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.



Joey Barton vs. Morten Gamst Pedersen
Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn

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.


Cesc Fabregas vs. Stephen Ward
Wolves 0-2 Arsenal

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


Chelsea 1-0 Fulham

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.

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38 Responses to “Put ‘Em Up: Those Midweek EPL Clashes In Full”

  1. footieflu says:

    I'm always turned on by that guy's arrogance… he's so adorable!!!

  2. footieflu says:

    Rafa is a REAL hottie!!!!!!
    He has been on da road to improvement ever since he joined United and I totally agree with The Fourth Official… he could very soon be giving Brasil's Dani Alves a run for his money :)

  3. GracieB says:

    make love not war…they look about to kiss!

  4. anja says:

    haha, so true! in my opinion they should fight a lot more! or at least rafa should fight more :D

  5. I went to a fight and a football match started :-)

  6. Ann Elizabeth says:

    Tevez would have decimated poor Rafa. And can I just say that from that angle, The whole angsty fighter look is surprisingly hot on Tevez. (I can't believe I just said that!)

  7. FloraJane says:

    I didn't see any ill intent from Essien, but I've witnessed plenty of it from Dumpsey on multiple occasions, so no sympathy here.

  8. anja says:

    this lil' rafa-boy is getting hotter and hotter :) give him one or two years more and he'll beat up all of them :D

  9. cherryboomboom says:

    Oh and check this out , Arsene said that fabregas didn't get a red card cause he didn't deserve a red and that the tackle was on purpose blabla bla . Yeah right ! when that happen to his players , I don't see him saying that !!

  10. cherryboomboom says:

    Teehee Tevez would beat him up in 2 seconds .
    I mean even by eye contact Rafa's dead

  11. gin_in_teacups says:

    Me and Michael Essien have been at odds ever since he tried to dig Nando's eyes out of his skull (well okay, it might have been face pushing with no actual eye gouging attempted but I never claimed to be reasonable or unbiased) and now he goes after my Clint? I'd be furious at pretty much anyone over that but as it's Essien it really gets my blood boiling.

  12. Kickette, in a Manchester club related issue, when were you going to inform me (us?) about yummy-totally-hottie Santa Cruz leaving City? Please, I (we?) need info in order to stalk him!!! haha!!! I heard Fullham's Mark Hughes has him under the radar, is it true? Please, football gods, let this be true coz PL is one of the most broadcasted international leagues here in Brazil and I CAN'T lose sight of Rocky!!!!!

    • footieflu says:

      Yup Regiane… I heard the same thing too…. Hughes wants him but I also heard that a Serie A club wanted him during the summer but then things did not work out…. lets see what happens this January :)

  13. Violets says:

    In a fair fight, Deuce would OWN Essien.

  14. Leya_S says:

    Dempsey!!!!! He's scrappy, for sure! <3
    Also, during the Arsenal game, I was worried for a second that Cesc might get a red card….

  15. Lunare says:

    Rafael should know better to start a fight with Teves. He’s scary.

  16. LuvinBale says:

    Kickette you totally left out the fight between Spurs and Sunderland.
    Modric vs Cattermole (sp?). Then VdV came in and started a raucous with both teams going at each other. Pure excitement!

  17. mamaly says:

    rafael looks like buzz in toy story 3

  18. BarceLisa says:

    great post kickette, ooh I love it when football becomes Ice Hockey! Its rare these days that footballers put up their dukes but when it does happen I get all fangirl-y. A post titled Put 'Em Up should have Hit 'Em Up playing in the background, "Call the cops when you see Tevez…."

    • Leya_S says:

      Agreed. I'm kind of a hockey fan, too (PENS!!!), and one of my favorite parts of hockey (among other things) is the fights, for some reason.
      So when it happens in football, I get kind of excited………I'm generally a pretty passive person, but sometimes, there is just something so appealing about two men duking it out, particularly in a sport where they probably shouldn't…..

    • JVD says:

      "ooh I love it when football becomes Ice Hockey!"

      This! Hot (exclude Tevez), aggressive men fighting… and unlike hockey they do it with their all of their teeth.

  19. Rafael has a set on him. My new favourite United player. The kid is fearless. And he's bulked up lately. I think he is going to be the best right back in the world in a few years. And there's two of him. :)

  20. Summer says:

    1)RAFAEL won
    2)BARTON won
    3)CESC won
    4)ESSIEN won


  21. lyricm9 says:

    Tevez would have knocked his little lights out… still cute though :-)

  22. blake2108 says:

    Rafael is a total LEGEND. I love him.

    And Gamst is just beautiful.

  23. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Carlos and Rafael looks like two bulls! I seriously thought they would start fighting when I saw it. Rafael anyway.