The hypnotised, game-changing Premier League review
RESULTS Sat Feb 20 Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland, Everton 3-1 Manchester United, Portsmouth 1-2 Stoke, West Ham 3-0 Hull, Wolvers 0-2 Chelsea Sun Feb 21 Aston Villa 5-2 Burnley, Blackburn 3-0 Bolton, Fulham 2-1 Birmingham, Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, Wigan 0-3 Tottenham
There was quite a contrast between the biggest games of the weekend, in which both Manchester sides took on their Merseyside rivals. One was good. The other wasn't.
I hope the Evertonians I met last week hadnÃ¢ÂÂt bet on red for their game, an all-action encounter at Goodison Park which saw two inspired substitutions from EvertonÃ¢ÂÂs David Moyes. In a clash of the you're-not-from-round here names, Diniyar BilyaletdinovÃ¢ÂÂs screamer soon cancelled out Dimitar BerbatovÃ¢ÂÂs early opener.
But then the Moyesiah made his moves, introducing youngsters Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell from the bench. They bagged a goal each, and Everton beat Manchester United for only the second time in 30 league games.
Congratulations to Roberto Mancini and Rafa Benitez for outperforming Paul McKenna. No, not the Forest midfielder, the hypnotist: the two managers managed to send 47,000 people to sleep for 90 minutes. Who knew that playing three centre-backs and two defensive midfielders would produce such a dull game?
Top scorers this weekend were Aston Villa, putting five past poor old Burnley. Obviously our friend Emile Heskey got in on the act by putting in the all-important fourth goal.
The competition The Draw Specialist has been running between Heskey and the infamous beach ball is looking all but over, with the England striker racing away with an impressive three league goals.
Which brings us to a new head-to-head competition between Manchester UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs ÃÂ£30.75m striker Dimitar Berbatov and own goals scored for the Red Devils.
After BerbatovÃ¢ÂÂs strike this weekend, the Bulgarian is on nine league goals, just one behind the own goals (not to be mistaken for Owen goals) scored on behalf of Manchester United. Keep an eye out for this race, I think itÃ¢ÂÂs going to go right to the wire.
And finally, check out KasabianÃ¢ÂÂs unique unveiling of the Ã¢ÂÂnewÃ¢ÂÂ England away kit.
Once again weÃ¢ÂÂve gone for a flashback to the Ã¢ÂÂ66 kit, hoping the boys can relive that wonderful day in July only 40-something years ago, forgetting that the same kit keeps getting remade for every tournament without much luck.
If anyone wants to unveil their new kits for the 2010-11 season on this blog, The Draw Specialist will be more than happy to oblige.
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