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Premier League Mid-Week 33: Chelsea moves into 3rd, United steal point at Upton Park

Chelsea pummeled Fulham to move into third place, while a controversial Robin van Persie goal earned Manchester United a draw at Upton Park.

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Terry scores brace in easy Chelsea win

Chelsea were just a bit too good for their West London rivals on Wednesday.


van Persie earns Red Devils controversial draw

Some splendid play at Upton Park was overshadowed by a late Robin van Persie goal, which earned Manchester United a draw, but should have been ruled offside.


City sputter to win against Wigan

Carlos Tevez spared City's blushes as the defending champions laboured to a close win against Wigan at the Etihad.


Fulham vs. Chelsea: Lineups

Frank Lampard and Davis Luiz will set appearance milestones as Chelsea look to move to third place at Fulham.


City vs. Wigan: Lineups

Manchester City host Wigan Athletic in a preview of next month's FA Cup Final.

City need to keep winning to keep their razor thin hopes of somehow catching Manchester United alive. It may not end up mattering if United keep winning, but a City slip could open the door for United to clinch this weekend. Roberto Mancini has switched his fullbacks bringing in Micah Richards and Aleksander Kolarov and moved Yaya Toure forward with Javi Garica playing deeper next to Gareth Barry.

Wigan have two games in hand on Aston Villa and Stoke City and could pull even on pints with both of them with a victory today. A win would also pull them back out of the drop zone with still a game in hand over their fellow relegation threatened clubs.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov; Javi Garcia, Gareth Barry; Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri; Carlos Tevez.

Wigan Athletic starting lineup (3-4-2-1): Joel Robles; Maynor Figueroa, Antolín Alcaraz, Paul Scharner; Jean Beausejour, James McCarthy, Jordi Gómez, Emmerson Boyce; Shaun Maloney, Franco Di Santo, Arouna Koné


West Ham vs. United: Lineups

Manchester United could set themselves up to clinch the EPL title this weekend with a victory and some help from Wigan against Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson has shifted his formation and lineup slightly from the weekend win over Stoke, moving Phil Jones into the midfield alongside Michael Carrick as Rafael returns to the lineup. Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa start for the second straight match in the attack, supporting Robin Van Persie.

Sam Allardyce has made only one adjustment from West Ham's draw against Southampton last weekend. James Tomkins drops from the back line due to a calf injury with Winston Reid taking over in his place.

West Ham United starting lineup (4-1-4-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, James Collins, Winston Reid, Joey O'Brien; Gary O'Neil; Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diamé, Ricardo Vaz Te; Andy Carroll.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael; Michael Carrick, Phil Jones; Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia; Robin van Persie.


Chelsea make short trip to local rivals Fulham

Chelsea need a win at their local rivals Fulham in order to maintain their chase for the top four places in the Premier League.


Manchester United face West Ham trip

Manchester United can take another step towards the Premier League title if they can beat West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.


City face Wigan in FA Cup dress rehearsal

Manchester City's title hopes may be all but over, but they will still be stern opposition for relegation battlers Wigan Athletic in a meeting of the two sides that will contest the FA Cup Final.


Stalemate at the Emirates

A draw is a better result for Everton than Arsenal, but both teams could end up outside of the top four after the weekend.


Barkley handed a start for Everton against Arsenal

19-year-old Ross Barkley has been handed a start for Everton as they face Arsenal looking to keep their Top 4 hopes alive.


Should Arsenal drop Jack Wilshere against Everton?

There's a case that Arsene Wenger should do the unthinkable when his Arsenal side take on Everton - drop his best player. There is a logic behind it.


Arsenal and Everton both chasing Europe

Arsenal can further their chances of Champions League qualification against an Everton team still in with a chance of qualifying for Europe.


Premier League top four in mid-week action

There's some bonus mid-week action in the Premier League, with every team in the top four in action.

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