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Premier League - LIVE

    Today's headlines:
    • Leicester will be top at Christmas after beating Everton 3-2 in a thriller
    • Chelsea begin life without Jose Mourinho with a comfortable win over Sunderland
    • Manchester United slip to a 2-1 defeat to struggling Norwich at Old Trafford
    • Spurs beat Southampton, Crystal Palace net a late winner against Stoke and nine-man West Brom lose at home to Bournemouth
    • Newcastle and Aston Villa share the points in terrible conditions in the evening kick-off
    12/19/2015 1:52:59 PM
    Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's seven Premier League games. 

    We'll bring you every goal from six 3pm kick-offs, including the first game of the second post-Jose Mourinho era at Chelsea, and this evening's 5.30pm match between Newcastle and Aston Villa.
    12/19/2015 1:03:42 PM

    Hiddink named Chelsea manager until the end of the season

    The IndependentChelsea have confirmed Guus Hiddink as their new manager, with the Dutchman replacing Jose Mourinho in a deal that runs until the end of the season. The news was confirmed on Saturday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, which Hiddink will watch from the stands as coaches Steve Holland and Eddie Newton take charge before the former Netherlands head coach assumes control on Monday.
    12/19/2015 1:48:59 PM
    So that's that - Guus Hiddink, as had widely been predicted, will manage Chelsea until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

    He will watch from the stands at Stamford Bridge today as Steve Holland and Eddie Newton take charge against Sunderland.

    Elsewhere, Manchester United fans will be predicting a far more convincing performance than in recent weeks as they welcome Norwich, while league leaders Leicester (still!) face a testing afternoon at Goodison Park.

    Spurs travel to Southampton, Stoke face Crystal Palace and West Brom welcome Bournemouth to round off our 3:00pm kick-offs.

    Then we have a crucial evening clash between two struggling former giants of English football, as bottom club Aston Villa travel to face Newcastle, sitting precariously just two points above the relegation zone.

    12/19/2015 1:59:26 PM
    With an hour to go until our 3:00pm kick-offs the team news is filtering through, beginning at Stamford Bridge:

    12/19/2015 2:01:44 PM
    Manchester United welcome Norwich to Old Trafford:

    12/19/2015 2:04:01 PM
    League leaders Leicester travel to Everton, with both sides deploying textbook Twitter team announcement graphics. Some potential kit clash issues, though...

    12/19/2015 2:05:24 PM
    Southampton face Spurs:

    12/19/2015 2:06:47 PM
    Stoke welcome Palace to the Britannia:

    12/19/2015 2:08:36 PM
    And last but in no way least, West Brom face an in-form Bournemouth side:

    12/19/2015 2:10:17 PM
    Moving away from today's action, it has been announced that the former footballer and Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill has died at the age of 87.

    It is with great sadness that Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy passed away peacefully today aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bryony was beside him

    12/19/2015 2:16:40 PM
    Jose Mourinho has just left the Falmer Stadium, Brighton, where he was watching Middlesbrough race into a commanding 3-0 lead against the Seagulls.

    But where next for the Special One?

    Well, The Independent has exclusively revealed the time may well have come for the Portugese to take a job with which he has consistently been linked...

    Sources close to Mourinho say he has already received job offers for the start of next season, but his representatives have also reached out to Manchester United because it is the role he has coveted above all others, especially since it became clear that his second spell at Chelsea was coming to an end.

    12/19/2015 2:25:16 PM

    Jimmy Hill - the man who changed football forerver

    The IndependentFootball legend Jimmy Hill died today aged 87 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Hill, the former Coventry City manager and Match of the Day presenter, was diagnosed in 2008 and had been living in a nursing home in Sussex. What many, especially younger fans, will not know is that Hill was responsible for numerous changes that made football what it is today. Hill enjoyed a moderate career at Brentford and then Fulham, but it was off the pitch where his smarts and innovative thinking changed the game for good.
    12/19/2015 2:27:25 PM
    It's early days, but the consensus in our poll appears to be that Chelsea were wrong to part ways with Mourinho...

    12/19/2015 2:30:18 PM

    Chelsea vs Sunderland team news: Fabregas stars as Hiddink returns

    The IndependentCesc Fabregas was named in the starting line-up for Chelsea’s first match since manager Jose Mourinho was sacked after temporary coaches Eddie Newton and Steve Holland made two changes to the side that lost at Leicester on Monday. With the news that Guus Hiddink has been confirmed as Chelsea manager until the end of the season coming just over an hour before kick-off, the post-Mourinho era was well underway despite the Portuguese being sacked on Thursday.
    12/19/2015 2:31:10 PM

    Manchester United vs Norwich team news: Rooney returns from injury

    The IndependentWayne Rooney returns to lead Manchester United against Norwich after missing their last three matches in a bid to end a five-game winless streak. United manager Louis van Gaal makes four changes with three fresh faces in defence as Ashley Young starts at right-back with Chris Smalling back in central defence to partner Phil Jones, with Daley Blind shifted out to left-back.
    12/19/2015 2:31:25 PM

    Mourinho issues statement to confirm future with eyes on United job

    The IndependentJose Mourinho is already eyeing a return to management just days after being sacked by Chelsea, with Manchester United his preferred choice should the top job become available.
    12/19/2015 2:38:36 PM
    No prizes for guessing who Guus Hiddink believes can solve Chelsea's goalscoring woes, with Diego Costa continuing to look a shadow of his last-season self. Hint: It's not Radamel Falcao, unfortunately...
    His loan spell from Monaco has proven even more disastrous than his stint with Manchester United last season, and the Colombian striker could yet return to France in January should an agreement be met on an early termination to his contract.

    12/19/2015 2:43:00 PM
    Less than a quarter of an hour to go before our six 3:00pm clashes kick off...

    12/19/2015 2:47:14 PM
    Some good stat-based news for Chelsea fans, new (old) manager-wise...

    And something that throws the Blues' season into horribly stark perspective...

    12/19/2015 2:50:43 PM
    Before we turn our attention entirely towards today's action, a quick look at some of the tributes coming in for Jimmy Hill, who has died aged 87.

    12/19/2015 2:58:17 PM
    The teams are emerging with our six 3:00pm kick-offs imminent...
    12/19/2015 2:59:25 PM
    KICK-OFF: Our 3:00pm kick-offs are underway!
    12/19/2015 3:01:49 PM
    Chelsea 0 Sunderland 0: Didier Drogba is sat between Guus Hiddink and Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge. Read into that what you will...
    12/19/2015 3:04:26 PM
    West Brom 0 Bournemouth 0: Lively start at the Hawthorns, as Junior Stanislas has an effort saved before James Morrison goes close for the hosts...
    12/19/2015 3:05:48 PM
    GOAL! Chelsea 1 (Ivanovic) Sunderland 0: The post Mourinho season starts with a bang, and it's one of the Blues' most maligned players of the season, Branoslav Ivanovic, who thumps a superb header into the top corner from Willian's corner!
    12/19/2015 3:06:06 PM
    Everton 0 Leicester 0: The league leaders look set for a testing afternoon, as Marcin Wasilewski stretches to stop Arouna Kone getting to a good low cross...

    12/19/2015 3:08:30 PM
    Southampton 0 Tottenham 0: The hosts are dominating the early proceedings at St. Mary's with Hugo Lloris forced into a fine save to deny Sadio Mane...
    12/19/2015 3:09:46 PM
    Jose who?

    12/19/2015 3:10:33 PM
    Manchester United 0 Norwich 0: Lively start from United sees lone striker Wayne Rooney find the back of the net, but the goal is disallowed for offside...
    12/19/2015 3:11:29 PM
    GOAL! Chelsea 2 (Pedro) Sunderland 0: The hosts are flying and look a completely different side! Pedro is another player who has struggled this season, but he makes no mistake here, firing home left-footed after the ball breaks to him in the penalty area...
    12/19/2015 3:12:53 PM
    Chelsea 2 Sunderland 0: Ivanovic has suddenly developed a terrifying appetite for goals, heading just wide from another corner...
    12/19/2015 3:16:48 PM
    This is wonderfully bitter.

    12/19/2015 3:17:48 PM
    Branoslav 'goal machine' Ivanovic

    12/19/2015 3:21:05 PM
    Chelsea 2 Sunderland 0: Sam Allardyce rings the changes early, replacing Sebastian Coates with Adam Johnson. Well, he has to try something...
    12/19/2015 3:23:26 PM

    12/19/2015 3:25:40 PM
    Manchester United 0 Norwich 0: Louis van Gaal's side have been dominant so far, but Declan Rudd is yet to make a save despite efforts from Rooney and Memphis Depay...
    12/19/2015 3:26:39 PM
    PENALTY! Everton 0 Leicester 0: Leicester win a penalty as Funes Mori brings down Okazaki!
    12/19/2015 3:27:10 PM
    GOAL! Everton 0 Leicester 1 (Mahrez): The hosts have been the better side so far, but Riyad Mahrez makes no mistake from the penalty spot to continue his superb goalscoring run!
    12/19/2015 3:27:39 PM
    GOAL! Everton 1 (Lukaku) Leicester 1: The hosts are level immediately as Romelu Lukaku nets his 16th of an excellent season, smashing home after Ross Barkley forces a smart save from Kasper Schmeichel!
    12/19/2015 3:31:59 PM
    It's been a thrilling opening half hour at Goodison, despite the miserable conditions...

    12/19/2015 3:34:57 PM
    RED CARD! West Brom 0 Bournemouth 0: West Brom's James McClean is given a straight red card after scything down Adam Smith! Looked like retribution after the pair clashed moments before, but a clear sending off...
    12/19/2015 3:36:15 PM
    Here are some stats relating to Everton clash with Leicester you can tell somebody nearby to make yourself sound incredibly clever.

    12/19/2015 3:38:43 PM
    GOAL! Manchester United 0 Norwich 1 (Jerome): The opening half hour was all United but it's the hosts who take the lead, as Cameron Jerome bustles past a weak Ashley Young challenge and slots past David De Gea!
    12/19/2015 3:38:56 PM
    GOAL! Southampton 0 Tottenham 1 (Kane): Poor from the hosts as the ball as Harry Kane finds himself in acres of space beyond the Saints defence, before finishing beautifully past Paulo Gazzaniga!
    12/19/2015 3:40:11 PM
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