Thursday, 12 April 2012

Wacky EPL Wednesday LIVE:

Wacky EPL Wednesday LIVE:
What an action packed Wednesday night for English football!
The top three clubs all in action as 1st placed Manchester United face Wigan, Manchester City host West Brom and Arsenal face Wolves.
QPR vs Swansea is the 8pm kick-off from Loftus Road.

Yesterday's EPL Result:
Blackburn Rovers 2 Liverpool 3
It was an overcast dark night, as 19th placed Blackburn hosted 8th placed Liverpool in an important match for both sides.
Liverpool started off well, with two quick fire goals from midfielder Maxi Rodriguez in the 13th and 16th minute.

Then, goalkeeper Doni got a straight red card for a late tackle inside the box on winger David Holiett.
Blackburn's penalty was taken by Yakubu and 3rd choice goalkeeper Brad Jones stepped up and saved striker Yakubu's weak shot. 
Everyone thought it would be over for Blackburn, before top-scorer Yakubu halved the lead in the 36th minute.
Yakubu redeemed himself after his early penalty miss with a goal in the 61st minute from the penalty spot to level the match-up.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll scored late on in the 92nd minute from a header to give The Reds all three points luckily in the LAST minute. 
Striker Andy Carroll heads the ball past goalkeeper Paul Robinson to give Liverpool all 3 points at Ewood Park.
Important: Andy Carroll celebrates his first goal since January, and what a vital goal it proved to be in the last minute.

19:45pm kick-offs:
Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion:
Team line-ups:

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Silva, De Jong, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Pizarro, Dzeko, Johnson, Kolarov.

Big news for City, is that Carlos Tevez starts his first match for Manchester City this year after all the news and controversy around him. Can he make a positive impact?

Yaya Toure is out from the knee knock suffered on Sunday against Arsenal, so Nigel De Jong is recalled along with David Silva.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, Dawson, Olsson, Shorey, Cox, Mulumbu, Scharner, Andrews, Dorrans, Long. 
Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, McAuley, Odemwingie, Hurst, Fortune, Roofe.

Star striker Peter Odemwingie can only make the WBA bench along with goalscorer Marc Fortune who scored in the 3-0 win at the weekend.

Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United:
Team line-ups:

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

FACT: Wigan have not scored against Manchester United in 512 minutes of EPL football.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Hernandez. 
Subs: Amos, Smalling, Park, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pogba.

Nani, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are all on the bench for United. 

Wolves vs Arsenal:
Team line-ups:

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Davis, Jarvis, Edwards, Doyle. 
Subs: De Vries, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Forde.

Top-scorer Stephen Fletcher is on the bench for Wolves.
Interesting or what?!

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Song, Walcott, Ramsey, Benayoun, van Persie.
Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Defender Laurent Koscielny starts a two-match ban after getting his 10th yellow card of the season against Manchester City on Sunday.
Kieran Gibbs is injured, so Andre Santos and Johan Djourou are brought back into the frame. 
Aaron Ramsey also starts, ahead of Tomas Rosicky who played on Sunday.

The 20:00 kick-off:

QPR vs Swansea City:
Team line-ups:

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Diakite, Buzsaky, Taarabt, Zamora. 
Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Bothroyd, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips.

Joey Barton starts for QPR, after being dropped the whole of last month (let's not get into detail).
Shaun Wright-Phillips is surprisingly only on the bench for Rangers though.

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

On-loan Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran and Nathan Dyer both start from the bench for Swansea, as Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair are given recalls after being rested in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on Easter Friday.

LIVE Commentary/Clockwatch of all 4 matches:

19:45: The three matches have all kicked off.

The Ethiad Stadium,
Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion:

Striker Sergio Aguero breaks the deadlock in the 6th minute for the home side! 1-0 to City! He hit the ball from the edge of the box and it fell into the bottom corner of the net.

Super start by Manchester City, who have come out of the blocks running (unlike the 1-0 defeat on Sunday to Arsenal).

Wolves vs Arsenal:
Winger Theo Walcott ran with a lot of pace into the box before defender Christopher Bassong who tripped him up and held onto him before he fell to the ground.
The referee points to the penalty spot and brings out one of his cards.... IT'S RED!!
He had no choice, Walcott was about to score.

Early shower for you: Bassong tackles Walcott inside the penalty area, to get sent off and a three-match ban. 

Striker Robin Van Persie puts the ball on the spot, runs up to the white spot before stuttering.....
He chips the ball towards goal, WHAT A CHEEKY GOAL!!!!!!
1-0 to The Arsenal!

Dangerous: Striker Robin Van Persie celebrates his 27th goal of the season against Wolves with the rest of his team-mates.

FACT: RVP has broken the record, and now he is the first player to score against 18 teams in the EPL in one season since Ian Wright.

Wolves vs Arsenal:
2 goals in 2 minutes.... Theo Walcott with pace from the kick-off to confuse the defenders before cooly slotting past Wayne Hennessey.
The Arsenal fans including (me!) were still celebrating RVP's cheeky penalty finish. 2-0, and Wolves are in trouble in the first 10 minutes of the match.

Go like the wind: Walcott finishes off a great run against Wolves in the 10th minute with a firm hit to make it 2-0.

20:01: The match at Loftus Road has started between QPR and Swansea City.

DW Stadium,
Wigan vs Manchester United:
The home side are NOT struggling to contain the defending champions here... still goalless but if anyone would be the first to score, it would probably be Wigan. 

Wolves vs Arsenal:
'You don't know what you're doing' is the chant going around the ground. 2-0 to the away side.

Loftus Road,
QPR vs Swansea:

QPR 32% : Swansea 68%
Not really a surprise from Swansea, who love to pass the ball around to frustrate their opposition. Still 0-0 though, and the away fans are chanting, 'Boring, boring Swansea'.

DW Stadium,
Wigan vs Manchester United:

Good refereeing by Phil Dowd.
Clumsy challenge by Johnny Evans on striker Franco Di Santo. Yellow card given to the young United defender, but Di Santo is also booked, for an imaginary wave of the card.

DW Stadium,
Wigan vs Manchester United:
Controversy at the DW here.
Striker Victor Moses heads the ball into the net from a corner but the goal is disallowed as defender Gary Caldwell apparently blocked goalkeeper David De Gea.

Controversy: Striker Victor Moses's header was disallowed as (bottom left) Caldwell blocked goalkeeper David De Gea.

Wigan Athletic 0 Manchester United 0
Goal-less draw at The DW. 

Wolves 0 Arsenal 2
FACT: Three of the last five players who have been sent off in the first ten minutes of the match in the EPL have been facing Arsenal.

Manchester City 1 West Brom 0
Aguero has scored the only goal of the game to put City 1-0 ahead in the 6th minute. 

Loftus Road,
QPR vs Swansea:

The deadlock has been broken, just before half-time.
A free-kick was whipped into the box, and midfielder Joey Barton was in the right place at the right time to tap into the net.

Leading by example: Captain Joey Barton celebrates with the QPR fans after scoring against Swansea just before half-time. 

QPR 1 Swansea 0
Joey Barton has put the hosts ahead just before half-time.  

The 7:45pm kick-offs have all re-started, for the second half.

DW Stadium,
Wigan vs Manchester United:
United SUB:
Ashley Young OFF
Tom Cleverley ON 

DW Stadium,
Wigan vs Manchester United:
Well, well... The title race is certainly not over yet.
Striker Shaun Maloney (who is involved in controversy with Ivanovic), has put the hosts ahead in the 50th minute.
A clean strike from 20 yards out which De Gea could not have saved at any rate.

The Ethiad Stadium,
Manchester City vs West Brom:
Fans are erupting in Manchester!
First, news of United losing to Wigan before striker Sergio Aguero doubles the lead and his tally for the night in the 52nd minute with a simply tucked away finish.

Loftus Road,
QPR vs Swansea:

Double substitution for Swansea:
Nathan Dyer and Alan Tate on for Wayne Routledge and Neil Taylor.

The Ethiad Stadium,
Manchester City vs West Brom:

Nice passing between midfielder Samir Nasri and striker Sergio Aguero, before striker Carlos Tevez (who else!) clinically finishes the ball into the net.
Striker Carlos Tevez cooly scores past goalkeeper Ben Foster to make it 3-0 to Manchester City against West Brom.
1st of the season: Tevez salutes the City fans after his 6-month controversial ban from playing for City (after failing to come off the bench to play a match).  

There is only 1 Carlos Tevez!
Stadium announcer reads out Tevez's name, and the fans make a big cheer.

The Ethiad Stadium,
Manchester City vs West Brom:
Playmaker David Silva with a neat chip over goalkeeper Ben Foster's head into the net. 4-0 to City, no coming back for WBA in this match.

David 'Delightfully Silky' Silva: Makes it 4-0 to City with a chip over Ben Foster into the net.
'That's the one': David Silva celebrates his goal for City to thrash West Brom 4-0.

Manchester City substitution:
Carlos Tevez is coming off for Adam Johnson.
Warm reception for Tevez, who scored his first goal for City this season. Fringe player and winger Johnson who could leave City in the Summer for up to £10million to go to Newcastle or Sunderland replaces him.

Loftus Road,
QPR vs Swansea:

A controversial decision goes in QPR's favour, as striker Jamie Mackie runs from an offside position to win the ball from Anton Ferdinand before taking a shot which deflects off Angel Rangel into the net. 2-0 to QPR.

Wolves vs Arsenal:
Midfielder Alex Song finds fellow midfielder Yossi Benayoun who picks the ball up on the edge of the box before curling the ball towards goal, and it beats keeper Wayne Hennessey.
3-0 to The Arsenal, and the three points are all wrapped up now if there was any doubt!

Loftus Road,
QPR vs Swansea:

Midfielder Akos Buzsaky ends Swansea's hopes of getting something out of this match with a 25 yard drive which beat Michel Vorm.
Game over, and 3-0 to the home side.

Manchester City 4 West Brom 0
Aguero (2), Tevez and Silva all scored for the home side to give City faint hope of winning the title race against rivals Manchester United. 
They are now only 5 points behind, with the Manchester derby coming up in late April.

Wigan Athletic 1 Manchester United 0
FACT: Wigan have won their first match against Manchester United since their existence as a club.

Not just yet: Manchester United have not won the Premier League title yet after a 1-0 shock defeat to Wigan.

Wolves 0 Arsenal 3
Yossi Benayoun, Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott were all on the scoresheet for The Gunners, as they strengthened their hold on 3rd place and a Champions League spot next season.

Deadly hit: On-loan midfielder Benayoun wraps up the three points for Arsenal against Wolves with his 4th goal of the season.

QPR 3 Swansea 0
Buzsaky, Barton and Mackie all scored for QPR, as they move 2 points away from the relegation zone and surely you have to think they can do enough to stay in the Premier League next season after their 3-0 win against a tough Swansea side.

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