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By ESPN Staff
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Tommy's Tips: Swansea, Aston Villa in tight clash

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth gives his betting odds for Swansea City against Aston Villa, where he feels a draw is likely.

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Bony gets Monk vote

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has labelled Aston Villa's in-form striker Christian Benteke a Boxing Day threat - but has hinted he would not swap him for his own powerhouse forward Wilfried Bony.

Belgian powerhouse Benteke has been back to his best in recent weeks following injury and suspension, grabbing a superb solo winner in Villa's victory at Crystal Palace before scoring possibly an even better goal in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend.

It has been a long road back for Benteke...

 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.

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Premier League's Best XI outside the established order

Prem XI
ESPN FC's Best of the Rest.

Some facts get quoted so often they become footballing cliches. Seamus Coleman cost 60,000 pounds. Rickie Lambert used to work in a beetroot factory. And now there is the newest: Wilfried Bony has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else in 2014.

There are circumstances to explain what, at first, seemed a strange statistic. Luis Suarez, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez spent only part of the calendar year in England. Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero missed significant parts of it because...

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert to hold Tom Cleverley talks

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert say he does not "visualise" Ron Vlaar and Fabien Delph leaving Villa Park in the January transfer window.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed he will hold talks with Tom Cleverley about his future.

Villa have an option to buy the Manchester United loanee in January but Cleverley's contract at Old Trafford expires in June.

Everton wanted to sign the England international in the summer but failed to agree a deal with United, allowing Villa to resurrect a deadline day move which looked to be over.

The club have no deal in place for the midfielder in the summer and Lambert is planning to sit down...