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September 27, 2011

Around the English Premier League – Round 6

Manchester United suffered the first setback of the season after being unable to defeat Stroke City on the road, and only got a draw, which has allowed Manchester City to climb back at top of the standings.

By Andrew Hill

Wayne Rooney’s absence due to a hamstring strain conditioned the attacking line from Manchester United against Stroke City, since the striker had scored 9 of the 21 goals of the team in the season. The team resented it and was only able to score once, through Nani, in the first half. But that goal wasn’t going to be enough to keep up with the perfect record that they had until then -5 victories in 5 games- since in the second half Peter Crouch was going to put the equalizer for the home team. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men continue as the leaders of the Premier League despite the draw to 1, since the goal difference gives them the first place over Manchester City that also has 16 points.

Manchester City’s Coach Roberto Mancini had to look at the bench to find the way to break down Everton’s defense at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. He successfully found it in Mario Balotelli and James Milner, who came in the second half to lead the Citizens to a 2-0 victory over the Toffees. At minute 68 it was the Italian striker who opened the score, and in the epilogue of the game it was Milner who sealed the victory.

The Blues reached 13 points and secured third place.

Chelsea wanted to recover from the 3-1 defeat suffered last week against Manchester United with a victory at home against Swansea City. The Blues went to halftime with a 2 goal lead thanks to Fernando Torres’ and Ramires’ goals, which allowed them to control the game at will in the second half, where Ramires scored his second goal of the match. The Swans got the discount through Ashley Williams late in the game, but on injury time Didier Drogba added one more for the host to win the game 4-1. With these result the Blues reached 13 points and secured third place.

Another team that was looking to recover from a bad result was Arsenal, who is having one of the worst early seasons in years, after losing three out of their first five games. Against Bolton Wanderers the Gunners were looking to give their fans reason to believe in them, and with two goals from Robin Van Persie and one from Alexandre Song they were able to do so. It was 3-0 for Arsenal that is now No. 13 with 7 points.

Liverpool also needed to recover from a defeat (4-0 against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend) against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and did with a 2-1 victory at home. An own goal from Roger Johnson gave the Reds the lead, and with 7 minutes to go in the first half Luis Suarez scored another. Back from the break and down by 2 goals the Wolves were able to shorten distances through Steven Fletcher’s goal, but the scoreboard wasn’t going to suffer anymore changes after that, which allowed Liverpool to climb to fifth place in the standings with 10 points.

The rest of matchday 6 was complete by: Newcastle 3 – Blackburn Rovers 1, West Bromwich 0 – Fulham 0, Wigan 1 – Tottenham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1 – Aston Villa 1, and Norwich City 2 – Sunderland 1.

About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill translates his passion into truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.