Manchester United was able to increase their lead to seven points in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While Arsenal and Chelsea drew their games and left valuable points on the table, United was able to turn around an already lost game against West Ham. At halftime the Hammers were leading 2-0. Wayne Rooney, with a hattrick, helped United to gain the lead. Hernandez secured the important win with United’s fourth of the game.
Besides United, Manchester City was the only team in the top 5 that could win and make an impact on the table. City passed Chelsea and regained 3rd spot with an impressive 5-0 win against Sunderland. The win also took the pressure of City Manager Mancini.
West Brom and Birmingham City were the winners at the other end of the table. West Brom beat Liverpool and Birmingham City left Bolton with the short stick.
The line for relegation contenders can be drawn at place 13 and West Brom. Everyone from 13 to 20 is in a fierce battle to avoid the drop. West Brom currently shows 36 points as 13th, Wigan on 20th has 31 points. Depending on next weeks results, teams from 12th to 9th can be thrown back into the relegation battle. Sunderland, a few weeks ago was hoping to secure 6th and a chance for European honors, might next week find itself just 3 points from relegation. The bottom part of the table guarantees excitement until the last game.
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In a very exciting and in parts dramatic game West Ham beat Liverpool 3-1 and demonstrated their willingness, and ability, to fight relegation from the Premier League. With their new acquisitions Demba Ba, Wayne Bridge and Thomas Hitzelsperger coming back from injury, Avram Grant and the Hammers displayed much more resistance and possibility in their fight for survival in the English top flight. Liverpool didn’t go down with a bad performance, it was the Hammers that did it on their own by not only fighting but demonstrate ability to play.
While the first half went for West Ham, and a 2-0 lead at halftime was deserved, in the second half, Liverpool put the game into the Hammers half. The Hammers fought for their life and run some dangerous attacks to keep the Kops honest. It took Liverpool 84 minutes to score and increase heart attack risk on the West Ham side. Carlton Cole then scored the much celebrated winner when Liverpool tried to follow up and save a point.
With the birth of “The New Hammers”, fight for relegation just became much more interesting. From place 10 to 20, everything is possible. Even Newcastle on 9th with 36 points must secure points in order to not get caught in a fierce and nerve racking battle to avoid relegation. Liverpool gave up an opportunity to further close the gap for 5th place, however, with today’s performance (not the result) they are still in.
In the second Sunday game, Fulham visited Manchester City and surprised with a 1-1. The $100 million trio, Balotelli, Tevez and Dzeko stood for a 1-0 lead (Balotelli) after 45 minutes. Duff tied the game and Fulham saved the valubale point. Manchester City lost two points in the battle for Champions League qualification.