Barclays Premier League Gameweek #2 Round-Up

Gameweek #2 of the Barclays Premier League saw the league settle into a more familiar pattern of behaviour and results were far more predictable than in gameweek #1. 

Manchester United recorded their first win of the campaign with a 3-2 win over Martin Jol’s Fulham. Damien Duff put the visitors ahead in the first half but a jittery Utd side came storming back in the second half with new signing Robin Van Persie netting his first goal for the club to seal the victory. Man Utd will however be without talismanic striker Wayne Rooney for up to a month as he recovers from a nasty gash sustained when blocking a shot by Hugo Rodallega. Shinhji Kagawa and Rafael da Silva were the other scorers for Utd while Nemanja Vidic’s own goal provided Fulham with a consolation second.

Chelsea made it three wins out of three; the midweek demolition of Reading followed by victory over Newcastle in which Eden Hazard once again brought the game to life by converting a spot kick after Fernando Torres was felled by Vurnon Anita and in the second half he laid on the second goal for Torres.

Swansea’s impressive win over QPR was followed up by an excellent 3-0 victory over newly promoted West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Angel Rangel, Michu and Danny Graham all bagged goals to ensure the Swan’s excellent start continued under new manager Michael Laudrup.

Tottenham Hotspur continued to stutter as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion who remain undefeated this term. Assou-Ekotto’s well taken goal 16 minutes from time looked to be enough to secure new boss Andre Villas-Boas his first win but a late equaliser by James Morrison sent Spurs fans into a booing frenzy, leaving AVB under no illusion at the size of the task ahead.

Sunderland fans will have to wait a little longer to see new signings Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson in action as their clash with Reading was called off due to torrential rain.

Everton continued their good early season form with a resounding 3-1 win over Aston Villa who suffered their second successive defeat under new manager Paul Lambert. Steven Pienaar got the Toffees off to a flying start when he scored after three minutes, then around the half hour mark Marouane Fellaini powered home Phil Jagielka’s cross after his excellent foraging run down the right. Just before half time everton made it 3-0 when Nikica Jelavic executed a superb finish after Leighton Baines pulled the ball back to him. Things got worse for the Villans when Ciaran Clark was sent off just before the hour although Karim El Ahmadi’s first goal for the club, a long range scorcher, came as little consolation 16 minutes from time.

Norwich and QPR shared the spoils at Carrow Road in a fairly turgid 1-1 draw, their first points of the season after both teams suffered 5-0 losses on the opening day. Norwich scored first on 11 minutes after Anthony Pilkington crossed for Simeon Jackson to head home. New Canaries signing Sebastian Bassong turned villain by fouling Djibril Cisse in the box giving QPR a route back into the game, Cisse himself taking the spot kick only for John Ruddy to turn it onto the post. Bobby Zamora reacted fastest and tapped the ball into the empty net.

Southampton’s poor start to the season continued as they were beaten 2-0 at home by a slick Wigan side. Shaun Maloney teed up Franco Di Santo six minutes into the second half and he duly obliged by rifling his shot into the roof of the net giving Kelvin Davis no chance. A defensive lapse by Jose Fonte allowed Arouna Kone to rob him of the ball then dribble into space before firing past the helpless Davis.

Barclays Premier League Round-up Gameweek # 1

The Premier league is back with a bang. New teams and some regular faces went head to head again with plenty of surprise results in the first weekend back in the thick of the action.

The first big surprise of the weekend came as Everton overcame the challenge of Manchester United coming out on top in a thrilling 1-0 win. Marouane Fellaini provided the goal while Everton’s rearguard action kept them a clean sheet against a slightly ring-rusty Man Utd who handed debuts to Shinki Kagawa and Robin Van Persie.

Manchester City defeated newly promoted Southampton in a closer than expected match. The 3-2 scoreline proved that the Saints will be no pushover this season as they travelled to the Etihad Stadium for a baptism of fire. City led at he break through Carlos Tevez but two second half goals from Southampton put them in control until the last few minutes when Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri both netted to ruin the day for the south coast team.

Newcastle United enjoyed their opening day fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, beating the London team 2-1. Demba Ba finally broke the deadlock in the early stages of the second half after a tight affair during the first 45 minutes. Jermaine Defoe struck back for Spurs in the 76th minute but a a few minutes later Newcastle were awarded a penalty which Hatem Ben Arfa successfully converted.

Chelsea’s opening game saw them pitted against Wigan; a game which ended ina very convincing 2-0 win to the Champions League winners. The Latics played some lovely flowing football but lacked any cutting edge and it was Chelsea who struck twice through Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, both goals provided by exciting new signing Eden Hazard.

Arsenal looked bright on the first day back in action but were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland.

Newly promoted Reading drew 1-1 with Stoke while West Brom provided one of the big shocks of the day as they beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Hawthornes. Fellow midlanders Aston Villa succumbed to a bright West Ham side, losing 1-0.

The two most impressive matches of the day were played out between Swansea and QPR; the Swans emerging as victors with a 5-0 drubbing of the Loftus Road team. New signing Michu hit the back of the net twice. Elsewhere Fulham Enjoyed the same scoreline against an dreadful Norwich team who lacked any cohesion or momentum throughout a painful 90 minutes.

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iCal Fixtures for Wigan Athletic: 2012-2013 Season

Wigan AthleticClub Name: Wigan Athletic Football Club

Nickname: Latics

Founded: 1932

Stadium: DW Stadium, Wigan (25,138)

Chairman: Dave Whelan

Manager: Roberto Martinez

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 15th

 

Although having enjoyed six successive Premier League seasons now, Wigan fans will want to see their club avoid a relegation fight, finishing somewhere mid table. Roberto Martinez has money to spend and will be looking for players who fit in with his mould of neat attacking football.

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iCal Fixtures for West Ham United: 2012-2013 Season

West Ham UtdClub Name: West Ham United Football Club

Nickname: The Irpns, The Hammers

Founded: 1895 (then called Thames Ironworks)

Stadium: The Boleyn Ground, London (35,016)

Owner: David Sullivan, David Gold and CB Holding LTD

Manager: Sam Allardyce

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 3rd in the npower Championship

 

West Ham will be looking to consolidate their position in the Premier League and under the vastly experienced stewardship of Sam Allardyce they have a very good chance of managing that. Rumours of a bid for Andy Carroll have received mixed opinions among fans but if he finds some confidence and form he could be a key player in their Premier League establishment.

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iCal Fixtures for West Bromwich Albion: 2012-2013 Season

West Bromwich AlbionClub Name: West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Nickname: The Baggies

Founded: 1878 (then called the West Bromwich Strollers)

Stadium: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich (28,272)

Chairman: Jeremy Peace

Manager: Steve Clarke

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 10th

 

Roy Hodgson steered the Baggies to a 10th place finish last season but after his departure for the England post uncertainty gathered over the club. Fans can now look forward to an unknown season under new manager Steve Clarke; a highly rated coach but unproven manager.

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iCal Fixtures for Tottenham Hotspur: 2012-2013 Season

Tottenham Hotspur FC Club Name: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Nickname: Spurs, Lilywhites

Founded: 1882 (then called Hotspur FC)

Stadium: White Hart Lane, London (36,310)

Owner: ENIC International LTD

Chairman: Daniel Levy

Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 4th

 

Spurs enter the new season with a new face at the helm; highly rated Andre Villas-Boas, former Chelsea and Porto FC manager. A healthy war-chest and a shrewd dip into the market should see Tottenham do well in Europe as well as the domestic league. Gareth Bale will once again be a key player for them.

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iCal Fixtures for Swansea City: 2012-2013 Season

Swansea City AFCClub Name: Swansea City Association Football Club

Nickname: The Swans, The Jacks

Founded: 1912 (then called Swansea Town)

Stadium: The Liberty Stadium, Swansea (20,532)

Chairman: Huw Jenkins

Manager: Michael Laudrup

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 11th

 

Swansea’s second season in the Premier League makes them an unknown quantity again under new manager Michael Laudrup. Fans will hope that the new man can emulate former manager Brendan Rodger’s success and keep the club in the top flight.

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iCal Fixtures for Stoke City: 2012-2013 Season

Stoke City FCClub Name: Stoke City Football Club

Nickname: The Potters

Founded: 1863 (then claeed Stoke Ramblers)

Stadium: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent (27,740)

Chairman: Peter Coates

Manager: Tony Pulis

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 14th

 

Stoke fans came close to suffering relegation last season as European and cup fixtures took their toll on the side. This season manager Tony Pulis is looking to add a good supply to target man Peter Crouch and Wolves’ wideman Michael Kightly has been highlighted as a potential candidate.

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iCal Fixtures for Southampton: 2012-2013 Season

Southampton FCClub Name: Southampton Football Club

Nickname: The Saints

Founded: 1885 (then called Saint Mary’s YMA)

Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium (32,690)

Owner: The Trustees & Estate of Markus Leibherr

Chairman: Nicola Cortese

Manager: Nigel Adkins

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 2nd in the npower Championship

 

Southampton return to the Premier League looking for consolidation. Nigel Adkins prepares for his first taste of top flight football and though many have tipped them for relegation fans are positive that the team can perform well and retain their top flight status for many years to come.

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iCal Fixtures for Reading FC: 2012-2013 Season

Reading FCClub Name: Reading Football Club

Nickname: The Royals

Founded: 1871

Stadium: Madejski Stadium, reading (24,161)

Owner: Thames Sport Investment

Chairman: John Madejski

Manager: Brian McDermott

League: Premier League

2011-2012: 1st in the npower Championship

 

After a barnstorming season which saw them win the Championship as champions, Reading and Premier League rookie boss, Brian McDermott, will be looking to consolidate their position among the country’s elite. McDermott’s smart tactic and neat style of play stand them in good stead and a few summer recruits (Wolves’ Kevin Doyle rumoured to be among them) could see the Royals enjoy a positive season.

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