Premier League Results and Table 29/09/13

Results

Gameweek 6 – 29 September 2013

29 Sep 13:30 Stoke City Stoke City 0:1 Norwich Norwich
29 Sep 16:00 Sunderland Sunderland 1:3 Liverpool Liverpool

 

 

 

 

 

Barclays Premier League Table 29 September

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
Arsenal
6
5
0
1
13
7
15
2
Liverpool
6
4
1
1
8
4
13
3
Tottenham
6
4
1
1
6
2
13
4
Chelsea
6
3
2
1
7
3
11
5
Southampton
6
3
2
1
5
2
11
6
Man City
6
3
1
2
14
7
10
7
Hull City
6
3
1
2
6
7
10
8
Everton
5
2
3
0
6
4
9
9
Aston Villa
6
3
0
3
9
8
9
10
West Brom
6
2
2
2
6
5
8
11
Cardiff City
6
2
2
2
6
7
8
12
Man United
6
2
1
3
8
8
7
13
Swansea City
6
2
1
3
8
9
7
14
Norwich City
6
2
1
3
4
6
7
15
Stoke City
6
2
1
3
4
6
7
16
Newcastle
5
2
1
2
5
8
7
17
West Ham
6
1
2
3
4
5
5
18
Fulham
6
1
1
4
4
9
4
19
Crystal Palace
6
1
0
5
4
10
3
20
Sunderland
6
0
1
5
4
14
1 

Match of the Day 28th September

Today seemed like a routine day in the Premier League, with the two Manchester clubs presented with what appeared to be ‘easy’ fixtures. Man U had a home fixture against West Brom and with the strength and depth of the club, they should have comfortably taken the 3 points. Furthermore, City had a game against 13th placed Aston Villa and you wouldn’t have been blamed for putting money on Pellegrini’s side to come out on top.

However things were way more different than expected. Man Utd ended up going home with no points at all after losing 2-1 courtesy of goals from Amalfitano and Berahino. The Red Devils now sit in 12th place, but this could worsen by the end of the weekend. West Brom on the other hand, have moved up to mid-table and are placed in 10th.

But the game which i think was the most enthralling of today had to be Villa vs Man City. It surpassed any other game today in drama, goals and surprises but also was a great display of football.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side had taken just one point from a possible six prior to travelling to Villa but a first away win looked promising for the visitors as they dominated early on.

The home side’s 3-5-2 formation was leaving them defensively fragile on the flanks and City repeatedly found spaces, with James Milner shooting wide while Samir Nasri’s deflected shot flew just wide of the upright.

Villa couldn’t create many chances and Joe Hart had very little to do. The closest they came to scoring was when a freekick by El Ahmadi narrowly sailed over the bar.

City on the other hand, were not to be kept out any longer and on the brink of half time Yaya Toure latched onto a volley after Nasri’s cross had been headed away from goal.

5 minutes after the break Villa were level. Bacuna, 22, slipped a smart ball to send El Ahmadi clear and though the Morocco international appeared offside, the flag stayed down as he fired past Hart to equalise.

Edin Dzeko quickly quietened Villa’s celebrations as the tall Bosnian got on the end of Samir Nasri’s corner to put City back in front and move them on course for that first away win.

But Villa weren’t down and out yet. Captain Ron Vlaar volleyed into the hands of Hart from Vincent Kompany’s poor clearance before the hosts were presented an even better chance to equalise when they were awarded a 73rd minute free-kick 25 yards out. They took full advantage as Bacuna confidently stepped up to curl a sublime effort that gave Hart no chance.

2 minutes later, Weimann completed the comeback after Kompany and Matija Nastasic allowed Guzan’s delivery to bounce and, racing towards goal, he tapped the ball into the net to secure a memorable victory over the title contenders. This win brings Paul Lambert’s side up to 9th in the table and leaves Pellegrini wondering what will be made of his side’s performance today.

All in all, this game was fast-paced, lively and dramatic – All aspects of the Premier League. Also it leaves us wondering who will win the League this year. Arsenal are very good contenders and may be in with a chance of winning a trophy after a long long wait. Well actually, lets not get too ahead of ourselves here…

-VE

Premier League Results and Table 28th September

Results Gameweek 6 – 28 Sep 2013
28 Sep 12:45 Tottenham Tottenham  1:1 Chelsea Chelsea
28 Sep 15:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa  3:2 Man City ManCity
28 Sep 15:00 Fulham Fulham  1:2 Cardiff City CardiffCity
28 Sep 15:00 Hull City Hull City  1:0 West Ham WestHam
28 Sep 15:00 Man Utd Man Utd  1:2 West Brom WestBrom
28 Sep 15:00 Southampton Southampton  2:0 Crystal Palace CrystalPalace
28 Sep 17:30 Swansea Swansea  1:2 Arsenal Arsenal

Barclays Premier League Table 28/09/13

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
6
5
0
1
13
7
15
2
6
4
1
1
6
2
13
3
6
3
2
1
7
3
11
4
6
3
2
1
5
2
11
5
6
3
1
2
14
7
10
6
5
3
1
1
5
3
10
7
6
3
1
2
6
7
10
8
5
2
3
0
6
4
9
9
6
3
0
3
9
8
9
10
6
2
2
2
6
5
8
11
6
2
2
2
6
7
8
12
6
2
1
3
8
8
7
13
6
2
1
3
8
9
7
14
5
2
1
2
4
5
7
15
5
2
1
2
5
8
7
16
6
1
2
3
4
5
5
17
5
1
1
3
3
6
4
18
6
1
1
4
4
9
4
19
6
1
0
5
4
10
3
20
5
0
1
4
3
11
1

Premier League Preview 28/09/2013

We head into the sixth round of the premier league with Arsenal at the top above Tottenham on goal difference, meanwhile Sunderland are bottom with just one point following the departure of DI Canio. The big match on Saturday is Tottenham vs Chelsea at White Hart Lane, meanwhile Arsenal travel to Swansea hoping to continue their superb away record (10 consecutive away wins,) Man City travel to Aston Villa, Cardiff to Fulham, West Ham to Hull, West Brom to Man Utd and Crystal Palace to Southampton. 

The main news coming from the Arsenal camp is that Arsene Wenger looks set to receive a new contract during his seventeenth year managing at Arsenal. He’s had some highs (unbeaten season 2003-2004) and some lows (eight seasons without a trophy.) He spoke in a press conference today stating that he was ‘honoured’ to have the backing of Arsenal owner Stan Kreonke. For me as an Arsenal fan, this comes as a great relief as in my opinion, we have the best manager in the premier league and possibly in the world. It would come as a great disappointment to the vast majority of Arsenal fans if Wenger wasn’t offered a new contract and personally, I hope that he ends his managerial career at Arsenal. 

Elsewhere, Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has commented that he has no regrets about his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho ahead of the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea. Mourinho refused to make a comment during his press conference before the two sides lock horns. He did however generously say that Tottenham could win the Premier League this season along with five others including his own team. 

The League table is still very open at this early stage in the season and results this weekend should see Arsenal remain at the top with a trip to Swansea however if they fail to get a point, Tottenham, Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool could find themselves topping the BPL. Once again, thanks for reading and enjoy what looks to be a great weekend of football. 

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-SJ

Chelsea draw Arsenal in Capital One Cup fourth round

West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 1; Arsenal win 4-3 on pens: match report

Chelsea will have to make a short trip along the A4 to visit North London rivals Arsenal in the most highly anticipated tie of the Capital One Cup fourth round. After easily strolling to a 2-0 win away at Swindon, Chelsea will play league leaders Arsenal as they look to proceed into the Quarter Finals of the competition. The Gunners needed a penalty shoot out win against West Brom to book the tie against Mourinho’s men after a 1-1 scoreline at the end of extra time.

Chelsea’s last League Cup match against Arsenal was in the final 6 years ago – Chelsea coming out on top with a 2-1 victory. This was the last time the Blues won the competition. Arsenal on the other hand, have to go back to 1993 to find the last time they won the trophy, with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in front of 74,000 spectators.

Elsewhere, Manchester United progressed to the next round as well after defeating arch-rivals Liverpool 1-0 at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the match, after the Mexican slotted home from close range, meeting a delicious corner from Wayne Rooney.The Red Devils, courtesy of that victory, have set up a date with Norwich City at home. Derby rivals Manchester City defeated Wigan convincingly on Tuesday night and will travel to Tyneside to face Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United in the next round.

North London club Tottenham will face Premier League newcomers Hull City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton face manager-less Sunderland.

Third Round Results

Tuesday 24th September

Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Manchester City 5-0 Wigan Athletic

West Ham United 3-2 Cardiff City

Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough

Southampton 2-0 Bristol City

Swindon Town 0-2 Chelsea

Watford 2-3 Norwich (After Extra Time)

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Hull City 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Leicester City 2-1 Derby County

Fulham 2-1 Everton

Wednesday 25th September

Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

Newcastle United 2-0 Leeds United

Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Stoke City

Birmingham City 3-1 Swansea City

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal (After Extra Time. Arsenal win 4-3 on penalties)

The Fourth Round Draw in  Full

Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City

Newcastle United v Manchester City

Burnley v West Ham United

Arsenal v Chelsea

Birmingham City v Stoke City

Manchester United v Norwich City

Sunderland v Southampton

Leicester City v Fulham

Paolo Di Canio sacked as Sunderland head coach

Word has got around but if you didn’t know already, Sunderland coach Paolo Di Canio has been sacked after only 13 games in charge. The Italian had not won any of his 5 Premier League games this season, and the Black Cats are sitting at the bottom of the table, 2 points adrift of rivals Crystal Palace. Despite only being in charge for 13 games, Di Canio had already made a name for himself for being an animated manager, who often left the touchline to address his players. Sunderland ended last season only one place above the relegation zone, however a win against local rivals Newcastle led to the fans backing him. This season luck has not been on his side as Sunderland have already conceded 11 goals and have only secured one point.

Personally, I think that Sunderland were right in sacking Di Canio as only 3 wins in 13 games is not good enough at any level of football in my opinion, be it the Premier League or League Two. Take part in the poll below if you think that Di Canio should have been sacked or not.

-VE

Match of the Day 22/09/2013

The two Manchester clubs continued their Barclays Premier League campaigns today in the Manchester derby. This is one of the biggest derbies in the world and both managers were new to the big stage. There was a huge setback before the match for United as we were told by David Moyes that Robin Van Persie had a groin injury and was consiquently left out of the team.

It was clear within the first five minutes that the derby would be a hotly contested one as Nastasic was shown a yellow for a poor challenge on Chris Smalling. Smalling was then involved again with a bit of poor defending let Samir Nasri feed the ball through leaving Manchester United helpless as Sergio Aguero got on the end of Kolarov’s cross. After falling behind in sixteen minutes, many expected a comeback from United however this wasn’t what they got. City still dominated the match and Rio Ferdinand looked to be hopeless in defence. City doubled their lead in stoppage time of the first half as Nasri’s corner got flicked on by Negredo and turned in by an unmarked Yaya Tore. This once again showed a weakness in Man United’s defending.

Thinking that City would sit back now, I fully expected Man United to pile on a comeback and get a draw. Instead, Kolarov and Negredo linked up setting up Aguero for another excellent finish. It must however be said that Rio Ferdinand was once again at fault for the goal. Nasri completed the job by latching onto the end of a Jesus Navas cross with a brilliant volley. There was however one consolation goal by United’s man of the match Wayne Rooney. He scored a brilliant free kick making him the top scorer in manchester derbies overtaking Eric Cantona. Moyes later stated that Rooney didn’t deserve to be on the losing side and I totally agree as he was world class. For all of United’s mistakes, you musn’t take anything away from Manchester City who were absolutely brilliant throughout the whole match.

Man of the Match-Samir Nasri

Goals-Aguero (16), (47) Toure (45+) Nasri (50)

Rooney (86)

Manchester-United-vs-Manchester-City

A quick note on the other matches: Arsenal looked a bit off the pace and quite tired following their champions league midweek match. They did however manage a 3-1 victory over Stoke to take them to the top of the table. Swansea were excellent and overcame an energetic Crystal Palace to win 2-0, taking them to ninth in the table. Tottenham once again had a good performance but they just can’t seem to score and scraped a 1-0 win over Cardiff with an injury time backheel from Paulinho.

-SJ