02 October 2005

week 7 & 8 of the epl

let's talk promoted teams:
i would have said west ham is the best of the bunch but look who is the highest amongst the three...... WIGAN???
up, wigan. a win over everton and then even a bigger win over bolton see wigan climb to 8th(!!!) with 4 wins. that's mighty impressive.

but i think west ham have been playing the best football out of all three; they gave the arse a good game and look able to beat anyone with the right motivation and spirit.
but let's face it, sunderland actually finally winning a game is the surprise of the bunch. i was almost willing to bet they'd go another 20-odd games without a win in the top flight. but they beat middlesbrough with 2 lovely goals and then follow that up with an almost win against west ham.... once again, their lack of 100% concentration for the full 90 minutes makes them pay.

bolton & big sam are still in the top 6 of the table. yes, they lost against wigan but the week before saw a lovely goal from nolan to beat portsmouth 1-0. entertaining over all - especially with big sam freaking out on the sidelines and perrin doing the now infamous "sarcastic applause" towards the referee and getting sent to the stands for it.

oh, champions of europe, how i mock thee.
no, no more poetry at the moment but let's say i've enjoyed the pool's last two games. first we get a 2-2 draw against birmingham (complete with an own goal & their first goal from open play). then, it gets better. yes, they manage to score another goal from open play but that's all they can muster against my boys in blue. i hope those scousers in the stands holding their paper CL trophies were force fed them after this goal fest by chelsea all courtesy of drogba, the star of the show. he won the penalty that super frank scored and then assisted the goals by duff, joey cole and geremi. not bad for a day's work, eh? now only if he could get a haircut.......
but all chelsea haters can take to heart the fact that both luke moore of villa and stevie g showed that there are moments of sloppy defending that the opposition can take advantage of and it's not impossible to win an "unwinable" game.
just ask wigan, west ham & sunderland.

the best game of week 8 was the london derby between charlton and spurs. the fans were certainly enjoying it - i could heard some, ahem, interesting chants from the stands ("wanker wanker!!" & "who the f*cking hell are you?" were 2 of my personal favs). and spurs on the winning end of a great comeback?? wow, that's new. the tottenham defense goes to sleep for the charlton goals and are suddenly down 2-0 but then they wake up. mido, who looked much better with shorter hair, does some great work in this game and has an awfully nice goal to show for it. and robbie keane comes off the bench, yet again, to score and do some fancy flips. but did anyone else notice him teasing the ref with that point at the shirt then flick yer face bit of slapstick humour??? maybe he was having too much fun out there.


jtgulls said...

Nikki, much was made on London's Talksports today about Lampard's "shhhhh" celebration at Anfield. He received a yellow card but was he needlessly & recklessly provoking the Kop with his actions?

I thought it was amusing but should football players have limits established on their celebrations? That's besides the ones that involve Ronaldo & his boys.

Elisa said...

I just want to say let the players celebrate unless they are doing something profane. Lampard was just copying the Special One.

I am sure Nikki that you and Jenny enjoyed the revenge thrashing of Liverpool by Chelsea. I hope this is a wake up call to Rafa and the boys and will spark a rebirth, and more revenge. It is early... and we do get to see each other at least two more times. Also when you play Chelsea, you can't make costly mistakes, and you gotta play mean and hard. Unfortunately Chelsea far outclasses the rest of the League. Believe me, that was hard for me to write without sware words.

I have really been impressed with West Ham and Wigan. I hope they can keep it up past Xmas.

I don't understand why Big Sam @ Bolton is not playing Borghetti more.

And here's to Sol Campbell for bringing back the Arsenal. This is definitely a transitional year, so the League may be too difficult to win. But we may get lucky in the Champions League. Hopefully Titi will be fit after the International break. Reyes, Fabergas and Ljungberg are playing their hearts out too.

What no Ligue 1 analysis for the last two weeks? Come on we need more Ligue 1 talk!

I can't believe that none of our cable channels seem to be showing the Switzerland/France WC Qualifier. What's up with that?

Jenny and Nikki - you guys are rocking in the Fantasy Leagues. Good for you!