premier leagueWeekend full of football in the Premier League as the gameweek eleven provided ten thrilling confrontations and no less than 29 goals. The northern London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham , Liverpool’s defeat at Fulham and the resounding result of Chelsea at Reebok stadium in Bolton are just some of the highlights. And there’s much more.

Brave City yet to lose…but to win as well

Honours even at St Andrews in Birmingham as the local team met Manchester City on Sunday evening. The visitors seemed as decided as ever to seal the victory and earn all the three points as this thing has failed to happen for four games by now. On the other side, Birmingham came after a 2-1 victory over Sunderland last week and the thought of another big win for “The Blues” started to haunt the supporter’s minds.

Having the home ground advantage for a second week in a row, Birmingham could just have seen themselves winning this one after a penalty was awarded in the 55th minute of the game, but an amazing intervention of Shay Given, the City’s goalkeeper, just made the Blues’ supporters curse their luck.

To add to Birmingham’s frustrations they had key midfielder Barry Ferguson sent-off in stoppage time after a second yellow card and the match ended in a draw mostly due to the inspiration of Given, who just wouldn’t let anyone find a way past him.

“The Blues” just proved the better team this match and the number of chances wasted, especially in the second half, along with the penalty could make the home team feel slightly hard done. Having failed to win, Birmingham City find themselves on the 14th place in the Premier, only a point away from the relegation spots and do need to worry as they travel to Liverpool in an impossible mission next weekend. On the other side, Manchester City managed to stick to the top of the table despite not securing any win in five matches and are currently lying in the fourth place.

Let der by football !

Two big teams of the English Football, both from London and placed on the top of the league, separated by only van persiethree points: the perfect recipe for a match to remember on a Saturday evening at Emirates, isn’t it? Well, things didn’t actually go like that.

Arsenal definitely proved to be the more determined, inspired and efficient and took total control of the game from the very first minutes and didn’t give it away until the score sheet showed an emphatic 3-0. The Tottenham players just couldn’t cope with the opponent’s slick passing and movement and had to accept the role of spectators for much of the first twenty minutes.

With the Gunners dictating proceedings, Van Persie finally managed to score after a good cross from Sagna and the next minute found the Spurs two goals down due to Fabregas’s inspiration. The night just could have been far worse for the Tottenham players, but both Van Persie and Arshavin left to rue chances and the last time the scoreline was changed was in the 70th minute of the game, after another goal from Van Persie.

3-0 the final score and the Wenger’s crazy lads teach their opponents another lesson of football, while the Tottenham supporters have to admit that the game just couldn’t have gone either way.

Hollow ween for Blues, as Bolton experience horror evening on home ground

Six wins in the last six away matches against Bolton was the incredible record of Chelsea before their clash on Saturday. Furthermore, Drogba & Co. seem to have become the Bolton’s worst nightmare as the team from West London demolished the Trotters with another 4-0 win just two days before in the Carling Cup.

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Any hopes for Bolton?  Apparently not.  After the wrong step made by Manchester United in the match against Liverpool, the Blues just believed this was their chance to climb up back to the very top of the table and get a two points advantage against their fiercest contenders for the champion’s spot. The mission wouldn’t seem that difficult as the Trotters have just looked unable to cope with the Chelsea’s style of play for the last six matches.

Unexpectedly, this was a much closer contest, but only until Jlloyd Samuel was sent off in the first-half injury time and Lampard opened the scoring from the resulting penalty. All of the sudden, the game become far easier for the Blues and took advantage of the numerical superiority in the 61th minute if the game after a goal by Deco.

The thought of another humiliation started to haunt Reebok stadium and turned into reality just  10 minutes before the final whistle, when firstly Knight turned Carvalho’s cross into his own net and Drogba came with a brilliant finish in the 90th minute.

Other results

In other matches this weekend, Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat at Fulham, while Everton have drawn Aston Villa,     1-1. Burnley managed to secure a victory against Hull City, 2-0, as well as Portsmouth, who won by a bigger margin, 4-0, against Wigan. The match between Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers finished 2-2, the same result with that from the clash between Sunderland and West Ham.

Secondary source:

www.football.co.uk for Live text

www.lastscore.info for league table

www.premierleague.com for results

BBC TV and Sky News  for replays of all the goals and highlights.

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