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November 9, 2009

Goals Galore – Again

After last week’s 29 goals in 9 games, this Saturday’s 5 fixtures in the Premier League accumulated another incredible 23; you have to start wondering why they don’t seem to be producing good defenders any more. However, no one could possibly doubt the entertainment value as, yet again, spectators were given their money’s worth.

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The weekend’s most eagerly anticipated fixture, though, was Sunday’s clash between the top two, Chelsea and Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge. Despite missing both Vidic and Ferdinand, United defended relatively comfortably against a side that have been scoring goals for fun at home this season.

Indeed, with Wayne Rooney causing the home defence all kinds of headache, it looked more likely that the visitors would snatch a goal if one was coming from anywhere. A hotly disputed John Terry header – how sweet it must have been for him to get the winner – meant, however, that Chelsea are now 5 points clear at the top.

Defeat also relegated United to third place, albeit on goal difference, to Arsenal who continued their amazing run of form with a comprehensive 4 – 1 win at Wolves. An own goal and a lucky deflection put them two up but Cesc Fabregas’ third was straight out of the Arsenal coaching manual – crisp, fast passing and a clinical finish.

Arshavin added a fourth before Jody Craddock scored a consolation – the central defender’s third goal in two games.

Spurs stay in fourth place, after a 2 – 0 home win against Sunderland, without ever really playing at their most fluent. Goals from Keane and Huddlestone clinched the victory although much maligned keeper Heurelho Gomes was Spurs’ man of the match with some fine saves. His highlight was the penalty save from Spurs ‘ex’ Darren Bent, although the miss didn’t stop the watching England manager from selecting the striker in his squad for the forthcoming friendly against Brazil.

Aston Villa always seem to enjoy playing Bolton at Villa Park and this season walloped them 5 – 1; Young, Agbonlahor, Carew, Milner and Cuellar outscoring Bolton’s Elmander. West Ham were on the wrong end of the odd goal in three against an Everton side who did well to come back from the disappointment of their defeat in Europe against Benfica – Saha and Gosling scoring for the Toffees and an own goal from Hibbert for West Ham.

Blackburn saw off Portsmouth 3 – 1, with substitute Roberts scoring twice. Hull gave their beleaguered manager Phil Brown some comfort with a 2 – 1 victory at home to Stoke; Scrabble winners Seyi Olofinjana and Vennegoor of Hesselink got the goals. Wigan and Fulham drew 1 – 1 and, in the most topsy turvy weekend match, Burnley took a two goal lead at Manchester City, through an Alexander penalty and a Fletcher goal. City then came back to lead with goals from Wright-Phillips, Toure and Bellamy but a late equaliser from McDonald gave the visitors their first away point and City their fifth consecutive draw.

So, at the top Chelsea have 30 points from 12 games, Arsenal and Manchester United 25 from 11 and 12 respectively (although Arsenal’s goal difference is twice as good), Spurs have 22 points from 12, Villa 21 from 11 but Liverpool, if they win their match against Birmingham on Monday evening, would jump up to fifth. At the bottom, Hull are out of the bottom three, leaning Portsmouth, Wolves and West ham in the danger zone.

In Spain, it was a weekend of few shocks, except perhaps Xerez picking up their first away point in a draw at Valladolid – they still haven’t managed an away goal yet, though.

Barcelona’s 4 – 2 victory over Mallorca was more comfortable than it sounds with the islanders’ second coming right at the end of the game. The young striker from Tenerife, Pedro, scored Barcelona’s first two, with Henry and substitute Messi, with a penalty, getting the others.

Real Madrid made hard work of their customary victory at Atlético. When Higuaín scored just after the interval to make it 3 – 0 after Kaka and Marcelo had scored early in the game, it looked all over. Sergio Ramos got himself sent off, though, and when Forlán and Agüero scored with two minutes of each other it made the rest of the game much more interesting.

Sevilla and Valencia kept up their challenges with home wins over Villarreal and Zaragoza respectively. The Andalucian side had a real battle with Fabiano scoring twice and Pires and Fuster equalising. A late header from Kanouté finally won the game. Valencia’s 3 – 1 victory was much more straightforward; Mata, Villa and Pablo all scored before a late Aguilar consolation.

In the other games, Deportivo held on to fifth spot with a two goal win at Getafe; Sporting beat Espanyol by the only goal; Athletic won 2 – 0 at Santander, who seem to be in freefall; Almería won by the same score at home to Osasuna and Tenerife and Málaga shared four goals in the Canaries – the home side letting a two goal lead slip (and I don’t know how many times we’ve said that this season).

At the top, then, Barcelona have 26 points from 10 games, Real Madrid 25, Sevilla 22 and Valencia 21. The bottom three are still Málaga, Xerex and Atlético, with 5,6 and 7 points respectively.

Posted by admin @ 11:58 am
Category: Premier League,Spanish League

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