Sunday, August 17, 2008

EPL Weekend Thoughts

A few quick thoughts on how our teams fared this weekend, and what stood out from the games that I watched. If you haven't seen the matches yet, don't go any further.

The Gunners among us were not too thrilled with a 1-0 win over West Brom, but we were excited that the goal was provided by Samir Nasri. 1 game, 4 minutes. Welcome to the EPL (suck it, Barclay's!) my good lad. Was West Brom that good? No, the Gunners were that lazy (at least that's what we're telling ourselves).

The Red Scouse escaped against Sunderland with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Torres in the waning minutes. The pretty-boy should have scored earlier, but his strike bounced off Robbie Keane, who was rushing in to take the shot. If that's a sign of things to come, then Rafa should be very worried. It's worth noting that Torres scored after Keane had been subbed off.

Tottenham went down 2-1 to Middlesbrough. Fitting that 'Boro took all 3 points, as they scored all 3 goals in the affair. Defender David Wheater (who?) scored the first goal, and Mido scored the second only 4 minutes later. An own goal from Robert Huth provided the final margin. The Likely Lad shed tears of sadness.

Our very own Autoglass is the happiest man today, as Chelsea dismantled Pompey 4-0 to begin the Portuguese era at Stamford Bridge. Goals came from Joe Cole, Nicolas Anelka, Fat Frank, and Deco. Congratulations, you wankers.

As for the minnows of the group, Bigus' Canaries drew Blackpool 1-1. After Ben Burgess gave the lead to Blackpool on a PK, the Carrow Road faithful were rewarded with a 74th minute strike from Darel Russell.

Thoughts from the other games:
Everton 2-3 Blackburn - Roque Santa Cruz remains lethal up top for the Rovers, but the points were Everton's to lose. And they did.

West Ham United 2-1 Wigan Athletic - Dean Ashton looked impressive, scoring a brace, but was injured during the match. Amir Zaki looked like he could make quite a bit of noise in the EPL this year, scoring 1 goal and having a good chance at 3 others that went wide.

Manchester United 1-1 Newcastle United - Obafemi Martins started off the season well, and looks in fine form to score 10-12 goals this season. Darren Fletcher equalized for ManUre, meaning that he is not allowed to score again the entire season.

Aston Villa 4-2 Manchester City - After John Carew opened the scoring for Villa, Elano equalized for Citeh. Then, within an 8-minute span, Gabby Agbonlahor drank Citeh's milkshake, scoring an unbelievable hat-trick. Corluka finished off the scoring for match, giving Manchester City their second goal late in the match. Of note, Tal ben Haim looked absolutely pants as he was bossed around the pitch by anyone and everyone.


Mike Georger said...

any problems torres and keane had were caused by shit service. they did well to create chances and the hitting king thing would have hit gordon in the face anyways.

my newcastle having a great season prediction is alive and well

TrippinBrammie said...

that Torres/Keane moment was the best of the weekend....does Kean get any fantasy pts for a Save?

Keith said...

Speaking of service, did everyone notice how well Barry created for Young to make the assist on Carew's goal, and then his beautiful throughball to set up Gabby goal #2?

/bite me, Rafa