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.
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.|
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.
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.|
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.
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.
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
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.|
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.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Senderos , Arne Riise, Etuhu , Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Dembele, Zamora . Subs: Etheridge, Johnson, Kasami, Gecov, Hughes, Frei, Briggs.
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|Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen scoring in the 82nd minute for Arsenal to take a point at home against Fulham.|
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.
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.