This week's goal of the week surprisingly goes to Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) for his goal at Manchester City.
Due to Mario Balotelli’s last gasp penalty and Jermain Defoe being unable to convert the glaring chance that Wales star had set-up, Gareth Bale’s top quality strike in the clash at the Etihad Stadium was in vain.
Nonetheless, his clinical finish from the edge of the box was of such high calibre that Sunday newspaper transfer speculation of a £150 million price tag seem a little less far fetched.
Gareth Bale was named earlier in the week as the only Premier League player to be selected in the UEFA team of 2011.
With a week to go before the January Transfer Window closes, it's still relatively calm before the storm of the frantic final day.
However, there's still plenty to mull over in this week's transfer list.
Apologies for the slight delay in this week's entry, but here are the details of the current suspensions relating to the Premier League and Football League clubs.
Three Match Ban (02/01,14/01,21/01)
Three Match Ban (21/01,01/02,04/02)
Barclays Premier League
21 -22 January 2012
Saturday 21 January
Bolton Wanderers Liverpool
Liverpool have won all of their last ten meetings with Bolton Wanderers (all Premier League).Bolton Wanderers have lost 15 games in the Premier League this season, one less than the whole of last season.Liverpool have lost only two of their last 21 games in all competitions.
Everton Blackburn Rovers
Everton have won four of the last six Premier League encounters with Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park.Everton have not scored in the first-half of their last ten Premier League games.Blackburn Rovers have failed to go on to win any of the last 17 Premier League games when they have been level at half-time.
Swansea City are awarded our performance of the week for their 3-2 win against Arsenal
Nine years ago to the day, Arsenal sat top of the Premier League as they chased a third Premier League title under Arsene Wenger. By stark contrast, Swansea City were six points adrift at the foot of the Football League, staring into a non-league abyss.The perceived wisdom has been that the only way for a Premier League newcomer to beat Arsenal would be through strong-arm tactics. Far from getting into their collective face, Brendon Rodgers’ Swans played and beat the Gunners at their own game to become the new pass masters.In a game that was identified by one newspaper as ‘Strictly come passing’, figures showed that Swansea made 526 passes during the thrilling 90 minutes compared
Our goal of the week is Paul Scholes' v Bolton Wanderers
Paul Scholes provided one of the season's most unexpected twists when he came out of retirement to play in the FA Cup win against Manchester City last week and completed his fairytale return when he scored the crucial opener against Bolton Wanderers in first-half stoppage time - his first senior goal since August 2010.It was his 151st goal for United (in his 678th appearance) moving him into the club’s top ten all-time scorers above Ruud Van Nistelrooy.Having already missed a penalty, Wayne Rooney played an integral role when the deadlock finally was broken. An incisive run and one-two from Nani opened up space in the box, before his lay-off found Rooney who slide the ball across goal, and Scholes took
It maybe cold outside but the January Transfer Window has got a little hotter following the completion of Gary Cahill's protracted move from Bolton Wanderers to Chelsea.
Here's our summary of the transactions that have been completed in the last week.
West Bromwich Albion
The future of Portsmouth has once more been thrown into doubt after the Championship club’s owner and his business partner were arrested in London in November after Lithuanian authorities issued extradition warrants.
Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas appeared in court in connection with the alleged asset stripping of Snoras Bank in Lithuania.
Both were bailed by magistrates in Westminster last month with a preliminary hearing set for March and a longer case scheduled for May.
Whatever the outcome, it all signals another uncertain year for the club which became the first Premier League member to enter administration in February 2010.
In the aftermath of such recent financial traumas, Dan Brett from the Independent Portsmouth FC site Pompey-Fans.com wonders if
Updated 16th January 2012 at 10:57 AM by 11v11
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After their best start to a league season since their famous double-winning side of 1960-61, Tottenham Hotspur’s title ambitions were dented on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.
The goal that denied Spurs another three-point reward also meant they have become the first club to concede a total of 1,000 goals in the history of the Premier League.
The current top ten of all-time Premier League goals conceded is, as follows
With the deadline for five yellow cards attracting a one-match ban having now passed, here's this week's reduced suspension list:
Three Match Ban (02/01,14/01,21/01)
Three Match Ban (02/01,07/01,14/01)