Another terrific gameweek came to an end yesterday night with the match opposing Liverpool to Aston Villa at Anfield Road.
Coming to yesterday’s match first, it was quite a surprise to see the Reds fall on their home ground against a ‘Villains’ team which had a very slow start this season. Added to this defeat a crushing scoreline, 1-3 in Villa’s favor, and Liverpool’s first home defeat since 2007 when United beat them from a Tevez goal. Liverpool looked rather shaky, even though Aston Villa were not scintillating as well, but they did the job and got the 3 points. First goal came on 34 minutes, a Lucas own-goal to give the Villains the lead. Davis then made it 0-2 on 45 minutes. In the second half, Torres managed to grab one for Liverpool on 72nd minute, but 3 minutes later, Reo-Coker was brought down by Captain Stevie, and Young converted calmly, 1-3 full time, Villa’s first 3 points, and a nightmare for Rafa Benitez.
On Saturday, 6 matches took place. Arsenal faced Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium, and were comfortable winners, 4-1, with Diaby scoring a double (18th and 21st min), and Gallas(51st min) and Ramsey(68th min) scoring one-a-piece, and a consolation for Portsmouth scored by Kaboul (37th min). The Gunners will be in action in midweek for the return leg of Champions League qualifiers against Celtic, with Cesc Fabregas in doubt due to an injury.
In another high-scoring game, Man United saw off Wigan Athletic away from home, 0-5 final score, with Wayne Rooney scoring a double(56th and 65th min), Berbatov (58th min), Owen(85th min) and Nani(90+1st) scoring one each to turn on the style. Rooney also has scored his 101th goal for United with that double, with more to come surely. Wigan looked good in the first half, causing Foster some trouble in goal, and in the second half as well when Rodallega nearly equalized at 1-1, but with Foster saving the day.
On the same day, Birmingham faced Stoke in a goalless draw, Man City managed to see off Wolves with am Adebayor goal to win the game on 17 minutes, Hull City managed to win their first 3pts courtesy of Ghilas on 61st min, while Sunderland saw off Blackburn with a double from Jones(32nd and 53rd min), with Givet having opened the score for Blackburn on 21st min.
Sunday was mostly the duel of Londoners. In an early kickoff, Tottenham managed to see off West Ham, courtesy of a mistake from Cole. The same Cole had scored the opener for West Ham on 49th min after missing some glorious chances in the 1st half, but minutes later, he gifted a backpass to Tottenham striker Defoe, who is also his England teammate, and the latter latched onto the occasion and scored brilliantly to equalize. Lennon wrapped up the points for Spurs on 79th min after a brilliant shot to the right of Green.
Another derby match, Fulham-Chelsea at Craven Cottage, and although Chelsea did not turn on the style, they did the essentials, with Drogba(39th min) and Anelka(76th min) scoring for the Blues and giving them 3 out of 3 wins, same as Spurs.
Burnley faced Everton in another match, and won 1-0, goal on 34th min by Elliot for the team which brought United down last Tuesday.
League rankings as follows:
The coming weekend will be an exciting one, as Man United will face Arsenal in what promises to be a very beautiful match.
Other news according to English tabloids:
– Anderson may leave Man United after having a verbal fallout with Sir Alex concerning his amount of playing time (another Tevez can say)
– Luca Modric has turned down rumours linking him to Man United following his recent displays and according to the tabloids Sir Alex is ready to pay 10M pounds + Carrick to make the deal (to be confirmed though).
– Pavlyuchenko may leave Spurs if they do not play him too often, while Nemanja Vidic has stated he is happy at Old Trafford and does not want to move to Spain, Barcelona being the club courting him.