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Five trends of the 2014-15 Premier League

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 By James Dall

West Ham are capable of ensuring Chelsea don't run away with the title

Ahead of his side's Boxing Day English Premier League clash against West Ham United, Chelsea boss praised his opponents performances this season.

Premier League Spotlight previews the week's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Festive fixtures

Boxing Day
Chelsea vs. West Ham
Burnley vs. Liverpool
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton
Everton vs. Stoke
Leicester vs. Tottenham
Man Utd vs. Newcastle
Sunderland vs. Hull
Swansea vs. Aston Villa
West Brom vs. Man City
Arsenal vs. QPR

Battle of the week: Chelsea vs. West Ham

Well, the Premier League title race was fairly fun while it lasted. Chelsea wobbled (sort of) for all of seven days. A draw at Sunderland on Nov. 29 was met with hesitant hope that their glory was not a foregone conclusion after all. And although the Blues bounced back at home to Tottenham Hotspur, comfort was taken in it...

Five trends of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign thus far

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop preview Chelsea and Stoke City, where Mark Hughes has taken seven points from nine Premier League games against Jose Mourinho.

It's fair to say most midseason reviews start out exaggerating just how entertaining a campaign has been so far, but in the case of the 2014-15 Premier League, it's fair to say few before have packed in quite so many surprises at this stage.

The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have all dropped points in at least 10 of their 17 league matches to date, while West Ham have scaled heights that none would have foreseen. Admittedly, it's been a far more predictable affair at the other end of...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Injuries and suspensions: All the Premier League team news

Get all the latest team news and information from the weekend's Premier League action with the help of Physioroom.com.

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PREDICTION: 2-0 home win
FANTASY PICK: Cesc Fabregas
KEY STAT: Sam Allardyce has managed just two wins in 21 Premier League games against Chelsea (W2 D6 L13. Allardyce has no wins against Jose Mourinho in the competition (D3 L5), but his three draws have all come in away games (in four visits to Stamford Bridge).

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Eden Hazard could be a doubt after...


 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

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Leicester
(C-)

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Hull City
(D)

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Burnley
(C-)

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Crystal Palace
(C-)

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QPR
(E)

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West Brom
(D)

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Sunderland
(C)

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Stoke City
(B-)








Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal says that touchline rants are pointless

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal presented a toast to journalists as his United side prepare for the busy Christmas period.

Louis van Gaal believes other Premier League managers are wasting their time by shouting and bawling at their players from the touchline.

Unlike his contemporaries -- and one of his most famous predecessors, Sir Alex Ferguson -- the Manchester United boss prefers to relay messages to his players through his assistant Ryan Giggs, who can regularly be seen on the edge of the technical area at Old Trafford.

Not once has Van Gaal appeared on the touchline, home or away, this season. That has come as...