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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)

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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 2011/2012 witnessed a breathtaking season in the top 5 leagues in Europe. Leading the race among all for its excitement,drama and suspense was English Premier League with Manchester City staving off competition from their red neighbours Manchester United to claim the English title for the first time after 44 years defining the season as (arguably) the best in the England’s top flight 20-year history. The 2011-12 English Premier League season was the greatest ever in terms of statistics and incidents on-off the field from calls for goal line technology, inter-squad brawls, racial abuse cases, and the most contested race for Champions League spots ever. And never has the title race gone down to the dying moments of the league.

Manchester United clearly had deficiencies at the back and in midfield and a champion team which they are need to get this cleaned off before the new season starts. Losing the league title on goal difference would make it more difficult to match Man City whose financial strength is now backed by a new wave of confidence. It will come down to Fergie’s genius, team grit and expected summer buy/transfers.

As far as the noisy neighbours are concerned it was the dream outcome at the Etihad, City winning the game and title. QPR lost but still made it to next season courtesy of Bolton’s failure to win at Stoke. Man City were deserved champions and QPR deserved staying up simply because of their excellent form at home and the fact that they remained resilient and in quest even after their mid-season manager sacking, takeovers etc. Coach Manchini deserves pat on the back for holding it all together when the title was all but lost, keeping rebels like Balotelli and Tevez from tearing apart his squad, and coming on top of Sir Alex in terms of mind games. Things are only going to get better for the champions assisting them in their next step conquering European championship.

For the other London clubs competing for the champion’s league spot Arsenal’s win over West Brom guaranteed their place in the top league whereas Tottenham despite winning against Fulham and finishing fourth were denied a champions league spot courtesy Chelsea becoming the European champion .Arsenal had a remarkable comeback after a disappointing start to season with a 8-2 thrashing in the hands of Manchester united. To lead the comeback was none other than ‘The Flying Dutchman’ Robin Van Persie and tactics of Arsene Wenger. Still Gunners need to sort out on front of new players and transfers to make in next season in quest to remain in top four and flourish in Europe.

Chelsea, The Blues are very much among the top disappointing teams of the season given the amount of money spent and form they were in at the end of the last season. Zooming off to great start scoring mammoth number of goals initially ,they lost the plot mid-season caught in various controversies on-off the pitch; Leading to sacking of Andre Vilas Boas once predicted to be one capable of continuing the legacy of Jose Mourinho. It was only after appointment of interim coach Di Matteo which lead to The Blues winning the FA cup and Champions League erasing some bad memories of premier league.Toping this section has to be Merseyside Liverpool who despite with some quality wins, a Carling Cup silverware, and finishing 8th in the table, the Reds never lived up to the preseason hype and the promise they showed at the end of last season.

Talking about the most surprising team of the season without a doubt was Newcastle who showed that Alan Pardew‘s controversial appointment was worth it. His dealings in the transfer market and man management skills helped boost the club. They were very close from playing in the Champions League next season but only a hard run at the death matches stopped them – they do have Europa League football though which is not a bad consolation prize for a club like Newcastle. Norwich and Swansea also came as a surprise package despite being newbie in the league.

For the best match of the season we had some close contenders from Manchester United vs. Blackburn, Manchester Derby to Chelsea vs. Arsenal. But it has to be the last game of the season between Manchester City vs.QPR which ultimately sent the title to the blue side of Manchester. A player that had the most impact it’s got to be Papiss Cisse. No January signing has ever had such a huge impact in the transfer window era as him, and his goals nearly took Newcastle into a shock Champions League spot. Not to forget his improbable goal against Chelsea undoubtedly the best of the season,a real thing of beauty.

Check out the EPL season 2012 in numbers:

Results

Goals

Games Home wins Away Wins Draws Home Away Difference Total
380 171 116 93 604 462 +142 1066
45% 31% 24% 1.59 1.22 +0.37 2.81

2011-12 Premier League Season: Greatest epic season ever.

 

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World witnessed mother of all EPL final day. A lot was on stake ranging from Premier league title to champions league qualification and relegation group. EPL known for its uncertainty, surprises and drama lived up to it even on the final day of the EPL 2011 season.

“You want drama…we give you drama”, said ESPN commentator Ian Darke!

Exactly that is what we got, a title going to be retained in Manchester, only needed to choose its color to embrace: Red or Blue. It came down to the last-minute of play as Manchester City came out on top on the most dramatic final day in Premier League history, scoring twice in injury time to win its first English league title in 44 years.

City needed a victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday to clinch the title but was  on the verge of handing the trophy to Manchester United when it trailed 2-1 with 90 minutes played. Arch rival Manchester united thought they have retained the title after their 1-0 win over Sunderland and game at Etihad heading for a draw after Dzecko’s injury time goal. Only to be denied in the last-minute with Sergio Aguero keeping his cool and finding the net to clinch the title of the ‘Noisy neighbors ‘.Blue part of Manchester going to get louder and more noisy.

Manchester city struggled to break the visitors down for much in the first half, only to score a soft one through Zabaleta. They were stunned in second half which saw QPR scoring twice, one helped by Lescott`s awful error and other one on a counter attack after QPR were down to 10 men (Barton lost his cool and was ejected in shocking circumstances).With more than 84% ball possession City, throwing caution aside, hammered on the QPR goal only to find disappointment. They pressed and pressed but QPR were inspired in defense and even Mancini had surrendered all self-control, raging at every over-hit cross and lousy shot as the title lurched back in United’s direction. It was only in the injury time city managed to zip across QPR’s stubborn defense and register a dramatic 3-2 win.

“To win it like this is incredible,” City Manager Roberto Mancini said. “I have never seen a final (day) like this.”

Arsenal managed to finish19 points back in third place clinching Champions League qualification for a 15th straight season with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham came in fourth place after Adebayor and Defoe scored a 2-0 win over Fulham. But they have to wait for the verdict on their Champions league qualification till the result of may 19 Champions league final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Newcastle finished in fifth place after losing 3-1 at Everton and Chelsea was sixth — its lowest position since 2002 — despite a 2-1 win over Blackburn. Bolton filled the final relegation spot after a 2-2 draw at Stoke with Blackburn and Wolverhampton Wanderers already relegated.

        Well Done Manager, Roberto Mancini….Manchester City Captain, Vincent Kompany .  A title well   deserved.