Saturday, 22 October 2011

EPL Results, LIVE Match Commentary and Sunday's EPL Previews:

EPL Results:

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Swansea City 2
Swansea City were 2-0 ahead at half-time due to goals from Danny Graham and Joe Allen but in the last ten minutes, Wolves dramatically turned the tide and scored two goals in 2 minutes to make it 2-2. Kevin Doyle scored in the 84th minute to make it 2-1. Jamie O'Hara scored a late equaliser for Wolves in the 86th minute to salvage a point.

Aston Villa 1 West Bromwich Albion 2
Darren Bent put the hosts infront after 23 minutes from a penalty. Chris Herd got a straight red card in the 35th minute to reduce Villa to ten men. Chris Brunt missed a penalty to make it level a minute later. Jonas Olsson made it level in the 45th minute. West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner put the away side ahead in the 57th minute. Villa could not get back in the game and eventually lost 2-1 at Villa Park.

Bolton Wanderers 0 Sunderland 2
This match was a stalemate..... until the 83rd minute when Stephane Sessegnon broke the deadlock for the away side. Nicklas Bendtner made it 2-0 and scored his first goal for loanee club Sunderland in the 90th minute to ensure all three points for The Black Cats.

Newcastle United 1 Wigan Athletic 0
Yohan Cabaye scored his first EPL goal since moving to Newcastle in August in the 82nd minute against Wigan. Newcastle continue their formidable form and earn another three points and stay in 4th place. Wigan on the other hand, continue their poor form only winning 1 out of their last 9 matches.

Liverpool vs Norwich City: LIVE from 17:30pm


Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Kuyt, Downing, Adam, Gerrard, Suarez and Bellamy. Subs: Doni, Henderson, Carroll, Agger, Maxi, Flanagan and Spearing.

Norwich City: Ruddy, Naughton, Barnett, Martin, Tierney, Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Morison, Hoolahan and Pilkington. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, De Laet and Wilbraham.

Referee: Peter Walton

0: The match is about to start here at Anfield. Liverpool will be expecting to win here with a strong team but Norwich will be hoping to give them a challenge and would be happy with a draw against top six opposition.

0: The referee blows his whistle starting this match off.
1: Throw-in by Steve Morison.
1: Throw-in by Kyle Naughton.
2: Cross by Steven Gerrard, blocked by Marc Tierney. Throw-in taken by Glen Johnson.
2: Liverpool corner crossed into the box by Charlie Adam... header by Martin Skrtel.... HITS THE BAR!!!
4: Norwich City foul: Anthony Pilkington fouls Charlie Adam. Free-kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
5: Shot by Luis Suarez..... MISS! Goal-kick taken by Ruddy.
8: Stewart Downing crossed the ball into the box..... cleared away by Kyle Naughton.
11: Cross by Craig Bellamy, into Luis Suarez on the volley..... SAVE! Shot by Stewart Downing.... MISS!
14: Luis Suarez with a shot.... OVER THE BAR! Goal-kick taken by Ruddy.
15: Luis Suarez is causing the Norwich defence havoc and it feels like it is only a matter of time before he scores....
16: Shot by Norwich striker Hoolahan...... saved by Pepe Reina.
17: Shot by Suarez...... WIDE! That's his fourth shot in 17 minutes....
18: Cross by Tierney.... into the box for Steve Morison who headers the ball...... WIDE!
22: Foul by Bradley Johnson on Charlie Adam.
24: Shot by Elliot Johnson.... SAVED! by Pepe Reina.
34: Foul by Marc Tierney on Stewart Downing. Yellow card brandished to Tierney.
42: Shot by Craig Bellamy.... WIDE!
45: Craig Bellamy with the ball in the bottom corner.... GOAL!!!! 1-0 to Liverpool just before half-time!
45+3: The referee blows the whistle for half-time here at Anfield.

45: The referee blows the whistle indicating the start of the second half.
46: Foul by Steve Morison on Martin Skrtel. Free-kick taken by Pepe Reina.
47: Shot by Antony Pilkington... SAVE by Pepe Reina.
52: Craig Bellamy takes a shot.... WIDE!
55: Shot by Steven Gerrard... SAVE! by John Ruddy.
57: Norwich City SUB:
Elliot Bennett OFF
Grant Holt ON

60: Cross by Anthony Pilkington into the box for Grant Holt.... He headers the ball past Pepe Reina... GOAL!!! Grant Holt scores for Norwich three minutes after coming on as a substution.
Liverpool 1 Norwich City 1

67: Cross by Anthony Pilkington into the box for Grant Holt again...... He headers the ball... SAVE! by Pepe Reina.
69: Liverpool SUB:
Craig Bellamy OFF
Jordan Henderson ON

70: Shot by Luis Suarez from 20 yards... saved by John Ruddy.
78: Foul by Bradley Johnson on Charlie Adam. Free-kick taken by Charlie Adam.
78: Shot by Luis Suarez in the area..... TIPPED OVER THE BAR! by John Ruddy.
80: Liverpool SUB:
Stewart Downing OFF
Andy Carroll ON
80: Liverpool are desperate for that winning goal... you can see that by how many shots they have taken...
SHOT COUNT: Liverpool 23, Norwich 10.

85: Foul by Grant Holt on Jamie Carragher. Free-kick taken by Pepe Reina in own half.
88: Shot by David Fox.... blocked by Martin Skrtel.
89: Foul by Jordan Henderson on Bradley Johnson. Free-kick taken by Mark Tierney.
90: Shot by Glen Johnson.... OVER THE BAR!
90: Liverpool SUB:
Dirk Kuyt OFF
Daniel Agger ON

Norwich City SUB:
Anthony Pilkington OFF
Andrew Crofts ON

90+1: Throw-in taken by Liverpool's Luis Suarez to Steven Gerrard who crosses the ball into the box... Andy Carroll with a header in the area.... MISS! Goal-kick taken by John Ruddy.

90+2: Foul by Norwich's Russell Martin on Andy Carroll. Free-kick taken by Charlie Adam, cross by Steven Gerrard to Luis Suarez in the area... TIPPED OVER THE BAR!!! So close by Liverpool. Last gasp for Liverpool.....
Corner taken by Charlie Adam.... cleared away by Steve Morison. That will be the last attack of the match...

90+3: The referee blows the whistle for full-time at Anfield. Liverpool were ahead just before half-time from Craig Bellamy's strike low in the corner of the goal. Grant Holt scored an equaliser for Norwich in the 60th minute three minutes after coming on as a sub with a powerful header. Luis Suarez had over 6 goalscoring chances and worked hard for Liverpool but could not score against a consistent John Ruddy.
Liverpool will be disappointed for not winning as they had 25 shots and only scored once but Norwich would be satisfied with a point and worked hard at Anfield. It was a hard fought battle and maybe the final result could have gone in Liverpool's favour but John Ruddy was excellent in goal for Norwich and almost unstoppable.

Saturday's EPL Results:
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Swansea City 2
Aston Villa 1 West Bromwich Albion 2
Bolton Wanderers 0 Sunderland 2
Newcastle United 1 Wigan Athletic 0
Liverpool 1 Norwich City 1

Tomorrow's EPL Previews:
Manchester United vs Manchester City: LIVE from 13:30pm

This mouth watering derby comes from Old Trafford as Manchester United face rivals Manchester City.
United won the EPL last season and City won the F.A. Cup last season.
United have won the last three meetings but City have strengthened their squad massively with signings Nasri, Aguero and Hargeaves who when partnered up with Silva, Dzeko and Balotelli are lethal. City also bolstered their defence buying Arsenal defender Gael Clichy to partner Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany. Both teams have playing well this season scoring over 50 goals in a combined 16 games.
City are currently 1st and ahead of United by 2 points, who are 2nd. United on the other hand got to the Champions League final last season before losing 3-1 to Barcelona. Both teams are unbeaten this season so far and with the likes of Rooney, Silva, Young, Nani, Nasri, Aguero, Hernandez and Dzeko this is sure to be one of the biggest games this season.

Rio Ferdinand has been recalled to the Manchester United squad. He is fit and could partner captain Vidic for the first time since the first game of the season. Rafael has a shoulder injury and is still sidelined along with Tom Cleverley who is expected to return to training on Monday following a foot injury in the 5-0 win against Bolton last month. Manchester City have no new injury concerns wtih Mario Balotelli back from suspension and Owen Hargeaves to be assessed. Carlos Tevez is highly unlikely not to play any part of the match against his former club after his disciplinary hearings.

Arsenal vs Stoke City: LIVE from 13:30pm 
This very interesting match comes from The Emirates as two very good teams go head to head.
Arsenal have only won 3 out of their last 8 matches this season but are slowly improving. They face a tough test against Stoke who hope to qualify for the Europa League again this season. Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson misses out due to a knee problem he picked up against Marseille. Kieran Gibbs is also out with a stomach muscle problem. Defender Thomas Vermaelen is out of action but back in training. Abou Diaby is out for at least 2 weeks and Jack Wilshere will not feature until December at the earliest. Stoke manager Tony Pulis will assess the fitness of former Arsenal midfielder Jermaine Pennant as he did not feature in Stoke's 3-0 win against Tel Aviv on Thursday. Danny Higginbotham may feature after being sidelined since April with a knee injury. Arsenal will be expecting at least a draw wit tohether. Stoke will look to cross the ball to Crouch in the box to cause havoc and could grab all three points tomorrow.

Blackburn Rovers vs Tottenham Hotspur: LIVE from 15:00pm
Scott Parker, Gareth Bale and Rafael Van De Vaart are all to be recalled as they were rested during Tottenham's midweek game against Rubin Kasan. Tottenham have major problems in defence with Michael Dawson, Vedran Corluka, Ledley King and William Gallas all injured and unavailable. Aaron Lennon and Sandro will be given late fitness tests. Tom Huddlestone is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Blackburn Rovers defender Michel Salgado will miss the game due to a hamstring injury. David Dunn, Vince Greta and Ryan Nelson are all sidelined for Blackburn. Tottenham will be expecting a win on their current form and with a strong squad it will be easier against an under performing Blackburn who are in the bottom half of the table.

Fulham vs Everton: LIVE from 13:30pm

This match comes from Craven Cottage as Fulham take on Everton. The Toffees have not been scoring many goals this season with the lack of strikers and they could struggle this season if they do not purchase anyone in the January transfer window. Fulham on the other hand have made good progress in Europe this season and their key players who were rested in midweek are all fit to play against Everton. James McFadden is unlikely to feature in the match as he works his way back to full fitness. Victor Anichebe is also out with a groin problem but other than that manager David Moyes has a full squad to choose from. Leighton Baines and Tim Cahill will be the key players for Everton as they look to get back to winning ways.

Bobby Zamora, Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy are all returning from being rested in midweek and will be joined by Phillipe Senderos and Zdenek Grygera who recovered from knocks. Striker Byran Ruiz faces a late fitness test but Simon Davies and Orlando Sa are both sidelined.

Fulham will be disappointed for anything other than a win against Everton especially with all their key players returning but both teams need a win to get out for the bottom five.

QPR vs Chelsea: LIVE from 16:00pm
This match comes from Loftus Road as two london clubs collide. QPR will be the under dogs as they face an in form Chelsea who are third in the table. Ramires misses out as he has a knee injury. John Terry, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata are set to return after they were rested in midweek during the 5-0 thrashing against Genk. Fernando Torres serves the last installment of his three match ban. QPR defender Danny Gabbidon has not recovered from a knee injury and will miss the game. Striker Adel Taarabt has suffered from a mild virus but is likely to be fit for the match. Keiron Dyer and DJ Campbell are both sidelined.
Chelsea will be very disappointed for anything other than a win but QPR may challenge them with the likes of Taarabt, SWP and Barton and try and get at least a draw.

FACT: 5 London Clubs are set to play in the EPL on Sunday.

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