Saturday, 9 February 2013

EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have LIVE coverage of 7 EPL matches being played today, including Sunderland vs Arsenal, Southampton vs Manchester City and Chelsea vs Wigan.  

Team Line-ups:

Sunderland vs Arsenal:

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Sessegnon, Cattermole, N'Diaye, Colback, Johnson, Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Larsson, Graham, Vaughan, Mangane, Cuellar.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud, Walcott.
Subs: Mannone, Diaby, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Miquel.  

Swansea City vs QPR:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Hernandez, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Dyer, Michu.
Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Lamah, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Derry, M'Bia, Jenas, Taarabt, Mackie.
Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Ben Haim, Zamora, Bothroyd. 

Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic:

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Oscar, Lampard, Hazard, Torres. 
Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Ferreira, Marin, Ba, Benayoun, Bertrand.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Espinoza, Maloney, Di Santo.
Subs: Robles, Kone, Jones, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Golobart. 

Norwich City vs Fulham:

Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Elliot Bennett, Hoolahan, Becchio.
Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Kamara, Tierney.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell, Frimpong, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov, Rodallega.
Subs: Etheridge, Petric, Karagounis, Hughes, Dejagah, Emmanuelson, Kacaniklic.
Stoke City vs Reading:

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

Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Akpan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Blackman, Pogrebnyak. 
Subs: Stuart Taylor, Shorey, Karacan, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary, Morrison.

15:00: All of the 6 EPL 3pm kick-off's have started.


It is half-time in all of the 5 matches, and here are the scores so far:

Chelsea 1 Wigan 0:
Brazillian midfielder Ramires broke the deadlock for The Blues after a good pass from striker Fernando Torres in the 23rd minute. They are still 1-0 up at half-time. 
Norwich 0 Fulham 0:
Fulham have a few injury worries, with striker Dimitar Berbatov and Arsenal loanee midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong both having to recieve treatment. Still goal-less at Carrow Road though. 

Stoke City 0 Reading 0:
Stoke are pressing Reading for the opener at The Britannia... with Crouch and Shawcross both having shots saved by Adam Federici. 

Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1:
The Gunners pressed Sunderland's defence throughout the first half, and finally got their first goal of the match in the 35th minute after a great run by midfielder Jack Wilshere who fed forward Theo Walcott a great through ball. Walcott knocked the ball to midfielder Santi Cazorla whose deflected strike flew into the net. 

Ahead: Midfielder Santi Cazorla celebrates his goal against Sunderland to make it 1-0. 

5th placed Arsenal are 4 points off (AS IT STANDS) 4th placed rivals Tottenham and a win will increase their chances of a top 4 finish again this season. 
Swansea City 2 QPR 0:
Spainish forward Michu broke the deadlock in the 8th minute after Julio Cesar parried away Nathan Dyer's long range effort.  
Defender Angel Rangel doubled the lead for the hosts in the 18th minute with a rebounded shot after Cesar denied him the first time but was not able to stop the second shot.  

Back on the scoresheet: Michu uses his trademark celebration to cap off his 1st goal in 6 matches for Swansea.
The second halves have all started. 

Liberty Stadium,

Swansea vs QPR:

QPR have halved the deficit now! Adel Taarabt's shot is saved by Michel Vorm, before former Fulham striker Bobby Zamora taps home the rebound. 2-1.

The Stadium of Light,

Sunderland vs Arsenal:

Injury worry for The Gunners, with young key midfielder Jack Wilshere limping off the pitch in pain. 
He is being replaced by French defensive midfielder Abou Diaby as a precautionary measure as they do not want to aggravate the injury. 

Tough time: Arsenal and England startlet Jack Wilshere has been given a tough time by Sunderland players today. 
Not too bad: Wilshere limps off the pitch, but the injury is not as bad as originally thought. 

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs QPR:

Spainish winger Pablo Hernandez has made it 3-1 to the hosts, with a squeezed shot past Julio Cesar. 

Narrow: Pablo Hernandez beats a QPR defender before squeezing the ball past Cesar into the net. 

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Wigan:

The Blues have doubled their lead after returning winger Eden Hazard converts right-back Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross. 2-0 to The Blues....

Guess who's back: Belgian winger Eden Hazard caps off his return to the first-team after serving his 3-match ban with a goal. 
Deserved: Hazard is mobbed by his team-mates after doubling the lead for Chelsea. 

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Wigan:

... Not anymore! Wigan striker Shaun Maloney has scored from an acute angle to give the away side hope. Could Chelsea let another 2 goal lead slip?!?!

The Stadium Of Light,
Sunderland vs Arsenal:

Even though the away side are winning, today must feel like a loss for Arsene Wenger and his side. 

They have already lost Jack Wilshere due to an injury, but it gets worse as The Gunners are now down to 10 men after left-back Carl Jenkinson is sent off for a second yellow card after a late tackle  on Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. 

The Britannia Stadium,
Stoke vs Reading:

Stoke have knocked on the Reading door several times throughout this match, and defender Robert Huth has broken the deadlock for The Potters with a header at the back post following a Stoke corner. 
1-0 to the hosts, and they can "shut up shop" now, or go for the 2nd goal to kill off the match.

Heads I score: Stoke defender Robert Huth towers over the Reading defence to score for the hosts. 

Liberty Stadium,
Swansea vs QPR:

QPR have suddenly fallen apart, despite starting the second half brightly. 
Spainish forward Michu beats QPR's record signing defender Christopher Samba before slotting the ball easily past Cesar into the net. 4-1 to the hosts, and it is becoming a rout. 
QPR's talisman-like goalkeeper Julio Cesar however is not to blame..  

The Britannia Stadium,
Stoke City vs Reading:

Striker Cameron Jerome has all but sealed the 3 points for The Potters with a blistering strike past Adam Federici into the net. 2-0 with 15 minutes to play. 

Nicely done: Stoke striker Cameron Jerome hits a great strike to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. 
Encouraging: Jerome celebrates scoring his 4th goal of the season to make it 2-0. 

The Britannia Stadium,
Stoke City vs Reading:

Reading are suddenly back into the match, after defender Adrian Mariappa heads in an Ian Harte corner. Surely not an equaliser?!

Back in it: Defender Mariappa heads the ball into the net from a corner to make it 2-1. 

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic:

Legendary midfielder Frank Lampard scores his 198th Chelsea goal to put The Blues 3-1 up with a stunning 20-yard strike!

Legend: Frank Lampard celebrates his goal to give Chelsea a 3-1 lead with Azpilicueta. 

Stamford Bridge,
Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic:

Winger Marko Marin has come off the subs bench to score his first goal for Chelsea since moving from German club Werder Bremen in the Summer transfer window for £7million pounds.  

Off the mark: Marko Marin has FINALLY scored his first goal for Chelsea after his £7m move from Bremen. 


Chelsea 4 Wigan 1
Swansea 4 QPR 1
Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1
Norwich 0 Fulham 0 
Stoke City 2 Reading 1

Southampton vs Manchester City - LIVE at 5:30pm

Southampton vs Manchester City:

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Puncheon, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Lallana, Richardson, Chaplow.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Javi Garcia, Clichy, Nasri, Toure, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Milner, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Toure.

I will have analysis and coverage of this evening match tomorrow, along with the 2 other matches being played on Sunday;

Aston Villa vs West Ham United - LIVE at 1.30pm 
Manchester United vs Everton - LIVE at 4pm