Premier League - Weekend Review

Monday, 9 November 2009


It was all eyes on Stamford Bridge this weekend as the superpowers of Chelsea and Manchester United collided. Ultimately it was the Blues who won out in the end and moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Just one goal was all Chelsea needed to secure the victory; a header from John Terry saw Manchester United fall to their third defeat of the season.

The Blues now look to be serious contenders for the title, but in truth it was a poor game. However, a win is a win, while The Red Devils winless run continues at Stamford Bridge, having not won there now since April 2002, they now lie third in the table level on points with Arsenal who have a game in hand.

Arsenal continue their unbeaten run which now stretches to 13 games after a 4-1 win over Wolves, and they now look like to be a real danger to Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for the title.

The Gunners are now second in the table, and have been firing on all cylinders this season, scoring 36 goals in the Premier League already, and they are going out of their way to prove the early season doubters wrong.

Wolves were simply undone by Arsenal who were 3-0 up at half-time from two own goals and one from Cesc Fabregas. Andrei Arshavin completed the rout in the 66th minute with a cracking goal. Wolves got a consolation goal in the 89th minute when Jody Craddock scored in the right net this time. The only thing that will worry Arsene Wenger is his side’s ability to keep clean sheets, but that’s just a small piece of the jigsaw at the moment.

Manchester City racked up their fifth consecutive draw of the season as they drew 3-3with Burnley. It was The Clarets who took the lead and were 2-1 up a half-time through goals from Graham Alexander and Steven Fletcher, while Shaun Wright-Phillips was on the scoresheet for City.

It was Mark Hughes’ side who came out all guns blazing in the second half and were winning 3-2 in the 58th minutes; goals from Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy put them in contention for their first win in four games. But a late goal from Kevin McDonald gave Burnley their first away points of the season and a well earned point at that.

Manchester City’s attacking ability was shown in this game especially recovering from being 2-0 down, but their defensive frailties is what made them come undone in the end, another precious point for Owen Coyle’s men.

Both Tottenham and Sunderland have suffered a downturn in fortunes as of late, but it was Sunderland whose luck ran out at White Hart Lane on Saturday. The Black Cats had chances galore but couldn’t hit the back of the net, as Spurs picked themselves up after last weekend’s 3-0 derby defeat to Arsenal, by beating Steve Bruce’s side 2-0.

Sunderland dominated the game but it was clinical finishing from Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone that secured the victory for Spurs. Darren Bent won and missed a penalty as he made his return to his former club; safe hands from Heurlho Gomes to save the penalty, as the London side keep up the pace at the top of the table.

Aston Villa showed some clinical finishing at Villa Park scoring a handful of goals to beat Bolton, to keep up their unbeaten home run, which now stands at five games. Bolton look to be serious candidates for relegation this season, having now conceded goals in every game this season, while Villa look likely to reach a European competition.

Blackburn came from a goal down to beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Ewood Park. Sam Allardyce changed personnel at half-time and showed his intentions of winning the game by brining on two attackers, they ultimately done the business for Big Sam and won him all three points.

In the remaining three of Sunday’s four fixtures Hull beat Stoke 2-1 to win only their fourth game this year. Wigan drew 1-1 with Fulham, while Everton beat West Ham 2-1 to secure their first win in eight.

Tonight, Liverpool take on Birmingham, as The Reds look to get back to winning ways following their run of defeats.

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