Yet another interesting week in the Barclay’s Premier League with notable matches including City vs. Spurs, Bolton vs. Liverpool, and United vs. Arsenal. With that said, here’s this weeks recap of all the EPL games.
1. Bolton Wanderers vs. Liverpool: Bolton 3 - Liverpool 1
A disappointing loss to say the least for Liverpool, who found themselves downed by a side struggling to avoid relegation. Mark Davies, Nigel Reo-Coker, and Steinsson provided the goals, as Bolton received an unexpected win over 7th place Liverpool. Craig Bellamy pulled one back in the 36th minute for the Reds, but it was not enough to turn the momentum. With the win, Bolton climb to 17th after finding themselves in 19th at the start of the weekend. Liverpool manager Kenny Daglish has questions to answer, with big summer signing Andy Carroll without a goal in the league since October. This was also only the second time another team has scored three goals on Liverpool this season.
2. Wolves vs. Aston Villa: Villa 3 - Wolves 2
Loaned in from the MLS side, LA Galaxy, Robbie Keane had a splendid day for Villa, scoring two goals to propel the squad to a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves took a 2-1 lead, only to be erased by two goals from Keane in the second half. Wolves were reduces to ten men 15 minutes from full time, and Villa took advantage, scoring the winner in the 84th. With the win, Villa improve to 11th in the table on 27 points. Wolves sit at 19th with 18 points on the campaign.
3. Sunderland vs. Swansea City: Sunderland 2 - Swansea 0
After an impressive victory over struggling Arsenal, Swansea City fell to Sunderland on the road. Goals came from Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner as the Black Cats moved to 10th in the league, while Swansea fell to 13th, only one point back of Sunderland who finds themselves at 27 points.
4. Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion: West Brom 2 - Stoke 1
James Morrison’s goal in the 35th minute put Albion ahead for the majority of the match, and following a penalty miss in the 72nd by Stoke’s Jonathan Walters, Stoke City was able to level the score in the 86th thanks to a goal by Cameron Jerome. Their celebration was short lived however, as West Brom stole the show and snatched the 3 points in stoppage-time to win 2-1. Possession was relatively even although West Brom found themselves with the better of the chances. With the win, Albion remains in 15th while Stoke stay in 8th.
5. Queens Park Rangers vs. Wigan Athletic: QPR 3 - Wigan 1
Despite being out-possessed 60% to 40%, Queens Park grabbed two goals before half-time and another in the 81st minute to beat Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Goals for the winners came from Helguson, Buzsaky, and Tommy Smith, to give Rangers three goals on the day. Queens Park outshot Wigan 19 to 9 and had the advantage on corners as well, 7 to 1. After falling to Newcastle 1-0 last Sunday, QPR was able to turn things around, improving 20 points and good for 16th place in the table. The loss keeps Wigan at the last spot in the table with 15 points.
6. Fulham vs. Newcastle: Fulham 5 - Newcastle 2
An outburst of offense was provided by American Clint Dempsey, who found the net three times to grab Fulham three points over 6th place Newcastle. Dempsey’s hat trick was the first by an American player ever in the Premier League. Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora provided the insurance goals, both on penalties, to give Fulham the win at home. Fulham improve to 12th on 26 points.
7. Everton vs. Blackburn: Everton 1 - Blackburn 1
Tim Cahill scored his first goal for Everton in 13 months but it wasn’t enough to grab the three points. Blackburn brought one back in the 72nd and the score held at one. With the draw, Everton falls to 14th, while Blackburn drop back down into the relegation zone at 18th despite a 3-1 victory over Fulham last weekend.
8. Norwich City vs. Chelsea: Norwich 0 - Chelsea 0
Fernando Torres went scoreless again as Chelsea drew away to Norwich City nil-nil. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas called the draw “not enough” after dominating possession 58% to 42% and outshooting Norwich 20-6. Torres’ struggles in front of goal of late were epitomized by his 8 yard miss in the 58th minute. On the season, Norwich remain in 9th, while Chelsea remain in 4th on 41 points.
9. Manchester City vs. Tottenham: City 3 - Spurs 2
An outburst of scoring saw four goals in 9 minutes, from the 56th minute to the 65th leaving the score notched at 2. Goals came from Nasri and Lescott for City and Defoe and Bale for Spurs. Mario Balotelli came on in the 64th to change the direction of the match. After heeling Scott Parker in the head which warranted a yellow card and cries from Spurs supporters for a red, Balotelli drew a penalty in the 90th minute to take three points for City. With the win, City remain in 1st, while Spurs remain in 3rd. Adebayor’s replacement on the day, Jermaine Defoe, had a good showing, scoring in the 60th minute.
10. Manchester United vs. Arsenal: United 2 - Arsenal 1
Not to brag, but I did predict the score in yesterday’s match preview. United got goals from Valencia and Wellbeck got goals for United to erase Robin Van Persie’s equalizer. RVP scored a goal despite missing from just 8 yards out with a wide open net. Controversial moment in the second half when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger brought on Andrei Arshavin in place of the 18 year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chamberlain had assisted on the lone Arsenal goal, and played phenomenal throughout the match, while Arshavin hasn’t shown well at all this season, and his poor defensive play ultimately led to Wellbeck’s game winner due to poor marking. This raises the question of whether Wenger should be sacked as many claim this poor managerial move led to another Arsenal defeat. United remain in 2nd in the table with the win, while Arsenal remain in 5th.