Monday, 22 December 2014

Premier League review

Premier League review

Saturday 20th December
With the league leaders, Chelsea, in action on Monday night Man City had the chance to close the gap at the top of the table, They had a comfortable 3-0 at home against Crystal Palace to move level on points at the top with Chelsea. 2 Goals from Silva and another for Toure gave City a 6th straight league win and 8 in all competitions. Palace drop to 17th and have no win in 5 but more worryingly only 1 win in their last 11 league games.

Man Utd lost ground in the race for the title as they had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw away at Aston Villa. The draw ended United's 6 game winning run and are now unbeaten in 7 but remain 3rd. Villa move upto 12th and have only lost once in their last 7 outings.

West Ham continue their remarkable season with a 2-0 home win over struggling Leicester. West Ham have now won 4 out of the last 5 and lost only once in 11 games, Leicester have not won in 12 and have lost 10 of those games and look in serious trouble of getting relegated.

Southampton stay 5th with a 3-0 win at home to Everton who fall to 11th. Southampton ended a run of 5 straight defeats as they look to hold onto a European place. Everton's up and down season continues as they go down to a 3rd successive away defeat.

Tottenham are 7th after a 2-1 home win against a Burnley team who drop back into the bottom 3. Harry Kane's remarkable season continued as he scored his 14th goal of the season in all comps. Although Burnley dropped into the bottom 3 they have turned their season around after going the first 10 games without a win they have now only lost 2 in the last 7.

Swansea are 8th with a 1-0 away win at struggling  Hull. Swansea recorded their first away since since the opening game of the season. Hull have now gone 10 games without a win and have not scored in the last 3.

QPR's great home form continued as they moved out of the bottom 3 with a 3-2 win over fellow struggler's West Brom. QPR have won 4 out of the last 5 at home and scored in the last 8 at Loftus Road. Charlie Austin's hat-trick moved him to double figures for the season. West Brom have lost 5 out of the last 7 and have been dragged down near the bottom of the league.

Sunday 21st December
Super Sunday started with a Tyne and Wear derby as Sunderland went home 1-0 victors from Newcastle. Sunderland upto 14th with their 3rd win of the season. They have only lost 4 games all season but drawn 10. Newcastle stay 9th as they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 5 games.

Arsenal and Liverpool played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Anfield. Arsenal upto 6th as they scored in their 10th straight game. Arsenal have only lost 1 in their last 5. Liverpool go 10th but have failed to win in their last 3 games.

Saturday 20th December 2014
Man City v Crystal Palace 3-0
Aston Villa v Man Utd 1-1
Hull v Swansea 0-1
QPR v West Brom 3-2
Southampton v Everton 3-0
Tottenham v Burnley 2-1
West Ham v Leicester 2-0

Sunday 21st December 2014
Newcastle v Sunderland 0-1
Liverpool v Arsenal 2-2

Remaining fixture:
Monday 22nd December 2014
Stoke v Chelsea 20:00

League table below:
2Man City1712322239
3Man Utd179531232
4West Ham179441031
12Aston Villa17557-1020
15West Brom17458-617
17Crystal Palace17368-815

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Premier League Review

Premier League Review

Lets start off with the big game in league this weekend, the Manchester derby. Both teams came into this match on the back of wins in the Champions League. Man City maintained their impressive home form after a comfortable 4-1 win over rivals Man Utd. City have a 100% home record and that was the first goal they have conceded at the Etihad. United fell to their second consecutive away defeat, after losing to Liverpool on their last away trip. It was clear on early in the game that United would miss top scorer Robin Van Persie and City capitalised on this with Aquero (scoring twice) putting in a great display. Other goals came from Toure and Nasri with Rooney scoring a late consolation.

Arsenal jumped to the top of the table with an easy 3-1 win at home against Stoke. Since losing the first game of the season, Arsenal have won all 4 games. Stoke's 3 game unbeaten run came to a very tame end. Arsenal opened the scoring through top scorer Ramsey, but stoke levelled with Cameron's first of the season. Also scoring their first goals of the season Mertesacker and Sagna wrapped the points up for the London club.

Tottenham went 2nd after a late win in Wales at Cardiff. It's a North London 1-2 at the top of the table but Tottenham where made to wait for the win. The away side dominated the game but it took until injury time for Paulinho to net the winner and his first Premier League goal. Tottenham have won 4out of 5 games this season . The only defeat was against top of the table Arsenal. Cardiff looked to be heading for a 3rd straight draw until that late goal and drop to 16th in the league.

Chelsea are 4th after defeating Fulham 2-0. Goals from Oscar and Mikel (his first league goal in 185 appearances). This was a much needed win for Chelsea as it's been exactly 1 month since they last won a game. Fulham have not won since the opening game of the season and slip into the relegation zone.

Liverpool slip from top to 5th after going down 1-0 at home to Southampton. Since starting with 3 1-0 wins Liverpool have not won or kept a clean sheet since. Southampton won thanks to a goal from Lovren. The Saints climb to 7th and are unbeaten in 2 with only 1 league defeat this season.

Everton are 6th after an entertaining game against West Ham at Upton Park. Twice West Ham took the lead through Morrison and then Noble (pen) only for Baines to level up both times with superb Free Kicks. West Ham had Noble sent off and Everton won the game through Lukaku's first for the club. Everton are the only unbeaten team in the league this season, whilst West Ham drop to 15th and have no league win since the opening game of the season.

Swansea are 9th after a 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace. After an impressive win at Valencia in the Europa League a confident Swansea carried that form into this game. Goals from Michu and Dyer were enough to see of struggling Palace. The Swans are unbeaten in 3 games and in the top half of the table whilst Palace are suffering in 19th and have lost 4 out of 5 games this season.

Hull won at 3-2 Newcastle to move to 11th. Twice Newcastle went ahead through Remy, but goals from Brady, Elmohamady and a stunning strike from Aluko sealed the win. Hull got their first win of the season and the first time they have sored 3 this season. Newcastle are 12th after their first defeat since the opening game.

Aston Villa are 13th after a 1-0 away at Norwich. Kozak's strike was enough to end Villa's 3 game losing run. All Villa's points have been away from home this season. Norwich drop to 17th after a second successive defeat and end their unbeaten home start.

Sunderland stay bottom after a 3-0 defeat at West Brom. As a result of this game, Sunderland sacked manager Paolo Di Canio after only 13 games in charge. Sunderland remain the only team without a win this season and are already 3 point adrift. Goals from Sessegnon, Ridgwell and Amalfitano gave the home side a first win of the season.

League table below:
3Man City5311810
8Man Utd521217
13Aston Villa520306
14West Brom512205
15West Ham512205
19Crystal Palace5104-43

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Premier League Preview

Premier League Preview

Saturday 29th September
Arsenal v Chelsea   KO 12:45
The weekend starts with a London Derby as Chelsea travel to Arsenal. Arsenal are unbeaten in all competitions and their last 2 home games have both ended in 6-1 victories. They have averaged only 0.4 goals against in the league so far. Chelsea are top of the league, unbeaten and have 13 from 15 possible points (the only slip up a 0-0 draw at QPR. Like Arsenal they only concede on average 0.4 goals a game and scored 6 midweek in the cup. They have 4 clean sheets out of 5 games and have only failed to score once this season.
Prediction : 1-2

Everton v Southampton   KO 15:00
3rd place Everton take on Southampton at Goodison Park. The Toffee's will be wanting to bounce back from a disappointing result in the cup at Leeds midweek but are unbeaten at home in all competitions. Everton have yet to concede in the first half and have scored 66% of their goals in the first 45 mins. Southampton had their first league win of the season last time out at home to Villa but are yet to pick a point up away from home. They are averaging 3 goals against every game and conceded the majority of these goals at the end of each half.
Prediction : 2-1

Fulham v Man City   KO 15:00
Fulham welcome current champions Man City to Craven Cottage. Fulham are currently 100% at home scoring 8 and not letting in any goals. They have only let in 1 goal in the second half all season. Man City have scored in every game so far in all competitions but have yet to keep a clean sheet. They are currently unbeaten in the league but have not tasted victory in league and cup since the 1st September.
Prediction : 1-2

Norwich v Liverpool   KO 15:00
Neither of these teams have won in the league so far whilst they are both unbeaten in cup competitions. Norwich have drawn both league games so far but have only scored twice all season home and away. Liverpool have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have failed to score in the opening 30 mins of a game.
Predictions : 0-1

Reading v Newcastle   KO 15:00
Bottom side Reading have only picked up 1 point from the opening 4 games of the season. They will be in buoyant mood after a 3-2 comeback win at QPR in the cup midweek and will be itching to get their first win of the season. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has just signed a new 8 yr contract and will be looking to reward his employers by extending Newcastle's unbeaten league run, which currently stands at 3. They kept their first clean sheet last time out and will be looking for more of the same against a struggling Reading side.
Prediction : 1-2

Stoke v Swansea   KO 15:00
Stoke may have only lost 1 league game this season but have yet to win in any competition. There aren't many goals when Stoke are around with only one game having more the 2.5 goals. Swansea have not won a league game since 25th August and have lost their last 2 whilst not scoring in either game. The season started well for the Swans who scored 8 without reply in the opening 2 games but have struggled since, scoring 2 and letting in 7.
Prediction : 1-0

Sunderland v Wigan   KO 15:00
Draw specialist Sunderland welcome Wigan to the Stadium of Light. Sunderland are unbeaten this season drawing all 4 league games and winning both cup games. They have yet to score in the second half of a league game this season. Wigan come into the game with no league win in 3 and 2 defeats in the trot, they did have a 4-1 win at West Ham in the cup midweek.
Prediction : 1-1

Man Utd v Tottenham   KO 17:30
The late games sees Tottenham travel north to Old Trafford. Man Utd have won their last 6 league and cup games scoring 15 and conceding 6. They have only kept 1 league clean sheet and have scored in all home games this season. Tottenham have been unbeaten since the opening game of the season with 3 draws and 3 wins in league and cup. They have won their last 2 league games but have yet to keep a clean sheet but have scored in all games.
Prediction : 3-1

Sunday 30th September
Aston Villa v West Brom   KO 12:45

Villa have only won 1 league game this season. They beat Man City midweek in the cup to give them a it of confidence going into this game. They have not scored in the opening 15 minutes of a half in the league. West Brom currently lie 4th and have only lost once in the league so far. They have yet to win away and have scored just the 1 goal on their travels.
Prediction : 1-0

Monday 1st October
QPR v West Ham   KO 12:45

Win less QPR take on a West Ham team unbeaten in 3. QPR fans are yet to see a league goal for their team at Loftus road, whilst West Ham have not scored away this season. Doesn't have the making of a classic this.
Prediction : 0-0

Table and fixtures below:

2Man Utd5401612
4West Brom5311310
7Man City523039
9West Ham522118
14Aston Villa5113-44

Saturday 29th September 2012
Arsenal v Chelsea12:45
Everton v Southampton15:00
Fulham v Man City15:00
Norwich v Liverpool15:00
Reading v Newcastle15:00
Stoke v Swansea15:00
Sunderland v Wigan15:00
Man Utd v Tottenham17:30
Sunday 30th September 2012
Aston Villa v West Brom16:00
Monday 1st October 2012
QPR v West Ham20:00

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