EPL Sunday: Chelsea bows to Villa, 10-man Gunners beat Pompey, Friedel frustrates Man City

Aston Villa 2, Chelsea 0

Is it Liverpool’s season? According to this result, Chelsea’s ‘dominate-but-still-lose-and/or-tie-the-game’ mentality is still fresh in their mind. Villa converted their chances behind $7 million dollar man Zatyiah Knight and rising young’un Gabriel Agbonlahor. Knight provided his strike in the opening minutes of the second half, while Agbonlahor caused a riot with his clincher 2-3 minutes before time. If we had taken a look at the pre-game capsules and what not, one figure would have been quite substantial – Chelsea has not beaten the Villans at Villa Park in eight full seasons. Pretty incredible. Former Barca boy Belletti got his first start for the Blues, but failed to help the Villans out of the back of the net.

Blackburn 1, Manchester City 0

After a whirlwind start to the season, Citeh has come crashing back to earth. This time it was Benedict McCarthy who acted as gravity – slotting home a sitter to extend a remarkable 14-game unbeaten streak that the Rovers started all the way back during last season. It was Benni’s first strike of the season as he is already off his pace to best his tally of 24 in 2006. The game saw a Rover and a Blue sent off – Turkish general Tugay and Man City skipper Richard Dunne were shown the showers as physical was the name of the game and it seems the Rovers came out on top. Brad Friedel worked all ninety minutes as he grabbed his first shutout of the new Premiership season.

Arsenal 3, Portsmouth 1

The Gunners played almost a half without the services of Phillippe Senderos after he was ejected for obstruction. Fortunately, Adebayor had converted an 8th minute penalty given to him ever so graciously by David James. Cesc Fabregas added another in the 35th, only to see Senderos sent off abruptly in the right after the halftime whistle. From then on, Pompey pressured but never converted. Tomas Rosicky added the last nail to the coffin only 10 minutes later netting his first Premiership goal of the season (coming after a midweek Champions League goal as well). Kanu pulled one back a minute later and Pompey continued to pressure, but nothing clicked leaving Emirates, Wenger, and the Gunners themselves breathing a sigh of relief as they try and keep pace with the leaders.