Friday 5 October 2012

Blue top

Six weeks into the English Premier League and the top of the table has a blue look to it, though it is the blue of Chelsea rather than reigning champions Manchester City followed by Everton. A 2-1 win at Arsenal strengthened Chelsea’s position at the top, with a goalless draw at bottom club Queens Park Rangers their only failure to win so far this season. Everton got off to a great start with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United and despite a 2-0 loss at West Brom and a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle find themselves in 2nd place after their recent wins against Swansea and Southampton. Manchester United and City are equal on 12 points with the Red Devils having suffered a rare 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham after a 2-1 win at 10-man Liverpool while City are unbeaten in the league but have dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool and 1-1 draws at Stoke and at home to Arsenal. Tottenham got off to a slow start losing 2-1 at Newcastle and only managing 1-1 draws at home to West Brom and Norwich but are in 5th spot after wins over Reading, QPR and Manchester United. Like Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham are also on 11 points. The Baggies began win a fantastic 3-0 home triumph over Liverpool and sent Everton home 2-0 losers but were surprisingly beaten 3-0 at Fulham while the Hammers enjoyed a 3-0 win at home to Fulham after enduring their only loss by the same scoreline at Swansea. Arsenal, Fulham and Newcastle are on 9 points. The Gunners began their campaign with scoreless matches at home to Sunderland and away to Stoke before finding their scoring boots with 2 goals at Liverpool and putting Southampton to the sword 6-1 at the Emirates. A creditable 1-1 draw at Manchester City was followed by a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea while Fulham began with a sackful of goals scoring 5 without reply at home to Norwich before losing narrowly losing a 5 goal thriller at Manchester United, and Newcastle opened by beating their visitors from Tottenham 2-1 before losing 2-0 at Chelsea followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa and 2-2 draws at Everton and Reading with single-goal victory at home to Norwich sandwiched in between. Next in the table come Swansea, Stoke, Sunderland and Liverpool who after a shaky start which included a 2-2 home draw against Manchester City and 2-1 defeat to Manchester United gained some confidence with a 5-2 win at Norwich thanks to a hat-trick from Suarez. Aston Villa, Wigan, Southampton, Norwich and Reading make up the rest of the table with Queens Park Rangers sitting at the bottom having picked up only 2 draws at Norwich and at home to league leaders Chelsea.