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September 28, 2009

Goals For Fun in the Premier League

Yet another fascinating and goal-filled weekend in the Premier League has finished with the champions, Manchester United, going to the top of the table for the first time this season. With Chelsea’s fine start coming to an unexpected – yet thoroughly deserved – defeat away at Wigan, two Ryan Giggs’ assists ensured that the Old Trafford team overcame the difficult challenge of beating Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

There couldn’t have been many takers of the generous odds bookies would have been offering for a 3-1 Wigan victory before the start of Saturday’s fixture. Chelsea have looked completely solid in all departments and Wigan’s inability to beat teams in the top four has become the stuff of legends. When Drogba equalised Titus Bramble’s first half header, most people thought that normal service was going to be resumed but after Petr Čech had been sent off for tripping Rodallega and the penalty converted, Wigan dominated the rest of the game. It was such a shame that the ground was only three quarters full to see it!

Of the other clubs near the top of the table, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs all had good victories but Aston Villa’s impressive form came to an end with a disappointing defeat at Blackburn – a late Dunn penalty giving the home side victory after Agbonlahor had continued his goalscoring form for the Villa.

That Spurs scored five without reply against Burnley was probably less of a surprise than the fact that Defoe got none of them. Instead Robbie Keane scored four goals, making him the third Spurs player to have a hat trick to his name already this season.

For Liverpool, Fernando Torres is in a rich vein of form and he scored three elegant goals against Hull in a 6 – 1 win; Babel, twice, and Gerrard completed the rout. Arsenal, who didn’t manage to score against Fulham last season, had Robin Van Persie to thank for a victory after a defence splitting Fabregas pass.

In the other matches, Bolton did well to win 2 – 1 at Birmingham; Everton, with Louis Saha scoring his fifth of the season in his 200th Premier league appearance, made Portsmouth’s miserable start officially the worst start to a season in Premier League history; and, in Sunday’s match, Sunderland continued to show how they can score goals now by thrashing Wolves 5 – 2. Sunderland already have 12 goals in seven games – they only scored 34 during the whole of last season.

Meanwhile, in Spain, both Real Madrid and Barcelona continued on their winning ways without either of them really hitting good form. Real were goalless at half time against Tenerife – in a match featuring the Alonso brothers, Xavi and Mikel, against each other in midfield for the first time in a professional encounter. The introduction of the rested Kaka changed things, however, and he and Benzema (2) made the final scoreline comfortable.

Barcelona also decided to rest Ibrahimovic for the game against Malága but they too had to bring him on – for the injured Henry. He notched his customary goal and another from Pique meant that Barça kept their 100% record but drop one goal behind Madrid on goal difference.

Poor Athletic Bilbao have had the bottom drop out of their world this week. A 100% record disappeared against Tenerife in midweek and this weekend they were slaughtered 4 – 0 at The Cathedral by a Seville side looking in good attacking form. This victory puts the Andalucian side in third place in the table.

Two coaches under real pressure met in the Atlético and Valencia game, and both of them would have been reasonably pleased with a two goal draw. David Villa scored again to keep himself as pichichi – he´s out on his own at the moment.
Xerez managed their first point of the season in a draw at Espanyol – still no goals yet, though. The real surprise, though, is that their two companions in the drop zone at the moment are Villareal , losers by a single goal at Deportivo, and Atlético. Other games saw victories for Mallorca – up to fourth now after beating Valladolid – and Zaragoza who beat Getafe by the identical 3 – 0 scoreline. Almería and Racing shared four goals in the remaining fixture.

A weekend full of goals, then but none for Defoe, Ronaldo, Rooney or Messi!

Posted by admin @ 2:38 pm
Category: Premier League


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