Matthew Lewis

Premier League, Week 21: Queens Park Rangers upset Chelsea

QPR have been the ultimate thorn in Chelsea's side this season. Harry Redknapp's side was able to end their rivals' excellent run and move closer to safety with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

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Leighton Baines helps Everton to win at Newcastle

Everton went behind in the first minute against Newcastle, but fought back thanks to a superb attacking display from Leighton Baines.


Liverpool fear not the Black Cats

Luis Suarez scored twice and added an assist as Liverpool rolled past Sunderland


SWP downs Chelsea in massive upset

Harry Redknapp's side might finally have turned things around. They got a stunning result at Stamford Bridge, downing local rivals Chelsea.


The Fro returns for Everton

Newcastle begin life without Demba Ba with a new look starting lineup. Alright, technically Ba's transfer to Chelsea is still in the works but it's highly unlikely that the wheels will fall off. Shola Ameobi gets the start up top with Papiss Cissé again playing a deeper role on the right for Alan Pardew.

Meanwhile for David Moyes and Everton, Marouane Fellaini, everyone's favorite afro-wearing Belgian is back after serving a three match ban for head-butting Ryan Shawcross (Is that really a bad thing? Wouldn't we all do that?). Right back remains a problem for the Toffees with Séamus Coleman and Tony Hibbert both injured so Phil Jagielka will again play on the right side with John Heitinga in the middle. Everton don't have much depth but they are in decent shape in the defense as long as no one else gets hurt.

Newcastle starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Cheick Tioté, Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cissé, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan; Shola Ameobi.

Everton starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Leighton Baines, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka; Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Phil Neville, Steven Naismith; Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavić.


Liverpool vs Sunderland: Lineups

Andre Wisdom makes a surprise start at right-back as Liverpool face a tricky test against Sunderland at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers has selected the youngster to come in at right-back, meaning Glen Johnson is moved to left-back in a reshuffled Reds back four. Stewart Downing also starts in a front three with Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez, while Steven Gerrard, Lucas, and Jordan Henderson comprise Liverpool's midfield.

Sunderland line up largely as expected, with Martin O'Neill characteristically picking a settled team - Craig Gardner continues at right-back, and Sebastian Larsson plays in central midfield. Adam Johnson, James McClean and Stephane Sessegnon all play ahead of them with Steven Fletcher spearheading the attack.

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

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, Carlos Cuellar, Matthew Kilgallon, Danny Rose; Jack Colback, Sebastian Larsson; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon James McClean; Steven Fletcher.


Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers: Lineups

Ross Turnbull, Ryan Bertrand, Victor Moses, Oscar and Marko Marin all start for Chelsea as Rafael Benitez rotates his squad to face Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge.

Cech is believed to be carrying an injury, but the other players are all brought in as normal squad rotation for the Blues. David Luiz also starts in his midfield role, while Frank Lampard, who bagged a brace in Chelsea's previous fixture, also makes a start.

Harry Redknapp recalls Fabio da Silva, Esteban Granero, Junior Hoilett and Shaun Derry to the starting lineup, all of whom were benched for the Rs 3-0 defeat against Liverpool. Jamie Mackie surprisingly starts up front alone, with Djibril Cisse on the bench.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Ross Turnbull; Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Frank Lampard; Victor Moses, Oscar, Marko Marin, Fernando Torres.

Queens Park Rangers (4-5-1): Julio Cesar, Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill, Ryan Nelsen, Fabio; Adel Taarabt, Shaun Derry, Esteban Granero, Junior Hoilett, Stephane Mbia; Jamie Mackie


West London derby could get heated again

QPR are very desperate for points, but they'll find them hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.


Saints compact defense and pressing earn draw

Arsenal started bright but faded quickly as well. Southampton were defensively compact and forced Arsenal into mistakes through hard pressing. Wenger's second half changes didn't work as his team continued to play poorly.


Arsenal and Southampton are bad

Generally, when relegation fodder sides get a point against Champions League sides, the story is their impressive defending. Today, it's the incompetence of both Southampton and Arsenal.


West Ham get deserved victory against Norwich

West Ham got a deserved win against a disappointing Norwich City, who left it too late to mount a comeback at Upton Park.


RVP, Chicharito sink Latics

While the Latics put in a solid performance all-around, Ali Al-Habsi was poor in net, while Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez put in spectacular shifts.


Spurs win third straight, AVB is pleased

Spurs dominated Reading but credit to the Royals for keeping it closer than it really should have been. Of course, that won't be an conciliation for the visitors.


Manchester City easily dispatches Stoke

It took awhile for City to finally break through but Stoke's complete lack of attack guaranteed the ultimate result was inevitable


Swansea and Villa both bitter after crazy draw

Swansea could have ran up a cricket score against Aston Villa, but were fortunate to get a point in the end as the wasted a ridiculous number of chances against a rotten Villa defence.


Fulham attacks without a focal point, and wins

Despite dominating the possession early on, Fulham only found a break through from a counter when West Brom improved. The Baggies attacked from the wide areas; Lukaku posed a great threat. Fulham finds winner with a bit of directness.


Soton vs. Arsenal lineups are out

Nigel Adkins appears to have reverted back to a 4-1-4-1 formation, a change from the 4-2-3=1 he'd be using the past few matches. Jack Cork moves back in to the defense with Morgan Schneiderlin the lone deep midifelder.

Arsene Wenger has put out the same lineup that embarrassed Newcastle 7-3 on Saturday with Theo Walcott as the lone striker, supported by Ox, Cazorla and Podolski. Considering the absurd amount of goal this group hung on the Magpies, it really makes perfect sense for Wenger to not get fancy especially with the Gunners facing a Southampton side that has conceed their fair share of goals this season.

Buckle your seat belts, this could get ugly.

Southampton starting lineup (4-1-4-1): Artur Boruc; Jack Cork, José Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Luke Shaw; Morgan Schneiderlin; Jason Puncheon, Steven Davis, Guly do Prado, Gastón Ramírez; Rickie Lambert.

Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczęsny; Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Theo Walcott.


Berbatov, Kacaniklic win it for Fulham

A couple of brilliant counter attacks helped Fulham to a vital victory over West Bromwich Albion.


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Reading: Lineups

Andre Villas-Boas continues with a 4-4-2 for Tottenham as he starts Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe up front again as his side take on Reading.

Aaron Lennon starts on the right, while Gareth Bale, currently serving his controversial suspension, is replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson on the left. Sandro and Moussa Dembele are in central midfield. Kyle Naughton continues at left-back in the Tottenham defence, while Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore and Clint Dempsey are all on the bench.

Reading meanwhile continue as expected, with Pavel Pogrebnyak up front ahead of Danny Guthrie and Jimmy Kebe and Jobi McAnuff providing support from the wings.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Naughton; Sandro, Moussa Dembele, Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson; Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe.

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


Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United: Lineups

Rafael and returns to the starting lineup for Manchester United as they make 5 changes from the team that beat West Brom 2-0.

Robin van Persie also starts, partnering Javier Hernandez up front, and Rio Ferdinand replaces Nemanja Vidic in defence. Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are again the midfield pairing for United, although Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young start on the wings.

Wigan return to their 3-5-2 formation, with Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone up front. The return of their central defenders sees James McCarthy return to central midfield, along with James McArthur and Shaun Maloney.

Wigan Athletic (3-5-2): Ali Al Habsi; Maynor Figueroa, Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell; Jean Beausejour, Shaun Maloney, James McCarthy, James McArthur, Emerson Boyce; Franco Di Santo, Arouna Kone.

Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra; Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs; Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez.


Manchester City vs. Stoke City: Lineups

Edin Dzeko starts in place of Carlos Tevez for Manchester City as they host Stoke at the Etihad Stadium.

The Bosnian will lead the line for City, with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and James Milner in behind. Joleon Lescott also makes a return to the City lineup to partner Vincent Kompany at centre-back.

Stoke, meanwhile, see the return of Geoff Cameron and Ryan Shawcross to their defence, which looked leaky without them in a 3-3 draw with Southampton. Cameron Jerome gets a rare start after a good display against the Saints. Jonathan Walters is moved out to the wing to accomodate him.

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (C), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry; James Milner, David Silva, Sergio Aguero; Edin Dzeko

Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Andy Wilkinson; Glenn Whelan, Steven N'Zonzi, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters; Kenwyne Jones, Cameron Jerome.


More goals for 'Contract Year Theo Walcott'?

Expect goals from both teams, but a heck of a lot more goals from Arsenal, when the Gunners travel to St. Mary's.


Shawcross and Cameron return against City

With Stoke's two monstrous defenders back in the fold, Manchester City might be made to seriously fight to earn a home win.


Expect goals when United face Wigan

Manchester United don't have a midfield and can't defend. They're much better than Wigan anyway. Expect goals.


Royals should prove easy pickings for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur will once again try to break into the top three with what should be an easy match against Reading at White Hart Lane.


West Brom should prove too much for Fulham

West Brom will be looking for an easy three points against Fulham at the Hawthorns to keep themselves on the fringes of Champions League contention.

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