Sunday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Chelsea smash eight past Aston Villa after Manchester United and Swansea contest a lively draw.

23 December 2012 Last updated at 18:41 GMT

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  1. 1839: 

    That is a wrap ladies and gentlemen.

    Have yourselves a merry little Christmas, eat and drink well, and join us all back here on Boxing Day. Chelsea head to Norwich, while Aston Villa are hosting Spurs.

    See you all there.

  2. 1836:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    "An incredible result. Christmas comes early for Chelsea, but Aston Villa could be in for training on Christmas Day."

  3. 1836:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Liberty Stadium:Swansea 1-1 Man Utd

    "It's a huge result for Swansea. They battled throughout. What a terrific year 2012 has been for them and they will feel they more than deserved a share of the spoils."

  4. 1835: 

    A quite amazing afternoon. Here's a reminder of what went down.

  5. 1832: 
    Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    Some more from Villa boss Paul Lambert: "You always learn, when you win, lose or draw. That will be a wake-up call for us. We'll bounce back.

    "We've only got two days to mull over it and have to go again against Spurs. We've let everybody down."

  6. 1831: 

    England spinner Graeme Swann on Twitter: "Did Villa have their Christmas party last night?"

  7. 1828: 

    It's all over at Tynecastle and Hearts have held on for the win. Ryan Stevenson's first-half double was countered by Keith Watson's stylish finish after the break but Dundee United could not find an equaliser.

  8. 1826: 
    Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    Rafael Benitez has also given us a small update on the expected move of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool: "I cannot confirm but I think so. There's still no news and when we know we will let you know."

  9. 1824: 

    Richard in Putney: "My dad bid for some tickets in a charity auction for Hospitality seats and travelled down from Birmingham to come with me. He paid £400 a ticket. Love you dad... Oh - we are Villa fans."

    Ollie, London: "So much for jet lag."

  10. 1822: 
    Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez: "It is not easy [for Villa] when you concede so many but we are professional and, I am going to say something you will find strange here, Villa were doing really well in terms in what they were trying to do. You can see that their manager has a good ideas and they will be a good positions.

    "We were talking to Cesar Azpilicueta about this, about putting the ball just there for Fernando Torres and it was a great header. He just needed a little confidence. For strikers that is key. He was working hard for the team before but now we are playing well and he has more chances to score.

    "The main thing is to win games not to score goals, if we keep doing that everything will be easier."

  11. 1819: 

    I've rarely seen Rafa Benitez in such a chirpy mood. As you'd expect to be honest! He did just say that his side should have scored more.

  12. 1819: 

    Will on text: "Vintage Lampard piledriver, stunning all-round second half display and a healthy goal difference boost. Safe to say I got my money worth today."

  13. 1814: 

    Aston Villa had been beaten 7-0 on five previous occasions, but not since 1964. That was at Old Trafford.

  14. 1813:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Makes no sense whatsoever for Chelsea to release Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole."

  15. 1812: 
    Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We were second best all over the pitch, I am not going to stand here and make excuses. We were beaten up pretty badly. The lads know that was not acceptable. You can't feel sorry for yourselves, you have to go again. We cannot concede as early as that at places like these, you have to get a foothold in the game."

    "Everything that could have gone wrong did, but you cannot let one game blight a whole season. We have been on a good run, but I wasn't getting carried away and it is the same again now."

  16. 1811: 

    Camron, a Villa fan: "I had the opportunity to go to either Anfield or Stamford bridge. I chose Stamford Bridge."

    Tom Duncan on text: "This defeat could really hurt Villa. If they're still near the foot of the table come the end of the season, a healthy goal difference could be vital."

  17. 1806: 
    Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard: "I think we showed a great appetite. The early goal helped. We are enjoying playing again.

    Lampard became Chelsea's record top-flight league scorer with 130 goals for the club, overtaking Bobby Tambling (129).

    He said: "It means that I'm old!! It means a lot. I'm very proud and very proud to beat a great man like Bobby Tambling."

    On contract situation: "I'm not concentrating that far. I'm going to continue game by game and I'm just happy to be fit."

  18. 1806: 

    Chelsea are up to third now, with a game in hand after their trip to Japan. They are currently seven points behind Manchester City.

    Villa meanwhile are in 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone. Their goal difference is now -17.

  19. 1803: 
    Eden Hazard

    Eden Hazard had gone eight games without a goal before netting against Leeds in midweek, but his finish today was superb. That's 13 goals in five days for Chelsea now.

  20. 1800:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford BridgeChelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

    "Aston Villa will either grow from this or wither and fall away. Villa were brave, some might say foolhardy in the way they stuck to their formation and shape. But Paul Lambert will survive this. He is a good manager, a hard manager, and he will pick his side up from here."

  21. 1800: 

    Mark on text: "I'm not that happy. It's all well and good scoring eight against a young Villa team but there were at least four clear cut chances we missed in that game. The finishing needs to be more clinical against tougher opposition."

    Dave, Birmingham: "£52 is the price Villa's travelling fans paid for a ticket to endure that misery this afternoon. I think a refund from the club is in order as a Christmas gift and that still wouldn't ease the pain."

  22. 1756: 

    Chelsea scored four goals in the final quarter of an hour. It's very rare you see a team be quite so clinical. Especially with so many games over Christmas, most sides would have taken it easy.

    But replacements Lucas Piazon, Ramires and Oscar really turned it on. They made a big difference.

  23. 1755: 

    Dan in Malvern on text: "Are you telling me this is the same Villa side that beat Liverpool 3-1 away last week??!! They must be feeling very generous this Christmas...!"

  24. 1754: 

    That is Aston Villa's biggest ever defeat in the top flight and it's Rafa Benitez's biggest victory in the Premier League. His previous best was 6-0 with Liverpool at home against Derby County in Sept 2007.

  25. 1751: 

    Eden Hazard hugs his fellow Belgian Christian Benteke, but the two have had very different afternoons. What a performance from Chelsea, who scored eight goals but could have had about 15. Remarkable.

  26. 1751: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "8 - Of the last 18 Premier League games to see a team score 6+ goals, Chelsea are responsible for eight of them. Rampant."

  27. 1750: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa
  28. 1747: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa - Ramires (90 mins)

    Relentless. Ruthless. Lethal. It's Christmas man! Take your foot off the gas! Think of the Villa fans! Whatever happened to good will to all men? Oscar runs through a by now demoralised defence before sliding the ball to Ramires, who side-foots a rising shot straight through Brad Guzan.

  29. 1747: 

    It's game on at Tynecastle as Keith Watson pulls one back for Dundee United with over half-an-hour left.

  30. 1746: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Lucaz Piazon

    Youngster Lucaz Piazon has been brilliant since he came on and he is unlucky here, he hits his penalty pretty well, it's high but Brad Guzan guesses correctly and turns it away.

  31. 1745: 

    Lucaz Piazon is fouled by Ciaran Clark...

  32. 1743: 

    Oscar rattles a shot into the side netting. Almost an eighth.

  33. 1743: 

    It's the last five minutes. Any more for any more?

  34. 1742: 

    SteveK, Swindon on text: "Hi Tom. You don't seem to be publishing any "Benitez out" messages from those loyal Chelsea supporters. Is that an editorial decision?"

    Rob in Herts: "Do Chelsea fans still want Rafa Benitez out?"

  35. 1740: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 7-0 Aston Villa - Eden Hazard (83 mins)

    Good grief. It is brackets time as Chelsea make it 7 (seven). This is the pick of the lot as well, Eden Hazard twisting away from two defenders inside the area before absolutely hammering the ball into the top corner from a tight angle. Wonderful finish.

  36. 1738: 

    That is Oscar's first goal in the Premier League. Chelsea could have had 10 today, they really could. We are into the last 10 minutes now.

  37. 1736: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 6-0 Aston Villa - Oscar (79 mins)

    Pick that one out. What a penalty. Oscar slams the ball into the top corner. You do not save those.

  38. 1735: 

    Lucas Piazon is involved again as he plays in Oscar in the box, Chris Herd makes a clumsy challenge from behind and that is a spot kick.

  39. 1734: 

    "You should have gone Christmas shopping" is the chant from Chelsea fans to their Villa counterparts.

  40. 1734:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea have been very thorough. It has been a demolition in fact. This would be a dramatic psychological advantage if these two teams met in the League Cup final at Wembley later this season."

  41. 1732: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 5-0 Aston Villa - Ramires (75 mins)

    And Lucas Piazon is instantly involved, motoring away from a challenge in midfield before getting his head up and picking out the run of Ramires. He eats up the ground to charge into the area and drills the shot between Brad Guzan's legs. That's five - still quarter of an hour left.

  42. 1730: 

    Aston Villa having a bit of a go here. Andreas Weimann shoots over the top before Rafael Benitez replaces the superb Juan Mata with youngster Lucas Piazon.

  43. 1728: 

    Tony, Chesham on text: "Am I wrong to be disappointed? We should be in double figures."

    Michael, Harpenden on text: "Wow! Thought Fulham were insipid yesterday - Villa may just be Top Trumping them!"

  44. 1725: 

    Oscar's first touch sees him stab wide from Ramires's pass. Chelsea could have had six or (seven) here. We may have to get the brackets out for this scoreline by the end of the game. We are into the last 20 minutes.

  45. 1723: 

    Cesar Azpilicueta has a shot saved by Brad Guzan as Fernando Torres comes off. Oscar is on in his place.

  46. 1723: 

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Not just because he's scored, I've been saying it consistently. Give Frank a contract. Still so important on and off pitch."

    Arthur Leventhorpe on Twitter: "I've got nothing bad to say about Frank Lampard. Fantastic player, even better professional. Legend."

  47. 1721: 

    Coming up for half-time at Tynecastle and Hearts are two goals to the good against Dundee United with Ryan Stevenson adding a penalty to his earlier strike. United have been poor and need a vast improvement in the second half.

  48. 1719: 

    We've seen nothing from Villa as an attacking force, but they almost score here. Substitute Stephen Ireland plays in Andreas Weimann with a lovely reverse pass, his shot is well saved by the body of Petr Cech before coming up onto the crossbar.

  49. 1719:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford Bridge:

    "His 130th top-flight goal for Chelsea and it was typical Lampard. A beautifully-struck shot right into the corner and 4-0 is probably an accurate reflection of how the game has gone so far."

  50. 1718: 

    It should be 5-0. Brad Guzan just gives the ball to Victor Moses on the right, he runs on and squares for Eden Hazard - who can only side-foot over the bar. There is still half an hour left don't forget.

  51. 1717: 

    And that's it for Frank Lampard - he comes off to be replaced by Ramires. Will he get another contract?

  52. 1715: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-0 Aston Villa - Frank Lampard (58 mins)

    Brad Guzan makes another fine save to keep out Victor Moses but it's a brief reprieve. The ball pops out to Frank Lampard 25 yards out, he takes a touch before cracking in a half volley. Right into the corner, that's his 190th goal for the club. Superb.

  53. 1714: 

    Fernando Torres thinks he has got another one - but he's offside. Brad Guzan wasn't to know that though as he made a brilliant save to keep out his volley before Torres headed in.

  54. 1712: 

    Fernando Torres is on it. After a rapid counter attack, he pulls out a 'rabona' cross which very nearly connects with Eden Hazard. When he is on song he remains a very, very good striker.

  55. 1710: 

    Best sighter for Aston Villa as Matt Lowton whips in a ball but Gary Cahill cuts it out from in front of Christian Benteke.

    Referee Phil Dowd then inadvertently gets in the way and plays the ball in to Chelsea to counter attack but Eden Hazard wastes it.

  56. 1709: 

    Chelsea are buzzing. With Frank Lampard and David Luiz providing the platform in midfield, it's all about the front four. Fernando Torres is again found by Juan Mata but his shot is deflected away for a corner. From the corner, Lampard attempts a 30-yard volley but it's straight at Brad Guzan.

  57. 1706: 

    Great move from Chelsea, it really is. Fernando Torres is at the heart of it, laying off a sharp pass to Victor Moses before spinning away into space. He wants the return but it's half cut out, it runs to Juan Mata who thrashes in the shot which Brad Guzan turns over the bar.

  58. 1704: 

    Villa thread a nice ball down the sides but guess what? Christian Benteke is offside.

  59. 1701: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

    The second half is go.

  60. 1701: 
    Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips reports from Stamford Bridge: "At 2-0 Villa still had a sniff, but the third goal seems to have totally deflated them and Chelsea are suddenly playing with a real swagger. If Chelsea have the appetite to push for more, it could be a miserable second half for the travelling fans."

  61. 1700: 

    Here come the players.

  62. 1658: 

    Christian Benteke was offside a lot in that first half. Last week though he was terrific at Anfield. A real handful up top on his own.

    If he gets his runs right he could still pose a threat after the break.

  63. 1657: 
    Swansea 1-1 Man Utd

    We've got some more reaction from Swansea defender Ashley Williams, who insists he did not deliberately kick the ball into Manchester United striker Robin van Persie's head.

    Van Persie was lying on the ground when Williams kicked the ball from a couple of yards away after the referee blew for a foul.

    United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the Dutchman is "lucky to be alive" but Williams downplayed the incident.

    "I've seen it on the TV and that's his opinion," Williams said.

    "Everyone's going to have their own opinion but from my point of view I tried to apologise on the pitch but it all flared up.

    "I just kicked the ball in frustration and obviously not trying to hit him square on the head.

    "I understand exactly why he's angry. I'd be the same if the ball hit me on the head at that pace."

  64. 1655: 

    Dominik Nilsson on Twitter: "Can someone tell Benteke how the offside rule works!"

  65. 1650:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

    "Chelsea have been excellent in this first 45 minutes, keeping Aston Villa on the ropes throughout. It is a long way back for Paul Lambert's men from here."

  66. 1650: 
    David Luiz

    David Luiz's free-kick was the third goal Chelsea have scored in the Premier League this season from a direct free-kick.

    Juan Mata has scored two. Last season in the Premier League they scored none.

  67. 1647: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
  68. 1646: 

    The best we've seen of Christian Benteke as he lifts the ball over the head of Gary Cahill but he can't get his shot away.

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford Bridge:

    "Aston Villa are lacking the speedy likes of Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor on the bench who can get behind the Chelsea defence on their few attacks."

  70. 1644: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Ivanovic is now top scoring defender this PL season on 4 goals, one more than Evra, Bassong."

  71. 1643: 

    David Luiz has looked good in the middle again today - but I don't know what he's thinking here as he overcooks a ball down the line by at least 35 yards. Out of play.

    We are into the last two minutes of the half.

  72. 1641:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford Bridge:

    "Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has two options. He can bring on a more attacking player at right-back in place of Matthew Lowton who has struggled to get in the game, Marc Albrighton springs to mind. Or else stiffen the midfield by bringing on Fabian Delph. Either way it will be a massive psychological victory for Villa if they can get anywhere near Chelsea from here."

  73. 1639: 

    Gary Cahill has certainly come on since being flogged by Aston Villa. Champions League winner, England international - I think he got the best out of that move...

    Villa do threaten now but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

  74. 1638: 

    You can now see the video of Sir Alex Ferguson's post-match interview on our website. It's at the top of this page, unless you're reading on a mobile.

  75. 1636: 

    Wayne Rooney has been asked about the Ashley Williams - Robin van Persie incident. He's not singing off exactly the same hymn sheet as his boss...

    Rooney said: ""I think it's one of those things. The whistle's gone, the defenders gone to clear and it's hit him in the head. I think probably the right decision from the referee."

  76. 1634: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa - Branislav Ivanovic (34 mins)

    Chelsea are running away with this. A corner from the right is controlled well by former Villa man Gary Cahill, he turns and fires in a shot which Brad Guzan saves, but Branislav Ivanovic is free to head in from two yards. Game over?

  77. 1633:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford Bridge

    "It was a wonderful dipper. It really was a bomb of a ball. David Luiz hit it with real venom, it reared up and over the wall and the pace of it was superb. The goalkeeper had no chance. I'm looking at Villa's bench and wondering whether Paul Lambert can risk the likes of Stephen Ireland, Fabian Delph or Marc Albrighton, someone with a little more creativity. It is a risky situation for them now."

  78. 1632: 

    Chelsea are well on top now, Juan Mata crosses from the left and Nathan Baker almost turns it past his own keeper. Brad Guzan hangs on though.

  79. 1631: 

    Great technique from David Luiz. He got the ball up and down so quickly, there were shades of Cristiano Ronaldo about that. Fine strike.

  80. 1629: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa - David Luiz (29 mins)

    You don't get this from John Obi Mikel do you? Fabulous technique from David Luiz, as he smashes a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner. Get this man in midfield for good.

  81. 1627: 

    Ashley Cole has handed Phil Dowd something form the Chelsea bench. The modern day equivalent of the magic sponge I guess. He seems to be ok now.

    Dowd is in the action as he penalises Chris Herd for a foul on Eden Hazard.

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Stamford Bridge:

    "When Aston Villa broke just then Chelsea, for the first time, had both David Luiz and Frank Lampard out of position. For all their excellent play they have to be careful not to leave spaces at the back for the visitors to exploit."

  83. 1625: 

    Neil, Liverpool, via text: "Great header by Torres. But the way the ball hit his head! That's the second most dangerous thing I've ever seen on a football pitch. Ever. Even worse than a mistimed Paul Scholes tackle. He could've died! Lifetime ban for whoever crossed the ball!"

    Ben in Norwich via text: "What a header! Didier Drogba would've been proud of that one!"

  84. 1624: 

    Speaking of referee Phil Dowd - it looks like he's carrying a bit of a knock here. He's going to try and run it off but we may need a change in the middle. Send for Jimmy Hill...

  85. 1622: 

    Ashley Cole dinks in a cross toward Fernando Torres - who is challenged by Nathan Baker in the penalty area. The Villa defender had his arms around the shoulders of Torres, that was dubious from the Villa man. Nothing given by Phil Dowd though.

  86. 1621: 

    The SPL card resumes and concludes in Edinburgh where Dundee United visit Hearts.

    Former Hearts favourite Rudi Skacel makes his first appearance as a United player at Tynecastle, hoping to preserve or extend the two-point lead the Tangerines currently hold over their opponents.

    Keep across the action in a separate live text.

  87. 1619: 

    This is better from Villa as they take the pace out of the game for the first time. Barry Bannan and Ashley Westwood are getting on the ball. There's been no end product for Christian Benteke to work with though.

  88. 1619: 
    Fernando Tores (right) celebrates scoring for Chelsea

    Fernando Torres opened the scoring for the fourth time since joining Chelsea with his early header and was his 14th goal of the season in all competitions.

  89. 1614: 

    Aston Villa are working hard to close down Chelsea but they are struggling to get close enough at the moment. Victor Moses wins a corner for the home side after an energetic run but Villa see it out.

  90. 1611: 

    Fernando Torres without Rafael Benitez is like Gary Barlow without the rest of Take That.

    That was Torres' 59th goal in 84 Premier League matches under Benitez. He has scored 20 goals for five other managers in 81 Premier League matches.

  91. 1609: 

    Mark Duffell on Twitter: "Benitez wasn't joking when said knew how to get best from Torres. Give him ball quickly seems answer. That was some header."

  92. 1607: 

    That was the 50th goal scored in the Premier League this season by a Spaniard. They are taking over the joint. How can Aston Villa respond now?

  93. 1606: 

    That has shocked everyone. A peach of a header from Fernando Torres. I asked earlier if Chelsea are in the market for a new striker with Daniel Sturridge on the move, but Torres is looking like the main man.

  94. 1602: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa - Fernando Torres (3 mins)

    Oohhhh what a header! Eat your heart out Duncan Ferguson, Malcolm Macdonald, Les Ferdinand, even Didier Drogba - this is right up there. The defending is not too clever as Cesar Azpilicueta crosses from the right and Fernando Torres thumps a magnificent header in to the top corner from 15 yards. Brilliant goal.

  95. 1601: 

    Chelsea have a free-kick within the first five seconds. Frank Lampard lines it up but his shot hits the wall.

  96. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    Game on at Stamford Bridge.

  97. 1555: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge. A big day for Frank Lampard - 500 Premier League starts.

  98. 1555: 

    Stuart on text: "Classic Ferguson move. Team can't get the result so gives a completely insane interview in the hope everybody will get distracted."

    Martin in Petts Wood on text: "I suggest that it is Ferguson who should be banned after his comments. Irresponsible to say the least."

  99. 1550: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez: "We have to manage players we have. We have another game in three days' time and we have to use the squad.

    "I think that David Luiz in midfield is a good option. He is good in the air, he can use both feet, he is quick and he can finish. He is a good player for us."

  100. 1549: 

    Manchester united defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Not a bad point away at Swansea...start of a tough festive schedule."

  101. 1546: 
    Swansea 1-1 Man Utd

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It was very important result, for a club like Swansea in only the second season in the Premiership. It was difficult and for the 10 minutes after they scored, we struggled a bit but we came back into it. They had the bigger chances, but we had the spirit and the players really wanted a result.

    "We have to improve on set-pieces but it is logical. We don't have many players of 6' 5" it is something that you have to accept because of the way we play.

    "It is important to get points against the top teams but for me it is more important to get things from the games against Wigan, Reading or Fulham."

  102. 1545: 

    What do we make of those quotes then? Strong stuff from Sir Alex.

  103. 1544: 
    Swansea 1-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "We absolutely battered them and we are very unlucky. It really should have been a foul for us in the build-up to their goal. It was just one of those games, he is a young referee, but really, what a performance.

    "It should have been six point gap today and that is the disappointment. Vidic did not have much to do but what he did do he did well.

    "Robin van Persie is lucky to be alive. It was a disgraceful act from their player today and he should be banned by the FA. Robin could have had a broken neck."

  104. 1541: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Oscar, Ferreira, Marin, Piazon, Ake.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Herd, Clark, Baker, Lowton, Bannan, Westwood, Lichaj, Weimann, Holman, Benteke. Subs: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Delph, Bowery, Bennett.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  105. 1539: 

    Someone's just hit a nine-darter at the World Championships, and Cool Runnings is on.

    It must be Christmas. A dream of a Sunday.

  106. 1536: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez believes that English football may be making too many demands on its players over the festive period. "Why do you need to play four games in 10 days? You could play two games and the families can attend the games with the children and they will enjoy it," he said.

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes that midfielder Ashley Westwood's form warrants comparison to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes. "I called him a Mini Scholes. I stand by it. I still believe it because of the way he passes the ball," Lambert said. "Sometimes the five-yard pass is the most difficult because no-one wants to play it."

  107. 1534: 

    After that Club World Cup win over Monterrey in Japan, Robbie Savage was adamant that David Luiz and Frank Lampard were the men to play together in midfield for Chelsea.

    Today, he gets that wish granted. Merry Christmas, Robbie. Merry Christmas Frank Lampard as well - today is his 500th Premier League start.

  108. 1531: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Almost a year to the day since Aston Villa enjoyed their most memorable win in Alex McLeish's forgettable reign, another festive fixture at Chelsea beckons. How things have changed in 12 months.

    "Since then the Londoners have been crowned champions of Europe, won the FA Cup and sacked two managers. The midweek cup battering of Leeds has given Chelsea fans a rare recent feeling of optimism, while Villa's six-game unbeaten run and and own encouraging form under Paul Lambert has renewed belief in their young team. Villa supporters seem chirpy, the home fans seem ready to embrace 2013 after their recent traumas."

  109. 1530: 

    I missed in the dying stages that Paul Scholes was booked for United.

    That was his 99th booking in the Premier League. Only two men have joined that particular hundred club - Kevin Davies and Lee Bowyer.

  110. 1528: 

    Swansea captain Ashley Williams on his confrontation with Manchester United striker Robin van Persie: "I just cleared the ball with frustration and unfortunately it hit him in the head and he got a bit angry about it. Everything got a bit heated but it was alright in the end."

  111. 1528: 
    Robin van Persie (left) and referee Lee Probert

    Manchester United's Robin van Persie made his displeasure very clear to referee Michael Oliver after Ashley Williams kicked the ball into his head. It came during a frustrating afternoon for United, who missed the chance to restore their six-point lead at the top of the table.

  112. 1528: 

    So how will David Luiz get on in midfield today? He was excellent against Monterrey last week.

  113. 1528: 

    Sam Woods on Twitter: "Never been so excited about a defender being moved into midfield. Watch Luiz dominate Villa's kids today."

    Matt Reed on Twitter: "RE 1439 you put the mockers on the game by stating that there were going to be more goals. I blame you Tom."

    That's true enough. There was plenty of action to be fair...

  114. 1524: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Giggs's 607 Premier League matches are 7 matches more than Manchester City have played in PL and more than 35 of all 44 clubs in PL history."

  115. 1522: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea make three changes from the team that beat Leeds in the Capital One Cup with David Luiz pushed up into midfield at the expense of Oscar. Gary Cahill comes into central defence for Luiz as Ashley Cole and Eden Hazard replace Ryan Bertrand and Marko Marin respectively.

    Villa make only one change to the matchday squad of 18 that beat Liverpool last time out. Darren Bent is still absent as Stephen Ireland replaces Charles N'Zogbia on the bench.

  116. 1521: 

    So Manchester United have a four-point lead at the top of the table at Christmas. A great game. United were much improved after the break but Swansea probably merit a point after an excellent first-half showing.

  117. 1520: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-1 Man Utd
  118. 1518: 

    Michel Vorm races out of his goal to head clear, Ryan Giggs then tries a 40-yard volley but it drifts wide. Cracking game is into the last minute of added time.

  119. 1514: 

    Almost brilliant from Manchester United. Patrice Evra floats a lovely ball over the top, Ryan Giggs helps it on first time and Javier Hernandez's shot is blocked.

    Giggs then pulls off another beauty of a pass to find Evra but he is shut out. Great defending.

  120. 1513: 

    Swansea make a late change, but Michael Laudrup is not closing the door here. It's striker Itay Shechter on for Kemy Agustien.

  121. 1512: 

    We are into the last five minutes. Can Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs mastermind yet another late win for United? Manchester City did it yesterday...

  122. 1510: 

    It's pretty much attack against defence now, with Swansea hanging on. Chico makes a brilliant sliding tackle to keep Robin van Persie out and it's a corner to United. It comes to nothing though.

    Tom Cleverley then comes off, with Paul Scholes on.

  123. 1509: 

    Paul, Manchester, via text: "Say what you want about rooney, he keeps going even if its not working for him, when subbed he goes off without a word, shakes his manager's hand and takes a seat on the bench. Utter pro."

    Rob, London, via text: "@matt Collingwood. I think you'll find if you check the record books at least 3 out of 4 matches these comments are made about Rooney being overrated. It's the great games which are few and far between."

    Paul in Norwich via text: "Stop saying Rooney is having a bad game. It's worse than that. Worst performance in a united shirt."

  124. 1508: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes in Swansea. An excellent game so far. Manchester United are piling it on now!

  125. 1506: 

    How are Manchester United not ahead?!

    Patrice Evra gets into the box, he cuts it back for Robin van Persie but his shot is blocked by Ashley Williams, the rebound then runs to Ashley Young and his shot is blocked on the line by Ben Davies. Superb defending!

  126. 1504: 

    Oh so close again! Michael Carrick wins the header at the near post, and Michel Vorm tips it on to the frame of the goal. Can Swansea hold on?

  127. 1504: 

    Ryan Giggs is on for Wayne Rooney.

  128. 1502: 

    ...and a yellow for Robin van Persie.

    And here is what triggered it. Van Persie was on the floor after being fouled and Ashley Williams leathered the ball into his head from about six inches away. Bedlam.

    Wayne Rooney takes the free-kick and it hits the wall and goes out for a corner.

  129. 1502: 

    It's yellow for Swansea's Ashley Williams.

  130. 1501: 

    It's all kicked off here!

    Manchester United win a free-kick on the edge of the box and then it all breaks out. There's a 20-man brawl. What is the referee going to do here?

  131. 1459: 

    This sums up this game in one spell. Dithering at the back allows Wayne Rooney in on goal, but his pass to Javier Hernandez is undercooked and Chico clears. Mistakes everywhere you look.

    Sir Alex Ferguson is fuming. Steam is coming out of his ears.

  132. 1458: 

    Javier Hernandez is in, he reads the pass from Robin van Persie but his touch deserts him and his shot is then blocked and Michel Vorm can make the save. Ryan Giggs is coming on by the looks of it.

  133. 1458: 

    It's a record attendance at Swansea today - 20,650 fans are in. It's no Vetch Field, but a good atmosphere nonetheless.

  134. 1456: 

    Luke Moore comes on for the Swans, with Jonathan de Guzman coming off. De Guzman was very good today, and that should now see Michu operating a bit deeper.

  135. 1455: 

    Wayne Rooney is putting a shift in from that wide left berth now, but he sees yellow for bringing down Dwight Tiendalli.

  136. 1453: 

    Out of nothing, United almost lead! Wayne Rooney produces the goods this time, crossing from the left and finding Robin van Persie. The Dutchman mishits his volley but it loops up onto the crossbar. Very close.

    The officials bizarrely give a corner, but there is no harm done.

  137. 1452: 

    Manchester United are controlling the game now. Swansea maybe starting to tire a bit.

  138. 1450: 

    As I thought, Wayne Rooney has now come out to the left wing, with Ashley Young going to the right and Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez up top. There are 25 minutes left.

  139. 1449: 

    Matt Collingwood "He has a bad game and suddenly Rooney is 'overrated'. Check the archives, folks."

  140. 1447: 

    Manchester United do make a change - it's Javier Hernandez on in place of Antonio Valencia. Maybe Wayne Rooney will move out wide?

    Swansea also make a change - it's Ki Sung-yueng on in place of Leon Britton.

  141. 1446: 

    Wayne Rooney takes the free-kick from a good 30 yards but it's easily held by Michel Vorm.

  142. 1445: 

    We are approaching the hour mark in south Wales. Manchester United have not been great today, but we've said that before this season and they've still gone on to win.

    Swans defender Chico goes into the book for a foul on Wayne Rooney.

  143. 1444: 

    Nathan, at the Liberty stadium: "If Rooney completes 90 minutes we'll lose, something needs to be changed. Be it in his head or on the fourth official board."

    Big Mick in Tamworth on text: "Rooney has got to be the most over-rated player in the world. I really don't know why there is so much love for him."

  144. 1441: 

    It ends 1-1 at Rugby Park between Kilmarnock and Hibernian. Both goals were in the first half with Paul Heffernan opening for Killie before Eoin Doyle equalised. Hibs and Killie remain fourth and eighth respectively.

    Next up is Hearts v Dundee United at 1630 GMT.

  145. 1440: 

    Nathan Dyer shoots wide after a swift Swansea attack, as Javier Hernandez warms up for Manchester United.

  146. 1439: 

    End to end stuff! Another mistake, this time from Swansea, allows Robin van Persie in on goal. He feeds Ashley Young on his right but his shot is brilliantly blocked by Ashley Williams. Got to be more goals in this. Got to be.

  147. 1437: 

    Lovely from Kemy Agustien, He pulls out a Cristiano Ronaldo-style flick inside to beat his marker and fires in low from the edge of the box. David de Gea makes the save.

    Swansea then attack again, Wayne Routledge beats his man to fire in a low shot which De Gea has to turn aside. Routledge is on fire.

  148. 1436: 

    Wayne Rooney is played in by a neat Robin van Persie pass but he dithers somewhat and his shot is blocked. Swansea then go long to Michu, and again Nemanja Vidic struggles to keep up.

  149. 1436: 

    Dan in Oxford on text: "This United side consists of two quality wingers and two quality strikers, they have no core stability. They are going to find themselves on the wrong side of a battering soon."

  150. 1433: 

    Wayne Rooney's Sat Nav needs updating, after turning away from trouble on the right flank he pings a 50-yard pass miles behind his team-mates to gift possession to Swansea. He's off the pace today.

  151. 1432:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

    "Villa fans could hardly believe their eyes last December as Alex McLeish plotted a comeback from a goal down to see their team win at the Bridge for the first time in a decade.

    "A repeat of that would have seemed unthinkable a fortnight ago, but Villa have secured stylish back-to-back away wins at Carrow Road and Anfield to encourage them.

    "Chelsea may have swept aside Leeds in midweek, but in between their world, European and domestic cup adventures they have still managed just one league win in eight. Perhaps we are in for a surprise or two?"

  152. 1432: 

    This has been a cracking 45 minutes - but we've got another game still to come remember...

  153. 1431: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 1-1 Man Utd

    The second half is under way.

  154. 1431: 

    Here come the players at Swansea - Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are both in the referee's ear. They are not happy.

  155. 1428: 

    Nemanja Vidic is understandably not up to speed yet - but Sir Alex Ferguson will hoping he can improve this defence.

    United have now conceded 25 Premier League goals this season - already more than they conceded in the whole of 2007-08 (22) and 2008-09 (24).

  156. 1426: 

    Rob, Bromley on text: "Cleverley showing inexperience surging off as if he's a striker, leaves Carrick in middle all exposed with no passing options, watch Rooney drop back in that area to compensate unless Fergie subs him at half time!"

  157. 1423: 

    Ah, here is what Sir Alex is unhappy about. Robin van Persie went down under a challenge from Chico 25 seconds before Swansea equalised. It was a wrestle for possession, but the referee waved play on.

  158. 1421: 

    Mo Hafiz on Twitter: "The New Swansea are playing like the Old Real Madrid and The New Real Madrid are playing like the Old Swansea."

  159. 1420: 
    Patrice Evra (left) celebrates scoring for Manchester United

    Patrice Evra's goal for Manchester United was his third of the Premier League season. United have won their previous four top-flight games when Evra has netted first, according to infostrada.

  160. 1417: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting on the touchline as the players come off. Who is he waiting for? Oh it's referee Michael Oliver, who gets an ear-bashing as they enter the tunnel.

  161. 1416:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Liberty Stadium:HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-1 Man Utd

    "Michu's 13th Premier League goal levelled the situation after Patrice Evra had put United in front. United were dominant for the first 20-25 minutes but since then Swansea have come back and come back strongly. The scoreline is a fair reflection of the game."

  162. 1415: 

    Patrice Evra gets in down the left for United and cuts back to Wayne Rooney. The England man is in all sorts of space 10 yards out but he doesn't get hold of his shot at all, and it is straight at Michel Vorm. Not one of Rooney's better halves.

  163. 1414: 

    Manchester United are having a good little spell now. Ashley Young gets into space but he can't connect with Tom Cleverley and Swansea clear.

  164. 1413: 

    Mufadal Jiwaji on Twitter: "MUFC being outpassed by a team in white playing a high tempo counter attacking game. Take note, Jose."

  165. 1411: 

    Michu by the way is the first Swansea player to score against Manchester United since Bob Latchford in May 1983. We are into the last five minutes of a superb first half.

    Bad defending = great excitement.

  166. 1408: 

    You really do Pete. He could be filling his boots. This is a good spell from Swansea, with Jonathan de Guzman pulling the strings.

  167. 1407: 

    Peter Hatherall on Twitter: "You have to wonder how this Man U defence is going to cope with Ronaldo!!!"

  168. 1405: 

    Ashley Williams hooks on a long throw-in and David de Gea is all over the place, he is out of his goal but Nemanja Vidic clears. Jonathan de Guzman then beats his man easily to get into the box but his shot is held by David de Gea.

    Manchester United look a mess at the back.

  169. 1403: 

    What has happened to Wayne Routledge? In the nicest sense. He has always been on the periphery of being a top-flight player, but this season he looks a new man. He is all over the United backline at the moment.

  170. 1401: 

    Cracking move by Swansea for the goal, but Manchester United then create one of their own. Robin van Persie is on the end of it but screws his shot wide on his right foot. An excellent match this one.

  171. 1359: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Man Utd - Michu (29 mins)

    Inevitable. Michu gets his 13th goal of the season, and it's a lovely move. You don't say this very often, but Manchester United are ripped apart. Kemy Agustien beats a man in midfield, plays in Wayne Routledge in the 'D' and he flicks a great first-time pass into the stride of Jonathan de Guzman. His shot across goal is saved, but Michu is alive to the rebound to tap in from close range.

  172. 1356: 

    Phil Jones is the first man into the book - the Manchester United full-back piles into Ben Davies as he clears away. Jones took a bad touch and his momentum carried him into Davies.

  173. 1355: 

    Good chance for Michu. Nathan Dyer is played in down the right, he hooks over a cross which is a bit high for the striker but he powers in a header anyway - well over the top though.

  174. 1354: 

    Manchester United have kicked into gear. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie link up nicely 30 yards from goal before finding Ashley Young in space. His shot is blocked but the ball is recycled out to Phil Jones on the right. His cross is poor though and the danger passes.

    Both sides look fragile at the back here - we could have a few more goals yet.

  175. 1354: 

    Dean in Scotland on text: "Dave I hope you put the Evra to score bet on separately! Any chance of the chrimbo lottery numbers? That was a bold prediction."

    Matt, Hillingdon on text: "I'm on the Dave, London bandwagon. Any end-of-the-world predictions?"

  176. 1352: 

    Another Robin van Persie corner causes Swansea problems, but Ashley Williams eventually deals with it. Ominously, Manchester United have gone on to win in all seven of their previous Premier League matches this season when they have opened the scoring.

  177. 1349: 

    Patrice Evra has a long hard word from referee Michael Oliver after bringing down Nathan Dyer. There's no card as yet though. Swansea looking to settle down after conceding that early goal.

  178. 1349: 

    George Martin on Twitter: "Re: Dave from London, can I borrow a tenner?"

  179. 1347: 

    Mystic Dave (1337) will be loving that goal.

    But hang on a minute, Swansea aren't done yet. Jonathan de Guzman runs in on goal but the whistle goes as Michu had impeded Jonny Evans in the build-up. The correct decision, but United look ropey at the back. Again.

  180. 1345: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Man Utd - Patrice Evra (16 mins)

    United lead - and it's a soft goal to concede. Robin van Persie whips the corner in and Patrice Evra gets in front of his man to flick a header in off the far post. Leon Britton was on the line but couldn't keep it out.

  181. 1344: 

    This is a top save! Michael Carrick picks open the Swansea defence with a fine pass, Ashley Young drills in low and Michel Vorm turns it away.

  182. 1344: 

    But after a shaky few minutes, it is Manchester United who go close. Wayne Rooney shoots from 25 yards, the ball swerves viciously in front of Michel Vorm and the keeper just about keeps it out.

  183. 1343: 

    Manchester United are playing a high line - which is dangerous with Swansea's pace. Michu again gets the better of Nemanja Vidic, he is away but he doesn't spot Jonathan de Guzman in acres of space to his right and instead shoots harmlessly wide. The right pass then and De Guzman was clear.

  184. 1340: 

    Swansea's tails are up. Jonathan de Guzman is allowed to carry the ball through midfield as Jonny Evans backs off and backs off, and the ball is played to Wayne Routledge to fire in low. Easy save for David de Gea though.

    The first refrains of 'Five Cantonas' can be heard from the away end but it's the home side who look the more dangerous in these early stages.

  185. 1340: 

    Half-time at Rugby Park and it's all square. Paul Heffernan's lob edged Kilmarnock into the lead but Eoin Doyle's tap-in has brought Hibernian back into it. Plenty of chances so far with Killie just having the better of it.

  186. 1338: 

    Manchester United have gone 20 Premier League matches without a draw, since the 4-4 home draw with Everton in April. They've not been shy of conceding first of course this season, but they just score so many goals it doesn't really matter.

    But Swansea are the next to threaten - Michu running on to a long ball forward and outpacing Nemanja Vidic, but his shot on the bounce is high and wide.

  187. 1337: 

    Dave, London: "Had a dream that Man U win this 4-1 with Evra bagging a rare goal. Cheeky fiver on it at 100-1. You never know..."

  188. 1335: 

    Some lovely one-touch play in midfield from Swansea sees Wayne Routledge play in Dwight Tiendalli on the overlap, the full-back puts in a brilliant first time cross - but there's nobody there to attack it. A great ball in that.

  189. 1334: 

    United are popping it around confidently now, Michael Carrick at the fore. It's a standard 4-4-2 for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, with Phil Jones at right-back.

  190. 1332: 

    Antonio Valencia leads a counter-attack for Manchester United, and his cross from the right is blocked by Ben Davies. Valencia wants a penalty for that, but replays show that it struck the left-back in the chest. High tempo start here.

  191. 1331: 

    A heavy touch from Jonny Evans lets Swansea in down the right, they cross in looking for Michu but Michael Carrick makes the clearance.

  192. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    We are off.

  193. 1327: 

    Sir Bobby Charlton has just laid a wreath on the pitch in memory of Kenny Morgans - a Swansea-born Manchester United player who survived the Munich air disaster.

  194. 1324: 

    The teams are about to enter the pitch at the Liberty. Nemanja Vidic and Ashley Williams at the head of the lines.

  195. 1319: 

    You get your money's worth at Peterborough don't you? They pulled off a 5-4 win at home to Bolton yesterday, but Posh fans expecting some big transfer news may have their hopes dashed.

    Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has just tweeted: "I'm sitting outside Harrods having a smoke whilst the Mrs spends the Posh Jan transfer budget inside haha. #nonstopshopping."

    The money for that right-back you wanted has just gone on a hamper.

  196. 1318: 

    Conor, York on text: "I've been screaming for Fergie to set the team up like he has today all season. This United team will fly."

  197. 1314: 

    Manchester United have certainly missed the calming presence of Nemanja Vidic at the back. His aerial prowess may be needed today as well - Michu has scored five headers this season. The most in the league.

  198. 1309: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Agustien, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Richards.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes, Fletcher, Buttner.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  199. 1306: 

    Good stat time - Manchester United haven't lost in the Premier League on a Sunday since they were hammered 6-1 by Manchester City.

  200. 1300: 
    Swansea v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Swansea have keeper Michel Vorm back between the posts. Vorm has missed 10 games with a groin injury and replaces Gerhard Tremmel as the home side also draft in midfielder Kemy Agustien for Ki Sung-yeung.

    Manchester United also make two changes from the win over Sunderland. Centre-back pairing Nemanja Vidic, making his first start since September, and Jonny Evans start instead of Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling.

  201. 1254: 

    Kilmarnock have come flying out of the traps, taking an early lead against Hibs thanks to former Donny and Notts County man Paul Heffernan.

    Don't forget you can follow a separate live text commentary on all things Scottish should you wish.

  202. 1253: 
    Swansea v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Manchester United missed out on the title on goal difference to Manchester City last season and boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to avoid a similar scenario. He says: "Hopefully we can start adding to our goal difference, which at the moment is similar to City's."

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says United are his favourites for the top-flight title but insists his side will not be overawed by their illustrious opponents. He says: "I assure you that will not happen. We have done well against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City so why can't we do it against United?"

  203. 1248: 

    Rich, a ManU fan on text: "Stuck at work and the closest thing to watching live football is the live text but to answer your questions @1213 - 1) there's every chance 2) he's much better coming from deep 3) better than what they've got & 4) when aren't they in the market. PS I'm hoping for utd win, another 3-2 victory I think. That defence isn't tightening up anytime soon."

  204. 1247:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Liberty Stadium:Swansea v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows that unprecedented 20th title is still some way off yet but he'll be thrilled by his team's fantastic form that's seen them win five on the spin. The goals have been flying in with Wayne Rooney now back in the scoring groove and threatening to challenge Robin van Persie for the Golden Boot. Swansea's progress has been checked by consecutive defeats but they're already five points better off than a year ago and a first ever League Cup semi-final is on the New Year fixture list. I predict goals, a fabulous atmosphere and of course Wizzard on the tannoy wishing it could be Christmas every day."

  205. 1246: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Michel Vorm is back in goal for Swansea, while Nemanja Vidic makes his first start for Manchester United since September.

  206. 1241: 

    A win for Kilmarnock at home to Hibs today and the Rugby Park side could leapfrog St Johnstone into sixth place in the Scottish Premier League. Kenny Shiels' men have only lost one match in their last six, but succumbed to a 2-1 defeat by Hibs back in September at Easter Road.

    Meanwhile, Pat Fenlon's side will be keen to cement their position in the top half of the table or push past Aberdeen into fourth place as the year draws to a close. Recent defeats against Motherwell and Inverness will be at the front of Fenlon's thoughts as they make the trip down to Ayshire on a blustery and wet Sunday luchtime.

    You can follow all the action in a separate live text commentary.

  207. 1237: 

    We should have team news from the Liberty with you soon. Swansea could have goalkeeper Michel Vorm back between the sticks after injury.

  208. 1235: 

    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "Score prediction: Chelsea and United both to win comfortably. Transfer Prediction: Chelsea will recall Lukaku and sign Zaha."

    Trystan on Twitter: "Michu is a slightly less talented and much harder working Berbatov."

  209. 1226: 

    Fighting talk from Robbie.

    Swansea have shipped more goals at home than any team outside of the relegation zone though...

  210. 1224: 

    Robbie, Man United fan on text: "Today will be the first annihilation United issue this season. Wazza and RVP to get a stocking full and Vidic to grab the defence by the baubles. 5-0. Merry Christmas everybody!!"

  211. 1222: 

    Of course, Michu is not the only striker to worry about today. Forget Wayne Rooney, forget Danny Graham. You can even forget about Bebe and Leroy Lita.

    Robin van Persie is the only man to match Michu's scoring rate. He also has 12 goals in 17 Premier League appearances - what price on a double today?

  212. 1220: 

    Charles Marshall on Twitter: "Last minute Christmas shopping. Before the footy this afternoon. Gotta love Christmas."

  213. 1215: 

    Manchester United and Swansea are not the only show in town this afternoon though.

    Coming up at 1600, Chelsea look to get back to league business against Aston Villa.

  214. 1213: 

    So everyone ready for Christmas? Or are we all snowed under with last-minute, frantic wrapping and buying?

    Let's be honest, if you haven't got it sorted now, just forget it. Instead. just spend your afternoon talking football. Are United going to win the league this year? How good is Michu? Is Daniel Sturridge a good buy for Liverpool? Are Chelsea in the market for strikers?

    Let me know. Ping me a tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball, or if you prefer, send me a nice little text message on 81111 (UK Only).

    Put your names on those texts though. Cheers.

  215. 1208: 

    Miguel Perez Cuesta - or Michu to you and I - has bagged 12 goals in 17 Premier League appearances for Swansea. That is a prolific hit rate, and if you can nominate a cooler finish than either of his goals at Arsenal I'd like to hear it.

    How will he fare against United?

  216. 1204: 

    Manchester United want a 20th league title, and a win at Swansea would make it 15 wins out of 18 so far this season.

    For a team who haven't really looked at their best all term, that would be some effort. But let's not write Swansea off - Michael Laudrup's men have put in some superb performances this year - and in Michu they may have the signing of the season.

  217. 1200: 

    Top at Christmas.

    Manchester United have been Christmas number one more often than the winner of X Factor, and will be top of the pile this year for the eighth time under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Surprisingly, on just four of the seven previous occasions did they go on to win the Premier League crown. Today they go to Swansea looking to make it a six-point gap over rivals Manchester City.

    Can Michael Laudrup ruin Sir Alex's Christmas?

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 18 19 43
2 Man City 18 19 39
3 Chelsea 17 19 32
4 Arsenal 18 14 30
5 Everton 18 8 30
6 Tottenham 18 5 30
7 West Brom 18 4 30
8 Liverpool 18 4 25
9 Stoke 18 2 25
10 Norwich 18 -7 25
11 Swansea 18 4 24
12 West Ham 18 0 23
13 Fulham 18 -5 20
14 Newcastle 18 -6 20
15 Sunderland 18 -5 19
16 Aston Villa 18 -17 18
17 Southampton 17 -11 15
18 Wigan 18 -15 15
19 QPR 18 -16 10
20 Reading 18 -16 9