January 4th, 2011

Holiday Results: Official Hangover Crib Sheet

EPL

Unlike the French, German, Spanish and Italian leagues, who are civilised enough to stop playing over the festive period, the EPL has been going strong in our absence. While we consider this rude, we are prepared to forgive on the grounds that if the games hadn’t been played, we would not have been able to enjoy the full benefit of Asamoah Gyan’s goal celebration (above) and here, after he scored in Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on the 1st January. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

This win was especially handy for Steve Bruce’s side who were coming off the back of two 2-0 defeats to Manchester United and Blackpool. They are now in sixth place in the table, but if clubs received extra points for exotic dance on the pitch, they would definitely be top.

Currently just above them in fifth are Chelsea. Yes, that Chelsea. A miserable first half of the season for the Blues was topped off with a 3-1 defeat to title rivals Arsenal on the 27th December, and while a 1-0 win over Bolton on the 29th gave fans room for optimism, it was merely damage limitation. A last minute equaliser from Kickette Sizzle Query candidate Ciaran Clark saw Ancelotti’s men held to a 3-3 draw by struggling Aston Villa. Chelsea now have one win from eight EPL games. Whoops. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

Rumours of a David Beckham related transfer aside, Spurs have had a fab time during the holidays, three wins from three games putting them comfortably in the fourth Champions League spot with a point over Chelsea to spare. Aston Villa were the first to capitulate, losing 2-1 at home to Harry’s boys despite Jermaine Defoe’s red card midway through the first half. Rafa Van Der Vaart scored both.

They were also a man down in their 2-0 win over Newcastle United; Younes Kaboul enjoying an early bath for an alleged head butt offence, but everyone managed to stay on the pitch for the 1-0 win over Fulham, Gareth Bale (left) scoring the only goal. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

The 3-1 win over champions Chelsea should have set the tone for Arsenal’s festive campaign, but the Gunners stuttered with a 2-2 draw at Wigan, practically giving two points away by conceding a penalty and then scoring an own goal. A 3-0 away win over Birmingham restored the faith though, goals from Van Persie and Nasri putting them ahead before an unfortunate rebound off Birmingham’s Roger Johnson confirmed Cescy and co’s third position.

No such stuttering occurred at Manchester City, where three wins from three meant second place on goal difference and momentary relief for Roberto Mancini. Two from Tevez and a goal from Gareth Barry gave Mancini’s side a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United, while Mario Balotelli stopped complaining for long enough to score a hat trick in the 4-0 win over hapless Aston Villa. Adam Johnson scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Blackpool, meaning they are level with rivals United on forty one points, having played two games more.

So, Manchester United find themselves at the top of the EPL at the beginning of 2011, despite the occasional unconvincing performance and their manager’s attention wandering slightly. Things looked promising enough on 26th December, when Dimitar Berbatov scored two in a decent 2-0 win over Sunderland. Berbatov scored another in the game against Birmingham on the 28th, but a late (and controversial) Lee Bowyer equaliser saw two dropped points for United.

Fergie’s men looked no more convincing in their 2-1 win over West Brom; a late Javier Hernandez header (above, left) sealing the win after Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in fourteen years (feels like, anyway). Woot! (Getty Images/Zimbio)

La Liga

Fortunately for our typing finger and your work day, the Spanish boys have only played once over the break. Wins for Real Madrid (3-2 over Getafe) and Barcelona (2-1 over Levante) see Guardiola’s men atop the table by two points, although arguably the most shocking news was that Messi did not score (mainly because he was on the bench). Arch rival, nemesis and notorious pig botherer Cristiano Ronaldo did though, and is now ahead in their personal goal battle. Does anyone actually care about this, by the way? (Getty Images/Zimbio)

Still within hollering distance (just) are Villareal, whose 2-0 win over Almeria brought them to within a nervy eight points of Real Madrid, while Valencia’s 2-1 over Espanyol takes them to thirty one. A mere fifteen points of Barcelona’s pace. Nail-biting, isn’t it?

How did the holiday treat you, people? Let us know. If you’re still awake.

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  2. SoccerLoverrr says:

    You gotta love asamoah gyan and his epic dance moves!!

  3. Deanna says:

    Keep on climbing my Gunners…. And someone please PLEASE make Man U lose already. HA. HA. We've all had a good laugh, now lose already.

  4. gin_in_teacups says:

    This January 1st was the best New Year's Day I've had in ages. Sat in the pub, had a delicious brunch washed down with a Bloody Mary, and watched Liverpool win their match in the last moments of the game. Not a bad way to start the year off!

    And to top it off, the no-Kaka nightmare is at long last ended. Happy 2011 everybody!

  5. ThatWelshOne says:

    So proud of my Spurs boys :) Luka Modric has really stepped up his game since Rafa (I prefer to refer to him as the hot Dutchman with the equally hot wife) arrived.

    Great to Sevilla back on winning ways too :)

    Off to see Cardiff play Leeds tonight :) Supposed to be revising but…hot footballers or maths? Hmmm….

    • LuvinBale says:

      You just cant ignore Luka Modrics' playing power at the moment. He IS the play maker right. I love me some Gareth Bale but Luka is making it happen.

      Lets pray to the football gods now that Luka doesn't get injured or a red card anytime soon. Lord knows that is the last thing we need at the moment.

      One last thought- How in the H3LL are we above Chelsea right now?!! Im not complaining just stating- in amazement.

      Have fun at your game!

      • ThatWelshOne says:

        Was a good game last night, Cardiff won 2-1 :-)

        I can't believe how bad Chelsea are doing at the moment, u looking forward to the Man Utd game in a couple of weeks? For the first time in a long time I actually feel we could beat them…

        • LuvinBale says:

          Dear God lets hope that we beat them!!!
          I'd even settle for a tie with them. I just want to show Man Utd and *ahem* other teams that we are just as good as they are and we didnt have to pay a butt load of money for it either!

          COME ON BOYS YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

  6. senora ramos says:

    well done to my boys in white…and blue!! i love the getafe matches every year…i get to see migi. and dani's goal was awesome!! as was the 3 by my merengues. i am really hoping we get some defense back b/f villareal!!
    so, so, so glad to have kaka back! so, so, so sad to have pipita out for the rest of the season :'(

    btw, i see no update:it was all rumors on the wag post, so i guess it's true-ish. drinking to oblivion did not help :(

  7. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    I have already gone nuts over the Sevilla win, and Jesus comeback, against Osasuna, but I just had to mention it again. Turn things around now boys!

    Good to se that my lovely barca boys are still going strong. And that without Puyi, Pique and Messi!

    And I really hope that Arsenal can hang in there and give those Manchester teams a fight. Looking good and adorkable as always!

    Speaking of adorkable: Asamoah Gyan! LOL!

    • Deb Stimson says:

      And that without Puyi, Pique and Messi!

      They did eventually pull it out but you can definitely tell there's a difference with Messi isn't on the pitch. His ability to see the field and get the ball to the right person was sorely missed in that game. But yay for Pedro. Another great game for him.

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        Yes, Messi is very important to barca, thats obvious. It's a moral booster that they pulled it off with such players on the bench. And I'm so happy for Pedrito, he's awesome!

  8. Poppy says:

    Cause I´m a great Real Madrid fan, I´m so happy to see Kaka after such a long time back.
    Özil played well,too and Christiano awesome as usual:)
    A plus Iker received the award for the best goalkeeper for the third time. http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1330033…

  9. Leya_S says:

    In fairness, correct EPL standings cannot be determined until all teams have played equal games….that's the logic that I'm using to comfort myself over the fact that ManCity is ahead of Arsenal ("Cescy and co" hehe, I love it, Kickette).
    And even though I've already mentioned it, Rio Ferdinand just said it best: "Gerrards pass for Torres = #silks"
    Meanwhile, Barca, fab as usual, and a warmmmmmm welcome to Ibrahim Affellay, hoping to see him on the pitch soon.
    And as for Real Madrid, I may not love you guys but WELCOME BACK KAKA!!!!!

  10. Gillian says:

    *bounces* *bounces* THANK YOU for that gorge pic of Asamoah Gyan. I'd love to comment on the rest of this post, but I sort of lost teh abilty to be coherent after seeing that pic.

  11. blake2108 says:

    My Gareth scored twice over Christmas. This thoroughly pleases me.

    Asamoah Gyan got to dance again, This also pleases me.

    Chelsea dropped more points. This Really Pleased me.

    Manchester United didn't drop points, This pleased me a lot too

    Marc Albrighton is still doing well and looking fab. Pleased again.

    I was asleep though most of it, but nevertheless, I'm erm.. Pleased.

    Also, Gareth, It might be a sweet gesture to your girlfriend, but you can stop with the heart celebration now. Not only does it remind me that I cant ever have you :'( But it's also unoriginal and really boring now. It was cute the first time, give it a rest now and celebrate properly. If you do love your girlfriend so much, How about you celebrate by taking off your shirt. Could please us all then.

  12. Summer says:

    I'm destroyed and so sad for the Blues half of my heart, draw against Aston Villa wasn't a good thing for us, now our gap is -6 points. Also this game has put in evidence our defensive problems (3-3 at 90+1…What?? Are you joking? I thought)..But even thought I'm confident for the next match against Wolves tomorrow..We could fill the gap…I hope in a win for us and also of course that Gunners will win against Manchester City (please forgive me but I hate City)…
    I'm so sad for the other half of my heart my Reds half. I hope in a win and that the property will sack Roy Hodgson (he's a total loser)…All I wanted for Xmas was a new coach for Liverpool (may Rafa could return..Oh maybe..I guess so..He's the right man for LFC) and at the moment we need goals and wins! I hope in a better future for both my teams