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Things We Learned This Weekend

By | 26th October 2009

Another Premier League weekend is now in the books, and with some key match ups and exciting derbies now past us, here are the things that we learned from this weekend of Premiership action.

10Boring as Hull. Anyone who watched the Hull City v Portsmouth match on Saturday will know exactly what I mean. Is there any team as boring as Hull? If so, it’s definitely Portsmouth. Hull’s American sensation Jozy Altidore even decided to show up late as he was doing something more entertaining, like perhaps watching the grass grow outside the KC Stadium.

9Tottenham Coldspurs. After starting off the season in spectacular fashion, Tottenham was brought back down to earth this past weekend after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City. All credit to Stoke as Glenn Whelan came off the bench to grab a wonder goal with just four minutes remaining. Tottenham showed signs of weakness, and it’s now up to Harry Redknapp to prevent a slide.

8Villa look bitten by the Wolves. Aston Villa may have been very strong contenders for a spot in the top four last season, but have they impressed anyone this year? They’ve been stringing together some wins, but never really look like a side that is undoubtedly talented. Wolves made Villa struggle on Saturday not because of any significant talent, but simply because they wanted it more. The 1-1 result was fair on both sides, and Martin O’Neill will need to figure out a way to utilize the likes of Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, James Milner, and John Carew better.

7McFadden saves the day. Does anyone remember James McFadden’s strike for Everton against Charlton? For me, this defines the man. Or think back to his incredible goal against France. Both of these strikes prove the sheer genius of McFadden, and with him finally back in the Birmingham lineup they grabbed a key 2-1 victory over a tricky Sunderland side. With McFadden in the lineup Blues fans can hope for the best, as this man can pull a rabbit out of anything.

6The Colombian sensation. When was the last time the Premier League was blessed with raw Colombian talent? Hugo Rodallega, at just 24 years of age, is taking the world’s greatest league by storm. On a Wigan side not expected to do too much this season, Hugo has already grabbed five goals in ten Premier League appearances. His brace this weekend against Burnley gave the Latics a 3-1 win, and some people are even beginning to back Rodallega for the golden boot.

55 star salute. Yes, we all know Chelsea is good. Yes, we all know about Chelsea’s stars. But in a weekend where so many of the top teams faltered, the Chelsea machine rolled on. The usual suspects were in on the act as Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba both found themselves on the score sheet, and Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Blackburn showed that they mean business. Surely this team is the favorite for this year’s title?

4Reebok trumps Umbro. Everton has been a mystery to many Premier League fans this season – with such a talented squad why aren’t they performing up to their usually high standards? Some untimely injuries certainly haven’t helped, but when Marouane Fellaini’s goal brought Everton back to level terms with Bolton at the Reebok, many admired the usual fight and spirit we see from a David Moyes side. Alas, they couldn’t hold on, and Bolton grabbed an unexpected 3-2 win at the Reebok. Well played, Bolton.

3Once a red, always a red. Manchester United were embarrassed on the road on Sunday as they made the short trip to Anfield, and Liverpool’s 2-0 win was strong and definitive. While I don’t quite believe that Rafa has turned the ship around (it’ll take more than one win to right four straight losses), Liverpool showed that they always perform consistently against the other top four sides. Additionally, Nemanja Vidic proved that he loves  seeing red against the Reds. Vidic has now received three straight red cards against Liverpool, and he needs to get his act together. By the way, how did Carragher not land himself a red card?

2Manchester feeling the blues. Many figures in the Manchester City camp have stated their desire to win a title this season, but on Sunday those hopes looked dashed. City was cruising 2-0 with half an hour to go following goals from Joleon Lescott and Martin Petrov, but a determined Fulham side proved that many isn’t everything. Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey capped off a dedicated performance, and the 2-2 draw puts City fans back on the ground. It was not a good weekend for Manchester.

1Upton Park is a fortress. How many times will big clubs travel to Upton Park and drop points? Just when it looked like Arsenal was ready to take three points back to North London, West Ham’s magic at Upton came out once again. At 2-0 down, West Ham scored twice with ten minutes remaining to snag one point (making Arsenal miss out on two), and goals from Carlton Cole and a penalty from Alessandro Diamanti settled the fixture.

What did you think of this weekend’s action? Have your say below!

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  1. Emefa Komla says:

    Congratulations to Man City for their triumph over Chelsea but I am highly disappointed in Wayne Bridge for his refusal of a handshake from Terry. I think it is unnecessary to continue with this saga more so when the lady in question is your ex. Wayne should grow up unless he wants us to start thinking he STILL has something to do with his ex.

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