Sunday, 18 December 2011

LIVE Coverage of Today's EPL Matches:

Today's EPL Matches:

QPR 0 Manchester United 2 FT
This match came from Loftus Road as QPR hosted Manchester United in an early kick-off.
Striker Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the away side in the 1st minute from a header to make it 1-0 to United. Midfielder Michael Carrick doubled United's lead in the 59th minute from an amazing solo effort from the centre cirlce before hitting the ball low out of keeper Paddy Kenny's reach. QPR could not come back into the match and United took an essential three points to put pressure on rivals City.
Wayne Rooney opening the scoring with a header against QPR in the 1st minute.

FACT: Manchester United go top of the EPL Table for the first time in two months (even if it may be for a couple of hours!)

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 0 FT
This match came from Anfield as 8th place Liverpool faced 11th placed Aston Villa.
Craig Bellamy scored for The Reds in the 11th minute to make it 1-0 to the hosts. Craig Bellamy's corner which was whipped into the box was attacked by defender Martin Skrtel who scored to make it 2-0 to Liverpool.
Craig Bellamy celebrating scoring the opener for Liverpool against Aston Villa in the 11th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland: LIVE
61: GOAL!!! Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko finally broke the deadlock for Spurs after a good passing spell by Modric and Van Der Vaart was slotted past Westwood into the net.
90+5: The referee blows the whistle here at White Hart Lane. Tottenham won with a slender 1-0 lead and move into 3rd place with 34 points in the EPL table. Sunderland are stuck in 16th place in a relegation fight on their hands.

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring the only goal of the match against Sunderland in the 61st minute.

Manchester City vs Arsenal: LIVE at 16:10

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, K Toure, Zabaleta, Barry, Y Toure, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Johnson, Savic, De Jong.
FACT: Former Arsenal players Nasri and Kolo Toure play against their old club today.

Manchester City will look to move back into 1st place in the EPL table tonight and they can do this with a win.
A strong City squad with Aguero, Silva and Balotelli their main attackers and Richards and Kompany the rocks at the back.  Great... :(

Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Arteta, Song, Ramsey, Walcott, van Persie, Gervinho. Subs: Almunia, Rosicky, Arshavin, Frimpong, Chamakh, Benayoun, Miquel.

FACT: Arsenal have won 7 out of their last 8 matches.

Mertesacker and Vermaelen the defensive side... Arteta, Walcott and RVP the creative side... Come on Arsenal!!!!

0: The referee blows the whistle to start the match at The Etihad Stadium.
7: Manchester City Free-kick from 30 yards taken by Samir Nasri...... comfortable save by Szczesny!
9: Shot by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero from 12 yards out... MISS!!!
11: Shot by Manchester City forward David Silva.... CAUGHT BY SZCZESNY!!!!
City trying to press here for an early goal....
17: Handball by Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Arsenal free-kick taken by Szczesny out of the danger area.
17: Gervinho with the ball at his feet for Arsenal.... he takes a shot from 12 yards out..... TIPPED ROUND THE POST!! by Joe Hart.
18: Arsenal corner, taken by Robin Van Persie into the box.... it finds defender Thomas Vermaelen who heads the ball.... SAVE!! by Joe Hart.
21: Foul by Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey on Manchester City's Yaya Toure. Free-kick taken quickly by Vincent Kompany.
24: Shot by Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.... PARRIED!! by Wojciech Szczesny...
26: Foul by Samir Nasri on Arsenal's Gervinho. Free-kick taken by Robin Van Persie.... cleared away from the 16 yard box by Vincent Kompany.
33: Arsenal Cross by Aaron Ramsey into the box for Robin Van Persie who heads the ball from 12 yards out.... MISS!!!
38: Foul by Manchester City midifelder Gareth Barry on Arsenal's Mikel Arteta. Yellow card given to Barry for a mis-timed tackle. Free-kick taken by Robin Van Persie..... clearance away from danger by Kolo Toure.
41: Shot by Sergio Aguero from 12 yards out.... SAVE!!! by Wojciech Szczesny... City are looking dangerous here...
44: Foul by Laurent Koscielny on City's Sergio Aguero. Yellow card given to the Arsenal defender.
45+2: The referee blows the whistle here for half-time at the Etihad Stadium. 
City are pressing to break through Arsenal's defence.
FACT: This is the 5th time this season that Manchester City have been drawing 0-0 at half-time. The other four times, they have won. What does this tell you....

45: The referee blows the whistle to start the seocnd half here.
47: Foul by Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta on Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.
Arsenal SUB:
Ignasi Miguel ON
Johan Djourou OFF (injury)
49: Cross by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero..... clearance by Ignasi Miguel! Youngster is getting stuck in straight away... That is what everyone likes to see...
53: Shot by Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli from 18 yards out... PARRIED OUT!!! by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal). Header by striker Sergio Aguero from 6 yards out which bobbles on the floor, resulting in open play. David Silva pounces on the ball from 6 yards out and shoots... GOAL!!! City are infront!!!! 1-0!
54: Shot from 25 yards out by Arsenal forward Theo Walcott..... TIPPED OVER!!! by Joe Hart. Arsenal corner, taken by Robin Van Persie.... into the box.... cleared away by Vincent Kompany.
58: Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.... He has already got a yellow card.... The referee gives him a talking to.... Arsenal are lucky there..... They could be down to 10 men....
62: Shot by City's Sergio Aguero from 18 yards out.... MISS!!!
64: Shot by Arsenal's Van Persie..... SAVE!!! by Joe Hart!
65: Foul by Arsenal midfielder Alex Song on David Silva. Free-kick from 25 yards out.... taken by David Silva, curled... SAVE!!! by Szczesny.
66: Shot by City defender Pablo Zableta..... HITS THE POST!!!!
69: Foul by City's Gareth Barry on Arsenal midifelder Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal SUB: 
Andrey Arshavin ON
Theo Walcott OFF
Arsenal free-kick taken by Robin van Persie... passed to defender Thomas Vermaelen who takes a shot from 25 yards out.... BLOCKED by Pablo Zabaleta. Corner taken by Robin Van Persie... PUNCHED OUT!! by Joe Hart.
71: Cross by Andrey Arshavin... CAUGHT! by Joe Hart.... Arsenal are pressing for the equaliser here...
72: Foul by Sergio Aguero on Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.. Yellow card given to the Argentinan.
Manchester City SUB:
James Milner ON
Mario Balotelli OFF
City are trying to maintain their slender lead here...
73: Foul by Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta on City's Yaya Toure. Yellow card given to the Spainard.
The tackles are flying in here....
80: Shot by City's Sergio Aguero from 12 yards out.... PARRIED by Wojciech Szczesny!!!  
82: Arsenal SUB:
Marouane Chamakh ON
Per Mertesacker OFF
Arsene Wenger is really pressing for an equaliser here and uses his last substution... taking of a defender for a forward... He has nothing to lose here.....
85: Cross by Manchester City forward David Silva..... header from 12 yards out by defender Micah Richards..... MISS!!! 
Arsenal goal-kick taken long by Wojciech Szczesny.
85: Manchester City SUB:
Nigel De Jong ON
Edin Dzeko ON
Yaya Toure OFF (injury)
Samir Nasri OFF
Roberto Mancini making two subs here.... Wants the three points...
89: Shot by Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin from 18 yards out.... MISS!!! Goal-kick taken long by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
90: Foul by City defender Micah Richards on Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. Free-kick taken by Arsenal midifelder  Mikel Arteta from left wing, passed. Shot by Thomas Vermaelen from 25 yards out... FANTASTIC SAVE!!! by Joe Hart to deny Arsenal a late equaliser!!!! 
90+1: Gervinho with a cross into the box... cleared away by Pablo Zabaleta. 
90+2: Shot by City striker Edin Dzeko from 12 yards out....  MISS!!! Goal-kick taken long by Szczesny.
90+3: Shot by Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen from 25 yards out... MISS!!! That could have been the last chance for Arsenal in the match....
90+4: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here at The Ethiad Stadium.
Manchester City prevail with a slender 1-0 lead over Arsenal and go back to 1st in the EPL, 2 points ahead of 2nd placed Manchester United. Arsenal attacked well and fought hard until the end. City have Joe Hart to thank with some amazing saves to deny Arsenal from scoring and keeping a clean sheet. Even though City only scored once, they took 15 shots and probably should have scored more. Arsenal took 12 shots, and probably also scored have at least scored.
Fouls were flying in with 22 fouls in total and 5 yellow cards.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero celebrating putting Manchester City ahead in the 53rd minute against Arsenal.
Full Recap:
QPR 0 Manchester United 2
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Sunderland 0
Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0

Thank you for reading this EPL blog. See you on Wednesday for some midweek EPL action.