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Santi Cazorla was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s only change for the London derby with West Ham.

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West Ham v Arsenal

Santi Cazorla was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s only change for the London derby with West Ham.

The Spain international came in for Tomas Rosicky, who was not in the 18, and Lukas Podolski was named amongst the substitutes after a long period on the sidelines.

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan returned to the starting line-up after suspension, with Joey O’Brien, Joe Cole and Carlton Cole also coming in. Ravel Morrison dropped out of the side and the squad.

West Ham: Adrian, O’Brien, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Joe Cole, Nolan, Jarvis, Carlton Cole.

Subs: Rat, Collison, Maiga, Taylor, Diarra, Demel, Jaaskelainen.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud.

Subs: Podolski, Monreal, Flamini, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gnabry.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Chelsea v Swansea

Ashley Cole returned in a Chelsea side showing five changes for the Barclays Premier League visit of Swansea.

Cole replaced Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Juan Mata, Oscar and Samuel Eto’o came in for Gary Cahill, Frank Lampard, Willian and Fernando Torres, respectively, following Monday’s goalless draw at Arsenal.

Swansea made six changes following the loss to Everton, with Dwight Tiendalli, Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Pablo Hernandez, Jonathan De Guzman and Wilfred Bony replaced by Angel Rangel, Neil Taylor, Jordi Amat, Leon Britton, Alejandro Pozuelo, Alvaro Vazquez.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o.

Subs: Lampard, Torres, Schurrle, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Canas, Routledge, Shelvey, Pozuelo, Vazquez.

Subs: Chico, Bony, Hernandez, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Ben Davies, Zabret.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Gabriel Agbonlahor returned from suspension to captain Aston Villa as they took on Crystal Palace at Villa Park.

Boss Paul Lambert also brought in Karim El Ahmadi and Antonio Luna to the side beaten by Stoke on Saturday but there was still no Christian Benteke or Ron Vlaar, who are both injured.

Palace top scorer Marouane Chamakh was suspended so Yannick Bolasie came in, Jonathan Parr replaced Dean Moxey and former Villa midfielder Barry Bannan kept his place despite being substituted at half-time during last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Newcastle.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Luna, Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Delph, Weimann, Kozak, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Bacuna, Helenius, Steer, Sylla, Bowery, Gardner, Tonev.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Puncheon, Ward, Jedinak, Bolasie, Bannan, Jerome.

Subs: Campana, Phillips, Gayle, Jonathan Williams, Moxey, Price, Boateng.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Newcastle v Stoke

Hatem Ben Arfa returned to the Newcastle starting line-up as manager Alan Pardew looked for a seventh Barclays Premier League victory in nine attempts.

The France international replaced the suspended Cheick Tiote for the clash with Stoke at St James’ Park, and in doing so made his first start since October.

Potters boss Mark Hughes handed former Sunderland keeper Thomas Sorensen a start at a ground where he once famously saved an Alan Shearer penalty to secure a derby victory, and he was joined by Charlie Adam as Asmir Begovic and Marko Arnautovic made way.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita, Ben Arfa, Remy, Gouffran.

Subs: Cisse, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Steven Taylor.

Stoke: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Walters, Adam, Assaidi, Crouch.

Subs: Muniesa, Palacios, Jones, Arnautovic, Wilkinson, Ireland, Butland.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Spurs v West Brom

Tim Sherwood made two changes for his first match as permanent head coach of Tottenham.

Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby came in for Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele while 18-year-old midfielder Milos Veljkovic was named on the substitutes’ bench for the first time.

Matej Vydra started in a West Brom team that contained seven changes from the XI that drew 1-1 with Hull on Saturday.

Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Chadli, Holtby, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado, Adebayor.

Subs: Lamela, Capoue, Naughton, Friedel, Bentaleb, Fredericks, Veljkovic.

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Reid, Gera, Morrison, Amalfitano, Vydra.

Subs: Sinclair, Brunt, Myhill, Mulumbu, McAuley, Sessegnon, Berahino.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Cardiff v Southampton

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino made three changes to his side for the Boxing Day trip to Cardiff.

The Argentinian had Luke Shaw, Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida back in his defensive line-up, but Dejan Lovren missed out through illness.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay made just one alteration from the defeat at Liverpool as striker Fraizer Campbell was recalled at the expense of Gary Medel, who was ruled out by flu.

Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Noone, Mutch, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Campbell, Odemwingie.

Subs: Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Cowie, Maynard, Lewis, John.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert.

Subs: Kelvin Davis, Ramirez, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Everton v Sunderland

Everton boss Roberto Martinez made one change to his first XI for the Boxing Day Barclays Premier League home clash against rock-bottom Sunderland.

The only adjustment from last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Swansea saw midfielder Ross Barkley, scorer of a spectacular winning goal in that game, drop to the bench, with Leon Osman taking his place. Full-back Leighton Baines was not part of the squad, despite the talk in the build-up to the contest of it perhaps being the one in which he would make his comeback after a toe injury.

Sunderland’s line-up showed four changes from their 0-0 home draw with Norwich, with the injured John O’Shea and suspended Wes Brown being replaced in defence by Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge, while midfielder Jack Colback and striker Steven Fletcher came in for benched duo Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Oviedo, Mirallas, Barry, Osman, McCarthy, Pienaar, Lukaku.

Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Naismith, Barkley, Stones, Alcaraz.

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Celustka, Diakite, Roberge, Ki, Colback, Cattermole, Larsson, Fletcher, Borini.

Subs: Dossena, Cabral, Johnson, Pickford, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Norwich v Fulham

Dimitar Berbatov could not recover from a groin injury in time to line up for Fulham as they travelled to Norwich looking to move themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

The forward missed the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City and was again forced to sit out the game at Carrow Road as manager Rene Meulensteen made five changes.

David Stockdale came in for Maarten Stekelenberg in goal as the Dutchman was not risked after hurting an ankle in training whilst Fernando Amorebieta, Damien Duff, Pajtim Kasami and Alexander Kacaniklic all came in to Fulham’s side with Philippe Senderos, John Arne Riise, Giorgis Karagounis and Ashkan Dejagah missing out.

Meanwhile, Norwich boss Chris Hughton named the same starting XI that drew 0-0 at Sunderland last weekend, with record singing Ricky van Wolfswinkel still only fit enough for a place on the bench.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Elmander, Hooper.

Subs: Martin, van Wolfswinkel, Bunn, Hoolahan, Becchio, Ryan Bennett, Murphy.

Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson, Sidwell, Parker, Duff, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Taarabt.

Subs: Riise, Ruiz, Rodallega, Boateng, Dejagah, Bent, Bettinelli.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

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