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Dublin: 19 °C Tuesday 4 August, 2020


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Blackburn 1-1 Aston Villa
Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
Man City 2-0 Bolton
QPR 1-1 Everton
Stoke 1-0 Norwich
West Brom 1-0 Chelsea
Wigan 0-2 Swansea

With Manchester City already having missed three chances at the Etihad, here are the line-ups…

Blackburn vs Aston Villa

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Formica, Hoilett, Yakubu
Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Modeste, Marcus Olsson, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Henley

Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Petrov, Herd, Albrighton, Ireland, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor
Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Man City vs Bolton

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Johnson, Pizarro, Nasri, Balotelli
Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Aguero, Silva, Toure

Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Wheater, Ricketts, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Ream, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Muamba, Eagles, Petrov, Klasnic, Sordell

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

QPR vs Everton

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore, Derry, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Buzsaky, Taarabt, Zamora
Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Young, Smith, Taiwo

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Drenthe, Fellaini, Neville, Pienaar, Cahill, Stracqualursi
Subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Jelavic, Gueye, Barkley, Osman, Coleman

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Stoke vs Norwich

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch
Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Fuller, Diao, Pennant, Upson, Jerome

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ward, Whitbread, Naughton, Pilkington, Howson, Johnson, Elliott Bennett, Surman, Holt
Subs: Steer, Morison, Jackson, Hoolahan, Fox, Wilbraham, Ryan Bennett

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

West Brom vs Chelsea

West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Andrews, Mulumbu, Morrison, Odemwingie, Fortune, Thomas
Subs: Fulop, Long, Brunt, Dorrans, Shorey, Tamas, Cox

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Hutchinson

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Wigan vs Swansea

Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Gomez, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Sammon, Di Santo
Subs: Kirkland, Crusat, Ben Watson, Moses, Rodallega, Diame, Stam

Swansea: Vorm, Taylor, Williams, Caulker, Rangel, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Sinclair, Graham
Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Moore, Gower

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

A manic start to affairs at the Etihad Stadium – the match could have been over after just five minutes, with two efforts from Mario Balotelli somehow staying out of the Bolton net – while West Brom’s James Morrison has already forced Petr Cech into a great save for Chelsea.

A lot of bluster, but still no goals to report in the Premier League. Akos Buzsaky has wasted a glorious chance for QPR against Everton, while Wigan have been peppering the Swansea goal. They can’t get past Michel Vorm, though.

Charles N’Zogbia has scored just his second Aston Villa goal – and it was a bit of a cracker – to give them the lead against Bolton.

Meanwhile, Bolton were always going to concede after Manchester City’s blazing start and the home side has the lead. The scorer? David Wheater own goal from a Gael Clichy cross.

Correction – it was Gretar Steinsson with that OG for Man City, not Wheater. Need new glasses.

A stunning left-footed shot from Royston Drenthe has given QPR’s Paddy Kenny no chance at all. Everton have the lead, and it’s the crowd favourite that has it. Drenthe trivia: He has his own hip-hop studio and likes to go skating after training. We know this from watching a feature on Sky Sports News earlier. Never let us be accused of exhaustive research!

Bobby Zamora has not enjoyed the best of starts to his QPR career, but he seems to have pulled the Hoops level. Or was it an own goal? Time, and the PA feed, will tell… It’s given to Zamora.

Question: Will anyone care if Blackburn go down? Rovers fans aside, of course. They have been absolutely dreadful against Villa in front of their own fans. Yakubu is completely isolated up front. Relegation beckons, at this rate.

So, what’s everyone at for Saturday night? I’m thinking of catching up with my correspondence, maybe a nice sherry and a Frasier box-set. But never mind that – Daniel Sturridge has missed a sitter for Chelsea.

What a chance for QPR! Taarabt hits the post, the ball falls to Zamora, his shot finds Buzsaky, he hits the post again!

Adam Bogdan thwarts Balotelli as Bolton keep Man City to a 1-0 lead, while there’s a squirrel on the pitch at Loftus Road.

The squirrel blows the half-time whistle, the first of the afternoon.

Unbelievable Jeff! Ashley Williams romps out of the Swansea defence and finds Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the former Reading man scoring for the visitors. Wigan are losing.

No goals at half-time at the Hawthorns. What has become of Chelsea?

Right, all the games are at half-time, and I’m off for a sandwich and to listen to some nice Burt Bacharach.

And, half a sandwich later, we’re back!

Fernando Torres is warming up for Chelsea. If there’s anything the Spaniard guarantees you, it’s goals.

As long as it’s 2009.

No goals since Sigurdsson put Swansea ahead against Wigan. Daniel Sturridge goes one on one with Ben Foster and all he needs to do is take it around the Baggies keeper, but Sturridge dummies the ball and misses the chance.

As I write that, Sigurdsson has hammered Swansea into a 2-0 lead.

As Marc-Antoine Fortune shoots straight at Cech for West Brom, Dzeko is coming on for Man City against Bolton.

Swansea’s Nathan Dyer is sent-off is sent off for a foul on Wigan’s Jordi Gomez. Seemed ridiculously harsh in front of the watching Stuart Pearce, the smallest player in the league won’t be taking up too much space in the bath.

Dzeko replaced David Pizarro for Manchester City. Apropos of nothing, what the hell has happened to Owen Hargreaves? Is he still a footballer?

Bolton’s Darren Pratley has reportedly struck his own bar with a long range effort. That’s not a sentence you see a lot.

Nothing to do with football, but: There’s a new BT ad about ‘women’ and ‘hotspots’ that would truly make your teeth grind.

And we have a GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!! Mario Balotelli makes it eighth time lucky as he capitalises on an assist from Adam Johnson. It’s the Italian’s 14th goal of the season.

And there we were, thinking that the Stoke v Norwich had been called off due to something horrible.

Not so. Matthew Etherington shoots past John Ruddy to give the home side the lead at the Britannia.

It looks like Drogba might be coming off for Chelsea, who have already swapped Florent Malouda for the misfiring Danny Sturridge. Torres is coming on.

Scratch that – Andre Villas Boas is teaming Torres up with Drogba, and taking off Michael Essien. Roughly 15 minutes left across the board.

Paul Robinson saves from Gabriel Agbonlahor, who had shouldered a Stephen Warnock cross towards the Blackburn goal. Rovers have been better, but still trail by 1-0.

West Brom have scored! Gareth McAuley is not the highest profile player in the league but he has given the in-form Baggies the lead. Meanwhile, David Dunn has equalised for Blackburn against Villa.

A minute of normal time remains across the board. Despite conceding, Chelsea look as bereft of ideas as ever. Surely AVB’s days are numbered, the feeling remains that it’s too big a job for such a young manager. Elsewhere, Manchester City have beaten Bolton 2-0

Then… Frank Lampard puts it INCHES wide for Chelsea!

Stoke have beaten Norwich 1-0.

QPR and Everton finishes in a draw, while Torres slices a late chance wide for Chelsea…

David Dunn’s equaliser has saved a point for Blackburn against Villa…

Cech’s in the box for Chelsea but it’s an awful free-kick from Juan Mata. The whistle blows! West Brom have won their third successive game, completely outplaying Chelsea. The Blues are three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.

To put today into further context, never before had they dropped a point to the Baggies in the Premier League.

Elsewhere, Wigan stay bottom of the table after they lost to Swansea.

Well, that’s it. The big news comes with West Brom’s win over Chelsea at the Hawthorns, while neither Blackburn nor Aston Villa will be particularly happy with just a point at Villa Park.

QPR and Everton also drew, while a late Matthew Etherington goal saw Stoke beat Norwich City 1-0.

Manchester City completed a routine 2-0 win over Bolton, and Swansea has Gylfi Sigurdsson to thank for their 2-0 win against hapless Wigan.

Thanks for keeping up….

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