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Premier League MatchDay 16 Review

last updated Tuesday 17th December 2013, 3:56 PM
MatchDay 16 Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time Home   Away TV Referee
12:45 Man City 6-3 Arsenal BT M. Atkinson
15:00 Cardiff 1-0 West Brom   H. Webb
15:00 Chelsea 2-1 C.Palace   M. Clattenburg
15:00 Everton 4-1 Fulham   A. Taylor
15:00 Newcastle 1-1 Southampton   M. Jones
15:00 West Ham 0-0 Sunderland   A. Marriner
17:30 Hull 0-0 Stoke Sky1 M. Dean
MatchDay 16 Saturday, December 14, 2013
13:30 Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd Sky1 C. Foy
13:30 Norwich 1-1 Swansea M. Oliver
16:00 Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool Sky1 J. Moss
Premier League MatchDay 16 action in the Barclays Premier League kicked off with Manchester City putting themselves firmly in the title picture with a convincing 6-3 win over leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Peter Whittingham's header gave Cardiff a crucial 1-0 win over West Brom and extended the Baggies' miserable run of form. Neither side had won in their previous five games and West Brom unexpectedly decided to say goodbye to Manager Steve Clarke.

Fernando Torres was on target as Chelsea moved to within two points of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace who face up against each other on Monday evening.

Premiership table - after 8th Dec 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 16 6 1 1 16 6 5 1 2 17 11 16 35
2 Liverpool 16 7 0 1 22 5 3 3 2 17 13 21 33
3 Chelsea 16 7 1 0 19 6 3 2 3 13 11 15 33
4 Man City 16 8 0 0 35 5 2 2 4 12 13 29 32
5 Everton 16 5 3 0 17 7 3 4 1 10 8 12 31
6 Newcastle 16 4 3 1 12 8 4 0 4 9 14 -1 27
7 Tottenham 16 3 2 3 7 12 5 1 2 8 9 -6 27
8 Man Utd 16 3 2 3 8 7 4 2 2 17 12 6 25
9 Southampton 16 4 3 1 14 6 2 3 3 6 9 5 24
10 Swansea 16 2 4 2 15 12 3 1 4 7 9 1 20
11 Aston Villa 16 2 1 5 6 12 3 3 2 10 9 -5 19
12 Hull 16 4 3 1 7 3 1 1 6 6 16 -6 19
13 Stoke 16 3 4 1 8 5 1 2 5 7 15 -5 18
14 Norwich 16 3 3 2 9 8 2 0 6 6 21 -14 18
15 Cardiff 16 3 2 3 8 10 1 3 4 4 12 -10 17
16 West Brom 16 2 2 4 10 11 1 4 3 7 11 -5 15
17 West Ham 16 2 2 4 8 10 1 3 4 5 9 -6 14
18 C. Palace 16 3 1 4 7 10 1 0 7 3 14 -14 13
19 Fulham 16 2 1 5 9 13 2 0 6 6 17 -15 13
20 Sunderland 16 2 0 6 10 16 0 3 5 2 14 -18 9
Defender Seamus Coleman and midfielder Gareth Barry were unlikely goalscorers as Everton recorded a 4-1 victory over Fulham at Goodison Park. The score was 1-1 with 15 mins to go.

Jay Rodriguez denied Newcastle boss Alan Pardew a fourth successive home victory as Southampton came from behind to claim a point in a 1-1 draw.

West Ham were held to a 0-0 draw by Barclays Premier League bottom side Sunderland but it will be the Black Cats who will be more disappointed with having to settle for a share of the spoils.

Goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Allan McGregor took the plaudits as their smart reactions ensured a goalless draw between Hull and Stoke in front of the television cameras at the KC Stadium.

MatchDay 17 Saturday, December 21, 2013
Time Home   Away TV Referee
12:45 Liverpool v Cardiff BT1 L Probert
15:00 C.Palace v Newcastle   N Swarbrick
15:00 Fulham v Man City   K Friend
15:00 Man Utd v West Ham   M Jones
15:00 Stoke v Aston Villa   C Pawson
15:00 Sunderland v Norwich   M Atkinson
15:00 West Brom v Hull   J Moss
MatchDay 17 Sunday, December 22, 2013
13:30 Southampton v Tottenham Sky1 C Foy
16:00 Swansea v Everton Sky1 L Mason
MatchDay 17 Monday, December 23, 2013
20:00 Arsenal v Chelsea Sky1 M Dean
Manchester United rediscovered the winning habit as Danny Welbeck's first-half double and Tom Cleverley's strike condemned Aston Villa to their biggest Premier League defeat of the season.

Gary Hooper scored a superb 25-yard effort to earn Norwich a 1-1 draw against Swansea at Carrow Road, where Nathan Dyer looked to have suffered a serious ankle injury after having earlier put the visitors in front.

Luis Suarez heaped the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas with two goals as Liverpool crushed Tottenham to the biggest home defeat of the Portuguese's reign. It was enough Tottenham to give AVB a Christmas Present he would rather not have had.

Saturday 16th December 2013



12:45 Manchester City (2) 6 Arsenal (1) 3 ~ BTSport



Manchester City made it eight wins out of eight on home soil as they produced another devastating display of attacking football to beat title rivals Arsenal 6-3 in an extraordinary game at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero showed expert technique to volley City ahead in the 14th minute after Martin Demichelis had flicked on a corner, before Arsenal grabbed an unexpected equaliser when Theo Walcott's scuffed shot left Costel Pantilimon rooted to the spot.

Alvaro Negredo tucked in Pablo Zabaleta's cross after a sweeping move to make it 2-1 to City in the 39th minute, as Laurent Koscielny suffered an injury in trying to prevent the goal and had to be stretchered off.

An Arsenal mistake presented Fernandinho with the chance to put City further in front on 50 minutes, but Arsenal stayed in contention as Walcott curled in a wonderful strike for his second of the match.

The Gunners continued to look dangerous but it was City who always had the edge in a pulsating contest and David Silva side-footed home from close range in the 66th minute to restore their two-goal lead and the excellent Fernandinho clipped the ball over Wojciech Szczesny to give Manuel Pellegrini's side a fifth.

Per Mertesacker headed home a consolation for the visitors deep into injury time but there was still time for a sixth for City as James Milner was tripped in the box by Szczesny to allow Yaya Toure to slide home a penalty.

Man City: Pantilimon 6, Zabaleta 8, Demichelis 7, Kompany 8, Clichy 6, Nasri 7 (Javi Garcia 90), Fernandinho 9, Toure7 , Silva 8 (Milner 71, 7), Aguero 7 (Jesus Navas 50, 7), Negredo 7.
Subs Not Used: Hart, Lescott, Dzeko, Kolarov.

Booked: Kompany, SIlva.

Scorers: Aguero 14, Negredo 39, Fernandinho 50, Fernandinho 88, Silva 66, Yaya Toure 90.

Arsenal: Szczesny 6, Sagna 5, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 6 (Vermaelen 42, 6), Monreal 6, Ramsey 6, Flamini 6 (Gnabry 72, 6), Walcott 7, Ozil 6, Wilshere 7, Giroud 6 (Bendtner 76, 6).
Subs Not Used: Rosicky, Arteta, Cazorla, Fabianski.

Booked: Szczesny.

Scorers: Walcott 31, Walcott 63, Mertesacker 90.

Referee: Martin Atkinson 8.

Attendance: 47,229


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



Cardiff claimed an important 1-0 victory at home to West Brom to pull four points clear of the relegation zone and increase the pressure on the Baggies.



Both teams have been struggling for form in the past few weeks and it was a scrappy first half at the Cardiff City Stadium with chances few and far between.

Conditions were difficult with torrential rain driving down but Cardiff kept battling and were rewarded in the 65th minute when Peter Whittingham guided a header home from Craig Noone's cross.

Cardiff (4-4-2): Marshall 7; Theophile-Catherine 6, Caulker 6, Turner 5, Taylor 6; Noone 7, Medel 6 (Gunnarsson 86), Mutch 6, Whittingham 7; Odemwingie 6 (Kim 90), Campbell 6 (Maynard 82).
Subs Not Used: Hudson, Cornelius, Lewis, Cowie.

Booked: Medel, Mutch

Scorers: Whittingham 65

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Myhill 6; Jones 6, McAuley 5, Olsson 5, Ridgewell 6; Mulumbu 7, Yacob 6 (Sinclair 73, 6); Amalfitano 6 (Berahino 73, 6), Sessegnon 6, Brunt 6; Long 5 (Vydra 87).
Subs Not Used: Morrison, Lugano, Daniels, Gera.

Booked: Jones

Scorers:

Referee: Howard Webb 5

Attendance: 26, 632.


15:00 Chelsea (2) 2 Crystal Palace (1) 1



Chelsea made the most of Arsenal's defeat to narrow the gap at the top to two points, but they were made to work hard in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Fernando Torres broke the deadlock in the 16h minute as he reacted quickly to fire a rebound past Julian Speroni after Willian had struck the post with a low shot from distance.

Marouane Chamakh continued his recent revival by steering in a volley from Joel Ward's cross to equalise for Palace just before the half-hour mark, but Chelsea quickly restored their lead as Ramires picked up the ball from Eden Hazard and slammed powerfully into the top corner from 20 yards.

Palace kept fighting hard in the second half in a bid to get back into the game, but the Blues held firm to stay one point ahead of third-placed City.

Chelsea: Cech 5; Ivanovic 6, Luiz 6, Terry 6, Azpilicuta 7; Essien 6, Ramires 7; Willian 7 (Schurrle 82), Mata 5 (Oscar 62, 5), Hazard 6; Torres 5 (Ba 84).
Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Cole, Eto'o, Lampard.

Booked: Essien, Ivanovic.

Scorers: Torres 16, Ramires 35

Crystal Palace: Speroni 8; Mariappa 6, Gabbidon 7, Delaney 6, Ward 7; Bannan 5 (Bolasie 51, 5), Jedinak 7, Dikgacoi 5 (O'Keefe 26, 7), Puncheon 6; Chamakh 7 (Gayle 88), Jerome 7.
Subs Not Used: Price, Parr, Williams, Kebe.

Booked: Chamakh

Scorers: Chamakh 29

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Attendance: 41,608


15:00 Everton (1) 4 Fulham (0) 1



Everton are another point further back in fourth after seeing off Fulham 4-1 at Goodison Park.

Roberto Martinez had challenged his players to maintain their standards after fine performances against Manchester United and Arsenal, and Leon Osman opened the scoring with a terrific finish from the edge of the area after receiving a pass from Steven Pienaar.

Alexander Kacaniklic missed a glorious opportunity to equalise but was later brought down by Gareth Barry in the box after 67 minutes and Dimitar Berbatov stepped up to score the penalty for Fulham and make it 1-1.

However, Seamus Coleman put Everton back in front in the 73rd minute after Fulham failed to deal with a Pienaar cross, and Barry then headed in from close range with five minutes remaining after a scramble in the area.

Kevin Mirallas added a late fourth with a long-range strike which should have been kept out by Maarten Stekelenburg, as Fulham were kept in the bottom three.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard 7: Coleman 7, Jagielka 7, Distin 6, Oviedo 6: Osman 7, Barry 6: Deulofeu 7 (Mirallas 63mins 7), Barkley 7, Pienaar 8: Lukaku 7.
Subs Not Used: Robles (GK), Heitinga, Jelavic, Naismith, Stones, Alcaraz.

Booked: Pienaar

Scorers: Osman 19, Coleman 73, Barry 85, Mirallas 90

Fulham (4-1-4-1): Stekelenburg 7: Riether 6, Senderos 6, Hughes 6, Riise 5: Parker 6: Dejagah 5 (Duff 83mins), Karagounis 6 (Bent 78mins), Sidwell 7, Kacaniklic 6 (Kasami 69mins 5): Berbatov 5.
Subs Not Used: Stockdale (GK), Kasami, Ruiz, Richardson, Zverotic.

Booked: Kasami, Senderos

Scorers: Berbatov pen 67

Referee: Antony Taylor

Attendance: 33,678


15:00 Newcastle United (1) 1 Southampton (0) 1



Newcastle and Southampton played out a 1-1 draw at St James' Park following an absorbing encounter between two teams flying high so far this season.

The Magpies were gifted a goal in the 27th minute as Jos Hooiveld failed to connect with the ball for what should have been a straightforward clearance, allowing Yoan Gouffran to skip round Paulo Gazzaniga.

Southampton responded to the setback by making a double change at half-time and one of the substitutes, Adam Lallana, helped set up the equaliser on 65 minutes by flicking the ball on to Jay Rodriguez, who played a slick one-two with Steven Davis before firing into the bottom corner.

Loic Remy spurned a great chance to restore Newcastle's advantage as he shot horribly off target with just the keeper to beat, while there was a bizarre late incident when referee Mike Jones was knocked to the ground by an accidental punch from Moussa Sissoko, who received no punishment.

Newcastle United (4-2-2-2): Krul 7; Debuchy 7, Williamson 7, Coloccini 7, Santon 5 (Haidara 78); Tiote 8, Anita 7; Sissoko 6, Gouffran 7 (Ben Arfa 73, 7); Shola Ameobi 6 (Cisse 61, 5), Remy 6.
Subs Not Used: Yanga-Mbiwa, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Elliot.

Scorers: Gouffran 27.

Southampton (4-3-2-1): Gazzaniga 6; Chambers 7, Lovren 6, Hooiveld 5, Shaw 6; S.Davis 7, Ward-Prowse 5 (Schneiderlin 46, 7), Cork 6; Lambert 6, Rodriguez 7 (Gallagher 90+5); Osvaldo 5 (Lallana 46, 8).
Subs Not Used: Yoshida, Fonte, Ramirez, Cropper.

Scorers: Rodriguez 65.

Booked: Cork, Schneiderlin.

Referee: Mike Jones 5

Attendance: 49,164


15:00 West Ham (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0



The crucial battle at the bottom of the table at Upton Park ended goalless as West Ham and Sunderalnd had to settle for a point apiece.

Phil Bardsley rattled the crossbar in the first half and it was Sunderland who created the better chances, but they could not land find a winner and the result leaves them four points adrift at the bottom.

West Ham : Jaaskelainen 8; Demel 6 (O'Brien 59mins 6), Tomkins 7, Collins 7, McCartney 6; Noble 6, Diame 6; Jarvis 5 (Collison 56mins 5), Morrison 6, J Cole 6 (C Cole 75mins); Maiga 6
Subs Not Used: Rat, Adrian, Taylor, Diarra

Booked: Noble

Sunderland: Mannone 6; Celustka 6, Bardsley 7 (Dossena 82mins), Brown 7, O'Shea 7; Cattermole 7, Ki 7, Larsson 6, Giaccherini 6; Borini 6 (Johnson 73mins 6), Altidore 6 (Fletcher 73mins 6)
Subs Not Used: Cabral, Gardner, Pickford, Roberge

Referee: Andre Marriner 4

Attendance: 31,843


17:30 Sunderland (0) 0 Stoke City (0) 0 ~ SkySports 1



The day's late game ended goalless as Hull City and Stoke City shared the points at the KC Stadium.

Both sides had chances to win in the second half but the two goalkeepers excelled themselves, with Asmir Begovic clawing away an Ahmed Elmohamady header and Allan McGregor brilliantly denying Peter Crouch.

Stephen Ireland had a goal disallowed for offside and Ryan Shawcross also headed against the crossbar as Stoke finished strongly, but Hull clung on for a draw.

Sunderland: McGregor 7; Chester 6, Davies 6, Bruce 6 (Brady 66, 6); lmohamady 6, Livermore 5, Huddlestone 5, Meyler 5 (Rosenior 78), Figueroa 6; Sagbo 6, Graham 5 (Boyd 82).
Subs Not Used: Koren, McShane, Harper, Faye.

Booked: Sagbo.

Stoke City: Begovic 8; Cameron 6, Shawcross 7, Wilson 6, Muniesa 6 (Pieters 66, 6); Arnautovic 6 (Adam 90), N'Zonzi 6, Ireland 6, Whelan 5 (Palacios 78) Assaidi 6; Crouch 6.
Subs Not Used: Pennant, Jones, Wilkinson, Sorensen.

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 23, 324

Sunday 15th December 2013



13:30 Aston Villa (0) 0 Man United (2) 3 ~ SkySports 1



Manchester United ended their winless run in the Premier League as Danny Welbeck's first-half double and Tom Cleverley's strike eased them to a 3-0 victory at Aston Villa.

David Moyes' side went into the game facing the prospect of a hat-trick of defeats for only the third time in the entire Premier League era.

But once Welbeck rattled in the rebound after Adnan Januzaj had headed against a post, there was never much chance of it happening en-route to a welcome three points.

Welbeck, who had not scored in the league since the opening day of the season, added another from Antonio Valencia's cross.

Then Cleverley, who like Welbeck has been singled out for criticism by many supporters for his part in United's struggles this term, belted home his first goal in a year from Wayne Rooney's lay-off.

Aston Villa (4-1-4-1): Guzan 6; Lowton 5, Baker 5, Clark 5, Luna 4; Westwood 6; Albrighton 6, Sylla 4 (Weimann 62, 5), El Ahmadi 5 (Bacuna 87), Agbonlahor 5; Benteke 5 (Kozak 79).
Subs not used: Steer, Bowery, Gardner, Tonev.

Booked: Agbonlahor, Lowton, Clark, Baker.

Man United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 6; Rafael 7, Evans 6, Jones 6, Evra 6; Cleverley 7, Giggs 6 (Fletcher 70, 5); Valencia 8, Rooney 8 (Zaha 84), Januzaj 7 (Young 70, 5); Welbeck 8.
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Fabio, Buttner.

Goals: Welbeck 15, Welbeck 17, Cleverly 52

Booked: De Gea, Welbeck.

Referee: Lee Mason 6

Attendance: 42,682



13:30 Norwich (1) 1 Swansea (1) 1



Gary Hooper scored a superb 25-yard effort to earn Norwich a 1-1 draw against Swansea at Carrow Road, where Nathan Dyer looked to have suffered a serious ankle injury after earlier putting the visitors in front.

Former Celtic striker Hooper, who scored in the win at West Brom last weekend, lashed home after collecting a knockdown on his chest in first-half stoppage time.

Dyer had capitalised on some poor defending from Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong to put the Welsh side ahead early on.

However, the midfielder was taken from the pitch on a stretcher before half-time after falling on his ankle in a challenge with the Canaries defender, with the club reporting a suspected fracture which could sideline him for some time.

Norwich saw a second-half header from Michael Turner hit the crossbar and then deflect over, before Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm saved well at point-blank range from Hooper, but neither side could fashion a winning goal.

Norwich: Ruddy 6; Whittaker 6, Turner 6, Bassong 6, Olsson 7; Redmond 7 (Murphy 83mins), Howson 6, Johnson, Fer 7; Elmander 7 (Becchio 76mins 5), Hooper 8

Goals: Hooper 45

Swansea: Vorm 6; Rangel 7, Amat 6, Williams 6, Davies 6; Canas 7, Shelvey 6, de Guzman 6, Hernandez 6 (Lamah 83mins), Dyer 7 (Pozuelo 44mins 6); Michu 6 (Bony 75mins 5)

Booked: Vorm, Rangel, Canas

Goals: Dyer 12

Referee: Michael Oliver 7

Attendance: 26,876


16:00 Tottenham (0) 0 Liverpool (2) 5 ~ SkySports 1



Liverpool surged back up to second in the Premier League table after producing a pulsating performance to thrash Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers' side made light of the absence of injured captain Steven Gerrard as the irrepressible Luis Suarez scored a goal in each half and the impressive Jordan Henderson also weighed in with a goal.

The Reds had already had a couple of shouts for a penalty when Suarez gave his team the lead on 18 minutes with his 16th league goal of the season.

Philippe Coutinho hit the bar in between Hugo Lloris twice denying Suarez as Liverpool were rampant and the second goal arrived five minutes before half-time when Henderson scored at the second attempt.

Spurs midfielder Paulinho was sent off on 63 minutes for catching Suarez in the ribs and Liverpool capped a humiliating afternoon for their hosts with three goals in the last 15 minutes.

Jon Flanagan smashed home his first for the club, Suarez added his second of the game before Raheem Sterling confidently finished with a minute to go.

The emphatic victory puts Liverpool within two points of leaders Arsenal and raises more question marks over the future of Andre Villas-Boas just three weeks after a 6-0 thumping at Manchester City after the boos rang out on the final whistle.

Tottenham: Lloris 4, Walker 5, Capoue 3, Dawson 3, Naughton 4 (Fryers 45, 4), Sandro 3 (Holtby 30, 5), Dembele 3 (Townsend 61, 4), Lennon 4, Paulinho 3, Chadli 4, Soldado 3.
Subs: Lamela, Defoe, Sigurdsson, Friedel.

Yellow: Walker, Dawson, Holtby

Red: Paulinho

Liverpool: Mignolet 7, Johnson 7, Skrtel 7, Sakho 7, Flanagan 8, Lucas 7 (Luis Alberto 79, 7), Allen 7, Henderson 8, Coutinho 8 (Moses 90, 6), Sterling 7, Suarez 9.
Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Agger, Alberto, Aspas, Kelly.

Goals: Suarez 18, Henderson 40, Flanagan 75, Suarez 84, Sterling 89

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

Attendance: 36,069



















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