Becca’s PL Round Up: Upsets, Rooney, Remy and Stats

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It was a weekend full of upsets in the Premier League, as another (yes, another) international break beckons.

Becca Weekly PL Round Up - Rooney Remy Upsets

It was a showdown of the big guns as league leaders Arsenal took a trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.  Despite it being a tight game, Manchester United held on to a Robin Van Persie goal to grab the three points and make their way up the table. Without doubt David Moyes’ biggest win of his Manchester United career so far, it lifts the Champions up to 5th, and only 5 points off the top. Not as bad a start as first thought when fans now look at the table. Wayne Rooney was the home side’s star man, having the most shots of the United team (3), as well as getting back for an all important tackle late on. With all the drama surrounding his contract issues in the summer, many wouldn’t have expected this impressive work rate from him so far this season. From an Arsenal point of view, superstar Mesut Ozil wasn’t on song. He lost possession a total of 20 times, and didn’t look to have that creative flair that usually powers through the midfield for Arsenal. There was also a late cameo for Nicklas Bendtner, but even the last few chances from him weren’t enough to find an equaliser. Arsenal still lie at the top of the Premier League, although now their fellow contenders are starting to gather pace.

Liverpool managed to come to an agreement with Uruguay to keep Luis Suarez for that little bit longer to play against Fulham, and it definatley paid off. The star striker secured a double in helping the Reds to win 4-0 at home to Fulham. Martin Jol’s struggling side didn’t pose much of a threat to the home side, as the rampant Uruguayan moves to joint top in the Premier League scorers list with 8. The good news for Liverpool fans is that he currently shares the top spot with his own strike partner Daniel Sturridge, as well as Sergio Aguero for Manchester City. Liverpool dominated throughout, having 67% of the possession, and a staggering 90% pass accuracy. Captain Steven Gerrard was brought off early in the second half with a niggle, although by then the game was already won and the England captain insists that he will do all he can to be fit for the upcoming international fixtures.

Chelsea only managed a draw at home to Steve Clarke’s West Brom, although if not for a last-minute controversial penalty, it would have been a defeat. Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to get going throughout the game, and it has to be said that West Brom deserved the three points. Although the Chelsea boss is adamant that the injury time spot kick was the correct decision, it was a big talking point after the game, with many pundits accusing Ramires of going down far too easily. This even led to Steve Clarke saying that he was “flabbergasted” at the decision, and said that in the end, this was what changed a “fantastic result” to just a “good result” for West Brom. Although Chelsea had the best of the possession (67%), they didn’t seem to have that cutting edge. They had a 33% dribbling accuracy compared to West Brom’s 58%, and this definitely reflected the confidence the away side had going forward.

Sunderland continue their good start to life under Gus Poyet as they managed a 1-0 victory at home to big spenders Manchester City. The revival began to gain pace as Phil Bardsley scored the only goal of the game, much to the delight of the punters that used online gambling sites to bet on Sunderland to win. Although there were a few close chances at the end from the away side, Pellegrini’s side weren’t looking the dominant force that gave Norwich a 7-0 battering at The Etihad last week. City were dispossessed a total of 9 times throughout the 90 minutes, and lost possession a total of 138 times. Is this a worrying sign for the blue half of Manchester, or just a temporary blip?

Tottenham fans’ outcry for a commanding midfielder continues after losing at home to Newcastle on Sunday. After AVB’s claims that Spurs needed more support from the home fans, they didn’t give them much to shout about. Tim Krul was without doubt the main man for the away side, making 14 saves altogether – the most by a keeper in 8 years of Premier League football, as well as 2 vital clearances. Yohan Cabaye was the star man statistically for Newcastle, being responsible for creating 3 of their 4 chances, as well as managing to get a shot on target. Loic Remy also again showed his potential, with a neat early strike. So far this season, the Frenchman has an impressive 60% shot accuracy, as well as a total of 27 shots. Should he have had been a more serious target for Spurs in the Summer? The star strikers goal was enough to seal the win, lifting Newcastle up to 9th and giving Tottenham quite a bit to worry about as they slip to 7th.

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