Monday, August 24, 2009

2009/2010 Barclays Premier League Season: Week 2 Review and Five Milestones

Week 2 of the Barclays Premier League gave us five milestones. These were:
1. Burnley beating both Manchester United AND Everton 1-0
2. Wayne Rooney scoring his 100th and 101st goals for Manchester United
3. Michael Owen notching his first goal for United and promptly kissed the badge on his shirt
4. Spurs winning their three opening matches for the first time in 49 years
5. Jermain Defoe topping the goalscorers charts after his Hull hattrick

In short, it was another busy week for football fans such as myself. Here are the week's scores including the weekend ones.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Final Sunderland 1 - 3 Chelsea
Final Wigan Athletic 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Final Birmingham 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Final Hull City 1 - 5 Tottenham Hotspur
Final Burnley 1 - 0 Manchester United
Final Liverpool 4 - 0 Stoke City
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Final Arsenal 4 - 1 Portsmouth
Final Birmingham 0 - 0 Stoke City
Final Hull City 1 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
Final Sunderland 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers
Final Manchester City 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Final Wigan Athletic 0 - 5 Manchester United
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Final West Ham United 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Final Burnley 1 - 0 Everton
Final Fulham 0 - 2 Chelsea

The Chelsea machine is rolling along with supreme efficiency and power. This experienced Chelsea team will be hard to beat. Ancelotti has somewhat got the team playing with Italian precision coupled with an English doggedness. The Anelka-Drogba partnership is flourishing under the former AC Milan coach and both looked to have formed a solid understanding. Hiddink brought them together and now Ancelotti may be benefitting from Hiddink's work.

Every time Arsenal plays, they invariably entertains. Goals can come from anywhere and this week, the goals came from the midfield. Diaby, Ramsey and Gallas scored in the 4-1 win over Portsmouth. A big game is in store this weekend with a visit to Manchester United. A win will enhance the Gunners' title aspirations and strengthen Wenger's belief that he has a title winning squad.

Liverpool finally got the show on the road by demolishing Stoke City 4-0 with Torres on the scoresheet. Eager to dust off the aberration of a poor opening loss to Spurs, Liverpool went about Stoke City with a lot of intent and achieved an early breakthrough. Happy that Torres has opened his account for the season. More is expected from Liverpool and already Xabi Alonso's departure looks to have left a gaping hole in midfield.

Manchester United overcame the shock of losing to Burnley by hammering five past Wigan. Rooney achieved a personal milestone in his United career and Owen similarly opened his account with a clinically taken goal. The midfield still remains a concern area and Ferguson will need to come up with something special if the Red Devils hope to beat an in-form Arsenal.

Spurs got lucky against a spirited West Ham, running out 2-1 winners undeservedly. Three consecutive opening wins meant that Harry Redknapp's team is being compared to the 1961 double-winning Spurs team. This Spurs team will need to do something special to even be mentioned in the same breath as my team of the 60's decade. One thing's for sure, Redknapp are getting the best out of his team right now and why not, it is his team and players that he has brought in after all.

Manchester City continues to impress which is rather depressing. Depressing because I actually wanted them to implode and then witness the first managerial casualty of the season. Well, City have a 100% record thus far, so Hughes look to be staying longer than expected. City have yet to outplay their opposition, so an unsuspecting team is due a thrashing soon. Already, Tevez is baiting Ferguson into a psychological war of words. Even Hughes have cleverly use words like "big club" to highlight the "perceived" growing stature of Man City during the pursuit of Joleon Lescott.

Finally, who are my form team at the moment?
Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs

And who are rubbish at this time?
Aston Villa, Bolton and Pompey


Anonymous said...

are you fucking dumb, again a stupid blogger, did you see aston vila beat liverpool, the rubbish should be liverpool, bolton pompey or wolves, such a dumb guy, ccheck your facts right

TheFlatBackFour said...

Hi Anonymous, there is no need for insults. But at the time of posting, Liverpool had not played Villa yet. So yes, if I had posted after the Monday match, then Liverpool would be in the rubbish category.

陈桂生 said...

Anonymous, even the author left out Liverpool among the rubbish category also shouldnt be deserved the 'stupid' tag. Respect others to respect yourself.

The current Chelsea is not something insurmountable to beat like they were once under Mourinho's era. Chelsea was hard to beat when they were winning matches with the 1-0 narrowest margin under Mourinho. But so far they have conceded 2 goals in 3 games and only 1 clean sheet. As long as their defense is leaking goals, there's way to beat them.

Man City is winning because their opponents so far are very weak. When they meet the middle table teams there is where the real tests are.
Let's write something about this weekend matches, i would like to see your judgement. hehe...

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