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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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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)

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),

 

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.

 

Gunners striker Robin Van Persie was the paladin one more time as his brace gave them a crucial 2-1 win over Dortmund to put them in the knockout stage of ChampionsLeague .Yet another match, yet another win for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger must be one joyful man as this season seems to be back on track for the Gunners. No matter which club you support, you have to love Van Persie and the Gunners owe their resurgence to this man. The sacred Dutch dynamite seems to be going through an extended purple patch this season.This season he seems to be a major contender on taking the Golden Boot home.

To say that the prolific Dutchman is in a rich vein of form would be an understatement of scriptural proportions.13 league goals in 12 matches, a plethora of magnificent displays and a series of inspiring words as Gunners captain proves that ‘RVP’ has become the most important player at the Emirates Stadium RVP certainly seem to be a one man army with the captain playing the anchor role and steering the Gunners to a victory in almost every match. With the departure of Cesc and Nasri, the baton fell in his hands to lead the team and he seems to be relishing this role, for his stinging left foot seems to have quenchless thirst for goals.

With a superbl hat-trick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a brace against Norwich which brought up Arsene Wenger’s 200th away win with the club in all competitions, Van Persie seems to be unstoppable. Also he has scored 30 goals in a calendar year which is a huge achievement and it puts him in an elite list of legends. In his current form, Van Persie seems to be the answer to all of Arsenal’s problems,after the intial hiccups at the start of the season.

The Gunners man seems to have toasted his bond to Arsenal and it is really hoped the club hang on to him and keep him away from the clutches of cash rich clubs. As long as he manages to remain fit and scoring his left footer bullets it seems to be paradise for the Gunners. RVP slowly growing into what Henry was for the club.

One question that still keeps hitting the bulls eye: Have Arsenal become over dependent on Van Persie ? What if he suffers an injury? Should Arsene spend big and bring in a support striker for Van Persie? Judging by his current form I don’t think any sort of support for him is required at all! We all lovers of the great game of football can hope to see many more goals from the marvel man of Arsenal.