EPL Weekend

February 8, 2010

The Barclay’s English Premier League weekend saw 2 high profile games in the merseyside derby as well as the top 4 clash between Chelsea and Arsenal.

In the merseyside derby saw Dirk Kuyt scoring the solitary goal in what was a highly charged contest with 2 red cards. Sotirios Kyrgiakos saw red for going in with a 2 footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Not that Fellaini was without fault as well as he too went in 2 footed on Kyrgiakos but the referee saw fit to give the red to the Greek international instead as Fellaini came out the worse of the 2 in the challenge. The entire game saw plenty of tackles flying in and it was a miracle that the second red card only came in the dying minutes of the game when Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second bookable offence. Which is why i feel the referee, Martin Atkinson had quite a poor game. Throughout the entire game, he was falling for Liverpool players’ diving antics and awarding free kicks to them.

Kuyt scored the winnier via a Steven Gerrard’s corner but the blame has to go to Tim Howard. The ease at which Kyut brushed him aside before nodding in the goal was definitely his fault. This fault sure characterised why he failed to make it at Manchester United. However good a goalkeeper is at shot stopping, if he cannot command his area and the aerial balls, he will never be a top class goalkeeper which i guess is the main reasons why he was allowed to leave United. So with this win, Liverpool are back in the hunt for fourth place but with Spurs, Villa and especially Man City breathing down their necks, they will have to keep this run going if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Did not manage to catch the Chelsea Arsenal game as it was a late kickoff and i had to work today. But from what i read and heard, both teams were of a even match to each other but Chelsea was the one that manage to finish their chances. 2 goals from Didier Drogba who seems to have pick up where he left off when he left for the African Cup of Nations. With this win, Chelsea regained their lead at the top of the table, leading Manchester United by 2 points. This title is getting more and more interesting it seems.

What about my beloved Red Devils. They definitely had no problems whatsoever and commemorated the anniversary of the Munich Disaster with a thumping of Portsmouth at Old Trafford. 5-0 the final score and out of the 5 goals, 3 were scored by Portsmouth. Comical you would say but thats hardly a wrong term to associate with Portsmouth nowadays. Mr Wayne Rooney scored his 21st league goal this goal and who’s betting against him getting 30 with the form he is in now. Seriously, i hoped for Man Utd sake and England, he can keep himself fit for the rest of the season.

There’s a round of midweek fixtures for the Premier League this week and some interesting clashes includes, United visiting Villa Park hoping to avenge the early season defeat and Arsenal entertaining Liverpool at the Emirates hoping to get their season back on track after consecutive losses to Man Utd and Chelsea.

That’s it for today folks.

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