With yet another exciting Premier League weekend in the books it’s time to review this weekend’s winners and losers.
Robbie Keane emerges from this weekend as the biggest winner. The Tottenham striker has had a relatively quiet start to the season, oftentimes playing second fiddle to the red hot Jermain Defoe. Against Burnley on Saturday, though, Keane notched an incredible four goals. A first half penalty was supplemented by a second half hat trick, and the Irish front man made Harry Redknapp look like a genius.
Scientists haven’t quite figured out how to go back in time just yet, but Ryan Giggs appears to have broken the code. Giggsy has gone from strength to strength this season, making his younger and more popular United teammates seem like mere mortals. Sir Ryan came off the bench for the league leaders and immediately assisted two goals to bring the score from 0-0 to 2-0. Brilliant.
The Black Cats grabbed yet another victory this weekend. A 5-2 win over Wolves was well deserved after a hard fought 90 minutes, and Sunderland fans will be delighted over the form of Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones. The two powerful strikers both grabbed braces on Sunday, and Sunderland have climbed up to 8th in the Premier League table.
Just when it looked like Fernando Torres would run away with the hat trick of the weekend, former teammate Robbie Keane stole the glory. Nevertheless, Torres put in another inspired performance for Liverpool as he aims to cement his reputation as the world’s best striker. Torres scored half of Liverpool’s goals in their 6-1 win over Hull at Anfield, and it looks like the Spaniard will run away with the Premiership’s golden boot.
While Blackburn fans up and down the country fret over Blackburn’s future, the Rovers grabbed a crucial three points on Saturday. David Dunn’s penalty with two minutes to go lifted Blackburn to an unlikely 2-1 win over a talented Aston Villa side, and the result gives Blackburn some breathing room in the relegation battle.
Quite simply – can this man stop scoring? Saha has started the season in blistering form, and his brilliant goal against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday gave Everton an important 1-0 win. Saha’s ability has never been questioned, but it’s up to him to remain healthy so he can keep banging the goals in for the Toffees.
If you had to bet your house on one team going down this year, who would it be? I’m sure it’s unanimous: Portsmouth. Pompey have had an absolutely dreadful start to this season, and in a week where their future was heavily scrutinized and the players accepted two-a-day training sessions, everyone was praying for a win. They fought hard against Everton and pushed Tim Howard to his limits, but the side just couldn’t get it done for the Fratton Park faithful. This is a dire situation.
It could be argued that Wolves deserved something out of their Sunday fixture against Sunderland. Instead, Wolves left The Stadium of Light as 5-2 losers, and all of their hard work will be forgotten. Wolves played well and battled hard – yet received nothing to show for it. The scoreline is deceiving, but at the end of the day that’s all that matters. In the Premiership they’ll need to figure out a way to walk away with points and not just effort.
Harry Redknapp was full of praise for Crouch in the buildup to this weekend’s action, but on a whim decided to play Robbie Keane. Crouch could only look on as his competition netted four times, and it’ll be tough for Crouchie to earn a starting position over the red-hot Keane and Defoe.
Does anyone really believe that Hull City deserve their spot in the Premier League? Ever since last season’s downfall the Tigers have never recovered, and the only thing that still lingers on from their glory days of August last year is Phil Brown’s tan. A 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool proved that Hull are nowhere near the quality required to compete with the Premier League’s big boys, and Hull could be teetering on the edge come May.
Just when John Terry decided to address the possibility of Chelsea becoming this season’s invincibles, his worst fears came to fruition. Before the Blues squared off against Wigan, captain Terry denied claims that Chelsea were unbeatable. Chelsea went on to lose 3-1 with goalkeeper Petr Cech sent off, handing new manager Carlo Ancelotti his first loss in English football.
Who were this weekend’s big winners and losers? Have your say below!