Premier League weekend review

by Mystical Mike

Monday, November 17th, 2008
 

Goals galore!

Another busy weekend of Premier League action saw few upsets and a return to form for three of the big four whilst the bottom half of the table was rotated once again with everyone still left wondering if a smaller number of relegation candidates will ever be cut away rather than everyone from 6th down to 20th looking over their shoulder.

The weekend started with a fairly routine win for Liverpool away at Bolton, Dirk Kuyt once again proving that he has moved on from the joke status he occurred last season. Steven Gerrard wrapping up the points, allow Robbie Keane should have made the margin even bigger for Rafael Benitez’s side.

From there we moved onto the six three o’clock kick-offs and must start with Aston Villa upsetting the football odds with a win at Arsenal. The Gunners looked a shade of the side that beat Manchester United last week and Villa should have won by more than the two they did manage. A Gael Clichy own goal and Gabriel Agbonlahor’s late strike giving Aston Villa their first win at Arsenal in 15 years.

As for Manchester United they managed a straight forward victory over Stoke, banging in five. The best of which where Ronaldo’s freekicks to mark the 100th and 101th goal he has scored for United. 17-year-old Danny Welbeck’s first ever senior goal is worth a mention to, great way to open your United account.

Whilst there were five at Old Trafford the fans at Upton Park had to go home empty handed after Portsmouth and West Ham played out a decent 0-0 draw. The scoreless draw between the two sides proved to be the only game without a goal in the league this weekend whilst fans at St James Park were treated to three in the last 10 minutes.

The 2-2 draw provided possibly the biggest moment of referring controversy of the weekend after Andre Mariner wrongly sent-off Emerson Boyce for a second bookable offence. As it was 10-man Wigan snatched a point late on when former Toon defender Titus Bramble headed home in the last minute. Bramble was a nightmare for Newcastle when he played for them and Wigan’s late goal specialist came back to haunt his former club after Joe Kinnear’s side had overhauled the Latics one goal lead thanks to goals from Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins.

There was success for another north east side as Roy Keane turned up to see his Sunderland side come from a goal behind to take all three points at Blackburn and move up eight places. Meanwhile Harry ‘Houdini’ Redknapp’s luck ran out as Heurelho Gomes gifted Fulham a second win on the bounce.

The finally action of Saturday saw Chelsea easily overcome attractive but rubbish West Brom with Nicolas Anelka looking like he could keep coin throwing Didier Drogba out of the side for some time.

Sunday began with a fairly routine 1-1 draw between Middlesborough and Everton, Yakubu scoring against his former club. The weekend ended with a very entertaining game between Hull and Man City which saw two of the biggest defensive howlers from Tal Ben Haim and Zamil Zayette. As it was Geovanni snatched a point for Hull after Stephen Ireland’s brilliant goal had given Mark Hughes side the lead.

By Chris Rivers – A freelance sports writers who blogs about football betting.

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  • Jimbo

    it’s pretty funny that both times Arsenals kids have thrashed teams in the Mickey cup their first lose at home….

  • Darren

    the good thing to come out of this weekends games was the Spuds losing again, back where they belong. That Gomez was the buy of the season!!

  • dexylongshot

    Villa were a massive 6-1 to beat the Gooners, i had some of that but chucked it in with an accumalator with the Geordies, Chelsea and the Totts. Gutted!

  • Phl

    anyone watch Chelsea? They were superb! The game was over after 30 mins. Their squad is superb, look at the difference between them and Arsenal & Liverpool. 3-0 game over, I tell u what, lets bring on one of subs, only one of the best midfielders in the world. Joe Cole didn’t play. Bostwenga is a player and a half, it’s Chelseas title to throw away this season.

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