Richard Heathcote

Premier League, Week 11: Dzeko gives City late winner vs. Spurs

Manchester United pulled off an impressive comeback against Aston Villa on Saturday, but crosstown rivals Manchester City matched their feat with an Edin Dzeko-powered 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur.

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For Chelsea, it's a draw that feels like a loss

Chelsea were the better team all day, but they couldn't overcome their own poor play in the attacking third and an ugly injury to John Terry as they drew 1-1 with Liverpool


Terry leaves match after injuring right knee

Chelsea's John Terry started the day wonderfully with a set piece header goal to put the Blues in the lead early. It ended rather badly in the 36th minute as he was stretchered off after a violent collision between himself and Luis Suarez. Before you go trying to condemn Suarez, he was shoved in the back by Ramires and made contact with Terry's right knee, which was in a locked position. Terry's shout of pain at the point of contact was audible on the match broadcast.

Terry was able to help the medical staff get himself on to the stretcher, but he was in obvious pain as he was examined by the Chelsea physios. We'll have to wait and see what the extent of the damage is, but it looked like the kind of contact that can cause ligament damage. Whatever happened, it was a scary injury.

Gary Cahill replaced Terry in the lineup, so while losing their captain is a blow, they have a competent replacement ready to fill in in the defense.


Liverpool goes with five defenders against Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo has to make some adjustments in the defense with regular central defender David Luiz out with tonsillitis. John Terry returns from suspension with Branislav Ivanović shifting inside to play alongside him. César Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand will cover the full back spots. No major changes or surprises in the midfield or up top.

For Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has five defenders in the lineup with Martin Škrtel apparently out. It appears he'll use a 3-5-2 formation with Carragher working in a sweeper role. It's an interesting adjustment but there's plenty of reason for concern with all the talent Chelsea has in the midfield. It'll either be a brilliant move or a disaster.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; César Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanović, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel; Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata; Fernando Torres.

Liverpool starting lineup (3-5-2): Brad Jones; Andre Wisdom, Jaime Carragher, Daniel Agger; Glen Johnson, Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Jose Enrique, Nuri Şahin; Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez.


Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are expected to overwhelm Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, but will have to be wary of Luis Suarez and company.


City looking to get their swagger back

City looks to keep up with the leaders, while Spurs are trying to get back in the mix after recent bad loss to Wigan


Everton downs Sunderland with a late comeback

Everton score twice in the final minutes to grab victory from the jaws of defeat against the Black Cats


Swansea strike back to deny Southampton

Swansea struck back to deny Southampton a much-needed win as the two sides played out a draw at St. Mary's Stadium.


Can Villa shock the the Red Devils?

David looks to topple Goliath today as Aston Villa hosts league leading Manchester United at Villa Park.

No major surprises for United as Sir Alex puts out his usual formation with the usual suspects. Antonio Valencia once again plays in place of the injured Nani, while Jonny Evans overcame fitness concerns to start in the central defense.

Paul Lambert has handed Enda Stevens his first ever Premier League start with Eric Lichaj suspended and Joe Bennett injured. It's a very positive and attacking lineup for Villa and basically the same group that beat Sunderland last weekend. Of course, United is no Sunderland.

Aston Villa starting lineup (4-4-2): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Enda Stevens; Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan, Stephen Ireland, Andreas Weimann; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke.

Manchester United lineup (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra; Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley; Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney; Robin Van Persie


Everton lose Mirallas to apparent hamstring injury

Kevin Mirallas has left Everton's match against Sunderland in the 27th minute after picking up an apparent hamstring injury. The Belgian was able to walk off the pitch under his own power, but we clearly hobbled. Mirallas was just getting back to full fitness after an ankle injury received in the Merseyside Derby thanks to a kick from Luis Suarez.

Mirallas has been one of Everton's best players this season and a big part of their attack. David Moyes will be hoping that it's not a serious injury and he'll have his player back sooner rather than later. Everton can ill afford a long term injury with their bench already thin thanks to their always near skint financial situation.

Steven Naismith, who joined Everton from Rangers in the summer, replaced Mirallas in the lineup. While the Scottish forward is a serviceable player, he lacks Mirallas creative flair and ability to stretch and challenge a defense.

Everton and Sunderland remain scoreless with less than ten minutes until halftime.


Arsenal vs Fulham: Lineups

Craig Eastmond gets a surprise start for Arsenal in place of the suspended Jack Wilshere in midfield as they take on Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.

The youngster partners Mikel Arteta in the centre of Arsenal's team, with the rest of the lineup much as expected, with Theo Walcott also starting. Vito Mannone continues in goal, while Bacary Sagna is fully fit after his injury and starts at right-back.

Fulham name a solid-looking 4-4-2 fronted by the technical wizardry of Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz up front. Kieran Richardson is a surprise starter, while Ashkan Dejagah make his first start for the cottagers.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Vito Mannone; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen; Mikel Arteta, Craig Eastmond; Theo Walcott, Santiago Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Olivier Giroud.

Fulham (4-4-2): Mark Schwarzer; Sacha Riether, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise; Ashkan Dejagah, Chris Baird, Steve Sidwell, Kieran Richardson; Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov


United travel to Aston Villa hoping to remain top

Aston Villa have a hard task arresting their wobbly form as they face the leaders at Villa Park.


The Gunners are going in the wrong direction

Arsenal are going the wrong way in the table and will be looking to get back on track against Fulham

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