In what was a fairly uneventful start to the festive period, nobody really fired or dominated individually. Rotation screwed us over, but we all have to suck it up and get used to it over the next two weeks!
Wigan 0 – 1 Arsenal
Wigan were desperately unlucky not to come away with something this game. Arsenal, as they so often do, failed to back up their previous weeks good work and failed to capitalise on any opportunity they created. Kone should have scored but didn’t before Arteta’s second half penalty gave Arsenal the points. Cazorla was disappointing, while Walcott didn’t relish the opportunity he was handed up front.
Tottenham 0 – 0 Stoke
Firstly, AVB screwed us all by benching Dempsey and Gallas , before serving up the biggest shit of a game. Vertonghen owners will be happy with their clean sheet, while any combination of Begovic, Shawcross and Cameron would have been solid.
Man City 1 – 0 Reading
Another shit of a game, Man City just didn’t tick. Toure was given a more advanced role with Barry and Garcia covering back, which ended up slowing the Citizens down. Barry climed all over Shorey before heading home in the 90th minute to hand City the win and gain some ground on United. On the flip side, Reading look more and more like being relegated… Pack your bags Royals fans.
Southampton 0 – 1 Sunderland
Fletcher was always going to be in for some points here, in what was another chanceless, dull game. Southampton don’t look much better than Reading at the moment mind you, and Sessegnon completed a very tidy run for himself picking up an assist.
Newcastle 1 – 0 QPR
Guess what? Just for a change, another boring game. Newcastle, as I mentioned earlier in the week, failed to create many chances at all without Ben Arfa and Cabaye. Ba didn’t have a great game, while Cisse was rubbish AGAIN. Newcastle will surely dip into the January market quite heavily. For QPR, it was a fairly bland performance, with a few moments of brilliance from Taarabt. He is looking like he is ready to be anything as a player. Ameobi and Marveaux were great, and linked up nicely for the winner. Marveaux simply has to play more now over a busy period- I’ll watch him keenly.
West Brom 2-1 Norwich
West Brom came into this game needing a win, having had their amazing start to the season tarnished by ordinary results recently. Norwich had come into the game on a 10 game unbeaten run, but as I hinted in the preview this was a dangerous game for them. West Brom played well and had their moments, while Norwich looked strong throughout. Snodgrass put them 1-0 up from ANOTHER set piece, before Gera equalised and loanee Lukaku clinched the victory. Lukaku is an interesting prospect- if he started every game I would have to bring him in, but it remains to be seen whether he has jumped above Long in the pecking order.
West Ham 1 – 2 Everton
Everton came away with a big win here. After Cole put the Hammers up, Everton rallied and produced chance after chance. Fellaini was replaced by Anichebe, who wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet, before Pienaar slotted home to hand his owners a much needed boost. The South African has been quiet ever since Fellaini took his spotlight, but with him out for the next two games a cheeky transfer in then wildcard out could be on the cards! The red cards weren’t a highlight, but no one will have Gibson or Cole anyway!
Liverpool 4 -0 Fulham
Fulham are a dire football club at the moment. Berbatov looks ordinary with the supply he is getting, and their midfield has an oddly coincidental Dembele sized holed in it. Liverpool looked good, but Fulham were honestly that dire. Suarez remembered how to score in stoppage time, while even Downing managed to score AND assist his first goals in the PL. That’s how bad Fulham were.
Swansea 1 – 1 Man United
Swansea do play well at home, and United couldn’t capitalise on their chances. Rooney was woeful, RVP didn’t find as much space as he normally did- thank god Michu was on hand to tap in and give our teams something to cheer about! Williams apparently “could have killed” Van Persie when he booted the ball into his head, but it was just SAF being ridiculous as he normally is. Evra has made scoring from corners a habit this year, before Michu tapped in to equalise following De Guzman‘s neat little run.
Chelsea 8 – 0 Aston Villa
I don’t have enough time to list all the goalscorers, because there were 7 of them! What a rout. This was the same Villa that beat Liverpool at Anfield last week wasn’t it? It’s never good when you get beaten 8-0 and your keeper is your best player either. Basically, it was a good day to have a Chelsea player in your team- a clean sheet, and 8 chances to score! Mata, Oscar, Ramires, Hazard, Torres, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic and Moses all got attacking returns… so fill your boots! Interesting that Ramires got the 3 bonus points despite only playing half an hour….
So now the round is finished what are your thoughts? Personally I went OK, would have liked a bit more but I’m just hard to please…
Points Scored: 54
Trades: Morrison > ??
Comments: Two days til the next Gameweek…You beauty!