Saturday, 1 September 2012

EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage:



Hello and welcome to the 'calm after the storm', the Saturday after the Friday before transfer deadline day.

Today, there are 6 matches on show for you in the English Premier League.

Here are a list of this weekend's matches:

Today (15:00 unless stated): *

West Ham United vs Fulham: LIVE at 12:45pm

Swansea vs Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich

West Brom vs Everton

Wigan Athletic vs Stoke City

Manchester City vs QPR: LIVE at 17:30pm 

Sunday:

Liverpool vs Arsenal: LIVE at 13:30pm

Newcastle United vs Aston Villa: LIVE at 16:00pm

Southampton vs Manchester United: LIVE at 16:00pm


*Chelsea were scheduled to play today, but because of a UEFA Super Cup fixture that they played yesterday against Atlteico Madrid, the date has been changed. 

Champions of Europe: Atletico Madrid lift the UEFA Super Cup trophy aloft after thrashing Chelsea 4-1 in Monaco.




Last night's LATE EPL transfer deadline day Moves:

Real Madrid signed Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a season-long loan deal.

Aston Villa have signed Genk striker Christian Benteke for £7million on a four-year contract deal. 

£7million signing: Aston Villa's new striker signed a four-year contract deal with Villa last night.

Tottenham have confirmed the £8million pound plus add-ons (up to £12million) signing of Lyon goalkeeeper Hugo Lloris on a four-year contract deal. 


Gone to Tottenham: France No.1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has joined Tottenham on a four-year contract deal.

Fulham have signed Wolfsburg winger Ashkan Dejagah on a three-year contract deal for an undisclosed fee.

Stoke City have confirmed the rumour, that Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi has signed for them for an undisclosed fee.

Manchester City signed Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia for around £16million.

Surprise move: Benfica defensive midfielder Javi Garcia has signed for Manchester City.

QPR have signed Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Midfield powerhouse: Marseille defensive midfielder Stephane M'Bia has signed for QPR on a two-year deal.
Other deals last night included:

Dimitar Berbatov to Fulham from Manchester United - £5million

Pablo Hernandez to Swansea from Valencia - £5.5million

Gaston Ramirez to Southampton from Bologna - £12million 

Clint Dempsey to Tottenham from Fulham - £6million

Scott Sicnlair to Manchester City from Swansea - £7million

Yossi Benayoun to West Ham from Chelsea - season-long loan deal

Matija Nasttastic to Manchester City from Fiorentina - £10million 

West Ham vs Fulham:

Team Line-ups:

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Vaz Te, Taylor, Carroll.
Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Diarra, O'Neil, Maiga, Hall, Cole.


Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Diarra, Sidwell, Richardson, Duff, Rodallega, Petric.
Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Kasami, Berbatov, Briggs, Kacaniklic.


So Andy Carroll starts his debut for loanee club West Ham today alongside friend and midfielder Kevin Nolan.

£5million signing Dimitar Berbatov is on the bench for Fulham today.
Petric starts in attack alongside Hugo Rodallega.


12:45:

0: West Ham have kicked the match off at Upton Park.

1: Andy Carroll wins a header from Fulham defender Brede Hangeland before passing the ball straight to midfielder Kevin Nolan inside the 16-yard box... 
he sets up for a shot before blasting the ball towards goal.... GOAL!!

Bullet: West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan scores against Fulham with a low drive past goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.


West Ham have broken the deadlock in the first 53 seconds and Fulham are trailing already....


2: Nolan and Carroll already linking up well together.

25: Fulham have been struggling to cope with West Ham so far, and strike Andy Carroll has played very well for West Ham, winning lots of headers for his team and getting involved as much as possible.

29: West Ham have a corner, with midfielder Matt Taylor set to take it...
He whips the ball into the box for defender Winston Reid who heads the ball towards goal.... GOAL!!

Not stopping that: Defender Winston Reid celebrates his headed goal against Fulham to make it 2-0.

West Ham have doubled their lead, and here come the trademark bubbles onto the pitch.

34: West Ham are dominating possession now, not giving Fulham a sniff.

41: West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor takes a  volley from the edge of the area down into the ground... GOAL!!
West Ham are now crusing against Fulham, 3-0 before half-time.

FACT: This is Taylor's first goal as a West Ham player!

45: The fourth official has signalled for two minutes of stoppage time to be added on at Upton Park.

45+2: The referee has blown the whistle to singla for half-tuime.

West Ham 3 Fulham 0 

Fulham need to take and make more chances if they want to get back into the match, but West Ham will be happy with the scoreline, and just pass the ball around well.
Do not be surprised if West Ham keep this 3-0 lead.

13:43:
First half possession:
West Ham - 43%, Fulham - 57%

West Ham have taken advantage of their possession by being dangerous on the counter attack and passing well.

45: The referee has blown the whistle to start the second half at Upton Park.
Fulham SUB:
Mladen Petric OFF
Dimitar Berbatov ON


Petric has not been as good as he was on the opening day, no chances for him, so he comes off. 
Remember as a striker, you need good service to score goals, and you have to say that he has not had that....

£5million signing Dimitar Berbatov replaces him, and I have a feeling that he could be a bargain for Fulham this season. 
He can score goals, and can create chances out of nothing. 

47: West Ham have a chance, with Carroll heading the ball towards striker Ricardo Vaz Te but his shot is well wide of the goal, and goes over the bar!

50: Nice football by Fulham, with new signings Berbatov and Rodallega linking up well before Berbatov is ruled out offside.
Vaz Te is fouled by Fulham defensive midfielder Diarra outside the box, and West Ham are awarded a free-kick.

52: West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor hits a shot towards goal... goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer parries clear.

57: Berbatov looking dangerous in a Fulham shirt but still no break through for Fulham as they try and get back into the match. West Ha's defence are blocking shot left, right and centre now. 

60: Fulham SUB:
Alex Kacaniklic ON
Kieran Richardson OFF

66: West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame has the ball inside the Fulham box in a good position, but does too much with the ball at his feet.
He tries to use skill to get past Fulham players in the box but he is quickly crowded out by Hangeland and co.

67: West Ham SUB:
James Collins OFF
James Tomkins ON

Uh oh. A high collision between West Ham striker Andy Carroll and Fulham defender Brede Hangeland sees Carroll struggling on the floor in pain..

Down and out: West Ham striker Andy Carroll is on the pitch after an aerial clash with Fulham defender Hangeland.


68: West Ham SUB:
Andy Carroll OFF
Carlton Cole ON 

Andy Carroll with a tight hamstring, is coming off as a precautionary measure.

76: Fulham have started to play better now with good link-up play between Berbatov, Sidwell and Rodallega.

78: West Ham defender Gul Demel is down on the pitch with an injury.

79: West Ham SUB:
Guy Demel OFF
Richard Hall ON

80: Sky Sports update on Carroll's injury:
It has been confirmed that he felt a tightness in his hamstring after the collision with Hangeland but his substitution was a precautionary measure instead of a necessity, because The Hammers want him to make sure he is fit.

89: Fulham midfielder Damien Duff has a low, powerful shot saved by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Corner to Fulham, and you wonder if they played like this in the first half then they could still be in this match.....

90: The corner comes of nothing, while there will be three minutes of stoppage time to be added on.


90+3: FULL-TIME:

West Ham 3 Fulham 0


West Ham dominated the match from the first whistle with Kevin Nolan's low and powerful strike in the first 53 seconds.

West Ham had scored the 2nd and 3rd before half-time with defender Winston Reid and midfielder Matthew Taylor with the goals.



14:37:

15:00pm kick-offs:

Team Line-ups:

Tottenham vs Norwich City:

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sandro, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Defoe.

Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Naughton, Dembele, Townsend, Caulker.

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Holt, Jackson. 
Subs: Rudd, Turner, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Tierney, Tettey.

Wigan Athletic vs Stoke City:

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney.

Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, Cameron, Whitehead, Kightly, Crouch, Walters. 
Subs: Sorensen, Pennant, Jones, Edu, Adam, Upson, Jerome.
 
West Brom v Everton:

West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Long, Fortune.

Subs: Myhill, Rosenberg, Brunt, Gera, Odemwingie, Dawson, Jones.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Naismith, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Mirallas, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe.

FACT: Everton are unbeaten in their last 11 EPL matches, but they have not gone 12 matches without defeat since the 1984-5 season.

Swansea v Sunderland:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Graham.

Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Agustien, Davies.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Saha.


15:00: As the 3pm kick-offs have started, I will leave you all now...

I will be back tomorrow for Liverpool vs Arsenal, Newcastle vs Aston Villa and Manchester United vs Southampton LIVE Commentary along with an update from today's results plus analysis.