Clive Rose

Premier League, Week 13: Chelsea and City bore us to tears

Rafael Benitez returned to the Premier League with a vengeance and did what he does best: Engineer a horrific 0-0 draw. In other action, Tottenham decided to attack the goal.

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City, Chelsea achieve new levels of boring

The Blues and Citizens played a football match. There were 22 players on a football pitch for 90 minutes. Yep, that's about it.

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Defoe brace helps Spurs ease past Hammers

Tottenham easily defeated West Ham at White Hart Lane thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale

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Saints down Magpies, Atticus Claw approves.

The Saints pulled themselves out of the drop zone at Newcastle's expense with a 2-0 home victory that shouldn't have been as close as it was

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Swans and Reds play out draw on Rodgers' return

Swansea and Liverpool fought to a rather dull draw at the Liberty Stadium on Brendan Rodgers' return to his former club.

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Rafa's return comes against City

Rafael Benitez makes his debut as Chelsea manager against Manchester City, who were recently knocked out of Champions League.

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Downing and Henderson start for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing make surprise starts for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers returns to his former club.

The duo have been out of favour in recent weeks due to their disappointing form, but Rodgers has surprisingly thrown both into the team, with Jonjo Shelvey and Suso both on the bench, along with Nuri Sahin and Joe Cole. How much Rodgers' team has to do with form and how much to do with fitness following their midweek game remains to be seen.

Swansea meanwhile hand a start to Itay Shechter up front, and give youngster Ben Davies another start at left-back. Gerhard Tremmel continues in goal in the absence of Michel Vorm.

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Chico, Ben Davies; Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman; Wayne Routledge, Michu, Pablo Hernandez; Itay Shechter.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Luis Enrique; Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard; Stewart Downing, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez.

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United hit back with 10-minute salvo to sink R's

A ten-minute spell from Manchester United was enough to consign QPR to defeat at Old Trafford.

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Cold rain, hard tackling and mustaches

Norwich save a point with a goal in the 90th minute as Everton blew yet another lead after wasting several chances to put the match away.

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Arsenal travel to Villa Park

Aston Villa host Arsenal at Villa Park as they attempt to end their poor run of form.

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Lineups: Rooney returns, Dyer makes surprise start

Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester United's starting line-up as they face Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.

The England striker had been missing with a bout of tonsilitis, but returns to take up a spot just behind Robin Van Persie for the Red Devils. Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher will play behind him in midfield, while Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young start on the flanks. Jonny Evans starts despite Ferguson's claim that he would play no part.

Queens Park Rangers adjust to life without Mark Hughes with a surprise start for Kieron Dyer. Shaun Derry and Alejandro Faurlin also start in midfield. with Djibril Cisse leading the line up front.

Manchester United: Anders Lindegaard; Rafael, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra; Ashley Young, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck; Robin van Persie.

Queens Park Rangers: Julio Cesar; Stephane Mbia, Clint Hill, Ryan Nelsen, Armand Traore; Shaun Derry, Alejandro Faurlin, Jamie Mackie, Adel Taarabt, Kieron Dyer; Djibril Cisse.

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Redknapp to watch from stands as QPR face United

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp will watch from the stands as his side face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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