Recapturing the highlights of the EPL Game Week 30…
Highlight of the week: While La Liga was blazing with hat-tricks from a pair of Argentine strikers, the EPL had four strikers scoring in twos – Rooney, Torres, Drogba and Pavlyuchenko.
One for the Statisticians: Gameweek 30 had 36 goals in 11 games ie an astounding average of 3.3 goals per game. Rooney leads the scoring charts with quarter of a century strikes.
Revenge of the week: Manchester United thrashing Fulham 3-0, having lost to them at Craven cottage, this season and even last season.
Goal of the week: Adam Johnson’s brilliant curler which lit up the Stadium of light. He controlled the ball to the right of the penalty spot, paused for a couple of seconds, looked at the crowd of 15 in front of him and just lifted the ball towards extreme top left corner of the net. Reminiscence of Ronaldinho at Stamford bridge?
Romans of the week: You guessed it. They warmed the benches for most part of the season and finally got Game week 30 to warm our hearts. Roman Pavlyuchenko with two strikes and ‘ex-Roman’ Alberto Aquilani with a single strike.
Hospital visit of the week: None serious from the EPL; you guessed it, the moment you saw ‘golden balls’ injury getting more news space than desired.
Form watch: Burnley are the only team not to have won a match in their last 6 EPL outings and Aston Villa are the only team not to have lost a match in their last 8 EPL outings.
Premier League trophy watch: Manchester United has the most superior goal difference : 46, to Chelsea’s 42 and Arsenal’s 38- if it comes to that.
Relegation watch: A significant 3 point gap has opened up for relegation zone, Hull City have a chance to change things as they visit bottom placed Portsmouth this week.
‘Dud’ Blast from the past: UEFA president Michel Platini has followed FIFA’s lead on opposing calls for goal line technology, but wants more referees in the game. Yes Michel, we can have two of the best referees swatting bees inside the goal net, which means they won’t disturb play and be in an ideal position to see goal line issues!
Lay off of the week: Hull City’s manager Phil Brown has been relieved of his duties and placed him on ‘gardening leave’ with immediate effect.
Movers and Shakers: Liverpool, Bolton, Burnley are up a place climbing the ladder. Manchester City, Sunderland, Hull City have slid a place down.
On Haradona’s bioscope by end of Game week 31: Chelsea to lead the table; significant movement in the 4th place race; no movement in relegation race.
Match of Round 31: Reds clash at Old Trafford (needn’t say more). Revenge will be in the air for the home side, after two consecutive EPL defeats to their guests!