Monday, 6 February 2012

EPL Sunday Double Bill LIVE:

Hello and welcome to a Sunday Double Bill with two tasty fixtures in the top 6 guaranteed to have goals in the race for Europa League and Champions League qualification.

So we start off with:

Newcastle United vs Aston Villa: LIVE (started) at 13:30pm 
Senegalese striker Demba Ba opened the scoring for the home side in the 30th minute to score his 16th goal of the season for Newcastle to put the home side ahead. Striker Robbie Keane equalised for Villa in the 5th minute of stoppage time in the first half before Papiss Demba Cisse scored a wonder strike from 15 yards on the 72nd minute.

Newcastle striker Demba Ba celebrating his goal against Aston Villa after 30 minutes.
FACT: Papiss Demba Cisse becomes the first Newcastle player to score on his debut since Xisco in 2008 (against Hull)

Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 1

This result means that Newcastle move up to 5th place in the table above Arsenal and Liverpool, level on points with Chelsea who play in half an hour.
Villa are now 13th, a point in-front of Fulham and two behind Stoke, Everton and Swansea.

Chelsea vs Manchester United: LIVE at 16:00pm  
This match will be played at Stamford Bridge as 4th placed Chelsea host 2nd placed Manchester United who have not beaten Chelsea away from home in almost 10 years.
United will hope to win so they put pressure on Manchester City in 1st and level on points but Chelsea will not be an easy test and they will want to move 3 points ahead of 5th placed Newcastle to stake their claim of the last Champions League qualification spot. These two have shared the EPL trophy for the last 7 years so expect drama, lots of quality and shots.

Cech, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill, Essien, Meireles, Sturridge, Torres, Mata, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Lukaku, Piazon, Romeu.

Chelsea without Lampard (gap in the creative department of midfield excluding Mata who is a winger) and Terry Essien starts for Chelsea, along with Gary Cahill who makes his debut following his £7million move from Bolton in January. Can Torres score today? Can Mata make some magic? Can Sturridge help?

Manchester United:
De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Young, Carrick, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Fabio, Scholes, Pogba, Park, Berbatov, Hernandez.

An under-strength United side, without Nani (notably) Vidic and under-fire goalkeeper De Gea returns..... Can Young provide danger for Chelsea in his first competitive match of 2012? Valencia will be hoping to continue his great run of form lately and Welbeck will look to give Cahill and Luiz trouble at the back.

My prediction:
Draw because De Gea is in goal for United, but both sides have weak squads.

0: The referee has blown the whistle to start the match.
7: Manchester United looking dangerous here... Young nfalls inside the box but Howard Webb says play on.
11: Defender Gary Cahill slides in on United striker Danny Welbeck outside the box but the ref waves play on....
15: Ashley Young is looking menacing here on the wing.... takes a shot.... SAVED!!! by Petr Cech!
30: Midfielder Valencia chips the ball over the top of the Chelsea defence straight to Wayne Rooney who runs 20 yards and pass the ball across the post to Welbeck but Ivanovic clears for a corner....
36: Daniel Sturridge runs at the United defence and moves towards the far post before geting past Evra, takes a shot which defelcets off Evans into the net..... GOAL!!! Sturridge will claim it but it will go down as a Evans own goal. 1-0 to the home side and the crowd are finally awake.
45: Ivanovic is booked for persistent fouls.
Thrre minutes of stoppage time to be added on.
45+3: Half-time whistle blown here at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea leading 1-0 but you only feel that there are going to be more goals in the second half.

FACT: Jonny Evans is the only player to score an own goal in this fixture for the last 12 years.

45: The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
46: Cross by striker Fernando Torres into the box for Juan Mata who volleys the ball past De Gea.... GOAL!!! What a start to the second half! Chelsea have doubled their lead.
51: Free-kick taken swung into the box for defender David Luiz who heads the ball towards goal.... GOAL!!!! Chelsea are now 3-0 up!!!!!
58: Patrice Evra sprints past the Chelsea defence on the wing, Sturridge clips him inside the box..... Howard Webb points the spot.
Striker Wayne Rooney steps up to take the pen..... he shoots., GOAL!!!!! Straight into the top corner.
3-1, United are back in this?
69: Danny Welbeck moves inside the box and Ivanovic drags his leg back and clips him....... Another penalty!!!!
Rooney to step up again.... he shoots, GOAL!!! Hard and low into the corner, out of Petr Cech's reach. United are haunting Chelsea here.... 3-2.
84: Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs running down the wing avoiding a challenge from full-back Bosingwa, crosses the ball high into the box for forward Javier Henrandez who heads the ball with menace, GOAL!!! Cech got a hand to it, but it was not enough to deny the Mexican!!! 3-0 down, 3-3 now!!!!
90: The fourth official signals four minutes to be added on here.
90+3: Chelsea free-kick, the last action of the match with midfielder Juan Mata to take it from 25 yards out against his national team-mate De Gea.
He curls the ball over the wall and it dips towards goal.... GREAT SAVE!! by David De Gea! It was creeping in the goal!
90+4: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United salvage a point after a classic comebcak despite going 3-0 down after 51 minutes. Chelsea stay 4th and move a point further away from 5th placed Newcastle while United lose ground against rivals City 2 points the gap now.
What an epic football match. Great image for the sport..

Sturridge's cross hit Evans to turn into the goal for the opening goal for Chelsea after 36 minutes.

Midfielder Juan Mata doubling Chelsea's lead straight after half-time.

David Luiz heads home for Chelsea to make it 3-0 against Manchester United in the 50th minute.

Striker Wayne Rooney places the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech to give United hope for a result at 3-2 in the 69th minute.

Completed comeback: Javier Hernandez's header gave United a late point in the 84th minute.

LIVE from 20:00pm on Monday:
Liverpool vs Totteham Hotspur