Monday, August 24, 2009

Premier League Round-up

Another exciting weekend of Premier League action has seen Tottenham Hotspur move to the top of the table after making it three wins out of three.

Harry Redknapp's rejuvenated side secured a 2-1 win at London rivals West Ham to move ahead of Chelsea on goal difference. Spurs start is in stark contrast to this time last season when they failed to reach nine points until November; a run that resulted in the dismissal of former manager Juande Ramos.

Redknapp was brought in to steady the ship but this season his target will be a lot more ambitious and there is even talk of breaking into the top four, after wins against Liverpool, Hull and West Ham.

Just behind Tottenham are Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City who all continued
their 100% records. City and Chelsea both showed their resistance by grinding out victories against Wolves and Fulham respectively, while Arsenal enjoyed a somewhat easier task, as they cruised, as Premiership betting favourites, to a 4-1 win over crisis club Portsmouth.

Arsenal have now scored ten goals in their opening two games but will come up against much tougher opposition next week when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford. The match will be an interesting test for both sides, with Arsenal written off by all and sundry before the start of the season and United enduring a topsy-turvy start, which has included a 1-0 defeat to relegation favourites Burnley and a 5-0 away victory at Wigan.

Elsewhere in the Premier League it was a good weekend for Hull City, who picked up their first three points of the campaign with victory against Bolton. The 1-0 win came courtesy of two new strikers; debutant Jozy Altidore setting up Kamel Ghilas, with his first touch after coming off the bench.

In the remaining games, Sunderland made it two wins from three as a wasteful Blackburn Rovers slumped to a 2-1 defeat. Burnley kept up their momentum with a 1-0 win over Everton and Birmingham and Stoke served up the first draw of the season in a 0-0 stalemate at St. Andrews.

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