Saturday, April 9, 2011

Five Things We Learned From Saturday's EPL Action

1. Sunderland are pathetic- After over a month without scoring, Sunderland found the opener against West Brom after just four minutes, with Nicky Shorey putting the ball past his own keeper. However, such is the nature of this Sunderland side, that lead was cancelled out within minutes, before being restored again by Phil Bardsley. Two-one up at home to a struggling team, it seemed likely that the Black Cats would end their long losing run, but is was not to be, with Yousuff Mulumbu equalizing before Paul Scharner gave West Brom a precious win. Sunderland will not go down this season, but certainly, they will end the season as one of the Premier League's poorest sides.

2. United are useless but they'll win the league anyway- Once again, Manchester United have won a match without moving out of third gear. Home to Fulham, fans would have been confident of an easy win, but even the most optimistic of United supporters wouldn't have predicted a performance of such mediocrity to be enough to win the match. From the first whistle United looked labored, but they still managed to take a two goal lead, mostly due to the form of wingers Nani and Valencia. Nani in particular was a menace to the Cottagers' defense, with his speed and trickery one of the few sources of inspiration for United. With a win virtually guaranteed by half time though, even Nani took his foot off the pedal, and relaxed, as United coasted to an easy 2-0 win which puts them ten points ahead of nearest rivals Arsenal.

3. Daniel Sturridge should be in the England squad- Since making a loan move from Chelsea in January, Daniel Sturridge has been superb in the colors of Bolton Wanderers. The striker has been scoring goals at will, including two in his last match, at home against West Ham. The forward's first goal in particular oozed class, with Sturridge smashing an unstoppable shot from distance into the top corner of the net. That goal, coupled with superb form since his move, really should be enough to get the young player into England's senior side, ahead of struggling strikers like Jermain Defoe.

4. Crouchie has redeemed himself- Mercilessly abused after his early red card at the Bernabeau, Peter Crouch looks to have claimed some degree of redemption with a double that led Tottenham to victory against Stoke City. Both goals were typical Crouchie, towering headers that gave the keeper no chance and both were needed, as in the end Spurs only won the match by a margin of a goal. While I'm sure some Tottenham fans will still not be quite ready to forgive the former Liverpool player, he will probably have found his way back into the hearts of a decent percentage of the White Hart Lane faithful.

5. Wolves are on their way to the Championship-  Going into their early kick off at home to Everton, many a Wolves supporter would have felt quietly confident about securing a much needed home win. Wolves had already gained home scalps against the likes of United, City and Chelsea, so Everton would hardly stand a chance, right? Unfortunately for Wolves, it wasn't that easy, and at half time they were down three-nil, after goals from Beckford, Phil Neville, and Diniyar Biliyaletdinov. Shell shocked, Wolves hardly challenged in the second period, despite maintaining possession around the Everton area for much of the half. Defeat leaves McCarthy's side one point of safety, having played a game more than seventeenth placed side Blackpool.

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