean sheet against Roy Hodgson's team.

Allardyce rules out Town role

Sam Allardyce insists he is not interested in becoming Huddersfield Town's next manager after they parted company with David Wagner on Monday.

The 64-year-old former England boss has helped the likes of Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton move clear of relegation trouble in the last few seasons but believes the rock-bottom Terriers are doomed.

Town have taken one point from their last nine Premier League matches and are eight points away from safety.

"They are rock-bottom of the Premier League and I don't think I could change that situation, so for me it is not the right match. It is not the job for me," said Allardyce.

"Huddersfield haven't got enough goals to get them out of trouble. That has been the one failing. No club has got out of such trouble with so few points after this many games.

"For me, and I know the fans won't want to hear this, it's got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.

"They've only scored 13 goals in 22 matches and, while I've managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe scoring 18 and at Crystal Palace I had Christian Benteke who scored 15 goals."

Huddersfield, 1/16 to be relegated, are 13/2 to draw with Manchester City in their next match on Sunday.

Babel: Fulham can stay up

Claudio Ranieri has added some experience to his Fulham squad by signing Ryan Babel from Besiktas until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old former Liverpool star hopes he can have a positive impact on the Cottagers, who are struggling to avoid relegation.

They are 4/11 to be relegated this season after losing 2-1 at Burnley on Saturday and can be backed at 4/1 to beat injury-ravaged Tottenham on Sunday and 13/5 to draw with Mauricio Pochettino's team.

The Netherlands international said: "My first impressions are good and I am very excited.

"I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up. That is one of the reasons that I am here, to try and help that to happen. I am ready to go, I am excited and I can't wait."

Meanwhile, Scotland international Kevin McDonald is being linked with a move away from Craven Cottage after slipping out of the first team recently.

He played 46 matches in all competitions for the club last season when they were promoted from the Championship via the play-offs, but has been limited to just eight minutes of first-team action since Ranieri succeeded Slavisa Jokanovic as Fulham manager in November.