Monday, 26 December 2011

Boxing Day EPL Special:

There have been 6 EPL matches in the EPL so far today:

Chelsea vs Fulham: 

The early kick-off on Boxing Day was interesting as West London rivals Chelsea went head-to-head with Fulham.
FACT: The last two matches between these two teams ended in 0-0 draws.

Chelsea forward Juan Mata opened the scoring in the 47th minute to make it 1-0 to the home side. In-form midfielder Clint Dempsey equalised for Fulham in the 56th minute to make it 1-1. 
Clint Dempsey equalising for Fulham in the 56th minute against Chelsea.

FACT: Clint Dempsey has now scored 9 goals this season.

The Blues failed to move up into 3rd place with 34 points to their name. Fulham will be satisfied with a well-earned point and stay in 13th place with 19 points.

FULL-TIME: Chelsea 1 Fulham 1
Bolton Wanderers vs Newcastle United:

This match was played at The Reebok Stadium as 19th placed Bolton hosted 7th placed Newcastle. 
FACT: Bolton have only lost 1 out of 7 previous matches against Newcastle.
Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa finally broke the deadlock for the away side in the 69th minute. In-form striker Demba Ba made it 2-0 two minutes later to ensure the three points for
Newcastle stay 7th place with 30 points and Bolton stay 19th place with only 12 points from 18 matches.

FULL-TIME: Bolton 0 Newcastle 2

Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers: 

This match was played at Anfield as 6th placed Liverpool faced bottom club and out of form Blackburn.
Blackburn scored the opener away from home in the 45th minute after Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam conceded an own goal.
Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez heading to draw level against Blackburn.
Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez headered in an equaliser in the 53rd minute to make it 1-1.

FULL-TIME: Liverpool 1 Blackburn 1
 Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic:

This match came from Old Trafford as 2nd placed United could go top of the EPL table if they won today and City's result went their way.
FACT: United have scored 23 goals in their previous 6 matches against Wigan.

In the 8th minute, J-Sung Park opened the scoring for United. In the 40th minute, defender Conor Sammon was given a straight sending-off after hitting United midfielder Carrick across the face. In the 41st minute (a minute later), Dimitar Berbatov scored his 2nd goal in 2 matches for United to make it 2-0. Striker Berbatov scored again in the 58th minute to put United 3-0 ahead. Luis Antonio Valencia made it 4 for United in the 75th minute. Berbatov took and scored a penalty in the 78th minute to give Wigan a thrashing.
Striker Dimitar Berbatov scoring against Wigan to make it 2-0 in the 41st minute.

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 5 Wigan Athletic 0

United move within a point of EPL leader Manchester City who are only 1st in the table because of goal difference.
FACT: United have scored 16 goals in their last four EPL matches, have won 8 matches out of 9 since losing 6-1 to rivals City and have only conceded 1 goal in 810 minutes.
United's current position: 2nd
Wigan's current position: 19th

Sunderland vs Everton:

This match came from the Stadium of Light as 14th placed Sunderland face 10th placed Everton.
Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback scored in the 26th minute to put new manager Martin O'Neil's side ahead. Everton full-back Leighton Baines equalised for The Toffees in the 51st minute from a penalty.
Full-back Leighton Baines slotting home for Everton to equalise in the 51st minute against Sunderland.

Sunderland's current position: 14th
Everton's current position: 10th

FULL-TIME: Sunderland 1 Everton 1West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City:

This match came from The Hawthorns as 9th placed West Brom tried to beat current EPL leaders City.
FACT: Manchester City have only lost 1 match this season, scoring 53 goals from 17 matches. 
This match had no goals, apart from Mario Balotelli's offside effort in the first-half.
West Brom's defence was solid as they kept a clean sheet and City have (for the 1st time) failed to score in a match this EPL season.

FULL-TIME: West Brom 0 Manchester City 0
City will feel disappointed as they drop points at an essential part of the season to determine where the EPL trophy is going and United continue to pile on the pressure. West Brom will feel happy that they drew with current leaders City. They will feel relieved also as they are now in 9th place with 22 points.

Evening Kick-off:

Stoke 0 Aston Villa 0 FT
Both teams share the spoils at The Brittannia Stadium as it was a goalless draw.
Stoke stay 8th with 25 points and Aston Villa stay in 12th place with 20 points.