Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0
Chelsea wanted to continue their 100% record and was hoping to get some retribution for last season when Man City did the double over them. But City continued their success over Chelsea in the early kick off with a great goal by Carlos Tevez, who also continues his good form over Chelsea. Tevez ran at the Chelsea defence where they kept backing off and his shot which went through Cole’s legs and it went off the inside post. Both teams had injuries with city fielding 19-year-old Dedryck Boyata at left back. Boyata put in a solid performance not shying away from tackles or being intimidated by the Chelsea attackers. In the end Tevez’s goal was the difference as neither team troubled the goalkeepers with the game being a very Italian affair.
Arsenal 2 West Brom 3
With Chelsea dropping points to Manchester City Arsenal would have wanted to capitalize with a win. But it West Brom that seemed to want to win the game as they won 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium. Manuel Almunia gave away a penalty in the first half but saved the poor penalty that was taken by Chris Brunt. But that only seemed to spur on the Baggies as Peter Odemwingie opened the scoring. Arsenal’s poor defending was to blame but Odemwingie was there to score. The second was again down to Arsenals own poor defending leading Gonzalo Jara run freely. His shot was not the fiercest but Almunia spilled it much like Robert green did at the world cup, but this being a little bit more embracing. The third was scored by Jerome Thomas. Alumina ran out to seemingly dive at the ball, but second guessing himself decided against it and started to run back to goal, with that indecision the ball was played across goal for Thomas to score in an unmanned goal. West Brom had worked hard and played good football to get their goals but Arsenal, Especially Almunia, helped their cause. Nasri, who was the best Arsenal player on the day, scored two late goals but it was in vain as it was just too late.
Birmingham 0 Wigan 0
Birmingham City kept their great home form going and in doing so equalled a 103-year record after the goalless draw with Wigan. Birmingham Coty have now gone 18 games unbeaten at home and with the lack of goal mouth action it didn’t seem to be going to change today anyway. Unfortunately Craig Gardener, who has been in sterling form so far this season, was sent off when he dived into a tackle on loanee Franco Di Santo, leaving referee Mark Clattenburg to dish out the red card. With Hleb, Zigic and Derbyshire brought in to help grab goals the right mix yet, but the defence doesn’t need to be looked at that is for sure.
Blackpool 1 Blackburn 2
Blackburn took the lead when Charlie Adam scored an own goal when he headed a back-pass to keeper Matthew Gilks into his own net. That goal was the only goal up until the 85th minute, when teenager Matt Phillips, who only came on a minute before equalized. Blackpool kept up the attack as it seems a point wasn’t enough, but maybe the pushed too hard as they left open space at the back and Blackburn took that opportunity and on the 90th minute Brett Emerton scored to give Blackburn the victory.
Fulham 0 Everton 0
Everton are still not managing to get out of their rut but today picked up a point against Fulham who are short of strikers at the moment with injuries to Zamora, Johnson and Dembele. But that point turned out to be pointless as at the end of the weakened they find themselves bottom of the league. Arsenal target showed what they missed out on when Mark Schwarzer produced a superb performance, denying Yakubu on two separate occasions and making save after save. While Everton’s bad start continues Fulham keep up their good form remaining unbeaten this season with only Manchester United being the other team still unbeaten.
Liverpool 2 – Sunderland 2
Last year controversy surrounded this match and this time round was no different. There may not have been a beach ball but the referee made up for that and some. Liverpool took the lead on the 5th minute when Michael Turner rolled a free-kick back towards Simon Mignolet but for Fernando Torres saw it as a poor pass and ran onto it and ran at goal. With Sunderland players confused and motionless the referee let play continue, and with Dirk Kuyt making the run was played in by Torres and knocked it into an empty net. Referee Stuart Attwell consulted with his assistant and the decision to allow the goal stood, to the anger of the players and fans. Sunderland made up for the goal when they were awarded a penalty as Poulsen handled in the area. Darren Bent stepped up and made it level. Sunderland later took the lead with bent grabbing his second of the game, and 5th of the season, when he headed in Onuoha’s cross. Gerrard got the equalizer for Liverpool on the 64th minute. Gerard was lucky to stay on the field when it seemed that he elbowed loanee Danny Welbeck. When he jumped for a header it seemed he leaded with his elbow needlessly. Stuart Attwell must not have seen it well as he was only yellow carded. Yet another tricky situation for Attwel to want to forget from this game.
West Ham 1 – Tottenham 0
West Ham needed the win today and they got it. With the win they climbed off the bottom of the Premier League, leaving Everton in their place. Piquionne seems to be fitting in at West Ham now and is scoring, and headed home well to give the upset as Tottenham seem to be misfiring this season. After losing to Arsenal in the Carling Cup, I’m sure harry would have wanted his Spurs team to come back positively and get the victory, but his old club didn’t let that happen.
Bolton 2 Manchester United 2
Bolton took an early lead when Zat Knight prodded home Martin Petrov’s corner on the 6th minute. United got back level with Nani scoring in much similar fashion to Tevez yesterday for Manchester City but and Bolton took lead yet again when this time Martin Petrov became goal scorer, not goal provider. Petrov cut in onto his less favoured right foot and let off a fierce shot that took a slight deflection and left Van der Sar standing. Bolton though will undoubtedly be unhappy that they didn’t take all three points today, as Johan Elmander had opportunities to extent their lead, once seeming to do all the hard work and when it came to the easy part fluffed it. Wayne Rooney was having a poor game for United and was replaced by Federico Macheda with 30minutes left and the young Italian was bright, but the equalizer came from the more matured striker Michael Owen. Who is in good goal scoring form for united at present with three goals in two games.
Wolves 1 Aston Villa 2
Gerard Houllier was in charge of his first Premiership match for Aston Villa as they beat Wolves in a local derby 2-1 thanks to goals from Stewart Downing and Emile Heskey. Downing got Villa off to a good start when he tapped in the great cross that came from starlet Marc Albrighton in the first half. Albrighton had a good first half but in the second faced a tougher test up against the powerhouse of Wolves right back George Elokobi, who looks more like a rugby player than a footballer due to his broadness. Wolves grabbed an equalizer when Matt Jarvis’ cross-cum-shot deceived everyone including Brad Friedel going straight in. Emile Heskey was the hero for Villa as his goal won it and with Houllier in charge Emile seems to be a man rejuvenated. His goal was a real centre forwards goal. He rose and controlled the header goal wards with the strength and power of old.
Newcastle 1 stoke 2
Newcastle took the lead through a penalty that Kevin Nolan converted. Andy Carroll was judged to have been fouled by Robert Huth and the penalty was given. Kenwyne Jones was unlucky that he didn’t score earlier as he hit both the post and crossbar but he finally got an equaliser on 67 minutes when he headed home Robert Huth’s assist. Stoke then took the lead when Perch headed the ball in his own net when he was under pressure from Robert Huth from a corner. With only 5 minutes left Newcastle couldn’t mount a come back. Both teams played well but the unfortunate own goal gave stoke the win.