Monday, December 13, 2010

On the Recap: Weekend Notes

The players were surprisingly behind him not the owner
Gameweek 17 Recap:-

Saturday, 11th December 2010
Alan Pardew had an explosive start to his Newcastle reign by winning 3-1 against lacklustre again Liverpool; Goals from the recovering Nolan, returning Barton and the threatening Carroll with a special long range shot; Liverpool looked in contention before a mistake by Skrtel open the floodgates; The Reds only goal scored by Kuyt; Barton was back to his best with additional assist.

Four (4) set of defenses registered unlikely clean sheets (EVE vs WIG & FUL vs SUN); What did I tell you, Wigan really looked impressive in this match particularly Al-Habsi; Seamus Coleman created plenty goal scoring chances and deserved his bonus; Injury to Anton Ferdinand produced unlikely clean sheet points for out of favor Elmohamady resulting to an injury crisis in Steve Bruce's defensive department; Dempsey remained the main attacking force for Fulham to register their 10th draw of the season

The shocker of the day was Blackpool victory at Stoke 0-1; Unlikely clean sheet for the away team and my mistake for underestimating The Tangerines away record; Third in BPL after Arsenal and Manchester City!; Stoke should have done better with their aerial threat and a slight of luck put only DJ Campbell on the score sheet.

'220-k a week' Yaya Toure proved his worth with a goal and an assist for The Citizen to overcome stubborn Hammers; David Silva, Gareth Barry and substitute Adam Johnson (with one goal) performed well in this rather straight forward fixture; Unfortunately, James Tomkins headed the consolation to destroy a Joe Hart clean sheet. 

The most disturbing news today is Tevez might play his final game last week; A true father figure after rejecting the highest paycheck to be with his two daughters; Just wait for the updates and transfer with caution.

I got this game perfectly correct in IKTS score prediction, Villa win 2-1 at home to West Brom; Houllier men managed to put a two goal lead with goals from the hardworking Downing (Ashley Young assist of course) and Emile Heskey; Paul Sharner got the consolation (Chris Brunt assist of course) for yoyo Baggies; Odemwingie & Agbonlahor were nowhere to be seen.

Missing a sitter to put Chelsea on top

Sunday, 12th December 2010
Mark Davies (Anyone have him?) managed to saw red after receiving good reviews from footballing experts;  Fabrice Muamba replaced the poor scapegoat, Lee Chung Yong and scored the first Bolton goal; Mame Biram Diouf looked to provide Blackburn with a point but Stuart Holden had other ideas by a scoring a stunner late in the game; Classic Lancashire derby with Elmander got a yellow while Gamst Pedersen received two bonus points for the losing side. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers kept their first clean sheet of the season with a 1-0 win against noisy neighbor Birmingham; As usual, Ben Foster was busy making saves except one from the reborn again Stephen Hunt who produced the only goal to separate the two sides;

Not so new strategy of Ancelotti by starting Drogba on the bench to get his adrenalin pumped up; Two men marking of Bale seemed to be working but Pavlyuchenko still put the home team ahead early on; Chelsea look more potent after Drogba introduction in the second half resulting to a well deserved goal by him; He turned from hero to zero after missing the stoppage time penalty to continue their winless run in five games; Next, Manchester United at home. 

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