Sunday, 29 April 2012

2-Day EPL Weekend Special LIVE:

Yesterday's EPL Results:


Stoke City 1 Arsenal 1
This match was played at The Britannia Stadium, as Stoke hosted 3rd placed Arsenal.

Striker Peter Crouch broke the deadlock in the 9th minute from a deadly header.

Deadly header: Crouch heads past Szczesny to score for Stoke against Arsenal.
'Player of the Year' striker Robin Van Persie equalised for Arsenal, 6 minutes later to make it 1-1.

Van Persie scores his 27th goal in the EPL this season to make it 1-1 against Stoke after 15 minutes.

Pure delight: Robin Van Persie celebrates his goal against Stoke with midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
This is how the match finished. 1-1.

Arsenal stay in 3rd place, with Stoke are in 14th place.

Wigan Athletic 4 Newcastle United 0
This match came from DW Stadium as Wigan hosted 4th placed Newcastle who are fighting for a Champions League qualification place.
Winger Victor Moses scored in the 13rd minute to give Wigan an early lead.
He doubled the lead, 2 minutes 

Swansea City 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4

Sunderland 2 Bolton Wanderers 2

Everton 4 Fulham 0

West Bromwich Albion 0 Aston Villa 0


Norwich City 0 Liverpool 3

Today's EPL Matches:

Chelsea vs QPR: LIVE at 13:30pm

Tottenham Hotspur vs Blackburn Rovers: LIVE at 16:00pm

Chelsea vs Wigan:

Team Line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Bosingwa, Terry, Cole, Mata, Essien, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres, Kalou.
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Ramires, Drogba, Malouda, Meireles, Hutchinson.

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Buzsaky, Cisse, Zamora.
Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Traore, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips.

Live Commentary:

0: The referee blows the whislte to start this match-up at Stamford Bridge.
Former room-mates Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes are the opposite managers in the dugout today. 
1: GOAL!
Daniel Sturridge takes a stinging drive from 20 yards out which spins and swerves past Paddy Kenny.

Chelsea players mob Daniel Sturridge after his 20-yard opener in the first 45 seconds of the match against QPR.

Dream start for Matteo and Chelsea.

13: GOAL!
Corner whipped into the box by Mata for John Terry who is unmarked.... He heads the ball past Kenny into the net. 
2-0, and Terry waves his hand in the air, (something to do with his dismassal on Tuesday against Barca) before patting his badge.

Defender John Terry heads the ball past Paddy Kenny to make it 2-0 to Chelsea against QPR.
He's earnt it: JT thanks the fans for their continued support after what happened on Tuesday.

18: GOAL!
Fernado Torres is played through in-front of goal and like his goal against Barcelona on Tuesday, gets past the keeper before slotting the ball in the far right corner of the net. 3-0, and it is probably home and dry for Chelsea.

3-0: Torres gets past Kenny with ease before slotting the ball into an empty net.

23: Chelsea are pasing the ball well and ensure ensuring QPR do not get any chance.

24: Defender Nedum Onouha heads the ball towards his goalkeeper Paddy Kenny who drops the ball towards open play, but Torres is there and cooly splots the ball into an empty net. 4-0 now and it's not even half-time yet! Poor defending by QPR, and this could get ugly very soon. 

Celebration time: Fernando Torres celebrates his 2nd goal of the day against QPR to make it 4-0.

28: Nice play by Chelsea, with one touch football from Sturridge, Mata and Torres. The ball comes to Lampard who is closed down well inside the box by Paddy Kenny to stop the scoreline being 5-0.

34: Chelsea still pressing for another goal, possession stats show that The Blues are dominating Rangers right now with 70% to 30% in Chelsea's favour.

35: Chelsea fans are booing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand now after the racial allegations involving him and John Terry.

Not surprising, but disgraceful nonetheless.

41: Foul by QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Chelsea forward Juan Mata. Free-kick to Chelsea, as Mata limps on. 
Replays show that Barton stomped on Mata on purpose to stop the dangerous attack. Lucky to get away without a yellow card.

45: The fourth official on the far side indicates that there will be 2 minutes of stoppage time to be added on here. 

45+2: Referee Howard Webb blows the whistle for half-time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea comfortably lead 4-0 against their West-London rivals QPR who are still in the relegation battle.


Howard Webb waits for Michael Essien and Daniel Sturridge to get back on the pitch for Chelsea, and we are now underway for the second half. 
Chelsea 4 QPR 0.

49: Sturridge has the ball at his feet inside the QPR half looking to strike at goal, before slipping on the floor and losing the ball.

51: Full-back Ashley Cole with the ball at his feet, he flicks the ball through the defence to forward Juan Mata who is onside and takes a shot at goal..... SAVE by Paddy Kenny!!

Weak shot by Mata, and it was straight at Kenny who comfortably saved (and held!) the ball.

52: QPR are trying to ensure that Chelsea are not getting the ball, or any more clear cut chances as they did in the first half, by passing the ball around well.

54: Striker Jamie Mackie runs on the ball and takes a shot from 20 yards out which is deflected by defender John Terry towards goal... GREAT SAVE!! by Petr Cech!
It was a swerving ball, and the deflection made it worse for Cech to save.. but it is still a clean sheet for Cech. Still 4-0.

59: Torres takes a shot from just outside the box, but the shot is parried by Kenny.

61: Yellow card given to Joey Barton after a late tackle on Juan Mata. He pretends as if nothing happens, trying to con Howard Webb.
I don't think the best referee in England will fall for that...

64: Juan Mata with a through ball to Fernando Torres who calmy placing the ball towards goal.... GOAL!!!

Fernando Torres places the ball past Paddy Kenny for his 3rd goal against QPR and Stamford Bridge.
It's been a long time coming: Torres celebrates his 3rd goal for Chelsea with their loyal fans.

Torres beats Kenny and completes his hat-trick today.

FACT: That is Fernando Torres' first hat-trick for Chelsea, and his first for over 2-and-a-half years.

5-0 to Chelsea.

67: Chelsea SUB:
Florent Malouda ON
Juan Mata OFF

71: Fernando Torres' stats today:
5 shots, 4 on target, 3 goals
Looks like a £50million striker again.

73: QPR striker Djiribil Cisse has a headed shot which narrowly goes over the bar. Close.

75: Chelsea SUB:
Ramires ON
Salomon Kalou OFF

Shaun Wright-Phillips ON
Bobby Zamora OFF
Zamora has failed to get into this match at all so far and Wright-Phillips' pace will get Chelsea's defence something to think about.

80: Ramires crosses the ball into the box for Malouda. Ferdinand fails to clear the ball out of danger and Malouda simply powerfully taps in a shot past Kenny to make it 6-0.

Too easy: Florent Malouda scores for Chelsea to make it 6-0 against QPR in the 80th minute.

Destruction by Chelsea, and QPR will feel disgusted now.
'Refunds please'

82: Chelsea SUB:
Sam Hutchinson ON

Jose Bosingwa OFF

Hutchinson replaces Bosingwa to partner John Terry in the heart of defence. 
He had to retire due to a serious injury in 2010 (and he is only 19!), but made a remarkable comeback.

Well done, Hutchinson!
Great example to a rising star like me! Never give up!


84: Djirbil Cisse hits the ball low and hard past Petr Cech into the net from a good cross by Onouha.

90: The fourth official signals for 3 minutes of stoppage time to be added on here at Stamford Bridge.

90+3: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here. 

Chelsea thrash QPR 6-1 with Torres scoring his first hat-trick in over 2 years.
To be honest, they hardly need to get past fourth gear as QPR were poor in defence and attack, with Cisse providing a consolation goal.
Chelsea move ahead of Tottenham who are yet to play against Blackburn later today, while close behind Newcastle in 4th place.

QPR have more problems as they have to play well against Manchester City and Stoke City if they want to stay in the EPL next season.

They stay in 16th place. 


Tottenham Hotpsur vs Blackburn Rovers:

Team Line-ups:

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor.  
Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, King, Livermore, Nelsen.

Danny Rose and Sandro both start for Tottenham.
Jermain Defoe and Louis Saha are the attacking options available for Harry Redknapp on the bench.

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu.
Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie.

David Goodwillie and Ruben Rochina are both on the bench.
If David Hoilett (pace master, long shot taker) and Yakubu (clinical finisher) can strike up another good performance, they can give Spurs a run for their money.  

16:00: The referee blows the whistle to start the match at White Hart Lane.
Blackburn start the match in 19th place, with Tottenham are in 6th place.

Half-time at White Hart Lane.
The home side have dominated throughout and deservedly are ahead at the break.
They were denied a couple of times by the woodwark and the post.
Midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, after winger Gareth Bale's header hit the crossbar and came back to VDV who hit the ball into the net (but the defender tried clearing the ball to protest).

Rafael Van Der Vaart scores a rebound to put Tottenham ahead against Blackburn.
10th of the season: VDV wheels away to celebrate his goal to put Spurs ahead in a crunch match for a CL spot next season.

Full-time here at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham comfortably beat Blackburn Rovers by 2 goals to nil.
Blackburn failed to defend properly and will be happy that they were saved by the woodwork and post on several occasions.
Full-back Kyle Walker scored a 30-yard screamer from a free-kick in the 74th minute to give Spurs all three points at home.

Full-back Kyle Walker hits a superb free-kick from 30 yards out to give Tottenham a 2-0 lead against Blackburn.
Absolutely brilliant: Walker celebrates his amazing goal against Blackburn to cap off a great fortnight after winning the PFA 'Young Player of the Year' award last weekend.

See Kyle Walker's screamer against Blackburn here:


Manchester City vs Manchester United: LIVE from 20:00pm at The Ethiad Stadium

The title race is all on this match.
If United win tomorrow, they have virtually won the title with 2 matches left and 6 points ahead of Manchester rivals City.
If City win, then only goal difference will be between the two teams.


West Bromwich Albion have granted permission for The FA to speak to their manager Roy Hodgson about the England job.


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