Action packed weekend in the Premier League

by Mystical Mike

Monday, November 10th, 2008
 

Weekend review

Ten games, 25 goals, 34 bookings, three red cards and five matches ending 2-1. It was a very enjoyable weekend in the Premier League and one which left a number of fans singing for joy and an equal number hoping to forget the last two days ever happened.

The weekend’s football kicked off at the Emirates with Arsenal looking to reignite their title challenge flame against champions Manchester United. It seems a relevant game to focus more heavily on because it was such an enthralling contest from start to finish.

Samir Nasri struck twice for the Gunners and this was enough to hand them a crucial win despite Rafael’s late volley. Overall, it was a game that the home side deserved to win and one which could kick-start their rather disjointed season so far.

From a Manchester United point of view, well they will be disappointed with the fact that they have lost again to a fellow member of the ‘big four’. Defeat to Arsenal follows an equally annoying defeat at Liverpool and a draw against Chelsea. They normally win these sort of game don’t they?

Elsewhere on Saturday, there was a very predictable stalemate between Wigan and Stoke, a narrow victory for Bolton at ‘has the bubble burst?’ Hull City and a late winner for Portsmouth at Sunderland to hand Tony Adams his first win as manager at Fratton Park.

One of the more remarkable games though was between West Ham and Everton at Upton Park. All the football odds were favouring a home win when they led 1-0 going into the last ten minutes, but after Joleon Lescott equalised, Louis Saha struck twice to hand the Toffees an unlikely win. Gianfranco Zola continues to struggle after taking over from Alan Curbishley.

The final game on Saturday saw Robbie Keane hit his first league goals for Liverpool as they brushed aside West Brom at Anfield.

Moving into Sunday, the early kick-off saw Chelsea return to the top of the table after a hard-working victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park. Nicolas Anelka scored twice to make it six goals in four games for a striker that has received far too much unfair criticism from Chelsea fans in the past.

The 3pm games saw 2-1 away victories for Middlesbrough and Tottenham. Gareth Southgate has Sanli Tuncay’s two goals to thank for an excellent win against Aston Villa, while a Darren Bent brace helped Spurs come from behind to defeat Manchester City at Eastlands. This was a particularly eventful game with the home side finishing with nine men to the away side’s ten. Nevertheless, the Redknapp revolution continues.

The final game of the weekend saw Fulham defeat Joe Kinnear’s Newcastle 2-1. Shola Ameobi had cancelled out Andrew Johnson’s early strike for the Magpies, but Danny Murphy scored from the penalty spot soon after. This result means Newcastle move back into the bottom three.

By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting

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  • Matt Quinn

    Good result for Arsenal. Im going tomorrow to the Emirates to see the
    kids.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Played well, Nasri was class. Diaby has to play every game from now on, he gives us presence, either RVP or Ady have to be dropped, simple as

    Whats happened to Villa?

  • Matt Quinn

    Villa are average with average players. Milner, Shorey, Reo-Coker,
    Agbonlahor are not good enough for top 4. Its been on the cards for
    ages. I’ve already said this in a previous blog, I knew we
    would come unstuck soon.

    Stop Young and Carew and you stop Villa.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    The top 4 are even further ahead this season, I can’t see anyone getting close. The battle for 5th is up for grabs.

    I think West Ham might down too

  • Jimbo

    what are the odds that Arsenal lose one of their next 3 league games? Anyone fancy a little wager on that?

  • jackie emu

    I think boro’s win was a little bit over shadowed because both goals came from mistakes…and Villa were playing their 2nd game in 4 days.
    Villa are decent and at the moment have been playing badly and winning so Boro’s result was hard earned. Slowly but surely the boro are coming good…if and buts are gone but had we held out blackburns and liverpools 94th minute equaliser/winner we’d be on 20 points…

    And what a miss…Alves give your head a shake!

    very early days but whisper it boro could finish in the top half even top 8!

  • dexylongshot

    I was at Upton Park on saturday watching Arsen… I mean West Ham totally outplay Everton for 3/4s of the game. Zola is making the changes at Upton Park and the footy on display is handsome to watch. Collison who came on for the crocked Upson looked another fine prospect from the academy (Very much in the Carrick mould) and he marked it with a superbly worked goal Wenger would have been proud. Then it came to the last 10 minutes andthe irons seemed to run out of puff. Saha was left in acres of space to set up the 1st goal and then West Ham just caved in for 5 minutes as he got a brace himself and the toffees, Even Moyes admitted after the match that it was a game they should have lost. Considering exactly the same happened last week with another late equaliser, Zola may have to wait for a total fantasy footy and get the defence working. The Hammers have one of the worst clean sheet records the league has ever seen, despite having to members of the England squad. Considering they sold half the defence in the summer, The owners have a lot to answer for. On the upside, what a cracking state our league is in at the moment, love it.

  • jackie emu

    regarding west ham conceding late goals…boro were in exactly the same situation…we’ve shipped plenty in the last 5 minutes this season…but things do turn around we’ve now scored a few late goals…including mido’s against you irons.

  • dexylongshot

    thanks for that!

    What’s happening at Boro with Wheater, i missed a few games at the weekend and believe he isn’t 1st choice, please confirm Emu.

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