Saturday, 14 September 2013

EPL LIVE Coverage:

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have LIVE Coverage of the EPL games being played later today as well as extras. 

After the long international break, the EPL is finally back in full swing this weekend, with 8 top-flight games being played today including Manchester United vs Crystal Palace, Sunderland vs Arsenal and Everton vs Chelsea as well as European games all over Europe (Bundesliga, Liga BBVA and Ligue 1) 

Here are the games being played today (3pm unless stated): 

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace - LIVE at 12:45pm

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United
Fulham vs West Brom
Hull City vs Cardiff City
Stoke City vs Manchester City
Sunderland vs Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City

Everton vs Chelsea - LIVE at 17:30pm

Here are the team line-ups for the early afternoon game between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, with £27.5million pound new signing Marouane Fellaini poised to make his United debut under his former manager David Moyes (at Everton) 

Re-united: Fellaini signed for Manchester United for £27.5m within the last hour of Deadline Day. 

Manchester United: De Gea, Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Rooney, van Persie. 

Subs: Amos, Evans, Cleverley, Zaha, Fellaini, Januzaj and Hernandez. 

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Puncheon, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Campana, Chamakh, Gayle. 

Subs: Alexander, O'Keefe, Phillips, Kebe, Jerome, Guediora, Bannan. 

13:00 - 
15 minutes gone at Old Trafford, and the scores are still goal-less.
The major news is that striker Wayne Rooney is starting the game for United, albeit with a big black headband covering his head wound that he suffered 3 weeks ago. 

Back: Rooney started the game for United today, with a headband over his head wound.

13:15 - 
30 minutes gone and Fellaini is seen on the touchline warming up getting ready to come on the pitch, no noticeable injuries but the Belgian just cannot wait to come on. 0-0 still, slightly dull game at the moment. 

13:17 - No real clear cut chances for either side at the moment, but Palace will be grateful that they are still in this game at the moment, with goalkeeper Speroni quiet in the Palace goal. 

Good defending by the newly-promoted side but questions will be asked as to why Anderson is starting ahead of Fellaini. 

13:21: Chance for United, after a good attacking ball was fed into the box for van Persie to turn into the net, but he was closed down quickly by the Palace defenders and his effort span past the post out for a goal-kick. 

13:24: CLOSE! Great counter attacking move by United, sees Michael Carrick get past the Crystal Palace defence with some fancy footwork before passing the ball to Rooney who pings a 50-yard ball to van Persie who takes a good touch to control before hitting the ball first time..... hits the post!!! 

This game has sprung into life now, with United realising they need a goal to win. Good attacking move, unlucky not to score for van Persie. 

13:28: CLOSE! Crystal Palace almost broke the deadlock with young striker Dwight Gayle getting past Rio Ferdinand on the overlap before having a chipped effort over De Gea but just past the post. Gayle was unlucky not to score, and you just have to think now that the deadlock will be broken sooner or later. 

13:31: PENALTY! Manchester United have a penalty! Ashley Young ran at the Crystal Palace defence, and he was brought down by midfielder Kagisho Dikgaco just inside the box. The referee Jon Moss points to the spot and gives Dikgaco a straight red card! Crystal Palace down to ten men, with van Persie poised to take the penalty. He hardly ever misses.

13:32: GOAL. Robin van Persie breaks the deadlock from the penalty spot sending Speroni the wrong way with a firing strike down into the bottom corner of the net. 1-0 to United at home, and Palace are now looking vulnerable down to ten men just before half-time. 

13:34: HALF-TIME: Manchester United lead at half-time due to a controversial penalty finished by van Persie. United score their first goal in 225 minutes of open play in the EPL, but it is surrounded by huge controversy as Young was judged to dive (outside the box aswell) and the referee Jon Moss gave a penalty and a red card decision. 

I personally do not think that it was a foul, it was a dive and it was outside the box. Red card just makes it even worse because now Palace have an uphill struggle to even get a result out of the game, let alone win. But it will be interesting.

13:48: Second half has begun at Old Trafford. 

13:52: Dwight Gayle could be a future star for Palace, his pace, dribbling and quick feet are a great combination and trouble for defenders. Brazillian full-back Fabio has just conceded a free-kick for cynically fouling him.

13:57: Yellow card brandished out for former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh after a late, clumsy challenge on Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic near the middle of the pitch.

14:00: Team news and line-ups from all of the 3pm kick-off's coming up as soon as possible, including the eagerly awaited game - Sunderland vs Arsenal :)
(Ozil if you didn't know may feature) 

14:02: Crystal Palace SUB:
Jose Campana OFF
Adlene Guediora ON

Good substitute for Palace, with one of their new signings coming on as fresh legs as they are down to ten men and need as much energy as possible. 

14:04: Fellaini is warming up on the bench as I send this message, stripping into his Manchester United kit. 

14:04: Good chance for United to kill off the game, with Evra getting past two Palace defenders on the wing before feeding van Persie just inside the box but his strike was not struck properly and flew over the bar. Unlucky.

14:07: Manchester United SUB:
Anderson OFF
Marouane Fellaini ON

The home crowd get off their feet as their £27.5million pound signing Fellaini gets 30 minutes of football at home, despite many criticizing the decision to start Anderson ahead of him today.

14:09: Manchester United corner as Palace defend well to keep out van Persie and Evra on the overlap. Young to come off as young Belgian startlet Adnan Januzaj comes on for the English winger who has not played particularly well and is lucky not to be off the pitch already for simulation.

14:10: Lots of team line-ups and news spilling out from the 3pm EPL games, with the major news being record-breaking £42.5million pound midfielder Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal. 

14:15: Ever since Januzaj and Fellaini have come on for United, the game has been more lively for the hosts. The crowd are more lively, and the play is more attacking. 

Fellaini had a half-volley strike from 25 yards out parried away by Speroni, and van Persie had a curling effort towards the top corner of the net just go over the crossbar. Close but it's still 1-0 and Palace still have a chance to equalise. 

14:22: Team news and line-ups will follow after the end of the United vs Crystal Palace game, still 1-0 to the hosts.
Manchester United SUB:
Robin van Persie OFF
Javier Hernandez ON

Hernandez replaces van Persie who has had a decent game, but could have had a hat-trick today. Played well and scored a goal for his efforts, but will be wishing his volley strike was a goal instead of hitting the crossbar. 

14:24: GOAL! Wayne Rooney doubles United's lead and virtually seals the three points for the hosts after a well-struck free-kick beat Speroni and fell into the bottom corner of the net to make it 2-0 with just over 8 minutes to play. 

14:34: The fourth official signals for 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the game at Old Trafford. United just casually holding onto the ball with Januzaj impressing with good ball control and composure. 

14:37: Patrice Evra is now limping near the touchline after a collision with a Crystal Palace midfielder, looks painful but he'll soldier on and finish the game.

14:38: And the game has finished at Old Trafford, with David Moyes winning his first game at home in charge of Manchester United. A comfortable 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, despite all the controversy surrounding the first goal, Rooney's finish ended all hope of a Palace comeback.

Poor referee decision with the away side down to ten men for 45 minutes but at the end of the day United get the win no matter how they get it. 

Team line-ups and news from 3pm games:

Stoke City vs Manchester City:

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Walters, N'Zonzi, Adam, Wilson, Etherington and Jones.

Subs: Sorensen, Pennant, Palacios, Arnautovic, Crouch, Ireland, Whelan.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Javi Garcia, Nastasic, Kolarov, Toure, Rodwell, Milner, Nasri, Jovetic and Negredo. 

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Boyata, Fernandinho, Navas, Dzeko and Aguero.  

Sunderland vs Arsenal: 

Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Johnson, Ki, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore and Fletcher.

Subs: Mannone, Brown, Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Cuellar and Borini.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud and Ramsey. 

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Frimpong, Miyiachi, Gnabry and Akpom. 

Hull City vs Cardiff City:

Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Koren, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Aluko and Graham.

Subs: Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, McShane, Jakupovic, Boyd and Quinn.

Cardiff: Lewis, Theophile-Catherine, Turner, Caulker, Taylor, Kim, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Medel, Whittingham and Campbell.

Subs: Hudson, Odemwingie, Gestede, Noone, Mutch, Maynard, Moore. 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City: 

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele, Paulinho, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson and Soldado.

Subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Naughton, Sandro, Holtby, Lamela and Defoe. 

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Elmander and van Wolfswinkel.

Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Martin, Howson, Hooper, Pilkington and Tettey. 

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United: 

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Okore, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke and Agbonlahor.

Subs: Bacuna, Helenius, Clark, Steer, Sylla, Tonev and Kozak.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Sissoko, Anita, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse and Remy.

Subs: Elliot, Steven Taylor, Dummett, Marveaux, Gouffran, Tiote and Sammy Ameobi. 

Fulham vs West Brom: 

Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson, Ruiz, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami, Kacaniklic and Berbatov.

Subs: Etheridge, Amorebieta, Zverotic, Duff, Karagounis, Taarabt and Rodallega.

West Brom: Myhill, Billy Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Anelka and Anichebe.

Subs: Popov, Morrison, Rosenberg, Sinclair, Luke Daniels, Dawson and Berahino.

15:00 - The 3pm kick-off's have all started in the EPL, meanwhile action in the Bundesliga begun at 2.30pm.

15:10: 1-0 to Arsenal away from home at The Stadium of Light, thanks to a nice assist by new German midfield signing Mesut Ozil who fed French in-form striker Olivier Giroud inside the box who couldn't miss and broke the deadlock to score his 3rd EPL goal of the season. 

Class: Mesut Ozil celebrates his assist with gooalscorer Olivier Giroud to break the deadlock against Sunderland. 

Goal-less everywhere else in the EPL, but you have to doubt it will stay like that for the rest of the day. 

15:20: GOAL! Newcastle break the deadlock at home, with French forward Hatem Ben Arfa scoring his second goal of the season after a goalmouth scramble in the box and Aston Villa failing to clear the ball found Ben Arfa in space able to smash the ball past Guzan into the net. 1-0. 

Ben Arfa reacts first to finish past Guzan into the net to break the deadlock against Villa. 

15:23: Another bout of poor defending, this time from West Brom after goalkeeper Boaz Myhill clears the danger from a corner but the ball falls to midfielder Steve Sidwell who hits a stinging drive past the keeper into the net to opening the scoring at Craven Cottage. 1-0 to Fulham. 

Stinging drive: Sidwell opens the scoring for Fulham against West Brom with a powerful strike past Myhill. 

16:30 - Second half has come and gone in the 3pm kick-off's, with Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Fulham and Hull City all leading at the half-time break. 

Due to some Internet problems which are preventing me from updating scores and commentary quick enough without lagging, I am unable to continue my LIVE Coverage but I will be back later on. 

Here are the scores with 10 minutes to play in the 3pm kick-off's:

Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 2
Fulham 1 West Brom 0
Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3
Hull City 1 Cardiff City 1
Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Norwich City 0
Everton vs Chelsea - 17.30pm kick-off

I will be back later on tonight for the rest of today's games, plus analysis and reviews. Speak to you all later (latest 11pm UK time) everyone :( 

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