November 11th, 2010
Put ‘Em Up: Those Midweek EPL Clashes In Full
There’s a big fight in Manchester this weekend, in case you didn’t know. Audley Harrison takes on David Haye in what is being billed as one of the most anticipated heavyweight clashes in recent history.
Apparently this fact has not escaped the EPL players this week either and despite the freezing temperatures the testosterone duly flowed in the midweek fixtures. Intriguingly it wasn’t just the usual suspects cheerily offering up their dukes, a couple of fresh faces entered the fray too.
We thought we would enter into the spirit of things by analysing some of the more exciting clashes for you and offer our decision on the outcome after perusing the evidence. Normal service will be resumed when we have sobered woken up.
Rafael vs. Carlos Tevez
Manchester City 0-0 Manchester Utd
Although he certainly looked the part in the face-off (above) we simply don’t see much hope for Rafael Da Silva here. The build up to this one was snarky and full of bite and while Rafa looked good in the weigh in, a surprise win for the inexperienced young buck against the grizzled old pro is unlikely.
OUR DECISION: Bout to Tevez via KNOCKOUT
Never one to shy away from a fight, the only threat to Joey ‘Bruiser’ Barton’s (left) title hopes is his inability to keep his aggression confined to the ring. Barton’s gut punch on Morten Gamst ‘Pretty Boy’ Pedersen is the latest in a long line of infringements and we can only wait and see what punishment will be meted out to Newcastle United’s top fighter. (Getty Images/Daylife)
OUR DECISION: Bout to Pedersen by DEFAULT. Barton fails to make it to ring after starting a fight with himself in the dressing room.
A gentlemen of the ring, Cesc Fabregas (left) easily delivered the knock out blow to Stephen Ward in last night’s surprise bout but was quick to offer his apologies to his opponent afterwards. Ward was carried from the ring with a cut after Cescy blindsided him with a sliding challenge but the Arsenal man insisted he had not meant to cause his opponent any harm. (Getty Images/Daylife)
OUR DECISION: Bout to Cesc Fabregas via TKO. While good in the melee, we’re not sure that Fabregas has the killer instinct to beat the more experienced pros.
Michael Essien vs Clint Dempsey
Michael Essien has been involved in his fair share of altercations in the past, so his protestations of innocence fell on deaf ears after an illegal move on Fulham’s Clint Dempsey last night. Essien, fighting out of Ancelotti’s Gym, Stamford Bridge, was sent to the red corner last night for the two footed assault on Dempsey, despite leading on the scorecards for the entire bout. (Getty Images/Zimbio)
OUR DECISION: DRAW Essien’s winning blow clearly caught Dempsey unexpectedly. In a fair fight, we feel Dempsey would be more than capable of holding his own and we look forward to the return fixture with some excitement.