Month: September 2015

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE FULL-TIME REPORT: WEEK 7 29/09/15

NEWS AND UPDATES

The Good: Top 5

Manchester United moves to the top spot as they clinched a convincing 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday. This would not have happened if it were not for City’s two successive defeats where they could have go further up front. It was only two games before that City was ahead of United with 5 points, and the first time United was at the top of the table since Louis Van Gaal took charge.

Meanwhile, West Ham United fails to take advantage of the situation to move two points ahead after being forced into a draw on home ground. It would appear that the team have a rather curious problem of performing in front of their own fans, with only four points gained so far from a possible twelve.

Arsenal and Tottenham moves up to the fourth and fifth place respectively as they each secured a victory. With a stunning 4-1 win over Manchester City and seeing an end to Harry Kane’s goal drought, Tottenham may look forward to challenge the current league leaders.

Nonetheless, their North London rivals which boasts of a much more impressive Alexis Sanchez hat-trick might prove to be a threat; though Arsenal still needs to plug up that rather leaky defence. 8 could be Alexis’s lucky number now, what with him being the 8th South American player to score a hat-trick in the Premier league and securing a spot as the 8th Premier League top scorer with 3 goals alongside Anthony Martial and Andre Ayew.

The Bad: Under the Table

Aston Villa drops into the relegation zone as Stoke City won their match Bournemouth on home ground last Saturday. The Villans would have been at a better place if they could at least secure a draw against Liverpool which would have allowed them to be only one point behind Stoke.

There were no change of luck for the other two teams (Newcastle and Sunderland) in the relegation zone, even with Newcastle managing a 2-2 draw against Chelsea somehow.

The Ugly: A Struggling Chelsea

Currently 15th in the premier league with 7 games gone, former champion Chelsea appears to be struggling. They had trouble playing against Newcastle, a team not leaving the relegation zone anytime soon. Chelsea’s rather poor performance since the start of the season was no less astonishing than Manchester City’s two successive defeats after five straight wins, but with Diego Costa’s 3-match ban verdict it could be here to stay.

Manager Jose Mourinho warns Chelsea players that none of them are “untouchable”; only consistent good performance would earn them such a status. However, he lauded Costa’s performance in the win over Arsenal, when the Brazil-born Spain striker was a nuisance and retrospectively banned for grappling with Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea’s core players have so far struggled to hit the heights of last term and former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Fabregas says more is required – and not just when Mourinho demands it, as the manager did at half-time of Saturday’s abject draw at Newcastle.

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Tottenham 4 : 1 Manchester City

CITY HITS YET ANOTHER SPEED BUMP

FOLLOWING A HOME DEFEAT LAST WEEK, MANCHESTER CITY SUFFERS YET ANOTHER SETBACK AT THE HANDS OF TOTTENHAM

Kevin de Bruyne angled in an effort to put leaders City in front before Eric Dier equalized with a 25-yard shot slightly before half-time.

Toby Alderweireld then moved Spurs up front with a brilliant header from an Erik Lamela free-kick.

After that, Kane side-footed in when team-mate Christian Eriksen’s free-kick came back off the woodwork before Lamela slid home as the visitors chased the game.

THINGS ARE GETTING HAIRY FOR CITY

City had won five league games in succession before losing to Juventus in their opening Champions League match of the season 11 days ago.

Defeat by the Italian champions appears to have knocked them out of their stride, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now lost three of their past four matches.

Injuries to key players have not helped, with goalkeeper Joe Hart on the bench at Spurs because of a back injury which meant he only trained for one day before the game.

Caballero, his deputy, was caught out when he came for Lamela’s free-kick and allowed Alderweireld to put the hosts 2-1 up.

Like Hart, City skipper Vincent Kompany was also missing, while midfielder Toure injured a hamstring to add to Pellegrini’s problems.

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The Bigger Premier League-Week 26th September

Details

Date Time Competition Season
September 26, 2015 12:42 pm EPL 2015

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
Tottenham4Win
Manchester City1Loss

TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER CITY

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, SATURDAY, 26 SEPT 2015

7:45 PM EASTERN TIME

HIGHLIGHTS:

Tottenham

  • No rest for the weary: Tottenham had lost a game on the 23rd, less than 3 days ago.
    • Result: 1-2
    • It was a derby against Arsenal, their struggling North London rivals.
    • It was on home ground, as with this match.
    • Their last league match was on the 20th , a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
  • Spurs have lost just one of their last eight league games (W4, D3, L1).
  • Team news:
    • Tottenham defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will return after being rested during Wednesday’s League Cup match.
    • Ryan Mason should be available after recovering from injury.
    • Son Heung-Min may start. He was benched in the derby despite his excellent performance.
    • Nabil Bentaleb would remain on the sidelines.

Manchester City

  • City’s last match was a league cup victory over Sunderland, also on the 23rd.
    • Result: 4-1
    • It was an away win.
    • Their last league match was a 2-1 defeat by West Ham.
  • City have won five successive away games in the league, three of them this season.
  • Manchester City have won eight of the last nine league meetings against Tottenham. They have scored 16 goals to Tottenham’s two in the last four games – winning them all.
  • City have scored 27 goals in their last eight league games against Spurs at an average of 3.4 a game.
  • Team News:
    • Team Manager Manuel Pellegrini awaits news about the fitness of 8 City players who missed out on the victory at Sunderland.
    • Captain Vincent Kompany and key midfielder David Silva are set to return.
    • Sergio Aguero had scored six goals against Spurs in their last three encounters, but is having a goal drought this season.

 

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