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Sunday, November 21, 2010

EPL Weekly Round-Up: Man United Go Joint Top As Arsenal & Chelsea Lose, Liverpool Win Sans Gerrard & City Triumph Over The Cottagers

Patrice Evra & Javier Hernandez powered Manchester United to a win over nine-man Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford... The victory saw the Red Devils gain important ground in the title race as they went level on points with league leaders Chelsea, behind only on goal difference... Ji-Sung Park sent a magnificent cross into the box which Wigan stopper Al-Habsi failed to parry away & the eccentric Evra finished with a superb header just minutes before half-time... Wigan witnessed two of their players being sent-off for wild lunges within the space of 5 minutes in the form of skipper Alcaraz & striker Rodallega... 'Chicharito' Hernandez then made it two from Rafael's precise cross to grab his seventh goal in all competitions this season... The Old Trafford faithful also witnessed the return of ace striker Wayne Rooney, who made his first appearance since mid-October coming on as a substitute... United travel to Ibrox on Wednesday to face Glasgow Rangers in the Champions League...


How The Rivals Fared This Week

Arsenal blew their chances of going on top of the league standings as they surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead to lose 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at the Emirates... Samir Nasri & Marouane Chamakh put the Gunners on course for a comfortable win but a Gareth Bale-inspired Spurs bounced back in the 2nd half as goals from Bale, Van der Vaart & Kaboul stormed them to a win over their city rivals...

Chelsea lost to Birmingham City 1-0 at St.Andrews as veteran Lee Bowyer scored the lone goal of the game in the 17th minute... Stellar defending from the Birmingham defenders & former United goalkeeper Ben Foster's heroics saw them hand the London Blues their 3rd defeat in their last 4 league games...

Bolton Wanderers beat Newcastle United 5-1 at the Reebok Stadium as English striker Kevin Davies & Johan Elmander both grabbed braces... Andy Carroll pulled one back for the Magpies but it came too late to have an impact on the game...

Liverpool struck three goals past basement dwellers West Ham thanks to goals from Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt & Maxi Rodriguez... Liverpool, missing skipper Steven Gerrard on account of injury, beat the Hammers comfortably at Anfield despite a strong performance from out-of-favour England stopper Robert Green...

Man City regained the sacred 4th spot, surprisingly beating former manager Mark Hughes's Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage... Zabaleta struck twice for the Eastlands club alongside Tevez & Yaya Toure to provide some relief to manager Roberto Mancini, who is under pressure from his oil-rich club owners to deliver the goods...


The current top four league standings are as under:

Chelsea - 28 points

Man United - 28 points

Arsenal - 26 points

Man City - 25 points


The Weekly Verdict:

Player Of The Week - Gareth Bale

Team Of The Week - Tottenham Hotspur

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That's all Folks!

Yours,
CJ

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