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Fulham,Everton and Southampton managed to climb up in the Premier League rankings with their win over Wigan,Swansea and Aston Villa respectively while West Ham and Sunderland drew on Saturday.Chelsea remained on top in the league with a hard-fought win over Stoke city at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea 0-3 Everton

Everton celebrate Marouane Fellaini’s goal in their 3-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.

Everton jumped into second place in the premier league with an impressive 3-0 victory over  Swansea on Saturday.Everton went on to take the lead in the 22nd minute with Anichebe hammering past Vorm from a setup by Fellaini.They dominated rest of the half managing to surge into a two goal lead in 43rd minute with a Mirallas goal.Second half saw some elevated attack from home side but towering Howard denied them any success.Swansea were reduced to 10 men when substitute Nathan Dyer, who had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes, was sent off in the second half.In the 83rdminute, Fellaini headed in a Baines free kick to put the match beyond Swasena’s reach.

Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa

Rickie Lambert scored twice at St. Mary on Saturday against Aston villa to give the Saints their first win of the season.

Southampton pulled off first three points of the season on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over Aston Villa at St Mary’s.They came from one goal down when striker Rickie Lambert drew level in 58th minute.After that Villa were outplayed throughout in every possible manner leading to Nathaniel Clyne scoring the second for the Saints in 63rd minute.An own goal from Ciaran Clark in the 72nd minute saw the hosts turn the match on its head.Lambert then scored his fourth league goal of the season from the penalty spot in added time as Southampton, who had a tough start to the season with matches against last season’s top three, won at last.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City

A late strike from Ashley Cole hands a 1-0 win over Stoke and place Chelsea atop the league table.

A match expected to be an easy one for the home side turned into a frustrated event as The Blues struggle to break down an organized Stoke side.Stoke looking to post yet another draw created some close chances in the first half with one going off the top bar from a Walter’s header in spite of Chelsea holding on to most of ball possession.Di Matteo started Lampard and Terry from bench with Oscar on pitch who almost created the magic similar to that against Juventus last week.The game really sparked up late on, notably starting up around the time Lampard was subbed on in the 81st minute. A late goal in 85th minute from an unlikely scorer Ashley Cole who managed to sneak in behind the towering Stoke City back line, thanks to a cheeky heel-flick from Mata.With this win Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the table.

West Ham 1-1 Sunderland

Captain Kevin Nolan celebrates after scoring a late equalizer against Sunderland on Saturday at Upton Park.

It was a heart-break for Sunderland on Saturday at Upton park as Kevin Nolan rescued West Ham with a  last-gasp equalizer in the 93rd minute.Steven Fletcher’s first half goal in the 9th minute had put the visitors one goal up looking for the first win of the season only to be denied by captain Nolan who has scored three goals in the season.

Wigan 1-2 Fulham

Fulham’s Damien Duff celebrates scoring the second goal against Wigan on Saturday.

Fulham gained their first away win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday at DW Stadium.Hugo Rodallega gave the visitors lead in the 31st minute which was double by Damien Duff in the 68th minute to seal the points for the Cottagers.It has been a strong start for Fulham this season putting them into the top four.Arouna Kone grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Reading

Lukaku celebrates scoring the lone goal of the match against Reading to put his side in top three of the league table on Saturday.

Chelsea’s On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku grabbed his second goal of the season placing the Baggies at third place in the English Premier League table.Lukaku scored the lone goal of the match in the 71st minute firing home left-footed with keeper Alex McCarthy unsighted.Steve Clarke’s side now has a perfect home record who has won their opening three home fixtures for the first time in 58 years.Saturday’s loss has pushed Reading to the bottom of the table after their fifth game without a victory.

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The Brazilian Duo!

Oscar testifying the reason of having that no.11 jersey.

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The season starts in less than 10 days time; let’s take a look at reigning European champions-Chelsea’s challenges and preparation for the 2012/2013 season. Chelsea had been one of the busiest clubs around this summer carrying out some major signings/changes in the squad. Last season comprised of breaking strikers and parting managers resulting in a 6th place finish in the premier league to a defensive winning performance in the Champions league backing Roberto Di Matteo’s evolution mantra.

Keeping up with high hopes of Chelsea fans this season it’s been a high spending transfer window so far. As last season’s big guns like Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, and Salomon Kalou have all left the club, Di Matteo’s chances of succeeding have certainly been boosted by Abramovich’s clear backing in the signings of Marin, Hazard and Oscar. Don’t be surprised if at least two further signings this window is made to strengthen the areas such as right back. So far Chelsea has focused only on adding to the attack. The main focuses of the club this summer seems to be finding younger, more versatile players.

Signings to watch: Eden hazard Ligue 1 Player of the Year signed for Chelsea after a long drawn out game of £32million. He’s one of the elite young talents in Europe, and it’s certainly possible that he will adapt quickly. It is highly expected that he would immediately play a pivotal role and will be a constant player in the first team.

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Next up we have Oscar,an attacking midfielder formerly of Brazilian club, Internacional, he finished last season with 13 goals and assists, proving that he can finish as well as create. With his recent star performance in Olympics 2012 he has certainly shown his football maturity, technique, pace, passing ability, movement and bravery.

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Marko Marin is a player who is only 23 years old with considerable playing age ahead of him and he is hungry to prove himself. A ‘smart’ signing for Chelsea at 6.5m pound price. He promises to excite the supporters with many moments of genuine magic thanks to his skill set.

Assets from past : Apart from the new signings assets like Frank Lampard a penalty kick specialist, could suffer from serious rotation due to his age but not to be written off. The club’s greatest athlete and Player of the Year last season, Ramires is naturally a dynamic central midfielder offering Chelsea a unique tactical option. Mata is expected to be significantly more creative than last year’s backing a more of assisting role.

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Fernando Torres will be Chelsea’s focal point. His late season resurgence and Golden Boot winning showing at Euro 2012 has certainly returned the much needed confidence. Carrying forward the legacy of Drogba will be the ultimate test of Torres, who has not reached his incredible, prolific and big-game (scoring openers) exploits since his twenty-two goals in thirty-two matches for Liverpool in 2009/2010. If he continues his performance from the Euros into the premier league, he could have that awesome 20+ goal season he is in dire need of.

The ‘new look’ Chelsea is looking very promising and new signings will prove to assist Chelsea in their quest for sustainability. They have replaced their more physical players with small players with good passing and agile ability; possibly we could see a new Chelsea mentality playing tika taka football this season. Previewing where Chelsea will finish in the Premier League is a real paradox, with Chelsea have yet to gel in the pre-season – they lost to the MLS All-Stars as well as to AC Milan. Chelsea certainly seems to prove a tough test for the top teams this year with new faces filling up the vacant position fronting well organised, dynamic and resilient picture.Image

Likely XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard; Torres

Highly unexpected that RDM will stick with this line up much often, look out for frequent rotations as he showed in the previous season.