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Premier League weekend review: 12-13 January

Kompany saw red at the Emirates Stadium. (©GettyImages)
Kompany saw red at the Emirates Stadium. (©GettyImages).

This weekend concluded another exciting round of fixtures in the Premier League, with lots of talking points that will be discussed in this article.

One of the biggest focuses was on Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp welcoming his former employers Tottenham Hotspur to Lotfus Road for the Saturday lunchtime kick off. But, unfortunately for the neutral the game didn't live up to the pre-match build up.

QPR superbly secured a goalless draw against a Spurs side who failed to score for the first time away from home this season. The Rs were extremely organised and deserved the point. However, the teams around them had a great weekend as well.

Reading scored three goals in the last eight minutes against West Brom at the Madejski Stadium. In addition, Southampton picked up three points thanks to a dubious Rickie Lambert penalty against struggling Aston Villa.

In the other games, Chelsea inflicted Stoke's heaviest home defeat on a day to forget for Jonathan Walters, on what was his 100th Premier League appearance for the Potters.

Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty as Chelsea ran away comfortable 4-0 winners at the Britannia Stadium, with the pick of the goals coming from Eden Hazard.

Another cracker from Seb Larsson helped Sunderland secure a 3-0 victory over West Ham at the Stadium of Light, while a stunning goal from Giorgos Kargounis for Fulham at Craven Cottage was cancelled out by a wondrous individual effort by Franco di Santo of Wigan Athletic.

Newcastle United ended their run of straight defeats after a goalless draw with Norwich. Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque was present at Goodison Park, supposedly to see Michu as Everton and Swansea played out a 0-0 draw.

The most famous Premier League fixture kicked off the 'Super Sunday' between Manchester United and Liverpool. Robin Van Persie and Nemanja Vidic gave United a comfortable lead, but a Daniel Sturridge debut goal gave Liverpool a glimmer hope, but the Red Devils held on for a brief ten-point lead at the top of the table.

However, the game with the biggest talking points came at the Emirates between Arsenal and Manchester City. The game started explosively after ten minutes when Laurent Koscielny wrestled Edin Dzeko to the ground and was sent off, only for Dzeko to miss the resulting penalty.

It didn't stop Manchester City from completely dominating the game, though, with a thunderbolt strike from James Milner and a Dzeko tap in giving the reigning champions a two-goal lead at half-time.

The second half then saw another talking point as Vincent Kompany was sent off for a challenge on Jack Wilshere. This for me was extremely harsh and is a problem that has happened time and time again.

Kompany won the ball but it was deemed as a dangerous challenge. Challenges like the City skipper's are slowly being eradicated from the game, and the law on the two footed challenges should be looked at and re-evaluated, otherwise the way football is played will be completely different.
 



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