Saturday, 7 April 2012

Saturday EPL Special LIVE:


Saturday EPL Special LIVE:

Welcome to my Saturday EPL Special LIVE, with 7 matches including Sunderland vs Tottenham and Liverpool vs Aston Villa.

Yesterday:

Newcastle United 2 Swansea City 0

This match was played at The Sports Direct Arena as 6th placed Newcastle hosted 11th placed Swansea. 
Papiss Cisse broke the deadlock for the home side in the 5th minute to make it 1-0.
Perfect start: Cisse breaks the deadlock in the 5th minute for Newcastle against Swansea.


The match was tense after this, and although Swansea pressed well for the equaliser, Cisse scored again in the 70th minute with a delightful chip from 16 yards out over Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm's head but just underneath the crossbar.

Papiss Cisse scores a beautifully placed chip to make it 2-0 against Swansea in the 70th minute.


Newcastle are now 2 points ahead of 6th placed Chelsea, and move into their spot, while Swansea stay in 11th place.


Papiss Cisse has now scored 9 goals in his first 9 matches.



Sunderland 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0: LIVE 
The early kick-off in the Premier League today, sees 9th placed Sunderland host 4th placed Tottenham at The Stadium of Light.
Tottenham only need a draw to leapfrog rivals Arsenal into 3rd place, but it will not be on easy street against a Sunderland side who has beaten Manchester City and Arsenal here.
60 minutes gone, and it is still goalless. 


Team Line-ups:


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


Sebastien Larsson and Nicklas Bendtner both start for Sunderland against their former North London rivals Tottenham (as they both used to play for Arsenal, Bendtner still does)


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

A strong Tottenham side, with VDV, Modric, Bale and Adebayor in the striking mind.
Two defensive minded players in Sandro and Scott Parker. Formation would probably be: 4-2-2-2. 
A strong bench also with Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Louis Saha all ready for action.

63: Sunderland pressing for the first goal here, good play by midfielder Stephane Sessegnon who is giving the Spurs defence problems.

64: Tottenham are looking to make a substitution. The first of the match.

Aaron Lennon ON
Sandro OFF

An attacking option for Spurs then. Van Der Vaart and Lennon on the wings.

Sandro already being recently booked. 


68:
2nd half possession:
Sunderland 31%, Tottenham 69%

69: Cameras on Harry Redknapp. One word: Frustration.

70: Lovely through ball by Lee Catermole to Phil Bardsley who takes a powerful cross the ball into the box for Josh McClean, who cannot keep the ball on the pitch. 
Goal-kick.

71: Midfielder Lee Catermole has gone down injured, now recieving treatment on the sidelines.

72: Quick ball towards Van Der Vaart by Aaron Lennon into space, he takes a shot towards goal.... Deflected by a Sunderland defender (near the hand) before being cleared out.


75: Sunderland subsutition:
David Vaughan ON
Lee Catermole OFF
Catermole's hamstring injury was too much to play the rest of the match. Unlucky, as he was important to Sunderland going forward and has been important to Sunderland going forward and at the back. 


77: Tottenham substitution:
Emmanuel Adebayor OFF

Louis Saha ON

81: Tottenham substitution:
Jermain Defoe ON
Rafael Van Der Vaart OFF

FACT: Defoe has scored 19 goals as a substitute. This is the all-time Premier League record.  
 

Sunderland substitution:
Kieran Richardson ON
Phil Bardsley OFF

I have team line-ups from all the 3oclock kick-offs.
I will give the line-ups after this match.


83: Goal-kick taken by goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

84: Foul by Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker on Sunderland midfielder James McClean. Free-kick taken by Sebastien Larsson into open play.

85: Sunderland corner taken by Sebastien Larsson, but nothing comes of it.

88: Sebastien Larsson has been booked for 'unsporting behaviour'.  


89: Foul by Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. Yellow card given to Ekotto.


90: Foul by Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan on Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon. Yellow card given.


90+3: The referee blows the whistle for full-time here at The Stadium of Light.

FACT: This is the first time in 22 meetings that Sunderland and Tottenham have had a goalless draw.



Tottenham move into 3rd place, into at least tomorrow, when rivals Arsenal face Manchester City.

Spurs will feel disappointed that they could not get the win, as they had at least 15 shots and could not score at least one shot on target.
They had a lot of quality, but could not get the job done.


Sunderland will feel happy that they keep Spurs under control and took a point, but will be thinking whether they could have taken all three.

15:00 EPL Line-ups: 

Norwich v Everton:

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Fox, Howson, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt. 

Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Jackson, Wilbraham, Naughton.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Gibson, Pienaar, Gueye, Jelavic, Cahill. 
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe.


Liverpool v Aston Villa:

Liverpool: Doni, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Shelvey, Downing, Suarez, Kuyt.

Subs: Jones, Agger, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Bellamy.

Doni starts his first match for Liverpool as 1st team goalkeeper Pepe Reina is suspended after his headbutt against Newcastle last weekend.
Defender Daniel Agger is on the bench, along with forward Craig Bellamy and under-performer Andy Carroll. 
Maxi Rodriguez and Jay Spearing are also both on the bench to give Kenny Daglish help if needed.


Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Baker, Warnock, Lichaj, Ireland, Herd, Bannan, Heskey, Agbonlahor. 
Subs: Guzan, Weimann, Stevens, Johnson, Williams, Gardner, Carruthers.

A decent Villa side, with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey in strike.
Barry Bannan and Steven Ireland are both in the centre of midfield.


Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Meireles, Essien, Sturridge, Mata, Malouda, Drogba. 
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Torres, Mikel, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Kalou.

Only 4 players stay in the starting 11 from the 2-1 win against Benfica on Wednesday night, with Sturridge, Meireles, Cech and David Luiz.
Full-back Ryan Bertrand is given his full EPL debut for Chelsea.


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

Two words: Victor Moses


Bolton v Fulham:

Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Wheater, Ream, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov. 

Subs: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell.

Midfielder Marcos Alonso starts after his first EPL goal last weekend. Ryo Miyaichi and Martin Petrov along with David Ngog are in strike.



Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, 

Dembele, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Dempsey. 
Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Etuhu, Frei, Davies, Trotta.

Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is not playing for Fulham. Bryan Ruiz and Clint Dempsey both start along with Diarra and Dembele.
Alex Kacaniklic starts.



West Brom v Blackburn:

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Andrews, Odemwingie, Fortune, Brunt. 

Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, Long, Shorey, Dawson, Cox, Scharner. 

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


Steve Kean only makes one change from the 2-0 loss against Manchester United on Monday. 
David Dunn comes in for Marcus Olsson, who is on the subs bench along with David Goodwille.


15:00: The 3oclock kick-offs has started.


15:07:
The Hawthorns,
West Brom vs Blackburn Rovers:
Defender Gareth McAuley breaks the deadlock in the 7th minute for the home side. 1-0 to WBA. 
If results go their way, West Brom can move up to 11th place.

WBA Defender Gareth McAuley heads the ball twoards goal, to score the opening goal against Blackburn in the 7th minute.



15:10:
Anfield,

Liverpool vs Aston Villa:
Oh dear.., Defender Chris Herd has put the away side off the the perfect side against 8th placed Liverpool.

FACT: If Liverpool lose today, then they will have lost their MOST EVER defeats in a League season. (12) 

15:22:
Carrow Road,
Norwich vs Everton:
The deadlock has been broken here!
Striker Nikica Jelavic with the goal for the visitors in the 22nd minute. 1-0.
What a signing he is proving to be for The Toffees.

Super signing: Nikica Jelavic celebrates opening the scoring for Everton, against Norwich in the 22nd minute.


15:22:
The Reebok,
Bolton vs Fulham:
On-loan striker Ryo Miyaichi takes a shot... but it is over the bar!

Unlucky by the youngster.

15:23:
Stamford Bridge,

Chelsea vs Wigan:
Midfielder Michael Essien has been booked. First yellow card of the 3oclock kick-offs, and he has to be careful now... 

15:26:
The Reebok,

Bolton vs Fulham:
In-form midfielder Clint Dempsey thinks he has put the away side in-front with a goal, but it is disallowed for offside. 


15:30:
The Reebok,

Bolton vs Fulham:
Clint Demspey scores again, from a powerful free-kick - but this time it is not offside.

1-0 to Fulham.

,
20th of the season: In-form midfielder Clint Dempsey breaks the deadlock against Bolton in the 30th minute from a free-kick.



15:39:
Carrow Road,

Norwich vs Everton:
Midfielder Jonny Howson equalises for the home side in the 39th minute to make it 1-1.



15:45:
The Reebok,
Bolton vs Fulham:
Midfielder Clint Dempsey scores his second goal of the match in the 45th minute to double the away side's lead. 2-0 now just before half-time.
That will change Martin Jol's team-talk.


15:50:
Anfield,
Liverpool vs Aston Villa:
Striker Dirk Kuyt has just missed a great chance for an equaliser at Anfield!
He was in-front of goal from 2 yards out, but somehow missed a tap-in shot.

No wonder the newspapers are saying Kuyt may leave Liverpool for as low as £1million....

15:51:
HALF-TIMES:

Liverpool 0 Aston Villa 1
Chelsea 0 Wigan 0
Norwich 1 Everton 1
West Brom 1 Blackburn 0
Bolton 0 Fulham 2

16:04:
The second halves have all started in the EPL.



16:18:
Carrow Road,

Norwich vs Everton:
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot and scores in the 61st minute!!

Norwich did not play to the whistle, as they were expecting a drop ball from Pienaar's actions (after getting the ball stuck to his feet).

4 in 4: Striker Nikica Jelavic celebrates scoring for Everton. He has now scored 4 goals in 4 matches.



16:21:
Stamford Bridge,

Chelsea vs Wigan:
The deadlock is broken here! Controversy surrounds it as Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic's goal should have been offside as he was yards off.


Controversy: Chelsea defender Ivanovic's goal against Wigan was offside, and should have been ruled out.



16:24:
At Anfield, Stewart Downing and Jonjo Shelvey both replace Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll.


16:30:
The Hawthorns,
West Brom vs Blackburn:
Striker Marc Antoine-Fortune scores in the 69th minute for WBA, to make it 2-0 to the hosts!



16:33:
Carrow Road,
Norwich vs Everton:
GOAL!!!! Norwich have equalised here!
Midfielder Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot which is saved, but he eventually goes on to lay-off top striker Grant Holt who puts the ball in the back of the net.


16:36:
At Anfield, Daniel Agger has replaced Jose Enrique with 13 minutes to go. Still 1-0 to Aston Villa.



16:39:
The Reebok Stadium,
Bolton vs Fulham:
GOAL!
Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra ends Bolton's hopes of getting back into the match with a goal from the edge of the box, after a nice run. 3-0 with 10 minutes to go.

FACT: This is Diarra's first goal for his new club Fulham.


16:40:
Stamford Bridge,

Chelsea vs Wigan:
Midfielder Mohammed Diame takes advantage of Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand giving him space, to take a shot. It goes past Cech into the net for an equaliser in the 82nd minute....



16:41:
Anfield,
Liverpool vs Aston Villa:
Defender Daniel Agger heads the ball towards goal, but it hits the bar before striker Luis Suarez taps the ball into the net from close range as goalkeeper Shay Given is down on the floor. 1-1! Suarez with the equaliser!


8th goal of the season: Luis Suarez heads from close range to equalise for Liverpool against Aston Villa in the 83rd minute.



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