Everton 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) Despite an early spell of control from Manchester City, Everton had Roberto Mancini’s side on the back foot for much of the first half. Steven Pienaar stepped up and curled the free-kick beyond Given. City defender Micah Richards tugged Luis Saha’s shirt and referee Andre Marriner adjudged the foul worthy of a penalty, Saha held his nerve to calmly convert the penalty for his 11th league goal of the season.
Manchester United 3 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) Burnley were hugely competitive at Old Trafford during both the first half and at the start of the second period too, but just after the hour United broke the stalemate and Rooney unlocked the Clarets defence to play in Dimitar Berbatov and the Bulgarian slipped a shot past Jensen. Once in front it wasn’t long before United went 2-up, Wayne Rooney the goalscorer cracking in the second on the rebound. Mame Biram Diouf sealed United’s win nipping in a stealing the ball away from Jensen to head his first goal for his new employers in just his second appearance.
Chelsea 7 – Sunderland 2 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea needed 8 minutes to tame the Black Cats, Michael Ballack’s first-time ball forward found Nicolas Anelka and the Frenchman rounded keeper Fulop to score. On 17 minutes the Pensioners went 2-up, Florent Malouda breezed past a couple of Sunderland players unchallenged before firing in low right-footed from just inside the visitors box. Then came the goal of the game scored by Ashley Cole, the left-back collected Terry’s long ball down the inside left channel before tricking his marker and dinking the ball past Fulop for number three. The Blues closed out their one-way traffic in the first half adding a killer fourth, Anelka and Cole combined down the left with Frank Lampard sweeping the ball home from six yards. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea will have caused Steve Bruce nightmares adding a fifth early in the second half, Joe Cole crossing exploiting Sunderland’s total lack of marking to tee up Michael Ballack for a simple header. Bolo Zenden scored his first goal for Sunderland to spoil Chelsea’s hope of keeping a clean sheet, but the renaissance was shortly over as Nicolas Anelka claimed Chelsea’s sixth. Frank Lampard headed Chelsea’s seventh to record the Blues highest goal tally ever scored in a Premier League match, Darren Bent scoring in injury time for Sunderland.