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Premier League MatchDay 15 saw a number of upsets

last updated Tuesday 10th December 2013, 3:09 PM
Premier League MatchDay 15 saw a number of upsets for teams at the top and bottom of the table .

MatchDay 15 Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time Home   Away TV Referee
12:45 Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle BT A. Marriner
15:00 C.Palace 2-0 Cardiff   M. Jones
15:00 Liverpool 4-1 West Ham   M. Oliver
15:00 Southampton 1-1 Man City   A. Taylor
15:00 Stoke 3-2 Chelsea   J. Moss
15:00 West Brom 0-2 Norwich   M. Clattenburg
17:30 Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham Sky1 L. Mason
MatchDay 15 Sunday, December 8, 2013
13:30 Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa Sky1 M. Dean
16:00 Arsenal 1-1 Everton Sky1 H. Webb
MatchDay 15 Monday, December 9, 2013
20:00 Swansea 1-1 Hull Sky1 C. Foy
Newcastle United recorded their first victory at Old Trafford in 41 years and inflicted a second 1-0 home defeat in four days on Manchester United as David Moyes' predicament went from bad to worse.

Crystal Palace continued their bid for safety with their second consecutive win since Tony Pulis took over at Selhurst Park with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Cardiff.

Liverpool ran out comfortable winners in the end against West Ham but will be sweating on the fitness of their captain Steven Gerrard after a 4-1 win at Anfield. Four own goals were scored in the game

Premiership table - after 8th Dec 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 15 6 1 1 16 6 5 1 1 14 5 19 35
2 Liverpool 15 7 0 1 22 5 2 3 2 12 13 16 30
3 Chelsea 15 6 1 0 17 6 3 2 3 13 11 13 30
4 Man City 15 7 0 0 29 2 2 2 4 12 13 26 29
5 Everton 15 4 3 0 13 6 3 4 1 10 8 9 28
6 Tottenham 15 3 2 2 7 7 5 1 2 8 9 -1 27
7 Newcastle 15 4 2 1 11 7 4 0 4 9 14 -1 26
8 Southampton 15 4 3 1 14 6 2 2 3 5 8 5 23
9 Man Utd 15 3 2 3 8 7 3 2 2 14 12 3 22
10 Swansea 15 2 4 2 15 12 3 0 4 6 8 1 19
11 Aston Villa 15 2 1 4 6 9 3 3 2 10 9 -2 19
12 Hull 15 4 2 1 7 3 1 1 6 6 16 -6 18
13 Stoke 15 3 4 1 8 5 1 1 5 7 15 -5 17
14 Norwich 15 3 2 2 8 7 2 0 6 6 21 -14 17
15 West Brom 15 2 2 4 10 11 1 4 2 7 10 -4 15
16 Cardiff 15 2 2 3 7 10 1 3 4 4 12 -11 14
17 West Ham 15 2 1 4 8 10 1 3 4 5 9 -6 13
18 Fulham 15 2 1 5 9 13 2 0 5 5 13 -12 13
19 C. Palace 15 3 1 4 7 10 1 0 6 3 12 -12 13
20 Sunderland 15 2 0 6 10 16 0 2 5 2 14 -18 8
Southampton ended a run of three straight defeats by coming from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Manchester City.After just 10mins Aguero put the visitors in front with a neat first-time finish to grab his 18th goal of the season. However, Manuel Pellegrini's men were hit when Dani Osvaldo produced a fine equaliser to curl the ball beyond Costel Pantilimon

Chelsea lost to Stoke for the first time in the Premier League era after Oussama Assaidi scored a superb injury-time goal to hand Stoke City a 3-2 victory over Chelsea. With the clock ticking over the 90-minute mark, Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, cut in from the left-hand side and hammered an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Two other troubled sides went head-to-head at The Hawthorns where West Brom took on Norwich, and it was the visitors who took the three points with a 2-0 victory.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' error saw Adam Johnson score an opener for Sunderland, but Spurs hit back as Paulinho levelled and an own goal in the second half made it 2-1 to take all three points.

MatchDay 16 Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time Home   Away TV Referee
12:45 Man City v Arsenal BT M. Atkinson
15:00 Cardiff v West Brom   H. Webb
15:00 Chelsea v C.Palace   M. Clattenburg
15:00 Everton v Fulham   A. Taylor
15:00 Newcastle v Southampton   M. Jones
15:00 West Ham v Sunderland   A. Marriner
17:30 Hull v Stoke Sky1 M. Dean
MatchDay 16 Saturday, December 14, 2013
13:30 Aston Villa v Man Utd Sky1 C. Foy
13:30 Norwich v Swansea   M. Oliver
16:00 Tottenham v Liverpool Sky1 J. Moss
úOn Sunday Dimitar Berbatov brushed off talk of a January exit to end Fulham'ss six-game Premier League losing streak as the Cottagers saw off Aston Villa 2-0. Berbatov laid on Fulham's first, Steve Sidwell's third league goal of the campaign - before coolly side-footing a penalty he helped secure.

Arsenal then had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Everton as Gerard Deulofeu's equaliser cancelled out Mesut Ozil's opener in an absorbing encounter at Emirates Stadium. Everton followed up their victory at Old Trafford in midweek with another impressive performance - but it was Arsenal who looked set to emerge triumphant when Ozil struck in the 80th minute.

On Monday evening Danny Graham ended his goal drought with his first goal for 11 months but Hull were pegged back as Swansea fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Graham had not found the net since leaving the Liberty Stadium earlier this year, but he returned to haunt his former club with a fine far-post finish in just the eighth minute.

Saturday 7th December 2013



12:45 Manchester United (0) 0 Newcastle United (0) 1 ~ BTSport



David Moyes' difficult start as Manchester United manager turned into a full-blown crisis as Yohan Cabaye ended Newcastle's 41-year wait for an Old Trafford win by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory. The result condemned United to back-to-back home Premier League defeats for the first time 2002.

It meant United have lost five times already this season and that they have collected just two points from their last four games. Little wonder the reaction at the end was one of anger from the home supporters, who watched virtually the same group of players they booed off today clinch a 20th title by 11 points less than seven months ago.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva (Valencia 77), Evans, Vidic, Evra, Nani (Zaha 68), Cleverley (Anderson 69), Jones, Januzaj, van Persie, Hernandez.
Subs not used: Ferdinand, Lindegaard, Young, Welbeck.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa 83), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (Ameobi 78), Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 57).
Subs not used: Cisse, Gutierrez, Elliot, Obertan.

Booked: Cabaye, Anita.

Goals: Cabaye 61.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Attendance: 75,233.


15:00 C. Palace (1) 2 Cardiff (0) 0



At the lower end of the table Tony Pulis enjoyed a second home victory inside a week as his Crystal Palace side recorded a fully deserved 2-0 win over Cardiff at Selhurst Park.

The former Stoke boss took charge at Palace a little over two weeks ago and, following a narrow loss at Norwich, the Welshman has now guided the Eagles to back-to-back home wins as Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh got on the scoresheet to secure a comfortable triumph.

Crystal Palace: Speroni 7; Ward 7, Gabbidon 7, Delaney 7, Moxey 6 (Mariappa 25mins 6); Dikgacoi 7, Jedinak 7, Bannan 8 (O'Keefe 84mins), Puncheon 7; Chamakh 7, Jerome 8 Subs: Phillips, Gayle, Williams, Kébé, Price

Goals: Jerome 6, Chamakh 58

Cardiff: Marshall 6; Theophile-Catherine 6, Caulker 6, Turner 6, John 6; Medel 6, Kim 5 (Odemwingie 60mins 6), Whittingham 5, Mutch 6, Cowie 6 (Noone 46mins 6); Campbell 5 (Cornelius 68mins 6) Subs: Connolly, Hudson, Cornelius, Gunnarsson, Lewis

Referee: Michael Jones 7

Attendance: 23,705


15:00 Liverpool FC (1) 4 West Ham (0) 1



Liverpool took advantage of Chelsea's slip-up to go second in the Premier League table on goal difference as Luis Suarez helped them ease to a 4-1 victory over West Ham at Anfield.

It was the Uruguay international's shot which produced Guy Demel's own goal just before half-time, he won the free-kick from which Mamadou Sakho scored his first goal for the club and then added a late goal to calm the nerves after Martin Skrtel put past his own goalkeeper. He might even have laid claim to the fifth goal of the afternoon but the ball had taken a fateful deflection off Joey O'Brien.

Suarez could have had back-to-back hat-tricks after getting four in midweek against Norwich but in taking his tally to 26 in his last 25 league matches, including 10 in his last four home matches, he provided further proof - should it be needed - that he is central to the Reds' bid to regain Champions League status.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan (Kelly 79), Gerrard (Lucas 56), Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling (Moses 72), Suarez.
Subs not used: Brad Jones, Alberto, Aspas, Cissokho.

Goals: Demel og 42 , Sakho 47, Suarez 81, O'Brien og 84

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins (O'Brien 56), McCartney, Noble, Diame, Downing (Joe Cole 46), Nolan, Jarvis (Taylor 84), Maiga.
Subs not used: Collison, Adrian, Diarra, Carlton Cole.

Sent Off: Nolan (82).

Booked: Joe Cole, Demel, Collins.

Goals: Skrtel og 66 .

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Attendance: 44,781


15:00 Southampton (1) 1 Manchester City (1) 1



Manchester City's shaky away form continued as Dani Osvaldo's exquisite strike earned Southampton a 1-1 draw at St Mary's. As impressive as City have been since Manuel Pellegrini's arrival, they have shown a soft underbelly away from home, winning just two matches on the road - the latest of which came at West Brom on Wednesday.

It was a result they were unable to match on the south coast, where Osvaldo's wondrous goal earned Southampton a deserved, morale-boosting point.

Southampton: Gazzaniga 5; Chambers 6, Fonte 5, Lovren 6, Shaw 8; Cork 5, S Davis 6 (Reed 90); Ward-Prowse 6, Lallana 7 (Ramírez 85), Rodriguez 6; Osvaldo 7 (Lambert 67 5).
Subs not used: Yoshida, Hooiveld, Gallagher, Cropper.

Goals: Osavldo 42

Man City: Pantilimon 6; Zabaleta 5, Kompany 5, Demichelis 5, Kolarov 6; Milner 5 (Javi Garcia 62 5), Yaya Toure 5 (Dzeko 79), Fernandinho 5, Nasri 5; Aguero 7, Negredo 5 (Jesus Navas 62 5).
Subs not used: Hart, Richards, Lescott, Clichy.

Goals: Aguero 10

Booked: Nasri, Aguero

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 31,229


15:00 Stoke (1) 3 Chelsea (1) 2



Title contenders Chelsea were also on the receiving end of a shock result as Oussama Assaidi's superb 90th-minute winner gave Stoke a first league victory over the Blues in 38 years.

The on-loan Liverpool winger came on as a substitute six minutes from time and his first real contribution was to pick the ball up on the left, cut inside and unleash a ferocious shot into the top corner to seal a 3-2 triumph. Jose Mourinho's first trip to the Britannia Stadium began well as Andre Schurrle gave Chelsea a 10th-minute lead.

But Peter Crouch levelled three minutes before half-time, and five minutes after the break Stephen Ireland put the hosts ahead. Schurrle quickly equalised with another fine finish and it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point until Assaidi's brilliant intervention earned a 3-2 victory. Stoke's last win over Chelsea came in the League Cup in 1995 when Potters manager Mark Hughes was in the Blues side, while their most recent league victory was in 1975.

Stoke (4-5-1): Begovic 7; Cameron 7, Shawcross 8, Wilson 6, Muniesa 6; Arnautovic 6, Nzonzi 6, Whelan 6 (Palacios 86), Adam 6 (Ireland 18, 7), Walters 6 (Assaidi 84); Crouch 7.
Subs not used: Pennant, Jones, Wilkinson, Sørensen.

Booked: Crouch, Walters, Assaidi, Ireland

Goals: Crouch 42, Ireland 50, Assaidi 90.

Chelsea (4-5-1): Cech 5; Ivanovic 6, Cahill 6, Terry 7, Azpilicueta 6; Hazard 7, Ramires 6, Mikel 6 (Lampard 70, 6), Mata 6, Schurrle 7 (Eto'o 70, 5); Torres 6.
Subs not used: Cole, Essien, De Bruyne, Schwarzer.

Booked: Terry

Goals: Schurrle 9, Schurrle 53.

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Attendance: 25,154


15:00 West Brom (0) 0 Norwich (1) 2



Norwich bounced back from their Anfield nightmare as goals from Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer earned them a valuable 2-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns. Hooper scored the opener in the 13th minute, smashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner, before Fer finished off a sharp counter late on to seal the points.

West Brom had countless chances to take at least a point from this game with Stephane Sessegnon twice failing to convert great opportunities and Shane Long also guilty of being profligate in front of goal. It is now one win in nine games for the Baggies, and Steve Clarke's side were booed off at full-time.

West Brom: (4-2-3-1) Myhill 6, Jones 7, McAuley 7, Lugano 5, Ridgewell 5; (Long 46, 5) Yacob 5, Mulumbu 6; Amalfitano 5,(Berahino 46, 6) Sessegnon 7, Brunt 5; Anichebe 6.(Vydra 81)
Subs not used: Daniels, Dawson, Popov, Morrison.

Booked: Brunt

Norwich: 4-4-1-1) Ruddy 7, Whittaker 7, (Martin 90) Turner 7, Bassong 7, Olsson 7, Redmond 7, Howson 6, Johnson 7, Fer 8, Elmander 6,(Murphy 76, 6) Hooper 7. (Becchio 90)
Subs not used: Nash, Hoolahan, Garrido, Bennett.

Goals: Hooper 13, Fer 89

Booked: Ruddy, Murphy, Whitaker

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Attendance: 23,675


17:30 Sunderland (1) 1 Tottenham (1) 2 ~ SkySports 1



Tottenham moved up to sixth after they came from behind to defeat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Adam Johnson gave the hosts a 37th-minute lead only for Paulinho to level the scores just before the break.

Tottenham edged ahead thanks to a John O'Shea own goal five minutes into the second half and held on for a second successive victory.

Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka (Giaccherini 77), O'Shea, Brown, Bardsley, Larsson, Ki, Colback (Cattermole 67), Johnson (Borini 67), Altidore, Fletcher.
Subs not used: Dossena, Gardner, Pickford, Diakite.

Booked: Celustka,Altidore.

Goals: Johnson 37.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Capoue, Dawson, Naughton, Paulinho, Dembele (Sandro 73), Lennon, Holtby (Townsend 79), Chadli (Sigurdsson 84), Defoe.
Subs not used: Soldado, Lamela, Friedel, Fryers.

Goals: Paulinho 43,O'Shea og 50 .

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

Attendance: 37,963


Sunday 8th December 2013



13:30 Fulham (2) 2 Aston Villa (0) 0 ~ SkySports 1



Dimitar Berbatov brushed off talk of a January exit to end Fulham's six-game Barclays Premier League losing streak as the Cottagers saw off Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday. Berbatov laid on Fulham's first, Steve Sidwell's third league goal of the campaign - before coolly side-footing a penalty he helped secure.

The spot-kick finish was just Berbatov's second league goal in 13 appearances this term, and it secured Rene Meulensteen's first win in sole charge. Should Berbatov sustain the form shown in the first half here, new boss Meulensteen's chances of dragging Fulham clear of relegation danger will increase dramatically.

Berbatov's astute pass sent Alexander Kacinklic haring clear, and he lured Leandro Bacuna into a robust challenge that brought the penalty. It was a shocking mistake from the Villa full back that condemned Paul Lambert's men to a miserable 2-0 half-time deficit. The Midlanders were never able to find their stride, eventually suffering their first defeat in six league matches.

Fulham (4-3-3): Stekelenburg 6; Riether 6, Hughes 6, Senderos 7, Riise 6; Sidwell 7, Parker 7, Karagounis 7 (Kasami 73, 6); Dejagah 7, Berbatov 8, Kacaniklic 7 (Duff 77).
Subs not used: Stockdale, Zverotic, Richardson, Ruiz, Christensen

Goals: Sidwell 21, Berbatov 30 (pen)

Aston Villa: Guzan 6; Bacuna 4, Herd 6 (Lowton 81), Clark 5, Baker 6; El Ahmadi 5 (Tonev 46, 6), Westwood 6, Delph 6; Weimann 6 (Albrighton 81), Agbonlahor 5, Benteke 6. Subs not used: Steer, Helenius, Bowery, Sylla

Booked: Delph, Herd

Referee: Mike Dean 4

Attendance: 22,288



16:00 Arsenal (0) 1 Everton (0) 1 ~ SkySports 1



Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Everton as Gerard Deulofeu's equaliser cancelled out Mesut Ozil's opener in an absorbing encounter at Emirates Stadium. Everton followed up their victory at Old Trafford in midweek with another impressive performance but it was Arsenal who looked set to emerge triumphant when Ozil struck in the 80th minute.

However, Deulofeu fired in a terrific finish four minutes later and the Gunners were unable to restore their lead as Olivier Giroud struck the woodwork in the dying seconds. The result leaves Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table, while Everton remain fifth and have still only been beaten once in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal: Szczesny 7; Jenkinson 6, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Gibbs 6; Arteta 6, Ramsey 6 (Flamini 68 min, 7); Wilshere 5 (Rosicky 68, 6), Ozil 6, Cazorla 6 (Walcott 68, 7); Giroud 7.
Subs not used: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Bendtner.

Goals: Ozil 80.

Everton: Howard 7; Coleman 6, Jagielka 7, Distin 7, Oviedo 7; McCarthy 6, Barry 7; Pienaar 7 (Osman 70, 7), Barkley 8 (Naismith 90), Mirallas 6 (Deulofeu 79); Lukaku 5.
Subs not used:Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Stones.

Goals: Deulofeu 84

Booked: Barry, McCarthy, Howard, Deulofeu.

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 60,001


Monday 9th December 2013



20:00 Swansea (0) 1 Hull (1) 1 ~ SkySports 1



Chico Flores' equaliser ensured Danny Graham's first goal since January was not enough to give Hull all three points at Swansea. Graham had not found the net since leaving the Liberty Stadium earlier this year, but he returned to haunt his former club with a fine far-post finish in just the eighth minute.

The Tigers kept their hosts at bay with ease until the hour mark when Jonjo Shelvey's driven ball hit Flores and flew in to give the Spaniard his first Premier League goal, although replays suggested the ball had come off his arm on the way into the net. Hull could still have won it had referee Martin Atkinson not missed a blatant handball by Swansea defender Dwight Tiendalli as he blocked an Alex Bruce header.

Swansea: Tremmel 6; Tiendalli 6, Flores 6, Williams 5, Davies 5; Canas 6, De Guzman 5 (Pozuelo 55, 6); Dyer 6, Shelvey 6, Hernandez 6 (Routlege 67); Michu 5.
Subs not used: Zabret, Amat, Taylor, Lamah, Donnelly

Booked: Williams, Flores, Shelvey.

Goals: Chico 60

Hull City (3-5-2): McGregor 6; Chester 6, Bruce 7, Davies 6; Elmohamady 7, Livermore 6, Huddlestone 7, Meyler 6, Figueroa 6; Sagbo 6, Graham 7 (Koren 64, 6).
Subs not used: Harper, Rosenior, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Faye

Booked: Livermore, Figueroa, Sagbo

Goals: Graham 9

Referee: Martin Atkinson 6

Attendance: 19,303




























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