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:
PosTeamPldWDLGDPts
1Arsenal5401512
2Tottenham5401412
3Man City5311810
4Chelsea5311410
5Liverpool5311210
6Everton523029
7Southampton522118
8Man Utd521217
9Swansea521207
10Stoke5212-17
11Hull5212-27
12Newcastle5212-37
13Aston Villa520306
14West Brom512205
15West Ham512205
16Cardiff5122-25
17Norwich5113-34
18Fulham5113-44
19Crystal Palace5104-43
20Sunderland5014-81

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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:

PosTeamPldWDLGDPts
1Chelsea5410713
2Man Utd5401612
3Everton5311410
4West Brom5311310
5Arsenal523079
6Fulham530259
7Man City523039
8Tottenham522128
9West Ham522118
10Newcastle522108
11Swansea521237
12Sunderland404004
13Stoke5041-14
14Aston Villa5113-44
15Wigan5113-54
16Southampton5104-63
17Norwich5032-63
18Liverpool5023-62
19QPR5023-82
20Reading4013-51




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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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday Special

Sunday Special

Premier League
Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd
What a cracker of a game to get Super Sunday under way. The result ended up going with current form but Liverpool will be disappointed not to get anything from this performance. They were easily the better of the two teams before Jonjo Shelvey saw red for a rash tackle on Jonny Evans. Gerrard gave Liverpool the lead with his second of the season just after half time before Rafael (2nd of the season) and a Van Persie penalty (5th of the season) sealed the win. Liverpool are still searching for their first league win of the season and a first clean sheet. Man Utd have now won 4 straight league games (5 including Europe) but have only kept 1 clean sheet.
Positions
Liverpool : 18th
Man Utd : 2nd
Prediction 1-3 : Result 102

Newcastle 1-0 Norwich
Demba Ba scored his 4th goal of the season to help Newcastle go 3 league games unbeaten, it could have been better but Cisse missed a penalty for Newcastle. Norwich are still looking for a league win this year. This was Newcastle's first clean sheet of the season, whilst Norwich have now failed to score in 3 games this season.
Positions
Newcastle : 10th
Norwich : 17th
Prediction 2-0 : Result 1-0

Man City 1-1 Arsenal
Both teams remain unbeaten after this thrilling game. City took the lead through Lescott's first goal of the season but Koscielny's late equaliser gave them a deserved point. City are still to keep a clean sheet this season but have scored in every game (cup games included). Arsenal have yet to concede in the second half.
Positions
Man City : 7th
Arsenal : 5th
Prediction 1-1 : Result 2-2

Tottenham 2-1 QPR
Tottenham had to come from a goal down to see off QPR. QPR took the lead thanks to Zamora's 4th goal of the season, he has scored all of QPR's 3 Premier League goals. Tottenham struck back with 2 goals in 90 seconds firstly through an own goal from Faurlin then a Jermain Defoe strike gave them the lead and win. Tottenham are now unbeaten in 4 (2 win on the trot), they have yet to keep a clean sheet but have scored in all league games this season. QPR are still looking for their first league win of the season.
Positions
Tottenham : 8th
QPR : 19th
Prediction 2-0 : Result 2-1

So another Premier League weekend over and Chelsea remain top of the pile. Man City and Arsenal already have points to make up on Chelsea and Man Utd but there is a long way to go. As for the predictions this weekend out of 10 games 8 correct results and 1 correct scoreline. Tables and Results below:

PosTeamPldWDLGDPts
1Chelsea5410713
2Man Utd5401612
3Everton5311410
4West Brom5311310
5Arsenal523079
6Fulham530259
7Man City523039
8Tottenham522128
9West Ham522118
10Newcastle522108
11Swansea521237
12Sunderland404004
13Stoke5041-14
14Aston Villa5113-44
15Wigan5113-54
16Southampton5104-63
17Norwich5032-63
18Liverpool5023-62
19QPR5023-82
20Reading4013-51

Sunday 23rd September 2012
Liverpool v Man Utd1-2
Newcastle v Norwich1-0
Man City v Arsenal1-1
Tottenham v QPR2-1

Saturday 22nd September 2012
Swansea v Everton0-3
Chelsea v Stoke1-0
Southampton v Aston Villa4-1
West Brom v Reading1-0
West Ham v Sunderland1-1
Wigan v Fulham1-2
Championship
Leicester 3-1 Hull
David Nugent scored a hat-trick as Leicester saw off in form Hull. Leicester continued their 100% home record and have scored in all games this season. Hull ended a 3 match winning/4 game unbeaten run.
Prediction 3-2 : Result 3-1

PosTeamPldWDLGDPts
1Brighton 75111016
2Blackburn 7421414
3Blackpool 64111113
4Hull 7412413
5Wolves 7412413
6Cardiff 7412313
7Leicester 7403312
8Middlesbrough 7403-112
9Huddersfield 6321411
10Bristol City 7313210
11Nottm Forest 7241110
12Leeds7313010
13Barnsley 7313010
14Bolton 7313-110
15Crystal Palace 7313-210
16Burnley 730409
17Derby 722318
18Charlton 7223-18
19Birmingham 7223-68
20Watford 7214-47
21Sheff Wed 7214-57
22Millwall 7205-66
23Ipswich 7124-105
24Peterborough 7007-110



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