Sunday, 22 September 2013

EPL Super Sunday LIVE Coverage + Analysis:

Four EPL matches are on display for all you football supporters today, including Arsenal vs Stoke City at The Emirates and the heavily-anticipated Manchester derby between last year's EPL winners Manchester United and their closest rivals Manchester City. Both sides have a new manager than the previous derby, with United starting their first Manchester derby without Sir Alex in charge for the first time in over 26 years. 

Follow me today for LIVE Coverage of all four games, as I review and analyse with commentary and reactions from them all.

Here are the matches being played today:

Arsenal vs Stoke City - LIVE
The Gunners are leading 2-1 against a tough Stoke side, thanks to goals by in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey and German defender Per Mertesacker.

In-form: Ramsey is mobbed after breaking the deadlock in the 5th minute for Arsenal.

Back in-front: Mertesacker converts Ozil's corner to regain Arsenal's lead and make it 2-1

£43.3million pound German signing and midfield maestro Mesut Ozil was involved in both goals, having a shot parried by Begovic for the first and delivering the corner which Mertesacker headed into the net for the second. 

The game has been an interesting one to watch so far, with just under 25 minutes to play at The Emirates, however Arsenal took their foot off the gas after breaking the deadlock early on and Cameron's rebounded effort to equalise woke up the hosts who now find themselves back in-front. 

Wake-up call: Geoff Cameron equalised just before half-time for Stoke to make it 1-1.

A late subsitutional change before the game had started, with English forward Theo Walcott falling ill and young starlet Serge Gnabry replacing him minutes before kick off. The youngster has looked impressive down the wing on his debut appearance for the senior team.

If the result stays like this, Arsenal will end the week at the top of the EPL table.
 
Crystal Palace vs Swansea City - LIVE
Newly-promoted side Crystal Palace hosted Swansea at home today, but are currently trailing to the Europa League side 2-0 thanks to goals by Spanish striker Michu and winger Nathan Dyer either side of half-time.
Michu broke the deadlock after only 2 minutes into the game, and you feel now that Swansea will comfortably take the three points back to Wales and move up further in the table today. 

Another one: Michu celebrates his 2nd goal of the week after his finish against Valencia in the Europa League group stage on Thursday.
 
Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspur - LIVE at 4.00pm

Manchester City vs Manchester United - LIVE at 4.00pm

15:10 - Ten minutes remaining in both the 1.30pm kick-off's, with Arsenal now extending their lead thanks to full-back Bacary Sagna who was fed an inviting ball by man of the moment Ozil at the near post and his header beat Begovic. 

Game over: Sagna heads well from Ozil's free-kick delivery to give Arsenal a comfortable 2-goal cushion.
15:23 - Full-time whistle blown by the referee to signal the end of the match at The Emirates. Arsenal move two places up to top spot in the EPL table after a comfortable display against Stoke, without getting into top gear for the most part but being clinical on the counter attack and taking goal-scoring chances when needed on set-pieces.

My Man of the Match: Mesut Ozil.
2 games for Arsenal, 3 assist already and he is already proving the doubters wrong that he is a top quality midfielder, and I fully stand by my decision to call him one of the best midfielders in the world. 

Fans favourite: If you look closely you'll see many Arsenal fans with "Ozil 11" already printed on their backs, welcoming him before his home debut earlier today. They all love him already!

Outstanding: Ozil made 3 assists today on his home debut as Arsenal won 3-1 against Stoke.

Was involved in all three goals and look bright from the first whistle as Arsenal cruised to a 3-1 win. Real Madrid will be kicking themselves.

One to Watch: Aaron Ramsey.
The young Welsh midfielder scored again today with an early opener, and he is in amazing form so far this season having scored 7 goals already in all competitions. Having had a horror injury two years ago, he has come back stronger, fitter and better than ever before and will be a key part of the Arsenal midfield for years to come if he keeps up his consistent displays.

Rejuvenated: Ramsey celebrates his 7th goal of the season to open the scoring against Stoke.

Nearly got my MOTM aswell :) 

15:45 - Manchester United vs Manchester City and Cardiff vs Tottenham are both poised to kick-off, just under 15 minutes until kick-off in the 4pm games.

15:50 - I will be back shortly for some analysis from the Manchester derby between City and United as well as Cardiff vs Tottenham. Speak to you in just over an hour :) 

17:25 - I am back! Second half has begun in both the 4pm kick-off's and Manchester City are dominating their local rivals so far today... the score is 4-0 to the hosts thanks to goals by midfielders Yaya Toure, Nasri and a double from Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.

Early opener: Aguero broke the deadlock after 16 minutes taking advantage of poor United defending.

Ahead: Aguero celebrates his finish to give City an early lead in the Manchester derby. 



Another one: Aguero slotted past De Gea again to make it 3-0 just after half-time.

Can't handle me: Aguero wheels away to celebrate his brace at home against United.
 
Doubling the lead: Yaya Toure headed highest to double City's comfortable lead over United.


 
Can't stop scoring: Yaya Toure celebrates his header to make it 2-0.