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October 24, 2011

Around the English Premier League – Round 9

Manchester City humiliates the defending champion Manchester United on the road by a resounding 6-1.

By Andrew Hill

There was more than just pride in dispute during the Manchester derby disputed on Sunday at Old Trafford between Manchester City and Manchester United, since however won the match would secure No. 1 in the Premier League standings. Both teams were unbeaten after eight rounds, but things were not going to end up that way for one of them.

Known as “The Theater of Dreams,” Manchester United’s stadium was going to become “The Theater of Nightmares” for its fans, at least for that game, since the Citizens were going to win the game by a resounding 6-1. It was the first time since 1955 that the Red Devils lost at home to their city rivals by a 5-goal deficit.

Despite going into halftime down by one goal, after Mario Balotelli opened the scoreboard at minute 21, the flop for the defending champions was going to occur early in the second half, when defender Jonny Evans saw a red card and left the team with one less man.

If with the same number of players as their rivals on pitch the Citizens had been superior, with one more player things were going to get easier for them. At minute 59 Balotelli scored his second goal of the match to put things 2-0. 10 minutes later Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero made it 3-0.

With the victory against Stroke City Arsenal moved to No. 7.

Darren Fletcher got the discount for Manchester United at minute 81, and we could say that there wasn’t time for more, but actually there was since Manchester City managed to add three more goals before the end of game through Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Aguero again. It was 6-1 for the solo leader of the championship that reached 25 points, five more than its city rival that comes in second place.

Chelsea could have snatched No.2 from Manchester United with a win, but they were upset on the road Queens Park Rangers. One penalty kick goal from Heidar Helguson was enough for the Hoops to defeat the Blues that remain in third place with 19 points.

Arsenal seems to be on the raise with their second win in a row, after an early season to forget that kept it relegated to the last places. With the 3-1 home victory against Stroke City the team moved to No. 7 with 13 points. Gervinho gave the Gunners the lead in the first half, unil Peter Crouch tied the game with 11 minutes to go before the break. But Robin van Persie was going to come to the rescue in the second half scoring two goals to seal the victory against The Potters.

Liverpool was unable to defeat Norwich City at home, and pull out a draw. The Reds went to halftime up by one goal, thanks to Craig Bellamy, but in the second half Grant Holt got the equalizer for the Canaries. With the draw Liverpool has 15 points and occupies the sixth place in the standings.

Round 9 was completed by: Wolverhampton 2 – Swansea 2, Aston Villa 1 – West Bromwich 2, Bolton 0 – Sunderland 2, Newcastle 1 – Wigan 0, Fulham 1 – Everton 3, and Blackburn 1 – Tottenham 2.

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.