JK’s Premier League Round-up: Dec. 18-20
By John Kennedy
With many areas of Britain suffering the heaviest snowfall in two decades, the Premiership fixtures were decimated over the weekend. Only the games at Blackburn, Sunderland and Manchester City survived the weather.
Blackburn 1 West Ham 1: Junior Stanislas struck late in the game to earn a deserved point for West Ham at Blackburn on Saturday. Ryan Nelsen had put the home side in front just after the break, taking the second of two attempts to beat West Ham debutant keeper Ruud Boffin. West Ham remain anchored at the bottom of the Premiership, two points adrift of second-bottom Wolverhampton Wanderers. Blackburn moved up one place to 12th.
Sunderland 1 Bolton W 0: Danny Welbeck scored the the only goal of the game with a stunning diving header to take all three points for Sunderland against Bolton. The visitors certainly had their chances to tie the game, but victory for the Black Cats sees them move up to sixth place in the Premiership, level with Tottenham on points, and flirting with the unlikely prospect of European football at the Stadium of Light next season.
Manchester City v Everton: Manchester City missed out on a chance to lead the Premiership for the first time when they lost at home to local rivals Everton. Goals from Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines put the visitors two up inside the first 20 minutes and, in a lively second half, Everton were reduced to 10 men when Victor Anichebe was sent off on the hour. The home team pulled one back with an own goal from Phil Jagielka with 18 minutes still left to play, but Everton held on to take the spoils. City remain in third place, while Everton move up two places to 14th.
Arsenal v Stoke City
Birmingham City v Newcastle United
Blackpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Manchester United
Liverpool v Fulham
Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday, 26th December; All kick-offs Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Fulham v West Ham Utd., 4 a.m.
Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City, 7 a.m.
Blackpool v Liverpool, 7
Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion, 7
Everton v Birmingham City, 7
Manchester Utd. v Sunderland, 7
Newcastle Utd. v Manchester City, 7
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Wigan, 7
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur, 7
Monday, 27th December
Arsenal v Chelsea, noon
Tuesday, 28th December
Manchester City v Aston Villa, 7 a.m.
Stoke City v Fulham, 7
Sunderland v Blackpool, 7
West Bromwich Albion v Blackburn Rovers, 7
West Ham Utd. v Everton, 9.30 a.m.
Birmingham City v Manchester Utd., noon
Wednesday, 29th December
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers, 11.45 a.m.
Wigan v Arsenal, 11.45
Liverpool v Wolverhampton, 2 p.m.