Posts Tagged ‘Everton’

The Premiership Enters Winter

The premiership is well under way and it has been as competitive and entertaining as ever. Chelsea got off to a flying start that sees them sit top of the table after nine games. Champion’s City had somewhat of a stuttering start but plenty of late goals has seen them move up to third place. Manchester United rest between them a point behind leaders Chelsea and ahead of city rivals on goal difference. Last seasons overachiever’s Newcastle see themselves in 10th at this early stage and notorious slow starters Everton find themselves in 5th early on. Newly promoted Reading and Southampton are finding the step up tough as both are in the relegation zone. Big spenders QPR are currently last as Mark Hughes’ tries to bed in his new high earners.

 

Chelsea got off to a marvelous start and new signings Eden Hazard and Oscar have been shining lights. With the emphasis being on attack rather than the defensive style that won the Champions League, Di Matteo will be pleased with how his team are adapting to this new style. Juan Mata has also been a shining light the tricky Spaniard has caused problems for every defensive he’s faced this season. Chelsea may be found out as the season goes on though With Fernando Torres still struggling, not having a goal scoring striker may become costly. David Luiz is also a liability. Every game that John Terry has missed through suspension Luiz looks more and more of a threat to his own goal than to the oppositions.

Manchester City have been reliant on the late goals of Edin Dzeko although the striker hasn’t made much of an impact when giving the opportunity from the first whistle. This may result in the striker leaving in January. This would mean that City would only have 3 world-class strikers instead of four -poor them- but with Balotellli prone to do anything and with no one sure where Tevez’s heart really lies City would be best of trying to keep the Bosnian happy. However, City’s season will be decided with how they deal with Yaya Toure’s departure during the African Cup of Nations. They struggled last season and let an 8 point lead slip in his absence. City have signed players to cope with this situation but Jack Rodwell is nowhere near the class of Yaya.

Manchester United have been involved in some of the most exciting and controversial games of the season and having played some tough fixtures compared to their nearest rivals will be very pleased at only being a point off the top. However, United will be wary of the fact that they have had to dig deep to get wins going behind in no less than six games – of those six games then went on to win four – but United are United and you can never write them off, in matches or in championship races.

Everton have finally had a good start to a season. Often on kicking into top gear after Christmas, Phil Neville joked that they were going to have their Christmas party in august. Well whatever they did, it worked. Felliani has proven to be a handful this season and despite not being the most stylish player he certainly is effective. Baines and Pienaar have also worked a good partnership down the left hand side which, as a partnership, is only getting stronger.

QPR have being worrying disappointing. They spent big money this summer and were aiming for a top half finish. But the problem with signing so many players and throwing around stupid money has proven costly as the players signed clearly aren’t familiar with each other and some seem more keen on picking up their pay check on a Friday rather than preforming on a Saturday. Mark Hughes’ job is under threat and if performances don’t improve soon he’ll be out of a job before Christmas.

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The FA Cup Final 2012

Chelsea will take on Liverpool in the FA cup final on Saturday which has been much anticipated and will almost defiantly be a truly memorable final. Both teams will do anything to ensure victory with Liverpool trying to complete a domestic cup double and Chelsea are looking to complete the first part of a domestic and European double.

Both teams are having quite forgettable league campaigns, with Liverpool in 8th place and in trouble of finishing below city rivals Everton. Chelsea are also having a forgettable season and are four points behind both Tottenham and Newcastle in the race for fourth, but that will matter little if they over come Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May the 19th.

Drogba celebrates his stunning strike against Tottenham in the semi-final

Chelsea started their route to the final, with a 4-0 win over Portsmouth and overcame London rivals QPR in a 1-0 win at Loftus road. The Pensioners then faced Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge and the Championship side held Chelsea to a one all draw, but Chelsea took care of business at St Andrews in a convincing 2-0 win. Roberto Di Matteo’s men then faced Leicester City in the Quarter Finals and early goals from Kalou and Gary Cahill ensured victory early on before Chelsea went on to win the tie 5-2. Gary Cahill dedicated his goal to former team-mate Fabrice Muamba that had suffered from a Cardiac Arrest days before hand.

The only team to stand in the way of Chelsea and the FA cup final was London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs. After a tight first 43 minutes it took a magnificent Didier Drogba strike to separate the sides before the break, Chelsea’s second goal was far from spectacular so unspectacular it didn’t cross the line, Tottenham pulled one back before Chelsea assured victory with three more goals in a 5-1 win.

Carroll and Suarez celebrate Liverpool’s victory over rival’s Everton

Liverpool started their route to the Final with a 5-1 victory over Oldham Athletic. Liverpool were then paired with arch rivals Manchester United and came through it with a late goal from Dirk Kuyt assured the win and Liverpool progressed with a 2-1 win. Liverpool then faced a more straight forward task against Brighton which they won 6-1. The Quarter Finals was a trickier affair for Liverpool but it was one that they came through beating Stoke 2-1 at Anfield.

The semi-final renewed the rivalry between themselves and Everton. Everton went one nil up through Nikica Jelovic but a weak backpass by Sylvian Distin provided Luis Suarez the chance to equalise one in which he took well and provided levelled the sides. The winner came through Andy Carroll headed in the winner three minutes from time and guaranteed Liverpool’s spot in the final.

Match Winners; John Terry will do everything he can to help Chelsea to victory as he will miss the Champions League final after getting sent off for a very foolish foul on Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez. Fernando Torres will also be itching to score a winning goal against his former side and the sticker has found his goal scoring form just in time.

Liverpool will be hoping that their £35million striker, Andy Carroll, will score another Wembley winning goal and make himself a legend within the club, for a couple of months at least. Liverpool’s best chance will probably come from the linking play between Gerrard and Suarez, a treat that fears all the clubs they come up against.