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Monday, 15 August 2011

Premier League Review: Week 1

Fulahm vs Aston Villa
Alex McLeish will have been happy Villa got a draw at the Cottage but i think they still need to sign a player, A central midfielder would be perfect for Villa, they have got Stephen Ireland and he would be perfect to slot in to this role. Fulham are reliable and by far had the best chance of the match when John Arne Riise fired over from the edge of the box. This was a fair result and expected due to the teams changes of manager over the summer. Final Score 0-0

Newcastle vs Arsenal 
Both teams have had a hard summer, Arsenal are in a crucial stage and need to buy players after Fabregas' departure and Newcastle have not invested in the squad as they promised the fans and Joey Barton has had his fair share on controversy. Another 0-0 draw that was marred in controversy, involving none other than Barton. Alex Song stamped on the back of his leg, and after the new Arsenal forward Gervinho went down in the box Barton showed his opinion by picking him up and giving him a good shake which Gervinho reacted to by hitting Barton round the head. Gervinho got sent off and the game finished at a deadlock. A lot of focus will be on how Arsenal will play in the next game against Liverpool without a large number of first team players. Final Score 0-0

Liverpool vs Sunderland
An air of optimism surrounded Anfield on Saturday, a number of new signings had whetted the appetite of the Kop and the game started well when Liverpool won a penalty after Suarez was tripped in the box. Suarez blazed the penalty well over the bar, however within 12 minutes a Charlie Adam free kick was headed in by Suarez. The first half finished with constant attacks by Liverpool and Sunderland very much on the back foot. However Sunderland came back and in the 57th minute Seb Larsson scored a fabulous volley to level the game. The 1st half offered great optimism for Liverpool but they need to improve the 2nd half to stand a chance to finish top 4. Final Score 1-1

QPR vs Bolton
Rangers first game in the Premier league for 15 years did not go well. New signing Kieron Dyer went off with a foot injury within 2 minutes, and just before half time in demand defender Gary Cahill scored a stunning curling strike on goal. 3 more goals followed in the second half and Bolton finished the game four nil with QPR finishing with 10 men. Bolton probably do need another striker before the window closes. Final Score 0-4

Blackburn vs Wolves
Wolves won the game 2-1 after Blackburn went ahead with striker Mauro Formica scored a well placed finish, however 2 minutes later Fletcher scored an equaliser for the visitors. Just after the second half Wolves won a penalty which Paul Robinson did well to save, however Matt Jarvis was on hand to score the rebound and Wolves ended the game comfortably. Final Score 1-2

Wigan vs Norwich
Norwich visited Wigan and made a good start picking up a point in a 1 all draw. Wigan went ahead after Tom Watson scored a penalty mid way through the first half. However Norwich showed spirit and thought back to score just before half time. The game finished level and Norwich will be happy with the point. Final Score 1-1

Stoke vs Chelsea

Andre Villas Boas' first game in charge of a new Chelsea side came out with one major positive, Fernando Torres, even though Stokes defence held firm for 90 minutes Torres looked lively throughout. Stoke put in the usual physical and bruising performance they do against any team and will go away the happier side after getting a well earned point. Final Score 0-0

West Brom vs Man Utd
Wayne Rooney scored an early goal to put the champions one nil up after combining well with Fabio and Ashley Young. David de Gea was not shown in his best light for Utd when he let a tame effort from Shane Long creep under his body. However a late own goal saved him the blushes and secured Utd a hard fought 3 points. Roy Hodgson argued the Baggies deserved atleast a point and many people would agree. Final Score 1-2

Man City vs Swansea
New boys Swansea's first game was at the Etihad Stadium. The first 45 minutes went well for Swansea and they did not concede a goal. However within 12 minutes of the restart Edin Dzeko scored his first of the season with a tap in after a mistake by the Swan's keeper Vorm. £39 million striker Aguero made his City debut at the hour mark and set up Silva for one and scored 2 for himself showing instantly why he was worth the money. Final score 4-0

Performance of the Week: Bolton who made an impressive start scoring 4 goals.
Player if the Week: Sergio Aguero, 2 goals and an assist in 30 minutes of his debut.
Losers of the Week: Arsenal, no real chances and a host of players injured or looking to leave, they could struggle for top 4.





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