Mark Chapman presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches, with analysis from Alan Shearer and Dion Dublin. Fixtures include Chelsea v Aston Villa.
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Christmas time, mistletoe and Wine? Not in the Premier League. Here it
For most of us work has taken a break, school is out and the party
season has begun, but for the players and the manager's other
Barclays Premier League it is the start of a frantic and crucial
fortnight. We featured a final two Premier League matches watched by
Alan Shearer and Dion Dublin. Colin is in Lapland where at this very
moment Father Christmas is struggling to get a word in
edgeways. We begin in west London and the clash between Chelsea and
Aston Bellow. There should be goals in this one because the last five
matches have produced 28. Paul Lambert's youngsters are friends
from scoring three in Anfield. Chelsea have put Japan behind them
and will want a victory to halt their longest winning streak at
home in a decade. As we know, you do not always get what you ask for
at Christmas. Steve Wilson was watching a. This could be the
League Cup final in a couple of months' time, but in the meantime
Aston della have taken more points from their last four gains and
Chelsea have won in their last side that beat Liverpool. They are
yet to lose since they switch to three-5-2. Agbonlahor is still
missing. If Chelsea want to be involved in the title race, you
would feel this is one they would want to win. Fernando Torres with a
header and Chelsea in front. Two minutes played. What a terrific
header. It is his 14th goal of the season. There was no hesitation
It is not the best defending from Aston Villa, but it is a terrific
header. Ciaran Clark was flat footed. Chelsea have the perfect
start. There will come a time when the Roberto Di Matteo commemorative
16 minutes round of applause celebrates a goal. He was almost
the Aston Villa half of the field. Was that a foul on Fernando Torres?
He took a chance and he had a look in the referee's direction to see
This is a free kick in a really good position for Chelsea. David
Luiz scores. That was a well-struck free kick. Chelsea are 2-0 up and
number three. Unlucky for the goalkeeper. Good reactions from
Branislav Ivanovitch. Great control by Gary Cahill. Good reactions from
Ivanovitch. A lovely turn from Gary Cahill. It is a question now of how
many? It is his 5th goal of the season. For Aston Villa there may
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Brad Guzan. It was a fingertip, but stand. Fernando Torres pulling out
the party tricks. Chelsea are a little over elaborate at times in
the second half in front of goal, but Aston Villa are helping them.
He hammers in his 119th for the goalscorer at Stamford Bridge. 500
Premier League starts notched up over the place, giving it away.
Eden Hazard has put it over the bar. It should have been. You really
worry for Aston Ballack at the moment. They keep giving Chelsea
touched the bar as well. It is definitely onside. This is a young
man of whom much is expected. Lucas From one Brazilian to another.
Ramires rattles in Chelsea's theft and there are still 15 minutes to
play. Lucas Piazon has been on the pitch only about 30 seconds and it
was a lovely ball. A terrific finish as well by Ramires. The
damage is being done to Aston Villa's goal difference apart from
says a penalty. It is getting worse for Aston Villa. There is a touch,
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there is not a lot in it, but the Seven goals, seven different
goalscorers. And seven minutes to victory was Manchester United nine,
it switched 0 in 1995. Chelsea might have time to match that. --
I do not think there is any doubt about it. It is going to be a young
man who was fouled for the benefit will stop this might be a bit of
history because Chelsea could make it 8-0 with eight different
goalscorers. Saved by Brad Guzan. penalty. There are six Aston Villa
defenders back here. The question about defending became irrelevant a
very long time ago, but even so. I think Aston Villa might be training
on Christmas Day. I am not going to stand here and make excuses. We
were second best all over the pitch and we got beaten up a pretty badly
from start to finish. But the lads know themselves that was not
acceptable and they have got to go again on Wednesday. De you have a
magic touch with Fernando Torres? He needed a little bit of
confidence. As soon as he started scoring goals, he had more
confidence and for him that is the key. He was working hard before,
but now the team is doing well and he had more chances. You are now
Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer, three behind Gary Dixon in total.
It is something to aim for. They definitely. It feels further away
than it has ever felt. They are great legends here, but you go goal
by goal at the minute. It was a great team performance and it helps.
I have been done -- done so much here that I have been proud of, and
if that comes, then fair do's. Chelsea that could all work Aston
They were absolutely won't fall. I have never seen an Aston Villa side
play that bad, even when I was in the side, we never played as bad as
this team today. I was very disappointed. One Rafa Benitez said,
they worked on some stuff that they thought would trouble Aston Villa.
What do you think it was? Crossing. Doriva reasons. They have looked at
Aston Villa and thought they are vulnerable to crosses and have
conceded a lot of goals this season. We have seen him trying to help
Fernando Torres by getting the three midfielders closer to him in
recent weeks. Also, they got the ball out wide and they got it in
that. So he could push its wide there. Early ball, no one in the
box apart from Torres. A great ball, but what a great header that is.
Lampard into Moses this time. Takes another touch, then ball into the
box. It does not fall to anyone that time. But their intentions are
clear. It is only Torres in the box again. A very good ball again. It
does not work the first time, but look what happens here. Has it.
It's it's it's a very good save. Just offside. Bash macro has it.
When Villa were still in it and fighting a bit, they did get the
balls in early. Combination of playing two Torres's Strentz. This
is horrible to say when you are on the end of that scoreline, but it
could have been double figures? For it could have been. The you have
got to be honest. So many chances. Guzan was fantastic. Look at the
spaces. The ball goes wide, and it was a great chance. For Guzan pulls
off another world class save. Moses coming into the picture. Nobody
within miles of him, and Guzan has to make another save. This chance
falls to Loskov. He should score. Another good save from Guzan. --
fails to score. Guzan was the man of the match Aston Villa? By a mile.
No one in a Villa show it can hold their hand up and say they played
well. There was no energy. Have they are a bunch of young players.
You expect energy. More than anything else, if they don't have a
lot of experience, it run around and make themselves hard to beat.
If you look at the space they have got. If you give quality players
stays like this. Look where Aston Villa back off to his. Look at that
time players like Juan Mata have to play command Lampard. Then they
will her to use. Look at the space they have to keep it, to play. But
there is no intensity, nobody is organising and nobody is talking.
Is it a fine line between sitting back, but also pressing to the
extent good players can pick you off? Frank Lampard's goal. If you
give Frank Lampard time at this, he will score a goal. Four players
around Ramires. He plays it wide. They were ball-watching. We know
Ramires can finish. Stay with your man. You cannot do switch off. It
is sad to see a team that played so well last week, Place so Port this
week. Willie Young Player stand-off a little bit? At saluted. Everyone
has to be careful in criticism. -- absolute pig. Last week they got a
great result at Liverpool. Her they have a game in a couple of days'
time and they can get it out of their system. They now have the
chance to rectify it. They don't have to sit on it for 10 days or a
week. They can get it out of their system and that is important.
Spurs next on Boxing Day for Villa. I wonder if they will take heart
from last time they got a Tom King in the Premier League. When they
went to the jetty at they got beat 5-0. They got stuffed 5-0 at a
Manchester City but then went on a decent run after that. It is
difficult for Young Boys coming in. Normally they have the experience
of a few older players around them. But they have not. They need to
show a bit of character in the next game. This is where a manager like
Paul and what -- Paul Lambert earns his money. Does he have a go at
them or does he encourage them? You have got to know your players at
times like this. You mentioned experience around young players.
That leads to young players like Chelsea. You have Frank Lampard,
Ashley Cole, experienced players who, in the summer could be off?
They still have a lot to offer. The no better left-backs around and
Ashley Cole. Frank Lampard can still score goals. Look at Old
Trafford with what Alex Ferguson did with Paul Scholes and Ryan
Giggs. I am certain Frank Lampard, can not only offer things on the
pitch, but also of the pitch for the players coming in to Chelsea.
Speaking of Manchester United, let go to the Liberty Stadium. United
went to Swansea with their lead down to three points.
United have led the way our Christmas seven times and Alex
Ferguson, but have been chased down on three occasions to lose the
title in May. Despite the firepower, then Defence is still leaking goals.
The Swansea to take advantage, they will have to get a shot on target,
which is more than they managed last weekend. But they can be
brilliance one minutes, not so the next. Which one it will turn up
today? Martin Fisher will provide the answer.
The League Cup semi-finalists and six points better off than a year
ago. These are exciting times at Swansea City does stop claiming the
United scalp would be a fitting way to end 2012. Manchester United are
in terrific shape. 10 wins from 11 games and they want to re-establish
the six-point lead over City as with any injury, Nemanja Vidic is
back to captain Manchester United. A lovely touch from Robin van
Persie. We expect a bright, open game. Swansea are a fabulous team
to watch. We all know about Manchester United, of course. A
half-hearted shots a handball, led by Valencia. It is there for arm.
Last time the referee was here, Swansea beat Arsenal 3-2 last
first League Cup semi-final. They have got Chelsea next month. They
spilled it. That was a real test for one since his return. He got
always knew he would be tested trees ever again. His third headed
goals from corners this season puts the league leaders into the lead.
15 minutes gone at the Liberty Stadium doorstop Evra puts United
in front. Sir Alex Ferguson has found another goalscorer, it seems.
But trees every has doubled his tally for his career in one season.
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Michu has caused us Swansea t. Could not miss that want. United
players are not happy and they believe Chico fouled or van Persie
at the start of the moves. That is Persie as the top scorer in the
Didn't really get hold of it. Hit it into the ground. The referee
blows for half-time. As the officials come off, as Sir Alex
Ferguson wants a word with Michael of art. I wonder if it is to do
with the foul by to go on Robin van Persie in the build-up to the Swans
equaliser? It has been a well Agustien has never scored for
Swansea. He certainly got hold of with his right foot. Still plenty
of time to win this game. Robin van Persie against the bar! Out of
nothing, Robin van Persie almost restored United's lead. But it into
an area and is Wayne Rooney hooking it over his shoulder. It is a
record attendance at the Liberty Stadium, 20,650. There are plans at
the end of the season to increase capacity by an extra 12,000.
afternoon. His face is a picture. Van Persie goes down. A free kick
Manchester United and it has all gone a bit ugly at the moment will
stop van Persie response to what Williams is doing. The referee
needs to take such action here. It all got very unnecessary for a
moment. Swansea will be dealt with first. A yellow for him. What
colour card for a van Persie? Quite a discussion going on. A yellow for
the United striker as well. Williams smacks a ball against the
head of van Persie who is not happy with that. He grabs hold of the
Swansea man. The outcome is that Manchester United have a free kick
right on the edge of the box. It is a corner kick. Manchester United
want to make a change now. Wayne Rooney is not surprised to see that
it is his number on the board. He makes way and on comes Ryan Giggs.
Michel four have helped it on to the bar. That was a really
A hint of an arm? It appears that is what they are appealing for a.
It would have been harsh. It should have been more than a foul when he
fouled van Persie a. But the referee is a young refereed.
are taking a point of Chelsea here and a point off Manchester United.
They are playing for other things. I am happy for everybody because I
know the result is so important for everyone in this club. As I said
before, and I repeat it now, it is even more important to win.
somebody said you would be four points clear at Christmas, you
would be happy with that? Yes, we are in a good position. There is a
lot going to happen between now and the end of the season. We look
forward to the next game. Were you disappointed with the way you
conceded the first goal? If you look at our team we do not have so
many players that are 6 ft 5. It is no surprise that sometimes we pay,
we have smaller players, but that is what we want. The games are
coming thick and fast and it is about swapping and changing your
players. Robin Van Persie is very lucky to be alive. What that player
did today it is the most horrendous act I have seen for many years. He
should be banned by the FA. He could have a broken neck. That is
disgraceful. Everyone has an opinion poll stop I tried to
apologise on the pitch, but it off flared up. I kicked the ball in
frustration and I did not try to Three decisions in particular that
denied Sir Alex Ferguson. Take us through it. I can understand his
anger and his frustration. It is a tough situation because Manchester
United have not really played that enough people behind the ball and
still enough time to defend a properly. Not enough pressure on
the ball from Manchester United. It is excellent play from Swansea.
Lovely into changing. It hits the target and it was a decent save.
Michu is their once again. I think it would have been very harsh to
give that as a hand ball. He could not really get out of the way it.
This is the main talking point. It is not nice to see. It is a mistake.
Dangerous? Yes. Could he have killed him? No, he is up straight
away. That is a slight over- reaction from Sir Alex, but I can
understand his anger. You have got to take Williams' word for it that
he did not mean it and he has apologised. I think they should get
Do you think Alex Ferguson's anger means we talk about those decisions
first and depart the stops us talking about Manchester United's
performance? I think he would have been angry with his team's
performance because he knows they can play better and that is part of
why he was so angry with the van Persie thing. Maybe it is to gloss
over the Manchester United performance. There are not many
times when we sit here and say van Persie did not fire and Rooney did
not fire when they came on. You have made a good.. If we look at
Swansea's defending a. If you had been lying in that position, you
would have been as a night as Robin Van Persie it. Absolutely. He is
totally right in being angry. It is not a nice situation, but you have
got to believe Ashley Williams who said he did not mean to do it. He
has apologised and he has said sorry. When Alex looks a bit more
and he has calmed down, he is not the type of guy who would want him
banned for five games. I would probably want to kick the ball in
the back of his head because he is an absolute nuisance. You would
have probably missed. Swansea are quite a small side, so does that
put added pressure on them? The two centre halves or Swansea today were
throwing his body in the ways so that is keeper does not have to
make a save. That is his job and he has been superb. If he gets that
wrong, that is a penalty and his timing today was fantastic. Two
defenders and perfect positions. If the first bomb comes over, the
second one has to come over. It is Williams and he is defending a game
and it is perfect. They look out for each other and they make sure
they keep their distance is. A little touch of the hands means,
let's stick together. We are doing exactly what we have been told to
do and they were superb today. did both say that centre halves it
should not have a pony-tailed. are we to top? I did think it was
motivated out of jealousy. Normally when we talk about Manchester
United we would focus on Rooney or van Persie or Ashley Young, but
Needs. His range of passing is brilliant. You know where to pass,
just put it in that little area. He did that all afternoon. It sets up
another forward. Rooney should have done a bit better there. Again, a
good ball and a good decision by Karic. Now he turns defence into
attack. This is into van Persie with his left foot. Forward
thinking all the time from a midfielder. For a centre forward
knowing when you are going to make those runs, it is brilliant. That
was a fantastic save up wishing that onto the crossbar. He has made
42 starts in the league out of the last 43 games, which tells you he
is a key figure in the midfield. He is their number one midfielder.
Whenever the back four got the ball, he was always their first option.
He also tries to protect in front of them as well. When he gets the
ball, his first thought is, can I pass it forward? He has got the
range to do that. Clever leaders of his running. He sits there and he
passes it nice and easy. He is a clever player. To a clever player.
All the goals and talking points from yesterday still to come. We
will have the festive period covered on the BBC in between the
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We have splits all of yesterday's games into two sections. The first
one involves all the controversy. Some claim there are more arguments
at Christmas than at any other time of the Year. To prove that the
Barclays Premier League is an ongoing real, live drama, the post-
match chatter was dominated by rows about dubious goals, soft or stone
wall penalty is and harsh red cards. The true Christmas spirit very much
wasted. They believe he was pushed as he went into the box. I think he
just told his running libel stop I do not think that is a penalty.
Reading will see that completely differently. They will say that he
was impeded. Barry was attacking. Manchester City have one of the
most precious goals of their season so far. Barry really wanted it. Was
he climbing? Was it a foul? He can put it on a sixpence. 1-0 at
Everton. The referee has rolled it out. Everton are incensed. The
official line is a foul on the goalkeeper. When you consider week
in, week out, you see his strikers grabbing shirts and shoving each
other all over the place, if that is a foul, and goalkeepers are the
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been sent off. No one expected that. Least of all Carlton Cole. It is a
high, there is no argument his foot is high but his eyes seemed to be
on the ball. It is a foul, it might be a yellow card. But a red card
waited and waited. Everton have referee do? He sends him off. The
referee did not have a choice because he has laid a marker with a
red card for Carlton Cole. That had Snodgrass again, away from home.
Foster got something on it but not enough. It has gone in. The goal
stands, and Albion, who had their chance in the first half, level
before the break. Zoltan Gera provided the finish will stop Ron
not get their. What a chance. Penalty. This 6th penalty Wigan
have conceded this season. Mikel Arteta who has scored two and Mr
one of his three penalties in the Premier League so far this season.
It is to break the deadlock to give Arsenal lead. Is and the goalkeeper
the wrong way. It nice and cool not give it up. Calls a handball,
more from the stands for Van the We don't have time to go through
all the controversy is. Let's pick out a couple, starting with Gareth
Barry's goal. You have two centre- forwards. That is an excellent
header, poor defending. If the defender attacks it, then he clears
it. Just desire and passion to get the ball across the line. So Brian
McDermott's fury at that being allowed is misplaced? A I think it
Looking at Carlton Cole. It should be a free kick it and a yellow card.
Yes it is high, but he is going for the ball. Leyton Baines? Boat
players have their eye on the ball. Studs into the chest. Now he has
given the first one. You think straight away, is he going to do it
again. That is not a red card either. Yellow card, maximum.
he gave the first red card, at least he was consistent.
Consistently wrong. If he had done one and not the other, Lee would
have criticised him. He could have been honest and said, I got the
first one wrong. Tie in for the rest of the game's over the weekend.
-- time. It may be the short breaks for players for Christmas, but we
shouldn't underestimate the tonic of a good win before the festive
season. As second successive home defeat for Liverpool was
unthinkable. For one or looking to hold a mini side. Southampton and
QPR's made the point was obvious, but you could say the same for the
North-East opponent. Spurs and Stoke were looking to consolidate
their decent positions before settling down to enjoy a small
celebration. Skrtel. And no one came to attack him and there was
nothing the goalkeeper could do about it. Luis Suarez he hopes the
ball in Liverpool possession. Agger, how did he miss it? 99 times out of
100, he would have put that into the back of the net. Steven
Gerrard! He makes one of those trademark runs not seen by
defenders. He puts away his 4th goal of the season. Gaps opening up.
That was not the best Paul Luis Suarez has played in his career,
but Liverpool retain possession. Downing went for goal and scored.
His last goal came against goal. The night's work is completed.
His many barren spell comes to amend or stock 4-0 is a pretty good
That is a bit of magic is game has been crying out for. Supplied by
Shola Ameobi! Took up a good position. Has got a lot to do. Goes
past one challenge and the finish Steven Fletcher, their top scorer
has his 8th of the season. Half a missed it will stop Kenwyn Jones
was as surprised as anybody when the ball was played to him. Could
not get his shot on target. Are we going to get a dramatic late
fluent performance against Fulham and Daniel Sturridge on the verge
of arriving? Good business from Liverpool. He will be the massive
plus. It can take a bit of weight off the Luis Suarez shoulders.
assume he is going as a forward... A rather than wide of the front
three. As far as Harry Redknapp's comments were concerned, players
were not just to find their wages? And yesterday's performance, I was
at the game, and I agree with him. If you look at hard-working, honest
professionals. They must look at some of the players coming into
their club and think, you are not rolling your sleeves up. We do not
know what contracts they are on, but we assume they are on big money.
You look and wonder if the desire is there. I did not see that
yesterday from QPR. The final word on what we have seen this
afternoon's. Chelsea Buzsaky performance, seasonal stunner.
Amazing. They looked so comfortable against a team who have possibly
have their worst performance in the history of the club. Terribly.
have seen Wayne Rooney had the worst game I have seen him have.
Not often you will say that. But he is due one with some of his
performances of late. It has been another good weekend of goals.
Chelsea Buzsaky performance do anything to convince you it is 8
two horse race? A stuffing it is a two horse race. Chelsea have enough
to push their way into that, but they have to be consistent. That is
the last word from the two of them on a day when Chelsea had seven
different scorers as they hit eight against Aston Villa. Michu's
goalscoring run continued as Swansea drew with Manchester United.
So, despite dropping points, United have their biggest Christmas lead
for a dozen years. Chelsea jumped for places to third and they are
now 11 points off the top spot, with a game in hand. Defeat at City
ensured Reading remained bottom. They must defied the Christmas
curse if they are to stay up. Aston Villa are still three points above
the relegation zone, but they have the worst goal difference in the
United are top at Christmas but City have reduced the lead over the
weekend. Chelsea have sent their own message today, they had better
watch out. Merry Christmas. Feet up for Christmas, unless you
# Santa Clause is coming to towns. The # he knows when you are
sleeping. # he knows it you have been bad or
good. # so be good for goodness sake.
Mark Chapman presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches, with analysis from Alan Shearer and Dion Dublin.
Aston Villa travel to Stamford Bridge, where they scored an impressive 3-1 win against Chelsea 12 months ago.
Michael Laudrup's Swansea take on Manchester United, who became the first visiting side to win at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League last season.