Thursday, December 27, 2007

Premier League - Manchester United take top spot

Arsenal, Chelsea falter as Manchester United take top spot

Arsenal missed the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League, with a hard fought draw at Portsmouth. To be honest it was a game of few chances and despite Arsenal dominating the second half Portsmouth were worth the point, with the 'Arse creating few chances. Portsmouth stuck doggedly to the tactic of a five man midfield, with Kanu alone up front and deservedly got a point in the fifth nil-nil at Fratton Park this season.

Premier League title holders Manchester United, ominously took top spot with an expected 4-0 win at Sunderland. Rooney, Saha (2) and Ronaldo were the scorers. Tevez, Giggs and Anderson were all rested, but their absence was immaterial as Ronaldo and Rooney in particular began to dominate. The second half seemed to fade out as United were content with strolling to three points and Sunderland appeared satisfied they weren't embarassed too much further.

Chelsea were held to a 4-4 draw by Aston Villa, in what was the Premier League game of the season to date at Stamford Bridge. Villa had knight sent off on 45 minutes but still managed to net twice in the second half, including a 91st minute penalty by Gareth Barry that salvaged them a point. And all this was after Villa gaining a 2-0 lead. Seems the absence of Terry is starting to show at the 'Bridge.

Footy Focus can't see past a two horse race for the title. Arsenal and Manchester United seem set to go toe to toe for the remainder of the season. Liverpool just don't quite have enough quality, while Chelsea are missing Terry and Drogba and are set to lose key players to the African Nations cup.


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