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Monday, January 17, 2011

EPL Weekly Round-Up: Man United Held By Spurs, Rivals Win & Derbies Galore!

A brilliant display from the Manchester United back four saw them hold out for a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Croatian midfielder Luka Modric was in sparkling form as he tormented the United midfield duo of Carrick & Fletcher all through the game. The talking point of the match was however, the unjust sending off of United right-back Rafael Da Silva, who received a second yellow card for a 'challenge' on Assou-Ekotto in the 75th minute. But the Red Devils kept their nerve to split points with the Londoners & stay on the top of the points table.

How The Rivals Fared This Week

Chelsea struggled throughout as they beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Brainslav Ivanovic & Nicolas Anelka both scored in the 2nd half to help the Blues get a much needed win.

Manchester City overcame a spirited Wolves side as they beat them 4-3 in an exciting encounter at the City Of Manchester Stadium. Carlos Tevez was on the scoresheet again with a brace while the Toure brothers i.e. Kolo & Yaya also grabbed one apiece for the Manc Blues.

Robin Van Persie fired a brace while Theo Walcott also scored in a 3-0 away win over West Ham at Upton Park. The Hammers remain glued to the bottom of the table with 20 points from 23 games.

Derbies Galore!

It was quite a footy weekend as three derby games were played this time - the Tyne-Wear derby, the Merseyside derby & the Second City derby. Let us have a look at what happened in these games -

Sunderland managed to hold Newcastle United to a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Stadium Of Light as record signing Asamoah Gyan levelled for the Black Cats in the final moments of stoppage time to cancel out Kevin Nolan's earlier strike.

Liverpool & Everton also played out another exciting draw at Anfield. Raul Meireles put the Reds ahead in the 1st half but Everton went in front just minutes into the 2nd half with goals from Distin & Beckford. However, Everton keeper Tim Howard unnecessarily committed a foul in his own box to gift Liverpool a penalty & Dirk Kuyt made no mistake to split points.

Roger Johnson sent Birmingham City ahead just 4 minutes into the 2nd half but Aston Villa clawed back into the game as James Collins equalised for the away team. The final scoreline stood 1-1.

The current top four league standings are as under:

Man United - 45 points

Man City - 45 points

Arsenal - 43 points

Chelsea - 38 points

The Weekly Verdict:

Team Of The Week - Arsenal

Player Of The Week - Robin Van Persie

That's all Folks!

Yours,
CJ

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