Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Manchester United V Newcastle United

Finally it's back to writing about my favourite club Manchester United. I have been writing a lot about Newcastle  lately because of their surprising form which puts them 3rd in the English Premier League. Their real opponent starts last week with Manchester City and this week Manchester United followed by Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are not looking sharp at the moment after the 1-6 defeat against Manchester City at Old Trafford. They have only scraped out three 1-0 victories in their last 3 English Premier League matches. They do not lack the fire power but have they lost their morale?

The Magpies have not won at Old Trafford for the last 10 years, with 2 draws and 8 defeats, conceding 26goals and scoring just 6. Wayne Rooney had scored 9 goals against Newcastle and I expect him to score again on Match Day.

I expect Wayne Rooney to prove his point against Newcastle and might just so start United chasing for the title again. For Newcastle, I think their fairytale start to the English Premier League is coming to an end.

Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Manchester City 3 - 1 Newcastle


With this result, Manchester City remained as the only unbeaten team in the English Premier League with 34 points, 5 points ahead of rivals Manchester United, and a far superior goal difference of +31 with just 12 games played. Newcastle on the other hand, received their first defeat from a free-scoring Manchester City.

In the first half, I was rather impressed with the defensive work from the Magpies. They defended well as a team, and showed much determination not to concede. But towards the end of the first half, they started to get tired and lose a bit of concentration in defence. Manchester City started to attack from all angles upon the 40 minute mark and soon won a penalty when Steven Taylor apparently stopped the ball with his outstretched arm. Mario Balotelli stroked the ball into the net, followed by a smirky celebration. To make matter worse, Micah Richards managed to grab a goal when Steven Taylor, once again the victim, could not clear the ball from his feet. The score was Manchester City 2 -0 Newcastle at the break.
In the second half, it was a boring game, with Newcastle's stubborn defending and Manchester City passing the ball around almost in a hypnotic way. City's 3rd goal came from the spot when Ben Arfa shoved Ricards in the box and Kun Aguero calmly send Krul the wrong way. Newcastle managed to get a consolation goal from Dan Gosling 2 minutes from time, with much disappointment from Joe Hart.

At the rate Manchester City are going, I don't see anyone able to stop them from maintaining their unbeaten streak in the English Premier League. How far can they go ?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Manchester City V Newcastle

Etihad Stadium
November 19, 2011

Well, I was contemplating between this match and Chelsea V Liverpool but decided to go with the clash of the 2 teams which are still undefeated in the English Premier League. After 11 games into the league, Newcastle certainly have impressed many with their current position and form.

 Manchester City won all their 5 home games, scoring a whopping 16 goals in their 5 home games, that's averaging more than 3 goals per game and conceding just 2 goals in Etihad Stadium. For the Magpies, they won 3 and drew 2 games on the road, scoring 7 goals and conceding just 3 goals. They have the best defence on the road along side Manchester United. But seemingly lacking in fire power upfront.

City endured an early scare at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers when QPR scored through Jay Bothroyd in the 28 minute, and Heidar Helguson. But City managed to fight back with goals from Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Yaya Toure scoring the winner. The reason for the scare would come down to the absence of their skipper Vincent Kompany who was out due to suspension. Stefen Savic was a mess in the City defence. Newcastle managed to find a winner through a Ryan Taylor wonder goal as seen from my previous post.

I am not going through the past head-to-head results because this is a totally new Manchester City likened to be the Barcelona of England. I see Manchester City to keep scoring goals throughout the season coming from all sources. Well, City knocked 6 past the Red Devils, Can the Magpies hold up?


Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle
Kun Aguero to score

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Newcastle 2 - 1 Everton


Brilliant performance from Newcastle as they maintained their undefeated streak by defeating Everton 2-1 at St James' Park. It keeps them in 3rd place trailing last year Champions Manchester United by a single point and leader Manchester City  by 6 points.

An own goal by John Heitinga and a fantastic goal by Ryan Taylor before Jack Rodwell crawled 1 back for Everton managed to keep Newcastle United in 3rd position. I am pretty impressed by the defenders from Newcastle. Especially Danny Simpson. He doesn't seems to put a foot wrong in the past few games, and his supporting in the attacking helps the team a lot.

Next Week is International Week, so the next English Premier League Preview will be in a fortnight, featuring Chelsea V Liverpool on 21 Nov 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Newcastle V Everton

St James' Park 5 November 2011
12:45 GMT

Who would have thought that Newcastle will be in 3rd position after 10 games, with 6 wins, 4 draws and still no defeat. In the 10 games, they scored 15 goals and conceding just 7 goals which is best in the English Premier League.
Everton are sitting in 16th position having played just 9 games, 3 wins 1 draw and 5 defeats, scoring just 10 goals and conceding 13 goals. One wonder if Everton are really challenging for a European spot or just contented to stay in the English Premier League.

Newcastle have so far remain unbeaten in 13 games, the defeat against Blackburn Rovers was considered a draw in normal time. This is pretty impressive and the Magpies fans have much to cheer about. Everton on the other hand are having a disastrous form, winning just 1 in their last 6 games, and was a game Fulham 'supposed' to win if not for a Bobby Zamora's easy miss in the last few minutes of the game.
The last time these 2 teams locked horns at St James' Park, Newcastle won 5 times, drew 3 and Everton won 2 times.

Demba Ba is currently in the form of his life, just like Van Persie. He had scored 2 hat-tricks this season, and just 2 goals shy of being the top-scorer in the English Premier League behind Robin Van Persie. And full credits must go to the Newcastle's defence consisting of  Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson and goalkeeper Tim Krul for having the tightest defences on the English Premier League.

I don't see how Everton are able to get anything out from Newcastle this week, and the Magpies are definitely   going to strive to keep their form going. Spirits are high in Newcastle and I reckon both teams will play a cautious game. A low-scoring Newcastle win.

Newcastle United 1 - 0 Everton

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal


Well well well. I expected a high-scoring game but 8 goals, really? Both teams didn't not play particularly well. Scrappy passing and quick counter attack resulted in the goals. 

Like I have said earlier in the previous post, Robin Van Persie is currently having the form of his life, and he simply can't stop scoring at the moment. I am pretty impressed with Theo Walcott, and it seems like the young boy have grown up. His passing, crossing, shooting and decision-making have all but improved. The Gunner's defence worked pretty well except for Per Mertasacker, who is quite slow compared to the fast paced English Premier League. He might need a couple more games or maybe a season to get used to the pace of the game. Alex Song, in my opinion is the backbone of Arsenal. He is the one winning the challenges, making the tackles and then feeding them to Mikel Arteta, Aaron Remsey, Gervinho or Theo Walcott to start the attack. He is the most consistant player in the Arsenal side so far. 

In the blue corner, the ageing Chelsea. John Terry despite scoring a goal, slipped when receiving a back pass from Florent Malouda's back pass, allowing Van Persie to simply round Petre Cech to make the score 4-3. John Terry doesn't look like the player he used to be 2-3 years ago. Is it time's up for him ? I was pretty disappointed with Ashley Cole in left back because is that what you expect from a England International player? Making silly mistakes and poor decisions. Theo Walcott totally rampaged over Cole in the game. Frank Lampard is still running the show for Chelsea. John Obi Mikel is doing his job as a defensive midfielder but he wasn't getting stuck-in during the game. I myself is not a huge fan of Ramires, and I believe he should be on the bench or in other lower league teams. He is just a lightweight midfielder with a little Brazilian flair. That's all. Torres, struggling for goals as usual. Enough said. Sturridge was working his socks off for the team, I see a young a upcoming striker contenting for the Top Scorer in the next few years in the English Premier League. Mata continues his consistent form playing well for Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku = Flop. Keep him in the Reserves until he is ready, if he ever will be. A giant with no skill, no speed, no sense of football. Come back in a few years time young lad. Next Drogba? hmmmm...

So despite having all the statistics going for Chelsea, they still lose to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Neither teams look to have the quality that Manchester City had. Even Liverpool were having positive signs now. Will Chelsea hold on and continue to challenge for Top 4? Will Arsenal continue winning if Van Persie gets injured?

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Other Results
Everton               0 - 1    Manchester United
Manchester City  3 - 1    Wolverhampton Wanderers
Norwich City        3 - 3    Blackburn Rovers
Sunderland          2 - 2    Aston Villa
Swansea City      3 - 1    Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic     0 - 2    Fulham
WBA                   0 - 2    Liverpool 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chelsea V Arsenal

11:45 GMT, 29 October, 2011
Stamford Bridge


Arsenal's Talisman, Van Persie, scoring 4 goals in his last 2 games, brought Arsenal to 7th position in the English Premier League. However, they are still 12 points from leader Man City and 6 points away from opponent Chelsea. A win against Chelsea would narrow their gap to 3 points and suddenly Arsenal look to be challenging for top 4 all over again. Arsenal currently have won 4 successive games including a 0-1 win against Marseille in the Champions League and a 2-1 victory against Bolton in Carling Cup.

On Chelsea's side, Chelsea came back from a shocking 0-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers, with Bosingwa and Drogba getting sent off in the 1st half. Chelsea will also be looking to close the gap against league leader Man City, trailing them by 6 points.

Arsenal have only won once in Stamford Bridge in their last 10 outings. Chelsea have a perfect home record winning 4 out of 4 home games, scoring 12 and conceding 4. On the other hand, Arsenal have a terrible away form notching just 1 point in 4 outings. They manage to score 6 goals and conceded 14 goals(worst away goals conceded with Swansea), but it includes the 8 goals at Old Trafford.

Even though Chelsea lost their last game against QPR and Arsenal have been on a winning form. I don't see Arsenal getting anything out from this game. They do not have the depth and Chelsea are simply too strong for them. With Chelsea's perfect Home form and Arsenal's winning away form, I reckon it will be a Chelsea win. Van Persie need to perform some miracle if they were to at least get a point.

Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal