Friday, 11 May 2012

Friday EPL Update, EPL News:

Friday EPL Update:

Monday's EPL Result:

Blackburn Rovers 0 Wigan Athletic 1

This match was played at Ewood Park, as Blackburn needed to win unless they would be relegated to the Championship.

A chicken invaded the pitch in the 6th minute after being let on by the Blackburn fans protesting at the new owners Venkys who ever since they owned the club, they have been in trouble. 

That's a fowl! A chicken invades the pitch on Monday in the 6th minute after a Blackburn fan let it free.

Wigan were dominating throughout the match, even though Blackburn had a few chances. 
Winger Junior Holiett was fouled inside the box, but was denied a penalty. Striker Yakubu was also denied a goal after the ball was cleared off the line.

In the 87th minute from a corner, defender Antolin Alcaraz scored from a header to make it 1-0 to the away side.

Late winner: Alcaraz heads the ball past goalkeeper Paul Robinson to give Wigan three points.

We're staying up! Antolin Alcaraz is mobbed by his Wigan team-mates, after scoring.

This is how the match finished, with Wigan confirming their stay in the EPL for another season, while making sure Blackburn go down to the Championship.

Oh dear: The Blackburn players look extremely disappointed after being relegated on Monday night.

Tuesday's EPL Result:

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 4:

This match was played at Anfield as 8th placed Liverpool hosted 6th placed Chelsea. If Chelsea won, they would move 2 points away from 4th place with one match to play (on Sunday).

Liverpool were desperate for revenge after unluckily losing on Saturday night in the FA Cup final to The Blues, and beating Chelsea would have an adverse effect on Chelsea's CL hopes.

The epic team line-ups:

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Downing, Henderson, Shelvey, Maxi, Suarez, Carroll.
Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Sterling, Kelly, Bellamy.

Strong Liverpool squad, with some impact subs like Raheem Sterling and Craig Bellamy.

Chelsea: Turnbull, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Ramires, Sturridge, Malouda, Torres. 
Subs: Hilario, Cole, Lampard, Mata, Lukaku, Kalou, Hutchinson.

Second team (ish!) Chelsea side, apart from Sturridge, Terry, Ramires, Torres and Ivanovic. They need to rest most of the first-team players, as they have a Champions League final match next Saturday against German giants Bayern Munich.

This match kicked off, and in the first ten minutes, there were an air of tension inside Anfield. The supporters were desperate for revenge after what happened on Saturday, and this was their last home match of the season.

Liverpool pressed hard for the early goal, and got it after a great solo run by striker Luis Suarez which deflected off midfielder Michael Essien passed Ross Turnbull into his own net.

They got another from midfielder Jordan Henderson, 6 minutes later to give them a good 2-0 lead.

Placed underneath the keeper: Henderson slots the ball past Turnbull to make it 2-0 in the 25th minute.

Liverpool Young player of the season: Jordan Henderson celebrates his 3rd goal for Liverpool since moving from Sunderland last Summer.

Chelsea failed to clear the ball away from a corner and defender Daniel Agger headed the ball into the bottom corner of the net to give The Reds a comfortable lead.

Centre-back Daniel Agger heads Liverpool into a 3-0 lead against Chelsea in the 28th minute.
Yes: Agger is congratulated by his team-mates after his header gave Liverpool a comfortable 3-0 lead against Chelsea.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was given a yellow card in the 45th minute after giving away a penalty.

Winger Stewart Downing took the penalty just before half-time and beat the goalkeeper, but not the post.

Beat the keeper, not the post: Stewart Downing hits the post before half-time from the penalty spot.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires scored a goal in the 5th minute to give the away side faint hope of getting something from the match.

Proved to be a consolation: Winger Ramires scores his second goal against Liverpool in 2 matches.

This proved to only be a consolation, after Jonjo Shelvey took advantage of a short goal kick by Turnbull to chip the ball into the net from 25 yards out.

4-1: Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey takes advantage of a goalkeeping error to score from 25 yards out against Chelsea to score his first goal for Liverpool this season.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wheels away after scoring for Liverpool to make it 4-1 in the 61st minute.

EPL News:

Arsenal have modelled their new home kit for the 2012-13 season.

We are Arsenal: Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Robin Van Persie tryout the new 2012-13 kits.
One for the future: Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain will definetly be playing in this kit next season for Arsenal.
Babyface: Winger Theo Walcott will be important to the way that The Gunners play next season.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku admits that he wants to go out of the cluib on loan. The Belgian youngster has not featured much for The Blues since moving in the Summer for £18million, and is fed up of always sitting on the bench.

Romelu Lukaku: Wants more first-team action, and feels that this can be achieved on loan at another club.

Another player who is tired of playing on the bench is Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez. He is reportedly considering cancelling his contract as he feels he is not getting enough first-team action.

Italian side Juventus have confirmed their interest in Arsenal striker and captain Robin Van Persie.

Southampton and Reading are the two clubs currently moving up into the EPL next season, with Blackburn and Wigan moving down.

West Ham will play against Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley next Saturday, after beating Cardiff 3-0 (Aggregate 5-0) on Sunday.

Is it over yet? Ricardo Vaz Te celebrates his 11th goal of the season to make it 4-0 on aggregate against Cardiff.

West Ham celebrate beating Cardiff 3-0 at Upton Park on Monday afternoon, to get to the play-off final at Wembley.

Blackpool beat Birmingham City 2-2 (Aggregate 3-2) on Wednesday night, to get to Wembley.

We are going to wembley: Midfielder Stephen Dobbie celebrates his goal against Birmingham.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been named Barclays Manager of the Season, while Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been given Barclays Player of the Season.

Has had an amazing season: Alan Pardew will give Newcastle their first top 5 finish in 8 years.
Immense in defense: Vincent Kompany has been named Barclays Player of the Season.

Great performances from both throughout this season.
Alan Pardew could be the first Newcastle manager to get them into the Champions League since 2002, while Vincent Kompany has lead City into 1st place, and possibly their first EPL title in 44 years.

West Brom keeper Ben Foster is being scouted by by Tottenham as their long-term replacement for Brad Friedel who may retire from football next season. 

Manchester United have told the FA that midfielder Ryan Giggs is the only over-age player that they will release to play for England at The London Olympics.

Borrusia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa says he will leave Dortmund this summer to go to the EPL. Manchester United have reportedly signed him for £7million, but it is yet to be confirmed. Arsenal and Tottenham are both looking to make bids to sign him.
This could be an epic transfer battle.

Striker Hugo Rodallega will leave Wigan this summer, after not getting enough first-team football this season and always sitting on the bench.

Reports claim that QPR manager Mark Hughes will get given a £1million bonus if he keeps QPR in the EPL this Sunday. His advisor Kia Joordchian denies this, and says it is just paper talk.

If Italian club Napoli fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, Manchester City hope that their failure will persuade red-hot in-form striker Edinson Cavani to move to Manchester.

Liverpool players model off their 2012-13 home kits for next season:

You will never walk alone: Captain Steven Gerrard models the 2012-13 home kit for Liverpool.
Looks good: Spanish International Pepe Reina also models his goalkeeper kit for next season.

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul believes that Tottenham deserve to be in the Champions League next season.
I don't believe that at all....

Striker Emile Heskey and defender Carlos Cuellar are both set to leave Aston Villa in the summer on a free transfer unless they are approached by manager Alex McLeish about extending their contracts.
No real surprise there.

Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has said that he is very tempted to leave Spurs in the summer for a top team that will pay him more money, and have Champions League football.
Can you blame him?! He wants CL, and a higher salary.

Liverpool are interested in Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello, but will have to fight stiff competition from Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

Wanted: Barcelona youngster who is wanted by Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

QPR manager Mark Hughes will bid £7million for Wigan winger Victor Moses if they stay up. 

Winger Victor Moses has been electric for Wigan, and has helped them stay up this season. Will he leave in the summer?

Arsenal are looking at a £17million swoop for Rennes midfielder MVilla and Blackburn winger Holiett.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is extremely confident that as long as Arsenal get Champions League football next season, Rennes midfielder Yann M'Villa will join them for £17million.
Blackburn winger Junior Holiett is also on The Gunners radar as he will become a free agent in the summer and will most likely not want to play in the Championship next season. 
Looking very likely. Maybe, Wenger is starting to splash the cash on good players.
Holiett will want to play in the EPL next season, and a top 4 club like Arsenal will fit the bill nicely.

Chelsea have increased their reputation, after signing a sponsorship contract with F1 team Sauber who will use their badge on their nose front of their car throughout this season. They also have advertisment rights.

The Chelsea squad pose with the F1 Sauber car at their training ground.

The F1 team Sauber will use their new front nose design for the first time on Sunday in the Spanish GP.

Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling has suffered a Euro 2012 dillemma, after learning that his groin injury has been aggravated, and he may not be fit in time for the European Championships.
Don't worry, you can still play in the Olympics Smalling.

Newcastle United are lining up a £7million move for Ajax left-back Nicolai Boilesen.

Young but ready: Nicolai Boilesen could bolster Newcastle's defence next season, if they sign him for £7million.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is desperate to persuade midfielder Paul Scholes to extend his United career after the end of the season.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has controversially won the 'Goal of 20 Seasons' with his overhead bicycle kick against Manchester rivals City last season.

Nice goal, nice prize: Striker Rooney shows off his award for 'Goal of the 20 Seasons'.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe admits that he has to leave Spurs in the summer, if he wants to play first-team football. 

Midfielder Paul Pogba will reportedly sign a four-year deal with Juventus on the 1st of July after rejecting a new contract with current club Manchester United.  
Juventus will not comment on the matter until the end of the season.

Manchester City's Player of the Year:
(Voted by City fans and directors board) 
Sergio Aguero

Premier League Golden Glove (goes to the goalkeeper who has kept the most clean sheets this season):

Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart (17, could be 18.)

Wolves have confirmed that their new manager is Stale Solbakken.

Next Wolves manager: Former Koln boss Stale Solbakken will look to get Wolves back into the EPL next sdeason.

Real Madrid scouts have been reportedly watching Newcastle in-form striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

Red-hot: Papiss Cisse has scored 12 goals in 11 games for Newcastle since January. Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the in-form player.

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