MatchDay 16 Review - Saturday

last updated Sunday 09th December 2012, 12:18 AM

Premiership Results/Fixtures
Saturday 8th December 2012
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15:00 Arsenal 2-0 West Brom M Jones  
15:00 Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke R East  
15:00 Southampton 1-0 Reading J Moss  
15:00 Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea M Halsey  
15:00 Swansea 3-4 Norwich H Webb  
15:00 Wigan 2-2 QPR P Dowd  
Sunday 9th December 2012
13:30 Man City v Man Utd M Atkinson Sky1
15:00 Everton v Tottenham K Friend  
16:00 West Ham v Liverpool L Probert Sky1
Monday 10th December 2012
20:00 Fulham v Newcastle L Mason Sky1
Saturday matches in Premier League Match Day 16 started with a well needed win for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta scored two penalties as The Gunners returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against West Brom.

Aston Villa are now two points above the relegation zone after they could only register a 0-0 home draw against Stoke, who lost Ryan Shotton to a second yellow card late on.

Premiership table - after 8th Dec 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 15 6 0 1 19 9 6 0 2 18 12 16 36
2 Man City 15 6 2 0 19 6 3 4 0 9 5 17 33
3 Chelsea 16 4 3 1 14 7 4 2 2 14 10 11 29
4 Tottenham 15 4 2 2 13 10 4 0 3 15 13 5 26
5 West Brom 16 6 0 2 14 6 2 2 4 10 15 3 26
6 Arsenal 16 4 2 2 18 10 2 4 2 8 6 10 24
7 Everton 15 3 4 0 12 8 2 4 2 13 11 6 23
8 Swansea 16 3 4 2 16 14 3 1 3 10 7 5 23
9 Stoke 16 4 3 0 7 2 1 5 3 7 10 2 23
10 West Ham 15 4 3 1 14 7 2 1 4 5 10 2 22
11 Norwich 16 4 2 1 8 7 1 5 3 9 17 -7 22
12 Liverpool 15 3 3 2 9 7 1 4 2 10 11 1 19
13 Fulham 15 3 1 3 13 10 1 4 3 12 16 -1 17
14 Newcastle 15 4 1 3 10 9 0 4 3 7 12 -4 17
15 Southampton 16 3 3 3 14 12 1 0 6 8 20 -10 15
16 Aston Villa 16 2 4 2 8 8 1 2 5 4 15 -11 15
17 Wigan 16 2 3 4 13 17 2 0 5 4 13 -13 15
18 Sunderland 15 1 3 3 6 10 1 4 3 8 11 -7 13
19 Reading 15 1 4 2 12 14 0 2 6 7 14 -9 9
20 QPR 16 0 4 3 5 13 0 3 6 8 16 -16 7
Southampton climbed out of the relegation zone after edging past Reading 1-0 at St Mary's Stadium. A tight contest was decided just after the hour and the win pulls Saints up to 15th.

Fernando Torres scored twice at Sunderland to end his nine-match goal drought and give Rafael Benitez his first Premier League win in charge of Chelsea. It was hoped Benitez's appointment would help Torres get back to his best and the Spain striker looked sharp in today's 3-1 win.

Norwich extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 10 matches after beating Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Norwich had a 3-0 half-time lead, but Swansea hit back after the break but couldn't prevent Norwich winning 4-3.

A second-half strike from James McCarthy denied QPR their first win of the season as Wigan fought back to draw 2-2 at the DW Stadium. The draw keeps Harry Redknapp's Rangers rooted to the foot of the table and they are now the only team in Premier League history to not win a game in their opening 16 contests.

O Sunday all eyes will be on Manchester for the derby as defending champions Manchester City look to topple neighbours Manchester United from the top spot, with Roberto Mancini's men currently three points behind.

Elsewhere on Sunday, in-form Tottenham travel to Everton on the back of three successive wins which have lifted them into fourth place.

The last game on Sunday sees Liverpool travel to West Ham with the chance of leapfrogging the Londoners in the standings and both sides entering the Upton Park clash on the back of wins.

Saturday 08 December 2012

15:00 - Arsenal (1) 2 West Brom (0) 0

Mikel Arteta scored a penalty in each half as Arsenal got back on track with a 2-0 success over West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal went ahead in contentious circumstances on 26 minutes when Arteta scored from the penalty spot after Santi Cazorla had gone down theatrically under a challenge from Steven Reid.

Arteta converted another penalty on 64 minutes, but there was again dispute from the Baggies, who felt Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had fouled Goran Popov in the build-up before the Arsenal winger was brought down in the box by Chris Brunt.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Coquelin 77), Cazorla (Podolski 87), Giroud, Gervinho (Rosicky 81)
Subs not used: Martinez, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Ramsey

Booked: Mertesacker, Giroud

Goals: Arteta 26 (pen), 64 (pen)

West Brom: Myhill, Reid, Olsson, Ridgewell (Popov 6), McAuley, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu, Gera (Rosenberg 75), Long, Odemwingie (Lukaku 62),
Subs not used: Daniels, Tamas, Dorrans, Fortune

Booked: Olsson, Brunt, Reid

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 60,083

15:00 - Aston Villa (0) 0 Stoke (0) 0

Darren Bent made a rare appearance for Aston Villa in a 0-0 draw at home with Stoke, who had Ryan Shotton sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

England striker Bent was unable to make a difference after coming on as a second-half substitute before Shotton was harshly sent off in the final minute.

The home side dominated possession and chances but just could not find a breakthrough, with powerhouse Christian Benteke denied on numerous occasions and Brett Holman also unable to beat Asmir Begovic.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Lichaj, Herd, Holman (Ireland 65), Westwood, Bannan (Delph 77), Benteke, Agbonlahor (Bent 65).
Subs not used: Given, Al Ahmadi, Weimann, Williams.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Walters, Whitehead, N'Zonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Jerome 67), Jones (Crouch 74).
Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson.

Yellow cards: Shotton

Red Card: Shotton

Referee: Roger East

15:00 - Southampton (0) 1 Reading (0) 0

Southampton won the battle of the two promoted clubs to climb out of the relegation zone following a 1-0 home success over Reading.

Goals have been in plentiful supply at St Mary's this season, but it was the 61st minute before the breakthrough arrived when Jason Puncheon collected Nathaniel Clyne's low pass into the box and finished confidently past Adam Federici.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana (Ramirez 40), Rodriguez (Do Prado 78), Lambert.
Subs Not Used: Boruc, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.

Scorer: Puncheon 61.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Mariappa, Morrison (Pearce 65), Shorey, Robson-Kanu (McCleary 77), Leigertwood,Tabb (Hunt 69), McAnuff, Roberts, Le Fondre.
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Guthrie, Harte, Samuel.

Att: 29,331

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

15:00 - Sunderland (0) 1 Chelsea (1) 3

Benitez claimed his first three points since replacing Roberto Di Matteo as Chelsea boss following a 3-1 win at Sunderland which heaps more pressure on his counterpart Martin O'Neill.

Chelsea took the lead on 11 minutes following a slick break as Victor Moses released Eden Hazard down the left-hand side and the Belgian's cross was met perfectly by Torres' outstretched boot.

The Spaniard, fresh from his brace against Nordsjaelland in midweek, scored the second at the end of the first half when confidently dispatching a penalty after Sebastian Larsson's needless challenge on Ramires.

Torres almost completed his hat-trick four minutes after the interval when his shot struck the crossbar following a mistake by Phil Bardsley, but team-mate Juan Mata was on hand to convert the rebound.

Sunderland pulled a goal back on 66 minutes when Adam Johnson's swerving left-footed effort from the left side of the penalty area completely deceived Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Colback 66), Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, Larsson (Saha 81), McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham.
Subs not used: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble.

Booked: Gardner.

Goal: Johnson 66.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Romeu (Oscar 20), Mata, Moses (Bertrand 61), Hazard (Lampard 79), Torres.
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta.

Booked: Ivanovic, Ramires, Mata.

Goals: Torres 11, 45, Mata 49.

Att: 39,272.

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

15:00 - Swansea (0) 3 Norwich (3) 4

Norwich extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions after hanging on for a thrilling 4-3 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

The Canaries were three goals to the good by half-time and took the lead on 16 minutes when Steven Whittaker exchanged passes with Robert Snodgrass before continuing his run into the box and firing a low shot past Gerhard Tremmel.

The Swansea keeper was again beaten at his near post five minutes before half-time when Sebastien Bassong continued his recent good run of form by heading home Grant Holt's deep cross.

Holt got in on the act a minute before the break when Snodgrass' perfect delivery was met by the striker, who had been left unmarked to head beyond Tremmel.

Swansea gave themselves hope of a comeback six minutes into the second half when top scorer Michu swept home left-footed from Ben Davies' low cross.

The hosts then scored a second just before the hour mark as Norwich failed to clear a cross and Jonathan de Guzman's controlled volley beat Mark Bunn at the near post.

But Swansea's fightback was killed off 13 minutes from time when Snodgrass got the goal his performance merited as he curled a free-kick over the wall and inside the post before Michu scored a late consolation.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Routledge, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Graham (Shechter 68).
Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Booked: Williams,Rangel.

Goals: Michu 51, de Guzman 59, Michu 90.

Norwich: Bunn,Martin,Bassong,Whittaker (Barnett 90), Garrido, Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt (Morison 82).
Subs Not Used: Rudd, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Tierney.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Whittaker 16, Bassong 40, Holt 44, Snodgrass 77.

Att: 20,294

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

15:00 - Wigan (1) 2 QPR (1) 2

Redknapp was denied a first win as Queens Park Rangers manager as James McCarthy scored twice in Wigan's 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.

QPR had started brightly, but fell behind on 19 minutes when the ball dropped to McCarthy on the edge of the box and his volley took a nick off Jamie Mackie on its way past Robert Green.

But QPR were level just seven minutes later when Adel Taarabt's corner from the left was met with a powerful header by Ryan Nelsen.

The visitors completed the turnaround on 71 minutes when Wigan were sloppy in possession and Shaun Wright-Phillips teed up substitute Djibril Cisse to side-foot beyond Ali Al Habsi.

The lead lasted just three minutes, however, as Wigan, who had earlier struck the bar through Jordi Gomez, drew level when McCarthy controlled Jean Beausejour's cross before flicking the ball past Green.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Jones (Maloney 76), Stam, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez, Di Santo (Boselli 85), Kone.
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart, Redmond.

Goals: McCarthy 19,74.

QPR: Green, Bosingwa (Da Silva 84), Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Diakite (Granero 77), Derry, Mbia, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Taarabt (Cisse 58).
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin.

Booked: Taarabt.

Goals: Nelsen 26,Cisse 71.

Att: 17,163

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Sunday 9 December 2012

13:30 - Man City (2) v Man Utd (1)

Manchester City and Manchester United resume their rivalry on Sunday in a derby clash at the Etihad Stadium which could provide vital momentum in the Premier League title race.

Roberto Mancini's City emerged victorious in both Premier League encounters last season, winning 6-1 at Old Trafford and 1-0 at home before snatching top spot in the most dramatic style on the final day.

The Blues have made a decent start to the defence of their crown and remain unbeaten after 15 games, but it is United who hold a three-point advantage ahead of the latest meeting.

David Silva (hamstring) could return for Sunday's derby against Manchester United. Midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are also hoping to prove their fitness while midfielder Yaya Toure returns after his midweek European suspension. Defender Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) has been ruled out, along with Micah Richards (knee).

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting on the results of a scan on Tom Cleverley's calf injury before finalising his side. Antonio Valencia (hip) and Nani (hamstring) are definitely out, while Ferguson does not think Shinji Kagawa and skipper Nemanja Vidic (both knee) will be available either. Anderson is also a major doubt with a hamstring injury.

Last season: Man City 1 Man Utd 0, Man Utd 1 Man City 6

Last five league matches: Man City W W D W D; Man Utd W L W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Carlos Tevez (Man City) 8; Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 13 

Referee: Martin Atkinson

15:00 - Everton (6) v Tottenham (4)

Everton and Tottenham have experienced contrasting fortunes in recent weeks, but both remain in and around the top four.

The Toffees have gone three matches without a win to slip out of the UEFA Champions League spots, with draws holding David Moyes' men back.

Everton have already been involved in eight stalemates this season, so while they are proving to be difficult to beat, they need to rediscover the winning formula and build momentum.

Spurs have no such troubles at present, with Andre Villas-Boas' side in the midst of another productive sequence of results.

A run of three straight wins has carried the North London outfit into the top four and level on points with capital rivals Chelsea, suggesting they could climb even higher.

Everton could have Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman available to face Tottenham. Toffees boss David Moyes says forward Mirallas, who has missed four games due to a hamstring injury, and full-back Coleman, sidelined for three by an unspecified problem, have "outside chances" of featuring. Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Phil Neville (knee) remain on the casualty list.

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has only a slim chance of recovering from his hamstring injury in time to face Everton. Winger Gareth Bale is out with a hamstring problem while Hugo Lloris is expected to replace Brad Friedel in goal after the American started the Europa League win over Panathinaikos.

Midfielder Scott Parker (Achilles) and left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) are a week away from full fitness and defender Younes Kaboul (knee) is also unavailable.

Last season: Everton 1 Tottenham 0, Tottenham 2 Everton 0

Last five league matches: Everton W L D D D; Tottenham L L W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 8; Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 12

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

16:00 - West Ham (8) v Liverpool (11) - Sky1

West Ham United will be aiming to maintain their impressive return to the Premier League on Sunday against a Liverpool side looking to prove they can cope without Luis Suarez.

Sam Allardyce's side have collected 22 points from their opening 15 games since winning promotion and recorded an excellent 3-1 home victory over Chelsea last weekend.

Only Arsenal have beaten West Ham at Upton Park this season and the hosts will be hoping to repeat the 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the club's last meeting in East London.

Liverpool have lost just once in 10 Premier League games, but have still only won once on their travels this term and sit 11th in the table ahead of the weekend's programme.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will welcome Yossi Benayoun back into his squad. The former Reds midfielder missed the 3-1 win over Chelsea as he was ineligible to appear against his parent club.

Andy Carroll (knee) could be missing for two months, while Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are all definitely out.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is suspended after accumulating five bookings. Manager Brendan Rodgers has played midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in a 'false nine' position before and could do so again with no other senior strikers fit.

Captain Steven Gerrard, left out of the Europa League squad on Thursday because of illness, will be restored at Upton Park as will the rested Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: West Ham W D L L W; Liverpool D W D L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 5; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 13

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Monday 10 December 2012

20:00 - Fulham (13) v Newcastle (14) - Sky1

Fulham can welcome back captain Brede Hangeland to face Newcastle. The Norway international has been suspended for the past three matches after being sent off against Sunderland and is likely to return in defence, while Alex Kacaniklic is back after a hamstring injury.

Bryan Ruiz (hamstring) faces a further month on the sidelines, while right-back Sascha Riether has to overcome a minor knee sprain to feature at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could have several of his big guns back from injury.

Pardew, who made nine changes for the Europa League defeat in Bordeaux, was expecting full-back David Santon (groin), midfielders Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa (both hamstring) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) and striker Demba Ba (also hamstring) to train on Friday, while Jonas Gutierrez (knee) is in line to resume on Sunday. That would leave Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) on the long-term casualty list.

Last season: Fulham 5 Newcastle 2, Newcastle 2 Fulham 1

Last five league matches: Fulham D L L D L; Newcastle L L L L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 5; Demba Ba (Newcastle) 10

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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