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Premier League New Year's Day including Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from the Premier League matches on New Year's Day including Swansea v Manchester City, Arsenal v Cardiff, Crystal Palace v Norwich, Fulham v West Ham, Liverpool v Hull, Southampton v Chelsea, Stoke v Everton, Sunderland v Aston Villa, West Brom v Newcastle and Manchester United v Tottenham.


League leaders Arsenal won again - but only just. 
by Sam Dymond

 By SAM DYMOND
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of all ten Premier League matches taking place on this New Year's Day. While the rest of the country are waking up with bleary eyes and the taste of Prosecco in their mouths promising new starts in 2014, football supporters have already woken up bleary-eyed with the taste of Limoncello in their mouths doing exactly the same. Yet instead of fitness regimes, diets and job hunting, our resolutions are consigned to the clubs we blindly follow; surely this is the time to end a bad run, push on for promotion, hell, even win a trophy. How long this faith lasts is another matter.

    And January 1st marks a pivotal point in the Premier League calendar with the second half of the season getting underway with all 20 sides in action - and all while the transfer window is being unlocked. The action starts in South Wales where Swansea take on second-placed Manchester City before eight 3pm kick-offs that include the league leaders Arsenal facing Cardiff, a huge battle at the bottom between Fulham and West Ham at Craven Cottage and an intriguing clash between Southampton and Chelsea on the south coast. The day ends in excitement too with the third series of Sherlock, but not before Europa League hopefuls Manchester United host Europa League hopefuls Tottenham.

    We'll be here all day, hydrating, to bring you the goals and news from around the grounds. If you want to get in touch to tell me what you expect from your club in 2014, you can tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    1/1/2014 12:37:16 PM
  • Let's have a look at the teams lining up at the Liberty Stadium.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Davies, Cañas, Chico, Williams, Routledge, De Guzmán, Bony, Shelvey, Hernández

    Subs: Amat, Taylor, Lamah, Tiendalli, Pozuelo, Alvaro, Zabret

    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Kompany, Nastasic, Navas, Touré, Dzeko, Negredo, Nasri

    Subs: Lescott, Milner, García, Rodwell, Clichy, Pantilimon, Boyata

    Referee: Phil Dowd
    1/1/2014 12:40:43 PM
  • Here's a private glimpse into the lonely manner in which I saw in the new year...


    ...I don't even support Peterborough United.
    1/1/2014 12:43:00 PM
  • Swansea 0 Manchester City 0: The rain is belting down on South Wales as Swansea get 2014 going. We're told these two sides have enjoyed more possession than any other sides in the Premier League this season which is always enjoyable to document. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Jonjo Shelvey foul.

    Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko is responsible for the first attempt but curls his shot away from goal after strike partner Alvaro Negredo had pulled the ball back for him.
    1/1/2014 12:50:00 PM
  • Swansea 0 Manchester City 0: There are ooohs all round as Wilfried Bony makes some space for himself and lets fly at Joe Hart from 25 yards, but his low rasping effort is just the wrong side of the post.

    It's the highlight of a frustrating opening for the hosts who are forced into a couple of early changes. Winger Pablo Hernandez has just pulled up holding his hamstring and is replaced by 1950's conman Roland Lamah, but not before goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel was required to change his shirt because it clashed with those worn by the visitors.
    1/1/2014 12:55:34 PM
  • GOAL! Swansea 0 Manchester City 1: Fernandino has really started to look the part in the Manchester City midfield in recent weeks, and now the Brazilian has netted the first Premier League goal of 2014. Samir Nasri swung over a corner from the right which the Swansea defence - and Jonathan De Guzman in particular - failed to clear, and the former Shakhtar Donetsk man arrived to crash the ball home hard and low through a sea of legs. It's a goal for "the team that may well end the season as champions," says Alan Parry, sticking his neck out. 
    1/1/2014 12:58:47 PM
  • Swansea 0 Manchester City 1: De Guzman has a good opportunity to make amends for his slapdash defending in the build-up to City's goal, but fails to beat Joe Hart after a fine Swansea move saw the Dutchman combine with Bony and substitute Lamah to break through the middle. 

    Moments later, Nasri is booked for sliding in on Angel Rangel, but the Swans fail to make anything of the set-piece as Jose Canas flashes high and wide.
    1/1/2014 1:14:12 PM
  • Fernandinho fires home the first goal of the new year - despite some brave Swansea defending.

    1/1/2014 1:21:13 PM
  • Swansea 0 Manchester City 1: Jose Canas has entered Phil Dowd's book for suggesting that the referee shows a yellow card to Edin Dzeko for deliberate handball. The angry arbiter doesn't take kindly to such advice and deals with the Spanish midfielder's insolence before heading off to show a yellow card to Edin Dzeko for deliberate handball. There's just no helping some people.
    1/1/2014 1:25:22 PM
  • Swansea 0 Manchester City 1: The home side have the ball in the net a few minutes before half-time, but the linesman's flag is up for offside after Rangel had been played in down the right. Replays suggest that the full-back was at least level with Vincent Kompany when the ball was played to him, his eventual square ball turned in by Shelvey.

    The Swans keep the pressure cranked up on City and Bony lets rip with another screamer from long range that flies just wide. Joe Hart's relieved gurning suggests he was nowhere near having it covered.
    1/1/2014 1:31:43 PM
  • GOAL! Swansea 1 Manchester City 1: Here's a twist! Wilfried Bony has brought Michael Laudrup's team level, but this time the Swansea man was in an offside position. Wayne Routledge did well to keep hold of possession with limited options, eventually allowing De Guzman the chance to lift a ball over the City defence for the Ivorian striker. Bony had just got ahead of Kompany, but there was no flag as he diverted his header past Hart and into the bottom right-hand corner.
    1/1/2014 1:32:15 PM
  • Half-time - Swansea 1 Manchester City 1:
    1/1/2014 1:33:53 PM
  • Swansea and Manchester have gone in at half-time on level terms, but the big news emanating in Wales this afternoon is...


    I bet he's exceptionally good at making game-changing substitutions.
    1/1/2014 1:42:50 PM
  • Swansea 1 Manchester City 1: The start of the second half hasn't quite had the goalmouth action that encapsulated the end of the first, but it does have the same torrential rain.
    1/1/2014 1:56:17 PM
  • Jonjo Shelvey is timing his slide tackles much better this season.

    1/1/2014 1:59:44 PM
  • GOAL! Swansea 1 Manchester City 2: City have regained the lead! Once again, the Swans had multiple opportunities to end a sustained period of pressure from the visitors, but when Canas made a mess of his clearance, Yaya Toure took over. The midfielder used all of his powers to control of the ball on the edge of the box, make some space for himself and hammer a shot that flew past Tremmel and in via a deflection off Ashley Williams.
    1/1/2014 2:01:16 PM
  • GOAL! Swansea 1 Manchester City 3: Manchester City score again and that should be enough to see them back to the top of the table for the afternoon. Aleksandar Kolarov broke down the left flank without being challenged after dispossessing Wayne Routledge before cutting inside to hammer in from 18 yards. The Swansea defenders probably did the correct thing in showing the defender inside on to his right foot, but they weren't banking on Tremmel allowing the full-back's powerful effort to go straight through his hands.
    1/1/2014 2:09:23 PM
  • Swansea 1 Manchester City 3: Joe Hart clearly hasn't made any resolutions for 2014. He may have regained his place in the City first team, but he's still dropping the odd clanger and he's just nearly gifted Swansea a route back into this match. After Bony had won his side a corner, the England goalkeeper completely missed the delivery as he came to collect, but Williams was unable to divert the ball into the net at the far post.
    1/1/2014 2:18:03 PM
  • Manchester City are seeing the game out without much bother so let's start scampering around the three o'clock games for team news. Starting at the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Monreal, Arteta, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Walcott, Flamini, Podolski, Wilshere, Cazorla

    Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Miyaichi, Gnabry

    Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, John, Medel, Caulker, Turner, Noone, Kim, Campbell, Mutch, Whittingham

    Subs: Hudson, Cornelius, Smith, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard, Lewis

    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    1/1/2014 2:26:45 PM
  • South of the river, at Selhurst Park, here's how Crystal Palace and Norwich line up.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome

    Subs: Price, Moxey, Parr, Jonny Williams, Bannan, Gayle, Phillips

    Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Fer, Johnson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Redmond, Hooper

    Subs: Bunn, Martin, Van Wolfswinkel, Elmander, Becchio, R. Bennett, Murphy

    Referee: Mike Dean
    1/1/2014 2:28:26 PM
  • Elsewhere in London, here's are the teams for the huge game taking place at Craven Cottage.

    Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Riise, Sidwell, Senderos, Amorebieta, Duff, Parker, Berbatov, Taarabt, Richardson

    Subs: Kasami, Kacaniklic, Hughes, Dejagah, Bent, Bettinelli, Dembele

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Diarra, McCartney, O'Brien, Collison, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Taylor, Maiga

    Subs: Jarvis, Rat, Adrián, Downing, C. Cole, J. Cole, Potts

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    1/1/2014 2:31:03 PM
  • Liverpool welcome Hull this afternoon. Here are the teams at Anfield.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Aspas, Sterling, Suarez

    Subs: Jones, Rossiter, Kelly, Toure, Moses, Alberto, Gerrard

    Hull: McGregor, Figueroa, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Sagbo, Elmohamady

    Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Graham, Fryatt, Boyd, Faye, Quinn

    Referee: Craig Pawson
    1/1/2014 2:32:47 PM
  • GOAL! Swansea 2 Manchester 3: This game has been finished as a contest for some time, but somehow Wilfried Bony has set up a nervous final two minutes of stoppage time for Manchester City. The Ivorian striker has been extremely lively this afternoon and bagged a second after deceiving Fernandinho and firing low away from Hart and into the corner from 25 yards out.
    1/1/2014 2:34:45 PM
  • Full-time - Swansea 2 Manchester City 3:
    1/1/2014 2:37:53 PM

  • Team news from St Mary's.

    Southampton: Davis, Chambers, Shaw, Cork, Fonte, Lovren, Rodriguez, Schneiderlin, Ramírez, Davis, Lallana

    Subs: Clyne, Yoshida, Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Gazzaniga, Hooiveld, Gallagher

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cole, Mikel, Cahill, Terry, Schürrle, Ramires, Torres, Mata, Hazard

    Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Essien, Oscar, Willian, Eto'o, Ba

    Referee: Martin Akinson
    1/1/2014 2:41:42 PM
  • Team news from Goodison Park.

    Everton: Howard, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman, Stones, Alcaraz

    Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Osman, Vellios

    Stoke: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Assaidi, Crouch

    Subs: Butland, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Arnautovic, Ireland

    Referee: Andre Marriner
    1/1/2014 2:42:49 PM
  • Team news from the Stadium of Light.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Diakite, Roberge, Cattermole, Ki, Colback, Ji, Giaccherini, Fletcher

    Subs: Dossena, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, Pickford, Altidore, Borini

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, Westwood, Bacuna, Weimann, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke

    Subs: Steer, Sylla, El Ahmadi, Kozak, Albrighton, Tonev, Donacien

    Referee: Michael Jones
    1/1/2014 2:49:54 PM
  • Team news from the Hawthorns.

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt, Anelka

    Subs: Myhill, Vydra, Berahino, Gera, Morrison, Long, Lugano

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko, Remy, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran

    Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Anita, Ben Arfa, Cisse.

    Referee: Lee Mason
    1/1/2014 2:50:52 PM
  • Why does it always rain on him?

    1/1/2014 2:56:11 PM
  • Right. Eight games in the Premier League about to begin. Many of them hugely important to the table. One of them between Newcastle and West Brom. You get the impression it's going to be a busy one.

    Here we go...
    1/1/2014 3:01:14 PM
  • Southampton 0 Chelsea 0: The Saints were already a goal up by this point when the sides met in the reverse fixture just over four weeks ago, and Chelsea could have found themselves in the lead today. Fernando Torres has twice escaped away from the home defence but failed to find either Eden Hazard or the net at the vital moment.
    1/1/2014 3:03:47 PM
  • GOAL! Fulham 0 West Ham 1: A huge goal at Craven Cottage! It's typically route one from Big Sam's men, but it's again proved effective. Jaaskelainen's long punt forward was collected by Mohamed Diamé in the area, four Fulham defenders allowed him time to turn and steer the ball past David Stockdale.
    1/1/2014 3:06:58 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 0: Gus Poyet has fielded a modern day version of Hoddle and Waddle in his Sunderland team today with Ki and Ji lining up for the Mackems. The latter has just had an opportunity to open the scoring but sliced wide at the far post having been picked out by Giacchierini.
    1/1/2014 3:13:56 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1: Ki and Ji can't stop Aston Villa taking the lead! Lee Cattermole was at fault, making a huge mistake that Gabby Agbonlahor seized upon. The Aston Villa forward kept his cool to round Mannone and slot into the empty net.
    1/1/2014 3:15:34 PM
  • Liverpool 0 Hull 0: Luis Suarez thought he had netted his 20th Premier League goal of the season, but the Uruguayan had fallen foul to the linesman's offside flag. The striker had smartly headed in from Phillipe Coutinho's free-kick but had strayed slightly beyond the last defender and the game remains goalless.
    1/1/2014 3:20:53 PM
  • Fulham's defensive wall crumbles yet again.

    1/1/2014 3:24:32 PM
  • Fulham 0 West Ham 1: Kevin Nolan should have put the Hammers two goals in front, but his unmarked close range header at the far post has been kept out by Stockdale. Diame again caused confusion in the Fulham defence with the teasing cross into the centre.

    At the other end, the Hammers have clawed Fernando Amorebieta's header off the line from a Damien Duff corner.
    1/1/2014 3:29:28 PM
  • GOAL! Fulham 1 West Ham 1: Fulham had threatened from their last corner on the right hand side, and they've gone even better from the next to equalise. Steve Sidwell rose highest to meet Duff's centre and plant a downward header past Jääskeläinen.

    Minutes later, Adel Taarabt thumps the bottom of the left hand post. The Whites go so close to turning this game right around.
    1/1/2014 3:32:28 PM
  • Stoke 0 Everton 0: Kevin Mirallas goes close to breaking the crossbar at the Britannia Stadium, never mind the deadlock. The Belgium midfielder unleashed a thumping effort from 30 yards out that had Sorensen beaten but it crashed back off the woodwork.
    1/1/2014 3:36:50 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 1 Hull 0: Liverpool were beaten at Hull just a month ago, but they've taken the lead at Anfield as they go searching for revenge at Anfield. It was another Coutinho deadball that caused havoc in the visitors' defence and Daniel Agger was the man on the mark to head home.
    1/1/2014 3:37:23 PM
  • GOAL! Crystal Palace 0 Norwich 1: Crystal Palace had made the early running, but it's Norwich who have the lead. Gary Hooper made it by cutting the ball back to Bradley Johnson 20 yards from goal, and the midfielder's first time effort went in off the inside of the post.

    There's some scuffling off the ball after the restart that sees Marouane Chamakh and Wes Hoolahan booked, but the Palace striker could well have seen red for raising his hands. In his opponent's face, that is.
    1/1/2014 3:41:09 PM
  • RED CARD! Fulham 1 West Ham 1: The Hammers are down to ten men right at the end of the first half. Sam Allardyce had already lost one key midfielder in Mark Noble to a muscular injury, and now Kevin Nolan has been dismissed by Mark Clatternburg. The West Ham captain lashed out at Amorebieta with his foot off the ball and, although the centre-half made the most of it, the red card was brought out straight away by the referee. There will no be no chicken tonight at Craven Cottage.
    1/1/2014 3:45:34 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Crystal Palace 1 Norwich 1: The hosts have an immediate opportunity to equalise after Leroy Fer is penalised for a push on Mile Jedinak in the penalty area. The Norwich midfielder is booked for the infringement, and Jason Puncheon is the man who takes the responsibility. He beats John Ruddy from 12 yards for his first Crystal Palace goal.
    1/1/2014 3:45:45 PM
  • Half-time - Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1:
    1/1/2014 3:47:30 PM
  • Half-time - Fulham 1 West Ham 1:
    1/1/2014 3:47:38 PM
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