Saturday, 10 March 2012

EPL Saturday Special LIVE:

 EPL Saturday Special:


Bolton Wanderers vs QPR: LIVE
Defender Darren Pratley opened the scoring with a header after 37 minutes to give the home side the lead at half-time. Striker Djibril Cisse eqaulised for the away side, two minutes after the restart (although he was in an offside position) Defender Clint Hill scored early in the first half for QPR, but it was disallowed as the ball did not cross the line, (which it actually did). Commentator Gary Neville was very frustated, and has called for goal-line technology to sort this problem out. Ryo Miyaichi set up striker Ivan Klasnic who came off the bench to score a late goal in the 86th minute.
QPR were desperate to equalise again in the dying minutes, but Bolton shut up shop and ended up winning 2-1.

Attendance: 21,551.

Defender Darren Pratley opens the scoring for Bolton with a header after 37 minutes.

Djibril Cisse celebrates his 47th minute equaliser for QPR at The Reebok Stadium..

Striker Ivan Klasnic scores his 8th goal of the season for Bolton to win late on against QPR in the 86th minute.

Bolton 2 QPR 1
Bolton now move up to 16th place, 1 point ahead of QPR in 17th. 

15:00pm kick-off team news:

Aston Villa v Fulham: 

Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Herd, Petrov, N'Zogbia, Ireland, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Dembele, Murphy, Dempsey, Pogrebnyak, Johnson. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Orlando Sa, Hughes, Diarra, Etuhu, Davies.

FACT: Fulham have picked up 16 points in 2012, in the EPL - and only Manchester United (19) and Manchester City (21) have more.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers:
Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward, Doyle, Davis, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Foley.

Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Formica, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Givet, Dunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Goodwillie, Vukcevic.

FACT: Wolves have conceded 9 goals in the first 15 minutes of play, and scored none in that time which is a record.
FACT: Wolves have not won at home since February 2011.

Chelsea v Stoke:
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Meireles, Kalou, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Essien, Romeu, Torres, Mata, Sturridge.

Interesting team line-up for Chelsea.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Diao, Fuller, Jones, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Pennant, Upson, Delap, Crouch, Jerome, Palacios.

FACT: Stoke have only scored 3 goals against Chelsea in the last 9 meetings - to Chelsea's 20.

Sunderland v Liverpool:
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Bridge, Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean, Bendtner, Campbell. Subs: Gordon, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Coates, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Henderson, Adam, Spearing, Bellamy, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Carroll, Maxi, Downing, Carragher, Flanagan.

FACT: Liverpool's last fixture against Sunderland was a 1-1 draw on the first day of the season.

15:00: The 3oclock kick-offs have started.
Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke City:
The Blues are currently dominating at home... with Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross almost scoring an own goal....

The Stadium of Light,
Sunderland vs Liverpool:
Sunderland are pressing Liverpool here..... they could score soon..

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke:
Midfielders Diao (Stoke) and John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) have both picked up yellow cards.... they now have to be careful....

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke City:
Striker Ricardo Fuller has been given a straight red card for Stoke to put them down to ten men after a late challenge on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic (violent conduct). He walks off the pitch, without any complaints.

Striker Ricardo Fuller is given a straight red card against Chelsea on his first match for Stoke since January.

Now Stoke could be in trouble without a form of strike, and this could spark Chelsea's time in the match.

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke:
Raul Meireles crosses the ball into the box for Didier Drogba who misses the ball completely along with Salomon Kalou to the relief of Stoke supporters.

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke:
Tactical substution:
Raul Meireles OFF
Juan Mata ON
I would have thought Mikel would be coming off (as he plays more defensive than Meireles)..... 
Torres is being seen warming up here...

FACT: This is the first time that no EPL team has scored on a Saturday in the 3oclock for 42 minutes since, last season....
Very dull first half.... :(


Wolves vs Blackburn Rovers:
The first goal of the 3oclock kick-offs!
Winger David Hoilett breaks the deadlock just before half-time with a great volley down into the net for the visitors. 1-0.

Winger Junior Hoilett celebrates his breakthrough just before half-time to give Blackburn the lead against Wolves.

Hopefully now it sparks every other match....

FACT: Wolves have now failed to keep a clean sheet at home for the last 13 matches. 

The 3oclock kick-offs are all half-time:

Chelsea 0 Stoke City 0 HT
Bolton 2 QPR 1 FT
Aston Villa 0 Fulham 0 HT
Sunderland 0 Liverpool 0 HT
Wolves 0 Blackburn 1 HT 

16:03: The 3oclock kick-offs have all started the second halves.
Hopefully there will be more goals in the second half.

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke:  
Branislav Ivanovic OFF
David Luiz ON
Ivanovic has picked up an injury for Chelsea and has had to come off for Luiz at the start of the second half.

Villa Park,
Aston Villa vs Fulham:
Fulham substitution:
Danny Murphy OFF

Mahamadou Diarra ON
Diarra comes on for Murphy who had a clash in the first half which drew blood and has never looked the same....

Bloody Murphy: Forced off after a cut face injury.

The Stadium of Light,
Sunderland vs Liverpool:
Striker Nicklas Bendtner has scored to break the deadlock for Sunderland against Liverpool! Fraizer Campbell's shot was parried against the post by Pepe Reina, but Bendtner was there to tap-in the ball. 1-0.
Striker Nicklas Bendtner strikes past Pepe Reina to break the deadlock for Sunderland against Liverpool.

FACT: This is Bendtner's 1st goal at home for Sunderland since October.
Unlucky Reina, who tried his hardest but it was not enough to keep a clean sheet today.....

Wolves vs Blackburn:

Junior Holiett takes the ball at his feet from 30 yards out.... sidesteps 1 defender before hitting the ball towards goal.... GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! 2-0! Blackburn have surely sealed their win here away from home against 19th placed Wolves.
Great long-distance strike! Goal of the day?

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Stoke City:

Striker Didier Drogba breaks the deadlock for the home side here after 68 minutes!
Juan Mata's cross went straight to him, and he went around Begovic before putting the ball into an empty net.
1-0 to Chelsea.

FACT: Didier Drogba has now scored 100 EPL goals for Chelsea.

Some attendances have been announced:

Chelsea vs Stoke:
Attendance: 40,945

Sunderland vs Liverpool:
Attendance: 41,661

Aston Villa vs Fulham:
Attendance: 32,372

Wolves vs Blackburn Rovers:
Attendance: 26,121

The Stadium Of Light,
Sunderland vs Liverpool:
Liverpool substitutions:
Steven Gerrard ON
Andy Carroll ON
Craig Bellamy OFF
Charlie Adam OFF
Liverpool desperate not to lose today, trying to attack with their dangerous subs...

Wolves vs Blackburn:
The home crowd are been seen to be leaving the match...... No surprises there.

Wolves vs Blackurn:
The referee blows the whistle for full-time here. 
Junior Holiett wins the match for the away side, while Terry Connor and Wolves lose YET again...
FACT: This is Blackburn's first clean sheet this season.

Aston Villa vs Fulham:
Andreas Weimann scores his first goal for Villa, as they win at home against 8th placed Fulham. 

Last-gasp winner: Weimann scores a late goal for Aston Villa against Fulham at Villa Park.

Chelsea vs Stoke:
Full-time, Didier Drogba scores the only goal for Chelsea as Roberto Di Matteo wins his first EPL match in charge of The Blues.

Striker Didier Drogba celebrated his 100th EPL goal for Chelsea against Stoke in the 69th minute.

Sunderland vs Liverpool:
Full-time, Nicklas Bendtner scored the only goal of the match for the home side in the 56th minute.
Sunderland move within two points of 7th place Liverpool.


Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0 FT
Bolton 2 QPR 1 FT
Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0 FT
Aston Villa 1 Fulham 0 FT
Wolves 0 Blackburn Rovers 2 FT

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