Chelsea opened up yesterday’s matches with a resounding 5-0 crushing of Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Salomon Kalou scored twice and Juliano Belletti, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda each tallied second half goals to push the visitors to yet another victory. The win keeps the Blues atop the table on twenty points while ‘Boro still has yet to earn double digits.
In north London, Leon Osman’s ninth minute goal sent Everton ahead for the entire first half. But Samir Nasri, Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott sent in second half goals to propel Arsenal to victory, 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal sit third while Everton creep closer to the relegation zone.
Aston Villa and Portsmouth played to a nil-nil draw at Villa Park yesterday. Villa were unable to capitalize on Sean Davis’ red card for Pompey in the 82nd minute and each club took one point away from the match. Villa stay slightly ahead of Hull City for the UEFA Cup slot in fifth while Pompey lurks in seventh.
Dirk Kuyt has become a hero at Anfield, winning yet another match for Liverpool in the final moments with his 85th minute goal to dispel of Wigan. Two Amr Zaki scores in the first half sandwiched Kuyt’s first goal and kept the visitors ahead 2-1 until the 80th minute. Then Riera scored to tie the score and Kuyt tallied yet another match-winner in the 85th. The Reds stay tied with Chelsea atop the table and Wigan stay on eight points.
Despite giving away a free beer to the first thousand fans to enter the grounds at the Reebok, Bolton were unable to knock in a goal against Lancashire derby foe Blackburn. Yet neither were Rovers able to score and the match concluded nil-nil. Blackburn stay in the top half of the table while Bolton keep from falling closer to the relegation zone.
In an equally uninteresting match, Fulham and Sunderland drew nil-nil at Craven Cottage. Fulham inch away from relegation (though Newcastle, Stoke and Spurs all play today) and Sunderland keep near the middle of the pack on nine points.
Finally, Man United used a variety of offensive weapons to wipe away visiting West Brom, 4-0 at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov and Nani all scored in the second half to push United into fourth place, ahead of Villa on differential. Meanwhile, West Brom slide back to tenth, stunting their surprisingly decent start.