Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Keeper – EPL Week 5

I was lucky to be able to sit down and catch 4 matches live this weekend, which was a refreshing change from watching the replays and EPL wrap-show on FSC. A pretty quite weekend with only one major exception, the Man U v Liverpool match was a real “cracker” as they say across the pond. Here is a breakdown of what you missed if you had a flea market to attend or other such more pressing commitments.

In my opinion, Manchester United hosting Liverpool was the best match of the season so far with Man City at Tottenham only slightly behind from the opening week of the season. Perennial underachiever Dimitar Berbatov decided to start earning his keep, and boy did he ever, scoring a hat trick and leading the Reds to a 3-2 victory. Berba had what was arguably the goal of the season in the EPL with a bicycle kick into the back of the net in the 59th minute, which you have to see for yourself, to put Man U up 2-0. However, the Reds started choking like a fat man at an all-you-can-eat buffet, which appears to be a reoccurring theme this season. However, the Berba decided to single handedly grab the victory for Man U with a hat trick goal in the 84th minute to seal the deal. For Liverpool, it’s more disappointment, pushing them to 16th in the standings with just 5 points and a -3 GD. For Manchester it was a much needed win to keep even with Aresenal and at least keep within shouting distance of Chelsea.

Speaking of Chelsea, will anyone defeat them this season? I was able to watch the entire Chelsea and Blackpool match on Sunday, which in actuality really only consisted of the first half for any action. If you happened to miss the first few minutes because of a sale on Tony Little’s Gazelle fitness machine on QVC, you missed Salomon Kalou putting it in the back of the net in the first 90 seconds of the match. Blackpool’s defenders did not have the speed to keep up with Chelsea’s forwards who repeatedly would be wide open running inside the 18 yard box. After Drogba scored to put the Blues up 3-0 at the 30th minute mark it seemed that Chelsea shifted down and gear and coasted to a 4-0 victory. I don’t think even the most diehard supporters for the Tangerines expected a victory at Stamford Bridge, but they can relish in the fact that they are still in the top 10 in the table. Chelsea will get their first real test of the season on Saturday as they travel to Manchester City, a match being carried live on ESPN2 at 7:45am EDT.

After 5 weeks, the leaders and bottom-feeders continue to remain relatively unchanged, though if Liverpool keeps it up they will be making an appearance in the bottom 4 soon.

1. Chelsea – 15 pts, +20 GD (5-0-0)

2. Arsenal – 11 pts, +10 GD (3-2-0)
3. Manchester United – 11 pts, +7 GD (3-2-0)
4. Manchester City – 8 pts, +4 GD (2-2-1)
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17. Stoke City – 4 pts, -3 GD (1-1-3)
18. Wigan Athletic – 4 pts, -11 GD (1-1-3)
19. Everton – 2 pts, -3 GD (0-2-3)
20. West Ham United – 1 pts, -10 GD (0-1-4)

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