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Premier League, Week 18: Chelsea thrash Villa at Stamford Bridge

After a 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Swansea in Sunday's early game, Chelsea put eight goals past a shellshocked Aston Villa for a huge win.

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Chelsea score 8 against sad Villa

This was one of the saddest things ever.


13th of the year for Michu in draw

Michu scored his 13th goal of the season as Swansea stole a point from Manchester United.


I for one welcome our new Downing overlords

Liverpool beat Fulham 4-0. Stewart Downing got a goal and an assist, his first (of both), in 45 league appearances for the Reds. Today is clearly an insane day. Stop with the drinking and the drugs.


Late Barry goal spares City's blushes

A late Gareth Barry header allowed City to avoid embarrassment against Reading, with the Royals left in the ominous position of being bottom on Christmas Day.


Ameobi rescues Newcastle

Shola Ameobi, goal-scoring hero.


Referee the story as Toffees win 2-1 at Upton Park

Everton earned a deserved three points against West Ham United, but the match was marred by some incredibly poor officiating, with a goal ruled out for no reason and two spectacularly incorrect red card decisions.


Tottenham fire blanks against Stoke

Tottenham drew 0-0 with Stoke City in a game where the scoreline was a fair reflection on both the game and the teams.


Wigan vs. Arsenal: Tactical analysis

Out of necessity, Roberto Martinez adopted an unorthodox, asymmetrical system that was undermined by individual errors in an otherwise competitive performance from Wigan


Manchester City vs. Reading: Lineups

Manchester City aren't exactly fielding their strongest lineup against Reading, but in their favour it is against Reading, who don't seem to have much clue what they're doing these days. Karim Rekik will get the start for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium, and it'll be a monumental surprise if he sees anything less than a huge City win. Don't expect Pavel Pogrebnyak to have much fun today.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Karim Rekik, Matija Nastasic, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta; Javi Garcia, Gareth Barry; David Silva, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero; Carlos Tevez.

Substitutes from: Richard Wright, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Scott Sinclair, Abdul Razak, Edin Dzeko.

Reading starting lineup (4-5-1): Adam Federici; Ian Harte, Adrian Mariappa, Alex Pearce, Chris Gunter; Jobi McAnuff, Jay Tabb, Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood, Jimmy Kebe; Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Substitutes from: Stuart Taylor, Nicky Shorey, Kaspars Gorkss, Hal Robson-Kanu, Danny Guthrie, Adam Le Fondre, Noel Hunt.


Arteta penalty gives Arsenal three points at Wigan

Arsenal managed to come away from the DW Stadium with all three points after they were made to fight by Wigan Athletic.


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City: Lineups

If you can think of anything interesting to say about a match between these two sides that features essentially standard lineups from both, you're a better man than I. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City. Knock yourselves out.

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-4-2): Hugo Lloris; Jan Vertonghen, Steven Caulker, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker; Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele, Sandro, Aaron Lennon; Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe.

Substitutes from: Brad Friedel, William Gallas, Kyle Naughton, Scott Parker, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jake Livermore, Andros Townsend.

Stoke City starting lineup (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Andy Wilkinson; Matthew Etherington, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Ryan Shotton; Kenwyne Jones, Jonathan Walters.

Substitutes from: Thomas Sorensen, Matthew Upson, Wilson Palacios, Dean Whitehead, Michael Kightly, Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome.


Liverpool and Fulham seek consistency at Anfield

Liverpool face Fulham at Anfield as they struggle for form and consistency in the Premier League.


Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal: Lineups

Arsenal continue with Theo Walcott in attack as they look for an away win against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

The England international starts as a striker ahead of an attacking midfield three of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere begin as expected in the double pivot just behind them.

Wigan meanwhile continue in their 3-4-3 formation despite their injuries at centre-back, with Maynor Figueroa, David Jones, and Emerson Boyce making up an unconventional back three. Arouna Kona, Shaun Maloney, and Franco Di Santo make up a dangerous front three for the hosts.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santiago Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Theo Walcott.

Wigan Athletic (3-4-3): Ali Al Habsi; Maynor Figueroa, David Jones, Emerson Boyce; Jean Beausejour, Ronnie Stam, James McCarthy, James McArthur; Shaun Maloney, Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo.


City look to celebrate a lot against Reading

City bounced back well against Newcastle United and will look to continue accentuating the positive against last place Reading


The enigma that is Arsenal travels to Wigan

Arsenal have clawed their way back in to the Champions League chase, which makes this away match against Wigan all the more important to continue their positive momemtum

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