There were four midweek Premier League football matches on Tuesday and Wednesday night which were all games in hand. Due to different cups such as the Champions League and the FA Cup, teams like Manchester United and Wigan Athletic were behind on games and had to play midweek matches to catch up. All of the four matches this week included teams that each have a large target of at least qualifying for the Champions League next season.
The big game was Manchester United vs the London side West Ham. The Red Devils were looking for a victory so they could claim the Premier League title as early as they can. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were 15 points clear of their local rivals, but that gap was closed by two points after Wednesday night when Manchester City won their match against Wigan and Manchester United only held out for a draw.
The match on Tuesday night was held between 2 possible Champions League contenders Arsenal and Everton, although Arsenal are in the better position. Both teams were pushing for a victory but neither managed to break the deadlock as the game ended 0-0.
Manchester United are the team who don’t need to worry about dropping one or two points as they are clear of their local rivals Manchester City, but Sir Alex Ferguson will certainly not be happy with the result against West Ham. The Devils did not play up to scratch going 1-0 down in the 15th minute but on the half hour mark, Valencia got the league leaders back onto level terms.
West Ham took the lead again after the half time break following a beautiful team goal which included back heels and a fancy finish. The Hammers then made a goal line clearance before Robin Van Persie scored the final goal of the game, which should not have been allowed due to it being offside. However, the officials allowed it to stand giving Manchester United a draw and also a point.
The Sky Blues grabbed a late winner against strugglers Wigan Athletic to keep them in the bottom three whilst Manchester City managed to close the gap between themselves and Manchester United. Carlos Tevez scored a late winner in the 83rd minute to give Wigan an even tougher job of staying in the Premier League.
Other Champions League contenders, Chelsea, dominated their opposition. They dominated Fulham 3-0, with two goals from their captain John Terry and one from fellow centre back David Luiz. The Blues are now sitting in third place with a game in hand of Arsenal and one point ahead of them. Will Manchester United go on a losing streak or can they win their remaining matches to claim a record 20th league title?
Premier League Results from Midweek
Arsenal 0-0 Everton
Fulham 0-3 Chelsea
Man City 1-0 Wigan
West Ham 2-2 Man Utd
Author Daniel Foster.
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