Clive Mason

Premier League, Week 26: So much for Liverpool's resurgence

Did you think that Liverpool was going to contend for a top-four place? So did a lot of people. Their hole is a little bit deeper following Ben Foster's spectacular performance in a 2-0 West Bromwich Albion victory.

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Baggies stun Reds at Anfield

West Bromwich Albion staged a remarkable smash and grab raid at Liverpool, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Gareth McAuley.

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United brush aside Everton at Old Trafford

Well that was easy. First half goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie ensured that Manchester United cruised to a 2-0 win against the Toffees to go even further ahead in the title race.

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Villa hold off Hammers for vital win

Aston Villa took a 2-0 lead and then held on against West Ham to earn a priceless three points.

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Manchester United vs. Everton: Lineups

After Manchester City's shocking defeat against Southampton yesterday, Manchester United are ridiculously close to unofficially ending the 2013 EPL title race. They can take a big step towards officially ending things by taking care of business against Everton, one of only three teams to beat them in the league this year.

With a massive Champions League match against Real Madrid coming up, Alex Ferguson has rested a couple regular starters presumably to keep them fresh for Wednesday. Ryan Giggs gets a rare start, while Michael Carrick who is just returning from injury will get a little more time to recover. No surprises up front though where Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie both start.

Pretty standard fair from David Moyes and Everton now that they're actually getting healthy. Kevin Mirallas and Darron Gibson being back in the lineup will help a bit but they're going to need a superb effort to get any points today. Victor Anichebe continues to get the nod up front ahead of Nikica Jelavić who has struggled to find his form lately.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1): David De Gea, Rafael, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidić, Phil Jones; Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley; Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs; Robin Van Persie.

Everton starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Kevin Mirallas, Darron Gibson, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Victor Anichebe.

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Southampton stun City 3-1

Southampton produced a major shock by comfortably dispatching Manchester City at St. Mary's, earning an easy 3-1 win thanks mostly to Gareth Barry and Joe Hart as the champions put in a miserable display to fall further out of the title race.

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Snoozer at Carrow Road

An incredibly dull match broke out at Carrow Road, where Fulham and Norwich City failed to find the back of the net.

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Royals can't come back against Potters

Reading have made a habit of overcoming two-goal deficits, but doing so at the Britannia Stadium proved a bridge too far as they were beaten 2-1 by Stoke City.

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Thank you very Michu!

Swansea's Spanish striker broke his six-match scoreless streak with two against QPR as the Swans rolled to 4-1 victory

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Ten-man Arsenal hang on to beat Sunderland

Arsenal were down to ten men after Carl Jenkinson's red card, but hung on to seal a much-needed win at the Stadium of Light.

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Chelsea take their chances

While Chelsea weren't terrific on Saturday, they had their finishing boots on and made the most of their opportunities to down Wigan.

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Jack Wilshere picks up injury against Sunderland

Jack Wilshere was brought off injured for Arsenal in their game at the Stadium of Light, to make the Gunners' fitness problems worse.

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Sunderland vs. Arsenal: Lineups

With Thomas Vermaelen already out, Arsenal were sweating over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny. They subjected him to a late fitness test, and the defender passed... only to then injure his calf in the warm-up.

Carl Jenkinson will come in to replace him, although which one of him and Bacary Sagna will play at centre-back is unclear. Elsewhere, Santiago Cazorla is on the wing, while Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are all in the starting lineup.

For Sunderland, Alfred N'Diaye comes into the team, with the Black Cats appearing to make a chance from their usual 4-4-1-1 formation to play Stephane Sessegnon on the wing.

Sunderland (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, Titus Bramble, John O'Shea, Danny Rose; Lee Cattermole, Alfred N'Diaye, Jack Colback; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, Steven Fletcher.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey; Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Santiago Cazorla.

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Bale unstoppable as Tottenham beat Newcastle

Tottenham deservedly won an entertaining game against Newcastle thanks to two fantastic goals from the in-form Gareth Bale.

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Adebayor returns as Tottenham face Newcastle

Emmanuel Adebayor returns for Tottenham Hotspur as they face a difficult home encounter against Newcastle United.

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Arsenal wait on Koscielny ahead of Sunderland game

Arsenal face a test away at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland, which could be difficult due to a possible injury problem at centre-back for the Gunners.

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City welcome back Toures to take on Southampton

Southampton will look to pick up their first win under new boss Mauricio Pocchettino, but they will have a difficult task in overcoming a Manchester City side that will welcome back Kolo and Yaya Toure.

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Chelsea desperate for win against lowly Wigan

Chelsea could be without Demba Ba and Petr Cech when they face Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as they look for an overdue win.

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