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March 29, 2010

Top Two go Goal Crazy

With apparently difficult fixtures against Bolton and Aston Villa respectively, few people would have put much money on Manchester United and Chelsea scoring 11 goals between them this weekend. Fewer still would have gambled that neither Rooney nor Drogba would feature amongst the goalscorers at all! However, that’s exactly what happened on Saturday afternoon-

Chelsea started off the spectacular by destroying a Villa side clearly struggling after their season’s exertions and, with their leading scorer rested to the bench, Frank Lampard took centre stage and scored four of the goals, including two penalties. The others came from Malouda (2) and Kalou. Although this temporarily took Chelsea to the top of the table, Manchester United quickly regained the leadership with their four goal success at Bolton. After a Samuel own goal opened the scoring, winger Nani, who recently signed a new contract, caught the eye, and set up goals for Berbatov (2) and Gibson.

For all but the last minute of injury time, it looked as if Arsenal would likewise emerge from a difficult fixture, away at Birmingham, with three valuable points. Always looking more dangerous, it was no surprise when substitute Nasri gave the Gunners the lead but the evergreen Kevin Phillips spoiled the visitors’ day with his 92nd minute equaliser.

With Manchester City not playing until Monday, Spurs and Liverpool both recorded their expected home victories – over Portsmouth and Sunderland respectively. Spurs coasted home thanks to Crouch and Kranjcar whilst Torres scored two more goals for Liverpool, along with England full back Johnson.

At the other end of the table, Hull did their survival chances no harm with a home victory against a Fulham side finding it difficult to show their form away from Craven Cottage. A Bullard penalty and Fagan header clinched the points that took Hull level with West Ham – who lost their third home game in a week against Stoke City, for whom Ricardo Fuller scored a fine solo effort. Burnley’s poor run continued in the local derby with Blackburn, although the penalty decision that enabled David Dunn to score the winner looked harsh on the replays. The only game of the weekend with little hanging on the result was the goalless draw at Molineux between Wolves and Everton.

Manchester United continue to lead the way, then, with 72 points from 32 games, followed by Chelsea 71 (32), Arsenal 68 (32), Spurs 58 (31), Liverpool 54 (32), Manchester City 53 (30) and Aston Villa 51 (31). Next weeekend’s clash at Old Trafford between the top two could well have a decisive bearing on the destination of the title.

La Liga

At the top of La Liga, Barcelona went to Mallorca, one of their most difficult remaining fixtures, and, after a difficult first half in which the islanders hit the woodwork twice, the Catalan giants eventually triumphed thanks to Ibrahimovich’s third goal in successive matches. A hamstring injury to Iniesta which will keep him out of the mouthwatering midweek Champions’ League match with Arsenal was the biggest disappointment for the Champions.

Real Madrid made hard work of their derby victory against Atlético before eventually coming out on top of the odd goal in five. Trailing at the interval to a goal by Jose Antonio Reyes, Real found a way back through the unusual route of first Xavi Alonso and then full back Arbeloa, who scored a delightfully classy goal from an Alonso through ball. After Higuaín scored his customary goal – 22 in La Liga now for the Argentine – Los Blancos looked in control until Xavi needlessly handled the ball to allow Forlán to score a penalty. Despite a few scares, Real held on to regain the leadership and ensure that Atlético’s dismal derby record continues.

There were some surprising results outside of the top two’s matches – none more so than Valencia’s 3 – 0 defeat at Zaragoza or the 3 – 1 home defeat of Deportivo against Getafe, for whom Miku scored two goals.

There were some familiar goalscorers elesewhere; Walter Pandiani hit the only goal of the game for Osasuna against Almería and Villarreal’s three goals against Sevilla were courtesy of Rossi, Llorente and Robert Pirès.

Xerez produced their best performance of the season and defeated Valladolid by 3 – 0 and the games between Málaga and Tenerife and Espanyol and Sporting finished all square.

Nothing has changed at the top of the table, therefore, with Madrid and Barcelona locked on 74 points with, as in England, the key match looking to be the encounter between the top two teams – in this case El Classico is in just two weeks time at the Bernabeu. Valencia continue to lead the ‘chase’ with 53 points, Mallorca have 47, Sevilla 45 and Athletic and Deportivo 42 – the Bilbao team playing in this week’s Monday evening game. At the bottom, Tenerife (25), Valladolid (24) and Xerez (22) still look destined to occupy the bottom spots.

Posted by admin @ 12:25 pm
Category: Premier League,Spanish League

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