Saturday, 22 December 2012

EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage:

Hello everyone, and welcome to my latest installemnt of my blog.
Today, there are 8 EPL matches for all of you football fans, including the early afternoon match between Arsenal and Wigan along with Manchester City vs Reading.

Arsenal vs Wigan: LIVE at 12:45pm

Team Line-ups:

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Maloney, McArthur, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo, Kone. 

Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott. 

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gervinho.

13:32: The referee has blown the whistle to end the first half of action between Wigan and Arsenal at the DW Stadium.
Tackles have been flying in, with both sides having good spells of possession and it should not be goal-less at this minute.

Aroune Kone had a golden chance to break the deadlock, midway through the first half after he timed his run to perfection before sprinting past defender Per Mertesacker
Sczcesny came out to win the ball, and all Kone had to do was stroke the ball beyond the Polish keeper into the net. His shot was inches wide, and Arsenal were let off the hook after a dangerous counter attack.  

The Gunners have had chances of their own, and should have taken their chances, but it is 0-0 at half-time with Wigan the happier of the two sides. 


14:40 - Wigan 0 Arsenal 1: FULL TIME SCORE

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta broke the deadlock for The Gunners from the penalty spot after 60 minutes.

Cool: Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot to give The Gunners the lead after 60 minutes.
4th goal of the season: Arteta celebrates his 3rd goal from the penalty spot.


Acting forward Theo Walcott was brought down by Wigan defensive midfielder Jean Beausjour inside the box on the run, and the referee had no choice but to give the away side a penalty.  

Wigan had more chances of their own, and a shot by James McCarthy was close, but hit the post and went wide. They put pressure on The Gunners after they had conceded the first goal, but Arsene Wenger's men held firm for 3 points at The DW Stadium.

That win has momentarily moved them up into 3rd place above Champions League qualification rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, while Wigan stay in the bottom three.  


3pm kick-offs in the EPL:

Manchester City vs Reading:
 
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Rekik, Barry, Javi Garcia, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Tevez.

Subs: Wright, Kompany, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Sinclair, Razak.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Le Fondre, Hunt, Gorkss, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie.

West Ham United vs Everton:
 
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole.

Subs: Spiegel, Collison, Maiga, Diarra, Spence, Moncur, Lletget.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe.
Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.
  
Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City:
 
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor.

Subs: Friedel, Parker, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Shotton, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Walters.
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Crouch, Jerome.

Newcastle United vs QPR:
 
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse.

Subs: Harper, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero, Faurlin, Taarabt, Cisse.
Subs: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Derry, Wright Phillips, Onuoha, Hoilett.

Southampton vs Sunderland:

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Mayuka, Lambert, Ramirez.

Subs: Boruc, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Richardson, De Ridder.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. 
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble.

19:30:

FULL-TIME SCORES:

Manchester City 1 Reading 0

This match was played at The Ethiad Stadium, as 2nd placed Manchester City had a chance to put more pressure on their local rivals United with a win at home against relegation battlers Reading.

The match was in the hands of the hosts the whole way through with Tevez and Aguero both missing chances to put their side ahead. 


Scratchy head: Aguero is disappointed after he misses a chance to put City ahead during the match. 
Frustration: Tevez looks on as he misses a chance to put the hosts ahead.


They left it late, but in the 90th minute, defensive midfielder Gareth Barry broke the deadlock with a diving header from winger David Silva's cross and gave City all 3 points.


Diving winner: Midfielder Gareth Barry wins the match at the death against Reading. 
Vital: Barry celebrates his goal with playmaker David Silva which puts pressure on 1st placed United.
There we go: City celebrate Barry's winning goal at The Ethiad.

City are now 3 points off rivals United who have a tough trip away to Swansea tomorrow which will be covered LIVE, while Reading stay in the bottom 3. 

Newcastle United 1 QPR 0

This match was played at The Sports Direct Arena, as out-of-form Newcastle hosted a buzzing QPR side who had just won their first match of the SEASON last week with a 2-1 victory over Fulham at Loftus Road.

The big question was if they could maintain that win, and get 3 points over a side that have lost 4 matches at home this season.

Striker Shola Ameobi scored the only goal of the match, coming off the bench to score in the 81st minute.


Inspired substitution: Striker Shola Ameobi scored for Newcastle in the 81st minute.
Super sub: Ameobi celebrates his goal with James Perch as Newcastle move into 14th place.

Newcastle win their 2nd game in 8 matches, while QPR move back into that poor run of form that has seen them pick up only 3 points this season away from home.

Southampton 0 Sunderland 1

This match was played at St. Mary's Stadium, as 17th placed Southampton hosted 16th placed Sunderland in a 'battle at the bottom' of the table.

Sunderland's talisman Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the game for the away side in the 42nd minute to give Sunderland all 3 points, and ease manager Martin O'Neil's pressure to survive relegation this season.


Impact signing: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher celebrates his 8th goal of the season. 

Sunderland have moved one place up to 15th place, while Southampton stay in 17th, on the verge of the relegation zone.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Stoke City 0

This match was played at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham Hotspur hosted a tough Stoke side, who have conceded 13 goals this season.

The match was physical throughout, as you would expect from a Stoke match, but the away side were strong and held firm to ensure that they did not let Tottenham score against them.

The match ended goal-less, with 7 yellow cards and both sides taking a point. 

Stoke will be the happier of the two sides, as they were NOT at home and were playing against a Champions League contending team. 

Spurs go down into 5th place, level on points with Arsenal and Everton (3rd and 4th respectively), and West Brom (6th place), failing to capitalize on results elsewhere, which would have put them into 3rd place with a win at home.  
Stoke move into 9th place, level on 25 points with Norwich and Liverpool. 

West Bromwich Albion 2 Norwich City 1

This match was played at The Hawthorns, as two of the surprise teams of the season went head-to-head in a battle between 6th placed and 10th placed in the table.

West Brom started the match off well, with striker Romelu Lukaku making chances for himself, in the first half.

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass had a free-kick from 25 yards out in the 23rd minute. His shot was powerful and curled towards the top corner of the net.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster tried to parry the ball out, but the ball hit the crossbar before bouncing into the net.

Midfielder Zoltan Gera equalised for the hosts in the 43rd minute after a corner was whipped into the box.

A header from defender Olsson forced Mark Bunn into a save, and he tried to tip the ball over the bar, but it hit the crossbar and came back off the bar and Gera fired from close range to level the scoring at 1-1.

West Brom had chances to score in the second half, as they looked to win all 3 points. 
Loanee striker Romelu Lukaku scored the winner for the hosts in the 82nd minute with a header from a lofted ball near the halfway line.


West Ham United 1 Everton 2

This match was played at Upton Park, as 12th placed West Ham hosted 8th placed Everton.

5.30pm kick-off: Liverpool 4 Fulham 0


(MORE TO FOLLOW - AS THE DAY CONTINUES)