Premier League Round-Up Week 4

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Updated: September 17, 2013

The top teams in England, such as Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all seemed to struggle in their matches after the International break and ahead of The Champions League first round.

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Manchester United : Van Persie (45+1′)(Pen), Rooney (81′)

With Crystal Palace’s manager, Ian Holloway, banned from the sidelines, they failed to do anything in the game, they barely threatened United or even created any chances. Controversy hit early on when Evra’s penalty claim was denied and Young was booked for diving. Consequently afterwards, Young was a part of a mix-up with Palace player, Dikagacoi, just outside the box and fell, the referee seemed unsure as was the linesman, so he gave a penalty and a red card to Dikagacoi. Van Persie scored the penalty with ease. The second-half was more of the same United pressure, although Palace were down to ten men. Just after 80 minutes when United were awarded a free-kick, Wayne Rooney stepped up and put away the free-kick nicely to top a good performance for him overall.

Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal 

Sunderland : Gardner (48′)(Pen)

Arsenal : Giroud (11′), Ramsey (67′, 76′)

All eyes were on this game to see Arsenal’s new record-signing and it didn’t take him long to feel at home when a floated pass up-field from Gibbs was controlled really well by Ozil and a ground-pass across to Giroud continued his goal-scoring form. Walcott had three good chances on goal when passes kept coming to him out wide, but he failed to produce any serious danger. Arsenal were made to pay after the break when Koscienly’s clumsy tackle on Adam Johsnon was awarded with a penalty. Garnder’s first touch of the ball was the penalty that he scored. Arsenal got back into it  when Ramsey put home a volleyed shot from a Jenkinson cross. Di Canio was angered when the referee blew his whistle during Sagna’s and Altidore’s littlw wrestle outside the box, Although the referee whistled, Altidore conitnued and scored which was disallowed because the referee had already blew the whistle. Arsenal later on put the game beyond doubt when great play from the Arsenal midfield put Ramsey in on goal and he put it past Westwood with a finesse shot.

Everton 1-0 Chelsea 

Everton : Naismith (45+1′)

Martinez’s first league win as Everton boss and Mourinho’s first league defeat in his second Chelsea spell. Chelsea were reasonably dominant with Eto’o having a handful of chances that were just wasted. Everton star player was new boy on loan, Gareth Barry who gave them a certain stability in midfield in front of the back four and along with Ross Barkley’s forward thinking, Everton just about got the result. Their goal came from Steven Naismith on his 27th birthday, when a cross from Leon Osman came to Naismith just in front of Petr Cech. Everton are one of two teams who are currently unbeaten this season in the Premier League, the other being local Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.

Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle 

Aston Villa : Benteke (67′)

Newcastle : Ben Arfa (18′), Gouffran (73′)

Newcastle’s man of the moment, Ben Arfa, was yet again a key figure in them getting a result. Their play evolved around his movement and where he was on the pitch. The first goal came when fellow Frenchman, Loic Remy, put in a cross and Ben Arfa met it with the side of his foot to put the away team up early on. After the break Villa responded with their key man Beteke when the corner came in after immense amount of Villa pressure at the beginning of the second-half. Ben Arfa helped put Newcastle back in the lead when his shot from outside the box was parried into the path of unmarked Gouffran as Villa’s defence was sleeping.

Swansea 2-2 Liverpool 

Swansea : Shelvey (2′), Michu (64′)

Liverpool : Sturridge (4′), Moses (36′)

The main talking point before the match was how both sides play football, which is obviously keeping possession as much as possible, which Brendan Rogers integrated into both sides. Former Liverpool midfielder, Shelvey, was the key talking point after the match, having scored one, assisted one and given the ball away for the two Liverpool goals. Shelvey’s goal early came when Liverpool’s defence were basically throwing themselves at Shelvey trying to get the ball but as Shelvey continued into the box he managed to put it in the bottom corner. Only two minutes later, Shelvey tried a back-pass to Vorm without seeing that Sturridge was in the box to pounce on the ball and give him his 4th goal in as many games. Moses’ goal came when Shelvey tried a “holywood” pass but failed and gave the ball to Moses who ran the length of Swansea’s half and scored from outside the box. Swansea’s second came when great vision from Shelvey headed down a long-ball to Michu who was behind him who scored from that.

Fulham 1-1 West Brom

Fulham : Sidwell (22′)

West Brom : McAuley (90+2′)

A very lacklustre game ended in West Brom scoring their first Premier League goal of the season and Berbatov putting the ball in the net twice, nearly succeeding in doing a bicycle kick but not actually scoring. Fulham were the better of the teams, by far creating the most chances. Sidewell’s goal came from a corner and a simple header to stop unfortunately went inbetween the defender’s head and Myhill’s gloves. Rodallega put the ball in the back of the net when Sidwell headed it down to him but it was shown afterwards that Sidwell was offside. Berbatov had two goals disallowed when he tapped the ball in for his first but was miles offside and the second one the edge of the box when he put it in the bottom corner and didn’t really look offside. McAuley got the goal that West Brom so desperately needed when he headed in from Brunt’s corner.

Stoke 0-0 Manchester City

Stoke continued their decent start to the season with a very good performance against Man City. Stoke threatened early on when John Walter’s bizarrely found himself unmarked right in front of Joe Hart but his header when just wide. After that Kenyne Jones was showing his physicality by giving the City players a difficult game. Man City didn’t create a lot of chances and were obviously looking forward to their mid-week Champions League tie against Plzen.

Tottenham 2-0 Norwich   

Tottenham : Sigurdsson (28′, 49′)

Sigurdsson got the two goals for Tottenham but it was new-boy, Christian Eriksen who impressed by putting on a great performance showing his vision and skill on the ball. The game was dominated by Tottenham and the first goal came when a perfectly weighted ball from Eriksen landed in the box just in front of Sirgusson the curl it past the goalkeeper. Their second goal came when Paulinho put a cross across the face of goal to the far-post for Sigursson to tap it in. Ruddy denied Sigurdsson from scoring a hat-trick and later on denied Andros Townsend.

Hull City 1-1 Cardiff

Hull City : Davies (40′)

Cardiff : Whittingham (59′)

An early Premier League fixture between newcomers made it seem like a Championship game and the quality of the game also made it seem like that too. Hull created a bunch of chances in the first-half, especially Danny Graham, who managed to blast a shot over the bar when he was one-on-one with the keeper. Curtis Davies put Hull in the lead before half-time when Tom Huddlestone put in a great cross for Davies to score. Cardiff came out better in the second-half and were the more dominant side after the break, creating more chances. Whittingham put Cardiff back on level terms when scored a side-footed volley from a Cowie cross.

Southampton 0-0 West Ham 

West Ham got a valuable away point at Southampton thanks to their goalkeeper, Jussi Jaaskelainen. The main talking point was a tackle Shneiderlin committed on Diame that deserved a red card, a foul wasn’t even given. Osvaldo, Lambert, Shneiderlin and Wanyama all had great chances to score but Jaaskelainen produced several brilliant saves. James Collins, who didn’t have a particularly good match, could have saved it for West Ham near the end when he found himself unmarked on the penalty spot, Noble found him with a ground-cross but Collins smashed it way over to top of West Ham’s performance on the day.

 

Table

POS CLUB P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 4 3 10
2 Arsenal 4 3 9
3 Tottenham Hotspur 4 3 9
4 Manchester City 4 5 7
5 Manchester United 4 4 7
6 Chelsea 4 2 7
7 Stoke City 4 1 7
8 Newcastle United 4 -2 7
9 Everton 4 1 6
10 West Ham United 4 1 5
11 Southampton 4 0 5
12 Cardiff City 4 -1 5
13 Swansea City 4 -2 4
14 Fulham 4 -2 4
15 Norwich City 4 -2 4
16 Hull City 4 -3 4
17 Aston Villa 4 -1 3
18 Crystal Palace 4 -2 3
19 West Bromwich Albion 4 -3 2
20 Sunderland 4 -5 1

 

“Premier League Round-Up” written by Seb True

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