Monday, 9 April 2012

EPL Easter Monday Special LIVE:

EPL Easter Monday Special LIVE:
Happy Easter Monday to you all!
Yesterday, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta unofficially ended City's title hopes with a bullet strike winner for Arsenal in the 87th minute.
Striker Wayne Rooney and 'Golden Oldie' Paul Scholes were both on the scoresheet for the defending champions as they beat ten-man QPR earlier in the day.

Today, we have 5 different matches for you including Everton vs Sunderland and the North-London derby between Fulham vs Chelsea, with 3 different time-frames.
I could do the day in parts, but it will be confusing so I will do a BIG blog post instead.

15:00 kick-offs:

Everton vs Sunderland:
Team line-ups:

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Neville, Gueye, Fellaini, Osman, Pienaar, McFadden, Stracqualursi. 
Subs: Mucha, Gibson, Drenthe, Distin, Coleman, Anichebe, Duffy.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Kilgallon, Colback, Larsson, Vaughan, Cattermole, McClean, Gardner, Sessegnon. 
Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Wickham, Richardson, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos.

FACT: Everton manager David Moyes has never lost to Sunderland in his managing career.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City:

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Modric, Bale, Saha, Defoe.
Subs: Cudicini, Adebayor, Van der Vaart, Kranjcar, Rose, Sandro, Nelsen.

Emmanuel Adebayor is replaced by Jermain Defoe who starts in strike along with Louis Saha.
VDV also on the bench with Niko Kranxjar and Sandro.

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

Newcastle United vs Bolton:

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse.
Subs: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier.

Deadly partnership duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse both start for NUFC. 

Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Ream, Wheater, Steinsson, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Kevin Davies, Petrov, Eagles. 
Subs:Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Ngog, Sordell, Miyaichi.
Marcos Alonso, Ivan Klasnic, Marvin Sordell and Ryo Miyiachi all on the bench for Bolton.

15:00: The 3 matches have all started.

15:04: Striker Louis Saha's shot for Tottenham (against) Norwich is well saved by John Ruddy.

15:08: Standout performer for Everton so far is midfielder Steven Pienaar, who is being creative but no-one can take any shots at the moment.

White Hart Lane,
Tottenham vs Norwich:
And the first goal of the day, has come at White Hart Lane... to the away side.
Midfielder Anthony Pilkington with the goal in the 13th minute.
Shock start: Anthony Pilkington celebrates his opener for Norwich against Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Yes!!!! Good result so far for 'the biggest Arsenal fan', me.  :)
Trouble for Harry Redknapp... :) 

Goodison Park,

Everton vs Sunderland:
Midfielder and captain Lee Catermole is getting stuck in with his tackles.

Has recieved a yellow card, and now has to be careful.

White Hart Lane,
Tottenham vs Norwich:
The home side has equalised! It was surely only a matter of time, and guess who scores it!
Super sub Jermain Defoe who started today... Nice through ball to him from Assou-Ekotto, before he chipped Ruddy nicely to score his 5th goal in 6 appearances.

Goodison Park,
Everton vs Sunderland:
Everton passing well..., Heitinga with a chip to Fellani who volleys the ball from 14 yards out, but does not catch it well, and the ball goes wide. Still goal-less in this FA Cup quarter-final revenge match.

FACT: Norwich are the first club this season in the EPL to have 10 English players in their starting 11 line-up.

One minute of stoppage time at Goodison Park.

Tottenham vs Norwich:

Tottenham substitution:
Ryan Nelsen ON
Younes Kaboul (injury) OFF 


Tottenham 1 Norwich City 1
Defoe equalised for Tottenham controversially as a potential penalty was NOT given at the other end a minute earlier after a shock start, 1-1 at half-time.

Newcastle 0 Bolton 0
Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba all have not been able to influence the scoreline in Newcastle's favour at the moment.

Everton 0 Sunderland 0
Goalless at the break, but plenty of chances that Everton should have put away.
Sunderland came close with midfielder Stephane Sessegnon's overhead kick was just wide.

16:03: The second halves have all started in the 3oclock kick-offs.

Goodison Park,
Everton vs Sunderland:
Finally! Everton have taken one of their chances!
Striker Magaye Gueye scores his first goal for The Toffees after he hit a shot from a rebound.

White Hart Lane,
Tottenham vs Norwich City:
Midfielder Elliot Bennett takes advantage of the Tottenham defence's decision not to close him down, by taking an ambitious shot from 25 yards out towards goal., before beating Brad Friedel and scoring for Norwich!

Midfielder Elliot Bennett fires Norwich ahead at White Hart Lane against Tottenham in the 66th minute.

Sports Direct Arena,
Newcastle United vs Bolton:
The first goal from this stadium to goes to the home side!
After 73 minutes, in-form midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa breaks the deadlock!
Wonderful solo goal, and Newcastle are close to 3 points today.
1-0 to Newcastle.

Goodison Park,
Everton vs Sunderland:
He has been troubling all game, and finally midfielder Steven Pienaar gets his goal!
Doubles Everton's lead with 15 minutes left, and Sunderland have not scored for 75 minutes, so 2 goals could be a big ask...
Goodison Park,
Everton vs Sunderland:
Another goal! 2 goals in 2 minutes for Everton, with midfielder Leon Osman's curling shot beating Simon Mignolet from the restart.

Goodison Park,

Everton vs Sunderland:
No mercy!

Striker Victor Anichebe completes the domination, in the 81st minute with a goal for the Nigerian International.

Sports Direct Arena,
Newcastle vs Bolton:
It was 1-0 to Newcastle, now it is 2!

Guess who scored it....
In-form striker Mr. Cisse, with his 10th goal in 9 matches after 83 minutes, which surely seals the 3 points for Newcastle now from a easy tap-in from 6 yards out.


Newcastle 2 Bolton 0
In-form players Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa with the goals to put Newcastle level on points with 4th placed Tottenham which gives their Champions League challenge hope.

Everton 4 Sunderland 0
You would not have thought Martin O'Neil's men would have been thrashed by Everton 4-0.
Even without top striker Nikica Jelavic, Everton comfortably saw off Sunderland with an inspiring performance from Steven Pienaar.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Norwich City 2
Tottenham fail to move back into 3rd place, and keep the pressure on rivals Arsenal, with a shock 2-1 defeat to newly promoted side Norwich.
Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 1

This match was played at Villa Park, as 15th placed Aston Villa hosted 12th placed Stoke.
Midfielder Andreas Weimann started his 2nd match for Villa and capped it with another goal in the 32nd minute to break the deadlock for the home side.

Defender Robert Huth equalised for the visitors in the 71st minute to make it 1-1 from a powerful header to give Stoke a point from the match.

Chelsea vs Fulham:
Team line-ups:

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Frei, Dembele, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Orlando Sa, Kasami, Senderos, Etuhu, Briggs, Kacaniklic.

FACT: Fulham could leapfrog Liverpool, ino 8th place, with a win against Chelsea today.

Strong Fulham side, with Clint Dempsey, Kerim Frei (one to watch for the future!), Moussa Dembele and John Arne Riise in the attacking frame, while Danny Murphy, Damien Duff, Mohammadou Diarra and Brede Hangeland in the defensive style of play.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Mikel, Meireles, Kalou, Lampard, Ramires, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Mata, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Sturridge.

FACT: Chelsea could move into 4th place, with a 2 goal win against Fulham today.

Didier Drogba, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata all on the Chelsea bench, needed a rest ahead of a long fortnight.
Defender Branislav Ivanovic will probably play his last EPL match for rthis month, with a three match ban hanging over his head after an off-the-ball incident with Shaun Maloney (he punched him) against Wigan on Saturday just before he scored.
John Terry starts despite broken ribs along with John Obi Mikel and Fernando Torres.

Craven Cottage,

Fulham vs Chelsea:
End-to-end 40 minutes in the match. Striker Fernando Torres had a shot from a dangerous area blocked by Hangeland, Midfielder Raul Meireles' shot was wide from 25 yards out, Fulham winger Kerim Frei had a low drive well saved by Petr Cech.

Both teams have had good spells of possession with precise passing by Dempsey, Riise and Frei for Fulham.
The same with Lampard, Ramires and Mikel for Chelsea.
Despite the rain, a good game of football but still goalless.
Two yellow cards for Chelsea, with Meireles and Cahill despite calls that they were harsh fouls. None for Fulham though who could open the scoring with Dempsey etc.
Chelsea breaking the deadlock would not be unsurprising though.

Danny Murphy lunged into striker Salomon Kalou with both feet in from 16 yards out.
It looks a little bit harsh as Kalou was not going to score and defenders were behind him.
About to be taken, by midfielder Frank Lampard.
He steps up to take it.... and shoots.... GOAL!!
Powerful shot by Lampard, and even though goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer went the right way, the ball had too much pace to control and keep the ball out of the net.

FACT: Frank Lampard has now scored 150 goals in the EPL for Chelsea.

Fulham 0 Chelsea 1.

45: The fourth official signals only 1 minute of stoppage time to be added on here at Craven Cottage.

45+1: The referee blows the whistle to end the first half here.
The cameras are showing Fulham players still protesting the penalty decision, but it will not bring the scoreline back to 0-0.
Fulham are trailing by a controversial Lampard penalty just before half-time, and may feel they should be the side in-front at the break.