LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Steven Gerrard, Paul Konchesky and Martin Skrtel of Liverpool show their dejection during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at at Anfield on September 25, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

EPL Sunday: Cahill, Arteta Lead Everton's Easy Day Over Uninspired Liverpool

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Blackpool-Manchester City: Late Goal Not Enough To Bring Seasiders Back

Gary Fletcher-Taylor banged home Blackpool's second goal late in stoppage time, but it was not enough for a Seasider squad who'd given up three second half goals in route to a 2-3 loss to Manchester City.

A brace from Carlos Tévez vaulted the Argentine to the top of the Premier League's scoring race, while a late David Silva goal proved needed insurance.

Manchester City is now two points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Blackpool stays 10th.


Blackpool-Manchester City: David Silva's First Premier League Goal Gives City Insurance

Blackpool looked defeated after Carlos Tévez's second goal. The effort waned with their hopes deflated, and a third City goal looked likely. While the likely goal scorer seemed the team's star on a hat-trick, David Silva took advantage of lax defending to open his Premier League account.

The second half substitute was the recipient of a direct kick from the right played short, and after moving around one charging defender, easily finished into the far side of Matthew Wilks' goal.

Manchester City leads 1-3 in stoppage time.


Blackpool-Manchester City: Marlon Harewood Glory Muted By Carlos Tevez's Second

Moment after Bloomfield Road's roar celebrating Marlon Harewood's equalizer, more Carlos Tévez magic has Manchester City up 1-2 at Blackpool.

In the 78th minute, Harewood - who had come on for Elliott Grandin eight minutes earlier - headed home an equalizer just as the reality of City's lead had settled-in.

No such settling-in period was granted to Harewood's goal, with a Carlos Tévez shot finding the left side of Matthew Wilks' net after taking a deflection off Craig Cathcart.

Tévez's goal was his seventh of the season, a tally that leads the English Premier League.


Blackpool-Manchester City: Carlos Tevez, Of Course, Puts City Up

Though Blackpool had dominated the second half, you knew that as long as Carlos Tévez was on the pitch, Manchester City was more likely to score. In the 67th minute, the Citizens' captain came through with a deft touch on low David Silva ball played into the six, the outside of Tévez's right foot deflected in the ball inside Matthew Gilks' far post.

The Seasiders has began second as they did the first, dominating possession and using the wide areas high in attack to moving into dangerous areas. Blackpool;s best chance came off Charlie Adams' left foot, a 24-yard blast that was deflected over the bar by Joe Hart.

Come the 67th minute, Blackpool's control was rendered meaningless, with Tévez's sixth league goal giving City the lead.


Blackpool-Manchester City: Tangerines' Pressure Leaves Manchester City Searching For A Way In

Blackpool have been a joy to watch this season, and this match is no exception. On paper, Manchester City’s £198 million squad should be running rampant over Blackpool’s £2 million side. Yet the visitors are struggling to find a toehold in the match.

Save for the last few minutes of the first half, the Citizens have been chasing the game. Unfortunately, the Tangerines have been unable to convert possession into goals—Luke Varney forced a save from Joe Hart, but the rest of Blackpool’s shots have gone far off-target.

We return to the second half scoreless, with Manchester City both looking to shut down the likes of Charlie Adam and Luke Varney, while trying to get past what has been a surprisingly tight Tangerine defense.


Everton-Liverpool: Reds Never Wake-Up In 2-0 Loss To Rival Everton

It's difficult to remember any serious chances Liverpool generated in today's Merseyside Derby, with Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta's goals going unanswered in Everton's 2-0 win. Fernando Torres has a weak headed chance in the first half while one second half chance was hit right at Tim Howard. There was never a moment where the crowd reacted as if a Liverpool goal was a real possibility.

Sunday's 2-0 loss begs the question: When will Liverpool start to care? Today seemed the right stage for a turn-around. Just as, last year, Liverpool woke-up with a backs against the wall win over rival Manchester United, here Liverpool could have reaffirmed their authority over a local rival, keeping them in the drop while vaulting themselves above it. Instead, Roy Hodgson's team gave a performance as disillusioned as any of their previous league efforts.

Because Liverpool was so poor, it was difficult to tell how good Everton was. Going forward, they weren't great, though they did convert on two of their three best chances (another by Jermaine Beckford was skied over the bar). At the back, the Toffees appeared solid, but against little resistance, their defense's performance was the least we could reasonably expected. The Toffees got the win, but in lieu of a stand-out performance from their side, it's possible Everton's struggles have not passed.

Regardless, Everton can now move forward on the back of consecutive wins, jumping from 16th to 11th place thanks to their win. Liverpool stays 18th, set to deal with another performance where nobody in the squad played with the needed desire or efficacy.


Everton-Liverpool: With Twenty Minutes Left, Roy Hodgson Finally Brings On Second Forward

Given Liverpool's lack of chances thus far, bringing on David Ngog in the 71st minute sees like a move Roy Hodgson should have made 15 minutes ago, after the Reds went down 2-0. With the team's only half-decent chance being a Fernando Torres flicked-on, first half header, Liverpool has been in need of more attacking power for some time. With 20 minutes left in today's match at Goodison, Hodgson has finally brought on Ngog for Lucas Leiva.

David Moyes has also started making adjustments. Tony Hibbert's come on for John Heitenga, while Mikel Arteta's given way for Jermaine Beckford.

Everton persists with their 2-0 lead with the match now in the 75th minute.


Everton-Liverpool: Mikel Arteta Strike Puts Everton Up 2-0

A 50th minute Mikel Arteta goal has Everton on course for their first league win over Liverpool since 2006.

Lurking at the edge of the Liverpool area as a ball was served into the box, Arteta was in position to gain possession when the cross was headed out of the area. One touch and then a strike through the ball, Arteta's shot came off the outside of his right foot and cut away from Pepe Reina as the Liverpool keeper was unable to get his left arm tothe ball.

Arteta's goal doubles Everton's lead, obtained on Tim Cahill's 33rd minute goal.


Everton-Liverpool: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov On For Leon Osman To Start Second Half

David Moyes has made one change coming out of intermission, bringing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, a natural left wing, on for Leon Osman, who had started the match on that flank.

Liverpool begins the second half unchanged.


Everton-Liverpool: Tim Cahill Finishes Seamus Coleman's Work, Puts Everton Up 1-0

After a dull first half hour defined more by chippy-ness than play, Everton has gone up in the 34th minute against Liverpool, with Tim Cahill going upper ninety from six yards out to make it 1-0, Toffees.

Much of the play's work came from Seamus Coleman, who took a ball from 28 yards out and made for the line through the right side of the Liverpool area. Just before the byline, the Irish right back cut the ball back to Cahill who, from the six's right elbow, beat Pepe Reina high for the match's opening goal.


English Premier League Saturday: Everton Hosts Liverpool On Mersey, Manchester City Tries To Close Gap On Chelsea

Two matches make up the English Premier League's Sunday fixture list: The match of the week and the weekend's biggest clash of styles.

The 8:30 a.m. Eastern kick-off is this year's first edition of the Merseyside Derby. Seventeenth place Everton welcomes 18th place Liverpool to Goodison Park. The Toffees are set to be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini while the Reds will be without Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger. While a loss today will heighten one club's sense of urgency, a goal with four-or-more goals would leave both clubs clear of the drop.

At 11:00 a.m. Eastern Manchester City has a chance to close the gap on first place Chelsea to two points. The Blues were held to a scoreless draw at Villa Park on Saturday. Now the Citizens go to Bloomfield Road to take on the ever-expansive Seasiders. Blackpool will have to find a way through the Yaya Touré, Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry shield in midfield, though as important will be keeping Carlos Tévez and City's counterattack from defining the match.

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