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Premier League, Week 12: Manchester United, Chelsea upset

West Bromwich Albion disposed of Chelsea at the Hawthorns, while Manchester United were beaten 1-0 at Carrow Road by Norwich City.

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Stoke, West Ham share spoils at Upton Park

West Ham United and Stoke City shared the spoils in an engrossing 1-1 draw that saw the visitors take a surprise early lead via Jonathan Walters before Joey O'Brien drew the hosts level just after halftime with his first ever Premier League goal.


Chicharito starts for an injured Rooney

Chris Hughton and the Canaries already have a win over Arsenal at home this season, now they'll take a crack at the league leaders. No major changes or surprises in Houghton's lineup with Grant Holt up top, supported by Wes Hoolahan. John Ruddy will have to be big in goal if Norwich hope to pull off the upset.

United are without Wayne Rooney due to an injury, so Chicharito gets the start for Sir Alex. Given the Mexican internationals recent form, that's not a big deal. David De Gea is out after having his wisdom teeth removed so Anders Lindegaard will start in goal.

Norwich City starting lineup (4-4-1-1): John Ruddy; Javier Garrido, Sébastien Bassong, Michael Turner, Steven Whittaker; Anthony Pilkington, Bradley Johnson, Alexander Tettey, Robert Snodgrass; Wes Hoolahan; Grant Holt.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-4-2): Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young; Javier Hernández, Robin Van Persie.


Suarez sinks Wigan with brace

Luis Suarez scored twice and had a hand in Liverpool's third goal, as the Reds defeated Wigan without much of a problem.


West Brom stun Chelsea 2-1

West Brom pulled off a remarkable and deserved victory against a flat Chelsea side to continue their incredible form.


Reading downs Everton with a second half surge

Reading recovered from a poor first half to dominate Everton the second half and earn a well deserved first victory of the Premier League season


Arsenal demolish Tottenham 5-2 after Adebayor red

Tottenham took the lead thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor, but his subsequent red left them at the mercy of their rivals as Arsenal took full advantage at the Emirates.


Midweek matches affect Chelsea's lineup

West Brom had injury concerns about Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison going in to the match but both players are fit and in the starting lineup. Boaz Myhill continues in goal while Ben Foster recovers from groin issues. Gareth McAuley couldn't overcome a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Gabriel Tamaș in the central defense.

Roberto Di Matteo has held back Ashley Cole a little longer as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury (he is on the bench). Ryan Bertrand gets is second straight start at left back in his place. David Luiz is back in the starting eleven after missing last week's match with an illness. Oscar and Juan Mata both start on the bench after long midweek trips to the Americas for international friendlies. Victor Moses an Daniel Sturridge start in their places.

West Brom starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill; Billy Jonas, Gabriel Tamaș, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Claudio Yacob, Youssouf Mulumbu, Peter Odemwingie, James Morrison, Zoltán Gera; Shane Long.

Chelsea starting lineuo (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; César Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand; Oriol Romeu, Mikel; Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Daniel Sturridge; Fernando Torres.


City look to further Villa's Manchester misery

Roberto Mancini has sent out his standard lineup with only one adjustment in the defense. Matija Nastasić starts alongside Vincent Kompany with Joleon Lescott still suffering from a back injury. Maicon replaces Pablo Zabaleta as the right fullback.

Aston Villa will try and bounce back from last week's disappointing collapse against Manchester United with the same lineup on the pitch. Christian Benteke is the lone striker, with Darren Bent still not back from an ankle injury. Paul Lambert has used this lineup as both a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2 so he'll likely shift things around depending on situation and need.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Maicon, Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasić, Gaël Clichy; Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry; David Silva, Samir Nasri, Sergio Agüero; Carlos Tevez.

Aston Villa starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Enda Stevens; Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan; Stephen Ireland, Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor; Christian Benteke.


Gareth Bale pulls one back for Tottenham

Gareth Bale has struck for Tottenham Hotspur to make the score a bit easier on the eye for the visitors. It's 4-2 to Arsenal at the Emirates thanks to the Welshman's strike.

With Spurs in disarray, Bale had to do it all himself, picking up the ball and running at the Arsenal defence before slamming a low shot past Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal haven't covered themselves in glory with the defending there, but with the man advantage they can probably relax.... it is Arsenal we're talking about here, but still, they can relax. Probably.

It's made the scoreline a bit more presentable for Spurs, who could have conceded a lot more goals in this second half. The man advantage has really told in this game, and it's pretty much been all Arsenal since Adebayor's sending off. A bad day at the office all round, and there's still 15 minutes to play, but if there's another goal, it'd be a major surprise if it didn't go to the hosts.


Cazorla makes it four for the Gunners

If it wasn't over before, it is now. Santiago Cazorla has made it 4-1 for Arsenal against a disintegrating Tottenham Hotspur, and it looks like it could get even worse. Theo Walcott puts Lukas Podolski in space down the left, and his low cross into the area is swept home by Santi Cazorla to put the Gunners in a commanding lead.

Arsenal have begun to turn the screw on Tottenham and always looked the most likely next goalscorer. Tottenham may have had hopes of hitting their foes on the counter-attack, but it hasn't worked out.

Tottenham almost conceded another goal immediately afterwards as Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott charged into the area, but they managed to fend the attack off. Nonetheless, Tottenham are falling apart here, and André Villas-Boas is just going to have to hope the Spurs fans let him write this one off due to bad fortune.... good luck with that.


Arsenal lead Tottenham 3-1 at half-time

Arsenal are now 3-1 up on the stroke of half-time at the Emirates Stadium as Olivier Giroud has pretty much sealed the deal for Arsenal barring a remarkable comeback from Tottenham.

After Aaron Lennon gave away a free-kick, Santiago Cazorla escaped down Tottenham's left-flank after being given the advantage by Howard Webb, then played in a low cross for Olivier Giroud to get in between the Spurs defenders and turn home. It's poor defending from Tottenham considering their position, and the game is beginning to look like a lost cause for them now.

Emmanuel Adebayor had put Tottenham 1-0 up early on after getting on the end of Theo Walcott's saved shot, but Spurs were about to endure a nightmare as the Togolese forward saw red for a terrible tackle on Santi Cazorla, before Per Mertesacker equalised, getting on the end of Theo Walcott's cross. Lukas Podolski then put the Gunners in the lead with a scrappy finish, and now it's beginning to look like a case of damage limitation for the visitors, barely half an hour after they'd made such a strong start.

It's easy to blame it all on Adebayor - and obviously he's by far the most culpable for this disaster - but Tottenham have neither played nor defended well since he was sent off. It's a shame for Andre Villas-Boas, who never seems to get any luck and had been incredibly bold in starting with a 4-4-2 away at the Emirates, but it could be an opportunity for Arsenal to dish out a real hammering here.


Podolski scuffs Gunners into the lead

It wasn't the prettiest of finishes, but Lukas Podolski has put Arsenal in the lead against Tottenham Hotspur as the first half comes to a close.

Tottenham had been pegged back in their own area, and when Mikel Arteta tried to play the ball into the area, the ball took a bounce off Tom Huddlestone to find Lukas Podolski bearing down on Hugo Lloris' goal. He was marshalled by William Gallas, but the German striker's shot took a deflection off the Frenchman's heels, slowly rolling past Hugo Lloris and into the corner of Tottenham's goal.

It's bad news for Andre Villas-Boas, who finds his team a goal and a man down, and would surely have been hoping to keep the scores level until half-time. It's not all been one-way traffic, but barring a red card for Arsenal, it's difficult to see a way for Tottenham to get something from this game.


Per Mertesacker equalises for Gunners

Per Mertesacker has atoned for his error at the Emirates Stadium by putting Arsenal back on level terms against Tottenham Hotspur.

The big German had been at fault for the opening goal when he allowed Jermain Defoe in down the left, but has now struck back, advancing into the Tottenham area and collecting a cross from Theo Walcott to power his header past Hugo Lloris. The scores are now tied at 1-1, but with Adebayor seeing red, things are looking rosy indeed for the Gunners, who had been shocked by Tottenham's early lead.

The goal is his first for Arsenal, and indeed in English football, and the Gunners' numerical advantage is beginning to tell immediately. It's looking like a rough time ahead for Spurs, and unless it goes to ten against ten at some point, they don't look too likely to hold out. Nonetheless, it's still end-to-end stuff. This is classic derby material.


Adebayor puts Spurs ahead, then sees red

Emmanuel Adebayor has put Tottenham Hotspur in front at the Emirates, as he and strike partner Jermain Defoe link up. Some feeble defending from Per Mertesacker allowed Jermain Defoe in down the left, and his cross-cum-shot was pushed out into the path of Adebayor by Wojciech Szczesny, allowing an easy finish for Adebayor.

The Togolese forward wasn't celebrating for long however, as shortly afterwards Adebayor committed a terrible tackle on Santi Cazorla, two-footed and studs showing. Howard Webb has no choice but to send him off and now Tottenham have a narrow lead they'll have to defend all game. Silly stuff from Adebayor, and a shame for Spurs, who were bold in going 4-4-2 and looking good but will now have a nightmare in keeping control of this game.

Arsenal haven't been in the game much and haven't had too many chances, but expect that to change now they have the numerical advantage.


Arsenal vs. Tottenham: Lineups

Andre Villas-Boas has dropped Clint Dempsey and opted for a 4-4-2 in a surprise for Spurs, while Arsenal start with Olivier Giroud up front.


United face Norwich as two in-form teams clash

Manchester United travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich as two in-form teams meet in Saturday's late kick-off.


Steve Clarke looks to further Chelsea's struggles

Chelsea travel to the Hawthornes looking to rebound from two straight draws against a Baggies side that has been tough on opponents at home


Manchester City face Aston Villa test

Aston Villa continue their difficult run of games as they travel to Manchester to face the English champions.


EPL watchability: At least there's a derby

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Derbies are important, this one doubly so

With both sides slipping down the Premier League table, this latest edition of the North London Derby carries an increased weight of importance


At last, an Arsenal-Spurs meeting on equal terms

Arsenal and Tottenham will face each other on equal terms on Saturday, but things will be very different for the two managers.

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