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Graced by yet another tantalizing and tasty set of fixtures in Gameweek 6 produced stimulating results.Chelsea,Everton and Manchester City continued their unbeaten run.While Arsenal conceded their first loss of the season and Tottenham Hotspur achieved a historic win(first in 23 years) against Manchester united at Old Trafford.

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Arsenal at Emirates stadium on 29th September 2012.

Both teams went into this game unbeaten with one of the best defenses in the league this season.Chelsea controlled the ball for better part of the first half frustrating the home side.It was only after Chelsea got their first goal through Fernando Torres connecting one inside the box in 20th minute,Gunners showed a bit more urgency and looked sharp for next 25 minutes only to be awarded with an equalizer when the Ox fine cross was collected by Grevinho and he smashed the ball back into the net.In the second half visitors got the lead back early when Juan Mata’s free kick was deflected off Koscielny and the ball was in the back of the net.Rest of the match saw Arsenal carry out an onslaught on Chelsea goal only to be failed by solid Chelsea defense.It’s been a great start for Chelsea who have 16 points from five matches and four clear of both Manchester teams.

Fulham 1-2 Manchester City

Edin Dzeko celebrates his late winner against Fulham on Saturday at Craven Cottage.

It was nothing new for Manchester City this season when they found themselves trailing early in the match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.In the 10th minute of the game,Fulham went one goal up when Petric converted a penalty conceded by Zabaleta through a mistimed tackle on Riise. Game went on to open up and true Manchester City were beginning to re-surface. The passing was crisp, the possession went  high and City finally managed to find the back of the net for an equalizer as Aguero tapped a rebound into the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Home team went on to create better chances in the second half .League champions then showed their class when substitute Edin Dzeko scored the match winner in the 87th minute.

Everton 3-1 Southampton

Nikica Jelavic scored a brace against Southampton on Saturday at Goodison park.

Southampton’s surprise lead in the 6th minute from Gaston Ramirez didn’t stop The Toffees uncharacteristic great start to the season. Everton came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Southampton at Goodison park to put them second in league table above the Manchester clubs.Leon Osman scored the equalizer in the 25th minute.Later on two quick goals were scored  by Nikica Jelavic in the 32nd and 38th minute to give Everton their Fourth win in Six league games.

Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his sides second goal against Norwich City on 29th September 2012.

Norwich expected to milk out some points when they played host to Liverpool counting on the Reds dreadful performance this season.But Liverpool had different plans as they won their first match of the season in style .The Reds went on an attacking mode from the start with Suarez scoring a very quick goal in the 2nd minute.The Uruguayan went on to score a hat trick with an easy second in the 37th minute and a superb third in the 58th  minute when he spin the ball into the net from twenty-two yards out.Norwich managed to score one through Steve Morison in 62nd minute.Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored the fifth goal for the team in 68th minute.

Reading 2-2 Newcastle united

Demba Ba scored twice for Newcastle United for a draw against Reading.

Reading found themselves in bottom part of league table after they failed to cement on to the start they got against The Magpies only to manage a draw in the end.Reading opened with Jimmy Kebe scoring the first goal of the game in the 57th minute. Demba Ba brought the Magpies back twice in the game with his goal in 58th and 83rd minute.

Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City

Peter Crouch celebrates a goal against Swansea City on Saturday at Liberty stadium.

Stoke City managed to get their first win of the season after four straight draws and a loss with a comfortable win over Swansea city at Liberty stadium on Saturday.Peter Crouch scored a brace in the game.The striker has now scored four goals in six matches.Swansea are now in a free fall losing their last two matches.

Sunderland 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the game against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Sunderland won their first league match of the season behind a lone goal from in form Steven Fletcher against Wigan at the Stadium of Lights. Jordi Gómez was given a red card in the 47th minute bringing Wigan to ten men for rest of the game.Steven Fletcher has an incredible scoring rate with 5 shots on target this season resulting  in 5 goals.

Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring the third goal for Spurs against Manchester United on 29th September 2012 at Old Trafford.

An Injury ridden Manchester united hosted Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as they looked to continue their unbeaten run over the rivals which extended to twenty-three years.Spurs had different plans for the day as they came out firing in the first half with Vertonghen scoring the opening goal of the game in the second minute.Spurs went on to double their lead when bale who sprinted some fifty yards beating a number of United players. He then went onto slide a shot across the face of the goal,beating the keeper easily.It was edge-of-the-seat stuff in the first half as Spurs dominated and the hosts were patchy defensively.Sir Alex made some crucial changes in the second half bringing on Rooney who inspired The Red Devils and assisted in bringing one goal back through Nani’s goal in the 51st minute.Visitors responded quickly with a goal from Clint Dempsey in the 52nd minute to take the scoreline to 3-1.After this Spurs were all behind cementing their defense only to be breached by a nicely driven through ball by Robin Van Persie to Shinji Kagawa  who went on to find space before stroking a clam and composed shot into the back of the net.Manchester United failed to score another and the match saw the London-based club pick up a very unpredictable and historic win at the end of the game.

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 West ham

Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of the season.

West Ham traveled across London to face Queen Park Rangers who are currently sitting in the relegation zone.Home team depicted a poor defensive performance as they lost 1-2 against newly promoted West Ham.Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of season giving hammers the lead.Their lead got doubled when Vaz Te’s shot got deflected of Stephane M’Bia, past Julio Cesar. QPR managed to get one back when Taarabt unleashed a curling shot on the run that left the goalkeeper frozen and then dropping the top corner to make it 2-1.

 

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It never disappoints,Super Sunday it was!Lots of action,high-profile matches,controversial decisions and few superb goals.Newcastle United,Manchester United and Tottenham won their respective matches while Manchester City and Arsenal played to a lone goal draw.

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United

Rafael and Robin Van Persie celebrates during their 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield stadium.

Manchester United took on Liverpool at Anfield on a day when both teams paid tribute to the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough.Both teams were charged up to pick up three points from this one of the most fierce rivalry matches.The Reds dominated most of the first half without being rewarded with a goal.Instead before the first half came to an end, Shelvey was shown a straight red for a controversial two-footed lunge on Evans reducing them to 10 men.Despite one man down Liverpool broke the deadlock through skipper Steven Gerrard who rocketed past a nicely chested ball past United’s goalkeeper.Red Devils gave a fitting reply within five minutes when Rafael curled home a screamer in the 51st minute.Liverpool expecting a draw were handed another blow when referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty in the 76th minute as Valencia was brought down in the penalty area.The penalty was a bit controversial as it wasn’t clear if there was enough contact to justify the call.Dutchman Van Persie stepped up to take the spot kick and scored the winner in the 81st minute.With this win Manchester united are one point behind European champions Chelsea while Liverpool need to turn around things in order to get out of relegation zone.

Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal team celebrates after Koscielny scored the equalizer against Manchester City on Sunday at Ethiad stadium.

Arsenal continued their unbeaten run this season as they secured a draw at Ethiad stadium against league champions Manchester City.The north London club dominated most part of the game but went down in the 40th minute when Lescott went on to head the ball from a corner kick into the top right corner of the goal.City asserted their authority on the game in the second half creating some close chances via Ageuro.For the Gunners it was Gervinho who found the ball most of the time and took hits on target.In the 82nd minute Defender Laurent Koscielny managed to equalize for Gunners by smashing a failed corner kick clearance into the back of the net. With this draw both teams are unbeaten in the league.

Newcastle united 1-0 Norwich

Demba Ba scores the winner for The magpies against Norwich City on Sunday.

Newcastle united took the lead in the 19th minute when the man in form Demba Ba broke the offside trap to collect the ball slotted by Hatem Ben Arfa behind the Norwich back four and executed a calm finish.Cisse had an opportunity to double the lead just before the break but missed a penalty kick.Despite being behind Norwich remained composed creating chances but failed to score the equalizer.

Tottenham 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jermain Defoe’s celebrates after scoring the second-half winner against QPR at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat QPR 2-1 to deliver Manager Andre Vilas Boas him his first home win in charge.Hoping to Carry on from where they left last week after beating Reading 3-1 ,Spurs found themselves a goal down when Bobby Zamora lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net following a through ball from Alejandro Faurlin in the 32nd minute.But a own goal in the 59th minute from Damian Faurlin leveled the match.This made Spurs push for victory and were rightly awarded the lead in the 61st minute by Defoe who placed the  ball into net after a thunderous strike onto the crossbar from Welshman bale.Spurs move up to eighth position after the win while Queens Park Rangers remain second from bottom in the Premier League.

 

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Fulham,Everton and Southampton managed to climb up in the Premier League rankings with their win over Wigan,Swansea and Aston Villa respectively while West Ham and Sunderland drew on Saturday.Chelsea remained on top in the league with a hard-fought win over Stoke city at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea 0-3 Everton

Everton celebrate Marouane Fellaini’s goal in their 3-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.

Everton jumped into second place in the premier league with an impressive 3-0 victory over  Swansea on Saturday.Everton went on to take the lead in the 22nd minute with Anichebe hammering past Vorm from a setup by Fellaini.They dominated rest of the half managing to surge into a two goal lead in 43rd minute with a Mirallas goal.Second half saw some elevated attack from home side but towering Howard denied them any success.Swansea were reduced to 10 men when substitute Nathan Dyer, who had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes, was sent off in the second half.In the 83rdminute, Fellaini headed in a Baines free kick to put the match beyond Swasena’s reach.

Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa

Rickie Lambert scored twice at St. Mary on Saturday against Aston villa to give the Saints their first win of the season.

Southampton pulled off first three points of the season on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over Aston Villa at St Mary’s.They came from one goal down when striker Rickie Lambert drew level in 58th minute.After that Villa were outplayed throughout in every possible manner leading to Nathaniel Clyne scoring the second for the Saints in 63rd minute.An own goal from Ciaran Clark in the 72nd minute saw the hosts turn the match on its head.Lambert then scored his fourth league goal of the season from the penalty spot in added time as Southampton, who had a tough start to the season with matches against last season’s top three, won at last.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City

A late strike from Ashley Cole hands a 1-0 win over Stoke and place Chelsea atop the league table.

A match expected to be an easy one for the home side turned into a frustrated event as The Blues struggle to break down an organized Stoke side.Stoke looking to post yet another draw created some close chances in the first half with one going off the top bar from a Walter’s header in spite of Chelsea holding on to most of ball possession.Di Matteo started Lampard and Terry from bench with Oscar on pitch who almost created the magic similar to that against Juventus last week.The game really sparked up late on, notably starting up around the time Lampard was subbed on in the 81st minute. A late goal in 85th minute from an unlikely scorer Ashley Cole who managed to sneak in behind the towering Stoke City back line, thanks to a cheeky heel-flick from Mata.With this win Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the table.

West Ham 1-1 Sunderland

Captain Kevin Nolan celebrates after scoring a late equalizer against Sunderland on Saturday at Upton Park.

It was a heart-break for Sunderland on Saturday at Upton park as Kevin Nolan rescued West Ham with a  last-gasp equalizer in the 93rd minute.Steven Fletcher’s first half goal in the 9th minute had put the visitors one goal up looking for the first win of the season only to be denied by captain Nolan who has scored three goals in the season.

Wigan 1-2 Fulham

Fulham’s Damien Duff celebrates scoring the second goal against Wigan on Saturday.

Fulham gained their first away win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday at DW Stadium.Hugo Rodallega gave the visitors lead in the 31st minute which was double by Damien Duff in the 68th minute to seal the points for the Cottagers.It has been a strong start for Fulham this season putting them into the top four.Arouna Kone grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Reading

Lukaku celebrates scoring the lone goal of the match against Reading to put his side in top three of the league table on Saturday.

Chelsea’s On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku grabbed his second goal of the season placing the Baggies at third place in the English Premier League table.Lukaku scored the lone goal of the match in the 71st minute firing home left-footed with keeper Alex McCarthy unsighted.Steve Clarke’s side now has a perfect home record who has won their opening three home fixtures for the first time in 58 years.Saturday’s loss has pushed Reading to the bottom of the table after their fifth game without a victory.

Upcoming Matches:Liverpool vs Manchester United (Sun-6 PM),Newcastle vs Norwich (Sun-7.30 PM),Manchester City vs Arsenal (Sun-8.30 PM)

 

 

England striker Jermain Defoe bags a brace against Reading to register first win of the season under the newly appointed manager Andre Villas Boas .

Jermaine Defoe scored a brace against Reading on Sunday at the Madejski Stadium.

Of the three previous matches Spurs had drawn two and lost one raising questions about the appointment of ex Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas.However it was a powerful and convincing performance on Sunday provided an emphatic response.The visitors from the start went on an attacking mode as they looked to create a number of goal scoring opportunities for themselves. The early pressure paid off as in the 18th minute,as Defoe slotted the ball into the far post from a pass from Lennon.Spurs dominated rest of the first half accompanied by lot of missed chances in front of Reading goal.

Gareth Bale celebrating after scoring the second goal for Spurs against Reading on Sunday.

The second half started where spurs left ,creating chances and dominating the game.Despite all their domination, they failed to really score another goal till 71st minute when a neatly taken shot by Gareth Bale with his right foot doubled their advantage.Jermain Defoe soon after scored his second of the match with a 50-yard run with a powerful angled finish  to give Spurs a 3-0 unassailable lead.Reading did manage to grab a late consolation in the breaking moments of the match when Le Fonde finished quite neatly in the near post.

Andre Villas registered first win as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Sunday against Reading.

In the end it was a sublime performance from spurs with limelight on welsh midfielder Gareth bale along with Dembele roaming all over the park and creating chances.With this win Spurs finally managed to climb up in the Premier League rankings.

 

After a two-week international break the premier league was back on Saturday  bringing out a mixed bag of results.Norwich were left waiting for their first league win of the season; Manchester City ,Chelsea and Liverpool were held for away draws against Stoke,Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland .Arsenal thumped Southampton at home whereas Fulham maintained their perfect record at Craven Cottage.

Norwich 0-0 West Ham

Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City battles with Mark Noble of West Ham during the Premier League match at Carrow Road.

Newly promoted West home continued its strong start by adding a point on road against Norwich.The Canaries went on to secure their third straight draw of the season.They are yet to win a match after their lost in the season opener.Neither side impressed throughout the match apart from few close chances created in the second half of the match.

Arsenal 6-1 Southampton

Gervinho scored a brace for Arsenal in a 6-1 win over Southampton at emirates on 15th September 2012.

The Gunners continued their good form after the international break thumping newly promoted Southampton at Emirates.Southampton from the start were cautious and sitting behind allowing Arsenal to move more strike force forward.Lukas Podolski score the opening goal in the 11th minute when his cross shot was saved by Kelvin Davis but rebounded in off Hooiveld.Soon afterit was the German again who  gave Gunners a two goal cushion from a free kick goal in the 31st minute.Gervinho added his first in the 35th and a second own goal through Nathaniel Clyne in the 37th left little doubt about the result before half.Daniel Fox scored the lone goal for the visitors .Southampton have now lost all the matches of the season whereas Arsenal remained undefeated with two wins and two draws.

Fulham 3-0 West Brom

Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham scored a brace on debut against West Brom at Craven Cottage on 15th September 2012

West Bromwich Albion’s unbeaten start to the new Premier League season came to a clobbering halt as Fulham scored thrice to remain unbeaten at Craven Cottage.Dimitar Berbatov on his home debut after his transfer from Old Trafford netted twice to provide an easy win for Cottagers. It took a superb performance from Ben Foster in-goal to keep the score to 3-0 as the hosts menaced to run rampant in the second half.Third goal for Fulham came from Steve Sidwell in the 89th minute.

Manchester United 4-0 Wigan

Paul Scholes celebrating after scoring in his 700th appearance for Manchester united at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Manchester united climbed the league table within one point of the Blues atop the table by thrashing Wigan 4-0 at Old Trafford.First half was scoreless along with a lackluster performance by the Red Devils.They came all guns blazing in the second half when Scholes sparked United by hammering  home a rebound six minutes after halftime for his 155th goal for the club in his 700th match.Hernandez made up for the missed penalty kick in the 63rd minute by flicking past the Wigan keeper.Rest two goals came from the newbies Buttner in 66th minute and Powell in 83rd minute.After suffering a shock season opener loss to Everton,Red Devils are back with their Midas touch firing  from all fronts.

Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Chelsea

Anton Ferdinand of QPR and John Terry of Chelsea involved in pre match handshake controversy on Saturday at Loftus Road.

A game overshadowed by the pre-match handshake between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry ended in a stalemate with no team managed to score a goal.The Blues had a couple of very decent penalty shouts, none given whereas wonder kid and Man of the match for the fourth consecutive match blew up an easy chance.Chelsea will be focusing on their mid-week champions league match against Juventus .

Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City

Javi Garcia scored on his Manchester City debut against Stoke city on Saturday.

Manchester City once again failed to get the perfect start this season as they were held to a one all draw against Stoke city at Britannia Stadium.It was Stoke City’s fourth straight draw this season.Peter Crouch gave the hosts an early lead in the 15th minute  despite a suspicion of handball.City came back to score in the 35th minute from a free kick by Carlos Tevez curled in to Garcia, who turned a header from the edge of the six-yard box to the left post for his first goal in the Premiership.Both team stretched hard in second half creating chances with city almost getting a late winner from Nasri only to be denied by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.Stoke introduced Michael Owen in the closing minutes hoping to score a dramatic winner.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Suarez celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring the equalizer against Sunderland on Saturday at Stadium of Lights.

Liverpool was able to avoid its third loss with a 1-1 tie against Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light during an emotional week for Liverpool following the Hillsborough revelations.Steven Fletcher scored his third goal of the season in the 28th minute to give the hosts the lead.Luis Suarez managed to get the equalizer 19 minutes from time to give the Reds their second point.Liverpool is still without a win after four matches.

Upcoming Matches:Reading vs Tottenham (Sun-8.30 PM) ,Everton vs Newcastle united(Mon-12.30 AM)

West ham crushed Fulham 3-0,Swansea/Tottenham /Wigan managed a lazy draw against the visitors Sunderland/Norwich/Stoke City.Manchester City managed three easy points against Queens Park Rangers at Etihad.

West ham 3-0 Fulham

Andy Carroll making debut for West ham against Fulham on Saturday.

Liverpool striker on loan Andy Carroll made an impressive debut for West ham as he set up two goals in a cruising victory against woeful Fulham.Carroll started with a header which let Ricardo to  tee up Kevin Nolan to score the first in 53 seconds,the fastest of the season.Later Winston Reid powered in a free header from a corner to make it 2-0. Matthew Taylor put hammers 3-0 up in 41st minute .The Cottagers made attempts to break the deadlock as Jaaskelainen made eight saves in the match.

 

Swansea 2-2 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher scored a brace on debut for Sunderland against Swansea.

Swansea’s 100 % start to the season came to a halt as Steven Fletcher’s first goals for Sunderland managed a 2-2 draw at Liberty Stadium.The visitors were denied victory just because of the midfielder Michu who scored his fourth goal in just three matches.Before this hosts got one back with a superfine finish by Routledge in 45th minute.This dramatic draw was marred by a serious ankle injury to Neil Taylor.

Tottenham 1-1 Norwich

Moussa Dembele on debut scoring for Spurs against Norwich .

With just two points from three matches ,this is not the start Spurs supporters were hoping for.Spurs started the scoring with the man on debut Moussa Dembele scored a pretty goal in 68th minute . But the Lilywhites and their manager Andre Villas-Boas will have to wait for their first win this season after Robert Snodgrass equalised late in the 85th minute for Norwich.

West Brom 2-0 Everton

Gareth McAuley celebrating after scoring second goal against Everton at Hawthorns.

West Brom continued their good run in the league with an impressive 2-0 win over Everton at The Hawthorns.This was their third result after a home win over Liverpool on opening day and then drawing with Tottenham on the road. Shane Long scored the first goal of the match in 63rd minute.Second goal came from Brunt’s corner in the 82nd minute who found the head of defender Gareth McAuley who sent the ball into the back of the net.The Baggies are still undefeated in EPL play with two wins whereas  Everton dropped  to fourth place with six points.

Manchester City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers

Carlos Tevez demolished QPR on saturday at Etihad.

Unlike their first two matches Manchester City took lead for the first time this season with City dominating the proceedings early on and with QPR having no response for the English Champions.City took lead in 16th minute when Toure smashed the ball into the back of the net.In the 59th  minute, QPR managed to level things up in the game with an easy header into the goal from Zamora.After that City got back on the offensive and scored a goal in the 61st  minute of the game when a ball crossed by Tevez was brilliantly headed into the goal by Dzeko to get back the lead.Last goal of the match came from none other than Tevez who managed to deflect Dzeko’s effort into the back of the net and past the keeper.

Upcoming Matches:Liverpool vs Arsenal (Sun-6 PM),Newcastle vs Aston Villa (Sun-8.30 PM ), Southampton vs Manchetser United(Sun-8.30 PM)

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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