Both the Republic of Ireland and the USA look to end 2014 on a winning note, as the two sides face each other in a friendly that serves to provide opportunities to fringe players in the form of game time. The Irish are looking to get back to qualifying for major tournaments on a regular basis - starting with an expanded Euro 2016, while the Americans aim to build on a strong performance at the World Cup earlier this year.

After a month without football action, the Premier League is back to enthrall football enthusiasts the world over. Expectations surmount, predictions are made, and speculations and transfers are rife in the internet and other forms of media. TheHardTackle summarizes the chances of teams outside the English big guns for breaking into the top four at the end of the season.