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October 5, 2011

Around the English Premier League – Round 7

Manchester City defeats Blackburn Rovers by 4-0 on the road, but loses its top scorer Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero for two weeks due to a groin injury. City rival Manchester United also wins and secures No. 1 for one more week.

By Andrew Hill

Midweek was very turbulent for Manchester City that had not only lost its UEFA Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich by 2-0, but also one of its stars: Carlos Tevez, who denied to come on pitch when asked to by coach Roberto Mancini. Upset by his conduct Mancini said that Tevez will never play for the Citizens again.

Defeating Blackburn Rovers on the road was therefore crucial for the Citizens to decompress the atmosphere, in a game where things were not going to start good at all, since at minute 25 their top scorer Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero suffered a groin injury that will keep him out for two weeks.

After the first 45 minutes in blank Manchester City finally woke up in the second half and through Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic took a four-goal lead. Blackburn had no response and the Citizens won the game 4-0, which helped them to reduce the goal difference with Manchester United to just one goal. It was the sixth victory in seven games for Mancini’s guys that are No. 2 with 16 points.

Manchester United also won its sixth game of the season, and also has 16 points, but that +1 goal difference is what grants the team No. 1 in the Premier League. It was a 2-0 victory at home for the Red Devils against Norwich City, thanks to Anderson’s and Danny Welbeck’s second half goals. The Canaries played a great game despite of the loss, but their attacking front didn’t capitalize their options, unlike Man U.

Toffee midfielder Jack Rodwell saw a red card, which conditioned the result.

Chelsea got a 1-5 victory in its visit to Bolton, leaded by Frank Lampard’s hat-trick. Daniel Sturridge added the other two for the Blues, and Dedryk Boyata scored the discount for the Trotters. With 16 points Chelsea march in third place and add pressure to the teams from Manchester, United and City, which are just three points away.

Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez were behind Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Everton on the road in the Merseyside derby. Since minute 23 the Reds played with one more man, after Toffee midfielder Jack Rodwell saw a red card, which conditioned the result. Liverpool secured its fourth victory and is in fifth place with 13 points.

Arsenal keeps on sinking after its fourth loss of the season, this time against No. 6 Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. It is very odd to find the Gunners in 15th place with only 7 points in the same number of rounds, but that is the reality. The Spurs took the lead in the first half through Rafael Van der Vart, until Aaron Ramsey scored the equalized for the Gunners in the early in the second half, but at minute 73 Kyle Walker gave the hosts the victory with which they reached 12 points.

Matchday 7 was completed by: Sunderland 2 – West Bromwich 2, Wolverhampton 1 – Newcastle 2, Aston Villa 2 - Wigan 0, Fulham 6 – Queens Park 0, and Swansea 2 – Stroke City 0.

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.

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