Premier League Saturday Wrap: Chelsea Win; Reading Comeback; & Dour Draws

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Premier League Saturday Wrap: Chelsea Win; Reading Comeback; & Dour Draws
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Business was back to usual after an incredible Christmas period that saw almost every Barclays Premier League team play a mental five games in just 16 days. Add in the third round of FA Cup on top of that and it has been some time since we've seen a normal Premier League weekend.

With Manchester United taking on Liverpool as their title rivals Manchester City traveled to Arsenal in the first real Super Sunday of the season, the firm focus on Saturday's EPL games was the chase for the Champions League places and the battle against relegation.

The two distinctive and separate wars were brought crashing together in the early kickoff where Harry Redknapp, unceremoniously sacked by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season, welcomed his replacement, Andre Villas-Boas.

The other Champions League chasing matches saw Everton welcome high-flying Swansea City and Michael Laudrup to Goodison Park, while Chelsea ventured to Stoke where Tony Pulis' side are unbeaten since February.

From there the relegation battle took over as Reading faced West Brom, Sunderland took on West Ham United and Fulham saw Roberto Martinez and Wigan travel to the graveyard that is Craven Cottage.

Elsewhere, arguably the most important match of the weekend saw Aston Villa face Southampton in the latest six-pointer involving both sides. Norwich also saw struggling Newcastle visit Carrow Road where Chris Hughton was looking to pile more pressure on the Magpies and Alan Pardew, the man who replaced Hughton in December 2010.

Put everything together and it promised to be another amazing Premier League weekend.

Read on to find out what happened...

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