EPL 2011-12: Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Match Time

Match week 16 of the Premier League will bring football action to Villa Park, with hosts Aston Villa set to clash with Liverpool, on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

Aston Villa are coming off a commendable 2-1 win away against Bolton, in match week 15, only their second win in eight league games. Marc Albrighton broke Villa’s three-match goal drought on 34 minutes and Stiliyan Petrov doubled the lead six minutes later. Bolton came up with an improved display after the break, resulting in a reduction of the margin of defeat, on the back of a goal by Ivan Klasnic. That said, Villa were deserved winners, on the night. The first goal resulted when Albrighton converted a low cross from N’Zogbia, and the second was a lucky one when a shot by Petrov deflected off defender Gary Cahill.

In match week 15, Liverpool registered a 1-0 victory over QPR, in a match hosted by the Merseysiders at Anfield. Suarez scored the only goal of the game on 48 minutes even as Liverpool left their supporters frustrated for much of the proceedings, with several missed scoring opportunities. Suarez was the main difference between the sides and the Uruguayan striker created the opportunities that he failed to finish. maxi also had a couple of missed chances and in the end, Kenny Dalglish’s wards were relieved to take away three full points after being kept at bay by veteran keeper Cerny between the QPR posts.

Head to head, in the last 10 years, Aston Villa and Liverpool have met in 20 league games, with Liverpool winning on 11 occasions and the Villans on 3, with the remaining games ending in stalemates. The last time these teams met was in May 2011; that match played at Villa Park was won 1-0 by the hosts.

Villa have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 4 of their last 10 league matches, while Liverpool have won 5, drawn 4, and lost the remaining 1 of their last 10 matches.

Currently in 9th place on the league table, Villans have hosted 7 home games, this season, winning 3, while drawing and losing 2 each of the remaining games; the Merseysiders who are 6th placed on the league table have had 4 wins and 3 losses, in their 7 away games.

Aston Villa will have their task cut out keeping Liverpool at bay, with the Anfield squad keen to keep the momentum going after their hard-fought win last week.

Villa’s starting eleven against Bolton: Bradley, Guzan, Alan Hutton, Richard Dunne, James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Mark Albrighton, Chris Herd, Stiliyan Petrov, Charles N’Zogbia, Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Liverpool’s starting eleven against QPR: Jose Reina, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Sanchez Jose Enrique, Rodriguez Maxi, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Luis Suarez, Dirk Kuyt.

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Talisman Hazard, Back Where He Belongs

For Eden Hazard, the first season at Chelsea was supposed to be difficult, given the Premier League’s immense physical demands and his modest stature at 5’8″. Hazard though announced himself in a respectable way with 13 goals in the season. The next season got him 17 goals plus the PFA Young Player of the Year award. The season after, he scored another 19 and won the PFA player of the Year award. Both seasons he was unanimously voted Chelsea’s Player of the Year.

Three seasons with the West London outfit, and Hazard was a superstar. His dribbling skills were mesmerizing, his ability to outfox defenders with ease was a treat to watch. He could score at will, his pace was amazing and his set-pieces were brilliant.

Indeed, terminologies like ‘the next Messi’ and ‘a future Ballon d’or’ were heard when referring to Hazard. And while Hazard did find himself crashing on the football turf often, courtesy of some aggressive defending, his form took an abruptly similar turn before long.

Playing the 2015-16 season for the defending champions of the Premier League, Hazard lost possession often, and it looked like his heart was not in the game. He tried switching it up but nothing came of it. His tally of just six goals bore a symbiotic relationship to Chelsea’s own decline over the season as they endured a lowly 10th-place finish. Unfortunately for the Belgian, he bore the brunt of the criticism from the media, former players and pundits.

They said he was a ‘flash in the pan’, ‘weakling’ and ‘overrated’. PSG and Real Madrid generously offered to give him an out. West London was not a happy place.

All that was about to change.

The new season brought in a new manager from Italy Antonio Conte and a new formation that did wonders for Chelsea, and indeed, Hazard.

As part of the tip of the unusual 3-4-3, Hazard found all the boost he needed. With his hunger back, he tore apart opposition defenders, looking stronger and sharper. He was free-scoring once more and his passes and first touches were precise and incisive.

Fuelled by his 14 goals so far presently the West Londoners sit pretty atop the league table with a bit of daylight between them and their nearest opponents. He has definitely shut all the doubters and stormed his way back into elite status. Those Messi comparisons and Ballon d’or statements are back in circulation.

A heck of a turnaround indeed for the Belgian wizard!

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A Short Biography of Famous Soccer Players – Djibril Cisse

His full name is Djibril Aruun Cissé. He was born on 12 August 1981 in Arles, France. His playing position in the field is Striker.

At the age of 11 He began his career at Nîmes Olympique in 1993. Afterward Cissé went to Auxerre still in the youth team. Gérard Houllier brought him to Liverpool. For the period of his time at Anfield Cissé played 49 matches with 11 goals; although he was at times played on the wing of right side.

He experienced playing football with some senior clubs: Auxerre (1993-1996), Liverpool (2004-2006), Marseille (2006-2008), Sunderland (loan) (2008-2009), Panathinaikos (2009 – till now).

Djibril Cissé is a French soccer player of Ivorian ancestry. Cissé is renowned mainly for his acceleration and pace, in addition to his hairstyles that always attention-grabbing. He has held the title of Lord of the Manor of Frodsham from the time when 2005.

At the age of 15 Cissé signed for Auxerre club, and in May 2002 made his international first appearance in opposition to Belgium. In May 2003, along with Auxerre, he triumphed for the French Cup and a month afterward the Confederations Cup with France. In the French Ligue 1 in the 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 season, Cissé was the top scorer making 70 goals in 128 league matches for Auxerre club.

Here are the lists of his honors he achieved as long as his career as a soccer player. The honors with the club are Auxerre (Coupe de France: 2002-2003); Liverpool (UEFA Champions League, 2004-2005), (UEFA Super Cup: 2005), (FA Cup: 2005-2006); Panathinaikos (Greek Super League: 2009-2010). And for the country is FIFA Confederations Cup: 2003.

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