Premier League Review – Week 11

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Premier League Review – Week 11

Manchester City 2 – 1 Tottenham

Manchester City came from behind to win as Dzeko proved once again to be the City hero. Tottenham have had some interesting duels against the Manchester club in recent years, and took the lead through a Steven Caulker header in the first half. It wasn’t a surprise as City have been leaking goals this season through poor defending. Sergio Aguero, who was spotted playing tennis at the ATP Finals with Del Potro popped up with City’s equaliser in the second half with lead the come-back. Every time Edin Dzeko has been introduced as a substitute this season, everyone expects him to save City and in the 88th minute did so with a well taken finish to sink Spurs to an away defeat. Mancini is safe in his managerial job, for now.

Newcastle 0 – 1 West Ham

Newcastle slumped to a 1-0 defeat against high flying West Ham United at St. James’ Park. In a lacklustre performance from usually a consistently good team, Newcastle had low quality and lacked a certain edge. The game’s only goal came from a miss placed shot, where former Toon Kevin Nolan stormed in to put the ball in to the back of the net. Andy Carroll could have caused more misery as he forced Tim Krul to pull off a fantastic save to keep the deficit at just one goal. Sam Allardyce enjoyed his return to Newcastle, but Alan Pardew will have to ask some questions of his sides performance.

Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool

Chelsea welcomed another big team to the Bridge, Liverpool. Torres started up front for Chelsea and it looked possible he could end his goal drought against his former employees. However, it was the Blues’ skipper John Terry, first game back from suspension who put Chelsea ahead with a sublime header. This was Terry’s best way to reintroduce himself after the racism scandal and his 4 match ban. However, he was stretchered off due to what seemed like a serious knee injury after a collision with Suarez. After poor defending Chelsea were made to pay with Luiz Suarez storming into the box and heading home from close range to steal a point for Liverpool. Juan Mata will be disappointed he couldn’t convert chances, and Roberto Di Matteo will be hoping Fernando Torres can find his scoring boots soon, as rumours Falcao is on his way to the Bridge.

Arsenal 3 – 3 Fulham

Arsenal went into this game needing a win and had the perfect start as they were 2-0 in 25 minutes. Olivier Giroud headed the first home before Podolski guided home a close range strike to put the Gooners firmly in charge. Fulham, with a Berbatov inspired comeback were level at half-time after he headed home and on 40 minutes teed up Alex Kacaniklic to put the ball in the back of the net. In the second half, Berbatov made it 3-2 to the visitors from the spotkick, and Arsenal rallied to find the equaliser. Giroud scored his second of the game and with the game heading for a draw Arsenal were rewarded with a last-minute penalty. Arteta missed with the last kick of the game to cause heartache for Gooner fans. Arsene Wenger was understandably concerned and annoyed after the match.

Everton 2 – 1 Sunderland

Tipped by many to break into the top four this season, Everton welcomed Sunderland to Goodison Park. Adam Johnson put the visitors ahead however, with his first goal for the Black Cats. However, with two goals in three minutes in the second half, Everton held on to take the win which was Moyes’ 18th consecutive game against Sunderland without defeat. It was influential midfielder Fellaini who scored the equaliser and lead the comeback and just moments later Jelavic scored the winner. Moyes would be impressed by his teams start, but with such a thin squad any injuries could cause the manager a few headaches.

Reading 0 – 0 Norwich

Reading is still without a win in the Premier League this season as they were visited by underperforming Norwich. After dominating another game and not winning, Brian McDermott will surely be looking to secure his first win in the Premier League this season soon enough. Plenty of chances came and went, however Reading and Norwich could be fighting for survival come the end of the season.

Southampton 1 – 1 Swansea

Southampton is scoring goals, but is also conceding goals and this game was no different. Southampton went ahead through a Morgan Schneiderlin header after great initiative to chest the ball and head it past the advancing keeper. However, after a defensive lapse, Dyer stormed through on goal and scored a well taken goal to level the game. Southampton have squandered 13 points from winning positions this season, a new defender or two won’t go a miss otherwise they will be fighting relegation this season.

Stoke 1 – 0 QPR

Stoke denied Mark Hughes’ and QPR of their first win of the season as Charlie Adam scored his first goal for Stoke. He capitalised on poor defending and drove a shot into the corner of the goal. Pressure is building on the Rangers boss, as he is without a win this season and is currently bottom of the league. Once again Stoke prove to be a tough team to break down and beat.

Wigan 1 – 2 West Brom

West Brom continued their magnificent form this season with a 2-1 away win against a much improved Wigan. James Morrison headed ahead the Baggies before an own goal doubled their lead. No more than a minute had passed when Wigan scored what would turn out to be a consolation goal. West Brom is flying high under Steve Clarke and are currently lying 5th. Wigan are a much improved side this season, but will have to keep up the good work to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.

Aston Villa 2 – 3 Man Utd

Manchester United did it again this weekend by coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 by scoring three goals in the second half. United performed under par in the first half and Weimann scored the opener just before half time which clearly shook United as he scored a second on the 50th minute mark. However, never rule out United this season. Hernandez once again came off the bench and scored his first goal with a touch of brilliance as he struggled to get the ball out of his feet one minute, and the next the ball was past Guzan in the back of the net. This sparked a United comeback, and unfortunately for Villa, Vlaar deflected a volley into the back of his own net and United were level. Henandez was the hero as he completed the comeback with a neatly finished header. At full time, Fergie punched the air as United had done it again. They are now 4 points clear at the top of the table, and look like the team to beat this season.

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