Well there’s been a little bit of a hiatus around these parts when it comes to footy. We apologize and promise to get right back to things. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any dearth of the sport itself, quite the opposite, all kinds of leg-antics have been going on, some entertaining and others horrific.
The biggest news is probably Eduardo’s horrific injury. The Croatian striker is likely out for nine months after breaking his . Martin Taylor, Birmingham captain was the gent to do the honors and contrary to Wenger’s initial outburst, it wasn’t intentional and the man looked genuinely aghast at what had happened. There’s really not much else for us to say. We can only hope Eduardo makes it back to professional football in a timely manner.
Arsenal lost Eduardo inside the first three minutes of their game against Birmingham and then went behind shortly after thanks to a McFadden free-kick. Theo Walcott pulled one back by scoring his first ever Premier League goal and then proved his worth by scoring another solo effort to bring the score to 2-1. In a crushing blow to Arsenal fans, though, McFadden put in an injury-time penalty to level the score, Clichy being the wanker pulling down Parnaby. The Gunners remain atop the League table but by a scant 3 points with Man United hot on their heels. The Gunners play Villa next.
Speaking of, Man United had a peach of a time against Keegan’s Newcastle. Both Ronaldo and Rooney scored braces and with Saha adding another, Newcastle were routed 5-1. The game was so lopsided in favor of the Red Devils, there really isn’t much to say. Newcastle have certainly taken on the role of Man U’s punching bag with relish (they lost 6-0 is the reverse fixture earlier in the season). Newcastle opened with a resolute display of defending but their characteristic lack of concentration proved to be their undoing and once the United Ron-Roon pair were in gear, there was to be no stopping them. United play Fulham next.
Liverpool actually played a decent game against Middlesborough eventually coming out ahead 3-2 thanks to wunder-kid Torres and a well deserved hat-trick. Boro went ahead thanks to a Tuncay Sanli goal before Torres equalized. Torres then put two more in to seal the game for Liverpool (the second goal being a stunner from 22 yards). Stewart Downing put another one in for Boro but Liverpool held firm after Aliadiere was sent off. Liverpool play Bolton next.
Everton took on Man City and won comfortably 2-0 thanks to goals from Yakubu and Lescott. The Toffees were unlucky to get a penalty and first shot at goal when a Cahill shot hit Micah Richards on the arm. City fell apart after the break and Eriksson will be left wondering what has happened to their form of late. Everton take on Portsmouth next while Man City play Wigan.
Let’s cut is short shall we and quickly recap the top and bottom of the League. Arsenal remain on top, followed by Man U, Chelsea and Everton. Reading, Fulham and Derby are in the relegation zone with Birmingham just clear. See you on the show!
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano is just about ready to finalize a permanent deal at the Reds. Since he’s not currently owned by any other club (rather by a holding company) he’s allowed to do so outside the transfer window.
More Liverpool news. Owner Hicks claims he is ready to block co-owner Gillett’s move to offload shares (possibly to Dubai International Capital). Good or bad for Liverpool? Who the hell knows.
Man City owner and former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra has been arrested in Thailand on corruption charges. Nevertheless, manager Eriksson remains upbeat about the future of the club.
Man City’s Micah Richards is looking at six weeks out injured due to an operation on his right knee.
Ruskie billionair Alisher Usmanov claims he has no intentions of taking over Premier League leaders Arsenal for at least another six months. I think that means Arsenal will probably be another victim of the rich Russian invasion. The iron curtain moves to England?
Liverpool beat a ten-man Inter Milan team 2-0 against all odds after their embarrassing loss to Barnsley. Their win-loss streak has more bumps than Janet Reno’s face, a truly astonishing statistic. Kuyt and Gerrard were the scorers.
Tottenham beat Chelsea after coming back from a goal down to take the first silverware of the season, the Carling Cup. And so officially begins the reign of Juande Ramos. An engrossing game, Drogba took first blood with a free-kick. The Spurs drew one back when Berbatov put one in the net via a penalty. The game proceeded into extra-time and a confusing error from Cech saw Woodgate score a goal. Relentless pressure from Chelsea didn’t come to anything and Woodgate’s goal proved critical as the Blues lost to an inspired Spurs. Cech will be left to rue the error which saw him punch a ball right into Woodgate’s face, the ball bouncing back into the net immediately after. Perhaps the first game-winning goal to be scored by someone’s ugly mug. Chelsea play West Ham in the Premier League next.
ON THE FANTASY FRONT
It’s been a little quiet on the fantasy front, perhaps due to a lack of current Football Matters articles on the Womb. Let’s remedy that with this installment shall we. This past week, the top two performing fantasy teams on our league were Jupiter Shockers (Footy Fetish co-host WindJunkie) and ArsenalEvolution. The bottom two were once again Curryhouse Stalwarts (yours truly) and FC Fort Worth. The overall lead is helt by ArsenalEvolution.
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