Premier League Round-Up Week 8

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Updated: October 22, 2013

The International Break didn’t tire out the best players in the Premier League, it actually may have made them fresher than the others. Never the less this weekend was action-packed with two potential goals of the season.

Arsenal 4-1 Norwich 

Arsenal : Wilshere (18′), Ozil (58′, 88′), Ramsey (83′)

Norwich : Howson (70′)

Arsenal showed real intentions of competing for the title (even if it was only against Norwich), they played so elegantly and like a real team, great chemistry, solid at the back (except for one goal). Arsenal’s first goal was quite simply brilliant with Wilshere picking it up in his own half and exchanging it down-field between certain players then on the outside of the box a few flicked passes from Giroud to Wilshere led to Wilshere scoring a finesse goal one-on-one in front of John Ruddy. Ozil got his first goal for Arsenal as Giroud put in a nice cross just for Ozil to get a delicate touch directing it towards goal, that put Giroud on two assists for the day. Ramsey came on in the second-half and added a new option for Arsenal going forward, he made an impact when almost every Arsenal player struggled to wriggle through Norwich’s defence until Ramsey picked it up in the box and a couple of dummies made the Norwich players fall and open up the goal for Ramsey to smack it in. Ozil got his second of the day when a Gibbs cross went to the far-post and found Ramsey, only for him to gently pass it to Ozil right next to him and score. Norwich’s consolation of the day came when Mertasaker failed to clear the ball properly and Howson striked the ball well to get it just beyond Szczesny.

Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff 

Chelsea : Hazard (33′, 82′), Eto’o (66′), Oscar (78′)

Cardiff : Mutch (10′)

Chelsea’s 4-1 win wasn’t as convincing as Arsenal’s but they got the job done after they went behind. Cardiff’s goal came early on when a pass seemed to go to David Luiz on the outside of the box but he obviously thought Cech might get it so left it running without trying to block Mutch who came storming in behind and chipped the ball over Cech before he could get to the ball. Cardiff could have easily been down to 10 men when Marshall caught a long-ball just outside of the box, but the referee gave nothing. Chelsea’s goal was a controversial one, Marshall caught the ball and all the Cardiff players started moving up the pitch as Chelsea’s attack stopped but as Marshall bounced the ball Eto’o (who was standing right next to him) tipped the ball away from him and Chelsea continued playing until a scrap led to a Hazard(ous) goal. From there on Chelsea dominated the game and limited Cardiff to any chances. Eto’o got his first goal for Chelsea when he received the ball just inside the box, dribbled a couple of players and drilled it into the bottom corner. Oscar scored a cracking goal in typical “Oscar Fashion” by turning and shooting it over Marshall and in off the cross-bar. Hazard’s quick feet got him into the box late on and stuck it past Marshall to seal the victory.

Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

Newcastle : Cabaye (23′), Dummett (56′)

Liverpool : Gerrard (42′(Pen)), Sturridge (72′)

Newcastle showed that they can be a resilient team when they play against Liverpool, unlike previous meetings between the two clubs. They got the first goal from a strike from distance . Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off after 40 minutes when he tripped up Saurez in the box and being the last man, he had to go. Gerrard took the responsibility of taking the penalty and didn’t make any mistakes to score his 100th Premier League goal although after the match he said that he would have preferred to score his 100th goal in open play. Alan Pardew brought on young local boy, Dummett, so that Newcastle could at least have four defenders on the pitch. In the second-half Dummett surprisingly went up for a free-kick, got round the back of Liverpool players and slotted it in at the far-post to score his first goal for Newcastle. Dummett could have been at fault when a cross came in to an unmarked Sturridge as he headed it in. Liverpool failed to stay on top with the draw.

Manchester United 1-1 Southampton

Manchester United : Van Persie (26′)

Southampton : Lallana (89′)

Manchester United failed to win at home yet again this season. They did come up against a good Southampton side who were pressing high up the pitch so obviously were also playing a high defensive-line, trying to catch Manchester United players offside, it worked throughout the first part of the first-half but then Rooney got through onside (according to the officials) and Boruc did well to save his shot one-on-one but Van Persie picked the ball up afterwards, took it around Boruc and slotted it in past a sliding Lovren trying to block the shot. Southampton didn’t stop from there, although they were 1-0 down, they didn’t stop playing their high pressing game and taking massive risks. Their work paid off in the 89th minute when United’s poor marking led to Lovren having a free header that went in the goal of Lallana’s legs who was standing right in front of De Gea. Manchester United’s title hopes look over, even after 8 games.

West Ham 1-3 Manchester City 

West Ham : Vaz Te (58′)

Manchester City : Aguero (16′, 51′), Silva (80′)

West Ham failed to produce the same sort of performance that they did against Tottenham last week and Manchester City dominated a West Ham side that were at some points sloppy. Aguero got his first goal when Negredo didn’t touch a Fernandinho pass that fortunately went to Aguero’s legs who didn’t fail to score. His second goal came from a Manchester City free-kick near the byline and the 5ft7 Argentinian, left in acres of space, headed the ball in easily. West Ham were pushing to get back into the game, they got their chance when City failed to clear the ball and a ball glooming in City’s box was put in by a Vaz Te over-head kick. City picked themselves back up after their setback by breaking through with nice passing and Silva found the top corner late on to seal the win. This was Manchester City’s first away win of the season to keep their title hopes well and truly alive.

Everton 2-1 Hull   

Everton : Mirallas (8′), Pienaar (57′)

Hull : Sagbo (30′)

Mirallas put Everton ahead early on from a low strike outside the box. Hull weren’t appealing against the goal but video evidence later on showed that Gareth Barry (who was offside) touched the ball to just about change the trajectory of the ball. Barry was involved in more controversy after that firstly tackling Danny Graham with his studs in to what seemed to be Graham’s femur, Graham was consequently stretchered off the pitch, Barry wasn’t booked for the tackle in which he could have been sent off. Not long after, Gareth Barry slide in again but this time on Aluko where his foot slid over the top of the ball to make it become a “two-footed-tackle” and this time Gareth Barry was only shown a yellow card. Hull got back into the match when Aluko’s cross was met by summer signing, Sagbo. Everton put themselves back in the lead when Martinez brought on Pienaar and a ground-cross into the box was struck by Pienaar for him to score just seconds after coming on and with his first touch.

Swansea 4-0 Sunderland 

Swansea : Bardsley (57′ OG), De Guzman (58′), Bony (64′ (Pen)), Fletcher (80′ OG)

The seven minutes in which Sunderland crumbled and two own goals sums up Sunderland’s performance before even analysing the match. Guy Poyat started his Sunderland career in the exact opposite manner to that of Paulo Di Canio by having a side play for him which was honestly quite pathetic, they were just terrible throughout most of the match. Bardsley missed a great chance when near the six yard box a cross fell at his feet but he hit it way over the bar. Bardsley’s miss proved costly after when a cross from an Angel corner came into Sunderland’s box just in front of Westwood, the ball went in the goal of Bardsley’s knee. Sunderland didn’t react to the goal and just gave De Guzman too much space and time not even a minute after they had conceded and De Guzman produced a great shot into the top corner. A ball trailing on the edge of Sunderland’s box looked like it would be gathered by Gardner but Leon Britton came sprinting in front of him which seemed to take Gardner by surprise so ended up clumsily taking him down to concede a penalty, Bony had no problems putting the penalty a couple of centimetres inside the post. Things got worse for Sunderland near the end when Chico Flores headed in a goal from a corner but unfortunately for Flores he still hasn’t technically scored a Premier League goal as it was classed as a Steven Fletcher own goal. Things are looking difficult for Sunderland and if they don’t improve dramatically then they will go down.

Stoke 0-0 West Brom

Although Stoke manager Mark Hughes said after the match that both teams deserved a point, it was quite clear that West Brom dominated the game and Begovic saved the game for Stoke on several occasions. Stephane Sessegnon had plenty of chances to score but Begovic was equal to every one of his shots. West Brom had a decent penalty claim when Mulumbu got inside the penalty area on the byline and Adam appeared to have stood on Mulumbu’s heel, but Howard awarded nothing weirdly enough (not even a yellow card for a dive which he should have done if he believed Mulumbu dived). Charlie Adam took an audacious shot from just inside his own half that looked like going over by a couple of centimetres but Myhill wasn’t taking any risks and applauded Adam for the shot. Stoke are starting to struggle having failed to win since August and West Brom are unbeaten in 5 matches which is a good sign considering that they had a bad period at the beginning of the season.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham 

Tottenham : Townsend (31′), Soldado (69′)

Tottenham picked themselves back up after a sloppy performance against West Ham when they lost 0-3. England’s high-flyer, Andros Townsend, got Tottenham off the mark when he put in what seemed to be a cross but as no-one touched it one its way in, Townsend claimed the goal. Tottenham were dominating possession and the game but it look like Tottenham of a couple of years ago who could so easily let in a late goal but they didn’t leave it to late to put in the second as Tottenham went through a good spell of possession and passing with nice free-flowing movement to put in Soldado to secure the points. Lambert put on Benteke late on who failed to make enough of an impact except for a glorious opportunity that he headed over. Townsend played well for England against Montenegro and Poland but he wasn’t as effective until he scored, he grew into the game and found space for himself which became a key factor to Spurs having most of possession.

Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham 

Crystal Palace : Mariappa (7′)

Fulham : Kasami (19′), Sidwell (45′), Berbatov (50′), Senderos (55′)

Before this match, it looked like an early season relegation scrap but the score-line doesn’t show that. Palace went out to attack Fulham from the first whistle which worked in their first goal as Mariappa jumped above Hangeland to head in an early goal for Holloway’s side. It didn’t take Fulham long to equalise as great control on the corner of the Palace box by Kasami led to a quick strike after which was quite simply amazing and easily a contender for goal of the season. Palace didn’t look able or confident enough to take risks after conceding which played into Fulham’s hands. Sidwell scored a great goal as well when Ruiz’s free-kick hit the wall and before the ball could hit the ground, Sidwell volleyed into the goal. Ruiz put in a cross from a corner that reached Berbatov’s head as he put it in the far corner to finally get his goalscoring season off and starting. Afterwards another Ruiz corner troubled Palace’s defence which was met by Senderos unmarked who finished it of acrobatically. The Eagles look to be in real trouble having lost seven of their eight games and sitting just above Sunderland.

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

 

Premier League Round-Up written by Seb True.

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