Bolton’s miserable run of form continued with a fifth straight defeat now sees them occupy the Alternative Premier League (APL)’s bottom spot.
The Arsenal v Bolton clash turned out to be a bottom three clash – not something that I thought I’d be saying at the start of the season. It took the sending off of David Wheater to turn the tide in the Gunners’ favour in what was beginning to look like another frustrating afternoon for Arsenal. But when you’ve got Robin Van Persie prowling in front of goal you’ve always got a chance of breaking down a defence. His two goals helped ease Arsenal away from the danger zone and secure 6.37 points in the process, while poor old Bolton collect just 1.12.
Kudos this week must go to Stoke, who less than a week after their 4-0 thrashing at Sunderland managed to thwart the attacking threat of Manchester United. Aided by the fact that Wayne Rooney was injured, the Potters managed to keep United to four shots on target and win a point that they so richly deserved. Stoke got 4.06 points for the draw, compared with United’s haul of 3.66.
Spurs continued their steady climb up the league with the best score, and only away win, of the weekend. The loss of Jermain Defoe didn’t stem the Spurs attack early on as they took a 2 goal lead after only 23 minutes. Spurs leap-frog Stoke, Liverpool, QPR and Aston Villa to take fifth spot, and with a game in hand are looking like having a good season.
Chelsea continue to hang on to the coat-tails of the Manchester duo as they closed the gap to 8.08 points after beating Swansea 4-1. Juan Mata seems to be filling the role that Frank Lampard once graced in the Chelsea midfield to some aplomb and created the first goal for Fernando Torres. Were it not for United and City’s blistering form, Chelsea might be getting plaudits for their start to the season.
Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side have been silently acquiring points, and while their 3-1 win over lowly Blackburn only won them 5.53 points – the lowest of any winning side, it kept them in 4th place and less than one point behind Chelsea.
Norwich sneaked into the top half of the table with their impressive win over a disappointing Sunderland side. Two wins in two games have won the Canaries points 12.96, half of their current total and they have moved above Sunderland.
- Highest Score: Tottenham 6.61 points
- Lowest Score: Bolton 1.12 points
- Best Draw Score: Stoke 4.06 points
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|18||West Bromwich Albion||6||1||1||4||-5||17.41||19|
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