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Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Paul Scholes – he scores goals

April 17, 2010
Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Paul Scholes – he scores goals

They say that football is great because it is so unpredictable, but there’s little in football more predictable than a stoppage time Manchester United winner in a title run-in. It wouldn’t be a Premiership season without one.
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Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Spurs better in defence, midfield and attack

April 17, 2010
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Spurs better in defence, midfield and attack

Sam Allardyce recently said that 4-4-2 is ineffective at at the highest level, and therefore is now irrelevant to the Premiership. The traditionalists will be delighted, therefore, that Tottenham have managed to beat two of the top three sides in the division within four days – by playing a 4-4-2.
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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

April 15, 2010
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

Tottenham record their first league win over Arsenal for a decade, and┬ásimultaneously rule Arsenal out of the title race. Arsene Wenger’s side have been written off on at least two previous occasions, but this, surely, is the end of the road.
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Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea: Ancelotti gets it right with his strikers

April 3, 2010
Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea: Ancelotti gets it right with his strikers

A tight game that was won the better side. United looked tired after their midweek game in Munich – Chelsea were fresher, brighter and created more goalscoring opportunities. They are now in the driving seat.
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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: a contest about the small details

March 21, 2010
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: a contest about the small details

No major tactical surprises here, and no surprise outcome either. Ferguson’s default line-up for these ‘big’ games is a flexible 4-5-1 shape (which means no Dimitar Berbatov) whilst Benitez was always going to go with Lucas ahead of Alberto Aquilani for a more solid midfield away at Old Trafford.
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