A double gameweek always meant there would be goals but to expect this many was beyond anyone’s prediction!
Chelsea Vs Arsenal;- 6-0
The gameweek started off with Arsene Wenger celebrating his 1000th game in charge of the gunners, but the special one had plans to make this day not so great for Wenger.
After their easy victory against the Turkish side Galatasary, Chelsea were still on a high and going 2 nil up inside just 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge things couldn’t have got any better.. surely? It wouldn’t be a Chelsea Vs Arsenal game without some sort of controversy and one of the most talked about mistakes of the season by referee Andre Marriner (Sending off the wrong player!) meant this game was going to be talked about for days!
It was positives all around the park for Chelsea, Oscar scoring twice, his first goals in 8 appearances, Eto’o scoring again for the third game in a row, and the young Salah coming off the bench to score.
As for Arsenal, they bounced back from a big loss to Manchester City earlier in the season and so fans can be hopeful of a repeat when the Swans visit mid-week.
After that massive score line in the early kick off no-one could of expected what was to happen for the rest of Saturdays games.
Cardiff Vs Liverpool;- 3-6
Relegation battlers Vs the high scoring title contenders, now first we had the SAS, now we have the SASAS! Martin Skrtel, bagging himself 2 goals and an assist! Just a reminder for anyone who’s rubbing their eyes, yes he’s the centre back! Luis Suarez.. This man does not even need anything said about him, another hat trick for the Uruguayan forward, another 3 points in the bag for Liverpool and as much as Brendon Rodgers plays it down, The title must be their aim for this season!
Meanwhile Cardiff who are 2nd bottom showed that they aren’t going to sit down and accept defeat! Twice they took the lead against Liverpool and looked worthy of their lead, It’s no doubt Cardiff have goal scorers in their team, Jordan Mutch bagging himself another 2 and Fraizer Campbell also getting on the score sheet, they both claimed assists for each other’s goals.
With West Brom & Crystal Palace also struggling at the bottom end of the stadium their next two games against them will be vital games for the Bluebirds as they look to climb out of the relegation spots.
Everton Vs Swansea;- 3-2
European football chasers Vs The team who was in Europe this season!
How times have changed for last year’s F.A Cup winners Swansea, gone from a European place team to a team who are very much in the thick of the relegation battle, traveling to the toffees and their former manager Roberto Martinez.
Both teams previous games were decided by late goals, Swansea losing to late goal from Youssuf Mulumbu whilst the fortunes where in favor of Everton with the ever attacking full back Seamus Coleman scoring in the 90th minute.
This time out it wasn’t decided on late goals but that didn’t stop Swansea scoring late on to have the toffee fans biting their nails. Baines scored a penalty in the first half before Wilfred Bony equalized just 13 minutes later, Mirallas & Barkley score a quick 5 minute double before Ashley Williams scored a late consolation goal for the Swans.
The swans had the returning Michu come off the bench and have a few chances in the second half but showed some lack of match practice not converting the chances.
Hull City Vs West Brom;- 2-0
These teams went into the game separated by just 2 points, Hull were of the back of a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City whilst West Brom scored a late goal down at the Liberty Stadium to snatch 3 vital points.
The fixture saw Shane Long returning to face his old club and he proved to be a right handful for the West Brom defense, Long was brought down with half an hour gone inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Jelavic who has found his goal scoring form after his move to the KC stepped up only to have his penalty saved by England world cup contender Ben Foster but Hulls Liam Rosenior scored the resulting rebound.
Shane long didn’t take much longer to cause even more trouble for West Brom scoring just 6 minutes later. Hull are now 8 points ahead of 3rd bottom and have their sights set on a top 10 finish. Meanwhile West Brom sit 16th just 3 points of the relegation and with Cardiff & Norwich in their next 2 games they just like the teams in and around them must be targeting them games as 6 pointers!
Man City Vs Fulham;- 5-0
The second highest league scorers Vs the highest goals conceded team, Coming to the Etihad Fulham must have been expecting the worse but up till half time Fulham had a fair few chances themselves and actually kept the ferocious Man City side at bay, Fulham’s one mistake was Amorebieta bundling over Alvaro Negredo inside the box which Yaya Toure stood up and put the ball firmly into the back of the net on 26 minutes. (HT 1-0)
The second half saw Fulham give away another penalty, it was that man again; Amorebieta on David Silva this time and which saw him receive a red card, Fulham down to 10 and Yaya Toure picked up the ball and placed his penalty into the same corner.
Down to 10 against Manchester City is just recipe to goals and Toure scored his hat trick with a third goal on 65 minutes, set up by Samir Nasri. Then late on Milner set up Fernandinho to score on the 84th minute and to add insult to injury for Fulham, the premier league’s best defender Martin Demichelis bagged his first premier league goal and made it 5. Not many positives to be taken from this game for Fulham but going away to Manchester City was never going to be an easy task. Next up for these clubs, Man City face their neighbors Manchester United & Fulham look to bounce back against Hull.
Newcastle Vs Crystal Palace;- 1-0
The Toon(Le Toon) Vs The Eagles,
Both teams failed to score in their previous fixtures, Newcastle losing 1-0 & Palace having a score draw 0-0, Newcastle seem to struggle to score without the fire power of Loic Remy and this fixture was no different, Cisse, Gouffran & new signing De Jong all started but goals where hard to come by again for both teams as they went in half time 0-0.
Palace have gone 2 games without a goal but had only conceded just the 1 in those games too, this game was dominated by Newcastle having over 70% position and have 16 shots (8 on target) to Palaces 6 shots (1 on target). This game had all the ingredients of a 0-0 until very late on into the game with first Check Tiote rocking the crossbar and then Papiss Cisse scoring just his 2nd goal of the season from a ball into the box from Hatem Ben Arfa.
It was a bit of hard one to swallow for Crystal Palace as they worked hard in this game despite the stats but the Senegalese striker struck leaving those staying in the hotel complaining of the celebrations coming from Alan Pardew’s room!
Norwich Vs Sunderland;- 2-0
The Canaries Vs The Black Cats, Norwich go into this game without a win in 3 games, but after staging a late comeback at St Mary’s last week Norwich were looking to bag themselves 3 points against a Sunderland side who also have had a great run of form and having the heart break of the cup final against Man City. Norwich’s Robert Snodgrass who was a real maestro for the whole of the 90 minutes causing trouble for Marcos Alonso and with just 20 minutes gone he put the Canaries 1 up firing past Mannone after Elmander done well to hold up the ball after a bad clearance from Wes Brown.
12 minutes later Alexander Tettey hit a ball on the volley from a good 25+ yards out and it flew into the back of the net, now the commentator stated you won’t see a better goal this weekend but i think we all know what you’re about to read so i won’t shadow his comments, but for the record it was an absolute wonder strike from Tettey well worth a watch or two!
Sunderland saw Marcos Alonso sent off deep into stoppage time for a second yellow card, nothing went the way of the black cats and they need to brush themselves down and prepare for Wednesday when they travel to Anfield and try to gain some points with their game in hand!
West Ham Vs Manchester United;- 0-2
Hammers Vs United Or Beckham Vs Rooney?
Only one place to start really.. What a fantastic strike, the awareness of the keepers position, the technique, the power.. it was one marvelous strike from Manchester United’s number 10, After RVP taking all the headlines in the champions league victory and now Rooney’s wonder strike, Moyes can finally relax a little.. a day or so, the noisy neighbors the visitors midweek.
West ham are one of the strongest teams defensively and don’t concede bags full of goals and it was going to take something special/comical to beat the West Ham keeper and that was the case.. Wayne Rooney’s half way line striker left Adrian scrambling into the wrong side of the net as the ball nestles in the goal to put Manchester United 1 up with just 7 minutes gone. With 33 minutes gone Ashley Young’s cross/shot was cleared by a West Ham defender which just hit Rooney and he managed to direct it into the net to make it 2-0.
Michael Carrick played in center back alongside Phil Jones and managed to deal with Andy Carroll who was constantly the target of punts up field. West Ham only managed 1 shot on target in the whole of the 90 minutes but had a huge 12 corners but failed to test David De Gea. West Ham will look to bounce back against Hull who visit Wednesday, While Manchester have to deal with their noisy neighbors.
The goals carries on flying in both of the Sunday games, 10 goals in just the two games!
Tottenham Vs Southampton; 3-2
Champions League Chasers Vs Europe League Chasers:
With England manager Roy Hodgson sitting high in the stands overlooking the English players on the pitch it didn’t take long for an English player to get on the score sheet, a long ball up field by the saints keeper Artur Boruc out bounced Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton and left Jay Rodriquez one on one with Hugo Lloris and under the watchful eyes of the England manager he calmly slotted the ball into the corner making it 1-0.
9 minutes later the English players were at it again, this time Rickie Lambert with some clever foot work and then passing the ball into the ongoing Adam Lallana who also calmly slotted the ball pass the Tottenham keeper making it 2-0 to the southern side.
Just 4 minutes after the saints scored their second, Kyle Naughton who could be put down to blame for the first goal crossed the ball into the danger area of the Tottenham box which managed to fall the feet of the Danish attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen who squeezed the ball underneath Artur Boruc to make the score 2-1.
The second half started off with a bang, Robert Soldado shrugged off Southampton’s Dejan Lovren to pick out Christian Eriksen at the back post who made it 2-2 with just 47 minutes on the clock.
This game looked like it would end with the scores 2-2 but Tottenham substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed the ball deep and low into the back out the net from just outside the penalty area making the scores 3-2 in added on time!
Aston Villa Vs Stoke City; 1-4
The Local Derby;
Aston Villa of the back of their massive win against top of the league Chelsea looked to beat their local rivals and continue with their good form of late, meanwhile Stoke who are unbeaten in their last 3 Premier league games looked to make it 4 in a row.
The game started well for the home side, Christian Benteke blasting home his strike from inside the box after some good work from Fabien Delph.
Things turned after a 4 minute double from Stoke seeing Peter Crouch & Peter Odemwingie teaming up to make it 1-1 before the Erik Pieters’ cut back found Peter Crouch who made it 1-2. Game turned on its head from some great work from the Stoke team.
3 minutes before the interval the tricky Marko Arnautovic worked his way through players before passing across the penalty box to find Steven Nzonzi who struck the ball sweetly lashing it into the bottom left hand corner, the ball did ricochet of an Aston Villa player before reaching Nzonzi. 1-3 at half time,
Paul Lambert had his work cut out at half time after losing two key players to injuries midway through the first half.
Second half saw Stoke control the game at their pace making things very hard for Aston Villa, Christian Benteke was shown a yellow card for his actions after not receiving a penalty when he felt he was fouled.
Marko Arnautovic was a real handful today and he carried on his energetic pace into the late stages showing some tidy footwork and skill to pass defenders before cutting back for full back Geoff Cameron to make it 1-4 to Stoke.
The Mid-Week Games:
Manchester United vs Manchester City; 0-3
The Manchester Derby;
With Manchester United finally finding some form after some inspirational performances from Wayne Rooney things where starting to look a bit brighter for David Moyes, but the noisy neighbors where in town and they have their sights set on the premier league title.
It didn’t take long for the game to come to life, 42 seconds, Nasri’s shot hitting the post and falling to the feet of Edin Dzeko who slotted home with ease. The first 20 minutes of the game was all Manchester City and it seemed like it would be a long night for United with David Silva pulling the strings in the centre. Despite the inclusion of the very favored Thomas Cleverly Manchester United was beginning to get back into the game. The inform Wayne Rooney had a chance to pull one back for United but he could only manage an air shot and Juan Mata who has found it hard to find his form at United couldn’t keep his shot down as he fired way over the bar with half ending 0-1 to City.
Kagawa came on for Cleverly at half time which meant a reshuffle in the Manchester United line up, unfortunately for the red side of Manchester the change didn’t have to much affect as Dzeko fired home from Nasri’s corner making 0-2 with 56 minutes on the clock. Javi Garcia came on for City replacing the energetic Jesus Navas which gave Yaya Toure the leeway to push further up the field and in the 90th minute he fired home after James Milner’s pass deflected off a United defender into his path. 0-3 the final score.
Arsenal Vs Swansea; 2-2
The Gunners Vs The Swans;
Swansea had the returning Michu in the starting lineup tonight who in this fixture last season scored in a 2-0 win for Swansea.
Arsenal of the back of the demolishment of Chelsea at the weekend have Gibbs & Oxlade both available after the red card was rescinded.
Both teams play attractive football and both teams play with a big strong striker and it was the Cote Di Ivorian striker for Swansea who made the first big impact on the game heading home from Neil Taylors cross, Arsenal had been dominating the game up until this moment.
That was Bony’s 10th goal in his last 16 starts for Swansea! Santi Cazorla had a chance late on in the first half but failed to make the scores level. 0-1 HT.
Lukas Podolski who hadn’t scored for the gunners in the premier league since boxing day came on after 57 minutes replacing Gibbs, No Oxlade-Chamberlain sorry.. My mistake. 16 minutes later Kieran Gibbs or was it… No course it wasn’t Walcott, run down the left hand side before putting into the middle for Lukas Podolski to fire home! 66 Seconds later, Arsenal went 2-1 ahead, Podolski turning provider for Olivier Giroud who found the net from six yards out. Minutes later Kim Kallstrom came on for Thomas Rosicky for his Arsenal Debut.
90th minute saw Leon Britton’s strike hit Per Mertasaker and then Wojciech Szczesny before then bouncing off Mattieu Flamini for the ball to nestle into the back of the net making 2-2!, and that’s how the game ended.
Newcastle Vs Everton; 0-3
Europe League Chasers Vs Champions League Chasers;
Alan Pardew served his last Stadium ban in this game and wouldn’t of been too pleased as to what happened at St James Park. Everton who have been in great form this season went into the game 2 points behind 5 place Tottenham, England world cup hopeful Ross Barkley showed just how good he is on 22 minutes as he broke from inside his own half, took the ball into the Newcastle box powered past a host of defenders before firing beyond the Newcastle keeper. A moment of real class from the youngster. 0-1 HT.
Another Everton youngster John Stones received 10 stitches in his head after clashing with Luuk De Jong. Barcelona loanee Gerrard Deulofeu who got the assist for the Barkley goal was back on the act this time getting his cross spot on picking out the big Belgium Lukaku who forced the ball into the top of the net from 3 yards out.
Newcastle pressed trying to get a goal back and make it a close ending but failed to make that breakthrough, late on in the game Substitute Steven Naismith along with Lukaku & Deulofeu broke away and Leon Osman arrived late into the Newcastle box before rocketing his shot past Tim Krul to make it 0-3 to Everton and that’s how it ended at St James Park.
West Ham Vs Hull City; 2-1
Both teams come into this game with their sights set on the 38 point mark,
Hull who won their last game against relegation strugglers West Brom travelled to Upton Park looking to win again, meanwhile West Ham who lost to Manchester United and Wayne Rooney’s wonder goal where looking to bounce back and overtake their opponents in the league with a victory.
The first half was dictated by more referee blunders as both the referee and linesman failed to notice that West Ham’s Mohamed Diame handled the ball before being taken down by the Hull keeper which resulted in a red card and the referee pointing to the spot. Steve Bruce had to sacrifice his son in order to bring on replacement goalkeeper Steve Harper. Never the less Mark Noble’s penalty was coolly taken as he made it 1-0 to the home side.
Soon after the kick off for the second half Tom Huddlestone’s shot which was drilled towards goal took a huge deflection of Hull’s Nikica Jelavic and flew into the back of the net to make the scores 1-1. Hull’s luck seemed to be back on their side after that massive deflection but with 54 minutes on the clock Guy Demel’s low cross which looked to be going wide was turned into his own net by James Chester as it hit is left leg and looped past Steve Harper into the Hull net. The ended this way and this meant West Ham moved ahead of Hull onto 34 points while Hull stay on 33.
Liverpool Vs Sunderland; 2-1
Title Contenders Vs Relagation Battlers;
After their 6-3 win over Cardiff at the weekend, 3 points from this game would put Liverpool just 1 point behind league leaders Chelsea, Meanwhile 3 points for Sunderland would boost their hopes of survival.
After Liverpool scoring 6 away at the weekend spectators would have been expecting a quick start from Liverpool but it wasn’t to be as it took over 40 minutes before a goal went in, Luis Suarez who had been causing Santiago Vergini trouble all game brung the Uruguayan down on the edge of the box and seemed to be lucky not to receive a red. Steven Gerrard stepped up and curled the ball into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Liverpool.
Seconds before the first half ended Suarez once again caused problems for Vergini who once again took down the Uruguayan just seconds after being booked and once again was lucky not too of received a second caution which would of seen him sent off. To be fair the referee Kevin Friend there was a lot of tackles that some refs would blow up for and some inside the box which had minimum contact but he kept the game flowing not stopping it for silly little tackles.
Just like the West Ham Vs Hull game it didn’t take long for there to be more action as Daniel Sturridge fired home after Jordan Henderson passed him the ball, it took a slight deflection of a Sunderland defender but looked to be heading in anyway. Liverpool were looking to up the pace now and Coutiniho who had been pulling the strings all game had some nice passes with Suarez before being placed in the path of Daniel Sturridge in front of goal but this time it was his strike partner Luis Suarez who was in the way and Suarez couldn’t find the net with his back heel.
Sunderland’s Adam Johnson & Ki Sung Yeung came on soon after the second goal and Sunderland were beginning to threaten the Liverpool defense, Lee Cattermole crashed his shot from outside the box against the bar, a Sunderland corner undid the Liverpool defense as Ki managed to peel away from his marker Jon Flanagen before heading home from a few yards out. 2-1 and Sunderland could smell blood, pushing Liverpool further back by the minute and this shook Liverpool but they managed to hold on to their lead and bag themselves another 3 points. This meant they are 2nd in the league just 1 point behind Chelsea.
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