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Premier League Matchday 21: The title going back to Manchester?

Coming into this week Manchester United still led by 7 points at the top of the table from neighbors Manchester City, Chelsea were slowly starting to creep back in the title race. At the bottom QPR had still only won one game however with funds available in January Harry Redknapp believed that they could still stay up so let’s see what went on in the first games of 2013.

Coming into this week Manchester United still led by 7 points at the top of the table from neighbors Manchester City, Chelsea were slowly starting to creep back in the title race. At the bottom QPR had still only won one game however with funds available in January Harry Redknapp believed that they could still stay up so let’s see what went on in the first games of 2013.

Chelsea Vs Queens Park Rangers

Chelsea were slowly starting to creep back into the title race however a poor performance against the leagues bottom side saw Shaun Wright Philips score a 78th minute winner to give what Harry Redknapp described ‘the best win of his career’ against a very poor Chelsea side :(

Full time score: 0-1

My man of the match: Adel Taarabt

Liverpool Vs Sunderland

Liverpool are starting to show signs again that they are progressing as a club with some great youngsters coming through and it was one of those youngsters in Raheem Sterling who opened the scoring of them in this game before 2 Luis Suarez goals wrapped it up.

Full time score: 3-0

My man of the match: Luis Suarez

Manchester City Vs Stoke City

Roberto Mancini still says the title challenge isn’t over and who could blame him after City turned around a 8 point deficit inside the last few games last season. Here they were comfortable winners against the side who have the most clean sheets in the league. Right back Pablo Zabaleta got City underway before Dzeko continued his good form before an Aguero penalty wrapped it up.

Full time score: 3-0

My man of the match: Edin Dzeko

Newcastle United Vs Everton

Before the game Newcastle boss Alan Pardew confirmed that striker Demba Ba would be joining Chelsea :) This surely put Papiss Cisse in a better frame of mind as he has been in Ba’s shadow for most of the season however opened the scoring with inside the first 2 minutes with a header over Tim Howard. However Everton who are challenging for the top 4 got it back 1-1 when Leighton Baines scored a brilliant free kick and then Victor Anichibe scored the winner in the 2nd half.

Full time score: 1-2

My man of the match: Leighton Baines 

Southampton Vs Arsenal

Arsenal looked like they were starting to re discover their form however new summer signing Gason Ramirez put the saints ahead in the first half, however before the first half ended Guy de Prdado put the ball into his own net and then the game seen no more goals.

Full time score: 1-1

My man of the match: Gaston Ramirez

Swansea City Vs Aston Villa

Swansea dominated in the first half and Wayne Rountledge put them in front before 10 minutes. Villa’s young side however got back into his when Austrian striker Andreas Weimann put it to 1-1 and then a Christian Benteke penalty 84 minutes looked to have gave them a win. However Danny Graham had other ideas as he scored a late equalizer in the 90th minutes.

Full time score: 2-2

My man of the match: Danny Graham

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Reading

Pavel  Pogrebyank did give the royals a very early lead however Andre Villas Boas’ mean came back with goals from M2-Micheal Dawson, Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey.

Full time score: 3-1

My man of the match: Emmanuel Adeabayor

West Bromich Albion Vs Fulham

Striker Dimitar Berbatov gave Fulham the lead however on loan striker Romelu Lukaku put it 1-1. West Brom did have chances to win it however it was Fulham with young winger Alexander Kacanilcik. (I think that’s how you spell it)

Full time score: 1-2

My man of the match: Dimitar Berbatov

West Ham United Vs Norwich City

A Mark Noble penalty and a Joey O’Brien goal have West Ham a 2-0 lead at half time. They then had numerous shouts for penalties before getting one back in the 90th minute through Russel Martin.

Full time score: 2-1

My man of the match: Mark Noble

Wigan Athletic Vs Manchester United

Wigan were hammered here with a master class with two goals a piece from strikers Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez for a epic win keeping them nicely at the top of the table.

Full time score: 0-4

My man of the match: Robin Van Persie

So that’s it for the first week of game of the year, some good results put it looks like now the title is going back to Manchester but which side? If you would like to see the table click here and for all the latest Premier League news click here as Manchester United lead the table by 7 points going into a little break for the Premier League with the FA Cup this week.

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Birdy
Birdy
8 years ago

Just gonna say, chelsea absolutely battered QPR just couldn’t score. QPR could not get out of their own half from what I saw. Also I seem to remember Pardew saying Newcastle were a class above Everton before the season start.

Darren Smith
8 years ago
Reply to  Birdy

We still are, just need our best players back ;)

Birdy
Birdy
8 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

We had half a team too best we dont have a right back

Johnny Karp
8 years ago

Harry Redknapp is working his magic again :) I haven’t watched the game, so I don’t know exactly how things went at Stamford Bridge, but I’m happy that Harry pulled it off, I really admire him as a manager.

Varun Chaddah
Varun Chaddah
8 years ago

From beating Villa 8-0 to losing at home to QPR? And about Newcastle with Ba gone who’s gonna get the goals? Cisse everyone says but I don’t think so! Once Ben Arfa and Cabaye are back I think Newcastle will get back in European spots!

Birdy
Birdy
8 years ago
Reply to  Varun Chaddah

Chelsea did not deserve to lose they absolutely killed QPR they just could not finish, Newcastle will not get into Europe this year, from 15th nearly in relegation, no chance. Maybe if Pardew had tried to build a squad that relied on more than 2 strikers to score every game ba leaving may not have been a problem. Everton had mirallas out, coleman, hibbo, gibson all key players (maybe not hibbo). We had no right side of the pitch. If a team is relying on 3 players to make Europe it cannot be sustained

Ben
Ben
8 years ago

Another disgraceful performance form Arsenal. The quicker Wenger goes the better! Newcastle will pick up and will be 8th or 9th and QPR will still go down

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