The fourth week of the English Premier League provided plenty of action as Chelsea and Arsenal came away with confident victories. Other notable EPL teams such as Manchester United and Manchester City, surprisingly had to settle for a point.
Everton 3 Manchester United 3
Wayne Rooney was left off the Manchester United squad Saturday when they traveled to his former club, Everton. Rooney has been the center of another personal scandal and it was likely that the Everton fans were going to go out of their way to harass Rooney during the match. Manchester United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, made the decision to protect Rooney and kept him off the roster.
Everton’s first opportunity of the match came off Mikel Arteta’s free kick that rocketed to upper left side and off the crossbar. Likewise, Manchester United’s first real scoring threat came from a free kick as well. Paul Scholes blasted a shot that ricocheted off Everton defenders and somehow was deflected off a diving Tim Howard’s foot and went out of play.
Pienaar managed to break the deadlock in the 39th minute as he finished a brilliant counter attack for Everton to put them up 1-0. Manchester immediately struck back. Nani was able to send a cross in from the right side for an easy Fletcher volley.
Manchester United seemed poised to win this one during the second half. Vidic was able to head onein at the 48th minute mark to give United the lead. Berbatov scored Manchester’s third goal from an over the top ball from Paul Scholes. However, Everton was not going to go down quietly. Cahill headed in a goal in the 90th minute to pull within one. Just a few minutes later, a crossed ball into the box found its way back to Arteta who successfully found the back of the net to tie the match. Everton had one attack left but was stopped short in their attacking third as the referee blew his whistle to end the match. Everton’s manager, David Moyes, was on the pitch immediately after match, blasting the referee for his decision to end the match.
Arsenal 4 Bolton 1
Arsenal struck first as Cesc Fabregas controled a cross into the box to Koscielny in the 24th minute. Arsenal continued to show a certain ease in passing around and inside the box although they failed to capitalize on their superior passing. A misguided defensive header allowed Bolton to score just prior to half to level the game. Arsenal made sure to capitalize on their offensive dominance during the second half. A 58th minute goal by Chamakh led the onslaught of Gunner goals to follow.
Bolton’s Cahill was sent off with a red for an aggressive tackle. Song was the first to take advantage of Arsenal’s man advantage, scoring in the 78th minute. The Gunners would score once more with a goal by Vela.
Manchester City 1 Blackburn Rovers 1
Joe Hart uncharacteristically made a crucial error outside of his box when he failed to successfully clear the ball and left a wide open goal for Nikola Kalinic to score. Manchester City equalized with a goal from Patrick Vieira. Despite City becoming more creative offensively, they once again failed to live up to their dollar signs.
West Ham United 1 Chelsea 3
Chelsea did not waste any time with goal scoring this match. They scored in the second minute off a Drogba corner kick that was headed in by Essien. Poor defending allowed Chelsea to have their way with the corner kick. Again, Drogba contributed to Chelsea’s second goal after his free kick was poorly played by West Ham’s goalie, Green. He failed to cover up Drogba’s initial shot and a poor clear by West Ham found Kalou. Despite West Ham’s many attempts to hold their own, Chelsea’s two goal lead allowed them to relax. Essien scored his second goal to put Chelsea up by three goals in the 83rd minute. However, West Ham managed to slip one passed Peter Cech from a superb Scott Parker lobbed volley. Chelsea remain dominant in the Premier League as they remain in first place.
West Bromwich Albion 1 Tottenham 1
Already plagued by injuries, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp had to figure out how to secure points from this match while keeping in mind that the Spurs make their Champions League debut mid week. Luka Modric scored Tottenham’s goal in the 27th minute. Modric later went down with a leg injury to add to Tottenham’s growing injured list. WBA evened the match in the 41st minute when Chris Brunt headed in his 50th Premier League goal.
Newcastle United Blackpool
Blackpool continued to provide surprising attacking football on Saturday for a two goal victory over Newcastle United. Charlie Adam successfully fired in a penalty kick after Alan Smith committed a foul against Luke Varney. Blackpool’s goalie, Matt Gilks continued to deny Newcastle’s scoring sensation, Andrew Carroll. DJ Campbell scored Blackpool’s
second goal in the 90th minute to secure the victory
Wigan 1 Sunderland 1
Dominainating the match, Wigan needed almost a full 90 minutes to finally score against Sunderland. Wigan’s Antolin Alcarez scored in the 87th minute to secure a draw. Sunderland was down to ten men in the first half after Lee Cattermole was sent off with a red card just four minutes after receiving his first yellow. Cattermole is no stranger to being sent off this season. Despite it only being week 3, this is the Wigan captain’s second send-off this season. Asamoah Gyan scored Sunderland’s only goal in the 67th minute.
Fulham 2 Wolverhampton 1
The Wolves struck first in the 10th minute when Kevin Doyle’s cross was finished by Jelle Van Damme. The first half was one that Fulham wishes to forget as Bobby Zamora had to be taken off the pitch while in excruciating pain after a legal tackle by Karl Henry.
Fulham performed better in the second half with an early goal by Dembele. The Wolves were called for 19 fouls during the entire match with seven cards issued. Christophe Berra picked up his second yellow in the 89th minute which allowed Fulham to successfully finish a free kick. Dembele finishes for his second goal of the match.
Birmingham 0 Liverpool 0
Liverpool continued to struggle against Birmingham. Pepe Reina made several key saves which prevented Birmingham from securing a win. Liverpool’s lackluster play as of late continued allowing Birmingham to look like the better side. Torres was challenged and taken down in the box and many believe that a penalty should have been awarded to Liverpool. However, the referee did not see it as such, and Liverpool had to settle with a draw.