Saturday, 15 December 2012

EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog installment, with 6 matches being played today including the early afternoon match from The Sports Direct Arena between Newcastle and Manchester City and Manchester United vs Sunderland.

Earlier on today:

Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 3

This match was played at The Sports Direct Arena, as 14th placed Newcastle hosted 2nd placed Manchester City.

Both sides got off to a good start out of the blocks quickly, and Newcastle could have gone 2-0 ahead in the first time minutes, if it wasn't for Joe Hart's diving and shot-stopping skills.

Manchester City broke the deadlock after 10 minutes, thanks to good through ball from defensive midfielder Yaya Toure which found midfielder Samir Nasri inside the box.
Nasri did a fake shot before passing a low ball across the box straight to Aguero who tapped the ball cooly into the back of the net.

Half a dozen: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero wheels away to celebrate his goal in the 10th minute.

In the 39th minute, midfielder Javi Garcia scored a header to double City's lead to 2 goals to nil.

Doubled the lead: Manchester City defensive midfielder Javi Garcia heads his side into a 2-0 lead.

Just after half-time, in the 51st minute, Demba Ba halved the lead to one goal with a header ove Joe Hart's head into the top corner of the net. 

Back in it: Newcastle striker Demba Ba scores his 11th goal of the season to head his side back into the match.

Newcastle started to press City completely after Ba's goal and had a lot of goalscoring chances.
They did not take their chances properly however, and acting captain Yaya Toure ended the match in the 77th minute with a shot past Tim Krul. 

Game sealed: Manchester City defensive midfielder Yaya Toure capped off a great performance with a goal.

LIVE 3pm HALF-TIME Scores:

Liverpool 0 Aston Villa 2:

Strikers Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann have both scored for the away side to give them a 2-0 lead against Liverpool.   

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0:

£24million striker Robin van Persie scored his 12th goal of the season, and midfielder Tom Cleverley also scored for the home side to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead against a side that laughed at them last season when they lost the title race on the last day. 

Norwich 1 Wigan Athletic 0:

Anthony Pilkington scored in the 15th minute to give Norwich a 1-0 lead. It is still 1-0 to the hosts at half-time.

QPR 0 Fulham 0: 

Harry Redknapp's men are only 45 minutes away from drawing against local London rivals Fulham at Loftus Road. 
Of course they would rather end their poor streak of a winless run, but it is better to have 1 point than 0. 


Liverpool 1 Aston Villa 3

Christian Benteke scored his 5th goal of the season and completed his double to make it 3-0 in the 51st minute.  

On top: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke scored twice and assisted Weimann against Liverpool.

Liverpool midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard gave the hosts a consolation goal in the 87th minute, but the Kop will definitely be disappointed especially after losing at home to a side that they should be beating comfortably. 

Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1

Wayne Rooney  finished the match off in the 59th minute to give United a 3-1 victory over Sunderland after goals from van Persie and Cleverley in the second half.

Revenge: Rooney celebrates making it 3-0 against Sunderland after the fans laughed at United on the last day of the season when they lost the title to City.
Earlier: Robin van Persie broke the deadlock to score for United to make it 1-0 in the 14th minute.
Boom: van Persie celebrates his 12th goal of the season in the EPL to give United a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford.
Utilty man: United's young midfielder Tom Cleverley doubles his side's lead with a great finesse finish past Mignolet.

Former United striker Fraizer Campbell scored a consolation header goal to soften the blow of losing in the 72nd minute.

If only: Former United striker Fraizer Campbell heads Sunderland's consolation goal in the 72nd minute.
They have moved back to 6 points on top of the table, ahead of local rivals City who ironically also won 3-1, against Newcastle earlier today.

FACT: Sunderland have not beaten Manchester United in the EPL at Old Trafford in 44 years. 

Norwich City 2 Wigan Athletic 1 

Wes Hoolahan won the match for the home side in the 64th minute, after Shaun Maloney's equaliser 13 minutes before to make it 1-1. 

Moving up: Wes Hoolahan's header gave Norwich another 3 points, and now they have moved up to 7th place.
If only you knew: Wigan celebrate Maloney's equaliser in the 51st minute at Carrow Road.

Norwich have moved up to 7th place, while Wigan are in 18th place - in the relegation battle as they always are every season...  
QPR 2 Fulham 1

Harry Redknapp's men finally got off the bottom of the table with their first three points of the season at home against London rivals Fulham at Loftus Road. 

The gutsy performance by Rangers was inspired by winger Adel Taarabt who scored a double in 16 minutes after half-time to give the home side a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Striker Mladen Petric scored in the 88th minute to give theaway side Fulham slight hope of equalising, but it was too little too late from Martin Jol's side who lose their 4th away match of the season. 

Stoke City 1 Everton 1

This match was played at The Britannia Stadium, as 9th placed Stoke hosted 4th placed Everton. The away side could put pressure on 3rd placed Chelsea, who were away in Japan playing in the Club World Cup. 

Defender Ryan Shawcross scored an own goal in the 36th minute to give the away side the lead, but Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones equalised for The Potters in the second half, after 52 minutes. 

The match finished 1-1, with Everton drawing their 9th league match of the season and Stoke moving above Swansea into 9th place.

There was controversy found after the match because it was shown on the cameras that Everton's midfielder and talisman Marouane Fellaini was seen to headbutt defender Ryan Shawcross during the match when they had a clash. He stayed on the field as the referee did not see it but the FA are currently investigating the matter.

Today's recap: 
  • Both Manchester clubs both win 3-1 against Newcastle and Sunderland.
  • QPR won their first league match of the SEASON against Fulham
  • Liverpool lose 3-1 against Benteke and Weimann of Aston Villa
  • Wes Hoolahan won Norwich the match against Wigan to move them up to 7th place  
  • Fellaini and Kolarov are both being investigated by the FA after allegations of a headbutt to another (Fellaini) and abuse towards Newcastle fans about an Albanian flag (Kolarov) 
December's transfer rumours - Part 1:

Arsenal and Manchester United are both ready to battle for Liverpool's 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling.
They are both reportedly willing to spend £15million on the England startlet, who is yet to sign a new contract with The Reds.

Wigan Athletic are hoping to sign Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez on a loan deal because of his lack of first-team action since signing for The Red Devils in the summer transfer window.

Sunderland and QPR are both interested in New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill who left Everton at the end of the summer to join the American club. The season has finished now, and he will want to play football. 

Shakhtar Donetsk, Anzhi Makchakchkala and Liverpool are all showing interest in Swansea's £2million bargain signing Michu, who has been impressive in his 3 months at the club, scoring 11 goals in the EPL. 

Italian club Napoli are reportedly ready to offer Arsenal £5million for striker Marouane Chamakh, who has failed to recieve first-team action throughout this season. 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly told winger Stewart Downing that he can leave the club, and reports that he is unhappy about his treatment at the club.

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Thank you very much, and I will continue to do what I love which is blogging about football for a long time, in the hope that maybe one day, I will be able to be a successful journalist for a successful newspaper in the future. 

Tomorrow, I will have LIVE Coverage of the two matches on show in the EPL, with Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea and West Brom vs West Ham, along with a LIVE Commentary of the Club World Cup Final between Chelsea and Corinthians.

I will speak to you all tomorrow! Have a good night, and don't forget to watch Match of the Day and Sevilla vs Malaga in the Liga BBVA (Spainish League) (watch out for Isco - one for the future) :D