Wigan v Spurs – Away Win 2.05 Lost
Stoke v Norwich – Away Win 3.80 Lost
Southampton v West Brom – Away Win 4.00 Won
Patent – £1.05 Won
Reading v QPR – Away Win 2.62 Lost
Arsenal v Man United – Away Win 3.00 Lost
Villa v Sunderland – Away Win 3.30 Lost
Patent – £1.05 Lost
Robin van Persie (v Arsenal) 6.00 - £1 Lost
Loic Remy (v Reading) 6.00 - 50p Lost
Daniel Sturridge (v Newcastle) 6.50 - 50p Lost
Christian Benteke (v Sunderland) 2.20 - £1 Won
Stephane Sessegnon (v Villa) 3.25 - 50p Lost
Michu (v Chelsea) 4.33 - £1 Lost
Gareth Bale (v Wigan) 2.20 - £1 Won
Jermain Defoe (v Wigan) 2.25 - 50 Lost
Both Teams To Score:
Newcastle v Liverpool – 1.65Lost
Chelsea v Swansea – 1.70Lost
Arsenal v Man United – 1.60Won
Villa v Sunderland – 1.80Won
Southampton v West Brom – 1.67 Lost
Fivefold – 13.46 – 50p Lost
Swansea to Win Either Half (v Chelsea) 3.75 – £1 Lost
Man United to Win Both Halves (v Arsenal) 10.00 -75p Lost
QPR to Lead at Halftime And Not win (v Reading) 9.50 - 75p Lost
Running Total: -£42.11
Just when it all looked like it was going in the right direction a terrible return to form has set me right back and now below the dreaded -£50 mark after this week’s bets! So a bit more decisive action is being taken, although it looks like it may all come down to a go big, or go home few bets on the last day of the season…
West Brom v Wigan – Home Win 2.37
Norwich v Villa – Away Win 3.00
West Ham v Newcastle – Home Win 2.37
Patent – £1.05
Liverpool v Everton – Home Win 2.00
Man United v Chelsea – Draw 3.40
Sunderland v Stoke – Draw 3.25
Patent – £1.05
Theo Walcott (QPR) 5.50 -50p
Andy Carroll (v Newcastle) 6.00 - £1
Christian Benteke (v Norwich) 6.50 - £1
Daniel Sturridge (v Everton) 2.20 - £1
Javier Hernandez (v Chelsea) 2.50 - £1
Frank Lampard (v Man United) 4.33 - 50p
Michu (v Man City) 3.25 -50p
Yaya Toure (v Swansea) 3.25 - 50p
Marounane Fellaini (v Liverpool) 3.75 - 50p
Both Teams to Score:
Swansea v Man City – 1.73
West Brom v Wigan – 1.60
Man United v Chelsea – 1.61
Liverpool v Everton – 1.65
Fourfold – 7.37 – £1
Man United to Lead at Half Time and Not Win (v Chelsea) 9.50 - 50p
Sunderland v Stoke – Under 2.5 Goals and Under 10 Corners and Over 6 Cards – 19.00 - 50p
Running Total: -£52.21
Goals! Goals! Goals! seems to be the theme of this gameweek doesn’t it? Some impressive and surprising performances from teams with various things to play for, while other teams underwhelmed in important situations (cough Reading and QPR cough) all in all though an exciting weekend of football. Here are my stand out XI.
He may have played in the game that sealed QPR’s fate, but Rob Green made plenty of good saves to keep Rangers in the game and you can hardly blame him for the lack of finishing by his teammates. The fact that Redknapp played him is probably an indicator that Julio Cesar is off in the summer and if that is the case Green may finally get his fair crack of the whip (assuming he doesn’t move to another Premier League club of course).
Whatever was said in the Liverpool team talk before their game with Newcastle really seemed to do the trick. Everyone seemed really REALLY up for the game, considering there is essentially nothing but pride at stake for the Reds too, and from front to back they looked great. Agger popping up with a goal and keeping a clean sheet (not that he had loads of defending to do to be honest!) epitomised the brilliant performance from Rodgers’ Reds.
The Villa Captain may have allowed his side to ship a goal, but he made up for that with the fact that he scored and marshalled the defence brilliantly through a fantastic and much needed (in terms of points, goal difference and morale) win.
The young Everton full back/winger was full of running as usual and is showing increasing signs of maturing into his newer role of defender rather than winger. Converting him backwards though hasn’t stopped him getting forward when possible and he managed a decent assist while keeping a clean sheet against Fulham.
I have for a while been saying that Henderson will be a great player, and while he wasn’t probably (definitely) worth £20million when he moved to Liverpool I think that this season he has proved his ability under the tutelage of Rodgers. Against Newcastle every Liverpool player had a good game, but Henderson had a great game. He seemed to be involved with everything going forward, and that clearly paid off with him bagging 2 goals and an assist.
The Brazilian has impressed since his move over from Italy, and he wont have many better opportunities to show his former employers just what they are missing than his brilliant attacking display against Newcastle. His passing was incisive and cut the Toon defence apart, ending up with 2 assists and Newcastle defenders pride. Not a bad day at the office.
He may not have been Rafa’s first choice to play this weekend, but injury to Ramires meant Lampard stepped into the fray and he set about putting his mark on the game. Scoring yet another penalty to bring him within touching distance of Bobby Tambling’s record and running the midfield Lampard showed the Chelsea board exactly why they should (in my opinion) be offering him a new deal to keep him at the club, and if not why he won’t be short of offers.
PFA player and young player of the year didn’t let us down against Wigan. He scored, albeit a little fortuitously but you have to be in those positions to get the goals, he also assisted Spurs second goal (with a little help from Emmerson Boyce) to keep them up in the race for Champions League places (and probably to keep Bale on their books). His performances have consistently kept Spurs going this season and this game was no exception.
Villa’s young Belgian battering ram was brilliant against Sunderland, and while Sunderland were very poor both Benteke and Villa took their chances well and put Paulo Di Canio’s side well and truly to the sword. Getting his first Villa hat trick Benteke has certainly helped Paul Lambert’s cause keeping them in the Premier League and if they fail to stay up I’m pretty sure he’ll have plenty of suitors.
Luis Who? You wouldn’t know that Liverpool had their second choice striker out against Newcastle, banging in two goals and assisting Jordan Henderson too Sturridge looked a much more mature striker than the one that was plying his trade at Chelsea earlier this season. Maybe selling Suarez in the summer isn’t such a crazy idea after all?
Chelsea’s on-loan striker missed out on the PFA young player of the year award, and then promptly went on an 84 minute rampage top show those who didn’t vote for him how stupid that they were. He was a force to be reckoned with against the Saints. He scored 1 goal, assisted another 2 and didn’t give the Southampton back line a second of peace.
Villa v Fulham – Home Win 2.25 Lost
Southampton v West Ham – Home Win 1.80 Lost
Reading v Liverpool – Away Win 1.44 Lost
Patent – £1.05 Lost
Newcastle v Sunderland – Away Win 3.75 Won
Stoke v Man United – Away Win 1.61 Won
Double – 6.06 – 75p Won
Loic Remy (v Everton) 8.50 - £1 Lost
Wayne Rooney (v Stoke) 5.50 - 50p Lost
Connor Wickham (v Newcastle) 3.75 - 50p Refunded
Christian Benteke (v Fulham) 2.00 - £1 Lost
Dimitar Berbatov (v Villa) 2.87 - 50p Lost
Jay Rodriguez (v West Ham) 2.20 - £1 Lost
Philippe Coutinho (v Reading) 2.25 - 50p Lost
Both Teams to Score:
Everton v QPR – 2.00 Lost
Villa v Fulham – 1.73 Won
Newcastle v Sunderland – 1.73 Lost
Arsenal v Norwich – 1.95Won
Fourfold – 11.64 – 50p Lost
Man United to Win Both Halves (v Stoke) – 4.00 - £1 Won
Total Arsenal Goals “3” (v Norwich) – 4.00 - 50p Won
Chelsea to Score in Both Halves (v Fulham) – 2.75 -£1 Won
Sunderland v Newcastle Over 2.5 Goals and Over 12 Corners and Over 6 Cards – 11.00 - 50p Lost
Running Total: -£36.01
Another reasonably successful week although I am definitely running out of time if I am hoping to break even by the end of the season. Hopefully this week with the good weather will come some good luck too.
Wigan v Spurs – Away Win 2.05
Stoke v Norwich – Away Win 3.80
Southampton v West Brom – Away Win 4.00
Patent – £1.05
Reading v QPR – Away Win 2.62
Arsenal v Man United – Away Win 3.00
Villa v Sunderland – Away Win 3.30
Patent – £1.05
Robin van Persie (v Arsenal) 6.00 - £1
Loic Remy (v Reading) 6.00 - 50p
Daniel Sturridge (v Newcastle) 6.50 - 50p
Christian Benteke (v Sunderland) 2.20 - £1
Stephane Sessegnon (v Villa) 3.25 - 50p
Michu (v Chelsea) 4.33 - £1
Gareth Bale (v Wigan) 2.20 - £1
Jermain Defoe (v Wigan) 2.25 - 50p
Both Teams To Score:
Newcastle v Liverpool – 1.65
Chelsea v Swansea – 1.70
Arsenal v Man United – 1.60
Villa v Sunderland – 1.80
Southampton v West Brom – 1.67
Fivefold – 13.46 – 50p
Swansea to Win Either Half (v Chelsea) 3.75 – £1
Man United to Win Both Halves (v Arsenal) 10.00 -75p
QPR to Lead at Halftime And Not win (v Reading) 9.50 - 75p
Running Total: -£47.11
Firstly apologies for the lack of a team last week, I very inconsiderately went on holiday and forgot to tell anyone beforehand!
This week’s team is a bit different too. I was looking through the performances of players over the last gameweek and I realised that I couldn’t think of a better team over the course of both the gameweek and the season than 20 time champions Manchester United.
It aggrieves me to admit it at times, but the Man United machine has been by far and away the best unit in the Premier League which has ultimately led to them being crowned champions with relative ease (and looking like they will beat Chelsea’s record haul of points en route too which hurts me personally even more).
Yes they have had a stand out player in £24million man RvP, but it is not his performance alone that has won them the title, or else Arsenal would have won the league (or at least something) in the last few seasons. From back to front United have been consistent, with only the occasional blip or harsh ruling thwarting their endeavours, producing performances from veterans of the game and young players coming through alike.
In particular a few players have really stepped up this season and ensured that they delivered the trophy back to the red side of Manchester and I feel that they need a special mention.
David De Gea (who actually had a pretty good season last season) well and truly shrugged off any criticisms and showed just why Fergie invested in the young Spaniard with a solid season. Phil Jones has played at CB, RB, RM CM, CDM and who knows where else! He has used his physicality and fitness to help keep United’s sheets clean while improving every step of the way and maturing into both a very useful and an important member of the United team. Michael Carrick has for a while split critics on whether he is overrated or underrated and so on. This season there can be no doubt about the England Midfielder’s impact. He has marshalled the midfield all season magnificently and even managed to pop up with a goal when needed, his influence can be seen whether United are going forward or defending and he has had an exemplary season. Robin van Persie has scored loads of goals and made quite a few too, he has led the line and even heroically defended at times, basically he has done everything that was required of him and so much more.
Manchester United are a perfect example of a team working effectively and the chasing pack should take note if they want to try and challenge for the title next season.
West Brom v Arsenal – Away Win 1.91 Won
Stoke v Villa – Away Win 3.80 Won
Norwich v Swansea Away Win 2.80 Lost
Patent – £1.05 Won
Liverpool v West Ham – Home Win 1.33 Lost
Spurs v Everton – Away Win 3.20 Lost
QPR v Wigan – Home Win 2.37 Lost
Patent – £1.05 Lost
Robin van Persie (v City) 5.50 - £1 Lost
Jay Rodriguez (v Reading) 6.00 - 50p Won
Christian Benteke (v Stoke) 7.50 - 50p Lost
Michu (v Norwich) 7.00 - £1 Won
Luis Suarez (v West Ham) 4.00 - £1 Lost
Edin Dzeko (v United) 3.75 -50p Refunded
Romelu Lukaku (v Arsenal) 3.00 - 50p Lost
Frank Lampard (v Sunderland) 2.20 - £1 Lost
Loic Remy (v Wigan) 2.50 -50p Won
Both Teams to Score:
Reading v Southampton – 1.53 Lost
Chelsea v Sunderland – 2.15 Won
QPR v Wigan – 1.61 Won
Man United v Man City – 1.61 Won
Newcastle v Fulham – 1.65Won
Fivefold – 14.19 – 50p Lost
Over 2.5 Goals 10-12 Corners and 4-6 Cards (QPR v Wigan) 10.00 - 50p Lost
Man United to Score in both Halves (v City) 3.00 - £1 Lost
Reading to Come From Behind and Win or Draw (v Southampton) 5.50 - 50p Lost
Running Total: – £39.50
I’m back under the -£40 mark and with 6 weeks left there may be just enough time to get back to break even! We’ve a mixed bag of fixtures this weekend and to be honest I’m hedging my bets a little, in the vain hope that a few more but “safer” bets may push me back towards breakeven!
Villa v Fulham – Home Win 2.25
Southampton v West Ham – Home Win 1.80
Reading v Liverpool – Away Win 1.44
Patent – £1.05
Newcastle v Sunderland – Away Win 3.75
Stoke v Man United – Away Win 1.61
Double – 6.06 – 75p
Loic Remy (v Everton) 8.50 - £1
Wayne Rooney (v Stoke) 5.50 - 50p
Connor Wickham (v Newcastle) 3.75 - 50p
Christian Benteke (v Fulham) 2.00 - £1
Dimitar Berbatov (v Villa) 2.87 - 50p
Jay Rodriguez (v West Ham) 2.20 - £1
Philippe Coutinho (v Reading) 2.25 - 50p
Both Teams to Score:
Everton v QPR – 2.00
Villa v Fulham – 1.73
Newcastle v Sunderland – 1.73
Arsenal v Norwich – 1.95
Fourfold – 11.64 – 50p
Man United to Win Both Halves (v Stoke) – 4.00 - £1
Total Arsenal Goals “3” (v Norwich) – 4.00 - 50p
Chelsea to Score in Both Halves (v Fulham) – 2.75 -£1
Sunderland v Newcastle Over 2.5 Goals and Over 12 Corners and Over 6 Cards – 11.00 - 50p
Running Total: -£49.80
Last year Crewe Alexandra got to Wembley to compete in the league two play-off final, that game marked anextraordinary turnaround for a team who found themselves 18th in November. Following a change in manager with club legend Dario Gradi stepping down and assistant manager Steve Davis taking over Crewe went on an incredible run and were unbeaten in the last 16 games of the regular season, that run enabling them to sneak into the play offs and, after seeing off Southend United in the 2 legged semi final, a 2-0 win against Cheltenham was enough to secure a most unexpected promotion back to league one. The stars of that game were Crewe’s midfield captain Ashley Westwood and the teenage talent of Nick Powell, both products ofCrewe’s famous academy.
The two players left Crewe, shortly after that game, tojoin Aston Villa and Manchester United respectively.The club, whilst initially struggling to those losescombined with the step up in leagues, have adapted well to life in the English third tier and this weekend the Railwaymen found themselves back at Wembley, this time it was to compete in their first ever Johnstones Paint Trophy final. Their opponents? Ironically, it was Southend.
The main focus from the media this time round was new club captain, Luke Murphy. Already the subject of interest from a number of Premier league teams, Davis has admitted he would be surprised if Murphy is still in South Cheshire at the start of next season. He was a doubt for the game having missed the last two with a groin injury but did enough to convince Davis he was fit enough to play and Davis was immediately justified in his decision.
Crewe started the game well on top and after teenage striker, Max Clayton, had forced a good save from Southend Goalkeeper, Smith. Crewe winger Byron Moore forced a corner. Moore, taking the corner himself rolled the ball diagonally to the edge of the 18 yard box, following a step over from Harry Davis, murphy was in an acre of space to curl an unstoppable shot into the top corner. It was a goal straight from the training ground and could not have been executed better. The goal was scored just after 5 minutes of the game and after the 10,000 or so travelling Crewe fans had settled down the sixth minute had arrived.
From the joy of seeing your team make the dream start to a cup final the mood changed immediately to one of sombre respect, the reason; Crewe’s centre back Adam Dugdale and his partner had unfortunately lost their baby son a few days earlier and Dugdale was, understandably, unavailable for the game choosing to stay at home with his family. Dugdale is an incredibly popular player both inside the squad and with the fans due to his charisma and commitment to the cause. The fans had wanted to do something to show their support and had arranged to have a minute’s applause during the sixth minute, six being his squad number. Southend to their credit were informed about the gesture and vowed to spread the message to their sizeable 30,000 followers for the game. The two sets of fans joined together to show that sometimes its important to remember that there are things more important than a game of football in a very moving tribute. Dugdales best mate at the club Matt Tootle admitted after the game that it was tough to keep focused as he was chocked up.
Stay focused he did though along with the rest of the Crewe team and as half time approached Crewe had been the tema on top for most of the first 45 mins, with a half hearted penalty appeal and a free header from a corner going close the only really threats Southend had possessed.
Half time arrived and as the Crewe fans gathered in the concourse all the talk was about surviving the first few minutes of the half without conceding as Southend were bound to come out all guns blazing. However, the second half followed the first and Crewe managed to grab their second goal as Murphy robbed the ball off the Southend midfield before putting in Moore who then found Clayton 6 yards out and, with an open goal to aim at, he couldn’t miss and the Crewe fans behind the goal went wild.
Southend did then challenge and quickly had the ball in the Crewe goal but it was chalked off, rightly so, for offside. For the majority of the half though Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips was not put under too much pressure as Crewe looked solid at the back, a characteristic Davis was keen to instil when he took over. The one time Southend did get past Phillips he was saved by his centre back, Harry Davis, the managers son, who threw him self in front of a goal bound header and managed to clear when a goal looked certain.
The game finished 2-0 and Crewe had themselves their first major honour. In the latter stages of the game Clayton was named man of the match and whilst his running and movement up front certainly meritedattention, there was definitely a case for Murphy, along with several others, to also have won the champagne.
If Davis is right and Murphy does indeed move on in the summer then there will undoubtedly be the next big thing to step up, in fact one of the Crewe substitutes George Ray made his debut coming on at Wembley. Crewe fans have long accepted that that is the situation their club operates in but if Davis can continue with his tradition of taking them to Wembley once a season then you wont hear many complaints from the faithful at Gresty Road.
A weekend of football that disappoint, Manchester Derby with goals and a near ruckus? Check. QPR relegation battle involving goals and a red card? Check. Nigel Adkins playing his old team and losing? Check. All in all an exciting weekend of football with more than a few stand out players, let me know who would’ve been in your XI @Maverick2_
The West Ham stopper was at it again against Liverpool, making save after save keeping his team on a level pegging with a Liverpool with plenty of attacking prowess. Earning himself his 9th clean sheet by making 7 saves and keeping out Luis Suarez who seems to live for scoring sums up another masterful performance from the former Bolton keeper.
What. A. Goal. The second (and better of the two) worldie that young Lowton has scored this season, he got an assist and generally played well as well. But like any of that matters when his goal was that good?
Collins had to be at his very very best to help the Hammers keep out Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho (among others) and he just about managed it (with a bit of help from Jussi between the sticks). There were a couple of times when he looked like he was going to be turned inside out by one of Liverpool’s tricky attacking players, but the wily old Collins used every ounce of his experience and managed to keep the Reds at bay for a well earned point for Allardyce’s men.
Jagielka was involved all over the pitch in the exciting draw against Spurs. It’s unusual for a defender to be in my Team of the Week if their team has conceded a couple of goals but Jag’s performance was just that good. Firstly he scored a goal which is always a good thing, especially for a defender, and secondly he was just brilliant in breaking down AVB’s side’s attacks, and thirdly he actually offered almost as much going forward as he did marshalling the back line. You couldn’t ask for much more (less goals let in i guess!).
Ivanovic was a rock at the back for the Blues, and in a permanently rotating squad that cannot be easy. He won pretty much every tackle he launched himself into and cleared countless times too. His goal had a massive stroke of fortune about it but a goal is a goal. Other than an unfortunate Own Goal from young Azpilicueta Ivanovic lead the line in a performance that didn’t look in too much danger of conceding.
Milner’s work rate is almost always the first thing that is mentioned about him, but his goal in the Manchester derby showed he is more than just a workhorse. Although his work rate was brilliant as usual. A brilliant finish from the England midfielder justified his selection from Mancini’s all star options, and then he worked his bloody socks off to try and get City a second while doing all he could to keep the marauding United forces at bay.
To be honest I had forgotten Rosicky existed let alone was still at Arsenal, and then he pops up with a fantastic performance against West Brom, bagging his first Premier League brace in the process too! Could the injury to Walcott which has (I assume) brought Rosicky back in from the cold actually be the best thing for Arsenal’s final push back up to the top 4?
I genuinely cannot believe this is Gervinho’s 3rd appearance (and 2nd in a row) in my Team of the Week, but you can’t argue with his performance again against the Baggies. He provided Rosicky for one goal and was an actual threat far too often for West Brom. I’m not sure what has happened to this guy of late but can only assume that Wenger has perfected some sort of genetic manipulation technique to improve his players.
Probably scored the goal that put QPR’s hopes of staying up out for good. That isn’t all though. Maloney was tenacious, feisty and willing to chase all over the pitch to get a result for Wigan. His performance showed just why Wigan may well avoid the drop again.
I didn’t agree with the sacking of Nigel Adkins, I thought he deserved to at least see the season out after he managed to get the Saints to the Premier League, but since Mauricio Pochettino has come in you cannot argue with the sort of performances Southampton have turned in. One man in particular who seems to have blossomed under Pochettino is Rodriguez, and yet again he was brilliant against old boss Adkins’ new side Reading. In his last three games he has now scored 3 goals, doubling his tally for the season and he looked hungry for more even after the game was clearly won. Assuming Southampton stay up I think the former Burnley man could be one to watch next season.
He may have only come on as a sub in Monday’s Manchester Derby, but he made a big impact. He gave City the much needed impetus to push on and eventually defeat their city rivals (even if United will have the last laugh with the league title). For his winning goal it looked to most like Aguero had taken too many touches and generally tried to do too much, but he knew exactly what he was doing and coolly slotted past De Gea to take 3 points back to the blue half of Manchester.
Southampton v Chelsea – Away Win 2.00 Lost
Arsenal v Reading – Home Win 1.25 Won
Wigan v Norwich – Home Win 1.95 Won
Patent – £1.05 Won
Villa v Liverpool – Away Win 1.73 Won
Fulham v QPR – Home Win 2.00 Won
Double – 3.45 – £1 Won
Dimitar Berbatov (v QPR) 5.00 - 50p Won
Luis Suarez (v Villa) 5.00 -£1 Lost
Papiss Cisse (v Man City) 5.00 - 50p Lost
Juan Mata (v Southampton) 2.75 - £1 Refunded
Michu (v Spurs) 2.75 - 50p Won
Gareth Bale (v Swansea) 2.00 - £1 Won
Loic Remy (v Fulham) 3.00 -£1 Won
Christian Benteke (v Liverpool) 7.00 - 50p Won
Both Teams to Score:
Man City v Newcastle – 2.00Lost
Swansea v Spurs – 1.65Won
Southampton v Chelsea – 1.57 Won
Villa v Liverpool – 1.65 Won
Fulham v QPR – 1.70 Won
Fivefold – 14.55 – 50p Lost
Man United to Score Both Halves (v Sunderland) – 2.62 - £1 Lost
Everton Win and Under 2.5 Goals (v Stoke) – 3.00 - 50p Won
Villa to Win Either Half (v Liverpool) – 2.60 - 50p Won
QPR to Come From Behind and Either Win or Draw (v Fulham) – 6.00 - 50p Lost
Running Total: -£42.08
Well that’s a bit better isn’t it? My second most successful week since the start of the season, maybe much like Fernando Torres last night I am showing signs of hitting some form in the build up to the end of the season? Only time will tell. Some massive matches this week (and not just my team’s cup final Go Northchurch!) but also the Nigel Adkins derby, a Manchester derby and a big game between Spurs and Everton with both wanting a top 4 spot.
West Brom v Arsenal – Away Win 1.91
Stoke v Villa – Away Win 3.80
Norwich v Swansea Away Win 2.80
Patent – £1.05
Liverpool v West Ham – Home Win 1.33
Spurs v Everton – Away Win 3.20
QPR v Wigan – Home Win 2.37
Patent – £1.05
Robin van Persie (v City) 5.50 - £1
Jay Rodriguez (v Reading) 6.00 - 50p
Christian Benteke (v Stoke) 7.50 - 50p
Michu (v Norwich) 7.00 - £1
Luis Suarez (v West Ham) 4.00 - £1
Edin Dzeko (v United) 3.75 -50p
Romelu Lukaku (v Arsenal) 3.00 - 50p
Frank Lampard (v Sunderland) 2.20 - £1
Loic Remy (v Wigan) 2.50 -50p
Both Teams to Score:
Reading v Southampton – 1.53
Chelsea v Sunderland – 2.15
QPR v Wigan – 1.61
Man United v Man City – 1.61
Newcastle v Fulham – 1.65
Fivefold – 14.19 – 50p
Over 2.5 Goals 10-12 Corners and 4-6 Cards (QPR v Wigan) 10.00 - 50p
Man United to Score in both Halves (v City) 3.00 - £1
Reading to Come From Behind and Win or Draw (v Southampton) 5.50 - 50p
Running Total: – £53.18
Ah…it’s good to be back to a proper schedule of games after what seemed an eternity of an International break. There were some real upsets this weekend and some great team and individual performances to pick from, with many players making my shortlist. Let me know who would have been in your starting XI @Maverick2_
The City and England stopper didn’t have bucket loads to do in City’s convincing win over Newcastle, but when he was called into action he was excellent. Many doubters have questioned Hart’s quality after a tough season for the current League champions but he looked at his best again against the Toon Army.
Vertongen loves goals. The Belgian defender clearly can’t help himself in front of goal. After scoring his 5th Premier League goal to help Spurs to their 2-1 win over a strong Swansea resistance Vertongen has shown he was an astute purchase and a quality Centre Back at both ends of the pitch.
Another Belgian Centre Back, they have quite the crop of players at the moment, who had a solid performance at both ends of the pitch as well. Scoring and keeping a clean sheet he one upped his international counterpart over at Spurs. City’s defence has been shaky this season and its no coincidence that Kompany has been either not fully fit or not playing, getting him back to fitness and playing well for the team is the key to a decent end to the season for Mancini’s men.
Clichy was a real threat down the left flank as he so often is. Consistently getting forward and offering more attacking width and most importantly getting balls into the box. He managed to balance this work perfectly, bagging an assist but maintaining a clean sheet. A good all round performance from the Frenchman.
Smalling seems almost like a new player after a week of international football at the heart of the England defence, full of confidence and fully fit Smalling showed just why Sir Alex signed him from Fulham. He was solid and dependable but still able to pick out a decent pass, whilst offering a big obstacle for Sunderland to overcome.
He is in the team yet again, and this time not just for his attacking ability either! I saw Bale make a crucial clearance out of the box that almost certainly ensured that his earlier goal won Spurs their much desired 3 points. He just keeps getting better. His goal was brilliant too by the way.
After he appeared in my team of the week way back when I didn’t think he’d be making another appearance again this season. But he here is after a brilliant performance where Arsenal really put Reading to the sword. Cutting in and creating many chances Gervinho was a real thorn in Reading’s side and it was no surprise that he came away with a goal and an assist.
As usual the architect of everything good that happens going forward for Arsenal. The little Spaniard created chances left right and centre so when he bagged a goal and an assist I doubt that there was many a raised eyebrow. His sparkling form and wonderful ability is at least part of the reason that Arsenal’s revival continues to push on.
Getting his first goal and second assist of the season is a good achievement for the West Ham midfielder but the quality of his goal was probably enough reason alone to get him in the team of the week. A solid midfielder who really puts in the work all across the park and a great individual performance.
The world’s most casual striker ever was at it again against QPR. As bad a Chris Samba was, Berbatov was brilliant. Capitalising on every mistake that Rangers made and leading the line perfectly the Bulgarian was at his most deadly. Scoring twice and playing a role in every attacking move for Fulham Berbatov was everything that Martin Jol’s side needed to overcome an ever more likely to be relegated QPR side.
Andy Carroll was brilliant against West Brom. The Baggies are a strong physical side and would be one of the teams you expect to be able to deal with the sort of threat that Carroll traditionally offers, but that was not the case. Carroll was winning plenty in the air and unsurprisingly headed a goal home, but for his second goal he took it very well WITH HIS FEET! It was a great ball from O’Neil but the finish was superb, if he can keep his form up surely an England recall is on the horizon?