Saturday, 15 September 2012

EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage:

Hello and welcome to my EPL Super Satuday LIVE Coverage. We have be to an  from the EPL for the last two weeks due to an international break, but we are back and the weekend opens with Norwich vs West Ham LIVE in a few minutes...

Here are the Team Line-Ups:

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Holt, Jackson.

Subs: Rudd, Turner, Hoolahan, Fox, Morison, Tierney, Kane.

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

I expect West Ham to win against Norwich but Holt, Snodgrass and co could trouble their defence.



Norwich 0 West Ham 0

It has been a fairly even and entertaining match so far at Carrow Road with both teams have half chances including the the penalty incident and the Norwich goalmouth scramble. 

The penalty incident was in the 40th minute, after Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman was tackled late by defender James Collins.

Referee Chris Foy gave Norwich a free-kick inches away from the penalty area but Norwich were not able to take their chance.

The goalmouth scramble was for Norwich, after 5 shots on goal, West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen prevented a goal for The Canaries.

Tussle: West Ham midfielder Mark Noble and Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson tussle to win the ball.

All we need now is a few goals...


45: The match has restarted at Carrow Road. 0-0.

49: Norwich started the second half well with good passing, just need to test Jaaskelainen a bit more. 
Corner after a deflected shot by Simeon Jackson.

50: Nothing comes of the corner.

50: Norwich striker Simeon Jackson turns before hitting a rocket shot towards goal... it curls towards goal..... SAVED by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Good save from a powerful and curling shot.

51: Snodgrass has a low shot towards goal... WIDE of the goal!!!
Norwich giving West Ham some problems now.... 

56: West Ham SUB:

Carlton Cole (injury) OFF
Matt Taylor OFF
Modibo Maiga ON
Matt Jarvis ON

63: Norwich SUB:

Simeon Jackson OFF
Steve Morison ON

71: Norwich SUB:

Grant Holt OFF
Harry Kane ON

75: West Ham midfielder Matt Jarvis has an ambitious shot taken from 23 yards out.... OVER THE BAR!!!

Still goalless with just under 15 minutes to go....

78: West Ham go on the counter attack with Vaz Te crossing the ball into the box for Demel, the ball goes over his head and it is a Norwich goal-kick.


Chelsea defender John Terry and QPR defender Anton Ferdinand will both start in the fiery West London derby at 3pm.

We do not know whether they will shake hands pre-match, but that is the story that has been dominating the news over the past few days..

84: Harry Kane weaves past two West Ham defenders,  before having a finesse shot towards goal.... JUST WIDE!!!

He has potential, this young Tottenham loanee striker.

86: West Ham SUB:
Ricardo Vaz Te OFF 
Yossi Benayoun ON

90: The fourth officila has signalled for 3 minutes of stoppage time to be added on.

90+2: Norwich's loanee striker Harry Kane finds Robert Snodgrass who has a shot deflected away for a corner.

90+3: Morison has a header comfortably saved by Jaaskelainen.

The referee blows the whistle to end the match at Carrow Road.

Norwich 0 West Ham 0.

Team Line-ups for the 15:00pm kick-offs:

QPR vs Chelsea:

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Faurlin, Park, Johnson, Zamora.

Subs: Green, Cisse, Taarabt, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer, Hoilett.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Bertrand, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Oscar, Moses, Sturridge, Cahill, Azpilicueta.

Stoke vs Manchester City:

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch. 

Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Owen, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam starts today for his new club after his £5million move on Transfer Deadline Day.
Strikers Cameron Jerome and Michael Owen are both on the bench against Manchester City.

Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Toure, Javi Garcia, Sinclair, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Wright, Dzeko, Kolarov, Rodwell, Barry, Silva, Toure.

Three Transfer Deadline Day signings start for Manchester City today, with Maicon, Javi Garcia and Sinclair all on the starting 11 line-up.
Surprisingly, David Silva and Yaya Toure are on the substitute bench.

Arsenal vs Southampton:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Arteta, Oxlade Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho.

Subs: Mannone, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Giroud, Walcott, Ramsey, Arshavin.

Wojciech Szczesny starts in goal after a bruised rib for the past month. 
Abou Diaby has been replaced by Francis Coquelin after an injury and will not feature.
Walcott, Giroud and Ramsey are all on the subs bench.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. 
Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Richardson, Mayuka, Chaplow.

Southampton's £11.8million record signing Gaston Ramirez may feature for his new club today, but he will have to wait for a bit, as he is on the bench.
In-form Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert both start in strike against Arsenal at The Emirates.

Fulham vs West Brom:

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Rodallega.

Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Karagounis, Briggs, Trotta, Smith.

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov makes his debut at Craven Cottage today, with Rodallega partnering him in strike.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Odemwingie, Morrison, Fortune, Long. 
Subs: Myhill, Rosenberg, Brunt, Dorrans, Lukaku, Gera, Dawson.

On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku and Zoltan Gera are both on the bench today for West Brom.

Manchester Utd vs Wigan Athletic:

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Subs: De Gea, Evans, Valencia, van Persie, Cleverley, Powell, Kagawa.

Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are both on the Utd bench, after picking up injury knocks during midweek on international duty for Holland and Japan (respectively). 

FACT: Ryan Giggs will become the first player to feature in 600 EPL matches, Scholes will make his 700th United appearance and Rio Ferdinand will hit the 400 match barrier.

Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard starts ahead of David De Gea and Alexander Buttner makes his debut for the club.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo.
Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi.

Jordi Gomez and Ryo Miyaichi are both on the bench for Wigan.

Aston Villa vs Swansea:

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Bent.

Subs: Given, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Westwood, Benteke, Bowery, Bennett.

Surprisingly Charles N'Zogbia, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke are ALL on the subs bench for Aston Villa.
Andreas Weimann and Darren Bent are both the strikers for Villa.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Graham.
Subs: Tremmel, Hernandez, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Agustien, Richards.

Michu starts, with Pablo Hernandez and Ki-Sung Yeung on the bench for 2nd placed Swansea. 

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has SNUBBED Ashley Cole and John Terry during the pre-match handshakes. 

Snubbed: Chelsea defender John Terry's handshake has been snubbed by QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.


15:00: The 6 3pm matches have all kicked off.

Manchester United vs Wigan,
Old Trafford:

Striker Javier Hernandez has had a penalty SAVED by Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. 

Still goalless: Striker Javier Hernandez has a penalty saved by Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in the 6th minute.

This was after Danny Welbeck was apparently taken out by Al Habsi.... Replays show that Welbeck dived after slight contact.

5 minutes, goalless at OT...

Arsenal vs Southampton,
The Emirates: 

The hosts have scored after 11 minutes, with defender Jos Hooiveld scoring an own goal.

Striker Lukas Podolski and full-back Kieran Gibbs both linked up before Gibbs's low cross into the box hit Hooiveld before the ball went into the net.

Own goal: Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs' cross hits defender Jos Hooiveld before going into the net.

Stoke vs Manchester City,
The Britannia Stadium:

Shock start by Stoke and despite the run of play, Stoke have scored against moneybags City.

Striker Peter Crouch scores the goal despite Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott calling for handball.

Aston Villa vs Swansea,
Villa Park:

New signing Matthew Lowton breaks the deadlock after 16 minutes against 2nd placed Swansea with a well taken 20 yard volley. 

Shock and Villa lead 1-0 at home against Swansea who have been impressive so far this season.

QPR vs Chelsea,

Loftus Road:

Two injuries for QPR, with Andrew Johnson and Rafael Da Silva both coming off.

Jamie Mackie and Nedum Onouha replaced the two.

Arsenal vs Southampton,
The Emirates:

GOAL!!!! Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scores his 2nd goal in 2 matches with a great free-kick goal from 25 yards out..

Jumping for joy: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski celebrates his 25-yard free-kick to make it 2-0.

2-0 to The Gunners and they should close out the match now..

Fulham vs West Brom,
Craven Cottage:

£5million signing Dimitar Berbatov breaks the deadlock in the 33th minute.

Bargain: Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov scores a great chip to make it 1-0 against West Brom.

Stoke vs Manchester City,
The Britannia Stadium:

New £24million signing Javi Garcia has equalised for his new club City after scoring a header from Carlos Tevez's free-kick, 1-1 with 34 minutes gone.

Yes: Manchester City's new £24million midfielder Javi Garcia celebrates his header to equalise for Stoke.

Arsenal vs Southampton,
The Emirates:

GOAL!!!! 3-0 to The Gunners, with forward Gervinho scoring his first goal for the club this season.

Midfielder Mikel Arteta finds Gervinho with an over-the-top ball into the box before he finished past goalkeeper Kelvin Davies. 

Piledriver: Arsenal forward Gervinho hits the ball past goalkeeper Kelvin Davies to make it 3-0.
Arsenal vs Southampton,

The Emirates: 

4-0 to Arsenal, after Gibbs' cross hits Clyne before the ball goes into the net. 

Fulham vs West Brom,
Craven Cottage:

Still 1-0 to the hosts, but West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has put his side down to ten men after getting a straight red card for 'violent conduct'.

He stomped on Fulham's Sacha Riether.

Arsenal vs Southampton,
The Emirates:

GOAL for Southampton: 
An error from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (dropping the ball straight to Daniel Fox) enables the midfielder space to score and give The Saints hope. 

FACT: Arsenal have NOW conceded their first goal of the season after Daniel Fox's goal today. 315 minutes without conceding.



Arsenal 4 Southampton 1

Fulham 2 West Brom 0

£5million signing and striker Dimitar Berbatov has scored a brace on his home debut for Fulham. His first was a delightful chip, and the second was a penalty.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has been sent off for violent conduct after a stamp on Sascha Riether.

Chelsea 0 QPR 0

The fiery west London derby has no goals so far at half-time, despite Hazard and Torres troubling QPR new goalkeeper Julio Cesar, and QPR being forced to make two substituions with Fabio and Johnson getting injuries. 0-0

Manchester United 0 Wigan 0

Old Trafford is where United are being held 0-0 by Wigan.
Javier Hernandez had a penalty saved by Ali Al Habsi in the 6th minute after Welbeck fell down under a challenge by the keeper. 

The longer the match is goalless, the more likely SAF will put Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie on.

The last time Wigan played against United, they beat them 1-0 so you never know...

Aston Villa 1 Swansea 0

Matthew Lowton has scored the only goal of the match at Villa Park as they lead 2nd placed Swansea by 1 goal to nil. 

Can Swansea equalise and get back into the game, or will Villa shock everyone with a win at home today? 

Stoke 1 Manchester City 1

Stoke striker Peter Crouch and Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia have both scored so far for their respective clubs.
1-1, but do not think that the match is over yet....

The 3pm kick-offs have all restarted for the second half.

At The Emirates - Southampton's record signing Gaston Ramirez has come on for Steven Davis.

Manchester United vs Wigan,
Old Trafford:

United have taken the lead, after an error by Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi who parried the ball straight to the United atack...

The ball fell back to midfielder Paul Scholes who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute.

Still going strong: Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes celebrates scoring on his 700th match for United.

FACT: If the match stays like this, Sir Alex Ferguson will win his 600th match in charge of United on his 500th league match today.


Arsenal vs Southampton,
The Emirates:

Gaston Ramirez has started his debut well, giving Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny trouble with a shot, but nothing too dangerous....


Stoke vs Manchester City,
The Britannia Stadium:

Stoke striker Michael Owen has been seen warming-up and getting ready to come on, with just under 30 minutes to play - his presence would be appreciated.


QPR vs Chelsea,
Loftus Road:

QPR are dominating the play against Chelsea, with a Ji-Sung Park header saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea SUB:
Victor Moses ON
Ryan Bertrand OFF


Manchester United vs Wigan,
Old Trafford: 

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez makes up for his penalty save by doubling the lead for United after weaving past Boyce before beating Ali Al Habsi.


QPR vs Chelsea,
Loftus Road:

Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has continued the pressing by QPR with a volley towards goal... saved by Cech though.


Manchester United vs Wigan,
Old Trafford:

£4million signing Alexander Buttner has made the score 3-0 to United.

He skins Boyce and McCarthy before running down the wing and smashing the ball from the near post into the net.

Smash it: New Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner scores from the near post to make it 3-0.

Ali Al Habsi should have saved the ball and it hit him on the way into the goal... Poor goalkeeping but even worse defending by Wigan.

Manchester United have not even played very well and are winning 3-0, does that not say something?

Aston Villa vs Swansea,
Loftus Road:

Swansea manager Paul Laudrup has brought on record signing Pablo Hernandez and he is looking promising so far.
Going to be an intersting next 20 minutes.

Stoke vs Manchester City,
The Britannia Stadium:

This match has died down since half-time.... but both sides are looking for a winner.

Arsenal vs Southampton,

The Emirates:

GOAL!!! Forward Gervinho scores his brace to make it 5-1 to Arsenal and if there was any doubt of the result, surely it is dead now?!

A brace for me: Arsenal forward Gervinho celebrates his second goal against Southampton in the second half.

Manchester United vs Wigan,
Old Trafford:

Manchester United SUB:
Paul Scholes OFF
Ryan Giggs OFF
Nick Powell ON
Robin van Persie ON

QPR vs Chelsea,
Loftus Road:

Striker Bobby Zamora has a shot cleared off the line by a Chelsea defender after going round etr Cech.

He intercepted a poor pass by John Obi Mikel and was close to breaking the deadlock.

Manchester United vs Wigan,
Old Trafford:

Manchester United young midfielder Nick Powell skillfully weaves past a defender before shooting from 20 yards out past Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, 5 minutes into his home debut.

One for the future: Manchester United's young midfielder Nick Powell makes it 4-0 against Wigan.

4-0 to United, and they have hardly broken sweat.
Just poor defending by Wigan to be honest with 8 minutes (plus added time) to be played at OT.

He shows promise for a young player, and is a skillful player.


QPR vs Chelsea,
Loftus Road:

Chelsea SUB:
Fernando Torres OFF
Daniel Sturridge ON

Torres is NOT happy, and storms off into the tunnel in frustration and anger.


Aston Villa vs Swansea,
Villa Park:

Aston Villa's new £7million signing Christian Benteke doubles Villa's lead with an easy tap-in after some shaky defending by Swansea.

2-0, and surely that wraps up three points.


Arsenal vs Southampton,
The Emirates:

Cazorla and Vermaelen link up well, before Vermaelen has a powerful shot parried away by goalkeeper Kelvin Davies.

The ball falls to subsitute Theo Walcott who taps the ball into the net. 

Respect: Arsenal winger Theo Walcott scores against his former club Southampton but does not celebrate.

6-1 to Arsenal, and Walcott does not celebrate in respect for his old club Southampton.


Stoke vs Manchester City,
The Britannia Stadium:

Javi Garcia had a header well saved by Asmir Begovic before a goal-line clearance ensures that City do NOT win.

The referee blows the whistle to end the match in Stoke, 1-1.


Stoke 1 Manchester City 1

Stoke gave City problems, and earned a well-deserved point against defending champions Manchester City.

Javi Garcia had equalised after Crouch put the home side ahead but despite City's late challenge for a winner, Begovic denied them three points at The Britannia.

Fulham 3 West Brom 0 

Steve Sidwell made it 3-0 to Fulham in the 89th minute before the referee ended West Brom's woes.

Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Arsenal did something that Manchester United and Manchester City both could not do - thrash Southampton.

Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho (x2) and two own goals gave The Gunners all three points at The Emirates.

Aston Villa 2 Swansea 0

Of all clubs that you would think Swansea would lose their first defeat this season it would not be Aston Villa would it?

Well, Aston Villa DID beat Swansea 2-0 thanks to new signings Christian Benteke and Matthew Lowton.

Manchester United 4 Wigan 0

United showed again that you do not have to play very well to win. 

They beat Wigan by 4 goals to nil, with Buttner, Hernandez, Scholes and Powell all on the scoresheet for the hosts.

QPR 0 Chelsea 0

The West London derby between QPR and Chelsea has finally finished.

The major story was before the match, with Anton Ferdinand refusing to shake Ashley Cole and John Terry's hands during the pre-match handshake ritual. 

Both sides failed to take their chances, with Chelsea the more disappointed of the two sides with Julio Cesar impressing and keeping a clean sheet on his debut.


Norwich 0 West Ham 0

This match had everything - controversy, shots, yellow cards, late drama BUT one thing was missing....

A goal. The points were shared at Carrow Road with Norwich the happier of the two sides.

Evening kick-off:

Sunderland vs Liverpool: LIVE at 17:30pm

Team Line-ups:

Sunderland vs Liverpool:

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Saha.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey, Borini, Suarez, Sterling.
Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Downing, Carragher.

l present LIVE coverage + commentary tomorrow of Reading vs Tottenham, along with a result + analysis of this evening match.

Thank you for reading my EPL Blog, and I hope you will continue to join me over the next few months where I will have LOTS of football coverage.

Before I leave you here is an updated table after today's matches:

1: Chelsea - 10pts
2: Manchester United - 9pts
3: Arsenal - 8pts
4: Manchester City - 8pts
5: Swansea - 7pts
6: West Brom - 7pts
7: West Ham - 7pts
8: Fulham - 6pts
9: Everton - 6pts
10: Stoke - 4pts

11: Aston Villa - 4pts
12: Newcastle - 4pts
13: Wigan - 4pts
14: Norwich - 3pts
15: Sunderland - 2pts
16: Tottenham - 2pts
17: QPR - 2pts
18: Reading - 1pt
19: Liverpool - 1pt
20: Southampton - 0pts