Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 11/11/12
Weekend of: Saturday November 10 Weekend News: While having endless amounts of money to spend on your squad goes a long way to winning trophies in the English Premier League, this weekend showed that the difference between a team that can win the title and a team that can only finish near the top and never break through comes down to the emotional strength of those men who take the field each week. Both Manchester clubs showed why they are going to be competing for the title thanks to some amazing comeback wins, while London’s top two clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea found themselves held to disappointing draws in games they really should have been expected to win. Man United found themselves down by 2 goals away from home against Aston Villa with an hour played but managed to claw their way back and steal a 3-2 win, while City was down at home to Tottenham before Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko brought them back to win 2-1. Meanwhile, Arsenal were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw at home against Fulham despite having a last minute penalty, which was superbly saved by Mark Schwarzer to earn Fulham a deserved point. Chelsea, hosting former Premier League power Liverpool were held to a draw at home thanks to Luis Suarez, a fantastic striker or a gigantic prick (or both) depending on your allegiances. West Ham provided the upset of the round travelling to Newcastle and escaping with a surprising win to move them up to 6th place on the ladder. Score Rundown Saturday Arsenal 3 – 3 Fulham Everton 2 – 1 Sunderland Reading 0 – 0 Norwich Southampton 1 – 1 Swansea Stoke 1 – 0 QPR West Brom 1 – 2 Wigan Manchester United 3 – 2 Aston Villa Sunday Manchester City 2 – 1 Tottenham West Ham 1 – 0 Newcastle Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool Game of the Weekend Man United 3 def Aston Villa 2 A dour first half was sparked into life during stoppage time as Andreas Weimann rifled a shot into the roof of the net after some great work down the left flank by Christian Benteke on the counter attack. The shot was hit so sweetly, David de Gea could do nothing about it as the ball was long past him by the time he could react. The Villains second goal came from another raid down the left hand side, this time it was Gabby Agbonlahor who broke free before centring the ball for Weimann to smash home his second from point blank range. At this point Villa were on their way to their first home league win over United in 17 years and it was looking good for the next eight or so minutes. United’s Mexican substitute Javier Hernandez got onto the end of a long ball over the defense and slotted a shot between the legs of Brad Guzan to bring United back into it. Hernandez was key to United’s second goal volleying a Rafael cross back across the goal before a deflection off Villa’s Ron Vlaar levelled the scores at 2 apiece. The action was not done yet as Hernandez had one more contribution to make with three minutes left. Robin van Persie lofted a perfect 40 yard free kick into the box and Hernandez was there to head the ball home and pinch three points for United. Fantasy Player of the Week Dimitar Berbatov – Fulham Striker (16 points) In a week where no players managed to stand out, Berbatov’s two goal, one assist effort against Arsenal made him the highest scoring player for the week. He also managed to pick up three bonus points for being the best player on the field. Hernandez earned 15 points for his efforts, falling one point short for only playing half a game. What to Look for Next Weekend Next weekend has most of the action on a super Saturday with eight games being played. The day kicks off with a bang as Arsenal host Tottenham in the North London derby at 12:45pm (UK Time). Arsenal desperately need to win while Spurs would no doubt love to put some breathing space between themselves and their local rivals and these games are always fiery on a quiet day. QPR host Southampton in a bottom of the table clash that could vault the winner out of the relegation zone. Liverpool host Wigan and hope to continue their slow struggle back to mid-table mediocrity this year, City travel to Villa and Chelsea visit upstart West Brom without their captain John Terry who suffered what looked to be a bad knee injury while United face a tough road game at Carrow Road against Norwich. Sunday’s lone game is Fulham-Sunderland while West Ham host Stoke on Monday night in a game that will inevitably lead to plenty of bumps and bruises as they are the two most physical teams in the Premier League.
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