Barclays Premier League 2010-2011: Week 3 Round-up

Mega spending Manchester City suffered their first blow of the new campaign away at Sunderland, while Chelsea are still solid leaders despite no 6-0 trashing this time :), with both Arsenal and Manchester United following close behind, while Liverpool gave themselves a little scare then a breather as they won their first game which lifts them out of the bottom 3 😈

Darren Bent scored the winner for Sunderland as they hosted Manchester City at the Stadium of Light earlier today, after he was brought down deep in added time by Richards, and he stepped up to make justice and condemning City to their first defeat already. City missed a chance early on as Tevez failed to capitalize on the chance provided to him by Yaya Toure, and paid the price as Bent scored the winner late on.

Liverpool managed to grab their first win, courtesy of Torres on the 65th minute, as the striker’s first time volley after being found by Kuyt was too good for West Brom’s keeper Carson. Liverpool were not that imposing however, despite playing at home, and West Brom gave them a hard time throughout the game, an approach which may be will suite their manager Di Matteo for the games to come, as they had lost their first game 6-0 against Chelsea, but gathered themselves well with a win last week, and today showed great confidence while playing, although they still need to work on their finish.

In other games played today, Bolton showed real determination against Birmingham, as although conceding as early as the 4th minute, then reduced to 10-men after the half-hour mark as Jaaskelainen was sent off for slapping Johnson, then conceding yet another goal five minutes in the second half, they got back in the game to end the match 2-2, with Davies from the spot, then Blake on the 81st minute being the scorers for the Wanderers to remain undefeated, and claim a well-deserved point. Aston Villa managed to win against Everton, with Luke Young scoring the only goal of the match on the 9th minute to get the Villains back on track after their heavy loss at Newcastle last weekend, and an elimination from the Europa League during the week.

Yesterday 6 games took place, as Arsenal saw off Blackburn away at Ewood Park on a 2-1 scoreline. Walcott continued with his fine form as he netted his 4th of the season after being put through by Van Persie, but he still had to create a way for himself to get in the box, and then he unleashed an unstoppable shot past Robinson, under the watchful eyes of Capello in the stands. Blackburn got back in the game minutes later however, as the two Dioufs combined, El-Hadji finding Mame Biram for the latter to tap home the equalizer. However the Gunners made the breakthrough in the second half, as on the 51st minute, Fabregas’ shot deflected off Walcott, but fell to an unmarked Arshavin, who coolly blasted home despite Blackburn bodies being thrown in to try stop the ball from going in, but the Russian’s precision was too good and gave Arsenal the win which keeps them just behind Chelsea.

Chelsea for their part continued their brilliant run, although this time they did not thrash Stoke as compared to their first two wins already, but 2 goals was enough for the Blues. Lampard saw his penalty saved by Sorensen on the 11th minute, but in-form Malouda found the net on the 32nd minute after being picked out by a brilliant pass from Terry. Chelsea continued to prowl for more goals, but they had to content themselves with a second and last of the match, as Drogba sent Sorensen the wrong way from the penalty spot after the latter brought Anelka down on the 77th minute. 14 goals scored already, and none conceded, the Blues look unstoppable for the moment and can claim all 15 points in the first 5 games, as next they travel to West Ham then will host Blackpool, and only after that will they may be face their first test, as Manchester City will welcome them at the  City of Manchester Stadium on 25th Sept.

Rooney finally got off the mark since his last goal in March, as Manchester United saw off West Ham at Old Trafford on a 3-0 scoreline. It took the Red Devils 33 minutes to eventually find the way to goal, as West Ham gave them some tough time as well. The break came through when Giggs was brought down in the box by Spector, and Rooney stepped up to send Green the wrong way, thus scoring his long awaited goal, but which was celebrated in a subdued manner. Five minutes in the second half, and Nani consolidated the lead as he unleashed an unstoppable left foot strike past Green. Berbatov then found the way to the net in spectacular manner, as he executed an air-borne volley on the 69th minute, after Nani had clipped the ball in his direction. 3-0, game over for the Hammers, as they conceded their 3rd defeat in a row, and it could prove to be a tough season for them if they want to stay in the Premier League.

In other results, Tottenham suffered a shock defeat at White Hart Lane as Wigan claimed the 3points following a 0-1 win, while elsewhere, Blackpool and Fulham separated on a 2-2 draw, and Wolves and Newcastle drew 1-1 at the Molineux.

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