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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EPL Week 23 (midweek)

Man Utd vs Burnley : 3-1 Smalling scored a brace before a Van Persie penalty decided the game. It was once again a stop-start performance from the Red Devils against a team who is in relegation zone. Where were the strikers?  Compared to the Devils, Burnley had more shots at goal. Falcao did not do justice with his inclusion. James Wilson, the home grown striker did much better when he came on.
This victory moved the Devils up to 3rd again after Southampton drew with West Ham. However, Van Gaal was looking silly when he did a 'Rafeal Benitez' after last Sunday's draw with the Hammers.   His show of 4 pages of 'data, facts, analysis, etc' was so similar to Rafa's rant against SAF a few years ago. Van Gaal should know better that he is above all that and not to be hooked by a willy Sam Allardyce who must be sniggling more now after getting such a response from a supposedly venerated figure. Now others will know how to really rile Van Gaal with little side comments like ' a long ball team'.....now, he is hearing whistles from the crowd for his team wretched first half performance against Burnley.

Liverpool vs Spurs : two in-form teams with Spurs riding high after 2-1 win over Arsenal.
3-2: Mario scored his first goal for the Reds with 7 mins left for this win, breaking Spurs recent hot run. The chase for the 3rd and 4th Champions League positions are really hotting up.

Arsenal vs Leicester: 2-1 the Gunners were surprised by the fightback from the Foxes who were 2-0 down by half time.

Chelsea vs Everton: 1-0 an 88th minute goal by Willian settled the tight encounter. The Blues were not spectacular as usual but they have the correct habit of winning just enough to be ahead. Who would bet against them?

Stoke vs Man City: 1-4 Initially this was a close match but once Milner scored in the second half, it was cruise control for Pelligrini team

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