Archive for August, 2012

Arsenal played a goal less draw against Stoke City whereas Liverpool were unlucky not to walk away with three points against Manchester city at Anfield on sunday,August 26, 2012.

Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal

Disappointed Arsenal players after draw against Stoke City.

Arsenal haven’t scored neither conceded a league goal this season.On Sunday it was  a second draw for both the clubs this season. Arsenal failed to take their chances once again as Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski all missed glorious chances to open goal account for the Gunners.Throughout the match Arsenal looked a stronger side penetrating the Stoke defense but failing to convert.Stoke had a goal and a penalty rightly denied by the referee as Peter Crouch headed one to Jermaine Pennant who put it in the back of the net.For Stoke city it was a positive result to manage a draw against last years top four side whereas Arsenal needs to win if they have to remain in hunt of title run.
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

Carlos Tevez celebrating after scoring the equalizer against Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester City is having a rusty and lackluster start to the season as for the second week in a row they had to work really hard to earn a points against Liverpool at Anfield.The Reds were the stronger side for most of the match and only for their defensive lapses had to concede a draw.Merseyside took a 1-0 lead with a brilliant header from defender Skrtel in the 34th minute.For rest of the half Liverpool had a very strong first half, dominating possession.Equalizer came in the 63rd minute when Yaya Toure scored from close range.Luis Suarez got the lead back with a superb curling free kick around the wall and past goalkeeper Joe Hart.An unforced error allowed City to level the match in 80th minute when Carlos Tevez easily intercepted a back pass from Skrtel and dribbled around goalkeeper Pepe Reina and scored.

 Premier League week 2 results

25/08/2012 Swansea Swansea 3-0 West Ham West Ham
25/08/2012 Southampton Southampton 0-2 Wigan Wigan
25/08/2012 Aston Villa Aston Villa 1-3 Everton Everton
25/08/2012 Norwich Norwich 1-1 QPR QPR
25/08/2012 Tottenham Tottenham 1-1 West Brom West Brom
25/08/2012 Man. United Man. United 3-2 Fulham Fulham
25/08/2012 Chelsea Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle Newcastle
26/08/2012 Stoke Stoke 0-0 Arsenal Arsenal
26/08/2012 Liverpool Liverpool 2-2 Man. City Man. City

The second Saturday of the Premier league season as expected witnessed some descent goal scoring matches with not much of surprise outcomes.In all total 19 goals were scored in 7 matches with almost all top teams securing wins.Swansea,Everton and Chelsea kept their perfect record sweeping apart West ham,Aston Villa and Newcastle United  respectively.Tottenham and QPR earned a draw against West Brom and Norwich city respectively.Wigan Athletic secured a comfortable win at Southampton.

Swansea City 3-0 West Ham

Michu celebrates scoring the second goal during the match between Swansea City and West Ham United.

Swansea maintained their rampaging form in English Premier League with an impressive win over West Ham .They have scored 8 goals and conceded nil in two matches.Swansea capitalized on defensive mistakes done by newly promoted side west ham to score two first half goals via Angel Rangel in 19th min and Michu in 29th min.Second half was nothing different for West ham-a poor,timid and badly shaped outfit as Danny Graham scored the third for Swansea in 63rd minute to finish off with an telling victory.

Manchester United 3-2 Fulham

Star signings Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa scored the Red Devils.

Manchester United were rattled by early scares as Fulham took a 3rd minute lead at Old Trafford through a sweeping finish by Damien Duff.Red Devils recovered from this early deficit by a trademark goal from new star signing Robin van Persie  in 9th min.A checked and accomplished display by Red Devils saw them take a convincing 3-1 lead before half-time with first United goal from Shinji Kagawa in 34th min and a header at the far post by Rafael in 40th min.A bizarre mid-air back-heeled own goal from Nemanja Vidic in 63rd min gave some hope for  a comeback.Fulham had some decent chances late but didn’t quite have enough to get a draw.A late substitution appearance by Wayne Rooney turned into a short one as he got injured and is likely to sit out for next few games.

Aston Villa 1-3 Everton

Pienaar and Fellani collaborating to crush Aston villa at Villa Park.

The Toffees continued their campaign with their strong showing against Villa at villa park.Everton took an early lead in 2nd min as Pienaar curled one into the top corner from 25 yards after a great passage of play from the away team.Marouane Fellaini scored his second goal in as many matches to double  Toffees lead in 31st min .Before half time Aston Villa were three goals down when Nikica Jelavic  smashed one at near post.In the second half things got worse for Villa as Ciaran Clark was sent off in the 58th minute.Karim El Ahmadi scored a scorcher on his home debut for Villa to grab a consolation.Aston Villa have lost their both opening matches and need something spectacular to turn their futures after their disastrous campaign last year.

Southampton 0-2 Wigan Athletic

Wigan got their first win of the season as they thrashed Southampton at  St Mary’s Stadium.Franco di Santo gave Wigan an early second-half lead, firing into the roof of the net in 51st min.The Saints were a bit unlucky with several shots hitting the post. Arouna Koné doubled the lead for The Latics in 88th min to finish the game in style.

Norwich City 1-1 Queens Park Rangers 

Both teams opened their account this season after suffering huge defeats last week.Simeon Jackson put Norwich  in lead when QPR failed to clear their lines with a header in 11th min.The lead didn’t last for long as  Bobby Zamora equalized following a saved penalty kick in 19th min.

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

Tottenham and its new coach Andre Villas-Boas is still searching for their first win in the competition as they failed to get past West Brom at home.Spurs took a second half lead in 74th min via Assou-Ekotto who drilled home a deflected effort from distance.James Morrison scored  a late equalizer to remain unbeaten after two difficult matches against Liverpool and Spurs yielded an impressive four points.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle united

Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres dominated against Newcastle at Stamford bridge.

Chelsea had an easy outing at Stamford Bridge against Newcastle United to make it two wins for the week .Eden Hazard once again was the Chelsea’s man of the match as he gave Magpies a difficult time with his creativity, pace and direct running.With Frank Lampard missing Hazard took the penalty after Torres had been fouled by debutante Vernon Anita to score the first for the Blues in 21st min.On the stroke of first half break Chelsea doubled their league after Spaniard Torres after exchanging passes with Hazard finished first time with a rising drive into the top corner.Newcastle tried to make a comeback in second half but failed as their chief play makers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse were largely curbed by strong Chelsea defense.

Upcoming Matches:Stoke vs Arsenal (Sun-6 PM) , Liverpool vs Manchester City (Sun-8.30 PM)

 

 

 

A second half fightback gave Chelsea a 4-2 victory over Reading in the English Premier League on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard Chelsea’s star player with three assists against Reading.

It was a series of late goals that clinched the victory over newly promoted Reading. Chelsea scored first with a Lampard penalty in 18th minute.It was the dominating play in the early stages and a strong performance from new signing Eden Hazard who earned a penalty kick .The momentum of the play soon turned in Reading’s favor as Pavel Pogrebnyak scored a brilliant header in 24th minute followed by another one back Chelsea’s net with goalkeeper Petr Cech woefully fumbled Danny Guthrie’s meekly-struck free-kick.

Pavel Pogrebnyak levelled with a thunderous header.

Chelsea responded in the second half with three goals in the final 22 minutes.First one came from Gary Cahill who tried his luck with a long range shot which skidded by Adam Federici‘s into the net.Next goal was a well worked up one in the 80th minute with Juan Mata linking nicely with Torres and then finding Cole, whose ball to the far post left Torres with the simplest of finishes. Branislav Ivanovic finished the match with an open  goal on counterattack in the injury time with Federici out of his area after attacking a corner.

Torres scored third with an easy finish.

Chelsea took the three points in their first home game of the season keeping Chelsea’s perfect record in tact and has put them top of the table.It was a pleasing display by The Blues despite some anxious moments.Eden hazard was excellent yet again with his three assists in the match. Ivanovic who has  scored 5 goals in his last Premier League matches was at his very best with another storming performance at both ends of the pitch.

Upcoming Matches: Manchester United vs Fulham (Sat- 7.30 PM) , Tottenham vs West Brom (Sat- 7.30 PM), Chelsea vs Newcastle (Sat-10 PM)

 

 

 

Marouane Fellaini scoring the winner against Manchester United in the season opener for Everton at Goodison Park.

Manchester United tasted first defeat in the season opener itself. Everton defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Goodison park.

Everton 1-0 Manchester United

It didn’t turn out to be a perfect start for last season’s runner up Manchester United travelling to Goodison Park to take on Everton.Recently the Toffees have became bane  for Manchester united as last season’s 4-4 draw at Old Trafford costed them the season.As expected Everton were solid at their home turf which ended in a 1-0 win with a header from Marouane Fellaini in the 58th minute.

Despite having 70% possession United performed below their capability with fewer shots on goal.First half was full of frustration for the visitors with Everton controlling play and finding themselves with numerous opportunities to score. It was De Gea’s remarkable reactions that prevented United giving up minimum of three goals.Star of the match and lone goal scorer six foot four Belgian-Fallaini- provided the breakthrough for the home side with a solid header and bit help from lackluster defense. Hotshot transfer of the season Van Persie was brought on in the 68th minute but did not have any shots on goal.Apart from De Gea’s efforts only other United player to impress was newly signed Japanese midfielder Kagawa with his great movement and great passes throughout the match.

The win is Everton’s fourth at Goodison Park against Manchester United in 21 matches.For Manchester United it was a disappointing season opener,one from which they can only hope to improve.

Upcoming Matches: Chelsea vs Reading (Thurs-12.15 AM),

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Chelsea commenced their Premier league season with an easy 2-0 away win over Wigan Athletic,reigning champions Manchester City came from behind to secure a 3-2 home win over newly promoted Southampton.

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Chelsea

Reigning European champions Chelsea sounded off their season in style with a victory over Wigan Athletic.The Blues started quickly with Eden hazard in limelight to score twice in opening 7 minutes. Ivanovic scored the opening goal followed by a calmly taken penalty by Frank Lampard to double the lead.With two goals had already been scored,it seemed that Chelsea were about to run a goal riot -Which never came.Wigan played offensively throughout the match but failed to overcome the last season’s much famous Chelsea defense.In the end it was three competition points and a clean sheet for the Blues.

Manchester City 3-2 Southampton

Manchester city managed to get past the newly promoted Southampton in a dramatic match with a 3-2 victory at home.Carlos Tevez made up for the missed penalty by David Silva in early minutes of match by scoring a superb goal in 37th minute.Southampton took advantage of City’s missed opportunities with goals from Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis in the second half.City needed two second half goals to start the pursuit of retaining the title with a win.Dzeko managed to pull one back in 71st minute by pumping one past the herd after a uncleared corner.Third and winning goal came from Samir Nasri who sent a volley into the upper corner to make it 3-2.Southampton will certainly take some positives from the match while Manchester City will be just happy to emerge winners with a up and down performance at EtihadStadium.

Upcoming Matches: Everton vs Manchester United (Tue-12.30 AM), Chelsea vs Reading (Thurs-12.15 AM)

 

Samir Nasri celebrating after scoring the winning goal against Southampton in their opening match of the season.

 

 

Aliens Double Strike

Michu and Nathan Dyer strike doubles to give Swansea dream start to season.

 

 

Season opener saw a goal riot with some surprise results.Liverpool was the big casualty losing 3-0 to West Brom,Swansea crushed QPR, Fulham hammered Norwich,Sunderland holding Arsenal to goalless draw and Newcastle edging past Tottenham.

West Bromwich 3-0 Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers first game in charge turned into a nightmare as Liverpool went down 3-0 to The baggies.Zoltan Gera scored the first goal just before half time.Liverpool never seem to make a comeback conceding two more goals in second half from Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku.It turned worse as Daniel Agger was a given a red card .

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

A dominating performance throughout the game was not enough for the Gunners new strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroudto to get one past the Sunderland goalkeeper.A goal less draw was what popped out after full 90 minutes.

Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The Magpies showed some class football keeping up with the expectations generated from last seasons performance edging past Spurs at Sports Direct Arena.Spurs were the stronger side in the first half with couple of strikes hitting the post but Newcastle improved in the second half.Ben Arfa converted a penalty in 80th minute after Demba Ba put them a goal up in intial minutes of second half.Only goal for Spurs was scored by Defoe.

Fulham 5-0 Norwich City

Fulham were not distracted by  rebellious striker Clint Dempsey — last season’s top scorer for the west London club to cruise past Norwich in opening game of the season.Mladen Petric scored twice while a goal scored each by Duff,Kacaniklic and Sidwell.

Swansea City 5-0 Queens Parks Rangers

New signing Michu and winger Nathan Dyer score two each as Swansea hand Michael Laudrup a dream debut as manager with a 5-0 thrashing of QPR in a away opening day match.

Reading 1-1 Stoke City

Promoted Reading held on to a draw against Stoke City making a good start to top tier league with a late penalty scored by Le Fondre.Opening goal of the match for Stoke was scored by Michael Kightly.

West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa

The Hammers made a winning return to top league with single goal home victory over Aston Villa scored by Kevin Nolan.

Upcoming Matches: Wigan vs Chelsea (6 PM) , Manchester City vs Southampton (8.30 PM)

 

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The season starts in less than 10 days time; let’s take a look at reigning European champions-Chelsea’s challenges and preparation for the 2012/2013 season. Chelsea had been one of the busiest clubs around this summer carrying out some major signings/changes in the squad. Last season comprised of breaking strikers and parting managers resulting in a 6th place finish in the premier league to a defensive winning performance in the Champions league backing Roberto Di Matteo’s evolution mantra.

Keeping up with high hopes of Chelsea fans this season it’s been a high spending transfer window so far. As last season’s big guns like Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, and Salomon Kalou have all left the club, Di Matteo’s chances of succeeding have certainly been boosted by Abramovich’s clear backing in the signings of Marin, Hazard and Oscar. Don’t be surprised if at least two further signings this window is made to strengthen the areas such as right back. So far Chelsea has focused only on adding to the attack. The main focuses of the club this summer seems to be finding younger, more versatile players.

Signings to watch: Eden hazard Ligue 1 Player of the Year signed for Chelsea after a long drawn out game of £32million. He’s one of the elite young talents in Europe, and it’s certainly possible that he will adapt quickly. It is highly expected that he would immediately play a pivotal role and will be a constant player in the first team.

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Next up we have Oscar,an attacking midfielder formerly of Brazilian club, Internacional, he finished last season with 13 goals and assists, proving that he can finish as well as create. With his recent star performance in Olympics 2012 he has certainly shown his football maturity, technique, pace, passing ability, movement and bravery.

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Marko Marin is a player who is only 23 years old with considerable playing age ahead of him and he is hungry to prove himself. A ‘smart’ signing for Chelsea at 6.5m pound price. He promises to excite the supporters with many moments of genuine magic thanks to his skill set.

Assets from past : Apart from the new signings assets like Frank Lampard a penalty kick specialist, could suffer from serious rotation due to his age but not to be written off. The club’s greatest athlete and Player of the Year last season, Ramires is naturally a dynamic central midfielder offering Chelsea a unique tactical option. Mata is expected to be significantly more creative than last year’s backing a more of assisting role.

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Fernando Torres will be Chelsea’s focal point. His late season resurgence and Golden Boot winning showing at Euro 2012 has certainly returned the much needed confidence. Carrying forward the legacy of Drogba will be the ultimate test of Torres, who has not reached his incredible, prolific and big-game (scoring openers) exploits since his twenty-two goals in thirty-two matches for Liverpool in 2009/2010. If he continues his performance from the Euros into the premier league, he could have that awesome 20+ goal season he is in dire need of.

The ‘new look’ Chelsea is looking very promising and new signings will prove to assist Chelsea in their quest for sustainability. They have replaced their more physical players with small players with good passing and agile ability; possibly we could see a new Chelsea mentality playing tika taka football this season. Previewing where Chelsea will finish in the Premier League is a real paradox, with Chelsea have yet to gel in the pre-season – they lost to the MLS All-Stars as well as to AC Milan. Chelsea certainly seems to prove a tough test for the top teams this year with new faces filling up the vacant position fronting well organised, dynamic and resilient picture.Image

Likely XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard; Torres

Highly unexpected that RDM will stick with this line up much often, look out for frequent rotations as he showed in the previous season.