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Struggling Everton's turnaround could start against Stoke

Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects a tough Stoke City at Goodison Park as his side tries to recover from their 3-0 defeat to Southampton.

What a difference a year makes. Without dissecting the how and why of it, the raw statistics paint a much-changed picture. This time 12 months ago, Everton had lost just once and sat level on points with Chelsea, just two behind leaders Liverpool. The Toffees possessed a league-high eight clean sheets, conceding just 16 goals in their first 17 matches.

It is 27 goals against this time around -- and the last of three clean sheets arrived against Swansea on Nov. 1-- for a side currently 13 points worse...

 By Chris Wright

Lineker pulls in Pele, Maradona and Mourinho for best man's speech

Being the good sort he is, Gary Lineker went above and beyond the call of duty in his efforts to cobble together a best man's speech ahead of the wedding of one of his good friends, businessman Richard King.

Blowing pretty much every other previous best man's speech out of the water, the former England striker turned Match of the Day host called in a glut of favours from a whole constellation of famous stars (and Piers Morgan) to wish the groom and his lovely wife well on their big day.


 By Phil Lythell

Can Chelsea avoid a London derby upset from surprising West Ham?

The Premier League will feature all 20 teams on Boxing Day, highlighted by Chelsea's clash with West Ham at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester United entertain Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Having faced the possibility of sitting down for Christmas dinner after dropping to second place in the Premier League, Chelsea now have the opportunity to turn the tables on Manchester City by moving six points clear at the top with a win over West Ham United.

With the match kicking off at lunchtime and concluding prior to City's meeting with West Bromwich Albion later that afternoon, the Blues have the chance to increase the pressure on their main title rivals. No doubt Citizens' boss Manuel Pellegrini...

Can West Ham, Southampton survive the festive period among Prem elite?

The ESPN FC crew respond to your questions regarding whether or not West Ham can push for a Champions League spot, what can make the Club World Cup a better competition and the competitiveness between La Liga and the Premier League.

The holiday season in the Premier League has often been where underdog dreams go to die. Fixtures pile up and the perception is that smaller clubs just cannot compete. This season, those smaller clubs still have a fighting chance. With the 2014-15 campaign approaching the halfway mark, West Ham United still cling to fourth place with Southampton close behind in fifth. But the festive period is coming, and with it 30 league matches in just seven days.

You have to go back nearly a decade to find...

Burnley have the tools to beat Liverpool

Burnley head coach Sean Dyche discusses the possibility of losing forward Danny Ings and his team's tough schedule ahead.

The packed festive schedule gets underway for Burnley when Liverpool head to Turf Moor on Friday for a fixture that was sold out weeks in advance.

Manager Sean Dyche will be well aware that the next week or two could have a huge impact on whether his team can stay in the Premier League. While the Christmas games look daunting on paper, Brendan Rodgers' side are in the middle of a dodgy patch of form and are beatable.

The Clarets are unbeaten in four on their own ground, taking eight points...

 By John Culea

Fantasy Preview: Week 18

The in-form Cesc Fabregas is one of the fantasy captain recommendations for week 18.
The in-form Cesc Fabregas is one of the fantasy captain recommendations for week 18.

All 10 games will be played on Boxing Day with roster rotation a concern for fantasy managers. One match for announced lineups: Chelsea-West Ham.

Friday, Dec. 26

Chelsea (13-3-1) vs. West Ham (9-4-4)

Chelsea's first place standing is reflected by the most goals scored (38) and joint-leader with fewest conceded (13). Cesc Fabregas (9.8) had a goal and an assist against Stoke, and although Eden Hazard (10.2) has two goals and two assists the last four games, he left with an injured ankle.

The Hammers...