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Premier League, Week 6: QPR remain bottom after West Ham loss

Despite a stunning strike by Adel Taarabt, Queens Park Rangers managed to lose at home to newly-promoted West Ham United. A red card to Samba Diakite didn't help.

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Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion: lineups

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke both start for Aston Villa as they face West Brom at Villa Park.


Spurs still lead after crazy 5 minutes

Well... that was something. Down 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at halftime, Manchester United added Wayne Rooney to their attack and managed to claw their way back into the match when Nani surged forward and beat Brad Friedel with an angled finish to make it 2-1.

No sooner could you say 'United are back in this', however, than Spurs marched up the other end and got the goal right back. Anders Lindegaard could only parry Gareth Bale's low drive into Clint Dempsey's path, and the American was quite happy to poke into the open net for his first Tottenham goal.

And then, just as you were saying that 'Old Tottenham' would have had a meltdown after conceding at Old Trafford, Tottenham had a meltdown. Shinji Kagawa was left totally unmarked at the top of Friedel's penalty area, and a simple through ball picked out the former BVB star, who was able to turn and slot home at the far post to make it 3-2. Got all that? Phew.


Bale doubles Spurs' lead

Um. So that whole Manchester United being good thing? Not so much. Tottenham Hotspur have scored again. The hosts are looking patchy at both ends of the pitch, and they've again allowed a Spurs player to run right up the pitch and shoot. This time it's Gareth Bale, who picked up a pass from Moussa Dembele just inside the United half and proceeded to gallop forward.

The home midfield parted around him for no apparent reason, and then Rio Ferdinand did the right thing in showing Bale onto his weaker foot as Tottenham dangerman burst into the area. However, the centre back didn't bother closing the shot down, and Bale scored anyway, slotting a right-footed effort past Anders Lindegaard to make it 2-0 Spurs. At Old Trafford. That's not a joke or a typo.

The only worry for Tottenham at this point is that William Gallas is limping about with an apparent injury, although it looks like he should be ok to continue for now.


Nikica Jelavic fires Everton past Southampton

Nikica Jelavic and co. were fantastic going forward for Everton, as they earned an impressive comeback win over Southampton.


Jan Vertonghan fires Spurs into lead

Well that was quick. We've had all of three minutes of play, but Tottenham Hotspur have taken the lead at Old Trafford thanks to Belgian centre back Jan Vertonghen. Manchester United will be horrified by their lacklustre defending, which allowed the big defender to charge into the penalty box and get away a shot. Johnny Evans threw himself at the ball, attempting to block Vertonghen's attempt, but only succeeded in diverting it past a wrong-footed Anders Lindegaard. I have literally no idea what any United player besides Evans was trying to do on that play.

It's not the scoreline anyone was expecting, considering that Manchester United haven't dropped points since their opening fixture of the 2012/13 season, but hey -- it's Spurs 1, United 0. There's plenty of time for a comeback, and the hosts have generally required a kick up the pants to get them going this year, but still, an awful start.


Steven Fletcher powers Black Cats to win

Sunderland defeated a 10-man Wigan side behind yet another goal from Steven Fletcher


Demba Ba saves day against Reading

Demba Ba's controversial late goal allowed Newcastle to escape Reading with a point


City win it late against Fulham

Fulham played Manchester City tough for 90 minutes, but surrendered a winner late.


Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur: lineups

Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have backed up his warning that nobody at Manchester United would have a guaranteed place in the side as he gives Wayne Rooney a place on the substitutes bench to face Tottenham.

Robin Van Persie is chosen to lead the line instead, with Shinji Kagawa just behind. In defence, Jonny Evans replaces the injured Nemanja Vidic, with youngster Scott Wootton providing further backup on the bench.

In addition to Rooney, United have Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck to call upon from the substitutes. Despite impressing in midweek, Anderson and Cleverley are also reduced to a place among the subs.

Tottenham meanwhile continue with Brad Friedel in goal, Steven Caulker in defence, and Jermain Defoe as a lone striker, though Clint Dempsey is handed a start in midfield to provide support.

Manchester United: Lindegaard; Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans; Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Carrick; Kagawa; van Persie. Bench: De Gea, Anderson, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Cleverley, Wootton.

Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Caulker; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Dempsey, Bale; Defoe. Bench: Lloris, Dawson, Falque, Huddlestone, Mason, Sigurdsson, Townsend.


Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea: Blues squeak out win

Chelsea were decent on the road to Arsenal, but their win over came more as a result of the Gunners being poor than them doing anything spectacular.


Fernando Torres gives Chelsea the lead

Chelsea are up 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to a very unlikely source that they would love to start becoming a likely source for goals. While being completely covered up on a set piece, Fernando Torres somehow located the ball and finished past Vito Mannone to give the Blues a 1-0 lead over Arsenal.

Arsenal's marking wasn't actually very poor on the free kick that led to the goal, at least on Torres. He was completely blanketed by Laurent Koscielny and shouldn't have had much of a chance to make a play on the ball. Incredibly, Koscielny turned his back on the ball and never saw it fly into his general direction. Torres reached around the Arsenal defender with his right foot and hit a great strike from close range.

The goal came just a couple of minutes after Abou Diaby was forced out of the match with an injury. He was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Aaron Ramsey has moved into midfield from the right wing.


Abou Diaby injury: Arsenal midfielder subbed off

Abou Diaby was substituted off in Arsenal's game against Chelsea in a further injury setback for both the player and the club.


Manchester United Vs. Tottenham: Preview

Both sides enter the match with a multitude of defensive and injury concerns.


Arsenal vs. Chelsea: lineups

John Terry returns to the Chelsea lineup as the Blues take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.


Arsenal, Chelsea battle for false hope

The Manchester clubs remain the favorites for the Premier League title, but if Saturday's morning match generates a winner, that club's fans will insist they've become the Premier League's top dog.

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