3 Days : 3 Games
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 16, 2016
Arsenal vs Watford – Watford ran out victorious in this clash at the Emirates last Sunday afternoon; courtesy of a lovely driven shot by Adlene Guedioura. A player who had not previously scored for over one and a half years of play. Odion Jude Ighalo opened the scoring relatively early in the second half, rolling his marker Gabriel and nearly tucking away his finish past Ospina into the bottom right corner. Guedioura then later added to the lead – Deeney held up play nicely in the Arsenal box, laying the ball off for the Algerian to leather home a thunderbolt! Substitute Danny Welbeck supplied Arsenal with a glimmer of hope late on after a curled shot seared past the huge Pantillimon in the Watford goal. Welbeck squandered a brilliant chance late on after Iwobi had smashed the post from just outside the area, yet it wasn’t to be, and the almost lifeless FA Cup holders fell at the feet of Deeney and Co!
Leicester vs Newcastle – Newcastle began life without the hopeless Steve McClaren for the first time at the King Power Stadium in a tight affair on Monday evening. It took a sprinkle of class on the twenty fifth minute mark to win the tie for the Foxes. The small yet intellectually brilliant Japanese workhorse Shinji Okazaki, settled the match at one nil, after a sizzling bicycle kick left Toon goalkeeper Rob Elliot helpless. Yet again the tireless N’Golo Kante ran the show for the effective Leicester, leaving Ranieri’s army five points clear of Mauricio’s men in second place. New man Rafa Benitez will take a lot from this improved performance, however they will have to offer a little more in the upper third if they wish to triumph in the Tyne Wear derby!
Manchester City vs Dynamo Kiev – Pelligrini’s men unsurprisingly managed to advance through to the quarter finals of the Champions League on a chilly Tuesday night in Manchester. However the night was most definitely overshadowed by the loss of Vincent Kompany in the early stages of play. The big Belgian has been subject to a torrid season ridden with injury and hopefully the powerhouse can be back in time to take on more of Europe’s pinnacle. The first half of action left a lot to be desired, neither team managed to even conjure a shot to test either keeper, leaving the atmosphere in the stadium quite lacklustre. In a match that lacked quality, an unlikely source – Jesus Navas nearly popped up in the second half with what would have been a superb goal had it gone in. However the Spaniard wasn’t going to attain his first goal of the season as the ball rebounded off the left post. The match was left a stalemate, thus meaning City leave Kiev in their wake marching through to the next round of knock-outs, after a rampant first leg three – one victory two weeks ago!
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