So again, we are stuck in a 2 week spiral of soldering tedium. The bloody international break is upon us again, and while it’ll mean that rotation and injuries won’t affect us as much, it’ll instead mean that next weekend will go by verrrry slowly! So how did we fare this week? Hopefully a bit better than last!
Man City 3 – 0 Sunderland
Man City faced a grind against Sunderland, who had been defensively sound all year. Kompany was left out the squad in place of Richards,who was in fairness excellent at the back .Kolarov fired home from a free kick before Aguero made it two. Milner‘s set piece then was knocked in by Gardner which made it 3-0. It was a performance like the old city, dominating possession whilst being tight at the back. Although rotation will be a problem, maybe this is the kick-start they need, especially for the back 4. In my opinion Kolarov seems to play in games where there is a distinct lack of threat from the wingers, while Clichy tends to play when there is more risk of being scored on (as was the case with Gotze and Blaszczykowski).
Chelsea 4 – 1 Norwich
Chelsea cruised through, a regulation 4-1 win here. The only shock was that Norwich scored first, where Holt finally came good to score his second goal of the season. From there it was more like a training run, with Chelsea surging forward with ease, meaning Torres, Hazard, Lampard and Ivanovic could fill their boots. Those starting with Iva would have to be bloody happy with his results so far, while Torres and Hazard didn’t let their owners down. Mata continued in his position as Chelsea’s maestro.
Swansea 2 – 2 Reading
Swansea struggled, again. They could not find the back of the net, as McCarthy denied them time after time. After Pog and Hunt squeezed shots in, they went into half time trailing 2-0. Michu finalllllly scored again, before a Routledge piledriver equalised for the home side, who just don’t look as comfortable on the ball as they did in the first three games. For Reading, they look the most dangerous in a 4-4-2, which unfortunately may spell the end of Guthrie’s place in the team.
West Brom 3 – 2 QPR
West Brom looked surprisingly uneasy at patches in this game, which meant Foster and McAuley owners wouldn’t have been happy with conceding 2 at home to the bottom side. The Baggies went ahead through Gera and Morrison, the latter of whom I am seriously considering as my midfield P.O.D. Taarabt put his hand up as another midfield smokey with yet ANOTHER goal of the week, before Mulumbu put Bromwich up 3-1 before Granero grabbed a consolation goal. The good thing for this game from a West Brom perspective was that they grabbed a win when they weren’t playing their best football… while for QPR it’s another loss which roots them firmly to 20th place. Hughes, look out, your job is in strife.
Wigan 2 – 2 Everton
Wigan as a football team, tend to do this about 4 or 5 times a year. They tend to show absolutely nothing at home…but then one week, they just play with fluency, and purpose. Unfortunately for Everton, Wigan’s first half was pretty darn good. Kone and Di Santo are both gelling fantastically up front together, and gave Everton real headaches. Jelavic has to be one of the signings of the past few years, and he rose home at the far post to give Everton hope, before the man I luckily traded in this week stepped up to the spot. The penalty Baines took was frighteningly good, and completely and utterly unsaveable. A 2-2 draw is not what Everton would have been looking for at the start of the game, but by the end, they would have been delighted with a point.
West Ham 1 – 3 Arsenal
In what was a typical West Ham display, they tried to strangle Arsenal into submission. It worked, with Diame somehow getting forward and curling in a lovely right-footed finish, but not for long, as Podolski whipped a ball into the box for Giroud to clip into the net. After the half time break, Walcott made it 2-1 before a clinical Cazorla strike made it 3-1. Nolan missed a few massive opportunities for the Hammers, who were picked apart by Arsenal’s passing game.
Southampton 2 – 2 Fulham
Wow… From 5 minutes to 70 minutes, not a lot happened. There were chances, but nobody really took the game on. Fonte scored the opener within 4 minutes, before in the second half a Hooiveld own goal tied things up. RIchardson then sprayed home in the 88th minute, before that man Fonte scored AGAIN in the 90th minute. The first half display showed why Fulham aren’t to be trusted away from home, and while Berbatov will make things easier to score, they were comprehensively outplayed in the midfield. For Southampton, they climb out of the bottom three… for now.
Liverpool 0 – 0 Stoke
Classic Stoke. In hindsight, this game was never going to go any other way. Liverpool spurned chance after chance, and not even a diving Suarez could save them. He goes to ground far too easily, so it’s his making that he’s being turned down for penalty after penalty. Stoke did take their physical game to a new level though, and continually smashed into Liverpool’s forwards. Take this as a warning, anyone playing Stoke will have a hard time of it!
Tottenham 2 – 0 Aston Villa
Bent started on the bench again, and in a first half where Bale and Defoe went close, they went into the main break at 0-0. A touch of luck was needed for their first goal, as Bale’s corner was met by Defoe, whose shot deflected in of Caulker. Lennon then made it 2-0 with a classy finish, to cap an impressive run of 8 matches without a loss for AVB and Tottenham. One man who isn’t enjoying the new manager’s regime however, is Sigurdsson. He didn’t start the Europa League clash, something which I thought meant he would be rested for the Villa clash. Not to be. He started on the bench, and must reaaaally be regretting joining AVB’s system over Brendan Rogers’.
Newcastle 0 – 3 Man United
What a difference a year can make. Around this time last year, Man United lost 3-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford. This time round, thanks to thunderous headers from Evans and Evra, and a touch of class (lucky class) from Cleverley , they barely broke into a sweat. Rooney looked like controlling everything in his new midfield role- I reckon it’ll see an increase in assists but a decrease in goals. Rooney feeding Van Persie… RVP could be set to explode. For Newcastle, they got absolutely no service to their strikemen in Ba and Cisse, and while Ben Arfa made a few good runs, the entire performance was missing class and purpose.
So with the Monday Bonus Points in, how did you go? A better week for me… the same midfield that ALL drew blanks last week all got on the scoresheet this week… could have done with a few more clean sheets too!
Lord: Torres, Hazard, Cazorla, Michu, Baines
Vent/Rant: I don’t quite understand how I can field the same team this week as last week and triple my score… but that’s FPL for you!
Cheers guys, any questions for me hit me up at @tseagrim, or @FPLaddicts if you want to get a general consensus on things.