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Barclays Premier League Weekend Recap for 24-26 Sept.

   The soccer was amazing too watch on Saturday, all but one of the top clubs was able to pull off the win. The biggest match of the weekend was Manchester United traveling to Stoke City. While Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal were all playing matches at their home fields on Saturday. With Liverpool having the toughest test of the top clubs besides Manchester United.

   The match results were as follows Manchester City defeated Everton, 2-0 at the Etithad.  The match was tied 0-0 at the half, which was a surprise to me. I know that Everton normally plays very well against City, but this is not your father's City team. In the second half, this year's City team came out to play with goals by Balotelli (68') and Milner (89'). Although those are not who you would think would score goes for City. Missing from the score sheet is their new rising star Sergio Aguero. City with the win moved to first place in the table and were awaiting the late game to see if they would keep their new place.

    Arsenal has had a very tough season to this point and was in need of a great effort from the club. Arsene Wenger has seemed to have lost his team, with players leaving the club and players not playing hard during matches. As of the start of the match on Saturday, Arsenal was only one point out of the relegation zone. Arsenal played the perfect club to help get their confidence back, Bolton. The Gunners played on the front foot the whole match, while Bolton look dazed and confused out on the pitch. Special congratulations to Robin van Persie for scoring his 10oth goal with Arsenal on Saturday. Arsenal controlled the match from the beginning and won 3-0 over Bolton. Sadly, I picked Bolton to go into the Emirates and beat Arsenal (good thing I did not have any money on this game).

      At Stanford Bridge there was some controversy over the red card shown to Fernando Torres. But regardless of being down to ten men in the 39th minute of the game, Chelsea still nets two more goals and wins 4-1 over Swansea City. Chelsea showed no ill effects of the loss to Manchester United from the week before. And Fernando Torres has now scored a goal in two straight games, compared to the 10 hour scoreless stretch before the goal against Manchester United. Torres is regaining his form that cost Chelsea a transfer fee of 50 million pounds. I expect Chelsea to only get better as the season progress and I give the credit to Villas-Boas the new manager.

    Liverpool were looking to rebound after the embarrassing lose and the sending off of two players from a week ago. In front of their supports at Anfield, the Reds played well and Luis Suarez put in the goal of the week in the 38th minute of the game. With the middle field players at Liverpool, Suarez will be in the top three of the Golden Boot competition at the end of the season. The ref was yellow card happy in this game, seven total yellows shown. Four shown to Wolves and three to Liverpool, sure did make for a lot of free kicks. Glad no one was shown red for a second yellow though. The game was close, but Liverpool at home was too much for Wolves.

    The match of the week in the Premier League, Stoke City playing host to Manchester United at the Britannia. Manchester United had done nothing but win on the season, their record coming into the match is 5-0-0. Stoke City is unbeaten at the Britannia this year, with a record of 3-2-0 in all competitions. The match was very exciting from start to finish. Both clubs were moving the ball very well and countattacking quickly. Manchester United stuck first with a terrific goal from Nani in the 27th minute. But shortly after half-time Stoke City's new player, Peter Crouch, did what he does best. Crouch went up and headed a ball past De Gea in the 52nd minute of the match. Manchester United made some last chances, but we not able to put the ball in the back of the net. Stoke City's defense came through and ended the 100% record of Manchester United.

    This was another great weekend of soccer in the Barclays Premier League. Fans of all of the top clubs should be satisfied with the results of weekend. The top of the table looks like this: 1- Manchester United with 16 point (goal differential - 17), 2- Manchester City with 16 points (goal differential 14), 3- Chelsea with 13 points, 4- Newcastle - with 12 points, 5- Liverpool with 10, points, 12- Arsenal with 7 points. The race at the top of the table is tight already, this is going to be another great season!

Red Beards

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