After Chelsea’s woeful appearance in the Club World Cup I feel the Meme is warranted. Let’s get into reviewing another huge round of BPL action…
Newcastle 1 – 3 Man City
Man City just look so much better with Tevez and Aguero starting up front. The latter slotted home from a Nasri backpass before Garcia nodded home from a Silva corner. After the break, Ba capitalised on some woeful defending before Toure slotted a third home to put the result beyond doubt. For City, their entire midfield looked comfortable, but it was their defence that was again lacking. They really miss Kompany. Newcastle desperately need Ben Arfa back, without him they lack any width or pace in their build-ups. Nasri‘s groin injury should keep him out for a game or two.
QPR 2 – 1 Fulham
What is going on in the Fulham camp? They have been dire away from home this season (surprise surprise), but they were simply bossed by QPR. Taarabt was unplayable, and scored two dazzling goals (although the first was courtesy of a deflection). Petric scored a wicked long range blast in the 88th minute, but it wasn’t enough to stop ‘Arry and his R’s running away with their first 3 points of the year.
Man United 3 – 1 Sunderland
A comfortable win from United was highlighted by goals from RVP, Rooney and Cleverley. Fraizer Campbell added some respectability from the scoreline on his return to Old Trafford, but really it could have been a tennis score, as Rooney and RVP uncharacteristically wasted a few chances. Those who captained the Flying Dutchman will be happy with his return, while Rafael owners were left pondering why he wasn’t played in favour of Jones- I’m putting it down to rotation over a busy Christmas period.
Stoke 1 – 1 Everton
Shawcross got Everton off to great start with an own goal, deflected in from a Pienaar cross. He then made amends as Jones nodded home from his diagonal long ball in. At 1-1, and the game delicately balanced, Fellaini thought it was necessary to pull a Zidane onto Shawcross, who was involved in everything. He will likely get weeks for it, as the referee didn’t see it the FA can come down on him like a ton of bricks- trade him ASAP!
Norwich 2 – 1 Wigan
Norwich continued their 5 game unbeaten run at home, by dispatching of Wigan. Pilkington and Hoolahan looked absolutely clinical all day, and could have had more to show for it than two goals between them. Al Habsi was simply inspired, as his clutch saves kept Wigan within touching distance. Maloney‘s introduction after the half resulted in a goal to him and an assist to Kone, but apart from this moment there was little to cheer about from Wigan.
Liverpool 1 – 3 Aston Villa
What a result this was. No-one gave Villa a hope in hell at Anfield, but boy did they put on a show. After soaking up all the pressure, they hit LFC on the counter, with young gun Benteke starring with two goals and an assist. Weimann scored and assisted, which will likely keep Bent on the bench when he’s fit. Gerrard’s header gave Johnson owners a handy assist, but overall, Liverpool were dire. Without anyone to finish in the final third, they won’t be anywhere near the top four for years to come. Suarez owners… bad luck. Let’s hope you didn’t make him captain.
Tottenham 1- 0 Swansea
In what was an infuriatingly wasteful game, Tottenham only managed to snare the one goal from their 23 chances. Vertonghen of all people finished a crisp volley from a corner, as Swansea showed little bite away from home. Michu copped a heavy knock late on, and FPL owners will be sweating on his fitness for next week. Tottenham’s defence was dominant all day, and should result in heavy investment over the next few weeks, given their soft fixtures.
West Brom 0 – 0 West Ham
What a boring game. FPL owners can just be happy that McAuley, Olsson, Demel and Jaaskelainen owners received a clean sheet, because it was honestly one of the more boring games I’ve experienced so far this year.
So with Reading and Arsenal still to play, how do you stand this GameWeek? Personally I’m doing about average. Assists from Silva and Kone helped push my RVP captain buffer beyond the norm. So how did you go? Let me know as always!
Lords: RVP, Silva, Kone
Losers: Morrison, Schwarzer, Berbatov
Still to play: 0
Vent/Brag: Not too bad… other people have done far worse so I can’t complain.
Trades: Fellaini > Mata
Hope you fell on the right sight of the average this week folks…we have a busy schedule coming up at FPLaddicts so stay tuned for all the team, trade and injury news.