Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Jose Enrique of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Tottenham play Liverpool on February 6, 2012. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Premier League, Week 24: Liverpool, Tottenham, Cat Play Out Scoreless Draw

Neither Liverpool nor Tottenham Hotspur found the net at Anfield, with Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll each guilty of squandering chances in a 0-0 draw. Also there was a cat.

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Liverpool Vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 0-0 Draw At Anfi... LOOK AT THE KITTY

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool both went into their match at Anfield today knowing a win would be hugely important. Spurs needed three points to have any hope of keeping pace with Manchester City at the top of the table, and Liverpool needed to take advantage of a slip by Chelsea at home against Manchester United that's blown the race for fourth place back open. But instead of going for broke, neither team did much of anything.

It's true that both sides defended well, apart from a few incidents in the latter stages of the game which saw Luis Suarez, returning from a long ban, miss an open header, Andy Carroll blaze over from a great position and Gareth Bale somehow completely mess up a one on one with Pepe Reina. But the real story of the match was an incident involving a pitch invader - a cute little cat wandered onto the pitch in the first half and captivated the nation's collective attention. Fortunately, it was ushered off the playing surface before it could stalk and devour little Luka Modric, allowing the match, which would eventually finish at 0-0, to be played out in full.


Liverpool Vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Lineups

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur clash at Anfield in a match that could help each team jump to new heights entirely. With Manchester United and Chelsea battling it out to a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Liverpool could vault into the fight for fourth place with a win, while Tottenham could move to within three points of United in second place should they claim victory. Luis Suarez returns to the home side's bench after serving his eight-game ban for the racist abuse of Patrice Evra.

Liverpool starting lineup (4-5-1): Pepe Reina; Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson; Craig Bellamy Jay Spearing, Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam, Dirk Kuyt; Andy Carroll.

Substitutes from: Doni, Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, Sebastian Coates, Stewart Downing, Jamie Carragher, Fabio Aurelio.

Tottenham starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker; Scott Parker, Jake Livermore; Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Niko Krancjar; Emmanuel Adebayor.

Substitutes from: Carlo Cudicini, Bongani Kumalo, Ryan Nelsen, Danny Rose, Massimo Luongo, Cameron Lancaster, Louis Saha.


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Chelsea Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League Week 24: Blues' Defense Hobbled

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Manchester City Vs. Fulham, 2012 Premier League: City Win 3-0 In The Snow

Manchester City came into their match against Fulham knowing that a win would take them three points clear of Manchester United, and within ten minutes it was pretty clear that they'd get it. Adam Johnson managed to 'earn' himself a penalty by initiating contact against Chris Baird while the left back was trying to take evasive action, and Sergio Aguero stepped up to slam the spot kick past Mark Schwarzer for a 1-0 lead.

The Premier League leaders doubled their advantage on the half hour mark when the hapless Baird turned the ball into his own net, and City could easily have scored several more as they ran riot over their guests. And then the snow, which was an annoyance in the early stages of the game, picked up and events at the Etihad became farcical as the two sides were forced to play in what amounted to a blizzard, complete with groundkeepers running out to clear the lines.

With the conditions atrocious, Fulham were able to make something of themselves, but it was clear that City could break at will and the eventually put the game away after some fantastic work by Aguero allowed Edin Dzeko an opportunity to make it 3-0 from eight yards. The Bosnian didn't miss, and although City nearly managed to score an own goal from a corner, the score held for a comfortable, if rather odd victory.


Premier League, Week 24: Another Win For Sunderland, Everton Held At Wigan

Norwich City vs. Bolton Wanderers

Norwich looked as though they'd wasted their chances at victory after pounding Bolton in the first half but failing to score, but late goals by Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington ensured the game didn't end up nil-nil. Bolton never really put up a fight, and Norwich's only opponent in the match was their own finishing. They finally managed to vanquish it int he 70th minute, and it eventually ended up 2-0 at Carrow Road.

Queens Park Rangers vs. Wolverhamton Wanderers

Things started well for QPR when Bobby Zamora smashed in a neat backheel by Shaun Wright-Phillips to open the scoring on his Hoops debut barely fifteen minutes into the game, but things went downhill in a hurry when Djibril Cisse reacted to an awful challenge by Wolves defender Roger Johnson by putting his hands to the centre back's face. Mark Clattenburg responded with a straight red, and the visitors took advantage of it by drawing level shortly after halftime through a deft Matthew Jarvis goal. It went from bad to worse when Kevin Doyle made it 2-1 in the 71st minute, and despite a spirited attempt at a comeback led by Adel Taarabt, the hosts couldn't find the back of the net again.

Stoke City vs. Sunderland

A frolic in the snow turned nasty when German defender Robert Huth wiped out David Meyler with a wild slide tackle and was shown a straight red just before halftime. James McClean then made it 1-0 to Sunderland with a neat individual effort as he burst into the Sunderland box and finished past Thomas Sorensen, ultimately giving Martin O'Neill's side yet another win. Under their new manager, Sunderland have secured an astonishing 22 points from 30, and they've now made it all the way back up to 8th in the table.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City

WBA were the first to open the scoring at the Hawthorns against Swansea, but their lead lasted all of a minute as the visitors got over the disappointment of dropping two late points to Chelsea in midweek by mounting a neat come from behind performance to grab a victory here. Mark-Antoine Fortune had made it 1-0 to the hosts when he volleyed in a corner kick, but on-loan Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled it back within a minute and then turned provider when he crossed for Danny Graham to sidefoot home five minutes later. Swansea would hold on for the 2-1 win.

Wigan Athletic vs. Everton

Victor Anichebe spared Everton's blushes after a calamitous mistake by Tim Howard saw the Toffees 1-0 down to lowly Wigan at the DW Stadium. With the match scoreless, Phil Neville could only partially block a cross, and the right back's intervention put enough spin on the ball to confuse the USA number one, who could only stare in horror as it bent around him and into the back of the net at about five miles an hour. Fortunately, Leighton Baines and Anichebe managed to combine off a corner to pull it back to 1-1 with less than ten minutes left, and that's how it would end.


Arsenal Vs. Blackburn, 2012 Premier League: Well That Was Unfair

Arsenal responded to their midweek 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers in emphatic fashion against poor Blackburn Rovers. With the reverse fixture at Ewood Park having been a shock win for Blackburn, Arsenal were in the mood to make a statement, and it took just two minutes for Robin van Persie to get on the scoresheet thanks to Theo Walcott's sudden ability to pass the ball to his teammates.

In the 31st minute Blackburn levelled - briefly - through a Morten Gamst Pederson free kick, but a flurry of action followed between the equaliser and halftime, with another goal from van Persie plus a Premier League first for Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain before Gael Givet was dismissed for a two-footed scissor tackle on the Gunners skipper. Outclassed with eleven men on the pitch, the visitors had no chance with ten, and were absolutely pounded after the break. Mikel Arteta scored from a corner, Oxlaide-Chamberlain notched his brace, and van Persie ended up with a hattrick before the ultimate embarrassment was to befall Blackburn - a late goal by decrepit substitue Theirry Henry, his first in the league for five years.

Arsenal move back up to fifth with the 7-1(!) win, and their goal difference is now in double digits. Nothing like some Blackburn to cure what ails.


Arsenal Vs. Blackburn, 2012 Premier League Week 24: Rematch Of A Fall Shocker

Blackburn Rovers look for a very unlikely double at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, when they face off against Arsenal.

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