Archive for August 2009
The 32 teams will be divided into eight groups of four and for the draw the teams are going to be seeded as follows:
Pot One: Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, AC Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla, Bayern Munich
Pot Two: Lyon, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Porto, AZ Alkmaar, Juventus, Rangers
Pot Three: Olympiakos, Marseille, Dinamo Kiev, Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Bordeaux, Besiktas
Pot Four: Wolfsburg, Standard Liege, Maccabi Haifa, FC Zurich, Rubin Kazan, Unirea Urziceni, APOEL Nicosia, Debreceni
Last season the Anfield based outfit finished the season without losing a single league match and the team last lost a league match against in December 2007 in a 1-nil loss to Manchester United.
Also last season Liverpool lost just two matches - away to Tottenham Hotspurs and Middlesbrough but this season that number has already been reached in round 3.
The win was Aston Villa's first of the season although it was also the team's second match of the season.
Spurs and Chelsea remain the top two teams on the ladder after wins against Hull and Fulham respectively over the weekend.
Its early in the season but in the relegation zone there is winless Bolton, Portsmouth and an inferior goal difference means Everton anchor the ladder.
Also winless at this stage is Bolton and their next match is home against Liverpool.
Victory had played two home matches with no win and on the other hand Glory had played two away matches and failed to get a point from both.
The only teams without a win now are North Queensland Fury and Brisbane Roar.
After 17 goals were scored in each of the first two rounds, only seven were possible this time and round 3 also saw the first goalless draw this season between Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC.
Gold Coast United maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-nil win over Adelaide United
Of these wins, the biggest is arguably Burnley's 1-nil over defending champions Manchester United.
Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1-nil away at Wigan whilst Birmingham City needed a last minute penalty to beat Portsmouth at home.
Burnley's next visitors at Turf Moor will be Everton who lost 6-1 to Arsenal in round 1.
Sixteen matches into the season and still there is no draw and so lets see what round 3 will bring.
The Gunners were the only team in round 1 to score more than two goals. In the same round last season, also one team managed to score more than two goals and that was Manchester United against Aston Villa.
Other two highlights from this year's English Premier League first round was that there were no draws and also the majority of wins were by away teams.
In the same round last season there were two goalless draws and four home wins.
All the three promoted teams failed to win a match and they also all failed to score a single goal.
In round 2 there are four postponed matches because of European commitments but all the but all the promoted teams matches are going ahead and so they have another chance to open their accounts.
The result left Glory without a win and no points and they are joined in that category by the North Queensland Fury who lost 5-nil to fellow debutants Gold Coast United.
The Gold Coast's huge win means that the new team stays at the top of the ladder with six points, the same points with Sydney FC who had a narrow win over Adelaide.
Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar got their first points in a high scoring 3-all draw at Etihad Stadium.
The first draw of the season came from the match between Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets. Their result means that the top four teams on the ladder remain unbeaten.
In round Glory will play its first home match against the Jets whilst Victory plays its first away match against the Fury.
In a first round where there were no draws, three of the five matches were won by away teams hence the away teams scored ten goals compared to seven by the home teams.
Defending champions Melbourne Victory suffered their first defeat in an opening round whilst Newcastle Jets on the other hand won their first opening day match.
In round 2, the Gold Coast United will meet fellow debutantes Queensland Fury who lost at home to Sydney FC.