Barclay’s Premier League Action – 7/12/13
The weekend of football in the premier league came to a shock to most football fans as some of the top teams suffered results saw them fall lower down the table. With arsenal 5 points clear at the top of the table and 2nd place Liverpool sitting with 30 points, a slip from the leaders could change the top half of the premier league.
Manchester United where stunned by Newcastle United as they suffered their second home defeat of the season. With a match that saw United slip further down the league table it looks unlikely that they will be able to contend for the league title this season under David Moyes. The goal scorer of the day, Yohan Cabaye clenched the crucial goal in the 61st minute of the game to claim their first win at Old Trafford since 1972. Some great footballing skill from Moussa Sissoko was on display before setting up Cabaye to finish to win the game for the Magpies.
With Crystal Palace starting off the season with a terrible start, Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh gave the hosts their third win in four games as they slowly start to find their feet and climb the table. Cardiff has also not had the very best of starts as they now sit just above the relegation line with one point separating them from Crystal palace. With a bursting start from Jerome, it only took him 6 minutes to open the game up. 11 minutes into the second half saw the second and final goal of the game from Chamakh to seal the victory for Palace.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez came out the blocks again as he netted yet another goal to keep the title race on and put struggling West Ham United level on points with Fulham and Palace at the bottom of the table. The Reds dominated yet another week with West ham putting two of Liverpool’s goals in their own net. The first goal came sadly from West Ham’s Demel in the 41st minute. After the second half kicked off, Mamadou Sakho came storming out the blocks and netted the second for Liverpool as he put the ball across the box to have a slight deflection off the West Ham defender. West Ham did come back and grab a goal which was an own goal by Liverpool’s Skrtel but the in-form Suarez spoilt any chance of a comeback as he netted in the 84th Minute to bring it to 3 -1. The final goal of the game came from a West Ham player but not in the right net for them, it was an own goal by O’Brien in the 84th minute.
The other Manchester club, Manchester City didn’t gain the result they would have wanted as they were held to a well-deserved 1 -1 draw away at St. Mary’s Stadium. A wonder goal from Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo was the vital goal for the hosts as their last game away was a victory against Hull City. The one point for City still puts them behind Chelsea but they still can contend for the title as they are only six points away from leaders Arsenal. The first goal of the game came from City’s Sergio Aguero in the 10th minute of the game but as mentioned, Dani Osvaldo wonder strike levelled the game up in the 42nd minute.
Stoke City shocked second place Chelsea as they snatched a last minute goal to clench three points at home. The match saw Chelsea take the lead after 9 minutes with Schurrle netting his first of the day. Just before the break on the 42nd minute, Peter Crouch got the equalising goal to put the team’s level going into the second half. 5 minutes after kick off it was Stoke’s Steven Ireland who put the hosts into the lead but not for long as Schurrle came back again to net his second goal of the game shortly after in the 53rd minute. With the game level at 2 -2, it looked like it would be a draw between the sides however to snatch all 3 points, Assaidi smashed the ball past the Chelsea keeper.
Norwich City won on their travels to West Brom as an outstanding display from Leroy Fer granted them to climb above West Brom in the table. An opening goal from Gary Hooper in the 13th minute started the game off however West Brom did have the chances to level the game up or even come away with all the points with vital chances missed by Stephane Sessegnon and Shane Long. It was the man of the match who sealed the game for the visitors as Leroy Fer netted in the 89th minute of the game to guarantee all three points for Norwich.
Tottenham Hotspur are also slowly going up the table as they clenched a 2 -1 victory over bottom table Sunderland in a late kick off on Saturday. Adam Johnson opened up the evening on the 37th minute with his first premier league goal of the season but Paulinho levelled the game in the 43rd minute. In the second half, it was Sunderland who produced the goal but in the wrong net as O’Shea netted an own goal in the 50th minute to allow Tottenham to leave with all three points.
Rene Meulensteen, the new Fulham Manager picked up his first win as manager against mid-table Aston Villa in a 2 – 0 win at Craven Cottage. The two goals in the first half have given the home side hope in climbing the table as one more point could see them out of the relegation zone next week if everything goes to plan. Steven Sidwell was the first goal scorer in the 21st minute of the game to give the new manager the start to a match he would be looking for. To make it a better day, out popped Kacaniklic who collided with Aston Villa defender Bacuna in the area to gain a penalty. Berbatov step up to the spot to convert the penalty and coolly sent the Villa goalkeeper the wrong way. The enthusiastic game ended 2 – 0 with the hosts breaking a 6 match losing streak.
The final game of the weekend kicked off at 4.00pm and saw high flying hosts Arsenal against inform Everton. With Everton not losing a match in 8 games it was going to be a tough test for both sides. Both goals came in the second half of the match where all the action was taking place. Ozil opened up the match with the first goal as he struck the ball in the net on the 80th minute. But four minutes after, Everton’s Deulofeu (on loan from Barcelona) fired a terrific strike to level the game up. Arsenal could have stolen all the points in the match as Olivier Giroud struck the woodwork in stoppage time but both teams had to settle for a well-deserved point each.