Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Give That Man a Hand: Week 12 in the BPL

photo by miss pupikvia PhotoRee

o Spurs fans: after watching the Gunners smash five past your team on Saturday, we have a suggestion for your Manager's new theme song.... Let us know your thoughts:

o Sign o' the Times: Juan Mata created more real chances in his first five minutes on the pitch than Fernando Torres created in over an hour.

o Chelsea with Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard are lacking only one thing: a real live striker who can put the ball in the net. If the Blues can persuade Radamel Falcao to sign on the dotted line, watch out.

o Carlos Tevez and Player of the Week Sergio Aguero manhandled an Aston Villa club that had given the Citizens' cross-twin rivals all they could handle the week prior. And ominously for future opponents, David Silva looked fairly good, as well.... But City's best player by far was wearing black: Linesman Adrian Holmes saw hand balls the way some actors see dead people -- imagining things that don't exist. With one fail swoop City were literally handed a game that not only gave them first place, but the resulting five goals they put past the hapless Villans also allowed the Sky Blues to take the lead on goal differential for the first time all season.

o And speaking of handing a result to the other side, Referee Martin Atkinson somehow managed to fluff yet another in a long career of missed penalties and imagined infractions. Atkinson's generous interpretation of Sean Morrison's arm save overlooked the act that the Reading player who stopped Nikica Jelavic's goal bound shot was not their 'keeper, and gave the Royals their very first win of the season.

o Say what you want about Luis Suarez -- and we've said a whole bunch over the last two seasons -- but the buck-toothed Uruguayan is the most dangerous striker in the League right now. True to form, though, Suarez could easily have been red carded yet again for his near leg breaking tackle on David Jones -- and who said the Liverpool man doesn't get any calls?!

o Is there a better £2 million signing this season than Michu...? Seven goals in twelve games is none too shabby.

o And saving our worst for last, we'll end with QPR vs Southampton, dubbed "El Sackico" by the British press. End result: another game, and another defeat for Mark Hughes, whose days are surely numbered now.  Tick, tick, tick....

This is farlieonfootie for November 20.

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