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PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 2/25-2/26

After a week off from Premiership football, we’re back with another Premier League Recap. So here goes nothing…

1. Manchester City vs. Blackburn: City 3 - Rovers 0

Balotelli, Aguero, and Dzeko - Manchester City’s top three scorers - all hit their mark on Saturday in a 3-0 win over relegation side Blackburn at home. City displayed complete and utter domination of their opponent, with 78% of the possession and 28 shots to Blackburn’s 5. With the win, City remain two points clear of cross-town rivals Manchester United at 63 points, while Blackburn drop to 18th on 21 points. Carlos Tevez has been welcomed back to training, and it should be interesting to see his return to the pitch for City sometime in the near future. 

2. Wigan vs. Aston Villa: Wigan 0 - Villa 0

On a day which Wigan dominated possession but it didn’t show on the scoreboard and Villa had the better of chances but didn’t produce a goal, the squads drew on Saturday each getting a point from the match. The bigger news on the day was the injury of Darren Bent, who was hurt on a challenge in the 79th. With the draw, Villa remain in 15th with 29 points while Wigan remain in last in the table with 20 points.

3. West Brom vs. Sunderland: West Brom 4 - Sunderland 0

Albion dominated from start to finish, scoring four goals on the day thanks to a double by Peter Odemwingie. Both goals were netted three minutes in to each half, as his first goal came early in the third minute, with his second coming just after half time in the 48th. An impressive and rare home win for West Brom moves them to 13th in the table on 32 points. Sunderland remains in 9th place in the table with 33 points.

4. Fulham vs. Queens Park Rangers: Fulham 1 - QPR 0

January transfer window signing Pavel Pogrebnyak paid dividends once again for Fulham, scoring in the 7th minute to grab the three points for Fulham in this clash of London clubs. Fulham was outshot despite dominating possession over QPR. After the result, Fulham pull into 11th place on 33 points while QPR drops to 17th on 21 points.

5. Newcastle vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Newcastle 2 - Wolves 2

Wolves eliminated a two goal deficit in the second half after having dug themselves a hole in the first, going down 2-0 off goals in the 6th and 18th minutes. Matthew Jarvis and Kevin Doyle scored in the 50th and 66th minutes respectively to get a point for new Wolves manager Terry Connor in his first match. Newcastle remains in 6th on 43 points and Wolves move to 16th on 22 points. *Interesting Note* I’ve eaten lunch at Reading Football Club’s training ground sitting next to Kevin Doyle a few years back…pretty cool. 

6. Chelsea vs. Bolton: Chelsea 3 - Bolton 0

Three goals in the second half fueled Chelsea and quieted talks regarding manager Andres Villas-Boas as Chelsea got a much needed win and three points. Chelsea dominated this one, getting goals from David Luiz, Didier Drogba, and Frank Lampard all after half time. With the win, Chelsea remain in 5th on 46 points, while Bolton remain in 19th on 20 points.

7. Stoke City vs. Swansea City: Stoke 2 - Swansea 0

Two goals in the first half from Matthew Upson and Peter Crouch led Stoke to their first win in four matches. Despite dominating possession, Swansea could not sustain a dangerous attack, getting through legitimate chances on nine shots. With the win, Stoke move to 12th on 33 points while Swansea fall to 14th with 30 points.

8. Norwich City vs. Manchester United: United 2 - Norwich 1

The old fellas bailed out United this week, keeping them on pace in the title run as Ryan Giggs scored in stoppage time to grab the three points. Paul Scholes scored in the 7th minute which held firm until the 83rd, when Norwich’s Grant Holt scored the equalizer. It looked like this one was going to end in a draw, until Giggs saved the day in extra time in his 900th appearance for the Reds. United get three points and remain in 2nd place, two points behind City, while Norwich remain in 8th on 35 points.

9. Arsenal vs. Tottenham HotSpurs: Gunners 5 - Spurs 2

Arsenal erased a 2 goal deficit, climbing back to grab two goals before the end of the first half, and getting three more in the second half to total 5 goals on the day. Theo Walcott was the high man, scoring two goals in the 2nd half. With the win, Arsenal remain in 4th on 46 points, and 7 points back of their opponent on the day, Spurs, who are in 3rd with 53 points.

*NOTE: Liverpool vs. Everton was postponed due to Liverpool’s Carling Cup Final.

AG

MLS Update: DC United

Last Season Finish: 13th 

Points: 39

Record: 9-13-12

Top Scorer: Dwayne De Rosario (16 Tied fot Golden Boot)

In: Robbie Russel, Maicon Santos, Hamdi Salihi, Danny Cruz, Emiliano Dudar

Out: Joseph Ngwenya, Santino Quaranta, Clyde Simms, Mark Burch, Charlie Davies

The sky is the limit for Dwayne De Rosario United this year.  To cover last year’s season in a few sentences we can bring up a few stories that are great to look back on and others even better to move forward to.  We can start with the first game of the season with great images of Josh Wolff 5 rows into the stands after his first goal of the season.  In the same game, Charlie Davies returned to professional soccer after his long recovery and rehab from the injuries he sustained in a car accident back in October of 2009, in a substitute appearance.  It was amazing that he was still alive after the accident, amazing that he was able to walk again after breaking his femur (among other various bones, punctured organs, and bleeding on the brain), even more amazing that he would play professional soccer again, but unreal that he would score not once, but twice in his debut.  Comeback story of the year no doubt.  Looking to the future, Davies will not be with the club because his loan was not renewed, Ngwenya was dropped from the squad, Simms and Burch were both dropped and then resigned else where.  Simms position will be filled by the versatile Perry Kitchen as a defensive mid and Burch was a decent defender that had a fairly hard shot.  Ben Olsen has made many key changes and has really used the Designated Player rule, Homegrown Player rule, and Generation Adidas rules (all ways to have players contracts not apply to the salary cap) to his full advantage.  Salihi, the new designated player will cause great competition for playing time at forward position giving more depth to the squad with Josh Wolff and Maicon Santos to fight for the other starting spot.  With the possibility of one of the strongest midfields in the MLS this season including names like De Rosario, Najar, Kitchen, and if Boskovic can find his form it will be hard to find playing time for guys like Danny Cruz and Chris Pontius who are solid midfielders in the MLS.  I expect DC to not only qualify for a playoff spot, but really push for a top finish in the Eastern Conference.  And just in case you forgot, Bill “Tim Howard Jr.” Hamid will be the starting goalkeeper.  

RM

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

Berbatov Feels Cheated

It is no secret that Dimitar Berbatov has fallen out of favor at Manchester United.  It has not been that he has been unproductive, unsuccessful, at odds with Ferguson, or even late to practice for that matter.  Although he has not seen much playing time this season he still has produced 7 goals for the red devils.  After playing just under 435 minutes this season, that puts his average goals at one every 62 minutes.  Far better then any other striker in the Premier League let alone Manchester United.  Now does this mean that he should be starting for United every game? Not a chance!  However, he is a good asset to have when playing against teams towards the bottom of the table.  Instead of always starting Rooney/Welbeck and subbing in the Bulgarian in with 20 or 30 minutes left.  Give him the 90 and let him work into the match.  One of the hardest parts of having a quality deep squad is making sure each player is happy with the amount of playing time.  Unfortunately, Berbatov does not feel like he is being treated correctly.  Although rumors circulated he never made a move in the January Transfer Window.  A move in the summer may be what he is looking for, but for now he will have to wait and see if he can change his luck in the little minutes he is currently seeing. 

-RM

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

Phenomenal Match!

Great match today between United and Chelsea. Full Premier League review as well as a few interesting articles to come this evening! Be sure to check them out.

MATCH PREVIEW: Man Utd. vs. Arsenal

Entering the match, Arsenal sits at 5th place on 36 points, and 12 points shy of Manchester United who is currently in 2nd place at 48 points. Sunday’s match is huge for both clubs, with United just 3 points back of Manchester City, while Arsenal is poised to turn around their season. After last week’s defeat to Swansea City 3-2, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remained loyal to his squad, claiming he has no plans of signing any stars during this transfer window. Manchester United defeated Blackburn 3-0 with returnee Paul Scholes netting a goal. United look to continue their winning ways this week.

Arsenal has had their fair share of struggles this campaign after losing Cesc Fabregas in the summer to Barcelona and with the absence of Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal’s back line has been depleted and the addition of Mertesacker, as well as Arteta in the midfield have done little to stop the bleeding. Arsene Wenger struggled at the deadline to bring in notable names to bolster a struggling squad, but both players have been unable to fill the void left by the big name stars of Arsenal’s past. A lot of pressure is on Arsenal to break the top four in the table, with Wenger telling media that not making the Champions League would be a disaster for the club. With Vermaelen in the lineup, hopefully for Arsenal this will help keep United off the board.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has just acknowledged that United midfielder will be lost for the season due to illness and will take a break from the game. United have gotten superb play from young talent Danny Wellbeck and the return of Paul Scholes seems to have rejuvenated the side. Hopefully last week’s confident beating of Bolton will carry over into Sunday’s match vs. Arsenal. United have had injury issues of their own, juggling their lineup all season. Injuries have certainly limited Sir Alex Ferguson this campaign, but it will be interesting to see how United play a feisty Arsenal side. 

With good forward play, United will be able to pick apart the Arsenal back line all day. Arsenal need to have a strong midfield presence with hopes of slowing down the United attack. Theo Walcott and Robin Van Persie need to step up, and Arsenal’s back line need to do everything they can to withstand United pressure. 

Prediction: United 2-1

-AG