Barclays Premier League Gameweek 31: Preview & Review!

After a Saturday, where we saw 27 goals in the Barclays Premier League in 7 games, we were looking more of the same on Sunday.  Super Sunday produced 2 games with 6 goals.

Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool

Newcastle came into this game with search of 3 points as they wanted to push themselves for that final Champions League spot which is still up for grabs. Liverpool started the game on the brighter side as they were looking more of a threat on the counters while Newcastle were dominating possession. Andy Carroll was not welcomed back at Tyneside as he was alleged with Boos from all the Newcastle supporters, Then on the stroke of 9th minute Andy Carroll found himself through whole of the Newcastle defense, and had a great opportunity but the English striker decided not to pass the ball in the net and to go down and protest for the yellow card for diving. Had he been a bit more confident the center forward would have dispatched that into the back of the net. Few minutes later it was the Senegal striker Pappis Demba Cisse who put the home side ahead after a fantastic ball in from Hatem Bem Arfa crossing in from the right side of midfield.  Newcastle started off the second half brightly and they certainly kicked out Liverpool off the game, As the foot was on the gas Newcastle scored their second through Pappis Demba Cisse’s second goal of the game to wrap up the 3 points. This was Cisse’s 7 goal in 7 league games for Newcastle, He is certainly filling in the legendary no.9 shirt of the club Newcastle United. The game ended with no less controversy as on the 80th minute Pepe Reina was sent off for a headbutt on Perch. The Spanish Goalkeeper will now miss Liverpool’s next 3 games which includes the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley vs Everton. This was Liverpool’s 6th defeat in last 7 league games and now they find themselves 8th in the table below their fiercest rivals Everton by a point. Meanwhile, for Newcastle they are 6th level on points with Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Swansea City

White Hart Lane was the place for this game. This was a chance for Spurs to get back 3rd in table if they would have won by 4 goals or more. Tottenham came into this game with no win in last 5 and in need for some points. Swansea were 10th in the table, in their last visit to London Swansea had won 3-0 against Fulham. Tottenham started with 3 in the center of midfield of Modric, Parker and Sandro to play up against Britton, Allen and Sigurdson. Spurs took the lead on the 20th minute through a Rafael Van Der Vaart strike which who couldn’t have placed it better, The goal was made by the master Luka Modric again and Bale with the assist.  The 1st half ended with Spurs in the lead but it was more of a chess match in midfield. The second half started with lots of pressure being put on by Swansea on Spurs. Sigurdson had a shot on goal from 30 yards with his left foot only to match the effort from Fridel who could just help the ball to the post and out for corner, At last on the 58th minute Spurs resillience was broken to Sigurdson who dispatched in a fantastic volley past Brad Fridel. The Volley was of great quality, kicked downwards and ending up into the corner. Just after Spurs conceded a goal they were right at Swansea’s neck as they pushed on for the winner, Spurs had about 7 to 8 corners in succession before Emmanuel Adebayor headed in a Rafael Van Der Vaart corner on the 72nd minute. Adebayor came back into the goal scoring charts after scoring at Emirates in February. Then late on in the 87th minute Spurs wrapped up the win with another header from Emmanuel Adebayor of an Arron Lennon cross. This game was a very fare affair with not a single card being shown. Spurs now are back level on points with Arsenal and only one goal behind them in the race for 3rd and the final automatic qualification of the group stages of the champions league. Swansea after this defeat go down one place to 11th with a goal difference of -4.

Preview:

Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester United

Monday night football has the venue of Ewood Park who welcome the Red Devils. In the reverse fixture there was a shock away win for Blackburn at Old Trafford who came out as 3-2 winners. After producing one of the shocks of the season Blackburn would want to have a double over United as they need points for safety, With Wigan, Bolton and Queens Park Rangers winning their games respectively, it is key for the Venkey’s to push on forward on their great form lately. Manchester United have a great chance to go 5 points ahead of Manchester City in the title race. The red Devils since the defeat against Blackburn have take 28 points in 11 games by winning 9, drawing one and Losing one at the Sports Direct Arena. This game looks very one-sided on paper but you never know when you are in the Premier League.

 

Barclays Premier League Gameweek 31: Preview & Review!

What a fantastic Saturday it was in the Barclays Premier League! With 7 games played and 27 goals scored, the table had lots of changes this Saturday and this made things even tighter at the bottom of the table. Let us review you through the 7 games played on Saturday.

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Arsenal

A London Derby always a special occasion. This time around both sides were fighting out for different reasons.  QPR needed a win to stay in touch with the likes of Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan and Arsenal had too keep up the pace to guarantee their 3rd place. Arsenal came into this game  with 7 consecutive victories in the premier league. This game started off with a high tempo and QPR were on the offensive side. QPR scored 1st through a fantastic peace of skill by Adel Taraabt to get past Thomas Vermaelen and to finish it in the right bottom corner of Woijech Szeczny’s goal. It was his 1st ever premier league goal.  But Arsenal didn’t sit back and found an equaliser through Theo Walcott. Walcott on the first attempt hit the post and it luckily pounced out to him again and he eventually scored. The winner in this game was scored from Diakite. The QPR midfielder had an outstanding game. He came up with a great finish right into the top corner giving the Arsenal goalkeeper no chance whatsoever. It was Diakite’s first ever goal for the club. QPR took all 3 points and they move upto 16th in the table. As for Arsenal, they might be in danger to lose 3rd spot. QPR now look in fantastic form beating Liverpool and Arsenal lately, They look all charged up as they face Manchester United next!

Manchester City 3-3 Sunderland

This was one of the two 6-goal thriller on Saturday. Manchester City came into this game being desperate for 3 points to keep in pace with the Champions.  Sunderland meanwhile were looking to get in the top 7 for a possible Europa league spot. It was the away side who took the lead through a strike from Sebastian Larsson. Larsson provided a beautiful finish from outside the box giving Joe Hart no chance to prevent the ball going into the Citizens net.  City then replied to Sunderland’s questions soon after they were awarded a controversial penalty. Mario Balotelli sent the ball into the net to level the scores. Then right at the stroke of half time it was Nicklas Bendtner who headed the ball into the net to put the visitors in front. The 2nd half started with a classic counter from Sunderland which ended up resulting in a goal and by that point the Black Cats were up by 3 goals to 1 against a Manchester City side who have won 15 out of 15 home games this season. We all knew Manchester City won’t give up, they never did and salvaged a point through fantastic strikes from Balottelli and Alexandre Kolorav. This draw has put City into lot’s of pressure as they need Blackburn to do some thing special against United on Monday. Sunderland would be disappointed after being going 3-1 up and drawing the game, but a point at the Etihad neverthenless.

Aston Villa 2-4 Chelsea

Villa Park, the place where Chelsea have not won in last 13 years. Chelsea needed to get 3 points  to put some pressure on 4th place Tottenham for the final champions league spot. Chelsea started the game brightly as it was Chelsea flop Fernando Torres with many chances missed 1 on 1 with the goal keeper. But it was not later than just 9 minutes into the game, It was Daniel Sturridge who sent the ball home to score his 12th goal of the season. Straight after kick off Chelsea scored again, Through Branaslav Ivanovic. The Serbian has been in great form lately in the goal-scoring stakes and Villa conceded another from a corner. It was Boys against Men certainly till the 76th minute before James Collins pulled one back for Villa. Aston Villa have not scored a single goal from corners this season so they decided to do it through a long through. 3 minutes later Villa equalised through Lihadj. He smashed the ball into the empty net to make it 2-2 of a Mark Albrighton cross. But Aston Villa then again conceded of the corner. In same fashion as the 2nd goal of Chelsea, Ivanovic scored again and put the visitors in front. This was turning out to be a classic as Villa were pushing up for the equaliser. They conceded one through a counter from Chelsea in Stoppage time. And Guess who scored? Nando! It was Fernando Torres’ first league goal since mid September. After missing several opportunities, the manager backed him and not replacing him with Drogba and the faith of the manager paid off. It was a typical Torres finish. The three points put Chelsea on course to get into the top 4.

Everton 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

A mid-table clash between the two sides who are in fine form. Both clubs were chasing a top half finish or even a final Europa league spot as this is how tight it is in the Premier League table. This game had one goal in a half each. Everton first lead through Gareth McAuely’s Own goal. Later on in the the 2nd half it was Victor Anichebe who doubled the lead. Now with this win Everton move 7th in the table ahead of their arch-rivals Liverpool who play later today.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

A fantastic game at Molineux. A premier league six-pointer! This was a game of  maximum importance to both sides. Especially to Wolves who are rock bottom of the table. Terry Connor’s side couldn’t take the lead in the 1st half after numerous chances missed. It was a game that Wolves could have easily won. Wolves took the lead through Micheal Kightly’s fantastic piece of individual brilliance cutting in from the right side and smashing the ball into the far corner past Bogdan to put the home side in front. Then later in the game Mark Davies won a penalty for Bolton, the replay suggested that it was a dive from Davies but that’s how cruel football is, Martin Petrov steared home the penalty and sent a message to Stvylian Petrov asking him to Get Well Soon. With the scores level Bolton went ahead as Alonso tapped in a goal from close range after the initial header from Ngog hit the crossbar. The visitors then went 3-1 up after a goal by Davies. Then late in the game it was Matt Jarvis who pulled one back for Wolves but that wasn’t enough and now it looks quite ugly for Wolves at the moment. As the find themselves 6 point from safety.

Wigan Athletic 2-0 Stoke City

This game was of more important for Wigan than Stoke. As there are just 7 games left in the season after this matchday things look real tight at the bottom. Wigan today came through a scrappy win over Stoke. Keeping a cleansheet some how and managed to score two crucial goals.  Shaun Maloney was  as usual their best performer. Wigan scored through Alcaraz and Victor Moses.

Fulham 2-1 Norwich City

A game at Craven Cottage of least importance fro either of the side. Fulham took the lead early in the game through Dempsey. The Dempsey set it up for Duff to score the 2nd.  Noriwch had nothing much to say as they just could pull one back through Aaron Wilbraham.

Preview of Sunday’s matches

Newcastle United vs Liverpool

It is 6th vs 7th as from the start of the weekend. Newcastle and Liverpool go head to head later today at the Sports Direct Arena. Newcastle look clear favorites to win this game as Liverpool’s form has been very poor after winning the Carling Cup. It had been 5 defeats in last 6 games for Liverpool and now if they lose tomorrow they will go below Everton by the end of this gameweek. Meanwhile, Newcastle still in pursuit for the Champions league spot which is unlikely but not impossible. Whatever you say, this game will be a cracker!

Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City

White Hart Lane is the place for this game. An important fixture for Spurs to catch Arsenal as they saw them slipping yesterday. A win by 3 goals for Spurs would mean that they will be back to third place but their task is no easy as they face a Swansea City side who are also known as Swanselona. Swansea have had 2 defeats back to back lately but still we all know what they are capable of. In the reverse fixture it was a 1-1 draw as Rafael van Der Vaart’s goal was cancelled out late in the game by Scott Sinclair.

After a high goal scoring Saturday we are looking for the same kind of Sunday in the 2 games to be played. A Sunday of huge importance in the Champions league and Europa League spots. 

Barclays Premier League: October 29 — Results Roundup

Everton vs Manchester United. Chelsea vs Arsenal. Can you ask for a better start to any weekend? Plenty of talking points, lots of thrilling moments and certainly a lot of goals to talk about today as an entertaining Saturday comes to an end. All the scores of today’s matches are after the break: Continue reading “Barclays Premier League: October 29 — Results Roundup”

Barclays Premier League: 23 October — Results Roundup

There were five matches played today in the premier league including a mouth-watering Manchester Derby, Arsenal’s clash against Stoke, and Chelsea’s visit to QPR among others. Here are all the results:

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Arsenal

Gervinho (27)
Van Persie (73, 82)

3-1
(HT 1-1)
Stoke

Crouch (34)

Bookings:

Whitehead (31)
Wilkinson (55)


Blackburn

Formica (28)

1-2
(HT 1-1)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (15, 53)

Bookings:

Nzonzi (55)
Lowe (63)
Roberts (80)
Yakubu (90+2)

Bookings:

Rose (76)


Fulham

Ruiz (67)

1-3
(HT 0-1)
Everton

Drenthe (3)
Saha (90)
Rodwell (90+3)

Bookings:

Johnson (54)
Sidwell (73)
Baird (90+2)

Bookings:

Distin (50)


Man Utd

Fletcher (81)

1-6
(HT 0-1)
Man City

Balotelli (22, 60)
Aguero (69)
Dzeko (90, 90+3)
Silva (90+1)

Bookings:

Anderson (62)
Evra (67)
Smalling (79)
Welbeck (83)

Bookings:

Balotelli (24)
Kompany (41)
Richards (86)

Sent off:

Evans (47)


QPR

Helguson (pen 10)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Chelsea

Bookings:

Derry (52)
Barton (59)

Bookings:

Mikel (50)
Lampard (52)
Ivanovic (58)
David Luiz (70)
Meireles (72)
Cole (76)
Terry (90)

Sent off:

Bosingwa (33)
Drogba (41)

Manchester City’s defeat of Manchester United wasn’t as shocking as the manner in which the game was won. 1-6 at Old Trafford will never be forgotten.

Updated Table:

Premier League table
Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:54 UK
P GD PTS
1 Man City 9 26 25
2 Man Utd 9 14 20
3 Chelsea 9 10 19
4 Newcastle 9 6 19

5 Tottenham 8 2 16

6 Liverpool 9 2 15
7 Arsenal 9 -3 13
8 Norwich 9 -1 12
9 Stoke 9 -4 12
10 QPR 9 -7 12
11 Aston Villa 9 0 11
12 West Brom 9 -2 11
13 Everton 8 -2 10
14 Sunderland 9 2 9
15 Swansea 9 -5 9
16 Wolves 9 -6 8
17 Fulham 9 -1 7

18 Bolton 9 -12 6
19 Wigan 9 -9 5
20 Blackburn 9 -10 5

Via BBC

Barclays Premier League: October 16 — Results Roundup

Following on from where we left on Saturday, today’s footballing action in the premier league was exciting too with some good matches played today. Arsenal left it late to win a thrilling encounter with Sunderland 2-1 at the Emirates while Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw. In another match, West Bromwich Albion beat Wolverhampton Wanderers comfortably at home with the scoreline 2-0.

Sunday, 16 October 2011


Arsenal

Van Persie (1, 82)

2-1
(HT 1-1)
Sunderland

Larsson (31)

Bookings:

Song (57)
Koscielny (63)
Van Persie (83)

Bookings:

Vaughan (52)
Larsson (55)
Brown (61)


Newcastle

Ba (48)
Sh Ameobi (86)

2-2
(HT 0-1)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (pen 40)
Defoe (68)

Bookings:

Tiote (79)

Bookings:

Parker (75)
Modric (90+1)


West Brom

Brunt (8)
Odemwingie (75)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wolverhampton

 

Bookings:

Berra (25)

Here’s how the table looks now after this round of matches:

Premier League table
Sunday, 16 October 2011 17:56 UK

P GD PTS
1 Man City 8 21 22
2 Man Utd 8 19 20
3 Chelsea 8 11 19
4 Newcastle 8 5 16

5 Liverpool 8 2 14

6 Tottenham 7 1 13
7 Stoke 8 -2 12
8 Aston Villa 8 1 11
9 Norwich 8 -1 11
10 Arsenal 8 -5 10
11 QPR 8 -8 9
12 West Brom 8 -3 8
13 Swansea 8 -5 8
14 Fulham 8 1 7
15 Everton 7 -4 7
16 Wolves 8 -6 7
17 Sunderland 8 0 6

18 Bolton 8 -10 6
19 Wigan 8 -8 5
20 Blackburn 8 -9 5

As always, via BBC!

Barclays Premier League: 15th October — Results Roundup

The Barclays/English Premier League (BPL/EPL) action is back after a 2 week gap (international break) and what better way to kick start the weekend than a showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United – arguably the biggest rivalry in the premier league. Both the Reds have a tremendous history behind and are managed by two legendary managers – King Kenny (Kenny Dalglish) and Emperor Ferguson (Sir Alex Ferguson).

The game was a tight affair in the first half but opened up completely in the second. Liverpool opened the scoring through a Steven Gerrard free kick – Gerrard of course returning from a long time out on the sidelines through a groin injury – and for United it was the little Mexican Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who equalized with a nicely executed header. The match ended 1-1.

Other notable fixtures included Aston Villa’s visit to Manchester City, where a win for the hosts could take them top of the table thanks to United’s stalemate at Anfield, and Bolton’s clash with Wigan.

Here are all the results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 15 October 2011


Liverpool

Gerrard (68)

1-1
(HT 0-0)
Man Utd

Hernandez (81)

Bookings:

Lucas (28)

Bookings:

Young (43)
Ferdinand (54)
Evra (65)


Man City

Balotelli (28)
Johnson (47)
Kompany (52)
Milner (71)

4-1
(HT 1-0)
Aston Villa

Warnock (65)

Bookings:

Barry (59)

Bookings:

Bannan (80)


Norwich

Pilkington (1, 63)
R Martin (10)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Swansea

Graham (12)

Bookings:

Monk (4)


QPR

Helguson (16)

1-1
(HT 1-1)
Blackburn

Samba (24)

Bookings:

Hall (23)
Wright-Phillips (62)
Traore (64)

Bookings:

Nzonzi (52)
Lowe (77)


Stoke

Walters (80)
Delap (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Delap (56)
Pennant (71)
Whelan (76)
Upson (77)

Bookings:

Duff (66)
Murphy (77)
Zamora (79)
Baird (87)


Wigan

Diame (40)

1-3
(HT 1-2)
Bolton

Reo-Coker (4)
Ngog (45+3)
Eagles (90+2)

Bookings:

Di Santo (45+1)
Figueroa (71)
Caldwell (73)
Alcaraz (79)

Bookings:

Pratley (23)
Robinson (63)
Boyata (67)
Petrov (82)

Chelsea is currently leading Everton by 2 goals to nil in the last fixture of the day.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Arsenal v Sunderland, 13:30
Newcastle v Tottenham, 16:00

Via BBC

Barclays Premier League: 2nd October — Results Roundup

Continuing from where we left yesterday, today too saw a lot of goals being scored in the Barclays Premier League along with an entertaining North London derby that ended in the home team’s favor. So who won against whom and who scored those goals? Lets find out.. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League: 2nd October — Results Roundup”

Barclays Premier League: 1st October — Results Roundup

It was a fantastic start to an entertaining weekend of BPL action, featuring a comfortable win for Liverpool over 10-men Everton in the Merseyside derby, a lackluster win for Manchester United and a thrashing for Blackburn Rovers at the hands of Manchester City. Here are all the results from today’s action:

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (36)
Bent (62)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wigan

 

Bookings:

Caldwell (19)


Blackburn

 

0-4
(HT 0-0)
Man City

Johnson (56)
Balotelli (59)
Nasri (73)
Savic (87)

Bookings:

Givet (59)

Bookings:

Zabaleta (69)


Everton

 

0-2
(HT 0-0)
Liverpool

Carroll (71)
Suarez (82)

Bookings:

Cahill (27)

Bookings:

Lucas (50)

Sent off:

Rodwell (23)


Man Utd

Anderson (68)
Welbeck (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Norwich

 

Bookings:

Welbeck (71)


Sunderland

Bendtner (24)
Elmohamady (26)

2-2
(HT 2-2)
West Brom

Morrison (4)
Long (5)

Bookings:

Larsson (19)
Cattermole (36)


Wolverhampton

Fletcher (88)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Newcastle

Ba (17)
Gutierrez (38)

Bookings:

Henry (39)

Bookings:

Gutierrez (53)
Krul (90+2)

This paves the way for an exciting Super Sunday tomorrow, with the North London derby the standout fixture.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bolton v Chelsea, 13:30
Fulham v QPR, 15:00
Swansea v Stoke, 15:00
Tottenham v Arsenal, 16:00

Manchester United is still top of league, ahead on goal difference from neighbors Man City.

Barclays Premier League: 24th September — Results Roundup

There were 8 matches played today in the Barclays Premier League (BPL/EPL), with the last match of the day, played between Stoke City and Manchester United, just concluding. It was an exciting, end-to-end match with both sides have their moments. In the end they both cancelled each other out as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Nani scored for the Reds and Crouch scored for the Potters. This was Stoke’s first ever point against MU as the champions dropped their first point of the season.

Here are the other results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 24 September 2011


Arsenal

Van Persie (46, 71)
Song (89)

3-0
(HT 0-0)
Bolton

 

Bookings:

Steinsson (58)

Sent off:

Wheater (55)


Chelsea

Torres (29)
Ramires (36, 76)
Drogba (90+4)

4-1
(HT 2-0)
Swansea

Williams (86)

Bookings:

Mata (33)
Cole (86)
Mikel (90+4)

Bookings:

Dyer (54)
Monk (76)
Taylor (89)

Sent off:

Torres (39)


Liverpool

Johnson (og 11)
Suarez (38)

2-1
(HT 2-0)
Wolverhampton

Fletcher (49)

Bookings:

Lucas (34)
Carroll (57)
Kelly (67)

Bookings:

O’Hara (4)
Henry (32)
Ward (39)
Hunt (42)


Man City

Balotelli (68)
Milner (89)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Everton

 

Bookings:

Y Toure (31)

Bookings:

Rodwell (20)
Neville (25)
Osman (30)
Cahill (63)
Jagielka (87)


Newcastle

Ba (27, 30, 54)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Blackburn

Hoilett (37)

Bookings:

Lowe (57)
Nzonzi (59)
Olsson (55)
Salgado (90+5)

Sent off:

Olsson (69)


West Brom

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Hangeland (50)
Grygera (60)
Baird (66)


Wigan

Diame (50)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (3)
Bale (23)

Bookings:

Gohouri (26)
McCarthy (71)
Sammon (76)

Bookings:

Adebayor (90+3)

Sent off:

Gohouri (63)

There are 2 more fixtures to be played this game-week. They are:

Sunday, 25 September 2011

QPR v Aston Villa, 16:00

Monday, 26 September 2011
Norwich v Sunderland, 20:00

Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011

There were four games played today, with Manchester United vs Chelsea the pick of the lot followed by Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane. So who did what in this double header super Sunday? Lets find out. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011”

Whats wrong at the Northern Part of London?

It was a very sad Sunday in the North of London yesterday as both the Manchester sides thrashed their North London rivals. Manchester City rocked White Hart Lane by beating their Champions League qualification rivals of last year by 5 goals to 1. Edin Dzeko went home with 4 cracking goals to his name.

Over to Old Trafford and it was Manchester United who thrashed their arch rivals Arsenal by 8 goals to 2. That was some beating.

North London was in humilation and embarrasement. Both the Manchester rivals showed what they are made up of and sent an early warning to all the other teams in the premier league.

Coming to their rivals, Chelsea have amassed 7 points out of the possible 9. Liverpool has also started well as they too are with 7 points out of their 3 games. The only two arguable title contenders that are left out behind are the two North London clubs: Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. So, what’s wrong with these two sides?

Lack of new faces?

Arsenal have already lost their two big name players, Samir Nasri and Francesc Fabregas this season to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. They have still failed to sign any replacements for them. They have brought in only  major signing that is Gervinho who was sent off on the opening day against Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have brought in a replacement for the blunder-man Huerelho Gomes in the form of 41 year old goalkeeper Brad Fridel. They also last week announced the signing on Emmanuel Adebayor on loan. He couldn’t play yesterday because he was not legible for the game as his parent club is Manchester City. But still Harry Redknapp will think he’s not done yet. Maybe Spurs need a replacement for their injury-prone defender Jonathan Woodgate who signed for Stoke City recently. Apart from that, he also needs to sort the ongoing saga surrounding star player Luka Modric for good.

Both these sides have another 48 hours or so to bring in some big signings and compete to be at the top.

Is it injuries?

Spurs’ side has been plauged with injuries at the moment. Ledley King, William Gallas, Alan Hutton, Steven Pienaar are all injured. Yesterday they played without a defensive midfielder as all three weren’t available as Huddlestone wasn’t match fit, Sandro has got a knee problem and Palacios went for a medical at Stoke to complete his signing.

Arsenal were with suspensions for Gervinho and Frimpong who both picked up red cards in the Gunners’ first two games of the season. They also have some injuries. Both Wenger and Redknapp would be looking for their players to get fit quickly. Redknapp yesterday got another 3 injuries as Kranjcar got a slight groin problem, Lennon had a hamstring problem and Rafael Van Der Vaart tore a muscle in his ankle. It truly was a day to forget for the clubs from North London.

Was it wrong tactics?

Same old, same old. Both these sides have been playing their formations the same way as last season. But Redknapp made a big mistake yesterday by playing in two attacking midfielders. Arsenal meanwhile have problems of their own. They played the same like last season with nothing new.

We all know that the season has just started. But there could be some more hammering coming up for both these sides as they have nothing new to offer. This is a real wake up call for these two sides.

That said, i’m pretty sure that these two sides will bounce back. The only question is, when?

What do you think is wrong with these two sides? Do drop in your comment! 😀

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Manchester Delight: United cruise to record breaking 8-2 win over Arsenal as City put 5 past hapless Tottenham — Results Roundup

The third weekend of Barclays Premier League action has come to an end and boy it ended handsomely. While Chelsea and Liverpool both recorded wins yesterday, the clubs from Manchester really stole the show today with some amazing display of football.

Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City  stung Tottenham Hotspur right from the word go, creating chances after chances and eventually taking the lead through Edin Dzeko. The striker then went on to add 3 more to his tally, ending with 4 on the day and giving City their first win at White Hart Lane in 5 years. The Blues won 5-1. Kaboul scored the consolation goal for the home team.

As if Manchester City’s 5 star performance wasn’t enough, Manchester United really turned it on in the last match of the weekend, thumping 8 past a beleaguered Arsenal side as the Reds ran rampant at Old Trafford, showing City that they are still the team to beat. Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick while Ashley Young starred too with 2 fantastic goals. Park, Welbeck, and Nani were the other scorers for United. For Arsenal, captain Van Persie, after missing a penalty early on, struck a ferocious volley from close range after Theo Walcott had given the Gunners some hope.

As with the previous 2 games this season, Arsenal yet again saw one of their players sent off, making it 3 out of 3. They now have more players sent off (3) than they have scored goals this season (2)  or have points on the board (1). Manchester United ended up 8-2 winners, breaking quite a few records in the process as Arsenal’s misery continues.

Here are all the results from the day’s action:

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Man Utd

Welbeck (22)
Young (28, 90+1)
Rooney (41, 64, pen 82)
Nani (67)
Park Ji-Sung (70)

8-2
(HT 3-1)
Arsenal

Walcott (45+3)
Van Persie (74)

Bookings:Young (27)
Evans (27)
Bookings:Arshavin (15)
Jenkinson (40)
Djourou (63)
Sent off:Jenkinson (77)

Newcastle

Best (48, 66)

2-1
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

Dempsey (88)

Bookings:Simpson (87)
Smith (90+5)
Bookings:Sidwell (64)

Tottenham

Kaboul (68)

1-5
(HT 0-2)
Man City

Dzeko (34, 41, 55, 90+3)
Aguero (60)

Bookings:Assou-Ekotto (10)
Van der Vaart (31)
Bookings:Barry (20)
Zabaleta (23)
Y Toure (25)
Savic (76)

West Brom

 

0-1
(HT 0-0)
Stoke

Shotton (89)

Here’s the updated league table after 3 rounds of matches

Premier League table
Sunday, 28 August 2011 17:54 UK
P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 3 10 9
2 Man City 3 9 9
3 Liverpool 3 4 7
4 Chelsea 3 3 7

5 Wolves 3 3 7

6 Newcastle 3 2 7
7 Aston Villa 3 2 5
8 Wigan 3 2 5
9 Stoke 3 1 5
10 Bolton 3 1 3
11 Everton 2 0 3
12 QPR 3 -5 3
13 Sunderland 3 -1 2
14 Norwich 3 -2 2
15 Swansea 3 -4 2
16 Fulham 3 -3 1
17 Arsenal 3 -8 1

18 West Brom 3 -3 0
19 Blackburn 3 -4 0
20 Tottenham 2 -7 0

*Tottenham’s fixture against Everton was postponed on the opening day due to ongoing riots in the area