Ryan Bertrand may have just become my favorite Villa player. Despite the fact that they didn’t play, the weekend saw a number of positive results for Aston Villa in the Premier League. West Bromwich Albion and Fulham lost, Crystal Palace only managed a point, and Stoke and Norwich City held each other back and made sure that neither gained too much ground.
Chelsea took on Tottenham on Saturday evening with the chance to extend their advantage at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea delivered yet another three points to sit seven clear of Liverpool and Arsenal and nine ahead of Man City.Jose Mourinho surprised me with his team selection for this one. I had asked in the week if Oscar should be starting based on his recent performances.I had stated that Andre Schurrle couldn’t be dropped to the bench after his hat-trick at Fulham so I thought that Willian would be selected to start ahead of his fellow Brazilian.
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Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has handed a first start to former Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov on Saturday night against Sochaux in Ligue 1, and the Bulgarian hero took just five minutes to find the target. Berbatov, who partnered in attack by Valere Germain, found the back of the net early doors with a simple back post
Finally, we all get to see record-singing Kostas Mitroglou starting for Fulham today. After all the speculation that the Greece international is not yet fit enough or has not overcome his injury we finally realise that all of those rumours were completely and utterly… true.