Arsenal outgun Liverpool to stay in the hunt

Monday, 14th December 2009 8:30pm
Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in round 16 of the English Premiership to close the gap on the table behind the league ladders.

With Chelsea drawing Everton 3-all and Manchester United losing 1-nil to Aston Villa, the Gunners win means that it has reduced the gap at the top to go back in contention for the title.

This round saw the highest number of draws in a round with six matches ending in a draw. Previously the highest number of draws was five in a round and that was in round 8.

Also in this round only one home team won its match and this was Birmingham City's 1-nil win over West Ham United. This was lowest number of wins by home teams this season in a round. The previous number was three achieved in round 2.

Birmingham is now level on points with Liverpool but is eighth on the table because of goal difference. Liverpool is seventh.

In relegation matters, both Portsmouth and Bolton drew but the Hammers lost.

Wolverhampton Wanderer's win over Tottenham takes them out of the relegation zone and was replaced by the Hammers.

Arsenal was the third away team to be losing at half-time and come winners at full time. In a way Liverpool won the first half and the Gunners won the second and so following on from last week, this week I will take a look at the second half ladder.


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Chelsea 16 12 13 245 1937
Man United 16 10 33 257 1833
Liverpool 16 8 53 1911 829
Arsenal 15 9 15 2011 928
Man City 15 7 62 1712 527
Aston Villa 16 7 54 127 526
Tottenham 16 7 45 2313 1025
Fulham 16 6 73 148 625
Sunderland 16 5 56 1213 -120
Bham City 16 4 75 1010 019
Portsmouth 16 4 75 711 -419
Burnley 16 5 47 1118 -719
Wigan 16 5 38 1228 -1618
Everton 16 3 85 1417 -317
Wolves 16 2 104 1113 -216
Stoke 16 3 76 613 -716
Blackburn 16 4 48 717 -1016
Hull 17 4 211 619 -1314
West Ham 16 3 310 1018 -812
Bolton 15 1 86 918 -911


So Bolton has the worst second half performance whilst Chelsea has the best.

Its interesting to see how this table differs from the actual one especially from the third position downwards.

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