Wednesday, 30 November 2011

UEFA Europa League and Carling Cup Quarter Finals LIVE:

On a unusual Wednesday Europa League and Carling Cup night....
It guarentee drama and lots of goals...
Clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City play.....
Here we go.....

Braga 1 Birmingham City 0 FT
Hugo Viana scored the only goal of the night in Portugal as Brimingham have to wait until the last day to proceed to the Last 32. It came in the 52nd minute from a deflection which sent keeper Myhill the wrong way. Nikola Zigic had a penalty saved to deny putting City infront in the 10th minute.

Hugo Viana scoring the only goal of the game for Braga against Brimingham in the 52nd minute.

Attendance: 9,957

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has been sacked after a poor spell this season.
He brought in so many players.... which showed promise, but they were playing badly and not getting the results they needed.

Tottenham Hotspur vs PAOK Salonka: LIVE

PAOK: Chalkias, Stafylidis, Malezas, Contreras, Etto, Pablo García, Georgiadis, Fotakis, Lazăr, Salpingi, Athanasiadis. Subs: Krejić, Balafas, Cirillo, Sznaucner, Ivić, Arias, Papazoglou.

Tottenham: Gomes, Gallas, Bassong, Corluka, Lennon, Modric, Rose, Livermore, Pienaar, Defoe, Kane. Subs: Cudicini, Bale, Walker, Townsend, Fredericks, Carroll, Falqué.

Harry Redknapp wants the win here to progress to the Last 32.....
A stronger Tottenham squad than we've seen in recent Europa League fixtures..... which includes Modric and Defoe.

0: This match has begun at White Hart Lane after the one minute silence following the death of Wales manager Gary Speed on Sunday.
5: Cross into the box by PAOK..... header by Salpingi inside the 16 yard box..... GOAL to PAOK!!!! 5 minutes in and the away side have broken the deadlock!!!!
Poor defence by William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong... they were all over the place...
Poor goalkeeping by Gomes who stood still, took too long and had slow reactions.....
8: Corner to Tottenham. Cleared away by the PAOK defence.
10: PAOK are passing well here...
12: Ball into the box for PAOK...... Athanasiadis is there and sticks a leg out..... it goes past Gomes.... GOAL!!! PAOK are 2-0 up!!!
16: PAOK on the counter on the wing.... into the box.... BLOCKED!!! by Corluka for a corner.
16: Corner taken but it hits the side netting and goes out for a goal-kick.
17: Gomes takes the goal-kick long.
20: Tottenham knocking the ball around now... looking for a gap in the defence to try and exploit it.
38: Kostas Stafylidis handles the ball on the line from a Tottenham corner..... the referee blows the whistle and pulls a card out of his pocket.... IT IS RED!!! A harsh decison by the referee..... Midfielder Luka Modric steps up to take the penalty.... he places the ball past the keeper.. GOAL!!!! 2-1! Tottenham are back in it!
45: The referee blows the whistle for half-time here at White Hart Lane.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: LIVE
65: Shot from 35 yards out by Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose...... GOAL!!!! Palace are infront!!!!
69: Foul by Crystal Palace's Patrick McCarthy on Manchester United striker Federico Macheda. Penalty going to be taken by Federico Macheda..... he steps up..... shoots.... GOAL!!! He equalises for Manchester United. That was not a long lead from Crystal Palace....
90: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here... That means extra time will be played....
90:(extra-time) The first half of extra time has kicked off here at Old Trafford.
92: Shot by Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park from 20 yards out..... MISS!!!
97: Foul by Manchester United's Ji-Sung Park on Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha.
Free-kick taken by Palace's Darren Ambrose from left wing...... header by Glenn Murray from 6 yards out....... GOAL!!!!! Palace are infront!! The dream is still alive!
100: Shot by Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson from 25 yards out...... MISS!!! United are trying their best to equalise here.... putting pressure on Palace by taking lots of shots....
101: Foul by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on Palace's Glenn Murray. Free kick taken by Darren Ambrose from 30 yards out..... SAVE!!!! by goalkeeper Ben Amos!
105: Shot taken from 30 yards out by Manchester United defender Paul Pogba..... MISS!!! And that will be the last shot of the half.
105+1: The referee blows the whistle for half time of extra time.
105: The second half of extra time has started at Old Trafford with Crystal Palace leading defending EPL leaders Manchester United by 2-1.
106: Cross by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling..... (comfortably) SAVE!!!! by Lewis Price.
110: Foul by Manchester United's Darron Gibson on Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray. Darron Gibson booked for a bad tackle. Free-kick taken by Anthony Gardner from own half.
118: Cross by Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia.... header by Mame Diouf from 6 yards out.... BLOCKED by Patrick McCarthy.
120: Cross by United's Antonio Valencia.... (comfortable) SAVE!!! by Lewis Price.
And that will be the last action of this match....
120+1: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here at Old Trafford. The shock of the Carling Cup has come back as Manchester United have been beaten AT HOME by Championship side Crystal Palace by 2-1.

Carling Cup:
Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace 2

What a result for Palace....
United's youngsters were unlucky....
Sir Alex Ferguson will feel disappointed as they lost to a team who they would have expected to won and had 21 shots but only one goal (which was a penalty) but now can focus on the EPL and Champions League.

UEFA Europa League:
Tottenham Hotspur 1 PAOK 2
Braga 1 Birmingham City 0
Rubin Kasan 4 Shamrock Rovers 1
Celtic 0 Atletico Madrid 1

Arda Turan celebrating scoring for Atletico Madrid against Celtic.

NK Maribor 3 Club Brugge 4
Rennes 0 Udinese 0

Carling Cup Quarter Final Action LIVE:

Tonight's Action:

Chelsea vs Liverpool: LIVE
Chelsea: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Luiz , Alex, Bertrand, Lampard, Romeu, McEachran, Malouda, Torres, Lukaku. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Ramires, Mata, Ferreira, Kalou, Anelka.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Spearing, Bellamy, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Suarez, Kuyt, Downing, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan.
Interesting teams there.... Liverpool look the stronger team and my money's on Liverpool....

Arsenal vs Manchester City: LIVE

Arsenal: Fabianski, Miguel, Djourou, Squillaci, Kosicelny, Chamberlain, Benayoun, Coquelin, Park, Frimpong, Chamakh. Subs: Mannone, Eastmond, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Gervinho, Yennaris, Ozyakup.

A young Arsenal team......

Manchester City:
Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Toure, Onuoha, Savic, Hargeaves, De Jong, Johnson, Nasri, Kolarov, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Richards, Bridge, Aguero, Suarez, Rekik, Razak. 

And a pretty strong 1st/2nd City team with Hargeaves, Dzeko and Johnson.... not to mention former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri.... Great..... :(

LATEST: Cardiff 1 Blackburn Rovers 0
Scotland international Kenny Miller scored for the home side in the 19th minute against an underfire EPL team.... could they be in the semis....????

Chelsea vs Liverpool: LIVE
21: Cross by Liverpool's Jose Enrique into the box.... header by Andy Carroll from 12 yards out..... blocked by Alex..... it looks like it hit his hand.... HANDBALL! PENALTY!
Andy Carroll steps up to take the penalty.... he shoots... SAVE!!! by Ross Turnbull..... Missed a golden chance to put Liverpool infront....
26: Shot from Chelsea's Frank Lampard from 25 yards out.... MISS!! He tried it....
41: Shot by Liverpool defender Jose Enrique from 18 yards out.... GOOD SAVE!! by Ross Turnbull.. Liverpool are pressing for the first goal here....
Midfielder Josh McEachran is injuried....... Chelsea need to make a sub here...
Ramires ON
Josh McEachran OFF
43: Foul by Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand on Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson. Bertrand booked for a late challenge. Free-kick taken by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher in own half.
45+1: Header by Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in the box.... MISS!! That will be the last chance of the first half.
45+2: Goal-kick taken by Pepe Reina.
45+2: The referee blows the whistle for half-time at Stamford Bridge. It is currently 0-0 with Liverpool putting pressure on the hosts... They were very close to breaking the deadlock in the first half and Andy Carroll will feel upset that he did not score the penalty in the 23rd minute. Chelsea will hope that they can start of brightly in the second half and see off Liverpool but it will not be easy.

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0
Cardiff City 1 Blackburn Rovers 0
Kenny Miller has scored the only goal of the match so far. 1-0 to the hosts and a shock may be on the cards for the Championship side.
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 0
It is currently goaless at the Emirates where Arsenal are holding off current EPL leaders Manchester City. The only big news so far is that Sergio Aguero has come on for City... meaning that they are unleashing the Argentinan against a young Arsenal side.
Cardiff City vs Blackburn Rovers: LIVE
45: The second half has begun here.
50: GOAL!!!! Antony Gerrard has made it 2-0 to Cardiff!!!

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1
Maxi Rodriguez with the goal for Liverpool in the 59th minute to open the scoring!!!!

Chelsea vs Liverpool:
61: Foul by Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku on Liverpool defender Jose Enrique. Free-kick taken by Pepe Reina in own half.
62: Foul by Chelsea midfielder Ramires on Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy. Free-kick taken long by Craig Bellamy into the box from the left wing.... a header from Martin Kelly past Ross Turnbull...... GOAL!!!!!! Liverpool are 2-0 up at Stamford Bridge now!!!
64: Chelsea SUB:
Juan Mata ON
Nicolas Anelka ON
Florent Malouda OFF
Romelu Lukaku OFF
Andre Villas Boas is going for broke here.... 2-0 down with 25 minutes to go....
66: Foul by Chelsea midfielder Ramires on Liverpool midfielder Leiva Lucas. Ramires booked for a bad tackle. Free-kick taken by Craig Bellamy from 40 yards out..... SAVED (comfortably) by Ross Turnbull.
67: Liverpool fans are chanting: 'you're getting sacked in the morning' towards Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas.... very awkward....
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is coming off for Charlie Adam....

72: Header by Chelsea striker Fernando Torres from 6 yards out.... SAVE!!!! by Jose Reina.
75: Chelsea corner, taken by Frank Lamapard..... crossed into the box.... Frenando Torres moves into the box.... heads the box.... SAVE!!! by Pepe Reina.
Dirk Kuyt ON
Craig Bellamy OFF
83: Foul by Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique on Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka. Free-kick taken by Anelka.
Martin Skrtel ON
Maxi Rodriguez OFF
Wasting time.... he may not even touch the ball in this match...
90+3: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will feel upset that they did not progress to the last 4 but Liverpool played better, had a stronger squad and had more chances.

Liverpool celebrating Maxi Rodriguez's opener in the 59th minute against Chelsea.
FACT: Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez has now scored 10 goals in his last 9 starts for Liverpool in all competitons.
FACT: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is undefeated in 13 matches against Chelsea.
FACT: Chelsea have only won 3 of their last 7 matches in all competitions.

Arsenal vs Manchester City:
79: Manchester City SUB:
Abdul Rasak ON
Owen Hargreaves OFF
Just to confirm, no injury worries for the injury prone Mr. Hargreaves.
80: Arsenal SUB:
Thomas Vermaelen ON
Miguel OFF
83: Adam Johnson with the ball for City, he plays the ball into the box for Sergio Aguero who shoots the ball from 12 yards out... it goes past Fabianski..... GOAL! City have broken the deadlock....
86: Arsenal forward Gervinho with the ball.... he shoots from 12 yards out.... MISS!!! Close by the Ivory Coast international..... Still 1-0.
87: Arsenal SUB:
Andrey Arshavin ON
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain OFF
90+3: Shot from 30 yards out by Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin.... SAVE!!! by Costel Pantilimon.
90+4: The referee blows the whistle for full-time at The Emirates. Arsenal hung on for 83 minutes with a young and relatively inexperienced team but Manchester City scored a late winner. Arsenal will feel upset as they were the better side but conceded late on and City will count themselves lucky with Aguero saving them from a Quarter final replay.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scoring a late winner against Arsenal in the 83rd minute.

Cardiff City 2 Blackburn Rovers 0
FACT: Cardiff have reached the Semi Finals of the Carling Cup for the 1st time since 1965/66.
Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 1
Sergio Aguero scored a late winner for City to beat Arsenal's young guns in the 83rd minute by 1-0.

Last 4:
Cardiff City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United or Crystal Palace.

Carling Cup:
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: LIVE from 19:45pm

UEFA Europa League:
Stoke City vs Dynamo Kiev: LIVE from 20:05pm
Tottenham Hotspur vs PAOK Salonki: LIVE from 20:05pm
Braga vs Birmingham City: LIVE from 18:00pm
Atletico Madrid vs Celtic: LIVE from 18:00pm

Sunday, 27 November 2011

EPL Results and LIVE Match Commentary of Liverpool vs Manchester City:

Wales manager Gary Speed has died at the age of 42. He had commited suicide and was found dead this morning at 7am.

EPL Result:
Swansea City 0 Aston Villa 0
Both teams earned a point at The Liberty Stadium.

Attendance: 20,404

Liverpool vs Manchester City: LIVE
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Kuyt. Subs: Doni, Carroll , Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly. 

Manchester City: Hart, Kompany , Richards, Lescott, Clichy, Y Toure, Barry , Milner , Silva, Nasri, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Johnson, Toure, De Jong, Balotelli   .

0: This match has kicked off at Anfield after the one minute silence for the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.
3: Throw-in taken by Liverpool defender Glen Johnson.
6: Cross by Manchester City's Gael Clichy, clearance by defender Glen Johnson.
6: Shot by Manchester City's Yaya Toure from 12 yards out.... OVER THE BAR!!!
7: Liverpool goal-kick taken by Pepe Reina.
7: Foul by Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on Manchester City midfielder James Milner. Free-kick taken by David Silva.
10: Cross by Manchester City midfielder James Milner into the box.... cleared away by Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.
13: Foul by Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Yellow card given to the City captain for a mistimed tackle.
16: Cross by Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam into the box.... cleared away by Manchester City's Joleon Lescott.
18: Cross by Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson...... caught by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
22: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is away from the last defender... he is through on goal... OFFSIDE!
23: Foul by Liverpool forward Luis Suarez on Manchester City's Vincent Kompany. Free-kick taken by Yaya Toure.
24: Foul by Liverpool's Charlie Adam on Manchester City's David Silva.. Free-kick taken by David Silva. Fouls are flying in here....
28: Foul by Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott on Liverpool winger Stewart Downing.
30: Manchester City corner, taken by David Silva who whips the ball into the box.... Vincent Kompany runs into the box and heads the ball, it flies past Pepe Reina.... GOAL!!! City are infront!! 1-0! 
32: Foul by Manchester City's Gareth Barry on Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva... Yellow card given to Barry.
33: Shot by Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam... hits Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott and goes past Joe Hart..... GOAL!!! Liverpool has eqaulised due to an own goal by Lescott! 1-1.
35: Foul by Liverpool's Stewart Downing on Manchester City's Gareth Barry. Free-kick taken by Barry.
37: Shot by Liverpool's Charlie Adam from 25 yards out.... FANTASTIC SAVE by Joe Hart with his feet!!!
37: Liverpool corner, taken by Charlie Adam who crosses the ball into the box for Luis Suarez..... shoots from 12 yards out...... OVER THE BAR!! Should have hit the target...
38: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson takes a shot from 20 yards out.... MISS!!
40: Foul by Liverpool winger Stewart Downing on Manchester City's James Milner. Free-kick taken quickly by defender Micah Richards.
41: Shot by Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure from 20 yards out.... MISS!!
44: Foul by Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel on City's Sergio Aguero. Free-kick taken by City's David Silva.
45+1: Shot by Manchester City forward Samir Nasri from 18 yards out.... BRILLIANT SAVE by Pepe Reina!!
45+2: The referee blows the whistle for half-time at Anfield. Liverpool are currently level with Manchester City, 1-1. Can anyone score in the second half to take all three points??? Or will it stay 1-1.
45: The referee blows the whistle to start this second half. No substutions here yet.
46: Shot by Manchester City's Samir Nasri... MISS!!!
51: Foul by Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt on Manchester City's Gareth Barry. Free-kick taken by David Silva.
54: Cross by Stewart Downing into the box.... goes to Dirk Kuyt who heads the ball... MISS!!!
58: Foul by Liverpool forward Luis Suarez on City defender Gael Clichy. Free-kick taken by Joleon Lescott.

60: Handball by City's James Milner. Free-kick taken by Pepe Reina.
64: Cross by Liverpool winger Stewart Downing.... SAVE!!! by goalkeeper Joe Hart.
65: Foul by Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson on City's Samir Nasri.
Man City SUB:
Mario Balotelli ON
Samir Nasri OFF
Manchester City are wanting more attacking options... Trying to expose Liverpool's defence.
Free-kick taken by defender Joleon Lescott.
67: Shot by Liverpool winger Stewart Downing from 18 yards out.... SAVE! by Joe Hart.
67: Corner by Charlie Adam into the box..... header by Daniel Agger.... OVER THE BAR!!!!
68: Foul by Mario Balotelli on Adam. Free-kick taken by Lucas Leiva. 
73: Cross by Glen Johnson (Liverpool), blocked by Gael Clichy (Man City).
75: Cross by Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt.... SAVE!! by Joe Hart.
Foul by Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli on Liverpool defender Glen Johnson. Balotelli booked for a bad challenge. He has to be careful now... he is an attacker who needs to stay on the field if City are to win... Free kick taken by Liverpool's Charlie Adam.
78: Cross by Liverpool's Jordan Henderson.... shot by Stewart Downing...... MISS!!!!
82: Man City SUB:
Edin Dzeko ON
Sergio Aguero FF
84: Foul by Mario Balotelli on defender Martin Skrtel.... He has already been booked.... SECOND YELLOW! He's OFF!!!
84: Liverpool SUB:
Andy Carroll ON
Dirk Kuyt OFF
They are pressing for that winning goal in the last few minutes here at Anfield... can either of them they do it???
88: Shot by Luis Suarez from 12 yards out.... SAVE!!!! by Joe Hart!!!! Still 1-1.
90: Foul by Liverpool's Andy Carroll on defender Vincent Kompany. Andy Carroll booked for a late tackle. Free-kick taken in own half by Joe Hart.
Man City SUB:
Kolo Toure ON
David Silva OFF
90+1: Cross by Liverpool's Jose Enrique, header by striker Andy Carroll from 12 yards out... SAVE!!! by Joe Hart.
90+2: Cross by Liverpool's Luis Suarez, shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
90+3: Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), brilliant save (parried) by Joe Hart (Man City).
90+4: Goal-kick taken long by Joe Hart.... Full time here at Anfield.
Manchester City will feel disappointed that they did not win here as they scored first, conceded an own goal and had ten men. Liverpool will be satisfied with a point as they move back up to 6th place on goal difference but could have snatched three points as their were 17 shots for them compared to City's 7.

Manchester City captain opening the scoring against Liverpool in the 31st minute.

Attendance: 45,071

Today's EPL Results, LIVE Match Commentary of Arsenal vs Fulham and Tomorrow's EPL Match Previews:

Today's EPL Results:

Stoke City 3 Blackburn Rovers 1
Rory Delap scored a header from Jermaine Pennant's free-kick to brake the deadlock for the home side in the 28th minute. Midfielder Glenn Whelan scored from 20 yards out past Paul Robinson to make it 2-0 to Stoke in the 57th minute. Marc Wilson crossed a ball from his own half to Peter Crouch who drilled the ball into the net from 12 yards in the 72nd minute to make it 3-0 to Stoke. Steven N'Zonzi passed to Ruben Rochina who scored a consolation goal from 20 yards out in the 86th minute to make it 3-1 but Stoke took and deserved all three points at The Britannia.
Attendance: 26,686

Chelsea 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
This match came from Stamford Bridge as two out-of-form teams faced each other.
Juan Mata crossed the ball into the box and John Terry headed the ball past Wayne Hennessey to open the scoring for Chelsea in the 7th minute. Mata assisted Daniel Sturridge from the wing for the second goal in the 29th minute. Ashley Cole assisted Juan Mata who eventually got his goal to make it 3-0 to Chelsea. Chelsea go down to 5th place behind Tottenham, Newcastle, City and United.
Wolves stay 17th in the table with 11 points. Juan Mata was excellent for Chelsea today, setting up two goals and scoring one to give Chelsea three points. 
Daniel Sturridge adding Chelsea's second of the match in the 29th minute against Wolves.

Attendance: 41,648

Norwich City 2 QPR 1
This match came from Carrow Road as Norwich hosted QPR. Defender Russell Martin opened the scoring for the home side in the 15th minute as Andrew Surman passed the ball into the box which was finished easily from 6 yards by Martin. QPR defender Luke Young equalised for QPR in the 59th minute from Jamie Mackie's pass. Grant Holt scored the winner for Norwich in the 74th minute from a Wesley Hoolahan cross. Norwich move up to 9th place in the table with 16 points and QPR move down to 11th place with 15 points. 
Attendance: 26,781 
FACT: There have been 29 goals from 7 meetings between these two sides.

West Brom 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3
West Brom faced Tottenham at The Hawthorns and if West Brom won, they would have moved up to 8th place and Tottenham in 5th place. The home side scored first as Steven Reid's cross found Youssouf Mulumbu who headed the ball past Brad Friedel into the net. They did not keep the lead for long as they conceded a penalty. Nicky Shorey pulled back Aaron Lennon in the penalty area and a penalty was given. A power penalty was taken by Emmanuel Adebayor and even though Ben Foster parried the ball, it fell back to Adebayor who put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-1. In the 81st minute, Emmanuel Adebayor passed to Jermain Defoe who shot from 20 yards out and scored to make it 2-1 to the away side. In the last minute, Adebayor scored his second of the day, 12 yards out from a pass by midfielder Gareth Bale. Tottenham move up to 3rd in the table with 28 points and a game in hand. West Brom move down to 13th place with 13 points.
FACT: Tottenham have only lost twice this season.
Emmanuel Adebayor scoring the rebound of his penalty to break the deadlock for Tottenham against West Brom in the 25th minute.

Attendance: 24,801

Sunderland 1 Wigan Athletic 2
This match came from The Stadium Of Light as Sunderland faced Wigan Athletic. Free-kick specialist Sebastien Larsson scored for the hosts in the 8th minute from a pass by Kieran Richardson in the 6 yard box. Victor Moses was fouled by Sebastien Larsson inside the box in the 44th minute. Jordi Gomez made it 1-1 just before half-time by putting away the penalty. In the 92nd minute, striker Franco Di Santo scored a late winner for Wigan 6 yards out from a pass by James McArthur.
Sunderland will feel disappointed that they lost as they were playing at home, scored first, had more chances and conceded it the 92nd minute.
Attendance: 37,883

Bolton Wanderers 0 Everton 2
This match came from the Reebok Stadium as Bolton hosted Everton. 
In the 19th minute, Bolton defender David Wheater was sent off was a dangerous tackle on Bilyaletdinov.
Midfielder Marounane Fellani made it 1-0 to Everton after 49 minutes from 6 yards after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's cross fell to him. Tim Cahill passed the ball to Apostolos Vellios who scored to make it 2-0 to Everton and pick up three points away from home against an upset Bolton team who stay 18th place in the table with only 9 points. They will feel hard done by as they were playing with 10 men for 70 minutes which cost them the match. Everton move up to 9th in the table with 16 points which they needed after picking up many draws so far this season.
Attendance: 24,058
FACT: Bolton have conceded 29 goals in 13 matches this season.
FACT: Marounane Fellani scored his first goal in the EPL this season.

Manchester United 1 Newcastle United 1

Today's featured game saw 2nd placed Manchester United face 3rd placed Newcastle at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez made it 1-0 to the home side in the 49th minute after Wayne Rooney's pass was hit by Hernandez from 6 yards who placed the ball past Tim Krul. Defender Rio Ferdinand fouled Hatem Ben Arfa inside the box in the 63rd minute and gave away a controversial penalty. Demba Ba put the ball past goalkeeper David De Gea to equalise for Newcastle in the 64th minute. Jonas Guiterrez was sent off in the 79th minute after two yellow cards for Newcastle to build suspense for the last ten minutes of the match. In the end, it finished 1-1 and Newcastle fought hard for a well-earned point against a tough opponent.
Manchester United will feel frustrated that they did not win especially as they had 23 shots on goal and scored first.
United stay 2nd with 30 points but drop 2 points in the race for 1st place in the EPL.
Newcastle go down to 4th place with 26 points.

Javier Hernandez breaking the deadlock for Manchester United in the 49th minute against Newcastle.

Attendance: 75,954
FACT: Manchester United have drawn twice this season, against Stoke and Newcastle.
FACT: There were 27 fouls and 5 yellow cards in this match.
FACT: Newcastle have not beaten United at Old Trafford since 1972.
FACT: Newcastle striker Demba Ba has scored nine goals this season.

LIVE Match Commentary of Arsenal vs Fulham:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos , Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, Van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Koscielny, Frimpong, Gervinho, Chamakh, Benayoun.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Senderos , Arne Riise, Etuhu , Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Dembele, Zamora  . Subs: Etheridge, Johnson, Kasami, Gecov, Hughes, Frei, Briggs.

0: This match is LIVE at The Emirates where Arsenal host Fulham.

4: Andrey Arshavin takes a shot...... goes past the keeper... GOAL!!!! 1-0 to Arsenal.... OFFSIDE!
4: Free-kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
5: Throw-in taken by Fulham's John Arne Riise.
6: Shot by Fulham's Clint Dempsey... blocked by Arsenal's Johan Djourou.
7: Shot by Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.... saved by Mark Schwarzer!!! Arsenal corner.
8: Corner whipped into the box by Robin Van Persie..... saved by Schwarzer.
10: Foul by Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin on Dickson Etuhu. Free-kick taken by John Arne Riise.
13: Foul by Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy on Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta. Free-kick taken by Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker.
15: Shot by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey from 30 yards out..... MISS!
18: Foul by Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy on Arsenal's Mikel Arteta. Free-kick taken by Arsenal's Per Mertesacker.
20: Shot by Theo Walcott from 18 yards.... blocked by Fulham defender Brede Hangeland.
21: Shot by Fulham striker Bobby Zamora inside the penalty area.... OVER THE BAR!!! 
24: Shot by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey from 12 yards out.... OVER!
26: Shot by Theo Walcott.... saved by Mark Schwarzer! Arsenal corner.
26: Corner taken by Arsenal's Van Persie.... cleared away by defender Phillipe Senderos.
27: Handball by Arsenal full-back Andre Santos... Foul. Yellow card given to Santos (handball) and Zamora (for dissent)
29: Shot by Fulham's John Arne Riise from 35 yards out... blocked by Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
31: Shot by Robin Van Persie from 18 yards out... saved by Mark Schwarzer!!!
33: Fulham corner, taken by Danny Murphy into the box for Brede Hangeland.... he heads the ball past the keeper... MISS!!
34: Volleyed shot by Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin... MISS!!
39: Foul by Arsenal midfielder Alex Song on Fulham's Moussa Dembele. Free-kick taken by Riise.
42: Shot from 18 yards out by Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele.... FANTASTIC SAVE!! by Wojciech Szczesny to deny Dembele from putting the away side ahead just before the break!
45+1: Foul by Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu on Arsenal's Mikel Arteta. Yellow card brandished to the midfielder. Free-kick taken quickly by Arteta.... goes to defender Per Mertesacker who heads from 12 yards out... MISS!!!
45+2: Half-time here at The Emirates. Both teams have had chances but no goals so far here.... 
45: The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
49: Foul by midfielder Mikel Arteta on Fulham's Moussa Dembele. Free-kick taken by Dembele.
59: Foul by Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey on Moussa Dembele. Free-kick taken by Danny Murphy. 
59: Shot by Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.... blocked by Fulham defender Chris Baird.
60: Arsenal Corner taken by Mikel Arteta... clearance by Clint Dempsey.
62: Shot by Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey.... blocked by Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker.
63: Moussa Dembele with a shot from 30 yards out for Fulham.... SAVE by Szczesny.
65: Fulham pressing..... Riise with a pass into the box.... the ball hits Vermaelen's boot, deflects and goes past Szczesny.... GOAL for Fulham! They are leading due to an own goal. 1-0.
Gervinho ON
Aaron Ramsey OFF
69: Arsenal SUB:
Abou Diaby ON
Per Mertesacker OFF
70: Diaby with a shot for Arsenal...blocked by Hangeland. 
71: Arsenal corner taken by Robin Van Persie... cleared away by Fulham's Clint Dempsey.
74: Van Persie whips an Arsenal corner into the box... Johan Djourou with a header... SAVE! by Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
75: Fulham SUB:
Pajtim Kasami ON
Bryan Ruiz OFF
Arsenal SUB:
Marouane Chamakh ON
Andrey Arshavin OFF
76: Foul by Fulham defender Phillipe Senderos on Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie. Yellow card for the Swiss international.
79: Foul by Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen on Fulham striker Pajtim Kasami.
Fulham SUB:
Andrew Johnson ON
Bobby Zamora OFF
81: Shot from Arsenal captain Van Persie from 12 yards.... OVER!!
82: Nice creativity by Arsenal winger Theo Walcott... he runs with pace down the wing..... crosses the ball into the box... finds Vermaelen... POWERFUL HEADER!!! GOAL!!! 1-1. Vermaelen with the equaliser for Arsenal!
84: Shot by Arsenal striker Gervinho from 18 yards..... saved by Schwarzer! He did not want to concede two goals in two minutes....
84: Another shot by Arsenal... this time from Theo Walcott from 18 yards out... saved again by Schwarzer.... Arsenal are piling on the pressure for Fulham, looking for the win here...
85: Shot by Van Persie from 6 yards out.... MISS!!
86: Foul by Fulham striker Pajtim Kasami on Arsenal striker Gervinho.
86: Shot by Arsenal full-back Andre Santos... blocked by Brede Hangeland...
90: Corner from Arsenal's Mikel Arteta... punched away by Mark Schwarzer! Cannot afford to concede here.... Fulham are hanging on... 
90+2: Arsenal corner taken by Mikel Arteta.... into the box for captain Van Persie... he heads the ball... SAVE!!! by Schwarzer! And that will be the last action of the match...
90+3: The referee blows the whistle here at The Emirates. Arsenal move up to 6th place with 23 points and Fulham move up to 15th place with 12 points. Arsenal will feel upset that they conceded an own goal and could not move further up the table with a win but relieved that they did not lose and Fulham will feel that they should have dominated the game better and not conceded late on in the match. A point for both teams is not the score that reflected the game as Arsenal took 20 shots to Fulham's 10 and dominated possession throughout the match. 

Attendance: 60,043 

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen scoring in the 82nd minute for Arsenal to take a point at home against Fulham.
Tomorrow's EPL Matches:
Swansea City vs Aston Villa: LIVE from 13:30pm
This match comes from the Liberty Stadium as 14th placed Swansea face 10th placed Aston Villa. 
On-loan midfielder Jermaine Jenas will return to the Aston Villa squad for tomorrow's match against Swansea.
Captain Stiliyan Petrov (hamstring) and fellow midfielder Chris Herd (leg) are battling to be fit to play.
Swansea midfielder Joe Allen may return to the first 11 after recovering from a calf problem.
Centre-half Steven Caulker has returned to training after his knee injury, but is unlikely to be risked by manager Brendan Rodgers.
Aston Villa have attacking flair with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent and Marc Albrighton. They will hope that they can comfortably win tomorrow. Swansea will try keep a high offside line and keep Villa out of their 16 yard box.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: LIVE from 16:00pm
This match comes from Anfield as Liverpool host EPL leaders Manchester City.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has recovered from a fever ahead of tomorrw's match against Liverpool.
City have no injury concerns ahead of the match but Argentinan striker Carlos Tevez remains out of the first-team picture.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is unlikely to make many changes to his first 11.
Defender Jamie Carragher may feature for The Reds but may not start due to lack of match fitness.
Winger Stewart Downing may start for Liverpool after being dropped least weekend but captain Steven Gerrard is still not fit to return from an ankle infection.

This match will be interesting as two top clubs with high talent and potential face each other. Manchester City have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the EPL table to seven points (with United held to a draw tonight) but it will not be easy for them against Kenny Daglish's men who have a strong defence and many attacking options which includes Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez, Maxi Rodriguez, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing. Liverpool want to move back up to 6th place and pressure London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea but they will have to play superbly as they face City's defence who have only conceded 11 goals this season. Manchester City are not short of talent either with Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko, Adam Johnson and Mario Balotelli. This will be a big, attacking match so expect goals, shots and passing spells.

FACT: These two teams have scored 58 goals in 26 matches between them...

Friday, 25 November 2011

Saturday's EPL Match Previews and EPL News:

Tomorrow's EPL Previews:

Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers: LIVE from 12:45pm
This is the first match this weekend and is the early kick-off at The Britannia.
Both teams have not been on the best run of form lately with Stoke being fatigued after playing in Europe every week and Blackburn's manager Steve Kean being underfire and fans wanting him to resign.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch is an injury doubt as he has a groin complaint and along with midfield pair Matthew Etherington and Rory Delap (both back problems), will undergo a late fitness test.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has said that goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen will keep his place in Stoke's starting XI tomorrow.
Blackburn defenders Chris Samba and Martin Olsson are both likely to miss the match with hamstring injuries.
Defender Ryan Nelsen is back in training but not match-fit while defender David Dunn is suspended.
Midfielder Jason Lowe is back from his ban, defender Michel Salgado will expect to feature after recovering from a knock while goalkeeper Paul Robinson is expected to start for the away side despite recieving a gashed head last week against Wigan.

14th placed Stoke will hope to beat 19th placed Blackburn so that they improve their form and boost their confidence. Blackburn will want to win but it may be hard for them with Stoke's strong defence especially as their was no Europa League fixtures during midweek.

Bolton Wanderers vs Everton: LIVE from 15:00pm
This match will come from the Reebok Stadium as 18th place Bolton host 12th place Everton.
Midfielder Jack Rodwell missed last week's match against Wolves with a rib injury sustained on duty with the England senior side.
Defenders Phil Neville (hamstring) and Sylvain Distin (groin) were also not available a week ago and will be assessed before the game.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has an injury free squad to choice from tomorrow and will want to get out of the bottom three and the relegation zone but it will be tough for them against Everton's strong midfield who like to pass down the wings to Baines and Drenthe.

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: LIVE from 15:00pm
This interesting match comes from Stamford Bridge as two out of form teams go head-to-head.
5th place Chelsea face 17th place Wolves who are at both ends of the spectrum (Epl league contender to win) and relegation battle).
Ashley Cole has been passed fit for Chelsea to play tomorrow as he has shaken off an inflamed ankle during midweek. Long-term knee injury victim Michael Essien is Chelsea's only absentee.

Midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt will both serve a one-match ban for having five bookings this season while right-back Richard Stearman is ruled out with a broken wrist.
Defender Ronald Zubar is ready to make his first appearance for nine months after injury.

Even though Chelsea are not playing very well, they will be very surprised to lose against underform Wolves -especially at home. Juan Mata and Didier Drogba will probably look to cause havoc to Wolves' defence.

Manchester United vs Newcastle United: LIVE from 15:00pm

Saturday's featured game comes from Old Trafford as 2nd place Manchester United face 4th placed Newcastle. There is only 4 points between these two teams and have both only lost once this season.
Striker Wayne Rooney and Defender Nemanja Vidic return to Manchester United's XI. Rooney returns from a hip injury sustained last week at Swansea whilst Vidic was ruled out through suspension. Anderson (knee), Michael Owen (thigh) and Tom Cleverley (ankle) are all out for United due to injury.

Gabriel Obertan will return to the Newcastle squad for the trip to his former club.
The striker will return from a toe infection and is expected to start, as is fellow midfielder Danny Guthrie, who should make the game despite missing training this week because of a hip injury.
However, midfielder Cheik Tiote (knee) and striker Leon Best (groin) remain doubts, while Sylvain Marveaux is sidelined for up to four months after undergoing groin surgery.

United will want to keep the pressure on City and move 2 points from the EPL leaders, especially as they have a tough game at home against Liverpool on Sunday.

Norwich City vs QPR: LIVE from 15:00pm
Russell Martin will continue in central defence for Norwich but the club's injury problems at the back look to be easing.
Central defenders Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala came through reserve matches and could be in contention to come off the substitutes' bench in this weekend's Barclays Premier League match against QPR.
Ritchie de Laet is also training again after recovering from a back injury. Striker James Vaughan is still sidelined with a long-term knee injury, as is centre-back Elliott Ward.

QPR captain Joey Barton is suspended for the trip to Carrow Road.
Heidar Helguson is a doubt after playing only a limited part in training because of his eye injury, but Fitz Hall, Jay Bothroyd, Jason Puncheon and Adel Taarabt are back.
Matt Connolly (ankle), Kieron Dyer (foot), DJ Campbell (foot) and Brian Murphy (calf) are definitely out.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Results and EPL News:

Tuesday's Results:
Group A:

Bayern Munich 3 Villareal 1
Frank Ribery put the home side infront in the 3rd minute. Mario Gomez made it 2-0 in the 24th minute. In the 50th minute, Joe De Guzman made it 2-1 to give Villareal hope but Ribery scored his second of the night in the 69th minute to ensure all three points for Munich and to ensure qualification from Group A.
Napoli 2 Manchester City 1
Edinson Cavani caused City trouble yet again as Napoli beat EPL leaders City 2-1 to raise the stakes for qualification. He scored in the 17th minute to break the deadlock for the home team. Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored in his country to draw level in the 33rd minute but
Cavani scored again in the 49th minute to give City a headache to remember.

Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring twice against City on Tuesday.
I want Napoli in the Europa League as they provide exciting play with Hamsik, Cavani and more but I do not want City in the last 16..... I cannot win. :(

Group B:
CSKA Moscow 0 Lille 2
Lille went ahead in the 49th minute after Berezutski scored an own goal. Moussa Sow made it 2-0 to Lille in the 64th minute and took all three points in Russia.
Trabzonspor 1 Inter Milan 1
Roberto Alvarez put the away side ahead in the 18th minute. Altintop made it level in the 23rd minute and that is how it ended.

Group C:
Manchester United 2 Basel 2
United wanted to qualify for the knockout stages against Basel on Tuesday but had to win at Old Trafford. Phil Jones scored in the 3rd minute- an own goal for Benfica but Dimitar Berbatov scored a infrequent European goal in the 30th minute to level for United. Midfielder Darren Fletcher made it 2-1 to United in the 59th minute but only 60 seconds later, Striker Pablo Aimar equalised for Benfica to stop United from qualifying until the last day.

Midfielder Darren Fletcher celebrating putting United 2-1 up against Basel in the 59th minute.
Otelul Galati 2 Benfica 3
In the other match in Group C, Benfica and Otelul Galati had a 5 goal thriller. Galati will feel disappointed as they scored twice in the second half but this will not have that much of an effect as Galati can not qualify. Benfica needed to win to keep pressure on Basel which they did with a slender 3-2 win.

Group D:
Real Madrid 6 Dinamo Zagreb 2
Madrid had 4 different scorers as they thrashed Zagreb by 6-2. Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil were among the scorers.
Lyon 0 Ajax 0
This match was a goalless draw in France as each team took a point.


Group E:
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Chelsea 1
This interesting end-to-end match came from Germany as Leverkusen hosted Chelsea. Didier Drogba opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 48th minute with a turn and flick shot inside the 16 yard box. Eren Derdiyok equalised for Leverkusen in the 70th minute with a tap-in from a cross which flew past goalkeeper Petr Cech. Manuel Friedrich scored a header from a corner in the 90th minute to give Leverkusen three points.

Bayer Leverkusen celebrating Friedrich's late winner against Chelsea.
Valencia 7 Racing Genk 0
Roberto Soldado scored a hat-trick as Valencia thrashed Genk 7-0.

Group F:
Arsenal 2 Borussia Dortmund 1
Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie scored twice as Arsenal beat tough German opposition Dortmund. He broke the deadlock in the 49th minute. He scored again in the 86th minute to give Arsenal all three points. Shinji Kagawa scored a late consolation for Dortmund but it was too late.
In Arsene we trust!
FACT: Robin Van Persie has now scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.
FACT: Arsenal have become the first English team to qualify for the Last 16.
FACT: Arsenal are the English only team to win this week.
Robin Van Persie breaking the deadlock with a header in the 49th minute for Arsenal.

Marseille 0 Olympiakos 1
Gianiss Fetfatzidis scored the only goal of the match for Olympiakos in the 82nd minute as they beat favourites to win Marseille. Olympiakos are now 3rd in their group with 6 points and Marseille are surprisingly bottom with 4 points.

Group G:
Zenit St. Petersburg 0 APOEL Nicosia 0
This was a goalless draw in Russia in the early kick-off.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0 FC Porto 2
Hulk opened the scoring in the 79th minute and defender Rat scored an own goal to make it 2-0 in the 90th minute.

Group H:
BATE Borisov 0 Viktoria Plzen 1
Bakos scored the only goal of the match in the 43rd minute.
AC Milan 2 Barcelona 3
This was a fiesty encounter between 1st and 2nd place in the group which had 4 goals in the last meeting.
Milan defender Marco Van Basten made it 1-0 to Barcelona after he scored an own goal in the 14th minute. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 1-1 in the 20th minute. Midfielder Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona to make it 2-1 in the 31st minute from a penalty. Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng equalised to make it 2-2 in the 54th minute. Xavi Hernandez scored the last goal in the match and the winner for Barcelona in the 63rd minute to make it 3-2.
Xavi celebrating his winner with Lionel Messi for Barcelona against Milan in the 63rd minute.
EPL News:
Barcelona are watching Tottenham's Gareth Bale after scouts were seen attending the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night.
Wow.... Bale in the equation...???
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both looking at buying Bolton defender Gary Cahill for £7million in the January transfer window.
Owen Coyle has no choice... Cahill wants to play in Europe and be a first team regular for England......
Midfielder Alex Song admitted he is praying captain and striker Robin van Persie does not get injured.
To be honest, so am I. this is why we need him to extend his contract.....
Everton's loanee striker Royston Drenthe believes Leighton Baines is one of the world's best left-backs.
AC Milan are in talks with Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez and may move to Italy for £25million in January.
Looks feasible....... He could fit in perfectly at Italy.
Manchester United are trying to sign Laredo's 15-year-old wonderkid Javier Gonzalez.
Andre Villas-Boas admits it is up to him to turn Chelsea's season around in the EPL and CL.
He needs more time... He has an old team...

Sunday, 20 November 2011

EPL News and LIVE Match Commentary of Chelsea vs Liverpool

EPL News:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he would love captain Robin Van Persie to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career.

Good luck....
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists any club wanting Newcastle's stars will have to break the bank.
Good for you..... Newcastle would not want a repeat of Carroll, Enrique and Barton's transfer moves.

LIVE Match Commentary of Chelsea vs Liverpool:
Team News:

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Adam, Kuyt, Maxi, Bellamy, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Downing, Carroll, Carragher, Henderson, Kelly, Spearing.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Romeu, Meireles, Sturridge, Anelka, Torres.

So Meireles, Torres and Andy Carroll all start on the bench today.... Interesting. Fernando Torres will be upset as he is itching to play against his former club.

FACT: Chelsea have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games against Liverpool and three of the last four at Stamford Bridge.
FACT: Luis Suarez has won three penalties this season, more than any other player.

0: Chelsea have kicked off the match here at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on Liverpool.
3: Liverpool throw-in taken by Jose Enrique.
3: Handball by John Obi Mikel. Free-kick to Liverpool taken by Enrique.
5: Foul by Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on Maxi Rodriguez. Direct free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Agger from own half, resulting in open play.
10: Cross by Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, shot by Juan Mata in the six-yard box..... still on the the pitch....

11: Shot from John Obi Mikel from 30 yards...... OVER THE BAR!!!
12: Foul by Chelsea midfielder Ramires on Maxi Rodriguez. Free-kick taken by Charlie Adam.
14: Shot from 6 yards by Liverpool defender..... saved by Petr Cech.
18: Foul by Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam on David Luiz. Free-kick taken by David Luiz from own half, passed.
23: Cross from Liverpool's Glen Johnson into the box...... SAVED! by Petr Cech.
28: Foul by Liverpool's Charlie Adam on Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
29: Foul by Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva on David Luiz. Yellow card given to Lucas.. He needs to be careful now.....
33: Craig Bellamy with the ball for Liverpool.... he runs into the box and plays the ball to Maxi Rodriguez.... who shoots from 12 yards.... GOAL!!! He breaks the deadlock for Liverpool in the 33rd minute! 1-0 to Liverpool!
37: Chelsea corner taken by Florent Malouda into the box..... Ivanovic heads the ball.... OVER THE BAR!
38: Goal-kick taken by Pepe Reina.
41: Foul by David Luiz on Charlie Adam.... Yellow card given to the Chelsea defender. He needs to time all his tackles now.... Free-kick from 25 yards out.. taken by Luis Suarez who curls the ball over the wall..... OVER THE BAR!
44: Goal-kick taken by Petr Cech.

45: Throw-in taken by Jose Enrique.
45+1: Foul by Liverpool defender Glen Johnson on Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda. Free-kick crossed by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba from left by-line, clearance by Glen Johnson. Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Chelsea's Juan Mata to near post, header by David Luiz (Chelsea) from 6 yards.... MISS!
45+2: The referee blows the whistle for half-time here at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool are infront at the Bridge and Chelsea lack attacking flair. They are not using Juan Mata to their advantage and Liverpool will feel disappointed as they have not scored more yet.
Tackles have been flying in here at Liverpool can take advantage of Chelsea's slow and sloppy defence.

45: The referee blows the whistle to start the second half here at Stamford Bridge.
Daniel Sturridge ON
Mikel OFF
He will add some pace and creativity to Chelsea's squad.... Mikel has made too many mistakes and cost them the goal....

46: Foul by Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda on Dirk Kuyt. Free-kick drilled by Charlie Adam from 30 yards, MISS!!! Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech.
49: Shot by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba curled right-footed from 18 yards.... MISS!!!. Goal kick taken long by Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina.
55: Shot by Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda from 18 yards... still on the pitch.... comes to Daniel Sturridge from 6 yards out who shoots the ball past Pepe Reina.... GOAL!!! 1-1! Sturridge equalises for Chelsea in the 55th minute.
56: Foul by Liverpool's Charlie Adam on defender Ashley Cole. Free-kick taken by Didier Drogba from left wing, header by Branislav Ivanovic from 6 yards.... FANTASTIC SAVE by Pepe Reina!!
57: Juan Mata with the ball for Chelsea... he shoots from 20 yards out... SAVE by Pepe Reina.
62: Foul by Chelsea midfielder Ramires on Martin Skrtel... Yellow card brandished to Ramires.
64: Foul by Liverpool midfielder Dirt Kuyt on Florent Malouda. Yellow card given to Kuyt. The cards are being rapidly brandished here.
Jordan Henderson ON
Craig Bellamy OFF
70: Overhead kick shot from 12 yards out by Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda..... MISS!! Goal-kick taken by Pepe Reina.
72: Cross by Chelsea's Florent Malouda into the box for Didier Drgba... he heads the ball... OVER THE BAR!!!
73: Foul by Luis Suarez on John Terry. Free-kick taken by Terry.
Stewart Downing ON
Maxi Rodriguez OFF
79: Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Luis Suarez. Yellow card given to Ivanovic.
84: Chelsea SUB:
Fernando Torres ON
Raul Meireles ON
Ramires OFF
Didier Drogba OFF
Chelsea's last throw of the dice here....
86: Shot by Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt from 12 yards... MISS!!!. Goal kick taken by Petr Cech.
87: Pass by Charlie Adam into Glen Johnson inside the 16 yard box..... he shoots... GOAL!!!! Liverpool have scored here! Surely that's the winning goal???
89: Shot by Luis Suarez from 40 yards out... OVER THE BAR!! He's wasting time here now... Liverpool are hanging on here....
Andy Carroll ON
Luis Suarez OFF
90+2: Foul by Andy Carroll on John Terry. Free-kick taken by Ashley Cole.
90+2: Raul Meireles shoots from 30 yards.... OVER!
90+3: The referee blows the whistle here at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool beat home side Chelsea with a late goal by defender Glen Johnson in the 87th minute. Although Chelsea played well in the second half and equalised through Daniel Sturridge, they lacked pace and did not pass the ball to Juan Mata in the first half which cost them. Liverpool deserved to scored more than one in the first half and snatched all three points at the death.
This means that Liverpool are back in 6th place with 22 points only on goal difference from Arsenal in 7th and Chelsea failed to captalize on Newcastle 3-1 loss against City yesterday.
Glen Johnson celebrating his late winner for Liverpool against Chelsea in the 87th minute.

FACT: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson scored the winner against his former club.

Glen Johnson playing for Chelsea in 2006.
FACT: Chelsea have now lost 4 matches this season and are 12 points adrift of EPL leaders City.

Today's EPL Match Results and Reviews, EPL News:

Today's EPL Matches:

Norwich 1 Arsenal 2

This match came from Carrow Road as Norwich hosted inform Arsenal. Striker Steve Morison made it 1-0 to Norwich in the 16th minute after he robbed Per Mertesacker of the ball and left goalkeeper Szczesny for dead and placed the ball into the back of the net. 
Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie equalised in the 26th minute after a cross by Theo Walcott into the box for him to tap in. RVP made it 2-1 in the 59th minute as he chipped gaolkeeper John Ruddy and the ball flew into the goal. Arsenal created lots of chances in the game and attacked well. They could have thrashed Norwich but in the first half they were denied three goals from goal-line clearances. Arsenal deserved to win and move up to 6th place with 22 points and put pressure on Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Norwich drop down to 11th place in the table with 13 points.
Attendance: 26,801

Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott celebrating RVP's second goal of the match in the 59th minute.

FACT: Robin Van Persie is only the 5th player to score 30 goals in 1 calendar season in the EPL.
FACT: Arsene Wenger has won his 200th match away from home in all competitions since joining the club.

Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 1
This interesting match came from The Eithad Staduim as the EPL leaders City faced 3rd placed Newcastle.
Manchester City broke the deadlock as striker Mario Balotelli cooly placed a penalty past goalkeeper Tim Krul. Defender Micah Richards made it 2-0 to the hosts just before half-time in the 44th minute inside the 16 yard box.
Hatem Ben Arfa returned to face City for the first time since he broke his leg 13 months ago. He hit the post for Newcastle in the 60th minute and was unlucky not to score his first goal of the season. Sergio Aguero slotted a penalty into the net in the 72nd minute to make it 3-0 and to finish the game. Gosling scored a consolation goal for Newcastle in the 89th minute from a tap in inside the 6 yard box but City took all three points.
There was many chances from both teams in the match and athough Newcastle fought hard, City finished their chances clinically.
Manchester City stay 5 points clear at the top of the table ahead of 2nd placed rivals Manchester United. Newcastle stay 3rd in the table but drop points in a crucial month for them.
Attendance: 47,408 

FACT: Sergio Aguero has scored 12 goals for Manchester City this season.
FACT: Manchester City have won 11 out of their 12 matches this season and become the first team to do this.

Wigan 3 Blackburn Rovers 3
This match came from the DW Stadium as two of the EPL strugglers went head-to-head.
Yakubu made it 1-0 to Blackburn only 2 minutes in after he chipped the keeper and Gary Caldwell and Steve Gohouri made defensive errors and failed to clear the ball. Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez scored a clean strike from 25 yards out to equalise for Wigan in the 7th minute. Defender Gary Caldwell made amends for his earlier error and scored a header to put Wigan infront in the 31st minute from a header inside the 16 yard box. Blackburn defender David Dunn was sent off after picking up two yellow cards. Junior Holiett made it 2-2 from a header after a controversial corner taken by Pedersen was not touched by another player in the 60th minute. Albert Crusat scored to make it 3-2 to Wigan in the 88th minute from a lacklustre shot which went underneath goalkeeper Paul Robinson. A penalty was awarded in the 96th minute with Robinson on the recieving end of a kick in the head. Yakubu equalised in the 99th minute to make it 3-3 and the match ended as a 6 goal thriller.
Attendance: 17,298

Stoke City 2 QPR 3
This match came from The Britannia as Stoke hosted QPR. Striker Jonathan Walters scored for Stoke in the 8th minute to open the scoring from a 16 yard strike. Heidar Helguson scored to eqaulise with a header in the 22nd minute. Full-back Luke Young drove the ball past Thomas Sorensen to make it 2-1 to QPR in the 44th minute. Joey Barton crossed a ball into the box and Heidar Helguson tapped the ball into the net from the far post in the 54th minute for 3-1 to the away side. Defender Ryan Shawcross headed the ball into the net from a corner to make it 3-2 and give Stoke hope but in the end the away side prevailed. Stoke were unlucky as they missed a few chances and had a penalty decision declined by the referee. They will feel disappointed as they lost at home to opposition who they could have beaten comfortably and they dropped points. Stoke drop down to 14th place while QPR move up to 9th position.
Attendance: 27,168

FACT: QPR striker Heidar Helguson has scored 5 goals in 5 matches for QPR this season.
FACT: Stoke have not won an EPL match in 4 games.

Everton 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
This match came from Goodison Park as both teams who sat in the bottom half of the table face each other.
Stephen Hunt scored for Wolves to make it 1-0 to the away side in the 37th minute from a penalty. Phil Jagielka scored a header from a Leighton Baines free-kick to level for Everton just before half-time in the 44th minute. Leighton Baines scored the winner in the 83rd minute from a penalty.
Everton move up to 12th place in the table while Wolves drop to 17th. Wolves will feel hard done by as they conceded the winning goal late on in the match and the penalty decision was slighty harsh.
Attendance: 33,953

West Bromwich Albion 2 Bolton Wanderers 1
The main headline of this match was the fact that striker Shane Long returned from injury ahead of schedule to play against Bolton.
Jerome Thomas went past the keeper and scored in the 16th minute to make it 1-0 to the home side. Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic scored a peanlty in the 21st minute to level for Bolton. Shane Long scored a header from a Nicky Shorey cross to make it 2-1 to West Brom in the 56th minute. West Brom move up to 10th place with 14 points while Bolton stay in 18th place with only 9 points from 12 matches.
Attendance: 26,221

Sunderland 0 Fulham 0
This match was at The Stadium of Light as Sunderland hosted Fulham. This was an end-to-end match with lots of crosses, shots and set pieces. In the last minute of the game, both teams missed golden chances to win the match. First, Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey shot wide of the post on the counter attack. Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon took a shot from a far distance which deflected, Mark Schwarzer went the wrong way but saved it from going in the net with his feet. Fulham drop points and fall to 16th place while Sunderland are just ahead in 15th place. Both teams earned a point but they will be frustrated at the fact that they could not captalize and get all three points.
Attendance: 37,668

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 1
This match was at The Liberty Stadium as Swansea took on defending EPL champions Manchester United. In the 10th minute, a poor and short pass fell to Ryan Giggs' feet and he ran into the box and passed the ball to Javier Hernandez who tapped the ball into the net. Scott Sinclair failed to control a soft pass straight to him inside the 16 yard box as De Gea was not positioned properly and could have equalised. The Swans pressed and put pressure on United throughout the game but unfortunately were not able to score. They played well but gave away the ball in dangerous areas and paid the price for it. Manchester United will be happy with the win as they continue to stay with leaders City but will be disappointed that they could not finish their chances and kill the game off earlier. This will be crucial for Sir Alex's men to do in the future as they may concede late goals and lose points. United stay 2nd with 29 points from 12 matches and Swansea move down to 13th place with 13 points.
Attnedance: 20,295

Javier Hernandez celebrating after scoring against Swansea in the 10th minute.

FACT: Manchester United have finally beaten Swansea at The Liberty Stadium after 8 meetings and no wins.
FACT: Swansea have now only lost once at The Liberty in ten months.

EPL News:
Fulham defensive midfielder Dickson Etuhu has revealed he could be on his way out of Fulham in the January transfer window. 

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says that he would still pay £50million for Fernando Torres.
I would not....
He also says not to rule Liverpool out of the title race this season.

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes that there is no way Manchester United can replace Paul Scholes. 

Tottenham have revealed that they will look to keep Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor beyond this season. This looks reasonable.... VDV, Bale, Modric and Adebayor is a deadly partnership and City say that he is surplus to requirements as they have many others.... but it will cost them at least £20million as they will want to cash in.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United are likely to activate a clause in Dimitar Berbatov's contract that will keep him at Old Trafford for another year. 
For what? To be a bench warmer? To reduce his market value? He needs to sell him if he's not going to play 20+ EPL matches every season. He can be replaced and he is getting old...... Cashing in on him would be a good idea......

Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: LIVE from 16:00pm on Sunday
This mouth watering encounter comes from Stamford Bridge tomorrow as 4th placed Chelsea host 7th placed Liverpool.
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is in contention to return to face Chelsea as he missed the last two games with a calf injury.
Striker Luis Suarez is expected to keep his place in the starting line-up as he had a minor back problem following the International break.
Captain Steven Gerrard is still making his way back to full fitness after an ankle infection and will not feature for The Reds.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is expecting everyone but Michael Essien to be fit and available.
Midfielder Michael Essien is to return to the starting line up in the New Year.
Daniel Sturridge is yet to shake off a knock that he picked up in training on Friday while fellow striker Didier Drogba has recovered from the arm surgery he underwent while suspended prior to the international break.
Goalkeeper Hilario is back from a bout of flu.
Expect drama, a cagey match with lots of shots and tackles and tempers flaring as former team-mates go head-to-head.
There will be lots of talent on how with players like Suarez, Mata, Cole, Cech, Downing, Lucas, Bellamy and Sturridge battle for three points.
Fernando Torres and Raul Merieles are both against their former club so expect anything at The Bridge.