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HURRY WE’VE GOT another half dozen Premier League games to get through before braving the stampede of Christmas shoppers.

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  • West Ham 3-1 Chelsea
  • Arsenal 0-2 Swansea
  • Fulham 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
  • Man City 1-1 Everton
  • QPR  1-1 Aston Villa
  • West Brom 0-1 Stoke
  • Reading v Manchester United (5.30pm)

Welcome along. We’ve already had one upset today after West Ham compounded Chelsea’s misery by handing them a 3-1 win at Upton Park.

Next up, we’ve got five 3pm fixtures to keep you abreast of. Here are the team line-ups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Squillaci, Coquelin.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, de Guzman, Shechter, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien, Richards, Donnelly.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Frei, Diarra, Sidwell, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson, Duff, Rodallega.

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Defoe, Dempsey. Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Sigurdsson, Falque, Walker, Livermore, Carroll.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen, Shelvey, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Sahin, Henderson, Downing, Carragher, Suso, Wisdom.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves.

Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Javi Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero, Toure, Balotelli.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Gibson, Osman, Naismith, Fellaini, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Diakite, Granero, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Da Silva, Hoilett.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Lichaj, Holman, Herd, Westwood, Bannan, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Bent, Delph, Weimann, Williams.

West Brom: Myhill, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Gera, Long. Subs: Daniels, Ridgewell, Morrison, Brunt, Lukaku, Odemwingie, Tamas.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Etherington, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson, Jerome.

Over at the Etihad, Farron Gibson shows an unbelievable bit of skill. Look out for YouTube clips/GIFs of it. Aleksandar Kolarov has lasted just six minutes and is forced off with injury. Pablo Zabaleta takes his place.

GOAL! QPR 0-1 Aston Villa (Brett Holman)

Bad news for Harry. Christian Benteke is gifted the ball and finds Holman. The Australian midfielder fires on target and although Robert Green gets a hand to the ball, it goes in off the post.

At the Emirates, Swansea are unlucky not to take the lead but Szczesny makes a superb double save from Rangel Angel.

GOAL! QPR 1-1 Aston Villa (Jamie Mackie)

The Rs in-form striker puts them level with a header from Samba Diakate’s cross at Loftus Road.

All happening in that one, Benteke has just had a goal disallowed.

Good shout for a penalty at Anfield. Luis Suarez links up with Joe Allen but is pulled backed by Jack Cork before getting his shot away.

GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 Everton (Marouane Fellaini)

Leighton Baines crosses for the Belgian midfielder. Joe Hart gets a hand to his first header but can’t do anything about his follow-up. Well-deserved for the Toffees, who have been the better side so far.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is stopped by Brad Guzan with an excellent block. Two minutes later, he beats the Villa keeper but finds the upright.

SWP isn’t the only one to hit the post in the last few moments. Jonjo Shelvey has come extremely close to putting the Reds in front at home to Southampton.

Back at QPR v Aston Villa, Stephane M’Bia has been receiving treatment for awhile now and the game has alreadybeen delayed for five minutes. Hopefully the injury isn’t as serious as it looks.


GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 Everton (Carlos Tevez)

Fellaini drags Dzeko down and Tevez steps up to fire straight down the middle and level the terms.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Daniel Agger)

Suarez cracks the bar with a free-kick, Glen Johnson picks up the loose ball and puts in a cross for Agger to head past Paulo Gazzniga.

Half-time across the grounds, where the scores stand:

  • Arsenal 0-0 Swansea
  • Fulham 0-0 Tottenham
  • Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
  • Manchester City 1-1 Everton
  • QPR 1-1 Aston Villa
  • West Brom 0-0 Stoke

They’re still playing at Loftus Road because of that clash between M’Bia and Agbonlahor.

Right, here we go again. Just the five goals from six games at the halfway mark. We could do with some more.

Aston Villa’s Brett Holman. Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal have a good chance early in the second half but Santi Cazorla’s strike is too close to Gerhard Tremmel. Remains 0-0.

GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Tottenham (Sandro)

The midfielder lines up a speculative shot from some 35 yards out, which skips past Mark Schwarzer to give Spurs the first goal of the game at Craven Cottage.

City turning the screw at the Etihad and Everton look in danger of conceding if they don’t get their act together. Harry Redknapp’s QPR, meanwhile, have Brad Guzan’s goalkeeping and poor finishing to blame for not being in front.

Fulham are still trailing Spurs but have put a wonderful move together with Berbatov, Duff and Dejagah all involved.

GOAL! West Brom 0-1 Stoke (Dean Whitehead)

Michael Kightly tees up the former Sunderland midfielder and he beats Boaz Myhill with what could be the decisive goal.

GOAL! Fulham 0-2 Tottenham (Jermain Defoe)

Great ball by Sigurdsson and the Spurs hitman does the rest.

GOAL! Fulham 0-3 Tottenham (Jermain Defoe)

With his ninth Premier League goal of the season, Defoe wraps up the three points for AVB’s side.

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Swansea (Michu)

Just two minutes on the clock and Swansea look to have earned themselves an impressive away win thanks to that man Michu.

GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 Swansea (Michu)

Arsene Wenger must be sick. The Spaniard gets the 11th goal of his debut season in English football.

Full-time scores:

  • Arsenal 0-2 Swansea
  • Fulham 0-3 Tottenham
  • Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
  • Manchester City 1-1 Everton
  • West Brom 0-1 Stoke

Still playing at Loftus Road.

Michu scores against Arsenal. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Full-time: QPR 1-1 Aston Villa

That’s my lot for now but Sean will be covering Manchester United’s trip to the Madejski Stadium for the evening kick-off so make sure to stick around.

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Ben Blake