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What We Have Missed

We are back!  Our past few weeks have been slammed with work, so we haven’t been able to post many articles except a few videos.  So this single article will help breakdown briefly what we’ve missed over the past few weeks.  

United vs City

The game that decided it all.  The title race came down to the huge derby between the Manchester Clubs at the top of the table.  In a lackluster performance from a controversial squad chosen by Alex Ferguson, Manchester United struggled to create many chances going forward.  With red hot Valencia, Hernandez, and Welbeck all on the bench Sir Alex chose a conservative lineup with Giggs, Scholes, and Park all in the lineup.  That left Rooney and Nani to generate all the chances.  Ultimately Vincent Kompany’s header proved to be the difference at the end and catapulted them level with United with only 2 games left.

FA Cup

Drogba’s phenomenal scoring record in cup finals continued again when Liverpool faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final.  After a great through ball by Mata, Ramires was in on goal and scored near post on Pepe Reina.  Drogba then scored with 40 minutes left giving Chelsea a 2-0 lead.  Within the next 15 minutes Andy Carroll, with a great run into the box, showed great skill to get John Terry off balance and put a rocket in the roof of the net.  For the rest of the game Liverpool put constant pressure on the Petr Cech.  Their best chance to equalize was on a cross by Luis Suarez to the back post towards Andy Carroll.  Carroll put a firm header into the top corner only to be stopped by a great reaction save by Cech.  After looking at replays it was clear that it was definitely a close call, but a correct one. Not many other chances were made and Roberto Di Matteo went on to win his first trophy as manager of Chelsea.  Let us see if he can snag another in the Champions League Final next week.  

Champions League

In the Semi Finals Chelsea defeated Barcelona in an epic 1-0 nil win followed by a 2-2 draw and Bayern Munich defeated Real Madrid in a penalty shootout.  Manuel Neuer blocked both Ronaldo and Kaka’s penalties followed by Sergio Ramos’ blast into the parking lot was what sunk Madrid.  In the other match up Messi missed a PK that proved vital when Fernando Torres in the 90th minute touched the ball past Victor Valdes and passed the ball into the back of the net securing their place in the final.  Due to suspensions the final will not include key figures for each side. David Luiz and Gary Cahill are both fighting to be back in time for the final.  


RM 

16 and Counting

After scoring two this weekend against Bolton, Dempsey hit the back of the net with a header against Chelsea on Monday.  With less then 10 minutes remaining Dempsey flicked a corner kick far post past a stunned Petr Cech.  Dempsey is now level with Demba Ba in 4th this season in the Premier League with 16 goals.  Dempsey is now proving he is not only the United States best player, but one of the Premier League’s most lethal strikers.  It has come out recently that he is delaying contract talks with Fulham to see the offers received from other Premier League clubs or if clubs like PSG will be making offers again this season.  Dempsey has made it clear he wants to play Champions League football, a place Fulham would not be very likely to ever qualify for.  With 5 games to play (Wigan and Sunderland home, Everton, Liverpool, and Tottenham away) it will be interesting to see what he will be able to come up with as a final tally being that Wigan is the only team in the bottom half of the table that they will play in the final stretch of the season.  Already the highest scoring American in the Premier League could he be the first to finish in the top 3?  Aguero is only one ahead at 17.

RM 

Top 3 Best Captains for Your Squad

After taking to twitter to ask our followers who they would like to have as their team’s captain, we compiled all the answers into a top 3 and are happy to share them with you here. So, without further ado, here’s our top 3 best captains for your squad!

1. Ryan Giggs

Let’s face it, if Giggsy was your captain, you’d be popping bottles of champagne like you were ushering in the millennium. Class Act. Hard Worker. Winner…just a few aspects of Mr. Giggs’ career. The 38 year old started his career in 1990 and has remained loyal to the club that made him a pro. He’s recorded over 900 career appearances while tallying 163 goals. Ryan Giggs is the epitome of a leader. He’s never been sent off while wearing a Manchester United jersey and was an English Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2005…before he even finished his freaking career. How badass is that? The dude has received awards for charity work and honors to the community, while serving as the perfect role model in United red. A captain embodies the goals of the team, the attributes of the team, and puts them into play on the field. Plus…he does this (Click the jump for Giggs’ FA Cup goal against Arsenal in 1999). Whatever Giggsy wants, he gets. He’s a leader, a badass (citing his manly chest fro), and a hard working, committed player. He’d be a great captain on any squad. Boom.

2. Steven Gerrard 

Ahhh Stevie G. One of my favorite players, not only because he drops absolute bombs when I play FIFA on my PlayStation 3, but because he’s a phenomenal player, and a great leader. I’ve always thought he should be England’s full time skipper, but that’s another story. He started at Liverpool in 1998 and has been their savior ever since. Okay okay, they haven’t won a title in a while, but still, this dude is something special. At Anfield, the world revolves around this guy. And if you disagree, he’s got 149 career goals that say otherwise. And not to mention, 148 of those are amazing. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but there’s no denying that this guy’s good. He’s had some off the field scuffles…but let’s face it, anybody that gets into bar fights and knocks out the DJ’s teeth is worthy of leading  my squad into battle any day. General Gerrard, reporting for duty…and worthy captain number 2. Check out his top ten goals (Click the jump). 

3. Nemanja Vidic

This guy just has captain written all over him. Not literally of course. But let’s face it, he’s mean, he’s scary, opponents fear him, and he plays his heart out for the name on the front of the jersey. The Red Devils have missed him suring up the back this season, and it’s evident. The guy works his tail end off and I would take him in a fight against anyone. That’s the kind of player I want backing my team. A bulldog. He’s been at United since 2005 and has over 400 appearances…those coming in under 7 full seasons with the club. I was in England a few years back and saw a shirt with Vidic’s face on it saying “The Baby Eater.” Don’t worry if you’re a Reds fan…he only eats the opponents babies. He’s a machine in the back, and you better not go into the air against him. Header? Let him have it…it’s not worth your life.
AG

GREAT GOAL: Lua Lua’s Free kick vs Liverpool

PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 2/11-2/12

Sorry for the delay, but college has gotten the best of me this week. With that being said, it’s time to finally recap this past weekend’s Premier League fixtures. 

1. Tottenham HotSpurs vs. Newcastle: Spurs 5 - Newcastle 0

The goals came early and often for Spurs on the day, getting started with goals in the 4th and 6th minutes from Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Louis Saha, respectively. Saha and Kranjcar grabbed two more before half time, and Adebayor put one home in the 64th to give Spurs a very comfortable 5-0 win over Newcastle. Spurs win over 6th place Newcastle was good enough to keep them safely in 3rd place on 53 points, while Newcastle sits in 6th on 42 points and just one point back of Chelsea.

2. Swansea vs. Norwich: Norwich 3 - Swansea 2

Swansea grabbed the early lead thanks to Danny Graham in the 23rd minute, but Norwich were able to put three home in the 47th, 51st, and 63rd minute on two goals from Grant Holt and one from Anthony Pilkington. Norwich continued their very impressive form of late, moving to 8th place in the table on 35 points. Swansea, who has also been impressive, drops to 11th on 30 points.

3. Sunderland vs. Arsenal: Gunners 2 - Sunderland 1

Thierry Henry played hero once again, netting a goal in stoppage time to ensure Arsenal the three points on the weekend. After a Sunderland goal from James McClean in the 70th minute, Aaron Ramsey pulled back the equalizer in the 75th. Henry did the honors in the 90th getting Arsenal a 2-1 win. With the win, Arsenal jump Chelsea and move to 4th place on 43 points while Sunderland drop to 9th on 33 points.

4. Fulham vs. Stoke City: Fulham 2 - Stoke 1

Ryan Shawcross made it interesting in the 78th, netting a goal for Sunderland but Fulham gutted it out for the 2-1 victory. Goals came in the 16th and 28th thanks to a goal on his debut for Pavel Pogrebnyak and an own goal. Fulham pull in 12th with 30 points while Stoke fall to 13th on 30 points.

5. Everton vs. Chelsea: Everton 2 - Chelsea 0

A disappointing loss for Chelsea proved huge for Arsenal who jumped them for 4th place. The win was also a great result for Everton, scoring goals in the 5th and 71st from new signee Steven Pieenar, who is having quite an impact with his new club, and Stracqualursi. Despite being out possessed 67% to 33%, Everton conceded no goals and American Landon Donovan got another assist as the Toffees improve to 10th place with 33 points. Chelsea drop to 5th with 43 points.

6. Bolton Wanderers vs. Wigan Athletic: Wigan 2 - Bolton 1

Wigan Athletic got a much-needed three points against fellow relegation side, Bolton, pulling them within one point from the home side. Wigan scored in in the 43rd off the head of Gary Caldwell, but Bolton were able to get one back off the foot of Mark Davies. Bolton looked weary on the day, and Wigan’s lack of quality seemed to be the missing link. James McArthur scored in the 76th to hand three points to the away side who, despite sitting in last place in the table, looked much the better squad on the day. With the loss Bolton sits in 19th with 20 points, while Wigan moves to 19 points and remains in last place.

7.  Blackburn Rovers vs. Queens Park Rangers: Rovers 3 - QPR 2

Yakubu returned from suspension after his first red card in his Premiership career, to give Blackburn some life. Scoring in the 15th minute started off the match strong for Rovers and they didn’t look back. They got goals in the 23rd and 45th from Nzonzi and an own goal. Jamie Mackie scored twice in the 71st and 90th to make it interesting, but Blackburn held on for three points. With the win, Rovers pull themselves out of the relegation zone to move to 17th with 21 points while QPR remain in 16th, also with 21 points.

8. Manchester United vs. Liverpool: United 2 - Liverpool 1

Saturday’s clash featured a long awaited reunion between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez following Suarez’s suspension for racial abuse towards the United defender. United got two goals in under four minutes from Wayne Rooney, while Luis Suarez was able to grab a tap in off a set piece in the 80th minute. The game was overshadowed by Suarez’s refusal to shake Evra’s hand prior to the match, Evra’s confrontation with the Liverpool forward after half time, and Evra’s showboating following the 2-1 win for United. With the win, United remain in 2nd on 58 points, while Liverpool sit in 7th on 35 points.

9. Aston Villa vs. Manchester City: City 1 - Villa 0

City dominated possession 64% to 36% and it eventually payed off as Joleon Lescott got a goal in the 63rd minute to give City the three points away from home. Villa’s struggles at home continued as City got a rare but valuable away win of late. With the win, City return to the top of the table on 60 points while Villa fall to 15th on 28 points.

10. West Bromwich Albion vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

West Brom got 5 goals thanks to hat trick hero Peter Odemwingie, as well as a goal from Jonas Olsson and Keith Andrew each, to win 5-1 over Wolves. Despite winning in possession, Wolves were outshot 29 to 12 and dropped into relegation with the loss on 21 points. After the win, Albion find themselves in 14th on 29 points.

AG


Is Luis Suarez the English Premier League’s most infamous player? Watch Suarez not shake hands with Patrice Evra, giving the Manchester United Liverpool game a great start before the clock even started.

PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 2/4-2/6

I wanted to wait for the Liverpool and Tottenham match to finish out on Monday and give this whole weekend a day of thought before I dove into a full recap of all the games. But now that that’s done, and it’s Tuesday, and you are all desperately crying for my analysis…okay…I’ll give it to you. Here goes nothing:

1. Manchester City vs. Fulham: City 3 - Fulham 0

On a day where weather could have been an excuse not to grab the three points, City did the opposite with Sergio Aguero putting in a stellar effort with a goal 10 minutes in and an assist in the 72nd to teammate Edin Dzeko. Fulham’s day could be summed up by Chris Baird’s own goal in the 30th minute with signs that this one was going to be a long day. Recent standout Clint “The Deuce” Dempsey was nowhere to be found, as Fulham fell 3-0. With the loss, Fulham fell to 14th on 27 points while City sits 2 points clear of neighbor Manchester United at the top of the table.

2. Wigan vs. Everton: Wigan 1 - Everton 1

Late goals came in this one, as Everton and Wigan drew to each pick up a point on the weekend. After a strange own goal by Phil Neville in the 76th, Everton pulled level just seven minutes later with a goal from Victor Anichebe. New transfer day signing Steven Pienaar proved a tough test for Wigan on the day, but it was Anichebe who would get the goal. With the draw, Everton drops to 11th on 30 points while Wigan sit in last, getting a much needed point out of this one. 

3. West Brom vs. Swansea City: Swansea 2 - West Brom 1

West Brom struck first in the 54th minute thanks to Fortune’s goal but the excitement was short-lived, as Swansea came roaring back to score two goals in under five minutes to go up 2 to 1. Swansea got goals from on-loan, Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Graham and were able to hang on to the three points. This win bumps Swansea to 10th place in the table on 30 points, while West Brom find themselves at 15th with 26 points. 

4. Stoke City vs. Sunderland: Sunderland 1 - Stoke 0

After sitting just above the dangerous relegation zone in early December, Sunderland have been resurrected under Manager Martin O’Neill getting another impressive three points as snow fell throughout the match in this one. James McClean scored the lone goal for Sunderland which kept them nicely in the top half of the table, sitting in 8th on 33 points. Stoke fall to 12th on 30 points just two points back of 9th place Norwich City. 

5. Queens Park Rangers vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Wolves 2 - QPR 1

New signing Bobby Zamora started off the scoring in the 16th minute for QPR who took the 1-0 lead early on in the match. Things looked bad for Wolves in the first half, as Emmanuel Frimpong limped off with was to be later diagnosed as knee damage. The second half turn around was sparked by Ireland international Kevin Doyle, who invented the goal for teammate Matthew Jarvis less than a minute into the second half. Doyle then got a goal himself, scoring in the 71st to carry Wolves to victory. With the win, Wolves pry themselves out of relegation at 21 points, in 17th place, while QPR sit at 16th on 21 points as well. 

6. Norwich City vs. Bolton Wanderers: Norwich 2 - Bolton 0

Another huge win continued Norwich’s impressive form, as two late second half goals preserved the three points. Norwich got goals from Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington in the 70th and 85th minutes, respectively. With the win, Norwich moves to 9th place on 32 points while Bolton falls to 18th, and back into relegation.

7. Arsenal vs. Blackburn Rovers: Arsenal 7 - Blackburn 1

Arsenal got a hat trick from league leading scorer and Golden Boot hopeful Robin Van Persie as well as two from standout youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to win 7-1 on the day. The win, a much needed boost for Arsenal, saw The Ox praised by Manager Arsene Wenger and RVP’s confidence soar. With the win, Arsenal improve to 6th on 42 points while Blackburn sit at 19th on 18 points.

8. Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Chelsea 3 - United 3

This match of the week proved to be quite the thriller as United and Chelsea played to a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea got their first half goals thanks to an own goal from Johnny Evans, a glorious strike by Juan Mata, and a header by David Luiz. After falling behind by three goals in the first half, United, thanks to Wayne Rooney, converted two penalties to bring the score to 3-2. Substitute Javier Hernandez headed one home in the 84th minute to complete the comeback and knick a point for United. As a result, United find themselves in 2nd in the table on 55 points, while Chelsea sit in 4th on 43 points and 7 points back of 3rd place Tottenham. 

9. Newcastle vs. Aston Villa: Newcastle 2 - Villa 1

Newcastle got a goal from standout forward Demba Ba and new signing Papiss Demba Cisse to edge Villa 2-1 on the day. Demba Ba was able to grab a goal i the 30th minute, but on-loan MLS player Robbie Keane leveled the score just before halftime. Ba’s international teammate who came on in the first half to replace an injured Leon Best, stole the show, netting the winner in the 71st minute. After the win, Newcastle remain in 5th place on 42 points while Villa fall to 14th on 28 points.

10. Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspurs: Liverpool 0 - Spurs 0

Luis Suarez’s much anticipated return for Liverpool could not provide the offensive spark, as Liverpool got another draw. Suarez return, of course, was eventful, getting booked for kicking Scott Parker after being subbed on in the 66th minute. With the draw, Spurs remain in 3rd with 50 points while Liverpool fall to 7th on 39 points. 

-AG

Suarez Does It Again

Luis Suarez was back for Liverpool’s game against Spurs.  Once again, he is in the middle of controversy after being accused of deliberately Kicking Scott Parker in the stomach during the second half.  A ball was sent high into the air which looked like an easy header to be cleared by Parker, but Suarez “attempted” to volley it and it seems that he thought Parker was the ball.  It i hard to tell whether or not he meant it since he was making eye contact with the ball, but is definitely debatable.  He was booked for the offense only after being brought on the pitch 8 minutes earlier and perhaps lucky to not been sent off if the kick was higher.  Not sure what the outcome of this incident would have been if the game was at White Hart Lane instead and if the referee was more strict.  It is obvious that Luis Suarez can play, but his attitude and intentions sometimes is something he needs to work on.  We’ll see if the FA decides to take any action, but as of now it seems unlikely.  

LA

PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 1/21-1/22

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. 

-AG

Can Liverpool Land a Striker?

Dirk Kuyt is goalless thus far through the 2011-12 EPL campaign.

Liverpool desperately need a striker to solve their woes in front of goal. Boss Kenny Daglish says he has the answer. But can they bring in much needed fire power before the window closes?

PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 1/14-1/15

Yet another exciting week in English football, with teams moving up and down the table setting up what is certainly going to be an exciting finish to the 2011-12 Barclay’s Premier League season. A week that saw newcomers Swansea City and Norwich climb into the top half of the table, Liverpool’s woes continue, and Manchester United return to their winning ways. So without further ado, let’s recap this weeks fixtures and results. 

1. West Brom vs. Norwich: Norwich City 2 - West Brom 1

West Brom falls to their third straight defeat, losing at home to Norwich thanks to a goal from the head of Steve Morison in the 79th minute ensuring three points at The Hawthornes for Norwich. After a goal just before half time from the boot of Andrew Surman, former Reading FC man Shane Long knotted the score in the 68th with his penalty strike. Morison, however, struck 11 minutes later to snatch a point from Albion. With the win, Norwich jumps to 9th in the table and look to continue on an impressive first half to the season. 

2. Spurs vs. Wolves: Spurs 1 - Wolves 1

After an impressive showing midweek against Everton, Spurs only managed a draw against Mick McCarthy’s men, unable to come into a tie for first at the top of the table. After an stunning early goal from Steven Fletcher in the 22nd, Spurs fought back to level the score at one off a 20 yard strike from Luka Modric. At the end of the weekend, Spurs find them selves at 46 points, two shy of a first place tie, while Wolves move to 18 and only a point clear of relegation. 

3. Manchester United vs. Bolton: United 3 - Bolton 0 

United were back to their winning ways Saturday thanks to goals from Scholes, Wellbeck, and Carrick, following a Rooney penalty miss in the 22nd minute. Good to see the Reds back in form, pulling them into a tie with City at the top of the table at 48 points. Maybe it was Scholes who brought some life to the squad, ending his short-lived retirement to rejoin his boys and put one home as United cruised to victory. 

4. Liverpool vs. Stoke City: Liverpool 0 - Stoke 0

Despite 15 to 3 advantage in shots, 11 to 1 advantage in corners, and 69% possession advantage, Liverpool drew in front of their home supporters at Anfield as Kenny Daglish’s squad failed to hit the target. Another disappointing day for the Reds left many fans scratching their heads. With the tie, Liverpool drops to 7th after being jumped by Newcastle, while Stoke (30pts.) was happy to come away with a point, sitting at 8th, just 5 points back of 7th place Liverpool (35pts.). 

5. Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Chelsea 1 - Sunderland 0

Chelsea were able to grab three points at the hands of Sunderland as they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Thanks to superb play from Fernando Torres (finally) and a goal from Frank Lampard, the Blues nicked The Black Cats to climb three points closer to third place Tottenham with 40 points. With the loss, Sunderland drops to twelfth sitting on 24 points. 

6. Blackburn vs. Fulham: Blackburn 3 - Fulham 1

Goals from Pedersen, Dunn, and Formica did the trick as the Blackburn Rovers were able to ward off visitors Fulham despite Yakubu’s first red card in his nine year professional career coming in the first half. Damien Duff was able to get one back in the 56th minute, but it wasn’t enough as Blackburn rolled, pulling themselves out of the relegation zone and into 17th. Fulham remains at 14th with 23 points on the campaign. 

7. Aston Villa vs. Everton: Villa 1 - Everton 1

Despite outplaying the Toffees, Villa was unable to get the much needed three points, after a goal from Victor Anichebe in the 69th minute erased a finish by Darren Bent in the 56th and equaled the score at 1. Robbie Keane was introduced with ten minutes left for Villa while American Landon Donovan supplied the pass that would lead to Anichebe’s goal. Good to see contributions being made by the two MLS stars. With the draw, Everton sits at 11th on 25 points with Villa only a point back in 13th. 

8. Arsenal vs. Swansea City: Swansea 3 - Gunners 2

No late game heroics from Mr. Henry this week as Arsenal fell to Swansea despite goals from Van Persie in the 5th minute and Theo Walcott in the 69th. Swansea got goals from Sinclair, Dyer, and Danny Graham to get the win moving them into 10th place joining Norwich City as the newcomers in the top half of the table. Walcott’s goal in the 69th was erased just forty-five seconds later by Graham who found himself through on goal, finishing brilliantly with a precise strike from a difficult angle to put is team ahead. With the loss, Arsenal stands in 5th on 36 points.

9. Newcastle vs. Queens Park Rangers: Newcastle 1 - QPR 0 

A goal from Leon Best in the 37th minute proved to be the difference as Newcastle jumped into a tie with Arsenal for 5th while QPR dropped into relegation at 18th on 17 points. QPR had the advantage early despite missing captain (and scumbag) Joey Barton to suspension and two others (Armand Traore and Adel Taarabt) to the African Cup of Nations. 

That wraps up this weeks Premier League action. Be sure to catch Offsides Radio 91.3fm WTSR out of Trenton, New Jersey or tune into here to our blog for daily posts and updates. 

-AG