Week 1 Wrap Up

The Sunday games of the Premier League completed the first week of the new season and there were some surprises.

Chelsea 4 – Portsmouth 0
Aston Villa 4 – Man City 2
Man United 1 – Newcastle 1

Nicolas Anelka and Deco both scored in their first Stamford Bridge match and Joe Cole and newly resigned Frank Lampard also tallied goals in a romp over Pompey. Looks like all the big name acquisitions down in Portsmouth haven’t yet amounted to much.

Villa used a second half hat trick by Gabriel Agbonlahor, in fact all three goals in a span of eight minutes, to crush Manchester City at Villa Park.

Obafemi Martins (on cue, via Prizz) and Darren Fletcher scored within two minutes of one another and the score held at 1-1 at Old Trafford. Newcastle recorded no yellow cards and did not even use a substitute in the match. Perhaps Man United were distracted by the recent news about Cristiano Ronaldo.

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3 Responses to Week 1 Wrap Up

  1. Trey says:

    there are a lot of great fun names in the EPL, but Agbonlahor might be my favorite. anyway, i told you villa was bad ass.

    but the reason for this post is actually to say that one of my best friends from grad school was from portsmouth and i feel really bad for him bc all the hype around that team is undeserved. they oversigned in the offseason. last year they used a formation with one striker, now they’ve got two and that screws up their midfield. plus when one of your strikers is big bird you have to play crosses in to him, but portsmouth doesn’t use the wings well. so they will end up playing long balls to crouch who isn’t that good with his back to goal (possibly bc he is 7 feet tall).

    I wish them well, but that team has disappointment written all over it.

  2. mao says:

    Agreed about Pompey. They were dudu today and I don’t expect them to be much better.

    Weird thing about Agbonlahor is that he’s half-Scottish and half-Nigerian but plays occasionally with the English national side. Where’s his love for the Scots? They always need all the help they can get.

  3. Trey says:

    to this day i still laugh when i think of my south african friend who insists on calling the french team the ‘african all stars’.

    by the way, nigeria kicks out great writers and so does ireland. so if he’d been half nigerian half irish he would never have played soccer, but instead would be churning out high quality literature.

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