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December 1, 2011

Around the English Premier League – Round 13

The top 8 squads kept the same positions.

By Camilla Mancini

Since the very first round we didn’t see as many ties as in the past weekend. For some that point was enough to hold on to their position like Newscastle (4th) and Liverpool (6th). The Manchester clubs on the top of the board were some of those that finished their 13th encounter of the season with a draw, both actually with a 1-1 score. This means that Manchester City continues unbeaten on the lead of the Premier League with a 5 points difference between them and their neighbors.

The Citizens went on Sunday to visit Liverpool and although they aren’t really in an urgent need of points, the final score of the fixture was quite disappointing especially because the score was equalized with an own goal by Joleon Lescott. The truth is that City did a great job during the match, controlling the untiring football from the Reds and hanging on strong during the last 7 minutes with 10 men only, after Mario Balotelli was sent-off.

Tottenham keeps climbing and is two steps away from the second spot on the board

Following a corner kick from David Silva at the minute 30, Vincent Kompany gave the chance to his team of having an advantage of 7 points between them and Manchester United on the standings. However The Blues were barely over with the celebration for the 1-0 lead when Lescott swerved a shot from Charlie Adam and put it inside Joe Hart’s box, sealing the fate of the final score to 1-1.

On the other hand the fortunate Newcastle tied Manchester United 1-1 in a close call, which was considered unfair, since it was questionable penalty that saved the Toons from losing the match in Old Trafford. All the action came early in second half, at 49’ Javier Hernandez gave the lead to the hosts with assistance from Wayne Rooney. But soon afterwards the referee Mike Jones awarded the famous penalty to Rio Ferdinand when he seemed to have tackle Ben Arfa, the shot was charged by Demba Ba that clearly didn’t missed. Still on television replays it looks like it was a clean move from the Red Devil, but Jones and his assistant agreed it deserve the sanction.

Be that as it may, the tied helped the Toons remain in the fourth position of the standings with 26pts, just one point ahead than Chelsea FC, which triumph 3-0 against the Wolves on Saturday reaching 25pts. The deal is that if Newcastle would’ve lost with the Red Devils, they would’ve been sent to the 5th spot, because their Goal Difference is lower than the Pensioners.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur keeps coming stronger and stronger; right now they have a winning streak of 5 matches, but also have been unbeaten since their encounter with the Citizens on August 28th. The Spurs’ 13th round fixture took place at West Brom’s home and it was completed at 3-1, placing them closer to the defending champions with just 2 points behind. So right now Man. United has to be in alert, especially during the coming weekend when they will have to meet Aston Villa, which might be a bit tougher than Bolton that will play with Tottenham.

The other matches from round 13: Stoke 3-1 Blackburn; Bolton 0-2 Everton; Sunderland 1-2 Wigan; Norwich 2-1 QPR; Arsenal 1-1 Fulham; Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa.

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Camilla Mancini is one of the most qualified copy writers on Sports Betting and currently writes for Instant Action Sports. Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety on your site, make sure to leave all links in place and do not modify any of the content.

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