Stu Forster

Premier League, Week 16: Sunderland rise to 15th

Sunderland jumped out of the relegation zone with an emphatic 3-0 win against Reading at the Stadium of Light.

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Rodallega wins it for Fulham

It's been a rough few weeks for Fulham, but they're back ahead of Newcastle and seven points clear of the drop after their victory on Monday.


Fulham host Newcastle on Monday night

A couple of European hopefuls, Fulham and Newcastle are much closer to the drop zone than they are to Europa League.


Van Persie wins derby as crowd crosses the line

While it's the most visible aspect of the Manchester Derby, given the timing, late crowd trouble at Eastlands was nowhere near the biggest story in a spectacular match.


An unpredictable mess of a derby

What happens when Manchester United and Manchester City meet on Sunday is anyone's guess.


Saints out of the drop zone

The Saints are up to 17th place, while Reading are still in the drop zone and Brian McDermott is in a bit of trouble.


Arsenal earn win after early gift

Though Arsenal received a bit of a gift from referee Mike Jones, they deserved their win over West Brom on Saturday.


Torres brace sinks Black Cats

Fernando Torres scored twice in the first half as the Blues helped further Sunderland's free fall down the table


Feathers will fly in the battle of the birds

Feathers will fly! Down will be ruffled! It's the battle of the birds as Swansea City and Norwich City face off at the Liberty Stadium!

Alright, that was bad but some of today's games are not all that exciting so we've got to find our joy somewhere.

Just a couple changes for the Swans from their massive victory of Arsenal last weekend. Leon Britton is replaced in the midfield by Wayne Routledge and Danny Graham returns up top in place of Itay Shechter. Michu starts as Swansea supporters dread the coming long transfer window when every team around will be trying to get the star away from the Swans.

The Canaries are coming off a win as well and also make a couple changes. Jonny Howson replaces Alexander Tettey, while Ryan Bennett makes way for Russell Martin in the defense.

Swansea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Gerhard Tremmel, Àngel Rangel, Chico, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Wayne Routledge, Ki Sung-Yueng; Jonathan de Guzmán, Nathan Dyer, Michu; Danny Graham.

Norwich starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Mark Bunn; Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker, Sébastien Bassong, Javier Garrido; Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass; Wes Hoolahan; Grant Holt.


Arsenal vs. West Brom: Lineups

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bakary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santiago Cazorla, Gervinho; Olivier Giroud.

West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill; Steven Reid, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssef Mulumbu; Peter Odemwingie, Zoltan Gera, Chris Brunt; Long.

Arsenal pick Olivier Giroud up front, with Lukas Podolski having to make do with a place on the bench in favour of Gervinho on the left-wing. Kieran Gibbs starts at left-back, with Thomas Vermaelen partnering Per Mertesacker in the centre of defence. Andrey Arshavin fails to make the squad for the Gunners, but Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey are on the bench.

West Brom are as expected with Shane Long leading the line up front, backed up by Peter Odemwingie as well as Zoltan Gera and Chris Brunt. Gareth McAuley partners Jonas Olsson in defence, while Liam Ridgewell starts at left-back despite his recent controversy.


Sunderland try for the upset against Chelsea

Sunderland need a win but the chances of them getting it against Chelsea are not good on paper. Fortunately for Martin O'Neill's band of red and white stripped misfits, games are not played on paper.

The Black Cats lineup is mostly first choice with the only major chance being Connor Wickham replacing the injured Steven Fletcher up top. Simon Mignolet and his defense will be tested by Chelsea's attack...well everyone except Torres we expect.

Rafa Benitez continues his match-to-match tinkering giving Victor Moses and Oriol Romeu the start. The rest of the lineup remains much the same with Fernando Torres leading the attack...or at least trying too.

Sunderland starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley, Danny Rose, John O'Shea, Carlos Cuéllar; Sebastian Larsson, Criag Gardner; Adam Johnson, James McClean, Stéphane Sessègnon; Connor Wickham.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanović, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole; Oriol Romeu, Ramires; Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres.

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