The Premier League has thrown up several surprises this season and as 2010 draws to a close, the latest round of matches also seems to be inconclusive. Here's a round-up of the midweek games, including THT's Team of the Round.

Michael Essien’s three-match suspension for the mistimed two-footed tackle on Clint Dempsey is over and he will return to the Chelsea first team, this weekend against Everton. TheHardTackle examines how has the Ghanaian's absence affected the clubs fortunes in the past and what his return can do for Chelsea FC.