Premier League Weekend Review

Sunday, 13 September 2009


Welcome to Manchester, or in Arsenal’s case Good Riddance to Manchester. The Gunners won’t want to be seeing Manchester again too soon after two successive defeats to both United and City, showing that their opening day 6-1 victory over Everton was a one hit wonder.

Manchester City passed their first test of the season by beating Arsenal, but they did it in controversial circumstances. Emmanuel Adebayor got his name on the scoresheet once again, but decided because it was against his former club he’d go and celebrate in front of them. He’ll now face an FA charge for his stupidity. It certainly took away from the main attraction of the game, but does not deny the fact Manchester City is a force to be reckoned with. City has been buying success, while Arsenal has sold it.

The Gunners have dominated both games against the Manchester clubs, but have lacked that killer punch. City’s other goals came from an Almunia own goal, Craig Bellamy, and Shaun Wright-Phillips, while Robin Van Persie and Tomas Rosicky struck for Arsenal.
Good win for City, certainly promises to be a great battle when the two sides from Manchester come head-to-head next Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea made it 5 wins out of 5 as they left it late to beat Stoke. A Florent Malouda goal in the 93rd minute secured all 3 points for the London side wrapping up a 2-1 victory, but Stoke proved that anyone who comes to the Britannia has to be up for a game. I think Stoke can feel very hard done by, but there’s no shame to losing to Chelsea.

Wigan ended their run of three league games without a win by beating West Ham at the DW Stadium. Hugo Rodallega’s goal was enough for Roberto Martinez’s side, leaving West Ham without a victory since the opening day of the season. Blackburn secured their first win of the season, and also managed to find the back of the net in a 3-1 win over Wolves. Going into the game Rovers had scored only once but El-Hadji Diouf, Jason Roberts and David Dunn put an end to that.

Things continue to look very bleak down on the south coast as Portsmouth fell to their fifth Premier League defeat in a row and remain bottom of the table without a single point to their name. Bolton were the visitors to Fratton Park and had yet to win a game, but that’s all changed now as they secured a vital 3 points. I’m sure Pompey will be unhappy not to have got a point out of the game, but when you are playing with Championship players in your side(with the exception of David James) you’re only heading one way and that of course is down to the Championship.

Sunderland continue their strong start to the season with a 4-1 victory over Hull. Darren Bent had his scoring boots on once again, as he scored twice; Andy Reid, debutant and former Hull player Michael Turner were also on the scoresheet for the Black Cats, while Zayatte scored for Hull.

A Yossi Benayoun hat-trick, along with a goal from Dirk Kuyt saw Liverpool beat Burnley 4-0 at Anfield. While last year’s promoted sides of Hull and Stoke left Anfield unbeaten, Rafa Benitez’s side are making sure they secure 3 points and not dropping 2 points. Michael Shields who was released from a Bulgarian prison last week was in attendance to see his club record a comprehensive victory.

Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham, and City’s rivals United faced-off in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 750th game in charge of the Red Devils. After 52 seconds United were 1-0 down, with a great acrobatic goal from Jermaine Defoe. As always United fought back, and were ahead at half-time with goals from a Ryan Giggs free-kick, and Anderson. United were reduced to 10men after Paul Scholes was sent-off for a second bookable offence, but that didn’t slow them down as Wayne Rooney made sure the victory was safe with a great goal in the 78th minute. Spurs’ winning start over, but I don’t think they should be too disheartened, next up for them is Chelsea away, while United face City.

Today saw the very first Birmingham derby of the season, as Aston Villa faced their rivals at St. Andrews. Martin O’Neill’s side left it late as Gabriel Agbonlahor scored six minutes from time to move Villa up to 6th in the table.

In the other clash of the day, Fulham took on Everton. Both sides haven’t had a great start to the season, but it got worse for Everton who led the game at half-time thanks to a Tim Cahill goal, as Fulham scored twice in the last 30minutes to secure a deserved victory. The Cottagers have now given their season the kick-start it needed, Everton however; look to be stuck in a rut.
What a way to end the international break, some fantastic games along with crucial victories.
Let’s do it all over again next weekend!
(Pic via Zimbio)

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