Stoke City v Manchester City: 1-0

Well well well!!! Manchester City eh? Robinho cant help them, Bridge cant help them, De Jong cant help them, Bellamy cant help them, even the referee cant help them… The way they were playing, i dont think Kaka himself could’ve helped them…
It was utterly pathetic display of football from city at Stoke city… One couldn’t see a dimes worth of all the millions spent on the players like Robinho, Bellamy, Wayne bridge (whose error could’ve cost em the game), or De Jong and the likes…
Well just goes to show you cant buy 3 points just with Money. You need a lot more than that, you need the discipline, you need the motivation, you need the passion, and of course you need the cohesiveness to gel and work as a team.

Man city looked all over the place and even after Rory Delap being sent off early in the game (some might contest unjustly) they could not find a single goal. but it gets worse, they somehow managed to concede a goal to James Beattie a 3.5 million signing for Stoke city off a superb cross from Mathew Ethrington another 2 million pound signing of Stoke city. Now thats what i call money well spent, Beattie (2 goals in as many games) and Ethrington (who ran all over the pitch and was surely the man of the match for me).

Well lets see how far the Arabs stick with Mark Hughes after today’s loss adding to their dreadful away form…
Congrats to the Stoke guys who were helped when the Referee decided to supersede the coach and substitute Rory Delap for the Stoke Fans..:)

More reviews to follow later..
Cheers…

EPL weekend Preview 04th October 2008

This is going to be a crucial weekend for a lot of EPL teams more so for Arsenal and Manchester United who are trailing behind in the league of Big four than Liverpool and Chelsea who are sitting comfortably at the top of the table.

Chelsea though face an injury crisis before the tie agaisnt their so called bogie team Aston Villa. Nikolas anelka who already has 10 assists this season and was in a good goalscoring form now was supposed to lead the attack in the abscence of Didier Drogba who is out due to a Knee damage in the midweek Champions league match against FC Cluj. Looks like Kalou will lead the attack with teenage wonderkid Franco di santo getting a chance on the bench. Lets not forget that chelsea also has the promising English youngster Scott Sinclair in their ranks too. Apart from Anelka and Drogba absent in Scolari’s squad, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Essien are also out and four other first-team players are carrying knocks.

Liverpool will have a good chance to take a lead in the race of the big 4 but will have to cross the hurdle of defeating Manchester City to do so. Man city have been in a very incosistent form since the arrival of the brazilian superstar Robinho.

Arsenal face Sunderland whose performance agaisnt the big four has been horrid to say the least. But Roy Keane has invested in a lot of good quality players this summer at Sunderland and they can be the surprise club this season.But Arsenal have plenty to prove following their loss to hull city last weekend. Nasri will come in and eboue will make way for the youngster on the left. Walcott should play on the right and keep up his good run of form. Adebayor and Van Persie will continue their great partnership up front for Arsenal with Fabregas leading the centre of Midfield..

Manchester United visit Ewood park to face a Blackburn Rovers side that has failed only thrice to score against Man united at home. Man united too have gone 29 games without scoring but will be without Rooney and Niville who are both carrying knocks. Scoring should not be problem still for United with a side boasting the likes of Ronaldo, Berbatov and Tevez. I want to see Ronaldo return to his free scoring form like last season and ManU to become the indomitable team that it looked like last season.

We might have to wait to see how the big 4 clubs of Barclays premier league fair this weekend. But looks like none of them will have a straight forward and easy victory. But the ones that really show the effort on the field will not be denied fruits is what i feel. Hope we have a great weekend of football ahead of us..Enjoy it..I know i will…