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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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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: United press

January 14, 2013
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: United press

Manchester United dominated the first hour, then hung on in the final stages. Sir Alex Ferguson named Danny Welbeck in his starting XI, with the out-of-form Antonio Valencia on the bench. Jonny Evans was out injured, so Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic played at the back. Brendan Rodgers kept Daniel Sturridge on the bench, preferring Stewart...
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QPR 0-0 Tottenham: Tottenham dominate but false nine Taarabt creates chances

January 13, 2013
QPR 0-0 Tottenham: Tottenham dominate but false nine Taarabt creates chances

Harry Redknapp and his successor at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas, settled for a point apiece. Redknapp reverted to the system he used in the surprise 1-0 win at Chelsea, although Shaun Wright-Phillips started rather than Junior Hoilett, and Park Ji-Sung played in the centre of midfield instead of Esteban Granero. Villas-Boas went for his 4-4-2, the same...
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Inter 2-1 Napoli: Cassano & Insigne the key men but Guarin provides the most important contributions

December 12, 2012
Inter 2-1 Napoli: Cassano & Insigne the key men but Guarin provides the most important contributions

Inter leapfrogged Napoli and into second place in Serie A. Andrea Stramaccioni was without Walter Samuel, so moved Esteban Cambiasso into the centre of defence. Walter Mazzarri brought Christian Maggio back into the starting line-up, but otherwise named an unchanged side. This was a good, open game of football – Inter stormed into a 2-0 lead and...
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