All the scores and highlights from match day 33 Premier League fixtures. Video highlights included for each EPL match (as available) for U.S. viewers. The Premier League TV Schedule is also available for American based viewers.
This weekend includes a few key matches including Everton v QPR and the Tyne-Wear Derby with Newcastle United v Sunderland. Both Newcastle and Sunderland are fairly desperate for wins and the same would be said of Everton and Queens Park Rangers.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Arsenal 3 – 1 Norwich City: Norwich took the lead early in the second half with a Michael Turner goal. Norwich’s defense looked very strong and Arsenal really struggled to break them down. With less than 10 minutes on the clock Arsenal were given a penalty during a corner kick as Kei Kamara was clearly pulling on Olivier Giroud’s shirt. Many will feel that this was a soft penalty, however, it is a foul and it was in the box. These are the sort of penalties that need to be given more often to cut out all of the blatant fouling going on during free kicks and corner kicks. Mikel Arteta put away a powerful penalty to level the score. What is interesting about the foul is that the referee did not give the penalty, but instead it was given by the linesman. Perhaps this is just another reason to bring in more video replay technology.
This was followed up by some great attacking and passing play by Arsenal to get the go ahead goal in the 88th minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain claimed the goal, but it was given as a Sebastien Bassong own goal, with the ball coming off of him last. Lukas Podolski finished off the Arsenal win with a 90’+2′ smash from just at the top of the box. With the win Arsenal jump over both Tottenham and Chelsea to move into third place on 59 points. Spurs drop into fifth level on points with Chelsea on 58. Norwich drop down into 14th place on 35 points, just behind Newcastle.
Aston Villa 1 – 1 Fulham: This was a draw that really benefited Aston Villa, but keeps them in the frame for possible relegation depending on the results of those around them. They are now up to 16th with 34 points (level with Stoke City), which is 3 points more than both Sunderland and Wigan who are sitting at 17th and 18th.
Everton 2 – 0 QPR: Darren Gibson scored the only goal of the first half in the 40th minute. Victor Anichebe put in Everton’s second in the 58th minute to keep Everton in sixth place just 3 points behind Tottenham and Chelsea and four points behind third place Arsenal. Queens Park Rangers are surely relegated now. They are still eight points away from safety with 5 matches left to play.
Reading 0 – 0 Liverpool: A deserved draw for Reading is really not enough to help their chances of staying out of the drop. This was more of a disappointment for Liverpool who stay in seventh, still five points behind their cross-town rivals Everton.
Southampton 1 – 1 West Ham United: West Ham did well to stay in this one and keep the score close. Southampton had a majority of possession and put up 19 shots with only five of those on goal. Both teams should be clear of relegation now, even if it is still a mathematical possibility. Southampton moves up into 11th with West Ham level on points at 38 points.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Newcastle United 0 – 3 Sunderland: Sunderland’s win today is absolutely massive for them. They now move up to 14th place with 34 points, level with Stoke and Aston Villa below them. Sunderland move themselves three points above the drop zone while Newcastle stay in 13th place with 36 points. Neither team is safe if they aren’t able to get results, but they are both set up in a position to keep their future in their own hands.
Stoke City 0 – 2 Manchester United: United come into Sunday’s match needing only three wins to secure the title. Michael Carrick opened the scoring in only the fourth minute following a scramble for the ball in the box after Robin van Persie’s corner. This was followed by some rather boring football with Stoke working hard to keep from allowing any more goals while attempting to get a ball in to their forwards. The first half ended with United’s defense never in doubt of giving up a goal.
The second half was mostly more of the same with United having difficulty linking up with their forwards and finding the creativity to break the Stoke defense. The same could be said of Stoke against United as well. Finally United was able to get a second when Wilkinson brought down Robin van Persie in the area. Van Persie stepped up and put the ball into the lower corner to his right to end his goal scoring drought. His last goal came back on the 10th of February. As if to thank Sir Alex for his patience, van Persie ran to the sideline to celebrate with the manager and the rest of the bench.
Following Manchester United’s second goal Stoke did show more spirit in attacking and put goalkeeper David de Gea to work a few times. The win for United moves them back to 15 points clear of their cross town rivals and means they need just 2 more wins to win their 20th Premier League title. Stoke’s loss today means that they remain in the relegation battle, especially if they continue to lose. They sit at 16th place in the EPL table on 34 points level with Sunderland above them and Aston Villa below.