Sunday, 11 March 2012

EPL Super Sunday Special:

Today's EPL Fixtures:

Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion: LIVE at 14:00pm

Team News:

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Cleverley, Pogba.

Ferdinand and Carrick both start for the home side. Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley among the subs.
Defender Chris Smalling is out with a severe head cut sustained against Holland (for England), opened wound against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Odemwingie, Andrews, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Fortune. Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, Long, Dorrans, Shorey, Cox, Scharner.

United looking to leapfrog City into 1st place, provided the result goes their way at The Liberty and they beat WBA today who saw off Chelsea last weekend.

FACT: United are looking to beat West Brom twice in one season (the double) for the 4th time and the first since the 2008-09 season.

Swansea City vs Manchester City: LIVE at 14:00pm

Team News:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Allen, Britton, Sinclair, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Gower.

Man City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Toure, Clichy, Barry, De Jong, Nasri, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Pizarro, Dzeko, Johnson, Kolarov, Aguero.

Aguero and Dzeko among the subs for City..... desperate to bounce back from their 1-0 loss against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. Mario Balotelli is the lone striker for City, 4-5-1 formation...

FACT: Manchester City have lost three away matches this season - to Swansea's 8.

Norwich City vs Wigan Athletic: LIVE at 16:00pm
Team news coming in at 15:30pm....

Yesterday's Evening Fixture:

Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Tottenham slip even further down the pecking order with a 1-0 away loss to 14th placed Everton who move into 10th place.
Striker Nikica Jelavic scored his first goal in English football for The Toffees in the 24th minute to give manager David Moyes a good 10th year anniversary.

EPL News:

Manchester City are ready to make Arsenal striker Robin van Persie the highest-paid player in the EPL with a massive £210,000-a-week contract offer.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continued to deny Van Persie will leave - especially to Manchester City.

Arsenal are making moves for Cologne striker Lukas Podolski (£10.8million) and Borussia Dortmund midfield maestro Mario Gotze (£30million) to persuade RVP to stay at the club.

Juventus are interested in Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as he is not getting much first-team action and could be a great addition to their squad. £20million is the starting price at the moment.

German side Hannover 96 want Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner for £5million.
He is currently at the North-West club from Arsenal, where he does not get enough first team football.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson took a surprise trip to France yesterday, to watch Lyon play Lille, which is a hint that he will make a summer bid for Lille winger Eden Hazard.

The FA have repeated their desire to see goal-line technology introduced very soon possibly by next season, after controversy yesterday as QPR defender Clint Hill was denied a goal which clearly was over the line (when shown in the replays).

Goal or no goal?: Clint Hill's header was disallowed, but goal technology would have prevented this mistake...

LIVE Commentary - Clockwatch:

Both Manchester clubs are in action - and they have both kicked off against West Brom and Swansea.

Micah Richards is at right-back for City and Stefan Savic is centre-back.
Samir Nasri starts his first EPL match for the league leaders away from home since Tuesday the 31st of January, when they lost 1-0 to Everton.

The Liberty Stadium,
Swansea City vs Manchester City:
Goalkeeper Joe Hart fouls winger Wayne Routledge inside the box.... PENALTY!
Scott Sinclair steps up to take the pen., he shoots, SAVED!! by Hart. 

Scott Sinclair's 7th minute penalty was saved by in-form Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Corner taken and Ashley Williams heads goalwards, but Hart clears.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
Striker Wayne Rooney takes a shot from 20 yards out... OVER THE BAR!

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
Midfielder Keith Andrews takes a shot from 25 yards out after a free-kick..... TIPPED OVER THE POST!!! by David De Gea.
Nice try.... they have to continue to do this if they want to get anything out of this match - work De Gea.

The Liberty Stadium,
Swansea City vs Manchester City:
The first yellow card of the match (and the day) goes to Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong who is booked after a late tackle on winger Wayne Routledge.

The Liberty Stadium,
Swansea City vs Manchester City Striker Mario Balotelli has an attempt at goal from 12 yards out...  MISS!!! 
FACT: That is City's 1st shot of the match.... to Swansea's 3.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
United corner whipped into the box by winger Ashley Young, which finds striker Danny Welbeck who heads towards goal..... OVER THE BAR!
That would have been Welbeck's 10th goal of the season.... Unlucky. 

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
Cross by winger Ashley Young, straight to striker Wayne Rooney who volleys the ball from 6 yards out..., SAVE!! by Ben Foster.
I think Rooney will eventually score here... United look dangerous in attack and WBA's defence is too weak to handle the pace of Hernandez and Welbeck and the finishing of Rooney.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
And the first goal of the day goes to United!
Guess who?
Wayne Rooney!
Hernandez took a shot, blocked and rebounded to Rooney who hardly misses from 12 yards out. 1-0.

Striker Wayne Rooney reacts quickly to Ben Foster's fumble to score his 26th goal of the season.

I should (but won't) be a betting man... LOL

The Liberty Stadium,
Swansea City vs Manchester City:
Manchester City SUB:
Gareth Barry OFF
Sergio Aguero ON
Attacking style approach by Mancini's men. But I would have started Aguero in the first place.
You have just made Gareth Barry unsurprisingly upset as he is not injured, and it is only 37 minutes. Well done Mancini.
City equation: Balotelli + Silva + Aguero = Danger.

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
City corner taken by Samir Nasri, whipped into the box... saved by Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Manchester United 1 West Brom 0
Swansea 0 Manchester City 0
One half of Manchester leading, the other drawing at the moment. 
Can City win against a regenerated Swansea side?
Can United see off West Brom?
We will see...

The referees have both restarted these matches. Lee Probert (United vs WBA) Lee Mason (Swansea vs City).

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has been shown a yellow card for a late tackle on striker Wayne Rooney.
He has to be careful now if he wants to stay on the pitch. 

The Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
Sergio Aguero has had a shot from 12 yards out, but missed the target and the scoreline is still 0-0.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
Striker Javier Hernandez takes a shot from 18 yards out.... HITS THE POST!!!
Corner whipped in to the box by Ashley Young, finds Rooney who takes an overhead kick...... SAVE! by Ben Foster.
United are looking to end this match soon.. Pressing hard against WBA.

The Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
A shot by City midfielder Samir Nasri from 12 yards out.... SAVE!! by Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Still 0-0, but you would predict that the scoreline will not end like this.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
Defender Jonas Olsson is being pulled back by the ref after a dangerous tackle on striker Javier Hernandez..... Yellow card, which means he is OFF! 
WBA are in trouble now of not getting anything from this match.... 

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom
Foul by WBA midfielder Keith Andrews on Ashley Young inside the box..... PENALTY! 
Wayne Rooney steps up to take it.... he places it low towards the corner of the net, and SCORES! 2-0 to United! 

Penalty time: Wayne Rooney scores his 4th EPL penalty of the season - which is more than 15 other PL clubs total together.

Team Line-ups for Norwich vs Wigan Athletic:

Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury, Crofts, Hoolahan, Fox, Surman, Jackson, Holt. Subs: Steer, Martin, Johnson, Morison, Pilkington, Elliott Bennett, Wilbraham.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, Moses, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Ben Watson, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Diame, Stam.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:

West Brom SUBS:
Keith Andrews OFF
Chris Brunt OFF
Nicky Shorey ON
Paul Scharner ON

Manchester United SUB:
Paul Scholes OFF

Paul Pogba ON

Subs galore at OT! 

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
No goals so far to tell you here, but striker Mario Balotelli is getting back to his old ways, and has been booked for a cheeky foul on Swansea striker Glyfi Sigurdsson.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:

Marc-Antoine Fortune OFF
Shane Long ON
He can be a dangerous partner with Odemwingie, but I do not see why he is just coming on now.... he should have started... Too little, too late.

Danny Welbeck OFF
Tom Cleverley ON
Depth holding the midfield for the last 10-15 minutes to keep a clean sheet. Well played Welbeck and SAF.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
Striker Shane Long takes a shot from 12 yards out.... SAVED!!! by De Gea. 
This is the reason why he should have started... He is already a danger and he has only been on the field for 4 minutes.

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
Wayne Routledge's cross finds substitute striker Luke Moore who heads the ball past goalkeeper Joe Hart into the net to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute! What a story! What a goal for Swansea!

Super sub: Striker Luke Moore's header gives Swansea three points against Manchester City.

Old Trafford,
Manchester United vs West Brom:
United fans are roaring like mad as they hear that City have gone down 1-0 to Swansea. If it stays like this, then they will be top of the table before 4oclock today. 

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
City manager Roberto Mancini is going for broke here...
Nigel De Jong OFF
Adam Johnson ON

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs Manchester City:
City are desperate to equalise here...
1. Mario Balotelli shot from 12 yards out, but Vorm denied him.
2. Kolo Toure took a shot from 25 yards out but Vorm pulled off another good save to keep it 1-0 to The Swans.


Manchester United 2 West Brom 0
Striker Wayne Rooney scored twice as United leapfrog rivals City into 1st place.

Manchester United: Flying high - into 1st place for the first time since the 2nd of October 2011.

FACT: This is the first time that United are in 1st place in the EPL, since the 2nd of October 2011.

Swansea 1 Manchester City 0
An 83rd minute header from Luke Moore ensures that City drop to 2nd place and The Swans move into 12th place.

Swansea City: The giant killers dispose of moneybags Manchester City.

FACT: Manchester City have now dropped 16 points from their last 16 matches (compared to 2 points in their first 12 matches.)

Norwich City 1 Wigan Athletic 0
Wes Hoolahan scored for the home side after 10 minutes to give Norwich the lead with a volley.

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