Costa could face United

Striker back in training after recovering from illness, but Remy is ruled out

HAND IN HAND: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (above) has largely relied on Diego Costa (above, left) for goals this season. But should the Brazilian miss out, the Blues boss could turn to another of his favourites, Didier Drogba, to lead the line.
HAND IN HAND: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has largely relied on Diego Costa for goals this season. But should the Brazilian miss out, the Blues boss could turn to another of his favourites, Didier Drogba (above), to lead the line.
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Boon for Barca

Enrique confirms Suarez will make debut in some capacity

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Bane for real

Injured Bale out of 
El Clasico but Ancelotti has strength in depth to cope with Welshman's absence

TOUGH TEST: Real defender Marcelo (right, challenging Raphael Varane in training) will have his hands full trying to stop a hungry Luis Suarez.
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Ronaldo and Messi to tangle in El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo (left), Lionel Messi (right).

Tonight’s El Clasico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu will see two men widely regarded as among the best of their generation strut their stuff, writes Neil Humphreys.

Cristiano Ronaldo is scaling new heights at Real, having broken the club’s psychological barrier last season by winning La Decima.

By lifting the Ballon d’Or for himself, he removed a final hurdle to global supremacy.

He stepped clear of the shadow. He became a man above Lionel Messi.

But the Barcelona forward remains the benchmark for attacking brilliance.

When it comes to moments of gob-smacking genius, Messi’s still the man beyond compare.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 25.

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School of frock

Who's on top? And who's a flop? Our headmistress of haute couture JEANMARIE TAN grades the best- and worst-dressed celebrities of the week

"Fashion is just a fun way for women to show our colours. Guys buy a car." - German actress Diane Kruger (above) on dressing up
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OTHER VICTIMS

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ICA takes tough stance against sham marriages

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Helping local-foreign couples settle in

New measures are being rolled out to help Singaporeans who marry foreigners better plan for their future. SHAFFIQ ALKHATIB (ashaffiq@sph.com.sg) reports on the initiatives, introduced by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) yesterday

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Penang says no to foreign hawkers

Bid to preserve local food heritage

NO, THEY CAN'T: The majority of respondents in a survey were in favour of banning foreigners as cooks of Penang hawker fare.
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Carey plays it safe, but 'lambs' lap it up

IN HER ELEMENT: Mariah Carey wowing the audience yesterday.
IN HER ELEMENT: Mariah Carey wowing the audience yesterday.

It was the unspoken million-dollar question at Mariah Carey's show here last night - will she soar or will it be another cringeworthy performance from the pop diva?

After all, the US singer reportedly left some fans disappointed and shocked after she failed to reach the impossibly high notes while singing her famous hits - appallingly off-key - at her shows in Tokyo and Seoul earlier this month.

The pitchy start to her The Elusive Chanteuse Show tour made some conclude that Carey's glitzy heydays were long over.

They were wrong. Her whistle register remains intact and so is her ability to stretch her vocals to impossible heights.

But Carey chose to play it safe with challenging numbers like My All, Hero and We Belong Together which had proved problematic in Tokyo.

She gave fans teasers of her impressive vocals - but picked her battles wisely.

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