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.