Saturday, 27 October 2012

EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage:

Hello and welcome to my latest installment of my EPL Blog. 
Today for all you football fans, there are 6 EPL matches after the UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches during midweek.

Here is a recap of all of the EPL teams during midweek in Europe:

Champions League Action:

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Chelsea 1
Manchester United 3 Braga 2
Ajax 3 Manchester City 1 
Arsenal 0 FC Schalke 2

Europa League Action:

NK Maribor 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Newcastle 1 Club Brugges 0
Liverpool 1 Anzhi Makhachkala 0

Today's EPL Fixtures 3pm (unless stated):

Aston Villa vs Norwich City: LIVE from 12:30pm

Arsenal vs QPR

Reading vs Fulham

Stoke City vs Sunderland 

Wigan Athletic vs West Ham United

Manchester City vs Swansea: LIVE from 17:30pm 



Aston Villa 1 Norwich City 1

The major news story comng into this match was that £24million striker Darren Bent would NOT start for Aston Villa today, despite coming off the bench to score in their match against West Brom a few weeks ago.  

Wasted talent: £24million striker Darren Bent is shown on the subs bench alongside team-mate Stephen Ireland.

Striker Christian Benteke broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, after a lovely cross by winger Marc Albrighton the net cooly slotted past the goalkeeper into the net.

Classy finish: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke breaks the deadlock in the 27th minute against Norwich.
There we go: Benteke celebrates his 2nd goal for Aston Villa after his £7million summer move from Genk.

Defender Joe Bennett was given two yellow cards (1 either half) and consquently sent off in the 52nd minute.

Norwich equalised with a goal of their own with 11 minutes to go thanks to defender Michael Turner, and that is how the match ended, 1-1. 

Late equaliser: Norwich defender Michael Turner celebrates his late goal with Snodgrass and the Norwich fans.

3pm Team Line-ups: 

Arsenal vs QPR:

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ramsey, Podolski, Giroud. 

Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Walcott, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Gervinho.

Arsenal host QPR in an interesting match at The Emirates. 
After losing 2-0 at home to Schalke in the Champions League, will Arsenal's poor run of form continue against a side who have not won a match this season?

Sloppy Arsenal: Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates his goal against Arsenal during midweek.
Were you sleepy? Afellay celebrates making it 2-0 against Arsenal, making the defence look sleepy and weak

Arsene Wenger welcomes back right-back Bacary Sagna and young midfielder Jack Wilshere after lengthy spells on the sidelines with injuries.

Welcome back Jack: Arsenal's young midfielder Jack Wilshere starts his first EPL match in over a year.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Diakite, Granero, Hoilett, Taarabt, Zamora.
Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Ephraim, Faurlin.

Mark Hughes' men face a trip to The Emirates, in a London derby against Arsenal.
They drew against Everton 1-1 last time out, and face an Arsenal side who have started the season well, but lost their touch in the last few matches. 

Reading vs Fulham:
Reading: McCarthy, Cummings, Gorkss, Mariappa, Shorey, Pogrebnyak, Tabb, Leigertwood, Kebe, McAnuff, Roberts.

Subs: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary, Robson-Kanu.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Diarra, Richardson, Rodallega, Berbatov. 
Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Sidwell, Petric, Ruiz, Karagounis, Dejagah. 

Wigan vs West Ham:

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

Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney, Jarvis, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Benayoun, Carroll.
Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Maiga, O'Brien, O'Neil, Chambers, Hall.

Stoke vs Sunderland:
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Kightly, Whitehead, Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Upson, Etherington, Wilkinson, Palacios.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Saha, Sessegnon.

15:00: The 3pm kick-off's have all started in the EPL.


Arsenal 1 QPR 0

This match was played at The Emirates Stadium, as 9th placed Arsenal hosted QPR.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute after a goal mouth scramble inside the 6 yard box. 

Scramble, but went in: Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta scores in the 84th minute to make it 1-0 against QPR.

QPR defender Stephane M'Bia was given a straight red card for a dangerous tackle, and Arteta broke Julio Cesar's shot stopping form today four minutes later. 

Arsenal had lots of chances, and played well throughout but Cesar kept QPR in the match for several periods and they were lucky to keep the score at 1-0.

Another plus for The Gunners is that full-back Bacary Sagna and midfielder Jack Wilshere both played their first matches this season, and came away unscathed.

Unscathed: Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna plays his first match of the season after suffering a broken foot
Guess who's back: Wilshere in action for Arsenal for the first time in 524 days after an injury-plague 18 months.

The Gunners killed their poor run of form late, with a win at home. They move up to 4th place, with 15 points from 9 matches.
QPR are still stuck in 20th place, with 3 points from 9 matches. 

Reading 3 Fulham 3

This match was played at The Madjeski Stadium, as 19th placed Reading hosted 9th placed Fulham. 

Reading defender Mikele Leigertwood broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, to give the home side the lead. 

Deadlock broken: Reading defender Mikele Leigterwood celebrates his goal against Fulham.

Fulham winger Bryan Ruiz equalised in the 61st minute to make it 1-1, before defender Chris Baird made it 2-1 in the 77th minute.

Gary McCleary made it 2-2 in the 85th minute before striker Dimitar Berbatov made it 3-2 in the 88th minute. 
Berbatov thought that he won the game for Fulham, but he was wrong.... 

Hal Robson-Kanu equalised in the last minute to give Reading a point in a dramatic 6-goal thriller. 

Stoke City 0 Sunderland 0

Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham United 1

Manchester City 1 Swansea City 0