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Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea stay deep, narrow and compact but City find a way through

February 25, 2013
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea stay deep, narrow and compact but City find a way through

Chelsea played negatively, and afforded City too many goalscoring opportunities. Roberto Mancini surprisingly played Yaya Toure behind Sergio Aguero, a combination he’s rarely used this season. Jack Rodwell started alongside Javi Garcia, while Vincent Kompany wasn’t fit, so Kolo Toure started at the back. Rafael Benitez used Demba Ba instead of Fernando Torres. John Terry was...
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Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle: all about Gareth Bale

February 10, 2013
Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle: all about Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale scored twice in a match that started slowly, but turned into an exciting contest. Andre Villas-Boas handed a first start to Lewis Holtby – Jermain Defoe was injured, so Clint Dempsey played upfront. Alan Pardew named an unchanged XI from the side that beat Chelsea 3-2 last weekend. This was a relatively unexciting game tactically,...
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Man City 2-2 Liverpool: Liverpool press nicely, Mancini’s formation switch helps City

February 4, 2013
Man City 2-2 Liverpool: Liverpool press nicely, Mancini’s formation switch helps City

Liverpool produced an impressive performance, but were denied a win by Sergio Aguero’s superb finish. Roberto Mancini was without both Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure. In defence, he chose left-footers Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott together, something he’s tried to avoid this season. Edin Dzeko partnered Sergio Aguero, while James Milner was selected over Samir...
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Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United: United stop Bale, but leave gaps elsewhere

January 21, 2013
Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United: United stop Bale, but leave gaps elsewhere

Tottenham finally managed a last-minute equaliser, after constant pressure throughout the majority of the game. Andre Villas-Boas used Scott Parker in the holding midfielder role, in place of the injured Sandro, who is expected to be out for the rest of the season. With Emmanuel Adebayor at the Africa Cup of Nations, Clint Dempsey played...
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Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal: Chelsea stronger in the first half, Arsenal better after the break

January 20, 2013
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal: Chelsea stronger in the first half, Arsenal better after the break

Chelsea took charge with a commanding start to the game, then held on in the second half. Rafael Benitez was without Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel because of the Africa Cup of Nations, and David Luiz was injured. This meant Ramires and Frank Lampard was the only possible midfield duo, with three creators ahead....
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